Archive for March, 2017

Todd Szegedy Ready to Battle for his 20th Career Win

Stafford Springs, CT — The NAPA Spring Sizzler® at Stafford Motor Speedway is the longest continuous run event on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour calendar.  While the Sizzler record books are filled with names like Christopher, Stefanik, Evans, and Troyer, one driver who quietly has amassed a sterling record in the Spring classic is 2003 NWMT Champion Todd Szegedy.  The Ridgefield native has 8 top-5 and 9 top-10 finishes in 15 career Sizzler® starts with a best finish of second, which he has achieved five different times (2003, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016).  Szegedy is primed to go one spot better than his career best and take home his very first NAPA Spring Sizzler® trophy behind the wheel of the #85 Montanari Fuel / Stuart’s Auto Chevrolet co-owned by Bob Katon and Kevin Stuart.

“I always feel good about coming to Stafford,” said Szegedy.  “I have a lot of experience there and my crew chief Don [Barker] has a lot of knowledge for Stafford.  We know what we need to make the car go fast, the challenge will be being able to make that happen and making the right calls during the race.  Obviously, we want to win but we’ve got to start somewhere with good finishes.  It’s always a little disappointing when you don’t win and finish second.  I have 19 career wins and I’d really like to get to the milestone of 20 wins and what better place to do that than at Stafford?  The Sizzler is definitely on my bucket list for races that I’d like to win.  A Sizzler win would mean a lot to me but even more would be how happy it would make the team.  When you win, there’s no better feeling than seeing how happy the whole team is, it’s a very rewarding feeling.”

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Nick Bendiak Ready to Live His Dream at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — When the green flag falls on the 2017 DARE Stock season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Hopkinton, MA native Nick Bendiak will be living out his dream.  Bendiak has been part of racing for the past 8 seasons helping his father Jim and brother Patrick and he has even made several starts himself behind the wheel.  But the 2017 season will mark his first full-time season behind the wheel of a race car and he is itching to get started.

“I’ve done three World Series races and two races at Stafford,” said Bendiak.  “We’ve been racing at Thompson for 8 years, my brother and father both drove 4 years each and now it’s my turn to be the driver.  We were never really competitive, we just raced for fun.  It was more of a thing being able to work with my Dad in the garage.  We finally have a real motor in the car from Don Wood at R.A.D. and he’s been a big help with us getting the right gearing and drivetrain.  We ran at Stafford a couple years ago when they were doing a test program and I love the track.  It’s a much more of a driver’s track instead of the car needing raw horsepower like at Thompson.”

Despite his lack of racing experience behind the wheel, Bendiak is itching to get his season started.  Bendiak is not focused on winning races or a championship, but rather he is looking to have fun working with his father and brother as well as seeing if he has what it takes to be successful behind the wheel.  With a BFR chassis and a R.A.D. Automachine engine, Bendiak has the equipment he feels he needs to be successful and his driving aptitude will determine how much success he enjoys this season.

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T/A Engines Adds Bonus for Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night

Stafford Springs, CT — T/A Engines is set to join R.A.D. Auto Machine to offer an engine builder bonus for the Friday, May 26thDunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Modifiedz Night SK Light 40 Lap Special.  With the addition of the T/A Engine bonus, all drivers in the field will be eligible for an engine builder bonus.

“Dunleavy’s night is a great purse for the SK Lights to be racing for,” explained Tony Alteri, owner of T/A Engines.  “I know this bonus money will definitely help the teams out.  We have a lot of good and loyal customers who have been with us and this is a great way for us to be able to pay something back.  We’ve also had some good success in the SK Lights.  Since Joe Allegro, Jr. won the championship in 2008, there’s only been one year where one of our engines didn’t win the SK Light championship.  We had a great season last year at Stafford with guys like Tony Membrino, Jr. and Dan Wesson and we picked up a new customer, Keith Caruso for this year.  It’s been a good run for us with the SK Light division and it’s a great way for us to be able to give something back to what has become a great division.”

The bonus totaling $1,500 will be distributed to the top-3 finishers with an engine prepared by T/A Engines, $750, $500, and $250 respectively.  With all bonuses taken into account, total posted awards for the inaugural Dunleavy Modifiedz Night SK Light 40 lap race is approaching $15,000.

