Initial Pre-Entry List Announced for Jackson Nationals
Windom, MN (May 28 2015) – The initial pre-entry list for the Jackson Nationals sees a total of 33 410 sprint cars already, with the event still a week away!
The event will run September 5 and 6, and will feature a total purse of $130,000! Saturday night’s FVP National Sprint League main event will pay $25,000 to win, $10,000 for second and $1,000 to start.
The following drivers have expressed their intentions of running for the big cash!
1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN
2, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO
2KS, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN
3, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA
4w, Matt Wasmund, Jackson, MN
5H, Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE
7, Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL
7D, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA
7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA
09, Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, SD
9P, Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, IN
12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA
13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND
14, Jody Rosenboom, Rock Rapids, IA
14AJ, Wayne Modjeski, Oak Creek, WI
15, Joe Riedel, Ramona, SD
17, Ryan Bickett, Ramona, SD
17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA
17B, Bill Balog, Brookfield, WI
17w, Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN
18, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.
19, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH
21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO
24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA
25, Dylan Peterson, Sioux Falls, SD
35, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN
44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA
49, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA
55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust.
56, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN
64, Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, WI
81, Austin Johnson, Pleasant Hill, IA
82, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD
“King Kinser” Wins Against the All Stars at I-96 Speedway and Ends Blaney’s Win Streak
UNOH All Star Action Moves Ahead to Butler Speedway Tonight
By Tyler Altmeyer
Lake Odessa, MI (August 21, 2015) - Bloomington, Indiana’s Steve Kinser continued his long-lasting kingship on Friday night by winning the 35-lap UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions main event at the I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan. Formally known as “The King” to the entire sprint car community, Steve Kinser earned the $5,000 victory in great fashion; holding off rising star Sheldon Haudenschild and Pittsburgh native Danny Holtgraver to ultimately end Dale Blaney’s five-race UNOH All Star win streak. The pilot of the familiar Bad Boy Buggies, Tony Stewart Racing, #11 is now tied with Doug Wolfgang and Danny Lasoski for 12th on the all-time UNOH All Star win list with 37 victories. The win was a career-first at I-96 Speedway during UNOH All Star competition.
“I just want to thank my entire crew” said Steve Kinser, “They gave me a great car here tonight and it was fantastic to drive. Even when we got caught up in traffic, we were able to drive right through it. Just a great night all together for us.”
Steve Kinser started third on the main event grid and would soon take command of the field after pole sitter Dustin Daggett drove off of the speedway on the opening lap. The 20-time World of Outlaws champion maintained the top spot the entire distance; surviving four cautions, the last with 13 laps remaining, and periods of lapped traffic to secure his place in victory lane.
Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild raced into the runner-up position after starting on the outside of row two. The three-time UNOH All Star winner in 2015 chased “The King” the entire 35-lap distance. Even after countless attempts to use lapped traffic as an advantage, Haudenschild would fail to reel-in Kinser. The podium finish now gives Haudenschild ten UNOH All Star top-five finishes in 2015.
“This car has been great to drive the last few months” said Sheldon Haudenschild, “Ever since Bonzai jumped on board with us, things have been great. Everyone works hard and I can’t thank them enough. Just happy with how things are going.”
Danny Holtgraver, who started on the outside of the front row, would join Sheldon Haudenschild in the pursuit to catch “The King” soon after the start, but came home two positions short. The former Lernerville Speedway track champion drove the Phoenix Racing #59 to a third place finish at I-96 Speedway; a second consecutive third place finish during UNOH All Star competition.
“We are excited to be up here again” said Danny Holtgraver about his podium finish, “This season has been tough to say the least. Had a lot of trouble getting comfortable in the car, but things are finally starting to click and it feels incredible. Hopefully we can keep this going the rest of the weekend and season.”
Red Lion, Pennsylvania’s Cody Darrah would rally two positions to finish fourth in the running order on Friday night. Former series champion Tim Shaffer rounded out the evening’s top-five finishers after starting in row five.
The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions will move ahead to the Butler Speedway in Quincy, Michigan tonight.. For a second consecutive night, the UNOH All Star travelers will battle the competitive Michigan locals and other outside invaders for a $5,000 top prize. Hartford, Ohio’s Dale Blaney is the most recent UNOH All Star main event winner at the Quincy oval; capturing the $5,000 top prize on August 16, 2014. Blaney is also the all-time leading feature winner at Butler Speedway during UNOH All Star competition. “The Low Rider” has four main event wins.
Pit gates will be open all day at Butler Speedway, with pit windows officially opening at 4:00PM. The driver’s meeting is scheduled for 5:30PM and racing at 6:00PM. Please visit Butler Speedway live on the web at www.butlerspeedway.net for more details.
A-Main 1 - (35 Laps) 1. 11-Steve Kinser ; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 3. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 4. 89-Cody Darrah ; 5. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 6. 1-Dale Blaney ; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 8. 94-Ryan Smith ; 9. 2M-Dustin Daggett ; 10. W20-Greg Wilson ; 11. 2L-Logan Forler ; 12. 4-Danny Smith ; 13. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 14. 51-Roger Campbell ; 15. 19-Joe Kubiniec ; 16. 38-Jared Horstman ; 17. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 18. 16X-Ryan Ruhl ; 19. 5T-Travis Philo ; 20. 27-Shelby Bilton ; 21. 25M-Ken Mackey ; 22. 22-Cole Duncan ; 23. 4K-Kody Kinser ; 24. 4X-Craig Karazim
Danny Lasoski Scores Win #7 at Fairmont Raceway
by Bill Wright
Fairmont, MN, August 21, 2015 – Danny Lasoski roared to his seventh FVP National Sprint League win of the season Friday night at the Fairmont Raceway in Minnesota. It was the first time in almost 30 years that 410 sprint cars had screamed around the banked half-mile oval. The Dover, Missouri driver led all 25 laps and collected $3,000 for his victory.
Lasoski earned the pole position by winning the Fuel Safe Dash and shot out to lead immediately in the main event. Ian Madsen and Craig Dollansky gave chase. Tim Kaeding rolled to a stop while running ninth with eight laps in the books to bring the only caution of the event.
Lasoski led Madsen, Dollansky, Austin McCarl and Brian Brown back to green flag racing. The slowdown was welcome for the leader, who had no peer in lapped traffic. Much of the passing happened further back in the pack. Bill Balog was on the move from outside row five. He used the high side of turns one and two particularly well to move into the top five by the time the checkers fell.
Madsen reeled in Lasoski slightly late in the going when the leader was briefly caught in traffic. In the end, it wasn’t enough on a heavy, fast surface. Third running Dollansky had a left rear go down on the final circuit and limped home. Lasoski’s win came ahead of Madsen, Austin McCarl, who scored his best NSL finish of the year, Brown and Balog. Terry McCarl, Bryan Clauson, Dollansky, Paige Polyak and Lynton Jeffrey round out the top ten.
Madsen shattered Jeff Swindell’s 30-year-old one-lap track record, covering the ½-mile in 14.244 seconds, an average of 126.4 miles per hour. Swindell set his mark in July of 1985 at 16.510 seconds. Polyak, Kaeding and Dollansky won heat races.
“Starting on the pole was key tonight,” said Lasoski in Victory Lane. “When the little guy (at the redraw) drew number two for the Dash, I could have kissed him. We’re here in Gomuddy country, and Tod (Quiring) was here. We wanted to win for him. We want to thank all the fans for coming out.”
“It was a great run for the Nehring Construction, KCP Racing team,” said Madsen. “We had a bad Nationals so it’s time to get back on track. Hopefully, we can finish the year strong. Danny Lasoski and Guy Forbrook are an awesome team. It’s definitely no shame to run second to them this year. I just want to thank all the fans for coming out and supporting the NSL Series.”
“I was having a little trouble with a lapped car late there,” said Austin McCarl. “Right when I started getting good, he changed to my line which probably slowed me down a bit. That was a really good run for us, and hopefully we can build on that Sunday and run a couple spots better. This is a great confidence builder with the engine troubles we’ve had this year.”
The FVP National Sprint League will compete Sunday, August 23 at the Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota. For more information on the FVP National Sprint League, visit www.NationalSprintLeague.com!
A main (started), 25 laps: 1. 2, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO ; 2. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. ; 3. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA ; 4. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO ; 5. 17B, Bill Balog, Brookfield, WI ; 6. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA ; 7. 17w, Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN ; 8. 2KS, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN ; 9. 19, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH ; 10. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA ; 11. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA ; 12. 3, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA ; 13. 09, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD ; 14. 16, Travis Whitney, Blaine, MN ; 15. 35, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN ; 16. 5H, Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE ; 17. 15, Joe Riedel, Ramona, SD ; 18. 4w, Matt Wasmund, Jackson, MN . Lap Leader: Lasoski 1-25. KSE Hard-charger: Balog.
UNOH All Stars Ready to Rumble in Michigan and Ohio
Blaney In Charge with 227 Point Lead
Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Indianapolis, IN (August 19, 2015) - After spending two weeks away from UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions competition to allow teams to focus on events at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, the UNOH All Star travelers will return to the series schedule this Friday through Sunday for a trio of events throughout Michigan and Ohio. The upcoming weekend will feature back-to-back events in the state of Michigan on Friday, August 21, and Saturday, August 22, followed by a short trip south to the “Buckeye State” for a one night stand on Sunday, August 23. Each of the three scheduled programs will award $5,000 to the main event winner.
The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions will ignite their upcoming weekend with competition at the I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan on Friday evening, August 21. It has been over 15 years since the UNOH All Stars last visited the Lake Odessa venue, with Helena, Ohio’s Phil Gressman earning the victory lane appearance back on July 22, 2000.
Action will resume on Saturday evening, August 22, back in the “Wolverine State” at the Butler Speedway near Quincy, Michigan. The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions have yet to visit Butler in 2015, but made two visits during the 2014 season. Current series point leader Dale Blaney is the most recent UNOH All Star winner at Butler Speedway; conquering main event action back on August 16, 2014. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Danny Holtgraver also earned UNOH All Star high honors at Butler Speedway during the 2014 campaign.
The three-race weekend will come to a close on Sunday evening, August 23, at the Millstream Speedway near Findlay, Ohio. The recently reopened facility hosted the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions once already in 2015, with Red Lion, Pennsylvania native Cody Darrah picking up the $5,000 top prize back on July 5, 2015. “America’s Series” has made 51 appearances at Millstream Speedway since its first visit in 1982, making Millstream a true staple in the UNOH All Star tradition. The half-mile dirt oval will close-out the weekend for the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions this Sunday night.
Hartford, Ohio’s Dale Blaney will lead the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions into Michigan on Friday evening. The defending series champion, and eleven-time feature winner in 2015, holds a 227 point advantage in the current standings over Cody Darrah. Darrah, pilot of the familiar J&K Salvage, #89 entry, will enter the weekend with two feature victories on the year, as well as 12 top-five and 20 top-ten finishes. Former series champion Chad Kemenah will enter the weekend third in the updated standings, followed by 2015 Ohio Sprint Speedweek champion Greg Wilson. The “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer, also a former series titlist, will roll through the gates at I-96 Speedway fifth in the current championship chase.
I-96 Speedway pit gates are scheduled to open at 4:00PM on Friday, August 21. General admission will open doors at 5:30PM, followed by hot laps and qualifying at approximately 6:30PM. Please visit www.i96speedway.com for more information.
Pit gates are scheduled to open at 4:00PM on Saturday, August 22, at Butler Speedway. Warm ups are slated for 6:00PM and racing set for 7:30PM. Check out Butler Speedway live on the web at www.butlerspeedway.net for more updated information.
Millstream Speedway will open its gates at 3:00PM on Sunday afternoon, August 23, followed by an autograph session at 4:30PM, hot laps at 5:30PM and racing at 6:30PM. Additional news can be found online at www.millstreamspeedway.net.
Big Wins for FVP National Sprint League Drivers at Southern Iowa Sprintweek
Windom, MN (August 17, 2015) – Ten days of intense sprint car racing came to an end with Saturday night’s 55th Annual FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores. In the end, Southern Iowa Sprintweek saw NSL members sweep the 360 Nationals, and put six drivers in Saturday’s championship event at the Knoxville Nationals. In addition, the top three spots and six of the top ten positions in the 2015 Jesse Hockett “Mr. Sprint Car” standings went to NSL members. Following are the big winners amongst NSL members during Sprintweek…
Terry McCarl – TMAC started on the front row and led wire to wire in taking his fourth 360 Nationals main event win. He also won in 1996, 2001 and 2009. The Altoona, Iowa driver would also win his qualifying night last Thursday at the 410 Nationals securing his 19th start in the biggest event in the sport. After spending most of the feature in the top ten, he would checker 11th. TMAC’s strong week was enough to earn him his second career “Mr. Sprint Car” title.
Danny Lasoski – The “Dude” earned second in the “Mr. Sprint Car” standings. After winning his qualifying night at the 360 Nationals, he finished second in both the “Capitani Classic” and his qualifying night of the Knoxville Nationals. He would checker eighth in his 25th career Nationals finale Saturday.
Bryan Clauson – Bryan Clauson earned his first career win at the Knoxville Raceway on Friday night. After a tough qualifying night that saw him charge from the back to a decent finish, he had to start from scratch. After setting the second quickest lap of his group, he got by Billy Alley and went on to win on Friday, earning a spot in Saturday’s finale for the second year in a row.
Dusty Zomer – Things started well for the Sioux Falls, South Dakota driver in the 360 Nationals. He won convincingly on his qualifying night before finishing second to McCarl in the finale. Tough luck hit for the 410 Nationals with a mishap at the start of Saturday’s B main.
Lynton Jeffrey – The Aussie turned Prairie City, Iowa native made it five NSL winners on the week when he took the $10,000 Speed Sport World Challenge on Friday. The victory gave Lynton a starting spot in Saturday’s finale. It was the third time in his career that he has qualified for the big dance!
The FVP National Sprint League would like to congratulate all drivers on a successful and safe Southern Iowa Sprintweek! The series is back in action this Friday night, August 21 at the Fairmont Raceway in Minnesota, and Saturday, August 22 at the Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa.
Donny Schatz Roars to His Ninth FVP Knoxville Nationals Championship
by Bryan Hulbert and Bill Wright
Knoxville, IA, August 15, 2015 – If anyone had any doubts as to whether or not Donny Schatz was going to earn his ninth Knoxville Nationals title, the North Dakota native made a statement by leading 50 laps flag-to-flag to win the 55th running of the FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store.
Making wholesale moves through traffic in the closing laps, Donny was asked about the very close passes, “It’s not the traffic that was bothering me. It was the restarts. It’s my job to get through traffic. If I can’t then I’m probably going to lose my job. The past couple weeks, seem like people get a run on you and can slide you, so you just had to do something different. One time I’d go to the bottom, one time I’d go to the top and keep mixing it up, but it’s hard to do that without mixing yourself up.”
“The boss was here tonight. Can’t thank him [Tony Stewart] enough for all the support to allow us to be with Bad Boy Buggies, Chevrolet Performance, and all our marketing partners to do what we love to do.”
Taking off from the pole, Donny Schatz jumped to the lead with Kerry Madsen in tow. Working low on the Knoxville Raceway, the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 was joined by the No. 29 of Kerry Madsen who railed the cushion.
Closing on the lead on the third rotation, Madsen continued to build momentum, pulling to the back bumper Schatz off the fourth turn as the No. 15 swapped lines to the high side down the front stretch to block the run of the American Racing Custom Wheels No. 29.
Keeping Donny within sight as the leaders hit traffic on Lap 10, the Bad Boy Buggies No. 15 found roads blocked, allowing Madsen to close in once again. With a full head of steam on Lap 12, Donny put a pair of slower cars between him and Madsen; leaving the Aussie to contend with Danny Lasoski.
Coming from sixth, the GoMuddy.com No. 2 worked cushion to hub on the Knoxville Raceway, trading second with Madsen as the caution flew on Lap 16 for the No. 41 of Jason Johnson who shredded the left rear tire.
Underway, Madsen kept pace into the first two turns with Lasoski in line. Unable to do anything with the No. 15, the race for second saw Lasoski taking the spot on Lap 25, just as the field came to the mid-point break.
Changing gears on the No. 15 during the five minute break, Schatz took the high line with Danny charging low. Unable to advance to the lead, Donny began pulling away as Danny worked to hold his second position, but would slip to fourth on Lap 32 as Kerry Madsen flew by on the cushion with Brad Sweet taking the low line.
Watching as the No. 15 pulled away with a 2.104 second advantage, the red flag flew on Lap 35 for the No. 51 of Paul McMahan who tripped the cushion in turn four battling for eighth with Bryan Clauson. Quick work by the Pit Crew put the CJB Motorsports No. 51 back on track for the restart.
Splitting lines on the restart, Madsen again could not make work of the No. 15, but again had to contend with Brad Sweet. Working low on Lap 37, Brad Sweet all but had Madsen cleared, only to see the No. 29 squeeze between his Right Rear Tire and the wall.
Going back and forth for the runner-up spot, the pair kept Schatz within seven tenths of a second as the caution waved again on Lap 40.
Again keeping Schatz to under a second advantage, the pair worked to traffic on Lap 48 with Schatz boxed in by back markers. With the center line barely open, Donny threaded the needle, putting the finishing touches on his ninth FVP Knoxville Nationals victory; crossing 1.363 seconds ahead of Kerry Madsen.
