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Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club
PO Box 641, Dayton, Ohio 45401
937 237-9254
DARF
http://DARF2005.tripod.com
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The Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club will conduct its annual Wally Scherer/DARF
Injured Drivers Benevolent Fund Auction on Tuesday night, October 25, at the
Christopher Club, 3150 South Dixie Drive, Dayton, starting at 7 p.m.

One of the club's main goals is to support and promote the sport of racing,
as well as the tracks, fans and sponsors involved. The club has many member
events throughout the year, such as club nights at various tracks, car
shows, family picnics, and more.

One of the club's main priorities, the Injured Drivers Fund, is to help
drivers  financially, should they suffer an injury and loss of income while
racing. Much of the club's time is continually devoted to the various fund
raisers that provide the much needed monies for this fund. Thousands of
dollars have been paid out since the Injured Drivers Fund was founded.

This is a very important DARF activity, serving race drivers in time of
need.  We are asking for any type of donation that you could provide to us.  
It will put a warm glow in your heart.

Many items crossed the auction block including a Ryan Newman Nextel team
shirt that was signed by Ryan and his crew members, racing jackets, shirts,
cardboard stand ups, gift certificates, die cast cars, and other related
items.

Contestants may win cash and prizes such as recording studio time."


Donated items are being accepted and may be brought to the auction or other
arrangements may be made by contacting:

DARF Injured Drivers Fund
C/O Tom Jennings
5 East Broadway Street
Covington, Ohio 45318
937 473-3181
tjtomthumb@hotmail.com

The event is open to the public with all racing enthusiasts invited to
attend to help this worthwhile cause.

Sincerely,
Tom Jennings
Treasurer
Webmaster and Newsletter Editor

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Contact:    DIRT MotorSports™
                 Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director
                 1-405-623-1442
tveneziano@dirtmotorsports.com

 

Familiar Territory: Becca Anderson Ready for National Open at Williams Grove

Mechanicsburg, PA—September 28, 2006By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

 

One thing Becca Anderson knew for sure heading into her rookie season with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, was that she would race many a night on tracks that she had never seen let alone turned a single lap on.

 

In the last month and a half alone, Anderson has added eight more tracks to this list, bringing her total to over 30 for the year. This weekend though, she will return to a track she knows very well, the famed Williams Grove Speedway. Hailing from Houston , Delaware , the rookie driver has turned numerous laps at the track, many of those in a 360-sprint car.

 

On Friday Anderson will join the rest of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series drivers for the National Open at the track which is less than 200 miles from her hometown. This will be the third time this season she has raced at the half-mile in her freshmen year with the series.

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“It’s going to be a good thing to go back to ‘The Grove’,” said Anderson, driver of the Upstate Kenworth Maxim. “We’ve been on some big tracks that we can compare it to, and we’ve really been running pretty decent. I’m looking forward to going back to Pennsylvania .”

 

While competition is tough every night with the World of Outlaws, as is evident by the 14 different winners of A-Feature events this season, Anderson knows that the competition will be ratcheted up even more this weekend at Williams Grove against the always tough Pennsylvania Posse. Add to the mix an event record $50,000 payday on Saturday night, and it will be an exciting race not only for the drivers but also the fans.

 

“When you go to Pennsylvania , it is its own place,” Anderson explained. “You have 10-15 guys that can win on any given night, and could come out here on the road and win. It’s really tough and you have to be on your ‘A-Game,’ because every lap counts when you are in Pennsylvania .”

 

Anderson is very confident returning to Williams Grove, after leading nine laps at Jackson ( Minn. ) Speedway , another fast half-mile on Sept. 16. After finishing second in the dash that night, she took the lead on the first lap of the A-Feature from current championship point leader Donny Schatz and built an advantage of over a half a straight-a-way on the sprawling track, until she was slowed by lapped traffic and then sustained a broken left sideboard on her wing that ended her night. Rather than be disappointed, Anderson found many positives in the bad luck and things to build on.

 

“It is really exciting (going to Williams Grove),” Anderson said. “Our program has come full circle week in and week out. We are getting me more comfortable with the car and more experience. ‘The Grove’ is going to be tough. It is always tough racing in Pennsylvania with the guys they have running there.”

 

One of the biggest strengths of the team over the last couple months has been Anderson ’s ability to qualify up front.  She has been the fastest qualifier twice recently, including at Eagle ( Neb. ) Raceway and her first fast time honor during the preliminary night at the Harvest Classic at Calistoga ( Calif. ) Speedway . Since suffering some engines woes on the opening night of a two-day event at Skagit ( Wash. ) Speedway in late August, Anderson has not qualified outside of the Top-10.

 

“The biggest thing (in qualifying) is to get the car to roll and being able to use every inch of the track,” said Anderson . “You have to be as smooth as possible. It’s one of those things that you have to be fortunate to draw a good numbers when the track is still good to go out and turn two good laps.”

 

While she has mainly visited tracks for the first time this season, as the year winds down, Anderson is heading back to some tracks for the second and in some cases, such as this weekend at Williams Grove, the third time in a 410-sprint car. Of the six tracks remaining on the schedule, she has raced at five of them.

 

“It helps going to some of these places for a second time,” said Anderson . “After you have seen it, it is not as much of a guessing game. You kind of know and can remember what happened last time, and you can use those things to help better yourself.”

 

The team made some changes to their equipment around the mid-point of the season, and they seem to be paying off now, as Anderson rolls into ‘The Grove’ with five Top-10 finishes on the year, including a strong ninth-place run last Sunday at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, yet another track that she was racing at the first time. While it may be having more laps in the car, or even the equipment changes that has made the team so fast, Anderson believes it has been a little bit of all of that.

 

“I think it was a combination of everything,” Anderson commented. “We have some good running motors from Charlie Garrett and Maxim cars. It’s a combination of that and everything. Mike (Woodring) and myself working together longer, and getting me more comfortable to be able to race against these guys. It’s definitely hammer down all the time.”

 

Like most drives, Anderson wishes the season did not have to come to an end, especially as her team is hitting their stride as the calendar turns to fall. With the colder weather, she knows promoters face a tough task of competing with Mother Nature, as well as not wanting to take fans away from high school and college football games which dominate many parts of the country in the fall.

 

“My personal preference is that I would like to race every night of the week,” said Anderson . “That’s the only way that you will get better is to race. It’s understandable, with it getting cooler out, and in football areas it is tougher to get a crowd where we race.”

 

While she watched some of the racing from atop the teams hauler the last time the World of Outlaws Sprint Series visited Williams Grove during the Summer Nationals, Anderson learned even more about the track and what it takes to consistently be fast on it in a 410-sprint car, and hopes to bring that knowledge with her on Friday when she takes to the always demanding half-mile for her two qualifying laps.

 

“I like the track,” Anderson explained. “I definitely think we have a lot better program going right now than we did last time we were there. We didn’t make the feature there the second night last time there, and we definitely made some ground and got a lot better. I think we’ll be in the hunt.”

 

For ticket information about the National Open, visit: www.williamsgrove.com, or call 717-697-5000. On Friday September 29 adult reserved tickets will be $30, with general admission tickets $28. Tickets for students will be $15, and children 12-under will be admitted free.

 

On Saturday September 30, adult reserved tickets will be $35, with adult general admission tickets $30. Tickets for students will be $15, while children, 12-under will be admitted free.

Contact:
DIRT MotorSports
Chris Dolack, Vice President Public Relations
Phone: 815-735-6477 • Email: cdolack@dirtmotorsports.com


DIRT MotorSports Moves Headquarters to North Carolina

CONCORD, N.C. — Sept. 27, 2006 — North Carolina Governor Michael  
Easley announced today DIRT MotorSports, Inc., the premier  
sanctioning body and promoter of professional dirt track racing in  
the United States, is relocating its corporate and operational  
headquarters to North Carolina during the fourth quarter of 2006.

Featuring national major touring series the World of Outlaws Sprint  
Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Advance  
Auto Parts Super DIRT Series, DIRT MotorSports has more than 30 years  
of history behind it and is the only national sanctioning body of  
Sprint Cars, Late Models and Modifieds. Additionally, DIRT  
MotorSports operates two weekly sanctioning groups, four regional  
series, seven race track facilities and a media production company.

With 30 million loyal dirt track racing fans around the world, the  
future continues to be bright as the company moves its headquarters  
to the heart of the auto racing industry in Concord, N.C.

“The motor sports industry calls North Carolina home so it’s only  
appropriate that the largest dirt track racing organization in the  
world makes its home there, too,” said DIRT MotorSports President  
and CEO Tom Deery. “Governor Easley and the state of North Carolina  
have demonstrated the importance of economic development for the  
state and have made our decision on North Carolina very easy. The  
entire staff, as well as the Regional Partnership and the local EDCs  
have gone out of their way to attract leading motor sports  
organizations.”

In 2004, a group of investors recognized the potential and acquired  
the World of Outlaws and the DIRT Modified touring series in addition  
to the UMP weekly sanctioning body. DIRT has since become one of only  
four publicly traded companies in the motor sports industry.

The following year, DIRT purchased seven dirt track properties and in  
2006 named the highly respected Deery, who has been part of the motor  
sports industry all his life, as President and CEO, completing a  
management team with a broad knowledge of motor sports.

By consolidating a billion dollar industry, DIRT MotorSports has  
created several partnerships among leagues, properties and media,  
including powerful outlets such as ESPN and SPEED. They all are key  
to the more than 150 national events sanctioned by DIRT as well as  
the 3,000 annual events run weekly at DIRT-owned tracks or under a  
DIRT-owned sanctioning body.

About DIRT MotorSports(TM)
DIRT MotorSports(TM), Inc. is the premier dirt racing and sports  
entertainment company dedicated to the promotion of competitive dirt  
track racing. DIRT MotorSports is the largest sanctioning body for  
sprint car, late model and modified dirt track auto racing in the  
United States and also owns and operates seven dirt tracks. DIRT  
MotorSports operates the industry’s most prominent national touring  
series, including the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series(R) currently  
broadcast on The Outdoor Channel(R) (Nasdaq: OUTD); the World of  
Outlaws Late Model Series(R) currently broadcast on SPEED(R) and the  
DIRT Big Block Modified Series(TM) currently broadcast by Time  
Warner. “World of Outlaws” is a registered trademark of DIRT  
MotorSports.

For further information on DIRT or this press release, contact Chris  
Dolack at 1-877-5RACING (1-877-572-2464), email  
cdolack@dirtmotorsports.com, visit us online at  
www.dirtmotorsports.com or see the Company's filings at www.sec.gov.

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Contact:

DIRT MotorSports

Chris Dolack, Vice President Public Relations

Phone: 815-735-6477 • Email: cdolack@dirtmotorsports.com



DIRT MotorSports Moves Headquarters to North Carolina


CONCORD, N.C. — Sept. 27, 2006 — North Carolina Governor Michael Easley announced today DIRT MotorSports, Inc., the premier sanctioning body and promoter of professional dirt track racing in the United States, is relocating its corporate and operational headquarters to North Carolina during the fourth quarter of 2006.


Featuring national major touring series the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series, DIRT MotorSports has more than 30 years of history behind it and is the only national sanctioning body of Sprint Cars, Late Models and Modifieds. Additionally, DIRT MotorSports operates two weekly sanctioning groups, four regional series, seven race track facilities and a media production company.


With 30 million loyal dirt track racing fans around the world, the future continues to be bright as the company moves its headquarters to the heart of the auto racing industry in Concord, N.C.


“The motor sports industry calls North Carolina home so it’s only appropriate that the largest dirt track racing organization in the world makes its home there, too,” said DIRT MotorSports President and CEO Tom Deery. “Governor Easley and the state of North Carolina have demonstrated the importance of economic development for the state and have made our decision on North Carolina very easy. The entire staff, as well as the Regional Partnership and the local EDCs have gone out of their way to attract leading motor sports organizations.”


In 2004, a group of investors recognized the potential and acquired the World of Outlaws and the DIRT Modified touring series in addition to the UMP weekly sanctioning body. DIRT has since become one of only four publicly traded companies in the motor sports industry.


The following year, DIRT purchased seven dirt track properties and in 2006 named the highly respected Deery, who has been part of the motor sports industry all his life, as President and CEO, completing a management team with a broad knowledge of motor sports.


By consolidating a billion dollar industry, DIRT MotorSports has created several partnerships among leagues, properties and media, including powerful outlets such as ESPN and SPEED. They all are key to the more than 150 national events sanctioned by DIRT as well as the 3,000 annual events run weekly at DIRT-owned tracks or under a DIRT-owned sanctioning body.


About DIRT MotorSports(TM)

DIRT MotorSports(TM), Inc. is the premier dirt racing and sports entertainment company dedicated to the promotion of competitive dirt track racing. DIRT MotorSports is the largest sanctioning body for sprint car, late model and modified dirt track auto racing in the United States and also owns and operates seven dirt tracks. DIRT MotorSports operates the industry’s most prominent national touring series, including the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series(R) currently broadcast on The Outdoor Channel(R) (Nasdaq: OUTD); the World of Outlaws Late Model Series(R) currently broadcast on SPEED(R) and the DIRT Big Block Modified Series(TM) currently broadcast by Time Warner. “World of Outlaws” is a registered trademark of DIRT MotorSports.


For further information on DIRT or this press release, contact Chris Dolack at 1-877-5RACING (1-877-572-2464), email cdolack@dirtmotorsports.com, visit us online at www.dirtmotorsports.com or see the Company's filings at www.sec.gov.

Contact:    DIRT MotorSports™
                 Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director
                 1-405-623-1442
tveneziano@dirtmotorsports.com

 

Looking to Add to History: Terry McCarl Strives for National Open Win  

Mechanicsburg, PA—September 27, 2006By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

 

 

Names like Mario Andretti, Jimmy Bryan A.J. Foyt, Ted Horn, Gordon Johncock, and Troy Ruttman dot the history of Williams Grove Speedway. All of these drivers have raced at the legendary track at some point in their illustrious careers.

 

Terry McCarl is well aware of this storied history, and feels a great sense of pride to have raced at and won on the track where all of these legends of open wheel racing have also turned laps.

 

McCarl tasted victory at the famed track for the first time in July when he won a preliminary feature during the Summer Nationals, in which World of Outlaws Sprint Series drivers captured wins on all three nights.

 

With the National Open at Williams Grove on tap for the World of Outlaws Sprint Series this Friday and Saturday, McCarl is thrilled to return to a track that he has marveled at since he was just a boy growing up in the shadows of another famed track, Knoxville Raceway.

 

“It was big for me winning there in the summer,” said McCarl, driver of the Big Game Treestands Eagle. “I am a bit of a historian when it comes to sprint car racing. Growing up around Knoxville , I always thought that Williams Grove was the ‘ Knoxville of the East.’ It meant a lot for me to win a feature there, and I look forward to the National Open.”

 

When forming a list of the top sprint car races on the calendar, it does not take long for McCarl to mention the National Open. The event began in 1963, and was won by two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Gordon Johncock. This will mark the 44th straight year that Williams Grove will host the National Open.

 

“It’s one of the biggest races of the year,” McCarl said. “It’s definitely one of the top-three or four races that we race all year long. It’s definitely one that you want to win.”

 

Even though there is $50,000 on-the-line Saturday night to win, it’s the history and prestige of being mentioned in the same breath as past winners of the historic event that the always well-spoken driver seeks.

 

“That (the history) is what makes the Knoxville Nationals so big as well,” said McCarl, who has won six track championships at the famed track down the road from his Altoona , Iowa home. “The money is great, but money spends. It’s nice that the National Open is paying a lot of money this year to win. That definitely wouldn’t make us mad. On my end of it, I want my name on that list of winners, who have won there. Now we have that, and I want to add my name to the list that have won the National Open That would be big for me.”

 

Being one of 14 drivers that have won a World of Outlaws A-Feature event this season, McCarl knows that every one of the 24 cars that starts the main event on Saturday night will be capable of winning the $50,000.

 

“There has been a lot of parity with the Outlaws this year,” he said. “The money has been spread out a lot. (Donny) Schatz has won more than most, but Daryn (Pittman) has won a $50,000 race, and Brooke (Tatnell) won the $25,000 at Skagit ( Wash. ) Speedway . Joey (Saldana) won the $50,000 at the Kings Royal. I think it is Terry McCarl’s turn to pick up $50,000 so we can even out that money earnings list.”

 

When asked about the rivalry between the Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse, McCarl’s eyes light up. It not only motivates him on the track, but also being a promoter himself, he sees the benefit for sprint car racing as a whole when rivalries are formed in different regions of the country.

 

“I guarantee you that it matters,” said McCarl. “For some reason if you are not going to win, then you want an Outlaws guys to win. It’s the same with the Posse, if one of those guys can’t win, then they want one of the other Posse guys to beat the Outlaws. It’s a good deal for the fans and creates a lot of hype. Every track in the country really needs that to think they have a chance when the Outlaws come to town, and they do. They have the toughest weekly racers in the country, and they have a lot of good teams and guys. There are a lot of teams that could be racing on the Outlaws tour financially and talent wise.”

 

While McCarl has raced on countless tracks from coast-to-coast, there is not a single one that he can compare Williams Grove to. Like most drivers, he knows it is a challenge every time the series heads to the uniquely shaped half-mile. While the drivers that compete on the track on a weekly basis know it like the back of their hands, McCarl enjoys the challenge of having to adapting to it and re-learning it every time he takes a lap on it.

 

“That’s what makes Williams Grove what it is, is that it is a unique place,” said McCarl. “It’s really narrow, and has the long straight-a-ways and real tight corners, especially turns three and four. The car does some really funny things, even when you have a really good car and are winning the race. The car does crazy stuff that you are not use to, if you don’t race there very often. That’s something that we had to deal with last year, realizing that I was not going to be really comfortable in the car like I am at say a place like Knoxville . You have to be a race car driver at that track.”

 

McCarl who has raced at Williams Grove three times this season, picked up the preliminary feature win on the first night of the Summer Nationals in July, and he followed that up with an eighth-place run in the finale of that three-day show. This will be the third time the World of Outlaws have raced at the track this year, but when they visited for the first time in May, McCarl was at home in Iowa.

 

“Unfortunately I didn’t get to go to the first few races there this year. I broke my leg right before we went there this spring,” he said. “Last year I think we really came across a set-up that really made me feel as comfortable as I could. I feel a lot better going there. I think we have a good shot of running up front. If we have good track position, we have a good shot of winning it.”

 

McCarl enters the race with plenty of momentum, after he had one of the fastest cars all night long at Kokomo ( Ind. ) Speedway this past Sunday night and finished second in the non-stop 40 lap feature on the tight quarter-mile. It was his 16th Top-Five finish of the season.

 

In addition to his preliminary win at Williams Grove, the fan favorite has picked up A-Feature wins at Huset’s Speedway , where he has claimed six track titles over his career, and he also won in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series inaugural visit to Nodak (N.D.) Speedway . He will look to add to this total over the weekend at Williams Grove, and more importantly add his to the already list of legendary drivers that have won the National Open.

 

For ticket information about the National Open, visit: http://www.williamsgrove.com, or call 717-697-5000. On Friday September 29 adult reserved tickets will be $30, with general admission tickets $28. Tickets for students will be $15, and children 12-under will be admitted free.

 

On Saturday September 30, adult reserved tickets will be $35, with adult general admission tickets $30. Tickets for students will be $15, while children, 12-under will be admitted free.

Craig Murphy 9-27-06
NST Media Relations

Wing damage not enough to slow Kaeding

By Craig Murphy

PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. – Tim Kaeding sure likes the special Kinser-themed National Sprint Tour shows.

    Kaeding won his 14th race of the season Tuesday night Sept. 26 in the Bob Kinser Fall Classic at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville , Ind.

    Kaeding’s boss Steve Kinser wanted to win the race named after his dad, a seven-time track champion, but struggled to an eighth place finish.

    At Bloomington Speedway June 2, Kinser also struggled with a seventh place run as he was honored for racing at his home track.

    The winner that night? None other than Kaeding.

    “I know Steve wanted to win his dad’s race,” Kaeding said following his latest triumph. “At least we kept it in the family. It’s great to be associated with the Kinser name.”

    “At least that part of it went well,” Steve Kinser said.

    Following Kaeding in the 40-lap main event were Travis Rilat, Brandon Wimmer, Paul McMahan and points leader Danny Lasoski.

    Kerry Madsen took the lead on the initial green while Kinser, starting a disappointing 14th, bicycled and nearly flipped to bring out the yellow. Kinser was one of many drivers getting airborne on the night.

    “We didn’t have much of a track to race on, but I messed up in qualifying so that’s what really hurt us,” the Hoosier driver said. “After that I was just trying to stay out and finish it.”

    Wimmer took the lead on lap 2 and held the top spot until Rilat got by on lap 11.

    For a while, it looked like Rilat was going to pick up his first NST win as Wimmer and Kaeding battled hard for second. During that battle, Kaeding suffered wing damage.

    “A lapped car got sideways in front of Brandon , and then I hit Brandon ,” Kaeding said. “I’m glad (the contact) didn’t spin him out, because then he would have collected me. The damage was more mental than anything. My first year back home, I knocked off the front wing off about 30 of 32 races. We were good all night tonight.”

    Kaeding showed just how good his car was, damaged wing and all, on a lap 18 restart following one of many caution periods that made an already long night even longer.

    After nearly squeezing by a couple of times previously, Kaeding finally got around Wimmer for second on the restart.

    The next lap, Kaeding went low in turns 1 and 2 to grab the lead from Rilat, who himself was battling a situation with his front wing.

    “My wing was going back and forth, which definitely didn’t help,” Rilat said. “I would come off the corner, and the wing would come all the way back. I’d go into the corner, and it would go all the way forward. It took me a while to adjust to it. I slacked up a little, but then Brandon was showing me his nose a few times so I had to gas it.”

    Following the last of four reds for a Jason Meyers flip on lap 29, Kaeding opened a gap while Rilat kept Wimmer at bay. Rilat pulled away from Wimmer in the closing circuits, but ran out of time as Kaeding notched the win at the 5/16-mile bullring.

    Rounding out the top-10 were Wayne Johnson, Chad Hillier, Kinser, Madsen and Shane Stewart, who was the first out for qualifying but flipped during his run.

    When Kaeding pulled to a stop on the frontstretch following his win, he pumped his fists a few times and pounded the damaged front wing in celebration.

    “It was good,” Kaeding said. “I thought we were in trouble early, when I started bicycling real bad in turns 3 and 4. Travis and Brandon were real quick. I slid it in there and got both of them. It’s great. Anytime you get a win here it’s a feat in of itself. I have the opportunity of a lifetime here.”

    Rilat, meanwhile, felt he squandered a great opportunity for a win.

    “I think I could have done a better job,” Rilat said. “I slacked up a little there for a few laps. I started to catch Tim at the end. I feel we had the car to win the race, and I just didn’t do the job.

    “Second is disappointing in that a win would have been nice, but that’s our best finish in the NST,” Rilat added. “We’ll take it.”

    Wimmer had originally hoped to run the full NST schedule, but the funding didn’t materialize. Following Tuesday’s strong showing, he was left to wonder what could have been when one of the yellows cost him.

    “We were by Rilat before that last red, but when the yellow came out it hurt us,” Wimmer said. “But as much as we’ve raced this year, a third is good. This deal with Alan Barton came together right before Knoxville . I ran against these guys all last year, and learned a lot. I hate to see the season come to an end.”

    Heat races were won by Stewart, Kinser and Levi Jones. Jones, a Tony Stewart Motorsports driver in another series, ran a team car to McMahan and both raced with their boss in attendance. Lasoski was the fastest of 30 qualifiers with a time of 11.186 seconds, which broke the track record of 11.503 held by Kelly Kinser. The B-main was won by Kyle Cummins.

    The NST next races Oct. 7 at Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces , New Mexico and finishes the season Oct 13-14 at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare , Calif.

