Danny Lasoski Named Driver of Big Game Motorsports No. 2 Sprint Car
WINDOM, Minn. (Nov. 19, 2014) - Big Game Motorsports is thrilled to announce that Danny Lasoski has been selected as the driver for the Big Game Treestands No. 2 sprint car.
Lasoski will team up with crew chief Guy Forbrook, along with crew members Pete Stephens and Tony Barkman, for approximately 60-to-70 races in 2015.
"I want to thank Tod Quiring and everyone at Big Game for giving me this opportunity," Lasoski said. "I know that this team will have everything it needs to win races and championships. You can't get any better than working with Guy."
The Big Game Treestands team will kick off the year at the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown, which will be held Jan. 2-3, Jan. 6 and Jan. 9-10 at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.
Lasoski will then compete with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series in Florida and Las Vegas before returning to the Midwest, where the Big Game Treestands team will race weekly at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, and at all of the National Sprint League events.
"The National Sprint League is a great opportunity for drivers to make a lot of money," Lasoski said. "I cut my teeth racing at a lot of the tracks on the schedule so I feel like we will be a contender from the first green flag. I think the points fund of $350,000 goes a long way toward helping sprint car racing in the Midwest."
The other major focus for Lasoski will be claiming his fifth Knoxville Nationals title and his record 10th track championship at Knoxville Raceway, where Lasoski is the winningest driver in the storied history of the half-mile oval.
"Big Game Motorsports and I have a great partnership with Knoxville Raceway," he said. "That is the premier track in the country and the more laps you can get around that place before the Knoxville Nationals gives you a better chance at winning the biggest race in sprint car racing."
The Big Game Treestands team will also compete in select World of Outlaws events around the Midwest.
Impressive National Sprint League Prize Fund, Race Purse Announced
Windom, MN (November 17, 2014) – Drivers competing with the National Sprint League in 2015 will competing for unprecedented purse and prize monies for a regional series. The Midwest 410 sprint car series founded by Big Game Treestands, Tod Quiring, boasts a $350,000 point fund, and expects to command a talented field of drivers.
In addition to a point fund paying the champion $75,000, a “regular” event purse will pay $3,000 to win and $500 to start. The current schedule also has at least eleven events that will pay special purses, not only to win, but through the field. The number of special purse events is expected to grow.
Special purse events already include two $5,000 to win events at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, $5,000 and $10,000 events at the Huset’s Speedway in South Dakota, the $7,500 to win Jackson Speedway Spring Nationals and the Jackson Nationals in Minnesota, the Front Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway, the Nebraska Cup at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska, the Jerry Richert Memorial at the Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin and the Season Championship at the I-80 Speedway in Nebraska.
National Sprint League members will also receive the benefit of insurance, reduced pit passes, contingencies and more. Drivers are encouraged to get their memberships in as quickly as possible, as the official website for the National Sprint League is close to being launched!
For membership information, e-mail Bill Wright at email@example.com.
2015 NSL Point Fund
Champion $75,000 2. $50,000 3. $40,000 4. $30,000 5. $25,000 6. $20,000 7. $18,000 8. $17,000 9. $16,000 10. $15,000 11. $12,000 12. $10,000 13. $9,000 14. $7,000 15. $6,000
“Regular” NSL Event Purse Breakdown
A main: 1. $3,000 2. $2,200 3. $2,000 4. $1,500 5. $1,000 6. $800 7. $775 8. $750 9. $725 10. $700 11. $675 12. $650 13. $625 14. $600 15. $600 16. $600 17. $600 18. $600 19. $600 20. $600 21. $500 22. $500 23. $500 24. $500
2014 Knoxville Championship Cup Series Banquet Crowns Champions!
November 15, 2014- The Knoxville Raceway banquet was held on Saturday, November 15 at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa. Assorted cash and contingencies totaling over $250,000 for owners and drivers capped off an entertaining evening.
A total of eight chassis giveaways highlighted a contingency package which every driver in the points benefited. In addition, the Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) again provided insurance covering all Knoxville drivers for 2014 anywhere they may race. In addition, the Race Director, John McCoy announced the KRCO will provide driveline restraints for all drivers for 2015.
After dinner, General Manager/Promoter, Brian Stickel, opened the Awards program up with a few remarks concerning the success at Knoxville Raceway in 2014 and the upcoming development plans.
Drivers and owners outside of the top five in each of the three respective classes received their accolades.
The “Jr. Fan Club Drivers of the Year” were announced. Brian Brown (410), Joe Beaver (360) and McKenna Haase (305) won in each class. Young fan, Maddox Jones was honored as the “Jr. Fan Club Member of the Year”.
Race Director, John McCoy, presented “Owner of the Year” Awards to the Kinder Racing #88 (305), the Beaver Motorsports #53 (360) and the TMAC Motorsports #24 (410). “Team of the Year” Awards went to the Hetrick Motorsports #35 (305), the BDS Motorsports #1 (360) and the Nehring #18 (410).
Bob Baker, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Executive Director, presented the “Heritage Award” to longtime sprint car contributor, Bob Colbert.
The "Lyle Boyd Hard Charger Award" awards the drivers who passed the most cars in A main events this season. Stacey Alexander received the award in the 305 class, with Mike Houseman Jr. (360), and Davey Heskin (410) receiving the award in their respective classes.
The Sonner Racing #47 team was named the “Sportsman of the Year” in the 410 class, while Bryan Sundby and the BDS Motorsports #1 team picked up the honor in the 360 class. The L&J Enterprise #5J team won the award in the 305 class based on their donation of a motor to Kinder on Season Championship night. Kevin Hetrick (305), Dylan Peterson (360), and RJ Johnson (410) were named “Rookie of the Year” in their respective classes.
The big hardware went out last to the top five drivers and owners in the point standings. In the 305 class, Stacey Alexander (5th), Matthew Stelzer (4th), Kevin Hetrick (3rd), Steve Breazeale (2nd) and J Kinder (champion) were honored in the driver category, while the Shelton Painting #71c (5th), the Stelzer #99 (4th), the Hetrick Motorsports #35 (3rd), the Vrban #57 (2nd), and the Kinder Racing #88 (champion) received their owner awards.
In the 360 class, Nate Van Haaften (5th), Russ Hall (4th), Jamie Ball (3rd), Jon Agan (2nd) and Joe Beaver (champion) were honored in the driver category, while the Skillz Motorsports #29 (5th), the L&J Enterprise #5J (4th), the Agan Motorsports #4 (3rd), the Beaver Motorsports #53 (2nd), and the BDS Motorsports #1 (champion) received owner awards.
In the 410 class, Davey Heskin (5th), Brian Brown (4th), Justin Henderson (3rd), Terry McCarl (2nd) and Ian Madsen (champion) were drivers honored, while owner awards went to the Maxwell #56 (5th), the Brian Brown Racing #21 (4th), the BDS Motorsports #1 (3rd), the TMAC Motorsports #24 (2nd) and the Nehring #18 (champion).
UNOH All Stars Preview 2015 Schedule
CARMARGO, IL. (Friday, Nov. 14, 2014) – The University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions have a rich history having been winged sprint car racing’s first major travelling sanctioning body in the Midwest in the early 1970s. That tradition will continue in 2015 as series officials have been busy working with tracks throughout the region and country to schedule entertaining events with the regions finest race tracks.
“We already have agreements in place for our traditional major events in 2015. The UNOH All Star brand will continue to compete at some of the finest racing facilities in the Midwest – well-established tracks with great local race teams and supportive fans. Additionally, our new point fund structure and appearance package has been well received,” said Guy Webb, President of the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions.
The UNOH All Star 2015 season begins with the Florida Winter Nationals which features five $5,000-to-win races at just two tracks over 8 days. Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL starts the UNOH All Star season with three shows, Thursday, Feb. 5, Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7. Then the All Stars head to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL on Wednesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday Feb. 12. Each show pays the standard UNOH All Star purse of $5,000 to win with a breakdown to $1,000 for 10th and $400 to start the A-Main.
