I-77 Speedway to Host Hillbilly Hundred Sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Waycross, GA (December 5, 2013) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and famed promoter Carl Short are pleased to announce the location for this year's Hillbilly Hundred. The Hillbilly Hundred will return to the state of West Virginia at I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, WV on Sunday August 31st. The 46th Annual Hillbilly Hundred will pay $25,000 to win and $1,000 to start for this one day crown jewel event. I-77 Raceway will host the Hillbilly Hundred for the third year in a row in 2014. Mike Marlar won a thrilling race in 2012, coming from the 24th starting spot to win the event, while Jimmy Owens won another exciting race at I-77 Raceway Park in 2013 at the racy 3/8 mile bull ring in front of one of the biggest spectator crowds the track has ever seen.
"I can't express how excited we are to be able to host the Hillbilly Hundred again and partner with Carl Short and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. We're pumped to be a part of this big weekend and really looking forward to having the national stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit our track again. The racing has been outstanding the past two years and the series staff really runs a very efficient show that our fans enjoy", stated track promoter Kenny Newhouse.
The 46th Annual Hillbilly Hundred will be the final event of a three race weekend for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on the traditional labor-day weekend in 2014. The series will start the holiday weekend on Friday night August 29th at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH with a 50-lap $10,000 feature event, then travel to Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH on Saturday night August 30th for another 50-lap $10,000 to win feature event. The series concludes the weekend at I-77 Raceway Park with the 100-lap Hillbilly Hundred $25,000 to win feature event.
"After considering several options where to hold the Hillbilly Hundred in 2014, I'm looking forward to going back to I-77 Raceway Park and keeping the tradition of the event in the state of West Virginia. Working with Ritchie Lewis and the entire staff of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series brings a great level of professionalism, along with the support and marketing benefits within their organization and everything they bring to an event. It just makes good sense to continue our partnership with them", stated Carl Short.
To learn more about the Hillbilly Hundred and I-77 Raceway Park, visit their track website at www.racei77.com or contact Carl Short directly at (865) 945-3423 or email at Carlshort2007@gmail.com.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit the series' website at www.lucasdirt.com.
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KENNY PETTYJOHN TOPS HAGERSTOWN’S LATE MODEL SEASON
HAGERSTOWN, MD: Hagerstown Speedway, under the reigns of Frank Plessinger since 1980, has official concluded its 66th season with announced changes already in the works for the Maryland oval in 2014.
Meanwhile, in a no repeat season, there were five new drivers posting first ever track championships. Drivers received their monetary rewards and trophies during the final events.
One season after taking the late model title at Winchester, Kenny Pettyjohn of Millsboro, DE was rewarded with his efforts to chinch Hagerstown’s title in the Buchanan Auto Stores Late Model Series by 73 points over Jason Covert. The late models competed in ten sanctioned higher purse and prestigious events plus the finally completed Brawl in the Fall. The Roberts Memorial and Conococheague events were lost to rain.
Pettyjohn picked up a single triumph, his first ever posted at Hagerstown, in a May 24th Three State Flyers event. He later moved atop the standings on June 21 to remain the man to beat during the second half of the season. He posted five top ten finishes.
Covert, of York Haven, Pa., was the only driver to repeat wins during the season. He posted his first in the March 30th opener, a Three State Flyers event and followed up on June 1st with the Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek event. He competed in one less event when a family function took precedence during April’s Lucas Oil Schetromph Classic and ended with seven top ten finishes.
Marvin Winters trailed Covert by only eight points while D.J. Myers was separated from Dan Stone by four points to complete the first five in the standings.
J.T. Spence ended sixth by just six points over Jerry Bard. Tyler Hershey, Gregg Satterlee and Jeremy Miller rounded out the top ten.
There were six additional drivers posting wins and included Jimmy Owens, who also scored his first Hagerstown win in the Schetromph Classic; Jamie Lathroum, who won the Hagerstown/ Winchester Shootout event and Spence, the 6th Annual Red Nininger Memorial Shootout winner. Mark Pettyjohn also was a first time winner after taking honors in the 33rd Annual Ernie D’s Shorty Bowers Bull Durham Championship/ 48th Annual Johnny Roberts Memorial sanctioned by the Three State Flyers. The event was combined following the Roberts event being rained out. Jeremy Miller was the winner of the season’s fourth Three State Flyer event, the 28th Annual McBee/Hays Championship.
Gregg Satterlee won the race that was delayed 11 months, the Brawl in the Fall, which was weathered out twice during 2012 and also twice at the beginning of 2013, to be rescheduled as an add on at the end of the season.
Coming from the quarter midget ranks and a rookie in 2010 with his career first win in the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic late model sportsman division, second generation driver Justin Weaver was the champion in 2013 with three wins which included the Run What You Brung and Small Car Nationals events.
Weaver, of Williamsport, Md., had a phenomenal season with 12 top four place finishes and one ninth, coming in the Bill Bowman Classic.
Finishing 147 markers behind was Baltimore’s Paul Cursey. Cursey posted his first win anywhere during the April 7th opener
Besides the win, Cursey posted eight top tens which included a pair of seconds.
Mike Walls had a strong season to finish third over Scott Palmer while last year’s champion, Wayne Walls Jr. ended fifth..
Terry Flaherty was a single time winner and finished sixth followed by Courtney Shreiner, Chad Myers, Kyle Lee and Frankie Plessinger.
Besides Weaver, there were six other winners and included Andy Anderson, who won five of his seven times competing with first time wins to Gene Knaub and his Steel Block Bandit triumph, Chad Myers and Billy Farmer.
W.Walls, Cursey, James Lichliter (2), Palmer, Anderson (2), Fred Harden, Weaver and Andy Fries all were Liberty Auto and Tire Hard Chargers during the season.
The RUSH Crate Late Models made two visits with Rick Singleton and Mike Pegher Jr. victorious in those events.
In the Ernie D’s pure stocks, Berkley Springs, WV’s Darrin Younker took the top honor in his 25th year of racing aboard the racer owned by Dave Hessong. Younker had 12 top fives and one top ten with three wins including the 18th Annual Cornett Tribute.
It was a last race effort with the championship won by six points over Kevin Boyer. Boyer, of Harpers Ferry, WV, posted four wins and also had 12 top fives.
Drew Fitzsimmons was third with a single win followed by Charlie Pensinger and Nick Dibella who recorded his career first win.
Rick Stouffer, last year’s champion Tony Catlett (2 wins), Frank Dibella, Dave Stouffer Jr (1 win), and Mike Warrenfeltz completed the top ten.
Other winners were Steve Kent and Lane Hessong, their career firsts; Kenny Dillon, Bill Henney, the Run What you Brung winner and Mike Corbin, the Small Car Nationals winner.
The Ecton and Son Service and Repair Hard Chargers were Boyer (5), Pensinger (2), Younker (2), Brian Miller (2), Danny Beavers, Brian Duffey, Fitzsimmons and Hessong.
Gary Proctor of Big Pool, Md. was at the forefront in the winners column nearly every week, taking seven overall triumphs in the D & D Auto Recycling hobby stock cruisers which included the Small Car Nationals to win his first championship while being chased by defending champion Kenny Thomas of Greencastle, Pa who ended 33 points behind with a single win. Proctor had 12 overall top fives while Thomas had 11.
