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Wild West Shootout Sunday Double Dip Washed Out; Pierce Claims Title

Lonnie Wheatley, SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 15, 2017) – Despite best efforts, Mother Nature ultimately proved to be too much to handle by washing out the final two rounds of the 11th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts at Arizona Speedway on Sunday.

After Saturday night's fifth round of Wild West Shootout competition for Super Late Models, USRA Modifieds and X-Mods was postponed by rain to Sunday at 11:00 a.m. as the opening leg of a double header, persistent rains forced the cancellation of the makeup event as well as the scheduled 5:00 p.m. finale.

Emerging with championships from the 11th Annual Wild West Shootout are Bobby Pierce, Ricky Thornton, Jr., and Travis Schulte.

Pierce topped three of four Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transport features with Billy Moyer taking the other victory.  Pierce took the title by 13 points over Chris Simpson, who posted three runner-up finishes.

Ricky Thornton, Jr., went three-for-four as well in the MVT/Border International USRA Modified presented by Arizona Differential ranks to take the crown by 61 points over Dustin Strand while Travis Schulte edged Rusty Kollman by just one point for the RHR Swag X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson title.

While inclement weather proved disruptive for the final two rounds, the stage is already set for a bigger 12th Annual Wild West Shootout in 2018.

The Wild West Shootout team would like to thank our 2017 partners:  Keyser Manufacturing, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Black Diamond Chassis, Club 29 Race Cars, M&W Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Border International, FK Rod Ends, Karl Performance, Total Seal Piston Rings, Pro Power Racing, Hoosier Tire, RHR Swag, Barnett Harley-Davidson, VP Fuels, Earnhardt Dodge, AR Bodies, EZGO, SafeCraft, Envision, Bakersfield Karting Experience, Beaver Stripes, Five Star Graphics and The Courtyard by Marriott.

Final Wild West Shootout Points:
Late Models
1. Bobby Pierce 273
2. Chris Simpson 260
3. Jimmy Mars 209
4. Billy Moyer 205
5. Rodney Sanders 187
6. Earl Pearson Jr. 177
7. Brandon Overton 168
8. Garrett Alberson 157
9. David Breazeale 155
10. Terry Phillips 148

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Pierce Back on Top in Wild West Shootout Round Four

Lonnie Wheatley, SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 13, 2017) – Friday the Thirteenth did little to scare Bobby Pierce as he made a quick return to victory lane at Arizona Speedway to capture his third Super Late Model triumph through four round of 11th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts competition.

And Pierce wasn't the only driver to make it three wins in four tries, as Ricky Thornton, Jr., matched his pace in the USRA Modifieds while Ron Schreiner earned his first X-Modified win of the six race mini-series.

With his third win in four rounds of Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transport action, Pierce stays in contention for a potential $100,000 Keyser Manufacturing bonus if he can top the final two events or a $50,000 bonus for winning just one of the two left on the docket.

"It's really hard.  This field is very tough, especially the more nights we run, the more they figure out," the 'Smooth Operator' from Oakwood, IL, explained of capturing the bonus money.

After winning the opening two legs of the Wild West Shootout last weekend, Pierce found himself chasing Round Three winner Billy Moyer in the early going of Friday's $5,000-to-win, 30-lap feature event.

Pierce dove under Moyer to take command on the fifth round and then led the rest of the way to take the win by 1.822 seconds ahead of Chris Simpson, who settled for runner-up honors for the third race in a row to stay within 13 points of Pierce in the series points chase.

Moyer took third-place honors behind Pierce and Simpson with Garrett Alberson and 18th-starter Terry Phillips rounding out the top five.

Ricky Thornton, Jr., had to work for his third MVT/Border International USRA Modified presented by Arizona Differential win of the series by rallying from the tenth starting position for the triumph.

Thornton, Jr., raced to the stripe ahead of R.C. Whitwell, who charged from 16th, with Shane Sabraski, Brad Dierks and Dustin Strand rounding out the top five.

The RHR Swag X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson added a fourth different winner in as many rounds with Ron Schreiner making the most of his pole starting position to take victory honors ahead of Thornton, Jr., Rusty Kollman, Shawn Strong and Preston Carr.

The Wild West Shootout continues at Arizona Speedway with Round Five on Saturday with start times moved up one hour with pit gates opening at noon, driver's meeting at 1:30, front gate opening at 2:00 p.m., hot laps at 2:30 p.m. and racing at 4:00 p.m.

The finale will follow on Sunday with racing scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts Results

Arizona Speedway – Friday, January 13, 2017

Super Late Models A Main (30 Laps):  1. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 2. 32-Chris Simpson, 3. 21-Billy Moyer, 4. F5-Garrett Alberson, 5. 75-Terry Phillips, 6. 1-Earl Pearson, Jr., 7. 28m-Jimmy Mars, 8. 42s-Brandon Overton, 9. 91-Tyler Erb, 10. 37-Scott Ward, 11. 20-Rodney Sanders, 12. 98-Jason Rauen, 13. 11x-Steve Drake, 14. 71-Dustin Strand, 15. 86-Kyle Beard, 16. 51-Joey Moriarty, 17. 91T-Tony Toste, 18. R5-Chandler Petty, 19. 17-Billy Franklin, 20. 12-Nick Bartels, 21. 53-Andrew Kosiski, 22. 44-Cole Schill, 23. 33c-Chad Mahder, 24. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell.

