Helms passes Shaffer late for 1st career Attica sprint win
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Friday, March 24, 2017
By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – Caleb Helms has overcome a lot of adversity and bad luck in his young sprint car driving career. On Friday, March 24, everything fell into place for the 25-year-old third generation driver as he passed veteran Tim Shaffer with just eight laps remaining to score his first career 410 sprint car feature win in front of a capacity crowd at the season opener for Attica Raceway Park.
Helms, from Findlay, Ohio, seemed content to cruise in second the first 21 laps of the 30-lap feature before executing a perfect slider on Shaffer entering turn three to take the lead. He worked his way around traffic to score his first career Hammer Pallets 410 Sprint Division win on Construction Equipment and Supply Night.
“This has been like 10 years coming. My dad always said it would be like real easy when it did come…it wasn’t that easy. My guys…Andy Potter, my dad and my grandpa…they just gave me the best car. I couldn’t do nothing but drive it up front. It was pretty awesome. It’s great to start the season out with a win. Attica has some of the best local competition there is. To see a four heat show tonight was pretty awesome. Thank you fans for coming out. I have to thank Gressman Power Sports and Ferguson Water Works and Big Jerk and Tommy Tire and Helms and Sons Excavating. I have to thank my wife and son for being here to night,” Helms said.
Shaffer and Chris Andrews brought the field to green for the 30-lap 410 sprint feature with Shaffer grabbing the point over third starting Helms, Andrews, Travis Philo and Stuart Brubaker. Brubaker would spin after two laps were scored. When the green flew so did Shaffer with Helms content to keep the leader in his sights. The battle for third was intense between Philo, Andrews and Byron Reed.
Shaffer raced into lapped traffic by the 11th circuit with Helms staying within striking distance with Andrews, Philo and Reed continually swapping the third spot. Just past the half-way point, Helms was reeling Shaffer in with Andrews and Reed battling for third while Philo and Max Stambaugh gave chase. With nine laps to go the top four of Shaffer, Helms, Andrews and Reed ran nose-to-tail. Helms blasted to Shaffer’s inside entering turn three the next circuit and slid up in front.
Helms would pick his way through traffic and drove to the win with Shaffer edging Reed for second while Andrews and Stambaugh rounding out the top five.
Attica RacewayPark will be back in action Friday, March 31 on Merrill Lynch Night with the 410 and 305 sprints and the UMP late models. There is a rain date of Saturday, April 1. For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com or follow the track on Twitter @atticaracewyprk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atticaracewaypark and Instagram at attica_raceway_park.
Friday, March 24, 2017
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Caleb Helms; 2. Tim Shaffer; 3. Byron Reed; 4. Chris Andrews; 5. Max Stambaugh; 6. Travis Philo; 7. Phil Gressman; 8. Lynton Jeffrey; 9. TJ Michael; 10. Cole Duncan; 11. Duane Zablocki; 12. Caleb Armstrong; 13. DJ Foos; 14. Lee Jacobs; 15. Ryan Ruhl; 16. Joe Swanson; 17. Brandon Matus; 18. John Garvin; 19. Stuart Brubaker; 20. Adam Cruea.
305 Sprints A-Main (25 Laps): 1. Paul Weaver; 2. Jamie Miller; 3. John Ivy; 4. Ricky Peterson; 5. Cody Bova; 6. -Steve Rando; 7. Jason Keckler; 8. Kyle Peters; 9. Kyle Capodice; 10. Chase Dunham; 11. Kevin Mingus; 12. Matt Lucius; 13. Tyler Street; 14. Landon LaLonde; 15. Jeremy Duposki; 16. Thomas Schinderle; 17. Seth Schneider; 18. Bobby Clark; 19. Jeremy Kornbau; 20. Jordan Ryan.
Thomas, Jr. Let Go from Blazin' Racin'
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BAKERSFIELD (Mar. 22, 2016) – Kevin Thomas Jr. will no longer pilot the Blazin' Racin' No.82 car. He has been let go after six races. There was no explanation from the team given at this time.
"I'm just going to go do what I do," said Thomas when asked about his thoughts. "I'm obviously looking for a new ride. I know something will happen. It always does. I've got a few call out already. I have no ill feelings toward the No.82 team. Sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise."
Thomas had one victory with the team in a mere six race stint. He is currently looking for a new full-time ride. Inquires can be sent to KTMotorsports@gmail.com or Whitney@DubPubMedia.com.
Lots of loot on the line in 2017 at Attica Raceway Park
ATTICA, Ohio– Attica Raceway Park will once again reward the loyal race teams that support “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speedplant with a great point fund and strong weekly payout.
The teams in the Hammer Pallets 410 Sprints will battle for a total point fund of $22,000 in 2017 with the champion taking home $8,000. The Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model champion will pocket $5,000 with a total of $15,000 going to the top 10 in points. The champion of the Fremont Fence 305 Sprints will once again collect $3,000 with a total of $10,000 being divided up among the top 10 in points.
“Our weekly purses and season point fund are some of the best in Ohio. We are able to reward our race teams because of the tremendous support we get from our area business partners and of course the fans,” said John Bores, Attica Raceway Park Promoter.
The weekly 410 sprints will pay $3,000 to win while the late models will pay $1,200 to win and the 305 sprints will pay $750 to win. AtticaRacewayPark will hand out over $600,000 in A-main prize money in 2017.
The “mulligan” rule will once again be in affect in 2017. If a driver misses one night of competition he/she will receive 75 points one time only providing they did not compete at another race on that night.
“We understand the drivers who support Attica week in and week out also have things come up with their families, businesses and personal lives and we don’t want them to have to make a tough decision and lose out on a possible track championship,” said Rex LeJeune, Operations Director at ARP.
The complete purses and point funds can be found at www.atticaracewaypark.com under the purse tab at the top.
AtticaRacewayPark kicks off the 2017 racing season on Friday, March 24 with a rain date if needed of Saturday, March 25. The 410 and 305 sprints and late models will be in action.
For a complete schedule of events and more information about AtticaRacewayPark go to www.atticaracewaypark.com, follow the track on Twitter at twitter.com/atticaracewyprk and Facebook at www.facebook.com/atticaracewaypark.
Joey Saldana looks to add another World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win at Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17 & 18
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – March 8, 2017...Throughout the year's one of the more accomplished World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series drivers at Thunderbowl Raceway happens to be Brownsburg, Indiana's Joey Saldana, who returns to the track on March 17 & 18 aboard the Stenhouse Jr./ Wood Racing No. 17 Sprinter.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series veteran has claimed four series features at the Tulare based facility, which is tied for the most all-time with San Jose favorite Tim Kaeding. Saldana's World of Outlaws wins at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway all came during his time driving for Kasey Kahne Racing, occurring in 2007, '09, '10 and 2011.
The man simply known as the "Brownsburg Bullet" ranks sixth on the all-time World of Outlaws win list with 99 career victories. The only drivers ahead of him on the illustrious list are Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Donny Schatz, Mark Kinser and Doug Wolfgang. Four of those five are currently in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, a place Saldana looks to end up at the conclusion of his career. The 45-year-old has traditionally been strong in the Golden State over the years.
"It would definitely mean a lot to get another win in Tulare," Saldana commented. "Last year I drove for Dennis Roth & now Roth Investments is a partner on the SJW Racing 17 car, so it would be nice to get a win in their backyard. Thunderbowl Raceway has been a good track for me over the years and one thing is for sure it's always exciting for the fans. I definitely think it suits my driving style really well. You have to be aggressive, but also have things fall your way in traffic. Hopefully it all comes together and we can park it on the front stretch for all our partners."
Also competing both nights will be the always entertaining Wingless Sprints of the USAC West Coast 360 Series. Along with the March weekend the tour is also set to compete at the Thunderbowl on April 22 during the Peter Murphy Classic finale and at the JD Heiskel & Co. presents Chris & Brian Faria Memorial on May 20.
Last season Garden Grove's Brody Roa earned a pair of wins en route to his first career USAC West Coast Series title. Perennial Wingless favorite at the Thunderbowl Ryan Bernal of Hollister will also be in the field looking to add another Tulare trophy to his mantle.
Tickets continue to be on sale for the World of Outlaws/ USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series weekend on March 17 & 18 by calling 559-688-0909. All seating in the house is reserved, with grandstand tickets $45 on Friday & $50 on Saturday. Bleacher tickets are $40 on Friday and $45 on Saturday. Kids 6-12 are half price and 5 & under are free. The Saturday finale will also see the Sport Mods in action.