Joe Rogers, Dylan Welsh and Tom Caravello were next in the final standings.
Other winners were Dustin Proctor, Tom Caravello (2), Jason Sarver and Jamie Zentmyer who was the Run What You Brung winner
The Kline’s Auto Body and Towing Lucky Seven winners were Jamie Mills, Danny Holmes, Dave Shatto, Sarver (3), Michael Hyatt, Justin Hansberger, Thomas (3) and Dylan Welsh.
The National Speed Supply/Dave Padula Motorsports four cylinders were included on this year’s schedule with six events plus the Run What You Brung and Small Car Nationals events.
Ryan Laye of Ft. Loudon, PA played the winning hand and had three wins, three fourths and a sixth to earn the championship by 47 points over Middletown, PA’s John Stoll Jr. who had four top fives and two top tens. Kevin Thomas, Austin Stover and Bryan Neff completed the top five.
Cody Kershner, who finished sixth, posted four wins including the Small Car Nationals while Richard Gwizdale picked up a single win.
Getting the J&S Salvage Hard Charger awards were Gary Newell, Kurt Knepper, Ed Gageby, Kershner, Gwizdale and Stoll.
The 410 sprints had two events on the schedule as NASCAR’s Dave Blaney took the Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek triumph while Donnie Kreitz Jr. collected the long delayed Brawl in the Fall victory.
The super sportsman were on the schedule for the first time since September 2010 with Chad Criswell posting the win while Adrian Shaffer was victorious in the Brawl 358 sprint feature. Veteran Brett Hearn again had no trouble picking off the big block modified portion of the Brawl.
Brooks Coleman and Kevin Palmer each posted wins in the All American Outlaw Series while Matt Wallace won the Classic Racing Series event.
Promoter Plessinger and the speedway staff wish everyone a safe and very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to race fans rejoining the speedway in 2014 under the Dirt Capital LLC group of Rick Jones and Ernie Davis along with General Manager Keya Davis.
The Plessinger family will still operate the speedway for the Hub City Classic AMA Motorcycle event, the Monster Truck Jam, PA Sprint Speedweek and the Hagerstown Firefighter Bonanza Extravaganza.
Final details on any rule changes plus the 2014 schedule is soon to be announced on the speedway’s website at www.hagerstownspeedway.com.. Also follow the speedway on Twitter and Facebook.
Hagerstown Speedway 2013 Final Point Standings
Buchanan Auto Stores Late Models: 1.Kenny Pettyjohn, 1354; 2.Jason Covert, 1281; 3.MarvinWinters, 1273; 4.D.J.Myers, 1165; 5.Dan Stone, 1161; 6.J.T.Spence, 1159; 7.Jerry Bard, 1153; 8.Tyler Hershey, 1132; 9.Greg Satterlee, 1073; 10.Jeremy Miller, 1044
Hoosier Tire Late Model Sportsman: 1.Justin Weaver, 2055; 2.Paul Cursey, 1908; 3.Michael Walls, 1888; 4.Scott Palmer, 1832; 5.Wayne Walls Jr,’1757; 6.Terry Flaherty, 1732; 7.Courtney Shreiner, 1631; 8.Chad Myers, 1557; 9.Kyle Lee, 1510; 10.Frankie Plessinger, 1507
Ernie D’s Pure Stocks: 1.Darrin Younker, 3155; 2.Kevin Boyer, 3149; 3.Drew Fitzsimmons, 2946; 4.Charlie Pensinger, 2933; 5.NickDibella, 2794; 6.Rick Stouffer, 2481;, 7.Tony Catlett, 2252; 8.Frank Dibella, 2209; 9.Dave Stouffer Jr, 1813; 10.Mike Warrenfeltz, 1741
D & D Auto Recycling Hobby Stocks: 1.Gary Proctor, 2453; 2.Kenny Thomas, 3.Joe Rodgers, 2375; 4.Dylan Welsh, 2259; 5.Tom Caravello, 2159; 6.Justin Hansberger, 2058; 7.William Crook, 2000’ 8.Jason Sarver, 1541; 9.Joe Daywalt, 1311; 10.Dave Shatto, 1226
National Speed Supply/Dave Padula Motorsports Four Cylinders; 1.Ryan Laye, 1332; 2.John Stoll Jr., 1283; 3.Kevin Thomas, 1240; 4.Austin Stover, 1208; 5.Bryan Neff, 1193; 6.Cody Kershner, 1106; 7.Gary Newell, 853; 8.Kurt Knepper, 845; 9.Jeremy Ott, 757; 10.Ed Gageby, 549
The NDRL's McKean County Raceway to Go Saturday Night Racing in 2014
East Smethport, Pennsylvania (November 26, 2013) The National Dirt Racing League's home track, McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, PA completed the first season of operation back in September. The NDRL's McKean County Raceway operated weekly in 2013 on Friday nights to avoid conflict with Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY as both facilities hosted the ultra-fast super late model division that has seen its numbers drop in the recent years regionally.
Moving forward into the 2014 season, MCR is returning to its weekly Saturday night racing program with a few Friday nights and other special events sprinkled in. "With the uncertainty of Stateline's ownership and schedule for 2014, and two other tracks within an hour drive of MCR running on Friday nights, we chose to go back to the traditional Saturday nights this year, stated MCR general manager Chris Zuver." Zuver continued by stating, "We also heard the suggestions from racers and fans that couldn't make it to MCR on Friday nights due to Friday work schedules but could be there on a Saturday, all this played a factor in our decision to switch back to the tracks traditional Saturday nights." The management team at MCR has communicated and coordinated this scheduling shift with the proposed new ownership team for Stateline Speedway.
The 2014 season tentatively kicks off on Friday, April 18, 2014 with the first annual MCR 'Spring Classic' which will be the first multi-day event that will be listed on the 2014 schedule. The 2014 point races begin the following week on Saturday, April 26th as the 'Super 6' divisions will once again be the NDRL Super Late Models, RUSH Crate Late Models, Modifieds (formerly known as Emods), Stock Cars (formerly known as street stocks), Pure Stocks and Mini Stocks.
The 2013 awards banquet will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Eldred Township Fire Hall in Eldred, PA. The banquet will be catered by Top of Line Catering from Bradford and full details will be announced in the near future. MCR off season work continues with a new clay racing surface being laid down on the 3/8 mile oval in E. Smethport PA.
For more information on the NDRL's McKean County Raceway please visit www.mckeancountyraceway.com.
Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Set to Host NDRL Bluegrass Nationals in 2014
Phoeniz, Arizona (November 26, 2013) After being shuttered for nearly 3 years, the 3/8ths of a mile Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway located in Calvert City, Kentucky is set to roar back to life in March of 2014. Under the new ownership of two Kentucky businessmen, Ronnie Jones and Jim Hale, the track is ready to jump back into the national Dirt Late Model spotlight by hosting the fledgling National Dirt Racing League for a huge weekend of racing action. The NDRL's Bluegrass Nationals will be another of the series' signature events which will kick-off with an open practice on Thursday, March 27th followed by 2 full Super Late Model events on Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th at the Western Kentucky oval. Friday's event will pay $7500 to win while Saturday's finale will pay $12,500 to the race winner.
