Woody Pitkat to Run Double Duty at TSMP in 2017

The 2017 season is shaping up to be a busy one for Woody Pitkat. Already committed to a new NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ride with Goodie Motorsports, and returning to his Stan Mertz owned No. 6 Sunoco Modified at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Pitkat will also be driving Jeff Hartwell’s No. 91 Late Model entry.  Returning to the Late Model Division is a homecoming for Pitkat, whose roots are in a full-fendered race car.

Pitkat raced against Hartwell at Stafford Motor Speedway previously, and the two developed a mutual respect for each other. One of Hartwell’s crew members had always pushed him to explore the option of having Pitkat drive one of his cars. Hartwell finally took his advice and made the call just recently. Pitkat was surprised as he originally thought he was joking. He talked details over and went to take a look at the car where an agreement was ultimately made. While Pitkat looks forward to being back behind the wheel of a full-fendered car he also looks to deepen his relationship with the Hartwell Motorsports team by being present at the team’s shop.

“It’s tough to do when there are other commitments and priorities. But with his shop being so close to Thompson and close to me I can make an effort to be there and get involved. The more time we spend together the better it will get. That’s how we’ll build this,” the 2015 Sunoco Modified Champion explained.

They seem to have a playful foundation to start.

“Jeff and I actually have the same birthday. I don’t know how it worked out but his daughter has the same birthday, too. Instead of saying hi or bye to each other when around the track we say ‘Happy Birthday!’”.

This type of collegial and fun-loving relationship is how Pitkat approaches motorsports. It’s more than racing to him.   Since signing on to drive the No. 6 Sunoco Modified for Stan Mertz, Pitkat delivered the veteran car own the elusive championship he’s sought for so long.  More than that, though, Pitkat befriended Mertz.  In fact, Mertz was one of the first to offer Pitkat and his wife, Erica, congratulations on the birth of their new son.

“When it comes down to it he really didn’t have to do that. But that just goes to show you the type of guy that Stan is. It meant a lot to me and my wife,” described Pitkat.

The veteran driver has got a full slate for 2017, but everyone understands the priorities.

“I really want to thank Stan and Jeff for understanding the priority is the (NASCAR Whelen Modified) Tour car, then Sunoco Modified and then the Late Model. They both understand the priorities and this is the biggest reason why I can do all of this. They back me 100%.”

Pitkat will be behind the wheel of all three entries, beginning at the 43rd running of the Icebreaker, on April 1-2.  For more information, please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com, or connect with us on social media.

Sources: Taylor Therrien/Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park PR

Fifth Annual “Freedom Tour” Set for USAC Southwest Sprint Cars

TULSA, Okla. (January 24, 2017) – Race fans in and around Oklahoma and Kansas will once again get their annual serving of premier wingless Sprint Car racing as the slate has been set for the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour”.

For the fifth consecutive year, the stars of the Arizona-based USAC Southwest Sprint Car series will storm through Oklahoma and Kansas in August, taking on the best the region has to offer up.

This year’s “Freedom Tour” once again consists of four nights of competition, with the four-race set of $2,500-to-win, $250-to-start events kicking off Wednesday night, August 16.  Creek County Speedway, 81 Speedway and Caney Valley Speedway will host this year’s action.  Creek County Speedway and 81 Speedway have been a part of the “Freedom Tour” since its inaugural season in 2013 with Caney Valley Speedway a new addition to the popular series in 2017.

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KMC Wheels to Partner with ARCA Rookie Zane Smith

BUENA PARK, CALIFORNIA (January 24, 2017) – Announced today KMC Wheels has entered into a sponsorship agreement with ARCA Racing Series’ rookie of the year candidate, Zane Smith, for the upcoming 2017 racing season.

KMC Wheels, a leading automobile wheel manufacture and distributor located in Southern California, will partner with Zane Smith and his Venturini Motorsports backed Toyota team to promote the company’s popular KMC Truck and SUV Wheel brand.

“We’re proud to support Zane’s efforts with our KMC Wheel Brand for the upcoming ARCA season. Zane’s youth and talent compliments our overall KMC target demographic and appeals to a large segment of the U.S. light and heavy truck market consumer base,” says Todd Hayes, Global Director of Sports Marketing and Events for Wheel Pros, LLC.

