Keith Rauch Scores His 61st Career Win on Hall of Fame Night
Ft. Morgan, CO (August 16, 2014) - The RMMRA made their third stop at Butch Speicher's I-76 Speedway of the season and the night was owned by Keith Rauch!
Heat race action started of with Rauch taking the win in heat one followed by Randy Oerter and rookie Collin Reinhart making his first appearance in a midget. Heat race two showed a tight battle between Chris Sheil and Bob Harr on the fast 1/4 mile surface. The heat was won by Sheil followed closely by Bob Harr and Ryan Oerter.
During the night, the 2014 Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductees were announced mid-track. This was a very big night for the RMMRA as they have four members going into the HoF. Past champion Mike Gregg, Gene Pastor, and current points leader/past champion Keith Rauch were announced to the crowd Saturday night. In addition, Mark Matejka was announced as the "Jerry Van Dyke" award recipient for his contribution to motorsports.
After the intermission, the track was reworked and did not disappoint. The surface held moisture and was extremely fast. The field took the green and had tight battles throughout the field. Keith Rauch and Bob Harr took off to commanding leads from the remaining field and battled closely the entire feature. At the checkers, it was Rauch showing why he is deserving of Hall of Fame honors as he captured his 61st career midget win.
The RMMRA would like to thank Butch Speicher for a fast track and an incredible audience as the night featured "Fan Appreciation" night activities during intermission. A special thank you as well to an anonymous sponsor, in addition to Glen Tilton from Napa Auto Parts of Cheyenne, who together boosted the purse by $1,500!!!
The next race is August 23rd at El Paso County Speedway in Calhan, CO
"A" Feature (20 Laps) - Keith Rauch, Bob Harr, Chris Sheil, Mark Chisholm, Greg Schaefer, Randy Oerter, Brad Tilton, Ryan Oerter, Collin Rinehart, Bill Rousch, Doug Bensenberg, Scott Fennell
POWRi rained out at Macon Speedway Saturday night, returns on Sept. 6
MACON, Ill. – Despite the best efforts of Macon Speedway personnel and POWRi officials, the racing has been rained out Saturday night. POWRi will return to Macon Speedway on Sept. 6.
Honda/HPD Midget Series Engines Take to the Track
Milestone in continuing Honda-USAC partnership
Spec, sealed race engine developed from Honda K24
Provides affordable entry to Midget racing
TORRANCE, Calif. (August 15, 2014) – The United States Auto Club (USAC) has made the first deliveries of the Honda/HPD Midget Series engines to racers in the open-wheel category, marking the next milestone in Honda’s continuing partnership with the sanctioning body announced in 2013.
Utilizing chassis similar to those run in the National Midget Championship, but featuring sealed, performance-capped Honda engines, the Honda/HPD Midget Series is designed as an entry-level category, where drivers as young as 12 years old can compete.
Based on the production, four-cylinder Honda K24 engine from the Honda Civic Si and developed for racing by Honda Performance Development and USAC, the sealed engines are now available through USAC for an introductory price of $9,995.00, and can be raced alongside previous-generation engines in the series. USAC worked to produce a balance of performance between the different engine designs.
“HPD has long championed a logical development ladder system for young drivers in all forms of motorsports,” said Marc Sours, HPD senior manager and chief engineer. “The Honda/HPD Midget Series slots in perfectly, above our already popular Quarter Midgets and below the USAC National Midget program, where Honda engines can also be campaigned.”
USAC sanctions six regional series for the Honda/HPD Midgets, on both dirt and pavement. The first race win for the Honda/HPD Midget engine was recorded on July 2 by Ross Rankine at Toledo Speedway, as part of the USAC Midwest Pavement Series.
"USAC is extremely excited about the Honda K24 Midget engine and the Honda/HPD Midget Series,” said Kevin Miller, USAC CEO/president. “We believe this engine installation, in development for the past year, will be the basis for the next generation of Midget racing in the United States.”
The 2.4-liter Honda Civic Si crate engine is adapted by USAC for Honda/HPD Midget competition. The Indianapolis-based sanctioning body is the single source for purchasing new engines, which are tested and sealed by USAC prior to delivery. The engine internals are all Honda OEM, with competition modifications including a custom aluminum oil pan designed for dry-sump lubrication, a three-stage oil pump, competition alternator, intake manifold and custom air inlet system.
The wiring harness has been modified to allow ease of use, and all connectors are clearly marked for installation. The harness design also provides connections for USAC technical inspectors to maintain parity in the series.