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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Terre Haute—Brady Short
Gas City—Jon Stanbrough
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.
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
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.”
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Grant Spins and Wins at Kokomo
On a night when the feature lineup was populated by feature winners, track champions and sanctioning body champions, Justin Grant sped away to nearly a half lap lead before he almost gave it all away by spinning midway through the race. But he recovered to re-assume the lead when new leader Brady Short had an engine disintegrate. No one had anything for Grant after a late re-start as he scored his first King of Indiana Sprint Series win at the Kokomo Speedway.
As race teams signed in on a breezy Sunday afternoon, one could quickly notice that there would be several strong racers on hand. 22 cars were set to tackle the graduated banking of the quarter mile oval 50 miles north of Indianapolis. There would be no need for a B main tonight; all who were able would start the feature.
Early on the fast groove was around the top and passing would be difficult. But Jon Stanbrough was on the verge of passing leader Shane Cottle in the first heat. The 22 time KISS feature winner would settle for a close second behind the local kid made good. Robert Ballou was third ahead of Casey Shuman and Aaron Farney.
Brady Short, the KISS Terre Haute winner only a week ago, led all of the second heat and finished ahead of Justin Grant, who began an early search for one of the various lines that is part of what makes Kokomo such a racy track. Dave Darland was third with Chad Boespflug coming from last to fourth. Dickie Gaines was fifth.
Saturday night’s Lawrenceburg winner C.J. Leary outgunned front row mate Kevin Thomas Jr. to win the third heat. Thomas Meseraull was third and Jerry Coons Jr. came from last to finish fourth. KISS point leader Kyle Robbins was fifth.
The redraw put Short and Grant on the front row with Cottle and Thomas in row two. Moving on back, one found talent, lots of it with at least half the field a threat to win. Along with the front four, Stanbrough, Leary, Ballou, Darland, Meseraull, Shuman, Boespflug and Coons made up six of the 11 rows.
But none of that cut any ice for Grant who rocketed to a growing lead immediately, leaving Short to fight with Leary and Stanbrough for second. A bit further back one could find multiple fights for position among Cottle, Ballou, Jarrett, all winners and all neither asking nor giving any quarter.
By the midway part of the 30 lapper, Grant’s lead approached an astounding half lap. But equally astounding was his spin at this point for the second straight night. The California native had done the same thing at Lawrenceburg, but the yellow flag waved and he was sent to the rear and C.J. Leary won. This turned out to be more dramatic, especially when it was noted that Grant had run close to half the race with a broken right front shock. Danny Sullivan would have been pleased.
Grant recovered and rejoined the fight, but Short had taken a slim lead while a committee composed of Leary, Stanbrough and Meseraull were all interested in getting around the Mark Hery owned machine. It wasn’t going to happen. Grant stayed close to Short and with only two laps to go the Cam Pottorff owned sprinter gave out, emitting huge puffs of smoke as the yellow waved for Logan Jarrett who had slowed.
The re-start was almost routine as Grant kept the others at bay. Gas City winner Jon Stanbrough was second and Thomas Meseraull came from ninth to finish third. C.J. Leary was fourth by a thin sheet of paper over Robert Ballou.
Those finishing sixth through tenth were Shane Cottle, Chad Boespflug, Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Robbins and Kevin Thomas Jr.
With Short’s late race misfortune, Robbins remains the KISS point leader with 484 points. Brady has 445.
The King of Indiana Sprint Series resumes action on May 16 at the 3/8 mile high banked oval in Lawrenceburg.
Gas City/I-69 Speedway
30 Lap KISS A Main
1. Jon Stanbrough
2. Kyle Robbins
3. Thomas Meseraull
4. Dickie Gaines
5. Robert Ballou
6. Logan Jarrett
7. Kevin Thomas Jr.
8. Scotty Weir
9. Dave Darland
10. Chad Boespflug
11. Brady Short
12. Aaron Farney
13. Conner Donelson
14. Chris Gurley
15. Frank Flud
16. Shane Cottle
17. Justin Grant
18. Tyler Hewitt
19. Joe Liguori
20. Max McGhee
KISS Doubleheader This Weekend
The King of Indiana Sprint Series will invade two of the Hoosier states’s cherished bullrings this coming weekend. After the opener at the half mile Terre Haute Action Track Sunday evening, the usual “suspects” will gather at the Gas City/I-69 Speedway on Friday night. Two nights later, the caravan will stop by the Kokomo Speedway for a visit to a second quarter mile oval in northern Indiana.
