Waynesfield’s 2018 Schedule Released
WAYNESFIELD, Ohio (1/15/18) – Officials at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio have released the full 2018 schedule of events for the famed 1/3rd mile. The schedule, coupled with announcements of increased payouts for drivers, comes as the track takes a new approach to grass roots racing.
The 2018 season will open on April 21st with four divisions of racing. The Non Wing Sprints, Mini Sprints, Tough Trucks, and Compacts will greet fans on opening night.
The month of May will see two traveling series’ stop at WRP. The Modified Lite Stars will make an appearance on May 12th during the first ever “Modified Money” event with $1500 going to the winner of the UMP Modified A-main. The second will be a visit by the NRA Sprint Invaders on May 26th.
The All Star Circuit of Champions will return for their yearly appearance during Ohio Sprint Speedweek on Sunday, June 17th. The NRA Sprint Invaders will also join the program making a doubleheader of winged sprint car racing.
Independence Day weekend will be ushered in with the annual running of the Summer Sprint Sizzler on Tuesday night, July 3rd. The event will feature the FAST 410 and 305 sprint cars, NRA Sprint Invaders, and the Mini Sprints. The NRA Sprint Invaders will be competing for a $4000 to win payday.
The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) will make two stops at Waynesfield in 2018. The first will take place on July 7th as they headline the Dick Spencer Memorial. The event will serve as a tune-up for the Jack Hewitt Classic slated for August 4th.
Summer will come to an end with the first ever visit from the Vores Compact Touring Series on August 11th. The event will offer increased payouts for both the UMP Modifieds and the Tough Trucks. Off the track, the event will serve as the yearly backpack giveaway night where young fans in attendance will receive backpacks full of school supplies during driver autograph sessions.
The season will come to a close with back-to-back championship nights on August 25th and September 1st.
The full schedule can be viewed online at www.waynesfieldracewaypark.net.
UMSS Traditional Sprints Expand to 33 Events in 2018
By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director
Stillwater, MN (1-14-18)
The Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) has seen continued growth each year since the inception of the very popular Traditional Sprint Car Series back in 2011. For 2018 that growth has exploded with a total of 33 events on the schedule with 27 of the races as point shows. "There is no doubt that the 8th Anniversary season for the Traditional non-winged sprints will see their biggest and best schedule yet along with more cars available than in any previous year," stated UMSS President Ron Bernhagen. Plenty of variety will give UMSS Traditional sprint car teams lots of opportunities in 2018.
No surprise compared with the previous two seasons, the Cedar Lake Speedway will once again provide the most race nights for the UMSS Traditional sprint cars leading the way with 15 shows (14 point races) for what many consider as the series "home track" at the legendary western Wisconsin speedway. The Traditional sprints will race at numerous other tracks in 2018 with two events each at the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Ogilvie Raceway, and Jackson Motorplex (non-point shows). Single events dot the schedule with a return to the Princeton Speedway, another appearance at the Eagle Valley Speedway after a successful showing last season, a new event at the Spring Lake Speedway in Unity, Wisconsin, the "traditional" non-point shows on Labor Day Weekend at Wilmot Raceway and Angell Park Speedway, a non-point event at the Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa and a full-point show at the Deer Creek Speedway. Still to be confirmed, the series is planning on returning in early May to the Red Cedar Speedway and to the Rice Lake Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend. The popular Northern Tour returns in 2018 in conjunction with the upstart Northern Renegade Sprints. A Thursday night June 21 date is confirmed at the Grand Rapids Speedway, a Friday night show is in the works but no official announcement can be made just yet, and although not 100% confirmed it looks likely that the ABC Raceway in Ashland will fill in the June 23 date to complete what will be known as the North-South Challenge Round 1.
