Stateline opener delayed by wet grounds!
Busti, NY (April 22, 2015): The worst winter in recent memory has soaked the track, pit, and parking area at Stateline Speedway to the extent that General Manager Bill Catania Sr has made the decision to postpone opening night until the following week, May 2. The featured event will be the Papa Don Frank Memorial, originally scheduled for April 25. All seven classes will be running with gates opening at 4 PM for a 6PM dropping of the green on the 2015 season.
Track conditions being considered, there will be an attempt to hold a practice session Wednesday April 29 starting at 5 PM with a tentative rain date for Thursday April 30.
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Details of rescheduled events will be announced as soon as possible.
MAX BLAIR MAKES LATE CHARGE TO POWER TO OPENING SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL BAZELL/SUNOCO SOUTHERN TOUR WIN AT ROARING KNOB
April 18, 2015
By Mike Leone
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Markleysburg, PA...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series kicked off its 2015 campaign for its new Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Summer-like conditions were present at the scenic 3/8-mile facility that saw 28 competitors from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York compete.
After drawing the next-to-worst pill for his heat race starting spot, Max Blair raced his way from ninth to fourth with a last lap pass to qualify for the feature redraw. That proved key as Blair lined up fourth in the 25-lap feature. After young Garett Paugh of West Virginia and New York's Brian Knowles traded the lead early on, Blair found moisture on the top and rode it to the lead on lap 17. Once in front and without a caution to slow action, Blair pulled away from the field to capture the $1,200 win. Blair takes the early point lead as he has his sights set on the $10,000 Sweeney Touring Series sweep.
"We got put behind with that big pill draw and it was tough to pass in the heat races, but I got in position on the final lap to make something happen and it worked out," explained the 25-year-old Centerville, Pa. driver. "We ended up drawing a four for the feature so it realistically took me from starting 14th to fourth so that was a huge deal. It was fun. I wasn't a big fan of the water when we were packing it, but it ended up making it pretty racey. I moved up and there was something to get a hold of. It sure was a lot of fun to ride around this place on the top- I've never gotten to do that in all the years coming here."
Knowles and Paugh brought the 24-car starting field to green with defending Sweeney Tour champion Ryan Montgomery and standout Blair in tow followed by "Futures Cup" racer Clinton Hersh, who moved into the top five after one lap. By lap six, Paugh began to open up his lead, while the battle for second heated up with Knowles trying to fend off Montgomery, Blair, and now last year's leading Tour winner, Rick Singleton.
The first seven caution-free laps were uneventful until Chad McClellan's spin slowed action. Paugh chose the inside for the double file restart, but it was Knowles, who used the moisture from the water that was put down on the topside of the speedway prior to the race, powering to lead off turn four to lead lap eight. Blair and Montgomery swapped the third spot on laps eight and nine with Montgomery regaining the position on lap nine.
Paugh didn't let Knowles out of his sight as he ran consistent laps around the bottom. The duo ran side-by-side for several laps before Paugh regained the lead on lap 10, while Blair took third back before the event's second and final caution with 11 laps scored. Nolan Dalton was the victim as damage from contact with Troy Shields ended his night. Dalton, who also got caught up in a heat race skirmish that was not of his doing, was awarded the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night".
When green replaced yellow, Paugh was able to maintain the lead this time, while positions behind him began to change. Montgomery and Blair were able to get by Knowles for second and third respectively. Blair then got up top and nosed ahead of Montgomery for runner-up just past the halfway point on lap 14. Blair stayed in the moisture and closed in on Paugh on lap 16. One lap later, Blair pulled alongside and made the pass stick racing off turn four.
Once in front, Blair quickly pulled away as he was running laps three tenths quicker than everyone else. Meanwhile, Montgomery moved up like Blair did and closed on Paugh on lap 22. Montgomery then drove around Paugh for the second spot off turn two on lap 24. Blair had a half-straightaway lead built up when he caught traffic on lap 24, but the traffic un-phased him as he carried the R&J Poultry/Moody & Son Welding/Genesis Shocks/Murphy's Logging/C&J Dairy-sponsored #111 to his sixth career Tour win- tying him with Montgomery for the most all-time.
"I have to thank my dad (Rob)," stated Blair. "I can't wait to watch him in his Late Model. He gives up a lot to support my stuff. I have to thank all of my sponsors and crew. Without these guys I couldn't do this. It takes everyone's effort. We did the trip to Florida and it started out as a real good year and I hope we can keep this going."
Montgomery had to be pushed to the front-stretch for the podium presentation after breaking at the finish. "I heard a big snap and I don't have a gear anymore," explained the 18-year-old Fairmont, West Virginia racer. "It was my first time out this year and I have thank Jerry for letting me drive his car. Jerry helped us out and got everything set up for us. We worked out the kinks in the heat race. The car was great. I just wished I could have got to the top a little quicker than Max (Blair) did, but he knew it was going to be good. As soon he got around me on the top, I moved up and it was a lot better but I couldn't keep up with him."
The 19-year-old Paugh, who was making just his third career Tour start and first since October 19, 2013 at Roaring Knob, impressed everyone leading the most laps and his best career Tour finish earned him the Maxima Racing Oils "Maximum Performance" award!
"This feels pretty good," expressed Paugh of Elkins, West Virginia. "I was getting pretty nervous, but I just kept trying to hit my marks every lap and was hoping I could come out with one. We had shock troubles this week and didn't think we were going to get to race, but Tim Scenic thankfully gave me a set of shocks to try and they worked pretty well. I'm super pumped about this!"
Brian Knowles dropped to fourth holding off his brother Jason, who raced from 11th to fifth at the finish. Singleton was sixth. Longtime E-Mod standout, Randy Hall, made his debut in the Terry Suppa-owned #4s and finished seventh ahead of John Waters, Eric Wilson, and Rob Marhefka. Ralph Morgan, Jr., who drove John Powell's #100 last year to a 10th place Tour point finish, was in his own #44 and charged from the 22nd starting spot to 11th at the finish to earn the $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down" Hard Charger gift card.
Heat race winners were Montgomery, Wilson, and Singleton. Last year's "Futures Cup" Champion, Michael Lake, passed fellow "Futures Cup" driver, Jennae Piper, on the final lap to win the last chance B main.
RUSH Dirt Late Model Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series Race #1 (25 laps, $1,200 to-win): 1. MAX BLAIR (111) 2. Ryan Montgomery (12) 3. Garrett Paugh (03) 4. Brian Knowles (7) 5. Jason Knowles (4) 6. Rick Singleton (99*) 7. Randy Hall (Suppa 4s) 8. John Waters (LeBarron 11) 9. Eric Wilson (27W) 10. Rob Marhefka (99FM) 11. Ralph Morgan, Jr. (44) 12. Chad McClellan (119) 13. Michael Lake (Yowler 27) 14. Clinton Hersh (16) 15. Russell Baird, Jr. (17B) 16. Steve Lowery (48) 17. Kyle Lukon (1) 18. Doug Gavette (9G) 19. Jennae Piper (14) 20. Dylan Lewis (44) 21. Troy Shields (11) 22. Michael Ott (21) 23. Vince Masi, Jr. (61) 24. Nolan Dalton (D2).
GREG SATTERLEE DOMINATES THE SALUTE TO A CHAMPION RODNEY FRANKLIN EVENT AND LEAVES WITH MORE THAN $12,000
HAGERSTOWN, MD. – In an event put together in the past several weeks, the “Salute to a Champion, Rodney Franklin”, Gregg Satterlee completely dominated the 33-lap event Saturday evening honoring Franklin, whose health if failing. Franklin was a big part of Hagerstown Speedway beginning in 1972 when he ran his first race and finished 13th. For years the family #33 and later, Creed and Linda Calton’s #01 cars made many laps around the speedway. Nicknamed “The Virginia Leadfoot”, he was a two time Late Model champion, 1997 and 98, winner of every major race held at the speedway and second in all time wins with 114.