"We have been looking around at everything and talking with everyone as we go into this new adventure. When Kelley (Carlton - NDRL Director) came up and visited with us he answered all of our questions and helped us address some issues that didn't even relate to their event. That was one of the things we liked. These guys are looking to build a relationship and a situation where we both help each other. We are really excited about bringing the NDRL to Kentucky and to all of our race fans. We are going to try to get a couple of events in beforehand to make sure we have all of our logistics and staffing needs in place. It is an ambitious event but we are ambitious so as long as we can get some good weather I believe we can get this thing going and make it big." said Kentucky Lake co-owner Ronnie Jones.
"I could not be happier to be working with Ronnie and Jim. They are great guys and two very smart businessmen. We have already built a good relationship and we are ready to help them put Kentucky Lake back on the Dirt Late Model map. I really am excited to see everything that they have planned for Kentucky Lake. Ronnie and Jim have big plans and dreams for the place. They have such a nice facility and the location is excellent. They had a very nice gem when they bought the place and now they are putting the polish on it. I know I speak for John (Kennedy - NDRL Owner) when I say I am proud to have them as a part of 2014 family of racetracks." said NDRL Series Director Kelley Carlton.
For information on Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway visit their home on the World Wide Web located at www.klmsllc.com as it will be updated in the days and weeks ahead. For any other information the mailing address is: Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway P.O. Box 181 Hopkinsville, KY 42240. You can also call: (404) 862-9101 or (270) 484-1181 or send email to: email@example.com
The next events for the NDRL will be the 9 race mini-series of the 2014 Winter Extreme at Tucson International Raceway in Tucson, Arizona and the 2014 Battle at the Border at El Paso Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas. For more information go to www.thendrl.com
The full 2014 National Dirt Racing League schedule is expected to be released by the end of November. The NDRL would like to invite all attendees of the 2013 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis to visit with us at Booth #7038.
Smoky Mountain Speedway set to Tipoff 2014 Racing Season in a Huge Way
Three dates from all National Tours highlight a 12-race schedule for Tennessee track
Prepared by: Chris Tilley Motorsports Marketing & Promotions
MARYVILLE, TN (November 24, 2013)—Officials with the Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN have released the 12-race schedule of events for the 2014 season which promises to be the largest season on record for the track located just minutes from Knoxville, TN. Schedule highlights include visits from all National touring circuits including first-time visits from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the National Dirt Racing League and the return of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
The season will open on Saturday March 8th with the Tipoff Classic featuring a first-time visit from the newly formed National Dirt Racing League for a one-night $10,000 to win Super Late Model event. Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR is the defending series champion from 2013.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will make their return visit to Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday Night May 17th paying $10,000 to win as part of the closing of a double-header weekend with 201 Speedway in Sitka, KY the night before.
For the first time the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make a visit to Maryville, TN for the Summer Showdown, a 50-lap $10,000 to win event
Ray Cook’s Spring Nationals Series will return for the second season on Saturday Night March 29th for a $6,000 to win event. The Ray Cook-promoted Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series will also make their third-ever visit on Friday Night August 1st paying $5,300 to win as part of the mid-summer two-week tour.
On Saturday April 26th the Southern All Stars Dirt Series will make their first of two season appearances with a $5,000 to win Rockin’ with the Stars event and will return with the $5,000 to win King of the Mountain Fall Classic on Saturday Night September 20th.
On Saturday Night May 3rd the United Sprint Car Series (USCS) will make a visit paying $3,000 to win. That weekend is part of ‘Thunder in the Smokies’ where the Sprint Cars make their lone season visits to 411 Motor Speedway on Friday Night and Smoky Mountain on Saturday Night.
The Ultimate Super Late Model Series will make one visit to Smoky Mountain on Friday Night July 11th paying $5,000 to win in the Firecracker 500.
The Southern Regional Racing Series will make one season appearance to Smoky Mountain on Saturday May 31st for the $5,000 to win Tearin’ the Tops off Super Late Model special.
The Southern Nationals Bonus Series by CT Promotions will host the 10th Annual Ole Smoky Iron-Man Classic on Saturday Night August 16th paying $5,010 to win as the Iron-Man Classic moves to the Volunteer State for the first-time after the last nine years in Kentucky and Ohio.
The American Modified Series will also make a single-season visit to Smoky Mountain Speedway on March 29th paying $3,000 to win during the Spring Nationals Super Late Model event.
The track will host the Tennessee State Championship Race on Saturday Night October 11th with details still being finalized on this race.
During the season, other local divisions will be competing at Smoky Mountain Speedway and details about each event will be released at a later date.
The Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brickmill Road in Maryville, TN 37801. The track phone number is (865) 856-8989. You can obtain further information on Smoky Mountain Speedway by logging on to www.smokymountainspeedway.com . Be a follower of Smoky Mountain Speedway on Twitter by following @SMOKYMTNSPEED.
2014 Smoky Mountain Speedway Schedule of Events: (showing Day/Date/Sanction/Purse/Event Name)
-Sat. March 8-National Dirt Racing League/$10,000 to win/Tipoff Classic
-Sat. March 29-Ray Cook’s Spring Nationals Series/$6,000 to win/Plus AMS Modifieds $3,000 to win
-Sat. April 26-Southern All Stars Dirt Series/$5,000 to win/Rockin’ with the Stars
-Sat. May 3-United Sprint Car Series/$3,000 to win/Thunder in the Smokies
-Sat. May 17-World of Outlaws Late Model Series/$10,000 to win/Mountain Outlaw 50
-Sat. May 31-Southern Regional Racing Series/$5,000 to win/Tearin’ the Tops off Classic
-Sat. June 21-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/$10,000 to win/Summer Showdown
-Fri. July 11-Ultimate Super Late Model Series/$5,000 to win/Firecracker 500
-Fri. Aug. 1-Ray Cook’s Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series/$5,300 to win
-Sat. Aug. 16-Southern Nationals Bonus Series/5,010 to win/10th Ole Smoky Moonshine Iron-Man Classic
-Sat. Sept. 20-Southern All Stars Dirt Series/$5,000 to win/King of the Mountain Fall Classic
-Sat. Oct. 11-Tennessee State Championship Race-Details TBA
MARS 2014 Season Summary
Clarksville Speedway - Clarksville TN 07 Mar 2014
Clarksville Speedway - Clarksville TN 08 Mar 2014
Springfield Raceway - Springfield MO 22 Mar 2014
Davenport Speedway - Davenport IA 18 Apr 2014
34 Raceway - Burlington IA 19 Apr 2014
Monett Speedway - Monett MO 25 Apr 2014
West Plains Speedway -West Plains MO 26 Apr 2014
TBA - To Be Announced 09 May 2014
Springfield Raceway - Springfield MO 10 May 2014
Monett Speedway - Monett MO 25 May 2014
Paducah Int'l Raceway - Paducah KY 30 May 2014
Federated Auto Parts Raceway - Pevely MO 31 May 2014
Midway Speedway - Lebanon MO 13 Jun 2014
Outlaw Motorsports Park - Muskogee, OK 14 Jun 2014
I-80 Speedway - Greenwood NE 27 Jun 2014
Adams County Speedway - Corning IA 28 Jun 2014
Monett Speedway - Monett MO 03 Jul 2014
Salina Highbanks Speedway - Salina OK 04 Jul 2014
Salina Highbanks Speedway - Salina OK 05 Jul 2014
TBA - To Be Announced 25 Jul 2014
West Siloam Springs Speedway - OK 26 Jul 2014
Outlaw Motorsports Park - Muskogee, OK 01 Aug 2014
Caney Valley Speedway - Caney KS 02 Aug 2014
81 Speedway - Wichita KS 07 Aug 2014
Junction Mtr Spdwy - McCool Junction NE 08 Aug 2014
Junction Mtr Spdwy - McCool Junction NE 09 Aug 2014
Paducah Int'l Raceway - Paducah KY 22 Aug 2014
Federated Auto Parts Raceway - Pevely MO 23 Aug 2014
Monett Speedway - Monett MO 31 Aug 2014
Springfield Raceway - Springfield MO 13 Sep 2014
Salina Highbanks Speedway - Salina OK 27 Sep 2014
TBA - To Be Announced 03 Oct 2014
TBA - To Be Announced 04 Oct 2014
Jimmy Owens Wins Third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship
WAYCROSS, GA (NOVEMBER 20, 2013) - Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN secured his third consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship in 2013. The "Newport Nightmare" and the Reece Monument Racing Team put up some amazing stats during the 2013 LOLMDS season. Owens will take home $104,000 in cash awards at the Lucas Oil Championship Awards banquet, including the $75,000 first-place prize for winning the series points championship. For the LOLMDS season, Owens will have earned over $370,000 in winnings, contingency challenges and special bonus awards on the tour in 201
Owens won eight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events during the 2013 season. His wins came at East Bay Raceway Park's (FL) DART Winternationals in February; Lonestar Speedway (TX) and Hagerstown Speedway (MD) in April; Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) in May; I-80 Speedway (NE) and Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (PA) in July; Attica Raceway Park (OH) and the "Hillbilly Hundred" at I-77 Motorsports Park (WV) in September.