“I tried as hard as possible to get it done. I got behind him in dirty air and was just was jumping around on the cushion like an idiot, but I wasn’t going to leave anything on the table,” said Madsen. “I thought it was on there. I thought I had a quicker car and I just apologize for not getting the job done but he didn’t make a mistake the last 15 laps. I was ready to pounce, but it didn’t happen.”
Holding on for third was Brad Sweet after a hard battle with the No. 29.
“I tell you what this is a huge step in the right direction for Kasey Kahne Racing and the Ollie’s Bargain Barn Outlet. The car was really good. We hit on some stuff at the Front Row Challenge and we carried some momentum into here and when the time to hit it right in the A-Main was right, we hit it. I really didn’t want to see those yellows because I really felt like we were more maneuverable than the guys in front of us, but hats off to Donny. He makes it really hard to win this race.”
Coming on strong in the second half of the feature event, Shane Stewart came from 12th to fourth with Joey Saldana completing the top-five. From 14th, Brian Brown crossed sixth with Daryn Pittman going from 15th to seventh. Having battled up front for so many laps, Danny Lasoski slipped to finish eighth with Lucas Wolfe ninth and Greg Hodnett earning hard-charger honros in tenth from the 23rd starting spot.
Wayne Johnson led the distance to win the B-Feature. Running second at the white flag, Bill Balog ended up with the win in the C-Feature as Davey Heskin ran out of fuel on the final lap. D-Feature action was topped by Josh Baughman. Jimmy Light captured the win in the E-Feature, becoming the first driver in the history of the Knoxville Nationals to win the consolation feature twice; Light also won the event in 2014.
Best appearing car for the 55th FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store, worth $500, went to Justin Henderson for the third season running. Lance Moss and Dusty Zomer completed the top three. Best appearing crew was won by Ian Madsen’s team who also won $500. Wayne Johnson and Kraig Kinser’s crews completed the podium.
Aaron Reutzel earned Rookie of the Year in the Roth Motorsports No. 83. The “Jesse Hockett Mr. Sprint Car” Southern Iowa Sprintweek title went to Terry McCarl.
A main (started), 50 Laps, NT: 1. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (1); 2. 29, Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (2); 3. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (5); 4. 16, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (12); 5. 71m, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN (4); 6. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (14); 7. 9, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (15); 8. 2, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (6); 9. 1z, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (13); 10. Greg Hodnett (23); 11. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (8); 12. 17w, Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN (16); 13. 7, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (3); 14. 93H, Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (10); 15. 29w, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA (17); 16. Cody Darrah (22); 17. 19M, Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA (18); 18. 1B, Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH (11); 19. Sammy Swindell (21); 20. 3A, Billy Alley, Bennet, NE (19); 21. 51, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (7); 22. 41, Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA (9); 23. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (24); 24. Wayne Johnson (20); 25. 24R, Trevor Canales, Roseville, CA (25). Lap Leader: Schatz 1-50. Hard-charger: Hodnett.
Bryan Clauson Breaks Through for First Win at Knoxville, Trip to Saturday’s A
by Bryan Hulbert and Bill Wright
Knoxville, IA, August 14, 2015 – For the second year in a row, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson will take the green in the FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store on Saturday night, but this time it comes with a $4,000 check and his first career victory at the Knoxville Raceway in Friday’s National Speed Sport News Qualifying Night. Danny Dietrich, Brent Marks and Billy Alley also punched their tickets into Saturday night’s championship event by finishing second through fourth!
“I told these guys after Wednesday night, I think we had the car to get it done and we honestly felt like if we were in the fourth or fifth row of the ‘B’ we would think about coming back,” commented Clauson when asked about the teams decision to compete in Friday’s last chance event.
“I can’t say enough about my guys, they’ve been busting their butts all year. I’ve been trying to catch up and do my job, and it’s taken all summer but I can’t thank Shane Bowers enough. Him, Adam Clark, Cole Wood, just everyone on this racing team. It feels good to be locked into tomorrow night. We talked about getting a win here, and how special it would be and what better way to do it than here during the Knoxville Nationals. I don’t care what you call it, we just won at Knoxville!”
Taking off third, Clauson moved to the runner-up spot on Lap 4 with the pass on Danny Dietrich. A small bobble on the part of the Matt Wood Racing No. 17 allowed the No. 29w to retake the spot, putting the pair in a multi lap battle with Clauson finally taking the position.
Chasing Billy Alley for the race lead, the pair worked Lap 8 with traffic about to come into play. With a run off the cushion exiting the fourth turn, Clauson broke rank to the bottom, sliding to the cushion with the race lead in the second turn on the following circuit.
With Dietrich in tow to second, the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania shoe closed on Clauson, with the run short lived. Building a comfortable advantage, a few close calls in traffic brought Dietrich and Alley within striking distance, but was quick enough to keep the pair at bay.
As the leader split slower cars, the inadvertent caution waved for the No. 18 of Ian Madsen on Lap 22. The Australian spun while running fourth; doing a pair of donuts. Madsen was placed eighth in the restart order.
Fanning out into the first turn on the restart, Clauson stuck top shelf to hold the lead, pulling to a 0.973 second advantage at the drop of the checkered flag.
Danny Dietrich raced to the runner-up spot, earning 18th and his first feature start on Saturday night, “That was the goal coming into tonight. You know we wanted to win obviously, but Bryan was really fast and we were happy to run second. That caution came out, and I really wasn’t worried about contending and costing ourselves a spot in tomorrow night’s main event.”
Racing for the lead early on, Brent Marks made a late race move around Alley to cross third for the 19th starting spot on Saturday night; his first start in the $150,000 to win event, “That was a really fun race, and I’m just so excited to be in the A-Main here at Knoxville. This is awesome. It’s a dream come true and I didn’t really care about that win tonight, I just wanted to get into the A-Main.”
For the first time since 2008, a fourth place by Nebraska’s Billy Alley will see the Ironwood Builders No. 3 starting 20th on Saturday night.
“That’s something a kid dreams about. I lay in bed and I think about moments like that; racing with these guys,” said an elated Billy Alley. “Joe Steinbach, he gave me an awesome opportunity and the truth is, we didn’t have a motor a week ago, and ours wasn’t going to be done so Greg Nichols and Jack Woods at Speedway Motors bought us a motor and said, go run it.”
Mark Dobmeier from 13th came up to complete the top-five. Chad Kemenah from 12th was sixth with Ian Madsen settling for seventh. Lynton Jeffrey crossed eighth with Jamie Veal and Craig Dollansky making up the top-ten.
Single lap, split qualifying for Friday’s program saw Brent Marks fastest in Group A at 15.586 seconds. One of the few drivers to utilize the low line in his qualifying run, Billy Alley topped Group B with a 15.987 second lap.
Six Heats, split evenly by the group qualifying went to Lynton Jeffrey, Bryan Clauson, Christopher Bell, Jamie Veal, Jac Haudenschild, and Jacob Allen. Going 10 laps in the C-Feature, Bud Kaeding topped the event with twin, 12 lap B-Features, based on Group A and B qualifying went to Steve Kinser and Aaron Reutzel.
Join us Saturday night, August 15 for the championship proceedings at the 55th FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores! For more information on Knoxville Raceway, visit www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com!
A Main (started), 25 Laps, NT: 1. Bryan Clauson (3); 2. Danny Dietrich (4); 3. Brent Marks (1); 4. Billy Alley (2); 5. Mark Dobmeier (13); 6. Chad Kemenah (12); 7. Ian Madsen (5); 8. Lynton Jeffrey (7); 9. Jamie Veal (10); 10. Craig Dollansky (14); 11. Christopher Bell (15); 12. Tim Shaffer (8); 13. Dusty Zomer (17); 14. Dustin Selvage (6); 15. Logan Wagner (21); 16. Kraig Kinser (9); 17. Davey Heskin (24); 18. Aaron Reutzel (20); 19. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (22); 20. Bill Balog (23); 21. Steve Kinser (19); 22. Jacob Allen (18); 23. Parker Price-Miller (11); 24. Jac Haudenschild (16) DNS – Dean Jacobs.
Lap Leaders: Alley 1-8, Clauson 9-25.
Speed Sport World Challenge (started), 20 Laps, NT: 1. Lynton Jeffrey (2); 2. Randy Hannagan (1); 3. Daryn Pittman (9); 4. Brooke Tatnell (6); 5. Brad Sweet (13); 6. Kraig Kinser (3); 7. Ian Madsen (7); 8. Christopher Bell (18); 9. Tim Kaeding (17); 10. Kerry Madsen (14); 11. Terry McCarl (12); 12. Jamie Veal (5); 13. Jordyn Brazier (16); 14. Lucas Wolfe (10); 15. Jason Sides (4); 16. James McFadden (8); 17. Scott Bogucki (15); 18. Sheldon Haudenschild (11); 19. Glen Saville (20); 20. Bruce White (21); 21. Jac Haudenschild (19).
Lap Leaders: Hannagan 1, Jeffrey 2-16, McFadden 17-18, Jeffrey 19-20.
Terry McCarl Takes Night Two of the FVP Knoxville Nationals
Kevin Swindell was transported to an area hospital for evaluation following a crash at the start of his heat race
KNOXVILLE, Iowa - Aug. 13, 2015 - Night two of the FVP Knoxville Nationals was dominated by two of the track's most prolific drivers, Danny Lasoski and Terry McCarl, who mixed it up throughout Thursday's 25-lap A main.
McCarl, who has one World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory this season, charged forward from a ninth place starting position and took advantage of a mid-race restart and a slip-up by Lasoski to take the lead and ultimately the win for his No. 24 Country Builders/TheSnowPlow.com team.
"Danny was checking out there and I was slowly reeling in Jason there - I kind of didn't want the caution because it took a couple of laps to get going," McCarl said. "I had not been on the top once but I knew Danny and Jason were running there good. I kind of saw where Danny ran the restart before and I felt really good but I didn't nail it perfect and he got away from us there and then the yellow came out and that gave me another opportunity there.
"We really nailed it on that second one. Danny got a little bit loose coming off of two and I just got a good run on him."
McCarl comes into Saturday's Knoxville Nationals final after claiming his fourth 360 Nationals title last Saturday. He has seven 410 Knoxville track championships and 56 410 feature wins at the track.
Earlier in the night, Kevin Swindell was transported to a Des Moines hospital for evaluation following a crash at the start of his heat race. In a statement released late Thursday night, Swindell's parents, Sammy and Amy Swindell, thanked the Knoxville Raceway track safety crew for their response and the many well-wishers.
Lasoski and Jason Johnson started the night on the feature pole and Lasoski very quickly established a commanding lead. As Lasoski pulled away, Johnson had his hands full with Lucas Wolfe, Sammy Swindell, Joey Saldana and eventually McCarl. The battle for second, third and fourth was intense as each driver looked for an opening to advance.
The opportunity for McCarl happened on lap six as the first caution of the night occurred after Brooke Tatnell slowed to a stop on track. On the restart McCarl made up four positions, getting around Dale Blaney, Swindell, Saldana and Lucas Wolfe.
He set his sights on Jason Johnson then running in second. On lap 12, McCarl slid Johnson coming into turns three and four as he took the lead before the two drivers hit the front straight. Next up for McCarl was Lasoski, in the lead.
On the final restart of the night, Lasoski gave McCarl an opening as he bobbled heading into the corner.
"I slipped off of two one time and that's all it takes here," Lasoski said. "When you've got the experience of the guys here, you can't mess up one lap. You've got to make every lap count. I had a driver error and it cost me.
"Out front you never know quite where to be. You're a sitting duck. I thought we were putting a pretty good pace on the restart here but it's a do or die. You're going to get slid in one and two or you're going to get slide in three and four if you miss and that's what happened. We got beat and we ran second. But it wasn't for a lack of trying."
Lasoski said despite that he and his No. 2 GoMuddy.com team with Guy Forbrook at the helm feel good about their chances going into Saturday. Like McCarl, Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion, has a long history at Knoxville. In addition to four Knoxville Nationals titles, he has an unmatched nine 410 track championships and 106 410 feature wins.
Johnson, who closed out the night with a podium finish in third with his No. 41 Priority Aviation team, said he just got beat by experience Thursday night.
"Those guys know where to go and hit their marks," Johnson said. "I just couldn't make consistent laps one after another. I had shot at Danny there on a restart and I just never perfected the slide job in turns three and four and he drove back by. Once Terry got by me that really threw me for a loop because he was running where I didn't think anybody could be… I learned some good lessons and we'll come back on Saturday."
Another Knoxville regular, Brian Brown, put together one of the more impressive performances of the night, advancing out of the Last Chance Showdown only to charge through the field from a 23rd place starting position to finish in fifth. Brown took home the hard charger award.
"We've had a lot of luck on these nights, we've won these A-mains," Brown said. "Sometimes these are just as special as winning those. We had some good luck being able to drive up there. Being able to run the B-main helped me to know what not to do. We've always been the hunted, now we can be the hunter. If we can get our car like this on Saturday night I think we'll have something for them."
Going into Thursday's FVP Knoxville Nationals final, Donny Schatz and Kerry Madsen are tied on top of the points standings with 492 points each. Schatz will start on the pole with Madsen on his outside. David Gravel, Joey Saldana and Brad Sweet round out the top five in Saturday's feature lineup.
The 55th FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores continues tomorrow night with the SPEED SPORT Knoxville World Challenge and non-qualifier event. To find out more information and to learn how to buy tickets, visit http://www.woosprint.com/knoxville-nationals.
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2015 FVP Knoxville Nationals Notebook
RACE NOTES: Following night two of the FVP Knoxville Nationals Donny Schatz and Kerry Madsen are tied for the lead in the week's points standings with 492 points. They will start on the front row on Saturday… Brian Brown was the night's Hard Charger, advancing from 23rd to seventh… Earlier in the night, Kevin Swindell was transported to a Des Moines hospital for evaluation following a crash at the start of his heat race.
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Knoxville Raceway; Knoxville, Iowa; Aug. 13, 2015
A-Main - (25 Laps) - 1. Terry McCarl (9); 2. Danny Lasoski (1); 3. Jason Johnson (2); 4. Kerry Madsen (7); 5. Brian Brown (23); 6. Joey Saldana (5); 7. James McFadden (13); 8. Lucas Wolfe (3); 9. Stevie Smith (11); 10. Brad Sweet (8); 11. Dusty Zomer (16); 12. Danny Dietrich (12); 13. Dean Jacobs (17); 14. Steve Kinser (20); 15. Dale Blaney (6); 16. Greg Wilson (22); 17. Clint Garner (21); 18. Billy Alley (15); 19. Randy Hannagan (19); 20. Ed Lynch Jr. (14); 21. RJ Johnson (18); 22. Brooke Tatnell (10); 23. Sammy Swindell (4); 24. Tim Shaffer (24). Lap Leaders: Danny Lasoski 1-14, Terry McCarl 15-25. Hard Charger - Brian Brown.
A Main Lineup for Saturday (first 8 rows)
1. Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND
2. Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.
