Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Empire Super Sprints Return to Some old Stomping Grounds: The nativepoker.com Tour Visits Canandaigua and Rolling Wheels.

By Dean Reynolds
Contact: DeanR@empiresupersprints.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It’s like reuniting with an old chum. The Empire Super Sprints (ESS) are returning to the heart of DIRT country with a July weekend visit to the Canandaigua Speedway and the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. After several years’ absence, the stars and cars from the nativepoker.com Tour will again roam the half-miles in Ontario County and Elbridge, N.Y.
DIRT MotorSports fans, lock the dates of July 22 & 23 as some of the very best to wheel “America’s Race Cars” will be invading your house for an exciting weekend visit.
It will be four years since ESS has last trekked the “Land of Legends” in Canandaigua, N.Y. but many of the winged chauffeurs of ESS still has turned many a lap around the fun, multi-grooved oval. Drivers such as two-time and defending champion Lance Yonge along with Tim Kelly, Randy Years, Gordy Button and possible Rob Dietrick could be in the field on this night and they have A-Main wins here. Along with the likes of Jeff VanDusen, Jeff Cook as well as local favorites Bubby Kerrick, Nick Fratto and Mike Stelter expected to be in the field you can bet to see a star studded field.
While the ESS stars have made an annual visit to the “Fast Track” during Super DIRT Week as part of the Sprint Challenge, this will mark the first full point visit to Rolling Wheels since Sept. of 1993 where Yonge was again the victor. Several of ESS’ greats have joined Yonge as A-Main winners such as Craig Keel, John Brutcher and Bobby Parrow. Looking to etch their name to the winner’s column will be drivers such as Dan Kaszubinski (a previous challenge winner), Alain Bergeron, Don Sharp Jr., John Karklin Jr. and the Norrie Brothers. Also, the “new crop” for 2006 such as Steve Poirier, Jessica Zemken, Jason Barney and Tommy Wickham to name a few will be out in force on this Sunday evening.
The nativepoker.com tour for the Empire Super Sprints is set up have a big and exciting 2006 campaign which marks the 23rd anniversary for the successful 360 organization. From May to October, some 37 dates have already been secured with a record payoff and point fund awaiting the competitors. While much of the off-season news is new and exciting, it’s always nice to welcome some old acquaintances back….Canandaigua and Rolling Wheels, the ESS tradition will continue with excitement guaranteed!

Past ESS Winners at Canandaigua Speedway

July 6, 1985
John Zentner
July 5, 1986
Gordy Button
Aug. 16, 1986
Gordy Button
July 4, 1987
Mike Gorman
Aug. 15, 1987
John Brutcher
June 29, 1991
Jeff Thomas
July 4, 1992
Mike Woodring
Aug. 29, 1992
Bobby Parrow
May 8, 1993
Tim Kelly
Aug. 28, 1993
Tim Kelly
July 1, 1995
Craig Keel
May 11, 1997
Mike Woodring
July 5, 1997
Mike Woodring
July 24, 1999
Lance Yonge
May 13, 2000
Lance Yonge
July 1, 2000
Rich Wood
May 12, 2001
Randy Years
June 30, 2001
Lance Yonge
May 11, 2002
Brian Dumigan
July 6, 2002
Rob Dietrick

Past Empire Super Sprints Winners at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park

Aug. 21, 1984
Craig Keel
Aug. 23, 1987
Gordy Button
May 27, 1990
John Brutcher
Sept. 29, 1992
Bobby Parrow
Sept. 25, 1993
Lance Yonge
Sept. 24, 1994
Craig Keel (ESS)
Sept. 25, 1995
Craig Keel (ESS)
Oct. 12, 1996
Kramer Williamson (URC)
Oct. 11, 1997
Kramer Williamson (URC)
Oct. 10, 1998
Dan Kaszubinski (ESS)
Oct. 9, 1999
Kramer Williamson (URC)
Oct. 7, 2000
Becca Anderson (URC)
Oct. 6, 2001
Rick Wilson (ESS)
Oct. 12, 2002
Kyle Drum (ESS)
Oct. 11, 2003
Pete Green (URC)
Oct. 9, 2004
Trevor Lewis (URC)
( ) Denotes Challenge Events.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Larson Takes Home Another Championship Trophy from Sharon’s Awards Banquet

(January 21, 2006 – Hartford, OH) Jarod Larson, owner and driver of the popular #47 sprint, took home another $4000 Point Championship check from Sharon Speedway last Saturday night. Larson has surely earned the title as “the guy to beat” in the Warren Harley-Davidson sponsored 410 division, compiling an impressive list of statistics during his racing tenure. In the past four years of competition at the Hartford, Ohio oval, Larson has won two season championships and finished second and third in points the other two years. Larson chalked up 3 feature wins, 3 heat race wins and twelve top five finishes in the thirteen point races during the 2005 seasons. His average finish was 3.77 overall and that consistency placed him at the head table again this year.

Accepting his award, Larson stated that after his mother’s passing early in the season, he had “difficulty focusing” and credited his father and crew for their support in helping him to stay on task and clinch the championship . Jarod also expressed sincere gratitude his major sponsor, Mark Thomas Ford of Cortland, OH, for their continued support along with Tom’s Sewer and Drain Services, Clemson Excavating, Larson Trucking, Geneva Truck & Equipment, Lautamen Trucking and Kear’s Speed Shop.

V8 Modified division sponsors, Bob and Dave Thompson of Gibson-Governor Insurance were on-hand to present awards to their drivers. Champion, Alan Dellinger, beat out Rex King by 50 points. Fourth thru seventh place finishers were separated by just 14 points. Dellinger, running his first full season in the yellow Warren-Fab/Ohio Steel #99jr, captured the title having a stellar year in the car. The War-Fab team posted four feature wins, 3 heat race wins and twelve top five finishes of the 13 point events run. Alan’s average finish was 3.46 and he did not relinquish the point lead once he took over on June 2nd. Dellinger was obviously quite pleased with his championship as evidenced by his lengthy acceptance speech. Banquet coordinators may institute the use of a timer-controlled microphone for future awards ceremonies.

Newcomer to Sharon Speedway, Bill Thomas, received the Coy Brothers Emod Championship trophy from Arlan Coy. Thomas won the title by seven point on the last night of competition when Jeff Sharp, who had been leading the division, suffered a flat tire. Thomas had a great year with one feature win, nine top fives and an average finish of 5.39. Thomas stated that they had “raced here (Sharon) a few times last year and really liked the track and decided to come and race the whole year.” Sharp, who has now been the runner-up for two straight years congratulated Thomas on his win, and will be back next year to challenge him for the title.

Steve D’Apolito of Boardman, Ohio, claimed his second straight championship in the Tom’s Sewer and Drain Service sponsored Pure Stock division. D’Apolito’s stats were very comparable to last year, winning six feature events in 2005 (7 features in 2004), 9 feature wins, 11 top fives (10 in 2004) and maintaining an average finish of 2.38 (2.18 in 2004). D’Apolito thanked his sponsors, Utsinger’s Towing, D’Apolito Tree Farm, Race 1 and his wife for their continued support.

Guy Griffin was presented with the champion’s check for snatching the crown in the growing Green Flag Sprint division. Griffin is a huge supporter of the division and his enthusiasm kept him in a heated point battle with Jim Weller, Jr. all season, exchanging the lead numerous times. Weller was leading by 25 going into the last point night but suffered a mechanical problem that put him out of the race and out of contention for the championship. Griffin was definitely ‘in the right place at the right time’ and not only won the feature that night, but also clinched the title. Griffin posted 6 feature wins, 11 top fives and had an average finish of 2.16. He thanked his crew for their hard work and encouraged anyone looking to race and have fun to look into the Green Flag Sprints. Guy also paid tribute to his daughter who passed away 20 years ago to the day from a terminal illness.

The Most Improved Driver award went to Stan Woomer, driver of the #2 Pure Stock out of Niles, OH. Co-Rookies of the Year were 17-year-old Joe Gabrielson, driver of the #58 Emod who finished 8th in points in his division, and Russell King, who finished 8th in the V8 Modifieds in his #56 machine out of Bristolville, OH. The Hard Luck award was presented to Randy Snider, #1S in the Modified division.

The Good Guy Award was given to Garry Frederick of Fowler, OH, in the stock division. This award is presented by Linde Gas/Lincoln Electric and is voted on by the drivers. Frederick was not in attendance, but will be receive a new Lincoln welder.

Drivers received contingency awards from Dave Willoughby of Wedge Motorsports in Niles, OH, Wrisco Aluminum, Precise Racing Products of Grove City, PA, and Garry Frederick who owns Top Notch Diner in Cortland, OH. Door prizes were donated by Hoosier Tire Company, American Racer Tires, Edge Motorsports, Top Notch Diner, Day Motorsports and Sharon Speedway.

Kate Blaney presented plaques to Boardman/Diamond Steel who sponsored this year’s banquet, and to division sponsors, Gibson-Governor Insurance (V8 Modifieds), Coy Brothers Trucking (Emods), Tom’s Sewer and Septic Service (Pure Stocks) and Warren Harley-Davidson (Sprints).

For the past four years, Sharon Speedway has presented “Star Awards” to speedway employees who have shown exemplary work ethic and love for the sport of auto racing. This year’s recipients were Shirley Aiken, pit official, and Mike Hanshaw, flagman. Both Shirley and Mike are well-known, loved and respected in local racing. Additionally, Brenda and Dave Bolger were honored as pit concessionaires by their supervisor, Diane Brest.

Special tributes were paid to remember former track employees, Anthony “Bucky” DeGennaro and Mark Christy who passed away November 5, 2005 and January 5, 2006 respectively. Bucky had worked at numerous tracks most of his life and worked for the Blaneys as a track/pit official at the track entrance on turn two thru the end of the 2004 season. Mark Christy was a member of the track’s exceptional fire/rescue team for 6 years and died unexpectedly of a heart attack on January 5th. The Speedway Fire Crew shared a slide presentation to honor their friend and co-worker.