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Due to Rain the Illini 100 Will Take Place Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2

Friday’s portion of the event has been moved to Sunday

FARMER CITY, IL- March 31, 2017- Due to a heavy rain that hit the area the past two days, the Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway will take place Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2. The original scheduled events for Friday will take place on Sunday and Saturday’s portion of the program will remain the same.
 
On Sunday, April 2, pit gates will open at 11 am and general admission to the grandstands will begin at noon with hot laps taking the track at 3:30. Pre-purchased tickets for Friday’s show will be honored on Sunday. Tickets for the Illini 100 are still available at the gate at Farmer City Raceway.

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Bourgeois Ready for Mini Stock Title Run

THOMPSON, CT – For nearly 25 years, Eric Bourgeois has been on the local motorsports scene. Beginning in 1994, behind the wheel of a go-kart, the veteran driver has recorded 20 wins and earned two titles at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, one in 2004 and the second nine years later in 2013. Bourgeois finished his 2016 season with a win at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, and hopes to carry that momentum into his home track’s Icebreaker on April 7-9.

2016 “ was not one of the best years. We had motor problems, then got wrecked in the first race followed by getting wrecked in the practice of the second race. The only good thing about last year was winning the World Series, and placing 4th overall. Hopefully, that win can carry over into the 2017 season,” the driver of the No. 87 Mini Stock explained.

Bourgeois has worked all winter to get ready for the 2017 season, preparing two cars for the seven race championship campaign. “We are absolutely prepared for the Icebreaker. Both of the cars are ready to go. We just got the valves done in the primary car, also the backup car was finished last Thursday for the Test and Tune, which didn’t happen, but that’s alright.”

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USAC/ARDC Opener at Linda’s Speedway Falls to Rain

Jonestown, PA……..Friday night’s USAC Eastern Regional Midget opener presented by ARDC at Linda’s Speedway has been canceled due to rain. No rain date has been established. The series continues Saturday night at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway at Newmanstown, PA.
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Ellwood Hopes to Sustain Momentum

Kyle Ellwood rallied from a cut tire on the first lap of the Performance Plus 150 to finish 15th. The inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway was his third top 15 finish.

“It was a fun place to drive on and you really had to be able to figure out your limits there rather quick because if you didn’t you burned your car up,” Ellwood said. “So, it took a lot of thought. It wasn’t just to go out there and hammer down. So, my thoughts on the whole race was it was pretty good.”

The Riverhead, NY driver felt confident in his car even though he was off the lead lap. Seven cars were eliminated in a pair of late restarts.

“In the middle of the race, I picked off as many cars as I could. I damn near felt like we passed probably 20 cars out there. I seen a lot of cars but at the end, I just let ’em all have at it. I didn’t want to tear our car up since we want to have a good opportunity going into this Thompson show.”

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Speed Shift TV to Stream Sumar Classic Live from Terre Haute on Sunday

For the first time ever, the “Sumar Classic” from the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track featuring the USAC Silver Crown Championship will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ this Sunday, April 2.

The 17th running of the event hits the half-mile with 35 drivers already entered for the 100-lapper, making it the largest “Sumar” field in nearly two decades!

The entry list includes some of the most decorated racers in USAC history as well as one of the strongest fields top-to-bottom seen in several seasons. Among them are USAC Triple Crown champs Dave Darland and Jerry Coons, Jr., plus additional past Terre Haute Silver Crown victors Kody Swanson (2014), Shane Cockrum (2015) and defending winner Leary, who continued a streak of different “Sumar” winners last April that dates back to 1999.

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Icebreaker 2017 Postponed One Week

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race Moved to April 9

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 30, 2017) – With inclement weather expected in Connecticut this week, NASCAR and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park officials have postponed this weekend’s 43rd running of the track’s Icebreaker.

The event, which is highlighted by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Icebreaker 150, will be run the following weekend: April 7-9.

The Icebreaker 150 will practice Saturday, April 8, with qualifying and the second race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season slated for Sunday, April 9. The weekend schedule also includes the opening races in Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.

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Easter Bunny 150 Tradition Continues on Speed51.com’s Live Stream

Concord, N.C. — The Easter Bunny won’t be the only one hopping during Easter weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).  Super Late Models from the Pro All Stars Series will be hopping around the historic 3/8-mile North Carolina race track during the 12th annual Easter Bunny 150 on April 15.
 
