Donny Schatz goes two-for-two with the All Stars at Volusia Speedway Park
BARBERVILLE, Fla. (February 8, 2018) - For the second time in as many days, Fargo, North Dakota's Donny Schatz is an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 main event winner, officially sweeping All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Volusia Speedway Park during the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.
Schatz's route to victory on Thursday evening was just as impressive as the night before, ultimately diminishing a near-straightaway lead held by Chad Kemenah at the midpoint of the 30-lap program. The rally earned the now 18-time All Star winner another $5,000 payday, crossing under the final checkers by a margin of victory equaling 2.439 seconds over Kemenah and Kasey Kahne Racing's Brad Sweet.
"We had an awesome race car," said Donny Schatz, pilot of the Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing, Textron Off Road-backed, No. 15. "It's good to have Rick [Warner] here with us tonight. It feels good to have the entire team together. We are definitely hitting on all eight cylinders right now."
Schatz started from the pole position and led the first eight circuits before feeling any pressure from those racing behind him. Kemenah, who started fourth on the main event grid, worked his way to the back bumper of the defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, eventually driving underneath Schatz as the pair battled through turns one and two on lap nine.
Even with lapped traffic starting to intensify, Kemenah powered to a commanding lead, jumping ahead by a near-straightaway advantage as the leaders raced passed the crossed flags. As the laps clicked down, Schatz started to come back to life, diminishing Kemenah's advantage in traffic to less than a second by lap 22. By lap 25, Schatz was back in command, utilizing the topside of the speedway to cruise around Kemenah as the pair raced through turns one and two.
From that point forward, it was all Donny Schatz, rapidly gaining an advantage through traffic that stretched to nearly three seconds when the final checkers flew. Kemenah held on to finish second, followed by Brad Sweet, David Gravel, and Kyle Larson.
"I really didn't know what to expect with the track. I was trying to play it cautious," Schatz explained, who was weary about the reworked racing surface. "I didn't want to go to the top until I knew it was going to hold me. I got to traffic and really couldn't move around and that's when [Chad Kemenah] got by us. By that time, I knew I had to bide my time and be patient with what the track was going to do. We ended up getting him back in traffic and that's what it takes; being able to race through traffic like that. It definitely helped to be close to the front tonight."
"Sometimes leading isn't the place to be, I guess," Chad Kemenah said, pilot of the Hunter Racing, Bonnell's Rod Shop, No. 10H. "When you have to get beat by [Donny Schatz] it makes things a little bit better. The way I got around him was the same way I got beat. I just thought I had nothing to lose. I could see that he was hung up behind the lapped cars and I kinda held my breath and ended up getting around him. But when you get to traffic, you have to pick and choose the right lanes. Somebody that is that good behind you is probably going to pick the lane that you're not in."
"I had a good feeling before I left home," Schatz continued. "My trainer said I was in 'ass kickin' mode' so I want to thank him for that."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will not return to competition until Friday, April 6, when the Series invades Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio. "America's Series" last visited the southern Ohio highbanks on August 26 with the "Buckeye Bullet" Dave Blaney picking up the $10,000 top prize. It was Blaney's first-ever All Star victory at Atomic Speedway, ultimately raising his Series win total to 48 since first visiting victory lane in 1983.
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Donny Schatz; 2. Chad Kemenah; 3. Brad Sweet; 4. David Gravel; 5. Kyle Larson; 6. Kerry Madsen; 7. Joey Saldana; 8. Paul McMahan; 9. Greg Hodnett; 10. -Tim Shaffer; 11. Brian Brown; 12. Daryn Pittman; 13. Ian Madsen; 14. Kasey Kahne; 15. Brent Marks; 16. Lucas Wolfe; 17. Cory Eliason; 18. Tony Stewart; 19. Dave Blaney; 20. Parker Price-Miller; 21. Trey Starks; 22. Cale Conley; 23. Sheldon Haudenschild; 24. Danny Dietrich.
Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz, 1-8, Chad Kemenah, 9-24, Donny Schatz, 25-30.
Donny Schatz charges from 12th to win at Volusia Speedway Park
DIRTcar Nationals action continues later today
BARBERVILLE, Fla. (February 8, 2018) - Mounting an impressive hard charge to the front, Fargo, North Dakota's Donny Schatz led the final nine circuits on Wednesday evening to claim $5,000 during the opening night of the sprint car segment of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
The victory, Schatz's eighth during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 competition at the Barberville half-mile, occurred in fantastic fashion, advancing forward from 12th on the feature grid during a non-stop 30-lapper to cross under the final checkers 1.079 seconds ahead of Kasey Kahne Racing's Brad Sweet and CJB Motorsports' David Gravel.
"These guys did a great job," Schatz explained, pilot of the Textron Off Road, Ford Performance-backed, No. 15. "This team has been strong for a long time. It feels good to get that first win out of the way. We wish Rick [Warner] could be here tonight. Maybe at the end of the week he will be. He does so much for this race team. We're glad to get it done for him tonight."
Wasting little time, Schatz advanced into a top-five position as early as lap nine, soon challenging six-time and defending All Star champion, Chad Kemenah, and Brad Sweet for the point position. The defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion solidified the runner-up spot by lap 13, then setting his focus on race leader, Brad Sweet, who led all but one lap during the first 21 circuits of the 30-lap program. Schatz made his first official bid for the top spot on lap 22 and made it stick, ultimately driving underneath Sweet at the entrance of turn one and surviving a drag race down the backstretch and into the entrance of turn three.
"I don't know that we got as close as it looked," Schatz explained. "It may have looked close to the fans, but Brad [Sweet] and I had a few city blocks between us. The track locked down and I didn't really expect it to lock down that quick. If I would have been in a different position when it did lock down, I would have been in trouble. I was really struggling at the end. It's just the way some days are. The dynamics of the dirt are always changing."
"When the track gets rubber like that, when you get caught one lane out it feels like ice, but if you are in the groove then it feels like there are spikes in your tires. Unfortunately, I slipped out of the groove and it cost us," Brad Sweet explained. "We got better and better and better every time we hit the track tonight. This is a new team with a new crew chief. We were searching around a little bit trying to find the perfect balance for this Napa Auto Parts, No. 49 car."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will conclude their 2018 Florida invasion with a second and final appearance at Volusia Speedway Park on February 8, wrapping up the two-day All Star segment of the five-day sprint car stretch of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Thursday's start will raise the All Star appearance total to 88 at the Barberville, Fla., venue continuing a tradition that dates back to February 15, 1983.
Volusia Speedway Park will open pit gates at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 8. A mandatory drivers meeting will be conducted at 5 p.m. followed by engine heat at 5:30 p.m., sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit DIRTcar Nationals live on the Web at www.dirtcarnationals.com.
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Donny Schatz; 2. Brad Sweet; 3. David Gravel; 4. Jason Johnson; 5. Chad Kemenah; 6. Kerry Madsen; 7. Danny Dietrich; 8. Brent Marks; 9. Kyle Larson; 10. Dave Blaney; 11. Brian Brown; 12. Tim Shaffer; 13. Shane Stewart; 14. Kraig Kinser; 15. Sheldon Haudenschild; 16. Ian Madsen; 17. Lucas Wolfe; 18. Daryn Pittman; 19. Joey Saldana; 20. Kasey Kahne; 21. Rico Abreu; 22. Tony Stewart; 23. Cory Eliason; 24. Paul McMahan.
Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-11, Chad Kemenah 12, Brad Sweet 13-21, Donny Schatz 22-30.
KWS-NARC GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 24TH
With final plans for the upcoming 2018 sprint car season being put in place, the King of the West-NARC sprint car series will hold a General Membership/Competition meeting on Saturday, February 24th. The meeting will be held at the Roth Motorsports compound in Fresno, CA and gets underway at 11:00 a.m.
Topics expected to be discussed during the 1 ½ hour meeting include the 2018 schedule, memberships, sponsorships, rule changes, a rework of the trophy dash format and other series improvements. The new Northern Auto Racing Club Advisory Board will be introduced at the meeting.
The meeting will include a famous Roth Motorsports Tri-Tip barbecue. To ensure that there is food for all, we request that you RSVP by texting or calling 714-397-7417. Or you can RSVP with Kaeding Performance at 408-371-3031.
Roth Motorsports is located at 4630 S. Fig Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706.
For more information, contact KWS-NARC Business Manager Jim Allen at 714-397-7417.
The season opener of the 16-event King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series is scheduled for Saturday, April 7th at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA.
FAST Series have bigger paying events in 2018; new tracks
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Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
FREMONT, Ohio – The 10th season of the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics and the eighth season of the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro will feature high paying events and some new tracks in 2018.
The All Pro 410 FAST series will have 25 dates at six different tracks. The 410 series races will pay a minimum of $3,000 to win at least five event paying $5,000 or more to the feature winner. The majority of the events will be contested at the series home tracks of AtticaRacewayPark in Attica, Ohio (9 dates) and Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio (10 dates).
“We’re excited for the 410 FAST teams to get to race not only at Attica and Fremont for a majority of their point events but for the first time compete at Millstream Speedway in Findlay and two events at Sharon Speedway. We are also excited to be a part of the growth of the Summer Sizzler in July at WaynesfieldRacewayPark,” said Rich Farmer, FAST Series Owner.
“I want to thank all of the great marketing partners that help keep FAST growing and all the track promoters who work with us to keep winged sprint car racing strong in Ohio. Honestly we had to turn down some tracks but we will revisit their ideas next year,” Farmer added.
The JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro will compete in 23 events at six different tracks in 2018.
“The exciting thing about the FAST 305 series this year is over half the shows will pay a minimum of $1,000 to win. Again that is thanks to the support of the marketing partners and the cooperation and backing of the tracks,” Farmer noted.
The All Pro FAST 410 series kicks off Friday, April 6 as the opening night of the Core & Main Spring Nationals and will pay $5,000 to the feature winner. FAST will make 9 appearances at Attica in 2018 with 10 shows scheduled at Fremont Speedway.
The series makes it’s first ever appearance at Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio on Sunday, May 6 as part of a triple-header weekend that includes Friday, May 4 at Attica and Saturday, May 5 at Fremont.
“Shane (Helms, Millstream promoter) called and wanted to have a type of Ohio state championship event. Teams from other tracks around the state will be invited to this FAST sanctioned event and it should be a lot of fun to see who comes out on top,” Farmer said.
The series travels to Hartford, Ohio to the historic Sharon Speedway for the first time on Friday, May 11th to take on the tough Western Pennsylvania competitors. FAST returns to Sharon on Saturday, Aug. 18.
FAST will once again be the headliner at the Summer Sizzler at WaynesfieldRacewayPark in Waynesfield, Ohio on Tuesday, July 3. The race not only has the 410 and 305 winged sprints but the winged NRA Sprint Invader 360 sprints and winged mini-sprints.
“There were nearly 100 open wheel race cars in the pits last year for this before it rained out. Greg (Shobe, owner), Danny (Kelly, general manager) and Ron (Hammons, Sizzler promoter) have worked hard to make this one of the most exciting events in Ohio. Our FAST teams have a lot of fun competing on that track,” Farmer said.
For the second year the FAST 410 series heads to the rejuvenated Mansfield Motor Speedway for the 2nd Annual Great Lakes Nationals Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11. Last year the big-paying event was limited to a one-day affair because of rain and it drew 140 sprint cars for the three divisions.
“FAST is honored to be a part of the growth and rebirth of Mansfield and I look forward to continue to work with Cody (Sommers, Mansfield owner),” Farmer said.
Another twist for the FAST 410 series in 2018 is the addition of a couple of co-sanctioned races with the new winged Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS). BOSS began and has continued as a non-wing series but is adding a hand full of winged events in 2018.
The first BOSS/FAST race will be Saturday, May 26 at Fremont Speedway and will pay $5,000 to win. BOSS winged sprints return to Fremont as part of the 11th Annual Jim Ford Classic the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15. The Friday, Sept. 14 show will be the series championship night.
“Aaron Fry and the BOSS series have been a pleasure to work with on the non-wing side. Like the FAST series, BOSS is a ‘working man’s series’ and we are happy to be a part of their growth into winged racing,” Farmer said.
The chase for the JLH General Contractor 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro begins Friday, May 4 at AtticaRacewayPark in Attica, Ohio. The 305 FAST teams will travel to Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Ohio for their first ever series race at that facility on Sunday, May 6. The FAST 305 teams will return to Millstream on Saturday, June 23 as part of the Ohio Sprint Speedweek finale.
The fans at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio have been treated to the exciting FAST 305 races for a couple of years and in 2018 the series will compete at the high banked bull ring three times – Friday, June 15, Friday, July 13 and Friday, Aug. 3.
“I want to thank our dedicated FAST 305 teams. They have supported our efforts to grow the series tremendously. Limaland has been very impressed with the racing the teams have put on and that is why we have two shows there,” Farmer said.
The JLH FAST 305 teams will once again be a part of the Summer Sizzler on July 3 at Waynesfield and both days of the Great Lakes Nationals at Mansfield in August. Championship night for the FAST 305 series will be Saturday, Sept. 15 at Fremont Speedway as part of the Jim Ford Classic weekend.
In 2017, Fremont, Ohio’s DJ Foos put a stop to four time FAST Champion Byron Reed’s streak of three straight titles in the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics. Foos also became the first driver to win both the FAST 305 and FAST 410 titles in the history of the series.
Fremont, Ohio’s Paul Weaver had another dominating summer in the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro to claim his second straight title.
Tim Shaffer edges Kerry Madsen to win night two of Bubba Army Winter Nationals
OCALA, Fla. (February 2, 2018) - The "Steel City Outlaw" Tim Shaffer made the most of his front row starting position on Friday night, eventually leading all 30 circuits around Bubba Raceway Park to claim his first Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 main event victory of the season. The pilot of the Rudzik Excavating, No. 49X earned $5,000 for his efforts, edging out the "Madman" Kerry Madsen for the 61st victory of his career against the All Star Circuit of Champions.
"This is great for the Rudzik team," Shaffer said, a four-time All Star champion from 2009 to 2012. "Everyone works so hard back at the shop. That hard work makes all of this happen. This is what makes all of their hard work fun."
Shaffer started from the outside-pole position and earned the early advantage, racing by the flagstand for the first time with Tyler Clem and Sheldon Haudenschild in tow. The Aliquippa, Pa., native maintained a quick pace at the front of the running order until caution flags appeared for the first time on lap nine. Unfortunately for Clem and Haudenschild, the caution flag was the result of their misfortune, each collected by a stopped lapped car.