 

National Sprint Tour results at Lincoln Park Speedway

Putnamville, Indiana

September 26, 2006

 

Qualifying Results

1   DANNY LASOSKI 83   11.186
2   TIM KAEDING 11K    11.227
3   PAUL McMAHAN 20   11.253
4   Brandon Wimmer 7tw   11.310
5   Kyle Cummins 1h   11.326
6   Wayne Johnson 5 F   11.342
7   Paul May 71m    11.385
8   JASON MEYERS 14   11.400
9   TRAVIS RILAT 29    11.431
10   KERRY MADSEN 11H   11.450
11   CHAD HILLIER 5    11.486
12   Kelly Kinser 4k    11.543
13   SHANE STEWART 26   11.544
14   STEVE KINSER 11    11.588
15   Neil Shephard 4N   11.623
16   Lucus Wolfe 5w     11.630
17   Danny Smith 4     11.631
18   Levi Jones 20T     11.641
19   BRIAN PAULUS 28     11.654
20   JASON SOLWOLD R19    11.681
21   Tom Busch 4B      11.709
22   DEAN JACOBS 6     11.742
23   Greg Wilson w20    11.744
24   Matt Neely 17      11.748
25   JASON SIDES 7S     11.935
26   Bobby Stines 88    12.247
27   Scott Williams 17W    12.401
28   Patrick Haynes 5h      12.446
29   Shane Wade 4 F        12.496

 

Heat One Finish

1   SHANE STEWART 26
2   KERRY MADSEN 11H
3   Brandon Wimmer 7tw
4   Lucus Wolfe 5w
5   Paul May 71m
6   DANNY LASOSKI 83
7   DEAN JACOBS 6
8   BRIAN PAULUS 28
9   JASON SIDES 7S
10   Patrick Haynes 5h

 

Heat Two Finish

1    STEVE KINSER 11
2    JASON MEYERS 14
3    TIM KAEDING 11K
4    JASON SOLWOLD R19
5    Danny Smith 4
6    CHAD  HILLIER 5
7    Greg Wilson  w20
8    Kyle Cummins 1h
9    Bobby Stines 88
10  Shane Wade 4 F

 

Heat Three Finish
1   Levi Jones 20T
2   TRAVIS RILAT 29
3   Neil Shephard 4N
4   Wayne Johnson 5 F
5   Kelly Kinser 4k
6   PAUL McMAHAN 20
7   Matt Neely 17
8   Tom Busch 4B
9   Scott Williams 17W

 

Dash One Finish

1   KERRY MADSEN 11H
2   PAUL McMAHAN 20
3   Wayne Johnson 5 F
4   JASON MEYERS 14
5   DANNY LASOSKI 83
6   Kelly Kinser 4k

 

Dash Two Finish

1   Brandon Wimmer 7tw
2   TRAVIS RILAT 29
3   TIM KAEDING 11K
4   CHAD  HILLIER 5
5   SHANE STEWART 26
6   Paul May 71m

 

B-Main Finish

1   Kyle Cummins 1h
2   DEAN JACOBS 6
3   Matt Neely 17
4   BRIAN PAULUS 28
5   Tom Busch 4B
6   JASON SIDES 7S
7   Patrick Haynes 5h
8   Bobby Stines 88
9   Greg Wilson w20
10   Shane Wade 4 F
11   Scott Williams 17W

 

A-Main Feature Line-Up

11H   -  7TW

20     -  29

5F     -  11K

14     -  5

83     -  26

4K     -  71M

1H     -  11

4N     -  5W

4       -  20T

28     -   R19

4B     -   6

17     -  7S

 

A-Feature Finish

1 TIM KAEDING 11K
2 TRAVIS RILAT 29
3 Bransdon Wimmer 7tw
4 PAUL McMAHAN 20
5 DANNY LASOSKI 83
6 Wayne Johnson 5 F
7 CHAD HILLIER 5
8 STEVE KINSER 11
9 KERRY MADSEN 11H
10 SHANE STEWART 26
11 JASON SOLWOLD R19
12 DEAN JACOBS 6
13 Danny Smith 4
14 Lucus Wolf 5w
15 JASON MEYERS 14
16 Neil Shephard 4N
17 JASON SIDES 7S
18 Levi Jones 20T
19 Matt Neely 17
20 Paul May 71m
21 Kelly Kinser 4k
22 Kyle Cummins 1h
23 BRIAN PAULUS 28
24 Tom Busch 4B


 

Contact:    DIRT MotorSports™
                 Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director
                 1-405-623-1442
tveneziano@dirtmotorsports.com

 

Looking for a Three-Peat: Donny Schatz Ready for National Open

Mechanicsburg, PA—September 26, 2006By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

 

 

It’s no secret that Williams Grove Speedway is one of Donny Schatz’s favorite tracks. After all, he won the National Open the last two years and has been victorious in the famed event three times so far in his career. In his 10 seasons of being on the road with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, Schatz has won five A-Feature races at the track, including one each for the past three years.

 

In five events so far this season at Williams Grove, including preliminary features, Schatz has finished in the top-five in every race, including two second place runs.

 

The native of Fargo , North Dakota , is ready to take to the track this weekend, as he leads the World of Outlaws Sprint Series into the half-mile to battle the always tough Pennsylvania Posse. The winner on Saturday night will take home a hefty check for $50,000.

 

“We’re excited to get there,” said Schatz, driver of the Parker Store J&J. “We have a great race car, and our motors are unbelievable right now. I just can’t wait to get there and get it going on, and see if we can’t get this thing to victory lane and get that 50-grand.”

 

Winning at Williams Grove is no easy task, as many drivers battle their entire careers and never step foot in victory lane at the hallowed track. Schatz knows the history and aura of the track and the legends that have raced on it and more importantly won at it, and that makes him even more proud to have his name mentioned in the same breath as them.  

 

“Anytime you can go to Williams Grove and get a victory, it’s unbelievable,” Schatz said. “It’s one of the toughest of the places in the country to figure out the race track. The locals are damn tough. To go there for the National Open, being a three-time winner is great, and there is one guy that has won it four times, and he is not going to be there obviously. We just have to go there and try to win.”

 

Schatz won his first National Open in 2000. In fact, that was the first A-Feature event he won at Williams Grove. He knows that it will take a very fast car from the time he hits the track on Friday for hot laps until the time the checkered flag falls on Saturday night to have a chance at the big pay day. It also will take a little luck as well, with a stellar field of car expected.

 

“There’s really no pressure after the first time you win something,” said Schatz. “The first one was tough and they have come a little easier since then. I hope we are in a good position when we go in there. We’re thinking about the 50-grand, not the name of the National Open, because we have been pretty lucky to win them a couple of times.”  

 

While he has had plenty of success at Williams Grove, Schatz has also had his share of bad luck, and remembers early in his career coming to grips with the one-of-kind track. He and his crew have learned a lot about the half-mile in the last couple of seasons, and have been able to hit on a set-up that suit Schatz’s driving style very well. He still learns new intricacies of the track every time he turns laps on it.

 

“I think I am fast over there because of all the times I was so bad over there,” Schatz said smiling. “As a driver you have to adapt to a lot there. When it gets slow, you have to totally re-illustrate the way your race car rolls through the corners. That’s what we have been working on. We haven’t won a race there yet this year. We’re looking forward to hopefully getting to victory lane at Williams Grove before the year is out.”

 

While Schatz pocketed $140,000 for his Knoxville Nationals win this year, he feels like he should have picked up a few more victories in high paying events. He finished second at the Kings Royal that paid $50,000 to-win at Eldora Speedway earlier this season, and was also second at Skagit ( Wash. ) Speedway last month in an event that paid $25,000 to-win. To date, Schatz has won over $320,000 in World of Outlaws competition.

 

A few weeks back at the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway, he escaped a very scary accident on the opening night of the three-day event to finish 8th in the A-Feature on the final night, a race that also had a $50,000 winner’s share, the same as the National Open will have this Saturday night.

 

“That $50,000 check would be a big bonus to me,” he said. “I feel like we had a chance to win a couple of the big races. At Skagit , we lost out a little, and the Gold Cup we had an all around bad weekend. To be able to get back there and be in contention will be a good thing.”

 

Only two days after his wreck at Silver Dollar (Calif.) Speedway, in which he sustained burns to his face and neck, Schatz was back in the car and stated 25th in the 53rd Annual Gold Cup and in only 40 laps on the quarter-mile track, he charged to an eighth place finish.

 

Showing no ill effects, he was back on track the following weekend, and swept events at the 1/3-Mile Short Track Nationals at Eagle ( Neb. ) Raceway, and also on the spacious half-mile at Jackson ( Minn. ) Speedway .

 

This past Sunday, the always popular driver started 16th at Kokomo ( Ind. ) Speedway and weaved his way up to third when the checkered flag flew on a 40-lap event on the tight quarter-mile. The race went non-stop from the green flag to the checkered flag, making Schatz’s charge through the field even more impressive of a feat.

 

“I was back at full strength last weekend (at Eagle Raceway and Jackson Speedway),” said Schatz. “Cosmetics are only skin deep, and we’ve had a few blemishes, but everything is pretty well healed up. I’m been home the last couple weeks, during the week and got rested up. I got back in the swing of my normal life at home. That is good, and that is probably what someone needs more than anything. It’s more mental than physical. I’m 100 percent.”

 

With eight race dates left on the calendar for the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, Schatz and his team have a simple goal. They have finished in the Top-10 in 43 of the 50 A-Feature events run so far this season, with 37 of those being Top-Five finishes, as he seeks his first ever series title.

 

“To be in victory lane eight more times is the goal, but I don’t think we will be able to do that,” he said. “We’re going to give it our best shot and see what happens. We really have to make a big mistake to lose the championship. Anything can happen though. We know that. We want to go out on top, and hopefully we can pick up a lot of victories between now and then.”

 

That quest for victories starts for Schatz on Friday night as the two-day National Open takes the green flag at one of his favorite tracks.

 

For ticket information about the National Open, visit: http://www.williamsgrove.com, or call 717-697-5000. On Friday September 29 adult reserved tickets will be $30, with general admission tickets $28. Tickets for students will be $15, and children 12-under will be admitted free.

 

On Saturday September 30, adult reserved tickets will be $35, with adult general admission tickets $30. Tickets for students will be $15, while children, 12-under will be admitted free.

Contact:    DIRT MotorSports™
                 Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director
                 1-405-623-1442
tveneziano@dirtmotorsports.com

 

Fast Talkers: National Open at Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA—September 25, 2006By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

 

 

After sweeping all three nights of the Summer Nationals in July, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns to Williams Grove Speedway for the third and final time this season to battle the Pennsylvania Posse this Friday and Saturday in the National Open. Current Championship point leader Donny Schatz who has 14 A-Feature wins along with the Knoxville Nationals title, will look to win the National Open for the third straight year and fourth time overall. The event will pay $50,000 to winner on Saturday night. Before making the trip east, World of Outlaws drivers shared their thoughts on the event, as well as racing at Williams Grove, and of course the rivalry between themselves and the always tough Pennsylvania Posse.

 

Becca Anderson, driver of the No. 19 Upstate Kenworth Maxim

“It’s going to be a good thing to go back to ‘The Grove.’ We been on some big tracks that we can compare it to, and we’ve really been running pretty decent. I’m looking forward to going back to Pennsylvania . When you go to Pennsylvania , it is its own place. You have 10-15 guys that can win on any given night, and could come out here on the road and win. It’s really tough and you have to be on your ‘A-Game,’ because every lap counts when you are in Pennsylvania .”

 

Jeremy Campbell, driver of the No. 10c Americas Best Values Inn/G-Force Racing Gear Maxim

“I like Williams Grove. I had been there a while back before this season and it was always fun. This year has been rough on us out there. Hopefully we can go out there and make it in the show, and try to do good. That is where we have been struggling, trying to make the show out there. We have another motor put together and hopefully that will help put us in the show…Those guys are tough out there. They race there every week and if you race somewhere every week you’re going to do good. It is tough, but we’ll just do out best and see how it goes.”

 

Brian Carlson, driver of the No. 18 Lincoln Electric Maxim

“Anytime you head to Pennsylvania you test out how your abilities are, and how much motor you have under the hood. Those guys have as strong of stuff as anyone in the country. It’s exciting just to go back there and run on a big race track. With the history that surrounds the National Open, it will be an exciting two-day event for us.”

 

Craig Dollansky, driver of the No. 7 Karavan Trailers/Team Race Chic Maxim

“It’s pretty much the last big paying event of the year left. We haven’t been able to pick one of those up yet this year, and we would love nothing more than to go into Williams Grove and win the National Open. It’s one of the biggest events that we run throughout the year. ‘The Grove’ is definitely one of my favorite places to go race, and we had a good strong run last time we were in there. We’ll just go in there and see what we can do.”

 

Randy Hannagan, driver of the No. 1x Penthouse Magazines Maxim

“It’s one of the really big races of the year for us. We’re going to Pennsylvania where the competition is really tough. We haven’t had that much luck out there, but we ran pretty good there in the summer. I did not get to run the spring race, but in the summer we made the show and we have some good stuff that we can build off of. I’m excited to go back and try it, and I think we can be competitive and run up front there.”

 

Jac Haudenschild, driver of the No. 35 Wright One Construction Maxim

“We’re looking forward to going back to Williams Grove. I like the race track and I like going over there and racing. We struggled a little bit the last time we were there. We are looking forward to it again this year, and hopefully we can get the Rick Wright car up front…I think everyone knows those guys are tough at that track. They are tough anywhere. The Outlaw guys have been running good this year, and I think everyone is pumped up and ready to go…It always is good when it pays the big money. You really don’t think about the money, you are just out there racing and trying to get up front.”

 

Justin Henderson, driver of the (No. D1 Jolt Energy Gum/Protected By Data Dots Schnee powered by Hollywood Racing Engines

“Last time we were there, we were getting better and better at Williams Grove. We’re ready to rock. I can’t wait to get back there, and am happy that Jolt Energy Gum and Schnee have kept a good car under us, so we can get back there…Of course it matters to battle those guys. It makes our jobs tougher. Normally when we race local competition, they are not nearly that good, plus the tracks are usually similar to other tracks that we go to around the country. When you go to Williams Grove, it’s different than anything you have ever seen. We are only there a couple times a year, and those guys race it all year long.”

 

Dion Hindi, driver of the No. 11D RealTruck.com/SniperTuning J&J

“I had a chance to win this race with Donny (Schatz) last year, and that was a really good feeling at that race track. We’ll see what this year has in store… Hopefully we’ll have another good night there. We have had good and bad nights, and that is seemingly what happens at Williams Grove. You are car is either really good or really bad…If you are paying attention to who is driving a car, then you are not paying attention to the race track and your own race car. Once you’re on the race track, like I have said before, a race track is a race track for the most part, and once you are on the race track they are just other cars you have to pass.”

 

Chad Kemenah, driver of the No. 15K Underground Utilities Inc. Eagle

“Hopefully we can go and get a good run. We haven’t had the best of luck at Williams Grove. The first thing out there is that you want to make the race. Hopefully we can get in the thing and come out with a good run…It has helped us with all the laps there this year. I had never really race out there too much. The more times we go out there, the more comfortable I feel. Hopefully we can put out some results when we get back…Anybody that roams into Pennsylvania will have a rivalry. The fans love their local drivers, and the local drivers are so good out there. Hopefully the Outlaws as a group, we can go in there, last time we faired really well, and repeat the same performance.”

 

Jason Martin, driver of the No. 36 NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim

“It’s a real big deal, and it pays so much money. We have been there so many times earlier this year that we were practicing and getting use to the track. A lot of us out here had never been there. It took me a couple times to get use to the race track itself. I think we were real confident last time we were there. We just had some bad luck. We were real fast and crashed. I think we will be good when we go back…It’s a big deal. We want to win no matter who is racing against us. The cars are just another car, but some of the guys have been around such a long time, and it’s something to put on your shoulders to say you beat them. We push pretty hard to win.”

 

Terry McCarl, driver of the No. 24 Big Game Treestands/Bosma Poultry/AmeriCash Advance.com Eagle

“It’s one of the biggest races of the year. It’s definitely one of the top-three or four races that we race all year. It’s definitely one that you want to win. It was big for me winning there in the summer. I am a bit of a historian of sprint car racing, and growing up around Knoxville , I always thought that Williams Grove was the ‘ Knoxville of the East.’ It meant a lot for me to win a feature there, and I look forward to the National Open.”

 

Daryn Pittman, driver of the No. 21 Titan Garages & Carports/ Hop-n-Sack Convenience Stores Maxim

“I would put it there as the second or third biggest race of the year. We finally got our first win there last time we were there. I think we have proved that the last three or four times we have been to Williams Grove that we are the car to beat. We’re going with a lot of confidence, but there are a lot of guys that can win there. We’re pumped about it, and obviously we will not be happy with anything but winning, but we can there second last year and there a lot of tough cars to beat. We have our work cut out for us and we are pumped, and hopefully we can go in there with a lot of confidence and have a good showing…Obviously the money is always great, but some of us were talking at Chico (the Gold Cup) and I think we would kill each other for $1500 to-win. The money is always great and the excitement makes you do a few things that maybe normally you would not do. I’m glad they put up the money. Having the title of National Open winner would be an awesome thing to put on anyone’s resume.”

 

Joey Saldana, driver of the No. 9 Dodge Mopar-powered/Curb Records JEI

“If we run as well as we did at Jackson ( Minn. ) Speedway , and I do what I am supposed to do as a driver, then I am very excited about going to Williams Grove. We had a really good performance there earlier this year. We got disqualified for weight, but the performance of the car and what we did to get to that point is what you need to do to win the $50,000. We went back for the Summer Nationals and ran top-five. If we can duplicate the performances that we have had and get a little better. When it comes to that kind of money everyone steps their game up. If we can get a little better and not do anything stupid, then I think we have a good shot at it.”

 

Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 ParkerStore J&J

“We’re excited to get there. We have a great race car, and our motors are unbelievable right now. I just can’t wait to get there and get it going on, and see if we can’t get this thing to victory lane and get that 50-grand…Anytime you can go to Williams Grove and get a victory, it’s unbelievable. It’s one of the toughest of the places in the country to figure out the race track. The locals are damn tough. To go there for the National Open, being a three-time winner is great, and there is one guy that has won it four times, and he is not going to be there obviously. We just have to go there and try to win… There’s really no pressure after the first time you win something. The first one was tough and they have come a little easier since then. I hope we are in a good position and can go in there. We’re thinking about the 50-grand, not the name of the National Open, because we have been pretty lucky to win them a couple of times.”  

 

Troy Renfro, crew chief of the No. 8 Race Outfitters/Castrol/Steel Dreams Machine

“I’m real confident with Jeff (Shepard). Jeff and I grew up together in somewhat the same area. My pick was either him or Todd Shaffer to fill in for us, and that was Brooke’s pick also. I’m real confident to have Jeff in the car. I know he will do a good job, and he’ll give 100 percent.”

 

*Note: Jeff Shepard will fill-in for Brooke Tatnell at the National Open at Williams Grove Speedway, while Tatnell is back in his native Australia with his father George, who is battling cancer.

Contact:    DIRT MotorSports™
                 Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director
                 1-405-623-1442
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A Kokomo Cruise: Craig Dollansky Captures 6th Win of 2006

Kokomo, IN—September 24, 2006By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

 

It is not very often that a 40-lap sprint car race on a quarter-mile track is completed without any cautions. It is even more surprising to have all 24 cars that start the feature still running when the checkered flag flies.

 

On Sunday at Kokomo Speedway as the World of Outlaws Sprint Series and the All Star Circuit of Champions proved that both of these can be done in the same night, as they completed a non-stop A-Feature in just over eight and a half minutes in their final co-sanctioned event of the season.

 

Craig Dollansky was the main benefactor of this, as he led all 40 laps to make his sixth trip of the year to RacinSoles Victory Lane .

 

Dollansky aboard the Karavan Trailers Maxim started on the pole got the jump on a hard charging and determined Justin Henderson and Joey Saldana to take the lead into the first turn. From there, he would set a blistering pace, lapping up to ninth place on the racy quarter-mile.

 

At some parts of the race, the native of Elk River , Minn. , built nearly a half a lap lead, until Terry McCarl methodically tracked him down in the final quarter of the race..

 

McCarl driving the Big Game Treestands Eagle made a late charge and worked his way to a runner-up finish, after starting the event in the eighth spot. The native of Altoona , Iowa got bottled up in traffic and lost some ground and ended up running out of laps.

 

Donny Schatz put in an impressive showing, powering his way from the 16th starting spot to come home third, all without a single caution to bunch the field.

 

Dale Blaney was fourth in the George Fisher Racing Maxim, with Joey Saldana rounding out the top-five in the Mopar-powered Dodge/Curb Records JEI.

 

For Dollansky the win snapped a streak of three straight third place finishes. It also was his 28th top-five of the season, as sits solidly in second spot in the championship standings.

 

“The car definitely felt real good tonight,” said Dollansky. “The crew worked hard all night. Having a good car helps get yourself in position to win. Starting on the front row helped, but we had a lot of lapped traffic to deal with. It was a good strong run for the Karavan team. I’m happy for the entire team.”

 

McCarl was proud of his team for all the hard work they put in all night. While he wanted to win the race for them, he knew he got everything out of his car and knew he helped the fans in the stands get their money’s worth.

 

“What a great race for the fans,” McCarl said. “What a great race track. I drove right up to second in about four laps. My car would go to the middle, bottom, and top, anywhere I wanted to go. I was pretty excited about that, and my guys gave me a great car.”

 

Donny Schatz kept the fans cheering all night long as he sliced his way through over half of the field to finish third after lining up in the eighth row on the tight quarter-mile.

 

“It was the best we could do,” said Schatz. “I was glad to see it go green-to-checkered. All night long that thing was so fast that it kept unhooking our car. I think we may have unhooked it too much for the feature. It’s just a guessing game. When you are that far back, you just have to try stuff and we did and it worked. We had a tire that the bleeder was not working. I don’t know what happened there, but it actually helped us. I am glad to leave here with a top-three. When you can’t win, you have to be consistent.”

 

Dale Blaney represented the All Star Circuit of Champions well, as he battled his way to a fourth-place finish. It was his seventh Top-10 finish this season in Outlaws competition.

 

“We’re happy,” Blaney said. “We were pretty decent all night. We qualified ok. We ran our heat ok. We struggled a little bit in the dash, but had a good starting spot and that was key. A couple guys moved up pretty good. We just hung around out there. We lost a few spots at the beginning and then picked off a few. It worked out pretty well.”

 

Joey Saldana battled the track and an ill handling car all night to round of out the top-five. He started the event in third and jumped to the second spot on the initial start getting around Justin Henderson.

 

“We put too soft of a right rear tire on, and too big of a left rear tire,” said Saldana. “We were tight early on. With that soft right rear tire, we tore it all to shreds. We didn’t have anything for those guys. We were just hanging on. Luckily we finished fifth. We’ll just keep trying and learning.”

 

The rest of the Top-10 was Daryn Pittman in sixth in the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim. Justin Henderson was seventh after starting a career best second in the Jolt Energy Gum Schnee. Wayne Johnson turned in his best run of the year in the Mopar Wirtgen Maxim. Becca Anderson who turned the third fastest lap in time trials came across the line ninth in the A-Feature aboard the Upstate Kenworth Maxim. Randy Hannagan rounded out the Top-10 in the Penthouse Racing Maxim.

 

The lowest number that Dollansky saw all night when a checkered flag waved was two. He qualified in the second spot. He then finished his heat race in the second spot. After winning his series leading eighth dash of the year, he earned his eighth pole position.

 

As was expected lapped traffic came into play early and often in the race. Dollansky was already lapping cars on only his fifth trip around the track.

 

“There were a few lapped cars in front of me that were hard on the binders, probably for someone in front of them, so I was hard on my brakes a few times out there,” he said. “I was able to work the top and work the bottom, and many times go where they were not.”

 

Traffic was not so beneficial to McCarl. The always well-spoken veteran was a little frustrated after he climbed out of his car on the chilly evening. While the run was his second straight top-five he wanted very badly to have been holding the trophy at the end of the night.

 

“We had a great car,” said McCarl. “Second or fifth, just depends on where you started, and how good your car was. It’s a pretty disappointing second. I feel like we should have been the feature winner. I had a couple of lapped guys, and they knew they were lapped when Craig (Dollansky) went by them, and they decided to race me like this was the Knoxville Nationals.”

 

While McCarl was chasing down Dollansky, Schatz was quietly yet quickly chasing him down. Schatz was able to negotiate traffic very well, and felt like it took him a few laps to get back in a rhythm in traffic, having not raced for over week, due to Saturday night’s rainout at Wilmot Speedway, which will be made up on October 14.

 

“Racing like that is what teaches you how to race,” said Schatz. “We have to learn how to race everyday, especially when we only race on weekends. We still have to learn every time we get in the car. I though I was a little behind in qualifying. I didn’t run the right line, and gave the wrong feedback. I cost myself there. We’re trying some stuff and it’s working for the better. It’s all about next year now. We have some big money coming up next week, and we are pumped about that and glad to be running good.”

 

In the last 10 races, Dollansky has won three times and finished third in the other seven, including preliminary features. He was ecstatic to see the race run from green-to-checkers without any stoppages, as this was a benefit to the set-up his crew had on the car.

 

“I definitely felt good,” he said. “With the way we were getting through lapped traffic, I was pretty comfortable and was not looking for any cautions. I was happy to that race go non-stop.”

 

One slight worry that Dollansky had even before the feature rolled off, was a dense fog that engulfed the track, but that quickly lifted once the 24 cars took to the track and unleashed their 850-horsepower.

 

“It definitely was a concern before the race got started,” said Dollansky. “When the fireworks went off, I was not sure what the heck was going on. Once we would the cars up a little bit and got the wings moving, that started to move that stuff out. After the green flag dropped, it wasn’t really a concern.”

 

While not much could slow Dollansky down on Sunday night, McCarl wondered afterwards if a caution that would have bunched the field up, would have made a difference.

 

“Early in the race, (a caution) it would have helped when I was close to Craig,” said McCarl. “Late in the race when he put some lapped cars between us, it would not have made a difference. He got through traffic a lot better than I did. Congratulations to him, he has been running really good lately. It feels good to get the Big Game Treestands car back on track these last few races.”

 

With eight races left in the season, Dollansky is second in points, which if he finished in that spot would mark his career best with the series. While he seeks to pick up a few more checkered flags this season, he is already thinking of the big picture and how this momentum from late in the season can carry over to next season.

 

“We’re all about preparing to go into 2007, and going into the season the way you need to go into a season,” said Dollansky. “This year we did not start off correctly and had to make a lot of changes. With those changes and the personnel changes we made, it is starting to pay off. I’m definitely encouraged by what I see from this team, and this car feels good to me night in and night out. It’s been a long time since I have had that. We just have to keep working hard going down the stretch. We have eight races left and we’re going to try to win as many as we can. We’ll just keep plugging away and see where we end up.”

