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Michael Page Scores First Schaeffer's Spring Nationals Victory at Senoia Raceway

By Chris Tilley & Michael Despain

SENOIA, Ga. - Mar. 24, 2016 - Michael Page of Douglasville, Ga. captured his first career Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV on Friday Night at Senoia Raceway.

The win was worth $4,000 for the driver that pilots the Troy Baird Racing, Baird Transport, Elite Concrete, Baird Towing and T & T Trucking-sponsored, Andy Durham Racing Engines-powered Sweet-Bloomquist entry. Page became the 21st different winner in series history.

Dale McDowell and Michael Page would bring the field down to the green flag of the 40-lapper with Page getting out to the early lead. Donald McIntosh, who started sixth would make some noise early on in the main event getting to the third spot by the seventh lap. He would then pressure McDowell for the runner-up spot on the 11th lap as Page continued to lead the field. Heavy lapped traffic on the 14th lap would allow McDowell to close in on race leader Michael Page and the duo would eventually be side-by-side on the 18th lap. By lap 26, McIntosh would again challenge McDowell for the second spot as Page continued to stretch out his lead but not before lapped traffic would allow the two to bunch back up and battle for the race lead with just ten circuits to go. With seven laps to go, McIntosh would get by McDowell for the second spot but McDowell would get back around him as the laps started to wind down. Page would flex his muscle on the field with just a few circuits remaining and go on to win over McDowell, McIntosh, Casey Roberts and Brandon Overton.

No caution flags would slow the event. The feature race took just over eleven minutes to complete.

The Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV will return to action on Saturday Night at Senoia Raceway for a 50-lap $5,000-to-win show.

Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .

Official Summary of Results

Feature Results of "Spring Nationals" at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Ga. on March 24, 2017:

1. Michael Page-Douglasville, Ga.
2. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
3. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
4. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
5. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
6. Jonathan Davenport-Blairsville, Ga.
7. Clint Smith-Senoia, Ga.
8. Austin Horton-Whitesburg, Ga.
9. Jason Hiett-Oxford, Ala.
10. Jason Fitzgerald-Middleburg, Fla.
11. Riley Hickman-Cleveland, Tenn.
12. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
13. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
14. Ricky Weiss-Headingly, Manitoba, Canada
15. Dylan Ames-Harvest, Ala.
16. Zack Leonhardi-Cartersville, Ga.
17. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
18. Robby Moses-Maryville, Tenn.
19. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
20. Shane Fulcher-Thomaston, Ga.
21. Tyler Millwood-Kingston, Ga.
22. Earl Pearson Jr.-Jacksonville, Fla.

Time of Race: 11 minutes, 36 seconds
Margin of Victory: 01.111 seconds
Yellow Flags: None
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Page (1-40)
Entries: 35

Current Spring Nationals Points (after March 24, 2017)
1. Michael Page-200
2. Dale McDowell-196
3. Donald McIntosh-194
4. Casey Roberts-192
5. Brandon Overton-190
6. Jonathan Davenport-188
7. Clint Smith-186
8. Austin Horton-184
9. Jason Hiett-182
10. Jason Fitzgerald-180

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34 Raceway rolls out red carpet for April 1 Deery Series opener

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (March 24) – The track that hosted the first Deery Brothers Summer Series event rolls out the red carpet for the first IMCA Late Model tour event of the season next Satur­day, April 1.

The Deery Series returns to 34 Raceway for a $2,000 to win, minimum $300 to start opening night feature. Forty-eight previous events have been held at West Burlington, more than at any other track, in the tour's 30-year history.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded, as will special series points, as the tour switches to IMCA's 40-point system. Heat race points will be awarded (in 3-2-1 increments), also for the first time.

"We obviously have a long history with 34 Raceway and with the title sponsor of the series having a dealership in town, there is a lot of connection with West Burlington," noted IMCA President Brett Root. "It's good to see the series open there again."

Drivers with perfect series attendance in 2016 are eligible for the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels fea­ture qualifier drawing at 34 while Malvern Bank pays $50 in cash to the winner of each heat race.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. on race day, with the first green flag at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults and seniors, $15 for students and free for kids ages 10 and under.

More information is available by calling 319 752-3434 or 319 750-3454 and at the www.34raceway.com website.

Tyler Bruening is the defending series champion while ironman Darrel DeFrance has competed at all 467 events in tour history.

