Archive for February, 2016

Ladyga, Blewett, Susice Win TQ Midget Triple 20 Races, Rudolph and Blewett Tie for Fast Time; Daley Wins Seventh Career LSMP Champ Kart Feature; Battle of Trenton TQ Feature Saturday (today), Gates Open at 5 P.M.

TRENTON, NJ February 27, 2016 . . . Nick Ladyga of Voluntown, Ct., Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J., and Ryan Susice of Ransomville, N.Y., each punched their ticket into the 40-lap Battle Of Trenton TQ Midget feature Saturday by winning 20-lap TQ Qualifier races Friday at Sun National Bank Center. Their wins guaranteed them starting berths in Saturday night’s 40-lap Battle Of Trenton feature race.

The Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) event also saw Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., and Blewett tie for fast time, with identical 7.045 clockings to best a 63-car TQ field.
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Laney & Thornton Kick Off Desert Classis with Twin Twenty Triumphs

PEORIA, Ariz. (February 26, 2016) – Cody Laney and Ricky Thornton, Jr., opened the 28th Annual Desert Classic by racing to victory lane in Friday night’s Arizona Differential IMCA Modified Twin Twenties atop the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval.

While Laney and Thornton, Jr., earned front row starting positions for Saturday’s $5,000-to-win Desert Classic finale, other Friday night winners included Cody Center in Stock Car action, Jason Beshears in Hobby Stocks, Cory Brown in Dwarf Cars and Colton Hardy in Micro Sprints.

After setting quick time in IMCA Modified qualifying, Torrance, California’s Laney led all the way in the first 20-lapper to earn Saturday night’s pole starting position. Laney raced to the stripe ahead of 2014 Desert Classic champ Jason Noll with Tim Ward, R.C. Whitwell, Alex Stanford and Hunter Marriott also locking into the main event.
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Team Penske sets record pace at first day of Phoenix promoter test

AVONDALE, Ariz. – The Test in the West is already bringing out the best in Team Penske.

Record best.

Helio Castroneves led four Team Penske drivers in the top six after the first session of the Phoenix International Raceway promoter test Feb. 26, with a lap time that unofficially eclipsed the track record on the 1.022-mile short oval.

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Fan Fest at Trenton Indoor Auto Racing Event Saturday Moves to 5 P.M. Start

Anticipated Larger-than-expected Response has Gates Opening at 5 P.M., One Hour Earlier than Previously Announced, for Saturday’s “Battle of Trenton” Fan Fest and Indoor Auto Racing Events; Good Seats Still Available

TRENTON, NJ February 26, 2016 . . . Due to an anticipated larger-than-normal response to Len Sammons Motorsports Productions’ Battle Of Trenton’s pre-race Fan Fest, doors will open at the Sun National Bank Center at 5:00 PM, one hour earlier than had been previously announced, for the indoor auto racing events on Saturday (February 27)

“We want to give Fan Fest fans of the Indoor Series a chance to spend some more time with the drivers, get their autographs and have pictures taken with the cars,” Len Sammons said.

Fan Fest is open to any reserved seat ticket holder or to any race fan who is accompanied to the arena by a child.
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David Arute Ready to Challenge for SK Light Rookie of the Year at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway’s SK Light Modified division currently has 7 rookie drivers signed up for the 2016 season and one rookie driver who is ready to make his mark on the division is Tolland native David Arute.  Arute will join the likes of Sean Foster, D.J. Burnham, Joey Ferrigno, and Norm Sears as drivers who have gotten started at Stafford racing in the Limited Late Model division and then moved up to the SK Modified® or SK Light ranks.

“I’m excited about this new chapter in my racing career,” said Arute.  “It’s pretty cool for me to have someone like Todd Owen in my corner, he’s been a great driver coach and mentor to me. We’ve been able to use his garage to work on our cars and we owe Todd a big thanks for all of his help.”

Arute began his career at Stafford in the Wild Thing Karts on Monday nights, racing in the Junior and Senior Outlaw divisions, notching the 2011 Senior Outlaw champion while also participating in his first full season of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing in the DARE Stock division.  Arute raced a partial schedule in the DARE Stock division during the 2010 season and a full year in 2011 before moving into the Limited Late Model division for the 2012 season.  During his 4 seasons in the Limited Late Model division, Arute posted impressive numbers with 11 victories and three top-3 finishes in the points standings, including a second place finish in 2013, coming up just 2 points shy of the title.

