Sheppard Romps to $13K Wild West Shootout Finale Win
By Lonnie Wheatley
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 14, 2018) – Reigning World of Outlaws Late Model champion stormed to a $13,000 triumph in dominant fashion by wiring the field in Sunday night's 50-lap Super Late Model feature that put the finishing touches on the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented O'Reilly Auto Parts at the 1/3-mile FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway clay oval.
Joining the New Berlin, IL, ace in Hoker Trucking Victory Lane in the finale of the six-race mini-series were Dustin Strand in Modifieds and Cole Searing in X Modifieds.
Coming away with Wild West Shootout crowns were Mike Marlar in Super Late Models, Johnny Scott in Modifieds and Searing in X Modifieds.
In the 50-lap Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transportation Wild West Shootout finale, Sheppard gunned into the lead at the outset and slipped away from the field after some early challenges from Marlar.
Even after the race's first caution erased Sheppard's substantial lead with just seven laps to go, he took off again and flashed under the checkered flag with a 1.884-second advantage despite losing power at the stripe.
"As soon as I took the white flag, it started vibrating pretty bad," Sheppard explained. "It was a good thing I had a pretty lead. I eased it around and it shut off at the line."
In Sheppard's wake, Marlar outdueled two-race series winner Ricky Weiss to finish off the Wild West Shootout title with a runner-up finish. It was Marlar's fifth finish among the top four in the six-race series.
"I was eyeballin' that trophy when we got here, thinking to myself that I'd like to that home," Marlar said after securing the title.
Weiss settled for the show position with Don Shaw and Cade Dillard rounding out the top five while Ryan Gustin was the final car on the lead lap in sixth.
Dates for the 2019 Wild West Shootout have been set for January 5, 6, 9, 11, 12 and 13.
"A" Main (50 Laps): 1. Brandon Sheppard, 2. Mike Marlar, 3. Ricky Weiss, 4. Don Shaw, 5. Cade Dillard, 6. Ryan Gustin, 7. Bobby Pierce, 8. Michael Maresca, 9. Jake O'Neil, 10. Justin Duty, 11. Billy Franklin, 12. Austin Siebert, 13. Chase Junghans, 14. Jason Rauen, 15. Terry Phillips, 16. Rodney Sanders, 17. Clay Daly, 18. Scott Ward, 19. Clint Smith, 20. Ricky Thornton Jr., 21. Colby Vandenbergh, 22. Tony Toste, 23. Kyle Beard, 24. David Breazeale.
Weiss Wires Wild West Shootout Round Five
By Lonnie Wheatley
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 13, 2018) – Canada's Ricky Weiss turned in a dominant performance in Saturday night's fifth round of Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented O'Reilly Auto Parts action by wiring the Super Late Model field in the 40-lap feature event atop the 1/3-mile FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway clay oval.
Weiss raced to a nearly six second triumph to pocket $5,000 in the non-stop affair for his second win of the six-race mini-series after topping the opener seven nights earlier.
"This thing works in the mud, it works in the slick, it works in the rubber, it works everywhere," Weiss commented afterwards.
While Weiss reached Hoker Trucking Victory Lane again, Stormy Scott and Josh Cain posted their first wins of the mini-series in accompanying Modified and X Modified competition.
In the 40-lap Super Late Models main event, Weiss gunned into the lead at the outset and wasted little time checking out on the field to keep himself alive for a potential Keyser Manufacturing bonus of $10,000 if he can make it three wins on the week in Sunday's $13,000-to-win finale. Don Shaw, also with a pair of wins, is eligible for the bonus as well.
Weiss streaked under the checkered flag a healthy 5.852-seconds ahead of Cade Dillard with Ryan Gustin, Brandon Sheppard and Shaw rounding out the top five.
"A" Main (40 Laps): 1. Ricky Weiss, 2. Cade Dillard, 3. Ryan Gustin, 4. Brandon Sheppard, 5. Don Shaw, 6. Scott Wrard, 7. David Breazeale, 8. Mike Marlar, 9. Michael Maresca, 10. R.C. Whitwell, 11. Garrett Alberson, 12. Bobby Pierce, 13. Chase Junghans, 14. Chris Simpson, 15. Ricky Thornton Jr., 16. Lance Matthess, 17. Kyle Beard, 18. Terry Phillips, 19. Clay Daly, 20. Austin Siebert, 21. Billy Franklin, 22. Rob Sanders, 23. Rob Mayea, 24. Justin Kay.