The UNOH All Stars then head to Ohio’s Attica Raceway Park for the traditional and exciting kick-off to the “northern tour” with the Spring Nationals in April. The series has competed at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue 104 times in the track’s history. The UNOH All Stars will also open the 33rd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek at the track in June and will return for another traditionally exciting event – the Attica Ambush – on Labor Day Weekend.
Nearby Fremont Speedway – which has hosted the UNOH All Stars 116 times in “The Track That Action Built’s” 64 year history – will see the series visit for the traditional Memorial Day weekend event which includes a $10,000 to win finale along with two shows during Ohio Speedweek including the $10,000-to-win finale, and the must-see 8th Annual Jim Ford Classic weekend which also features a $10,000-to-win finale in September.
The 33rd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek is set for nine events – June 19th-27th. 2015 Ohio Sprint Speedweek tracks include: Attica Raceway Park, Eldora Speedway, Waynesfield Raceway, Wayne County Speedway, Sharon Speedway, Fremont Speedway and Limaland Motorsports Park.
“All of the Ohio Speedweek events are at tracks that have played a significant role in the history and success of the All Stars and we’re excited to continue this tradition,” said Webb.
The UNOH All Stars will also battle the PA Posse at the historical and ultra-competitive Williams Grove Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, and Port Royal Speedway in Central Pennsylvania. The UNOH All Stars will also return to the State of New York in 2015.
Wayne County Speedway (Orville, OH) with 4 events and Butler Motor Speedway (Quincy, MI) with 3 events will continue as staples on the UNOH All Star schedule.
Western Pennsylvania has always been a very important part of the UNOH All Star schedule during the series’ rich history. That will continue in 2015 with several events at Mercer Raceway Park and Lernerville Speedway.
The UNOH All Stars will give teams and fans a chance to “go west” again with events at the Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, WI) to take on the IRA Outlaw Sprint Series and at the historic Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, SD.
“These tracks have invested in and built 410 winged sprint car racing. They have demonstrated that they are committed to growing the sport and the All Stars are excited to continue our relationship with them” said Webb.
The UNOH All Stars will no longer utilize the “region” point fund and will go back to crowning one National Champion in 2015. Also, the series will continue its appearance package to the teams who follow the tour all season. The 2015 point fund – will award the UNOH All Star Champion $30,000. Webb said more money has been reallocated through the top 10.
“This point fund will reward the commitment and dedication of our traveling teams” said Webb.
The 2015 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions point fund will be: 1. $30,000; 2. $20,000; 3. $17,000; 4. $12,000; 5. $9,000; 6. $8,000; 7. $7,000; 8. $6,000; 9. $5,000; 10, $5,000. In addition the series appearance package will pay the previous year’s National Champion $500 per track and $300 to up to 9 other teams registered to run the entire season.
With the excitement building for 2015 - a complete schedule will be released in the coming weeks – the main question is who can knock Dale Blaney off the top of the UNOH All Star mountain. The Hartford, OH driver will be coming off the most successful year of his career, winning 16 series events in 2014 and an unprecedented fifth series championship. Blaney also won his fifth Ohio Sprint Speedweek title.
For more information go to www.allstarsprint.com
Renegade Sprints Hires Sprint Car and NASCAR Veteran Frankie Kerr as Series Director
FINDLAY, Ohio (Nov. 13, 2014) - The Renegade Sprints is proud to announce that Frankie Kerr has been hired as the series director.
Kerr drove to numerous sprint car series and track championships in Ohio along with five Ohio Speedweek titles before spending the past 15 years in the NASCAR industry.
"My love is still dirt racing," he said. "I've always wanted to get back to dirt and help racers. The heart of sprint car racing for the most part is in the central part of the United States - Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania. We're going to be a series that will grow."
Kerr will handle the competition director duties on race day along with other aspects of growing the series, such as scheduling races, enforcing rules, securing sponsorships, etc. Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms will remain as one of the series officers.
"All along the plan was to find the right guy for the job," Helms said. "I believe Frankie is that guy. He has a great reputation and a lot of contacts in racing. I'm happy to turn things over to him as the series continues to build momentum."
Kerr's most recent job has been as a crew chief for several top-notch drivers in NASCAR, including Robby Gordon, Marcos Ambrose and Bobby Labonte to name a few. That career path came on the heels of a standout sprint car career that ended abruptly following two decades behind the wheel.
"I won on a Tuesday night at Fremont Speedway (in Fremont, Ohio) and I retired the next day in the middle of Speedweek," he said. "Don't ask me why, but it just happened to turn out that way. I don't regret it because I've made a really good living for my family, but I still have that passion for dirt racing.
"I've stayed involved with a lot of people. I've stayed in contact with the sport. When the (Renegade Sprints) said we need someone to help us with this I was glad to. Nothing compares to dirt racing. The series is going to grow and be profitable to the race tracks, promoters and the racers."
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Preliminary NSL Schedule Released
Windom, MN (November 11, 2014) – The preliminary schedule for the National Sprint League founded by Tod Quiring of Big Game Treestands has been released. Events are still being added to the current 20+ race schedule. The NSL boasts a $350,000 point fund for its teams.
Four dates at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World”, Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, highlight the schedule. Other big events are already a part of the NSL schedule, including the Front Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the Jackson Nationals in Jackson, Minnesota and the Jerry Richert Memorial at Cedar Lake Speedway near New Richmond, Wisconsin, co-sanctioned with the IRA. Several other events with increased purses will be announced as the 2015 season looms closer.
Phil and Ryan Durst of Durst Motorplex have stepped up, offering a $20,000 bonus to a driver who can sweep events at the Eagle Raceway on May 8 and the Knoxville Raceway on May 9.
Four big races are also slated for Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota, including a $10,000 to win event in September. Jackson Speedway will host four events, and the I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, Nebraska has three planned. Other specials will be held at the Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, South Dakota, Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa, Clay County Speedway in Spencer, Iowa and Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri.
More great events are currently in the works, and more announcements are on the way concerning those already on the schedule!
The current schedule for the National Sprint League will be available at our Facebook page. It will be updated frequently, so check back often! Our website is currently under construction.
Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter addresses for the latest on the NSL!
Saturday, April 11, TBA
Friday, May 8, Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE
Saturday, May 9, Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA ($20,000 Bonus from Durst Motorplex to Win Eagle and Knoxville)
Friday, May 15, TBA
Friday, May 22, Jackson Speedway - Spring Nationals, Jackson, MN ($7500 to win)
Sunday, May 24, Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, SD
Friday, May 29, TBA
Sunday, May 31, TBA
Saturday, June 27, Knoxville Raceway - Midseason Championships, Knoxville, IA ($5000 to win)
Friday, July 3, Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, SD ($5000 to win)
Saturday, July 4, Knoxville Raceway (Fireworks), Knoxville, IA
Friday, July 10, Park Jefferson International Speedway, Jefferson, SD
Sunday, July 19, TBA
Thursday, July 23, Jackson Speedway – Jackson County Fair, Jackson, MN
Friday, July 24, Crawford County Speedway – Crawford County Fair, Denison, IA
Sunday, July 26, Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, SD
Friday, July 31, I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, NE
Monday, August 10, Southern Iowa Speedway – Front Row Challenge, Oskaloosa, IA (Special Purse TBA)
Friday, August 21, TBA
Saturday, August 22, Clay County Fair Speedway, Spencer, IA (Special Purse TBA)
Friday, August 28, TBA
Saturday, August 29, Knoxville Raceway - Season Championship, Knoxville, IA ($5000 to win)
Friday, September 4, Jackson Speedway – Jackson Nationals, Jackson, MN
Saturday, September 5, Jackson Speedway – Jackson Nationals, Jackson, MN (Special Purse TBA)
Sunday, September 6, Randolph County Raceway, Moberly, MO
Friday, September 11, TBA
Saturday, September 12, Cedar Lake Speedway – Jerry Richert Memorial, New Richmond, WI (Special Purse TBA) w/IRA
Sunday, September 13, Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, SD ($10,000 to win)
Friday, October 2, I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, NE
Saturday, October 3, I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, NE (Special Purse TBA)
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NSL Schedule Set for Release Tuesday
Windom, MN (November 7, 2014) – The highly anticipated schedule for the National Sprint League will be released on Tuesday, November 11. The new 410 sprint car series founded by Tod Quiring of Big Game Treestands will boast a $350,000 point fund.