Green flag conditions soon returned with Shaffer resuming his campaign at the front of the running order. With Clem and Haudenschild out, it was Sunbury, Pennsylvania's Mark Smith inheriting the runner-up position, followed closely by New York native, Coleman Gulick, and Kerry Madsen.
While Shaffer controlled the point, pushing his advantage to nearly two seconds even with traffic coming back into play as early as lap 14, it was Madsen who was attracting the attention, driving by Gulick on lap 11 and eventually squeezing under Mark Smith on lap 20. On lap 21, caution flags appeared for the second and final time once again erasing Shaffer's advantage.
With rubber starting to come into play around the bottom of the speedway, it was obvious that Shaffer had the edge despite Madsen's speed. Madsen followed Shaffer back to green on lap 21 and raced on the tail tank of the familiar No. 49X for the next nine circuits. Once again, traffic came into the picture but this time acting as a roadblock around the thin lane of rubbered-up racing surface. Madsen made a few attempts to squeeze under Shaffer, but the attempts failed. The "Steel City Outlaw" prevailed for his third All Star Circuit of Champions victory at Bubba Raceway Park.
"I tried to get out of line and get around the lapped car on the front stretch, but I had to duck back in line," Shaffer explained. "You just have to be patient. Last night I wasn't patient and it cost us. To come back tonight and win is just awesome for this team. This is a Rider Engine and it is running great. The first win is always the hardest to get. To get a win this early will really help us the rest of the year. It is a building tool for the team."
Kerry Madsen chased Shaffer to the line, followed by Mark Smith, Coleman Gulick, and Paul McMahan.
"I did think about trying to squeeze under [Tim Shaffer] a few times, but I thought I better get on the brakes because I didn't want to take him out," Madsen explained, pilot of the GoMuddy.com, No. 2. "I tried to keep him honest right there at the end and be right up his bum. If he had a slip, I was going to get right in there. We had a good run. I'm happy for this team. Second run of the year and we got a top-two. I'm happy with that."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will end their three-day visit to Ocala, Fla., on Saturday, February 3, with a third and final appearance at Bubba Raceway Park. "America's Series" will battle for a $5,000 top prize during the final leg of their Winter Nationals campaign, successfully wrapping up the first segment of their Florida invasion. The All Stars will return to competition on Wednesday evening, February 7, at Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida.
On Saturday, February 3, starting times will move ahead one hour at Bubba Raceway Park with the All Star drivers meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. followed by All Star hot laps at 5:45 p.m., sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes, such as general admission gate times and ticket prices, should visit Bubba Raceway Park live on the Web at www.bubbaracewaypark.com.
A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Tim Shaffer; 2. Kerry Madsen; 3. Mark Smith; 4. Coleman Gulick; 5. Paul McMahan; 6. Chad Kemenah; 7. Greg Hodnett; 8. Danny Dietrich; 9. Tony Stewart; 10. Parker Price-Miller; 11. Rico Abreu; 12. Cale Conley; 13. Lucas Wolfe; 14. Steve Buckwalter; 15. Tyler Clem; 16. Anthony Fiore; 17. Max Stambaugh; 18. Dave Blaney; 19. Carson Short; 20. Trey Starks; 21. Sheldon Haudenschild; 22. John Garvin; 23. Trevor Baker; 24. Danny Smith.
Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer [1-30]
Chad Kemenah hard charges from 17th to win 2018 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 opener at Bubba Raceway Park
OCALA, Fla. (February 1, 2018) - Six-time and defending Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 titlist, Chad Kemenah, kicked-off his 2018 campaign in a big way, not only scoring the All Star Circuit of Champions season opener at Bubba Raceway Park worth $5,000, but doing so from the inside of row nine.
Kemenah, pilot of the familiar, DKW Transport and Bonnell's Rod Shop-backed, Hunter Racing entry, advanced sixteen positions during his charge to the front of the field, ultimately withstanding a competitive field and ten cautions, two of which resulting in open red flags, to earn a 34th-career All Star victory; his first ever in the Sunshine State. Kemenah's efforts also earned him the MSD Performance Hard Charger Award.
"Smoke" Tony Stewart finished second during the All Star opener at the Ocala, Fla., venue, followed by Dave Blaney, Parker Price-Miller, who led the first 21 circuits before giving up the top spot, and Carson Short.
"We were really consistent the last two years, so I hope this is a sign because I need to win more," Chad Kemenah said in Bubba Raceway Park victory lane. "Starting that far back and working to the front says a lot about our efforts in the winter time. My brother, his wife, and Luke are always working in the shop. Rob and Rita Hunter just give us what we need to compete and compete competitively, anywhere we go. That's all we can ask for."
By the midpoint of the 30-lap program, Kemenah was racing within the top-five, soon pressuring those battling for podium positions just in front of him including Dave Blaney, Tony Stewart, and race leader, Parker Price-Miller. A caution on lap 20 would give Kemenah another prime opportunity to advance, ultimately driving by Dave Blaney and Tony Stewart on the ensuing restart, all while utilizing the bottom of the speedway.
Two circuits later, Kemenah was pressuring Price-Miller for the top spot. Despite leading over half of the main event, and surviving six cautions during the first 20 circuits including three consecutive that plagued the initial start, Price-Miller's efforts soon wore out, eventually surrendering the point position to Kemenah at the exit of turn four on lap 22.
"When my brother came out during the [open] red, he asked me what I thought," Kemenah continued. "I told him I felt good. I just needed to bide my time because there were cars everywhere. The race track was beautiful. The mechanic did his job and all I had to do was drive it."
Even with four more cautions halting his momentum, a pair on lap 23 and another pair on lap 27, Kemenah was invincible, stretching his final margin of victory to 3.067 seconds despite the race ending with a small string of only four consecutive laps.
"I'm not sure anyone was going to have anything for those guys," Tony Stewart, owner of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1, said of Chad Kemenah. "We just needed things to go green for a little while longer. I'm proud of my guys. I think this team has gained a lot over the winter. I feel really good about how things got started."
"This really says what my team is about," Chad Kemenah added. "We never quit."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will continue the 2018 season with another round of Winter Nationals competition at Bubba Raceway Park on Friday, February 2.
Bubba Raceway Park will open pit gates at 9 a.m. during the next two days of Winter Nationals competition. The mandatory All Star drivers meeting scheduled for Friday, February 2, will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. followed by hot laps at 6:45.
On Saturday, February 3, starting times will move ahead one hour with the All Star drivers meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. followed by All Star hot laps at 5:45 p.m., sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes such as general admission gate times and ticket prices should visit Bubba Raceway Park on the Web at www.bubbaracewaypark.com.
A-Main (30 Laps) 1. Chad Kemenah; 2. Tony Stewart; 3. Dave Blaney; 4. Parker Price-Miller; 5. Carson Short; 6. Wayne Johnson; 7. Greg Hodnett; 8. Hunter Mackison; 9. Sheldon Haudenschild; 10. Caleb Helms; 11. Mark Smith; 12. Rico Abreu; 13. Kerry Madsen; 14. Paul McMahan; 15. Trey Starks; 16. Danny Dietrich; 17. Tyler Clem; 18. Max Stambaugh; 19. Ian Madsen; 20. John Garvin; 21. Coleman Gulick; 22. Jordan Mackison; 23. Tim Shaffer; 24. Cale Conley.
Lap Leaders: Parker Price-Miller [1-21]; Chad Kemenah [22-30].
Millstream Speedway Paying $10,000-to-Win Rick Ferkel Classic on Final Night of All Star Speedweek
FINDLAY, Ohio (Jan. 29, 2018) - Millstream Speedway is gearing up for a spectacle this summer when it hosts the final night of the famed Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Ohio Sprint Speedweek.
The half-mile oval welcomes 'America's Series' on Sunday, June 23, for its second of three All Star shows this season. The event pays $10,000 to win and is titled the Rick Ferkel Classic in honor of the racing veteran.
"I was pretty honored to have that happen," he said. "It's really neat when people remember. It makes you feel good inside.
"I think Millstream Speedway is a sleeping giant. They have restaurants and motels around them. It's all convenient. The key is getting (the fans) in and out. Three hours is about the length of their attention span. If they can get them in and out it will be real successful. I think it will happen."
Ferkel began racing sprint cars in the early 1970s and Findlay was his hometown for approximately a decade during the early portion of his career.
"We had some really good times there," he said. "We won several features and we set some track records there."
Kear's Speed Shop, which is only about a 40-minute drive from Millstream Speedway, sponsored Ferkel since the early 1970s.
"I think it's beautiful and I'm tickled to death Millstream would come back for three shows," Kear's Speed Shop Co-Founder Shirley Kear said. "Rick cut his teeth over there and he loved that track. It was a good race track and everyone loved it. It had a lot of great races there."
Ferkel will serve as the crew chief for Trevor Baker this season. Helping young drivers has become a second career for Ferkel since he hung up his helmet following a hall of fame driving career.
"I feel you should give back," he said. "I think guys need to give back to the sport."
Shane and Larry Helms, who took over running Millstream Speedway this season, are trying to do that as well. Their first All Star show - named the Bob Hampshire Classic in honor of another local legend - is slated for May 27, which is the Sunday during Memorial Day Weekend.
Following the Rick Ferkel Classic, Millstream Speedway will host the All Stars on Monday, Sept. 3, during Labor Day Weekend.
"We're thrilled to honor greats like Rick Ferkel and Bob Hampshire," Shane Helms said. "Rick had a lot of success in our area and continued that when he went racing on the road. In my opinion at one time these two were as good as anyone at their craft. When Rick was running at his best he'd beat anyone. We're proud to be able to host a Rick Ferkel Classic and have it wrap up the Ohio Sprint Speedweek, which is a marquee week-long event that takes hard work and dedication to get through."
Start times, ticket prices and information about support classes for all three races will be released in the near future.
An All Star lineup set to return to the Sunshine State
Five-race Florida visit to award minimum $10,000 point fund
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (January 29, 2018) - Celebrating four seasons under the ownership of three-time NASCAR Cup champion, Tony Stewart, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1™ will enter the new year boasting a schedule comprised of 55 events at 36 different facilities. "America's Series" will crisscross much of the Northeast and Midwest during their upcoming travels, visiting dirt ovals in nine different states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, New York, and Wisconsin, all after a five-race stint in sunny, northern Florida.
Like years prior, Tony Stewart's traveling All Stars will begin the new year with action in the Sunshine State, highlighting the lone trip south of the Mason-Dixon Line with three appearances during Bubba Raceway Park's 7th Annual Winter Nationals on February 1-3, followed by a pair of DIRTcar Nationals starts at Volusia Speedway Park on Wednesday and Thursday, February 7-8.
As an added bonus to all full-time, All Star Circuit of Champions teams making the journey to Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park, a point fund, made possible by Panini America, the Official Trading Card Partner of NASCAR, will be distributed amongst the top-15, full-time, All Star Circuit of Champions teams entered for action during the entire Florida swing.
"We are honored to partner with Tony and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 for their southern swing to Florida this week," said Mark Warsop, CEO at Panini America, the Official Trading Card Partner of NASCAR. "While we produce trading cards across multiple sports, we are also sports enthusiasts, whether it be motorsports, football, basketball, soccer or baseball. We are truly excited for the opportunity to sponsor the points fund. Best of luck to all of the drivers and teams as they compete over the next two weekends."
To be eligible for the Panini America point fund, participating teams must be committed, full-time travelers with the All Star Circuit of Champions in 2018 and must participate in all All Star events in the state of Florida. If all five events are conducted, the overall point fund will equal $15,000; $3,750 reserved for the champion. Acknowledging the risk for inclement weather, if only four of the five scheduled events are conducted, the overall point fund will decrease to $12,500 with $3,125 being awarded to the overall champion. Three events or less will guarantee a $10,000 point fund with $2,500 awarded to the champion.
Points accumulated in Florida will not count toward the 2018 All Star Circuit of Champions championship standings, nor the 2018 year-end Series point fund.
Expected to lead the All Star charge into Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park is six-time and defending All Star champion, Chad Kemenah. The pilot of the familiar Hunter Racing, No. 10H entry will enter his 2018 Florida campaign fresh off of a championship season with the All Star Circuit of Champions, now tied with Hartford, Ohio's Dale Blaney for the most all-time. Kemenah sealed his 2017 title run with a display of consistency; 37 top-ten finishes in 48 main event starts, also claiming victories at Atomic Speedway, Mercer Raceway Park, and 34 Raceway.
Presumably, full-time All Star competitors expected to join Chad Kemenah during action in Florida include Findlay, Ohio, native and the 2017 Pete Jacobs Memorial champion, Caleb Helms; former All Star champion and Aliquippa, Pa., native, Tim Shaffer; Shreve, Ohio's Trevor Baker; the 2017 All Star "Rookie of the Year," Max Stambaugh; Vienna, W. Va., native, Cale Conley; the third generation duo of Hunter and Jordan Mackison; Dave Blaney in Pete Grove's Premier Motorsports entry; 2017 All Star "Rookie of the Year" contender, John Garvin; Clute, Texas, native, Aaron Reutzel; and 74-time All Star winner, the "Brownsburg Bullet" Joey Saldana.
In addition, many of the nation's finest will join the All Star Circuit of Champions during competition in the Sunshine State. Drivers expected to challenge "Amercia's Series" during all five events in Florida include St. Helena, Calif., native and former Chili Bowl Nationals champion, Rico Abreu; defending Central PA Sprint Series champion, Danny Dietrich; 2017 World of Outlaws "Rookie of the Year," Sheldon Haudenschild; 2017 Knoxville Raceway Track Champion, Ian Madsen; former Williams Grove Speedway National Open champion, Greg Hodnett; and three-time NASCAR Cup champion, "Smoke" Tony Stewart.
"I want to welcome the race fans, as well as the race teams, back to Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park. It has been a longstanding tradition to kick off the All Star season in Florida and I'm thrilled that we get the opportunity to continue just that," Tony Stewart, owner of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1, said. "For some, the offseason can be long, so this is a perfect opportunity to escape the winter cold and head for warmer temperatures. What better way to start a season than Florida in February."
The All Star Circuit of Champions have made 28 prior appearances at Bubba Raceway Park dating back to February 9, 1991. The "Madman" Kerry Madsen, who won one of the three main events conducted in 2017, owns the most All Star victories (five) at the Ocala oval, followed by defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz. Schatz owns four victories at Bubba Raceway Park during All Star competition, most recently scoring back-to-back wins during the 2017 Winter Nationals.