Shaw Scores Again in Wild West Shootout along with Schott and VandeKamp
By Lonnie Wheatley,
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 10, 2018) – Don Shaw made it two Wild West Shootout wins in a row by racing to victory lane in Wednesday night's 30-lap Super Late Model feature atop the 1/3-mile Arizona Speedway.
With his second win in a row, the Ham Lake, Minnesota racer still has a shot at a $100,000 Keyser Manufacturing bonus if he can run the table over the final three rounds this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
"Let's take this one step at a time," Shaw said after his second $5,000 triumph of the six-race mini-series.
While Shaw earned Super Late Model honors, Lucas Schott and Jason VandeKamp both made their first Wild West Shootout visit of the year to Hoker Trucking Victory Lane in Modified and X Modified action, respectively.
Shaw gridded the 30-lap Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transportation feature in the fourth position and took command when race leader Cade Dillard tangled in traffic after eleven laps.
Shawn paced the field the final 19 circuits and took the checkered flag 0.457-seconds ahead of reigning Wild West Shootout champ Bobby Pierce even as his engine lost power at the line.
"It shut off right when I crossed the flagstand, so I don't know what happened," Shaw explained.
Pierce settled for runner-up honors, commenting that, "We've got three more nights to go and I think we're getting better and better figuring out this car more."
Brandon Sheppard advanced ten positions to round out the podium in third with Mike Marlar maintaining his series points lead with a fourth-place run. Chase Junghans rounded out the top five.
"A" Main (30 Laps): 1. 42s-Don Shaw, 2. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 3. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 4. 157-Mike Marlar, 5. 18-Chase Junghans, 6. 32-Chris Simpson, 7. 01-Garrett Alberson, 8. 54x-David Breazeale, 9. 37w-Scott Ward, 10. 16-Austin Seibert, 11. 51-Joey Moriarty, 12. 89-Mike Spatola, 13. 90-Pat Doar, 14. 86-Kyle Beard, 15. 91T-Tony Toste, 16. 15-Justin Duty, 17. 75-Terry Phillips, 18. 7d-Austin Theiss, 19. 37x-Rob Mayea, 20. 7mm-Michael Maresca, 21. 17-Billy Franklin, 22. 44x-Clint Smith, 23. 32b-Clay Daly, 24. 97-Cade Dillard.
FASTRAK Racing Series season opener at Screven Motor Speedway February 9-10
Carnesville, GA – In less than a month the FASTRAK Racing Series will roar into the 2018 season at Screven Motor Speedway's Winter Freeze. Winter Freeze VIII will be held February 9th and 10th. The event will feature two complete shows for the FASTRAK Racing Series. The Pro Late Models will compete for $2,000 to win on Friday, the 9th, and $3,000 to win on Saturday, the 10th.
With FASTRAK's Night of Champions banquet only two weeks before the Winter Freeze on January 27th, officials have announced the event will be ran under the 2017 rule book. FASTRAK hosts an annual rules meeting during the day leading up to the Night of Champions. This will give teams plenty of time to get their cars prepared for the rest of the 2018 schedule.
The 2018 season will mark FASTRAK's 15th year of competition, as the series began in 2004. There are currently 20 races on the tentative schedule, which will be formally released in the coming days. Drivers chasing the 2018 Championship will embark on their journey for the $10,000 to win points fund. The 2017 Champion was Benji Hicks of Mt. Airy, NC.
FASTRAK will be joined at the Winter Freeze by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models and the Sport Compact Dirt Racing Association. Open practice will be held on Thursday, February 8th.
Full Purse for February 9th – FASTRAK Racing Series
1) $2,000; 2) $1,000; 3) $700; 4) $600; 5) $500; 6) $450; 7) $400; 8) $375; 9) $350; 10) $325; 11) $315; 12) $300; 13) $275; 14) $265; 15-24) $250
Full Purse for February 10th – FASTRAK Racing Series
1) $3,000; 2) $1,500; 3) $900; 4) $650; 5) $600; 4) $500; 5) $450; 6) $425; 7) $400; 8) $365; 9) $340; 10) $325; 11) $300; 12-24) $275
Stateline Speedway Honors Champions!
