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DIRT CAPITOL QUALIFYING COMPLETED FOR ERNIE D’S FALL BASH AT HAGERSTOWN

HAGERSTOWN, MD: Qualifying for the 1st Annual Ernie D’s Fall Bash was primarily completed Friday evening at Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol. Saturday’s program consists of a Late Model B-main needed to complete that field along with qualifications and features for the Four Cylinders and Rookie Cars with features for Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks and Hobby Stocks.

The Fall Bash events begin with Pit Gates opening at 3 p.m., Grandstands at 3 p.m. and Hot Laps at 5 p.m.  

Keith Jackson toured the track in 18.760 seconds followed by J.T. Spence in a time of 18.840 seconds which locked them onto the front row for the 40-Lap Late Model feature which will pay the winner $8,000.

First and second heat winners, Vic Coffey and Rick Eckert will start from the second row while Gene Knaub and Mason Zeigler, who won the third and fourth heats, will go from row three.  

The 20-Lap $1,200 to win Late Model Sportsman line up has heat winners Scott Palmer and Justin Weaver on the front row with Robbie Emory and Kyle Lee in row two.

Mike Corbin and Jamie Zentmyer were the Pure Stock heat winners and go from the front row in the 15-Lap $600 to win feature. Mike Franklin and Mike Raleigh will start in the second row.

The 15-Lap $400 to win Hobby Stock field has heat winners Chuck Bowie on the pole flanked by Gary Proctor with Shyann Bard and Gary Deason in the second row

Four Cylinders will be competing for $300 in a 12–Lap feature and Rookie Cars for $200 in a 10-Lap feature.

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

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"STEEL CITY STAMPEDE" TO CONCLUDE SWEENEY RUSH SERIES SEASON WITH A WEEKEND DOUBLEHEADER AT LERNERVILLE; $2000 TO-WIN FOR LATE MODELS & $500 FOR SPORTSMAN MODS
October 21, 2014

(By Mike Leone) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Sarver, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series is set to conclude the 2014 racing season this weekend at Lernerville Speedway for the "Steel City Stampede" DIRTcar Round-Up. It'll be a doubleheader for RUSH with the Sweeney Late Model Touring Series along with the final Sweeney Weekly Series event for the new Sportsman Modifieds. Open practice will be held Thursday night (October 23) from 7-9 p.m. with heat races on Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday will include last chance B mains and features with action getting underway at 6 p.m.

This year's "Steel City Stampede" will be the sixth edition of the growing event that includes nine of the region's racing divisions all showcased in this end of the season blowout for the region.  There has yet to be a repeat winner in the Crate Late Models; past winners include Josh Holtgraver (2009), Butch Lambert (2010), Bryan Force (2011), Max Blair (2012), and Dennis Lunger, Jr. (2013).

The RUSH Late Models have made two appearances in 2014 at the Sarver, Pa. oval.  On May 9, Dan Angelicchio won the $700 Sweeney Weekly Series event, while Chad McClellan captured the $1,500 "Bill Emig Memorial" for the Sweeney Tour back on July 4.  Saturday's feature will pay $2,000 to-win!

Meanwhile the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be making their fifth appearance of the season at Lernerville this weekend, and first ever as part of the "Steel City Stampede"!  Adam Hilton has two victories, while single wins have gone to Dave Conant, Jr. and Jeremy Zufall.  Saturday's feature will pay a season high $500 to-win and will determine the championship.  Greg Martin currently leads Hilton by just three points in the $3,000 to-win title that looks at drivers' best 10 finishes.  

"We have to thank Lernerville for allowing RUSH to be part of this great event," stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  "The Crate Late Model racers have always been appreciative to be included in this traditional season-ending blockbuster event.  Last year during this event we held an informational meeting for the Sportsman Modifieds, now here they are one year later part of the event and set to decide the $3,000 champion!  Lernerville has also gone above and beyond to allow our RUSH member racers to receive the DIRTcar pit pass discount."  

There have been 10 different winners in the first 15 Sweeney Late Model Tour events this year. After eight straight new winners, Bryce Davis joined McClellan and Rick Singleton as the Series' only multiple winners with his $3,000 victory on October 11 at McKean County Raceway.

Ryan Montgomery enters the weekend as the Sweeney Tour point leader in search of his first championship. The 17-year-old Fairmont, West Virginia racer has a 36-point lead and simply needs to attempt to race on Friday to clinch the $5,000 championship. After tying for a Series high five Sweeney Tour victories with champion Mike Pegher, Jr. in 2013, Montgomery has only been able to win one event this year that coming back on July 12 at Pittsburgh. Pegher, who beat out Montgomery last year at Lernerville to win the title, is expected to make his season debut this weekend.

Ever since his first career Sweeney Tour win at Canada's Humberstone Speedway on July 20, John Waters has outgained Montgomery in six of the last seven events; however, four finishes outside the top 10 this season including a DNQ at Winchester really put Waters behind the eight-ball. Waters just missed his second Series win on October 11 as he was passed by Davis at the finish.  

Despite no top five finishes and just one top 10 in the last seven events, Chad McClellan is still hanging on to the third spot in points. The Stoystown, Pa. driver, who won two of the season's first five races, is hoping to turn around his luck and end the season on a positive note where he won earlier this season.

Cortland, Ohio teen Eric Wilson moved up into the fourth position in points- his highest placing in his career. Wilson joined the Sweeney Tour for the first time in his young career after winning last year's "Futures Cup" crown. Wilson has missed qualifying for just one feature this year and his five top 10 finishes along with three 11th place finishes has him sitting just 15 behind McClellan for third.

Jason Rider actually led the points early on with three top eight finishes to open up the season; however, has since just managed three ninth place finishes and a 10th in the last 12 events. Rider has dropped to fifth in points and can drop no further, but still is only 16 points out of the third spot.

Rounding out the top 15 points paying positions are Cody Dawson, four-time winner Rick Singleton, W.L. Stile, Andrew Wylie, Ralph Morgan, Jr., Lunger, Rob Marhefka, Davis, Holtgraver, and Blair. Outside looking in are Joe Martin, Chad Ruhlman, John Imler, and Russell Baird, Jr., who still have a shot at moving into the top 15.  

Saturday's winner of the K&N Dash will receive a $100 K&N gift certificate with $50 certificate going to second. The third and fourth place finishers will receive $25 cash. Singleton leads the K&N Dash Championship points by one over Waters. Also, a lucky fan will win a K&N Cold Air Induction System valued at up to $500.

A drawing will be held on Friday amongst all competing drivers with the lucky winner receiving a TurboStart 16-volt racing battery valued at over $250!

Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature.  The Brake Man "Tough Brake of the Night" will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any The Brake Man purchase.  

Driven Racing Oil's "Slick Move of the Night" winner will receive a bottle of Driven Racing Oil Race Wax, a can of Driven Racing Oil Speed Clean, and a certificate for $50 off a case of Driven XP Synthetic Racing Oil!  

Crate Innovations will present both the "Ignite" and "Performance Plus" Awards.  The 16th place finisher (provided he hasn't won the award before) will receive a carb spacer kit that includes one billet aluminum Accelerator-1, one upper and one lower spacer gasket, and four specifically designed washers used for installation, while the driver that finishes last on the lead lap each night (provided he hasn't won the award before) will receive the Moroso Custom Fit Plug Wire Set, which are custom tailored for use with the Chevrolet Performance 602 and 604 circle track engines.   

The first driver that fails to qualify for the feature on Saturday night will receive an ARbodies nose kit valued at $245.  

Lernerville Late Model Payoff : 1. $2,000  2. $1,000  3. $650  4. $550  5. $470  6. $435  7. $410  8. $370  9. $340  10. $310  11. $280  12. $270  13. $260  14. $250  15. $240  16. $230  17. $220  18-24. $210.  $100 Tow/Non-Qualifier.

Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Late Model Touring Series DRIVER Points (must be Touring member to receive points): 1. Ryan Montgomery 1376  2. John Waters 1340  3. Chad McClellan 1274  4. Eric Wilson 1259 5. Jason Rider 1258  6. Cody Dawson 1059  7. Rick Singleton 770 8. W.L. Stile 752 9. Andrew Wylie 672 10. Ralph Morgan, Jr. 646 11. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 576 12. Robby Marhefka 559 13. Bryce Davis 554 14. Josh Holtgraver 515 15. Max Blair 473 16. Joe Martin 444 17. Chad Ruhlman 419 18. John Imler & Russell Baird, Jr. 388 20. Reese Masiello 273 21. Josh Double 349 22. Adam Sixt 345 23. Jamie Wrightsman 328 24. Michael Lake 322 25. Jeremy Adamik 293 26. John Over 260 27. Kyle Lukon 220 28. Will Thomas III 182  29. Matt Glanden 164 30. Bob Kish 155 31. Junior Peters 140 32. Jeff Dayman 92  33. Jamie Brown & Nolan Dalton 89  35. Jacob Burdette 78.  

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FALL BASH TUNE UP GOES TO COVERT

HAGERSTOWN, MD: Starting sixth in Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol’s Late Model tune up for next week’s final season program, the Ernie’s D’s Fall Bash, Jason Covert posted his second win and ninth overall triumph of the season. Covert grabbed the lead from Glenn Elliott on lap 15 and later held off Jason Miller by .900 seconds.

“The plans are to come back next week for the $8,000 and hopefully we’ll be standing here too but it’s a different night and we might be on the truck,” Covert said. “There’s a lot of good cars around here and when you win at Hagerstown, you’ve accomplished something.”

