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USAC National Sprints Make Midwest Debut Saturday at Lawrenceburg

March may have come in like a lion, but the hugely-anticipated month of April truly delivers the roar to the contingent of Midwest fans and drivers who have eagerly awaited this moment for the past six months. It’s the return of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing to the state of Indiana, which arrives this Saturday night, April 1 at southeastern Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Ione, California’s Justin Grant has been dominant in the early part of the season after picking up the victory in the USAC National Sprint Car opener at “Winter Dirt Games VIII” in Ocala, Florida. He followed that up one night later by finishing second to Hunter Schuerenberg and, by virtue, stands at the top of the series standings heading to the Burg.

Grant’s early season success would not cease and desist at that moment. Less than a month after Ocala, Grant scored the USAC National Midget season opener in February’s “Shamrock Classic” at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center. The feat made him the first driver to win both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget season openers in the same season.

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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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PASS South Title Contenders Prepare for Orange County Return

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 8) – As Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model racers from across the Carolinas prepare for the series long awaited return to Orange County Speedway on Saturday, March 25th, a great championship battle is heating up following the first two races of the season.  Heading into the upcoming “Original” Orange Blossom Special, points leader Bradley McCaskill and former PASS South champions, Matt Craig and Tate Fogleman, are only separated by two points.  As a matter of fact, the top 11 drivers in points only have 42 points between them.
Following his recent win in the Dogwood 150 at Southern National Motorsports Park, Matt Craig looks forward to the next stop for a number of reasons, including the opportunity to get a guaranteed starting spot in the 44th Annual Oxford 250 with a win and a shot at the $25,000 top prize come last weekend in August.

“It was good to win with the new style Hamke car and be the first one to win with it,” says Craig.  “We broke something at Dillon and we just nursed it to the finish, so we know we have good speed.”

After a tight battle throughout the season in 2016 with Kodie Conner, Craig was able to prevail and capture the championship.  But, he knows it will be no easy task to become the first two-time winner of the South’s oldest Super Late Model championship.
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Open Wheel Extravaganza Comes to Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center on Feb. 18

The first ever indoor event in the history of USAC’s IMRA and Midwest Thunder Midget series comes to the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The racing extravaganza at the Mini Magic Mile features a full-slate of racing with two separate events in one single day. The morning’s racing program includes complete shows for the Winged Outlaw Karts, Pro Clone 350+ Go-Karts, and Junior 2 Go-Karts. Morning practice for the three classes begins at 8:30 am (CT) with the day’s first of two programs scheduled to conclude around 2:30 pm.

After an intermission and a rework of the track surface, the afternoon session begins with hot laps at 5:30 pm and includes two classes from USAC’s Speed2 Midget division: IMRA and the Midwest Thunder Midget Championship as well as 600cc Winged Micro Sprints.

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Linda’s Speedway Completes 2017 Pennsylvania Midget Week Schedule

The final TBA date for the 2017 edition of Pennsylvania Midget Week has been revealed.

Linda’s Speedway, the quarter-mile dirt oval in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, will host the PA Midget Week finale on Thursday, August 17. The event will be the finale of the four-race USAC National Midget tour of the Keystone State alongside the USAC/ARDC Midgets.

The third annual Pennsylvania Midget Week gets underway Sunday, Aug. 13 at York Haven’s Susquehanna Speedway, followed by Spring Run’s Path Valley Speedway Park on Monday, Aug. 14 and Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown on Tuesday, Aug. 15. A one-day rest or possible rain date is slotted for Wednesday, Aug. 16 before the series resumes Thursday, Aug. 17 for the date at Linda’s.

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Courtney Closes 2016 USAC Season with Indoor Domination at the Junior Knepper 55

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016 — Du Quoin, Illinois — Six years ago, Tyler Courtney was a newcomer to the midget racing scene when he made his debut at the first full midget race ever held at the Southern Illinois Center.

Saturday, on the very same ground, Courtney became a winner at the place where it all began, on the one-sixth-mile dirt bullring indoors at the “Junior Knepper 55” as the Indianapolis, Indiana native raced to victory in the second annual USAC Midget Special Event honoring the late, successful USAC car owner.