Dominating the All Star win list at Volusia Speedway Park, Dover, Missouri's Danny Lasoski has tamed the half-mile on 16 different occasions throughout his career, over double the amount of victories attained by Donny Schatz who is second on the All Star Volusia win list with seven. The "Brownsburg Bullet" Joey Saldana has earned five All Star victories at Volusia, followed by Dale Blaney with four triumphs. Despite conquering the win list, Lasoski has not visited victory lane at Volusia Speedway Park with the All Stars since February 15, 2012.
Bubba Raceway Park will open pit gates at 9:00 am during all three days of Winter Nationals competition. A mandatory All Star drivers meeting will be conducted at 5:30 pm on Thursday and Friday, February 1-2, followed by hot laps at 6:45.
On Saturday, February 3, starting times will move ahead one hour with the drivers meeting scheduled for 4:30 pm, followed by All Star hot laps at 5:45 pm, sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes such as general admission gate times and ticket prices should visit Bubba Raceway Park on the Web at www.bubbaracewaypark.com. An open practice session for the All Star Circuit of Champions will be conducted on Wednesday, January 31.
Volusia Speedway Park will open pit gates at 10:00 am on Wednesday and Thursday, February 7-8. A mandatory drivers meeting will be conducted at 5:00 pm, followed by engine heat at 5:30 pm, sharp. Those seeking more news and notes should visit the DIRTcar Nationals live on the Web at www.dirtcarnationals.com. An open practice for all sprint car competitors will be conducted on Tuesday evening, February 6.
Sprints On Dirt 2018 season taking shape
ERIE, MI (January 19, 2018) – It may be frigid outside, but things are warming up in the Sprints On Dirt office as the 2018 season takes shape. Sponsorships are being renewed and race date contracts are being signed as SOD works to complete preparation for the 2018 schedule.
SOD has a long-standing practice of publicly releasing only race dates that have been agreed to, and we continue to do so. Dates considered to be tentative, TBA, TBD, etc. are not listed. With this in mind, these are the signed dates for 2018 at this time:
Saturday, April 28 - Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, MI (May 5 rain date)
Friday, May 18 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI
Friday, June 8 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI
Saturday, June 9 - Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI
Friday, June 22 - Tri-City Motor Speedway, Auburn, MI
Friday, July 6 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI
Saturday, July 14 - Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, MI
Friday, July 27 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI
Friday, August 3 - Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI
Saturday, August 4 - Butler Speedway, Quincy, MI
Saturday, August 25 - Merritt Speedway, Lake City, MI
Friday, August 31 - Hartford Speedway, Hartford, MI
Saturday, September 1 - Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, MI
Additional dates are under consideration and will be announced when finalized.
Carl Bowser to Join All Star Circuit of Champions Tour in 2018 in Chiappelli Motorsports #98
By DirtyMouth Communications
Butler, PA (January 17, 2018) – After a successful season in 2017 in his first year in the Chiappelli Motorsports #98, Carl Bowser and the #98 team will launch the driver's rookie season with the All Star Sprint Circuit of Champions in 2018.
"To be able to take a car out on the All Star tour with Tom and Fran and our team means a lot," Bowser said. "We had been heading in this direction by adding more All Star races and travel in 2016 when we bought the #10 team out. When we decided to partner with Tom and Fran, we all sat down and decided to put one season of more aggressive traveling together before we committed to the All Star schedule."
The 2017 season was a year of growth for Bowser, running 43 races primarily in Central PA and putting the #98 car in victory lane three times. The 2018 season has more than 70 dates on the schedule between 50 races on the All Star schedule, local shows in Western PA and special events.
"We have taken more risks and raced tougher cars in preparation for a long future together with Tom and Fran," Bowser said. "We're confident that this is the right next step for us, especially with the caliber of cars that we're going to be up against with the All Stars. Our crew and sponsors have been really supportive of our goals, so we're excited to move forward together as a team because we couldn't do it without that."
Bowser will kick off the 2018 season in March in Central PA to prepare for the All Star points opener at Atomic Speedway on Friday, April 6th.
Dave Blaney Teams with Pete Grove to Launch 2018 All Star Campaign
By DirtyMouth Communications
High Point, N.C. - (January 15, 2018) - 'The Buckeye Bullet' Dave Blaney will return to full time sprint car racing in 2018 for the first time since 1997 with the All Star Sprint Circuit of Champions in the Pete Grove-owned No. 70.
Blaney, who earned his most recent victory with the All Star Sprint Circuit of Champions in August of 2017 at the $10,000-to-win Open Wheel Championships at Atomic Speedway, will run the full All Star schedule along with select World of Outlaw shows and major events.
"I'm really excited to be partnering with Pete and racing more this year," Blaney said. "It's a good fit for both of us, in my opinion. We're going to be taking care of the cars here in North Carolina, and that takes a lot of time off of his plate to focus on his businesses. And he's got great equipment and the drive to go out and be competitive."
Blaney and Grove will start their All Star campaign in Florida at Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Raceway Park in February.
"It's a short time to get it all ready for Florida but I'm excited enough to get back to a full time schedule that I'm not worried about the amount of work we have in front of us," Blaney said. "I've been focused on working with Ryan over the last few years and that's only allowed a part time schedule. The more you race, the better you're going to be so I'm ready to take that on again. And Ryan's going to be able to be involved in the team a bit, so he's excited about that."
Crew member Eric Bergen will be joining the team along with Blaney's marketing partners Mohawk Northeast and Beltline Body Shop. Grove's iconic blue No. 70 will continue to be supported by his long-time partners Lumber and Things, Linc Systems, River City Wood Products, Premier Pallet, Lutes Custom Cabinetry, Maria at FK Rod Ends and Winters Performance.
"Throughout the years, I've always gotten along well with Dave," Grove said. "He ran a modified for me at some specials here and there and I always admired him as a racer. I'm really excited to be getting back to full time racing, especially with how we're running the team. With two companies and 45 employees, it's hard to take the time we needed for racing and run the businesses, too."
Eight Inductees Announced as “Class of 2018” for National Sprint Car Hall of Fame!
Knoxville, IA, January 9, 2017 – The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the names of its eight inductees for 2018. Those that will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 2, during the twenty-ninth annual ceremonies in Knoxville, Iowa, are:
Bryan Clauson - Despite passing at the age of 27, Bryan's impact on sprint car racing was already indelible. He was a two-time USAC sprint car champion and Driver of the Year. He won 36 USAC National sprint car features, and was a two-time Indiana Sprint Week Champion. After switching to wing racing, he held wins with the All Stars, the National Sprint League, ASCS and on Friday night at the Knoxville Nationals, one of the two years that he put himself in the Knoxville Nationals championship race.
Lance Dewease - One of the legends of the central Pennsylvania circuit, Lance Dewease is still going strong. In limited action, he posted 12 wins in 2017 alone, including the $50,000 to win Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal, and the Kasey Kahne "Dirt Classic" at Lincoln Speedway in September. Lance has over 320 wins in a career that has been rejuvenated by teaming with fellow Hall of Famers Don Kreitz Jr. and Davey Brown Sr. Lance has won at least one sprint car feature since 1986 (32 years)! He is a six-time champion at both Williams Grove Speedway and Port Royal Speedway.
David Steele - David Steele may well have been Florida's most accomplished short-track racer before his passing in 2017. The two-time USAC Silver Crown champ started with wing racing, taking the 1994 Florida 500 at Charlotte County Speedway at the age of 19. Dave racked up 60 USAC National wins, including 26 in sprint cars. Dave also won the prestigious "Little 500" in Anderson, Indiana twice. Closer to home, he won an even 100 feature wins in Florida alone, and was a three-time Tampa Bay Area Auto Racing Association (TBARA) champion.
Scott Gerkin - Scott began his mechanical career in sprint cars in 1977. He would work under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Karl Kinser and his drivers, Mark and Steve Kinser. With Steve Kinser Racing, Scott helped to build the team from the ground up in 1995, winning eighteen features including the Historical Big One at Eldora, at Syracuse, New York on the mile and the Knoxville Nationals that year. The next twenty years would see the team win six World of Outlaws championships, two Knoxville Nationals, four King's Royal titles and well over 150 WoO feature wins with Scott as crew chief. Scott was awarded the Ted Johnson Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sprint Car Racing in 2014. Scott is currently the head engine builder at One Way Technologies.
Emmett J. Malloy - After hopping a train west from his home in New Hampton, Iowa at the age of 17, Emmett eventually settled in Inglewood, California. An excavator, Emmett would build and operate the famous "Gardena Bowl", home to first the California Roadster Association, which morphed into the California Racing Association (CRA). Emmett would also become a championship car owner. He hired legendary builder and mechanic Bob Pankratz and Hall of Fame driver Troy Ruttman. After winning 26 features in two years, Emmett concentrated on Indianapolis, and was competitive despite a lower budget than many of his competitors. From track builder/operator to car owner, Emmett left a permanent imprint on the history of sprint car racing in the United States.
Promoters-Officials-Media Members-Event/Series Sponsors
Steve Beitler - Steve has dedicated over 40 years to the sport of sprint car racing, over 22 as an owner/driver. The past two decades has seen Steve owning and promoting Skagit Speedway near Alger, Washington. Steve has also promoted at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA and State Fair Speedway in Yakima, WA. Skagit was special to Steve as his father Harold raced in the first events there, and he sold programs and National Speed Sport News there at the age of eight. Despite its location in the Pacific Northwest, Skagit hosts some of the major events in the country including the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup. The World of Outlaws and the ASCS National Series are annual visitors as well. Steve has been the recipient of over twenty promoter and community service awards.
Bob Mays - Bob's interest in racing began at the age of three when his father took him to Capitol Beach Speedway in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. After racing for a few seasons in a micro-midget, fortunately, Bob picked up a camera. Bob would travel and shoot, becoming the track photographer at Midwest Speedway in Lincoln, and shooting for several publications including Open Wheel, Hawkeye Racing news, Western Racing News, National Speed Sport News and many more. Bob has contributed to many publications over the years both with photos and with print. He has authored "High Plains Thunder", Supermodified Racing in the Midlands, Valley County Thunder: The History of Racing at Ord, Nebraska, Big Car Thunder: Volumes One and Two, Competition Portraits, and last year's "The High Banks! Belleville's Amazing Track and the Men Who Tried to Tame Her". In 2006, Bob was an inductee in the Belleville Highbanks Hall of Fame.
Oscar Dwain "Red" Garnant - Born in 1904 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Red followed his older brother and fellow Hall of Famer Russ to California and into racing. He learned the mechanical end of the "Big Cars" at Ascot Legion Speedway in the 1920's. At pit mechanic under his brother, he wrenched on the famous "Garnant" Simplex Piston Ring Special driven by Stubby Stubblefield and Mel Kenealy among others. In 1929, the team took 13 races at Ascot, including eight in a row with Kenealy. The team won eight straight in 1930 with Stubblefield at the wheel. The wins and great drivers such as Rex Mays just kept coming for the Garnant's. After World War II, Red stepped away from racing, but used his mechanical prowess to build the original molds of the Frisbee and the Hula Hoop in the 1950's. The Frisbee was the size of a small steering wheel and the Hula Hoop a car's wheel.
According to National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation executive director Bob Baker, “This year’s inductee group is another testament to the hard work put in by our 72-member National Induction Committee! We are really looking forward to our twenty-ninth induction banquet on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa on Saturday, June 2.”
THE "JERSEY RUSH VIII" 410 SPRINTS, MODIFIEDS & SPORTSMAN RETURN TO NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
NEW EGYPT, NJ - The ultimate Tripleheader will invade the New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday night, July 24 when the "Jersey Rush VIII,". Jersey Rush VIII will showcase the 410 Sprints, Modifieds and Sportsman. This will mark the only appearance by the 410 sprints to New Egypt Speedway in 2018. Race time is set for 7:30 PM.
This event is a co-promotion between the Sammons Family and Bob Miller. The promotional team is thrilled to have Bob Greene and Pioneer Pole Buildings back in 2018 as the event sponsor.
When the gates swing open at 5 PM race fans are invited to the pit area for a one-hour pre-race Meet & Greet. Fans may enter the pit area through the gate behind the grandstands in turn four. This is a great opportunity for the spectators to meet the drivers and get an up-close look at the race cars before the drop of the green flag at 7:30 PM.
Expected 410 Sprint entries include three-time Jersey Rush winner JJ Grasso along with two-time winner Greg Hodnett and 2014 Jersey Rush winner "The Kunkletown Kid" Ryan Smith. Likely entries are Freddie Rahmer, Danny Dietrich, Lucas Wolfe, Kyle Reinhardt and Davey Sammons just to name a few.
In the modified field, Billy Pauch Jr. looks to defend his Jersey Rush title and expects heavy competition from Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch, Rick Laubach, PJ Oliver, Willie Osmun, Duane Howard, Jimmy Horton, David Van Horn and Dominic Buffalino.
For the first time in the seven-year history of the Jersey Rush, the Sportsman will be part of the event. More details to come on the format for the Sportsman.
The 410 Sprint Cars will race for a $5,000 winner's share, with $1,000 going to the tenth place finisher and $400 to every car that starts the A-main. The area's fastest Sprint Car drivers will compete in 10 lap heat races - set from time trials, and a 12 lap B-Main before the 30 lap main event.
The Modifieds will compete for a $3,000 top prize with $1,000 going to the fifth-place finisher. Modified drivers will draw for heat race groups and take part in timed warm-ups with an invert of four heading into the qualifying heats. Six cars will qualify with the top-four finishers locked into the redraw. There is no entry fee but drivers are encouraged to pre-register by calling 443-513-4456.
Adult Admission for Jersey Rush VII is $30, Children (6-11): $10 and Children 5 and under are FREE! Pit admission is $35 with no license required.
Pit Gates open at 3:30 PM, Grandstands open at 5:00 PM, the Driver's Meeting will be at 6:15 PM, Warm-Ups at 7:00 PM and racing at 7:30 PM.
410 Sprints Modifieds
2011 JJ Grasso Billy Pauch
2012 Daryn Pitman Jimmy Horton
2013 JJ Grasso Billy Pauch
2014 Ryan Smith Billy Pauch
2015 Greg Hodnett Duane Howard
2016 Greg Hodnett Ryan Godown
2017 JJ Grasso Billy Pauch Jr.
DAN MOTTER STEPS AWAY FROM SPRINT CAR RACING
PENGILLY, Minn. (Jan. 6, 2018) -- Dan Motter, who has had a lifelong love for sprint cars dating back to his early days of driving in 1973, announced that effective today Motter Motorsports will cease operations.