 
USRA Modifieds A Main (25 Laps):  1. 20rt-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 2. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 3. 7a-Shane Sabraski, 4. 25d-Brad Dierks, 5. 71-Dustin Strand, 6. 52x-David McDonald, 7. 5L-Cody Laney, 8. G17-Fito Gallardo, 9. 5m-Tyler McDonald, 10. 15k-Justin Kay, 11. 10c-Chad Olsen, 12. 23-Matt Gilbertson, 13. 23h-Kent Arment, 14. A1-Phil Dixon, 15. 171-Philip Houston, 16. 98-Alex Stanford, 17. J17-Jake Gallardo, 18. 111-Bumper Jones, 19. 30J-Justin Rexwinkle, 20. 78-Cory Wier, 21. 5g-Scott Greer, 22. 1s-Tim Ward, 23. 25-Rodney Sanders, 24. 131-Royal Jones.

X-Mods A Main (20 Laps):  1. 5-Ron Schreiner, 2. 20rt-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 3. 1sx-Rusty Kollman, 4. 14-Shawn Strong, 5. 5c-Preston Carr, 6. 19-Lucas Rodin, 7. 3T-Travis Schulte, 8. 11-Brian Kakela, 9. 10o-Chad Olsen, 10. 18s-Clark Swartz, 11. 17s-Lance Schill, 12. 1s-Scott Bintz, 13. 8272-Sherman Barnett, 14. 4h-Grant Hall, 15. 45-Dustin Bluhm, 16. 5k-Tyler Kaeter, 17. 32-Eric Hauglane, 18. 99x-Brady Bjella, 19. 17k-Stoney Kruk, 20. 23-Mark Simon, 21. 17m-Ashley Mehrwerth, 22. 11g-Josh Griggs, 23. 34-Jamie Thorstad, 24. 35-Grant Southworth.

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Moyer is Top Gun in Wild West Shootout Round Three

Lonnie Wheatley, SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 11, 2017) – Arkansas' Billy Moyer is certainly no stranger to victory lane.

And he made sure that Bobby Pierce wouldn't make a sweep of the Super Late Model portion of the 11th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts by racing to victory lane in Wednesday night's third round of action atop the Arizona Speedway clay oval.

While Moyer raced to the $5,000 triumph in the Super Late Model ranks, Ricky Thornton, Jr., and Shawn Strong enjoyed Wednesday night Wild West Shootout glory in the USRA Modifieds and X-Modifieds, respectively.

After starting fourth, Moyer worked the low side of the track to take the lead way from Rodney Sanders on the ninth round of the Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transport feature before holding off Jimmy Mars and then Chris Simpson to secure the triumph.

With Moyer taking the win, Simpson earned his third consecutive podium finish and second straight runner-up outing with Pierce climbing from seventh to claim third after topping the opening two rounds of action.  Mars was fourth with Terry Phillips rounding out the top five

Ricky Thornton, Jr., picked off his second win in three rounds of MVT/Border International USRA Modified presented by Arizona Differential action by racing to victory lane in Wednesday's 25-lap main event.

After starting third, Thornton, Jr., took the win ahead of eighth-starter Mickey Lassiter with Blake Jegtvig, David McDonald and Phil Dixon rounding out the top five.

In the RHR Swag X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson, Shawn Strong took advantage of his pole starting position to become the third different winner in as many rounds of Wild West Shootout competition.

Strong surged to the finish line ahead of Rusty Kollman with Brandon Mehrwerth, Grant Southworth and Travis Schulte rounding out the top five.

The Wild West Shootout continues at Arizona Speedway with Round Four on Friday at 7:00 p.m. with the final two rounds to follow on Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. each night.
 
Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts Results

Arizona Speedway – Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Super Late Models "A" Main (30 Laps):  1. 21-Billy Moyer, 2. 32-Chris Simpson, 3. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 4. 28m-Jimmy Mars, 5. 75-Terry Phillips, 6. 86-Kyle Beard, 7. 20-Rodney Sanders, 8. 54x-David Breazeale, 9. 15k-Justin Kay, 10. 71-Dustin Strand, 11. 91-Tyler Erb, 12. 98-Jason Rauen, 13. 91T-Tony Toste, 14. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 15. F5-Garrett Alberson, 16. 37-Scott Ward, 17. 11x-Steve Drake, 18. 17-Billy Franklin, 19. 44-Cole Schill, 20. 157-Mike Marlar, 21. 33c-Chad Mahder, 22. 53-Andrew Kosiski, 23. 58-A.J. Diemel, 24. 1-Earl Pearson, Jr.

