KWS 2015 scheduleThe King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series releases an action packed 30th anniversary schedule highlighted by big shows & marquee events in 2015
By Gary Thomas
Aptos, CA – December 15, 2014…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series has officially released its schedule of events for the upcoming 30th anniversary season, which showcases 18 full point events at 10 different venues, along with a pair of co-sanctioned weekends for the first time ever with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.
The upcoming season will mark the fifth campaign held under the King of the West Sprints banner and the 30th overall year since the Golden State 410 Series came into existence back in 1986. It will also be the second full season contested with the direction & leadership of John Prentice and Brent Kaeding, who assumed management of the series at the end of 2013. The tour is coming off one of the most exciting years of racing in recent memory and even more is expected in 2015.
The season opens with the first of two co-sanctioned weekends with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series on Friday & Saturday March 13 & 14 at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare. The co-sanctioned weekends will award drivers & team’s KWS show up points and offers the series a chance to work with the “Greatest Show on Dirt” for the first time. Teams that will be running full time with the King of the West Series in 2015 will also have show up incentives paid during each co-sanctioned weekend, with the details announced in the near future. Tickets for March 13 & 14 are currently on sale by calling the Thunderbowl Raceway box office at 559-688-0909.
In addition to the March weekend the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will also compete at the popular Thunderbowl Raceway one-third mile clay oval on Saturday May 16 in the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial, July 25 in the second annual Peter Murphy Classic & on October 10 in the KRC Safety Fall Shootout. The October event takes place the weekend before Trophy Cup, giving teams one final chance to hit the track before the prestigious three-night show is held on October 15, 16 & 17.
The high-banked bullring of Placerville Speedway once again plays host to a pair of KWS events this coming season, with the first being the Gold Country Shootout on Saturday April 4. The event takes place just days before the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series return to the red clay, giving California drivers & teams a chance to get some laps on the action packed quarter-mile prior to the WOO show. The previously held Bullring Nationals will then be revived in the summer with the King of the West 410 Sprints returning to Placerville on Saturday July 18.
The second & final co-sanctioned weekend with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series takes place at the famed Calistoga Speedway on Saturday & Sunday April 11 & 12. Opening night on April 11 will also see the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster on hand to make for one of the biggest & most anticipated evening’s of racing seen at Calistoga in recent memory. Weekend tickets are on sale by visiting http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=163
Along with the April weekend, the King of the West 410’s will also be in action at the Calistoga half-mile on Saturday June 27 during the Wine Country Classic, in conjunction with NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend in Sonoma. Last year’s KWS event featured some of the most entertaining Winged Sprint Car racing ever contested at the Calistoga Speedway, following numerous renovations that have gone on at the facility over the last couple seasons. The track has been given a huge boost, bringing it up to status as one of premier venues on the west coast.
The centrally located Stockton Dirt Track, which enters its third season of operation, will host the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on three different occasions in 2015. KWS will invade the 3/8 mile clay oval on Saturday June 13, Saturday August 1 & Saturday November 7 for the 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson. The Tribute to GP is once again championship night for both KWS and the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series in one huge evening of racing. This past season saw 72-cars pack the pit area to cap the Nor Cal season in grand fashion.
The Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico will hold two King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2015, with both being special shows on Saturday’s. The first will be on Saturday May 2, which marks the always prestigious 25th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial & the second will be on Saturday June 6, in what will be the 3rd annual David Tarter Memorial. The Bradway Memorial each season is a major cornerstone event for the series and the Tarter Memorial is becoming one as well at the famed quarter-mile clay oval.
For the third straight year the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will compete at Petaluma Speedway in the month of May. The date this year will once again be on Mother’s Day weekend and happens on Saturday night May 9. Sacramento’s Willie Croft has been the “King of Petaluma” the past two years and looks to make it three in a row this coming May.
Hosting a pair of events in 2015 is the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, with the first coming on Friday June 26 and the second on Saturday July 11, which will be the 5th annual Howard Kaeding Classic. The event has become a very special one paying honor to the legendary “Campbell Comet.” The HK Classic weekend also features the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series vs. Taco Bravo Ocean Sprints on Friday July 10, which makes for a can’t miss double header at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds quarter-mile.
Under new management and reopening this season the always exciting Kings Speedway in Hanford will see two nights of competition by the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The first takes place on Saturday September 19 and the second occurs on Saturday October 24 with the 30th annual Cotton Classic, which returns to the Kings County Fairgrounds facility in 2015. The Cotton Classic caps a huge three week’s of Sprint Car racing in the Central Valley, with the KRC Safety Fall Shootout & the Trophy Cup preceding it.
The popular & “vacation like” Santa Maria Speedway/ Ventura Raceway weekend will occur once again this season after a successful debut last year. The dates for the weekend on the coast are Friday September 25 in Santa Maria & Saturday September 26 in Ventura. The inaugural two-night double header last season was well received by all involved, so if you happened to miss it, be sure and make plans to join us this coming September.
“It’s going to be a great year for the King of the West Sprint Car Series,” said John Prentice of Prentice Motorsport Group. “If you look at the schedule you’ll see a number of big events and that’s a major focus. Having special shows is a key for any traveling series and next season you’ll see we have quite a few of them. The schedule worked out great with no conflicts again between KWS, Civil War and the Ocean Sprints, so I can’t thank all the promoters enough for working together to make it happen.”