The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards welcomes Steven Tiner to full-time roster
Visalia, CA – March 8, 2017...Visalia, California's Steven Tiner will contend for the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards title this season aboard the familiar Larry Davis Farms/ Wright Process Systems No. 94 mount.
The veteran driver last year claimed three overall wins, including a traveling 360 Sprint Car triumph at the Placerville Speedway in June. He also capped the season with a seventh place finish in the overall standings at the Trophy Cup in Tulare, where the Sprint Car Challenge Tour will compete on Friday April 21 during opening night of the fourth annual Peter Murphy Classic.
Tiner joins a healthy traveling roster of teams that will be looking to bring home the inaugural $10,000-to-win championship.
"Steven Tiner is a good solid racer and we're happy to have him with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards," said Russell Motorsports Inc. President Scott Russell. "We're now under a month away from opening the season so it's an exciting time. The weather seems to be improving throughout Northern California and we hope that trend will continue. We have a lot of teams that are chomping at the bit to get everything underway on April 1."
The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards will kick-off its inaugural season on Saturday April 1 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, CA. It will mark the first California-based traveling Winged Sprint Car series event at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds facility since 2013.
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The hard-charger in the A-main at every Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards event will go home with a $200 certificate courtesy of Pit Stop USA! Thank you to Ed & his staff for their support! Visit Pit Stop USA online at http://pitstopusa.com/
The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is proudly sponsored by Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards, Hoosier Racing Tires, Bianchi Farms, Kyle Larson Racing, All Star Performance, ART Speed Equipment, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, Auto Meter, Bullard Construction, Chris Kenner Racing Specialties/ Security Race Products, CRV Carbon Solutions, Flying Squirrel, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services, Jockos Sprint Parts, Keizer Wheels, Light Up the World Beverages, LRB Inc., Menne Hay Inc., Moto Wear, Metal Works, Naake Suspension, Pit Stop USA, PT Shocks, Pyrotect Racing Cells, RacePartsTrader.com, Saldana Racing Products, Sellers Race Wings, Shifty Illusions and Walker Performance Filtration.
More information on the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards can be found at our official website http://www.sprintcarchallengetour.com/ – Be sure to also like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sprintcarchallengetour and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/360SCCT for the latest breaking news regarding SCCT.
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KWS-NARC SEASON OPENER AT CHICO RAINED OUT
March 4, 2017
Chico, CA -- The highly anticipated King of the West-NARC Sprint Car Series Mini-Gold Cup season opener at Silver Dollar Speedway was rained out on Saturday night. The $5,000 to win event will not be rescheduled.
After enjoying several days of good weather leading up to the event, a major storm system rolled into the area late Saturday afternoon forcing Promoter Dennis Gage to call the event at 3:30 p.m.
The next event on the KWS-NARC schedule is on April 8th at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA.
STATEMENT ON DEATH OF FORMER KNOXVILLE RACEWAY DIRECTOR OF RACING RALPH CAPITANI
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (Feb. 27, 2017) - "This is a sad day for Knoxville, Iowa, Knoxville Raceway and all of sprint car racing as we've lost Ralph Capitani. A visionary in the sport, Cappy aimed to make sprint car racing at Knoxville Raceway grander, the purses bigger and the grandstands fuller. He achieved them all with a smile on his face and a hearty handshake for every team owner, driver, crew member and fan that ever crossed his path. Cappy was a great mentor to everyone who had the privilege of working with him, whether here at the track or at Knoxville High School where he taught and coached. It may be a cliché, but in this case saying Cappy made Knoxville Raceway a better place could not be more accurate.
"Cappy will be greatly missed. Not only at Knoxville Raceway, but at race tracks around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Marilyn, and their sons, Steve, Dave, John and their families."
NOSA Sprints Return to Jamestown Speedway in 2017
By Mike Spieker
(February 7, 2017) - The NOSA Sprint Cars are proud to announce the series will return to Jamestown Speedway in 2017. The event, scheduled for Saturday, June 10th, will mark the eighth appearance in series history at the high-banked quarter-mile facility located on the Stutsman County Fairgrounds in Jamestown, North Dakota.
Since the NOSA Sprints last visited Jamestown Speedway in 2014, the series has experienced tremendous growth and an impressive youth movement. Over the past two seasons car counts have averaged between 25-28 cars per event. That trend is expected to continue with a strong car count when the series makes its highly anticipated return to Jamestown.
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Over the years, Jamestown Speedway has been one of the most competitive stops on the NOSA circuit, providing just one repeat winner in the series’ previous seven visits – Casey Mack. It seems as though the NOSA elite rise to the top at Jamestown. Among the six total winners, all of them have secured a NOSA series championship and they all sit in the top 10 on the all-time NOSA wins list.
Again, mark it on your calendars: June 10th. NOSA 410 Sprint Cars. Jamestown Speedway. See you there!
2014: Austin Pierce
2013: Wade Nygaard
2012: Chris Shirek
2011: Casey Mack
2010: Lou Kennedy Jr.
2009: Bob Martin
2008: Casey Mack
David Gravel gets a Gator; wins Arctic Cat All Star DIRTcar Nationals finale at Volusia Speedway Park
BARBERVILLE, FL (February 16, 2017) - For the first time in his young career, Watertown, Connecticut's David Gravel is a main event winner in the Sunshine State, capturing the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions DIRTcar Nationals finale at the Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida. The victory, the third of his career during Arctic Cat All Star competition and his first since 2012, was conducted in near-demanding fashion; holding back Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet to lead all 30 circuits around the Volusia Speedway Park half-mile.
"This is definitely awesome," David Gravel stated in victory lane. "I've never got to win in Florida and I've never got to win one of these gator trophies, so this is definitely cool. I have to thank all of the guys on the team; Barry, Zack, Derrick, Chad, Jen. They all did a great job preparing these race cars all winter. All of my sponsors; they make all of this possible. We are working for really good things this year, so this is a great start to that."
Gravel, who started on the outside-front row, wasted no time getting to the front of the field, taking command during the initial drop of the green flag and stretching his early advantage to a near-three second lead. Even with two cautions, traffic coming into play by lap 10, and an abrasive coat of rubber starting to form on the surface of the speedway by lap 15, the pilot of the CJB Motorsports/GoMuddy.com/Big Game Treestands/No. 5 continued to hold his advantage, navigating forward while keeping Donny Schatz at a distance.
"[Donny Schatz] is definitely the best, so anytime you have an opportunity to beat him is a great thing," Gravel stated. "The rubber started to come into play, so I had a little bit of an advantage at the end of the race. I was trying not to miss my marks while racing through traffic. I wanted to take my time and make sure I didn't slip my tires. Our tires just made it, so thank goodness for that."
With his second place performance, Donny Schatz, pilot of the familiar Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Arctic Cat/No. 15, will end his Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Florida campaign with three victories and two runner-up finishes.
"We are happy with that," Donny Schatz said regarding his Arctic Cat All Star performances in Florida. "The track kinda caught us off guard here tonight. I really didn't expect it to take rubber like that, but it did, so it kinda set us up for a difficult second-half of the race. That's the way it goes some days. This Arctic Cat team does a phenomenal job. I think we would rather have five victories during the last week, but who wouldn't."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will enjoy a seven week hiatus before returning to competition on Saturday evening, April 8, at the Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio. "America's Series" hosted competition at the southern Ohio highbanks on two separate occasions in 2016; once during Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket, and once again on October 22 during the Arctic Cat All Star championship weekend. NASCAR Cup star Kyle Larson earned the speedweek victory, with Wooster, Ohio's Sheldon Haudenschild taking high honors on championship weekend.
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz ; 3. 49-Brad Sweet ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 5. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen ; 7. 14-Christopher Bell ; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 9. 4-Paul McMahan ; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 11. 24-Rico Abreu ; 12. 27-Greg Hodnett ; 13. 19-Brent Marks ; 14. 21-Brian Brown ; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier ; 16. 17s-Joey Saldana ; 17. 59H-Justin Henderson ; 18. 18-Ian Madsen ; 19. 17-Caleb Helms ; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe ; 22. 13D-Danny Dietrich ; 23. 2-Shane Stewart ; 24. 17B-Steve Buckwalter.
Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30
Kerry Madsen stops the sweep at Bubba Raceway Park; wins Arctic Cat All Star Winter Nationals finale in Ocala, Florida
OCALA, FL (February 11, 2017) - In front of a near-standing room only turnout, "The Madman" Kerry Madsen ended all possibility for a "Schatz Sweep" during the Sixth Annual Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park; driving around the Fargo, North Dakota, native with just six laps remaining to solidify his place on top of the feature podium. The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory, his first podium finish of the Winter Nationals triple-header at Bubba Raceway Park, was the seventh of Madsen's career, earning $5,000 in the process.
"This thing has been a rocket ship right from the drop of the gate," Kerry Madsen explained, pilot of the GoMuddy.com/Big Game Treestands/No. 2M. "My guys, Guy and Nate, did a great job all winter prepping these race cars and getting everything set for Florida. It feels awesome to be this fast right from the start. We were so close on Thursday, so this definitely makes up for that. I can't thank Todd and Luke enough for this opportunity. Hopefully they were tuned-in back in Minnesota and got to see this."
Madsen never raced outside of the top-three the entire 30-lap distance, starting third initially and racing in that same position until just beyond the halfway signal. The St. Mary's, New South Wales, Australia, native worked around the CJB Motorsports entry of David Gravel for second on lap 16, resetting his sights on back-to-back Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions main event winner Donny Schatz.
By lap 20, traffic started to intensify, allowing Madsen to cut away at Schatz's one second advantage at the front of the field. The pair raced nearly nose-to-tail until Madsen made the winning move at the entrance of turn one on lap 24, taking command for the first time during the main event. Madsen would race ahead untouched the remaining distance, holding off a late charge by Donny Schatz and Tim Shaffer at the final checkers, each celebrating a third consecutive podium finish.
"We ended up cutting a tire somewhere around four or five laps to go in that race" Donny Schatz explained, pilot of the Tony Stewart Racing/Arctic Cat/No. 15. "My late model experience actually helped me get through those last five laps. I was able to keep the car straight and hang on to that position. It is a tough deal, but we'll move on and try again at Volusia."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will enjoy three days in the Florida sun before returning to competition on Wednesday evening, February 15, at the Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida. "America's Series" will take center stage at the Florida speed plant for two consecutive nights of competition; two of five total sprint car appearances during the 2017 DIRTcar Nationals schedule. The back-to-back Volusia Speedway Park appearances will each award $5,000 top prizes.
Bubba Raceway Park - Saturday, February 11, 2017:
Event: Bubba Army Winter Nationals
A-Main: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz ; 3. 49x-Tim Shaffer ; 4. 5-David Gravel ; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett ; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 7. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 8. M1-Mark Smith ; 9. 18-Ian Madsen ; 10. 59-Ryan Smith ; 11. 4p-Paul McMahan ; 12. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 13. 21-Carson Short ; 14. 14T-Tyler Clem ; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 16. 13D-Danny Dietrich ; 17. 4-Danny Smith ; 18. 2-Parker Price-Miller ; 19. 17-Caleb Helms ; 20. 8M-TJ Michael ; 21. 7J-Joe Swanson ; 22. 22-Cole Duncan ; 23. 17B-Steve Buckwalter ; 24. 24-Rico Abreu
Donny Schatz doubles up in Ocala against Arctic Cat All Stars; scores night two of Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park
OCALA, FL (February 10, 2017) - For the second time in as many days, Donny Schatz is an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions main event winner in Ocala, Florida; scoring night two of the Sixth Annual Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park. Schatz, pilot of the Tony Stewart Racing/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/No. 15, took command of the 30-lap feature program on lap 25, overtaking the "Steel City Outlaw" Tim Shaffer with an aggressive slide job nearing the exit of turn four. The Fargo, North Dakota, native scored $5,000 for his efforts, now increasing his career total to 15 against "America's Series."
"This is really cool," Schatz said. "Every team in this pit area worked hard all winter long, but I have a group of guys that I thoroughly love racing with. They are like brothers that I never had, and to be able to get to victory lane is something we all want to do. It feels extra special to do that with Arctic Cat on board with our program."
After a pair of cautions during the first two circuits, one of which during the initial start which resulted in a complete restart, the Winter Nationals main event officially commenced with Tim Shaffer taking control at the front of the field from the outside-pole position. Despite Shaffer's attempt to drive away from fourth starting Donny Schatz, the eight-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion kept pace, never allowing Shaffer to escape on the open track, and eventually in traffic.
By lap 20, Schatz was on the back bumper of the Demyan-Rudzik Racing/No.49X, continuing his pursuit through traffic while repeatedly attempting to drive under Shaffer at the exit of turn four. A negated slide job attempt on lap 24 was followed by a successful slide job attempt on lap 25, allowing Schatz to officially take command for the first time.
Schatz drove on to score the four-digit payday, navigating through traffic along the bottom groove of the speedway for the remaining five circuits. Tim Shaffer followed in second, a second consecutive runner-up performance for the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, native, followed by David Gravel, Kerry Madsen and Joey Saldana.
"Great race," Schatz explained. "The track kinda threw me for a loop there at the start of that race. I kept trying to make the topside work in one and two. I'm not sure if it was wet, or my fuel load kept me too loose, but I couldn't make it work. Eventually the track changed to work in our advantage. That race was fun, though; the whole race was fun."
"We are getting close. Definitely feels good to be this competitive," Tim Shaffer said. "Those Tony Stewart Racing guys are fast right now, no denying that. I guess anytime you can finish second behind Schatz is pretty good."
The Sixth Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals featuring the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will conclude with a third and final program on Saturday evening, February 11. It will be the final Bubba Raceway Park appearance for the traveling Arctic Cat All Stars in 2017. The Winter Nationals finale will go 30 laps in distance, once again awarding a $5,000 top prize, as well as a full points toward the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star championship.
A-Main (30 Laps) 1. 15-Donny Schatz ; 2. 49x-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 5-David Gravel ; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen ; 5. 17s-Joey Saldana ; 6. 24-Rico Abreu ; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 8. 4p-Paul McMahan ; 9. 27-Greg Hodnett ; 10. 18-Ian Madsen ; 11. 22-Cole Duncan ; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 13. 21-Carson Short ; 14. 13D-Danny Dietrich ; 15. 17-Caleb Helms ; 16. 14T-Tyler Clem ; 17. 17B-Steve Buckwalter ; 18. 13-Brandon Matus ; 19. 5M-Max Stambaugh ; 20. 7J-Joe Swanson ; 21. 14-Tony Stewart ; 22. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 23. 49H-Bradley Howard ; 24. 8M-TJ Michael ; 25. 4-Danny Smith ; 26. 59-Ryan Smith
Donny Schatz wins wild Arctic Cat All Star season opener at Bubba Raceway Park
Winter Nationals action continues Friday, February 10
OCALA, FL. (February 9, 2017) - Fargo, North Dakota's Donny Schatz survived a wild ending on Thursday evening at Bubba Raceway Park; advancing two positions during the last two circuits, each while battling nearly nose-to-tail in heavy lapped traffic, to clinch the season's first Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory. Schatz, the eight-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, advanced six positions during 30 non-stop laps to capture his 14th career Arctic Cat All Star victory. Tim Shaffer held on to finish just behind the pilot of the Tony Stewart Racing/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/No. 15, followed by Kraig Kinser, Ian Madsen and Caleb Armstrong.
"Oh man, that was crazy," said Donny Schatz. "I started to notice Kerry's [Madsen] tire was really beginning to get low; almost down to the chords. I knew that I didn't want to be above him at that point because when the right rear tire goes flat, the car tends to drift up the race track. When it blew, we just went to work on Shaffer. I didn't have a lot of time, but he was racing a little too protective and I was able to set him up and get around him. I never give up and I never count us out, no matter where we are at on the race track."
Donny Schatz commenced his campaign to the front of the field right from the drop of the initial green, eventually working forward from the inside of row four to a podium position by lap 15. By the time Schatz solidified himself third in the running order, Kerry Madsen was already in control, tailed closely by the "Steel City Outlaw" Tim Shaffer. All three drivers navigated traffic nose-to-nail for nearly ten circuits, each utilizing the bottom groove of the racing surface. Shaffer was strong enough to periodically make a bid for the top spot, but each time it was negated.
