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Sport Modified Mayhem on Track at DCRP this Saturday

DODGE CITY, Kan. (August 14, 2017) – After a packed house took in the most recent action at Dodge City Raceway Park on July 28, absolute mayhem is in store for this Saturday night atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.

Saturday’s tilt at the state-of-the-art facility will feature the Fourth Annual Sport Modified Mayhem event that offers up a $1,000 winner’s share for the IMCA Sport Modifieds.  The Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Hobby Stocks will be in action as well on the card that goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Sport Modified Mayhem hardware has gone to Woodward, OK, over each of the last two years with Kaleb Roach outdueling Dustin Daniels for the win last year after Mike Roach took top honors in 2015.  Penokee’s Clay Money captured the inaugural Sport Modified Mayhem win in 2014.

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USAC Southwest Freedom Tour this Week

TULSA, Okla. (August 14, 2017) – Traditional Sprint Car racing fans throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas are in for a rare treat this week with the fifth rendition of the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars “Freedom Tour”.

The wingless Sprint Cars will sling the clay for four nights at four different tracks beginning on Wednesday night, battling it out for a $2,500 winner’s share each night with a minimum of $250 to start each feature event.

The action begins with Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway hosting the “Freedom Tour” for the first time on Wednesday. From there, action shifts to Creek County Speedway near Tulsa on Thursday night and then Wichita’s 81 Speedway on Friday night. The miniseries wraps up on Saturday night at Caney Valley Speedway near the Oklahoma-Kansas line in Caney, KS.

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Jesse Little Bristol Motor Speedway Race Preview

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (August 14, 2017) –
The Road Ahead – Jesse Little:
“Coming off a strong top-10 run at Iowa in our last race with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series we’re capable of putting together another solid effort Wednesday night at Bristol. This track is a challenge on handling, but we’ve been able to have good speed in the corners each time out. We are excited to have High Tec Industrial Services onboard with us this week along with TRIAD CNC and Gaunt Brothers Racing.  It’s going to be a great night of racing as we continue to showcase JJL Motorsports and what we’re able to do on and off the track.”
Welcome Aboard:
This week High Tec Industrial Services joins TRIAD CNC as a JJL Motorsports corporate partner for the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Taking It Stage By Stage:
“With us not running for points we can be overly aggressive on strategy calls and basically run our own race.  We don’t have to follow suit at the end of stages and can make calls based on what will put us in the best position play in the race.  It’s nice to be this confident heading into a race as I feel myself and the team will only strive to give it our all Wednesday night. I’m extremely excited, I feel that we have every bit of a shot at contending in the top five and being competitive.”

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FAST to get Attica back to racing; visit Mercer Saturday

FREMONT, Ohio – It was the biggest event in the history of the FAST series took place Saturday, Aug. 12. The teams of the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics and the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro were part of over 140 sprint cars to compete in the inaugural Great Lakes Dirt Nationals presented by Lowes.

New Castle, Indiana’s Caleb Armstrong bested a field of 63 winged 410ci sprints to collect not only the $15,000 top prize, but a guaranteed starting spot in the $100,000-to-win Sprint Car World Championships April 27-28 at Mansfield Motor Speedway. Also locking into the rich April event were second and third place finishers, Hermitage,Pennsylvania’s Adam Kekich and Morrisdale, Pennsylvania’s Jimmy Seger.

The opening laps of the 410 feature saw a couple of multi-car crashes. When the race began Seger jumped out to a commanding lead only to see that erased when Caleb Helms stopped with four laps scored. On the ensuing restart, Seger was penalized for not getting under power at the cone, giving the lead to Armstrong who cruised away for the win. Kekich used the track’s middle lane to get around Seger for second.

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Bristol

Preece Enters “Thunder Valley” Looking To Continue Hot Streak

bushs_150DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Over the last six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, no one has been able to post better results than Ryan Preece. The Berlin, Connecticut, driver has four wins, a runner-up and a fourth and it has allowed him to claw his way right back into the fight for the championship. Even though he missed a race at Virginia’s Langley Speedway in May to get married, Preece sits only 19 points from the points lead with seven championship races left on the 2017 schedule.

