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Richards Holds off Sheppard to Win at Golden Isles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BRUNSWICK, GA (February 5, 2016) - Josh Richards held off a late race charge from Brandon Sheppard to win on the opening night of the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway on Friday Night. Richards led but all but one lap on his way to victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event.
 
Sheppard; the 2015 LOLMDS Rookie of the Year; briefly took the lead from Richards with four laps to go, but Richards regained the top spot moments later and went on for his seventh career LOLMDS win. Sheppard crossed the line a car length and a half behind in second, followed by; last year's series champion; Jonathan Davenport, Jared Landers, and Chris Madden.
 
"We had a pretty decent car the whole race," said 28-year-old Richards. I was concerned about tire wear tonight; I felt like they were giving up towards the end. When we got into traffic, we were able to run the top around those guys in clean air and a clean track, which sure helped us, because those running behind me didn't have that advantage."
 
"When I saw Brandon get by me, I went into turn one, and I didn't want to get into him. His car drifted up and I was able to get back around him. Brandon is a great kid. We have been friends for a long-time. What a way to start the New Year with these Rocket XR1 cars finishing first and second."
 
"I would like to thank my dad, and all of my crew. I want thank Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Ace Metal Works, and Andy Durham Racing Engines. Thanksto Lucas Oil and the track crew for a great track."
 
Richards and Jared Landers started on the front row of the 50-lap main event. Richards took the lead at the start of the race with Landers running in second. Landers held the second-spot until lap 15 when Sheppard got around him.
 
With seven laps-to-go, a final caution set-up a shootout between the top three of Richards, Sheppard, and Davenport.
 
"Our car was really good all night! We moved to the top and that helped us," said Sheppard. "Josh drifted up just enough for me to get by him. When he saw me, he was able to get back to the bottom of the track. I want to thank everybody at Best Performance Motorsports for this opportunity. It was a good race for us and a good points night, and a great way to start the year!"
 
Davenport recovered from falling all the way to 12th place at one point during the race. "We are really good on the long runs. I hated to see that one caution when we got up to third. We went to the top and car took off and was super good."
 
Completing the top ten were Eddie Carrier Jr., Tim McCreadie, Darrell Lanigan, Brian Shirley, and Steve Francis.

In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 45 entrants, with a lap of 13.326 seconds. Jared Landers set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.399 seconds. Josh Richards, Brandon Sheppard, Jared Landers and Brian Shirley won their respective heat races. Randy Weaver and Mason Zeigler won their respective B-Mains.
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, February 5, 2016
Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing
Golden Isles Speedway - Waynesville, GA
Feature (50 Laps): 1. Josh Richards, 2. Brandon Sheppard, 3. Jonathan Davenport, 4. Jared Landers, 5. Chris Madden, 6. Eddie Carrier, Jr., 7. Tim McCreadie, 8. Darrell Lanigan, 9. Brian Shirley, 10. Steve Francis, 11. Scott Bloomquist, 12. Devin Moran, 13. Dennis Erb, Jr., 14. Jimmy Owens, 15. Mason Zeigler, 16. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., 17. Kenny PettyJohn, 18. Billy Moyer, Jr., 19. Earl Pearson, Jr., 20. Don O'Neal, 21. Randy Weaver, 22. Donald McIntosh, 23. Mark Whitener, 24. Gregg Satterlee.
 
Race Statistics
Entrants: 45
Lap Leaders: Josh Richards (Laps 1 - 45); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 46); Josh Richards (Laps 47 - 50)
Cautions: Dennis Erb Jr. (Lap 4); Dennis Erb Jr. (Lap 6); Kenny PettyJohn (Lap 14); Randy Weaver (Lap 43)
Time of Race: 30 minutes 31 seconds
 
Point Standings:
1. Josh Richards 250
2. Brandon Sheppard 230
2. Jonathan Davenport 230
4. Jared Landers 220
5. Chris Madden 205
6. Eddie Carrier, Jr. 200
7. Tim McCreadie 195
8. Darrell Lanigan 190
9. Brian Shirley 185
10. Steve Francis 180

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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Southern Nationals Series Makes Several Schedule Additions for 2016 Season

By Chris Tilley, Series P.R. Coordinator

BRASSTOWN, NC (February 4, 2016)-Officials with the Southern Nationals Series have made several adjustments to the 2016 schedule including added dates and two changes.

The Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series (July 16-July 30) will see two changes. Since Modoc (SC) Raceway announced they will not open for the upcoming season, the Thursday July 21st date will be moved to Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, N.C. paying $3,500-to-win. The Tri-County date that was scheduled for Thursday July 28th will be replaced by the addition of Crossville (Tenn.) Raceway. The Crossville addition pays $3,500-to-win. The last time the series visited Crossville Raceway was July 21, 2009 when Chris Madden claimed the $3,500 top prize over Tommy Kerr, Jonathan Davenport, Randy Weaver and Dennis Franklin.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Series has added four races to complete the schedule. The series will visit Boyd's Speedway for two visits. The 21st Annual Shamrock pays $4,000-to-win on March 19th and the 28th Annual Gobbler pays $10,000-to-win. The long-time races move from Cleveland Speedway to Boyd's Speedway after Cleveland announced that they're closing for this season. Last year's Southern Nationals Bonus Series-sanctioned Shamrock race was rained out and the Gobbler race was won by Chris Madden.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Series has also announced a date for Crossville (Tenn.) Raceway that will be held on Friday Night May 20th paying $5,000-to-win.

Another added event on the schedule will be the 4th Annual Deep Fried 75 at the Duck River Raceway Park in Lewisburg, Tenn. paying $13,000-to-win. The Bonus Series sanctioned the event in 2014 when Riley Hickman of Cleveland, Tenn. took the $11,000 payday. Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill. Is the defending winner of the Deep Fried 75.

One TBA date in Tennessee for October 7 & 8 on the Bonus Series will be filled soon and pay $10,000-to-win.

In other Bonus Series news, promoter Ray Cook has announced that the Bonus Series champion will receive $5,053 for 2016. The points funds for all three tours will be identical for the upcoming season and the overall champion will receive an additional $5,053. Purses and point funds available for 2016 will be in excess of $900,000.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Series will open up in just a few short weeks at the 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn. for the Inaugural Frostbuster 50 paying $7,151-to-win. The Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series will open the season on March 11/12 at the Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. for the 3rd Annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic paying $15,000-to-win.

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.

2016 Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series Schedule:
March 11/12-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$15,000 to win
March 25-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$4,000 to win
March 26-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$6,000 to win
April 15-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-$4,000 to win
April 16-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-$10,000 to win
April 29-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$4,000 to win
April 30-Florence Speedway-Union, KY-$5,000 to win
May 27-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$4,000 to win
May 28-Dixie Speedway-Woodstock, GA-$4,000 to win
May 29-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$6,000 to win

2016 Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series Schedule:
July 16-Wythe Raceway-Rural Retreat, VA-$10,000 to win
July 17-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-$3,500 to win
July 19-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-$3,500 to win
July 21-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,500 to win
July 22-Swainsboro Raceway-Swainsboro, GA-$5,300 to win
July 23-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvania, GA-$5,300 to win
July 24-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$5,300 to win
July 26-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$3,500 to win
July 28-Crossville Raceway-Crossville, TN-$3,500 to win
July 29-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,300 to win
July 30-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$10,000 to win

2016 Southern Nationals Bonus Series Schedule:
February 27-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-$7,151 to win
March 19-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$4,000 to win
May 20-Crossville Raceway-Crossville, TN-$5,000 to win
May 30-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$4,000 to win
June 25-Richmond Raceway-Richmond, KY-$10,000 to win
August 20-Richmond Raceway-Richmond, KY-$10,000 to win
August 27-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,000 to win
September 4-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$4,400 to win
September 29-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,000 to win
September 30-Tri-County Race Track-$4,053 to win
October 7&8-TBA-Tennessee-$10,000 to win
October 14&15-Duck River Raceway Park-Lewisburg, TN-$13,000 to win
November 4&5-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$26,000 to win
November 18&19-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$10,000 to win

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Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing Opener Postponed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WAYNESVILLE, GA (February 4, 2016) - Due to heavy rain, tonight's opener to the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway has been postponed until Saturday, February 6th.

The event on Friday, February 5th will go on as scheduled with pit gates opening at 12:00PM and the grandstands opening at 3:30PM. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers meeting will take place at 4:30PM, followed by hot laps at 5:00PM. Friday night's event includes a full program of: Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 50-Lap, $10,000-to-win main event.

