Archive for November, 2015

Championship Profile: Scott Sundeen Captures 4th Title in XtraMart Limited Sportsman

Scott Sundeen has won his 4th Xtramart Limited Sportsman championship and he has decided to retire. Well, sort of. Scott will be back to defend his title, but he is retiring his 11-year-old racecar that has carried him to all of his Thompson championships.

This car is a prized possession for Sundeen and before he rolls it into the garage for the last time, the car will make at least one more appearance at Mohegan Sun during the annual Thompson Speedway Awards Banquet. He will dust it off on occasion in 2016 and join the Northeast Street Stock Tour as his schedule allows, but the rigors of running weekly have passed for this #36.

Sundeen started his driving career in earnest in 2002 as a full-time competitor, but the magic wasn’t there. In 2004, he was introduced to chassis builder Bob Fill who he purchased the eventual championship car from. That decision proved to be the key ingredient to Sundeen’s success.

Continue reading ‘Championship Profile: Scott Sundeen Captures 4th Title in XtraMart Limited Sportsman’

Rain Postponed Wall Modified Turkey Derby 100 Reset for Sunday Morning

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The second of two late day rain showers on Saturday during Wall Stadium’s 42nd annual Turkey Derby forced officials to postpone the majority of the 50-lap main event for the Limited Late Model stock cars and the entire 100 lap main event for the Wall/SK Modifieds. Those events will be contested on Sunday morning starting at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by the complete program that was originally scheduled for Sunday, which includes Legend Cars, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Trucks and a Demolition Derby.

On Sunday pit area gates will open at 8:30 a.m. and the grandstands will open at 9:00 a.m. Grandstand admission is $15.

Wall Stadium Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

Continue reading ‘Rain Postponed Wall Modified Turkey Derby 100 Reset for Sunday Morning’

Tentative 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule

GSPSSThe Granite State Pro Stock Series provided a tentative 2016 schedule today at their meeting at Thompson.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series will race up to 14 events. The season opener is May 13 at Claremont (NH) Speedway. Charter member Monadnock Speedway has its first of two races on May 28. Lee (NH) USA Speedway has the third race on June 3. Two July events are TBA.

Monadnock will be the first venue to have double-digit series races on August 13 for the JBH 100. Claremont will run its second event on August 19. A tentative inaugural race at Wiscasset (ME) Speedway is September 4 with an optional practice day September 3.

Star Speedway in Epping, NH will host the ISMA Supermodifieds with Granite State for the Star Classic on September 10. The September 24 race at White Mountain Motorsports Park in N. Woodstock, NH will be the 50th series race. An October 22 race location is TBA.

Continue reading ‘Tentative 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule’

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces New Season Pass Program for 2016 Season

Thompson Speedway Motorsports announced today a new 2016 season pass program that will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Nov. 27. The passes will be sold at a special Black Friday discount from Friday through Monday, Nov. 30. This exciting new program gives loyal fans and teams the ability to purchase paddock passes or general admission tickets for select events at huge discounts. 

The Platinum Paddock Pass offers the ultimate package for the racing enthusiast, including general admission and paddock access to all oval and road course events to be held in the 2016 season. With a minimum of 18 races already scheduled for next year, this option is a great way to enjoy everything that TSMP has to offer, including four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, all NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events, the Historic Oval Invitational, the Vintage Motorsports Festival, Open Wheel Weekend, SCCA races and more. The Platinum Paddock Pass will be on sale for Black Friday for $399 from Friday, Nov. 27 to Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. The price for the pass from Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, will be $449. After April 1, 2016, the price for the pass will go up to $499.

TSMP is also offering a Silver Paddock Pass and Silver General Admission Pass for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour fans. These include admission to all four events at a discount of up to 15%. The Silver Paddock Pass will be offered for just $199 for the Black Friday sale. From Dec. 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, it will be discounted to $209 and after April 1, will be offered for $219. The Silver General Admission Pass will be offered at $159 during the Black Friday sale event. From Dec. 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, it will be discounted to $169 and after April 1, will be offered for $179.

Continue reading ‘Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces New Season Pass Program for 2016 Season’

Paul Matthews Passes at 77

Obituary for Paul F. Matthews
January 3, 1938 – November 24, 2015
Plaistow, New Hampshire | Age 77

Plaistow, NH: Paul F. Matthews, 77, of Plaistow, died on November 24, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital following a long illness.