Other Saturday evening winners included Scott Palmer in the Late Model Sportsman, Mike Corbin in the Pure Stocks, Dylan Rutherford in the Hobby Stocks, Kevin Thomas, the Four Cylinders and a first for a long time to lady drivers, 13-year-old Haley Kaiser in the Rookie Cars and in the first ever appearance of the E-Modifieds, Deana Groves.

With co-promoter Ernie Davis making it a 28-car starting field for the 40 Late Model entries and starting heads up, Glenn Elliott wasted no time going from fourth starting spot into the lead on the opening lap and checking out from pole sitter Brad Ritter and sixth starting Covert.

Elliott had more than a three second lead when Covert got under Ritter on the fifth lap and began to shrink Elliott’s lead.

When Elliott arrived at the back of the field on the 11th lap, Covert closed quickly and was on Elliott’s bumper in another two laps. In another two, Covert emerged the leader and also diced past some rear cars until a 19th lap caution when Ritter rolled to a stop.

On the restart, third starting Gary Stuhler spewed liquid on the track entering the first turn and pulled high to get away from oncoming traffic while Elliott took a wild slide to stop and then tag the rear for the subsequent restart.

Covert took off as Jason Miller quickly charged into the runner up over Rick Eckert as Covert went on to claim the win by .900 seconds over Miller, Eckert, Jerry Bard and J.T. Spence while Keith Jackson came from 19th to end sixth. Jamie Lathroum was seventh after starting 13th with Kenny Moreland, Dan Stone and D. J. Troutman completing the top ten.  Heats went to Ritter, Bard, Stuhler and Elliott while Jackson and Nick Dickson were consy winners.   

“Being buried in our heat race and being able to get up through there probably made the feature a little bit easier,” Covert said. “The car was fantastic. I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

Scott Palmer pulled to the front of the Late Model Sportsman field over Mike Walls and Paul Cursey as Palmer caught the rear of the field by the seventh lap with Chaz Walls moving into third on the eighth. Cursey did a complete spin in the second turn on a tenth lap restart with nobody making contact as he had to restart from the rear.  

Palmer again led over Walls with Chad Myers, James Lichliter, Bruce Kane and Kyle Lee battling for the next positions while a lap 17 caution set up a three lap shootout. Palmer was steadfast as he pulled ahead to win over Lichliter who snatched the runner up spot from Walls on the restart. Walls finished third over Lee and Myers with Kane ending sixth. Derek Quade came from 12th for seventh while Justin Weaver (14th), Todd Snook and Ralph Morgan (15th) ended the top ten. Palmer, Cursey and Walls were the heat winners.  

Late Models, 25 Laps: 1.Jason Covert, 2.Jason Miller, 3.Rick Eckert, 4.Jerry Bard, 5.J.T. Spence, 6.Keith Jackson, 7.Jamie Lathroum, 8.Kenny Moreland, 9.Dan Stone, 10.D.J. Troutman, 11.Kyle Hardy, 12.Brian Tavenner, 13.Allen Brannon, 14.Mike Lupfer, 15.Barry Miller, 16.Nick Dickson, 17.Jim Yoder, 18.Glenn Elliott, 19.Matt Parks, 20.Gary Stuhler, 21.Brad Ritter, 22.Kyle Lear, 23.Gene Knaub, 24.Roy Deese Jr., 25.Marvin Winters, 26.Andy Anderson, 27.Dylan Yoder, 28.Matt Cosner,

DNQ – Tim Wilson, Jimmy Jesmer, Rick Hulson, Dan Angelicchio, Cole Amsen, Ronnie DeHaven Jr., Bob Gordon, Pancho Lawler, James Ohara, Mike Altobelli Jr., Mark Pettyjohn, Matt Sponaugle

Late Model Sportsman, 20 Laps: 1.Scott Palmer, 2.James Lichliter, 3.Mike Walls, 4.Kyle Lee, 5.Chad Myers, 6.Bruce Kane, 7.Derek Quade, 8.Justin Weaver, 9.Todd Snook, 10.Ralph Morgan,, 11.Chaz Walls, 12.Travis Stickley, 13.Steve Lower, 14.Tyler, Emory, 15.Paul Cursey, 16.Kevin Deremer, 17.Paul Guideo, 18.Garrett Walls, 19.Brayden Anderson, 20.Kurt Zimmerman, 21.Charlie Schaffer, 22.Brad Kling, 23.Mike Lauffer, 24.Gino Comi

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Rain Postpones Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park to Sunday Afternoon

PORTSMOUTH, OH (October 18, 2014)- The Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship-presented by NAPA Auto Parts will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 19th at Portsmouth Raceway Park after rain washed out the B-Mains and the $50,000-to-win main event on Saturday Night.

Rain started just as the first B-Main was about to begin, forcing officials to postpone the event to Sunday.

The gates will open at 11AM on Sunday October 19th for the Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship-presented by NAPA Auto Parts, and racing will begin at 1PM.  For more information, visit www.portsraceway.com. For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com.

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Carrier and Moyer on Front Row of Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

PORTSMOUTH, OH (October 17th, 2014) - Eddie Carrier Jr. and Billy Moyer will start from the front row of Saturday Night's 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship-presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The six heat race winners re-drew for the first three rows of the $50,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event.

Jonathan Davenport captured the first heat race on Friday Night. After a torrid battle with R.J. Conley, Jimmy Mars and Earl Pearson Jr.; Davenport bolted to the lead and the eventual win. Gregg Satterlee came from the sixth starting spot to finish second. Miller Welders Fast Qualifier, R.J. Conley grabbed the final transfer spot finishing third.

Former DTWC winner, Billy Moyer, out-dueled pole-sitter Jackie Boggs early in the second heat race and stormed away from the field to win the second heat race. Boggs and Mason Zeigler got together down the back straightaway, forcing Boggs out of a transfer spot. Zeigler finished second, with 10th starting Rod Conley, charging to third to claim the final transfer position.

Scott Bloomquist, the hottest driver in Dirt Late Model Racing, blistered the field in heat number three in leading all 20 laps. Teammates Josh Richards and defending DTWC winner, Brandon Sheppard finished second and third to transfer into Saturday's main event.

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point leader, Don O'Neal roared from his seventh starting spot to claim heat number four. O'Neal used the outside line to sweep by the field to take over the lead. Jason Feger held off Frank Heckenast Jr. for the second finishing positioning to transfer to the DTWC. Heckenast finished third for the final transfer position.

Jimmy Owens, who started on the outside front row led all the way in heat five to take the win. John Blankenship tried to challenge Owens after several restarts, but settled for the runner-up spot. Doug Drown nabbed the third and final spot to put another home state driver in the show.

The sixth and final heat race of the night went to 2014 Sunoco North-South 100 winner, Eddie Carrier Jr. Carrier held off a late-race charge from Steve Casebolt to take the victory. Seventy-two year-old veteran Delmas Conley joined his two sons in the DTWC line-up as he grabbed the third and final transfer spot.

In preliminary action, RJ Conley set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 89 entrants, with a lap of 14.706 seconds. Jason Feger set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.015 seconds. Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, Jimmy Owens and Eddie Carrier Jr. won their respective heat races.

Feature Line Up (100 Laps):    
Eddie Carrier, Jr. Billy Moyer
Jimmy Owens Scott Bloomquist
Jonathan Davenport Don O'Neal
Gregg Satterlee Jason Feger
Mason Zeigler John Blankenship
Josh Richards Steve Casebolt
RJ Conley Frank Heckenast, Jr.
Rod Conley Doug Drown
Brandon Sheppard Delmas Conley

B-Main #1 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer) Line-Up:    
Earl Pearson, Jr. Jackie Boggs
Jimmy Mars Tim McCreadie
Jason Riggs Chris Garnes
Tommy Bailey Stephen Breeding
Mike Meyers Dennis Barton
Rick Bond Duane Chamberlain
Danny McGowan Michael Smith
Zack Dohm Steve Francis
Kevin Wagner Tim Dohm
Victor Lee Daniel Williams
Larry Ferrell Josh Hall
Shannon Thornsberry Tyler Carpenter
 
Products B-Main #2 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer) Line-Up:     
Dale McDowell Brandon Overton
Jason Papich Jared Landers
Corey Conley  Josh Bocook
Nick Bocook  Travis Brookover
Jake Keaton Brian Shirley
Mick Sansom Chad Hollenbeck
JT Conley Casey Noonan
Jeep VanWormer Brandon Fouts
Jon Hodgkiss Rick Mardis
Mike Marlar Ben Adkins
Kenneth Howell Avery Taylor
Chris Combs Richie Edwards

B-Main #3 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer) Line-Up:     
Scott James Dustin Linville
Dennis Erb, Jr. Steve Lucas
Davey Johnson Billy Gullion
Chris Stotts Chris Wilson
Derek Fisher Michael Wright
Charlie Jude Lauren Longbrake
Devin Moran Jeremy Berwanger
Steve Shaver Ralph Withem
Bobby Pierce Audie Swartz
Steve Stollings Jason Hughes
Kenny McCann Lee Logan
Paul Davis
 
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Pursley Memorial/Blue-Gray 100 Next for Southern Nationals Bonus Series at Cherokee Speedway October 24, 25

By: Michael Despain
Southern Nationals Bonus Series

SOMERSET, KY (October 15, 2014)-The Southern Nationals Bonus Series is set to return to action with a Friday/Saturday doubleheader of racing competition at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC as the tour will sanction the Robert Pursley Memorial on Friday October 24 and the 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100 on Saturday October 25 at the 3/8 mile red clay oval facility promoted by Lennie Buff.

