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Jonathan Davenport Crowned King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway

Jamaica, Virginia (April 12, 2014) The Aaron's King of the Commonwealth was on Jonathan Davenport and Kevin Rumley's list of high priority events. Not that every event isn't important, but the King of the Commonwealth is a victory that both driver and his race team highly coveted. Both have been very successful at Bill Sawyer's beautiful Virginia Motor Speedway over the years. On Saturday they both added another big check mark to their to-do list when Davenport overtook early leader Billy Moyer, Jr. on lap 17 and held off a hard charging Scott Bloomquist in the late stages of the 60-lapper to claim the $20,000 winner's check. The win also propelled Davenport into a tie with Chris Madden for the National Dirt Racing League point lead.

Davenport was fastest in Group A of Keyser Manufacturing Time Trials lowering the Virginia Motor Speedway track record with his lap of 16.745 seconds around the ½ mile oval. However it was Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist in Group B who picked up the Bell Helmets Fast Time Award when he obliterated the record Davenport had just set. Bloomquist tripped the clock at a mind boggling 16.509 seconds. Earl Pearson, Jr., Chris Madden and Don O'Neal rounded out the top 5 qualifiers.

Heat Race action was insane with wins in the 10 lappers going to Davenport, Billy Moyer, Gregg Satterlee and Billy Moyer, Jr. Finishing second in heats and going to the redraw were O'Neal, Madden Bloomquist and Dennis Erb, Jr. A pair of Delaware drivers - Kenny Pettyjohn and Austin Hubbard scored wins in their respective B-Mains and making the feature event. Series provisional starts went to Kent Robinson, John Blankenship and Mason Zeigler.

At the outset of the event it was pole sitter Billy Moyer, Jr. that took command while Davenport sliced through the middle of a 3-wide melee in turn one to move to second. With the remainder of the field locked in a double formation to complete lap one. Moyer moved away as Davenport had to fend of challenges from Billy Moyer and Gregg Satterlee.

Madden and Bloomquist were battling door to door while up front Davenport began to reel in Moyer, Jr. as they both began to encounter backmarker traffic. By lap 15 Davenport was all over Moyer, first stepping outside but finally making the move around the hub. Bloomquist slipped by Madden and set after Moyer, Sr. as they both drew to Moyer, Jr.'s rear deck. Over the next several laps the Moyers raced wheel to wheel with the elder finally covering the spot. The pass also allowed Bloomquist to close in on Moyer, Jr. and take another spot away one lap later.

After the halfway mark Davenport was in heavy traffic and Moyer, Sr. was able to close down on his fellow Longhorn Chassis driver. Moyer began to put some pressure on Davenport, nosing alongside the leader on multiple occasions. But the race for the lead was quelled when the event's lone yellow flag waved for a stalled Bub McCool.

For the restart Moyer opted for the inside which moved Bloomquist to the outside. When Davenport brought the field back to green Bloomquist made his move for second. Sweeping around the outside of turn 2 Bloomquist took over second and set after the leader. With only 10 laps remaining Bloomquist pulled to Davenport's rear deck. Bloomquist threw all he had at Davenport but a slick move past a lapped car coming to the white flag sealed the deal. The move gave Davenport just enough open space to grab the checkers and the $20,000 check.

Official Finish
1 - 6 Jonathan Davneport
2 - 0 Scott Bloomquist
3 - 21 Billy Moyer
4 - 5 Don O'Neal
5 - 22 Gregg Saterlee
6 - 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr.
7 - 44 Chris Madden
8 - 15 Steve Francis
9 - 28 Dennis Erb, Jr.
10 - 72 Jason Covert
11 - 19 Tim Fuller
12 - 6 Jamie Lathroum
13 - 7R Kent Robinson
14 - 23 John Blankenship
15 - 11 Austin Hubbard
16 - 15B Brian Birkhofer
17 - 38 Kenny Pettyjohn
18 - 1J Davey Johnson
19 - 22 Chris Ferguson
20 - 111 Max Blair
21 - 25z Mason Zeigler
22 - 44 Earl Pearson, Jr.
23 - 57J Bub McCool
24 - 91 JT Spence
25 - 19 William
 
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RICKY ELLIOTT STILL ON TOP IN SUPER LATE MODELS - HOLDS OFF DONALD LINGO FOR WIN

The 20 lap Super Late Model feature was a torrid battle right from the drop of the green. Donald Lingo, Jr. and Ricky Elliott had captured their respective heats and started one-two on the grid. Lingo went to the top groove immediately while Elliott challenged on the bottom. Andrew Mullins gave chase from third but the battle was up front.
 
The first yellow came just past halfway when Kelly Putz slowed. On the restart Lingo held the top spot over Elliott as Mullins, Staci Warrington and Amanda Whaley held down the remainder of the top five. Going into the fourth turn on unlucky lap 13, Lingo got crossed up. That was the bobble that Elliott had been waiting for as he shot to the bottom and into the lead.
 
Kerry King would come to a stop to bring out the second and final yellow with five to go. Elliott held a two car length lead of Lingo for the remaining distance to take the checkered. The top five remained unchanged in the closing laps with Mullins, Warrington and Whaley crossing in order.
 
“Lingo had the fast line up top,” said Elliott. “I just tried to keep under him and pressure him into a mistake. He almost spun and got both of us but I was able to get by.”
 
Tyler Reed took control from his pole starting spot to lead the 15 lap Crate Model feature. Eric Vent gave chase from second until Dylan Evans gained the spot on lap five. Mike Wharton won a good battle with Steven Baker for the fourth spot. Sparky White was the car on the move coming from tenth to fifth by lap 10.
 
With two late race cautions, Evans was able to keep the pressure on Reed. Reed got a great restart with two laps to go and was able to hold on for the win. Evans held off Vent to finish in second. Fourth went to Wharton and White rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Reed and Vent.
 
Freddy Brightbill of Sinking Springs, Pa. led wire to wire to win the 12 lap Vintage Stock Car feature. Scott Calhoun held the second spot until Rob Schirmer moved by with two laps to go. Schirmer could not run down Brightbill who was driving the restored Ritter Farms car that he drove to many wins in the modifieds at DIS. Calhoun hung on to finish in third with C.J. Schirmer fourth and Mark Williams fifth. Todd Miller was first Sportsman in sixth.
 
Super Late Model Finish: 1. Ricky Elliott; 2. Donald Lingo Jr. 3 Andrew Mullins; 4. Staci Warrington; 5. Amanda Whaley; 6, Nick Davis; 7. Herb Tunis; 8. Joe Warren; 9. Bob Geiger; 10. Kerry King; 11. Kelly Putz; 12. Ray Davis Jr.
 
Crate Model Finish: 1. Tyler Reed; 2. Dylan Evans; 3. Eric Vent; 4. Mike Wharton; 5. Sparky White; 6. Steven Baker; 7. Robbie Walls Jr; 8 Zac Weller; 9. Alessa Young; 10. Matt Hill; 11. Robby Cain; 12. David Nailor; 13. Daniel Hudson; 14. Randy Given; 15. Jamie Emory; 16. Chris Hitchens; 17. Kellie Lewis; 18. Mike Wilson; 19. Reese Masiello; 20. Gus Economides.
 
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DYLAN YODER POSTS FIRST EVER HAGERSTOWN LATE MODEL VICTORY

By BOB VORES

HAGERSTOWN, MD. – Dylan Yoder made the tow from Selinsgrove to Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol LLC worth it Saturday evening when the second generation Late Model driver recorded his career first win at the Maryland oval. Yoder started fourth in the field and took the lead from Jason Miller on lap seven of the 25-lap Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Late Model feature to later get the triumph by 1.111 seconds over Roy Deese Jr.

“I just tried to keep the car straight, keep tires under me and hope that they’d slip up a little bit and luckily enough I’d get by deep enough to get to the bottom of the 94 (Jason Miller),” Yoder said. “It was a lot of fun; the car worked great.”

It was Small Car Nationals Qualifier night and Chad Myers of Hampstead, Md. recorded his second Hagerstown win in the Malloy Ford of Winchester, Va. Late Model Sportsman and is guaranteed a starting spot in Septembers Nationals event. Winchester, Va’s Mike Corbin also has a starting spot as he posted his third win of the season in the K.Lynn Management Pure Stock feature. Gary Proctor from Big Pool, Md, last year’s Nationals winner in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks, drove to his first win of the season and locked in a starting spot as did Kevin Thomas of St. Thomas, Pa. in the Cochran Auctioneers Four Cylinders.  

In the four car inversion for Late Models, Jason Miller quickly rolled around the top side to grab the lead over pole sitter Roy Deese Jr. with fourth starting Dylan Yoder settling into third.

Yoder went to work on Deese following a third lap caution and moved into the runner up spot two laps later. The next circuit, he stuck his nose under Miller and was out front and pulling away on lap seven.

Yoder was nearly a straightaway ahead of Miller and Deese when a lap 12 yellow closed the field. Back under green, Deese kept pace but Yoder continued to have a several car lead over the final half of the feature while Andy Anderson moved past Miller and Gary Stuhler on the 17th lap and set sights on Deese.

Yoder came to the stripe with Deese and Anderson next in line followed by Miller. Trevor Feathers was sixth over Bo Feathers, both from the sixth row, while Steve Axtell Jr., Marvin Winters and 16th starting Lindsay Barton completed the top ten. Heats went to Yoder, Matt Cosner, and Miller.

In the 22-lap Late Model Sportsman feature, Chad Myers started outside front row in the six car inversion and charged around Paul Cursey on the start with Cursey and Scott Palmer next.

Myers was to the rear of the field by the tenth lap while Palmer took second and began to chase Myers who was already starting to wade through traffic and having to make some tactical moves.

Myers drove between two cars off turn two while Palmer had closed to four lengths but the caution came out before the 17th lap was completed.

The caution waved again on the white flag lap as Myers had one final chance to save the win and he did it with ease, taking the win by .533 seconds.

“The single file restart (on the last lap) was a big relief.” Myers said. “I didn’t have to worry about him (Palmer) right on the inside of me.  We just nailed the throttle. This is so awesome. This is the first night out for the car. We just got the motor back and we’re ready to rock and roll.” ‘

Palmer settled for the runner up spot with Rick Singleton making a restart effort to move into third over Frankie Plessinger while Rodney Walls completed the top five. Justin Weaver, Andy Fries, Terry Flaherty, Dominic Defino and Kyle Lee were the next five. Flaherty, Plessinger, Walls, and Palmer were heat winners while Robbie Black won the consolation.

Late Models, 25 Laps: 1.Dylan Yoder, 2.Roy Deese Jr., 3.Andy Anderson, 4.Gary Stuhler, 5.Jason Miller, 6.Trevor Feathers, 7.Bo Feathers, 8.Steve Axtell Jr., 9.Marvin Winters. 10.Lindsay Barton, 11.C.S. Fitzgerald, 12.D.J. Myers, 13.Brian Tavenner, 14.Allen Brannon, 15.Brad Omps, 16.Wayne Johnson, 17.Glenn Elliott, 18.Devin Friese, 19.Tyler Castle, 20.Steve Gibney, 21.Mike Altobelli Jr., 22.Rance Garlock, 23.Matt Cosner, 24.Luke Hoffner, 25.Pancho Lawler

Late Model Sportsman, 20 Laps: 1.Chad Myers, 2.Scott Palmer, 3.Rick Singleton, 4.Frankie Plessinger, 5.Rodney Walls, 6.Justin Weaver, 7.Andy Fries, 8.Terry Flaherty, 9.Dominic Defino, 10.Kyle Lee, 11.Paul Cursey, 12.Ronnie Dennis, 13.Mike Walls, 14.Scott Richwine, 15.Donnie Farlling. 16.Jeff King, 17.Scott Cline, 18.Taylor Farlling, 19.Billy Farmer, 20.Jonathan DeHaven, 21.Robbie Black, 22.Chaz Walls, 23.Chris Fletcher, 24.Bruce Kane, DNQ-Brian Cornett, Weston Alleman, Steve Lowery, Elwood Sord, Ray Ciccarelli, Keith Walls

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Francis Bests Strong NDRL Field to win PENNational 50 at PPMS!

Imperial, PA (April 10, 2014) The Kentucky Colonel Steve Francis made a lap 19 pass on Jonathan Davenport and held off Brian Birkhofer the rest of way to pick up the win in the NDRL PENNational 50 at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway Thursday night.

"It was nice to get a win here tonight," Francis said. "This was a brand new car and the guys did a good job with it. It was good to get one for Clint Bowyer Racing and Georgia Boot."

Francis and Tim Fuller paced the field of 26 cars to the green flag, but it was Davenport who got the early lead, rocketing from the outside of the second row around the front row starters.

Davenport was able to pull out ahead to a bit of a lead, but as the cars entered lapped traffic Francis reeled him in and slid by the 6 machine to take the top spot on the 19th circuit. Birkhofer quickly followed Francis around Davenport into second and they remained close together in lapped traffic until Jared Miley slowed bringing out the race's only caution on lap 24.

Once the field went back to green the top three remained in a good battle up front, while 10th starting Brandon Sheppard made a pass around Gregg Satterlee to move into fourth.

The top two cars pulled away from Davenport and as they again got into lapped traffic. Birkhofer would get within a car length of Francis, but that was about as close as he would get.

Francis stretched his lead out to about four car lengths in the latter stages of the race and it would be the 15 Clint Bowyer Racing Georgia Boot backed late model that would cross the checkered flag first in front of a large crowd at the Dirt Monster Half Mile.

"The track was great," Francis said. "It was smooth and you could run on it top to bottom."

It was Francis's first win at Pittsburgh since 1996 and his first start at the track since 2007.

"We haven't had much luck with the NDRL races and with a few laps left I got into traffic that was two wide and I thought I was going to give this one away with about five to go," Francis said. "But we were able to get by and ended up getting this one."

Kent Robinson was able to get by both Satterlee and Sheppard to finish fourth, followed by the Rocket House Car of Sheppard, who rounded out the top five. Satterlee would wind up sixth, followed by Fuller in seventh, the NDRL point leader coming into the night Chris Madden in eighth, Kenny Pettyjohn in ninth and B Main #2 winner Billy Moyer came home tenth.

There were 41 NDRL late models that were on hand for the races.

Fuller, Francis, Birkhofer and Davenport won the heat races.

In other action Steve Dixon survived a race of attrition that saw top contenders Bart Hartman and Jacob Hawkins have mechanical issues to win the NDRL E Mod main event. Jonathan Taylor was second, followed by Mike Potosky, Mercer winner Rich Michael, Jr, and Ryan Taylor.

Ryan Montgomery won the Rush Weekly Series Crate Feature, a race that went caution free. Steve Beatty finished second and Michael Lake completed the podium.

This is leg one of what is a three race weekend for the NDRL. They head to Virginia the next two nights starting with the Gunter's Honey 50 at Winchester Speedway Friday night and then the Aaron's King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

NDRL Penn National 50 Results
1. Steve Francis, Ashland, KY
2. Brian Birkhofer, Muscatie, IA
3. Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA
4. Kent Robinson, Bloomington, IN
5. Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL
6. Gregg Satterlee, Rochester Mills, PA
7. Tim Fuller, Watertown, NY
8. Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC
9. Kenny Pettyjohn, Millsboro, DE
10. Billy Moyer, Sr, Batesville, AR
11. Bub McCool, Vicksburg, MS
12. Bill Moyer, Jr, Batesville, AR
13. Don O'Neal, Martinsville, IN
14. Brandon Burgoon, Pittsburgh, PA
15. John Blankenship, Williamson, WV
16. Mason Ziegler, Chalk Hill, PA
17. Keith Barbara, South Park, PA
18. Chris Ferguson, Mt. Holly, NC
19. Max Blair, Titusville, PA
20. Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN
21. Michael Davis, Rayland, OH
22. Steve Baker, Fairmont, WV
23. Dan Stone, Thompson, PA
24. Jared Miley, South Park, PA
25. Dennis Erb, Jr, Carpentersville, IL
26. Davey Johnson, Imperial, PA

Lap Leaders : Davenport (1-18), Francis (19-50)

Fast Qualifier: Chris Madden

Heat Winners: Fuller, Francis, Birkhofer, Davenport

B Main Winners: McCool, Moyer, Sr

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NDRL's 'Gunter Honey 50' at Winchester Speedway Postponed Until Sunday, April 13

Winchester, VA (April 11, 2014) Early morning showers with more rain in the afternoon and evening hours expected have forced Winchester Speedway and NDRL officials to postpone tonight's $10,000 to-win 'Gunters Honey 50' at Winchester Speedway.

Officials have announced that Sunday, April 13 will be used as the rain date with gates opening at 2:00pm and hot laps beginning at 6:00pm.

The NDRL 'Kings of Dirt' will be in action on Saturday, April 12 at Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, VA for the $20,000 to-win Aaron's 'King of the Commonwealth'. More information can be found at www.vamotorspeedway.com.

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Kentucky Triple Crown will Bring Spring Nationals Series to Bluegrass State on April 17-19

Trips to 201, Ponderosa, and Florence will be worth over $55,000 in three days

By Chris Tilley - Series Publicist

BRASSTOWN, NORTH CAROLINA (April 10, 2014) - The Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer's Oil will make the northern trek into the Bluegrass State of Kentucky for three huge nights of Dirt Late Model action at 201, Ponderosa, and Florence Speedway's on Thursday through Saturday April 17, 18, and 19.

At 201 Speedway in Sitka, Ky., it will be the second-ever series visit on Thursday Night April 17th paying $4,000 to win and $400 to start the 40-lap Johnny Salyer Memorial main event and Round # 5 of the ten-race mini tour. Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, WV claimed the caution-free thrilling event win during the series visit in 2013. The Open Wheel Modifieds and Bombers will be the supporting divisions that night. The Gates will open at 3:00 pm with driver's meeting at 6:30 pm then Hot Laps will follow shortly after. Adult General Admission is $20.00 and Pit Passes are $35.00. Anyone needing a room on Thursday Night may contact the track's official lodging destination the Ramada Inn of Paintsville, Ky. at (606) 789-4242. Jarrod Breeding, a racer and native of Isom, Ky. purchased the track less than two years ago and has revived the 3/8th's mile track last season and the track will open for their 31st season of competition when the Spring Nationals come to town. The race is being run in memory of long-time track employee and track prep specialist Johnny Salyer who spent over the last 20 years of his life working at the track. Salyer passed away last Christmas Day of Cancer.

Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky. will host Round # 6 of the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals on Friday Night April 18th paying $4,000 to win and $400 to start for the 2nd Annual Spring Showdown. The Open Wheel Modifieds will race for $1,500 to win plus the Pro-Late Models, Sportsman and Pure Streets will all be on the racing card for the evening's events at the Jerry Denson-promoted oval. The Pit Gates will open at 4:00 pm and Grandstand Gates will swing open at 5:00 pm, the Driver's Meeting is set for 7:00 pm and Hot Laps will begin shortly after. Adult General Admission is $20.00 and Pit Passes are $35.00.

The King Family owned Florence Speedway in Union, Ky. will host Round # 7 of the Spring Nationals Series with the running of the 38th Annual Spring 50 event paying $5,000 to win and $450 to start on Saturday Night April 19th. The will mark the first-ever visit to the track located in Northern Kentucky. Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN is the defending race winner of the storied Spring 50 event. The Open Wheel Modifieds, Crate Late Models and Pure Stocks will also be on the racing card that night. The Pit Gates will open at 4:00 pm with the Main & back gates swinging open at 5:30 pm and Hot Laps are slated for 6:00 p. on April 19th. Adult General Admission is $22.00 while Pit Passes are $35.00.

Each night's events will feature a complete show of Practice, Time Trials, Last Chance Heat Races and the main event. The entry fee is $100 at all series events plus transponder rental that will be used to time and score the cars (per series rules). The tire rule for each event will be as follows: Hoosier- 1300, 1350, 1600, LM 40 (both front and rear); American Racer- 44, 48, 56 (both front and rear). Tires will also be checked for soaking and by durometer for hardness before each car goes on the track for qualifying or any racing action. The car and driver weight rules for this event will be as follows: 2350 lbs.- Open Motor; 2300 lbs.- Steel Block/Aluminum Head-Spec Motor Only (8" spoiler allowed, 12" sides); 2250 lbs.-CT525 Motor (8" spoiler allowed); 2250 lbs.-All Steel Motor or Crate Motor (12" spoiler allowed). There will be a 1 lb. per lap burnoff plus 5 lbs. in the Heat Races and Feature, plus if the driver is using a HANS Device that will allow a 30 lb. weight break and the use of a working fire extinguisher will allow for a 20 lb. weight break.

201 & Ponderosa Purse (40 Laps): 1) $4000, 2) $2000, 3) $1400, 4) $800, 5) $700, 6) $675, 7) $650, 8) $625, 9) $600, 10) $580, 11) $560, 12) $540, 13) $520, 14) $500, 15) $480, 16) $460, 17) $440, 18) $420, 19) $400, 20) $400, 21) $400, 22) $400.

Florence Spring 50 Purse (50 Laps): 1) $5000, 2) $2500, 3) $1600, 4) $1000, 5) $850, 6) $700, 7) $675, 8) $650, 9) $625, 10) $600, 11) $580, 12) $560, 13) $540, 14) $520, 15) $500, 16) $480, 17) $470, 18) $460, 19) $450, 20) $450, 21) $450, 22) $450.

Upcoming Spring Nationals Series events:
Thursday April 17/201 Speedway/Sitka, Ky./$4,000 to win
Friday April 18/Ponderosa Speedway/Junction City, Ky./$4,000 to win
Saturday April 19/Florence Speedway/Union, Ky./$5,000 to win
Thursday May 8/Duck River Raceway Park/Wheel, Tenn./$4,000 to win
Friday May 9/Boyd's Speedway/Ringgold, Ga./$4,000 to win
Saturday May 10/Dixie Speedway/Woodstock, Ga./$6,000 to win

2014 Spring Nationals Series Event Winners:
Jimmy Owens-Volunteer Speedway March 14th
Chris Madden-Volunteer Speedway March 15th
Billy Ogle Jr.-Smoky Mountain Speedway April 5th

Previous Spring 50 Winners at Florence Speedway:
1977-Billy Teegarden
1978-Billy Teegarden
1979-Billy Teegarden
1980-Billy Teegarden
1981-Vern Lefevers
1982-Pat Patrick
1983-Matt Gilardi
1984-Chuck McWilliams
1985-Pat Patrick
1986-Pat Patrick
1987-Pat Patrick
1988-Jack Boggs
1989-Scott Bloomquist
1990-Jack Boggs
1991-Gary Green
1992-Bob Pierce
1993-Jack Boggs
1994-John Gill
1995-Jack Boggs
1996-Kevin Claycomb
1997-Jack Boggs
1998-Rained Out
1999-Don O'Neal
2000-Dan Schlieper
2001-Darrell Lanigan
2002-Don O'Neal
2003-Steve Casebolt
2004-Scott Bloomquist
2005-Dan Schlieper
2006-Don O'Neal
2007-Scott James
2008-Kevin Claycomb
2009-Jeep VanWormer
2010-Don O'Neal
2011-Eddie Carrier Jr.
2012-Don O'Neal
2013-Scott James

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PPMS's PENNational Set to Open Up $160,000+ NDRL Mid-Atlantic Swing

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (April 7, 2014) Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is set to play host to the opening round of the National Dirt Racing League's (NDRL) Mid-Atlantic Swing. PPMS will host the PENNational which will pay $10,000 to the winner of the 50-lap feature event with the NDRL. The Mid-Atlantic Swing is a 3-race cluster of events beginning this Thursday, April 10th at PPMS. The 3-race event boasts more than $160,000 of purse monies up for grabs. The Mid-Atlantic Swing will also have the NDRL stars traveling to Winchester (VA) Speedway on Friday, April 11th for the $10,000 to win Gunter's Honey 50 and wrapping the weekend up on Saturday at Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia with the $20,000 to win Aaron's King of the Commonwealth.

Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway will host the NDRL for the 2nd time since the John Kennedy owned series was founded in 2013. The 25th Annual Pittsburgher was a rousing success in October and PPMS and NDRL officials are excited about the prospects of the PENNational. "The Pittsburgher was a great event and we had an awesome crowd. We are very excited about bringing our events to the Pittsburgh area. There is a great fan base there and the track has been phenomenal. We are expecting quite a field of cars with some of the best talent from all around the country. We hope that everyone will support the event and allow us to keep bringing this level of racing to the area. We have enjoyed working with the Miley's, they really care about their fans and we appreciate them for having us." said NDRL Series Director Kelley Carlton.

The NDRL boasts an impressive list of expected drivers which includes NDRL regulars Chris Madden, Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Don O'Neal, Kent Robinson, Billy Moyer, Jr., Chris Ferguson, John Blankenship, Max Blair, Bub McCool, Dennis Erb, Jr., William Thomas, Mason Zeigler, Steve Francis,  2013 NDRL King of Dirt Billy Moyer, Tim Fuller and Mike Benedum. Also expected to be in action are a host of national and regional drivers including Brandon Sheppard, Gregg Satterlee, Jared Miley, Rob Blair, Dan Stone, Keith Barbara, Colton Flinner and Steve Shaver.

PPMS's PENNational will also see the NDRL Modifieds and the RUSH Weekly Crate Late Models in action. On Thursday the PPMS pit gates will open at 2 PM with Grandstand gates opening at 4 PM. The drivers' meeting is slated for 6:15 PM and racing is scheduled to start at 7 PM. Grandstand tickets are $30 at the gate with children UNDER 10 FREE. Pit Passes are $40 at the gate. Discount tickets are still available on the NDRL website located at www.theNDRL.com

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PILKERTON & ANGELICCHIO WIN IN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES ACTION; PITTSBURGH TO OPEN THURSDAY

April 7, 2014

(By Jim Zufall & Mike Leone)

(Pulaski, PA)...As the weather continues to feel more like spring than what seemed like a never ending winter, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series member tracks slowly come to life. Last weekend, Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Maryland resumed action and the season opener at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania got underway.