Born in Arlington, MA and raised and educated in Somerville, MA, son of the late Peter and Mary (Young) Matthews, he attended Somerville High School. Mr. Matthews served in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Somerville Fire Department for twenty-eight years. He established Matthews Auto Body in Somerville in 1959 before moving to Plaistow in 1977, where he opened a second location for his business on Main Street in Plaistow, which is still owned and operated by the Matthews Family.

Mr. Matthews enjoyed stock car racing for over thirty-five years and took part in events at Star Speedway, Lee USA Speedway, Hudson Speedway, and Pines Speedway. He also enjoyed traveling across the United States and Europe and spending time around town with his dog, Frosty.

Continue reading ‘Paul Matthews Passes at 77’

Eggleston Will Return to Defend K&N Title

Gilliland And Herbst Join BMR Roster for 2016

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Bill McAnally Racing today announced that Chris Eggleston, Todd Gilliland, and Riley Herbst will drive for the team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for 2016.

Plans call for all three drivers to run the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West, with select events in the K&N Pro Series East worked into the schedule.

Eggleston returns for a second year after capturing the 2015 championship in the K&N Pro Series West in his first full season in the series. Gilliland, the 15-year-old son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran driver David Gilliland, is coming off a win at Phoenix in his series debut – becoming the youngest winner in the series. Herbst, who comes from a racing family well known in off-road competition, is coming off an outstanding season where he won a championship as a rookie at Irwindale (California) Speedway. The 16-year-old will be making his debut in the K&N Pro Series West.

Continue reading ‘Eggleston Will Return to Defend K&N Title’

Brother & Sister to Reignite Rivalry at Snowball Derby

Pensacola, FL – With all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Super Late Models, it’s sometimes easy to forget that there’s other races happening throughout the 48th Annual Snowball Derby week at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. But you can bet that siblings Eric and Kristen Wallace haven’t forgotten.

The Wallace’s are a brother-sister combination that will be racing in the Truck division on Saturday night before the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes the green flag. Their race at the Snowball Derby, which will be broadcast live on Speed51 TV, will be only the third time that they’ve actually gotten to race against each other, and for Kristen, it will also be her first time racing at Five Flags.

“My brother has always run my truck here,” said Kristen. “So just to be here is pretty exciting.”

Continue reading ‘Brother & Sister to Reignite Rivalry at Snowball Derby’

INDYCAR News and Notes — Nov. 24, 2015

1. Kimball Running with Purpose in St. Jude Half Marathon: “My motto in high school was I run for no one,” Charlie Kimball says with a laugh.

His stance has softened in the intervening years, and on Dec. 5 the Verizon IndyCar Series driver will join thousands of runners in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Half Marathon in Memphis, Tenn. Though mountain biking and snowboarding are more in line with Kimball’s leisure pursuits, he’ll run with his wife, Kathleen, in the event that benefits the groundbreaking pediatric hospital in the same city.

“We have a little longer offseason so I can do some other fitness stuff that’s maybe not racing-specific and do some things I normally don’t do,” Kimball said of training for the 13.1-mile run. “During the season I wouldn’t have time to go run, put the miles in and then run a half-marathon.”

Continue reading ‘INDYCAR News and Notes — Nov. 24, 2015’

Additional Car Tethers among Verizon IndyCar Series Safety Enhancements for 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 24, 2015) – Tethering aerodynamic components of the Dallara IR-12 chassis is among safety enhancements announced by INDYCAR that will be implemented for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The high-tensile Zylon tethers minimize the possibility of components becoming detached from the race cars during accidents.

The rear beam wing and rear wheel guards will be tethered for all Verizon IndyCar Series events and the car’s nose will be tethered on superspeedway ovals (1.5 miles or longer). Dallara also has designed a tethering system for the front wing main plane for the three superspeedways on the 2016 schedule – Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

Continue reading ‘Additional Car Tethers among Verizon IndyCar Series Safety Enhancements for 2016’

F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Winter Exhibition Series Announced

Salem, NH – Formula Race Promotions today announced its 2016 winter exhibition program which will take place in Florida in February for the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series. The expanded winter exhibition swing will visit two Florida race tracks, Palm Beach and Sebring, back-to-back, before the seven-weekend 2016 season opens in April.

The Series will double its exhibition in Florida offering with a trip to Palm Beach in February paired with a visit to Sebring the next weekend. The expansion is based on feedback solicited from active participants in all three Series.