Owens also recorded fourteen (14) Top-Three finishes in 2013 and an impressive thirty-three (33) Top-Ten finishes out of 37 starts on the season. Owens took over the series championship points lead from Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN, after winning the April 20th event at Hagerstown Speedway and continued to battle a stout field of contenders while relinquishing the lead only a few times for remainder of the season. O'Neal briefly took over the lead again after the May 11th event at LaSalle Speedway (IL). John Blankenship of Williamson, WV took over the points lead for the first time in his career at Tri-City Speedway (IL) on July 12th. In the month of July, Owens fell as far back as third in points, but rallied in the month of August to regain the lead after back-to-back wins at the end of month. From that point, Owens never relinquished the lead again, but was never allowed any "breathing room" for the rest of the year. Coming down to the final event, Owens held on to beat out Steve Francis of Ashland, KY by 150 points in the series final points standings.
"We had another great season for our team, crew, and all of our sponsors to win the points title for the third time in a row. O'Neal, Blankenship, and Francis all gave us a tough challenge all year, and we never got too comfortable at the top, knowing we needed to finish strong week in and week out. To win the title again is a huge accomplishment considering the level of talent of all these drivers that follow the LOLMDS. I can't thank my car owner, Mike Reece, enough for giving me this opportunity to drive these cars and do what I love to do. It was another great year," stated an elated Owens.
In winning his third consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship, Owens used a Bloomquist Chassis powered by a Cornett Racing Engine. His sponsors include: Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, FK Rod Ends, Sunoco Race Fuels, Red Line Oil, Midwest Sheet Metal, Hoosier Tire, Alwee, PRC, Wiles Drive Shafts, Behrent's Performance Warehouse, Arizona Sport Shirts, Jones Racing Products, Hyperco, WELD Wheels, Petersen Fluid Systems, Ultra-Shield, Ohlins, Race Optics, Bell, Outerwears, Fast Lane Graphics,West Haven, C&C Trucking, Goodridge, Mike's Mini Late Models, Keyser Mfg and Slavic Corporation.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will proudly honor Jimmy Owens and the remaining Class of 2013 at the Lucas Oil Championship Awards Banquet being held at the Lucas Estate in Carmel, IN on Thursday evening December 12th, 2013.
To learn more about the 2013 LOLMDS Champion Jimmy Owens and his entire race team visit his official website at www.jimmyowens20.com.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit www.lucasdirt.com and check us out on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt
Josh Putnam Collects Fantastic Deep Fried 75 Event Win at Duck River Raceway Park
By @MichaelDespain, CT Promotions
(Wheel, TN-November 15-16, 2013)- The 2nd Annual Deep Fried 75 by CT Promotions concluded on Saturday evening in front of a capacity crowd and what an evening it was as Josh Putnam of Florence, AL scored the biggest win of his racing career by collecting a $10,000 payday in the 2nd Annual Deep Fried 75 aboard his Valley Metal/441 Race Wraps/Owl Creek Sod Farms/Neat Parts sponsored #212 Bob Pierce Race Car powered by a Jeff Burns Race Engine. The event was an absolute slugfest as Putnam and Skylar Marlar raced wheel-to-wheel for a majority of the second-half of the event, trading the lead officially on five different occasions, but unofficially many more times than that around the ultra-racy ¼ mile arena.
Skylar Marlar and Allen Murray would bring the 25 car starting field to the green flag, with Marlar immediately jumping to the race, with Ray Cook grabbing second from Murray, followed by Josh Putnam and Eric Hickerson. Marlar would work to a comfortable lead until the first of four cautions in the event waved on lap 6 when Richard Smith slowed in the front of the leaders in turn two. The restart would see Putnam drive by Cook for second, as the front trio of Marlar, Putnam, and Cook would pull away from the field until the next caution for 4th place running Hickerson, who spun his mount in turn two on lap 19. The restart would see Putnam and Cook trade spots, before Putnam secured second, with Putnam making a move on Marlar for the lead and taking the lead on lap 21. The third caution of the race waved on lap 24 when 8th position running David Seibers would stop in turn two. When action resumed, Putnam still held the point, with Marlar and Cook trading second a couple of times before Marlar reclaimed the runner-up spot, while Tony Morris and Tanner English battled for fourth. Marlar would begin the process of chasing Putnam down as the duo entered traffic on lap 36, with both drivers making daring moves in lapped traffic. Marlar continued to reel in Putnam for the lead and would make a pass on Putnam for the lead on lap 48. It was around this point when these two would begin a slobber-knocker of a battle for the top spot, with Cook still in third, with 11th starting Dennis Erb, Jr. now riding in fourth. Marlar and Putnam would trade slidejobs for the race lead on lap 55, and continued to battle hard for the top spot, all the time working in and out of lapped traffic, before Marlar reclaimed the top spot again on lap 57. Meanwhile, Erb, Jr. would run down Cook from a full straightaway behind and close in on Cook on lap 65. But the battle at the point was far from finished as Putnam made another move for the lead and would fire the slidejob pass for the top spot again on lap 67, with Erb, Jr. racing by Cook for third as well. Marlar would attempt to reclaim the top spot and would make a turn two slidejob pass on Putnam for the lead, but the caution would wave as fifth-place running Morris stopped on the traffic, negating the pass. The final five laps would see Putnam scoot away a few car lengths from Marlar, who now had his hands full with Erb, Jr. Putnam would take the checkered flag to the roar of the crowd, while Marlar would make contact with the wall exiting turn four on the final circuit, giving second to Erb, Jr. and third to Cook, with English and 13th starting Michael Chilton completing the top five. The remainder of the top ten would be 15th starting Eric Cooley, Marlar, 18th starting Brad Skinner, Daniel Miller, and 22nd starting Dillan White.