Courtney led the opening lap before giving way to Justin Allgaier, then clawed his way back to the front on the eighth lap to reclaim a lead that he wouldn’t relinquish to take his first career Midget win under the USAC banner.

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Justin Grant & Sam McGhee Motorsports Join Forces for Run at 2017 USAC Sprint Title

Sam McGhee Motorsports is proud to announce that Ione, California’s Justin Grant will take the wheel of the team’s No. 11 full-time during the 2017 racing season, which includes a run at the entire USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule.

“We partnered with Justin midway through August of 2016 and had outstanding success during the months that followed,” team owner Sam McGhee said. “Justin picked up SMM’s very first USAC National Car win during the ‘4-Crown Nationals’ at Eldora speedway, which we are very excited to build off as we aim for a series championship during the 2017 season.”

For 2017, the car will have a slightly new look as the team switches over from No. 17 to No. 11, which was Sam’s number when he raced in USAC’s Ford Focus Midget series from 2011-2013. In fact, Sam, now 17 years old, scored seven feature victories en route to the USAC Ford Focus Young Gun Midget series championship in 2011.

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Windom, Bacon, Thorson National Champs Feted Friday; Western Champs Celebrate January 28 in Las Vegas

USAC’s 61st “Night of Champions” National Awards Dinner is scheduled for Friday night, December 9, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Champions of USAC’s 2016 racing series will be honored during the gala evening.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. won the USAC Silver Crown Championship while Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. captured the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title for the second time. The National Midget Championship went to Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev.

The affair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), which will be held December 8-10 at the Indiana Convention Center, located just one block south of the banquet facility.

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Entries Surpass 60 for Dec. 17 Junior Knepper 55 in DuQuoin

Entries continue to pour in for the 2nd Annual “Junior Knepper 55” USAC Midget Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on Saturday, December 17.

Among the entries so far are two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon from Oklahoma; versatile California racer and two-time Chili Bowl winner Cory Kruseman; plus, USAC Sprint Car standout Thomas Meseraull from California; Indiana Sprint Week feature winner Brent Beauchamp and “Ted Horn 100” Silver Crown winner Chris Urish out of Elkhart, Illinois.

A couple of drivers have already filed their intentions to take the wing off and compete on the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval including World of Outlaws regular Joey Saldana from Indiana and 2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year Tony Bruce, Jr. from Kansas.

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Mother Nature Claims “Pennsylvania Midget Week” Opener at Susquehanna

York Haven, Pennsylvania — Heavy rains just prior to ProSource Qualifying forced cancellation of Sunday night’s “Pennsylvania Midget Week” USAC Midget National Championship/ARDC opener at Susquehanna Speedway.

It was to mark the USAC Midget division’s first-ever visit to the track after rains cancelled last year’s Susquehanna event as well.

Brady Bacon recorded the fastest time in hot laps on Sunday with a time of 17.504 seconds.
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Stenhouse Steals “Junior Knepper 55” Glory from Car Owner Clauson

Du Quoin, Illinois — Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. conjured memories of his breakout 2007 USAC season, as the Olive Branch, Mississippi driver returned to midget racing on Saturday night and passed Bryan Clauson with three laps to go for the win in the inaugural “Junior Knepper 55” USAC Midget special event at the Southern Illinois Center. Stenhouse was caught up in a lap-one logjam but recovered after restarting the event in the 20th and last position before making his way forward to the $3,000 payday.

After heat races and qualifying races accumulated finish and passing points to set feature lineups, Bryan Clauson earned the pole, but fellow front-row starter Tyler Thomas looped his mount in turn-one to set off the six-car stack-up. All six cars were able to restart.

Clauson led early and encountered the tail of the field on lap six, but that was no deterrent. Behind him, Joey Saldana worked to the inside of Chase Briscoe on lap nine to take the second spot. The pace was fast at the front, with the first half of the race clicking off with just one caution.
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Davey Hamilton Named Executive Director of USAC Racing

USAC Racing Announces Major Organizational Changes

The United States Auto Club (USAC) announced today the appointment of Davey Hamilton in the newly created role as Executive Director of USAC Racing. The role will report to USAC President and CEO Kevin Miller and is effective immediately.