Last year saw the rain taking center stage, disappointing those who had looked forward to racing on track or on the playground behind the bleachers. Shane Cottle won the Kokomo/KISS feature last year after a last lap tangle between Daron Clayton and Bryan Clauson.
Both tracks have a significant history with KISS. Jon Stanbrough is expected to show up and add another KISS victory to his series high total of 21. He won at Gas City in 2007-8 and at Kokomo in 2010.
Somewhat oddly, Dave Darland’s results in KISS racing have been not what one might expect. He has “only” four KISS feature wins, but two of them have been at Gas City. The People’s champ has never won a feature at his home track of Kokomo.
Past winners at Gas City include Tony Elliott (the first Gas City/KISS race in 2001), John Wolfe, J.J. Yeley, Michael Burthay, Stanbrough, Darland, Clauson and Brady Short in 2013.
Kokomo winners have been Kent Christian, Mat Neely, Cottle, Stanbrough, Hunter Scheuerenberg, Billy Puterbaugh, Blake Fitzpatrick and Robert Ballou.
With USAC sprints taking the weekend off, fans will look for several regulars to try their best to walk off with the $2500 that awaits the winner.
The pit area opens at 3 p.m. on Friday with the stands opening at 4. The draw for positions ends at 6:45 and hot laps will begin immediately after that. Racing begins at 7:30.
Come Sunday, the pit gates at Kokomo open at 3 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 4. Hot laps begin at 6 with racing following hot laps.
At both tracks kids 10 and under are free with a paying adult.
Admission both nights is $20 for general admission and $30 for a pit pass.
For information, updates, etc. go to Facebook and type King of Indiana Sprint Series and/or to Twitter and type KISSracing.
MSCS TO RACE AT MONTPELIER MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Haubstadt, IN - April 29, 2015 - Montpelier Motor Speedway will be hosting the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series this Saturday night May 2nd. This will be the first visit to the facility for the series since its’ inception in 2001. The record book for the series lists Travis Thompson as the winner of a September race that season. None of the top five that night are currently racing in the series. Fifteen seasons have gone by and a new generation of drivers are taking more and more checkered flags.
Four MSCS races have already been completed this season. The results show four different winners. Chase Stockon won the season opener. Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon took victories in the two MSCS/USAC co-sanctioned events. Brady Short won the Spring Fling at the Terre Haute Action Track last weekend. Fifteen different drivers have finished in the top five in these features. Chase Stockon has three top five finishes. Brady Short, Brady Bacon, and Robert Ballou have two top fives each. Ballou is looking for that first MSCS win in 2015. Ballou is the most recent sprint car feature winner at the track.
Chase Stockon led the MSCS Series standings after the first three stops. That changed Sunday night as Carson Short took over the points lead after finishing third in the 25 lapper at Terre Haute. The nineteen year old driver is from Marion, Ill. Short has been running sprint cars with MSCS for 3 seasons. He has a slim lead of nine points over former Champion Brady Short.
Racing is set to begin at 6:30 P.M. local time in Montpelier. Warm ups and hot laps will begin at five o‘clock. Fans will want to arrive early to watch these 410 non wing sprint cars practice. The track is a D shaped slightly banked quarter mile. Those few laps should help teams complete the race set up. MSCS does not hold qualifications. Drivers draw for starting positions in the heats and passing points are used to set the feature lineup. The pit gate opens at three.
For first time visitors, using I-69 in East Central Indiana to travel to the track, take exit 264. The track is located at 700 South Jefferson one fourth mile south of State Route 18 in Montpelier. You will find a recently upgraded facility with a historic past dating back to its first automobile race in 1915 - one hundred years ago!
There will be two KISS races in the immediate area the same weekend. With those events being on Friday and Sunday evenings the Saturday MSCS race serves to make it a complete non-wing swing for teams and fans. The MSCS feature at Montpelier Motor Speedway will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start.
