Wimmer Holds Off Smith to Capture OSCS Season Opener at Atomic Speedway
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (April 22, 2018) - Brandon Wimmer held off Danny Smith on Saturday evening to claim the season-season opening race for the Ohio Sprint Car Series, which made the first of its six visits this season to Atomic Speedway.
Wimmer, who started on the pole of the $2,522-to-win A Main, rebounded from a crash the previous week at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. The victory wasn't easy for the Fairmount, Ind., resident as former OSCS and multi-time Atomic Speedway champion Smith pressured the entire 22 laps of the 10th annual Dan Reno Memorial.
Making the victory even more special, Wimmer drives for John Shewbrooks Racing, which is a small team that tows to the track each week with an open, flat-bed trailer and has few spare parts.
"I can't thank John enough for the opportunity and all the guys who work so hard on this deal, including Scott Cool, Andy King, Roger Ramsey and Trevor Ramsey," Wimmer said. "We've changed bars and shock packages this year and it's taken a few races to get going, but now we feel a lot better."
Bryan Nuckles rounded out the podium and garnered the Pyrotect Hard Charger Award for advancing the most positions in the feature. Nate Reeser placed fourth and Jimmy Stinson ended fifth.
The night was a clean sweep for Wimmer, who set quick time during qualifying and also earned a contingency award from Rod End Supply for winning the first heat race. Smith also claimed the award for winning the second heat race.
The next OSCS event is May 19 at Wayne County Speedway near Orrville, Ohio.
A Main (22 Laps) - 1. Brandon Wimmer; 2. Danny Smith; 3. Bryan Nuckles; 4. Nate Reeser; 5. Jimmy Stinson; 6. Josh Davis; 7. Chris Ferrall; 8. Mark Imler; 9. Bradley Ashford; 10. Frankie Nervo; 11. Adam Cruea; 12. Jake Hesson.
HIRST CLAIMS KWS-NARC THRILLER AT OCEAN SPEEDWAY
4/20/18 – Watsonville, CA – Jim Allen) … Kyle Hirst came out on the winning end of a frantic open wheel battle with brother-in-law Willie Croft and Tanner Thorson to capture Friday’s thrilling 30-lap King of the West-NARC Fujitsu sprint car headliner at Ocean Speedway.
It was three-time series champion’s 25th career series victory.
Croft, who started on the outside of the front row, was the class of the 22-car field for most of the event. He took the lead away from dash winner Mathew Moles on the second lap and two laps later began the process of slicing and dicing his way through slower traffic.
The action behind the leader was intense as several drivers charged to the front. Hirst, who started fourth, got past Moles for the runner-up spot on the seventh lap. Thorsen drove like a man possessed after starting in the 14th position. He was up to fifth after only three laps and shadowing Hirst every move by the fifth circuit around the quarter-mile oval.
The action came to a halt on the seventh circuit when Nathan Rolfe took a tumble in the third corner. He walked away unhurt.
At the midway point, Hirst and Thorson were back swapping positions on a corner by corner basis as the top four positions could have been covered by a blanket. Hirst stole the point away from Croft on the 16th lap, but a yellow flag negated the move. Another red flag a lap later, this time for an upside-down Gio Scelzi stopped the action again. Scelzi, who captured the semi, was not injured.
When action resumed, Thorsen powered past Hirst in the fourth corner and began to quickly reel in the Croft, who was being held up in traffic. The two frontrunners began to pull away from the field, but Thorsen spun out while negotiating a lapped car bringing out yet another caution.
It was now Hirst’s time to shine and he motored past Croft in an exciting drag race down the backchute with five to go. However, Croft wasn’t done and the duo pulled out all the stops in an action-packed wheel-to-wheel battle. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Croft’s night as he pulled off the track three-laps remaining with a flat left rear.
Hirst took no prisoners the remaining distance to score the popular victory and take away the KWS-NARC point lead from Shane Golobic by a 187-184 margin (unofficial.) Golobic, who started 12th in the 22-car grid scored a solid second place at the checkered.
Eleventh starter DJ Netto drove the Netto Ag sprint car through the field to finish in the show position. Defending series champion Bud Kaeding claimed fourth in the Williams Motorsports Alviso Rock Maxim. Dominic Scelzi rounded out the top five in the Scelzi Enterprises Schnee.
The second five across the line was Justin Sanders, Mitchell Faccinto, Chase Johnson, Jason Statler and Jeremy Chisum.
30-LAP FUJITSU MAIN EVENT: Kyle Hirst, Shane Golobic, DJ Netto, Bud Kaeding, Dominic Scelzi, Justin Sanders, Mitchell Faccinto, Chase Johnson, Jason Statler, Jeremy Chisum, Tanner Thorson, Colby Copeland, Dustin Golobic, Kurt Nelson, Bobby McMahan, Willie Croft, Sean Matts, Mark Barroso, Mathew Moles, Billy Aton, Gio Scelzi, Nathan Rolfe.
Lap Leaders: Moles 1, Croft 2-24, Hirst 25-30
The Wild Child wins an All Star thriller at Attica Raceway Park
ATTICA, Ohio (April 20, 2018) - The "Wild Child" Jac Haudenschild certainly lived up to his nickname on Friday night at Attica Raceway Park, and at 60 years of age, the Wooster, Ohio, native is still padding a racing resume that now includes 31 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victories.
Despite starting from the pole position, Haudenschild's path to Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory lane during the Core & Main Spring Nationals presented by Fisher Performance did not come effortless, ultimately surviving multiple challenges during a mid-race battle with Lemoore, California's Carson Macedo, and a late-race surge by second generation racer, Lee Jacobs, to claim his first victory of the season.
"This feels really good. The car was great all night," Haudenschild explained, pilot of the Haudenschild Racing/Southern Pacific Farms/Finzer Farms/No. 3. "That was a lot of fun. I had an opportunity to watch Carson (Macedo) race when he was younger out in California. He is a talented racer and he is going to win a lot of races."
By the time the final checkers flew, Haudenschild gained the top spot, or lost the top spot, on five occasions, most of which occurring during a near-20 lap battle with Macedo. Interestingly enough, it was not the famous "haud line" around the outer edge of the speedway that gave Haudenschild the winning edge, it was the bottom.
Right from the drop of the green flag, Haudenschild was strong, eventually leading the first 16 circuits undisrupted. It was not long before Macedo came into the picture, utilizing his second row starting position to keep a close eye on Haudenschild. Macedo drove around Haudenschild on lap 17, but just two circuits later, Haudenschild propelled himself back to the lead, squeezing underneath Macedo at the exit of turn four on lap 19.
Despite Haudenschild's attempt to run away from his fellow front-runners in lapped traffic, Macedo stayed glued to the Hall of Famer's back bumper, soon joined by Holmesville, Ohio's Lee Jacobs. Macedo regained the lead from Haudenschild to officially control lap 23, but the lead swapping did not stop there. Haudenschild reeled Macedo back in, eventually executing a perfect slider between turns one and two to lead lap 32.
Unfortunately for Macedo, his battle with Haudenschild would come to an end on lap 35, coasting to a stop on the edge of the speedway due to a flat rear tire.
Forced to survive a last-ditch effort by Lee Jacobs, the "Wild Child" held strong, winning a drag race to the finish by .144 seconds over Jacobs, Craig Mintz, Max Stambaugh, and defending All Star champion, Chad Kemenah.
Haudenschild's triumph at the Attica highbanks was a first-ever accomplishment during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 competition, now earning All Star victories at 19 different facilities.
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will conclude their two-day sweep through the Buckeye State with a visit to Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 21. Like Attica's Core & Main Spring Nationals, the All Star visit to "Orrville's Historic Oval," the first of four visits in 2018, will award a $5,000 top prize.
Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, will swing open pits gates at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Hot laps will hit the speedway at 6 p.m., followed by racing at 7 p.m., sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit Wayne County Speedway live on the Web at www.waynecountyspeedway.com.
A-Main (40 Laps)1. 3-Jac Haudenschild ; 2. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 3. 11N-Craig Mintz ; 4. 5M-Max Stambaugh ; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 6. 22C-Cole Duncan ; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 8. 17-Caleb Helms ; 9. 70-Dave Blaney ; 10. 4-Parker Price-Miller ; 11. 97-Broc Martin ; 12. 39-Spencer Bayston ; 13. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 14. 13-Bryan Sebetto ; 15. 7K-Cale Conley ; 16. 49X-Tim Shaffer ; 17. 5R-Byron Reed ; 18. 5T-Travis Philo ; 19. 35S-Stuart Brubaker ; 20. 98-Carl Bowser ; 21. 51-John Garvin ; 22. 3G-Carson Macedo ; 23. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 24. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 25. 22B-Ryan Broughton ; 26. 16-Chris Andrews 
Lap Leaders: Jac Haudenschild (1-16), Carson Macedo (17-18), Jac Haudenschild (19-22), Carson Macedo (23-31), Jac Haudenschild (32-40)
1. Aaron Reutzel 394
2. Chad Kemenah 388
3. Jac Haudenschild 386
4. Dave Blaney 372
5. Parker Price-Miller 362
6. Caleb Helms 332
7. Tim Shaffer 326
7. Cale Conley 326
9. Cole Duncan 318
10. Carson Macedo 318
Over 45 Cars Participate in Friday's Practice at Knoxville
by Bill Wright
Knoxville, IA, April 20, 2018 – Over 45 cars participated in Friday's practice night at Knoxville. Quickest lap of the night unofficially went to Davey Heskin at 14.779 seconds. Calvin Landis led the led the 360's with a lap of 15.734 seconds. The 305's were led unofficially by Kade Higday's 16.511 seconds. The night was not without incident, Chase Wanner rolled over in turn one towards the end of the practice session.
Some of the participants...
