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2014 KISS Series Opener April 27 at the Terre Haute Action Track

April 17, 2014 – When the 2014 King of Indiana Sprint Series gets underway in just ten days, on Sunday, April 27, it will be at one of the most challenging ovals on the schedule. The Terre Haute Action Track earned it's name years ago. The Action Track is a big half mile, with sweeping turns and high speed straightaways that demand the best from drivers, cars and crew. This may be illustrated by mentioning previous KISS winners at the Terre Haute oval, Jon Stanbrough (3 times), Levi Jones, Tony Elliott, Shane Cottle and most recently Robert Ballou.

With co-sanctioning by MSCS, Sunday's event awards valuable points for both sprint car series. Knowing that the KISS championship will be decided in just seven races, each finish is critical. Last year's champion, Brady Short, is hungry for a third KISS crown. But 6-time champion Jon Stanbrough is just as anxious to earn his seventh title.

Stanbrough is also the defending MSCS point champion and is chasing Hunter Schuerenberg, who captured the opening event of the 2014 MSCS season.

The historic oval is located at the Fairgrounds on US Highway 41, just south of I-70. General admission for the program is $20 and infield tickets are $15. Kids 10 and under are admitted free. Pit passes are $30. The Terre Haute Action Track provides more information at www.terrehauteactiontrack.net.

The 30-lap KISS main event will pay $2,500 to win and $250 to start. The point fund is a total of $4,200, with the series champion earning $1,200. Second in points will collect $900, and third through fifth willreceive $800, $700 and $600.

Seven dates comprise this year's KISS schedule. Following the Terre Haute kick-off, Bloomington and Kokomo Speedways race on the first weekend in May. A week later, the series travels to Gas City/I-69 Speedway for their Friday show.

The next weekend, the racers head to the southeastern corner of the state for Lawrenceburg's event. As has become their tradition, Tri-State Speedway will host the KISS sprinters on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, just hours after the completion of the Indy 500.

The 2014 KISS championship will be finalized at Paragon Speedway on Saturday, May 31 at Paragon Speedway.

2014 KISS SCHEDULE
April 27 Terre Haute Action Track
May 2 Bloomington Speedway
May 4 Kokomo Speedway
May 9 Gas City I-69 Speedway
May 17 Lawrenceburg Speedway
May 25 Tri-State Speedway
May 31 Paragon Speedway

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MSCS SPRINTS OPENER AT LINCOLN PARK DELAYED UNTIL APRIL 12th

Haubstadt, IN - April 6.  The 2014 season opener scheduled for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series has been delayed by a week. The season was to have opened Saturday April 5th with Bill Gardner’s Indiana Open Wheel . Com Racin’ Fest at the Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN.  The accumulating rainfall from the previous days prompted the decision to postpone the event a week and make use of a rain date that had been prearranged between the speedway and MSCS officials.  This special event will now be held on Saturday April 12th.  The 30 lap sprint car feature will pay $4,000 to win.

This will be the first time in it’s 14 years of existence that MSCS will open the season with an appearance at the Lincoln Park Speedway. And it is the first of 18 big events on the 2014 MSCS season schedule.  Drivers will have added opportunities this year to get into the feature win column.  For some it will be an opportunity to add a victory or victories to their list of accumulating wins. Others could grab that important very first victory.  Everyone involved will have added opportunities to visit the pay window. Purses for 2014 include eight races that pay $3,000 or more to win.

Two time and defending champion Jon Stanbrough leads in all time MSCS wins with his 19 victories.  Daron Clayton is the only other driver in double figures after posting 10 wins.  Robert Ballou and Brady Short both have 8 wins.  Other drivers with multiple wins that are high on the list and active with MSCS last season include Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Mitch Wissmiller, Kevin Thomas Jr., Chris Windom, Jeff Bland Jr., and Kyle Cummins.  In all 55 different sprint car drivers have won MSCS feature races.

Racing at Lincoln Park Speedway begins at 7 P.M. Saturday.  Hot Laps are at 6 P.M.  Pit gates open at 3 P.M. Fans will want to arrive early enough to enjoy all the action.

The main gate and grandstands open at 4:30 P.M.  It is the IndianaOpenWheel.Com Racin’ Fest to kick off the 2014 season. Fireworks along with three other divisions of race cars will complete the program.

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2014 KISS Series Opener Co-Sanctioned with MSCS

Terre Haute Action Track Hosts April 27

March 30, 2014 – The opening race of the 2014 King of Indiana Sprint Series is just a month away as the 14th season gets underway at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday, April 27.  While Brady Short is looking to capture his third KISS championship, Jon Stanbrough will be racing for his seventh title.  The event is co-sanctioned with the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

Seven dates comprise this year's KISS schedule as the series visits the top sprint car tracks in the state.  Following the Terre Haute kick-off, Bloomington and Kokomo Speedways race on the first weekend in May.  A week later, the series travels to Gas City/I-69 Speedway for their Friday show.  The next weekend, the racers head to the southeastern corner of the state for Lawrenceburg's event.  As has become their tradition, Tri-State Speedway will host the KISS sprinters on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, just hours after the completion of the Indy 500.  The 2014 KISS championship will be finalized at Paragon Speedway on Saturday, May 31 at Paragon Speedway.

Brady Short scored his second title last spring, winning two of the four races competed, while three events were victims of rain.  Kevin Thomas Jr., Robert Ballou, Hunter Schuerenberg and Casey Shuman filled the top-5 in KISS points and all are expected to be strong contenders again this year.  Since 2006, only one driver other than Stanbrough and Short has earned the KISS crown and that is 2011's champion, Dave Darland.  Darland returns in the stout Phillips Motorsports machine.  With Stanbrough joining Mike Dutcher's stable as a teammate to Thomas over the winter, and Schuerenberg fielding his own car, the battle for the title seems formidable.

The KISS series has a new Facebook page, visit it at www.facebook.com/pages/King-of-Indiana-Sprint-Series/211462445730306.

2014 KISS SCHEDULE
April 27 Terre Haute Action Track
May 2 Bloomington Speedway
May 4 Kokomo Speedway
May 9 Gas City I-69 Speedway
May 17 Lawrenceburg Speedway
May 25 Tri-State Speedway
May 31 Paragon Speedway

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MSCS SEASON BEGINS ON APRIL FIFTH

DESTINATION - THE INDIANA OPEN WHEEL.COM  RACIN’ FEST

Haubstadt, IN - March 28, 2014.  The 2014 Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series racing season is about to get underway.  The season will begin on April 5th with the first of three visits the series will make to Lincoln Park Speedway.  Bill Gardner’s Indiana Open Wheel.Com Racin’ Fest has been presented  at the opening night for the Putnamville, IN, facility since Joe Spiker took over the reigns as the promoter.