His recent run of success in NASCAR also included his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa Speedway on July 29. As Preece enters the third Whelen Modified Tour race in 12 days, he is hoping to continue his recent success on the tricky high-banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. In his career at “Thunder Valley,” Preece has six top 10 finishes in seven starts, including a victory in the rain-shortened race in 2015. 

Series points leader Timmy Solomito enters the race with a 10-point advantage on Rowan Pennink, but if he wants to maintain the top spot, he will need to come away from Bristol in one piece. His best career finish at the track is eighth, but last season, he was involved in a wreck and finished 26 laps down in 18th. He joins Preece as the only multiple-time winners so far this season on the Tour. 

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Josh King Wins His First at the JBH 100

Winchester, NH- Josh King of Vernon, Vermont took his first Granite State Pro Stock Series win at the JBH 100 on Saturday night. Points leader Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA looked like he would be a threat posting the fastest times in practice. He also ran well in his heat finishing second behind his brother Tommy O’Sullivan of Wilbraham, MA.

As dark skies and lightning loomed west of the track, King started on the pole in the Feature and Jeremy Harclerode of Newmarket, NH started on the outside. The early part of the race saw King take the lead early with Scott MacMichael of New London, NH and Nick Lascuola of Abington, MA close behind.

By half way, track veteran Barry Gray of Belchertown, MA had made his way up to fourth after starting tenth earning himself the Hard Charger award for the night. On lap 61 MacMichael took the lead from King and held it for eight laps. King was able to regain the lead, going low around lap traffic and held the lead until rain brought out the yellow, then the checkers to end the race after 72 laps were complete.
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Garrett Hall holds off rookie Gabe Brown for Oxford Plains Speedway Super Late Model win

Oxford, Maine — Garrett Hall of Scarborough prevailed in a thrilling, 50-lap main event topping the stock car racing program Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway, becoming the 12th different driver to score a victory in the ultra-competitive Super Late Model division this season in Budweiser Championship Series competition.

Hall led just about the entire race, but it was no easy romp to victory lane, and the winner had to turn back several stout challenges from rookie Gabe Brown of Center Conway, New Hampshire to earn the top step on the podium.  Brown, who will turn 15-years-old next month, got alongside Hall several times and finished the race in second position in just his third stock car race after posting an impressive record in kart racing.

Scarborough’s Donnie Colpritt was fast all night long and earned a third-place finish, just in front of Dixfield’s Scott Robbins.  Auburn’s Travis Stearns raced with the leaders for all 50 circuits and crossed the start-finish line in fifth position.

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McCune Scores Fifth-Career Anderson Speedway MSR Win

ANDERSON, Ind. – Jimmy McCune got one for the thumb Saturday night in Central Indiana, scoring his fifth-career Anderson Speedway winged sprint car win with Must See Racing after a furious duel around the quarter-mile oval.

McCune used a high-low switch to take the lead from polesitter and early-race leader Chris Neuenschwander on lap 17, holding serve throughout the remaining distance and fighting off long-time rival Brian Gerster in the closing stages.

Not only was the win McCune’s fifth at Anderson, it was his personal-best sixth series win of the year and the record-extending 22nd of his MSR career.

While the win may have looked easy, McCune said it was anything but.

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Schatz Wins 10th 5-Hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals

Donny Schatz Wins His 10th Knoxville Nationals
Knoxville, Iowa – August 12, 2017 – Donny Schatz inherited the lead on lap 22, after race-long leader David Gravel slowed with motor problems, and held off NASCAR star Kyle Larson to win his 10th 5-Hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals Presented by Casey’s General Store. Schatz, who turned 40-years old this week, trails only Steve Kinser (12) in Knoxville Nationals Championships. Larson settled for second with Australian Kerry Madsen rounding out the podium. World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series drivers Shane Stewart and Brad Sweet completed the top five.
Following his perfect qualifying night, David Gravel flexed his muscles early establishing a sizeable advantage over fellow front-row starter, Donny Schatz. Gravel was masterful in lapped traffic and set a torrid pace. Schatz pulled ahead of Gravel on the 12th circuit, but Gravel got back by at the line. Gravel again stretched his lead out before disaster struck on lap 22. The perfect weekend for the Watertown, CT driver came to an end in turn four after losing power in his CJB Motorsports No. 5.
“Something let go on the backstretch and then something let go in turn three and four,” a disappointed Gravel said following the race. “We have a fast car. We’re going to come back, win some races and kick some ass.”