USRA Modifieds "A" Main (25 Laps):  1. 20rt-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 2. 34-Mickey Lassiter, 3. 2J-Blake Jegtvig, 4. 52x-David McDonald, 5. A1-Phil Dixon, 6. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 7. 30J-Justin Rexwinkle, 8. 98-Alex Stanford, 9. 65x-Carlos Ahumada, Jr., 10. G17-Fito Gallardo, 11. 71-Dustin Strand, 12. 5g-Scott Greer, 13. 111-Bumper Jones, 14. 7r-Ryan Gaylord, 15. 30-Matt Leer, 16. J17-Jake Gallardo, 17. 25-Rodney Sanders, 18. 23-Matt Gilbertson, 19. 51-Alex Guthmiller, 20. 111x-Logan Drake, 21. 78-Cory Wier, 22. 7a-Shane Sabraski, 23. 6-Casey Skyberg, 24. 1s-Tim Ward.

X-Mods "A" Main (25 Laps):  1. 14-Shawn Strong, 2. 1sx-Rusty Kollman, 3. 7-Brandon Mehrwerth, 4. 35-Grant Southworth, 5. 3T-Travis Schulte, 6. 5c-Preston Carr, 7. 5k-Tyler Kaeter, 8. 18x-Clark Swartz, 9. 19-Lucas Rodin, 10. 10m-Trevor Miller, 11. 45-Dustin Bluhm, 12. 17m-Ashley Mehrwerth, 13. 11-Brian Kakela, 14. 13b-Jess Brekke, 15. 17s-Lance Schill, 16. 17k-Stoney Kruk, 17. 1s-Scott Bintz, 18. 99x-Brady Bjella, 19. 96f-Eric Folsted, 20. 23-Mark Simon, 21. 99-Shawn Fernkes, 22. 71az-Tyler Mecl, 23. 4h-Grant Hall, 24. 67-Rex Conrad.

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2017: A "Super" Year To Race A Super Late Model At Georgetown Speedway; Special Events Planned

GEORGETOWN, DE – 2017 will be a "super" year to be a Super Late Model racer at Georgetown Speedway.

Super Late Model competitors will have the opportunity to compete in four high-paying events at the historic half-mile oval throughout the year. Again in 2017, speedway promoter Brett Deyo has established a special-events schedule beginning in March and running through late-October.

The Super Late Models will play a key role in the '17 agenda.

"We were very pleased with the participation from Super Late Model racers, both local and regional, last year," Deyo said. "The car counts were very respectable and fans really enjoyed the racing. We're looking to build off last year's success."

A 'Tri-State Challenge' is the first event on the docket on Thursday, May 11 featuring a $4,000-to-win, $400-to-start, 40-lap main for the Super Late Models. The event is the first of three consecutive nights of racing: Georgetown Speedway on Thursday, Potomac Speedway in Budd's Creek, Md., on Friday (May 12) and Winchester (Va.) Speedway on Saturday (May 13). A mini-series point fund will be established for the three nights.

Super Late Model action returns to Georgetown on Sunday, July 2, a 35-lap, $3,500-to-win program as part of the four-night Independence Day Summer Classic. Action kicks off on June 30 at Bedford (Pa.) Speedway, before traveling to Winchester July 1, Georgetown July 2 and wrapping up on July 3 at Potomac. Once again, a mini-series point fund will be available to racers.

For the first time in the history of Georgetown Speedway, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models will invade on Thursday, August 17. This event will pay $10,000 to win and is sure to attract national and regional superstars to the Sussex County facility.

For the second consecutive season, the Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend will serve as the finale. The '17 edition will take place Friday-Saturday October 27-28. Super Late Models will be present in a 40-lap event paying $5,000 to the winner and $400 to take the green flag.

Racing gets underway at Georgetown Speedway on Saturday, March 11 with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial for Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP big-block/small-block Modifieds. Two open practices (March 4 and March 10) will precede that event.

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Pierce Makes it Two in a Row in Wild West Shootout

Lonnie Wheatley, SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 8, 2017) – Bobby Pierce picked off his second win in as many rounds of 11th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts action by racing to victory lane in Sunday night's 30-lap Super Late Model feature at the Arizona Speedway.

But, after wiring the field in Saturday night's opener, the Oakwood, IL, shoe had to work for Sunday's $5,000 score, taking command on a lap 15 restart and then leading the rest of the way to secure the win aboard the Allgayer, Inc./Bob Pierce Race Cars No. 32.

"I'm outta breath after that one," Pierce said in victory lane.

While Pierce bested the Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transport, other Sunday night Wild West Shootout winners included Dustin Strand in USRA Modifieds and Chad Olsen in X-Modifieds.

While Pierce led the Late Model feature to the green flag from the pole position, he spent the early portion of the race chasing fellow front row starter Garrett Alberson.  Alberson paced the opening dozen circuits before Brandon Overton took command on a lap 13 restart.

Another restart two laps later following a multi-car melee in turns three and four in which Justin Duty got upside down opened the door for Pierce, as he slid in front of Overton for the lead in turns one and two as the green flag flew again.