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Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Show Ends Three-Day Run; Ms. Motorsports Begins Her Reign; Little & Tiny Ms. Motorsports Named; Big Wheel Races Swept by Siblings on ‘Family Day’

OAKS, PA Sunday, January 22, 2017 . . . The third day of huge crowds filed into Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., on a day that featured free admission, pageants and races for children and the first day for Ms. Motorsports, Taylor Albert, to meet and greet the public.

Taylor had a busy day. She first visited the booths that had received Awards Of Excellence from the Motorsports Show staff, then was among the pageant judges for the Little Ms. And Tiny Ms. Motorsports competitions.

Kira Hettler was named Little Ms. Motorsports after having previously having been named Tiny Ms. Motorsports at a previous Show.

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Taylor Albert is Crowned Ms. Motorsports 2017 On Day Two of Show; “King” Richard Petty, NASCAR Racer Jeffrey Earnhardt and Dorney Park Nostalgia are Huge Hits with Near Record Crowd; Day Three Set for Sunday

OAKS, PA January 22, 2017 . . . A massive crowd swamped the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on Day Two of the 2017 Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show on a day highlighted by the crowning of Taylor Albert of Annville, Pa., as Ms. Motorsports 2017.

The new Ms. Motorsports finished ahead of Lauren Fischer and Caitlin Puccio to claim the title.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Ms. Albert, a winner in her first Ms. Motorsports pageant over a field of fifteen entrants.
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Kyle Busch Returning to Super Late Model for Winter Showdown

The SRL Winter Showdown is in just its third year of existence, but the event has quickly grown into one of the biggest Super Late Model races of the year in North America. The payout is a whopping $30,000 to the winner, and as a result, the entry list has become a whos who in asphalt Super Late Model racing. The latest entrant is non-other than 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch will be piloting the No. 51 Toyota Camry sponsored by JBL in his first trip to Kern County Raceway Park for the Saturday, February 11, 2017, Winter Showdown.

“They have a pretty strong field lined up again this year with Bubba Pollard coming back and trying to make it three-in-a-row. And then you add in some of the West Coast guys like Derek Thorn, David Mayhew, and Noah Gragson, who will be running one of my trucks full-time this season, and it has a lot of great drivers,” Busch told Speed51.com. “One of the things that is going to be really cool is that this will be the first time that Erik Jones and I get to race against each other in the supers since he beat me in the Snowball Derby back in 2013.”
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Baiz Eyes Championship in Sophomore Season

Martin-McClure Racing announced Hunter Baize as the driver of their No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota Camry earlier this month. The Bremen, KY driver has high hopes for his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. The deal came together after Eric McClure contacted Baize with a couple of races remaining last season.

“We hope to win a championship,” Baize said. “I think that we’ve built a team that can. I think taking what I learned the last year, taking their success, I believe we’ll be a contender at any race we enter and I think we’ll be around in the championship discussion.”

The team had 3 wins in 12 races. Chad Finchum scored their first victory at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway.  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Austin Cindric won at Virginia International Raceway ( VIR) and Watkins Glen (NY) International.

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2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Recognizes Five NASCAR Icons

Childress, Hendrick, Martin, Parks, Parsons Officially Enshrined

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2017) – Five of NASCAR’s legendary competitors – three owners and two drivers – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons make up the eighth Class of The NASCAR Hall of Fame – a shrine of the sport’s history that now houses 40 inductees.

A man from humble beginnings, Richard Childress bought his first race car for $20 at the age of 17. He turned that purchase into a NASCAR dynasty, winning six premier series championships with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt from 1984-2000. Overall, Childress ranks second all-time with 11 titles across NASCAR’s three national series. His Richard Childress Racing team has won 105 NASCAR premier series races.

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DIRTcar Racing and Hoosier Tire Extend Northeast Partnership

CONCORD, NC – (Jan. 20, 2017) – DIRTcar Racing is proud to announce a multi-year extension with Hoosier Racing Tire encompassing DIRTcar Racing’s Northeast weekly racing divisions and touring series, including the Super DIRTcar Series, the premier traveling tour for Big-Block Modifieds in North America.

As part of the agreement, Hoosier Tire will provide the same great products to racers at weekly DIRTcar sanctioned tracks competing in the Big Block Modified, 358 Modified, Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock divisions. Hoosier will also continue as the Official Racing Tire of the Super DIRTcar Series and Super DIRT Week.

