Swindell Capitalizes on Several Opportunities to Score Four Wins in 2015
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (Nov. 23, 2015) - Sammy Swindell has been winning sprint car races for four decades.
A scaled-down schedule in 2015 didn't hamper that routine as Swindell picked up four feature wins - two in a 410ci sprint car, one in a 360ci sprint car and one in a midget. After announcing his retirement from full-time racing in August 2014, Swindell returned to the seat in a limited capacity this year.
"I always thought I'd do something," he said. "It might have been real small. I didn't really know at that point what I wanted to do. I did retire from the way I was doing it. The only thing the same is that I'm driving. I'm out from under all the day-to-day operations that you have to do to run a team. That's what I've done for a long time with most of the owners I've driven for. Now it's more just the driver part of it and that suits me that I don't have to be involved every day."
Swindell opened the year in January at Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla., where he won the Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions to kick off the 29 th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in his first race in approximately five months.
"It'd been so long since I'd driven anything," he said. "The way things fell into place for that race, it was a lot of things going into that. That gave me a lot of confidence going down the road."
Swindell then picked up his first winged sprint car feature victory on Aug. 1 at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., where he charged from sixth in the Donnie Cooper entry.
Swindell, who also powered to four top 10s with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in June while he filled in for an injured Jason Johnson, found his dream opportunity in the middle of the summer.
"The biggest thing (about the 2015 season) was the way some things came together," he said. "I wasn't expecting a lot of things that happened, especially with me joining CJB Motorsports. I was just going to do whatever. If there wasn't anything as far as racing sprint cars, there's always other opportunities to do other forms of racing. The way things worked out it kept me in a sprint car."
Swindell earned a pair of feature victories with CJB Motorsports as the team swept the $25,000-to-win Jackson Nationals the first weekend of September at Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minn.
"The way we went about it, it wasn't like a normal situation," he said. "It was so much different than what we'd done with that car. It came down to a lot of people coming together. To get the results that we did was the best it could be. That was one of the biggest weekends of the year."
Swindell finished the season with two wins, eight top fives and nine top 10s in 17 features with the team.
"We weren't going to easy races or cherry picking," he said. "We ran at the toughest places against the toughest teams and had some really good finishes. I'm grateful for the opportunity and I'm looking forward to next year."
Swindell said his tentative 2016 schedule will include approximately 40 races for CJB Motorsports as well as the Chili Bowl Nationals.
"I wouldn't mind running a late model or running a modified once or twice," he said. "We'll just do whatever I think would be fun."
SEASON STATS -
41 races, 4 wins, 17 top fives, 24 top 10s, 34 top 15s, 37 top 20s
Champions Crowned at 2015 Knoxville Raceway Championship Cup Series Banquet
November 21, 2015 – Nearly $300,000 in cash and contingencies were handed out Saturday night, November 21 at the 2015 Knoxville Raceway Championship Cup Series Banquet! The event, held at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa played host to 700 attendees.
The contingency package was headlined by a giveaway of eight chassis. Each owner in all three sprint car classes was awarded a contingency (see prize list with winners below). The Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) again will provide insurance for all 2015 Knoxville point eligible drivers next season for wherever they may race. The KRCO will also provide each driver a $600 gift certificate to Simpson Racing Products.
After dinner, Promoter John McCoy and new Marketing Director Kendra Jacobs addressed the attendees. In addition to the thanks doled out to those who make Knoxville Raceway what it is, both expressed their excitement for the 2016 season and beyond.
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. Davey Heskin (410), Joe Beaver (360) and McKenna Haase (305) won in each class. Beaver and Haase won their awards for the second year in a row. Young fans, Marquis Bone and Calli Landis were honored as the “Jr. Fan Club Members of the Year”.
Mike Roberts presented the “Fan of the Year Award” to long-time Knoxville Raceway supporters Bruce and Kay Wood.
“Owner of the Year” Awards went out to the Shelton Painting #71c (305), the Van Haaften Motorsports #3 (360) and the Big Game Motorsports #2 (410). “Team of the Year” Awards went to the Shelton Painting #71c (305), the Goodno Promotion #22 (360) and the BDS Motorsports #1 (410).
Bob Baker, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Executive Director, presented the “Heritage Award” to longtime sprint car contributors Alan and Jo Ver Steeg. Alan has served on the Marion County Fair Board for many years.
The "Lyle Boyd Hard Charger Award" awards the drivers who passed the most cars in A main events this season. Stacey Alexander received the award in the 305 class, with Joe Beaver (360), and Dusty Zomer (410) receiving the award in their respective classes.
Lynton Jeffrey was named the “Sportsman of the Year” in the 410 class, while Calvin Landis picked up the honor in the 360 class. Rookie, Trevor Smith, won the award in the 305 class. Christian Bowman (305), Ryan Grimes (360), and Tim Kaedings (410) were named “Rookie of the Year” in their respective classes.
The big hardware went out last to the top five drivers and owners in the point standings. In the 305 class, Brad Comegys (5th), McKenna Haase (4th), Christian Bowman (3rd), Devin Kline (2nd) and Stacey Alexander (champion) were honored in the driver category, while the D&D Motorsports #76 (5th), the Team Haase Racing #55M (4th), the Christian Bowman #15 (3rd), the White Lightning Motorsports #5J (2nd), and the Shelton Painting #71c (champion) received their owner awards.