King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series 2015 Schedule
Friday March 13: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Co-Sanctioned weekend with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series)
Saturday March 14: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
Saturday April 4: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Gold Country Shootout)
Saturday April 11: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Co-Sanctioned weekend with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series)
Sunday April 12: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA
Saturday May 2: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (25th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial)
Saturday May 9: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
Saturday May 16: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
Saturday June 6: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (3rd annual David Tarter Memorial)
Saturday June 13: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA
Friday June 26: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA
Saturday June 27: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Wine Country Classic- NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Sonoma)
Saturday July 11: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA (5th annual Howard Kaeding Classic)
Saturday July 18: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Bullring Nationals)
Saturday July 25: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (2nd annual Peter Murphy Classic)
Saturday August 1: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA
Saturday September 19: Kings Speedway – Hanford, CA
Friday September 25: Santa Maria Speedway – Nipomo, CA
Saturday September 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
Saturday October 10: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout- Weekend before Trophy Cup)
Saturday October 24: Kings Speedway – Hanford, CA (30th annual Cotton Classic)
Saturday November 7: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson- KWS & Civil War finale)
Balog, Martin, Stevenson Latest to Sign up with National Sprint League
Windom, MN (December 14, 2014) – The latest three drivers to sign up with the National Sprint League in its Minnesota headquarters include seven-time IRA champion, Bill Balog, 410 newcomer Brandon Stevenson and seventeen year old, Chris Martin. NSL member benefits include reduced pit passes, contingencies and much more!
Balog, Stevenson and Martin join Brian Brown, Danny Lasoski, Ian Madsen, Terry McCarl and Dusty Zomer with the National Sprint League. The series, founded by Big Game Treestands, Tod Quiring, will feature a $350,000 point fund at season’s end. The current schedule has 28 events planned at sixteen tracks in seven states.
A look at the drivers alphabetically…
Bill Balog – Bill is affectionately known as “The North Pole Nightmare” or the “Alaskan Cheesehead”, having moved from his native Fairbanks, Alaska to race out of his now home state of Wisconsin. In 2014, he wrapped up his seventh consecutive IRA championship. Bill has racked up 58 wins in the past four years. He will team with longtime midget owner, Hans Lein and Lein Acre’s Racing in the Buesser Concrete, Xtreme Stainless, Rocky Rococo’s of Brown Deer Road #17B.
Chris Martin – Chris just completed his rookie season at the Knoxville Raceway in the 410 class. The seventeen year old won his first feature in a 360 at the age of fifteen at Antioch Speedway in California. The Ankeny, Iowa driver will be aboard the Butlerbuilt, Global Ag, C&D Elevator Construction, Wynn’s, WreckAmend Body Shop #44.
Brandon Stevenson – The second generation driver is a veteran of the non-wing sprints, having competed in the northwest Iowa region for several years. The Holstein, Iowa driver also has 360 experience and limited starts in a 410. Brandon has several top ten point finishes with the Heartland Racing Association over the years including a third place standing in 2010. He will be piloting the family #0 with the NSL.
Renegade Sprints to Showcase Strong Contingent of Competitors in 2015
FINDLAY, Ohio (Dec. 12, 2014) - Teams are busy building new race cars and enjoying rare family moments as the offseason is in full swing throughout the country.
Things are no different in the cold region that includes Ohio, where a dozen drivers are preparing to compete full time with the Renegade Sprints next season.
"Everyone knows the names Tim Shaffer, Greg Wilson and Chad Kemenah, but we are very excited about the young and upcoming drivers who are committed to the series," Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms said. "The future of the sport looks bright."
Here are some of the committed competitors:
Tim Shaffer- Shaffer, who hails from Aliquippa, Pa., claimed the 2010 Knoxville Nationals and he recorded four All Star Circuit of Champions titles from 2009-12. He was also the 1999 Rookie of the Year with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and has earned 15 wins with the series.
Greg Wilson-Wilson scored a victory during the second career Renegade Sprints event. The Benton Ridge, Ohio, native also captured All Star Circuit of Champions titles in 2006-07.
Chad Kemenah-Kemenah of Findlay, Ohio, drove to All Star Circuit of Champions titles from 2002-05. He has also powered to five World of Outlaws victories and was the 2006 Rookie of the Year with the series.
Randy Hannagan-Hannagan captured the inaugural Renegade Sprints feature win in the summer of 2014. The Pittsboro, Ind., resident is the 1995 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year and has won a handful of track and series championships throughout Ohio and the region.
Danny Smith-Smith, who lives in Chillicothe, Ohio, has earned eight World of Outlaws feature victories. He has also recorded at least one victory each season for the past 40 years.
Dean Jacobs- Jacobs, a native of Wooster, Ohio, has scored more than two dozen All Star Circuit of Champions feature wins and he has also driven into Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws.
A handful of younger drivers who are on the verge of stardom will be competing with the Renegade Sprints in 2015, including Cole Duncan (Lockbourne, Ohio), Andrew Palker (Lodi, Ohio), Travis Philo (Waterville, Ohio), Caleb Helms (Findlay, Ohio), Ryan Myers (Leesburg, Ohio) and Kody Swanson (Kingsbury, Calif).
A tentative 2015 season schedule will be released in the near future.
2015 UNOH All Star Schedule Released
CAMARGO, IL. (Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014) – The University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions has released its 2015 Schedule featuring nearly 50 events in 11 states.
The UNOH All Star 2015 season begins with the Florida Winter Nationals which features five $5,000-to-win races at just two tracks over 8 days. Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL starts the UNOH All Star season with three shows, Thursday, Feb. 5, Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7. Then the All Stars head to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL on Wednesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday Feb. 12. Each show pays the standard UNOH All Star purse of $5,000 to win with a breakdown to $1,000 for 10th and $400 to start the A-Main.
