Archive for June, 2017

Arctic Cat All Star return to Kokomo Speedway Cancelled

KOKOMO, IN (June 30, 2017) – Periods of heavy rain during the afternoon hours forced Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions officials to cancel the Friday night, June 30, program at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana. The event will not be made up.

KOKOMO, IN (June 30, 2017) – Periods of heavy rain during the afternoon hours forced Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions officials to cancel the Friday night, June 30, program at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana. The event will not be made up.

Tickets purchased for the Arctic Cat All Star return to Kokomo Speedway are non-refundable, but can be used at face value toward any event remaining on the 2017 Kokomo Speedway or I-69 Gas City Speedway schedules. Reserved seating is not honored, but the face value of the ticket will be.

The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will continue their Independence Day weekend celebration on Saturday evening, July 1, with “Fan Appreciation Night” at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio. Fans will have access into the main stands for just $15.

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Putnamville USAC Sprint Show Rained Out; Indiana Sprint Week Begins Friday, July 7

Putnamville, Indiana………Heavy rains have washed away Friday’s “Bill Gardner Sprintacular” USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event at Lincoln Park Speedway.

The track and USAC officials are currently discussing a possible makeup date for the race later in the season.

The USAC National Sprint schedule carries on next Friday for the start of the 30th Annual “Indiana Sprint Week.” The tour consists of seven races in nine nights: Fri, July 7 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Sat., July 8 at Kokomo Speedway, Sun., July 9 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Wed., July 12 at Terre Haute Action Track, Thurs., July 13 at Lincoln Park, Fri., July 14 at Bloomington Speedway and the finale, Sat., July 15 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

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Carrera Cup Australia Sets Sail for Sepang

Porsche field embarks on first international voyage

Eight 40-foot shipping containers carrying a fleet of 911 GT3 Cup cars will set sail from Australia for Malaysia tomorrow ahead of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia’s maiden international round next month.

The Carrera Cup race cars, teams’ equipment, and Porsche spare parts will depart Brisbane’s Hutchinson Port ahead of the 12-day, 6,500 km voyage northwest to Port Klang, Malaysia.

From there, all eight containers will be transported to the world-class Sepang International Circuit ahead of the joint Porsche Carrera Cup Asia & Australia round. Containers will be unloaded on July 19-20 before cars hit the track for Friday’s opening practice on July 21.

The Australian Porsche championship will have 17 cars on the grid for its maiden international appearance at the spectacular 5.54 km Sepang International Circuit.

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GSPSS Headed For The ‘Magic Mile’

Inaugural New England Short Track Showdown Set for Saturday

WALPOLE, N.H. – The Granite State Pro Stock Series is set for race five of the 2017 season this Saturday afternoon. The fifth race of the season will be part of the First Annual New England Short Track Showdown presented by AR Bodies, which will also include feature races for the Valenti Modified Racing Series, NorthEast Mini Stock Tour, and Street Stock Showdown Series.

Heading into the ‘Magic Mile’, Cory Casagrande leads the GSPSS championship standings in a tie with Scott MacMichael. Both drivers sit with 134 points and they hold a six-point advantage over Mike Mitchell. Behind him, Mike O’Sullivan sits 12 points back in the fourth position.

PLACE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
DATE: Saturday, July 1
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
TRACK: 1.058-mile flat oval
TRACK TWITTER: @NHMS
GSPSS TWITTER: @GSProStocks
GSPSS Contact: Mike Parks, mparks@gspss.net

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Seekonk USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget Special Event Results

Duhaime Takes “Boston Louie Memorial” Speed2 Eastern “Special”

Seekonk, MA……..Dylan Duhaime of Loudon, N.H. scored a last-lap victory in Wednesday night’s 33-lap 21st “Boston Louie Memorial” USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget “special event” feature at Seekonk Speedway. He passed Jim Chambers on the final lap for the win over Chambers, Chad LaBastie, Ryan Locke and Ryan Bigelow. The Eastern series resumes July 14 at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, N.C.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET “Special Event” RACE RESULTS: June 28, 2017 – Seekonk, Massachusetts – Seekonk Speedway – “Open Wheel Wednesday” – “21st Boston Louie Memorial”

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Qualifying Race Bonus Returns to the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K

Stafford Springs, CT — The biggest paying SK Modified® race in the country, the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K, continues to grow.  John Rufrano of Wheelers Automotive has signed on to add bonus money to the top-4 finishers in each of the qualifying races for the Friday, July 7th event.  A total of $2,000 will be up for grabs as a qualifying race bonus.  Spread across four heat races the top-4 finishers will receive a bonus, 1st – $200, 2nd – $125, 3rd – $100, and 4th $75.