Unfortunately for Kerry Madsen, who took command officially on lap 13 aboard his GoMuddy.com/Big Game Treestands/No. 2M, disaster would strike in the form of a flat right rear tire with just two circuits remaining, caused by the rubbered-up racing surface that started to build along the bottom edge of Bubba Raceway Park. Without bringing out a caution, Madsen exited the speedway, surrendering his top spot to Tim Shaffer. Despite Shaffer's attempt to race conservatively and protect the rubbered-up racing groove, Schatz continued to apply pressure, ultimately working around the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, native on the final circuit to clinch the $5,000 payday.
"It feels really good to get it done here tonight, especially with Arctic Cat playing such a big role in our program now," Schatz explained. "They are big supporters of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, and obviously big supporters of Tony Stewart Racing, so to win right out of the gate with this new deal is very special. Hopefully we can do this a few more times this weekend."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will continue their Winter Nationals triple-header at Bubba Raceway Park on Friday evening, February 10. Identical to Thursday, "America's Series" will showcase a complete program on Friday night, awarding $5,000 to the main event winner, as well as full points toward the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star championship.
It was Bloomington, Indiana's Kraig Kinser who earned the Friday night victory at Bubba Raceway Park in 2016. The win was Kinser's first of two during the season, eventually revisiting the top spot on the podium at Tri-City Raceway Park in Franklin, Pennsylvania, during the I-79 Summer Shootout.
A-Main (12 Laps) 1. 15-Donny Schatz ; 2. 49x-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 4. 18-Ian Madsen ; 5. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 6. 22-Cole Duncan ; 7. 27-Greg Hodnett ; 8. 13D-Danny Dietrich ; 9. 5-David Gravel ; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 11. 24-Rico Abreu ; 12. 21-Carson Short ; 13. M1-Mark Smith ; 14. 4-Danny Smith ; 15. 17B-Steve Buckwalter ; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen ; 17. 14-Tony Stewart ; 18. 17-Caleb Helms ; 19. 17s-Joey Saldana ; 20. 5M-Max Stambaugh ; 21. 4p-Paul McMahan ; 22. O7-Jacob Wilson ; 23. 51-John Garvin ; 24. 33-Brent Matus ; 25. 14T-Tyler Clem ; 26. 59-Ryan Smith
T.J. Michael will begin second All Star campaign with new crew chief and new partner
By Fully Injected Motorsports:
FREMONT, Ohio (February 6, 2017) - Since announcing his intentions to follow the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions campaign trail for a second consecutive season, the "Texas Traveler" T.J. Michael has been on the move; making preparations necessary to contend for not only victories, but also a championship. The Plano, Texas native, who headquarters all racing assets in Fremont, Ohio, recently concluded his Florida pre-race checklist with the acquisition of veteran crew chief Rick Ferkel. The "traveling" duo will begin their tenure together on Thursday evening at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.
"We are all excited to welcome Rick Ferkel to our team for 2017. He has the knowledge and experience necessary to form a winning combination. I'm sure with his help, we'll have the ability to outdo what we did last year," T.J. Michael explained. "I also want to welcome Big D's Pizza of Fremont and Clyde to our program, as well. They have always been supporters of sprint car racing, and I'm glad they could pass on their support to my team as we begin our second, full season on the road."
T.J. Michael capped off his 2016 campaign with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions well within the top-ten of the final standings; seventh officially on the strength of seven top-ten feature finishes. The "Texas Traveler" finished as high as sixth in the running order twice last season, once during competition in Butler, Michigan, and once again at Limaland Motorsports Park during Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket.
"We accomplished a lot in 2016 as a rookie team and we are definitely proud of that," Michael explained. "With that said, our goals are still going to remain the same; work to win races and contend for a championship. This tour is demanding and we understand what it takes to be competitive week-in and week-out. With Rick (Ferkel), I think we can be competitive enough to have our name in the conversation at the end of the season. I just want to thank my family and all of my supporters for putting me in this position. I'm truly living out my dream and I couldn't be more thankful for that."
Arctic Cat All Stars now welcome 18 travelers to the road full-time in 2017
Action begins with competition at Bubba Raceway Park on February 9
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 3, 2017) - The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will launch the 2017 season in near-record fashion; welcoming 18 full-time travelers from five different states, each working to endure 51 events across much of the Midwest and Northeast. Of the 18 confirmed travelers, 11 will tackle the nine month campaign for the first time in their careers, attempting to etch their names permanently in the All Star history books and claim "Rookie of the Year" honors with one of America's oldest and most prestigious traveling sprint car series.
Despite the heavy, rookie presence invading the tour, it is the talented, veteran roster of travelers that aim to conquer headlines once again in 2017, led by five-time and defending Arctic Cat All Star champion Chad Kemenah. Kemenah, who claimed the 2016 championship by a mere-20 markers over fellow Ohio native Dale Blaney, earned one feature victory last season, using relentless consistency to claim 33 top-ten feature finishes in 43 contested starts. The Findlay native will return to the driver seat of the familiar Hunter Racing/Seneca Energy/No. 10H in 2017, aiming to score a second-ever title for car owner Rob Hunter.
Other experienced travelers returning to the road full-time in 2017 include Pennsylvania native and 2015 Jim Ford Classic winner Ryan Smith; former USAC Kenyon Midget champion Caleb Armstrong; Findlay, Ohio, native Caleb Helms; 2005 Knoxville Nationals champion and son of 20-time World of Outlaws champion, Kraig Kinser; the 2016 All Star "Rookie of the Year" runner-up, the "Texas Traveler" T.J. Michael; and Etters, Pennsylvania, native Bradley Howard.
In perhaps what will turn into the largest rookie battle in Arctic Cat All Star history, the contingent of newly formed All Stars is diverse; representing a multitude of tracks, series and divisions from across the country. Although some competitors have limited or part-time experience with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, some will compete for the first-time ever in 2017.
Joining Ryan Smith and Bradley Howard, seven of the 11 "Rookie of the Year" candidates hail from various parts of the Keystone State, each attempting to extend a rich, Pennsylvania presence on the road with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. Former Lernerville Speedway champion and Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (B.O.S.S.) non-wing ace Brandon Spithaler; the father-son duo of Brent and Brandon Matus; former Lernerville Speedway super late model runner-up turned open-wheel competitor John Garvin; 358ci sprint car graduate Tyler Esh; and the third generation family duo of Hunter and Jordan Mackison, will each represent Pennsylvania in 2017.
In addition, Ryan Linder, a Mexico, Indiana, native who will compete out of a Pennsylvania-based race shop; Dane Lorenc, a New York native and former Patriot Sprint Tour feature winner; "Mad Max" Stambaugh, an Elida, Ohio, native who claimed back-to-back NRA "360" Sprint Invaders championship runner-up finishes; and Clyde, Ohio's Roger Campbell, the most recent to add his name to the rookie list, will also follow the Arctic Cat All Star trail in 2017, raising the total number of states represented to four within the "Rookie of the Year" chase.
The 2017 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions campaign will ignite officially on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 9-11, with three, full nights of Winter Nationals competition at the Bubba Raceway Park near Ocala, Florida. All three events will award a $5,000 top prize, as well as full points toward the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star championship. The upcoming visits will bring "America's Series" within close proximity of 30 total appearances at the Ocala-based oval since traveling commenced in 1970; recording 25 starts since February of 1991.
With Mother Nature claiming control during most of the Ocala visit in 2016, Kraig Kinser left Florida as the only victor during competition at Bubba Raceway Park. The Bloomington, Indiana, native held off Dale Blaney and Greg Hodnett for the highest spot on the podium. It was Kinser's first of two All Star victories in 2016.
Linder Aiming for All Star Rookie of the Year Award in 2017
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 26, 2017) - Ryan Linder is tackling the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions this year for the first time in his career.
Linder recently announced he is relocating his chassis business - X-1 Race Cars - from the desert to Central Pennsylvania. That change will allow him to pursue a dream as he chases the All Star Rookie of the Year Award.
"It's definitely a big hill to climb," he said. "We have everything it takes to travel if we can keep making enough money to make it to each race. Hopefully we can bring in some sponsors to help offset those costs.
"I think 410 racing is where everybody wants to be. With us relocating to that part of the country it allows me do it. Ryan (Smith) and I are going to race together and operate like a team to share information. That will really help me speed up the learning curve."