The tentative schedule will include over twenty dates in the Midwest, with several more being finalized in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details on the NSL!
In addition to media releases, the current updated schedule will be available at the NSL facebook page.
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Dusty Zomer Teams up with Buffalo Wild Wings #82 in 2015
Photo Copyright Rob Kocak
November 7, 2014 – Todd and Susan LaHaise, franchise owners of several Buffalo Wild Wings Bar and Grills in the Upper Midwest, and team owners of the Buffalo Wild Wings #82 sprint car, are pleased to announce the hiring of driver Dusty Zomer for the 2015 racing season. The team plans on running the entire National Sprint League schedule in the Midwest as well as competing at the Knoxville Raceway on Saturday nights. Other events in both 410 and 360 sprint car action will also be included in the team’s schedule. They are planning on an 80+ race schedule.
Dusty is excited about the opportunity to expand his race schedule. “I’m definitely looking forward to putting our schedule together,” he says. “I’m getting the opportunity to race a lot more than I have in the last several years where I’ve raced thirty times or so a year. Next year, I’ll be able to race twice that.”
In addition to the NSL and Knoxville, the team figures to race with several other sanctioning bodies including the World of Outlaws. “I’m looking forward to getting to a lot of different tracks, and some new ones for me,” says Dusty. “I’m also looking forward to racing against the stiff competition that we’ll be up against across the country.”
The NSL debuts in 2015 as a new 410 sprint car series in the Midwest with around thirty shows scheduled. “I’m excited for the National Sprint League,” says Dusty. “I think it’s going to be great for all the fans, sponsors and team owners involved. I just want to thank Todd and Susan LaHaise for the opportunity to do this. Also, I think we all owe Tod Quiring a big thanks for creating this series.”
The team plans on beginning in January with the five-night Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at the Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona. “It sounds like we’ll be starting down in Yuma in January, which is a lot earlier than I’m used to!” says Dusty, who first raced for the team at the July All Star Circuit of Champions show at Huset’s Speedway in South Dakota. “It was nice to race with the team the last two months. You go into the year knowing what you’re looking at, and you have a comfort level as far as working with the team.”
Dusty picked up two wins with the team in September. One came at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The other was in IRA competition at the Superior Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin. The team registered second quick with the World of Outlaws at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. They also registered two second place finishes at the Devil’s Bowl Winternationals in Texas and finished up 2014 by charging from 19th to seventh at the Short Track Nationals in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Buffalo Wild Wings #82 team would like to thank partners Maxim Chassis, DMI, Parker Racing Engines and HRP Wings for all their help!
Historic World of Outlaws and USAC National Sprint Cars Doubleheader Weekend Highlights 2015 Eldora Calendar
ROSSBURG, OHIO (Nov 6, 2014) – Over its first 61 seasons, tradition and innovation have played a huge role in Eldora Speedway’s growth. Tradition will be again be served in 2015 through the return of Eldora’s signature major events, while the innovative twist includes another first in the industry.
Over the weekend of Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, Eldora will pull together the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series and the United States Auto Club (USAC) National Sprint Cars in a complete doubleheader both nights. Each group sets the nation’s standard for their brand of Sprint Car racing and each have a storied history – not only at Eldora – but throughout the country, yet, never before have they been featured together on the same card, the same night.
And, in keeping with Eldora’s tradition of offering the best drivers in the world at the most affordable price, tickets for the historic event will be just $25 for general admission seating.
As released earlier, Eldora’s respected major event schedule includes the 21st annual $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend by Ferris Mowers (Thursday-Friday-Saturday, June 4-5-6), the 32nd annual Kings Royal weekend (Friday and Saturday, July 17 & 18), the 3rd annual 1-800 Car Cash Mud Summer Classic featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Wednesday, July 22) and the 45th annual World 100 weekend (Thursday-Friday-Saturday, September 10-11-12).
Joining that menu of rich-in-history events and the historic WoO/USAC doubleheader will be Eldora’s established slate of diversity through a lineup that includes a vast variety of nationally-recognized sanctioning bodies in a multitude of racing divisions and other fan favorites that will total 28 nights of activity in 2015 beginning with a Test and Tune session on Saturday afternoon, April 11.
In addition to the May 8 & 9 blockbuster and the Kings Royal weekend, the WoO Sprints will be on hand Friday, September 25 to kick off the long-established Four Crown Nationals, which concludes the following night with the USAC National Midget Tour, Sprint Cars and Silver Crown championships.
The DIRTcar brand will be represented at the richest Late Model races in the world, the Dirt Late Model Dream and the World 100 plus multiple Sunoco American Late Model Series events of which the Johnny Appleseed Classic (Sunday, May 24), the 8th annual Baltes Classic (Sunday, September 6) and DIRTcar Fall Nationals (Saturday, October 3) included.
The UNOH All Star Sprints will make their annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek appearance on Saturday, June 20 and conclude the 2015 season on Saturday, October 10 at the UNOH Sprintacular. The wild tripleheader will again feature the National Racing Alliance (NRA) Sprint Invaders and Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS). The DIRTcar Modifieds and popular Eldora Stock Cars will round out many of the 2015 events.
The ticket and campsite renewal process for the 2015 Dirt Late Model Dream, Kings Royal, Mud Summer Classic and World 100 will continue through Sunday, November 16 at midnight. Add and Exchange Days, exclusive to patrons who renewed their tickets or campsites for 2015, are November 19-20-21. The public sale date for the Major Event Weekends is Saturday, December 6 at 10 a.m.
Tickets and camping for the balance of Eldora’s 2015 season will go on sale on Monday, February 9.
Stay up-to-date as we plan for 2015 by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, hitting ‘Like’ at Facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and view video highlights at YouTube.com/EldoraSpeedwayInc. Mobile device users can access the Eldora Speedway app for the iPhone, iPad and Android which are available for download via iTunes and Google Play.
2015 Schedule of Events – Subject to Change
Saturday, April 11
Test and Tune
Open to all divisions competing at Eldora in 2015.
Saturday, April 18
62nd Season Opener by Allstar Performance
Sunoco American Late Models, DIRTcar Modifieds & Eldora Stocks.
Saturday, April 25
Saturday Night SpeedFest
DIRTcar Modifieds & Eldora Stocks.
Fri. & Sat., May 8 & 9
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars & USAC National Sprint Cars
Complete shows for the World of Outlaws Sprints & USAC National Sprints – both nights!
Saturday, May 16
$8 Family FIREWORKS Night
DIRTcar Modifieds, Eldora Stocks plus FIREWORKS Spectacular!!!
Sunday, May 24
Johnny Appleseed Classic
Thu–Fri–Sat., June 4–5–6
$100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend (21st annual) by Ferris Mowers
Saturday, June 20
NKTelco presents Ohio Sprint Speedweek
UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints plus DIRTcar Modifieds & Eldora Stocks.
Friday, July 17
Knight Before The Kings Royal
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars plus NRA Sprint Invaders.
Saturday, July 18
32nd annual Kings Royal – $50,000-to-win
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars plus NRA Sprint Invaders Invitational.
Tuesday, July 21
Tuesday Night Tailgate
Sunoco American Late Models
Wednesday, July 22
1-800-CAR-CASH Mud Summer Classic (3rd annual)
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns for the only dirt race in NASCAR!
Fri & Sat, August 7 & 8
Two giant nights of destruction featuring the World’s Greatest Monster Trucks!
Saturday, August 15
$8 Family FIREWORKS Night
DIRTcar Modifieds, Eldora Stocks plus FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA!
Sunday, September 6
Baltes Classic (8th annual)
Sunoco American Late Models, DIRTcar Modifieds plus Eldora Stocks.
