Fremont Speedway and F.A.S.T. to Award Champions on December 6th
Byron Reed Earns Fremont Speedway and F.A.S.T. Championship Titles; Top Ten in Each Division Awarded During 2014 Banquet
By Tyler Altmeyer: F.A.S.T. Public Relations
Fremont, Ohio (October 31st, 2014) - The 2014 Fremont Speedway and Fremont/Attica Sprint Title (F.A.S.T.) banquets will be a joint celebration in 2014, and will each take place on Saturday, December 6th at the Fremont American Legion on Buckland Avenue in Fremont, Ohio. Champions from each F.A.S.T. division, as well as each of the 2014 Fremont Speedway champions, will be awarded during the annual banquet; as well as the top-ten drivers from each division. The festivities are scheduled to begin at approximately five-thirty, with dinner to follow at six-forty. A band will wrap up the evening with live music following the awards ceremony.
“We had a great season in 2014; for Fremont Speedway and the F.A.S.T. series” explained Rich Farmer, “The Fremont Speedway banquet will involve a lot of the same individuals as the F.A.S.T. ceremony, so why not have them together...we are excited for it...gives us a chance to reunite with everyone that supported our series and our track...hopefully everyone can make it...it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Not only will the 2014 champions and the top-ten in each division be awarded on December 6th, but a long list of other award recipients will be recognized during the annual banquet. A crew chief in each Fremont/Attica Sprint Title division will be awarded, along with a F.A.S.T. ‘Rookie of the Year’ award, and a Fremont Speedway ‘Rookie of the Year’ award.
Bryon Reed earned the 2014 Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service championship, along with the 2014 Fremont Speedway - Fort Ball Pizza Palace ‘410’ Sprint Championship. Reed was able to accomplish his dual championship without winning a main event. Rounding out the top five in the 2014 F.A.S.T. ‘410’ standings were Chris Andrews, Caleb Griffith, Brian Lay and Dean Jacobs. Finishing second through fifth in the 2014 Fremont Speedway ‘410’ standings included Brian Lay, Chris Andrews, Caleb Griffith and Brian Smith. Reed’s F.A.S.T. title is worth $10,000.
Nate Dussel, a two-time winner in F.A.S.T. ‘305’ competition in 2014, earned the JLH General Contractors Fremont/Attica Sprint Title ‘305’ Championship Series presented by Engine Pro $2,000 championship. Dussel’s win during the F.A.S.T. ‘305’ finale put the finishing touches on his second consecutive championship campaign. Dussel was followed in the F.A.S.T. ‘305’ standings by John Ivy, Jordan Ryan, Steve Rando and Dustin Dinan.
Jordan Ryan used his five feature victories at the Fremont Speedway in 2014 to propel himself to the top of the standings and earn the Fremont Speedway - Fremont Federal Credit Union - ‘305’ Sprint Championship. Ryan’s final margin of victory in the standings was 41 markers over Nate Dussel; Dustin Dinan, John Ivy and Bobby Clark rounded out the top five.
Undoubtedly the most dominant performer of the 2014 Fremont Speedway season was Fremont Fence Company - Dirt Truck driver, Shawn Valenti. Valenti scored 14 victories during his 2014 campaign at the Fremont oval; securing his 2014 championship with a margin of 293 points. Following Valenti in the 2014 Fremont Speedway - Fremont Fence Company Dirt Truck standings were Matt Foos, Jeff Ward, Dustin Keegan and Art Ball.
“It was a competitive season in every division” said Rich Farmer; promoter of F.A.S.T. and Fremont Speedway, “These guys put on a show each and every night...a few of the championships, including F.A.S.T. ‘410’ and ‘305,’ came down to the last night of racing...that just goes to show the level of competition we have in this part of Ohio...we are already looking forward to next year...on behalf of the entire Fremont Speedway staff and F.A.S.T. staff, I want to thank everyone for their support...it wouldn’t be possible without the help from all of our sponsors and supporters.”
Tickets can be purchased for this event by contacting Rich Farmer or Shelly Liskai. No tickets will be sold at the door. On a special note, the top ten drivers in each division, F.A.S.T. and Fremont Speedway, must be present at the banquet to receive awards. Tickets are $20.
Dale Blaney wins Open Wheel Championships finale
October 25, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-One Hundred and ten of the nation's fastest race cars battled it out for a shot at their respective version of the Open Wheel Championships over the course of the Oct. 23-25th racing weekend. When all was said and done the Inaugural Open Wheel Champion in the Renegade Sprints was Hartford, Ohio's Dale Blaney who brought home the $15,000 winner's share of the $115,000 purse in the 410 sprint main. Robert "Madman" Ballou, Rocklin, California claimed the non-winged portion of the program, while K-C Burdette, Parkersburg, WV brought home the win with a clean-sweep in the modified feature. Both the Non-Wing program and modified program paid $5,000 to win.
It was announced that next year's Open Wheel Championships--the second annual affair-- will be July 31-August 1, 2015. The 2015 version and second annual event will be a two-day format. Track management listened to racers and adjusted the format and the date to make the event more fan/racer friendly. Friday, July 31 will see a full show of Non-Winged Sprints and a full show of Open Wheel Modifieds along with a $5,000 to win Renegades Sprint show. Saturday, August 1 Atomic will host a $20,000 to win Winged 410 Renegade Sprint show along with a full show for modifieds.
The evening started with a salute to the intended Grand Marshall of the Inaugural Open Wheel Championships, Mr. Bert Emick. Emick was unable to make the trip from Florida, but was interviewed over the phone, expressing his gratitude for the honors. Emick was honored for his life-long contribution to sprint car racing. Emick, along with Jerry Clum, formed the Midwest Outlaw Super Sprints (MOSS) series that eventually morphed into the All-Star Circuit of Champions that Emick led for many years.
Ian Madsen won a gunfight with Rob Chaney in the Charlie McCann Memorial. Chaney had charged to the front early and built up some distance between himself and Madsen in the Renegade 410 non-qualifiers event. Chaney--who transponders indicated was the fastest car on the track--was in a zone of his own, but the complexion of the race soon changed. Chaney was blitzing to victory when the caution waved with just four laps to go. On the restart Madsen pulled a slide job on Chaney, sparking a whirlwind of multiple lead-changes that brought the fans to their feet.
The winner of the McCann race had the option of taking the $2065 paycheck or join the tail of the feature.
"We will tag the tail and see how far up we can get." said Madsen in victory lane. The transplanted Australian now living in the states added, "We didn't come all the way from Iowa just to watch the feature. The Renegades are going a great thing here and I'm really glad to see the fans come out and support what they are doing."
Madsen would have had to have advanced to 8th to better his McCann payday, but never-the-less made a gallant run from the back to 14th.
Next up were three feature-like 8-lap dashes that added to the drama of an intense, fun-filled racing evening. Each dash alone paid $1,000 compliments of Ervco Sanitation.
In the Renegade Sprint 410 Sprint main former track Champion Jimmy Stinson and traveling outlaw Danny "The Dude" Lasoski set the pace for the 40 lap event. Even with one caution flag for Cole Duncan, who appeared to lose an engine, the entire 40 laps was completed in just 13 and a half minutes.
Close racing action and hard-core passing took place throughout the pack with Lasoski taking the early lead over Stinson, who started on the point as a result of his dash win. At the drop of the green, cars went four wide with Chad Kemenah and Blaney pulling up beside the front row starters.
Lasoski took a commanding lead eventually, while much of the attention centered on the various battles for position. Lasoski, Stinson, Kemenah, and Blaney filed into line, but Blaney took to the bottom and blasted past Stinson and Kemenah in one swift stride.
Fifth place starter and former National Moto-Cross Champion Nathan Skaggs proved he was for real, when he also dove low where he engaged in a torrid battle with Kemenah. Blaney began to run Lasoski down and on lap 15 took over the top spot. Lasoski came back at him, searching for a cross-over pass but Blaney prevailed. Skaggs moved into a solid third and duked it out with Lasoski for much of the mid-portions of the race.