The top twelve MSCS drivers listed in the standings are Carson Short, Brady Short, Kyle Cummins, Shane Cockrum, Chase Stockon, Robert Ballou, Donny Brackett, James Lyerla, Jon Stanbrough, Max McGhee, Aaron Farney, and Brandon Morin.
BRADY SHORT FIRST AT THE ACTION TRACK
Terre Haute, IN - April 26, 2015 - Brady Short of Mitchell, IN, won the Spring Fling for KISS and MSCS Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track Sunday night. The event was the opening race for the 2015 King of Indiana Sprint Series and the Action Track. It was the fourth race on this year’s schedule for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series.
Brady Short lead the last 19 laps of the 25 lap feature to take the $2,500 top prize. The win moves Short up to second on the MSCS Drivers All Time Wins List.
Jerry Coons Jr. continued running in second place but did not have the speed needed to overtake Short. Restarts gave him repeated chances. Brady Short kept the lead and proved to be the master of the long straightaway. Carson Short made significant gains and took a restart three wide with just six laps remaining. No change! Kyle Robbins rode the cushion to perfection to finish fourth behind Carson Short. Robbins and Carson Short moved up 11 spots each on the field. Mitch Wissmiller powered his way up to fifth.
Chris Babcock led the second five with a strong run culminating in a sixth place finish. Max McGhee was seventh. Dickie Gaines, Aric Gentry, and Ethan Barrow rounded out the top ten runners.
Brandon Mattox, Brady Short, and Jerry Coons Jr. won the three heat races. All cars started the feature except Mattox who scratched for the main event prior to the redraw.
The start of the feature was delayed to remove debris that had dropped in the second turn. A red flag for Ted Hine’s accident on the initial start was then followed by three caution periods in those first 6 laps. There was a red flag on lap 7 for a three car incident, and another red flag after that restart when Shane Cockrum flipped. The final yellow was on lap 18.
Defending KISS Champion Shane Cottle led the first six laps after starting on the pole.
He was one of the drivers falling out as attrition took its’ affect. Defending MSCS Champion Kyle Cummins retired early after having flipped in the second heat race. Brent Beauchamp had worked his way up to fourth in the feature before dropping out of the competition. Only eleven of the 23 starters managed to finish the race.
The next Midwest Sprint Car Series event will be held at Montpelier Motor Speedway on Saturday night May 2nd. That race is scheduled on a night between appearances for the KISS sprints at Gas City and Kokomo Speedways. It should be a great weekend of non-wing sprint car racing across the upper middle region of the Hoosier state. Provided as news and information for MSCS.
Terre Haute Action Track
April 26, 2015
Feature (25 Laps) - B. Short, Coons, Short, Robbins, Wissmiller, Babcock, McGhee, Gaines, Gentry, Barrow, Morin, Simmons, Newlin, Beauchamp, Cockrum, Boespflug, Lyerla, Brackett, Cottle, Cummins, Brenton, McMillen, Hines, Mattox (DNS)
Stornetta and Slack Lead Wingless Series Into Petaluma Speedway Saturday Night
Aptos, CA)- Coming off of a very talked about race at the Calistoga Speedway on April 12th, the Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos returns to action this Saturday night as they take to the Petaluma Speedway in their second full points show, and third overall show, of the 2015 season.
Early in the 2015 campaign, fans have been treated to some great non-wing sprint car racing, as Joe Stornetta, and Colton Slack have flexed their muscle early. During the season’s opening event at the Silver Dollar Speedway, current series point leader, Joe Stornetta survived a wild race to capture the win.
In the series’ most recent race Colton Slack put on a strong showing as he chased down, and passed, Terry Schank, Jr and then fended off a late surge by Stornetta to grab the win in the series’ first ever stop at the historic Calistoga Speedway in the first of two stops there in 2015.
Saturday night, the scene is set for the Petaluma Speedway in what will be the first of two stops at the bay area speed plant.
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 Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night include, Shanyna Sylvia, Terry Schank, Jr, Klint Simpson, Bradley Clark, Bryan Grier, Zack Kavert, Angerlique Bell, and many others.