Dave Blaney was on hand for opening comments and congratulated all of the champions and their teams. He thanked drivers, sponsors, employees and fans for their loyalty and support of Sharon Speedway, and although there are no major changes slated for the 2006 season, he stated that “our goal is to continue to improve on what we’re doing”.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

A Racetrack in Millersburg, Ohio?

By Jay Howe

Back in the 1960’s, there was this novel idea that someone had to create a race track, so that guys could race their cars without having to travel all over the state to race.

Up on a hilltop just a few miles from town, Hilltop Speedway was born.

Many a great driver cut his teeth at this track. Some had their first wins at the track, and a few of them are still racing. Kenny Jacobs, Danny Dean, Jim Gentry, Blaine Aber, John Mason and Jack “E” Norris all once raced there. Jack “E” Norris would tragically loose his life to racing cars at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville Ohio soon after Hilltop was opened. He left behind a young family.

Hilltop like any other track had it’s up’s and down’s. By the mid 70’s, racing at Hilltop went down hill for whatever reason. Some say the economy; some say the state of racing at that time was a factor. Regardless, it shut down. The roaring engines that once echoed throughout the hillsides, was silent. Racing was done at Hilltop Speedway.

Throughout the years, many a dreamer had dreams of reopening up the track. People would stop and look at what once was a racetrack, overgrown with briars, trees, and a mosquito-infested swamp. The property surrounding the track in the meantime had become a junkyard. But then one dreamer that came along who not only had a dream of owning a racetrack, but a desire to reopen a racetrack that his father once raced at. The gentleman’s name Jeff Norris. Jeff was a son of Jack “E” Norris.

In the fall of 2005, Jeff entered into an agreement with the owner of the junkyard to purchase the land that the track resides on. He immediately started to clear the briars, trees etc. from the track. Bulldozers were brought in and the track that once was a 1/4mile bullring was formed into a 3/8’s mile, high-banked track. The swamp was drained. By the time that you are reading this, a car crusher has been brought in; the junk cars and debris are being hauled away.

Spring is just around the corner. Jeff’s dream has spilled over into other people’s dreams. People are starting to take notice, and are becoming actively involved with the work being done at the track. Volunteering their time, their bodies, and their hearts. Stop by the track some weekend, and watch the progress. Maybe our dreams will become yours…

Short track racing at it’s best. Super Late Models, Modifieds, Pure stocks, and mini stocks will make up the weekly racing divisions. Special shows by the sprints, and other racing types will also be on tap. Who knows, a future star on the NASCAR circuit may cut his teeth at Hilltop. Let the dreams begin.

Yes, racing is returning to Millersburg Ohio at Hilltop Speedway in April of 2006. Get in on the ground floor with the rebirth of this racetrack. Advertising opportunities and volunteer positions are available by contacting Jay Howe @ 419.651.6836

Please visit the website at: www.hilltopspeedway.net

Friday, January 27, 2006

Zemken, Jacobsen, Young Guns & Dirt Motorsports Reps On Dirt Nation™

Hampton, VA --- The Dirt Nation™ presented by Lucas Oil radio show will once again be jam-packed with a large assortment of guest from the world of dirt racing on Monday January 30. Dirt Nation™ presented by Lucas Oil airs from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST on WLRT 1490 THE OUTLAW and can be accessed over the internet at: www.racetalklive.com and is hosted by Dave Seay and Doc Lehman.

On Monday evening there will be three representatives of Dirt Motorsports stopping by who will discuss the upcoming 2006 racing season for the Big Block Modifieds, Sprint Cars and dirt Late Models. Appearing will be Martin Willis, the Vice President of Technical Operations, Chip Burdick, Competition Director for DIRT NorthEast and Bob Dini, Technical Inspector for DIRT Northeast.

Also appearing will be Sprint Car star Jessica Zemken of Sprakers, New York, a second-generation driver who will move from the Modified ranks to Sprint Car racing in 2006 in the Patterson Motorsports Sprint Car. Zemken will compete on the Empire Super Sprint (E.S.S.) Series in 2006 with sponsorship from NativePoker.com Zemken, 19, will discuss her upcoming season in addition to her 2006 debut performances at the 360 Sprint Winter Nationals taking place at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL January 25-29.

Promoter Ted Austad will appear to discuss the upcoming 2nd Annual Coca-Cola Young Guns Shoot-Out presented by Stock Car Racing and Circle Track Magazines along with Sport Clips at the Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Georgia on February 3-4. Appearing with Austad will be Young Gun competitors Bodine Massengill of Florida and Kellen Chadwick of California who have entered the race.

Making his first appearance on Dirt Nation™ will be Eric Jacobsen, a dirt Late Model star from California who will compete on the 2006 World of Outlaws Late Model Series tour.

Dirt Nation™ presented by Lucas Oil is hosted each Monday evening by Dave Seay and Doc Lehman and airs from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST and can be accessed over the internet at: www.racetalklive.com Dirt Nation™ presented by Lucas Oil is co-sponsored by Virginia Motor Speedway, Dirt America Online, Slavic Custom Shirts and JD3Graphics.Each show is also archived ‘On Demand’ so listeners can tune in at their convenience. For show info visit: www.dirtnation.net Listeners can participate on the Monday shows by calling 877-899-7223 or by instant messenger at dirtnation or racetalklive at any of the following instant messenger services online: AIM, MSN or yahoo or Dirt America on AOL. You can also e-mail Dirt Nation™ at and submit your track/tour/team results and news to DocLehman@sssnet.com and/or dave@vamotorspeedway.com Dirt Nation™ presented by Lucas Oil can also be heard on its host radio station, WLRT FOX 1490 AM in Hampton, VA. For additional information on DIRT NATION™ presented by Lucas Oil contact Dave Seay and Doc Lehman at: dave@vamotorspeedway.com and DocLehman@sssnet.com-Prepared by Lehman Motorsports Services

Berry Goes Indoor Racing

Source: T-Squared Promotions

Spokane, WA (January 26, 2006) - The Villelli Racing Midget racecar with driver Tony Berry will be making the trek to the first ever indoor dirt event at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem this weekend. The track is in the process of final construction and is said to be approximately the same size as the heralded annual Chili Bowl event in Tulsa, OK, around a 1/5th of a mile.

Berry, a senior at Gonzaga University in Spokane and the 2005 Rookie of the Year with the Inland Northwest Sprint Car Association, will be piloting the Speed Sport Report, Budweiser, River City River Runners, Idaho National Guard Ellis midget, powered by a Pontiac. "I am really excited for this weekend's events. We found out about this race right around Christmas time and Tony and Susan Villelli were kind enough to allow me to drive their car at this first ever event."

This race weekend will not be the first time that Berry has driven a vehicle on dirt, he has over 100 event wins on dirt tracks in the Northwest dating back to his earlier karting days. "I have always had tremendous respect for dirt racing because I think that it requires more car control to be fast and puts more into the driver's hands. Due to the limited number of dirt racing venues in the inland Northwest our focus has been pavement for the last few years, but we always try and run a few kart races on dirt during the winter time at least."

Berry will also be partaking in the Saturday morning events returning to his roots and running the karting portion of the event. "A 1/5th of a mile is a tight midget track, but it's actually a pretty good sized kart track, especially for winter time indoor racing. I am really looking forward to heading down there this weekend. It's definitely a good start to our 2006 campaign."

In 2006 Berry will drive the #3 Late Model with the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association, the #53 with the Washington Midget Racing Association as well the #53 Winged Sprint Car at select events.

Events will be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in the Livestock Pavilion with practice Friday night and racing all day Saturday and Sunday, January 27- 29. Come out and watch one of the most exciting forms of auto racing on one of the tightest new tracks in the Northwest. For additional event information contact Bob Leach at 541.981.1200

For more information about Villelli Racing and Tony Berry contact AJB Motorsports Marketing @ 1.800.336.2682

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Chad Kemenah

Four time ASCoC Champion and 2006 WoO Rookie of the Year candidate, Chad Kemenah, participated in Sprint Car Online's Q&A. Read what he has to say about choosing to race for the WoO, leaving the All Stars and who he thinks are some of the up and comers in our sport. To read this interview visit www.SprintCarOnline.com and then click on the flashing Chad Kemenah link

Monday, January 23, 2006


Kennedy High School Junior Jessie Morrison from Silver Spring, Maryland is proud to announce her newly revamped Digna Racing Web site http://www.jessiemorrison.com/ produced by HammerHead Promotions.

Jessie will be racing at Trail Way Speedway (http://www.trail-wayspeedway.com/) on Friday nights in the 358 Sprints and Lincoln Speedway (http://www.lincolnspeedway.com/) on Saturday nights when the 358 Sprints are scheduled.

Jessie is excited to be running a motor from Don Ott that she had a chance to run just once last year. It’s refreshed and ready to go. She has a new Bull Dog rear from DMI and great down force from Wings Unlimited. Crew Chief Randy Davis and the Crew Doug McGiffin and Sean Smith are ready for great things in 2006.

Jessie was able to show her car with Trail Way Speedway at the Area Auto News MotorSports 2006 show in Fort Washington, Pa. January 13-15. A new experience for her, signing pictures and meeting great race fans from the region. Scott Mehring and Allen Grace from Trail Way Speedway were a great help in her first racing show. The paint job from K&H Auto Body and Graphics from Delco Signs we a hit as well. Jessie will be wearing a new race suit this year produced by our new friends from Lady Eagle (http://www.ladyeagle.com/) specializing in a fit for ladies.
Ladies you don’t have to wear a man’s suit anymore.