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Scott Speed Wins Red Bull GRC Atlantic City

Despite getting shuffled into the middle of the pack at the start of the final, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed simply would not be denied in the Round 8 Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City Supercar final. The two-time defending Supercar champion, and last year’s Atlantic City winner, caught Subaru Rally Team USA’s Patrik Sandell by mid-race, got around him coming to the white flag, and held on for his third straight victory to unofficially reclaim the championship lead.

“The start went really well—I went into Turn 1 all by myself, but then the chaos ensued and we came out in like sixth!” Speed explained. “We had to put the gloves on and fight, and we ended shuffling up to third by the end of the first lap. Not to take the Joker was a bit of a gamble, because if someone behind us had taken it and held us up it wouldn’t have worked out, but fortunately no one did. I was able to use the Joker on (Sebastian Eriksson) and then track (Sandell) down. It all came down to the past two laps and making no mistakes, and it was a really hard-fought battle.”

Speed, incoming championship leader Tanner Foust, and Chris Atkinson started on the front row of the final, but only Speed would survive the first lap intact; an early spin for Foust would force him out of contention and lead to a last-place finish, while Atkinson’s left rear suspension was damaged heavily to force him off track early. Sandell, starting from the inside of the second row, seized the opportunity to stretch out what looked like an insurmountable lead over Sebastian Eriksson, with Speed lurking in third.

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Bogner, Marchese, Bille Win Before Rain Washes Out Program at Holland

HOLLAND, NY… (August 12, 2017) Bob Bogner from Hamburg, NY won the main event for the Advance Auto Parts Hornets on Saturday night at Holland International Speedway. Josh Marchese from Ontario, NY scored the win in the INEX Legends. Ryan Bille won the first main event for the INEX Bandoleros. The M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s were on the track just before the rains came, ending the night.

With the Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds, Bank of Holland Chargers and the NYPA TQ Midget Jerry Gradl Sr Memorial Mini Indy 50 not being held, rain checks will be honored for the next event, scheduled for Saturday, August 26th. Drivers and pit crews must keep their wristbands to be used for admission. August 26th, will see the NYPA TQ Midgets run the Mini Indy 50 plus a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.

Josh Hill and Adam Killingbeck led the Advance Auto Parts Hornets to the green flag for their feature event with Hill quickly getting into the lead. Adam Killingbeck and Bob Palmer got together exiting turn four on the opening circuit and hit the front stretch wall to bring out the race’s first caution. Josh Hill would lead the field as Bob Bogner raced in second. Jeff Szafraniec raced in third place and both Bogner and Szafraniec caught race leader hill. Bogner would take the lead from Hill with seven laps remaining. Szafraniec took second away from Hill with four laps remaining. The caution would come out with two laps remaining when Marty Hughes hit the wall and lost his right front tire. Bogner would hold off Szafraniec to score the win. Kenny Hejna and Darren Lenhardt competed in the Talking Phone Book Super Six feature as part of Hornet main event. Hejna pulled away from Lenhardt but Hejna went to the pits about the midway point. Lenhardt would score the win for the Super Sixes.

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Rookie Payea Dominates Devil’s Bowl Speedway for First Win

Forrest takes Mini Stock special; Germain gets first Super Stock victory

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Dylan Payea may be a rookie Late Model stock car driver, but he certainly did not drive like one on Saturday, August 12, as he dominated for the first win of his career at The Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  Payea trounced the field on Heritage Family Credit Union “Member Night” to highlight an event that also saw R.J. Germain and Roo Forrest score meaningful victories.

Payea, of Henniker, N.H., led the 50-lap Driven Transport Late Model Series race from the drop of the green flag and stretched out to a nearly quarter-track advantage before the race’s lone yellow flag flew for debris with 37 laps complete.  Robert Bryant Jr. mounted a serious challenge on the outside lane at the restart, and even crept ahead to lead lap 39, but Payea fended him off and sped away to collect the win.