Linder is partnering with Bob Howard to compete at the All Star season-opening weekend, which is Feb. 9-11 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Linder will skip the following week at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., before rejoining the tour for good in April when the series opens in Ohio.
"Jeremy Bitner has been really instrumental in helping put this move together," Linder said. "Also, I want to say a big thanks to Ryan and Danny at DMY Performance for looking the engine over before we go to Florida."
Linder has one 410ci winged sprint car start, which came last November at Susquehanna Speedway in York Haven, Pa., when he drove for Smith.
"I'm looking for consistency this year," he said. "There's only three tracks on the tour I've been to. We're used to running 20-to-25 races per year in Arizona. We'll probably be in the 60-to-70 range or maybe more this year. It's a little overwhelming right now because I'm so focused on getting cars built for customers and the move organized. I'm looking forward to settling in so we can focus on racing. Growing up in Indiana, the first winged sprint car race I saw was an All Star race at Kokomo Speedway (in Kokomo, Ind.) in the 1990s. I've wanted to run with the All Stars ever since then."
Linder said he will also try to compete in as many shows in Central Pennsylvania as well as select Empire Super Sprints events when he has off dates from the All Stars.
"I want to thank the Beer Hill Gang and PaPosseRacing for helping put the word out for what I'm doing," he said. "There are a lot of great people in the East that have been really supportive and I can't wait to get this season underway."
Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup to feature a record $200,000 purse during 25th anniversary in 2018
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – January 19, 2017...Already one of the most prestigious races in the Western United States the annual Trophy Cup will receive an even larger boost in 2018, with the announcement that the 25th anniversary event at Thunderbowl Raceway will showcase a three-night purse worth $200,000.
The elevated purse for the 2018 season further places the Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup in a league of its own when it comes to Winged 360 Sprint Car racing across the country. The major stipulation put in place is that to be eligible for the 25th anniversary showcase, an owner/driver must compete in this season's 24th annual event on October 19, 20 & 21.
An owner/ driver simply sending in an entry form this season won't make them eligible for 2018, something that is sure to spark interest in this year's race.
"We're happy to announce that the 25th Trophy Cup in 2018 will pay out a record $200,000 purse," commented event founder & organizer Dave Pusateri. "I really want the teams that have supported us over the years to be the ones that take part in the 25th anniversary and have a shot at the increased purse. That's the reason for making it mandatory that an owner/driver actually competes in this season's event. We really want these next two years to be the best ones yet, so everyone that races in 2017 is eligible to be a part of the event in 2018."
The Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup is not only known for featuring some of the best racing seen all year long, but it's also well regarded for being held to benefit one of the truly great organizations around, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With the Trophy Cup donating $150,000 at last year's event it brought the total amount of donations up to a staggering $1,420,000 since the event was created back in 1994. This coming season marks the 13th occasion that the Trophy Cup will be held at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.
With special events going on all weekend long, the Trophy Cup has turned into a true happening each season and one that fans flock to from all over the state of California & beyond.
"Everything that happens at the Trophy Cup wouldn't be possible without the support of all our sponsors & volunteers, the fans & teams that support us each season, as well as Steve Faria & the whole Thunderbowl Raceway staff," Pusateri said. "The Tulare Thunderbowl & the Tulare County Fairgrounds have been outstanding hosts of our event since 2005 and we can't thank them enough."
The winners share for the 25th annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup in 2018 is still to be determined and will be announced once firmed up. Tickets are on sale for this season's 24th running of the event and can be acquired by contacting 559-688-0909.
X-1 Race Cars Relocating to the Northeast to Better Serve Central Pennsylvania and New York
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 17, 2017) - X-1 Race Cars is moving across the country this spring.
The sprint car chassis company will shift its headquarters from the desert to the Northeast in an effort to expand the business in the hotbed of winged sprint car action in Central Pennsylvania and New York.
"We've had a huge response to the market in that part of the country so I want to expand my business there," X-1 Race Cars Founder Ryan Linder said. "Jason Barney is the one who got me started in that area and Ryan Smith has helped facilitate our move there so I want to thank them for being a major part of this."
Linder, who was born and raised in Mexico, Ind., and who has raced sprint cars since 2001, has been involved in the chassis industry since the late 1990s. He worked for chassis builders in Gasoline Alley as well as in California before creating X-1 Race Cars in 2010.
"I decided I could build a better race car than I could buy," he said. "I build each chassis to order for what a customer's needs are. We are very meticulous."
Additionally, Linder, who also has extensive experience building custom motorcycles and performing restorations within the vintage racing community, has made a name for himself in the custom header industry as a master fabricator and welder.
"X-1 Race Cars isn't just a guy in a garage piecing things together," he said. "We take a lot of pride in our craft of building the highest quality and most consistent chassis possible."
X-1 Race Cars, which will operate out of sprint car driver Dale Schweikert's shop near Lock Haven, Pa., also offers chassis repair and updates as well as any chassis components, including products from Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Saldana Racing Products, DMI, 87 Speed Racing Products, KSE Racing Products, Wilwood Brakes, Schroeder Series torsion bars, Outlaw Wings, King Racing Products, Smith Precision Products and Mote Fasteners.
"I couldn't make this move without the support of my wife, Holly, who has been pushing me to go east and take a chance," Linder said. "I would never consider doing something like this unless she was 100 percent behind it."
FAST Series set for growth in 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio – The 410 and 305 sprint teams who plan to the run the 2017 FAST series will compete for the highest purses in the nine year history of the organization.
“We have had a lot of interest in the FAST series over the winter and I’m proud that we will continue to give our local racers a chance to compete for more money than ever before. Of course none of that would be possible if not for the support of all our great marketing partners. I want to welcome All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads as the title sponsor of the 410 FAST series along with new presenting sponsor Ohio Logistics. Jon Horn and JLH General Contractor is once again stepping up as the title sponsor of the 305 FAST series with Engine Pro returning as presenting sponsor,” said Rich Farmer, FAST President.
“Kistler Racing Products was the title sponsor of the FAST 410 series since its inception and will continue to be a supporter of the organization. I can’t thank Paul Kistler enough for all he has done not only for FAST but for area racing in general,” Farmer added.
The FAST Series started in 2009 and was called the Fremont Attica Sprint Title. It was a way to promote the great racing and teams of North Central Ohio at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, and AtticaRacewayPark in Attica, Ohio, and get more funds into the hands of the dedicated weekly racers. But, Farmer said the teams expressed a desire to compete at a few other tracks and the 2017 FAST Series schedule accomplishes that goal along with continuing to promote both Fremont Speedway and AtticaRacewayPark.
“It’s all about showcasing the incredible talent we have in Ohio and giving our marketing partners more exposure. Of course a huge majority of the FAST events will take place at Attica and Fremont, but we’ve added a couple of new tracks for both the 410 and 305 sprints,” Farmer said.
“I’m very proud that our series charges tracks ZERO sanctioning fees and 100 percent of all the money raised goes directly into the pockets of the race teams. Our racers do this as a hobby and work for a living. Our focus is on the weekly racer…the guy who goes to work during the week and races on the weekend,” Farmer added.
The All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Series will compete in 25 races in 2017 – 20 of those are at either Attica or Fremont. FAST will participate with the Ohio Sprint Car Series (OSCS) in seven co-sanctioned events including a trip to the high banks of Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio on Saturday, April 29.
“I want to thank Brad McCown of the OSCS for working with us once again. It’s great when promoters can work together to make our sport stronger,” Farmer said.
For the first time the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Series will battle at the Waynesfield Raceway Park near Lima, Ohio on Monday, July 3 and to Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, PA. Saturday, August 19.
The 410 FAST series along with the OSCS will be part of a huge weekend of racing at Mansfield Motor Speedway near Mansfield, Ohio, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12 for the inaugural Great Lakes Dirt Nationals. The event, a conglomeration of all things open wheel, will feature the FAST and OSCS 410 Sprint Cars, as well as FAST 305 Sprint Cars and Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) wingless sprints. The Great Lakes Dirt Nationals is highlighted by the $15,000 to win event on Saturday for FAST/OSCS as well as $5,000 to Win BOSS and $3,000 to Win FAST 305 sprint cars.
“We have multiple events paying $5,000 to the winner as well as the massive $15,000 to win event at Mansfield,” Farmer said.