There are several special events throughout the 2018 schedule. Seventeen nights will see the Traditional sprints pared up with the UMSS 360 winged sprints, but the opening weekend in early April belongs entirely to the non-winged division. Part of what will be called "The Legendary Opener" at the Cedar Lake Speedway, the UMSS Traditional sprints will race all three nights April 5-7 weather permitting. The Wisconsin wingLESS Sprint cars will also be part of this big season-opening event. Continuing on through the schedule the Traditional sprints return to the always-exciting Princeton Speedway 1/4 mile bullring for the 16th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial program on May 18. The aforementioned North-South Challenge Round 1 takes place June 21-23 while the North-South Challenge Round 2 is the following week at Granite City Speedway and Cedar Lake Speedway on June 29-30. The June 30 show at CLS is the hugely popular Fireworks Spectacular night. Once again part of the popular WoO weekend at CLS, the Traditional sprints get the Friday night July 6 show while the following Friday they will partner up again with the Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints for the first-time ever at the Spring Lake Speedway in Unity. The 7th Annual Davey Tabor Memorial will see the Traditional sprints race for increased purse money at the Ogilvie Raceway on August 18. Then comes what likely will be the biggest event on the 2018 schedule, the two-day Traditional Sprint Car Challenge at the Cedar Lake Speedway featuring non-winged sprints from five different sanctioning bodies in a two-day show that will see TWO complete feature races run each night. In addition to the UMSS Traditional Sprints, the Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints, the National Sprint League Non Winged Sprint Cars (formerly Heartland Racing Association), the Northern Renegades and the Black Hills Non Winged Sprints will all participate in this event which very likely will see 40-50+ non-winged sprint cars on hand at CLS for two big nights of topless sprint car racing action around the 3/8th mile high-banked track.
After a couple of non-point events in southern Wisconsin to kick off September, the 18th Annual Richert Memorial is another one of those must-see sprint car racing weekends with three different divisions on hand at CLS on September 8. A couple of non-point shows at Cedar Lake for the Legendary 100 and Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa will see the point battle culminate at the Deer Creek Speedway on September 15. Two more non-point shows remain on the schedule for the following weekend at the Jackson Motorplex for the inaugural NSL Non Wing Sprint Car Challenge at the premier sprint car racing track in Minnesota.
Building on the success of its six-race NASCAR Dash Series the past several seasons for their stock car divisions, the Cedar Lake Speedway has created the CLS Shootout in 2018 for the UMSS winged and Traditional sprints along with the limited late model division. The three divisions in the six-race CLS Shootout will be competing for point fund monies with the same point format as the NASCAR Dash. The CLS Shootout dates include April 21, May 19, June 2, June 30, July 14 and July 28. Also as part of both the CLS Shootout and NASCAR Dash Series in 2018, GRP Motorsports has come on board to help sponsor what will be known as the "GRP Motorsports CLS Loyalty Bonus" which will pay a $100 bonus to ALL drivers in both the CLS Shootout and NASCAR Dash Series who race ALL SIX events. Stated Greg Parent from GRP Motorsports, "I like the idea of paying a bit of bonus to those drivers who make the commitment to be at all six races in each series. Individually its a little extra "tow" money or whatever you want to think of it as, but collectively amongst all seven divisions its a fairly large sum of money that will be distributed to ALL drivers who compete in all six shows regardless of where they finish in the final point standings. That fits in perfectly with the thought process I have in helping reward those who show loyalty and help support a particular series, track or number of events."
The 2018 season is definitely shaping up to the best yet for the UMSS Traditional sprint car division. "I think our 2018 schedule is likely the strongest one I have put together for the UMSS non-winged sprint cars for our 8th Anniversary season and should give drivers numerous opportunities to race and earn some extra money along the way. I can't wait for the 2018 racing season to get underway in April," stated UMSS President Ron Bernhagen. Racers and fans alike will want to make plans to attend as many UMSS events as their schedules permit in order to be part of the always-exciting and entertaining racing generated by the ultra-popular UMSS Traditional sprint cars in 2018!