This year the MSCS Sprint Cars will be the featured attraction and the purse has been increased to $4,000 to win.  The change provides MSCS drivers with an opportunity to begin and end the season with increased purses of like amounts.  The purse for the Harvest Cup at Tri-State Speedway in October also pays $4,000 to win.  It is hoped that the two events will serve as perfect bookends for the season championship story!

The complete story will be developed over a series of 18 big events in 2014.  Drivers who are ready to race on April 5th stand to get a jump in the points chase!  Jon Stanbrough is a two time and defending champion for MSCS.  Brady Short made the chase the closest and most interesting in MSCS history last year in finishing just a point behind Stanbrough.  Rookie Bradley Sterrett was third in the final standings.  Sterrett  is among those drivers already licensed and ready to start the new campaign.

This year’s Rookie crop of drivers is already taking form.  Four drivers have already indicated an interest in pursuing the 2014 Rookie of the Year honors.  Hinchman Indy Racing Uniforms will continue in its role as one of the primary sponsors in supporting MSCS’s Driver Development Program.  For thirteen years MSCS has provided an avenue along which drivers can earn while learning to succeed.

The feature event at the IOW Racin’Fest will be for a distance of 30 laps.  The defending Racin’ Fest victor is Jeff Bland Jr. of Springville, IN.  Bland held off Brady Short and Chase Briscoe in winning last year’s main event.  The feature served as an action packed kick-off to the season.  Former winners have included some of the best sprint car drivers to sit behind a wheel.   Jon Stanbrough, Dave Darland, and Levi Jones have visited victory lane at the Fest since 2010.

The pit gate at Lincoln Park Speedway is set to open at three o’clock in the afternoon.  The main gate opens at 4:30 P.M.  Hot laps are at 6 o’clock and racing begins at 7.  Drivers are reminded to be there early.  The first race requires added paperwork and the pill draw normally ends at least a half hour before hot laps.  If weather should be a factor MSCS has set aside April 12th on the schedule as a rain date.

MSCS has two other races scheduled in April.  The last weekend of the month the series will combine forces with USAC on Saturday to provide the season opener at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN.  Then on Sunday MSCS & KISS will offer a combo program of sprint car racing at the Terre Haute Action Track.  That is the weekend Of April 26th and 27th.  Three MSCS races are set to begin the season and each is unique!

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WOW Non Wing Sprints a Part of $5000 to win NCRA Sprint Opener

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Midwest City, Oklahoma – March 24, 2014 - The newly formed Wingless Oklahoma Warriors will make kick off their inaugural season this coming Saturday night (March 29) as the wingless sprinters will be on the card as 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas hosts the fourth annual “Air Capital Shootout,” kicking off the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division 2014 race season.
 
In preparation for Saturday night’s $5000 to win, $500 to start championship finale for the “winged warriors,” there will be an open practice season for all sprinters from both the NCRA and the new WOW series.
 
WOW was formed this off season when track owner/promoter Mark Brill of Brill Motor Speedway ceased track operations in the middle of the 2013 race season. Back in 2011 he talked to several sprint car drivers who were concerned with the skyrocketing costs of the class and an e sprint division was born. It began with just five cars and as the tracks season went along grew to almost ten a night. When the track closed the car count was up to twelve with more in the process of being built.
 
“We needed a place to race with Brill closing so several drivers and interested people got together, we stuck with the rules and that’s how WOW was formed,” said former Fairgrounds Speedway champion Gil White explained. George Welch at (Oklahoma Sports Park) Ada jumped on board and has scheduled us at least once a month and as we went along we now have shows booked at Lawton Speedway (three) and once at Creek County Speedway (Kellyville). We also met with former regional director Dennis Crow and a former competition director (Chris Smith); got some insight on some things and I think we are ready to go.”
 
For long time car owner J.D Porter, the new series is just what was needed. “The cost to run this deal (sprint cars) was getting out of hand and something needed to be done to control these costs,” he said. “I have found the e sprints rules are cost effective and you don’t have to spend no more than $5000 on a motor to be competitive and that’s a good deal all the way around.”
 
The wingless sprint car series is expecting between fifteen and twenty cars, which isn’t bad considering they scrambled during the off season to get something developed. Among the drivers expected to compete include; Gil White, James Fabian, Koby Barksdale, Chance Nestell, Shelby Byrd, Casey Jones, Dwayne Forsgen, Michael Gossman, Rickey Crawford, Chris Jenson, Mike Ramsey, Jim Hardison, Randy Whitson and Darrel McGuire.
 
The championship feature payout for the NCRA 360-ci sprinters for the fourth annual “Air Capital Shootout,” as part of the $20,000 in prize money, will be distributed as follows:
 
A Feature: 1) $5000, 2) $4000, 3) $3000, 4) $2000, 5) $1500, 6) $1000, 7) $750, 8) $700, 9) $650, 10) $600, 11-20) $500.
 
Former winners of this annual event include: Jason Johnson (2012-2013); Danny Lasoski (2011).
 
Gates will open at 5:00 PM with racing slated for a 7:00 PM start time. Grandstand general admission tickets for ages eleven and up are just $15.00 with children ages 6 thru 10: $5.00. All pit passes are just $30.
 
81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then .7 mile west on 77th St. in Park City. For more race and ticket information contact the 81 Speedway office (316) 755-1781 or check out their website www.81speedway.org. You can also get the complete 2014 NCRA sprint car schedule, as well as schedules for the series’ modified, late model and southern sport mod divisions at www.racencra.com.

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UMSS Traditional Sprint Cars Set To Begin Fourth Season


 

With the long winter starting to show signs of changing to spring, the UMSS Traditional Sprint Car Series is gearing up for their fourth season of non-winged sprint car racing. The 2014 season schedule currently has 25 dates booked for the increasingly popular series at 6 different tracks. Weather and track conditions permitting, action is slated to get underway on the final Friday night in April at the home track of the series, the St. Croix Valley Raceway. As in past years, the bulk of the races take place at St. Croix Valley Raceway typically on Friday nights throughout the season. Most of the drivers who were in action last year should be returning for the 2014 season while several new cars and teams should be out some time during the upcoming season. Anticipation is high, as the non-winged sprint car class here in our area continues to grow in popularity amongst competitors and fans alike.

A total of 20 races will be held at the St. Croix Valley Raceway (SCVR) from April 25 through August 29. The traditional sprints will run with their winged counterparts at SCVR on six occasions. A couple of highlights on the non-winged schedule at SCVR include the Traditional 40 slated for June 27 along with appearances each night at the 3rd Annual Open Wheel Nationals on July 11-12. Once again, the season concludes on the final Friday night in August during the running of the 3rd Annual Bullring Blast which also features the WISSOTA late models and modifieds. Cedar Lake Speedway, Rice Lake Speedway and Granite City Speedway have booked shows for the 2014 season. The traditional sprints will also travel north on the Fourth of July weekend to race with the UMSS winged sprints at Hibbing Raceway on July 5 and Proctor Speedway on July 6. Hopefully the weather on that weekend in 2014 will be much better than last year when Mother Nature nixed both events. The UMSS continues to look for Saturday or Sunday night tracks that would like to host the traditional sprint cars, but the current schedule provides race teams and fans with numerous opportunities to be a part of an extremely competitive and entertaining form of sprint car racing here in the Upper Midwest. The UMSS website has been updated recently with scheduling information along with several documents in the Rules/Forms section of the website under the Series Info heading. Check out the UMSS website at www.umsprints.com or follow along during the season on our Facebook page.

