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$30,555 Up For Grabs In Lucas Oil MLRA "Race Week" Swing

Wheatland, Missouri (April 12, 2021) – Mother nature may have spoiled the Lucas Oil MLRA’s season opening plans slated for last weekend, but the series will look to get back on track in a big way starting on Tuesday with five consecutive nights of action. Drivers will be chasing a potential $30,555 over the course of the week, while also looking to get a leg up on the 2021 series championship battle.
 
Action will get underway with a rare Tuesday night event on April 13th, at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. The “Tuesday Tickler” will be the first $5,000 to win race of the week and it will also mark the first time for the MLRA series at the Kosiski family’s 4/10 mile facility since 2017. After struggling to find the right fit on the schedule the past couple of seasons, series and track officials found the start of the upcoming five-day swing to be enticing to many race teams already in the area, and are hopeful it will parlay into a large field of high caliber late models.

Two time MLRA series champion Chad Simpson captured the checkered in the series last visit to I-80 in August of 2017, and continued that success one year ago when he came home 3rd in the $53,000 to win “Silver Dollar Nationals”. 2016 Lucas Oil MLRA Rookie of the Year Tad Pospisil from nearby Norfolk, Nebraska is also expected to contend for the top spot in search of his second career MLRA victory.

Wednesday will find action moving east to Mike Van Genderen’s Stuart International Speedway in Stuart, Iowa. The mid-week battle will mark the second ever appearance for the MLRA at the ¼ mile facility, and has been a highly anticipated date among many of the MLRA drivers since the 2021 schedule was released. In 2019 Bobby Pierce scored the inaugural win at Stuart, coming from deep in the field to take the lead with just eleven laps remaining over Iowan’s Chris Simpson and Tyler Bruening.
 
Thanks to additional sponsorship Van Genderen recently announced that the original $3,000 to win event would be increased to $5,000 to win and $500 to start.

The half-way point of the week will come on Thursday night April 15th when the series makes their first of two annual stops at the Davenport Speedway. The first stop of the season is traditionally contested on the facilities historic half-mile lay out, but both events slated for the 2021 season will take place on the inner quarter-mile facility.

Thursday nights $5,000 to win event promoted by DRT Trak Racing Inc. will be almost two years to the day since the MLRA made their last stop at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds facility, after losing both shows one year ago due to the Covid pandemic. Chase Junghans captured the win in 2019, his first and only Lucas Oil MLRA win to date, with that win coming on the ½ mile. The most recent winner on the ¼ mile was Mt. Vernon, Iowa’s Chad Simpson who took the top spot in 2018.

The grueling five-day swing will finish out with one of the series marquee events, on Friday and Saturday April 16th – 17th at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA. The 13th Annual “Slocum 50” Presented by The Outpost Bar & Grill, expands in 2021 to a new two-day format, with complete shows each night. The inaugural Friday night “Prelude to the Slocum” will put a $5,000 to win teaser on the line, leading up to Saturday nights annual $10,555 to win and $750 to start “Slocum 50”, honoring the life of late model racer Brent Slocum.

Bobby Pierce continued his dominance in the annual event in 2020 by scoring his second consecutive triumph and fourth all time. Pierce is expected to once again contend for the top spot along with other former Slocum 50 winners including Shannon Babb 18’, Chris Simpson 17’, and Ryan Unzicker 15’.

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Satterleee Wins ULMS Late Models On Record-Breaking Night

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills scored the super late model season opener at Selinsgrove Speedway in Saturday night’s high-speed 30-lap United Late Model Series-sanctioned event on Performance Food Group Night.

The $3,000 victory was the third of Satterlee’s career at the Snyder County half-mile oval and third overall this season.

Defending track champion Jeff Rine of Danville set a new one-lap late model track record in qualifying with a 18.536 lap time.

Justin Mills of Bloomingburg, N.Y., came out the victor of a multi-car duel in the 20-lap Apache Tree Service PASS/IMCA 305 sprint car main event.

After being shut out of Victory Lane last year, Keith Bissinger of Orangeville scored his 58th career roadrunner feature in the division’s 12-lap season opening race.

The amount of $2,308 was raised from a driver helmet collection Saturday night to benefit driver Bryan Bernheisel who was injured in a late model accident at Williams Grove Speedway March 26.

