FULTON SPEEDWAY JOINS SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES; UNIFIES CENTRAL NY & ONTARIO, CANADA UNDER 1 SANCTIONING BODY; BREWERTON TO HOLD RUSH-SANCTIONED EVENT
January 23, 2015
By Mike Leone
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Fulton, NY)...In just a short period of time, speedways throughout the Northernmost part of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series region have individually taken steps to sanction their Crate Late Model divisions under the RUSH banner. Series directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to announce that Fulton Speedway, located in Fulton, NY, will sanction its weekly Saturday night Late Model program in 2015. Also, nearby sister speedway, Brewerton, will host one Sweeney Weekly Series event. This brings the total a group of six speedways throughout central New York and Ontario, Canada that now will offer Crate Late Model racers the opportunity to take part in all of the series valuable championship programs.
Newly-sanctioned Brighton Speedway and Humberstone Speedway, a two-year partner of RUSH and, both are weekly speedways on Saturday and Sunday nights in Ontario, Canada. Also, Merrittville Speedway, another Ontario speedway, will host its first ever Crate Late Model event on Monday, May 18. The Sweeney RUSH Tour event will pay $2,000 to-win in conjunction with their traditional Victoria Day DIRT "358" Modified Series event. New FreedomMotorsportsPark promoter, Bob Reis, has rejoined Freedom under the RUSH banner on Friday nights. This continues to add to the very strong group of group of respected speedways and promoters throughout this part of the RUSH region.
"Everything in its time and place," stated Emig. "I believe that John Wight and his manager Cory Reed's decision to join RUSH couldn't have come at a better time. "I've known both John and Cory for years and have respected and watched their efforts in building their own Crate Late Model division at Fulton. I had always hoped that someday they would give Mike and I an opportunity to work with them and bring all of the exciting programs we have developed for RUSH to their racers and I cannot tell you how excited we are to include them and the surrounding crate late model speedways into our program."
RUSH member racers will be able to participate at Fulton (and the event at Brewerton) in 2015 and be eligible for all of the programs including the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship, the Pace Performance Summer Chase, along with the Bilstein Bandits and the "Futures Cup" for those eligible racers. While membership is not mandatory to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event, membership will again include a $100,000 excess participant accident policy which is over and above drivers' health insurance and speedways' participant accident policy.
"Joining RUSH unifies the Late Model class in our region under a single rule and sanctioning package," expressed Fulton/Brewerton GM Cory Reed. "We admire the job the RUSH team has done in the Northeast and know it is the best direction for the growth and stability of the class at Fullerton and Brewerton."
Fulton Speedway introduced crate powered Late Models in 2009, when track owner John Wight purchased the track. Since then over 80 feature events have been run with Dale Caswell capturing three track championships along the way. Competitors from both the Sportsman and IMCA Modified ranks have migrated to the class, particularly over this off-season. A solid field of weekly competitors is expected in 2015 now under the RUSH banner.
With the tremendous growth over the past several months throughout this part of the region, RUSH will have a display and be available to meet racers and fans at the 29th Annual Motorsports Exposition and Trade Show to be held Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 at the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York. A RUSH informational seminar will also be conducted at 6 p.m. on Saturday night and open to all interested parties.
Founded in 1961 initially as a pavement track, the 3/8-mile Fulton Speedway has hosted weekly auto races for over 50 years. The track converted to dirt in the 1970s and runs weekly on Saturday nights from early May through Labor Day with occasional mid-week specials. The track's signature event, the Outlaw 200 weekend, is held the first weekend in October annually. Weekly classes include Big-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Novice Sportsman and 4-Cylinders in addition to the Sweeney RUSH Late Model class.
Fulton is in the process of creating a new website, which will be launched at www.fultonspeedway.com. You can follow them on Twitter @FultonSpeedway and like their page on Facebook by going to www.facebook/FultonSpeedway. Fulton is located at 1603 County Rte 57, Fulton, NY 13069.
SWEENEY RUSH "CRATE RACIN' USA LATE MODEL NATIONALS" TO TAKE PLACE AT WINCHESTER JUNE 12-13; COMPETITORS FROM NORTHEAST & SOUTHEAST EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE
January 22, 2015
By Mike Leone
Winchester, VA...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to release details of the Series' first major, national event which will be held at Virginia's Winchester Speedway on Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13. The "Crate Racin' USA Late Model Nationals" will be an event crate racers from throughout the entire Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and beyond will be marking on their calendars as a must stop on their 2015 racing schedules.