For the third straight year, race fans worldwide will be to watch the race via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  (Click Here to Order)
 
Featuring Super Late Model racers from both the north and south, the Easter Bunny 150 has become one of the most prestigious annual PASS events. Each year, the race draws a talented field of drivers hoping to celebrate their Easter weekend with a victory at the “Birthplace of NASCAR stars.”

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2017 Everett’s Auto Parts Late Model Season Preview

Entering the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Everett’s Auto Parts Late Model season at Seekonk, everyone is trying to figure out the way they will beat two-time champion, Dylan Estrella. The North Attleboro, Mass. driver has captured the last two crowns in the division in convincing fashion. In 2015, Estrella did it while driving for Bill Bernard. In 2016, Estrella teamed up with Everett’s Auto Parts while driving for Bernard and picked up right where he left off, winning more times than you can count on one hand.

It’s going to be a difficult task for anyone that wants to take Estrella off the top, but there are a list of challengers that are going to give it their best shot.

Young driver Austin Blais had a successful season last year, finishing inside the top five in the championship standings. Blais captured a few victories in his No. 16 and showed once again that he is on the climb at the Action Track of the East. The former Street Stock winner has come into his own behind the wheel of his No. 16 and will have a brand new paint scheme on board going into this season.

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Justin Grant On the Brink of History this Sunday at Terre Haute

Whether one uses the eye test, the victory lane photos or the point standings to determine how well Justin Grant’s 2017 season has begun, the fact of the matter is that his performance thus far has already rewritten the record books.

Simply put, Grant has gotten off to one of the finest starts any driver has had in the history of the United States Auto Club. So fine, in fact, that he became the first driver in the history of the venerable club to capture feature victories in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget season openers in the very same year.

Though he has already made his mark in 2017, on Sunday, April 2 at the Terre Haute Action Track in western Indiana, Grant could stand all alone as the only driver to win all three USAC National series season-openers in the same season.
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Placerville USAC Light Up the World Beverages Western Midget Race Results

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 29, 2017 – Placerville, California – Placerville Speedway – “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Mason Daniel (#33M Daniel), 3. Courtney Crone (#25 Rodela), 4. Cory Elliott (#11E Elliott), 5. Nate Wait (#35W MF), 6. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby). NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner (#68 Six8), 2. Michael Faccinto (#35F MF), 3. Ryan Bernal (#71R Morris), 4. Frankie Guerrini (#63 Guerrini), 5. Maria Cofer (#57 Cofer), 6. Terry Nichols (#1P Nichols). NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Golobic (#17G Wood), 2. Alex Schutte (#28 Schutte/McElwee), 3. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 4. David Prickett (#35 Pierovich), 5. Dustin Golobic (#25G Bock), 6. Buddy Kofoid (#11 Kofoid). NT

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World of Outlaws “Boot Hill Showdown” Tickets at DCRP Available

DODGE CITY, Kan. (March 30, 2017) – Get ready for it race fans, as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series makes its return to the state-of-the-art Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas this October after a year’s absence.

And you can get your “Boot Hill Showdown” tickets now for the biggest Sprint Car event in the state of Kansas and beyond for 2017. The two-day event that brings the best Sprint Car drivers in the world to the southwest corner of Kansas for a good old-fashioned showdown is set for October 27-28.

Ticket packages for both nights are available for $70 for reserved seats and $65 for general admission. Single night tickets are $45 each night for reserved and $40 for general admission. Children eleven and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=255.
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Thompson’s Icebreaker Postponed until April 7-9

THOMPSON, CT – With a deteriorating forecast and declining temperatures, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Officials have postponed the 43rd running of the Icebreaker to Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9.  The schedule for the weekend will remain the same, only backed up by one week.

Camper drop off will be closed until Thursday, April 6, at 5 pm.  Camping units that are already on the property may remain on site through the week, however, no one will be permitted to stay in them until the night of the 6th.  Anyone who missed the deadline to purchase an advanced camping spot will have another opportunity, as online camping reservations will reopen on thompsonspeedway.com.