Potomac continued their 2014 campaign last Friday (April 4) as the rotating, five-division schedule again included the Sweeney RUSH Late Models.  Former Late Model track champion Jeff Pilkerton started the 20-lap feature on the pole and never gave up the spot leading every lap to take his first career RUSH Crate Late Model win. "I just want to thank all the guys who worked all winter getting this car ready," said Pilkerton. "We haven't won here in a long time and this crate division is a perfect fit for us."

Ben Bowie, the winner from the Potomac's season opener, came from the 10th starting spot to finish second. Defending track champion, John Imler who entered the weekend tied for the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship point lead, was third. Darin Henderson collected fourth. Reese Masiello was fifth for the second straight race at Potomac and leads the $1,000 to-win "Futures Cup" standings over last year's runner-up Michael Lake. The Sweeney RUSH Late Models return to action at Potomac on April 18, when the Super Late Models are in the spotlight with the 35-lap, $2,500 to win Vernon Harris Memorial.

After a couple practice sessions, the green flag waved Saturday night for the first time in 2014 at the scenic Roaring Knob Motorsports Park. A solid field of 20 cars was on hand in the first RUSH-sanctioned event in Pennsylvania this season. When the checkered was displayed over the Sweeney RUSH Late Model feature, it was Greensburg, Pennsylvania's Dan Angelicchio taking his first RUSH Series win of 2014. In fact, Angelicchio became the fourth different winner in as many Sweeney Weekly Series events run in 2014!

John Over continued his consistent finishes with a runner-up and overtook Imler for the Sweeney Weekly Series point lead. Ryan Montgomery, who finished second on March 22 at Winchester, was a solid third. Tyler Hershey was fourth filling in for Jennae Piper. George Kowatic rounded out the top five. Clinton Hersh made his Late Model debut and finished 16th. The son of former Stock Car standout Tony Hersh is also a member of the "Futures Cup" contingent. Regular six division racing continues this Saturday, April 12 at the Knob.

Other RUSH Dirt Late Model Series member track's season openers are all soon to follow as the calendar rolls into spring. The Sweeney RUSH Late Models will be a part of the card for Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway's annual PENNational. The NDRL "Kings of Dirt"-sanctioned PENNational features a $10,000 to win for the Super Lates on the special Thursday night (April 10). Regular weekly racing continues on Saturday, April 12 at PPMS.

Winchester's next event for RUSH is Saturday, April 19. Both Sharon Speedway and McKean County Raceway start their new seasons on Saturday, April 19. Regular Sunday night racing begins at Ontario's Humberstone Speedway on Sunday, May 4, while Delevan New York's Freedom Speedway begins their 2014 Friday night, six-division program on May 9- three weeks before the Sweeney Tour opener on May 30!

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2014 NDRL Northeast Point Standings
1. 22 Gregg Satterlee 200
2. 17 Keith Barbara 196
3. 56 Russell King 194
4. 9K Mike Knight 192
5. 111 Max Blair 190
6. 66 Justin Kann 188
7. 07R Brent Rhebergen 186
8. 22 Greg Oakes 184
9. H1 Jared Miley 182
10. 4DS Chad Hollenbeck 180

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Satterlee Thrills Local Fans at Mercer Raceway Park

Mercer, PA (April 6, 2014): Gregg Satterlee worked hard to earn the first victory of the 2014 NDRL Northeast Regional Late Model Series, capturing the Chiller Thriller at Mercer Raceway Park. The driver from Rochester Mills, PA worked both grooves to perfection, but it was a power move off the outside of turn four that propelled him into lead on lap 26 of the 30 lap affair.

Dennis Lunger led from wire to wire to win the non-stop unsanctioned Crate Late Model event. Rich Michael, Jr. fought off a late race charge by Joel Watson to take the opening round of the NDRL Modified Series. Chris Schneider mastered the Open Stocks.

"The track was awesome, I could put the car anywhere I wanted," Satterlee said. "There was a little spot entering turn one, but there was plenty of room that you could go under it or outside of it," he added. Satterlee was relieved to get the win, as it was the first race he ran in his home state this season.
In the NDRL Late Model headliner, Russell King used the cushion to grab the early lead over Tim Fuller, who was making his first start ever at the Park. King kept the New Yorker at bay for the first five laps of the race, while Dan Stone and Gregg Satterlee waged an intense battle for the third position. However, when King moved to the inside, it was Fuller who used the outside line to get a run coming off the second corner. Fuller's momentum carried all the way through turns three and four, and he emerged with the lead on the sixth circuit. Satterlee tried a similar maneuver to get around King on the next lap, to no avail, as he slid off the edge of the back chute, losing valuable ground.

Satterlee's miscue had no lingering effects, for a caution on lap 14 bunched the field together again. Dan Stone's badly smoking car stopped along the back stretch while running in the fourth position. Fuller made a slow pace for the restart, trapping King behind him. That allowed Satterlee to get a run on the outside. This time, he kept all four wheels on the racing surface, and he took second away from King. Satterlee surged ahead on the outside, pulling beside Fuller in turns three and four. But Fuller kept the lead.

Fuller and Satterlee diced for several laps before the second stoppage occurred. Fuller had the point, and Satterlee took the outside line for the Delaware Double file restart. This time, Fuller used the outside line to slow Satterlee's advance. Satterlee switched lines, too, now using the inside groove to apply pressure to Fuller for the next several laps.

The third and final caution came on lap 18. With Fuller out front, and Satterlee and King behind him, the fans got ready for a thrilling finish. Fuller dropped to the inside, and King tapped him as the field came toward the start. Fuller kept the car straight, though, and pulled away with the lead. Satterlee took a run on the outside, and began to make some headway on the leader. He made the winning move coming off turn four to complete lap 26.

Soon after surrendering the lead, Fuller's mount began to slow. He had a flat right rear. He limped along for over a lap, hoping to nurse the car to the finish. However, he could not keep up his speed and retired from the fray.

At the checkers, Satterlee had a comfortable margin over Keith Barbara, who passed King in the final few laps. Mike Knight ran a consistent race to take fourth, just a notch ahead of Max Blair, who was making his first Super Late Model start at Mercer Raceway Park. Blair was a standout at the track in the Crate Late Model division earlier in his career.

Justin Kann, Brent Rhebergen, Greg Oakes, Jared Miley and Chad Hollenbeck completed the top ten.

Heat winners were Satterlee, King, and Fuller. There was no B Main.

NDRL Northeast Regional Late Model Series: Gregg Satterlee, Keith Barbara, Russell King, Mike Knight, Max Blair, Justin Kann, Brent Rhebergen, Greg Oakes, Jared Miley, Chad Hollenbeck, Andy Boozel, Billy Dickson, Bo Lockwood, Michael Oakes, Tim Fuller, Ryan Christoff, Clay Ruffo, Doug Eck, Dan Stone.

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ECKERT HOLDS OFF SATTERLEE FOR SEASON WIN NUMBER TWO

HAGERSTOWN, MD. – Recording the opening day victory, Rick Eckert made his second start Saturday evening in the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Late Models at Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol LLC, and made it win number two for the season and a career 24th at the Maryland facility. 

The York, PA veteran worked hard to clear Rance Garlock earlier in the 25-lap feature and then battled with Gregg Satterlee to beat him to the checkered by a mere .170 second following an exciting final lap when the pair made contact off the second turn.

“I didn’t know he was out there, “Eckert said. “I knew he was close; my guy didn’t tell me if he was up or down or behind me. I came off there (turn two) and was going to drift to the wall and when I got out there, I got into him. I wiggled badly all the way down the back straightaway. I had three hands on the wheel trying to keep ahold of it. Then he drove around me into three. I tried to just be patient and then beat him up off four. You always want to win and winning on the last lap is more fun.”

From the heads up draw, Kyle Lear of Severna Park, MD led the Malloy Ford of Winchester, VA Late Model Sportsman 20-lap feature all the way from the outside pole to record his 10th career Hagerstown win and first since July 2010. The K.Lynn Management Pure Stocks and Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks both had first time winners with Winchester, VA’s David Kaiser posting the non-stop Pure Stock win by more than six seconds over two time winner Mike Corbin while Jamie Mills of Big Pool, MD. came from ninth in another non-stop feature to take the Hobby Stock lead from Gary Proctor with two laps to go and beat two time winner Kenny Thomas and Proctor with the trio separated by less than a half second.

The Late Models headed to the green flag in a seven car inversion with Rance Garlock and Ronnie DeHaven Jr on the front row as Garlock pulled to the front while fifth starting Eckert slipped to the inside and quickly moved past DeHaven and Roy Deese Jr. into the runner up spot.

Eckert tossed his first challenge at Garlock on the fourth lap as they came to the line side by side the next circuit.

The caution was displayed on the seventh lap as Eckert again tried to take over with Garlock holding on while Satterlee moved past Deese for third following the restart. Eckert kept hounding Garlock until staying under him to head to the line to lead lap ten.

Matt Cosner’s racer erupted into a fireball lighting up the third turn on the 12th lap to bring out another yellow as Eckert took off on the restart with Satterlee in pursuit and trailing by five lengths. Eckert caught the rear of the field with four laps to go as Satterlee closed and went to head around the outside of turn two on the final lap when the contact was made with Eckert. He gathered it in and made the final turn effort to pull off the win but Eckert managed to get in and power off the low side of turn four to edge Satterlee at the finish. Garlock, Deese and Marvin Winters trailed the leaders by just over six seconds.

“Rance was really good,” Eckert said. “He could get into the corner way better than I could and he could actually turn good. I was worried about him there. I could get up there beside him but I needed to open up an exit and he was always there. I saw him push down here one time into turn one and then when he did it down in three. When I saw him do it, I just tried to jump in there hard and get across in front of him.”

Dylan Yoder was up four positions to finish sixth with Brian Tavenner, Gary Stuhler, Dan Stone and Jamie Lathroum completed the top ten. Heats went to Tavenner, Winters, Eckert and Satterlee with Jerry Bard winning the consolation. Dominic Defino was the Sharrett Collision Hard Charger.

Kyle Lear powered to the front of the Late Model Sportsman feature with pole sitter Paul Cursey settling in behind him. Mike Walls took away the runner up spot on the fourth lap with Wes Alleman and Bobby Beard setting into the next positions the following circuit.

Lear was well in command as he held Walls at a distance until a tenth lap caution and used the high side of the double file restart to power away again and move into rear traffic with two laps to go.

Walls trailed by more than two seconds with Bard taking third following the halfway restart and holding until the checkered. Previous week’s winner Justin Weaver came to the line fourth after starting 11th with Kyle Lee coming from 14th to finish fifth.

Cursey, Lear and Walls were the heat winners. Jeff King finished eighth after starting 20th and was the Remsburg Paving of Middletown, MD. Hard Charger.

From third, David Kaiser drove past Wayne Hawbaker to take over the Pure Stock feature on the second lap while two time winner Mike Corbin was coming from eighth and moved into second on the fifth lap when Kaiser had more than a three second lead. Kaiser continued to stretch his lead ever lap until finishing more than six seconds ahead of Corbin. Corbin was the A Bargain Towing Hard Charger

Joe Rogers lead the Hobby Stocks while Gary Proctor took second from Brian Neff on the fourth lap. Proctor took the lead on the sixth lap while Mills advancing into second and began to make several challenges as Proctor wasn’t giving up easily. Mills finally took over on the 13th lap while Kenny Thomas had closed on the leaders and made his presence known on the final lap. He got past Proctor for second but had to settle for that.

Mills was the Hagerstown KIA Hard Charger. He also benefited from the weekly regular race Lucky Draw of promoter Ernie Davis when he could choose from envelopes paying $0, $125 or $250. Mills luckily drew the $250.

Follow the speedway on Twitter and Facebook at Dirt Capitol LLC. The latest news, results, photos, schedule or rule changes can found be on the speedway’s website: www.hagerstownspeedway.com.  Also check the website for any changes in weather conditions that may delay or cancel the program or contact the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

Late Models, 25 Laps: 1.Rick Eckert, 2.Gregg Satterlee, 3.Rance Garlock, 4.Roy Deese Jr., 5.Marvin Winters, 6.Dylan Yoder, 7.Brian Tavenner, 8.Gary Stuhler, 9.Dan Stone, 10.Jamie Lathroum, 11.Jamie Lathroum, 12.Ronnie DeHaven Jr., 13.Bo Feathers, 14.C.S. Fitzgerald, 15.Allen Brannon, 16.Trevor Feathers, 17.Dominic Defino (Sharrett Collision Center Hard Charger) , 18.Jerry Bard, 19.Lindsay Barton, 20.Luke Hoffner, 21.Wayne Johnson, 22.Matt Cosner, 23.Gene Knaub, 24.Mike Altobelli Jr., DNQ-Alan Sagi, Ryan Hackett, Nick Dickson, Devin Friese, Jim McBee, Pancho Lawler

Late Model Sportsman, 20 Laps: 1.Kyle Lear, 2.Mike Walls, 3.Justin Weaver, 4.Weston Alleman, 5.Kyle Lee, 6. Paul Cursey, 7.Chaz Walls, 8.Jeff King (Remsburg Paving of Middletown,MD Hard Charger) 9.Donnie Farlling, 10.Tyler Horst, 11.Frankie Plessinger, 12.Billy Farmer, 13.Eddie Cornett, 14.John Moser, 15.Steve Lowery, 16.Pat McNeal, 17.Scott Cline, 18.Matt Eckman, 19.Chris Fletcher, 20.Andy Fries, 21.Terry Flaherty, 22.Chad Myers, 23.Rick Singleton

DNS-Elwood Sord, Taylor Farlling, Ray Ciccarelli

Pure Stocks, 15 Laps: 1.David Kaiser, 2.Mike Corbin, 3.Dickie Tharp, 4.Wayne Hawbaker, 5.Mike Kratovil, 6.Nick Dibella, 7.Taylor Farlling, 8.Kenny Dillon

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Chiller Thriller Moved to Sunday

Mercer, PA (April 5, 2014):  Due to wet grounds, the Chiller Thriller has been pushed back a day, to Sunday, April 6. Racing will begin at 3 p.m. Pits will open at noon. Front gates will open at 1 p.m. The racing card will be the same:  NDRL Northeast Regional Late Models, unsanctioned Crate Late Models, NDRL Modifieds, and Open Stocks.

Remember that you can get alerts regarding the cancellation of any racing event at Mercer Raceway Park sent directly to your smartphone or other electronic device. To register, please go to the track's website, www.mercerracewaypark.com, click on the icon for RainedOut.com, and follow the easy steps.

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Raceway 7 makes some changes for 2014!
By Jay Pees

Conneaut, OH (April 2, 2014): Raceway 7 announces that the Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models, the premier class since 2007, will run the 2014 season without a sanction. With competing sanctions in the northeast running slightly different rules it was decided a class where cars running tires from either series will be eligible to race. American Racer tires will be available in medium and hard compounds to run at the track along with the tires mandated by either of the sanctioning bodies. A The point fund will be raised for the class as well. The new points payout will be posted atwww.raceway7.com as soon as all the details have been determined.

Full rules for the Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models will be posted at www.raceway7.com within the next few days but briefly if a car meets the rules for either RUSH or FASTRAK they will be within Raceway 7 rules. Tires will be any medium or hard compound approved by RUSH or FASTRAK or one of the American Racer tires.

The Zimmer Service Center Economods will also see a rule change for their tires with the American Racer compounds also being available. Full rules will be posted at the website as soon as possible.

The schedule is mostly complete with only minor changes being anticipated at this time. Highlights of the 2014 include two appearances by the new RUSH Modified series on June 6 and August 22. The BRP Big Block Modifieds will make an appearance on July 18. Both wingless and winged sprints will appear this summer with the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series making their first run at Raceway 7 on May 23 followed the rolling week, May 30, by the Patriot Sprint Tour, who made their first-ever visit last September.

After two practice nights on April 18 and 25 the season will begin on May 2 when the premier speed plant in Northeast Ohio will swing open it's gate for the fifth season with the McDonald family promoting the facility.

Each regular division will have extra purse specials with the first being for the Specialty Products Challenger Mini Stocks on May 16. The little guys will run for $300 to win and will be sponsored by Downes Racing.

On June 13 the Penn Ohio Street Stock Series will visit with $500 being up for grabs for the Campbell mini-Storage Street Stocks.

The Zimmer Service Center Economods will balls for $500 to win on June 27.

The Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods will have an $800 to win special courtesy of State Farm Insurance on July 11. The annual Clinger Memorial, the season highlight for the Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods, will be run this season on August 8. Details will be posted when available for this very special racing night.

The Evergreen Lake Park Crate Late Models will race for $1000 to win on July 25.

Several special nights will also be on the calendar including Fireworks on May 23, July 4, and August 22. Raceway 7’s display are put on my "Fireworks by Gibson" and are noted as being the best in the area.

June 20 will see the annual Autograph night, a fan favorite when the cars and stars line up on the front straight and fans are invited onto the racing surface for a time of getting to know the drivers and cars, getting autographs and often goodies in the bargain.

Kids in uniform will be admitted free on "Uniform Night" on June 6 with activities directed to the young men and women in the community. The Twin State Auto Racing Club night will be August 1 this season with all card-carrying members of Twin-State having free admission.

The last night for points will be August 29 to end the season.

Weather permitting, gates open every Friday at 5:30 PM with pill draw cut off at 7 PM and racing at 7:30 PM. VIP suites are available for rental for $250 a night which includes eight general admissions passes. Admission is set for $10 for adults for this regular racing events, kids 7-14 are $5. Children 6 and under are free.  Pit passes are $25. Pricing may be higher for special events.

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HAGERSTOWN READY FOR AN AWAITING APRIL

HAGERSTOWN, MD – With two scheduled events lost to weather and two others sandwiched between them that ran under ideal March conditions, Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol LLC is ready to move on to hopefully better conditions in April and look forward to summer months on the horizon.

Kicking off the first April program this Saturday, the 6th, will be Autograph Night with the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Late Models, Malloy Ford of Winchester, VA Late Model Sportsman, K.Lynn Management Pure Stocks and Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks in competition.

With one points race in the records, Mason Zeigler, Justin Weaver, Mike Corbin and Kenny Thomas are the respective leaders moving into the program.

On Wednesday the 9th, the speedway will be available from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. for the first Test and Tune session of the season. Race cars from other tracks are also invited to participate.

On April 12th, in order to have a guaranteed position for later in the fall, the Small Car Nationals Qualifier under Home Track Rules will be held for the Cochran Auctioneer Four Cylinders. Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks and Hobby Stocks are also in action.

The evening will also include another Kids Club Night special with the Easter Egg Hunt. Children 11 and under should get signed up. There will be another two bicycles given away along with other prizes during the evening. Additionally, there are still some other items being worked on with speedway sponsors for the Kids Club.


Moving on to the 19th, a four division show is scheduled featuring the Late Models, Pure Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Triangle Mania for the Four Cylinders in the Spring Championship.

Triangle Mania is a three track shootout points series for the four cylinders that can run their home track rules at each track.  Two races each are featured at Hagerstown, Roaring Knob, and Path Valley with a points fund at the end of the series. Hagerstown’s other date is June 28th.  

April closes out on Friday the 25th with one of the long time mainstay events, the 33rd Annual Stanley Schetromph Founders Day Classic, in memory of the gentleman who built Hagerstown Speedway. It will be a three division night featuring local Late Model drivers taking on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in a 50-lap event paying $10,000 to win along with the Pure Stocks in a Double Point Spring Championship with a new division, the Rookie Cars, making their first appearance. Newport, KY’s Jimmy Owens is the defending winner after leading the final 45 laps and claiming his first ever Hagerstown triumph.

This event is combined with a Saturday Lucas Oil appearance at Roaring Knob and has an additional $1,000 BONUS to the driver with the highest finish. Drivers must have raced both Lucas shows and raced two events prior to the 25th date at Hagerstown and Roaring Knob.

Follow the speedway on Twitter and Facebook at Dirt Capitol LLC. The latest news, results, photos, schedule or rule changes can found be on the speedway’s website: www.hagerstownspeedway.com.  Also check the website for any changes in weather conditions that may delay or cancel the program or contact the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL WEEKLY SERIES EVENT ADDED TO PITTSBURGH OPENER THURSDAY, APRIL 10 FEATURING NDRL LATE MODELS & MODS
March 31, 2014

(By Mike Leone)

(Imperial, PA)...RUSH Racing Series directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone were informed today by NDRL management that the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Models will be added to the season opening event at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Thursday, April 10. The Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series event will utilize PPMS' regular payoff and will be joined by the NDRL "Kings of Dirt" (Super) Late Models in a $10,000 to-win event along with the NDRL Modifieds.

So far two Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series events have completed in 2014 with Ben Bowie and Chad McClellan winning the March 21 and 22 Potomac and Winchester Speedway openers respectively. Potomac will host another event for RUSH this Friday, April 5, while Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is scheduled to opener their season this Saturday, April 6.

John Imler and John Over are currently tied atop the standings for the $5,000 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series Championship that pays down 40 positions this season. The Thursday, April 10 event at PPMS will not only award these important points, but will begin the quest to be in the top 10 of the PPMS points to qualify for the Pace Performance "Summer Chase", which begins on July 1. "Futures Cup" points will also be awarded for those eligible racers.

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AS PREDICTED, RAIN MOVES IN TO FORCE HAGERSTOWN CANCELLATION

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Forecast for nearly a week, rain has already arrived and potentially to worsen throughout the day, causing Hagerstown Speedway /Dirt Capitol LLC to cancel racing for this evening.

Following two consecutive Saturday evenings of excellent weather for March, a five division program headlining the Late Model Sportsman Topless in the Hoosier Daddy which would have paid $1,000 to win was the loser and will not be rescheduled.

Dirt Capitol LLC returns next Saturday evening, April 5th, with a change to 6:30 p.m. starting time for Autograph Night featuring the Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, K.Lynn Management LLC Pure Stocks and Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks.

Dirt Capitol LLC, the team of Ernie Davis and Rick Jones, would like to thank everyone that has attended and supported the track the past two weekends along with the encouragement received thus far in taking over the co-promotion of Hagerstown Speedway.

Follow the speedway on Twitter and Facebook at Dirt Capitol LLC. The latest news, results, photos, schedule or rule changes can found be on the speedway’s website: www.hagerstownspeedway.com.  Also check the website for any changes in weather conditions that may delay or cancel the program or contact the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

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Inclement Weather Pushes Spring Nationals Events at Tri-County and Smoky Mountain to April 4-5

By Chris Tilley

BRASSTOWN, NORTH CAROLINA (March 28, 2014) - With the high threat of rain all weekend, officials from the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series have made the decision early this morning to push back the March 28-29 events at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, North Carolina and Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee to April 4-5. Everything will remain the same with the doubleheader weekend except that it will now take place a week later than originally scheduled.

Chris Madden, after two podium finishes and the Saturday night 'Spring Thaw' win at Volunteer Speedway, finds himself atop the series point standings by just four markers over Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist of Moorsburg, Tennessee. Eric Wells of Hazard, Kentucky is third in the tour points while Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tennessee holds down the fourth spot. Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Georgia rounds out the top five in the points heading into a huge doubleheader of racing in North Carolina and Tennessee.

The Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, North Carolina will be the third event on the schedule paying $4,000 to win / $400 to start on Friday night, April 4. The support classes that evening include the Crate Late Models racing for $600 to win, the Interstate Welding Modified Street division will race for $300 to win, and the Street Stocks will be competing for $250 to win. A $200 bonus will be paid to the highest finishing Steel Head/Spec or 525 Late Model to make the show and $100 for the second-highest finisher in the Spring Nationals Super Late Model event. Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Georgia won in exciting fashion during last year's series visit capturing the $4,000 payday over Billy Ogle Jr. and Stacy Boles.

The Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee will host the tour for Round #4 on Saturday night, April 5 paying $6,000 to win / $500 to start - a race which is presented by East Tennessee Auto Outlet. In addition to the Ray Cook-promoted tour, the American Modified Series will also be in attendance paying $3,000 to win and the Limited Late Models will race for $1,000 to win. In 2013, Tommy Kerr of Maryville, Tennessee claimed the Spring Nationals victory at Smoky Mountain in the Super Late Models over Jonathan Davenport and Vic Hill while Bryan Barber of Buffalo, Kentucky claimed the AMS-sanctioned Modified win.

On Friday, April 4 at Tri-County, the pit gates will swing open at 4:00 pm, the grandstand gates open at 5:00 pm, the driver's meeting is slated for 7:00 pm, and racing to begin at around 7:30 pm. Adult general admission is $18.00 with children 11-16 admitted for $10.00 while children ten and under are admitted for free. Adult pit passes are $30.00 with children 11-16 admitted for $15.00 while children under ten are admitted for free.

On Saturday, April 5 at Smoky Mountain Speedway, the pit gates will swing open at 1:00 pm and grandstand/tier parking gates opening at 4:00 pm with driver's meeting slated for around 6:00 pm and hot laps will follow. Adult general admission is $20.00 with children 6-11 being $5.00 and children five and under admitted free. Adult tier parking is $25.00, children 6-11 years of age are $10.00 with children ten and under admitted free. Adult pit passes are $35.00 while its $15.00 for children regardless of age.

Further information on the Tri-County Race Track can be obtained by calling the track hotline at (828) 837-3815 or Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or log on to www.tricountyracetrack.com.

The Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brickmill Road in Maryville, TN 37801. The track phone number is (865) 856-8989. You can obtain further information on Smoky Mountain Speedway by logging on to www.smokymountainspeedway.com. Be a follower of Smoky Mountain Speedway on Twitter by following @SMOKYMTNSPEED.

Further information on the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer's Oil can be obtained by logging on to the official series website located at www.southernnationalsseries.com.