“It’s an awesome event that a lot of people are looking forward to,” explained John Rufrano referring to the 4th annual NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K.  “With 100 laps and the extra money that’s on the line, it’s exciting for the fans and the drivers.  I like putting the money out for the heat races. There’s a lot of guys who don’t make it into the top-3 or top-4 in the feature and they don’t get into the big money, but if they can get a top-3 in the heat, they’ll have some extra money to go home with.”

Rufrano, car owner of current SK Modified point leader and 2010 NASCAR Division 1 National Champion, “The Kid” Keith Rocco, returns for his 3rd season posting qualifying race bonus money for the NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K.  For the 2017 season, Rufrano has increased the bonus from $1,500 to $2,000 spread across 4 heat races.

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Ryan Bernal & Dutcher Motorsports Team Up for Indiana Sprint Week July 7-15

Two-time USAC champ Ryan Bernal has teamed with Michael Dutcher Motorsports to wheel the No. 17GP USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car during the 30th annual edition of Indiana Sprint Week from July 7-15.

The 2013 and 2014 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car champion, Bernal, takes over the duties from leading series Rookie of the Year candidate Stevie Sussex who has made six starts for the team this season. Sussex remains the focus of the long-term plan for Dutcher, but for “Sprint Week,” the seat goes to Bernal, the Hollister, California native who has already scored six USAC West Coast Sprint Car wins in 2017.

“I’m very excited to get back to Indy and race with the best non-wing talent around,” Bernal said. “Dutch and I have tried to put something together for a couple years now. Schedule conflicts were always an issue, but this time it worked out for us to be in a great event like Sprint Week.”

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Holiday Weekend Double Ahead for “America’s Series”

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 28, 2017) – Kicking-off the Independence Day celebration a few days early, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will spend the upcoming weekend making appearances in Indiana and Ohio, this time visiting Kokomo (IN) Speedway and Wayne County (OH) Speedway on Friday and Saturday, June 30-July 1.

As previously announced, full-time Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competitors signed-in for competition at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Indiana, will be given the opportunity to display an Indianapolis Motor Speedway decal during the evening program. Those who choose to display the IMS decal will qualify for Brickyard Bonus Challenge contingencies that will be awarded over the course of the evening. Indianapolis Motor Speedway contingency bonuses include highest finishing feature event car worth $500; second highest finishing feature event car worth $200; the evening’s fastest overall qualifier worth $100; the main event hard charger worth $100; and the highest finishing B-main car worth $100.

St. Helena, California’s Rico Abreu is the most recent Kokomo Speedway feature winner during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition, claiming the Dirt Classic Indiana title in 2016 worth $12,500. Abreu will rejoin “America’s Series” at Kokomo Speedway on Friday evening, set to accompany a loaded roster of winged sprint car aces who will challenge all 15 Arctic Cat All Stars. Tony Stewart, Parker Price-Miller, Carson Macedo, Brandon Wimmer, Sean Zemunik, Kody Kinser, Joe Swanson, Russell Borland, Ayrton Olsen; each expected to battle for the $5,000 winner’s share at Indiana’s baddest bullring. Tony Stewart, former NASCAR Cup Series champion and owner of the Arctic Cat All Stars, will pilot his own Tony Stewart Racing/Rush Truck Centers/No. 14 during his visit to Kokomo, his only winged sprint car start in the state of Indiana this season.

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Illinois USAC Midget Tripleheader Coming this Weekend to Macon-Lincoln-Springfield

After a bustling stretch of June that included 14 USAC National races in a 17-day span, including six-consecutive precipitation-free nights of Indiana Midget Week, teams had a chance to take a deep breath, regroup and prepare for the kickoff to a tantalizing summer stretch that begins this Saturday night with three-straight events in the state of Illinois.

The USAC Midget National Championship crosses the border for an Illinois Midget Weekend featuring events at three different Land of Lincoln tracks in three consecutive nights for the first time in 49 years!  In 1968, Chuck Arnold and Mel Kenyon split feature wins at Fairbury; Henry Pens captured Rockford a night later and Bob Tattersall concluded the weekend with his triumph at Santa Fe.

