Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Silver lining in dark clouds for JR Stewart Motorsports.

When it rains, it pours, they say. And at one point for JR it was raining sprint cars. Fortunately everyone involved was OK. The cars however, became fairly ugly in quick time. For proof, pictures of the end result can be found in the photo gallery at www.tjslideways.com in the April 14 section. Big thanks to TJ and Marie for being at Lima for our first race together.
After three consecutive rainouts the 37s team finally got the first night in. Limaland and mother nature had the track smooth and fast. Practice led into the heat race where JR would start in the eight position. A jumbled start at the drop of the green flag and a faulty high speed allowed JR to pick up only one spot earning him inside third row start in the B. A much better start, and car, was had in the B with JR picking up two spots finishing third behind Rutan Rocket teammate Jeff Williams.

18th, that is where the JR Stewart Motorsports entry began the A. It is also where the A-Main ended. A red flag for a role over involving the 7c and the 22d on lap two was followed quickly for another flip involving the 21 on the restart. That was the one that ended our night. JR had picked up five positions at that point. The crew made a valiant effort to get the car back together but there simply wasn’t enough time.

Saturday the toterhome found a spot in the pits against the 410’s of Mercer Raceway Park next to old friend Aaron Shaffer. Practice found the car to be decent and Craig went to work making the car better for our outside front row start. The changes worked as the 37s lost only one spot against the lighter, more powerful cars finishing third handing the team a tenth place start on the grid. Even with sun visor JR made the comment that the sun was blinding him going into one, making the heat race even more difficult.

Changes for the A had Craig finding the sweet spot in the car that enabled JR to make some moves toward the front. Halfway into the race the 37s was sitting around the seventh spot when once again lady luck frowned upon us. "The car fell on the right front", that is what JR reported when the car began to slide back. He then pulled off the track two laps shy of the finish when the temperature gauge was reporting bad news. Spot number 15 is where the team ended the night.
Big Thanks go out the crews of both Dennis Yoakam and Dustin Daggett for the help Friday night. Congratulations to Dustin for his win Friday at Lima. I also need to send out a get well soon to my nephew James, who broke his arm playing in the yard this weekend.
A new sponsor has also come aboard in the last few weeks.

Coyer Enterprises-Discounted pricing on Longacre Products is located in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
JR Stewart’s 2006 schedule is now available on the website at www.jrstewartmotorsports.com.
JR Stewart Motorsports is sponsored by Allen Tire, Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 16, Car Brite, Coyer Enterprises, ETO Contracting, Ink Slingers, Jacobs Auto Repair, Keizer Wheels, Lakeridge Resorts, Leaf Racewear, Realtor Bryn Daring, Ringer Gloves, Rutan Rocket Racing Engines, Steve Austin Auto Group, WBLL 1390 The Bell, Wild Wolf Motorsports, Wix Filters, and www.tjslideways.com.

JR Stewart Motorsports uses and believes in these products, HRP Wings, NGK Spark Plugs, PBM Performance Products

Mike Linder turns in All-Star performance this weekend at Attica’s Spring Nationals

Combinations of letters prevalent this weekend at Attica. The sanctioning body was ASCoC, guys from WoO showed up, along with the regulars of ARP. Throughout the whole weekend though nobody from the NST, NRA, or SOD came to play, leaving some letters out in the cold.
Friday night was the opener of the two day show at Attica. Qualifying is something Mike has said in the past is not his specialty. It would ring true this night being 18th of 41 cars. Changes to the car were made, and the red number 3 got a little faster. Driving on a track where all lanes could be utilized, a fourth place in the second heat locked the Andy James Motorsports entry into the A.

The A is where that time trial sheet may bite you. Starting 15th Mike and the guys knew their work would be cut out for them. Luckily for the fans, this did not deter them in any way. With the proper changes made, Steven turned the red number 3 into the little red express marching up to the forth spot by the end of the forty lap A-Main

Remember where Mike finished both his heat and the A Friday? If you said forth you will also have the answer for Mike’s qualifying time for Saturday night. Starting sixth in the, yes, forth heat, Mike unfortunately finished there as well and did not transfer, sending him to the B. After two days of racing and a lot of race cars, the track finally began to slick off. Running the bottom, Mike took the car to a second place finish giving him an eight place start in the A.