In the 360 class, Tony Shilling (5th), Matt Moro (4th), Joe Beaver (3rd), Nate Van Haaften (2nd) and Clint Garner (champion) were honored in the driver category, while the Matt Moro #2m (5th), the Beaver Motorsports #53 (4th), the Van Haaften Racing #3 (3rd), the Boyd & Glenda Fluth #40 (2nd), and the BDS Motorsports #1 (champion) received owner awards.
In the 410 class, Brian Brown (5th), Ian Madsen (4th), Terry McCarl (3rd), Justin Henderson (2nd) and Danny Lasoski (champion) were drivers honored, while owner awards went to the Brian Brown Racing #21 (5th), the KCP Racing #18 (4th), the TMAC Motorsports #24 (3rd), the BDS Motorsports #1 (2nd) and the Big Game Motorsports #2 (champion).
Contingencies were handed out as a finale, and for the fourth year in a row, were done by draw in front of the banquet crowd of around 600. Chassis winners included Mike Mayberry (GF1) in the 305 class, Mastell Motorsports #27 (Eagle) and Mike Houseman Jr. (J&J) in the 360 class, and BDS Motorsports #1 (Eagle), Larry Ball Jr. (Maxim), Tasker Phillips (Maxim), Josh Schneiderman (J&J) and Lynton Jeffrey (GF1) in the 410 class.
Reed, Drown, Ryan, Foos wear Attica Raceway Park crowns
By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – Attica Raceway Park capped off an exciting 2015 season during the traditional awards banquet Friday where $63,000 in point fund money was handed out to 40 competitors in the four weekly divisions.
Also, during the awards ceremony former sprint car driver and television race broadcaster Brad Doty was on hand to talk about the move of the Brad Doty Classic back to the Attica – where the event started in 1989 as a way to raise funds for Doty who had been injured in a sprint car crash at Eldora Speedway. The event, scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, will be sanctioned by the World of Outlaws.
Promoter John Bores, who wrapped up his 10th year as the promoter of Attica Raceway Park, thanked all the fans, race teams, employees and sponsors for their loyal support. He said a new scoring tower was being built and new dirt had been put on the track. ARP Director of Operations Rex LeJeune also thanked all the wrecker and push truck operators for their support. Also, Kevin Benfer announced the annual Turn 2 Party he and his wife Amy host, raised over $1,700 for the Hoserville Ohio Injured Drivers Fund.
Byron Reed took home $10,000 for winning his seventh O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprint title at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” venue. Reed, from Monclova, Ohio, became the first driver to win not only the Attica title but the Kistler Racing Products FAST championship and Fremont title all in the same year. Reed competed in all 17 A-mains in 2015. He recorded his 31st career Attica win on Aug. 21st and sits second on the track’s all-time win list. Reed recorded an incredible 11 top five finishes and 15 top 10 finishes. Besides his win, he scored five second place finishes. His average A-main finishing position was sixth.
Wooster, Ohio’s Doug Drown had a dream season. Not only did he take home the $7,500 championship in the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models at Attica, he also scored the title at Wayne County Speedway and took the Attica Raceway Park/Wayne County Speedway Late Model Challenge Series title. Drown scored his first Attica championship by competing in 17 of the 18 A-mains, missing only the season finale. He scored seven wins in 2015 – April 24, May 8, May 15, July 10, July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21. He now has 13 career wins at Attica and sits second on the track’s all-time win list. Drown recorded 14 top five finishes and 15 top 10 finishes. Besides his seven wins, he scored four runner-up finishes. His average A-main finishing position was fourth.
Castalia, Ohio teenager Jordan Ryan wrapped up his second consecutive championship in the Foster Auto Body 305 Sprints, earning $3,000 for his efforts. The 2014 champion edged Bobby Clark by seven points. Ryan competed in 15 of the 16 A-mains, missing only the June 5 event. He recorded four straight wins – April 10, April 17, April 24 and May 1 – to run his career total to nine at Attica. Other than a 17th place finish on the final night, Jordan never finished out of the top six! He recorded a remarkable 13 top five finishes. Besides his four wins, Ryan recorded 3 runner-up finishes. His average A-main finishing position was an incredible fourth!
Matt Foos scored his first ever track championship, earning $600 for the title in the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks. Foos, from Fremont, Ohio, competed in nine of the 10 A-mains in 2015, missing only the season finale. Of those nine features, Foos won four of them – June 5, July 3, July 31 and Aug. 7. He added a pair of runner-up finishes. His average A-main finishing position was fourth!
410 Sprints, 10th through 2nd
10th – Caleb Griffith, Castalia, Ohio – The 2014 Attica champion competed in 10 of the 17 A-mains in 2015. Griffith recorded three top five finishes including a pair of third place runs. He also scored seven top 10 finishes. His average feature finishing position was 10th.