Bryant settled for second place, ahead of a torrid battle for the final podium spot.  Rookie Evan Hallstrom, 15, fought tooth-and-nail with Seth Bridge for much of the second half of the race, and their clash became physical as the laps clicked away.  Hallstrom narrowly beat Bridge for third place, with Rich Lowrey Jr. a close fifth.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Returning to Dirt Racing Full-Time in 2018

Asphalt era closing with Late Model 100 on September 2; ACT event canceled

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is going back to its roots: Full-time dirt track racing will return in 2018.  After eight years with an asphalt half-mile, with the last four years running with both asphalt and dirt layouts, the Rutland County facility will have an all-new half-mile dirt surface for its 52nd season.

The changeover marks the third period in the speedway’s history that dirt racing will be held on a half-mile surface; the track was similar in its first four seasons from 1967 to 1970 and again from 1975 through 2009.  Asphalt racing has been held on the half-mile oval twice, from 1971 through 1974, and most recently from 2010 to the present.  A 3/10-mile dirt track was built in the infield of the half-mile in 2014 and has operated simultaneously with the asphalt track since then.

The asphalt surface will remain intact as a solid base.  A fresh new layer of natural Champlain Valley clay, which will be excavated from the speedway property in West Haven, will be laid down over the asphalt beginning in early September.  About half of the width of the current infield dirt track will be also used, creating a racing surface approximately 75-80 feet wide with progressive banking in the corners.  Should time and weather permit, an open test session will be held on the new surface in the fall.

In addition to the surface change, initial plans also call for an infield pit road to be constructed for use in long-distance races, and early preparation is underway to raise the height of the grandstand bleacher seating in order to provide a better viewing experience for race fans.  Racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway will continue under sanctioning from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the eighth consecutive year in 2018.

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Evergreen Announces August 18 Mid Season Championship for American Rental Equipment Modified

St. Johns, PA (8/7/2017)- Following two rained out American Rental Equipment Modified Series events at Evergreen Raceway, the track is ready and set to make another go at their next Modified show, “Fairway Motors Night” is slated for Friday, August 18. The Tour Type Modifieds will hit the track for heat race action and a 50-lap Main event that will pay $2,000 to the winner, plus, being the mid season championship event, extra money has been added to the event purse and Modified drivers will be awarded double points for their efforts in the championship standings. Northampton’s Matt Hirschman took the victory in both rounds of competition so far this season and should definitely be one of the drivers to beat in order to contend for the win. 

Many teams are excited about making their third Evergreen start of 2017, which will pay $2,000 and $175 to start, if 16 or more cars take the green flag. 

 The 2017 Evergreen Raceway Tire Rules will apply for this event. Those rules are posted on the speedway website under the rules link on the left-hand side of the site. Tires are available at the track and can be purchased by cash, check or credit card (3% fee processing fee applies). 

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Beech Ridge Still Next on ACT Schedule

SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Mother Nature has given every competitor hoping to snap Scott Payea’s four-race winning streak on the American Canadian Tour (ACT) an extra week to prepare for the Coastal 100 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

Wet weather prompted the postponement of the event last Saturday. It has been rescheduled for this Saturday, August 12.

Payea is seeking his first ACT title. He leads his closest rival, Dillon Moltz of Waterford, Conn., by 36 points (584-548).

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Super DIRTcar Series at Merrittville Speedway Postponed to August 9

CONCORD, NC – August 7, 2017 – Tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series Bob St. Amand Memorial 100 at Merrittville Speedway has been postponed due to afternoon rain and a forecast for inclement weather at the racetrack. The event will now take place on Wednesday, August 9.
“The forecast for heavy rain this evening does not make for ideal race conditions for such a big event,” said Super DIRTcar Series director Mike Perrotte. “We are glad we could work with Don Spiece and his Merrittville Speedway staff to reschedule the Bob St. Amand Memorial 100. It is an important event to the Super DIRTcar Series and we are excited to race on Wednesday night.”
The Super DIRTcar Series now heads to Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, NY on Tuesday, August 8 for the 33rd Summer Nationals before returning to Merrittville the following night.