 

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series heads east to take on the Pennsylvania Posse in the National Open at Williams Grove Speedway this Friday-Saturday. The winner of Saturday night’s finale will take home $50,000.

 

Contact:    DIRT MotorSports™
                 Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director
                 1-405-623-1442
tveneziano@dirtmotorsports.com

 

 

World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: National Open

Norman, OK—September 23, 2006By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

 

WHAT
•After picking up victories on all three nights of the Summer Nationals in July, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns to battle the Pennsylvania Posse in the National Open at Williams Grove Speedway. The finale of the two-day event will pay the winner $50,000. Current series championship point leader Donny Schatz seeks his third straight National Open win and fourth overall, as he continues his quest his first ever series title.

WHEN
• On Friday at Williams Grove Speedway, pit gates will open at 5:15 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:15 p.m., as well for those with advanced purchase tickets. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 for those purchasing general admission tickets at the track.  On-track activity will begin at 7:30 p.m.

• On Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway pit gates will open at 5:15 p.m. as will the grandstand gates for those with advanced purchase tickets. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for those purchasing general admission tickets at the track. On-track activity will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Kinser family stars at Putnamville NST race

By Craig Murphy 9-23-06

PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. – The Tuesday, Sept. 26 National Sprint Tour race at Lincoln Park Speedway in will be all about the Kinsers.

    And it’s not just because Steve Kinser is trying to track down Danny Lasoski for the NST points lead.

    Tuesday’s race at the 5/16-mile Putnamville , Indiana track is named the Bob Kinser Fall Classic. That is in honor of Steve’s dad, who recorded seven track titles and 55 feature wins at the track.

    The man with the great track record at Lincoln Park Speedway will return to the track to watch his son, with an unparalleled track record overall in Sprint cars, take on Lasoski, Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers and the rest of the NST drivers.

    Steve’s distant cousin Kelly Kinser will be among the local drivers on hand, and there’s a chance Steve’s son Kraig Kinser will be racing.

    Before heading to Las Vegas to watch Kraig run in the Sept. 23 Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Steve said he wasn’t sure if Kraig would be able to run Putnamville or not.

    “He’ll try to do it,” Steve said. “If he runs, we’ll let him run. We’ll have to see if he can get out. I hope he can just come and be there with us, even if he can’t race.”

    Bob wouldn’t mind seeing his grandson race on dirt again.

    “I hope he is there, but we don’t know for sure,” the former track champion said. “It would be great to see him there.”

    Even if Kraig is not able to run, Tuesday will still be a special night for the Kinser family.

    “I think it’s quite the honor,” Bob said of the race being named after him. “I raced up there for several years, and won quite a few.”

    Steve appreciates the track honoring his dad.

    “Dad’s got a lot of stuff around here named after him,” Steve said. “It goes to show you how he won a lot of races. He was one of the best race car drivers. He won a lot of races there at Putnamville. It’s nice they recognized him.”

    While the Kinser name is synonymous with dirt track racing, Bob was the only one who spent much time at Lincoln Park Speedway.

    “I’ve raced there more than any of the rest of them did,” he said. “Steve was with the World of Outlaws, and (Steve’s brother) Randy was going different places. I raced there every weekend. For four years, maybe five years in a row, I made every race there. I had perfect attendance. I raced there every night, didn’t miss any. I’d run for the championship there about every year, and would usually run real good.”

    Bob, now 75, lists a combination of factors to explain why he had so much success at the track.

    “I got to run there every week,” he said. “At that time, it was a pretty nice race track, I had a nice race car, and I was in my prime.”

    Steve will have to have a strong finish in the season’s final four races to catch Lasoski, who has a 92-point lead heading to Putnamville.

    “It’s going to be pretty tough to beat him,” Steve said. “He’s got a pretty good lead, and he’s running pretty well. We’ll just see what happens.”

    Bob is certainly looking forward to race night.

    “I think people will see a good show there, and the weather is going to be nice,” he said. “Everything is looking nice.”

    General admission tickets are $30, while reserved seats are $40. Tickets purchased by Sept. 25 include a free pit pass. On race day, pit passes costs $40. Tickets can be purchased by calling 317-831-4404.

    On the evening of Sept. 25, there will be a racing-themed radio/Internet show at Kelly’s Pub Too in nearby Speedway , Ind. Several NST drivers and cars are expected to be on hand.

    For more information on Lincoln Park Speedway, visit www.lincolnparkspeedway.com. For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.

Contact:
DIRT MotorSports™
Chris Dolack, VP Public Relations
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Brooke Tatnell Heads Home To Help Father Battle Cancer

Wilmot, WI — Sept. 22, 2006 — By Chris Dolack, VP Public Relations

Everybody has a hero, somebody they look up to in life. For Brooke  
Tatnell, that person is his father, George, a legendary sprint car  
driver in Australia.

Having the best year of his career, Brooke battles with the other  
World of Outlaws competitors night after night, as his dad beams with  
pride while listening to the race broadcasts through the Internet.  
That is why this season is especially difficult for Brooke. George  
suffered a stroke in the spring, just as the World of Outlaws  
schedule was picking up steam. The news was tough for the Tatnells,  
but very difficult for Brooke as he was thousands of miles away  
struggling with whether or not he should return home. He continued to  
drive the Rush Racing machine on the Outlaws circuit because it’s  
what his dad wanted.

But now Brooke will climb out of the car this weekend and return to  
his native Australia for a few weeks to help his dad through the  
battle of his life. George recently was diagnosed with pancreatic  
cancer and begins treatment Wednesday. Brooke intends to see him  
through the fight.

“It’s time for me to be the man of the family,” said Brooke, whose  
mom and sisters still live in Australia and helped George recover  
from his stroke. “We have to keep our chins up and keep fighting  
along. We’ll get through these tough times, but it’s the biggest  
battle he’s going to fight.

“(Car owners) Tim Hanson and Bob Campbell have been unbelievably  
supportive and I can’t thank them enough.”

Brooke expects to be back in the car on the World of Outlaws circuit  
to compete Oct. 20 at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix. In the meantime,  
Jason Johnson and Jeff Shepard will share the driving duties.

“It’s the toughest thing Brooke’s ever had to do,” Hanson said.  
“Every kid looks up to Superman and Brooke’s Superman is George. We  
felt it was most important for him to be with his family right now  
and we’re here to support him however we can.”

 

Best of Nextel Cup and Late Model Worlds Collide at Knoxville!

by Bill Wright (www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com)  The field for Knoxville
Raceways 3rd Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals promises to be the
stoutest yet, as the best in the Late Model business will collide with a
couple of Nextel Cup legends on September 28-30.  Sweeping three nights of
the program could net a driver $47,000.

2002 and 2005 Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart heads the pre-entry list
for the three-day event.  Fellow Nextel Cup veteran, Ken Schrader, is also
expected to return to his old open wheel Knoxville haunt, to compete for
the $35,000 top prize that will be handed out to this years champion.

Defending Late Model Nationals champion and 2006 Eldora Dream winner,
Scott Bloomquist, will attempt to defend his title in a return to his Iowa
roots.  Other Iowa natives expected to compete are 2004 inaugural Late
Model Nationals champion, Brian Birkhofer, and World of Outlaws legend,
Billy Moyer.

Eight of the top ten World of Outlaws Late Model pilots are expected to
sling Iowa gumbo at the end of September.  Moyer will be joined by Chub
Frank, Darrell Lanigan, The Kentucky Colonel Steve Francis, Rick Eckert,
Dale McDowell, Kid Rocket Josh Richards and Clint Smith.

The WoOs leading Rookie of the Year contender, West Virginias Eddie
Carrier Jr., is expected to bring his cushion slamming style to Knoxville,
as is the late model one lap track record holder at this historic
half-mile, Justin Fegers.  Fegers circled the half-mile in 17.673 seconds
in last years event.  The Million Dollar Man, Donnie Moran, is also
expected.

Jimmy Mars, Jeep Van Wormer, Brady Smith, Mike Marlar, Shannon Babb and a
cast of others will make this the most competitive Late Model Nationals
field in the brief history of the event.

The event will comprise three nights of racing, and drivers will be
allowed to compete all three nights.  Thursday and Friday night will be
qualifying nights, with points awarded for a full program of qualifying,
heats and features.  Each driver will be allowed to keep his highest
scoring night, and that is how Saturdays events will be lined up.
Preliminary features will pay $6,000 to win.

An exciting opportunity for fans will allow pit access from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. each day, free of charge!  See the high-powered machines and the
drivers who wheel them close up and in person!  Other events include the
popular Knoxville Late Model Celebrity Waiter Dinner & Auction.  The event
takes place at noon on Saturday at the Nationals Sprint Car Hall of Fame
and Museum off of turn two at the Knoxville Raceway.  Tickets are just $15
and can be reserved by calling the museum at 1-800-874-4488.  Speed
Channel's Jeff Hammond, and young Illinois driver, Justin Allgaier, were
the 'Celebrity Waiters of the Year' in 2004 and 2005, respectively.  Josh
Richards is among the waiters expected this year!

You can order your Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals tickets online right now
by clicking the Online Tickets link at www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com, by
visiting the Knoxville Raceway ticket office, or by calling 641 842-5431.

Saturdays main event will be aired on SpeedTV on October 7.  The rain
date for the 100 lap finale will be Sunday, October 1.  Driver sign-in
will be open at 2 p.m. on Thursday, and 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For more information on the 3rd Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals,
visit www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com, or call 641 842-5431.


Bill Wright
editor, www.knoxvilleraceway.com
Bill W's Knoxville News www.hoseheads.com/billw.html

Putnamville set to host NST race Sept. 26

By Craig Murphy 9-20-06

PUTNAMVILLE, Indiana – The National Sprint Tour travels to a slighter larger than usual bullring next week.

    The series makes a stop at the 5/16-mile Lincoln Park Speedway Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Putnamville for the Bob Kinser Fall Classic.

    The race is named after the father of NST star Steve Kinser. Bob Kinser won seven track titles over the years at Lincoln Park , and won more than 60 feature races there.

    “We are excited to have the NST at our track,” said track owner and promoter Dave Allison. “We are expecting these guys to put on a great show, one that I know our fans will enjoy. Everyone here is looking forward to the race.”

    Allison realizes his track has a rather unique length.

    “It is unusual, yes,” he said. “It’s a big quarter. It runs more like a ¼-mile than something bigger.”

    There’s an added benefit to the size of the track.

    “That way, we can be the world’s fastest 5/16-mile track,” Allison said with a laugh. “No one can be faster than us!”

    With only four races left on the inaugural NST schedule, time is running out for second-place Steve ‘The King’ Kinser to catch Danny ‘The Dude’ Lasoski. Lasoski enters Putnamville 92 points ahead of the home state hero.

    Those two will be battling fellow NST regulars such as Kinser’s teammate Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Jason Solwold, Paul McMahan, Jason Sides, Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus, Kerry Madsen, Dean Jacobs, Chad Hillier, Travis Rilat and Jonathan Allard.

    Kinser’s son Kraig Kinser is also expected to be racing, along with local drivers such as yet another Kinser, Kelly.

    Allison said Bob Kinser might take some ceremonial laps around the track, like he did earlier this year in the NST race not far away in Bloomington , Ind.

    For Allison, naming a race after Bob Kinser was a natural.

    “The Kinser family has raced here for years and years,” the track owner said. “We figured since Steve’s what he is and Bob has won seven titles here, it would be a good thing. Bob was all hip when we talked about it. He was excited.”

    General admission tickets are $30, while reserved seats are $40 each. Reserved seats are in the top three rows of the main grandstands, on the concrete pad behind the rail, and the top five rows of the backstretch bleachers. Lawn chairs are permitted on the concrete pad and in the grassy area outside of turn four, but not in the main grandstands.

    Tickets purchased by Sept. 25 include a free pit pass. On race day, the pit pass costs $40. Tickets can be purchased by calling 317-831-4404.

    On the evening of Sept. 25, there will be a racing-themed radio/Internet show at Kelly’s Pub Too in nearby Speedway , Ind. Several NST drivers and cars are expected to be on hand.

    For more information on Lincoln Park Speedway, visit www.lincolnparkspeedway.com. For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.


Contact:    DIRT MotorSports™
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Fond Memories: Brian Carlson Recalls First Visit to Kokomo Speedway

Kokomo, Ind.—Sept. 20, 2006--By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

 

 

Though it wasn’t the first time that Brian Carlson attended a World of Outlaws event, the night of July 29, 1984 is one that will always stick out in his mind. He made his maiden voyage to Kokomo Speedway on that warm summer night and vividly remembers what he saw while sitting in the stands as the Outlaws were in town to do battle.

 

A native of the sprint car hotbed of Pennsylvania , Carlson was calling Indiana home at that time, as he was studying engineering at Purdue University . Over 20 years later he still calls Indiana home, and will return with fond memories to the track that is only 60 miles from his shop. This time it will be as a competitor with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series on Sunday night.

 

“It’s kind of hard to forget anytime you go to a World of Outlaws show,” said Carlson, who calls Linden , Ind. home. “It is always very special. I was going to Purdue University in West Lafayette , and Kokomo was the closest track to us. I saw that they were on the schedule, with the World of Outlaws, so I went over and checked it out.”

 

While in college, Carlson never really gave much thought to the idea that one day he would be on the same track racing against the Outlaws. He had a full plate as he was taking very demanding classes, and also was heavily involved in another form of racing. In the back of his mind though, in the years to follow, it became his goal to one day race with the best drivers in sprint car racing.

 

“It’s always been my dream,” said Carlson, driver of the Lincoln Electric Maxim. “At that time though, I was pretty focused on going to college, with the engineering, math, and physics. I wasn’t as concerned about racing full-time. I was still racing karts at that time, and won a lot of races with them. That kept me pretty busy.”

 

Though some of the surroundings on the grounds of the track have changed over the years, the quarter-mile at Kokomo still provides some of the most exciting racing on a weekly basis. Carlson has raced at the track in the past with the All Star Circuit of Champions, and knows what it takes to turn a good lap around the bullring.

 

“It’s an exciting little race track,” he said. “It hasn’t changed a whole lot in all the years. It’s still a real competitive, ‘bump and run’ kind of race track. We haven’t been there for a few years, but I know they have made a lot of improvements to the facility. I’m anxious and looking forward to going back there.”

 

The race this year will be on a Sunday night, but Carlson recalls when it used to be a midweek event, with a stout field of cars. This year will be no different, as the All Star Circuit of Champions will join the World of Outlaws and will jam the pit area for the 40-lap event.

 

While Carlson is focused on what it will take to be fast at the quarter-mile, he also puts on his car owner’s hat, and realizes that there will plenty of close racing and some paint will be traded as well.

 

“I remember it was always like a Wednesday night before the Kings Royal when they would come into Kokomo ,” he said. “Like I said, it’s a ‘bump and run’ race track. Guys won’t pull out new cars to run there. They might bring their older wings or older cars, because you know you will use them up. It’s a very racy little quarter-mile, where you know you will get your elbows up and race hard.”

 

Carlson expects both the high and low side of the track to be worked in very well and provide thrilling racing all night long. He always enjoys racing on tighter tracks, and knows that some luck will come into play as well.

 

“The biggest thing is that you have to be smooth in the corners,” Carlson said. “A guy like (Brooke) Tatnell will probably be pretty exciting right up against the wall. Usually the bottom will get really good as well. You will see a guy that is really smooth, wheelie it off the corner. You can get a lot of traction on the bottom to squirt around the race track.”

 

After racing at the spacious half-mile at Jackson ( Minn. ) Speedway last weekend, Carlson is ready to return to a bullring. He knows for the fans, the tight track will put on an exciting show, and will be a place where the drivers will certainly keep their elbows up all night long.

 

“Anytime we get to a small quarter-mile track, it lessens the importance of a big motor,” he said. “You still have to have a strong motor to qualify, but it certainly puts it back in the driver’s hands after that.”

 

Prior to returning to the Midwest last weekend, Carlson along with his wife/crew chief Sarah and sons A.J. and Seth make the trek to the West Coast for the Gold Rush Tour. While they took in many sights along the way during the three-plus weeks away from home, the close-knit family was excited to get back to the Hoosier state and catch-up with their friends and neighbors.

 

“It’s always nice to get back home,” said Carlson. “I’ve been fortunate enough to get back and get my grass cut, and talk to my neighbors, to make sure everything is still here. To be able to sleep in your own bed is rare when you race with the Outlaws. We are probably more fortunate that we get through Indiana so often. Even so, it was a long trip out west and were anxious to get back home. We hurt one motor out west and we had to get it back to the engine builder right away. We’ll have another motor in the car for Wilmot and Kokomo this weekend.”

 

Just as when he was in college, Carlson still has a lot on his plate, and has very little time to sit back and relax. Not only does he race with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, but he also has a business that builds kart engines. With only nine race dates left on the World of Outlaws calendar, Carlson has the chance to get caught up on some of the work that has been waiting for him while he and his family have been on the road racing all summer.

 

“We all want to race as many races as we can,” he said. “When we run like we were back in June and July four or five times a week that probably makes it a little better on the drivers and teams. With all the time off, the teams that are far from home will probably feel like a fish out of water, because they just have to hang out for the week in between races. It’s nice for us because we get back home every week. I can run my business and keep things rocking here.”

 

For ticket information about the Kokomo Race on Sunday September 24 visit http://www.slspromotions.com or call 815-344-2023. Adult reserved tickets for the upper rows will be $35, while adult general admission tickets for the bottom 9 rows is $28. Reserved seats for children ages 12-under will be just $15, with children general admission tickets only $12. Pit pass combos will also be available for $38.

Lonny Parsons ready to return to the track

By Craig Murphy 9-19-06

URBANDALE, Iowa – National Sprint Tour co-owner and team owner Lonny Parsons continues to improve after being hit by a water truck Aug. 5 at Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania .

    While Parsons has been slowed a bit during recovery, his wit is just as quick as ever.

    Parsons was attempting to cross the track to the infield pits in turn 4 that Saturday afternoon when a water truck making a lap around the muddy track hit him. The impact, which sent the 65-year-old Parsons flying at least 25 feet, had many fearing the worst.

    Parsons was airlifted by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville , Pa. where he was in the intensive care unit.

    Only thing is, Parsons was under heavy sedation and didn’t realize where he was.

    “I thought I was in a hotel,” Parsons recalled Monday afternoon at his home in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale . “I thought it was a cheesy hotel. The room didn’t even have its own shower!”

    So Parsons left several times – his sons told him it was six or seven times – in search of a better room.

    “I was dead set on finding a way out,” Parsons said.

    Each time, the same nurse would guide Parsons back to his room. Due to the drugs like morphine, Parsons didn’t realize it was a nurse at the hospital.

    “I thought this lady kept hitting on me,” Parsons said.

    Parsons, well known for his smoking habit, had another reason to try and leave his room: he wasn’t allowed to smoke in the hospital.

    “The hell of it was, I could see the nurses getting cigarettes out of their purses, and going out to smoke,” Parsons said. “I thought, ‘I wonder where they are going?’”

    Parsons was released from Geisinger on Aug. 11 – the day before the Knoxville Nationals – and flown to the Iowa Heart Center in Des Moines . Parsons wanted to be released earlier, but kept getting delayed.

    “The doctors found some irregular heartbeats,” Parsons recalled. “I said, ‘I got hit by a truck. Would that have something to do with it?’”

    On a similar note, Parsons had an explanation for what might have poked a hole in his lung, which healed up in a couple of days.

    “The water truck,” Parsons quipped.

    The impact at Selinsgrove seemed to be the latest hard blow for the NST. Tim Shaffer, the Pennsylvania native who drove for Parsons until being injured at Knoxville in June, and Dean Jacobs, who has been filling in for Shaffer, both called it a miracle Parsons survived the impact.

    Parsons, who lost both his wife and brother to sicknesses this year, doesn’t quite see it that way.

    “You either survive it or you don’t,” he said simply. “Everyone says it’s miraculous. It doesn’t seem unbelievable to me. It is what it is.”

    Parsons doesn’t spend time dwelling on why he wasn’t hurt worse than he was.

    “It’s just one of those deals,” he said. “It’s just one of those things that happens. You don’t know why. I’m a quality of life advocate rather than quantity of life. I’m not crippled up. I’ve always been afraid of being crippled up. That’s my biggest fear.”

    Since coming home the weekend of the Knoxville Nationals, Parsons has continued to improve.

    “I’ve been doing a lot better,” he said. “I’m having trouble with my right leg, but that could also just be old age. My rib cage is sore on my right side. I’m just getting to where I can sleep on my side. The right leg is the biggest discomfort. My stamina is getting better, and that’s probably due to better sleep.”

    Parsons was on a soft food diet for about three weeks, and could hardly open his mouth.

    “My cheekbone was broken,” Parsons said. “They were talking about cutting my face open and fixing it. That didn’t sound like a good time to me.”

    In talking with doctors and racers who have been in bad accidents, Parsons believes it’s likely his mind has mentally blocked out much of what happened at Selinsgrove.

    “I remember getting my pit pass,” Parsons said. “I vaguely remember the truck coming. I looked to the left before crossing, but the truck came from the right. Bob Ward crossed the track ahead of me, and he said the truck driver didn’t blow his horn that time and was coming like hell.

    “I was trying to run down the hill, because in that soft mud I wasn’t going to be able to go up the track,” Parsons added. “(The truck driver) probably jumped on the brakes and slid down the hill into me.”

    Parsons, who does not recall the impact, briefly remembers being put into the helicopter. His next memory is being at the hospital.

    “They were keeping me awake (at the hospital),” Parsons said. “That’s what my boys said. At that point, I had no idea what had happened.”

    The day after the Nationals, August 13, Parsons was back at the shop. The next NST race is the Sept. 26 Bob Kinser Fall Classic at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., and that is tentatively scheduled to be the first race back for Parsons.

    Though he hasn’t been at the track, it’s clear Parsons hasn’t been forgotten by the racing community.

    “People have bent over backwards,” Parsons said. “They sent a plane for my sons to come to the hospital, and another plane to pick me up. The racing community is pretty tight knit. We’re all pretty much willing to do whatever it takes to help one another.”

    The support hasn’t come from just those in the pits.

    “I’ve gotten cards from race fans and all that,” said Parsons, who got a big card from Knoxville with hundreds of signatures. “I get cards every day.”

    The veteran car owner has kept busy by looking for new shop space in Urbandale , but is looking forward to returning to the tracks.

    “I’ve missed it quite a bit,” he said. “It’s what I’ve done for a long time.”


 

 

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MOPAR® TICKET CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

Center Line, Mich. — Mopar® is pleased to announce the winners of the Mopar Thunder Weekend ticket contest. Tim Barr of Saegertown, Pa.; Doug Meeks of Eaton, Ohio; James Behney of Dillsburg, Pa,; and Tom Wittmuss of Springfield, Ill., were randomly selected as the winners of ticket packages, which include four tickets for both nights of the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event at Eldora Speedway.

 

The contest was hosted by www.tjslideways.com. The Web site features a survey where race fans can vote for the driver they think will claim the USAC National Sprint Car Series portion of the two-day event.

The Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals, which will be held at Eldora Speedway in Ohio on September 22–23, coincides with the 25th anniversary of the historic 4-Crown Nationals. The event will offer an unprecedented $25,000 winner’s paycheck to each of USAC’s premier divisions (Midget, Sprint, Silver Crown) and $2,500 to the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Modified victor.

Intensifying the event is a $100,000 bonus being posted by Mopar®, to any driver able to sweep the three USAC non-winged events. Additionally, a $25,000 “Jack Hewitt Bonus” is being posted for a clean sweep victory in all four legs of the Mopar Thunder, a stunning feat accomplished by Hewitt in 1998. The total event purse is over $266,000, making the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals the second highest paying non-winged open-wheel race in history.

Tickets for the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event are now on sale online at www.eldoraspeedway.com. Race fans can purchase tickets for the marquee event in advance at the official Web site of Eldora Speedway. Tickets can also be purchased at the racetrack daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST., or by calling 937-338-3815.

 

For more information regarding Eldora Speedway, Mopar®, the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event or USAC Racing, log on to www.eldoraspeedway.com, www.mopar.com, www.moparspeed.com or   www.usacracing.com.

 

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Contact:    DIRT MotorSports™
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On the Mark: Dion Hindi Takes Aim at Wilmot Speedway

Wilmot, WI—Sept. 19, 2006--By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

 

Concentration, skill, and precision are all vital in wheeling a sprint car around a race track and being successful. These are also key elements for a marksman, when he is taking aim at a target. Dion Hindi uses his passion for shooting to keep his skills and reflexes keen in the cockpit of his race car as he competes with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series.

 

Hindi will showcase these skills Saturday night on the race track, as the series makes their inaugural appearance at Wilmot (Wisc.) Speedway .

 

With the amount of travel Hindi does, and the countless hours he spends working on the race car, he does not get to go shooting as much as he would like. While on the west coast for the Gold Rush Tour, the well-spoken driver had a chance to take his crew out shooting.

 

“There is a place that is only a couple of miles from Jac Haudenschild’s car owner’s house,” said Hindi, driver of the Realtruck.com J&J. “We had been there in the past and this year we had a week off, so we went out there a couple times. It’s like golf, but more exciting to us.”