410 (17) – 20 AJ Moeller, 09 Matt Juhl, 24 Terry McCarl, 85 Chase Wanner, 71A RJ Johnson, 55 Brooke Tatnell, 2KS Austin McCarl, 7w Tasker Phillips, 4 Dakota Hendrickson, 56N Davey Heskin, 7 Dustin Selvage, 9 Rager Phillips, 12 Lynton Jeffrey, 5J Jamie Ball, 49 Josh Schneiderman, 44 Chris Martin, 28 Scott Bogucki
360 (16) – 53 Joe Beaver, 2D Dusty Ballenger, 4 Jon Agan, 4J Lee Grosz, 55 McKenna Haase, 2m Matt Moro, 17 Tyler Groenendyk, 40c Cody Wehrle, 70 Calvin Landis, 24N Nathan Mills, 99 Skylar Gee, 21 Robbie Price, 15 Christian Bowman, 5J Jamie Ball, 76 Brad Comegys, 10 Ryan Leavitt
305 (14) – 33 Jayce Jenkins, 50 Michael Ayers, 67 Jon Hughes, 71 Brandon Worthington, 81E Eric Bridger, 1K Kelby Watt, 0 Mike Mayberry, 64c Casey Greubel, 48D Dallas Mendenhall, 99 Matthew Stelzer, 22 Ryan Leavitt, 5c Devin Kline, 24 Kade Higday, 26 Chase Young
Theil Takes MOWA Opener
Jacksonville, IL - After two unsuccessful events to start the 2018 season, Mother Nature finally decided that she wanted to see some racing.
25 MOWA Sprints signed into Jacksonville Speedway for the opening event of the 2018 Campaign.
A late race yellow flag which saw Jordan Goldesberry stopped right past the start-finish line set up a one lap, Green-White-Checkered shootout.
Prior to the caution, Columbus, Indiana's Tony Stewart had shown that he was the class of the field, but it wasn't over yet. As the green fell back on the field, Scotty Thiel knew that he had once change to make a move on Stewart.
Thiel then made his move, powering past Stewart as the White Flag was thrown over competition. Thiel held on to win the first event of 2018. Stewart, Joey Moughan, Patton, Blackhurst, Marvel, Jamison, Bunton, Terry Jr, Barks rounded out the top 10.
Feature: 1. Scotty Thiel (5), 2. Tony Stewart (6), 3. Joey Moughan (7), 4. Jacob Patton (8), 5. Jake Blackhurst (18), 6. Brinton Marvel (2), 7. Ryan Jamison (9), 8. Ryan Bunton (16), 9. Mike Terry Jr (11), 10. Dustin Barks (15), 11. Logan Faucon (22), 12. Aaron Andruskevitch (13), 13. Dylan Tuxhorn (4), 14. Eric Perrott (17), 15. Jordan Goldesberry (14), 16. Paul Nienhiser (21). 17. Jeremy Standridge (1), 18. Jim Moughan (10), 19. Steve Short (12), 20. John Parker (3), 21. Nathan Charron (20), 22. Jason Keith (19)
Fremont Speedway bumps up start times for Saturday
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
FREMONT, Ohio - To take advantage of the warmer temperatures in the afternoon, Fremont Speedway has moved up it's gate and race times for opening day, Saturday, April 21 for Smith Family Food Night. All gates will open at 1 p.m. with racing slated to get underway at 3:30 p.m.
"We have fantastic fans and race teams and we don't want them to have to endure the colder evening temperatures," said Fremont Speedway Promoter Rich Farmer. "If you look at the hourly forecast it's in the 50s by race time."
It will be the season opener for the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series Presented by Ohio Logistics for the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints. The Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks and the McCullough Industries Late Models will also be in action.
General Admission tickets are $15 with senior citizens tickets at $13, student tickets are $10 and kids 10 and under get in free. Pit passes are $30.
"Bring your ticket stub from Attica's show on Friday, April 20 and get $1 off your general admission to Fremont Speedway Saturday," Farmer added.
Also, for the kids, several area business and organization mascots will be on hand.
Limaland Canceled for 4/20/2018
A week of snow, rain, saturated grounds and temperatures into the 30's with no drying time has prompted Limaland Motorsports Park to cancel the "Season Opening Shootout" Presented by Smith Boughan Mechanical, Friday, April 20th.
Limaland Motorsports Park will open for its 83rd year of racing on Friday, April 27th for "spring Fling".
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will visit Attica and Wayne County for first Ohio dates of 2018
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 18, 2018) - With their first visit to the Buckeye State ending before it could begin, ultimately called off due to wet weather and cold temperatures, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will try again this Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, with visits to Attica Raceway Park and Wayne County Speedway, respectively, first invading the highbanks of Attica Raceway Park for the rescheduled Core & Main Spring Nationals presented by Fisher Performance.
The first of five visits to Attica Raceway Park in 2018, the Core & Main Spring Nationals presented by Fisher Performance will give Ohio sprint car fans their first taste of All Star Circuit of Champions competition. Boasting a full-time roster nearing 20 teams including a handful of veteran combatants, the All Star Circuit of Champions will challenge many of Ohio's best during their visit to Attica including the track's opening night winner, Stuart Brubaker. Friday's visit to Attica Raceway Park will award a $5,000 top prize.
Also awarding a $5,000 top prize, Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, will host the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 on Saturday, April 21. Like Attica Raceway Park, "Orrville's Historic Oval" will welcome the traveling All Stars on several occasions in 2018, four to be exact, all headlined with the annual Pete Jacobs Memorial over Labor Day weekend.
Arguably one of the most competitive dirt ovals on the All Star Circuit of Champions schedule, Wayne County Speedway welcomed five different All Star feature winners to victory lane in 2017, most recently crowning rising NASCAR star and Oklahoma native, Christopher Bell.
Fans who are unable to make the journey to the Buckeye State for the All Star doubleheader are invited to tune-in live via Speed Shift TV. A pay-per-view broadcast will be available for purchase during each of the All Star events beginning with the Core & Main Spring Nationals at Attica Raceway Park. Those interested should visit Speed Shift TV on the Web at www.speedshifttv.com.
Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, will open pit gates at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 20. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit the online home of "Ohio's Finest Racing" at www.atticaracewaypark.com.
Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, will swing open pit gates at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Hot laps will hit the speedway at 6 p.m., followed by racing at 7 p.m., sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit Wayne County Speedway live on the Web at www.waynecountyspeedway.com.
Ohio Sprint Car Series Kicks Off Season Saturday at Atomic Speedway
WAVERLY, Ohio (April 18, 2018) - The Ohio Sprint Car Series will kick off its first season under the direction of Steven Pocock this Saturday at Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio.
It will be the first of six appearances at the high-banked facility in 2018 and one of 10 series races this year. Pocock said he is encouraged by the contact he has received from race teams and fans, noting 2018 is a building year and plans for 2019 are being put into place.
"We have gotten a lot of interest from race teams and fans," he said. "We are planning a lot of things to help the teams this season, including tow packages for the Pennsylvania dates and drawings for free pit passes."
Pocock said there are no OSCS membership fees in 2018 and there will be pop-up bonuses for OSCS members throughout this season, including bonuses for most laps led during the feature and the hard charger. Pocock added there is a Hard Charger Award and Tough Break Award provided by Pyrotect and Saldana Racing Products, respectively, and Rod End Supply will give out certificates for heat race winners.
Teams planning to compete for the 2018 OSCS title must register - it's free - by April 28 at https://www.oscsracing.com/2018-forms .
"There isn't a point fund for this year since we got a late start having purchased the series just a few months ago," Pocock said. "We will work hard to show the teams, tracks and fans we are in this to grow. We will do things like hold a drawing for three pit passes for the teams. I encourage teams to check out our Facebook page and then our driver/owner discussion page and share your thoughts on how we can grow the series."
Pocock said the series has purchased a souvenir trailer and is making it available for the teams planning to run the series full time.
"Bring your merchandise to our trailer and you set the price and you'll get 100 percent back," he said. "All profits from the sale of OSCS apparel will be going into a point fund for the end of the year awards."
Saturday's OSCS opener at Atomic Speedway will be the 10th annual Dan Reno Memorial and will pay the 410ci winged sprint car feature winner $2,522. The main event pays $300 to start.
Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with main gates opening at 4 p.m. and hot laps at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $15; senior citizens and veterans tickets are $12; children ages 12-years-old and younger get in free; and pit passes are $30.
Bryan Clauson Suite Tower Grand Opening a Rousing Success!
Knoxville, IA, April 12, 2018 – The Grand Opening for the Bryan Clauson Suite Tower was a huge success on Wednesday. The event, held at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, commemorated the opening of the new six-story suite tower looking over turn two of the famed Knoxville Raceway.
About 400 guests gathered for speeches from the several donors, dignitaries and Knoxville officials gathered. The ribbon cutting was done with everyone yelling, “Parked It”, a moniker used by Bryan Clauson in Victory Lane. Helium balloons were released following the event, just as they were, when the ten month project saw its ground breaking last June.
The guests then, through the Gil Sonner elevator, explored the new suite tower which features twelve suites overlooking the Knoxville Raceway, as well as the Richard and Jennifer Marshall Sixth Floor Observation Deck. They then made their way to the second floor of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum where they received a commemorative coin, and enjoyed a catered lunch from Rib Shack.
With this weekend’s activities at the Knoxville Raceway postponed due to inclement weather, racing will get underway at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World” with practice night, Friday, April 20, and the season opener, Saturday, April 21.
The final funding for the project is still being sought. To find out how you can contribute, visit www.BCForever.com!
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Weekend Events Canceled at Knoxville Raceway
Knoxville, Iowa - This Friday night's (April 13) scheduled practice and Saturday's Season Opener (April 14) at the Knoxville Raceway have been canceled due to a forecast of inclement weather and cold conditions.
Practice Night will now be held Friday, April 20, with the Season Opener following on Saturday, April 21. See you there!
All Stars will begin championship point battle in Pennsylvania Posse Country
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 11, 2018) - After having to wait an extra week due to Mother Nature's failure to cooperate, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will officially kick off the championship points season this Friday through Sunday with a tripleheader in the Keystone State, ready to battle the best of the best of Pennsylvania Posse Country for a trio of $5,000 top prizes. The All Star invasion of Central Pennsylvania will commence on Friday evening, April 13, with the annual Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial at Williams Grove Speedway.
Strengthened by a diverse roster nearing 20 full-time competitors, the talented All Stars will work to snap a 32-race winless streak at The Grove, failing to beat the Pennsylvania Posse on all attempts since first visiting the paperclip-shaped half-mile in 1970 . Lance Dewease is the defending Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial champion, holding back Freddie Rahmer and Tim Shaffer for the four-figure payday.