“This winter schedule keeps with our philosophy of offering significant track time at strong venues,” said Formula Race Promotions co-owner Robert Wright.

Continue reading ‘F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Winter Exhibition Series Announced’

Drew Carey to Host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Featuring Performances by Andy Grammer, Sam Hunt, Rachel Platten, and Sabrina Carpenter

2015 Awards Honors the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Celebrates the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ Challengers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2015) – The celebration will continue after the trophy is lifted at Homestead-Miami Speedway as NASCAR® presents the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards™ hosted by actor and comedian Drew Carey. Live from Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 4, fans can tune-in to watch as the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion™ is honored with red carpet coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, followed by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards™ broadcast on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET.

This year’s show will also feature a lineup of performances from award-winning musical artists Andy Grammer, Sam Hunt, Rachel Platten, and Sabrina Carpenter.

As the current host of The Price is Right and former host of Whose Line is it Anyway?, Drew Carey will bring a seasoned air of entertainment and comedy to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards stage. Best known for his self-portrayal on The Drew Carey Show, which garnered seven Emmy nominations, Carey has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including three People’s Choice Awards, an Editor’s Choice TV Guide Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Continue reading ‘Drew Carey to Host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Featuring Performances by Andy Grammer, Sam Hunt, Rachel Platten, and Sabrina Carpenter’

Seekonk Announces U.S. Pro Stock/Super Late Model National Championship Race

200 Green Flag laps with $10,000 going to the winner! Seekonk Speedway, Tuesday, July 12th, 2016…where it all began!

SEEKONK, Mass. – Nov. 24, 2015 – The PROSTOCKS compete at race tracks in New England and throughout the country by their original name, and at some tracks & racing series as SUPER LATE MODELS. The PRO STOCKS/SUPER LATE MODELS race as a weekly racing division, or as a racing touring series which compete at multiple race tracks on an alternating schedule. The PROSTOCKS/SUPER LATE MODELS were created by and introduced to racing by the original builder and promoter of Seekonk Speedway, D. Anthony Venditti in 1978. This initiative sanctions Seekonk Speedway as THE race track with the right to host:

THE U.S. PROSTOCK/SUPER LATE MODELS CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
The race date of Tuesday, July 12th, with inclement weather days of Wednesday, July 13th and Thursday, July 14th, is selected to correspond with the New Hampshire Sprint Cup Weekend of July 16-17. This schedule will facilitate the potential participation of a Sprint Cup or Xfinity Series Driver by providing additional days to promote the event due to inclement weather during this week. This schedule will also facilitate race teams who travel a great distance from other regions of the United States or Canada.

The racing format, (we are considering two (2) one hundred (100) lap segments); total purse which includes lap money, and the rules; (will be similar to the recently completed open show rules from the 2015 DAV Fall Festival of Racing), will be published by February 1, 2016.

Continue reading ‘Seekonk Announces U.S. Pro Stock/Super Late Model National Championship Race’

Dates Announced for Jackson Motorplex IMCA Stock Car Nationals

Jackson, MN (November 23, 2015) – The Jackson Motorplex IMCA Stock Car Nationals will be held Friday, September 23 and Saturday September 24, 2016. The announcement of this big race weekend caps an exciting 2016 schedule for the newly named facility in Jackson, Minnesota!

The two-day event will feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Hobby Stocks and IMCA Sport Compacts!

Continue reading ‘Dates Announced for Jackson Motorplex IMCA Stock Car Nationals’

LaJoie Puts the Band Back Together for Second Derby

Pensacola, FL – One year ago, Corey LaJoie made his first start in the Snowball Derby.  This year he’s heading back to try his hand in the 48th running of the prestigious Super Late Model race, but this race will be unlike any other for the third-generation driver.  This time he’ll be making the trip to Five Flags Speedway (FL) as not only the driver, but also the owner of the No. 07 LFR Chassis. 

“It definitely changes your view on things when you own the car and work your tail off to get it built,” said LaJoie.  “It’s definitely a new aspect for me that I’m enjoying.  We’re going down there loaded for bear for sure.  We’ve got the updated LFR Chassis this year and we’ve pretty much got the band back together that had all of the success in the K&N Series and ARCA Series.  We’re doing it all under the LaJoie banner.  It’s going to be a good time.  We’ve got five guys crammed into the dually right now to go test.”
 
