Archive for August, 2016

Seven-Time Champ Donny Schatz Leads the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series into the Western Swing

Events include Skagit, Elma, Willamette & Chico

Alger, Washington – August 31, 2016…On the strength of four wins in a row since the Knoxville Nationals Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz leads the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series into the Western Swing, beginning this weekend at the Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington.
The Western Swing in 2016 encompasses six nights of racing up and down the left coast, including events in Skagit; Elma; Lebanon, Oregon; and Chico, California.
Since finishing second at the Knoxville Nationals, Schatz has been on fire, claiming the last four series events at the helm of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 machine.

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Firestone 600 post-event infraction

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016) – INDYCAR announced the following post-event infraction from the conclusion of the Firestone 600, which was completed Aug. 27 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas:

•  INDYCAR fined Schmidt Peterson Motorsports $20,000 and penalized the team 25 entrant and driver points after the No. 5 entry of James Hinchcliffe was found in violation of Rule 14.6.8.2.2 of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook (domed skid wear) in post-race inspection.

“In our post-race analysis this week it was determined the skid plate on the No. 5 entry was worn and in violation of our rules,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. “This was both a performance advantage and a safety concern, as the domed portion of the skid had been ground down to the point it would have been ineffective.”

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At A Glance: Caution! Men Working!

Series leaps to Labor Day weekend for final PA stint

CONCORD, N.C. – August 31, 2016 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series schedule is dwindling – three more shows ramping up to the coveted Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals in Concord, N.C. But in hindsight, Lernerville Speedway’s Working Man weekend presented by GottaRace.com is no less of a show for the series’ regulars.
With a new racing format coupled with an additional day for the first time in the event’s history, the Working Man presented by GottaRace.com offers drivers a hefty payday on one of late model racing’s largest stages. At the famed 4/10-mile oval, the national tour will ultimately compete against other late model greats on Labor Day weekend for a $20,000 purse – twice as much as last year’s amount.
The Outlaws will revisit Lernerville for the second time this season. Though the Outlaws lost the battle at the crown-jeweled Firecracker 100 finale, they have since won 16 out of the last 17 events. Last year’s Rookie of the Year Brandon Overton won an emotional preliminary show during the Firecracker 100 weekend, and he is confident to double-up on his successes September 2-3.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Kicks Off Holiday Weekend at Stafford

Canaan, NH — With two race dates on the calendar in September, and two remaining in October, the Valenti Modified Racing Series kicks off this month
at the famed Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, Friday night, September 2, the third and final appearance in 2016.

Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA, and Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, has visited the Stafford/VMRS winner’s circle this season.

As of Tuesday, close to 25 other drivers would like to lay claim to a win at the Connecticut half-mile. The VMRS 80-lap race will give them the opportunity.
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Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Join Weekly Divisions on Championship Night this Sunday, Track Champions to be Crowned

VERNON, NY- After a season that has seen some great racing in between dodging the rain, the Utica-Rome Speedway point season will come to a close this Sunday, September 22, in all four of the weekly divisions. Broedel Energy and Rasmussen Rents will present the final night of points and see the track champions crowned for the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, Broedel Energy Open Sportsman, and G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks. The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints will also be on hand for what will be a tune up for the $10,000 to win Cole Cup on September 11. The Back to School Backpack Giveaway for the kids, courtesy of the Bobby Page Foundation and the Utica-Rome Speedway Kids Club, will take place during intermission.

Like the other divisions, the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds have a close point battle going in this Sunday’s event as defending champion Matt Sheppard looks to secure another title over Larry Wight, who sits just 12 points shy of the lead. Danny Varin sits in third followed by Pat Ward, Marc Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Mike Mahaney, Vic Coffey, Alan Johnson, and Matt Hulsizer.

In the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, defending champion Rocky Warner looks to grab his second title in a row, but Matt Janczuk stands his way as he holds a two-point edge over Warner coming into this weekend. Kyle Kiehn, Chris Mackey, and Brent Joy round out the top five with Rocco Leone, Jason Rood, Glenn Forward, John Christian, and David Schilling trailing.
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Southern Raceway Double Next For Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints

TULSA, Okla. (August 30, 2016) The Emerald Coast Sprint Car Nationals is on tap for the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints as the series takes on the Southern Raceway in Milton, Fla. on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4.