The Robert Pursley Memorial kicks off the weekend on Friday October 24 will see the Southern Nationals Bonus Series race 35 laps for $6,000 to win after a generous donation to the purse by the Pursley family.  One of the most storied and tradition-rich events in the Southeast takes place on Saturday October 25 as the tour sanctions the 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100 event, with the winner taking home $10,000 after the 100 event sees the checkered flag.  There will be an open practice to start the weekend's activities on Thursday October 23 that will see pit admission be $15.

The Robert Pursley Memorial will take place on Friday October 24 and will feature the Southern Nationals Bonus Series in action in a full program of practice, A-B Group Time Trials, Dash for Cash, B-Mains, and the 35 lap, $6,000 to win Robert Pursley Memorial A-Main.  The SECA Late Models will also be in action on Friday for their Qualifying and Heats. The preliminaries and feature events will be run for the Crate Sportsman and Extreme 4 divisions and the Stock 4 Qualifying and Heat Races will also be run.

The 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100 will take place the following evening on Saturday October 25 and will feature the Southern Nationals Bonus Series in action in a full program of practice, A-B Group Time Trials, Qualifying Heats, B-Mains, and the 100 lap, $10,000 to win 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100.  The SECA Late Models will have their 25-lap $2,000 to win main event along with a full show for the Limited Sportsman, Renegades, Vintage Cars and the Stock 4 main event. This will mark the first-time in the event's history that it's ever been held on a Saturday Night under the lights. Most generally the race had been run on a Sunday afternoon with the event finishing up under the lights, but the Blue/Gray 100 will see action on "Primetime" Saturday Night this year.

The series entry fee for the weekend will be $100.00 each night.  Transponders will be used for timing and scoring and the rental fee for the weekend on transponders is $20.  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).  For Friday October 24, all tires will be marked before time trials.  Race teams can only change one tire for the feature.  Race teams must run the B-Main on the four tires they qualified on, while for the A-Main, everyone can have one tire different and it will be the driver's choice where it is. On Saturday October 25, it will be the same format for time trials and heats, while race teams can change one tire for the B-Main.  For the A-Main, race teams can have as many as they need.  Tire samples will be taken all weekend.  The Southern Nationals Bonus Series race format, race procedures, and technical rules will be in effect.

Sleep Inn of Gaffney, SC will be the official Host Hotel for the Robert Pursley Memorial/Blue-Gray 100 weekend.  Room rates are $74.99 plus tax per night and interested parties that are wanting to book a room need to ask for the "Cherokee Speedway" rate.  To make a reservation, please phone (864) 487-5337 and those reservations need to be made quickly as there is limited availability already on rooms.

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Robert Pursley Memorial A-Main Payout for Friday October 24 (35 laps):  1) $6,000, 2) $2,500, 3) $1,200, 4) $1,000, 5) $800, 6) $700, 7) $600, 8) $580, 9) $560, 10) $540, 11) $520, 12) $510, 13) $500, 14) $475, 15) $450, 16) $450, 17) $450, 18) $450, 19) $450, 20) $450, 21) $450, 22) $450.

Southern Nationals Bonus Series 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100 A-Main Payout for Saturday October 25 (100 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) $700, 18) $700, 19) $700, 20) $700, 21) $700, 22) $700, 23) $700, 24) $700.

Activities for the Robert Pursley Memorial on Friday October 24 will see the pit area and general admission area open at 3:00 p.m.  The drivers meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., with practice laps set to begin after the drivers meeting, followed by time trials and green flag racing.  Ticket prices for the Friday October 24 event in the general admission area will be $20 for adults, while a pit pass will be $30.

Activities for the 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100 on Saturday October 25 will see the pit area and general admission areas open at 1:00 pm.  There will a drivers autograph session from 3:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m., with the drivers meeting set for 4:00 p.m., with practice laps tentatively set to begin after the drivers meeting, followed by time trials and green flag racing.  Ticket prices for the Saturday October 25 event in the general admission area will be $25 for adults, while a pit pass will be $35.

Cherokee Speedway is also offering a special two-day ticket in the general admission area and a two-day pit pass also.  A two-day ticket in the general admission area for the weekend will be $40, while a two-day pit pass for the weekend will be $60.

Previous Blue-Gray 100 Winners
1991- Freddy Smith
1992- Scott Bloomquist
1993- Donnie Moran
1994- Scott Bloomquist
1995- Donnie Moran
1996- Scott Bloomquist
1997- Clint Smith
1998- Jack Pennington
1999- Freddy Smith
2000- Freddy Smith
2001- Steve Lucas
2002- Jeff Cooke
2003- Petey Ivey
2004- Chris Madden
2005- Randy Weaver
2006- Chris Madden
2007- Jimmy Owens
2008- Randall Chupp
2009- Dale McDowell
2010- Chris Madden
2011- Jonathan Davenport
2012- Mike Marlar
2013- Chris Madden

 Drivers expected for this mega-event include: Four-time winner Chris Madden of Gray Court, SC, 2011 Champion Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY, Kennie Compton, Jr. of Bland, VA, Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, NC, Kenny Collins of Colbert, GA, Zack Mitchell of Enoree, SC, Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN, three-time Champ. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA, Johnny Pursley of Clover, SC, Mike Gault of Gaffney, SC, Gabe Wilson of Hayesville, NC, Doug Sanders of Springwood, NC, Ross Bailes of Clover, SC, Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, SC, 2012 titlist Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN, Jonathan Edwards of Clover, SC, Kevin Wilson of Stoneville, NC, 2008 victor Randall Chupp of Troutman, NC, Ricky Weeks of Rutherfordton, NC, and Brent Dixon of Elberton, GA, plus many more are expected to be in competition.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Series has presented seven events so far in the 2014 race season and the tour's most action took place on October 3 at Tri County Race Track in Brasstown, NC and Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA became the first repeat winner with the series in 2014 by claiming a hard fought victory over Rick Eckert, Donald McIntosh, Shawn Chastain, and current series points leader Austin Smith.  The tour was scheduled to be at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY on October 10 and 11, but Mother Nature would intervene and that event has been postponed until October 31 and November 1 which will now pay $10,024-to-win over the two-day event.

Cherokee Speedway is located at 153 Speedway Road in Gaffney, SC 29341.  For more information about racing activities at Cherokee Speedway, visit the track's webpage on the internet at www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com or by contacting track promoter Lennie Buff at (864) 505-9199 or the track office at (864) 489-1969, or @Cherokee_DirtSC on Twitter.

For more information about the Southern Nationals Bonus Series, contact series race director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or on social media online at www.southernnationalsseries.com and on Twitter at twitter.com/sonationals.

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Points after October 3, 2014 (7 of 11 events complete)
1.  Austin Smith (Cedartown, GA)- 1,230
2.  Kenny Collins (Colbert, GA)- 1,034
3.  Casey Roberts (Toccoa, GA)- 960
4.  Gabe Wilson (Waynesville, NC)- 710
5.  Donald McIntosh (Dawsonville, GA)- 558
6.  Kennie Compton, Jr. (Bland, VA)- 544
7.  Bo Eaton (Blue Ridge, GA)- 496
8.  Jason Hiett (Oxford, AL)- 394
9. Chris Madden (Gray Court, SC)- 392
Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC)- 392

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Race Winners:
 March 1-Jason Hiett (Cherokee Speedway) $3,000
 March 2-Jonathan Davenport (Cherokee Speedway) $10,000
May 25-Mike Marlar (Duck River Raceway Park) $5,000
July 4-Casey Roberts (Tri-County Race Track) $3,000
July 5-Ray Cook (Tazewell Speedway) $5,000
August 16- Chris Madden (Smoky Mountain Speedway) $5,010
October 3- Casey Roberts (Tri-County Race Track) $4,053

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Races/Upcoming Events:
Friday October 24-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$6,000 to win/35 laps
Saturday October 25-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$10,000 to win/100 laps
Fri/Sat Oct. 31/Nov. 1-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY- $10,024 to win/60 laps
Fri/Sat Nov. 14/15-Duck River Raceway Park-Wheel, TN-$11,000 to win/75 laps

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion and Rookie of the Year to be Decided this Weekend
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WAYCROSS, GA (October 15, 2014) - The season long points battle for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion and the Rookie of the Year titles comes down to this weekend's final event in Portsmouth, OH on October 17th and 18th.  Both titles will depend on the outcome at the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts.  Never in the history of the LOLMDS have both titles been undetermined - heading into the series finale.

Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN and driver of the Clint Bowyer Racing car #5 leads three-time and defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN in the Mike Reece owned #20 car by a slim 75 points.  Not only will O'Neal be looking to capture this weekend's Dirt Track World Championship and the $50,000 first place prize, but he will be focused on winning his first ever LOLMDS championship and the $75,000 that comes with winning the national title.  If O'Neal finishes 8th or better in the feature event this Saturday, he will clinch the LOLMDS Championship -  no matter where Jimmy Owens finishes.  If both drivers would happen to finish tied in series points, following the conclusion of Saturday's event, then Owens would be declared the series champion based on the tie-breaker rule.  The driver that won the most series events during the year would be the tie-breaker with Owens having 8 wins to O'Neal's 7 wins in 2014.