9th – D.J. Foos, Fremont, Ohio – The track’s 2010 305 sprint champion competed in 13 of the 17 A-mains in 2015. He recorded a pair of top five runs including a season best third on May 1st. He scored six top 10 finishes and his average A-main finishing position was 11th.
8th – Duane Zablocki, Tiffin, Ohio. Zablocki competed in 10 of the 17 A-mains in 2015. He recorded three top 10 finishes this season including a season best eighth on Aug. 7. His average A-main finishing position was 13th.
7th-Tyler Gunn, Napoleon, Ohio. A rookie to 410 racing in 2015, Gunn competed in 12 of the 17 A-mains in 2015. He recorded three top 10 finishes including a season best sixth on Aug. 28. His average feature finishing position was 13th.
6th – Cap Henry, Bellevue, Ohio. Henry competed in 14 of the 17 A-mains in 2015. He scored a pair of wins – May 15and July 31st - to run his career total to four at Attica. He recorded seven top five finishes and nine top 10 runs. His average A-main finishing position was eighth.
5th – Nate Dussel, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Attica’s 2015 rookie of the year and a three time 305 sprint track champion, competed in 11 of the 17 A-mains in 2015. He recorded three top five finishes including a pair of season-best third place runs. He also recorded five top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was 11th.
4th- Chris Andrews, Sandusky, Ohio. The track’s 2009 410 champion and 2006 305 champion, Andrews competed in 15 of the track’s 17 A-mains in 2015, missing only opening night against the All Stars and on May 29th against the World of Outlaws. He recorded seven top five finishes including a season best pair of runner-up runs. He scored 10 top 10 finishes and his average A-main finishing position was ninth.
3rd-Stuart Brubaker, Gibsonburg, Ohio. The track’s 2008 305 champion competed in 16 of the 17 A-mains, missing only the May 29th World of Outlaws show. He recorded four wins in 2015 – July 3, July 10, July 24 and August 28. Brubaker recorded five top five runs and 10 top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was eighth.
2nd- Dean Jacobs, Wooster, Ohio – The track’s 2011 champion competed in 15 of the 17 A-mains in 2015, missing only opening night against the All Stars and against the All Stars on June 19th. He scored a pair of wins - April 17th and May 1st - and recorded eight top five finishes and 14 top tens. In fact, he only finished out of the top eight once – a 23rd place run against the World of Outlaws. His average A-main finishing position was fifth.
305 Sprints, 10th through 2nd
10th- Tyler Street, Ashland, Ohio . Attica’s 305 rookie of the year competed in 15 of the 16 A-mains in 2015, missing only the Aug. 7 event. He recorded three top 10 finishes including a season best third on Aug. 21. His average A-main finishing position was 13th.
9th- Dan McCarron, Dundee, Mich. McCarron competed in 14 of the 16 A-mains, missing only the June 5th and final show of the year. He recorded five top 10 finishes including a season-best fifth on May 15. His average A-main finishing position was 11th.
8th – Paul Weaver, Fremont, Ohio. Weaver, the 2009 track champion, competed in 15 of the 16 A-mains in 2015, missing only the June 5 event. He picked up his 33rd career feature win on May 8th and sits atop the division’s all-time win list. Paul recorded seven top five finishes, adding a pair of runner-up finishes to his lone victory. Weaver had 13 top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was seventh.
7th- Kyle Capodice, Sandusky, Ohio. Capodice competed in all 16 A-mains in 2015. He recorded three top five finishes including a season-best third on July 10th. Capodice had 13 top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was ninth.
6th – Seth Schneider, Fremont, Ohio. Schneider competed in all 16 A-mains in 2015. He recorded four top five runs including a season-best second on July 3. He also recorded nine top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was ninth
5th – Ricky Peterson, Rawson, Ohio. Peterson competed in all 16 A-mains in 2015. He recorded three top five finishes including a season-best runner-up finish on Aug. 7. He also scored 13 top 10 finishes. His average A-main finishing position was eighth.
4th – Steve Rando, Lindsey, Ohio. Rando competed in 15 of the 16 A-mains in 2015, missing only the opening night event. He picked up his fourth career Attica win on Aug. 21st. He had 11 top five finishes and 12 top 10 finishes. Besides his win, Rando had a pair of runner-up finishes and three third place funs. His average A-main finishing position was seventh.
3rd – Jamie Miller, Fremont, Ohio. The track’s 2005 champion competed in all 16 A-mains in 2015. He picked up three wins – May 15, July 3 and July 10 - to run his career total to 12. Miller recorded nine top five finishes and 12 top 10 finishes. Besides his three wins, he recorded a pair of runner-up finishes and three third place runs. His average A-main finishing position was seventh.
2nd – Bobby Clark, Fremont, Ohio. Clark, the 2015 JLH General Contractor 305 FAST champion, competed in all 16 A-mains in 2015. He recorded three straight wins – July 24, July 31 and Aug. 7 – to run his career total to 19, moving him into fourth on the track’s all-time win list for the division. Clark recorded 12 top five finishes – besides his three wins he scored a pair of runner-up finishes. Clark only finished out of the top 10 once – a 12th place showing on July 3. His average A-main finishing position was fifth.