Spring Nationals Series Tri-County $4,000 to win purse (40 Laps): 1) $4,000, 2) $2,000, 3) $1,400, 4) $800, 5) $700, 6) $675, 7) $650, 8) $625, 9) $600, 10) $580, 11) $560, 12) $540, 13) $520, 14) $500, 15) $480, 16) $460, 17) $440, 18) $420, 19) $400, 20) $400, 21) $400, 22) $400

Spring Nationals Series Smoky Mountain $6,000 to win purse (50 Laps): 1) $6,000, 2) $3,000, 3) $1,800, 4) $1,200, 5) $1,000, 6) $900, 7) $800, 8) $700, 9) $680, 10) $660, 11) $640, 12) $620, 13) $600, 14) $580, 15) $560, 16) $540, 17) $520, 18) $500, 19) $500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500

Current Spring Nationals Series Points (after March 15th):
1. Chris Madden-200 (Gray Court, SC)
2. Scott Bloomquist-196 (Moorsburg, TN)
3. Eric Wells-194 (Hazard, KY)
4. Mike Marlar-192 (Winfield, TN)
5. Casey Roberts-190 (Toccoa, GA)
6. Billy Ogle Jr.-188 (Knoxville, TN)
7. Chad Ogle-186 (Sevierville, TN)
8. Donald McIntosh-184 (Dawsonville, GA)
9. Jimmy Owens-182 (Newport, TN)
10. Michael Chilton-180 (Salvisa, KY)
10. Stacy Boles-180 (Clinton, TN)
12. Vic Hill-176 (Mosheim, TN)
13. Victor Lee-174 (Stanford, KY)
14. Mack McCarter-172 (Gatlinburg, TN)
15. David Payne-170 (Murphy, NC)
 
Spring Nationals Event Winners:

Jimmy Owens-Newport, TN (Volunteer Speedway) March 14th

Chris Madden-Gray Court, SC (Volunteer Speedway) March 15th

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Increased Purse and 100-Laps of Thrilling Action Set for St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WAYCROSS, GA (March 25, 2014) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series scheduled, first ever visit to the historic Macon Speedway on Thursday night, May 1st will now have an increased purse and title sponsorship from St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part. The event, originally scheduled as a 50-lap feature event, will now be a 100-lap $12,000 to win/$1,000 to start feature event. The single-day event will include Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the 100-lap feature event. Modifieds will run as a support class paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start on May 1st.

Macon Speedway, located in Macon, IL, is one of the Midwest's premier dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite with a layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. The one-fifth mile, high-banked oval will host the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the first time, while the track will race for the 69th consecutive season. Track Enterprises, Inc. and Macon Speedway Co-Owner Bob Sargent is excited about the event and having the LOLMDS visit for the first time.

"We are very excited to bring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the national stars to the great fans of Central Illinois, right here in their backyard. Having the premier national touring series and all the stars of the LOLMDS come to our track and battle with all the great heroes from this area will make for a fantastic show. Macon Speedway and the state of IL has some great drivers and mixed with the national stars that will be here will have the fans on their feet for this huge event", stated Bob Sargent, Co-Owner of Macon Speedway

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part has come on board as the title sponsor of this event that will surely be a must-attend event for both fans and racers. The self-service auto parts yard isn't new, but it's new to St. Louis and opened in 2013. By allowing the customer to pull the part, St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part passes significant savings to the consumer. St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part is conveniently located next to Hollywood Night Club at 6111 Bunkum Road in Washington Park, Ill. For more information, visit www.upicapart.com.

The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway will be the first of three spectacular races on the first weekend of May.  After the Thursday night event at Macon, IL, the series will travel to the Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL for a single day show on Friday night, May 2nd. Following those two great shows, the LOLMDS will conclude the big weekend of racing at the Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, KY on Saturday night, May 3rd. Both Friday and Saturday night's events will be complete shows with $10,000 to win 50-lap feature events.
 
"We are very excited to bring the series to Macon Speedway for the first time. That track has great history and the state of Illinois has some great talent that will be tough to beat. We're looking forward to working with Bob Sargent again and everyone involved with Macon Speedway. The entire weekend will be a great opportunity for fans wanting to see the stars of the LOLMDS battle some of the toughest competitors from anywhere in the country including the state of Illinois", stated Ritchie Lewis, Series Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
 
For tickets and more information about the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway on May 1st visit their track website at www.maconracing.com or contact Bob Sargent at 217-764-3200.
 
Track Information
Macon Speedway - Macon, IL
Phone #: Race days - (217) 764-3000
Promoter: Bob Sargent - (217) 764-3200
Location: 205 North Wiles, Macon, IL 62544
Website: www.maconracing.com

Tire Rule for Macon Speedway - May 1st
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier 1320, LM20, 1640, LM40
Right Rear - Hoosier 02, LM20, 06, LM40

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 Event Purse:  $12,000 to win- 1. $12000, 2. $5500, 3. $3500, 4. $2750, 5. $2250, 6. $1800, 7. $1500, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1075, 12. $1050, 13. $1025, 14. $1000, 15. $1000, 16. $1000, 17. $1000, 18. $1000, 19. $1000, 20. $1000, 21. $1000, 22. $1000, 23. $1000, 24. $1000

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MCKEAN COUNTY RACEWAY LOOKS AHEAD TO 2ND YEAR UNDER SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL BANNER
March 24, 2014

 (By Jim Zufall)  Staff Series Spotlight
 
(East Smethport, PA)...After putting an official wrap on the 2013 racing season at their annual awards banquet on Saturday, March 1, McKean County Raceway is gearing up for the 2014 campaign. The new year will see MCR's Crate Late Model division again run under the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series banner. Track General Manager Chris Zuver, for one is looking forward to it.

"Our first full season running MCR with the RUSH Late Models was a success," said Zuver emphatically. "With the region's top weekly payout we had the highest weekly car count each week.  Only twice all season did we have less than 24 cars!  The only problem we had was Max Blair!" Zuver's comments about Blair reflect the complete dominance by the young Centerville, Pennsylvania driver. "No doubt the best crate driver in our entire region was a weekly visitor and dominated the class with eight wins.  If there had been no Max, we probably would have had 10 different winners."

Zuver sees his track racing the Crate Late Model class under the RUSH banner a real asset to his track and competitors. "Mike (Leone) and Vicki (Emig) do such a wonderful job marketing RUSH and all their tracks that partner with them.  If I have any questions or need any help, Mike and Vicki are a phone call away to help me out, give me advice or they find someone that may have the answers I need."

Like a number of other short tracks in all parts of the country, introducing a crate engine Late Model class was not an easy sell for MCR. "Our fan base was like many others in the early years.  They were very un-receptive to the crate class," says Zuver.  "Over time MCR's fan base has seen the growth and competitive nature of the division and has come to see it as racing they need to stay and pay attention to. "Now, NOBODY leaves the stands when the crate class is on the track."

McKean County Raceway is ready to get underway with not only the RUSH Series, but its other five divisions as well. The track is entering its first year under a new five-year lease. It all gets started on Friday April 18 for a practice night and then returns the next night to kick off the season on its new Saturday night time slot.

Twenty regular "Super 6" point events are scheduled along with a full slate of special events. The biggest of those will be the first ever appearance by the Kings of Dirt NDRL Late Models on Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2. Drivers the likes of Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, John Blankenship and others will be competing on the 1/3-mile speedway. Other special events throughout the season include two appearances by the Patriot Sprints and numerous visits by the NDRL Northeast Late Model and Modified Series.

The Sweeney RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series will compete a number of times during the 2014 campaign as well.  Once as part of the track's annual county fair race on Thursday, August 14, then again on the popular "Manufacturers Night" on Saturday, August 30 and then again during the Fall Classic Weekend on October 10-11.

Drivers in all divisions will enjoy a number of improvements when they enter the gates at the East Smethport, Pa. facility for the 2014 season.  Zuver explains the many track upgrades that will enhance the racing experience for the race teams and fans alike. "We are going to be putting down a new gray clay surface when the weather and frost finally leaves us for good.   At the end of last year we added the red AMB transponders with the Yellow Westhold transponders we were using allowing us to implement both systems for scoring.  We are also looking into adding RaceMonitor to our up-to-the-minute scoring for fans and teams to keep track of their lap times on their smartphones."

The added features to MCR are not limited to race teams, but the families in the grandstands as well. "We are planning to do more giveaways during the week; keep the kids involved with different activities.  Our plan right now is to have a roving announcer work the infield, pits and stands to get fans reactions." Zuver continues, "We're also looking at getting some fans a little different view of the races by putting them in the infield for some events so they can see how truly fast these machines are when they enter the corners at MCR."

There is excitement on both sides of the RUSH/McKean equation. Sweeney RUSH Dirt Late Model Co-Director Vicki Emig holds little back in her enthusiasm for the upcoming season and continuation of the partnership with MCR, "There is no doubt that McKean County Raceway is considered one of the pillars of crate late model racing throughout the Northeast," states Emig. "In 2007 they were one of the four original speedways to believe in this concept and since then have been the steadying factor for continued growth in the Northern part of our region.

We are really looking forward to bringing the 2014 edition of the $30,000 "Mfg. Night" to the racers who compete at McKean.

"Mr. (John) Kennedy has not only given RUSH the privilege of racing at McKean, but also at many of his prestigious NDRL events, such as the Pittsburgher.  Both Mike and I have known promoter Chris Zuver for many years and know his dedication and passion for the success of McKean County Raceway will only be a positive for that facility, but for RUSH also."

Zuver shares Emig's fervor for the new season and the continuing partnership with RUSH, "We're excited to have RUSH be a big part of our 30th season at MCR.  We anticipate a big weekly car count that will no doubt provide a great field of cars for the RUSH Touring events."

Chris Zuver and the McKean County Raceway staff are eager to get the 2014 season underway. After only having a short amount of preparation time last year, the track staff is fully equipped to put one of the best seasons ever on the track this year.

"I am really looking forward to this season," exclaims Zuver. "Last year we had 23 days from when the Fair Board approved the NDRL in managing the track until opening night. This year going back to primarily Saturday nights will be beneficial to our fans, racers and our staff.  I am really looking forward to the two NDRL Kings of Dirt Events and the Labor Day weekend event that will feature the Patriot Sprints and the RUSH Manufacturer night.  The new surface we intend to put down will no doubt help bring back more quality side-by-side racing."

The 2014 McKean County Raceway season should be one not to miss! For more information, check out their website at www.mckeancountyraceway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NDRLMcKeanCountyRaceway, and follow them on Twitter @McKeanCoRaceway.

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Don O'Neal Wins Indiana Icebreaker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BROWNSTOWN, IN (March 22, 2014) - Don O'Neal raced to his fifth career Indiana Icebreaker win on Saturday Night at Brownstown Speedway. It was O'Neal's first triumph for Clint Bowyer Racing and his 34th Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory and his 54th career win at Brownstown Speedway. O'Neal took the lead from Eddie Carrier, Jr. on lap eleven and led the remainder of the race. Carrier finished second followed by Steve Francis, Scott Bloomquist, and Kent Robinson. The 50-lap feature went caution-free.

"It's always good to come here and win at Brownstown. This is where I started my Late Model career and it's the first time I have won here in a Barry Wright Race Car. I want to thank the fans for coming out tonight. I would say they saw a great feature race. I have to thank Clint Bowyer, Lance and Barry Wright, my crew chief Jeremy Justice, and everybody else on the crew. The car was phenomenal!" exclaimed O'Neal in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. "I have to thank all of my sponsors, Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply, Traeger Grills, Cometic Gasket, Ohlins, Georgia Boot and Clements Racing Engines."

Carrier was seeking his first ever win at the quarter-mile track. He paced the field early on and was a strong contender for the win, but O'Neal made his way around Carrier on lap eleven. "To run second here to Don O'Neal is quite a statement," said Carrier, who was looking for a clean sweep of the racing activities at Brownstown. "This Rocket car has been good all-year long at Golden Isles, East Bay, and here tonight. I thought we could get it done! We set fast time, won our heat, and led early, but O'Neal was just too tough. I have to thank Carl Grover for giving me this opportunity; we are off to a real good start this season."

While O'Neal and Carrier were firmly entrenched in first and second a terrific battle for third, fourth, and fifth was ongoing throughout the entire race. Francis, who started 11th, climbed to third after a torrid battle between Bobby Pierce and Scott Bloomquist allowed Francis to clear both of them with 17 laps remaining.

"We got it going a little too late," said Francis afterwards. "We probably needed a couple of cautions early-on to help us. To run first and third for Clint Bowyer Racing is awesome. We will take this success and head to the next race. This Georgia Boot Team needed a good run tonight and we got it."

Completing the top ten were Pierce, Jeep VanWormer, Earl Pearson Jr., Ray Cook, and Devin Moran. With his win tonight, O'Neal took over the series championship point lead for the first time in 2014.

In preliminary action, Eddie Carrier Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the ­45 entrants, with a lap of 14.533 seconds. Scott Bloomquist set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.989 seconds. Eddie Carrier Jr., Don O'Neal, Scott Bloomquist, and Earl Pearson Jr. won their respective heat races. Duane Chamberlain and Shelby Miles won their respective B-Mains.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday Night, March 22nd, 2014
Indiana Icebreaker
Brownstown Speedway - Brownstown, IN

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Eddie Carrier Jr./ 14.533 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist/14.989 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Eddie Carrier, Jr., Steve Casebolt, Bobby Pierce, Jason Jameson, Chad Stapleton, Duane Chamberlain, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Dustin Linville, John Gill, Adam Bowman, Zak Blackwood, Steve Barnett

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O'Neal, Kent Robinson, Steve Francis, Devin Moran, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jeremy Hines, Jimmy Owens, Randy Weaver, Tim Prince, Justin Rattliff, Shannon Babb

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Jeep VanWormer, Tim Dohm, Tim Rivers, Jason Hughes, Shelby Miles, Marty O'Neal, John Blankenship, Greg Johnson, Dennis Erb, Jr., Terry Casey

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Ray Cook, Jared Landers, Brian Shirley, Michael Chilton, Mike Benedum, Ricky Weiss, Jason Riggs, Joe Janowski, Casey Noonan, Jason Papich

JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Duane Chamberlain, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Chad Stapleton, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Randy Weaver, Jeremy Hines, John Gill, Tim Prince, Shannon Babb, Dustin Linville, Steve Barnett, Justin Rattliff, Adam Bowman, Zak Blackwood

CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Shelby Miles, Michael Chilton, Jason Hughes, Jason Riggs, John Blankenship, Dennis Erb, Jr., Mike Benedum, Jason Papich, Greg Johnson, Marty O'Neal, Casey Noonan, Joe Janowski, Ricky Weiss, Terry Casey-DNS

Feature Finish (50 Laps):  1. Don O'Neal, 2. Eddie Carrier Jr., 3. Steve Francis, 4. Scott Bloomquist, 5. Kent Robinson, 6. Bobby Pierce, 7. Jeep VanWormer, 8.  Earl Pearson Jr., 9. Ray Cook, 10. Devin Moran, 11. Steve Casebolt, 12. Tim Dohm, 13. Jason Jameson, 14. Duane Chamberlain, 15. Billy Moyer Jr., 16. Jared Landers, 17. Tim Rivers, 18. Jimmy Owens, 19. Brian Shirley, 20. Randy Weaver, 21. Dennis Erb Jr, 22. John Blankenship, 23. Ricky Weiss, 24. Jason Hughes, 25. Jeremy Hines, 26. Shelby Miles,  27. Michael Chilton.    

Race Statistics

Entrants: 45

Lap Leaders: Eddie Carrier Jr. (Laps 1 - 8); Don O'Neal (Lap 9); Eddie Carrier (Lap 10); Don O'Neal (Laps 11 - 50)

Caution Flags: none

Time of Race: 16 minutes 11 seconds       

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:   
1. Don O'Nea 1095
2. Earl Pearson Jr. 1070
3. Steve Francis  1065
3. Eddie Carrier Jr. 1055
5. John Blankenship 905
6. Ray Cook 900
7. Jimmy Owens 895
8. Scott Bloomquist 835
9. Jared Landers  800
10. Brian Shirley 775

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

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Zeigler Noteches First Win In 2014 At Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN, MD. – Residing in south western Pennsylvania and already racing in six states besides PA with the NDRL in 2014, Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill made his 12th race, at Hagerstown Speedway, his first victory of the season and first ever at Hagerstown.  

Zeigler, who started on the outside pole of the Late Model feature following a four car inversion, took the lead on the start and led all 25 laps. Following a restart with six laps to go, Zeigler was feeling the pressure from Jason Covert but able to hold him off and get to the finish with two lengths to the good. .

“I wish I could have come from back in the field to win it, but I knew Covert was behind me,” Zeigler said. “I didn’t know how close he was. To be able to hold him off; I know he’s pretty good here. It made me feel pretty good. I think we have to do a little bit better to be as good as Eckert last week. We have something to work with now. We made some changes from last week and it seems to have paid off.”

For the second straight Saturday evening, it again was the best day of the week for co-promoters Ernie Davis and Rick Jones of Dirt Capitol LLC. Following defending Late Model Sportsman champion, Justin Weaver of nearby Williamsport, scoring that win by just over a second ahead of Scott Palmer, back to back winners included Mike Corbin, of Winchester, in the K.Lynn Management LLC Pure Stocks, Greencastle, PA’s Kenny Thomas in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks and Ft. Loudon, PA’s Ryan Laye in the Cochran Auctioneer’s Four Cylinders. Thomas and Laye are also their division’s defending champions.

Zeigler quickly pulled to the front as sixth starting Dominic Defino, involved in a first turn incident last week, pulled into second and started to give chase. Zeigler began to pull away and when Jamie Lathroum rolled to a stop on lap eight, Zeigler was more than three seconds ahead.

On the restart, Covert, who initially started ninth, was to fifth and disposed of Dylan Yoder, CS Fitzgerald and Defino to move into the runner up spot on lap 11.

Covert reeled in Zeigler and didn’t allow any room for the slightest miscue as he trailed no further than three lengths until a 19th lap caution when Trevor Feathers came to a stop. 

On the restart, Zeigler chose the outside in the double file restart with Covert not allowing him to escape. Defino, lost out on the restart and lost a number of positions as Fitzgerald, Jim Yoder and Kenny Moreland advanced. The pair pulled away from Fitzgerald by nearly five seconds at the finish.

Yoder came all the way from 20th and was the Sharrett Collision Center hard charger. Pole sitter Brian Tavenner ended sixth with Moreland, Dylan Yoder from 13th, Steve Axtell, from 18th, and Jake Jones completing the top ten.

“I actually watched Covert last week and he was able to keep his momentum in the heat races in one and two,” Zeigler said. “I figured I’d take the outside and go with it and figured we’d stay there. It feels good to finally win one this year.” 

Following Weaver and Scott Palmer winning the Late Model Sportsman heat races, they started on the front row with a two car inversion. Following an initial turn one incident that involved both second row runners, Terry Flaherty and Chris Fletcher, Weaver powered into the lead over Palmer, Chad Myers, Jonathan DeHaven Jr. who won the previous week and Kyle Lee, who started tenth.

Following an eighth lap restart, De Haven took third from Myers and them attempted to steal second, but Palmer battled back. The two exchanged positions various times during the closing laps but Palmer was able to prevail in the runner up spot.

“I could definitely carry the throttle to the inside there,’ Weaver said.”I was using a little bit of the banking to carry some momentum. It definitely worked out.”

DeHaven held off Myers by a half-length with Lee ending fifth.

 Chris Ebersole grabbed the Pure Stock lead over Danny Farlling but after starting seventh, Mike Corbin was to the front and took command on the second lap. Following a fourth lap yellow, Corbin kept pulling away from Ebersole who started smoking just after taking the white flag and pulled pit side as Wayne Hawbaker ended the runner up more than 11 seconds behind. 

Brian Neff took the lead from Gary Proctor after one lap of the Hobby Stock feature but Jamie Mills came from ninth to take over on the fourth lap. He and Neff battled while Kenny Thomas arrived from seventh and went around the outside of Neff to take over on lap eight. Neff didn’t give up easily as he retook the point on lap ten but Thomas again charged ahead and went on to win by three lengths over Neff and Mills. 

Michael Warrenfeltz led the Four Cylinders for two laps before Ryan Laye and Kevin Thomas drove past. Thomas began to close the gap each lap until close enough to make a bid for the lead on lap ten. Laye got up on the wheel and pulled away to a four length lead at the checkered with Gary Newell ending third. 

Follow the speedway on Twitter and Facebook at Dirt Capitol LLC. The latest news, results, photos, schedule or rule changes can found be on the speedway’s website: www.hagerstownspeedway.com.  Also check the website for any changes in weather conditions that may delay or cancel the program or contact the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

LATE MODELS: 25 Laps: 1.Maxon Zeigler, 2.Jason Covert, 3.C.S. Fitzgerald, 4.Jim Yoder, 5.Kenny Moreland, 6.Brian Tavenner, 7.Dylan Yoder, 8.Steve Axtel Jr.,9.Roy Deese Jr., 10.Jake Jones, 11.D.J.Myers, 12.Marvin Winters, 13.Tim Wilson, 14.Dominic Defino, 15.Nick Dickson, 16.Andy Haus, 17.Matt Cosner, 18.Justin Kann, 19.Mike Lupfer, 20.Trevor Feathers, 21.Mike Altobelli Jr. 22.Matt Parks, 23.Nathan Durboraw, 24.Jamie Lathroum: DNQ- Luke Hoffner, Chad Hollenbeck, Jason Miller, Chaz Walls, Dan Stone, Travis Wilson, Pancho Lawler, Jim McBee 

LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN, 20 Laps: 1.Justin Weaver, 2.Scott Palmer, 3.Jonathan DeHaven Jr. 4.Chad Myers, 5.Kyle Lee, 6.Terry Flaherty, 7.Paul Cursey, 8.Andy Fries, 9.Keith Walls, 10.Steve Lowery, 11.Taylor Farlling, 12.Mike Walls, 13.Scott Cline, 14.Elwood Sord, 15.Chris Fletcher, 16.Eddie Cornett, 17.Donnie Farlling

PURE STOCKS, 15 Laps: 1.Mike Corbin, 2.Wayne Hawbaker, 3.Nick Dibella, 4.Mike Kratovil 5.R.T.Troutman, 6.Chris Ebersole, 7.Danny Farlling, 8.Tony Catlett, 9.Frank Dibella

HOBBY STOCKS, 15 Laps: 1.Kenny Thomas, 2.Brian Neff, 3.James Mills, 4.Dylan Welsh, 5.Justin Hansberger, 6.Gary Proctor, 7.William Crook,8.Paul Armstrong, 9.Joe Rodgers, 10.Tom Caravello

FOUR CYLINDERS, 15 Laps, 1.Ryan Laye, 2.Kevin Thomas, 3.Michael Warrenfeltz, 4.Michael Warrenfeltz, 5.Bill Kessler

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Indiana Icebreaker Up Next for  Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WAYCROSS, GA (March 18, 2014) - The 17th Annual Indiana Icebreaker has become a springtime tradition in the Midwest and will take place on Saturday, March 22nd.  The LOLMDS sanctioned event is held at the historic Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN.  The single-day event will pay out over $50,000 in total purse money with Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and a 50-lap feature event.

The Indiana Icebreaker will be the first event for the series since the highly successful Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA and the 38th Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL. last month.  There were nine events contested with eight different winners prevailing.  A total of 60 drivers participated in at least one LOLMDS event.  On February 13th, history was made as the series was broadcast LIVE for the first time on the MAVTV American Real Network from East Bay raceway in Tampa Florida.  A huge TV audience watched Dennis Erb Jr.take the win after an exciting battle with Hall-of-Famer, Billy Moyer.

Heading into Brownstown, Dennis Erb Jr. is the defending race winner, while 4-time series champion Earl Pearson Jr. is atop the championship points standings in 2014.  Pearson leads the point standings for the first time since the end of 2008, when he captured his fourth championship. Pearson holds a 35-point advantage over 3-time series runner-up and 4-time Indiana Icebreaker winner, Don O'Neal and his teammate, Steve Francis, a winner at Golden Isles Speedway in February.

Eddie Carrier Jr. who recorded his first ever win at East Bay Raceway Park last month, is currently fourth in the championship points standings and is only 30-points behind the Clint Bowyer Racing team duo of O'Neal and Francis.  John Blankenship sits fifth in the championship points standings and looks to move up at Brownstown.  4-time series champion, Jimmy Owens, Gregg Satterlee, Ray Cook, Jared Landers, and Brian Shirley round out the top ten in the point standings heading into the Indiana Icebreaker this weekend.

Brownstown Speedway pit gates will open at 12 PM with grandstands opening at 1 PM this Saturday. There will be a driver's autograph session from 3:15 PM- 4 PM. The drivers meeting will take place at 4:15 PM with hot laps following at 4:45 PM.  Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series registration will take place from 1 PM to 4:45 PM.  In addition to the LOLMDS events, there will be Modifieds and Pure Stocks competing.

For more information on the "Indiana Icebreaker" visit the track website at www.brownstownspeedway.com or call the track phone at (812) 358-5332 or promoter Jim Price at (812) 620-0751. Brownstown Speedway is located on Highway 250 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, one mile southeast of Brownstown, Indiana.

The Host Hotel for this event is the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Seymour, IN, located at 327 North Sandy Creek Drive.  Contact the hotel office to make reservations at (812) 524-3800 and ask for the special racer rate for that weekend.

For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series, visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on the social media outlets at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and https://twitter.com/lucasdirt.   

Track Information
Brownstown Speedway - Brownstown, IN
Phone #: Race days: (812) 358-5332
Promoter: Jim Price - (812) 620-0751
Location: 476 East CR 100, Brownstown, IN 47220
Directions: Located on Highway 250 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds 1 mile south-east of Brownstown, Indiana
Website: www.brownstownspeedway.com

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule for this event:    
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib1300, Rib1350, LSB21
Right Rear - Hoosier 01, 03, 06, LSB21/55, LM40 

Event Purse: $10,000 to win- 1. $10000, 2. $5500, 3. $3500, 4. $2750, 5. $2250, 6. $1800, 7. $1500, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1075, 12. $1050, 13. $1025, 14. $1000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.

Previous Indiana Icebreaker Winners
1998 - Tony Izzo Jr.
1999 - Don O'Neal
2000 - Don O'Neal
2001 - Timmy Yeager
2002 - John Gill
2003 - Don O'Neal
2004 - John Gill
2005 - Dan Sturgeon
2006 - Earl Pearson Jr.
2007 - Billy Moyer
2008 - Terry Casey
2009 - Earl Pearson Jr.
2010 - Jimmy Owens
2011 - Scott Bloomquist
2012 - Don O'Neal
2013 - Dennis Erb Jr.