“I will never lose my passion for sprint car racing,” said Motter, “but my Motter Equipment business has kept me out of the country for the past year and a half. Last season I was unable to attend even one race.
“At this time, I have neither the time or the resources to continue fielding a team.
“I especially want to thank Dave Blaney for running the team last year without our involvement. That was a lot for Dave to shoulder and I truly missed being out on the circuit with him.
“Through the years we have enjoyed success and graced winners’ circles across the United States and Canada. We just want to give a tip of the helmet and a heartfelt thanks to the drivers who we have enjoyed working with through the years. In chronological order those drivers were: Jimmy Evans, Randy Smith, Kenny Jacobs, Stevie Smith, Doug Wolfgang, Joey Saldana and Dave Blaney.
“We also want to thank Mark Kinser and Gary Lee Meier for wheeling some special events for us years ago.
“Additionally we want to acknowledge a few of the sponsors who have helped us through the years that include Beltline Body Shop, EcoWater Systems, HE&M Saw and Mohawk Northeast. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the many product sponsors who have helped our team through the years who are too numerous to list. Everyone has a special place in our heart and each played a role in the success our team had.
“We leave with a treasure trove of memories. “Though we might not be actively involved, we will continue to monitor the races from afar. It’s been a good ride and if an opportunity presents itself down the road, then we will never say ‘never’.”
Tarlton’s Tab Shane Golobic To Go After 2018 King of the West Championship
Fremont, Calif.- Taking the year off from competing full time with the King of the West Series after winning the series title in 2015 and 2016, Tarlton Motorsports is gearing up to go after the series crown in 2018 with Fremont, CA hot shoe Shane Golobic in the seat.
“I’m really excited and honored to run for the KWS/NARC Championship in 2018 with Tarlton Motorsports,” Shane Golobic said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of Tom and Tommy Tarlton’s team, and I look forward to working alongside Paul Baines through the year. I really feel like we will be a tough team to beat. I am eager to get things started, and am very lucky to be a part of two of the best teams on the West Coast.”
Golobic takes over the wheel of the Elite Landscape Construction/Tarlton and Son, Inc./Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino No. 21x machine fresh off of an amazing 2017 season that saw the versatile driver compete 81 times, record 10 wins, 18 second place finishes, and a total of 46 Top-5’s while competing in winged and non winged sprint cars, as well as on the USAC National Midget Tour.
The early plan for Golobic and Tarlton Motorpsorts is to follow the 15 King of the West-NARC Schedule and go after the series title allowing the Fremont , CA driver to fill in his schedule again with the Clauson-Marshall USAC Midget, as well as with the Keith Day Racing No. 22 team.
The 2018 King of the West schedule kicks off on April 7th in Bakersfield, CA at Kern County Raceway Park, and spends a lot of time near Tarlton Motorsports’ home base out of the gate with a stop of Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA on April 20th, and at the nearby Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA on April 21st. Following a trip to Chico, CA for the Bradway Memorial on May 5th, the team will be on display in Tulare, CA again on May 19th and June 2nd, before traveling more north.
Spending the Summer months in cooler climate, the Championship battle will return close to home for the team with a return trip to Kern County Raceway Park on October 6th, the Cotton Classic in Hanford, CA on October 13th, and the series finale in Stockton, CA on November 3rd.
“I think Shane Golobic’s track record speaks for itself, and I am excited to work with him in 2018,” Tarlton Motorpsorts Crew Chief, Paul Baines said. “Our goal as it is with any driver we have is to win races and win championships, and I think we should be pretty tough. Huge thanks to Tom and Tommy Tarlton for getting us back on the KWS trail again.”
Memorial Classic & Dick Spencer Memorial Announced
WAYNESFIELD, Ohio (12/22/17) – Officials at the famed 1/3rd mile in Waynesfield, Ohio have announced two additional events in advance of the official 2018 schedule release.
The annual Memorial Classic featuring the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders has been slated for Saturday, May 26th. The Memorial Day weekend event will also see appearances from the weekly 410 Non Wing sprint cars and the UMP Modifieds.
The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series returns to headline the 8th running of the Dick Spencer Memorial in July. The event, honoring racer and community member Dick Spencer, is slated for Saturday, July 7th. The Non Wing special will pay $1500 to win. The AMSA Mini Sprints also join the program running for $700 to win and $100 to start.
Full schedule, including all events slated for the 2018 season, will be released soon.
The Waynesfield Raceway Park leadership team would like to wish all race fans a safe holiday season.
Millstream Speedway Reopens and Welcomes All Stars for Trio of Events in 2018
By Shawn Miller
FINDLAY, Ohio (Dec. 20, 2017) - Millstream Speedway will reopen in 2018 under the direction of the Helms Family.
Sprint car veterans and Findlay residents Larry and Shane Helms have booked a trio of marquee Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions races at the half-mile dirt oval.
The tour, which is known as "America's Series," will visit on May 27 during Memorial Day Weekend, on June 23 for the final night of Ohio Speedweek and on Sept. 3 during Labor Day Weekend.
"We're thrilled to reopen Millstream Speedway next season and showcase three All Star shows," Shane Helms said. "We believe Millstream can be a premier facility that can provide entertaining races for the fans and racing teams."
Both Larry and Shane Helms earned victories at the track during their racing careers and their local ties helped facilitate the move to promoter.
"Millstream Speedway is an important part of our racing careers and our community," Shane Helms said. "We want to see Millstream Speedway thrive and we want to pay homage to the local greats, including Bob Hampshire and Rick Ferkel."
The May 27 show will be called the Bob Hampshire Classic and the June 23 event, which pays $10,000 to win, is titled the Rick Ferkel Classic.
"Bob and Rick are two veterans of sprint car racing who have great ties to Findlay and we're excited to be able to honor them," Helms said. "There has been great racing at Millstream Speedway for many decades and we're going to work hard to continue that tradition in 2018."
Additional details for the three races and the 2018 plan for Millstream Speedway will be released in the near future.
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Ohio Sprint Car Series changes hands, will continue in 2018
By Tyler Altmeyer
FREMONT, OH (December 10, 2017) - The Ohio Sprint Car Series will not be terminated, but instead rejuvenated under new ownership.
Steven Pocock, a 23-year-old, Fremont, Ohio, native with motorsports experience as a driver and from an administrative standpoint, has acquired the Ohio Sprint Car Series from former promoter, Brad McCown, and will continue operations in 2018. Pocock, a webmaster by trade, is excited to take the reins from McCown, hoping to restore the Series to its original state.
"I want to thank Brad McCown of Atomic Speedway for allowing this deal to happen. He allowed me to take some of the burden off of his shoulders and continue what he started. The last thing he wanted to do was terminate the Ohio Sprint Car Series. I'm glad I was able to keep it from folding," Pocock said, who also promotes Martinville Raceway; a karting facility in Attica, Ohio. "The plan is to start where Brad McCown left off; build a schedule as soon as possible and continue operations in 2018. We have a lot of work to do, but I'm more than excited to get started."
Ohio Sprint Car Series officials promoted a 25-race slate during the 2017 season, visiting dirt ovals and showcasing 410 cubic inch sprint car competition in all four corners of the Buckeye State.
UMSS To Hold Meeting For New and Prospective Teams
December 10, 2017
By Greg Parent
With the news that many new teams are being formed for the 2018 Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS) season in both the wing and traditional programs, the UMSS will hold an informational meeting on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Cedar Lake Speedway Arena at 10:00 am. Whether you are ready to race in 2018 or want more information about how to get involved, this meeting is for you. It is free and open to anyone who is interested in attending.
The meeting will focus on helping new teams transition into racing a sprint car with the UMSS, and the prospective team can get educated about getting involved with the UMSS in the local area sprint car racing scene. Topics covered will include rules, license, procedures, schedules, the sustainability of the traditional program and the fact that a wing sprint car can cost less than a street stock and be competitive. Don't believe that last statement? Come to the meeting and find out how.
Current drivers will be in attendance from both the wing and traditional sprint car programs to help answer any questions you may have. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in exploring the possibility about getting involved with sprint car racing, getting back into the sport of sprint car racing or just simply finding out more information about sprint car racing here in our area.
Reed, Dussel, crowned Fremont champs; Foos, Weaver earn FAST titles
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
By Brian Liskai
SANDUSKY, Ohio – Fremont Speedway wrapped up it’s 66th anniversary season Saturday, Dec. 2 at the 10 58 Event Center here, crowning the 2017 champions along recognizing the top 10 in points in the four weekly divisions at “The Track That Action Built.” The champions and top 10 in points in the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics and the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro also received their hardware.
Prior to handing out the point fun monies Fremont Speedway Promoter Rich Farmer also handed out special recognition awards to employees Sue Lohr, David Castillo and Mary Kramer. He also praised the push truck teams for their efforts in 2017. Farmer also awarded the Alex Burkett Business Partner Award to Roots Poultry of Fremont. Kistler Engines was awarded the Engine Builder of the Year honor for 2017.
Farmer told the crowd the recent sale of the Fremont Speedway business to the Sandusky Agricultural Society will help ensure the future of the race track and the fairgrounds. “You won’t notice any changes. The same people will be at the track working to make sure the teams and fans have an enjoyable evening at the races,’ he said.
Then it was time to hand out the awards and point fund money for the top 10 in point sin the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints. Following is a look at the top 10 in points for 2017:
Champion – Byron Reed, Monclova, Ohio. Reed scored his 7th track title by competing in 12 of the 14 A-mains missing only the two BOSS non-wing events. He racked up 7 top five finishes including 4 wins (April 22, June 17, July 1 and Aug. 16) to run his career total at Fremont to 36 placing him 12th on the track’s all-time win list. Reed’s average A-main finishing position was 7th.
2. Bryan Lay, Genoa, Ohio. Tied with Stuart Brubaker – Lay competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the two BOSS non-wing events. He recorded 4 top five finishes including his 5th career win at Fremont on June 10th. He also scored 9 top 10 finishes. Lay’s average A-main finishing position was 7th.
3. Stuart Brubaker, Gibsonburg, Ohio – A three time Fremont Speedway 305 track champion Brubaker competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the season-ending BOSS show. He racked up 4 top five and 10 top 10 finishes including a season-best second on July 8th. His average A-main finishing position was 9th.
4. D.J. Foos, Fremont, Ohio – The 2017 FAST champion and 2012 Fremont 305 track champion competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the pair of BOSS events. He recorded 4 top five finishes including back-to-back wins on Aug. 5 and Sept. 9 to run his career total at the track to 11. Foos also racked up 9 top 10 finishes on route to an average A-main finishing position of 8th.
5. Chris Andrews, Sandusky, Ohio – Andrews competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the two BOSS events. He recorded 6 top five finishes including a season-best runner-up finish on Aug. 15th and 4 third place runs. He also recorded 9 top 10 finishes on route to an average A-main finishing position of 8th.
6. Tyler Gunn, Napoleon, Ohio – Gunn competed in 11 of the 14 A-mains in 2017. He recorded 5 top five and 8 top 10 finishes including a season-best runner-up finish on Aug. 5th. His average A-main finishing position was 9th
7. Broc Martin, Wooster, Ohio – Fremont’s 2016 track champion competed in 10 of the 14 A-mains in 2017, recording a pair of top five finishes and four top 10 finishes including a season-best runner-up on Aug. 16th. His average A-main finishing position was 12th.
8. Brian Smith, Fremont, Ohio – Fremont’s 2004 305 track champion competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains in 2017, missing only the Aug. 15 and 16 events. He racked up 7 top 10 finishes including a season-best 5th during the May 13 BOSS event. Smith’s average A-main finishing position was 12th.
9. Dan McCarron, Britton, Mich. – The 2017 rookie of the year competed in 11 of the 14 A-mains in 2017. He recorded a season-best 9th place finish on June 10 on route to an average A-main finishing position of 12th.
10. Jody Keegan, Fremont, Ohio – The track’s 1992 Fun Car and 1996 305 sprint champion competed in 9 of the 14 A-mains in 2017. He recorded four top 10 finishes including a season-best fourth on June 17. Keegan’s average A-main finishing position was 11th.
Following is a look at the top 10 in points in the 305 Sprints:
Champion – Nate Dussel, Gibsonburg, Ohio – In racking up his second consecutive Fremont championship, Dussel competed in 14 of the 15 A-mains in 2017, missing only the last show of the year. He recorded a remarkable 9 top five finishes including a win on July 8. Combined with his first ever 360 win at the track Dussel now has 23 career victories at Fremont. He also racked up 11 top 10 finishes. Besides his win, Dussel recorded a pair of runner-up finishes and five third place runs. His average A-main finishing position was an incredible 5th.
2. – John Ivy, Fremont, Ohio. The three time 410, two time 305 and former dirt truck Fremont track champion competed in all 15 of the A-mains in 2015 to finish just four points away from the championship. Ivy recorded an incredible 10 top five finishes including four wins (May 13, June 24, Aug. 5 and Aug. 22) to run his remarkable career total to 56 at Fremont placing him fifth on the track’s all-time win list. Besides his wins Ivy scored three runner-up finishes on route to an average A-main finishing position of 5th.
3. Paul Weaver, Fremont, Ohio. A two time 305 track champion and the 2017 FAST champion competed in all 15 A-mains in 2017 finishing just five points away from the championship. He racked up a remarkable 11 top five finishes including four wins (April 22, June 10, Aug. 15 and 16) to run his career total at Fremont to 45 placing him 7th on the track’s all-time win list. He also recorded a pair of runner-up finishes on route to an average A-main finishing position of 6th.
4. Brandon Moore, Clyde, Ohio. Moore competed in 14 of the 15 A-mains, missing only the Aug. 15 event. He recorded five top five and 11 top 10 finishes. Moore scored his first career Fremont win on May 27th and had an average A-main finishing position of 8th.
5. Alvin Roepke, Elmore, Ohio. Roepke competed in 13 of the 15 A-mains, missing the final two events of 2017. He scored six top five finishes including a pair of season-best runner-up positions on June 10 and July 8. He recorded nine top 10 finishes on route to an average A-main finishing position of 7th.