The UNOH All Stars then head to Ohio’s Attica Raceway Park for the traditional and exciting kick-off to the “northern tour” with the Spring Nationals Friday and Saturday April 3 and 4. The series has competed at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue 104 times in the track’s history.
Then it’s off to challenge the PA Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, April 24 and at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, April 25.
May kicks off with a double-header weekend at the tough western Pennsylvania tracks of Lernerville Speedway on Friday, May 1 and Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday, May 2. The UNOH All Stars then get back to the state of Illinois when they visit Jacksonville Speedway on Friday, May 15. The Memorial Day weekend will be a triple header when the UNOH All Stars visit Plymouth Speedway in Indiana for the first time in the track’s history on Friday, May 22. That is followed by the traditional two-day show – Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and May 23 ($10,000 to win) – at Fremont Speedway in Ohio. The All Stars have visited Fremont Speedway 116 times in the track’s storied 64 year history.
The month of June will more than likely decide who will contend for the UNOH All Star crown. It all begins Saturday, June 6 at Butler Motor Speedway in Michigan followed by three straight nights of racing: Thursday, June 11 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park; Friday, June 12 at Williams Grove Speedway; and Saturday, June 13 at Lincoln Speedway. Webb noted there is the possibility of a fourth night on Sunday, June 14 being added as he is in negotiations with another track.
Then it’s the event fans and drivers from around the world look forward to year after year – the 33rd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek. The “Original Speedweek” features nine straight nights of racing at eight different tracks in the Buckeye State, all paying $5,000 to win with the exception of the finale at Fremont Speedway which will pay $10,000 to win.
It begins Friday, June 19 at Attica Raceway Park followed by a trip to the legendary Eldora Speedway (which has hosted more All Star shows – 135 - than any other track) on Saturday, June 20. The always exciting bullring of Waynesfield Raceway Park will host the All Stars on Sunday, June 21 followed by a trip to the Moler Raceway Park on Monday, June 22. Tuesday, June 23 has the All Stars at one of the tracks who helped get the series started in the 1970s – Sharon Speedway. Fremont Speedway will host the Wednesday, June 24 Speedweek event before the series heads to 35 Raceway Park on Thursday, June 25. Limaland Motorsports Park will have night #8 of Speedweek on Friday, June 26 with Fremont Speedway hosting the $10,000-to-win finale on Saturday, June 27.
“Speedweek will have a total purse of $245,000. It’s humbling to look at Ohio Sprint Speedweek and know it is the ‘original speed week.’ So many others have attempted to copy this event. The race teams, fans and tracks have worked hard to keep this rich tradition going. I would hope everyone recognizes the importance of Ohio Sprint Speedweek to not only the state but the region and across the country,” said Webb.
July will begin with a double-header weekend at Mercer Raceway Park in Pennsylvania on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5. The UNOH All Stars will head back to Sharon Speedway for the Lou Blaney Memorial on Saturday, July 11 before teams to head to the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway on Friday and Saturday July 17 and 18.
The series then heads west as the All Stars will battle the IRA teams at Wilmot Raceway in Wisconsin on Saturday, July 25 before travelling to the always tough Husets Speedway in South Dakota on Sunday, July 26. West Liberty Raceway in Iowa will host the UNOH All stars on Wednesday, July 29.
“We are also working with the World of Outlaws to support the Iron Man event on August 7 and 8 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely (MO),” said Webb.
Butler Motor Speedway in Michigan will host a double-header weekend with the UNOH All Stars on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21 and 22.
The UNOH All Stars will help Attica Raceway Park in Ohio wrap up its 2015 season with the traditional Attica Ambush on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4 and 5.
“There’s a possibility of another event on Labor Day weekend at another track on Sunday, September 6,” Webb said.
September wraps up with two huge events. It begins with a Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12 race at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania which includes the historic Tuscarora 50 event at the Juniata County Fair. Then it’s back to Fremont for the 9th Annual Jim Ford Classic on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19 with the finale paying the feature winner $10,000.
The UNOH All Stars will work with the World of Outlaws to support the National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-3. The 2015 season will wrap up with the Sprintacular at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 10.
“We will continue to work hard to ensure the fans get an entertaining show, and the tracks and race teams continue to thrive,” said Webb.
Of the 37 UNOH All Star features held in 2014, there were 16 different winners including five first time victors – Lee Jacobs (2 wins), Rick Abreu (2 wins), Sheldon Haudenschild, James McFadden and Caleb Griffith.
The series will go back to crowning one national champion in 2015 and will continue its appearance package to the teams who follow the tour all season. The 2015 point fund will award the champion $30,000. UNOH All Star President Guy Webb said more money has been allocated through the top 10 in points.
The 2015 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions point fund will be: 1. $30,000; 2. $20,000; 3. $17,000; 4. $12,000; 5. $9,000; 6. $8,000; 7. $7,000; 8. $6,000; 9. $5,000; 10, $5,000. In addition the series appearance package will pay the previous year’s National Champion $500 per track and $300 to up to 9 other teams registered to run the entire season.
Webb said the total for point fund money and appearance fees is $270,000 for 2015.
