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Haubstadt, IN - October 11, 2014.  The "Harvest Cup" held at Tri-State Speedway Saturday evening closed out the racing season for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series.  The event lived up to all the pre-race expectations.  Brady Short of Mitchell, IN, would win the 30 lap feature after a dual to the finish between two front row starters.  2014 MSCS Champion Kyle Cummins led the first 7 laps.  Short led the next 9 laps.  The racing continued with the cars running side by side.  Cummins wrestled the lead away on lap 17.  Short had it back by lap 22 and the $4,000 top prize was his. Cummins would finish second.

Short's win was his twelfth of the season and third at MSCS events.  He was driving a Maxim sprint sponsored by Indiana Stone Works.  "It was a lot of fun racing with Kyle Cummins.  The win was the second here for my car owner Cam Pottorff.  We all work a lot of hours."  The other Tri-State win was at the Hoosier Sprint Nationals.

In addition drivers running third in the feature were close enough to present a pending threat.  That continued despite the heavy traffic as the leaders found the back of the pack.  Carson Short kept pace in third until lap 23 when he connected with the wall in turn three.  Robert Ballou then had a late race chance.  "I dug as hard as I could.  There were two lanes to race in and they had them."  He had started twelfth and would complete the race in third.

2012 and 13 Harvest Cup winner Chase Stockon finished fourth.  Brian Karraker rounded out the top five.  Karraker had started thirteenth and was working through the pack.  Jon Stanbrough was sixth.  Seventh through tenth included Brandon Mattox, Scotty Weir, Chet Williams, and Chris Phillips.

Three sprint car heat races were conducted.  Kyle Cummins, Chase Stockon, and Carson Short won those.  Carson Short collected the most MSCS passing points by starting eighth in his heat and winning it.  That win over Chris Phillips included a last lap pass!  Chase Briscoe won the B Main driving a team car to that of Brady Short.

At the opening ceremonies the MSCS Championship Driver & Owner trophies were presented to Kyle Cummins.  It was the fourth MSCS title for the Princeton, IN, second generation sprint car driver.  "It was an unbelievable season," he said.  "I didn't tear up one piece on the car."

The 2014 MSCS Rookie of the Year Award was also presented to James Lyerla of Hillsboro, IL.  Officials could not present that award until after the feature was completed.  Lyerla needed to start the feature in order to secure enough points to lock up his bid for the honor.  He obtained his goal.  "Our goal coming into the series was to be the Rookie of the Year.  It is a very tough series with a lot of rookies.  I kept trying and learning."

Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series: Feature (30 Laps): Brady Short, Kyle Cummins, Robert Ballou, Chase Stockon, Brian Karraker, Jon Stanbrough, Brandon Mattox, Scotty Weir, Chet Williams, Chris Phillips, Donny Brackett, Aaron Farney, Jeff Bland Jr., Bradley Sterrett, Daylan Chambers, James Lyerla, Carson Short, Chase Briscoe, Dakota Jackson, Cole Smith


Prentice Motorsports Group Acquires Joe Hunt Wingless Series

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- After taking control of both the Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster and the King of the West Series in 2014, the Prentice Motorsports Group is pleased to announce that they will assume the leadership role for the Wingless Shootout Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos starting in 2015.

“We are very pleased to add the Wingless Shootout Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos to our team,” John Prentice said. “It is a great class, and we look forward to having them on hand at a few Civil War and KWS shows in 2015, and I really thank Roger Gleeson for making this all possible.”

With the ownership of the WSS moving over to PMG, the rules package will stay the same as it was in 2013, and races will still be $1000 to win, and $130 to start.

“I have taken the series as far as I can, and I think the Prentice Motorsports Group can really help it grow,” former series director, Roger Gleeson said. “John and his staff have shown they have a great system in place, and when he approached me about this I knew it was best for the series, the racers, and our fans.”

The series will remain a traveling series with a 10-race schedule, though in 2015 most races will be ran with either the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster or the King of the West Series. Joe Hunt Magnetos has also signed on to remain the title sponsor for the Wingless Shootout Series through the 2016 season.

“We think this is a great addition to our group, and are really excited to have them run with the Civil War Series and the KWS in 2015,” Prentice added. “We think fans will enjoy even more sprint car racing at these shows, and we hope the WSS drivers enjoy sharing the stage with our winged classes, and we are excited about working with Joe Hunt Magnetos.”