On Saturday, February 6th the pits will be cleared and re-open at 8:00AM. Pit passes for both the Saturday morning make-up event and the Saturday night event must be purchased on Saturday morning. The grandstands will open at 10:00AM. The drivers meeting will take place at 10:30AM with Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series hot laps set for 11:00AM. Saturday morning's Edwin Coggins Memorial includes a full program of Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 30-lap, $7,000-to-win main event.

At the conclusion of the Saturday morning make-up events, the grandstand gates will be cleared and re-open. Saturday night's program will see hot laps beginning at 5:00PM followed by a full program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 60-lap, $15,000-to-win Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing finale.

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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODELS RELEASE 2016 TOUR SCHEDULE; NEW FORMATTED TOURING SERIES TO FEATURE 18 SHOWS WITH DESIGNATED MARQUEE & PLATINUM EVENTS

February 2, 2016
By Mike Leone
    
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    
(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series is set to begin its fourth year of operations heading into the 2016 season.  Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to release the 2016 Touring Series schedule, which will feature 18 events as part of the new Touring Series program announced last fall.
 
The 2016 Touring Series will feature 12 premier Marquee Events paying a minimum of $2,000 to-win that are primarily centrally located within the region on weekends utilizing a group qualifying format featuring $100 Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock Qualifying" and $25 to-win heat races.  In addition, another six "optional" Platinum Events are scheduled paying a minimum of $1,500 to-win.  Additional incentive packages for supporting Touring member racers will also be part of the Touring program.  (See below for additional information.)
 
"Each year we analyze our Touring program," acknowledged RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  "Last year we made some changes based on the size of the region by splitting into a northern and southern tour, but in essence the same drivers supported the events with the exception of a few in each region.  This year we've taken suggestions we've received over the years and have come up with a schedule and program that we feel is feasible for more racers to participate.  We eliminated the lower $1,200 to-win shows and have a strong core of Marquee events all on the weekend that pay $2,000 or more to-win with qualifying."
 
The season will actually kickoff unofficially with the 2015 make-up "Apple Festival Nationals" at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, April 16.  The twice rained out night two show will see Charlie Duncan lead the field to green for the $2,000 to-win feature.  This will be a non-point tour event; however, will offer Sweeney Weekly Series points.  New cars are permitted to tag the feature or run a B main depending on car count.
 
The new 2016 Touring Series program will officially get underway six nights later at Sharon when RUSH joins up with the first ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at the Hartford, Ohio oval.  This will be the first of two Tour events coupled with Lucas Oil in 2016.  The opener will be a Marquee event paying $2,000 to-win, and a second Marquee event will take place at Sharon in the fall for the sixth annual "Gary Knollinger Memorial" in conjunction with the annual "Apple Festival Nationals" on Friday and Saturday, September 16-17.
 
This year's two Canadian events have been combined into one weekend, which should be a plus for everyone.  Humberstone Speedway's annual "Canadian National Late Model Championship" will again pay $2,000 to-win on Sunday, May 22 followed up by Merrittville Speedway on Monday the 23rd for their Victoria Day celebration also paying $2,000 to-win.  The two Ontario tracks are just 20 minutes apart not far from Niagara Falls.  The Merrittville show will be designated as a Platinum event due to it being on a Monday.
 
After two successful tour events in their first season under RUSH, Eriez Speedway will return to the schedule with a pair of Marquee $2,000 to-win Sweeney Tour events on Sunday, May 29 and Sunday, August 24.  Track owners Bobby and Kathy Rohrer have worked hard at their Erie, Pa. facility and maintain a quality and a successful weekly Sunday program that also includes the RUSH Late Models.
 
Bob Reis is set to begin his second year promoting Freedom Motorsports Park.  Reis continues to make improvements at the Delevan, New York oval.  He'll host the second annual "Ron Baker Memorial" on Friday, June 3- this year paying $1,500 to-win.  Baker was a longtime driver and car owner most recently fielding cars for RUSH racer Ward Schell before his passing two years ago.
 
The following night on June 4 a Marquee event comes to Orrville, Ohio's Wayne County Speedway as RUSH joins up with Tony Stewart's All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars.  The $2,000 event will be the richest Crate Late Model event ever at Wayne County as the track led by Jason and Kristin Flory will be in the midst of their second season under the Sweeney Weekly Series banner.
 
Tri-City Raceway Park will continue its support of RUSH during its special event slate hosting a pair of $2,000 to-win Marquee events.  The Franklin, Pa. oval will again host the "Bill Emig Memorial" on Sunday, June 19 then will hold the popular $30,000+ Manufacturers Night for the first time ever on Sunday, August 14.
 
The RUSH Late Models always turn out in big numbers for the Sweeney Tour events at Lernerville Speedway.  Last year, a Northeast Crate Late Model record 54 cars were on hand for "Steel City Stampede".  The Sarver, Pa. oval will have a pair of $2,000 to-win Marquee events on Friday, July 1 and then again for the "Steel City Stampede" on October 14-15.
 
The RUSH Late Models are expected to be part of the traditional racing program at Expo Speedway during the Trumbull County Fair on Wednesday, July 13.  The big 5/8-mile oval in Cortland, Ohio always offers a unique challenge to racers and this event is tentatively expected to pay $1,500 to-win as a Platinum event.
 
Two days later history will be made at Ransomville Speedway when the first ever Crate Late Model race will be held at the New York oval on Friday, July 15.  Nearby Freedom will not host their weekly program of RUSH Late Models on this night allowing their competitors to race in this $2,000 to-win Marquee event as Crate Late Model racing continues to grow throughout New York and Ontario.
 
McKean County Raceway will be hosting numerous special events throughout the 2016 season under promoter Chris Zuver.  RUSH will again be part of the annual McKean County Fair race on Thursday, August 18 paying $1,500 to-win.  A second $1,500 to-win Platinum event will be held at the East Smethport, Pa. track during the annual "Fall Classic" on Saturday, October 1.
 
RUSH will team up with Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the second and final time of 2016 as part of "The Pittsburgher" on Friday and Saturday, October 7-8 at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway with the season's richest event paying $2,500 to-win for the "Bill Hendren Memorial".  The Imperial, Pa. "Monster Half-Mile" will continue to host weekly Saturday night Sweeney RUSH Late Model Weekly Series action.
 
One additional Platinum event will be added to make 18 events.  Membership is $125 or $225 for both Touring and Weekly.  Membership includes $100,000 of excess participant accident insurance over and above one's personal health insurance and track's insurance.
             
Drivers will be able to use a maximum of one of the Platinum Events as a substitution race for a missed Marquee Event.  Drivers will also be able to use up to a maximum of three Platinum Events to replace their worst Marquee Event finishes.  If a driver uses one of the Platinum Events as a substitution for a Marquee Event, he or she will then only be able to use up to two additional Platinum Events to replace their worst Marquee Event finishes.
 
While the top 12 drivers in 2016 Touring Series points will earn point fund monies, RUSH will guarantee a minimum of $250 in point fund monies to an additional eight drivers with perfect attendance (12 Marquee Events or 11 Marquee Events and 1 Platinum Event).  This means possibly 20 drivers could earn Touring Series point fund monies!
 
A Loyalty Program will also be included.  For every four consecutive Marquee Events attended, Touring member drivers will receive a free $100 entry fee at their next event.  This will be an additional $300 to those drivers that have perfect attendance.  Touring drivers that have perfect attendance for the season (12 Marquee Events or 11 Marquee Events and 1 Platinum Event) will also be guaranteed to win a valuable contingency prize(s) at the season ending awards banquet.  Special contingency product drawings will also be held for drivers during the season for drivers that are part of the Loyalty Program.
 
2016 Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series Schedule*
 
    Sat, April 16  Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) - 2015 Apple Fest Make-up - $2,000 to-win (non-point)

    Fri, April 22  Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) - Season Opener - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

    Sun, May 22  Humberstone Speedway (Port Colborne, ON) - "Canadian Late Model Nationals" - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

    Mon, May 23  Merrittville Speedway (Thorold, ON) - "Victoria Day Celebration" - $2,000 to-win (Platinum)

    Sun, May 29  Eriez Speedway (Erie, PA) - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

    Fri, June 3  Freedom Motorsports Park (Delevan, NY) - "Ron Baker Memorial" - $1,500 to-win (Platinum)

    Sat, June 4  Wayne County Speedway (Orrville, OH) - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

    Sun, June 19  Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA) - "Bill Emig Memorial"- $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

    Fri, July 1  Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

    Wed, July 13  Expo Speedway (Cortland, OH) - "Trumbull County Fair" - $1,500 to-win (Platinum)

    Fri, July 15  Ransomville Speedway (Ransomville, NY) - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

    Sun, July 24  Eriez Speedway (Erie, PA) - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

    Sun, Aug 14  Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA) - "Manufacturers Night" - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

    Thr, Aug 18  McKean County Raceway (East Smethport, PA) - McKean County Fair - $1,500 to-win (Platinum)

    Fri-Sat, Sept 16-17  Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) - "Apple Festival Nationals" - "Gary Knollinger Memorial" - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

    Sat, Oct 1 McKean County Raceway (East Smethport, PA) - "Fall Classic" - $1,500 to-win (Platinum)

    Fri-Sat, Oct 7-8     Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) - "Pittsburgher" - "Bill Hendren Memorial" - $2,500 to-win (Marquee)

    Fri-Sat, Oct 14-15 Lernerville Speedway - "Steel City Stampede" - $2,000 to-win (Marquee)

*Schedule is subject to change. Additional date(s) may be added.

