Archive for March 2nd, 2017

DIRTcar Racing Membership Required for All Sanctioned Events

All Division drivers must have a DIRTcar License to participate and receive benefits

CONCORD, N.C. – March 2, 2017 – Starting with the first events of 2017, any participants of a DIRTcar-sanctioned event will be required to hold a DIRTcar Racing membership. Any division without a 100 percent membership participation will be at risk of violating the sanction agreement and suspension of the sanction by DIRTcar Racing.

A one-week temporary membership (for the traveling racer) will be accepted provided the driver completes the full application. However, temporary one-week memberships do not qualify for insurance and appeal benefits provided to full DIRTcar members.

The practice of a mandatory membership is common in sports, including motorsports, creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the drivers and the point fund, rule book, official decisions and appeals.
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Reutzel Takes on World of Outlaws in Texas

CLUTE, Texas (March 2, 2017) – It’s a rare opportunity for Aaron Reutzel. The Clute, TX, racer gets to take on the World of Outlaws in his home state of Texas for two nights this weekend.

Reutzel and Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team take on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series on Friday night at Kilgore’s LoneStar Speedway and then on Saturday night at the Gator Motorplex in Willis.

While Friday’s stop at LoneStar Speedway will mark Reutzel’s first visit to the track since 2012, the Gator Motorplex has been to Reutzel’s liking with the 2015 Lucas Oil ASCS National champion going four-for-four in “Nolan Wren Memorial” action at the track since 2012 including a triumph last April.

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Motorsports Expo Kicks Off 2017 Season for Brewerton and Fulton Speedways

BALDWINSVILLE, NY – March 2, 2017 – As the calendar rushes towards spring, all attention turns to the new racing season that’s just around the corner.

The Brewerton and Fulton Speedways will have a presence at the 31st annual Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds March 11-12 in the Center Of Progress Building.

Speedway representatives will be on hand to answer questions you might have about the exciting upcoming season. The long-awaited schedules will be released and a chance for the kids to sign up early for the popular Jr. Fan Club. There will also be general admission and pit seasons passes, DIRTcar licenses for Modified and Sportsman divisions and RUSH licenses for Late Model teams for sale.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 2017 Schedule Update

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Announces Schedule Changes
CONCORD, N.C. – March 2, 2017– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is making changes to two dates for the 2017 season. The original schedule consisting of 53-features will show a change to the location of the upcoming race in Mississippi and add one more track to the checklist by expanding the Series trek through Illinois in July.
The Series will be visiting Whynot Speedway in Meridian, Miss. on March 24 in place of the previously scheduled Columbus Speedway which will be removed from the 2017 schedule due to contract issues.
“We hate that we could not get the contract done with Rod and the Nichols family at Columbus, but we are very fortunate that Rodney took the event at Whynot Speedway on short notice,” said Tim Christman, Late Model Series Director.
Whynot has appeared on the Series schedule before, but the race was ultimately canceled due to rain. The Series is excited for the chance to return to the 3/10-mile, 80 ft.-wide progressively banked clay oval for the 2017 season.

INDYCAR News and Notes – March 2, 2017

1. Al-Fe Heat Treating returns as Foyt team sponsor: Al-Fe Heat Treating marks its seventh year in motorsports with the announcement today of its return as a major associate sponsor of AJ Foyt Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Al-Fe Heat Treating logo will be on the ABC Supply Chevrolets driven by Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz.

“The 2017 season looks to be an exciting and challenging one for Foyt Racing and we at Al-Fe Heat Treating wouldn’t miss it for anything,” said Kurt Westman, founder and president of Al-Fe Heat Treating, the largest commercial aluminum heat treating operation in the United States, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. “New drivers, new cars, the best crews in INDYCAR and the best team owners – we continue to be privileged to be part of the most historical race team in auto sports. A.J. (Foyt, team owner), Larry (Foyt, team president) and the entire team have made the Al-Fe team friends, made us feel welcome and a part of the INDYCAR experience. They have my many thanks.”

Al-Fe Heat Treating’s foray into motorsports began in 2011 at the Indianapolis 500 and quickly grew to a full-season association with the team. Starting in 2014, Al-Fe Heat Treating sponsored a Foyt entry in the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. In 2015, the company’s entry competed in the Indianapolis 500. Last year, Al-Fe sponsored the car driven by Alex Tagliani in both the INDYCAR Grand Prix and 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

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CARS Tour Announces New Ticket Program to Encourage Fan Growth

Mooresville, NC (3/1/17) –The third season of the CARS Tour kicks off on March 11, and the series has announced a new offer on tickets in hopes of bringing in more families to the young series.

During the 2016 season, tickets for any children between 7 and 12 years old could cost up to $10, while any child under 6 years old could receive free admission. For the 2017 season, any child 12 years old or younger will be able to get into several CARS Tour races free, starting with the season-opening Circle Track Warehouse 200. The U.S. Nationals at Bristol — along with the first race at Hickory and South Boston — will have a different ticket policy that will be announced later.

The series also announced that flex ticket packages can be purchased by fans. These packages consists of 11 CARS Tour events at a price of $195, which would save the average season-ticket holder $25, and can be used at any race with the exception of Bristol. Additional promotional events, including family four-packs, will also be announced before each race.