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D.J. Burnham Moving Up to SK Modified® Division at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After winning three races and being in contention for the SK Light championship in 2015, East Hartford native D.J. Burnham is making the jump to Stafford Speedway’s premier SK Modified® division for the 2016 season.  Burnham will carry sponsorship from Maneeley’s Banquet Facility and Salon Rausch on his #51 machine and will join fellow SK Light graduates Stephen Kopcik, Nick Salva, and Jeff Fialkovich in forming the 2016 SK Modified® Rookie Class.

“I’m pretty excited and I’m looking forward to racing against some of the best modified drivers in the northeast,” said Burnham.  “I know it’s going to be a lot tougher than the SK Lights but I’m pretty excited to see what we can do and I feel pretty confident we can do all right.  My father and brother are also excited about making the move up to the SK’s and they’re both really smart with giving me what I need in the car to be able to go faster.  I have to thank my father Dave, my mother Donna, and my brother Brian for all of their support, I couldn’t do this without them.”

Burnham was a complete rookie to the world of open wheel modified racing when he made the switch from Limited Late Models to SK Lights for the 2014 season and his 2 years of SK Light experience should help make his transition smoother despite the high level of competition that awaits in the SK Modified® division.
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Justin Haley Ready for NASCAR 150 on June 17 at Stafford Speedway

 

Stafford Springs, CT — Fresh off a fifth-place finish in the season opener for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, 16-year old Winamac, IN native Justin Haley was the highest finishing car of the 4-car HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team that will campaign the 2016 season. Despite being only 16 years of age, Haley has already compiled starts in a wide variety of cars, tracks, and series, and he and his #5 Braun Auto team will add Stafford Speedway to his resume when the K&N Pro Series East hit the half-mile for the NASCAR 150 on Friday, June 17.

Haley began his racing career in 2008 at the age of 9 racing Quarter Midgets at Kokomo Quarter Midget Club (IN) where he continued to compete for the next several seasons, notching numerous wins. Haley moved to Restricted Micro Sprints in 2012 and then to the CRA Late Model Sportsman series in 2013 where he scored 4 top-5’s and 6 top-10’s in 7 starts to finish 7th in the final points standings.

The 2014 season saw Haley move to the competitive JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour where he scored his first ever Late Model victory at Springport Motor Speedway in Michigan. Although he didn’t run the full schedule, Haley managed to collect 5 top-5’s and 8 top-10’s along with one Fast Qualifier Award. The 2014 season also saw Haley make several starts in ARCA where he became the youngest pole winner in ARCA history by winning the pole position at Elko Speedway. In addition to races in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and ARCA Racing Series, the young driver secured two top 10s in five ARCA/CRA Super Series starts and one top 10 in three starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

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Rowan Pennink Seeking First NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler Win with the Boehler Family #3

Stafford Springs, CT — For Rowan Pennink, the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway has been a race that has seemingly been within arms’ length from Pennink taking the checkered flag.  Pennink has made 8 career starts in “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” recording an impressive 4 top-5 and 6 top-10 finishes.  Pennink’s best finish in the Sizzler was a second place effort back in 2011 and he had another podium finish with a 3rd place effort in 2014, both with his family owned #93.  When the green flag drops on this year’s 45th Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler, Pennink will be with a new team and behind the wheel of one of the most famous rides on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the #3 “Ole Blue” Boehler Racing Enterprises Modified, with sponsorship from Cape Cod Copper and Bridgewater-Raynham Overhead Door.

“It’s really cool and I’m really happy about the opportunity to be driving the #3 Boehler car,” said Pennink.  “I can’t wait to get behind the wheel, the Sizzler is one of the biggest races of the year on the Tour and I’m looking forward to the race and hopefully we can get a good finish and put on a good show for all the fans.  We’ve been so close so many times at Stafford, it would be nice to get that one extra spot and be able to put the #3 into victory lane.  I know it’s been a while since the #3 car had a win and between that and me getting my first tour win at Stafford, it would be really cool.”