Next on Selinsgrove Speedway’s 75th anniversary schedule will be the Ray Tilley Classic for the Lelands.com 410 sprint cars and super late models at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 25.  The 30-lap sprint car tribute race sponsored by Icon Legacy Custom Modular Homes will pay $5,088 to win. The super late models will compete in a 25-lap main event paying $3,000 to win. Track gates will open at 4 p.m.

Front row starters Max Blair and Gregg Satterlee, both late model feature winners in central Pennsylvania this season, drag raced for the lead into the turn one with Satterlee getting the edge. Fourth-place starter Jeff Rine closely trailed the leaders in third.

The first caution flag waved on lap 11 when Larry Neiderer’s machine fell off the pace. On the ensuing restart, several cars collided in turns one and two but were able to restart.

Satterlee held the lead while storming around the smooth, fast half-mile in the 18-second lap bracket. For most of the race, Blair kept the leader in his sites while Rine struggled to catch them in third.

On a lap 14 restart, Rine, eighth-place starter Dylan Yoder, and sixth-place starter Mason Zeigler raced three-wide for the third spot while Satterlee and Blair continued to lead the way at the halfway point.

D. Yoder eventually settled into the third position after a spirited battle with Rine and Zeigler. The final caution flag regrouped the field on lap 23 when Kenny Trevitz fell off the pace.

At the finish, Satterlee was victorious over Blair, D. Yoder, Rine, and seventh-place starter Dan stone.

Polesitter Christian Rumset powered into the lead at the start of the 305 sprint car feature. Rumset was chased by third-place starter Justin Mills and second-place starter Dakota Sweigart.

The race was stopped on lap six when 19th-place starter Kassidy Kreitz hit the frontsretch wall and rolled over in her 69K. Kreitz was not injured. When the race resumed, a duel for the lead unfolded between Rumsey and Mills for several laps.

On the 13th circuit, Mills made the winning pass using the inside lane off turn four but not without being challenged the rest of the way. On the final lap, the red flag unfurled when Jared Zionkowski’s car burst into flames. Zionkowski escaped without injury.

For the one-lap chase to the checkered flag, Rumsey made a last-ditch effort to pass Mills for the lead and win to no avail. Mills scored a narrow victory over Rumsey, sixth-place starter Doug Dodson, seventh-place starter Ken Duke, and Sweigart.

SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY - 10 April 2021
ULMS Super Late Models –
30-Lap A-Main:  1) 22 Gregg Satterlee  2) 111 Max Blair  3) 24 Dylan Yoder  4) 2J Jeff Rine  5) 2 Dan Stone  6) 33K Kyle Knapp  7) 25 Mason Zeigler  8) 61 Kenny Trevitz  9) 15 Scott Flickinger  10) 0G DeShawn Gingrich  11) 14Z Dave Brouse  12) 1W Billy Wampler  13) 10 Dave Stamm  14) 27 Jim Yoder  15) 0X Ryan Scott  16) 31 Jim Bernheisel  17) F1 Coleby Frye  18) 86 Austin Berry  19) 121 Larry Neiderer  20) 25K Kody Lyter  21) 76 Andy Haus DNS  22) 63 Nathan Long DNS  23) 32 Shaun Jones DNS

305 Sprint Cars 20-Lap A-Main: 
1) JM1 Justin Mills  2) 44 Christian Rumsey  3) 20 Doug Dodson  4) 67 Ken Duke  5) 8 Nick Sweigart  6) 33 Derek Hauck  7) 99A Devin Adams  8) 3D Dave Grube  9) 87 Austin Graby  10) 7 Drew Young  11) 83K Kristina Pratt  12) 83 Larry McVay  13) 55 Dominic Melair  14) 23 Tom Wise  15) 1 Rowdy Heffner  16) 78C Dakota Schweikart  17) 97 Kenny Heffner 18) 54 Mike Melair  19) 03 Brandon Shue  20) 11M Mikell McGee  21) 41Z Jared Zionkowski  22) 19 Kruz Kepner  23) 8B Will Brunson  24) 95 Garrett Bard  25) 69K Kassidy Kreitz  26) 25 Dustin Young

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Spring Nationals Rolls into I-75 Raceway for Biggest Event in Track History

(BRASSTOWN, NORTH CAROLINA) Following a wildly successful 2021 season opener last weekend at Tazewell (TN) Speedway that was won by Jonathan Davenport, the hunt to crown an eighth Spring Nationals Series Champion is officially on.