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SWEENEY RUSH SERIES HONORS CHAMPIONS & TOP RACERS IN LM, MOD & STOCK DIVISIONS AS $100,000 IN CASH & $10,000 IN CONTINGENCIES IS DOLED OUT AT 2015 AWARDS BANQUET

January 23, 2016

(By Mike Leone)
    
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    
(Edinburg, PA)...While the 2016 racing season is only a few months away, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone put a final wrap on the 2015 racing season with the awards banquet and dinner on Saturday night at the Gatherings Banquet & Event Center in Edinburg, Pa.  Despite a blizzard off to the east, a record number of attendees filled the beautiful banquet hall as over $100,000 in cash and approximately $10,000 in contingencies were distributed to Sweeney RUSH Late Model, Sportsman Modified, and Pro Stock racers.  

Sweeney RUSH Late Models scheduled events at a record 23 different speedways in 2015 with some 350 different racers participating in either a weekly-sanctioned and/or touring series event!  Year two for the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified season saw six different speedways hold events with 29 different drivers competing.
 
Crowned 2015 Late Model champions were Max Blair-Bazell/Sunoco Southern Touring Series, Insinger/Sunoco Northern Touring Series, Combined Touring Series, and Sweeney Weekly Series, Bryce Davis-Pace Performance "Summer Chase", Charlie Sandercock-"Bilstein Bandits", Clinton Hersh-"Futures Cup", and Tony White-Wheelman Bonus Event Challenge Series.  In the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds it was Greg Martin-Bicknell Racing Products Weekly Series, Larry Kugel-Bicknell Touring Series, and Kole Holden-Bicknell "Futures Cup".  Justin Ramsay was the inaugural Sweeney RUSH Pro Stock Weekly Series champion.  All of the champions received their point fund monies, granite laser etched championship award plaques, and RUSH championship jackets!
 
Max Blair left Saturday's banquet as the Series' top point fund earner garnering a record $16,500!  The Centerville, Pa. 26-year-old swept all three Touring Series point funds for the $10,000 prize, added $5,000 for his second Sweeney Weekly Series Championship in three years, and $1,500 for a runner-up in the Pace Performance "Summer Chase".  Blair won nine of the 17 Touring Series events including an unprecedented four straight.  Blair also won earned the most points in the K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash Championship standings and earned K&N product.  
 
The second top earner was Charlie Sandercock at $8,250.  The 28-year-old Belleville, Ontario racer was a newcomer to RUSH with Brighton and Can-Am Speedways coming on board.  Sandercock won $5,000 for the inaugural "Bilstein Bandits" Late Model crown winning 15 feature events between the two tracks that also propelled him to a tie for third in the Sweeney Weekly Series and a third in the Pace "Summer Chase".
 
Bryce Davis became a first time RUSH champion by capturing the Pace Performance "Summer Chase" crown.  The 24-year-old Hornell, New York racer led all eligible racers with 109.14 average point score from July through Labor Day, which equates to a near second place finish.  Davis earned $3,000 for the title and left the banquet with a check for $5,325.
 
Clinton Hersh shined in his second year of Crate Late Model racing.  The 16-year-old Somerset, Pa. driver won the $1,000 "Futures Cup" crown in addition to his third place point finish in the "Bilstein Bandits" and a tie for 28th in the Weekly Series brought his point fund total earnings $2,757.50.  It's also noted that the Hersh Family made it to the banquet despite being buried in three feet of snow and having to avoid the closed down PA Turnpike.
 
For the second straight year, Tony White of Aliquippa, Pa. was recognized for winning the "Wheelman" Bonus Event Challenge Series points for non-qualifier Late Model Touring Series events. White received a championship plaque and jacket, $150 cash, and $100 K&N and Precise Racing Products certificates.  
 
Greg Martin had another stellar season traveling south to race with the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds to garner the $3,000 Bicknell Racing Products Weekly Series title for the second straight year. The 34-year-old Wilson, New York driver won nine of his 15 starts and has yet to finish worse than third in any RUSH-sanctioned event in the two-year history. He also became the inaugural Sharon Speedway champion and won the first ever Tour event in the first ever Sportsman Modified race at Expo Speedway. He'd finish 10th in those points.
 
Veteran racer Larry Kugel will go down in the history books as the first ever Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series Champion for the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds. The 64-year-old Crescent, Pa. driver was consistent to win the $600 title and added another $600 for his fifth place in the Bicknell Weekly Series points.
 
While rookie racer Kole Holden finished runner-up to Kugel in the Touring Series, he did one better in the Bicknell "Futures Cup" to earn that inaugural crown. It was a tremendous season for the recently turned 17-year-old where he won three features at Sportsman's Speedway, which propelled him to a fourth place in the Bicknell Weekly Series.
 
The Pro Stocks were added to RUSH's program to allow drivers that raced with GM 602 and 604 crate engines against the open cars the opportunity to compete for their own point fund.  A $5,250 point fund was posted for member racers' best 12 finishes at RUSH affiliated speedways.  Lernerville stepped up and offered a crate only race during the "Steel City Stampede" and going forward has committed to the crates 100%.  Collecting the inaugural championship was 28-year-old driver Justin Ramsay of Belleville, Ontario, Canada.  Ramsay won 10 features and the track championship at Brighton in addition to another win at Humberstone Speedway.    
 
The highlight of the program was the special awards ceremony.  The Series' major sponsor, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC/Pace Performance, was recognized with a special appreciation plaque for their continued support of the RUSH Late Model and Sportsman Modified programs in addition to the new RUSH Pro Stock division as the branding sponsor.
 
Eric Wilson and family were presented the prestigious Gary Knollinger Memorial "Golden Award".  The Cortland, Ohio family's qualities reminded Series Officials much like the Knollinger Family.  Both have strong family values and had were very dedicated to following the touring series.  The Wilsons just finished their second full season touring.
 
The "Majestic" was awarded to Series Competition Director, Travis Harry.  The Franklin, Pa. resident took on a tall task taking the position when RUSH was formed in 2013.  Harry just completed his third season and has received nothing but praise for his knowledge and commitment from Series Officials, drivers, and speedways.
 
The "Car Owner of the Year" Award was won by Terry Suppa.  The Warren, Pa. man owned two competitive cars in 2015 with drivers Randy Hall and Ward Schell.  Hall won 10 RUSH races and the track championship at Freedom, while finishing in the top eight of Weekly, Northern Touring, and "Summer Chase" points, while Schell captured a win at Eriez in route to 15th in the Weekly Series points along with eighth in the Northern Tour.
 
Jerry Schaffer received a "Special Appreciation Award" for his tremendous support of the RUSH Sportsman Modified division by fielding four teams and giving three rookie drivers, including his son Will and sisters Chelsie and Jessica Kriegisch, the opportunity to compete.  Schaffer noted the importance of giving back and how special family is as his father and son were both in attendance at the banquet meaning three generations of racers.
 
The "Miles Traveled" Late Model Award was given to Jason and Brian Knowles.  For the first time, the brother duo out of Corning, New York traveled to all of the Touring Series events racking up over 12,000 miles despite the closest track being two hours from home.  The Knowles received a K&N Cold Air Induction System valued up to $500 and $200 in Precise Racing Products gift cards.
 
The "Miles Traveled" Sportsman Modified Award was given to Kole Holden.  The rookie racer competed in more events than any other driver at 31 and made the weekly drive to Sharon Speedway from Tiona, Pa.
 
Mike Ingram of Ingram Engines was awarded the inaugural Bill Hendren Memorial RUSH Engine Rebuilder of the Year.  The Kittanning, Pa. resident has rebuilt more engines in recent years than any other rebuilder in the system.  Ingram Engines also captured four feature wins at the prestigious "Steel City Stampede" at Lernerville last October.
 
Velocita-USA provided 10 50% off certificates for giveaways for the Late Model, Sportsman Modified, and Pro Stock drivers in addition to one $500 off a custom drivers suit for a "Futures Cup" driver. All winners are listed below.
 