"I had seen Brandon try it earlier and decided to give it a try," Pierce explained.  "I had a really good run on the bottom, then I pushed a little getting into one so hopefully I didn't mess him up."

Once out front, the 20-year-old set sail and checked out on the field to keep his hopes of the Keyser Manufacturing $250,000 bonus for a six-race sweep alive.

In his wake, Overton surrendered second with a bobble exiting turn four on the 22nd lap, leaving Chris Simpson and Jimmy Mars to battle it out for runner-up honors.  Simpson worked the low side of the track to ultimately earn runner-up honors with Mars settling for third.

"I had to dedicate to the bottom," Simpson said afterward.  "I lost some spots early until I figured out three and four.

Mars said of his third-place finish, "We were alright, it was kind of come and go for me."Overton settled for fourth while Earl Pearson, Jr., rounded out the
top five for the second night in a row.  R.C. Whitwell turned in the night's top passing performance by charging from the 21st starting position to capture sixth at the line.

While he was the first one to exit the Super Late Model feature, the night wasn't a complete loss for Grand Forks, North Dakota's Dustin Strand as he raced to victory lane in the 25-lap MVT/Border International USRA Modified presented by Arizona Differential main event.

Strand capitalized on his front row outside starting position to take the win ahead of pole starter David McDonald, Matt Leer, Matt Gilbertson and Shane Sabraski.

In RHR Swag X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson action, the winner's loot went to Minnesota for the second night in a row as Chad Olsen charged to victory lane in the 25-lapper from the third starting position.

Olsen took the checkered flag ahead of Shawn Strong, who rallied from 23rd to capture runner-up honors, with Preston Carr, Saturday night winner Travis Schulte and Rusty Kollman rounding out the top five.

The Wild West Shootout continues at Arizona Speedway with Round Three on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. with ensuing rounds to follow on Friday through Sunday, January 13-15.

A $5,000 winner's share is up for grabs for the Super Late Models through the opening five nights of competition with the Bakersfield Karting Experience raising the stakes of the January 15 finale to $12,000-to-win.

Saturday and Sunday races will go green at 5 p.m. with Wednesday and Friday events starting at 7 p.m.

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts Results

Arizona Speedway – Sunday, January 8, 2017

Late Models "A" Main (30 Laps):  1. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 2. 32-Chris Simpson, 3. 28m-Jimmy Mars, 4. 42-Brandon Overton, 5. 1-Earl Pearson, Jr., 6. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 7. 54x-David Breazeale, 8. F5-Garrett Alberson, 9. 20-Rodney Sanders, 10. 91-Tyler Erb, 11. 2-Bobby Hogge, 12. 21-Billy Moyer, 13. 33c-Chad Mahder, 14. 75-Terry Phillips, 15. 51-Joey Moriarty, 16. 0-Jake O'Neil, 17. 58-A.J. Diemel, 18. 15-Justy Duty, 19. 157-Mike Marlar, 20. 33x-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 21. 98-Jason Rauen, 22. 15k-Justin Kay, 23. 7k-Jason Krohn, 24. 71-Dustin Strand.
 
USRA Modifieds "A" Main (25 Laps):  1. 71-Dustin Strand, 2. 52x-David McDonald, 3. 30-Matt Leer, 4. 23-Matt Gilbertson, 5. 7a-Shane Sabraski, 6. 20RT-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 7. J17-Jake Gallardo, 8. 10c-Chad Olsen, 9. 15k-Justin Kay, 10. 29d-Brad Dierks, 11. 2J-Blake Jegtvig, 12. G17-Fito Gallardo, 13. 34-Mickey Lassiter, 14. 5m-Tyler McDonald, 15. R1-Jay Richardson, 16. 26-Shawn Fletcher, 17. 5L-Cody Laney, 18. 131-Royal Jones, 19. 171-Philip Houston, 20. 6-Casey Skyberg, 21. 65x-Carlos Ahumada, Jr., 22. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, 23. 30J-Justin Rexwinkle, 24. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell.

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Pierce Owns Wild West Shootout Opener

Lonnie Wheatley, SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 7, 2017) – Bobby Pierce made the most of his first career Arizona start by racing to victory lane in Saturday night's opening leg of the 11th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts atop the 1/3-mile Arizona Speedway near Phoenix.

The "Smooth Operator" from Oakwood, IL, gunned into the lead at the outset of the Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transport main event and led all 30 laps to collect the $5,000 winner's share.

"The car was phenomenal and the track was great too," Pierce said in victory lane.

While Pierce enjoyed Super Late Model victory lane, Ricky Thornton, Jr., and Travis Schulte took in Wild West Shootout honors as well by besting the USRA Modifieds and X-Modifieds, respectively, as a total of 138 cars filled the pit area for the first of six rounds of competition over the next eight days.

In the Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transport feature, Pierce took command from the front row outside as the green flag flew and never looked back despite a pair of cautions along the way.
 