Satterlee won his heat and started on the outside pole to lead every lap, picking up more than $12,000 including the $4,301 payout plus the rest in lap money donated by family and many friends. He never raced against Franklin but knew of him from when he was a youngster.
“This is awesome,” Satterlee said. “I don’t know him personally, but when my uncle used to come here and race, I came here as a little kid and remember the 01 car and his name, He was always one of the best cars here, so to win a memorial race for him means a lot. The track was in really good shape and the car was awesome. I couldn’t ask for a better night. I want to thank the Franklin family for putting on this race and all the sponsors. This is a tremendous payout and all the lap money.”
“The whole thing has been a family function, a family event,” Dave Stultz said. “We’re a tight knit family .We all wish Rodney could be here. Some of the other family members are with him tonight. I know we’ll have videos and tapes to show him tomorrow. He told me “I wish this would be a big event” and it has been. I said “Well Rodney, you want it big, it will be big.”
“Congratulations to Gregg on his win,” Franklin’s daughter Jamie said. “He was really hooked up tonight; it was great. The family of Rodney Franklin would like to express our deepest gratitude to Hagerstown Speedway, to Ernie and Keya Davis, for all the drivers and fans that came out tonight; it really meant a lot to our family. We thank you for your support and continued prayers and God bless you all. Also, thank to Devin (Friese) for his car, it looks awesome, it brought tears to all our eyes and dad a big smile. We loved it. It was nice seeing the #O1 out there.”
Friese had his car completely redone like the Calton race car that Franklin drove up until 2002 when he and Calton both quit. Franklin did race one more time, the 2003 Octoberfest in a second Friese race car.
Paul Cursey became the first repeat winner in the Malloy Ford Late Model Sportsman feature with a flag to flag win as did Chris Ebersole, who shook his season’s bad luck and added his name to the K-Lynn Management Pure Stock winners. Tom Caravello also led all the way to take the Mason Dixon Auto Auction win over previous week’s winner Gary Proctor. Bryan Green was the All American Outlaw winner.
In the 33 entries, Gary Stuhler set fast time of 19.735 seconds for the night which earned him $331 from TC Race Cars along with $33 from KRS Graphics for each heat and B Main winners.
Following parade laps behind the 01 racer, Stuhler took the green and powered into the first turns, but Satterlee charged around the top to speed off the second turn with the lead which he would not relinquish. He had stretched a lengthy lead and was past two rear cars by the 13th lap when a caution reset the field.
With Stuhler, Kenny Pettyjohn and Kyle Hardy chasing, Satterlee checked out and was more than seven seconds ahead by the 28th lap when seventh running Jamie Lathroum had a flat.
In the final five circuits, Satterlee again left the others behind as Hardy grabbed third on the 30th lap and set his sights on Stuhler while Satterlee drove on to score the triumph by 3.841 seconds over Stuhler, Hardy, Pettyjohn and Allen Brannon.
Stuhler, Satterlee, Pettyjohn and Hardy were the heat winners while Barry Miller and Mason Zeigler were the B main winners. Brian Tavenner came from 24th to 11th to be the Hard Charger and receive $133 from ARC Racing.
“I’m looking forward to coming here next week,’ Satterlee said. “This is pretty much my favorite race track and we usually run very well here. I’m looking forward to the Lucas Oil guys coming here next week and hopefully we have something for them.”
Paul Cursey started outside the front row in the four car invert of the Late Model Sportsman feature with polesitter Mike Walls into second. Second row starters Travis Stickley and Scott Palmer were next until Palmer took over the runner up spot on lap ten while Cursey had more than a five second lead and two lapped cars between them that was erased two laps later. Cursey held off Palmer in the closing laps to post his season second win by 1.16 seconds. Rodney Walls was third with ninth starter Chad Myers and Stickley next.
Late Models: 33 Laps, 33 Entries: 1.Gregg Satterlee, 2.Gary Stuhler, 3.Kyle Hardy, 4.Kenny Pettyjohn, 5.Allen Brannon, 6.Austin Hubbard, 7.Andy Anderson, 8.Dylan Yoder, 9.C.S. Fitzgerald, 10.Mason Zeigler, 11.Brian Tavenner (Hard Charger), 12.Roy Deese Jr., 13.Keith Jackson, 14.Ronnie DeHaven Jr., 15.Jason Miller, 16.Coleby Frye, 17.Brad Ritter, 18.Devin Friese, 19.Brad Omps, 20.Jerry Bard, 21.Dan Angelicchio, 22.Jamie Lathroum, 23.D.J. Myers, 24.Traver Feathers, 25.Justin Kann, 26.Earl Pearson Jr., 27.Glenn Elliott, 28.Linsdsay Barton, 29.Frankie Plessinger, 30.Nick Dickson, 31.Marvin Winters, 32.Barry Miller, 33.Matt Cosner
Late Model Sportsman: 20 Laps, 23 Entries: 1.Paul Cursey, 2.Scott Palmer, 3.Rodney Walls, 4.Chad Myers, 5.Travis Stickley, 6.Justin Weaver, 7.Mike Walls, 8.Robbie Black, 9.Kyle Lee, 10.Bobby Beard, 11.Ryan Walls, 12.Sam Gallagher, 13.Larry Neiderer, 14.Chaz Walls, 15.Cody Kershner, 16.Jason Nace, 17.Joe Westerman Jr., 18.Elwood Sord, 19.Brayden Anderson, 20.Kenneth Yoder, 21.Garrett Walls, 22.Jeffrey King. DNS- Rick Hulson
Raceway 7 practice delayed until Saturday, April 18
Conneaut, OH (April 16, 2015): Management at Raceway 7 have decided to postpone the first of two practice sessions to Saturday, April 18 wi gates opening at 3:30 PM with cars on the track at 5 PM.
The decision was made due to threats of rain Thursday night and Friday morning. The pit area and parking lots are saturated after the long, brutal winter and really need the extra day to dry out enough to be passable.
Grandstand admission will be free while pit admission will be $20 per person. A limited menu will be available at the main concession stand.
Sugar Grove race car show, "test 'n' tune" session set for Stateline Saturday, April 18!
Busti, NY (April 15, 2015): Stateline Speedway prepares to open the gates on the 2015 season of racing with an afternoon car show on the streets of downtown Sugar Grove, PA Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 PM and running to 5 PM. The show will include all classes, including Karts. Registration forms will be available for all classes. Cars can be put in position as early as 11:30 AM but no later than 12:30 PM. Traffic will be detoured around the show area.
At 5PM activities will move to Kortwright Road for a practice session to formally begin the 2015 season. Pit admission will be $10 with grandstand admission free.
The 2015 schedule released in March includes racing for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, the headline class since the track opened in 1956, the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models, Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsmen, and Challengers. Each class will have special events throughout the season, which will culminate in the second annual Fall Brawl in September. The green flag will drop on the season at 6 PM April 25 with the second 'Papa Don Frank Memorial' and switch to 7 PM May 23 and continue every Saturday night. Among the specials will be an appearance by the Patriot Sprint Tour May 23, the always popular "Autograph Night" on May 16, and the "Triple Crown", a three-race series beginning May 9 to honor legends of Stateline's track history. The first event will be the Lloyd Moore Memorial to remember the Frewsburg, NY native who was instrumental in early NASCAR racing and the winner of premier series in Winchester, IN in the 1950s.
Wednesday, April 22, the track will conduct open auditions for singers to perform out National Anthem. Tryouts will be held at the track in the press box starting at 7 PM.
Admission to regular events is only $12 per adult, seniors and veterans $10, children 6-15 $5, and 5 and under always free. Special events are higher. Camping is free except for special events.
SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS KICKOFF TOURING SERIES SATURDAY AT ROARING KNOB
April 15, 2015
By Mike Leone
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Markleysburg, PA)...After a six-month offseason, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will get things started this Saturday (April 18) with the first of 24 Touring events scheduled. Saturday's event at the scenic Markleysburg, Pa. oval will be a designated Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series event. Action begins early with warm-ups at 5 p.m. and racing at 5:30.
New for 2015 is the split Touring Series with the Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Series and the Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Series. Each region will pay $4,000 to the champion and down 12 positions. Also, the driver that accumulates the most cumulative points between all Touring events will earn $2,000. This means it's possible one Touring Series driver could win $10,000! And the road to the possible $10,000 starts Saturday at Roaring Knob.
Last Saturday, Roaring Knob was the first track north of the Mason-Dixon Line to complete a Sweeney Weekly Series event thus far in 2015. Track regular Troy Shields, who won two features in 2014, edged Ohio invader Eric Wilson, who tied for third in the 2014 Sweeney Touring Series points. Wilson will be one of several drivers hoping to make a run at not only the $4,000 Southern title, but the $10,000 possible sweep. New York's John Waters came up shy to Ryan Montgomery in the 2014 title chase, but he'll be one of the leading contenders to win both regions as well as Max Blair.
Blair of Centerville, Pa. was the 2013 Sweeney Weekly Series and Pace Performance "Summer Chase" Champion. He's been a Touring Series and National Champion in the past, and he'll be focusing more on the RUSH Late Models in 2015 as he tries for the $18,000 sweep of the Series' main championships. Dozens of racers have already completed their memberships for the 2015 Touring Series with many more expected on Saturday.
"We're looking forward to kicking off our season Saturday at Roaring Knob," said RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "It's been a long, cold winter and everyone has been anxious to get the season started. Roaring Knob had a good show to open their season last Saturday, and we expect a strong car count with it being the opening event and good weather forecasted. We also have to thank Winchester for giving RUSH up Saturday night to allow their races the opportunity to participate in this event. The split in the Touring Series, the addition of many new RUSH-sanctioned speedways, and our new Bilstein Bandits program is going to make 2015 a very exciting season."
This Weekend's Event at Batesville Motor Speedway Cancelled
For Immediate Release
Waycross, GA (April 15, 2015) - This weekend's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event at Batesville Motor Speedway, in Batesville, AR scheduled for April 17th-18th, has been cancelled.
The track and grounds have sustained heavy rains this week at Batesville Motor Speedway and more thunderstorms dominate the forecast for this weekend.
"We really hate to lose the event this weekend. We can't wait to come back to Batesville for the Topless and give the fans a great show," stated Assistant Series Director, Rick Schwallie, "But after talking with Mooney Starr, the promoter at Batesville, we were unable to find a suitable make-up date for the event."
The next event for the LOLMDS will be on April 24th at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA, followed by Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD on April 25th. Both events will pay $10,000 to win and will feature Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and 50-lap Main Events. For more information, check out: www.roaringknob.com and www.hagerstownspeedway.com.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2015 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all things LOLMDS, please visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.
Test 'n' Tune tentatively this Friday at Raceway 7
Conneaut, OH April 14, 2015: Raceway 7, northeast Ohio's premier speed-plant, has a test 'n' tune session tentatively planned for this coming Friday evening, April 17 at 7:30. The event, the first scheduled event of 2015, is the first of two such practice sessions before the grand opening set for May 1.
Track conditions look good for the Friday activities. Track sessions for the Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models, Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods, Campbell's Mini-Storage Street Stocks, Bonnell Auto Sales Economods, and Specialty Products Mini Stocks classes will be held with other sessions possible if other classes attend. Any cars with transponders will be timed by the electronic scoring system.
Please check the website at www.raceway7.com for up-to-the-minute news of any cancellations.
Gates will open at 5:30 PM with admission to the grandstand free. Pit admission is set at $20 per person. The main concession stand in the grandstand area will be open with a limited menu.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Heads to Batesville Motor Speedway April 17th-18th for "Bad Boy 98"
For Immediate Release
WAYCROSS, GA (April 13, 2015) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series heads to Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas, April 17th and 18th for the Bad Boy 98. The event, which is co-sanctioned with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series - Presented by Lucas Oil, will pay $20,000 to win and $1,200 to start the 98-lap feature.
Action will get underway on Friday night, April 17th with LOLMDS Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, and Heat Races to set the starting field for the Bad Boy 98. On Saturday night, April 18th there will be a special autograph session for fans to meet the stars of the LOLMDS, as well as several regional standouts and top drivers from around the country. Following the autograph session will be two LOLMDS B-Mains to complete the starting grid for the 98-lap, $20,000 to win main event. Other divisions in competition this weekend include Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Factory Stocks, and Modifieds. For tickets or more information visit www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net or call the track office at 870-251-0011.
The Bad Boy 98 is sponsored by Bad Boy Mowers of Batesville, Arkansas. With their state-of-the-art manufacturing muscle and ever-growing workforce located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Bad Boy Mowers is the classic American manufacturing and the classic American success story that lives on - and is stronger than ever. With a build standard that's anything but disposable quality, Bad Boy Mowers continues to build on the premise that a Bad Boy may be the last mower you'll ever own. The end result has made them the fastest growing mower company in the world. Bad Boy Mowers will have several models on display and will show a huge presence at Batesville Motor Speedway this weekend. Bad Boy Mowers is located at 102 Industrial Drive, Batesville, AR 72501. To learn more about Bad Boy Mowers visit their official website at www.badboymowers.com.
Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship point standings heading into Batesville Motor Speedway. He holds a ten (10) point lead over four-time series national champion, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida. Jimmy Owens (TN), Devin Moran (OH), and Eddie Carrier Jr. (WV) round out the top five in series championship point standings. Sixth through tenth in the current series standings include Don O'Neal (IN), Steve Francis (KY), Jared Landers (AR), Scott Bloomquist (TN), and Brandon Sheppard (IL).
For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2015 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.
Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on your favorite Social Media outlets at: www.facebook.com/lucasdirt, www.twitter.com/lucasdirt, and www.instagram.com/lucasdirt.
Batesville Motor Speedway
Phone Number: 870-251-0011
Tracks Promoter: Mooney Starr
Location: 5090 Heber Springs Road, Batesville, AR 72550
Schedule of Events for Bad Boy 98 at Batesville Motor Speedway:
Thursday April 16th
Open Practice Session for Local Support Classes ONLY
(No Super Late Models)
Friday April 17th
Pit Gates Open 3:00PM - Grandstands Gates Open - 4:00PM
Drivers Meeting 7:00PM
Hot Laps 7:30PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Time Trials 8:00PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (2 Laps)
Invocation and National Anthem
Street Stocks - 8 Laps
Hobby Stocks - 8 Laps
Factory Stocks - 8 Laps
Modifieds - 8 Laps
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series - 12 Laps
Street Stocks - 15-20 Laps
Hobby Stocks - 15-20 Laps
Factory Stocks - 15-20 Laps
Modifieds - 15-20 Laps
Saturday April 18th
Pit Gates Open 3PM - Grandstands Gates Open - 4:00PM
Dirt Racing Outreach Service 4:30 - 5:30PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION 5:30PM - 6:30PM
DRIVERS' MEETING 7:00PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Main Cars
Invocation and National Anthem
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains - 15 Laps 8:00PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Hotlaps ***Top 18 (Heat Transfers)***
Hobby Stock Heats - 8 Laps
Hobby Stocks Feature - 15 Laps
Intermission As Needed (10-Minute Call, Track Prep/PA Announcements/Driver Introductions)
Feature Bay Boy 98 - 98 Laps
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule for Batesville Motor Speedway - April 17th and 18th
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1640, LM40
Right Rear - Hoosier 06, LM40
Event Purse for Bad Boy 98 at Batesville Motor Speedway: 1. $20,000, 2. $10,000, 3. $6,000, 4. $4,000, 5. $3,500, 6. $2,500, 7. $2,100, 8. $2,000, 9. $1,800, 10. $1,750, 11. $1,650, 12. $1,600, 13. $1,550, 14.. $1,500, 15. $1,450, 16. $1,400, 17. $1,350, 18. $1,300, 19. $1,250, 20. $1,200, 21. $1,200, 22. $1,200, 23. $1,200, 24. $1,200.