“We have developed a great relationship with DIRTcar and are very happy to have them back on board for years to come,” stated Hoosier Tire Business Unit Manager, Neil Cowman. “The dirt Northeast Modifieds tracks, which contain business in both the United States and Canada, have always been a core part of our business. We look forward to offering the same great products for all the drivers and teams.”

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Michael Bennett Ready to Return to Late Model Competition at Stafford Speedway and Race For the Championship

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning the Late Model championship at Stafford Speedway in 2015, hometown driver Michael Bennett decided to scale back his racing efforts to part-time status in 2016.  With the 2017 season on the horizon at the Connecticut half-mile track, Bennett is ready to resume his full-time status in the track’s premier full-fendered division and once again chase after a championship.

“Most of last year was a personal decision to not race the full season,” said Bennett.  “Everyone knows the story of my son Chace and he’s still receiving treatments and my daughter Tenley was born in the summer of 2015.  We won the championship and when the season was over, I felt like I needed a break.  My children are always my first concern and personally I didn’t want to dedicate all of my time to one car at one track.  I think it was more of a mental break that I needed and now my daughter is getting older and Chace is doing well so we decided to go for the championship again.  After we won the Sizzler last year, the thought did cross my mind of should we continue, but I just had to block that out.  I have to thank Start/Finish Productions with Ben Dodge and my car owner Bingo, who have both been outstanding helping us out.  We’re working on some other sponsors but we wouldn’t be where we are right now without the support from Bingo and Ben Dodge.”

Although Bennett only made five starts in his #16 Start/Finish Productions Chevrolet during the 2016 season, he scored a win in the season-opening NAPA Spring Sizzler feature and the #16 car won a second time with Woody Pitkat behind the wheel for the Late Model 50-lap extra distance feature.  Bennett scored 7 wins and never finished outside the top-10 during his 2015 championship season and he is feeling confident about his chances at running up front once again on a regular basis.

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Call Before You Dig 811 Challenge Returns to Stafford Speedway; Distributing $4,055 Contingency Bonus in 2017

Stafford Springs, CT — For the fifth consecutive season, Call Before You Dig will partner with Stafford Motor Speedway to offer one of the most unique contingency awards in all of short track racing.  The CBYD 811 Challenge will award a total of $4,055 that will be split evenly among 5 drivers this season.  CBYD has distributed $16,220 split up evenly among 20 drivers during the past four seasons and this year’s CBYD 811 Challenge will bring the total contribution up to $20,275.

“Everyone here at Call Before You Dig is proud to continue our long-term partnership with Stafford Speedway,” said Derek Brown, Vice President of Damage Prevention and Education for Call Before You Dig.  “The CBYD 811 Challenge has been a great way for us to raise awareness about our ticket management system in place at www.cbyd.com for both contractors and homeowners.  It’s also been a great way for us to be able to remind everyone to be safe and visit cbyd.com or call 811 whenever planning an excavation project.  Everyone here in the office has a great time keeping track of the standings from week to week during the season and we’re proud to offer a program that benefits all of the drivers rather than one specific division.  With this year’s CBYD 811 Challenge, we’ll surpass $20,000 in contingency awards over the past 5 seasons and that is a great milestone for drivers at Stafford to be a part of.  The 2017 season should once again be exciting and we’re looking forward to awarding five more drivers with the CBYD 811 Challenge $811 bonus on Friday, August 11th, which is national 811 day and a reminder to always call 811 before starting any project that involves digging into the ground.”

The CBYD 811 Challenge is open to drivers from each of Stafford’s five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and a special points system is used to determine the five drivers who will each receive an $811 bonus.  Drivers earn 100 points for a victory, and each subsequent position is worth 5 points less.  The CBYD 811 Challenge will begin with the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 28-30 and wrap up on August 4 with the Stafford 150 feature events.  The five drivers who come the closest to accumulating 811 points without going over during that time period will each take home an $811 bonus from CBYD awarded on Friday, 8/11.

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2017 ASCS Driver/Crew Registration is Open

TULSA, Okla. (January 20, 2017) Registration for drivers and crew members wanting to be members of the American Sprint Car Series in 2017 has opened. The membership carries a supplemental insurance that helps to cover incidents that may occur at an ASCS sanctioned event.

Driver’s looking to be eligible for point fund and contingencies must be a member in good standing. Memberships will be accepted through June 1, 2017. The membership also guarantees that a member cannot be charged more than $30 per night for a Pit Pass. Drivers who are not wanting to run for point fund are not obligated to join. It is simply an option.