The triumph put Pierce in line for the potential Keyser Manufacturing $250,000 bonus for the driver that can top all six rounds.

"We've got to have luck by our side to do it," Pierce said of the quarter-of-a-million dollar possibility.

In Pierce's wake, Brandon Overton took advantage of a caution with just eight laps remaining to snare runner-up honors with Chris Simpson claiming the show position.  Ricky Thornton, Jr., crossed the stripe fourth with Earl Pearson, Jr., rounding out the top five.

Racing close to home, Thornton, Jr., defended his home turf by racing to victory lane in the 25-lap MVT/Border International USRA Modified presented by Arizona Differential main event.

"I slowed down a couple of times when I hit the cushion, I hit myself upside the head and said what are you doing, just drive it," Thornton related in victory lane.

After outgunning fellow front row starter R.C. Whitwell for the early lead, Thornton, Jr., was in command throughout with Fito Gallardo taking advantage of late-race problems for some other contenders to reel in runner-up honors from the 11th starting position.

Shane Sabraska climbed ten positions to capture third behind Thornton, Jr., and Gallardo with Shawn Fletcher and Justin Kay rounding out the top five.

Minnesota's Travis Schulte made the most of the long journey by wiring the field in the 20-lap RHR Swag X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson main event.

Schulte stormed to the finish line ahead of Brian Kakela with Chad Olsen, Brandon Mehrwerth and Ron Schreiner in the top five.

The Wild West Shootout continues at Arizona Speedway on Sunday with racing action set to go green at 5:00 p.m. with ensuing rounds to follow on Wednesday, January 11, and then Friday through Sunday, January 13-15.

A $5,000 winner's share is up for grabs for the Super Late Models through the opening five nights of competition with the Bakersfield Karting Experience raising the stakes of the January 15 finale to $12,000-to-win.
Saturday and Sunday races will go green at 5 p.m. with Wednesday and Friday events starting at 7 p.m.

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts Results

Arizona Speedway – Saturday, January 7, 2017

Super Late Models A Main (30 Laps):  1. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 2. 42-Brandon Overton, 3. 32-Chris Simpson, 4. 33x-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 5. 1-Earl Pearson, Jr., 6. 54-David Breazeale, 7. 7k-Jason Krohn, 8. 20-Rodney Sanders, 9. 157-Mike Marlar, 10. 71-Dustin Strand, 11. 28m-Jimmy Mars, 12. 21-Billy Moyer, 13. 33c-Chad Mahder, 14. 98-Jason Rauen, 15. 15k-Justin Kay, 16. 91-Tyler Erb, 17. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 18. F5-Garrett Alberson, 19. 2-Bobby Hogge, 20. 37-Scott Ward, 21. 5x-John Duty, 22. 86-Kyle Beard, 23. 75-Terry Phillips, 24. 74w-Collen Winebarger.

USRA Modifieds A Main (25 Laps):  1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 2. G17-Fito Gallardo, 3. 7a-Shane Sabraski, 4. 26-Shawn Fletcher, 5. 15k-Justin Kay, 6. R1-Jay Richardson, 7. 34-Mickey Lassiter, 8. A1-Phil Dixon, 9. 30-Matt Leer, 10. 111-Bumper Jones, 11. 6-Casey Skyberg, 12. 29d-Brad Dierks, 13. 5m-Tyler McDonald, 14. 171-Philip Houston, 15. 71x-Jesse Hoskins, 16. 71-Dustin Strand, 17. J17-Jake Gallardo, 18. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 19. 77T-Tripp Gaylord, 20. 1s-Johnny Scott, 21. 11x-Rich Loftus, 22. 7r-Ryan Gaylord, 23. 5L-Cody Laney, 24. 52x-David McDonald.

X-Mods presented A Main (20 Laps):  1. 3T-Travis Schulte, 2. 11-Brian Kakela, 3. 10o-Chad Olsen, 4. 7-Brandon Mehrwerth, 5. 5-Ron Schreiner, 6. 17e-Neil Eckhart, 7. 1s-Scott Bintz, 8. 1sx-Rusty Kollman, 9. 32-Eric Hauglane, 10. 18s-Clark Swartz, 11. 45-Dustin Bluhm, 12. 19-Lucas Rodin, 13. 35-Grant Southworth, 14. 20T-Mike Tanner, 15. 5c-Preston Carr, 16. 14-Shawn Strong, 17. 67-Rex Conrad, 18. 17m-Ashley Mehrwerth, 19. 17s-Lance Schill, 20. 5k-Tyler Kaeter, 21. 4h-Grant Hall, 22. 8272-Sherman Barnett, 23. 34-Jamie Thorstad, 24. Ak47-Rex Higgins.

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Sanders preparing for full-time run with Lucas Oil MLRA in 2017

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Wheatland, Missouri (December 30, 2016) - With three months until the Lucas Oil MLRA throws its first green flag of the year, the first bit of driver news has revealed itself. Happy, Texas standout Rodney Sanders has declared his intentions to follow the tour in 2017 and compete for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.