Jessie will have her car at the Dirt Trackin’ 2006 Show in York, Pa. January 27-29. Come by and see her.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Dustin Daggett’s 2006 Season to Get Underway at East Bay

Winter weather hasn’t hampered the enthusiasm at Daggett Racing as the team prepares to hit the road in 2006 on the ASCS National Tour. First up will be a stop at East Bay Raceway in Gibsonton, Florida. Following a practice session on January 25th, the tour boasting of some of the finest sprint car talent in the nation, swings into action with events on January 26, 27, & 28th.

While still actively seeking additional sponsorship to help with the cost of running on a national tour, Dustin and crew chief Tom Daggett are pleased to welcome Permatex to the list of fine marketing partners helping support the race team. They join Engine Pro and DMI who are returning with an increased presence for 2006. Also back are Tri-County Collision, General Signs, R & M Building Systems, Keizer Wheels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Kenetic Photos, and Ohsweken Speedway, home of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals.

Anyone interested in helping to sponsor the 2006 efforts are encouraged to contact Tom Daggett at 517-626-6589 (h), 517-256-3524

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Wings Unlimited races onto the web

Wings Unlimited is pleased to announce the launch of their new web site by WRT Web Designs. The new site can be found at http://www.SPRINTwingsunlimited.com.

The site is designed to inform the viewer about the quality, craftsmanship, and selection of products available from Wings Unlimited. In addition to being able to locate a Wings Unlimited dealer in your area, you will be able to purchase our products securely and have them shipped directly to your door.

Wings Unlimited has built an impressive client base in a short period of time by producing a quality product at a fair price. Visit http://www.SPRINTwingsunlimited.com today to find out why many racers are turning to the “Next Generation” of wings.

Show me the sponsors says JR Stewart Motorsports

The kids no longer have plum drops dancing in their heads, we now have race wins there. Assembling the cars has simply lost it’s luster, a feeling that will only be replaced when the beauty of two red and white race ready 37s sprint cars are done. But there would not be that pot of gold at the end of the snowy rainbow without the gracious help of our partners.
Steve Austin Auto Group- Your full service GM Dealership located in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
Jacobs Auto Repair- The place to go when your vehicle won’t is located in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
Lakeridge Resorts- A nice community with a view of Indian Lake, Ohio.
Ink Slingers- Custom T-Shirts for all of your needs, located in Lima, Ohio.
Good news! The new drivers suit that TJ and Marie are presenting to JR has been designed and Adam Ross of Leaf Racewear is busily making the suit. Pictures should be out soon.
Many thanks this off season need to be given to those that have helped. Tony Beaber, Ken and Cheryl Pelkie, Dean Reynolds, and to ASCS for having the best candy at the PRI Show. And to those that I have bothered that don’t even know me, thanks to you also for not hanging up on me. Good luck to Dustin and his Daggett Racing team in Florida.
Should you be interested in sponsoring this team I can be contacted at jrstewartmotorsports@hotmail.com or blirette@hotmail.com.
JR Stewart Motorsports is sponsored by Allen Tire, Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 16, Ink Slingers, Jacobs Auto Repair, Keizer Wheels, Lakeridge Resorts, Leaf Racewear, Rutan Rocket Racing Engines, Steve Austin Auto Group, and www.tjslideways.com

Motorsports 2006 a Big Success for the Empire Super Sprints; Jessica Zemken and John Karklin Jr., First and Second in Open Cockpit Voting.

By Dean Reynolds
Contact: DeanR@empiresupersprints.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – More than 40,000 fans passed through the front doors at the Fort Washington Expo Center for Motorsports 2006 presented by VP Racing Fuels. For the first time ever, they were able to get an up close and personal look at the Empire Super Sprints (ESS).
The immaculate sprint cars of Jessica Zemken and John Karklin Jr. made the trip to Southern Pa. as well. When the weekend was over, the two sprinters took first and second in voting for best appearing cars in the open cockpit division.
Zemken’s car, a Beaber Built prepared by Wayne Patterson, owned by Tom Patterson and sponsored by nativepoker.com was voted best appearing making her an instant hit. Karklin’s self prepared JEI owned by Richard Goff and backed by JCK Timber was right behind with the runner-up honors. More than two dozen other cars were in competition making this a well earned feat for the two race teams.
Not just good looking sprinters made an impact by ESS; it was the first event for the new tour sponsor: nativepoker.com. ESS unveiled their preliminary schedule which is some 37 dates strong. The very best of “America’s Race Cars: will visit Utica-Rome, Can-Am, Autodromes Granby and Drummond, Albany-Saratoga, Cornwall, Edelweiss, Fulton, Frogtown, Brewerton, Brockville, Ohsweken, Rolling Wheels, Canandaigua, Little Valley, South Buxton, Black Rock and the famed Knoxville Raceway. The schedule is still pending with a few more dates a possibility.
Both Zemken and Karklin Jr. signed autographs all weekend and with the female chauffeur a judge at the annual Ms. Motorsports contest where she also took to the stage for a special interview with Shane Andrews. Also, ESS stars Doug Emery, Randy Years and Dan Kaszubinski were on hand most of the weekend greeting the big crowd that filled the Expo Center.
Next up on the nativepoker.com tour for the Empire Super Sprints will be the Motorsports Expo on March 10-12 in Syracuse, N.Y. and then it’s off to the scheduled opener on Sat. May 6th at the Fulton Speedway. The first green flag is just around the corner and as it has become an ESS tradition, it will be excitement guaranteed!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Babb, Rahmer, Fuller Win Driver Of Year Balloting

The 2nd Annual Dirt Nation™ presented by Lucas Oil Driver of the Year Championship winners were announced this past Saturday January 14 during the BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports Welcomes Dirt Nation™ presented by Lucas Oil broadcast that was live from the Len Sammons-produced Motorsports 2006 presented by VP Racing Fuels extravaganza. The top drivers of the year in dirt Late Models, Sprint Cars and Modifieds were Shannon Babb, Fred Rahmer and Tim Fuller, respectively.

The 2nd Annual Dirt Nation™ presented by Lucas Oil Driver of the Year Championship solicited nominations from race fans all over the country and the final voting ballot were sent to a select panel of professional media members who selected the three drivers of the year for dirt Late Models, Modifieds and Sprint Cars.

The winners will each receive $1,000 cash, a championship jacket and trophy from Lucas Oil. Additionally, each winner will also receive a Hoosier Racing Tire jacket from Hoosier Tire Midwest and a one-year subscription to Area Auto Racing News. The winning dirt Late Model driver will also be awarded a ‘graphics wrap’ from Panther Motorsports Design.

Illinois driver Shannon Babb had a tremendous season in dirt Late Models racing with a variety of sanctions and scoring the ’05 UMP Summer Nationals championship title and edged out Tim McCreadie by a scant three votes. Fred Rahmer continued his east coast dominance in Sprint Cars and beat out Steve Kinser in the voting by one vote. Dirt NorthEast Big Block Modified champion Tim Fuller’s selection by voters was unanimous!

“It was again another successful promotion that was fun but first we have to thank the fans who participated in the nominating phase,” commented Doc Lehman, co-host of the radio show. “The response was just incredible and they took it seriously. We also have to thank the many, many professional media members who participated in the final voting process. It was a lot of fun and we’re already planning to make next year’s Drivers of the Year program even more lucrative and entertaining for the drivers and fans.”

“I’d like to thank the fans, too, and also acknowledge the generosity of the Lucas Oil company and the staff there,” stated Dave Seay, a co-host of the radio program. “ And not only Lucas Oil but the good folks at Hoosier Tire Midwest, Area Auto Racing News and Seann Anderson at Panther Motorsports Design. We’re looking forward to announcing who the winners are and getting them on the show to talk about it.”

"It was a blast to debut the winners at the Motorsports 2006 presented by VP Racing Fuels once again,” said Lehman. “It’s an honor and we have to thank Lenny Sammons, Joe Pratt and the staff for allowing us to be a part of that tremendous show for another year.”

Dirt Nation™ presented by Lucas Oil is hosted each Monday evening by Dave Seay and Doc Lehman and airs from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST and can be accessed over the internet at: http://www.racetalklive.com Dirt Nation™ presented by Lucas Oil is co-sponsored by Virginia Motor Speedway, Dirt America Online, Slavic Custom Shirts, JD3Graphics and Lehman Motorsports Services.

Dirt Nation™ also recently debuted a new website at: www.dirtnation.net

Each show is also archived ‘On Demand’ so listeners can tune in at their convenience.

Listeners can participate on the Monday shows by calling 877-899-7223 or by instant messenger at dirtnation2003 at any of the following instant messenger services online: AIM, MSN or yahoo or dirtnationradio on Yahoo. You can also e-mail Dirt Nation™ at dirtnationradio@yahoo.com and submit your track/tour/team results and news to DocLehman@sssnet.com Dirt Nation™ presented by Lucas Oil can also be heard on its host radio station, WLRT FOX 1490 AM in Hampton, VA. For additional information on DIRT NATION™ presented by Lucas Oil contact Dave Seay at: 804.758.1867 or via email at: dave@vamotorspeedway.com Or email Doc Lehman at DocLehman@sssnet.com

Schaeffer Motorsports unveils new look for schaeffermotorsports.com

Schaeffer Motorsports is pleased to announce the launch of their newly designed website at http://www.schaeffermotorsports.com. Schaeffer Motorsports is comprised of 2004 Sharon Speedway 410 sprint champion Kevin Schaeffer and FT/TT quad racer Matt Schaeffer. The new site by WRT Web Designs will give fans the opportunity to get to know and follow both racers as they attack the 2006 season.

Check out http://www.schaeffermotorsports.com today to keep up with the latest news on Kevin and Matt.

2005 Path Valley 305 Champ unveils new website

Tommy Beavers Motorsports is pleased to unveil “the new” http://www.tommybeavers.com. The official site of the 2005 Path Valley Speedway 305 champion has been given a new look for 2006 by WRT Web Designs. The season plans for the team are still undecided, but most likely 2006 will find the Winchester, VA native following the PA305 Sprint Series.

