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Jonathan Jorgeson Captures First Career NWWT Triumph At CBS

By Ben Deatherage

Coos Bay Speedway would host their lone Northwest Wingless Tour date on Saturday July 18th. The weather would be a little cooler then what teams have been used to in their local areas but was a welcomed change from the scorching temperatures elsewhere. A total of fourteen entries filled the pit area representing the states of Oregon and Washington.

Taking advantage of his front row starting position Jonathan Jorgenson, of Auburn, Washington, got to the lead on the first lap. Jorgenson, in his Jorgenson Manufacturing/Shareway Industries/D.G. Machine #2J J&J , would lead every single lap of the feature to bring his mount in first place. It would be the first occasion of his car that he has won against the Northwest Wingless Tour.

North Bend's Lawrence Van Hoof would finish the runner up in the Prather Racing/Perry's Electric & Plumbing/B.J. Metals/Giddings Boat Works #99 entry followed by Tim Alberding from Salem in third piloting his Alberding Racing #52 Maxim. The Pro Tow/Beaverton Automotive/Rabourn Performance/Herz Precision Parts #50 Eagle of Aloha's Brad Rhodes was fourth while Sutherlin teenager Cooper Desbiens was fifth in his J.H. Desbiens Construction/Budget Lumber/BC Motorsports/Van Lare Steering Repair #4D John Boy.

Jonathan Jorgenson was fast time of the night and Lawrence Van Hoof was victorious in the trophy dash. Heat races were won by Jorgenson and the Chuck Prather Racing/Coos Bay Speedway/Lucas Oil Products #76 machine of Truman Winningham from Gold Hill.

The Northwest Wingless Tour will take the week off before revisiting Sunset Speedway Park on August 1st for their next event. Pit Gates will open at 2:00 PM, Front Gates open at 4:00, and racing starts at 6:30 each night. Tickets for both events are Adults $13.00, Seniors/Military/Juniors (13-18) $10.00, Youths (Ages 12-6) $5.00, and Children under the age of 5 are FREE and a family pass will be offered for two Adults and up to four Youths for just $35.00. Log on to www.sunsetspeedwaypark.com for the latest news and information about SSP. For up to date info on the NWWT visit wingless.nwextremeseries.com.

A Feature: 1. Jonathan Jorgenson; 2. Lawrence Vanhoof; 3. Tim Alberding; 4. Brad Rhodes; 5. Cooper Desbiens; 6. Lindsay Barney; 7. Guy Weedman; 8. Dave May; 9. Kyle Cox; 10. Truman Winningham; 11. Jake Gilman; 12. Erin Lyons; DNS Josh Horner; DNS John Black.

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ELEVENTH ANNUAL HOOSIER SPRINT NATIONALS HAPPENS AUGUST ONE

Haubstadt, IN - July 22, 2015.  The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday August 1st.  That evening the 11th annual Hoosier Sprint Nationals will unfold at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN.  The feature race will pay $5,000 to the winner.  It is the third race of the four biggest races listed on this season’s MSCS schedule that offer $5,000 or more to win.

The additional purse, a date at the height of the season, the MSCS passing points format, and the opportunity to claim a national’s title in Hoosierland are continuing factors in making this race an ongoing and popular attraction for fans and competitors.  Nine Hoosier Sprint National events have been held to date and eight different drivers have posted a win.  The event was rained out in 2009.

Brady Short is the only driver who has captured a second HSN title. The Bedford Blaster won for the first time in 2008 and became the first repeat winner last year.  The defending Hoosier Sprint Nationals champion has already won four features in MSCS competition in 2015.  Two of those victories were on the Tri-State Speedway quarter mile oval.  Short is presently second in the MSCS Points Standings.

Carson Short currently leads in the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series points.  The Marion, IL, driver is seeking that first MSCS career win.  He has finished second, third, and fifth in three of the last four MSCS features.  Robert Ballou is third in points.  Ballou has a win and six other top five feature finishes this season.  Kyle Cummins also has two recent top five finishes.  Kevin Thomas Jr. has runner-up finishes at the last two MSCS races held.  Victory has just been a tick away for the Alabama driver.  Thomas won the Hoosier Sprint Nationals in 2013.

No driver has won the Hoosier Sprint Nationals race and gone on to become the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series Points Champion during that same season.  Only two past MSCS Champions have also won the Hoosier Sprint Nationals and that happened during another season.  Jon Stanbrough won the Hoosier Nationals in 2010 and became the series champion in both 2012 and 2013.  Brady Short was the series champion in 2011 with Hoosier Sprint National victories occurring three years prior and three years following.  Maybe this will be the year!  The points championship does not conclude until October 10th.

The overall program on August 1st will have a different look this season.  The UMP Open Wheel Modifieds will be competing as usual. The addition for this year will be the presence of the POWRi Midgets to provide a third brand of open wheel racing.

The pit gate will open at 3:30 P.M. Central Time with the stands to open an hour later.  Hot laps begin at 6:30 with heat races beginning at 7:30.  Additional information can be found at www.tristatespeedway.com or www.mscssprints.com.

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MSCS WILL BE RACING AUGUST 15

Haubstadt, IN - July 21, 2015 -  The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series has completed an agreement to sanction the Laura Stockon Memorial Race scheduled to be held at Route 45 Raceway in Flora, IL, on Saturday August 15th.  The date had been listed on the series schedule with a TBA notation.

For this special event drivers will be racing for $3232 to win!  The purse for the race will be the standard MSCS pay-out which normally pays $2,000 to win the feature.  However in tribute to Laura Stockon an extra $1232 has been donated and that amount will be added to the purse as bonus money for the winning driver.

Laura Stockon was active in sprint car racing and the MSCS series during those important formative years for the series.  She was the car owner as her son Chase Stockon broke into the MSCS ranks and she remained active until ovarian cancer claimed her life in 2012.

The Laura Stockon Memorial Race will be promoted by Kenny Dobson of Last Chance Promotions L.L.C. with headquarters in Jacksonville, IL. Route 45 Raceway is a third mile high banked clay oval operated on a weekly basis by B.J. McCammon.  Hot laps are at 6:30 with racing at 7 P.M.

The addition of this race to the MSCS season schedule now provides drivers and fans with back to back series races that weekend.  MSCS will be racing the previous evening at Bloomington Speedway in Indiana.  The IU Surplus Summer Doubler on Friday will pay $3,000 to win.

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BOSS Readies for Hilltop / Tyler County Doubleheader Once Again

One of the most anticipated doubleheader weekends of the entire season was rained out in June.  The 2015 season has already seen a record number of wins by mother nature.  However, the Mo Vaughn Transport / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series and the promoters of Legendary Hilltop and Tyler County Speedway's have pressed on and the rescheduled events are set for this weekend, July 24th and 25th.

Friday night's event at Legendary Hilltop will mark the first sprint car event since the track roared back to life in June of 2012 after sitting dormant for nearly 15 years.  The facility first opened in the sixties and played host to many sprint car events and was the home track of the Dickson family from Marietta that produced 3 time USAC National non wing champion Larry Dickson.   The last few sprint events at Hilltop were in the early 80's and featured winged cars.  Since reopening under the name Legendary Hilltop, the track has seen phenomenal growth with near capacity grandstands every Friday night.

On Saturday, the tour will bring wingless sprint car racing to the Mountaineer state for the first time since 1969 when they tackle the bullring quarter mile at the Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia.   First opened in 1974, the fairgrounds oval has seen some very large late model events including the famous Hillbilly 100.  The only sprint car events in the past were winged shows.  International Raceway Park in Ona, West Virginia hosted a USAC sprint event on pavement on July 4th, 1969 when Lenny Waldo won the 30 lap main event defeating Lee Kunzman and Al Smith.  Waldo's win was also a historical first as it was the first ever sanctioned sprint car win for a stock block Ford engine.

Defending BOSS champion Mike "The Magic Man" Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio holds a slim points lead over a pair of Hoosier drivers, Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford, Indiana and the "Hustlin Hoosier" Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana who was the inaugural BOSS champion in 2012.   The 2014 National non wing rookie of the year (as voted by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Iowa) is 16 year old Cooper Clouse of Ohio City, Ohio who currently sits in the #4 spot.  Rounding out the early BOSS top 5 is Kingsburg, California driver Kody Swanson who is the defending USAC Silver Crown champion and currently leads the 2015 standings with 2 victories.  Swanson would be the BOSS points leader right now if not for missing an event that conflicted with this years USAC schedule.