From the 2017 Rules of the American Sprint Car Series regarding National Tour eligibility of members to receive point fund and contingencies:

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INDYCAR News and Notes – Jan. 20, 2017

1. Gateway Motorsports Park race gains title sponsor: The Bommarito Automotive Group, the leading retailer of new and used vehicles in the St. Louis region, has been named title sponsor of the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park scheduled for Aug. 26.

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will mark the return of Verizon IndyCar Series racing to the 1.25-mile oval in nearby Madison, Illinois, for the first time in 14 years. The event under the lights is the 15th of 17 races on this year’s schedule.

“We are pleased to announce that Bommarito Automotive Group will join Gateway Motorsports Park in the production of our inaugural INDYCAR event as the title sponsor,” said Curtis Francois, owner and CEO of Gateway Motorsports Park. “This is a tremendous event for the St. Louis region and no one knows our town better than the folks at Bommarito. They are a progressive group, known for a high standard of quality and excellence. It’s the same standard of on-track action and family-friendly experience that we look forward to delivering with our landmark event.”

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Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show Opened Friday to a Very Good Crowd; Exhibitors Swell Greater Phila. Expo Center; Max McLaughlin Wins Celeb Indoor Kart Race; Richard Petty and Jeffrey Earnhardt Set for Saturday Show Appearances

OAKS, PA January 20, 2017 . . . With a large and enthusiastic crowd in attendance, the 2017 Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show opened at 2:00 p.m., for the first day of a three-day run in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

 “Our Short Track Super Series and Georgetown Speedway booths were very busy all day,” said Heather Deyo, wife of STSS and Georgetown promoter Brett Deyo. “They were still three deep at our booths when the announcement was made that the show was closing for the day.”

Elsewhere, Hoffman Speed & Performance owner Keith Hoffman, who also is involved in the operation of Bridgeport Speedway, was extremely pleased with the turnout at the show and the business Hoffman Speed did.

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World Finals Super DIRTcar Series Action Airs Thursday on MAVTV

Two-Hour Super DIRTWeek 200 Now Available on Speedsport.tv

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 19, 2017) – Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series action heats up Thursday night on MAVTV when the ground-pounding 800 horsepower machines driven by some of the biggest names in modified racing tackle The Dirt Track at Charlotte in the opening round of the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at 7 p.m. ET and again at 10 p.m. ET.

In addition, the special two-hour NAPA Super DIRT Week 200 broadcast that aired on Thanksgiving night is now available to watch online at www.SPEEDSPORT.tv.

Tune in Thursday night on MAVTV for coverage from Charlotte with Ralph Sheheen and Shane Andrews calling the action from the booth and Sarah Callaway delivering all of the stories from the pits.

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DCRP’s Best of 2016 to be Honored Next Saturday

DODGE CITY, Kan. (January 19, 2017) – Another big season of racing action is just around the corner with the April 15 season opener at Dodge City Raceway Park less than three months away.

But first, it’s time to honor the top contenders in each of the weekly divisions atop the 3/8-mile clay oval at the Saturday night, January 28, DCRP Award Banquet at the Western Expo Banquet Center located adjacent With another banner season in the books at the picturesque Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas, all that remains is the annual awards banquet.

Tickets to the event are just $25 per person and must be ordered by January 21 to determine an accurate headcount. Tickets may be ordered by calling Gina Wilson at 620-339-9873 or Tommie Estes, Jr., at 405-238-8485.

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British Columbia’s Jason Beaulieu Makes the Long Haul in Search of a Gator

CONCORD, N.C. – (Jan. 19, 2017) – Jason Beaulieu will log the most miles of any competitor at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park next month. Just as he has each of the past six seasons. Since 2011, the 47-year-old Campbell River, British Columbia native has travelled over 3,300 miles each year to compete with the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds at the Barberville, FL half-mile.

Beaulieu, who operates a tugboat company in Campbell River on Vancouver Island off the Canadian west coast, has over 30 years of racing experience. His first recollection of racing is watching as a young boy at Skagit Speedway in Alger, WA.

Most of his driving experience came on local asphalt tracks until he began the transition to dirt in 2003. Since then, he’s made his home in the Modified division and has improved with each trip to Volusia.

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Engine Pro Continues Support of Must See Racing

Holly, Mich. (Jan. 18, 2017) — Engine Pro and Must See Racing has announced a continuation of their marketing partnership for 2017 and beyond.