2018 UMSS Traditional Sprint Car Series Schedule (First Edition):
April 5-7 - Cedar Lake Speedway (The Legendary Opener w/Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints)
April 21 - *Cedar Lake Speedway (2nd Annual Gale Patterson Memorial)
May 5 - Cedar Lake Speedway
May 11 - TBD (Tentatively Red Cedar Speedway)
May 18 - +Princeton Speedway (16th Annual Billy Anderson Memorial-Midwest Power Series)
May 19 - *+Cedar Lake Speedway
May 26 - TBD (Tentatively Rice Lake Speedway)
May 27 - Eagle Valley Speedway
June 2 - *Cedar Lake Speedway
June 9 - +Ogilvie Raceway (Big O Showdown)
June 21 - +Grand Rapids Speedway (North-South Challenge Round 1)
June 22 - +TBD (North-South Challenge Round 1)
June 23 - +TBD (Tentatively ABC Raceway / North-South Challenge Round 1)
June 29 - +Granite City Speedway (North-South Challenge Round 2)
June 30 - *+Cedar Lake Speedway (North-South Challenge Round 2)
July 6 - Cedar Lake Speedway (WoO weekend)
July 13 - Spring Lake Speedway w/Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints)
July 14 - *Cedar Lake Speedway
July 28 - *Cedar Lake Speedway
August 17 - +Granite City Speedway
August 18 - +Ogilvie Raceway (7th Annual Davey Tabor Memorial)
August 24-25 - +Cedar Lake Speedway (The Traditional Sprint Car Challenge)
September 1 - Wilmot Raceway (non-point w/Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints)
September 2 - Angell Park Speedway (non-point w/Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints)
September 8 - Cedar Lake Speedway (18th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial)
September 13 - Cedar Lake Speedway (Legendary 100 non-point show)
September 14 - Clay County Fair Speedway (non-point show)
September 15 - Deer Creek Speedway
September 21-22 Jackson Motorplex (non-point event NSL Non Wing Sprint Car Challenge)
*CLS Shootout event
+ With Northern Renegades
MSCS RELEASES THE 2018 SCHEDULE
Haubstadt, IN - Jan. 5, 2018. Today the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series officials released the schedule of the various events set to be held in 2018. There are eighteen MSCS sanctioned events listed. Seven different dirt tracks will host events for the 410 non wing sprint car series.
A balanced MSCS schedule has events for each month starting in early April and not ending until October. Racing begins on Saturday night April 7th at the Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN. The occasion is the annual “Indiana Open Wheel . Com Racin’ Fest.” The winner will receive $3,000.
Next, MSCS and USAC will race together in the “Spring Showdown” at Tri-State Speedway on April 28th. This annual co-sanctioned event will pay $5,000 to win! MSCS and USAC also competes together on September 15th for the “Haubstadt Hustler.” That event offers the biggest pay-out of the season with $10,000 going to the winner.
The “Midwest Madness” show at Tri-State Speedway on May 12th will also include an appearance of the MOWA Wing Sprints. The two series will provide separate shows at Haubstadt again on July 14th. These crowd pleasers are both on Saturday nights!
Memorial Day weekend beginning on May 25th, MSCS will race at Bloomington Speedway on Friday, Lincoln Park Speedway on Saturday, and Tri-State Speedway on Sunday. That weekend rates as the only “Triple Trek” of the season. It all begins with the “Josh Burton Memorial” on Friday. All 3 feature events will pay $2,500 to win.
June kicks off with the first head to head meeting of the MSCS sprints and the POWRi WAR sprints. The two series will compete together in a “Summer Showdown” at Tri-State Speedway on June 9th. The Winner will bank $5,000! Then Brownstown Speedway will host an MSCS sanctioned sprint car event on Saturday June 23rd. The Jackson County Fairgrounds always provides a unique and pivotal stop for the series.
There are two “Double Header” weekends later in the season. MSCS will go back to back with appearances at Daugherty Speedway and Kickapoo Speedway on June 29th and 30th. It should be a great match-up of Indiana and Illinois drivers!
The other big weekend is August 11th and 12th. MSCS will follow up on an appearance for the “Hoosier Sprint Nationals” paying $5,000 to win at Tri-State Speedway on Saturday with a visit to the legendary Terre Haute Action Track Sunday.
MSCS will also provide the second round of action during the “Bill Gardner Sprintacular” on Saturday July 7th. The Sprintacular drew 40 entries in 2017. MSCS will also return to Putnamville’s Lincoln Park Speedway for a 4th visit on August 18th.
The Labor Day Weekend Challenge on Sunday September 2nd at Tri-State Speedway will pay $3,000 to win. It is a great opportunity for crews to get set for the upcoming “Haubstadt Hustler.” Following the Hustler, Tri-State Speedway will host the MSCS Season Finale on October 13th. The feature winner will receive 5,000 and the coveted “Harvest Cup.” A continuing tradition will have the new MSCS Champion and Rookie of the Year being honored at the track.
April 7 Sat Lincoln Park Speedway
April 28 Sat Tri-State Speedway (USAC & MSCS)
May 12 Sat Tri-State Speedway (MOWA Wing Sprints)
May 25 Fri Bloomington Speedway (Josh Burton Memorial)
May 26 Sat Lincoln Park Speedway
May 27 Sun Tri-State Speedway
June 9 Sat Tri-State Speedway (MSCS & POWRi WAR)
June 23 Sat Brownstown Speedway
June 29 Fri Daugherty Speedway
June3 30 Sat Kickapoo Speedway (Ill.)