For more information on the WSS, we encourage all to visit the current website,



(Perris, CA, October 10, 2014)  Latest entry list for the 410 portion of the 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction on November 7th and 8th is fast approaching on October 14th.  As of Friday, October 10th, the following drivers have already submitted entries.   Included in the drivers already entered are three-time winner Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana, Concord, California’s Damion Gardner who has won the race two times and 2012 race champion Mike Spencer of Temecula.  An entry form for the prestigious race is at the end of this release.
0  - Alex Malycke - Purceville, VA
2F - Danny Faria Jr. - Tipton, CA
4 - Damion Gardner - Concord, CA
4G - Chris Gansen - San Bernardino, CA
4X - Tracy Hines - Wilkinson, IN
5 - Chad Boespflug - Plainfield, IN
5V - Colby Copeland - Roseville, CA
7 - Garrett Hansen - Manhattan Beach, CA
16 - Mike Martin - Yuma, AZ
20 - Bryan Clauson - Noblesville, IN
32 - Chase Stockon - Elizabethtown, IN
37RW - Jon Stanbrough - Avon, IN
37 - Matt Mitchell - Orange, CA
37F - Nic Faas - Huntington Beach, CA
39E - Kyle Edwards - Fountain Valley, CA
50 - Mike Spencer - Temecula, CA
51 - R.J. Johnson - Laveen, AZ
56 - Ryan Bernal - Hollister, CA
64- Parker Colston - Lake Elsinore, CA
69 - Brady Bacon - Broken Arrow, OK
71P - Dave Darland - Lincoln, IN
72 - Greg Alexander - San Pedro, CA
73 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - Cullman, IN
73X - TB
86 - Chris Ennis - Bakersfield, CA
91R - Brody Roa - Buena Park, Ca
92 - Jake Swanson - Anaheim, CA
98 - Verne Sweeney - Lomita, CA
98A - Verne Sweeney - Lomita, CA
98X - Jeremy Ellertson - Lawndale, CA

Advance tickets for the Oval Nationals are on sale 24 hours a day by calling 1-800 595-4849 or by clicking on the following link to purchase tickets online: Order Oval Nationals Tickets

For more information on The PAS call: (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.



Haubstadt, IN - October 6, 2014.  The 2014 season is about to come to a close for race fans that attend Tri-State Speedway.  The Harvest Cup set for Saturday night October 11th will finalize the schedule.

The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will headline a triple header that evening which will also include modified cars and mini sprints.

The MSCS Sprints will be racing for a $4,000 first place feature prize to top off their season winnings.  The series has been very active this season.  The feature for the Harvest Cup will be number 16.  It has also been a very competitive season.  Eight different drivers have won main events.  Robert Ballou leads the list with three wins.  Five drivers have a pair of wins.  They are Hunter Schuerenberg, Jeff Bland Jr., Brady Short, Daron Clayton, and Kyle Cummins.  Tyler Courtney and Jon Stanbrough  have also visited victory lane.

The 2014 season has been one highlighted with hot streaks!  Robert Ballou took three features in a row in a three week period at mid season.  Jeff Bland Jr. had back to back victories Memorial Day Weekend.  Brady Short had back to back wins in August beginning with the Hoosier Sprint Nationals.  Daron Clayton won both MSCS and USAC co-sanctioned events which included the biggest payoff of the year at the Haubstadt Hustler.  Hunter Schuerenberg won two of the first three races at the beginning of the season.  Kyle Cummins has won two of the last four events held.

The Harvest Cup has two roles to play in that it is also the final event on the MSCS schedule and provides an opportunity for a race site celebration along with some great racing.  It is customary to present the MSCS Championship trophies and the MSCS Rookie of the Year Award as part of the activity fans can share in and enjoy.

Kyle Cummins of Princeton, IN, will be receiving the Championship trophy for 2014.  He locked up the title chase with his performance at the September 27th event at which he put together a perfect night in winning both his heat and the feature.  He widened his point lead to 142 markers.  He now ranks as the only four time champion for the MSCS series.  Cummins was a rookie in the series in 2003 with his four titles accumulating over a twelve year MSCS driving career with his first being captured in 2007.

The MSCS Rookie of the Year honor is undecided going into the finals at the Harvest Cup.  That opportunity is now only possible for two drivers.  The Rookie of the Year will be either James Lyerla or Aaron Farney.  Following the last event they were separated by a mere 25 points.  Both have worked their way into the top ten in overall points.  Lyerla is seventh and Farney eighth.  Farney was fifth in the feature at the Fall Roundup and Lyerla tenth.  If both drivers show up prepared and in top form the outcome will likely depend on the results of the feature.

Chase Stockon won the Harvest Cup to conclude both the 2013 and 2012 seasons.  The other past winner was Jon Stanbrough in 2011.   With several tracks having already closed for the season, additional drivers will have an opportunity to compete at this race.

The Harvest Cup has a 7:30 P.M. start time.  Tri-State Speedway is in the Central Time Zone.  Opening ceremonies begin 10 or 15 minutes earlier.  Hot laps are at 6:30.  Pit gates open at 3:30.  Enjoy all the action.  Racing also includes the UMP Open Wheel Modifieds who will be running for $1,000 to win plus the MMSA-MALS Lightning Mini Sprints.