The Petaluma Speedway kicks their program off earlier than other tracks with the drivers meeting scheduled for 430pm, as well as the main grandstands opening at 4pm. Qualifying is slated to hit the track at roughly 5pm with racing to follow.
Tickets are available on Saturday night with adult tickets $16, juniors and seniors $12, and children 5 and under free.
MSCS DRIVERS WILL PICK UP THE CHASE AT THE ACTION TRACK
Haubstadt, IN - April 21 - The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will conclude a busy April schedule with an appearance Sunday at the Terre Haute Action Track. The annual “Spring Fling” that evening will not only feature the MSCS competitors but include the addition of the most competitive drivers from the Hoosier state’s other special event and weekly tracks.
The “Spring Fling” will be the first of seven King of Indiana Sprint Series Races to be held at different tracks over a short, intensified two month period. These drivers will be competing in other events prior to and after a KISS show is held at their regular track. Combine that influx of drivers with the MSCS touring drivers and the race will be on. Two sets of points will be affected by the outcome!
The pit gate will open around three o’clock. Race teams are once again reminded to use the back gate to the fairgrounds to relieve some of the traffic congestion coming into the main gate. Drivers will need to arrive as early as possible to register and draw a pill for starting positions. The KISS race format will be used so passing points will not be a factor. Time trials will not be held.
Hot laps will get underway at 5 P.M. local time. Racing begins at 6:30! The earlier start time was set to get the Sunday race completed as early as possible. Monday is a back to work and school day for everyone.
Andy Hillenburg joins with Bob Sargent this season as the two team up to promote the racing at the Terre Haute fairgrounds facility. Racing has been a happening on the half mile there since 1952. The UMP Modifieds will also be on this program.
The last KISS and MSCS sanctioned event to be held at the Action Track was won by Robert Ballou in 2012. During the last two years rainy weather proved to be a culprit in preventing the racing from occurring.
MSCS features held at the track have enjoyed talented fields of drivers with very competitive rides. Some were already at the top of their game while others were adding to their racing reputations with an opportunity to race at Terre Haute a big step in the process. It is the only half mile track that MSCS will appear at this season and also the only half mile on the KISS tour.
The defending KISS Champion is Shane Cottle. Brady Short won the KISS title the year before for a second time. Kyle Cummins is the defending MSCS Champion. Chase Stockon currently leads the pack in MSCS Points. A KISS points leader will emerge as the racing activity unfolds Sunday. Of immediate concern Sunday night will be sizing up the competition, using that right foot, and winning the feature and the top prize of $2,500
Midwest Sprint Car Series
2015 Points Standings
April 18, 2015
1. Chase Stockon 197
2. Robert Ballou 186
3. Jon Stanbrough 173
4. Carson Short 166
5. Kyle Cummins 165
6. Aaron Farney 153
7. Shane Cockrum 152
8. Brady Short 149
9. Donny Brackett 139
10. James Lyerla 130
CLAUSON WINS BLOOMINGTON USAC AND MSCS SHOW
Bloomington, IN - April 17, 2015. Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, IN, won the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car feature Friday night at the Bloomington Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned with the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series. The resulting action highlighted an all open wheel event which served as a season opener for the quarter mile facility.
Clauson took over the lead on lap 13 and powered to a sizable advantage as the battle for second intensified. Carson Short had led the first dozen laps.
Jon Stanbrough would finish second in the main. He was also third in the 12 lap semi while racing to earn a transfer spot in a strong field of competitors. The overall performance moved him into second place in the MSCS points standings.
USAC & MSCS Points leader Chase Stockon finished third in a season marked with consistency. Tracy Hines and top qualifier Brady Bacon rounded out the top five. Bacon turned the track in a lap of 11.056 seconds during time trials.
Carson Short finished sixth in the 30 lap feature. Brady Short, Robert Ballou, Shane Cottle, and Dave Darland completed the top ten. Semi Feature winner Kevin Thomas Jr. finished 11th to earn the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award from MSCS. Twenty-five drivers started the feature as three drivers elected to take provisional starting spots.