Thu– Fri–Sat., Sept 10–11– 12
45th annual World 100 Weekend – $48,000-to-win
Fri. & Sat., Sept. 25 & 26
Four Crown Nationals Weekend (34th annual)
Thu–Fri–Sat., Oct 1–2–3
DIRTcar Fall Nationals by Allstar Performance
Saturday, October 10
UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions, NRA Sprints plus BOSS Non-Wing Sprints.
Grandview Speedway Bringing Renegade Sprints Toward Eastern PA Next Year
FINDLAY, Ohio (Nov. 4, 2014) - The Renegade Sprints is heading toward Eastern Pennsylvania next season.
Grandview Speedway, which is a 3/8-mile track in Bechtelsville, Pa., is planning on hosting a pair of events with the 410ci sprint car series in 2015.
"I'm always looking to do something different at Grandview," said Special Events Promoter Bob Miller, who has worked with Grandview Speedway Owner Bruce Rogers for the past 25 years.
"What I've heard is there seemed to be a revival or interest in the Renegade Sprints and that the car counts were really good. It's always fun and exciting to work with someone new."
Miller has put on more than 100 special events at the high-banked track under the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series banner, which has paid out nearly $4 million to competitors.
"We've been part of Pennsylvania Speedweek," he said. "I've been the first show. I've been the last show. I've been the middle show. If we have good weather the shows do good. The 410 racing there is just unbelievable. The last couple of years we've done two shows. We try to mix it up and have a lot of variety. I think that's the excitement with the Renegade Sprints."
The Renegade Sprints held a trio of events this season, including one in Western Pennsylvania.
"We are thrilled to work with Bob, Bruce and everyone at Grandview Speedway," Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms said. "I've heard great things about that track and I think the Renegade Sprints will put together top-notch shows there next year."
Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals Pacing Toward Sixth-Consecutive Sellout
Nov. 6-8 World Finals to Host Fans from Five Foreign Countries, Salute the King of the Outlaws and Crown Three Series Champions Among More Than 150 Competitors
Last year, Daryn Pittman, Brett Hearn and Josh Richards took home championships at the World of Outlaws World Finals. (Credit: CMS Photo/Tami Pope)
For Immediate Release
CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 4, 2014) – This weekend, The Dirt Track at Charlotte will play host to tens of thousands of fans from across the globe for the most anticipated dirt racing event of the year, the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals.
The Thursday-Saturday dirt racing spectacular will crown champions in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.
Fans from 48 states, seven Canadian provinces, Australia, England, the Netherlands and New Zealand have already purchased tickets to what is expected to be the sixth-consecutive sellout in World Finals history.
Intense On-Track Action
Heading into Charlotte, the race for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds championship couldn’t be closer. Matt Sheppard, trying to win his fourth title in five years, leads 2008 champion Billy Decker by just one point. Not far behind, though, is the man that kept Sheppard from his fourth consecutive title last year, Brett Hearn. Hearn is a eight-time champion himself, but has never been able to win back-to-back titles. This year’s championship will come down to the wire in Charlotte.
Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart Racing leads second-place Daryn Pittman by 316 points in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. Pittman beat Schatz last year by the narrowest margin in series history, denying Schatz a repeat after his 2012 title. Schatz is hoping for his sixth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship.
Darrell Lanigan has a comfortable lead in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series over second-place Rick Eckert. Lanigan looks to win his second championship in three years, and the third of his career.
The Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals begin Thursday with qualifying, continue Friday with a full slate of feature races and concludes Saturday with the season finales.
All three series will practice and qualify on Thursday. The sprint cars and late models will each have two time trial sessions, with the first round determining lineups for Friday night and the second round setting the Saturday night card. The big-block modifieds will set heat race lineups with timed hot laps. Thursday night’s heat races will determine Friday and Saturday A-Feature lineups.
Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. on Thursday with opening ceremonies scheduled for 6 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and opening ceremonies are set to begin at 4:45 p.m.
Salute to the King
A special presentation for Steve Kinser will be held in the souvenir midway area at the track on Friday, Nov. 7 at 2:45 p.m. to mark the last event in his final full-time season with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. The event is open to the fans and will include a special dedication by Marcus Smith, the president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In addition, that evening, the annual four-wide salute to the fans with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series on the track will be dedicated to the “King of the Outlaws.”
Kinser has had one of the most successful careers ever at The Dirt Track, having competed in 35 of the 36 World of Outlaws races at the lightning-fast, four-tenths-mile clay oval. His 450th career World of Outlaws A-Feature win in the fall of 2001 was his first at The Dirt Track. His second triumph at the track came during the inaugural World Finals in 2007. Kinser has earned 20 top-fives and 29 top-10s at the track.
Kick-Off Party at Carolina Ale House Concord
Fans are also invited to a World Finals kick-off event at Carolina Ale House in Concord on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 7-9 p.m. featuring “PRN’s At The Track” live radio show. The evening will include door prizes and live interviews with special guests. Scheduled to appear are Josh Richards, Brett Hearn, Steve Francis, Mason Zeigler, Shane Stewart, Justin Marks, Chris Ferguson and more. Plus, fans can get an up close view of a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series show car.
50/50 Raffle to Benefit Speedway Children’s Charities
All fans attending the World Finals will have a chance to win up to $10,000 by entering a 50/50 raffle that benefits Speedway Children’s Charities. Tickets are $5 each. The drawing will take place on Friday, Nov. 7; fans must be present to win.
Schatz Pulling Double Duty
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series points leader Donny Schatz will also be competing in the Late Model Series, something no other driver has ever done during the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. It may be unfamiliar territory, but look for Schatz cruising around with the other Late Model drivers in his Bad Boy Buggies No. 15 car.
Free T-Shirt for World Finals Fans with $10 STP Purchase at Advance Auto Parts
STP and Advance Auto Parts have teamed up with the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals to offer fans a free, vintage STP T-shirt. Fans who visit any Advance Auto Parts and purchase $10 or more of STP products and bring their receipt to either the STP or Advance Auto Parts displays in the fan midway area at World Finals will receive a free vintage STP T-shirt.
In addition, fans who redeem their receipts at the STP and Advance Auto Parts displays at World Finals will be entered in a daily drawing for one of three STP prize packs including: free STP product for a year, $100 Advance Auto Parts gift card and the opportunity to wave a green flag during one of the heat races.
Tickets Still Available but Going Fast
While advance tickets and camping sales are pacing ahead of last year’s World Finals, there’s still a great opportunity for dirt racing fans to be a part of the action.
Single-day tickets are $30 for adults on Thursday and $49 for Friday and Saturday. Single-day tickets for kids 13 and under are $10 for Thursday and $15 for Friday and Saturday. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dirt.
Bad Boy Buggies Named Title Sponsor of World of Outlaws World Finals
CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 3, 2014) – The most prestigious dirt racing event in the country, the Nov. 6-8 World of Outlaws World Finals, is gaining a new title sponsor, outdoor utility vehicle manufacturer Bad Boy Buggies. Today, officials at The Dirt Track at Charlotte announced the entitlement partnership which will last through the 2016 World Finals.
“Bad Boy Buggies is well-connected to the dirt racing industry, with sponsorship ties to Steve Kinser and Tony Stewart Racing in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. They’ve also been a marketing partner with Charlotte Motor Speedway for several years,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “What better fit than to expand that partnership to The Dirt Track at Charlotte around the world’s largest three-day dirt racing event. We look forward to generating brand-building opportunities for Bad Boy Buggies to tens of thousands of fans from across the country and around the world at the World Finals.”
The Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals brings together the top three series in the sport, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Big-Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series, for three nights of racing that culminate in the crowning of all three series champions.
“Bad Boy Buggies is excited to be part of the World of Outlaws World Finals,” said Eric Bondy, vice president, consumer for Textron Specialized Vehicles, a division of Textron Inc. that manufactures Bad Boy Buggies.
“World of Outlaws and Charlotte Motor Speedway always put on a great show for the fans, and we look forward to enjoying a special race with Steve Kinser as he completes his last full-time season on the circuit,” Bondy said, “There’s no better way to showcase Bad Boy than by celebrating with the King of the Outlaws in the Queen City!”