Once action at Williams Grove Speedway is complete, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will travel approximately 40 miles northwest and invade the Port Royal Speedway "Speed Palace" on Saturday, April 14. The first of three All Star appearances at the Juniata County Fairgrounds half-mile in 2018, the annual Keith Kauffman Classic will headline action at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, honoring 129-time Port Royal Speedway winner, Keith Kauffman. Like the 2017 Hinnershitz Memorial, Lance Dewease conquered the 2017 Keith Kauffman Classic, keeping a pair of former All Stars, Ryan Smith and Dale Blaney, at bay.
Capping off their three-day swing through Central Pennsylvania, the All Star Circuit of Champions will attempt to tame Bedford Speedway on Sunday evening, April 15 - the oldest active dirt track in the state of Pennsylvania.
Honoring the late Bedford Speedway promoter, the Roy Morral Classic will headline action at the Bedford Fairgrounds half-mile on Sunday evening; the first and only appearance by the traveling All Stars in 2018. Midwesterner, "Blackjack" Brian Brown, defeated the All Stars during their most recent visit in September, holding back Findlay, Ohio's Caleb Helms and Australia native, James McFadden, at the final checkers.
Williams Grove Speedway will open pit gates at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 13. The All Star drivers meeting will take shape at 6:30 p.m., followed by hot laps at 7 p.m. Those seeking additional news and information should visit Williams Grove Speedway live on the Web at www.williamsgrove.com.
Port Royal Speedway will allow pit access beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. A mandatory All Star drivers meeting will be conducted at 5 p.m. with hot laps to follow at 5:40 p.m. For further details, please visit Port Royal Speedway online at www.portroyalspeedway.com.
Bedford Speedway will open pit gates at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. The All Star drivers meeting will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps following at 6 p.m. Other information such as general admission gate times and ticket prices can be found at the official online home of Bedford Speedway: www.bedfordspeedway.com.
SHANE GOLOBIC CLAIMS KWS-NARC SEASON OPENER AT KCRP
By Jim Allen
Bakersfield, CA … Shane Golobic and his new Tarlton Motorsports team wasted no time proving they will be a force to be reckoned with on the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series tour, capturing the 30-lap season opener at the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park on Sunday.
Making his first appearance in the potent Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino KPC wrenched by Paul Baines, Golobic started third and blew past polesitter Willie Croft on the second lap to take the lead. At that point, the headliner became a high speed game of cat and mouse in lap traffic as Golobic held off the repeated challenges of Croft and Dominic Scelzi to pace the final 29-laps.
“I got a real good start and managed to get past Willie (Croft) early on,” said the happy winner in victory lane. “However, lap traffic was really tough. I had to make room a couple of times because knew he was back there waiting for me to make a mistake. It was great to get a win for this team tonight.”
Golobic’s winning margin at the checkered was 10-car lengths and a one lapped car buffer.
Croft and Scelzi engaged in a thrilling wheel to wheel battle for the second spot, swapping the position on the tenth, thirteenth and fifteenth laps. Croft, who earlier captured the Sunnyvalley Bacon Trophy Dash, would end up claiming the runner-up position. Scelzi drove to the show position.
Fast qualifier Kyle Hirst was within striking distance of the leaders with eight to go, but had to settle for fourth in the Roth Motorsports H&R Livestock Transport KPC.
Tanner Thorsen was the man on the move at Kern County Raceway Park. Starting 15th in the grid, Thorsen sliced and diced his way to a fifth place finish.
The second five to cross the checkered were Mitchell Faccinto, defending series champion Bud Kaeding, Gio Scelzi, Chase Johnson & Jason Statler.
Sean Watts brought out the only red flag of the night on the fifth lap of the feature, when his car performed a pirouette in the first corner and turned over. He was unhurt in the accident.
Hirst set a new King of the West-NARC qualifying record, burning a time of 12.406 seconds around the one-third mile oval.
KWS-NARC Fujitsu Feature Event (30 laps): Shane Golobic, Willie Croft, Dominic Scelzi, Kyle Hirst, Tanner Thorsen, Mitchell Faccinto, Bud Kaeding, Gio Scelzi, Chase Johnson, Jason Statler, DJ Netto, Dustin Golobic, Tommy Tarlton, Colby Copeland, Jeremy Chisum, Jarrett Soares, Matthew Moles, Nathan Rolfe, Jenna Frazier, Craig Stidham, Sean Watts, Mark Barroso
Lap Leaders: Croft 1, S. Golobic 2-30.
Fast Qualifier: Kyle Hirst – 12.406 (New Track Record)
Attica Raceway Park to reward teams with $47,000 point fund
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Monday, April 9, 2018
ATTICA, Ohio – Despite the cancellation of the first four events of 2018, Attica Raceway Park Promoter John Bores is committed to rewarding the loyal race teams that support "Ohio's Finest Racing" speed plant with a great point fund and strong weekly payout once again.
To celebrate the track's 30th anniversary season, the total point fund for the three divisions will remain at $47,000. The teams in the Callies Performance Products 410 Sprints will battle for a total point fund for the top 10 of $22,000 with the champion taking home $8,000. The Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Model champion will pocket $5,000 with a total of $15,000 going to the top 10 in points. The champion of the Fremont Fence 305 Sprints will once again collect $3,000 with a total of $10,000 being divided up among the top 10 in points.
Also the top 10 in points in all three divisions will receive gift cards from Summit Racing Equipment and product/gift certificates from Ultra Shield Race Products. The “mulligan” rule will once again be in affect in 2018. If a driver misses one night of competition he/she will receive 75 points one time only providing they did not compete at another race on that night.
“We wanted to let our teams know how much we appreciate them. Just because the weather hasn't cooperated early on doesn't mean we won't reward them with a great point fund for 2018. Our weekly purses and season point fund are some of the best in Ohio. We are able to reward our race teams because of the tremendous support we get from our area business partners and of course the fans,” said John Bores, Attica Raceway Park Promoter.
The weekly 410 sprints will pay $3,000 to win while the late models will pay $1,200 to win and the 305 sprints will pay $750 to win.
The complete purses and point funds can be found at www.atticaracewaypark.com under the purse tab at the top.
Attica Raceway Park opening night is planned for Friday, April 13. Whiteford Kenworth, Construction Equipment & Supply, Merrill Lynch Night will feature the Callie’s Performance Products 410 Sprints, Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models and Fremont Fence 305 Sprints. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing under way at 7:45 p.m.
It's clear, Racing Optics is THE choice for the Brad Doty Classic
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Friday, April 6, 2018
ATTICA, Ohio – Clear vision on the track for a racer sounds simplistic but how that occurs takes a lot of innovation, something Racing Optics continues to accomplish for every form of motorsports. Racing Optics will help the drivers competing in the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic not only with better vision but as the event’s presenting sponsor.
The 30th Annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic Presented by Racing Optics hits the track at Attica Raceway Park on Tuesday, July 10 (rain date of Wednesday, July 11) featuring the best sprint car drivers in the world. The 2017 Brad Doty Classic had 58 drivers compete for the $10,000 top prize, the largest single day car count of the season for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
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“Racing Optics began as a heat race sponsor back in 2009 and became the events presenting sponsor in 2010. We’ve had a long and great marketing partnership and I’m elated that they will be back with us in 2018,” added Doty.
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This year will mark the 14th consecutive season the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series have sanctioned the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic Presented by Racing Optics. There have been 22 different winners in the 27 contested Brad Doty Classic features (2 have been rained out).
Reserved seats for the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics are on sale at every event at Attica Raceway Park leading up to the event and are $35. You can also purchase advanced seating by going to www.atticaracewaypark.com and click on the Brad Doty Classic link at the top of the main page or at the World of Outlaws site at www.woosprint.com/schedule/2018 and click on “buy tickets” to the right of the Brad Doty Classic date (July 10).
For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com or follow the track on Twitter @atticaracewyprk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atticaracewaypark and Instagram at attica_raceway_park.
Brad Doty Classic Winners
Started at Attica Raceway Park
1989 – Steve Kinser
1990 – Jack Hewitt
1991 – Bobby Allen
1992 – Rained Out
1993 – Mark Keegan
1994 – Danny Smith
1995 – Randy Kinser
1996 – Dale Blaney
1997 – Tyler Walker
1998 – Jeff Shepard
1999 – Butch Schroeder
2000 – Kelly Kinser
2001 – Danny Smith (2)
2002 – Alvin Roepke
2003 – Dean Jacobs
2004 – Greg Wilson
2005 – Stevie Smith
Moved to Limaland Motorsports Park
2006 – Joey Saldana
2007 – Jac Haudenschild
2008 – Jason Meyers
2009 – Steve Kinser (2)
2010 – Dale Blaney (2)
2011 – Donny Schatz
2012 – Kerry Madsen
2013 – Donny Schatz (2)
2014 – Paul McMahan
2015 – Rained Out
Moved back to Attica Raceway Park
2016 – Donny Schatz (3)
2017- David Gravel
FAST opener at Attica cancelled
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
FREMONT, Ohio - Cold and wet conditions have prompted Attica Raceway Park officials to cancel the Friday, April 6 opener for the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics.
The FAST series opening night will now move to Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio on Smith Family Food Night, Saturday, April 21. There will be mascots from area businesses and organizations on hand greeting fans that night at "The Track that Action Built."
Opening night for the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro is still scheduled for Friday, May 4 at Attica Raceway Park on The Adkins Group / AmeriGas Night.
All Stars cancel Atomic Speedway visit; Attica Spring Nationals event rescheduled for Friday, April 20
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 4, 2018) - Saturated grounds, expected additional precipitation, and early forecasts predicting extremely cold temperatures during the upcoming weekend have forced All Star, Atomic Speedway and Attica Raceway Park officials to cancel the upcoming weekend schedule. The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 visit to Attica Raceway Park slated for Saturday, April 7, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 20. The Atomic Speedway visit scheduled for Friday, April 6, will not be rescheduled.
The rescheduled Core & Main Spring Nationals presented by Fisher Performance at Attica will kick-off with pit gates opening at 4 pm on April 20th. Additional news and updates will be posted online at www.atticaracewaypark.com in the coming days.
The 2018 championship points season for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will now commence with a trio of events in Pennsylvania beginning with the Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, April 13. The Keith Kauffman Classic at the Port Royal Speedway "Speed Palace" will follow on Saturday, April 14, all capped off with the Roy Morral Classic at Bedford Speedway on Sunday, April 15. All three events will award $5,000 top prizes.