Round two of the miniseries will take competitors to I-75 Raceway this Saturday, April 10. The biggest event in the history of the Sweetwater, Tennessee facility will take place this upcoming weekend and a $10,053 top prize will be on the line. Hosting their first-ever Spring Nationals tour show, the purse for the ground-pounding Super Late Models is in excess of $30,000 and each feature starter will be earmarked at least $500.

I-75 Raceway, which has been totally reconfigured and lengthened in recent months, was set to host the Spring Nationals opener back on March 27 before inclement weather pushed the program to Saturday, April 10. An open practice session for all classes will be held on Friday evening, April 9 from 7:00pm-10:00pm to give race teams a chance to get acclimated to the new racing surface. I-75 Raceway did host a special event for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series last summer and Cory Hedgecock earned the first place spoils over Chris Madden, Brandon Overton, Donald McIntosh, and Ryan King.

The gates will swing open for the practice session on Friday, April 9 at 5:00pm. Grandstand admission to practice is FREE, while pit admission will be $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids ages 6-12, and FREE for children ages 5 and under. On Saturday, April 10, the pit gates and tier parking will both open at 3:00pm with the grandstands opening at 4:00pm. The drivers meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm and hot laps will take to the racetrack at 7:00pm. Adult admission will be $25.00 into the grandstands, $30.00 into tier parking, and $40.00 into the pit area. Kids ages 6-12 will be admitted into the grandstands and tier parking for only $15.00, while pit admission for that age group will be $20.00. As is the case on Friday, all children ages 5 and under will be admitted onto the grounds for FREE.

Round two of the Nationals Series on Saturday, April 10 will feature a complete show of qualifying, heat races, consolation events, and a 53-lap headliner. The Super Late Model tire rule at I-75 Raceway will be Hoosier 1350 and 1600; American Racer 48 and 56. The entry fee will be $100.00 and transponders will be available to rent. Any driver not advancing into the feature field will receive $75.00 in tow money.

Along with the Super Late Models on the five-division racing card will be the 604 Late Models ($1,000 to win), 602 Late Models ($800 to win), B Sportsman ($250 to win), and FWD ($400 to win). I-75 Raceway is conveniently located at 1791 Highway 68 in Niota, Tennessee. For additional information on I-75 Raceway, please log onto their official website at www.i75raceway.com.

Purse for April 10 at I-75 (TN) Raceway:
1) $10,053, 2) $5,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $1,800, 5) $1,250, 6) $900, 7) $800, 8) $700, 9) $675, 10) $650, 11) $625, 12) $600, 13) $575, 14) $550, 15) $525, 16) $500, 17) $500, 18) $500, 19) $500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500 --- $30,703 TOTAL

2021 Spring Nationals Series Schedule:

Saturday, April 3 - Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, TN) – JONATHAN DAVENPORT
Saturday, April 10 - I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, Tennessee) - $10,053 to win
Friday, April 23 - Tri-County Race Track (Brasstown, North Carolina) - $4,053 to win
Saturday, April 24 - Mountain View Raceway (Spring City, Tennessee) - $5,053 to win
Friday, April 30 - Crossville Speedway (Crossville, Tennessee) - $4,053 to win
Saturday, May 1 - Clarksville Speedway (Clarksville, Tennessee) - $10,053 to win
Friday, May 7 - Boyd’s Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia) - $4,053 to win
Saturday, May 8 - Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee) - $10,053 to win
Saturday, May 29 - Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia) - $4,053 to win
Sunday, May 30 - Rome Speedway (Rome, Georgia) - $4,053 to win
Monday, May 31 - 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) - $10,052 to win

Current Point Standings
1. Jonathan Davenport - 200
2. Kyle Larson - 196
3. Tyler Erb - 194
4. Dale McDowell - 192
5. Donald McIntosh - 190
6. Jimmy Owens - 188
7. Zack Mitchell - 186
8. Brandon Overton - 184
9. Mike Marlar - 182
10. Dakotah Knuckles - 180
11. Pierce McCarter - 178
12. Cory Hedgecock - 176
13. Forrest Trent - 174
14. Travis Fultz - 172
15. Christian Hanger - 170

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Jonathan Davenport Dominates Lil Bill Corum Memorial to Pocket $21,000 Paycheck