Longtime Sharon Speedway announcer Jim Pollock emceed the affair and also previewed the upcoming 2016 season. The Sweeney RUSH Late Models have added Path Valley Speedway Park in central Pa. and Genesee Speedway in Batavia, NY as weekly-sanctioned speedways. The Touring Series schedules for both the Late Models and Sportsman Modifieds were released. John and Christine Stivason photographed the event and the photo link will be posted as soon as it's available.
 
2015 Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels RUSH Late Model Northern Touring Series Top 12 Driver Points: 1. Max Blair 688 2. Bryce Davis 639 3. John Waters 620 4. Randy Hall 615 5. Jason Knowles 596 6. Brian Knowles 591 7. Eric Wilson 580 8. Ward Schell 484 9. T.J. Downs 373 10. Kyle Zimmerman 253 11. Joe Martin 252 12. Jamie Brown 223.
 
2015 Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels RUSH Late Model Southern Touring Series Top 12 Driver Points: 1. Max Blair 1022 2. Eric Wilson 926 3. Jason Knowles 925 4. Brian Knowles 833 5. Steve Lowery 788 6. John Waters 672 7. Kyle Lukon 580 8. Rob Marhefka 539 9. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 436 10. Michael Lake 410 11. W.L. Stile 387 12. Clay Ruffo 385.
 
2015 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Weekly Series Top 40 Points: 1. Max Blair 1344 2. Randy Hall 1336 3. Damian Bidwell & Charlie Sandercock 1334 5. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 1327 6. John Waters 1322 7. Troy Shields 1314 8. Chris Fleming 1312 9. Josh Holtgraver 1309 10. Russell Baird, Jr. 1308 11. Phil Potts 1306 12. Matt Latta 1304 13. Charlie Duncan & Jason Genco 1302 15. Ward Schell 1296 16. Corey Earl 1294 17. Darin Henderson 1293 18. Daryl Charlie 1291 19. Bryce Davis 1287 20. Kyle Zimmerman & Kyle Sopaz 1286 22. Adam Sixt 1285 23. Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. 1282 24. Steve Baldwin 1273 25. Ben Policz 1268 26. Kyle Lukon 1266 27. Ryan Markham 1263 28. Clinton Hersh & Eric Wilson 1254 30. Brandon Mowat 1251 31. Michael Reft 1248 32. Wyatt Scott 1243 33. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 1238 34. Tyler Rand 1235 35. Michael Lake & Justin Lamb 132 37. Scott Gurdak 1226 38. Ben Bowie 1223 39. Jamie Wrightsman 1222 40. Kris Eaton 1221.
 
2015 Pace Performance "Summer Chase" Late Model Top 10 Points: 1. Bryce Davis 109.14 2. Max Blair 108.93 3. Charlie Sandercock 108.62 4. Troy Shields 108.13 5. Chris Fleming 107.9 6. Damian Bidwell 106.77 7. Charlie Duncan 106.25 8. Randy Hall 105.68 9. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 105.43 10. Ben Policz 104.6.
 
2015 "Bilstein Bandits" Late Model Top 15 Points: 1. Charlie Sandercock 1334 2. Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. 1282 3. Clinton Hersh 1254 4. Kris Eaton 1221 5. Bob Kish 1199 6. Paul Harriger 1180 7. Josh Stoica 1158 8. Harry Shipe, Jr. 1148 9. Alan Dellinger 1117 10. Clay Ruffo 987 11. Brian Lederhouse 832 12. W.L. Stile 824 13. Bobby Pifer III 717 14. Walter Nichols 613 15. Justin Lamb 569.
 
2015 Late Model "Futures Cup" Points: 1. Clinton Hersh 1254 2. Wyatt Scott 1243 3. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 1238 4. Jennae Piper 1183 5. Eli Mayhew 1096 6. Megan Mann.
 
2015 K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash Late Model Champion: Max Blair
 
2015 "Wheelman" Bonus Event Challenge Series Late Model Champion: Tony White
 
2015 Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified Weekly Series Top 15 Points: 1. Greg Martin 1339  2. Nick Ritchey 1315  3. Rocky Kugel 1313  4. Kole Holden 1291  5. Larry Kugel 1275  6. Jerry Schaffer 1266  7. Kyle Martell 1242  8. Chelsie Kriegisch 1229  9. Brandon Ritchey 1224  10. Justin Shea 1207  11. Josh Deems 1205  12. Will Schaffer 1185  13. Jeremy Weaver 1178  14. Jessica Kriegisch 778  15. Jim Bryce 776.
 
2015 Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified Touring Series Top 10 Driver Points: 1. Larry Kugel 445  2. Kole Holden 438  3. Jerry Schaffer 436  4. Chelsie Kriegisch 418  5. Nick Ritchey 355  6. Kyle Martell 344  7. Will Schaffer 327  8. Brandon Ritchey 316  9. Jeremy Weaver 241  10. Greg Martin 240.
 
2015 Bicknell Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modified "Futures Cup" Top 10 Points: 1. Kole Holden 1291  2. Kyle Martell 1242  3. Jeremy Weaver 1178  4. Jessica Kriegisch 778.
 
2015 K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash RUSH Sportsman Modified Champion: Rocky Kugel
 
2015 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Pro Stock Weekly Series Points: 1. Justin Ramsay 1343  2. Corey McPherson 1328  3. Doug Anderson 1327  4. Mike Franklin 1309  5. Terry Young 1355  6. Joey Zambotti III 1230  7. Aaron Easler 1198  8. Noah Brunnell 1101  9. Brandon Wearing 1084  10. Jonah Mutton 853  11. Pat Hanley 710  12. Steve D'Apolito 370  13. Ben Easler 193  14. Bill Henney 176.

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East Bay Raceway Park Readies for 40th Annual Winternationals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WAYCROSS, GA (January 27, 2016) - The annual tradition of "Florida in February" will continue with the 40th edition of the East Bay Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will invade the 1/3-mile bullring from Sunday, February 7th through Saturday, February 13th.

The week-long spectacular kicks off with an open practice on Sunday, February 7th, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, followed by six full nights of racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. From February 8th through February 13th the nation's elite dirt late model talents will do battle in pursuit of nearly $200,000 in prize money.

Each day will feature a full program of racing that includes: Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, DirtonDirt.com Strawberry Dash, and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event. Each day, the Drivers Meeting will take place at 5:15pm, followed by Hot Laps at 6:00pm.

For tickets or more information on the 40th Annual Winternationals, visit: www.eastbayracewaypark.com, or call the track office at: (877) 457-5611.

Track Information:
Phone Number: 877-457-5611
Tracks Promoter: Al Varnadore or Todd Hutto
Location: 6311 Burts Road, Tampa, FL 33619
Website: www.eastbayracewaypark.com

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1300
Right Rear - Hoosier 01, LM40
 
(In the event of a Day Time Make Up Show)
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1350
Right Rear - Hoosier 03, LM40
 
*Must Use the same set of 4 tires for Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Main.
*For the Feature, competitors may use 2 new rear tires of choice.

Event Purses for the Week:
$5,000 to win- 1. $5,000, 2. $3,000 3. $2,000, 4. $1,500, 5. $1,000, 6. $800, 7. $750, 8. $700, 9. $650, 10. $600, 11. $550, 12. $500, 13. $500, 14. $500, 15. $500, 16. $500, 17. $500, 18. $500, 19. $500, 20. $500, 21. $500, 22. $500, 23. $500, 24. $500.
 
$7,000 to win- 1. $7,000, 2. $3,500, 3. $2,000, 4. $1,500, 5. $1,400, 6. $1,300, 7. $1,200, 8. $1,100, 9. $1,000. 10. $950, 11. $900. 12. $850, 13. $800, 14. $750, 15. $725, 16. $700, 17. $700, 18. $700, 19. $650, 20. $625, 21. $625, 22. $600, 23. $600, 24. $600.
 
$10,000 to win- 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,750, 5. $2,250, 6. $1,800, 7. $1,500, 8. $1,300, 9. $1,200, 10. $1,100, 11. $1,075, 12. $1,050, 13. $1,025, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.
 