Updated on September 28, 2014
1. Kyle Cummins  964
2. Brandon Mattox 822
3. Brady Short   816
4. Robert Ballou  787
5. Carson Short  734
6. Jeff Bland Jr.  685
6. James Lyerla  685
8. Aaron Farney  660
9. Chase Stockon  628
10. Daron Clayton  610

Cold temperatures forces Fremont to cancel


Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – Unseasonably cold temperatures and a chance of rain has forced the cancellation of racing on Flag City Recycling Night at Fremont Speedway for Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Buckeye Machine BOSS event and the Run-What-You-Brung will not be rescheduled. However, track officials are trying to come up with a plan to run the ladies Powder Puff dirt truck race.

By race time Saturday, temperatures were forecast to be only 45 degrees with a wind chill effect bringing that to 34 degrees. There’s also a forecast of possibility of rain and sleet.

Fremont Speedway will close out the 2014 season on Saturday, Oct. 18 with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. It is also the Salute to the King, Steve Kinser, who is in his final season of touring with the series.

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(Perris, CA, October 1, 2014)  Perris Auto Speedway is pleased to announce that three-time Oval Nationals champion and USAC National Sprint Car Series all-time main event win leader Dave Darland will be doing a book signing at the 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction on Saturday, November 8th.  

The popular Lincoln, Indiana racer will have copies of the book, “The Peoples, Champ,” for sale at the signing.  The signing will take place in the track’s sports bar from 3:00 to 4:30 PM.  After the signing is over, fans can watch Darland in his quest to become the only 4-time winner of the Oval Nationals.  

Written by Darland with award winning author Bones Bourcier and a forward from Tony Stewart, the 192-page book is the autobiography of one of Sprint Car racing’s most popular and talented racers. The People’s Champ charts the course of Darland’s racing life, from Quarter-Midgets and local Sprint Cars through his remarkable professional career, including championships in all three of USAC’s national divisions – Silver Crown, Sprint Cars, and Midgets.

No mere chronological rehashing of a great driver’s climb, in the book Darland discusses the rivalries that helped shape his career, the code of conduct he races by, the magic of his sport’s biggest events, and the joys and stresses of being a husband and father in a sport that requires frequent travel and intense focus. The book is illuminated with reflections from “eyewitnesses” who have seen Darland through the prisms of their own personal and professional relationships, whether as car owner, mechanic, rival driver, or family member. Darland’s story is illustrated by dozens of photographs, many previously unpublished.

Advance tickets for the Oval Nationals are on sale 24 hours a day by calling 1-800 595-4849 or by clicking on the following link to purchase tickets online: Order Oval Nationals Tickets

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


Non-wing sprints, run-what-you-brung Saturday at Fremont


Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
By Brian Liskai

FREMONT, Ohio – The Buckeye Machine Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) will invade Fremont Speedway Saturday, Oct. 4. It will be the second appearance of the 2014 season for the traditional, non-wing sprint car series.

Also on tap will be the “run-what-you-brung” which pits several different types of race cars against each other. The divisions will include a combination of late models and modifieds – rules are there are no rules on engines, tires or body styles. Another division will put stock cars and dirt trucks together. The only rule for this division is the motor will not be allowed to be set back beyond the ball joint…there are no rules on engine size, tires or body styles. There will also be a division for compacts and four cylinder race cars/trucks (Waynesfield trucks are allowed). The only rule for this class – must have a four cylinder engine.

BOSS visited Fremont Speedway to open the series season on May 3 with Kody Swanton picking up the win over Thomas Meseraull and Robert Ballou.

Other winners for BOSS in 2014 include Andre Layfield (Wayne County); Chase Stockon (Eldora); Mike Miller (Raceway 7); Dustin Smith (Mercer); Thomas Meseraull (Lawrenceburg); Logan Hupp (Lernerville and Whitewater Valley); Brandon Spithaler (America’s Motorsports Park and Wayne County); Matt Westfall (Waynesfield); C.J. Leary (Whitewater Valley); and Robert Ballou (Montpelier).

Dustin Smith currently leads the BOSS points over Mike Miller, Michael Fischesser, Brandon Spithaler, Derek Hastings, Chuck Wilson, Aaron Middaugh, Chad Wilson, Adam Miller and Logan Hupp with Fremont and Eldora the final two races of the season.

It is also Family Fun Night at “The Track That Action Built” on Flag City Recycling Night. There will be a penny toss with several prizes for the kids and hot dogs will only be $1 with popcorn just 50 cents. Also Buffy, the Buffalo Wild Wings mascot will be in attendance. Also, several ladies will suit up and compete in a Powder Puff race in dirt trucks.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. Saturday with racing under way at 7 p.m.



Haubstadt, IN - September 27, 2014 -  Kyle Cummins of Princeton, IN, captured the feature event held for the MSCS Sprint Cars Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway.  Cummins led all 25 laps with a strong run from the outside pole position to take the $2,000 top prize.  Three other drivers took turns in presenting a race long challenge.  