USAC’s business structure will now encompass three main business segments for reporting  and management purposes; USAC Racing, USAC Sanctioning, and USAC Properties & Promotions.

“Our business has experienced tremendous growth over the past seven years as we have diver-sified our motorsports portfolio to include off-road, rally and other motorsport segments such as snowmobile racing” stated Miller. “We are committed to growing each business area which re-quires additional focus and attention. As we enter our 60th year as a motorsports leader in 2015, we want to ensure that we are well positioned for growth and new opportunities in a challenging motorsports environment. The appointment today of Davey reaffirms our commitment to en-hancing the core of USAC and we are excited to start a new era with such a passionate racing leader”.

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PASS Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory to Air Live on 51 TV

Naples, ME (3/2/15) – The Easter Bunny 150 has been a marquee Pro All Stars Series (PASS) event since its inception in 2006. The event has brought the top short track talents from North, South and everywhere in between to the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. Fans and racers alike have relished the ability to race or take in the sights of a prestigious race at the historic facility in Hickory, NC .

Now, for the first time in the event’s 10-year history, fans everywhere will be able to witness the prestige and aura of the Easter Bunny 150 live on Saturday, April 4.

Officials from PASS and 51 TV, the online video streaming network by Speed51.com, announced today that the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150 can be viewed live via a streaming broadcast provided by 51 TV.
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Bacon, Hoffman Open Title Defense at Ocala this Week

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Dynamics, Inc. open defense of their 2014 AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car National Championship this week as the “Winter Dirt Games VI” begins Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

The team will try to add to Hoffman Auto Racing’s all-time series record of 86 feature wins as the six-race “Winter Dirt Games VI” follows the Ocala openers with a trio of races Feb. 26-27-28 at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla.

Bacon, who won last year’s opener at Ocala and has eight career wins, posted 14 podium finishes on his way to the 2014 title. He will pilot the Mean Green/Lykins Oil Triple X/Williams Mopar in the Florida tour.

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$5,000 East Bay “Triple Crown Challenge” Posted

East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. has posted a $5,000 cash bonus for any driver who can sweep all three AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car National Championship features there February 26-27-28. In addition, a driver who wins two of the three would win an extra $500.

The “East Bay Triple Crown Challenge” highlights the final three rounds of the 2015 “Winter Dirt Games VI” which opens this weekend (Feb. 19-20-21) at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

It wouldn’t be the first Florida USAC Sprint “sweep.” In 2010 Damion Gardner won both races held at East Bay. The next year he won two of three at Ocala and in 2012 he won another race at Ocala. In 2013 Tracy Hines won two of three at Ocala.

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Don Shepherd Passes at 80

DON SHEPHERD, 80

Don Shepherd, one of USAC’s top sprint car mechanics during the highly-competitive 1960s, passed away Friday in Brownsburg, Ind. In 1965 he engineered a USAC Sprint Car owner’s championship for Jack Colvin. In addition to Indianapolis 500 winners Johnny Rutherford and Bobby and Al Unser, Shepherd also worked with drivers Jim Hurtubise, Jud Larson, Roger McCluskey, Bob Wente, Johnny Parsons, Gordon Woolley, Rick Muther, Buzz Rose and Don’s brother A.J. In 2010 Don was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa. USAC extends its condolences to his family and friends.

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Elevated ProSource Fast Time USAC Involvement

Buck and Betty Rice of ProSource in Grand Saline, Tex., long-time supporters of USAC races and participants through contingency postings, have increased their involvement with USAC in 2015 and will supply fast time cash awards at all USAC National events, we well as providing a year-end award at USAC’s National Awards Banquet.

A total of $10,000 has been pledged by ProSource, to be split amongst participants in USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL Sprint Car and Honda Midget series, which total 77 events at present.