Hometown driver Jay Johnson was the winner and his father Johnny the runner-up in the first-ever series race on April 11, 1987 at 34. DeFrance finished eighth that night.

2016 Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 721; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 702; 3. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 677; 4. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 662; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 658; 6. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, 655; 7. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 627; 8. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 620; 9. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, 589; 10. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 571; 11. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 441; 12. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 431; 13. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 430; 14. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, 401; 15. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, 383; 16. Jus­tin Kay, Wheatland, 373; 17. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 351; 18. Curt Schroeder, Newton, 342; 19. Eric Pollard, Peosta, 296; 20. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher, 269.

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USRA Late Model explosion continues

WINONA, Minn. (March 20) -- Beginning in 2017, the USRA Late Model division will have a national points fund and a national champion will be crowned in the Summit Racing USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Mississippi Thunder Speedway owner/promoter Bob Timm has spearheaded the development and growth of the USRA Late Models, and several new venues are set to welcome the full-fendered machines during the 2017 racing season.

Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa; Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa; Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa; and Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wis., will work together to add an additional 18 races for the USRA Late Models in 2017.

The following schedule is in addition to all Friday night weekly races at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway:

April 22 - Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
May 13 - Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
May 20 - Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
May 27 - Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
June 16 - Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa
June 17 - Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
June 22 - Cresco Speedway Cresco, Iowa (Fair Race)
June 29 - Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
July 1 - Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis. (Firecracker Special)
July 2 - Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa
July 27 - Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis.
July 29 - Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
Aug. 3 - Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Aug. 10 - Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis.
Aug. 12 - Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
Sept. 14 - Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis. (Legendary)
Sept. 16 - Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
Sept. 21 - Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis. (Punky Manor)

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This Weekend's Events at Atomic and Brownstown Postponed

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BATAVIA, OH (March 15, 2017) - This weekend's events at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH and Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN have been postponed. With the forecast for mixed precipitation and unseasonably cold temperatures at both venues, Speedway and Series officials have agreed to postpone the events.

The 3rd Annual Buckeye Spring 50 will now take place on Thursday, April 20th. The event will feature a complete program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. The Open Wheel Modifieds will compete for $1,000-to-win.

The Thursday, April 20th event at Atomic Speedway precedes a trio of events that includes: Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) on Friday, April 21st; Hagerstown Speedway (Hagerstown, MD) on Saturday, April 22nd; and concludes with Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA) on Sunday, April 23rd.

For more information, visit www.atomicspeedway.net.

The 20th Annual Indiana Icebreaker - now dubbed The Tribute to Steve Barnett - sets up an action-packed doubleheader at Brownstown Speedway on Friday-Saturday, September 22nd-23rd.

The Tribute to Steve Barnett on Friday, September 22nd will include a complete program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 30-lap, $7,000-to-win main event. The action will ratchet up on Saturday, September 23rd with the 38th Annual Jackson 100 - featuring a full program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 100-lap, $15,000-to-win main event.

For tickets and more information, visit www.brownstownspeedway.com.

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Southern Nationals Bonus Series Event at Tri-County Postponed; Boyd's Speedway still on for Saturday

By Chris Tilley, Southern Nationals Bonus Series P.R. Coordinator

BRASSTOWN, NC (March 15, 2017)--Due to cold temperatures forecasted and late rain for Friday night, promoter Ray Cook regrettably has to postpone the Season Opening Southern Nationals Bonus Series event scheduled for Friday Night March 17, 2017 at Tri-County Race Track. A makeup date for the Tri-County Race is TBA.

Saturday's Shamrock 40 event at Boyd's Speedway is still on as scheduled.

Saturday March 18th the tour will visit the David Duplissey and Dale McDowell promoted Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. for a 40-lap $4,000-to-win and $400-to-start event. This year's edition of the Shamrock 40 will also feature racing in the Crate Late Models ($1,500-to-win), Sportsman ($600-to-win), Hobby ($300-to-win) and Street Stocks ($300-to-win). Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga. won the 2016 Southern Nationals Bonus Series version of the Gobbler race that paid $10,000-to-win at Boyd's Speedway. Shanon Buckingham of Morristown, Tenn. opened the 2017 season at Boyd's Speedway with his $3,500 Cabin Fever 40 victory January 28th in the Schaeffer's Oil Iron-Man Championship Series event.

On Saturday at Boyd's Speedway, the pit gates will open at 3:00 pm and the grandstand gates will open at 4:00 pm with the driver's meeting slated for 6:00 pm and the hot laps will roll out soon after. Adult general admission is $20.00 and adult pit passes are $35.00.