All Star Circuit of Champions
2/5 Bubba Raceway Park
2/6 Bubba Raceway Park
2/7 Bubba Raceway Park
2/11 Volusia Speedway Park
2/12 Volusia Speedway Park
4/3 Attica Raceway Park
4/4 Attica Raceway Park
4/24 Williams Grove Speedway
4/25 Port Royal Speedway
5/1 Lernervile Speedway
5/2 Mercer Raceway Park
5/15 Jacksonville Speedway
5/22 Plymouth Speedway
5/23 Fremont Speedway
5/24 Fremont Speedway
6/6 Butler Speedway
6/11 Canandaigua Motorsports Park
6/12 Williams Grove Speedway
6/13 Lincoln Speedway
6/14 TBA - Pennsylvania
Ohio Sprint Speedweek
6/19 Attica Raceway Park
6/20 Eldora Speedway
6/21 Waynesfield Raceway Park
6/22 Moler Raceway Park
6/23 Sharon Speedway
6/24 Fremont Speedway
6/25 35 Raceway Park
6/26 Limaland Motorsports Park
6/27 Fremont Speedway
7/4 Mercer Raceway Park
7/5 Mercer Raceway Park
7/11 Sharon Speedway
7/17 Eldora Speedway - Kings Royal
7/18 Eldora Speedway - Kings Royal
7/25 Wilmot Raceway
7/26 Husets Speedway
7/29 West Liberty Raceway
8/7 Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
8/8 Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
8/21 Butler Motor Speedway
8/22 Butler Motor Speedway
9/4 Attica Raceway Park
9/5 Attica Raceway Park
9/11 Port Royal Speedway
9/12 Port Royal Speedway
9/18 Fremont Speedway
9/19 Fremont Speedway
10/1 Williams Grove Speedway - National Open
10/2 Williams Grove Speedway - National Open
10/3 Williams Grove Speedway - National Open
10/10 Eldora Speedway
Hancock County Speedway Added to NSL Fair Week
Windom, MN (December 10, 2014) – A busy Fair Week for the National Sprint League just got a little busier! Tuesday, July 21 will see the NSL invade the Hancock County Speedway in Britt, Iowa. The 4/10-mile oval has seen some great sprint car racing in the past and promises to offer the same in July!
Brooke Tatnell won the last 410 sprint car race in Britt in 2008. The IRA visited the facility for three straight years (2006-2008). Mike Reinke won in 2006 and Donny Goeden took home the checkers in 2007.
In addition to the event at the Hancock County Fair on Tuesday, July 21, the NSL will also be towing to the Jackson County Fair and the Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minnesota, on Thursday, July 23, and the Crawford County Fair and the Crawford County Fair Speedway in Denison, Iowa on Friday, July 24.
For more information on Hancock County Speedway, visit www.HCSpeedway.com
Front Row Challenge to Pay $20,000 to Win in 2015
Windom, MN (December 10, 2014) – An already prestigious event just got a lot bigger! In honor of its 20th Anniversary, the Casey’s General Stores/Musco Lighting Front Row Challenge presented by Don Long’s Searsboro Telephone Company at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa will now pay $20,000 to win! In addition, a number of bonuses and contingencies could make the winner’s share much more! The event will be held on Monday, August 10.
The Front Row Challenge, which will be sanctioned by the National Sprint League will again feature 410 sprint cars. “This is the 20th Anniversary of the Front Row Challenge and we wanted to do something special,” says event promoter Terry McCarl. “This is such a special event, and we want to be one of the top ten paying 410 races in the country. Making this event $20,000 to win does that for us! Fans are going to see not only the best drivers of the National Sprint League, but some of the best drivers in the world in Oskaloosa going for a $20,000 paycheck and the championship belt!”
A number of incentives will insure that. The event will offer $1,000 bonuses for the best finishing driver from both California and Pennsylvania. Cars from both regions have traditionally been a big part of the Front Row Challenge. “Morrie Williams and the #0 team from California never missed a Front Row Challenge in which we ran 410’s,” says McCarl. “The drivers from central Pennsylvania have been great here. Daryn Pittman won in a car from Pennsylvania, and Lance Dewease won it twice. Jeff Shepard won the race twice as well.”
The race is also known for its contingencies, awarded to all heat winners, B winner and various other promotions throughout the night. Also, 2015 will see the return of the Keith Hutton/TK Concrete “King of the Hill” Match Race. It will not only pay $1,000 to the winner, but determine the pole-sitter. The unique event matches the top eight qualifiers through the heats in one-on-one two-lap match races.
But the biggest change is the winner’s share. The $20,000 check will go to the winner of the race, and will not be based on a challenge to come from the back as in year’s past.
Tickets go on sale to advanced ticket holders for renewal on February 2. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday, March 23. Fans will benefit from ordering their tickets in advance. Advance tickets are just $25, with tickets purchased the day of the race costing $30.
For more information on the Front Row Challenge, visit www.OskyChallenges.com
Historic Angell Park Speedway Added to NSL Slate!
Windom, MN (December 9, 2014) – The National Sprint League will join the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association Sprints for an event at the historic Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on Sunday, August 30. The event will be the first of two joint efforts between the IRA and the NSL. The other will be the “Jerry Richert Memorial” on September 12 at the Cedar Lake Speedway near New Richmond, Wisconsin.
Auto racing has been a staple at Angell Park Speedway since 1939 when it hosted one of the early midget events in the Midwest. Noted for its midget events over the years and owned and operated by the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department, Angell Park Speedway is home to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
Before this past season, the infield guardrail was removed, and the track widened to better accommodate sprint cars. The IRA competed there on July 20 (a June date was rained out), with Sheldon Haudenschild topping Mike Reinke and Scott Neitzel. Haudenschild started tenth, while Reinke started ninth, a resounding testament to the great racing at 1/3-mile oval.