Illinois is a hotbed of midget racing, but this coming weekend’s venues have been absent from the USAC schedule for at least a decade and, in some cases, forever. The first of the welcomed additions is this Saturday’s return to Macon Speedway for the first time since 2007. Among the notable past visits by the series was Jack Hewitt’s famed, ahem, critique of the night’s proceedings back in 1996, which is fine. But, it’s also featured a number of USAC National champions who’ve been Macon masters: Don Branson (1959), Jimmy Davies (1960), Bob Tattersall (1965), Tony Elliott (1992) and Brad Kuhn (2007).

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Friday’s Putnamville USAC Sprint Go Presents Final Tuneup Before Indiana Sprint Week

As we ring in the month of July and celebrate our nation’s independence, the days become longer and the nights more intense.
Once the sun goes down and the lights beam upon the oval of clay, a racer enters the stage, for 30 laps a racer shall play.
The sweat, the grease and the midnight oil all come to the surface, ‘cuz when the visor goes down, it strictly becomes business.
The boys and girls of summer are a reminder of what is near and dear. A passion and a dedication for the busiest racing stretch of the year.

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Strunk & Welty Lead American Racer Cup Into Summer Stretch

Jeff Strunk (Modified) & Dale Welty (Sportsman) Lead American Racer Cup Presented By Sunoco Race Fuels Into Summer Stretch

INDIANA, PA — After a wet spring, the race for the 2017 American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco Race Fuels heats up for its summer stretch.

Jeff Strunk, representing his home track of Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., currently leads the Modified chase, while Dale Welty, a regular at the paper-clip-shaped Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway, tops the Sportsman pursuit.

The American Racer Cup got underway in mid-April. However, persistent rain has forced postponements at venues throughout the Northeast.

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Tremont Wins 129th Valley Feature with Last Lap Pass

On Saturday night, the night of racing started under sunny skies. But, by the time the Modifieds came out, rain was imminent. The result was a clean feature with a difficult climb to the front for the main contenders.

Mike King scored the pole and quickly opened up a decent advantage over Chad Jeseo. Further back in the back, Brett Hearn started 15th and slowly made his way forward. J.R. Heffner started 13th and went nowhere, while Kenny Tremont Jr. had the best starting spot (fifth) and room to move.

Despite that room to move, it was difficult to make passes. It was nearly a third of the way into the race before Tremont moved up even one position. However, once he accomplished, he could pick drivers off, one by one.

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Silver Anniversary: STSS Visit to Accord On Eve of Reopening 25th Celebration

On The Eve Of Its Grand Reopening 25th Anniversary, Accord Speedway Hosts Huge ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ On Monday, July 3

ACCORD, NY — Next Monday night’s (July 3) ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ is scheduled on the eve of a key anniversary in the history of Accord Speedway.

On July 4, 1992 and a mid-sized, but enthusiastic crowd gathered in the grandstand for the ‘grand-reopening’ of the Ulster County facility, previously dormant for five years.

The speedway, which had fallen into complete overgrowth and disrepair after its closure in 1987, was purchased by Dave Flach of Twin Track Promotions Inc. in 1991. Flach received permits necessary to recommence racing and undertook the massive project of restoring the facility.

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Burlington USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget Results

Taylor Tops IMRA Speed2s at 34

Burlington, IA……..Adam Taylor of Shorewood, Ill. grabbed Saturday night’s 15-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget feature at 34 Raceway. Chase McDermand took second after leading the early laps. Jacob Sollenberger, Jeremy Hull and Brent Burrows rounded out the “top-five” at the checkered flag.

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 24, 2017 – Burlington, Iowa – 34 Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 2. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 4. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 5. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold), 6. Derek Goble (#55 Goble). NT

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Montpelier USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget Results

Leffel Tops Speed2 in Montpelier Feature
 
Montpelier, IN……..Aaron Leffel of Springfld, Ohio won Saturday night’s 20-lap USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget race at Montpelier Motor Speedway. He led the final six laps after passing Korbyn Hayslett to beat Gunnar Lucius, Stratton Briggs, Chris Whipple and Kurt Mayhew.
 
USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 24, 2017 – Montpelier, Indiana – Montpelier Motor Speedway
 
      FEATURE: (20 laps) 1 Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 2.  Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 3. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 4. Chris Whipple (#44w Whipple). 5. Kurt Mayhew (#21M Mayhew), 6. Ryan Barr (#21B Barr), 7. Corey Bedwell (#11 Bedwell), 8. Korbyn Hayslett (#1H Hayslett), 9. Alex Watson (#11T Taylor), 10. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 11. Rod Henning (#10H Henning), 12. Anthony       Hass (#81H Hass), 13. Chris Baue (#2 Baue), 14. Jim Jones (#97 Jones), 15. Brett Johnson (#7J Johnson), 16. Bob Allison (#22A Allison), 17. Tom Hessel (#7T Hessel), 18. Mike Hessel (#7M Hessel), 19. Nick Corea (#38 Dori), 20. Cory Guingrich (#11G Guingrich). NT

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Dixon Captures Prized Road America Win, 41st Victory of Indy Car Career

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (Sunday, June 25, 2017) – One outstanding prize eluding Scott Dixon in his illustrious Indy car career was a win at Road America’s picturesque and lightning-fast permanent road course. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver checked that box today, winning the KOHLER Grand Prix.

Dixon crossed the finish line 0.5779 of a second ahead of Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden to earn the 41st win of his impressive career. It moved the four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion within one victory of tying Michael Andretti for third on the all-time list. It’s also the 13th straight season Dixon has won at least one race, extending his Indy car record.

“We raced as hard as we could,” Dixon said. “We had a little bit of luck go our way, we had good strategy, the pit stops were fantastic. These are the days you have to capitalize on.

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“What They’re Saying” from the KOHLER Grand Prix

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion): “It’s a little disappointing that a Team Penske car didn’t win today, but no complaints about the No. 1 Menards Chevy. Congratulations to the (Scott) Dixon team. They did a great job. We did all that we could do. There were a lot of different tire strategies in play. We were one of the few teams that started on blacks and it worked for us. We just never had the opportunity to get around some cars and make more noise. In the end, it was a good day for us. It’s an honor to carry the Menards name in the Midwest. The fan support was fantastic again this year.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): “You can’t predict (yellow flags) and I think our strategy was spot on. We were doing what we needed to do to stay out front there all day, but you just can’t predict those yellows, and some days they fall your way and some days they don’t. Today they didn’t fall our way. (Scott) Dixon and the whole Ganassi team did a great job and they deserved to win with the job they did. I felt good about what we had and we had four strong Chevrolets all weekend with Team Penske. It stings a bit that we didn’t get the win because of how good this car was all weekend. We looked good and you couldn’t miss us.  We had the fastest lap which was pretty cool and I am just proud of all our guys. Just disappointed we couldn’t get it done.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet): “The REV Group Chevy was good, especially in the beginning. I was taking it easy and saving fuel, a lot of fuel actually. When we put the blacks (Firestone primary tires) on, I knew it was going to be rough. At the end of the race Scott (Dixon) did a good job saving fuel and going a lap farther. They were fast, for sure, and it’s a shame because our car was really good without question. But when you battle this close with everyone it’s the difference of one small detail. At the end of the day, it was a good day for the points championship. It’s kind of disappointing that Team Penske didn’t get the win here today considering how strong all of the cars were. That’s the way it goes sometimes. We’ll come back ready to go for Iowa.” Continue reading ‘“What They’re Saying” from the KOHLER Grand Prix’

Perris AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Race Results

Johnson Leads All 30 Laps to Win at the PAS

Perris, CA……..R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night’s AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Perris Auto Speedway. Richard Vander Weerd took second ahead of Ronnie Gardmer, Austin Williams, and Mike Spencer.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 24, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.478; 2. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.653; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.662; 4. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.680; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.693; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.712; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.831; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.911; 9. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.951; 10. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-17.100; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.106; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-17.114; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.125; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.146; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.175; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.187; 17. Stevie Sussex, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-17.209; 18. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.284; 19. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.377; 20. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.416; 21. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.556; 22. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.590; 23. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.699; 24. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.102; 25. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-18.107; 26. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-19.018; 27. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-NT.

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Cole Duncan earns Ohio Sprint Speedweek finale victory, Tim Shaffer claims third Speedweek championship

CHILLICOTHE, OH (June 25, 2017) – Ending a near-four year drought, Lockbourne, Ohio’s Cole Duncan is back in Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory lane, this time earning the 35th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale win at Atomic Speedway over a field of 53 entries. The pilot of the Helms Construction/Motor City Auto Transport/Ohio Heating/No. 22C earned his $5,000 payday from the outside of row three, utilizing a lap 21 restart to take command officially on lap 22 over Muskingum County Speedway winner, Spencer Bayston. Duncan chased Bayston for six circuits before making the winning move, eventually driving under the familiar Kevin Swindell-owned No. 39 through turns three and four.