Check out http://www.tommybeavers.com today and give Tommy a shout in the new guestbook.

All Stars Enter 2006 With a New Voice

For Immediate Release: 1-16-2006
Contact Guy Webb: (217) 352-9221
"America's Series, the All Star Circuit of Champions"
Press Release by Bryan Autullo

CAMARGO, IL – The All Star Circuit of Champions are viewing 2006 as “a season of change.” Not only will the series have some new fan-friendly rules for the upcoming season as they visit some new tracks, they will also have a new “Voice of the All Stars”.
The All Stars would like to welcome as their new announcer, long time sprint car media member, Dana Blair, of Wooster, Ohio. Dana comes to the series with nine years experience as an on track and booth announcer. In addition to his broadcast background, he is also a member of the print and internet media with his long standing coverage of sprint cars and the All Star series. Blair has also hosted his own racing radio show and has been involved in many other aspects of the sport.
Long time series announcer, Rob Klepper, has left to pursue a television broadcast opportunity with another organization. The All Stars would like to thank Rob for his efforts and wish him the best in his new endeavor.
In addition to broadcasting, Blair will be handling marketing and sales for the internet broadcast as well as the series print publication programs. “I’m looking forward to working with the All Stars again and getting back into the announcing part of the business,” says Blair, “as I really enjoyed that part of it in years past.”
The All Stars will once again be broadcasting each race live via the internet. Tune into www.GoLiveSports.com each race night. A link to the live broadcast can be found on the All Star web site. “Look forward to a lot more things happening during the broadcasts this year,” says Blair. “We are looking to fill a lot of the dead air time between races and during support division races.” Live and taped interviews, live guests, and live e-mail question and answer sessions are just some of the things planned for the new broadcast. “We will be acquainting the fans with the drivers to create a more personal feel. We want to get the fans more involved in knowing who our drivers are.”
The All Stars kick off the 2006 season at Volusia Speedway in Barberville (Daytona), FL on February 7th. Please visit the All Star web site at www.allstarsprint.com for more information. For information on advertising with the All Star series for special events or as a series sponsor, please contact Duane Hancock at 419-553-6746 or 1duane@bright.net

All Stars Announce 2006 Rule Changes and Official Hotel

For Immediate Release: 1-16-2006
Contact Guy Webb: (217) 352-9221
"America's Series, the All Star Circuit of Champions"
Press Release by Bryan Autullo

CAMARGO, IL – In preparation for the 2006 racing season, All Star Competition Director, Randy Fink, has announced several rule changes that will not only help to improve the racing program, but are also intended to promote a more fan-friendly event.
Some of the minor rule changes are related to body panels, nose wing positions, and ignition box location. The changes can be found on the All Star web site at www.allstarsprint.com or in the 2006 printed rule books, which will be available at the first race at Volusia. Two of the biggest changes are in regards to provisional starting positions and red flag fuel stops.
For the 2006 season, there will be no "provisional" or "promoters' option" A-Main starting positions. The only exception to this revision is if a specific, mutually acceptable agreement exists between the promoter and All Star management. Should such an agreement exist, the specific formula and details must be announced at the driver's meeting. After the conclusion of the driver's meeting, no addition or changes can be made. If an All-Star member is added to the field, the team will race for the designated prize money only, and no All Star A-Main points will be awarded.
Also, the issue of red flag fuel stops has been addressed. There will be NO open red flag fuel stops. You must be prepared to complete the designated number of laps by using a larger fuel cell if necessary. No adjustments will be made to the car during the course of the race. If a driver goes to the work area for any reason during a red or caution period, they will rejoin the field at the tail. “Stopping the race to add fuel just compromises the integrity of the race,” says Fink. “The fans come out to see an exciting race from start to finish. We don’t want to stop the action for fuel, only to have what amounts to a 5 or 6 lap dash to the finish.” Most cars are equipped with a smaller fuel cell to decrease weight, but with the implementation of the weight rule a few years ago, the smaller fuel cell is no longer necessary. “These guys better think about investing in a 33 gallon fuel cell this year to run with our series,” Fink Stated.
Changes to the Rookie of the Year points system and the Haulmark Dash have also been made for the upcoming season in an effort to add excitement to the racing program.
The Rookie of the Year points were previously awarded as (1) point to the highest finishing rookie who transferred to the A-main. For 2006, there will be (1) “show up” point awarded for all rookie drivers who make the effort to compete in any given event. Points will then be awarded for the A-main based on how many rookie drivers transferred to the main event. If three rookie drivers compete in the A-main, points will be awarded (3), (2), (1) in the order that they finished.
The Haulmark Dash has taken on a slightly different form as well. Points for the Dash will be awarded the same as in years past and will count toward the Series Championship points. However, the points will also be kept separately and will be tallied throughout the season for a Haulmark Dash points fund to be paid to the Top 6 drivers at the end of the season.
The All Stars have once again designated Best Western, the World's Largest Hotel Chain, as the official hotel for the series. This program offers everyone discounted room rates at most Best Western’s throughout the United States. Race teams and fans are able to use the special All Star MVP number to save up to 20% at Best Western Hotels worldwide. The information can be found on the All Star web site by clicking on the “Official ASCoC Hotel” button on the Fan Menu. If you cannot access the All Star web site, simply call the special Best Western MVP toll-free number 800-441-1114 and mention the ALL STAR SPRINT CLUB MVP number 00158060 to start saving and stay where the All Stars stay.
For more information, please visit the official internet home of the All Stars at www.allstarsprint.com or call (217) 352-9221.