PREVIEW OF THE 2015 SEASON FOR THE SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL & SPORTSMAN MODIFIED SERIES' WEEKLY MEMBER TRACKS
April 13, 2015
By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pulaski, PA --As one of the coldest and seemingly longest winters in recent memory finally loses its grip on the Northeast, dirt tracks in all parts of the region are ready to swing open the gates and get the 2015 season underway. Among those tracks are the 14 that will host the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model and RUSH Sportsman Modified Series in addition to several other speedways hosting RUSH Weekly and/or Touring Series events.
"We are thrilled to be ready to start the 2015 season with such a stellar group of sanctioned speedways'" stated series director Vicki Emig. "The addition of all of these great facilities is definitely going to influx a whole new group of racers into our program, which is sure to add a very exciting twist to the final results of our championship programs."
Among the new tracks joining the RUSH family this season is Stateline Speedway in Busti NY. Stateline already had a well-established Crate Late Model division in place and along with nearby track Eriez Speedway near Erie, Pa. will give the northwest Pa., northeast Ohio, and southwest New York region racers a chance to race under the RUSH banner two nights a week.
Bob Rohrer of Eriez explains how the track came to come on board with the RUSH Series. "Basically they had a meeting with the drivers; and the majority of them, probably 95% voted to go with RUSH. And it was brought up that RUSH was the most organized (crate late model series)." As for getting the chance to work with Emig, Mike Leone and the rest of the RUSH Racing Series, Rohrer states, "Vicki has always been good. Pretty much what she says, they do. They seem very organized. She contacts me quite a bit in the off season and quite a bit during the season. She was always well prepared about RUSH and what they could represent. "
Eriez will also have the distinction of hosting the wildly popular $30,000 RUSH Late Model "Manufacturers Night" on Sunday, July 26. Rohrer thinks it will be a great fit for Eriez. "I think it will be good for the drivers and for RUSH, because Eriez has always been like a centralized track in the area. Because Sharon (Speedway) isn't far from us, Raceway 7 (in Conneaut Ohio), Stateline isn't that far from us. Most of our drivers are in the Sharon area, the Erie area and in Ohio." All that said, Rohrer thinks this could be the biggest Manufacturer's Night yet. "I think we will bring in more cars than they've ever had!"
Another one-two punch in the southern region of the RUSH family of tracks are Potomac and Winchester Speedways running a Friday-Saturday combination for the fans in the Northern Virginia and Maryland area. Potomac, whose 25 lap, double points feature was won by Darin Henderson on April 3, will see a stout field of RUSH Late Models take to the track. Last year it was Brandywine, Maryland's Ben Bowie besting a field of 36 competitors in the division at the Budd's Creek MD track.
Winchester Speedway's season is also underway as Henderson picked up the win on April 11 over a 19-car field to take the early lead in the $5,000 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series Championship. Kris Eaton, one of the Bilstein Bandit competitors chasing after the $5,000 title finished runner-up. Potomac and Winchester will team up to host the second annual "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" on May 9-10 with $2,000 to-win on the line each night in the Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series events.
Up north, Freedom Motorsports Park is under new management and will once again have their Late Model division run under the RUSH Series banner. A multi-use facility, Freedom has stock car, motocross and ATV events on their very full 2015 schedule. Stock car racing gets underway on Friday, May 8 after an open practice night and safety tech inspection for all stock car classes on May 1st.
Freedom's promoter, Bob Reis is looking forward to the chance to work with the RUSH Series. "Coming into this I knew that this was a RUSH sanctioned track last year. I looked into it and saw that RUSH was an upcoming thing and growing," said Reis, who has a rather extensive background racing Super Modifieds on the pavement in addition to Sportsman Modifieds on the dirt. "They are a pretty solid Series with good sponsorship throughout. The tech program was really good, so I just figured that was the way to go. A lot of the competitors pointed me in that direction also."
Freedom will likely be one of RUSH's stoutest weekly field of competitors on the track each night. Reis talks about the support he has from the race teams for the division, "Right now, our headcount is at 28 to 32. We're going to need consi's every night if everybody shows up!"
Across the border in Ontario Canada, Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne returns to action on Sunday, May 3 for their 56th opening day. The DIRTcar Sportsman and RUSH Late Models top the five-division weekly Sunday night program. Springville, NY racing veteran Paul Grigsby is the defending champion as Humberstone moves into its second season as a RUSH weekly member track.
The 2015 season will see another Canadian track joining the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series family. Brighton Speedway in Brighton, Ontario will add the RUSH sanctioning to the Crate Late Model division for the division's sixth season at Brighton. The Crate Late Model class at Brighton is a stout one with Charlie Sandercock the defending champion. Brighton Speedway kicks off the 2015 campaign on May 2 with a special $2.00 admission price with a non-perishable food donation.
Another track joining the RUSH family for 2015 is Can Am Speedway & Motorsports Park. The LaFargeville, NY track is planted squarely in the heart of center-steer Modified country, but includes a Crate Late Model class on their schedule. This year, with RUSH sanctioning and the support that inherently comes with partnering with RUSH, the Late Model division at Can Am is likely to expand. As with Brighton, Charlie Sandercock, who will campaign on the Bilstein "sealed" spec shocks in 2015, is the defending champion at Can Am. Their season kicks off on Friday, April 17 after two open practice sessions on April 12th and 15.
Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway has now had to push their season opening practice sessions and opening night by two weeks after the long winter has left the facility to wet and unsuitable for racing. When they do get underway, it will see the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Series become the headline division on a weekly basis. Returning to PPMS to defend his title is last year's rookie champion Corey McPherson. Crate Late Model standouts Nice Dabecco and Colton Flinner will be there to try to unseat McPherson in 2015. Opening night at PPMS is now scheduled for April 18.
Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex got their season underway on April 11 with Troy Shields capturing the opening day honors. The Markleysburg, Pa. facility returns for a third season running the Crate Late Models under the RUSH Series sanctioning. Roaring Knob's schedule goes well into October with the Sweeney RUSH Series featured nearly every week through the season of Saturday night racing. The 2015 Touring Series opener is scheduled for this Saturday, April 18.
The addition of Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio brings the number of states with tracks in the RUSH Weekly Series family to five, along with one province in Canada. Wayne County takes the Series to its furthest westward location as it'll host the RUSH Late Models throughout the season, starting on Saturday April 18 when Tony Stewart's All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series invades the speedway. Wayne County will host three $1,500 to-win Touring Series events in 2015 including the popular Sweeney/Pace GM 604 Engine Giveaway Night on Saturday, July 4.
Rounding out the dozen member tracks now in the RUSH Weekly Series family is Fulton Speedway in Fulton, NY. Another of the tracks headlined by the New York-style Modifieds, the RUSH Late Models also have a prominent spot in Fulton's weekly line up. Set to drop the green flag on the 2015 season on Friday, April 24with their "Highbank Holdup" weekend. Regular racing at Fulton is Saturday nights when the gates open at 5:00 PM.
After the first season of special events only, the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified division will have two weekly homes in 2015. Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio and Sportsman's Speedway in Knox, Pa. will give the fledgling series a chance to race every week and for some racers twice. Sharon kicks off the 2015 campaign on Saturday, April 25 with the first of a summer's worth of "Steel Valley Thunder" weekly race programs. Sportsman's get things underway with a practice day on May 3and the first of the weekly "Sunday Night Thunder" race nights the following week on Mother's Day, May 10.