6. Kyle Capodice, Sandusky, Ohio. Capodice competed in 14 of the 15 A-mains in 2017, missing only the June 17 event. He recorded five top five and 11 top 10 finishes including a season-best runner-up finish on May 13. His average A-main finishing position was 7th.
7. Bobby Clark, Fremont, Ohio. Clark, the track’s 2015 305 champion and a two time 360 Fremont champion, raced in all 15 A-mains in 2017. He recorded four top five and eight top 10 finishes including a win on Sept. 9 to run his career total to 35 at Fremont, placing him 13th on the track’s all-time win list. Clark’s average A-main finishing position was 9th.
8. Jamie Miller, Fremont, Ohio. Miller competed in 14 of the 15 A-mains in 2017, missing only the last show of the year. He recorded three top five and 7 top 10 finishes including a season-best third on Aug. 22. His average A-main finishing position was 12th.
9. Seth Schneider, Fremont, Ohio. Schneider competed in 14 of the 15 A-mains in 2017, missing only the Sept. 16th event. He recorded five top 10 finishes including his first ever win on July 29. His average A-main finishing position was 11th.
10. Steve Rando, Lindsey, Ohio. Rando competed in 14 of the 15 A-mains in 2017, missing only opening night. He recorded six top five and 10 top 10 finishes including wins on Jun\e 17 and July 1 to run his career total to 11 at Fremont. His average A-main finishing position was 8th.
Rookie of the year – Justin Adams, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Justin finished 13th in the track’s points, competing in 9 of the 15 A-mains. He had a season-best finish of 14th on June 24th.
Following is a look at the top 10 in points in the FAST 410 Championship Series for 2017:
Champion – DJ Foos, Fremont, Ohio. Foos became the first driver to win championships in both the 410 and 305 FAST series, having claimed the 305 title in 2012. Foos compiled two wins in the 19 FAST events in 2017 and scored six top five and 10 top 10 finishes.
2. Chris Andrews, Sandusky, Ohio. Andrews, who claimed the Attica Raceway Park 2017 championship, scored three top five and 9 top 10 finishes in FAST competition.
3. Brian Lay, Genoa, Ohio. Lay scored a FAST win in 2017 to go with three top five and five top 10 finishes in series competition.
4. Tyler Gunn, Napoleon, Ohio. Gunn recorded three top five and six top 10 finishes in FAST events.
5. Duane Zablocki, Tiffin, Ohio. Zablocki recorded a top five and five top 10 finishes in series racing.
6. Shawn Valenti, Fostoria, Ohio. Valenti travelled to all 19 FAST event sin 2017, recording a top 10 finish.
7. Stuart Brubaker, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Brubaker, the 2010 FAST 305 champion, recorded one top five and five top 10 finishes in FAST competition.
8. Byron Reed, Monclova, Ohio. A three time FAST champion, Reed recorded a pair of series wins in 2017 to go with six top five and eight top 10 finishes while competing in 14 of the 19 FAST events.
9. Jody Keegan, Fremont, Ohio. Keegan scored a pair of top 10 finishes in 17 FAST events in 2017.
10. Dan McCarron, Britton, Mich. McCarron, the FAST rookie of the year, recorded one top 10 finish in the 17 series events he competed in during 2017.
Daniel Smith and Jay Kiser, mechanics on Foss’ machine, shared the George Fisher Mechanic of the Year award for the FAST series.
Following is a look at the top 10 in points in the FAST 305 Championship Series for 2017.
Champion – Paul Weaver, Fremont, Ohio. In recording his second straight FAST title, Weaver scored five series wins to go with 8 top five finishes out of the 13 events in 2017.
2. Nate Dussel, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Dussel, the 2013 and 2014 FAST champion racked up three top five and 7 top 10 finishes in series competition in 2017.
3. Kyle Capodice, Sandusky, Ohio. Capodice recorded four top five and five top 10 finishes in FAST events.
4. Seth Schneider, Fremont, Ohio. Schneider scored his first ever FAST win in 2017 to go with a pair of top five finishes.
5. Kelsey Ivy, Fremont, Ohio. Ivy recorded three top five and five top 10 finishes in FAST events.
6. Jason Keckler, Fremont, Ohio. Keckler scored six top 10 finishes in FAST events in 2017.
7. Dustin Rall, Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Rall notched three top 10 finishes in series racing.
8. Landon LaLonde, South Amherst, Ohio. LaLonde recorded a top 10 finish in FAST events.
9. Bobby Clark, Fremont, Ohio. The 2015 FAST champion, Clark had one top five and a pair of top 10 finishes in FAST competition.
10. Tyler Street, Ashland, Ohio. Street had a top 10 finish in FAST competition in 2017.
Rookie of the Year – Chase Dunham, Leipsic, Ohio. Dunham finished 13th in FAST points in 2017.
Daniel Hoffman, crew chief on Weaver’s championship team, was awarded the George Fisher Mechanic of the Year award for the FAST series.
In related news at the banquet, Randy Mapus, trustee for the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame, announced the class to be inducted on June 2, 2018. The drivers to be enshrined are Skip Miller, Jimmy Leaser and Lin Potter. Also to be inducted are mechanics/car builders/car owners Larry and Bud Gill, Don and Ron Keegan, Jay Engler and Dick Hazard. Being inducted under the special contributor category will be Joe and Shirley Thompson.
Ohio Sprint Car Series terminated; McCown turns all focus toward Atomic Speedway
By Tyler Altmyer
CHILLICOTHE, OH (12/3/2017) - With time for proper promotion at risk, Ohio Sprint Car Series promoter, Brad McCown, has decided to terminate the Ohio-based sprint car series before the beginning of the 2018 season. McCown, also the promoter of Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, will now aim all of his focus toward the Atomic high banks, preparing for what could be a record season in 2018.
"The bottom line is I don't have enough time to do everything," Brad McCown stated, who also recently sold Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week. "It was a tough decision, but with such a heavy schedule at Atomic [Speedway], I wanted to put as much focus as possible on the track. The Ohio Sprint Car Series was a great thing for Ohio sprint car fans and teams. We had a lot of great partners and officials who helped keep things going up and down the road. I don't want to risk both, so one had to go. I'm ready for big things at Atomic Speedway in 2018."
Atomic Speedway is boasting a 2018 schedule that includes 41 separate programs, 25 of which featuring 410ci sprint cars. The southern Ohio venue will welcome the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series during the upcoming season, as well as the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.
"I want to thank everyone who has supported the Ohio Sprint Car Series in one way or another during its existence," McCown continued. "I want to thank Sherry Myers and Bob Chaney for keeping the Series in check during the 2017 season. I also want to thank Bruce Hines for taking care of all of our race night announcing, and Jack Hewitt for being our race director in 2016."
"I would love for the opportunity to bring the Series back in the future, but for now all of my attention is on Atomic Speedway."
KING OF WEST-NARC SPRINT CARS RELEASE 2018 SCHEDULE
12/2/17 – Jim Allen, Auburn, CA … The King of the West-NARC Sprint Car Series has rolled out a 2018 sprint car schedule that will feature 16 race dates at nine different dirt oval tracks in California. Up for grabs for open wheel teams will be more than $430,000 in prize money, championship point funds and contingency awards. The series will continue to be backed by title sponsor Fujitsu General and Hoosier Racing Tires.
The season kicks off on April 7th at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakerfield, CA and concludes seven months later on November 3rd with Championship Night at the Stockton Dirt Track.
In a move that demonstrates outstanding cooperation between promoters, race tracks and sanctioning bodies, the schedule features four co-sanctioned shows with the state’s two traveling 360 classes. Three of the shows will be co-sanctioned with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour (SCCT). Those events include the a June 30th “Salute the Fans” extravaganza at Placerville Speedway; the October 13th Cotton Classic at Keller Auto Speedway, and the Tribute to Gary Patterson season finale. The June 23rd event at the famed half-mile Calistoga Speedway will be shared with the Civil War sprint cars.
Two of the highest paying events of the season will take place during the month of May with the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial race at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico (May 5th). The $11,000 to win Peter Murphy Classic at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway was bumped back a month from its regular position on the schedule to May 19th.
Tulare and Ocean Speedway in Watsonville play host to the most amount of races with three events each. The Thunderbowl Raceway will also provide the venue for the Spring Nationals on April 21st and the Faria Memorial on June 2nd. Ocean Speedway dates include the second race of the season on April 20th, the 34th annual Pombo-Sargent Classic on June 22nd and the lucrative Howard Kaeding Classic on July 21st. The series will also invade Petaluma Speedway, Placerville Speedway and Kern County Raceway Park.
Bud Kaeding and car owner Morrie Williams are the defending 2017 King of the West-NARC champions.
Stay tuned to our website, Facebook and Twitter for more information about these events.
2018 KING OF THE WEST-NARC FUJITSU SPRINT CAR SERIES
(As of 12/2/17 – Subject to Change – Please verify your event before traveling)
APRIL 7 – Kern County Raceway Park, Bakersfield, CA
APRIL 20 – Ocean Speedway, Watsonville, CA
APRIL 21 – Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, CA – * Spring Nationals
MAY 5 – Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, CA – * Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial
MAY 19 – Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, CA – * Second Night of Peter Murphy Classic
JUNE 2 – Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, CA – * Chris & Brian Faria Memorial
JUNE 9 – Petaluma Speedway, Petaluma, CA
JUNE 22 – Ocean Speedway, Watsonville, CA – * Pombo-Sargent Classic
JUNE 23 – Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA – * Wine Country Classic with Civil War Sprint Cars
JUNE 30 – Placerville Speedway, Placerville, CA – * Salute to the Fans with SCCT Sprint Cars
JULY 14 – Petaluma Speedway, Petaluma, CA
JULY 21 – Ocean Speedway, Watsonville, CA – * Second Night of the Howard Kaeding Classic
JULY 28 – Placerville Speedway, Placerville, CA – Summer Nationals
AUGUST 4 – (OPEN-RAIN DATE)
OCTOBER 6 – Kern County Raceway Park, Bakersfield, CA
OCTOBER 13 – Keller Auto Speedway, Hanford, CA – * The Cotton Classic with SCCT Sprint Cars
NOVEMBER 3 – Stockton Dirt Track, Stockton, CA – * Championship Night with SCCT Sprint Cars
Andrews, Weaver crowned Attica Champions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – Attica Raceway Park handed out $47,000 in point fund money and contingency awards at the season-ending banquet Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Attica Fairgrounds Reception Hall.
Besides handing out the awards, several announcements were made by track management. Promoter John Bores thanked all the business partners, the race teams and fans for their support and vowed to keep working hard to make improvements. Director of Operations Rex LeJeune noted there will be several events planned in 2018 to commemorate the track’s 30th anniversary season. LeJeune also thanked the track staff, push truck and wrecker operators and everyone who contributes to the success of AtticaRacewayPark.
Also, Brad Doty, co-promoter of the Ohio Logistic Brad Doty Classic spoke to the crowd, announcing the event was the single largest car count of 2017 for a one-day World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race. He also thanked all the businesses that get involved with the race and asked fans to help spread the word for the July 2018 Brad Doty Classic.
During the awards ceremony, the top 10 in points in the Hammer Pallets 410 Sprints shared in point fund monies and contingency awards of $22,000 with champion Chris Andrews taking home $8,000. Devin Shiels earned $5,000 as the champion of the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models with the top 10 in points sharing in $15,000 in point fund and contingency prizes. Fremont Fence 305 Sprints champion Paul Weaver took home $3,000 with the top 10 in points sharing in $10,000.
Following is a brief look at how the season went for the top 10 in points and rookies of the year in each division for 2017:
Hammer Pallets 410 Sprints
CHAMPION – Chris Andrews, Sandusky, Ohio. Andrews scored his second 410 Attica track championship, having earned the title in 2009. A 2006 Attica 305 champion, he competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the World of Outlaws event. Andrews scored five top five finishes including a season-best runner-up finish on mid-season championship night, June 9th. He recorded an 11 top 10 finishes. In fact, Andrews never finished worse than ninth through Aug. 25th!
2. DJ Foos, Fremont, Ohio. The 2010 Attica 305 track champion competed in 13 of the 14 A-mains, missing only the World of Outlaws start. Foos, who also won the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics, recorded six top five finishes including his first ever 410 sprint victory at Attica on April 14 to go with four third place runs. Foos scored eight top 10 finishes on route to an average A-main finishing position of 10th.
3. Stuart Brubaker, Gibsonburg, Ohio. The 2008 Attica 305 track champion competed in 12 of the 14 A-mains in 2017, missing only the World of Outlaws event and an All Star show. He recorded three top five finishes including a season-best third on July 28th. Brubaker also scored five top 10 finishes on route to an average A-main finishing position of 13th.
4. Travis Philo, Waterville, Ohio. Philo ran in 11 of the 14 A-mains in 2017, missing the May 26 All Star event, the June 2 FAST race and the World of Outlaw show. He scored three top five finishes including a season-best third on championship night, Aug. 25. Philo recorded seven top 10 finishes on route to an average A-main finishing position of ninth.
5. Duane Zablocki, Tiffin, Ohio. Zablocki competed in 11 of the 14 A-mains in 2017, missing two All Star and the World of Outlaw starts. He recorded three top 10 finishes including a season best eighth on June 9. Zablocki’s average A-main finishing position was 14th.
6. Shawn Valenti, Fostoria, Ohio. A former 410 rookie of the year, Valenti competed in 9 of the 14 A-mains in 2017. He recorded a pair of top 10 finishes including a season-best sixth on championship night, Aug. 25. He also earned two dirt truck wins at Attica in 2017. His average A-main finishing position was 14th.
7. Jody Keegan, Fremont, Ohio. Attica’s 1999 305 track champion, Keegan competed in 9 of the 14 A-mains in 2017, recording a season-best sixth on July 28th. He scored a pair of top 10 finishes on route to an average A-main finishing position of 15th.
8. Jordan Ryan, Castalia, Ohio. Ryan competed in 10 of the 14 A-mains in 2017. He scored a season-best fifth on Aug. 18 to go with his four top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 12th.
9. Dan McCarron, Britton, Mich. Attica’s 2017 410 rookie of the year, McCarron competed in 5 of the 14 A-mains in 2017, earning a season-best 10th on season championship night, Aug. 25.