Carson Short lost the second spot to Shane Cockrum and by lap six Brady Short overtook them both and would be the driver faced with the task of chasing Cummins down.  Cummins was fast and kept the advantage after a restart following a debris caution with just 9 laps to go.  Carson Short retook the third spot dropping Cockrum back to fourth.  Rookie Aaron Farney picked up the fifth spot.

With the appearance, heat race win, and feature victory, Kyle Cummins locked up the Hoosier Tire Midwest Championship two weeks early.  The accomplishment tops the series record book.  Kyle Cummins became the first driver to collect four MSCS titles.  In victory lane he was both relieved and excited.  "I never would have believed it.  The car was great!"  He thanked the sponsors on the car including Vincennes University, ReMax Midwest, Greenwell Auto Body, and CRE.  "It feels good to take home the trophy!"

The Hard Charger of the Race was Donny Brackett.  Brackett finished sixth after starting fourteenth.  Only five starters gained positions in a feature run under mostly green flag conditions.  Brandon Mattox was seventh followed by second heat winner Hud Cone, Chris Babcock, and James Lyerla.  

One race remains on the schedule for the MSCS Sprints and Tri-State Speedway.  That event is the annual Harvest Cup to be held on Saturday October 11th this season.  The sprints will be racing for $4,000 to win.  The UMP Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win.  This year fans can also enjoy watching the MMSA & MALS Lighting Mini Sprints as they have been added to the show.

Feature (25 Laps): Kyle Cummins, Brady Short, Carson Short, Shane Cockrum, Aaron Farney, Donny Brackett, Brandon Mattox, Hud Cone, Chris Babcock, James Lyerla, Daylan Chambers, Chet Williams, J.T. Stapp, Jared Fox, Lynn Ambrose, Brian Karraker (DNS).


Velasquez wins DCRP as Bubak takes 2nd URSS Championship

You could not have scripted a more exciting race to end the 2014 United Rebel Sprint Series season as Liberal Kansas’ Taylor Velasquez came out on top of a stellar field of 34 cars Saturday night to win at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas.

 Velasquez may have won the battle but it was Arvada Colorado’s Jake Bubak who won the war to claim his 2nd consecutive National Champion title.

Bubak became only the 2nd driver in URSS history to win 2 championships and the only driver to win 2 in a row.

Velasquez emerged from a multi-car battle in the non-stop 30-lap URSS season finale to take command on the 19th round then survived a last lap bid from Bubak to secure the win after the pair made contact in turn four with the checkered flag in sight.

“I’m not even sure how I got away from that, I just gassed it up and went!” Velasquez exclaimed in victory lane.

While Velasquez started the feature outside the fifth row, Barry Crane jumped out to the early lead from the pole position and paced the initial three rounds before Brian Herbert surged into the lead.

With Herbert leading the way ahead of Crane and Luke Cranston, Zach Blurton made his way past Scott Cochran for fourth on the third lap before taking third from Cranston on the tenth round.

On the move as the lead six cars battled through traffic, Blurton took second from Crane on the 12th lap before disposing of Herbert for the lead the next time around.

Sixth after ten laps and making a move past Cranston for fourth as Blurton took the lead, Velasquez was on the charge with Bubak following him through the pack.

Velasquez took third from Herbert on the 17th round before racing around Crane for second and then taking the lead with a daring pass between Blurton and the outer retaining wall exiting turn four on the 19th lap.

Velasquez briefly distanced himself from the wild scramble over the ensuing laps with Bubak up to second by the 21st round.  A ten car-length lead with five laps to go began to dwindle, with Bubak taking advantage of traffic to nibble away at the lead.

Bubak reached Velasquez’ tailtank as the white flag flew and slid into the lead entering turn three.  Velasquez battled back with the pair slapping Hoosiers exiting turn four and somehow keeping forward momentum with Velasquez by little more than a half car-length at the line.

Blurton, last year’s Inaugural Soderberg Memorial winner, claimed the show position behind Velasquez and Bubak with Cranston and Crane rounding out the top five.  Josh Fairbank advanced from “B” Main action to finish sixth with Herbert, Zac Taylor, 15th-starter Jed Werner and Kris Moore completing the top ten.

Blurton, Taylor, Steven Richardson and Bubak topped URSS heat race action with Fairbank and Jordan Randles winning the “B” Mains.  Brandon Sprott’s night came to an early end when he tagged the wall and flipped in turn four in the night’s third heat race with Ty Williams falling victim to the wall in the same place several laps later.

"A" Feature (30 Laps):  1. 21x-Taylor Velasquez, 2. 9x-Jake Bubak, 3. 2j-Zach Blurton, 4. 20-Luke Cranston, 5. 30c-Barry Crane, 6. 51-Josh Fairbank, 7. 97-Brian Herbert, 8. 86-Zac Taylor, 9. 50-Jed Werner, 10. 49-Kris Moore, 11. 33-Koby Walters, 12. 16-Scott Cochran, 13. 007-Jordan Randles, 14. 88j-Jeremy Huish, 15. 6-Mark Walinder, 16. 11-Keefe Hemel, 17. 27a-Mike Hathaway, 18. 11k-Tyler Knight, 19. 0-Steven Richardson, 20. 007k-Jared Kern.