It should also be noted that even though Sharon isn't hosting the Sweeney RUSH Late Models on a weekly basis in 2015, they still will have a strong presence with at least five Sweeney Weekly Series events on tap in addition to the "Gary Knollinger Memorial" Tour event on September 11-12. Sharon's event will not conflict with nearby Wayne County Speedway's events.
Other tracks such as Brewerton Speedway, Expo Speedway, Lernerville Speedway, McKean County Raceway, Merrittville Speedway, Tri-City Raceway Park, and Woodhull Raceway will all host Sweeney Weekly and/or Touring events for either the RUSH Late Models and/or Sportsman Modifieds.
"I know everyone throughout the entire RUSH region is ready to go racing," says Emig, And I know the fans are not going to be disappointed with the level of competition our racers give them each and every week throughout the season."
KYLE HARDY SCORES WESTERN MARYLAND CHALLENGE AND PREPS FOR RODNEY FRANKLIN “CHAMPION SALUTE”
HAGERSTOWN, MD. – Kyle Hardy had no problem in leading the Late Model field all the way Saturday evening and winning the $2,500 Western Maryland Challenge between Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol and Cumberland Raceway. The triumph was also a good tune up for the upcoming prestigious Dirt Capitol event, the Rodney Franklin “Salute to a Champion.”
Hardy won the season opener on a day surface and now his second at night and also needs one more to tie last year’s total which included his Dirt Capitol first. Hardy held a commanding lead over Roy Deese Jr. the entire race with only one caution to slow his pace. Deese ended up settling for his third consecutive runner up finish 1.85 seconds back.
“The car was good from the get go as soon as we pulled in here; it usually is,” Hardy said. “There are a lot of good guys here. It feels good to get a win before these big shows come up. The car was hooked up. I could get in the corners pretty hard. If you can get in there pretty hard and get off pretty good, you know you have a good unit.”
Other divisions ran Small Car National Qualifiers for the 9th Annual event coming up in September as Justin Weaver won the Malloy Ford Late Model Sportsman feature following a tenth lap restart. Craig Parrill raced hard with three time winner Mike Corbin and posted his second victory in the K-Lynn Management Pure Stocks with a final turn pass. Fresh off a Potomac win in last week’s opener, Ed Pope passed previous week’s Dirt Capitol winner Gary Proctor with two to go and won my five lengths for his Dirt Capitol first in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks.
Hardy began from the outside pole in the two car invert as Roy Deese Jr. sat on the pole, but Hardy over powered him off the second turn and was pulling away with each lap to arrive at the rear of the field by the ninth lap. By the 13th circuit, Hardy had three cars between himself and Deese with a 16th lap caution displayed which reset the field.
Hardy again set the pace over Deese and Andy Anderson while Jerry Bard took fourth place from Devin Friese with six to go. Hardy charged on and was to the finish 1.85 seconds before Deese with Anderson, Bard and Friese next. Matt Cosner was sixth followed by Jim Yoder (from 14th), Glenn Elliott (11th), Brad Omps (12th) and Brad Ritter completing the top ten.
Chaz Walls took off from the pole in the Late Model Sportsman four car invert with pole sitter Kyle Lee settling into the second spot and Justin Weaver next. Scott Palmer began pressuring Weaver until taking the position after a fifth lap restart and getting past Lee for second.
Weaver was lined up fourth in a tenth lap double file restart and quickly was up on the wheel to come out ahead while Travis Stickley advanced into the runner up spot. Weaver maintained control over the final half of the race and with back to back cautions on laps 15 and 16, was able to stretch his lead to just over two seconds for the win over Palmer who passed Stickley on the final circuit. Walls and Robbie Black completed the top five.
“I didn’t know midway there if we were going to get there or not but that restart is what made it happen,” Weaver said. “I told myself I was going to have to get up on the wheel if I wanted to win a race and that’s what happened. This one goes to my dad. He says I never can make it happen on the top, but we did tonight.”
Late Models: 25 Laps, 24 Entries, 1.Kyle Hardy, 2.Roy Deese Jr., 3.Andy Anderson, 4.Jerry Bard, 5.Devin Friese, 6.Matt Cosner, 7.Jim Yoder, 8.Glenn Elliott, 9.Brad Omps, 10.Brad Ritter, 11.Trever Feathers, 12.Justin Kann, 13.Nick Dickson, 14.Matt Sponaugle, 15.Bryan Bernheisel, 16.Marvin Winters, 17.Allen Brannon, 18.Barry Miller, 19.Chuck Clise, 20.Billy Farmer, 21.D.J. Troutman, 22.Ronnie De Haven Jr., 23.Frankie Plessinger, DNS-Wayne Johnson
Late Model Sportsman: 20 Laps, 22 Entries: 1.Justin Weaver, 2.Scott Palmer, 3.Travis Stickley, 4.Chaz Walls, 5.Robbie Black, 6.Chad Myers, 7.Paul Cursey, 8.Kyle Lee, 9.Cody Lear, 10.Rodney Walls, 11.Cody Kershner, 12.Josh Barrier, 13.Garrett Walls, 14.James Sparks, 15.Elwood Sord, 16.Braden Anderson, 17.Ryan Walls, 18.Joe Westerman Jr., 19.Bobby Beard, 20.Brad Kling, DNS -.James Lichliter, Tyler Emory
SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SERIES ANNOUNCES 2015 TOURING SCHEDULE; $10,000 POSSIBLE TO WIN BETWEEN NEW NORTHERN & SOUTHERN TOURS
April 10, 2015
By Mike Leone
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series is excited to release its 2015 Sweeney Touring Series schedule. For the first time, the Series will offer both a Northern and Southern Touring schedule of events. With $4,000 to-win each region and the $2,000 overall bonus, one driver could win $10,000!
"As our overall region continues to grow, we felt it was time to split our Touring Series into two regions," explained RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "With our entire region now encompassing an expanse of 600 miles from the far north in Brighton, Ontario, Canada to the far south in Mechanicsville, Maryland, the reality is that it is too much to ask the majority of the racers to do the entire tour. We felt this split will be a positive change for both the racers and speedways in each part of the region as it will create a more attainable situation for those that would like to participate in a touring series, but in the past could not attend many of the events do to the distance. However with that said, we are aware of several racers who plan to compete in all twenty-four events in pursuit of the possible overall $10,000 crown jewel championship."
Twenty-four events are included on the combined Sweeney Touring Series schedule. The Series will make its only visit to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Saturday, April 18, which will kick-off the 2015 season and begin the points for the Southern Tour. The Markleysburg, Pa. oval, which is just minutes from both West Virginia and Maryland hosts weekly Sweeney RUSH Late Model action. Roaring Knob led all speedways completing 26 RUSH features in 2014. "Futures Cup" Champion Michael Lake was the track champion.
In 2014, Potomac and Winchester Speedways came on board as RUSH weekly-sanctioned speedways and had rousing success doubling car counts. Rick Singleton swept the inaugural "Mid-Atlantic Classic" Sweeney Tour weekend at both speedways. That event is back in 2015 with a pair of $2,000 to-win Tour events on Friday, May 8 at Potomac in Mechanicville, MD and Saturday, May 9 at Virginia's Winchester.
The first event for the Northern Tour, which will be presented by Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels, will be on Monday, May 18 at Merrittville Speedway. The event will be historic as it'll be the first ever Crate Late Model event at the Thorold, Ontario oval, and will pay $2,000 to-win. It'll also be a big night as Canada celebrates Victoria Day and the Sweeney RUSH Late Models join the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series for the first time ever. This traditional event always draws a packed grandstand to watch some of the best Modified racers in the country.