2014 UMSS Traditional Sprint Schedule as of March 15, 2014 (3rd edition).
Friday, April 5 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Season Opener)
Friday, May 2 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(With UMSS Winged Sprints)
Friday, May 9 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Regular Show)
Friday, May 16 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Regular Show)
Saturday, May 17 - Cedar Lake Speedway(Spring Wingless Sprint Special)
Friday, May 23 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Tabor Memorial With UMSS Winged Sprints)
Saturday, May 24 - Rice Lake Speedway(Double Dare Sprint Special With UMSS Winged Sprints)
Friday, May 30 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Regular Show)
Friday, June 6 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Regular Show)
Friday, June 13 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Regular Show)
Friday, June 20 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Regular Show)
Friday, June 27 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Traditional 40)
Friday, July 4 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Regular Show)
Saturday, July 5 - Hibbing Raceway(2nd Annual Northern Tour)
Sunday, July 6 - Proctor Speedway(2nd Annual Northern Tour)
Friday, July 11 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(3rd Annual Open Wheel Nationals)
Saturday, July 12 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(3rd Annual Open Wheel Nationals)
Friday, July 18 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Regular Show)
Sunday, July 20 - Granite City Speedway(3rd Annual Traditional Sprint Special)
Friday, July 25 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(With UMSS Winged Sprints)
Friday, August 1 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Regular Show)
Friday, August 8 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Regular Show)
Saturday, August 16 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Kouba Memorial With UMSS Winged Sprints)
Friday, August 22 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Regular Show)
Friday, August 29 - St. Croix Valley Raceway(Bullring Blast #3)

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NO RACING AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SATURDAY - SPRINT CARS ON MARCH 15TH!

(Perris, CA, March 4, 2014)    There is no racing at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, March 8th.  The famous Riverside County clay oval will kick off the 2014 campaign with the Annual Sokola Shootout featuring the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car, PAS Senior Sprints, Young Gun Sprints and the California Lightning Sprint Cars on March 15th. 

Night of Destruction #1 will be held on March 29th, the PASSCAR season opener is set for April 5th and the legendary World of Outlaw Sprint Cars will be making their only Southern California appearance of 2014 in a show with USAC/CRA on April 12th. 

For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.

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“The Demon” Headlines Copper on Dirt Opening Night Winners
 

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (February 28, 2014) – Reigning USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner emerged from a wild three-car battle over the final rounds of Friday night’s 30-lap main event atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval to top the opening night of the Seventh Annual Copper on Dirt.

While “The Demon” took Sprint Car honors in front of R.J. Johnson and Gary Taylor, Johnson bested the USAC Western States Midgets, Don Shaw took West Coast Late Model honors and Ricky Thornton, Jr., added another CSP triumph in the IMCA Modified ranks.

Gardner took advantage of a late caution then outdueled race-long leader Taylor and reigning USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion Johnson over the final rounds to win the USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature.

“It took a while, I had to figure out how to maneuver with the track changing,” Gardner explained in victory lane after the triumph aboard the Alexander Racing No. 4a.  “Then they were dicing for it and the door just opened up for us.”

While Gardner ultimately ended up in victory lane, he spent most of the race in chase mode as Taylor gunned into the lead from his front row outside starting position and set the pace aboard the Cook No. 4 ahead of Gardner until sixth-starter Mike Spencer battled into the second position on the 13th round.

Spencer reeled in Taylor in short order with the duo dicing for the lead until Spencer looped it in turns one and two with just a handful of laps to go.

Johnson took advantage on the restart by racing past Taylor into the lead with Gardner joining in to make it a three-car scramble in the final circuits.  Gardner found the opening he needed on the white-flag lap and held on for the win with Johnson edging Taylor for runner-up honors.

Pole starter Charles Davis, Jr., crossed the stripe fourth with Josh Hodges racing from 11th to round out the top five.  Nic Faas was sixth with Mike Martin, Jake Swanson, Colby Copeland and Matt Mitchell completing the top ten.

Earlier in the evening, Johnson took the first Copper on Dirt feature win of the night by holding off the challenges of Alex Schutte for top honors in the 25-lap USAC Western States Midget feature.

In the West Coast Late Model feature, Don Shaw jumped into the lead at the outset and held off the advances of Garrett Alberson to win the non-stop 25-lapper with Pat Door a close third much of the way.  Lance Mathees was fourth with Steve Drake rounding out the top five.

After winning four of six IMCA Modified features in Winter Challenge action, Ricky Thornton, Jr., picked up right where he left off by leading all the way to take the checkered flag ahead of reigning track champion Jason Noll.  The rest of the top five included Logan Drake, Mike Wedelstadt and Ryan Roath.

The Seventh Annual Copper on Dirt featuring USAC/CRA Sprint Cars along with West Coast Late Models, IMCA Modifieds and USAC Western State Midgets is set to wrap up with Saturday night’s action getting under way at 7:00 p.m.

Canyon Speedway Park
Copper on Dirt Friday Night Results:

USAC/CRA Sprint Cars:

Qualifying:  1. 50-Mike Spencer 13.476, 2. 73-Nic Faas 13.810, 3. 16-Mike Martin 13.814, 4. 51-R.J. Johnson 13.942, 5. 4a-Damion Gardner 13.968, 6. 4-Gary Taylor 14.027, 7. 74-Colby Copeland 14.071, 8. 50x-Charles Davis, Jr. 14.078, 9. 44-Cody Williams 14.109, 10. 92-Jake Swanson 14.137, 11. 74x-Josh Hodges 14.211, 12. 45-Dave Darland 14.268, 13. 37-Matt Mitchell 14.330, 14. 7-Cory Kruseman 14.399, 15. 12-Josh Pelkey 14.406, 16. 2-Austin Williams 14.456, 17. 14-J.J. Ercse 14.675, 18. 4g-Chris Gansen 14.783, 19. 5-Logan Williams 14.862, 20. 11c-Michael Curtis 17.488 21. 91r-Brody Roa NT.

First Heat (8 Laps):  1. 2-Austin Williams, 2. 50-Mike Spencer, 3. 37-Matt Mitchell, 4. 51-R.J. Johnson, 5. 74-Colby Copeland, 6. 92-Jake Swanson, 7. 5-Logan Williams.

