Archive for April 17th, 2017

CARS Tour Continues Historic Racing Tradition in Rougemont

Mooresville, NC 4/17/2017- Every major racing organization has a signature track that every driver and fan looks forward to each year. NASCAR has several of these, including Daytona International Speedway, Darlington Raceway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway, while the Verizon Indycar Series celebrates its history each year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

For the newly formed CARS Tour, it is a small, 3/8 mile oval in Rougemont, North Carolina known as Orange County Speedway.

“On a personal level, Orange County is my favorite track,” said CARS Tour Operations and Marketing Director Chris Ragle. “When the CARS Tour comes to town, you see names enter the race that you don’t normally see all year, you see the stands packed with fans, you see camping, and you just get the big show atmosphere you don’t get at a lot of other places.”
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Seekonk Set for 72nd Season Opening Day May 7

SEEKONK, Mass. — After a long offseason filled with preparation, Seekonk Speedway is set to open their 72nd season of racing on Sunday, May 7. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Pro Stocks, Late Models, Sportsman and Sports Trucks classes will compete in qualifying and feature racing to start the action-packed 2017 schedule. Although the season is a long one, many drivers will be hoping to start the season with a solid run to collect crucial points.

In the Pro Stocks, Tom Scully Jr. will look to begin his quest at a second straight division championship, but it won’t be an easy task. Last year, Scully captured multiple victories in route to the title and likely will need to do the same thing to capture another. Some of his top challengers include former champions David Darling and Fred Astle, who both look to return to the top of the division this year. Names like Rick Martin, Ryan Lineham, Mike Brightman, Angelo Belsito, Kyle and Kevin Casper and many others are also prepared to challenge for wins.

In the Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models, two-time division champion Dylan Estrella leads the list of favorites coming into the season. Estrella has dominated the division that last few years, winning a handful of times and being a master of consistency in route to the two straight titles. He will return behind the wheel of his Everett’s Auto Parts No. 46, but he has some young talent hoping to hunt him down. Former Nick’s Pit Stop Legends competitor Ryan Kuhn will make a Rookie of the Year run this season and is expected to challenge Estrella for the title come October. Ray Parent, who is a former Late Model winner at Seekonk, is also planning a full-time schedule in the Anytime Realty No. 98. Other names ready to contend include Jake Johnson, Vinny Arrenegado, and former champion Gerry DeGasparre Jr.
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Gulf Coast Bonus Bucks on the Line for So. Super Series Drivers

Pensacola, Florida – Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco racers making their way to the Gulf Coast for a doubleheader weekend on April 28-29 will have 1,000 extra reasons to finish well. Series promoter Tim Bryant has announced that there will be a $1,000 bonus on the line for the driver recording the best average finish at Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Mobile International Speedway (AL).

The doubleheader weekend will kick off on Friday, April 28 in Pensacola, Florida with 100 laps of racing at Five Flags. Racers will then make the trip to nearby Irvington, Alabama for a 95-lap affair at Mobile.

“With this being the only doubleheader on the Southern Super series schedule this year, the Gulf Coast Bonus Bucks will be a little extra incentive for the teams to compete for,” said Southern Super Series Director Tim Bryant. “While most Bonus programs are designated for the winners, this $1,000 cash award is just as likely to go to a guy who doesn’t win either night.”

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The Chad and Chris Show: USAC’s Newest Rivalry Puts on a Showcase at Bloomington and Tri-State

Throughout its history, the United States Auto Club has been a party to a multitude of intense rivalries. None are more revered than the “Gary and Larry Show” that took the USAC Sprint Car division by storm between 1968 to 1971.

In that four-year stretch, Gary Bettenhausen and Larry Dickson dominated the series like never seen before or since. In fact, the duo won nearly half the series races run in that span and took turns alternating series titles, with Larry winning in 1968 and 1970 with Gary taking the crown in 1969 and 1971. Each year that Gary or Larry was the champ, the other finished as runner-up in the standings.

