Destiny Motorsports Names Shane Bowers Crew Chief
Continuing the offseason theme of making changes after a forgettable 2016 season, Destiny Motorsports is extremely excited to announce the team has named Shane Bowers as their new Crew Chief.
"I am extremely excited everything worked out and we were able to hire a good friend of mine in Shane Bowers," Paul McMahan said. "We were able to work together at CJB Motorsports, and he is a guy that I have developed a nice friendship with, and I think he will help this team tremendously."
With years of World of Outlaws experience under his belt, Bowers comes to Destiny Motorsports after two very successful seasons of running a 'true outlaw' schedule with Matt Wood Racing. Prior to his stint at MWR, Bowers worked with Paul McMahan at CJB Motorsports.
"We started to make some changes toward the end of last season, and Shane was a guy that Paul stated he would love to work with again if the opportunity presented itself," car owner Rick Rogers said. "Things worked out, and we are all very excited to see what we can do in 2017."
With the addition of Bowers, car chief Tyler Rhey will once again be back with the Destiny Motorsports team this upcoming season. Filling out the team will be another new addition to the crew, and that is Ben Kruse. Kruse will make his first adventure on the World of Outlaws trail after working with Bill Balog the last few seasons.
"I am thankful, and excited for this opportunity," Shane Bowers said. "Paul McMahan and I have a great relationship and I am happy we get to work together again. I also have to thank Rick and Barb Rogers for having faith in me to do this job."
2017 All Star Circuit of Champions schedule released
Major events return; Ohio Sprint Speedweek features eight events in nine days
INDIANAPOLIS (12/2/2016) - The All Star Circuit of Champions will take on a full slate of competition in 2017, complete with 51 events at 32 facilities in eight states, all of which taking shape between early February and mid-October. All Star competitors will visit facilities throughout much of the upper Midwest and Northeast during their upcoming travels, circling areas of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and New York. As customary, the 2017 season will ignite with an eight-day campaign in the Sunshine State, complete with five events between February 9 and February 16 at Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park.
“I think I speak for everyone when I say we are more than excited to get the 2017 season underway,” Tony Stewart said, All Star Circuit of Champions owner. “It takes a lot of hard work and coordination to put a full season together. With the help from all of the tracks and their officials, I think we have the foundation for an exciting year.”
Returning to the All Star schedule in 2017 is an extended list of premier open wheel events, most of which awarding high dollar paydays. Premier events returning in 2017 include Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket; the Lou Blaney Memorial at Sharon Speedway; Atomic Speedway’s Open Wheel Championship; the Dirt Classic Ohio at Attica Raceway Park; the Second Annual Pete Jacobs Memorial at Wayne County Speedway; Tuscarora 50 weekend in Port Royal, Pennsylvania; and a pair of Eldora Speedway showcases: 4-Crown Nationals and Sprintacular.
A total of four events will exceed the standard All Star winner’s share of $5,000 in 2017. The Pete Jacobs Memorial, Dirt Classic Ohio and the Open Wheel Championship finale will each award a $10,000 top prize, while Port Royal Speedway’s historic Tuscarora 50, celebrating its 50th anniversary next September, will award an unprecedented $50,000 after 50 laps of green flag competition; the largest All Star winner’s share of 2017.
The 2017 edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket will feature eight nights of competition, competing at eight different race tracks throughout all four corners of the Buckeye State. Slated to take shape between Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 24, the 35th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek schedule will visit Attica Raceway Park, Eldora Speedway, Waynesfield Raceway Park, Wayne County Speedway, Sharon Speedway, Muskingum County Speedway, Limaland Motorsports Park, and Atomic Speedway. If needed, the off day scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, will be utilized as a rain date. Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket went uninterrupted in 2016, awarding seven different main event winners in eight contested events.
Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, New York; and Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan, will each host All Star competition for the first time ever in 2017. The inaugural Angell Park Speedway appearance will act as the second of two Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Sprint Car Series challenge events against the All Star Circuit of Champions. Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin, will activate the weekend on Saturday, May 20, followed by Angell Park on Sunday, May 21.
Outlaw Speedway will join Orange County Fair Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway for a New York triple-header on Friday through Sunday, July 28-July 30, while Merritt Speedway will act as the second of two Michigan appearances during the June 30-July 1 weekend; the only two Michigan appearances for the All Stars in 2017.
Pennsylvania will host the All Star Circuit of Champions on 16 separate occasions in 2017 spread amongst six different weekend swings. “America’s Series” will tread through areas of Western Pennsylvania and Central Pennsylvania during their treks to the Keystone State, attempting to continue a stretch of success in Pennsylvania that includes six main event victories for the All Stars in 2016. Major events headlined in Pennsylvania include the Keith Kauffman Classic at Port Royal Speedway, the I-79 Summer Shootout at Eriez Speedway/Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway/Tri-City Raceway Park, and the historic Tuscarora 50.
“We have a lot of great events lined up, as well as plans to visit new areas,” Tony said. “I think the fans are in for something very special in 2017. I’m excited to get to Florida.”
2017 All Star Schedule
2/9 Bubba Raceway Bubba Army Winter Nationals
2/10 Bubba Raceway Bubba Army Winter Nationals
2/11 Bubba Raceway Bubba Army Winter Nationals
2/15 Volusia Speedway DIRTcar Nationals
2/16 Volusia Speedway DIRTcar Nationals
4/8 Atomic Speedway
4/15 Attica Raceway Park (4/21 rain date)
4/22 Wayne County Speedway
4/28 Williams Grove Speedway Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial
4/29 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal
4/30 Bedford Speedway
5/5 Lernerville Speedway
5/6 Mercer Raceway Park
5/19 Kokomo Speedway Kokomo
5/20 Wilmot Raceway IRA/All Star Challenge Part I
5/21 Angell Park Speedway IRA/All Star Challenge Part II
5/26 Attica Raceway Park Attica
5/27 TBA Ohio
5/28 TBA Ohio
6/9 Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway
6/10 Macon Speedway
6/16 Attica Raceway Park Ohio Sprint Speedweek
6/17 Eldora Speedway Ohio Sprint Speedweek
6/18 Waynesfield Raceway Park Ohio Sprint Speedweek
6/19 Wayne County Speedway Ohio Sprint Speedweek
6/20 Sharon Speedway Ohio Sprint Speedweek
6/21/2017 RAIN DATE Ohio Sprint Speedweek $ 5,000
6/22 Muskingum County Speedway Dresden, OH Ohio Sprint Speedweek
6/23 Limaland Motorsports Park Lima, OH Ohio Sprint Speedweek
6/24 Atomic Speedway Waverly, OH Ohio Sprint Speedweek
6/30 Hartford Speedway Hartford, MI
7/1 Merritt Speedway Lake City, MI
7/8 Sharon Speedway (7/9 rain date) Hartford, OH Lou Blaney Memorial
7/21 Eriez Speedway Erie, PA I-79 Summer Shootout $ 5,000
7/22 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway I-79 Summer Shootout
7/23 Tri-City Raceway Park I-79 Summer Shootou
7/28 Outlaw Speedway
7/29 Orange County Fair Speedway
7/30 Lebanon Valley Speedway (7/31 rain date)
8/17 Grandview Speedway
8/18 Williams Grove Speedway Jack Gunn Memorial
8/19 Lincoln (PA) Speedway
8/20 Susquehanna Speedway Justin Snyder Salute to the Troops
8/25 Atomic Speedway Open Wheel Championship
8/26 Atomic Speedway Open Wheel Championship $ 10,000
9/2 Attica Raceway ParkDirt Classic Ohio $ 10,000
9/3 Wayne County Speedway (9/4 rain date $5k to win) Pete Jacobs Memorial $ 10,000
9/8 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal, PA Night Before the 50
9/9 Port Royal Speedway (9/10 rain date) Tuscarora 50 $ 50,000
9/16 Selinsgrove Speedway
9/17 Bedford Speedway
9/23 Eldora Speedway (9/24 rain date) 4-Crown Nationals
10/7 Wayne County Speedway
10/14 Elora Speedway UNOH Sprintacular
Over $250,000 in Cash and Contingencies Handed Out at Knoxville Raceway Championship Cup Series Banquet
(Bill W) November 19, 2016 – Over $250,000 in cash and contingencies were handed out Saturday night, November 19 at the 2016 Knoxville Raceway Championship Cup Series Banquet! The event, held at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa again played host to over 500 attendees. Tony Bokhoven and Kris Krug presided as Masters of Ceremonies.
The contingency package was headlined by a giveaway of eight chassis. Each owner in all three sprint car classes was awarded a contingency (see prize list with winners below). The Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) again will provide insurance for all 2016 Knoxville point eligible drivers next season for wherever they may race. The KRCO will also provide each driver a $800 gift certificate to Simpson Racing Products.
After dinner, Promoter John McCoy and new Marketing Director Kendra Jacobs addressed the attendees. In addition to the thanks doled out to those who make Knoxville Raceway what it is, both expressed their excitement for the 2016 season and beyond.
They also relayed the excitement generated from a rise in attendance on weekly racing nights last season, as well as an increase in attendance at both the 26th Annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank and the 56th Annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores. It was also announced that 5-hour ENERGY will return in its support for the Nationals in 2017.
Drivers and owners outside of the top five in each of the three respective classes received their accolades.
The "Jr. Fan Club Drivers of the Year" were announced. Brian Brown (410), Clint Garner (360) and McKenna Haase (305) won in each class. Brown won the award voted on Jr. Fans for the second time (2014), while Garner won for the first time. Haase won for the third year in a row. Young fan McKenzie Smith was honored as the "Jr. Fan Club Fan of the Year".
The "Lyle Boyd Hard Charger Award" awards the drivers who passed the most cars in A main events this season. Dan Henning received the award in the 305 class, with Tony Shilling (360), and Josh Schneiderman (410) receiving the award in their respective classes.
Dakota Hendrickson was named the "Sportsman of the Year" in the 410 class, while Jamie Ball picked up the honor in the 360 class. Corey Kautz, won the award in the 305 class.
Bob Baker, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Executive Director, presented the "Heritage Award" to the Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization. Maureen Nichols accepted the award on behalf of KRCO, who has done so much for drivers over the years in respect to safety.
Chase Wanner (305), Rob Weuve (360), and Scott Bogucki (410) were named "Rookie of the Year" in their respective classes.
"Owner/Team of the Year" Awards went out to the Christian Bowman Racing #15 (305), the Boyd and Glenda Fluth #40 (360) and the Big Game Motorsports #2 (410).
The big hardware went out last to the top five drivers in the Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series point standings. In the 305 class, Mike Mayberry (5th), Chris Walraven (4th), McKenna Haase (3rd), Devin Kline (2nd) and Christian Bowman (champion) were honored.
In the 360 class, Nate Van Haaften (5th), Matt Moro (4th), Tony Shilling (3rd), Ryan Giles (2nd) and Clint Garner (champion) were honored. It was Garner's record seventh 360 track title.
In the 410 class, Brooke Tatnell (5th), Craig Dollansky (4th), Ian Madsen (3rd), Brian Brown (2nd) and Danny Lasoski (champion) were honored. It was a record eleventh track championship for Lasoski.
2016 Engine Pro SOD by ARP Banquet Honors Brian Smith
ERIE, MI (November 10, 2016) - The Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP 2016 Awards Banquet took place at the Battle Creek (MI) Holiday Inn on Saturday, November 5. A night packed with light-hearted fun and heavy-weight awards capped off a great 2016 season with the crowning of Brian Smith as champion.
The drivers honored at the banquet will forever be remembered as those who made the new, unlimited Sprints On Dirt one of the most memorable changes in sprint car racing history.