Warren, PA (January 6, 2018): The New Stateline Speedway honored its top drivers at the Warren (PA) Women's Club with its annual awards banquet. Track owners Jim Scott, Jean Scott, and new partner Dave Turner handed out awards to the top ten drivers in each of its seven divisions.
The award winners were (left to right in the accompanying photo) Challenger champion Andy Proper, Pro Mod Champion Dennis Lunger, Super Late Model and Crate Late Model Champion Max Blair, Street Stock Champion John Boardman, E-Mod Champion Greg Johnson, Super Sportsman Champion Jim Kibbe.
A tentative schedule was released for the 2018 season that will feature several special events including an 80th birthday celebration for owner Jim Scott, himself a former top Late Model driver at the track, Tony Stewart's All-Star Circuit of Champions, a memorial event for the RUSH Crate Late Models honoring Bill Law, the annual Paula Southwell Memorial, a "topless" night for the RUSH Crate Late Models, "Open Wheel Mania" for E-Mods, Pro Mods, BRP Big Block Modifieds, RUSH Sprints, and Vintage Modifieds! Also on the schedule is a "Run What You Bring" for the Super Late Models, the Penn-Ohio Street Stocks, a special Thursday event to honor the original owners on the 62nd anniversary of the first race at the track.
The RUSH Pro Mods will have their "Manufacturer's Night" at Stateline this summer. Of course there will be a "Fan Appreciation Night" featuring specials for racing fans. All cars will be displayed on the racing surface and drivers will be autographing souvenirs for the fans. The season will start with open practices scheduled for April 14, and April 26 or 27, depending on weather. The first points event will be run April 28 with the final points racing set for September 1. The final event of the season is scheduled to be an "Enduro" on September 3. Of course this is a tentative schedule with changes possible during the year. Always check www.newstatelinespeedway.com for the latest information.
With the ambitious schedule there will be something for all fans to enjoy at the New Stateline Speedway in 2018! Classes for 2018 will include the Super Late Models, RUSH Crate Late Models, E-Mods, RUSH Pro Mods, Street Stocks, and Super Challengers.
Shaw Shines in Wild West Shootout Round Two with Scott & Searing Victorious as Well
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 7, 2018) – Ham Lake, Minnesota's Don Shaw emerged atop an eventful 40-lap Super Late Model feature to take the $5,000 winner's share in Sunday's headliner that capped the second round of 12th annual Wild West Shootout atop the 1/3-mile Arizona Speedway.
Following some early drama in the battle for the point between 2017 Wild West Shootout champ Bobby Pierce and Round One winner Ricky Weiss, Shaw battled past Pierce in the closing circuits to take the Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transportation triumph from the 13th starting position.
"We did some wholesale changes on the car, I think it worked," Shaw quipped in Hoker Trucking Victory Lane.
With Shaw mired seven rows deep in the Super Late Models feature, reigning Wild West Shootout champ Bobby Pierce gunned into the lead at the outset from the pole starting position after a quick engine change following heat race action.
As Pierce established early command, Saturday night winner Weiss rallied from seventh into second on the opening circuit and soon moved in to challenge Pierce for the lead. Weiss slid into the lead on the 11th round, only to have Pierce recapture the point two laps later after trading several sliders along the way.
Weiss kept the heat on and surged ahead at the stripe upon the completion of the 23rd round after Pierce bobbled on the turn four cushion. But, contact near the end of the frontstretch sent Weiss skidding off the track at the turn one exit, ending his hopes at the Keyser Manufacturing $250,000 bonus for a sweep of the six races.
"It was just a hard racing deal," Pierce commented afterward. "I was still alongside, but I just think he didn't know I was still there. He was going for the cushion and I was already aimed for it. By the time I realized he was coming up, it was too late to back off. I hate that it happened."
With 18 laps remaining, Pierce took off with Mike Marlar in tow as Shaw made his way into third by the time a caution flew with just ten laps remaining. Shaw took advantage of Marlar on the restart to capture second and then slipped under Pierce for the lead in turns one and two on the 37th round en route to Hoker Trucking Victory Lane.
Pierce chased the reigning WISSOTA Late Model champ to the line with Marlar settling for third for the second night in a row. "I didn't need those cautions," Marlar explained. "I had a shot to roll him (Pierce) there before that happened."
Ryan Gustin was fourth with Brandon Sheppard rounding out the top five.