Advance tickets and camping sales are pacing ahead of last year’s World Finals and officials expect the weekend to sell out for the sixth consecutive year, but there’s still a great opportunity for dirt racing fans to be a part of the action.
Three-day packages for the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals are available for $99 for adults and $34 for kids 13 and under. Single-day tickets are $30 for adults on Thursday and $49 for Friday and Saturday. Single-day tickets for kids 13 and under are $10 for Thursday and $15 for Friday and Saturday. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dirt.
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Fremont Speedway and F.A.S.T. to Award Champions on December 6th
Byron Reed Earns Fremont Speedway and F.A.S.T. Championship Titles; Top Ten in Each Division Awarded During 2014 Banquet
By Tyler Altmeyer: F.A.S.T. Public Relations
Fremont, Ohio (October 31st, 2014) - The 2014 Fremont Speedway and Fremont/Attica Sprint Title (F.A.S.T.) banquets will be a joint celebration in 2014, and will each take place on Saturday, December 6th at the Fremont American Legion on Buckland Avenue in Fremont, Ohio. Champions from each F.A.S.T. division, as well as each of the 2014 Fremont Speedway champions, will be awarded during the annual banquet; as well as the top-ten drivers from each division. The festivities are scheduled to begin at approximately five-thirty, with dinner to follow at six-forty. A band will wrap up the evening with live music following the awards ceremony.
“We had a great season in 2014; for Fremont Speedway and the F.A.S.T. series” explained Rich Farmer, “The Fremont Speedway banquet will involve a lot of the same individuals as the F.A.S.T. ceremony, so why not have them together...we are excited for it...gives us a chance to reunite with everyone that supported our series and our track...hopefully everyone can make it...it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Not only will the 2014 champions and the top-ten in each division be awarded on December 6th, but a long list of other award recipients will be recognized during the annual banquet. A crew chief in each Fremont/Attica Sprint Title division will be awarded, along with a F.A.S.T. ‘Rookie of the Year’ award, and a Fremont Speedway ‘Rookie of the Year’ award.
Bryon Reed earned the 2014 Kistler Racing Products Fremont/Attica Sprint Title Championship Series presented by KS Sales & Service championship, along with the 2014 Fremont Speedway - Fort Ball Pizza Palace ‘410’ Sprint Championship. Reed was able to accomplish his dual championship without winning a main event. Rounding out the top five in the 2014 F.A.S.T. ‘410’ standings were Chris Andrews, Caleb Griffith, Brian Lay and Dean Jacobs. Finishing second through fifth in the 2014 Fremont Speedway ‘410’ standings included Brian Lay, Chris Andrews, Caleb Griffith and Brian Smith. Reed’s F.A.S.T. title is worth $10,000.
Nate Dussel, a two-time winner in F.A.S.T. ‘305’ competition in 2014, earned the JLH General Contractors Fremont/Attica Sprint Title ‘305’ Championship Series presented by Engine Pro $2,000 championship. Dussel’s win during the F.A.S.T. ‘305’ finale put the finishing touches on his second consecutive championship campaign. Dussel was followed in the F.A.S.T. ‘305’ standings by John Ivy, Jordan Ryan, Steve Rando and Dustin Dinan.
Jordan Ryan used his five feature victories at the Fremont Speedway in 2014 to propel himself to the top of the standings and earn the Fremont Speedway - Fremont Federal Credit Union - ‘305’ Sprint Championship. Ryan’s final margin of victory in the standings was 41 markers over Nate Dussel; Dustin Dinan, John Ivy and Bobby Clark rounded out the top five.
Undoubtedly the most dominant performer of the 2014 Fremont Speedway season was Fremont Fence Company - Dirt Truck driver, Shawn Valenti. Valenti scored 14 victories during his 2014 campaign at the Fremont oval; securing his 2014 championship with a margin of 293 points. Following Valenti in the 2014 Fremont Speedway - Fremont Fence Company Dirt Truck standings were Matt Foos, Jeff Ward, Dustin Keegan and Art Ball.
“It was a competitive season in every division” said Rich Farmer; promoter of F.A.S.T. and Fremont Speedway, “These guys put on a show each and every night...a few of the championships, including F.A.S.T. ‘410’ and ‘305,’ came down to the last night of racing...that just goes to show the level of competition we have in this part of Ohio...we are already looking forward to next year...on behalf of the entire Fremont Speedway staff and F.A.S.T. staff, I want to thank everyone for their support...it wouldn’t be possible without the help from all of our sponsors and supporters.”
Tickets can be purchased for this event by contacting Rich Farmer or Shelly Liskai. No tickets will be sold at the door. On a special note, the top ten drivers in each division, F.A.S.T. and Fremont Speedway, must be present at the banquet to receive awards. Tickets are $20.
Dale Blaney wins Open Wheel Championships finale
October 25, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-One Hundred and ten of the nation's fastest race cars battled it out for a shot at their respective version of the Open Wheel Championships over the course of the Oct. 23-25th racing weekend. When all was said and done the Inaugural Open Wheel Champion in the Renegade Sprints was Hartford, Ohio's Dale Blaney who brought home the $15,000 winner's share of the $115,000 purse in the 410 sprint main. Robert "Madman" Ballou, Rocklin, California claimed the non-winged portion of the program, while K-C Burdette, Parkersburg, WV brought home the win with a clean-sweep in the modified feature. Both the Non-Wing program and modified program paid $5,000 to win.
It was announced that next year's Open Wheel Championships--the second annual affair-- will be July 31-August 1, 2015. The 2015 version and second annual event will be a two-day format. Track management listened to racers and adjusted the format and the date to make the event more fan/racer friendly. Friday, July 31 will see a full show of Non-Winged Sprints and a full show of Open Wheel Modifieds along with a $5,000 to win Renegades Sprint show. Saturday, August 1 Atomic will host a $20,000 to win Winged 410 Renegade Sprint show along with a full show for modifieds.
The evening started with a salute to the intended Grand Marshall of the Inaugural Open Wheel Championships, Mr. Bert Emick. Emick was unable to make the trip from Florida, but was interviewed over the phone, expressing his gratitude for the honors. Emick was honored for his life-long contribution to sprint car racing. Emick, along with Jerry Clum, formed the Midwest Outlaw Super Sprints (MOSS) series that eventually morphed into the All-Star Circuit of Champions that Emick led for many years.
Ian Madsen won a gunfight with Rob Chaney in the Charlie McCann Memorial. Chaney had charged to the front early and built up some distance between himself and Madsen in the Renegade 410 non-qualifiers event. Chaney--who transponders indicated was the fastest car on the track--was in a zone of his own, but the complexion of the race soon changed. Chaney was blitzing to victory when the caution waved with just four laps to go. On the restart Madsen pulled a slide job on Chaney, sparking a whirlwind of multiple lead-changes that brought the fans to their feet.
The winner of the McCann race had the option of taking the $2065 paycheck or join the tail of the feature.
"We will tag the tail and see how far up we can get." said Madsen in victory lane. The transplanted Australian now living in the states added, "We didn't come all the way from Iowa just to watch the feature. The Renegades are going a great thing here and I'm really glad to see the fans come out and support what they are doing."
Madsen would have had to have advanced to 8th to better his McCann payday, but never-the-less made a gallant run from the back to 14th.
Next up were three feature-like 8-lap dashes that added to the drama of an intense, fun-filled racing evening. Each dash alone paid $1,000 compliments of Ervco Sanitation.
In the Renegade Sprint 410 Sprint main former track Champion Jimmy Stinson and traveling outlaw Danny "The Dude" Lasoski set the pace for the 40 lap event. Even with one caution flag for Cole Duncan, who appeared to lose an engine, the entire 40 laps was completed in just 13 and a half minutes.
Close racing action and hard-core passing took place throughout the pack with Lasoski taking the early lead over Stinson, who started on the point as a result of his dash win. At the drop of the green, cars went four wide with Chad Kemenah and Blaney pulling up beside the front row starters.