Second Heat (8 Laps):  1. 7-Cory Kruseman, 2. 50x-Charles Davis, Jr., 3. 4a-Damion Gardner, 4. 73-Nic Faas, 5. 14-J.J. Ercse, 6. 74x-Josh Hodges, 7. 11c-Michael Curtis. 

Third Heat (8 Laps):  1. 12-Josh Pelkey, 2. 44-Cody Williams, 3. 45-Dave Darland, 4. 4-Gary Taylor, 5. 16-Mike Martin, 6. 91r-Brody Roa, 7. 4g-Chris Gansen.

“A” Feature (30 Laps):  1. 4a-Damion Gardner, 2. 51-R.J. Johnson, 3. 4-Gary Taylor, 4. 50x-Charles Davis, Jr., 5. 74x-Josh Hodges, 6. 73-Nic Faas, 7. 16-Mike Martin, 8. 92-Jake Swanson, 9. 74-Colby Copeland, 10. 37-Matt Mitchell, 11. 45-Dave Darland, 12. 44-Cody Williams, 13. 12-Josh Pelkey, 14. 2-Austin Williams, 15. 91r-Brody Roa, 16. 50-Mike Spencer, 17. 5-Logan Williams, 18. 11c-Michael Curtis, 19. 14-J.J. Ercse, 20. 4g-Chris Gansen, 21. 7-Cory Kruseman. 

West Coast Late Models:

First Heat (8 Laps):  1. 11-Pat Door, 2. 43-Garrett Alberson, 3. 8p-Lonnie Parker, Jr., 4. 5k-Mike Kirby, 5. 81b-Bud Grossenbacher, 6. 28-John Cornell, 7. 96-Carla Laney.

Second Heat (8 Laps):  1. 42s-Don Shaw, 2. 11x-Steve Drake, 3. 51-Joey Moriarty, 4. 7-Cody Laney, 5. 23-Brad Williams, 6. 06-Dave Smith, 7. 12-Dave Deatz.

Third Heat (8 Laps):  1. 10-Mike Balcaen, 2. 32b-Clay Daly, 3. 90-Lance Mathees, 4. 91T-Tony Torte, 5. 5m-Anthony Madrid, 6. 17-Craig Parker, 7. 86-Matt Micheli.

“A” Feature (25 Laps):  1. 42s-Don Shaw, 2. 43-Garrett Alberson, 3. 11-Pat Door, 4. 90-Lance Mathees, 5. 11x-Steve Drake, 6. 91T-Tony Torte, 7. 51-Joey Moriarty, 8. 81b-Bud Grossenbacher, 9. 5k-Mike Kirby, 10. 7-Cody Laney, 11. 5m-Anthony Madrid, 12. 23-Brad Williams, 13. 28-John Cornell, 14. 10-Mike Balcaen, 15. 06-Dave Smith, 16. 8p-Lonnie Parker, Jr., 17. 12-Dave Deatz, 18. 96-Carla Laney, 19. 86-Matt Micheli, 20. 17-Craig Parker, 21. 32b-Clay Daly.   
 
USAC Western States Midgets:

Qualifying:  1. 73-Trey Marcham 14.250, 2. 28-Alex Schutte 14.256, 3. 5-Jake Swanson 14.367, 4. 51-R.J. Johnson 14.425, 5. 98-Jared Blondell 14.534, 6. 17-Chad Nichols 14.988, 7. 2g-Terry Goodwin 15.173, 8. 68-Ronnie Gardner NT.

First Heat (8 Laps):  1. 51-R.J. Johnson, 2. 5-Jake Swanson, 3. 73-Trey Marcham, 4. 28-Alex Schutte, 5. 98-Jared Blondell, 6. 17-Chad Nichols, 7. 2g-Terry Goodwin, 8. 68-Ronnie Gardner.

“A” Feature (20 Laps):  1. 51-R.J. Johnson, 2. 28-Alex Schutte, 3. 73-Trey Marcham, 4. 2g-Terry Goodwin, 5. 5-Jake Swanson, 6. 98-Jared Blondell, 7. 17-Chad Nichols, 8. 68-Ronnie Gardner (DNS).

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FANS FREE THIS SATURDAY AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY PRE SEASON PRACTICE!

(Perris, CA, February 17, 2014)  In a prelude to its 19th season opener on March 1st, Perris Auto Speedway will hold its annual pre season practice session this Saturday, February 22nd.  The practice will be free for fans in the grandstands and will begin at 4:00 PM.

Saturday’s practice will be open to all cars.  Fans can expect to see sprints cars, street stocks, lightning sprints, modifieds, midgets, super stocks, factory stocks, demo cross cars, spectator racers and more.  The action will take place on all three of the track’s ovals - the famous half-mile, third of a mile and quarter-mile.   

The track concession stand will be open and fans can enjoy $2.00 pizza, beer, Pepsi and peanuts,

For those practicing or who wish to enter the pits, the pit gate will open at 3:00 PM and pit passes are $40.00.  PASSCAR drivers can sign up for their 2014 memberships when they sign in at the pit gate.

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HOFFMAN RACING CELEBRATES 85 YEARS OF RACING IN 2014 WITH BRADY BACON RETURNING TO DRIVE THE LEGENDARY HOFFMAN 69 MEAN GREEN MACHINE

Brady Bacon powers the HAR sprint car down the front stretch at Bloomington Speedway in 2013.

Loveland, OH (January 11, 2014) -- Hoffman Racing is announcing that Brady Bacon will return to the cockpit of the legendary Mean Green ,Lykins Oil , Triple X, Hoosier Tire Hoffman Racing  #69 in 2014 , to help the legendary Team celebrate  85 years of racing excellence. Brady  will drive the  HAR car for the USAC National Sprint Car  schedule.

“When my father founded Hoffman Racing in 1929 , he hoped the family racing tradition would continue and here we are 85 years later, with three generations of the family involved, still competitive and a championship contender.  We had a good first year with Brady and we are excited to compete for our 10th USAC National Sprint Car Championship with him in 2014”., said Richard Hoffman, owner and president of HAR.

“Brady and I have had a year experience  with this Triple X car and we made big strides.  We were fast every race and with a little more luck this year, we will be knocking on the door for championship number 10”, said Rob Hoffman, VP of Engineering Hoffman Racing.

Brady Bacon added “I am   extremely excited about our 2014 campaign. We  had  an  extremely strong  Team at the end of 2013 and I hope we can build on that.  I know the whole Hoffman Team has been working  tirelessly throughout the off season to ensure we have the best equipment possible to compete for the USAC championship. “

Brady Bacon , from Broken Arrow Oklahoma, is a third generation driver. He started driving at age 5 in quarter midgets. At age 15 he started running  sprint cars and midgets as well. Towards the end of 2006  Brady signed a driver development contract  with Chip Ganassi. Brady began racing for Kasey Kahne’s USAC Team in sprints and midgets in 2007.  In 2009 he began his winged sprint car career.  Brady took over  ownership of the winged and non-winged 99 team in 2011.  He has been in the top 3 in points with the  ASCS tour since 2010.  He not only has excelled in racing but also academically.  Brady was a National Merit Scholar and Valedictorian of his class.