July 7 Sat Lincoln Park Speedway (Bill Gardner Sprintacular)
July 14 Sat Tri-State Speedway (+ MOWA Wing Sprints)
Aug. 11 Sat Tri-State Speedway (+Racesaver Sprints) 14th Annual Hoosier Sprint Nationals
Aug. 12 Sun Terre Haute Action Track
Aug. 18 Sat Lincoln Park Speedway
Sept. 2 Sun Tri-State Speedway
Sept. 15 Sat Tri-State Speedway($10,000 Haubstadt Hustler,Rain Date - Sept. 16; MSCS & USAC )
OCT 13 Sat Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, IN($5,000 The Harvest Cup, Rain Date - October 14)
NOTICE: This schedule is subject to revision
SWEENEY RUSH SPRINT CAR SERIES RELEASE INAUGURAL 2018 SCHEDULE; CURRENTLY 23 BONNELL'S ROD SHOP WEEKLY SERIES EVENTS CONFIRMED
December 22, 2017
(By Mike Leone)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...With the inaugural season for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Sprint Car Series powered by Pace Performance less than four months away, Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are excited to release the schedule of events to date for the 2018 Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Championship. Currently 23 events at seven different speedways make up the inaugural slate of events with the possibility of a few more events to be added.
The RUSH Sprint Cars are traditional, non-wing Sprint Cars utilizing the cost-effective Pace Performance GM 602 Crate Sprint Car engine package developed by Pace's Director of Circle Track Engine Development, Don Blackshear, $135 sealed, spec RUSH Bilstein Bandits Shocks, affordable spec Hoosier Tires, and RUSH "Visual" Methanol spec fuel produced by Insinger Performance, a Sunoco Race Fuel Distributor.
Lernerville Speedway came on to anchor the RUSH Sprint Cars with 10 events including the inaugural event part of the Sarver, Pa. track's season opener on Friday, April 20. The RUSH Sprints will join with Tony Stewart's All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars on May 4, Sprint Spectacular events on June 29 and August 31 along with the season ending "Steel City Stampede" October 12-13. Tentatively the inaugural "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance is slated for August 31.
In addition, the RUSH Sprint Cars will headline Lernerville's new monthly "RK Virgilie Wednesday Night Can't Wait For The Weekend Mayhem Series" beginning in May and will feature the "Wednesday Night Lightning Series"; five exciting non-wing Sprint Car events with a $3,000 point fund! These events will also count toward the Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Championship.
"Dirt's Monster Half-Mile" at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway will hold monthly Bonnell's Rod Shop events from June through September. Three of the four events are paired with "410" Sprint Cars including the All Star event on July 21. The RUSH Late Models headline action at Pittsburgh on a weekly basis, and the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds make numerous appearances at the track.
Another big western Pa. half-mile to host the RUSH Sprint Cars is Tri-City Raceway Park. The Sunday night facility will again hold monthly specials-only programs. The RUSH Sprints have dates on June 17 and July 15.
Two northwestern Pennsylvania tracks and another right across the border that host weekly RUSH Late Model action have stepped up to offer events for the RUSH Sprint Cars. Eriez Speedway will be the first track outside of Lernerville to have the RUSH Sprint Cars, which will take place on Sunday, May 13. The Sunday night 1/4-mile bullring of Old Bradford Speedway hasn't had a Sprint Car race of any kind in many years. That will change in 2018 with a pair of $600 to-win, $150 to-star events on May 20 and August 5. The RUSH Sprint Cars will again join up with the All Stars on June 9 at New Stateline Speedway then return on June 30 part of "Open Wheel Mania" as both events will pay $600 to-win, $150 to-start. Stateline is located almost right on the PA/NY border in Busti, NY.
The most recent announcement was that the RUSH Sprint Cars will be part of Genesee Speedway's second annual "Topless Nationals" on September 15-16. The Batavia, NY 1/3-mile is one RUSH's most successful weekly Late Model tracks as track promoter Jim Johnson has completed his second year at the helm. The RUSH Sprint Cars will run a complete show paying $800 to-win, $160 to-start each day with the overall top point driver receiving a $300 bonus from RUSH for the "Empire State Classic". The last time full size Sprint Cars raced at Genesee was 2009 when "360" Sprint Cars were part of the weekly program.