After a Saturday night appearance at Tri-State Speedway on the 18th the MSCS Sprint Car Series will appear at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday April 26th. That event will double as the first KISS race of the 2015 season.
April 17, 2015
Feature (30 Laps) - Bryan Clauson, Jon Stanbrough, Chase Stockon, Tracey Hines, Brady Bacon, Carson Short, Brady Short, Robert Ballou, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas Jr., C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug, Logan Jarrett, Justin Grant, Chase Briscoe, Kyle Cummins, Landon Simon, Jarett Andretti, Jerry Coons Jr., Ted Hines, Shane Cockrum, Max McGhee, Aaron Farney, Brandon Morin
BACON FIRST AT SPRING SHOWDOWN FOR USAC & MSCS SPRINTS
Haubstadt, IN - April 18, 2015 - Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, captured the “Spring Showdown for the AMSOIL USAC Sprint Cars and the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Cars which was held Saturday night at the Tri-State Speedway. Bacon was at the wheel of the Huffman Racing Dynamics Mean Green machine.
Post race Bacon admitted that the last few laps “kind of made me nervous.” There was a yellow flag with 7 laps to go following an otherwise masterful job of driving by the entire field. Track conditions were very good. Runner-up Robert Ballou remarked that it was the “first smooth race track” he had been on in Indiana this season.
Bacon took the lead from Kyle Cummins on lap 4. The two drivers are the defending USAC & MSCS Champions respectively. Tracy Hines had led the first two laps. Cummins led lap three. Then Robert Ballou arrived at the scene and he chased Bacon for the remaining 26 laps looking for an opportunity to make the pass for the lead. He was so close but traffic upset his best chance and Bacon was always ahead at the stripe. Cummins dropped back but then held on to finish third. It was the best MSCS finish for him with the new race team so far this year. Brady Short moved up to finish fourth and current USAC and MSCS Points leader Chase Stockon was fifth. Short and Stockon both started back in row 6.
Tracy Hines led the second five to the finish line with a sixth place finish. Top qualifier Dave Darland was seventh followed by Kevin
Thomas Jr., C.J. Leary, and Carson Short.
The three ten lap heat races were victory runs for Robert Ballou, Brady Short, and Brady Bacon. All three winners started in the second or third row. California’s Justin Grant won the 12 lap Semi (B) Feature. Travis Hery took seventh and the final feature transfer spot. Twenty-four sprint car teams registered to race.
With USAC and MSCS teaming up to present two shows during the weekend, drivers who have been following both series enjoyed a double benefit in points. Robert Ballou is now second in points for both series behind Chase Stockon. The margin is just 11 points in MSCS and 15 in USAC. Jon Stanbrough and Kyle Cummins are ranked in the top ten for both series. Plus Bacon was credited with his first feature win in MSCS competition.
The next event for the Midwest Sprint Car Series will be the “Spring Fling” which is scheduled to be held at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday April 26th. It will be MSCS’s only appearance on a half mile track this season and it will be round one of the King of Indiana Sprint Car Series.
April 18, 2015
Feature (30 Laps) - Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Tracy Hines, Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas Jr., C. J. Leary, Carson Short, Chase Briscoe, Aaron Farney, Jon Stanbrough, Logan Jarrett, Ted Hines, Shane Cockrum, Chet Williams, Donnie Brackett, Justin Grant, James Lyerla, Jeff Bland, Jr., Travis Hery
MSCS AND USAC DRIVERS PREPARE FOR TWO CO-SANCTIONED EVENTS TO BE HELD AT BLOOMINGTON AND TRI-STATE SPEEDWAYS
Haubstadt, IN - April 14, 2015. The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series drivers will be back in action this weekend with appearances at Bloomington Speedway on Friday evening April 17th and at Tri-State Speedway on Saturday evening April 18th. Both events will be co-sanctioned with the United States Auto Club. Racing will be conducted using the USAC format which includes qualifications for all the 410 non-wing sprint cars entered.
This is not the first time the two organizations have competed together, but the first time they have participated together in co-sanctioned shows back to back on the same weekend. Both features will pay $5,000 to win and $500 to start. The races also serve as the season opener at both tracks. Fans who are anxious to see that first race of the season at their local track will be seeing the best drivers in the sport at the very outset of the season. There is a minimum amount of highway travel from location to location for fans and participants.
