WINTER NOT GIVING UP, DIRT CAPITOL POSTPONES HAGERSTOWN/WILLIAMS GROVE SHOOTOUT
HAGERSTOWN, MD: Despite spring arriving a week ago, winter just won’t give up with last week’s long range forecast predicting extremely cold temperatures for tomorrow (Saturday) and against the second half of the Hagerstown/Williams Grove Shootout.
Wanting to get the event in the record books, Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol has been forced to postpone until Sunday (29th) at 3 p.m. Pit gates will open at 12:30 and warm-ups will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Nick Dickson picked up Friday’s event at Williams Grove and earned a guaranteed starting position in the May 29th 7th Annual Loco–Motives Appalachian Mountain Speedweek show at Bedford Speedway while Hagerstown’s winner will receive a spot in its June 6th Speedweek finale.
KYLE HARDY POSTS DIRT CAPITOL’S GRAND OPENING $3,000 LATE MODEL SPECIAL
HAGERSTOWN, MD. – Following a one week delay due to inferior weather conditions, Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol LLC was off and running with the Opening Day Special as was Kyle Hardy who grabbed the lead from Jamie Lathroum following a second lap restart and went on to score the 30-lap Late Model feature worth $3,000. The win didn’t come without controversy as contact was made with Walker Arthur on the final lap who did return the bump following the feature and was scored last.
“I don’t really like running people over, but I got down there on the bottom and it was super slippery,” Hardy said. “I got my front into the inside wall and I got into him pretty hard. It’s racing. He’d probably do it back to me. It was a little chilly but other than that I had fun today.”
Other winners on the season’s only scheduled Sunday program included Paul Cursey in the Late Model Sportsman, Mike Corbin in the Pure Stocks, Dylan Rutherford in the Hobby Stocks and Haley Kaiser in the Rookie Cars.
A youngster from the stands spun the inversion wheel and the pointer stopped on two as heat winners Lathroum and Dan Stone occupied the front row with Lathroum getting the jump over the polesetter as sixth starter Hardy moved into the runner up on the second lap when another caution reset the field.
Hardy came out on top of a restart shuffle with Lathroum and Arthur and began to pull away from Arthur while Lathroum and Roy Deese Jr. were left to battle for third. By the halfway mark, Hardy was two seconds ahead and had closed on the rear of the field.
Arthur closed as Hardy got held up for a couple laps before escaping and moving on to other rear cars. Hardy was into more traffic when he got shuffled out of the groove and Arthur got past to lead the 29th lap. Hardy stayed on the throttle the final circuit and stuck it low entering the third turn when contact was made and he exited the fourth with the lead. Following the post-race contact, Lathroum was credited with the runner up spot over Deese with Jason Covert and Matt Parks completing the top five. Heats for the 23 entries were won by Lathroum, Stone and Joe Leavell.
The Late Model Sportsman also began with a two car inversion with Cursey on the pole and Travis Stickley alongside as Cursey grabbed the lead over third starting Justin Weaver who retired after only one lap when the caution was displayed for another incident. Cursey took command on the restart as Kyle Lee took the runner up spot as Chad Myers moved in to challenge. Myers took the runner up spot on the 14th lap with a 17th lap yellow wiping away Cursey’s lead.
Cursey pulled away on the restart and continued to maintain nearly a second lead to the finish over Myers with Walker Arthur, Lee and Jake Jones next to the line.
“I’ve had really good fortune running in the first race each year so tried to work all winter hard, tried to get it right and come out here and do well,” Cursey said. “This is my 30th year of racing and this was my 63rd feature win.”
Late Models: 30 Laps, 23 Entries, 1.Kyle Hardy, 2.Jamie Lathroum, 3.Roy Deese Jr., 4.Jason Covert, 5.Matt Parks, 6.Ross Robinson, 7.Jason Miller, 8.Brian Tavenner, 9.Andy Haus, 10.Joe Leavell, 11.Dominic Defino, 12.Kerry King Sr., 13.Mike Lupfer, 14.Dan Stone, 15.Colby Frye, 16.Marvin Winters, 17.C.S. Fitzgerald, 18.Andy Anderson, 19.Glenn Elliott, 20.Walker Arthur, DNS – Kenny Moreland, Trever Feathers, Kyle Lear
Late Model Sportsman: 25 Laps, 20 Entries: 1.Paul Cursey, 2.Chad Myers, 3.Walker Arthur, 4.Kyle Lee, 5.Jake Jones, 6.Travis Stickley, 7.Rodney Walls, 8.Chaz Walls, 9.Kenneth Yoder, 10.James Lichliter, 11.Brayden Anderson, 12.Garrett Walls, 13.Jimmy Richards, 14.Josh Berrier, 15.Sam Gallagher, 16.Justin Weaver, 17.Jonathan DeHaven, 18.Keith Walls, 19.Scott Palmer, 20.Jimmy Jesmer Jr.