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings
1.    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) - 880
2.    Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN) - 845
3.    Steve Francis (Ashland, KY) - 845
4.    Eddie Carrier Jr. (Salt Rock, WV) - 815
5.    John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) - 780
6.    Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN) - 755
7.    Gregg Satterlee (Indiana, PA) - 730
8.    Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC) - 715
9.    Jared Landers (Batesville, AR) - 650
10.  Brian Shirley (Chatham, IL) - 640

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ECKERT CRUISES TO HAGERSTOWN’S GRAND OPENING TRIUMPH

HAGERSTOWN, MD. – Score the Grand Opening late model event at Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol LLC to Rick Eckert. The York, PA veteran made it look easy Saturday evening when he seized the lead from Kenny Moreland on an opening lap restart and led the final 24 laps for the $2,500 prize and his 22th career win at Hagerstown.

“The race track was really nice,” Eckert said. “There was a top and a bottom and the middle was just as good. There really wasn’t a dominant way. I thought the bottom was going to be better. Once I had to get out there and start on the outside I could carry my speed through one and I thought I’d stay up there. The guy inside either runs over you or has to check up and not run over you and Kenny is a good racer. I didn’t figure there was a problem taking the outside of him. I got a good start both times out there.”

After one loss to weather, co-promoters Ernie Davis and Rick Jones of Dirt Capitol LLC had the best day of the week to get their first event in the books as other winners included Jonathan DeHaven of Winchester, VA, in the late model sportsman, Mike Corbin, also of Winchester, in the K.Lynn Management LLC pure stocks, Greencastle, PA’s Kenny Thomas in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction hobby stocks and Ft. Loudon, PA’s Ryan Laye in the Cochran Auctioneer’s four cylinders.

With a four car invert, Moreland and Jason Covert started from the front row with a first turn incident occurring with third starting J.T. Spence making oncoming traffic scatter with Dominic Defino getting the worst of the deal. On the restart, Eckert moved to third and quickly slipped into the runner up spot behind Moreland on the opening lap.

When Nathan Durboraw rolled to a stop on the restart, Eckert was on the outside for the next restart and quickly overpowered Moreland and took command. He was nearly five seconds ahead and closing on the rear of the field when Matt Parks came to a top on lap eight.

Eckert chose the outside lane for the double file restart and took off while Covert passed Moreland the next lap followed by Dan Stone who moved into third two laps later.

Eckert continued to hold the best hand and started moving through rear traffic on the 18th lap. Although Covert was closing, Eckert showed the way to the finish and won by 1.364 seconds over Covert and Stone.

“The motor missed the whole heat race I thought it was something I did,” Eckert said. ”Paul said ‘I’ll tell you what, go out there and gas it up and if it seems okay run it, if it don’t pull in.’ I gassed up on that start and it went smooth and fine.”

Moreland was fourth followed by defending late model champion, Kenny Pettyjohn. Trevor Feathers was sixth with Mason Zeigler, Brian Tavenner from 18th, C.S. Fitzgerald and 21st starting Dylan Yoder from 21st to complete the top ten. Heats were won by Pancho Lawler, Spence, Covert with Marvin Winters winning the B main. 

DeHaven started on the outside pole of the late model sportsman feature alongside Mike Walls as DeHaven was in front with the cautions waving, one of which was for Walls called for a jump and sent to the rear. Various incidents occurred and the race was stuck on lap four until things finally got under way. DeHaven had Kyle Lear closing the gap until the caution came out on the white flag lap when Lear ducked inside in turn one and moved into the lead but DeHaven was caught behind a rear car and made contact resulting in a spin of the rear marker. DeHaven restarted in front and powered to the one lap shootout by .471 second to score his first ever Hagerstown victory over Lear, with defending champion Justin Weaver in third. Paul Cursey and Rodney Walls were next. Heats went to M. Walls, DeHaven and Lear.

In the caution free pure stock feature, David Kaiser took the lead while eighth starting Corbin moved to second by lap two and made his winning pass to come out on top of lap six. Corbin began to edge way from Kaiser until holding a more than two second advantage at the checkered. Mike Franklin came from ninth to end third over Steve Kent and Tony Catlett  

The hobby stock feature also went all the way under green with Kenny Thomas taking off from the pole and continuing to build a commanding lead until holding a nearly seven second advantage over Joe Rodgers at the checkered.

Bill Kessler was the early leader of the four cylinder feature until Kevin Thomas went by to lead the third lap as Laye was quickly closing on him until Thomas slipped just once and Laye drove on by on the sixth lap. Laye continued on to take the checkered over Thomas by 12 lengths.

Children 11 and under should be signed for the Kids Club as there are a number of Club events upcoming on the schedule. Sign up on line at kids@hagerstownspeedway.com

Two bicycles were given away compliments of Davis and Jones with others to be given away during other Kids Club events.

Follow the speedway on Twitter and Facebook at Dirt Capitol LLC. The latest news, results, photos, schedule or rule changes can found be on the speedway’s website: www.hagerstownspeedway.com.  Also check the website for any changes in weather conditions that may delay or cancel the program or contact the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY/DIRT CAPITOL LLC RESULTS

LATE MODELS: 25 Laps, 33 Entries, (Lap Leaders – Kenny Moreland 1, Rick Eckert 2-25): 1.Rick Eckert, 2.Jason Covert, 3.Dan Stone, 4.KennyMoreland, 5.Kenny Pettyjohn, 6.Trevor Feathers, 7.Mason Zeigler, 8.Brian Tavenner, 9.C.S. Fitzgerald, 10.Dylan Yoder, 11.Nick Dickson, 12.Mike Lupfer, 13.Arthur Walker, 14.Jamie Lathroum, 15.Matt Parks, 16.Chad Hollenbeck, 17.Jason Miller, 18.Mike Altobelli Jr., 19.Ross Robinson, 20.J.T. Spence, 21.Nathan Durboraw, 23.MarvinWinters, 24. Dominic Defino

LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN, 20 Laps, 21 Entries, (Lap Leaders – Jonathan DeHaven): 1.Jonathan DeHaven, 2.Lyle Lear, 3.Justin Weaver, 4.Paul Cursey, 5.Rodney Walls, 6.Mike Walls, 7.Scott Palmer, 8.Andy Fries, 9.Chad Myers, 10.Kyle Lee, 11.Terry Flaherty, 12.Tyler Horst, 13.Jeanne Piper, 14.Sam Gallagher, 15.Rick Singleton, 16.Jeff King, 17.Eddie Cornett, 18.Devin Frye, 19.Chris Fletcher, 20.Elwood Sord, 21.Keith Walls

K.LYNN MANAGEMENT LLC PURE STOCKS, 15 Laps, 12 Entries, (Lap Leaders David Kaiser 1-5, Mike Corbin 6-15): 1.Mike Corbin, 2.David Kaiser, 3.Mike Franklin, 4.Steve Kent, 5.Tony Catlett, 6.Wes Branner, 7.Michael Carter, 8.Ryan Beckett, 9.Wayne Hawbaker, 10.R.T. Troutman, 11.Mike Kratovil, 12. #24 DNF

MASON DIXON AUTO SALES HOBBY STOCKS, 15 Laps, 8 Entries, (Lap Leader – Kenny Thomas 1-15) 1.Kenny Thomas, 2.Joe Rodgers, 3.Brian Neff, 4.Tom Caravello, 5.Gary Proctor, 6.William Crook

COCHRAN AUCTIONEERS FOUR CYLINDERS, 15 Laps, 5 Entries, (Lap Leaders – Bill Kessler 1-3, Kevin Thomas 4-5, Ryan Laye 6-15): 1.Ryan Laye, 2.Kevin Thomas, 3.Bill Kessler, 4.Michael Warrenfeltz, 5.Randy Jones

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Madden is Mister Saturday Night with Spring Nationals Series win at Volunteer

By Chris Tilley

BULLS GAP, TN (March 15, 2014)—Chris Madden took the lead from Eric Wells on lap 22 to claim the $10,000 payday in the final night of the 13th Annual Spring Thaw at Volunteer Speedway which was sanctioned by the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals by Schaeffer’s Oil. Madden claimed the $10,000 payday leading all 60 circuits for the impressive victory. This was Madden’s third straight Saturday Night victory coming after the Bama Bash and the Tennessee Tip-Off Classic. Madden also became the 11th different winner in 11 Spring Nationals Series events contested since March 2013, there hasn’t been a repeat winner since the tour’s inception.

Madden drove to the victory in the Century Plastics, Hamrick’s of Gaffney, Henderson Amusement, Cushman Paint & Body sponsored Clements Racing Engines powered Bloomquist Team Zero Race Car.

Scott Bloomquist had a hard-fought battle with eventual winner Chris Madden the night before for second spot and the top three including Eric Wells had a dog fight for the lead during the race’s midpoint. Bloomquist would go around Wells for second spot on the 29th lap but never could overtake Madden for the lead. Bloomquist drove the Hawkeye Trucking, Ole Smoky sponsored Roush Yates Bloomquist Team Zero car to the weekend’s second-straight podium finish. Wells drove to third while driving the Schaeffer’s Oil, Allstar Performance, Convenient Lube sponsored Roush Yates powered Bllomquist Team Zero Race Car. Completing the top-five were Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN and Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN.

Three caution flags slowed the main event. The first caution flag was for Dustin Linville on lap nine trying to exit the track off of turn four. Jimmy Owens, who was trying to get underneath the lapped car of Linville, made hard contact with Linville putting severe damage on the Club 29 Car of Owens and knocking him out of contention for the second straight weekend victory. The second yellow was on lap-11 as a track officials had to be tended to for medical reasons after being struck by flying debris. The final yellow was on lap 46 as David Payne slowed at the top of turn four.

The Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil will be back in action on March 28 at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC paying $4,000 to win followed by a visit to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on March 29 paying $6,000 to win.

Official Summary of Results
Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil
Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN
Saturday Night March 15, 2014

Super Late Model Feature Finish:
1. Chris Madden-Gray Court, SC
2. Scott Bloomquist-Mooresburg, TN
3. Eric Wells-Hazard, KY
4. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, TN
5. Mike Marlar-Winfield, TN
6. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, GA
7. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, GA
8. Stacy Boles-Clinton, TN
9. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, TN
10. Chad Ogle-Sevierville, TN
11. Mack McCarter-Gatlinburg, TN
12. Victor Lee-Stanford, KY
13. Austin Smith-Cedartown, GA
14. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, KY
15. David Payne-Murphy, NC
16. Chris Chandler-Weaverville, NC
17. Vic Hill-Mosheim, TN
18. Mark Vineyard-Powell, TN
19. Mark Douglas-Knoxville, TN
20. Steve Casebolt-Richmond, IN
21. Jeff Wolfenbarger-Clinton, TN
22. Jimmy Owens-Newport, TN
23. Dustin Linville-Lancaster, KY
24. Gabe Wilson-Waynesville, NC

Race Statistics:

Entries: 32

FK Rod Ends Fast Time: Scott Bloomquist-12:227 seconds

Heat One Finish (10 Laps/Top-4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, Donald McIntosh, David Payne, Austin Smith, Tom Maddox, Jeff Franklin, Ryan King (DNS)

Heat Two Finish (10 Laps/Top-4 Transfer): Eric Wells, Billy Ogle Jr., Jeff Wolfenbarger, Vic Hill, Kenny Collins, Gabe Wilson, Michael Chilton, Chris Chandler

Heat Three Finish (10 Laps/Top-4 Transfer): Chris Madden, Mike Marlar, Tommy Kerr, Chad Ogle, Mark Vineyard, Victor Lee, Joe Denby, Sammie Russell

Heat Four Finish (10 Laps/Top-4 Transfer): Mark Douglas, Stacy Boles, Casey Roberts, Mack McCarter, Steve Casebolt, Dustin Linville, Bobby Mays, Brandon Carter

Last Chance Race One Finish (10 Laps/Top-4 transfer): Austin Smith, Michael Chilton, Gabe Wilson, Chris Chandler, Kenny Collins, Tom Maddox (DNS), Jeff Franklin (DNS), Ryan King (DNS)

Last Chance Race Two Finish (10 Laps/Top-3 transfer): Mark Vineyard, Victor Lee, Dustin Linville, Bobby Mays, Brandon Carter, Joe Denby Steve Casebolt, Sammie Russell (DNS)

Series Provisional: Steve Casebolt

Lap Leaders: Wells (1-21), Madden (22-60)

Lead Changes: One

Cautions: Three (Laps 9, 11, 46)

Red Flags: None

Time of Race: 24 minutes, 19 seconds

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Owens goes flag-to-flag in Spring Nationals Series event at Volunteer in new Club 29 Race Car

By Chris Tilley

BULLS GAP, TN (March 14, 2014)—Welcome to Club 29 Jimmy Owens.

Owens of Newport, TN scored his first victory for Darrell Lanigan’s Club 29 Race Cars on Friday Night March 14th during the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series-sanctioned 13th Annual Spring Thaw event at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN.

Owens would come to victory while driving the Reese Monuments, Gantte Appraisals sponsored Cornett Racing Engines powered Club 29 Race Car for the $4,000 payday, his first Spring Nationals Series win. Owens made the 10th different winner in 10 races contested since March 2013.

FK Rod Ends Fast Qualifier Chris Madden and Owens would bring the field of 22 to the green flag for the start of the 40-lapper with Owens taking to the slick racing surface on the high-side and the commanding lead. Madden would tuck into second spot but Bloomquist, Eric Wells and Mike Marlar would quickly chase him down into the opening laps. Madden and Bloomquist would have a classic short track battle throughout the main but Bloomquist would never have enough momentum to get around Madden in the slick.

On the 13th lap, as Bloomquist was closing in on Madden for the runner-up spot, Bloomquist got tucked in behind lapped traffic allowing Madden to stretch out his second place run and allowed Eric Wells to close in on Bloomquist.

Two yellow flags slowed the event and would wave on the 16th lap as Steve Casebolt came to rest at the top of turn three. He retired to the pits and track clean-up crews tended to fluid left from his C9 MasterSbilt on the racing surface.

Racing returns on Saturday Night with earlier start times at the Spring Thaw Night Two paying $10,000 to win for the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer’s Oil at Volunteer Speedway.

Official Summary of Results
Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals by Schaeffer’s Oil
Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN
Friday Night March 14, 2014
Points Event # 1
Feature Finish:
1. Jimmy Owens-Newport, TN
2. Chris Madden-Gray Court, SC
3. Scott Bloomquist-Mooresburg, TN
4. Mike Marlar-Winfield, TN
5. Eric Wells-Hazard, KY
6. Chad Ogle-Sevierville, TN
7. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, GA
8. Vic Hill-Mosheim, TN
9. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, KY
10. Tom Maddox-Centre, AL
11. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, TN
12. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, GA
13. Kenny Collins-Colbert, GA
14. Gabe Wilson-Waynesville, NC
15. Stacy Boles-Clinton, TN
16. Victor Lee-Stanford, KY
17. David Payne-Murphy, NC
18. Jeff Wolfenbarger-Clinton, TN
19. Mack McCarter-Gatlinburg, TN
20. Steve Casebolt-Richmond, IN
21. Mark Vineyard-Powell, TN
22. Mark Douglas-Knoxville, TN

Race Statistics

Entries: 34

FK Rod Ends $100 Fast Time: Chris Madden-13:290 seconds

Last Chance Heats/10 Laps/Top-4 Transfer:

Last Chance Heat-1 Finish: David Payne, Stacy Boles, Mark Vineyard, Tom Maddox, Mark Douglas, Chris Chandler, Austin Smith, Greg Estes, Robby Moses

Last Chance Heat-2 Finish: Billy Ogle Jr., Jeff Wolfenbarger, Mack McCarter, Donald McIntosh, Gabe Wilson, Joe Denby, Brandon Carter, Ryan King (DNS)

Last Chance Heat-3 Finish: Vic Hill, Kenny Collins, Steve Casebolt, Victor Lee, Ellery Leake, Dustin Linville, Bobby Mays, Jeff Franklin, Sammie Russell

Series Provisionals: None

Lap Leaders: Owens (1-40)

Lead Changes: None

Cautions: Two (laps 16, 37)

Red Flags: None

Time of Race: 19 minutes, 25 seconds

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Madden Masters NDRL-Tennessee Tip Off Night #2 at Smoky Mountain

By Chris Tilley, CT Marketing

MARYVILLE, TN (March 8, 2014)--Chris Madden likes Saturday night racing with the NDRL.

The Gray Court, SC driver took the lead from Billy Moyer Jr. on lap 44 to go on to win the National Dirt Racing League-sanctioned Tip Off Classic and $12,500 for the victory at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN a week after he won the Bama Bash at East Alabama. Madden drove the Century Plastics, Hamrick's of Gaffney sponsored Clements powered Bloomquist Team Zero race car to the victory over hard-charging Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN who started tenth.

One caution flag slowed the race as Casey Roberts slowed on lap 13 in turn two.

Pole sitter Moyer Jr and Jonathan Davenport brought the field of 25 to life for the start of the 60-lapper with Moyer Jr jumping to the early lead. On the 14th lap Madden would take the second spot away from Davenport and take Scott Bloomquist with him for third. Davenport would drop to fourth after that restart.

Madden would look underneath Moyer for several laps but would become the factor and grab the lead away on the 44th circuit. Tenth starting Mike Marlar became the factor for second spot and would grab it away from Scott Bloomquist with five laps remaining. Lapped traffic would be enough to keep Marlar away from Madden as he went on to win his second NDRL event of the season picking up $29,517 in win money in less than a week.

NDRL FEATURE FINISH: Chris Madden, Mike Marlar, Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer Jr., Dale McDowell, Don O'Neal, Kent Robinson, Tommy Kerr, Skip Arp, Max Blair, Mason Zeigler, William Thomas, Chris Ferguson, Ray Cook, Steve Francis, Bub McCool, John Blankenship, Dennis Erb Jr., Mike Benedum, Tim Fuller, Billy Ogle Jr., Vic Hill, Casey Roberts, Billy Moyer

Entries: 38

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PPMS Honors 2013 Champions; Stephans Recognized As  Sportsman of the Year
 
PITTSBURGH, PA -- Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway and Miley Motorsports honored their 2013 Track Champions at the annual awards banquet held Saturday, March 8th at the Lafayette Room in Imperial, PA.

Second generation driver Alex Ferree claimed his first ever Super Late Model title at "Dirt's Monster Half Mile" in 2013. The Saxonburg, PA driver scored his first win on June 22nd and went on to claim four additional victories in the Joe Corrado owned Rocket Chassis and clinched the title by just seven points over the 2012 champion Michael Norris.  Ferree will begin his title defense at the 2014 Blastoff event on April 5th.  Jim Stephans, Ben Miley and Lynn Geisler complete the top five in the 2013 Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model standings.

Alex Ferree was also the recipient of the Awesome Signs and Graphics Hard Charger Award. Late Model competitors were awarded points for each position that they advanced in the feature events held during 2013; Ferree picked up the weekly award on four occasions and will receive a complete decal job courtesy of Awesome Signs and Graphics, which is owned by Ricky Byers.

Kyle Lukon of nearby Burgettstown had an impressive and busy 2013 season.  The Duquesne University graduate competed in both the Super Late Model and Pro-Late Model divisions for most of the season.  Lukon scored his first Rush Pro-Late Model win on opening day (April 13th) and went on to pick up four additional wins en-route to his third divisional title at the speedway.  He also claimed his first ever Super Late Model victory on May 4th.  Lukon's excellent 2013 season in the family owned Isminger's Pennzoil sponsored Rocket Chassis also made him the winningest driver in Pro-Late Model action at the speedway.  As the 2014 season approaches the team is considering several options as to where they will compete but it is hoped that Lukon will return to the Imperial, PA speedway to defend his crown.  Mark Moats, Laura Lukon, Justin Lamb and Paul Jablonski complete the top in five in the divisional point standings.

The 2013 PPMS Champions: Nick Kocuba (Late Model Sportsman), Alex Ferree (Super Late Models), Christian Schneider (Hobby Stocks), Dylan Bolind (Young Guns) and Kyle Lukon (Pro-Late Models) are joined by Jim Stephans (2013 Sportsman of the Year recipient)

Nick Kocuba's year of persistence finally paid off as the Imperial, PA resident picked up his first ever track championship in the Sunoco Race Fuels Late Model Sportsman Division.  Kocuba scored two wins and rarely finished outside of the top five in weekly action to claim the title over Joey Koteles, Bill Robertson, Craig Koteles and Brian Huchko.

Teenage Christian Schneider captured his first ever championship in Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stock action.  Schneider was victorious in ten main events before moving into the Late Model Sportsman Division later in the 2013 season.  Hannah Ramsey, Chase Evans, Dan Black and Steve Pyeritz rounded out the top five in the divisional points.

Dylan Bolind expected 2013 to be more of a learning experience rather than a championship season but the likeable teenager was able to win an impressive ten feature events in Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns competition to pick up his first ever divisional championship.  Roman O'Neill, Karlee Kovacs, Jonathan Miller and O.B. Huff completed the top five in the season long points battle.

Veteran Super Late Model competitor Jim Stephans of Baldwin, PA captured the prestigious "Sportsman of the Year" Award." The award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the meaning of true "sportsmanship" and Stephans is certainly worthy of the award.  Stephans began his career at the speedway more than 20 years ago and in the age of toterhomes and stacker trailer continues to tow his car to the track each week with a converted ambulance.  The popular driver won his first ever Super Late main event on June 8th and followed up with a second victory on July 27th.  Stephens indicated he will be back in action when the racing action at "Dirt's Monster Half Mile" resumes.    

The following drivers were named "Rookies of the Year in their respective divisions: Super Late Models: Same Eichelberger; RUSH Pro-Late Models: Jake Gunn; Late Model Sportsman: Christian Schneider; Hobby Stocks: John Wiser and Young Guns: Karlee Kovacs.

The following drivers also received plaques to commemorate their first feature wins in their respective divisions: Super Late Models: Kyle Lukon and Jim Stephans; RUSH Pro-Late Models: Ron Hall; Late Model Sportsman: Brian Huchko; Hobby Stocks: Christian Schneider, Hannah Ramsey and Dan Black and Young Guns: Roman O'Neill, O.B. Huff and Dylan Bolind.

The 2014 season at "Dirt's Monster Half Mile" is just a few days away as a Test and Tune Session will be held on Saturday, March 29th. The session is open to all divisions and will be held from 2:00PM to 5:00PM. Pit and Grandstand Admission Gates will open at 1:00PM. Grandstand Admission is Free..

The official racing action gets underway just one week later on Saturday, April 5th, with the 2013 Blastoff event featuring the Diehl of Robinson Super Late Models, Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro-Late Models, Sunoco Race Fuels Late Model Sportsman, Miley BP Carwash Hobby Stocks and the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns. The gates for the Blastoff Event will open at 5:00PM with the racing scheduled to begin promptly at 7:00PM.
 
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Dale McDowell takes NDRL field at Smoky Mountain Speedway to school during Tip-Off Opener

By Chris Tilley, CT Marketing

MARYVILLE, TN (March 7, 2014)—Dale McDowell may hold driving schools when he’s not behind the wheel of his # 17M Super Late Model, but on Friday Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway, he took the field to school during the Nationals Dirt Racing League-sanctioned Tennessee Tip-Off Classic.

The Chickamauga, GA driver claimed $7,500 for the event win after leading all 40 circuits, which ran caution free, for his first NDRL victory. McDowell came to victory lane while driving the Team Dillon Racing, Klotz Synthetics, National Boiler Service, Bad Boy Buggy and Cometic Gaskets sponsored ERC-powered Warrior Race Car.

Runner-up Chris Madden passed polesitter Ray Cook on the 17th lap and went on to finish second behind McDowell in the Century Plastics, Hamrick’s of Gaffney and Cushman Paint & Body sponsored Clements Racing Engines powered Bloomquist Team Zero Race Car. Cook finished third while driving the Tommy Pope Construction, A+ Moving & Storage sponsored Jay Dickens powered MasterSbilt Race Car.

The NDRL Late Models ($12,500 to win), along with the Crate Late Models and Sportsman hit the track on Saturday Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway for Night # 2 of the Tennessee Tip-Off Classic.

Official Summary of Results
National Dirt Racing League
Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN
Friday Night March 7, 2014
 
Super Late Model Feature Finish:
1. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, GA
2. Chris Madden-Gray Court, SC
3. Ray Cook-Brasstown, NC
4. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, TN
5. Kent Robinson-Bloomington, IN
6. Scott Bloomquist-Mooresburg, TN
7. Don O’Neal-Martinsville, IN
8. Jonathan Davenport-Blairsville, GA
9. John Blankenship-Williamson, WV
10. Chris Ferguson-Mt. Holly, NC
11. Billy Moyer Jr.-Batesville, AR
12. Davey Johnson-Latrobe, PA
13. Shane Clanton-Zebulon, GA
14. William Thomas-Phenix City, AL
15. Rick Eckert-York, PA
16. Ryan King-Seymour, TN
17. Chad Ogle-Sevierville, TN
18. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, GA
19. Steve Francis-Ashland, KY
20. Max Blair-Titusville, PA
21. Bub McCool-Vicksburg, MS
22. Chase Junghans-Manhattan, KS
23. Dennis Erb Jr.-Carpentersville, IL
24. Mason Zeigler-Chalk Hill, PA
25. Billy Moyer-Batesville, AR
26. Tim Fuller-Watertown, NY
27. Mike Marlar-Winfield, TN
28. Vic Hill-Mosheim, TN

Race Statistics:

Entries: 40

Fast Time: Mike Marlar-15:881 (Group A & Overall); Billy Ogle Jr.-15:962 (Group B)

Heat Winners: Dale McDowell, Kent Robinson, Chris Madden, Ray Cook

Consey Winners: William Thomas, Shane Clanton

Series Provisionals: Billy Moyer & Dennis Erb Jr. (2013 Points); Tim Fuller & Mason Zeigler (Winter Extreme Points); Steve Francis & Bub McCool (Emergency Provisionals)

Lap Leaders: McDowell (1-40)

Lead Changes: None

Cautions: None

Red Flags: None

Time of Race: 12 minutes, 30 seconds

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"STEEL CITY ROULETTE" POTENTIALLY ADDS $5,000 CASH TO SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR'S "STEEL CITY 100" AT PITTSBURGH JUNE 8

March 6, 2014

(By Mike Leone)  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Imperial, PA)...A little over two months ago, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone announced a new event would take place in 2014. The "Steel City 100" at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 8 will feature the Northeast's first ever 100-lap Crate Late Model race. The Sweeney Tour event will pay $4,000 to-win, $300 to-start with an expanded 30-car starting field!