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Venturini Motorsports’ Weekend Rewind – Winchester Speedway

Fast VMS Toyota’s deliver mixed results at Winchester; Another second place for Eckes, Lessard earns career best finish and Heartbreaker for Smith

Concord, North Carolina (August 7, 2017) – Venturini Motorsports’ drivers Christian Eckes, Raphael Lessard, and Zane Smith showed up in force on Sunday afternoon for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 200 at Winchester Speedway. The talented trio of teens made noise as each driver put their fast Toyota race cars into the spotlight throughout the 200-lap event.

Christian Eckes turned in another great performance on Sunday finishing second behind race winner Kyle Benjamin at Winchester Speedway. Eckes, in the No. 15 New York Bus Sales Toyota, stepped up in the end and got within five lengths of the leader, but fell back about a half-second at the final stripe. The Middletown, NY rookie tied his career-best finish with his runner up finish and earned his eighth consecutive top-10 finish of his season campaign.

“This place is so cool…maybe the most fun I’ve ever had at a race track,” said Eckes. “You have so many lines to work with. We started kind of slow in practice but once we got around other cars in the race, we were really good. We definitely had a great long run car…couldn’t get fired off too well on the restarts. But 30-to-40 laps into the run, the car came to us. Not sure if we could have gotten to the 28, but we had a good of a shot as anyone.”

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Returns to Ransomville

The Big “R” Outlaw Shootout presented by Budweiser Rescheduled for October 16, 2017
CONCORD, NC – August 7, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series returns to Ransomville (NY) Speedway for the rescheduled Big “R” Outlaw Shootout presented by Budweiser on October 16, 2017.

The Big “R” Outlaw Shootout, originally scheduled for Sunday, July 23, was postponed due to a heavy rain storm that flooded the pit area at Ransomville Speedway just minutes before the event was scheduled to get underway. The Series returns to the speedway on October 16 to run the event in its entirety.

Tickets for the makeup event at Ransomville Speedway can be purchased online.

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The Last Pass Through Pennsylvania

World of Outlaws head to PA for final time this season
CONCORD, NC- Aug. 7, 2017– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Series is on the downhill swing of the 2017 season and gearing up to hit the road back to Pennsylvania for four more shootouts.
Two weekends of back-to-back nights of racing await the Outlaws in PA, including Port Royal Speedway (Aug. 19), Eriez Speedway (Aug. 20), Lernerville Speedway (Sept. 2) and Selinsgrove Speedway (Sept. 3).
The Series has already made one stop at Lernerville Speedway this season for the storied Firecracker 100. Mother nature forced the Series to merge two separate show into one action-packed day during this year’s Firecracker 100. Current Series points leader, Brandon Sheppard, stole the matinee 30-lap Feature before Brandon Overton landed his second-ever Outlaws victory during the 100-lap Finale.

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Brian Brown leading 16th Annual Jesse Hockett “Mr. Sprint Car” Points After First Four Nights

Knoxville, IA, August 6, 2017 – Brian Brown emerged victorious in Sunday night’s 6th Annual Weld Racing Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank at the Knoxville Raceway.  The Grain Valley, Missouri driver leads the Southern Iowa SprintWeek Jesse Hockett “Mr. Sprint Car” points heading into Monday’s event, the Price Chopper Front Row Challenge presented by Musco Lighting and Searsboro Telephone Company at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.  Brown won the title back in 2014.

Jesse Hockett “Mr. Sprint Car” top ten standings after four events…

1. Brian Brown, Missouri, 148 points; 2. Greg Hodnett, Pennsylvania, 138 points; 3. Dusty Zomer, South Dakota, 120 points; 4. Thomas Kennedy, Manitoba, 118 points; 5. Trey Starks, Washington, 112 points; 6. Clint Garner, South Dakota, 107 points; 7. (tie) Aaron Reutzel, Texas, 102 points;  7. (tie) Tim Shaffer, Pennsylvania, 102 points; 9. Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma, 101 points; 10. Josh Baughman, Texas, 99 points.

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Rain Cancels Devil’s Bowl Speedway Saturday Asphalt Race

Sunday Dirt Track Double Features still on

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has canceled its Asphalt Track racing program on Saturday, August 5, due to rain and saturated grounds.  The event was scheduled to be the sixth annual “C.J. Richards Memorial” sponsored by Carrara Masonry & Concrete for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, along with an Enduro Series race.