Monday, January 16, 2006


By Mike Leone


Hermitage, PA…Mercer Raceway Park celebrated the 2005 season in grand style Saturday night, January 14, as the beautiful Normandy Banquet Center in Hermitage, Pa. played host for the third time to the annual awards banquet and dinner.
The top ten drivers in each of the five divisions received their point fund monies and plaques. The following 2005 track champions also received an engraved Mercer Raceway Park championship watch compliments of Kidd’s Jewelry in Greenville, Pa. and an embroidered jacket: Rod George-Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars, Gary Smoker-Campbell-Peterson Trail & (358) Modifieds, Brian Booher-Tire Express Stock Cars, Curt Bish, Jr.-Maurer’s Trading Post Strictly Stocks, and Paul Kapuchuck-360 Sprint Cars.
For the seventh consecutive year, Mercer Raceway Park continued its tradition of honoring special achievements at its banquet. Five of those types of awards were once again given out Saturday night.
The “Legacy” Award honors and remembers the late Bill Emig. This year’s recipient was track champion Rod George for his overall performance. The Sprint Car racer led the region with 17 wins (18 as a car owner) and also won the title at Tri-City Speedway and the Cavalcade Championship.
The “Horizon” Award was put in place to recognize drivers whose careers shine as brightly as the horizon. This year, for the second time, the award was handed out to two drivers. Modified, high school racer Brad Rapp of Shippenville, Pa. was impressive with his first career win and finished in the top 10 in points despite missing five races. He finished out of the top 10 just twice, once when he tangled battling for the lead, and the second time in the T3 All Star Series event, where he finished 11th in a 51-car field.
The second “Horizon” Award was given to Bryan Shaffer of New Castle, Pa.. The high school racer won four Strictly Stock features and finished fourth in points despite missing two races.
Three “Outstanding Achievement” Awards were handed out. Former Stock Car, E-Mod, & Sportsman Modified racer, Mike Anderson moved into the highly-competitive 358 Modified class and certainly turned heads. The Harmony, Pa. driver raced the Jerry O’rock, Sr. #2x to third in points with 14 top 10s in 16 starts. His only two finishes out of the top 10 were an 11th and in the T3 All Star Series event.
The second “Outstanding Achievement” Award was doled out to Doug Stanley. Like Anderson, the North Benton, Ohio racer was a surprise finishing second in points in his inaugural 410 Sprint Car season. On July 23, Stanley not only won his first Mercer race and first 410 win, but it came in his first ever wingless start beating George in the $2,000 to-win feature.
In 1999, champion Bob Felmlee was given the “Legacy” Award for winning his 100th career Sprint Car win less than 24 hours before what was thought to be a career ending injuries suffered at Tri-City Speedway. Fast forward six years and the Franklin, Pa. driver returned behind the wheel winning two special event wins at Mercer, four features at Tri-City Speedway including the final three, and also set fast time against the World of Outlaws at Sharon Speedway. With those accomplishments, Felmlee was awarded the third and final “Outstanding Achievement” Award.
Living legends are those that will forever be held in high respect by those that enjoyed their excellence. This year’s “Living Legend” Award was bestowed to Jack “Skinny” Hall. The Mercer racer was unable to attend as he always spends the winter in Florida; however, his son Rick and longtime engine builder and crew chief Tom Paxton accepted the award on his behalf. “Skinny” had a long, successful career before turning the reigns of his #B2 over to Rick in 2000, which he went on to win the Sportsman Modified Championship. “Skinny” still spends every Saturday night at Mercer helping his son Rick and working for his son’s Big Daddy’s Speed Center,
The “Majestic” Award honors those that have made grand, noble, and dignified gestures on behalf of Mercer Raceway Park and in general. The husband-wife team of Ken and Charlene Turner, who spend countless hours behind the scenes doing the little things that keep “The Park” in tip-top shape.
Veteran Rod George had a near perfect season on his way to his first ever Mercer Championship in the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars driving his own #4 sponsored by Delp Family Powder Coating and Ankle & Foot Care. The Kittanning, Pa. racer who has won with the All Stars and on the tough central Pa. circuit had 4 wins and even more impressively never finished worse than fourth all season long despite being handicapped almost every feature to the 11th or 12th starting spot.
Doug Stanley’s first full season at Mercer was rewarded with a runner-up in points and his first career 410 win and first at Mercer along with 8 top 5s. Despite not winning any features, Tom Quarterson was third in points in his first full season driving for Dick Schuller and first at Mercer since his 2001 championship year. Rob Eyler ended an up and down season with his only victory- his seventh of his career and earned him fourth in points over Bob Felmlee, who won two $1,500 to-win features. Sixth through eighth in points with wins in parentheses were Arnie Kent (2), Kevin Andrusky (1), and Scott Bonnell. Mike Shearer (1) and Jason Dolick tied for ninth. Other winners were Mark Murphy, Brian Ellenberger, and Ed Lynch, Jr.
Most people wouldn’t believe that the 2005 Modified Champion’s first crown was his first ever track championship. Gary Smoker owns 33 career wins at the track holding the distinction of the all-time win record in the Sportsman modifieds and is tied with Lonny Riggs for the most 358 wins. Over the past 11 seasons, he’s finished in the top 9 in points 10 times including a pair of runner-ups, a pair of thirds, and a pair of fourth place finishes. Three feature wins, 5 heat race wins, an impressive 11 top 5s, and just 2 finishes out of the top 10 helped seal the Campbell-Peterson Trail & Turf title for the hometown Mercer driver in the D&D Racing-owned, MBMR, Inc./Mito Insulation/Robert Salvoskis, CPA/Do-All Electronics-sponsored #516.
Two did not starts in the second and third weeks took Bill Adams out of the championship hunt, but he came back to put up outstanding numbers tying Smoker with 11 top 5 and 14 top 10s. Like Adams, Mike Anderson was also consistent with 14 top 10s as neither driver was able to win a feature. Rick Hall and Steve Toth were fourth and fifth with a win a piece. Sixth through tenth in points with wins in parentheses were Ron Eperthener, Jr. (1), Matt Reeher, Steve Barr, Garrett Krummert, and Brad Rapp (1). Other winners were Lonny Riggs (4), Mike Stine (2), Frank Guidace, Travis Shingledecker, and Billy VanPelt.
Brian Booher led the speedway with 7 wins doubling his career total in route to his first championship of any kind. The Sandy Lake, Pa. driver also tied for a track-high 8 heat race wins and had 10 top 5s and 14 top 10s to claim the Tire Express Stock Car Championship in the Terry Hoover-owned, Ed & Jerry’s Auto Service/Harry & Tim Roofing-sponsored #00H.
Terry Wheeler had a career year with a runner-up in points and one win. He ended the regular season with five straight runner-up finishes and ended the year with a fifth in the “Little Guy Nationals”. Andy Thompson, who led the points early on, dropped to third with two victories. Gary Norman was the only driver in the top seven in points that failed to win a feature, but was very consistent with a perfect 13-for-13 in his 13 starts. Defending champion Andy Buckley was fifth with a victory. Completing the top 10 in points with wins in parentheses were Shaun Hooks (2), John Reiser (1), Tony Bruno, and Ryan Moyer.
In the second season of the “Redneck Racers Shotgun Series” for the Strictly Stocks, the Bishs kept it all the family. Last year, it was Curt, Sr. topping his son Curt, Jr. by 48 points, but this year Curt, Jr. got the best of his father edging him by 22 points. The Oil City, Pa. native had 3 wins, 5 heat race wins, 14 top 5s, and 15 top 10s in 16 starts in route to the title in his #00 sponsored by Dennis Baker Construction, Leonardo’s Restaurant, and Comfortmaker. Maurer’s Trading Post awarded Curt, Jr. a shotgun valued at approximately $1,000.
Curt, Sr. added 4 more wins propelling him to second in points. Carl Ealy captured his first career win and added two more along the way to third in points. Bryan Shaffer was fourth with 4 wins. Paul Reiser had a consistent year with 11 top 10s for fifth in points. Randy Ealy, Jim Boring, Lauren Simmons, William Morrison III, and Patrick Heckman were sixth through tenth in points. Ronnie Boyd and Mitch Wattelet were also feature winners.
The Pegasus” 360 Sprint Car Series in its fourth season had a new champion for the fourth time. Paul Kapuchuck of New Castle, Pa. won his first championship of any kind as he was the highest finishing 360 seven times and also had a top 10 with the 410s in his self-owned #10. Completing the top 10 were Jeremy Cook, Patriot winner Jamie Martin, J.R. Stewart, Brian Swartzlander, Mary Anne Williams, Rick Wilson, Chris Shuttleworth, Rich Swarthout, Jr., and Arnie Kent.
Brad Rapp and Travis Shingledecker each received a special plaque commemorating their first career wins. Big Daddy Speed Center, Bassett Wheels, and Precise Racing Products awarded certificates for various drivers in each division. Kudos went out to the 16 drivers with perfect attendance as they received a certificate to recognize their dedication to the speedway in 2005.
Track announcer Mike Dutko emceed the event and thanked the sponsors, employees, press, drivers, owners, and all of the fans for making 2005 another success. Special thanks also went out to the Mercer East End, Jefferson, and Pine Township Fire Departments along with Mesaros Towing. The 2006 season was previewed with many upcoming special events.
Watch for press releases on the upcoming 2006 season. Opening night is scheduled for Saturday, March 25 featuring the ULMS Late Models, E-Mods, and open Stock Cars. One week later on April 1 the Sprint Cars, Modifieds, Stock Cars, and Strictly Stocks will begin their point chases. The complete schedule will be released by the end of February.
Mercer Raceway Park is located minutes from both Interstate 79 and 80 just off Route 19 on Fairground Road in Mercer, Pa. Dirt track racing and quality family entertainment are presented late March through early October. The office in New Bedford, Pa. is open year-round Monday through Friday after 1:30 p.m. For more information call the office at 724-964-9300 or the track on race day at 724-662-1310. Check out our website at www.mercerracewaypark.com for the latest.
Final 2005 Mercer Raceway Park Point Standings

Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars: 1. ROD GEORGE (Kittanning, Pa.) 495 2. Doug Stanley (North Benton, Oh.) 436 3. Tom Quarterson (West Middlesex, Pa.) 408 4. Rob Eyler (Franklin, Pa.) 379 5. Bob Felmlee (Franklin, Pa.) 342 6. Arnie Kent (New Castle, Pa.) 330 7. Kevin Andrusky (Hermitage, Pa.) 329 8. Scott Bonnell (Fairview, Pa.) 320 9. Jason Dolick (Coshocton, Oh.) & Mike Shearer (Freeport, Pa.) 295.

Campbell-Peterson Trail & Turf (358) Modifieds: 1. GARY SMOKER (Mercer, Pa.) 526 2. Bill Adams (Hermitage, Pa.) 461 3. Mike Anderson (Harmony, Pa.) 458 4. Rick Hall (Stoneboro, Pa.) 455 5. Steve Toth (New Castle, Pa.) 414 6. Ron Eperthener, Jr. (Grove City, Pa.) 389 7. Matt Reeher (Volant, Pa.) 381 8. Steve Barr (Grove City, Pa.) 366 9. Garrett Krummert (New Castle, Pa.) 360 10. Brad Rapp (Shippenville, Pa.) 302.

Tire Express Stock Cars: 1. BRIAN BOOHER (Sandy Lake, Pa.) 529 2. Terry Wheeler (Stoneboro, Pa.) 496 3. Andy Thompson (Mercer, Pa.) 489 4. Gary Norman (New Castle, Pa.) 458 5. Andy Buckley (Stoneboro, Pa.) 434 6. Shaun Hooks (New Castle, Pa.) 389 7. John Reiser (Sandy Lake, Pa.) 372 8. Tony Bruno (Girard, Oh.) 367 9. Chris Brown (Edinburg, Pa.) 348 10. Ryan Moyer (Harmony, Pa.) 298.

Maurer’s Trading Post Strictly Stocks: 1. CURT BISH, JR. (Oakdale, Pa.) 630 2. Curt Bish, Sr. 608 3. Carl Ealy (Volant, Pa.) 540 4. Bryan Shaffer (New Castle, Pa.) 514 5. Paul Reiser (Stoneboro, Pa.) 479 6. Randy Ealy (Jackson Center, Pa.) 476 7. Jim Boring (Evans City, Pa.) 428 8. Lauren Simmons (Cortland, Oh.) 366 9. William Morrison III (New Castle, Pa.) 325 10. Patrick Heckman (Mercer, Pa.) 292.

360 Sprint Cars: 1. PAUL KAPUCHUCK (New Castle, Pa.) 319 2. Jeremy Cook (Grove City, Pa.) 229 3. Jamie Martin (Wooster, Oh.) 132 4. J.R. Stewart (Bellefontaine, Oh.) 67 5. Brian Swartzlander (Leechburg, Pa.) 43 6. Mary Anne Williams (Chester, Va.) 42 7. Rick Wilson (Joyceville, ONT, Can.) 40 8. Chris Shuttleworth (Wellsville, Ny.) 39 9. Rich Swarthout, Jr. (Geneva, Ny.) 38 10. Arnie Kent (New Castle, Pa.) 37.

Tommy Gale Trailers Micro Sprints: 1. J.J. METHENEY (Forestville, Pa.) 132 2. Danny Holtgraver (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 127 3. Todd Hoover (Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pa.) 125 4. Mike Himes (Summerville, Pa.) 123 5. Chris Best (Mercer, Pa.) 103 6. George Hobaugh (Chicora, Pa.) 102 7. Steve Dunmire (Ford City, Pa.) 100 8. Mike Mecklem (Fredonia, Pa.) 98 9. Jimmy Arnold (Burgettstown, Pa.) & Jay Groves (Sugar Grove, Pa.) 95.