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will make a total of 13 appearances in the Keystone State during the 2018 season, 10 of which on Pennsylvania Posse real estate.
More information pertaining to the upcoming Central Pennsylvania triple-header will be posted in the near future. Fans are encouraged to check back online at www.allstarsprint.com for further details.
KING OF THE WEST-NARC FUJITSU SPRINT CARS OPEN SEASON AT KERN COUNTY RACEWAY PARK
(4/3/18) Bakersfield, CA … The high-powered 950-horsepower sprint cars of the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series will open their highly anticipated 2018 season this Saturday, April 7th at the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park.
This marks the first event of what is expected to be an ultra-competitive 16-race contest to claim the coveted King of the West-NARC 410 sprint car championship. The series features the top open wheel teams in the Golden State.
Leading an all star cast of drivers into Bakersfield will be defending champion Bud Kaeding of Campbell, CA. The third generation driver claimed his first title in the closest battle in KWS-NARC history, driving an Oakhurst-based car owned by Morrie Williams. It was the fourth King of the West title for Williams Motorsports.
This season promises to deliver another exciting pressure-packed points race as even more teams have committed to run full-time for the championship. Among them is Shane Golobic of Elk Grove, who is driving for the potent Fresno-based Tarlton Motorsports team. The Tarlton team is a two-time series car owner champion with two different drivers (Carson Macedo in 2015 and Kyle Hirst in 2016.)
Also expected to be a top contender is Paradise driver Kyle Hirst, who is a three-time series champion. He is piloting a car for three-time car owner champion Roth Motorsports, another Fresno-based team.
Longtime West Sacramento car owner Clyde Lamar is looking to claim his first King of the West-NARC title and hired Tanner Thorsen from Columbus, IN to get the job done. Thorsen is a versatile multi-faceted driver who pilots a variety of race cars around the nation.
“The King of the West-NARC series gets tougher and tougher every year,” states Kaeding. “The talent level keeps improving and the teams are more prepared and competitive than ever. I can guarantee that nobody is going to cut me any slack in my run at a second NARC title.”
This is the second year in a row that the one-third mile Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park has hosted the King of the West-NARC season opener. The 2017 race was one of the most talked about and exciting events of the season. A near perfect track surface produced a multi-groove track that produced multiple slide jobs and close entertaining wheel-to-wheel battle throughout the main event.
“Kern County Raceway Park is a fun track to race,” continued Kaeding. “I think we were all a little surprised at how good it was last year. We could run down low, up high up against the fence and just about everywhere in between. We are looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans.”
Among the 30-plus teams expected to compete include Hanford’s DJ Netto and Mitchell Faccinto; Atwater’s Sean Watts and Nathan Rolfe; Chase Johnson and Michael Kofoid of Penngrove; Roseville driver’s Willie Croft and Colby Copeland; Bobby McMahan of Elk Grove; Discovery Bay’s Jarrett Soares, and the Scelzi brothers (Dominic and Gio) of Fresno. Gio Scelzi finished second in the final standings last season, a single-point behind Kaeding. The Scelzi’s are looking to play the role of spoilers at KCRP as both plan to compete around the country this year. Faccinto captured the SCCT 360 season opener last weekend at Placerville Speedway.
Pit gates open at 2:00 p.m. Front gates open at 4:00 p.m. Also on the racing card are Bakersfield Hard Tops and Mod-Lites. Qualifying gets underway at 6:00 p.m. Advanced ticket sales are available online.
There will be a driver autograph session at the main grandstands from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring 2017 Champion Bud Kaeding, Bobby McMahan, and Rookie of the Year contender Jenna Frazier.
The King of the West-NARC format includes qualifying, four heat races, a trophy dash, the Last Chance semi-main and the 30-lap headliner.
Kern County Raceway Park is located at 13500 Raceway Blvd in Bakersfield (Interstate 5 & Enos Lane.) For more information, call 661-835-1264.
ED NOTE: There is a $1000 bonus on the line if any driver can beat the one-lap KWS-NARC qualifying record at KCRP (courtesy of Croft Racing.) The current mark is 12.894 seconds set by Chase Johnson last season.
2017 Champion Bud Kaeding is on the hammer!
FINAL 2017 KWS-NARC POINT STANDINGS
Bud Kaeding, Campbell (5) 910
Gio Scelzi, Fresno (3) 909
Cory Eliason, Selma (2) 882
DJ Netto, Hanford (1) 877
Kyle Hirst, Paradise (2) 793
Bobby McMahan, Elk Grove 775
Sean Watts, Atwater 756
Michael Kofoid, Penngrove (1) 737
Jarrett Soares, Discovery Bay 735
Nathan Rolfe, Atwater 697
Shane Golobic, Fremont (2) 517
Chase Johnson, Penngrove (1) 515
Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford (1) 454
Willie Croft, Roseville 450
Brent Bjork, Fremont 399
Number of Victories in Parenthesis
April 20th – Ocean Speedway, Watsonville, CA
April 21st – Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA with Civil War Sprint Cars
May 5th – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA – Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial Race
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 Announces 2018 Schedule Changes
Millstream and McKean County events cancelled, Atomic, Attica, and Waynesfield add dates
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 12, 2018) - Since its initial release just before Thanksgiving, the 2018 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 schedule has undergone a number of changes, one of which involving Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket.
All three previously scheduled events at Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Oh., have been cancelled. Despite the loss, two out of the three events have been replaced including the Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale.
Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, already hosting the All Star Circuit of Champions twice in 2018 including the point-season opener on Friday, April 6, will host the Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale, paying $10,000, on Saturday, June 23. In total, the Atomic highbanks will feature All Star competition twice during Ohio Sprint Speedweek, first welcoming the All Stars on Wednesday, June 20. The Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale will be known as the Rick Ferkel Classic.
Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Oh., arguably one of the most exciting dirt ovals on the circuit, will get a second All Star Circuit of Champions date in 2018 replacing the cancelled Millstream Speedway appearance scheduled for Sunday, May 27. The added Waynesfield Raceway Park date will be known as the Bob Hampshire Classic.
Shane Helms will lead the promotion of both the Atomic Speedway Speedweek finale and the Waynesfield event on May 27.
"I appreciate the support of the Brad (McCown) and Greg (Shobe) on getting these events back on the schedule after cancelling our Millstream dates," said Shane Helms. "I'm looking forward to both events in May and June. Thank you to everyone that has helped make this happen."
The All Star visit to Millstream Speedway scheduled for Monday, September 3 - Labor Day - will not be replaced. Instead, Wayne County Speedway will utilize Monday night as a rain date for their annual Pete Jacobs Memorial program on Sunday, September 2.
As previously mentioned on social media, Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Oh., added an All Star Circuit of Champions program to their 2018 schedule, padding an already impressive Labor Day/Attica Ambush weekend slate with a second visit by the All Stars on Friday, August 31. The Friday night program, also awarding a $5,000 top prize, will act as the preamble for the highly anticipated Dirt Classic Ohio on Saturday, September 1.
Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., will utilize a rain date of Friday, June 1, for their event scheduled for Friday, May 4. If the rain date is needed, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will try to find a neighboring facility to schedule an event for Saturday, June 2.
The visit to McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa., scheduled for Sunday, July 8, has also been removed from the schedule.
Forty-nine events remain on the 2018 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 schedule, all accumulating points toward the 2018 All Star championship. Currently, 20 teams will be traveling full-time with "America's Series" during the upcoming season. With Florida events not accumulating points toward the overall Series championship, the Atomic Speedway visit on Friday, April 6, will officially kick-off the 2018 championship chase.
Excitement Building for 29th Annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
Knoxville, IA, March 8, 2018 – The 29th Annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction festivities will be held Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2! Tickets for Saturday’s induction banquet are $25 and can be ordered by contacting Lori DeMoss at 641-842-6176 or by e-mail at LDeMoss@SprintCarHoF.com. The banquet will again be held at Noon in the Dyer-Hudson Hall on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa. Festivities will get underway with a catered luncheon from Rib Shack.
Those individuals being inducted for their career achievements include: Drivers – Bryan Clauson, Lance Dewease and Dave Steele; Owners-Mechanics-Builders-Manufacturers-Car Sponsors – Scott Gerkin and Emmett J. Malloy; Promoters-Officials-Media Members-Event/Series Sponsors – Steve Beitler and Bob Mays; and Pre-1945 Era – Oscar “Red” Garnant. Hall of Famers Dave Argabright and Pat Sullivan will emcee the event. Following Saturday’s induction, inductees’ families and friends are invited back to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum’s second floor for the unveiling of the new inductees’ plaques.
One of the highlights of the weekend also includes the attendance of previous National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductees, making the Friday, June 1, festivities at the museum a “must attend” event. This year, that will be elevated with screenings of the short film “Rocket” in the museum’s theater on the second floor. The much acclaimed film is the winner of dozens of awards worldwide. “Rocket” tells a bittersweet fairy tale set in the world of 1950's dirt track racing. With a legacy traditionally passed down from father to son, Annie Pankratz strives to build a destiny all her own. Among the many historic cars featured in the movie is the Chapman Special #27, which had previously been on display in our museum. The director is none other than Brenna Malloy, the great granddaughter of 2018 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, Emmett J. Malloy. The film will screen at 5 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event!
Following the screening, at 7 p.m., will be our salute to our inductees on the museum’s second floor! The reception and gathering of previous inductees always includes an open mic discussion with plenty of stories, true or fabricated! The reception is FREE and open to the public. Pennsylvania’s Lynn Paxton and Indiana’s Steve Stapp are often the ring leaders, as we are treated to a night of stories from some of the greats of the sport. Invitations are going out to our inductees soon, so stay tuned for who to expect in Knoxville during Induction weekend and our Friday night festivities!
Saturday evening, racing is scheduled at the Knoxville Raceway. McKay Insurance Agency/Nationwide Night Knoxville Championship Cup Series racing will feature 410 sprint cars, 360 sprints featuring the Nebraska 360 Sprint Series and 305 sprints.