In the chase for the Dunn-Benson Ford Rookie of the Year title, this weekend's Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship-Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will determine the 2014 LOLMDS Rookie of the Year.  Jason Hughes of Westville, OK holds a slim 35 point lead over fellow rookie contender, Jason Papich of Arroyo Grande, CA, heading into this weekend's season finale.  Both drivers have battled against some of the toughest competition all season long on the tour, while competing at new venues for both drivers for most of the season.  The driver that earns the most series points (after Saturday's event), will be crowned the 2014 Dunn-Benson Ford Rookie of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash award at the series awards banquet.  The runner-up will receive a $2,500 cash award.  Both drivers will also receive various product awards at the awards banquet for competing in this years Rookie of the Year program.  Chris Davis of Midwest Sheet Metal has also posted a cash award at every LOLMDS event to the highest finishing Rookie at each race.  Midwest Sheet metal will also present product awards to the rookies at the awards banquet.

"Were excited to have the series championship and rookie of the year titles come down to the final race of the year.  The atmosphere and intensity will be even more magnified for these drivers this weekend and all the great fans of the series will be on the edge of their seats all weekend to see who will come out on top. We look forward to a thrilling finish to what has been a great year for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2014", stated Ritchie Lewis, Series Director.

Activities for the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will get underway on Thursday, October 16th with Modified Qualifying, Heat Races and Consolation races.  On Friday, October 17th the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take to the track for Hot-Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials and Heat Races.  Also on Friday night there will be a Non-Qualifiers race for the Modifieds.  Then on Saturday, October 18th the schedule will include the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains, the Modified Feature event, the $3,000 to Win Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race and the $50,000 to win/$2,000 to start DTWC 100-lap feature.

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2014 Season Finale on Tap for the Lucas Oil Late Models at Portsmouth Raceway Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WAYCROSS, GA (October 14, 2014) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season finale will take place this weekend in Portsmouth, OH on October 17th and 18th with the running of the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts.  This event, held at Portsmouth Raceway Park, is promoted by hall of fame promoter Carl Short, along with track promoters Donna Rayburn and Tim Coleman. The Dirt Track World Championship event has been Carl's signature event, over the years, which have been filled with great history, thrilling racing action, hall of fame winners and numerous facilities hosting the event in the past 33 years.  This year's DTWC will, once again, pay $50,000 to win and $2,000 to start.

In the previous 33 DTWC events, there have been 24 different drivers to visit victory lane and capture this crown jewel event.  Dating back to the inaugural running in 1981, there have been five drivers that have won the prestigious event more than once.  Hall of Famer Freddy Smith of Seymour, TN leads the way with five wins, followed by the late Jack Boggs of Grayson, KY, who won the race three times.  Two time winners of the DTWC include:  Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR; Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN and Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL.  Some of the sport's biggest names have won the DTWC at least once over the 33 years of the event, including names like: Larry Moore ('87); Donnie Moran ('88); Steve Francis ('99); Darrell Lanigan ('03); Rick Eckert ('04); Chub Frank ('07);  Brian Birkhofer ('08);  Jimmy Mars ('09); Earl Pearson Jr. ('10); Don O'Neal ('11), Jimmy Owens ('12) and the youngest driver to ever win the event, Brandon Sheppard in 2013.

Included among the many activities at the DTWC is a $3,000 to win Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race-Presented by DirtonDirt.com. The top 26 drivers that fail to transfer into the DTWC feature event through a heat race or B-Main get to compete for a chance to earn additional prize money through this race. The winner of this event can elect to forfeit the $3,000 first place prize money and start on the tail of the DTWC feature event for a chance to win the $50,000.  In honor of Jim Dunn and his legacy of being the very first winner of the DTWC, Carl Short added the  non-qualifiers race to the DTWC event schedule as a tribute to the late Jim Dunn and his family.

The 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will once again be filmed by the award winning Lucas Oil Production Studios.  This event will air on NBC Sports and on the MAVTV American Real Networks in 2014.  "We really feel partnering with the Lucas Oil Series has helped to grow the event even more with the TV coverage they bring to this event.  I'm looking forward to this year's event and enjoy working with the great staff at Portsmouth Raceway Park", stated Carl Short, promoter of the DTWC.

Activities for the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will get underway on Thursday, October 16th with Modified Qualifying, Heat Races and Consolation races.  On Friday, October 17th the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take to the track for Hot-Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials and Heat Races.  Also, on Friday night there will be a Non-Qualifiers race for the Modifieds.  Then, on Saturday, October 18th the schedule will include the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains, the Modified Feature event, the $3,000 to Win Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race-Presented by DirtonDirt.com and the $50,000 to win/$2,000 to start DTWC 100-lap feature.

To purchase tickets for this event visit www.dirttrackworldchampionship.net/tickets.htm or call 740-858-6661. To learn more about the event go to www.dirttrackworldchampionship.net or visit the track website at www.portsraceway.com. If you have any questions, contact the DTWC office at (740) 858-6661 or you can email Carl Short at carlshort2007@gmail.com or call at (865) 945-3423 or (865) 712-9303.

Track Information
Portsmouth Raceway Park
Track Phone #: (740) 354-3278 or Office - (740) 858-6661
Promoter: Donna Rayburn - (740) 259-3408 / (740) 821-1161
Location: 25648 State Route 73, West Portsmouth, OH 45663
Website: www.portsraceway.com
Tire Rule for the DTWC
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1300, 1425 (no white dots)
Right Rear - Hoosier 01, 04, 06, LM40

Event Purse
Dirt Track World Championship Purse:  1. $50,000,  2. $15,000,  3. $10,000,  4. $7,000,  5. $5,000, 6. $3,500, 7. $3,200,  8. $3,000,  9. $2,800, 10. $2,500, 11. $2,450, 12. $2,400, 13. $2,350,  14. $2,300, 15. $2,250,  16. $2,200,  17. $2,150, 18. $2,100,  19. $2,075,  20. $2,060,  21. $2,050,  22. $2,040, 23. $2,030,  24. $2,020,  25. $2,010,26. $2,000.

Jim Dunn Memorial Non Qualifiers Race: 1. $3,000,  2. $1,500,  3. $1,250,  4. $1,000,  5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $750, 8. $700,  9. $650,  10. $600,11. 500, 12. $400, 13. $350, 14. $300, 15. $250, 16. $200, 17. $200, 18. $200, 19. $200, 20. $200,21. $200, 22. $200, 23. $200, 24. $200, 25. $200, 26. $200.

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Southern Nationals Bonus Series at Ponderosa Speedway Postponed Until October 31, November 1

By: Michael Despain
Southern Nationals Bonus Series

Somerset, KY- October 9, 2014- Ponderosa Speedway track promoter Jerry Denson and Southern Nationals Bonus Series officials have announced the scheduled events to be contested at the 3/8 mile red clay D-shaped oval better known as "Kentucky's Baddest Bullring" have been postponed this weekend for Friday October 10 and Saturday October 11.

With a large amount of rain having already at the track and with more predicted on the scheduled Friday and Saturday of the events and many race teams and race fans traveling long distances, track and series officials have made the joint decision to postpone the event until Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1.

But with the postponement does a positive come forth. The 24th Annual Fall Classic event will now see the Southern Nationals Bonus Series Super Late Models race for $10,024 to win, along with Modifieds racing for $3,000 to win, Pro Late Models racing for $2,000 to win, and KDRA Sportsman racing for $1,500 to win in the Bobby Carrier, Sr. Memorial event. An open practice session will also be scheduled to kickoff the weekend on Thursday October 30.

Events on Friday October 31 for the first night of the 24th Annual Fall Classic weekend will see all divisions in a program of practice, time trials, and qualifying heats, along with a few other things that will be announced later on this weekend. On Saturday November 1, events that will take place will include B-Mains in all divisions, along with the 60 lap, $10,024 to win Southern Nationals Bonus Series 24th Annual Fall Classic A-Main, plus feature events for the Modifieds ($3,000 to win), Pro Late Models ($2,000 to win), and KDRA Sportsman in their Bobby Carrier, Sr. Memorial ($1,500 to win).

Gate times, admission prices, and purse information for what will now be the richest ever Fall Classic event in the history of Ponderosa Speedway will be announced and released later on this weekend.
 
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Three Drivers Will Battle It Out to Become the 2014 Champion at the Carolina Clash Season Finale

2014 Carolina Clash "Countdown to the Cup Championship" Round #7 at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC on October 18, 2014

"THE CLASH BASH" - The King of the Carolinas Season Finale

By: Mark Huey, Carolina Clash Press

As soon as Kennie Compton, Jr. of Bland, VA, Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, SC, and Kyle Pierce of Statesville, NC, each pay their entry fee for the season finale at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC next Saturday night, October 18, 2014, they will become the star players in an epic battle for the 2014 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series championship. Kennie Compton, Jr. has 1201 points, and will be seeking his first career series championship, which will be a first for any driver from the state of Virginia for the Carolina Clash. The last and only time a non-Carolinian took the Carolina Clash title was in 2003 when retired-Georgia driver Ed Basey was crowned the champion. Since then, and prior to that year, it has belonged to a driver from either North or South Carolina, with Franklin returning representing the Palmetto State as a three-time and defending champion. He is the only driver from South Carolina to hold the title. Franklin trails Compton by only 11 points with 1190, as he enters this most exciting event, which hails as the most competitive event ever to be hosted in the Carolinas.  

The second annual "King of the Carolinas" presented by Carolinas First Defense, is marked as one of the most prestigious dirt events in the history of North and South Carolina, featuring events from nine different classifications of dirt racing at the place dubbed as the "Carolinas Action Track."