Lasoski took a commanding lead eventually, while much of the attention centered on the various battles for position. Lasoski, Stinson, Kemenah, and Blaney filed into line, but Blaney took to the bottom and blasted past Stinson and Kemenah in one swift stride.
Fifth place starter and former National Moto-Cross Champion Nathan Skaggs proved he was for real, when he also dove low where he engaged in a torrid battle with Kemenah. Blaney began to run Lasoski down and on lap 15 took over the top spot. Lasoski came back at him, searching for a cross-over pass but Blaney prevailed. Skaggs moved into a solid third and duked it out with Lasoski for much of the mid-portions of the race.
Blaney, meanwhile, mastered traffic, but after a time became stonewalled, allowing Lasoski to climb back into the hunt. Lasoski cut the deficit dramatically with a run to the high side, but with four laps to go he scrubbed off some speed on the bottom of the track and never regained momentum
Greg Wilson, Skaggs, Stinson, and Tyler Courtney traded positions nearly every lap with Kemenah getting shuffled to the backside of that pack and Wilson blitzing for a last lap pass of Skaggs for third.
The Blaney-Kennedy-Fisher team has won a third of the races they have run this year, winning their 21st feature of the year.
"You know when they first scheduled this race last year-- George Fisher loves this place and I do too-- When we saw that this race was gonna be run here, we set two goals," said Blaney. "We wanted to win the All-Star Championship and this particular race. We are clickin’ pretty good right now and it has been a great year for us."
"We changed our line when Dale got us," said second place Lasoski. "And it worked pretty well, but right now Dale is running strong. Once he got by he was hard to catch. They (Blaney and his team) work hard and they have had a great season."
"The race track was awesome both tonight and last night," said an enthusiastic third place finisher Greg Wilson. "This is what Atomic Speedway is known for. The track crew got it right tonight. We had a good race car, but we just got beat by two of the toughest son of a guns that ever drove sprint cars."
Wilson added, "Thank you fans. If it wasn't for you we wouldn't be here."
Rounding out the top ten were Dale Blaney, Danny Lasoski, Greg Wilson, Nathan Skaggs, Jimmy Stinson, Tyler Courtney, Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith, Randy Hannagan, and Brady Bacon. Madsen was the hard charger in a 26th to 14th place run.
Also honored in victory lane was 2014 track champion Danny Smith. "First we gotta thank Brad and everyone getting this place going again," said Danny Smith. "It has always been one of my favorite places. I appreciate the work the crew put in to get this track back open. I am just gonna continue to have fun and I'm looking forward to next year."
In the non-winged Sprint Open Wheel Championship Brady Short and Bryan Clauson paced the field to the starting line with Short jumping out to the early lead. Short and Clauson dueled early, then on lap six, fourth-place starter Ballou fired the coals and blitzed into third place, ahead of Dave Darland. Clauson began a spiral backward as Tyler Courtney, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Todd Kane made great strides to the front.
While the top three cars pulled away, the next six positions often went three-and-four cars wide in up-close and personal action. Ballou took second from Darland, then a couple laps later chased down Short to take the lead on lap 20.
The only caution of the night was for a flat tire on Kody Swanson's mount on lap 22. In the ensuing laps, major battles continued all around the track while Todd Kane reeled in Ballou in traffic. Kane went nose-to-tail with Ballou for five laps before Ballou shed himself of lapped cars, moved back to the top, and pulled off the win by five car lengths.
Chris Gurley was on a tear from deep in the field to take third, while Matt Westfall won a race-long battle with Haudenschild for a top five.
"We weren't very good the last couple weeks, but I thought on the way over here I had an idea and we made it work," said Ballou. "We took the car over to my house and worked on it for the last couple weeks. It needed a little care, so we gave it a tetanus shot and made it work."
"I gotta thank my guys," said Todd Kane. "The car was good and the track was good. I just ran out of car, maybe used it up a little too early, but Robert had a great car and worked it well up on the high side."
Rounding out the top ten were Robert Ballou, Todd Kane, Chris Gurley, Matt Westfall, Sheldon Haudenschild, Kody Swanson, Chad Wilson, Dallas Hewitt, Tyler Courtney, and Brady Short.
The hard-charger of the non-winged show was Chris Gurley in a 16th to 3rd place run. Kody Swanson went to the tail on the 22nd lap and came from 21st to sixth after having to change a left-rear tire.
Atomic will run the Dan Reno Memorial next weekend November 1.
For more information please call 740-703-9749 or 740-663-4141 or visit the Atomic Speedway website at <<< www.atomicspeedway.net >>> Atomic is located 12 miles South of Chillicothe, Ohio off SR 23, two miles out Blain Highway between Chillicothe, Ohio and Waverly, Ohio at Alma.
Upcoming Events: November 1- Topless Weekend! Yes, the drivers will take off their roofs in a tribute to old-style racing in the Dan Reno Memorial. DAN RENO MEMORIAL WEEKEND, Saturday, Nov. 1 $2,222 TO WIN for Modifieds, plus Late Models, Street Stocks, Sport Mods
Renegade Sprints 410's
40-Lap Open Wheel Championship Feature- Dale Blaney, Danny Lasoski, Greg Wilson,Nathan Skaggs, Jimmy Stinson, Tyler Courtney, Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith, Randy Hannagan, Brady Bacon, Todd Kane, Kory Crabtree, Kody Swanson, Ian Madsen, Bill Balog, Jac Haudenschild, Sheldon Haudenschild, Ron Blair, Danny Holtgraver, Ryan Broughton, Travis Philo, Ryan Myers, Mark Imler, Tim Shaffer, Cole Duncan, Bryan Nuckles
Non-Winged Sprints 40 laps Feature-Robert Ballou, Todd Kane, Chris Gurley, Matt Westfall, Sheldon Haudenschild, Kody Swanson, Chad Wilson, Dallas Hewitt, Tyler Courtney, Brady Short, Kory Crabtree, Dave Darland, Bryan Clauson, Dustin Hammond, Aaron Fry, Kevin Roberts, Randy Fink, Dave Disinger, Brady Bacon, Josh Davis, Nick Roberts.
Night Two of the Open Wheel Championships
Friday, October 24, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-Fifty-three of the nation's fastest sprint cars assembled for night two of the Open Wheel Championships at Atomic Speedway where the stage was set for Saturday night's A-main finale for the Renegade Sprints. Six qualifying heats, a C-main, and a B-main whittled the field down to the 26-car starting grid. Saturday's finale pays $15,000 to win and $1,000 to start.
Renegade Sprints Fast Time set by Danny Smith, Chillicothe, Ohio with a 12:380 time.
Also Saturday, the $5,000 to win Non-winged sprint main will be on the race card and the $5,000 to win Modified main plus 8-lap $1,000 to win Dashes in all three divisions will be run.
One of the main attractions will be the Charlie McCann Memorial for the winged sprints in honor of long-time racer and car owner McCann of Piketon. The event will pay $2,065 with the #65 in the pay-off in honor of McCann's car number.
Six wildly exciting heat races set the stage for two heated last chance races.
The B-Main was won by Bill Balog over Kody Swanson, Ryan Myers, Danny Holtgraver, Travis Philo, and Ryan Broughton. Broughton charged from 22nd to 6th to earn a starting position in the A-main. D. J. Foos and Brandon Wimmer were both solidly in an A-main transfer with three laps to go. Foos had one of the fastest cars on the track but drove it in a little too hard and rode over the wheel of Wimmer. Foos went airborne then backed it into the wall and flipped, while Wimmer careened off the inside guard rail putting both cars out of the race. Wimmer had been a flip victim in his heat while also in a transfer position.
Nate Reeser was another flip victim, but was able to continue.
Brandy Bower won the C-main over former outlaw racer Brandon Wimmer, Josh Davis, Caleb Helms, and David Smith who transferred to the B-main event.
Hot Laps are 5 p.m. for Saturday night' finale.