SOD president John Naida served as event host and emcee and opened the festivities by recognizing SOD promoter partners Butler Speedway, Crystal Motor Speedway, Hartford Speedway, I-96 Speedway, Merritt Speedway, Thunderbird Raceway, and Winston Speedway. Lexi Adgate, a competitor in a handful of 2016 SOD events herself, then began the presentation of trophies and awards.
The five-race 2016 MAHLE/Clevite Beyond Limits Challenge mini-series gave SOD competitors an opportunity to compete for a separate point fund within the full SOD season series. The final standings for the BLC Championship are:
1. Brian Smith 677
2. Steve Irwin 663
3. Mark Aldrich 601
4. John Gall 539
5. Jay Steinebach 509
6. Eric Smith 496
7. Justin Ward 494
Attendees were presented with a few facts about the 2016 season. There were five rain outs and threatening weather on five other dates, but the first season under the new unlimited format was still a great success. Car counts were equal to 2015 in spite of several no-shows due to weather. The on-track product was exceptional with only one spin out for every 986 laps run. Seven drivers, Brian Smith (3), Ryan Ruhl (2), Chad Blonde, Stuart Brubaker, Steve Irwin, Max Stambaugh, and Doug Zimmerman, won features.
In spite of only ten events completed, competitors were well rewarded. Brian Smith was awarded $6,440 in cash and awards. $1,295 in cash and awards was the least amount awarded to the member drivers present. Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP awarded competitors $41,110 above and beyond purse payouts in 2016.
Tim Kaeding claims exciting late race shootout at the Tribute to Gary Patterson while Kyle Hirst wraps up third King of the West title
By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – November 6, 2016…A green-white-checkered restart set the stage for a thrilling late race finish in which San Jose’s Tim Kaeding fended off Rutherford’s Rico Abreu to claim victory during the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series portion of the Tribute to Gary Patterson.
A packed house of fans took in the final Northern California race of the season on Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track, in what was the fourth straight year we’ve honored the late great GP at the facility. A combined 79 Sprint Cars with the King of the West Series & Civil War Series also filled the jam packed pit area.
For Kaeding the hard fought win aboard the Roth Motorsports/ HR Livestock Transportation No. 83 marked his 66th career series victory, which ranks second all-time. It was also his second triumph at the Tribute to Gary Patterson, with his first coming during the 2008 season at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico.
“That was one great finish battling with Rico (Abreu) and I couldn’t be happier to get another win at the Tribute to GP,” Kaeding commented in victory circle. “I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth enough for giving me the chance to come home and finish the season in this Roth Motorsports car. We’ve had a lot of success together over the years and I always love having the chance to get back in the 83. I’m definitely feeling pretty happy & emotional right now that I was able to win the main event with my new baby at the track for the first time.”
Kaeding had his way out front for much of the 30-lapper, but a couple yellows in the later going set things up for yet another closing laps shootout at the Stockton Dirt Track. Abreu fought his way past Mount Vernon, Washington’s Jason Solwold just prior to the final caution of the night waving on lap 29. King of the West rules stipulate that we must finish with a green-white-checkered restart and during it the Kaeding vs Abreu show took place, with two of the most exciting Sprint Car drivers in the world going back & forth to decide the winner.
The duo traded the lead a couple different times and as they rounded the final set of corners Abreu tried to drive around on the high-side, but room ran out and Kaeding was able to cross the stripe first to claim victory by 0.668 seconds. Abreu’s runner up finish continued his solid string of success in Stockton, a track he’s won at four times before. It’s always a pleasure to have the 24-year-old on hand with the King of the West Series. Mount Vernon, Washington’s Jason Solwold had a strong run in the feature to round out the podium. It was great having the Mike Anderson owned team make the long trip down from the Northwest.
Fresno’s Cory Eliason & Campbell’s Bud Kaeding completed the top-five after having a nice battle at times in the main event. The remainder of the top-10 was comprised of Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid and Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox. Grass Valley’s Jason Statler earned the Hard Charger Award coming from 21st to 11th and went home with a set of seat belts courtesy of Chris Kenner & SRP.
The eighth place finish was enough to wrap up the 2016 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series title for Hirst, making him just the third driver to reach at least three career championships with the tour, joining Brent Kaeding & Jonathan Allard. It was also the second straight owner title for Tarlton Racing after winning last year’s championship with driver Carson Macedo. Hirst had a fantastic season overall, scoring six wins aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x machine.
“It feels great to lock up the King of the West championship tonight here in Stockton,” Hirst said after the race. “I want to send a big thanks to Roth Motorsports & Tarlton Racing for allowing me to drive the 21x this year. We had a great season on the whole and picked up some big wins, especially during the summer months. Being able to join Jonathan Allard as a three-time KWS champion is pretty special. It’s great to see all these fans come out and pack this place tonight as well. I can’t wait for next year to roll around.”
The 12-lap B-main was captured by Hirst, with the six-lap dash going to Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan. The four 10-lap heat races were picked off by Rico Abreu, Chase Johnson, Bobby McMahan and Cory Eliason. Abreu kicked-off the night by setting his third King of the West fast time of the year, topping the 30-car field with a lap 14.376 around the Stockton Dirt Track.
A-main finish: 1. 83 Tim Kaeding, 2. 24 Rico Abreu, 3. 18 Jason Solwold, 4. 00jr Cory Eliason, 5. 0 Bud Kaeding, 6. 22 Shane Golobic, 7. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 8. 21x Kyle Hirst, 9. 4s Buddy Kofoid, 10. 31c Justyn Cox, 11. 00 Jason Statler, 12. 69 Brent Kaeding, 13. 5v Dominic Scelzi, 14. 98 Sean Watts, 15. 2 Brad Furr, 16. 29 Willie Croft, 17. 3c DJ Netto, 18. 12p Scott Parker, 19. 25 Bobby McMahan, 20. 20 Copeland, 21. 68 Chase Johnson, 22. 75 Sean Becker
Fremont Speedway, FAST hand out awards Dec. 3
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Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Contact: Rich Farmer
FREMONT, Ohio – Fremont Speedway and the FAST Championship Series will honor the top 10 in the 2016 points during the annual awards banquet Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Fremont American Legion Hall, 2000 Buckland Ave.
Drivers in the top 10 in points have to be present to collect their point fund monies.
Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person which includes dinner. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, Nov. 30. To purchase tickets contact Fremont Speedway and FAST promoter Rich Farmer at 419-307-4241 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the 410 Sprints, the top 10 in points are 1. Broc Martin; 2. Brian Lay; 3. Byron Reed; 4. Stuart Brubaker; 5. Tyler Gunn; 6. Duane Zablocki; 7. Shawn Valenti; 8. Jody Keegan; 9. Brian Smith; and 10. Jess Stiger. Stiger is also the division’s rookie of the year.
The top 10 in the FAST Championship Series were 1. Byron Reed; 2. Craig Mintz; 3. Broc Martin; 4. Brian Lay; 5. Stuart Brubaker; 6. Chris Andrews; 7. Tyler Gunn; 8. Duane Zablocki; 9. DJ Foos; 10. Jody Keegan. The FAST Rookie of the Year is Jess Stiger.
The top 10 in points in the 305 Sprints were: 1. Nate Dussel; 2. Paul Weaver; 3. Steve Rando; 4. Jamie Miller; 5. Dustin Dinan; 6. Alvin Roepke; 7. John Ivy; 8. Seth Schneider; 9. Jason Keckler; 10. Matt Foos. Foos is the division Rookie of the Year.
The top 10 in the FAST 305 Championship Series were: 1. Paul Weaver; 2. Nate Dussel; 3. Dan McCarron; 4. Alvin Roepke; 5. Steve Rando; 6. John Ivy; 7. Jason Keckler; 8. Ricky Peterson; 9. Dustin Dinan; 10. Kyle Capodice. The FAST Rookie of the Year is Matt Foos.
The doors at the legion will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner serving at 6:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony following.
"SPRINT CAR 101: AN AFTERNOON WITH DOUG CLARK, TOM SAVAGE & KEITH FRANTZEN" COMING UP ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, IN ALGONA
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (November 3, 2015) - The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation is pleased to announce that it is once again traveling north on Sunday, November 20, to present its next Sprint Car 101 forum, entitled "An Afternoon with Doug Clark, Tom Savage & Keith Frantzen." The free and open-to-the-public program, to be moderated by Chad Meyer, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Kossuth County Agricultural & Motorsports Museum on the fairgrounds in Algona.
According to Chad Meyer. "We look forward to hosting Sprint Car 101 again and are grateful to partner with the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum for this event. Though their careers all took different pathways, Doug, Tom and Keith all share a similar connection. Each were heavily influenced by racing in the Sioux Falls and Jackson areas before their careers took them across the Midwest and the country. Doug Clark frequented the Algona track while serving on Darrell Dawley's pit crew in the super-modified days and Keith Frantzen was a 1975 sprint car winner here. The museum is proud to have artifacts and a sprint car from Frantzen on display during this event. All three have amazing stories and recollections that will tell the history about this sport and how our area impacted sprint car racing as a whole."
For more information on the Kossuth County Agricultural & Motorsports Museum in Algona, individuals are urged to visit www.kossuthmuseum.com. For more information on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, people can check out www.sprintcarhof.com.
Big Game Motorsports Names Kerry Madsen as Driver for 2017
WINDOM, Minn. (Nov. 1, 2016) – Big Game Motorsports is excited to announce that Kerry Madsen has been tabbed as the team’s driver in 2017.
“Kerry has proven to be one of the best drivers in the country over the last several years,” Team Owner Tod Quiring said. “We are excited and proud to have him on our team. We are really looking forward to next year.”
Madsen and the Muddy sponsored No. 2 team will compete in marquee events across the country with the debut scheduled for next February at the DIRTcar Nationals in Florida with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
The 2017 schedule will include all of the major sprint car events including the Knoxville Nationals, Kings Royal, Jackson Nationals and Badlands Gold Cup to name a few. The Muddy backed team will also tackle several weekly shows at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, as well as many World of Outlaws races from coast to coast.
“The entire Big Game Motorsports team is thrilled to have Kerry driving the GoMuddy.com car,” Big Game Motorsports Representative Luke Lundt said. “Kerry is a fierce competitor on the track and will be a great representative for our team and brand.”
Madsen is just as thrilled about the opportunity provided by Big Game Motorsports.
“Tod has a big history in the sport,” he said. “I think they have a good team with Guy Forbrook on the wrenches. To me it seems like a simple fit where I can be competitive straight out of the box. It should be a simple transition and I’m hoping to do well.
“If you’re going to be successful at sprint car racing there’s things you have to have. They have all the pieces. It felt like the right fit for me to be successful.”
Sprints On Dirt diverse mix key to success
ERIE, MI (October 30, 2016) - When the 2016 Sprints On Dirt 37th annual awards banquet commences this Saturday, November 5th in Battle Creek, Michigan, it will have quite a different look. Each of the top five drivers have come together from different segments of sprint car racing in 2015. Excitement and anticipation are increasing as the top twelve drivers will close out the 2016 season in a big way.
When the new Sprints On Dirt presented “beyond limits” format was introduced in September 2015, many people questioned whether competitors would support it. Long-time Sprints On Dirt Series title sponsor Engine Pro, understandably skeptical, pledged its full support. Hoosier Racing Tire worked diligently to design and develop tires that would make the format a success.
SOD season champion Brian Smith was a regular primarily at Fremont (OH) Speedway, but also at Attica Raceway Park in the FAST 410 series. Second place Steve Irwin ran mostly non-wing shows with only an occasional wing event. Third place veteran Mark Aldrich ran with the 360 SOD sprints. Fourth place John Gall raced at Butler Motor Speedway in the 410 winged sprints. Justin Ward was a lightning sprint champion. Numerous drivers from several states competed in 2016 SOD events as wide-spread interest in the new format increased.