10. Jess Stiger, Nevada, Ohio. Stiger made 4 of the 14 A-mains in 2017 with a season best finish of 12th on July 21st.
CHAMPION – Paul Weaver, Fremont, Ohio. Weaver earned his third 305 track championship and second straight title by competing in 12 of the 13 A-mains, missing only the April 15th event. Weaver recorded an amazing eight feature wins in 2017 to run his career total to 43 for the division where he sits atop the all-time victory list. In fact, take out an 18th place finish on July 21 and a 21st place run on closing night, Weaver finished in the top two in 10 of the 13 A-mains in 2017. His average A-main finishing position was fourth.
2. Kyle Capodice, Sandusky, Ohio. Capodice competed in all 13 A-mains in 2017, never finishing worse than ninth all season. He posted seven top five finishes including his third career track win on the season-ending show. He also recorded a pair of runner-up finishes. His average A-main finishing position was fifth.
3. John Ivy, Fremont, Ohio. Attica’s 1993 305 champion and 2000 410 sprint champion competed in all 13 A-mains in 2017. He posted five top five finishes including his 15th career win in the division on July 21st. In fact, other than a 17th place finish on May 26, Ivy never finished worse than ninth all season. His average A-main finishing position was sixth.
4. Jamie Miller, Fremont, Ohio. Attica’s 2005 305 track champion competed in 12 of the 13 A-mains in 2017, missing only the season finale. Miller posted 9 top five finishes including wins on May 26 and July 28th to run his career total to 17 at the track putting him sixth all time in the division. Miller also scored a pair of runner-up finishes and four third place runs. His average A-main finishing position was sixth.
5. Seth Schneider, Fremont, Ohio. Schneider competed in all 13 A-mains in 2017. He compiled 10 top 10 finishes including a season-best runner-up run on July 21st. His average A-main finishing position was 10th. Schneider incurred the most “hard charger” honors for the season, passing the most cars during the A-main.
6. Steve Rando, Lindsey, Ohio. Rando competed in 12 of the 13 A-mains in 2017, missing only the July 21st event. He posted five top five finishes including a season-best runner-up on the season finale. Rando scored nine top 10 finishes and had an average A-main finishing position of eighth.
7. Bobby Clark, Fremont, Ohio. Clark competed in 11 of the 13 A-mains in 2017, missing only the June 9 and July 28 events. Clark posted six top five finishes including a season-best second on April 15th, and 10 top 10 finishes. In fact, if you take out the opening night 18th place run, Clark never finished worse than 9th the rest of the season. His average A-main finishing position was sixth.
8. Ricky Peterson, Rawson, Ohio. Peterson competed in all 13 A-mains in 2017. He posted seven top five finishes including a season-best third on July 28th. He recorded 10 top 10 runs on route to an average A-main finishing position of ninth.
9. Jason Keckler, Fremont, Ohio. Keckler competed in 12 of the 13 A-mains, missing only the April 15th event. He posted seven top 10 finishes including a season-best third on June 3rd. His average A-main finishing position was 10th.
10. Jordan Ryan, Castalia, Ohio. Ryan, who finished eighth in the 410 points, competed in 11 A-mains in 2017, missing the April 14 and season-ending events. The track’s 2014 and 2015 305 champion posted five top 10 finishes including a season-best fifth on championship night, Aug. 25. His average A-main finishing position was 13th.
Rookie of the year – Chase Dunham, Leipsic, Ohio. Dunham, whose father was also a former Attica 305 rookie of the year, finished 13th in points. He competed in 12 of the 13 A-mains in 2017, missing only the May 26 event. Dunham posted three top 10 finishes including a season-best third on the season-ending event. His average A-main finishing position was 15th.
Over $250,000 in Cash and Contingencies Handed Out at Knoxville Raceway Championship Cup Series Banquet
by Bill Wright
November 18, 2017 – Over $250,000 in cash and contingencies were handed out Saturday night, November 18 at the 2017 Knoxville Raceway Championship Cup Series Banquet! The event, held at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa played host to over 600 attendees. Tony Bokhoven and Kris Krug presided as Masters of Ceremonies.
The contingency package was headlined by a giveaway of seven chassis. Each owner in all three sprint car classes was awarded a contingency (see prize list with winners below). The Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) again will provide insurance for all 2017 Knoxville point eligible drivers next season for wherever they may race. In addition, each driver qualifying for points will receive a $500,000 STIDA insurance policy, a gift certificate to Simpson Racing Products and a Gary Isom Safety Solutions driveline block.
After dinner, Promoter John McCoy and new Marketing Director Kendra Jacobs addressed the attendees. In addition to the thanks doled out to those who make Knoxville Raceway what it is, both expressed their excitement for the 2017 season and beyond. An emotional video dedicated to late promoter, Ralph Capitani, was played.
They also relayed the excitement generated from a 5% rise in attendance last season, as well as a record crowd at the 27th Annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank. The 57th Annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores was the best attended event since the 50th edition in 2010.
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. Josh Schneiderman (410), McKenna Haase (360) and Ryan Leavitt (305) won in each class. Haase's win was her fourth in a row. The three Allison family children were honored as the "Jr. Fan Club Fan of the Year".
Mary Doyle and Spud Relsinger were named the honorees of the "Knoxville Raceway Fans of the Year" Award.
The "Lyle Boyd Hard Charger Award" awards the drivers who passed the most cars in A main events this season. Tyler Glass received the award in the 305 class, with Chris Morgan (360) and Davey Heskin (410) receiving the award in their respective classes.
RJ Johnson was named the "Sportsman of the Year" in the 410 class, while Tyler Groenendyk picked up the honor in the 360 class. Chris Walraven, won the award in the 305 class.
Bob Baker, the Executive Director of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, presented the "Heritage Award" to Knoxville Raceway track preparer, Chris Dunkin. Baker also announced the Award will now be presented in honor of Ralph "Cappy" Capitani. The new Bryan Clauson Suite Tower construction was also discussed.
Eric Bridger (305) Devin Kline (360), and Matt Juhl (410) were named "Rookie of the Year" in their respective classes.
"Owner/Team of the Year" Awards went out to the Dwight and Eric Bridger #81E (305), the Matt Moro #2m (360) and the KCP Racing #18 (410).
The big hardware went out last to the top five drivers in the Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series point standings. In the 305 class, Kelby Watt (5th), Ryan Leavitt (4th), Kade Higday (3rd), Chris Walraven (2nd) and Eric Bridger (champion) were honored.
In the 360 class, Calvin Landis (5th), Jamie Ball (4th), Ryan Giles (3rd), Clint Garner (2nd) and Matt Moro (champion) were honored. It was Moro's second 360 track title. His first came in 2008.
In the 410 class, Terry McCarl (5th), Brooke Tatnell (4th), Austin McCarl (3rd), Brian Brown (2nd) and Ian Madsen (champion) were honored. For Madsen, it was his second championship, with his first title having come in 2014..
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions to headline 54 events in 2018
BROWNSBURG, IN (November 17, 2017) - Celebrating four seasons under the ownership of three-time NASCAR Cup champion, Tony Stewart, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will enter the new year boasting a schedule comprised of 54 events at 36 different facilities. "America's Series" will crisscross much of the Northeast and Midwest during their upcoming travels, visiting dirt ovals in nine different states including Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, New York, and Wisconsin.
Continuing a longstanding tradition, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will kick-off their 2018 campaign with a visit to the Sunshine State. Action will ignite officially with three events at the Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida, followed by back-to-back nights of competition at Volusia Speedway Park near Daytona Beach, Florida.
"I want to thank all of the track promoters, track officials and Series partners for helping us put together a great schedule for 2018," Tony Stewart explained, Arctic Cat All Star owner. "The scheduling process is always challenging to try to meet the needs of the fans, tracks and our teams. I'd like to thank each of the promoters for their patience in working with us during the last few months. Everyone plays an important role in making a Series like this succeed."
Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket will highlight the 2018 Arctic Cat All Star schedule with nine events in nine days at nine different facilities. The 36th edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek will launch on Friday evening, June 15, at Attica Raceway Park. Action will continue with appearances at Eldora Speedway, Waynesfield Raceway Park, Wayne County Speedway, Sharon Speedway, Atomic Speedway, Muskingum County Speedway, Limaland Motorsports Park, and Millstream Speedway, respectively. The finale at Millstream Speedway, scheduled for Saturday, June 23, will award a $10,000 top prize.
Including the Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale, a total of five events have been confirmed to award more than the standard All Star winner's share of $5,000 in 2018, one of which the 51st running of the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. The historic 50-lapper will award a $51,000 top prize in 2018; the highest paying program on the Arctic Cat All Star calendar.
With a potential for more, programs awarding more than $5,000 in 2018 include the July visit to the Jackson Motorplex, the Pete Jacobs Memorial at Wayne County Speedway, and the Jim Nace Memorial/National Open at Selinsgrove Speedway. All high paying programs, including those supporting a non-Arctic Cat All Star format, will award full points toward the 2018 Series championship.
For the first time during Tony Stewart's tenure, and for the first time since 2011, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will swing west and visit the Sprint Car Capital of the World; the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. The one-night visit to the Marion County Fairgrounds will be flanked by appearances at Jackson Motorplex and 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa.
The Arctic Cat All Stars will visit ten new tracks that were not on the schedule in 2017, including visits to Utica-Rome Speedway, Weedsport Speedway and Stateline Speedway in New York, McKean County Raceway in Pennsylvania, the Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Illinois on the Saturday night of the NASCAR weekend in June, Plymouth Speedway in Indiana, Plymouth Dirt Track in Wisconsin, Millstream Speedway in Ohio, and the aforementioned Knoxville Raceway in Iowa and Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota.
Padding an already impressive summer campaign, an extended list of recurring events will return to the schedule in 2018 including Western Pennsylvania's I-79 Summer Shootout, Lou Blaney Memorial at Sharon Speedway, HD Supply Spring Nationals at Attica Raceway Park, Keith Kauffman Classic at Port Royal Speedway, and the 4-Crown Nationals, featuring the Arctic Cat All Stars and all three headlining divisions of USAC, at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
In addition, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will join forces with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series on three occasions in 2018, co-sanctioning action during visits to Illinois and Wisconsin in parts of May and late-June. The Arctic Cat All Stars and Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will collide at the Plymouth Dirt Track and Angell Park Speedway on May 19-20, respectively, followed by a dual at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 30.
The 2018 Arctic Cat All Star season will conclude at "Indiana's Baddest Bullring;" the Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana, on Saturday, October 6. The 2018 finale will be the first All Star appearance at Kokomo Speedway since the Dirt Classic Indiana in 2016.
"We are all very excited to get the season underway," Stewart added. "We hope to see everyone in Florida when we kick off the 2018 season in early February."
2018 Arctic Cat All Star Schedule:
2/1/2018 Bubba Raceway Park
2/2/2018 Bubba Raceway Park
2/3/2018 Bubba Raceway Park
2/7/2018 Volusia Speedway Park
2/8/2018 Volusia Speedway Park
4/7/2018 Attica Raceway Park
4/13/2018 Williams Grove Speedway
4/14/2018 Port Royal Speedway
4/15/2018 Bedford Speedway
4/21/2018 Wayne County Speedway
5/4/2018 Lernerville Speedway
5/5/2018 Sharon Speedway
5/19/2018 Plymouth (WI) Dirt Track (IRA co-sanction)
5/20/2018 Angell Park Speedway (IRA co-sanction)
5/25/2018 Attica Raceway Park
5/26/2018 Wayne County Speedway
5/27/2018 Millstream Speedway
6/8/2018 Outlaw Speedway
6/9/2018 Stateline Speedway
6/10/2018 Weedsport Speedway
6/15/2018 Attica Raceway Park
6/16/2018 Eldora Speedway
6/17/2018 Waynesfield Raceway Park
6/18/2018 Wayne County Speedway
6/19/2018 Sharon Speedway
6/20/2018 Atomic Speedway
6/21/2018 Muskingum County Speedway
6/22/2018 Limaland Motorsports Park
6/23/2018 Millstream Speedway
6/29/2018 Plymouth (IN) Speedway
6/30/2018 Dirt Oval @ Route 66 (IRA co-sanction)
7/7/2018 Sharon Speedway
7/8/2018 McKean County Raceway
7/20/2018 Eriez Speedway
7/21/2018 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway
7/27/2018 Jackson Motorplex
7/28/2018 Knoxville Raceway
7/29/2018 34 Raceway
8/17/2018 Utica-Rome Speedway
8/18/2018 Orange County Fair Speedway
8/19/2018 Lebanon Valley Speedway
8/23/2018 Grandview Speedway
8/24/2018 Williams Grove Speedway
8/25/2018 Lincoln (PA) Speedway
8/26/2018 BAPS Motor Speedway
9/1/2018 Attica Raceway Park
9/2/2018 Wayne County Speedway
9/3/2018 Millstream Speedway
9/7/2018 Port Royal Speedway
9/8/2018 Port Royal Speedway
9/14/2018 Outlaw Speedway
9/15/2018 Selinsgrove Speedway
9/22/2018 Eldora Speedway
10/6/2018 Kokomo Speedway
Don Lamberti Dedicates Bryan Clauson Suite Tower Elevator Tower to Gil Sonner!
Knoxville, IA, November 14, 2017 – Don Lamberti has been instrumental in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum since its inception. His generosity has continued with the new Bryan Clauson Suite Tower project. The elevator tower will be dedicated to Don’s late friend, and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, Gil Sonner. The elevator in the Bryan Clauson Suite Tower will be adorned with a plaque in Gil Sonner’s honor.
Gil was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2015. Though he was known as a Knoxville Raceway car owner for over fifty years, his cars also won races with the World of Outlaws, the All Stars and just about every other major series in the country. Gil’s cars won in eighteen different states with fifteen different drivers. Just a couple of his major wins included the 1996 King’s Royal at Eldora Speedway with Johnny Herrera and the 1983 Jackson Nationals with Rocky Hodges. Gil was inducted into the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame in 1986. His cars competed in fifty Knoxville Nationals.
“We’d like to thank Don Lamberti for his generous donation to this elevator tower. Nothing could be more special than him dedicating it in memory of his good lifelong friend and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer, Gil Sonner,” said Bob Baker, executive director of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.
Construction on the Bryan Clauson Suite Tower is on schedule! The tower is tentatively scheduled for its grand opening on Wednesday, April 11, 2018!
Naming rights for suites are still available. For more information on how you can donate to the project or dedicate a suite in the Bryan Clauson Suite Tower, visit www.BCForever.com or call Bob Baker at the museum at 1-800-874-4488.