Several months of discussions with Mike Vaughn, founder of the sister NeSmith Series, and Winchester Speedway management were ongoing about the development of a prestigious Crate Late Model event to take place in the summer, as opposed to season's end. Final details have been ironed out just in time to announce prior to NeSmith's "Winter Nationals", which will take place at Bubba's Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida January 28-31.
"It's no secret that many of the racers throughout the Northeast have been wanting a major event within our region for quite some time now," explained Emig. "After visiting Winchester for the first time last March, I immediately felt that their location would give us the best opportunity to draw cars from the entire Northeast and Southeast to a somewhat central location. With both RUSH and NeSmith's rules very similar, no other major Crate Late Model events scheduled in the summer, and the majority of other crate racing series throughout the east coast and beyond allowing the Hoosier Crate Racin' D21 & D55 Tires, I believe the scenario has been created for a very successful event!"
A great effort has been made to create a format that will entice all levels of Crate Late Model racers. In lieu of a single $10,000 or more to-win payoff, monies will be distributed in a way so that all racers will be able to have a better opportunity at capturing their individual piece of the valuable purse and contingency awards.
Friday night will feature twin $1,000 to-win qualifying events that will be run in honor of the late Bill Hendren. Time trials will determine the line-up of these events with the top 40 locked in with the remaining positions to be filled from last chance events. The top 9 or 10 finishers from each qualifier (depending on car count) will be locked into Saturday's $6,000 to-win, $350 to-start marquee main event, with B mains also run on Saturday night to determine the other four or six starting positions. The Hendren family will also distributed thousands of dollars of contingency awards that night which all racers will be eligible to receive.
Saturday's B mains will also determine the line-up for all non-feature transfering cars of the $1,500 to win "Battle of the Blue & the Gray" non-qualifiers event. And if enough cars are on hand, a "C" feature for the remainder of the non-qualifiers would be run.
"We cannot thank track owner Greg Gunter and his manager Denise Hollidge enough for giving us the opportunity to present this national caliber Crate Late Model event at Winchester," expressed Leone. "To have them step up and pay this very substantial purse structure in just their second year under the RUSH banner speaks volumes to their commitment to the Crate Late Model racing concept now and into the future. We look forward to not only promoting this great event to our own racers, but beginning immediately at the four-night NeSmith 'Winter Nationals'.
"In just a short period of time we have formed a great relationship with RUSH, stated track owner Greg Gunter. "Both Winchester and Potomac are perfect example of the results that speedways can achieve by aligning themselves with a knowledgeable and reputable sanctioning body such as RUSH. In just our first year under the RUSH banner our average crate late model car count doubled at Winchester, increased at Potomac, and we expect even more cars to participate this season. We are truly honored to be able to host the inaugural "Crate Racin' USA Late Model Nationals" and look forward to working with RUSH officials for many years to come to build this as one of the most prestigious Crate Late Model races in the country."
The concept and formatting of the event is one that Emig created and experienced great success with throughout her tenure as owner/promoter at Mercer (PA) Raceway Park for the "Little Guy Nationals". This event became the Northeast's premier annual race for Stock Cars that at its peak drew 122 cars, a car count number that still stands as a record today throughout that region.
"My goal with the 'Crate Racin US Late Model Nationals' is to have all crate racers, regardless of the level of their racing program, look forward to and want to participate in this great event," stated Emig. "Obviously the $6,000 to-win A main is a substantial amount of money that is sure to turn the heads of some of the country's top crate teams. The addition of Friday's twin $1,000 to-win 'Bill Hendren Memorial' qualifiers, the $1,500 to win 'Battle of the Blue and the Gray' non-qualifier, and the thousands of dollars of contingency product giveaways provide by the Hendren Family are all important pieces that I feel give all teams from throughout the entire North and South incentive to participate. The format provides for everyone to go home with some decent dollars."
Series officials have also spoken to two additional respected Crate Late Model series in SECA, which is based out of the Carolinas, as well as Go Nuclear, a well-known Canadian/Northern New York series, both of which allow the Hoosier Crate Racin' D21 & D55 Tires, and received positive response about their cooperation in supporting the event.
The event will be run under the RUSH Technical Rules. For more information on the event, contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Drivers who have never competed in a RUSH-sanctioned event are urged to forward their email address immediately to the RUSH office to ensure that they directly receive additional details forthcoming on this exciting event.
Also, the "Mid-Atlantic States Classic" will return to Potomac and Winchester Speedways as $2,000 to-win Sweeney Tour events on Friday and Saturday, May 8-9.
Billy Moyer to Supply Wealth of Expertise to Karl Performance and Victory Chassis!