Lap Leaders:  Barry Crane 1-3, Brian Herbert 4-12, Zach Blurton 13-18, Taylor Velasquez 19-30.


Cottle to be Crowned Indiana’s King

2014 King of Indiana Sprint Series To Award Traditional Champion's Helmet Saturday at Lawrenceburg Speedway

September 22, 2014 – The coronation of Kokomo’s Shane Cottle as the 2014 King of Indiana Sprint Series Champion will take place Saturday at Lawrenceburg Speedway.  He becomes the eighth different racer to have earned the honor in the 14-year history of KISS.

After securing the title at Paragon Speedway in May, Cottle said, “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do my whole career running sprint cars, but I just never had the opportunity to do it.  (Car-owner) Tony Epperson gave us the chance to do it this year and we capitalized on it.”

It is the eighth consecutive year for the KISS track promoters to present the unique Helmet Award, which is made possible by sponsors Sprint Car and Midget Magazine, Simpson Performance Products and VanHorn Tint & Accessories.  Fully state of the art in the critical areas of safety, materials and construction, the Simpson helmet comes equipped with everything a driver needs to strap it on and go racing.  The helmet features artwork specially designed for the KISS champion by Bloomington’s Jeff VanHorn.  

Cottle earned the crown by opening the KISS tour with back-to-back wins at Bloomington and Kokomo, then a fourth at Lawrenceburg and sixth at Tri-State.  Closing with a third place finish at Paragon, he earned the title by 34 points over two-time champion Brady Short.  Six-time champion Jon Stanbrough captured KISS victories at Lawrenceburg and Paragon Speedways, Jeff Bland Jr. took the win at Tri-State, and the Terre Haute and Gas City rounds fell to weather.

It is interesting that each of the Champions who have won a helmet (Jon Stanbrough in '07, '08, '10 and ‘12, Brady Short in '09 and ‘13, and Dave Darland in ‘11) have chosen not to wear it for racing, but rather to display it with their personal trophies.  This only makes sense in that there are no other helmets like the KISS Champion's, and the only way to get one is to earn it on the race track.  

Simpson Performance Products and Sprint Car and Midget Magazine are nationally recognized as established leaders in their fields, with Simpson’s safety and racing product base, and the magazine’s reputation for strong feature articles, photos, editorials and race reporting.  Located in Bloomington, Indiana, VanHorn Tint and Accessories offers a broad range of products, including window tinting, LED lights and truck bars, rear window graphics, specialized graphics for everything from racing cars and helmets, to personal, company and fleet vehicles.  

Final 2014 KISS Points: 1. Shane Cottle 851, 2. Brady Short 817, 3. Robert Ballou 654, 4. Jon Stanbrough 619, 5. CJ Leary 568, 6. Jeff Bland Jr. 514, 7. Jerry Coons Jr. 496, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. 473, 9. Daron Clayton 416, 10. Ethan Barrow 404


April 27    Terre Haute Action Track  - Rain
May 2     Bloomington Speedway  - Shane Cottle
May 4    Kokomo Speedway – Shane Cottle
May 9    Gas City I-69 Speedway - Rain
May 17     Lawrenceburg Speedway – Jon Stanbrough
May 25    Tri-State Speedway – Jeff Bland Jr.
May 31    Paragon Speedway – Jon Stanbrough
Champion – Shane Cottle


Bloomington Speedway to Introduce a Winged Sprint Car Series in 2015

Bloomington, Indiana –
With an eye toward the future, Bloomington Speedway plans to debut a new sprint car division at the quarter-mile oval next spring.  The RaceSaver 305 sprint cars will be a regular part of the track’s traditional Friday night racing program.  To introduce these machines, a demonstration is scheduled during this week’s World of Outlaws sprint car event.

The innovative RaceSaver series has grown dramatically since its birth, 14 years ago, and Speedway management is confident it will quickly become successful in Indiana.  The premise behind the RaceSaver approach is making sprint car racing more affordable for those who want to compete, while maintaining the close, wheel-to-wheel competition and emphasizing the racer more than the race car.  

Racing veteran French Grimes developed the concept and founded the RaceSaver organization in order to generate interest in sprint car competition in areas that had little knowledge about it, and to rekindle sprint cars racing where it had dwindled or disappeared.  The basis is using a common engine head that is only available through RaceSaver, and strict adherence to a fairly simple set of rules.  Importantly, the RaceSaver head limits the engine’s horsepower, thus controlling costs while at the same time promoting close racing.