Sides Welcomes Tim Kaeding to Sides Motorsports Entry This Weekend in Tulare
LAS VEGAS (March 5, 2018) - Jason Sides is putting one of the Kings of the Thunderbowl into a Sides Motorsports entry this weekend.
Tim Kaeding will pilot a No. 7s sprint car on Friday and Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., during a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series doubleheader. Kaeding has four career Outlaws wins at the bullring.
"I'm excited about it," Sides said. "I want to see him run well, especially for our sponsors out there. Tim is one of the top drivers at any race in Tulare so this should be a fun weekend."
Sides competed last Wednesday and Thursday at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas. Qualifying put him behind the figurative eight ball on both nights of the FVP Outlaw Showdown.
"The first night it was a bit rough and I thought we got through there good and we ended at the back," he said. "On the second night the top got so far around there I slowed down to the hit the bottom. I thought I hit it good, but I was still several tenths off."
Sides qualified 17th and 19th, respectively, and he placed ninth in a heat race both nights. He won the C Main before placing 10th in the Last Chance Showdown on Wednesday. Sides scratched from feature competition on Thursday.
The SoCal Showdown last Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif., rained out. It was the third World of Outlaws event in the first eight scheduled races to be cancelled because of inclement weather.
Ohio Sprint Car Series Featuring 11-Race Schedule in 2018
FREMONT, Ohio (Feb. 27, 2018) - The resurrected Ohio Sprint Car Series has announced an 11-race schedule in 2018 with the possibility of more events to be added.
New series owner Steven Pocock said this season will be used to show race teams, tracks and potential marketing partners his vision for the future.
Pocock, a 23-year-old from Fremont, Ohio, purchased the series from Brad McCown last December. McCown began the series two years ago, but decided to focus on promoting his track - Atomic Speedway located near Chillicothe, Ohio.
"Brad wanted to concentrate on Atomic and when I saw the opportunity to take over the Ohio Sprint Car Series I gave him a call and we put the deal together," Pocock said. "I got a late start on 2018, but thanks to Brad at Atomic and Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway and Wayne County Speedway we have an 11-race schedule for 2018. We will use this year to show the race teams and tracks we're serious about growing the series.
"All the events will pay $2,500 to win and $300 to start with the exception of Aug. 3-4 at Atomic, which will pay $3,000 and $5,000 to win, respectively. While we don't have a points fun, there will be tow money for the three Pittsburgh shows as well. Our late start hampered our ability to work with businesses to put together a points fund as most have their budgets set in November."
There will be pop-up bonuses for OSCS members throughout the 2018 season. Pop-up bonuses are for most laps led during the feature and the hard charger. Pocock said there is a Hard Charger Award and Tough Break Award provided by Pyrotect and Saldana Racing Products.
"Rod End Supply will also have certificates for heat winners," he added.
Pocock, who also promotes Martinville Raceway - a go-kart track near Attica, Ohio - and who has recently created the Tri-State Sprint Car Series Outlaw Invasion, which is a non-wing asphalt sprint car series, said plans for 2019 are already being worked on.
"This year we want to get our name out there and show our new direction for the Ohio Sprint Car Series," he said. "I can say the 2018 series champion will receive tow money in 2019. I will continue to work to secure a points fund for 2019 and an increased purse."
Cole Duncan was the 2016 OSCS champion and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Danny Smith was the series champion in 2017.
The 2018 OSCS season kicks off Saturday, April 21, at Atomic Speedway. The series also visits the track on May 26, June 30, Aug. 3-4 and Sept. 22.
Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial, Pa., welcomes the OSCS on May 12, June 9 and Sept. 29.
The series will compete at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, on May 19 and July 21.
WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY 2018 SEASON STARTS SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH; FOUR ALL STAR RACES PLUS WORLD OF OUTLAW LATE MODELS HEADLINE THE SCHEDULE
For Immediate Release
By Mike Swanger
It is now less than two months to go until Wayne County Speedway opens up the gates for the 2018 racing season that will be filled with weekly race action highlighted by many specials. Weather permitting, there will be two test and tune dates before the season starts and those are Saturdays, March 31st and April 7th as both practices will start at noon.
The season opener will see the Fast Four Racing program, which is the Sprints, Super Late Models, Super Stocks and the Mini Stocks taking the green flag for the first time. The next week, Saturday, April 21st will see the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars in for the 1st of four visits with $5,000 to win. The Super Late Models will also be in action. On Saturday, April 28th, the Modifieds return for the 1st time in three seasons as they join the Super Late Models, Super Stocks and Mini Stocks on the racing card as the Sprints take the night off at WCS.
The month of May starts with a Fast Four Racing programs on Saturday's May 5th, and May 12th, with the Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association paying $3,000 to win on the 12th and May 19th includes the Ohio Sprint Car Series giving the winner $2,500. The month of May will close out with the second appearance of the ASCoC for another $5,000 to win on Saturday, May 26th as the Super Stocks and the Mini Stocks will be in action also.
A busy month of June is on tap for 'Orrville's Historic Oval' as 6 nights of action will take place in the month as it starts with a Fast Four Racing Program on Saturday, June 2nd with the 1st of three Attica Raceway Park/ Wayne County Speedway Super Late Model Series and the start of the 'Summer Series' for both the Super Stocks and Mini Stocks. The next week will be Mid Season Championship for the Fast Four Racing. Saturday, June 16th will be the $10,000 to win World of Outlaw Late Model show along with the Super Stocks and Mini Stocks. Coming right back two nights later, Monday, June 18th will be the annual All Star Sprint Speedweek race for another $5,000 to win show. Only the Arctic Cat All Stars will be in action that night for the Duffy Smith Memorial. The cars will take the night off on Saturday, June 23rd as the National Tractor Pulling Association pulls into WCS for a night of high horsepower. The month of June will wrap up on the 30th with another Fast Four Racing night that will again feature the OVSCA and $3,000 to win event.
July starts out on the 7th with the Fast Four Racing program with round two of the Attica Raceway Park/ Wayne County Speedway Super Late Model Series and the 'Summer Series' for the Super Stocks and Mini Stocks. The Modifieds return for the second time this season and join the Super Late Models, Super Stocks and Mini Stocks on Saturday, July 14th as the Sprints have the night off. On Saturday, July 21st, the OSCS has $2,500 to win as they join the Fast Four Racing program for the second time in 2018. The Late Model Dirt Week will be included for the Fast Four Racing program on Saturday, July 28th. That will be the Hans and Don Gross Memorial as the winner will pocket $3,000. This race will also be round three of the ARP/WCS Super Late Model Series.
Kid's Night and the Danny Gardner Memorial for the Super Stocks paying $1,000 to win kicks off the month of August Fast Four Racing night on the 4th. The Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and the Modifieds are scheduled in for the Saturday, August 11th program. Another $3,000 to win OVSCA plus round three of the 'Summer Series' for the Super Stocks and the Mini Stocks on the August 18th card for the Fast Four Racing program. The racing month of August will end on 25th with Sprints, Super Stocks, Modifieds and the Mini Stocks as they race for the 1st Sam Huffman Memorial with $500 to win for the 4 cylinders.
The $10,000 to win Pete Jacobs Memorial featuring the Arctic Cat All Star Sprints will take place on Sunday, September 2nd as the Super Stocks join the action.
The Ohio Dirt Blowout is set for Friday and Saturday, September 21st and 22nd as the final 'Summer Series' race for the Super Stocks and Mini Stocks will take place on Friday with additional racing news to be released. Then Saturday nights action will see the OVSCA, the Super Late Models, Super Stocks and Mini Stocks race for the final time in 2018. More racing news will be released about the Ohio Dirt Blowout as the season progress'.
All of the OVSCA races for the Sprints will be 'Summer Series' races and all of the Attica Raceway Park/ Wayne County Speedway Super Late Model Series and the Super Late Model portion of the Ohio Dirt Blowout will be 'Summer Series' races for them. The 'Summer Series' for all class' are separate points races with additional bonus money for the top three finishers in each class' points.
Watch the website at www.waynecountyspeedway.com or like us on facebook.com/waynecountyspeedway for the latest news and happenings about the speedway.
Donny Schatz goes two-for-two with the All Stars at Volusia Speedway Park
BARBERVILLE, Fla. (February 8, 2018) - For the second time in as many days, Fargo, North Dakota's Donny Schatz is an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 main event winner, officially sweeping All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Volusia Speedway Park during the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.
Schatz's route to victory on Thursday evening was just as impressive as the night before, ultimately diminishing a near-straightaway lead held by Chad Kemenah at the midpoint of the 30-lap program. The rally earned the now 18-time All Star winner another $5,000 payday, crossing under the final checkers by a margin of victory equaling 2.439 seconds over Kemenah and Kasey Kahne Racing's Brad Sweet.
"We had an awesome race car," said Donny Schatz, pilot of the Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing, Textron Off Road-backed, No. 15. "It's good to have Rick [Warner] here with us tonight. It feels good to have the entire team together. We are definitely hitting on all eight cylinders right now."
Schatz started from the pole position and led the first eight circuits before feeling any pressure from those racing behind him. Kemenah, who started fourth on the main event grid, worked his way to the back bumper of the defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, eventually driving underneath Schatz as the pair battled through turns one and two on lap nine.
Even with lapped traffic starting to intensify, Kemenah powered to a commanding lead, jumping ahead by a near-straightaway advantage as the leaders raced passed the crossed flags. As the laps clicked down, Schatz started to come back to life, diminishing Kemenah's advantage in traffic to less than a second by lap 22. By lap 25, Schatz was back in command, utilizing the topside of the speedway to cruise around Kemenah as the pair raced through turns one and two.
From that point forward, it was all Donny Schatz, rapidly gaining an advantage through traffic that stretched to nearly three seconds when the final checkers flew. Kemenah held on to finish second, followed by Brad Sweet, David Gravel, and Kyle Larson.
"I really didn't know what to expect with the track. I was trying to play it cautious," Schatz explained, who was weary about the reworked racing surface. "I didn't want to go to the top until I knew it was going to hold me. I got to traffic and really couldn't move around and that's when [Chad Kemenah] got by us. By that time, I knew I had to bide my time and be patient with what the track was going to do. We ended up getting him back in traffic and that's what it takes; being able to race through traffic like that. It definitely helped to be close to the front tonight."