(BATESVILLE, ARKANSAS) Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Billy Moyer, who recently kicked off his 2015 racing season with a pair of runner-up efforts during the 'Wild West Shootout' miniseries at USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona, announced today that he will be taking the expertise and experience gained from nearly forty years in dirt track racing to Karl Performance and Victory Chassis. With plans to eventually join his uncle Carl Moyer as a partner in ownership, Billy will take a hands-on approach to customer service and technical support, while also providing valuable insight to the future of the business.
In addition to continuing his 2015 race program with Billy Moyer Racing (BMR), the Batesville, Arkansas racer will oversee the design and production of the renamed Victory Chassis by Billy Moyer, effective immediately. Billy will assist Karl Performance team members Randy Havlik and Mark Elliott on all facets of the chassis program. This new partnership will include possible modifications to their current Open Wheel Modified and Hobby Stock chassis, as well as the introduction of a new Dirt Late Model chassis in the future.
"I am excited to team up with a first-class organization at a first-class facility to design and build Victory Chassis," commented Billy Moyer today while in the process of returning home from the 'Wild West Shootout.' "I am also looking forward to working with the public selling race cars and parts, while also offering a higher level of service to each Karl Performance client. With customer service in mind, I am thrilled to announce that Ken Schrader will pilot one of our new Modifieds this year. I have known Ken for a long time and have a great deal of respect for his driving ability in whatever car he chooses to drive. Ken and I will work closely with one another and ultimately that technical knowledge will get passed on to each one of our Victory Chassis drivers!"
Budding star Billy Moyer, Jr. will also join efforts with Carl and Billy in this new endeavor. Both Billy and Billy, Jr. will have access to a full line of race products from all of the top brands in the industry, a state-of-the-art machine shop, engine and chassis dynos, and a complete chassis program for all levels of dirt track racing. The commitment to excellence that both Moyer's have brought to dirt tracks across the country is the same level of commitment that all Karl Performance and Victory Chassis customers can expect now and into the future!
"Having Billy (Moyer) on board will not only build on what we already have in place with technology and assembly, but bringing his technical knowledge and expertise that comes from nearly forty years of experience will be a great benefit to all Victory Chassis and Karl Performance customers," exclaimed owner Carl Moyer.
Karl Performance, which is located in Des Moines, Iowa, is "America's Most Unique High Performance Center." With thousands of performance parts on hand, a state-of-the art machine shop with SuperFlow Engine dyno, and an All Wheel Drive Superflow Chassis dyno, Karl Performance is your one stop performance shop! Their new showroom features a complete line of parts, as well as race and street engines on display. The experience and dedication of their sales staff is the foundation for providing phenomenal technical support. Their on-site warehouse is fully stocked with row after row of quality racing parts and our employees understand the importance of building customer loyalty through accurate, same-day shipping on all of your packages. Learn more about Karl Performance and Victory Chassis online at www.KarlPerformance.com.
Lanigan Scores Win Two, Extends Wild West Shootout Points Lead
By Ryan Neuharth
January 16, 2015, Tucson, Ariz. If there was any doubt that Darrell Lanigan was attending the 2015 Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout and not taking it seriously, that notion was put to rest when the Union, KY driver made an aggressive heat race move to take the win over Billy Moyer, Jr. It was cemented when the eighth starting Lanigan wheeled the Childress Inspection, Childress Fishing & Rentals, Andy Durham Racing Engines, Black Diamond/Club 29 to the lead on lap eleven and charged to his second win of the week and extended his mini-series points lead.
The win also continued the week-long domination for the Black Diamond/Club 29 chassis. The Ronnie Stucky/Darrell Lanigan creation has crossed the finish line first in all four 2015 Wild West Shootout events.
Las Cruses, NM driver Garrett Albertson and Wednesday night Modified winner Jason Krohn would lead the field to green for the 30-lapper. The duo would swap the lead in the opening laps with Alberson nabbing it at the end of lap two. Ronnie Lee Hollingsworth, Clay Daly, and a quick moving Lanigan rounded-out the top five. Rodney Sanders, Billy Moyer, AJ Diemel, Stormy Scott and Tony Jackson completed the top ten.
Wasting no time, Lanigan was up to fourth on lap three and third on lap five. Just ahead, Hollingsworth moved past Krohn for second also on lap four and went to work on Alberson, stealing the race lead on lap seven. Langian came along for the ride and took over second on the same circuit.
Billy Moyer was also charging forward coming up to sixth from tenth on lap five. He then subsequently moved past Sanders for fifth on lap eight and Krohn for fourth on lap nine.