Blaney, meanwhile, mastered traffic, but after a time became stonewalled, allowing Lasoski to climb back into the hunt. Lasoski cut the deficit dramatically with a run to the high side, but with four laps to go he scrubbed off some speed on the bottom of the track and never regained momentum
Greg Wilson, Skaggs, Stinson, and Tyler Courtney traded positions nearly every lap with Kemenah getting shuffled to the backside of that pack and Wilson blitzing for a last lap pass of Skaggs for third.
The Blaney-Kennedy-Fisher team has won a third of the races they have run this year, winning their 21st feature of the year.
"You know when they first scheduled this race last year-- George Fisher loves this place and I do too-- When we saw that this race was gonna be run here, we set two goals," said Blaney. "We wanted to win the All-Star Championship and this particular race. We are clickin’ pretty good right now and it has been a great year for us."
"We changed our line when Dale got us," said second place Lasoski. "And it worked pretty well, but right now Dale is running strong. Once he got by he was hard to catch. They (Blaney and his team) work hard and they have had a great season."
"The race track was awesome both tonight and last night," said an enthusiastic third place finisher Greg Wilson. "This is what Atomic Speedway is known for. The track crew got it right tonight. We had a good race car, but we just got beat by two of the toughest son of a guns that ever drove sprint cars."
Wilson added, "Thank you fans. If it wasn't for you we wouldn't be here."
Rounding out the top ten were Dale Blaney, Danny Lasoski, Greg Wilson, Nathan Skaggs, Jimmy Stinson, Tyler Courtney, Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith, Randy Hannagan, and Brady Bacon. Madsen was the hard charger in a 26th to 14th place run.
Also honored in victory lane was 2014 track champion Danny Smith. "First we gotta thank Brad and everyone getting this place going again," said Danny Smith. "It has always been one of my favorite places. I appreciate the work the crew put in to get this track back open. I am just gonna continue to have fun and I'm looking forward to next year."
In the non-winged Sprint Open Wheel Championship Brady Short and Bryan Clauson paced the field to the starting line with Short jumping out to the early lead. Short and Clauson dueled early, then on lap six, fourth-place starter Ballou fired the coals and blitzed into third place, ahead of Dave Darland. Clauson began a spiral backward as Tyler Courtney, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Todd Kane made great strides to the front.
While the top three cars pulled away, the next six positions often went three-and-four cars wide in up-close and personal action. Ballou took second from Darland, then a couple laps later chased down Short to take the lead on lap 20.
The only caution of the night was for a flat tire on Kody Swanson's mount on lap 22. In the ensuing laps, major battles continued all around the track while Todd Kane reeled in Ballou in traffic. Kane went nose-to-tail with Ballou for five laps before Ballou shed himself of lapped cars, moved back to the top, and pulled off the win by five car lengths.
Chris Gurley was on a tear from deep in the field to take third, while Matt Westfall won a race-long battle with Haudenschild for a top five.
"We weren't very good the last couple weeks, but I thought on the way over here I had an idea and we made it work," said Ballou. "We took the car over to my house and worked on it for the last couple weeks. It needed a little care, so we gave it a tetanus shot and made it work."
"I gotta thank my guys," said Todd Kane. "The car was good and the track was good. I just ran out of car, maybe used it up a little too early, but Robert had a great car and worked it well up on the high side."
Rounding out the top ten were Robert Ballou, Todd Kane, Chris Gurley, Matt Westfall, Sheldon Haudenschild, Kody Swanson, Chad Wilson, Dallas Hewitt, Tyler Courtney, and Brady Short.
The hard-charger of the non-winged show was Chris Gurley in a 16th to 3rd place run. Kody Swanson went to the tail on the 22nd lap and came from 21st to sixth after having to change a left-rear tire.
Atomic will run the Dan Reno Memorial next weekend November 1.
For more information please call 740-703-9749 or 740-663-4141 or visit the Atomic Speedway website at <<< www.atomicspeedway.net >>> Atomic is located 12 miles South of Chillicothe, Ohio off SR 23, two miles out Blain Highway between Chillicothe, Ohio and Waverly, Ohio at Alma.
Upcoming Events: November 1- Topless Weekend! Yes, the drivers will take off their roofs in a tribute to old-style racing in the Dan Reno Memorial. DAN RENO MEMORIAL WEEKEND, Saturday, Nov. 1 $2,222 TO WIN for Modifieds, plus Late Models, Street Stocks, Sport Mods
Renegade Sprints 410's
40-Lap Open Wheel Championship Feature- Dale Blaney, Danny Lasoski, Greg Wilson,Nathan Skaggs, Jimmy Stinson, Tyler Courtney, Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith, Randy Hannagan, Brady Bacon, Todd Kane, Kory Crabtree, Kody Swanson, Ian Madsen, Bill Balog, Jac Haudenschild, Sheldon Haudenschild, Ron Blair, Danny Holtgraver, Ryan Broughton, Travis Philo, Ryan Myers, Mark Imler, Tim Shaffer, Cole Duncan, Bryan Nuckles
Non-Winged Sprints 40 laps Feature-Robert Ballou, Todd Kane, Chris Gurley, Matt Westfall, Sheldon Haudenschild, Kody Swanson, Chad Wilson, Dallas Hewitt, Tyler Courtney, Brady Short, Kory Crabtree, Dave Darland, Bryan Clauson, Dustin Hammond, Aaron Fry, Kevin Roberts, Randy Fink, Dave Disinger, Brady Bacon, Josh Davis, Nick Roberts.
Night Two of the Open Wheel Championships
Friday, October 24, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-Fifty-three of the nation's fastest sprint cars assembled for night two of the Open Wheel Championships at Atomic Speedway where the stage was set for Saturday night's A-main finale for the Renegade Sprints. Six qualifying heats, a C-main, and a B-main whittled the field down to the 26-car starting grid. Saturday's finale pays $15,000 to win and $1,000 to start.
Renegade Sprints Fast Time set by Danny Smith, Chillicothe, Ohio with a 12:380 time.
Also Saturday, the $5,000 to win Non-winged sprint main will be on the race card and the $5,000 to win Modified main plus 8-lap $1,000 to win Dashes in all three divisions will be run.
One of the main attractions will be the Charlie McCann Memorial for the winged sprints in honor of long-time racer and car owner McCann of Piketon. The event will pay $2,065 with the #65 in the pay-off in honor of McCann's car number.
Six wildly exciting heat races set the stage for two heated last chance races.
The B-Main was won by Bill Balog over Kody Swanson, Ryan Myers, Danny Holtgraver, Travis Philo, and Ryan Broughton. Broughton charged from 22nd to 6th to earn a starting position in the A-main. D. J. Foos and Brandon Wimmer were both solidly in an A-main transfer with three laps to go. Foos had one of the fastest cars on the track but drove it in a little too hard and rode over the wheel of Wimmer. Foos went airborne then backed it into the wall and flipped, while Wimmer careened off the inside guard rail putting both cars out of the race. Wimmer had been a flip victim in his heat while also in a transfer position.
Nate Reeser was another flip victim, but was able to continue.
Brandy Bower won the C-main over former outlaw racer Brandon Wimmer, Josh Davis, Caleb Helms, and David Smith who transferred to the B-main event.
Hot Laps are 5 p.m. for Saturday night' finale.