The best of the IRA will be joined by the best of the NSL! Held the night following the IRA/MOWA sanctioned Bill Waite Jr. Memorial at LaSalle Speedway in Illinois, and the Knoxville Raceway Season Championship, other invaders are expected, making this a “can’t miss” event on any race fan’s calendar! Make your plans now to be a part of this great event at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on Sunday, August 30!
For more information on Angell Park Speedway, visit www.AngellParkSpeedway.com!
For more information on the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints, visit www.IRASprints.com
Renegade Sprints Announces Tentative Dates at Several Tracks in Ohio
FINDLAY, Ohio (Dec. 8, 2014) - While the 2015 schedule continues to be formed, the Renegade Sprints has several tentative dates lined up in Ohio.
"We wanted to release some of the dates we've been working on in the Buckeye State," Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms said. "All of the dates are tentative because we haven't completed our schedule or seen many other schedules so we are willing to work with every track as best as we can."
Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe will host the Renegade Sprints more than a half dozen times. The series will venture to the high-banked track on March 28, May 16, June 24 and Oct. 3 in addition to the Freedom 40 on July 3, which pays $7,500 to win, and the $20,000-to-win Open Wheel Championships on July 31 and Aug. 1.
Millstream Speedway, which is located in Findlay, is slated for a handful of Renegade Sprints events - May 31, July 5, July 19, Aug. 2 or Aug. 30 and Sept. 7.
Hilltop Speedway in Millersburg has races on May 22, June 6, July 2 or July 10 and Sept. 18.
Orrville's Wayne County Speedway will bring in the Renegade Sprints on May 30, July 4 and Sept. 6. The track will also hold an unsanctioned event on June 22, which will be a points race for the Renegade Sprints.
Additional events in Ohio and a complete series schedule will be announced in the near future.
Fremont Speedway crowns champions; FAST hands out awards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio – Fremont Speedway wrapped up it’s 64th racing season by honoring the top 10 in points in the track’s three divisions during a gala banquet Saturday night. Also, the top 10 in the Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series and JLH General Contractor FAST Championship Series received their prizes.
Fremont Speedway Promoter and FAST owner Rich Farmer handed out several special awards and also noted the fifth FAST season participants would share in a record amount of prize money and contingency prizes.
“Jim Ford put together a great staff of people to work at Fremont Speedway when he reopened the track and many of them are still with us today,” said Farmer honoring several employees for their years of service.
Vicki Collins was recognized for 30 years of service while Mike Busey, Brian Sabo, Chris Roepke, Sue Lohr, Carol Biller, Scott Barman and David Castillo were honored for 15 years of service. Kelly Sleek was honored as the employee of the year.
Also taking home $500 from Callie’s Performance were John Ivy (305 sprints) and Dale Blaney (410 sprints) for recording the fastest qualifying lap in non-sanctioned events during 3014.
Gary Griffith of Griff’s Engines received the Engine Pro Engine Builder of the Year Award as Griff’s put drivers in all three divisions in victory lane in 2014.
Dylan Schiebel was honored for all the video work to help promote the racing at Fremont Speedway.
The Alex Burkett Business Awards were given to John Horn of JLH General Contractors, Kiser Sound and the Baumann Auto Group.
Through a random draw, several drivers in the FAST 305 series took home gift certificates from Kear’s Speed Shop with Jordan Ryan winning a free set of cylinder heads from All Pro. Also, Kurt Brewer, Byron Reed’s crew chief, and Craig Dussel, Nate Dussel’s crew chief received a set of tools from Productive Tools and Equipment as the Crew Chiefs of the Year.
Byron Reed of Monclova, Ohio, took home $5,000 as the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprint Track Champion. Fremont’s 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2013 champion competed in 16 of the 20 A-mains in 2014. He recorded 13 top 10 finishes and 10 top five finishes. Byron posted three runner-up finishes and a third. Byron started strong, not finishing out of the top five in the first four features he competed in. He also finished strong, not finishing out of the top eight in the final seven features he raced in. Byron’s average A-main finishing position was seventh.
Jordan Ryan of Castalia, Ohio claimed his first Fremont championship, taking the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint title. Jordan competed in all 18 A-mains in 2014. He recorded an incredible 16 top 10 finishes and 14 top five runs. Jordan scored five wins in 2014 – April 26th, May 3rd, July 19th, Sept. 13th and Sept. 27th – to run his career total at Fremont to six. Besides the wins, Jordan recorded four runner-up finishes. Jordan’s average A-main finishing position was fifth.
Shawn Valenti of Risingsun, Ohio dominated the AAA Ohio Auto Club Dirt Truck division in 2014 to claim his first ever Fremont championship. Shawn competed in all 19 A-mains in 2014. Shawn finished out of the top two only once, a seventh place finish on May 10th. Shawn posted 14 wins out of the 19 events in 2014 to run his career total to 23 and a tie for 20th on the track’s all-time win list. Shawn also had four runner-up finishes. Shawn’s average A-main finishing position was a remarkable second!
Reed took home the $10,000 Kistler Racing Products FAST Championship Series title. It was his second FAST title.
Nate Dussel earned his second straight JLH General Contractors FAST Championship Series title and it’s $2,000 prize.
Here’s the rest of the top 10 in points for the 410 sprints:
10.-Matt Merrill, Fremont, Ohio. The 2014 410 rookie of the year competed in 7 A-mains in 2014, posting a season-best 12th on Sept. 27.