The ability to attract drivers from a variety of backgrounds in just its first season shows the strength and acceptance of SOD’s unlimited format. Careful, precise planning helped SOD create the format that remained unchanged and stable throughout the entire season; it will also remain unchanged for 2017.
The 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend invades the Stockton Dirt Track on November 4 & 5
By Gary Thoma
Stockton, CA – October 26, 2016…The Northern California Sprint Car season comes to a close in a big way next week with the Stockton Dirt Track playing host to the two-night Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend on Friday & Saturday November 4 & 5.
The highlight of the double header is the 33rd annual Tribute to GP on Saturday, which features the only night all season long that the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster are showcased on the very same night. Overall in fact, it will only be the third time it has ever occurred in the 31-year history of KWS & the 26-year history of Civil War.
Each series champion will be crowned in the unique Stockton Dirt Track winner’s circle, where fans are invited to gather around and enjoy the ceremonies. Next week is also the first chance to see the new improvements that are taking place at the track. The lightning fast clay oval has had the front stretch brought closer to the grandstands, something many fans have asked for since it debuted in 2013. A new flag stand has been built to go along with the new scoreboard that debuted in July.
Going into the Tribute to Gary Patterson Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst leads Campbell’s Bud Kaeding by 28-digits at the top of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings. The 28-year-old Hirst is looking to become a three-time series champion and join Brent Kaeding & Jonathan Allard as the third driver to reach three career titles.
Bud Kaeding won at the Stockton Dirt Track on June 18 during the Jimmy Sills Classic and hopes to snatch the title away during championship night. Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Hanford’s DJ Netto and Grass Valley’s Jason Statler round out the top-five in points.
The Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster features an even closer battle at the top of the standings with eight-time series champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn leading Princeton’s Mason Moore by 16-points.
The previous three Winged 360 Sprint Car events at the Stockton Dirt Track, including last year’s Tribute to Gary Patterson have all gone to Forsberg in the familiar C&M Racing No. 7c machine. Chico’s Michael Ing, Roseville’s Sean Becker and Watsonville’s Justin Sanders complete the top-five going into the finale.
Two-time Tribute to Gary Patterson King of the West winner Rico Abreu is also set to be on hand performing double duty, competing with both the King of the West Series & Civil War Series on November 5. The 24-year-old from Rutherford has four career Stockton Dirt Track wins to his credit, which ranks number one since the facility opened. Abreu has had another phenomenal season in 2016, winning the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Iron Man 55 & the Rock-N-Roll Gold Cup among others.
The overall Tribute to GP weekend opens with championship night for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints, along with Dirt Modfieds, Dwarf Cars & Vintage Cars on the slate. Camping will also be available on the fairgrounds with reservations made by calling 916-370-9417. During the day on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm a car show, driver autograph session & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands. Come early and make a day of it to help us finish off the season with one big party.
Tickets continue to be on sale, with reserved upper deck seats $30 on Saturday November 5 & general admission bleachers $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. All seating during the Friday opener on November 4 is general admission, with adult tickets $15, kids 6-12 only $5 and children 5 & under free. The front gate both nights is scheduled to open at 4pm. On Saturday will call opens & ticket sales begin at 2pm.
To order tickets for Friday’s opener visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/joe-hunt-magneto-wingless-sprint-car-series-championship-finale/dates/Nov-04-2016_at_0500PM & to order tickets for Saturday’s finale visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/33rd-annual-tribute-to-gary-patterson---king-of-the-west--civil/dates/Nov-05-2016_at_1200PM
Known as the “Dancing Phantom from Stockton,” the “Preacher,” the “Hostile Hippie” or just simply “GP,” Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.
Patterson lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. This year marks the fourth season in a row that we’ve paid honor to Patterson in Stockton.
Sheldon Haudenschild wins Arctic Cat All Star finale, Chad Kemenah claims fifth career Arctic Cat All Star championship
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (October 22, 2016) - For the fifth time in his career and for the first time since 2005, Alvada, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah is an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions titlist, earning his fate by finishing eighth during the championship finale at Atomic Speedway on Saturday, October 22. It is a first-ever title for team owner Rob Hunter.
Kemenah started 13th on the main event grid and gently worked his way into a top-ten finishing position; just one position ahead of championship contender and defending titlist Dale Blaney at the final checkers. Blaney, who fell short of a seventh championship by a mere 20 markers, finished second in the final standings, followed by Sheldon Haudenschild, Cap Henry and Kraig Kinser.
“I hope my car owner’s smile is as big as mine right now,” Chad Kemenah said. “I can’t thank Rob Hunter and his wife enough for giving my brother (Brian Kemenah) and I an opportunity with this race team. We didn’t have the season we wanted last year as far as consistency goes, but we were pretty consistent this year. We really take pride in our level of consistency. Sometimes we second guess ourselves, but we just really needed to focus on us and our results and not worry about where others finish. That’s what it takes to win a championship.”
Chad Kemenah ended his 2016 Arctic Cat All Star championship campaign with one victory on the season, occurring at the Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway in Bedford, Pennsylvania. The 2016 Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket champion also earned 33 top-ten finishes in 43 main event starts, 24 of which were inside the top-five.
“We definitely wanted to win more, of course. But to have the amount of top-five finishes that we have, no matter where we raced or who we raced against, says a lot about this race team. Sometimes point racing isn’t fun. Things were getting a little stressful here the last month or so. I’m not sure my car owner would admit that, but it is true. I don’t want this to be the first one for Rob Hunter, so hopefully we can repeat.”
Chad Kemenah won the war, but Sheldon Haudenschild won the battle on Saturday night at Atomic Speedway; scoring $10,000 during the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions season finale over a competitive field of 49 entries. Haudenschild started second on the main event grid and raced in a podium position during the entire 35-lap main event. The Wooster, Ohio, native took command for the first time on lap 32; surviving accidental contact with race leader Cole Duncan to inherit the top spot over Hunter Schuerenberg and sixth row starter Danny Lasoski. Duncan, the main event pole sitter who led every lap of the feature program until that point, would not return.
Haudenschild, the winningest driver with the Arctic Cat All Stars in 2016, drove ahead to score his ninth victory of season and 15th of his career, keeping, Schuerenberg, Danny Lasoski, Pennsylvania invader Brent Marks, and Spencer Bayston at bay.
“I felt bad about that contact with Cole Duncan. I definitely didn’t intend for that to happen. We were both racing really hard for position and ran out of race track,” Sheldon Haudenschild said. “This has been a really fun season. I can’t thank my team enough for their hard work and effort this year. Every time I get in my car, I know what I am going to get and I know what to expect. This win is pretty special. We’ll take this and move ahead.”
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will celebrate the 2016 season with the annual awards banquet, scheduled for Friday evening, December 9, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. In conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show, the awards banquet will be conducted in rooms 231-233 of the Indiana Convention Center. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 7, with the awards ceremony to follow. Additional news and information will be sent via email in the near future.
A-Main 1 - (35 Laps) 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 2. 2s-Hunter Schuerenberg ; 3. 2-Danny Lasoski ; 4. 19m-Brent Marks ; 5. 39-Spencer Bayston ; 6. 17B-Bill Balog ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 8. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 9. 1-Dale Blaney ; 10. 40-Caleb Helms ; 11. 97-Broc Martin ; 12. 8M-TJ Michael ; 13. 4X-Jimmy Stinson ; 14. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 15. 12N-Cole Duncan ; 16. 5T-Travis Philo ; 17. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 18. 83-Adam Cruea ; 19. 70-Danny Holtgraver ; 20. 49-Tim Shaffer ; 21. 21-Cap Henry ; 22. 4-Danny Smith ; 23. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 24. 6M-Jac Haudenschild ; 25. 56R-Ryan Myers
FINAL Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (October 22, 2016):
1. Chad Kemenah 5238
2. Dale Blaney 5218
3. Sheldon Haudenschild 5178
4. Cap Henry 4896
5. Kraig Kinser 4854
6. Danny Holtgraver 4690
7. T.J. Michael 4602
8. Caleb Helms 4400
9. Andrew Palker 4182
10. Lee Jacobs 4150
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions finale at Atomic Speedway set for Saturday
Single day shootout, $10,000-to-win
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (October 21, 2016) - With Mother Nature’s failure to cooperate, washing away competition for Friday evening, October 21, Atomic Speedway and Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions officials have decided to reschedule the original two-day Arctic Cat All Star championship finale and now host a single day shootout, all set for tomorrow - Saturday, October 22.
Drivers will battle for a top prize equaling $10,000 on Saturday evening, highlighting a complete show that will include qualifying time trials, heat race competition, consolations, and mains. Due to time constraints, the originally scheduled “Race of Champions” will be eliminated from the Saturday evening program.
Pending conditions of the speedway grounds, Atomic Speedway will open pit gates at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 22, with hot laps to follow at 5. Additional information regarding ticket prices and reserved seating can be found online. Please stay tuned at www.allstarsprint.com as well as at www.atomicspeedway.net.
Danny Dietrich conducts helmet raffle to support Cory Hinkle’s fight against cancer
GETTYSBURG, PA. (October 21, 2016) - In an effort to help longtime friend and former crew member Cory Hinkle, Danny Dietrich is conducting a helmet raffle to help raise money toward Hinkle’s fight against cancer. Cory Hinkle was recently diagnosed with Malignant Glioblastoma; tumors that form on the supportive tissue of the brain. With medical expenses an obvious concern for the Hinkle family, Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing want to help.
The helmet being raffled is the helmet worn by Danny Dietrich during his victory at the 2016 Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway. The victory was worth $25,000; the largest of Dietrich’s career. Fans and supporters can purchase a chance to win the helmet for $10 at www.dannydietrich.com. Purchasing up to six chances will result in one for free; six for $50.
In addition, a Go Fund Me page has also been created to help Hinkle’s cause. That information can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-cory-kick-cancer-2v6n7ng
Max Stambaugh and Ray Marshall Motorsports will join All Stars in 2017
By Fully Injected Motorsports:
ELIDA, Ohio (October 20, 2016) - For the first time in his young career, “Mad Max” Stambaugh will have the opportunity to hit the road full-time; joining Ray Marshall Motorsports in 2017 for a full out excursion with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. Stambaugh will join the best of the best of the Northeast and Midwest during his upcoming travels, ultimately chasing rookie honors with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, as well as a first-ever visit to Arctic Cat All Star victory lane.
“This is very exciting. I’m not even sure what to say. I can’t thank Ray Marshall and his team, Brady Shull and Josh Reese, enough for this opportunity. They are a very hard working race team and I’m more than excited to be a part of it,” Max Stambaugh explained. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. We have a few months to get ourselves prepared and ready to go. I think we have what it takes to be more than competitive. Ray Marshall does an excellent job providing his team with the tools and the equipment needed to be successful. I plan to take full advantage of that and work to get us up front as much as possible.”
Ray Marshall Motorsports will celebrate 10 years of competition during their All Star campaign in 2017, continuing a long-standing, competitive tradition that has seen success in the wing and non-wing ranks, as well as in the 360ci and 410ci divisions. As an owner, Ray Marshall has one recent Arctic Cat All Star win to his credit; scoring $5,000 at the Butler Speedway near Quincy, Michigan, on August 22, 2015. Despite moving the majority of his focus toward Arctic Cat All Star competition during the upcoming season, Ray Marshall will still field a non-wing program during select events.
Max Stambaugh will enter his rookie campaign with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions with a pair of successful seasons to his credit which included back-to-back NRA “360” Sprint Invaders championship runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2016. The Elida, Ohio, native earned a combined total of seven victories during his last two seasons; three during 410ci competition and four during 360ci competition.