For more information please call 740-703-9749 or 740-663-4141 or visit the Atomic Speedway website at <<< www.atomicspeedway.net >>> Atomic is located 12 miles South of Chillicothe, Ohio off SR 23, two miles out Blain Highway between Chillicothe, Ohio and Waverly, Ohio at Alma.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25TH
General Admission - $35
Kids Admission - $5
Pit Admission - $45
Kids Pit Admission - $20
Schedule of Events
- Starting at 5:00pm
20 Lap $2,065 to Win Charlie McCann Memorial
8 Lap $1,000 to win Modified/NW Sprint/Sprint Car Dashes
40 Lap $5,000 to win Modified A-Main
40 Lap $15,000 to win Sprint Car A-Main
40 Lap $5,000 to win NW Sprint A-Main
Renegade Sprints 410's
Fast Time: Danny Smith 12:380
Heat One-Sheldon Haudenschild, Jac Haudenschild, Danny Smith, Travis Philo, Kody Swanson,Taylor Ferns, David Smith, Caleb Armstrong, Nate Reeser
Heat Two-Greg Wilson, Nathan Skaggs, Ronnie Blair, Kevin Thomas, Rick Fraley, Mark Imler, Andrew Palker, Brandon Wimmer, Aaron Higgins
Heat Three-Brady Bacon, Chad Kemenah, Jimmy Stinson, Adam Strausser, D.J. Foos, Jimmy Nier, Josh Davis, Nick Roberts, Randy Fink
Heat Four-Danny Lasoski, Bryan Nuckles,Tyler Courtney, Ryan Myers, Mitchel Harble, Ryan Broughton, Caleb Helms, Brandy Bower, Kevin Roberts
Heat Five-Dale Blaney, Todd Kane, Kory Crabtree, Danny Holtgraver, Dean Jacobs, Jesse McCreary, Mike Terry, Jr., Ian Madsen, Dean Kester
Heat Six- Tim Schaffer, Randy Hannigan, Cole Duncan, Bill Balog, Curtis Evans, Rob Chaney, Brandon Conkle, Mark Coleman
C-main:Brandy Bower, Brandon Wimmer, Josh Davis, Caleb Helms, David Smith, Ian Madsen, Aaron Higgins, Kevin Roberts, Nate Reeser, Nick Roberts, Caleb Armstrong, Mike Terry, Jr., Andrew Palker, Mark Coleman, Randy Fink, Brandon Conkle, Dean Kester
B-Main : Bill Balog, Kody Swanson, Ryan Myers, Danny Holtgraver, Travis Philo, Ryan Broughton, Caleb Helms, Curtis Evans, Rob Chaney, Mitchel Harble, Kevin Thomas, David Smith, Josh Davis, Mark Imler, Brandy Bower, Rick Fraley, Adam Strausser, Brandon Wimmer, D.J. Foos, Dean Jacobs, Taylor Ferns, Jesse McCreary, Jim Nier (DNS)
Renegade Sprints Welcomes Hilltop Speedway in Millersburg to 2015 Schedule
FINDLAY, Ohio (Oct. 23, 2014) - Another track has been added to the Renegade Sprints schedule for 2015.
Hilltop Speedway in Millersburg, Ohio, will host a couple of events with the newly formed 410ci sprint car series next season.
"I have a lot of fans who want to see the sprints," said Buck Smitley, who owns Hilltop Speedway with his wife, Amy. "We try to at least bring them down once or twice a year. The Renegades are going to bring some good drivers. We have a pretty good following at our track. I think we'll do pretty good."
Hilltop Speedway is listed as a 3/8-mile oval, but Buck Smitley noted that it could be considered a third mile through the middle of the track.
"It's not a real big track," he said. "In turns three and four it's pretty high banked. In turns one and two it's not near the banking. It's a tough track to drive. We've had some pretty good racing there."
Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms added that he looks forward to working with the Smitley family.
"We're very excited to welcome Hilltop Speedway to the schedule next season and to be able to showcase the Renegade Sprints to the great fans of that area," he said. "It's an awesome track that will produce top-notch racing."
The Renegade Sprints will finish this season at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the $15,000-to-win Open Wheel Championships this Friday and Saturday.
NEXT EVENT - Friday and Saturday at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the Open Wheel Championships
Attica to reward teams at season-ending banquet
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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
ATTICA, Ohio – The top 10 in points in all four divisions at Attica Raceway Park will collect their money and prizes at the track’s annual banquet set for Saturday, Nov. 22. Also, special awards such as rookie of the year will also be handed out.
The banquet will be held at the hall at the track with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. and the buffet dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony. Tickets are $25 each and can be obtained by contact Rex LeJeune, director of operations, at 419-680-5606. No tickets will be sold at the door and in order to receive point fund money, teams have to attend the banquet.
Former 305 sprint champion Caleb Griffith claimed his first ever O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprint title this year. Former track champion Chris Andrews was second followed by six time track champion Byron Reed. Defending track champion Craig Mintz finished fourth in the points followed by Duane Zablocki, Brian Lay, Brandon Martin, Jody Keegan, Travis Philo and Stuart Brubaker. Dain Naida earned the rookie of the year honors for the 410 sprints.
In the Summit Equipment UMP Late Models, Jeff Babcock would earn his first ever Attica title with Mike Bores, Matt Irey, five time champion Ryan Missler and John Bores rounding out the top five. Cody Scott would finish sixth in the points followed by Steve Sabo, Ryan Markham, Doug Baird and Devin Shiels rounding out the top 10. Baird will be recognized as the division’s rookie of the year.
In the Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprints, Jordan Ryan became the youngest ever to win an Attica title, edging out defending track champion Nate Dussel. Steve Rando, and former champions John Ivy and Paul Weaver would round out the top five in the points. Bobby Clark, Jason Keckler, Ricky Peterson, Seth Schneider and Tyler Gunn would round out the top 10. Luke Griffith will be recognized as the division’s rookie of the year.
In the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks, Shawn Valenti will wear his first ever Attica crown with Matt Foos, Kyle Kline, former champion Art Ball and Keith Sorg rounding out the top five. Dustin Keegan, Dana Frey, Brad Keckler, Brandon Leighton and Jeff Warnick will round out the top 10. Leighton also earned the rookie of the year honors for the trucks.
For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com
PPMS Showcasing Three Renegade Sprints Events in 2015
FINDLAY, Ohio (Oct. 17, 2014) - Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway Owner Matt Miley was so thrilled following his inaugural Renegade Sprints event on Sept. 27 that he has already booked three dates for next season.
Miley said his half-mile track in Imperial, Pa., will host the Renegade Sprints in May, July and September of 2015.
"I definitely want to see the Renegades succeed and they definitely have a home in Pittsburgh," he said. "(Following the event this season) I must have had 10 emails and at least 10 or 15 Facebook comments on it being a good show. We're looking forward to having them back."
Miley said that as big of a success as the three-wide racing was, the extras such as drivers greeting spectators and having giveaways created a lot of new sprint car fans.
"The racers said all the right things," he said. "They thanked the fans, signed autographs. We need more of that. There were a lot of smiling faces that night. The Renegade Sprints will be the featured sprint car series at our track."
Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms noted his excitement in returning to Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway next season.
"We had a great time working with Matt and his staff," he said. "It was quite the show when we went there in September and I'd anticipate that we will see three-wide racing again when we return several times next year."
The Renegade Sprints will wrap up this season Oct. 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the $15,000-to-win Open Wheel Championships.
NEXT EVENT - Oct. 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the Open Wheel Championships
MEDIA LINKS - Website: http://www.Renegade410Sprints.com
RENEGADE SPRINTS - The Renegade Sprints is a 410ci sprint car series that was created in 2014. The series will aim for approximately 50 races throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan each season. The Renegade Sprints also anticipates building a points fund for eligible drivers and for every race to pay at least $5,000 to win.
Zitterich and Wright on Board with New National Sprint League!
Windom, MN (October 15, 2014) – The new 410 sprint car series founded by Tod Quiring of Big Game Treestands now has a name…the National Sprint League. The series would also like to announce two new employees. Chuck Zitterich of Sioux Falls, South Dakota will serve as Competition Director, while Bill Wright of Monroe, Iowa will be Public Relations Director.
The National Sprint League recently announced four dates at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa (May 9, June 27, July 4, August 29), as well as one at the Eagle Raceway near Eagle, Nebraska (Friday, May 8). The May 8 and 9 Eagle/Knoxville weekend will offer a $20,000 bonus for a sweep of the features, thanks to Phil and Ryan Durst of Durst Motorplex in Lincoln, Nebraska. The point fund for the series will be $350,000, while drivers will still be able to vie for the Knoxville Championship Cup Series which pays out more than $250,000 in cash and contingencies.