Pennink has driven his family owned car on the Tour since 2007 but it was a phone call from Michael Boehler at the conclusion of the 2015 season that got the ball rolling on bringing the two together for the 2016 season.
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2017 Chili Bowl Dates Confirmed; Ticket Renewal Begins March 2, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (February 26, 2016) While the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire is over 300 days away, the work for the “Mecca of Midgets” is never ending. With fans and teams already planning their next trek to Tulsa, Okla. the dates for the 2017 edition been set.

Starting with Move In, teams will begin filling the River Spirit Expo Center on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Practice will get underway bright and early on Monday, January 9, 2017 with races stretching from Tuesday, January 10 to Saturday, January 14.

The reserved seat ticket renewal process for the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire will begin Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Anyone who is not renewing tickets is encouraged to call as well in order to get their spot in line if tickets come available. Current ticket holders will also be receiving a renewal form in the mail but are still encouraged to call ahead of the form.

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Lincoln Moves to Sunday, Creates Trenton and Lincoln Doubleheader Weekend

Indoor/Outdoor ‘Double’: Lincoln Speedway Postponement to Sunday Sets Up Trenton Saturday Indoor, Lincoln Sunday Outdoor Historic Race Fan Double

TRENTON, NJ February 26,2016 . . . With Lincoln Speedway postponing its 410 Sprint Car races from this Saturday to Sunday, a unique race fan ‘double’ is in the offing this weekend for energetic and enthusiastic race fans.

“We’re inviting all of the race fans in Central Pennsylvania to come to the Battle of Trenton on Saturday night,” Len Sammons, event organizer said.
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Presenting the $50,000 Lucas Oil ASCS Triple Crown

Lucas Oil ASCS drivers file off Turn 4 at the Missouri State Fair Speedway during the High Roller Classic in 2015. (ASCS/MSFS)

TULSA, Okla. (February 26, 2016) Winning races is the goal of any team. But winning consecutive, high paying events; now that’s a challenge. Enter the Lucas Oil Triple Crown. A $50,000 carrot that awaits any driver who can top three of the Midwest’s biggest ASCS events in 2016.

Which events? For starters, you have to win the finale of the Arnold Motor Supply ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals at the famed Knoxville Raceway. Next, you’ll have to top the High Roller Classic at the Missouri State Fair Speedway. The final step; winning the final night of the Hockett/McMillin Memorial at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” at the Lucas Oil Speedway.

“We wanted to tie together three big events, that are easy for drivers to get to and with Knoxville announcing an increased payout, plus the High Roller going to $15,000 to win, and the Hockett/McMillin going to three days and $10,000 to win, they made the choice of events easy, plus, it just adds to the excitement that these events are already building,” said ASCS National Coordinator, Matt Ward. “We can’t thank Lucas Oil enough for their continued support of ASCS and the drivers in making it possible to put together the Triple Crown.”

The Arnold Motor Supply ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals at the Knoxville Raceway takes place August 4-6, 2016. More information on the Knoxville Raceway can be found online at http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

The High Roller Classic at the Missouri State Fair Speedway is slated for Sunday, August 21, 2016. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MISSOURISTATEFAIRSPEEDWAY/timeline.

The Hockett/McMillin Memorial at the Lucas Oil Speedway is scheduled for September 22-24, 2016. More information is online at http://www.lucasoilspeedway.com.

For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, from the Regional tours to the National Tour, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

ASCS National Drivers Online:

Josh Baughman: http://www.joshbaughman.com
Kyle Bellm: http://www.kylebellm.com
Seth Bergman: http://www.sethbergmanracing.com
Matt Covington: http://www.mattcovingtonracing.com
Sam Hafertepe, Jr.: http://www.sam15.com
Blake Hahn: http://www.blakehahnracing.com
Johnny Herrera: http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com
Wayne Johnson: https://www.facebook.com/WayneJohnsonRacing?fref=ts
Brad Loyet: http://www.loyetmotorsports.com
Aaron Reutzel: http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com
Steven Russell: https://www.facebook.com/steven.russell.71066?fref=ts

ASCS Online:
American Sprint Car Series: http://www.ascsracing.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lucasoilascs
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lucasoilascs (@lucasoilascs)
Instagram: ASCSRACING
Audio Broadcast: http://www.racinboys.com
Live Scoring (Where Applicable): http://www.ascsracing.com/live and the Race Monitor App

Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. More information can be found on Lucas Oil Products at www.lucasoil.com. MAVTV Motorsports Network is the presenting sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. Log onto www.mavtv.com for information regarding availability and listings in your area.

Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network include: Hoosier Racing Tire and Brodix. All Heat Races are brought to you by ButlerBuilt Professional Seating Systems. All B-Features are presented by BMRS.

Team Lucas Sponsors for the American Sprint Car Series consist of Protect the Harvest, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, LucasOilRacing.tv, Carlyle Tools, and General Tire.

Communications for the American Sprint Car Series is provided by Racing Electronics. All events are broadcast online at http://www.racinboys.com.

Product and Contingency Sponsorship provided by: K&N Filters, KSE Racing Products, Fuel Safe, DMI Rear Ends, BMRS, SpeedMart, Competition Suspension, Engler Machine and Tool, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Driverwebsites.com, Weld Wheels, Maxwell Industries, Simpson, Wesmar Racing Engines, Hinchman Indy Racewear, Rod End Supply, Smiley’s Racing Products, Speedway Motors, and Hilborn Injection.

Sources: Bryan Hulbert/Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series PR

Sneak Preview of the 2016 Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Season at Frank Maratta Auto Show & Race-A-Rama

THOMPSON, CT — 2016 is shaping up to be another one for the history books as Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) has a jam-packed schedule of over 20 races between the 5/8-mile oval and 1.7-mile road course. Fans and racers alike will get a sneak peek at what’s in store when they visit TSMP’s booth at this weekend’s Frank Maratta’s Auto Show & Race-A-Rama, scheduled for February 26-28 at the Big E in West Springfield.

TSMP will have race cars from several different divisions at its booth this year. The Stan Mertz – owned Just Get Dirty Apparel Company / Morningside Lawn & Landscape No. 6 Sunoco Modified, piloted by last year’s champion, Woody Pitkat, will be on display. They will be looking to repeat their successful season this year in TSMP’s highly competitive Division I.

Also, on display will be Frank L’Etoile Jr.’s #88 car that he will be competing in TSMP’s Limited Sportsman division, as well as the new North East Street Stock Tour (NESST). The NE Street Stock Tour will begin their season at TSMP with the 42nd Annual Icebreaker on April 8-10, and end it at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on October 14-16.
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Announcing 2016 Sportsman Shootout Series

Weedsport Speedway is proud to present the 2016 Sportsman Shootout Series. The nine race series featuring the Crate Sportsman Modified division will kick off on Sunday, May 22nd accompanying the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in the second annual Empire State Challenge. The Sportsman Shootout Series competitors headline on June 5th for a series double header and return June 21st along with the World of Outlaw Late Model Series. The series headlines once again on Monday, July 4th, as the 3rd annual Sportsman Classic highlights Independence Day. The Sportsman Classic will once again pay $2,500 to the winner, one of three Sportsman Shootout Series events with a winner’s share exceeding the $2,000 mark.

Series action returns to Port on August 9th with the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds for the annual Hall of Fame 100, and again on August 21st with the ESS Sprint Cars as part of the 2016 Legends Reunion. The series culminates in an action-packed weekend of racing on September 17th and 18th. On Saturday, September 17th, the series runs along with the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, setting the stage for the Sportsman Shootout Series Championship on Sunday, September 18th.