Included amongst his recent successes, Stambaugh teamed with the Ray Marshall Motorsports, Buckeye Machine and Fabricators, Fastenal of Kenton, DPI Ink graphics, Hempy Water, Lima Powder Coating, Blue Room, No. 33M entry for six starts in 2016, highlighted with five top-ten feature finishes. Most recently, the Stambaugh/Marshall duo finished ninth against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions during the Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway, hard-charging ahead from 21st on the starting grid. There were 37 cars on hand.
“We haven’t made too many starts together, but we were good in each one. That says a lot about our potential, “ Stambaugh explained about his time with Marshall Motorsports in 2016. “We still have some things to work on, but they are all pretty routine. The biggest thing is figuring out where we are comfortable with the car. I don’t think it will take us long to find that comfort level. I’m excited to hit the road and visit new race tracks. Gaining experience is only going to benefit us as a team and me as a driver. I’m ready to get started!”
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions hosted nearly 50 events in 2016, visiting areas all across the east coast stretching from Florida to Upstate New York, as well as areas throughout the Midwest stretching from Ohio to Illinois and Wisconsin. The 2017 Arctic Cat All Star campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.
Fans can keep up with Max Stambaugh during his entire campaign right here at www.fullyinjected.com, as well as at www.maxstambaugh.com. Follow ‘Mad Max’ on all of the available social networks including Twitter: @MaxStambaugh5 and Facebook: Here! Those seeking additional information regarding Ray Marshall Motorsports should visit the team live on the Web at www.raymarshallmotorsports.com.
Reed, Weaver crowned Attica champions
By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – The 2016 racing season at Attica Raceway Park was filled with huge events but highlighted by the some of the regions toughest weekly competition. When the final checkered flags flew, Monclova, Ohio’s Byron Reed earned his eighth 410 sprint car track championship and Fremont, Ohio’s Paul Weaver capped off arguably his best career year with his second championship in the 305 sprints.
Attica Raceway Park will kick off the 2017 racing season on Friday, March 24. For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com
Following are the season recaps for each division’s top 10 in points along with the season’s rookies of the year:
Champion – Byron Reed, Monclova, Ohio
Reed claimed his eighth Attica championship. Byron racked up four wins in 2016, running his career total to 35; he sits second on the track’s all-time 410 sprint win list. Beside his four wins he also recorded four runner-up finishes on route to 11 top five finishes in 15 feature events. Byron recorded 13 top 10 finishes and never finished out of the top two spots in the final six events of the year. His average A-main finishing position was fourth!
2nd – Chris Andrews, Sandusky, Ohio
Andrews competed in 14 of the 15 A-mains, missing only the World of Outlaws event on July 12. The track’s 2006 305 champion and 2009 410 champion recorded six top five finishes including his 7th career Attica win on May 13. Andrews scored 9 top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 10th.
3rd-Travis Philo, Waterville, Ohio
Philo competed in all 15 A-mains in 2016, recording six top 10 finishes including a season-best runner-up finish on July 1. He scored 11 top 10 finishes including finishing not worst than sixth in the last five races of the year. Philo’s average A-main finishing position was eighth.
4th – Stuart Brubaker, Gibsonburg, Ohio
Brubaker competed in 14 A-mains in 2016 including the non-wing event. He missed the June 10th and World of Outlaw feature in July. Attica’s 2008 305 sprint track champion scored his fifth career Attica 410 sprint win on Aug. 1 and recorded three top five finishes and eight top 10 runs. Brubaker’s average A-main finishing position was 10th.
5th – Brian Lay, Genoa, Ohio
Lay competed in 13 of the 15 A-mains in 2016, missing only the All Star shows on May 27 and June 17. He scored his third career 410 sprint win at Attica on May 20th. Lay recorded three top five finishes and seven top 10 runs. His average A-main finishing position was 10th.
6th – Duane Zablocki, Tiffin, Ohio
Zablocki competed in 12 of the 15 A-mains in 2016, posting three top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 14th.
7th – Caleb Griffith, Sandusky, Ohio
Attica’s 2014 410 sprint champion competed in 11 of the 15 A-mains in 2016. He recorded his second career 410 sprint win on opening night and posted four top five finishes and 10 top 10 runs. The track’s 2003 305 sprint champion posted an average A-main finishing position of seventh.
8th – Jordan Ryan, Castalia, Ohio
Attica’s 305 sprint champion the past two seasons competed in 10 of the 15 A-mains in 2016, recording a season-best fourth place run on May 13 among his three top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 12th.
9th-D.J. Foos, Fremont, Ohio
Attica’s 2010 305 sprint champion competed in 10 of the 15 A-mains. He recorded a season-best third on May 13 on route to scoring five top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 12th.
10th – Tyler Gunn, Napoleon, Ohio
Gunn competed in 10 of the 15 A-mains in 2016, scoring a pair of top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 14th.
Rookie of the Year – Trey Jacobs, Wooster, Ohio
Jacobs finished 13th in the Attica point standings and competed in 9 of the 15 A-mains in 2016. He recorded a season best fifth on July 1 and scored six top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 10th.
CHAMPION – Paul Weaver, Fremont, Ohio
Weaver, Attica’s 2009 305 sprint champion, competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains in 2016, missing only the season ending event. He never finished worst than eighth all season, posting 9 top five runs along the way. Weaver, the 2016 FAST champion, recorded a pair of wins in 2016 – May 6th and May 20th – along with a pair of runner-up finishes and three third place runs. Weaver now has 35 career 305 sprint wins at Attica to sit atop the division’s all-time win list. His average A-main finishing position was an incredible fourth.
2nd – Kyle Capodice, Sandusky, Ohio
Capodice competed in all 14 A-mains in 2016, posting 7 top five finishes and 12 top 10 runs. He posted his first two career wins at Attica – April 15 and July 1 – and a pair of runner-up finishes. His average A-main finishing position was seventh.
3rd – Ricky Peterson, Rawson, Ohio
Peterson competed in all 14 A-mains in 2016. He recorded 6 top five finishes and 10 top 10 finishes. His best result was a pair of runner-up runs and a pair of third place showings. His average A-main finishing position was eighth.
4th – Dan McCarron, Dundee, Mich.
McCarron competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the season-ending event. He racked up four top five finishes including his first career Attica win on July 22. McCarron recorded 10 top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was ninth.
5th – Jamie Miller, Fremont, Ohio
Miller, Attica’s 2005 305 sprint champion, competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains in 2016, missing only opening night and Aug. 19th. He racked up 8 top five finishes including wins on July 8, July 29 and Aug. 26 to run his career total at Attica to 15. Miller’s average A-main finishing position was fifth.
6th – John Ivy, Fremont, Ohio
Attica’s 1993 305 sprint champion and 2000 410 sprint track champion competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the season-ending event. He recorded four top five finishes and seven top 10 runs. Ivy’s average A-main finishing position was ninth.
7th – Tyler Street, Ashland, Ohio.
Attica’s 305 sprint rookie of the year in 2016 competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains in 2016, missing only the April 15 event. Street posted three top five finishes and seven top 10 runs including a season-best runner-up finish on July 22 and an opening night third place finish. Street’s average A-main finishing position was 10th.
8th Tie - Jason Keckler, Fremont, Ohio
Keckler competed in all 14 A-mains at Attica in 2016. Keckler posted a pair of wins – March 26 and May 27 – to run his career total at the track to three. His average A-main finishing position was 11th.
8th Tie- Steve Rando, Lindsey, Ohio
Rando competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the July 8th event at Attica. He posted three top five finishes including a season-best 2nd on May 13th. Rando scored 10 top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was ninth.
10th – Dustin Dinan, Fremont, Ohio
Dinan competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains in 2016, missing only the May 20th and May 27th events. He recorded five top five runs and eight top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 10th.
Rookie of the Year – Trevor Bake, Shreve, Ohio
Baker finished 14th in the track’s points. He competed in 9 of the 14 A-mains in 2016, recording a pair of top 10 finishes including a season-best 7th on the final night or racing. His average A-main finishing position was 14th.
2016 Arctic Cat All Star championship to be determined at Atomic Speedway
Two-day program complete with $20,000 main event and $2,000 “Race of Champions”
INDIANAPOLIS (October 19, 2016) - Entering the final weekend of competition as one of the closest point battles in Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions history, “America’s Series” will determine a 2016 champion on Saturday evening, October 22, at Atomic Speedway, concluding a near-50 race campaign through much of the Northeast and Midwest that welcomed nearly 300 different sprint car competitors to the dirt in 2016. Thirteen drivers from four different states committed themselves to the entire championship campaign this season; one of the most competitive and diverse rosters in All Star history.
“I want to congratulate all of the drivers and teams for another successful All Star season. The schedule, the miles, the preparation, the maintenance; it takes an indescribable amount of work and dedication to complete a season like we had in 2016. I’m sure the effort will be more than rewarding,” Tony Stewart said, All Star Circuit of Champions owner. “Although we’ve reached the end, we still have a championship to determine. It’s exciting to witness one of the closest battles in this series’ history. We are all excited to see how things unfold.”
The 2016 Arctic Cat All Star championship finale at Atomic Speedway is set for Friday and Saturday, October 21-22, and will feature a two-day program complete with qualifying and heat race competition on Friday, followed by consolation and feature competition on Saturday. Saturday night’s main event will award a $20,000 winner’s share, as well as officially determine the 2016 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions titlist.
Despite being plagued with issues resulting from Mother Nature during early season attempts, the championship finale will feature the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions at Atomic Speedway for a second time in 2016; a first since Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket in late June when recent NASCAR Sprint Cup winner Kyle Larson earned the $5,000 victory. It was his second of two victories during Ohio Sprint Speedweek.
With a combined total of 10 Arctic Cat All Star championships to their credit, Alvada, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah and Hartford, Ohio’s Dale Blaney will enter the 2016 Arctic Cat All Star finale separated by a mere 18 markers; one of the closest championship margins in the 46-year history of “America’s Series,” closely equaling the excitement of outcomes that occurred in 1992, 1993 and 2007.
“Our game plan for much of the season has been to focus on each individual race. We’ve been able to stay consistent and race our way toward the front. Because of that, we are now in the position that we are in,” Chad Kemenah explained. “Our game plan will remain that way even entering the last race of the season. Earning a win on Saturday is what we are working for. I can’t thank Rob Hunter and the entire team enough for this opportunity. Rob gives us the equipment necessary to be in this position. I would love to earn him a championship.”
In 1992 and 1993, All Star legends Frankie Kerr and Kevin Huntley settled All Star championship battles by less than five points; Huntley earned the championship in 1992 by four points, followed by a precedent-setting tie between Kerr and Huntley in 1993. In 2007, the All Star championship was once again settled by single-digits with Greg Wilson edging out Danny Smith by two markers for a second consecutive title.
“It’s a close battle, but my only concern, and my team’s only concern, is that Atomic Speedway is paying $20,000 this weekend,” Dale Blaney explained. “I have no control of the point situation. Right now, our only game plan is to win that $20,000. At the end of the night, we’ll look back and see where we finished in relation to Chad (Kemenah), and if things go our way, we may be in a position to win the title. My only advantage right now is that there is going to be a good field of cars there this weekend. That’s my only bonus right now.”
In addition to the two-day Arctic Cat All Star program, a “Race of Champions” will also be contested, highlighting the Friday night portion of the weekend schedule. The event, hosted by Atomic Speedway officials to honor all current and former 410 sprint car track champions and series champions throughout the country, will award a $2,000 top prize after 20 laps of green flag competition. Nearly 15 drivers from 11 different series and tracks are committed to participating in the “Race of Champions” on Friday, October 21. The committed roster includes, but is not limited to, Ohio Sprint Car Series champion Cole Duncan, Knoxville Raceway and National Sprint League champion Danny Lasoski, Fremont Speedway champion Broc Martin, FAST Series champion Byron Reed, IRA champion Jeremy Schultz, and Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association champion Dave Dickson.
Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, will open pit gates at 2:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22. Spectator gates are scheduled to swing open at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 21. A mandatory Arctic Cat All Star drivers meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:15, followed by hot laps at 6.
Front gates will open for spectators at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 22. The drivers meeting will be conducted at 4:15, followed by hot laps at 5. Those seeking additional information should visit Atomic Speedway live on the Web at www.atomicspeedway.net.
Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (October 18, 2016):
1. Chad Kemenah 5104
2. Dale Blaney 5086
3. Sheldon Haudenschild 5028
4. Cap Henry 4788
5. Kraig Kinser 4718
6. Danny Holtgraver 4578
7. T.J. Michael 4476
8. Caleb Helms 4270
9. Andrew Palker 4060
10. Lee Jacobs 4046
Tim Kaeding gunning to match Brent Kaeding for most Trophy Cup wins in event history this weekend at Thunderbowl Raceway
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA - October 19, 2016...One of the drivers to beat at the Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup will certainly be San Jose, California's Tim Kaeding, who looks for his fourth career cup title this weekend at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. If he can do so, it would match his Hall of Fame father Brent Kaeding for the most victories in event history, which enters its 23rd year in 2016.
The two-time King of the West Series champion has won it all at the Trophy Cup in 2002, ’06 & ’09. He climbs aboard the potent Roth Motorsports No. 83 this year, the same car he captured his 2009 triumph in. That season “TK” started 24th on the grid Saturday night and drove all the way through the field to claim a stunning victory. Last year Kaeding scooped up a World of Outlaws win at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway, tying Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana for the most WOO victories at the facility.
“The Thunderbowl Raceway has definitely been a track that has suited me well over the years,” Kaeding said. “To be fast there you pretty much have to run the high side and that’s just how I like it. The Trophy Cup is one of the biggest events we run all season and it would mean a lot if I could tie my old man for the most wins. It’s going to be a great weekend with lots of tough cars and lots of action, so we hope everyone comes on out. I’m happy to have the opportunity to drive for Dennis & Teresa Roth once again at the Trophy Cup. Our win back in 2009 was one that I will never forget.”
Kaeding has a had strong season across the country in 2016, which includes winning a preliminary night at the 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals in Iowa and bringing home the 360 track title at Badlands Motor Speedway in South Dakota. Fellow two-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car champion & current series point leader Kyle Hirst will be a teammate with Kaeding at the Trophy Cup, forming a potent one-two punch for car owners Dennis & Teresa Roth.
Brent Kaeding's all-time leading four Trophy Cup wins occurred in 1996, '98, '99 and 2005. His most recent came during the very first season that the event was held at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. After originally starting out at the San Jose Speedway in 1994 this season marks the 12th straight year that the event will be contested in Tulare.
All cars that start the Saturday A-main are guaranteed at least $2,050 and the overall champion is guaranteed a stout $20,000 in winnings. Everything fires-off on Thursday evening with the opening preliminary night, followed by another prelim on Friday and then championship night on Saturday. The overall champion will be crowned following the 50-lap finale, which caps the event. All drivers compete each night, with the better of their two prelim totals being used going into Saturday’s finale.
Tickets continue to be on sale for the Trophy Cup, with all seating in the house reserved during the weekend. Grandstand tickets cost $40 on Thursday & Friday and $45 on Saturday. Bleacher tickets are $35 on Thursday & Friday and $40 on Saturday. Kids 6-12 are half price and 5 & under are free. A seating chart is available at www.thunderbowlraceway.com and tickets can be acquired by calling 559-688-0909. The pit gate opens at 10am on Thursday October 20, with the drivers meeting at 3:30pm sharp.
All of the special events that help add to the Make-A-Wish Foundation pot are returning once again, including the Thursday Chili Dog Night sponsored by Taco Bravo, the Taco Bravo Fiesta Night on Friday and the Saturday afternoon spaghetti feed sponsored by La Villa Delicatessen. The post race parties run from 11pm to 1am, while the spaghetti feed goes from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Live music will be featured with drinks available for purchase inside.
A Friday morning breakfast sponsored by the Tulare County Fairgrounds is also going to occur from approximately 8am to 10:30am. A new twist has been added to the Taco Bravo Friday Fiesta later that night, as a dancing with the stars competition will be held. Current & past racers such as Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding, Andy Forsberg, Ryan Bernal, Howard Kaeding & Craig Smith will take part. As always a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the door during all the special events is appreciated.
Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation fires-off this Thursday at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA - October 17, 2016...Excitement & buzz is floating through the air as one of the biggest weeks in California Sprint Car racing has arrived, which means only one thing, it must be Trophy Cup time at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.
The Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup is not only known for featuring some of the best racing seen all year long, but it’s also well regarded for being held to benefit one of the truly great organizations around, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Two seasons ago Dave Pusateri & the Trophy Cup team went over the $1,000,000 mark for donations to the foundation and this weekend that total will grow even more when the 23rd installment of the prestigious show takes place.
All of the special events on the fairgrounds that help add to the Make-A-Wish Foundation pot will be held once again, including the Thursday Chili Dog Night sponsored by Taco Bravo, the Taco Bravo Fiesta Night on Friday and the Saturday afternoon spaghetti feed sponsored by La Villa Delicatessen. The post race parties run from 11pm to 1am, while the spaghetti feed goes from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Live music will be featured with drinks available for purchase inside.
A Friday morning breakfast sponsored by the Tulare County Fairgrounds is also going to occur from approximately 8am to 10:30am. A new twist is being added to the Taco Bravo Friday Fiesta later that night, as a dancing with the stars competition will be held. Current & past racers such as Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding, Andy Forsberg, Ryan Bernal, Howard Kaeding, Craig Smith & others will test out their dancing skills with the crowd watching on.
As always a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the door during all the special events is appreciated. Cow Pie Bingo will also be held on Saturday, with squares available to be purchased throughout the weekend for $10 each. The winner of Cow Pie Bingo will go home with $1000.
This weekend’s action will also take place on a new & improved surface that is wider in each set of corners thanks to Thunderbowl promoter Steve Faria. It certainly passed the test during the King of the West event on October 8, with the extra room allowing drivers the opportunity to slide each other back & forth, which bodes well with the best of the best set to be on hand this Thursday-Saturday. The entry list is scattered with talent from all around, in what has turned into a true “All Star Showcase” for the west coast.
Past Trophy Cup winners entered this year include defending champion Bud Kaeding of Campbell, three-time winner Tim Kaeding from San Jose, two-time victor Jason Meyers of Clovis, plus single-time winners Willie Croft of Sacramento, Chico’s Jonathan Allard and Fresno’s Craig Stidham.
“To finally get the Trophy Cup under my belt last year was a huge deal,” Bud Kaeding commented. “Joining my dad & brother as a Trophy Cup winner is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. This is one of, if not the biggest race we run all season so it’s something we take very seriously. Above & beyond however, it’s put on to benefit a great cause, so we hope all the fans will come out and pack the stands. The track was really racy at the KWS show and I think everyone is going to be treated to an outstanding weekend of racing at the Trophy Cup.”
Driver’s looking to take home the Trophy Cup for the first time will include Paradise, California’s Kyle Hirst; Fresno’s Cory Eliason; Altoona, Iowa’s Terry McCarl; Fremont’s Shane Golobic; Kokomo, Indiana’s Parker Price Miller; Hanford’s DJ Netto; Hollister’s Ryan Bernal; Princeton’s Mason Moore; Watsonville’s Justin Sanders; Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi; Roseville’s Sean Becker & Colby Copeland; Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto; Visalia’s Blake Robertson & Steven Tiner plus many many more.
“It’s been great to see the fan support continue to grow at the Trophy Cup year after year,” said Steve Faria. “The extra events on the fairgrounds have definitely turned the race into a happening and one that people mark down on their calendar every season. I know we are looking forward to it and hope everyone else is too. Dave Pusateri and his entire team do an outstanding job with everything and I know we’re honored to host the Trophy Cup for the 12th straight year.”
Two-time Chili Bowl champ Rico Abreu races to King of the West victory at the 31st Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic in Hanford on Saturday
By Gary Thomas
Hanford, CA – October 15, 2016…Returning to the Golden State this past weekend, Rutherford’s Rico Abreu was able to complete a two-night sweep at the Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic, scoring his first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the season on Saturday night.
Abreu had made his first ever Sprint Car start at the Keller Auto Speedway in 2011 and on Friday night captured his first career victory at the track, before coming back on Saturday to put together another impressive performance aboard the Abreu Vineyards No. 24 mount. It marked his 10th career King of the West triumph, moving the 24-year-old into a tie with Tommy Tarlton & Sean Becker on the all-time series win list.
“It feels great to come back home and sweep the Cotton Classic here in Hanford,” Abreu commented after the race. “It was a lot of fun early in the main event racing with the guys up front. I really want to thank Paul Silva, Trevor Canales and the entire 24 team for giving me such a great car every time we hit the track. Thanks also to everyone with the King of the West Series and Keller Auto Speedway for putting on the event. We’ll be back on November 5 in Stockton running the 410 & 360 so hopefully all the fans will come out and see us.”
The 30-lap Cotton Classic feature started out with San Jose’s Tim Kaeding grabbing the lead after winning the night’s dash. The two-time King of the West champion held command until Hanford’s DJ Netto scooped up the top-spot on lap six. The 20-year-old wheel-man was in search of his first series victory of the season and looked very strong, until making one minor miscue in turn two, which allowed Abreu the opportunity to get by with 14-laps complete. Netto tried to keep Abreu in his sights, but would settle for a runner up finish at the checkered.
The second place effort continued the strong string of constancy that Netto has put together since taking over driving duties of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c machine. Dating back to August 27 he has now earned five consecutive top-five finishes with the King of the West Sprint Car Series.
“I definitely wanted to win this race in front of my hometown crowd, but it was still another great night for us to end up on the podium again,” Netto said. “I can’t thank Lee Lindgren, Shane Hopkins & the whole Tri-C team enough. Big thanks to my owners Clyde & Marion Lamar for the chance to drive this car. We have a lot of momentum going into the Trophy Cup next week in Tulare so I can’t wait for Thursday to roll around.”
Fresno’s Cory Eliason won out in a late-race battle with Tim Kaeding for the third spot, getting by on the final lap to round out the podium in the Reitz Almond Harvesting 00jr Sprint Car. It marked his second straight podium finish in King of the West Sprint Car Series competition.
“I’m happy to bring home a third place finish after starting from the fifth row tonight,” Eliason said. “We had a good battle with TK later on in the feature and luckily I was able to make the pass on the last lap. It’s been a really strong year overall and I want to thank everyone that supports us. We’ll now go on to the Trophy Cup and hopefully have a solid weekend. There’s lots of money on the line and we’ll give it our best shot.”
Tim Kaeding ended up fourth in the Roth Motorsports No. 83, with Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox rounding out the top-five at the helm of the Berco Redwood No. 31c Sprinter. The first year King of the West regular was fresh off a career best third place finish the week before and came back to put together another strong performance at the Cotton Classic. Completing the top-10 were Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Altoona, Iowa’s Terry McCarl, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto and Campbell’s Bud Kaeding.
The night’s 12-lap B-main went to Mitchell Faccinto, with Tim Kaeding as noted winning the six-lap Dash. The four 10-lap Heat Races were won by Rico Abreu, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson and DJ Netto. Abreu kicked-off the evening by setting fast time in the 31-car field with a clocking of 14.031 around the 3/8 mile oval. Full results will be available at www.racepmg.com
A-main finish: 1. Rico Abreu, 2. DJ Netto, 3. Cory Eliason, 4. Tim Kaeding, 5. Justyn Cox, 6. Buddy Kofoid, 7. Ryan Bernal, 8. Terry Mccarl, 9. Mitchell Facinto, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Brent Kaeding, 12. Jace Vanderweerd, 13. Kyle Hirst, 14. Bobby McMahan, 15. Colby Copeland, 16. Sean Watts, 17. Kurt Nelson, 18. Landon Hurst, 19. Craig Stidham, 20. Chase Johnson, 21. Scott Parker, 22. Dominic Scelzi
The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now close the season with the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 5. The night of racing also features the championship finale for the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster for the third consecutive year. Friday November 4 showcases the season-finale for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints. Camping can be reserved by calling 916-370-9417.