Kennie Compton, Jr. knows what he has to do and that is keep the course over what he has accomplished all year - just finish the race. He has finished every race and overcome all sorts of adversity to get him and his KC Transport, Bluefield Food Products machine to the place he is at. Compton's championship chase efforts began in a most adversarial way, which all kinds of problems when the series' seven race campaign began back on August 16. Compton had problems with his primary car in preliminaries and had to start at the rear of the field at Lancaster, one of the toughest tracks on tour. He raced his way back to seventh, with Franklin victorious, to set up one of the most competitive seasons in Carolina Clash history. Compton rebounded from Lancaster and survived another near-miss during a heat race at Cherokee, only to "hard-charge" his way to a third-place finish. Compton then backed up that run with four top five finishes to earn the series point lead entering the final two races. Compton has proven that winning, while cherished and important, is not the only way to win a championship. With an 11 point lead, Compton will need to finish at least 10th or better, assuming with Franklin winning the race, in order to secure the title. A Carolina Clash event rewards the winner with 36 points. Should Compton finish 10th, he would get 26 points and win the title by 1 point. Compton has 11 top five finishes in 2014, with three of those being named "Hard Charger of the Race." Compton has proven to be a "workhorse" this season and can be counted to be in contention at the end of the event. The only mishap in 2014 came in the season opener at Carolina Speedway on March 15, where he finished in the 15th place position. Compton was 4th in the Shrine 100 at Carolina in August.

If the championship were to result in a tie, according to series rules, all ties for point positions are broken by most wins, which Franklin has the most in the series in 2014. Therefore, any tie-breaker is in Franklin's favor. The only "wild-card" factor is the Safety-Kleen "Hard Charger of the Race" bonus, which is worth 2 points.

Dennis Franklin was the champion in 2010, 2011, and 2013, where each season found him winning the most races, especially in the championship chase of 2013, where he dominated. However, two DNFs at Fayetteville and Wythe Raceway put him in somewhat of a hole. However, Franklin has the most wins of any active driver at Carolina Speedway, with 4 total in 20 events hosted there. So, the odds are in his favor again. Twelve different drivers have won Clash races at Carolina Speedway since 2003. Franklin appeared to be on his way to winning a fourth title, after reeling off three wins (out of a run of four in a row) in the Chase for the Championship campaign, which came off of having won three races during the regular season, including the 42nd Annual Shrine 100 at Carolina Speedway in August. After a second-place finish at Fayetteville, Franklin is ready to give it all he's got. He leads all active drivers with the most wins in Carolina Clash history, with 38 checkered-flags. With six wins and two other top-five finishes, Franklin continues to show why his M&W Towing, Nichols Plumbing Longhorn is the car to beat at any given event. Franklin pilots a Longhorn chassis powered by Clements Race Engines.

Kyle Pierce will enter the event in the third place position and still has an outside shot at the title, only trailing by 17 points to Compton, and six points back of Franklin. While the chance of winning it all may be only a "chance," the driver from Statesville, NC and former Ed Gibbons Memorial Sportsmanship Award winner knows that his season has been one to remember. After almost winning at Clary's Speedway back in September before a late race mishap, Pierce has faithfully been there, along with Compton, Franklin and the rest of the top ten, shooting for the big prize. Pierce finished 5th at Carolina in each of the first two races of the year at Carolina. His best finish of the season was third back in April at Fayetteville, and has five top-five finishes. Kyle Pierce is sponsored by Tilley-Harley Davidson of Statesville and Salisbury, NC, Alarm South, and Village Inn Pizza of Statesville, NC and fields cars maintained by Wolfpack Racing, LLC of Troutman, NC with engines powered by Randy Clary Race Engines.  

The rest of the Carolina Clash point standings feature closely contested contests for fourth, fifth, and sixth, along with a close battle between 7th through 10th. Thus, there is a lot on the line when it comes to the outcome of this final event.

Anthony Sanders of Spartanburg, SC, will wrap up a very successful 2014 season with a chance to claim the Renegade Race Fuels Rookie of the Year honors, as he enters Carolina with a 17 point lead over Jonathan Edwards and Kevin Wilson. Sanders has also competed hard to claim the fourth-place position in points, but not without a lot of hard work. Sanders total-lost a car at the 42nd annual Shrine 100, with a catastrophic flip and roll in turn one back in August. With the help of Doug Sanders and a lot of great support, Sanders returned to race the next Saturday night at Lancaster to begin the chase. While the year has been one of ups-and-downs, Sanders knows that all of his hard work will pay off with his name in the Carolina Clash record books with this honor, should he finish 18 points ahead of Edwards in the final event, which equates to 18 spots on the finishing order. Sanders is currently fourth in points, trailing Kyle Pierce by 18 points from third. Anthony Sanders is especially thankful to Doug Sanders and Carl Sherwood of M&W Towing of Columbia, SC for all of their tremendous support to get him through the final events of the 2014 season after his crash in the regular season finale.

Kevin Wilson is fifth in points, trailing Sanders by only 5 points from fourth and also competed in the Renegade Race Fuels Rookie of the Year battle with Jonathan Edwards and Anthony Sanders.

Sixth through tenth place in points feature Johnny Pursley, who recently experienced a most violent crash at Fayetteville on October 4, 2014. Pursley only trails Wilson by 1 point from fifth. Pursley spent most of the year near the top of the points battle, but misfortune at recent events has plagued his run. Pursley does have two runner-up finishes among six top-five runs. Like Pursley, Enoree, SC driver "Kid Quick" Zack Mitchell always runs strong at first, but has experienced mishap after mishap to fall out of points contention and currently is seventh. He leads Lake Wylie, SC rookie Jonathan Edwards, McAdenville, NC veteran Doug Sanders, and veteran driver Scott Shirey, of Swansea, SC. They are each separated for 8th - 10th by only three points.

Thus, the stage is set for what should be a competitive final event of the season, with these championship contenders grouped with the others who will be contending to become the KING OF THE CAROLINAS for the $5,000 to win event, which shares the hallmark with the Friday night portion of the three-day event, which will feature the 4th Annual Bill Hendren Memorial Race for the SECA Crate Late Model sanctioning race.

2nd Annual Carolina Speedway "King of the Carolinas" presented by Carolinas First Defense Race Information:

Two of the biggest Late Model races in the Carolinas will share the same stage on one EPIC weekend as the 15th Annual Carolina Clash Bash and the 4th Annual Bill Hendren Memorial combine for the 2nd Annual King of the Carolinas presented by Carolinas First Defense event at Carolina Speedway!

Meet Grand Marshall, dirt track legend, Freddy Smith, on Saturday night!

THURSDAY NIGHT - October 16, 2014
The party begins on Thursday, October 16th with open practice - campers welcome (no hookups)
Gates open at 4pm on Thursday with practice 6pm-10pm
Coolers welcome - NO GLASS
Kids under 12 FREE all weekend long!

FRIDAY NIGHT - OCTOBER 17, 2014
4th Annual SECA $3,000 to win Bill Hendren Memorial
$1,200 to win UMP Modified
$1,000 to win Hornets (no qualifying)
Heat races for: Street Stock & Renegade (Features Saturday)
Pit gates open at 2:00 PM - Grandstands open at 4:00 PM
Drivers meeting at 6:30 PM
Practice 6:45 PM
Racing 7:30 PM

SATURDAY NIGHT - OCTOBER 18, 2014
15th Annual Carolina Clash Bash $5,000 to Win
$2,500 to Win Monster Mini Stock Association (MMSA) Four Cylinders
$1,500 to Win UMP Modifieds
$1,500 to Win Street Stocks
$1,500 to Win Renegade
$1,000 to win Thunder (Crate) Sportsman   

Pit gate opens 12:00 noon
Grandstands open at 2:00 PM
Drivers meeting at 4:45 PM
Practice 5:00 PM
Racing 5:30 PM

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Charity Event Featured in Three-Night Race Event in Gastonia  

1st ANNUAL "MOLLY GRANTS A WISH" BENEFIT

Partners with Carolina Speedway and Behind Enemy Lines Paintball

GASTONIA, NC - September 29, 2014 - Southern Belle Marketing, LLC, along with  

Carolina Speedway, Behind Enemy Lines Paintball, and Broad River Media announced today that they will be hosting the 1st Annual "Molly Grants a Wish" Fundraiser at Behind Enemy Lines Paintball from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

"Molly Grants a Wish" was founded in September 2014 after the tragic accidental death of Molly Elizabeth Justice, who was only 19-months old. Although Molly was so young, her life has impacted so many in such a short amount of time and with her parents making the decision no parent should have to make, they made the decision to give life to other children through Molly and donated her organs. Several children had their wishes granted after receiving their transplants and all of this is because of Molly, along with her loving parents Casey and Amber Justice. In an effort to continue to help others the Justice family, along with family and friends created the "Molly Grant a Wish" Foundation, in which their mission is to increase organ donation education and awareness, as well as help facilitate financial assistance each year to other families and parents who are awaiting organ donations for their children or have recently received a transplant.

Local businesses as well as the community have come together in support of the Justice family and provide financial assistance during this difficult time. "Casey is a local law enforcement officer, and Amber works in healthcare. They both give so selflessly everyday through their occupations and we want to give back during this difficult time and show them how much support and love they have from everyone in the community," said Jennifer Fredell-Saucier, owner of Southern Belle Marketing, LLC.

"We are honored to help the Justice family, and I encourage everyone to take part in the fundraiser at Behind Enemy Lines Paintball, located at 100 Wolfpack Road in Gastonia, it will truly be a day of giving, as well as all-day fun for the entire family and we will be donating ALL proceeds to Casey and Amber" said Sgt. John Wilson of the Belmont Police Department.