Grimes estimates the entry cost to be as little as $7,500 - $10,000 for a car that could be competitive under the RaceSaver rules.  Since a regular sprint car chassis is used and there are few rules governing the chassis, many competitors are saving money by making use of used cars.  Likewise, there aren’t many rules for the engines, other than the required RaceSaver components, so there is flexibility in employing older engines also.  Another benefit of this approach is that the engine components last longer, again yielding a significant long-term cost savings over other types of racing.

Who will fans see competing in the RaceSaver division at Bloomington Speedway?  This approach puts weekly racing within the budget of many more people.  For example, a long-time fan could start their own racing team and become a regular on the clay oval.  It is also ideal for entry-level drivers with an interest in graduating to more powerful racing machinery after they gain valuable seat time in open wheel cars on the dirt.  At other tracks well-known racing veterans, who have cut back their racing because of finances or other reasons, have been getting back on the track in the RaceSaver cars.  Bloomington’s racing division is likely to include participants from all of these groups on the track at the same time.

Since 1997, the RaceSaver formula for 305 sprint cars has been the most consistent in its rules and in enforcement.  Currently, ten regional organizations compete in different geographical areas, and the series has also become very popular at tracks in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Nebraska and several other states.  In its 14th year of competition, the season-ending RaceSaver Nationals is attracts cars, drivers and fans from all areas.  Much more information about the rules, the cars, national activities and videos of the series in action is available at

To help familiarize Bloomington’s fans with the new racing division, a RaceSaver sprint car that competes at Nebraska’s Eagle Raceway will be on hand at Bloomington Speedway for this Friday’s World of Outlaws race, and an on-track demonstration is planned.

Bloomington Speedway is on the web at; and phone 812-824-7400.



(Perris, CA, September 10, 2014)  Race fans from around the west will get their final look at the popular Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series before November’s 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction this Saturday night, September 13th, when Perris Auto Speedway presents the annual Glenn Howard Classic.  After Saturday, fans will have to wait two months before seeing another sprint car race at the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval.  In addition to the USAC/CRA cars, the PAS Senior & Young Gun Sprints and the California Lightning Sprint Cars will also be in action.  Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM with racing at 7:00.

“Saturday will be the final time these guys get to race before the Oval Nationals and the last time fans will get to see sprint cars here for nearly two months,” Perris promoter Don Kazarian said on Wednesday morning.  “The

Southern California Fair comes in during October and we have one stock car race late in the month and then it is time for the Ovals.  If teams want to try anything in live competition, Saturday will be there last chance to do it.”

In addition to it being the last sprint car race at The PAS before the Oval Nationals, it will be the last race in the series before then as well.  After Saturday, teams will have two months off to prepare their cars for their highest paying race of the 2014 season.  The Oval Nationals will pay $20,000.00 to win and $1,000.00 to start the November 8th finale.  The total purse for the race stands at over $91,000.00.

In addition to Saturday’s race being an important tune-up, the fact that it honors Glenn Howard is not lost on anyone.

“This is a big race for everyone involved,” Kazarian said.  “Glenn Howard meant so much too so many people for decades.  He was a driver, owner, innovator and official.  Such an important part of the history of open wheel- racing in Southern California.  All of the drivers want to win the race named after him and will put extra emphasis on getting to the checkered flag first.  It would be a big honor for them to have their name on the winner’s list of this event.  They will be running hard all night.”

The car Glenn Howard drove in 1964.  Saturday’s race will honor the late driver, owner, innovator and official.  

After Saturday’s race at The PAS, the USAC/CRA Series will only have four dates remaining in 2014.  November 7th & 8th at the Oval Nationals and November 14th & 15th at the 14th Annual Hose Advantage Hall of Fame Classic at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona.

Amsoil USAC/CRA Point Standings
1. Damion Gardner - Concord -1118
2. Mike Spencer - Temecula - 876
3. Brody Roa - Buena Park - 743
4. Cody Williams - Corona - 701
5. Matt Mitchell - Yorba Linda - 692
6. Austin Williams - Yorba Linda - 664
7. Nic Faas - Huntington Beach - 628
8. Jake Swanson - Anaheim - 611
9. Richard Vander Weerd - Visalia - 551
10. Logan Williams - Yorba Linda - 439



 (Perris, CA, September 9, 2014) There will only be one place in Southern California to see the hottest sprint car driver in the nation, Damion Gardner, this Saturday night, September 13th, and that place is at the “Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing,” Perris Auto Speedway. The track will be playing host to the popular Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars in the Glenn Howard Classic. Not only is the affable driver the hottest, but now he is also the only driver in history to go over 200-MPH in a sprint car as he did earlier this week on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Joining the USAC/CRA Series on the all open wheel program will be The PAS Senior & Young Gun Sprints and the California Lightning Sprints Cars. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM with racing at 7:00.

Gardner, who lives northeast of San Francisco in Concord, California, has run rough shod over the USAC/CRA competition thus far in 2014. The two time and defending series champ has a bulging 242-point lead over five-time series king Mike Spencer in the championship standings. The slender driver also leads the series in victories and has won 10 of the first 17 main events this year. No other driver has won more than one.

