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DCRP & Longdale Speedway Working Together to Better Racing in the Region

Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (February 16, 2017) – In an era in which some racetracks seem to come and go on a frequent basis, the two most well-established tracks in the Northwest Oklahoma-Southwest Kansas region continue to work together to establish the stability and strength of racing in the area.

Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, KS, and Oklahoma's Longdale Speedway both rank as the premier dirt track racing facilities within their respective states.

Individually, both tracks have worked successfully to build solid regular programs along with special events.

Collectively, DCRP track promoter Tommie Estes, Jr., and Longdale Speedway promoter Greg Burgess have worked actively to negate any significant scheduling conflicts among the premier tracks in the region.

"We only have one or two dates that overlap, but we've made sure not to schedule on any of each other's major dates," Estes, Jr., of DCRP commented.

Both tracks feature a guaranteed, regular payout that is unrivaled in the region with DCRP presenting an overall points fund for its regular divisions at year's end and Longdale introducing a point fund for its seven-race "Top Gun Series" of events in 2017.

The result is a solid, reliable schedule of events for the IMCA Modified, Sport Modified and Stock Car competitors in the area with DCRP hosting 14 nights of competition in 2017 and Longdale Speedway boasting a schedule that includes 23 nights of competition.

"Tommie & I have worked together to build some pretty special events in the past, now I look forward to working with him and building our track programs to benefit the racers and the fans in the region," Longdale's Burgess commented.

Longdale Speedway's weekly card includes IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Pure Stocks while the championship card for Dodge City Raceway Park includes DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Longdale Speedway kicks off the 2017 season on March 11 while Dodge City Raceway Park fires into action on April 15.

Longdale Speedway is located one-half mile south of Longdale, OK, on Highway 58.  For more information, contact the track at 580-886-5375 or check www.longdalespeedway.net.

Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south.  For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.

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Dirt Oval 66 Presents Wide Open Motorsports Entertainment with Exciting 2017 Schedule!
 
(JOLIET, ILLINOIS)  For the first time in nearly twenty years, Dirt Oval 66 will thrill fans throughout the 2017 season with exciting wheel-to-wheel RACING action at the pristine facility, which is located at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.  Construction is currently underway to shorten the large 1/2-mile oval that had previously hosted several high-profile dirt events in the late 1990s - including several visits by the now defunct Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series - to a more racer-friendly 3/8-mile layout.  Dirt Oval 66 President Sherri Heckenast is elated with how the new racing surface is coming along and looks forward to greeting fans and competitors to the new-look speedplant for the season opener on Thursday, April 27.
 
"The racetrack is coming along very nicely and I can't wait to see a wide variety of classes competing this year at Dirt Oval 66," exclaimed Heckenast recently.  "We worked with the previous dirt to remove any rocks and brought in nearly 1,000 loads of premium dirt to resurface the track.  Along with shortening it to a 3/8-mile track, it should lend itself to some great racing action for the fans and drivers.  We are running a special event schedule in 2017 with support classes and fans will have the luxury of watching all different forms of Motorsports throughout the year!"
 
After a couple of open practice sessions to get the track ready for the opener, a special Throwback Thursday Open Wheel program is planned to kick off the season on Thursday, April 27.  The parking lots will open at 11:00am, while General Admission gates will swing open at 4:00pm.  Showtime will be promptly at 7:00pm.  General Admission tickets are currently available for purchase for the April 27 lid lifter and all shows - along with camping - by calling the track office at 815-740-8000 or toll-free at 844-866-DIRT and by visiting www.dirtoval66.com.
 
An action-packed schedule featuring 14 special events has been released for 2017 with the ultra-popular Team Demo Association (TDA) presenting five demolition derby's on May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, and September 23.  Also on the schedule is a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series doubleheader on June 27-28.  Dirt Oval 66 is proud to host the ONLY World of Outlaws Sprint Car race in the state of Illinois in 2017!
 