For more information please call 740-703-9749 or 740-663-4141 or visit the Atomic Speedway website at <<< www.atomicspeedway.net >>> Atomic is located 12 miles South of Chillicothe, Ohio off SR 23, two miles out Blain Highway between Chillicothe, Ohio and Waverly, Ohio at Alma.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25TH
General Admission - $35
Kids Admission - $5
Pit Admission - $45
Kids Pit Admission - $20
Schedule of Events
- Starting at 5:00pm
20 Lap $2,065 to Win Charlie McCann Memorial
8 Lap $1,000 to win Modified/NW Sprint/Sprint Car Dashes
40 Lap $5,000 to win Modified A-Main
40 Lap $15,000 to win Sprint Car A-Main
40 Lap $5,000 to win NW Sprint A-Main
Renegade Sprints 410's
Fast Time: Danny Smith 12:380
Heat One-Sheldon Haudenschild, Jac Haudenschild, Danny Smith, Travis Philo, Kody Swanson,Taylor Ferns, David Smith, Caleb Armstrong, Nate Reeser
Heat Two-Greg Wilson, Nathan Skaggs, Ronnie Blair, Kevin Thomas, Rick Fraley, Mark Imler, Andrew Palker, Brandon Wimmer, Aaron Higgins
Heat Three-Brady Bacon, Chad Kemenah, Jimmy Stinson, Adam Strausser, D.J. Foos, Jimmy Nier, Josh Davis, Nick Roberts, Randy Fink
Heat Four-Danny Lasoski, Bryan Nuckles,Tyler Courtney, Ryan Myers, Mitchel Harble, Ryan Broughton, Caleb Helms, Brandy Bower, Kevin Roberts
Heat Five-Dale Blaney, Todd Kane, Kory Crabtree, Danny Holtgraver, Dean Jacobs, Jesse McCreary, Mike Terry, Jr., Ian Madsen, Dean Kester
Heat Six- Tim Schaffer, Randy Hannigan, Cole Duncan, Bill Balog, Curtis Evans, Rob Chaney, Brandon Conkle, Mark Coleman
C-main:Brandy Bower, Brandon Wimmer, Josh Davis, Caleb Helms, David Smith, Ian Madsen, Aaron Higgins, Kevin Roberts, Nate Reeser, Nick Roberts, Caleb Armstrong, Mike Terry, Jr., Andrew Palker, Mark Coleman, Randy Fink, Brandon Conkle, Dean Kester
B-Main : Bill Balog, Kody Swanson, Ryan Myers, Danny Holtgraver, Travis Philo, Ryan Broughton, Caleb Helms, Curtis Evans, Rob Chaney, Mitchel Harble, Kevin Thomas, David Smith, Josh Davis, Mark Imler, Brandy Bower, Rick Fraley, Adam Strausser, Brandon Wimmer, D.J. Foos, Dean Jacobs, Taylor Ferns, Jesse McCreary, Jim Nier (DNS)
Renegade Sprints Welcomes Hilltop Speedway in Millersburg to 2015 Schedule
FINDLAY, Ohio (Oct. 23, 2014) - Another track has been added to the Renegade Sprints schedule for 2015.
Hilltop Speedway in Millersburg, Ohio, will host a couple of events with the newly formed 410ci sprint car series next season.
"I have a lot of fans who want to see the sprints," said Buck Smitley, who owns Hilltop Speedway with his wife, Amy. "We try to at least bring them down once or twice a year. The Renegades are going to bring some good drivers. We have a pretty good following at our track. I think we'll do pretty good."
Hilltop Speedway is listed as a 3/8-mile oval, but Buck Smitley noted that it could be considered a third mile through the middle of the track.
"It's not a real big track," he said. "In turns three and four it's pretty high banked. In turns one and two it's not near the banking. It's a tough track to drive. We've had some pretty good racing there."
Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms added that he looks forward to working with the Smitley family.
"We're very excited to welcome Hilltop Speedway to the schedule next season and to be able to showcase the Renegade Sprints to the great fans of that area," he said. "It's an awesome track that will produce top-notch racing."
The Renegade Sprints will finish this season at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the $15,000-to-win Open Wheel Championships this Friday and Saturday.
NEXT EVENT - Friday and Saturday at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the Open Wheel Championships
Attica to reward teams at season-ending banquet
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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
ATTICA, Ohio – The top 10 in points in all four divisions at Attica Raceway Park will collect their money and prizes at the track’s annual banquet set for Saturday, Nov. 22. Also, special awards such as rookie of the year will also be handed out.
The banquet will be held at the hall at the track with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. and the buffet dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony. Tickets are $25 each and can be obtained by contact Rex LeJeune, director of operations, at 419-680-5606. No tickets will be sold at the door and in order to receive point fund money, teams have to attend the banquet.
Former 305 sprint champion Caleb Griffith claimed his first ever O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprint title this year. Former track champion Chris Andrews was second followed by six time track champion Byron Reed. Defending track champion Craig Mintz finished fourth in the points followed by Duane Zablocki, Brian Lay, Brandon Martin, Jody Keegan, Travis Philo and Stuart Brubaker. Dain Naida earned the rookie of the year honors for the 410 sprints.
In the Summit Equipment UMP Late Models, Jeff Babcock would earn his first ever Attica title with Mike Bores, Matt Irey, five time champion Ryan Missler and John Bores rounding out the top five. Cody Scott would finish sixth in the points followed by Steve Sabo, Ryan Markham, Doug Baird and Devin Shiels rounding out the top 10. Baird will be recognized as the division’s rookie of the year.
In the Foster’s Auto Body 305 Sprints, Jordan Ryan became the youngest ever to win an Attica title, edging out defending track champion Nate Dussel. Steve Rando, and former champions John Ivy and Paul Weaver would round out the top five in the points. Bobby Clark, Jason Keckler, Ricky Peterson, Seth Schneider and Tyler Gunn would round out the top 10. Luke Griffith will be recognized as the division’s rookie of the year.
In the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks, Shawn Valenti will wear his first ever Attica crown with Matt Foos, Kyle Kline, former champion Art Ball and Keith Sorg rounding out the top five. Dustin Keegan, Dana Frey, Brad Keckler, Brandon Leighton and Jeff Warnick will round out the top 10. Leighton also earned the rookie of the year honors for the trucks.
For more information go to www.atticaracewaypark.com
PPMS Showcasing Three Renegade Sprints Events in 2015
FINDLAY, Ohio (Oct. 17, 2014) - Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway Owner Matt Miley was so thrilled following his inaugural Renegade Sprints event on Sept. 27 that he has already booked three dates for next season.
Miley said his half-mile track in Imperial, Pa., will host the Renegade Sprints in May, July and September of 2015.
"I definitely want to see the Renegades succeed and they definitely have a home in Pittsburgh," he said. "(Following the event this season) I must have had 10 emails and at least 10 or 15 Facebook comments on it being a good show. We're looking forward to having them back."
Miley said that as big of a success as the three-wide racing was, the extras such as drivers greeting spectators and having giveaways created a lot of new sprint car fans.
"The racers said all the right things," he said. "They thanked the fans, signed autographs. We need more of that. There were a lot of smiling faces that night. The Renegade Sprints will be the featured sprint car series at our track."
Renegade Sprints President Shane Helms noted his excitement in returning to Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway next season.
"We had a great time working with Matt and his staff," he said. "It was quite the show when we went there in September and I'd anticipate that we will see three-wide racing again when we return several times next year."
The Renegade Sprints will wrap up this season Oct. 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the $15,000-to-win Open Wheel Championships.
NEXT EVENT - Oct. 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the Open Wheel Championships
MEDIA LINKS - Website: http://www.Renegade410Sprints.com
RENEGADE SPRINTS - The Renegade Sprints is a 410ci sprint car series that was created in 2014. The series will aim for approximately 50 races throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan each season. The Renegade Sprints also anticipates building a points fund for eligible drivers and for every race to pay at least $5,000 to win.
Zitterich and Wright on Board with New National Sprint League!
Windom, MN (October 15, 2014) – The new 410 sprint car series founded by Tod Quiring of Big Game Treestands now has a name…the National Sprint League. The series would also like to announce two new employees. Chuck Zitterich of Sioux Falls, South Dakota will serve as Competition Director, while Bill Wright of Monroe, Iowa will be Public Relations Director.