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Opens with Cleveland & Boyd's Doubleheader March 20-21
By Chris Tilley, Series P.R. Coordinator
BRASSTOWN, NC (March 12, 2015)-The sophomore season for the Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Collins Signs will feature a double-header of racing action on March 20-21 in Tennessee and Georgia. This will mark the first of two appearances this season from the Bonus Series to Cleveland and Boyd's Speedway.
On Friday Night March 20th the series rolls into the 1/3 mile Cleveland Speedway in Cleveland, Tenn. for the 20th Annual Shamrock 40 paying $4,000-to-win and $400-to-start. In addition to the Super Late Models, the Crate Late Models ($1,000-to-win), A-Hobby, B-Hobby and Pony divisions will all be on the racing card. Adult General Admission is $15.00 while Adult Pit Passes are $35.00. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00 pm EST with the Driver's Meeting slated for 6:00 pm and Hot Laps to follow. This will be the opening race for Cleveland Speedway's 2015 season.
The Shamrock race has a storied history at Cleveland Speedway. Rex Richey won the inaugural event in 1994, his only Shamrock victory. Fourteen drivers have won this event and rain won only on two occasions. Scott Bloomquist owns three Shamrock victories, the most of any driver. Other drivers with multiple Shamrock wins include Billy Moyer, Dale McDowell and Duayne Hommel. Randy Weaver won a thrilling 2013 event which ran caution free in the Shamrock that took just over twelve minutes to run. Riley Hickman of nearby Chattanooga, Tenn. claimed the event victory last season when the event was briefly moved to Boyd's Speedway.
On Saturday March 21st the series will venture down Interstate 75 just twenty miles to Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. for the March Meltdown 40 paying $4,000-to-win and $400-to-start. The Crate Late Models ($1,000-to-win), A-Hobby ($400-to-win), B-Hobby ($300-to-win) and Pony ($200-to-win) divisions will all be on tap for the March Meltdown event. Adult General Admission is $20.00 while Adult Pit Passes are $35.00. The Pit Gates will open at 4:00 pm EST with the Driver's Meeting slated for 6:00 pm and Hot Laps to follow. Teams coming from Cleveland Speedway the night before may enter the pits earlier.
Boyd's Speedway opened their season with the running of the annual Cabin Fever event back on January 31st in which Riley Hickman of Chattanooga, Tenn. claimed the $3,000 top prize in the unsanctioned event over series regular Donald McIntosh, Pierce McCarter, Cory Hedgecock and Alabama's Jason Hiett.
At both events, the Highest Finishing CT525 engine will receive a $400 bonus ($200 from track and $200 from series) and the Highest Finishing Steel Head/SPEC engine will also receive a $400 bonus ($200 from track and $200 from series).
The tire rule for both Cleveland Speedway and Boyd's Speedway will be as follows: Hoosier 1350 and 1600 along with the American Racer 48 and 56 compounds.
Cleveland Speedway is located at 2420 South Lee Highway in Cleveland, TN 37311. Directions to Cleveland Speedway are to take I-75 to the first Cleveland Exit (if you're coming south from Knoxville, take the Third Cleveland Exit), go east (away from Fireworks Bldg.) about a mile (first exit ramp) to Hwy. 11. Turn left (back under the overpass) on Hwy. 11, and go two blocks (past the car lots & Mr. Zip,) the Speedway is on the left. Further information can be obtained by calling the Speedway office at (423) 479-8574, (423) 464-5474, (423) 280-9949 or by logging on to www.clevelandspeedwayllc.com on the internet.
Boyd's Speedway is located at 1481 Scruggs Road in Ringgold, GA 30736. Further information can be obtained by calling (706) 891-6803 or visit www.boydsspeedway.net. Mufflers are mandatory in all divisions competing.
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.
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Cleveland & Boyd's Purse (40 Laps each night):
1) $4000, 2) $2000, 3) $1200, 4) $800, 5) $700, 6) $600, 7) $575, 8) $550, 9) $525, 10) $500, 11) $480, 12) $460, 13) $440, 14) $420, 15) $400, 16) $400, 17) $400, 18) $400, 19) $400, 20) $400, 21) $400, 22) $400.
Official Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Collins Signs Official Sponsors Include: Schaeffer's Oil, Old Man's Garage, Arizona Sport Shirts, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Collins Signs, Elite 1 Trophies & Awards and Gotta Race.