Zitterich brings a wealth of experience, and presently serves as an official with the Knoxville Raceway. He most recently was the competition director with the ASCS-Midwest series. He also has been active in the past at the Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota and with the NMRA series among others.
“Honestly, I was ready to spend more time at home next year, but I’m really excited about the National Sprint League,” says Zitterich. “There are a lot of possibilities for growth. I’m really looking forward to getting going with this. I really want to thank Tod for the opportunity, and I’m ready to get to work!”
Wright has been a freelance journalist, announcer and public relations representative in sprint car racing for the last twenty years. He has been employed at the Knoxville Raceway in several different capacities over the last ten years, including website maintenance, public relations and as co-track historian. His announcing experience includes shows sanctioned by the Sprint Invaders, MOWA, IRA, ASCS and audio broadcasts from the Knoxville Raceway.
“First and foremost, I am a sprint car fan,” says Wright. “It’s a blessing to be able to work in a field you are passionate about. What Tod has created here is really exciting, and I thank him for the chance to be involved. The sprint car fans throughout the Midwest should be on the edge of their seats already! The excitement from tracks and sponsors wanting to be a part of this is energizing. Also, it will be the first traveling series I’ve worked for that has included Knoxville, which is essential for the series. It’s also huge for me on a personal level, because it’s home. I think I can speak for Chuck in saying that we are proud to work for the greatest track in the world on Saturday nights. We’re excited about the future of sprint car racing! There are a lot of logistics involved getting a series of this magnitude rolling, and we’re already working hard to meet the challenge!”
“We’re all excited about the National Sprint League,” says Tod Quiring. “We’re really happy to have Chuck and Bill on board as our Competition Director and PR Director. They bring a wealth of experience. It’s really overwhelming the response we’ve had from the fans, promoters, tracks and major businesses. We have a lot of exciting news we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks!”
Stay tuned for updates from the National Sprint League in the days to come!
Danny Holtgraver Will Pilot Tom and Sherry Leidig's 59 for Remainder of 2014 and Beyond
Holtgraver Will Begin Phoenix Racing Campaign at Fremont Speedway this Saturday!
By Fully Injected Motorsports PR
Pittsburgh, PA (October 14th, 2014) - Danny Holtgraver of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is officially the new pilot of the Tom and Sherry Leidig owned, Phoenix Racing no. 59 ‘410’ sprint car; beginning this Saturday evening, October 18th at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. Holtgraver, who recently parted ways with Rob Hunter and the Hunter Racing ‘10H’ team after their recent trip to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, is excited to begin his new journey, and is scheduled to compete in three events during the remaining portion of the 2014 racing season, as well as kick-off the 2015 season behind the wheel of the ‘59.’ The familiar Phoenix Racing ‘59’ operation, fueled by Auto Electric of Jupiter, Southern Pacific Farms, Momentum Shocks, Work Room to the Trade, will be led by veteran crew chief Bonzai Bruns.
“This is a great opportunity and I am more than excited to get started” explained Danny Holtgraver, “This team is led by great people and a great crew chief...this will be my first time working with Bonzai Bruns so hopefully we can click right away and earn some great results...I just want to thank Rob Hunter for what he has done for me that last few seasons...we decided to part ways recently and go different directions...all I can do now is look forward to this opportunity given to me by Tom Leidig...I can’t wait to get started!”
Danny Holtgraver and Phoenix Racing will compete with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series this Saturday evening, October 18th at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. The new partnership will then visit the Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio during the October 24th/25th weekend for the Open Wheel Championships. Holtgraver will round-out his 2014 campaign at the ‘World Finals’ near Charlotte, North Carolina on November 6th, 7th & 8th. The new Holtgraver/Phoenix Racing combination will then kick-off the upcoming 2015 season with a trip to Florida.
“We are a new team but we have a lot to look forward to” said Holtgraver, “We have some big races lined up together, and we are definitely anxious...I just want to thank Tom and Sherry Leidig again for this opportunity...hopefully we get this ‘59’ up front in a hurry.”
During recent sprint car competition, Danny Holtgraver finished 13th at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park near Weedsport, New York on Saturday evening, October 11th. The former Lernerville Speedway track champion started the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series main event from the 18th position; rallying five spots during the 25-lap program to finish 13th.
News and information relating to Danny Holtgraver and Phoenix Racing will be posted regularly right here at ‘FullyInjected.com’ during the entire 2014 season. Be sure to check out the official online home of Danny Holtgraver at www.dannyholtgraver.com; as well as keep up with the Pittsburgh native via social networking including twitter: @holtgraverd4 and facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DannyHoltgraverMotorsports
Recent Highlights: Finished 13th (A-Main) at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series on Saturday, October 11th
2014 Wins: 7: (1- Attica Raceway Park (ASCoC)(OH); 1-Butler Speedway (ASCoC) (MI); 2- Lernerville Speedway (PA); 1 - Mercer Raceway Park (PA); 1-Eldora Speedway (ASCoC); 1- Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PA))
Big Game Motorsports Welcomes Danny Lasoski for Remainder of Season
Inside Line Promotions - WINDOM, Minn. (Oct. 14, 2014) - Big Game Motorsports has joined forces with veteran sprint car driver Danny Lasoski for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Lasoski will drive a Big Game Treestands car during the $15,000-to-win Open Wheel Championships at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, on Oct. 24-25 and at the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series World Finals Nov. 6-8 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.
"We're looking forward to having Danny in our car for the Open Wheel Championships and the World Finals," Big Game Treestands Founder Tod Quiring said. "We're excited to have Danny back with (crew chief) Guy Forbrook. They have a storied history together. It should be a seamless transition. Danny's career speaks for itself."
Lasoski is a former World of Outlaws champion and he is the winningest driver in the history of the famed Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. He also teamed up with Forbrook to capture five of his record nine track championships at Knoxville Raceway.
"I want to thank Tod and everyone at Big Game for this opportunity," Lasoski said. "It will also be great to work with Guy again. I know the car will be good and the crew will be good so I'm looking forward to driving the Big Game Treestands car into Victory Lane."
Lasoski has recorded numerous top fives during the World Finals and he won a World of Outlaws race at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in 2001. He has also been victorious at Atomic Speedway.
UP NEXT - Oct. 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the Open Wheel Championships
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Atomic Speedway to Host Renegade Sprints for Five Races in 2015
FINDLAY, Ohio (Oct. 13, 2014) - Atomic Speedway and the Renegade Sprints will partner for approximately five races next season.
The high-banked track in Chillicothe, Ohio, hosted the inaugural Renegade Sprints event in August and will wrap up this season with the $15,000-to-win Open Wheel Championships on Oct. 24-25.
"One of the biggest things is the promotional side of it and them acting like a first-class organization," Atomic Speedway Owner and Promoter Brad McCown said about working with the Renegade Sprints. "They are all banded together."
Atomic Speedway showcased nearly 40 sprint car drivers during the first-ever Renegade Sprints event and McCown anticipates that number to go up for the Open Wheel Championships, which will be moved to a different weekend next season.
McCown said he supports the series and would encourage other track promoters to give the Renegade Sprints an opportunity.
"I'd tell them to trust in this group of drivers," he said. "I talked to these drivers and they are together for the better of the sport. The more tracks who come on board will reap the benefits of this."
NEXT EVENT - Oct. 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the Open Wheel Championships
MEDIA LINKS - http://www.Renegade410Sprints.com
CALIFORNIA BORN DRIVERS RULE THE ROOST IN ELDORA’S SPRINTACULAR
UNOH Sponsored Season Finale Draws 112 Sprint Cars as Abreu, Hannagan and Meseraull Win
ROSSBURG, OH (October 11) -- Horace Greeley may have coined the phrase “go west, young man, go west” for young folks seeking the opportunity to succeed, but in racing, the California drivers are saying “go east” to seek the gold as evidenced in Saturday’s season-closing UNOH Sprintacular at Eldora Speedway. Three drivers with Golden State heritage – Rice Abreu (All Star Sprints), Randy Hannagan (NRA Sprint Invaders) and Thomas Messeraul (BOSS Sprints) – prevailed over an assemblage of 112 Sprint Cars.