The JLH General Contractor 305 FAST Series presented by Engine Pro will compete in 18 events in 2017 – 12 of those at either Attica or Fremont. The group will also compete at WaynesfieldRacewayPark on Monday, July 3 and returns to the high banks of LimalandMotorsportsPark in Lima, Ohio on Friday, July 14 and a second date on Friday, Aug. 4. The FAST 305 series is part of the Great Lakes Dirt Nationals at Mansfield on Aug. 11-12 and once again pays a visit to MercerRacewayPark on Saturday, Aug. 19.
“At least half of the 305 FAST schedule will have increased purses from that of the weekly events,” Farmer said.
ALL PRO ALUMINUM CYLINDER HEADS FAST 410 SPRINT SERIES presented by Ohio Logistics 2017 Schedule
(Races may be added, cancelled or changed)
Friday, April 14 – AtticaRacewayPark
Saturday, April 22 – FremontSpeedway
Friday, April 28 – AtticaRacewayPark
Saturday, April 29 – Atomic Speedway (co-OSCS
Friday, May 5 – AtticaRacewayPark
Saturday, May 6 – FremontSpeedway
Friday, May 19 – AtticaRacewayPark
Saturday, May 20 – FremontSpeedway
Saturday, May 27 – FremontSpeedway (co-OSCS)
Friday, June 2 – Attica Raceway Park (co-OSCS)
Saturday, June 3 – FremontSpeedway
Friday, June 9 – AtticaRacewayPark
Saturday, June 10 – FremontSpeedway
Friday, June 30 – AtticaRacewayPark
Saturday, July 1 – FremontSpeedway
Monday, July 3 – WaynesfieldRacewayPark
Friday, July 28 – Attica Raceway Park (co-OSCS)
Saturday, July 29 – FremontSpeedwa
Saturday, Aug. 5 – FremontSpeedway
Friday, Aug. 11 – Mansfield Motor Speedway (co-OSCS)
Saturday, Aug. 12 – Mansfield Motor Speedway (co-OSCS)
Friday, Aug. 18 – AtticaRacewayPark
Saturday, Aug. 19 – MercerRacewayPark
Friday, Sept. 1 – AtticaRacewayPark
Friday, Sept. 15 – Fremont Speedway (co-OSCS, championship night)
Awards Banquet – Saturday, Dec. 2 at the American Legion in Fremont
THE JLH GENERAL CONTRACTOR FAST 305 SPRINT SERIES presented by Engine Pro 2017 Schedule
(Races may be added, cancelled or changed)
Saturday, April 22 – FremontSpeedway
Friday, April 28 – AtticaRacewayPark
Friday, May 19 – AtticaRacewayPark
Saturday, May 20 – FremontSpeedway
Friday, June 9 – AtticaRacewayPark
Saturday, June 10 – FremontSpeedway
Friday, June 30 – AtticaRacewayPark
Saturday, July 1 – FremontSpeedway
Monday, July 3 – WaynesfieldRacewayPark
Friday, July 14 – LimalandMotorsportsPark
Friday, July 28 – Attica Raceway park
Saturday, July 29 – FremontSpeedway
Friday, Aug. 4 – LimalandMotorsportsPark
Friday, Aug. 11 – Mansfield Motor Speedway
Saturday, Aug. 12 – Mansfield Motor Speedway
Friday, Aug. 18 – AtticaRacewayPark
Saturday, Aug. 19 – MercerRacewayPark
Friday, Sept. 15 – FremontSpeedway – Championship Night
Awards Banquet – Saturday, Dec. 2 at the American Legion in Fremont
ENGINE PRO SPRINTS ON DIRT PRESENTED BY ARP 2017 SCHEDULE RELEASED
ERIE, MI (January 13, 2017) – After the success and popularity of its new beyond limits format of Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP in its inaugural year, the 2017 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt schedule has been eagerly awaited. It has now been released and SOD will return to Butler Speedway, Crystal Motor Speedway, Hartford Speedway, Merritt Speedway, and Thunderbird Raceway. In addition, Baer Field Motorsports Park and Manistee County Fairgrounds Speedway will also host SOD races. The season will open on April 29th at the traditional home of the SOD season opener, Crystal Motor Speedway. The season will end at Crystal Motor Speedway on September 2nd with SOD's biggest race of the year, the Mike Olrich Memorial Race.
Three Mini-series in 2017
The ever-popular MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge will once again be a highlight of the 2017 schedule. Joining the BLC in 2017 will be two more mini-series, the Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash and the King Engine Bearings King of Michigan. Each mini-series will have its own point fund and will pay its champion $1,000. Each champion will have a guaranteed starting spot in the Mike Olrich Memorial Race.
MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge – Known as the MAHLE/Clevite Short Track Challenge until last season, the MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge has been a big hit with racers and fans alike for several years. The BLC will once again be held at five different speedways this season. MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge dates and speedways are:
May 20 @ Baer Field Motorsports Park
June 10 @ Thunderbird Raceway
June 24 @ Merritt Speedway
July 15 @ Crystal Motor Speedway
August 4 @ Manistee County Fairgrounds
Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash – New for 2017, the Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash will give Butler regulars and SOD competitors an opportunity to face off against each other during all three SOD races held at Butler Speedway. The races will be held on three weekends that draw broad interest since two are during the Michigan International Speedway NASCAR weekends and the other during the MIS Faster Horses Festival weekend. Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash dates are: June 17; July 22;August 12
King Engine Bearings King of Michigan - The King Engine Bearings King of Michigan, traditionally a prestigious single race event, has been expanded to include all four SOD races held at Hartford Speedway. The combination of Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP (Hartford's most popular races over the last three years), the expanded KoM format, and the new Hartford track configuration is sure to be a spectacular crowd pleaser. King Engine Bearings King of Michigan dates are: May 19; June 16; August 11; September 1
The three mini-series give competitors an opportunity to achieve success within the full, season-long SOD series. While bad luck can put a racer behind the eight ball, they will now have three separate mini-series in which to make up for their misfortune.
Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented By ARP 2017 Schedule
Saturday, April 29 (rain date May 6) - Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, MI
Friday, May 19 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI, King Engine Bearings King of Michigan Race 1
Saturday, May 20 (rain date May 21) - Baer Field Motorsports Park, Fort Wayne, IN, MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge 1
Saturday, June 10 - Thunderbird Raceway, Muskegon, MI, MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge 2
Friday, June 16 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI, King Engine Bearings King of Michigan Race 2
Saturday, June 17 - Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI, Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash Race 1
Saturday, June 24 - Merritt Speedway, Lake City, MI, MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge 3
Saturday, July 15 - Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, MI, MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge 4
Saturday, July 22 - Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI, Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash Race 2
Friday, August 4 - Manistee Co. Fairgrounds, Onekama, MI, Onekama Days, MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge 5
Friday, August 11 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI, King Engine Bearings King of Michigan Race 3
Saturday, August 12 - Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI, Driven Racing Oil Battlegrounds Bash Race 3
Saturday, August 19 - Merritt Speedway, Lake City, MI, Allstar Performance Open Wheel Spectacular
Friday, September 1 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI, King Engine Bearings King of Michigan Race 4
Saturday, September 2 - Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, MI, Mike Olrich Memorial Race
BRYAN CLAUSON NAMED 2016 RECIPIENT OF “THOMAS J. SCHMEH AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE SPORT” By NORTH AMERICAN SPRINT CAR POLL
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 11, 2017) - The late sprint car driver Bryan Clauson of California and then Indiana has been named the recipient of the 2016 “Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport” by all three voting panels of the North American Sprint Car Poll. According to poll founder and current National Sprint Car Museum curator Tom Schmeh, after whom the award was permanently named back in 2014, “The poll’s Outstanding Contribution Award is the museum foundation’s highest honor for current achievers in the sport, as it is voted on by industry insiders from the 360-, 410-cubic-inch, and non-winged sprint car divisions. I think our panelists saw Bryan’s legacy with the Race to Save Lives organ donation program and they decided this just had to happen. It speaks to the genuine respect that voters in all three classes had for what Bryan accomplished during his short but remarkable life and career.”