“Engine Pro, along with their product partners Fel Pro, Speed Pro, Mahle Clevite and others are serious racing enthusiast, worldwide leaders in the high-performance business, and valued sponsors. Our partnership goes back many years and is built on performance showcasing Engine Pro, their international distribution partners and their fine product supply companies at grassroots short track racing events and in the homes of fans and racers on our Must See television” said MSR’s Jim Hanks.

Engine Pro president, Don Weber says, “Must See Racing has proven to be the perfect venue for Engine Pro to highlight the engine parts it manufactures for top end race cars as well as for stock replacement applications. We are pleased to be a sponsor of this series, which has always provided plenty of excitement for fans at the tracks and those who tune in to watch the races throughout the season.”

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HBR Team Ready to Take on Volusia Speedway Park

All ducks are in a row as they plan to head south for the winter

After opting out of DIRTcar Nationals in 2016, one of the most notable Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified teams will be going all out come February.

The Heinke-Baldwin Racing (HBR) team includes driver of the No. 98h Jimmy Phelps and driver of the No. 6h Max McLaughlin. Both drivers of the HBR stable will be making their first appearance of the season at the fast half-mile clay oval at Volusia Speedway Park, February 22-25.

Phelps’ Crew chief, Kurt Wiegel, is looking forward to getting back to Volusia. “We took a break from it,” said Wiegel about the 2016 DIRTcar Nationals. “We were doing a bunch of testing this time last year instead of going to Florida.”

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Harrison Burton Announces Final 2017 Plans, Includes Competing for the K&N Pro Series East Championship

Young Driver Backed by Sponsorship from Several Companies

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Harrison Burton will be very busy in 2017. As announced earlier, Harrison has signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) to compete in a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. He recently reached an agreement with MDM Motorsports to compete for a championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as racing in select ARCA races. In addition, Harrison has earned one of the coveted seats at Fury Race Cars’ factory-supported Super Late Model team which will compete at numerous marquee events, including the Snowball Derby.

With a commitment toward the future of NASCAR, six sponsors have stepped up to support Burton next season, including DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Rheem Manufacturing Company. Burton, a 16-year-old, second-generation driver, is set to begin his year at the K&N Pro Series East race in New Smyrna Speedway on February 19th.

“I’m truly fortunate to compete with three teams that will give me the best chance to have success at the highest levels. I’m incredibly grateful to have not one, but six, corporate partners so committed to my future and that of the sport,” Burton said. “DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and Rheem Manufacturing could have put their resources toward a more veteran driver, so I am extremely appreciative they chose to support me, and I am thrilled to work with them this season.”

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Triple champion returns to Carrera Cup

Max Twigg returns to top-tier Porsche championship

Three time TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge champion Max Twigg will return to Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in 2017 with the intent to reclaim his class crown.

While not competing full-time in Carrera Cup since 2013, Twigg has contested several Pro-Am and one-off events over the past three seasons, which has seen Stephen Grove, Shane Smollen and Tony Bates claim respective class titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Twigg holds an enviable Carrera Cup record since his series debut at Bathurst, 2006, accruing 13 round wins and 46 race wins in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge ranks from 133 race starts across 47 rounds.

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Speed51 to Live Stream CRA SpeedFest for Third Straight Year

For the third straight year Speed51.com will bring the excitement and unpredictability of CRA SpeedFest at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA) into the homes of race fans around the world with a live video stream of the 200-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model event and 125-lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model feature on Sunday, January 29, 2017.
Speed51 TV has aired CRA SpeedFest during the last two years and both events have seen thrilling action throughout all four races as well as incredible finishes.
“Looking at the entry lists, it’s an all-star race with the best racers from so many different places,” said RJ Scott, a managing partner for the Champion Racing Association.  “It’s great for the fans that can’t make it to the track to be able to see all these great stars, and Speed51.com helps make all that possible.”

Diverse Entry List Continues to Grow for PASS Winter Meltdown at Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 18) – Diversity is the name of the game as drivers from far and wide continue to prepare for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model season opener at Dillon Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon, February 4.  The “Original” Winter Meltdown will again be on Super Bowl weekend and will pit the best short track racers in North America against one another for 200 laps in the first race of the 2017 PASS National Championship series.