With a dominant season that found him securing his fifth career All Star title long before the final race, Dale Blaney captured Saturday’s dash and earned the pole position for the 30-lap finale. At that point, everyone assumed the main event would be a race to see who would finish behind Blaney.
When the green flag flew, it seemed that was exactly how the plot was going to play out. Randy Hannagan was giving a spirited chase and was soon joined by Greg Wilson and Christopher Bell, but deep in the pack, Abreu was on a mission.
He was out to spoil the Blaney streak and he made it very apparent. In some of the boldest moves seen in recent years around the high-banked one-half mile oval, Abreu set sail for the front.
At the end of one lap he was 7th, and within five laps was up to fifth. Two more laps passed and Abreu disposed of Bell and Wilson to move within inches of Hannagan in third.
The ensuing battle between Hannagan and Abreu allowed Blaney to open a sizeable lead. Five laps later Abreu shot past Hannagan and it was an all-out assault on Blaney. Putting his car within inches of the outer wall, Abrue reeled in Blaney and the duo put on a three-lap battle that held the crowd in awe. As the drivers did slide jobs on each other and peak speed, lapped traffic entered in to the mix it looked as if Blaney’s years of Eldora experience would give him the upper hand.
Abreu, in only his second season of racing at Eldora, did let that bother him. He was able to power past Blaney on lap 18 and despite a couple of close encounters in the closing stages, he was not to be denied.
He cruised to his first Eldora winged Sprint Car victory and the crowd erupted. Blaney crossed the line second, as Hannagan, Wilson and Ian Madsen completed the top five.
Hannagan and Wilson were unable to join the victory lane celebration as they immediately jumped behind the wheel of their NRA Sprint Invader entries to do yet another battle around Eldora.
When the green flag flew on their 20-lap chase, it was Hud Horton powering out front ahead of Butch Schroeder, Hannagan, Devon Dobie and Wilson. That lead was short-lived as former NRA champion Schroeder shot into the lead on lap 2 and began distancing himself ahead of the field.
One lap later, Hannagan also slid past Horton and his chase to the front was underway.
Not wanting to score another runner-up finish, Hannagan continually narrowed the gap between himself and the leader in the non-stop affair and just past the half-way mark, was able to move into the lead he was to hold to the finish.
Schroeder stayed within striking distance, but the night belonged to Hannagan. Crossing the line behind them were Dustin Daggett, Wilson and Ron Blair.
Closing out the night of all Sprint Car racing were the non-winged BOSS (Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series) as the focus shifted from speed to driving ability.
Referred to as ‘traditional’ sprints due their non-wing status, the 24-car field took to the high banks and in a completely different style of sideways racing through the turns.
Logan Jarrett took the lead at the green flag over Travis Hery, as Dallas Hewit and Derek Hastings joined in to make a four-car battle up front. Hery soon faded from the front as C.J. Leary was the next to post his challenge among the top four. At this point, Meseraull was mired in sixth spot.
As Jarrett slowly increased his lead, the cars behind him were stacking up in a four-wide battle around Eldora and swapping spots lap after lap. Mike Miller, who eventually claimed the BOSS 2014 championship title, soon through his cards into the mix and moved as high as third on lap six.
Hewitt broke free first and set sail after Jarrett, followed by Leary to set up a classic three-way war for top honors.
While those three were engaged in their battle, Meseraull slowly crept into the picture and within three laps went from fourth to the lead which he was able to hang on to, though the finish.
A late race caution flew for heat race winner Jarrett Andretti who stopped on the back stretch, but that failed to stop Meseraull’s momentum. Leary remained close through the checkered flag, as Hewitt, Jarrett and Miller fought their own battled to finish in that order and complete the top five.
With the completed the UNOH Sprintacular Eldora closed the books on its 61st consecutive season of racing.
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All Star Sprint
TIME TRIALS - 1. 14K-Dale Blaney [12.990]; 2. 1ST-Gary Taylor [13.026]; 3. 11N-Randy Hannagan [13.028]; 4. 53-Chris Bell [13.031]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [13.038]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [13.081]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [13.183]; 8. 81-Lee Jacobs [13.206]; 9. 59-Dean Jacobs [13.208]; 10. 9W-Derek Hagar [13.241]; 11. 5T-Travis Philo [13.255]; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [13.256]; 13. 4-Danny Smith [13.267]; 14. 21-D.j. Foos [13.279]; 15. 00-Jim Nier [13.283]; 16. 13-Mark Dobmeier [13.324]; 17. 71M-Paul May [13.379]; 18. 13M- Brandon Matus [13.398]; 19. 24H-Brandon Wimmer [13.399]; 20. 4T-Tyler Courtney [13.411]; 21. 6-Jac Haudenschild [13.461]; 22. 56R-Ryan Myers [13.465]; 23. 09-Chris Andrews [13.497]; 24. 9X-Rob Chaney [13.510]; 25. 55F-Taylor Ferns [13.559]; 26. 59X-Bryan Nuckles [13.606]; 27. 15MH-Mitch Harble [13.654]; 28. 2M-Dustin Daggett [13.738]; 29. 06-Brandy Bower [13.743]; 30. 59J-Kirk Jeffries [13.930]; 31. 99D-Joshua Davis [14.018]; 32. 37-Mark Coleman [14.147]; 33. 76-Davey Jones [14.468]; 34. 33-Brent Matus [14.659]; 35. 91-Cole Thomas [99.999]; 36. 84-Jimmy Stinson [99.999];
HEAT 1 - 1. 6-Jac Haudenschild ; 2. W20-Greg Wilson ; 3. 59-Dean Jacobs ; 4. 14K-Dale Blaney ; 5. 4T-Tyler Courtney ; 6. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 7. 06-Brandy Bower ; 8. 76-Davey Jones ; 9. 4-Danny Smith [DNF];
HEAT 2 - 1. 71M-Paul May ; 2. 1ST-Gary Taylor ; 3. 21-D.j. Foos ; 4. 24-Rico Abreu ; 5. 9W-Derek Hagar ; 6. 59J-Kirk Jeffries ; 7. 59X-Bryan Nuckles ; 8. 33-Brent Matus ; 9. 56R-Ryan Myers [DNF];
HEAT 3 - 1. 11N-Randy Hannagan ; 2. 18-Ian Madsen ; 3. 09-Chris Andrews ; 4. 00-Jim Nier ; 5. 13M- Brandon Matus ; 6. 5T-Travis Philo ; 7. 15MH-Mitch Harble ; 8. 99D-Joshua Davis ; 9. 84-Jimmy Stinson [DNS];