The “Missing Man Formation…Tribute to Bryan Clauson” limited quantity print is available online at www.sprintcarstuff.com or by calling the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum directly at 1-800-874-4488. Only 200 were printed, and quantities are dwindling!
Steve Irwin crowned 2017 Sprints On Dirt Champion
ERIE, MICHIGAN (November 14, 2017) – The curtain came down on the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP 2017 season with the 38th Annual Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn Battle Creek (MI) Saturday night with the last of the season's $76,535 points money and awards handed out.
The top 12 drivers in season points were led by Steve Irwin, now a two-time SOD champion. Irwin's share of 2017 points money and awards was $7,609. Irwin and wife/car owner Adrianna looked ready for to appear at a celebrity awards show in their vintage 50s-style at
2017 Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP Championship final points
1. Steve Irwin 1899
2. Thomas Schinderle 1826
3. Gregg Dalman 1770
4. Chris Jones 1426
5. Ryan Ruhl 1409
6. Jay Steinebach 1385
7. Robert Bulloch 1366
8. Andrew Scheid 1342
8. Andy Chehowski 1342
10. Mark Aldrich 1132
Jackson Motorplex Announces Ambitious 2018 Race Schedule
By Shawn Miller
JACKSON, Minn. (Nov. 13, 2017) - Jackson Motorplex will feature three classes of sprint cars - Midwest Sprint Touring Series 360 winged sprint cars, Heartland Steel RaceSaver sprints and NSL non-wing sprints - on Friday nights throughout the 2018 season.
The recently renovated 4/10-mile oval welcomes MSTS sprint cars nine times with four of those dates under the Midwest Power Series banner, which will pay $2,500 to win and $400 to start on May 25, June 22, July 13 and Aug. 17. All MSTS shows at Jackson Motorplex will pay $400 to start in 2018.
There will be numerous 410 Outlaw Sprint Cars events highlighted by the 40 th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals, which showcases the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series June 7-9 and pays $40,000 to win and $3,000 to start the finale.
The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series makes its first-ever visit to Jackson Motorplex on Wednesday, July 18. The 50-lap main event pays $10,000 to win.
The Fall Classic will be a three-day event on Labor Day Weekend - Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 - that will showcase the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour all three nights, NSL non-wing sprint cars the opening night and 410 Outlaw Sprint Cars the final two nights.
RaceSaver sprints and NSL non-wing sprints will be showcased with a special season finale event on Sept. 21-22.
The season-opening Iowa Great Lakes Shootout is slated for May 11 and will feature 410 Outlaw Sprint Cars, Heartland Steel RaceSaver sprints and NSL non-wing sprints.
In other news, the Heartland Steel RaceSaver sprints track champion will receive $1,000.
ELIASON WINS GP SEASON FINALE – KAEDING WINS KWS-NARC CHAMPIONSHIP
By Jim Allen
Stockton, CA … Cory Eliason picked off the 34th Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson season finale and Bud Kaeding claimed his first King of the West-NARC championship in an exciting night of sprint car racing at Tony Noceti’s lightning fast Stockton Dirt Track.
Eliason, piloting the Antaya Motorsports Good Guys/Fuel Curve-sponsored Maxim, held off a flurry of late race challenges by Tim Kaeding to score his second KWS-NARC Fujitsu 30-lap feature of the season. This team also won the season opener on April 4th.
However, some of Eliason victory lane thunder may have been stolen by Bud Kaeding who claimed the King of the West-NARC championship by a single-point (910-909) over 15-year old driving sensation Gio Scelzi. It will be logged in the racing journals as the closest points chase in the sanctioning bodies history. Kaeding’s season long campaign came aboard Morrie Williams’ potent Alviso Rock Maxim.
Eliason started on the outside of the front row and won a drag race with Hoosier Tires dash winner Dominic Scelzi on the initial green to take the lead. He duplicated that effort five times for caution period restarts for minor incidents during the first 10-circuits. Once the field got sorted out, Tim Kaeding motored the Harley Van Dyke sprint car past Dominic Scelzi on lap 12 and began the process of reeling in the leader.
Slower traffic became a serious factor with a handful of laps to go and T. Kaeding got past Eliason for a single lap. Eliason returned the favor the next time around only to have the red flag come out with two to go. D. Scelzi was uninjured when his car vaulted up over turn three.
Once action resumed, Eliason set the winning standard for the two remaining two laps, chased by Kaeding, and 10th starter and fast qualifier Kyle Hirst in the Roth Motorsports KPC.
“We were in the running for the championship most of the season,” stated Eliason in victory lane. “It sure is nice to get the win and set the stage to come back strong next season.”
Gio Scelzi and Bud Kaeding, who posted identical times in qualifying and won their respective heat races, started the main event side-by-side in the third row. Scelzi battled to finish fourth in the sister Roth Motosports H & R Livestock Transport KPC, chased by Bill Balog in the Snow Racing Engines 7T. Kaeding kept his sights on Scelzi’s rear nerf bar throughout and scored sixth.
“It feels so good to finally win this title,” said a champagne-soaked Kaeding, a three-time runner-up in the series during the past three years. “I can’t say enough about my team and everyone who made this run possible. Gio was a great competitor and made us work hard all season long.”“
The balance of the top ten included Shane Golobic, DJ Netto, Chase Johnson and Sean Watts. Golobic efforts were notable in that he had to start at the back of the pack twice.
Heat races wins were claimed by Eliason, Kaeding, and Gio Scelzi.
KWS-NARC Fujitsu Feature Event (30 laps): Cory Eliason, Tim Kaeding, Kyle Hirst, Gio Scelzi, Bill Balog, Bud Kaeding, Shane Golobic, DJ Netto, Chase Johnson, Sean Watts, Bobby McMahan, Dominic Scelzi, Jenna Frazier, Pat Harvey, Nathan Rolfe, Jarrett Soares, Andy Forsberg, Justyn Cox, Buddy Kofoid.
KING OF THE WEST-NARC BRINGS TORRID CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE TO STOCKTON
By James Allen
(11/6/17) Stockton, CA … The secret to any good book is an even greater ending. So if you’re looking for an exciting nail-biting conclusion to a thrilling open wheel action adventure, then the Stockton Dirt Track is the place to be on Saturday, November 11th. That’s when the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series will write the final chapter on their ultra-competitive 2017 season with the 34th Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.
ED NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for November 4th, but was rained out.
Race fans will be treated to an action-packed night of open wheel racing on a docket that also features the popular Sprint Car Challenge Tour (SCCT). Saturday afternoon activities at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds also feature a car show, live music and great food. The festivities kick off at high noon.
Not only has the King of the West-NARC series produced 10 different winners in 15 events, it showcases a torrid championship battle that probably will not be decided until the final lap of the season. What started as a season-long three-team battle for the King of the West-NARC title, has now boiled down to a two team slug-fest between Campbell’s Bud Kaeding and 15-year old driving sensation Gio Scelzi of Fresno in recent weeks.
This duo has swapped the lead in the standings five-times this season with Kaeding currently maintaining a slim 855-852 point lead. To put that margin in perspective, the two drivers could swap positions during qualifying.
Mathematically speaking, Kaeding, a two-time feature winner this season, can wrap up his first series title with a victory on Saturday. However, that is easier said than done in a series that has produced a constant supply of entertaining sprint car performances this season. Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto was the latest driver to win on the circuit at Hanford (October 14th), becoming the third “first time” winner this year. Penngrove drivers Chase Johnson and Buddy Kofoid are the other two.
Knowing that the rest of the field is there to play the role of spoilers, both Kaeding and Scelzi know what needs to be done.
“I only have one option on Saturday night,” explained Scelzi, a three-time winner this season, who is looking to become the youngest winner in series history. “To put this thing away, I need to win the race so I can win the championship.”
“If you stop and think about it, there are way too many variables in play and that can divert my teams focus.” said Kaeding, who is chasing down his first KWS-NARC championship, after three-consecutive runner-up finishes. “I’m just going to go out and race my race.”
Also expected to compete at Stockton is Kingsburg’s Cory Eliason; DJ Netto of Hanford, and Kyle Hirst of Paradise. Hirst is also zeroing in on and can claim the Sprint Car Challenge Tour championship with a solid run with that division. He is one of many drivers who will be doing “double-duty” racing a 360 and 410 c.i. powered sprint car for both sanctioning bodies.
Others looking to improve their final positions in the standings include Bobby McMahan of Elk Grove; Atwater drivers Sean Watts and Nathan Rolfe; and Jarrett Soares of Discovery Bay.
The KWS-NARC program includes qualifying, four 10-lap heat races, the six-lap Hoosier Tires Dash; the 12-lap Flowmaster B-Main; followed by the 30-lap high stakes Fujitsu Sprint Car Series headliner.
Front gates open at 3:00 p.m. Qualifying will get underway at 5:00 p.m.
2017 KWS-NARC FUJITSU SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(After 15 races in the 16-race Series)
Bud Kaeding, Campbell (2) – 855
Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno (3) – 852
DJ Netto, Hanford (1) – 824
Cory Eliason, Kingsburg (1) – 819
Kyle Hirst, Paradise (2) – 731
Bobby McMahan, Elk Grove – 725
Sean Watts, Atwater – 705
Michael Kofoid, Penngrove (1) – 695
Jarrett Soares, Discovery Bay – 690
Nathan Rolfe, Atwater – 651
Chase Johnson, Penngrove (1) – 463
Shane Golobic, Fremont (2) – 463
Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford (1) – 454
Willie Croft, Sacramento – 450
Brent Bjork, Fremont – 399
Craig Stidham, Fresno – 353
Mathew Moles, Fresno – 315
Dominic Scelzi, Fresno – 299
Jason Statler, Grass Valley – 294
Jeremy Chisum, Fremont – 251
Kevin Swindell Racing and Spencer Bayston Continue Partnership in 2018
By Shawn Miller
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (Oct. 31, 2017) - Kevin Swindell Racing is pleased to announce that Spencer Bayston will return as the team's primary driver in 2018.
Bayston has driven for the Swindell Speed Lab backed team since its inception in the fall of 2016. The team has earned two wins, 14 top fives and 18 top 10s in 35 races together.
"Spencer has done a great job driving for our team and we're thrilled to have him back in the seat in 2018," Kevin Swindell said. "We've been competitive since Day 1 and have been in contention for many wins. The more we race together the better we'll become so it's good to know that what we've been working on will continue to grow next year."
Bayston produced winged sprint car wins at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, on April 15 and Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio, on June 22 this season.
"We've only won two races, but we seem to put ourselves in contention to compete for a win week in and week out," he said. "It's a good feeling knowing every time I go to the track I don't have to worry we'll have a mechanical problem or a setup issue. Just to know the car is good and Kevin is able to make me comfortable is important in our success."
The duo plans to compete in approximately 40 sprint car races next season.
"We're looking to travel more and hit some bigger events," Bayston said. "We'd like to go to some of the premier events with the World of Outlaws and All Stars. I feel our equipment is capable at being competitive at events like that."
The team will wrap up the 2017 season this Thursday through Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., for the Textron Off Road World Finals with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
Rudeen Racing to Run Two-Car Team in 2018; Saldana and Malsam Named Drivers
By Whitney Thomas
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 30, 2017) – The Washington state based, Rudeen Racing has expanded to a two-car team for the upcoming 2018 season. Veteran driver, Joey Saldana, will pilot the No.26 Rudeen Racing machine, alongside Tayler Malsam, in the Rudeen Racing No.26R entry.
“I’m very excited to have Joey on board with Rudeen Racing for the upcoming season,” explained Kevin Rudeen, owner. “A driver as talented as him can elevate our team on and off the track. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Joey and Tayler can do out on the road next year.”
Saldana and team are scheduled to compete in roughly 60 events over the course of the year, starting with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car series during their West Coast swing. Saldana is slated to compete primarily with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car series, in conjunction with several Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions events, as well as other venues throughout the season. Rob Hart, who has previously worked with Rudeen Racing, will kick off the season as the highly experienced crew chief for the No.26 car.
“I’m looking forward to running for Kevin Rudeen and the Rudeen Racing No.26 next season,” commented Joey Saldana. “I’ve known Kevin for over 12 years now. We talked about racing together back in 2005, and it just wasn’t meant to be at the time. He and I stayed in touch over the years, and I eventually got to drive for him during the Winter Heat Series in 2015. This is great opportunity to run the schedule we want to as a team, and get some solid wins along the way.”
Malsam is also slated to fulfill a 60-plus race schedule for the 2018 season. The former NASCAR driver, has been with Rudeen Racing since 2005, piloting the No.26 throughout the years, whenever time away from his pavement career allowed. Malsam will be aboard the Rudeen Racing No.26R car, which will pay tribute to the late son of owner Kevin Rudeen. The Rayce Rudeen Foundation will be a large part of the No.26R team over the course of the season. Malsam plans to run a more fluid schedule, but will compete in the Midwest and on the West Coast. The crew chief for the No.26R team will be named at a later date.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road next year,” explained Malsam. “The goal is to compete for wins every time we show up, and continue to gain as much experience as possible, night in, and night out. It will be great to have a vet like Joey to bounce stuff off of throughout the season.”
Follow along with Rudeen Racing (@RudeenRacing) on social media for schedule updates, results, highlights, news and more. Also, be on the lookout for a new and improved RudeenRacing.com in the coming weeks.
Sage Fruit Partners with TSR Beginning in 2018
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 30, 2017) – The Sage Fruit Company, a Pacific Northwest sales and marketing organization, in the tree fruit industry, announced today an agreement with Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) beginning with the 2018 season.
The partnership includes an associate sponsorship on the TSR No. 15 driven by Donny Schatz and the TSR No. 14 driven by Tony Stewart. Schatz will embark on his 22nd season competing with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2018 while Stewart is planning to compete in Sprint car races all across the United States.
“The Sage Fruit Company is very excited to be joining Tony Stewart Racing,” said Chuck Sinks, President, Sales and Marketing, Sage Fruit Company. “We are all big fans of auto racing, but Sprint cars have been our passion. We have been in the sport for the last 14 years, and to be able to partner with such a strong professional winning organization like TSR is only adding to our passion. We have admired Tony his entire racing career, whether it has been in the IRL, USAC, NASCAR or Sprint cars. Now, to be able to team with him and Donny Schatz is something that we look forward to. Donny is an outstanding driver and he obviously has a great crew behind him to be able to win nine championships. 2018 will be a great year.”