Fans can also expect to see the rest of the BOSS points chasers like Aaron "Mid Air" Middaugh of Polk, Ohio,  the "Nati Nightmare" Michael Fischesser of Cincinnati, Ohio, Chad Wilson of Toledo, Ohio, Kent Wolters of Tipp City, Ohio and Kirk Jeffries of Westerville, Ohio who all make up the rest of the top 10. Cody Gardner of Monroe, Ohio sits just outside the top 10 with the "Honey Bear" Bob McMillin of Wampum, Pennsylvania, the "Quiet Riot" Steve Little of Waynesfield, Ohio, "J-O" Justin Owen of Harrison, Ohio and Joe Butera of Wampum, Pennsylvania rounding out the top 15.

Gates will open on Friday at 4 pm with drivers meeting at 6:45.  Pill draw will also close at 6:45.  General admission will be $15 for adults and pit passes will be $30.  Methanol fuel will be available at the track for teams.  On Saturday at Tyler County Speedway, gates will open at 4 pm with the drivers meeting at 6:15 and hot laps at 6:30.  Racing will begin at 7:30.  General admission will be $15 at Tyler with pit passes at $35 per person.  No mufflers are required either night.  Raceceivers are mandatory and transponders will be free of charge courtesy of Tony Boetcher and 35 Raceway Park.

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BRADY SHORT WINS USAC FEATURE - BALLOU TOPS INDIANA SPRINT WEEK

Haubstadt, IN - July 18, 2015 -  Saturday night Tri-State Speedway held the finale for Indiana Sprint Week.  The 30 lap feature for the AMSOIL United States Auto Club Sprint Cars quickly turned into a three act, high speed performance followed by an encore of special award presentations.  A winner’s circle ceremony to conclude the evening and the long week of racing included the top three drivers for the feature just completed and the top five drivers in points for the seven race speed week.

Twenty-two cars started the feature for the USAC Sprints.  The driving was superb throughout the field and the green stayed out.  Chris Windom grabbed the lead from the outside pole position.  Kevin Thomas Jr. picked up the chase.  Windom lead the first 15 laps.  Act two saw Thomas move into the lead and the Alabama driver kept the point for six laps.  The race wasn’t over yet.  The final act was to be Brady Short’s.  He took the lead on lap 22 and captured the feature victory. Short had started on the pole but fell back to fourth early in the event.

Brady Short led Thomas, Windom, Robert Ballou, and Chase Stockon across the finish line to complete the top five.  The second five included Josh Hodges, Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant, Jon Stanbrough, and C.J. Leary.  Brady Bacon was 11th.

Brady Short’s victory was his third at Tri-State Speedway this season but his first with USAC in a few years.  This time out he had the car and the drive. “I could get back on the throttle a lot quicker than everybody else…I stepped up my game tonight.”  He also continued to keep the throttle down to override one concern.  “It got hot the last five laps.”  Short races for Potorff/Short Racing and is sponsored by Sipes Body & Glass and Indiana Stoneworks.

Robert Ballou was awarded the Indiana Sprint Week Championship award. His fourth place finish was high enough to give him a 17 point final lead over Kevin Thomas Jr.  The prize money, trophy, and rocking chair was Ballou’s.  Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Hunter Schuerenberg rounded out the top five in points.  Bacon had a narrow three point lead going into the Tri-State race.

Feature (30 Laps) - Brady Short, Kevin Thomas Jr,, Chris Windom, Robert Ballou, Chase Stockon, Josh Hodges, Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant, Jon Stanbrough, C.J. Leary, Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Scotty Weir, Jarett Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jeff Bland Jr., Aaron Farney, Chad Boespflug, Thomas Meseraull, Tyler Courtney, Dakota Jackson, Jake Swanson

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Northwest Wingless Tour Venture To Coos Bay Speedway This Saturday July 18

By Ben Deatherage

The Northwest Wingless Tour is ready to shred some clay on the Oregon coast this weekend.  The Wingless Warriors will make their one and only appearance at Coos Bay Speedway on Saturday July 18th.  This is always a fun event to attend.

The 2015 season has been a great one with the NWWT producing four different winners in five events.  Tim Alberding is the only multi-race winner with two victories.  Kyle Miller, Mike Roming, and Cooper Desbiens all have managed to visit victory lane on one occasion.

As far as the history of the series visiting Oregon's version of the “Clay By The Bay” there hasn't been much.  In fact there has just been three total visit by the NWWT to CBS.  Steve Vague won the first two back in 2011 and Colin Baker would be victorious last year.

Pit Gates open at 2:00 PM, Front Gates 4:00, and Racing is scheduled to begin around 6:30.  For more information log on to www.coosbayspeedway.us.  For the latest news regarding the Northwest Wingless Tour log on to wingless.nwextremeseries.com. Also be sure and “Like” the Northwest Wingless Tour Facebook page.

Additional Information:
2015 Northwest Wingless Tour Schedule
May 9th Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, Oregon Kyle Miller
May 16th Grays Harbor Raceway Elma, Washington Tim Alberding
June 13th Grays Harbor Raceway Elma, Washington Mike Romig
June 20th Sunset Speedway Park Banks, Oregon Tim Alberding
June 27th Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, Oregon  Cooper Desbiens
July 18th Coos Bay Speedway Coos Bay, Oregon
August 1st Sunset Speedway Park Banks, Oregon
August 22nd Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, Oregon
September 12th Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, Oregon

Former Northwest Wingless Tour Champions
2009- Kyle Miller
2010- Theo McCarty
2011- Corey Esteban
2012- Bill Winsley
2013- Rob Lindsey
2014- Brad Rhodes

Northwest Wingless Tour All-Time Win List (2009-Current)
Kyle Miller- 20
Bill Winsley- 4
Gary Davis- 3
Reece Goetz
Steve Vague
Tim Alberding- 2
Colin Baker
Kyler Barraza
Roger Crockett
Mitch Hoffses
Sterling Kane
Evan Margeson
Theo McCarty
Mark Nichols
Mike Romig
Jeff Bell- 1
Seth Bergman
Ryan Bothwell
Cooper Desbiens
Shane Forté
Jake Gilman
J.J. Hickle
Sean Johnson
Kyle Mehner
Shawn Rice
Travis Rilat
Dale Smith
Jesse Thistle
Tony Thomas
Guy Weedman

Past Northwest Wingless Tour Main Event Winners At Coos Bay Speedway:
2014- Colin Baker on August 16th
2011- Steve Vague on June 4th, Steve Vague on August 6

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INDIANA SPRINT WEEK FINALE IS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY JULY 18

Haubstadt, IN - July 14, 2015 -  Tri-State Speedway will host the final race of Indiana Sprint Week once again this year.  The finale is set to be held at the track on Saturday evening July 18th.  The feature for the United States Auto Club AMSOIL National Sprint Cars will pay $5,000 to win.  Following the feature the driver winning the 2015 Indiana Sprint Week Championship will be crowned.  The car owner will receive a beautiful crafted maple rocking chair

The event at Tri-State Speedway is set to follow a progression of races across the Hoosier state that will have race teams competing seven times over a nine day period.  Events held leading to Haubstadt included stops at Gas City, Kokomo, and Lawrenceburg Speedways the first weekend.  This week action resumes with a race at the Terre Haute Action Track Wednesday before the series moves to Lincoln Park and Bloomington Speedways.

Chase Stockon took the opening night’s feature at Gas City.  Rain stopped Saturday night’s event at Kokomo.  Brady Bacon won Sunday night’s event at Lawrenceburg.  Three more opportunities to win ISW features could change the standings before the drivers arrive at Haubstadt Saturday night.  After the first weekend Robert Ballou held a one point lead in the standings over Brady Bacon.

Chase Stockon won the last sprint car feature held at Tri-State Speedway.  That was on June 27th and sanctioned by MSCS.  Brady Bacon won the April USAC/MSCS Spring Showdown with Robert Ballou second. Ballou won last year’s Indiana Sprint Week finale at Tri-State over Kyle Cummins and Jon Stanbrough.