HEAT 4 - 1. 24H-Brandon Wimmer ; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 3. 13-Mark Dobmeier ; 4. 53-Chris Bell ; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 6. 2M-Dustin Daggett [DNF]; 7. 9X-Rob Chaney [DNF]; 8. 37-Mark Coleman [DNS];
DASH - 1. 14K-Dale Blaney ; 2. 11N-Randy Hannagan ; 3. 53-Chris Bell ; 4. W20-Greg Wilson ; 5. 24-Rico Abreu ; 6. 1ST-Gary Taylor ;
B-FEATURE - 1. 5T-Travis Philo ; 2. 2M-Dustin Daggett ; 3. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 4. 4-Danny Smith ; 5. 15MH-Mitch Harble ; 6. 59X-Bryan Nuckles ; 7. 99D-Joshua Davis ; 8. 06-Brandy Bower ; 9. 59J-Kirk Jeffries ; 10. 33-Brent Matus [DNF]; 11. 76-Davey Jones [DNF]; 12. 56R-Ryan Myers [DNF]; 13. 9X-Rob Chaney [DNS]; 14. 37-Mark Coleman [DNS]; 15. 84-Jimmy Stinson [DNS];
A FEATURE - 1. 24-Rico Abreu ; 2. 14K-Dale Blaney ; 3. 11N-Randy Hannagan ; 4. W20-Greg Wilson ; 5. 18-Ian Madsen ; 6. 53-Chris Bell ; 7. 09-Chris Andrews ; 8. 5T-Travis Philo ; 9. 4-Danny Smith ; 10. 59-Dean Jacobs ; 11. 21-D.j. Foos ; 12. 24H-Brandon Wimmer ; 13. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 14. 00-Jim Nier ; 15. 6-Jac Haudenschild ; 16. 71M-Paul May ; 17. 9W-Derek Hagar ; 18. 4T-Tyler Courtney ; 19. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 20. 13-Mark Dobmeier [DNF]; 21. 13M- Brandon Matus [DNF]; 22. 2M-Dustin Daggett [DNF]; 23. 1ST-Gary Taylor [DNF]; 24. 81-Lee Jacobs [DNF];
TIME TRIALS - 1. 22H-Randy Hannagan [14.154]; 2. 2M-Dustin Daggett [14.235]; 3. 20B-Butch Schroeder [14.326]; 4. 6S-Greg Wilson [14.355]; 5. 23-Devon Dobie [14.363]; 6. 28H-Hud Horton [14.434]; 7. 11-Tim Allison [14.438]; 8. 35-Ron Blair [14.447]; 9. 10B-Mitch Brown [14.454]; 10. 4A-Jon Agan [14.468]; 11. 83-Kyle Sauder [14.505]; 12. 6M-Max Stambaugh [14.686]; 13. 49-Shawn Dancer [14.688]; 14. 3R-Shane Ross [14.736]; 15. 22R-Kevin Roberts Jr [14.759]; 16. 17-Jared Horstman [14.776]; 17. 33M-Beau Stewart [14.801]; 18. 15-Brandon Ferguson [14.833]; 19. 23P-Nick Patterson [14.854]; 20. 19-Jimmy Snead [14.873]; 21. 12R-Nick Roberts [14.942]; 22. 1H-Luke Hall [14.958]; 23. 38-Dennis Wagner [14.993]; 24. 23G-Joe Geibe [14.997]; 25. 4K-Chris Davis [16.213];
HEAT 1 - 1. 49-Shawn Dancer ; 2. 17-Jared Horstman ; 3. 22H-Randy Hannagan ; 4. 11-Tim Allison ; 5. 6S-Greg Wilson ; 6. 4A-Jon Agan ; 7. 23P-Nick Patterson ; 8. 4K-Chris Davis ; 9. 1H-Luke Hall [DNF];
HEAT 2 - 1. 83-Kyle Sauder ; 2. 2M-Dustin Daggett ; 3. 33M-Beau Stewart ; 4. 35-Ron Blair ; 5. 23-Devon Dobie ; 6. 38-Dennis Wagner ; 7. 3R-Shane Ross ; 8. 19-Jimmy Snead [DNF];
HEAT 3 - 1. 6M-Max Stambaugh ; 2. 20B-Butch Schroeder ; 3. 28H-Hud Horton ; 4. 22R-Kevin Roberts Jr ; 5. 10B-Mitch Brown ; 6. 15-Brandon Ferguson ; 7. 12R-Nick Roberts ; 8. 23G-Joe Geibe ;
B-FEATURE - 1. 4A-Jon Agan ; 2. 12R-Nick Roberts ; 3. 15-Brandon Ferguson ; 4. 3R-Shane Ross ; 5. 23G-Joe Geibe ; 6. 4K-Chris Davis ; 7. 38-Dennis Wagner [DNF]; 8. 23P-Nick Patterson [DNF]; 9. 19-Jimmy Snead [DNF]; 10. 1H-Luke Hall [DNS];
A FEATURE - 1. 22H-Randy Hannagan ; 2. 20B-Butch Schroeder ; 3. 2M-Dustin Daggett ; 4. 6S-Greg Wilson ; 5. 35-Ron Blair ; 6. 28H-Hud Horton ; 7. 10B-Mitch Brown ; 8. 23-Devon Dobie ; 9. 11-Tim Allison ; 10. 4A-Jon Agan ; 11. 83-Kyle Sauder ; 12. 6M-Max Stambaugh ; 13. 49-Shawn Dancer ; 14. 17-Jared Horstman ; 15. 22R-Kevin Roberts Jr ; 16. 3R-Shane Ross ; 17. 12R-Nick Roberts ; 18. 23G-Joe Geibe [DNF]; 19. 15-Brandon Ferguson [DNF]; 20. 33M-Beau Stewart [DNF];
BOSS Non-Winged Sprint Cars
HEAT 1 - 1. 18M-Thomas Meseraull ; 2. 32M-Derek Hastings ; 3. 1M-Mike Moore ; 4. 3-Joe Butera ; 5. 53-Steve Little ; 6. 78-Adam Byrkett ; 7. 7M-Brandon Moore ; 8. 97F-Andy Fike ; 9. 6RR-Joe Ligouri ;
HEAT 2 - 1. 57B-Brandon Spithaler ; 2. 82M-Mike Miller ; 3. 320-Bill Rose ; 4. 74-Jt Stapp ; 5. 24M-Adam Miller ; 6. 2DI-Dustin Ingle ; 7. 11X-David Applegate [DNS]; 8. 15-Brandon Whited [DNS]; 9. 41H-Jason Holt [DNS];
HEAT 3 - 1. 30-C.j. Leary ; 2. 40-Justin Grant ; 3. 77-Dustin Smith ; 4. 401K-Travis Berryhill ; 5. 17-Nick Bilbee ; 6. 83-Adam Cruea ; 7. 23S-Kyle Simon ; 8. 24P-Tyler Hewitt ; 9. 33-Brent Matus [DNS];
HEAT 4 - 1. 18-Jarett Andretti ; 2. 4-Michael Fischesser ; 3. 54-Matt Westfall ; 4. 5J-Joss Moffatt ; 5. 63-Huston Hewitt ; 6. 91X-Aaron Middaugh ; 7. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh ; 8. 59J-Kirk Jeffries ; 9. 14W-Chad Wilson ;
HEAT 5 - 1. 22S-Dallas Hewitt ; 2. 21-Travis Hery ; 3. 26-Justin Owens ; 4. 12W-Kent Walter ; 5. 58-Jamie Fredrickson ; 6. 4U-Devon Huff ; 7. 2M-Max Mcghee ; 8. 7X-Evan Gindling [DNF]; 9. 4T-Josh Turner [DNS];
HEAT 6 - 1. 24-Landon Simon ; 2. 29-Logan Jarrett ; 3. 9N-Luke Hall ; 4. 0-Steve Irwin ; 5. 31-Chuck Wilson ; 6. 5-Bob Mcmillin ; 7. 48-Mike Burkin ; 8. 5S-Mark Silva ;
B-FEATURE 1 - 1. 401K-Travis Berryhill ; 2. 17-Nick Bilbee ; 3. 53-Steve Little ; 4. 83-Adam Cruea ; 5. 24M-Adam Miller ; 6. 7M-Brandon Moore ; 7. 3-Joe Butera ; 8. 24P-Tyler Hewitt ; 9. 78-Adam Byrkett ; 10. 23S-Kyle Simon ; 11. 2DI-Dustin Ingle ; 12. 33-Brent Matus ; 13. 97F-Andy Fike ; 14. 74-Jt Stapp [DNF]; 15. 11X-David Applegate [DNF]; 16. 15-Brandon Whited [DNF]; 17. 41H-Jason Holt [DNF]; 18. 6RR-Joe Ligouri [DNS];
B-FEATURE 2 - 1. 12W-Kent Walter ; 2. 0-Steve Irwin ; 3. 5J-Joss Moffatt ; 4. 63-Huston Hewitt ; 5. 31-Chuck Wilson ; 6. 91X-Aaron Middaugh ; 7. 14W-Chad Wilson ; 8. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh ; 9. 5-Bob Mcmillin ; 10. 48-Mike Burkin ; 11. 59J-Kirk Jeffries ; 12. 5S-Mark Silva ; 13. 2M-Max Mcghee ; 14. 4U-Devon Huff ; 15. 58-Jamie Fredrickson [DNF]; 16. 7X-Evan Gindling [DNF]; 17. 4T-Josh Turner [DNF];
A FEATURE - 1. 18M-Thomas Meseraull ; 2. 30-C.j. Leary ; 3. 22S-Dallas Hewitt ; 4. 29-Logan Jarrett ; 5. 82M-Mike Miller ; 6. 4-Michael Fischesser ; 7. 57B-Brandon Spithaler ; 8. 320-Bill Rose ; 9. 0-Steve Irwin ; 10. 54-Matt Westfall ; 11. 32M-Derek Hastings ; 12. 77-Dustin Smith ; 13. 12W-Kent Walter ; 14. 17-Nick Bilbee ; 15. 5J-Joss Moffatt ; 16. 9N-Luke Hall ; 17. 26-Justin Owens ; 18. 18-Jarett Andretti ; 19. 21-Travis Hery ; 20. 1M-Mike Moore ; 21. 53-Steve Little ; 22. 24-Landon Simon [DNF]; 23. 401K-Travis Berryhill [DNF]; 24. 40-Justin Grant [DNF];
Knoxville Raceway Award Banquet and Dinner Reservation Deadline Approaching
(Bill W) The 2014 Knoxville Raceway Award Banquet and Dinner will be held at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The reservation deadline of Wednesday, October 15 is quickly approaching. Join us for Awards, Food, Fun and Entertainment!