Tickets are on sale for the King of the West & Civil War championship finale, with reserved upper deck seats $30 & general admission bleachers $20. Kids 10 & under are FREE in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. To order tickets online visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/…/dates/Nov-05-2016_at_… - During the day on Saturday November 5 a car show & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands from noon-4pm.
The 31st Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford marks penultimate King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event of the year this Saturday
By Gary Thomas
Hanford, CA – October 11, 2016…Paradise, California’s Kyle Hirst enters the start of two races to go in his bid at becoming the second driver in King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series history to reach three career titles, with this Saturday’s penultimate round taking place at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford.
Saturday’s outing marks the 31st annual Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic, which is part of a two-night weekend at the Keller Auto Speedway, with Friday featuring a $2,000-to-win/ $500-to-start Winged 360 Sprint Car show. The event has been one of the long standing & prestigious showcases in the Central Valley over the years. With the exception of 2014 the Cotton Classic has been held at the Kings County Fairgrounds venue every season since the mid 1980’s.
Fresno’s Cory Eliason is the defending winner of the Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic and will be gunning to make it back-to-back on Saturday. The ultra talented driver captured the only King of the West visit to the Keller Auto Speedway so far this year on July 9. Eliason also wheeled his Reitz Almond Harvesting/ Driven Performance 00jr machine to a series win at the Stockton Dirt Track on July 10, along with a runner up effort at Calistoga in June.
Two-time King of the West champion & current point leader Kyle Hirst goes into the Cotton Classic on the strength of his sixth win of the season last weekend in Tulare aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x mount. The Paradise, CA driver holds a 31-point lead at the top of the standings with just two events remaining in the 2016 season. Hirst is looking to join Jonathan Allard & Brent Kaeding as the third driver to reach at least three titles.
Still looking to chip away at the point lead Campbell’s Bud Kaeding enters the Keller Auto Speedway on Saturday hoping to put together a solid night. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champion ran second to Hirst last week in Tulare at the helm of the Williams Motorsports/ Alviso Rock ZERO machine. Kaeding has raced to four King of the West victories this season and over the years has always been a threat in Hanford.
Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox comes into the Penny Newmany Grain Cotton Classic on the heels of a career best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish last weekend. The first-year KWS competitor led laps & earned a solid third place finish in the feature behind the wheel of the Berco Redwood/ PM Truck Repair No. 31c Sprinter. Cox ranks third in the standings going into the penultimate event of the season on Saturday.
One of the most consistent drivers as of late has been Hanford’s DJ Netto, who has tallied four straight top-five finishes in the Tri-C Manufacturing/ Shell Rotella No. 3c machine. The 20-year-old claimed a runner up finish last Friday at Ocean Speedway and will look for his first win of the season at the Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic. Netto stands fourth in the points going into his home track of Keller Auto Speedway.
Rounding out the top-five going into the 31st annual Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic is Grass Valley’s Jason Statler. The 2004 King of the West champion scored finishes of seventh & eighth last weekend aboard the familiar DF Rios Motorsports/ YAK Graphics 00 Sprinter. Completing the top-10 in points going into the penultimate race of 2016 are Atwater’s Sean Watts, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Fremont’s Shane Golobic and Penngrove’s Chase Johnson.
San Jose’s Tim Kaeding has hoisted the cotton bale trophy three times before in his career and will look to make it number four on Saturday in the Roth Motorsports/ HR Livestock Transportation No. 83jr Sprinter. The two-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion claimed his Cotton Classic triumphs in 2002, 2012 & ‘13, with two of those featuring last lap passes for the win.
More drivers expected to tackle the Keller Auto Speedway on Saturday will include Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, who earned a King of the West victory in Hanford last season, along with Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Oakdale’s Shawn Conde, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst, Madera Ranchos’ Dalton Hill, Cottonwood’s Lucas Ashe, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.
Tickets for the 31st annual Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic on Saturday will cost $20 for adults, with students 6-18 and seniors 55 & over $17, kids 5 & under are free. On Friday night for the King of Kings Winged 360 Sprint Car event adult tickets will be $18, with students/seniors $15. A two night adult weekend pass at the gate on Friday will be available for $30 and a student/senior weekend pass will be $25. All seating is general admission during the weekend.
The pit booth will open at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 4:30pm each day. Cars will be on track for wheel packing around 5:30pm, with qualifying & heat races to follow. The Keller Auto Speedway is a 3/8 mile clay oval located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230. More info can be found at http://www.racekingsspeedway.com/
After the Cotton Classic the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then close the season with the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 5. The night of racing also features the championship finale for the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster for the third consecutive year. Friday November 4 showcases the season-finale for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints. Camping can be reserved by calling 916-370-9417.
Tickets are on sale for the King of the West & Civil War championship finale, with reserved upper deck seats $30 & general admission bleachers $20. Kids 10 & under are FREE in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. To order tickets online visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/33rd-annual-tribute-to-gary-patterson---king-of-the-west--civil/dates/Nov-05-2016_at_1200PM - During the day on Saturday November 5 a car show & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands from noon-4pm.
Remaining King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2016
Saturday October 15: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (31st Penny Newman Cotton Classic)
Saturday November 5: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (33rd Tribute to Gary Patterson plus Civil War 360 Series)
Winners of the Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic since the year 2000
2000- Blake Robertson
2001- Tim Shaffer
2002- Tim Kaeding
2005- Jonathan Allard
2006- Jason Meyers
2007- Jonathan Allard
2008- Stephen Allard
2010- Kyle Larson
2011- Jonathan Allard
2012- Tim Kaeding
2013- Tim Kaeding
2014- James Mcfadden
KNOXVILLE RACEWAY, BADLANDS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND JACKSON MOTORPLEX WORKING TOGETHER IN 2017 SEASON SCHEDULING
October 10, 2016 (KNOXVILLE, IOWA) - Knoxville Raceway, Badlands Motor Speedway, and Jackson Motorplex are working together in regards to scheduling for the 2017 sprint car racing season. In an effort to enhance and continue building sprint car racing in the region, the three tracks have agreed to not compete against each other during high profile racing events in 2017.
These events include the 57th Annual Knoxville Nationals on August 9-12, the 27th Annual 360 Knoxville Nationals on August 3-5, the 39th Annual Jackson Nationals on June 1-3, and the second Annual Badlands Motor Speedway Rock N Roll Gold Cup on July 28-29,
MAJOR MULTIPLE-DAY SPRINT CAR EVENTS AFFECTED IN 2017:
June 1-3 - 39th Annual Jackson Nationals at Jackson Motorplex - NO 410 SPRINT CAR RACING AT BMS OR KNOXVILLE
July 28-29 - 2nd Annual Rock N Roll Gold Cup at BMS - NO 410 SPRINT CAR RACING AT JACKSON OR KNOXVILLE
August 3-5 - 27th Annual Knoxville 360 Nationals at Knoxville Raceway - NO SPRINT CAR RACING AT BMS OR JACKSON
August 9-12 - 57th Annual Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway - NO SPRINT CAR RACING AT BMS OR JACKSON
"With the 2017 sprint car season scheduling underway, we are excited to be a part of putting together a schedule that helps promote our special shows at Knoxville, as well as those at Badlands Motor Speedway and Jackson Motorplex. Our three tracks working together will benefit fans and teams alike," said Knoxville Raceway Race Director John McCoy. "I know Tod, Chuck and I share the same goal to continue to advance the popularity and growth of sprint car racing in this region by continued cooperation between the three tracks."
"With all three tracks sitting down and working through their 2017 schedules together and honoring each tracks large events is a huge step for the Midwest and Sprint Car Racing," said Tod Quiring of Jackson Motorplex. "This is going to give every fan and competitor the opportunity to attend all of the large events at Jackson Motorplex, Badlands Motor Speedway and Knoxville Raceway. I feel this is a great start to build on and I'm looking forward to all working together on future opportunities."
"It has been a giant step in the right direction to have all three of our legendary dirt track facilities at the same table to discuss ways to make the 2017 race season the best possible for race teams and race fans alike," said Badlands Motor Speedway founder Chuck Brennan. "Personally I am excited to not only visit both Jackson and Knoxville next year for their key races, but to host both Tod and John at BMS in 2017. I am a big fan and both these tracks do it up right!"
Rico Abreu takes non-stop Sprintacular!
Dale Blaney cuts Kemenah’s point lead to 18
ROSSBURG, Ohio (October 8, 2016) - St. Helena, California’s Rico Abreu secured his fourth Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory of the 2016 season on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway; leading all 30 circuits of the non-stop, Sprintacular main event to officially solidify his position on top of the feature podium. For Abreu, the Eldora Speedway victory was the second of his career at The Big E during Arctic Cat All Star competition, holding back a pair of Arctic Cat All Star championship point contenders, Dale Blaney and Chad Kemenah, for a cool $5,000. Blaney would cross under the final checkers just behind Abreu, followed by Chad Kemenah, a hard-charging Cap Henry, and Cole Duncan.
“Hats off to Eldora Speedway and the entire staff. There are a lot of cars here between all three of the divisions (118). That is definitely not easy,” Rico Abreu explained. “I especially want to thank all of you fans for sticking this out through the cold weather here tonight. I’m not real used to this. I’m used to California weather. This is so much fun, though. I enjoy getting to come here and being a part of everything at Eldora Speedway.”
Rico Abreu started third on the feature grid, taking command before the completion of lap one over Dale Baney and Sheldon Haudenschild. The California native wasted no time and began to stretch his advantage right from the drop of the green flag; extending his lead to nearly three seconds by lap three. Dale Blaney eventually settled into second, followed by Chad Kemenah and Sheldon Haudenschild.
Abreu, Blaney and Kemenah raced-on unshuffled, hitting their first obstacle in the form of traffic with just ten laps in the books. Rubber started to come into play by the mid-point of the 30-lap program, allowing the racing surface to narrow which ultimately shrunk Abreu’s racing lane and advantage. Abreu’s two to three second lead shrunk to less than one second over Blaney and Kemenah by lap 25, with all three eventually racing single file and nose to tail on a thin lane of rubbered-up racing surface. Abreu held on, earning a sixth career victory against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, equaling that of Kerry Madsen and Kasey Kahne on the all-time win list.
“I knew Dale (Blaney) was getting close. I probably shouldn’t have, but I looked up at the big screen a few times and saw he was behind me,” Rico Abreu explained. “You just have to stay patient with the lapped cars. It was taking rubber and the racing line kept getting narrower and narrower. I was able to get around the lapped cars that I needed to. By that time, the lapped cars that were ahead of me weren’t passing anybody. I just had to make sure to hit my marks and stay patient.”
Dale Blaney’s runner-up finish allowed the “Low Rider” to snip away at Chad Kemenah’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions point advantage. Kemenah, a former four-time Arctic Cat All Star point champion, will lead Dale Blaney into the Atomic Speedway season finale with an 18-point margin. The Alvada, Ohio, native led Blaney by 20 points entering the Sprintacular at Eldora Speedway.
“Overall, it was a really good run for us tonight,” Dale Blaney explained. “Second is tough to take here. I mean, Rico runs really good here so I can’t take that away from him or us. We really started to get single file there, especially in three and four, which made things really difficult in terms of passing. I’m happy with second. Things are going to be interesting at Atomic.”