A pair of 12 lap Last Chance Showdown events would also be contested on Saturday evening, with Clint Nichols taking the win in Last Chance Showdown number one, while Brad Skinner would score the win in the second Last Chance Showdown. A 15 non-qualifiers race was also contested, with Chris Shelton scoring the win in the caution-filled event over Braden Mitchell, Terry English, Jason Riggs, and Donald Johns.
In preliminary action on Friday evening, the Super Late Model division would have 44 entries and Skylar Marlar of Winfield, TN was the overall top qualifier and top qualifier in Group A at 12.540 seconds, while Eric Hickerson of Linden, TN was the top qualifier in Group B at 12.660 seconds. Four ten lap qualifying heats would be contested, with Marlar, Cook, Murray, and Putnam claiming wins in those events.
David McWilliams of Bethel, OH would lead the entire distance in picking up the $1,200 payday in a caution-plagued UMP DIRTcar Modified main event behind the wheel of his Valvoline/Slicker Graphics sponsored #18 Diamond Race Car. McWilliams would stave off the advances of a hard-charging Clayton Miller to claim the win, while Justin Jenkins, Trent Young, and veteran Billy Palmer. The remainder of the top ten would be Gary Tatum, Randle Sweeney, Bill Haager, Tony Garber, and Tyler Wood. In preliminary action on Friday evening, McWilliams would be the top UMP DIRTcar Modified qualifier among 18 entries at 14.023 seconds and would win heat one, while Palmer would take the win in heat two.
The Deep Fried 75 will return in 2014 and in an announcement on Saturday evening prior to the start of the Super Late Model main event, the event will again be presented by CT Promotions, but the event will pay $11,000 to the winner.
SUMMARY-Duck River Raceway Park-Wheel, TN-November 15-16, 2013
SUPER LATE MODELS (44 entries)
Group A Top Qualifier (and Overall Tennessee RV Top Qualifier)- Skylar Marlar 12.540-$250
Group B Top Qualifier- Eric Hickerson 12.660
1st Heat (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Skylar Marlar, Scott Cook, Vic Hill, Michael Chilton, Mark Haddon, Trent Letson, Chris Shelton, Caleb Ashby, Steven Ashby, Mark Fields, Joe Denby
2nd Heat (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Ray Cook, Tanner English, Dennis Erb, Jr., Eric Cooley, Brad Skinner, Terry English, Kyle Beard, Richard Smith, Dillan White, Jason Skinner, Braden Mitchell
3rd Heat (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Allen Murray, Eric Hickerson, David Seibers, Clayton Miller, Clint Nichols, Bub McCool, Matthew Summers, Freddie Carpenter, Jason Riggs, Mark Dowdy, Daniel Dial
4th Heat (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Josh Putnam, Tony Morris, Daniel Miller, Brandon Kinzer, Hillard Miller, David Gentry, A.J. Ferguson, Wesley Shelton, Credence Mott, Donald Johns, Mike Hammerle
Last Chance Showdown #1 (12 laps/top four transfer)- Clint Nichols, Trent Letson, Mark Haddon, Bub McCool, Chris Shelton, Steven Ashby, Jason Riggs, Joe Denby, Daniel Dial, Freddie Carpenter, Mark Dowdy, Caleb Ashby (DNS- Matthew Summers, Mark Fields)
Last Chance Showdown #2 (12 laps/top four transfer)- Brad Skinner, A.J. Ferguson, Dillan White, Richard Smith, Credence Mott, Braden Mitchell, Terry English, Mike Hammerle, Jason Skinner, Donald Johns, Wesley Shelton, Hillard Miller, David Gentry, Kyle Beard
Non-Qualifiers Feature (15 laps/$300 to win)- Chris Shelton, Braden Mitchell, Terry English, Jason Riggs, Donald Johns, Freddie Carpenter, Mark Dowdy, Caleb Ashby, Wesley Shelton, Jason Skinner, Credence Mott, Steven Ashby, Joe Denby, Daniel Dial, Mike Hammerle (DNS- Hillard Miller, Kyle Beard)
Track Provisional- David Gentry
Delph Communications Hard Charger-Dillan White-$100
2nd Annual Deep Fried 75:
1. Josh Putnam-Florence, AL
2. Dennis Erb, Jr.-Carpentersville, IL
3. Ray Cook-Brasstown, NC
4. Tanner English-Benton, KY
5. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, KY
6. Eric Cooley-Fulton, MS
7. Skylar Marlar-Winfield, TN
8. Brad Skinner-Springhill, TN
9. Daniel Miller-Fayetteville, TN
10. Dillan White-LaFayette, KY
11. Tony Morris-Murfreesboro, TN
12. Vic Hill-Mosheim, TN
13. Richard Smith-Hartselle, AL
14. Allen Murray-San Antonio, TX
15. Bub McCool-Vicksburg, MS
16. Clint Nichols-Shelbyville, TN
17. Clayton Miller-Elkton, KY
18. Eric Hickerson-Linden, TN
19. Mark Haddon-Tullahoma, TN
20. David Earl Gentry-Murfreesboro, TN
21. Trent Letson-Danville, AL
22. David Seibers-Petersburg, TN
23. Brandon Kinzer-Allen, KY
24. A.J. Ferguson-Leoma, TN
Anticipation Builds for Deep Fried 75 by CT Promotions at Duck River Raceway Park November 14- 16
Somerset, KY-November 6, 2013- The excitement is building at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, TN as the 2nd Annual Deep Fried 75 by CT Promotions is set to sling the clay at the Bob and Cathy Harris promoted facility on Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16, along with an open practice for all divisions on Thursday evening November 14.
This must-see weekend of dirt track racing will offer an extravaganza of clay-slinging competition, with Super Late Models racing for $10,000 to win, UMP Modifieds racing for $1,200 to win, 2 Barrel/Crate Late Models racing for $1,500 to win, Modified Street Stocks racing for $1,200 to win, Pure Pony Stocks racing for $500 to win, and Outlaw Ponys racing for $500 to win.
The Super Late Model portion of the Deep Fried 75 on Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16 will be officiated by CT Promotions and will see the Super Late Models have practice, group time trials (with the 2 fastest from each group locked into Saturday’s A-Main) and qualifying heats that will be 10 laps in distance. On Saturday November 16, the Super Late Models will be featured in a program that will include practice, 10 lap Last Chance Showdowns, a 15 lap Non-Qualifiers event, and the 75 lap, $10,000 to win/$700 to start Deep Fried 75 A-Main. The entry fee for Super Late Models is $100 if pre-entered (pre-entry form is located at www.duckriverracewaypark.com until Monday November 11) or $125 if a racer chooses to enter at the event. Also, veteran Super Late Model technical inspector Jim Harrah will be on hand to handle all the technical inspections of the Super Late Models for the weekend.
Also added, Tennessee RV Sales & Service Super Center, one of the Southeast’s largest recreational vehicle dealerships owned and operated by Roger Sellers, will sponsor a $250 award for the overall top qualifier from Friday’s group time trials and Delph Communications, owned by Ryan Delph and the leading motorsports website producer in the country, will sponsor a $100 award for the Hard Charger in Saturday’s A-Main event.