“Gladiator Series” Demolition Derby: 1. ED BORDT (Sewickley, Pa.) 8

Special Award Winners:
“Living Legend”: Jack “Skinny” Hall
“Legacy”: Rod George
“Horizon”: Brad Rapp & Bryan Shaffer
“Outstanding Achievement”: Bob Felmlee, Doug Stanley, & Mike Anderson
“Majestic”: Ken & Charlene Turner

Friday, January 13, 2006

All Stars to Invade Volusia Speedway Park for 35th Annual WinterNationals

For Immediate Release: 1-10-2006
Contact Guy Webb: (217) 352-9221
"America's Series, The All Star Circuit of Champions"
Press Release By Bryan Autullo
CAMARGO, IL – The All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars will invade Florida in February with four events at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville (Daytona), FL. This will be the 35th Annual WinterNationals, an event that always kicks off the new season in the Sunshine State while the snow is still falling in other areas of the U.S.The All Star portion of the WinterNationals at Volusia Speedway Park will run on Tuesday February 7, Wednesday February 8, Saturday February 11, and Sunday February 12. The World of Outlaws series will also be racing at Volusia on Thursday February 9 and Friday February 10. Also on the racing card will be the USCS 360 sprints on February 7th and the UMP open-wheel modified series on February 7th through February 12th.A full program of time trials, heat races, consolation, and feature events will be held each night. Each of the first three All Star events pay $5,000 to win and the final night will pay $10,000 to the feature winner. For information regarding schedule, tickets, and directions for Volusia Speedway Park, visit their web site at www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com . Call 386-985-4402 for reserved tickets.
The All Stars first visited Volusia in 1983, and in the years since that first race have appeared there in February a total of 58 times. There have been 26 different drivers who have won All Star events at Volusia, with Danny Lasoski leading the way with 14 wins. Second on the list is Dale Blaney with four wins, followed by Gary Wright, Keith Kauffman, Kenny Jacobs and Rocky Hodges with three wins apiece. Winners of two events each were Bobby Davis Jr., Dave Blaney, Frankie Kerr, Jeff Shepard, Joey Saldana, Lance Dewease and Robbie Stanley. Single winners include Billy Pauch, Craig Dollansky, Doug Wolfgang, Greg Hodnett, Jac Haudenschild, Jason Johnson, Jimmy Sills, Joey Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Gobrecht, Steve Stambaugh, Tim Green, Terry McCarl, Kevin Gobrecht, Kraig Kinser, Fred Rahmer, and Jason Solwold.Car owners and drivers participating in All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car events who wish to earn points toward the 2006 Series Championship must purchase an All Star membership. Teams are encouraged to purchase memberships now and pick up their credentials at the season opener at Volusia on February 7th.
Membership is not required to participate in All Star sprint car races, but is necessary to earn points and be eligible for contingency prize awards. A driver must compete in at least 70% of the scheduled season events to be eligible for the series points fund. Drivers and car owners can find the 2006 membership forms on the All Star website www.allstarsprint.com. The supplemental MCNA insurance information is also available for download on the web site.
The All Stars enter the 2006 season with a new attitude on an age old philosophy – you must race to get paid. The All Star series is not interested in driver contracts, signing bonuses, or show-up money. The All Stars are the weekend warriors with day jobs who cannot travel cross-country full time, yet have the talent and the drive to compete with the best of the best on any given night. This is what has made this “America’s Series”. The names may change, but the competition still remains fierce year after year.
The All Stars welcome all drivers, regardless of affiliation, to show up and compete for the prize money. We welcome all fans to come out and see some of the best 410 sprint car racing in the land. There is one thing that has rung true since the series was formed – you never know who is going to win an All Star race. The 2006 season will be no different.
For more information visit www.allstarsprint.com or call 217-352-9221.

Rider Racing Engines' new web site roars to life

Rider Racing Engines would like to announce the launch of their new web site http://www.riderracingengines.com by WRT Web Designs. Rider Racing Engines has been building high performance engines in Central PA for more than 20 years. Beginning 6 years ago, Rider has turned its focus to sprint car engine building. With only 6 years of sprint car engine building experience, Rider Racing Engines could be considered a newcomer in the sprint car engine building business. They have, however, made significant growth in each of those 6 years to become a premier player in the Racing Engine business. By doing all work in-house, Rider Racing Engines is able to lead the constant evolution toward more horsepower and better reliability. Rider Racing Engines have proven to provide a competitive advantage by winning feature events and championships in the Late Models, Modifieds, and all Sprint car divisions. No matter whether your're racing a street stock, or a World of Outlaws Sprint car, Rider Racing Engines can put you in victory lane.

Check out http://www.riderracingengines.com today for the latest listings of new and used sprint car parts and engines along with other important information for you to consider before buying your next sprint car engine.

“Racing Fans Direct - Really Cares”

January 12, 2006 , Westminster , MD : The 2006 season has started so it’s time to put all our efforts to work to show how much we really care about you the fans . Our goals will never change as were adding constantly , continual new negotiations , rewards, membership coming, tours, prizes, benefits, hotel discounts, and all around convenience that you deserve.

Recently were honored to welcome Enterprise --Rent –A – Car who offers great service an additional discounts to visitors of RFD.
All you do is click on there banner on the front page of our site an you receive online check in at a 10% discount rate at nationwide airports no matter where you live , a 15 % discount rate in the greater Baltimore area , an a 5% discount in any local town or city where you live .
In addition to our Knoxville tour that can be found on our site , we’ve provided a better rate at the Hampton Inn @ just $94.00 per night just by mentioning that you are with Racing Fans Direct either by calling the location in Des Moines , IA or notifying RFD an we will take care of it for you . This rate is available for fans ,drivers, owners and it is a considerable savings when it goes up in July & August ,so I would make your reservations now .Tickets
For Knoxville can be purchased separately along with anything else we offer , send us your needs or requests an we will take care of it for you .
We’ve added a new tour business to our links page named
Roadtrips , The Ultimate in Sports Travel & they too have a discount available if you mention RFD . If your into any sports & you want to take in a NASCAR race , or any other major sports, this is the tops in planning a tour to that special event .
We will be adding more information to our site , like schedules ,new columns , you’ll see our RFD banner everywhere possible , you’ll see us at races , we’ll have giveaway prizes for all who’ve contacted us online or at tracks & shows . For example those who took time out to fill out our inquiry pads at Knoxville will be notified soon as prizes they’ve won , Our planning never ends as were finalizing our Knoxville commitments , ads, autograph sessions , & some other items to benefit our fans . A new contest will soon take place online , at tracks , an possibly with the fans new most requested sprint car touring group , an other driver websites. The previous mentioned is a brief capsule of our 2006 plans ,with more coming because we really care like nowhere else about you @ www.racingfansdirect.com

Monday, January 09, 2006

Chiappelli Motorsports

Chiappelli Motorsports--Tom and Fran Chiappelli have announced that their#98 sprinter, driven by Dan Shetler, will be competing at Williams Groveand Port Royal Speedways in 2006. After a successful campaign with theAll Stars in 2005, the Chiappellis have decided, for personal reasons, torun locally in Central PA. Sponsorship has been secured from GoldenFlavor Sesame Sticks, Arnold Trucking Inc, Precise Racing Products,Mully's Pool Table Sales, and Glessner Auto Body. The team has made aswitch to Maxim chassis and Hoosier tires. The progress of the team canbe followed on Dan Shetler's website www.geocities.com/shetlerracing/

Susquehanna Speedway Park Releases its Exciting 2006 Race Schedule

NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (January 9, 2006) – The 2006 weekly racing season of the Susquehanna Speedway Park will begin on Thursday, April 13 featuring the Sprint Cars, Xtreme Stock Cars and Legends Cars.   The 4/10 mile dirt track enters its 52nd season of operation with an aggressive schedule of more than 50 events. Its Friday night weekly program will begin the following night on April 14 with the Trail Motors Super Sportsman, ARDC wingless Midgets and Street Stocks. The night will be highlighted with a visit by the Easter Bunny and a Kid’s Candy Scramble on the frontstretch.   Â
A few Saturday events are also scheduled on holiday weekends. SSP hosts the widest variety of racing divisions in the Central PA area which includes the Sprint Cars (19 races), Xtreme Stock Cars (23 races), Trail Motors Super Sportsman (16 races), ARDC wingless Midgets (7 races), Late Models (15 races), Street Stocks (17 races), Legends Cars (10 races), Classic Cars, (8 races), Women on Wheels Stock Cars (6 races), Four Cylinders (6 races), Penn Mar Vintage Club (4 races), The Great American School Buses (7 races), Mini Vans (15 races) and much more. You'll also see the traveling stars of the National Sprint Tour and DIRT Big Block Modifieds during the summer. If that's not enough, there are two Thrill & Stunt Shows scheduled for Saturday, May 27 and Saturday, September 23. There will also be a Newberry Township Community Fair held during the day on Saturday, September 23.
New for 2006 is all Children 12 and under will be admitted free with the exception of the National Sprint Tour dates on June 8 & 9 and August 3. All fans may also visit the Fan Alley behind the Turn One Side Main Grandstand to watch their favorite drivers and crews work on their cars when they are not racing during the evening. SSP will also host three different Camera and Autograph nights in August, where fans can meet their favorite drivers face-to-face right on the track in which they compete every week.Â
There will be a multitude of children’s activities featured during the season including Toy, Money and Candy Scrambles, the ever-popular Box Car Races, Big Wheel racing, and even trick or treating in the pit area at the Candy Bowl on Saturday, October 28.  Â
There will be no Sunday rain dates for cancelled Thursday or Friday events as done during the past two seasons. A few “special” events will have raindates as marked on the schedule.
Gates will open for both the pit area and grandstand gates at 5:00 p.m. in 2006 for both Thursday and Friday night racing. Warmups begin at 7:00 p.m. with racing action beginning at 7:30 p.m. Race fans can continue to expect a fast paced 2 ½ to 3 hour program each and every night.Â
Regular General Admission Grandstand ticket prices for Thursday nights will be Adults (18 & older) $14.00; Teens (13-17) $10.00; Children (12 & under) are free. Pit pass prices are $22.00 with a reduced price of $20.00 for all pit competitor license holders. Prices will be slightly higher for special events.Â
Regular General Admission Grandstand ticket prices for Friday nights will be Adults (18 & older) $12.00; Teens (13-17) $10.00; Children (12 & under) are free. Pit pass prices are $20.00 with a reduced price of $18.00 for all pit competitor license holders. Prices will be slightly higher for special events.Â
The Susquehanna Speedway Park is located off I-83 to exit 32, then 1.4 miles NW on SR382 to York Road, then 1.3 miles south. The speedway website is located at www.sspracing.net. For more information, contact the speedway offices at (717) 292-1696 or email toddafish@aol.com
SSP Pit Notes
- SSP will continue its Repeat Fan Discount in 2006 in which there will be a $2.00 discount for each person with a ticket stub from races during the previous 2 events completed only. Returning fans are encouraged to write their name, address and phone number on the back of the stub to be entered into special drawings during the season for great prizes. Last season, 10 winners were drawn from the repeat fans and each winner received $30 in SSP Gift Certificates for tickets or concessions. The discount is not valid for pit pass purchases. The 2005 winners were: Chip Rice (York); Clarence Diehl (York); Russell Walter Jr (New Oxford); Judy Sipe (York Haven); Paula Koenig (Littlestown); Dickie Frazer (Hanover); Mark Yocum (Wernersville); David Taughinbaugh (York); Steve Holcomb (Dover) and John Peril (Bloomsbury, NJ).