Previous Shamrock winners:
2014-Riley Hickman (Boyd's Speedway host track)
The 2015 Carolina Clash Season Kicks Off With a $5,000 Event at the 15th Annual Skyler Trull Memorial on March 21 at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC
Mark Huey - Carolina Clash Press
Weather forecasts are never accurate, but the predicted weather for the upcoming weekend forced Carolina Speedway and Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series officials to postpone the Skyler Trull Memorial weekend at Carolina Speedway for a second weekend in a row. The forecast beginning tomorrow is expected to be cool, wet and uncooperative, as "Mother-Nature" has declared war on dirt track racing around the Carolinas most of the previous three weeks. While the temperatures are expected to be seasonal compared to the frigid temperatures and winter weather that highlighted the previous eight weekends in the Carolinas, a dirt track cannot operate after multiple inches of rainfall.
Now that this weekend is scratched, the Carolina Clash Super Late Model series will officially begin the 2015 and 16th consecutive season with the running of the 15th Annual Skyler Trull Memorial Race, an event paying $5,000 to win at the Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC on March 21, 2015.
The Trull family and Carolina Speedway have always given dirt race fans in the piedmont of North and South Carolina a first-class racing experience to kick-off the racing season in the area.
Skyler Trull Memorial Information
Skyler Trull was a special little girl whose family is deeply involved in dirt racing. Her uncle is super late model start Doug Sanders. When Skyler lost her battle with Leukemia on March 14th, 2000 she was only 5 years old. Her family decided a Memorial race in her honor would be a fitting tribute to the bright eyed redhead. The family went to work taking donations from fans and businesses to make the purse. The first STM was a $1,200 to win six-car dash.
"We are very honored and proud to be associated with the Skyler Trull Memorial", said Carolina Clash President Larry Lee. "The Trull family has worked very hard to preserve the spirit of Skyler throughout the racing community and we are just happy to assist in any way possible."
The Skyler Trull Memorial has been a long standing tradition for the Carolina Clash. As some may recall the exciting contest between Randle Chupp and Tim McCreadie just a few short years ago, along with the thrilling first career win for 2010 Rookie of the Year Dean Bowen. Chris Ferguson is a two-time STM winner (2009, 2011) and last year, Jonathan Davenport celebrated the first win of his remarkable season with a victory at Carolina in this event, the first of two in a row. Every Skyler Trull Memorial has had the same, unique, and exciting racing year after year and this year promises to be no different.The event held in the honor of Skyler Trull each March has become a fixture in the southeast over the last decade. Skyler's father Larry is a crew member and cousin of veteran racer Doug Sanders. Sanders' car carries the colors of the event each year.
"The Skyler Trull race has turned into such a great show," said Carolina Speedway's Clint Elkins. "It is so much more than a race; it's a weekend of fun and events. Huge crowds turn out for the event and it's definitely one we circle on the calendar every year. It IS the party to begin the racing season!"
Friday night March 20th will feature a full night of racing. The UMP Modifieds will battle for 25 laps for a $1,000 to win prize. The Q2U BBQ Pit Four Cylinders and Tilley Harley Davidson Renegades will each have a $500 to win The Front Wheel Drive Hornets will have a $300 to win event. The SECA Late Models will be qualifying and running heat races on Friday night.
Saturday night, March 21st will be a full program for the Carolina Clash Super Late Models with the main event being the $5,000 to win Skyler Trull Memorial. The SECA Late Models will have a $3,000 to win 35 lap event. The UMP Modifieds will once again be on hand but this time they will battle for a $1,200 to win show. Also on the card will be the Domino's Pizza Street Stocks with a $500 to win main event.
Pit gate opens on Friday night March 20th at 4:00 PM with Grandstands open at 5:00 PM. Drivers meeting will take place at 7:00 with hot laps at 7:15. Racing will begin at 8:00 PM. General admission tickets are $12, pits are $25.
Saturday March 21st pit gates will once again open at 3:00 PM. Grandstands will open at 4:00 pm. Drivers meeting will be at 6:15 with racing at 7:00 PM. General admission will be $25 with pit admission $35. Two day tickets can be purchased also. General admission two day ticket is $35 and a two day pit pass is $55.
There will also be an open practice session on Thursday night March 19th (Carolina Clash Super Late Models are invited to attend). Grandstands will be FREE. Pits $15.
Three day pit passes are $60.