 

Calling Albuquerque , New Mexico home, Hindi fondly recalls how he became interested in shooting. He cannot remember the exact age he was when he first took to the range, but he still learns something new every time he takes a shot. He also has become a collector of firearms, and takes great ride in explaining the intricacies of each unique gun.

 

“I grew up camping and being in the outdoors, and everything else,” he expounded. “My brother-in-law and I, when my sister got married, we got more involved in it. Now between us, we have quite a collection of rifles, handguns, and shotguns.”

 

The skills he utilizes in shooting are easily transferable to the seat of his race car. While it may seem that both shooting and racing are about getting from point A to point B as fast as possible, when broken down and analyzed, sometimes it is best to methodically reach these destinations, as Hindi explains.

 

“With the shooting, you have to slow everything down mentally,” he said. “That is kind of what happens in the race car. It does actually help with the focus in the car.”

 

Another similarity between racing and shooting is that one has to stay in control of the situation the entire time. Whether shooting at a target 300 yards away, or negotiating the second turn on a bullring, being calm and still is essential.

 

“If you have too much adrenaline going, you will not hit what you are aiming at,” he explained. “It’s actually about calming yourself down. That’s the same thing in the car. If you have too much adrenaline pumping, then you will be jittery and make mistakes. The same translates to shooting. If you’re not calm and you don’t have your hands steady and straight and have your mind relaxed, then you’re going to be all over the place, just like in the car.”

 

Racing like shooting presents many new challenges every time Hindi sits in the race car. This weekend he will visit two more tracks for the first time. On Saturday night he will take to the snug 3/8-mile at Wilmot (Wisc.) Speedway followed by a trip to the tight quarter-mile at Kokomo ( Ind. ) Speedway on Sunday.

 

Hindi has had plenty of success this season at tracks that he had never seen before. He started off the Gold Rush Tour with two consecutive Top-10 finishes at tracks where he was making his initial start at. He turned in an eighth place run at Black Hills (S.D.) Speedway and followed that up with a very solid sixth at Nodak (N.D.) Speedway . Both of those are 3/8-miles tracks, which will bode well for him when he pulls into the pit area at Wilmot.

 

“We haven’t been to a lot of the tracks we have raced at this year,” said Hindi. “We had never been to Rapid City (Black Hills Speedway), Minot (Nodak Speedway), or Skagit Speedway. We had never been to quite a few race tracks, and we have run well at them. You look at the track initially and compare it to other ones you have run in the past. Then after hot laps you just go from there. A race track is a race track, they all have four corners and two straight-a-ways.”

 

Hindi and his team have been very solid on short tracks this season, including picking up a dash win at Lawrenceburg ( Ind. ) Speedway to earn one of the two pole position he has had this season. He also showed his versatility on the fast and spacious half-mile at Calistoga Speedway, as he won the dash and pole position on the first night of the Harvest Classic and backed that up with sixth place finish.

 

When asked what makes him so fast on the short tracks, he pauses, smiles, and shrugs.

 

“I don’t know,” joked Hindi. “Maybe it is because I don’t have a lot of time to think about what I am doing,” he said. “A track like this (Jackson Speedway) has real long straight-a-ways, and you are looking at the corner for an eternity until you get there it seems. At a track like Wilmot, you just keep turning as much as you can.”

 

With nine race dates left on the calendar Hindi is focused on one thing. He sits 12th in series championship points in the strength of eight Top-10 finishes. In addition to this, he has set fast time on two different occasions. The fan favorite is excited not only to race on the bullrings this weekend, but to return to Williams Grove Speedway next weekend for the National Open. He set fast time on the always fast half-mile earlier this season with a stout field of 41 cars on hand.

 

“I still think we have a win coming,” Hindi said. “I don’t know if it will be here or at the Grove or at Tucson . We’ve been real close a few times this and we have been real off as well. Now we are getting more and more consistent and running up front. We are getting use to being up there. Sooner or later, we’ll get one.”

 

For ticket information about the race at Wilmot Speedway on Saturday September 23 visit http://www.slspromotions.com, or call 815-344-2023. Adult reserved tickets will be $35, with adult grandstand tickets just $12. All tickets for children ages 6-12 will be only $12, while kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge with a paying adult. Pit pass combos will also be available for $38.

 

NEWS RELEASE

September 19, 2006

 

 

   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 TEAM MOPAR CONTACT:

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                                                                                           J. R. Thompson Company

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USAC TO HOST AUTOGRAPH SESSION DURING MOPAR THUNDER @ THE USAC 4-CROWN NATIONALS EVENT AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY

 

Center Line, Mich. — Race fans will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the stars of the USAC National Silver Crown, Sprint  & Midget Car Series during the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event at Eldora Speedway, as USAC will host an autograph session on Saturday, September 23. The event is scheduled to take place at 4:30 p.m. EST in the trade show building, located between Turns 3 and 4.

 

As the entries continue to roll in for the second running of the Mopar Thunder Weekend at Eldora, it is expected that up to 50 drivers could attend the autograph session. Josh Wise, Dave Darland, Levi Jones, Jerry Coons Jr., Tracy Hines, Darren Hagen and many more USAC stars will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos.

The Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals, which will be held at Eldora Speedway in Ohio on September 22–23, coincides with the 25th anniversary of the historic 4-Crown Nationals. The event will offer an unprecedented $25,000 winner’s paycheck to each of USAC’s premier divisions (Midget, Sprint, Silver Crown) and $2,500 to the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Modified victor.

Intensifying the event is a $100,000 bonus being posted by Mopar, to any driver able to sweep the three USAC non-winged events. Additionally, a $25,000 “Jack Hewitt Bonus” is being posted for a clean sweep victory in all four legs of the Mopar Thunder, a stunning feat accomplished by Hewitt in 1998. The total event purse is over $266,000, making the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals the second highest paying non-winged open-wheel race in history.

Tickets for the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event are now on sale online at www.eldoraspeedway.com. Race fans can purchase tickets for the marquee event in advance at the official Web site of Eldora Speedway. Tickets can also be purchased at the racetrack daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST., or by calling 937-338-3815.

 

For more information regarding Eldora Speedway, Mopar, the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event or USAC Racing, log on to www.eldoraspeedway.com, www.mopar.com, www.moparspeed.com or   www.usacracing.com.

 

Mopar is based in Center Line, Mich. , and is the exclusive original equipment supplier of parts and accessories for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® vehicles.

Dear Media Members,

 

Greetings! The Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event is quickly approaching, and Mopar would like to extend an invitation for you to attend a pre-event media luncheon on Saturday, September 23. This email contains your invitation and RSVP information.

 

This year's 25th Anniversary of the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event features the second largest purse in non-winged racing history -- with over $266,000 up for grabs!

 

The purse for the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals features $25,000 to the winner of the USAC National Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget Series feature events. The UMP Modified feature event winner will take home $2,500. Any driver who can sweep all three USAC event will also earn an additional $100,000 bonus from Mopar. The driver who can win all four division features will also earn a $25,000 Jack Hewitt Bonus.

 

We hope you'll join us for the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event on September 22 & 23 at the legendary Eldora Speedway. It is sure to be 'the' racing event of the year!

 

Misha E. Geisert
Mopar Motorsports Program Manager
3215 Brighton Court
Kokomo, Indiana 46902
317-432-4110 Cellular
MoparPR@aol.com

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

September 18, 2006

 

   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 TEAM MOPAR CONTACT:

                                     Misha Geisert

                                                                                        J.R. Thompson Company

(317) 432-4110 Cellular

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$5,000 MOPAR VIRTUAL DIRT TRACK CHALLENGE FINALE SET FOR SATURDAY

 

Center Line, Mich. — This Saturday at Eldora Speedway, sixty of the best virtual sprint car drivers in the world will battle it out for $5,000 in the Mopar Virtual Dirt Track Challenge finale. The competition, which has been hosted by Tim’s Dirt Track Simulators at events across the country, will pay $5,000 to the winner of the A-main finale on Saturday, September 23, at Eldora Speedway in Ohio .

 

Qualifying events have included USAC National Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Series events at Eldora Speedway, the Knoxville Nationals in August, and various other dirt track facilities based in Ohio , Pennsylvania and Indiana .

 

Prizes to be presented by Mopar for the Mopar Virtual Dirt Track Challenge include $5,000 to the A-main event finale winner, and $1,500 to the runner-up. Kears Speedshop will present $200 Fast Time Awards. The University of Northwest Ohio will present $100 B-main awards, and Hoservilleohio.com will present a $75 C-main award. Heat Race awards of $50 will be presented by L&S Express, LLC, and Tim’s Dirt Track Simulators will present $50 Hard Charger Awards during the event finale at Eldora Speedway on September 23.

 

The 60 eligible drivers must run five qualifying laps. Based on qualifying runs, they will be placed into six heat races, with ten cars making up each two-round heat group. Top point totals from each heat grouping will transfer to the A-Main. The next overall twenty totals will transfer to the C-Main. Two C-Mains will be held, with the Top five finishers from each C-Main transferring to the B-Main. The top four finishers from the B-Main will transfer to the 30-lap A-Main, which will start at 5 p.m. , Saturday, September 23.

 

Gates are scheduled to open for the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event at Eldora Speedway at 3 p.m. EST on September 22 & 23. Racing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. EST on Friday, and 7:30 p.m. EST on Saturday. Tickets for this weekend’s event can be purchased at Eldora Speedway daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST , at www.eldoraspeedways.com, or by calling 937-338-3815.

 

For more information regarding Mopar or the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event, log on to www.moparspeed.com, www.mopar.com or www.eldoraspeedway.com

 

Mopar is based in Center Line, Mich. , and is the exclusive original equipment supplier of parts and accessories for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® vehicles.

Contact:    DIRT MotorSports™
                 Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director
                 1-405-623-1442
tveneziano@dirtmotorsports.com

A Lesson in History: World of Outlaws Sprint Series Drivers Tour The Smith Collection

Lincoln, NE—September 18, 2006By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

 

 

It is not very often that World of Outlaws Sprint Series drivers are left speechless, but last Friday they were. Before taking to the track at Eagle ( Neb. ) Raceway for the 1/3-Mile Short Track Nationals; drivers, crews, and, series officials made a stop by Speedway Motors in Lincoln for an afternoon of reminiscing and sightseeing.

 

The afternoon began with a large catered lunch by “Speedy” Bill Smith, his wife Joyce, and the rest of the dedicated staff at Speedway Motors. After the meal, the drivers took a tour of the warehouse and manufacturing facilities on the 42-acre 500,000 square foot corporate campus of the company.

 

“This is always fun,” said Smith. “We did it last year as well and had a great turnout. We wanted to do it again, because we only see these guys in Lincoln once or twice a year.”

 

Greg Nicol made sure all the pieces were in place when the drivers and crew arrived, and that made for a very relaxing afternoon before the teams headed over to the track for a thrilling night of racing.

 

“We always enjoy the teams coming by,” said Nicol. “This is a chance for us to give something back to the sport.”

 

Bill Smith founded the company in 1952, and can be found each and every day in the office and warehouse along with his 165 other employees. Usually he is the first one to arrive in the morning and the last one to leave at night. This all at the tender age of 77.

 

Speedway Motors is the largest distributor and retailer of specialty products for the racing, street rod, sport compact, and pedal car markets. The company has long been involved in various types of racing from sprint cars to hill climb, to everything in between.

 

Smith’s passion for racing began in the late 1940’s when he took to the track for the first time. After finishing college at Nebraska Wesleyan University , he opened a tiny 400 square foot shop in Lincoln that was the original home of Speedway Motors.

 

It was about this time, that Smith began to accumulate his collection of racing engines. This would evolve into the collection of race cars, pedal cars and other racing memorabilia as well. In his collection, Smith even has one of the only 25 “Tucker’s” ever produced. The Smith Collection Museum was founded in 1992 and became the home to all of this priceless racing history.

 

“I though that thing (the Museum) would be impossible,” said Smith. “Through the passion I had, I would grab a Model A or a Model T. Most people collect stamps or coins. I started collecting antique racing engines. I have now by far, the largest collection in the world. That is not what I say, but what the historians around the world say.”

 

While walking around the museum all the drivers and crews had the same sentiment. Many of them could be seen gazing at the engines and early sprint cars, wondering how some of the exotic designs came into being, and marveling at the workmanship of these sleek machines.

 

“This place in unbelievable,” said Jason Martin. “‘Speedy’ Bill has a really elaborate collection of everything you can think of, from back in the day before they really even raced to now. Everything that you can think of that has been built is here. It is pretty neat to see all the innovative stuff that people have come up with.”

 

Being a fan of the history of not only racing, but also of the automobile, Dion Hindi was asking questions of the Museum staff all afternoon and sharing his findings with the other drivers.

 

“There is a lot more than I thought he would have here,” said Hindi. “I enjoyed talking to the historians they have. It was amazing to see how the cars have evolved from the early years until now.”

 

Randy Hannagan along with his fiancée Angie and son Mason toured the Museum and also were in awe of the sheer magnitude of all the items that Smith has accumulated over the years. The couple could be found along with many of the other drives looking at one of the walls of vintage lunch boxes that dot the stairwells in the immaculate building, trying to remember which of them they had when they were younger. Hannagan encourages all those interested in racing to make a trip out to Lincoln to take in The Smith Collection.

 

“This place is simply amazing,” said Hannagan. ”Bill Smith definitely has a work of art here. For the racing fans and racing enthusiast, that is the best place you find.”

 

Chad Kemenah had visited racing museums in the past, but nothing like what he saw on Friday. He along with his brother/crew chief Brian could be found looking at the pedal cars and also the other toys cars, thinking of which they had when they were growing up, and if they still had them in their basements or attics.

 

“The museum is one of a kind,” added Kemenah. “They did a really great job with it. You can tell the effort that went into it. The place is pretty phenomenal, to see all the stuff they have in it.”

 

For Jeremy Campbell, the day provided a history lesson in racing. While he is the youngest World of Outlaws driver, he was able to talk to the Museum staff and learn about countless cars and engines that were winning races on the track long before he was born.

 

“This thing is awesome,” said Jeremy Campbell. “There are so many things in it. Anything that has to do with cars or racing is here. He also has all the diecast cars. There is one of everything in there.”

 

Even people like Nicol that work at Speedway Motors and who have gone through The Smith Collection countless times, still are left speechless when they stroll through the three floors of racing and automotive history.

 

“Bill (Smith) has been working on this collection for over 60 years,” said Nicol. “It is a love to him. You cannot describe it to someone, Every time I go into it, I see something new. It’s just unbelievable. The Smith Collection is one of the most outstanding auto racing museums in the United States .”

 

For Smith who shakes hands and greets every person that walks in the Museum, it was a day to not only share what he has with others, but also to reminisce with some of the drivers that piloted his cars in the past. One of those drivers included Shane Carson, the Vice President of Race Operation for DIRT Motorsports.  Carson won an IMCA Sprint Car title in 1979 driving Smith’s 4X machine.

 

“I played this game for 55 years,” said a smiling Smith. “I had 87 drivers in a short career of running cars for 40 years. A lot of my old drivers are even here. Shane Carson won a championship for me in 1979 in one of my cars. It’s just fun. I am still doing it at 77 years old. It’s been a passion and an ambition, and my whole life since I was 14 years old. It’s fun to share with everybody what I have been able to do.”

 

Smith capped off the night by taking in the action at Eagle Raceway aboard one of the New Signature 32 Series street rods that are being built and sold exclusively by Speedway Motors. He toured the pits and shared stories with competitors of his over 50-plus years of knowledge of the racing world.

 

After touring the Museum on Friday, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series drivers were already counting the days until they can come back next year to see what Smith will have added to his amazing and world-renowned Collection. “Speedy” Bill receives numerous phone calls every day from around the world from people that have items they would like him to add to The Smith Collection.

 

Even though the drivers and teams have now seen the Museum once, they will more than likely leave it again next year speechless, and in awe of what one man and his passion for the sport have accomplished and accumulated over the years.

For More Information Contact:

Paul W. Joiner III

Ideas & Images, Inc.

816-305-0450

www.ideasimages.com

www.jasonmartinmotorsports.com

 

                                        Martin scores career best finish at Jackson !

 

September 18, 2006 ( Madison , WI ) For the most part the 2006 World of Outlaw season has been a tough one for the Hitman Jason Martin.  While he is only 23 years old he has been racing and winning for over 10 years, this year has been one of learning thus far for the Rookie.  At Jackson Speedway last Saturday night, Martin looked like anything but a rookie.  A solid qualifying effort of 11th would see the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports #36 Maxim start 3rd in the 2nd heat race.

 

While running a solid 3rd and in the transfer spot in the heat race the motor began to sputter and Martin would have to baby the car home.  The bright spot was that there were 6 spots to transfer into the feature and Martin brought the car home 6th and back to the attention of his crew.  A closer observation would find a ground wire for the mag bad and the NOS Energy Drink team would make the repairs and Martin would start 11th in the feature.  From the drop of the green it was evident that it was going to be a good night for Martin.

 

Using the low side of the race track Martin would begin to climb through the field and up to 8th when a late caution would fly for debris.  On the restart Martin began to use the high side of turns 3-4 and would pass the Forbrook #5 and take over 7th place.  When the #8 Rush Racing would get a flat on the last lap of the race Martin would cross the strip taking the checkerd flag with a career best 6th place finish.

 

“That’s the way it’s supposed to be.” Said a smilimg Martin. “Jason and the guys gave me a great car this entire weekend.  We had a good car at Eagle just lost the brakes in the heat and had to run the “B” and few bobbles on my part cost us a top ten down there.  I was determined not to have that happen tonight.  The NOS Energy Drink Maxim was on a rail tonight.  With just a bit of luck if we could have made the Dash and started further up front who knows, but I am not complaining.  This team is hitting on the right combination right now and really looking forward the 2007 season.”

 

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Contact:    DIRT MotorSports™
                 Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director
                 1-405-623-1442
tveneziano@dirtmotorsports.com

 

 

World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: Wilmot Speedway & Kokomo Speedway

Norman, OK—September 17, 2006By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

 

WHAT
• The World of Outlaws Sprint Series will make their final stop of the season in Wisconsin and Indiana , with a pair of races on bullrings. Saturday’s race at Wilmot Speedway will be the series maiden voyage to the 3/8-mile track. The last time they raced in the Badger State , it was Jac Haudenschild picking up the win in June at The Raceway @ Powercom Park. He also won the last Outlaws event in the state of Indiana back in July. With nine race dates left on the schedule 132 points separate positions two through five in the standings. There also is a tight battle between the drivers from eighth through eleventh in points as the season winds down.

WHEN
• On Saturday at Wilmot Speedway, pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m., and racing beginning at 7:30 p.m.

• On Sunday at Kokomo Speedway pit gates will open at 2 p.m., with the grandstand gates opening at 3:30 p.m. On-track activity will begin at 6 p.m.

WHERE
• Wilmot Speedway is located Wilmot, Wisc. Take I-94 to Kenosha County C , then go west on “C” for 12 miles to Wilmot. At the stop sign in Wilmot, turn right (north) onto “W” then go ¼-mile to the track.

• Kokomo Speedway is located in Kokomo, Ind. Travel two miles north of the junction of   SR 22 and US 31 on US 31. At Morgan Street go West 1.3 miles and then turn North on Davis Road .


TICKETS
• For ticket information about the race at Wilmot Speedway visit http://www.slspromotions.com, or call 815-344-2023. Adult reserved tickets will be $35, with adult grandstand tickets just $12. All tickets for children ages 6-12 will be only $12, while kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge with a paying adult. Pit pass combos will also be available for $38.

 

• For ticket information about the Kokomo Race visit http://www.slspromotions.com or call 815-344-2023. Adult reserved tickets for the upper rows will be $35, while adult general admission tickets for the bottom 9 rows is $28. Reserved seats for children ages 12-under will be just $15, with children general admission tickets only $12. Pit pass combos will also be available for $38.


ON THE INTERNET
• Listen live as the Voice of the Outlaws, Johnny Gibson, calls the action at all World of Outlaws Sprint Series events on the DIRT Radio Network at Dirtvision.com. Go to http://www.dirtvision.com for more information on all the features, including updated results from each night of racing as well as a chat room to interact with other fans listening to the action.
• The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is at http://www.dirtmotorsports.com/sprint.
• Wilmot Speedway is at:http://www.wilmotspeedway.com.                                                • Kokomo Speedway is at http://www.kokomospeedway.net


ON TELEVISION
• The Outdoor Channel will air the finale of the Harvest Classic from Calistoga Speedway on Wednesday Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Aug. 30. The Outdoor Channel is available nationwide through the DISH Network (Channel 153) and DIRECTV (Channel 606). Through a special partnership with Sterling Commerce Group, World of Outlaws fans can receive 120 channels of satellite programming on the DISH Network, including The Outdoor Channel, free Starz premium channels, free equipment and installation, a $100 rebate and a $30 gift certificate for World of Outlaws merchandise by calling 1-800-951-9380 or logging onto http://www.outlawdishdeal.com to sign up. Even better, when you’re at a World of Outlaws event, simply stop by the World of Outlaws merchandise trailer to sign up.

ABOUT THE TRACKS
• Wilmot Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile oval.

• Kokomo Speedway is a semi-banked ¼-mile oval. Brooke Tatnell holds the track record of 11.461 seconds established on June 14, 2005.

Contact:    DIRT MotorSports™
                 Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director
                 1-405-623-1442
tveneziano@dirtmotorsports.com

 Reign Day: Points Leader Donny Schatz Weathers Jackson Speedway for 14th Win

Jackson, MN—September 16, 2006By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

 

Even Mother Nature could not stop Donny Schatz on Saturday night at Jackson Speedway from completing a weekend sweep of World of Outlaws Sprint Series races. With a fast approaching thunderstorm on the horizon, Schatz charged to his second straight win A-Feature win and series best 14th triumph of the season. He started the weekend on Friday night by winning the 1/3-Mile Short Track Nationals at Eagle Raceway.

 

Schatz started on the pole position for a series best eighth time this season after winning his series leading eighth dash.

 

The reigning Knoxville Nationals winner led the most laps on the night and received four bonus points for this, along with receiving one bonus point for being the fifth fastest qualifier on the night. This helped him extend his point lead with nine races remaining as he chases his first series title.

 

On the initial start, Becca Anderson in the Upstate Kenworth Maxim got a strong run on Schatz on the outside of turn two and took the lead. She would extend that lead to nearly a half straight-a-way during the first five laps. She got into lapped traffic on the sixth circuit and that gave Schatz the chance he needed to quickly close back in on her back bumper.

 

On the tenth lap, Anderson had to hit the brakes in traffic and that allowed Schatz to get a run on her down the straight and he dove low in turns one and two to make the pass for the lead and ultimately the win.

 

Anderson led the first nine laps of the 30-lap event and kept Schatz in her sights until a lap 18 caution for a broken left side board on the wing of her car. She restarted in the second spot, but had to pull into the infield a couple laps of laps later, as the car would not cooperate with the missing panel. She ended the night in 22nd.

 

Schatz pulled away on the final restart and encountered some traffic with four laps to go, but was able to slice his way through the slower car to make his way to RacinSoles Victory Lane . He held off Joey Saldana in the Mopar-powered Dodge/Curb Records JEI.

 

“We were in the right spot all night long,” said Schatz. “We qualified in the right spot and started the dash in the right spot. The race track was fast. It was hard to race on. We were just glad we started up there and we were able to get by Becca (Anderson) in lapped traffic.”

 

Saldana had a bittersweet night, as he was ecstatic with his second place run, but knew his team had some work to do, as the engine was severely damaged during the 30-lap A-Feature. Even with his engine going sour, he was able to keep pace with Schatz, as the pair sliced through lap traffic, lapping all the way up to 10th place.

 

“That is a good run for us,” said Saldana. “We definitely needed it after some tough races. This time of the year has not been too good to us, after Knoxville about the last 10 races. It’s good to get a good finish in. We blew up a motor about halfway through. We were pretty lucky to finish second. I’ll take it and we go back home finally after this big long swing.”

 

Craig Dollansky piloting the Karavan Trailers Maxim finished in the third spot in his native state. He battled with Saldana for the majority of the race, and was just behind him at the finish line.

 

“Another third place finish and it seems like we have had a lot of them,” said Dollansky. “You know what, that is not all bad. When you finish that far up front, the wins will come with it. It was a good run for the Karavan team and we’ll get ready for next weekend.”

 

Terry McCarl brought the Big Game Treestands Eagle home in the fourth spot. Not only was he happy for his team and all the hard work they put in day in and day out, but he was very pleased for his sponsors, of which many are based in the state of Minnesota.

 

“It was a tricky race track,” said McCarl. “My car was working the best we could have gotten it. We’re really happy to come home fourth. We’ve won a lot of races here at Jackson . We have a lot of sponsors around here. Big Game Treestands only lives about 20 miles away and Bosma Poultry is only 30 miles away. This is big for us. The bulk of our sponsorship comes from this area. It was an important race for us.”

 

Mark Dobmeier picked up his best career World of Outlaws finish with a fifth aboard the Kee Technology J&J. He started the A-Feature in eighth. He slipped around Wayne Johnson on lap 18 before making his way into sixth one lap later. He gained one more position on the final lap, after Brooke Tatnell had a tire go flat as he took the white flag.

 

Jason Martin turned in a very solid performance in the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim as he powered his way from 11th to a career beat sixth in his first ever visit to the tricky and fast half-mile.