Past recipients of the North American Sprint Car Poll’s “Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award” are as follows: Dave Darland, Sammy Swindell, Fred Rahmer, Johnny Gibson, the late Jerry Reigle, Steve Sinclair, Kasey Kahne, Tom Schmeh, Dick Jordan, the late Fred Brownfield, Doug Auld, the late Hank Gentzler, Tony Stewart, Emmett Hahn, Allan Holland, Dave Argabright, Ron Shuman, the late Kevin Gobrecht, Jack Hewitt, the late Jack Miller, Brad Doty, Art & Carol Malies, Dave Bowman, Ralph Capitani, the late Ted Johnson, Mark Kuchan, Steve Kinser, the late Don Martin, Steve Beitler, Lee Brewer, Jr., Mark Kinser, Frank Lewis, the late Earl Baltes, Casey & Beverly Luna, Elayne Hoff, Jean Lynch, the late J.W. Hunt, and Bert Emick.
The North American Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. All awards will be distributed in 2017 at tracks throughout North America. This award was announced at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma
EIGHT INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED AS “CLASS OF 2017” FOR NATIONAL SPRINT CAR HALL OF FAME
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 10, 2017) -The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the names of its eight inductees for 2017. Those that will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 3, during the twenty-eighth annual ceremonies in Knoxville, Iowa, are:
Drivers: Dave Darland, Tony Elliott, Terry McCarl
Owners-Mechanics-Builders-Manufacturers-Car Sponsors: Guy Forbrook, John Singer.
Promoters-Officials-Media Members-Event/Series Sponsors: Doug Auld, W. Pat Sullivan.
Pre-1945: Earl Cooper.
According to National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation executive director Bob Baker, “I know I say this every year, but we truly are very proud of the work done by our 72-member National Induction Committee. I think we have a great group of inductees this year, with most being honored in their lifetime. We look forward to our twenty-eighth induction banquet on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 3.”
Those seeking more information on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame can visit www.sprintcarhof.com. Also, the museum can be reached at 641-842-6176.
Jackson Motorplex Introduces Loyalty Travel Program, Points Fund and Other Financial Bonuses to 410ci Winged Sprint Car Teams in 2017
Inside Line Promotions - JACKSON, Minn. (Jan. 10, 2017) - Jackson Motorplex has created several incentive programs for 410ci winged sprint car teams in 2017.
First, officials at the half-mile oval will offer a loyalty travel bonus, which is calculated on the miles a team will travel to compete as well as the number of events a team has raced in. There are nine 410 sprint car events that qualify (listed at the end of the press release) and mileage will be calculated from the race team's shop during each event.
Teams that travel 500 miles or more will receive $350 per race, 400 to 499 miles ($250 per race), 300 to 399 miles ($200 per race), 200 to 299 miles ($125 per race), 100 to 199 miles ($50 per race) and up to 99 miles ($25 per race). For example, if a team traveled at least 500 miles to all nine 410 events it would garner $3,150 from the loyalty travel program. If a team misses one race it will receive 80 percent of eligible bonus money while two missed races doles out 50 percent of the bonus money. All bonus money will be paid at the 2017 Jackson Motorplex banquet.
There is a limited amount of money in the loyalty travel program so teams need to sign up by Feb. 15 to be eligible. To see the breakdown of the event dates and bonuses, as well as to find a form to fill out, visit http://www.JacksonMotorplex.com/rules .
"We are looking forward to building 410 sprint car racing at Jackson Motorplex and the upper Midwest in 2017 and beyond," Jackson Motorplex General Manager Doug Johnson said. "We are very excited to offer a loyalty travel program as well as a points fund and other bonuses in 2017."
Jackson Motorplex will have a points fund of more than $40,000 for eligible 410 winged sprint car teams in 2017. The track champion will receive $10,000 with second place netting $8,000 and third place $5,000. The top 14 eligible teams will make at least $1,000. Teams must compete in at least 75 percent of the 410 winged sprint car races to be eligible.
All 410 winged sprint car shows will pay at least $3,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $600 to start the A Main.
Additionally, DeBerg Concrete has stepped up to create the DeBerg Concrete 410 Challenge in which all regular points shows have added money for passing cars in the A Main. This bonus money will be paid the night of the event.
Any questions should be directed to Johnson at 605-359-4955.
DATE 410 EVENT POINTS
May 12 Spring Nationals Full Points
May 26 Danny Williams Memorial Full Points
June 1-3 AGCO Jackson Nationals Show-Up Points
June 23 Full Points
June 30 Full Points
July 14 Full Points
July 28 Fair Race Full Points
Aug. 19 Full Points
Sept. 1-2 Fall Classic Full Points Each Day
Ohio Sprint Car Series presented by Ohio Heating announces tentative 25-race slate, point fund and contingency awards for 2017
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (January 5, 2017) - Boasting a schedule reaching nearly 30 events across much of the Buckeye State, the Ohio Sprint Car Series presented by Ohio Heating will work to achieve a new level of success in 2017, showcasing a schedule, point fund and contingency program that exceeds seasons prior. Now partnered with Ohio Heating as the presenting sponsor, the Ohio Sprint Car Series presented by Ohio Heating will promote talent and competitiveness during 25 confirmed dates in 2017, with the potential for others to be confirmed during the next several weeks.
"First and foremost, I want to welcome Ohio Heating to the Ohio Sprint Car Series family," said Brad McCown, Ohio Sprint Car Series owner. "They will be the presenting sponsor for the series in 2017, and I am confident that their help and support will only push our series toward bigger and better things. The schedule is exciting so far, but we still have some dates to add; hopefully more than expected. The help and support from all of our great partners, as well as the leadership from all of our officials, will certainly make for an exciting season in 2017. I'm ready to begin."
Under the direction of Series Race Director Jack Hewitt, and series officials Bob Chaney and Sherry Myers, the Ohio Sprint Car Series presented by Ohio Heating will visit six different facilities during their 2017 campaign, highlighting the season with multiple co-sanctioned events with the FAST Sprint Title Series and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. A total of eight co-FAST programs will be conducted in 2017, capped off with the $5,000-to-win Jim Ford Classic at Fremont Speedway on September 16. In addition, a total of twelve events on the schedule will award a minimum of $3,000.
The 2017 Ohio Sprint Car Series season will hit high gear on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 10-12, with a mega, three-day weekend at the recently revamped Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio. With plans to cover the half-mile, paved oval with dirt, the Mansfield complex, now operated by Cody Sommer, will host back-to-back co-sanctioned blockbusters featuring the Ohio Sprint Car Series presented by Ohio Heating and the FAST Sprint Title Series. The weekend will begin with a $3,000-to-win preliminary program on Friday, August 11, followed by a $15,000-to-win colossus on Saturday, August 12; the largest payday in Ohio Sprint Car Series history. Open practice will be conducted on Thursday, August 10.
Ohio Sprint Car Series presented by Ohio Heating competitors will compete for an overall point fund exceeding $23,000 in 2017. Divided amongst the top-ten point finishers at the conclusion of the season, the 2017 champion will earn $7,500, followed by $4,000 for second, $2,500 for third, $2,000 for fourth, and $1,500 for fifth. Point finishers in positions sixth through tenth will earn $1,400, $1,300, $1,200, $1,100, and $1,000, respectively.
Drivers will also be eligible for multiple contingencies that will be awarded during each and every program. Nightly contingency awards will be supported by Millhone Motorsports, Saldana Racing Products and Pyrotect, with more expected to join the list before the season begins.
"We have a long list of dedicated supporters that are a part of this series, but we are always looking for ways to create new, professional partnerships," McCown explained. "Those who would like to discuss those possibilities should contact me directly. We are constantly looking for ways to extend the Ohio Sprint Car Series family."