3. David Gravel, Watertown, CT
4. Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN
5. Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA
6. Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO
7. Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN
8. Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA
9. Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA
10. Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH
11. Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH
12. Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK
13. Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA
14. Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO
15. Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK
16. Rico Abreu, St. Helena, CA
B Main Lineup for Saturday (first five rows)
1. Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA
2. Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA
3. Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN
4. Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD
5. Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA
6. Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD
7. Stevie Smith, Broken Arrow, OK
8. James McFadden, Brisbane, QLD, Aust.
9. Greg Hodnett, Spring Grove, PA
10. Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH
2015 FVP Knoxville Nationals Points Standings
1 15 Donny Schatz 492
2 29 Kerry Madsen 492
3 7 David Gravel 485
4 71M Joey Saldana 478
5 49 Brad Sweet 476
6 2 Danny Lasoski 472
7 51 Paul McMahan 471
8 24 Terry McCarl 469
9 41 Jason Johnson 469
10 93H Sheldon Haudenschild 465
11 1B Dale Blaney 462
12 16 Shane Stewart 460
13 1Z Lucas Wolfe 459
14 21 Brian Brown 458
15 9 Daryn Pittman 457
16 24R Rico Abreu 456
17 12X Wayne Johnson 455
18 89 Cody Darrah 450
19 1 Sammy Swindell 448
20 1D Justin Henderson 445
21 7TAZ Tasker Phillips 445
22 40 Clint Garner 444
23 19S Stevie Smith 443
24 3G James McFadden 439
25 27 Greg Hodnett 439
26 W20 Greg Wilson 439
27 17W Bryan Clauson 435
28 18 Ian Madsen 431
29 29W Danny Dietrich 430
30 56 Davey Heskin 429
31 55 Brooke Tatnell 419
32 82 Dusty Zomer 416
33 19M Brent Marks 413
34 3A Billy Alley 411
35 95 Matt Covington 410
36 2LX Ed Lynch Jr. 409
37 35AU Jamie Veal 408
38 22 Tony Shilling 404
39 45 Tim Shaffer 403
40 7S Jason Sides 403
41 71X Tyler Courtney 402
42 70 Dean Jacobs 401
43 29C Willie Croft 398
44 11K Kraig Kinser 394
45 O Bud Kaeding 393
46 11 Steve Kinser 390
47 81X Lee Jacobs 390
48 71A RJ Johnson 390
49 19 Bob Weuve 389
50 12 Lynton Jeffrey 385
51 4 Dakota Hendrickson 384
52 83 Aaron Reutzel 384
53 31C Justyn Cox 384
54 28 Jonathan Cornell 382
55 11N Randy Hannagan 381
56 1ST Gary Taylor 380
57 84 Scott Bogucki 377
58 9P Parker Price-Miller 377
59 21AU Jordyn Brazier 376
60 19P Paige Polyak 370
61 69 Mike Moore 369
62 17A Austin McCarl 365
63 49J Josh Schneiderman 362
64 7R Roger Crockett 360
65 17 Josh Baughman 356
66 17B Bill Balog 353
67 25 Dylan Peterson 351
68 7D Dustin Selvage 348
69 4R Jon Agan 340
70 9K Kevin Thomas Jr. 340
71 3 Tim Kaeding 338
72 O1 Christopher Bell 336
73 13 Mark Dobmeier 331
74 44 Chris Martin 331
75 1A Jacob Allen 331
76 13X Jac Haudenschild 330
77 1S Logan Schuchart 326
78 10 Matt Moro 316
79 88N DJ Netto 314
80 5V Colby Copeland 312
81 23M Lance Moss 310
82 67H Sam Hafertepe Jr. 307
83 2KS Craig Dollansky 304
84 35 Skylar Prochaska 303
85 55W Logan Wagner 301
86 93 Glenndon Forsythe 300
87 44W Austen Wheatley 298
88 20N Hunter Schuerenberg 297
89 17J Joey Moughan 295
90 2L Logan Forler 293
91 10H Chad Kemenah 287
92 1X Don Droud Jr. 284
93 99 Brady Bacon 281
94 75 Glen Saville 275
95 47 Jeff Swindell 274
96 81 Austin Johnson 272
97 23 Jimmy Light 270
98 31B Shane Golobic 269
99 71 Kevin Swindell 267
100 20 AJ Moeller 263
101 15M Bobby Mincer 261
102 56B Ryan Bernal 255
103 7X Kaley Gharst 253
104 4S Danny Smith 236
105 O5 Brad Loyet 219
106 96AU Bruce White 217
107 1P Curtis Evans 215
108 96 Bronson Maeschen 212
109 55XM Brandon Wimmer 212
110 17M Todd Mickelson 210
111 2K Kevin Ingle 200
112 23B Seth Bergman 188
Bryan Clauson To Attempt Unprecedented 2016 Racing Schedule
Knoxville, IA – Bryan Clauson, with support from Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and in partnership with Matt Wood Racing, Joe Dooling, Bryan Clauson Inc, and Mike Martin Racing, is thrilled to present “The Chasing 200 Tour: Circular Insanity”.
Already recognized as one of the busiest and most successful racers in the world with 2 Indy 500 appearances and 4 USAC championships under his belt, along with an annual schedule that routinely features more than 120 races, in 2016 Bryan Clauson will attempt a wholly unprecedented motorsports feat, as he will run a schedule consisting of 200 races.
With the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing #88 as its centerpiece, “The Chasing 200 Tour: Circular Insanity” will see Bryan competing in winged sprint cars with the Matt Wood Racing Elk Grove Ford 17w, non-winged sprint car races in the Bryan Clauson Inc/Dooling Machine 63 and the Mike Martin Racing 16bc, and midget races in the Rusty Kunz prepared Dooling Machine/B&H Contractors 63. Additionally, Bryan’s schedule will see him contesting a limited Silver Crown and pavement winged sprint car schedule. Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, in partnership with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, will provide support across the entire program.
Talking about his unprecedented and never before attempted schedule, Bryan says: “I'm not sure if this is awesome or crazy, but I'm beyond excited for our plans for ‘The Chasing 200 Tour’. As a race car driver, you dream of racing on the biggest stages, and this tour gives me the opportunity to race on every big stage in dirt track racing along with the biggest stage of them all, the Indianapolis 500. I always say I have the best job in the world, and I think it's pretty cool that I get to try to do it 200 times! The amount of time and effort that has gone into planning this adventure has been immense, and I can't thank everyone enough for getting this deal put together."
David Byrd, a principal member of Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, offered his thoughts, saying “Nearly a year ago, Bryan told me that he had always dreamed of running a 200 race schedule. In fact, he prefaced it by saying that it was crazy. I told him that I like crazy, so when he told me what he wanted to do, I said ‘let’s make it happen!’. We went to work putting all of the pieces and partners together, and now here we are today turning dreams into reality. I can’t thank Matt Wood, Joe Dooling, Mike Martin, and Tim Clauson enough for joining in the insanity, and I couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with so many quality people and teams, and extending the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and Cancer Treatment Centers of America program and partnership in this way.”
Matt Wood, owner of Matt Wood Racing and the Elk Grove Ford 17w, added “After years of admiring Bryan as a driver and talking to him about the possibility of racing for us, I was finally able to get him in one of our cars. He hasn’t disappointed. While he works to find his way under a wing, we’ve built a solid program this year with good people, good equipment, and good results while looking towards the future. When David and Bryan came to me with this plan for 2016, I was all in. There’s no doubt that Bryan is a special talent, and with what he has already accomplished in his career he could easily be satisfied; but he continues to push and challenge himself, as evidenced by his increased focus on wing racing and now these incredibly ambitious plans for next year. Working with BC has been fantastic and he has made us better as a team. Being able to be part of something extra special like ‘The Chasing 200 Tour’ will make us even better, and I feel like we have laid a tremendous foundation for success the rest of this season that we will be able to carry forward into 2016. Between both 410 and 360 sprint cars, and maybe even some midget races, we expect Bryan to be in the seat of the Elk Grove Ford 17w at least 100 times next year. Based on our results in our first few months of working together, that’s a very exciting proposition.”
Joe Dooling, owner of the Dooling Machine/B&H Contractors 63 midget and sprint car, added his thoughts: “Me and Rusty’s relationship with Bryan began with a win at the Chili Bowl in 2014, and with our Belleville Nationals win a couple of weeks ago, I’d have to say it’s just continued to get better. We’ve been racing for decades, and the last 2 seasons with Bryan have been our best by far. BC’s the type of driver that makes you want to do more for him, so continuing with Bryan in our midget and growing our relationship with him by adding a sprint car to our operation in partnership with Brodie and Sarah Hayward and the multiple USAC championship winning team at Bryan Clauson Inc led by Tim Clauson, and doing so in order to help BC pursue a lifelong dream by partnering with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing for a big chunk of ‘The Chasing 200 Tour’ was a no-brainer. Naturally, it takes a lot of people to make something like this happen, and we’re only able to do our part due to our fantastic engine program with Gary Stanton and the support of John Godfrey and Spike Chassis. We have some more winning to do with Bryan yet this year, and I can’t wait for 2016!”
Mike Martin, whose Mike Martin Racing team will handle a portion of the western and southwestern sprint car races on ‘The Chasing 200 Tour’ schedule, added: “Bryan and I have had a great deal of success together, and I’m honored to have a role in this program. Being able to put a driver like BC in my car, and to have him put his trust in me and my team means a lot to me. Frankly, I just think this is a very cool deal, and it’s awesome to see the level of passion and commitment that it takes to want to do something like this and to take the steps to make it happen. I know that Matt and Joe and Tim give Bryan the best equipment and effort to go out and compete at a high level every time he straps in the cockpit, and we’re looking forward to doing the same on a more regular basis and continuing our winning tradition with BC”.
Jonathan Byrd II, another principal of Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, offered up his thoughts: “Last year, when we announced that Bryan would be driving the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing car in the Indy 500, we told people that we planned on being in ‘the BC business’ for a long time. With this announcement, it’s safe to say that we’re increasing our investment in Bryan, as we embark on our family’s most ambitious racing program to date. We’re looking forward to BC representing the Jonathan Byrd’s brand on tracks across America, and are thrilled to be able to fly our banner nationwide in association with a brand like the Cancer Treatment Centers of America while Bryan chases what many might think is the insane goal of 200 races in one season and attempts to make motorsports history.”
“The Chasing 200 Tour: Circular Insanity” will kick off in January of 2016. Race fans will be able to follow the tour via the web at www.jonathanbyrdsracing.com and www.bryanclauson.com, and via social media at the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and Bryan Clauson Facebook pages and Twitter: @ByrdRacing and @BryanClausonInc.
Shane Stewart Tops Qualifying Night at the FVP Knoxville Nationals
by Bryan Hulbert and Bill Wright
Knoxville, IA, August 12, 2015 – When Shane Stewart rolled into Knoxville on Sunday for the Capitani Classic, he walked away with a $5,000 payday and the goal of beating Donny Schatz. Fast Forward to Wednesday’s and the Bixby, Okla. shoe put his Jeff Gordon throwback / Kick-It No. 16 in Victory Lane just ahead of Donny; collecting a cool $12,000 payday in his 14th career Knoxville Raceway victory.
“You don’t every let your guard down with him [Schatz]. I’ve been beat a lot this year by him and we’re going to have to be a little better to beat him on Saturday,” said Shane in Victory Lane. “Honestly, I told the guys when we drew No. 71 to just relax, it didn’t make a huge effect on Sunday with twice as many racecars, and I was actually shocked the track slowed down as much as it did but it is what it is. It put us on the front row and we were able to take advantage of it.”
Earning the pole for the evening’s 25 lap feature event, Shane was quick to hit the cushion through the first two turns to hold the lead.
Keeping ahead of Daryn Pittman as traffic came into play on Lap 8 by 1.908 seconds, Stewart nearly tagged the wall through the third and fourth turns trying to clear a group of slower cars.
Losing very little speed, Shane put four slower cars between himself and the race for second involving Daryn Pittman, Wayne Johnson, and Donny Schatz with the trio going three deep on Lap 11 with Johnson taking the runner-up spot.
The first caution of the night on Lap 15 for Ian Madsen, who retired to the Pits with damage to the rear suspension, Stewart lined up with Johnson, Schatz, Pittman, and Gravel in tow. Staying high on the restart, Wayne Johnson dove low, but would not have enough steam to complete the pass, allowing Donny Schatz the opportunity to take over second.
Giving chase into traffic in the closing laps, Shane banked off the cushion in turn one on the final circuit, but would not be denied, crossing the checkered flag 0.614 seconds ahead of the Bad Boy Buggies No. 15.
“This whole team’s phenomenal. Bad Boy Buggies and Chevrolet Performance, without those guys, we wouldn’t be doing this and Tony Stewart himself being here this year, we’re glad to have him here with us. We wanted to get him a win tonight, but we’ll try our damndest on Saturday night,” commented Schatz.
Taking advantage of the mid-race restart, David Gravel was able to shoot to the final podium step with a big run down the back straightaway on Lap 16, “It’s been a crazy year testing how much I love this sport and I love it a lot. We’ve been working really hard, just struggling on the balance of the racecar and two days ago, we got a good balance, got a good Al Parker engine now, and were able to qualify well. I’m looking forward to the feature. If we keeping doing this, we’ll be up here more often.”
Paul McMahan moved up one spot to finish fourth with Justin Henderson from tenth completing the top-five.
Wayne Johnson slipped back to sixth with Daryn Pittman also slipping from second to finish seventh. Advancing from the B-Feature, California’s Rico Abreu charged from 23rd to eighth with Greg Hodnett and Sheldon Haudenschild completing the top-ten.
With 55 drivers timing in, drivers were divided into five Heat Races with Jamie Veal, Willie Croft, Tyler Courtney, Tony Shilling, and Dakota Hendrickson earning wins.
C-Feature action went to Jac Haudenschild with Tasker Phillips topping the B-Feature.
A look at points after the first night of action, and Donny Schatz with quick time, third in his Heat, and runner-up in the feature leads the charge with 492 points. David Gravel is second with 485, followed by Paul McMahan (471), Sheldon Haudenschild (465), and Shane Stewart (460).
A main (started), 25 Laps, NT: 1. Shane Stewart (1); 2. Donny Schatz (8); 3. David Gravel (7); 4. Paul McMahan (5); 5. Justin Henderson (10); 6. Wayne Johnson (3); 7. Daryn Pittman (2); 8. Rico Abreu (23); 9. Greg Hodnett (9); 10. Sheldon Haudenschild (6); 11. Bryan Clauson (24); 12. Davey Heskin (11); 13. Tasker Phillips (21); 14. Cody Darrah (22); 15. Kraig Kinser (18); 16. Tony Shilling (15); 17. Jamie Veal (12); 18. Tyler Courtney (14); 19. Lee Jacobs (16); 20. Dakota Hendrickson (20); 21. Willie Croft (13); 22. Jordyn Brazier (19); 23. Scott Bogucki (17); 24. Ian Madsen (4).
Lap Leader: Stewart 1-25
Points Accumulated Wednesday (top 10)
1. Donny Schatz 492
2. David Gravel 485
3. Paul McMahan 471
4. Sheldon Haudenschild 465
5. Shane Stewart 460
6. Daryn Pittman 457
7. Rico Abreu 456
8. Wayne Johnson 455
9. Cody Darrah 450
10. Justin Henderson 445
WST Set For $5,000.00 To Win Show At Siskiyou Motor Speedway
By Ben Deatherage
Yreka, California- On Friday August 14th some of the top teams in the Western United States will head to Siskiyou Motor Speedway in beautiful Yreka, California with the Western Sprint Tour. The WST visited the 1/4-mile clay oval earlier this year back in late June. Colby Copeland was the winner of that race and it looks like a new winner will emerge as Copeland will be absent and racing in Knoxville.
The best part of this race is that it is held during the annual Siskiyou Golden Fair. A race has been held during the fair from 2011-13. Kyle Larson won in 2011 and Kyle Hirst won in 2012 and 2013. Hirst will look to put the Finley Farms team back in victory lane. In the last five Sprint Car races Scott and Jason Finley have won four of them as car owners with both Larson and Hirst.
The next night the fans are in for a real treat at Southern Oregon Speedway especially the young fans. SOS will be offering a Kids Night promotion which will get fans TWELVE YEARS OLD AND YOUNGER INTO THE RACES FOR FREE. It's a great way to take the whole family out to watch some great races and spend time together.
The Western Sprint Tour is the Pacific Northwest region's most premier touring 360 Sprint car series. Visiting some of the nation's best facilities it is a series that offers some of the best racing you can find anywhere around. For the latest news and information log on to sprints.nwextremeseries.com. Also check out the WST Facebook page and be sure to “Like” it.
2015 Western Sprint Tour Schedule
April 24th Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, OR Trey Starks
April 25th Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, OR Rained Out
May 23rd Southern Oregon Speedway White City, OR Roger Crockett
May 24th Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, OR Roger Crockett
June 28th Siskiyou Motor Speedway Yreka, CA (Speedweek Northwest) Colby Copeland
June 29th Southern Oregon Speedway White City, OR (Speedweek Northwest) Colby Copeland
June 30th Coos Bay Speedway Coos Bay, OR (Speedweek Northwest) Colby Copeland
July 1st Travel Day
July 2nd Willamette Speedway Lebanon, OR (Speedweek Northwest) Seth Bergman
July 3rd Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, OR (Speedweek Northwest) Justyn Cox
July 4th Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, OR (Speedweek Northwest) Roger Crockett
August 14th Siskiyou Motor Speedway Yreka, CA
August 15th Southern Oregon Speedway White City, OR
September 25th State Fair Raceway Yakima, WA
September 26th State Fair Raceway Yakima, WA
Past Western Sprint Tour Results At Siskiyou Motor Speedway:
June 28th, 2015
A Feature: 1. 5V-Colby Copeland; 2. 77-Kyle Hirst; 3. 94-Steven Tiner; 4. 31C-Justyn Cox; 5. 75-Sean Becker; 6. 11-Roger Crockett; 7. 35-Dominic Scelzi; 8. 1R-Ryan Robinson; 9. 22-Garen Linder; 10. 45-Brent McGrath; 11. 72-Phil Dietz; 12. 55-Trey Starks; 13. 5D-Patrick Dills; 14. 11K-Michael Kofoid; 15. 96-Greg Hamilton; 16. 70-Raquel Ivie; 17. 3AU-Daniel Sayre; 18. 87-Kyler Barraza; 19. 29-Willie Croft; 20. 21-Colby Wiesz
Past Western Sprint Tour Winners At Siskiyou Motor Speedway:
2015- Colby Copeland on June 28th
Former Ore-Cal Challenge Winners:
2012- Kyle Hirst
2011- Garen Linder
Victory is Sweet’s at $20,000 Front Row Challenge
by Bill Wright
Oskaloosa, IA, August 10, 2015 – Brad Sweet wired the field and took home a $20,000 payday and much more at Monday’s 20th Annual Casey’s General Stores Front Row Challenge presented by Sea Foam Motor Treatment at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. The Grass Valley, California native led all 30 laps after getting the jump from his pole position in the FVP National Sprint League main event.
After topping Paul McMahan, Brent Marks and Kerry Madsen in match races in the Keith Hutton Memorial/TK Concrete $1,000 “King of the Hill”, Sweet beat Madsen to turn one when the feature green flag fell. Dale Blaney trailed in the third spot, but tagged the turn one wall hard on lap two. He would retire after 17 laps.
Marks took over the show position and would hold it until Bud Kaeding slowed on the backstretch with eight laps in the books. Sweet led Kerry Madsen, Marks, Ian Madsen and Rico Abreu back to green. Ian Madsen made quick work of Marks to take over the third spot, while Sammy Swindell shot from tenth to seventh.