The average car count for the first weekend was in the forty range. Fans can continue to keep up with the series by tracking race results and updated points at usacracing.com. Bryan Clauson was the 2013 and 2014 Indiana Sprint Week Champion.  Other drivers still active that have multiple championships include Dave Darland and Jon Stanbrough.

To inquire about reserve seating at Tri-State Speedway, fans can phone 812-768-6025.

Parking and seating are available on both sides of the track.  Hot laps and qualifications begin about 6:30 P.M. with racing to begin at 7:30.
The USAC Sprints and UMP Mods are always a winning combination at Tri-State Speedway!

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Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos Makes Ocean Speedway Debut During HK Classic Saturday Night

Aptos, CA)- For the second time this season, the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos make it’s season debut at a new track as the stars and cars invade the Ocean Speedway on Saturday night during the 5th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic as they again share the stage with the King of the West Series.

Since moving under the Prentice Motorsports Group banner in 2015, the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos has continued to grow in popularity as much of the season has been ran alongside the ever popular King of the West and Civil War Series’ respectively, as the series continues to run in front of new faces on a nightly basis.

After making their debut at the Calistoga Speedway back in April, the series takes to a new market on Saturday night as the hit the always racy Ocean Speedway located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds for what will be the first of two stops this season.

Through five exciting events thus far in 2015, Brentwood, CA driver Colton Slack leads the series into battle on Saturday night. With a win already under his belt, Slack holds a slim 13-point lead over second running, Gary Nelson, Jr.

The aforementioned Nelson, Jr is hungry for his first win of the season coming into Saturday’s event fresh off of a pair of podium finishes. Spending much of his career running at the Ocean Speedway, the San Jose, CA driver is primed to pick up one of the biggest races on the series’ schedule on Saturday night.

Early season point leader, and two-time feature event winner in 2015, Joe Stornetta sits third in the standings just 31 points out of the top spot. After a red-hot start to the season, Stornetta saw bad luck at the Stockton Speedway two races ago set him back though he is still very much alive in the Championship hunt.

Two weeks ago at the Calistoga Speedway, Terry Schank Jr was the man to beat. Picking up the win in convincing fashion, Schank was pressured at times by Nelson, Stornetta, and Klint Simpson.

Action packed races have been the norm in 2015 and the exciting Ocean Speedway should put on another exciting show for the fans. Other drivers expected to be on hand Saturday night include Tommy Laliberte, Shane Myhre, Klint Simpson, Nick Larson, Zach Kavert, Shawn Jones, Bradley and John Clark, Austin Liggett and many more.

Saturday night tickets will go on sale starting at $15 for children 6-12, with adult General Admission tickets being sold for $25, while children five and under will be admitted for free. The front gate is scheduled to open at 3pm with hot laps and qualifying to follow the 4pm drivers meeting.

With the Civil War Series taking to the speedway on Friday night, camping is available on the grassy area behind the main grandstands. Spots with hook ups will be $40 a night, while dry camping spots are available for $20 a night.

The Howard Kaeding Classic brings a ton of activities for fans and drivers starting with the 2nd Annual HK Classic Car Show and BBQ at the High Five Pizza located at the Silver Creek Sports Plex in San Jose on July 8th  from 5pm-9pm.

Following Friday night’s Civil War race, High-Five Pizza will be busy again as they host the annual post race party in the pit area. With appetizers and drinks on hand, fans are invited to come out and mingle with their favorite drivers.

Saturday afternoon the Catering By 5 crew will be back on hand for the annual NARC Benevolent Fund Luncheon. With all proceeds from the $20 lunch as well as the raffle going into the Benevolent Fund, all are invited out to help raise money to support drivers and their families should they be injured.

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will be in action at the Ocean Speedway on Saturday night during the Howard Kaeding Classic.

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank,  (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th).

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BALLOU FIRST AT THE BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR

Putnamville, IN - July 3, 2015 -  The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series raced Friday night at the Lincoln Park Speedway to present Day One of the first annual Bill Gardner Sprintacular.  The Sprintacular resulted in a spectacular 30 lap feature with fireworks greeting the starters, the top five an ever changing order, and the lead change an ongoing process.

Robert Ballou darted into the lead on lap one. Then pole sitter Dave Darland took the lead and held it for 17 laps. Robert Ballou was finding extra speed using a higher line around the 5/16s mile oval. Repeated efforts to move past Darland finally materialized on lap 19.  But the race was certainly not over.  Kevin Thomas Jr. had been on the move and had his sprint car in second position with just three laps to go.  His charge from a fourteenth starting position fell short of a victory by just .6 of a second.

Robert Ballou had his first MSCS feature victory in 2015.  The winner’s check was for $4,000.  It was MSCS All Time Win Number 12 for Ballou which moved him up into a third place tie on that list with Daron Clayton.  Ballou’s Maxim sprinter is sponsored by Blakesley Auto, Alby Wheel Repair, M.P.H.G. Promotions, and Lucas Oil.  The California driver races out of Westfield, IN.

Dave Darland would finish in third followed by Jon Stanbrough, Shane Cottle, and Chad Boespflug.  C.J. Leary, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, and Aaron Farney rounded out the top ten.

The feature was slowed three times by yellow flags and stopped once for red flag conditions.  Carson Short brought out the first yellow with a spin on lap 5.  The next yellow was for A.J. Hopkins and Hunter Schuerenberg in turn one.  The red was displayed when Max McGhee and Mitch Wissmiller tangled in turn two and Wissmiller’s car turned over sustaining a lot of damage.  The final yellow was for Donny Brackett who was then forced to retire from action with a flat tire.

Heat races were held using passing points to set the top 16 spots for the feature.  The four winners were Dave Darland, Carson Short, Jerry Coons Jr., and Shane Cottle.  Coons collected the most passing points. The B Main was won by Kyle Cummins over Kurt Gross.  The field of 29 cars included five drivers who made their first appearance of the season at an MSCS sanctioned race.  Of those Josh Spencer recorded the highest feature performance.

The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will be idle during the remainder of July.

Carson Short now leads the MSCS points standings with Brady Short and Robert Ballou the closest rivals for the Championship.  Action will get underway again August first when Tri-State Speedway will present the annual Hoosier Sprint Nationals paying $5,000 to win.  This year the POWRi Midgets will also appear on the program with the sprints and open wheel modifieds to make the event a triple header for fans to enjoy.

Feature (30 Laps)- Robert Ballou, Kevin Thomas Jr., Dave Darland, Jon Stanbrough, Shane Cottle, Chad Boespflug, C.J. Leary, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney,
Aaron Farney, Brady Bacon, Max McGhee, Carson Short, Michael Gass, A.J. Hopkins, Josh Spencer, Kyle Cummins, Kurt Gross, Donny Brackett, Mitch Wissmiller, Hunter Schuerenberg.

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Swanson Tames the Monster Half Mile at Pittsburgh

Apparently the magic number for the Mo Vaughn Transport / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series is 8.  For the third consecutive race, the driver starting from the number eight position has raced to victory on the tour.  Last night at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, it was Kingsburg, California driver Kody Swanson who drew the worst pill in the bucket for the feature lineup, yet managed to find victory lane with an impressive run to catch race long leader Shawn Westerfeld.
 
What was supposed to be a doubleheader weekend that began on Friday night ended up being washed out at Lernerville Speedway as mother nature claimed her fifth victory of the season.   A great field of 33 cars were signed in for the Friday night program that fell victim to the rain right after the heat races.
 
On Saturday at PPMS, 26 cars were on hand to do battle on the largest track the touring drivers will see all season long.  Preliminary heat races were won by Michael Fischesser, Cooper Clouse, and Justin Owen.  The B-Main event was taken by Michigan invader Steve Irwin.
 
The main event found Shawn Westerfeld and Chad Wilson making up the front row with Cooper Clouse and Joe Butera in row number two.  Aaron Middaugh and Michael Fischesser were in the third row, while Justin Owen and Swanson made up the fourth row.  Brandon Spithaler from nearby Evans City, Pennsylvania also made the redraw, but a mechanical problem in the Tom Burkey owned Superior Tank #57B forced Spithaler to another car.  By BOSS rules, he had to start at the rear of the 20 car main event.
 