The series second trip of the season at the Florida oval, Morgan Turpen was the class of the field in the season’s first visit on May 21.

Going into the final rounds of the 2016 season, five nights, including this weekend, remain to settle who will be the 2016 champion. Leading that charge is Michael Miller, but the defending champion is not without company as Shane Morgan trails by only 62 points with Kyle Amerson a mere 10 behind Morgan.
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Bellm Off to Jackson Nationals after Strong Show-Me Double

NIXA, Mo. (August 30, 2016) – After a quiet weekend to regroup and refresh, Kyle Bellm and the Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) No. 14k Sprint Car team are Minnesota bound for this weekend’s Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour portion of the Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex.

It’s a big, half-mile clay oval that the Nixa, MO, racer got his first look at just a few weeks ago.

“Once we got going, the car actually felt pretty good there,” Bellm said of the July 29 Jackson Motorplex outing aboard the PPG Automotive Finishes/Colorvision entry.  “We had good speed in our last two races, hopefully, we can continue that this weekend.”

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Short Track Nationals Entry Forms Available

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 30, 2016) – Little more than two months away, it’s never too soon to start getting ready for I-30 Speedway’s annual Short Track Nationals.

As each racing season winds down, upwards of a hundred or so Sprint Car teams and countless fans flock to Little Rock, Arkansas for the crown jewel of winged 360-ci Sprint Car racing atop the high banks of I-30 Speedway.

This year will be the same, as the 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires that offers up a $15,000 winner’s share and $2,000 just to start the STN championship finale is set for November 2-5.
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CARS Tour Event Preview: CSX Play It Safe 250 pres. by MMIA – Southern National Motorsports Park

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: CSX Play It Safe 250 pres. by MMIA – Southern National Motorsports Park
7:30PM – September 3, 2016

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 30, 2016): The CARS Tour will visit Eastern North Carolina for the second time this season as they return to the site of the 2016 season opener, Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina, for race number eight on the year. Fans at the 4/10th mile track saw Deac McCaskill dominate the Late Model Stock race and then Quin Houff outdueled 2015 tour champion Cole Timm in the Super Late Models to score his second career CARS Tour victory. Both McCaskill and Houff will have a shot at history by sweeping both events in a single season; a feat that hasn’t been done in CARS Tour competition in either division. They along with the rest of the field could be in for a different race than the one in April. Hot temperatures throughout the Labor Day weekend will make the high banked track very slick and make searching for grip a driver’s focus throughout the weekend’s on track activities.

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Kyle Busch Celebrating Interstate Batteries’ First Win

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Aug. 30, 2016) – This past weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series celebrated another first-time winner as 24-year old Kyle Larson brought home his maiden Sprint Cup victory.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), remembers what it was like to be a first-time winner himself. In fact, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion and winner of 38 career races at NASCAR’s top level was the first driver to Larson’s driver-side window to shake his hand in victory lane at Michigan. Busch knows how difficult wins are to come by, and it certainly brought back memories of his own first win at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California back in 2005.

So as the Sprint Cup series heads to its second annual “Throwback Weekend” at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Busch and Interstate Batteries will be honoring a first-time victory of their own as JGR and Interstate Batteries celebrate their 25th year together in 2016. The paint scheme Busch will race is a replica of the original design Dale Jarrett raced to victory in the 1993 Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway – the first-ever Sprint Cup win for JGR and for Interstate Batteries.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway to Host Historic Same-Day Doubleheader at Vermont 200

Two-day asphalt weekend capped off by full dirt event Sunday night on September 10-11

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s biggest stock car racing event just got bigger. The annual “Vermont 200 Weekend” on September 10-11 will have two huge days of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on both the half-mile Asphalt Track and the 3/10-mile Dirt Track, and on Sunday – for the first time in Devil’s Bowl history – both surfaces will run a full program on the same day.

Heritage Family Credit Union opens the weekend on Saturday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m., with qualifying and a 50-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds. Saturday also has qualifying for the Rosen & Berger Renegades and Portland Glass Mini Stocks, non-winners “Shootout” races for all divisions including the Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Models, Sportsman Modified, and Renegade mechanic races, and a ladies-only Mini Stock “Powder Puff” race. HFCU members will be admitted free on Saturday only with proof of membership.