Super Late Models will utilize transponders to time and score the cars for the weekend activities. Pembleton Scoring Solutions will be in charge of the transponders and scoring of the division for the weekend’s events. Pembleton Scoring Solutions uses the red transponders and the rental for the weekend will be $25. This fee covers the entire weekend of racing. RACEceivers are also mandatory at all times for Super Late Model competitors.
CT Promotions will officiate the Super Late Model portion of the event and will utilize the following tire compound rules: Hoosier 1600 (shoulder plated) & LM40, American Racer 56 with those compounds only on the rear and they must punch 55 before any race or qualifying, open compound tires on the front. Random tire samples will also be taken throughout the course of the weekend’s events. All entries will be required to utilize an eight inch spoiler. The weight rule will be 2,300 lbs. for cars with an open engine, while those cars utilizing a steel-block engine will have to weight 2,200 lbs. Late Model entries equipped with the CT525 all aluminum crate will also be allowed to compete and must weigh 2,250 lbs. There will a 1 pound per lap burnoff allowance in the heats, last chance showdowns, non-qualifiers event, and the 75 lap, $10,000 to win A-Main event.
*2nd Annual Deep Fried 75 A-Main Payout (75 laps): 1) $10,000, 2) $5,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $2,000, 5) $1,500, 6) $1,300, 7) $1,200, 8) $1,100, 9) $900, 10) $850, 11) $800, 12) $750, 13) $700, 14) $700, 15) $700, 16) $700, 17) $700, 18) $700, 19) $700, 20) $700, 21) $700, 22) $700, 23) $700, 24) $700.
*Deep Fried 75 Non-Qualifiers Event Payout (15 laps): 1) $300, 2) $280, 3) $270, 4) $260, 5) $250, 6) $240, 7) $230, 8) $220, 9) $210, 10) $200, 11) $100.
The UMP DIRTcar Modifieds will join the already stellar-card for both nights of this must-see event on Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16. The UMP DIRTcar Modifieds will race for $1,200 to win and $100 to start in their portion of the Deep Fried 75 weekend at Duck River Raceway Park. On Friday November 15, the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds will time trial and contest qualifying heats, while on Saturday November 16, the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds will be in action in B-Mains and the 20 lap, $1,200 to win/$100 to start A-Main event for the open wheel warriors. CT Promotions will officiate the UMP DIRTcar Modified portion of the weekend as well and all standard 2013 UMP DIRTcar Modified rules will apply. CT Promotions has also spoken with officials at UMP at there will be UMP technical inspectors on hand for the event as well. The entry fee for the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds for the weekend will be $50. The UMP DIRTcar Modifieds will also utilize transponders for timing and scoring purposes for the weekend and Pemberton Scoring Solutions will also be handling this for the open-wheel division as well. The cost is $15 and that will take care of the whole weekend.
The 2 Barrel/Crate Late Model division will be in action as well on Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16. On Friday November 15, the 2 Barrel/Crate Late Models will time trial with the 18 fastest qualifiers locked in for Saturday’s A-Main, while on Saturday November 16, the 2 Barrel/Crate Late Models will contest B-Mains and the 40 lap, $1,500 to win A-Main event for the division.
The Modified Street Stock division will be in action on Friday Night November 15 and contest a full program of qualifying heats, B-Mains, and the 30 lap, $1,200 to win Modified Street Stock A-Main. This division will see the rules used for this event be the same as the Street Stock Fall Brawl at Clarksville (TN) Speedway a few weeks back in place for this event.
The Pure Pony and Outlaw Pony divisions will also be in action as part of the Deep Fried 75 weekend at Duck River Raceway Park. On Friday November 15, the Pony division will be in action with qualifying heats and a 25 lap, $500 to win main event. On Saturday November 16, the Outlaw Pony division will be featured in a full program of qualifying heats and a 25 lap, $500 to win main event.
Also, the 2 Barrel/Crate Late Models, Modified Street Stocks, Pure Pony, and Outlaw Pony divisions will also utilize transponders for timing and scoring purposes for the weekend and track promoters Bob and Cathy Harris are picking up the tab on that expense for the racers in these divisions for the weekend.
In addition to all of the great racing set for the weekend, track co-promoter Cathy Harris will be having a Toys for Tots drive at the track as well that weekend. All fans, drivers, and race teams are welcome and encouraged to participate and give to the Duck River Raceway Park Toys for Tot drive at the Deep Fried 75 on November 15, 16 to help brighten the Christmas holiday for children that may not otherwise have an enjoyable Christmas season. Also, Duck River Raceway Park would like to announce it has already booked a return visit in 2014 by the World of Outlaws Late Model Series on April 11, setting up a WoO Late Model Series doubleheader weekend of racing in the Volunteer State.
Activities for the 2nd Annual Deep Fried 75 weekend will see an open practice for all divisions on Thursday November 14 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. CDT and will be $10 per car and $10 per person to attend. On Friday November 15, the general admission area and pit area open at Noon, with the drivers meeting set for 6:00 p.m., while practice laps will get the green flag at 6:30 p.m., followed by time trials and green flag racing. On Saturday November 16, the general admission area will be cleared between 11:30 a.m. and Noon, with the general admission area and pit areas reopening at Noon. There will be a special driver’s autograph session in the general admission area for all fans in attendance from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with the drivers meeting set to begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by practice laps at 5:00 p.m., with green flag race action set to follow. All times listed are CST. Ticket prices for the 2nd Annual Deep Fried 75 in the general admission area will see a two-day pass go for $40, while a one-day pass will be $20. Children ages 6 to 12 will be $5, while children ages 5 and under are free with a paid adult. A two-day pit pass will be $65 for the weekend, with a one-day pit pass going for $35.
Microtel Inn and Suites in Shelbyville, TN will serve as the Official Host Hotel for the Deep Fried 75 at Duck River Raceway Park. Microtel Inn and Suites is located at 1207 North Main Street in Shelbyville, TN 37160. Room rates will be $69.00 per night for single, $74.00 per night for double, and $79.00 per night for a suite. Patrons must use the promo code “Deep Fried 75” to be eligible for these room rates. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m (these times are CDT). Patrons will also have access to a free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi internet access, and a 24 hour a day fitness center, along with a large selection of restaurants located nearby. These rates will only be available November 14 through November 16. To make reservations for the weekend, phone (931) 684-8343.
Duck River Raceway Park is located at 1100 Haskins Chapel Road in Lewisburg, TN 37091 and has presented dirt track sports entertainment since 1973. Bob and Cathy Harris are the track promoters and more information about the track can be obtained at www.duckriverracewaypark.com via the internet. Interested parties can also get news about Duck River Raceway Park on Facebook at Duck River Raceway, LLC or via Twitter @DRRPLLC.
About CT Promotions: CT Promotions has sanctioned Super Late Model and Open Wheel Modified racing events since 2003. The 23rd Annual Kentucky Klassic paid Winfield, TN’s Mike Marlar $3,000 and was the first sanctioned Super Late Model show by the Somerset, KY based sanction group. The group has also hosted the Iron-Man Classic event annually since 2004. This will be the first $10,000 to win Super Late Model event that CT Promotions has sanctioned and the group is extremely honored and humbled to be associated with track promoters Bob and Cathy Harris and everyone at Duck River Raceway for this event.
For more information on the 2nd Annual Deep Fried 75 at Duck River Raceway Park, please call (931) 684-8200, point your web browser to www.duckriverracewaypark.com or call CT Promotions (Chris Tilley) at (606) 219-1723.