Current point leader Damion Gardner of Concord will be after his 11th win of 2014 this Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. Media, please feel free to publish this and the other photo in this release and please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

While he has been dominant throughout the campaign, at no time was it more apparent than the three races run last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville and Santa Maria Speedway. He swept the shows (fast qualifier, won his heats and the main events) at both Chico and Watsonville and won the main event at Santa Maria within a 48-hour period. To put more emphasis on the domination, he set new one lap track records in qualifying at both Chico and Ocean.

Young Brody Roa of Buena Park is third in the USAC/CRA standings. He was fast qualifier last Saturday night at the Santa Maria Speedway.

“I don’t know what you can say about Damion Gardner,” Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian said. “He is amazing. One of the best and most spectacular racers on the track not only today, but over the decades as well. He is fast, fearless and in it to win it. He is so determined to get to the front, he just makes it happen not only here, but on every track on the circuit.”

To add to Gardner’s legacy, last year he took a sprint car to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and became the “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver,” by going more than 193-MPH. He shattered that speed earlier this week when he went over 211-MPH at Bonneville. Thus, he is not only the “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver,” but also the only driver to go over 200-MPH in a sprint car.

Fans can see Gardner and all of the other USAC/CRA stars in a program that will include qualifying, heat races, a B main (if applicable) and a 30-lap A main event at The PAS this Saturday.

Amsoil USAC/CRA Point Standings
1. Damion Gardner - Concord -1118
2. Mike Spencer - Temecula - 876
3. Brody Roa - Buena Park - 743
4. Cody Williams - Corona - 701
5. Matt Mitchell - Yorba Linda - 692
6. Austin Williams - Yorba Linda - 664
7. Nic Faas - Huntington Beach - 628
8. Jake Swanson - Anaheim - 611
9. Richard Vander Weerd - Visalia - 551
10. Logan Williams - Yorba Linda - 439


1. Damion Gardner 332
2. Brody Roa 247
3. Kevin Thomas Jr. 246
4. Mike Spencer 245
5. Cody Williams 218
6. Geoff Ensign 186
7. Matt Mitchell 175
8. Ryan Bernal 166
9. D.J. Johnson 160
10. Austin Williams 157
11. Colby Copeland 151
Jake Swanson 151
13. Christopher Bell 135
14. Rico Abreu 132
15. Bradley Terrell 129
16. Logan Williams 118
17. Bud Kaeding 101
18. Chris Gansen 99
19. Austin Liggett 96
20. Terry Schank Jr. 85
21. Richard Vander Weerd 80
22. Robert Ballou 76
23. Jace Vander Weerd 72
24. Scott Hall 69
25. Rickie Gaunt 52
26. Tim Barber 49
27. Andy Forsberg 47
28. Danny Faria Jr. 46
29. Marty Hawkins 44
30. Garrett Hansen 42
31. Adam Brenton 39
32. Tyler Schmidt 36
33. Kyler Shaw 35
34. Jeremy Ellertson 34
35. Brett Rollag 32
Landon Hurst 32
37. Luke Boles 29
38. Eric Rossi 25
39. Jeff Sibley 22
Keith Bloom Jr. 22
41. Kyle Hirst 20
42. Ronnie Gardner 16
43. Tim DeCarlo Jr. 14
Trevor Schmid 14
Cotton Farmer 14
46. Jimmy Trulli 1
Mason Moore 1
Cody Myers 1
Koen Shaw 1
Jim Richardson 1
Tony Richards 1
Chase Johnson 1
Greg Higginbotham 1
Gary Deemer 1
Rowdy McClenon 1
Eli Deshaies 1
Justyn Cox 1
James Herrera 1
Bill Jones 1



Haubstadt, IN - September 5, 2014.  For six years Tri-State Speedway has hosted the "Haubstadt Hustler" at mid September.  The competition for the Hustler title and the $10,000 first prize was elevated further when this race became co-sanctioned with USAC and MSCS joining forces to compete together in 2011.  The match-up for this event will follow the MSCS format which is based on passing points.

Winning this one late season race could top off an already great season for a driver or perhaps turn a lagging season around in one night.  $10,000 will cover a lot of racing expenditures and add to the profit margin.  This promotion is designed to attract the most competitive race teams and the fans that follow the sport to watch the action unfold!

This year the Haubstadt Hustler will be run on Saturday, September 13th.  Last year  Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Alabama, won the 40 lap feature.  He became the 6th different winner in six years.  He led from the 27th lap on.  Brady Short led the first 26 laps and finished second.  Short has yet to win the Hustler but has finished second two times and third once.  Past winners also include Daron Clayton, Casey Riggs, Jon Stanbrough, and Bryan Clauson.  Jeff Bland Jr. holds the distinction of winning the very first Haubstadt Hustler in 2008.