The MSCS licensed drivers will be receiving full points even though it is a co-sanctioned event. The series has competed just once so far this season. Chase Stockon won that event. He captured the $4,000 feature prize at Lincoln Park Speedway on April 11th. The feature victory combined with a win in his heat produced a clean sweep of the program that included the maximum total of 70 points and the MSCS Points lead!
The next five drivers in the current 2015 MSCS standings are Daron Clayton, Jon Stanbrough, Max McGhee, Robert Ballou, and Aaron Farney.
Eight different drivers currently rank in the Top Twenty for both organizations. These two races could be double rewarding in points for this active group of competitors.
It is interesting to note that Stockon is also the AMSOIL USAC Sprints points leader as both series head to Bloomington Speedway Friday night. The top five USAC drivers at this point in the season includes Robert Ballou, Dave Darland, Brady Bacon, and Kevin Thomas Jr. All time MSCS wins leader Jon Stanbrough is sixth in USAC points. The standings could change prior to Saturday’s “Spring Shootout” at Tri-State Speedway.
The feature events will be for a 30 lap distance. Robert Ballou is the only driver to post more than one victory during the seven races
that USAC has already held. Ballou was the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race in MSCS competition at Lincoln Park. Logan
Jarrett won USAC’s most recent feature at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Heat races are set to start at 7:30 each evening.
Bloomington Speedway Ready for 92nd Season Opener Featuring USAC/MSCS Co-Sanction
Bloomington, IN- April 14, 2015- After six months of sitting idle, the high banked red clay of the Bloomington Speedway will roar back to life in a big way. A co-sanctioned event featuring the USAC Sprints and the Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS) will kick off the 92nd season of racing at the famed ¼ mile with a huge $5,000 to win/$500 to start main event.
The USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars have six completed events in the books, with one rainout at East Bay Raceway Park. Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown, IN currently leads the Amsoil National standings by a scant 11 point margin over two time winner in 2015 Robert Ballou of Rocklin, CA. 54-time USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car winner Dave Darland of Lincoln, IN sits third in the point standings ahead of a tie for 4th. Nine time feature winner and current, reigning, and defending USAC Amsoil Sprint Car Champion Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, OK and fellow nine time winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, AL both sit tied for the fourth position. The USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars most recent event on April 4th at the Lawrenceburg Speedway saw Logan Jarrett of Kokomo, IN score his first ever USAC victory.
The Midwest Sprint Car Series will also be in action in the co-sanctioned event, coming off of their opening event at the Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN on April 11th. Just like in the USAC point standings, Stockon currently leads the MSCS points standings. Casey Shuman of Rattlesnake Bend, AZ sits second in points over Ballou, Brent Beauchamp, and Daron Clayton. Stockon won the $4,000 to win opener at Putnamville, continuing his streak of consistency in 2015.
The Ricks Automotive & Towing UMP Modifieds will be itching to start their 2015 season on Friday night under the bright lights of the new Speedway lighting system. Defending track champion Chad Combs of Bloomington is ready to get his Combs Custom Carvings, Zatkoff Seals & Packagings, Spec powered, Factory Elite Chassis back on the red clay to attempt a back to back championship run. The UMP Modifieds should be out in numbers to get accustomed to the speedway before next Friday nights $2,000 to win 2nd Annual J.B. Robinson Memorial featuring the American Modified Series.
Making their first ever appearance at the track will be the brand new KinserAirFilter.com RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars. This division poses the biggest question mark as to who will be competing. So far some confirmed names are Ethan Fleetwood, Eric Smith, and defending Chad’s LLC Hornet champion Luke Bland has the new cars ready to go. Who will join them this Friday night in the historic opener for this new series? We are hearing some drivers from out of state will be joining in the opening night festivities.