2016 All Star Circuit of Champions Schedule Released
By Tyler Altmeyer
All Star Circuit of Champions
Indianapolis (November 19, 2015) - The All Star Circuit of Champions will move ahead into the 2016 season with a full slate of scheduled competition, with race dates ranging from early February until late October. “America’s Series” will headline 51 dates during the new year, visiting seven different states and nearly 30 different facilities along the east coast, Northeast and Midwest. As traditional, the All Star Circuit of Champions will begin their new campaign in the “Sunshine State” during the early weeks of February, showcasing talent on February 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park near Ocala, Florida, as well as on February 10-11 at Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida. The four Florida dates will coincide with the annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals and DIRTcar Nationals.
“We are really excited about next year’s schedule, we’ve added seven tracks to slate in 2016,” said Tony Stewart, owner of the All Star Circuit of Champions. “I can’t wait to get to Ocala and Volusia in less than three months and I know many of our teams feel the same way.”
The All Star Circuit of Champions will continue their 2016 campaign with a busy spring stretch consisting of 15 events between March 26 and June 11. The Series will visit dirt venues in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin during the early months of 2016, all before transitioning into the newest edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek in late June. Spring travel plans include a Friday, May 20th appearance for the first time at the Lincoln (Illinois) Speedway.
The 34th edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek will return to the All Star headlines between June 17 and June 25, kicking off with action at Attica Raceway Park. Speedweek competitors will hit the Ohio dirt on nine consecutive occasions, visiting nine different facilities all across the “Buckeye State.” Ohio Sprint Speedweek will conclude with a $10,000-to-win finale on Saturday, June 25, at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio.
All Star competition will resume immediately after Ohio Sprint Speedweek. The 2016 schedule boasts a busy second half season, which includes returning to areas of Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Competitors will also experience a taste of Indiana soil during the downhill segment of 2016, visiting Kokomo Speedway for the two-day “Dirt Classic Indiana” on July 22-23. A scheduled stop to the Brownstown Speedway is also on the late season agenda.
Adding even more excitement to the 2016 season, the All Star Circuit of Champions will join the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the United States Auto Club (USAC) during Eldora Speedway’s Four Crown Nationals in late September. All Star competitors will take to the Eldora Speedway half-mile on Saturday, September 24, becoming Eldora’s fourth open wheel division for the weekend spectacle. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will open the two-race weekend with action on Friday, September 23, followed by all three USAC national divisions and the All Stars on Saturday, September 24.
A full weekend at Atomic Speedway will conclude the 2016 All Star championship schedule. “America’s Series” will invade the Chillicothe, Ohio, high banks for the final time next season on October 21-22 for two complete programs. The Friday night portion will award a $5,000 winner’s share, followed by the 2016 All Star Circuit of Champions finale on Saturday night worth $20,000.
“Our hats off to all the teams, fans, partners, track owners and promoters that helped make the ownership transition this past year so smooth for us,” Stewart said. “We are just one piece of the equation to help continue to grow 410 racing around the country.”
2/5 Bubba Raceway Park
2/6 Bubba Raceway Park
2/10 Volusia Speedway
2/11 Volusia Speedway
3/26 Atomic Speedway
4/2 Attica Raceway Park
4/16 Wayne County Speedway
4/17 Bedford Speedway
4/23 Port Royal Speedway
4/24 Selinsgrove Speedway
5/13 Lernerville Speedway
5/14 Mercer Raceway Park
5/20 Lincoln (IL) Speedway
5/21 Wilmot Raceway
5/27 Attica Raceway Park
5/28 Fremont Speedway
6/4 Wayne County Speedway
6/5 Bedford Speedway
6/11 Butler Motor Speedway
6/17 Attica Raceway Park - Ohio Sprint Speedweek Starts
6/18 Waynesfield Raceway Park- Speedweek
6/19 Millstream Speedway- Speedweek
6/20 Wayne County Speedway- Speedweek
6/21 Sharon Speedway - Speedweek
6/22 Atomic Speedway- Speedweek
6/23 Eldora Speedway- Speedweek
6/24 Limaland Speedway- Speeedweek
6/25 Fremont Speedway (6/26 rain date) O
7/2 Hartford Speedway
7/3 I-96 Speedway (rain date 7/4 TBD)
7/9 Sharon Speedway (7/10 rain date)- Lou Blaney Memorial
7/16 Eldora Speedway (7/17 rain date) Kings Royal (show up points)
7/22 Kokomo Speedway Pelude to the Dirt Classic Indiana
7/23 Kokomo Speedway Dirt Classic Indiana
7/29 Eriez Speedway
7/30 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway
7/31 Tri-City (Pa.) Raceway Park
8/18 Grandview Speedway (8/21 rain date)
8/19 Williams Grove Speedway- Jack Gunn Memorial
8/20 Lincoln Speedway
8/27 Brownstown Speedway
8/28 Millstream Speedway
9/3 Attica Raceway Park
9/4 Wayne County Speedway (9/5 rain date)- Pete Jacobs Memorial Race
9/9 Port Royal Speedway (Night Before the Tuscarora 50)
9/10 Port Royal Speedway (9/11 rain date) Tuscarora 50 (show up points)
9/17 Fremont Speedway (9/18 rain date) - Jim Ford Classic
9/24 Eldora Speedway 4-Crown Nationals
10/8 Eldora Speedway UNOH Sprintacular
10/21 Atomic Speedway- All Star Championship
10/22 Atomic Speedway All Star Championship $20,000
First FVP National Sprint League Event of 2016 Returns to 34 Raceway
Windom, MN (November 16, 2015) – The FVP National Sprint League will begin 2016 where it did its inaugural season! The 34 Raceway near West Burlington, Iowa will host the series’ season opener again on Saturday, April 9! This time, competitors will be gunning for $5,000 to win!