ERNIE DAVIS – RICK JONES TEAM TAKE HAGERSTOWN INTO 2014
HAGERSTOWN, MD: Following 34 years of operation by Frank Plessinger, news has spread quickly of the regime change at Hagerstown Speedway. Initially reported and then confirmed at a meeting held by the new co-promoter team, the Maryland facility has been leased and will be operated by Ernie Davis and Rick Jones for the 2014 season.
The announcement was made covering the Friday, October 25th agreement with further information relayed to speedway employees and later to competitors, owners and others at a meeting at Wilson Ruritan Club on Wednesday October 30th.
Employees of the speedway first met with the Davis – Jones team while later, the club building, located just east of the speedway, filled to capacity to listen to proposals the new team has in store for the facility.
Jones of Westminster, MD along with Davis, Martinsburg, WV, are former drivers themselves and familiar faces around Hagerstown and other area tracks for years. Jones has formerly promoted Potomac and most recently Allegany County (Cumberland) for the last a number of years and is currently an owner of Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in western Pennsylvania.
“We’re not here to chop up Hagerstown Speedway, “Davis said. “We’re here to make things better and hope we do better. Maybe we won’t do as good as they did. We’re going to give it 150%. Everyone gives 100%; we’re going to do better.”
McConnellsburg Pa’s Plessinger made Hagerstown a facility known for its late models with competition always the most competitive around and any driver wanting to be able to win at Hagerstown to have that on their resume.
Drivers like overall feature winner, Gary Stuhler plus Rodney Franklin, Nathan Durboraw, Denny Bonebrake, Tom Peck, Jeff Robinson, Dick Warrenfeltz, Jeremy Miller, Ronnie McBee, Sam Nally, Marvin Winters, Rick Eckert and Roy Deese Jr., all with more than 20 career wins, made that hard to do on many occasions.
With so many changes over the years affecting the rising costs of operation of the track along with the stale economy, it was decided some changes were needed.
His daughter, Lisa Plessinger, who has been the business manager at the track for many years, is enthused that Jones and Davis have made the move to continue the operation of the speedway and taking on the challenge.
“Rick is going to take the most of it, handling things when it comes to talking about the races and handling stuff on working with the employees, “Davis said. “I don’t know, I’ve never run a speedway before. (Former employee who was in charge of track maintenance and pits) Randy Grove will be beside me at every race. He knows more about racing than I’ll ever know in my life. He’s my main constituent.”
“There are a lot of devoted people here,” Davis said to the employees gathered. ”That’s the kind of people needed and we have to work together as a team. I’m not going to criticize Lisa, Frank or anybody or any race track in the country. I see things I’ve done wrong in racing and I know a lot of other people have done the same thing.”
“I’d like to thank the Plessinger’s for giving us this opportunity,” Jones said.” We hope to make it a lot better, nobody knows. I know it’s the people behind you that make a facility better or worse. My main goal is everyone has a job; everyone gets paid to do a job. The flagmen are the head of our race track. If everyone does their part, we’ll get along fine. My people are number one.”
Jones informed those gathered that the plans are to run the same classes that were run before with a lot of big shows.
“We want to get back to basics, the roots of Hagerstown Speedway, and come back up that way,” he said.
“Kids, they are the next generation, “Jones said. “They become racers and the whole works. We need to get the family aspect back into it.”
Davis’ daughter Keya Davis has been names General Manager and will be handling the administration duties. She initially informed the drivers, owners and others on some of the proposed changes and then opened the floor to numerous questions from those in attendance.
Some of the proposals announced were double file restarts, pill draw replacing the point average system for heat and feature line-ups, a marked fourth turn area for green flag starts, green and red lights at the scales to signify whether the car meets the required legal weight or not so there are no questions, kids in the pits along with others.
“We plan on running classes as close to what has been run in the past, but we are going to have more late model races,” Keya Davis said. “We’ve been working with Lucas, World of Outlaws, Winchester Shootout, Appalachian Speedweek and looking at a Winchester, Roaring Knob and Hagerstown weekend event. We could have some Sunday night races but they will be open tires. Other classes on a Sunday will run under small car national rules. We’re also looking at a big end of the year race, something similar to the format at Charlotte.
Drivers and others then began tossing numerous questions and concerns.
“If we don’t have answers, I’m going to write questions down and we’ll have answers for you later,” she said. “We also have a suggestion box and we’d like you to use that.”
“That suggestion box back there means a lot,” Ernie Davis said. “It only takes a few minutes for everyone to write their suggestions down. We’re not God; we have to listen to you too.”
“We’re here to listen,” Keya Davis said. “We’re open to your opinions and suggestions. We need you to be patient, we can’t change everything. We need to work together to make things better.”
“We’ll be trying to work as quickly as possible to get answers to everyone,” Keya Davis said. “As soon as we have anything we’ll be posting it on the website, www.hagerstownspeedway.com and Twitter and Facebook.
Billy Ogle Jr. captures Tearin’ the tops off Super Late Model Triple Crown at Smoky Mountain
By Chris Tilley, CT Marketing
MARYVILLE, TN (November 2, 2013)—Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN led from start to finish in the Southern Regional Racing Series-sanctioned Tearin’ the tops off Triple Crown at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on Saturday evening November 2nd.
Other Triple Crown winners included Josh Collins of Knoxville, TN who captured the $2,000 Limited Late Model victory and Adam Beeler of Knoxville, TN in the $1,000 to win Crate Late Model Feature event. In Street Stock feature action, Travis Reno scored the $1,000 payday in the 15-lap main event.
Billy Ogle Jr. and fellow Blount Motorsports team-mate Tommy Kerr led the field of 17 to the green flag in the 35-lap main event with Ogle jumping to the point early in the main. One caution flag slowed the main event on lap six as Jason Welshan, who drove Kenny Cobble’s # 31 car slowed in turn two with fluid coming out of the car. Ogle went on to pick up the $3,000 victory over Chad Ogle, Tommy Kerr, Josh Putnam and David Crabtree. In preliminary action, Billy Ogle Jr. was the top qualifier with a 15:837 second lap.
In pre-race ceremonies, the top-three drivers in the Street Stock and Crate Late Models we’re honored in victory lane for their accomplishments in 2013.
A big thanks to all who made the 2013 season a hug success at Smoky Mountain Speedway, the drivers & crews, track crew, the great media members, track sponsors and most of all the fans. Smoky Mountain Speedway will have the 2014 schedule posted in the near future on www.smokymountainspeedway.com .