At the drop of the green flag, Shawn Westerfeld rocketed to the early lead in search of his first career BOSS victory with Cooper Clouse and Chad Wilson in tow.  Very early on it was evident that Swanson was going to be a threat as he bolted from 8th to 4th in just a few laps.
 
The main event's only caution flew with 4 laps completed when Mike Miller made contact with the wall and coasted to a stop.  The defending series champion was through for the evening.  The running order under the caution flag was Westerfeld, Clouse, Wilson, Swanson and Middaugh making up the early top five.
 
Back under green, Westerfeld again asserted command and looked like the car to beat running the low line.  By lap #7, Swanson had gotten to 3rd place as he began to experiment with multiple lines on the very wide PPMS oval.  A few laps later Swanson was able to slip past Cooper Clouse for the runner-up spot as the cars hit the halfway point of the 21 lap main event.  The running order at the halfway was Westerfeld, Swanson, Clouse, a hard charging Dustin Smith, and Michael Fischesser.
 
As the laps clicked away, Swanson began to try some higher grooves while Westerfeld was content to run the bottom.  Having seen no prior threat early on, it may have come as a surprise when Swanson appeared on the outside and the duo raced through traffic putting on a dazzling display of driving.  Swanson took the lead on lap 14, but a reenergized Westerfeld got up on the wheel to reel the Californian back in to retake the top spot on lap 16.
 
With traffic becoming a bigger factor, Swanson made the winning move on lap 17 to retake the lead as he chose the path less traveled putting the car high on the Monster Half Mile.  Westerfeld was pinned behind some slower cars and had to hesitate off turn 4 to get by.  This allowed Swanson to pull away to lead from lap 17 to the checkers.  However, Shawn Westerfeld was determined and over the final 2 circuits pulled back up on the bumper of Swanson and challenged one final time to lose the race by less than a car length.  The margin of victory officially was 0.102 seconds making it the second closest finish in BOSS history.
 
Following Swanson and Westerfeld were Dustin Smith, Michael Fischesser, and Cooper Clouse rounding out the top 5.  Steve Irwin charged from 16th starting spot to finish 6th and claim the Bridge Restaurant "Hard Charger of the Night" award.  Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were Justin Owen, Chad Wilson, Kent Wolters and Kirk Jeffries.
 
The traveling stars of the BOSS tour now moves on to Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio next Saturday, July 11th.  This event annually attracts one of the largest car counts of the season with 54 cars signed in last season.  Complete detailed results will be posted soon along with updated points.

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PA Doubleheader Up Next for MVT / BOSS

This weekend, the Mo Vaughn Transport / BOSS tour is of to the Keystone state for a doubleheader at 2 of the tour's fastest race tracks.  Friday night the series visits the historic Lernerville Speedway where a year ago a photo finish determined the main event winner.  On Saturday, the traveling band of outlaw non wing racers will tackle to Monster Half Mile known as Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.  In 2013, the last BOSS event there saw 11 unofficial lead changes among 6 different drivers in the 21 lap main event.

Friday night's show at Lernerville will be the third BOSS appearance in history with local driver Jack Sodeman Jr winning in 2013.  A year ago Logan Hupp of Columbus, Indiana narrowly edged fellow Hoosier driver Dustin Smith to even the score for the BOSS touring drivers.  Who will take round 3?  A Pennsylvania local runner or a BOSS tour driver?

Friday's gates open at 5 pm with drivers meeting at 6:30 and hot laps at 6:45.  Racing action is set for 7 pm.  General admission is $14 for adults with seniors only $10.  Kids age 11-17 are $7 while kids 10 and under are free.  Pit passes will be $30.  For teams competing, transponders will be supplied for free by Precise Racing Equipment.  They will have fuel and tires ONLY at Lernerville but not their entire parts truck.  No mufflers are required for this event.

On Saturday, BOSS visits the largest track on the schedule.  Called the "Monster Half Mile", when measured in the high line where most cars run, the track is well over a half mile.   BOSS drivers Kirk Jeffries, Tony Beaber, and Andre Layfield have all notched wins here along with PA local driver Jack Sodeman, Jr.  This will mark the fifth event in BOSS history to be contested at PPMS.

Promoter Matt Miley has many fun events scheduled for fans including a hot dog eating contest and a golf "closest to the pin" contest for ages 13 and up.  For kids under 13, there will also be a "hole-in-one' mini golf contest.  Early Vegas odds have Bucky the BOSS Beaver as the odds on favorite in the hot dog eating contest!

Pit gates will be open all day Saturday but pits will be cleared at 4:30.  Gates will officially open at 5 pm.  Hot Laps will be at 6 with racing at 7 pm.  General admission is $20 for adults with seniors in at $19.  Kids age 13-16 are $10 while kids age 6-12 are $5.  Kids 5 and under are free.  Pit passes will be $35.  Once again, Precise Racing Products will be supplying free transponders.  Fuel only will be available at the track.  There will be no parts truck.  No mufflers are required at PPMS.

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MSCS WILL BE RACING AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY ON JULY 3rd

Haubstadt, IN - June 30, 2015 -  The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will be appearing at the Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN, Friday night July 3rd.  The series will be the featured attraction for day one of the First Annual Bill Gardner Sprintacular.

The 30 lap feature that night will pay $4,000 to win!  With sprint cars running at the track on both Friday and Saturday it will be the race place to be for open wheel fans.  The weekend events are being held in honor of the founder of Indiana Open Wheel.com.  The web site continues in keeping racing enthusiasts all across the Hoosier state and beyond enlightened and informed.

Chase Stockon is the most recent MSCS feature winner.  His win at Tri-State Speedway on June 27th moved him into a tie for fifth on the All Time Winners List.  It was also his second of the season in the series.  The other win came at Lincoln Park Speedway to begin the 2015 season.  That race was the Indiana Open wheel.com Racin’ Fest which also paid $4,000 to win.

Brady Short continues to lead the Midwest Sprint Car Series points standings.  He is looking to win a second series title.  He took the Championship back in 2011 and was the runner-up to Kyle Cummins last season.  Short already has four feature victories this season. Thomas Meseraull joins Stockon as past MSCS winners at Lincoln Park Speedway this season.

Carson Short is currently the closest rival for the 2015 MSCS Championship.  He is now 33 points behind Brady Short after cutting the lead by 5 points with a third place feature finish at Haubstadt. The last three races Carson has finished third, second, and fifth. He is setting his sites on that first win.

The Midwest Sprint Car schedule is just half completed.  Ten of twenty races have been held.  The second half of the season holds a lot of promise.  Most of the purses for these races exceed the standard $2,000 to win pay-off.  On August 1st Tri-State Speedway will once again host the Hoosier Sprint Nationals paying $5,000 to win.

Robert Ballou is currently third in series points. He has two runner-up feature finishes and five top fives this season.  A list of the remaining top ten in points here at mid-season include veteran Jon Stanbrough, 2014 Rookie of the Year James Lyerla, four time and defending champion Kyle Cummins, and rookie Brandon Morin along with Chase Stockon, Jeff Bland Jr., and Donny Brackett.

Fans who attend the weekly races at Lincoln Park Speedway have watched regulars race hard week after week.  In seven regular shows there have been 5 different winners.  Chad Boespflug has the most victories with three LPS wins.  Fifteen different drivers have had podium finishes.  Therein is the challenge waiting as MSCS visits Lincoln Park for the third time this season.  Don’t miss this newest race on the schedule.  Racing begins a seven o’clock and this one is on Friday night.

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Legendary Hilltop / Tyler County Rescheduled
 
The doubleheader Mo Vaughn Transport / BOSS weekend at Legendary Hilltop and Tyler County Speedway was washed out last week by remnants from tropical storm Bill that worked its way north.  The much anticipated events have been rescheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 24th and 25th.  All the details of the weekends events remain the same including the host hotels.  The Friday night event at Legendary Hilltop will see BOSS hot lapping last on the evening (around 7:30 pm) to allow travel times for teams with the short notice.  The sprint cars will run first the remainder of the program.
 
Although it has been a rough start with a record 4 rainouts (and it is only June), the tour looks forward to busy months ahead with a lot of action packed events.  Details will be released Sunday for the upcoming Lernerville - Pittsburgh doubleheader slated for July 3rd and 4th.
 