Fans will also have the ability to purchase advanced tickets online through Wednesday, April 5, as well.

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Indefinite Suspension Issued to Jeff Oakley Following Dominion Post Race Disqualification

Mooresville, NC 3/30/17- An increase of penalties has been issued to the #11 Late Model Stock Car owned and driven by Jeff Oakley following post-race disqualification from the duel races held at Dominion Raceway on March 25th.  

Upon engine testing at an independent engine dyno the series has implemented for technical use for the last three seasons; Jeff Oakley’s Chevrolet 604 crate engine, claimed by Oakley to be built by Kowalsky Racing Engines, dynode at 503 horsepower at 6600 RPM. These results were 73-77 horsepower more than any Chevrolet 604 engines the series has researched over the past two years at the same location. In addition, all research and data provided by industry and factory outlets also indicated transgressions in the results collected from Oakley’s engine test.

After the test driver and car owner Jeff Oakley made the decision to not let CARS Tour officials disassemble the engine to remove the suspected illegal parts. The decision by Oakley to keep his engine and not let CARS Tour officials recover suspected illegal parts, to ensure the parts don’t show up at another Late Model Stock Car event, regardless of the sanctioning body, will result in an indefinite suspension from CARS Tour competition as both an owner and driver.

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Outlaws Return to Texas in April

Outlaws invade Gator Motorplex on April 13 for the Gator Outlaw Bash

WILIS, TX — March 30, 2017 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series returns to Texas on Thursday, April 13 for the inaugural Gator Bash at Gator Motorplex in Willis, which was postponed by inclement weather on March 4. All tickets from the originally scheduled event will be honored on April 13. The Southern United Sprints will also be in action, making it a full night of all sprint car action.

Over the course of the first 10 races this season, Donny Schatz, the eight-time and defending series has been the driver to beat, picking up six wins. The North Dakota native leads the standings by 50 markers over Brad Sweet. Schatz was victorious earlier this season in the state of Texas at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore.

Sweet, who is currently second in points, driving the No. 49 for Kasey Kahne Racing, picked up his first win of the season recently in his home state of California. Sweet has eight top-10 finishes, with six of those being top-five performances, while his teammate Daryn Pittman, sits fourth in points, with seven top-10 finishes, of which four are top-five showings. Both Sweet and Pittman were victorious in the state of Texas last year.

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Silver Crown Rookies Eager to Impress in Sunday’s Sumar Classic at Terre Haute

As a new season embarks, a new crop of rookies has emerged to take on the task of racing in the USAC Silver Crown Championship in 2017. In this Sunday’s season-opening “Sumar Classic” at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track, twelve rookies have entered to compete on the legendary half-mile dirt oval.

To be designated as a rookie in Silver Crown, a driver must not have competed in more than four main events in the series during their career.

Three drivers have full intentions of running the schedule of races on both the dirt and the pavement this year including five-time USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner. Gardner, the most heralded of the 2017 Silver Crown rookie class, has been a mainstay in USAC’s national and western divisions for much of the past two decades, yet he has only competed in a single Silver Crown race: the 2008 “Copper on Dirt” at the defunct Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. The Concord, Calif. native will compete for the Klatt Enterprises team with Bob East Dave Brzozowksi on the wrenches.

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David Gravel Holds Off a Closing Rico Abreu and Promoter Brad Sweet to Claim World of Outlaws Victory at Placerville Speedway

PLACERVILLE, CA – March 29, 2017 – Taking the lead just after the halfway point in the feature, Watertown, Connecticut’s David Gravel hung tough through multiple restarts and eventually held off a fast moving Rico Abreu to pick up his second World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of the season Wednesday night.
 
The victory at Brad Sweet’s Placerville Short Track Showdown was the first of Gravel’s career at the tight high-banked quarter-mile and came aboard the familiar CJB Motorsports/ Go Muddy No. 2 Sprinter. He now joins Donny Schatz as the second repeat winner with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2017.
 
Gravel had taken the lead at the original start of the 40-lap race, but a yellow flag before one lap could be completed made for a complete restart. On the ensuing green flag Bixby, Oklahoma’s Shane Stewart rocketed out to the top-spot. The driver of the Larson/Marks Racing No. 2 held command over the early stages and fended off Gravel as he looked for season win number one.