LaJoie drove one of the LFR Chassis house cars to a 13th-place finish one year ago at his first Derby.  This year he expects to be contending for the win in the late stages of the 300-lap race at the famed Pensacola, Florida half-mile.

Continue reading ‘LaJoie Puts the Band Back Together for Second Derby’

Lee USA Speedway Crowns 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champions

Manchester, NH – The annual Lee USA Speedway “Banquet of Champions” closed out the 2015 season at the Executive Court Inn and Conference Center on Saturday night, with Tommy Tombarello, Jr., Jay Sands, Dennis Dumas, Troy Washburn, and Jesse Tellier celebrated as the best of the year at New Hampshire’s “Center of Speed”.

After Master of Ceremonies John Spence, Track Manager Bill Callen and owner Red MacDonald recognized the loyal staff and legion of sponsors, it was on to showcasing the accomplishments of the best drivers to circle the seacoast oval in the past season.

Tombarello topped the EKeys4cars Supermodifieds for the fourth time in his six year career, taking the big trophy back home to Haverhill, MA once again. During his acceptance speech, Tommy noted that his crew chief/brother-in-law Justin Belfiore and the rest of the Best Team Performance-winning gang were already at work building a new car to replace the one he destroyed on championship night.

Continue reading ‘Lee USA Speedway Crowns 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champions’

Rogers Eyeing a Piece of Snowball Derby History

Pensacola, FL – Fans will tell you how good Rich Bickle was at the Snowball Derby. They will tell you about the upset wins like Tammy Jo Kirk, the emotional wins like Eddie Mercer, scoring mishaps and all the tall tales of the Derby.

David Rogers can not only backup those stores, but he can give you the details because he lived them as he was in the field for each of those Snowball Derby races.

Rogers, who will once again attempt to qualify for the prestigious race held December 6 at Five Flags Speedway, is such a part of racing history in Pensacola, Florida that just one question proposed to him could keep him reminiscing for hours.

“Soaking tires was always a part of the Derby,” said Rogers. “I remember when I first heard about it and I was like, ‘no way, why would you want a tire softer.’ Back then it was legal because no one knew what it was. A guy I knew from Jody Ridley’s team sold me a set and said use these so you won’t get lapped in the first part of the race. I felt like a hero with those thing.”

Years came and went and soaking tires became illegal, then you could do it to a certain point. Some still did it and teams would have to do them in the bathroom in the hotel and you couldn’t have anyone stay in that room due to the smell. It was an interesting part of the Derby year ago. You can’t do anything like that anymore.”

Rogers was told early on in his career he needed to win some races before he even thought about going to Pensacola to run the Snowball Derby. Rogers took that advice and won some races, a few championships and a bunch more races. During that run he became a regular at the Snowball Derby and now the white No. 11 with the TM Ranch sponsorship is a staple each and every year at the Derby.

“We came to race,” said Rogers. “We wanted to be a part of the show. All our racing was done by that time of year and we just went to be a part of it. There were years where we knew we might have been at a disadvantage, but it was our end of the season thing.”

2015 could mark a millstone year for Rogers. He heads to the Snowball Derby with 30 career starts in the race and one more will tie him with legendary driver Red Farmer for the most in the race’s 48-year history.

“To me it’s impressive that we can tie the record,” added Rogers. “I have been running the Derby longer then the kids I will be racing against and even some of their parents. Red has always been one of my heroes and I want to keep racing like he’s been able to do.”

Rogers admits he’s not the best qualifier. He’s not made the race on time since 2012, but he’s logged sixth and ninth-place runs in two of the last four races. Thanks to Blizzard Series points Rogers is in line for one of the three provisional if he needs it. He was seventh in the standings which could be helpful if needed.

“My hardest part of Derby is making the race,” said Rogers. “Friday night is the only time I get worried or nervous. A tenth of a second means so much and it could mean you going home. I like the race your way in, I’m better at that. However, we don’t want to be in the last chance race if we can help it.”

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

Fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby can watch all of the action through a live online TV style pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV. A four-day video ticket can be purchased now for $59.99 allowing fans to watch all of the action from Five Flags Speedway. Single-day video tickets are also available. Visit Speed51.com for more information.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com.  All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and/or Pat Bryant at pat@snowballderby.com.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com.  Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Sources: 51 Sports/Snowball Derby PR

Big Numbers Expected for $1,000 to win TQ Turkey Derby

(Sunday November 22, 2015) Wall Stadium Wall Township NJ.