At the halfway point, Sweet was into heavy lapped traffic. Kerry Madsen reeled him in at one point, but Sweet guided the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 through traffic with ease. Sweet cruised to his first NSL win and a big payday, ahead of Kerry Madsen, Ian Madsen, Marks and Abreu. McMahan, Swindell, Joey Saldana, Tim Kaeding and Danny Lasoski rounded out the top ten.
Kevin Ingle was awarded a brand new driver suit from Hinchman Racewear by random draw (a $1,400 value). Tasker Phillips dominated the B main, and earned a set of Weld front hubs. Brad Sweet’s mechanic picked up a 3/8 Micro Lithium Impact Kit courtesy of Des Moines Snap-On Tools Dealers.
The FVP National Sprint League will compete next on Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22. On Friday, they will be at the Fairmont Speedway in Minnesota, before heading to the Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa on the 22nd. For more information on the FVP National Sprint League, visit www.NationalSprintLeague.com!
A main (started), 30 laps: 1. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA ; 2. 29, Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. ; 3. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. ; 4. 19M, Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA ; 5. 24R, Rico Abreu, St. Helena, CA ; 6. 51, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN ; 7. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN ; 8. 71M, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN ; 9. 3, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA ; 10. 2, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO ; 11. 7, David Gravel, Watertown, CT ; 12. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO ; 13. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND ; 14. 17W, Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN ; 15. 93, Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH ; 16. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN ; 17. 31B, Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA ; 18. 17B, Bill Balog, Brookfield, WI ; 19. 1B, Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH ; 20. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA ; 21. 7R, Roger Crockett, Medford, OR ; 22. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK ; 23. 0, Bud Kaeding, Campbell, CA ; 24. 9K, Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, AL .
Lap Leader: Sweet 1-30.
Series Update: Byron Reed Earns 2015 F.A.S.T. Championship
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F.A.S.T. Promoter: Rich Farmer - (419) 307 - 4241 / www.fastondirt.com
Fremont, Ohio (August 11, 2015) - For the third time in his career, Byron Reed captured the Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title “410” Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service championship. Reed, who earned one F.A.S.T. victory in 2015, capped off his championship quest with an impressive “hard charging” performance during the series finale on Saturday, August 8, at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. The Monclova, Ohio native charged from a 16th starting position to finish second on August 8; closing fast on eventual race winner Broc Martin. The 2015 F.A.S.T. “410” Championship Series title is worth $10,000.
“I would like to personally congratulate each of our F.A.S.T. champions and all of the competitors who spent each and every weekend with us” said F.A.S.T. series promoter Rich Farmer, “2015 proved to be one of the most competitive seasons in F.A.S.T. history. Earning a F.A.S.T. championship takes dedication and determination, as well as consistency and the ability to maintain an operation that can handle a busy schedule throughout most of the summer months. I thank all of those who chose to race with us weekly in 2015. I want to also thank all of our loyal sponsors and supporters for making 2015 possible. We are already planning for 2016. Our goal is to make the coming year bigger and better for our drivers and fans. F.A.S.T. is happy to announce that both of our title sponsors, Kistler Racing Products and JLH General Contractors, have returned for 2016. Kistler Racing Products has been with us since the beginning and we are privileged to have them associated with our series. ”
Byron Reed ended his 2015 title run with a 73 point cushion over three-time series winner in 2015, Craig Mintz. Mintz, who earned his third and final win of the year on Friday night, August 7, at Attica Raceway Park, finished just ahead of Cap Henry in the final point standings. Like Mintz, Henry was a three-time series main event winner during the 2015 season. Dean Jacobs and Chris Andrews rounded out the top-five in the final series standings. Both Jacobs and Andrews found victory lane twice during F.A.S.T. competition in 2015. There were ten different winners this season, with seven drivers earning multiple F.A.S.T. “410” Championship Series feature victories.
Fremont, Ohio’s Bobby Clark earned the 2015 JLH General Contractors Fremont/Attica Sprint Title “305” Championship Series presented by Engine Pro title; earning three F.A.S.T. main event victories in the process and ending his championship campaign with a tenth place performance during the series finale at Fremont Speedway on Saturday, August 8. Jordan Ryan, who experimented with “410” sprint car action in 2015, finished second in the final F.A.S.T. “305” Championship Series title chase. Ryan ended his campaign with one feature victory and fell just short of the title by 53 markers. Fellow one-time F.A.S.T. main event winner Steve Rando finished third in the final title hunt, followed by Alvin Roepke and two-time winner John Ivy. Ivy is the most recent F.A.S.T. “305” Championship Series main event winner; earning the trip to Fremont Speedway victory lane on August 8. Bobby Clark will earn $2,000 for his 2015 F.A.S.T. “305” Championship Series title.
Nate Dussel is the 2015 Kistler Racing Products F.A.S.T. “410” Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service “Rookie of the Year.” Dussel earned one victory during F.A.S.T. action in 2015 and finished seventh in the final championship standings. His lone win of the year occurred back on Saturday, July 11, at Fremont Speedway.
Jerry Dahms earned the JLH General Contractors F.A.S.T. “305” Championship Series presented by Engine Pro “Rookie of the Year” honors for 2015. Despite finishing his inaugural campaign without a victory, Dahms still managed to finish 13th in the final standings amongst an ultra-competitive field of 305ci powered sprint cars.
The Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title organization will celebrate the 2015 season on Saturday, December 5, at the American Legion in Fremont, Ohio. More details to follow.
Fremont/Attica Sprint Title ‘410’ Winners:
Round 1 - Friday, April 17th - Attica Raceway Park - Dean Jacobs
Round 2 - Saturday, April 18th - Fremont Speedway - Chris Andrews
Round 3 - Friday, May 1st - Attica Raceway Park - Dean Jacobs (2)
Round 4 - Saturday, May 2nd - Fremont Speedway - Byron Reed
Round 5 - Friday, May 15th - Attica Raceway Park - Cap Henry
Round 6 - Saturday, May 16th - Fremont Speedway - Cap Henry (2)
Round 7 - Friday, June 5th - Attica Raceway Park - Chad Kemenah
Round 8 - Saturday, June 6th - Fremont Speedway - Chris Andrews (2)
Round 9 - Friday, June 12th - Attica Raceway Park - Canceled
Round 10 - Saturday, June 13th - Fremont Speedway - Craig Mintz
Round 11 - Friday, July 10th - Attica Raceway Park - Stuart Brubaker
Round 12 - Saturday, July 11th - Fremont Speedway - Nate Dussel
Round 13 - Friday, July 24th - Attica Raceway Park - Stuart Brubaker (2)
Round 14 - Saturday, July 25th - Fremont Speedway - Craig Mintz (2)
Round 15 - Friday, July 31st - Attica Raceway Park - Cap Henry (3)
Round 16 - Saturday, August 1st - Fremont Speedway - Tyler Gunn
Round 17 - Friday, August 7th - Attica Raceway Park - Craig Mintz (3)
Round 18 - Saturday, August 8th - Fremont Speedway - Broc Martin
Fremont/Attica Sprint Title ‘305’ Winners:
Round 1 -Friday, April 17th - Attica Raceway Park - Jordan Ryan
Round 2 - Saturday, April 18th - Fremont Speedway - Bobby Clark
Round 3 - Friday, May 15th - Attica Raceway Park - Jamie Miller
Round 4 - Saturday, May 16th - Fremont Speedway - T.J. Michael
Round 5 - Friday, June 12th - Attica Raceway Park - Canceled
Round 6 - Saturday, June 13th - Fremont Speedway - John Ivy
Round 7 - Saturday, July 4th - Waynesfield Raceway Park - Steve Rando
Round 8 - Friday, July 24th - Attica Raceway Park - Bobby Clark (2)
Round 9 - Saturday, July 25th - Fremont Speedway - Paul Weaver
Round 10 - Friday, August 7th - Attica Raceway Park - Bobby Clark (3)
Round 11 - Saturday, August 8th - Fremont Speedway - John Ivy (2)
Awards Banquet: Saturday, December 5 - The American Legion - Fremont, Ohio
Point Standings (As of Monday, August 10, 2015)
F.A.S.T 410 Points
1. Byron Reed 2370
2. Craig Mintz 2297
3. Cap Henry 2251
4. Dean Jacobs 2218
5. Chris Andrews 2145
6. Stuart Brubaker 2140
7. Nate Dussel 2003
8. Broc Martin 1984
9. Tyler Gunn 1888
10. Duane Zablocki 1663
1. Bobby Clark 1392
2. Jordan Ryan 1339
3. Steve Rando 1319
4. Alvin Roepke 1303
5. John Ivy 1296
6. Ricky Peterson 1274
7. Jamie Miller 1229
8. Kyle Capodice 1185
9. Seth Schneider 1162
10. Jason Keckler 1047
410 SPRINT CARS RETURN TO SHARON SATURDAY FOR THEIR FINAL 2015 APPEARANCE
By Mike Leone
Hartford, OH August 15, 2015 Sharon Speedway will look to complete its seventh straight event this Saturday night (August 15) as the "410" Sprint Cars return for their third and final visit of the 86th anniversary season. Joining the Sprints will be the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods, and the Deforest Used Parts Mini Stocks. The DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will have the night off. Heat races get underway at 7 p.m.
Saturday is Lincoln Electric Night. All 50/50 and beer proceeds will benefit the local fire and EMS. Saturday's kitchen special is cabbage and mashed potatoes.
Coming off two successful All Star Circuit of Champions events in June and July for Ohio Speedweek and the "Lou Blaney Memorial" won by Dale Blaney and Sheldon Haudenschild, the "410" Sprint Cars will appear Saturday in a regular event paying $1,500 to-win, $200 to-start for the 25-lap feature. If 24 or more cars are present, the payoff will increase to $2,000 to-win, $225 to-start. The complete payoff is posted below. The national "410" Hoosier Tire rule will be in effect. Mufflers are not required. Drivers will draw pills for the heat race line-ups with an invert up to eight for the feature lineup.
One of the top local Sprint Car drivers looking forward to returning to Sharon is Jack Sodeman, Jr. The North Jackson, Ohio racer won back-to-back titles when the Sprints ran weekly at Sharon in 2009 and 2010 and owns 12 career wins at the Hartford, Ohio oval.
Several other top local talent like defending Mercer Champion Eric Williams, recent two-time 2015 Lernerville winners A.J. Flick and Dan Kuriger, past Speedweek winner Brandon Matus and his father Brent, former Lernerville Champions Brandon Spithaler and Carl Bowser, Mercer winner Adam Kekich, and others are expected.
The Modified feature race last Saturday between Dan Davies and Mike Kinney was one of the best races of the season with Davies capturing his first career win at the track. Kinney, the 2013 champion, has his sights set on his second track championship as he's closed the gap to eight behind leader Will Thomas III in the Summit Racing Equipment standings. Kinney is still looking for his season's first win, while Thomas already has three checkered flags. Dwayne Clay is third in points over Paul Davis and Joel Watson, who has fell 124 points back in fifth after missing last week due to building a new car.
Curt J. Bish invaded Sharon last Saturday night for just his second appearance of the season and won for the company he works for, SMS Technical Services' corporate night. Bish became the seventh different Stock Car winner in the eight events run this season. Atop the standings is Mike Clark, the division's only repeat winner. Clark leads Mike Miller by 34 points in the Gibson Insurance Agency standings in hopes of his third straight title. Third through fifth in points are Brian Carothers, Brian Mulichak, and Tony "Spaghetti" Bruno. Sixth place point man, Gary Robinson, nearly became another winner back on August 1 before Clark made a late race pass for the win. The Stock Car count has been higher this season than in recent years.
While the Econo Mod car count has been lower than usual this season, the racing up front has been tremendous. In fact, each of the past three weeks at least four drivers have been in a pack battling for the win, side-by-side to the finish. Steve Haefke ended a four-year winless drought picking up the victory and stopping Casey Bowers and Ryan Fraley from winning their fourth feature events. Fraley leads Bowers by 22 as it appears those two will battle for their first HTMA/Precise Racing Products Championship. Keith Felicetty has a very consistent career best season and is third in points over Jamie Scharba and Wayne Daniels.
Joe Campbell won his season's first last Saturday in the Mini Stocks, but Bill Fuchs is well on his way to his third straight championship. Fuchs leads the division with three victories and has the biggest point lead at the Speedway at 51 over rookie racer Matt Rubright in the Deforest Used Parts standings. Jamie Maxwell moved up to third in points over Michael DelliQuadri, who missed last Saturday night. Tim McAninch is fifth. Fuchs is the only driver in the top seven in points that has won a feature this season! Forty-four different Mini Stock drivers have participated this season.
"410" Sprint Car Payoff for less than 24 cars: 1. $1,500 2. $900 3. $725 4. $600 5. $550 6. $475 7. $425 8. $350 9. $325 10. $275 11. $250 12. $225 13-24. $200. $100 NQ/Tow
"410" Sprint Car Payoff for 24 or more cars: 1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $725 4. $600 5. $550 6. $475 7. $425 8. $350 9. $325 10. $275 11. $250 12. $230 13-24. $225. $100 NQ/Tow
Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 5, and heat races are slated for 7. Grandstand admission for those 14 and over is just $10. As always, children under 13, parking, and camping is always FREE! Pit passes are $30. Sharon has a no carry-in cooler policy.
Statement from the NSL
The NSL regrets that Doug and Justin Clark decided to opt out of tonight's NSL event in Oskaloosa however we totally respect and agree with their decision.
Even though the situation that took place last night at Knoxville wasn't an NSL sanctioned event the NSL officials and management will be closely monitoring these types of actions from the competitors moving forward in all NSL sanctioned races.
Tommie Estes Joins FVP National Sprint League Team in 2016
Windom, MN (August 10, 2015) – The FVP National Sprint League is proud to announce the addition of Tommie Estes to their team! Tommie was instrumental in the expansion of the ASCS 360 Series and worked in that capacity for twelve years. He has also been an active part of both the Chili Bowl, the Short Track Nationals and other large events over the years, and is currently the General Manager of Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas.
Tommie’s great reputation in the sprint car world precedes him. He will be directing the NSL series’ expansion into the 360 sprint car division and setting up regions from Minnesota to the gulf. Though Tommie will be joining the NSL in these capacities, he will also continue to focus on his duties at Dodge City Raceway Park.
"I'm very pleased to have Tommie join our NSL team,” says FVP National Sprint League founder Tod Quiring. “Tommie was key in setting up the entire ASCS series several years ago and brings a wealth of knowledge to the NSL. He will be a great asset to our series!"
“I’m really excited about this,” says Tommie. “Tod and I have had numerous conversations, and he asked me if I be interested in this. I decided that this would be a good opportunity for me to work back on this side of things. It’s a great bunch of people he’s put together with that NSL team and I’m looking forward to it.”
Shane Stewart Slides to Victory in the 4th Annual Capitani Classic
by Bryan Hulbert and Bill Wright
Knoxville, IA, August 9, 2015 – If the Slide Job was an Olympic sport, Shane Stewart would have collected the gold medal on Sunday night at the Knoxville Raceway; pulling off a deep Slide Job on Danny Lasoski though turns three and four on Lap 20 to become the fourth winner in as many years in the fourth annual Kustom Concrete Pumping Capitani Classic.
“I knew he was coming so I actually hesitated a little bit there with the two guys in front of me. I wasn’t sure where to go and I know he’s been exceptionally good here on the bottom,” explained Stewart when asked about the setup for the pass. “Lately, our car has been really good the last part of the race, and that’s what we’ve been trying to concentrate on because the No. 15 beats us on a daily basis, his lap times always increase as the race goes on, or at least quicker at the end of the race so we’ve been trying to concentrate on that and so far we’ve been able to achieve that a little bit. It’s just a testament to everyone on this L.M.R. Team.”
With a sigh of relief, Stewart said, “I can’t thank my guys enough. They gave me a really good Hot Rod. We’ve been absolutely terrible here this year so to get a win here going into our Wednesday qualifying night definitely gives this team a boost, and hopefully good things will come for Wednesday and on into Saturday.”
Giving chase early on from sixth, the race of the lead was between Kerry Madsen and Danny Lasoski with the No. 29 on top. Keeping just over a second advantage for the first eight laps, slower traffic began to come into play with Lasoski closing the gap.
Working the center groove through the first two turns, the Big Game Motorsports No. 2 was all over Madsen’s back bumper in a matter of laps. Switching grooves to the usual Lasoski Catfish, the challenge for the lead came on Lap 14 with “The Dude” going to the point off the second turn.
Pulling away by 0.627 seconds before Madsen was able to make back to the line, Lasoski looked to be in control; but traffic was not done writing their story.
Pulling to a pair of lapped cars, Madsen with Shane Stewart in tow since Lap 4 closed fast. With a huge head of steam, Stewart pulled the slide on Madsen for second; trying the same move on Lasoski the following lap without the desired result.
Back into Lasoski’s tire tracks, the slide came again on Lap 21 with the Larson Marks Racing No. 2 clearing Danny entering turn four and quickly pulling away to 1.440 second by the next lap. Finding slower cars in the final two revolutions, it made no difference as Stewart crossed 1.594 seconds ahead of Lasoski.
