Friday, December 28, 2007

“Holiday Wishes & Happenings from RFD “

It is with heartfelt feelings for each an every racing fan out there ,that I personally wish everyone a Merry Christmas & very prosperous New Year from Bob Altman @ Racing Fans Direct .

An with the new year comes more excitement from RFD with our 50th lap sponsorship involvement at the upcoming Dodge Chili Bowl which is certainly always one of the greatest new year spectacles . Our return involvement at Bob Miller’s upcoming 2008 Thunder On The Hill racing series , our return weekly as a heat sponsor at one of most exciting tracks in the country , Selinsgrove Speedway ,Airtran & Northwest airline discounts to major racing events such as Eldora Speedway ‘s Kings Royal in July , Knoxville Nationals in August , & the World Finals @ Lowe’s October 30,31 , November 1st . These are just some of our highlights for season 2008 along with our convenient tours to always bring to you the compliment to any racing trip or vacation . I hope you’ll continue to follow our direction and contact us at either or at 443-974-7027 for the fans like you who deserve more .

Friday, December 21, 2007

Lernerville News and Notes

By Eric J. Westendorf
December 21, 2007 (Sarver, PA) With the release of its new website and announcement of online ticketing for the Firecracker 100 and Cleveland Brothers CAT Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XVII, Lernerville Speedway has started to set its sights on 2008. The online ticketing is available 24/7 and all five major events of the 2008 Lernerville Season are on sale now. Firecracker and Silver Cup tickets make perfect stocking stuffers for the race fan on your shopping list!

But before the 2008 season can begin, we will first take time to look back and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of 2007 with the Lernerville Awards Banquet. This year’s banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 1, 2008 at the Days Inn in Butler, PA. Ticket information will be released after the first of the year.

The Action Track will then kickoff the 2008 season with the Annual Lernerville Car Show at the Clearview Mall in Butler, PA on Thursday-Saturday March 13-15. More details will be released after the holidays, but mark your calendars now!

If you’ve logged onto the new website, still located at, you may have noticed that the “Showdown in Sarvertown” on April 15 and the “Commonwealth Clash” on May 13 will both be supported by the UMP DIRTcar Pro Late Model Series. The Pro Late Model Series replaces the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds as support series for these events.

According to the UMP Racing website, “Designed to provide racers an economical pathway to UMP DIRTcar Racing’s marquee Super Late Model and open-wheel Modified divisions, the Pro Late Models will combine the increasingly popular crate-engine concept with UMP DIRTcar Racing’s trademark uniform technical rules and other cost-cutting measures.” Furthermore, “The centerpiece of the Pro Late Model class will be the GM 602 and 604 crate engines.”

Speaking of the crate engines, if you have not seen or heard about the updated rules for Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks for 2008, they have been posted on our website You can also pick up a hard copy of the rules at the Lernerville Speedway office during normal business hours. The major change in the pure stock division is the inclusion of a GM crate engine option.

To help encourage the use of crate engines, there will be bonuses to the Pure Stock payout for those competitors using a crate engine. If the winner the Advance Auto Parts Pure Stock feature is driving a crate powered car, there will be a $100 bonus added to the winner’s purse. Furthermore, any car finishing in the top ten of during Fab Four racing will receive a $25 bonus to their weekly payout.

Don’t forget to log onto or stop at the speedway office to purchase Firecracker 100, Silver Cup, Showdown, Clash and even PIC5 & PIC10 Fab Four ticket packages for that hard to buy for race fan on your shopping list!

The Lernerville Speedway would like to wish everyone a special Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2007


With 2007 just about complete we ‘re now making plans to finalize our additional 2008 tour packages , sponsoring heat races, advertising at tracks , scheduling autograph sessions , offering discounts on airlines , car rentals , tickets to major races , offering hotel rooms @ discount prices , and planning fan giveaways . This is just some of our 2008 agenda to benefit the only people who matter, YOU!! Who support racing & make it all possible.

My personal thanks go out to Bob Miller of URC who once again showed why he is one of the top promoter’s in arranging an excellent banquet for all who attended last week in Lancaster , Pa . It is events like this that should make all members of United Racing Company proud that they race with them .