Sarah Cornett-Ching comes into 2017 with realistic goals in PASS and something to prove to herself starting at Dillon.  For the 25-year-old driver from British Columbia, just being at the Meltdown will be a victory of sorts.  Following a season that saw her finish seventh in ARCA Racing Series points in 2015, Cornett-Ching ran a partial schedule last year.  In the ARCA season finale at Kentucky Speedway, she suffered a serious concussion after a devastating crash.  Experiencing symptoms similar to those of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Cornett-Ching was unsure of her racing future.

“I don’t really know the exact time when I felt like I was ‘coming back’,  but it’s more like the symptoms began to go away slowly and I would wake up one day and realize I didn’t feel nauseous anymore and then a few weeks later I would notice that I didn’t have a headache all the time,” says Cornett-Ching.  “My memory would slowly improve and I would feel like I could do anything I used to be able to and when I started exerting energy it just knocked me back down.  I am still working on getting my stamina back to where I was but thankfully the symptoms have totally gone away and the doctor has cleared me for all competition.” Continue reading ‘Diverse Entry List Continues to Grow for PASS Winter Meltdown at Dillon’

A Sprinter’s Pace

As the 2017 season quickly approaches, who is the man to beat?

CONCORD, N.C. – January 17, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is on the brink of its 40th season, and the series drivers regroup from the offseason to compete on sprint car racing’s most storied tour. Some 13 full-time drivers will herd their 900-horses to every end of the compass nationwide in 2017, seeking to either build on their existing legacy or make their tracks.

Last season, most of the tracks were up for grabs as 10 full-time drivers took the checkers at least once. Early on, Kasey Kahne Racing proved its dominance in the state of Texas. Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet were the lone stars for the series’ first swing through the state, splitting victories at Cotton Bowl Speedway and Royal Purple Speedway. But it was series veterans Joey Saldana and Larson Marks Racing’s Shane Stewart who ended their Texas tirade with wins at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. In 2017, Gator Motorplex will host the series for the first time and the series will return to LoneStar Speedway for the first time in six years; these two tracks will replace the ones where Kasey Kahne Racing saw success, potentially releveling the playing field.

Tony Stewart Racing’s Donny Schatz – the series’ eight-time champion – has consistently defended his home state of North Dakota. Specifically, at River Cities Speedway, one of his most beloved tracks, Schatz swept 2016. Not only that, but Schatz has also taken six of the last eight races there since 2013. The Outlaws have visited the 3/10th-mile course 19 times since 2007, giving Schatz a 42 percent success rate at a track that has two midseason races in 2017. Schatz claimed 56 series races in two years, nearly one-quarter of his 229 career wins with the series.

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INDYCAR News and Notes – Jan. 17, 2017

1. Pigot returns to Ed Carpenter Racing for 2017 road/street races: Spencer Pigot gave a glimpse of the possibilities during his Verizon IndyCar Series rookie season in 2016. Team owner Ed Carpenter liked what he saw and announced today that Ed Carpenter Racing is bringing back the 23-year-old Floridian to drive the No. 20 Chevrolet at all road- and street-course events this year.

Pigot, the 2015 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion and winner of more Mazda Road to Indy developmental series races than anyone (24), competed in 10 Verizon IndyCar Series races last season, split between Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and ECR. He drove in the season’s final seven road/street races for ECR, posting best finishes of seventh at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and ninth at Road America.

This year, Pigot will be behind the wheel of the No. 20 Chevy for the 11 road/street events on the calendar. Team owner Carpenter returns to pilot the car in the six oval races.

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Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2017 Race Car & Trade Show Set for this Weekend Offers Parts, Tires, Safety Equipment, Educational Seminars, Trailers and More for the Racer

OAKS, PA January 17, 2017 . . . Racers coming out to the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2017 Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show taking place this weekend, January 20th thru January 22nd, will be able to see, touch and purchase just about everything imaginable in motorsports. And there will be several opportunities to improve their knowledge with a variety of FREE seminars.

The Hard-Core racing section is located in B-Hall with several race car chassis builders showing their wares including Bernheisel, Bicknell, Hyper, Xcel, Hig-Fab, Speedway Entertainment, Teo, Troyer and West Fabrications.

Then there are the part manufacturers such as DMI, Winters, Wilwood, Art’s Radiator, Jones Racing Products, Calaman Radiators, Keizer Wheels, Beyea Headers, Henry Stainless Steel Exhaust, ERK Steering and Fastners Specialty. Bilstein, Eibach, Fox and VRP will be showing off shocks and springs.