Kerry Madsen ended his night third with Sammy Swindell pulling off the low line pass on Paul McMahan for fourth on the final lap, who nearly ended his night coming to the checkered with a slap to the front straight-a-way wall.
Joey Saldana was sixth with Daryn Pittman close behind in seventh. Jamie Veal from 14th was eighth with Lynton Jeffrey and Justin Henderson making up the top-ten.
With 80 drivers making the call for the fourth edition of the Capitani Classic, split qualifying saw Kerry Madsen fastest in Group A at 15.050 seconds. Group B was topped by Daryn Pittman with a 15.290 seconds lap.
Six Heats, divided into three for each qualifying group took place. Group A Heats were won by Danny Dietrich, Ian Madsen, and Davey Heskin. Group B Heats went to Brian Brown, Jamie Veal, and Parker Price-Miller.
With the top-three advancing from each Heat, the top four fastest drivers from both qualifying groups who advanced were locked into a seven round, 2 Lap Pole Shuffle with the winner advancing up the ladder. The first round saw Paul McMahan over Lynton Jeffrey. Facing Joey Saldana in the second round, the No. 71m went three straight over McMahan, Stewart, and Swindell before going down in the sixth round to Danny Lasoski who was not able to keep pace with Kerry Madsen taking home an extra $3,000 courtesy of Greenland Homes, and in doing so set a new 2 Lap record at 32.1 seconds.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Greenland Homes, Kustom Concrete Pumping and Nehring Construction,” said Madsen. “It’s fantastic to see new people in the sport. I got lucky and got the inside starting spot on the ‘Dude’. It could have gone either way. We’ll take it!”
A 10 Lap C-Feature was topped by Brandon Wimmer. Going back to A and B groups for the night’s B-Features, Greg Hodnett won the consolation feature for the A Group. Daryn Pittman topped the Group B consolation.
A main (started), 25 Laps, NT: 1. Shane Stewart (6); 2. Danny Lasoski (2); 3. Kerry Madsen (1); 4. Sammy Swindell (5); 5. Paul McMahan (7); 6. Joey Saldana (4); 7. Daryn Pittman (10); 8. Jamie Veal (14); 9. Lynton Jeffrey (8); 10. Greg Hodnett (9); 11. Justin Henderson (11); 12. Terry McCarl (12); 13. Brian Brown (16); 14. Ian Madsen (13); 15. Danny Dietrich (17); 16. Davey Heskin (15); 17. Chad Kemenah (20); 18. Tim Shaffer (21); 19. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (3); 20. Dale Blaney (18); 21. Dustin Selvage (22); 22. Wayne Johnson (19); 23. Parker Price-Miller (24); 24. Jon Agan (23). Lap Leaders: K. Madsen 1-13, Lasoski 14-19, Stewart 20-25. Hard-charger: Veal.
Mintz gets 1st win of year at Attica FAST finale
By Brian Liskai
Attica, Ohio – It’s often said in dirt track racing it takes a lot of things falling your way to end up in victory lane. Such was the case for Gibsonburg’s Craig Mintz on Friday at Attica Raceway Park on Edward Jones of Clyde/Mike Neill Financial Advisor Night.
The two time track champion benefitted from a good pill draw to start on the pole of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprint feature, and then the caution flags fell at opportune times as he led all 30 laps for his first win of the season at Attica. It was win #13 in Mintz’ career and times him for eighth on the track’s all time win list with Tim Shaffer and Frankie Kerr.
The win also puts him in position for a top three finish in the Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica Sprint Title (FAST) Championship Series Presented by KS Sales and Service. With his fourth place finish, coupled with problems for Cap Henry, Byron Reed is set to earn an unprecedented third Kistler Cup and its $10,000 pay day.
Also, with his second place finish, former track champion Dean Jacobs gained more valuable points in his quest for the $10,000 Attica track title with only two point races left.
“I wish my wife and my baby girl were here. But work is first…wife had to work. My crew…if it wasn’t for them it would take a long time for us to be here. Stuart Williams gave us a trailer to use. My dad, Kevin, Hoagie, Sam and Rich….they do all the work, I just drive the race car,” said Mintz of his Real Geese Decoys, Design Graphics Group, Sennebogen backed #09.
“I saw someone coming out of four on the last lap. I was struggling…I was bleeding bad. The shorter runs helped. The bleeders came in and knocked some air out of the tires. I was good for about two laps and after that I was just trying to get a good run and not miss the top. I knew Dean (Jacobs) was coming…he’s probably the best driver I’ve seen on the bottom. Things fell right for us tonight,” added Mintz, thanking other sponsors, KS Sales and Service, Linder’s Speed Equipment, GF1 Chassis, Dave Story Equipment Repair, Erie Shore Propane, and Kistler Engines.
Bobby Clark inherited the lead when Jamie Miller jumped the cushion and flipped on lap six, and then survived a late race charge by Kyle Capodice to claim his third straight win in the Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprints. The victory is the ninth overall of the season for Clark and essentially wraps up the JLH General Contractor 305 FAST Championship presented by Engine Pro. Clark now has 19 career 305 sprint wins at Attica and is fourth on the track’s all-time win list
“I knew once I caught traffic…everyone was right on the bottom. I figured who ever was behind me was there. Our hope coming into here tonight was to wrap up the FAST championship with a win,” said Clark beside his Fremont Fence, Kear’s Speed Shop, Kistler Engines, Nagy Equipment, Big D’s Pizza, Schiets Motorsports, Miller Rigging, Shelluke’s Bar, Willey’s Towing, B&L Plumbing, backed #8.
In the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks, Fremont’s Matt Foos would take the lead when Dustin Keegan had mechanical woes on lap four, and would cruise to his second straight win and the fourth of the season at Attica. It was his sixth overall victory of 2015. Foos now has six career victories at Attica.
“It’s pretty cool I get to have my son in victory lane. The last time he was here we blew up leading. We thought we had an engine problem earlier in the week, but a lot of hard work, sweat and blood and here we are. It was actually the flex plate bolts backed out…that was a relief,” said Foos of his Fremont Fence, Level Performance, Pitstop Carryout, Automatic Fire Protection, D&R Transmissions, M&L Excavating backed #2.
Mintz and Jimmy Colvin brought the field to green for the 30 lap 410 sprint feature with Mintz gaining the advantage as third starter Jacobs jumped into second. Chris Andrews would bolt into third on lap three and took second a lap later.
The action would grind to a halt on lap four when Tyler Gunn flipped, ending his night. On the restart Mintz pulled away slightly from Andrews with Jacobs, Stuart Brubaker, Byron Reed and Rob Chaney in tow. The top three of Mintz, Andrews and Jacobs put some distance between themselves and a tremendous battle for fourth between Brubaker, Reed, and Chaney with Caleb Griffith and T.J. Michael staying close.
With 10 laps scored, Andrews was gaining on Mintz but the caution would fall for DJ Foos. Mintz got a great restart to hold the lead over Andrews, Jacobs, Brubaker, Reed and Chaney. At the halfway point the running order was Mintz, Andrews, Jacobs, Brubaker, Chaney, Reed, Michael and Cap Henry.
Just as Mintz was set to hit heavy lapped traffic on lap 18, the caution came out for Bryan Nuckles. Again when the green flew Mintz got a tremendous restart as Andrews and Jacobs battled for second. Fourth place running Brubaker would experience mechanical woes on lap 20 and would retire to the pits.
Mintz could not escape Jacobs and Andrews with Chaney, Reed and Michael locked in a fun battle for fourth. As the laps ticked off, Jacobs utilized the bottom groove to edge closer to Mintz. As the white flew Jacobs was racing to the leader’s inside as fifth place Chaney went pit side with issues. As they raced out of turn four to the checkers, Jacobs was beside Mintz, but Mintz kept up his momentum and drove to the win. Jacobs, Andrews, Reed and Michael would round out the top five.
Chris Keller and Rocky Owens paced the field for the 25 lap late model feature with Owens gaining the advantage over Keller, Ryan Markham, Rusty Schlenk, Drown and Ryan Missler. As Owens pulled away slightly, the battle for second was outstanding involving Schlenk, Keller, Markham and Drown.
After a lap two caution for Josh Haynes and Nate Potts, Owens would again pull away while Keller, Markham, Drown and Missler battled for second as Schlenk slid off the track, losing several positions. Owens drove into lapped traffic by the eighth circuit as Markham battled with Keller, Drown and Mike Bores. Keller would take second on lap nine with Drown edging out Markham for third.
Ben Mott would spin on lap 13 with the running order Owens, Keller, Drown, Markham, Bores, Missler and Larry Kingseed. When the green flew Owens again maintained his advantage as Keller, Markham and Drown continued the battle for second. With 10 laps to go the running order was Owens, Keller, Markham, Bores, Drown, Kingseed and Missler.
Drown would utilize the high line to take third on lap 19 just before the caution flew again for Mott. When the green flew Keller and Drown challenged Owens with Kingseed taking fourth. Kent Brewer would bring out the final caution on lap 23 setting up a two lap shoot out.
When the green flew Owens went to the bottom of turns one and two and Drown blasted away at the cushion and rocked into the lead. Owens would drive away to the win over Owens, Keller, Markham and Kingseed.
In the 25 lap 305 sprint feature, Capodice and Clark brought the field to green, with Clark taking the lead. The car on the move was Jamie Miller who used the high line to grab second on lap three and then blasted around Clark for the lead on lap five. But, that cushion would bite Miller a lap later as he jumped the ledge and flipped.
Clark would pull away on the restart over Capodice, Jordan Ryan, Dustin Rall, Ricky Peterson, Alex Paden, Steve Rando and a charging Dustin Dinan. Dan Hennig would stop with suspension damage on lap eight with the restart order Clark, Capodice, Ryan, Rall, Peterson, Rando and Dinan. The race would go caution free the remaining laps.
With 10 laps to go the car on the move was Peterson who took fourth and a lap later drove around Ryan for third as the leaders raced into lapped traffic. Capodice began eating way at Clark’s lead with Peterson and Ryan locked in a good battle for third.
With three laps to go Capodice was beside Clark but as they flew into turn one, Capodice bobbled, doing a 360 spin and losing several spots. Clark would hold off Peterson for the win with Rando, Ryan and Capodice rounding out the top five.
410 Sprints A-Main (30 Laps) 1. 09-Craig Mintz ; 2. 97-Dean Jacobs ; 3. 19-Chris Andrews ; 4. 5R-Byron Reed ; 5. 8M-TJ Michael ; 6. 22-Cole Duncan ; 7. 33M-Caleb Griffith ; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 9. 9-Jimmy Colvin ; 10. 83M-Broc Martin ; 11. 21-DJ Foos ; 12. 9R-Jordan Ryan ; 13. 40DD-Nate Dussel ; 14. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 15. 16-Stuart Brubaker ; 16. 53-Cap Henry ; 17. 59-Bryan Nuckles ; 18. 96AU-Bruce White ; 19. 68G-Tyler Gunn
305 Sprints A-Main (25 Laps) 1. 8-Bobby Clark ; 2. 2-Ricky Peterson ; 3. 19R-Steve Rando ; 4. 5-Jordan Ryan ; 5. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 6. 1X-Dustin Dinan ; 7. 77I-John Ivy ; 8. 1W-Paul Weaver ; 9. 9R-Dustin Rall ; 10. 24-Alex Paden ; 11. 99-Alvin Roepke ; 12. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 13. 22M-Dan McCarron ; 14. 4T-James Taddeo ; 15. 15-Gary Benjamin ; 16. 20I-Kelsey Ivy ; 17. 13-Jeremy Duposki ; 18. 36-Seth Schneider ; 19. 97-Kyle Peters ; 20. 8J-AJ Sleek ; 21. 32H-Dan Hennig ; 22. 39-Jamie Miller
AJ Flick and Mike Pegher gets second wins of 2015 in wild features on PCTC Night
Rex King Jr. and Terry Young make lead passes, then hold off hardchargers
Sarver, PA (August 7, 2015) The Action Track lived up to its billing again tonight with a pair of wild features in the Peoples TWP Sprints and Precise Late Models. All Star Danny Holtgraver split front row starters Dan Kuriger and Ralph Spithaler to take the early lead, only to be passed by a lightning fast Brandon Spithaler in heavy lapped traffic on lap 11. On the first lap 21 restart, Brandon Spithaler made an abrupt right to the pit entrance in turn three as he led the field to the green flag. Danny Holtgraver inherited the lead, but was riding a very low left rear which came off the rim when he took the green flag. Second running Dan Kuriger had to take evasive action to avoid contact, but AJ Flick shot low into turns one & two to take the lead and score his second win of the season. The heartbreak continued in the Precise Late Models as early leader Michael Norris broke battling Alex Ferree for the lead and rolled into the pits in turn four. A few laps later, Ferree jumped the cushion in one & two, allowing Mike Pegher Jr. to shoot underneath and into the lead down the back straightaway. Pegher rolled on to his second win of the season as well.
Rex King Jr. ran down 18-lap leader Kevin Bolland then held off a hard charging Mat Williamson whom came from the tail of the feature line-up due to winning three straight Fab4 Fueled by Turner’s features in the Diehl Mods. Terry Young, then, passed early leader Wayne Carbo and held off All Time division wins leader Joe Kelley to score his second Pic-A-Part Sportsman feature of 2015.
DIRTcar 410 Sprints Feature: (25 Laps)
1. (2) AJ Flick, Apollo
2. (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum
3. (08) Dan Kuriger, New Brighton
4. (7K) Dan Shetler, Johnstown
5. (23Jr) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson, OH
6. (56) Ralph Spithaler, Evans City
7. (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
8. (16) Jimmy Morris, Fowler, OH
9. (G1) Mike Miller, Chicora
10. (5) Bob McMillin, Wampum
11. (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot
12. (22) Brandon Spithaler, Evans City
13. (59) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
14. (27M) Zach Morrow, Mars
15. (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
16. (76) Davey Jones, Baden
17. (91) Bobby Siegel, Saxonburg
DNS (11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg
Heat Race Winners: Carl Bowser, Jack Sodeman Jr.
DIRTcar Late Models Feature: (25 Laps)
1. (1C) Mike Pegher Jr., Wexford
2. (111) Matt Lux, Franklin
3. (10L) Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
4. (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
5. (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
6. (9) Clayton Kennedy, Mars
7. (10) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
8. (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton
9. (23) Tony Burke, Sarver
10. (72) Michael Norris, Sarver
11. (4J) John Mollick, Toronto, OH
12. (3) Dan Swartzlander, Freeport
13. (32) Trevor Herr, Creighton
Heat Race Winners: Matt Lux, Michael Norris
DIRTcar Northeast Modifieds Feature: (25 Laps)
1. (165) Rex King Jr., Bristolville, OH
2. (6M) Mat Williamson, St Catharines ONT
3. (45) Steve Feder, Butler
4. (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
5. (65) Rex King Sr., Bristolville, OH
6. (61) Dave Murdick, Meridian
7. (28) Tom Winkle, Mars
8. (13) Rick Regalski, Slippery Rock
9. (75) Jeff Miller, Sarver
10. (03) Mark Frankhouser, Philipsburg
11. (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
12. (24) Cody Cooper, New Wilmington
13. (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
14. (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
15. (3K) Shawn Kozar, Renfrew
16. (29) Garrett Krummert, Butler
DNS (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
DNS (96) Mike Turner, Herman
Heat Race Winners: Mat Williamson, Jeremiah Shingledecker
Details Announced for $130,000 Jackson Nationals September 4 and 5
Windom, MN (August 7, 2015) – Details have been finalized for the richest weekend purse in both the 61 year history of the Jackson Speedway and for the 2015 season for the FVP National Sprint League! The two-day Jackson Nationals presented by GOMUDDY.COM in Jackson, Minnesota will be Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5. The total purse will exceed $130,000 with Saturday’s Jackson Nationals finale paying $25,000 to the winner, $10,000 for second, and $1,000 to start the event! This all-sprint show will also feature 360 sprint cars!
Bring the whole family and stay for this two-day event featuring more than just racing! Activities begin at 3 p.m. on Friday with plenty of sponsor giveaways, a kids’ bounce house and a full bar and beer garden!
Saturday’s events will begin at 1 p.m. and include Friday’s activities, plus live music, a bean bag tournament, a dunk tank featuring your favorite drivers, chances to win NSL prize packages, a silent auction, giveaways and much more!
Also, don’t miss the fireworks show both Friday and Saturday night, with an outstanding display during Saturday’s intermission!
The purse could include much more for a pair of drivers! Danny Lasoski has already qualified for the $25,000 DeBerg Concrete Triple Crown Challenge. If he should win Saturday night at Jackson, his payday could be $50,000! The same can be said for Grand Forks, North Dakota’s Mark Dobmeier if he can win the NSL event at the Knoxville Raceway on Saturday, August 29!
$20,000 to Win Front Row Challenge this Monday
Windom, MN (August 4, 2015) – The 20th Annual Casey’s General Stores Front Row Challenge presented by Sea Foam Motor Treatment, proves to be the biggest yet in the event’s rich history! The event on Monday, August 10, will pay a record $20,000 to win, and will feature unbelievable rewards for fans and drivers alike The FVP National Sprint League will also ensure the return of 410 sprint cars to the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa for the first time in three years.