The 4th Annual 'Monster Truck Mayhem' will bring the ground-pounding Monster Trucks to the facility on August 5, while the big 'Chicagoland's Dirty 30' program on September 13 will lead into NASCAR week at the nearby Chicagoland Speedway.  Things will then wrap up at Dirt Oval 66 on October 13-14 with the two-day 'Chi-Town Showdown' for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series competitors.  You can view the full racing schedule by pointing your web browser to www.dirtoval66.com.
 
"I come from a long family line that has been involved in motorsports for years and I believe in mixing up the schedule to provide a unique show for the fans to hopefully keep them coming back and spending their hard earned money with us," said Heckenast, who is operating Dirt Oval 66 independent from Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway.  "I have promoted Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway and Kankakee Motor Speedway in the past, along with owning the Team Demo Association promotion since 2008.  My dad raced demos and stock cars for years, my brother currently races on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour, and I drove a Late Model myself up until 2010.  The staff here has been around the sport and everyone is excited to showcase Dirt Oval 66 as a premier dirt racing facility that provides quality entertainment for the entire family!"
 
You can learn more about Dirt Oval 66 or order tickets and camping for any 2017 event by logging onto www.dirtoval66.com.  Dirt Oval 66 is also on all social media platforms including Facebook (facebook.com/dirtoval66), Twitter (twitter.com/dirtoval66), and Instagram (instagram.com/dirtoval66).

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PHILLIPSBURG MALL, MARCH 5-11, 2017. . . .
SCHEDULE CONFIRMED FOR 10TH ANNUAL QUAKER STEAK & LUBE DIRT TRACK HEROES CAR SHOW , A BIG WEEK PLANNED

The tentative schedule for the popular tenth edition of the week long Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show is now confirmed for 2017. The successful event will once again begin its week long run at the Phillipsburg Mall located off Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Opening day is set or Sunday, March 5th with a salute to all of the racetracks and a special emphasis on the great racing that took place at the speedways located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, including the half mile and both the  paved and dirt versions of the larger National speedway and the Dorney Park Speedway. Highlighting opening day will be special tributes to Modifed and
NASCAR star Tighe Scott and Author/Publisher Lew Boyd who has written many books including the "Paved Track/Dirt Track" publication. Both will be signing autographs and Lew will also be selling his book that day.

The upcoming show encompasses the majority of the local short track scene and will continue through Saturday night, March 11th.  In announcing the tentative schedule organizer Bob Miller stated, "We have enjoyed a great run with this show and the schedule will pretty much be in sync with what we have done in the past but with special emphasis on cetain drivers who built the foundation of the sport as we know it today. We have worked out an exciting and diverse schedule aimed at being fan, driver, sponsor and
organization friendly and once again look forward to a great show in Phillipsburg."  Miller further added, "With this being the tenth year of doing this show, the solid support from the sponsors, fans, all of the historical racing groups and current day speedways has made the event a special occasion for all of us involved with the production of this great show."

Quaker Steak & Lube, or The Lube(r) to loyalists, the award-winning casual dining concept known for its Best Wings USA and over 25 signature sauces, is fully prepped and geared as the lead sponsor for the annual event. The original restaurant was built in 1974 in an abandoned gas station, decorated with license plates and old muscle cars. Originally a"cook-your-own-steak"establishment, The Lube's signature dish is now its fabulous chicken wings and the wide variety of sauces used to season them. The Pohatcong Township
(Phillipsburg, NJ) Quaker Steak & Lube is located at 1304 US Route 22, Phillipsburg, NJ, and welcomes all race fans and families to stop by their location when visiting the New Jersey area to be re-charged and re-fueled before or after the show.

The excitement for the upcoming show is at a fever pitch as Bryan Youngans, Marketing Manager of Quaker Steak & Lube stated, "We are once again excited to sponsor and be part of the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show. The event is extremely popular and even though the event is still five weeks from now we feel the excitement building from within as there is a constant buzz about the event at Quaker Steak & Lube." Youngans further added, "Our involvement with a show of this magnitude is a natural fit for us as our restaurants
recognize and salute the racing heroes of the past, present and future. We look forward to showcasing our Quaker Steak & LubeRestaurant at the 2017 event and becoming more involved with the show and local racing action in the future."