Area tracks are about ready to release there final 2008 schedules ,so plans can be made to see your favorite races even though they pretty much reflect previous years . While these will be out soon so will RFD’S once the tracks are published to let you know where we will be SO YOU CAN , WIN ,SAVE & PLAN THAT ELUSIVE RACING VACATION .

At Racing Fans Direct we do our best to provide essential items that will help in your own coordinating to see the race of your dream besides our tours . I hope when attending the races you’ll consider RFD services and do stop by to see me or e-mail me at or even call me @ 443-974-7027 for what we do is strictly to benefit YOU .

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Jessica Zemken to Help Carry ASCS Patriot Banner into Lucas Oil Chili Bowl

Rich Vleck, Rochester, NY (December 13, 2007)- The Northeast has a storied history at the Midwest’s Chili Bowl, a tradition that Jessica Zemken hopes to continue next month in Tulsa.
Zemken, fresh off a season where she became the first female competitor to win an ASCS sanctioned event, is set to embark on her second run at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, January’s largest race. She heads into the Tulsa Expo Center next month driving for a potent machine capable of winning at the end of the night.

The Sparkers, NY 21-year-old will pilot Jesse Denome’s red No. 6 Spike Chassis, a ride that has seen Victory Lane a number of times with names such as Cory Krusemen and Damion Gardner behind the wheel. With such a successful background, “JZ” knows there are no excuses.
“I am honored to get the opportunity to drive for such a well established team with such great equipment,” said Zemken. “I feel very confident in my team and my ability.”

With Steve Watt of Maxwell Industries acting as Crew Chief, the ARP Fastners, Kaeding Performance, Advance Racing Shocks and Hoosier Racing Tires supported entry is expected to contend in a field that already has 300 entries. The entry list is comprised of competitors that not only come from every corner of the motorsports world, but are among the best at what they do.
“Yeah, the competition is pretty stout out in Tulsa, they are the best in the country and for myself to be considered a good racer I must be able to compete and be competitive with the best,” said Zemken when asked about her competition. “I know that because of the number of entries a lot of the week in Tulsa will be about luck. Being paired with this team, I feel there is no reason that we can't be a top contender in the 2008 Chili Bowl.”

In the 2007 Chili Bowl, Zemken was battling up near the front on her qualifying night when an on-track altercation resulted in a major crash. With the competition so intense, it all but ended the chance of the third year sprint car competitor to accomplish her goals. This time around, the focus has only intensified.

“After going out to the Chili Bowl in 2007 I feel like I have a better idea of what it’s all about,” added the college student. “I know the competition I am up against and I feel as though I will be more prepared all around this year.”

Zemken is among three drivers familiar to the ASCS Patriot Region that were part of the first batch of entries that was released earlier this month. Coleman Gulick of Binghamton, NY and Glenn Styres of Ohsweken, Ontario are also making their second voyage out to the hometown of the American Sprint Car Series in pursuit of the Golden Driller Trophy.

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Craig Dollansky on board with Larry Woodward Racing for 2008 WoO Season

World of Outlaws series driver Craig Dollansky has chosen Woodward ride for 2008. Dollansky and car owner Larry Woodward have agreed to team up to run the World of Outlaws Tour next season. “This deal came together rather quickly,” Dollansky noted, “I’m looking forward to getting to know and working with Larry, and Lori. They are great people and have a true love for racing. Together I believe we can do what’s necessary to make this a winning combination.”

Larry Woodward has raced, owned cars and promoted racing for many years, and 2008 will mark his 50th season in the motor sports business. One of his most notable victories as an owner came in 2003, taking the “Mopar Million” from Eldora Speedway with Jac Haudenschild behind the wheel. The Maxim, Charlie Garrett powered race car will sport the famed Woodward ‘deuce’ and will base out of Dollansky’s Minnesota shop. Mike Woodring will head up team operations with help from fellow New Yorker, Rob Beattie and returning Karavan crew member Lester Groves.

While Dollansky is competing in New Zealand and Australia, the crew will be busy preparing equipment. Their 2008 season will begin during the month of February in the sunshine state.