Archive for March 16th, 2017

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


Outlaw Point Leader Enters California Swing On a Roll; TSR’s Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Seeking Thunderbowl Triumph

INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2017) –The beat goes on for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) along the challenging World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series barnstorming tour. In the midst of a modern day dynasty, TSR’s Donny Schatz carries a five-race winning streak into the weekend doubleheader at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California.

To say the pace Schatz is setting through six races has been torrid would be understatement. He’s parked the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J in victory lane in all but one Outlaw A-Feature. He credits his crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson, and Brad Mariscotti for continuing to raise the bar and always looking for ways to get better. With three consecutive WoO titles and 82 WoO A-Features wins the past three seasons, the expectations for the team continue to rise. Predicting a strong start wouldn’t have been a longshot, but no one saw the five out of six sizzling beginning coming. Their next challenge is conquering California.

Over the next three weeks, the eight-time and reigning champion will look to continue his winning ways beginning Friday night at the 1/3-mile dirt oval located in Central California, where the Outlaws have made an annual spring stop since 2007. It’s been 15 races at the action-packed bullring since Schatz last visited victory lane at the facility back in October 2007. That win was his 70th career WoO A-Feature triumph and came one day after Schatz and Tony Stewart unveiled his first TSR No. 15 during a press conference in Charlotte. He’s won 164 WoO A-Features since that night and the team wants to make that 165 Friday and continue improving their results at each stop on the Outlaw tour.

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Free-to-the-Public Practice Session Set for Grandview Speedway March 25

Point Championship Battle Kicks Off On April 1st with NASCAR Tripleheader

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 17, 2017 . . . A large turnout of racers is expected for the Saturday, March 25th free-to-the-public practice session at NASCAR sanctioned Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA.

 Activity is expected to get the green flag at noon with many different classes of competition expected to join the Grandview regulars of T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars along with Enduro and Vintage racers. Pits will open at 9 a.m.

The Saturday afternoon practice session will give racers the opportunity to test and tune their racing equipment for the new season, work out the kinks and just get a feel for the track before “official” racing action gets underway on April 1st.

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Thompson Test & Tune Postponed

Saturday’s Test & Tune Moved to March 25th

(March 16th, 2017) — Saturday’s Test & Tune will now be on Saturday, March 25th, not this Saturday March 18th. All safe cars are welcome! $25 will get your paddock/pit access. General admissions and children are free! Click here for more details.

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Thorson Eyes Repeat of USAC Midget Title Season in 2017

In the 61-year history of the United States Auto Club, repeating as a national series champion has proven to be one of the ultimate litmus tests of determining the greats in the sport. Though, certainly not unprecedented in the history of the series, the list of drivers who have repeated as a USAC National Midget is chock full of drivers who defined their eras.

In 2017, Tanner Thorson has an opportunity to take a big step toward joining that list that includes a variety of established hall of famers and future hall of famers, among them are Shorty Templeman, Jimmy Davies, Mike McGreevy, Mel Kenyon, Sleepy Tripp, Stevie Reeves, Tony Stewart, Jason Leffler, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr. and the most recent back-to-back series champ Bryan Clauson in 2010 and 2011.

Thorson will begin his fifth season with the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team in 2017 this Saturday, March 18 at the second running of the “Shamrock Classic,” held indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. As the most experienced member of the team, Thorson has seen much of what the series calendar has to offer, which lends an advantage to the Minden, Nevada driver. Yet, with a stacked field of competitors returning for a title run this season, the competition will be stiff and the challenge grand in becoming the 12th driver to accomplish the feat.

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Eckes Confident He Can Tame the Rattler in South Alabama

GREENVILLE, NY — Christian Eckes has been off to a hot start during the 2017 season. Though he doesn’t have one in the ‘W’ column, he has two straight runner-up finishes. Of course, there is nothing more the 16-year-old driver would like than to change that, and he hopes to do so this weekend at The Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway.

“It would really mean a lot,” said Eckes. “We’ve been in some kind of drought as far as wins the past couple of races, as we’ve finished second the past two races. We’ve been in contention in every race, it just hasn’t fallen in our favor just yet. I’m excited to try to make that change this weekend with my Fury Race Car/Toyota Racing team.”

The Greenville, New York driver earned a third-place finish in his first Rattler experience a year ago. After qualifying 11th, the young driver worked his way as high as second before settling for a third-place finish.

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Red Bull GRC Returns to Atlantic City

Bader Field to host August 12-13 doubleheader; tickets on sale now!

Los Angeles, CA After a successful and exciting inaugural event last year, Red Bull Global Rallycross announced today its return to Bader Field. This year’s edition of Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City will take place on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13, and will expand to a doubleheader event representing Rounds 8 and 9 of the 2017 season.

“Atlantic City produced some of the most over-the-top rallycross action we saw in 2016,” said Red Bull GRC CEO, Colin Dyne. “From late-race passes to championship drama, last year’s event had it all. We expect even more wheel-to-wheel battles this season as the series returns to Bader Field with a doubleheader event weekend.”

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