The popular 3/8-mile banked oval always offers a racy surface, and that was on display in the inaugural race for the NSL last season. Forty of the best drivers in the Midwest and the nation gathered for the historic race. The feature saw Wayne Johnson capitalize on a 360 spin by leader Terry McCarl to take the win. Brad Loyet, Bryan Clauson and Tim Kaeding (from 15th) followed McCarl in the top five.
SOD FAQ #3 – All about the 2016 SOD spec tires
QUESTION #1 - What are the SOD spec tires for 2016?
The SOD right rear is a Hoosier 100/13-15, medium compound.
The SOD left rear is a Hoosier 92/12.5-15, D15 compound.
QUESTION #2 – Why have the tires changed
The primary reasons the tires were changed were to achieve a level of competition that will help the sport of sprint car racing not only survive, but thrive in the future and to control costs. This will be accomplished through SOD’s immediate objectives: increasing car counts, decreasing competitor costs, bringing additional interest and sponsorship into the sport, and providing its promoter partners and race fans with affordable, exciting racing.
QUESTION #3 – Did SOD meet its objectives and how?
First, SOD determined what requirements would be necessary to meet its objectives. Hoosier Racing Tire then applied their expertise in racing tire design and development to produce tires that would meet SOD’s requirements. Once prototype tires were manufactured, the tires were tested in strictly controlled 360 and 410 test sessions. The results of testing were exactly as needed to meet SOD’s objectives.
QUESTION #4 - What is the SOD rule for wheels?
There isn’t one.
QUESTION #5 - I was told that the left rear tire is a late model tire?
No, that was a false rumor. While the right rear is a sprint car tire that has been around a long time, the left rear is a new tire per SOD’s requirements, designed and built by Hoosier for winged sprint cars. Although late models tires are required as spec tires by some sprint car sanction organizations, that is not the case with SOD.
QUESTION #6 - I hear tire costs will skyrocket?
No, there will be no increase in price for tires bought from SOD in 2016.
QUESTION #7 – Do the tires have to be bought from SOD?
No, we suggest that you purchase the tires from your regular Hoosier Racing Tire supplier, but you can also buy them from SOD if you prefer.
Another rumor was that SOD would charge anything they wanted since the tires could only be bought from them. In reality, Hoosier can and does sell these tires through anyone they want; SOD does not have exclusive rights to the tires.
QUESTION #8 – Is it going to cost $400 just for the spec tires before the race even starts?
Yes, just like last season. There will be no price increase in 2016. In 2015 a SOD right rear tire price was $200 and a left rear was $220, totaling $420 per set.
Sprint car teams have changed tires to gain a competitive edge; better financed teams have used a minimum of three left rears per show. That translates into at least $860 in tire costs for those who could afford it. With a single left rear tire in 2016, it isn't difficult to conclude that tire costs will decrease.
While no one used every available left rear tire, competitors had over 30 different left rear sprint car tire size/compound combinations available in 2015; 2016 competitors will have one.
Allowing just one left rear tire will help equalize competition.
QUESTION #9 - Will SOD be the only place these tires will be run?
QUESTION #10 - Will fans see those rear tires once and walk away and just laugh?
No. Just like when the World of Outlaws went to a 2” narrower right rear tire a few years ago, no one has noticed the SOD spec tires when they have seen them on a track. The tires maintain a true sprint car appearance in every way.
QUESTION #12 – Where can I see the spec tires?
The SOD spec tires will be on display in the Keizer Wheels booth (#2801) at the PRI (Performance Racing Industry) show in Indianapolis, December 10-12.
QUESTION #13 – When can I buy the spec tires?
Hoosier Racing Tire will have the tires available after the first of the year.
2016 Schedule Announced for New Jackson Motorplex
Jackson, MN (November 11, 2015) – The former Jackson Speedway is getting a new name and a new schedule in 2016! The ½-mile oval in Jackson, Minnesota has been renamed the Jackson Motorplex, and will feature two nights of weekly racing from mid-May to September.
Friday nights will feature an all sprint car show. Friday programs will have the NSL 410 sprint cars headlining. NSL 360 Sprints and IMCA Racesaver 305 sprints will also be on the weekly card.
Saturday’s will feature five IMCA classes. IMCA A Mods, Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts will be racing.
The 38th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals highlights a strong list of special events at the Jackson Motorplex in 2016. The event has been expanded to three days and will commence Friday through Sunday, September 2-4.