Official Summary of Results:
Southern Regional Racing Series Super Late Model Feature:
1. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, TN
2. Chad Ogle-Sevierville, TN
3. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, TN
4. Josh Putnam-Florence, AL
5. David Crabtree-Maryville, TN
6. Cory Hedgecock-Loudon, TN
7. Josh Collins-Knoxville, TN
8. Ryan King-Seymour, TN
9. Tommy Bailey-Corbin, KY
10. Wesley English-Tiger, GA
11. Greg Robertson-Waynesboro, VA
12. Travis Armes-Petros, TN
13. Jeff Franklin-Ten Mile, TN
14. Dennis Barton-Corbin, KY
15. Jason Welshan-Maryville, TN
16. Sammie Russell-Madisonville, TN
17. Jeff Wolfenbarger-Clinton, TN (DNS)
Limited Late Model Feature Finish: Josh Collins, Cory Hedgecock, Dan Tipton, Jason Welshan, Tod Hernandez, Jason Manley, Heath Hindman, Bobby Giffin, Weston Gantte, Tony Martin, Layne Clifton, Ruben Mayfield, Roger Best, Stanley Donahoo, Matthew Tharp, Raymond Sheppard, Mark Leach, Brian Shockley, Brad Lowe, Eric Tipton, Jody Horton
Crate Late Model Feature Finish: Adam Beeler, Brett Wyatt, Tod Hernandez, Colby Moses, Robert Edwards, Robby Moses, Chad Beeler, Boone Fullwood, Health Alvey, Dustin Goldman, Jason McCall, Roger Best, Josh Fields, Brett Ashley, Brad Coffey, Walker Arthur
Street Stock Feature Finish: Travis Reno, Warren McMahan, Dakotah Knuckles, Robbie Buchanan, Austin Atkins, Brady Lee, Mitchell Brown, Scott Brown, Shorty Ledford, Tony Horton, Booger Brooks, Lynn Phillips, Jeff McLemore, Ricky Wagner, Michael Heron, Jeremy Fisher
2013 Smoky Mountain Speedway Winners:
1. Jonathan Davenport-3/23-Southern All Stars Series
2. Tommy Kerr-4/13-Ray Cook’s Spring Nationals Series
3. Shane Clanton-4/26-World of Outlaws Late Model Series
4. Dillon Wood-5/25-Ultimate Super Late Model Series
5. Chris Madden-6/15-Southern All Stars Series
6. Ray Cook-6/29-Southern Regional Racing Series
7. Chris Madden-7/26-Ray Cook’s Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series
8. Billy Ogle Jr.-9/13-Southern Regional Racing Series
9. Jonathan Davenport-10/25-TN State Championship un-sanctioned
10. Mike Marlar-10/26-Southern All Stars Series TN State Championship
11. Billy Ogle Jr.-11/2-Southern Regional Racing Series
2013 Southern Regional Racing Series Winners/Remaining Schedule:
2/9-MICHAEL PAGE (Boyd’s Speedway)
5/24-RILEY HICKMAN (Thunderhill Raceway)
5/25-DANE DACUS (TN National Raceway)
6/15-JACKIE BOGGS (201 Speedway)
6/22-CHAD OGLE (Volunteer Speedway)
6/27-RAY COOK (Duck River Raceway Park)
6/28-JOSH PUTNAM (Boyd’s Speedway)
6/29-RAY COOK (Smoky Mtn. Speedway)
8/23-RANDY WEAVER (Boyd’s Speedway)
9/13-BILLY OGLE JR. (Smoky Mtn. Speedway)
10/5-JOSH PUTNAM (Duck River Raceway Park)
11/2-BILLY OGLE JR. (Smoky Mtn. Speedway)
11/9-BOYD’s SPEEDWAY $3,000 to win
Alex Ferree Claims 2013 PPMS Super Late Model Title
Nine Different Drivers Visit Victory Lane in Weekly Racing Action
PITTSBURGH, PA -- Super Late Model racing has been an integral part of racing here at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway since the facility opened in 1979 and in 2013 the excitement continued with the rebirth of the 25th Silver Anniversary edition of the Pittsburgher. Late Model superstar Scott Bloomquist took home the $25,000 payday from the NDRL several weeks ago but the weekly action at the Imperial, PA oval was equally as exciting.
Michael Norris opened up the 2013 Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model season by scoring the win on opening day, Saturday, April 13th. The Sarver, PA resident, who was also the 2012 divisional champion, was definitely dominant in the earlier part of the season as he went on to claim four more victories including the Inaugural Herb Scott Memorial on June 15th. Norris' impressive win on June 15th would find him lapping all but the top five competitors in the feature event.
Norris may have been the dominate force in the early part of the 2013 season but Saxonburg, PA resident Alex Ferree was the "Top Dog" in the Late Model Division during the second half of the season. Ferree scored his first victory at "Dirt's Monster Half Mile" on June 22nd and followed that up with wins on July 13th, August 31st, September 13th and September 28th. Ferree's late season domination enabled him to overtake Norris and claim the 2013 Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model championship in the Joe Corrado owned Frankland Racing Products/Range Resources sponsored Rocket Chassis.
2013 Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model Champion Alex Ferree and fiancée Brenda McCandless celebrate a victory on August 31st.
Kyle Lukon has been a fixture in the Pro-Late Model Division for several years and in 2013 the Duquesne University graduate's Saturday nights were very busy as he also competed in the Super Late Model Division. Lukon's Super Late Model ride was just as competitive as his Pro-Late ride, and on May 4th he parked the Malcuit powered Isminger's Pennzoil sponsored Rocket Chassis in Victory Lane. Unfortunately some late season motor woes forced the team to the sidelines but if they return to Super Late action in 2014 they will definitely be looking for more wins.
The "Old Guard" at "Dirt's Monster Half Mile" continued to have a strong showing this season as Lynn Geisler, Steve Baker and Jim Stephans all visited Victory Lane. Geisler, a Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Member, who has piloted the #1 Cochran sponsored Rocket Chassis for more than 25 years, claimed his first win on May 25th. The Cranberry, PA resident followed up with another victory on August 3rd. Stephans made his first ever visit to Super Late Model Victory Lane on June 8th as he claimed the win when the Monster Trucks invaded the speedway. The popular Baldwin, PA driver enjoyed the "thrill of victory" so much the first time, that returned to Victory Lane on July 27th to record another win in the Colbert's Collision/Advance Auto Parts sponsored Rocket Chassis. Not to be shown up by his fellow racing veterans; a determined Steve Baker and the crew of his Richard Construction/Bland Towing sponsored ride kept "plugging away" until they found the setup needed and were able to claim the win on August 10th. All three of these gentlemen are true ambassadors of the sport and we look forward to seeing them in the Winner's Circle again in 2014.
Other winners of weekly racing action at "Dirt's Monster Half Mile" included Jared Miley, who picked up three wins; Brandon Burgoon, who was victorious on two occasions and Gregg Satterlee, who was the victor in the 53 lap Red Miley Rumble. Satterlee, who hails from Rochester Mills, PA, had an excellent year as he also scored two wins in World of Outlaws action as well as victories in several other prestigious regional events.
Late Model veterans Jim Stephans, Lynn Geisler and Steve Baker all visited Victory Lane at PPMS in 2013
The racing action in the Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model Division promises to be just as exciting in 2014 as many of these competitors will once again be in action at PPMS. In addition, 2012 Pro-Late Model Champion Colton Flinner has indicated he is moving to the division next season and plans to make PPMS his Saturday evening stop. The Hampton Township, PA resident would like nothing better than to score his first ever Super Late Model win at his home track next season.
Veterans Ben Miley and Ed Ferree may have struggled a bit in 2013 but rebuilding in the coming months may just be what both need to rejuvenate their programs for 2014. In addition, Derek Stefanick, Tommy Beck and Daryl Charlier all showed improvement during the past season and should return next year. Throw in competitors like lady racer Kari Gasser, John Mollick, 2011 divisional champion Michael Davis and Tony Musolino and it looks like 2014 is tuning up to be a super competitive one in Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model action here at "Dirt's Monster Half Mile."