The event will have all-day paintball games, activities for the kids, raffles, silent auction, shopping for the ladies, various vendors, food provided by Simply Southern Catering, music, and much more!!! "After the event, we are encouraging everyone to head over to the 2nd Annual "King of the Carolinas" at Carolina Speedway, where we will also be collecting donations to support "Molly Grants a Wish" and the Justice Family," said Clint Elkins, of Carolinas Speedway.

With nearly 100 people already registered to attend the event, we are expecting hundreds to attend in an effort to help this wonderful family, who donated such an incredibly special gift, "The gift of life," said Fredell-Saucier. You can register online at www.mollygrantsawish.org to reserve your tickets for the event, and be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to read more about Molly, as well as donate to the family and this amazing foundation.

Carolina Clash Season Finale
DRIVER POINTS
Kennie Compton, Jr. 1201
Dennis Franklin 1190
Kyle Pierce 1184
Anthony Sanders 1166
Kevin Wilson 1161
Johnny Pursley 1160
Zack Mitchell 1143
Jonathan Edwards 1137
Doug Sanders 1136
Scott Shirey 1134

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Southern Nationals Bonus Series Set for $10,000 Weekend at Ponderosa Speedway on October 10-11

By: Michael Despain
Southern Nationals Bonus Series

Somerset, KY-October 7, 2014- The Southern Nationals Bonus Series continues a busy month of October as the tour will roll into Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY as the Ray Cook promoted tour will sanction the track's 7th Annual Friday Night Rumble on Friday October 10 ($2,500 to win) and the 24th Annual Fall Classic Saving the Ta Ta's 60 on Saturday October 11 ($7,500 to win).

The 7th Annual Friday Night Rumble will take place on Friday October 10 and will feature the Southern Nationals Bonus Series in action in a full program of practice, A-B group time trials, dash (top 2 qualifiers from each group will be in a dash that will set the first two rows of the A-Main), heats, B-Mains, and the 35 lap, $2,500 to win/$250 to start 7th Annual Friday Night Rumble.  The track's Modified ($1,500 to win), Pro Late Model ($1,000 to win), and KDRA Sportsman ($1,000 to win) divisions will also be in action that evening.

The 24th Annual Fall Classic Saving the Ta Ta's 60 will take place the following evening on Saturday October 11 and will feature the Southern Nationals Bonus Series in action in a full program of practice, A-B group time trials, dash (top 2 qualifiers from each group will be in a dash that will set the first two rows of the A-Main), heats, B-Mains, and the 60 lap, $7,500 to win/$400 to start 24th Annual Fall Classic Saving the Ta Ta's 60.  The track's Modified ($3,000 to win), Pro Late Model ($1,500 to win), and KDRA Sportsman ($1,500 to win) divisions will also be in action that evening as well.

The tire rule for the event will be as follows:  Hoosier LM20, 1300, 1350, LM40, and 1600; American Racer 44, 48, and 56.  These will be the only tires allowed on all four corners of the race cars and tires will be checked and tire samples will be taken and sent to the lab to insure tires meet the proper compound benchmarks.  The entry fee for Friday October 10 is $50 and the entry fee for Saturday October 11 is $80.  Transponders will be used for timing and scoring at both events and the rental fee each night is $20 ($10 if a driver has their own transponder).

Southern Nationals Bonus Series 7th Annual Friday Night Rumble A-Main Payout for Friday October 10 (35 laps):  1st- $2,500, 2nd- $1,200, 3rd- $975, 4th- $800, 5th- $700, 6th- $600, 7th- $500, 8th- $400, 9th- $350; 10th- $300, 11th- $275, 12th- $250, 13th- $250, 14th- $250, 15th- $250, 16th- $250, 17th- $250, 18th- $250, 19th- $250, 20th- $250, 21st- $250, 22nd- $250.

Southern Nationals Bonus Series 24th Annual Fall Classic Saving the Ta Ta's 60 A-Main Payout for Saturday October 11 (60 laps):  1st- $7,500, 2nd- $3,000, 3rd- $1,500, 4th- $1,000, 5th- $900, 6th- $700, 7th- $650, 8th- $600, 9th- $575, 10th- $550, 11th- $500, 12th- $400, 13th- $400, 14th- $400, 15th- $400, 16th- $400, 17th- $400, 18th- $400, 19th- $400, 20th- $400, 21st- $400, 22nd- $400.

The following contingency awards will also be up for grabs each night at Ponderosa Speedway for Southern Nationals Bonus Series competitors:  Graphic Impression of Hazard, KY Overall Top Qualifier ($100 each night); Revelution Race Cars of Richmond, KY Dash ($200 each night); PPM Racing Products of Rockwood, TN Hard Charger of the Race Award ($100 each night); Double H Race Fabrication of Harriman, TN Middle Man Award ($50 product certificate each night)

Activities for the 7th Annual Friday Night Rumble on Friday October 10 will see the pit area and general admission area open at 4:00 p.m.  The drivers meeting will be at 7:00 p.m., with practice laps set for 7:20 p.m.  Time trials will be at 7:45 p.m., with racing set for the green flag at 8:30 p.m.  Ticket prices for the Friday October 10 Friday Night Rumble event in the general admission area will be $20 for adults, with children ages 12 and under FREE.  A pit pass will be $35.

Activities for the 24th Annual Fall Classic Saving the Ta Ta's 60 on Saturday October 11 will see the pit area and general admission areas cleared at 2:30 p.m., with gates set to reopen at 3:00 p.m.  A special driver's autograph session will take in the general admission area from 5:15 p.m. until 5:45 p.m., with the drivers meeting set for 6:00 p.m.  Practice laps will begin at 6:20 p.m., with time trials at 7:00 p.m., with racing set for the green flag at 8:00 p.m.  Ticket prices for the Saturday October 11 Fall Classic Saving the Ta Ta's 60 event in the general admission area will be $25 for adults, with children ages 12 and under FREE, while a pit pass will be $40.

Many of the top racers in the southeast and the local area are expected for the events, with drivers that have contacted track or series officials and/or have it listed on their websites about being in attendance include Travis Armes (Petros, TN), Tommy Bailey (Corbin, KY), Jason Barrett (Waco, KY), Dion Benningfield (Lebanon, KY), Stephen Breeding (Isom, KY), Jackie Boggs (Grayson, KY), Michael Chilton (Salvisa, KY), Chris Combs (Isom, KY), Rod Conley (Wheelersburg, OH), Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC) (first ever racing appearance), Daniel Dial (Lawrenceburg, KY), Derek Fisher (Olympia, KY), Greg Johnson (Bedford, IN), Brandon Kinzer (Allen, KY), Victor Lee (Danville, KY), Dustin Linville (Lancaster, KY), Cameron Marlar (Winfield, TN), Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN), Skylar Marlar (Winfield, TN), Donald McIntosh (Dawsonville, GA), Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY), C.J. Rayburn (Whiteland, IN), Kent Robinson (Bloominton, IN), Dan Schlieper (Oak Creek, WI), Austin Smith (Cedartown, GA), Steve Smith (Powell, TN), Timmy Taylor (Harrodsburg, KY), Tim Tungate (Campbellsville, KY), Jeff Watson (Campbellsville, KY), Eric Wells (Hazard, KY), Johnny Wheeler (Campbellsville, KY), and Daniel Williams (West Liberty, KY), plus many more are expected to visit for race competition as well.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Series has presented seven events so far in the 2014 race season and the tour's most action took place on October 3 at Tri County Race Track in Brasstown, NC and Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA became the first repeat winner with the series in 2014 by claiming a hard fought victory over Rick Eckert, Donald McIntosh, Shawn Chastain, and current series points leader Austin Smith.

Ponderosa Speedway is located at 365 Phillips Lane on the Boyle/Lincoln County border, outside of Junction City, KY, just minutes from Danville, KY.  For more information about racing activities at Ponderosa Speedway, visit the track's webpages on the internet at www.ponderosaspeedway.net or by contacting track promoter Jerry Denson at (606) 235-0190 or via email at jerrydenson@ponderosaspeedway.net., via Twitter @MichaelDespain, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/131180253585931/ (Ponderosa Speedway).  Patrons and/or other interested parties can phone the track at (859) 854-6808 on raceday.

For more information about the Southern Nationals Bonus Series, contact series race director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or on social media online at www.southernnationalsseries.com and on Twitter at twitter.com/sonationals.