2015 Season Schedule
The 15th Annual Skyler Trull Memorial will be the first point race of the year for the Clash competition. The series will have a stop at Fayetteville, NC. Then, the 2015 season will take its first trip in five stints into eastern Tennessee with an Easter weekend visit to Bulls Gap and the famed Volunteer Speedway. After a two week hiatus, the series hits the road with a new twist - a trip to beautiful Wythe Raceway in the early spring, as compared to the traditional late summer/early fall visit. Following trips to Screven, GA and Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC, the season's first half will be completed with trips to Volunteer, Lancaster, SC, and Fayetteville, NC before wrapping up the spring season with a Tuesday night visit to Laurens County Speedway in June for the annual Shrine Benefit Race.
Barring any rain outs or make up races, the series will remain idle during the rest of June and July as competition vamps back up with a very busy August, with four races in three weeks, beginning at Fayetteville, Volunteer and the always exciting Carolina Speedway Gaston Shrine Club Benefit Race.
For the first time ever, the Carolina Clash will visit the Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee for a $5000 to win race on August 15, 2015 and will finish the season with races at Lancaster, Volunteer, Friendship (Elkin, NC), Fayetteville, Carolina Speedway and the season finale for the first time in Clash history, the Cherokee Speedway "Blue-Gray" in October.
This will be the first season in five years with a new and very challenging point championship format, which pays $10,000 to the champion. A new point structure will be in place this season, as series officials have scrapped the former "Chase for the Championship" format used in the previous four seasons. All 2015 races will be progressive toward point totals, which will feature a new set of "bonus" points for each event. A-Main winners will receive 10 additional bonus points, Fastest Qualifier time-trial polesitters will receive 5 bonus points, Heat Race winners will receive 5 bonus points, and the Safety-Kleen Hard Charger of the Race will receive 5 bonus points as well.
While the Skyler Trull Memorial Race is a two-day event for Carolina Speedway, the Carolina Clash portion of the show is for Saturday only. It is not required that teams attend on Friday night, but practice sessions will be held on Thursday and any Clash Super Late Model teams are invited to attend.
The series will be at Fayetteville Motor Speedway on March 28, 2015 for the annual Ed Gibbons Memorial Race.
The event that was originally scheduled for Lancaster Super Speedway on March 21, 2015 will be rescheduled to May 30, 2015.
For more info please visit www.carolinaclash.com or www.carolinaspeedway.net
2014 Season Points
Kennie Compton, Jr. 1233
Dennis Franklin 1224
Kyle Pierce 1210
Johnny Pursley 1189
Anthony Sanders 1185
Kevin Wilson 1183
Zack Mitchell 1174
Scott Shirey 1161
Doug Sanders 1153
Jonathan Edwards 1151
Rick Eshelman Hired as Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series Announcer
By Chris Tilley, Series P.R. Coordinator
BRASSTOWN, NC (March 6, 2015)-Promoter Ray Cook of the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer's Oil is pleased to welcome veteran announcer Rick Eshelman, who will become the new voice of the series beginning in 2015.
The 53-year-old from Phenix City, Ala. has been known as the voice of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series since its re-birth in 2004 up until midway through the 2013 season when he took a break from the grueling road schedule. He is also known for his five year stint at America's most recognizable venue Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio where he had the privilege to call the only Million-to-Win event in 2001 among several Dream & World 100 events.
Rick started his announcing career in April of 1979 during opening night at Flat Rock Speedway in Michigan for an ARCA Racing Series event. His dirt racing career started in May of 1982 where he called an event at what was then Grand Forks County Speedway in North Dakota now the River Cities Speedway.
Eshelman's 37th season behind the microphone started in Florida during February Speed Weeks but will officially join the series as the new voice starting at Smoky Mountain Speedway next week. Eshelman will succeed Chris Tilley, who will shift his focus to the Public Relations side of the series. Michael Despain of Campbellsville, Ky. will continue announce some Southern Nationals Bonus Series events including the Revelution Race Cars Iron-Man Speed Week in September.
The 2015 Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer's Oil will kick-off its third season of action on Friday and Saturday March 13-14 at the Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. as part of the Second Annual "Tennessee Tipoff Classic" weekend paying $5,000-to-win on Friday Night March 13th and $10,000-to-win on Saturday Night March 14th. Further information on these events can be obtained by visiting www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.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.
MOTHER NATURE NOT READY TO COOPERATE, DIRT CAPITOL POSTPONES SUNDAY’S OPENER
HAGERSTOWN, MD: This Sunday, March 8th, was to be the Opening Day Special at Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol, however continuing adverse weather has not provided suitable conditions to proceed.
With snow already on the grounds and the Conococheague Creek behind the speedway froze solid, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are not letting up as measurable snow is also currently forecast Wednesday into Thursday.