The C.J. Richards Memorial race for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 19, as part of the Rutland Regional Medical Center’s annual “Hometown Heroes” Night.  The Enduro Series race has also been added to the program.

Racing at the Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway is still on as scheduled for Sunday, August 6, with double features for the Sportsman Modified, Super Stock, Mini Stock, and Catamount Mini Sprint divisions presented by Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli.  General admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors (62+), $5.00 for teenagers (13-17), and free for kids age 12 and under. Gates open at 5:00 p.m., and racing begins at 6:00 p.m.

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NASCAR Nite Rained Out at Beech Ridge

Summerfest on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.
NASCAR Nite for tonight, Saturday, Aug. 5, has been canceled. Weather forecasts predicting thunderstorms and showers throughout the late afternoon and evening hours necessitated the decision.
We will return to action on Sunday, August 6, beginning at 10 a.m.with the Maine Vintage Race Car Association’s annual Summerfest. The event is a celebration of auto racing history in the region.
Now in its 69th season of competition, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway is Maine’s only NASCAR-sanctioned short track. In addition to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, which competes from May through September each season, the track hosts the 10-week Thursday Thunder series from June through August, and Car Wars on Friday nights in August.

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Holland Speedway George Decker Memorial Rained Out

HOLLAND, NY… (August 5, 2017) Management of Holland International Speedway was forced to pull the plug on the George Decker Memorial event scheduled for Saturday, August 5th due to wet grounds and wet weather.

The 18th running of the George Decker Memorial has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 2nd. That date will also include the inaugural running of the Butch Palmer Memorial 32 for the Hornets.

Holland’s historic 58th season continues on Saturday, August 12th on Coca Cola Family Night and ECMC Appreciation Night. A full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program (Pro Modifieds, Chargers, NYPA TQ Midgets, Hornets, Legends, and Bandoleros) will be presented. The NYPA TQ Midgets will be the headliners as they will be running in the Jerry Gradl Sr Memorial Mini Indy 50.  Qualifying will start at 6:00 pm with NASCAR feature racing starting promptly at 7:05 pm.

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Three in a Row! Boat Wins Opener at Belleville

Belleville, Kansas………Every once in a while, a team discovers the perfect combination: the right driver, the right car, the right setup and the right track, all at the right time.

Friday night, Chad Boat and the Tucker/Boat Motorsports crew were all in unison as they pulled down a tried and true, war-tested machine from the shelf to win their third consecutive feature at the “Belleville Midget Nationals,” something only Stan Fox had accomplished in the 40-year history of the prestigious event back in 1979 and 1980.

After an up-and-down, inconsistent season leading up to this week’s races, the team made the decision to return to the same Spike chassis that was driven to a sweep by Boat a season ago at Belleville. It’s a car that hadn’t made a single appearance during the 2017 season before Friday night, but now stands an undefeated 3-for-3 on the Belleville High Banks.

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Madden on the Money

Madden sweeps qualifying, heat race and feature at Cedar Lake Speedway
NEW RICHMOND, WI- Aug. 4, 2017- Rain on Thursday forced the inevitable merge of two programs into one actioned-packed Friday night under the lights at Cedar Lake Speedway for the USA Nationals.
Chris Madden swept the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series “matinee” event by turning the fastest lap on the track during qualifying, holding off charges from Scott Bloomquist during their heat race and defending the lead during the feature from Frank Heckenast Jr., Billy Moyer and Brandon Sheppard.
“This is one of biggest race we go to all year, I mean, it’s 50-grand,” said Madden.  “We’re excited to be up here and we’re happy to be back [at Cedar Lake]. We really like this place. Tonight, mother nature gave us a mud bowl but we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

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Pittman Scores First Win of 2017 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

PEVELY, MO – August 5, 2017 – It’s been a long time coming for Daryn Pittman, who secured his first win of the season Friday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. The 2014 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion has had a trying season by his standards. Friday night, he was able to fend off the eight-time and defending Series Champion Donny Schatz, including on a late-race restart with six laps to go.
“Man, I needed that. I think this team needed that,” a relieved Daryn Pittman said upon exiting his Great Clips No. 9 for his first win of the 2017 season Friday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.
The Craftsman Club Dash draw was four putting Sheldon Haudenschild and Paul McMahan on the front row. Haudenschild and McMahan led laps in the dash before giving way to Pittman on the third circuit.