The registration form is located under the "Entry Forms" section at www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com. The "Entry Forms" section can be found under "Driver Info" on the homepage. Payment information is included on the form. You can also use this direct link: http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com/helper_pages/FileGet.aspx?id=321
You may also order tickets by calling 641 842-5431.
Entrees this year include a choice of Beef Tenderloin, Chicken Marsala and Pork Loin.
In addition, there will be a Driver/Owner meeting held at noon the same day at Prairie Meadows.
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER “SPRINT CAR 101” FORUMS ANNOUNCED; ONE IN KNOXVILLE AND ONE IN ALGONA, IOWA
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (October 9, 2014) - The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to announce its line-up of free and open-to-the-public Sprint Car 101 educational programs for the remainder of the year, which includes a bonus program in Algona, Iowa. The regularly-scheduled program will take place on Thursday, October 16, in Knoxville with an evening featuring “Knoxville Nationals: The First Fifty Years” book authors Eric Arnold & Bob Wilson. The Sprint Car 101 ‘On the Road’ program will take place on Sunday, November 23, with an afternoon spotlighting North Central Iowa racing veteran and 2013 Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame inductee Norm Wiemers.
According to museum curator Tom Schmeh today, “Due to last winter’s weather, we were forced to postpone our program with Eric Arnold and Bob Wilson. We are proud to finally bring that forum to life. We are also excited about working with Chad Meyer again at the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum in Algona on the afternoon with Norm Wiemers. It follows our very successful program up there this spring with Jim Edgington, Dick Forbrook and Stacy Redmond. I encourage sprint car fans in North Central Iowa to come out at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, to the Kossuth County Fairgrounds in Algona.”
Those individuals interested in learning more about the “Sprint Car 101” Third Thursday Series at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum are urged to visit www.sprintcarhof.com. There will be no programs in Knoxville in November and December.
Looking Forward to 2015 with Destiny Motorsports
As the 2014 season heads into the final month, Craig Dollansky is eager to announce his plans for next season while also reflecting on the past few years.
Since joining Big Game Motorsports at the end of 2009, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ has been very successful capturing 35 victories including the second most wins with the World of Outlaws when competing full-time in four of the five seasons. While this season has been focused more around a regional-type schedule, Dollansky still captured five victories and will now close the book as a driver for Big Game Motorsports, an opportunity that he has greatly appreciated.
"We have had five good years together and I want to thank Tod, Lisa, and everyone involved with Big Game for their support over the past five years," commented Dollansky. "To be together that long doesn't happen much in this sport. My family and I are appreciative of the opportunity to race for Big Game Motorsports and the success we had together.
"This decision wasn't easy to make and I know it affects others also, including the crew on the Big Game Motorsports team. I enjoyed my time working together with Guy Forbrook as we communicated well and he was one of the best crew chiefs that I have been fortunate enough to work with over my career. Pete and Tony brought the needed strength to our team and I appreciate their hard work. I would also like to thank the former crew members that were a part of the success that was achieved during my five years with Big Game Motorsports along with our marketing partners and manufacturers for their support during my time there."
While one door closes, another opens for the Elk River, Minnesota native and that is teaming up with Destiny Motorsports to head out on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series trail full-time in 2015. Having run full-time with ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’ in all but one year since 2001, Dollansky is ready to get to work and prepare for 2015.
'The Crowd Pleaser' is also excited about the opportunity to join up with a former crew chief, Scott Benic. Achieving great success together in the early 2000’s, Benic will once again spin the wrenches as the duo reunites with both individuals ready for the challenge ahead.
"Scott and I work well together and we know there is a lot of work to be done but that is already in process. We are more motivated than ever and eager to get started at the World Finals in November."
While joining a new team does present some aspects of change, there will be similarities to years past as Dollansky will continue to carry No. 7 along with the support of a long-time sponsor. Aggressive Hydraulics came on board with Craig Dollansky Racing in 2008 and has become a staple with CDR over the year, 2015 will be no different as they cross over to the Destiny Motorsports #7.
"It was important to me to keep our #7 for all of our supporters and fans," commented the driver who finished 4th in this year's prestigious Knoxville Nationals. "Aggressive Hydraulics have been great supporters of my family and I over the years and we are very appreciative of their continued support. Paul and Jenn Johnson are close friends and have worked very hard along with all the employees who continue growing Aggressive Hydraulics. We are extremely proud to represent their company and will be working hard to win races for them and contend for a WoO championship."
Destiny Motorsports will compete for the first time with Dollansky behind the wheel at the World of Outlaws World Finals on November 6-8 to close out the 2014 season.
Stay updated with Craig Dollansky Racing online at dollanskyracing.com and facebook.com/dollanskyracing
Destiny Motorsports and Craig Dollansky Team-Up With No.7
Though there are still a few weekends of racing left in 2014, Destiny Motorsports already has the wheels in motion for the 2015 season, and it is with great pleasure that the team can announce that they will chase the 2015 World Of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars Series Championship, with Elk River, MN driver, Craig Dollansky taking over the driving duties, as he returns to the series.
“I am excited to join Destiny Motorsports,” Dollansky commented. “Rick and Barb Rogers have a lot of passion for their race team, and are committed to building a championship caliber team. I am also very excited that we will utilize the No. 7 on the car, and Aggressive Hydraulics, a long time supporter of mine since 2008, will be joining us.”
After taking a year off from touring the country with ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’, Dollansky teams up with Destiny Motorsports refreshed, and rejuvenated, to go after the series championship that has eluded him over the course of his career.
Running full time with the tour from 2001-2013, Dollansky sits 10th all time on the series wins list, with 59 wins, and has faired well in the standings over the years including a career best second place effort during the 2012 season.
Among his 59 career wins, Dollansky has won the Iron Man 55 on three consecutive occasions, and the 2012 Silver Cup highlighting a few of the series’ bigger events. He has victories at many of the legendary tracks on the tour including Williams Grove, Eldora, Knoxville, Silver Dollar, Volusia, on top of numerous triumphs at other tour stops.
“We are very excited to expand our schedule and run full time with the World of Outlaws in 2015,” Destiny Motorsports Owner, Rick Rogers said. “We are equally as excited to welcome Craig Dollansky to our team, as he makes his return to the series after running a scaled back schedule in 2014.”
Running primarily at the Knoxville Raceway in 2014, Dollansky has still remained very strong as he has picked up five wins while competing in 35 events, including a fourth place finish during the Knoxville Nationals.
“This season we raced a very limited schedule, which was very different from the World of Outlaws tour,” Dollansky added. “It was an adjustment for me. I enjoyed being able to race with my son Garrett, but I am looking forward to getting back on the tour and contending for a championship. We have some work to do to prepare the team, and will be considered underdogs, but I am okay with that. The Destiny Motorsports team, and I are committed to building this team into a title contender, and I look forward to the challenge.”