9.-Jody Keegan, Fremont, Ohio. Fremont’s 1996 305 sprint champion competed in 11 of the 20 A-mains in 2014 with a season-best 10th on Sept. 27th. His average A-main finishing position was 16th.
8.-Travis Philo, Waterville, Ohio. Travis competed in 13 of the 20 A-mains in 2014. He posted four top 10 finishes including a season-best pair of six place runs. His average A-main finishing position was 14th.
7.-Stuart Brubaker, Fremont, Ohio. The three time Fremont 305 sprint champion and former 410 rookie of the year competed in 14 of the 20 A-mains in 2014. He posted five top 10 finishes including a season-best fourth on Sept. 27th. Stuart’s average A-main finishing position was 13th.
6.-DJ Foos, Fremont, Ohio. The 2012 Fremont 305 sprint champion and last year’s rookie of the year competed in 17 of the 20 A-mains in 2014, missing only the non-wing event, the May 25th All Star feature and the Thursday Speedweek event. He recorded 12 top 10 finishes and scored a season-best third on May 24 against the All Stars. D.J.’s average A-main finishing position was 11th.
5.-Brian Smith, Fremont, Ohio. The track’s 2004 305 sprint champion competed in 17 of the 20 A-mains in 2014, missing only the All Star events on May 25th and Sept. 12th and the World of Outlaws feature on Oct. 18th. He recorded 8 top 10 finishes including a season-best third on June 14th. Brian’s average A-main finishing position was 11th.
4.-Caleb Griffith, Castalia, Ohio. The track’s 2003 305 sprint champion competed in 18 of the 20 A-mains in 2014, missing only the nonwing feature and the July 19th event. He posted 12 top 10 finishes and 4 top five runs. He posted wins on April 26th and his first career All Star victory on May 24th to take his career total to six. Caleb’s average A-main finishing position was ninth.
3.-Chris Andrews, Sandusky, Ohio. Chris was the only driver to compete in all 20 A-mains in 2014 at Fremont. He scored 11 top 10 finishes and 7 top five runs. He scored his seventh career Fremont win on Sept. 27th and added a runner-up finish and four top three finishes including against the World of Outlaws. Chris’ average A-main finishing position was 10th.
2.-Brian Lay, Genoa, Ohio. Brian competed in 18 of the 20 features in 2014, missing only the non-wing feature and the July 5th event. He finished just 9 points away from the championship. He recorded 13 top 10 finishes and 7 top five runs. Brian scored his two career Fremont wins on May 17th and June 14th. He started the year strong, not finishing out of the top 9 in the first five features he competed in. He also had a strong middle of the year, not finishing out of the top nine in 7 straight features. Brian’s average A-main finishing position was ninth.
Here’s the rest of the top 10 in points for the 305 sprints
10. Seth Schneider, Fremont, Ohio. Seth competed in 17 of the 18 A-mains in 2014, missing only the Sept. 13th event. Seth recorded 9 top 10 finishes including a season-best third on May 24th. His average A-main finishing position was 10th.
9. Kyle Capodice, Sandusky, Ohio. The 2014 305 sprint rookie of the year competed in 17 of the 18 A-mains in 2014, missing only the Sept. 13th event. He recorded six top 10 finishes including a season-best third on Sept. 27th. Kyle’s average A-main finishing position was 12th.
8. Jason Keckler, Fremont, Ohio. Jason competed in 16 of the 18 A-mains in 2014, missing only the June 14th and Sept. 27th events. He recorded 8 top 10 finishes including a season-best fifth on May 24th. Jason’s average A-main finishing position was 10th.
7. Alvin Roepke, Elmore, Ohio. Alvin competed in all 18 A-mains in 2014. He recorded 12 top 10 finishes and posted his fifth career Fremont win on May 10th. Alvin’s average A-main finishing position was 10th.
6. Steve Rando, Lindsey, Ohio. Steve competed in all 18 A-mains in 2014, recording 11 top 10 finishes and 7 top five runs. He scored wins on April 12th and May 25th to run his career total to five at Fremont. Steve’s average A-main finishing position was 9th.
5. Bobby Clark, Fremont, Ohio. Bobby competed in all 18 A-mains in 2014. He recorded 14 top 10 finishes and 9 top five runs. Bobby scored wins on June 14th and Aug. 12th to run his career total to 29 and move him into 14th on the track’s all-time win list. Bobby’s average A-main finishing position was seventh.
4. John Ivy, Fremont, Ohio. The 3 time 410 sprint track champion, 2 time 305 sprint track champion and defending dirt truck track champion competed in 17 of the 18 A-mains in 2014, missing only the May 25th event. John started the year strong, not finishing out of the top six through May 24th. John posted 14 top 10 finishes and 10 top five runs. John scored his 46th career Fremont win on June 28th and sits sixth on the track’s all-time win list. He also had four runner-up finishes. John’s average A-main finishing position was sixth.
3. Dustin Dinan, Fremont, Ohio. Dustin competed in all 18 A-mains in 2014. He recorded 15 top 10 finishes and 14 top five runs. He picked up his eighth career Fremont win on May 24th and had a pair of third place runs. His average A-main finishing position was sixth.
2. Nate Dussel, Bradner, Ohio. Nate competed in all 18 A-mains in 2014, recording an incredible 16 top 10 finishes and 11 top five runs. Nate posted wins on July 5th, Aug. 9th and Sept. 6th to take his career total to 16. He also recorded three runner-up finishes and three third place runs. His average A-main finishing position was a remarkable fifth.