Continuing with their long program of awarding USAC proficiency, ProSource established 2014 awards which included a year-end bonus for driver Rico Abreu, who was the most prolific fast qualifier in the Honda National Midget Series.

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USA Rounds of Winter Challenge Washed Out

TUCSON, Ariz. (January 30, 2015) – Inclement weather has forced the cancellation of the final two rounds of the E&K Winter Challenge slated for Tucson’s USA Raceway this weekend.

The events that were to feature the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars along with IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars and more on both Friday and Saturday at the Tucson clay oval will not be rescheduled.

The initial three rounds of the E&K Winter Challenge took place last weekend at Canyon Speedway Park with Ryan Bernal taking back-to-back USAC Sprint Car wins on Saturday and Sunday after Brady Bacon topped the Friday night opener.

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PASS Returning to Ace Speedway in 2015 for Labor Day Classic

Madhouse Modifieds, PASS Pro Lates, And USAC Eastern Midgets Complete Labor Day Racing Card

2015AceSpeedwayLogoCHARLOTTE, NC (January 16) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials, along with representatives of Short Track Management, are pleased to announce the return of the PASS South Super Late Model and PASS Pro Late Model divisions to Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, NC in 2015. The 4th Running of the Labor Day Classic at Ace Speedway will take place on Labor Day afternoon, Monday, September 7, 2015. In addition to PASS, the Madhouse Modifieds, which are featured at the legendary Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC, will compete in Twin 25 lap features under Stadium rules and on Stadium tires. The USAC Eastern Midgets will complete the entertaining Labor Day afternoon festivities of racing at Ace Speedway.

309-PASS South Print Logo“We’re really glad to be returning to Ace Speedway in 2015 for this exciting card of racing on Labor Day,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “Ace always provides great fender-to-fender action and has some of the best fans in short track racing. We’re really glad to partner with Bill [Catania] and all the folks at Short Track Management as they begin their new venture at Ace Speedway.”

Short Track Management CEO Bill Catania recently acquired the lease to promote events at Ace Speedway in 2015 and has been a long-time competitor in the PASS South Super Late Model division. Catania finished 10th in PASS South Super Late Model points in 2012 and is excited to have PASS featured as the biggest event of the season at Ace Speedway.

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NMARHOF Induction Friday

Tulsa Ceremony to Honor 8 Latest NMARHOF Inductees

Tulsa, Okla. is the site for the annual January inductions for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees, to be announced this weekend during the annual “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., comprise a mix of drivers and car owners whose names will be enshrined in the hall which is presently housed at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc.

The inductions are part of the festivities surrounding the annual “Chili Bowl” Midget spectacular at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds and they will be held on Friday, January 16.

Alphabetically, this year’s inductees are: Chuck Arnold, Nick Fornoro, Mike Gregg, Steve Knepper, Freddie Meeker, Norm Rapp, Jim Whitman and Ashley Wright.

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USAC’s Honda National Midget Series Expands to Pennsylvaina in 2015

In 2015 the Honda National Midget Championship trail will include all of the major outdoor Midget events in the country, starting with the Kokomo Grand Prix in April and running through the famed Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thanksgiving Night in Perris, CA.

Rico Abreu is the defending champion of the series, while teammate Christopher Bell (the 2013 champion) is expected to be among primary challengers for the 2015 crown, along with Tracy Hines, who will continue his pursuit of the elusive USAC Triple Crown. Hines needs only a National Midget title to accompany his previous championships in the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Silver Crown Championship series to become USAC’s sixth Triple Crown king.

The extremely popular Indiana Midget Week returns with five consecutive nights of racing June 10-14, while traditions like the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas, the “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” at Granite City, Ill. and the Four Crown Nationals” at Rossburg, Ohio all continue in 2015.

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2015 USAC National Schedules Announced

USAC’s preliminary 2015 National racing schedules were distributed at the annual Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis, Ind. and continue to be formulated for what promises to be a spectacular 60th season of USAC competition.

The Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Honda National Midget schedules are projected to include more than 75 total events in 15 states, beginning with six “Winter Dirt Games VI” Sprint races in Florida and USAC’s 2015 National calendar will conclude with the November 26 “Turkey Night Grand Prix” Midget race at Perris, Calif. The Honda Midget National Championship schedule will be forthcoming.

New on the Silver Crown calendar is the May 1 opener at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway and the June 20 appearance at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

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Bell Ready to Feast on Turkey Night after Podium Weekend at Western World

NORMAN, Okla. (November 26, 2014) – After a weekend full of podiums and his 26th win of the year, it all comes down to Turkey Night for Christopher Bell in his pursuit of a second consecutive USAC National Midget title.

With Friday night’s Western World Championships preliminary victory his 16th triumph among the Midget ranks in 2014, the accolades have already started coming in for the Norman, OK, driver including the Badger Midget championship and then National Midget Driver of the Year honors for the second year in a row.

Now, 26 points is all that separates the 19-year-old from the top spot on the USAC National Midget point charts occupied by his Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate, Rico Areu.

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Super Late Model Racing’s Best Prepare for Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 7) – As has been customary for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model division, the season will once again conclude with the running of the 9th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown on Saturday, November 15 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC.  Some of the best short trackers from Canada to Florida are busily preparing their machines for what will be, for many of them, the final race of a long campaign.  One driver looking to cap off a pretty stellar 2014 season is Worcester, Massachusetts’s native Derek Ramstrom.  During the late summer and early fall, Ramstrom went to victory lane in two of New England’s most prestigious events, the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and the World Series of Stock Car Racing at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut.  Following a successful 5th place outing with the Petit Motorsports team last weekend at Caraway Speedway’s North-South Shootout, Ramstrom is encouraged to return to his family owned team for another outing at Southern National.

“I love running the tracks down South,” said Ramstrom.  “There a lot different from the tracks in the Northeast.  They’ve got more banking, they’re a lot faster.  I definitely love to come down here.”

It would seem that the bigger events on the short track calendar have played in Ramstrom’s favor in recent years.  This year’s Mason Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Raceway Park is expected to have one of the biggest car counts of the season and to attract some of North America’s best racers.  And, at 200 green flag laps and with the option to change two tires at lap 125, Ramstrom is hoping his past experiences in big events will play out with a win in the Meltdown.

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2015 Eldora Speedway Schedule of Events Released

Historic World of Outlaws and USAC National Sprint Cars Doubleheader Weekend Highlights 2015 Eldora Calendar

ROSSBURG, OHIO (Nov 6, 2014) – Over its first 61 seasons, tradition and innovation have played a huge role in Eldora Speedway’s growth. Tradition will be again be served in 2015 through the return of Eldora’s signature major events, while the innovative twist includes another first in the industry.

Over the weekend of Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, Eldora will pull together the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series and the United States Auto Club (USAC) National Sprint Cars in a complete doubleheader both nights. Each group sets the nation’s standard for their brand of Sprint Car racing and each have a storied history – not only at Eldora – but throughout the country, yet, never before have they been featured together on the same card, the same night.

And, in keeping with Eldora’s tradition of offering the best drivers in the world at the most affordable price, tickets for the historic event will be just $25 for general admission seating.

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Tulsa Ceremony to Honor 8 Latest NMARHOF Inductees

Tulsa, Okla. is the site for the annual January inductions for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees, to be announced this weekend during the annual “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., comprise a mix of drivers and car owners whose names will be enshrined in the hall which is presently housed at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc.

The inductions are part of the festivities surrounding the annual “Chili Bowl” Midget spectacular at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds and they will be held on Friday, January 16.

Alphabetically, this year’s inductees are: Chuck Arnold, Nick Fornoro, Mike Gregg, Steve Knepper, Freddie Meeker, Norm Rapp, Jim Whitman and Ashley Wright.

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Christopher Bell Makes Impressive Debut With PASS South Win At Orange County

ROUGEMONT, NC (October 18) – Making only his second start in an asphalt stock car, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell dominated the second half of the Orange County 150 presented by CV Products Saturday night at Orange County Speedway for his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win.  The victory was the second of the 2014 PASS season for the Kyle Busch Motorsports team to go along with a win by Busch at Canada’s Autodrome Chaudière in August.