 

The rest of the Top-10 was Jac Haudenschild in seventh in the Wright One Construction Maxim. Wayne Johnson was eighth in the Mopar/Wirtgen Maxim. This was the second straight night he drove the car owned by Guy Forbrook.

 

Daryn Pittman kept his solid run of Top-10 finishes together with a ninth. Dusty Zomer, who turned the second fastest lap in time trials for the second night in a row, came home 10th in the Bargain Barn Tire Schnee.

 

Schatz and his team were battling engine woes all evening, after installing a new powerplant after Friday night’s event. There was a noticeable amount of smoke coming from the back of the car in the heat race and the dash, but that did not seem to hinder the performance of the car any. By the time the feature rolled off, the problem had been found and solved.

 

“We kept working on the engine all night long,” said Schatz. “It was kind of an experimental job that we did. It is good though, we just have to work on a few things here and there. We battled an oil leak. The guys found it after the dash.”

 

With only one caution the entire race, Schatz’s car got better as the race went on. He ended up lapping up to the 10th place car in the field. 

 

“Anytime we have a long green flag race we like that. I think it’s better for the fans too,” said Schatz. “The thing was so fast tonight that I could barely get through lapped traffic. That’s just the way it goes. Sometimes you make mistakes and I did everything I could to get through a few guys. On a big half-mile, that’s sometimes the way it works.”

 

For the second night in a row Schatz and the other competitors were battling high winds. The wind did not matter to many people, as most were focused on another four letter word and that was rain. Thanks for the hard work of World of Outlaws and SLS Promotions Officials, the entire 30-lap feature was run.

 

“Mother nature made everyone go around there fast with the wind,” said Schatz. “She barely let us get it in before it started raining. We are glad to get tonight in, and keep going. Hopefully we’ll get some more victories before the year is out.”

 

Just a week removed from being in a horrific fiery crash at Silver Dollar Speedway, Schatz has racked up three Top-10 finishes, including wins the last two nights. While he still feels the effects of the burns on his neck and face, once he climbs in the race car and pulls his seatbelts tight, all of that pain leaves his mind as he focuses on what he has to do to pick up a win.

 

“Last night I was a little wounded. I felt a little warm and a little fatigue,” he said. “Tonight wasn’t that bad. I think sometimes you rest and you rest too much. I probably rested a little too hard this week and got myself out of sync. Monday morning I start back at the gym and I’ll go until I go to Australia . We’re ready to get back in the gym and be home every week. I look forward to that.”

 

With nine races left on the schedule, Schatz wants to win a few more for his Ricky Warner-led crew. He will get to the chance again next Saturday as the series heads to Wilmot (Wisc.) Speedway for the first time ever.

 

“Anytime you get to go to a new track it is great,” said Schatz. “The IRA (Interstate Racing Association) has been racing there a lot. It is a small quarter-mile place. On a short quarter-mile track it is pretty exciting. We’re ready to get there and to Kokomo and then my favorite place, Williams Grove.”

 

Saldana started in the fourth spot and jumped into the runner-up spot on the second lap, as he slid past Dollansky. While some sprinkles fell during the last few laps that did not seem to bother Saldana at all.

 

“It wasn’t too bad out there,” said Saldana. “I ‘m sure it was going to get bad.”

 

After spending the last month West of the Mississippi River, Saldana and his crew are excited to head back to their own shop in Indiana as they prepare for the race at Wilmot on Saturday and Kokomo on Sunday.

 

“We can gather up some parts and go through the car and hopefully come out these next 10 or so races strong and get back to where we were before,” Saldana said.

 

Dollansky ran in the up front all night and recorded his 27th Top-Five of the season. The Native of Elk River, Minn. has picked up seven third place finishes in the last nine races. The two finishes not of third, were wins at Calistoga Speedway and Silver Dollar Speedway.

 

“It would have been nice to get in lap traffic and stay in it for a littler longer,” said Dollansky. “It seemed like our car was handling really well there at the end, in the last couple laps.”

 

With his strong run on Friday night, Dollansky vaulted into the seconds spot in the championship standings. He is very optimistic for the rest of the season and is very confident with some of the changes he and his team have made recently.

 

“We got in a hole earlier in the season and made some changes,” said Dollansky. “We’ll just keep racing hard like we are. We have about nine races left and we will race them all hard and were we end up.”

 

McCarl bided his time and followed Wayne Johnson for the first half of the race, and then the six time Knoxville Raceway and Huset’s Speedway champion got around him and firmly established himself in the Top-five.

 

“It was better for me in traffic to get a few lapped cars to slow the guys down,” said McCarl. “I could run the top or the bottom really well. When we were out in the open we had to run right around the top. I wanted traffic pretty bad and the yellow actually hurt us a little bit.”

 

Being a promoter himself, McCarl was very grateful for the hard work everyone at SLS Promotion and the World of Outlaws did to make sure the fans got their money’s worth. While rain was the talk of the night, a crisply and efficiently run program had all the fans on their way home, well before 9:30 p.m.

 

“The SLS Promotions guys always do a great job,” said McCarl. “They along with the World of Outlaws officials really pay attention. It is important on these kinds of deals that we get it in. We probably would not have had a chance to come back this year with the weather changing. There are great fans up here. This is the Sioux Falls/Minnesota area, and it has always been big for sprint car racing for years and years. Since I was a little boy sprint car racing has been big here. That’s why we always get a great fan base.”

 

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series makes their maiden voyage to Wilmot (Wisc.) Speedway on Saturday followed by another race at bullring, the quarter-mile Kokomo ( Ind. ) Speedway

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LUCKY 13: Donny Schatz Wins 1/3-Mile Short Track Nationals for 13th Victory of 2006

Lincoln, NE—September 15, 2006By: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director

  

Starting outside of the top-10 on a bullring usually makes for a long evening. Donny Schatz knew he had his work cut out for him after qualifying 15th on Friday night. After finishing third in his heat, he lined up in the 15th spot for the 40-lap 1/3-mile Short Track Nationals at Eagle Raceway driving car No.15. He knew he had a fast race car, and plenty of laps to make it to the front.

 

When it was all said and done, Schatz aboard his Parker Store J&J was in RacinSoles Victory Lane for the 13th time this season in World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-Feature competition to go along with two preliminary feature wins.

 

The reigning Knoxville Nationals winner methodically worked his way into the top-10 early in the race. While running fourth, he made a bold three-wide pass of Chad Blonde and Daryn Pittman to put himself in the runner-up spot.

 

A late red flag set up a four lap dash for the win between Schatz and the leader Brooke Tatnell in the Race Outfitters/Castrol machine. With two laps to go, Tatnell went high and jumped the cushion and that was the opening that Schatz needed to power his way to the lead.

 

“It was a great night,” said Schatz. “We changed the car all night long. It is a new car. Our primary car got wrecked at Chico (Silver Dollar Speedway) and we pulled out our back-up car. We decided to put the primary car back together when we got back to the shop. Every car is a little different. It was a real good car in the feature. We just couldn’t get it figured out early in the night.”

 

Tatnell who earned the pole position by winning his seventh dash of the season, led the first 38 laps of the race and settled for the runner-up spot. Despite being disappointed by not winning, the always affable native of San Souci, NSW, Australia was the first person to walk into Schatz’s trailer to congratulate him on the win.

 

“We ran a new car this weekend,” said Tatnell. “It was fast. The guys did everything right and we came up short.”

 

Craig Dollansky in the Karavan Trailers Maxim finished in the third spot, with Daryn Pittman in the Titan Garages and Carports Maxim just behind him. The pair staged an entertaining battle for a large part of the 40 laps.

 

“We didn’t have a very happy race car there all night long,” said Dollansky. “Especially in the feature, it seemed like I was struggling on the bottom or the top. We could maintain, but we were struggling. We’re going to go to work here and figure this thing out for tomorrow night. To end up third with what we had to work with, we are happy with that.”

 

Pittman was looking for a sweep of the season’s events at Eagle Raceway, having won both nights of the Eagle Nationals in June. While disappointed he did not win, he was able to look at the night optimistically and know that his team continues to be one of the strongest and most consistent in the series.

 

“It’s hard to complain about that (a fourth-place finish),” said Pittman. “We could kind of see the leaders there for a while. About halfway through the race, I though we were as good as we were going to get. We kind of had a little taste of victory in sight. All in all it was a good night. You want to win every night, but it was solid and we gained some points on a couple guys. We would have been happier with third rather than fourth, but we’ll take it.”

 

Chad Blonde rounded out the top five in the TLC Auto Collision Maxim. He ran as high as second after starting in the third spot, and diving around Dollansky on the second lap. He and Dollansky then battled for many laps trading the runner-up position, while keeping Tatnell in their sights. The native of Litchfield , Mich. , used a strong run in the dash to line up third for the A-Feature.

 

The rest of the top-10 was Randy Hannagan in the Penthouse Racing Maxim, in sixth. Justin Henderson in the Jolt Energy Gum Schnee charged his way from 17th to finish seventh. Terry McCarl in the Big Game Treestands Eagle was eighth. Jac Haudenschild in the Wright One Construction Maxim was ninth. Brian Brown in the McKenna Truck Center Maxim was 10th.

 

Schatz worked his way into the Top-10 only nine laps into the race. The native of Fargo , N.D. was running in the fifth spot by the lap 24. He made a bold three-wide pass on the 31st lap to get under both Dollansky and Blonde.

 

“My dad taught me how to race, and you never follow a guy in,” said Schatz. “If you follow a guy in, you follow him out. I ran it in the middle, and made a mistake and was able to get underneath them. It was a big advantage to get by two guys at once. It was a great race all around for us.”

 

Earlier this season, the current championship point leader came from the seventh starting spot to win an A-Feature on two different occasions. While he was not pleased to start in 15th, he knew his team was very capable of coming to the front, even on a very demanding track like Eagle where the leaders were in lapped traffic for a majority of the race.

 

“That is the furthest back we have come from in a long time to get a victory,” Schatz said. “The car was just awesome. It could go anywhere, the bottom, the middle, the top. We were in the catbird’s seat with two laps to go. Brooke (Tatnell) had everything to lose and we had nothing to lose. We’re glad to get another win. It has been a while since we were in victory lane.”

 

While Schatz was using multiple lines, Tatnell had his car glued to the high line and in order for Schatz to get to the lead, he has to disrupt Tatnell’s rhythm and the momentum he had riding the rim of the track. This is where his 10 years of experience on the road with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series came into play.

 

“We were coming and I could see where he (Tatnell) was running,” said Schatz. “I really forced him to get off the top. I got him on the inside of me and he had to change his line. If he would have stayed up there, you never know what could have happened. It’s just the way it goes. We have lost a lot of races and ended up second that same way. It’s just lucky for us that we ended up on the other end of the spectrum tonight.”

 

While he is still feelings the effects of a vicious accident last week at the Gold Cup Race of Champions in which he sustained burns on his face and neck, Schatz was able to block out the pain and concentrate on getting to the front, as he chases his first series title. With the season winding down, he wants to keep adding to the win total, and looks to made it a weekend sweep at Jackson Speedway on Saturday night.

 

“We’ve been trying a few things the last couple races for next year,” said Schatz. “We don’t want to get too overconfident. We were good there (Jackson Speedway) last year. I think we have a good baseline to get ourselves around there, and to get qualified better than we did last year. It’s all about learning from your mistakes. I’ve made a lot lately and learned from them.”

 

It was an emotional night for Tatnell, who received word earlier this week that his father George is ill in their native Australia . While coming up just a few car lengths short of the A-Feature win, he was victorious in his series leading seventh dash of the year to start from the pole position just as many times. He also crossed the 200-lap led mark on the year. He closed the gap with Pittman who in front of him in the point standings, by earning five bonus points for leading the most laps on the night.

 

“It was a night tonight that meant more to me than probably any other night, right now to win,” said Tatnell. “Monday we got a phone call that my dad is very sick again. I promised him I would win this one tonight. I told him I wanted to come home and he refuses to let me come home. He said we started off the run with the World of Outlaws and we are going to hold true to it. We’re going to run until he tells me to get on a plane.”

 

Dollansky used a late charge to slip around Pittman to finish in the final podium position. The strong night helped him move into the second spot in points. He looks to keep his momentum going as he heads up to his home state of Minnesota on Saturday to race at the spacious half-mile Jackson Speedway.

 

“It’s always nice to go close to home,” Dollansky said. “Going to Jackson , Minnesota will be a nice change. SLS Promotions always puts on a great show and it is a good race track. There are good fans there and I have family and friends in the area, so we are definitely looking forward to going there and racing.”

 

Pittman started seventh and worked his way around Hannagan for the sixth spot on the first lap and got to fifth on the second lap, as he powered around Haudenschild. After falling back to sixth, he used a daring three-wide pass to split McCarl and Brown. The native of Owasso , Okla. , battled tooth and nail with Dollansky for the third spot for the final quarter of the race, before settling for fourth.

 

“I would have rather stayed green and kept racing, but they did not hurt us,” said Pittman. “It brought the leaders back to us, so that helped if anything. We just didn’t have anything for them.”

 

Continuing his strong streak that has seen him finish outside the top-10 just once since July18, Pittman will seek his second straight win at Jackson (Minn.) Speedway on Saturday. Having already won this season on a half-mile at Williams Grove Speedway, he is confident he can repeat his win last season on the sprawling high-speed track.

 

“You need to qualify right, to put yourself in the first couple rows,” said Pittman. “It’s tough to win starting much further back than that, but (Donny) Schatz proved you can do it tonight. My hats off to them, it was a good rebound for them after Chico .”

 

Rock Springs NST weekend cancelled due to weather

By Craig Murphy 9-16-06

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – For the last 25 years, this particular September weekend had been dry in Rock Springs .

    Until this year, that is.

    Continued wet and cold weather has forced the cancellation of this weekend’s National Sprint Tour doubleheader at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs .

    Friday’s show was postponed due to rain showers throughout the afternoon. At the time, forecasts called for Saturday to be cold but dry.

    Late Friday night, however, the forecasts changed. There was blowing snow and more rain Saturday morning, and the continued weather issues forced the cancellation of the entire NST weekend.

    The NST will be running at Sweetwater Speedway next year, with a target date of mid-August. Tickets purchased for this year’s shows will be honored next year.

    The next race for the series will be Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville , Indiana . For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.


Friday NST Wyoming show postponed

By Craig Murphy 9-15-06

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – Weather has forced the postponement of Friday’s National Sprint Tour show at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs .

    Friday’s program, capped off by a 30-lap feature, will now be run on Saturday. Saturday’s program, highlighted by a 40-lap feature, will be run on Sunday.

    Front gates will open at 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, with racing at 7:30. Those times are bumped up an hour Sunday, with qualifying at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30.

    Tickets purchased for Friday will be honored on Saturday. Tickets previously purchased for Saturday’s show will be honored on Sunday. Tickets are $35 for each night.

    Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.sweetwaterevents.com/specialeventsNST.html or by phone at 307-352-6789 ext. 200. Tickets purchased online can also be printed online.

    Forecasts call for the weekend to be drier but cold. The NST souvenir trailer has sweatshirts and coats for the chilly evenings.

    For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.

 

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Greetings! The Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event is quickly approaching, and Mopar would like to extend an invitation for you to attend a pre-event media luncheon on Saturday, September 23. This email contains your invitation and RSVP information.

 

This year's 25th Anniversary of the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event features the second largest purse in non-winged racing history -- with over $266,000 up for grabs!

 

The purse for the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals features $25,000 to the winner of the USAC National Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget Series feature events. The UMP Modified feature event winner will take home $2,500. Any driver who can sweep all three USAC event will also earn an additional $100,000 bonus from Mopar. The driver who can win all four division features will also earn a $25,000 Jack Hewitt Bonus.

 

We hope you'll join us for the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event on September 22 & 23 at the legendary Eldora Speedway. It is sure to be 'the' racing event of the year!

 

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Convoy, autograph session tonight in Rock Springs

By Craig Murphy 9-14-06

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – The town of Rock Springs will be hopping this weekend as the National Sprint Tour comes to town.

    The NST is scheduled to run a Friday and Saturday doubleheader at Sweetwater Speedway, located at the Sweetwater Events Complex.

    It won’t take until Friday for things to start happening.

    Tonight (Thursday), events start at the complex. NST teams and their haulers will gather in the complex’s parking lot, then receive a police and fire escort through town. The convoy is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., and will end at White Mountain Mall.

    A meet and greet autograph session with several NST drivers is scheduled to start around 6:30 p.m., and will last until about 8.

    For those unable to meet the drivers at the mall, there will be more chances this weekend. Drivers are scheduled to sign autographs at the track both Friday and Saturday, with the rotation starting at approximately 3 p.m. both days.

    Tickets are $35 a night, and can be purchased by phone at 307-352-6789 ext. 200 or online at http://www.sweetwaterevents.com/specialeventsNST.html. Tickets purchased online can also be printed online.

    For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.


Stevie Smith and the ‘Easter egg’ car ready for Wyoming

By Craig Murphy 9-12-06

    There are various ways to describe the looks of Stevie Smith’s car.

    With the light purple and white paint job and mustard yellow wheels, the car certainly stands out.

    Perhaps Smith has the best explanation of the car, sponsored by the RAACE foundation. RAACE stands for Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere.

    “It’s all about the kids,” the veteran driver originally from Pennsylvania said. “That’s why the car looks like an Easter egg.”

    Smith started regularly running National Sprint Tour shows early last month when the series made its second swing through PA Posse country. Smith and the other NST drivers will be in Rock Springs , Wyo. this weekend for a Sept. 15-16 doubleheader at Sweetwater Speedway.

    Now based out of Oklahoma , Smith first became associated with the Baltimore-based RAACE last year. His uncle, Ken Smith, started the non-profit foundation in 2004 to raise public awareness of child sexual abuse and to fund educational programs to fight the epidemic.

    It is estimated that 90 percent of child sexual abuse victims don’t come forward, a stat that led to the formation of RAACE.

    “Raising awareness of child abuse is exactly what this is about,” Stevie Smith said. “That’s all they are after with us. They want us to spread the awareness, and let people know there is a problem. RAACE is trying to address that problem. They have different events and quite a few shows they do. The part we’re to do is spread awareness. We’re not trying to do anything else.”

    Of course, Smith and his team – including father and crew chief Steve Smith – are trying to win as well. Smith finished a strong third in the last NST race at Kings Speedway in Hanford , Calif. The race before, Smith briefly took the lead in Cottage Grove , Ore. before a mechanical problem knocked him out.

    Smith and Jason Sides won the trophy dashes that night in Oregon , and following the dashes the drivers gave their trophies to the children who drew their starting positions. Throughout the year, young fans have had the opportunity to draw starting positions for the NST trophy dashes. Children have pictures taken with the drivers, and get autographed NST stickers.

    With an organization like RAACE behind him, having a child draw his dash starting position is a logical tie-in for Smith.

    “It is, definitely,” Smith said. “The people at RAACE like the connection with the kids in the pill draws.”

    For years Smith has raced with and won against top drivers like Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser, who currently sit 1-2 in the NST points. Smith, who held off Kinser for third in Hanford , has enjoyed racing against like Lasoski, Kinser, Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers and the other NST drivers.

    “I think it’s the way to go,” Smith said of the NST. “I like the way they do things. I think it’s a team-oriented series. And the best drivers are there, so I want to be a part of that.”

    Smith and some of the NST drivers raced in Rock Springs a few years ago, but it has been a while since they raced at the track which is 6,250 feet above sea level.

    “I recall it was a pretty good track,” Smith said. “I recall it had a lot of bank in it, and was kind of sandy. It seemed like it was a good show. I’m sure this weekend will be a good show, too.”

    Tickets for the Friday-Saturday doubleheader are $35 a night, and can be purchased by phone at 307-352-6789 ext. 200 or online at http://www.sweetwaterevents.com/specialeventsNST.html. Tickets purchased online can also be printed online.

    For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com. For more on the RAACE foundation, visit www.raace.org.

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                                        Henderson has a Golden Weekend!

 

September 11, 2006 ( Chico , CA ) World of Outlaws Rookie of the year contender Justin Henderson was all smiles Saturday night after climbing out of his Jolt Energy Gum Schnee #D1.  Henderson had just finished 7th in his first ever Gold Cup Race of Champions.  The Gold Cup is one of the the biggest winged sprint car events in the country and this year there were 103 other cars all vying for the $50,000 grand prize.  Many of the best California drivers were on hand and many had either won races at the ¼ mile high bank race track or championships, none of that mattered to Henderson .  The young Sioux Falls , ND hot shoe was unphased by the competition and was the highest finishing first time Gold Cup racer. 

 

It all started on Thursday night where Justin was the 3rd fastest qualifier out of 45 cars, however it looked like that might be the highlight as the youngster was involved in an incident in his heat race and had to start at the rear and would only come up to 7th and forced to run the “B” main.  All was back on track however as the Jolt Energy Gum #D1 jumped to the lead on the opening lap and never looked back to the checkers.  In the preliminary “A” main from his 11th starting position he would finish 6th and be 11th in the points for Saturday nights “A” main event.

 

Henderson would start 11th in the “A” main of the 53rd annual Gold Cup Race of Champions.  From the onset the rookie was moving forward.  Through both the yellow and red flags Henderson continued to progress.  When the chers flew on the 40 lap event the Jolt Energy Gum #D1 would finish 7th and continuing to impress fans. 

 

“We were just a little too tight.” Said Henderson with a smile. “I am not complaining you do not want to be too loose on this track.  Hey we just finished 7th at the Gold Cup Race of Champions.   We had a bit of a late night at the Chili Feed so we just basically loaded up on the Jolt Energy Gum all afternoon and were pretty fresh for the feature.  It’s great to come to prestigious event and have a good finish, it especially great that we did it right as the Outlaws announced it’s new TV Deal with ESPN 2.  All in all this weekend was Golden.”

 

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Sweetwater Speedway a high challenge for NST teams

By Craig Murphy 9-10-06

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – Breathe deep, if you can.

    The National Sprint Tour teams travel to Rock Springs this weekend for a Sept. 15-16 doubleheader at Sweetwater Speedway, located on the Sweetwater Event Complex.

    Deep breathing will be easier said than done during the weekend, as the elevation in Rock Springs is 6,250 feet above sea level.

    That will force engine tuners to work harder than usual to massage speed out of the 800-horsepower machines.

    “It’s just a matter of tweaking the engine,” said Larry Lloyd, CEO of the Sweetwater Events Complex. “Overall the speeds are good here. Tuning the engine is always a challenge. The air is a little thinner here, so you have to compensate for it. The same with tire pressures. It’s a fast track, and it’s high-banked.”

    Chad Banks, marketing director at the Sweetwater Events Complex, agrees that engine tuning will be at a premium come Friday and Saturday nights.

    “It is certainly different from racing at sea level somewhere like California ,” Banks said in reference to where the NST last raced Sept. 5.

    Having a series like the NST in town is different for Rock Springs, and the upcoming weekend has excitement running high in town with the anticipation of watching Danny Lasoski, Steve Kinser, Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Jason Solwold, Paul McMahan, Jason Sides, Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus, Dean Jacobs, Kerry Madsen, Travis Rilat, Stevie Smith, Jonathan Allard and Chad Hillier take on local racers.

    “It’s a real big deal for us,” Banks said. “We’re very excited. We haven’t had a race of this caliber since 1999. It’s a real boost for our track and our community, and for Wyoming overall.”

    Lloyd is among those sharing that excitement.

    “I can’t tell you how excited we are,” Lloyd said. “There’s a great enthusiasm from the staff, and from people in town. When the drivers show up, they will see checkered flags along the main drive. People at most of the businesses in town have promotional buttons for this event.”

    Drivers and team members will have a chance to see the enthusiasm first hand on Thursday evening, starting at 6 p.m.

    “They will leave from our facility, and go through the main streets to White Mountain Mall,” Banks said. “People will have an opportunity to see the trucks and the cars.”

    After the big rigs leave the track around 6 p.m., a meet and greet session at the mall is expected to run from about 6:30 to 8 p.m.

    Lloyd said there is city participation in the event.

    “We’re planning on a convoy,” he said. “The truck convoy will go through town, ending with a barbeque at the mall. The city’s fire department and police department will lead the convoy.”

    Throughout Friday and Saturday, cars and drivers will be on display at various places around the town, giving fans multiple opportunities to the machines up close.

    Come evening both nights, Lloyd is expecting many of those enthusiastic fans to be at the 3/8-mile track, based on past races.

    “Everything sits in a bowl, so spectators have a great view of everything happening,” Lloyd said. “The crowds go wild over the speed and the technical driving.

    “This is a racing community,” Lloyd added. “We get people from outside our immediate area for these big races. I believe the same thing will happen this time. We’re getting a lot of calls about this.”

    Tickets are $35 a night, and can be purchased by phone at 307-352-6789 ext. 200 or online at http://www.sweetwaterevents.com/specialeventsNST.html. Tickets purchased online can also be printed online.

    Banks encourages fans to get tickets now, as he anticipates a sellout for this event.

    “Our community has really supported it greatly,” he said.

    For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.


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                        Noise hurts Hannagan’s night at the Gold Cup!