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Owens and Madden on Front Row for Tennessee Tipoff Classic at Smoky Mountain

By Michael Despain

MARYVILLE, TN (March 10, 2017)- The Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals presented by Sunoco/Tennessee RV would begin their 2017 slate with the opening night of the 4th Annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Friday evening. A total of 23 drivers would test their wares in four ten-lap qualifying heat race events to determine the first eight rows for the main event on Saturday afternoon.

Heat one would see outside polesitter Jimmy Owens drive past polesitter Jonathan Davenport exiting turn four to complete lap one and drive away to victory, with Davenport scoring the runner-up spot. Shanon Buckingham would finish in the third position, with Mike Marlar taking the fourth and final transfer spot.

Heat two would see Donald McIntosh and Scott Bloomquist battle for the lead on the opening lap of the race, with McIntosh taking control and driving to a comfortable victory, with Bloomquist finishing in the second position. Michael Chilton would finish in the third position, with a fast-closing Brandon Overton finishing in the fourth and last transfer spot.

Chris Madden would dominate the action in heat three, with Dale McDowell finishing 2.130 seconds behind Madden at the checkered flag in the event to finish second. The third and fourth transfer positions from heat three would go to Robby Moses and Ricky Weiss.

The fourth heat would see the original front row of Tim McCreadie and Skip Arp moved to the second row after two failed attempted starts. Joey Coulter and Jason Croft would then bring the field to green and Croft would grab the race lead, with Coulter, McCreadie, and Arp in a three-wide battle for second. McCreadie would win the battle and reel in race leader Croft and take the lead on lap 6 and drive on the race win, with Croft finishing in second. Arp and Coulter would complete the top four finishers.

The 4th Annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic for the Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals presented by Sunoco/Tennessee RV will conclude Saturday afternoon March 11 with one B-Main event and the 75 lap, $15,000 to win A-Main contest. Gates will open at 11:00 a.m., with practice laps set to begin at 1:30 p.m., with racing action to follow.

For more information concerning the Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals presented by Sunoco/Tennessee RV, contact Series Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series Public Relations Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the tour's official website at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.

Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals presented by Sunoco/Tennessee RV- Event #1
Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, TN)- March 10, 2017
Official Summary of Results Night One (Heat Races/Time Trials)

Entries- 23
Fastest Qualifiers:
Group A- Jonathan Davenport 15.913
Group B- Chris Madden 15.875 (Overall)

Heat One (10 Laps/Top 4 Finishers Transfer)- Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Shanon Buckingham, Mike Marlar, Stacy Boles (DNS- Tommy Kerr)

Heat Two (10 Laps/Top 4 Finishers Transfer)- Donald McIntosh, Scott Bloomquist, Michael Chilton, Brandon Overton, David Payne, Billy Ogle, Jr.

Heat Three (10 Laps/Top 4 Finishers Transfer)- Chris Madden, Dale McDowell, Robby Moses, Ricky Weiss, Mark Douglas, Vic Hill

Heat Four (10 Laps/Top 4 Finishers Transfer)- Tim McCreadie, Jason Croft, Skip Arp, Joey Coulter, Ryan King

4th Annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic Sweet 16 A-Main Line-Up
Row 1: Jimmy Owens - Chris Madden
Row 2: Donald McIntosh - Tim McCreadie
Row 3: Jonathan Davenport - Dale McDowell
Row 4: Scott Bloomquist - Jason Croft
Row 5: Shanon Buckingham - Robby Moses
Row 6: Michael Chilton - Skip Arp
Row 7: Mike Marlar - Ricky Weiss
Row 8: Brandon Overton - Joey Coulter
Row 9: B-Main Winner - B-Main 2nd Place
Row 10: B-Main 3rd Place - B-Main 4th Place
Row 11: Provisional Starter - Provisional Starter

Last Chance Showdown B-Main Starting Line-Up (10 Laps/Top 4 Finishers Transfer)
Row 1: Stacy Boles - Mark Douglas
Row 2: David Payne - Ryan King
Row 3: Tommy Kerr - Vic Hill
Row 4: Billy Ogle, Jr.