With ten in the books Lanigan was firmly applying the pressure to Hollingsworth as the leaders began to negotiate the back of the field. Alberson and Moyer began contesting the third spot while Sanders and Clay Daly moved past the backsliding Krohn.
As Hollingsworth blasted around the cushion, Lanigan maneuvered through the middle to low line to take-over the number one spot on lap eleven. Both Moyer and Sanders both slipped past Alberson to run third and fourth on lap fifteen.
A little further back in the field, eighteenth starting Ryan Gustin had his foot firmly planted and sat eighth at the halfway mark and moved up to seventh at the two-thirds distance. Back up front Sanders and Moyer were going side by side for several laps in lapped traffic as they began to close on Hollingsworth and Lanigan.
As the five to go flashed from the flagstand, Lanigan's margin was beginning to shrink as Moyer closed in for second. He would pull the pass on for the runner-up spot on lap twenty-nine while Gustin moved to sixth.
Heading into turn three for the final time, Hollingsworth jumped the cushion allowing Sanders to claim third and set-up a drag race with Gustin for fourth. Hollingsworth would nip Gustin at the line as Lanigan, Moyer, and Sanders streaked to the podium.
Darrell Lanigan, Billy Moyer, Rodney Sanders, Ronnie Lee Hollingsworth, Ryan Gustin, Garrett Alberson, Stormy Scott, Clay Daly, AJ Diemel, Jason Krohn, Tony Jackson, Jr., Chris Simpson, Ricky Weiss, Jake O'Neil, Hunter Rasdon, Jimmy Mars, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jason Papich, Don Shaw, Jeremy Keller, Jake Redetzke, Terry Phillips, Jimmy Owens, RC Whitwell
Dirt Late Model Drivers At All Levels Laud World of Outlaws Late Model Series Tire Rules
National Tour Will Continue To Reduce Tire Use In 2015 By Limiting Compound Options For WoO LMS Events
CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 12, 2015 - In early February, Darrell Lanigan and his Union, Ky.-based race team will make their annual journey south to the warmer climates of Georgia and Florida, where the World of Outlaws Late Model Series will launch its 2015 season with seven races spread among three racetracks Feb. 6-21. Lanigan, who claimed his third career WoO LMS championship in 2014, will likely also compete in four DIRTcar-sanctioned events during that stretch for a total of 11 races.
Along with two Club 29 Race Cars and nearly enough spare parts to build a third car, Lanigan plans to pack somewhere between 60 and 70 tires into his hauler for his annual February trek. At first glance, that may seem like an excessive amount of rubber for only 11 races, but Lanigan knows it could be much more.
"It's a lot of tires," said Lanigan, who has been a WoO LMS regular since the national tour was relaunched in 2004. "But it wasn't too long ago that we'd be taking twice as many down there."
Indeed, the number of tires needed to make it through the February races could be much higher, and it has been in the past when the WoO LMS operated with an open tire rule that allowed competitors to use any compound Late Model tire. But in recent seasons, the series has implemented a flexible tire rule that limits competitors to roughly three or four compound options at each race, with the allowed tires adjusted based on what's best for each racetrack.
For example, at the season-opening Winter Freeze Feb. 6-7 at Screven Motorsports Complex in Sylvania, Ga., competitors will be allowed to run Hoosier compounds 1300, 1350, and 1450 or American Racer compounds 44, 48 and 53, with the Hoosier 1450 and the American Racer 53 being allowed as right-rear tire options only. The Late Model Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., Feb. 13-15 and the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., Feb. 16-21 will both allow only Hoosier compounds LM 20, 30 and 40. (More tire rule information for the February events can be found at www.WoOLMS.com).
The difference between a three-compound tire rule and an open tire rule can be substantial for race teams, cutting the required tire inventory by as much as half, according to Lanigan. That means if 60 to 70 tires for 11 races seems substantial, imagine needing upwards of 120 for the same stretch. While many of those 120 tires may go unused on the trip, just having them on hand increases a team's tire bill, adds extra work for crew members and creates space issues inside a team's hauler.
"Back when it was open (tire rule) at Screven and Volusia, we'd take probably an easy 120 tires or something like that between two trucks," said Lanigan, who enters the 2015 season fresh off a WoO LMS record 17-win 2014 campaign. "Now, you can probably go with 60 or 70 and make it through all three weeks. You just can't imagine how much of a difference that makes. I like (the tire rule) and I know my (crew) guys like it."
While the WoO LMS has instituted tire rules for its February events for a number of years, the tour only in the past two seasons implemented that policy for all of its other events. The rules typically allow competitors to choose between three of four compounds, with the allowed tires in line with what is typically used by competitors in the region of the track hosting the event.