When the event was announced, series officials promised additional exciting promotions would be added around this marquee' event. One such now being revealed is the "Steel City Roulette" featuring a potential $5,000 in cash giveaways to the 30-event starters! In addition to the feature purse money (posted below), one lucky driver in the starting field would win a $1,000 bonus with each driver receiving at least a $50 bonus (see potential bonus monies posted below)!

RUSH will raise the goal of $5,000 through the sale of lap sponsors for the 100-lap event at $50 per lap. The monies then will be pooled together and each driver that qualifies for the feature will be matched with a fan to draw for each driver's bonus money prize during driver introductions with the number one being the $1,000 prize! The fan that draws the number one will receive $100 cash presented by Miley Budget Truck & Cruise America Motorhome Rental. Additional fan interaction activities and prizes will be announced in the future.

"We wanted to do something special around this history-making event at The Monster Half-Mile," explained Emig. "Even though we are selling lap sponsors per say, we didn't want to see a few drivers take all of the monies. This way even if a driver has trouble and drops out of the event finishing 30th, he may have drawn the one and would take home $1,300! Hopefully this gives even more racers incentive to compete in this prestigious event."

The "Steel City 100" show will feature a 6 p.m. start time with the goal to have the show done in a timely fashion to allow travelers to be on their way home at a reasonable hour. Anyone wishing to get involved with this event by purchasing a lap should contact the RUSH Office at 724-964-9300 or e-mail info@rushracingseries.com.

This sets up a huge weekend for the Sweeney Touring Series as the night before the "Steel City 100" at Pittsburgh will be the "Bill Hendren Memorial" at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pa. paying $2,000 to-win (Saturday, June 7)! A sweep of the weekend events including the Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat" program could earn a driver $7,250 in addition to any other contingencies!

"Steel City 100" Feature Payoff: 1. $4,000 2. $2,000 3. $1,000 4. $700 5. $600 6. $570 7. $550 8. $520 9. $510 10. $500 11. $400 12. $390 13. $385 14. $380 15. $375 16. $370 17. $360 18-24. $350 25-30. $300.

"Steel City Roulette" Cash Drawing: 1. $1,000 2. $500 3. $375 4. $200 5. $175 6. $170 7. $165 8. $160 9. $155 10. $150 11. $145 12. $140 13. $135 14. $130 15. $125 16. $120 17. $115 18. $110 19. $105 20. $100 21. $95 22. $90 23. $85 24. $80 25. $75 26. $70 27. $65 28. $60 29. $55 30. $50.

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Ray Cook's Spring Nationals Opens on March 14-15 at Volunteer Speedway in Spring Thaw

By Chris Tilley

BRASSTOWN, NC (March 5, 2014) - The 2nd Annual Ray Cook-promoted Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer's Oil will open on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15 at Joe and Phyllis Loven's Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN during the track's 13th edition of the 'Spring Thaw.' An open practice session will kick off the weekend on Thursday, March 13.

A busy weekend and opener for the high-banked oval located off Interstate 81 in Bulls Gap, TN will be held in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend up the road at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Super Late Models will compete for $4,000 to win / $400 to start on Friday, March 14 and on Saturday, March 15 the Super Late Models will race for $10,000 to win / $600 to start. Dale McDowell, of Chickamauga, GA, is the defending race winner of last year's running of the Spring Nationals/Spring Thaw event. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN is a four-time winner - with him and McDowell being the only repeat winners of the event. The series entry fee will be $100.00 each night, but if a driver competes on Friday evening then Saturday night's entry fee will be just $50.00.

Friday's format includes the traditional Southern Nationals format, while Saturday night everyone will be running heats with no one being locked in after A& B group qualifying.

On Thursday night, March 13 during the open practice session, the gates will open at 4:30 and pit passes are $15.00 per person.

On Friday, March 14, the pit gates will swing open at 3:00 pm with the grandstand gates opening at 6:00 pm. The driver's meeting is slated for 7:00 pm with hot laps shortly after at around 7:30 pm. Adult general admission is $20.00 with children ages 11-15 admitted for $5.00, while children 10 and under will be admitted FREE. All pit passes will be $30.00. The Crate Late Model class will also be on the racing card on Friday evening.

On Saturday, March 15, the pit gates will swing open at 3:00 pm with the grandstand gates opening at 6:00 pm. The driver's meeting is slated for 6:15 pm with hot laps shortly after at around 6:45 pm. Adult general admission is $25.00 with children ages 11-15 admitted for $10.00, while children 10 and under will be admitted FREE. All Pit Passes will be $35.00. The Steel Head Late Model division will also be on the racing card for Saturday evening. There will be a driver's autograph session in the main grandstands on Saturday afternoon at around 5:00 pm and will last for about 45 minutes.

A three-day pit pass (Thursday/Friday/Saturday) will be offered for $70.00, which is a $10.00 savings. The armband must be on for all three days during the event. Further information on the Volunteer Speedway can be obtained by calling the track office at (423) 378-5942 or the track phone at (423) 235-5020 or go online to www.volunteerspeedway.com.

Further information on the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer's Oil can be obtained by logging on to the official series website located at www.southernnationalsseries.com.

Spring Thaw Friday, March 14 Purse (40 Laps): 1) $4,000, 2) $2,000, 3) $1,400, 4) $800, 5) $700, 6) $675, 7) $650, 8) $625, 9) $600, 10) $580, 11) $560, 12) $540, 13) $520, 14) $500, 15) $480, 16) $460, 17) $440, 18) $420, 19) $400, 20) $400, 21) $400, 22) $400. TOTAL $17,550

Spring Thaw Saturday, March 15 Purse (60 Laps): 1) $10,000, 2) $5,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $2,000, 5) $1,500, 6) $1,300, 7) $1,200, 8) $1,100, 9) $1,050, 10) $1,000, 11) $950, 12) $900, 13) $850, 14) $800, 15) $750, 16) $700, 17) $650, 18) $600, 19) $600, 20) $600, 21) $600, 22) $600. TOTAL $35,250

Previous Spring Thaw Winners:
1999-Freddy Smith of Seymour, TN
2000-Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN
2001-Scott Sexton of Pigeon Forge, TN
2002-Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN
2003-Mother Nature
2004-Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA
2005-Mother Nature
2006-Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN
2007-Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN
2008-Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN
2009-Mother Nature
2010-Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC
2011-Chris Madden of Gray Court, SC
2012-Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA
2013-Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA & John Blankenship of Williamson, WV

2014 Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer's Oil Schedule:
Fri, March 14-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-$4,000 to win/$400 start
Sat, March 15-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-$10,000 to win/$600 to start
Fri, March 28-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$4,000 to win/$400 to start
Sat, March 29-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$6,000 to win/$500 to start
Thur, April 17-201 Speedway-Sitka, KY-$4,000 to win/$400 start
Fri, April 18-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$4,000 to win/$400 start
Sat, April 19-Florence Speedway-Union, KY-$5,000 to win/$450 to start
Thur, May 8-Duck River Speedway-Wheel, TN-$4,000 to win/$400 start
Fri, May 9-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$4,000 to win/$400 start
Sat, May 10-Dixie Speedway-Woodstock, GA-$6,000 to win/$500 start
 
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Smoky Mountain welcomes NDRL for $20,000 Tipoff Classic this weekend March 6-8

By Chris Tilley, CT Marketing

MARYVILLE, TN (March 3, 2014)—Smoky Mountain Speedway located in Maryville, TN is gearing up for one of the largest races ever held at the track. The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) will sanction the Tipoff Classic weekend on March 6-8th as the three-day weekend gets kicked off by an open practice session on Thursday Night March 6th from 6:00-9:00 pm. The NDRL Late Models will take to the track on Friday night March 7th competing for $7,500 to win while the finale event on Saturday Night March 8th will pay $12,500 to win making the possibility of one driver walking away with $20,000 in first place money at the night’s end.

On Thursday Night March 6th there will be an open practice for all divisions from 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm. The cost is $10.00 for stands and tier parking while Pit Passes will be $25.00. With all paid pit admission prices, an after race pit party will be held with a Meet & Greet session of the NDRL drivers. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served complimentary of Smoky Mountain Speedway and John Kennedy of NDRL.

On Friday Night March 7th the NDRL Late Models along with the Limited Late Models ($1,200 to win) and the Classics ($500 to win) will also be on the racing card. The Pit Gates will open at 1:00 pm with the Grandstands & Tier Parking opening at 4:00 pm. The Driver’s Meeting will be at 6:00 pm with Hot Laps to follow shortly after. Adult Pit Passes will be $40.00 with Tier Parking $30.00 and Grandstands $25.00. Children five and under are admitted free in the grandstands and tier parking.

On Saturday Night the NDRL Late Model finale along with the Crate Late Models ($1,000 to win) and the Sportsman ($500 to win) will also be on the agenda for the night. The Pit Gates will open at 1:00 pm with the Grandstands & Tier Parking opening at 4:00 pm. The Driver’s Meeting will be at 6:00 pm with Hot Laps to follow shortly after. Adult Pit Passes will be $40.00 with Tier Parking $35.00 and Grandstands $30.00. Children five and under are admitted free in the grandstands and tier parking.

Presale weekend admission for all three days including the Thursday practice session will be available. A $10.00 discount will be offered if purchased in advance. Presale tickets will be available soon on the NDRL website located at www.thendrl.com .

Other Notes of Interest for the weekend:

Dry camping will be available for $30.00 if paid in advance or $40.00 at the track which is good for all weekend. The Official Host Hotel will be the Hilton Knoxville Airport located at 2001 Alcoa Highway in Alcoa, TN 37701. The rate available to Smoky Mountain Speedway customers will be $89.00 per night with two queen or one king sized rooms available. Call (865) 970-4300 and patrons must mention Smoky Mountain Speedway for the discounted rate. Reserved seating will not be available. Golf Carts and ATV’s may be used with an All-Access (Pit Pass) by anyone over 16 years of age. The Gates will be cleared daily for Armband/ticket check. The Smoky Mountain Speedway reserves the right to search Race Haulers and/or campers.

The Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brickmill Road in Maryville, TN 37801. The track phone number is (865) 856-8989. You can obtain further information on Smoky Mountain Speedway by logging on to www.smokymountainspeedway.com . Be a follower of Smoky Mountain Speedway on Twitter by following @SMOKYMTNSPEED.

For more information on the National Dirt Racing League, click on their official website located at www.thendrl.com .

2014 Smoky Mountain Speedway Schedule of Events: (showing Day/Date/Sanction/Purse/Event Name)

-Fri. March 7-Nationals Dirt Racing League/$7,500 to win/Tipoff Classic

-Sat. March 8-National Dirt Racing League/$12,500 to win/Tipoff Classic

-Sat. March 29-Ray Cook’s Spring Nationals Series/$6,000 to win/Plus AMS Modifieds $3,000 to win

-Sat. April 26-Southern All Stars Dirt Series/$5,000 to win/Rockin’ with the Stars

-Sat. May 3-United Sprint Car Series/$3,000 to win/Thunder in the Smokies

-Sat. May 17-World of Outlaws Late Model Series/$10,000 to win/Mountain Outlaw 50

-Sat. May 31-Southern Regional Racing Series/$5,000 to win/Tearin’ the Tops off Classic

-Sat. June 21-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/$10,000 to win/Summer Showdown

-Fri. July 11-Ultimate Super Late Model Series/$5,000 to win/Firecracker 500

-Fri. Aug. 1-Ray Cook’s Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series/$5,300 to win

-Sat. Aug. 16-Southern Nationals Bonus Series/5,010 to win/10th Ole Smoky Moonshine Iron-Man Classic

-Sat. Sept. 20-Southern All Stars Dirt Series/$5,000 to win/King of the Mountain Fall Classic

-Sat. Oct. 11-Tennessee State Championship Race-Details TBA

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Jason Hiett and Jonathan Davenport split Southern Nationals/March Madness wins at Cherokee

GAFFNEY, SC (March 2, 2014)—Jason Hiett of Oxford, AL picked up $3,000 and his first-ever victory at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC during Night One of March Madness on Saturday March 1 which was sanctioned by the Southern Nationals Bonus Races.

Defending Southern Nationals Series Champion Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA led all 60 laps on Sunday Evening March 2 for the $10,000 payday in the Southern Nationals Bonus Races at Cherokee Speedway. This was Davenport’s second March Madness victory.

The next Southern Nationals Bonus Races will be a double header of racing on Sunday May 25 at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, TN paying $5,000 to win then on Monday May 26th at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC paying $3,000 to win. The Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer’s Oil will kick off March 14 & 15 at Volunteer (TN) Speedway for the Spring Thaw Weekend which pay $4,000 and $10,000 respectively.

Further information on the Southern Nationals Bonus Races can be obtained by calling Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .

Official Summary of Results:
Saturday March 1, 2014
Feature Finish:
1. Jason Hiett-Oxford, AL
2. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, GA
3. Brent Dixon-Elberton, GA
4. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, GA
5. Dennis Franklin-Gaffney, SC
6. Kevin Wilson-Stoneville, NC
7. Dale Hammond-Nichols, SC
8. Frank Coates-Hodges, SC
9. Cody King-McDonough, GA
10. Douglas Davis-Shelby, NC
11. Gabe Wilson-Waynesville, NC
12. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, GA
13. Kennie Compton Jr.-Bland, VA
14. Kenny Collins-Colbert, GA
15. Zack Mitchell-Enoree, SC
16. Austin Smith-Cedartown, GA
17. Johnny Pursley-Clover, SC
18. Anthony Sanders-Spartanburg, SC
19. Brandon Ifft-Lake Wylie, SC (Did Not Start)

Old Man’s Garage Fast Time: Casey Roberts-15:018 seconds

Feature Cautions: Four: (laps 2, 6, 15, 17)

Lap Leaders: Hiett (1-30)

Official Summary of Results:
Sunday March 2, 2014
Feature Finish:
1. Jonathan Davenport-Blairsville, GA
2. Steve Francis-Ashland, KY
3. Jason Hiett-Oxford, AL
4. Chris Madden-Gray Court, SC
5. Brent Dixon-Elberton, GA
6. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, GA
7. Mike Benedum-Salem, WV
8. Johnny Pursley-Clover, SC
9. Mike Gault-Gaffney, SC
10. Dale Hammond-Nichols, SC
11. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, GA
12. Gabe Wilson-Waynesville, NC
13. Kennie Compton Jr.-Bland, VA
14. Cody King-McDonough, GA
15. Tim Fuller-Watertown, NY
16. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, GA
17. Dennis Franklin-Gaffney, SC
18. Kevin Wilson-Stoneville, NC
19. Max Blair-Centerville, PA
20. Zack Mitchell-Enoree, SC
21. Anthony Sanders-Spartanburg, SC
22. Mason Zeigler-Chalk Hill, PA
23. Don O’Neal-Martinsville, IN
24. Austin Smith-Cedartown, GA

Entries: 25

Did Not Qualify for Main Event: Kenny Collins

Old Man’s Garage Fast Time: Mason Zeigler-15:292 seconds

Feature Cautions: 10 (laps 6, 8, 9, 9RS, 10, 11, 11RS, 17, 31, 35)

Lap Leaders: Davenport (1-60)

Heat Winners: Don O’Neal, Jonathan Davenport, Casey Roberts, Steve Francis

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Chris Madden Goes the Distance in $17,017 NDRL Bama Bash Victory

Phenix City, Alabama (March 1, 2014) Gray Court, South Carolina native Chris "Smokey" Madden muscled his way by early race leader Jonathan Davenport and then kept his tires under him to capture the checkers in the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) sanctioned 17th Annual Bama Bash at East Alabama Motor Speedway.  Madden, who won his heat in Friday's preliminary action, fell to second near the race's midpoint but re-inherited the lead when local driver Terrance Nowell's machine rolled to a stop during a lap 55 caution period. The win was Madden's first career NDRL victory and his second overall win of 2014. "We got going there and just wanted to try and set a pace to conserve our tires and try to make it 75 laps. We just kind of waited to see what kind of pace Jonathan (Davenport) set. We got a chance there to get the lead and took it. Then we just held on to the end." Madden said after the points opener for the NDRL.

In Friday's preliminary action it was Davenport setting the pace in Keyser Manufacturing Time Trials as he topped all 38 drivers that entered the event. Davenport's 14.949 second lap made him the only driver to dip below the 15 second mark on East Alabama's high banked 3/8ths of a mile. Madden, Steve Francis and NDRL Rookie of the Year candidate Kent Robinson were all fastest in their qualifying / heat race groups and all 4 drivers went on to win their respective heat races. Davenport looked poised to sweep the weekend when he redrew the pole for the 75-lap feature event.

Saturday's B-Mains saw Dennis Erb of Carpentersville, Illinois pick up the win in the Hoosier Race Tires B-Main #1 and West Virginia's Mike Benedum take the checkers in VP Race Fuels B-Main #2. Mason Zeigler and Terrance Nowell followed Erb to earn transfer finishes, while Clint Smith and Tim Fuller transferred from the second B-Main. Provisional starts went to Tony Jackson, Jr., William Thomas and Max Blair.

A botched attempt at a start saw Steve Francis go spinning, collecting several drivers including Bloomquist, Blankenship, McCreadie and Jimmy Mars. Mars sustained heavy front end damage and was forced to retire for the night in the Jason Krohn back-up machine. All other drivers were able to continue. It didn't take long for the yellow flag to appear again when with just one lap completed Jackson and Fuller tangled on the front straightaway. Jackson went pitside but Fuller was able to continue from the tail of the field for the restart. 

Up front Davenport was in control of the field as he restarted as the event's leader. Madden moved by Francis on the restart and began to give chase to the 6 Longhorn Chassis. Madden was able to draw back to Davenport within the first 8 laps. Behind the lead duo Shane Clanton began to make his presence known as he worked his way up to third from his 10th starting spot, bypassing Robinson for the spot. Clanton wasn't finished flexing his muscle as he caught Madden and then pulled even with him. Clanton hounded Madden over the next 3 laps pulling even no less than 3 times. But Clanton found himself being challenged by a resurgent Robinson. 2 laps later Robinson covered the spot as Clanton began to struggle suddenly, Clanton retired to the pits shortly after.

Up front Madden who had once again began to pressure for the lead muscled his way by Davenport exiting turn 4. Davenport slipped back to 4th behind the now 2nd running Scott Bloomquist and Tim McCreadie. However McCreadie would draw the yellow flag as his machine rolled to a stop in turn 4 after losing a right rear tire. Under the yellow as McCreadie was changing his flat tire Bloomquist gave up the runner-up spot to pit for tires. This allowed Davenport to resume the 2nd position.

The restart changed the complexion of the event yet again as Clint Smith, who had pitted for tires early, grabbed 2nd at the drop of the green and then made a strong move to the inside of Madden for the lead entering turn one.  Smith pulled alongside Madden but the leader slammed the door down the back straightaway. Smith kept up the challenge for several laps until another yellow slowed the action again.

Seemingly from out of nowhere, the 21st starting Terrance Nowell emerged as the fastest car on the track. Nowell systematically moved by Smith and Davenport in one fail swoop to take 2nd. Nowell, a Phenix City native, then rolled by Madden to take the lead. Nowell drove away over the next several laps until yet another yellow slowed the pace when Chris Ferguson blew a right rear tire. As Nowell was pacing the field under the yellow his car suddenly slowed and rolled to a stop in turn 3. Nowell had to pit because of apparent fuel pressure problems.

Nowell's misfortune once again handed the lead back to Madden. Over the final stages several drivers lost right rear tires. Only Madden, Davenport and   Don O'Neal had not yet had to pit for a tire. As the front duo took the white flag it was obvious that Davenport was trying to mount a last ditch charge for the lead. Exiting turn 4 headed to the checkers Davenport made slight contact with Madden as he tried to move to his outside. Both drivers straightened out and Madden beat Davenport to the line by just a car length.

NDRL 'Kings of Dirt' Super Late Models - Results
17th Annual Bama Bash - East Alabama Motor Speedway
February 28 - March 1, 2014

Fast Qualifier: Jonathan Davenport 14.949 seconds
 
Finish - Start - Car # - Name - Hometown - Purse
1. (3) 44 Chris Madden - Gray Court, SC - $17, 017
2. (1) 6 Jonathan Davenport - Blairsville, GA - $8,000
3. (20) 44 Clint Smith - Senoia, GA - $4,000
4. (8) 0 Scott Bloomquist - Mooresburg, TN - $2,000
5. (7) 5 Don O'Neal - Martinsville, IN - $1,900
6. (13) 53 Ray Cook - Brasstown, NC - $1,800
7. (14) 33T Tom Maddox - Centre, AL - $1,700
8. (17) 28 Dennis Erb Jr. - Carpentersville, IL - $1,600
9. (11) 57J Bub McCool - Vicksburg, MS - $1,500
10. (9) 21 Billy Moyer - Batesville, AR - $1,400
11. (5) 22 Chris Ferguson - Mt. Holly, NC - $1,300
12. (25) 111 Max Blair - Centerville, PA - $1,200
13. (4) 7R Kent Robinson - Bloomington, IN - $1,100
14. (22) 19 Tim Fuller - Watertown, NY - $1,000
15. (12) 23 John Blankenship - Williamson, WV - $1,000
16. (15) 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. - Batesville, AR - $1,000
17. (19) 25z Mason Zeigler - Chalk Hill, PA - $1,000
18. (21) 55 Terrance Nowell - Phenix City, AL - $1,000
19. (18) 25 Mike Benedum - Bristol, WV - $1,000
20. (6) 39 Tim McCreadie - Watertown, NY - $1,000
21. (2) 15 Steve Francis - Ashland, KY - $1,000
22. (10) 25 Shane Clanton - Zebulon, GA - $1,000
23. (24) 19 William Thomas - Phenix City, AL - $1,000
24. (23) 56 Tony Jackson Jr. - Lebanon, MO - $1,000
25. (16) 28 Jimmy Mars - Menominie, WI - $1,000

DNQ: Eric Cooley, Joe Armistead, Jr., Lavon Sparks, JR Moseley, Jason Krohn, Ricky Culpepper, Mario Gresham, Billy Ogle, Jr., Chase Junghans, Mike McConnell, Brandon Overton, Jim Manka and Cale Simons

Heat 1: Chris Madden, Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Ray Cook, Terrance Nowell, Mason Zeigler, Lavon Sparks, Brandon Overton, Chanse Junghans, Mike McConnell

Heat 2: Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie, Shane Clanton, Tom Maddox, Dennis Erb Jr., Joe Armistead Jr., Max Blair, Cale Simons, Jim Manka

Heat 3: Steve Francis, Chris Ferguson, Bub McCool, Billy Moyer Jr., Bily Ogle Jr., Mike Benedum, Tim Fuller, Mario Gresham, J.R. Moseley, Ricky Culpepper

Heat 4: Kent Robinson, Don O'Neal, John Blankenship, Jimmy Mars, Clint Smith, Tony Jackson Jr., Eric Cooley, Jason Krohn, William Thomas

2014 NDRL 'Kings of Dirt' Point Standings
As of March 1, 2014
1. Chris Madden 200
2. Jonathan Davenport 196
3. Clint Smith 194
4. Scott Bloomquist 192
5. Don O'Neal 190
6. Ray Cook 188
7. Tom Maddox 186
8. Dennis Erb Jr. 184
9. Bub McCool 182
10. Billy Moyer 180
11. Chris Ferguson 178
12. Max Blair 176
13. Kent Robinson 174
14. Tim Fuller 172
15. John Blankenship 170

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CHANGING OF THE GUARD TO BE WITNESSED IN SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SERIES AS NEW CHAMPIONS WILL BE CROWNED IN 2014; RACES TO BE WIDE OPEN WITH MAX BLAIR & MIKE PEGHER FOCUSING ON SUPER LATE MODELS
 

March 2, 2014

By Mike Leone

(Pulaski, PA)...Coming off a successful debut in 2013 with well over 200 competing racers, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series has forged ahead in 2014. And with racing a little more than a month away, drivers, speedways, and Series Directors continue to make final preparations for an exciting new year.

RUSH will again have over $70,000 in cash point funds up for grabs, and is expected to crown four new champions for their major point championships. In fact, the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship has been increased and expanded to 40 points paying positions due to the addition of four speedways, for 2014!

In 2013, Max Blair won over $10,000 in point fund monies highlighted by his Sweeney Weekly Series and Pace Performance Summer Chase crowns. Blair has moved on as a full-time Super Late Model competitor driving for John Kennedy as a rookie of the year candidate for the NDRL "Kings of Dirt" Series.

After years of trying and coming up just short, Mike Pegher, Jr. finally captured a Sweeney Touring Series Championship. In addition, Pegher also finished second to Blair in the Weekly Series Championship and third in Pace Summer Chase standings. His take in Sweeney RUSH point fund monies was also around $10,000. While Pegher will continue to run some of the special RUSH Late Model events, his focus like Blair's will be on the next level in Super Late Models for Lynn Geisler.

With his "Futures Cup" Championship, Eric Wilson will automatically not be eligible for the 2014 honors meaning this past year's runner-up, 12-year-old Michael Lake, will be the leading candidate. Lake, who ran one of the Warrior House Cars in World of Outlaw Late Model competition at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL, is also expected to compete in the majority of the Sweeney RUSH Tour events. Lake won four races at Roaring Knob in 2013 including a $2,000 Sweeney Tour event plus a "Futures Cup" Trifecta race.

With these changes and of course the retirement of third place Sweeney Tour point man Butch Lambert, things will really be wide open in 2014! Blair also dominated action at his home track, McKean County Raceway, winning 10 of the 14 features he competed in along with a pair of runner-ups, and a third place finish. McKean always has a strong car count and with several new drivers making the move to Crate Late Models, the competition level will increase with the racing to victory wide open.