"Sometimes leading isn't the place to be, I guess," Chad Kemenah said, pilot of the Hunter Racing, Bonnell's Rod Shop, No. 10H. "When you have to get beat by [Donny Schatz] it makes things a little bit better. The way I got around him was the same way I got beat. I just thought I had nothing to lose. I could see that he was hung up behind the lapped cars and I kinda held my breath and ended up getting around him. But when you get to traffic, you have to pick and choose the right lanes. Somebody that is that good behind you is probably going to pick the lane that you're not in."
"I had a good feeling before I left home," Schatz continued. "My trainer said I was in 'ass kickin' mode' so I want to thank him for that."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will not return to competition until Friday, April 6, when the Series invades Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio. "America's Series" last visited the southern Ohio highbanks on August 26 with the "Buckeye Bullet" Dave Blaney picking up the $10,000 top prize. It was Blaney's first-ever All Star victory at Atomic Speedway, ultimately raising his Series win total to 48 since first visiting victory lane in 1983.
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Donny Schatz; 2. Chad Kemenah; 3. Brad Sweet; 4. David Gravel; 5. Kyle Larson; 6. Kerry Madsen; 7. Joey Saldana; 8. Paul McMahan; 9. Greg Hodnett; 10. -Tim Shaffer; 11. Brian Brown; 12. Daryn Pittman; 13. Ian Madsen; 14. Kasey Kahne; 15. Brent Marks; 16. Lucas Wolfe; 17. Cory Eliason; 18. Tony Stewart; 19. Dave Blaney; 20. Parker Price-Miller; 21. Trey Starks; 22. Cale Conley; 23. Sheldon Haudenschild; 24. Danny Dietrich.
Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz, 1-8, Chad Kemenah, 9-24, Donny Schatz, 25-30.
Donny Schatz charges from 12th to win at Volusia Speedway Park
DIRTcar Nationals action continues later today
BARBERVILLE, Fla. (February 8, 2018) - Mounting an impressive hard charge to the front, Fargo, North Dakota's Donny Schatz led the final nine circuits on Wednesday evening to claim $5,000 during the opening night of the sprint car segment of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
The victory, Schatz's eighth during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 competition at the Barberville half-mile, occurred in fantastic fashion, advancing forward from 12th on the feature grid during a non-stop 30-lapper to cross under the final checkers 1.079 seconds ahead of Kasey Kahne Racing's Brad Sweet and CJB Motorsports' David Gravel.
"These guys did a great job," Schatz explained, pilot of the Textron Off Road, Ford Performance-backed, No. 15. "This team has been strong for a long time. It feels good to get that first win out of the way. We wish Rick [Warner] could be here tonight. Maybe at the end of the week he will be. He does so much for this race team. We're glad to get it done for him tonight."
Wasting little time, Schatz advanced into a top-five position as early as lap nine, soon challenging six-time and defending All Star champion, Chad Kemenah, and Brad Sweet for the point position. The defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion solidified the runner-up spot by lap 13, then setting his focus on race leader, Brad Sweet, who led all but one lap during the first 21 circuits of the 30-lap program. Schatz made his first official bid for the top spot on lap 22 and made it stick, ultimately driving underneath Sweet at the entrance of turn one and surviving a drag race down the backstretch and into the entrance of turn three.
"I don't know that we got as close as it looked," Schatz explained. "It may have looked close to the fans, but Brad [Sweet] and I had a few city blocks between us. The track locked down and I didn't really expect it to lock down that quick. If I would have been in a different position when it did lock down, I would have been in trouble. I was really struggling at the end. It's just the way some days are. The dynamics of the dirt are always changing."
"When the track gets rubber like that, when you get caught one lane out it feels like ice, but if you are in the groove then it feels like there are spikes in your tires. Unfortunately, I slipped out of the groove and it cost us," Brad Sweet explained. "We got better and better and better every time we hit the track tonight. This is a new team with a new crew chief. We were searching around a little bit trying to find the perfect balance for this Napa Auto Parts, No. 49 car."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will conclude their 2018 Florida invasion with a second and final appearance at Volusia Speedway Park on February 8, wrapping up the two-day All Star segment of the five-day sprint car stretch of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Thursday's start will raise the All Star appearance total to 88 at the Barberville, Fla., venue continuing a tradition that dates back to February 15, 1983.
Volusia Speedway Park will open pit gates at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 8. A mandatory drivers meeting will be conducted at 5 p.m. followed by engine heat at 5:30 p.m., sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit DIRTcar Nationals live on the Web at www.dirtcarnationals.com.
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Donny Schatz; 2. Brad Sweet; 3. David Gravel; 4. Jason Johnson; 5. Chad Kemenah; 6. Kerry Madsen; 7. Danny Dietrich; 8. Brent Marks; 9. Kyle Larson; 10. Dave Blaney; 11. Brian Brown; 12. Tim Shaffer; 13. Shane Stewart; 14. Kraig Kinser; 15. Sheldon Haudenschild; 16. Ian Madsen; 17. Lucas Wolfe; 18. Daryn Pittman; 19. Joey Saldana; 20. Kasey Kahne; 21. Rico Abreu; 22. Tony Stewart; 23. Cory Eliason; 24. Paul McMahan.
Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-11, Chad Kemenah 12, Brad Sweet 13-21, Donny Schatz 22-30.
KWS-NARC GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 24TH
With final plans for the upcoming 2018 sprint car season being put in place, the King of the West-NARC sprint car series will hold a General Membership/Competition meeting on Saturday, February 24th. The meeting will be held at the Roth Motorsports compound in Fresno, CA and gets underway at 11:00 a.m.
Topics expected to be discussed during the 1 ½ hour meeting include the 2018 schedule, memberships, sponsorships, rule changes, a rework of the trophy dash format and other series improvements. The new Northern Auto Racing Club Advisory Board will be introduced at the meeting.
The meeting will include a famous Roth Motorsports Tri-Tip barbecue. To ensure that there is food for all, we request that you RSVP by texting or calling 714-397-7417. Or you can RSVP with Kaeding Performance at 408-371-3031.
Roth Motorsports is located at 4630 S. Fig Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706.
For more information, contact KWS-NARC Business Manager Jim Allen at 714-397-7417.
The season opener of the 16-event King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series is scheduled for Saturday, April 7th at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA.
FAST Series have bigger paying events in 2018; new tracks
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Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
FREMONT, Ohio – The 10th season of the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics and the eighth season of the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro will feature high paying events and some new tracks in 2018.
The All Pro 410 FAST series will have 25 dates at six different tracks. The 410 series races will pay a minimum of $3,000 to win at least five event paying $5,000 or more to the feature winner. The majority of the events will be contested at the series home tracks of AtticaRacewayPark in Attica, Ohio (9 dates) and Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio (10 dates).
“We’re excited for the 410 FAST teams to get to race not only at Attica and Fremont for a majority of their point events but for the first time compete at Millstream Speedway in Findlay and two events at Sharon Speedway. We are also excited to be a part of the growth of the Summer Sizzler in July at WaynesfieldRacewayPark,” said Rich Farmer, FAST Series Owner.
“I want to thank all of the great marketing partners that help keep FAST growing and all the track promoters who work with us to keep winged sprint car racing strong in Ohio. Honestly we had to turn down some tracks but we will revisit their ideas next year,” Farmer added.
The JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro will compete in 23 events at six different tracks in 2018.
“The exciting thing about the FAST 305 series this year is over half the shows will pay a minimum of $1,000 to win. Again that is thanks to the support of the marketing partners and the cooperation and backing of the tracks,” Farmer noted.
The All Pro FAST 410 series kicks off Friday, April 6 as the opening night of the Core & Main Spring Nationals and will pay $5,000 to the feature winner. FAST will make 9 appearances at Attica in 2018 with 10 shows scheduled at Fremont Speedway.
The series makes it’s first ever appearance at Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio on Sunday, May 6 as part of a triple-header weekend that includes Friday, May 4 at Attica and Saturday, May 5 at Fremont.
“Shane (Helms, Millstream promoter) called and wanted to have a type of Ohio state championship event. Teams from other tracks around the state will be invited to this FAST sanctioned event and it should be a lot of fun to see who comes out on top,” Farmer said.
The series travels to Hartford, Ohio to the historic Sharon Speedway for the first time on Friday, May 11th to take on the tough Western Pennsylvania competitors. FAST returns to Sharon on Saturday, Aug. 18.
FAST will once again be the headliner at the Summer Sizzler at WaynesfieldRacewayPark in Waynesfield, Ohio on Tuesday, July 3. The race not only has the 410 and 305 winged sprints but the winged NRA Sprint Invader 360 sprints and winged mini-sprints.
“There were nearly 100 open wheel race cars in the pits last year for this before it rained out. Greg (Shobe, owner), Danny (Kelly, general manager) and Ron (Hammons, Sizzler promoter) have worked hard to make this one of the most exciting events in Ohio. Our FAST teams have a lot of fun competing on that track,” Farmer said.
For the second year the FAST 410 series heads to the rejuvenated Mansfield Motor Speedway for the 2nd Annual Great Lakes Nationals Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11. Last year the big-paying event was limited to a one-day affair because of rain and it drew 140 sprint cars for the three divisions.
“FAST is honored to be a part of the growth and rebirth of Mansfield and I look forward to continue to work with Cody (Sommers, Mansfield owner),” Farmer said.
Another twist for the FAST 410 series in 2018 is the addition of a couple of co-sanctioned races with the new winged Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS). BOSS began and has continued as a non-wing series but is adding a hand full of winged events in 2018.
The first BOSS/FAST race will be Saturday, May 26 at Fremont Speedway and will pay $5,000 to win. BOSS winged sprints return to Fremont as part of the 11th Annual Jim Ford Classic the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15. The Friday, Sept. 14 show will be the series championship night.
“Aaron Fry and the BOSS series have been a pleasure to work with on the non-wing side. Like the FAST series, BOSS is a ‘working man’s series’ and we are happy to be a part of their growth into winged racing,” Farmer said.
The chase for the JLH General Contractor 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro begins Friday, May 4 at AtticaRacewayPark in Attica, Ohio. The 305 FAST teams will travel to Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio for their first ever series race at that facility on Sunday, May 6. The FAST 305 teams will return to Millstream on Saturday, June 23 as part of the Ohio Sprint Speedweek finale.