The 2016 Sportsman Shootout Series will pay a point fund to the top ten competitors in the championship standings at the conclusion of the September 18th event, with the Champion receiving a check for $2000. Championship points will be awarded on a 60 point schedule and a competitors’ worst finish will be dropped from the total. Any competitor in the top ten in championship points, and has made an attempt to qualify for all preceding events, will carry a provisional starting spot for the Sportsman Classic, as well as both championship weekend events in September. The Sportsman Shootout Series will follow 2016 DIRTcar Sportsman Rules. Please forward any questions to info at weedsportspeedway dot com. Follow along for updates at weedsportspeedway.com, facebook.com/weedsportspeedway, twitter.com/weedsportspdwy and instagram.com/weedsportspeedway.
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Lutz, Swanson to Step Up on Whelen Tour

Will Take on Full Schedule, Run for Sunoco Rookie of the Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After testing the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour waters as part-time participants year ago, drivers Craig Lutz and Matt Swanson are ready to step up to full-time competition and contend for the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

Lutz, of Miller Place, New York, made his first Whelen Modified Tour appearance in 2014 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl where he has competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified division in recent seasons. Last year the 21-year-old, who works as a carpenter on Long Island, made four Whelen Modified Tour starts.

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“I’m really looking forward to it,” Lutz said. “I’m excited for the experience of going to tracks I haven’t been to and getting some seat time there. Hopefully we’ll be able to make a competitive run for Sunoco Rookie of the Year.”

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Matt Covington Gearing Up for 2016 Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

TULSA, Okla. (February 25, 2016) Continuing to build on his success since going back on the road in 2014 with the National Tour, Matt Covington is primed and ready for another run at the title with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

Covington, who pilots the Covington Motorsports No. 95 has been behind the wheel since the age of five. Coming up from Quarter Midgets, Covington made his Sprint Car debut in 2008. Since then, Matt has scored four Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour wins, to go along with five ASCS Regional Championship in the former Sooner and Lone Star Regions.

Talking about the offseason, Covington said, “Not much has changed for this year. We do have a new crew guy working for us this year. We hired Lane Goodman, one of Mike Goodman’s boys, and plan on taking him on the whole tour and we’re really glad to have Jerry Graves helping us out again this year. He’s excited for sure, we just need to come up with the results to match.”

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At A Glance: Greg Wilson Goes West with the Outlaws

The Series takes on Cotton Bowl Speedway on Feb. 26 and Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 27

CONCORD, N.C. – Feb. 24, 2015 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series added a familiar name in the off-season to its roster of full-time competitors – Greg Wilson.

Wilson, a two-time All-Star Circuit of Champions champion, leaves Volusia Speedway Park and DIRTcar Nationals with his eyes open and excitement over the challenge ahead.

The opportunity to compete full-time with the series began last July as Wilson talked with longtime sponsor Hercules Tire. Through months of discussions toward renewal and several high points last summer, including his first World of Outlaws win which came at Eldora Speedway’s 4 Crown Nationals, Wilson and Hercules agreed it was time to make the move.
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NASCAR Announces Nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017, Landmark Award

Hornaday, Roush, Rudd, Squier, Wilson Added To Ballot; Guthrie Joins Landmark List

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 24, 2016) — Legendary engine builders, crew chiefs, owners, drivers and the most recognizable voice in motorsports. The talents, eras, and levels may differ, but all share a common thread. They shaped NASCAR, and on Wednesday, they were recognized as nominees for the highest honor the sport bestows – enshrinement into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Included among the list are five first-time nominees, all legends who made excellence a habit through their various contributions to the sport.

Among them are record-holding four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr.; the man with the most car owner wins in NASCAR national series history with 322, Jack Roush; former all-time consecutive starts leader Ricky Rudd; legendary motorsports broadcasting pioneer Ken Squier; and three-time premier series champion engine builder and three-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief Waddell Wilson. For a full list of nominees, please see below.

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Brodix Steps On As ASCS Frontier Title Sponsor; 2016 Lineup Revealed

TULSA, Okla. (February 23, 2016) The Frontier Region of the American Sprint Car Series has released their 2016 lineup of 17 dates as well as a new title sponsor with Brodix Cylinder Heads coming on to form the Brodix ASCS Frontier Region.

The official Cylinder Head of the American Sprint Car Series, the addition of Brodix will lift the 2016 point fund to $15,000. Along with the point fund, drivers in the Top 10 in series points will also be in line to receive contingencies from SpeedMart, Hoosier Tire, Brodix, Schoenfeld, and BMRS with more on the way.