"Looking back we could not be prouder of both Max and Mike's accomplishments," expressed RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "I don't think anyone will ever forget their numerous door-to-door battles that helped develop them into the stellar racers that they are today. They truly helped us lay the groundwork and pave the way for all of the great racers that participate with us today- many of which will be vying for the titles they held for so many years. It really is going to be exciting to watch the changing of the guard, so to speak, as it take place right in front of our eyes throughout the 2014 season."              

Not far behind Blair and Pegher's accolades was Ryan Montgomery. The soon to be 17-year-old from Fairmont, West Virginia enters the new season as one of the odds on favorites. Montgomery, the 2011 "Futures Cup" Champion, will now vie for three titles in 2014. He came up just shy in 2013 finishing second in both the Sweeney Tour and Pace Summer Chase point titles and third in the Sweeney Weekly Series title earning $7,000 for those three point funds alone. At times in 2013, Montgomery was the driver to beat and he hopes to continue that into 2014.

Dennis Lunger, Jr. is a driver that worked his way up the ranks starting in Stock Cars before advancing to E-Mods and then running a mix of Crate, Steel-Block, and Super Late Model races in recent years. Lunger focused on the Crates in 2013 driving for Reuben Schwartz and it paid dividends. Lunger will go down in the history books as the very first winner of RUSH taking a Sweeney Weekly Series event at Sharon then ended the season with the $2,000 Sweeney Tour victory- the final race of the 2013 campaign! Lunger won his first championship at Sharon while winning five features, tied Will Thomas III for fifth in the Sweeney Weekly Championship, and made a late surge to finish 13th in the Sweeney Tour title. Lunger plans to go after his first Sweeney Tour Championship in 2014!

Fourth and fifth place 2013 Sweeney Tour racers Cody Dawson of Maryland and Chad Ruhlman of New York hope to improve on their placing for the upcoming 2014 season. The teenage Dawson, who had limited experience in 2012 at New Egypt Speedway, decided to hit the road with the Sweeney Tour in 2013 and improved his skills as the season progressed. Dawson is anxiously looking forward to making a run at the championship in 2014.

Meanwhile, the veteran Ruhlman will again be behind the wheel of the Terry Suppa-owned #4s and is a threat to win anywhere he competes. Ruhlman had seven top five finishes with the Sweeney Tour in 2013. He also had four runner-up finishes at McKean and finished fourth in their weekly track points.

Like Dawson, Matt Glanden was another teenage racer from Maryland that was part of the "Futures Cup" and hit the majority of the Sweeney Tour events. Glanden improved throughout the season in his first year in the Crate Late Models. Both Dawson and Glanden will have options closer to home when the Tour is not in action with the Mid-Atlantic speedways of Potomac and Winchester sanctioning under RUSH with their bi-weekly Sweeney Weekly Series programs.

Kyle Lukon has long been known for his accomplishments at his home track Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedweek. In 2013, the Burgettstown, Pa. driver won five features including his $1,700 first career Sweeney Tour win on his way to the PPMS track title. Lukon also grabbed $1,550 in RUSH point money with an eighth place in the Sweeney Weekly and a seventh in the Pace Summer Chase standings. In 2014, Lukon will make his first effort at hitting the road and running with the Sweeney Tour.

The Waters Brothers will all be full-time RUSH Crate Late Model competitors in 2014. Last year, Dusty made the move from the BRP Can-Am 360 Late Models and ran predominately at McKean. John, the reigning BRP Champion, dabbled with RUSH in the fall and looked strong. He finished off 2013 running six of the final seven Sweeney Tour races and is expected to be a championship contender in 2014. And finally, Scott picked up a Crate Late Model at season's end and will be running the car in 2014.

Andrew Wylie continues to improve his dirt skills after moving over from the asphalt ranks several years ago. Wylie, a 2011 UNC Charlotte graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Aerodynamics, always has an immaculate ride when he shows up to compete. The soon to be 27-year-old builds his own Wylie Race Cars, and certainly found speed in 2013. The Saltsburg, Pa. racer finished 11th in Sweeney Tour points despite missing several events, and plans to go after the championship for the upcoming season.

2012 "Futures Cup" Champion Nico Dabecco is a driver on the rise. The soon-to-be 17-year-old Pittsburgh racer won a Sweeney Weekly Series event at Pittsburgh on August 17, and ran more Sweeney Tour events than ever before to finish 14th in the final 2013 standings with four top 10 finishes. Dabecco is expected to compete in more Sweeney Tour events to improve on his final points finish.

Will Thomas III is set to begin his third full season of Crate Late Model racing. The former standout asphalt racer quickly picked up on dirt track racing winning the 2012 Sharon Speedway title in his first try. Last year, the Sharpsville, Pa. driver finished second in Sharon points to Lunger. Thomas is already the division's all-time winner at Sharon with nine victories. Thomas, who already went to Florida to race at Bubba's and got rained out five times, is expected to do some more traveling in 2014.       

While they don't compete in all of the Sweeney Tour events, drivers like Chad McClellan, Rick Singleton, Joe Martin, Josh Holtgraver, John Over, Dan Angelicchio, Josh Double, and Bryce Davis are threats anytime they hit the track, whether for weekly or tour shows. Other drivers who have already joined the Sweeney Tour include Bob Kish, Junior Peters, Jamie Brown, Jamie Wrightsman, and Reese Masiello- a newcomer who will also be part of the "Futures Cup".

2014 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Series Touring Series Tentative Schedule*

* Friday, May 30 Freedom Speedway (Delevan, NY)

* Saturday, June 7 Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (Markleysburg, PA) $2,000 to-win
("Bill Hendren Memorial")

* Sunday, June 8 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) $4,000 to-win plus bonuses
("Steel City 100" - 100 laps/30-car starting field)

"MID-ATLANTIC STATES CLASSIC"
* Friday, June 20 Potomac Speedway (Mechanicsville, MD) $2,500 to-win
* Saturday, June 21 Winchester Speedway (Winchester, VA) $2,500 to-win

BILL EMIG MEMORIAL "WILD CARD WEEKEND"
* Friday, July 4 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) $1,500 to-win
* Saturday, July 5 Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) $1,500 to-win
Plus $1,500 "Wildcard Weekend" point fund

* Wednesday, July 9 Expo Speedway (Fair race) (Cortland, OH) $2,000 to-win

* Saturday, July 12 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) $1,500 to-win
(Sweeney/Pace Night with GM 604 engine giveaway)

* Sunday, July 20 Humberstone Speedway (Port Colborne, ON, Can) $2,000 to-win
("Canadian National Late Model Championship")

* Thursday, August 14 McKean County Raceway (Fair race) (East Smethport, PA) $1,200 to-win

$50,000 "END OF SUMMER BLOWOUT"
* Saturday, August 30 McKean County Raceway (East Smethport, PA) $1,500 to-win
(Plus $30,000 "Manufacturers Night")
* Sunday, August 31 Wayne County Speedway (Orrville, OH) $1,500 to-win

* Friday, September 12 Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) $1,500 to-win
("Apple Festival Nationals" - "Gary Knollinger Memorial")

* Saturday, September 13 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA)
("Pittsburgher" with NDRL "Kings of Dirt" - details TBA)

* Saturday, September 27 Woodhull Raceway (Woodhull, NY) $1,500 to-win

* Fri & Sat, October 3-4 Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (Markleysburg, PA) $2,000 to-win
(Qualifying & heats Friday & main events Saturday)

* Fri & Sat, October 10-11 McKean County Raceway (East Smethport, PA)
("Fall Classic" - Weekend Details TBA)

* Fri & Sat, October 24-25 Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA) $2,000 to-win
("Steel City Stampede" with heats Friday & main events Saturday)

*Schedule subject to change.
 
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Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Presents the 15th Year and 2014 Season

Carolina Clash PR, Fayetteville, NC

February 27, 2014

With the 2014 season in view, the Carolina Clash Super Late Model series is gearing up for the 15th year of competition in the Southeastern United States and has a great schedule of events lined up for our teams and fans.

In addition to the traditional tracks visited by the Carolina Clash, the tour will make stops and three new venues for the 2014 schedule - Volunteer Speedway at Bulls Gap, Tennessee, Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia and Clary's Speedway in Brinkleyville, NC.

"The current schedule has 18 races in the regular season, with a few TBA dates, rain dates, and definite OFF weekends defined. The OFF weekends are planned for Easter weekend and coincide with a few other major events in the southeast. We are currently waiting on confirmation on a few other races and will have all the events in place by the first race of the year at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC," stated Mark Huey of the Carolina Clash series.

The Countdown to the Cup Championship Series will feature six or more races, starting with the August event at Lancaster Super Speedway in Lancaster, SC.

Other highlights of the season include stops at Laurens County Speedway for the annual Laurens County Shrine Club Benefit Race, an annual visit to the highlands of southwest Virginia to Wythe Raceway, another Shrine Race at Carolina Speedway with the Gaston Shrine Club Shrine 100 race, and two Carolinas-Tennessee Challenge Matchups at Bull's Gap (Volunteer Speedway) in May and July. More details will be announced for this two-race series as the events draw closer. Ray Cook and Austin Dillon were each winners at Volunteer in 2011. Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC will play host for the series at their Hall of Fame event on Sunday, August 31.

The Carolina Clash will be returning to Friendship Motor Speedway for two races in 2014, and could potentially play host to the Carolina Clash Bash Season Finale event. Friendship came back on tour last September and has hosted 13 events there in the past. Dennis Franklin, '10, '11, and '13 champion, was most recently victorious there.

Two stops on tour will take teams to the "Ring of Fire" in Brinkleyville, NC, where the Clary's Speedway is located. The Carolina Clash has only raced at Clary's twice, but not since June 28, 2008, when Ray Tucker captured his first of two final series wins. Booper Bare won the other event there on May 27, 2006. 

The season was to be highlighted by the Winter Freeze event at Screven Motor Speedway in February. The race was designated as a bonus race, but was cancelled due to winter weather in the area. Screven officials did, however, book a regular season Carolina Clash event on May 3, 2014, the first official visit since 2009 with Carolina Clash (2010 event was designated as Clash South).

Four to five races are currently on tap for the Fayetteville Motor Speedway, which was the birthplace of the series, where Johnny Pursley was most recently the winner in October 2013. The first race in Fayetteville will be April 5, 2014 with the annual running of the Ed Gibbons Memorial Race. Two races are on schedule for Lancaster Super Speedway in Lancaster, SC, as well, starting with the track's season opener on March 29.

14Th ANNUAL SKYLER TRULL EVENT TO OPEN THE 2014 SEASON

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series will kick off the 2014 race season on Saturday March 8, 2014, at Carolina Speedway located in Gastonia, North Carolina for the 14th Annual Skyler Trull Memorial paying $4,000 to win.

The event held in the honor of Skyler Trull each March has become a fixture in the southeast over the last decade. Skylar's father Larry is a crew member and cousin of veteran racer Doug Sanders. Sanders' car carries the colors of the event each year. It is so much more than a race; It is a weekend of fun and events. Huge crowds turn out for the event and it's definitely one we circle on the calendar every year.

On Friday March 7th many Carolina Speedway support divisions will be in action along with an open practice for all racers. All racing for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series will be held on Saturday March 8th only.

On Saturday March 8th pit gates will open at 3:00 PM. Grandstands will open at 4:00 PM. Drivers meeting will be at 6:00 PM with racing at 7:00 PM. General admission will be $25 with pit admission $35.

Two day passes will be available if you wish to attend both nights at Carolina Speedway.

For more information on Carolina Speedway please visit www.carolinaspeedway.net . Carolina Speedway is located at 6335 Union Rd. Gastonia, North Carolina (28056).

For more information please visit www.carolinaclash.com

About Carolina Clash
2014 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Schedule
(Dates may be added or changed)
March 8          Carolina Speedway                 Skyler Trull Memorial                         Gastonia, NC
March 29        Lancaster Super Speedway                                                     Lancaster, SC
April 5             Fayetteville Motor SpeedwayEd Gibbons Memorial             Fayetteville, NC
May 3              Screven Motor Speedway                                                       Sylvania, GA
May 10            Volunteer Speedway               Carolina/Tennessee #1           Bulls Gap, TN
June 7              Fayetteville Motor Speedway                                                 Fayetteville, NC
June 10            Laurens County Speedway      Shrine Benefit Race                Laurens, SC
June 21            Friendship Motor Speedway                                                   Elkin, NC
July 12             Volunteer Speedway               Carolina/Tennessee #2           Bulls Gap, TN
August 2          Clary's Speedway                                                                    Brinkleyville, NC
August 9          Fayetteville Motor Speedway                                                 Fayetteville, NC
August 12        Carolina Speedway                 42nd Annual Shrine 100           Gastonia, NC

2014 Countdown to the Cup Championship Series
August 16        Lancaster Super Speedway     Chase Race #1                                    Lancaster, SC
August 31        Cherokee Speedway               Chase Race #2                                    Gaffney, SC
September 5   Clary's Speedway                    Chase Race #3                                    Brinkleyville, NC
September 6   Fayetteville Motor SpeedwayChase Race #4                                    Fayetteville, NC
September 20Wythe Raceway                      Chase Race #5                                    Rural Retreat, VA
October 4        Fayetteville Motor SpeedwayChase Race #6                                    Fayetteville, NC
TBA                  Friendship Motor Speedway   Chase Race #7 - FINALE         Elkin, NC

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Preliminary Schedule for Inaugural NDRL Northeast Late Model Series Released

Pittsburgh, PA (February 25, 2014) Officials with the NDRL Northeast Late Models Series are excited to announce their preliminary schedule of events for their inaugural season.

Twenty-five events are set for the 2014 racing season which will kick off on Saturday, March 29 as the NDRL Northeast Late Models will make their first and only trip to Mercer (PA) Raceway Park for the $3,000 to-win 'Chiller Thriller'. The series will then make their first trip to 'Dirt's Monster Half Mile', Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial, PA on Thursday, April 10 for the 'PENNational' which is co-sanctioned with the NDRL 'Kings of Dirt' Series and will pay $10,000 to the winner.

The NDRL Northeast Late Models will make their first appearance at Hagerstown (MD) Speedway on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24. The series will return to Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday, July 12 for 'Christmas in July' and again on Sunday, August 31.

Bedford (PA) Speedway will host the NDRL Northeast Late Models on Friday, June 20 followed by Port Royal (PA) Speedway on Saturday, June 21. Port Royal Speedway's 'Butch Renninger Memorial' is also scheduled and will be held Saturday, August 30.

McKean County Raceway will hold the 'USMC Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial' on Friday, July 4 and the 'Stephanie Eckl Memorial' on Saturday, September 20 before the season ending 'Jim Butler Memorial Fall Classic' on October 9-10-11 which will be co-sanctioned with the NDRL 'Kings of Dirt' Series and feature $5,000 to-win events on October 9 and 10, and a $10,000 to-win prize on October 11.

The series will return to Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 27 for the 'Herb Scott Memorial and on Saturday, August 16 for the 'Red Miley Rumble' before the mammoth 'Pittsburgher' weekend that will be co-sanctioned with the NDRL 'Kings of Dirt' Series on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 11-12-13. $5,000 to-win events on September 11 and 12 will serve as an appetizer for the huge $26,000 to-win 'Pittsburgher 100'. 

Freedom Speedway in Delevan, NY will take the spotlight for the first time on Friday, August 22 followed by Little Valley (NY) Speedway on Saturday, August 23.

'We're very excited to announce our schedule for our inaugural season,' NDRL Northeast Race Director John Stivason said. 'The track promoters and owners that we've dealt with have been nothing but accommodating to us and we're proud to be working with each and every one of them. Now that we have a preliminary schedule out, we can continue to pursue drivers to follow the tour.' Stivason continued, 'It's an exciting time for super late models in the northeast region, we're going to do our best to grow this series into something that sponsors, tracks, promoters, drivers, and fans will benefit from. This season is only the tip of the iceberg for us, we have a few more dates in the works and should be able to announce those in the very near future.'

For more information on the NDRL Northeast Late Models Series or the NDRL Modifieds Series please visit www.NDRLNortheast.com or www.NDRLModifieds.com (coming soon).

2014 NDRL Northeast Late Model Series (Tentative Schedule)

1. Saturday, March 29 - Mercer Raceway Park (Mercer, PA) $3,000 'Chiller Thriller'

2. Thursday, April 10 - Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) $10,000 'PENNational' w/NDRL KoD

3. Friday, May 23 - TBA (PA)

4. Saturday, May 24 - Hagerstown Speedway (Hagerstown, MD) $3,000 'NDRL Challenge'

5. Friday, June 20 - Bedford Speedway (Bedford, PA) $3,000

6. Saturday, June 21 - Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA) $3,000

7. Friday, July 4 - McKean County Raceway (E. Smethport, PA) $3,000 'Cpl. Jason Dunham Memorial'

8. Saturday, July 12 - Hagerstown Speedway (Hagerstown, MD) $3,000 'Christmas in July'

9. Saturday, July 19 - TBA (PA) $3,000

10. Sunday, July 27 - Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) $3,000 'Herb Scott Memorial'

11. Saturday, August 16 - Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) $5,000 'Red Miley Rumble'

12. Friday, August 22 - Freedom Speedway (Delevan, NY) $3,000

13. Saturday, August 23 - Little Valley Speedway (Little Valley, NY) $3,000 'Mid-Summer Classic'

14. Saturday, August 30 - Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA) $TBA 'Butch Renninger Memorial'

15. Sunday, August 31 - Hagerstown Speedway (Hagerstown, MD) $3,000 'NDRL Challenge'

16. Saturday, Sept. 6 - TBA (PA)

17. Thursday, Sept. 11 - Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) $5,000 'Pittsburgher' w/NDRL KoD

18. Friday, Sept. 12 - Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) $5,000 'Pittsburgher' w/NDRL KoD

19. Saturday, Sept.13 - Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) $26,000 'Pittsburgher' w/NDRL KoD

20. Saturday, Sept. 20 - McKean County Raceway (E. Smethport, PA) $5,000 'Stephanie Eckl Memorial'

21. Friday, Sept. 26 - TBA (PA)

22. Saturday, Sept. 27 - TBA (PA)

23. Thursday, October 9 - McKean County Raceway (E. Smethport, PA) $5,000 'Fall Classic' w/NDRL KoD

24. Friday, October 10 - McKean County Raceway (E. Smethport, PA) $5,000 'Fall Classic' w/NDRL KoD

25. Saturday, October 11 - McKean County Raceway (E. Smethport, PA) $5,000 'Fall Classic' w/NDRL KoD

**Co-Sanctioned events with NDRL Kings of Dirt Series will be Show-Up Points Only

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Southern Nationals Bonus Races ready for Double-Header March Madness Weekend at Cherokee

SOMERSET, KY (February 22, 2014)—The Ray Cook Southern Nationals Bonus Races will sanction one of Cherokee Speedway’s largest events of the season with their 11th Annual March Madness weekend March 1-2. For the first time, the weekend will feature two complete Super Late Model races with $3,000 to win / $300 to start going to the winner on Saturday evening March 1st then $10,000 to win / $700 to start going to the Sunday afternoon winner. An open practice session will be held on Friday Night February 28th from 6-10 pm.

Promoter Lennie Buff is currently re-surfacing the 3/8th’s mile track located in Gaffney, SC with new loads of dirt and a complete new surface that will greet the drivers when they compete on the March 2/2 weekend. A practice sessions will be scheduled on February 22 before the Super Late Model teams hit the track for the March Madness Weekend.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Races will have two complete races with purse monies in excess of $51,000 for both days. Saturday Evening’s format includes the traditional Southern Nationals format and Sunday Afternoon’s format everyone will be running heats with no-one being locked in after Qualifying and everyone being split into an A & B group and B-Mains also being ran. The two highest finishers from Saturday’s feature finish will be guaranteed starters as 23rd and 24th starting spots in Sunday’s main event.

The Series entry fee will be $100.00 each night but if a driver competes on Saturday Night then Sunday’s entry fee will be just $50.00. The Tire rule will be as follows: Hoosier 1350, 1600, SPEC 70 (right rear option) along with the American Racer 48, 56 and DTW70 (right rear option). On Saturday all tires will be marked before Qualifying. You can only change one tire for the feature. You must run the B-Main on the four tires you qualified on. For the feature everyone can have one tire different and the driver’s choice where it is. On Sunday, it’s the same format for Qualifying and Heats, drivers can change one tire for the B-Main and for the Feature drivers can have as many as they need. Tire samples will be taken all weekend. The Southern Nationals format, race procedures and technical rules will be in effect.

On Saturday March 1st the Gates will open at 10:00 am and Driver’s Meeting will be slated for around 1:00 pm with racing to begin later that afternoon. General Admission for Saturday is $20.00 with Pit Passes going for $30.00. On Sunday March 2nd the Gates will open at 10:00 am with Driver’s Meeting slated for 12:30 pm. Hot Laps will begin around 1:15 pm. General Admission for Sunday is $25.00 with Pit Passes going for $35.00. Two-Day Passes will be offered as a two-day General Admission pass will be $40.00 while a two-day Pit Pass will be $60.00. Support Classes will be ran and be announced by the track.

Further information on Cherokee Speedway located at 153 Speedway Road in Gaffney, SC 29341 can be obtained by contacting the following: Track Phone (864) 489-1969 or Promoter Lennie Buff (864) 505-9199. The track’s official website is located at www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com or follow them on twitter @Cherokee_DirtSC.

Further information on the Southern Nationals Bonus Races can be obtained by calling Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .

March Madness Saturday March 1 Purse (35 Laps): 1) $3000, 2) $1500, 3) $900, 4) $800, 5) $700, 6) $600, 7) $575, 8) $550, 9) $525, 10) $500, 11) $400, 12) $390, 13) $380, 14) $370, 15) $360, 16) $350, 17) $340, 18) $330, 19) $320, 20) $310, 21) $300, 22) $300. TOTAL $13,800

March Madness Saturday March 2 Purse (60 Laps): 1) $10000, 2) $5000, 3) $2500, 4) $2000, 5) $1500, 6) $1300, 7) $1200, 8) $1100, 9) $1050, 10) $1000, 11) $950, 12) $900, 13) $850, 14) $800, 15) $750, 16) $700, 17) $700, 18) $700, 19) $700, 20) $700, 21) $700, 22) $700, 23) $700, 24) $700 TOTAL $37,200

Previous March Madness Winners:
2003-Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH
2004-Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL
2005-Jeff Smith of Dallas, NC
2006-Chris Madden of Gray Court, SC
2007-Clint Smith of Senoia, GA
2008-Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN
2009-Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA
2010-Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN
2011-Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA
2012-Jared Landers of Batesville, AR
2013-Jared Landers of Batesville, AR

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SWEENEY RUSH RACING SERIES TO HOST TECHNICAL SEMINARS MARCH 8 FOR PROMOTERS, TECH OFFICIALS & ENGINE REBUILDERS/REPAIR FACILITIES

February 20, 2014

 (By Mike Leone)  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(Pulaski, PA)...With the inaugural season of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series in the rearview mirror, Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming 2014 season. The growing Series has been expanded to include the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds under the Sweeney RUSH Racing Series banner. With the continued growth of crate racing throughout the Northeast, RUSH has organized a technical seminar to be held on Saturday, March 8 at Edmond's Restaurant in Lowellville, Ohio.

Two separate seminars will be conducted by RUSH Competition Director Travis Harry; one for Authorized NeSmith/RUSH Engine Rebuilders and RUSH Authorized Repair Facilities and a second for speedway tech officials. Regional speedway promoters are also invited to attend.

Additional invitations have also been extended to other speedways and their tech officials throughout the Northeast regardless of their affiliation. RUSH Series Directors feel it's important for everyone with a stake in crate racing to be aware of RUSH'S technical and rebuilding procedures and policies, as many racers will compete throughout the season at various sanctioned and non-sanctioned speedways and series.

"One of the most important pieces of a successful crate racing program is the implementation of a strongly enforced technical program," stated Emig. "Over the past seven years we have been privileged to work with many knowledgeable tech officials, authorized rebuilders, and our Competition Director, Travis Harry, and NeSmith Competition Director, Tim Sims. We owe all of these people a great deal of gratitude for their belief in working together to create an equal playing field for all of our competitors. I know a huge amount of information will be exchanged at these meetings, which in turn will help continue the forward momentum and integrity of crate racing in our area."

RUSH has very rapidly expanded into Virginia (Winchester), Maryland (Potomac), New York (Freedom), and Ontario, Canada (Humberstone) for the upcoming season. The expansion means new racers, new promoters, new tech officials, and new engine rebuilders. The seminar is expected to be very well attended as several of the officials from these speedways have committed to attending the seminar as well as many others from the other RUSH-sanctioned speedway fold.

Edmonds Restaurant is located on US 422 at the Ohio/Pennsylvania state line at the address of6922 McCartney Rd, Lowellville, OH 44436.

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Davey Johnson Wins Thriller at East Bay Raceway Park

TAMPA, FL (February 15, 2014) - Davey Johnson returned to East Bay Raceway Park's victory lane tonight, for the first time since the 2001. The veteran driver took the lead on lap 12 and held off a hard charging Earl Pearson Jr. in the closing laps for his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win. Trailing Johnson and Pearson to the finish line in the 38th Winternationals finale was Don O'Neal, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Jimmy Owens.

"We had to work on the car most of the night to get it ready for today. I want to thank Austin Hargrove, we brought him in during the off-season and he has made a big difference in our race team. Our business slowed down a little last year, and we were able to travel more and run some bigger shows. I think we are ready for a really good season," said Johnson.

"We have always liked coming down here to East Bay. The last time we won here was in the Rocket House Car in 2001. The track was really racy tonight! Our car worked better on the bottom, and then we moved up the track late in the race, and it was still fast. Man, it feels good to win here again."

Jimmy Owens led the first eleven laps of the race until Johnson took over the point. Johnson held a steady pace as Scott Bloomquist started to apply some pressure. Johnson and Bloomquist ran one-two until a caution on lap 49.

On the restart Pearson soared past Bloomquist on the outside to take over second. In the final 11 laps Pearson tried hard to run-down Johnson, but Johnson was able to withstand Pearson's challenges and take his car to Lucas Oil Victory Lane. "I have to thank my sponsors, Imperial Towing, Reliable Painting, Johnson Boat Brokers, Craiger Racing Engines and Rocket Chassis for all of their support," said the 50-year-old Johnson.