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 4, 2021

(TAZEWELL, TENNESSEE) Jonathan Davenport put on a clinic on Saturday evening, April 3 on the high banks of Tazewell Speedway, as he bested a stout field of competitors to record the victory in the inaugural running of the ‘Lil Bill Corum Memorial’ at the Tazewell, Tennessee oval! After clicking off the fastest time in Group B during the qualifying session, Jonathan won his heat race to earn the outside of the front row for the start of the 75-lap feature event. In front of the large crowd, the Blairsville, Georgia superstar beat polesitter Donald McIntosh to turn one on the opening circuit of the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series lid lifter to grab the top spot – a lead he would never relinquish.

The view out front was one Jonathan enjoyed throughout the contest, as the talented feature field jockeyed for position behind his familiar #49 machine. The popular driver known as “Superman” worked lapped traffic to perfection in winning by over seven seconds to capture the whopping $21,000 payday in dominant fashion. Runner-up and NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Larson ran in the second position through much of the race, while Tyler Erb claimed the final spot on the podium in third after starting the ‘Lil Bill Corum Memorial’ from the inside of the third row. Tenth starting Dale McDowell crossed underneath the checkered flag in the fourth spot and polesitter Donald McIntosh rounded out the top five.

"I definitely love coming here,” exclaimed Davenport in the Tazewell Speedway winners circle.  “This place is always packed out.  Love all these fans coming here and we get great support. Thanks to my crew, they've been working their tails off.  This is the same car that we ran at Bristol and I don't see why we don't take it back there next week.  This thing's pretty awesome!"

Jonathan’s win last night in the Volunteer State marked his third career visit to Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series victory lane. His triumph came aboard a Double L Motorsports Longhorn Chassis with sponsorship from Nutrien Ag Solutions, ASC Warranty, Spartan Mowers, Lucas Oil, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Bilstein Shocks, and Fatheadz Eyewear.

"This place is so elbows up and you just gotta get up on the wheel and drive it," Davenport went on to say following his flag-to-flag win in the race that was co-sanctioned with the Iron-Man Late Model Series.  "It was a little hard to pass in (turns) one and two down there, but I could get a good run and slide 'em through (turns) three and four.  There were a couple of passes that were probably questionable, but hopefully they knew I was the leader and gave me a little bit of a break there."

An impressive 35 car field converged at the bad-fast “Taz” on Saturday and Tyler Erb, of New Waverly, Texas, earned Fast Time honors with his lap of 11.420 seconds. The quartet of heat races were won by Donald McIntosh, Dakotah Knuckles, Jonathan Davenport, and Kyle Larson, while Jensen Ford and David Payne picked up the victories in the pair of consolation races. Christian Hanger (Spring Nationals) and Forrest Trent (Iron-Man) were both awarded provisionals, while Stacy Boles utilized an emergency provisional before suffering mechanical woes prior to the drop of the green flag.

Next up for the cars and stars racing with the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series will be a trip to the newly reconfigured I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tennessee. Following an open practice session on Friday, April 9, the biggest race in the history of I-75 Raceway will take place on Saturday, April 10. A full program featuring Super Late Model A & B qualifying, heat races, and consolation events will lead into a 53-lap main event that will boast a $10,053 paycheck.

Finish (75 Laps):
1. (2) Jonathan Davenport $21,000
2. (4) Kyle Larson $10,000
3. (5) Tyler Erb $6,000
4. (10) Dale McDowell $4,000
5. (1) Donald McIntosh $3,000
6. (19) Jimmy Owens $2,000
7. (6) Zack Mitchell $1,500
8. (13) Brandon Overton $1,400
9. (15) Mike Marlar $1,300
10. (3) Dakotah Knuckles $1,200
11. (7) Pierce McCarter $1,150
12. (16) Cory Hedgecock $1,090
13. (22) Forrest Trent $1,080
14. (11) Travis Fultz $1,070
15. (21) Christian Hanger $1,060
16. (12) Jason Trammell $1,050
17. (9) Stormy Scott $1,040
18. (18) David Payne $1,030
19. (20) Austin Neely $1,020
20. (14) Ryan King $1,010
21. (8) Michael Chilton $1,000
22. (17) Jensen Ford $1,000
23. (23) Stacy Boles $75