Sanders, 27, comes in with a mile long list of racing accomplishments, however most of it has been in the Modified ranks. At the top of the resume is a pair of USMTS National Titles. The first came in 2013 with a repeat effort the following season.

Along the way, Sanders has piled wins on top of wins. In the USMTS alone he has visited victory lane 66 times over the past four seasons, nailing down 28 in 2014, his best mark to date.

He has scattered in Late Model racing during this time period, but it has never been the team's focus. Sanders has won two features with the Lucas Oil MLRA. The first came in April, 2014, in the finale of the Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. The other win was this past July at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma.

"I've always wanted to go Late Model racing on a full-time basis and this season David Tanner, owner of Wichita Falls, Texas based Wichita Tank, is willing to do what it takes to make that possible," commented Sanders. "I really owe a lot to David and his family and appreciate their support."

Most other partners remain in place for Sanders including Western Flyer Xpress and Swan Energy. New to the team is Town Oilfield Services.
 
Last fall Sanders lost longtime crew chief Grant Snider. Danny Crane and Brad Carney will be turning the wrenches and keeping the cars ready to race all year.

They will begin the year with two MB Customs Late Models, three Clements Engines and one Pro Power bullet. He plans to be racing nearly every weekend with plenty of Modified action sprinkled in over the course of the year.

"I'd really like to win the Rookie deal," Sanders further elaborated. "That's a great prize put up by Sunoco. $2,500 and six barrels of fuel could really help us in the future. Phillips and Stovall, among others, are tough to beat but I'm really looking forward to competing with them and the rest of the racers who run with MLRA."

The season comes to life March 31, and April 1, with a pair of shows at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. This has been the traditional start to the season for the past several years, and the Spring Meltdown promises to be action packed.  

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week expands with support from Kryptonite Racecars and Dickson Racing Shocks

Schedule continues to build with five confirmed events

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (December 15, 2016) - The 2017 edition of Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products, one of Ohio's most anticipated super late model events of the upcoming season, took a major step forward during the past 72 hours by gaining contingency support from Kryptonite Racecars and Dickson Racing Shocks. The added contingency benefits will help add depth to a growing support list for Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week including a $12,000 point fund, $3,000 to the champion on behalf of DirtonDirt.com.

Kryptonite Racecars, now the official dirt late model chassis of Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products, will support the multi-race campaign across much of Ohio by awarding the champion with a $2,000 certificate toward a brand new Kryptonite Racecar. Headquartered in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Kryptonite strives to excel on and off the racing surface; providing well built race cars, as well as the knowledge and know-how to stay at the front of the pack.

Williamstown, West Virginia's Dickson Racing Shocks, a 14-year staple in the dirt late model community, will award the 2017 Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week champion a certificate worth $1000 which can be used toward a six-pack of JRi Shocks. In addition, all B-main winners during the course of the mini-series will receive certificates worth $100 which can be used toward labor costs for shock rebuilds or repairs.

"We are excited about the continued growth and support for Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week. We are fortunate enough to build relationships with companies like Kryptonite Racecars and Dickson Racing Shocks. Their help and support fuel success," said Brad McCown, Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week promoter. "They each stepped forward and brought something to the table that our racers can benefit from. I'm confident that support will only continue to grow during the next few months."

Currently, five events at five different facilities are set in stone for the 2017 edition of Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products, with three more dates expected to fill during the next few weeks. Events on the schedule include Hilltop Speedway (Millersburg, Ohio) on Thursday, July 20; Wayne County Speedway on Saturday, July 22; Moler Speedway on Thursday, July 27; Brushcreek Motorsports Complex on Friday, July 28; and Atomic Speedway on Saturday, July 29.

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Southern Nationals and Spring Nationals Series Release 2017 Race Schedules

By Chris Tilley, Series Publicist

BRASSTOWN, NC (December 9, 2016)-Officials with the Southern Nationals Series, the Southern Nationals Bonus Series and the Spring Nationals Series have revealed their schedules for the 2017 Season during the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, Ind.

In addition to the schedule announcements, promoter Ray Cook has announced that Schaeffer's Oil will be the title sponsor of all three tours beginning in 2017. Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee R.V. will become the co-presenting sponsors of all three race tours beginning in 2017.

The Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee R.V. two-week tour will be entering its 13th season. A new track on the schedule includes a Thursday July 20th stop to Senoia (Ga.) Raceway for a 35-lap and $3,500-to-win race. The Rebel Yell event at Screven Motor Speedway on July 22nd will feature a purse increase to $10,000-to-win. Three events pay $10,000-to-win on the 11-race tour. Tazewell Speedway is the only track to host an event every season for what will now be the 13th time. Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind. is the defending series champion.
The Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee R.V. will be entering the fifth season of competition in 2017. Crossville Speedway joins the schedule for the first time for a 40-lap $4,000-to-win event on Friday April 21st. Dixie Speedway's event increases to a $5,000-to-win event for 2017. Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga. is the defending series champion.