$12,000 to win- 1. $12,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,750, 5. $2,250, 6. $1,800, 7. $1,500, 8. $1,300, 9. $1,200, 10. $1,100, 11. $1,075, 12. $1,050, 13. $1,025, 14. $1,000, 15. $1,000, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 18. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000

40th Annual Winternationals Schedule of Events:
Sunday, February 7- Registration and Tech Inspection begins at 2PM
Open Practice Session 6-9 PM

Drivers' Meeting Each Day at 5:15PM
 
Monday, February 8- Hot laps 6PM, Time Trials 2 laps, Heats 10 laps, B-Mains 12 laps,
Strawberry Dash, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 25 Lap Feature $5,000 to win
 
Tuesday, February 9- Hot laps 6PM, Time Trials 2 laps, Heats 10 laps, B-Mains 12 laps,
Strawberry Dash, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 25 Lap $5,000 to win
 
Wednesday, February 10- Hot laps 6PM, Time Trials 2 laps, Heats 10 laps, B-Mains 12 laps,
Strawberry Dash, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 35 laps $7,000 to win
 
Thursday, February 11- Hot laps 6PM, Time Trials 2 laps, Heats 10 laps, B-Mains 12 laps,
Strawberry Dash, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 35 laps $7,000 to win
 
Friday, February 12- Hot laps 6PM, Time Trials 2 laps, Heats 10 laps, B-Mains 12 laps,
Strawberry Dash, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 50 laps $10,000 to win
 
Saturday, February 13- Hot laps 6PM, Time Trials 2 laps, Heats 10 laps, B-Mains 12 laps,
Strawberry Dash, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 60 laps $12,000 to win

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Mike Harrison, Bobby Pierce Share Spotlight at 32nd Annual DIRTcar UMP ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet

Nearly $360,000 in points-fund cash distributed to drivers for their success during the 2015 season

CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 22, 2016 - Mike Harrison and Bobby Pierce shared the spotlight at the 32nd Annual DIRTcar UMP 'Night of Champions' Awards Banquet in Springfield, Ill. earlier this month.

In front of nearly 1,000 competitors, family and friends in the ballroom of Springfield's Crowne Plaza Hotel, almost $360,000 was distributed to competitors in recognition of their success during the 2015 DIRTcar season.

Harrison accepted awards for the Summit Modified Nationals championship, the DIRTcar UMP Modified National championship and Southern Illinois region championship.

Harrison, a native of Highland Creek, Ill., put together a season for the record books. In all, he recorded 36 wins as well as 11 top-five and three top-ten finishes in 60 starts. Harrison's fourth modified national championship ties Jimmy Owens' four titles.

Perhaps more impressively, Harrison's Summit Modified Nationals championship was his fourth in five years. He scored nine wins during the grueling mid-summer schedule, including the second-to-last feature at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. He beat out Tyler Nicely for the Modified Nationals championship by 75 points.

In all, Harrison collected $27,000 from his three 2015 titles.

For Pierce, the season was one to remember. In addition to back-to-back DIRTcar Late Model National Championships he became the youngest ever driver at 18 years old to win the Summer Nationals title. He also joined his father Bob Pierce in becoming the first father-son duo to win Summer Nationals titles. Pierce joined esteemed company in winning both titles during the same season.

Throughout the season, the Danville, Ill.-native picked up 16 wins including eight straight to wrap up the season. With his win at Eldora Speedway's UMP Fall Nationals, he locked up the national title over Rusty Schlenk by 121 points.

For sweeping the national late model and Summer Nationals titles, Pierce claimed $45,000.

Jose Parga, of New Berlin, Ill., was the 2015 DIRTcar Pro Late Model Champion and took home the night's third largest prize of $10,000. He stood in victory lane at DIRTcar sanctioned events 15 times during the season.

Eldora Speedway, was named the 2015 DIRTcar UMP Track of the Year for its commitment to drivers, teams and fans and its advancement of DIRTcar and grassroots racing. The track plays host to The World, "The Biggest Dirt Race In The World"™, and the $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream® - "The World's Richest Dirt Race"™. Eldora is also home to the season ending DIRTcar UMP Fall Nationals. This is the first time Eldora has won the award under the ownership of Tony Stewart and stewardship of track General Manager Roger Slack.

Ken Dobson was honored as the 2015 DIRTcar UMP Promoter of the Year. Dobson is the promoter and track operator for Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway and Quincy (Ill.) Raceways and a longtime promoter of DIRTcar events. This was Dobson's first DIRTcar UMP Promoter of the Year award.

Adam Webb, of Decatur, Ill. was the DIRTcar Sports Compact National Champion as well as the top driver in the west region. Webb won 20 features during the season and took home a combined $1,200 for his two titles

In the DIRTcar Factory Stock national points standings, it was Jacob Rexing of Brighton, Ill. who came out on top. Rexing had 14 wins during the season. He received $1,000 for his championship.

With 22 wins on the year, Lukes Gash was the winner of the DIRTcar Stock Car national title. The Chebanse, Ill.-native was also the top driver in the North Region. His combined points fund award was $3,200.

Robbie Eilers was honored for his DIRTcar Pro Modified Series national title. Eilers had 12 wins throughout the season and received $1,000 from the points fund.

With 19 wins, Tyler Cain was the top driver in the DIRTcar Sportsman National points standings and Sportsman East points. For his top finishes in both he received $3,200 from the points fund.

State and regional champions recognized during the banquet included:

* Late Models ($2,000 each): Michael Kloos (Southwest), Eric Spangler (Michigan), Justin Reed (West), Rusty Schlenk (East) Kevin Weaver (Midwestern) Tony Jackson Jr. (Deep South), Jeff Decker (Northwest) and Caleb Ashby (South).

* UMP Modifieds ($2,000 each): David Mielke (Michigan), Patrick Lyon (Carolina), Shawn Valenti (East), Chad Evans (Central Illinois), Southern Indiana (Joe Godsey), Todd Sherman (Indiana), Mike Harrison (Southern Illinois), Clayton Miller (South) and Jay Ledford (Northern Illinois).

* Pro Late Models ($500 each): Jose Parga (North) and Evan Taylor (South).

* Sportsman ($200 each): Troy Medley (West) and Tyler Cain (East).

* Stock Car ($200 each): Lukes Gash (North) and Terry Reed Jr. (South).

* Sport Compact ($200 each): Austin Burton (East), Adam Webb (West), Richard Ashby (South) and Kenny Butterfield (North)

Several other special awards were handed out during the banquet.

With 157 wins throughout the season, Donnie Jumper was honored as the Modified Chassis Builder of the Year. Rocket Race Cars, which had 94 wins throughout 2015, was honored as the Late Model Chassis Builder of the Year.

Performance Race Engines and Bill Faust Engines received the Modified Champion Engine Builder Award. Pro Power was the Late Model Champion Engine Builder.

Bob Pierce, a decorated racer in his own right, was awarded the Late Model Mechanic of the Year award and Brett England and Brent Harrison received the Modified Mechanic of the Year award.

Nick Kurtz, of Greenville, Mi., won four times during the 2015 season, placed third in the Michigan region and 23rd in the DIRTcar Late Model national points on his way to being named the 2015 Rookie of the Year.

T.D. Burger received the 2015 Modified Sportsman of the Year award while Daren Friedman received the 2015 Late Model Sportsman of the Year award.

STLRacing.com's Jimmy Dearing was honored with the Bob Memmer Achievement Award. Dearing has built STLRacing.com into one of the premier racing news sites in the Midwest and helped to promote grassroots racing in the region.

The 2016 DIRTcar UMP Modifieds kick off their season on Jan. 28 at East Bay Raceway in Gibsonton, Fla. Following four nights at East Bay, the series takes on Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. and North Florida Speedway in Lake City Florida. The series wraps up its Florida swing Feb. 9 to 16 at the 2016 DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

The DIRTcar Late Model Series begins 2016 at North Florida Speedway in Lake City, Florida on Feb. 7. The Late Models then head to Screven (Ga.) Motor Speedway on Feb. 12 and 13, Bubba Raceway Park on Feb.14 and DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park Feb. 15 to 20.

For more information on DIRTcar Racing and to see the complete final points standings for all DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned divisions, visit www.dirtcar.com.

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Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing Kicks off 2016 Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WAYCROSS, GA (January 22, 2016) - The highly anticipated 2016 season for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will get underway with the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing, Thursday, February 4th through Saturday, February 6th at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA.

The Super Bowl of Racing officially kicks off on Tuesday, February 2nd with an open practice for support divisions only, no super late models. On Wednesday, February 3rd, GIS Late Models will compete for $2,500-to-win, NeSmith Street Stocks for $2,000-to-win, and the Southeast Dirt Modified Series for $1,500-to-win.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take to the track for the first time on Thursday, February 4th. Thursday night's Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing events will include the 2nd Annual "Edwin Coggins Memorial," a full program of racing, highlighted by a 30-lap, $7,000-to-win main event. Edwin Coggins was a longtime supporter of dirt track racing, Golden Isles Speedway, and drivers from the South Georgia area. Thursday night's action will also include the Southeast Dirt Modified Series and the Lucas Oil Southern State Division II Midget Series.

