Wednesday, October 29, 2008

All Star Circuit of ChampionsO’Reilly All Star

Official Press Release
by Got Dirt? Racing Promotions

, IL (10-23-08) by Robert Cortum - All Star Circuit of ChampionsO’Reilly All Star
Circuit of Champions Videos

Recapture all the thrills and spills of the 2008 O’Reilly All Star Circuit of
Champions season with High Vista Video. Official videographer of the O’Reilly All
Star Circuit of Champions, Jeff Converse, has available many DVD’s to choose, from
the North Florida Speedway in February to the Hoosier Fall Classic and the crowning
of Dale Blaney’s 3rd Championship, he got it all.

Each DVD includes audio commentary from the live broadcasts and are professionally
recorded and produced. Many guest appearances were made throughout the season
captured forever on DVD for your viewing pleasure. Special appearances in 2008
included Tyler Walker, Sammy Swindell, and NASCAR Star Kasey Kahne.

The collection includes all of the special events in 2008 for the O’Reilly All Star
Circuit of Champions. The Thunder Through the Plains, Ohio Speedweek, All Stars vs.
PA Posse, the Attica Ambush and the Hoosier Fall Classic. Visit for ordering information as well as free downloadable clips
from some of your favorite events.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Attica banquet is slated for Nov. 8th

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008
Contact Brian Liskai

ATTICA, Ohio - Attica Raceway Park will reward the top 10 in points in all
four divisions at their dinner/banquet, Saturday, Nov. 8 at the reception
hall at the fairgrounds.

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased by contacting ARP Operations
Director Rex LeJeune at 419-680-5606. LeJeune will also have tickets
available at the Racers' Swap Meet at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds in
Fremont, Saturday, Nov. 25. The deadline to purchase tickets for the banquet
is Monday, Nov. 3 - no tickets will be sold at the door.

Doors for the awards banquet will open at 5 p.m. with the buffet dinner at 6
p.m. and the awards ceremony following.

The top 10 in points in the 410 sprint division are: 1. Byron Reed; 2. Mike
Linder; 3. Chris Andrews; 4. David Harrison; 5. Mike Dussel; 6. Mark Keegan;
7. Mike Hogan; 8. Bruce Robenalt; 9. Phil Gressman; 10. Caleb Griffith. The
rookie of the year is Mike Dussel.

The top 10 in points for the 305 sprints are: 1. Stuart Brubaker; 2. Bobby
Clark; 3. Coty Runion; 4. Dustin Keegan; 5. Duane Zablocki; 6. Dustin Dinan;
7. D.J. Foos; 8. Nate Dussel; 9. Todd Heuerman and Brad Keckler. Rookie of
the year is D.J. Foos.

The top 10 in points for the Service Drive Solutions Attica Late Models are:
1. Curtis Deisenroth; 2. Ryan Missler; 3. Ken Hahn; 4. Steve Sabo; 5. Ernie
Haynes; 6. Michael Stiltner; 7. Noah Wagner; 8. Chuck Roelle; 9. Mike
Marteney; 10. Craig Corfman. The rookie of the year is Noah Wagner. Besides
his point fund money, Deisenroth will also get a new Rayburn chassis thanks
to Service Drive Solutions and Rayburn Race Cars.

The top 10 in points for the dirt trucks were: 1. Cory Ward; 2. Brian
Arnold; 3. Art Ball; 4. Steve Endicott; 5. Bob Dible; 6. Alex Wiechman and
Dave Gibbs; 8. Dave Severs and Dan Hennig; 10. Paul Brown Jr. The rookie of
the year is Dan Hennig.

Also, David Harrison, Mike Linder and Byron Reed will each receive a $250
gift certificate from All Pro Cylinder Heads by virtue of winning the most
first, second, third and fourth heat races respectively throughout the
season. Also,
Reed will get another All Pro certificate for winning the most overall heat
races in 2008.

All Pro Cylinder Head gift certificates will also go to 305 heat winners,
Brad Haudenschild and D.J. Foos (1st heat), Dustin Dinan (2nd heat), Coty
Runion (3rd heat) and Bobby Clark(4th heat). Runion will earn another All
Pro gift certificate for
having the most overall heat wins in 2008.

Also, the fourth place finisher in points in all four divisions - David
Harrison (410 sprints), Dustin Keegan (305 sprints), Steve Sabo (late
models) and Steve Endicott (trucks) will receive a $250 gift certificate
from Bell Racing Products.

Drivers need to be present to receive point fund money.