Four-time Knoxville Nationals champion, and 2005 Front Row Challenge champion, Danny Lasoski leads the FVP National Sprint League into Oskaloosa. He will be joined by two-time and defending FRC champion, Brian Brown, two-time “King of California” Tim Kaeding, defending Knoxville Raceway champion, Ian Madsen, seven-time IRA champion, Bill Balog, five-time Huset’s Speedway champ, Mark Dobmeier, nine-time Aussie World Series Sprintcars champion, Brooke Tatnell, Lynton Jeffrey and many more stars from the NSL!
Several drivers are expected to challenge the NSL regulars! Five-time and defending All Stars Circuit of Champions titlist Dale Blaney is expected. Blaney is the all-time leading feature winner with the All Stars. 2015 Chili Bowl winner and 2015 K&N Pro Series East stock car winner, Rico Abreu is also anticipated.
ASCS National Series point leader, Aaron Reutzel and California’s Shane Golobic are two more recent drivers that have indicated they will attend. A number of drivers from the World of Outlaws are also expected, as they have been given permission to race at the Front Row Challenge!
Stuff for the Fans
Courtesy of Sea Foam Motor Treatment (four) and Monarch Restaurant in Pella (one), five lucky fans will be walking away with 40” television sets. Driver signed Frisbees will be thrown into the stands. Lucky fans who catch one with a heat winning driver will walk away with a new TV!
Of course, there will also be the usual giveaways, including items for the kids, and over 250 shirts, hats, 6,000 beads and much more courtesy of Doll Distributing of Des Moines!
Free Casey’s pizza will be delivered to each race team, and lucky fans will receive Casey’s donuts and pizza as well!
Stuff for the Drivers!!!
In addition to a great purse, the most famous prize belt in racing, and contingencies awarded for NSL members, much more is planned for the drivers!
Quick time will receive a right rear Hoosier tire.
Heat winners will get a $500 gift certificate from All Pro Heads as well as a Snowplow.com Snow Pusher. The B main winner will receive Vahlco front hubs. Heat and B main winners will also receive a five pound canister of protein from Nutrishop in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Other winners will receive Weld front hubs, a HRP front wing set, Vortex wings, two sets of Schoenfeld Headers, a 28-gallon fuel tank from Saldana Racing Products and Hoosier Tires.
The Keith Hutton Memorial/TK Concrete “King of the Hill” Match race winner will go home with $1,000.
The feature hard-charger will receive a KSE Steering Pump.
The “Farthest Tow Award” will be worth $250 from Kilani Fender, Inc. of Hawaii.
All drivers will be put in a drawing for a new Hinchman Racewear driver’s suit! ($1400 value)
Save by Getting your Tickets Early!
Reserve your adult tickets early and save $5! Call 515 957-0020! Also, save $5 on your infield passes by visiting area Casey’s General Stores in Oskaloosa, Pella and Knoxville!
Tickets and Times
Tickets at the track the day of the race are $30 for adults (Reserved) and $15 for ages 12 and under! Party Passes for the infield are $25 the day of the race for adults, and $5 for kids 12 and under!
Infield Party Pass gate and pits open at 3 p.m. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 7:15 p.m. with racing to follow!
Past Winners of the Front Row Challenge
1996 (Night #1) Travis Cram, Snohomish, WA
1996 (Night #2) Terry McCarl, Pleasant Hill, IA
1998 Tyler Walker, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH
2000 Jeff Shepard, Upperco, MD
2001 Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, PA
2002 Tyler Walker, Los Angeles, CA (2)
2003 Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, PA (2)
2004 Jeff Shepard, Upperco, MD (2)
2005 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO
2006 Kenny Jacobs, Holmesville, OH
2007 Rob Chaney, Wooster, OH
2008 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK
2009 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN
2010 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (2)
2011 Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (3)
2012 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (2)
2013 Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO
2014 Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (2)
Blaney Has the Momentum in All Stars Go at PPMS
by Lou Long
Imperial, PA: Dale Blaney talked of "momentum middle," after his recent World of Outlaws victory at Lernerville Speedway in the Don Martin Memorial, but Sunday at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway he demonstrated momentum in a different place. Blaney rode the rim in classic style to the front on his way to win his fifth straight in the UNOH All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series. His winning pass was a daring turn three slide job on leader Tim Schaffer, a driver who cut his teeth on Dirt's Monster Half Mile. Blaney's triumph was his eleventh with the All Stars this season and 126th of his career in the series.
"This place was really fun," he said. "You could pound the top, you could run the middle a little bit, you could run anywhere on the racetrack." But, the rim was where he seemed to be most comfortable, and effective. "The top was definitely the place to be with speed up." Blaney noted that his car was "really easy to drive." He attributed that to the tire selection. "I think we put on a little harder of a left rear tire than some of the guys and halfway through the race it really took off."
Schaffer pulled away from Greg Wilson on the opening lap, much to the surprise and delight of the fans. Schaffer may have had the home town following, as he lives just up the road in Aliquippa. But it was Wilson who had the benefit of winning when the touring series last visited the speedway. Plus, Wilson dominated a heat race and was second in the dash, which gave him the preferred outside lane to launch off turn four. Although they ran out front, Dale Blaney quietly moved into third and he methodically cut into the leaders' advantage.
Well before lap ten, Blaney had dispatched Wilson, and he had Schaffer in his sights. Blaney continued to pound the cushion, while Schaffer raced in the middle, just a car width below it. Blaney caught the leader entering the first turn on lap eleven, and then he executed an aggressive slider to assume command coming through the third turn. Instead of a classic slider entering the corner, Blaney entered the turn in the high groove, and turned down midway through to slide by Schaffer. Blaney then drifted to the top again between the third and fourth turns to complete the pass. From there, he had clear sailing in the non-stop affair.
Cody Darrah came alive midway through the race. He caught Schaffer and Blaney, and almost pulled off a surprise move. He dropped to the low side on the front stretch and had a run on both of them. However, he could not get his nose ahead of them when they were detained by the lapped traffic. So, the veterans rolled into turn one and were able to negotiate by the slower cars. While Blaney was able to make the unorthodox slide job work in turn three, it took Darrah another lap to pass Schaffer in turn one. But, Darrah was no match for Blaney the rest of the way. In his post-race interview, Darrah mentioned that he lost a cylinder, so it was remarkable that he kept second on the sprawling speedway.
A fantastic battle developed for positions three through six as the laps were counting down. Hometown favorite, Danny Holtgraver, worked into the top five from sixteenth on the starting grid, and he still had some more moves to make. Holtgraver made it to third by the time the checkers flew, and he had to hold off hard-charging Dave Blaney to keep the podium finish. Dave Blaney came from tenth on the grid this night.
Chad Kemenah took fifth from Sheldon Haudenschild, who found that the low groove was not the fastest way around the big track. Greg Wilson held on for sixth. Ryan Smith, edged out a fading Schaffer for eighth. Ed Lynch, Jr. was never a factor, but he did finish in the tenth spot.
The feature had an unusual start. Travis Philo did a complete 360 spin at the flagstand, got going again, and the race continued without interruption.
The heat race winners were Ryan Smith, Scott Priester, and Greg Wilson. Tim Schaffer copped the dash. Dale Blaney was the evening's fastest qualifier, turning the Monster Half Mile in 18.320 seconds.
Ben Policz cruised to an easy win in the RUSH Late Model twenty lapper that went non-stop. Finishing second was Josh Holtgraver, who did apply some early pressure. Third went to Toby Massie. Tom Schirnhofer, Justin Lamb, Paul Jablonski, Chuck Medved, Jacob Gunn, Tim Schaffer, and Jeffrey Haynes completed the running oder. The pair of heats went to Toby Massie and Ben Pollicz.
Todd Weldon topped the Sportsman Stock Car event. Bryan Mitchell and Dustin Lamb were the othe rpodium finishers. Bill Robertson, Jake Simmons, Nick Kocuba, Steve Webb, Wayne Carbo, Shawn Neupert, and Gary Koteles were the other contestants. Weldon and Robertson led in the qualifiers.
All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars: Dale Blaney, Cody Darrah, Danny Holtgraver, Dave Blaney, Chad Kemenah, Sheldon Haudenschild, Greg Wilson, Ryan Smith, Tim Schaffer, Ed Lynch, Jr., A.J. Flick, Caleb Helms, Brandon Matus, Travis Philo, Danny Smith, Scott Priester, Brent Matus, Dan Kuriger, Eric L. Williams, Andrew Palker (DNS).
FVP National Sprint League News and Notes from the “Road to Knoxville”
Windom, MN (August 3, 2015) – The First Annual “Road to Knoxville” at I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, Nebraska ensured one thing. There will be a Second Annual “Road to Knoxville”! Promoters Phil Durst, Jim Huffman and Joe Kosiski created a great event that saw the unique (Sandy Vee Anderson as Dolly Parton, and a co-sanction with two major sprint car bodies) and the not so unique (Danny Lasoski winning two more big features). In the end, a big crowd enjoyed the festivities in an event that is sure to only grow bigger and better.
15,000 Reasons to Enjoy I-80 – Danny Lasoski has had his share of success on the 4/10-mile oval in Nebraska, but enjoying a sweep of the “Road to Knoxville” to the tune of $15,000 ($5,000 Thursday, $10,000 Friday) must have been pretty sweet! He also picked up quick time in Minnesota Mafia Time Trials both nights. The Dover, Missouri driver has chalked up an incredible 13 top fives in fifteen NSL events. Ian Madsen, who picked up the companion Lucas Oil ASCS National Series win Thursday night is second with seven top fives.
Dolly, Wolfgang and Trostle – In a scene that could only be categorized as surreal, Dolly Parton impersonator Sandy Vee Anderson, and National Sprint Car Hall of Famers Doug Wolfgang and Bob Trostle interacted with fans and signed autographs. If you were wondering, all had a line for autographs! Sandy performed both nights before hot laps and briefly during intermission. She also served as the trophy girl.
BC Breaks – What looked like a great night Friday for Bryan Clauson turned ugly in a hurry. His mount went up in smoke while battling for second with Tim Kaeding. Things turned for him on Saturday, however, when he won his third career Belleville Nationals in Kansas aboard Joe Dooling’s #63 midget.
T-KSE – There’s no truth to the rumor that Tim Kaeding is buying KSE Racing Products any time soon. He seems to be making a major statement, however, and he picked up his sixth KSE Hard-charger Award of the year on Thursday. Friday, the San Jose, California driver was more than content to qualify a bit better and his starting spot netted in a strong second place finish. Thoughts and prayers go out to Tim’s family and his grandfather Bob “Soapbox”.
Rebounding from a Nightmare – After a strong fourth place run on Thursday night, Wisconsin’s Bill Balog needed a motor change after hot laps on Friday. After he failed to get a time in, he charged from 20th to 10th in Friday’s main event. Only 151 points separate Kaeding in second in the standings from Balog in fifth.
Newcomers Shine – In only his second appearance with the NSL, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia’s “The Real Deal” Jamie Veal led sixteen laps before getting passed by Lasoski. He would finish second. Roseville, California’s Willie Croft was making not only his first NSL appearance, but his first ever in the Midwest. He finished fifth in his debut on Thursday.
Double Duty – Brian Brown, who finished second and third with ASCS, Ian Madsen, Bill Balog driving for Gary Swenson) and Stu Snyder (who blew up his 410 Thursday) were the drivers who raced with both sprint car series last weekend.
TMAC is Back – Altoona, Iowa’s Terry McCarl put himself back in third place in the standings with a strong weekend. He came home on the podium in third on Thursday before a fourth place finish on Friday. He and wife Lori will now prepare for the next FVP National Sprint League event, the $20,000 to win Front Row Challenge, Monday, August 10 at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa!!!
2015 NSL Point Standings (Top 10)
1. Danny Lasoski 4933
2. Tim Kaeding 4187
3. Terry McCarl 4117
4. Ian Madsen 4097
5. Bill Balog 4036
6. Brian Brown 3936
7. Bryan Clauson 3879
8. Mark Dobmeier 3788
9. Brooke Tatnell 3495
10. Lynton Jeffrey 3397
2015 FVP National Sprint League Schedule
Saturday, April 11 – 34 Raceway (Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA)
Friday, May 8 – Eagle Raceway (Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO)$
Saturday, May 9 – Knoxville Raceway (Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO) ($20,000 bonus from Durst Motorplex to win Eagle and Knoxville)*$
Friday, May 15 – Jacksonville Speedway, “Sprints Gone Wild” w/MOWA (Rain)
Friday, May 22 – Jackson Speedway, Folkens Bros. Trucking Spring Nationals - $10,000 to win! (Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA)
Sunday, May 24 – Huset’s Speedway (Rain)*
Thursday, May 28 – St. Francois County Raceway, “March Through Missouri” (Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO)
Friday, May 29 – Randolph County Raceway, “March Through Missouri” (Rain)
Saturday, June 27 – Knoxville Raceway, Mid-Season Championship, $5,000 to win (Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO)*
Friday, July 3 – Huset’s Speedway, $5,000 to win (Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO)*
Saturday, July 4 – Knoxville Raceway (Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA)*
Friday, July 10 – Park Jefferson International Speedway (Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND)
Tuesday, July 21 – Hancock County Speedway (Bill Balog, Brookfield, WI)+
Wednesday, July 22 – Iowa State Fair Speedway (Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN)+
Thursday, July 23 – Jackson Speedway (Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD)+
Sunday, July 26 – Huset’s Speedway (Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND)*
Thursday, July 30 – I-80 Speedway “Road to Knoxville” $5,000 to win (Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO)
Friday, July 31 – I-80 Speedway “Road to Knoxville” $10,000 to win (Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO)
Monday, August 10 – Southern Iowa Speedway, $20,000 to win Front Row Challenge (Oskaloosa, IA)
Friday, August 21 – Fairmont Raceway (Fairmont, MN)
Saturday, August 22 – Clay County Fair Speedway (Spencer, IA)
Friday, Augusts 28 – Randolph County Raceway (Moberly, MO)
Saturday, August 29 – Knoxville Raceway, $5,000 to win (Knoxville, IA)*
Sunday, August 30 – Angell Park Speedway, w/IRA (Sun Prairie, WI)
Friday, September 4 – Jackson Speedway, Jackson Nationals (Jackson, MN)
Saturday, September 5 – Jackson Speedway, Jackson Nationals (Jackson, MN)*
Sunday, September 6 – Huset’s Speedway (Brandon, SD)
Friday, September 11 – Eagle Raceway, Nebraska Cup (Eagle, NE)
Saturday, September 12 – Cedar Lake Speedway, Jerry Richert Memorial w/IRA (New Richmond, WI)
Friday, October 2 – I-80 Speedway, “Fearless 410 Finale” (Greenwood, NE)
Saturday, October 3 – I-80 Speedway, “Fearless 410 Finale” (Greenwood, NE)
Dale Blaney Wins "Open Wheel Championship" Worth $10,000 at Atomic Speedway!
Weekend Continues Tonight at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway
Chillicothe, Ohio (August 1, 2015) - Dale Blaney earned his tenth UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions main event victory of the 2015 season on Saturday night, August 1, during the “Open Wheel Championship” at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio. It was a fourth consecutive UNOH All Star victory for the GoMuddy.com, Big Game Treestands, CH Motorsports, #1 operation, with Blaney now increasing his career win total to 125 with the series. Blaney earned $10,000 for his “Open Wheel Championship” finale win on Saturday night; valuing his weekend win total to $15,000 thus far. “The Low Rider” opened the UNOH All Star weekend with an “Open Wheel Championship” preliminary victory at Atomic Speedway on Friday night, July 31.
“I’m at a loss for words right now” said Dale Blaney, “We’ve been having a great time. Everyone involved with this race team is awesome. We’re going to try to stay competitive and keep this going. Our plan is to head to Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania Motor Speedway) tomorrow and put ourselves in another great position. We haven’t lost too many races in this car. There’s a big race coming up in a couple weeks so hopefully we can go out west and put ourselves in a good position and do the best we can.”
“The King of the Outlaws” Steve Kinser and Chillicothe, Ohio native Ryan Broughton paced the “Open Wheel Championship” starting grid to green on Saturday night. Kinser controlled the first few circuits before losing command to Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild with five laps in the books. Haudenschild, who started on the outside of row two, maintained the top spot for much of the 35-lap main event. The three-time UNOH All Star winner in 2015 navigated heavy traffic on the very rim of the speedway before being tracked down by the “Kunkletown Kid” Ryan Smith and third row starter Dale Blaney. Blaney, the all-time win leader with the UNOH All Stars, would find his mark through the middle of the speedway and work around Ryan Smith for second with 26 laps recorded. “The Low Rider” made his winning move around the outside of Sheldon Haudenschild with 32 laps on the counter. Blaney, the defending UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions titlist and current point leader, led the remaining three circuits to earn his place back in Atomic Speedway victory lane. Ryan Smith followed Blaney around Sheldon Haudenschild in the closing laps to finish second; Haudenschild would hold on to claim the last spot on the podium. Cale Thomas and “The Bulldog” Kevin Swindell completed the top-five. There were 42 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars entered for action on Saturday, August 1. The entire 35-lap main event went caution free.