ASCS Red River and NCRA Team Up for Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout!

TULSA, Okla. (March 29, 2017) Teaming up to make the Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout even bigger, the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products will join together with the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) for a showdown at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.

Slated for Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 the $15,000 to win, $1,000 to start event was originally re-scheduled to April 28 and 29.

Speaking with C. Ray Hall on why the race was moved up a week, he stated that he had to move the race after he found out there was a Rodeo in Wichita that weekend and as such, all the hotels in the area were nearly gone.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Thompson

Analyzing The Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway 

http://hometracks.nascar.com/files/ib-2017-logo_0.jpgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 29, 2017) — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will continue the 2017 season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut, on Sunday afternoon. Below is a statistical look at the Icebreaker 150, including selected driver notes:

Icebreaker 150 Setup:

  • This marks the first of four appearances for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Thompson this season.
    • The track has held 134 Whelen Modified Tour races, the most of any track in series history.
    • Timmy Solomito returns to Thompson as the defending winner of the Icebreaker 150 and the current points leader following his win in the season-opening event at Myrtle Beach Speedway. 

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North/South SLM Challenge to Be Showcased on Speed51 TV

Concord, N.C. — For the second straight year, Super Late Model racers from the north and south will meet at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) on April 8 for the North/South Super Late Model Challenge 100. The race, which will see the best from the Southern Super Series battle the best from the ARCA/CRA Super Series, will once again reach a worldwide audience via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com.

On Wednesday afternoon, officials from Track Enterprises and Speed51.com announced that Saturday’s Super Late Model racing from Nashville will be showcased on Speed51 TV. The live broadcast will be available to race fans for the low price of just $14.99.

“The list of entries for the Super Late Model portion of the event keeps getting stronger and stronger. It’s turning into a can’t-miss event with ARCA there as well,” said Adam Mackey, Operations Manager at Track Enterprises. “We are thrilled that Speed51 is back to provide coverage of the CRA/SSS combination event to those who can’t attend. This gives them a chance to enjoy our event all across the world.”

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Icebreaker Update

We are aware of the weekend’s forecast and know everyone is wondering if the schedule will be adjusted because of it. As of today, all events are taking place as scheduled. We will be monitoring the weather closely and will be releasing a weather statement tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

Any changes to the schedule for this weekend’s events will be communicated on our Facebook page as well as our website. If you have any questions that are not answered there, please call us at: 860-923-2280. We hope to see you all this weekend!

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Billings Files First Official Demolition Derby Entry at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is getting ready to make the ground shake, and Mark Billings Jr. is first in line. Billings has filed the first official Demolition Derby entry for the inaugural “Rutland County Rumble” on Saturday, May 13, and is ready to smash his way to a $1,000 payday.

The event will be a can’t-miss show, featuring the return of both the Demolition Derby and Truck & Tractor Pulls to Devil’s Bowl Speedway after many years away. The event begins at 12:00 noon with pulling in three truck classes and the popular Altered Farm Tractor class. The Demolition Derby is expected to begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. to cap off a fun day of action. The event has gained a ton of interest from across the region since being announced last month, and the phone has been ringing off the hook at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway office.

The Demolition Derby is open to any competitor with a four-cylinder or six-cylinder car. The event will crash its way through heats, consolations, and a feature event paying $1,000 to the winner. Billings is expected to be joined by many top demo derby drivers from Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and beyond.

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Tick Tock – Time for Coughlin to Race for a Grandfather Clock

DELAWARE, OH – After nearly a month off, Cody Coughlin is ready to get back behind the wheel; only this time he’ll be doing something he’s accustomed to, short-track racing. The short track ace will head to the famous paperclip of Martinsville Speedway in Virginia for the first time in his career on Saturday, April 1 in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The 250-lap battle is Coughlin’s first short track event with the NCWTS and first since making history in 2016 by becoming the only driver to win two Champion Racing Association titles (ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour) in one year.

Martinsville Speedway is very different from the fast, high-banked half-mile of Winchester Speedway (IN) where Coughlin clinched his historic feat. Martinsville is a flat half-mile with curbs on the inside of each corner, making the facility very treacherous.