Lately, the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series has been a hot topic in sprint car circles.  In only its 4th full season, the tour has seen phenomenal growth.  The drivers and teams who have supported the tour are directly responsible for this growth and popularity as they have put on some fantastic racing.  A special thanks also goes out to the many track promoters who host the tour and to the many race fans who seem to always have great and encouraging things to say!!  At this time, BOSS would like to say a big thank you to the many contributors and sponsors who have made this tour what it is.  We are not always able to include everyone in every press release, but for once, we are naming them individually.

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BOSS Prepares To Invade New Territory

The Mo Vaughn Transport / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) is set for its first ever trip into the Ohio Valley region this weekend.  The touring traditional wingless sprint cars will be making history as they will do battle at the Legendary Hilltop Speedway in Marietta, Ohio on Friday night, then move on to Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia for a Saturday showdown.   Series officials expect drivers from 6 states with numerous track and series championships among them.

Friday night's event at Legendary Hilltop will mark the first sprint car event since the track roared back to life in June of 2012 after sitting dormant for nearly 15 years.  The facility first opened in the sixties and played host to many sprint car events and was the home track of the Dickson family from Marietta that produced 3 time USAC National non wing champion Larry Dickson.   The last few sprint events at Hilltop were in the early 80's and featured winged cars.  Since reopening under the name Legendary Hilltop, the track has seen phenomenal growth with near capacity grandstands every Friday night.

On Saturday, the tour will bring wingless sprint car racing to the Mountaineer state for the first time since 1969 when they tackle the bullring quarter mile at the Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia.   First opened in 1974, the fairgrounds oval has seen some very large late model events including the famous Hillbilly 100.  The only sprint car events in the past were winged shows.  International Raceway Park in Ona, West Virginia hosted a USAC sprint event on pavement on July 4th, 1969 when Lenny Waldo won the 30 lap main event defeating Lee Kunzman and Al Smith.  Waldo's win was also a historical first as it was the first ever sanctioned sprint car win for a stock block Ford engine.

"The Magic Man" Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio is the defending BOSS champion and current points leader.  He will lead the BOSS warriors into battle with inaugural series champion "The Hustlin Hoosier" Dustin Smith of Russiaville, Indiana just 62 points behind.  The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame - National Sprint car non wing rookie of the year, 16 year old Cooper Clouse from Ohio City, Ohio sits 3rd in the early points standings with defending Lawrenceburg (Indiana) Speedway track champion Shawn Westerfeld of West Harrison, Indiana sitting a close 4th.   Polk, Ohio's Aaron "Mid Air" Middaugh is seeing one of his best season starts and rounds out the top 5.

Other Ohio drivers include Justin Owen, Chad Wilson, Kent Wolters, Michael Fischesser, Cody Gardner, Kirk Jeffries, Steve Little, Scott Hardman, Andy Fike and Chuck Wilson.  Representing the keystone state of Pennsylvania will be the always exciting "Evans City Earthmover" Brandon Spithaler along with Bob McMillin and Joe Butera.  Throw in Josh turner from Michigan and "Joltin" Joe Liguori from Tampa, Florida along with some other drivers rumored to be dropping in on the traveling regulars.

Gates will open on Friday at 4 pm with drivers meeting at 6:45.  Pill draw will also close at 6:45.  General admission will be $15 for adults and pit passes will be $30.  Methanol fuel will be available at the track for teams.  On Saturday at Tyler County Speedway, gates will open at 4 pm with the drivers meeting at 6:15 and hot laps at 6:30.  Racing will begin at 7:30.  General admission will be $15 at Tyler with pit passes at $35 per person.  No mufflers are required either night.  Raceceivers are mandatory and transponders will be free of charge courtesy of Tony Boetcher and 35 Raceway Park.

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Short Wins the War; Ballou Wins the Battle

In a much ballyhooed showdown over who is the king of Indiana sprint car racing, one could argue who came out on top. While Robert Ballou won a hard fought feature at the Paragon Speedway on Saturday night, June 13, Brady Short could point out that he is, for the third time in his career, the King of Indiana Sprints. Ballou steadily pulled away on a late re-start and took home the win, the trophy and $2500. Short took home his own trophy, his race winnings and another $1200 for winning the KISS points chase. The win was Ballou’s third KISS win and his first at Paragon.

30 race teams gathered on a hot and humid Hoosier day to do battle. Brady Short enjoyed a 47 point lead over Kyle Robbins and had maintained that he’d not show up to coast around and collect enough points to take the title. No, if he was in a position to go for the win, he’d do just that. Robbins, who was parked next to the Pottorff team in the pits, could only try to finish as best he could and maintain second in the points.

Kent Christian came from the third row to win the first heat race. Ballou did the same in the second heat, winning by a huge margin. The third heat was one for admiration and discussion over time as Short made a late charge to edge out Dave Darland and Jon Stanbrough at the checkered flag to grab the win.
Nick Bilbee had bicycled in his heat, doing some damage to his car, but came back to win the B Main from his 11th starting spot.

The re-draw for the feature put Short and Christian on the front row. Also up front would be Chris Phillips, Dave Darland, Robert Ballou, Kyle Robbins, Casey Shuman, Josh Cunningham, Jon Stanbrough and Andrew Prather.

Short grabbed the early lead, but Ballou was in a hurry. From fifth, he moved to third after the first lap and to second two laps later. Short maintained a sizable lead over the challenger for the first eight laps until lapped traffic came into play. As Brady tried to pick his way through, Robert began cutting into what was a half straightaway lead. For the next half dozen laps the two giants figuratively slugged it out, trading the lead back and forth while dodging lapped cars.

A lap 14 yellow allowed all to catch their breath. But with the green waving the battle renewed with side by side racing and multiple passes for the lead as third place Jon Stanbrough could only watch. Finally on lap 19, Ballou made the pass, clearing Short’s car and heading for, again, lapped traffic. At this point Ballou caught a timely break that was part luck and a lot of ability. He spun on lap 26 in lapped traffic, but kept going as Jaden Rogers also spun.
Ballou re-assumed the point on the re-start with only four laps to go. The rest was anti-climactic as the California native gradually pulled away after Short spun his tires on the re-start. A few minutes later, as Ballou was being congratulated and interviewed, the second place runner came over and added his congratulations.

Robert stated that he loves this track and that he was quite fortunate to spin and win.

Behind Ballou and Short was Jon Stanbrough in third after starting ninth. Dave Darland was fourth, which was where he started. The hard charger of the night was Nick Bilbee. After encountering problems in his heat, he started the B Main on the tail spot and won. In the feature, Bilbee came from 16th to finish fifth.  Veteran Kent Christian was sixth and Chris Phillips continued his improvement by taking seventh. Kyle Robbins locked up a second place finish in KISS points by finishing eighth. Jake Scott was ninth and Josh Cunningham rounded out the top ten.

The Kiss Point Fund includes the top five in the points. The champion gets $1200 and second gets $900. Third--$800 Fourth--$700 Fifth--$600

KISS Top Ten—Final Standings                      
Brady Short 980
Kyle Robbins 906
Jon Stanbrough 829
Robert Ballou 818
Dickie Gaines 790
Chad Boespflug 735
Dave Darland 595
Max McGhee 528
Shane Cottle 510
Kevin Thomas Jr. 452
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Race Winners:
Terre Haute—Brady Short
Gas City—Jon Stanbrough
Kokomo—Justin Grant
Lawrenceburg—Rain
Bloomington—Short
Tri-State--Short
Paragon—Robert Ballou

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BRADY SHORT MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW AT TRI-STATE

Haubstadt,, IN - June 6, 2015.  Brady Short won the 25 lap 410 sprint car feature Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway.  The sprint car portion of “The Summer Showdown” was sanctioned by the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series and paid $2,000 to win.  It was Short’s fourth MSCS win this season and second victory in a row at Tri-State Speedway.

The “Bedford Blaster” started sixth in the Cam Potorff owned 11P sprint.  Ahead were five determined drivers including series title rival Carson Short.  Brady Short and Carson Short were one and two in the series points going into the event.  Carson Short would start on the front row and lead most of the feature.  The Marion, IL, driver was looking for that elusive first feature win and setting a blistering pace.  The leaders eventually became immersed in heavy traffic. Tire wear was affecting handling.  Brady Short took the lead on lap 23.  Carson Short would continue on to finish second despite a couple of speedy trips in and out of the infield in an effort to correct the handling on his sprint car.