The fans at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio have been treated to the exciting FAST 305 races for a couple of years and in 2018 the series will compete at the high banked bull ring three times – Friday, June 15, Friday, July 13 and Friday, Aug. 3.
“I want to thank our dedicated FAST 305 teams. They have supported our efforts to grow the series tremendously. Limaland has been very impressed with the racing the teams have put on and that is why we have two shows there,” Farmer said.
The JLH FAST 305 teams will once again be a part of the Summer Sizzler on July 3 at Waynesfield and both days of the Great Lakes Nationals at Mansfield in August. Championship night for the FAST 305 series will be Saturday, Sept. 15 at Fremont Speedway as part of the Jim Ford Classic weekend.
In 2017, Fremont, Ohio’s DJ Foos put a stop to four time FAST Champion Byron Reed’s streak of three straight titles in the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics. Foos also became the first driver to win both the FAST 305 and FAST 410 titles in the history of the series.
Fremont, Ohio’s Paul Weaver had another dominating summer in the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro to claim his second straight title.
Tim Shaffer edges Kerry Madsen to win night two of Bubba Army Winter Nationals
OCALA, Fla. (February 2, 2018) - The "Steel City Outlaw" Tim Shaffer made the most of his front row starting position on Friday night, eventually leading all 30 circuits around Bubba Raceway Park to claim his first Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 main event victory of the season. The pilot of the Rudzik Excavating, No. 49X earned $5,000 for his efforts, edging out the "Madman" Kerry Madsen for the 61st victory of his career against the All Star Circuit of Champions.
"This is great for the Rudzik team," Shaffer said, a four-time All Star champion from 2009 to 2012. "Everyone works so hard back at the shop. That hard work makes all of this happen. This is what makes all of their hard work fun."
Shaffer started from the outside-pole position and earned the early advantage, racing by the flagstand for the first time with Tyler Clem and Sheldon Haudenschild in tow. The Aliquippa, Pa., native maintained a quick pace at the front of the running order until caution flags appeared for the first time on lap nine. Unfortunately for Clem and Haudenschild, the caution flag was the result of their misfortune, each collected by a stopped lapped car.
Green flag conditions soon returned with Shaffer resuming his campaign at the front of the running order. With Clem and Haudenschild out, it was Sunbury, Pennsylvania's Mark Smith inheriting the runner-up position, followed closely by New York native, Coleman Gulick, and Kerry Madsen.
While Shaffer controlled the point, pushing his advantage to nearly two seconds even with traffic coming back into play as early as lap 14, it was Madsen who was attracting the attention, driving by Gulick on lap 11 and eventually squeezing under Mark Smith on lap 20. On lap 21, caution flags appeared for the second and final time once again erasing Shaffer's advantage.
With rubber starting to come into play around the bottom of the speedway, it was obvious that Shaffer had the edge despite Madsen's speed. Madsen followed Shaffer back to green on lap 21 and raced on the tail tank of the familiar No. 49X for the next nine circuits. Once again, traffic came into the picture but this time acting as a roadblock around the thin lane of rubbered-up racing surface. Madsen made a few attempts to squeeze under Shaffer, but the attempts failed. The "Steel City Outlaw" prevailed for his third All Star Circuit of Champions victory at Bubba Raceway Park.
"I tried to get out of line and get around the lapped car on the front stretch, but I had to duck back in line," Shaffer explained. "You just have to be patient. Last night I wasn't patient and it cost us. To come back tonight and win is just awesome for this team. This is a Rider Engine and it is running great. The first win is always the hardest to get. To get a win this early will really help us the rest of the year. It is a building tool for the team."
Kerry Madsen chased Shaffer to the line, followed by Mark Smith, Coleman Gulick, and Paul McMahan.
"I did think about trying to squeeze under [Tim Shaffer] a few times, but I thought I better get on the brakes because I didn't want to take him out," Madsen explained, pilot of the GoMuddy.com, No. 2. "I tried to keep him honest right there at the end and be right up his bum. If he had a slip, I was going to get right in there. We had a good run. I'm happy for this team. Second run of the year and we got a top-two. I'm happy with that."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will end their three-day visit to Ocala, Fla., on Saturday, February 3, with a third and final appearance at Bubba Raceway Park. "America's Series" will battle for a $5,000 top prize during the final leg of their Winter Nationals campaign, successfully wrapping up the first segment of their Florida invasion. The All Stars will return to competition on Wednesday evening, February 7, at Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida.
On Saturday, February 3, starting times will move ahead one hour at Bubba Raceway Park with the All Star drivers meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. followed by All Star hot laps at 5:45 p.m., sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes, such as general admission gate times and ticket prices, should visit Bubba Raceway Park live on the Web at www.bubbaracewaypark.com.
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Tim Shaffer; 2. Kerry Madsen; 3. Mark Smith; 4. Coleman Gulick; 5. Paul McMahan; 6. Chad Kemenah; 7. Greg Hodnett; 8. Danny Dietrich; 9. Tony Stewart; 10. Parker Price-Miller; 11. Rico Abreu; 12. Cale Conley; 13. Lucas Wolfe; 14. Steve Buckwalter; 15. Tyler Clem; 16. Anthony Fiore; 17. Max Stambaugh; 18. Dave Blaney; 19. Carson Short; 20. Trey Starks; 21. Sheldon Haudenschild; 22. John Garvin; 23. Trevor Baker; 24. Danny Smith.
Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer [1-30]
Chad Kemenah hard charges from 17th to win 2018 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 opener at Bubba Raceway Park
OCALA, Fla. (February 1, 2018) - Six-time and defending Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 titlist, Chad Kemenah, kicked-off his 2018 campaign in a big way, not only scoring the All Star Circuit of Champions season opener at Bubba Raceway Park worth $5,000, but doing so from the inside of row nine.
Kemenah, pilot of the familiar, DKW Transport and Bonnell's Rod Shop-backed, Hunter Racing entry, advanced sixteen positions during his charge to the front of the field, ultimately withstanding a competitive field and ten cautions, two of which resulting in open red flags, to earn a 34th-career All Star victory; his first ever in the Sunshine State. Kemenah's efforts also earned him the MSD Performance Hard Charger Award.
"Smoke" Tony Stewart finished second during the All Star opener at the Ocala, Fla., venue, followed by Dave Blaney, Parker Price-Miller, who led the first 21 circuits before giving up the top spot, and Carson Short.
"We were really consistent the last two years, so I hope this is a sign because I need to win more," Chad Kemenah said in Bubba Raceway Park victory lane. "Starting that far back and working to the front says a lot about our efforts in the winter time. My brother, his wife, and Luke are always working in the shop. Rob and Rita Hunter just give us what we need to compete and compete competitively, anywhere we go. That's all we can ask for."
By the midpoint of the 30-lap program, Kemenah was racing within the top-five, soon pressuring those battling for podium positions just in front of him including Dave Blaney, Tony Stewart, and race leader, Parker Price-Miller. A caution on lap 20 would give Kemenah another prime opportunity to advance, ultimately driving by Dave Blaney and Tony Stewart on the ensuing restart, all while utilizing the bottom of the speedway.
Two circuits later, Kemenah was pressuring Price-Miller for the top spot. Despite leading over half of the main event, and surviving six cautions during the first 20 circuits including three consecutive that plagued the initial start, Price-Miller's efforts soon wore out, eventually surrendering the point position to Kemenah at the exit of turn four on lap 22.
"When my brother came out during the [open] red, he asked me what I thought," Kemenah continued. "I told him I felt good. I just needed to bide my time because there were cars everywhere. The race track was beautiful. The mechanic did his job and all I had to do was drive it."
Even with four more cautions halting his momentum, a pair on lap 23 and another pair on lap 27, Kemenah was invincible, stretching his final margin of victory to 3.067 seconds despite the race ending with a small string of only four consecutive laps.
"I'm not sure anyone was going to have anything for those guys," Tony Stewart, owner of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1, said of Chad Kemenah. "We just needed things to go green for a little while longer. I'm proud of my guys. I think this team has gained a lot over the winter. I feel really good about how things got started."
"This really says what my team is about," Chad Kemenah added. "We never quit."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will continue the 2018 season with another round of Winter Nationals competition at Bubba Raceway Park on Friday, February 2.
Bubba Raceway Park will open pit gates at 9 a.m. during the next two days of Winter Nationals competition. The mandatory All Star drivers meeting scheduled for Friday, February 2, will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. followed by hot laps at 6:45.
On Saturday, February 3, starting times will move ahead one hour with the All Star drivers meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. followed by All Star hot laps at 5:45 p.m., sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes such as general admission gate times and ticket prices should visit Bubba Raceway Park on the Web at www.bubbaracewaypark.com.
A-Main (30 Laps) 1. Chad Kemenah; 2. Tony Stewart; 3. Dave Blaney; 4. Parker Price-Miller; 5. Carson Short; 6. Wayne Johnson; 7. Greg Hodnett; 8. Hunter Mackison; 9. Sheldon Haudenschild; 10. Caleb Helms; 11. Mark Smith; 12. Rico Abreu; 13. Kerry Madsen; 14. Paul McMahan; 15. Trey Starks; 16. Danny Dietrich; 17. Tyler Clem; 18. Max Stambaugh; 19. Ian Madsen; 20. John Garvin; 21. Coleman Gulick; 22. Jordan Mackison; 23. Tim Shaffer; 24. Cale Conley.
Lap Leaders: Parker Price-Miller [1-21]; Chad Kemenah [22-30].
Millstream Speedway Paying $10,000-to-Win Rick Ferkel Classic on Final Night of All Star Speedweek
FINDLAY, Ohio (Jan. 29, 2018) - Millstream Speedway is gearing up for a spectacle this summer when it hosts the final night of the famed Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Ohio Sprint Speedweek.
The half-mile oval welcomes 'America's Series' on Sunday, June 23, for its second of three All Star shows this season. The event pays $10,000 to win and is titled the Rick Ferkel Classic in honor of the racing veteran.
"I was pretty honored to have that happen," he said. "It's really neat when people remember. It makes you feel good inside.
"I think Millstream Speedway is a sleeping giant. They have restaurants and motels around them. It's all convenient. The key is getting (the fans) in and out. Three hours is about the length of their attention span. If they can get them in and out it will be real successful. I think it will happen."