 “This is just unbelievable to come out here and run with John Hunter Nemechek and all of these guys and come out on top,” said Bell after scoring the win in his PASS South Super Late Model debut.  “I can’t thank all of my guys enough.  They took me racing for the first time a few weeks ago and I really struggled.  But, they believed in me and stuck with me and now here we are.”

 In qualifying, Preston Peltier took his fourth straight quick qualifying time with a lap of 97.248 miles per hour around the high banked, 3/8 mile speedway.  In the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Jared Irvan moved to the pole position with Bell flanked alongside and Peltier moving back to start fourth.

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Setzer Seeking Hometown Glory in PASS South Start at Hickory

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 17) – Entering the 2014 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model campaign, Brandon Setzer had high hopes for success. But the season did not start out the way he had hoped. Motor problems at Greenville-Pickens and Hickory, coupled with an accident at Dillon, had Setzer mired far back in the standings. But a mid-season switch from his family owned team to the potent Dick Woodman Racing entry saw Setzer score back-to-back podium finishes at Ace and Southern National. Since then, Setzer has returned to the family team and the good runs have continued. He now sits seventh in PASS South Super Late Model points, just 34 points out of the top five as the series prepares for this weekend’s Over The Mountain 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Hickory Motor Speedway means a lot to the Setzer family. Brandon’s dad, Dennis, parlayed Late Model Stock track championships there in 1983 and 1992 into a successful tenure in the Busch and Truck Series. Likewise, Brandon got his start at Hickory Motor Speedway, learning his craft in the track’s Late Model Supertruck and Limited Late Model divisions. Making his third PASS South Super Late Model start at the track this weekend, Setzer feels the ingredients are right for the team to score its first victory.

“To get a win at Hickory would be huge and that’s what we’re working towards,” said Setzer, driver of the Romeo Guest Construction/The Jewelry Exchange Ford #6. “We’re putting extra effort into Hickory. We want to run good everywhere, but we really want to run well at there. We were disappointed with our last race at Hickory and we’re looking forward to going back there again.”
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Krachun Set for Busy Weekend at Ace, Hickory

NEMA Lites Rookie on Verge of Championship

Ryan Krachun of Neshanic Station, NJ, went NEMA Lites racing this season due to car count and a new challenge. The desire to race against 20-22 cars weekly compared to 8-12 at some USAC events brought the 16-year-old driver to race across New England this season for his father Mike Krachun.

“Our experience with NEMA has been great,” Krachun said. “They welcomed us with open arms. I was lucky enough to meet some great people. … The cars are a lot of fun and the racing is really good too. In NEMA we can go three, even four wide at some tracks where in other sanctions you really can’t do that and that’s what makes the NEMA Midget so much fun.

“And what’s also been great was how the full NEMA Midget drivers have mentored me like Randy Cabral. He’s taken me under his wing and he’s helped me a lot at some of the different tracks and he’s just been a great guy to me.”

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“Tony Bettenhausen 100” Rescheduled for September 7; DuQuoin’s “Ted Horn 100” August 31

(Monday, 18 August 2014) — Track Enterprises and USAC officials have announced rescheduling of the “Tony Bettenhausen 100,” which was interrupted by rain Saturday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, for Sunday afternoon, September 7.

Rains began to fall as the cars were approaching the “one-to-go” signal is preparation for the 100-mile race on the one-mile dirt oval. Tracy Hines posted the fastest qualifying time to win the pole position, while Kody Swanson, the series point leader who has won all three dirt-track outings this season, had lined up on the outside of the front row in the 24-car starting field.

A complete new program will face competitors at Springfield September 7, with practice at 10 am, qualifying and the 100-mile race on tap at 1:30 pm. Grandstand spectator gates open at 9 am. Tickets and pit passes from August 16 will be honored on September 7. Race fans wishing to secure tickets for the September 7 race can contact Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200 or at trackenterprises.com.
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