The festivities will ratchet up on Friday night in the first championship points-earning event of the 2016 season, which includes a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. The Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing will conclude on Saturday night with a 60-lap, $15,000-to-win main event. Both nights will include a full program of racing for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, along with the NeSmith Crate Late Models, Southeast Dirt Modified Series, and the Lucas Oil Southern State Division II Midget Series.

Georgia Boot returns as the title sponsor of the Super Bowl of Racing for the third consecutive year. "We're thrilled to continue our great working relationship with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. We're looking forward to kicking off the 2016 season at Golden Isles Speedway and spending three days with some of the hardest working fans in motorsports," stated Caroline Herd, Georgia Boot Marketing Manager.

Fans that attend the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing are encouraged to visit the Georgia Boot display tent in the vendor midway area. Fans will have the opportunity to learn about the latest Georgia Boot footwear, receive discount coupons, and register for a chance to win cash and prizes from Georgia Boot and Lucas Oil. On Saturday, February 6th, twenty-four (24) names will be drawn, matching a fan with each driver that starts the main event on Saturday night. The fan matched with the winning driver of the main event will win $515 in cash, among other prizes from Georgia Boot and Lucas Oil. The fans that are matched with the second and third place finishers will also receive prize packages from Georgia Boot and Lucas Oil.

Georgia Boot's storied history begins in 1937. The Georgia Shoe Manufacturing Co., Inc. was founded in Atlanta, Ga., with the core objective of manufacturing dependable, low-priced work footwear. Now an industry-leading brand, Georgia Boot has never wavered from that objective and continues to deliver quality footwear to consumers ranging from traditional work boots to industry-specific protective footwear and farm & ranch styles. Georgia Boot has always been America's Hardest Working Boot. Reliable, comfortable and built to last, Georgia Boot delivers the quality expected from America's hardest workers from coast to coast. To learn more about Georgia Boot, visit: www.georgiaboot.com.

Golden Isles Speedway continues to update the facility, in preparation for the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing. "We're upgrading the bleachers, we tore out the old ones and are putting in new ones," stated GIS promoter Darryl Courson. "We should have 3,000 seats done, with VIP boxes. We're totally going to do 6,000 seats. We're building a new concession stand for the stands side, upgrading a lot of the fencing area and all the lighting will be different on the front straightaway. There's just numerous things we're doing to upgrade the facility even more."

Golden Isles Speedway is located off Highway 82 in Waynesville, GA, just 12 miles west of I-95 at Exit 29. For tickets or more information, visit: www.goldenislesspeedway.com or call the track office at (912) 778-3767.

The Best Western Plus Inn & Suites in Brunswick is the official host hotel of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing. The Best Western Plus Inn & Suites is offering a rate of $88.00 per night, plus tax, to fans and racers who mention the Golden Isles Speedway Super Bowl of Racing when making their reservation. To make reservations, please call: (912) 265-1114.

Other recommended area hotels include:
Quality Inn Brunswick - $58.00/night + tax (please call (912) 265-4600 for reservations)
EconoLodge Brunswick - $51.00/night + tax (please call (912) 264-8666 for reservations)

Track Information:
Golden Isles Speedway
Phone Number: 912-778-3767
Tracks Promoter: Darryl Courson
Location: 101 Speedway Drive, Waynesville, GA 31566
Website: www.goldenislesspeedway.com

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1300
Right Rear - Hoosier 01, LM40

In the Event of a Day Time "Makeup" Show:
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1350
Right Rear - Hoosier 03, LM40

*Must use the same set of 4 tires for Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Main.
*For the Feature, competitors may use 2 new rear tires of choice.
   
Thursday Night Event Purse: 1. $7,000, 2. $3,500, 3. $2,000, 4. $1,500, 5. $1,400, 6. $1,300, 7. $1,200, 8. $1,100, 9. $1,000, 10. $950, 11. $900, 12. $850, 13. $800, 14. $750, 15. $725, 16. $700, 17. $700, 18. $700, 19. $650, 20. $625, 21. $625, 22. $600, 23. $600, 24. $600

Friday Night Event Purse: 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,750, 5. $2,250, 6. $1,800, 7. $1,500, 8. $1,300, 9. $1,200, 10. $1,100, 11. $1,075, 12. $1,050, 13. $1,025, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800

Saturday Night Event Purse: 1. $15,000, 2. $6,500, 3. $4,500, 4. $3,500, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,000, 7. $1,900, 8. $1,700, 9. $1,500, 10. $1,350, 11. $1,275, 12. $1,250, 13. $1,225, 14. $1,200, 15. $1,175, 16. $1,150, 17. $1,125, 18. $1,100, 19. $1,075, 20. $1,050, 21. $1,025, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000

Golden Isles Speedway - Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing - Schedule of Events:
Thursday, February 4th:
Pit Gates Open at 12:00PM
Grandstands Open at 3:30PM
Drivers Meeting: 4:30PM at the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Trailer
 
Hot Laps: 5:00PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Modifieds
Midgets
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series TIME TRIALS - 2 LAPS
Fast Time Presentation
Modifieds TIME TRIALS
 
Edwin Coggins Memorial Intermission/ Invocation/ National Anthem/ Track Prep (as needed)
 
Midgets HEATS
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series HEATS - 10 LAPS
Modifieds HEATS
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-MAINS - 12 LAPS
 
Intermission/Track Prep (as needed/ time permitting)
 
Features
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Feature - $7,000-to-win, 30 LAPS
Midgets Feature - $1,000-to-win, 20 LAPS
Modifieds - $2,000-to-win, 35 Laps
   
Friday, February 5th:
Pit Gates Open at 12:00PM
Grandstands Open at 3:30PM
Drivers Meeting: 4:30PM at the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Trailer
 
Hot Laps: 5:00PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Crate Late Models
Modifieds
Midgets   

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series TIME TRIALS - 2 LAPS
Fast Time Presentation
Crate Late Models Time Trials
Modifieds

Invocation/National Anthem
Track Prep (as needed)

Midgets HEATS
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series HEATS - 10 LAPS
Modifieds HEATS
Crate Late Models HEATS

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-MAINS - 12 LAPS
Midgets RACE OF CHAMPIONS - $500-to-win, 5 Laps
 
Intermission/ Track Prep (as needed/ time permitting)
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Feature - $10,000-to-win, 50 LAPS
Modifieds - $3,000-to-win, 40 Laps
Crate Late Models - $2,500-to-win, 50 Laps
Midgets - $1,000-to-win, 20 Laps

Saturday, February 6th:
Pit Gates Open at 12:00PM
Grandstands Open at 3:00PM
Autograph Session from 3:30 - 4:15PM
Drivers Meeting: 4:30PM at the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Trailer
 
Hot Laps: 5:00PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Crate Late Models
Modifieds
Midgets  

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series TIME TRIALS - 2 LAPS
Fast Time Presentation
Crate Late Models Time Trials
Modifieds

Invocation/ National Anthem
Track Prep (as needed)

Midgets HEATS
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series HEATS - 10 LAPS
Modifieds HEATS
Crate Late Models HEATS
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-MAINS - 12 LAPS
 
Intermission/ Track Prep (as needed/ time permitting)
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Feature - $15,000-to-win, 60 LAPS
Modifieds - $3,000-to-win, 40 Laps
Crate Late Models - $2,500-to-win, 50 Laps
Midgets - $1,000-to-win, 20 Laps
 
For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.  
 
Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on your favorite Social Media outlets at: www.facebook.com/lucasdirt, www.twitter.com/lucasdirt, and www.instagram.com/lucasdirt.

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Davenport Caps Wild West Shootout Title with $11K Score

TUCSON, Ariz. (January 17, 2016) - Jonathan Davenport put an exclamation point on his Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by Black Diamond-Club 29 Race Cars Super Late Model championship by topping Sunday night's $11,000-to-win series finale atop the 3/8-mile USA Raceway.

Davenport raced into the lead just past the midway point of the 50 lapper en route to picking up the winner's share that was boosted by AR Bodies. It was his third win of the six-race series aboard the TS Crane Service/Sundance Services No. 6 Longhorn-chassis.

While Davenport battled .500 atop the Tucson clay, another pair of drivers picked off their first Wild West Shootout wins of 2016 with Jake Gallardo earning Modified accolades and Donovan Flores taking the X Mod win.

Joining Davenport as Wild West Shootout champions were Todd Shute in Modifieds and Grant Southworth in X Mods.

With Davenport gridding the 50-lap Super Late Model feature seventh, pole starter Darrell Lanigan gunned into the early lead and set the pace until contact with a lapped car exiting turn four sent him spinning into the infield after eight laps. Lanigan was done with left front suspension woes.

California's Jason Papich assumed command and set sail with Billy Moyer, Jr., and Terry Phillips battling for second in his wake.