The announcement comes in advance of the Outlaws’ 2017 season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Schatz will be looking to capture a series-best 20th WoO A-Feature victory in the Textron World Finals and wrap up his ninth WoO championship and eighth WoO title for TSR. The championship would be the team’s 22nd short-track-racing title overall.
“Having been involved in racing for most of my life, I have learned that the importance of relationships in this sport goes unmatched,” Stewart said. “Through their interest in and dedication to supporting Winged Sprint car racing, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Chuck and his team at Sage Fruit. I’m very proud to welcome them to Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and to have them as part of our team. It’s exciting to have an opportunity to build on our friendship through our racing program and for Donny Schatz and I to carry their brand on our cars next season. We’re looking forward to working with Chuck and his entire Sage Fruit team.”
The partnership continues Sage Fruits’ involvement in short-track racing and commitment to Winged Sprint car racing. TSR has fielded a WoO team for 16 seasons and will look to continue leading the way in short-track racing both on the track and off in 2018. Both race schedules for 2018 and car schemes for the TSR Nos. 14 and 15 racecars will be released at a later date.
Max Stambaugh and Ray Marshall Motorsports part ways
By Fully Injected Motorsports:
ELIDA, OH (October 20, 2017) - Effective immediately, Max Stambaugh, the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Rookie of the Year, and Ray Marshall Motorsports have parted ways. A decision that did not come easy for the Elida native, Stambaugh is now in search of other opportunities to further his racing career. Despite the circumstance, Stambaugh and Ray Marshall Motorsports split on good terms, repeatedly thankful for the opportunities given to him.
"I can't thank Ray Marshall and his team enough for their support in 2017. Ray gave me an opportunity of a lifetime. I wouldn't have been able to complete my first All Star season without his help and dedication," Max Stambaugh explained, who earned 13 top-ten finishes with the All Stars in 2017, one being a top-five performance at Eldora Speedway. "Ray and I split on good terms and will continue to be friends. He's been around this sport a long time and has given a lot of people the opportunity to drive his equipment. I respect him as a person, as well as a car owner."
Stambaugh's future plans remain uncertain. Ideally, "Mad Max" would like to return to the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions full-time in 2018.
"Nothing is really set in stone just yet. My goal right now is to rejoin the All Stars in 2018. I am currently looking for other opportunities, but if a deal comes up that involves driving my own equipment, that is a definite possibility, as well," Stambaugh added. "We don't have a lot of time to waste, so the plan is to get started as soon as possible. I'm excited to see what the future brings. With a year of racing on the road under my belt, I'm confident 2018 will bring bigger and better things. I'm open to discuss all possibilities."
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2015 Wins: 5 (2 - Limaland Motorsports Park (OH) - NRA 360s; 1 - Butler Speedway (MI) - 410ci; 1 - I-96 Speedway (MI) - 410ci; 1 - Ohsweken Speedway (Canada) - 360ci)
2016 Wins: 2 (Waynesfield Raceway Park, I-96 Speedway)
2017 Stats: Clinched Arctic Cat All Star Rookie of the Year honors. Earned 13 top-ten finishes in 40 Arctic Cat All Star starts. Ended year fourth in All Star driver standings.
Butler & SOD to Require Full Containment Seats in 2018
QUINCY, MI (October 20, 2017) – Butler Speedway and Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP have jointly developed rules requiring all sprint cars racing with them to have full containment seats next season.
Butler and SOD have created the new, common seat rules in an effort to make compliance easier and practical for competitors. Every effort has been made to make the rules similar to those already in place for other tracks and series. Most competitors already use the seats, but in light of serious injuries and deaths that may have been decreased or even prevented through the use of the seats, the time has come to make them mandatory. The seat rule is in effect immediately; there will be no phase-in period.
In addition to the full containment seat requirement, both Butler and SOD will also strongly recommend the use of head and neck restraint systems in 2018.
Go to www.sprintsondirt.com and click on the Competitor Info tab to read the 2018 Sprints On Dirt rule book. The seat rule is section 2.2 in the book.
Christopher Bell charges from row six to win at Wayne County Speedway
ORRVILLE, OH (October 7, 2017) - Becoming the fifth different Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions winner in five starts at "Orrville's Historic Oval," Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell hard charged from the inside of row six to score $5,000 on Saturday night at Wayne County Speedway. Bell took command for the first time on lap 22, surviving a battle with rising star, Spencer Bayston, the circuit prior. Knoxville (IA) Raceway track champion, Ian Madsen, chased Bell to the final checkers, followed by Broc Martin, Cole Duncan and Rob Chaney.
For Bell, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions triumph was the second of his 2017 season and the third of his career, last visiting victory lane during an appearance at Sharon (OH) Speedway on July 8.
"I'm just really thankful for the opportunity to drive this car for Ed Neumeister and the Linders," said Christopher Bell. "It's a true privilege to drive this thing."
Findlay, Ohio's Caleb Helms and the KCP Racing entry of Ian Madsen led the 26 starters to green on Saturday night at Wayne County Speedway. Madsen earned the early advantage, leading Caleb Helms and Brad Haudenschild by the flag stand to complete lap one.
A red flag on lap two slowed action for the first time. When green flag conditions resumed, it was Madsen returning to the top spot, now with the Swindell Speedlab entry of Spencer Bayston, who started eighth, and Wooster, Ohio's Broc Martin in tow. The top three raced nose-to-tail for the next six circuits until caution flags returned to the speedway on lap nine, ultimately resulting in an open red flag stop.
After a short pause while medics tended to a fan, Madsen led the field back to green, still in charge over Bayston and Martin. On lap 13, Christopher Bell, who charged ahead from the 11th position, drove around Martin to take third, now setting aim on Bayston and Ian Madsen.
By the midpoint of the 30-lapper, the three front-runners found themselves in a bumper-to-bumper battle for the lead. Soon enough, utilizing a textbook slider through turns three and four, Bayston made a bold move and drove under Madsen to take command on lap 17. One circuit later, Bell also found room and cruised by Madsen with a perfect slide job, this time through turns one and two.
Within two laps, Bell started to apply pressure on Bayston for the top spot, chasing the Lebanon, Indiana, native into traffic on lap 21. As the pair drag raced toward the flag stand to complete lap 22, Bell and Bayston made incidental contact causing the No. 39 of Bayston to flip wildly down the front straightaway. Bayston would walk away unharmed, but would not return to the speedway.
With little damage after the incidental contact with Bayston, a broken right rear shock, Christopher Bell drove on to score the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory unchallenged, leading laps 22 to 30 with Madsen and Martin in tow at the finish.
"I'm really disappointed that Spencer (Bayston) and I didn't get a chance to race that out," Bell said in victory lane. "It was going to be a really good race. He's a talented guy."
"The car wasn't the funnest to drive after that, but I had clean air," Bell said in regards to his car after the incident. "That's really big at a place like this, especially here because the corners are so tight. Being out front made it a lot easier even with the damage."
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will conclude their 2017 season with a full weekend of competition on Friday and Saturday, October 13-14. Ending the year in the Buckeye State, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will launch their final weekend of action with a visit to Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield on October 13, followed by a stop at the World's Greatest Dirt Track; the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Saturday, October 14.
The Friday night visit to Mansfield Motor Speedway will feature double main events, as the Series' first visit in May was halted early due to Mother Nature.
A-Main (30 Laps) 1. Christopher Bell; 2. Ian Madsen; 3. Broc Martin; 4. Cole Duncan; 5. Rob Chaney; 6. Max Stambaugh; 7. Chad Kemenah; 8. Andrew Palker; 9. Ryan Smith; 10. Cap Henry; 11. Danny Mumaw; 12. Lee Jacobs; 13. Trevor Baker; 14. Brandon Spithaler; 15. Brent Matus; 16. Spencer Bayston; 17. Brad Haudenschild; 18. Brandon Matus; 19. Jordan Harble; 20. Ryan Broughton; 21. Travis Esh; 22. Caleb Helms; 23. Caleb Armstrong; 24. Stuart Brubaker; 25. Cale Conley; 26. Jordan Mackison.
Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-16; Spencer Bayston 17-21; Christopher Bell 22-30.
GOLOBIC CAPTURES HIS SECOND KWS-NARC VICTORY OF SEASON AT OCEAN
October 7, 2017
(10/6/17) By Jim Allen, Watsonville, CA … Shane Golobic survived a heated open wheel battle with DJ Netto and went on to claim his second 30-lap King of the West-Fujitsu Sprint Car Series victory of the season at Ocean Speedway.
Golobic, who started fourth in the 22-car grid, chased down race long leader Netto in the late going in lap traffic. With only two-laps remaining, the two frontrunners battled side-by-side for position roaring into the first corner. Contact was made resulting in Netto flipping wildly over the turn one cushion. Netto required some medical attention after exiting his destroyed car, which ignited in a fireball.
On the restart, Golobic pulled away from the field and pocketed the $3000 payday for his Elk Grove Ford/Keith Day Trucking team. It was his seventh career King of the West-NARC victory.
“We both went into the first turn searching for the same real estate,” explained Golobic. “I always try to race clean and never want to win a race that way. I’m hope DJ understands that when he cools down.”
Netto was the class of the field from the initial green, chased by the freight train of Buddy Kofoid, Chase Johnson, Golobic, and Dominic Scelzi. As the race progressed, this group battled three-wide in traffic on occasion, until Golobic powered past Johnson for the runner-up spot going down the frontstretch at the halfway point. Scelzi sliced into third a lap later.
Golobic raced side-by-side with Scelzi for a handful of laps as the pair reeled in Netto in the waning laps, setting the stage for his winning move.
Scelzi had to settle for second place money in his SE Inc./Roth Motorsports-backed Schnee.
Fast qualifier Justin Sanders, started eighth in the grid and methodically drove his way into a solid third place finish at the checkered. Dash Winner Buddy Kofoid claimed fourth. Johnson rounded out the top five.
The next five drivers to cross the checkered were 10th starter Mitchell Faccinto, Kurt Nelson, Kyle Hirst, Gio Scelzi and Tim Kaeding.
The tight KWS-NARC championship points battle was reshuffled at Ocean Speedway. Third place driver Cory Eliason, who entered the event in third, only six-points behind Bud Kaeding in the standings, suffered mechanical problems early in the program. They were unable to start the semi. Kaeding ended up finishing 13th.
Scelzi, who finished ninth, regained the point lead over Kaeding by a slim 798-797 margin (unofficial) with two-races remaining on the schedule. Eliason is now 33 points out of the top spot.
Feature (30 laps): Shane Golobic, Dominic Scelzi, Justin Sanders, Michael Koifoid, Chase Johnson, Mitchell Faccinto, Kurt Nelson, Kyle Hirst, Gio Scelzi, Tim Kaeding, Bobby McMahan, Jason Statler, Bud Kaeding, Brent Kaeding, Sean Watts, Dustin Golobic, Jeremy Chisum, Nathan Rolfe, Jarrett Soares, DJ Netto, Brent Bjork, Richard Fajardo
Lap Leaders: Netto 1-28, Golobic 29-30
Attica Raceway Park to hand out $47,000 in point fund/contingency awards Nov. 18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
ATTICA, Ohio – Attica Raceway Park will hand out $47,000 in point fund money and contingency awards at the season-ending banquet set for Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Attica Fairgrounds Reception Hall.
The top 10 in points in the Hammer Pallets 410 Sprints will share in point fund monies and contingency awards of $22,000 with champion Chris Andrews taking home $8,000. Devin Shiels will earn $5,000 as the champion of the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models with the top 10 in points sharing in $15,000 in point fund and contingency prizes. Fremont Fence 305 Sprints champion Paul Weaver will earn $3,000 with the top 10 in points sharing in $10,000.
Tickets to the banquet are $25 each and include the meal. Tickets must be purchased by Nov. 14; no tickets will be sold at the door. Call Rex LeJeune, Director of Operations at AtticaRacewayPark, at 419-680-5606.
Doors will open at the Attica Fairgrounds Reception hall at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 with the buffet dinner at 5 p.m. and the awards ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.
The top 10 in points for the 410 sprint division were: 1. Chris Andrews; 2. DJ Foos; 3. Stuart Brubaker; 4. Travis Philo; 5. Duane Zablocki; 6. Shawn Valenti; 7. Jody Keegan; 8. Jordan Ryan; 9. Dan McCarron; and 10. Jess Stiger. McCarron will also be honored as the division’s rookie of the year.
The top 10 in points for the 305 sprint division were: 1. Paul Weaver; 2. Kyle Capodice; 3. John Ivy; 4. Jamie Miller; 5. Seth Schneider; 6. Steve Rando; 7. Ricky Peterson; 7. Bobby Clark; 9. Jason Keckler; 10. Jordan Ryan. Chase Dunham will be honored as the division’s rookie of the year.
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1. Chad Kemenah 6640
2. Ryan Smith 6194
3. Caleb Armstrong 5950
4. Max Stambaugh 5672
5. Caleb Helms 5580
6. Brandon Spithaler 5235
7. T.J. Michael 5069
8. Brandon Matus 5004
9. John Garvin 4878
10. Tyler Esh 4789
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June 17 Shaffer
June 19 Larson
June 20 Larson
June 21 Shaffer
June 22 Bayston
June 23 Rain
June 24 Duncan
2017 OSW Points
1. Tim Shaffer 930
2. Cole Duncan 916
3. Chad Kemenah 916
4. Carson Macedo 888
5. Ryan Smith 852
6. Caleb Armstrong 812
7. Lee Jacobs 806
8. Max Stambaugh 780
9. Andrew Palker 774
10. Caleb Helms 772
1. Ian Madsen 4520
2. Brian Brown 4267
3. Austin McCarl 3842
4. Brooke Tatnell 3723
5. Terry McCarl 3694
6. Lynton Jeffrey 3469
7. Matt Juhl 3242
8. Davey Heskin 3239
9. J. Schneiderman 3187
10. Tasker Phillips 2992
1. Bud Kaeding 855
2. Gio Scelzi 852
3. DJ Netto 824
4. Cory Eliason 819
5. Kyle Hirst 731
6. Bobby McMahan 725
7. Sean Watts 705
8. Michael Kofoid 695
9. Jarrett Soares 690
10. Nathan Rolfe 651
1. Brad Loyet 1591
2. Jim Moughan 1364
3. Mike Terry 1188
4. Jacob Patton 1154
5. Logan Faucon 1144
6. Paul Nienhiser 1124
7. A.J. Bruns 1074
8. J. Standridge 1016
9. Jake Blackhurst 978
10. Chris Urish 972
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