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Highlights of the team’s history include: -1929-1960 Gus campaigned Sprint Cars and Midgets, his drivers included Eddie Sachs, and Don Branson - 1964 Gus’s son Richard became co-owner of the Team - 1973-1984 HAR fielded Indy Cars, including 7 Indy 500 starts - 1989 HAR won the first of 9 USAC National Sprint Car Championships with Rob Hoffman as the crew chief (’92,’93,’96,’97,’99,’02,’04,’08)

With 82 National Sprint Car wins and 9 National Championships, HAR has won more National races and championships than any other team in USAC sprint car history. HAR also has 7 Silver Crown wins for a total of 89 USAC National wins. In 2003 HAR was recognized for excellence by the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives. HAR has finished in the top 3 in USAC National Sprint Car owners points 18 times since 1989.

Drivers from the past 84 years reads like a who’s who of racing: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Tracy Hines, JJ Yeley, Kasey Kahne, Kenny Irwin Jr, Rich Vogler, Dave Darland, Johnny Parsons Jr., Tim Richmond, Jay Drake, Brian Tyler, Robbie Stanley, Eric Gordon, Steve Butler , Jerry Coons Jr. Ryan Newman, Dave Steele, George Snider, Tom Bigelow Shorty Templemen, Don Branson, Eddie Sachs, Bill Puterbaugh, Elmer George, Pancho Carter, Roger Ward, Andy Michener, Kyle Larson and Brady Bacon. In all approximately 131 drivers have competed in the Hoffman cars. Of those there are four father/son combinations , Dick and Dickie Gaines, Jim and Tracy Hines Kerry and Dave Norris, Clark and Shorty Templemen. Two brother combinations, Larry and Steve Cannon, Pancho Carter and Johnny Parsons Jr. HAR also had a stepgrandfather and stepgrandson combination of Elmer George and Ed Carpenter.

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The Demon Set To Defend USAC CRA Title at Copper On Dirt

Kevin Montgomery, PEORIA, Ariz. (February 7th, 2014) - The "Demon" Damion Gardner will lead a Championship Mark Alexander USAC-CRA team into battle at the end of the month as the championship season gets underway at the two day Copper on Dirt a top Peoria, Arizona's 1/3-mile clay oval of Canyon Speedway.

Gardner, who spent some time in the Hoosier State after leaving the West Coast, has become a national threat in the Sprint Car Ranks and since returning home has added the 2013 title to his multiple USAC-CRA Championships ending the Mike Spencer strong hold in the west.

Spencer will bring his talents along with the potent Ron Chaffin, Bruce Bromme prepared red #50 to Peoria with intentions of regaining the top spot for the series.

Spencer was able to find victory lane at Canyon Speedway in last years "Brawl for it All" assuming the Grudge Series Title for Mark Priestley's team who will field a car for Cory Kruseman participating in a large portion of the CRA series. The famous yellow #7 is also anticipated to defend their Grudge Series Title starting in Las Vegas on March 6th.

The 7th Annual "Copper on Dirt" featuring USAC Western Midgets, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, The West Coast Late Model Shootout and IMCA Modifieds all taking part in a sensational racing spectacle at Peoria's Canyon Speedway for two nights on February 28th and March 1st marking Canyon Speedway as the only dirt track venue in the country to host all four premier divisions in one event.

Race fans can mark their calendar for the Copper on Dirt as the stars come out for undoubtedly the best show on dirt and race fans can catch all the action for just $20 per day. Two day advanced tickets are now on sale and race enthusiasts can take advantage of discounted ticket prices for the much anticipated Copper on Dirt.   

Two day discounted tickets may be purchased in advance and ticket pricing/purchasing information can be found online at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/?page_id=879 or by calling the Canyon Speedway office at 602-258-7223

Hotel Information can be found at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623-580-8844

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Copeland Cops Winter Challenge Round Four

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (January 30, 2014) – Colby Copeland nabbed his first Winter Challenge score by topping the fourth round of USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car action atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval on Thursday night.

While Copeland became the third different winner in four rounds of Winter Challenge action, Ricky Thornton, Jr., reeled off his third consecutive win in IMCA Modified competition.

After winning his heat race, Copeland started the 30-lap feature from the pole position and led all the way to take the $2,000 winner’s share aboard the Bandit Racing No. 74.  The Roseville, CA, shoe had to fight off some sliders from Charles Davis, Jr., though in the latter stages to secure the win.

Davis, Jr., settled for runner-up honors from the sixth starting position with Richard Vander Weerd, Shon Deskins and Casey Shuman rounding out the top five.  Jace Vander Weerd was sixth just ahead of seventh row starters Brady Bacon (14th to seventh) and Dave Darland (13h to eighth) with 19th-starter Josh Pelkey and Michael Colegrove completing the top ten.

Ricky Thornton, Jr., raced from the sixth starting position to claim his third consecutive IMCA Modified score ahead of front row starters Tim Ward and Jason Noll.  Jesse Sobbing and Chris Olexicwiez rounded out the top five.

Canyon Speedway Park’s Winter Challenge resumes with Round Five on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

Canyon Speedway Park
Winter Challenge Round Four Results:
USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars:

First Heat (8 Laps):  1. 74-Colby Copeland, 2. 21x-Casey Shuman, 3. 21a-Aaron Reutzel, 4. 99-Brady Bacon, 5. 11c-Michael Curtis, 6. 1x-Dave Darland, 7. 55-Tony Everhart, 8. 55nm-David Dykes, 9. 111-Ryan Bernal.

Second Heat (8 Laps):  1. 50-Charles Davis, Jr., 2. 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 3. 92-Mitch Mack, 4. 17m-Michael Colegrove, 5. 83-Michael Woodruff, 6. 45-Jason Grady, 7. 77x-Taylor Walton, 8. 12-Josh Pelkey, 9. 0-Will Perkins.

Third Heat (8 Laps):  1. 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 2. 73-Nic Faas, 3. 4-Stevie Sussex, 4. 20-Shon Deskins, 5. 5-Tye Mihocko, 6. 16-Mike Martin, 7. 51x-Jimmy Crawford, 8. 0k-Kenny Perkins, 9. 12j-Josh Grady.

“B” Feature (10 Laps):  1. 16-Mike Martin, 2. 51x-Jimmy Crawford, 3. 12-Josh Pelkey, 4. 77x-Taylor Walton, 5. 83-Michael Woodruff, 6. 0k-Kenny Perkins, 7. 12j-Josh Grady, 8. 55-Tony Everhart, 9. 55nm-David Dykes, 10. 0-Will Perkins, 11. 111-Ryan Bernal.