The current AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car points leader is veteran Dave Darland.  Brady Bacon is just 5 markers back in second place.  Bryan Clauson is third and Jon Stanbrough has moved up to fourth in points.  Darland leads the series with six victories.  Clauson and Stanbrough have 4 wins each.  Only eight dates remain on the USAC schedule with just four of those in the Midwest.

The Hoosier Tire MSCS points leader is Kyle Cummins.  Cummins increased his points lead over the Labor Day Weekend.  With runner-up Robert Ballou away racing in California, every point Cummins earned increased his lead.  That lead now stands at 107 points.  Second spot has tightened to a single point.  Ballou leads Brandon Mattox 721 points to 720 points. MSCS drivers will receive full points on the 13th.   Brady Short is fourth in the standings with just three events left on this year's schedule.  All three of these races will be at the Tri-State Speedway.

Five sprint car drivers have competed with both series often enough to be included in the top twenty in points for both.  This short but
impressive list includes Robert Ballou, Chase Stockon, rookie Aaron Farney, Jon Stanbrough, and Hunter Schuerenberg.  Ballou is second
with MSCS and ninth in the USAC standings.  Stanbrough is fourth with USAC and fourteenth in MSCS.  Stockon is fifth with USAC and eighth
in MSCS.  Farney is ninth with MSCS and 20th in USAC.  Schuerenberg is tenth with USAC and fifteenth in MSCS.

The pit gate opens at 3:30 P.M.  Hot Laps are at 6:30 with racing to begin at 7:30.  Tri-State Speedway is in the Central Time Zone.  The
UMP Open Wheel Modified cars will be racing to complete the double header program.

Updated on September 1, 2014
1. Kyle Cummins   828
2. Robert Ballou    721
3. Brandon Mattox  720
4. Brady Short   696
5. Jeff Bland Jr.   641
6. Carson Short   624
7. James Lyerla *  597
8. Chase Stockon  563
9. Aaron Farney*   546
10. Bradley Sterrett  545
11. Daron Clayton   541
12. Daylan Chambers*  485

* Rookie



(Concord, CA, September 7, 2014)  One month after being thwarted by rain, the “World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver,” Damion Gardner, returns to the famous Bonneville Salt Flats to continue his assault on the 200-MPH barrier in his famous “Green Demon” sprint car.   

In his first attempt at Bonneville in August of 2013, the Concord, California based racer came away with a top speed of 193.27 and a lot of knowledge on how to go faster.  Last month, Gardner and the entire team were poised to make history and get to 200-MPH when torrential rains left the famous salt surface underwater and forced cancellation of the annual Speed Week.  Gardner immediately targeted his next assault on the record for this week and he is in Bonneville now.

Gardner did not arrive in Bonneville until this morning after driving all night from the scene his latest triumph at the Santa Maria Speedway last evening.  He has been busy with the USAC/CRA Series the past three nights when he dominated the action at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville and Santa Maria.  He won the main event at each track and was crowned “California Sprint Week” champion.  He swept the Silver Dollar and Ocean shows by also being fast qualifier and winning his heat races.  In addition, his fast qualifying times at Chico and Watsonville were both new track records.

Now Gardner is focused on the “Green Demon” and Bonneville where he may make his first attempt at going 200-MPH on Sunday.  The salt has dried out and the team reports that it looks fast.  

Keep an eye out for these reports which will keep you posted on Gardner’s quest at being the first person to drive a sprint car at 200-MPH.

Everything, including the disappointment of the rain-off is being shot for an exciting documentary titled, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car.”  The made for TV production is being written, directed and produced by Surf N’ Sprint and will be shot by the award winning racing specialists from LoudPedal Productions. You can take a sneak peek at the documentary at the following link.

Damion Gardner would like to thank the following for making this enormous task possible: Surf N’ Sprint, Frankland Rearends, J. Milano Co., Shaver Engines, Lucas Oil, ARP, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Yak Graphics, Schoenfeld, Waterman, Simpson, Willwood, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Advanced Racing Suspension, Maxwell Industries, Victory Race Cars, Beast Chassis, Maas Powdercoat, Kenny’s Components, Santamauro Racing, Lee Power Steering, Butler Built Seats, Schroeder, Brown & Miller, Champion Spark Plugs, System 1, Barne’s Systems, Eibach, TSR, Indy Race Parts, MPD, Beaver Stripes, K&N, Jessel, Comp Cams, Donovan, Seals It, LoudPedal Productions, KMD Racing.

Watch for more follow ups on this noble effort in 2014.  You can also check out what is going on by visiting the Damion Gardner Fan Page on Facebook.  The pages of Steve Watt and Loudpedal Productions will also offer their takes on all the high speed happenings.

To hear Damion Gardner’s 2013 interview about driving the “World’s Fastest Sprint Car” with Shawn Wood on the Dirt Track Channel, please click on the following link:



























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