Official Time Trials
Group A (Driver/Hometown/Fastest Lap)
1. Jonathan Davenport (Blairsville, GA)- 15.913
2. Donald McIntosh (Dawsonville, GA)- 15.927
3. Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN)- 15.944
4. Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN)- 16.095
5. Shanon Buckingham (Morristown, TN)- 16.111
6. Michael Chilton (Salvisa, KY)- 16.166
7. Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN)- 16.167
8. David Payne (Murphy, NC)- 16.198
9. Tommy Kerr (Maryville, TN)- 16.469
10. Brandon Overton (Evans, GA)- 16.485
11. Stacy Boles (Clinton, TN)- 16.552
12. Billy Ogle, Jr. (Knoxville, TN)- 16.677

Group B (Driver/Hometown/Fastest Lap)
1. Chris Madden (Gray Court, SC)- 15.875
2. Tim McCreadie (Watertown, NY)- 16.122
3. Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA)- 16.138
4. Skip Arp (Georgetown, TN)- 16.311
5. Robby Moses (Maryville TN)- 16.431
6. Joey Coulter (Concord, NC)- 16.442
7. Mark Douglas (Knoxville, TN)- 16.484
8. Jason Croft (Woodstock, GA)- 16.609
9. Vic Hill (Mosheim, TN)- 16.621
10. Ryan King (Seymour, TN)- 16.841
11. Ricky Weiss (Headingly, Manitoba, Canada)- No Time

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Pennsylvania's Mike Pegher Jr. Picks Up $2,000 Cochran Speedway Payday

Cochran, GA - The long haul to Cochran Motor Speedway for rounds 6 and 7 of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout for the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series was worth the trip as Cranberry Township, PA driver Mike Pegher Jr. picked up the $2,000, 40 lap feature win on Friday night March 10th at the 3/8th mile dirt oval in Cochran, GA.

Pegher drove his Royal Flush sponsored Rocket XR1 Chassis to a dominating performance by setting fast time and leading from flag to flag for the first of two nights of action at Chris and Joni Martin's speedway. Pegher's win made him the 6th different winner in the 6 events held so far in 2017 during the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout proving the competitiveness of the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series competitors.
 
37 of the best NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series drivers from across the country signed in for night one's action which utilized Sunoco Race Fuels Group A & B Qualifying to determine the lineup for the first 5 rows of the feature and B-Main Line Ups to set the remainder of the 24-car starting field. While Pegher grabbed overall fast qualifier honors, which earned him and additional bonus from local sponsor Last Air Heating and Cooling, it was Blackshear, GA's Ryan Carter who set atop the chart for Group B in his Mark's Auto Body CVR putting him on the outside front row for the feature.
 
The Top 5 Qualifiers from Group A & B locked into the feature with three Chevrolet Performance B-Mains to determine the remainder of the starting grid. Riley Hickman picked up Chevrolet Performance B-Main #1 Win in his Hickman Manufacturing CVR. Tyrone, GA native Jody Knowles picked up B-Main #2 Win in his Knowles Trucking/Gentry Auto Parts machine, and the "MagicMan" Mark Whitener piloted his ULC Motorsports #5 machine to the win for B-Main #3.
 
Mike Pegher Jr. would lead the field to green and quickly go to work setting a blistering pace. The field would quickly get to work when recent winner Jamie Perry would slow his #P4 machine down the back straightaway to draw the first caution flag of the night on lap 6. On the lap 6 restart Pegher would once again get back to business with fierce action taking place among the top 5. Caution would wave once again on lap 28 for the 101 machine of Forrest Trent after contact with another machine put him against the inside wall at the start/finish line. From the lap 28 restart it would appear that Pegher had the field easily covered up to that point, but as the laps wound down Brandon, FL's Kyle Bronson had put Pegher in his sights. With the white flag waving, Bronson would pull to within four car lengths heading down the back straightaway, and made one final charge at Pegher exiting turn four with the Sunoco Checkered flag waving. Bronson would come up just short with Pegher taking the win, Bronson second, Cleveland, TN hot shoe Jimmy Elliott third, Forrest Trent fourth, and Mark Whitener rounding out the top 5.
 
The NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series returns to Cochran Motor Speedway Saturday Night March 11th for round 7 of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series featuring a $5,000 to win, 60 lap main event. Gates will open at 12 Noon with Driver's Meeting Scheduled for 5 P.M. EST.

For more information on Cochran Motor Speedway visit www.cochranspeedway.com.  
 