That policy, which will continue in use for the 2015 WoO LMS season, has been met with positive feedback from many drivers and teams. Series regulars have reported drastic reductions in tire inventory, while non-regulars benefit from not having to purchase a large amount of extra tires just to compete in WoO LMS events.
"As much as it takes to run up and down the road and follow a national series, it's huge for us if you can cut the tire cost down," said Morgan Bagley, the Longview, Texas, driver who finished fourth in the 2014 WoO LMS standings in his second year as a tour regular. "I think it saves you money and helps make it more feasible for us to be able to travel all over the country."
Limiting tire options is aimed as not only a benefit to series regulars but also to regional and local teams that wish to compete in WoO LMS events without having to purchase a large number of tires, especially tires they may not need for other events in their region. With that in mind, the tire rule for WoO LMS events are typically tailored to include tires frequently used by competitors in the region an event is being held.
Mike Marlar is one of the many fans of the WoO LMS tire rule. Though not a series regular, the veteran Winfield, Tenn., driver enters WoO LMS frequently thanks in part to the tire rule.
"With open tires it's really disheartening when you have to spend all that money just to go to one race," said Marlar, who last season broke through for his first career WoO LMS victory at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway. "There's a lot of guys you talk to and ask them if they're going to a race when a series comes to town and they basically decide not to because they don't wanna have to buy all them tires. You hate to see that happen, so anytime you can simplify it (by limiting the number of tire options), I just think it's better all the way across the board.
"It used to be that the guys that had a 28-foot trailer just about couldn't run a Outlaw race because he didn't have room to hall the tires you might end up needing. Now, for one or two races with the Outlaws, you can usually get by without having to get many more tires than you would for any other race you might go to. From that standpoint alone it's a big help."
As Marlar indicated, the tire rule leads to more regional and local drivers trying their hand at series events. Many of those local and regional competitors often perform well against the WoO LMS traveling stars with a handful of drivers scoring upset or surprise victories in recent seasons.
Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., is among the standout regional competitors to find WoO LMS success. A veteran among the bullrings of the Southeast, Roberts believes a restrictive tire rule allows smaller teams like his to be more competitive in WoO LMS events. He proved as much during the 2014 DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia by outdueling National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame member and former WoO LMS champion Scott Bloomquist for his first WoO LMS victory.
"Open tires are just brutal especially when you don't have two or three hired hands to help," Roberts said. "You need one guy that basically does just tires. That makes it tough on guys like me that don't do it for a living and don't have any full-time help. Most guys that do this are like me and don't have a whole lot of help either, so I think keeping it to a three- or four-tire rule is definitely a plus for the majority of us.
"If it's open tire rule, you're at a race wondering which tire to go with. When you don't have very much help, that just takes away from time I need to be working on the car and making it faster. So in a way, it helps level out the playing field for guys like me."
One concern in limiting the number of tire options is how the lack of softer-compound tires might affect on-track action. Softer tire compounds typically give race cars more traction, allowing, in theory, for cars to steer better so drivers can run different grooves on the track. But Lanigan believes that any difference between racing with softer compounds is minimal.
"I think the racing is still just as good," Lanigan said. "With the (Hoosier soft compounds) 1100s and 1200s, when it's wet out maybe it's a little better racing, but I don't think it's really worth it for the little bit of a difference. I think the 1300 (compound) is the best all-around tire and the racing is just as good."
Along with still allowing for side-by-side racing, having three or four tire options also still creates tire choice drama. Like with an open tire rule, WoO LMS can often be decided based on which driver and crew make the best tire choice. Teams starting mid-pack or near the tail of an A-Main often gamble on a softer tire choice hoping it will help them march to the front. Those gambles sometimes pay off, producing thrilling races and surprise winners.
"It's a decision even if you only have two options," Marlar said. "There's still plenty of room to mess up. On top of that, you still have to have it grooved right and siped right. There's still a great deal of knowledge that goes into being competitive and being able to win at that level. The more simple you make it, the easier it is to make the right choice, but it's still easy to get it wrong."
While the restrictive tire rule still allows for some tire options, limiting teams to three or four choices makes tire decisions easier, which can be a big benefit for less experienced teams and drivers. Bagley is among the drivers that have taken advantage of less tire options to quickly become competitive on the tour. The 2013 Rookie of the Year runner-up logged one of the best sophomore seasons in series history in 2014, becoming just the second driver to finish among the top five in the championship chase during his second year on tour.