Ferkel began racing sprint cars in the early 1970s and Findlay was his hometown for approximately a decade during the early portion of his career.
"We had some really good times there," he said. "We won several features and we set some track records there."
Kear's Speed Shop, which is only about a 40-minute drive from Millstream Speedway, sponsored Ferkel since the early 1970s.
"I think it's beautiful and I'm tickled to death Millstream would come back for three shows," Kear's Speed Shop Co-Founder Shirley Kear said. "Rick cut his teeth over there and he loved that track. It was a good race track and everyone loved it. It had a lot of great races there."
Ferkel will serve as the crew chief for Trevor Baker this season. Helping young drivers has become a second career for Ferkel since he hung up his helmet following a hall of fame driving career.
"I feel you should give back," he said. "I think guys need to give back to the sport."
Shane and Larry Helms, who took over running Millstream Speedway this season, are trying to do that as well. Their first All Star show - named the Bob Hampshire Classic in honor of another local legend - is slated for May 27, which is the Sunday during Memorial Day Weekend.
Following the Rick Ferkel Classic, Millstream Speedway will host the All Stars on Monday, Sept. 3, during Labor Day Weekend.
"We're thrilled to honor greats like Rick Ferkel and Bob Hampshire," Shane Helms said. "Rick had a lot of success in our area and continued that when he went racing on the road. In my opinion at one time these two were as good as anyone at their craft. When Rick was running at his best he'd beat anyone. We're proud to be able to host a Rick Ferkel Classic and have it wrap up the Ohio Sprint Speedweek, which is a marquee week-long event that takes hard work and dedication to get through."
Start times, ticket prices and information about support classes for all three races will be released in the near future.
An All Star lineup set to return to the Sunshine State
Five-race Florida visit to award minimum $10,000 point fund
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (January 29, 2018) - Celebrating four seasons under the ownership of three-time NASCAR Cup champion, Tony Stewart, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1™ will enter the new year boasting a schedule comprised of 55 events at 36 different facilities. "America's Series" will crisscross much of the Northeast and Midwest during their upcoming travels, visiting dirt ovals in nine different states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, New York, and Wisconsin, all after a five-race stint in sunny, northern Florida.
Like years prior, Tony Stewart's traveling All Stars will begin the new year with action in the Sunshine State, highlighting the lone trip south of the Mason-Dixon Line with three appearances during Bubba Raceway Park's 7th Annual Winter Nationals on February 1-3, followed by a pair of DIRTcar Nationals starts at Volusia Speedway Park on Wednesday and Thursday, February 7-8.
As an added bonus to all full-time, All Star Circuit of Champions teams making the journey to Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park, a point fund, made possible by Panini America, the Official Trading Card Partner of NASCAR, will be distributed amongst the top-15, full-time, All Star Circuit of Champions teams entered for action during the entire Florida swing.
"We are honored to partner with Tony and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 for their southern swing to Florida this week," said Mark Warsop, CEO at Panini America, the Official Trading Card Partner of NASCAR. "While we produce trading cards across multiple sports, we are also sports enthusiasts, whether it be motorsports, football, basketball, soccer or baseball. We are truly excited for the opportunity to sponsor the points fund. Best of luck to all of the drivers and teams as they compete over the next two weekends."
To be eligible for the Panini America point fund, participating teams must be committed, full-time travelers with the All Star Circuit of Champions in 2018 and must participate in all All Star events in the state of Florida. If all five events are conducted, the overall point fund will equal $15,000; $3,750 reserved for the champion. Acknowledging the risk for inclement weather, if only four of the five scheduled events are conducted, the overall point fund will decrease to $12,500 with $3,125 being awarded to the overall champion. Three events or less will guarantee a $10,000 point fund with $2,500 awarded to the champion.
Points accumulated in Florida will not count toward the 2018 All Star Circuit of Champions championship standings, nor the 2018 year-end Series point fund.
Expected to lead the All Star charge into Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park is six-time and defending All Star champion, Chad Kemenah. The pilot of the familiar Hunter Racing, No. 10H entry will enter his 2018 Florida campaign fresh off of a championship season with the All Star Circuit of Champions, now tied with Hartford, Ohio's Dale Blaney for the most all-time. Kemenah sealed his 2017 title run with a display of consistency; 37 top-ten finishes in 48 main event starts, also claiming victories at Atomic Speedway, Mercer Raceway Park, and 34 Raceway.
Presumably, full-time All Star competitors expected to join Chad Kemenah during action in Florida include Findlay, Ohio, native and the 2017 Pete Jacobs Memorial champion, Caleb Helms; former All Star champion and Aliquippa, Pa., native, Tim Shaffer; Shreve, Ohio's Trevor Baker; the 2017 All Star "Rookie of the Year," Max Stambaugh; Vienna, W. Va., native, Cale Conley; the third generation duo of Hunter and Jordan Mackison; Dave Blaney in Pete Grove's Premier Motorsports entry; 2017 All Star "Rookie of the Year" contender, John Garvin; Clute, Texas, native, Aaron Reutzel; and 74-time All Star winner, the "Brownsburg Bullet" Joey Saldana.
In addition, many of the nation's finest will join the All Star Circuit of Champions during competition in the Sunshine State. Drivers expected to challenge "Amercia's Series" during all five events in Florida include St. Helena, Calif., native and former Chili Bowl Nationals champion, Rico Abreu; defending Central PA Sprint Series champion, Danny Dietrich; 2017 World of Outlaws "Rookie of the Year," Sheldon Haudenschild; 2017 Knoxville Raceway Track Champion, Ian Madsen; former Williams Grove Speedway National Open champion, Greg Hodnett; and three-time NASCAR Cup champion, "Smoke" Tony Stewart.
"I want to welcome the race fans, as well as the race teams, back to Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park. It has been a longstanding tradition to kick off the All Star season in Florida and I'm thrilled that we get the opportunity to continue just that," Tony Stewart, owner of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1, said. "For some, the offseason can be long, so this is a perfect opportunity to escape the winter cold and head for warmer temperatures. What better way to start a season than Florida in February."
The All Star Circuit of Champions have made 28 prior appearances at Bubba Raceway Park dating back to February 9, 1991. The "Madman" Kerry Madsen, who won one of the three main events conducted in 2017, owns the most All Star victories (five) at the Ocala oval, followed by defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz. Schatz owns four victories at Bubba Raceway Park during All Star competition, most recently scoring back-to-back wins during the 2017 Winter Nationals.
Dominating the All Star win list at Volusia Speedway Park, Dover, Missouri's Danny Lasoski has tamed the half-mile on 16 different occasions throughout his career, over double the amount of victories attained by Donny Schatz who is second on the All Star Volusia win list with seven. The "Brownsburg Bullet" Joey Saldana has earned five All Star victories at Volusia, followed by Dale Blaney with four triumphs. Despite conquering the win list, Lasoski has not visited victory lane at Volusia Speedway Park with the All Stars since February 15, 2012.
Bubba Raceway Park will open pit gates at 9:00 am during all three days of Winter Nationals competition. A mandatory All Star drivers meeting will be conducted at 5:30 pm on Thursday and Friday, February 1-2, followed by hot laps at 6:45.
On Saturday, February 3, starting times will move ahead one hour with the drivers meeting scheduled for 4:30 pm, followed by All Star hot laps at 5:45 pm, sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes such as general admission gate times and ticket prices should visit Bubba Raceway Park on the Web at www.bubbaracewaypark.com. An open practice session for the All Star Circuit of Champions will be conducted on Wednesday, January 31.
Volusia Speedway Park will open pit gates at 10:00 am on Wednesday and Thursday, February 7-8. A mandatory drivers meeting will be conducted at 5:00 pm, followed by engine heat at 5:30 pm, sharp. Those seeking more news and notes should visit the DIRTcar Nationals live on the Web at www.dirtcarnationals.com. An open practice for all sprint car competitors will be conducted on Tuesday evening, February 6.
Sprints On Dirt 2018 season taking shape
ERIE, MI (January 19, 2018) – It may be frigid outside, but things are warming up in the Sprints On Dirt office as the 2018 season takes shape. Sponsorships are being renewed and race date contracts are being signed as SOD works to complete preparation for the 2018 schedule.
SOD has a long-standing practice of publicly releasing only race dates that have been agreed to, and we continue to do so. Dates considered to be tentative, TBA, TBD, etc. are not listed. With this in mind, these are the signed dates for 2018 at this time:
Saturday, April 28 - Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, MI (May 5 rain date)
Friday, May 18 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI
Friday, June 8 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI
Saturday, June 9 - Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI
Friday, June 22 - Tri-City Motor Speedway, Auburn, MI
Friday, July 6 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI
Saturday, July 14 - Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, MI
Friday, July 27 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI
Friday, August 3 - Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI
Saturday, August 4 - Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI
Saturday, August 25 - Merritt Speedway, Lake City, MI
Friday, August 31 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI
Saturday, September 1 - Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, MI
Additional dates are under consideration and will be announced when finalized.
Carl Bowser to Join All Star Circuit of Champions Tour in 2018 in Chiappelli Motorsports #98
By DirtyMouth Communications
Butler, PA (January 17, 2018) – After a successful season in 2017 in his first year in the Chiappelli Motorsports #98, Carl Bowser and the #98 team will launch the driver's rookie season with the All Star Sprint Circuit of Champions in 2018.
"To be able to take a car out on the All Star tour with Tom and Fran and our team means a lot," Bowser said. "We had been heading in this direction by adding more All Star races and travel in 2016 when we bought the #10 team out. When we decided to partner with Tom and Fran, we all sat down and decided to put one season of more aggressive traveling together before we committed to the All Star schedule."
The 2017 season was a year of growth for Bowser, running 43 races primarily in Central PA and putting the #98 car in victory lane three times. The 2018 season has more than 70 dates on the schedule between 50 races on the All Star schedule, local shows in Western PA and special events.
"We have taken more risks and raced tougher cars in preparation for a long future together with Tom and Fran," Bowser said. "We're confident that this is the right next step for us, especially with the caliber of cars that we're going to be up against with the All Stars. Our crew and sponsors have been really supportive of our goals, so we're excited to move forward together as a team because we couldn't do it without that."
Bowser will kick off the 2018 season in March in Central PA to prepare for the All Star points opener at Atomic Speedway on Friday, April 6th.