Meanwhile, Blairsville, Georgia's Davenport was on the move forward, racing by both Moyer, Jr., and Phillips on the 13th round to take over second.

Davenport reeled in Papich over the ensuing round, even scraping the turn three wall at one point as he ran the extreme high-side of the track.

"That's about as close to the wall as you can run, the cushion was just a couple of inches off the fence," Davenport said. "I got a piece of it that one time, the car wasn't quite as good after that."

It was good enough though, as Davenport battled past Papich for the point on the 26th lap and led the rest of the way to take the win.

Ricky Thornton, Jr., took over second on the 31st lap and tried to chase down Davenport, but to no avail.

Thornton, Jr., settled for second with Ryan Gustin charging from 18th to take over third in the closing rounds. Papich was fourth with Steve Francis rounding out the top five.

Jake Gallardo fought off fellow New Mexico shoe Stormy Scott over the final rounds to capture his first Border International Modifieds presented by MVT win of the series.

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by Black Diamond-Club 29 Race Cars Results

USA Raceway - Sunday, January 17, 2016

Super Late Models "A" Main (50 Laps): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Ricky Thornton, Jr., 3. Ryan Gustin, 4. Jason Papich, 5. Steve Francis, 6. Chris Simpson, 7. Kyle Beard, 8. Terry Phillips, 9. Austin Sievert, 10. Billy Moyer, Jr., 11. Morgan Bagley, 12. Robert Odegard, 13. Jake O'Neil, 14. Justin Duty, 15. R.C. Whitwell, 16. Garrett Alberson, 17. Chase Junghans, 18. Don O'Neal, 19. Billy Moyer, 20. Rodney Sanders, 21. Ricky Weiss, 22. Brandon Sheppard, 23. Darrell Lanigan 24. Jimmy Mars.

Final Wild West Shootout Points after Night Six of Six:
Late Models
1. Jonathan Davenport 390
2. Darrell Lanigan 292
3. Don O'Neal 287
4. Steve Francis 271
5. Jason Papich 261
6. Chris Simpson 252
7. Shane Clanton 210
8. Garrett Alberson 202
9. Billy Moyer 197
10. Rodney Sanders 194

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Wild West Shootout Moving to Arizona Speedway

The Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout next season will move to Arizona Speedway, a 3/8-mile Phoenix-area oval that will host the popular six-race miniseries for the first time in 2017.

The announcement was made Sunday afternoon at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz., before the $11,000-to-win Super Late Model finale of the three-division miniseries that drew nearly 150 competitors to the desert.

"We look forward to maintaining the momentum of the West's biggest winter racing event," co-promoter Chris Kearns said. "This season we had the best competition and some of the biggest car counts ever thanks to drivers joining us from all over the country."

Arizona Speedway, with its dirt oval part of a racing complex that includes a motocross course and sand drag strip, becomes the third Wild West Shootout track and fourth Arizona oval to host big-purse Super Late Model action in January since 2001.

"We're excited about the future of the event and we have even bigger plans for next year," said Kearns, adding that instability in Tucson sent he and co-promoter Kevin Montgomery looking for a new home for the event.

 Arizona Speedway has hosted occasional Late Model events in recent seasons with home-state drivers R.C. Whitwell, Joey Moriarty and Jason Noll grabbing victories. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is scheduled to make its first trip to Arizona Speedway in 2016.

 Modified standout Ricky Thornton Jr., who calls Arizona Speedway his home track, says the surface is "normally slick top to bottom and two- and three-wide" for feature events.

"You can definitely pass if you're faster," said Thornton, who won 11 features while often starting in the sixth row. "It never rubbers up ... It will get a little bit dirty for the first two to three laps and then the track will clean off and then you just get after it."

Arizona Speedway owner Jonah Trussell will welcome Wild West Shootout co-promoters Kearns and Montgomery (pictured) and the entire miniseries team for next January's event with Super Late Models, USRA modifieds and X-mods on the card for events Jan. 7-8, 11 and 13-15.
 
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Davenport Doubles Up in Wild West Shootout
 
Lonnie Wheatley, TUCSON, Ariz. (January 13, 2016) - Jonathan Davenport scored a wire-to-wire win in Super Late Model action at USA Raceway on Wednesday night to snare his second $5,000 triumph in a row in Round Three of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by Black Diamond-Club 29 Race Cars atop the 3/8-mile clay oval.
 
Davenport gunned into the lead at the outset from the front row outside and aside from a couple brief advances from Darrell Lanigan, maintained command throughout aboard the TS Crane Service/Sundance Services Longhorn-chassis to remain eligible for a potential $100,000 bonus that would go to the winner of five races in six events.
 
While Davenport made it two-for-three in Super Late Models, Ryan Gustin denied Cade Dillard a third consecutive Modified win while Tyler Peterson captured his second X-Mod win in a row as 112 cars filled the pit area.
 
After winning on Sunday night, Davenport built upon his momentum with a dominant run from the front row.
 
"I really didn't know where they were gaining on me at in traffic," Davenport explained. I just tried to be patient and pick my lines to get a good run off the corner and not kill my momentum too bad."
 
Lanigan chased Davenport to the stripe with Shane Clanton filling out the podium in third. World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Donny Schatz made the most of his first Wild West Shootout appearance of 2016 by racing to fourth with Billy Moyer, Jr., beating his father to the line for fifth.
 
Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by Black Diamond-Club 29 Race Cars Results
USA Raceway - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
 
Super Late Models "A" Main (30 Laps): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Darrell Lanigan, 3. Shane Clanton, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Billy Moyer, Jr., 6. Billy Moyer, 7. Brandon Sheppard, 8. Ricky Thornton, Jr., 9. Rodney Sanders, 10. Jason Krohn, 11. Garrett Albertson, 12. Chris Simpson, 13. Don O'Neal, 14. Ronnie Lee Hollingsworth, 15. Hunte Rasdon, 16. Jimmy Mars, 17. Jason Papich, 18. Ricky Weiss, 19. Morgan Bagley, 20. Clay Daly, 21. Ray Moore, 22. Ryan Gustin, 23. Brad Looney, 24. Tyler Erb, 25. A.J. Dienel.

Current Wild West Shootout Points through Night Three of Six:
Late Models
1. Jonathan Davenport 191
2. Shane Clanton 173
3. Darrell Lanigan 166
4. Don O'Neal 155
5. Billy Moyer 141
6. Jason Papich 133
7. Garrett Alberson 131
8. Steve Francis 118
9. Chris Simpson 112
10. A.J. Diemel 107

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Davenport Gets it Done in Wild West Shootout Round Two

Lonnie Wheatley, TUCSON, Ariz. (January 10, 2016) - Jonathan Davenport bounced back from a Friday night miscue to capture the $5,000 Super Late Model winner's share in Sunday's 30-lap main event that put the wraps on Round Two of USA Raceway's Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by Black Diamond-Club 29 Race Cars.

Davenport made a late move around Jimmy Mars to post the win aboard the TS Crane Service/Sundance Services Longhorn-chassic and is eligible for a potential $100,000 bonus along with Saturday night Don O'Neal if he can reel off five wins in six nights.

"I put us behind the eight ball last night, or maybe this would be two in a row," the Blairsville, GA, driver said of the Saturday mistake of missing the scales after an apparent heat race win.

While Davenport took Super Late Model honors, Many, Louisiana's Cade Dillard topped the Modifieds for the second night in a row while Tyler Peterson bested the X-Mods 128 cars filled the USA Raceway pit area on a Sunday evening.

Racing from fifth in the 30-lap Super Late Model feature, Daveport slid past Ryan Gustin for second on the 24th lap and then dove under Jimmy Mars entering turn one on the 27th round to take command.

"I had to slide by both of them there, I hope I cleared 'em and gave 'em enough room," Davenport commented afterward.

Mars chased Davenport to the stripe while Jason Papick claimed third after Gustin looped it in an effort to reclaim position from Davenport. Garrett Alberson and Round One winner Don O'Neal rounded out the top five.
 
Cade Dillard made it two-for-two in Barnett Harley-Davidson Modifieds presented by MVT action by capturing Sunday's feature win from the third starting position.

Dillard beat pole starter Ricky Thornton, Jr., to the checkered flag with Stormy Scott, 12th-starter Brad Dierks and Jake Hartung rounding out the top five.

After going up in smoke while chasing down the leader in Saturday's opener, Hickson, North Dakota's Tyler Peterson rebounded by racing to victory lane in Sunday's Border International and RealTruck.com X-Mods presented by Polar Industries 20-lapper.

Peterson took the win from the pole position ahead of Saturday winner Ron Schreiner with Grant Southworth, James Binkley and 14th-starter Jimmy Ray rounding out the top five.