"To have seven regional tracks to date commit to helping us put together a 23-event schedule before we've even officially turned a wheel on a RUSH Sprint Car means a lot to not only us, but the numerous racers who are already preparing to compete in the inaugural season," expressed Emig. "We cannot thank our RUSH partner speedways enough. We've had talks with a few other speedways that may host an event or two, but we felt it was important to get this confirmed schedule of events out to the public now. I think the fans are really going to be surprised at what great racing the RUSH Sprint Cars produce. The cars that we tested at Lernerville turned times very comparable to our fastest 604 Late Model Touring cars at Lernerville events. Running them wingless is going to produce great side-by-side racing."
All events in 2018 will be part of the $20,000+ Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Championship that will pay $5,000 to-win down 20 spots. Like all of RUSH's other divisions, drivers' best 12 point finishes will be utilized. There will also be a "Futures Cup" Championship for eligible teenage racers and combined with the "Wednesday Night Lightning" Series will bring the 2018 championship point funds to over $23,700 (see breakdown below).
The GM 602 Sprint Car engine can be purchased directly at Pace Performance in Boardman, Ohio by calling 888-748-4655. Don Blackshear, a former RUSH Authorized Engine Rebuilder, is the director of Circle Track Operations at Pace. The printable color flyer with this information is available online at www.rushsprintcars.com/Sprint-Engine-Flyer.pdf. Know that financing options are available. You can also check out their website at www.paceperformance.com.
In addition, the engine can be purchased through RUSH's Authorized Engine Rebuilders. The complete list with contact info can be found under the Engine tab on the website or directly at the following link www.rushsprintcars.com/engines.html.
2018 Sweeney RUSH Sprint Car Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Schedule*
Fri, April 20 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA)
Fri, May 4 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA)
Sun., May 13 Eriez Speedway (Erie, PA)
Wed, May 16 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) - "Wednesday Night Lightning" Series Kickoff
Sun, May 20 Old Bradford Speedway (Bradford, PA) - $600 to-win, $150 to-start
Sat, May 26 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA)
Sat, June 9 New Stateline Speedway (Busti, NY) - $600 to-win, $150 to-start
Sun, June 17 Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA)
Wed, June 20 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) - "Wednesday Night Lightning" Series
Fri, June 29 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA)
Sat, June 30 New Stateline Speedway (Busti, NY) - $600 to-win, $150 to-start
Sun, July 15 Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA)
Wed, July 18 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) - "Wednesday Night Lightning" Series
Sat, July 21 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA)
Sun, August 5 Old Bradford Speedway (Bradford, PA) - $600 to-win, $150 to-start
Wed, August 15 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) - "Wednesday Night Lightning" Series
Sat, August 25 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA)
Fri, August 31 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) - "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance
Sat, September 15 Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) - "Empire State Classic" -$800 to-win, $160 to-start (3 p.m. start)
Sun, September 16 Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) - "Empire State Classic" -$800 to-win, $160 to-start with a $300 bonus for top point car over the two days (3 p.m. start)
Wed, September 19 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) - "Wednesday Night Lightning" Series Finale
Sat, September 22 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA)
Fri-Sat, October 12-13 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) - "Steel City Stampede"
*Schedule is subject to change. Additional dates may be added.
2018 Bonnell's Rod Shop Weekly Series Point Fund ($20,075): 1. $5,000 2. $2,500 3. $1,750 4. $1,500 5. $1,200 6. $1,000 7. $800 8. $750 9. $700 10. $650 11. $600 12. $500 13. $450 14. $425 15. $400 16. $390 17. $380 18. $370 19. $360 20. $350.
2018 "Wednesday Night Lightning" Series Point Fund ($3,000): 1. $1,000 2. $500 3. $350 4. $225 5. $200 6. $180 7. $150 8. $140 9. $130 10. $125.
2018 "Futures Cup" Point Fund ($650 minimum): 1. $300 2. $200 3. $100 4. $50.
Terre Haute Action Track Releases Most Extensive Schedule In Years WoO Sprint Cars and AMA Flat Track Motorcycles Among New Dates
(Terre Haute, IN) Officials from Track Enterprises, the promotion company for the Terre Haute Action Track, has announced the 2018-season schedule for the 1/2-mile racetrack. The speedway holds several special events during the summer that feature divisions from the United States Auto Club (USAC) and United Midwestern Promoters (UMP). This year's schedule features many of the same fan favorites plus the addition of the AMA All-Star National Flat Track tour in June and the Wabash Clash in October, featuring World Of Outlaw Sprint Cars, USAC Sprints, and Modifieds.