Freedom Motorsports Park has a new owner in Bob Reis, but once again the track will be under the Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series banner. Last year, Freedom held the first ever Crate Late Model Touring event, which won by Chad McClellan. Freedom has a Northern Tour event scheduled in 2015 on Friday, June 5 as the inaugural "Ron Baker Memorial" will kick off the three-night "Triple Crown Weekend". Baker, who passed away in December, was most recently the car owner for Ward Schell.
The first weekend in June continues on Saturday night the 6th with the first ever Sweeney Tour event at Stateline Speedway. The Busti, NY oval will have a sanction for their Crate Late Models for the first time in the track's history as promoter Bill Catania chose RUSH so it's drivers can take advantage of all of the amenities the Sweeney Weekly Series offers. Catania took over Stateline last summer and made numerous improvements. A possible second date at Stateline may be added.
Eriez Speedway will complete the "Triple Crown Weekend" with their first of two Sweeney Tour events. Eriez has been a strong Sunday night Crate Late Model speedway for many years and we're thrilled to have under the Sweeney Weekly Series banner for the first time. The Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Tour will return to Eriez on Sunday, July 26 for the $30,000 "Manufacturers Night". This popular event has annually attracted over 40 competitors in the past at Sharon Speedway, Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway, and McKean County Raceway.
The richest event in the history of RUSH is coming to Winchester Speedway on June 12-13. The inaugural "Crate Racin' USA Late Model Nationals" will be RUSH's first ever national event. Friday will feature Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock" qualifying that will set the line-ups for the "Bill Hendren Memorial" Twin 20s paying $1,000 to-win each. These qualifiers will then determine the line-up for Saturday's 50-lap $6,000 to-win feature and last chance B mains. Drivers who fail to qualify for the feature then will be eligible for the $1,500 to-win non-qualifier. Also on Friday night will be a $500 to-win "Miles Traveled" event for drivers traveling 350 miles or further to compete. In addition, Steve Hendren will post thousands of dollars of contingency prizes on Friday in memory of his father.
After being closed for four years, racing will come to life once again at Tri-City Raceway Park under new owner Mark Tatalovic. The Franklin, Pa. half-mile has two Sunday Tour events scheduled. The first will be on June 21 and will be the site of the $2,000 to-win "Bill Emig Memorial" for the first time ever, and a second will take place on August 16. Eriez has worked with Tri-City to drop their RUSH Late Models on these nights so their racers can participate in these events!
Wayne County Speedway has come on board as a Sweeney RUSH weekly-sanctioned speedway making the Orrville, Ohio oval the westernmost facility under the RUSH banner. Last year's scheduled Sweeney Tour event was rained out the night before Labor Day. This year, the Series will make three appearances with $1,500 to-win events on Monday, June 22, Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, September 6. The first and third events will be part of Tony Stewart's All Star Sprint Car Series. The July 4 show will see one lucky driver leave with a brand new GM 604 engine valued at over $5,500 thanks to Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC and Pace Performance.
RUSH is proud to continue to have Lernerville Speedway share an alliance. The Sarver, Pa. oval will again hold a Sweeney Weekly Series event on Friday, May 1 with the All Stars then two Sweeney Tour events; one will again be with the BOSS Sprints on Friday, July 3 and the second as part of the annual "Steel City Stampede" for $2,000 to-win October 23-24.
The RUSH Late Models are expected to be part of the traditional racing program at Expo Speedway during the Trumbull County Fair on Wednesday, July 15. The big 5/8-mile oval in Cortland, Ohio always offers a unique challenge to racers.
One of the annual events Series Officials and racers look forward to is the trip to Humberstone Speedway. The 2015 "Canadian National Late Model Championship" will be held on Sunday, July 19 with $2,000 to-win at the Port Colborne, Ontario racey bullring. Humberstone is once again a Sweeney Weekly Series track running on Sunday nights giving Canadian racers the ability to race three nights per week.
McKean County Raceway will be in operation on a very limited scale in 2015. The East Smethport, Pa. oval will host the traditional McKean County Fair race on Thursday, August 20 then return to action for the "Fall Classic" the second weekend in October. Event promoter, Chris Zuver, has announced he'll hold two Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Tour events with $1,200 to-win each on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10.
Sharon Speedway will be hosting at least five Sweeney Weekly Series events in 2015 when Wayne County Speedway isn't running the class. In addition, the Hartford, Ohio showplace will host the $2,000 to-win "Gary Knollinger Memorial" Sweeney Tour event during the "Apple Festival Nationals" on September 11-12. Knollinger was a standout Crate Late Model racer from Triadelphia, West Virginia. RUSH Officials and many of the racers became very close to Gary and his family when he was a fierce competitor before his tragic passing on Christmas 2010. Sharon was Knollinger's favorite track as he had a lot of success there, and has been the site of the memorial the last four years with Max Blair, Joe Martin, Ryan Montgomery, and Russell King capturing the meaningful events."
Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway continues their involvement as a strong Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series member track. "The Monster Half-Mile" in Imperial, Pa. will host their Sweeney Tour event on Saturday, September 19.
In addition to the Sweeney Touring Series point fund, RUSH will again offer the $27,500+ Sweeney Weekly Series point fund that offers $5,000 to-win and pays down 40 spots, the $10,000+ Pace Performance "Summer Chase" that pays $3,000 to-win down 10 positions, the $3,000+ "Futures Cup" that pays $1,000 to-win down 10 positions, and the new $13,000+ Bilstein Bandits that will pay $5,000 to-win down 12 positions cash along with contingencies to 13-15.
"We're excited that the 2015 season is going to be the biggest and most lucrative in the history for Northeast Crate Late Model racers," stated RUSH Co-Director Mike Leone. "It's now possible for racers to just run weekly events and take home $13,000 if they're on our sealed spec Bilstein shocks or $8,000 if they're not on Bilsteins excluding the Futures Cup. And it's not out the realm of possibility for a driver to earn over $23,000 if they swept the Bilstein, the Touring, Weekly, and Summer Chase programs."
2015 Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Touring Series point fund breakdown: 1. $4,000 2. $2,000 3. $1,500 4. $1,000 5. $800 6. $700 7. $600 8. $550 9. $525 10. $500 11. $450 12. $400.
2015 Southern Touring Series point fund breakdown: 1. $4,000 2. $2,000 3. $1,500 4. $1,000 5. $800 6. $700 7. $600 8. $550 9. $525 10. $500 11. $450 12. $400.