Feature
1. Mike Pegher Jr.
2. Kyle Bronson
3. Jimmy Elliott
4. Forrest Trent
5. Mark Whitener    
6. Walker Arthur
7. Devin Dixon
8. Ryan Carter
9. Matt Henderson
10. Shep Lucas
11. Riley Hickman
12. John Owenby
13. Jimmy Thomas
14. Larry Harrod
15. Marcus Minga
16. Payton Freeman
17. Will Roland
18. Jody Knowles
19. Rhett Carter
20. Jordy Nipper
21. Cole Godowns
22. Jamie Perry
23. Joshua Bishop
24. Russell Brown Jr.

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Lucas Oil Late Models Return to Action Next Week

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BATAVIA, OH (March 10, 2017) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will resume competition next week with a visit to Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH on Friday, March 17th - followed by Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN on Saturday, March 18th.

A strong contingent of local and regional standouts are expected to battle the elite drivers of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in the 3rd Annual Buckeye Spring 50. In 2016, Jonathan Davenport claimed his second Buckeye Spring 50 victory over Brian Shirley, Jimmy Owens, Mike Marlar, and Darrell Lanigan.

The Friday, March 17th event at Atomic Speedway will feature a complete program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. The Open Wheel Modifieds will compete for $1,000-to-win.

The Atomic Speedway season opener will award a minimum of $10,000 on Friday night, but carries the potential to award even more if the super late model car count exceeds 75 entries. "To kick off the year with a major Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event like this is really special," Brad McCown, promoter of Atomic Speedway explained. "With that said, we would like to do something even more for the drivers that plan to make the trip to Atomic Speedway on March 17th. If the total car count reaches a minimum of 75, we will bump the purse from $10,000-to-win to $12,000-to-win, as well as guarantee $1,000 to each main event starter. We want this event to be massive; give the fans something to talk about for a long time."

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Adjusted Start Times for Saturday's Portion of the TN Tipoff Classic at Smoky Mountain

By Chris Tilley

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - Mar. 9, 2016 - With the chance of a wintry mix of weather late Saturday Night into Sunday, officials with Smoky Mountain Speedway have adjusted the start times for the Saturday portion of the Tennessee Tipoff Classic at the Maryville, Tenn. speed-plant.

Thursday's practice session from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm is on as scheduled as well as Friday's program which includes Qualifying and Heat Races for the Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series Super Late Models and a full show for the Sportsman Late Models paying $2,000-to-win.

The Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee R.V. will sanction the Fourth Annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic at the Maryville, Tenn. oval. The event pays $15,000-to-win and $750-to-start and boasts a purse in excess of $50,000. The feature distance is 75 laps.

Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. is the defending race winner which was sanctioned by the Spring Nationals Series. Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. and Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C. shared Tennessee Tipoff Classic victories during the event in 2014. Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga. claimed the rescheduled 2015 race after a rain out forced the postponement of the event. There have been three different Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series champions with Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind. taking the championship in 2013. Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn. won the series title in 2014 while driving the Blount Motorsports Rocket Chassis and Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga. again drove the Blount Motorsports entry to the title in 2015 and last season. The nation's best drivers will square off against the region's best during this must-see event.

On Thursday March 9, there will be an open practice session for all divisions from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. The price per person in the pit area is $20.00 while the grandstand will remain closed. Tier parking will be open and free to any spectators. The pits will open at 5:00 pm on Thursday night.

On Friday March 10, the pits will open at 2:00 pm, grandstands and tier parking open at 4:00 pm and the driver's meeting is set for 6:30 pm. Hot laps will roll out at 7:00 pm. Friday's program will feature practice, time trials and heat races for the Spring Nationals Series Late Models. The Sportsman Late Models will practice, qualify, heat race and compete 25 laps for $2,000-to-win and $125-to-start in their main event. There is a $50.00 entry fee and includes the transponder rental for the Sportsman division. A 20-car field minimum must be present for advertised purse.

On Saturday March 11, all gates will open at 11:00 am with the driver's meeting at 1:30 pm and hot laps scheduled to roll out at 2:00 pm. Saturday's program includes practice, 12-lap last chance races and the 75-lap $15,000-to-win Spring Nationals main event. The Street Stocks will practice, qualify, heat race and compete 25 laps for $2,000-to-win and $125-to-start. There is a $40.00 entry fee and includes the transponder rental for the Sportsman division. A 20-car field minimum must be present for advertised purse.