The campaign will begin on Sunday, April 29 for an exciting season opener that will feature the Sumar Classic for the USAC Silver Crown cars. Last year, the event saw beautiful spring weather and a large turnout of cars, which filled the stands. In the 2017 edition, Canton, IL driver Chris Windom led the field across the line at the checkered. This year's opener will also feature the Scott's Custom Colors UMP Modifieds.
The historic Tony Hulman Classic, a mainstay at Terre Haute, is set for Wednesday, May 23, as the first event for USAC's "The Week Of Indy". The event, held the week of the Indy 500 and the night before the Hoosier 100, features the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Modifieds. Last season, the event was rained out while in 2016, Robert Ballou passed A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey on the all-time wins list with his 24th career victory. Ballou has won the last two "Tony Hulman Classics".
A new event to the 2018 schedule will be held on Saturday, June 9 with the stars of the two-wheel world heading to town. The AMA All-Star National Flat Track Series motorcycles will pace the 1/2-mile for an exciting event. Several different classes of bikes will make this an action packed night.
Event number four this season is one that many were looking forward to last year before Mother Nature changed their plans with rainfall. The event will feature the best of the best, when it comes to Dirt Late Model Racing. On tap will be the World of Outlaw vs. Summer National Late Models. It will be just the second time the two series have run head-to-head, with the first coming at Federated Auto Parts Speedway in Missouri last summer. Bobby Pierce was the Summer Nationals champion last season, while Brandon Sheppard was the World of Outlaw champ. The Summit National Modifieds will also be in town at the Friday, June 29 event.
That brings us to the Vigo County Fair week race. Typically, the Wednesday grandstand attraction is the Don Smith Classic, however, USAC has bumped Sprint Week back a couple of weeks. This year, the rumble at the fair will be coming from the Pro Late Models and the Scott's Custom Colors UMP Modifieds. The date is Wednesday, July 11.
Historically, the biggest event of the year, at Terre Haute, is the Don Smith Classic, held during USAC Indiana Sprint week. For the first time in several years, the race will not be held in conjunction with the fair. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25. Last season, fans were filling the stands but a torrential rainfall set in just as hotlaps began. The Scott's Custom Colors UMP Modifieds have been added to the show, a change from years' past, where the Sprints were the only division on the card.
The seventh event on this year's schedule is set for Sunday, August 12. On the card will be the MSCS Sprint cars and Scott's Custom Colors UMP Modifieds. Three season ago, 23 drivers took the green with Brady Short taking the victory over Jerry Coons, Jr. and Carson Short. Unfortunately, two tries to run the 2016 MSCS event were rained out as well as last year's attempt.
The Jim Hurtubise Classic for the USAC Sprint Cars is set for Friday, September 14. Canton, IL driver, Chris Windom has won the last two Hurtubise Classics in front of very good crowds. The Scott's Custom Colors UMP Modifieds will also race.
The season will end with the biggest show of the year, the Wabash Clash, a two-day affair. On Friday, October 12, the USAC National Sprint Cars and Scott's Custom Colors UMP Modifieds will be on track for the first of two days of racing. Then on Saturday, the World Of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars make their return to the Action Track to race along with the Modifieds. The WoO Sprints made their last appearance in 2014.
Track Enterprises Releases 2018 Special Event Schedule ARCA, USAC, WoO & UMP To Race At Many Top Venues
(Macon, IL) Track Enterprises, a racing promotion company based in Macon, IL, has announced its 2018 special event schedule. The new slate includes the traditional stops for ARCA at the Illinois dirt miles, in addition to Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis and a fourth year visit to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Track Enterprises added a fifth ARCA event last season, in Elko, MN, which makes a return to the schedule. This season, a sixth ARCA race will be promoted by the company at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis, MO. Other series that are part of this year's events include the USAC Silver Crown Series and Sprint Cars, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the Southern Super Series, the CARS Tour, World Of Outlaws, along with UMP Modifieds and Sportsman.
The first event of the season is a fourth year stop at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Saturday, April 7. The ARCA Racing Series will be on track for the Music City 200 plus a huge combo event for the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Southern Super Series, and the CARS Super Late Model tour. With ARCA as well as three of the best touring Super Late Model tours in the country, this is a can't miss event in a fun destination city.