 

August 8th 2006 (Chico, CA) For Randy Hannagan and the Pnehouse Magazne team loud header pipes just go with racing, but last nigt it was just a little too noisy.  The San Jose , CA native went out to qualify and after turning the 8th fastest lap was told that the car was too loud and he would have to requalify.  The Silver Dollar speedway requires the cars to run mufflers to tone down the noise and they have to be at a certain decible level or risk disqualification.  That is exactly what happened to Hannagan last night.  After making some adjustments the team put the car back on the track where he would time in 18th quick and lose some valuable points.  The Penthouse team would have to make it up in the heat race and the feature.

 

Starting 3rd in his heat, Hannagan quickly moved into the lead and never looked back locking him solidly into the “A” main.  Hannagan would start 14th and put on a show for his local California fans.  Using the low side of the track Hannagan would power past cars to the 10th running position.  With the laps winding down he got a run out or 3-4 and made the move for 9th.  The checkers flew and a top ten was in the books. That effort put the Penthouse Magazine #1x Maxim 10th in the points on night one and at least a solid shot at the tomorrow nights $50,000 to win “A” main.

 

“What are you going to do.” Hannagan said. “You would have thought that if I was loud in hot laps they would  have said something.  It is what it is.  We had a pretty good car, needed to be a bit looser in the feature and we could have gained a few more spots.  If we have to run the “B” tomorrow night we just have to come through it and get to the “A”.   It will just depend on how things shake out tonight.”

 

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                                      Henderson , so far so good at the Gold Cup!

 

August 10th 2006 ( Chico , CA ) For World of Outlaws rookie of the year contender, last night at the Gold Cup race of Champions went very well but there was a hiccup along the way.  The night started on a very positive note for the driver of the Jolt Energy Gum #D1 Schnee with the 3rd fastest time of the night and valuable points.  The only hiccup of the evening would come in the heat on the opening lap when the Sioux Falls native would dive low and tangle with Brooke Tatnel suffereing a flat right front tire.  Starting in the back of the heat, Henderson would finish 7th and be relegated to starting on the front row of the “B” main. 

 

All was not lost however as the young hot shoe bolted to the lead on the opening lap and never looked back, leading from green to checkers.  Starting 11th in the feature, Henderson would use the horsepower being delivered by his Hollywood Engines to run low and high and move forward.  Capitalizing on mistakes and using his own momentum Henderson and the Jolt Energy Gum D1 would make pass after pass and use lapped cars as cushions.  By the time the checkers had flown the young smiling fan favorite had finished 7th and gained more valuable points towards the big payday tomorrow night.

 

“All in all not bad.” Said a smiling Henderson . “I guess we didn’t chew enough Jolt Energy Gum, cause I kinda goofed in the heat race.  After we came in to change the tire the car was just too tight to pass and we had to run the “B”.  Dad and the guys gave me a great car tonight.  For some reason this year the short tracks have not been kind to us, and we should be stronger.  Tonight we showed that we have learned quite a bit this season and are stronger.  I am not sure how the points will shake out but we should be close to being locked in the “A” tomorrow night.  This is a big money race and when you get the chance for that kind of pay day you want to give your self the chance to grab it.  We did that tonight.”

 

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NST set for Wyoming doubleheader

By Craig Murphy

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – National Sprint Tour points leader Danny Lasoski has stressed all summer he doesn’t worry about the points.

    The way Lasoski’s been running lately, the other drivers won’t have to worry about points soon, either.

    As the NST teams get ready for the Sept. 15-16 doubleheader at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs , Wyo. , Lasoski is on a roll and threatening to put the title out of reach.

    Lasoski heads to Wyoming 92 points ahead of Steve Kinser in the chase for the inaugural NST championship. Lasoski has earned 2,783 points compared to 2,691 for Kinser.

    That lead has come in large part to consistency, since Lasoski has finished in the top-10 an impressive 35 times this season.

    For those keeping count, there have been 36 races run so far.

    In recent weeks, Lasoski has added domination to the consistency. He entered August with six wins on the season, and now has 10 after winning four of the last seven NST races.

    Even more impressively, Lasoski won three of the four races recently held on the West Coast. The wins included a sweep in Elma , Wash. and a convincing victory last time out in Hanford , Calif. At the other race in Cottage Grove , Ore. , Lasoski suffered steering damage but still came home fifth.

    Following the Hanford win Sept. 5, Lasoski had a simple explanation for why the team has been especially strong of late.

    “It’s because our guys are working hard, and because of our Kistler engine program,” Lasoski said. “We come into every race with a good attitude.”

    Kinser has the same number of top-five finishes as Lasoski (25) but has half the wins and three fewer top-10s.

    Kinser’s teammate Tim Kaeding sits third in points, 77 behind his boss. Kaeding leads the series with 13 wins to date, but has been plagued by some inconsistencies.

    The last two races were a microcosm of the feast-or-famine season Kaeding is having. After a late race pass around Jason Sides to win in Cottage Grove , Ore. on his 28th birthday, the California native spun while running third in Hanford and ultimately finished 12th.

    Two of the Jasons in the NST are comfortable in their positions. Jason Meyers, whose homecoming at Hanford included a car fire and contact with Kaeding before finishing sixth, sits fourth in the standings. He is 151 points behind Kaeding and 70 points ahead of fifth place Jason Solwold.

    Solwold finished second at Hanford and is optimistic the good run means his Lon Carnahan-owned team is back in the groove. Solwold won Aug. 19 in Billings , Mont. but the Washington native struggled on the Northwest swing.

    “We needed that run,” Solwold said following the Hanford race. “We’ve struggled the last few weeks. We just weren’t racing that well, so second is a great finish. We’ve been off on the car, and the driver has been a little off. I think we got back on track.”

    The best points battle is for sixth between Paul McMahan and Sides. McMahan, still searching for his first win, currently holds a slim eight-point lead over Sides, who won at Sedalia , Mo. in June.

    Rounding out the top-10 in points are Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus and Kerry Madsen, who scored his first NST top-five finish in Hanford with a fifth. All three of those drivers are still looking for their first NST win.


New paint, same finish for Lasoski at Kings Speedway

By Craig Murphy

HANFORD, Calif. – Not far from car owner Dennis Roth’s Fresno home, Danny Lasoski ran a mostly black paint scheme Tuesday night Sept. 5 as a tribute to Roth’s father.

    New paint or not, the car looked much like it has lately: fast and out front.

    Lasoski easily claimed his 10th National Sprint Tour win of the year, this coming at Kings Speedway.

    Lasoski and fellow trophy dash winner Dean Jacobs started on the front row for the 30-lap main event, with Jacobs choosing to start on the outside.

    “I knew he picked the right line to start,” said Lasoski, who extended his points lead. “I figured I was in trouble.”

    Not for long.

    After the initial start was called off for Jonathan Allard’s turn 3 tumble, Jacobs took the lead but was hounded by Lasoski. Following a few attempts, Lasoski got by on lap 5 while Stevie Smith also getting by Jacobs to take second.

    While Lasoski cruised around the recently reopened 3/8-mile oval, there was plenty of action going on behind him to entertain the near-capacity crowd.

    Allard wasn’t the only NST California native having a tough night. Fellow Golden State drivers Jason Meyers and Tim Kaeding got a little close for comfort while battling for third place, with Meyers dropping back several spots. Kaeding dropped back further when he spun on lap 17.

    It was merely the latest saga of the night for Meyers, whose team promoted the race at his home track. He had to race a back-up car after hot laps, which were literally that as his primary car caught fire.

    Later, Meyers had to argue his case after finishing sixth in his heat race. Only the top five from the heats advanced to the A-Main, and one of those finishers in Meyers’ heat race, Peter Murphy, was disqualified for losing his muffler.

    Meyers was eventually moved up to the fifth and final transfer spot, which also allowed him to compete in the second trophy dash.

    “Sometimes the breaks go your way,” Meyers said.

    He finished second in that event, and came back to finish sixth in the main.

    “This place has always been a gremlin to me,” said the native of Clovis , Calif. “We had a fuel leak, and the car caught on fire so we had to go to the back-up car. That’s the first time that has ever happened to me.

    Meyers, who was glad to see the healthy turnout, placed blame for his main event incident on Kaeding.

    “He run into the back of me,” Meyers said. “But we had a good car. I got back through some of the traffic.”

    Having a better car was Lasoski, who has won three of the last four NST races following his sweep in Elma , Wash. late last month.

    “It’s because our guys are working hard, and because of our Kistler engine program,” said Lasoski, who was not seriously challenged once up front. “We come into every race with a good attitude.”

    That was especially the case Tuesday night, so close to the Roth home.

    “It’s fantastic,” Lasoski said. “This area is home to Dennis Roth. It’s great to come to the West Coast and run so well for him.”

    Even with the strong mount underneath him, Lasoski wasn’t comfortable following the final restart with 11 laps to go.

    “You’re always concerned when you’ve got NST guys behind you,” he said.

    Jason Solwold finished second with Smith, Steve Kinser and Kerry Madsen – returning his Knoxville patriotic paint scheme to the track near his Selma Shell Team’s home – rounding out the top-five.

    Rounding out the top-10 were Meyers, teammate Ronnie Day, Jacobs, Paul McMahan and Brian Paulus.

    “I was just patient enough to wait for a few of those guys to get out of the groove,” said Solwold, who gained a couple of spots when Meyers and Kaeding tangled. “We needed that run. We’ve struggled the last few weeks. We just weren’t racing that well, so second is a great finish.

    “We’ve been off on the car, and the driver has been a little off,” Solwold added. “I think we got back on track.”

    On more than one occasion, Solwold used the high line coming to restarts to gain positions.

    “That was working really well,” he said. “I could get a good run up there. Everyone was running the bottom.”

    Solwold felt Lasoski had the better car as the laps wound down.

    “If we had got a lot closer, maybe we could have done something with him in traffic,” Solwold said. “But we were a straightaway behind him. We didn’t have anything for him there, except for restarts.”

    Smith was willing to take third after intense battles on an evening when temperatures hovered around 100 degrees in the afternoon.

    “I tried everything I could, and I still came up short,” Smith said. “It seems like the harder I raced, the slower I went. There was a lot of pretty hard racing going on out there. We got a third, so it could be a lot worse.”

    Kinser finished fourth after a brief and tight battle with Smith on a restart.

    “It was just a so-so run, that’s all you can say,” Kinser said. “It wasn’t much of a battle. I just sort of hung in there.”

    Heat races were won by Robert Ballou, Brent Kaeding, McMahan and Paulus. Blake Robertson was the fastest of 35 qualifiers with a time of 12.769 seconds. The B-main was won by Peter Murphy.

    The NST next races Sept. 15-16 with a doubleheader at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs , Wyo.

 

National Sprint Tour at Kings Speedway results

Hanford, Calif.

Sept. 5, 2006

Qualifying Results

1   Blake Robertson 15X   12.769
2   TIM KAEDING 11K   12.861
3   JASON SOLWOLD R19   12.890
4   JONATHAN ALLARD 0   12.896
5   STEVIE SMITH 19   12.904
6   CHAD HILLIER 5   13.006
7   STEVE KINSER 11   13.023
8   JASON MEYERS 14   13.039
9   Andy Gregg 46   13.052
10   JASON SIDES 7S   13.057
11   Ricci Faria 89   13.066
12   DEAN JACOBS 6   13.074
13   DANNY LASOSKI 83    13.078
14   KERRY MADSEN 11H   13.132
15   SHANE STEWART 26   13.140
16   Ronnie Day 1   13.145
17   Robert Ballou 12    13.170
18   Brent Kaeding 69   13.175
19   PAUL McMAHAN 20   13.203
20   BRIAN PAULUS 28   13.212
21   Tommy Tarlton 21   13.266
22   Brian Coelho 5C    13.371
23   Craig Stidham 3    13.391
24   Peter Murphy 1K   13.428
25   Garrett Ishii 71G    13.541
26   Jon Maiwald 6M    13.588
27   Danny Faria Jr 17V    13.725
28   Matt Shelton 44    13.729
29   TRAVIS RILAT 29    13.805
30   Mark Workentine 6W    13.985
31   Geoff Duppman 96    14.075
32   Mike Stallings 83M     14.091
33   Mark Barroso 78     14.563
34   Rick McCormick 98X     14.644
35   Brandon Wimmer 15     No Time

 

Heat One Finish

1  Robert Ballou, 12

2  Tommy Tarlton, 21 

3  DANNY LASOSKI, 83

4  Blake Robertson, 15X

5  STEVIE SMITH, 19

6  Andy Gregg, 46

7  Garrett Ishii, 71G

8  Mark Barroso, 78

9  TRAVIS RILAT, 29

 

Heat Two Finish

1  Brent Kaeding, 69

2  TIM KAEDING, 11K

3  JASON SIDES, 7S

4  KERRY MADSEN, 11H

5  CHAD HILLIER, 5

6  Brian Coehlo, 5C

7  Jon Maiwald, 6M

8  Rick McCormick, 96X

9  Mark Workentine, 6W

 

Heat Three Finish

1  PAUL McMAHAN, 20

2  Craig Stidham, 3

3  SHANE STEWART, 26

4  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

5  STEVE KINSER, 11

6  Ricci Faria, 89

7  Danny Faria Jr., 17V

8  Geoff Duppman, 96

 

Heat Four Finish

1  BRIAN PAULUS, 28

2  DEAN JACOBS, 6

3  Ronnie Day, 1

4  JONATHAN ALLARD, 0

5  JASON MEYERS, 14

6  Matt Shelton, 44

7  Mike Stallings, 83M

8  Peter Murphy, 1K

 

** 1K is disqualified for losing his muffler during the heat, a mandatory rule in the state of California

 

Dash One Line-Up

7S   -  83

15X -  19

11   -  R19

 

Dash One Finish

1  DANNY LASOSKI, 83

2  STEVIE SMITH, 19

3  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

4  JASON SIDES, 7S

5  STEVE KINSER, 11

6  Blake Robertson, 15X

 

Dash Two Line-Up

0     -  6

5     -  14

11H -  11K

 

Dash Two Finish

1  DEAN JACOBS, 6

2  JASON MEYERS, 14

3  JONATHAN ALLARD, 0

4  TIM KAEDING, 11K

5  CHAD HILLIER, 5

6  KERRY MADSEN, 11H

 

B-Main Finish

1  Peter Murphy, 1K
2  TRAVIS RILAT, 29
3  Garrett Ishii, 71G
4  Andy Gregg, 46
5  Danny Faria Jr, 17V
6  Brian Coelho, 5C
7  Geoff Duppman, 96
8  Jon Maiwald, 6M
9  Mark Barraso, 78
10  Matt Shelton, 44
11  Rick McCormick, 96X
12  Mark Workentine, 6W
13  Mike Stallings, 83M

 

A-Feature Line-up

83   -  6

19   -  14

R19 -  0

7S   -  11K

11   -  5

15X -  11H

46   -  26

1     -  12

69   -  20

28   -  21

3     -  1K

71G -  29

 

A-Feature Finish

1 DANNY LASOSKI 83
2 JASON SOLWOLD R19
3 STEVIE SMITH 19
4 STEVE KINSER 11
5 KERRY MADSEN 11H
6 JASON MEYERS 14
7 Ronnie Day 1
8 DEAN JACOBS 6
9 PAUL McMAHAN 20
10 BRIAN PAULUS 28
11 JASON SIDES 7S
12 TIM KAEDING 11K
13 SHANE STEWART 26
14 Brent Kaeding 69
15 Tommy Tarlton 21
16 CHAD HILLIER 5
17 Robert Ballou 12
18 TRAVIS RILAT 29
19 Blake Robertson 15X
20 Craig Stidham 3
21 Peter Murphy 1K
22 Andy Gregg 46
23 Garrett Ishii 71G
24 JONATHAN ALLARD 0


Meyers looks for change in success at Kings Speedway

By Craig Murphy

HANFORD, Calif. – Home tracks aren’t always the kindest tracks to drivers.

    Case in point: National Sprint Tour driver Jason Meyers and Kings Speedway in Hanford .

    Meyers and the 14 other NST regulars race at the 3/8-mile track Tuesday night, Sept. 5. The track was recently reopened, and Meyers’ Elite Racing Team has subleased the track from Frank Dias Jr. and Scott Woodhouse to handle Tuesday’s race.

    “It’s nice to see the track back open again,” the 27-year-old Meyers said of the track that had been closed for about a year. “I know a lot of fans in the area are excited to see it open again. I grew up racing go-carts, micro midgets and Sprint cars here since the age of 8.

    “This is pretty much where I started racing,” added the Clovis , Calif. native.

    So with all of those races at the track, just how much success has Meyers had at Hanford ?

    “I’ve only won here twice,” Meyers said. “I’ve raced here a million times, but only have the two wins. I won the 1993 national Micro Midget title here, and in 2003 I won my first Sprint car race here.”

    Is this a case of a driver liking a track, but not necessarily the other way around?

    “Exactly,” Meyers said with a laugh.

    In the past, Meyers has competed in other big California races this time of the year, including the Gold Cup in Chico . Since that event and last weekend’s Harvest Classic at Calistoga have been announced as part of the World of Outlaw schedule for next year, the Elite team and others are not competing at those events this year.

    As such, Tuesday marks a rare chance for Meyers and the Elite team to race at home.

    “For us, it’s a chance to get in front of our fans and sponsors here in California ,” Meyers said. “With Gold Cup and the Harvest Classic being Outlaw events, this is our only chance to be in front of those fans and sponsors. The track looks real nice. I’m looking forward to the race.”

    Meyers is excited to race at Hanford not just because of the local connection. He’s also hoping a trip home can help his team regain the form that saw Meyers knocking on the door of victory lane until late.

    “Hopefully this is just what we need to get back on track,” said Meyers, who is looking for his second NST win.

    Meyers isn’t the only California native looking for success in the Golden State on Tuesday. Other NST regulars from California are Paul McMahan, 2006 ‘King of California ’ Jonathan Allard, and Tim Kaeding, a 13-time winner this season. Kaeding won the most recent NST race, Aug. 29 in Cottage Grove , Ore.

    The California natives will take on fellow NST regulars Steve Kinser, points leader Danny Lasoski, Jason Solwold, Jason Sides, Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus, Dean Jacobs, Kerry Madsen, Chad Hillier, Travis Rilat and Stevie Smith. In addition, expect several prominent other California drivers to be on hand.

    Reserved tickets for the Sept. 5 Kings Speedway show can be purchased by calling 1-800-801-ELITE.

    Main grandstand seats are $40, while bleacher seats are $35. Family passes are $120 for two adults and two children.

    On Tuesday, ticket booths open at 3 p.m. Front gates open at 5, with qualifying scheduled for 6:30 and racing at 7:15.

    Kings Speedway is located at 801 S. 10th Ave, south of Highway 198 at the Hanford Fairgrounds.

    For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com

Cole overcomes bad luck to win title in Elma

By Craig Murphy

ELMA, Wash. – Jay Cole had the Sprint division title firmly in his grasp Saturday night Sept. 2 at Grays Harbor Raceway.

    Then he lost it to Nick Engberg, only to get it back. The title is his seventh at Elma, sixth in 360 Sprints.

    Season championships were crowned in all five classes at Elma Saturday night. Jim Oien Jr. narrowly claimed the Hobby Stock title, Blair Shoemaker took the Modified title, Brian Thomas won the Focus Midget title and the duo of Brad Crawford and J.D. Boling won the Cruiser title.

    Revised standings showed Cole just two points ahead of Engberg at the start of the 30-lap main event.

Cole started on pole after winning the trophy dash, and took the lead at the start of the caution-filled main. While leading Henry Van Dam and Engberg on lap 13, Cole exited the track under a red flag.

    “The rear wing mount broke,” Cole said. “I knew it was going to break, and I wasn’t going to go anywhere like that. I was thinking maybe I should stay out, but I wasn’t going to win like that.”

    Cole rejoined at the back of the pack, while Engberg was up to second and looking for more.

    “I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to get past Henry,’” Engberg said. “A win is a win. I saw Jay’s wing, and I saw it was ready to come off.”

    Once racing resumed, Cole wasn’t able to advance through the field quickly.

    “I thought it was all over, and we would have to try it again next year,” the Shelton driver said.

    With 10 laps to go, Engberg coasted to a stop. Engberg returned after a quick trip to the pits, but retired shortly after that.

    “This close, yet that far away,” Engberg said. “We busted out a u-joint. We had a good run. We had a fast car tonight. I think all the yellows broke the u-joint, because you’re on and off the gas so much. The car picked up a big vibration.”

    Cole soldiered to a seventh place finish, while up front Steve Vague got by Van Dam for the race win.

    “One of the lapped cars went up high and pinched (Van Dam) high,” said Vague, who also won the season opener. “I had a dream about this. I feel bad for Henry, but that’s the way it goes I guess.”

    Cole was willing to take the title, even if it didn’t come down to an on-track showdown.

    “I saw Nick stopped and thought, ‘that’s not good,’” Cole said. “He was in the right spot. It takes away a little from the title. I want to do it the right way.”

    By contrast, the Hobby Stock title was decided on the track. Zack Simpson needed to finish three spots ahead of Oien, and did his part by winning the main event with Tim Isaacson in tow.

    Behind them, Oien ran third nearly the entire race and knew he couldn’t drop back another spot. Fortunately for him, fellow McCleary driver Brandon Daniel moved into fourth and played blocker the rest of the night. That secured Oien’s second track title. His first came in 1992, the year his dad also won a title.

    “Oh man, I was sweating it bad,” Oien said. “After it was over, it was a heck of a relief. That was a little too close, but it was fun.”

    Simpson, who also came close to the title last year, gave praise to the champion.

    “I did everything I could,” Simpson said. “Oh well, that’s okay. Jim is a great guy. Jim’s a real clean driver. You can go into the turn full throttle with him. He’ll never drive you dirty, no matter what.”

    In Modifieds, Shoemaker and former division champions Scott Miller and Craig Moore battled up front. Moore fell back after an accident with Scott Dorie on lap 19.

    “We had a good car,” Moore said. “One car (Dorie) just didn’t have a brake pedal.”

    A few laps later, Glenn Vincent spun after contact with Dorie. Under yellow, Vincent sped around the track looking to take out Dorie, but mistakenly hit Morgan Creswell instead. Creswell was out for the night, while Vincent and Dorie were both disqualified.

    Josh Muller took the lead late to defeat Shoemaker and Miller.

    “It was an awesome year,” said Yakima ’s Shoemaker. “These guys are awesome competitors. It’s a real pleasure to be able to come here and race with these competitors. I’ve been turning left and having fun.”

    Miller forgot the race was 25 laps, and shut the car off while under Shoemaker on lap 20 for the lead.

    “That’s what happens when you can’t count,” Miller quipped. “But it wouldn’t have mattered. Points don’t mean anything. I just try to win everything.”

    In Midgets, Thomas ended his season by finishing second to Samantha Taylor.

    “When you get beat, you get beat,” Thomas said. “I wanted to finish off the year with a win, but I didn’t. I’m not complaining. I want to thank my car owner, Debbie Brownfield, for this opportunity.”

    A beaming Taylor, who encouraged females to race because “girls are way better drivers than boys,” was definitely pleased with her win.

    “I wanted it so bad,” Taylor said. “It was a little bit loose in the beginning, so I adjusted the shocks. I pulled away after that.”

    In Cruisers, Crawford and Boling entered the night one point behind the duo of Gordon Faulkner and Bob Armanino, and won the title by finishing fourth to the seventh of Faulkner and Armanino.

    “It’s always clean, fun racing with them,” Crawford said.

    The fact Crawford and Boling could race – much less win the title – was remarkable.

    “Our car was totaled two weeks ago,” Boling said. “We hadn’t run this car in a year.”

Allard looks forward to return to Kings Speedway

By Craig Murphy

HANFORD, Calif. – Jonathan Allard recently joined the National Sprint Tour, and already he’s going home.

    Allard and the other NST regulars race at Kings Speedway in Hanford , Calif. on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Allard is just one of the NST drivers from California . The others are Jason Meyers, Paul McMahan and Tim Kaeding, who has 13 wins so far this year driving for Steve Kinser Racing.

    The California natives will take on fellow NST regulars Kinser, points leader Danny Lasoski, Jason Solwold, Jason Sides, Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus, Dean Jacobs, Kerry Madsen, Chad Hillier, Travis Rilat and Stevie Smith. In addition, expect several prominent other California drivers to be on hand.

    Allard, the ‘King of California’ for winning the 2006 Golden State Challenge Series, has a successful track record at Kings Speedway.

    “Last year we won three of five races there,” Allard said. “We’ve been successful there. I’ve probably raced there 20 times, and have eight wins total. I like to be able to run up front. Consistency is the key. I won eight GSCS races there, and was always top-three.”

    Allard had expectations when he and his Morrie Williams-owned Williams Motorsports Team joined the NST recently.

    “We expect to be able to make dashes and get top-10s, then get top-fives. Then the goal is to be top-three, then win. My goals are realistic. Morrie has given me the equipment to win, so I need to go out and do that.”

    In the last two years with the Williams Motorsports Team, Allard has racked up 19 wins and won the 2005 Dirt Cup.

    Even with that track record, Allard is aware success will be harder to come against the likes of Kaeding, Lasoski and Kinser.

    “It is tough to step up mentally,” Allard said. “I’m so used to being dominant. Then you come here and get whooped by guys like Lasoski, Kinser and Kaeding.

    “These guys have accepted me into the group,” Allard added of the NST drivers. “It’s gone really well. I’ve run with a lot of them throughout the years at various shows. You earn their respect by being smart and in control of your car.”

    Allard noted he isn’t sure what the rest of the season will look like for his team.