If 40 or more Super Late Models are signed in for the weekend's action, there will be a Non-Qualifiers race for cars that have not transferred into the feature event. The race will be 15 laps in distance and the winner plus the second place finisher will have a choice to make. The winner can choose to take $1,000 for the win and load their car or start 23rd in the main event. The second place finisher in the Non-Qualifier race will also have the option of taking $750.00 for the finish or taking the 24th starting spot in the feature event. All drivers that attempt to start the Non-Qualifiers race will receive $100 in tow money. The Spring Nationals Super Late Model entry fee for the Tennessee Tipoff Classic is $125.00. The Super Late Model tire rule for this event is as follows: Hoosier 1350 and 1600 along with the American Racer 48 and 56.

Friday's grandstand admission is $15.00 for adults. Adult tier parking admission is $20.00 and adult pit passes are $30.00. Saturday's grandstand admission is $30.00 for adults. Adult tier parking is $35.00 and adult pit passes are $40.00. A two-day adult general admission pass for Friday and Saturday is $40.00 and a two-day adult tier parking ticket is $50.00 and both must be purchased on Friday.

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Raceway 7 sets 2017 Race Car Show for Ashtabula Mall

Conneaut, OH (March 4, 2017): The opening event of Raceway 7's 2017 season will be the held at the Ashtabula Towne Square, Ashtabula, OH on April 8-9, 2017. The mall is located at 3315 N Ridge Rd E in Ashtabula.

Cars will be brought into the mall at mall closing on Friday April 7 and be on display Saturday and Sunday during regular mall hours, closing at 5 PM Sunday.

For the show all cars must be completely empty of fuel with the fuel filler being sealed. Tires must rest on mats and there must be a 'drop mat' under the cars for drive train leaks. The car's battery must be disconnected or (preferably) removed.

Raceway 7 will open for the season on April 21 with the first of two scheduled 'test 'n tune' sessions starting at 7:30 and lasting for two hours. The second session will be Friday, April 28, also at 7:30 PM. Pit admission will be $20 for both events with grandstand admission free. Limited food concessions will be available.

The racing season will start on May 5th for the season at 7:30 PM with a regular show plus a fireworks show by Gibson Fireworks. Fireworks will also be displayed on May 26, June 30, and the season-ending night on September 1. Special events for each of the five classes will be held throughout the season with appearances scheduled for the Patriot Sprint Tour, the Big Block Modified Tour, the Penn/Ohio Street Stocks, Western Pennsylvania Vintage Modifieds, and a special Sunday event on July 23 for the Super Late Models. Special nights are scheduled for kids in uniform (July 7,admitted free), the Bob and Jackie Vogt Memorial on August 4, and the Topless Challenge for the CARS Crate Late Models on August 18.

A full night of racing will include the Evergreen Lake Park Campground CARS Crate Late Models, the Bonnell's Collision Service E-Mods, Bonnell's Auto Group Economods, Campbell's Mini Storage Street Stocks, and the always exciting McDonald's Sand and Gravel Mini Stocks.

Weather permitting, gates open every Friday at 5:30 PM with pill draw cut off at 7 PM and racing at 7:30 PM. VIP suites are available for rental for $250 a night which includes eight general admissions passes. Admission is set for $15 for adults for this special event, kids 7-14 are $5. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $25. For more information please visit www.raceway7.com or call the track on race day after 12 noon at 440-594-2222.

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Atomic's Buckeye Spring 50 will increase purse with 75 entries

CHILLICOTHE, OH (February 23, 2017) - In less than a month, the nation's top-talented super late model stars will invade Chillicothe, Ohio's Atomic Speedway, set to battle head-to-head with a tough, regional contingent of super late model competition, as well as Atomic Speedway's finest. Officially dubbed as the Third Annual Buckeye Spring 50, the Atomic Speedway season opener will award a minimum of $10,000 on Friday evening, March 17, but carries the potential to award even more if the super late model car count exceeds 75.

"To kick off the year with a major Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event like this is really special," Brad McCown explained, promoter of Atomic Speedway. "With that said, we would like to do something even more for the drivers that plan to make the trip to Atomic Speedway on March 17. If the total car count reaches a minimum of 75, we will bump the purse from $10,000-to-win to $12,000-to-win, as well as guarantee $1,000 to each main event starter. We want this event to be massive; give the fans something to talk about for a long time."