Promoter Ernie Davis has pushed Sunday’s Opening Day Special ahead a week to Sunday the 15th with the same program that begins at 1:00 p.m. (warm-ups at 12:30) and features Late Models competing for $3,000, Late Model Sportsman running for $800 and $350 awaiting the Pure Stock (Home Track Rules) winner. There also will be a Kids Bike Giveaway.
The Saturday, March 14th race has been scratched from the schedule.
Proceeding as scheduled, the run for the championship and first points races take off on March 21st with a standard four division program of Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks and Hobby Stock that begins at 5:00 p.m. and warmups at 4:30.
Williams Grove Speedway Saturday Night Series 358 Late Model News
Mechanicsburg, PA. March 1, 2015
The Williams Grove Speedway Saturday Night Series 358 Late Models completed a successful 2014 season. The popular stock car class had 10 feature winners, most in Saturday Night Series history.
Williams Grove Speedway management announces their 2015 sponsorship news for the 358 Late Models. Credit Connection Auto Sales, sponsor of the division in 2014, will return as the principal 2015 point fund backer. Credit Connection Auto Sales is the Susquehanna Valley’s premier used vehicle dealer with dealerships in Carlisle, East York, York, and Harrisburg.
Bernheisel Race Cars will be a new product sponsor of the Saturday Night Series 358 Late Models. Bernheisel Race Cars, located off Route 72 north of Jonestown, PA., will provide the 2015 point champion $1,000 or a free Lazer Chassis ($,4,000 value) if the title winner is using a Lazer Chassis. BRC will provide the 2015 Rookie of the Year with a new jacket.
On Saturday, June 27, Bernheisel Race Cars will host Manufacturers Night – Superior Product Night for the Saturday Night Series 358 Late Models. The 25-lap feature, with double points, will feature approximately $7,000 in giveaways for competitors.
Artist Jeff Jacob of ArtWerks returns as sponsor of the 358 Late Model Hard Charger award. Each week Jacobs will award $25 to the driver that advances the greatest amount of positions during the feature.
On April 15, 2006, the Saturday Night Series 358 Late Models began competition at the famous Williams Grove Speedway. Since the first race, won by Daryl Burkholder, the division continues to provide exciting action.
During the 10 years of Saturday Night Series action, 35 drivers won a 358 Late Model feature. Gene Knaub, from Dover, PA, is the leading winner with 43 victories in eight years of competition. Bobby Beard is second in wins with 13. Tyler Armstrong and Randy Stoudt are tied for third with six checkered flags.
The Williams Grove Speedway Saturday Night Series 2015 campaign will commence on May 2. Racing action will feature the Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman, Credit Connection Auto Sales 358 Late Models, and Aquafun Pools Street Stocks.
This year racing action will begin at 7 pm a change from the previous starting time of 6:30. Adult admission will be at a region-low $6 for adults with children 12 and under free.
DIRT CAPITOL RACE SHOW CONCLUDES AS MARCH 8TH OPENING DAY IS ON THE HORIZON
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol took a step towards getting the season’s schedule underway with the 30th Annual Race-A-Rama held at the Hagerstown Valley Mall this past week.
Those showing off their the off season efforts included: Late Models -Jerry Bard and Marvin Winters; Late Model Sportsman - Cody Kershner, Brian Cornett, James Dawson, Elwood Sord, Keith Walls, Ryan Walls, Alan Sagi, Brayden Anderson, and Justin Weaver; Pure Stocks –Chris Ebersole and Mike Corbin, Four Cylinders – Jason Stoner, Frankie Gordon, Eric Stover, Shaine Sixeas, Ryan Laye; Hobby Stock – Dwayne Snyder and Jason Sarver: E-Mod – Alyssa Rowe; Rookie Car – Hailey Kaiser; Sprint – Donnie Hendershot. Various go-karts, quarter midget and motocross cycles along with the SCCA Formula Ford of Shayne Frebert were also displayed.
On Saturday, Roy Anderson of ARC LLC presented a free program covering chassis set-ups with a driver autograph session and activities for the kids also closing the weeklong show.
The Opening Day Special is set for this Sunday, the 8th and is the only Sunday and afternoon program scheduled for the season. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. (warm-ups at 12:30) and features Late Models competing for $3,000, Late Model Sportsman running for $800 and $350 awaiting the Pure Stock (Home Track Rules) winner. There also will be a Kids Bike Giveaway.
Switching to the weekly Saturday evening programs begins on the 14th with a five division program featuring Late Models running for $2,500 along with Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Rookie Cars.