Brady Short’s winning Spec powered Maxim was sponsored by Sipes Body and Glass, Indiana Stoneworks, Bloomington Auto Colors, and Simpson. Don Short serves as the crew chief.  Short’s ability to pass the top five in the starting lineup earned him the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race Award.  That was the most moves that any driver made as the field was pretty evenly matched.

Donny Brackett also moved up in the field to finish third and claim his best finish of the season.  Brian Karraker capitalized on his first appearance with the series this year to finish fourth.  Brandon Mattox grabbed fifth.  The second five included Mitch Wissmiller, Chris Malone, James Lyerla, Jordan Kinser, and Aric Gentry.  The Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award went to J. T. Stapp who was eleventh.

The two sprint car heat races were victories for Carson Short and Chris “Critter” Malone.  Short’s win was outright and by a straightaway.  However Malone’s victory came as the result of a valiant last lap effort.

The MSCS Sprint Cars will return to race at Tri-State Speedway on June 27th.  That evening is the date for the “Southern Indiana Sprint Stampede.”  The MOWA Winged Sprints will also be in competition to make it an all Sprint Show.  Both features will pay $2,000 to win!

Feature (25 Laps) - Brady Short, Carson Short, Donny Brackett, Brian Karraker, Brandon Mattox, Mitch Wissmiller, Chris Malone, James Lyerla, Jordan Kinser, Aric Gentry, J.T. Stapp, Brandon Morin, Chad Davenport, Lynn Ambrose, Steve Thomas, James Shelton, Jeff Bland Jr.

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Short Has the Inside Track

With only one more King of Indiana Sprint Series event left on the 2015 schedule, point leader Brady Short is in the driver’s seat to collect the championship, the prize money for winning the championship and the custom designed helmet that goes to the KISS champ. Should Short prevail this would be his third KISS title. The previous two were in 2009 and 2013.

The season ending KISS race this year will be at the Paragon Speedway, a three eighths mile oval shaped like a classic paperclip with long straights and sharp turns at both ends. It this respect Paragon will offer its own set of challenges to those who will make the trip to the small town about 40 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

Since its’ beginning in 2001 the King of Indiana Sprint Series’ yearly schedule has always included the Paragon Speedway. Unhappily the rain would wash out the 2001 race. Over the years, rain would triumph three more times: 2002, 2007 and 2013. But Jon Stanbrough, the all-time KISS feature winner, has won five of the ten main events at Paragon. His first win in 2008 was followed by wins the next two years. Stanbrough’s fourth win came in 2012 and he is the defending champion at Paragon, having won the KISS feature last year.

Matt Westfall won the first Paragon/KISS feature not rained out in 2003, his lone KISS win. Kevin Briscoe has two victories at Paragon, taking the 2004 and 2006 KISS A Mains. Kent Christian won in 2005, one of his two KISS wins. And Shane Cottle was the 2011 winner at Paragon, one of his five KISS triumphs.

In addition to the $1200 that goes to the KISS champ, Sprint Car and Midget magazine, Simpson Performance Products and Van Horn Tint and Accessories have combined to offer a custom designed racing helmet.

Top Ten Points as of May 24:
1. B. Short 805
2. Kyle Robbins 758
3. Chad Boespflug 735
4. Jon Stanbrough 659
5. Dickie Gaines 653
6. Robert Ballou 638
7. Max McGhee 528
8. Shane Cottle 510
9. Kevin Thomas Jr. 452
10.Dave Darland 430

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RECORD PURSE OF MORE THAN $120,000.00 FOR 20th OVAL NATIONALS!

(Perris, CA, June 3, 2015)  Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian has announced that the 20th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction will have a record purse of more than $120,000.00.  Taking place on November 12th, 13th and 14th, each night will be full points paying races for the Amsoil USAC National and CRA Sprint Car Series’.  The winner of the 40-lap finale on Saturday will take home $25,000.00.

To be exact the record breaking purse is $120,510.00.  The prestigious race which, annually matches the best racers from the Midwest based National Series and the West Coast based CRA Series, is reminiscent of baseball’s famous New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers rivalry.

“The fans love the Oval Nationals as it matches drivers who only get together once a year,” Kazarian said.  “It is the best vs the best like an old time heavyweight championship fight. The top stars from the Midwest come out and they take on the best that the West Coast has to offer.  In addition to the big purse, they are racing for pride.”

While first place will pay $25,000.00 to win on Saturday, it will also pay $1,000.00 to start.  The two preliminary nights, Thursday and Friday, will each pay $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start.  Last year, when the race featured two nights of 410 sprint car racing, Rocklin, California’s Robert Ballou swept the show and won both nights thus pocketing $30,000.00 in main event earnings. If any driver sweeps all three nights in 2015, that driver will take home $35,000.00 in main event pay.

“We are pleased to offer this great purse for America’s premiere traditional sprint car race,” Kazarian offered with a smile.  “We would not be able to do it without the likes of Budweiser and Mike Grosswendt.  Budweiser has put a lot into making this event become what it has over the past 20-years and they have been involved in it since the first one in October of 1996.  Mike and his company, All Coast Construction, have gotten heavily involved the past few years.  He is a hardcore sprint car racing supporter and we are thankful to have him and Budweiser involved.  We cannot thank Mike and Budweiser enough not only for what they have done for the Oval Nationals, but for all of sprint car racing in California.”

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SUMMER SHOWDOWN AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY NEXT FOR MSCS

Haubstadt, IN - May 31, 2015 -  The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will be racing twice in the month of June.  Both races will be at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana.  The first event is the Tri-State Summer Showdown.  The MSCS Sprints will participate along with the Summit Modifieds.  The sprint car feature will pay $2,000 to win and the modified feature will pay $1,500 to win.  The second race is not until June 27th.

Leading the cast of drivers expected to compete in the Summer Showdown is Brady Short.  The 2011 MSCS season champion has taken over the series points lead.  In winning the Josh Burton Memorial Race Memorial Day Weekend, Brady shot ahead of Carson Short in points.  He maintained the lead during the remainder of the three race weekend.  That lead stands at 38 points which is the widest margin so far this season.

MSCS has completed all eight races on the schedule so far this year. Chase Stockon led the points following the first three stops.  Carson Short led after the next two racing programs.  Then Brady Short took over the top spot.  The point margin between first and second places has been in the single digits three times and as close as two points.

Currently Carson Short leads Robert Ballou by a point for the runner-up honors in the standings and has assumed the role as the closest challenger for the title.

Jon Stanbrough is fourth in the MSCS season points followed by Kyle Cummins, Max McGhee, Dickie Gaines, Chase Stockon, James Lyerla, and Brandon Moran.  Jeff Bland Jr. and Brandon Mattox round out the top twelve.  The top twelve in points form the MSCS Provisional list. Chris Babcock, Donny Brackett, and Shane Cockrum complete the top fifteen.  The 12 remaining races this season allow plenty of chances for drivers to make substantial gains.

Winning feature races at the beginning of this season has been a real challenge.  Two shows were held as co-sanctioned events and three others were held in a cooperative effort which required following the format used by another series.

The win column in the MSCS record book already lists six drivers this season.  They are Chase Stockon, Bryan Clauson, Brady Bacon, Brady Short, Shane Cottle, and Thomas Meseraull.  Short’s win at the end of April at Terre Haute has him competing at a winning pace.  He has won every other race since then.  His three victories makes him the only driver with multiple MSCS wins this year.  Those wins also put him in sole possession of second place on the MSCS All Time Feature Wins List with 14.

The June 6th race will be a solo MSCS sanctioned event.  Thus the show will be conducted using passing points.  Drivers following the MSCS series will be back in familiar surroundings following the normal series format.

Racing will get underway at 7:30.  Hot laps will be held an hour earlier.  This is a Saturday night event with one of those traditional 25 lap sprint car features in which every lap and every move counts.  More than 80 drivers have taken green flags at MSCS events this season.  As drivers make decisions and chart their respective courses on a weekend, opportunities change and sometimes improve for others.  Look for a field of eager opportunists at
Tri-State Speedway on June 6th.