"A tire rule isn't going to slow the veterans down any, but it definitely helps the newcomers to help eliminate some bad decisions," said Bagley, who scored a pair of runner-up finishes on his way to a fourth-place points finish in 2014. "Tires will make you or break you. You can take a decent car and put the right tire on and be in the front. But you can take the best car out there and put on the wrong tires and go straight to the back.
"For people just coming into this deal, narrowing down the tires definitely helps to keep you from making the wrong decision. It's more of a level playing field because you're taking away a little bit of the notebook from those experienced guys."
Bagley is also a proponent of a restrictive tire rule because it limits the number of tires his team must keep in their hauler. With their home base in Texas, Bagley and crew often go weeks and even months between trips home to restock on supplies and rubber. That means they often leave the shop with nearly all the tires they may need for more than a month's worth of racing.
"Where we're from, not being able to go back to the shop for a month or two sometimes, it's so hard to carry all the tires that we need," Bagley said. "With a tire rule, it really helps cut down the amount of tires we have to carry. When you race with an open tire rule, you can go race one night and have to take 60 or 70 tires because there's so many different options that you might need. With a tire rule, we still might haul around 40 tires with us to a race, but that's still a huge difference."
While having extra space in the hauler is a nice product of having a tire rule, the biggest benefit to teams - from the series regulars to the weekly competitors who only enter one WoO LMS event a season - is the reduction in costs. Tire bills may still consume an absorbent amount of a race team's budget, but as Bagley points out, every little bit saved helps.
"At just about every level of racing, you have to have good tires to be competitive," Bagley said. "We spend a lot of money on tires and we'll continue to spend a lot of money on tires, but the more tires you can eliminate and not have to have, it saves you money and helps out a ton."
UFo Championship Releases Initial 2015 Dates
(Mars, PA) The "New" UFo Championship Tour has released seven initial 2015 events. The initial schedule includes 10 events over 12 nights. The UFo Championship will include up to 14 events for the upcoming racing season and a season-ending points bonus fund for the top finishing drivers.
Hesston Speedway, Dog Hollow Speedway, Tyler County Speedway and Port Royal Speedway have included the tour in their major Super Late Model race schedule. The four tracks provide the full range of track configurations to determine a true champion of Super Late Model driving for the UFo tour. The tight "bullring" of Tyler County Speedway always provides close racing action. Hesston Speedway and Dog Hollow Speedway are mid-size tracks similar in configuration with excellent passing action. Port Royal provides high-velocity, superspeedway type action on the big, sweeping half-mile track.
Hesston Speedway will reopen in 2015 under the new ownership of JELT Enterprises, Inc. This joint venture between Jon and Lois Claycomb and Eric and Tina Ritchey will see the return of some of the region's best racing to the 3/8 mile. Hesston will follow a similar formula of events that former owner DR Eriksen established during his very successful ownership of the speedway.
All four of the tracks major Super Late Model events at Hesston will fly under the UFo banner in 2015. Hesston was the site of excellent UFo events in 2010 to 2013.. The "DR Eriksen Grand Prix" on Sunday, May 24 will pay $4,000 to the winner of the 56 lap feature. This event will pay tribute the "the Dirt Doctor," David Eriksen, who completely renovated Hesston and brought the track to the forefront of the central Pennsylvania racing scene
"Revolution 2015" at Hesston on Thursday, July 2 will showcase a 44 lap feature paying $3,000 to first place. The powerful UFo Super Late Models will return again on Saturday, July 25 for the "Speedmonster Mach 3" will feature 3 late model features with two 30 lap UFo Super Late Model championships and a 30 lap Semi-Late Model Sportsman race. The fourth UFo event at Hesston will be "Superthunder Road" on Sunday, September 6, paying $3,000 for 44 laps. Hesston will be a bonanza for late model fans as each UFo event is a double late model division program. The track's powerful Semi-Late Model Sportsman will compete in a companion championship at each event.
Dog Hollow Speedway returns to UFo competition in 2015 under new promoter Dan Savino. In 2014, Dan established Dog Hollow as a premier Friday night venue, with strong car counts and amazing racing on the resurfaced 4/10 mile track. The "Shawn McGarvey Championship" will return to the UFo tour in 2015 with a new date of Friday, June 12. The 41 lap feature will pay $3,000 to win. This race celebrates one of the region's most popular winning drivers. Shawn was one of Dog Hollows most winningest drivers and also finished 5th in the inaugural UFo Championship in 2008..
The "Connor Bobik Championship" returns to its home track of Dog Hollow on Sunday, July 19 at Dog Hollow. This established event is presented in dedication to the young son of track photographer Derek Bobick. The Bobick family traditionally coordinates an auction to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation at this race. This event will pay $3,000 to win for the UFo Super Late Models and will be paired with a championship event for the ferocious Outlaw 410 Sprints.