The run for the championship kicks in with the first points race on March 21st with a standard four division program.
The 28th concludes March programs with the Hagerstown/Williams Grove Shootout where the Late Models will have competed at Williams Grove the previous evening and finish up the two night Shootout on Saturday. Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks and Hobby Stocks are also included on the program.
Only March programs begin at 5:00 p.m. with warm-ups beginning a half hour earlier.
BERNHEISEL RACE COMPONENTS ANNOUNCES LOCAL TRACK SUPPORT
Jonestown, PA – Jim Bernheisel, President of Bernheisel Race Components, announced a local track sponsorship program that will provide over $60,000 in awards, parts, and cash to the late models, limited late models and econo late models at five area speedways.
The Super Late Models at Port Royal Speedway and Selinsgrove Speedway, the Limited Late Models at Susquehanna Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway and Grandview Speedway and the Econo Late Models at Port Royal will be part of the Bernheisel Race Components Local Racer’s program including special Superior Products Nights as well as season long programs rewarding champions, hard chargers, rookies of the year and generally weekly racers.
“We have nothing against the touring series late model racing,” commented Jim Bernheisel, “but this is geared to help the local racers and encourage local drivers to support their local tracks. Local racing is the backbone of our sport and we are a local company supporting local racers with this program.”
For each of the six track divisions listed above there will be a BRC Superior Products Night. In each of these nights every competitor in attendance for the division included will be receiving something of real value. Bernheisel will be partnering with parts suppliers and manufacturers to provide real components and parts. The only requirements to the competitors is that on that night they display Bernheisel Race Components decals on the left and right sides of their cars to receive their portion of the $7000 parts to be handed out.
“Sure we build LazerX race cars but this is about all racers no matter the manufacturer of the cars they drive,” continued Bernheisel. “We have a complete warehouse of parts for all cars and we have our powder coating shop as well. These Superior Product Nights are for all drivers.”
In addition to the Superior Products Nights each track has a further specific sponsorship program. The Super Late Models at Port Royal and Selinsgrove Speedways will have their Hard Charger Award sponsored by BRC and the track champion will get $1,000 assuming he also carried a BRC decal on the sides of the car throughout the season. If that champion drove a Lazer to the championship, instead of the $1000 he will receive a new LazerX chassis worth $4000.
In the case of the Econo Late Models at Port Royal, the awards are the same except the champion, if carrying BRC stickers on the car, gets $500 from BRC but if he drives a Lazer, that amount is increased to $1000.
The Limited Late Models at Susquehanna and Williams Grove will have a Bernheisel Race Components Rookie of the Year Award and the track champion will also be treated as the Supers and get $1,000 if he displayed the BRC decal on the sides of the car throughout the season. And again, If that champion drove a Lazer to the title, that $1000 is replaced with a new LazerX chassis worth $4000.
At Grandview Speedway, Bernheisel will again sponsor the Hard Charger Award and will have weekly tire giveaways instead of a champion’s award. Each night a tire will be given away by the luck of the draw of all late models in attendance. A driver can only win one time and at the end of the year, any driver that has participated in all late model events during the season who has not won a tire during the year will be given a tire.
BRC is more than just a chassis and complete car builder. Bernheisel Race Components has an extensive warehouse of wholesale and retail parts plus tubing, aluminum, lexan, plastic, body kits and complete bodies. They have a large walk-in showroom but also do mail order and online order processing. They supply parts for all cars, not just BRC Lazers.
BRC also provides MIG welding services for aluminum and steel and has a shock repair center for all brands featuring a computerized Roehrig shock dyno, digital spring testing and an Accuforce spring smasher for dual stage and bump stops> They also have a sandblasting/powder coating building on site.
Bernheisel Race Components, Inc, and their ‘Ultimate Weapon’ LazerX Chassis have more wins per car built than any other chassis company. They are located at 1 Bordnersville Road just outside of Jonestown, PA at the intersection of PA State Route 72 and Bordnersville Road near the split of Interstate 78 and Interstate 81. They can be reached at (717) 865-3119. The shop opens Monday through Friday at 9AM Eastern Standard Time closing at 6PM on Mondays, 8PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5PM on Wednesdays and Fridays. The shop is also open Saturday mornings 9AM to noon.