"That was a heck of a race," said Pearson afterwards. "I don't know if that caution hurt or helped us. We got around Scott, and I then thought I had enough laps to catch Davey, but we didn't. This Bobby Labonte Racing Team and everyone at Longhorn Chassis should be proud of what we have done so far this season." Pearson retains the point lead heading into the series next event at Brownstown (IN) Speedway on March 22nd.

O'Neal started tenth, and made a late-race charge to claim third. "I saw Earl get up against the cushion, so I decided I was going to try it as well. The bottom was working well for us, but the top got faster, we were in the right spot at the right time. It was another good point night for the Clint Bowyer, Peak Oil Team, and we will be ready for Brownstown next month."

Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Gregg Satterlee, Bobby Pierce, Scott Bloomquist, and Ray Cook.

In preliminary action, Billy Moyer set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the ­40 entrants, with a lap of 14.362 seconds. Dennis Erb Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.648 seconds. Jimmy Owens, John Blankenship, Davey Johnson, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Jason Hughes and Randy Weaver won their respective B-Mains.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday Night, February 15th, 2014
38th Annual East Bay Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Feature Finish (50 Laps):  1. Davey Johnson, 2. Earl Pearson Jr., 3. Don O'Neal, 4. Eddie Carrier Jr., 5. Jimmy Owens, 6. Steve Francis, 7. Gregg Satterlee, 8. Bobby Pierce, 9. Scott Bloomquist, 10. Ray Cook, 11. John Blankenship, 12. Jared Landers, 13. Dan Stone, 14. Randy Weaver, 15. Brian Shirley, 16. Jason Riggs, 17. Mike Benedum, 18. Dennis Erb Jr., 19. Booper Bare, 20. Devin Moran, 21. Chad Hollenbeck, 22. Dennis Franklin, 23. John Mollick, 24. Jason Hughes, 25. Kevin Weaver, 26. Jason Papich.

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Dennis Erb Jr./ 14.648 seconds

Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Billy Moyer/ 14.362 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Dennis Erb Jr., Ray Cook, Steve Francis, Bobby Pierce, Eric Jacobsen, Ricky Weiss, Joe Denby, Justin Rattliff, Vic Coffey-DNS

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): John Blankenship, Brian Shirley, Dennis Franklin, Devin Moran, Jason Hughes, Jared Landers, Dan Stone, Leon Henderson, Bob Geiger, Chad White-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Davey Johnson, Earl Pearson Jr., Don O'Neal, Gregg Satterlee, Randy Weaver, Mike Benedum, Kenny PettyJohn, Jason Papich, Nick Davis, Billy Moyer

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Eddie Carrier Jr., John Mollick, Kevin Weaver, Jason Riggs, Booper Bare, Jay Morris, Chad Hollenbeck, Billy Moyer Jr., James O'Hara

JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jason Hughes, Bobby Pierce, Jared Landers, Eric Jacobsen, Ricky Weiss, Joe Denby, Leon Henderson, Bob Geiger, Dan Stone, Justin Rattliff

CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Randy Weaver, Booper Bare, Mike Benedum, Jason Riggs, Jay Morris, Kenny PettyJohn, Nick Davis, Jason Papich

Race Statistics

Entrants: 35

Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1 - 11); Davey Johnson (Laps 12 - 60)
Caution Flags: Kevin Weaver (Lap 3); Gregg Satterlee (Lap 5); Randy Weaver (Lap 11); Gregg Satterlee, Randy Weaver (Lap 12); Jason Hughes (Lap 14); Jay Mollick (Lap 18); Chad Hollenbeck (Lap 29); Randy Weaver (Lap 40); Dennis Erb Jr. (Lap 49)

Time of Race: 44 minutes 56 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
1. Earl Pearson Jr. 880
2. Don O'Neal 845
2. Steve Francis 845
4. Eddie Carrier Jr. 815
5. John Blankenship 780
6. Jimmy Owens 755
7. Gregg Satterlee 730
8. Ray Cook 715
9. Jared Landers 650
10. Brian Shirley 640

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

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Bobby Pierce Takes First Career East Bay Win on Saturday Afternoon
 
TAMPA, FL (February 15, 2014) - Bobby Pierce took the lead at the start of the race and never looked back as he went on to win Saturday afternoon at East Bay Raceway Park. It was Pierce's first ever win at East Bay as well as his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Pierce was followed across the finish line by Gregg Satterlee, Steve Francis, Billy Moyer, Jr., and Eddie Carrier Jr.

"It feels great to win here at East Bay. My dad never won here. We have been coming down here for three years now and to finally break through with this win, I don't know what to say," said the 17-year-old, who became the second youngest driver to win a Winternationals event in a Late Model at East Bay.

"I am going to have to text my buddy Tyler Reddick, and tell him I won. He is the youngest to win here [when he was 15], so I have to rub it in a little. It was important to win that first heat and get the pole. We have had a tough week with our other car. I am not sure if something is bent on it or what, so we brought this one out today. If dad let's me, I guess I should drive it tonight," said the winner.

"My biggest challenge today was to conserve tires. Obviously, in a day race there was no moisture out there. You have to drive the car straighter. Traffic wasn't too bad out there. I kept some distance between myself and the last place car for a while, and then I thought I had better get going. I knew someone was close behind me, so I had to pick up the pace a little bit," said the driver of the Pierce Posse, Champion, Bob Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, Chevrolet.

Satterlee is racing at East Bay this week for the first time in his career, and finished second today. "The car was really good. You have to be extremely patient in those conditions during the day. I think we did a good job with the tires as well. We developed an oil leak there towards the end of the race, so we will take a look at that before tonight's show, and hopefully win tonight."

On the first lap, Francis quickly moved up two spots from his third-row starting spot. He stayed there the rest of the race to finish third. "We just hung around, hoping something would happen to the 32 and the 22 car, so we could gain a spot or two. They drove a great race. I saw some smoke out of Satterlee's car towards the end. I didn't know if it was an oil leak or tire smoke. We will take third and head to tonight's race. We have been struggling some this week. It's a point's race, so we have to go and make some adjustments."

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Eric Jacobsen, Ray Cook, Brian Shirley, and John Blankenship.

In preliminary action, Billy Moyer Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the ­35 entrants, with a lap of 15.196 seconds. Eddie Carrier Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 15.350 seconds. Bobby Pierce, Gregg Satterlee, Billy Moyer Jr., and Ray Cook. won their respective heat races. Kenny Pettyjohn won the B-Main.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday DAY, February 15th, 2014
38th Annual East Bay Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Feature Finish (35 Laps):  1. Bobby Pierce, 2. Gregg Satterlee, 3. Steve Francis, 4. Billy Moyer Jr., 5. Eddie Carrier Jr., 6. Jimmy Owens, 7. Eric Jacobsen, 8. Ray Cook, 9. Brian Shirley, 10. John Blankenship, 11. Jason Papich, 12. Booper Bare, 13. Kenny Pettyjohn, 14. Justin Rattliff, 15. Devin Moran, 16. Jason Riggs, 17. Mike Benedum, 18. Dennis Erb Jr., 19. Chad Hollenbeck, 20. Jason Hughes, 21. Davey Johnson, 22. Kevin Weaver, 23. Dan Stone, 24. Jared Landers, 25. Randy Weaver, 26. Don O'Neal.
 
Race Statistics

Entrants: 35

Lap Leaders: Bobby Pierce (Laps 1 - 35)

Caution Flags: Jimmy Owens (Lap 1)

Time of Race: 11 minutes 57 seconds
 
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Eddie Carrier Jr. / 15.350 seconds

Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Billy Moyer Jr. / 15.196 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Bobby Pierce, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Justin Rattliff, Davey Johnson, Kenny PettyJohn, Chad Hollenbeck, Joe Denby, Adam Bowman

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Gregg Satterlee, Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, Jason Papich, John Blankenship, Booper Bare, Kevin Weaver, Nick Davis, Leon Henderson

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Billy Moyer Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Brian Shirley, Jared Landers, Jason Riggs, Mike Benedum, Devin Moran, Jay Morris

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Ray Cook, Eric Jacobsen, Randy Weaver, Jason Hughes, Dan Stone, Vic Coffey, Dennis Franklin, James O'Hara

JRi Shocks B-Main (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Kenny PettyJohn, Booper Bare, Chad Hollenbeck, Kevin Weaver, Devin Moran, Mike Benedum, Vic Coffey, Nick Davis, Joe Denby, James O'Hara, Jay Morris, Adam Bowman, Dennis Franklin

Strawberry Dash Finish (Winner Transfers): Mike Benedum, Jay Morris, James OHara

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Billy Moyer Survives Battle with Blankenship to Win Friday Night at East Bay
 
TAMPA, FL (February 14, 2014) - Billy Moyer survived a back-and-forth battle with John Blankenship to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Friday Night at East Bay Raceway Park. Moyer denied Blankenship's first ever win at East Bay by taking the lead with eight laps to go from Blankenship and went unchallenged the remaining laps. With his win Moyer scored his 778th win of his career. Blankenship finished second, followed by Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, and Gregg Satterlee rounded out the top five.

"The car was just phenomenal all night long. When he (Blankenship) got around me, I thought I was in trouble. There was a bunch of heavy traffic, and I lost contact with him. That caution about halfway through the race really helped me," said Moyer.

"On the restart I was able to stay with him [Blankenship]. It looked like his car was going away a little bit, then we had that last caution with nine to go, and I was thinking I had a real good shot at him. We were able to get out of the corners better than him. His [Blankenship's] car would drift up the track, and that's when we passed him," said Moyer.

The two drivers put on a spectacular feature event, running side-by-side several times until Moyer was able to finally clear Blankenship. "I can't thank the people at Longhorn Chassis enough; Bobby and Terry Labonte, Kevin Rumley, and everybody else for making this transition easy. I want to thank Clements Racing Engines, the power that I have is second-to-none."

Blankenship had everything going his way when he passed Moyer for the lead with nine laps scored. "When we got the lead early, I was thinking maybe tonight was the night when we would finally get a win here. I knew I was a sitting duck there in the last ten laps. Our car was getting looser and he (Moyer) was getting faster. Congrats to Billy on the win, they deserved it. We will come back tomorrow and shoot for the victory," said the driver of the Coal: Save the Country, Rocket Chassis.

Bloomquist was in the thick of things at the end as he fought to a third-place finish. "Our car has been pretty fast this entire week here. We keep making adjustments on it, and it has definitely helped. Those two [Moyer and Blankenship] were just a little bit better than us tonight. I have to thank a new sponsor that has come on board with us this year, Ole Smokey Moonshine."

Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier, Jr., and Ray Cook.

In preliminary action, Steve Francis set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the ­45 entrants, with a lap of 14.034 seconds. Billy Moyer set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.144 seconds. Billy Moyer, Gregg Satterlee, John Blankenship, and Earl Pearson Jr. won their respective heat races. Billy Moyer Jr. and Brian Shirley won their respective B-Mains.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday Night, February 14th, 2014
38th Annual East Bay Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL
Feature Finish (50 Laps):  1. Billy Moyer, 2. John Blankenship, 3. Scott Bloomquist, 4. Don O'Neal, 5. Gregg Satterlee, 6. Earl Pearson Jr., 7. Jimmy Owens, 8. Steve Francis, 9. Eddie Carrier Jr., 10. Ray Cook, 11. Dennis Erb Jr., 12. Booper Bare, 13. Jared Landers, 14. Ricky Weiss, 15. Randy Weaver, 16. Devin Moran, 17. Dan Stone, 18. Eric Jacobsen, 19. Chad Hollenbeck, 20. Kenny Pettyjohn, 21. Brian Shirley, 22. John Mollick, 23. Bobby Pierce, 24. Billy Moyer Jr., 
25. Kevin Weaver, 26. Davey Johnson.

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Billy Moyer/ 14.144 seconds

Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Steve Francis/ 14.034 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, Eddie Carrier Jr., Booper Bare, Davey Johnson, Kevin Weaver, Nick Davis, Jason Papich, Dustin Mitchell, Leon Henderson, Adam Bowman

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Gregg Satterlee, Jimmy Owens, Kenny PettyJohn, Jared Landers, Billy Moyer Jr., Bobby Pierce, Joe Denby, Jay Brunson, Chad White, James O'Hara, Justin Rattliff

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): John Blankenship, Steve Francis, Ray Cook, Dan Stone, Randy Weaver, Eric Jacobsen, Mike Benedum, Jason Hughes, Chad Stapleton, Dennis Franklin, John Mollick

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson Jr., Don O'Neal, Ricky Weiss, Dennis Erb Jr., Brian Shirley, Chad Hollenbeck, Devin Moran, Vic Coffey, Jay Morris, Andy Bond, Jason Riggs

JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Billy Moyer Jr., Davey Johnson, Kevin Weaver, Bobby Pierce, Jason Papich, Justin Rattliff, Nick Davis, Chad White, Jay Brunson, Leon Henderson, Dustin Mitchell, James O'Hara, Adam Bowman, Joe Denby, Bob Geiger-DNS

CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Brian Shirley, Randy Weaver, Eric Jacobsen, Devin Moran, Mike Benedum, Chad Hollenbeck, Jason Hughes, Dennis Franklin, Vic Coffey, Andy Bond, Jay Morris, Chad Stapleton, John Mollick, Jason Riggs
 
Non-Qualifiers Race Finish: Mike Benedum, Jason Papich, Nick Davis, Joe Denby, James OHara, Chad Stapleton, Justin Rattliff   

Race Statistics

Entrants: 48

Lap Leaders: Billy Moyer (Laps 1 - 8); John Blankenship (Laps 9 - 37); Billy Moyer (Lap 38); John Blankenship (Laps 39 - 44); Billy Moyer (Laps 39 - 44)
Caution Flags: Brian Shirley, Kevin Weaver, Billy Moyer Jr., Devin Moran, Chad Hollenbeck, Davey Johnson (Start); Brian Shirley (Lap 25); Billy Moyer Jr., Bobby Pierce (Lap 25); Jared Landers (Lap 41)

Time of Race: 28 minutes 28 seconds   

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:   
1. Earl Pearson Jr. 650
2. Steve Francis 645
3. Don O'Neal 625
4. John Blankenship 605
4. Eddie Carrier Jr.605
6. Jimmy Owens 550
7. Gregg Satterlee 535
7. Ray Cook 535
9. Dennis Erb Jr. 485
9. Brian Shirley 485

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Dennis Erb Wins a Wild One at East Bay on Thursday Night
 
TAMPA, FL (February 13, 2014) - Dennis Erb Jr. earned his first victory of the season on Thursday Night at East Bay Raceway Park. Erb had a fierce battle all race long and finally overtook Billy Moyer for the lead with seven laps to go in the 38th Annual Winternationals event. The race was broadcasted live on MAVTV American Real Network. Trailing Erb and Moyer to the checkers were Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, and Brandon Sheppard.

"It feels great to beat Billy [Moyer] here and get a win for C.J. Rayburn and Rayburn Race Cars. The last few years we've really ran well here. We just got this car at the beginning of January and rushed to get it together to bring it down to Golden Isles and East Bay. When he [Moyer] started running that high-line through one and two, I thought maybe I had a shot at him," said the winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane with his Crew Chief, Heather Lyne.

"We got by him a couple of times early on, but never took the lead at the flag stand. Those couple of cautions there really helped me. Then he [Moyer] started going up the track in turn two to get around that hole up there. We stayed glued to the bottom and eventually we were able to get by him," said the driver of the JR McBride Leasing, Kuntz and Company-powered #28E C.J. Rayburn Race Car.

Erb earned his fifth career win at East Bay Raceway Park. The win was the first at East Bay for a Rayburn Race Cars entry since Mike Marlar won in 2010.

Moyer was looking for his second straight victory at the 38th Winternationals, but it was not to be. When Erb made the winning pass, he took off and Moyer was never able to regain the top spot again. "Hats off to him [Erb], he drove a good race. If we kept running through turn two like it was, we were not going to finish the race. So I entered turn one high and continued through two in the same line, but his car was good on the bottom, and I couldn't get back around him," said Moyer afterwards.

Owens settled for third as the 3-time and defending series champion had his best finish of the season. "Our car was off a tick and we weren't going to beat Dennis or Billy tonight. We had a good race with Scott [Bloomquist] for a long time. The car is getting better and hopefully tomorrow night we will have it dialed in."

Completing the top ten were Davey Johnson, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Devin Moran, and Bobby Pierce.

In preliminary action, Dennis Erb Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the ­48 entrants, with a lap of 14.094 seconds. Billy Moyer set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.253 seconds. Billy Moyer, John Blankenship, Dennis Erb Jr., and Davey Johnson won their respective heat races. Don O'Neal and Mark Whitener won their respective B-Mains.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Thursday Night, February 13th, 2014
38th Annual East Bay Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL


Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Dennis Erb Jr., 2. Billy Moyer, 3. Jimmy Owens, 4. Scott Bloomquist, 5. Brandon Sheppard, 6. Davey Johnson, 7. Steve Francis, 8.  Eddie Carrier Jr., 9. Devin Moran, 10. Bobby Pierce, 11. John Blankenship, 12. Jared Landers, 13. Don O'Neal, 14. Kenny Pettyjohn, 15. Nick Davis, 16. Mark Whitener, 17. Jason Riggs, 18. Ray Cook, 19. Earl Pearson Jr., 20. Brian Shirley, 21. Billy Moyer Jr., 22. Chad Hollenbeck, 23. Gregg Satterlee, 24. Jason Hughes, 25. Vic Coffey, 26. Eric Jacobsen.

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Billy Moyer/ 14.253 seconds

Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Dennis Erb Jr. / 14.094 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Billy Moyer, Jimmy Owens, Brian Shirley, Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, Eric Jacobsen, Justin Rattliff, Kenny Pettyjohn, Ricky Weiss, Dan Stone, Jay Morris, Adam Bowman

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): John Blankenship, Eddie Carrier Jr., Bobby Pierce, Devin Moran, Billy Moyer Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Jason Papich, Tim McCreadie, John Mollick, Chad White, Bob Geiger, Randy Weaver

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Dennis Erb Jr., Gregg Satterlee, Jason Hughes, Jason Riggs, Mark Whitener, Dennis Franklin, Leon Henderson, Mike Benedum, Chad Stapleton, Joe Denby, Kevin Weaver, Dustin Mitchell-DNS

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Davey Johnson, Steve Francis, Jared Landers, Nick Davis, Chad Hollenbeck, Jay Brunson, Ray Cook, Earl Pearson Jr., Vic Coffey, Booper Bare, Andy Bond, James O'Hara

JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Don O'Neal, Eric Jacobsen, Kenny PettyJohn, Billy Moyer Jr., Justin Rattliff, Brandon Sheppard, Dan Stone, Jason Papich, Ricky Weiss, Jay Morris, Chad White, Bob Geiger, Adam Bowman, Randy Weaver-DNS, John Mollick-DNS, Tim McCreadie-DNS

CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Mark Whitener, Chad Hollenbeck, Ray Cook, Dennis Franklin, Mike Benedum, Leon Henderson, Kevin Weaver, Dustin Mitchell, Jay Brunson, Chad Stapleton, Earl Pearson Jr., Joe Denby, Vic Coffey-DNS, Booper Bare-DNS, Andy Bond-DNS, James O'Hara-DNS

Strawberry Dash Finish (Winner Transfers): Brandon Sheppard (Winner was drawn at random)

Race Statistics

Entrants: 48

Lap Leaders: Billy Moyer (Laps 1 - 37); Dennis Erb Jr. (Laps 38 - 45)

Caution Flags: Gregg Satterlee, Chad Hollenbeck (Lap 1); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 1); Jason Hughes (Lap 2); Brian Shirley, Billy Moyer Jr. (Lap 2); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 14); Jared Landers (Lap 30); Mark Whitener (Lap 34)

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Mother Nature Moves Tonight's Events to Saturday
 
TAMPA, FL (February 12, 2014) - Officials of East Bay Raceway Park and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series have postponed tonight's events from the 38th Annual DART Winternationals. Tonight's $7,000-to-win event is rescheduled for Saturday Morning, February 15th. Hold on to your armband from today, armbands that were issued today are good for Saturday's make-up event.

Gates will be cleared at 9:30am on Saturday morning for tonight's makeup event. Hot Laps will begin at 11:15AM and racing will begin at Noon (12PM). There will be a full show including Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash, and the 35-Lap Feature. Saturday night's scheduled $10,000-to-win event will be run as scheduled with Hot Laps beginning at 6PM. Friday's events will also be run scheduled as normal with Hotlaps beginning at 6PM.

Tomorrow night's, Thursday February 13th, series event from East Bay Raceway Park will air LIVE on MAVTV starting at 9:30 PM EST. MAVTV can be found on DIRECTV on Channel 214 and on DISH Network channel 248. For cable subscribers, check your local listings in your area.

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Billy Moyer Masters East Bay on Tuesday Night

TAMPA, FL (February 11, 2014) - Billy Moyer raced to victory on Tuesday Night at East Bay Raceway Park. Moyer took the lead from Steve Francis on lap 22 and led the rest of the way in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned East Bay Winternationals.

It was Moyer's 22nd win at East Bay, which is the most of any Late Model driver in the history of the Winternationals. Francis finished second, followed by Brandon Sheppard, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Don O'Neal rounded out the top five.

"This car has been good all year," said Moyer, as he stood next to his new Longhorn Chassis racecar. "It's been great to be working with the Labonte's, Earl Pearson Jr., Kevin Rumley, and Matt Langston. Trying to catch Steve (Francis) was going to be tough after he got off to a good start, but we were eventually able to run him down."

""We felt like last night, we had a car that could win, and then it kind of got away from us at the end. We worked hard all day on the car, made some changes, and it paid off. I would like to thank Henderson Motorsports, Banner Valley Hauling, Sparks Motorsports, Sunoco Race Fuels and everyone else with the race team. The Clements Racing Engine under the hood was just phenomenal tonight."

Francis bolted into the lead at the start. Brandon Sheppard ran second for the first ten laps of the race. Moyer started fourth and finally got by Sheppard on lap 11. Moyer then tracked down Francis, passing him for the lead coming of off turn number two with three laps to go.

"We were a little too loose after I ran awhile," said Francis. "Billy got such a run off of turn two, there was nothing I could do about it," said the driver of the Georgia Boot, Clint Bowyer owned #15. "When you have Billy Moyer behind you at East Bay you are going to be in trouble. With the number of wins he has here, he's awfully tough to beat at this race track."

Sheppard earned his second consecutive podium finish. He was pleased with his effort in the Mark Richards Racing Rocket House Car. "We were close last night; I thought with the changes we made to free it up, it would help. We were in the hunt for a win, that's all I can ask for. Hopefully we will be in victory lane soon."

Completing the top ten were Scott Bloomquist, Dennis Erb Jr., Jared Landers, Jimmy Owens, and John Blankenship.

In preliminary action, John Blankenship set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the ­47 entrants, with a lap of 13.854 seconds (track record). Eddie Carrier Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 13.931 seconds. Brandon Sheppard, Don O'Neal, Steve Francis and Billy Moyer won their respective heat races. Jason Hughes and Gregg Satterlee won their respective B-Mains.

The series event from East Bay Raceway Park on Thursday February 13th will air LIVE on MAVTV starting at 9:30 PM EST. MAVTV can be found on DIRECTV on Channel 214 and on DISH Network channel 248. For cable subscribers, check your local listings in your area.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Tuesday Night, February 11th, 2014
38th Annual East Bay Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Feature Finish (25 Laps):  1. Billy Moyer, 2. Steve Francis, 3. Brandon Sheppard, 4. Eddie Carrier Jr., 5. Don O'Neal, 6. Scott Bloomquist, 7. Dennis Erb Jr., 8. Jared Landers, 9. Jimmy Owens, 10. John Blankenship, 11. Jason Riggs, 12. Kenny Pettyjohn, 13. Brian Shirley, 14. Booper Bare, 15. Tim McCreadie, 16. Dan Stone, 17. Chad Hollenbeck, 18. Bobby Pierce, 19. Gregg Satterlee, 20. Devin Moran, 21. John Mollick, 22. Davey Johnson, 23. Jason Hughes, 24. Billy Moyer Jr., 25. Kevin Weaver. 26. Randy Weaver.
 
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Eddie Carrier Jr./ 13.931 seconds

Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: John Blankenship/ 13.854 seconds ***New Track Record***

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Eddie Carrier Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Brian Shirley, Tim McCreadie, Jason Riggs, Mike Benedum, Booper Bare, Vic Coffey, Adam Bowman, Joe Denby, Ray Cook-DNS

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O'Neal, John Mollick, Randy Weaver, Chad Hollenbeck, Jason Hughes, Dennis Franklin, Justin Rattliff, Jay Morris, Allen Murray, Nick Davis, Don Young, Eric Jacobsen-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Steve Francis, Dennis Erb Jr., John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens, Kevin Weaver, Ricky Weiss, Bobby Pierce, Devin Moran, Jason Papich, Andy Bond, Bob Geiger, Dustin Mitchell-DNS

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Billy Moyer, Jared Landers, Dan Stone, Kenny PettyJohn, Gregg Satterlee, Davey Johnson, Mark Whitener, Billy Moyer Jr., Jay Brunson, Chad Stapleton, James O'Hara

JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jason Hughes, Tim McCreadie, Jason Riggs, Booper Bare, Dennis Franklin, Jay Morris, Mike Benedum, Nick Davis, Adam Bowman, Allen Murray, Justin Rattliff

CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Gregg Satterlee, Kevin Weaver, Davey Johnson, Bobby Pierce, Ricky Weiss, Devin Moran, Mark Whitener, Jason Papich, Jay Brunson, Chad Stapleton, Billy Moyer Jr., Bob Geiger, Andy Bond-DNS, James O'Hara-DNS, Dustin Mitchell-DNS

Strawberry Dash Finish (Winner Transfers): Devin Moran, Ricky Weiss, Nick Davis, Jay Brunson, Adam Bowman, Mike Benedum, Chad Stapleton, Jason Papich

Race Statistics

Entrants: 47

Lap Leaders: Steve Francis (Laps 1 - 21); Billy Moyer (Laps 22 - 25)

Caution Flags: Bobby Pierce (Lap 2); Chad Hollenbeck (Lap 5); John Mollick, Davey Johnson, Tim McCreadie, Chad Hollenbeck (Lap 5); Devin Moran (Lap 15); Gregg Satterlee (Lap 22)

Time of Race: 16 minutes 35 seconds
 
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Eddie Carrier Jr Sweeps First Night of East Bay Winternationals

TAMPA, FL (February 10, 2014) - Eddie Carrier Jr. made a clean sweep of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series racing action on Monday Night at East Bay Raceway Park. Carrier set a new track record during Miller Welders Time Trials, won his heat, and led all 25 laps for the victory in his Carl Grover Motorsports/Rocket Ford.