“A” Feature (30 Laps):  1. 74-Colby Copeland, 2. 50-Charles Davis, Jr., 3. 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 4. 20-Shon Deskins, 5. 21x-Casey Shuman, 6. 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 7. 99-Brady Bacon, 8. 1x-Dave Darland, 9. 12-Josh Pelkey, 10. 17m-Michael Colegrove, 11. 73-Nic Faas, 12. 4-Stevie Sussex, 13. 5-Tye Mihocko, 14. 16-Mike Martin, 15. 11c-Michael Curtis, 16. 0k-Kenny Perkins, 17. 77x-Taylor Walton, 18. 83-Michael Woodruff, 19. 21a-Aaron Reutzel, 20. 51x-Jimmy Crawford, 21. 45-Jason Grady, 22. 92-Mitch Mack.

Lap Leaders:  Colby Copeland 1-30.

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Winter Challenge Resumes Thursday at CSP

Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (January 28, 2014) - Three nights of racing action down and three nights to go as it's halfway through the Third Annual Winter Challenge atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval.

Winter Challenge action featuring USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast non-wing Sprint Cars resumes on Thursday night with the final two rounds of the six-race series to follow on Friday and Saturday.  Thursday and Friday's cards get under way at 7:00 p.m. with Saturday's finale firing off at 5:00 p.m.

The wingless stars of the USAC Southwest and USAC West Coast will battle it out for $2,000 to win on both Thursday and Friday before mixing it up for Saturday's $5,000-to-win tilt.  The IMCA Modifieds battle it out for a $1,000 winner's share each night with Pure Stocks, Mini Sprints and Renegades joining in on Friday and Saturday action.

The Winter Challenge kicked off with the initial three events this past weekend.  Oklahoma's Brady Bacon rallied from 13th to win the Friday night opener before Indiana veteran shoe Dave Darland reeled off back-to-back wins on Saturday and Sunday.

While Darland eyes a third win in a row on Thursday, it's Peoria shoe Josh Pelkey out to the lead in Winter Challenge points aboard Robbie Allen's ABC Motorsports No. 12 after finishes of second, fourth and third in the initial three events.

Pelkey holds a 15-point advantage over Darland with reigning USAC Southwest champion R.J. Johnson, California's Ryan Bernal and Casey Shuman rounding out the current top five.  The balance of the top ten in Winter Challenge points includes Charles Davis, Jr., Bacon, Texas shoe Aaron Reutzel, New Mexico's Josh Hodges and Cali ace Nic Faas.

While Darland guns for a third consecutive win in the Sprint Car ranks on Thursday, Ricky Thornton, Jr., will be trying for the same feat in the IMCA Modifieds.  Thornton, Jr., topped the Saturday and Sunday features this past weekend after Jason Noll won the Friday opener.

The Remaining 2014 Winter Challenge Schedule of Events is as follows:
Tuesday, January 28 - Winter Challenge Bowling Tournament at Brunswick Lanes
Thursday, January 30 - Round 4 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)
Friday, January 31 - Round 5 (Gates open at 5:00 p.m., Racing at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, February 1 - Round 6 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m., Racing at 5:00 p.m.)

Winter Challenge ticket pricing and purchasing information is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/winter-challenge-2012/ or by calling the track office at 602-258-7223.

Complete payout and race information is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Winter-Challenge-Flyer-Web3.pdf.

Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623-580-8844.

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News.  The track update registration can be found at the top of the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com home page.

The entire 2014 Canyon Schedule can be previewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.

Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway.  For more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or check online at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

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WORLD OF OUTLAWS AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW

(Perris, CA, January 23, 2014)  The legendary World of Outlaw STP Sprint Car Series will be making its only 2014 appearance in the greater Los Angeles area at Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, April 12th in the “So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular.”  The historic race will for the first time ever feature the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars on the same race card as the Outlaws.  In addition it will be the final appearance of the “King of the Outlaws,” Steve Kinser, in Southern California.  Advance tickets for the historic night of racing are available now online at http://www.woosprint.com/ or via phone by calling 877 395-8606.  Fans who purchase advance tickets will receive a free World of Outlaws “Fan Pit Pass.”

“It is going to be an extraordinary night of racing,” promoter Don Kazarian said.  “This is the first time that the World of Outlaws and the USAC sprint cars have raced together.  When was the last time fans were able to see stars Donny Schatz, Mike Spencer, Daryn Pitman, Damon Gardner and Nic Fas appearing on the same night together in their respective series?  The same with National Sprint Car Hall of Famers Sammy Swindell, Rip Williams and Steve Kinser.  The answer is never!  And, who knows, it may never happen again!”

Established in 1978, the World of Outlaws are the fastest dirt track sprint cars on the face of the earth.  The USAC/CRA Series, which is a descendant of the original California Roadster Association that began operation in 1946, is considered by many to be the most competitive traditional (non wing) sprint car series in the nation.  The outlaws race across the nation and into Canada.  The USAC/CRA Series confines its action to California and Arizona.

“While both series are sprint cars, the wing on top of the Outlaw cars makes them two totally different animals,” Kazarian smiled.  “Fans are going to be treated to two radically different types of racing in one night.  The incredible high speed action of the outlaws with their huge wings on top and the thrilling back it in, wheel to wheel style of the USAC/CRA cars.”

The So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular will be a full night of family fun and exciting, edge of your seat sprint car racing from the time the front gate opens until the last checkered flag of the night.

“The World of Outlaws Fan Pit Pass for those who buy tickets in advance is a great addition to the fan experience for this high profile sprint car event,” Kazarian said.  “As soon as the spectator gates open, fans with the Fan Pit Pass can go straight to the Outlaw pit area to see the cars, take photos, get autographs and purchase merchandise from the teams for the only time in Southern California in 2014.  It will be a great time for kids and adults to get up close and personal with the legendary World of Outlaws.”

Rounding out the nigh of triple header open-wheel action will be the PAS Senior Sprint Car Series for drivers 45-years of age and older.

On race day, the ticket will call window will open at noon.  For those who wish to buy tickets at the track the day of the race, the ticket booth will open at 3:00 PM.   Spectator gates will open 4:00 and racing will commence at 7:00.

Advance tickets, which are available now online at http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=424&backurl=default.asp or 877 395-8606 via phone, are priced at $65.00 for Premium Reserved, $50.00 for Reserved Grandstand and $45.00 for General Admission. General Admission tickets for kids 12 and under are $10.00.

For more information call The PAS at: (951) 940-0134.

Camping for all events at The PAS is available for $25.00 per night.  The campground will open at noon on Friday.  Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.

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BRYAN CLAUSON NAMED NORTH AMERICAN NON-WINGED SPRINT CAR POLL “DRIVER OF THE YEAR” FOR 2013… FOR SECOND TIME

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 17, 2014)  -  Bryan Clauson, originally of Carmichael, California, and now living in Noblesville, Indiana, today was named the 2013 “Driver of the Year” by the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers for the second time.  The United States Auto Club (USAC) sprint car champion earned thirteen (13) of the sixteen (16) first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll.

Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are King of Indiana Sprint Series (KISS) champion Dave Darland of Indiana, Kevin Thomas, Jr., of Alabama, USAC-California Racing Association (CRA) champion Damion Gardner of California, and Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS) champion Jon Stanbrough of Indiana.  Rounding out the ‘top ten’ drivers are Chase Stockon, Brady Bacon, Nic Faas, Brady Short and Mike Spencer, respectively.  Dave Darland captured three (3) first-place votes.  Dave Darland will receive the “Wild Card Award” for his exciting non-winged sprint car performances in 2013, while his sprint car owners, Carla & Steve Phillips, will receive the 2013 non-winged sprint car “Team of the Year” award for their first time.

Jim O’Connor of the Kokomo Speedway will earn the “Promoter of the Year” title for the third time. 

Christopher Bell of Oklahoma will receive the 2013 North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll “Rookie of the Year” award from the voting panel.  Joe Devin of DRC Chassis will receive the “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year” honors for the sixth time.

The North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville, Iowa.  All awards will be distributed in the spring of 2014 at tracks throughout North America.  The awards were announced on the fourth day of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Final 2013 North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll

rank, driver (first place votes), hometown, state/province, points
1., Bryan Clauson (13), Carmichael, CA, 1380
2., Dave Darland (3), Walton, IN, 945
3., Kevin Thomas, Jr., Cullman, AL, 413
4., Damion Gardner, Concord, CA, 343
5., Jon Stanbrough, Jamestown, IN, 312
6., Chase Stockon, Elizabethtown, IN, 254
7., Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK, 237
8., Nic Faas, Huntington Beach, CA, 164
9., Brady Short, Bedford, IN, 154
10., Mike Spencer, Temecula, CA, 153
11., Tracy Hines, New Castle, IN, 146
12., Robert Ballou, Rocklin, CA, 82
13., R.J. Johnson, Phoenix, AZ, 47
tie, Chris Windom, Canton, IL, 47
15., Ryan Bernal, Hollister, CA, 44
16., Chad Boespflug, Hanford, CA, 40
17., Brandon “Bud” Kaeding, Los Gatos, CA, 25
tie, Scotty Weir, Marion, IN, 25
19., Jerry Coons (Jr.), Tucson, AZ, 23
20., Wes McIntyre, McCordsville, IN, 18
21., Matt Mitchell, Yorba Linda, CA, 16
22., Danny Faria (Jr.), Tipton, CA, 12
23., Charles Davis (Jr.), Buckeye, AZ, 7
tie, Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, MO, 7
25., Christopher Bell, Norman, OK, 6

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The 2014 KISS Schedule

January 18, 2014 – There are several signs that farmer's watch, like color bands on wooly worms and the height of squirrels nests in the trees, to predict the severity of the coming winter.  One sign that I like to use goes like this - the worse the winter, the better the racing in the spring.  And, given the snow and icy weather seen in the Hoosier State the past month, I predict that the 2014 King of Indiana Sprint Series is going to be a real barn-burner.


As we look forward, the Indiana promoters have already penciled the KISS dates into their schedules.  All that remains is to dust the snow off the seats and fire up the hot dogs.  The plan looks very similar to that of the past couple years as racing kicks off at the half mile Terre Haute Action Track, the biggest oval on the card, in late April.  Then Bloomington and Kokomo Speedways race on the first weekend in May.  A week later, the series travels to Gas City/I-69 Speedway for their Friday show.  The next weekend, the racers head to the southeastern corner of the state for Lawrenceburg's event.  As has become their tradition, Tri-State Speedway will host the KISS sprinters on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, just hours after the completion of the Indy 500.  The 2014 KISS championship will be finalized at Paragon Speedway on Saturday, May 31 at Paragon Speedway.

It's during the hot stove season that we look ahead at who will grab the KISS headlines this year.  In 2013, Brady Short nailed his second title, winning two of the four races competed, while three were victims of rain.  Jon Stanbrough can be expected to return to the form that has brought him six KISS crowns and a record 19 feature race wins.  However there are a couple dozen other drivers who also plan to buckle in, headed by 2011 KISS champion Dave Darland, and include Kevin Thomas Jr., Robert Ballou, Hunter Schuerenberg and Casey Shuman who finished in last year's top-5 in KISS points.  Let's go racing!

2014 KISS SCHEDULE
April 27    Terre Haute Action Track
May 2     Bloomington Speedway
May 4    Kokomo Speedway
May 9    Gas City I-69 Speedway
May 17       Lawrenceburg Speedway
May 25    Tri-State Speedway
May 31     Paragon Speedway

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Darland and Faas Winter Challenge Bound

Kevin Montgomery, PEORIA, Ariz. (January 13, 2014) - The Peoples Champ, Dave Darland, will join the California Kid, Nic Faas both steering towards Winter Challenge 2014 at Peoria, Arizona's Canyon Speedway. The Winter Challenge will mark the first traditional sprint car event of the year with six complete nights of racing in just nine days as the best of the best kick off 2014.

Darland, who ended his season winning the prestigious Turkey Night Grand Prix aboard the Jimmy May prepared Josh Ford Motorsports machine, will pair up with a stout Casey Minks team that includes Ryan Bernal at the wheel of the second Minks machine.

After overcoming some adversity in his 2013 CRA campaign that left him sidelined for a race, Nic Faas was able to still pick up a podium finish in the Championship standings. Faas will climb aboard a potent Jimmy May/Josh Ford Motorsports sprint car in his Winter Challenge debut as he, along with many others from all over the country, will take on the depth of the Southwest led by Champion RJ Johnson.

Johnson, who secured his first championship in 2013 with a double digit in the win column, was one of the only drivers able to stop the dominate Bryan Clauson.

The 2014 Winter Challenge will feature top traditional Sprint Car drivers from around the country as the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series faces off with the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series while IMCA Modified aces converge in the valley of the sun for what is anticipated to be one of the largest racing events of 2014. More than $100,000 in "A" Feature money alone will be distributed over the course of the blockbuster event that kicks off with the $2,000 to win Winter Challenge opener and will conclude with the $5,000 to win finale on February 1st.

Nearly 100 drivers from across America will be expected to take part in what will be one of the must see events of 2014 and will feature the Nations top teams all gunning for one of the richest payouts in the west.