Wall Stadium’s final pre-Turkey Derby practice session saw 16 TQ midgets take to the track in preparation for the $1,000 to win ATQMRA Turkey Derby scheduled for this coming Saturday November 28th. Pit gates open at 6:30 am practice starts at 8:30 with qualifying starting at 11:00am. A record number of TQ midgets are expected for the Annual Season ending Turkey Derby. Racers from all over the northeast will be taking part in the event with drivers coming from as far away as Wisconsin.

The final Turkey Derby test session was well attended by TQ midgets. A handful of drivers made their first laps in Wall’s inner oval. Liquid Lou Cicconi had a fleet of cars on hand including a newly designed TQ midget built by accomplished car builder BJ MacDonald styled after a highly successful Super Modified scaled to the specifications of the TQ midget world. The car will be driven in the Turkey Derby by Supermodified star Dave Shulick. Cicconi will be in the Ted Christopher TQ midget that TC used to win numerous indoor races over the years.

2015 ATQMRA Champion Buddy Sload was back behind the wheel of the familiar Colin Martin Owned Spitfire 16 that Sload used to win the 2015 club Championship. Sload had a virtual stranglehold on winning the races on Wall’s inner oval until he was unseated by championship Challenger Ryan Tidman in the last sanctioned event at Wall. Sload and Tidman who are the only drivers with wins on the Wall Flat track will certainly be favorites to wear the Laurels at the Turkey Derby.

Continue reading ‘Big Numbers Expected for $1,000 to win TQ Turkey Derby’

Niedecken Making Super Late Model Return at Snowball Derby

Pensacola, FL – The Snowball Derby has always been a part of life for Wayne Niedecken, Jr. The second-generation driver known simply as “Junior” has been coming to the Snowball Derby since its first running back in 1968. His father won that day and once again in 1970. Since then the Niedecken name has always been a part of the history at Five Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby.

During the 2013 running of the Snowball Derby, Niedecken did not qualify for the fourth year in a row and he figured it was time for some changes. It was a tough decision, but he walked away from Super Late Model racing to re-learn the trade in the Pro Late Model class.

“I don’t think I ever thought I couldn’t drive,” said Niedecken. “Just understanding the way the cars worked and apply that to our program had us lacking. We decided to run the Pro Late Model and get things figured out.”

This year he did get things figured out. He won races at Five Flags Speedway and nearby Mobile International Speedway (AL). In fact, he won the Pro Late Model track championship at Mobile after winning seven times in nine races.

“We really hit on something last year at the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 and we have been building on that ever since,” said Niedecken.

Niedecken started 35th and finished seventh in the Snowflake 100 last year. He would finish third in the points standings at Five Flags Speedway in 2015 and is considered one of the favorites for the Snowflake.

In conjunction with sponsor Fresh Coat Painting Done Right and cross-marketing partner the Blue Wahoos, Niedecken will run both races after his recent success. The partnership with Arob Performance has helped tremendously over the years to keep Niedecken up front.

“It feels good to be able to run for a shot at the Derby again,” said Niedecken who will be looking to start the race for the 29th time in his career. “Old school drivers like myself have had to relearn the concept of the feel of the car. Nothing has changed about the balance, but just the way you can drive them. I know what it’s suppose feel like or what I think it needs to feel like, but now you have to throw that out the window. It’s hard to break those habits and learn the right way.”

Having been out of the seat for two years in the Super Late Model has Niedecken excited for his return to the track in that type of race car. The first goal is to get into the race, a feat he has not done since 2009. He finished eighth that season.

“I enjoy the horsepower,” said Niedecken. “Alex Roberts and Gene Roberts will be in the pits helping me and Alex will be the crew chief. I’ve never had someone in the pits calling the shots. I have always done it from the seat. This will be a first for me and I think it’s going to be fun.”

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

Fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball Derby can watch all of the action through a live online TV-style pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV. A four-day video ticket can be purchased now for $59.99 allowing fans to watch all of the action from Five Flags Speedway. Single-day video tickets are also available. Visit Speed51.com for more information.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit www.snowballderby.com. All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net and/or Pat Bryant at pat@snowballderby.com.

For more information on Speed51.com and the rest of the 51 Companies, contact Jana Wimmer (Director of Business) at 51 Sports via email through jana@speed51.com and visit Speed51.com. Speed51.com is on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and on Facebook by searching Speed51.com.