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will wrap up the 2016 season with a two-day visit to the Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22. All Star championship weekend will feature a full, Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions program during the two-day visit, complete with qualifying time trials and heat races on Friday, followed by consolations, dash and a $20,000-to-win main event on Saturday.
As an added bonus, a “Race of Champions” will be contested during the Friday night portion of the All Star championship weekend at Atomic Speedway. Sprint car track champions, as well as series champions, from coast to coast are invited to participate, all battling for a $2,000 top prize. Those seeking additional information should visit Atomic Speedway live on the Web at www.atomicspeedway.net.
A-Main (30 Laps) 1. 24-Rico Abreu ; 2. 1-Dale Blaney ; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 4. 21-Cap Henry ; 5. 12N-Cole Duncan ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 7. 18-Ian Madsen ; 8. 5T-Travis Philo ; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 10. 97-Aaron Reutzel ; 11. 82-Sammy Swindell ; 12. 70-Danny Holtgraver ; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss ; 14. 49D-Shawn Dancer ; 15. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 16. 23c-Tyler Courtney ; 17. 6M-Jac Haudenschild ; 18. 2M-Dustin Daggett ; 19. 17B-Bill Balog ; 20. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 21. 7K-Dallas Hewitt ; 22. 8M-TJ Michael ; 23. 60-Kory Crabtree ; 24. 4-Danny Smith ; 25. 13-Brandon Matus
Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (October 8, 2016):
1. Chad Kemenah 5104
2. Dale Blaney 5086
3. Sheldon Haudenschild 5028
4. Cap Henry 4788
5. Kraig Kinser 4718
6. Danny Holtgraver 4706
7. T.J. Michael 4476
8. Caleb Helms 4270
9. Lee Jacobs 4152
10. Andrew Palker 4060
Justin Sanders scores first career King of the West win on Friday in Watsonville while Kyle Hirst races to sixth series victory of the season on Saturday in Tulare at the KRC Safety Fall Shootout
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – October 8, 2016…Watsonville’s Justin Sanders & Paradise, California’s Kyle Hirst brought home victories respectively during the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series double header outing this past weekend at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville & the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.
Sanders victory on Friday night marked his career first with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and came aboard the Joe VonSchriltz Racing No. 121 Sprinter. His previous best result had also come at the Ocean Speedway back in 2011 when he ran second to San Jose’s Tim Kaeding. Sanders ended up winning the final five Winged Sprint Car events at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds venue this season.
“I can’t thank Joe VonSchriltz enough for giving me the opportunity to drive such a fast car and all my guys for working so hard all week to make it happen,” said an excited Sanders in victory lane. “I’m pretty pumped to finally get my first King of the West win and for it come at my home track makes it even sweeter. It’s been a great last couple months at this place. It was definitely a wild main event and I had a lot of fun racing with those guys up front. Once I got into the lead I focused on hitting my marks and luckily we’re standing up here in victory lane.”
The first 22-laps in the feature clicked off non-stop and featured some fantastic racing on the quarter-mile, which had widened out considerably once the main event got underway. The first half of the race saw Campbell’s Bud Kaeding lead the way with Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid following along closely as they weaved in & out of lapped traffic. The lead pack tightened up around the midway point and Fremont’s Shane Golobic began to show his muscle, making his way past Kofoid on lap 17. He then charged around Kaeding off turn four to take the lead as they clicked off lap 18.
After that Golobic rocketed away from the field and looked to be untouchable, until getting into a spin on lap 22, which saw the yellow flag wave. He was able to keep going, but was forced to start from the rear of the field. A thrilling restart was then seen in which Justin Sanders went from third to the lead by the time the field exited turn two. Things then began to slow down immensely, as various yellows & reds occurred during the final laps.
Golobic had battled his way forward from the rear, but got upside down on lap 28, putting an end to his race. A big melee was also seen on the restart when Tim Kaeding & Colby Copeland both flipped in turn one. Kofoid also had a piece of the action and put an end to what was a very impressive run for the youngster.
Despite the stoppages nothing fazed Sanders up front as he took the checkered flag by just over one-second back to Hanford’s DJ Netto, who earned his best finish of the KWS season by claiming the runner up spot. Fresno’s Cory Eliason crossed the stripe in third, with Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst & Bud Kaeding rounding out the top-five. Hirst started 16th on the grid and was able to maneuver his way forward to maintain the series point lead.
Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Benicia’s Billy Aton and Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares completed the top-10. Aton started 21st in the feature and drove forward to earn a solid finish during his Winged 410 Sprint Car debut.
Penngrove’s Chase Johnson captured the night’s B-main, while Bud Kaeding scored victory in the Dash. The three 10-lap heat races were picked off by Buddy Kofoid, Justyn Cox and Tim Kaeding. Justin Sanders opened the night by earning his second fast time of the King of the West season by touring the Ocean Speedway in 11.399 seconds.
A-main finish Friday at Ocean Speedway: 1. 121 Justin Sanders, 2. 3c DJ Netto, 3. 5h Cory Eliason, 4. 21x Kyle Hirst, 5. 0 Bud Kaeding, 6. 31c Justyn Cox, 7. 00 Jason Statler, 8. 69 Brent Kaeding, 9. 26 Billy Aton, 10. 12 Jarrett Soares, 11. 19 Adam McCarthy, 12. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 13. 98 Sean Watts, 14. 9j Dustin Golobic, 15. 99 Skyler Gee, 16. 4s Buddy Kofoid, 17. 68 Chase Johnson, 18. 83jr Tim Kaeding, 19. 20 Colby Copeland, 20. 22 Shane Golobic, 21. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 22. 72w Kurt Nelson
On Saturday in Tulare Kyle Hirst scooped up the lead on a lap 12 restart and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way, en route to his sixth King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the season. By doing so the 28-year-old set a new personal high for victories in a single year with the series. It was also his third straight triumph at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son Inc. No. 21x machine.
“The track turned out to be really fun in the main event, right up on the wall like I prefer,” said Hirst after the feature. “To get our sixth win of the season and set a new high for me personally is pretty cool. I really want to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth, the entire Tarlton Racing team and everyone that makes it possible to drive this car. I’m really looking forward to the Trophy Cup now and hope all the fans are too. We’ll be back next week in Hanford at the Cotton Classic with KWS looking to get another win. We have two races left in the season and hopefully they go smooth so we can bring home this championship.”
Positions changed regularly over the course of the 30-lap contest, as drivers moved back & forth throughout the field. The night of racing was also the first since work had gone on to help widen the track surface, which seemed to work out well in the feature. The best battle over the final 10 or so laps was the fight for second between Bud Kaeding & Justyn Cox. The drivers that rank second & third respectively in the King of the West standings traded the position numerous times in an exhilarating slide fest.
At the checkered flag Kaeding was able to claim the runner up spot. It marked the third consecutive race in Tulare he has finished second to Hirst.
Cox crossed the stripe in third to record his best career King of the West finish after leading a number of laps early on. Cox looked very impressive in the main event and continues to gain speed with the season wearing on. Roseville’s Colby Copeland had a nice rebound from the previous night to score a solid fourth place finish, while DJ Netto rounded out the top-five despite a broken shock after making contact with the wall. Netto has raced to four consecutive top-five finishes since joining the Tri-C Motorsports team.
Completing the top-10 in the main event were Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Leduc, Alberta’s Skyler Gee and Fresno’s Steven Kent. Kyle Hirst won the night’s dash, while heat race wins went to Hirst, Justyn Cox and Tim Kaeding. The night started out with young Buddy Kofoid earning his first career King of the West fast time award by clocking a 13.218 around the Thunderbowl Raceway.
A-main finish Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway: 1. 21x Kyle Hirst, 2. 0 Bud Kaeding, 3. 31c Justyn Cox, 4. 20 Colby Copeland, 5. 3c DJ Netto, 6. 69 Brent Kaeding, 7. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 8. 00 Jason Statler, 9. 99 Skylar Gee, 10. 7 Steven Kent, 11. 88 Jace Vanderweerd, 12. 12p Scott Parker, 13. 72 Kalib Montgomery, 14. 98 Sean Watts, 15. 12 Jarrett Soares, 16. 96 Luca Romanazzi, 17. 22 Cori Andrews, 18. 3 Craig Stidham, 19. 83jr Tim Kaeding, 20. 4s Buddy Kofoid
Next up for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be the 31st annual Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic this coming Saturday October 15 at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. On Friday night the track will also hold a Winged 360 Sprint Car event, making for a double header weekend.
Tickets for the Cotton Classic on Saturday will cost $20 for adults, with students 6-18 and seniors 55 & over $17, kids 5 & under are free. On Friday night for the King of Kings Winged 360 Sprint Car event adult tickets will be $18, with students/seniors $15. A two night adult weekend pass at the gate on Friday will be available for $30 and a student/senior weekend pass will be $25. All seating is general admission during the weekend.
The pit booth will open at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 4:30pm each day. Cars will be on track for wheel packing around 5:30pm, with qualifying & heat races to follow. The Keller Auto Speedway is a 3/8 mile clay oval located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230.
One Last Bang: Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will help Eldora Speedway close out 2016 season with annual Sprintacular
All Star championship battle still “too close to call”
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 4, 2016) - The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will make their fourth and final Eldora Speedway appearance of the season on Saturday evening, October 8, helping the World’s Greatest Dirt Track open and shut their doors for the final time of 2016.
The Eldora Speedway season finale, known formally as the Sprintacular, will feature a complete Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions program, awarding $5,000 to the main event winner. The NRA “360” Sprint Invaders and Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (B.O.S.S.) non-wing sprint cars will also be on the Sprintacular agenda, creating a full-blown, open wheel spectacle for sprint car enthusiasts
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions made their most recent Eldora Speedway appearance on Saturday evening, September 24, during night two of the two-day Four Crown Nationals weekend. Ian Madsen, brother of former Kings Royal champion Kerry Madsen, was the Four Crown Nationals main event winner, taking command with just three circuits remaining to solidify his spot on the Eldora Speedway victory lane stage for the first time in his career.
Chad Kemenah, the current Arctic Cat All Star point leader, finished second on September 24, followed by Randy Hannagan, Kraig Kinser, and Brady Bacon. Madsen became the third different Arctic Cat All Star winner at The Big E in 2016, joining Jac Haudenschild (Ohio Sprint Speedweek) and Donny Schatz (Kings Royal; show-up points event) in the history books.
With his podium finish during Four Crown Nationals competition, Alvada, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah was able to reclaim the top spot in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions’ tile chase and will lead the charge back into Rossburg, Ohio. The former series champion, earning four consecutive titles from 2002 until 2005, will enter the annual Sprintacular with a 20-point advantage in the title chase; taking advantage of Dale Blaney’s misfortune during Four Crown Nationals weekend when the “Low Rider” made contact with the outside retaining wall during main event action. Kemenah has one victory on the season, occurring in Bedford, Pennsylvania, as well as 23 top-five finishes in 41 A-main starts.
Blaney, a seven-time main event winner thus far in 2016, finds himself second in the championship chase entering the Eldora Speedway Sprintacular, still mathematically eligible for the championship with two point events remaining. The Hartford, Ohio, native holds a 50-point cushion over series win leader Sheldon Haudenschild for second, followed by Cap Henry and Kraig Kinser who round out the top-five, respectively.
Sheldon Haudenschild owns eight victories on the season, earning his most recent during the Pete Jacobs Memorial at Wayne County Speedway during Labor Day weekend worth $10,000. It was his second $10,000 top prize in 24 hours, also earning the Dirt Classic Ohio at Attica Raceway Park.