The Third Annual Buckeye Spring 50 featuring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will ignite with warm-ups at 6:00pm on Friday, March, 17, followed by qualifying time trials, heat race competition, and main events. The AMRA Modifieds will also be on the evening card competing for a $1,000 top prize. Pit gates are scheduled to open at 12:00pm, with general admission gates swinging open at 4:00pm. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit Atomic Speedway on the web at www.atomicspeedway.net.

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Bloomquist Holds On to Win at East Bay Raceway Park

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TAMPA, FL (February 17, 2017) - Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion Scott Bloomquist held off series newcomer Josh Richards to win the Friday night edition of the 41st Annual Wrisco Industries Winternationals - presented by E3 Spark Plugs at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL. It was Bloomquist's eighth career win at the 3/8-mile oval and the 78th of his career in LOLMDS competition.
 
Bloomquist took the lead on lap 19 from Don O'Neal and then held off Richards and Jonathan Davenport, who had come from ninth to challenge Bloomquist late in the race. The previous night's winner Tim McCreadie charged from 17th to finish fourth in the Sweeteners Plus, Longhorn Chassis - while O'Neal crossed the finish line fifth in the Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Club 29 Race Car for Clint Bowyer Racing.
 
O'Neal led the first lap of the race before Doug Drown charged to the lead on lap two. O'Neal then regained the top spot and held off Bloomquist until lap 16, when Bloomquist got around him just before the caution flag waved.
 
Bloomquist attributed his win to a multitude of people, including Randy Sweet who helped design the Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis that he drove to the victory. "We have a bunch of help this weekend that Randy brought down for us. It takes a more people to get this done than it used to."
 
"I definitely have to thank Reece Monument Company, Crop Production Services, Mark Martin Automotive, Sorbera Chiropractic, Crossfit Overton, Penske Shocks, Horton Coal, Petroff Towing, Base Racing Fuels, and Andy Durham Race Engines. The motor ran perfect," said the three-time LOLMDS champion in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.
 
Richards' Best Performance Motorsports, Dargie Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis entry came home in second as he embarks on his first full-season with the LOLMDS.
 
"If the cautions didn't come out we may have gotten him [Bloomquist]. Once the cautions came out there at the end I just had to protect the bottom. I ventured up the track in three and four that one lap and I figured I had better get back down. We just wanted to salvage second for a good night. We got behind in the heat race, we had a shock issue that messed us up some and I was riding wheelies out there," said the 28-year-old Richards.
 
Davenport's new Barry Wright Icon Chassis was impressive in its second run at East Bay Raceway Park this week. "When we went to the top, the car was really good. Dor the first part of the race we were just trying to save our stuff - I should have stayed up top for another lap. I thought my right rear was getting too hot. When I dropped down low that's when he [Richards] got by me."
 
Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Austin Hubbard, and Hudson O'Neal.
 
Race Summary
Friday, February 17th, 2017
Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Josh Richards, 3. Jonathan Davenport, 4. Tim McCreadie, 5. Don O'Neal, 6. Steve Francis, 7. Earl Pearson Jr., 8. Jimmy Owens, 9. Austin Hubbard, 10. Hudson O'Neal, 11. Tim Dohm, 12. Gregg Satterlee, 13. Dennis Erb Jr., 14. Bobby Pierce, 15. Kyle Bronson, 16. Doug Drown, 17. Jared Miley, 18.
Corey Conley, 19. Colton Flinner, 20. Nick Davis, 21. Kenny PettyJohn, 22. Darrell Lanigan, 23. Zack Dohm, 24.     
Timothy Culp, 25. Doug Horton, 26. Dustin Linville.

Race Statistics  
Entrants: 42
Lap Leaders: Don O'Neal (Lap 1); Doug Drown (Lap 2); Don O'Neal (Laps 3 - 15); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 16 - 50)
Time of Race: 37 minutes 14 seconds
 
Point Standings
1. Josh Richards 680
2. Jonathan Davenport 640
3. Tim McCreadie 620
4. Scott Bloomquist 615
5. Jimmy Owens 560
6. Don O'Neal 525
7. Earl Pearson Jr. 500
8. Brandon Overton 480
9. Steve Francis 470
9. Doug Drown 470

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2017
Feb. 17
1. Josh Richards 680
2. J. Davenport 640
3. Tim McCreadie 620
4. Scott Bloomquist 615
5. Jimmy Owens 560
6. Don O'Neal 525
7. Earl Pearson Jr. 500
8. Brandon Overton 480
9. Steve Francis 470
9. Doug Drown 470

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