Points
May 24, 2015
1. Brady Short   474
2. Carson Short  436
3. Robert Ballou 435
4. Jon Stanbrough 418
5. Kyle Cummins  328
6. Max McGhee    326
7. Dickie Gaines 307
8. Chase Stockon 305
8. James Lyerla  305
10. Brandon Morin 288

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Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magentos Comes Back To Life Saturday Night after Lengthy Hiatus

Aptos, CA)- Weathey delays and various postponements have left the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos on the sidelines since early April, but Saturday night things come back to life for the series as they invade the Placerville Speedway.

In what will be the lone visit to the high banked ¼ mile speedway located in beautiful Placerville, CA, the stars and cars of the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will share the spotlight with the very popular Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster, making this night of racing a must see for the sprint car enthusiast.

The high banked bullring has always provided close knit, wheel to wheel, action for the series, and after a very close race at the Calistoga Speedway in the series’ last round, Saturday night’s show is sure to be hair raising.

With two races in the books in 2015, young guns have been tough to beat as Santa Rosa pilot, and series point leader, Joe Stornetta, won the Silver Cup back in March, and Brentwood, CA wheelman, Colton Slack, made history as he picked up a hard fought win at the Calistoga Speedway in mid April.

As mentioned Joe Stornetta leads the series into action as the current point leader, with Nick Larson, Colton Slack, Gary Nelson, Jr., and Shane Myhre in a very tight point battle.

Other drivers that are expected to make the trip to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night  include, Shanyna Sylvia, Terry Schank, Jr, Klint Simpson, Bradley Clark, Bryan Grier, Zack Kavert, Angerlique Bell, and many others.

Saturday night, the front gates will open at 5pm with tickets start at just $6 for kids 6-11, $15 for juniors and seniors, and adult tickets available for $18. The Placerville Speedway also offers an ‘Early Bird’ opportunity, as they will open their box office from 3-330pm to allow fans to by their tickets early.

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will fire back up on May 30th as they take to the Placerville Speedway and run in conjunction with the Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster.  

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th)

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MVT / BOSS Season Opener Now Set for Wayne County Speedway

Following a disappointing rainout at Fremont Speedway this past Saturday, the Mo Vaughn Transport / Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series is now set to open the 2015 season at Jason and Kristin Flory's Wayne County Speedway near Orrville, Ohio.  Twenty-eight wingless warriors were signed in for battle on Saturday despite the fact there were many other tracks running in the Ohio / Indiana area.  Series and track officials expect another fine field to be on hand with drivers from six states indicating their intentions to compete.

For fans, this has become a show they do not want to miss!  Not only will the ever exciting BOSS sprints be in action, but the weekly winged sprints of WCS will also be in competition for a $5,000 to win payday.  Many of the regions top winged teams are expected, giving fans the opportunity to see the Midwest's finest drivers of both disciplines all in one night.  General admission will be just $15.00 for ages 13 and up while kids 12 and under are free.  Pit passes remain just $30.00.  Gates will open at 3 pm with hot laps at 6 and racing at 7 pm.

The Mo Vaughn Transport BOSS series has around 20 drivers who will be chasing the 2015 championship points.  Home state drivers include defending series champion Mike Miller of Wapakoneta, Ohio along with fellow buckeye drivers Michael Fischesser, Aaron Middaugh, Chuck Wilson, Chad Wilson, Andy Fike, Steve Little, Scott Hardman, Cooper Clouse, Bobby Distel, Kirk Jeffries, Kent Wolters,  Lewie Christian, and Cody Gardner.  Representing the keystone state of Pennsylvania is the always exciting Brandon Spithaler of Evans City, Pennsylvania along with Bob McMillin and Joe Butera.  Other states represented are West Virginian Andre Layfield,  Michigan's Josh Turner, Florida's Joe Liguori and Indiana's Dustin Smith.

Last season, the 2 events contested at Wayne County were quite the contrast from one another, yet equally exciting.  Last May, the "Magic Man"Mike Miller appeared to have the main event victory within his sights, but 17th starting "Doctor" Andre Layfield gunned him down off the final corner in one of the closest finishes in BOSS history.  In the fall event, the "Evans City Earthmover" Brandon Spithaler lived up to his name as he blasted across a very rough Wayne County Speedway in a legitimately terrifying display of driving. Spithaler was one circuit away from literally lapping the entire field en route to one of the most dominating victories in series history.

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KISS Heads to the ‘Burg

The fourth round of the 2015 King of Indiana Sprint Series heads to the Lawrenceburg Speedway this coming Saturday night, May 16. Led by KISS point leader Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Indiana, the Hoosier State’s finest will tackle the three-eighth mile, high banked oval.

Jon Stanbrough is the defending champion of this race, passing Daron Clayton on the 25th lap last year to grab the win. Other KISS feature winners at the ‘burg are Brandon Petty (2005), A.J. Anderson (2006), Stanbrough (2007), Nic Faas (2009), Brady Short (2010), Clayton (2011) and Dave Darland (2012). The rain won two years ago.

Robbins has accumulated 484 points in the first three KISS events to lead Short, who won the KISS race at Terre Haute, has 445. Dickie Gaines, the first KISS point champ back in 2001, is only ten points behind at 435. Chad Boespflug, looking for his first KISS feature win, has 414 points. 2014 KISS Champ Shane Cottle is fifth with 391.

After Short’s Terre Haute Action Track win, Stanbrough won at the Gas City I-69 Speedway and Justin Grant scored a tremendous win at the Kokomo Speedway.

For the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the King of Indiana Sprint Series will visit the storied red clay oval that is called the Bloomington Speedway on Friday, May 22. Additions and contributions to the purse of the co-sanctioned KISS/MSCS Josh Burton Memorial are accumulating at a rapid clip. Shane Cottle won the 2014 edition of the KISS/Bloomington feature.

On Sunday night, the KISS band of gypsies head southwest to the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana. Jeff Bland Jr., driving the Burton family sprinter, won last year’s feature at Tri-State.

This Saturday at Lawrenceburg one can find the pit gates opening at 4:00 p.m., the front gate at 5 and Hot laps at 6. Racing will follow opening ceremonies at 7.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $7 for kids age 7-12, with kids under 6 getting in free. Pit passes are $30.

The King of Indiana Sprint Series is on Twitter as KISSracing and on Facebook as King of Indiana Sprint Series. Or you can visit www.kissracing.com for a variety of information.

2015 KISS action closes at the Paragon Speedway on June 13.

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Bloomington Speedway’s Josh Burton Memorial Headlines MSCS and KISS Sprint Cars

Bloomington, Indiana – The Josh Burton Memorial continues to grow in stature at Bloomington Speedway.  From a humble celebration of the popular young racer in its first iteration, it has become one of the most attended races of the year at the historic oval.  This year’s event will be no exception.

Scheduled May 22, the Friday of the Indy 500 weekend, the Memorial will again see the Midwest Sprint Car Series and the King of Indiana Sprint Car Series racing for $2,500 to win and points toward both championships.  In addition to the sprint cars, Bloomington’s racing program will include the RaceSaver winged sprint cars, modifieds, super stocks and hornet divisions.  The special night will begin with the sprint car drivers meeting being held in front of the grandstands at the start/finish line.

Significant bonuses and fan souvenirs have been announced by the track management.  Josh Burton Racing will award bonuses of $500 to the 410 sprint car feature winner, $200 to both the modified and super stock winner, and $100 to the hornet winner.  Leslie and Terry Prince of Bloomington, are adding a bonus of $500 to the 410 sprint car feature winner and another $500 to the leader of lap 4 in the A-main.  There is another $1,000 bonus to the feature winner if they have a roll cage halo welded into the car (from Josh Burton Racing).  The “Henry Rifle” will be presented to the 410 feature winner by the Four Season’s Gun Shop.  A $400 bonus will be awarded to the RaceSaver sprint feature winner by Dan Roberts.  And, fourth place in the 410 sprint car B-main will earn a Hoosier medium right rear tire.

Josh Burton Memorial T-shirts will be sold at the south end concession stand, with all proceeds going to charity.  Arizona T-shirts will be giving away T-shirts to fans throughout the night.  And the Speedway will give one boy’s bicycle and one girl’s bicycle in a drawing using children’s admission tickets.

The grandstand will open at 5 pm, the pit gate at 4 pm, with hot laps at 6:30 and racing action beginning at 7:30.  General admission is just $20, and the pits is $30.  More details are available at www.bloomingtonspeedway.com, or from the track at 812-824-7400.