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Donny Schatz Named Chili Bowl Nationals’ Top Rookie

Reigning World of Outlaws Champion’s Charge to Saturday’s A-Main Comes Up One Spot Short

Date: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

Event: 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire

Location: Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway

Winner: Christopher Bell of Keith Kunz Racing

Results: Donny Schatz – Started 15th, Finished 10th in B-Main/completed 20 of 20 laps

It’s been more than 20 years since eight-time World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz earned the Outlaws’ coveted Rookie of the Year honors. Last week, the Fargo, North Dakota racer was a rookie in the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire held at the Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway. Following his seventh-place finish aboard the No. 15 Arctic Cat-sponsored entry of Clauson-Marshall Racing (CMR) in Saturday night’s first B-Feature, Schatz was recognized as the event’s top rookie in the field of 365 entries.

“What an incredible opportunity,” Schatz said. “We came here with high expectations. We wanted to make the show first and foremost and, unfortunately, we came up one spot short. Racing in the Chili Bowl was something I wasn’t sure I’d ever do, but I’m thrilled I had the chance to do it. I’m very thankful to all of the people who made this possible – The Clauson Family, Richard and Jennifer Marshall, as well as, Arctic Cat. Being part of what Bryan had envisioned as his ‘Dream Team’ is an honor that I’ll always cherish. This CMR team is filled with incredible individuals. I’ve met some people I know I’ll call friends from now on. To fulfill a dream of Bryan’s and to hear how important having me part of his team from his parents was truly a blessing.”

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INDYCAR Announces Multiyear Contract Extension with Firestone

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017) – INDYCAR announced a multiyear contract extension today with Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO), continuing its longtime partnership with Firestone as the official tire supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series. The announcement extends the tire brand’s involvement in open-wheel racing that dates to Ray Harroun’s Firestone-equipped Marmon Wasp winning the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.

“Firestone is part of the fabric of INDYCAR and its commitment to evolving performance, innovation and safety in the Verizon IndyCar Series has been remarkable,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. “The Firestone brand has been part of our sport for more than 100 years and continues to be an integral partner in the growth of INDYCAR on and off the racetrack.”

Firestone has been involved in racing competitions since the early days of the automobile, particularly at the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Alexander Rossi’s win at the 100th Running of the Indy 500 last May was the 67th for Firestone – more than all other tire manufacturers combined – in the iconic race. Firestone, which returned to Indy car racing in 1995 following a 20-year hiatus, has been the sole supplier of Verizon IndyCar Series tires since 2000 and provides teams with a known, stable and reliable platform for the future of INDYCAR.

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June Crash-A-Rama Date Event Moved One Week

Night of Destruction and Mayhem Now Saturday, June 17

HOLLAND, NY… (January 17, 2017) Country music is a passion of race fans, track employees, and drivers at Holland International Speedway, and in effort to not run against the popular WYRK Taste of Country concert, speedway management has moved its first Crash-A-Rama of the 2017 season to Saturday, June 17th.

Fans will get to watch the $1,000 to win Compact Enduro race, Full-Size School Bus Figure 8 racing, the popular Boat-Trailer race, Demolition Derby and many more surprises in round one the Crash-A-Rama mayhem planned for this upcoming season.

Tickets for both the June 17th and September 9th Crash-A-Rama shows are on sale now through the Holland Speedway online store, which can be accessed through its Facebook Shop Now button, or by visiting www.HollandSpeedway.myshopify.com.

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FAST Series Set for Growth in 2017

FREMONT, Ohio – The 410 and 305 sprint teams who plan to the run the 2017 FAST series will compete for the highest purses in the nine-year history of the organization.

“We have had a lot of interest in the FAST series over the winter and I’m proud that we will continue to give our local racers a chance to compete for more money than ever before. Of course, none of that would be possible if not for the support of all our great marketing partners. I want to welcome All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads as the title sponsor of the 410 FAST series along with new presenting sponsor Ohio Logistics. Jon Horn and JLH General Contractor is once again stepping up as the title sponsor of the 305 FAST series with Engine Pro returning as presenting sponsor,” said Rich Farmer, FAST President.

“Kistler Racing Products was the title sponsor of the FAST 410 series since its inception and will continue to be a supporter of the organization. I can’t thank Paul Kistler enough for all he has done not only for FAST but for area racing in general,” Farmer added.

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