On the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee R.V., which is entering its fourth full season of competition, the tour features 14 scheduled dates from March until November. The series returns to Richmond (Ky.) Raceway on May 20th as part of the Mike Roland Memorial paying $10,000-to-win. 201 Speedway will host their first event since 2015 with the running of the Bob Miller Memorial on June 30th paying $10,000-to-win. Florence Speedway joins the tour schedule for the first time. A $10,000-to-win and 50-lap event is scheduled for June 24th at Florence Speedway as part of a double-header weekend with Ponderosa Speedway in Kentucky. The series will co-sanction five events with the Schaeffer's Oil Iron-Man Championship Series in 2017. Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga. is the defending Bonus Series points champion.

Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .

2017 Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series Schedule:
March 10/11-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$15,000 to win (Tenn. Tipoff)
March 24-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$4,000 to win
March 25-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$6,000 to win
April 14-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$4,000 to win (Spring Showdown)
April 15-Florence Speedway-Union, KY-$5,000 to win
April 21-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-$4,000 to win
April 22-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-$10,052 to win (Scott Sexton Memorial)
May 26-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$4,000 to win
May 27-Dixie Speedway-Woodstock, GA-$5,000 to win
May 28-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$6,000 to win

2017 Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series Schedule:
July 15-Wythe Raceway-Rural Retreat, VA-$10,000 to win
July 17-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,500 to win
July 18-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-$3,500 to win
July 20-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$3,500 to win
July 21-Swainsboro Raceway-Swainsboro, GA-$5,300 to win
July 22-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvania, GA-$10,000 to win
July 23-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$5,300 to win
July 25-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$3,500 to win
July 27-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-$3,500 to win
July 28-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,300 to win
July 29-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$10,000 to win

2017 Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series Schedule:
March 17-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,000 to win
March 18-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$4,000 to win (Shamrock Race)
May 19-TBA
**May 20-Richmond Raceway-Richmond, KY-$10,000 to win (Mike Roland Memorial)
May 29-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,000 to win (Memorial Day Champ.)
June 23-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$4,000 to win
June 24-Florence Speedway-Union, KY-$10,000 to win
**June 30-201 Speedway-Sitka, KY-$10,000 to win (Bob Miller Memorial)
**July 1-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$5,000 to win (Firecracker 40)
**September 3-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$4,400 to win (Buddy Rogers Mem.)
**September 16-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,000 to win
September 29-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$4,053 to win (Tarheel 50)
October 13/14-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$15,000 to win (Fall Classic)
October 27/28-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$10,000 to win (Showdown at Senoia)
November 17/18-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$TBA (Gobbler Race)
(** denotes co-sanctioned with the Schaeffer's Oil Iron-Man Championship Series)

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Richards to Compete Full-Time in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

ST. MARYS, OHIO (Dec. 6, 2016) - Four-Time World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Champion Josh Richards who joined forces with Best Performance Motorsports last month, announced today that he will run full-time in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the 2017 season.

Though Richards has chased championships under the World of Outlaws banner for his entire career, the 28-year-old driver has 12 Lucas Oil Series wins to his credit, six of which came this season, including the prestigious Pittsburgher 100.

"I've run several Lucas Oil (Late Model Dirt Series) races over the years," explained Richards. "It's a great Series with a professional staff. I'm excited to be able to race in some different regions of the country and on some tracks I've never been to before."

In addition to his full slate of Lucas Oil events, Richards plans to run additional races when the schedule allows.

The Shinnston, W.Va. native brings over a decade of racing experience to the Ohio-based team. With four championships under his belt, Richards has amassed more than 150 super dirt late model wins over multiple racing Series and has earned more than 350 top-five finishes and nearly 500 top-10 finishes over his short-career.

"I'm thrilled to join the Best Performance Motorsports team," exclaimed Richards.  "They are one of the top teams in the industry and I'm looking forward to starting this new path in my career."

Richards will work alongside veteran crew chief and friend Randall Edwards, something the duo is looking forward to.

"I've known Randall (Edwards) for many years," said Richards. "I've always wanted the opportunity to work with him. He's been around the sport for a long time and I know his knowledge will be beneficial."

"I met Josh (Richards) when he was just a kid," explained Edwards. "I've watched him grow and mature over the years and I'm really looking forward to working with such a talented driver. He's a proven winner and I know he will bring that same winning attitude to our team this season."

The defending World of Outlaws Champion will continue to run a Rocket Chassis and will still sport his iconic No. 1 on his new Best Performance Motorsports machine.

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LUCAS OIL LATE MODELS, ALL STAR SPRINTS & SUPER DIRTCAR BIG-BLOCK MOD SERIES HIGHLIGHT NATIONAL EVENTS IN 2017 AT SHARON; 4 DIVISIONS TO BE FEATURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WEEKLY "STEEL VALLEY THUNDER" PROGRAM

By Mike Leone

Hartford, OH November 29, 2016 While the 2017 racing season is still well over four months away, Sharon Speedway management has been busy making preparations for the 88th anniversary season. All of the major events scheduled in 2016 will return with some additional events in the works. The weekly Saturday night "Steel Valley Thunder" program has been reduced from six divisions down to four for the 2017 season.