Previous Friday Night Rumble Winners
2007- Jason Keltner (Campbellsville, KY)
2008- Jason Keltner (Campbellsville, KY)
2009- Jordan Bland (Campbellsville, KY)
2010- Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN)
2011- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
2012- Event Not Held
2013- Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN)

Previous Fall Classic Winners
1990- Steve Francis (Ashland, KY)
1991- Jack Boggs (Grayson, KY)
1992- Jack Boggs (Grayson, KY)
1993- Rainout
1994- Darrell Lanigan (Union, KY)
1995- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
1996- C.J. Rayburn (Whiteland, IN)
1997- Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN)
1998- Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN)
1999- Darrell Lanigan (Union, KY)
2000- Joey Daniel (Liberty, KY)
2001- Steve Barnett (Franklin, IN)
2002- Event Not Held
2003- Johnny Wheeler (Campbellsville, KY)
2004- Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)
Bobby Wolter, Jr. (Lexington, KY)
2005- Chris Combs (Isom, KY)
2006- Aaron Hatton (Mount Sterling, KY)
2007- Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)
2008- Greg Johnson (Bedford, IN)
2009- Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN)
2010- Eric Wells (Hazard, KY)
2011- Aaron Hatton (Mount Sterling, KY)
2012- Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)
2013- Dustin Linville (Lancaster, KY)

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Points after October 3, 2014 (7 of 12 events complete)
1. Austin Smith (Cedartown, GA)- 1,230
2. Kenny Collins (Colbert, GA)- 1,034
3. Casey Roberts (Toccoa, GA)- 960
4. Gabe Wilson (Waynesville, NC)- 710
5. Donald McIntosh (Dawsonville, GA)- 558
6. Kennie Compton, Jr. (Bland, VA)- 544
7. Bo Eaton (Blue Ridge, GA)- 496
8. Jason Hiett (Oxford, AL)- 394
9. Chris Madden (Gray Court, SC)- 392
Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC)- 392

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Race Winners:
March 1-Jason Hiett (Cherokee Speedway) $3,000
March 2-Jonathan Davenport (Cherokee Speedway) $10,000
May 25-Mike Marlar (Duck River Raceway Park) $5,000
July 4-Casey Roberts (Tri-County Race Track) $3,000
July 5-Ray Cook (Tazewell Speedway) $5,000
August 16- Chris Madden (Smoky Mountain Speedway) $5,010
October 3- Casey Roberts (Tri-County Race Track) $4,053

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Races/Upcoming Events:
Friday October 10- Ponderosa Speedway- Junction City, KY- $2,500 to win/35 laps
Saturday October 11- Ponderosa Speedway- Junction City, KY- $7,500 to win/60 laps
Friday October 24-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$6,000 to win/35 laps
Saturday October 25-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$10,000 to win/100 laps
Fri/Sat Nov. 14/15-Duck River Raceway Park-Wheel, TN-$11,000 to win/75 laps
 
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Scott Bloomquist Returns to Victory Lane in Lucas Oil Rome Showdown
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ROME, GA (October 5, 2014) - Scott Bloomquist returned to Victory Lane on Sunday Night at Rome Speedway. Bloomquist led the entire 50-lap distance aboard his Ole Smoky Moonshine, Base Fuels, Durham Racing Engines powered, Sweet-Bloomquist entry en route to his seventh Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season.

Brandon Overton came home in second, followed by Chris Madden, Rick Eckert, and Casey Roberts. Don O'Neal finished sixth and increased his points lead over Jimmy Owens with one race remaining on the 2014 schedule. Owens recovered to finish ninth, after pitting to replace a broken right rear shock.

"The car was just terrific all night long," said Bloomquist who; with the victory; broke a tie with Owens atop the all-time LOLMDS win list with his 53rd LOLMDS win. "To have a sweep here tonight with Brandon in one of our older cars and Chris with his new car, tells us we are headed in the right direction", stated Bloomquist.

"We felt like we gave one away last night at Dixie. We have worked extremely hard on this car. I want to thank all the fans for coming out this weekend. It looked like there was another great crowd here tonight. It's a lot of fun for us drivers to run in front of so many people."

Bloomquist started on the pole and was never seriously challenged for the race lead. Owens held the second spot until lap 32 when he slowed in turn four with a broken right rear shock, relinquishing the position to Overton. Owens' crew was able to change the shock return at the tail of the field without losing a lap.

Overton in the Troy Baird owned, Baird Transport entry held off Madden over the remaining 18 laps to finish second. "I only live about 2 hours from here, and have never run here before. It is a super-fast race track and I am glad to finish second against this competition, they are the best-of-the-best."

Madden, who won the Dixie Shootout at Rome's sister track, Dixie Speedway last night was satisfied with his weekend's performance in his new Sweet-Bloomquist car. "To win the Shootout and finish third here tonight, I am extremely proud of our race team. We started off the season really good, with a lot of wins, and now we will try and finish the season strong to get ready for next year."

Completing the top ten were O'Neal, Ray Cook, Jared Landers, Owens, and Jason Papich.

 In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 34 entrants, with a lap of 13.045 seconds. Chris Madden set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 13.102 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Brandon Overton and Casey Roberts won their respective heat races. Eddie Carrier Jr. and Donald McIntosh won their respective B-Mains.

Race Summary
Sunday Night, October 5th, 2014
Rome International Speedway - Rome, GA

Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Brandon Overton, 3. Chris Madden, 4. Rick Eckert, 5. Casey Roberts, 6.  Don O'Neal, 7. Ray Cook, 8. Jared Landers, 9. Jimmy Owens, 10. Jason Papich, 11. Dennis Erb Jr., 12. Eric Jacobsen, 13. Steve Francis, 14. Eddie Carrier Jr., 15. Billy Ogle Jr., 16. John Blankenship, 17. Earl Pearson Jr., 18. Donald McIntosh, 19. Jason Hughes, 20. Randy Weaver, 21. Shane Clanton, 22. Dale McDowell, 23. Clint Smith, 24. Mike Marlar.

Race Statistics

Entrants: 34

Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 - 50)
Cautions: John Blankenship (Lap 3); Eddie Carrier Jr. (Lap 3); Dale McDowell (Lap 6); Randy Weaver (Lap 8); Jimmy Owens (Lap 34); Eric Jacobsen (Lap 34);
Time of Race: 35 minutes 58 seconds    

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:    
1. Don O'Neal 7550
2. Jimmy Owens 7475
3. Scott Bloomquist 7320
4. Steve Francis 6800
5. Eddie Carrier Jr. 6465
6. Earl Pearson Jr. 6415
7. John Blankenship 6215
8. Jared Landers 6075
9. Dennis Erb Jr. 5820
10. Jason Hughes 5235
*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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Dohm Scores $20,000 FASTRAK World Championship Victory;

(Jamaica, VA) --  Tim Dohm of Charleston, WV battled with early race leader David Smith of Inman, SC side by side for 11 laps before finally taking the top spot on lap 27. Once out front Dohm survived several cautions with Jonathan Davenport behind him trying to get by for the lead. Dohm went on to take the $20,000 FASTRAK World Championship by almost 3 seconds.

"I've won some $10,000 to win races but this is amazing, the biggest win of my career," commented an elated Dohm. "The car was just amazing, I could take it anywhere on the racetrack," added Dohm.

 Rounding out the top five were twentieth starting Jonathan Davenport, Max Blair, Jimmy Shiltz and Rick Williams.

B-Main wins went to Tyler Hersey, Johnathan Davenport and Kyle Thomas.

Heat race winners on Friday night were Colby Cannon, Walker Arthur, David Smith, Chris Meadows, Jimmy Shiltz and Tim Dohm.

David Smith and Walker Arthur led the 26 car field to green with Arthur taking the lead out of turn 2. On a restart on lap 3 Smith swept the outside of Arthur out of turn 4 to take the lead. Smith led the next 11 laps unchallenged, on lap 15 that all changed. Tim Dohm went to work on the outside as Smith worked the cushion. For the next 11 laps the two raced side by side with Smith holding on to the lead each time until lap 26 when Dohm finally got by for good out of turn 2.

The driver on the move was twentieth starting Jonathan Davenport who woked his way to second by lap 32. On lap 34 he finally got by Smith for the spot with Corey Gordon following to third. On with twenty laps to go Dohm had stretched the lead to a full straight over the Davenport and Gordon battle. Gordon took second away on lap 50 while Dohm got slowed by a four wide battle in the back. Gordon gave up second on lap 52 when he came to stop with a flat left rear tire.

On the final restart Davenport gave it one more shot but Dohm pulled away out of turn 2 and on to the $20,000 victory. Rounding out the top five were twentieth starting Jonathan Davenport, Max Blair, Jimmy Shiltz and Rick Williams.

Fastrak World Championship Pro Late Model 60 Lap A-Main: 1. Tim Dohm, 2. Jonathon Davenport, 3. 111 Max Blair, 4. Jimmy Schiltz, 5. .Rick Williams, 6. Daniel Baggerly, 7. Tyler Hershey, 8. Corey Gordon, 9. David Smith, 10. Matthew Nance, 11. Damian Bidwell, 12. Mark Parks, 13. Henry Hornsby III, 14. Dennis Lunger Jr., 15. Bobby Thompson, 16. Joe Martin, 17. Joe Ender, 18. Lee Cooper, 19. Steve Cooke, 20. Kyle Thomas, 21. Walker Arthur, 22. Colby Cannon, 23. Chris Meadows, 24. Tyler Bare, 25. Andrew Satterlee, 26. Taylor Hicks

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Chris Madden Marches to Second Straight Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Win at Dixie Speedway
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WOODSTOCK, GA (October 4, 2014) - Chris Madden went to victory lane for the second year in a row in the Southeast's most prestigious race on Saturday Night at Dixie Speedway. Madden, who was the third and final leader of the race took the lead on lap 33 from Dale McDowell and went on for the victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event. The event was held before one of the largest crowds in the 24-year history of the Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout.

Scott Bloomquist started from the pole and dominated the first 15 laps of the race before spinning in heavy traffic. McDowell then inherited the top spot and led until Madden passed him with 17 laps remaining. A caution with seven laps to go bunched the field up but Madden prevailed for his seventh career LOLMDS win.

McDowell finished second followed by current series points leader, Don O'Neal, Steve Francis and Jimmy Owens rounded out the top five. O'Neal now leads Owens by 60 points in the chase for the series championship heading into the next series event which is tomorrow, Sunday Night, in Rome, GA.

"To win this race two years in a row is great," said Madden in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the second time this season. "This is a brand new Sweet-Bloomquist car; it was like driving a Cadillac all night long. I don't know exactly what happened to Scott [Bloomquist] there in traffic. Next thing I knew he was spun around and had to go to the tail. He [Bloomquist] has been so good to me. He and Randy build a super-fast race car. We had a good race with Dale [McDowell] there for a while, and he left the door open enough on the bottom heading into turn-one and I was able to get the lead."