Sources: 51 Sports/Snowball Derby PR

Burton Tops Charts at IP Casino Snowball Derby Preview

Pensacola, FL – Approximately 86 cars passed through the gates of Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on Saturday for the IP Casino Snowball Derby Preview. The pits were full of cars for the final track-hosted practice day leading up to the 48th Annual Snowball Derby week, which officially begins on December 2.

Cars were on and off the track making runs all day long getting ready for a run at the bonus money later in the evening. When the sun went down, the intensity ramped up as teams did what they could to win the bonus money.

Second-generation driver Harrison Burton said before Late Model practice that he didn’t know if he had a car good enough to win the $500 bonus money, and for a while it appeared that he was right.

Continue reading ‘Burton Tops Charts at IP Casino Snowball Derby Preview’

Clauson & Roa are Western World Champions

TUCSON, Ariz. (November 21, 2015) – The 48th Western World Championships came down to a pair of epic USAC Sprint Car feature events with Bryan Clauson and Brody Roa taking title honors in Saturday night’s finale atop the 3/8-mile USA Raceway clay oval.

Clauson outlasted USAC National Sprint Car champion Robert Ballou to claim his fourth Western World title in the USAC vs. USAC/CRA finale while Roa held off the likes of Brady Bacon and C.J. Leary throughout the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast 360-ci Sprint Car main event to add his name to the list of Western World champions.

Posting finishes of second in the USAC National feature and third in the 360-ci feature, Brady Bacon came away with the “Rocket” Jesse Hockett Award for best-combined finishes in the two main events as 11 drivers pulled double duty in the weekend that featured 69 competitors.

Continue reading ‘Clauson & Roa are Western World Champions’

Champions Crowned at 2015 Knoxville Raceway Championship Cup Series Banquet

November 21, 2015 – Nearly $300,000 in cash and contingencies were handed out Saturday night, November 21 at the 2015 Knoxville Raceway Championship Cup Series Banquet!  The event, held at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa played host to 700 attendees.

The contingency package was headlined by a giveaway of eight chassis.  Each owner in all three sprint car classes was awarded a contingency (see prize list with winners below). The Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) again will provide insurance for all 2015 Knoxville point eligible drivers next season for wherever they may race.  The KRCO will also provide each driver a $600 gift certificate to Simpson Racing Products.

After dinner, Promoter John McCoy and new Marketing Director Kendra Jacobs addressed the attendees.  In addition to the thanks doled out to those who make Knoxville Raceway what it is, both expressed their excitement for the 2016 season and beyond.

Continue reading ‘Champions Crowned at 2015 Knoxville Raceway Championship Cup Series Banquet’

Setzer Claims Meltdown Thriller at Hickory; Tate Fogleman Takes Championship

HICKORY, NC (November 21) – Brandon Setzer took the lead from Mike Hopkins for the final time with 60 laps to go and held on for a popular hometown win Saturday afternoon in the 10th Annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200 at Hickory Motor Speedway.  Setzer becomes the 7th different first-time winner in Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model competition for 2015.

“Man it’s so awesome to get this win in front of the hometown crowd, I’ve got so many sponsors and family and friends here, I’ve just got to thank everybody so much,” said Setzer in victory lane.  “Mike Hopkins drove a great race and his stuff stayed together way better than I thought it would in the first half.  He [Hopkins] pushed me really hard there, that’s all I had, and Tyler [Church] there at the end too, but you know this thing had enough.”

While Setzer was celebrating his first career win, third generation racer Tate Fogleman soldiered home to a tenth place finish to secure his first career PASS South Super Late Model championship.  At 15-years-old, Fogleman becomes the youngest driver to ever win a PASS Super Late Model championship.  By following his father, Jay, as a series champion, they join Mike and Ben Rowe as the only father-son combination to ever win a PASS title.  Zane Smith saw a big points lead evaporate late in the season due to late season penalties.  Smith was fined for jumping a late restart at South Boston Speedway in August.  That paled in comparison to a huge points and monetary penalty assessed after an event at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in October in which Smith intentionally spun race winner Joey Doiron after the checkered flag, destroying Doiron’s machine.  Smith’s collapse late in the year played into Fogleman’s hand and paved the way for him to win his first title.
Continue reading ‘Setzer Claims Meltdown Thriller at Hickory; Tate Fogleman Takes Championship’