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Schuett Takes Career-First POWRi National Victory

Pevely, MO – Kyle Schuett of Philo, Illinois led all 30 laps of the POWRi Lucas Oil National and West Midget League feature event to claim the Prelude to the Ironman at the Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. Schuett’s Prelude to the Ironman is his first-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League victory. Schuett was the 2015 POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League Rookie of the Year and is a graduate of the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League.

Starting inside the second row, Schuett charged past the front row of pole sitter Tyler Thomas and Jake Neuman into turn one. Holding the lead off two, Schuett set a rapid pace, running the bottom while Thomas and Tucker Klaasmeyer gave chase. Enduring four yellows, the final caution of the night came with 24 laps competed, setting up a mad dash to the finish.

Returning to racing, Schuett was followed by three time and defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League champion Zach Daum and Thomas. Taking the green, Schuett again took to the bottom side with Daum in tow as Tyler Thomas took to the top, charging toward the front. With three laps to go, Thomas stole the second position from Daum and looked to be making an effort for the lead. Coming off turn two, Thomas bobbled on the cushion, while Schuett stayed strong, entering the final turn for the final time. Zach Daum took third, while Logan Seavey finished fourth. Jake Neuman rounded out the top five.

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Glen Luce Best in PASS North Action at Lee USA Speedway, 44th Oxford 250 Up Next

Lee, NH – Glen Luce of Turner, Maine pulled away from the field in the late stages of Friday night’s Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model 150-lapper at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire to post his second win on the touring series this season.

Luce started from 14th position, patiently making steady progress through the field as Scarborough, Maine’s Garrett Hall set the pace for the first sixty laps. Six-time PASS North champion Johnny Clark took over and looked like a possible winner before Luce and 12th-place starter Travis Benjamin moved into contention with about 30 laps to go.

Once Luce got to the front there was no stopping his Stevens Electric & Pump Service machine and he outran his chief rival atop the championship standings this season, Travis Benjamin of Morrill, Maine, to the checkered flag by 2.2 seconds.
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Preece Continues to Roll at Stafford

Late Pass Of Coby Nets Third NASCAR Whelen Modified Win of Season

STAFFORD, Conn. (Aug. 4, 2017) – Ryan Preece has been nearly unbeatable of late when he straps behind the wheel of a race car.

Last weekend, Preece scored his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Iowa Speedway. He marked his return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Friday at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway with another trip to Victory Lane in the Stafford 150. 

The Berlin, Connecticut, driver took the lead from four-time tour champion Doug Coby on a Lap 148 restart and didn’t look back. The win was the 18th career in Whelen Modified Tour action for Preece and also his seventh at the half-mile Stafford. He won the NAPA Spring Sizzler at the track on April 30.

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Hodnett Dominates Night 2 of the 27th Knoxville ASCS 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 4, 2017) – Greg Hodnett won a three-way battle for the lead and cruised to his first career ASCS 360 win at the Knoxville Raceway, as well as first Lucas OIl ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network score, on night two of the Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank.
The win, aboard the Heffner Racing No. 27, was worth $3,000 for the Thomasville, Pennsylvania native. Clint Garner and Wayne Johnson emerged as the two high-point drivers heading into Saturday night’s $15,000 to win finale. They’ll sit on the front row, with Nate Van Haaften and Jamie Ball in row two, and Aaron Reutzel and Tim Shaffer making up the third row.
Trey Starks led Brian Brown and Jeff Swindell to start the 20-lap feature event. Brown would shoot under Starks to lead lap two. Hodnett was up to third by lap four, and shortly after, Sawyer Phillips spun in turn three.
Brown led Starks, Hodnett, Swindell and Wayne Johnson back to green flag racing. Starks shot by Brown back into the lead when the green fell, while Johnson moved into fourth. Hodnett stuck his car to the low side, taking second on lap six. Two laps later, he was by Starks into the lead and checking out.

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