Duncan’s victory caps off an impressive Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket campaign for the second generation Arctic Cat All Star winner, finishing tied for second in the final Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship standings on the strength of one victory and five top-ten finishes, three of which inside the top-five. Despite ending in a tie, Duncan will be declared the official runner-up due to having a victory over Chad Kemenah.

Spencer Bayston held on to finish second on Saturday night at Atomic Speedway, followed by DJ Foos, Tanner Thorson, and Caleb Armstrong.

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Castroneves Reaches Elite Level with 50th Career Pole Position

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (Saturday, June 24, 2017) – Helio Castroneves reached a level a select few have achieved in Indy car history by taking the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America.

Castroneves collected the landmark 50th pole position of his Indy car career by running a lap of 1 minute, 41.3007 seconds (142.649 mph) in the Firestone Fast Six, the last of three rounds of knockout qualifying on the 4.014-mile, 14-turn permanent road course in east-central Wisconsin. The driver of the No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet broke a tie for third on the all-time list with Bobby Unser, leaving Castroneves behind only Mario Andretti (67) and A.J. Foyt (53) atop the Indy car career poles chart.

“Our REV Group car was really on rails, especially when we started laying down laps in the end with the new red Firestone (alternate) tires,” Castroneves said. “The car was really, really good.

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“What They’re Saying” from KOHLER Grand Prix qualifying

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion): “It’s a great day for the team. I think it’s Helio’s (Castroneves) 50th pole. Congratulations to him. We seemed to have missed it in the (Firestone) Fast Six. I was pretty happy with the car in Round 1 and Round 2, but on the new set of red Firestone (alternate) tires, in the Firestone Fast Six we had no grip. Not quite sure what happened there, but we tried. I feel like we have a very good race car. Not what I expected, quite frankly, thought we had a lot more pace. But I don’t know. The tires didn’t work. I wanted them to work. It did what it did. It’s a long race. Lots of time management tomorrow in the race so a lot can happen. We’ll see.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet):
“You’d rather be surrounded by your teammates than other people you might not be able to trust as much. We’ll try to take care of each other as best as we can, then race each other. We’re still going to race, which is great. We’ve all been fast all weekend. We knew it was going to be tough to beat us top four. What is good, we’ve kind of had the top four spots with all of us all weekend. We wanted to make sure we continued that in qualifying and the race. Luckily, we didn’t really drop in performance, so that was good. I was happy for the whole group. Happy for Helio (Castroneves). I wanted to beat him, but I’m happy for him, getting his 50th pole. It’s good for the team. It’s good that we’re surrounded by people we know and can trust. We can work from there to try to win the race.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet): (About if he had a feeling going into qualifying that he could beat his teammates and competitors) “It’s interesting, because we knew we were ahead of the competitors. You guys heard me saying it two hours earlier, I’m not sure if they’re hiding, holding a little bit on the engine. So even through that, I didn’t know. As soon as the first session went out, we were in Group 2, we realize, ‘Okay, we’re still on the same direction.’ Then we just tried to set our plan in what to do, hopefully saving the best towards to the end. That’s exactly what we did. It worked out pretty well.”

CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Actually, the ABC car feels really good. I’m really happy with our balance that we had that session. We improved in a lot of areas corner-wise. But there’s some things that are definitely slowing us down, which is a shame, but we are going to evaluate everything we can and see if we can eliminate some things that are definitely holding us back. I don’t think we deserve to be this far back because I think the car is quite good right now and that’s the positive.”

MIKHAIL ALESHIN (No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda):
“The car balance was pretty good and the car was fine, but we were just lacking maximum speed all day compared to my teammate (James Hinchcliffe), who had the same setup. We’re not really sure what’s going on there, but we will take a deeper look and hopefully find something for tomorrow, which is the day that really matters the most. Either way, I am very happy to be back behind the steering wheel of the No. 7 Honda and back with this team.”