Dollansky is also eager about the opportunity to team up with long time sprint car mechanic, and Destiny Motorsports crew-chief, Scott Benic.
"Scott and I have raced together in the past, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to have him as my crew chief full-time. We have had some success together in the past when he helped out on a part-time basis,” Dollansky also remarked. “I enjoyed racing with him, and we communicated well. There's a lot more we would both like to accomplish in sprint car racing, and I feel good about our potential together. One of the things I like about Scott is, he has as much desire, drive and determination to win as I do. We know we will have to prove ourselves every night we hit the track. Rick and Barb are committed to provide what we need to go out and win, we will do all we can to make that happen!"
As it currently sits, Dollansky will make his debut aboard the Destiny Motorsports entry at the upcoming World Finals, and the team is also scheduled to compete during the Winter Challenge at the Cocopah Speedway in Arizona in January, before meeting up with the World of Outlaws in Florida in February.
Before Dollansky does take the reigns, Destiny Motorsports will finish up their 2014 All Star Campaign with Derek Hagar doing the driving this Friday and Saturday night.
Destiny Motorsports would like to thank MonDak Portables, Benic Enterprises, Rick Rogers Construction, Renegade Rentals, Triple X Race Components, Boss Signs and Graphics, Rens Trucking, Driver Websites, Petersen Media, Tony Stewart Racing, GME Manufacturing, ButlerBuilt, Simpson Race Products, Kistler Engines, Keizer Wheels, DMI, Red Devil Brakes, Champion Oil, and Hoosier Tire for their support in 2014.
ON TAP: Destiny Motorsports will be in action with Derek Hagar at Waynesfield on Friday night and at the Eldora Speedway on Saturday night.
2014 DESTINY MOTORSORTS BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-62, Wins-3, Top 5’s-17, Top 10’s-23
New 410 Sprint Car Series Partners With Knoxville Raceway for Four Dates in 2015
Inside Line Promotions - WINDOM, Minn. (Oct. 8, 2014) - The new 410ci sprint series established by Tod Quiring of Big Game Treestands is pleased to announce the support of Knoxville Raceway for the 2015 season.
The famed half-mile oval in Knoxville, Iowa, has selected four dates with the newly formed series, which was created to strengthen 410 sprint car racing in the Midwest. The four events at Knoxville Raceway will be part of the Knoxville Championship Cup Series.
"Our region is extremely fortunate to have a class facility like Knoxville Raceway and the talented drivers who compete there weekly," Quiring said. "I've had a vision for this series for several years. With the point fund of Knoxville Raceway and our series, it will allow many drivers the opportunity to race at Knoxville weekly and also with the series."
The first series race at Knoxville Raceway is slated for May 9. A $5,000-to-win event will follow on June 27 before a race on July 4. The Knoxville Raceway season championship is set for Aug. 29 and will be a $5,000-to-win series event.
"Knoxville Raceway General Manager Brian Stickel and Race Director John McCoy have been great to work with," Quiring said. "Knoxville is very proactive and understands we are putting this deal together to strengthen 410 racing in our region."
The Knoxville Championship Cup Series pays out more than $250,000 in cash and prizes and the new sprint car series will pay a standout point fund of approximately $350,000.
In addition, Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb., will host a series event on May 8. If any driver wins that feature along with the May 9 main event at Knoxville Raceway, he or she will receive a $20,000 bonus thanks to Phil and Ryan Durst of Durst Motorplex.
The new series will include approximately 30 events, which will allow drivers to compete weekly for the Knoxville point fund in addition to the series point fund.
"The outpouring of support and calls I've received from major businesses to promoters to race tracks has been beyond what I thought it would be," Quiring said. "The future looks very bright."
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Knoxville Website: http://www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com
Blaney on brink of historic season when UNOH All Stars head to Eldora
ROSSBURG, Ohio (Monday, Oct. 6, 2014) – Dale Blaney could do something no other sprint car driver has done when the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions visit the Eldora Speedway Saturday.
Blaney will earn an unprecedented fifth series championship if he takes the green flag in the feature event. Earlier this summer Blaney became the only driver in the long history of the UNOH All Stars to claim a fifth Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship. Blaney is one of five drivers – Kenny Jacobs, Frank Kerr, Chad Kemenah and Tim Shaffer - to have earned four series championships. Blaney will also lock up the Ohio Region championship of the UNOH All Stars.
No other track in the country has hosted more of the UNOH All Star races than “The Big E.” Saturday’s event will be the 135th visit of the UNOH All Stars at the famous half mile. There have been 42 different UNOH All Star winners at Eldora, led by Jacobs with 21 victories.
The UNOH Sprintacular not only includes the All Stars, but the Buckeye Machine BOSS non-wing sprint cars and the NRA Sprint Invader 360 sprints. Last year the three divisions brought in over 100 sprint cars to Eldora.
Earlier this year during the Ohio Sprint Speedweek visit to the track, Danny Holtgraver scored his first career win at Eldora. Last year for the Sprintacular Jac Haudenschild, who has a pair of series wins in 2014, would score the victory. Haudenschild has 9 career All Star wins at Eldora.
Blaney, who has 16 series wins in 2014 to run his career total to 115, has 6 career All Star wins at The Big E. Overall, Blaney has 20 wins in 2014, the most he has ever scored in one season in his career. Should Blaney win the feature Saturday for his 17th series win, it would tie for the most All Star wins for him in a year since he scored 17 in 1996.
Haudenschild sits second in the UNOH All Star national points followed by Holtgraver, Shaffer and Lee Jacobs. Jacobs, who is second in the Ohio Region points, is wrapping up one of his most successful seasons and has two series wins in 2014.
For more information go to www.allstarsprint.com or www.eldoraspeedway.com
Wilson wins Renegade's PPMS stop
The Renegade 410 Sprints Series made its inaugural appearance at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday night, and the 31 drivers certainly didn't disappoint, with several of them breaking the track record during qualifying. The feature event had 24 cars starting as the green flag waved, and at the end of 25 incredibly fast laps, Greg Wilson from Benton Ridge, OH took the checkered flag and the $5,000 top prize. Also in action last night were the Precise Racing Products Rush Late Models, and Daryl Charlier, who led all 20 laps, claimed the victory in that division.
The Renegade 410 Sprints started off the action for the night by holding 2-lap qualifying. The Apollo Rocket, Ed Lynch, was the first driver to break the track record, clocking a time of 15.317 or 146.896 mph. However, that record was short lived as Danny Holtgraver completed his qualifying lap with a time of 15.214 or 147.89 mph. In the end, though, it was Randy Hannagan who had the fastest time and was declared the new track record holder with a time of 15.182 or 148.202 mph. Fan favorite driver Tim Shaffer, who experienced some engine trouble which caused him to miss his line up spot for qualifying, was penalized and given only one lap to qualify and ended up posting a time of 15.183 or 148.192. However, series rules stated that he could start no better than 25th in the feature event for missing the qualifying line up.
An impressive 6-wide parade lap showcased the 24 cars that were starting the feature event. As the green flag waved, Randy Hannagan rocketed to the top spot and was closely followed by Danny Holtgraver. However, it was 7th place starting Greg Wilson, who worked his way through the field taking over the top spot on lap 17, claiming the win the inaugural Sprint Monster Renegade event. Holtgraver, Hannagan, Chad Kemenah and Sheldon Haudenschild rounded out the top five.
1. Greg Wilson
2. Danny Holtgraver
3. Randy Hannagan
4. Chad Kemenah
5. Sheldon Haudenschild
6. Brandon Matus
7. Logan Wagner
8. Ed Lynch Jr.
9. Cole Duncan
10. Tim Shaffer
11. A. J. Flick
12. Andrew Palker
13. Cody Swanson
14. Adam Kekich
15. Dan Kuriger
16. Rod George
17. Scott Priester
18. Mitch Harble
19. Wayne Dadetto
20. Brent Matus
21. Ralph Spithaler
22. Caleb Helms
23. Travis Philo
24. Dean Jacobs