The Sprintacular at Eldora Speedway will launch officially with pit gates opening at 12:30 pm on Saturday afternoon, October 8. Spectator gates will swing loose at 1 pm, followed by hot laps at 4:30 pm and racing at 6. Those seeking additional information should visit the official Eldora Speedway Sprintacular event page: http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/event/the-sprintacular/
Current Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Standings (October 3, 2016):
1. Chad Kemenah - 4960
2. Dale Blaney - 4940
3. Sheldon Haudenschild - 4890
4. Cap Henry -4646
5. Kraig Kinser - 4586
6. Danny Holtgraver - 4580
7. T.J. Michael - 4370
8. Caleb Helms - 4190
9. Lee Jacobs - 4042
10. Andrew Palker - 3980
The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series continues end of season stretch with an Ocean Speedway/Thunderbowl Raceway two-step this Friday & Saturday
KRC Safety Fall Shootout Saturday in Tulare marks first race on new wider surface
By Gary Thomas
Watsonville, CA – October 4, 2016…The march towards championship night continues for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series with a double header weekend of competition, kicking-off this Friday at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, followed by Thunderbowl Raceway’s KRC Safety Fall Shootout in Tulare on Saturday.
It will be the final stop of 2016 at each track respectively and the beginning of four races to go. The series has visited Watsonville twice so far this year and Tulare on three previous occasions. Saturday’s KRC Safety Fall Shootout will also be the first night of racing on the new Thunderbowl Raceway surface that has been widened 15-feet at the bottom of the track. Each facility always provides great competition and this weekend will no doubt be much of the same.
Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst gets his bid at a third King of the West title back underway and goes into the double header sitting 34-points ahead of Campbell’s Bud Kaeding in the series standings. Three of Hirst’s five wins this year have come between Ocean Speedway & Thunderbowl Raceway, two tracks he has been very strong at the last few seasons. The 28-year-old swept both nights at the Peter Murphy Classic in July and looks to add more this weekend aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21.
Kaeding is fresh off his fourth victory of the season during the most recent King of the West event in Placerville on September 24 and hopes to cut the point lead down even more this weekend. The Campbell racer ran second to Hirst both nights at the Peter Murphy Classic in Tulare and finished third at Ocean Speedway in July. Kaeding has certainly had a successful year at the helm of the Williams Motorsports ZERO machine, but still has unfinished business with the season winding down.
Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox continues his rookie season with the King of the West Series and goes into the weekend sitting third in points. One of his best nights of the year came at Ocean Speedway in June when he set fast time & ran top-five in the feature. Hanford’s DJ Netto goes into the double header ranking fourth in points. The 20-year-old captured victories at both Ocean Speedway & Thunderbowl Raceway last year. Netto is also coming off an impressive runner up finish at last weekend’s Fall Nationals in Chico.
Rounding out the top-five in points heading into the Watsonville/Tulare two-step is former King of the West champion Jason Statler. The Grass Valley driver has won at both tracks in the past and sits just 17-markers behind Netto for fourth going into the weekend. Completing the top-10 in the standings going into the double header are Atwater’s Sean Watts, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Fremont’s Shane Golobic and Penngrove’s Chase Johnson.
Golobic has raced to three King of the West wins this season, including his home track of Ocean Speedway in June at the Pombo/Sargent Classic. The two-time Watsonville track champion is fresh off a big win with the National Sprint League this past weekend in Missouri. Golobic has also been solid in his Thunderbowl Raceway starts this year, bringing home a third place finish in May at the Faria Memorial, along with a fourth at the Murphy Classic.
Two-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Tim Kaeding will make his first starts of the season aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr machine this weekend. The San Jose wheel-man has had much success over the years driving for Dennis & Teresa Roth and has had a solid season in 2016, which includes winning a preliminary night at the Knoxville Nationals. Kaeding is always a driver to beat at both Ocean Speedway & Thunderbowl Raceway.
More drivers expected to take part in some of this weekend’s action will include two-time KWS main event winner this season Cory Eliason of Fresno, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Craig Stidham, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Gilroy’s Kurt Nelson, Salinas’ Jeremy Chisum, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.
The front gate at Ocean Speedway this Friday will open at 4:30pm with hot laps at 5:30pm, qualifying around 6pm and racing to follow. The pit booth will open at 2pm. Adult tickets for Friday night cost $25, with kids 6-12 $15. Children 5 & under are free. All seating is general admission.
The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California with the physical address 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.
Reserved grandstand seats for the KRC Safety Fall Shootout on Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway cost $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. To reserve your seats contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with opening ceremonies & heat races expected to get underway around 7pm. Also on the card are the USAC Western Midgets & the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars.
Remaining King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2016
Friday October 7: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA
Saturday October 8: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout)
Saturday October 15: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (31st Cotton Classic)
Saturday November 5: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (33rd Tribute to Gary Patterson)
Attica cancels banquet; point fund to be sent
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
ATTICA, Ohio – Due to scheduling conflicts, Attica Raceway Park has cancelled its season-ending awards banquet for 2016. The point fund money will be sent to the race teams soon, according to Rex LeJeune, Attica Raceway Park Director of Operations.
The top 10 in points in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints will share in the $22,000 point fund with champion Byron Reed taking home $8,000. The top 10 in points for the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models will share in the $15,000 point fund with champion Matt Irey earning $5,000. The top 10 in the Fremont Fence 305 Sprints will share in the $10,000 point fund with champion Paul Weaver earning $3,000.
The rookies of the year in all the divisions – Trey Jacobs, 410 sprints; Matthew Chapman, late models; and Trevor Baker, 305 sprints – will receive their rewards at a later date.
Attica Raceway Park’s 2017 awards banquet will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 and teams who plan to battle for the points titles are asked to plan accordingly.
Attica will kick off the 2017 season on Friday, March 24.
A recap of the top 10 in points in all three divisions will be released in the coming weeks.
For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com
Bud Kaeding leads all 30-laps to capture fourth King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory of the season on Saturday at Placerville Speedway
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – September 24, 2016…After scoring his first career Placerville Speedway victory in April Campbell’s Bud Kaeding returned to the high-banked bullring on Saturday night and added another, by claiming the 30-lap main event with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.
It was the fourth overall triumph of the season for Kaeding and the Williams Motorsports team, in what has been a solid year for the Oakhurst, CA based team. It also marked his 16th career King of the West 410 Sprint Car win, which gives him sole possession of seventh on the all-time series list, breaking a two-way tie between himself and Tim Green. Kaeding is now just one victory away from tying Los Angeles driver Tyler Walker for sixth on the win list.
“We’ve had a really good season overall and to win twice in Placerville this year is pretty special,” commented Kaeding. “This hasn’t always been my best track over the years, but Sean Grealy and my guys gave me an outstanding car tonight. These races are never easy to win, so you have to celebrate them when you get the chance. We’ve had a great group of racers out here and I hope all the fans are enjoying the close competition this season. Thanks to everyone for coming out tonight and supporting all of us. We hope everyone can make it out to Watsonville & Tulare in a couple weeks.”
The 30-lap feature got off to a rather slow start, with multiple stoppages plaguing the flow early on. After lap 10 however, the race went green to checkered and saw Kaeding have his way out front for the duration of the contest. Roseville’s Colby Copeland tried to keep pace through lapped traffic, but Kaeding was ultra strong picking his way through the slower cars.
Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, who was making his first ever King of the West Placerville start, looked like a veteran as the laps wound down in the feature. After starting 10th in the field he battled his way under Hanford’s DJ Netto on lap 19 for third and then sliced under Copeland for second on lap 26.
Bernal then closed the gap between himself and Kaeding over the final few laps, but would come up just short, having to settle for second at the stripe. The official margin of victory for Kaeding at the line was 0.682 seconds. The runner up effort was a career best with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series for Bernal aboard the Mike Phulps owned Metal Works No. 56 machine.
“I’m pretty pumped to finish on the podium with the King of the West Series tonight,” said Bernal. “We had a really good car in the feature and I got into a nice groove on the bottom the last 10-laps. I think with a couple more laps we would have had a shot at Bud (Kaeding). I’ll take a second though considering the kind of competition we are running against. It was a great weekend for us to get a couple of second place finishes with the winged car.”
Copeland crossed under the checkered flag in third to claim his second podium finish of the King of the West season. It was also his first series start in the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association/ Antaya Motorsports No. 20 Sprinter. “I thought we had a shot to get a win early on, but a third place finish is pretty good for us tonight. This is a new deal for me so I can’t thank Larry Antaya, Tim Werbach and this entire team enough for giving me the chance to drive this car. I’m excited for the remainder of the season.
After winning the night’s dash DJ Netto had a solid run in the feature to come home in fourth behind the wheel of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c mount. Fremont’s Shane Golobic thrilled the crowd after having to go to the rear of the field on lap one aboard the Keith Day Trucking No. 22 Sprinter. He proceeded to charge around the high-side of the quarter-mile and march his way back to fifth by the finish. If a yellow had come out at some point in the race Golobic certainly would have made things interesting up front.
The top-10 was completed by Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Paradise’ Kyle Hirst, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox and Fresno’s Cory Eliason. Hirst was able to recover for an eighth place finish after getting upside down in his heat race and also being caught up in an early race incident in the feature. After the night he still maintains a 30-point lead over Kaeding with four events remaining in 2016.
A-main finish: 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Colby Copeland, 4. DJ Netto, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Bobby McMahan, 7. Mitchell Faccinto, 8. Kyle Hirst, 9. Justyn Cox, 10. Cory Eliason, 11. Jason Statler, 12. Chase Johnson, 13. Jarrett Soares, 14. Chase Majdic, 15. Sean Watts, 16. Willie Croft, 17. Matt Barber, 18. Billy Wallace, 19. Jake Morgan, 20. Jim Richardson
As noted DJ Netto captured the dash, while heat race victories went to Colby Copeland, DJ Netto and Justyn Cox. Bud Kaeding started off the night by setting his first fast time of the season by clocking a 10.587 around the Placerville Speedway. Full results are available at www.racepmg.com
The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will take this coming weekend off, before getting back underway with a double header outing on Friday October 7 at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville and then Saturday October 8 at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare for the KRC Safety Fall Shootout.
1. Chad Kemenah 5238
2. Dale Blaney 5218
3. S. Haudenschild 5178
4. Cap Henry 4896
5. Kraig Kinser 4854
6. Danny Holtgraver 4690
7. T.J. Michael 4602
8. Caleb Helms 4400
9. Andrew Palker 4182
10. Lee Jacobs 4150
FINAL OSW Winners
6/18 S. Haudenschild
6/19 Dale Blaney
6/20 Rico Abreu
6/21 Bryan Clauson
6/22 Kyle Larson
6/24 Randy Hannagan
6/25 Jac Haudenschild
1. Chad Kemenah 1058
2. S. Haudenschild 1028
3. Tim Shaffer 1012
4. Dean Jacobs 1012
5. Kraig Kinser 996
6. Danny Holtgraver 982
7. Cap Henry 970
8. Travis Philo 958
9. Cale Thomas 956
10. Dale Blaney 952
1. Danny Lasoski 7197
2. Craig Dollansky 6955
3. Brian Brown 6894
4. Ian Madsen 6597
5. Brooke Tatnell 5468
6. Sammy Swindell 5355
7. Kerry Madsen 5199
8. Tasker Phillips 4668
8. Davey Heskin 4490
10. D. Hendrickson 3876
1. Danny Lasoski 5352
2. Brian Brown 4865
3. Ian Madsen 4761
4. Craig Dollansky 4606
5. Brooke Tatnell 4374
6. Davey Heskin 4364
7. Tasker Phillips 3789
8. B. Maeschen 3736
9. J.Schneiderman 3476
10. Scott Bogucki 3206
1. Kyle Hirst 2366
2. Bud Kaeding 2309
3. Justyn Cox 2130
4. Jason Statler 2086
5. D.J. Netto 2083
6. Sean Watts 1994
7. Jarrett Soares 1976
8. Mitchell Faccinto 1524
9. Shane Golobic 1419
10. Chase Johnson 1369
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