Carrier earned his first career win at East Bay over Devin Moran, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, and Billy Moyer, Jr. Carrier's Salt Rock Express is powered by a Grover Race Engines

"If we didn't win tonight, we may never have another chance like this. When you set a new track record, win your heat, and lead every lap in the feature, it's really awesome. It says a lot about our race team. My car owner, Carl Grover and my dad (Eddie Carrier Sr.) have been so instrumental in my career, I can't thank them enough. This car has been so good out of the box this year, Rocket Chassis worked real hard at the end of last year on this design and this year it's been superfast," said the winner.

The younger Moran held his own for most of the distance, fighting off challenges from several drivers. "To run second with this group of drivers says a lot," said the 19-year-old. "My dad (Donnie) told me to be patient. To out run guys like Billy Moyer, his son, Sheppard, and everybody else here... wow is all I can say."

After a late caution, Sheppard got things going, passing several cars in the waning laps. He took the Rocket House Car up to the third spot to earn a podium finish. "We have continued to work on this car every day; it was really good late. We started eighth and worked our way up there. We will come back tomorrow and try to make it even better."

Completing the top ten were Gregg Satterlee, Billy Moyer, Ray Cook, Jared Landers, and Dennis Erb Jr.

In preliminary action, Eddie Carrier Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the ­44 entrants, with a lap of 13.971 seconds (New East Bay Track Record). Billy Moyer Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.173 seconds. Devin Moran, Racy Cook, Eddie Carrier Jr. and Billy Moyer won their respective heat races. Jason Hughes and Dustin Mitchell won their respective B-Mains.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Monday Night, February 10th, 2014
38th Annual East Bay Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL
 
Feature Finish (25 Laps):  1. Eddie Carrier Jr., 2. Devin Moran, 3. Brandon Sheppard, 4. Brian Shirley, 5. Billy Moyer Jr., 6. Gregg Satterlee, 7. Billy Moyer, 8. Ray Cook, 9. Jared Landers, 10. Dennis Erb Jr., 11. Eric Jacobsen, 12. Jason Papich, 13. Mike Benedum, 14. Ricky Weiss, 15. Bob Gardner, 16. Bobby Pierce,
17. Chad Hollenbeck, 18. Kenny Pettyjohn, 19. Davey Johnson, 20. Mark Whitener, 21. Dustin Mitchell, 22. Justin Rattliff, 23. John Mollick, 24. Jason Hughes,
25. Dennis Franklin, 26. Jimmy Owens.

 Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Billy Moyer Jr. / 14.173 seconds

Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Eddie Carrier Jr. / 13.971 seconds ***New Track Record***

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Devin Moran, Billy Moyer Jr., Kenny PettyJohn, John Mollick, Gregg Satterlee, Justin Rattliff, Kevin Weaver, Joe Denby, Andy Bond, James O'Hara, Jimmy Owens

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Ray Cook, Davey Johnson, Dennis Erb Jr., Chad Hollenbeck, Vic Coffey, Bobby Pierce, Jason Riggs, Nick Davis, Jason Papich, Mike Stadel, Jay Brunson

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Eddie Carrier Jr., Jared Landers, Ricky Weiss, Brian Shirley, Jason Hughes, Dennis Franklin, Jay Morris, Bob Gardner, Allen Murray, Bob Geiger, Don Young

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Billy Moyer, Brandon Sheppard, Mark Whitener, Eric Jacobsen, Mike Benedum, Booper Bare, Dustin Mitchell, Adam Bowman, Chad Stapleton, Dan Stone

JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Bobby Pierce, Gregg Satterlee, Justin Rattliff, Jason Papich, Jason Riggs, Kevin Weaver, Nick Davis, Jay Brunson, Mike Stadel, James O'Hara, Andy Bond, Joe Denby

CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jason Hughes, Dennis Franklin, Mike Benedum, Jay Morris, Bob Gardner, Booper Bare, Dustin Mitchell, Allen Murray, Bob Geiger, Don Young, Chad Stapleton, Dan Stone

Strawberry Dash Finish (Winner Transfers): Dustin Mitchell, Kevin Weaver< Joe Denby, Jay Morris, Allen Murray, James O'Hara, Bob Geiger, Mike Stadel

Race Statistics

Entrants: 44

Lap Leaders: Eddie Carrier Jr. (Laps 1 - 25)

Caution Flags: Bob Gardner, Dennis Franklin, Jason Hughes (Lap 1); Justin Rattliff (Lap 13); Mark Whitener (Lap 19); Mike Benedum, Bobby Pierce, Davey Johnson (Lap 19)

Time of Race: 17 minutes 10 seconds   

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Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals and Bonus Races announce 2014 Points Funds

By Chris Tilley, Series Publicist

BRASSTOWN, NC (February 9, 2014)—Promoter Ray Cook has announced Points Fund cash awards that will be distributed at the end of the 2014 season for the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals presented by Schaeffer’s Oil, the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Old Man’s Garage and the Southern Nationals Bonus Races.

The Spring Nationals Series will see the Champion receiving $5,053 with the second place receiving $2,553, third place receives $2,053, fourth place receives $1,553, fifth place receives $1,053, sixth place receives $753, seventh place receives $653 and eighth place in series points will receive $553 along with all other prefect attendance drivers. The total of the Spring Nationals Points fund for the entire 10-race mini tour is in excess of $15,000. Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN is the inaugural series champion.

The Southern Nationals Series, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this season, will feature a points fund in excess of $15,000 with $5,053 going to the Series Champion, second place receives $2,553, third place receives $2,053, fourth place receives $1,553, fifth place receives $1,053, sixth place receives $753, seventh place receives $653 and eighth place in series points will receive $553 along with all other prefect attendance drivers. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA is the defending series champion.

In addition to the two tours point funds, the series has announced a Combined Bonus for the top five drivers who finish the highest with both tours. The overall top driver from each series will receive $5,053, with second place receiving $2,553, third place receiving $2,053, fourth place receiving $1,553 and fifth place receiving $1,053.

A possible $15,000+ could be won by one driver this season if he wins the Spring and Southern Nationals with points fund monies from both tours and the Combined Bonus Money. Also, if a driver was to at least run fifth in both tours, he could receive $3,159 with point funds and the combined bonus.

Another bonus has been posted for all three tours as well. A $2,000 bonus has been posted for driver(s) who compete with perfect attendance in the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals and the 8-race Bonus Race schedule. $2,000 will be given to one driver or split amongst multiple drivers who run all of the 28 total races from March at Cherokee Speedway through November at Duck River Raceway Park. ‘We hope to increase this amount of bonus money as the season goes along but we’re guaranteeing $2,000 as of the point’ stated Ray Cook, series promoter.

Promoter Ray Cook is excited about the 2014 season which is set to begin in one month. ‘There is not another regional tour in the country with a points fund like this’ stated Cook. All points fund monies are based off of 70 percent of races completed and 100 percent of racer attendance. An excess amount of $45,000 will be paid out this season for all three tours.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Races is set to begin with a double-header March 1 & 2 at Cherokee (SC) Speedway with the March Madness events paying $3,000 and $10,000 to win each day. The Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals by Schaeffer’s Oil is set to begin action with the running of the Spring Thaw Weekend at Volunteer (TN) Speedway on March 14 & 15 with $4,000 to win and $10,000 to win being paid respectively each night.

Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Races can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series Public Relations Director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .

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Francis Dominates Finale at Golden Isles Speedway

WAYNESVILLE, GA (February 8, 2014) - Steve Francis wins the final Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing. Francis displayed his dominance as he led all 50 laps of the main event. The win at Golden Isles Speedway marks his 14th career series win.     

Francis became the third different winner of the weekend, crossing the finish line ahead of Eddie Carrier Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist, and Brandon Sheppard.

"I can't say enough about this Barry Wright Race Car. It handled so well all night long. The only concern I had, was coming off turn four a few times was jumping the cushion and losing my momentum. I had to make sure I got into that corner the best I could," said the winner.

"I think all weekend long, the track was in good condition and made for a great show for the fans. We could race anywhere on it. We had a lot of fun out there tonight. It was a great point's night, and a really good start to the season."

Francis and his Clint Bowyer Racing Team have set their sights on winning the title in 2014. "I have to thank Clint for giving me this opportunity. He gives us what we need, the Clements Racing Engine had plenty of horsepower and it's great to win for Georgia Boot and everybody associated with them."

Carrier chased Francis until the final laps when Francis built a lead that carried him to the checkers. "On that last restart, I tried to stay with Steve the best I could. We were not going to beat him tonight. It was another good run for us. We will be ready for East Bay next week and hopefully continue our strong efforts."

Pearson recorded his third Top-3 finish of the races held at Golden Isles, and earned an additional bonus of $2,000 courtesy of Hot Rod Tracker for garnering the most points. "Many thanks to Hot Rod Tracker for becoming involved with the series and track. We had a couple really good days here, and we are looking forward to East Bay next week." Pearson will enter next weeks' point's events at East Bay with a five-point lead over Francis.

Completing the top ten were Ray Cook, Brian Shirley, Jared Landers, Don O'Neal and Brady Smith.

In preliminary action, Chris Madden set the overall Georgia Boot Fast Time (Group B) amongst the ­34 entrants, with a lap of 15.020 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 15.191 seconds. Steve Francis, Brandon Sheppard, Eddie Carrier Jr. and Billy Moyer Jr. won their respective heat races. Tim McCreadie and John Blankenship won their respective B-Mains.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday Night, February 8th, 2014
Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing
Golden Isles Speedway - Waynesville, GA

Georgia Boot Fast Time Group A: Earl Pearson Jr./ 15.191 seconds

Georgia Boot Fast Time Group B: Chris Madden / 15.020 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Jared Landers, Scott Bloomquist, Tim McCreadie, Devin Moran, Jason Papich, Jason Riggs, Mike Benedum

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Dennis Franklin, Dennis Erb Jr., Don O'Neal, Kenny PettyJohn, Brady Smith, Russell Brown, Jr., Chad Hollenbeck

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Eddie Carrier Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Ray Cook, Chris Madden, John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens, Brian Shirley, Steve Shaver, Jason Fitzgerald

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Billy Moyer Jr., Gregg Satterlee, Randy Weaver, Mike Stadel, Jason Hughes, Ricky Weiss, Vic Coffey, Albert Cosnahan

JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Kenny PettyJohn, Brady Smith, Jason Riggs, Jason Papich, Mike Benedum, Russell Brown, Jr., Devin Moran, Chad Hollenbeck-DNS

CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens, Brian Shirley, Steve Shaver, Ricky Weiss, Jason Hughes-DNS, Vic Coffey-DNS, Albert Cosnahan-DNS, Jason Fitzgerald-DNS

Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Steve Francis, 2. Eddie Carrier Jr., 3. Earl Pearson Jr., 4. Scott Bloomquist, 5. Brandon Sheppard, 6. Ray Cook, 7. Brian Shirley, 8.  Jared Landers, 9. Don O'Neal, 10. Brady Smith, 11. Jason Hughes, 12. Jimmy Owens, 13. John Blankenship, 14. Kenny Pettyjohn, 15. Billy Moyer Jr., 16. Dennis Erb Jr., 17. Ricky Weiss, 18. Chris Madden, 19. Dennis Franklin, 20. Mike Stadel, 21. Gregg Satterlee, 22. Randy Weaver, 23. Tim McCreadie, 24. Jonathan Davenport.

Race Statistics

Entrants: 34

Lap Leaders: Steve Francis (Laps 1 - 50)

Caution Flags: Jonathan Davenport (Lap 6); Dennis Franklin, Jared Landers (Lap 6); John Blankenship (Lap 19); Dennis Franklin (Lap 36); Dennis Erb Jr. (Lap 37)

Time of Race: 31 minutes 57 secon24

Hot Rod Tracker Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing Point Standings:   
1. Earl Pearson Jr.  670
2. Steve Francis 635
3. Don O'Neal 610
3. Chris Madden 610
5. Brandon Sheppard 605
6. John Blankenship 535
6. Jimmy Owens 535
8. Eddie Carrier Jr. 530
9. Billy Moyer Jr. 520
9. Jonathan Davenport 520
 
Point Standings   
1. Earl Pearson Jr. 450
2. Steve Francis 445
3. Eddie Carrier Jr. 420
4. Don O'Neal 415
5. Chris Madden 410
6. Brandon Sheppard 375
6. John Blankenship 375
8. Brian Shirley 360
9. Jimmy Owens 355
9. Ray Cook 355
* Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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Madden Wins Friday Night's Running of the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing

WAYNESVILLE, GA (February 7, 2014) - Chris Madden earns the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event victory on Friday Night at Golden Isles Speedway. Madden was dealing with a rapidly deflating right-rear tire in the final two laps of the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing.

"I felt the tire going flat under the caution. I'm not sure if I ran over something to cause it to go flat, or if it was just worn out. I don't know, but we were lucky to hold Don O'Neal off," said Madden in Lucas Oil Victory Lane, "I have to thank my crew; this Bloomquist car ran terrific all day." Madden claimed a sixth place finish in the afternoon race won by Jonathan Davenport.

"It was a little tedious there in traffic; our car was good getting into the corners, but a little tight off of them. I thought I had left the door open a little bit for whoever was behind me. With all the laps on the track today, you just have to be patient. I have to thank Clements Racing Engines, Century Plastics, Henderson Amusement, East Coast Entertainment, Hamrick's of Gaffney, Xtreme Customs Cycles and Cushman Paint and Body Shop," continued an excited Madden.

O'Neal started third in the Clint Bowyer; Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil; Barry Wright Race Cars entry moved into second on the opening lap and stayed there to record a runner-up finish in his second start for the team. "Our car was good all night; I was hoping he would slide up the track enough that I could pass him. He held his line well throughout the entire race. On that last restart, I got caught napping. I was looking at his tire going flat and they restarted the race. That may have given him enough of an advantage that held up in those final few laps, congrats to him and his team."

Earl Pearson Jr, backed up his third place finish in the afternoon race, and enjoyed another podium finish in Friday Night's 50 lapper. "It's been a fantastic day for Longhorn Chassis, we got a win with Davenport and tonight to run third with these guys, it is a confidence boost for tomorrow night's race."

Pearson started with Madden on the front row and slipped back to third on the opening lap. "Hopefully this will jump-start us to a terrific season and maybe our fifth title. I have to thank Bobby Labonte, Lucas Oil, Sunoco, and MAV-TV for making this possible for us."

Completing the top ten were Vic Coffey, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jimmy Owens, and Kenny Pettyjohn.

In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Georgia Boot Fast Time (Group B) amongst the ­34 entrants, with a lap of 15.041 seconds. Chris Madden set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 15.072 seconds. Chris Madden, Don O'Neal, Earl Pearson Jr. and Billy Moyer Jr. won their respective heat races. Brady Smith and Jonathan Davenport won their respective B-Mains.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday NIGHT, February 7th, 2014
Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing
Golden Isles Speedway - Waynesville, GA
Feature Finish (50 Laps):
  1. Chris Madden, 2. Don O'Neal, 3. Earl Pearson Jr., 4. John Blankenship, 5. Gregg Satterlee, 6. Vic Coffey, 7. Steve Francis, 8. Eddie Carrier Jr., 9. Jimmy Owens, 10. Kenny PettyJohn, 11. Steve Shaver, 12. Brandon Sheppard, 13. Brian Shirley, 14. Dennis Erb Jr., 15. Ray Cook, 16. Randy Weaver, 17. Billy Moyer Jr., 18. Jason Hughes, 19. Tim McCreadie, 20. Brady Smith, 21. Jared Landers, 22. Russell Brown, Jr., 23. Jonathan Davenport, 24. Devin Moran.

Georgia Boot Fast Time Group A: Chris Madden/ 15.072 seconds

Georgia Boot Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport/ 15.041 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Chris Madden, Gregg Satterlee, Vic Coffey, Tim McCreadie, Brady Smith, Ray Cook, Jared Landers, Chad Hollenbeck, Albert Cosnahan

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O'Neal, Devin Moran, Jimmy Owens, Russell Brown, Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Jason Papich, Jason Fitzgerald, Casey Barrow

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson Jr., Kenny PettyJohn, Eddie Carrier Jr., Steve Shaver, Randy Weaver, Jonathan Davenport, Dennis Franklin, Mike Benedum, Jason Riggs

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Billy Moyer Jr., John Blankenship, Steve Francis, Dennis Erb Jr., Brian Shirley, Ricky Weiss, Jason Hughes, Mike Stadel

JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Brady Smith, Brandon Sheppard, Jared Landers, Ray Cook, Jason Papich, Chad Hollenbeck, Jason Fitzgerald, Albert Cosnahan, Casey Barrow

CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Brian Shirley, Randy Weaver, Mike Benedum, Jason Riggs, Ricky Weiss, Jason Hughes, Dennis Franklin, Mike Stadel

Race Statistics
Entrants: 34
Lap Leaders: Chris Madden (Laps 1 - 50)

Caution Flags: Billy Moyer Jr. (Lap 2); Devin Moran, Jonathan Davenport (Lap 2); Tim McCreadie (Lap 48)

Time of Race: 22 minutes 55 seconds   

Georgia Boot Hot Rod Tracker Super Bowl of Racing Points:
1. Chris Madden 460
2. Earl Pearson Jr. 440
3. Don O'Neal 425
4. Brandon Sheppard 400
5. Jonathan Davenport 395
6. Steve Francis 385
7. Gregg Satterlee 375
8. John Blankenship 370
9. Jimmy Owens 365
9. Billy Moyer Jr. 365
 
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings
1. Chris Madden 260
2. Don O'Neal 230
3. Earl Pearson Jr. 220
4. John Blankenship 210
5. Gregg Satterlee 205
6. Vic Coffey 200
7. Steve Francis 195
8. Eddie Carrier Jr. 190
9. Jimmy Owens 185
10. Kenny Pettyjohn 180
*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*
 
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NDRL Northeast Late Model Series and NDRL Modified Series Implement Hoosier Tire Rule

Pittsburgh, PA (February, 7, 2014) The National Dirt Racing League has signed a three year agreement with Hoosier Racing Tire to be the exclusive tire for the NDRL Northeast Late Model Series and NDRL Modified Series.

NDRL Northeast Late Model Series competitors will be required to use Hoosier 1300 compound or harder at all NDRL Northeast Late Model Series sanctioned events. Tires must be clearly marked with the four-digit designation. Tire compounds may not be removed or covered.

NDRL Modifieds Series will be required to use a Hoosier M100 Medium or Harder compound.  To help offset the initial shock of tire expense at the beginning of the season, the NDRL Modified Series will allow any Hoosier tire to be used until May 17, 2014.  After that date all teams will need to conform to the M100 or harder tire rule on all four corners. Tires must be clearly marked with the four-digit designation. Tire compounds may not be removed or covered.

These and all rules at with the NDRL Northeast Late Model Series and NDRL Modified Series will be strictly enforced and tire testing will be implemented at the discretion of NDRL officials.

'We're very excited to have Hoosier Tires on board with the NDRL Northeast Late Model Series and the NDRL Modifieds Series,' NDRL's Jason Shank quipped. 'Having the support of a company that has been as instrumental in the growth of our sport as Hoosier Tire has been is important to us at the NDRL. Hoosier Tires has become the tire of choice for a majority of the racers out there today and their support of the racers, tracks, and numerous series' shows their dedication to help dirt racing succeed.'

Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic was vital in making this agreement work and will be the official distributor for the Hoosier racing tires that will be used at NDRL Northeast and NDRL Modifieds events.  Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic general manager, Bob Wirts stated, 'Everyone at Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic is excited and proud to be a part of this venture with the NDRL Northeast Late Model Series and the NDRL Modifieds Series.'

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Davenport Dominates Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Opener at Golden Isles 

WAYNESVILLE, GA (February 7, 2014) - Former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year Jonathan Davenport of Mt. Airy, NC dominated the season-opener Friday afternoon at Golden Isles Speedway. Davenport set a new track record in time trials, won his heat, and led all 25-laps of the first main event for the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing. The win marked his third career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Davenport's other LOLMDS victories were in the state of Virginia at Winchester Speedway and Virginia Motor Speedway both during the 2010 season.

"I can't thank Kevin [Rumley], Leroy [Rumley], and Longhorn Chassis enough. This deal just came together at the end of last year, I have driven for them before but to come together so quick with this car, it says a lot about this team."

Davenport was unchallenged for a majority of the $5000 to win event, which was the first LOLMDS race at Golden Isles Speedway since 2008. Last year's series rookie of the year, Billy Moyer Jr. ran second for the first 11 laps until yielding to Brandon Sheppard. Moyer then lost another spot a few circuits later to Earl Pearson Jr., who took over the third spot.    

A caution with five laps to go would set-up a five lap dash to the finish. But Davenport was just too strong as he fought off Sheppard's challenges to take the win. "I have to thank AES Racing, JRi Shocks, Mega Plumbing, VP Fuels, and CV Products. The track was real racy for a day-time race, my hats off to the track crew in getting it ready after the rain last night. So now we will come back tonight and try to win two today."

Sheppard, who is subbing for Josh Richards in the Mark Richards Racing, Rocket House Car crept to within a car-length in the final five-lap shootout, but Davenport pulled away in the closing laps. "We stayed with him on that last restart for a little bit, but he was too strong, congrats to them. This is a new car. We will go back make some adjustments for tonight and see what happens", stated the winner of the series final event last year, the Dirt Track World Championship.

Sheppard was the only non-Longhorn Chassis driver to prevent a podium finish for Davenport, Pearson and Moyer Jr. Pearson was happy with his finish, but even more for the younger Moyer. "He drove a heck of race there running up top and I didn't think I was going to get by him. He is going to have a good year and just a matter of time before he gets a series win.We were really good off the bottom today and it feels good to run well this close to home with all my family and friends here".   

Completing the top ten were Chris Madden, Don O'Neal, Steve Francis, Dennis Franklin and Jimmy Owens.

In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Georgia Boot Fast Time (Group A) amongst the ­33 entrants, with a lap of 14.921 seconds. Billy Moyer Jr. set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.011 seconds. Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Billy Moyer Jr., and Chris Madden won their respective heat races. Steve Shaver won the B-Main.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday DAY, February 7th, 2014
Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing
Golden Isles Speedway - Waynesville, GA
Feature Finish (25 Laps): 
1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Brandon Sheppard, 3. Earl Pearson Jr., 4. Billy Moyer Jr., 5. Tim McCreadie, 6. Chris Madden, 7. Don O'Neal, 8. Steve Francis, 9. Dennis Franklin, 10. Jimmy Owens, 11. Devin Moran, 12. Gregg Satterlee, 13. Steve Shaver, 14. John Blankenship, 15. Brian Shirley, 16. Brady Smith, 17. Chad Hollenbeck, 18. Russell Brown, Jr., 19. Jason Fitzgerald, 20. Jared Landers, 21. Ray Cook, 22. Vic Coffey, 23. Randy Weaver, 24. Dennis Erb Jr.

Race Statistics

Entrants: 33

Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 - 25)

Caution Flags: Jason Fitzgerald (Lap 7); Brian Shirley, Vic Coffey, Greg Satterlee (Lap 11); Ray Cook (Lap 17); Debris (Lap 20)

Time of Race: 17 minutes 54 seconds

Georgia Boot Fast Time Group A: Jonathan Davenport / 14.921 seconds

Georgia Boot Fast Time Group B: Billy Moyer Jr. / 15.011 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Earl Pearson Jr., Ray Cook, Russell Brown, Jr., Jason Fitzgerald, Jason Papich, Steve Shaver, Eddie Carrier Jr.

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Tim McCreadie, John Blankenship, Brady Smith, Randy Weaver, Jared Landers, Devin Moran, Ricky Weiss

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Billy Moyer Jr., Jimmy Owens, Dennis Franklin, Gregg Satterlee, Vic Coffey, Casey Barrow, Dennis Erb Jr., Kenny PettyJohn, Albert Cosnahan

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Chris Madden, Don O'Neal, Brian Shirley, Steve Francis, Chad Hollenbeck, Jason Riggs, Jason Hughes, Mike Stadel

JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Steve Shaver, Jared Landers, Devin Moran, Dennis Erb Jr., Jason Riggs, Casey Barrow, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jason Papich, Jason Hughes, Kenny PettyJohn-DNS, Ricky Weiss-DNS, Albert Cosnahan-DNS, Mike Stadel-DNS

Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing Points:   
1. Jonathan Davenport 260
2. Brandon Sheppard 230
3. Earl Pearson Jr. 220
3. Billy Moyer Jr. 220
5. Tim McCreadie 205
6. Chris Madden 200
7. Don O'Neal 195
8. Steve Francis 190
9. Dennis Franklin 185
10. Jimmy Owens 180

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Lucas Oil Late Model Points as of March 23
1. Don O'Neal 1095
2. Earl Pearson Jr. 1070
3. Steve Francis  1065
3. Eddie Carrier Jr. 1055
5. John Blankenship 905
6. Ray Cook 900
7. Jimmy Owens 895
8. Scott Bloomquist 835
9. Jared Landers  800
10. Brian Shirley 775

NDRL NE Points
April 6

1. Gregg Satterlee 200
2. Keith Barbara 196
3. Russell King 194
4. Mike Knight 192
5. Max Blair 190
6. Justin Kann 188
7. Brent Rhebergen 186
8. Greg Oakes 184
9. Jared Miley 182
10. Chad Hollenbeck 180


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