    “We’ve had a couple of motor problems,” he said. “We don’t want to stretch ourselves out too thin.          “We want to be doing it correctly next year,” Allard added. “We want to get our feet wet this year. We’re learning what it’s going to take. I don’t want to just be there. I want to be there to win.”

    At Hanford , that just might happen sooner than expected. Allard finished third in the Aug. 29 NST race at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon and returns to one of his best tracks.

    “It’s usually a pretty fast race track,” Allard said. “I’m pretty excited to be there again. The fans there are just tremendous.”

    Reserved tickets for the Sept. 5 Kings Speedway show can be purchased by calling 1-800-801-ELITE.

    Main grandstand seats are $40, while bleacher seats are $35. Family passes are $120 for two adults and two children.

    On race day, ticket booths open at 3 p.m. Front gates open at 5, with qualifying scheduled for 6:30 and racing at 7:15.

    Kings Speedway is located at 801 S. 10th Ave, south of Highway 198 at the Hanford Fairgrounds.

    For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.

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                     Kemenah looks to extend top 5 streak!

 

August 30, 2006 ( Medford , OR ) Thus far the 2006 World of Outlaws season has been a rough one for Chad Kemenah the fromer 4 time All Star Sprint Champion.  By most this would be a very successful year, leading the rookie of the year points battle, numerous top 5 and top 10 finishes, but for Kemenah and the team that is not good enough.  The year started on a very positive not with a win at the season opener in Volusia, Fl but after that the RacinSoles.com/UUI Eagle has had an up and down ride.  You name it and it has happened to the 15K team this season both on and off the track.

 

Just last week on the way to Skagit Speedway in Montana the team’s semi lost it’s transmission and the team spent 3 days in Montana waiting for repairs.  Little things as well just seemed to keep creeping up during races that would have the RacinSoles.com/UUI team scratching their heads.   However recently all of that has changed.  Beginning with Nodak Speedway in Minot , ND the team has finished 5th three straight times and is looking to extend that streak if not improve upon it tonight at Medford Speedway in Medford , OR .  

 

“You name it and it happens to us.” Said a Smiling Kemenah. “For  a while there we just could not buy a break.   It seemed that if it could go wrong it did.  Brian (Kemenah) and the guys have held their heads up and continued to work their butts off and it looks like it is paying off.  We have been running great these last few races and if we can keep that up victory lane will find us.  All in all it has not been the season we had hoped for but when you step into this level of racing you have to expect some rough swings.  I really hope ours is behind us.”

 

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NST heads to Cottage Grove , Ore. Tuesday

By Craig Murphy

    National Sprint Tour teams continue their Northwest swing with a Tuesday, Aug. 29 race at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove , Ore.

    Danny ‘The Dude’ Lasoski, headed into the Aug. 25-26 NST races at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma , Wash. with his hot streak intact.

    The streak only got hotter as Lasoski swept the Elma weekend. Lasoski has finished in the top-10 every race but one of the first 34 races this season, and has notched 9 wins along the way, including the Elma weekend sweep.

    Lasoski is still being chased by Steve ‘The King’ Kinser. Kinser and Lasoski have both been running together up front the last few weeks, seemingly attached by magnets. Kinser was second in Friday’s Elma show, and finished third on Saturday after a desperate attempt to pass Lasoski in the final corner dropped him a spot.

    Kinser’s teammate Tim Kaeding has notched 12 wins on the season, but inconsistent finishes dropped him to third place in points. Kaeding got by his boss in the final turn Saturday to take second.

    Lasoski won last year at the ¼-mile Cottage Grove bullring. Steve Kinser’s son Kraig, now driving in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, won at Cottage Grove in 2004. He became the third Kinser to win at the track, where his dad has won three times (1995, 2000 and 2003).

    The win at Cottage Grove last year was the first win in a difficult season for Lasoski, who rejoined the Roth Motorsports team in the off-season. Lasoski raced for the Dennis and Teresa Roth-owned operation from 1998-2000.

    “It has always been a good track,” Lasoski said of Cottage Grove . “They let it get wide, so we are able to put on a good show.”

    Despite winning there last year, Lasoski doesn’t approach Cottage Grove differently than any other race.

    “There is basically no difference,” he said. “It’s a different year, and things are different. Dirt changes from year to year, so you’ve got to go in with an open mind.”

    More so than last year’s win, Lasoski has a good feeling this year due to how strong his team has been running all season.

    “I’ve got confidence in my guys, and they have confidence in me,” Lasoski said. “You’re confident every venue you go to.”

    Other NST drivers racing at Cottage Grove are the talented trio of Jasons – Jason Meyers, Jason Sides and Jason Solwold – as well as Brian Paulus, Kerry Madsen Dean Jacobs and Shane Stewart, who drives for the Washington-based Rudeen Racing Team. Jacobs, who recently picked up his first two top-fives in NST competition, continues to fill in for the injured Tim Shaffer.

    Four other drivers recently signed on to run the rest of the NST season, which moves to Kings Speedway in Hanford , Calif. on Sept. 5 after the Cottage Grove race.

    The new drivers are Chad Hillier, Travis Rilat, Jonathan Allard and Stevie Smith. Hillier hails from Sedro-Woolley , Wash. and is the second Northwest native on the series. The other is Burlington , Wash. native Solwold, who won his second NST race of the year Aug. 19 in Billings , Mont.

    For more information on the National Sprint Tour, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com. For more information on Cottage Grove Speedway, visit www.cottagegrovespeedway.com or call Russell Leach at 541-206-7111.

    Tickets for the Cottage Grove NST race are $35.

NST Drivers reflect on Brownfield at Elma

By Craig Murphy

ELMA, Wash. – Over the years Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma , Wash. has been a favorite stop for many of the top Sprint car drivers.

    The late August Elma weekend comes shortly after the Knoxville Nationals and gives drivers, families and teams a chance to enjoy the coast and other parts of Washington .

    In 2004, promoter Fred Brownfield completed an extensive renovation on his Elma track. Immediately, the transformed track became a showplace track that drew wide acclaim.

    Brownfield, founder of the National Sprint Tour, was killed while lining up cars on the track June 16.

    The Aug. 25-26 NST doubleheader was not only the first visit for the series to Elma, but it also marked the first time for most racers to compete at Elma since Brownfield’s passing.

    Approximately 6,000 fans came out both nights to catch the action, much to the pleasure of Fred’s widow Debbie.

    “There are a lot of emotions,” said NST points leader Danny Lasoski, who swept the weekend. “This is Fred’s place. We know he is here. Our hearts are heavy right now. Fred had done a great job here, and with the NST.”

    Lasoski not only swept the emotional weekend, he also won in front of car owners Dennis and Teresa Roth who drove up from Fresno , Calif. Dennis turned 61 on Friday night.

    “It really was a very special weekend,” Lasoski said.

    Dennis Roth called the weekend “just awesome,” but said his own birthday celebration paled by comparison to who he was able to spend time with Saturday.

    “Fred did such a great job here, and Debbie is here tonight,” Roth said. “That is the epitome of everything. That was the most important thing.”

    Steve Kinser, a longtime good friend of the Brownfields, clearly wanted to win Saturday’s 40-lap main and was disappointed with himself when he couldn’t get back by Lasoski late.

    “I wanted to win, I just couldn’t get it done,” Kinser said. “It’s my fault. I had the race car to win, and I didn’t get the job done.”

    Kinser’s teammate Tim Kaeding, who got by Kinser for second in the final corner, said Fred Brownfield was missed by all.

    “It was hard,” Kaeding said. “You just expect to see Fred come through the gate. It was good to see Debbie, Carrie and the rest of the Brownfields here and doing well. It was a great weekend for the Brownfield family.”

    Paul McMahan said the whole week had a different feel than the usual trip to the Northwest.

    “It just wasn’t the same,” he said. “We got here Monday. You always come out and see Fred. It just wasn’t the same. The water truck was out Wednesday, but it was weird to not see Fred in it. It was tough to keep the emotions in check.

    “He wasn’t just the promoter, he was a true friend,” McMahan added of Brownfield. “It was a tough weekend. It was good to see all of the fans come out, like they always do.”


Lasoski wins emotional NST finale at Elma

By Craig Murphy

    Danny Lasoski used lapped traffic to get by Steve Kinser and sweep the National Sprint Tour weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma , Wash.

    Lasoski got by Kinser on lap 28 of 40 in the Saturday, Aug. 26 main event and stayed low the rest of the race to take the win.

    Kinser’s desperate move on the high side in the final turn wasn’t enough to get by ‘The Dude’ and actually cost him a spot to teammate Tim Kaeding.

    Paul McMahan recorded his second fourth place finish in as many nights, while Steve Kent took fifth.

    Kinser took the early lead from pole and seemed ready to win at the track good friend and NST founder Fred Brownfield rebuilt a couple of years ago and turned into a showcase before dying on the track in June.

    Lasoski began closing near halfway as Kinser struggled to lap Rick Fauver. Kinser moved into Lasoski’s low line as both tried to get by Fauver, who was driving a team car to NST driver Shane Stewart.

    On lap 28, Kinser bobbled. Lasoski dove low to grab the lead as Kaeding and McMahan also moved in.

    Over the final dozen laps, Lasoski stayed tucked in behind the slower Fauver, as the rest of the leaders played the waiting game. No one tried a move up high until Kinser’s last lap attempt.

    “Steve was putting a good pace down,” Lasoski said. “I was trying to cut the track down by going low. When I closed in he went low to block. That’s patented Steve Kinser. That’s why he’s ‘The King’. You’ve got to try to find a way by.”

    That is just what happened with 12 laps to go.

    “He went high into turn 3, and I got under him,” Lasoski said. “Fauver was racing like he was racing for $50,000 to win. I was just trying to stay behind him at the end.”

    Kinser was disappointed with himself following the race.

    “I just had to ride it out, but I didn’t,” Kinser said. “I tried to pass (Fauver). There at the end rubber was on the bottom. There was nowhere else to run. I should have stayed on the bottom, behind that 26.”

    It was easy to tell how badly Kinser wanted to win when he pulled the desperate last lap move.

    “I wanted to win, I just couldn’t get it done,” Kinser said. “It’s my fault. I had the race car to win, and I didn’t get the job done.”

    Kaeding tried hard to pass his boss, driving around the turn 2 berm at one point and nearly colliding with Kinser in a scrap for second.

    “That’s just part of racing,” Kaeding said. “You just try not to hit too hard if you do hit.”

    Early on, Kaeding fell back a bit before coming on strong.

    “I was trying to save the tires and keep the tires under me,” said Kaeding, who rebounded from a 10th place run Friday. “I was trying to run around and save it. It was a good rebound (from Friday). We found some stuff we needed to change.”

    In the end, Kaeding was hoping the leaders would force the issue a bit with Fauver.

    “I was hoping the 26 (Fauver) would spin out in front of them,” Kaeding said. “I figured we would just settle for third. Steve was trying to get by Lasoski so we got second.”

    McMahan knew he couldn’t do much from fourth.

    “I got in line and waited for someone to make a mistake,” McMahan said. “That’s what I was waiting for. I knew Steve wouldn’t move up until the last minute.”

    McMahan was upbeat after another fourth place run.

    “That’s a good deal,” he said. “I always run good here. It’s one of the places I love coming to. It’s close to home, so it’s good. It’s a good run, and hopefully it can lead to more.”

    Saturday’s race capped off three nights of racing at the 3/8-mile dirt track. Henry Van Dam won Thursday’s Northern Sprint Tour show, with Lasoski taking both National Sprint Tour shows.

    Trophy dashes were won by Kinser and Kaeding, with Kinser choosing to start on the inside pole for the main event.

    Heat races were won by Gary Taylor, Kent, Jason Sides and Brian Paulus. Jonathan Allard was the fastest of 44 qualifiers. The B-main was won by Travis Rilat, while the C-main was won by Ken Brogan.

    The series next races Aug. 29 at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove , Ore. Following that, the series next races Sept. 5 at Kings Speedway in Hanford , Calif.

    For Lasoski, Saturday’s win not only gave car owner Dennis Roth a weekend sweep on the weekend of his birthday, but it also meant a sweep in a tough weekend when all thoughts were with the Brownfields.

    “This really was a very special weekend,” Lasoski said.

NST Grays Harbor Raceway results

Elma, Washington

August 26, 2006

 

Qualifying Results

1   JONATHAN ALLARD 0 12.226
2   JASON SOLWOLD R19 12.451
3   STEVE KINSER 11 12.456
4   TIM KAEDING 11K 12.478
5   PAUL McMAHAN 20 12.604
6   DEAN JACOBS 6 12.605
7   DANNY LASOSKI 83 12.714
8   Roger Crockett 11F 12.733
9   KERRY MADSEN 11H 12.853
10   Steve Kent 7N 12.858
11   STEVIE SMITH 19 12.907
12   BRIAN PAULUS 28 12.953
13   JASON MEYERS 14 12.971
14   SHANE STEWART 26 13.008
15   JASON SIDES 7S 13.083
16   Jared Ridge 12 13.152
17   Evan Funk 8E 13.153
18   Mitch Olson 98M 13.239
19   CHAD HILLIER 5 13.267
20   TRAVIS RILAT 29 13.287
21   Gary Taylor 5D 13.349
22   Shawn Rice 76 13.357
23   Jason York 5SP 13.363
24   Steve Vague 08 13.380
25   Chris Adams 4C 13.406
26   Brad Holmes 5H 13.418
27   Tayler Malsam 25M 13.431
28   Rick Fauver 26R 13.449
29   Henry Van Dam 33V 13.458
30   Toni Lutar 4X 13.533
31   Jay Cole 0J 13.641
32   Cale Carder 7C 13.696
33   Bill Nutter 3N 13.760
34   Glenn Borden 34 13.784
35   Ken Brogan 97R 13.788
36   Braden Etchison 24 13.891
37   Nick Engberg 4 13.899
38   Derek Ingalls 91 13.920
39   Rob Johnson 83R 13.938
40   David Gilmore 8D 14.454
41   Dan Dunlap 15 14.467
42   John Simmons 9 15.397
43   Pat Desbiens 4D

44   Randy VanAagten 7

 

Heat One Finish

1  Gary Taylor, 5D

2  JASON MEYERS, 14

3  JONATHAN ALLARD, 0

4  KERRY MADSEN, 11H

5  PAUL McMAHAN, 20

6  Henry Van Dam, 33V

7  Chris Adams, 4C

8  Nick Engberg, 4

9  Evan Funk, 8E

10  Glenn Borden, 34

11  Dan Dunlap, 15D

 

Heat Two Finish

1  Steve Kent, 7N

2  SHANE STEWART, 26

3  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

4  Shawn Rice, 76

5  DEAN JACOBS, 6

6  Toni Lutar, 4X

7  Derek Ingalls, 91

8  Bill Nutter, 3N

9  Brad Holmes, 5H

10  Mitch Olson, 98M

11  Josh Simmons, 9

 

Heat Three Finish

1  JASON SIDES, 7S

2  STEVIE SMITH, 19

3  STEVE KINSER, 11

4  DANNY LASOSKI, 83

5  CHAD HILLIER, 5

6  Jay Cole, 0J

7  Jason York, 5SP

8  Taylor Malsam, 25M

9  Ken Brogan, 97R

10  Rob Johnson, 83R

 

Heat Four Finish

1  BRIAN PAULUS, 28

2  TIM KAEDING, 11K

3  Roger Crockett, 11F

4  Ricky Fauver, 26R

5  Steve Vague, 08

6  Jared Ridge , 12

7  Cale Carder, 7C

8  Braden Etchison, 24

9  David Gilmore, 8

10  TRAVIS RILAT, 29

 

C-Main Finish

1  Ken Brogan,  97R
2  Nick Engberg,  4
3  Derek Ingalls, 91
4  Braden Etchison, 24
5  Dan Dunlap, 15D
6  Rob Johnson, 83R
7  John Simmons, 9
dns  Evan Funk, 8
dns  Pat Desbiens, 4D
dns  Randy VanAagten, 7

 

Dash One Line-Up

11    -  0

11H  -  83

20     -  19

 

Dash One Finish

1  STEVE KINSER, 11
2  DANNY LASOSKI, 83
3  STEVIE SMITH, 19
4  JONATHAN ALLARD, 0
5  PAUL McMAHAN, 20
6  KERRY MADSEN, 11H

 

Dash Two Line-Up

28     -  11K

R19   -  11F

6       -   7N 

 

Dash Two Finish

1  TIM KAEDING, 11K

2  Steve Kent, 7N

3  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

4  BRIAN PAULUS, 28

5  DEAN JACOBS, 6 

6  Roger Crockett, 11F

 

B-Main Finish

1   TRAVIS RILAT 29
2   Mitch Olson 98M
3   Evan Funk 8E
4   Jared Ridge 12
5   Taylor Malsam 25M
6   Jason York 5SP
7   Henry Van Dam 33V
8   Bill Nutter 3N
9   Nick Engberg 4
10   Cale Carder 7C
11   Derek Ingalls 91
12   Brad Holmes 5H
13   Glenn Borden 34
14   Ken Brogan 97R
15   Jay Cole 0J
16   Chris Adams 4C
17   Toni Lutar 4X
18   Braden Etchison 24

 

A-Feature Line-Up

11    -  11K

83    -  7N

19    -  R19

0      -  28

20    -  6

11H  -  11F

14    -  26

7S    -  12

8E    -  98M

5      -  29

5D    -  76

08    -  26R

 

A-Feature Finish

1  DANNY LASOSKI, 83

2  TIM KAEDING, 11K

3  STEVE KINSER, 11

4  PAUL McMAHAN, 20

5  Steve Kent, 7N

6  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

7  JASON SIDES, 7S

8  DEAN JACOBS, 6

9  JASON MEYERS, 14

10  BRIAN PAULUS, 28

11  KERRY MADSEN, 11H

12  STEVIE SMITH, 19

13  SHANE STEWART, 26

14  Roger Crockett, 11F

15  CHAD HILLIER, 5

16  TRAVIS RILAT, 29

17  Rick Fauver, 26R

18  Mitch Olson, 98M

19  Gary Taylor, 5D

20  Jared Ridge , 12

21  Shawn Rice, 76

22  Steve Vague, 08

23  JONATHAN ALLARD, 0

24  Evan Funk, 8E

 


National Sprint Tour results

Grays Harbor Raceway

Elma, Wash.

Aug. 25, 2006

 

Qualifying Results

1   Roger Crockett 11F     11.933
2   STEVE KINSER 11     11.950
3   Gary Taylor 5D      12.024
4   DANNY LASOSKI 83     12.074
5   PAUL McMAHAN 20     12.109
6   JASON MEYERS 14     12.119
7   Evan Funk 8E     12.133
8   JASON SOLWOLD R19     12.133
9   JASON SIDES 7S     12.161
10   BRIAN PAULUS 28     12.162
11   TIM KAEDING 11K     12.195
12   Rick Fauver 26R     12.241
13   JONATHAN ALLARD 0     12.286
14   Steve Kent 7N     12.315
15   SHANE STEWART 26     12.334
16   Tayler Malsam 25M     12.346
17   STEVIE SMITH 19     12.349
18   DEAN JACOBS 6      12.376
19   KERRY MADSEN 11H     12.387
20   Jared Ridge 12    12.441
21   Toni Lutar 4X     12.475
22   Jesse Whitney 88     12.512
23   TRAVIS RILAT 29     12.524
24   CHAD HILLIER 5     12.551
25   Seth Bergman 23     12.667
26   Jay Cole 0J      12.710
27   Mitch Olson 98M    12.737
28   Nick Enberg 4     12.738
29   Jason York 5SP     12.775
30   Bill Nutter 3N     12.803
31   Shaun Rice 76     12.805
32   Shawn Smith 32S     12.891
33   Chris Adams 4C     12.916
34   Cale Carder 7C     12.917
35   Steve Vague 08     12.929
36   Randy VanAagten 7   12.996
37   Henry Van Dam 33v   13.109
38   Brad Holmes 5H   13.125
39   Ken Brogan 97R   13.265
40   Rob Johnson 83R   13.283
41   Derek Ingalls 91    13.284
42   Braden Etchinson 24   13.285
43   Dan Dunlap 15D   13.531
44   Pat Desbiens 4D   13.652

 

Heat One Finish

1  JASON SIDES, 7S 

2  JONATHAN ALLARD, 0

3  PAUL McMAHAN, 20

4  Roger Crockett, 11F

5  STEVIE SMITH, 19

6  Toni Lutar, 4X

7  Henry Van Dam, 33V

8  Derek Ingalls, 91

9  Jason York, 5SP

10  Seth Bergman, 23

11  Chris Adams, 4C

 

Heat Two Finish

1  BRIAN PAULUS, 28

2  STEVE KINSER, 11

3  DEAN JACOBS, 6

4  JASON MEYERS, 14

5  Jesse Whitney, 88

6  Steve Kent, 7N

7  Jay Cole, 0J

8  Bill Nutter, 3N

9  Cale Carder, 7C

10  Braden Etchinson, 24

11  Brad Holmes, 5H

 

Heat Three Finish

1  TIM KAEDING, 11K

2  TRAVIS RILAT, 29

3  SHANE STEWART, 26

4  KERRY MADSEN, 11H

5  Evan Funk, 8E

6  Shaun Rice, 76

7  Mitch Olson, 98M

8  Steve Vague, 08

9  Ken Brogan, 97R

10  Dan Dunlap, 15D

11  Gary Taylor, 5D

 

Heat Four Finish

1  DANNY LASOSKI, 83

2  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

3  CHAD HILLIER, 5

4  Rick Fauver, 26R

5  Tayler Malsam, 25M

6  Shawn Smith, 32S

7  Randy VanAagten, 7

8  Nick Engberg, 4

9  Rob Johnson, 83R

10  Pat Desbiens, 4D

11  Jared Ridge , 12

 

C-Main Finish

1  Randy VanAagten, 7

2  Steve Vague, 08

3  Derek Ingalls, 91

4  Henry Van Dam, 33V

5  Ken Brogan, 97R

6  Brad Holmes, 5H

7  Braden Etchinson, 24

8  Rob Johnson, 83R

9  Pat Desbiens, 4D

10  Dan Dunlap, 15D

 

B-Main Finish

1  Steve Kent, 7N 

2  Gary Taylor, 5D

3  Jay Cole, 0J

4  Mitch Olson, 98M

5  Toni Lutar, 4X

6  Bill Nutter, 3N

7  Shawn Rice, 76

8  Nick Engberg, 4

9  Cale Carder, 7C

10  Steve Vague, 08

11  Shaun Smith, 32S

12  Henry Van Dam, 33V

13  Ken Brogan, 97R

14  Chris Adams, 4C

15  Jason York, 5SP

16  Randy VanAagten, 7

17  Derek Ingalls, 91

 

 

Dash One Line-Up

R19  -  11F

28    -  83

14    -  26R

 

Dash One Finish

1  Roger Crockett, 11F

2  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

3  DANNY LASOSKI, 83

4  JASON MEYERS, 14

5  BRIAN PAULUS, 28

6  Rick Fauver, 26R

 

 

Dash Two Line-Up

20   -  11

8E   -  0

7S   -  11K

 

Dash Two Finish

1  PAUL McMAHAN, 20

2  STEVE KINSER, 11

3  JONATHAN ALLARD, 0

4  JASON SIDES, 7S

5  Evan Funk, 8E 

6  TIM KAEDING, 11K

 

A-Feature Line-Up

20   -  11F

11   -  R19

0     -  83

7S   -  14

8     -  28

11K -  26R

5D   -  7S

26   -   25

19   -   6

11H -   88

29   -   5

0J    -  98M

 

A-Feature Finish

1  DANNY LASOSKI, 83

2  STEVE KINSER, 11

3  Roger Crockett, 11F

4  PAUL McMAHAN, 20

5  JASON MEYERS, 14

6  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

7  JASON SIDES, 7S

8  JONATHAN ALLARD, 0

9  TRAVIS RILAT, 29

10  TIM KAEDING, 11K

11  Steve Kent, 7N

12  BRIAN PAULUS, 28

13  KERRY MADSEN, 11H

14  DEAN JACOBS, 6

15  SHANE STEWART, 26

16  Mitch Olson, 98M

17  Jay Cole, 0J

18  CHAD HILLIER, 5

19  Gary Taylor, 5D

20  Taylor Malsam, 25M

21  Evan Funk, 8E

22  STEVIE SMITH, 19

23  Jesse Whitney, 88

24  Rick Fauver, 26R


Lasoski holds off Kinser to win opening night in Elma

By Craig Murphy

ELMA, Wash. -- Danny Lasoski had the perfect 61st birthday gift for car owner Dennis Roth.

    Lasoski took the opening night of the National Sprint Tour doubleheader Friday Aug. 25 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma , Wash.

    Dennis and Teresa Roth were on hand to watch Lasoski’s eighth NST victory of the year.

    Lasoski grabbed the lead on lap 22 of 30 and led the rest of the way. Following Lasoski across the line were Steve Kinser, Roger Crockett, Paul McMahan and Jason Meyers.

    Crockett took the initial lead, but it took the race a while to get going as multiple yellows slowed the action. One yellow between Jay Cole and Rick Fauver turned into a red when Fauver flipped on lap 5.

    Paul McMahan took the lead in traffic on lap 8, while behind the front two Steve Kinser and Lasoski moved into position.