With the track still slick and starting on the outside, Mike knew he would have to get to the bottom as soon as possible. Running the bottom early, Mike was able to hold position until around half-way when the track began to rubber up. Moving up to the middle part of the track, spots slowly started to come until the end when the red number 3 finished, what, forth.
Andy James Motorsports is sponsored by Linder’s Speed Equipment, Beaverdam Contracting, Pro Shocks, Vision Quest, Engler Printing, Ultra Shield Race Products, Kistler Engines, and Slammer’s Sports Bar

Monday, April 17, 2006

CAMERON DODSON ANNOUNCES NEW LOOK TO WWW.CAMERONDODSON.COM

Athens, GA – Cameron Dodson announced today a new look to his website, www.camerondodson.com. The site features all the information his fans need and want as Dodson embarks on the next step in his professional racing career - running for the United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters Pro Cup Series rookie of the year behind the wheel of the May's Motorsports No. 14N.
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In addition, the site chronicles Dodson's remarkable career in open wheel racing. From the early days in quarter midgets to his tremendous success in thundering 410 winged sprint cars, fans can enjoy photos and highlights of Dodson's progression.
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“I am excited about the new look to the website,” said Dodson. “The graphics are really colorful and all the information my fans and sponsors need is easily accessible. The fans are what make racing the sport it is today and it is important for them to have a chance to connect with their favorite drivers. It will be cool to get their feedback about a particular race they saw or someplace we have met."
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The state-of-the-art website will bring fans all the current news and results, action photos, Dodson’s racing schedule, dates and locations of upcoming appearances, and the opportunity to send a question to Cameron and receive a personal response - everything the Cameron Dodson fan needs to follow his career.
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In addition, each sponsor is profiled on the site and there is a direct link to their website for visitors convenience. Licensed Cameron Dodson merchandise will be available on the website soon.
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www.camerondodson.com was designed and is maintained by Frank Larsen of Frank Larsen Agency of Web Design – Flawd.Net “Information Technology as a Motor Sports Advantage”.

Contact:
Judy Kouba Dominick
(317) 408-1049
jkdracer@aol.com

Monday, April 10, 2006

Racing Fans Direct Invites You to Knoxville

Racing Fans Direct
465 Pleasanton RD #11
Westminster, Md21157
Phone 443-929-0591

HELLO FANS, DRIVERS, TEAM MEMBERS & OWNERS :
I want to give you a personal invitation to come along this year or meet me in Knoxville or except this
invitation to take advantage of a savings at a great hotel at a great rate . The hotel is the Hampton Inn located in Des Moines
IA which is only a 30 minutes drive by use of highway #5 which was recently put in .This is about convenience across from airport, not for any other reason, for your comfort & accessibility.


I‘ve stayed there the previous last three years an all the fans who’ve been there have enjoyed there stay immensely. The rate is $94.00 per night for either 1-2-3 or 4 nights or the 4 nights total is $421.12 which includes tax ( any arrangement can be made ) accommodations can be hard to find during Nationals time ,so I suggest to book now through me at my rate as prices will go up in July & August to save. If your going to Knoxville please allow me to assist you in any way possible or do stop by an see me in section AA , row 31 ,seats 5 to 20 or during autograph sessions on Thursday & Friday in show building outside 4th turn in afternoons .I hope I can eventually meet each one of you here or in the course of our racing travels who have been so good to inquire about what I hope will be #1 of all fan organizations to benefit only you . Your interests are I care about in my agenda to bring what you want &need to fulfill racing experiences on weeks or weekends .
On my website you’ll notice my advertised itinerary for our 4th Annual Knoxville Nationals Fan Tour 2006 ,this is not really a structured tour, it’s about what you want to do to enjoy everything about the Knoxville experience you possibly can in this short of time . My hope is you’ll consider these arrangements or tour either this year or in the future that fits your schedule , or meet me at this hotel or even at the track by even just purchasing what meets your needs for total enjoyment . I want to do whatever I can to make any plans easy , convenient , take it out of your hands no matter where you want to go , just contact us at 443-929-0591 or
E-mail @ racingfansdirect@bigplanet.com . I thank you for your interest. As always I am Robert Altman
Racing Fans Direct.com

Mike Kekich and the 5K Ready for 2006

Mike Kekich will once again field his 5K 410 Sprint Car in 2006, running hisJ&J Auto Racing Chassis powered by Kriner's Racing Engines. The team willcompete for the points championship at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, aswell as select events in the surrounding area. All the pieces are in placeto make a serious charge for Kekich's second championship in 2006.
Kekich piloted the 5K to the 2002 track championship, and has had a 3rd and two 2ndplace points finals in the years since.

Kekich credits his sponsors and team for his consistent performance. "Wehave only had one DNF in the last 5 years because of the tremendous supportwe receive, and the hard work of my crew", Mike commented. The team takescar maintenance very seriously, and in fact is in the process of finalizinga technical article on maintenance, filters, and lubricants in associationwith K&N Filters, Royal Purple Oil, Kriner's Racing Engines, and InsightServices. "The results were astounding", noted Darrin Clark of Insight,"this article will open many people's eyes to the benefits of high qualityoil and filters as well as good maintenance practices". The article is dueto be published in Circle Track Magazine as well as the teams website verysoon.