The "ThunderDog Showdown" at Dog Hollow is scheduled for September 24-25-26. This massive three day event is currently the season finale for the UFo Super Late Models in 2015. The schedule of events and payoff will be announced at a future date.
Tyler County Speedway was an initial member of the UFo Championship. Hometown Racing Association has had great success at the track and will continue the UFo tradition in 2015 in huge style. The "Mega-100" on July 9-10-11 will showcase the E-mods with a $12,000 to win, 100 lap feature. The UFo Super Late Models will race on both July 10 and 11 for a total of $10,000 to win over the weekend, with $5,000 going to the winner of each 44 lap feature on each night. The exciting format for all divisions at the "Mega-100" will put this event on the top of any race fan's list that enjoys passing and close racing. The Super Late Models will utilize the UFo format with an inversion in the second night's feature determined by the first night's finish. The E-mods will compete in two sets of passing points heat races on Friday night, with the second set starting in reverse order of the starting lineup of the first set.
Port Royal Speedway will appear on the UFo schedule for the first time ever with two events in 2015. Port Royal is a first-class facility, and has already made improvements for the upcoming season. New clay has been added to the racing surface and new high wall has been installed down the back straight. Port Royal is well-known for its strong weekly Super Late Model program. The UFo events at this track will generate strong fields.
The "Heros of Port Royal" will pay $2,000 to win for 33 laps on Saturday May 23. This race honors the fallen drivers of the track. The 11th annual "Butch Renninger 33" will race under the UFo banner in 2015 and pay $3,300 for 33 laps of high-speed action on Saturday, September 5. Butch was a three-time Port Royal Champion in '66, '67 and '70 and has 41 late model wins at the track. Both Port Royal events will be companion races to Hesston on the following night, setting up a strong weekend payoff for the racers with minimal travel between tracks.
The UFo Championship will provide a strong point fund to the top seven point positions for the current 10 race schedule. The UFo Championship pays 100% of track and sponsor point sponsorships directly to the drivers at the end of the season. Point fund details will be released in the upcoming month.
Up to 5 more events are available on the 2015 UFo Championship Tour. Tracks may contact the UFo Championship at email@example.com for more information. The UFo Championship is a winning combination for both racers and tracks. The tour features solid payoffs and low entry fees for the drivers. Tracks profit from successful events as the UFo Championship does not have sanction fees and does not retain entry fees. Tracks only pay a direct point fund contribution and for minimal expenses related directly to their event.
Complete information on the UFo Race Championship may be found at http://www.ufochampionship.com. Facebook members can keep up to date with the tour by going to http://www.facebook.com/ufochampionship and clicking the "LIKE" button. Fans and race teams may follow the UFo Championship on Twitter at https://twitter.com/UFoChampionship.
2015 UFo Championship Schedule
up to 5 additional dates available for 2015
Saturday, May 23 / Port Royal Speedway / Heroes of Port Royal / 33 laps / $2,000
Sunday, May 24 / Hesston Speedway / DR Eriksen Grand Prix / 56 laps / $4,000
Friday, June 12 / Dog Hollow Speedway / Shawn McGarvey Championship 41 laps / $3,000
Thursday, July 2 / Hesston Speedway / Revolution 2015 / 44 laps / $3,000
Friday, July 10 / Tyler County Speedway / Mega-100 / 44 laps / $5,000
Saturday, July 11 / Tyler County Speedway / Mega-100 / 44 laps /$5,000
Sunday, July 19 / Dog Hollow Speedway / Connor Bobik Championship / 41 laps / $3,000
Saturday July 25 / Hesston Speedway / Speedmonster Mach 3 / 2-30 laps / $4,000 total
Saturday, Sept 5 / Port Royal Speedway / Butch Renninger 33 / 33 laps / $3,300 plus bonus
Sunday, Sept 6 / Hesston Speedway / Superthunder Road / 44 laps / $3,000
Thu-Fri-Sat, Sept 24-25-26 / Dog Hollow Speedway / ThunderDog Showdown / TBA / $TBA
OHIO'S NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY SIGNS ON AS A SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES TRACK; SATURDAY RACING AT SERIES' WESTERNMOST FACILITY
December 11, 2014
By Mike Leone
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Orrville, OH)...Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to welcome on NAPA Wayne County Speedway as a weekly-sanctioned Late Model track in 2015! Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the famed Orrville, Ohio facility will run the RUSH Late Models as part of their weekly Saturday night program, and will be the Series' westernmost sanctioned facility.