Expanding the region’s reach in 2016, tracks in Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming will make up the 17 race lineup. Kicking off in May, the season will go through September.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Gears Up for the 42nd Annual Icebreaker in April

THOMPSON, CT — The 42nd Annual Icebreaker, one of the most highly anticipated racing events in New England, will take place on April 8-10, featuring the first championship race of the season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT). The Icebreaker this year has been expanded to twelve divisions of racing, and will once again include the popular Fan Appreciation party on the track on Sunday morning before the second day of races begin.

The Icebreaker will start off with a practice day on Friday, April 8. The pit area will open for haulers to start coming in at noon, and rotating practice sessions will begin at 1 PM for all divisions except for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS). Tickets for Friday cost $15 per person for pit access. Haulers will be able to come in until 7 PM on Friday to park for the weekend.

Saturday’s on-track activity will begin at 9:45 AM with practice for PASS and NWMT competitors. The pits open at 8:00 AM and the grandstands open at 9:30 AM. Qualifying races will begin in the afternoon at 2:30 for all divisions, ending with time trials for the NWMT cars at 4:00 PM. Feature races will begin immediately after, starting with the Vintage Outlaws division who will be racing their first of three events at TSMP this season. Also returning to the Icebreaker will be the Lite Modified division, NEMA Lites, Lite Modifieds, and Trucks. Newcomers to the Icebreaker this year include the Pro All Stars Series (PASS), for their first return to the 5/8-mile oval since 2010, and the start-up stock car series, the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST). The NESST is open to any of TSMP’s Limited Sportsman cars, giving drivers the opportunity to compete twice on Icebreaker weekend.

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NASCAR Reinstates Crew Member Frank W. Earnhardt

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2016) – NASCAR has reinstated Frank W. Earnhardt, a former crew member in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, upon his successful completion of NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program.

On May 14, 2013, Earnhardt was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the NASCAR Rule Book.

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INDYCAR News and Notes – Feb. 23, 2016

1. Rossi fills out Andretti Autosport driver quartet for 2016: Alexander Rossi has been named as the fourth driver to compete for Andretti Autosport in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series. The 24-year-old American will drive the No. 98 Honda, following a merger last week with Bryan Herta Autosport that moved the entry into the Andretti stable.

Rossi boasts an impressive racing portfolio. He drove in five Formula One races in 2015 for Manor while also finishing runner-up in GP2, the top developmental series for aspiring F1 drivers. The California native has made 209 career open-wheel starts, with 42 wins, 75 podiums, 36 poles and an impressive win percentage of 20.1 percent.

“I’m very much looking forward to making my (Verizon) IndyCar Series debut this season and am proud to be racing with a team of such high caliber and pedigree as that of Andretti Autosport,” Rossi said. “As a racer through and through, I cannot wait to get started. Our goal is to be competitive immediately at the first race in St. Petersburg.”

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ASCS Gulf South Announces $30,250 Point Fund for 2016

TULSA, Okla. (February 23, 2016) While the 2016 lineup has been public since December, the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region presented by Southern Trailer Works has announced the 2016 Point Fund payout that tops $30,250.

In a memo sent out to owner and drivers, ASCS Gulf South Director, Keith Johnson, explained…

“Driver must compete in all ASCS Gulf South scheduled events and be in attendance at the banquet. Car Owner’s using more than one driver MUST complete in all ASCS Gulf South scheduled events and be in attendance at the banquet. If less than 15 drivers compete in all events the drivers who did will split the point money. Top ten drivers in points will receive an ASCS Hoosier jacket and trophy. Eleventh to fifteenth will receive a trophy.”

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Indoor Auto Racing Series Title to be Decided on Saturday (Feb. 27) in Three Quarter Midget 40 Lap Battle of Trenton – Pete & Elda’s Inverted Handicapping System Adds Excitement to Friday Triple 20 Races

TRENTON, NJ February 23, 2016 . . . Though the decisive struggle for the Battle Of Trenton is in Saturday night’s Three Quarter (TQ) Midget feature, Friday night’s TQ Midget Triple 20 Qualifiers have received some added focus with the signing of a new sponsor and a unique handicapping system. The added buzz to Friday has made attending both days of this weekend’s NAPA Auto Parts/ Oliver Construction, Inc. sponsored events at Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center as not to be missed events.