MAX CHILTON (No. 8 Gallagher Honda): “It’s a good comeback for the No. 8 since we only got three timed laps in the practice this morning. I naturally feel quick around here, so I think that’s the reason we got away with it. We improved the car as well. It was really close and I wanted to get into that (Firestone) Fast Six, but Scott (Dixon) picked me right at the end. It was a bit of a messy bump for me, but I had to bear it on the first lap because I ran wide, so then I had to save the tires and had one lap to do it because we didn’t have fuel for another. I was fairly happy with the lap I did – it was just off a bit.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 NTT Data Honda, 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader):
“The car was decent, especially in Round 1. When we went to the reds (Firestone alternate tires) in Round 2, there was a drastic difference in balance. So we’re not really sure, because when we went back to Round 1 tires from the reds, we tried to compensate and it was very loose. We definitely had a dud set, so we’ll need to try to find out why. It is going to be difficult at this place because we know the other manufacturer kit and we know exactly where we stand against it. We’re down a ton on downforce here if you try to run the same amount of drag.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 10 NTT Data Honda): “I’m obviously not very happy with how we qualified today. We just still haven’t been able to get it right on the setup and it really showed on our qualifying run. We have a lot to do tonight for sure before the race and I’m just hoping we can get it figured out by the morning warm up session.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, 2016 KOHLER Grand Prix winner): “(It’s) definitely important to start up front. It will be an interesting race. If it’s all green, there will be a lot of fuel saved. Really happy to be on the front row. Obviously to be clipped by the old guy (Helio Castroneves) just there on the line – six one-hundredths. He gets faster as he gets older, like wine, matured. Good day for the team. Very, very good day. We just got to be good in the race tomorrow and collect some points.”

CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet):
“This has been our best qualifying on the (permanent) road courses this year. It’s very close and I think we could have done a little bit better. We were fighting to be in that top 12, that was the goal. We’ve made good progress but we just need to make a little bit more grip in the car. But the good thing here is if you have a good car, you can go forward.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 GEHL/D-A Lubricant Honda): “I’m pleased that we got a good starting spot and pleased with how the GEHL car performed in qualifying. This team has worked awfully hard to get the No. 15 car a little further up there this weekend. It hasn’t come easy for us for sure. It’s been quite a challenge from a setup standpoint, but I’m proud to get in the top six, proud to take the fight to the Ganassi boys as well. We’ve been struggling with a loose condition in the car all weekend, so to make the top six was a great accomplishment for us. Obviously Penske is on a different planet, but we’ll take the fight to them tomorrow. I’m a race-minded guy and I didn’t want to use the reds (Firestone alternate tires) in Round 3. I think (Scott) Dixon did his second run on reds and I just wanted to keep them fresh. Do I think I could have gone in the two’s (1:42‘s) on reds again? Yes, but I didn’t want to. I need those for the race and wanted to keep them in as good of shape as I can. We were in the top six, so we just wanted to get a lap in Round 3, more actually to learn for the race tomorrow than anything. We’re going to have to save some fuel in the race. I wish it was longer, like 60 laps, so it (length) would take the fuel mileage issue out of the window, but it’s not, so we will have to try to overcome that and get the fuel number that we can. The Honda seems fast every time now so if we can get the mileage, we should be pretty strong.”

ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): “This weekend has been very interesting for me with how the weather is influencing the car behavior. So, I’ve been working hard with the engineers to try and understand how we can be better. Obviously, this car, I find, is quite sensitive to every change that you do on the set up. I’m getting experience. I think it was a fair qualifying today for me. I would have liked to be much quicker than what I was today in qualifying but I’m working my way through to be better.”

ED JONES (No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda): “It was a tough qualifying. It’s a lot cooler today than it was yesterday so that has changed a few things. I was struggling with bringing the tires in and so it took too long to get up to pace. I think we have some work to do for tomorrow, if not, we might struggle in the early laps. All in all, though, it’s still good to get through to the second round of qualifying and hopefully, we can get into the top 10 tomorrow.”

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet): “We really wanted to get through to that next round of qualifying, I’m pretty frustrated not to. Even though we were close, it’s not really a consolation. We just didn’t take advantage of the red (Firestone alternate) tires quite as much as the other guys. We’ll see what we can do for tomorrow and try to make the car even faster for the race. I can’t thank the Fuzzy’s Vodka guys enough for everything they’ve been doing this weekend. We are getting there.”