On Sunday, September 11, at 1:00 p.m., the Asphalt Track’s four weekly divisions will run their respective championship finales. The Late Model division will have qualifying and a 100-lap feature race, while the Sportsman Modifieds run a second feature for the weekend – the inaugural Leon Gonyo Memorial 50. The Renegades will run a 50-lap special and the Mini Stocks will race 25 laps. The 2016 track champions will be crowned in all four asphalt classes.
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Coughlin’s Race for History Rolls on With Winchester Double-Header

DELAWARE, OHIO – Cody Coughlin’s run at history is inching closer to the finish. Three ARCA/CRA Super Series races remain. Four JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour races are left. Both divisions race this weekend at one of Coughlin’s favorite places to race: Winchester Speedway.

Coughlin’s Labor Day Weekend double-header kicks off on Sunday with a 100-lap showdown for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour in the Pro Late Model. It will conclude with a 100-lap battle in the heat on Labor Day Monday for the ARCA/CRA Super Series.

“I love racing at Winchester, so two races this weekend should be a lot of fun,” Coughlin said. “Winchester is fast and high-banked and that’s what I enjoy. I’m excited to run twice this weekend there and get even closer to the championships for both series.”
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Brian Henderson, No. 46 BDL Motorsports Toyota Camry, Greenville-Pickens Preview

No. 46 BDL Motorsports Toyota Camry … Crew Chief Mark Setzer and the No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports team will unload chassis 132 for Monday’s Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. This car was last raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by Henderson, where he posted a top-15 finish.

Welcome Back … BDL Motorsports returns as primary sponsor of the No. 46 Toyota Camry. BDL Motorsports is a premier karting store supplying tires, karts and parts to the Virginia area and has been a partner of Henderson’s from the onset of his racing career.
PPM in Victory Lane … PPM driver and general manager Brandon Gdovic scored his first K&N Pro Series East victory at Greenville in 2013. After starting in the ninth position, Gdovic raced to the front, leading the final 33 laps straight to Victory Lane.
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INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, Sept. 2 – Sunday, Sept. 4

Track: Watkins Glen International, an 11-turn, 3.37-mile road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Race distance: 60 laps / 202.2 miles

Entry List: INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 20 seconds each

Firestone tire allotment: Eight sets primary, three sets alternate

Twitter: @WGI @IndyCar, #INDYCARGP, #IndyCar

Event website: www.theglen.com

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

2010 race winner (most recent event): Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara-Honda)

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Oxford American Racer Three Stars

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients.

The three stars are chosen by officials and winners will receive certificates for the use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.

The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition.
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James Hinchcliffe to star in ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ this fall

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016) – The Mayor is going dancing. Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe was named today as a member of the Season 23 cast for “Dancing with the Stars,” the hit ABC dance competition partnering celebrities with professional dancers that begins Sept. 12.

Hinchcliffe, the sixth-year Verizon IndyCar Series driver racing for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, will be paired with professional dancer Sharna Burgess.

He follows in the dancing shoes of Helio Castroneves, who won “Dancing with the Stars'” Season 5 competition in 2007.

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World of Outlaws Brings 410 Sprint Cars Back to Colorado

Series takes on El Paso County Raceway for the first time ever on Sept 14

CONCORD, N.C. – Aug. 29, 2016 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series has partnered with Blood, Sweat and Tears (BST) Racing to bring 410 sprint car racing to El Paso County Raceway in Calhan, Colo. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The event will be the Outlaws’ first time in Colorado since 2005, and the first-ever appearance at the semi-banked quarter-mile track.

“We are excited to join BST Racing for this great event and the opportunity to see the Outlaws take on El Paso County Raceway,” said World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter. “It’s been a long time since we’ve been in Colorado, and we’re excited to bring 410 sprint cars back to them.”

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Wild Action as Tremont Doubles Down, Bachetti and Sanchez Win Big at Lebanon Valley Speedway

Wild Action was Scary, Exciting, and Emotional All Wrapped Up in One Night at the Valley

To sum up what went down at the Valley of Speed this past Saturday, the phrase Roller Coaster could easily be applied.  A roller coaster of emotions from victory, for Tremont as he doubled down in the Small Block Modifieds and Daniel Sanchez scoring a thriller at the line for the win in the King of Dirt Pro Stocks.  And the emotions of fear, as hard crashes were the theme of the night, including a frightening moment for Kyle Hoffman in the Big Block Modifieds.