2015 Overall Sweeney Touring Series Champion: $2,000
2015 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Series Touring Series Schedule*
Saturday, April 18 Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (S) (Markleysburg, PA) $1,200 to-win
"Mid-Atlantic States Classic"
riday, May 8 Potomac Speedway (S) (Mechanicsville, MD) $2,000 to-win
Saturday, May 9 Winchester Speedway (S) (Winchester, VA) $2,000 to-win
Monday, May 18 Merrittville Speedway (N) (Thorold, ON, Can.) $2,000 to-win
"Triple Crown Weekend"
Friday, June 5 Freedom Speedway (N) (Delevan, NY) $1,200 to-win "Ron Baker Memorial"
Saturday, June 6 Stateline Speedway (N) (Busti, NY) TBA
Sunday, June 7 Eriez Speedway (N) (Erie, PA) $1,200 to-win
Friday-Saturday, June 12-13 Winchester Speedway (S - Show-Up) (Winchester, VA) $6,000 to-win ("Crate Racin' USA Nat's - Twin $1,000 to-win Bill Hendren Mem Qualifiers & $500 to-win Miles Traveled race on Friday; $6,000 to-win feature & $1,500 Non-Qualifier on Saturday)
Sunday, June 21 Tri-City Raceway Park (N) (Franklin, PA) $2,000 to-win "Bill Emig Memorial"
Monday, June 22 Wayne County Speedway (S) (Orrville, OH) $1,500 to-win
Friday, July 3 Lernerville Speedway (S) (Sarver, PA) $1,200 to-win
Saturday, July 4 Wayne County Speedway (S) (Orrville, OH) $1,500 to-win plus GM 604 Engine Giveaway presented by Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance
Wednesday, July 15 Expo Speedway (S) (Cortland, OH) Fair race
Sunday, July 19 Humberstone Speedway (N) (Port Colborne, ON, Can) $2,000 to-win "Canadian National Late Model Championship"
Saturday, July 25 TBA (N)
Sunday, July 26 Eriez Speedway (N) (Erie, PA) $1,500 to-win plus $30,000 "Manufacturers Night"
Sunday, August 16 Tri-City Raceway Park (N) (Franklin, PA) $1,500 to-win
Thursday, August 20 McKean County Raceway (N) (East Smethport, PA) $1,200 to-win Fair race
Sunday, September 6 Wayne County Speedway (S) (Orrville, OH) $1,500 to-win
Friday-Saturday, September 11-12 Sharon Speedway (S) (Hartford, OH) $2,000 to-win "Apple Festival Nationals" - "Gary Knollinger Memorial"
Saturday, September 19 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (S) (Imperial, PA) $1,200 to-win
Friday, October 9 McKean County Raceway (N) (East Smethport, PA) $1,200 to-win "Fall Classic"
Saturday, October 10 McKean County Raceway (N) (East Smethport, PA) $1,200 to-win "Fall Classic"
Friday & Saturday, October 23-24 Lernerville Speedway (S) (Sarver, PA) $2,000 to-win "Steel City Stampede" with heats Friday & main events Saturday
(N) = Northern Tour Event ($4,000 to-win title) (S) = Southern Tour Event ($4,000 to-win title)
The overall point champion will receive $2,000
*Schedule subject to change. Additional dates may be added
Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series has Georgia on their Minds on April 17-18
By Chris Tilley, Series P.R. Coordinator
BRASSTOWN, NC (April 10, 2015)-Georgia's double-header of Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series action on April 17 & 18 will mark the first series visits to Swainsboro Raceway and Golden Isles Speedway, worth well over $56,000.
The Paul Purvis owned Swainsboro Raceway located in Swainsboro, Ga. will host the first full round of the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series on Friday Night April 17th paying $6,000-to-win and $500-to-start. Along with the Spring Nationals Late Models, the Crate Late Models ($1,500-to-win) Super Street, Pure Stock, Road Warrior, Mini Stock and 440's will all be on the racing card.
At Swainsboro on April 17, the gates will open at 4:00 pm, Drivers Meeting at 5:45 pm and Hot Laps will roll out around 6:00 pm. Adult general admission is $15.00 while pit passes go for $35.00.
The Darryl Courson-promoted Golden Isles Speedway located in Waynesville, Ga. will host the second round of the points battle on the tour on Saturday Night April 18th paying $10,000-to-win and $500-to-start. The Limited Late Models, Super Street, Hobby Stock and E-Mods will all be on the racing card for the night.
At Golden Isles on April 18, the pit gates open at Noon, the grandstand gates open at 3:00 pm, Hot Laps will be at 5:30 pm and racing is set for 6:00 pm. Adult general admission is $20.00, trackside parking is $20.00, pit passes are $35.00 and camper spots are available for $35.00.
Expected from the Spring Nationals Series stable of cars include: Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN; Stacy Boles of Clinton, TN; David Payne of Murphy, NC; Chris Madden of Gray Court, SC, Austin Smith of Cedartown, GA; Michael Chilton of Salvisa, KY; Dustin Linville of Lancaster, KY; Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, GA and Jason Croft of Woodstock, GA.
Each night's events will feature a complete show of Practice, Time Trials, Last Chance Heat Races and the main event. The entry fee is $100 at all series events plus transponder rental that will be used to time and score the cars (per series rules). The tire rule for each event will be as follows: Hoosier- 1300 (LO1), 1350 (LO3), 1600 (LO6), LM 40 (both front and rear); American Racer- 44, 48, 56 (both front and rear). Tires will also be checked for soaking and by durometer for hardness before each car goes on the track for qualifying or any racing action. The car and driver weight rules for this event will be as follows: 2350 lbs. for an Open Motor, 2300 lbs. for a Steel Block/Aluminum Head - Spec Motor Only (8" spoiler allowed, 12" sides), 2250 lbs. for a CT525 Motor (8" spoiler allowed) and 2250 lbs. for an all Steel Motor or Crate Motor (8" spoiler allowed, 12" sides). There will be a pound per lap burnoff plus 5 lbs. in B-Mains and in the Feature. The use of a Hans device receives a 30 lb. weight break and the use of working Fire Extinguisher receives a 20 lb. weight break.
At each Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals, Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series Series event in 2015, the highest finishing CT525 engine in the main event will receive a $200 bonus and the highest finishing Steel Head/SPEC engine will also receive a $200 bonus.
Swainsboro Raceway is located at 586 Modoc Road in Swainsboro, GA 30401. For more information on Swainsboro Raceway, please call (478) 252-1300 or log on to www.SwainsboroRaceway.com .
Golden Isles Speedway is located at 101 Speedway Drive in Waynesville, GA 31566. For more information on Golden Isles Speedway, please call (912) 778-3767 or log on to www.GoldenIslesSpeedway.com .
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 .
Spring Nationals Series Swainsboro $6,000 to win Purse (50 Laps): 1) $6,000, 2) $3,000, 3) $1,800, 4) $1,200, 5) $1,000, 6) $900, 7) $800, 8) $700, 9) $680, 10) $660, 11) $640, 12) $620, 13) $600, 14) $580, 15) $560, 16) $540, 17) $520, 18) $500, 19) $500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500.
Spring Nationals Series Golden Isles $10,000 to win Purse (60 Laps): 1) $10,000, 2) $5,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $1,700, 5) $1,500, 6) $1,300, 7) $1,200, 8) $1,100, 9) $1,000, 10) $900, 11) $850, 12) $800, 13) $700, 14) $600, 15) $500, 16) $500, 17) $500, 18) $500, 19) $500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500.
Upcoming Spring Nationals Series Events:
April 17-Swainsboro Raceway-Swainsboro, GA-$6,000 to win
April 18-Golden Isles Speedway-Waynesville, GA-$10,000 to win
April 25-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$6,000 to win
May 1-Cleveland Speedway-Cleveland, TN-$4,000 to win
May 2-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$6,000 to win
Southern Nationals Bonus Series to Sanction Billy Clanton Memorial at Senoia Raceway
By Chris Tilley, P.R. Coordinator
BRASSTOWN, NC (April 9, 2015)-On Saturday July Fourth, the Southern Nationals Bonus Series by Collins Signs will pay tribute to one of Georgia's greatest racers, Billy Clanton.
The series will sanction the Billy Clanton Memorial race at the Senoia (Ga.) Raceway on Saturday Night July 4th and will pay $4,025-to-win as part of a double-header weekend. The ($25) on the winner's amount signifies Clanton's number he ran when he raced. The series will race on Friday Night July 3rd at the Tri-County (NC) Race Track paying $3,000-to-win during the annual Independence Day Championship race.
Clanton's son Shane, who has been a stalwart on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and a terror during Florida Speed Weeks in February, is thrilled about the chance to race in his father's Memorial race. "I'm really excited to run in it as a Super Late Model race. It was tried before at Seven Flags (Ga.) Speedway as a Limited Late Model race but I'm excited to have the opportunity to race in it. All of the family is looking forward to it and they'll all be here," stated Shane.
Series promoter Ray Cook also shares Clanton's sentiments regarding the event on the schedule. "We're really excited to be sanctioning the Billy Clanton Memorial at Senoia Raceway. Since they've opened this year, they've done a lot of good things down there. We want to thank the Clanton family and Senoia Raceway for having us in to sanction this race on July 4th," commented Cook.