Dale Blaney kicked off the “Open Wheel Championship” weekend at Atomic Speedway with a dominating victory on Friday night, July 31. “The Low Rider” earned the $5,000 payday after starting on the inside of the fourth row. Sheldon Haudenschild, who started on the pole as a result of earning the evening’s JE Pistons Dash victory, controlled the first 15 laps of the 30-lap main event before losing the top spot to eventual winner, Dale Blaney. Blaney would set the pace for the remaining 15 laps; ultimately winning his ninth UNOH All Star victory of the 2015 season and the 124th of his career. Sheldon Haudenschild would hang on to finish in the runner-up position, followed by Chad Kemenah, Cole Duncan and seventh row starter, Greg Wilson. The main event would go uninterrupted for the entire 30-lap distance. There were 39 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions “410” sprint cars signed in for competition on July 31.
The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions will move ahead to Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway near Imperial, Pennsylvania tonight. The 2nd annual “Sprint Monster” is on the agenda at “Dirt’s Monster Half-Mile” with a $5,000 top prize up for grabs. The UNOH All Stars last visited Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway back on June 6, 2015. It was Benton Ridge, Ohio’s Greg Wilson earning the spoils after 25 laps of main event competition. The former UNOH All Star champion held off Dale Blaney and Cole Duncan for a career-first victory at the half-mile.
Pit gates are scheduled to open at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 2 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, with general admission gates opening at 4:00 p.m. UNOH All Star warm-ups are scheduled to hit the track at approximately 5:00 p.m.
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 1-Dale Blaney; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 4. 22-Cole Duncan; 5. W20-Greg Wilson; 6. 45-Tim Shaffer; 7. 4X-Jimmy Stinson; 8. 3G-James McFadden; 9. 11-Steve Kinser; 10. 94-Ryan Smith; 11. 89-Cody Darrah; 12. 91-Cale Thomas; 13. 60K-Kory Crabtree; 14. 35R-Ron Blair; 15. 11N-Randy Hannagan; 16. 97A-Brandon Wimmer; 17. 98H-Dave Blaney; 18. 9X-Rob Chaney; 19. 5T-Travis Philo; 20. 56R-Ryan Myers; 21. 59-Danny Holtgraver; 22. 7C-Caleb Armstrong; 23. 4-Danny Smith; 24. 57X-Andrew Palker; 25. 78-Todd Kane
A-Main - (35 Laps) 1. 1-Dale Blaney ; 2. 94-Ryan Smith ; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 4. 91-Cale Thomas ; 5. 13-Kevin Swindell ; 6. 22-Cole Duncan ; 7. 22B-Ryan Broughton ; 8. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 9. 3G-James McFadden ; 10. W20-Greg Wilson ; 11. 4X-Jimmy Stinson ; 12. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 13. 59-Danny Holtgraver ; 14. 11N-Randy Hannagan ; 15. 60K-Kory Crabtree ; 16. 11-Steve Kinser ; 17. 97A-Brandon Wimmer ; 18. 4-Danny Smith ; 19. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 20. 59N-Bryan Nuckles ; 21. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 22. 89-Cody Darrah ; 23. 56R-Ryan Myers ; 24. 5T-Travis Philo ; 25. 6M-Jac Haudenschild
Danny Lasoski Sweeps the “Road to Knoxville”, Cashes in $10,000
by Bill Wright
Greenwood, NE, July 31, 2015 – Danny Lasoski led all 30 laps to complete a sweep of the two-night “Road to Knoxville” at the I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, Nebraska on Friday. Friday’s finale was worth $10,000 to the “Dude” aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2. The win was also the Dover, Missouri pilot’s sixth with the FVP National Sprint League this season and gave him $15,000 in his two-night sweep on the 4/10-mile oval.
Lasoski drew the pole for the main event and shot out to an early lead over Bryan Clauson and Tim Kaeding. With a lap completed, Paul Nienhiser slowed on the front stretch bringing the caution flag. Lasoski led Clauson, Kaeding, Lynton Jeffrey and Terry McCarl back to green flag racing.
While Lasoski pulled away, Kaeding and Clauson battled for second, while Ian Madsen worked into the top five from the tenth starting spot. Bryan Gossel spun with six laps in the books to bring another caution. When the green fell, Lasoski pulled away, while Kaeding used the low groove to move by Clauson for second. The pair battled for the spot for fifteen laps.
Back in the pack, Bill Balog moved into the top ten from the 20th starting spot by the halfway point. A battle back in the pack saw him mixing it up with Mark Dobmeier, Brian Brown and Willie Croft. Up front, Lasoski had built over a four second lead on Kaeding, who was receiving constant pressure from Clauson.
Disaster struck for Clauson with seven laps to go when his car went up in smoke. The final caution of the race saw a dash to checkers. Lasoski would pull away, ahead of Kaeding, Madsen, McCarl and Brooke Tatnell. Jeffrey, Jamie Veal, Matt Juhl, Brown and Balog rounded out the top ten. Lasoski set quick time, while Tasker Phillips, Brown and Tatnell won heat races.
“We have to thank that young man for drawing us the one pill,” said Lasoski in Victory Lane in reference to a young fan’s drawing of the pole position for him. “Track position was key tonight. The bottom was sticky and you had to stay there. Lapped traffic was pretty tough. Our team has confidence, but not an overabundance of it. We know it takes a lot of luck. When we roll into Knoxville, we’ve give it 100%.”
“They’ve been fast all year,” said Kaeding of the Big Game Motorsports team. “To get a podium finish tonight was really exciting. We’ve been consistently fast all year, but we’ve started in the back too much. It’s been a rough couple of days finding out my grandpa has a month to live. This goes out to him.”
“I had an awesome racecar,” said Madsen. “I made some moves and was able to get through there early. I knew TK was committed to the bottom on that last restart and tried to make some moves on the top. I just couldn’t quite get it done. It was still an awesome run for my team.”
The FVP National Sprint League heads to the $20,000 to win Front Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa on Monday, August 10!!! For more information on the FVP National Sprint League, visit www.NationalSprintLeague.com!
A main (started), 30 laps: 1. 2, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO ; 2. 3, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA ; 3. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. ; 4. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA ; 5. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. ; 6. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA ; 7. 35AU, Jamie Veal, Warrnambool, VIC, Aust. ; 8. 09, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD ; 9. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO ; 10. 17B, Bill Balog, Brookfield, WI ; 11. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND ; 12. 29, Willie Croft, Roseville, CA ; 13. 2L, Logan Forler, Boise, ID ; 14. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA ; 15. 69, Michael Moore, Des Moines, IA ; 16. 6, Bryan Gossel, Windsor, CO ; 17. 41A, Andee Beierle, Bismarck, ND ; 18. 17w, Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN ; 19. 4K, Thomas Jeffrey, Kelleyville, NSW, Aust. ; 20. 5H, Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE ; 21. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA ; 22. 9, Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, IL . Lap Leader: Lasoski 1-30. KSE Hard-charger: Balog.
Dale Blaney Crowned “King of Michigan” at Hartford Speedway
UNOH All Stars Visit Wilmot on Tonight
Hartford, Michigan (July 24th, 2015) - For the seventh time in 2015, Dale Blaney finds himself in UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions victory lane. Blaney, the current series point leader who now has 122 career victories with the UNOH All Stars, earned the “King of Michigan” title on Friday evening, July 24th at the Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Michigan. The pilot of the familiar GoMuddy.com, Big Game Treestands, CH Motorsports, #1 started the 25-lap main event from the pole position; eventually leading every lap of green flag competition. The defending UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions titlist survived one caution and waves of pressure from former series champion Chad Kemenah to secure his $5,000 payday, as well as the Daido Engine Bearings contingency.
“Always feels great to get another one of these” said Blaney, “My guys work really hard and they give me a great car. They really make my job easy. Hopefully we can keep the weekend moving in the right direction and double up tomorrow night at Wilmot.”
Despite taking command on the initial start and leading every lap, Blaney would not go unchallenged. The Ohio native felt some pressure from Hunter Racing’s Chad Kemenah just before reaching the halfway point of the 25-lap program. Kemenah would attempt to drive underneath Blaney; showing ‘The Lowrider’ his nose wing in turns three and four on a few occasions. The only caution of the event would occur on lap-14 for a slowing Danny Smith. Blaney would resume the top spot after the caution and finish the main event without any interruptions.
“That yellow came out and calmed me down a little bit” said Blaney, “I could see Chad (Kemenah) was trying to get underneath me. That caution helped us out.”
Chad Kemenah, driver of the Hunter Racing, Seneca Energy Corp, Brilex, #10H, would hang on to finish second after starting on the outside of the front row. Dustin Daggett would rally one position during A-main competition and secure the last podium spot.
“We didn’t need that caution” said Chad Kemenah, “We were starting to get pretty good. We had a shot to get underneath Blaney. When that caution came out, we lost our momentum. I just want to thank my team and everyone involved. We’ve had our ups and downs this year but we’ll keep working hard and move forward.”
The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions will return to competition tonight at the Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin. The UNOH All Star travelers will join the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car Series during the Saturday night program; battling head-to-head for the $5,000 ‘Sprintacular’ payday. It will be the first Wilmot Raceway appearance by the UNOH All Stars in 2015, with eventual series champion Dale Blaney earning the victory during their last visit in 2014. To learn more, please visit the facility live on the web at www.wilmotraceway.com.
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 1-Dale Blaney; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 3. 2M-Dustin Daggett; 4. 45-Tim Shaffer; 5. 89-Cody Darrah; 6. 94-Ryan Smith; 7. W20-Greg Wilson; 8. 5T-Travis Philo; 9. 9K-Kevin Thomas; 10. 3G-James McFadden; 11. 11R-Chase Ridenour; 12. 4-Danny Smith
Dusty Zomer Dominant in First FVP National Sprint League Win at Jackson!
by Bill Wright
Jackson, MN, July 23, 2015 – Dusty Zomer became the sixth different winner in as many events for the FVP National Sprint League when he captured the feature victory at the Jackson Speedway in Minnesota Thursday night. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota driver’s win during the Jackson County Fair race supported by Abdo, Eick & Meyers LLP was his first with the series, making Thursday the fourth straight NSL event with a new winner.
Zomer shot out immediately in the 25-lap main event ahead of pole-sitter, Lynton Jeffrey and Bryan Clauson. The pilot of the Todd and Susan LaHaise #82 was a rocket and by lap five, had opened up almost a three second lead on Jeffrey.
On lap eight, Clauson used the low side of turn two to jet by Jeffrey for second. Three laps later, Dakota Hendrickson slowed high in turn two to bring a caution flag. Zomer led Clauson, Bill Balog who had captured third, Jeffey and Brian Brown back to green.
Zomer’s domination continued as he got back into lapped traffic. Meanwhile, a battle emerged between Clauson, Balog and Danny Lasoski, who had taken over fourth. That trio put on an entertaining battle for position. One last caution came out with two laps to go for Logan Forler, who stopped in turn one.
Zomer was never threatened, pulling away for his first FVP National Sprint League win. Clauson went to the cushion in one and two to try to make a bid for the lead. Balog shot under him to claim second. Following the lead trio were Lasoski and Jeffrey. Ian Madsen, Craig Dollansky, Tim Kaeding, Mark Dobmeier and KSE hard-charger, Terry McCarl, rounded out the top ten. Brown was running sixth on the final restart, but had a tire go down as he faded to twelfth.
Zomer set quick time over the field. Madsen, Dobmeier and Tasker Phillips won heat races. Sprint Car Racing on Facebook donated $50 to the third place car of Clauson.
“The car was really good,” said Zomer in Victory Lane. “My hat’s off to my crew chief, Greg McCormick. He gave me a great car. He worked his butt off this week. We missed a couple shows, but we wanted to come in here nice and strong. We did that. We’ve been so close to getting a win in this NSL deal. It feels really good to get a win. We wanted to get out front and build some speed…get out as far as possible. I’m really happy for the team. I can’t thank Todd and Susan LaHaise enough. It’s a blast. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum up.”
“Speedweek has been good to us,” said Balog, who also picked up a win Tuesday in Britt, Iowa. “We’ve learned a lot in a short amount of time. We saw we were close in hot laps to having the speed we needed. It feels good to finish second. We’re not really big track guys.”
“We kind of felt like we had one shot to win it and left the door open,” said Clauson of the last restart. “We’re hungry for a win. We’ve ran on the podium a few times here. We ran pretty well. We probably could have putted the bottom and ran second, but we wanted to go for the win.”
The FVP National Sprint League will compete at Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota this Sunday, July 26. For more information on the FVP National Sprint League, visit www.NationalSprintLeague.com!
A main (25 Laps): 1. Dusty Zomer, 2. Bill Balog, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Lynton Jeffrey, 6. Ian Madsen, 7. Craig Dollansky, 8. Tim Kaeding, 9. Mark Dobmeier, 10. Terry McCarl, 11. Matt Juhl, 12. Brian Brown, 13. Skylar Prochaska, 14. Travis Whitney, 15. Brooke Tatnell, 16. Tasker Phillips; 17. Austin Johnson, 18. Dylan Peterson, 19. Joe Riedel, 20. Austin McCarl, 21. Eric Schulz, 22. Logan Forler, 23. Jody Rosenboom, 24. Kaley Gharst, 25. Dakota Hendrickson,.
Lap Leader: Zomer 1-25.
FVP National Sprint League Returns to Huset’s Speedway Sunday
Windom, MN (July 22, 2015) – The FVP National Sprint League returns to the Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota this Sunday night, July 26! In the series first visit, Danny Lasoski made himself eligible for the Deberg Concrete $25,000 Triple Crown Challenge! With a Huset’s win of his own, Terry McCarl could put himself in line for a bonus that requires series wins at Knoxville Raceway, Huset’s Speedway and the Jackson Nationals finale on September 5 at the Jackson Speedway in Minnesota.
Lasoski comes into this week’s action with six straight podium finishes and enjoys a comfortable margin on top of the FVP National Sprint League standings. McCarl is the all-time leading feature winner at Huset’s, and also has eight track titles to his credit. Each have $5,000 wins at the 3/8-mile oval this season, McCarl’s having come in weekly action.
Other NSL members with wins at Huset’s this season expected to compete include Brandon’s own Dusty Zomer, who leads the track’s point standings, five-time Huset’s champion, Mark Dobmeier and two-time “King of California” Tim Kaeding. Two-time Knoxville track champ, Brian Brown and defending Knoxville Raceway titlist Ian Madsen are also expected, as are two-time USAC sprint and midget champion Bryan Clauson, seven-time IRA champion and Britt, Iowa NSL winner Bill Balog, nine-time Australian World Series Sprintcars champion, Brooke Tatnell, Lynton Jeffrey, Austin McCarl, Matt Juhl, Dakota Hendrickson, Tasker Phillips, Chris Martin, Ryan Bickett, Dylan Peterson, Joe Riedel and more!
Sunday will end a busy week for the FVP National Sprint League. It began Tuesday at the Hancock County Speedway in Britt, Iowa in a feature won by Balog. The NSL moves on to the Iowa State Fair Speedway in Des Moines tonight and visits the Jackson Speedway and the Jackson County Fair in Minnesota Thursday night, July 23.
DeBerg Concrete $25,000 Triple Crown Challenge
To be eligible for a $25,000 bonus from DeBerg Concrete, drivers must win at least one of the four FVP National Sprint League events scheduled for the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. Another FVP National Sprint League race must be won at the Huset’s Speedway. The third and final venue for the DeBerg Concrete Triple Crown Challenge will be the Jackson Nationals finale at the Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minnesota on Saturday, September 5. Two drivers could be eligible for the bonus heading into the event at Jackson Speedway.
DeBerg Concrete $25,000 Triple Crown Challenge Eligibility Races for the FVP National Sprint League
Events at Knoxville Raceway (Driver must win at least one of these events)
Saturday, May 9 (Danny Lasoski)
Saturday, June 27 (Danny Lasoski)
Saturday, July 4 (Terry McCarl)
Saturday, August 29
Events at Huset’s Speedway (Driver must win at least one of these events)
Sunday, May 24 (Rain)
Friday, July 3 (Danny Lasoski)
Sunday, July 26
Triple Crown Challenge Finale (Driver must win)
Saturday, September 5, Jackson Nationals Finale
Tickets and Times
Tickets are just $25 for adults, $5 for juniors 8-14, and 7 and under are FREE! Micro-sprints, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks are also on the card! Race time is 7 p.m.!
Stay tuned to the FVP National Sprint League website at www.NationalSprintLeague.com, on Facebook, and @NSLSeries on Twitter for more information on Tuesday’s event. For more information on the Huset’s Speedway, visit www.Husets-Speedway.com!
2015 FVP National Sprint League Driver Point
1. Danny Lasoski 3271
2. Tim Kaeding 2835
3. Terry McCarl 2773
4. Ian Madsen 2763
5. Brian Brown 2676
6. Bill Balog 2673
7. Mark Dobmeier 2576
8. Bryan Clauson 2497
9. Brooke Tatnell 2389
10. Dusty Zomer 2337
Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi leads hot King of the West point’s chase into the high-paying Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday
Peter Murphy tie-ins scattered among the top-3 in KWS standings
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – July 22, 2015…Eighteen-year-old Dominic Scelzi leads three-time USAC Silver Crown champion Bud Kaeding by just seven-points at the top of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings heading into the second Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway.
Reserved grandstand seats for the Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday cost $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. To reserve your seat contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with racing expected to get underway around 7pm. The ticket booth will open at 1pm, with pit booth scheduled to open at 9am. Camping is available on the fairgrounds for those that want to bring RV’s, trailers or tents.