The end of the year always spikes everyone’s emotions.  As the racing season winds down, each driver digs and scratches for each and every point available toward their season total to crown the point championships just right around the corner.

The 30 lap modified feature had a couple of bizarre and scary moments at the beginning.  At the drop of the green, John Ruchel brought the field to speed, but by the time they go to the backstretch, the #74 of J.R. Heffner lost control and spun by himself to bring out the first caution.  On the next restart, the #17 of Rob Pitcher dove under Ruchel for the lead making slight contact with Ruchel, causing the #7 to spin in front of the field.
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Mr. DIRTcar Home Track Championship Standings

Current Point Standings as of Aug. 29, 2016

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – Aug. 29, 2016 -The Mr. DIRTcar Home Track program is in its final week of the point’s battle in all four DIRTcar divisions for the Mr. DIRTcar Home Track Championship standings. All DIRTcar track points and Mr. DIRTcar points end Monday, Sept. 5th. All bonus points will be issued next week to all DIRTcar licensed members. All non-members will not earn track bonus points. DIRTcar memberships had to be purchased by Aug. 1st in order to qualify for the bonus points. With the incredible points battle between all DIRTcar divisions who will be taking the checkers and be titled Mr. DIRTcar Home Track Champion?
 
Number of DIRTcar sanctioned tracks for each division:
8 – Big Block Modified tracks
8 – 358 Small Block Modified tracks
15 – Sportsman Modified tracks
9 – Pro-Stock tracks

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High Five: Donny Schatz Wins Gerdau Magic City Showdown for Fifth Straight Year at Nodak Speedway

MINOT, N.D. – August 28, 2016 – It took Donny Schatz until his seventh start to win at his home track of Nodak Speedway in Minot, North Dakota with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Since that victory in 2012, he been undefeated in the Gerdau Magic City Showdown. Schatz extended his win streak at Nodak Speedway to five, after leading flag-to-flag on Sunday night at the three-eighths-mile.
Schatz started second and on the initial start ran second to pole sitter Logan Schuchart, but the first caution flag of the night flew before the lap was complete. That led to a complete restart and on the second start, Schatz was able to dive under Schuchart on the front straightaway to officially lead the first lap. Schatz was in traffic just five laps into the race and like his win on Friday night at River Cities Speedway, he masterfully weaved his way through the lapped machines.
“They are all special and they are all good,” said Schatz of his five wins at Nodak Speedway. “The trophies here are awesome and so are the people. Everything about this place is great. I’ll tell you what’s really great, and that is this race team. These guys (on my crew) deserve to be standing here. The race car they prepare each day is incredible. I’m the lucky guy that gets to drive it and looks good. Their hard work is what pays off and gets us to victory lane.”

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Runaway Richards

Pulls away to capture win No. 17, tying single season record
LAKE CITY, Mich. – August 28, 2016 – Josh Richards won the Keyser Manufacturing Great Lakes Shootout decisively Sunday night at Merritt Speedway. With his 17th trip to victory lane, Richards tied the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series record for most wins in a season.
 
“We got to win six or seven, and we’ve had a phenomenal year,” Richards said. “It’s just crazy to think we’ve had ten wins since then. The track moved around quite a bit, more than I thought. I thought the bottom was going to be better than the top. The top had just enough brown where I was a little too tight early. But once the tires got to speed it was a lot better. I was just trying to get through lapped traffic the best I could, catch the brown, and it was a lot of fun racing. I can’t thank Merritt enough for holding us out another day.”
 
Though Richards led the 24-car field into the green flag for 50 laps, it only took Fruitport, Mich. native Richard Neiser the following lap to undertake him in turn two for the lead.  In a caution-free Craftsman Club® feature, the top five thereon spaced itself out into one-second splits. When the top of the field hit lapped traffic on lap 12, which is when windows of opportunity opened for those drivers.