While the $250,000 bonus is out of the picture, either Weiss or Shaw could still pocket a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Keyser Manufacturing by running the table over the remaining four rounds to make it five wins in six events. Four wins in the six race mini-series would be worth a $25,000 bonus with $10,000 for any driver that takes three wins.
Late Models "A" Main (40 Laps): 1. Don Shaw, 2. Bobby Pierce, 3. Mike Marlar, 4. Ryan Gustin, 5. Brandon Sheppard, 6. Terry Phillips, 7. David Breazeale, 8. Mike Spatola, 9. Kyle Beard, 10. Rodney Sanders, 11. Clint Smith, 12. Garrett Alberson, 13. Ricky Thornton Jr., 14. Jake O'Neil, 15. Tony Toste, 16. Clay Daly, 17. Tanner Kelick, 18. R.C. Whitwell, 19. Scott Ward, 20. Justin Kay, 21. Chase Junghans, 22. Chris Simpson, 23. Ricky Weiss, 24. Justin Duty, 25. Cade Dillard.
Weiss Wins Wild West Shootout Opener with Thornton & Bintz in Victory Lane as Well!
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 6, 2018) – Canada's Ricky Weiss cashed in on the opening leg of the 12th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O'Reilly Auto Part by racing to a $5,000 Super Late Model victory in Saturday night's headliner atop the 1/3-mile FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway.
After surrendering the point prior to midway to Chris Simpson, the Manitoba racer rallied back by on the high side in the closing rounds to top the initial round of Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transportation competition.
"This is a great field, it's the best of the best and feels good to be here," Weiss said in Hoker Trucking Victory Lane.
While Weiss enjoyed Super Late Model victory lane, Ricky Thornton, Jr., and Scott Bintz visited Hoker Trucking Victory Lane in Wild West Shootout action as well by besting the USRA Modifieds and X-Modifieds, respectively, as a total of 139 cars filled the pit area for the first of six rounds of competition over the next eight days.
In the Super Late Models presented by M&W Transport feature, Weiss lead the initial 17 circuits before Simpson slipped by on the low side exiting turn two on the 18th round.
But, as Simpson approached lapped traffic in the latter stages, Weiss spied an opportunity to pounce back on the lead.
"We closed on the 18 car (Chase Junghans), he moved to the top and pulled away," Weiss related. "I moved up there not thinking it would be that good, but I found out it was a lot better."
Weiss raced back around Simpson on the high side to take command for keeps on the 34th round, putting himself in line for a potential Keyser Manufacturing $250,000 bonus for the driver that can top all six rounds.
Iowa's Simpson settled for runner-up honors, commenting that, "It sucks leading that many laps and losing like that, but all in all it was a good night."
Tennessee's Mike Marlar filled out the podium in third with Brandon Sheppard and Garrett Alberson rounding out the top five.
"A" Main (40 Laps): 1. Ricky Weiss, 2. Chris Simpson, 3. Mike Marlar, 4. Brandon Sheppard, 5. Garrett Alberson, 6. Don Shaw, 7. Cade Dillard, 8. Austin Siebert, 9. Terry Phillips, 10. Lance Malthees, 11. Kyle Beard, 12. Bobby Pierce, 13. Ryan Gustin, 14. Jake O'Neil, 15. Chase Junghans, 16. Mike Spatola, 17. Rodney Sanders, 18. Nick Bartels, 19. R.C. Whitwell, 20. Justin Duty, 21. Austin Theiss, 22. Scott Ward, 23. Tanner Kellick, 24. Justin Kay.
Southern All Stars 2018 Schedule Release
FAYETTEVILLE, TN- The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series will kick off its 35th consecutive year of dirt late model racing in the southeast that will see the series compete at seven different race tracks with the possibility of more dates being worked out in the coming days.
As for many years the series will open up at the Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC., for the annual March Madness event that this year will pay $12,000 to the winner on Sunday afternoon March 4th. We are also working out details on the possibility of a second event at Cherokee later in the year.
Southern Raceway in Milton, FL., is the next stop for the 2nd Annual Bash at the Beach paying $4,000 on Friday Night March 16th & $5,000 to win on March 17th. This will be the series second consecutive trip to the Florida panhandle for events.
Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL., has three events in 2018 first is on April 28th the annual NASCAR Weekend paying$4,000 to win, then on Saturday night August11th the Governor’s Cup returns to Talladega Short Track paying$10,000 to win and the final event at Talladega will be on Saturday night October 13th with the B J Parker Memorial paying $4,200 to win.
Thunderhill Raceway in Summertown, TN., will host four Southern All Star events in 2018 as each race in 2017 had standing room only crowds and plenty of racing action. The first event will be on Saturday night May 12th, race number two will be on Saturday night June 2nd, race three on Saturday night July 7th and final race for the series at ThunderhIll will be on Saturday night September 1st all these races are paying $4,000 to win.
Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA., is back in 2018 with a Saturday night May 19th and the Michael Head Jr Memorial on Saturday night June 23rd.
North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, AL., is back on the schedule for the first time since 2009 as they will be hosting a $4,000 to win event on Saturday night June 2nd. North Alabama is in the Southern All Star record books as hosting the very first sanctioned Southern All Star event in 1983.
Smoky Mt Speedway is also back in 2018 with four big events in three weekends of racing. First race will be on Saturday night June 16th paying $5,000 to win, then on Saturday night August 25th there will be another $5,000 to win event and then on Friday & Saturday night October 5th & 6th there will be a $5,000 to win on Friday night and a $7,500 to win on Saturday night.
2018 SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES SCHEDULE—WORKING SCHEDULE
Sun-March 3-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$12,000-16th Annual March Madness
Fri-March 16-Southern Raceway-Milton, FL-$4,000-Bash at the Beach Night #1
Sat-March 17-Southern Raceway-Milton, FL-$5,000-Bash at the Beach Night #2
Sat-April 28-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$4,000
Sat-May 12-Thunderhill Raceway-Lawrenceburg, GA-$4,000-Mother’s Day Mayhem
Sat-May 19-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA
Sat-June 2-North Alabama Speedway-Tuscumbia, AL $4,000
Sat-June 9-Thunderhill Raceway-Lawrenceburg, TN $4,000
Sat June 16-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN -$5,000-Big Daddy 500
Sat June 23-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-Michael Head Jr Memorial
Sat-July 7-Thunderhill Raceway-Lawrenceburg, TN-$4,000-July 4th Shootout
Sat-August 11-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$10,000-Govenors Cup
Sat-August 25-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN $5,000
Sat-September 1-Thunderhill Raceway-Lawrenceburg, TN-$4,000-Labor Weekend Special
Fri-October 5-Smoky Mt Speedway—Maryville, TN-$5,000-King of the Mountain Fall Classic Night No. 1
Sat October 6-Smoky Mt Speedway—Maryville, TN-$7,500-King of the Mountain Fall Classic Night No. 2
Sat-October 13-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$4,200-NASCAR Weekend-B J Parker Memorial
Southern All Stars 2017 Recap
FAYETTEVILLE, TN- The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series will kick off its 35th consecutive year of dirt late model racing in the southeast and the series had a few first time accomplishments happen in 2017.
First Austin Horton of Newnan, GA., ran his first full year with the series and became the first driver to win the series title as well as the Cruise with the Champions/Dirtondirt.com Rookie of the Year. Horton did not have a win in 2017 but in the 15 races race Austin had 7 top five finishes and 10 top ten finishes, with his best finish a second place at his home track Senoia Raceway. Look for Austin to be back in 2018 to compete for the title again.
Tristan Sealy of Moultrie, GA., was also in his first full year with the series and went to tracks that he had never seen but kept improving and finished second in the series points with one top five finish and that occurred at Senoia. Tristan also had 5 top finishes during the 2017 season. Tristan plans on return to the series in 2017 and making a run for the title.
Eric Hickerson of Linden, TN., was another rookie contender in 2017. Eric was also in his first full year of tour racing and captured the AR Bodies Challenge with the series in 2017, finished third in series points, his best finish was third at his home track Thunderhill Raceway, and Eric also had 9 top ten finishes during the year. Eric plans on competing with the series in 2018.
T J Reaid of Acworth, GA., finished fourth in also his first full year with the series as he got his first series win at the Talladega Short Track in the season finale. T J also had two top 5 finishes and six top10 finishes. Also T J joins his dad Tony on the all-time winners list for Southern All Stars as they are the first father son duo to win Southern All Stars races. His father Tony won two Southern All Star events at Dixie Speedway during the 1991 season.