The 9th Annual Folkens Brothers Trucking Spring Sprint Nationals will feature all three classes of sprint cars and returns on Friday, May 13. The World of Outlaws sprint cars will take on the NSL Friday, June 24. The Jackson County Fair Race on Friday, July 29 will include NSL 410’s and 360’s. The Barb Wieskus Memorial will feature Twin Features for the 360’s.
The multi-day IMCA Stock Car Nationals will be held in September. Those dates will be announced next week.
2016 Tentative Schedule
Friday, May 13: NSL 410’s & 360 Sprints, Racesaver 305 sprints Folkens Brothers Trucking Spring Nationals
Saturday, May 14: IMCA Program – A Mods, Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks & Sport Compacts
Friday, May 20: NSL 410’s & 360 Sprints, Racesaver 305 sprints
Saturday, May 21: IMCA Program
Friday May 27: NSL 410’s & 360 Sprints, Racesaver 305 sprints
Saturday, May 28: IMCA Program
Friday, June 3: NSL 410’s & 360 Sprints, Racesaver 305 sprints
Saturday, June 4: IMCA Program
Friday, June 10: NSL 360 Sprints & Racesaver 305 sprints
Saturday, June 11: IMCA Program
Friday, June 17: NSL 410’s & 360 Sprints, Racesaver 305 sprints
Saturday, June 18: IMCA Program
Friday, June 24: World of Outlaws & NSL Sprint Cars, Racesaver 305 Sprints
Saturday, June 25: IMCA Program
Friday, July 1: NSL 360 Sprints & Racesaver 305 sprints
Saturday, July 2: IMCA Program
Friday, July 8: NSL 410’s & 360 Sprints, Racesaver 305 sprints
Saturday, July 9: IMCA Program
Friday, July 15: NSL 360 Sprints & Racesaver 305 sprints
Saturday, July 16: IMCA Program
Friday, July 22: NSL 410’s & 360 Sprints, Racesaver 305 sprints
Saturday, July 23: IMCA Program
Friday, July 29: NSL 410’s & 360 Sprints Fair Race (Barb Wieskus Memorial Twin 360 features)
Saturday, July 30: IMCA Program
Saturday, Aug. 6: IMCA Program
Saturday, Aug. 13: NO RACES
Saturday, Aug. 20: IMCA Program
Friday, Aug. 26: NSL 360 Sprints & Racesaver 305 sprints
Saturday, Aug. 27: IMCA Program
Friday, Sept. 2: AGCO Jackson Sprint Car Nationals
Saturday, Sept. 3: AGCO Jackson Sprint Car Nationals
Sunday, Sept. 4: AGCO Jackson Sprint Car Nationals
TBD: IMCA Stock Car Nationals
TBD: IMCA Stock Car Nationals
Friday night : Hot laps 8:00pm
Saturday night: Hot laps 7:00pm
The Jackson Motorplex website (www.JacksonMotorplex.com) and social media sites are undergoing renovation and will be online soon, so stay tuned for continuous updates.
JERSEY RUSH 2016 AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY, TUESDAY, AUGUST 23rd
The sixth annual presentation of the JERSEY RUSH will return to the New Egypt Speedway on Tuesday night, August 23 with a rain date of Wednesday night, August 24.
The very popular Jersey Rush event began in 2011 when the 410 Sprints and Modifieds came together for a double-header racing program.
JJ Grasso won the 410 sprint feature in the first Jersey Rush as Billy Pauch went on to win the Modified feature.
The New Egypt Speedway is an exciting setting for this event and great track conditions made the 2015 event a real thriller.
This event also offers a pre-race Meet and Greet when race fans are invited into the pits from 5 to 6 PM. This is a great opportunity for fans to get an up close look at the cars and collect autographs from their favorite drivers prior to the high speed racing program.
The Tuesday, August 23 Jersey RUSH 6 will get underway at 7:30 PM with gates opening at 5 PM.
Be sure to include this date on your must see racing events of 2016. It all takes place at the New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, NJ, Tuesday night, August 23, rain date, Wednesday, August 24.
Past Jersey Rush feature winners
Sprints Winner/Modified Winner
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
Brad Doty Classic comes home to Attica Raceway Park in 2016
ATTICA, Ohio – The Brad Doty Classic has become one of the “must win” races on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule and rightly so. While also honoring one of the best drivers who ever strapped in a sprint car, the event has also created some of the best racing highlights in the sports history since its inception in 1989 at Attica Raceway Park (fans remember local racer Alvin Roepke screaming “Holy moly, I won the Doty,” in victory lane at Attica in 2002).
And now the Brad Doty Classic is coming home – back to Attica Raceway Park. “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speed plant will host the 28th edition of the event after a 10 year run at Limaland Motorsports Park.
"I am very excited that the Brad Doty Classic is coming back to Attica Raceway Park, but I really appreciate everything that all the staff at Limaland Motorsports Park has done over the years to grow the race into the big event that it has become,” says race co-promoter, Brad Doty. “I will miss working with all of them!”