by Brian Spaid

January 8, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRANKLIN, PA …. Nearly $40,000 in point funds and contingencies were distributed on Saturday January 7th as Tri-City Speedway officials feted the 2005 track champions at the Rocky Grove Fire Hall before a crowd of about 400 people. Receiving their championship plaques were Rod George (NorthPointe Automotive Super Sprints), Del Rougeux Jr. (Schwab’s Ford DIRT Modifieds), Matt Lux (RPM Auto Sales/Shawgo Real Estate E Mods), Gerry Bruce (E.F. Rogers Plumbing & Heating Pro Stocks) and Chad Myers (4 Your Car Connection Thundercars). For the third time in four season, Rod George of Kittanning, Pa., collected the Super Sprint track title at Tri-City in his Delp Powder Coating/Dr. Marty’s Foot Care Maxim No. 4. George tied his 2003 season record of nine feature wins and held off a tremendous comeback effort by former two-time champion Bob Felmlee, who returned to action after five years on the sidelines. Andy McKisson, Todd Bauer and Dr. Bob Altmeyer rounded out the top five in points. “We had a great year,” said George “I’ve got to thank the track crew. Everybody knows Tri-City’s my favorite track and they did a great job. I’ve also got to thank Gary Rankin for helping me out, and, of course, my crew.” In addition to his championship awards, George also was honored with the 2005 Special Achievement Award and Walt Wimer’s Calvalcade of Champions Super Sprint title, which was a career first for the veteran. Overall, George earned 17 feature wins and two track titles in 2005. The other title was at Mercer Raceway Park. As a side note, Altmeyer announced his retirement from racing as he accepted his award, which ends a 15-year career. His fifth place points finish was the best of his career. In the DIRT Modifieds, Del Rougeux Jr. of Frenchville, Pa., earned his second track title in three seasons. Driving his Vinyl Graphics Unlimited Bicknell No. 20D, Rougeux scored four feature wins topping 2005 BRP Modified Tour champion Rex King. For the second year in a row, King finished second in points. Jeremiah Shingledecker, Chris Schiffer and Russell King rounded out the top five. “This year was good, and last year we want to forget,” said Rougeux, who missed a three-peat as the DIRT Modified champion with a runner-up in points to Andy Priest in 2004. “I was a lot more comfortable in the car and we made a few trips to New York, which helped out a lot. I’d like to thank Dean Pearson and his crew for all their help whenever we wrecked over the weekend. My crew did a tremendous job this year. I’ve also got to thank all my sponsors as well.” Tri-City announcer Walt Wimer presented Rex King of Bristolville, Ohio, with his first career Cavalcade Big Block Modified title. King topped all drivers in the division throughout the region to earn the prestigious award. Returning to his hometrack in 2005, Matt Lux of Franklin, Pa., scored his first career E Mod track title aboard Scott Bidwell’s Fame RV Center/Maloney Tool & Mold Pierce No. 21. Lux won eight features in a stellar season for the 1999 CSOnline Applefest 100 winner. Shawn Shingledecker wound up second to Lux followed by 2004 track champion Mike Potosky, Josh Skarzenski and Jim Frontz. Lux and Bidwell also received additional hardware for their championship in Tri-City’s three-race E Series. “There are so many people to thank for this deal,” said an emotional Lux. “I got put into a great situation, and I just thank Scott tremendously for putting me back here at Tri-City. I’m glad I could win him a championship. He deserves it so much. The kids that help out on the car are real young and they’re gaining a lot of experience. You take a lot of heat racing E Mods after running Late Models, but this put the fun back in racing for me.” Gerry Bruce of Franklin, Pa., received honors for first career Pro Stock title. Piloting Ken Humanic’s Eagle Hoist & Winch/Senesco Marine Chevrolet No. Z17, Bruce earned five victories and defeated Jason Johns, Doug Iorio II, Bobby Whitling and Dave Ferringer for the championship. While Bruce thanked many people for his title effort, advances in his racing career dominated his award presentation. “I’d like to thank Ken and Chris Humanic because they trust and believe in me, and keep putting me on the track week in and week out,” said Bruce, who recently tested an ARCA Stock Car at Daytona International Speedway. “We’re going to attempt a different level of racing. We’re going to focus most of our effort on the USAR Hooters Cup in 2006. We’ll run a five-race schedule and do a lot of testing to be able to return as a rookie the following season.” It is expected that the Humanic team will still maintain a Pro Stock to race at Tri-City in 2006. Bruce is scheduled to run four of those events. Terry Wheeler of Stoneboro, Pa., received the other Pro Stock championship trophy as he captured the four-race William R. Karns Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Detroit Iron Pro Stock Series. Second generation racer Chad Myers of Oil City, Pa., collected laurels for his first career Thundercar title. Myers won a division record nine features in his Sehman Tire Service/Perk Place Café Buick No. 01 after a stellar rookie effort in 2004. Joe Blake finished second to Myers followed by Regina Deloe, Robby Switzer and Curt Bish Sr. “I’d really like to thank my entire crew and all of my family for all their support this season,” said Myers. “We bought a Pro Stock for 2006 and we’re going to give that a go.” Each division champion received a championship trophy and jackets, and the top point fund money. Larson, Priest, Potosky and Smith each also received an engraved championship watch from J&K Jewelry of Titusville, Pa. Each division champion also gave his respective division sponsor a special award from the track. Pro Stock hero Dave Ferringer of Cochanton, Pa., was honored with 2005 Hard Charger Award. Ferringer is the first repeat winner of the award. He also won it in 1998. Bill Baker of R.N. Goss Gas drew Rex King’s name as the winner of the 2005 Lincoln Welder Ironman Award. King, Del Rougeux Jr. and Bob Felmlee each completed 100% of the laps in heat and feature race competition in their respective divisions, and all three were eligible for the top prize, which was determined by Baker’s blind draw. Four drivers received rookie honors from track officials. Mike Turner of Butler, Pa., (DIRT Modifieds), David Atkinson of Titusville, Pa., (E Mods), Jeff Lockhart of Seneca, Pa., (Pro Stocks), and Ed Deloe of Oil City, Pa., (Thundercars) were named Rookies of the Year. There was no driver eligible for a rookie award in the Super Sprints. The 2005 Most Improved Driver Award was presented to DIRT Modified driver Jeremiah Shingledecker of Polk, Pa. Shingledecker stunned his competitors with an improved race team and three feature wins that led to a third place points finish. Brent Covell of Titusville, Pa., was named the winner of the 2005 Hard Luck Award. At midseason, Covell and the Funtime Motorsports teams acquired a potent engine that nearly carried Covell to his first career Super Sprint victory. However, two flips in two weeks on June 26th and July 3rd resulted in a trashed race car and a ruined powerplant. The 2005 Tri-City Speedway Lifetime Dedication Award was presented to DIRT Modified veteran Carl Murdick of Butler, Pa. Murdick, who commenced his racing career in 1960, continues to compete to this day. His son, Dave Murdick, is a championship driver, and his daughter and son-in-law, Gary and Sheila Rankin, are popular Super Sprint racers. Pennewell Sandblasting & Painting of Oil City, Pa., awarded free chassis reconditionings to Andy McKisson (Super Sprints), Jeremiah Shingledecker (DIRT Modifieds), Bruce Powell (E Mods), Jason Reagle (Pro Stocks), and Robby Switzer (Thundercars). Those drivers were chosen by random draw prior to the banquet. Other contingency sponsors included Vinyl Graphics Unlimited, Pennzoil, Hoosier Tire, Precise Racing Products, Lake Erie Speed Specialties, Big Daddy’s Speed Center, Bassett Wheels, American Racer/Lias Tire and the Oakland Township Volunteer Fire Department. Tri-City’s Public Relations Director Brian Spaid closed the banquet with news that the track will open for the 2006 season on Sunday April 30th with a five-division program of the 4 Your Car Connection Super Sprints, Schwab’s Ford DIRT Modifieds, RPM Auto Sales/Shawgo Real Estate E Mods, E.F. Rogers Plumbing & Heating Pro Stocks and Stubler Beverage Thundercars. Two division sponsors have changed as 4 Your Car Connection assumes the sponsorship of the Super Sprints and Stubler Beverage claims the Thundercars. Track improvements will also be noticeable with a wider and more banked first and second turns. At this time, Tri-City will not be sanctioned by DIRT MotorSports in 2006. Until rules issues are resolved with DIRT Northeast, the Big Block Modifieds will run unsanctioned for the first time since 1996. Discussions will continue between Tri-City and DIRT Northeast officials to resolve these differences in an effort to preserve the relationship before the start of the season. On the track, the BRP Modified Tour will be featured in the Rankin & Son Excavating Dick Rankin Memorial on Sunday May 28th. The date for the Kodiak Memorial is not set at this time. In addition to its division sponsorship, Schwab’s Ford will commence a new track series for the Big Block Modifieds in the Schwab’s Ford Modified Challenge. Similar to the E Series for the E Mods and Detroit Iron Pro Stock Series, the Schwab’s Ford Modified Challenge will feature a special series of four events and a separate point fund. In the E Mod ranks, the three-year old E Series will have its first sponsor with Fame RV Center. This will allow Tri-City officials to award a point fund to the top five drivers of the E Series. With the rise in competition in the E Mod class, the series may also be expanded to include four races. The E Mods will also be the new division of choice for the Victim’s Resource Center, Inc., Ladies Mod Tour event to be held on June 18th. Willam R. Karns Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning will return as title sponsor of the Detroit Iron Pro Stock Series. The four-race schedule will include the Oil Region Labor Day Classic and the 10th Annual CSOnline Applefest 100, which will close out the season on Sunday September 17th. Although the recent World of Outlaws Stacker 2 Late Model Series listed a two-day show at Tri-City on September 2nd and 3rd, at this time, that show is tentative until sponsorship is secured. More information will be announced in the future regarding this event. In other news, Maloney Tool & Mold will sponsor the Hard Charger Award, which will once again offer a point fund to the top five drivers that score the most passing points in the feature races of all divisions combined. R.N. Goss Gas and Lincoln Electric will combine forces for the second season in a row for the Lincoln Welders Ironman Award. At the end of the season, a new Lincoln Welder will be presented to the race team that completes the greatest percentage of laps in heat and feature race competition in all divisions combined. More news about the upcoming season will be released in coming weeks, including the 2006 schedule.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Weibley to drive for Team 56 URC in 2006