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet): “Despite where we ended in qualifying, we made some major gains from where we have been at. It’s a little frustrating not to get that extra tenth and a half out of the car. That’s really all that we were missing to have transferred. Moving on to the second round of qualifying would have been a big win for us with how this weekend has gone so far. We can feel good about checking some boxes and now feeling more confident in the car, and also in my driving. It’s going to be a tough race tomorrow. I think there’s going to be some fuel saving going on and I’m not sure we’re going to be able to avoid that with where we are starting. We’ll see how it shakes out, maybe we can work some magic. At least Spencer (Pigot) and I should have some racy cars tomorrow.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda): “We had to change the car setup from practice before qualifying. We needed to change a few things out and the lap wasn’t really clean. It was a big step back, and unfortunately, we couldn’t make it into the (Firestone) Fast Six. The (teammates’) cars were somewhat competitive, so I think we will follow and then see what happens tomorrow in warmup.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda): “Today, we were coming off a good test. We sort of just kept it going. I’m actually disappointed we didn’t make the (Firestone) Fast Six, but that’s a good thing. I think we’ve just been chipping away at it, and that’s what we have to do at this point. We sort of made the wrong change there, it would’ve been better if we didn’t touch the car, but it is what it is. It’s still only eighth, but I think here the Penske cars are in a league of their own. We need to do it when it counts more.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “Not really sure what happened there in the second round. We were really strong in the first round of qualifying – especially on the alternate red set (of Firestone tires). We were really strong in the first round. Then the second round we went out on the alternate red set and don’t know what happened. We just had no front grip at all. Our main problem this whole weekend has been rear grip, and then that session it was front grip. Just missed it big time – not exactly sure why, but hopefully we can have a good race from 12th for the DHL team.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 98 Tresiba Honda):  “I think we were a little happier with the car actually in the first qualifying round than we were in the second round. We just missed it a little bit. I went off on the primary tires at the beginning of the run, so I don’t know if that bent something on the car or if there was something else going on. We’ll go back and look at it. Obviously good job for Max (Chilton), he was so close, and Scott’s (Dixon) been fast all weekend. We have their data to go back and look at tonight to see what direction we need to go. We’ll make some improvements and try to figure out how to make the mileage, make the tires, and make the lap times.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda):
“I’m not really sure what happened in qualifying. We were suffering from some issues this morning and I’m not sure if those were resolved or if our (qualifying) result was effected by those issues. It’s a bummer. We had a really good car yesterday and I think we had it in us to earn a higher starting position today. We’ll just have to push the NAPA car to the limit tomorrow and get the result we need.”

Sources: Curt Cavin/Verizon IndyCar Series

Four Nights Of Super Late Model Action Set For June 30-July 3; Georgetown Speedway Hosts Independence Day Summer Classic July 2

GEORGETOWN, DE – Super Late Models in the Mid-Atlantic Region can celebrate our nation’s birth with four nights of racing leading into the July 4th holiday.

A quartet of facilities in as many states – Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia – make up the Independence Day Summer Classic for the division from June 30-July 3.

It all gets underway on Friday, June 30 at Pa.’s Bedford Speedway. Winchester (Va.) Speedway hosts night No. 2 on Saturday (July 1), with Georgetown Speedway in Delaware presenting the third event. The series wraps up on Monday (July 3) at Potomac Speedway in Budd’s Creek, Md.
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Arctic Cat All Stars Set to Revisit Wayne County Speedway on Saturday, July 1

ORRVILLE, OH (June 23, 2017) – A late addition to the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions schedule will see “America’s Series” return to Wayne County (OH) Speedway sooner than expected, now revisiting on Saturday, July 1, for the third of five total appearances in 2017. The event will award a $5,000 top prize, also awarding full points toward the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions season championship.

The Wayne County Speedway visit on July 1 will follow the Arctic Cat All Star invasion of Kokomo (IN) Speedway on June 30.

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to have the Arctic Cat All Stars back so soon,” Jason Flory explained, promoter of Wayne County Speedway. “Our Ohio Sprint Speedweek program proved to be a success, and with their schedule opening back up right before the holiday, we decided to jump on the opportunity to have them back.”

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Terre Haute AMSOIL USAC Sprint Race Rainout

Rain Again Halts “Tony Hulman Classic” at Terre Haute

Terre Haute, IN……..Constant waves of rain in the Midwest have conspired to force cancellation of Friday night’s 47th “Tony Hulman Classic” AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race at the Terre Haute Action Track. The Sprint cars return to Terre Haute July 12 in the “Don Smith Classic,” part of this year’s “Indiana Sprint Week.” The series now prepares for the June 30 race at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

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Accord Speedway to Host ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ July 3

Hang On Tight: Short Track Super Series Invades Accord Speedway Monday, July 3 For ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’

ACCORD, NY – You better hang on tight for this 12-second ride!