Pete & Elda’s Bar / Carmen’s Pizzeria, located in Neptune, N.J., has lent its name to the support of the Friday TQ qualifiers, races in which a “do-or-die’ ethic prevails and caution is thrown to the winds. George Andretta, owner of the local hot spot bar and restaurant, is a past driver and championship contender at Wall (NJ) Stadium. As part of the sponsorship arrangement, extra prize money will be distributed to racers in the Triple Twenties. The TQ Qualifiers were a huge hit at the most recent event in Atlantic City with top qualifiers starting mid-pack in these events. In Atlantic City, Rudolph blasted from 10th to win his 20 lap race, while new winners were able to go to victory lane in the other Friday showcase events.

The Battle Of Trenton is the third and final race of the Len Sammons Motorsports Productions (LSMP) Indoor Racing Series presented by VP Racing Fuels. The series played to a sold-out crowd in Allentown, PA on January 2nd. The next stop was Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall where Anthony Sesely took top honors. The series point championship will now be decided this weekend at the Sun National Bank Center.

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Chasing 200 Tour: Beyond the Helmet

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (February 22, 2016) – Its uncharted territory, something that hasn’t been documented before.

Bryan Clauson’s “Circular Insanity Tour” pursuit of 200 racing events in one calendar year is a first.

And now, 20 races into the Tour, everyone can get a behind the scenes look on a regular basis at what happens with weekly installments of “Chasing 200 Tour: Beyond the Helmet” on www.thecushion.com.

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Rick Ziehl Begins ASCS Southwest Title Defense This Saturday At Central Arizona Speedway

TULSA, Okla. (February 22, 2016) Since theSouthwest Region of the American Sprint Car Series began in 2008, only one name has ever made it to the champion’s check, and for Rick Ziehl, taking that streak to nine consecutive begins on Saturday, February 27 at the Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Ariz.

“It’s a great accomplishment on any level. Something like that is hard to do,” said Ziehl of winning eight ASCS Southwest titles in a row. “I’d love to get the ninth. It’s something that’s just hard to explain.”

A part of southwest Sprint Car racing since 1990, Rick has amassed 16 career championships since 1995 across Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Taking on the ASCS Southwest Region in the John Ziehl Racing No. 20z, not much has changed for Ziehl going into this year’s lineup. Looking at the coming season, with new talent coming into the mix from New Mexico and around Arizona, Ziehl commented on going nine-for-nine.

“It makes it tougher for sure, but we’ll just keep concentrating on consistency, and trying to get on the podium every night.”

The second time the Central Arizona Speedway has kicked off the ASCS Southwest Region, Ziehl stood in Victory lane in 2015 with Lorne Wofford and Billy Chester completing the night’s podium. This Saturday’s appearance at the Central Arizona Speedway is one of only two on the 2016 season, with the ASCS Southwest Region also scheduled for April 23, 2016.

Saturday, February 27 at the Central Arizona Speedway is presented by Torco Fuels and includes Pure Stocks, Sport Mods, Bombers, and Mod Lites. The Central Arizona Speedway is located at 512 N 11 Mile Corner Rd. in Casa Grande, Ariz. For more information, log onto http://centralarizonaspeedway.com or call (480) 266-1378.

The 2016 season for the ASCS Southwest Region is the ninth year of competition throughout Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas. The ASCS Southwest Region is powered by Hoosier Tires, Brodix, Team Lucas, and SpeedMart. Fans can follow along with the ASCS Southwest Region on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ascssouthwestregion

For continued updates including official finishes, points, and more on the ASCS Southwest Region, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

Image Credit: Brandon Sutton

Sources: Bryan Hulbert/American Sprint Car Series PR

40 Days Until DCRP Season Opener

DODGE CITY, Kan. (February 22, 2016) – Forty days. That’s all that remains until Dodge City Raceway Park kicks off the 2016 racing season.

Opening night atop the 3/8-mile DCRP clay oval on Saturday, April 2, will feature the Precise Racing Products DRRP Sprint Cars along with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.

The April 2 opener will be the first of 17 action-packed nights of competition at the southwest Kansas track and the opening round of championship points action.