Brad Skinner of Spring Hill, TN., came in the first spot in his second ear of tour racing. Brad had to miss a few races early in the season as he flipped his car and had to wait on a new one and missed a few races. Brad had one win in 2017 and that was at his home track Thunderhill. Brad also had two top 5’s and four top 10’s Brad also finished second in the AR Bodies Challenge. Brad also plans on competing for the series title in 2018.
In 2017 the Southern All Stars ran 15 events at 8 different tracks and 200 different drivers competing with the series. Drivers that scored wins also on the series were Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA., with three wins Southern Raceway & Cochran Motor Speedway, four time Southern All Stars Champion Clint Smith back in victory lane for first time since 2009 at Senoia, Dane Dacus of Lakeland, TN., Thunderhill, Jason Hiett of Oxford, AL., Talladega Short Track, Brandon Overton of Evans, GA., Talladega Short Track, David Breazeale of Four Corners, MS., Thunderhill, Donald McIntosh of Blairsville, GA., Smoky Mt, Ross Bailes of Clover, SC., Cherokee and Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL., Smoky Mt.
The 2018 schedule should be ready for release next week with the season opener right now set for Sunday March 4th March Madness at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC., and will pay $12,000 to win.
Christmas Season Leads Into Ice Bowl for NeSmith Racing
CARTERSVILLE, GA - As Santa Claus makes his annual journey around the world, it can only mean one thing - The Ice Bowl at Talladega Short Track is less than two weeks away! The 27th Annual version of the 2018 season opener at the Hornet's Nest on January 4-7 will once again have a large presence of NeSmith Racing events with three Divisions in action.
The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will open its 3rd Annual Winter Shootout Series with a $3,000-to-win main event at the 27th Annual Ice Bowl at Talladega Short Track. This event will be the first of eight races at four different tracks for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Winter Shootout.
Former NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Ice Bowl winners are David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN in 2006, Chip Brindle of Chatsworth, GA in 2007, Royce Bray of Hull, GA in 2008, Brad Hall of Knoxville, TN in 2009, William Thomas of Phenix City, AL in 2016, and Brandon Williams of Crossville, TN is the defending champion.
The NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division will once again be a part of the Ice Bowl at Talladega Short Track on January 4-7 for the third straight year. For the 2018 NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division portion of the Ice Bowl, the main event will pay $2,500-to-win.
Jay Burchfield of Columbus, MS won the inaugural Ice Bowl race for the NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock in 2016, and Trevor Woodard of Mt. Pleasant, TN is the defending Ice Bowl Champion.
The inaugural season for the NeSmith Chevrolet Late Model Sportsman Division was kicked off last season at the Ice Bowl. They will return for the second straight season with a $1,500-to-win main event. Booger Brooks of Chickamauga, GA is the defending NeSmith Chevrolet Late Model Sportsman Champion at the Ice Bowl.
All three NeSmith Racing Divisions compete during the regular racing season as a part of the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series and drivers compete for both track and National points during a 27-week season from the end of March through September. All three NeSmith Racing Divisions are powered by economical Chevrolet Performance Circle Track Engines.
The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Models are powered by the 400 horsepower aluminum-head, steel-block $5,895 Chevrolet Performance 604 and the 350 horsepower steel-head, steel-block $3,595 602 Chevrolet Performance Circle Track Engines. The NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division has an engine option for the 602, and the NeSmith Chevrolet Late Model Sportsman Division exclusively runs the 602 engine.
A fourth division that will compete in the 27th Annual Icebowl, the Super Late Models, will also have a Chevrolet Performance Circle Track Engine presence, as many competitors will run the all-aluminum $7,100 ($9,950 with Start Up Kit) Chevrolet Performance CT525 Circle Track Engine. The past five Super Late Model winners at the Ice Bowl have been powered by the Chevrolet Performance CT525 Engine and have outrun cars powered by engines costing four-times as much.
Chevrolet Performance CT525 Engines powered Ross Martin of Talladega, AL in 2013, William Thomas of Phenix City, AL in 2014, Tim Roszell of Anniston, AL in 2015, David Brannon of Elora, TN in 2016 and Michael Page of Douglasville, GA in 2017 to Ice Bowl victories in the last five years.