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This Week Ahead: Super DIRTcar Series Gets Set for Lucrative Holiday Weekend

The series heads to Lebanon Valley and Weedsport

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – Aug. 28, 2016 -The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will be back in action this week as they head to Lebanon Valley Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 1 paying a hefty $17,500 to the winner and to Weedsport Speedway on Monday, Sept. 5 paying $7,500 to the winner for a lucrative Labor Day weekend.
“We are all looking forward to a very big Labor Day weekend starting off with the prestigious Mr. Dirt Track USA race at Howie Commander’s Lebanon Valley Speedway and ending at a MAVTV televised event at one of the nicest tracks in the country, Weedsport Speedway,” said Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar North East Series Director.

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Payea Takes Third Win of Season in Thriller at Oxford

Oxford, ME – Colchester, VT’s Scott Payea emerged as the victor in a heavyweight thriller at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, August 27, beating out Eddie MacDonald, Dillon Moltz, and Brad Babb for his third American-Canadian Tour (ACT) win of the season in the Dave’s Small Engines/Ferris Mowers 100.

Payea, Babb, and MacDonald had engaged in a three-way battle for more than half the race, with Payea and Babb swapping the lead numerous times while MacDonald lurked in the wings. Payea finally gained the edge for good shortly after a lap-79 caution for Emily Packard’s spin, sweeping around the outside of Babb for the event’s 13th lead change. The title contender then held on through two more restarts for his eighth career ACT Late Model Tour victory and first at Oxford.

Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien, the winner at Oxford in the ACT season opener, led the first five laps from the pole before Rich Dubeau got around him following a hard duel to lead his first laps ever in ACT competition. Babb followed Dubeau up the outside line, then swung to the outside himself to nab the point on lap 18.
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Patnode Wins Second Victor Johnson Memorial 100

 014Todd Patnode took down the win in Saturday’s Victor Johnson Memorial 100 Presented By Swanzey Oil.  The first 67 laps of the race had no cautions. The last 33 laps of the event had 8 cautions. Patnode would win his second Victor Johnson Memorial race in three years. Patnode would take the lead from Russ Hersey with 29 laps to go.  Continue reading ‘Patnode Wins Second Victor Johnson Memorial 100’

Patnode Scores On Home Turf Winning Victor Johnson Memorial 100

Winchester, NH. — Veteran New Hampshire racer Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, rolled to his first series win of the year, and his second Swanzey Oil sponsored ‘Victor Johnson Memorial 100’ victory in three years, as the Valenti Modified Racing Series closed out three race dates at Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH, before a large crowd Saturday night. August 20.

Speedway management held a ceremony remembering the late Hall of Fame car owner Mario Fiore prior to the race program. Fiore passed away in June.

Patnode chased early race leader Russ Hersey, also of Swanzey, before taking the lead on lap-71 taking and capturing his first VMRS victory since August 24,2013.
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The Week Ahead: Decker Discusses His Season

Super DIRTcar Series is off until Thursday, Sept. 1

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – Aug. 21, 2016 – Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen are leading the way in the championship standings but it’s the “Franklin Flyer” Billy Decker who is currently sitting third in points hoping to gain ground heading into September.
As Decker looks to gain ground he tells us how his Page Trucking No. 91 team has been doing this season.
 
How is the new team combination going with you and car owner Mike Payne?
 
“It’s going well. Obviously, I’d like to win a little bit more, but overall it’s going well.”

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ABC Supply 500 postponed until Monday by rain

LONG POND, Pa. (Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016) – About the only thing to slow Mikhail Aleshin this weekend at Pocono Raceway is Mother Nature.

Heavy rain this afternoon forced postponement of the ABC Supply 500 at the “Tricky Triangle” until noon ET Monday (NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network). The green flag for the 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile oval is scheduled to wave at 12:09 p.m. The forecast for Monday calls for sunny skies and a high temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

CLICK HERE: ABC Supply 500 starting lineup

The delay forces Aleshin, who Saturday became the first Russian driver in Indy car annals to win a pole position, to wait an extra day to lead the 22-car field to the green flag.

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Mother Nature Takes 10th Win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday

Dirt Track rained out again; makeup details to be determined

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – It’s getting old at this point, but Devil’s Bowl Speedway has been forced to postpone racing for the tenth time in 2016 due to weather, this time for the Dirt Track on Sunday, August 21. A forecast calling for a 90% to 100% chance of late-afternoon and evening thunderstorms has forced the decision.

Sunday’s event was scheduled to be the “Vince Quenneville Sr. Memorial” for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, presented by Interstate All Battery Center of Rutland. The event will be made up at a date to be named soon.