Senoia Raceway recently opened back up under the leadership of Bill & Mayes Massey along with Doug Stevens, who now control the 3/8th's mile race track located just Southwest of Atlanta, GA. The track held its first Super Late Model event in nearly thirty years back on March 7th and plans are to host weekly Super Late Model racing at the track that was once paved. New improvements to the track have led to good crowds during the opening three events the track has already hosted and Clanton hopes the support for his father's Memorial race will help grow the track even more. "I hope a lot of the big names come to support the race on July 4th, we don't need to lose any more race tracks, that's for sure," Clanton said.
Shane Clanton is pleased with the improvements made by track staff at Senoia. "They've taken out the inside walls and it's made for some passing and its wide enough to go two, three and four wide," stated Clanton. "Once they get the new surface to bond together it can be good. They have worked it hard to get it racy," Clanton went on to say.
Billy Clanton started racing at the dirt tracks in the mid-1960's and continued until his son Rusty began racing in 1993. He gave racing up for a few years but returned to the track around 1996 for a short stint before retiring. Billy even built race cars with fellow Georgia native and Hall of Famer Roscoe Smith. Two of Billy's sons Joey and Rusty have had primarily asphalt racing backgrounds. Rusty did some All-Pro racing and Joey went on to win an ASA Championship and eventually drive in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Billy's other son Shane concentrated on the dirt tracks and has went on to win some of the sport's largest events including the World and Dream 100 at Eldora Speedway and currently leads the World of Outlaws Late Model Series points.
Senoia Raceway is located at 171 Brown Road in Senoia, GA 30276. For further information on Senoia Raceway, please call (770) 599-6161 or log on to www.SenoiaRaceway.com.
This Weekend's Event at Jackson Motor Speedway Cancelled
For Immediate Release
Waycross, GA (April 9, 2015) - This weekend's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event at Jackson Motor Speedway in Jackson, MS, scheduled for April 11th, has been cancelled.
The region has been battered with torrential rains over the last few weeks and the grounds at Jackson Motor Speedway are too saturated for this coming weekend's events. With more thunderstorms in the forecast, there is not enough time to allow the water table to fall for the grounds and racetrack to dry out.
"We really hate to lose the event at Jackson this weekend. We were forced to postpone the race last month, and we were hoping for the weather to cooperate for this make-up event. We can't wait to come back to Jackson and give the fans a great show," stated Assistant Series Director, Rick Schwallie, "But after talking with Don Cliburn, the promoter at Jackson, we were unable to find a suitable make-up date for the event."
Next up for the LOLMDS will be the April 17th and 18th, Bad Boy 98 at Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, AR. The event will pay $20,000 to win. Friday will feature Miller Welders Time Trials, and Heat Races. Saturday's events will include B-Mains, and the 98-lap Main Event. For more information, check out: www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net.
GARY STUHLER CHALKS UP HIS 132ND AT HAGERSTOWN/DIRT CAPITOL
HAGERSTOWN, MD. – From a third heat win, starting second with a three car invert to leading the Late Model feature all the way and parking in victory lane, Gary Stuhler was on top of his game Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol. It was career 132nd at the track for all time feature leader and National Dirt Hall of Fame veteran from Greencastle.
“It’s just a big team effort,” Stuhler said.” We had a lot of help over the winter. The boss man decided to spend a lot of money. They’ve given us the best equipment so all I have to do is do my job. I have to thank all my crew and Ronnie Stuckey from Team 20 for making it all happen. I’m just glad that I won.”
Bobby Beard, who finished second the previous week, used a move through lapped traffic to come out on top in the Malloy Ford Late Model Sportsman with Mike Corbin posting his third triumph in the first four races in the K.Lynn Management Pure Stocks. Two time and defending champion, Gary Proctor picked up his first win of the season in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks.
Stuhler quickly launched his racer to the late model lead as Brad Omps, in a brand new racer, passed Devin Friese for second. On the third lap while Roy Deese Jr and previous week’s winner Rick Eckert battled for fourth, Eckert’s car suddenly veered left into the fence across from the flagman’s stand.
Stuhler reassumed the lead on the restart with Deese Jr. taking the runner up spot from Omps the next circuit. Marvin Winters came from 11th to get the fourth position from Barry Miller on the 11th lap who then had Kyle Lear (12th) and Jerry Bard (15th) battling for his position.
Stuhler began through the rear of the field on the 15th circuit and was slowed some as Deese Jr. began to chop into his lead. Stuhler drove on and carried a 1.759 second advantage at the checkered. Omps was closely followed by Winters with Lear holding down the fifth spot.
With four car inverted in the Late Model Sportsman feature, Robbie Black and Beard occupied the front row as Black grabbed the lead from the outside. Previous season winners Paul Cursey and Scott Palmer were into the next positions by the third lap. Palmer quickly advanced into the runner up spot in a seventh lap restart and ready to challenge Black until looping his car in the second turn without stopping but falling to seventh as Beard took over the runner up spot.
Black continued to lead until arriving at the rear of the field as Beard sized up the situation and went to the outside when Black got held up entering the third turn. Beard quickly pulled away and never looked back until reaching the finish. Black, Cursey, Chad Myers (9th) and Wes Alleman completed the top five. Beard dedicated the win to his mother who just got out of the hospital.
Brian Miller advanced to the pole when Kenny Dillon’s mechanical issue kept him pitside for the Pure Stock start as Miller moved to the front over outside pole sitter Mike Corbin. Corbin began to pull away from Miller while Jamie Zentmyer battled for third with Chris Ebersole and previous week’s winner Craig Parrill. The race continued under green as Corbin picked up his season third win by just over three seconds ahead of Miller and Parrill who took third on the tenth lap. Bryan Walls and Zentmyer were next.
Late Models: 25 Laps, 22 Entries, 1.Gary Stuhler 2.Roy Deese, 3.Brad Omps, 4.Marvin Winters, 5.Kyle Lear, 6.Jerry Bard, 7.Dan Angelicchio, 8.Matt Cosner, 9.Trever Feathers, 10.Barry Miller, 11.Devin Friese, 12.Andy Fries, 13.Glenn Elliott, 14.Matt Sponaugle, 15.Bob Gordon, 16.Tyler Castle, 17.D.J. Troutman, 18.Andy Anderson, 19.Rick Eckert, DNS - Joe Leavell, D.J. Myers, Chad Walter
Late Model Sportsman: 20 Laps, 19 Entries: 1.Bobby Beard, 2.Robbie Black, 3.Paul Cursey, 4.Chad Myers, 5.Wes Alleman, 6.Kyle Lee, 7.Scott Palmer, 8.Sam Gallagher, 9.Chaz Walls, 10.Kenneth Yoder, 11.Cody Kershner, 12.Larry Neiderer, 13.Jason Nace, 14.Steve Lowery, 15.Jennae Piper, 16.Elwood Sord, 17.Joe Westerman Jr., 18.Cody Lear, 19. Garrett Walls
Weather Forces Cancellation of Spring Nationals Series Race at Ponderosa Speedway
By Chris Tilley, Series P.R. Coordinator
JUNCTION CITY, KY (April 3, 2015)-With heavy rains moving into the area on Friday morning and afternoon, officials with Ponderosa Speedway located in Junction City, Ky. have cancelled the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series-sanctioned Third Annual Spring Showdown visit scheduled for Friday Night April 3rd.
This is the third weather-related cancelation/postponement of a Spring Nationals Series event so far this season. The March 13/14 Tennessee Tipoff Classic at Smoky Mountain Speedway was postponed until April 24/25. However, the event at Ponderosa Speedway will not be made up
The series will move to Florence Speedway in Union, Ky. on Saturday Night (April 4th) for the 39th Annual Spring 50 event paying $5,000-to-win. A reminder to fans and teams coming to Florence Speedway on April 4th, the pit gates will open at 4:00 pm followed by the main & back gates swinging open at 5:30 pm and Hot Laps are slated for 6:00 pm.
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 .