After the 2016 season is officially closed out with the awards banquet and dinner on Saturday, February 25 at Yankee Lake (OH) Ballroom, all eyes will shift to 2017 with the season opener on Friday, April 21 as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make their inaugural visit to Sharon in a $10,000 to-win event. After much anticipation, the 2016 event was rained out.

Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions have already been booked for two events. The 35th annual Ohio Speedweek will make a stop on Tuesday, June 20 for $5,000 to-win, and then the All Stars will return for the third consecutive year to sanction the ninth annual "Lou Blaney Memorial" on Saturday, July 8.

The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series will return once again on Thursday, July 20 for a $6,000 to-win event. A huge field of 51 ground-pounders invaded the Hartford, Ohio 3/8-mile oval this past season for the first time since 1983 on the old half-mile track. Jimmy Phelps will look to defend his 2016 victory.

Advanced tickets will go on sale soon for these events. Several other events with regional touring series and non-sanctioned Sprint Car events will also be held. The exact date of September's "Apple Festival Nationals" hasn't been set, and look for a reformatted event. Speaking of the "Apple Festival Nationals", the five rained out 2016 feature events will be made up throughout the spring of 2017 with the exact dates announced with the release of the 2017 schedule.

The weekly Saturday night "Steel Valley Thunder" program will get underway on Saturday, April 29 and will feature the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modifieds, Lyden/Red Line Oil RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, Gibson Insurance Agency Stock Cars, and the HTMA/Precise Racing Products Econo Mods. Due to declining car counts, the (E) Modifieds and Mini Stocks will not be part of the weekly program. The Modifieds are slated to make monthly appearances.

Keep an eye on social media and our website for 2016 banquet ticket sales, 2017 rules, special event advance ticket sales, season reserved pit parking spots, car registration, and more.

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Brandon Overton Claims Pair of Firsts During Southern Nationals Gobbler at Boyd's Speedway

Contact: Chris Tilley

RINGGOLD, Ga. - November 19, 2016 - Just nineteen days into a new venture driving for Chip Stone and Randy Weaver, the first victory came for Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga.

This marked Overton's first victory on the tour and first during the Gobbler race on Saturday Night at Boyd's Speedway. The victory was worth $10,000 for Overton. Overton became the 11th different winner in the 13 races held on the tour. He also was the 24th different winner in just 34 total events in three seasons. Overton drove a Longhorn Chassis powered by a Cornett Racing Engine sponsored by Stone Land Cleaning & Excavating, Mission Transport, A.F. Stone Professional Medical Services and The Bailey Company.

Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga. picked up the 2016 Southern Nationals Bonus Series title with his third place finish in the main event. He picked up $5,053 and picked up an additional $5,000 as the overall champion of the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals, Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals and the Southern Nationals Bonus Series. McIntosh drove the Blount Motorsports-owned, Massey Electric, Stower's CAT, Tennessee RV Sales & Service Super Center, Cherokee Millwright & Mechanical-sponsored Vic Hill Racing Engines-powered Rocket Chassis to the championship this season. McIntosh also claimed the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series title back in May.

Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .

Official Summary of Results

Feature Results of "28th Annual Gobbler" at Boyd's Speedway on November 19, 2016:

1. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
2. Chris Madden-Gray Court, S.C.
3. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
4. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
5. Jason Hiett-Oxford, Ala.
6. Chase Junghans-Manhattan, Kan.
7. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
8. Jason Welshan-Maryville, Tenn.
9. Cody King-McDonough, Ga.
10. Austin Smith-Rome, Ga.
11. Derek Ellis-Chatsworth, Ga.
12. Jason Croft-Woodstock, Ga.
13. Will Roland-Jasper, Ga.
14. Austin Arnold-Kosciusko, Miss.
15. Stacy Boles-Clinton, Tenn.
16. Ryan King-Seymour, Tenn.
17. Riley Hickman-Cleveland, Tenn.
18. Jamie Perry-Ringgold, Ga.
19. Jimmy Owens-Newport, Tenn.
20. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
21. David Breazeale-Four Corners, Miss.
22. Frank Ingram-Acworth, Ga.
23. Doug Smith-Harriman, Tenn.
24. Skip Arp-Georgetown, Tenn.

Yellow Flags: Four (laps 25, 36, 54, 57)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: McIntosh (1-4), Madden (5-19), Overton (20-60)
Entries: 35

Final Southern Nationals Bonus Series Points (after Nov. 19, 2016) (drops not included)
1. Donald McIntosh-2,486
2. David Payne-2,208
3. Ryan King-1,926
4. Doug Smith-1,849
5. Billy Ogle Jr.-1,171
6. Cory Hedgecock-944
7. Jason Welshan-888
8. Jason Croft-870
9. Mike Marlar-813
10. Brandon Overton-772

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