For more information on Fremont Speedway go to www.fremontohspeedway.com. For more on the FAST Series go to www.fastondirt.com
Renegade Sprints Joining Storied History at Bedford Speedway in 2015
FINDLAY, Ohio (Dec. 6, 2014) - Bedford Speedway is one of the most historic race tracks in the United States.
Racing has been contested at the 5/8-mile oval in Bedford, Pa., since 1936 and the Renegade Sprints will join that prestigious list in 2015.
"We are very happy to have the Renegades at Bedford," Bedford Speedway Promoter Joe Padula said. "Shane (Helms) and his crew are putting together a fantastic series. The drivers that have committed to them are some of the best in the business and we are thrilled to welcome them to Bedford. Bedford has a long history of sprint car racing and we are looking forward to expanding on that in 2015 with the Renegades."
Bedford Speedway spent its first three decades as a special event track before weekly programs began in the mid-1960s.
"Racing at Bedford Speedway dates back almost 80 years," Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms said. "As a fan of the sport it's really neat to look at the history of the track. I'm proud that the Renegade Sprints will be added to that next season."
Bedford Speedway is the sixth track in Pennsylvania to book a Renegade Sprints event in 2015.
NATIONAL SPRINT CAR MUSEUM STORE OFFERS MANY EXCITING
NEW PRODUCTS AT WWW.SPRINTCARSTUFF.COM
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 3, 2014) - The National Sprint Car Museum’s on-line store, www.sprintcarstuff.com, is proud to offer many exciting new items this holiday season, including Dirt - The (Board) Games, pewter Christmas ornaments, wine totes, 2015 calendars, flex-fit caps and, for the first time, zippered sweatshirts. In addition, Gene Crucean’s book entitled “Fearless: Dangerous Days in American Open-Wheel Racing” is now available. The brick-and-mortar museum store is also open seven days a week, year-round, at One Sprint Capital Place in Knoxville.
According to museum store manager Laci White, “We have recently received a wide variety of new items in the museum store, including books, apparel, jewelry, toys, prints and decorations. We truly believe that we have the largest inventory of sprint car-related merchandise in the world. It is all listed in our new museum store brochure, as well as being on-line at www.sprintcarstuff.com. If you need a Christmas gift idea for friends or family, give us a call. We are here to help!”
In addition to visiting www.sprintcarstuff.com, store items can also be purchased by calling the museum toll-free at 1-800-874-4488 or by stopping in during regular business hours (10 a.m. – 6 p.m., weekdays; Noon – 5 p.m. weekends). Those sprint car fans wanting their own museum store catalog are encouraged to order one by calling the museum at 1-800-874-4488 or by e-mailing the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Kinser Kicking Off 2015 at Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown
SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 2, 2014) - "The King" is making a special appearance at Cocopah Speedway this January, which will mark his first time racing at the 3/8-mile track in almost 24 years.
Steve Kinser, the winningest driver in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series history, is slated to compete for Tony Stewart Racing throughout the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown - Jan. 2-3, Jan. 6 and Jan. 9-10.
"You're always looking for a place to run in the offseason," he said. "It's a great deal. It's nice to have a winter series."
Kinser, a 20-time World of Outlaws champion who has earned more than 575 feature victories with the series, is fresh off his final season racing full time with the World of Outlaws. He was victorious at the track during the season opener in 1991, which is the lone World of Outlaws event at Cocopah Speedway (then known as Yuma Speedway).
Approximately 50 drivers from racing associations across the country have committed to racing in the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown, which pays $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start during the four weekend races - Jan. 2-3 and Jan. 9-10 - with the midweek race on Jan. 6 providing $5,000 to the winner.
Renegade Sprints Venturing to Michigan in 2015 for Race at Hartford Speedway
FINDLAY, Ohio (Dec. 2, 2014) - The Renegade Sprints will visit Michigan in 2015.
Hartford Speedway, which is approximately two and a half hours West of Detroit and a little more than an hour south of Grand Rapids, will host the 410ci sprint car series next summer.
"The fans are asking for something more," Hartford Speedway Owner and Promoter Tim Dibble said. "I've been watching the Renegade Sprints and from what I'm hearing and what I'm seeing, it's the top thing. I want to get some 410s here. My fans are asking for something big."
Hartford Speedway is a half-mile, semi-banked track that received new clay this offseason. All four corners are evenly banked and the straightaways had some work done as well, Dibble said.
"We are thrilled to head into Michigan next year," Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms said. "Tim and everyone at Hartford Speedway has been working hard and we feel confident it will be a great event."
National Sprint League Announces “March Through Missouri”
Windom, MN (December 2, 2014) – The history of sprint car racing in Missouri goes back to the sport’s beginnings. The National Sprint League is proud to announce a pair of shows in the “Show-me State” in the month of May. The “March Through Missouri” will include back-to-back nights at the St. Francois County Raceway near Farmington, and the Randolph County Raceway near Moberly.
On Thursday, May 28, the NSL invades the St. Francois County Raceway. Defending track champion, Tommy Worley Jr., Joey Montgomery and Joey Boyd will be amongst the drivers defending their home turf against the NSL. The 3/8-mile dirt oval figures to be the perfect battleground!
The following night, May 29, the series moves northwest to the Randolph County Raceway near Moberly. For the first time in over 20 years, the sounds of 410 sprint car engines will be echoing off the track’s high banks. When the track opened in 1989, Steve Kinser won two of the five 410 events contested there. Kinser won his in USA competition, while Doug Wolfgang won with the Outlaws. Kinser would also win a non-sanctioned show there a year later.