Racing returns on Saturday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. on the half-mile Asphalt Track with the annual “Double Stack Night” presented by Sugar & Spice Restaurant. The event will showcase double feature races for all four weekly divisions, along with the fifth annual Great North American Pancake Eating Championship.
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Rain Washes Out Coughlin’s Last Race at Columbus

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Cody Coughlin went to his home track on Saturday knowing it would be his last chance to score a win at Columbus Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, Coughlin never even got the chance to go for the victory on Saturday night because Mother Nature spoiled the party once again.

Coughlin proved that he’d definitely be a contender for the win in the 30 minutes of practice he and his fellow drivers were given. Coughlin shot to second on the speed charts before the first rain shower came and brought a premature end to the practice session.

With this race being the makeup date for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Memorial 100 from its originally scheduled Memorial Day weekend slot, Coughlin and his team had an abbreviated schedule for the event. Qualifying was completed back in May, so all he had was practice and the race.
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Ferree Survives to Win PPMS

Imperial, PA (August 20, 2016) Alex Ferree of Saxonburg collected his third Diehl Automotive Super Late Model feature win of the season on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Other feature winners on Colussy Chevrolet Night were John Mollick in the Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models, Jake Simmons in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, Chris Ketch in the CarSmile Wiper blades “Thunder on the Dirt” Vintage Racing Series, Joe Podolinsky in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, Michael Jackson in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns, and Cody Quarrick in the Four Cylinders.

It was a race to survive in the 25 lap feature for the Diehl Automotive Super Late Models. Colton Flinner and John Mollick were on the front row of the starting grid, with ten of the 11 cars on hand taking the green. Flinner and Mollick raced side by side for the first lap with Flinner leading, as the two made contact at the start/finish line as lap 1 was scored. Josh Holtgraver held third before Brandon Burgoon nosed him at the line for the spot on lap 4, by .001 seconds. This became relevant when the first of two caution periods in the race came out when Jon Hodgkiss lost power on the front stretch. Back to green, Flinner regained the top spot with Mollick looking inside to pass, as eighth starting Alex Ferree was now third and closing on the leaders. Ferree threaded the needle to squeeze by Mollick to take second on lap 6, and made an inside pass on Flinner in turn three to take the lead on lap 7. Mollick made contact with the wall in turn one to bring out the final caution period of the race on lap 10. Flinner retired from the race under caution, dropping the nine cars remaining down to seven. As attrition conquered the last 15 laps, Holtgraver left the race on lap 14, third running Tony Musolino pitted on lap 17 with Butch Neubert also pitting, leaving just four cars running. It was clear sailing at the front for Ferree, who went on to win by 5.820 seconds over point leader Brandon Burgoon. Third place went to Christian Schneider. Tommy Schirnhofer earned fourth place, after his crew made repairs to his car after it suffered problems with the transmission in the heat race. Heat winners were Ferree and Mollick.

Michael Reft and Russ Matejka led the 20 lap Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Model feature event to the green flag with Reft taking command. The first of five caution periods came on lap 2, and Reft continued to lead on the restart over John Mollick and Justin Lamb. Reft also led on a lap 5 restart, but the lap 7 restart was when things started to get interesting. Mollick was able to nose ahead on the restart, but Reft passed him back to regain the lead when lap 8 was scored. Once in front, he was able to pull away from the competition. On lap 10, the red flag waved for a frightening incident on the front stretch where Bryan Goebel rolled his car several times. After several moments, Goebel was thankfully able to exit his heavily damaged car under his own power. When racing resumed, Mollick again gained the lead with Reft able to pass Mollick back to hold on to the race lead. Reft inched away in the top spot, as Ben Policz moved to third and made a challenge to Mollick. The final restart with 17 laps complete changed the outcome of the race. This time, Mollick’s bid for the race lead was successful. Once in front, he went on to collect his fourth feature win of the season. Point leader Daryl Charlier, fourth on the last restart, was able to advance to second, finishing .599 seconds behind the winner. He now leads the point race by nine points over Mollick. Race long leader Reft settled for third, ahead of ninth starting Brandon Burgoon and eighth starting Steve Beatty. Policz, Justin Lamb, Colton Flinner, Matejka, and Scott Schempp completed the top ten. With 22 entries, heat race winners were Flinner, Mollick, and Policz.
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