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Pappas joins INDYCAR as Vice President of Competition, Race Engineering

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 22, 2016) – INDYCAR announced that veteran racing engineer Bill Pappas has been named Vice President of Competition, Race Engineering. Pappas brings more than 30 years of motorsports experience to the position and has cultivated strong relationships throughout the racing community.

“We are very pleased to have someone with Bill’s vision and experience join our team at INDYCAR,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations. “His deep engineering expertise and long history of accomplishments in Indy car racing have earned him the respect of team owners and drivers alike. We look forward to the immediate impact and advancements Bill will bring in strengthening our safety initiatives while also enhancing our racing.”

Pappas will be responsible for all engineering and technical operations, including chassis and engine development, safety enhancements and aerodynamic initiatives. In addition, he will manage relationships with chassis and engine suppliers.

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Kumpen Finishes 26th in History-Making Debut at Daytona International Speedway

2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen headed to Daytona International Speedway with high expectations of continuing on his Nexteer Road to Daytona program – the path designed by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and Nexteer Automotive to bring European drivers to race in NASCAR in the US. Kumpen would make history in his superspeedway debut, becoming the first ever NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to race at Daytona International Speedway. Precision Performance Motorsports brought a fast No. 46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro and Kumpen had a strong showing throughout the three practices, qualifying, and the 120-lap race. Unfortunately, he got caught up in the aftermath of an early on-track incident, causing damage to the front bumper cover of the Camaro, ultimately relegating him to a 26th-place finish.

Hasselt, Belgium-native Kumpen exceeded expectations on practice day as the NASCAR XFINITY Series season-opening race weekend got underway at Daytona International Speedway. In the day’s three scheduled practice sessions, Kumpen gained speed in each round finishing 26th, 17th, and seventh, respectively. This speed carried over into qualifying, where he had to qualify in on speed against a stout field where eight cars entered in the event would not make the starting lineup. Rolling off 23rd for his one-lap single-car run, Kumpen shot immediately to sixth-fastest, guaranteeing his spot in the 300-mile event.

Kumpen would start the PowerShares QQQ 300 from the 29th position. He hung back early in the race, drafting with a three-car pack behind the field in an effort to avoid incident. Unfortunately, on Lap 7, the front end of the No. 46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro was struck by debris from a multi-car wreck that happened ahead of Kumpen. The caution flag flew and Kumpen took his Camaro down pit road and to the attention of the Precision Performance Motorsports team. They patched the hole that remarkably had not caused any internal damage, took four fresh Goodyear tires and fuel, and returned to the track.

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Norman, D’Addario and Ming Win at Sebring

Sebring, FL – The F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series closed the second and final event of the Formula Race Promotions (FRP) Winter Exhibition with Sunday races at Sebring. In the F1600 Series, Calvin Ming took the win with lead changes happening by the corner, while Davy D’Addario won in F2000 and Ryan Norman took his second win in the Atlantic Championship Series.

F1600:

After an exciting start at Sebring, the Team Pelfrey duo of Phillippe Denes and Kaylen Frederick led the first lap of the 30-minute race.

Similar to the race at Palm Beach earlier in the month, the lead battle quickly turned into a K-Hill versus Pelfrey affair, with K-Hill teammates Calvin Ming and Neal Verhagen challenging at the front of the field in a tight race that came down to the wire.

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Clanton Gets Close Win Over Bloomquist at 2016 DIRTcar Nationals Finale

Brett Hearn has improbably come from behind win in the Super DIRTcar Series as Sheppard and Richards take home the ‘Big Gators’

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 20, 2016 – It was a close call but Shane Clanton scored his second World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory of the 2016 season on Saturday night during the DIRTcar Nationals finale at Volusia Speedway Park.

It was the winner of the previous two nights, Josh Richards, who was the class of the field early, leading 45 laps of the 50 lap feature. Clanton charged through the field as Jonathan Davenport tried to get around Richards. As the feature reached its mid-point Davenport began to fade as Clanton and Scott Bloomquist hit their stride. Clanton took over second on lap 34 and ten laps later battled past Richards in lapped traffic for the lead.

As the feature drew to a close, Bloomquist found a way around Richards and in the final turn of the final lap, Bloomquist drag-raced Clanton to the finish. It was Clanton by a fender.

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