Kekich Racing will also field the 5K Kart driven by Adam Kekich primarily atSlippery Rock Speedway. Adam will enter his 5th year of racing with aspirations of one day wheeling a sprint car like his father, grandfather,and uncles. 2006 may also find the 5k Kart running their all-new HoosierKarting Tires on some asphalt.Tight Seal Glass Block of Girard, Ohio (www.tight-seal.com) returns to Kekich Racing in 2006 as the teams' primary sponsor, along with associatesponsors L&M Tire, Agway of Hermitage, and Buckeye Hone. New to the teamthis year is Warren Harley Davidson and Waffle House. Additional sponsorsinclude Excelloy Industries, Francey's Fuzzy Friends and Pet Memorials,Amick Associates, General Welding Supply, Advanced Auto Body, RedlineRacewear, and JMS Prophoto.

Product support sponsors for 2006 include K&NFilters, Royal Purple Oil, Hoosier Racing Tires, Pro Shocks, IntenseFabrication, Sanders Engineering, Simpson Race Products, Bell Helmets,Butler Built, J&J Auto Racing, and Kriner's Racing Engines. For more information on Kekich Racing and to keep current with their 2006campaign, visit the teams web sites at www.mikekekich.com andwww.adamkekich.com or email info@mikekekich.com.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Dirt Late Model rising star JT Spence releases new website

JT Spence and the Spence Racing Team would like to announce the launch of their new team web site by WRT Web Designs. Jtspence.com will serve as information-central for all of the team happenings. The 2nd generation Winchester VA native has turned up the wick on his racing program for 2006 with new equipment, a more aggressive schedule, and now a web site for fans to follow the team’s progress. In addition to the results and photos that a fan would expect, JT will also have the latest merchandise available for purchase online or at the track.

JT and the team are looking forward to big things in 2006, and hope that you will join them every week at www.jtspence.com

Thursday, April 06, 2006

2nd ANNUAL “CANADIAN SPRINT CAR NATIONALS” AFFILIATE SANCTIONS GROWS TO SIX

An even stronger field of 360 sprints will converged on the Styres family owned Ohsweken Speedway, a fast three-eights mile clay oval located on the Six Nations Reserve just outside Brantford, Ontario when the 2nd annual running of the “Canadian Sprint Car Nationals” set for September 15th and 16th takes place. Not to say that last year’s seventy-two entries who attended the 2005 edition of the race was disappointing by any means.
In fact, the inaugural event run last September 17th was much more than expected. The four regional sprint series bordering the area which threw their support behind the race was impressive; and the huge crowd that turned out was unbelievable. Kenny Jacobs of Holmesville, Ohio driving a JEI chassis prepared by Mike Woodring took the win over Jeff VanDusen in one of the greatest events in the modern day era of dirt track racing in Ontario. The reception received from the fans and race teams provided the encouragement to the organizing staff to go with a second race and proceed with a plan to develop the Nationals into the annual premier event at Ohsweken.
With that in mind, CSCN staff has been able to secure “affiliate sanctions” from two more bodies neighboring the region. The NRA (National Racing Alliance) headquartered in Lima, Ohio are the last to join the CSCN group. Represented by several teams at the inaugural race last year including J.R. Stewart, Tim Allison, and Cory Seeling the NRA is expected to send a large contingent to this year’s race. The other group to throw support behind the CSCN this year will be the URC (United Racing Company) operating out of Dover, Delaware. Recently reorganizing, the former United Racing Club is rich in sprint car tradition with over fifty years of sanctioning experience. Still operating under the direction of John Zimmerman and Bob Miller, the URC boasts of such notables as Kramer Williamson, Curt Michael, Kevin Welsh, and Dave Ely of DMI Sprint Racing Parts and should also send a strong contingent that will raise the bar of competition. They join the New York state based ESS (Empire Super Sprints) and PSG (Patriot Sprint Group who have recently been absorbed by ASCS), the ASCS Sprints On Dirt (SOD) from Michigan, and the home grown SOS (Southern Ontario Sprints). Together they form all of the 360 sanctioning bodies in the north-east region operating in nearly 1.25 million acres in seven states and two Canadian Provinces.
The second “Canadian Sprint Car Nationals” presented by Arrow Express, will retain a one day format and look very similar to the inaugural race. Time trials will once again set the starting line-ups for the heat races. There will however, be a couple of subtle differences. First of all, the winner will collect $6,000, up from $5,000 in 2005 while second place will now pay $3,000. And secondly, two additional positions will be added to the starting field of the 30 lap “A” Main which will now total 26. Each of the additional positions will pay $500.
Friday night September 15 will also feature a program of sprint cars with the second running of the “Village Pizza - Ohsweken Shootout” headlining the program. Also on the card will be a series of sprint heats lined up by a random draw and a pair of 15 lap features with the two winners guaranteed starting positions in the Nationals “A” Main the following night.
Make your plans now to join us at Ohsweken Speedway on September 15 & 16, 2006 for the “Canadian Sprint Car Nationals” weekend. More information will be released in the coming weeks as momentum grows and entries begin to be filed.