Next up will be "The Week Of Indy", a series of events promoted by Track Enterprises that were highly successful in 2016 but took a hit from Mother Nature this past season. It all begins on Wednesday, May 23 with the Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute IN Action Track, featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and UMP Modifieds. On Thursday, May 24, the annual Hoosier Hundred for the USAC Silver Crown cars is on tap at Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Joining the Champ Cars will be the UMP Modifieds for a $2,000 to win special event. Wrapping up "The Week Of Indy" for TEI, will be the Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway, featuring the USAC Silver Crown cars and the USF2000/Pro Mazda combo.
On Friday, June 22, ARCA heads back to the St. Louis, MO area for the first time in 10 years. It will be the seventh time that the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has visited Gateway Motorsports Park but the first time since 2007, when the late Bryan Clauson claimed victory. 10-time ARCA champion, Frank Kimmel, has also found victory lane at the track. It's part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series weekend at the track, with truck practice part of the Friday ARCA schedule.
In late June and early July, Track Enterprises' officials turn their attention to three of the tracks that they promote on a weekly basis, Lincoln and Macon Speedways in Central Illinois as well as the Terre Haute Action Track in Indiana. On Friday, June 29, the Terre Haute Action Track is a stop for not only the Summer Nationals Hell Tour Late Models but also the World Of Outlaw Craftsman Late Models. Last year, the attempt at that event was rained out. On Sunday, July 1, the Summer Nationals, will be thrilling fans at the Lincoln Speedway ¼-mile, much like one season ago as the Late Models will be joined by Midgets and Modifieds. The series will then visit Mighty Macon Speedway on Thursday, July 5 for the Herald & Review 100.
Returning to the Track Enterprises schedule for the second straight year is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Elko Speedway in Elko New Market, MN. The 2017 event was as exciting as it gets with drivers racing to the line four-wide, while crashing, vying for the top prize. New York's Christian Eckes claimed the victory in a photo finish. Brennan Poole, Frank Kimmel, and Grant Enfinger also have victories at the track. The 2018 edition of the race will be on Saturday, July 14.
Arguably the biggest event on the Track Enterprises season takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19 at the Illinois State Fair. It's the annual stop for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the USAC Silver Crown Series. The UMP Sportsman are back on for another season of racing at the fair. What makes the event so unique and exciting is the rarity of ARCA cars on dirt mixed with the excitement of the state fair.
The ARCA dirt theme continues two weeks later as the DuQuoin IL State Fair races are set for Sunday and Monday, September 2 and 3. Joining ARCA will be the USAC Silver Crown cars and UMP Modifieds. Racing at the Magic Mile was phenomenal, as always, in 2017.
Changing dates this year will be the Lucas Oil Raceway events leading up to the Brickyard 400 at IMS, moving from July to September. Track Enterprises will be hosting a couple of shows in town with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Friday, September 7. The USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars will run the Rich Vogler Classic the following night, Saturday, September 8 and will be joined by a new and unique event. That race will be the Speed51 Super Select, a race for winners in big Super Late Model events across the country. Event details with eligibility requirements, etc. will be released in the near future.
A new event to the Track Enterprises schedule will be held at the Terre Haute Action Track on Friday and Saturday, October 12-13. The Wabash Clash will see the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on Friday, October 12 and the World Of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars on Saturday, October 13. The DIRTcar UMP Scott's Custom Colors Modifieds will also be on track both days.
2018 Special Event Schedule
Saturday, April 7-ARCA Music City 200 @ Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (Nashville, TN)
Wednesday, May 23-"Week Of Indy" Tony Hulman Classic @ Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Thursday, May 24-"Week Of Indy" Hoosier Hundred @ Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, IN)
Friday, May 25-"Week Of Indy" Carb Night Classic @ Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis, IN)
Friday, June 22-ARCA Racing Series @ Gateway Motorsports Park (Madison, IL)
Friday, June 29-Summer Nationals vs. WoO LM @ Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Sunday, July 1-Summer Nationals, Midgets, & Mods @ Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, IL)
Thursday, July 5-Summer Nationals H&R 100 @ Macon Speedway (Macon, IL)
Saturday, July 14-ARCA Racing Series @ Elko Speedway (Elko, MN)
Saturday, August 18-USAC Silver Crown Series @ Illinois State Fair (Springfield, IL)
Sunday, August 19-ARCA Racing Series @ Illinois State Fair (Springfield, IL)
Sunday, September 2-USAC Silver Crown Series @ Du Quoin State Fair (Du Quoin, IL)
Monday, September 3-ARCA Racing Series @ Du Quoin State Fair (Du Quoin, IL)
Friday, September 7-ARCA Racing Series @ Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis, IN)
Saturday, September 8-USAC Silver Crown Series @ Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis, IN)
Friday, October 12-USAC Sprint Cars Wabash Clash @ Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Saturday, October 13-WoO Sprint Cars Wabash Clash @ Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Elite Sprints to Join POWRi Sanction in 2018
Belleville, IL - The Texas-based Elite Sprint Car Series will come under POWRi sanction for 2018 effectively creating the POWRi Lucas Oil Elite Sprint Car Series. POWRi and the Elite Sprints have partnered together to continue the growth of traditional sprint car racing in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas. The Elite Sprints are currently a non-wing 305 sprint care league and will be converting to POWRi WAR rules in 2018. Look for the POWRi Lucas Oil Elite Sprint Car Series to release a 20-25 race schedule.