For more information log onto

Doug Esh to the Trone Motorsports #39 in 2009

John Trone, Trone Outdoor Advertising and Trone Motorsports are excited to
announce that Doug Esh will drive the #39 Trone Special for the 2009 racing
season. At the conclusion of a challenging year it was clear that John
wanted to build a stronger team with a more hands on approach. "With the
commitment needed to run a successful sprint team in Central PA, you need to
keep your operation close to home. Secondly, you need surround yourself
with people who share the same goals", states John. Those goals consist of
winning races and having fun. Trone Motorsports will be joined by Leach
Brothers Motorsports and the entire team. The team will continue to be led
by Dennis Kohler, with maintenance handled by mechanics Barry Jacobs, Chris
Barnes, Ryan Grady, Jay Picking, Jim Smart and Andy Bream. Dick, Leslie and
Tom Leach, from Leach Brothers Motorsports will contribute their resources
to building a strong team as they back away from 14 years of car ownership.
If anyone has spend time with Doug and the Leach Team it is clear that these
guys are serious about winning without losing perspective of why we race -
to have fun. Trone Motorsports is currently working on securing its
sponsorship for the 2009 season, which will include support from Kinard
Trucking. At the same time a new shop is being built to prepare a fleet of
cars in time to race in Florida next year.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

F.A.S.T. Fest Details Announced; F.A.S.T. Unveils New Logo

**F.A.S.T. Unveils New Logo**

Black Swamp Media Group's design guru Scott Porter has just put the
finishing touches on the F.A.S.T. logo to assist in the branding and
marketing of this Championship title for the 2009 racing season and
beyond. The logo will be modified once the title sponsor has been
announced and the presenting sponsor slots are filled. The new logo
design can be seen on the F.A.S.T. web site (which will be undergoing
significant changes this winter) by logging on to

**F.A.S.T. Fest Details Announced; Local Charities to Benefit

The connection between the automobiles and rock-n-roll music was
immediate in the 1950s. And ever since that era, whether it is an
afternoon cruise or a night at the local race track, rock and racing
are still locked together as part of American culture.

That connection between loud cars and loud amplifiers takes another
step forward on the night of November 15th when three local bands
take to the stage at the Fremont Eagles (2570 N. State Street,
Fremont, OH) to help raise money for two local racing charities.

F.A.S.T., short for Fremont/Attica Sprint Title was formed to
provide a combined points championship between Fremont Speedway and
Attica Raceway Park for the first time in history beginning in 2009.
This additional point fund will benefit drivers in the winged 410
Sprint Car division. F.A.S.T. Fest was conceived to not only help
raise funds and awareness of the concept, but also to aid two local
charity efforts with deep ties to the racing community.

Local racer, Keith Whaley, makes an effort each holiday season to
feed a couple of area families who have fallen on hard times. Keith
always manages to do a great job picking out local families in need
of assistance this time of year. This year, F.A.S.T. Fest is hoping
to increase the number of good deeds Mr. Whaley will be able to
perform by accepting donations of non-perishable food items or
unopened toys in exchange for $2 off the ticket price at the door.
All items will be donated to Mr. Whaleys Checkered Flag Christmas.

In addition, a monetary donation will be given to Racers Racing for
a Cure  a charity organization started by the Burkett family this
past summer after Alex Burkett passed away as the result of
pancreatic cancer. They will be selling t-shirts at this event with
proceeds going to benefit the American Cancer Society and the
American Red Cross. Alex was a long time supporter of local racing
and F.A.S.T. will show support for this cause in his honor.

The benefit concert will take place at the Eagles in Fremont November
15th. Doors open at 7pm with the first of three local rock bands
taking the stage at 8pm. Admission at the door is $10&or $8 with a
new toy or non-perishable food donation.

Newly formed Fremont band Down Under Thunder, featuring the sounds
of AC/DC, will headline the event. Local rockers Mr. Bone, along with
Mourning Wood, will also be rocking the stage.

Mourning Wood, a favorite of the club/festival set, will open the
show. A sampling of some of the more eclectic Classic Rock songs, not
often tackled by cover bands, will be featured along with some of the
more popular favorites from the likes of the Eagles, Neil Young and
the Little River Band. Outstanding vocal harmonies help to set this
band apart.

Mr. Bone, another group that is often found working the club and
festival circuit throughout Northwest Ohio, will be the second group
on stage. With a set list that ranges from Ted Nugent, to Guns and
Roses&up to modern tunes from bands like Weezer and Velvet Revolver.

Mr. Bone features two Clyde natives, Ben Archer on vocals, and Neal
Barrett on guitar&the first band either of them have played for. Matt
Miller, also from Clyde, has played drums for several different bands
over the course of two decades.