On Sunday afternoon (December 7), the Creston (OH) Community Center hosted a Wayne County Crate Late Model informational meeting. The highly-attended meeting was put on by Speedway promoters Jason and Kristin Flory. Attendees learned about the Sweeney RUSH Series programs and at the conclusion of the meeting, the overwhelming consensus was for RUSH to sanction the weekly Crate Late Model program. Come April 2015, weather permitting, the first ever Crate Late Model race will be held on the 3/8-mile oval!
"Kristin and I both believe that the future of weekly Late Model racing is going in the direction of the crate class," stated Jason Flory. "We as promoters need to help control the cost of racing the best we can. Starting a crate class at WCS is a step in the right direction. We were pleased with then turn out for the meeting we had with the drivers and firmly believe that this will be very successful for not only WCS, but the teams as well and we look forward to working with the RUSH Series this coming season."
"We really commend both Jason and Kristin for taking such a proactive and decisive approach in bringing sanctioned Crate Late Model racing to Wayne County on a weekly basis in 2015," stated Emig. "I had always hoped to include their speedway in our great group of facilities that host either RUSH weekly sanctioned or Sweeney Tour events. We were scheduled to present a Touring Series event this past Labor Day Weekend that was unfortunately rained out, I would have never believed that three months later they would become our leader in introducing quality Crate Late Model racing to that part of our region. I believe they have had the foresight to choose the perfect time to do so and I think they will be pleased with the results of their decision to do so under the RUSH banner."
"We couldn't be happier to have Wayne County begin the development of their Crate Late Model division under the RUSH banner," continued Emig. "From the beginning of our negotiations, the Florys have been very strong in their belief that Crate Late Models are going to be a very important part of Wayne County Speedway's future. We consider their facility one of the most respected speedways in Ohio, one that has a long and respected history and a fan base in Late Model racing. We truly believe they will be the catalyst in the development of Crate Late Model racing throughout the most western part of our region and beyond."
RUSH member racers will be able to participate at Wayne County in 2015 and be eligible for all of the programs including the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship, the Pace Performance Summer Chase title, and the "Futures Cup" for those eligible racers. While membership is not mandatory to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event, membership will again include a $100,000 excess participant accident policy which is over and above drivers' health insurance and speedways' participant accident policy.
It is expected Wayne County will host a pair of Sweeney Tour events in 2015. One of the events will include the Sweeney/Pace Performance GM 604 Engine Giveaway Night. On this night, one lucky competing Crate Late Model driver will win a brand new engine valued at over $5,700! The 2015 event will be the fifth annual giveaway as past winners have included Paul Jablonski, Bobby Whitling, Ben Black, and Robbie Marhefka.
The location of Wayne County's drivers will give them the ability to easily compete in Sweeney Touring Series events in both the Northern and Southern regions. With the new $4,000 to-win in each region and the $2,000 overall Series bonus, one Touring Series driver has the opportunity to win $10,000 in 2015!
"Although the RUSH Late Models will not have near the presence that they had in the past at Hartford, Ohio's Sharon Speedway as they have opted to run our Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds weekly in 2015, general manager Dave Willoughby has already spoken to the Florys about working with them to fill in some of the gaps at Wayne County that may occur due to special events," explained Leone. "This cooperation between the two facilities will make for a perfect situation for racers in this area and ensure Saturday night weekly racing for these drivers. In fact, several of the Sharon racers have already expressed their desire to race at Wayne County, and Wayne County will start out by matching the weekly payoff Sharon has used (see below)."
2015 Wayne County Speedway Weekly RUSH Late Model Payoffs:
(24+ cars): 1. $800 2. $450 3. $350 4. $265 5. $240 6. $225 7. $200 8. $195 9. $190 10. $185 11. $160 12. $135 13. $110 14. $100 15-24. $90. Tow $40
(14-23 cars): 1. $700 2. $400 3. $300 4. $245 5. $220 6. $205 7. $190 8. $185 9. $180 10. $175 11. $150 12. $125 13. $100 14. $90 15-23. $80. Tow $40
(1-13 cars): 1. $600 2. $350 3. $265 4. $225 5. $200 6. $190 7. $175 8. $160 9. $150 10. $140 11. $125 12. $110 13. $95. Tow $40.
Wayne County Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track located at 1083 North Carr Road, Orrville, OH 44667. Wayne County also features "410" Sprint Cars, Super Late Models, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks on Saturday nights along with Mini Wedges and Go-Karts on their small track. For more information on Wayne County, check out their website at www.waynecountyspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/waynecountyspeedway and follow them on Twitter @wcsohio. The track phone number is 330-465-2365.