Unfortunately, many circumstances and situations have led everyone involved to agree…and it was a team decision…to move the Brad Doty Classic back to Attica. Situations like the rainout of the event in 2015, Eldora Speedway announcing an added Thursday night race before the Kings Royal in 2016, which affected the rain date at Limaland, as well as the fact that event has grown so big there is no more room to park cars and campers at Limaland, are just a few of the reasons that led to this decision
“I look forward to working with John Bores, Rex LeJeune and everyone at Attica Raceway Park and I'm excited to be bringing the Brad Doty Classic back home," stated Doty.
Dr. Jeff Jarvis of Limaland Motorsports Park adds, "Brad Doty is a great partner and friend of ours, and this year's rainout upset me… especially for Brad. The fact is the Brad Doty Classic has outgrown our facility at Limaland Motorsports Park. By moving the Brad Doty Classic to Attica Raceway Park, you have more seating, more parking and camping spaces and less of a possibility of a rainout on the fairgrounds. All of these things along with Eldora's announcement make it an easy decision to move the race to Attica. The last 10 years of the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park have been fantastic and have helped put Limaland Motorsports Park on the map. But bottom line, I believe this move is in the best interest of everyone involved and will allow the Brad Doty Classic to continue to become an even bigger event,"
"We are thrilled with the return of the Brad Doty Classic to Attica," stated Attica Promoter John Bores.
"It has become one of the premier events in the country and we look forward to working with Brad. We thank everyone at Limaland for helping make this possible," added Attica Director of Operations, Rex LeJeune.
The 2016 Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics will be held Tuesday, July 12 with a rain date set for Wednesday, July 13. The race will again be sanctioned by the World of Outlaws. Reserved seating and more information will be released soon. You can follow Brad Doty on twitter @braddotyl 8 and Attica Raceway Park @atticaracewyprk. You can also follow Attica Raceway Park on facebook, and at www.atticaracewaypark.com.
Brad Doty Classic Winners
1989 – Steve Kinser
1990 – Jack Hewitt
1991 – Bobby Allen
1992 – Rained Out
1993 – Mark Keegan
1994 – Danny Smith
1995 – Randy Kinser
1996 – Dale Blaney
1997 – Tyler Walker
1998 – Jeff Shepard
1999 – Butch Schroeder
2000 – Kelly Kinser
2001 – Danny Smith (2)
2002 – Alvin Roepke
2003 – Dean Jacobs
2004 – Greg Wilson
2005 – Stevie Smith
2006 – Joey Saldana
2007 – Jac Haudenschild
2008 – Jason Meyers
2009 – Steve Kinser (2)
2010 – Dale Blaney (2)
2011 – Donny Schatz
2012 – Kerry Madsen
2013 – Donny Schatz (2)
2014 – Paul McMahan
2015 – Rain
King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series wraps up 30th anniversary season with annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track this Saturday
Macedo & Kaeding to decide title
By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – November 2, 2015…What started in early-April will come to an exciting conclusion this Saturday November 7, with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series putting a cap on 2015 during the 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track.
The Tribute to GP has traditionally been one of the prestigious showcases on the King of the West schedule over the years and this weekend marks the third consecutive season it will be held in Stockton. Names such as Kaeding, Gurney, Sills, Kent, Green, Tiner, Swindell, McMahan and numerous others are scattered among the former winners list of the event, which is held in memory of National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Gary Patterson, who lost his life in a racing crash during the 1983 season.
During the day on Saturday from noon till 4pm a car show & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands. Make plans to arrive early and enjoy the day as we finish off the season in grand style. Camping is available on the fairgrounds for a price of $33 per night.
This Saturday will see the culmination of what has been one of the best championship battles that we’ve seen with the King of the West Sprint Car Series in years. The lead has changed hands numerous times during the season; in fact, one incredible stretch saw a different leader six out of seven weeks that the series had raced.
After 17 rounds of competition it all comes down to Lemoore’s Carson Macedo & Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, who sit just three-points apart at the top of the ladder.
Macedo will wrap up his first full-time King of the West campaign on Saturday and looks to maintain his three-digit advantage to become a “King” in 2015. The 19-year-old has yet to earn a series victory, but has used consistency & smart driving to be where he is at going into the finale. Macedo was battling for the lead in Stockton on August 1 until engine issues sidelined him that night. The youngster is gunning to give great uncle & car owner Tom Tarlton his first King of the West championship this weekend.
Kaeding has scored two wins this year, including the prestigious Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial in May. The veteran driver began his Sprint Car career in 1996 and has accumulated an impressive resume, which includes three USAC Silver Crown Series championships, numerous Budweiser Oval Nationals wins and most recently a triumph at the annual Trophy Cup. Getting the King of the West Series title under his belt however, would personally rank right up there with every major accomplishment he has racked up.
Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan looks to lock up the third spot in the King of the West standings on Saturday. The veteran has had a smooth & consistent season like he is accustomed to and would earn his best point finish since returning to the series full-time in 2011. Campbell’s Brent Kaeding has claimed the Tribute to Gary Patterson on four occasions and ranks fourth in points, but is only nine-markers up on Hanford’s DJ Netto. The 19-year-old has already won the Pombo/Sargent Classic, along with the Faria Memorial this year and would love nothing more than to add the Tribute to GP.