On Monday, July 3, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP makes its annual stop at Accord Speedway for a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win Modified clash at the Ulster County bullring.

Gary and Donna Palmer’s pristine quarter-mile oval plays host to Round No. 4 of the STSS Halmar International North Region with the ‘Battle of the Bullring 5’ on the eve of Independence Day.

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Round Seven of Ohio Sprint Speedweek at Limaland Motorsports Park Cancelled

LIMA, OH (June 23, 2017) – A mixture of heavy rains and saturated grounds forced Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and Limaland Motorsports Park officials to cancel round seven of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket scheduled for Friday evening, June 23. Although officials are working together to bring the Arctic Cat All Stars back to Limaland Motorsports Park, any potential rain date will not be connected to Ohio Sprint Speedweek; will not count toward the overall win bonus, nor the Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship.

The 2017 Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket championship will be determined on Saturday evening, June 24, at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio. Only two markers separate Tim Shaffer and Chad Kemenah in the Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship standings entering the Saturday night finale. If a tie would occur in the final Ohio Sprint Speedweek standings, feature finishes throughout the week will be used as a tiebreaker to determine the champion; number of victories, number of runner-up finishes, and so on.

Atomic Speedway pit gates will open at 2:00 pm, followed by main gates at 4:00 pm and hot laps at 6:00 pm. Those who would like to learn more about the Atomic Speedway Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale should visit Atomic Speedway live on the Web at www.atomicspeedway.net. A rain date of Sunday, June 25, will be used if needed.

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Spencer Bayston Goes Wire-to-Wire for Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket Victory at Muskingum County Speedway

DRESDEN, OH (June 22, 2017) – For the second time in 2017, and for the second time in his career, Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston is an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions main event winner, this time scoring $5,000 during round six of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket at Muskingum County Speedway.

Aboard the Kevin Swindell-owned/Premier Truck Group/John Christner Trucking/No. 39, Bayston led all 30 circuits on Thursday evening at the Dresden-area oval, manhandling multiple waves of intense traffic, as well as an aggressive cushion at the top of the speedway, to clinch his first Arctic Cat All Star win since April. Fellow Indiana native Caleb Armstrong finished second, followed by Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer, and Cole Duncan.

“I’m going to get most of the credit here tonight, but the people who really deserve the credit are the ones standing behind me,” Spencer Bayston said in victory lane. “This is a brand new race car. We rolled one over the other night at Wayne County Speedway, so we’ve been up until about four in the morning the last few nights working to get this one ready. Kevin and Jordan [Swindell], the whole crew; they all work so hard and make all of this happen. Without them, I wouldn’t be standing up here.”

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Reigning CARS Tour Champion Seekonk Bound

The entry has been received for the second annual U.S. Pro Stock/Super Late Model National Championship race at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Raphaël Lessard was born July 5, 2001, in St-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada. He is one of the hottest prospects in auto racing today.

At the age of 12, he became the youngest driver in history to race in the Quebec Sportsman Series.

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Humble Beginnings Mark the Start of Past Winners’ Hulman Classic Résumés

Four past winners are set to embark on a mission to obtain another Tony Hulman Classic trophy to add to their collections when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes its Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track season debut this Friday, June 23.
Each of the four – Dave Darland, Jon Stanbrough, Robert Ballou and Chris Windom – had inconspicuous beginnings in their first “Hulman” starts. Yet, since then, the fab four have more than made up for lost ground with their performances on the half-mile and, in their careers, in the ensuing years, demonstrating that champions do indeed rise to the forefront at the Action Track.
In fact, all but two USAC National Sprint Car champions have won a USAC-sanctioned event on the western Indiana dirt oval – a list that is absent only Parnelli Jones and Greg Leffler.

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Champion Car Owner, USAC Official Johnny Vance Passes Away

Johnny Vance, a man who was highly-accomplished in multiple roles with the United States Auto Club as a competitor, promoter, and official, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017. He was 79 years old.

Vance, of Dayton, Ohio, was a second-generation car owner whose instantly-recognizable Aristocrat Products-sponsored cars were a force on both the USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car trails for decades. For a time, his cars – numbered 2 for much of its run – were at the forefront of the sport with some of the most legendary names in auto racing.

However, his 50+ years in USAC began with a two-decade tenure as a Chief Steward, Supervisor and Technical Chairman of the Sprint Car division from the early 1960s to the beginning of the 1980s. At that point, he shifted gears to become a participant where he left an indelible mark on the sport over the next 30+ years.

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