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Jake Matheson Racing Announces Partnership with Epsom Tool Rental

Hillsboro, NH — Jake Matheson Racing, LLC is pleased to announce their partnership with Epsom Tool Rental for the 2017 race season.

“ Our team is excited to partner with Epsom Tool Rental,” Matheson said. “We are looking forward to working together for a successful 2017. Our team encourages all our fans to go to www.epsomtoolrental.com to learn more about all that Epsom Tool Rental offers for tools and equipment services.”

“I’ve had the chance to see Jake and his team compete at the recent Legend Car Winter Nationals event in Florida,” stated Epsom Tool Rental Owner Mark Fraser. “This is not a team that is afraid of hard work and I know they will put forth that same effort to our partnership off the track.”

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Tony Stewart Racing: Donny Schatz World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series California Spring Tour Finale Advance

DONNY SCHATZ
 California Outlaw Swing: From Surviving It to Dominating It

INDIANAPOLIS (March 29, 2017) – One sign of a champion is the ability to transform a perceived weakness into a tangible strength. For most of his 20-plus seasons of competing in the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz has been classified as a slow starter because he didn’t typically begin piling up victories until late May. That changed two seasons ago when he and his TSR team flipped the script and turned the Outlaws’ annual California Spring Tour from simply being about survival to domination.

Since 2009, Schatz has competed regularly in California early each Outlaw campaign and, the first six of those seasons, he captured two wins in 30 starts. In 2015 and 2016, Schatz has won seven times in 19 starts and already has picked up one victory on California soil this season in three starts. This week, he’ll look to add to those numbers beginning with Wednesday’s Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts. The Kings Outlaw Shootout at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford Friday and the SoCal Showdown at Perris Auto Speedway Saturday evening caps this year’s six-race run through the Golden State.

Prior to the 2015 WoO campaign, one of the goals for TSR’s No. 15 team was to get better at the places it struggled. Getting through California each March seemed to be one of the tougher tasks of the season. The team went to work after winning the 2014 WoO championship and the results followed.

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Perris Hosts 4th USAC/CRA & Outlaw “So Cal Showdown” Saturday

This Saturday, April 1st, history will be made for the fourth time as the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars share the spotlight at Perris Auto Speedway. Also featuring the PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprint Cars, the “So Cal Showdown” is also a “Power of Purple Night” Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws “Fan Pit Pass” are available online at www.wooperrisautospeedway.com or by calling 844.347.8849. The spectator gates will open at 4:00 pm and racing at “America’s Premier Dirt Track” will start at 7:00 pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The “So Cal Showdown” has become one of the “must see” races on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA schedule. Featuring both non-winged and winged 410 cubic inch powered sprint cars, fans can enjoy both styles of racing at one of the finest dirt tracks in the country. “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the inaugural event on April 12, 2014, and Richard Vander Weerd dominated the following year. Last season, Josh Hodges claimed the checkered flags with a dramatic last corner pass over Gardner, Brody Roa, Vander Weerd, and R.J. Johnson. At press time, “The Demon” leads all drivers with 40 Perris USAC/CRA victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

Entering the second point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a slim three-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified second overall, won his heat race, and finished second in the March 4th “Sokola Shootout” at Perris. “The Demon” has seventy USAC/CRA victories to his credit and will be looking to win his second “So Cal Showdown.”

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USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Shootout at Canyon” Saturday

This Saturday, April 1st, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will headline the “Shootout at Canyon” at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the event will also showcase the IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and non-wing Power 600 Micro Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-one USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fifteen “home track” victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), Ryan Bernal (4), “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway Park is at the end of this release.

Heading to the fifth point race, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) holds a 29-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ Automotive RSS, Sussex won the March 18th feature at Arizona Speedway from ninth. In addition, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has posted one heat race victory, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led. Stevie has eleven career SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the “Showdown at Canyon” trophy to his collection.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Martinsville

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California Winning: Larson Notches First Win Of Season At Auto Club

Kyle Larson snapped a streak of three consecutive runner-ups, leading 110 laps and winning Stage 1 on his way to Victory Lane in last Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

The No. 42 Chevrolet driver extended his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points lead to 29 points over Chase Elliott. Because of his victory and stage win, Larson now has six playoff points.

Larson, who also won Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race, became the 17th driver to sweep a national series weekend.

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