The Super Late Models will race for $6,000-to-win. Other Divisions in action for the 27th Annual Ice Bowl are the Talladega Short Track Sportsman racing for $2,500-to-win, the KMSA Mini Stocks will compete in a $2,000-to-win main event, and the Talladega Short Track Hot Shots/Buzz Division will battle for $500-to-win.
Thursday, January 4 and Friday, January 5 will be practice days with the Pit Gate opening at 9 a.m. with Open Practice for all Divisions from 12 Noon to 5 p.m. on January 4 and from 12 noon to 4:45 p.m. on January 5. Hot Shot Heat Races will begin at 5 p.m. on January 5.
On Saturday, January 6, the Pit Gate opens at 8 a.m., with NeSmith Racing Pre-Race Registration and Technical Inspection from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The Drivers Meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. Hot Laps are scheduled for 10 a.m. with Qualifying and Heat Races to follow.
On Sunday, January 7, the Pit Gate opens at 9 a.m. with NeSmith Racing Check-In from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Drivers Meeting is set for 11 a.m., with Opening Ceremonies to begin at 11:30 a.m. B-Main and Feature Races are scheduled to begin at 12 Noon.
Talladega Short Track is located at 4343 Speedway Blvd., Eastaboga, AL 36260. For more information call 256-831-1413, or visit the track web site at www.talladegashorttrack.com. You can also Like their Facebook page at Talladega Short Track.
For more information and rules about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, the NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division, or the NeSmith Chevrolet Late Model Sportsman Division, visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com and click the appropriate Division.
Spring & Southern Nationals Series Release Details of New Safety Rules for 2018
By Chris Tilley, Series Publicist
BRASSTOWN, NC (December 19, 2017)-Officials with the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series, the Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series and the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series have released details regarding the new safety rules, including left-rear rule for the upcoming season. This new rule will be in effect for all three of the Ray Cook-promoted tours in 2018.
The new rule is an amendment to the 2018 Rule Book and will read as follows:
-13 inch maximum height on the front nose piece of the car (right-front corner)
LEFT-REAR DRUPE RULE:
-No drupe limiters permitted, chain only.
-Pre-race height must be between 37 inches and 39 inches (no tolerance) and the "T" Bar must be straight.
-Post-race height must be no higher than 47 inches (1/2 inch tolerance maximum).
-Left-rear tire will be adjusted to 6 lbs.
-Car will be measured with the left-rear jacked up (behind the left-rear axle tube under the under swung) in the air until the left-rear tire will turn forward or backwards.
-Car must have a frame (under swung) on the left-rear between the bell of rear-end and the birdcage with a jackpeg or weight clamp bolted on for the jack to lift the car.
-During inspection, left-rear chain must be tight and right wheel tire must be touching the ground.
-Note to all technical inspectors, if rear "T" Bar is bent, use a straight edge across the back of the car to make the best judgement to be consistent.
In addition, cousin tour, the Schaeffer's Oil Iron-Man Late Model Series presented by DirtonDirt.com will utilize this at their second points event of the season on January 20, 2018 at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. during the Tenth Annual Cabin Fever 40 paying $3,500-to-win and continue throughout the 2018 season.
"There are several race tracks in the Southeast and other sanctioning bodies that we have requested to join in with us in this effort to increase safety in the sport and the response has been great. Everyone is waiting to see how good it works," stated Series Promoter Ray Cook.
The 2018 season for the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series begins on Friday March 16th at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, N.C. paying $3,000-to-win then Saturday March 17th at Toccoa (Ga.) Raceway paying $6,400-to-win.
The 2018 season for the Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series opens on Friday March 30th at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway paying $4,000-to-win and Saturday March 31st paying $6,000-to-win.
Winter Freeze to be ran under 2017 rules package; shock announcement forthcoming
Carnesville, GA – Officials with the FASTRAK Racing Series have announced that the season opening event, the Winter Freeze, at Screven Motor Speedway on February 9th and 10th will be ran under the 2017 rules package. FASTRAK holds its annual rules meeting in conjunction with the Night of Champions annual awards banquet on January 27th, just two weeks before the Winter Freeze.
"Our rules meeting is only two weeks before the Winter Freeze," stated FASTRAK founder Stan Lester, "it just wouldn't be fair to ask to teams to make changes that quickly."