Vondohren, Kressley and Schutz Earn NASCAR Titles at Grandview Speedway

Jeff Strunk and Kenny Gilmore Take American Racer Track Titles; T.P.Trailers Returns as Major Sponsor for 2016 Season

Bechtelsville, PA November 21, 2015 . . . Veteran stock car racers Craig VonDohren and Chuck Schutz along with Brett Kressley were honored as the 2015 NASCAR champions on Saturday night at the 53rd Anniversary Grandview Speedway Awards Banquet which took place at the Gilbertsville, PA Fire Co. Social Hall. Jeff Strunk topped the American Racer Cup standings for the Modifieds while Kenny Gilmore, Fleetwood, earned the American Racer Cup with the Sportsman.  A large turnout of racers, team members, fans, family members, media and more were on hand.

A new award came from NASCAR with the announcement that young Kyle Lilick, Collegeville, Pa, had earned the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) Youth Achievement Award. This honor included a cash award and UNOH Scholarship.

For VonDohren, who calls Oley, PA home, the 2015 NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modified championship was his eighth time as the titleholder while Chuck Schutz (Pottstown) earned his 7th BRC NASCAR Late Model title. For Brett Kressley (Orefield) the Sportsman championship was his first at the Rogers family owned auto racing facility.

Continue reading ‘Vondohren, Kressley and Schutz Earn NASCAR Titles at Grandview Speedway’

Daniel Suárez Wins NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award

Suárez First Hispanic Driver To Win Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2015) – In what has already been an impressive first full season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Daniel Suárez added another accolade to his resume Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway – the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. In doing so, he became the first Mexican-born driver and the second NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) graduate to receive the award in a NASCAR national series.

“Congratulations to Daniel and his Joe Gibbs Racing team for this great achievement,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president, racing operations. “Watching Daniel and Darrell Wallace Jr. battle throughout the season, two hard-nosed competitors, really speaks to their talent and I look forward to seeing them compete in NASCAR for years to come.”

Also a member of the 2011-2013 NASCAR Next classes, an initiative designed to identify the sport’s next generation of stars, Suárez captured the rookie honors over fellow NASCAR Next and D4D graduate Darrell Wallace Jr. The Monterrey, Mexico native made 33 starts in 2015, posting three Coors Light Pole Awards, eight top-five and 18 top-10 finishes.

Continue reading ‘Daniel Suárez Wins NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award’

Midwest Star Majeski Hoping to Add Derby Win to Résumé

Pensacola, FL – It’s a pretty good day for any up-and-coming race car driver when the sport’s most popular driver gives you a shout out on Twitter.

That’s exactly what happened for Ty Majeski this week when NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gave props to Majeski, calling him “the deal” after the rising star won the prestigious Florida Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway.

With that big win, the ARCA Midwest Tour championship and a tip of the cap from “Junior,” the Wisconsin driver is preparing to head back to the Sunshine State during the first week of December with hopes of winning the most prestigious Late Model event of them all, the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.

Continue reading ‘Midwest Star Majeski Hoping to Add Derby Win to Résumé’

Rowan Pennink, Michael Bennett, Stephen Kopcik, Al Saunders, Frank L’Etoile, And Devin O’Connell Honored As 2015 Stafford Speedway Track Champions

(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway welcomed a guest list of nearly 500 people consisting of teams, drivers, sponsors, and employees this past Friday night, November 20 at Maneely’s in South Windsor to officially honor Rowan Pennink, Michael Bennett, Stephen Kopcik, Al Saunders, Frank L’Etoile, And Devin O’Connell as the 2015 Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champions.

With Stafford Motor Speedway broadcasters Darren Ayotte and Matt Buckler serving as the Masters of Ceremony, the 46th annual Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Champions Awards Ceremony not only honored the six track champions, they also recognized the top-15 points finishers from the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, DARE Stock, and U.S. Legend Cars divisions. Special awards that were presented during the evening’s festivities were Most Popular Driver Awards, SPAFCO Race Chassis & Parts Rookie of the Year, R.A.D. Automachine and T/A Engines Rookie of the Year, R.A.D. Automachine DARE Stock Rookie of the Year, and the UNOH Youth Achievement Award.