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CBYD Digs $1,811 to Win Late Model 50 at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway and 811 Call Before You Dig will partner to present the Late Model 50 on Friday, May 12th behind one of the strongest Late Model purses in recent memory.  The 50-lap special event will guarantee $1,811 for the winner and $10,341 in total purse. 

“Stafford Speedway’s focus has always been and will continue to be the weekly racers,” explained Stafford General Manager Mark Arute.  “Each year we have increased the total purse on the Late Model 50 and this year, through our partnership with Derek Brown and Call Before You Dig, we are able to get the total purse over $10,000.”

CBYD is entering its 10th year of partnership with Stafford Speedway.  For the last 5 years CBYD has sponsored the 811 Challenge, an annual bonus of $811 for 5 drivers who are closest to 811 points on August 11th.  That tradition will continue in 2017, culminating on 8/11.  Additionally, the Call 811 team sponsored the August Whelen Modified Tour event in 2014 and 2015.

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Red Bull GRC Returns to Evergreen Speedway

Event expands to doubleheader September 8-10; tickets on sale now!

Los Angeles, CA Building off of last year’s wildly popular debut, Evergreen Speedway will host the penultimate event of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season for the second year in a row in 2017. Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle will be expanded to a doubleheader this year, staging Rounds 10 and 11 of the 12-round schedule on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.

“Red Bull GRC fans showed up in full force to support the series’ return to the Pacific Northwest in 2016, and we can think of no better way to reward their unwavering support than to bring them more action packed racing with a doubleheader event at Evergreen Speedway,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne.

Click here to purchase tickets—save 20% with the code GRCSERIES20!

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Dogwood 300 Doubleheader On Tap for PASS Return to Southern National

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 2) – As the thermometer rises, so does the excitement level of eastern North Carolina race fans as the “Big Boys With The Bad Fast Toys” head back to Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC.  This Saturday afternoon’s Dogwood 300 will see the South’s original Super Late Model tour compete for 150 laps, along with a 150 lapper for the NASCAR Late Model Stock cars.  It also marks the return of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models to Southern National for the first time since 2014.  PASS will be the exclusive sanction for Super Late Models at Southern National with another event scheduled for July 15. 

To show how tough the high-banked, 4/10 mile speedway is, look no further than the record books and some of those who came away with checkered flags at Southern National in the past.  Freddie Query won the inaugural event in 2006 and Ben Rowe in 2009, two of the best to ever race Super Late Models.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, drivers like former PASS regular, John Batten, as well as John Jones, Shelton McNair, and others were the men to beat when it came to Super Late Model racing at Southern National.  But, as car counts in the region began to struggle, PASS President Tom Mayberry stepped up to create the South’s original Super Late Model tour with tracks like Southern National, Hickory Motor Speedway, and Orange County Speedway coming on board.

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Tony Stewart Racing: Donny Schatz World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Texas Weekend Advance

DONNY SCHATZ Reigning Champion Ready to Resume Outlaw Campaign in Texas; TSR’s Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Looks to Continue Hot Start

INDIANAPOLIS (March 2, 2017) – It’s back to business this weekend for eight-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team following the only weekend off the series has over the next eight months. And business is good for the driver of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J following a sizzling start that included five wins in eight starts – three Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions victories and a pair of WoO triumphs – on Florida soil during Speedweeks.

Like one of the NASCAR Cup Series teams co-owned by Tony Stewart that is coming off a hugely successful Speedweeks, the TSR No. 15 crew must put a remarkable Florida start behind it and turn its focus this weekend toward the grind of the season-long championship journey ahead. Schatz, who culminated the Outlaws’ opening weekend by scoring two wins on the same day, leads the Outlaws back into action this weekend for a pair of stops in eastern Texas beginning with Friday’s East Texas Lone Star Shootout at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore. The following night, he’ll look to come out on top at the inaugural Gator Bash as the Outlaws make their debut at Gator Motorplex, a quarter-mile, dirt oval located in Willis, roughly an hour north of Houston.

It’s only appropriate the TSR team will continue its season with another “Gator” opportunity in its scope. After winning three Gator trophies at the DIRTcar Nationals, Schatz is already off to one of his best starts in this, his 21st season of competing with the Outlaws. Only the results of the opening week of 2009, which included a run through Florida that included a pair of ASCoC triumphs and two WoO A-Features at Volusia, come close. To go along with his three victories aboard the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed machine, Schatz also came home second twice in two other ASCoC main events and finished 14th in the Outlaws’ season opener. Now, the challenge is continuing the winning streak in Texas as the Outlaws’ begin a 15-race slate being tabbed the Outlaws’ “Kick Off Tour” with stops in Texas, Nevada, California, Arizona, and back in Texas.

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Porsche Competition Heats Up in Adelaide

David Wall Fastest in Opening Round Practice

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia presented by TAG Heuer began its 2017 season with opening practice at the Clipsal 500 where David Wall overcame stifling conditions to set the pace early.

As the temperature soared into the mid-30s, Alex Davison was the quickest in opening practice before Wall topped the second session on a cleaner, faster surface.

Wall finished the day with a best time of 1:22.7133 from Nick McBride, Alex Davison and returning racer Andre Heimgartner in fourth.

“I was happy with the car in the second session and my pace at this stage of the weekend. We probably have some pace up our sleeve, but I’m sure others aren’t 100 percent satisfied with what they did either,” said Wall.

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