Bass player Randy R.C. Cress, is a veteran of the local and
regional rock scene. R.C. was a founding member of the Wuzz Band back
in the 70s, opening for such national acts as Brownville Station, REO
Speedwagon and Cheap Trick. The journeyman player has also been a
part of other local bands including the likes of the Noize Monkeys
and Geezer Rampage.

The nights headliner, Down Under Thunder, combines an interesting
mix of veteran and upstart musicians, all carrying the hard rock
torch lit by Aussie rockers AC/DC.

The project was the brainchild of guitar player John Shetzer. Shetzer
is a founding member of Fremont based blues rockers Rude Mood. He
also played with the Wuzz Band among others in the 70s and 80s. A big
fan of the blues sounds of S.R.V. and Tommy Castro among others,
Shetzer and some of his fellow Rude Mood band mates were looking for
an outlet for their hard-rock sides. They found it with Thunder.

The rhythm section from the Rude Mood band was on-board for the
effort. Drummer Shane McConnell, a former metal band skin-pounder
from Fremont, along with versatile bass player Gary Keaton, provides
the backbone for Thunder.

Aaron Klos, local rock guitar phenom from the Big Dead Toe band,
and singer Tim Damien Twiss from the hard rocking band Dirty
Polly round out the lineup. Fans of AC/DC will be taken on a journey
through rock history.

The bands set list focuses on the hard rock faves from AC/DCs Bon
Scott years&but also mixes in some of their later tunes&making for a
high-powered, Marshall amplifier soaked show. A few surprise tunes
are mixed in to keep toes tapping and heads banging.

With an affordable admission price&some hard rocking bands&and the
ability to help some worthy charities&F.A.S.T. Fest promises to be a
way to bring together area race fans with the local community to
benefit a good cause and to increase awareness that there is some
great weekly entertainment on tap for the 2009 racing season at both
Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway. For more information, visit
the F.A.S.T. web site at or visit and for
additional information on these two great local facilities.


Support Those Who Support F.A.S.T.**

We'd like to remind you all to visit

and contact Jesse for all of your printing needs as you prepare for
the 2009 racing season. Jesse has been a big help by becoming the
"Official Hero Cards of F.A.S.T." Make sure to let him know we sent

Also, Bob Altman at

still has packages available for the World Finals at Charlotte, NC
at the end of this month. Contact him right away for your travel
planning. He does his best to help race fans get discount packages
for all the major events nationwide. Tell him F.A.S.T. sent you.

Many other sponsors will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

World of Outlaws head for bullring competition at Ocean Speedway this Friday night

World of Outlaws head for bullring competition at Ocean Speedway this Friday night

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – October 13, 2008…Bullring mania will be on tap this Friday night October 17 when the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series invade the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA for the first time since 2002. The evening of competition will mark the beginning of a California double-header in which the series will make its way down to the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare the following night.

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaw Sprint Series stars should be at their best on the tight quarter-mile bullring as traffic will come into play on countless occasions, forcing competitors to be on their heels lap after lap. It will mark the fourth time that the word’s best sprint car drivers have competed at the track after holding events there in 2000, ’01 & ’02. Those races were won respectively by Joey Saldana, Andy Hillenburg and Brad Furr, with Mark Kinser setting the track record of 10.049 during the first visit in ’00.

Leading the way for the local talent will be two-time and current Ocean Speedway track champion Brent Kaeding from nearby Campbell. The 13-time King of California started off the year slowly by his standards, but has picked up the pace rapidly and drove to four victories in his last four Ocean Speedway Wright One 360 Series starts, including a big win at the 48th running of the Johnny Key Classic in late August. Kaeding also had a great showing at the 55th Gold Cup in Chico where he raced his Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 to a third place finish on his prelim night and a fourth place result during the 40 lap finale on Saturday.

Another driver coming into the Ocean Speedway with momentum on his side is two-time and current King of California Jonathan Allard of Chico. The 32 year-old driver recently picked up his first career Fall Nationals title at Silver Dollar Speedway with a thrilling charge from the 13th starting position aboard his Williams Motorsports No. 0. Like Kaeding, Allard also had a very solid showing at the Gold Cup in Chico where he was the top local driver by finishing runner-up during his prelim main event and came back to score a very strong third place finish on Saturday night. Earlier this year he wrapped up his second King of California title, becoming just the third driver in GSC history to win multiple championships.