The 2015 SK Modified® season saw Rowan Pennink continue a hot streak that began with his victory in the 2014 NAPA SK 5k. Including that SK 5k victory, Pennink scored 5 wins in the final 10 races of the year and he and the #99 Van Wickle NAPA Auto Supply team served notice right out of the gate that they would be contenders in 2015 as they won the season-opening NAPA Spring Sizzler feature. Pennink went on to score 5 more wins for a total of 6 to go along with 17 top-5 and 19 top-10 finishes this season. Pennink’s average finish for the season was 4.5 and he claimed the track title by a 10 point margin over Ryan Preece.

Continue reading ‘Rowan Pennink, Michael Bennett, Stephen Kopcik, Al Saunders, Frank L’Etoile, And Devin O’Connell Honored As 2015 Stafford Speedway Track Champions’

Bacon & Hodges Hit it Big on Western World Night Two

TUCSON, Ariz. (November 20, 2015) – Brady Bacon and Josh Hodges stepped to the forefront on the second night of 48thWestern World Championships preliminary action by capturing victories in Friday night’s USAC Sprint Car feature events atop the 3/8-mile USA Raceway clay oval.

After bagging a pair of runner-up finishes on Thursday night, Oklahoma native Bacon climbed to the top step of the podium by takingFriday’s USAC National vs. USAC/CRA feature victory while New Mexico’s Hodges bounced back from a vicious heat race flip in 410-ci action to wire the field in USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast 360-ci Sprint Car action.

With 69 competitors taking in the two preliminary nights of action at USA Raceway, the stage is set for Saturday’s 48th Western World Championships slate of events.

Continue reading ‘Bacon & Hodges Hit it Big on Western World Night Two’

Meet the Champions: Woody Pitkat and Stan Mertz Rise to the Top with Sunoco Modified Championship

Heading into the season-ending Sunoco World Series of Speedway racing weekend, Woody Pitkat was in contention to win three Modified championships while driving for three different teams. He won two of the three, including the Sunoco Modified track championship at Thompson Speedway and the Valenti Modified Racing Series. With his success this season, it has built upon his reputation of being one of the top modified drivers in the modern era.

Today, Pitkat is a household name whose talent is sought out by many team owners in a variety of divisions. It wasn’t always that way. Pitkat first started in full-bodied competition in a family owned car in 1996. They scraped together enough money to race and progress up the ladder while winning a few championships along the way. After adding a Thompson Speedway Late Model to the fleet, Pitkat won the 2002 Late Model crown in a car owned by his mother and grandmother.

In 2006, he was presented with the opportunity to drive for a new team owned by Bob Hitchcock and Kelly Iverson in the Sunoco Modified division. At the time, Pitkat was well on his way to becoming one of the more popular drivers in modified country, although nobody knew what to expect with this new combination. It turned out that it was magical as Pitkat earned his first modified championship in his first year driving for Hitchcock at Thompson. Together they won the NASCAR Region IV Championship that same year.

Continue reading ‘Meet the Champions: Woody Pitkat and Stan Mertz Rise to the Top with Sunoco Modified Championship’

K&N West Runner-Up Ready for Snowball Derby Challenge

Pensacola, FL – Noah Gragson has done some challenging things in his short racing career, but nothing can compare to what he’s about to attempt when he heads to Pensacola, Florida during the first week of December. 

Gragson of Las Vegas, Nevada will make his way to the East Coast and attempt to qualify for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway on December 6. 
 
The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship runner-up will be racing for Jamie Yelton’s Fathead Racing, which is based in North Carolina.  Gragson has never raced with that team before, so he’s headed to the East Coast a couple of weeks in advance.

Continue reading ‘K&N West Runner-Up Ready for Snowball Derby Challenge’

INDYCAR News and Notes – Nov. 20, 2015

1. Hunter-Reay Cherishes Race Of Champions Chances: Ryan Hunter-Reay is driving in the Race Of Champions for the third time, which he believes will provide a level of familiarity with the format, cars and competitors.

But the 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner – along with the 19 other drivers from multiple motorsports disciplines – will contend with a new track layout and racing structure today and Saturday at Olympic Stadium in London.

The event is divided into two sections: the ROC Nations Cup, in which drivers are paired in geographically centered teams, and the Race Of Champions for individual competition. Taped highlights will be televised in the United States at 7 p.m. ET Nov. 29 on CBS Sports Network.

Continue reading ‘INDYCAR News and Notes – Nov. 20, 2015’




November 2015
S M T W T F S
« Oct   Dec »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

Archives