"To race in front of this huge crowd tonight it is such a thrill. There were people everywhere in the grandstands, pits, and all over the place. The track was in pretty good shape. I should have won this race three times now; we had one a few years ago where we lead until the final lap.

McDowell was looking for his third Dixie Shootout win and was satisfied with his runner-up finish. "He [Madden] had the best car. I couldn't hold him off. He drove me clean going into turn one. I was hoping the race would stay green, because my best chance was to catch him in traffic. Once that caution came out, it was pretty much over. He was so much better in clean air, and I did my best to stay in second.

O'Neal was running sixth on a restart after a lap 33 caution, but he was able to slip by several cars when Jason Papich, Owens and John Blankenship all got together in turn four. O'Neal snuck by on the bottom to gain three spots as he ended up third in the final running order. "We got a break tonight. I don't know how I slipped by those cars. They were wrecking everywhere. Our car got better as the race wore on. I don't know if we will change much for Rome tomorrow night. But with 2 more points race to go we just need to keep finishing ahead of him [Owens].

Completing the top ten were Jason Papich, Randy Weaver, John Blankenship, Shane Clanton, and Casey Roberts.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 45 entrants, with a lap of 14.408 seconds. John Blankenship set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.656 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Dale McDowell and Chris Madden won their respective heat races. Austin Kirkpatrick and Rick Eckert won their respective B-Mains.

Race Summary
Saturday Night, October 4th, 2014
Dixie Speedway - Woodstock, GA

Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Chris Madden, 2. Dale McDowell, 3. Don O'Neal, 4. Steve Francis, 5. Jimmy Owens, 6. Jason Papich, 7. Randy Weaver, 8. John Blankenship, 9. Shane Clanton, 10. Casey Roberts, 11. Scott Bloomquist, 12. Earl Pearson Jr., 13. Rick Eckert, 14. Ray Cook, 15. David Payne, 16. Eddie Carrier Jr., 17. Shawn Chastain, 18. Eric Jacobsen, 19. Dennis Erb Jr., 20. Clint Smith, 21. Austin Kirkpatrick, 22. Jared Landers, 23. Jason Hughes, 24.  Frank Ingram,  
25. Mike Marlar, 26. Brandon Overton.

Race Statistics
Entrants: 45
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 - 15); Dale McDowell (Laps 16 - 32); Chris Madden (Laps 33 - 50)
Time of Race: 20 minutes 27 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
1. Don O'Neal 7350
2. Jimmy Owens 7290
3. Scott Bloomquist 7060
4. Steve Francis 6650
5. Eddie Carrier Jr. 6300
6. Earl Pearson Jr. 6270
7. John Blankenship 6060
8. Jared Landers 5885
9. Dennis Erb Jr. 5645
10. Jason Hughes  5100
*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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Josh Richards Cleared to Return to Racing

Defending-champion plans to be behind the wheel this weekend at Eldora

SHINNSTON, W. Va. (Oct. 1 2014) - Three-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion Josh Richards announced today that doctors have cleared him to return to racing after medical issues have kept him out of the car this season. Richards plans to be back behind the wheel of his Mark Richards Racing owned, Valvoline/Seubert Calf Ranches sponsored machine this Saturday at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, for the UMP DIRTcar Fall Nationals.

Richards has been sidelined since learning of medical issues during the off-season. After extensive testing it was determined that he suffered nerve damage to his hands due to past racing injuries. Though Richards has been cleared by doctors to race, he will be periodically monitored to make sure there is no further progression with his injury.

"I have the best sponsors, race team and fans in the sport," said Richards. "I want to thank them for their patience and continued support while I worked though my medical issues. I'm also grateful to Brandon Sheppard and Rick Eckert for filling in during my absence.

"I'm excited to get back in the car Saturday at Eldora Speedway. It's been really hard to sit out this season and have to watch from the sidelines. I'm ready to get back behind the wheel of the Valvoline/Seubert Calf Ranches car and make some laps at one of my favorite tracks this weekend."

In addition to Saturday's UMP DIRTCar Fall Nationals at Eldora Speedway, Richards also plans to compete in the Dirt Track World Championship, Oct. 17-18 at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park and the season-ending World of Outlaws World Finals, Nov. 6-8 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (N.C.).

Richards will have teammates for the final two races of the season. Brandon Sheppard will drive a second house-car for Mark Richards Racing at Portsmouth Raceway Park in hopes of defending his title from the 2013 Dirt Track World Championship.  Rick Eckert, who's been filling in for Richards is competing for points in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and will run a second house-car in the World of Outlaws World Finals.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Releases 2015 Schedule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WAYCROSS, GA (October 1, 2014) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is excited to announce that the 2015 schedule has been released.  The premier national touring dirt late model series has 49 confirmed dates on the schedule in 2015.  Traveling to 34 venues in 20 states during 2015, the series will see the largest number of events in its existence.  Series officials have worked hard to complete the schedule and release it to the public, so that racers, promoters, and all of the great fans of the series can start making plans to attend LOLMDS races in 2015.

The series returns to Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA for the "Super Bowl of Racing" to kick off the 2015 season.  The stars and cars of the LOLMDS are set to invade the 4/10 mile South Georgia speed-plant for two action packed nights of racing on Friday and Saturday, February 6th and 7th.  There will also be an open practice night on Thursday, February 5th for all divisions.

After two nights of racing at the Super Bowl of Racing is complete in South Georgia, the series will then head even further south to the famed "Clay by the Bay" - for the running of the 39th Annual East Bay Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL.  There will be a practice session on Sunday night, February 8th - before the racing action begins on Monday night, February 9th - followed by six straight nights of racing, concluding on Saturday night, February 14th.
 
The 2015 series schedule will include eleven races that will pay $20,000 to win (or more).  The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is proud to sanction some of the sport's biggest super dirt late model events of the year, including:  the Bad Boy 98 ($20,000 to win);  Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 ($30,000 to win);  Clash at the Mag ($20,000 to win), Silver Dollar Nationals ($32,000 to win), North/South 100 ($50,000 to win), Topless 100 ($40,000 to win), Hillbilly Hundred ($25,000 to win), Pittsburgher 100 ($20,000 to win), Jackson 100 ($20,000 to win), Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals ($40,000 to win) and the season finale - Dirt Track World Championship ($50,000 to win).

"We are thrilled to release our 2015 schedule.  We're extremely honored to have such great relationships with our promoters, from all over the country, that worked so diligently to help us get the schedule to completion.  We feel that we have the best show in Dirt Late Model Racing, and I can't thank our promoters, my staff, our drivers, car owners, sponsors, and of course, our many great fans enough for their continued support.  Lucas Oil Products and our Team Lucas partners have put together a great infrastructure for making the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series the best national late model touring series in the country", stated Ritchie Lewis, Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

2015 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tour Schedule

February 6 Golden Isles Speedway $10,000
February 7 Golden Isles Speedway  $10,000

39th Annual Winternationals
February 9 East Bay Raceway Park  $5,000
February 10  East Bay Raceway Park $5,000
February 11 East Bay Raceway Park $7,000
February 12 East Bay Raceway Park $7,000
February 13 East Bay Raceway Park $10,000
February 14  East Bay Raceway Park $10,000
 
March 20 Atomic Speedway $10,000
March 21 Brownstown Speedway $10,000
March 27 Jackson Motor Speedway $10,000
March 28 Ark-La-Tex Speedway $10,000
 
April 17-18 Batesville Motor Speedway $20,000
April 24 Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex $10,000
April 25 Hagerstown Speedway $10,000
April 30 Macon Speedway $10,000
 
May 1 Tri-City Speedway (Ill.) $10,000
May 2 Paducah International Raceway $10,000
May 15 Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway $10,000
May 16 LaSalle Speedway $10,000
May 22-23 Lucas Oil Speedwya $30,000
May 29 Tazewell Speedway $10,000
May 30 Florence Speedway $10,000
 
June 11-13 Magnolia Motor Speedway $20,000
June 18 Fayetteville Motor Speedway $10,000
June 19 Cherokee Speedway $10,000
June 20 Smoky Mountain Speedway $10,000
 
July 2 201 Speedway  $10,000
July 3 Muskingum County Speedway $10,000
July 4 Portsmouth Raceway Park $10,000
July 10 Tri-City Speedway $10,000
July 11 Lucas Oil Speedway $10,000
July 14 Lakeside Speedway $10,000
July 16-18 I-80 Speedway $32,000

August 6-8 Florence Speedway $50,000
August 13-15 Batesville Motor Speedway $40,000
August 20 Volunteer Speedway $10,000
August 22 Lawrenceburg Speedway $10,000
August 28-29 Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway $20,000
 
September 4 Attica Raceway Park $10,000
September 5 Portsmouth Raceway Park  $10,000
September 6 I-77 Raceway Park $25,000
September 18-19 Brownstown Speedway $20,000

12th Annual Late Model Nationals
September 24 Knoxville Raceway $7,000
September 25 Knoxville Raceway $7,000
September 26 Knoxville Raceway $40,000
 
October 3 Dixie Speedway $10,000
October 4 Rome Speedway $10,000
October 16-17  Portsmouth Raceway Park $50,000
 
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Lucas Oil Late Model
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1. Don O'Neal 7550
2. Jimmy Owens 7475
3. Scott Bloomquist 7320
4. Steve Francis 6800
5. Eddie Carrier Jr. 6465
6. Earl Pearson Jr. 6415
7. John Blankenship 6215
8. Jared Landers 6075
9. Dennis Erb Jr. 5820
10. Jason Hughes 5235
 
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