Perhaps there has been no match that compares to the prolonged run of the “Gary and Larry Show” over the past five decades, but this past weekend, this generation’s greatest USAC Sprint Car rivalry was on full display – Chad Boespflug versus Chris Windom.

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Gator Bash Incident Report

Update on Young Man Injured at Gator Motorplex

WILLIS, TX – April 17, 2017 – Morgan Harrod – son of Jennifer Driver, of Surgent, TX – is in stable condition, but still critical and recovering from head trauma at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center after an incident in the pit area of Gator Motorplex during the Gator Outlaw Bash.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the young man who was injured on Thursday night,” said Randy and Theresa Waller, owners of Gator Motorplex. “The racing community is a close-knit one and everyone here at Gator Motorplex is thinking about the boy and his family. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered well wishes and prayers for the boy and his family.”

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Seekonk Speedway Practice Schedule

Saturday, April 22 – Open Practice for all divisions except for SYRA & Bandoleros. Pits Open at 9 am and pit admission is $20. Rookie practice begins at 11 am and all divisions run 12-5.

Saturday, May 6th – Open Practice for all divisions except for SYRA & Bandoleros. Pits Open at 9 am and pit admission is $20. Rookie practice begins at 11 am and all divisions run 12-5.

Friday, May 12th – Minicups & Bandoleros ONLY. Pits open at 3 pm, Practice from 4 till 7 pm. $20 pit admission.

Wednesday, May 24 – Fast Friday Practice – Pits open at 3 pm, practice runs from 4-7 pm. $20 pit admission.

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Introducing the Joie of Seating $50,000 Golden Driller Challenge

TULSA, Okla. (April 17, 2017) Winning a Golden Driller at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire is one of the hardest prizes to earn in Motorsports. With a field exceeding 300, making the 24 car A-Feature is an accomplishment in and of itself.

Even tougher is having to come from the back, but what if you had a $50,000 reason to do so?
Thanks to Randy LaJoie, one driver just might get that chance in the 32nd edition of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, happening January 9-13, 2018 inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla.

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ACT Preview

Lee, NH – After a two week delay due to some late season winter weather, Lee USA Speedway is readying to open the 2017 campaign next weekend, with the annual running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model event now scheduled to go green on Sunday, April 23.

The traditional season-opener will also feature the North East Mini Stock Tour and the wildly-popular scaled down, motorcycle engine powered hotrods better known as the Northeast Classic Lites. Both divisions are expected to see strong fields of entries in action at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

Scott Payea, last year’s winner of the Governor’s Cup is expected to return to defend his title in the RPM Motorsports entry, and he will be joined by a host of drivers from throughout the New England region, as well as several Canadian teams which are slated to make the long haul south to compete at Lee USA.

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Evans Mills Hosts First Preseason Practice, Announces “Drive for Five” Incentive for Drivers

EVANS MILLS, NY – This past weekend, the gates swung open at Evans Mills Speedway for the first of two preseason practices leading up to the speedway’s April 30th season opener. Another practice is slated for Saturday, April 22, before the 3/8 mile asphalt oval goes to its regular Sunday program.

For the first time, Mills Modified crate engine asphalt Modifieds turned laps on the track. Randy Brunelle got some laps in, as he prepares to move from the Pro Stock division to the new class. Brunelle was the winningest Pro Stock driver in 2016, and is always looking to be a top contender in any division he competes in. Terry Gardner was also among those taking advantage of the practice time. Gardner will also be making the move up from the Pro Stocks, but will also compete regularly in the Legends class.

Though Gardner concentrated his efforts for the day on his Modified, the Legends class was still well represented, with a number of drivers in attendance. Nate Plantz, who finished tenth in points for the 2016 season, took to the track to shake down a new car. Dalton Rombough, who picked up two wins in 2016 turned several laps in preparation of the upcoming season. Also among those on hand was Breanne Gilligan, who is looking to improve on her fifth place points finish in 2016. Rookie Bryan Chirico, who is new to both the Legends division and Evans Mills Speedway, turned his first laps as well.
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