Entries: 35
Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (1-75)

Current Spring Nationals Series Point Standings:
1. Jonathan Davenport - 200
2. Kyle Larson - 196
3. Tyler Erb - 194
4. Dale McDowell - 192
5. Donald McIntosh - 190
6. Jimmy Owens - 188
7. Zack Mitchell - 186
8. Brandon Overton - 184
9. Mike Marlar - 182
10. Dakotah Knuckles - 180
11. Pierce McCarter - 178
12. Cory Hedgecock - 176
13. Forrest Trent - 174
14. Travis Fultz - 172
15. Christian Hanger – 170

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Hart Wins Late Model Sportsman at Hagerstown

Devin Hart claimed the victory in the Late Model Sportsman main event. Hart started ninth in the 33K and gradually worked his way to the front. He drove his way to the second position within the first five laps and took the lead on lap seven after the 86 of Scott Palmer jumped the cushion in turns one and two. After that, he never looked back and won by over a straightaway to second place finisher Donnie Farlling.

“I really can’t believe this, I really struggled in the heat race,” Hart said. “In the feature, we were really decent in both ends and it really paid off later in the run.”

Jonathan Raley rounded out the podium with a third-place finish.

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Lil’ Bill Corum Memorial Starts Spring Nationals Series Saturday at Tazewell

April 1, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(BRASSTOWN, NORTH CAROLINA) When the original version of the 2021 Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels schedule was unveiled in early January, the inaugural running of the ‘Lil Bill Corum Memorial’ at Tazewell Speedway was the fifth race listed on the twelve-race miniseries. With inclement weather already postponing a few series events this spring and the shuffling of others, the single-day throwdown on Saturday, April 3 at the Tazewell, Tennessee oval will mark the season opener for the eighth-year tour.

Co-sanctioned by the Iron-Man Late Model Series, the ‘Lil Bill Corum Memorial’ will boast a whopping $21,000 top prize and will shell out $1,000 just to start the 75-lap main event. In addition to the posted feature purse money of $64,000, a myriad of other bonuses and contingencies are up for grabs including a $2,100 Fast Time Award courtesy of Toyota Knoxville.

A total of nineteen drivers pre-entered for the ‘Lil Bill Corum Memorial’ prior to the March 20 deadline to be eligible for the Fast Time Award. The drivers to watch try to beat the clock in qualifying and collect the extra cash include Ross Bailes, Michael Chilton, Shane Clanton, Jonathan Davenport, Greg Estes, Travis Fultz, Austin Glass, Vic Hill, Jordon Horton, Ryan King, Dakotah Knuckles, John Llewellyn, Pierce McCarter, Dale McDowell, Donald McIntosh, Dustin Nobbe, Brandon Overton, Jimmy Owens, and Jason Trammell.

The 'Lil Bill Corum Memorial' was on the 2020 schedule for the Spring Nationals tour, but the entire miniseries was unfortunately wiped out due to COVID-19 restrictions.  The Spring Nationals Series has visited the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway in two prior years, as Billy Ogle, Jr. scored a $6,000 win back in 2015 and Dakotah Knuckles secured a $5,000 triumph in 2018.

Times have been moved up one hour at "The Taz" this Saturday – due to forecasted chilly nighttime temperatures – with the pit gates now opening at 1:00pm and the grandstands swinging open for patrons starting at 4:00pm.  The Driver's Meeting is slated for 5:00pm and hot laps will roll onto the high-banked racing surface at 6:00pm. Adult general admission will be $30.00 with children ages nine and under admitted for FREE. Pit admission will be $45.00 for adults and only $35.00 for children ages twelve and under. Tickets will only be sold at the racetrack and all grandstand seating is general admission.

The program for the Spring Nationals Series at Tazewell Speedway on Saturday, April 3 will feature a complete show of qualifying, heat races, consolation events, and a 75-lap headliner. The Super Late Model tire rule will be Hoosier 1350 and 1600; American Racer 48 and 56. The entry fee will be $150.00 and transponders will be available to rent. Any driver not advancing into the 22-car feature field will receive $75.00 in tow money.

Along with the Super Late Models on the four-division racing card will be the Sportsman ($1,000 to win), Classic Car ($600 to win), and Street Stock ($500 to win) classes. Tazewell Speedway is located at 1400 Bacchus Road in Tazewell, Tennessee

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