The Wild West Shootout continues at USA Raceway on Wednesday with racing action set to go green at 7:00 p.m. with ensuing rounds to follow on Friday through Sunday, January 15-17.

A $5,000 winner's share is up for grabs through the opening five nights of competition with AR Bodies raising the stakes of the January 17 finale to $11,000-to-win.

Super Late Models "A" Main (30 Laps): 1. 6-Jonathan Davenport, 2. 28m-Jimmy Mars, 3. 91p-Jason Papich, 4. F5-Garrett Alberson, 5. 5-Don O'Neal, 6. 58-A.J. Diemel, 7. 25-Shane Clanton, 8. 15x-Steve Francis, 9. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 10. 86-Kyle Beard, 11. 15-Darrell Lanigan, 12. 14m-Morgan Bagley, 13. 21-Billy Moyer, 14. 32-Chris Simpson, 15. 91T-Tony Toste, 16. 7k-Jason Krohn, 17. 0-Jake O'Neil, 18. 75-Terry Phillips, 19. 10n-Rob Sanders, 20. 19r-Ryan Gustin, 21. 44-R.C. Whitwell, 22. 20-Rodney Sanders, 23. 14L-Brad Looney, 24. 16-Austin Sievert (DNS).
 
Top 10 Wild West Shootout Points through Night Two of Six:
 Late Models
1. Don O'Neal 123
2. Jonathan Davenport 119
3. Steve Francis 112
4. Jason Papich 110
5. Shane Clanton 105
6. Darrell Lanigan 99
7. A.J. Diemel 97
8. Garrett Alberson 91
9. Billy Moyer 90
10. Kyle Beard 82

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The Real Deal Reels in Wild West Shootout Opener at USA
 
Lonnie Wheatley, TUCSON, Ariz. (January 9, 2016) - Don O'Neal kicked of USA Raceway's Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by Black Diamond-Club 29 Race Cars by racing to victory lane over a stellar field of 60 Super Late Model competitors in Saturday night's 30-lap main event.
 
With the $5,000 triumph aboard the Clint Bowyer Motorsports Peak Antifreeze/Crawford Supply No. 5 Club 29 Race Cars entry, "The Real Deal" put himself in place for a potential $250,000 bonus that goes to the driver that can win all six feature events.
 
"It's not gonna be easy for sure, but we got one down anyway," the Martinsvile, IN, racer said of the potential bonus in victory lane.
 
While O'Neal topped the Super Late Model portion of the Wild West Shootout opener, Cade Dillard bested the Modifieds and Ron Schreiner topped the X-Modifieds as a total 140 cars filled the USA Raceway pit area.
 
In the Super Late Model main event, O'Neal battled past Shane Clanton at the midway point and slipped away over the final rounds to secure the win ahead of Steve Francis with Darrell Lanigan, Billy Moyer and Jonathan Davenport rounding out the top five.
 
"I had to be up on the wheel out there," O'Neal commented.
 
Francis took advantage of a lap 19 restart to take second away from Clanton but never mount a serious charge on the leader. After bypassing the scales following an apparent heat race win, Davenport rallied from the tail of a "B" Main and then charged from 19th round out the top five.
 
In Barnett Harley-Davidson Modifieds presented by MVT action, Many, Louisiana's Cade Dillard battled past Rodney Sanders for the lead just past the midway point and led the rest of the way to take victory honors.
 
"I messed up a little on about the second lap and smoke the wall there in turn two, I thought we were done," Dillard explained afterward. "I was just riding, hoping to get a top five, then we started running through the ruts and made up some ground.

Dillard was chased to the stripe by Sanders with Darron Fuqua, Phillip Houston and Fito Gallardo rounding out the top five
 
Tucson's Ron Schreiner took the lead away from Brian Clark nine laps into the 20-lap Border International and RealTruck.com X-Mods presented by Polar Industries main event and then withstood a late rally from 19th-starter Tyler Peterson to capture the victory.
 
Schriever took the checkered flag as Peterson went up in smoke, with Chad Horst taking advantage to capture second with Joey Rowell, A.J. Huebner and James Brinkley in the top five.
 
The Wild West Shootout continues at USA Raceway on Sunday with racing action set to go green at 5:00 p.m. with ensuing rounds to follow on Wednesday, January 13, and then Friday through Sunday, January 15-17.
 
A $5,000 winner's share is up for grabs through the opening five nights of competition with AR Bodies raising the stakes of the January 17 finale to $11,000-to-win.
 
Super Late Models "A" Main (30 Laps): 1. 5-Don O'Neal, 2. 15x-Steve Francis, 3. 15-Darrell Lanigan, 4. 21-Billy Moyer, 5. 6-Jon Davenport, 6. 25-Shane Clanton, 7. 91p-Jason Papich, 8. 58-A.J. Diemel, 9. 32-Chris Simpson, 10. 75-Terry Phillips, 11. 86-Kyle Beard, 12. 14m-Morgan Bagley, 13. 14L-Brad Looney, 14. F5-Garrett Alberson, 15. 99-Scott Lewis, 16. 91-Tyler Erb, 17. 21jr-Billy Moyer, Jr., 18. 37-Scott Ward, 19. 71-Dustin Strand, 20. 7k-Jason Krohn, 21. 93-Ray Moore, 22. 20-Rodney Sanders, 23. 18h-Ronnie Lee Hollingsworth, 24. 11-Pat Doar.
 
Top 10 Wild West Shootout Points through Night One of Six:
Late Models
1. Don O'Neal 69
2. Steve Francis 65
3. Darrell Lanigan 62
4. Shane Clanton 59
5. Billy Moyer 58
6. Jon Davenport 49
7. Jason Papich 45
7. A.J. Diemel 45
9. Chris Simpson 44
10. Kyle Beard 43

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Frostbuster 50 at 411 Motor Speedway Increases to $7,151-to-win February 27
 
By Chris Tilley, Series P.R. Coordinator
 
SEYMOUR, TN (January 9, 2016)-After a record breaking event to open the 2016 campaign at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn. on New Year's Day, track owner Mitch McCarter has upped the ante on the next Super Late Model event which will be held February 27th.
 
The Southern Nationals Bonus Series-sanctioned Frostbuster 50 has been increased to $7,151-to-win and $500-to-start from its original $5,000-to-win purse. The '71' and '51' in the purse are uniquely significant to the numbers in which McCarter's sons Pierce and Mack compete with. The 50-lap feature boasts a purse in excess of $25,000.
 
In addition to the Southern Nationals Bonus Series kicking off the season February 27th, the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer's Oil will open the 2016 season on March 11-12 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. for the Annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic paying $15,000-to-win.
 
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 .
 
411 Motor Speedway is located at 632 Maryville Highway in Seymour, TN 37865 and Mitch McCarter is the track promoter.  For more information about 411 Motor Speedway, please call (865) 257-7223 or visit the track's social media venues at www.411MotorSpeedway.net, via Twitter @411motorspeedwy, and on Facebook at facebook.com/411motorspeedway.

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Georgia-Florida Speedweeks Just One Month Away!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
WAYCROSS, GA (January 5, 2016) - What has been anticipated as the biggest season to-date for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is now just one month away. The nation's premier dirt late model tour will kick off the 2016 season with a busy Georgia-Florida Speedweeks.

The nearly two-week extravaganza will begin with the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take center stage during the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing, featuring a full program each night. The action begins with the 2nd Annual Edwin Coggins Memorial on Thursday, February 4th which includes a 30-lap, $7,000-to-win main event.

The festivities will ratchet up on Friday, February 5th with a full program of racing, highlighted by a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event.   The Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing will conclude on Saturday, February 6th with a 60-lap, $15,000-to-win event. For tickets and more information, visit: www.goldenislesspeedway.com.

The tour will then head to East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL on Sunday, February 7th for an open practice before six-consecutive nights of racing action. The 40th Annual Winternationals includes a full program of racing, Monday-Saturday, February 8th-13th.

40th Annual East Bay Winternationals Schedule:
Monday, February 8th - 25 Laps - $5,000-to-win
Tuesday, February 9th - 25 Laps - $5,000-to-win
Wednesday, February 10th - 35 Laps - $7,000-to-win
Thursday, February 11th - 45 Laps - $7,000-to-win
Friday, February 12th - 50 Laps - $10,000-to-win
Saturday, February 13th - 60 Laps - $12,000-to-win

For tickets and more information on the East Bay Winternationals, visit: www.eastbayracewaypark.com.

The grueling Speedweeks schedule will come to a close on Sunday, February 14th as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes their first-ever visit to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL. The Bubba Army Winter Nationals will feature a complete program, highlighted by a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. For tickets and more information, visit: www.bubbaracewaypark.com.

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