The Phillipsburg Mall has proven to be a popular setting for this special event and will once again offer many varieties of new and vintage race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the Mall for the duration of the show's run.  The nine previous shows have brought race cars from all divisions of motorsports filling the Mall space and highlighted in a week long show celebrating the love each of us has found in attending races and meeting so many wonderful people associated with the
sport.  With an exciting and diverse schedule of events to whet the appetite of any true race fan, large crowds are expected to flock to the show to fill the wide walkways of the Phillipsburg Mall for the upcoming tenth edition ofthe show.

All historical racing groups including Flemington, Tri State, Nazareth, Reading and Harmony will have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits. The show has remained FREE to the public as it has been since first landing at the Phillipsburg Mall ten years ago.

Cars on display will include big block and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, all divisions of Micro-Sprints,  ARDC Midgets, all divisions of Sprint Cars, Slingshots, Stage One Modifieds, X-Cel Modifieds, Late Models, SpeedSTRS, Drag Racing Cars, Go-Karts and a broad variety of vintage and restored race cars. New Egypt, Bridgeport, Hamlin, Accord and Snydersville will again be among the many speedways involved with the 2017 edition of the show.

The week-long event will set aside one evening to salute the "Stars of Tomorrow" with a special night for the budding young racing talents competing with the many quarter midget clubs in the area and this night has proven to be one of the highlights of the week as many of the youngsters will be giving their first ever interviews to a large crowd.

Tenth Annual Quaker Steak & Lube
Dirt Track Heroes Car Show
2017 Schedule of Events

Sunday- March 5 - (Starting at 1:00) -  Enterprise Car Sales, Jeff's Automotive and Huston's Automotive presents Dirt Track Heroes Car Show Opening Ceremony honoring racing legend Tighe Scott and author Lew Boyd (Paved Track/Dirt Track) with Driver Interviews and Autograph Session: Saluting Nazareth Speedways and Dorney Park Speedway

Monday- March 6 - (6:30 PM) -   Alex's Tire/Breidinger's Speed Shop and Murante's Auto Repair presents Straight Line Fever Drag Racing Night
featuring Island Dragway, Harmony, Old Bridge and Mountain View Dragway

Tuesday- March 7 - (6:30 PM)  Adam's Brothers Used Auto Parts and Persa's Auto Repair presents the "Stars of Tomorrow" featuring all Quarter Midget Clubs: Blue Mountain, Lehigh Valley, West End Raceway, Keystone, Oaklane, Phoenixville, South Jersey and Garden State

Wednesday- March 8 - (6:30 PM) -   Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedways and Smith Fabrication/Stage One Modifieds presents Hamlin Speedway all divisions, Snydersville Raceway, Mahoning Speedway, Accord Speedway, and Orange County Fair Speedway

Thursday- March 9- (6:30)- Searock Fabrication & Speed Supplies and Ralph's Radiator presents New Egypt, Bridgeport, Grandview, Big Diamond Raceway and
X-Cel Modifieds

Friday - March 10 - (1st Show (4 p.m.) -  Premio Foods & RF International Muffler presents Special Edition "The Legends of Racing" honoring Grand
Marshal Sammy Beavers with many legendary stars from Reading, Nazareth, Harmony and Flemington expected to participate.

Second Show- (6:30 PM)-   Martocci Automotive, Dean's Auto Sports and Carl's Auto Repair & Chrin's Automotive presents Salute to Open Wheel Racing
Divisions-Thunder on the Hill, ATQMRA, ARDC Midgets, Action Track USA, Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Sprint Cars, 358 and 360 Sprint Car Divisions

Saturday - March 11 - (1:00) --Premio Foods and Enterprise Car Sales presents Special Tribute to Open Wheel Racing Legends from Flemington
Speedway & Flemington Speedway Historical Society, Harmony Speedway and Nazareth Speedways

Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. - *Schedule subject to change

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