The partnership will allow the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint Car League and the POWRi Lucas Oil Elite Sprint Car Series to co-sanction events throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas. "This is an excellent opportunity to help promote the growth of traditional sprint car racing in the Texas area," commented POWRi WAR Director, Casey Shuman. "This partnership will allow us to co-sanction races throughout Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma."
The POWRi Lucas Oil Elite Sprint Car Series will continue to operate as they always have with Series' President Nathan Moore at the helm, but this partnership will leverage the tools and resources of POWRi to strengthen the presence in Texas and the surrounding states. "We are excited to partner with POWRi," stated Nathan Moore, Elite Sprints President. "POWRi is very supportive in the direction we need to go in order to grow sprint car racing in the Texas area. When I contacted Casey, he agreed that a partnership with POWRi would be beneficial for the Elite Sprints and based this on the growth and exposure that the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints has experienced since partnering with POWRi.
C.J. LEARY TAKES THE HARVEST CUP; BRADY SHORT CAPTURES THE MSCS SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
Haubstadt, IN (October 21, 2017) - C.J. Leary of Greenfield, IN, raced to victory Saturday night in claiming the “Harvest Cup” to close out the season for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series and Tri-State Speedway. Leary was the quickest in a 21 car field whose overall performance produced an event with all 30 laps completed under the green flag. There were no restarts and every position drivers gained took an all out effort.
Leary took the lead from Chase Stockon on lap 7. The gap between the two leaders varied as they overtook traffic. However Leary was in control. Stockon would cross the finish line a second and a half behind. Leary collected $5,000 in winning his first career MSCS feature. Leary’s car is sponsored by Leary Construction and Highsmith Guns. The car owners are Chuck and Tammy Leary.
The other drivers in the top five were grouped further back in a second contest with Kyle Cummins leading Kevin Thomas Jr. and Chase Briscoe to the line. The second five was led by overall fast qualifier Chet Williams who was followed by rookie Stephen Schnapf, Robert Ballou, Donny Brackett, and Brady Short. Carson Short received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award as the eleventh place finisher.
Brady Short was the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger for the race. He had improved 7 positions overall. Kent Schmidt took a provisional to start the feature and also improved seven spots to finish fourteenth. Winner C.J. Leary started seventh and passed six top competitors. The ZERO redraw had produced a straight up starting field.
Brady Short and car owner Cam Pottorff received their 2017 Hoosier Tire MSCS Championship trophies and award jackets during opening ceremonies. It was the fourth series championship for Brady Short and third in the row for the duo. The MSCS Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Kendall Ruble during a second presentation which followed the feature.
In preliminary action the three heat races were won by Chase Stockon, Kyle Cummins, and Carson Short. Tyler Thomas and Brady Short finished one and two in the B Main. Collin Ambrose was to have been one of the 12 starters for the B but had to scratch for the event after hitting the concrete wall and fencing on the backstretch in the second heat and flipping. Brandon Mattox and Kent Schmidt were involved in another accident in that heat. It started with a spin and ended when Schmidt’s car flipped up onto that of Mattox. However Mattox started the B and took the last feature transfer position.
Planning and preparation will replace racing for a few months until the series can return to action next spring for an eighteenth consecutive year.
Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series Feature (30 Laps): C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, Kyle Cummins, Kevin Thomas Jr., Chase Briscoe, Chet Williams, Stephen Schnapf, Robert
Ballou, Donny Brackett, Brady Short, Carson Short, Tyler Thomas, Nate McMillin, Kent Schmidt, Ben Knight, Brandon Mattox, Mitchell Davis, Jadon Rogers, Brian Wallace, Parker
Frederickson, Aric Gentry.
e a feature win each in action at Haubstadt earlier in the season.
The grandstands for the triple header will open at 3:30 P.M.