Los Angeles racer Tyler Walker has had a strong season at the Ocean Speedway and is sure to be a contender while driving the NMI Industrial Contractors No. 24. The always exciting driver captured a pair of Golden State Challenge Series victories at the Watsonville based track this season and came back last month to dominate a California Civil War Series event at the speedway, en route to leading all 30 laps to pick up the win. Walker also made one appearance with the Wright One 360 Series at Ocean Speedway this year and brought home a third place finish in the main event. He has put together a very solid season overall and also finished runner-up in the Golden State Challenge Series points, tallying five wins with the club.

Former King of California Tim Kaeding has had another great season and will look for a good showing when the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Series convenes at the Ocean Speedway on Friday. The locally based San Jose driver led the Golden State Challenge Series in the win category by scoring six wins this year, with three of those since rejoining the Roth Motorsports team in Mid-July. Included in those victories this season was his second career Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial win in May, as well as a third place finish at the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup in Skagit during the month of June. The 30 year-old racer hasn’t found victory lane at Ocean Speedway yet this year, but has always been strong at the track and his previous two starts netted podium finishes after starting in the fifth row each time.

Other locals sure to be in the thick of things will include Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Los Gatos’ Jason Statler, Easton’s Tommy Tarlton and Fremont’s Shane Golobic. Ocean Speedway regulars Bud Kaeding, Statler and Suggs have all picked up Wright One Series wins this season and ran top five in points at the track as well, with Statler finishing third and Suggs & Kaeding tying for fourth.

Young Golobic has put together a good season, which includes making the Gold Cup Saturday night main event in Chico and a Golden State Challenge Series victory at Ocean Speedway in May, where he just missed out on a clean sweep by finishing second in his heat race. Tarlton comes into the event with momentum on his side after runner-up finishes at the track during the Johnny Key Classic, the Civil War Series event last month and is also coming off an impressive $4,000 win at the Kings Speedway less than a few weekends ago.

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Series is coming down to its final handful of races and two-time defending champion Donny Schatz is in position to join Steve Kinser & Sammy Swindell as just the third driver in WOO history to win three driving titles. The Fargo, ND racer has had another outstanding year and has claimed 20 overall wins this season aboard the Tony Stewart Racing, Armor All No. 15, which includes claiming his third straight win at the Knoxville Nationals, joining Kinser as only the second driver to win the event on three consecutive occasions. If he were to win the WOO championship this season, Schatz would also join Kinser as just the second driver in history to win the Outlaw title three straight times.
Clovis, CA’s Jason Meyers will look for redemption following his last California visit, which left him with much disappointment after being taken out by a spun lapped car while leading the main event at the 55th Gold Cup Race of Champions. “Hotfoot” will have extra motivation at the Ocean Speedway as GLR Investments, one of the main supporters of Meyers’ No. 14 racing team, will be the presenting sponsor of the event on Friday. Earlier this season Meyers made a visit to Watsonville during a Golden State Challenge event and proceeded to win his heat race, the dash and lead all 30 laps in the feature to pick up his 12th career series victory. The defending Trophy Cup champ comes into the Ocean Speedway sitting second in World of Outlaw points with eight wins with the series.

The inaugural World of Outlaw event in Watsonville was captured by Brownsburg, IN’s Joey Saldana, who at the time was driving the Hemsaw No. 17 sprinter, but this time around will return to the quarter-mile bullring aboard the potent Kasey Kahne Racing, Budweiser sponsored No. 9 machine. “The Brownsburg Bullet” comes into the Ocean Speedway sitting third in WOO points with five wins, but has had a handful of other possible victories cut short by bad luck, including cutting a tire while sitting out front at the Kings Royal in July at Eldora.

Twenty-time World of Outlaw champ Steve Kinser has won at a large amount of the tracks that the series visits, but has yet to find victory lane at the Ocean Speedway and will be looking to change that on Friday. The Bloomington, IN driver currently ranks fourth in WOO points and has raced his Q-Oils No. 11 to six main event wins this season. Fellow veteran driver Jac Haudenschild has seen resurgence this season while driving the Carnahan Motorsports No. R19. “The Wild Child” recently scored his third career Gold Cup Race of Champions victory and is always at his best on tight-bullrings, much like the one seen at Ocean Speedway.

Other top World of Outlaw Sprint Series drivers expected on Friday night include former California driver Paul McMahan who now resides in Nashville, TN; as well as Findlay, Ohio’s Chad Kemenah; St. Mary’s NSW, Aust’s Kerry Madsen; Terry McCarl of Altoona, Iowa; Owasso, OK’s Daryn Pittman, Bloomington, IN’s Kraig Kinser and more.

The front and back gates will both open at noon this Friday at the Ocean Speedway with tickets being $45 at the front gate. Qualifying is expected to get underway around 6pm with racing to follow. The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California. For more info on the track visit