This Saturday night marks round 11 in the battle for the King of the West title and is the richest event all year for the series. The A-main will pay $11,000-to-win & $1000-to-start, among other incentives thanks to former KWS regular Peter Murphy, who hustled up lots of extra cash. Murphy will once again have a special victory podium made up with champagne to help celebrate the winners in style. It will surely be a victory lane party that fans want to stay for!
Chico’s Kyle Hirst comes into the race as the hottest driver on tour with KWS. The 27-year-old has won four main events already this season, including the past three. Hirst last year fought for the lead at the Peter Murphy Classic, until catching the wall and suffering a flat tire around the midway point. The two-time series champion has been on fire lately and would love to give owner’s Dennis & Teresa Roth a victory in their own backyard at the Murphy Classic. Roth Motorsports will also have ASCS National point leader Aaron Reutzel in a car. The Clute, TX wheel-man finished fifth in his KWS debut at the HK Classic two weeks ago.
The extremely close race for the King of the West championship continues at the Peter Murphy Classic. Fresno based Dominic Scelzi is back on top of the points after last week’s event in Placerville. The ironic twist is that Peter Murphy has acted as crew chief for Scelzi the last year & a half, making him one of the many sentimental favorites. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding sits just seven-markers back of Scelzi going into Saturday. Kaeding also drives the Williams Motorsports ZERO, which is the same car Murphy notably drove from late 1997-2002. Scelzi has one win so far this year, while Kaeding has two victories to his credit.
Lemoore’s Carson Macedo now finds himself third in the standings, 19-digits behind Scelzi. The 19-year-old first-year KWS regular also drives for Tarlton & Son Inc., who Murphy drove for to a number of Wingless wins in the mid-to-late 2000’s. The always smooth & consistent Bobby McMahan drove from 16th to eighth last week and has moved his way to fourth in points. The Elk Grove driver holds a six-point advantage over Hanford’s DJ Netto, who rounds out the top-five going into Saturday. The 19-year-old drove to a big victory during the most recent King of the West event in Tulare on May 16.
Thirteen-time series champion Brent Kaeding sits just five-markers out of the top-five and last year finished third at the Peter Murphy Classic. Fremont’s Shane Golobic is six-digits behind Kaeding going into Tulare. The defending Civil War champion finished second in May at the Thunderbowl and a win at the Murphy Classic would be huge for the 23-year-old. Three-time KWS titlist Jonathan Allard is eighth in the standings and last year captured victory at the event. The Chico driver is still searching for his first series win of 2015 and would love nothing more than to do it at the Murphy Classic. Gilroy youngster Jarrett Soares & Hirst complete the top-10 in points.
A stellar field is set to be on hand and will include past KWS champions Tyler Walker of Los Angeles & Jason Statler of Grass Valley, along with Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Fresno’s Craig Stidham & Cory Eliason, Medford, Oregon’s Roger Crockett, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Australian’s Shaun Dobson, Michael Cunningham & Clem Hoffmans, Tipton’s Mike Faria, Tulare’s Shawn Wright, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Atwater’s Sean Watts and more.
Saturday will also feature the Williams Roofing Royal Fan Pill Draw with an extra special incentive. A trivia question will be asked from the announce booth and the fan that answers correctly will pull a random number (1-22) out of a bag. The fan automatically wins $100 and if the driver wins the feature from the starting spot drawn, the driver receives a $2000 bonus! Special thanks to Williams Roofing Fremont, CA!
The Hard Charger Award on Saturday is named after the late Stephen Allard and will pay $1000 to the driver that improves their starting spot the most in the feature. Fast time is being sponsored by Williams Motorsports, as well as World of Outlaws driver Brad Sweet and stands at $600. A longest haul award will also be given out, which will pay $500. A bonus for the three highest finishing 360 Sprint Cars will be up for grabs and will go $400, $300 & $200.
The Dash during the night will also have a special twist thrown in. Rather than doing the standard eight car dash where all drivers compete for six laps, the night will see an Australian & New Zealand style Pole Shuffle thrown into the mix. The winner of the shuffle will be awarded with $500 courtesy of Hunt Magnetos.
Balog Gives Them a Beating in Britt for First FVP National Sprint League Win
By Bill Wright
Britt, IA, July 21, 2015 – Bill Balog shook off the bad luck that has plagued him at times this season and recorded his first career feature victory with the FVP National Sprint League Tuesday night at the Hancock County Speedway near Britt, Iowa. The “North Pole Nightmare” almost completed a sweep of the night’s events by setting quick time and winning the Dash, needing only a heat win for the sweep. The Brookfield, Wisconsin driver earned $3,000 for his win.
Balog shot out early from his pole position in the 25-lap feature ahead of Ian Madsen and Brian Brown. Tim Kaeding spun while running seventh with two laps in the books, bringing the first of three cautions in the event. Balog used the bottom of the track to increase his lead when the green flag fell again.
With eight laps in the books, Madsen reeled the leader in by using the high side and pulled even with him down the back straightaway. Balog was able to hold his lead in turns three and four, and went to the high side where Madsen was running. He continued to build his lead.
On lap eleven, Danny Lasoski took third from Brown, who would spin while running fourth on lap 17. The caution erased a 2.3 second lead for Balog, who led Madsen, Lasoski, Bryan Clauson and Terry McCarl back to green flag racing.
The seven-time IRA champion was a half lap from victory, when Dakota Hendrickson spun in turn one, setting up a green, white, checker finish. Balog was unfazed, pulling away and winning ahead of Madsen and Lasoski, who earned his sixth straight podium finish. Clauson, Terry McCarl, KSE Hard-charger Mark Dobmeier, Kaeding, Logan Forler, Brown and Brooke Tatnell completed the top ten.
Balog’s quick time lap was 14.537 seconds on the 4/10-mile banked oval. Kaeding, Clauson and Terry McCarl won heat races, and Balog took the B. Tasker Phillips and Austin McCarl tangled during their heat race, but both returned for the main event.
“This is awesome,” said Balog in Victory Lane. “Something finally went our way. We had a couple restarts, and I was worried about Ian getting me on the other end. I have to thank Buesser Concrete. We’re against some great competition out here this year, and they’ve stuck by me all these years. We played our cards right tonight.”
“I tried everything I could,” added Madsen. “We just got beat by the better team tonight. Congratulations to him. He’s done an awesome job lately, and is fast wherever he goes. It was an awesome night for our team. We’re really getting into a rhythm here with the Nehring Construction KCP Racing team. I knew the top was coming in. I probably showed that to Bill a bit. We just got beat. That’s all you can say.”
“They did a great job, both of them,” said Lasoski of Balog and Madsen. “I was hoping they’d get to racing each other and leave a spot open. They did a good job. We did a great job running third. We weren’t quite where we needed to be, but we’ll be back tomorrow.”
FVP National Sprint League “Fair Speedweek” rolls on Wednesday, July 22 at the Iowa State Fair Speedway in Des Moines, and then moves to Jackson Speedway in Minnesota on Thursday, July 23. The NSL will finish this weekend at Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota on Sunday, July 26. For more information on the FVP National Sprint League, visit www.NationalSprintLeague.com!
A main (25 Laps): 1. Bill Balog; 2. Ian Madsen; 3. Danny Lasoski; 4. Bryan Clauson; 5. Terry McCarl; 6. Mark Dobmeier; 7. Tim Kaeding; 8. Logan Forler; 9. Brian Brown; 10. Brooke Tatnell; 11. Kaley Gharst; 12. Lynton Jeffrey; 13. Austin Johnson; 14. Tasker Phillips; 15. Matt Juhl; 16. Dakota Hendrickson; 17. Chris Martin; 18. Austin McCarl. DNS – Brandon Stevenson.
Lap Leader: Balog 1-25
National Sprint League Headlines All Sprint Show at Jackson Thursday
Windom, MN (July 20, 2015) – If you are a fan of sprint cars or just a fan of good old racing at the fair, then Thursday night Jackson, Minnesota will be the place to be! The National Sprint League will headline the night’s event during the Jackson County Fair. The series makes its second appearance of the year at Jackson Speedway’s newly reconfigured half-mile oval in an event thanks to race partner, Abdo, Eick and Meyers! 360 sprint cars will also be on the card making for a special all sprint car show!
Two-time Jackson Nationals champion, Terry McCarl, scored a $10,000 win earlier this season in Jackson’s Folkens Brothers Trucking Spring Nationals. The eight-time Huset’s Speedway champion has been hot as of late, also picking up a NSL win at the Knoxville Raceway on July 4.
Former World of Outlaws champion and four-time Knoxville Nationals winner Danny Lasoski leads the NSL point standings heading into the week. Other NSL competitors include two-time “King of California” Tim Kaeding, two-time Knoxville track champion, Brian Brown, and defending Knoxville track champ Ian Madsen.
Other NSL members expected to be on hand include multi-time World of Outlaws winner and Minnesota native, Craig Dollansky, South Dakota’s Dusty Zomer, seven-time IRA champion, Bill Balog, five-time Huset’s track champ Mark Dobmeier, nine-time Australian World Series Sprintcars champion Brooke Tatnell, Minnesota’s Davey Heskin, Prairie City’s Lynton Jeffrey, Austin McCarl, Matt Juhl, Dakota Hendrickson, Tasker Phillips, Chris Martin and more!
Thursday will mark the third day of FVP National Sprint League “Fair Speedweek”. It begins Tuesday at the Hancock County Speedway in Britt, Iowa. The NSL moves on to the Iowa State Fair Speedway in Des Moines on Wednesday, July 22. The NSL will also make its second visit of the year to the Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota on Sunday, July 26.
THE RETURN OF THE JERSEY RUSH TO NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY TUESDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 25
The roar of engines, the rush of adrenaline and the thrill of action fill New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday, August 25 as NAPA Auto Parts and Pioneer Pole Buildings present JERSEY RUSH V -- a double header event that will see the fastest cars on dirt, the 410 Sprint Cars and the mighty Modifieds, in a Small-Block/Big-Block challenge, compete at New Jersey’s D-shape half-mile clay oval.
For the past four years, JERSEY RUSH has become one of the most anticipated events of the racing season both on and off the track.
JERSEY RUSH offers a unique pre-race Meet & Greet where race fans are invited into the pit area from 5 to 6 PM. Race fans are encouraged to come early, get an autograph from their favorite drivers and catch a glimpse of the high-speed equipment before it enters the night’s competition. Coupled with a night full of fan interaction – contests, games, prizes and give-a-ways are a highlight of every attendees evening.
On the track, the action is fast and fierce. With a possible winner’s share of $5,000 up for grabs in the 410 Sprint Car division and a $3,000 pot for the Modifieds – JERSEY RUSH plays host to some of the tightest, wheel-banging competition you’ll ever witness.
In 2014, twenty-six year old Ryan Smith held off a hard late race charge from Lucas Wolfe to claim the $5,000 top-prize and his first career 410 Sprint Car victory. Previous race winners include: JJ Grasso (2011 & 2013) and Daryn Pittman (2012).
The sprint cars will compete in time trials to determine qualifying event starting positions. Top qualifiers from heat races will re-draw, along with the 3 fastest qualified cars based on time. The B-Main will round out the 24 car field for the 30 lap A-Main.
While fresh faces have filled 410 Victory Lane for the Big-Block/Small-Block Modifieds two of New Jersey’s greatest have dominated JERSEY RUSH action. Frenchtown, NJ’s Billy ‘The Kid’ Pauch and Neshanic, NJ’s Jimmy Horton have split the four previous JERSEY RUSH events– with Pauch winning in 2011, 2013 & 2014 and Horton claiming the 2012 event. The Modifieds offer a unique event rules package where sail panels are permitted for the Small-Blocks while the Big-Blocks must conform to standard body rules.
Drivers are encouraged to pre-enter for this event. Entry fee includes 3 Pit Passes (driver and 2 crew members), plus 3 EG Tire & Auto Center Pre-Race BBQ Tickets (4-5 PM) for the fee of $50.
General Admission ticket pricing for Tuesday, August 25 is $30 for Adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & under are FREE! Pit Admission pricing is $35 and no license is required.
Pit Gates open at 3:00 PM, Grandstand Gates open at 5:00 PM, Pre-Race Meet & Green is from 5-6 PM, Driver’s meeting is at 6:15, Hot Laps begin at 6:45 PM and Time Trials start at 7:30 PM
Kyle Hirst holds off a charging Colby Copeland to win his third straight King of the West Sprint Car Series main event on Saturday at Placerville Speedway’s Bullring Nationals
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – July 18, 2015…Chico’s Kyle Hirst has been red hot since re-joining the Roth Motorsports team in mid-May and put together another tremendous performance on Saturday at the Bullring Nationals, racing to his third consecutive and fourth overall King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory of the year.
The win gave Hirst a season-sweep of the two KWS events at Placerville Speedway and tied the most victories he’s ever had in a single season with the series. It was also his 15th career King of the West triumph, which ties him with former series champion Tim Green for fifth on the all-time win list.
“We’ve been on a roll lately and I just kept focusing on hitting my marks on all the restarts, as well as late in the race,” commented the two-time King of the West champion. “I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth enough for the opportunity to drive this car. I definitely hope to keep doing it for years to come. I also want to thank all the fans for coming tonight. You guys packed the house and that’s what we love to see. Hopefully we can continue this momentum at the Peter Murphy Classic next week. There’s lot of money on the line at the Murphy and it’s a race that all of us want to win.”
The field came to the line with KWS point leader going into the night, Carson Macedo of Lemoore on the pole, with Hirst to his outside. The always challenging & tight confines of Placerville Speedway certainly made things interesting as always and when the green lights came on, it was Hirst charging out to the lead. He soon had company in the form of Fremont’s Shane Golobic, who was in search of his first Placerville KWS win. The two drivers battled for the lead, before Golobic was able to slice to his inside for the top-spot. It didn’t last long however, as contact with the infield tire left him without steering on lap-nine.
With Golobic slowing down the front stretch, Macedo had nowhere to go and the two came together creating a caution period. Both drivers looked to be challengers for the victory before the incident. Golobic would go on to have another issue on lap 24, ending his night, while Macedo got upside down just before the checkered flag in turn four on the final lap, resulting in a 17th place finish. The surface got slicker & slicker as the race went on, but Hirst was able to hold the field at bay, despite a lot of moving & shaking going on behind him. Auburn’s Andy Forsberg at times looked like he would challenge Hirst for the win, but was never able to find a way by the fast moving 27-year-old.
The fight for second through seventh was an entertaining one and anybody’s race over the final half of the feature. Roseville’s Colby Copeland continued his strong efforts as of late and made some fantastic moves on restarts to pick cars off. Copeland ran high & low moving his way forward and gave a hard run after Hirst on a restart with three-laps to go. Any slip up by Hirst and Copeland would have gobbled up the lead. That never happened however, and Hirst took the Ed Entz checkered flag by 0.770 seconds over Copeland for the win. In four of the last five King of the West races Hirst has earned three wins and a runner up aboard the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned No. 83jr.
Copeland’s runner up finish was a career best with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the helm of his Bianchi Farms/ Van Lare Steering Repair No. 5v mount. The previous week in Watsonville he had earned his first series podium by finishing third. Copeland is one of the drivers in California that has blossomed in 2015 and has certainly gained strength with the year going on. Forsberg fell back some spots late in the going, but in typical “Mr. Excitement” fashion was able to fight his way back forward to round out the podium in the PT Shocks/ Pit Stop USA No. 7c machine. It was Forsberg’s first KWS podium at Placerville in many years and he was fun to watch as always.
Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi finished fourth and in doing so has re-taken the King of the West point lead going into next weekend’s Peter Murphy Classic. The 18-year-old finished fourth in both of the Placerville visits this year. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding completed the top-five and now sits just seven-points behind Scelzi for the top spot in the standings. Kaeding this year is in search of his first KWS title. Placerville’s Andy Gregg showed speed all race long and tallied a sixth place finish at the conclusion. It was nice to have the former KWS regular as part of the field for the first time in 2015.
Los Angeles, CA’s Tyler Walker also spent time dicing it up among the top-five, before finishing seventh at the conclusion. Sixteenth starter Bobby McMahan of Elk Grove came home eighth, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker had a great run in ninth and Campbell’s Brent Kaeding earned the KSE Hard Charger Award coming from 20th to 10th. Full results will be available at www.racepmg.com
Bobby McMahan won the night’s 12-lap B-main, while Carson Macedo captured the six-lap dash. The four 10-lap heat races were won by Shane Golobic, Kyle Hirst, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler and Andy Forsberg. Carson Macedo kicked-off the night by setting his first fast time of the season with a lap of 10.471 around the quarter-mile. A field of 28-cars was on hand at the Placerville Speedway.
The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is now geared up to invade the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway next Saturday July 25 for the second annual Peter Murphy Classic. The huge night of racing & entertainment is paying $11,000-to-win & $1000-to-start the KWS main event. The USAC West Coast 360 Sprints will also be on hand to make for a can’t miss night of Winged & Wingless Sprint Car racing. Camping is available on the fairgrounds for those that want to bring RV’s, trailers or tents.
Reserved grandstand seats for the Peter Murphy Classic cost just $20 with general admission bleacher tickets only $18. To reserve your seat contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with racing expected to get underway around 7pm. Make plans to arrive early, as extra money on the line in qualifying is sure to make it one of the best sessions of the year for both classes.