2017 OSCS presented by Ohio Heating Schedule (Tentative):
April 1 - Atomic Speedway
April 28 - Moler Raceway Park
April 29 - Atomic Speedway (co-FAST Event: $3,000-to-win)
May 6 - Wayne County Speedway
May 12 - TBA
May 13 - Atomic Speedway
May 20 - Atomic Speedway
May 27 - Fremont Speedway (co-FAST Event: $5,000-to-win)
June 2 - Attica Raceway Park (co-FAST Event: $3,000-to-win)
June 3 - Atomic Speedway
June 10 - Wayne County Speedway
July 1 - Wayne County Speedway
July 2 - Atomic Speedway: "Stars 'n Stripes 30" $3,000-to-win
July 22 - Atomic Speedway
July 28 - Attica Raceway Park (co-FAST Event: $3,000-to-win)
July 29 - Wayne County Speedway
August 4 - Moler Raceway Park - "Freedom 40 Qualifier"
August 5 - Atomic Speedway - "Freedom 40"-$5,000-to-win
August 10 - Mansfield Motor Speedway (Open Practice)
August 11- Mansfield Motor Speedway - "Great Lakes Dirt Nationals" (co-FAST: $3,000-to-win)
August 12 - Mansfield Motor Speedway - "Great Lakes Dirt Nationals" (co-FAST: $15,000-to-win)
August 18 - TBA
August 19 - Wayne County Speedway
August 25 - Atomic Speedway - Open Wheel Championship (co-All Star: $5,000-to-win)
September 2 - Atomic Speedway
September 15 - Fremont Speedway (co-FAST Event: $3,000-to-win)
September 16 - Fremont Speedway - "Jim Ford Classic" (co-FAST Event: $5,000-to-win)
September 30 - Atomic Speedway - "OSCS Championship Night" $4,000-to-win
2017 OSCS presented by Ohio Heating point fund:
King of the West Series Slated For 17 Race Schedule in 2017
Aptos, CA)- With the calendar switching to 2017, the Prentice Motorsports Group is pleased to announce a 17-race schedule for the highly popular King of the West Series in what will be there 32nd season of operation on the West Coast.
"I really hope our teams and fans enjoy this schedule that is made up of some traditional events, return to a former site we used to visit, and a trip to a facility for the first time in our existence," PMG President John Prentice said.
The Series will embark on eight venues in the year ahead ranging from Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA all the way down to the new Kern County Raceway near Bakersfield, CA.
The action will kick off on March 4th as the stars and cars of the King of the West Series make their first of two visits to Silver Dollar Speedway as they take top billing in the Mini Gold Cup.
April 8th is slated for the lone event at the up and coming Kern County Raceway near Bakersfield, CA before invading Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA on April 22nd for the highly popular Peter Murphy Classic. In its fourth year of existence the Murphy moves from it's regularly seen July date to the new April date.
May 6th will mark the final visit of the year at Silver Dollar Speedway for another highly anticipated in the name of the 27th Annual Dave Bradway, Jr Memorial.
The following week fans in Placerville, CA will be in for a treat as the series makes it's lone stop at the always exciting ¼ mile bullring on May 13th before the second of three stops at Thunderbwol Raceway in Tulare, CA comes on May 20th for the Chris and Brian Faria Memorial.
June 3rd marks the first of two return trips to the unique Antioch Speedway with the second and final visit coming on August 5th.
The third and final trip to Thunderbowl Raceway comes on June 10th a week before the first of two visits at the scenic Petaluma Speedway slated for June 17th with the second visit coming on August 26th.
Continuing to run in the cool climate, June 23rd will be the first three stops at Ocean Speedway's ¼ mile bullring with return trips coming on July 15th for the 7th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic, and on October 6th.
The Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA will again be on the King of the West Schedule in 2017 with the first visit coming on July 1st, and the second and final visit taking place on October 14th as part of the 32nd Annual Cotton Classic.
The season will come to a dramatic end on November 4th at the popular Stockton Dirt Track in a program that will certainly be a can't miss event with the 360's also on the card.
In 2017 each King of the West event will offer up at least $3,000 to the feature event winner, and pay at least $500 to start with feature event with B main non qualifiers taking home $100. The 2017 point fund will mirror what it paid in 2016.
MARCH 4----Silver Dollar Speedway (Mini Gold Cup)
APRIL 8-----Kern County Speedway
APRIL 22 –-- Thunderbowl Raceway (Night 2 Peter Murphy Classic)
May 6 ---------Silver Dollar Speedway (Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial)
MAY 13 –-----Placerville Speedway
MAY 20----- -Thunderbowl Raceway (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
JUNE 3--------Antioch Speedway
JUNE 10------Thunderbowl Raceway
JUNE 17------Petaluma Speedway
JUNE 23-----Ocean Speedway
JULY 1-------Keller Auto Speedway
JULY 15------Ocean Speedway (Night 2 of Kaeding Classic)
AUGUST 5----- Antioch Speedway
AUGUST 26-----Petaluma Speedway
OCTOBER 6 --–Ocean Speedway
OCTOBER 14 ---Kelluer Auto Speedway (Cotton Classic)
NOVEMBER 4 –Stockton Dirt Track (Championship Night)
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway announces 2017 racing schedule
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – December 27, 2016...The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare has released its 2017 schedule of events, as always putting a focus on special shows throughout the campaign.
Fifteen nights of action will be featured at the Tulare County Fairgrounds based one-third mile clay oval this coming season. Highlights include the traditional double header weekend on Friday & Saturday March 17 & 18 showcasing the national traveling World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series will be on hand both nights in March, while the Sport Mods will also compete during the Saturday finale.
Other notable Sprint Car events on the schedule include a return of the USAC/CRA Wingless 410's on April 8, the fourth annual Peter Murphy Classic on April 21 & 22, the annual Chris & Brian Faria Memorial on Saturday May 20, a visit by the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster on Saturday July 22 and the season ending 24th annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup on Thursday, Friday & Saturday October 19, 20 & 21.
The Peter Murphy Classic has also grown to be a big part of the Thunderbowl Raceway season and moves to an earlier date this season, rather than the traditional July one. This year's format for the first time will showcase Winged 360 Sprint Cars as the top billing on Friday night, while the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the USAC West Coast 360's highlight the card during the finale.
In addition to the Peter Murphy Classic the traveling King of the West 410 Sprints will also be on hand for the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial, as well as an event on Saturday June 10. Gaining in popularity each year the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars will compete in a total of five shows this season at the track, with those dates April 8, April 21, May 20, June 10 & July 22.
The season will get underway with the two-night Spring Nationals on Friday & Saturday February 24 & 25 featuring the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks & Mini Stocks. It will be a nice prelude to the late-season Dirt Nationals, which will be contested for the second straight year at the Thunderbowl. All the same divisions will return for the prestigious showcase on Friday & Saturday October 6 & 7.
Special thanks to all of our marketing partners for making everything possible at the Thunderbowl including Merle Stone Chevrolet, Budweiser, Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Roth Motorsports, KRC Safety, Western Metal, Southwest Contractors, Double "D" Towing and JD Heiskel & Company.
The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. More information can be found at our website www.thunderbowlraceway.com
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway 2017 Schedule
February 24: Spring Nationals- IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks & Mini Stocks
February 25: Spring Nationals- IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks & Mini Stocks
March 17: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & USAC West Coast 360 Sprints
March 18: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, USAC West Coast 360 Sprints & IMCA Sport Mods
April 8: USAC/ CRA Wingless 410 Sprint Car Series, USAC Western Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprints & IMCA Stocks
April 21: Fourth annual Peter Murphy Classic- Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprints & IMCA Modifieds
April 22: Fourth annual Peter Murphy Classic - King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars & IMCA Sport Mods
May 20: Chris & Brian Faria Memorial - King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, USAC West Coast 360 Sprints & Western RaceSaver Sprints
June 10: King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, Western RaceSaver Sprints, IMCA Sport Mods & Hobby Stocks
July 22: Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, Western RaceSaver Sprints & IMCA Modifieds
October 6: Dirt Nationals- IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks & Mini Stocks
October 7: Dirt Nationals- IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks & Mini Stocks
October 19: 24th annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup - Winged 360 Sprint Cars
October 20: 24th annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup - Winged 360 Sprint Cars
October 21: 24th annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup - Winged 360 Sprint Cars
with Paul McMahan at CJB Motorsports.
"We started to make some changes toward the end of last season, and Shane was a guy that Paul stated he would love to work with again if the opportunity presented itself," car owner Rick Rogers said. "Things worked out, and we are all very excited to see what we can do in 2017."
With the addition of Bowers, car chief Tyler Rhey will once again be back with the Destiny Motorsports team this upcoming season. Filling out the team will be another new addition to the crew, and that is Ben Kruse. Kruse will make his first adventure on the World of Outlaws trail after working with Bill Balog the last few seasons.
"I am thankful, and excited for this opportunity," Shane Bowers said. "Paul McMahan and I have a great relationship and I am happy we get to work together again. I also have to thank Rick and Barb Rogers for having faith in me to do this job."