Activities for the season opener on Friday night April 17th will see the pit gates opening at 4:00 PM with the General Admission area opening at 5:30PM. Hot laps will begin promptly at 6:40 PM followed by time trial qualifications for the USAC/MSCS Sprint Cars. Racing will follow directly after. General admission for this $5,000 to win event will be $20, with pit passes $30
STOCKON CLAIMS INDIANA OPEN WHEEL.COM RACIN’ FEST AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY
Putnamville, IN - April 11, 2015. Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown, IN, won the 30 lap Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series feature
Saturday night at the Lincoln Park Speedway. The Indiana Open Wheel.Com Racin’ Fest served as the opening event at the speedway again
this season. It was also the first event of 2015 for the series.
Stockon retook the lead on the 5th lap from Casey Shuman and managed to build and maintain a slight lead as the drivers battled for other top five positions behind him. Shuman continued to hold onto the runner-up position to finish second. Robert Ballou would pick up third position with just a couple of laps to go and complete a remarkable drive up through the pack after starting 18th. Brent Beauchamp finished fourth and Daron Clayton was fifth.
Chad Boespflug lead the second five across the finish line. He too had started deep in the pack after winning the B Main to transfer.He moved up 11 spots. But Ballou’s increase of 15 positions during the feature would make him the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race.
Max McGhee was seventh in the feature followed by Jon Stanbrough and Shane Cockrum with Aaron Farney rounding out the top ten. Donny Brackett received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award in finishing eleventh. He just missed the top ten after starting 19th on the field.
The three heat race winners were Casey Shuman, Jon Stanbrough, and Chase Stockon. Max McGhee collected the most passing points of the 28 drivers
who raced with a total of 121.
There were some exciting moments. An accident in turn two during the third heat race damaged the cars of Brady Short and Robert Ballou. Ballou managed to complete repairs in time to run in the B but the damage was too extensive on Short’s sprint car. A.J. Hopkins brought out the red during the feature by flipping his car in turn two. The feature also had 3 caution periods for spins and debris. However 13
drivers finished the feature race.
The Midwest Sprint Car Series will compete twice next weekend with an appearance at Bloomington Speedway on Friday night April 17th and Tri-State Speedway on Saturday night April 18th. Both racing programs will be co-sanctioned with the United States Auto Club. The features will pay $5,000 to win.
A-Main (30 Laps) - Chase Stockon, Casey Shuman, Robert Ballou, Brent Beauchamp, Daron Clayton, Chad Boespflug, Max McGhee, Jon Stanbrough, Shane Cockrum,
Aaron Farney, Donny Brackett, Brandon Morin, Janes Lyerla, Bub Cummings, Dickie Gaines, Carson Short, Kyle Cummins, Jeff Bland Jr., Mitch Wissmiller, A.J. Hopkins, Brandon Mattox
TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY OPENS FOR 2015 WITH USAC AND MSCS IT WILL BE THE FOURTH ANNUAL SPRING SHOWDOWN
Haubstadt, IN - April 10, 2015. This season the opening event at Tri-State Speedway is scheduled for Saturday night April 18th. The first race has all the added ingredients to make this event one of the major productions at the Haubstadt oval again this season. The race will feature the combined efforts and the talented drivers of two sprint car sanctioning bodies - USAC and MSCS.
In participating together the United States Auto Club and the Midwest Sprint Car Series will compete in a full program which will include qualifications, heat races, a semi, and a 30 lap feature. These non-wing sprint car drivers will be running for a purse paying $5,000 to win and $500 to start. Hot laps are at six o’clock.
The MSCS appearance at Haubstadt is scheduled to be only the third race this season anywhere for the series. MSCS is set to compete at Lincoln Park Speedway on April 11th. MSCS will also do a co-sanctioned race with USAC at Bloomington Speedway on April 17th. That is the night before the event at Tri-State Speedway.
The “Spring Showdown” at Tri-State Speedway will follow the 2015 USAC official rules of competition. Qualifications will be held to start the program. Twenty-two cars will earn starting positions in preliminary events. Heat racing will begin at 7:30 C.D.T. Provisional programs will be in effect for both series which could increase the field!
USAC’s schedule provided eight opportunities to race before heading into Haubstadt. Robert Ballou is the only repeat winner so far in the 2015 season. Other feature winners, when racing could be held, include Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas Jr., and Logan Jarrett. Chase Stockon is at the top of the AMSOIL USAC National Points standings.