The National Sprint League recently announced four dates at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa (May 9, June 27, July 4, August 29), as well as one at the Eagle Raceway near Eagle, Nebraska (Friday, May 8). The May 8 and 9 Eagle/Knoxville weekend will offer a $20,000 bonus for a sweep of the features, thanks to Phil and Ryan Durst of Durst Motorplex in Lincoln, Nebraska. The point fund for the series will be $350,000, while drivers will still be able to vie for the Knoxville Championship Cup Series which pays out more than $250,000 in cash and contingencies.
Zitterich brings a wealth of experience, and presently serves as an official with the Knoxville Raceway. He most recently was the competition director with the ASCS-Midwest series. He also has been active in the past at the Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota and with the NMRA series among others.
“Honestly, I was ready to spend more time at home next year, but I’m really excited about the National Sprint League,” says Zitterich. “There are a lot of possibilities for growth. I’m really looking forward to getting going with this. I really want to thank Tod for the opportunity, and I’m ready to get to work!”
Wright has been a freelance journalist, announcer and public relations representative in sprint car racing for the last twenty years. He has been employed at the Knoxville Raceway in several different capacities over the last ten years, including website maintenance, public relations and as co-track historian. His announcing experience includes shows sanctioned by the Sprint Invaders, MOWA, IRA, ASCS and audio broadcasts from the Knoxville Raceway.
“First and foremost, I am a sprint car fan,” says Wright. “It’s a blessing to be able to work in a field you are passionate about. What Tod has created here is really exciting, and I thank him for the chance to be involved. The sprint car fans throughout the Midwest should be on the edge of their seats already! The excitement from tracks and sponsors wanting to be a part of this is energizing. Also, it will be the first traveling series I’ve worked for that has included Knoxville, which is essential for the series. It’s also huge for me on a personal level, because it’s home. I think I can speak for Chuck in saying that we are proud to work for the greatest track in the world on Saturday nights. We’re excited about the future of sprint car racing! There are a lot of logistics involved getting a series of this magnitude rolling, and we’re already working hard to meet the challenge!”
“We’re all excited about the National Sprint League,” says Tod Quiring. “We’re really happy to have Chuck and Bill on board as our Competition Director and PR Director. They bring a wealth of experience. It’s really overwhelming the response we’ve had from the fans, promoters, tracks and major businesses. We have a lot of exciting news we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks!”
Stay tuned for updates from the National Sprint League in the days to come!
Danny Holtgraver Will Pilot Tom and Sherry Leidig's 59 for Remainder of 2014 and Beyond
Holtgraver Will Begin Phoenix Racing Campaign at Fremont Speedway this Saturday!
By Fully Injected Motorsports PR
Pittsburgh, PA (October 14th, 2014) - Danny Holtgraver of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is officially the new pilot of the Tom and Sherry Leidig owned, Phoenix Racing no. 59 ‘410’ sprint car; beginning this Saturday evening, October 18th at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. Holtgraver, who recently parted ways with Rob Hunter and the Hunter Racing ‘10H’ team after their recent trip to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, is excited to begin his new journey, and is scheduled to compete in three events during the remaining portion of the 2014 racing season, as well as kick-off the 2015 season behind the wheel of the ‘59.’ The familiar Phoenix Racing ‘59’ operation, fueled by Auto Electric of Jupiter, Southern Pacific Farms, Momentum Shocks, Work Room to the Trade, will be led by veteran crew chief Bonzai Bruns.
“This is a great opportunity and I am more than excited to get started” explained Danny Holtgraver, “This team is led by great people and a great crew chief...this will be my first time working with Bonzai Bruns so hopefully we can click right away and earn some great results...I just want to thank Rob Hunter for what he has done for me that last few seasons...we decided to part ways recently and go different directions...all I can do now is look forward to this opportunity given to me by Tom Leidig...I can’t wait to get started!”
Danny Holtgraver and Phoenix Racing will compete with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series this Saturday evening, October 18th at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. The new partnership will then visit the Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio during the October 24th/25th weekend for the Open Wheel Championships. Holtgraver will round-out his 2014 campaign at the ‘World Finals’ near Charlotte, North Carolina on November 6th, 7th & 8th. The new Holtgraver/Phoenix Racing combination will then kick-off the upcoming 2015 season with a trip to Florida.
“We are a new team but we have a lot to look forward to” said Holtgraver, “We have some big races lined up together, and we are definitely anxious...I just want to thank Tom and Sherry Leidig again for this opportunity...hopefully we get this ‘59’ up front in a hurry.”
During recent sprint car competition, Danny Holtgraver finished 13th at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park near Weedsport, New York on Saturday evening, October 11th. The former Lernerville Speedway track champion started the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series main event from the 18th position; rallying five spots during the 25-lap program to finish 13th.
News and information relating to Danny Holtgraver and Phoenix Racing will be posted regularly right here at ‘FullyInjected.com’ during the entire 2014 season. Be sure to check out the official online home of Danny Holtgraver at www.dannyholtgraver.com; as well as keep up with the Pittsburgh native via social networking including twitter: @holtgraverd4 and facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DannyHoltgraverMotorsports
Recent Highlights: Finished 13th (A-Main) at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series on Saturday, October 11th
2014 Wins: 7: (1- Attica Raceway Park (ASCoC)(OH); 1-Butler Speedway (ASCoC) (MI); 2- Lernerville Speedway (PA); 1 - Mercer Raceway Park (PA); 1-Eldora Speedway (ASCoC); 1- Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PA))
Big Game Motorsports Welcomes Danny Lasoski for Remainder of Season
Inside Line Promotions - WINDOM, Minn. (Oct. 14, 2014) - Big Game Motorsports has joined forces with veteran sprint car driver Danny Lasoski for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Lasoski will drive a Big Game Treestands car during the $15,000-to-win Open Wheel Championships at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, on Oct. 24-25 and at the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series World Finals Nov. 6-8 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.
"We're looking forward to having Danny in our car for the Open Wheel Championships and the World Finals," Big Game Treestands Founder Tod Quiring said. "We're excited to have Danny back with (crew chief) Guy Forbrook. They have a storied history together. It should be a seamless transition. Danny's career speaks for itself."
Lasoski is a former World of Outlaws champion and he is the winningest driver in the history of the famed Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. He also teamed up with Forbrook to capture five of his record nine track championships at Knoxville Raceway.
"I want to thank Tod and everyone at Big Game for this opportunity," Lasoski said. "It will also be great to work with Guy again. I know the car will be good and the crew will be good so I'm looking forward to driving the Big Game Treestands car into Victory Lane."
Lasoski has recorded numerous top fives during the World Finals and he won a World of Outlaws race at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in 2001. He has also been victorious at Atomic Speedway.
UP NEXT - Oct. 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the Open Wheel Championships
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Atomic Speedway to Host Renegade Sprints for Five Races in 2015
FINDLAY, Ohio (Oct. 13, 2014) - Atomic Speedway and the Renegade Sprints will partner for approximately five races next season.
The high-banked track in Chillicothe, Ohio, hosted the inaugural Renegade Sprints event in August and will wrap up this season with the $15,000-to-win Open Wheel Championships on Oct. 24-25.
"One of the biggest things is the promotional side of it and them acting like a first-class organization," Atomic Speedway Owner and Promoter Brad McCown said about working with the Renegade Sprints. "They are all banded together."
Atomic Speedway showcased nearly 40 sprint car drivers during the first-ever Renegade Sprints event and McCown anticipates that number to go up for the Open Wheel Championships, which will be moved to a different weekend next season.
McCown said he supports the series and would encourage other track promoters to give the Renegade Sprints an opportunity.
"I'd tell them to trust in this group of drivers," he said. "I talked to these drivers and they are together for the better of the sport. The more tracks who come on board will reap the benefits of this."
NEXT EVENT - Oct. 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the Open Wheel Championships
MEDIA LINKS - http://www.Renegade410Sprints.com