Six day discounted tickets may be purchased in advance and ticket pricing/purchasing information can be found online at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/winter-challenge-2012/ or by calling the Canyon Speedway office at 602-258-7223

Complete Payout and race information can be found at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Winter-Challenge-Flyer-Web3.pdf

Hotel Information can be found at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623-580-8844

To keep up on all the latest news and happenings please sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News.  The track update registration can be found at the top of the home page: www.canyonspeedwaypark.com

The 2014 Canyon Speedway Winter Challenge Schedule can be previewed online at: http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/?page_id=6

Canyon Speedway Park is located in North Peoria off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway. For more information please, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or additional information regarding Canyon Speedway Park can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com

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Kevin Thomas, Jr Poised For Chili Bowl

Kevin Thomas Jr. at speed in Turn 1 at Bloomington Speedway in May during the Larry Rice Classic. Photo copyright Shawn Wood/The Dirt Track Channel/Shawn Wood Productions

In the racing world, the month of January in the United States means one thing; Chili Bowl time, and coming off of an outstanding 2013, Kevin Thomas, Jr is looking forward to kick starting his 2014 at this years edition of the famed Chili Bowl in Tulsa, OK.

“We really had a great year in 2013, and I am chomping at the bit to get to Tulsa, OK and get going in the Chili Bowl,” KT said. “It is a tough show, but it is a lot of fun, and helps keep some rust off in the winter months.

Thomas will be in action in this year’s Chili Bowl aboard the Gregg Steele, and Larry Martz owned No. 2 Beast.

“I couldn’t be more excited to drive for Gregg (Steele) and Larry (Martz),” he added. “I am hoping I can do well for them, and spring board us into the 2014 season.”

In what is always a star-studded event, the Cullman, AL driver will be in action on Friday night during Vacuworx night, as he will look to land on the podium, and lock himself into the Saturday night feature event.

“It is a tough show, but we will be there giving it our all to make the big show on Saturday night,” he said.

KT would like to thank Duane and Sonya Alexander, CSI Shocks, Beast Racecars, ButlerBuilt, Hinchman, and Esslinger for their support.

ON TAP: KT will be in action at the 2014 Chili Bowl. His scheduled prelim night is Friday night.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with KT by following him on Twitter @kevinthomasjr

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MSCS Releases 2014 Schedule

Haubstadt, IN - Jan. 01, 2014.  The 2014 Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series season is scheduled to begin on Saturday night April 5th with an appearance at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN.  The series will headline Bill Gardner’s Indiana Open Wheel.Com Racin’ Fest that night.

This will be the first of 18 MSCS sanctioned events scheduled to be held across Indiana & Illinois this upcoming season.  This is one of the most ambitious and balanced schedules that MSCS has ever released.  2014 has a lot of promise!  Purses range from $2,000 to $10,000 to win.

The series will then spring back into action the last weekend of April.  The Spring Showdown at Tri-State Speedway at Haubstadt, IN, on the 26th will pair USAC with MSCS.  The Spring Fling at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday the 27th will include the King of Indiana Series battling with MSCS on the half mile.

MSCS will be racing on the holiday weekends this season.  Memorial Day weekend the series will be at Bloomington Friday night, Lincoln Park Speedway Saturday night, and Tri-State Speedway on Sunday night.  Friday night’s event on May 23rd will be the Josh Burton Memorial Race.  Saturday of that weekend, MSCS will be at Putnamville for the second of three stops there during the season.  Sunday’s Memorial Weekend Classic at Haubstadt will again feature a joint appearance of the KISS and MSCS Sprints.

The Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, IL, will host the MSCS sprints on Friday night June 6th.  This will be the first time that MSCS has raced at the quarter mile fairgrounds facility.  The series will return to Illinois again over the 4th of July weekend.  On July 5th MSCS will be racing at Clay County Speedway in Flora, Illinois.  Clay County Speedway is a third mile oval.

Tri-State Speedway will present the MSCS Sprints twice in June.  On Saturday June 21st the MOWA Winged Sprints will split the racing card with MSCS for the Southern Indiana Sprint Stampede.  A week later on the 28th the Summer Blast will include the POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints in addition to the MSCS Sprints.

The Hoosier Sprint Nationals will be at Haubstadt on August 2nd and will  pay $5,000 to the winner.  However, the biggest purse drivers will be competing for in 2014 will be at the Haubstadt Hustler on Saturday night September 13th.  That event is co-sanctioned with the USAC & MSCS Sprints running for a top prize of $10,000 to win.

The MSCS Sprints will return to Putnamville’s Lincoln Park Speedway in August with a $3,000 to win event scheduled for the 9th.  Bloomington Speedway will be paying $3,000 to win August 15th when the MSCS Sprints return for the Summer Doubler.

Brownstown Speedway will host it’s very first MSCS event on August 30th.  The sprints will race at Brownstown on Saturday night and then run at Haubstadt Sunday night in the Labor Day Weekend Challenge.

A September 27th racing date at Tri-State Speedway will include the ALMS Late Model Series along with the MSCS Sprints.  The Class Track Fall Roundup will be a unique opportunity for a fan to see both sprints and late models during the same racing program.

Tri-State Speedway will host the MSCS Season Finale on October 11th.  The feature winner will receive the Harvest Cup.  The new MSCS Champion and Rookie of the Year will be decided and honored following the race.

Jon Stanbrough won the 2013 MSCS Championship and the title is once again his to defend in 2014.  It was his second MSCS series title in a row.  This season MSCS drivers will face a schedule with new tracks added to the tour.  The shows co-sanctioned with USAC or part of the KISS schedule will add to the challenges already facing the drivers week after week.  Season 14 for MSCS is just 3 month’s away!  Promoters are offering purse money totaling nearly $225,000 dollars for the season.  

If any changes or additions are necessary to the schedule, a news release will be issued at that time.  Everyone can keep up with MSCS by visiting mscssprints.com.
 
2014 Schedule
Saturday, Apr 5     Lincoln Park Speedway 30 laps    $4.000
Saturday, Apr 26     Tri-State Speedway     30 laps     $5,000
Sunday, Apr 27     Terre Haute Action Track  30 laps    $2,500
Friday, May 23     Bloomington Speedway  25 laps     $2,000
Saturday, May 24     Lincoln Park Speedway 30 laps     $2,500
Sunday, May 25     Tri-State Speedway     30 laps     $2,500
Friday, Jun 6     Farmer City Raceway     25 laps     $2,000
Saturday, Jun 21     Tri-State Speedway     25 laps     $2,000
Saturday, Jun 28     Tri-State Speedway     25 laps    $2,000
Saturday, Jul 5     Clay County Speedway 25 laps     $2,000
Saturday, Aug 2     Tri-State Speedway     40 laps     $5,000
Saturday, Aug 9     Lincoln Park Speedway 30 laps    $3,000
Friday, Aug 15     Bloomington Speedway 30 laps     $3,000
Saturday, Aug 30     Brownstown Speedway 25 laps     $2,000
Sunday, Aug 31     Tri-State Speedway     30 laps     $3,000
Saturday, Sep 13     Tri-State Speedway     40 laps     $10,000
Saturday, Sep 27     Tri-State Speedway     25 laps     $2,000
Saturday, Oct 11     Tri-State Speedway     30 laps     $4,000

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