On December 15th, Team 56 of Fred Kennedy and Bill Turpin signed Brook Weibley to drive their car in the 2006 URC campaign. Plans are to compete in all sanctioned URC race events, the Knoxville 360 Nationals, some special 360 events and select 410 races.

Team 56 has been a strong contender in the highly competitive URC series for many seasons. With the addition of Brook Weibley, more feature wins and a championship title are in the near future.

Sponsorship for the Team 56 Kennedy/Turpin car are Fred's Trailer Parts Center, Delanco NJ; Yardley Racing Engines, Fairless Hills, PA; Mini Crete Concrete LLC, Fairless Hills, PA and Kurfiss Real Estate, Ralph Amice Jr., New Town, PA.

Andrew Rucker

Monday, January 02, 2006


By Mike Leone


Mercer, PA…As the calendars flip over to 2006, the start of the new season is now less than three months away. Mercer Raceway Park has announced that Saturday, March 25 has been set for the 2006 season opener. The ULMS Late Models will be the featured attraction for the “Chiller Thriller” and will be joined by the E-Mods and Tire Express Stock Cars with racing at 7 p.m.
The inaugural event in 2004 saw David Scott victorious in the 30-lap ULMS feature over a 39-car field. Last year’s show was cancelled the day prior due to wet grounds and cold temperatures.
One week later on April 1, the point chases will begin in the four weekly divisions as the Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars, Campbell-Peterson Trail & Turf Modifieds, Tire Express Stock Cars, and Maurer’s Trading Post Strictly Stocks hit the track.
The 2006 season will see some changes to not only the schedule, but various events, and promotions. “This year’s format will be different than in years past,” acknowledged Vicki Emig, who will be embarking on her eighth season. “We feel like it’s time for a change. We made some changes to our promotions last year that worked well and will continue down that path again this year. Some shows will be moved around and we’re excited about a few of our new events that we’re working on.”
Currently 25 nights are tentatively scheduled. The 2006 season will mark the 55th anniversary since racing began in 1951. Another reunion/celebration event to mark the occasion will be held. One of the most successful events was the “Gold Cup” 50th anniversary event in 2001. Due to requests the event was brought back in 2002. “Even though some asked to do the show again, we didn’t want to dilute it too much so we took three years off, but felt now’s the time to bring it back again,” explained Emig.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks and months as more announcements will be forthcoming. The entire schedule should be released some time in late February.
Before all the attention turns to 2006, one matter of unfinished business from 2005 is the awards banquet, which will be held on Saturday, January 14 at the Normandy Banquet Center/Hickory VFW in Hermitage, Pa. The top 10 drivers in the Sprint Car, Modified, Stock Car, Strictly Stock, and 360 Sprint Car divisions will be honored. Tickets are $31.50. Doors open at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow dinner. Ticket order forms are available on the website. All orders should be in by the 10th.
Mercer Raceway Park is located minutes from both Interstate 79 and 80 just off Route 19 on Fairground Road in Mercer, Pa. Dirt track racing and quality family entertainment are presented weekly April through October. The office in New Bedford, Pa. is open year-round Monday through Friday after 1 p.m. For more information call the office at 724-964-9300 or the track on race day at 724-662-1310. Check out our website at www.mercerracewaypark.com for the latest.

Sunday, January 01, 2006


by Brian Spaid

January 1, 2006


FRANKLIN, PA …. As the new year begins, the old one will be remembered by Tri-City Speedway officials at the 2005 annual season banquet, which is scheduled for this Saturday, January 7th, at the Rocky Grove Fire Hall outside Franklin. Track champions Rod George of Kittanning, Pa., (Northpointe Automotive Super Sprints), Del Rougeux Jr. of Frenchville, Pa., (Schwab’s Ford DIRT Modifieds), Matt Lux of Franklin, Pa., (RPM Auto Sales/Shawgo Real Estate E Mods), Gerry Bruce of Franklin, Pa., (E.F. Rogers Plumbing & Heating Pro Stocks) and Chad Myers of Oil City, Pa., (4 Your Car Connection Thundercars) will receive top honors that evening. In addition, there are a number of special awards to be distributed. Among those special awards is the 2005 R.N. Goss Gas/Lincoln Welders Ironman Award. This is the first season for the award, which will be distributed to the driver and team that completes the highest percentage of laps in heat and feature race competition during the season. Three drivers are eligible for the award, Super Sprint favorite Bob Felmlee and DIRT Modified stars Rougeux and Rex King. All three competitors completed 100% of all the heat and feature race laps in their respective divisions. As a result, a blind draw will be held at the banquet in order to honor the top team for consistency in 2005. The award winner will receive a free Lincoln Welder. The banquet will start with a social time at 5:00 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will commence immediately after dinner.

Tri-City Speedway is owned and operated by Roger and Susie Crick and Mike and Margaret Graham. They have promoted Sunday night racing at the popular facility since they reopened it in 1996. The Super Sprints, DIRT Modifieds, E Mods, Pro Stocks and Thundercars race each week at the Venango County half-mile dirt oval. Tri-City is located seven miles north of Franklin, Pa., off State Route 417.

Herrera wins first day of Roger McCluskey Classic

Herrera's win gives him points championship
TUCSON Ariz. ---- Johnny Herrera held off a late charging Charles Davis to win the Sprint Car Racing League's main event at the Roger McCluskey Classic Saturday at Untied Sports Arizona Race Park.
With the win Herrera of Albuquerque N.M. clinched the SCRL's Southwest series points championship.
After taking the lead at the halfway mark, Herrera held an 18 second lead on lap 29, but Jason Tanner of Albuquerque N.M. flipped end-over-end on lap 37 of the 40 lap race coming out of turn 3, causing a huge hole in the fence and bringing out the first red flag of the race.
"I didn't know how much tire I had so I was playing it a little easy," Herrera said. "But after the restart I found out I had a little more tire so I ran a little harder."
Drivers were informed at the pre-race drivers meeting that tire management was going to be an issue and that drivers had to conserve on tires. However no major tire issues took place as the race was mostly clean with only three cautions.
"I think you only seen one flat tire in the whole race but that was early in the race," Herrera said. But I think all the guys did a good job managing their tires. We knew what we had to work with and that's all we had."
The Roger McCluskey Classic continues today, with the first points race of the new SCRL's East-West series.
Rodney Haas
SCRL Media Relations

Dirt Track Art announces new web site

Dirt Track Art by Jeremy Beitler would like to announce the creation of a new web site by WRT Web Designs at http://www.dirttrackart.com. The new site will provide a platform to showcase the quality of the artwork that is produced. Jeremy has been creating pencil drawings and oil paintings of dirt track racing subjects for several years and his quality of work speaks for itself. If you are interested in having Jeremy create a work of art for your team, e-mail him at wgsb05@earthlink.net. Check back often to http://www.dirttrackart.com as new pieces are being posted as they are completed.

WRT Web Designs

WRT Web Designs and Chad Criswell would like to announce the launch of the new http://www.ChadCriswell.com. In 2005, Chad eased onto the 358 sprint car scene, but as he has done in years past, Chad turned consistency and intelligent driving into top 5 and top 10 finishes. By season's end Chad was collecting Rookie of the Year honors and a top 10 points finish at the ultra-competitive Lincoln Speedway. In 2006, Chad will look to turn experience gained into success as he attacks the 358 schedules at Williams Grove and Lincoln. The team is desperately seeking financial help to be as competitive as possible, but is thankful to be able to add Outerwears Pre Filters, Wings Unlimited Sprint Car Wings, and Keizer Aluminum Wheels to the Criswell Racing Team. Check back often to http://www.chadcriswell.com as we attempt to keep up with this fast moving 2nd generation racer.