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Hoosier Hundred Luring Past Slver Crown Competitors

Indianapolis, IN (May 11, 2015)-by Jay Hardin, Track Enterprises

The prestige of the Hoosier Hundred and the history of USAC’s Silver Crown Series are luring former drivers and car owners out of retirement for the annual 100-mile event before the 99th Indianapolis 500.  A popular former driver and car owner have teamed to make a formidable combination for the May 21 event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, while another former car owner is said to be teaming with a two-time Hoosier Hundred winner for an assault on the series.

Parma, Michigan’s Brian Tyler is second on the all-time Silver Crown win list with 17, just six behind series leader Jack Hewitt but his career was in jeopardy after losing a ride midway through last year.  The former USAC Sprint Car Champion has a deal that has excited everyone heading into 2015, teaming with former car owner Ray “Junior” Kurtz.  Tyler has victories on the dirt miles at Springfield and DuQuoin but is still in search of his first win on the tricky Indiana dirt mile.  He has a Beast chassis at his disposal for the Hoosier Hundred.

If Tyler’s return has fans radar up, the return of car owner Kurtz to the series has many more on edge.  From 1980-1992 Kurtz owned what many thought was the most beautiful dirt track championship car ever constructed, a Watson designed chassis with a traditional hood, belly pan and chrome grille.  The car dubbed the “Plastic Express” made its series debut in 1980 with Bill Vukovich at the wheel and would also be driven by Rick Hood, eventually being paired with California veteran Chuck Gurney in 1982.  The car and driver were nearly unbeatable, winning 10 times, all on one mile dirt tracks.  Kurtz retired the machine after the 1992 season but came back as a car owner in the 1990’s for a brief period.

Last year Kurtz revealed that he was constructing a ‘new’ version of the Plastic Express, taking the Watson design and making a totally new, but old style Silver Crown car.  The car will not be done in time for the Hoosier Hundred but is slated to make its maiden voyage later in the year.

Fellow former car owner Bob Galas was also known for building traditional style championship dirt cars and as the car owner/chief mechanic for the late Gary Bettenhausen.  Galas is also working toward a series return and is said to be reuniting with 1991 and 1993 Hoosier Hundred winner Jeff Swindell.  Between them Galas and Kurtz have three USAC Silver Crown titles and five Hoosier Hundred victories.

Fans can watch the past come to life at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday May 21.  Fans can save $5 by purchasing advance tickets by calling 217-764-3200.  Kody Swanson won last year’s race and is slated to return to defend his title.

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Open Wheel Fans Excited For Next Week's Can't Miss Events

Terre Haute & Indiana State Fairgrounds Hosting USAC & UMP

Open wheel fans across the midwest and even the country are pumped up about a number of great shows to attend next week.  As a leadup to the Indy 500, Track Enterprises is preparing two huge events that fans mark down on their calendars yearly on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21.  Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana are the venues for the Tony Hulman Classic and the Hoosier Hundred.

Drivers, teams, and fans will be gathering at the historic Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 20 for the 45th Tony Hulman Classic.  The event, featuring the open wheel stars o f the USAC Sprint cars will be racing along with the UMP Modifieds.  While the USAC field is always star studded, the UMP field will also feature some of the best as Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader battle for bragging rights and the trophy.

On Thursday, May 21st, fans will migrate to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the 62nd running of the great Hoosier 100.  The 1-mile oval will feature the USAC Silver Crown competitors and the UMP Modifieds, running in a $2,000 to win event.  Kody Swanson won last year's Hoosier Hundred, while Schrader won the Modified portion.  Wallace and a host of others will be looking to knock Schrader off the podium.

On Wednesday, May 20 at Terre Haute, pit gates will open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing will begin at 7:30.  Grandstand admission is $25 for adults and free for 10 and under.  Infield admission is $15.

On Thursday, May 21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, pit gates open at 12:00, grandstands at 3:00, hotlaps at 5:00, qualifying at 6:00, Modified heats at 6:30, and racing at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $25 if purchased ahead of the event, while it is $30 the day of.  Children 11 and under tickets are $10.  Infield admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids.  For presale tickets or information, call 217-764-3200.

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Mo Vaughn Transport BOSS Set to Launch Historic Season
 
This Saturday night, May 9th will be "Mascot Night" at the historic Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio and it will also kick off a historic 2015 campaign by the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series.  Many big changes will become immediately evident to the racers and fans, and none of the changes could be more significant than the new title sponsor.  In the off season, BOSS was able to sign former major league baseball star, Mo Vaughn and his Mo Vaughn Transport out of Cleveland, Ohio.  A first round draft pick in 1989, Vaughn spent 13 years in the majors, most of which with the Boston Red Sox where he was a 3 time All Star and the 1995 American League MVP.  Vaughn has a serious interest in performance autos, but his involvement with BOSS is his first experience in the auto racing world.
 
More significant changes were made in the off season with two major announcements involving drivers minimum ages and random drug testing.  With many other organizations worried about tethers and finding ways to make teams spend more money, BOSS chose to address the real issues in the sport.  The last two times sprint car racing appeared on headline news across the country, it involved fatal accidents with these 2 issues at the center of the controversy.  In light of this, the Mo Vaughn Transport BOSS sprints now require all drivers to be a minimum of 16 years of age and all drivers must posses a valid drivers license.  In addition, the series will become the first sprint car sanctioning body to implement random drug testing.
 
Other major changes fans can expect include a new series souvenir trailer with an expanded apparel lineup along with shirts from the tour drivers themselves.  BOSS has quickly become known for bringing back racing history  and this years throwback is the return of program scorecards which were once available at all racing events throughout the last century.  The new scorecards will feature series information, a chance to win random prize drawings, and a contest where you can impress your friends and win $25.00 if you can pick the top 3 finishers in order!  Scorecards will be available for $1 at the Mo Vaughn Transport kiosk and at the souvenir trailer.
 
Also new for 2015, BOSS will have 4 sprint car racing simulators on the midway next to the souvenir trailer.  Fans will be able to climb inside the frame and body of retired race cars and test their skills against other fans.  For $5, you will get two (8) Lap races where you can race your friends and the clock!  If you want to be a sprint car driver, you can try your hand this way for a cheap price.
 
With all the new announcements, BOSS is determined not to lose sight of what built the series.  There are still no membership fees and the series is still an "open tire" series where teams can run any commercially available racing tire.   There is no weight rule and cars are only limited to remaining traditional "sprint car" appearing machines.    Heat race money and many bonus awards are still in place.  There are now 8 different bonus awards.  New this year is the perseverance award which will be $50 to the driver who draws the worst heat race starting pill and still transfers to the main event and the new Design 500 McClure tribute award where the 9th place finisher at each event will receive a gift certificate from Design 500.  With the lack of a large rulebook and no fees, the Mo Vaughn Transport BOSS sprints lay claim to being the last true "outlaws" of the sprint car world.
 
The "Magic Man" Mike Miller from Wapakoneta, Ohio is the returning champion set to defend his crown.  The inaugural series champion, Dustin Smith from Russiaville, Indiana is returning as he and Miller will look to become the first repeat tour champions.  Michael Fischesser, Brandon Spithaler, Chuck Wilson, Aaron Middaugh, Chad Wilson, Bob McMillin, Joe Butera, Joe Liguori, Scott Hardman, Andy Fike and Steve Little will all return from last year to once again be regular stars on the tour.  However, Kirk Jeffries and Andre Layfield will also return to the tour after a year's absence along with other newcomers in Kent Wolters, Kris Davis, Josh Turner,  Cody Gardner, Justin Owen and George Willard.
 
Be a part of the fastest growing sprint car series in the nation and join us for the 2015 kickoff event at Fremont Speedway this Saturday night.  Watch "Bucky" the BOSS Beaver as he will be on hand to race other Fremont area mascots at intermission.  General admission is only $14 with Seniors $12.  Kids 11-16 are $8 and kid 10 and under are free.  Pit Passes will be $30.  Gates will open at 4 pm with racing at 7 pm.  More information on the series can be found at www.buckeyesprints.com and more information of Fremont Speedway can be found at www.fremontohspeedway.com  Also, CDL drivers need to check out MVT at www.movaughntransport.com
 
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