Tennessee Tipoff Classic for Spring Nationals Series Goes March 12-14 at Smoky Mountain Speedway
By Chris Tilley - Spring Nationals Series P.R. Coordinator
BRASSTOWN, NC (February 22, 2015)-Smoky Mountain Speedway located in Maryville, TN is gearing up for the largest weekend of dirt track racing for the 2015 season. The Ray Cook-promoted Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer's Oil will sanction the Second Annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic weekend on March 12-14th as the three-day weekend gets kicked off by an open practice session on Thursday Night March 12th from 6:00-9:00 pm. The Spring Nationals Series Late Models will take to the track on Friday Night March 13th competing for $5,000-to-win (40 laps) while the finale event on Saturday Night March 14th will pay $10,000-to-win (60 laps) making the possibility of one driver walking away with $15,000 in first place money at the weekend's end.
On Thursday Night March 12th there will be an open practice for all divisions from 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm. The cost is $5.00 for stands while Pit Passes will be $25.00. With all paid pit admission prices, an after race pit party will be held with a Meet & Greet session of the Spring Nationals drivers. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served complimentary of Smoky Mountain Speedway. The Pit Party after practice is only with a paid pit pass.
On Friday Night March 13th the Spring Nationals Late Models along with the Limited Late Models ($1,500 to win) and the Sportsman ($750 to win) will also be on the racing card. The Pit Gates will open at 1:00 pm with the Grandstands & Tier Parking opening at 4:00 pm. The Driver's Meeting will be at 6:00 pm with Hot Laps to follow shortly after. Adult Pit Passes will be $35.00 with Tier Parking $25.00 and Grandstands $20.00. Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. claimed the 2014 Night One event of the Tennessee Tipoff Classic.
On Saturday Night March 14th the Spring Nationals Late Model finale along with the Crate Late Models ($1,500 to win) and the Street Stock ($750 to win) will also be on the agenda for the night. The Pit Gates will open at 1:00 pm with the Grandstands & Tier Parking opening at 4:00 pm. The Driver's Meeting will be at 6:00 pm with Hot Laps to follow shortly after. Adult Pit Passes will be $40.00 with Tier Parking $30.00 and Grandstands $25.00. Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C. claimed the 2014 Night Two event of the Tennessee Tipoff Classic.
The Super Late Model Series tire rule for the weekend will be as follows: Hoosier 1350, 1450 and 1600 along with the American Racer 48, 53 and 56 compounds allowed.
Other Notes of Interest for the weekend:
Dry camping will be available for $20.00 at the track which is good for all weekend. The Official Host Hotel will be the Hilton Knoxville Airport located at 2001 Alcoa Highway in Alcoa, TN 37701. The rate available to Smoky Mountain Speedway customers will be $89.00 per night with two queen or one king sized rooms available. Call (865) 970-4300 and patrons must mention Smoky Mountain Speedway for the discounted rate. Reserved seating will not be available. Golf Carts and ATV's may be used with an All-Access (Pit Pass) by anyone over 16 years of age. The Gates will be cleared daily for Armband/ticket check. The Smoky Mountain Speedway reserves the right to search Race Haulers and/or campers. Breakfast will be served at the track on Friday and Saturday morning.
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.
For more information on the Spring Nationals Series, please log on to www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .
Tennessee Tipoff Classic Friday March 13 Purse (40 Laps): 1) $5000, 2) $2500, 3) $1500, 4) $1200, 5) $1000, 6) $800, 7) $750, 8) $700, 9) $650, 10) $620, 11) $570, 12) $540, 13) $520, 14) $450, 15) $400, 16) $350, 17) $325, 18) $325, 19) $300, 20) $300, 21) $300, 22) $300, 23) $300, 24) $300.
Tennessee Tipoff Classic Saturday March 14 Purse (60 Laps): 1) $10000, 2) $5000, 3) $2500, 4) $2200, 5) $1700, 6) $1500, 7) $1400, 8) $1300, 9) $1100, 10) $1050, 11) $950, 12) $875, 13) $800, 14) $725, 15) $650, 16) $600, 17) $550, 18) $550, 19) $500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500, 23) $500, 24) $500.
2015 Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series Schedule:
Friday March 13-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,000 to win/40L
Saturday March 14-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$10,000 to win/60L
Thursday April 2-201 Speedway-Sitka, KY-$4,000 to win/40L
Friday April 3-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$4,000 to win/40L
Saturday April 4-Florence Speedway-Union, KY-$5,000 to win/50L
Friday April 17-Swainsboro Raceway-Swainsboro, GA-$6,000 to win/50L
Saturday April 18-Golden Isles Speedway/Brunswick, GA-$10,000 to win/60L
Friday May 1-Cleveland Speedway-Cleveland, TN-$4,000 to win/40L
Saturday May 2-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$6,000 to win/50L
Friday May 22-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$4,000 to win/40L
Saturday May 23-Dixie Speedway-Woodstock, GA-$4,000 to win/40L
Sunday May 24-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$6,000 to win/50L
Bloomquist Masters Volusia Speedway Park To Earn 10th Career DIRTcar Nationals Victory
Veteran Tennessee Driver Earns $10,000 DIRTcar Late Model Victory During Night Three of 44th Annual DIRTcar Nationals
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 18, 2015 - Scott Bloomquist rekindled his love affair with Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday night.