FASTRAK is looking to make a monumental change to the shocks and springs for 2018, in a concentrated effort to lower the costs associated with shocks. Officials have gathered information and input from shock companies, tracks, and drivers. This process culminated at the Performance Racing Industry trade show over the weekend in Indianapolis, where FASTRAK meet with several industry leaders regarding shocks. FASTRAK officials will be reviewing all information with sanctioned tracks and make a final decision in the coming week.
"We have collected a lot of information on shocks and now we have our options," continued Lester, "we will be presenting those options to our tracks and make a decision together. We should have the answer everyone has been waiting for no later than early next week."
Drivers and teams are encouraged to attend to the Night of Champions banquet and attend the annual rules meeting, which takes place earlier in the day on January 27th. All those wishing to attend must make their reservations at the Double Tree Park Vista in Gatlinburg, TN no later than December 26th. Attendees must also call the FASTRAK Corporate Office to reserve their tickets, which are $35 per plate.
Schaeffer's Oil Spring and Southern Nationals Series Release 2018 Race Schedules
By Chris Tilley, Series Publicist
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 8, 2017)-The 2018 schedules for the Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series, the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series and the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series were revealed on Friday Morning during the 30th Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, Ind. Total purses, points funds and nightly bonuses are nearly $900,000 for the three tours making it the largest set of regional tours in the country.
The Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee R.V. two-week tour will be entering its 14th season. Toccoa (Ga.) Speedway joins the tour for the first time on Thursday July 19th paying $3,500-to-win. A former track returning to the schedule includes a Monday July 16th stop to Volunteer (Tenn.) Speedway for a 35-lap and $3,500-to-win race. Three events pay $10,000-to-win on the 11-race tour. Tazewell Speedway is the only track to host an event every season for what will now be the 14th time. Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga. is the defending series champion.
The Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee R.V. will be entering the sixth season of competition in 2017. Senoia Raceway will start the series schedule for the first time in Georgia with a double-header on March 30-31. Tazewell Speedway joins the series for the first time for a $10,000-to-win event on April 7th. 411 Motor Speedway also joins the tour for the first time on April 13th paying $5,000-to-win. Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga. is the defending series champion.
On the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee R.V., which is entering its fifth full season of competition, features 15 scheduled dates from March until November with a couple of TBA dates. The series will co-sanction five events with the Schaeffer's Oil Iron-Man Championship Series in 2018. New tracks on the tour include: Toccoa (Ga.) Raceway, Lake Cumberland (Ky.) Speedway and Volunteer (Tenn.) Speedway. The series schedule is highlighted by five-$10,000-to-win events. Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga. is the defending Bonus Series points champion.
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 .
2018 Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series Schedule:
March 30-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$4,000 to win
March 31-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$6,000 to win
April 6-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-$4,000 to win
April 7-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$10,000 to win
April 13-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-$5,000 to win
April 14-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-$10,052 to win
April 20-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$4,000 to win
April 21-Florence Speedway-Union, KY-$5,000 to win
May 25-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$4,000 to win
May 26-Dixie Speedway-Woodstock, GA-$5,000 to win
May 27-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$6,000 to win
2018 Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series Schedule:
July 14-Wythe Raceway-Rural Retreat, VA-$10,000 to win
July 16-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-$3,500 to win
July 17-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-$3,500 to win
July 19-Toccoa Raceway-Toccoa, GA-$3,500 to win
July 20-Swainsboro Raceway-Swainsboro, GA-$5,300 to win
July 21-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvania, GA-$10,000 to win
July 22-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$5,300 to win
July 24-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$3,500 to win
July 26-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-$3,500 to win
July 27-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,300 to win
July 28-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$10,000 to win
2018 Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series Schedule:
March 16-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,000 to win
March 17-Toccoa Raceway-Toccoa, GA-$6,400 to win
May 18-Lake Cumberland Speedway-Burnside, KY-$4,000 to win
May 19-Richmond Raceway-Richmond, KY-$10,000 to win
May 28-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,000 to win
July 3-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$5,000 to win
August 18-North Georgia Speedway-Chatsworth, GA-$10,000 to win
September 1-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-$5,000 to win
September 2-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$4,400 to win
September 28-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$10,000 to win
October 12-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$3,000 to win
October 13-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$10,000 to win
October 20-Blue Ridge Motorsports Park-Blue Ridge, GA-$4,000 to win
October 27-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$10,000 to win
November 17-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$5,000 to win