Previous “Spring Showdown” winners include Missouri’s Daron Clayton last year, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. in 2013, and Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg in 2012. This race is the first of three appearances by USAC at the track in 2015. They will return for Indiana Sprint Week on July 18th and again for the Haubstadt Hustler on September 19th. The Hustler will also be co-sanctioned with the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series. Daron Clayton also won the Haubstadt Hustler last fall. Kyle Cummins is the defending MSCS Series Champion!
Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos Makes Calistoga Debut Sunday Alongside World of Outlaws and King of the West Series
Aptos, CA)- Sunday night in Calistoga, CA, history will be made as the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos makes it’s first ever visit to the 78-year-old half-mile Calistoga Speedway.
With a rich history of traditional non-wing sprint cars at the Calistoga Speedway, Sunday night mixes in a nice twist of both winged and non-winged sprint cars, as the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will compete alongside the famed World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and the King of the West Sprint Cars.
With this weekend’s stop marking the first of two stops for the series as this historic track in 2015, Sunday’s contest will offer all teams show up points only, giving drivers the chance to acclimate to the large speedway.
During the season opening event at the Silver Dollar Speedway, Joe Stornetta put together a great drive to grab the win over Nick Larson, Colton Slack, Gary Nelson, and Shane Myhre, in what was a very exciting, and action packed feature event.
Stornetta leads the series into Sunday night’s second round of Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos action, and it is shaping up to be another great race with the likes of Gary Nelson, Nick Larson, Colton Slack, Terry Schank, Jr, Geoff Ensign, Shane Myhre and more expected to be on hand.
Sunday afternoon, Will Call and the ticket window will open at noon, with the front gate opening at 3pm, and opening ceremonies slated for 6pm. This weekend will offer two days of action at the Calistoga Speedway, and two-day tickets are available at http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=163 or by calling 1-877-395-8606.
ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos return to action on April 12th at the Calistoga Speedway.
WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th).
ALL COAST CHALLENGE TO OFFER SPRINT CAR RACING, BEATLES MUSIC AND FUN AT THE VENTURA RACEWAY!
(Ventura, CA, April 2, 2015) Race organizer Mike Grosswendt is promising a great night of racing, nostalgic Beatles music and fan fun when the All Coast Challenge takes place at the gorgeous beach side Ventura Raceway on Saturday night, May 9th. The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will be the only class racing on the program. It will be the only night the 12-year series appears at Ventura in 2015. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM and qualifying will begin at 5:30.
The race is expected to draw one of the largest car counts on the 2015 USAC/CRA championship schedule. The 30-lap main event will pay $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start. The winner will also receive a specially designed, one of a kind trophy. In addition to the regular stars and cars of the West Coast’s number-one sprint car series, including Damion Gardner, Mike Spencer, Matt Mitchell, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson and the Williams brothers, the prestigious race is expected to draw teams from the local VRA(Ventura Racing Association) organization, Northern California and Arizona. Grosswendt is offering Arizona teams that tow to the race $500.00 in tow money to be a part of the affair.
“I want this race to have a real party atmosphere,” Grosswendt said. “I am determined to make this as special of an event as possible. I want everyone to come have fun, see a great race and be on their way home before 10:00. Last year we had a lot of people show up who had not been to Ventura in a while. This year we expect to see them back along with some others who have not been there for a long time.”
Wanting to make it more than just a race, a special public address system is being brought in for the show along with a guest DJ. Other than the National Anthem at the start of the night, the only tunes played will be from The Beatles with a heavy emphasis on their early releases. During intermission, there will be a special dance contest held for kids 12-years-old and under on the walkway on the main grandstands and the winner is going to take home a very special prize (to be announced in the upcoming weeks). There will also be a big t-shirt giveaway.
Grosswendt is also bringing in longtime Perris Auto Speedway announcer Scott Daloisio to call the action for the show along with Ventura promoter Jim Naylor.
Adult tickets for the race are $25.00. For seniors 60 & older, active military with id and students with id it is $15.00. Kids age 7-12 are $10.00 and children 6 and under are free.