The veteran 51-year-old racer from Mooresburg, Tenn., mastered the half-mile oval's tricky clay surface during Wednesday's DIRTcar Nationals A-Main, leading all 40 laps of the caution-free race for a $10,000 DIRTcar Late Model victory.
"I love this racetrack," said Bloomquist, who recorded his 10th career DIRTcar Nationals triumph as Volusia closed out its stretch of DIRTcar-sanctioned action ahead of three straight nights of World of Outlaws Late Model Series programs Thursday through Saturday. "It's so demanding and has so much character. There's nothing like it really anywhere. It's definitely one of my top three racetracks I love coming to."
Bloomquist, who has now claimed at least one DIRTcar Nationals victory in every season since 2011, was nearly untouchable in racing to his first win of the season. He took command from the outside pole and never looked back.
Third-starting Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., briefly closed within striking distance as Bloomquist entered lapped traffic midway through the race, but Bloomquist quickly stretched his advantage once he cleared the slower cars.
"Sometimes a good car drives itself," said Bloomquist, who steered his Durham-powered Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car to the convincing triumph. "But you got to work at this place. I love racetracks that are a challenge."
McDowell settled for the runner-up finish, 1.923 seconds behind Bloomquist. Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, was third with reigning WoO LMS champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., fourth. Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., who won Monday's DIRTcar Nationals opening round feature, was fifth.
Making his first appearance at this year's DIRTcar Nationals, McDowell at times appeared to be able to keep pace with Bloomquist in traffic, but he was never able to mount a serious challenge. The veteran driver, who spent the first week of the DIRTcar Nationals assisting DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers Austin and Ty Dillon, fell just short of claiming his third career DIRTcar Nationals victory.
"It took me a little bit of time there to get going," said McDowell, who hasn't won a DIRTcar Nationals A-Main since winning in back-to-back seasons in 1998-99. "I've been working with modifieds this week and this was our first night out with this thing. We did good. We made some adjustments, but we've got some work to do for tomorrow night.
"We'll work on this thing and see if we can't get it closer to the front - one spot more tomorrow night."
After dropping back to fourth form his pole starting spot, Bagley recovered to take third from Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., on lap 16 on his way to recording his first DIRTcar Nationals podium finish.
"It wasn't a bad night," said Bagley, whose previous best DIRTcar Nationals performance was a sixth-place finish in 2012. "We finally got qualified good and got to start up front. We just got to work on this thing and get her better so maybe we can get up there and get us a trophy."
Landers slid back to sixth at the finish after pressuring McDowell for second early in the race. Three-time WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., advanced from his 17th starting spot to finish seventh with Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., eighth. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., was ninth with fellow Keystone State driver Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills, Pa., rounding out the top 10.
The DIRTcar Nationals continue Thursday at Volusia with the first of three straight nights of $10,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model Series programs. More information is available at www.DIRTcarNationals.com.
Results of DIRTcar Late Models DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park (Finishing Position/Driver/Laps Completed):
1. (2) Scott Bloomquist/40
2. (3) Dale McDowell/40
3. (1) Morgan Bagley/40
4. (9) Darrell Lanigan/40
5. (5) Shane Clanton/40
6. (4) Jared Landers/40
7. (17) Josh Richards/40
8. (6) Jonathan Davenport/40
9. (10) Chub Frank/40
10. (7) Gregg Satterlee/40
11. (21) Dennis Erb Jr./40
12. (15) Kent Robinson/40
13. (12) Billy Moyer/40
14. (14) Brandon Sheppard/40
15. (18) Eric Wells/40
16. (22) Kenny Pettyjohn/39
17. (23) Tim McCreadie/39
18. (20) Mason Zeigler/39
19. (19) Tyler Bruening/39
20. (19) Kyle Bronson/39
21. (13) Charles LaPlant/38
22. (26) Ricky Weiss/30
23. (11) Frank Heckenast Jr./29
24. (24) Boom Briggs/26
25. (28) Terry English/19
26. (25) Casey Roberts/12
27. (8) Don O'Neal/8
8. (27) Rick Eckert/6
Time of Race: 12 Mins., 46 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.923 Secs.
Yellow Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Bloomquist (1-40)