There will be more information to follow concerning both events in the “Show-Me State”!
Fremont Speedway Promoter teams up with Plymouth Speedway to bring UNOH All Stars
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Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
PLYMOUTH, Ind. – For the first time in the track’s history, Plymouth Speedway will host the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint cars on Friday, May 22.
The event will be part of a Memorial Day weekend triple-header for the All Stars including back-to-back shows at Fremont Speedway on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.
Fremont Speedway Promoter Rich Farmer, voted the 2013 Regional Promoter of the Year by his peers, and Plymouth Speedway Promoter Ed Kennedy teamed up to bring the 410 winged sprint cars to the three-eighths mile banked dirt oval. Plymouth runs modifieds, 600 non-wing open sprints and stocks on a weekly basis. This will be the first time winged 410 sprints will compete at Plymouth since it was converted to dirt.
“It’s a thrill to work with Rich to give area fans the chance to see winged 410 sprint cars at Plymouth. Rich is well respected by race promoters and when he called to discuss this opportunity I knew it was a no-brainer,” said Kennedy.
The Friday event at Plymouth will pay $5,000 to win. The UNOH All Stars then head to Fremont for the traditional two-day show with Saturday’s event paying $3,000 to win and Sunday’s race paying $10,000 to win.
“Ed has been working very hard to make improvements to Plymouth which has a long and storied history, much like Fremont. It’s only a three hour drive from Fremont and it gives not only the All Star teams but our local teams a chance to race three nights with very little travel,” said Farmer.
Farmer said the drivers who compete in the Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship Series will also receive financial incentives to compete at Plymouth. He added he and Kennedy worked with Attica Raceway Park and other area tracks along with the Interstate Racing Association to ensure the event is successful.
“The race teams will also have the opportunity to tour the Hoosier Tire factory to see how their tires are built,” said Farmer
The 600 non-wing open sprints will also race at Plymouth on May 22 and for an increased purse.
For more information on Plymouth Speedway go to www.plymouthspeedway.net. For more information on Fremont Speedway go to www.fremontohspeedway.com. For more on the UNOH
All Stars go to www.allstarsprint.com
National Sprint League Website Goes Live
Windom, MN (November 26, 2014) – The National Sprint League website is now live at www.NationalSprintLeague.com
To find information on the latest news, schedule, rules, downloads, driver and track profiles and much more, log on today! Both rules and membership information for drivers and owners can be downloaded on the new site.
Stay tuned for the latest news from the NSL at www.NationalSprintLeague.com!
For membership information, you can also e-mail Bill Wright at email@example.com.
First Five Drivers Announced
Windom, MN (November 25, 2014) – The first five drivers committed to the new National Sprint League are in. Drivers are already planning for 2015, and memberships are arriving at NSL headquarters in Minnesota. National Sprint League members receive the benefit of insurance, reduced pit passes, contingencies and more.
Brian Brown, Danny Lasoski, Ian Madsen, Terry McCarl and Dusty Zomer are the first five drivers in the books for the National Sprint League. The series, founded by Tod Quiring of Big Game Treestands will boast a $350,000 point fund, and a number of special purse events throughout 2015.
A look at the drivers alphabetically…
Brian, who will again pilot the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21, finished up 2014 on top at the World Finals in Charlotte with his defeat of the Outlaws. The Grain Valley, Missouri driver’s 2014 season also included his first Knoxville Raceway 360 Nationals championship and his second win in a row at the Front Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Brian has finished second in the Knoxville Nationals for three years straight, and has two track championships at Knoxville.
Danny will be piloting the Big Game Treestands #2. The “Dude” from Dover, Missouri has four Knoxville Nationals wins to his credit. He was the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, and has wins at the Western World and California’s Gold Cup. He is the all-time leading feature winner at the Knoxville Raceway with 100. He is a nine-time track champion at Knoxville and a three-time Huset’s Speedway champion. He has over 375 feature wins to his credit.
Ian just wrapped up the 2014 Knoxville Raceway track championship in the KCP Racing #18. The St. Mary’s, New South Wales, Australia driver also picked up this year’s Capitani Classic at Knoxville. In 2013, Ian won the $50,000 Sydney Speedway Challenge in his native Australia. He also picked up his first career World of Outlaws win that year at the Deer Creek Speedway near Spring Valley, Minnesota.
Terry drives his own TMAC Motorsports #24. The Altoona, Iowa driver is a seven-time Knoxville Raceway champion, and eight-time Huset’s Speedway champion, where he is the all-time leading feature winner there with 95 victories. He has over 280 wins in his career at 62 different tracks. TMAC has won with seventeen different sanctions, including the World of Outlaws. He has the distinction of having WoO wins at the Knoxville Raceway, Eldora Speedway in Ohio, the Tulare Thunderbowl in California, Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania, Volusia Speedway in Florida and several other venues.
Dusty will be in the seat of the Blazin’ Racin’ Buffalo Wild Wings #82 in 2015. Pairing up with the team late in the season, he grabbed two September wins, one at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and the other with the IRA at the Superior Speedway in Wisconsin. He was the Knoxville Raceway 410 Rookie of the Year in 2006, and since then has shown his versatility, qualifying for the Knoxville Nationals A main five times in four different cars. In nine seasons, he has never missed the top ten in Knoxville Raceway points, having finished in the top five on five occasions.
Drivers are encouraged to get their memberships in as quickly as possible, as the official website for the National Sprint League is close to being launched as well!