Two-time series champion & past Tribute to GP winner Kyle Hirst was oh-so-close to a KWS clean sweep in Stockton on August 1. The Paradise driver set fast time, won his heat race, won the dash & looked to be on way to victory in the A-main, until Tyler Walker made a final corner pass to steal the win away. Hirst looks for redemption on Saturday and guns to bring home his sixth victory of the year. After winning the feature in August Walker returns with three total King of the West wins under his belt this year. The 2009 KWS champ will be searching to end the season in style on Saturday.
Former Tribute to Gary Patterson winners Jonathan Allard of Chico & Tim Kaeding of San Jose will both be hoping to break their way into victory lane on Saturday. Allard, a three-time King of the West champion, earned his win at the event in 2007 when it was held at the Calistoga Speedway. While Kaeding, a two-time series champion claimed a clean sweep at the 2008 Tribute to GP when it was held in Chico. Kaeding ranks second in all-time King of the West Series wins, with Allard sitting third on the list.
More drivers set for Saturday will include Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, who is coming off a career best runner up finish at the last event, along with KWS rookie of the year contender Chase Johnson of Penngrove, past KWS series champs Jason Statler of Grass Valley & Sean Becker from Roseville, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole and others.
Also in action alongside KWS this Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track will be the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster. It marks just the second time ever that both series compete on the same night at the same track. The Civil War title is also up for grabs going into the night, as Andy Forsberg, Shane Golobic & Justin Sanders are just 10-points apart at the top of the standings.
Two championships going right down to the wire, both decided on one night. It all adds up to one historical moment for Northern California Sprint Car racing. The season-finale couldn’t have been scripted better. Cars will be on track around 5pm for wheel packing with hot laps, qualifying & racing to follow. Drivers meeting is planned for 4:30. Pit gate opens at noon.
Reserved upper deck seats cost $30 on Saturday, with general admission bleacher tickets $20. Kids 6-12 are half price and five & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. The front gate is scheduled to open at 4pm, with will call & ticket sales beginning at 2pm. To order tickets contact 916-370-9417 from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Pre-sale ends on Thursday November 5 at 5pm.
The 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend is coming to the Stockton Dirt Track on November 6 & 7
Close KWS & Civil War championship battles highlight double header
By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – October 28, 2015…The Northern California dirt Sprint Car season comes to a close in a big way next week when the Stockton Dirt Track plays host to the two-night Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend on November 6 & 7.
The highlight of the double header is the 32nd annual Tribute to GP on Saturday, which features the only night all season long that the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster are showcased on the very same night. In fact, it will be only the second time it has ever occurred in the 30-year history of KWS & the 25-year history of Civil War.
Each series champion will be crowned in the unique Stockton Dirt Track winner’s circle, where fans are invited to gather around and enjoy the ceremonies. Both series also feature extremely close point battles at the top of the standings going into the finale. Neither title has been decided, which means it all comes down to November 7.
Going into the Tribute to Gary Patterson Lemoore’s Carson Macedo leads the King of the West standings by only three-points over Campbell’s Bud Kaeding. Macedo, at age 19 is trying to become the second youngest series champion behind Kyle Larson, while Kaeding, a three-time USAC Silver Crown champion & recent Trophy Cup winner, is looking to join his father Brent & brother Tim as a KWS titlist.
The Civil War Series features a close three-horse race between Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Fremont’s Shane Golobic & Watsonville’s Justin Sanders. Forsberg is looking for his eighth Civil War title, while Golobic is hoping to go back-to-back after winning last year. Sanders’ is gunning to cap the season by winning his 21st main event to try and claim his first Civil War championship.
The ultra tight battles make this the most anticipated championship finale in years and one that California fans do not want to miss.
The overall weekend opens with championship night for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints, along with BCRA Midgets & Dwarf Cars on the card. San Jose’s Gary Nelson Jr. looks to wrap up the Hunt Series title and goes into the finale leading Santa Rosa driver Klint Simpson by 27-points. Midget auto racing in Northern California can be traced back to the sport’s first ever race on June 4, 1933 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento. BCRA has sanctioned countless events in the Stockton area, with this being the fourth ever appearance at the Dirt Track.
Tickets are on sale for the final major dirt race in Nor Cal this season, with reserved upper deck seats $30 on Saturday November 7 and general admission bleachers $20. Kids 6-12 are half price and five & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. All seating during the Friday opener on November 6 is general admission, with adult tickets just $15, kids 6-12 only $5 and children 5 & under free. The front gate both nights is scheduled to open at 4pm. On Saturday will call opens & ticket sales begin at 2pm.
To order tickets contact 916-370-9417 from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Pre-sale ends on Thursday November 5 at 5pm. During the day on Saturday from noon till 4pm a car show & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands. Camping is also available, with reservations taken until Monday November 2.
Known as the Dancing Phantom from Stockton, the Preacher, the Hostile Hippie or just simply GP, Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.
Patterson lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend in 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. GP moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. The 2015 season will be the third time we’ve paid honor to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track. The best California has to offer in Winged Sprint Car racing will be on hand to finish off the dirt track campaign in Northern California.
The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com
Info on the King of the West Series, Civil War Series & the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Series can be found at www.racepmg.com and info on the Bay Cities Racing Association can be found at www.bcraracing.com