    Crockett got back by McMahan on lap 15 in a battle between two drivers looking for their first NST win. Lasoski moved into second in traffic, while Kinser got by McMahan on lap 20 for third.

    Up front, Crockett tried gamely to hold off Lasoski, as the two drivers nearly touched on lap 21. The next lap, Lasoski used traffic to get the lead.

    Kinser got second on lap 24, but could not make a move on Lasoski.

    A couple of late yellows gave Kinser two more chances, but Lasoski had enough to notch the win.

    “I’m proud of this Roth Motorsports team,” said Lasoski, who hugged his car owners upon climbing out of his ride. “It’s pretty cool to have Dennis and Teresa here. They drove all the way up from Fresno .”

    Dennis Roth was extremely pleased with Lasoski’s win.

    “That’s a wonderful gift,” Roth said.

    Lasoski and the other drivers stayed in close proximity and traded slide jobs throughout the race.

    “It seemed like we were in lapped traffic from lap 5 on,” Lasoski said. “I just went where they weren’t.”

    On the final restarts, Lasoski was fully aware of who was in second.

    “Anytime you’ve got ‘The King’ behind you, you’re concerned,” Lasoski said. “I didn’t know which lane he might be coming from.”

    Kinser came close to his fourth Elma win in his last five tries.

    “We slid around a little bit,” Kinser said. “We missed it just a little. We had a slight miss in the engine, and we missed the setup. I was a little bit off, high and low.”

    After Lasoski opened up a gap on the first restart near the end, Kinser knew the second restart offered him one last opportunity.

    “I was going to try,” Kinser said. “Everybody was pretty close to the same out there.”

    Crockett, a four-time Northern Sprint Tour champion, was trying to take a big impression and started off the night right by setting fast time with a lap of 11.933 seconds. He also won his trophy dash.

    “We were pretty good,” Crockett said. “Traffic got me the lead back, and it cost me the lead back. But you can’t be disappointed to lose to Lasoski and Kinser.”

    Still, there was a tinge of disappointment in the Oregon driver’s voice.

    “It is a little bit disappointing,” he acknowledged. “We led more laps than anyone else. I wanted to win. If someone had said at the beginning of the night we would have been third, we would have been thrilled. This run was huge. It definitely gives us a lot of confidence.”

    Crockett earned praise from Friday’s race winner.

    “Roger Crockett did a good job, and was doing his job right,” Lasoski said. “Sometimes lapped traffic can bite you. Sometimes it’s better to be second.”

    McMahan looked poised to collect his first win for a while.

    “We were pretty good early,” he said. “We got held up in lapped traffic. I didn’t know which way to go. Obviously I didn’t pick the right line. We had a great car the first 15 or 20 laps. We were all pretty equal out there. Danny just got through traffic better.”

    Trophy dashes were won by Crockett and McMahan, with Crockett choosing to start on the outside pole for the main event.

    Heat races were won by Jason Sides, Brian Paulus, Tim Kaeding and Lasoski. Crockett was the fastest of 44 qualifiers. The B-main was won by Steve Kent, while the C-main was won by Randy Van Aagten.

    The Elma doubleheader concludes Saturday evening at Grays Harbor Raceway. As usual with NST two-day shows, no spots are locked in from Friday. After Saturday, the series next races Aug. 29 at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove , Ore.


 

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PREPARATIONS HEAT UP FOR MOPAR THUNDER @ THE USAC 4-CROWN NATIONALS EVENT

 

Center Line, Mich. — The official entry forms have been mailed out, preparations are in full swing and race fans have less than a month before the kick-off of the second highest paying non-winged open-wheel event in history takes place at the legendary Eldora Speedway. The Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals, which will see the best non-winged drivers from around the country go head-to-head in two days of fierce competition, promises to be one of the most action packed events of the 2006 racing season.

The Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals, which will be held at Eldora Speedway in Ohio on September 22–23, coincides with the 25th anniversary of the historic 4-Crown Nationals. The event will offer an unprecedented $25,000 winner’s paycheck to each of USAC’s premier divisions (Midget, Sprint, Silver Crown) and $2,500 to the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Modified victor.

Intensifying the event is a $100,000 bonus being posted by Mopar, to any driver able to sweep the three USAC non-winged events. Additionally, a $25,000 “Jack Hewitt Bonus” is being posted for a clean sweep victory in all four legs of the Mopar Thunder, a stunning feat accomplished by Hewitt in 1998. The total event purse is over $266,000, making the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals the second highest paying non-winged sprint car race in history.

Also headlining the two-day event, the Mopar Virtual Dirt Track Challenge will see 60 virtual sprint car drivers clash head-to-head in the event finale at Eldora Speedway on September 23. Tim’s Dirt Track Simulators will travel to various events throughout the 2006 racing season, where competitors can qualify for the Mopar Virtual Dirt Track Challenge finale. Qualifying will take place at USAC National Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Series events at Eldora Speedway, and other events held at dirt track facilities in Ohio , Pennsylvania and Indiana .

 

Prizes presented by Mopar for the Mopar Virtual Dirt Track Challenge include $5,000 to the A-main event finale winner and $1,500 to the runner-up. Kears Speedshop will present $200 Fast Time Awards. The University of Northwest Ohio will present $100 B-main awards, and Hoservilleohio.com will present a $75 C-main award. Heat Race awards of $50 will be presented by L&S Express, LLC; Tim’s Dirt Track Simulators will present $50 Hard Charger awards during the event finale at Eldora Speedway on September 23.

 

Tickets for the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event are now on sale online at www.eldoraspeedway.com. Race fans can purchase tickets for the marquee event in advance at the official Web site of Eldora Speedway. Tickets can also be purchased at the racetrack daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST., or by calling 937-338-3815.

 

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                             Kemenah enjoying the view on the way to Skagit !

 

August 23, 2006 ( Misoula , MT ) Chad Kemmenah has seen his share of things this season with the World of Outlaws.  Most of it on the track, but the drive to Skagit Speedway is providing some very nice scenery for the rookie of the year points leader.  The 900 plus mile trip from Minot , ND passes through some of the most beautiful parts of the country and the Kemenah team is taking it all in.  Usually there is a  race to get to mid-week but this week gave the teams time to unwind and take in the offerings of cross country travel.  So far though the trip has been a bit rough as the transmission in Kemmenah’s truck went out and put him behind.  So Kemenah decided to hit the links.

 

The Kemenah team travels with Jason Martin and his team, and was lucky they were traveling together when the transmission went out.   The truck is not due to be fixed until tomorrow night when the team hopes to leave for Skagit around midnight.  Kemenah will not let that distract him from his mission this weekend which is to put the RacinSoles.com/UUI Eagle in victory lane.  The team had a 5th place run at Minot last Saturday night and is looking to build on that momentum.

 

“Yeah I am frustrated with the truck.” Said Kemenah with a golf club in his hand. “Hey that is what happens when you travel as much as we do.  I am glad Jason (Martin) was with us when it happened, we have transportation at least.  I have never raced at Skagit but we are looking forward to it.  We had a good run at Minot and with 20 races left we’d like another win.   The scenery out here is unbelieveable, that is the best part so far of the trip.   A win would be better though!”

 

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                                                The Hurricane ready to blow into Skagit !

 

August 23, 2006 ( Alger , WA ) The last time the Hurricane Randy Hannagan visited Skagit Speedway was also the same time the World of Outlaws visited the track in 2002.  Hannagan who has won 2 Dirt Cups at the track is really looking forward to his returning to the track.  While in the Dakota’s, Hannagan had a 5th place finish and a 12th at Minot after his right rear went flat with one lap to go while running in the top 10.  Hannagan has seen steady improvement in the Penthouse Magazine team and with 20 races remaining is ready to roll into victory lane. 

 

“I like this place ( Skagit ).” Said Hannagan. “I have not been here since the Outlaws were and they have redone the track since then.  We won 2 dirt cups here and it would be really cool to put the Penthouse Maxim in victory lane this weekend.  We had good success in the Dakota’s and had we not blown a tire we would have had another top 5 finish, but it is just one of those deals.  We stopped at the lake yesterday rented a boat for few hours to take our minds off racing for a bit.  I definatley think we can win a race before the end of the year.”

 

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Four new drivers sign on with NST

By Craig Murphy

    Just in time for this weekend’s doubleheader in Elma , Wash. , the National Sprint Tour has added a second Washington native to the driver roster.

    Chad Hillier of Sedro Woolley , Wash. is one of four new drivers that will be competing with the NST for the rest of the season.

    Jason Solwold of Burlington , Wash. is the other Washington native in the NST. Solwold won the NST finale last weekend in Billings , Mont.

    The NST has a strong connection with the Evergreen State . Series founder Fred Brownfield was from Snohomish , Wash. and promoted races at Elma from 1998 until his untimely death in June.

    In addition to Hillier, the other drivers signing contracts to race with the NST for the remainder of the year are Jonathan Allard, Travis Rilat and Stevie Smith.

    Those four join Solwold, Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Jason Sides, Paul McMahan, Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus, Kerry Madsen and Dean Jacobs as regulars in the NST.

    “This group is a great bunch of guys,” said Hillier, who drives for Dave DeWitt, a familiar name in the Northwest racing community. “Everyone has fun and has a good time. It’s nice to run against these guys.”

    Both Hillier and Solwold joined the NST after years of competing at Northwest tracks such as Skagit Speedway.

    “It’s good to see him out here,” Solwold said of his friend Hillier. “I’ve raced against him a lot. My first year of touring nationally, I struggled at new places. He’s going to have the same thing. Every place we’ve been to, I make suggestions to him whether it be on car setup or where to run on the track.

    “I want to see Chad do good,” Solwold added. “I had people like Jimmy Carr tell me what to do and not do when I first came out here. Hopefully Chad will keep his head up.”

    Chico , California ’s Allard and his Morrie Williamson-owned William Motorsports team are looking forward to the rest of the NST season.

    “We’re excited to do it,” Allard said. “We were happy to go with the NST right from the get go because of Morrie’s friendship with Fred Brownfield. Because of how Fred’s treated us in the past, we wanted to do it. I was always impressed with how Fred treated you the same, whether you were a local guy or not. He made sure you were taken care of. It was always a class deal with him.

    “These are the teams we want to run against,” Allard added of the competition in the NST field, which now includes 15 full-time drivers.

    Rilat comes to the NST from Forney , Texas .

    “It’s pretty neat,” Rilat said. “It’s fun to come run with good guys and for good prize money. Everybody seems to have their stuff together out here.”

    Rilat recognizes he has long travels in front of him based on where he’s from, especially as the series has upcoming races in Washington and Oregon , followed by a date in California .

    “It’s a heck of a long way, but anywhere I go is a long way,” Rilat said with a laugh. “That’s all I’ve done since I started in Sprint cars in 1997. I’ve been to Australia , Washington , Florida and Virginia so far this year. It’s really neat to see different parts of the country.”

    Smith and the RAACE Foundation continue their partnership for the remainder of the 2006 NST season. Smith and his father, Steve Smith, first teamed up with the RAACE Foundation last year.

    RAACE stands for Race Against the Abuse of Children Everywhere. The Baltimore-based charity is dedicated to raising public awareness and concern for the problem of child sexual abuse.

    Smith, a 20-year veteran in the Sprint car ranks from New Oxford, Penn., has racked up more than 160 feature wins during his career. He first competed in NST competition during the series’ swing through his native Pennsylvania in June.

    “It certainly is a tough field,” Smith said at the time. “These are some of the best drivers and teams in Sprint car racing. To run with these guys you have to bring your ‘A’ game.”

Kinser camping without his friend in Elma

By Craig Murphy

ELMA, Wash. – Every year since 1996, Steve Kinser has camped at Elma , Wash. in late August.

    That will be the case again this week as Kinser and the other drivers in the National Sprint Tour race at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26.

    When Kinser parks his motorhome inside the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds property, he pretty much knows who else will be parked around him.

    “There’s just something about being there and being with the fans,” Kinser said. “It is really special. You can just about tell who’s going to be parked where, because people park in the same place every year.”

    One person Kinser particularly enjoyed camping with over the years was his good friend Fred Brownfield, who brought the 410 racing weekend to Elma for the first time in 1996.

    Brownfield, a Washington racer turned businessman and promoter, took over promotions of the track’s weekly races in 1998, and started the National Sprint Tour last December.

    In 2003, Brownfield began an extensive renovation of the county-owned facility. By the time Kinser swept the late August weekend in 2004, the track had been transformed into one of the premier dirt tracks in the country, widely praised by all who visited.

    On June 16, Brownfield was struck and killed on the Elma track while lining up cars for a race. Brownfield’s death was a huge loss to many, including Kinser.

    “I always look forward to going to the Northwest,” Kinser said. “But it won’t be the same this year. We always camped with Fred and Debbie. I’m sure I’ll still enjoy Elma, but I’m also sure when I get there it won’t be the same. Kind of like how the rest of the year hasn’t been the same.”

    The eyes of the tough Sprint car “King” well up when mentioning Brownfield, just as they did in June when NST competitors observed a moment of silence in their first race since Brownfield’s passing.

    “It’s hard not to think about it,” Kinser said. “We spent quite a bit of time traveling with Fred. It’s definitely going to be different.”

    Kinser, who along with Guy Stockbridge, Lonny Parsons and Don Lamberti purchased the assets of the NST from Fred’s widow Debbie, doesn’t know what his emotions will be like once he gets to Elma.

    “It will be hard to say,” he said. “I’ll see Debbie. I’m sure she’ll be at the track.”

    Kinser had success at the track before it was reconfigured, and has had even more success at the track in the last couple of years. He swept the weekend in 2004, won last year’s preliminary night feature and was second in last year’s Saturday finale.

    As someone who remembers what the facility was like before 2004, Kinser is still impressed by the changes.

    “The track is unbelievable,” he said. “It’s not even the same race track from what it was. Fred did a lot of work on it, and fixed it up real nice.”

    Though he is locked in a tight points battle with Danny Lasoski, Kinser said this time of year is more relaxing due to the Knoxville Nationals being over, cooler nights and a relaxing trip to the Northwest.

    “We enjoy racing,” Kinser said. “Racing is a little more relaxing this time of year. We have friends on the West Coast we spend time with on the swing. (Wife) Dana and I enjoy it.

    “It’s a combination of everything,” Kinser added. “We drive to it every year. That’s enjoyable for us to do. You can’t get much further away than there.”

    The Elma weekend kicks off Thursday with a Northern Sprint Tour show, which is always one of the best races of the summer in the Northwest.

    Kinser will be joined on the track Friday and Saturday by fellow National Sprint Tour drivers such as Lasoski, Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Jason Sides, Washington native Jason Solwold, Paul McMahan, Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus, Dean Jacobs and Kerry Madsen. Travis Rilat, Jonathan Allard, Washington native Chad Hillier and Stevie Smith are also expected to be on hand, along with local weekly racers.

    Besides the racing, plenty of other activities are going on in Elma, including a parade on Saturday.

    For more information on the National Sprint Tour, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com. For more information on Grays Harbor Raceway, visit http://www.brownfieldent.com/GHR/GHR_home.htm. For a list of events being put on by the Elma Chamber of Commerce, visit www.elmachamber.org and click on the ‘Outlaw Days Festival’ link on the left.

    Following Elma, the NST next races Aug. 29 at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove , Ore.


Solwold looks to build on success in home state

By Craig Murphy

    Fresh off a dominant victory Saturday night in Montana , Jason Solwold looks for more success at home.

    Solwold and the rest of the National Sprint Tour drivers race at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma , Wash. this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26. The weekend starts with a Northern Sprint Tour show on Aug. 24.

    “I’m ready to go home,” said the Burlington , Wash. native. “I’m ready to race on the West Coast. I count my time going home by hours, not days.”

    Solwold, who drives the Lon Carnahan-owned City Wide Insulation/Owens Corning Fiberglas Insulation R19 Maxim, will get a few chances in the upcoming weeks to race on the West Coast. The National Sprint Tour goes from Elma to Cottage Grove , Ore. for an Aug. 29 race and then to Hanford , Calif. on Sept. 5.

    On Tuesday, Solwold will take some of his racing buddies to the water in Mount Vernon , Wash. for a fishing day.

    “We’re doing our second annual fishing day,” Solwold said with a smile. “It gives everyone a chance to check out God’s country.”

    After some relaxing time at home with family and friends, Solwold will be fishing for victory at Elma against the likes of  Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Jason Sides, Paul McMahan, Brian Paulus, Shane Stewart, Dean Jacobs and more.

    “It is definitely a fun race track. It turned out to be a really nice facility,” Solwold said of the track which was extensively remodeled in 2003 and 2004 by the late Fred Brownfield, who started the NST last December. “When I first raced there it had old ratty guardrail. When Fred changed the configuration, he put a whole new face on it.

    “I always told Fred I liked the old track because it was flatter and it had spots you could pick off people,” Solwold added. “I still like the old track, but the facility is way nicer now. It’s one of the premier facilities in the country now. It’s always a good, racy show.”

    Back when Solwold raced just in the Northwest, he had plenty of time for fishing – when he wasn’t dominating tracks like Elma, that is.

    Solwold won Brownfield’s Northern Sprint Tour title in 1998, and won multiple track titles at Skagit Speedway. In 2003 alone, he won 23 features at Skagit .

    Despite the success he had in the Northwest, Solwold was glad to start touring nationally last year.

    “Racing is a lot different at home than out here,” Solwold said. “They race for a living here. It wasn’t as competitive at home. It teaches you bad habits. You don’t experiment as much, and you get used to one track. I ran for points at Skagit most every year.

    “You learn to race at one place, so when you get to a new place you’re out to lunch,” Solwold added. “It took me a little to get used to it out here, going to a different track each night. I’m better at it now, but last year was more difficult.”

    Running a touring series like the Northern Sprint Tour in 1998 was a sample of that for a younger Solwold.

    “That was really neat,” he said of winning the 1998 title while running various tracks including Elma. “It was big for me at the time. It was a different track every weekend. It helped me out with adjusting to new tracks. It gives you somewhat of a feel for what it’s like, just a small taste.”

    Solwold, who celebrated his 31st birthday Aug. 14 by setting a series-leading seventh fast time of the year in McCool Junction , Neb. , didn’t jump to a bigger touring series after that title.

    “I don’t know if I was ready to run with these guys full-time back then,” Solwold said. “Now I’m more mature. I do not go out and crash race cars. There’s just a mental attitude for racing. That’s the biggest thing. Racing is 99 percent mental for drivers.”

    Solwold has faced that this year. After a string of strong finishes, he had three straight races where he ran in the top-five until something happened. At other times, he has been mired in the middle of the pack.

    “Sometimes you’ll run good for a couple of weeks, then you’ll be bad for a couple of weeks,” he said. “You’ve got to work through those times when you struggle. That’s the big thing. You can’t let yourself get down. When you run 12th or don’t finish, you take that and go to the next race.”

    For Solwold, the next two races are in his home state.

    “I would love to win Elma with all my friends and family there,” he said.

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                                                Martin back in top 10 at Nodak Speedway!

 

August 21, 2006 (Minot, SD) I has been a rough 45 days for the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports team.  It’s not that the team and it’s rookie driver Jason Martin have not been fast, no it’s been everthing else in between.  Involved in crashes that were not of his making, minor mechanical failures and even a night where the yongster was so sick after the race he fell down flat while getting out of the car and be assisted by the crew.  Well all of that changed this past Saturday night when the Liberal, KS native brought the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim home for a 9th place finish.  Drawing a late number in qualifying, Martin still managed a 15th place time.

 

In the 2nd heat, Martin would take the lead over current points leader Donny Schatz and maintain over a straight away lead when it seemed his old friend lady bad luck wouold surface.  The left rear tire developed a leak and on the final lap Schatz would get by but Martin would finish 2nd and transfer to the feature.  Martin would start 13th in the feature and use the low side of the track to climb to 11th when the caution would come out as Donny Schatz had blown a right rear while leading.  Martin would stay conservative and while other drivers would drop out with blow tires Martin would capitalize and when the checkers flew the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim would come home 9th.  

 

“That feels good.” Said a happy Martin. “We guessed right tonight.  We took on a lot harder tire than everyone else and new we just had to bide our time and the finish would come to us.  On a harder tire your really loose so I could not chance running high and going off the track.   Sometimes in these deals it’s better to be slower at the start and have the track come to you.  We have learned a lot this season and tonights finish is due to gaining that experience out here.  It is not always the fastest car that wins these deals but the one that makes the right calls when preparing the car.  I hope this is the start of good things for the rest of the season.”

 

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                                                            Hindi keeps up short track mastery at Nodak Speedway!

 

August 21, 2006 (Minot, ND) Another short track another top 10 finish.  This is getting old hat for Neon Dion Hindi.  Saturday night at Nodak Speedway in Minot , ND the driver of the RealTruck.com J&J proved once again that he has short tracks figured out.  The evening started on a positve with a 5th place qualifying effort.  Hindi would finish 5th in his and transfer to the dash where he would start 7th and bring the RealTruck.com J&J home 8th and also start 8th in the feature.

 

On a very fast racetrack, Hindi would get a gret start and begin moving forward.  While battling for 4th Hindi’s right rear slid off the track and caused a loss in momentum and let 3 cars past.  Hindi would ride in 8th when leader Donny Schatz blew a right rear tire with 11 laps remaining.  It was evident that the track had taken rubber, Hindi would ride on the concrete to cool his tires under caution laps and that proved to be a wise move.  In the last 11 laps 5 more cars would blow right rears but Hindi would keep his cool and conserve just enough tire to bring the RealTruck.com car home 6th

 

“I am a little disappointed.” Said the smiling Hindi. “We had a 3rd place car that we brought home 6th.  We were passing cars and I made a mistake off 2 that let 3 cars back by me.  I could see the rubber coming down so I decided that 8th was going to be better than a blown tire and possibly a wrecked race car.  When Donny blew I knew we had to be conservative because we had virtually the same tire on.  We have 24 races left our goal is to be battling in each of them for top 5’s and wins.”

 

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Solwold wins amid confusion in Montana

By Craig Murphy

BILLINGS, Mont. – Despite the confusion at the end of the Saturday, Aug. 19 National Sprint Tour race at Billings Motorsports Park , one thing was clear.

    On this night, there was no catching Jason Solwold.

    Solwold started the 40-lap main event from pole and never gave up the lead as he claimed his second NST win.

    Behind him was the real excitement, especially at the end.

    Points leader Danny Lasoski got by Jason Sides early in the race for second, and spent most of the race trying to track down Solwold. Following a lap 37 restart, Sides went low to reclaim second as Steve Kinser, the winner of Friday night’s preliminary feature, also looked to move up.

    On the final lap, Shane Stewart slowed to a stop on the backstretch. The yellow lights came on, but NST officials immediately yelled for the green to stay out. Green lights came back on, but by then Sides had already slowed down and was passed by both Lasoski and Kinser.

    After review, Lasoski was credited with second. Kinser was third, Sides fourth and Travis Rilat was fifth. Rounding out the top-10 were Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Brian Paulus, Kerry Madsen and Paul McMahan.

    “I remember seeing the white, the yellow and then the green, so I did an extra lap,” Solwold said. “Then finally they threw the checkered flag after we idled around four or five laps. It was mass confusion. We didn’t know if it was over or what.”

    Sides, Lasoski and Kinser all had discussions with officials afterwards, trying to sort out the finish.

    “The race isn’t over yet,” Kinser said later while signing autographs. “I didn’t see the checkered, so I don’t know happened. I have no idea.”

    Lasoski seemed confident the race was indeed over.

    “I moved up a little on that last restart, and that let Jason (Sides) by,” Lasoski said. “Then I got back by him on the last lap. I knew it was the checkered.”

    Sides believed one of two things should have happened.

    “When the caution comes out, they should either go back a lap for the finishing order or they should have kept everyone out and run the final laps,” he said. “I ran second a full lap or two, and slowed when the caution came out. When there’s a caution, that’s what you do. I slowed down, and two guys got by me.

    “We came to turn 4, and they had the green back on,” Sides added. “Shane was still sitting there. If I was sitting there, I would want the yellow on.”

    Solwold was dominant, but had Lasoski breathing down his neck while negotiating lapped traffic in the middle of the race.

    “It was a little sketchy there in the middle,” Solwold said. “I had one of the best bottom line runners in the country right behind me. The track was real nice on the bottom.”

    Solwold has had opportunities to win more races, only to have problems late. At one point last month, he was running top-five three straight races before dropping back.

    “This feels really good,” he said. “We probably should have won a few more races. It’s been an up and down year for us. It was just our night tonight.”

    Solwold used lapped traffic to his advantage. At one point he put two lapped cars between himself and Lasoski just before a caution came out.

    “Anytime you can get a lapped car between you, it’s huge,” Solwold said. “Late in the race I kept a lapped car right next to me. I knew Danny couldn’t get by both of us.”

    Lasoski complimented Solwold for how he used traffic to his advantage.

    “That’s good racing on his part,” Lasoski said. “Early in the race, we waited and just bided our time until we got to lapped traffic.”

    Kinser, who had won four of his previous five races at the Billings track, twice gained spots on restarts by going high.

    “I was trying to get something to work,” he said. “There wasn’t much on the bottom. I was trying my thing to gain a spot.”

    Trophy dashes were won by Solwold and Sides, with Solwold choosing to start on the inside pole for the 40-lap main event.

    Heat races were won by Solwold, Paulus, Kaeding and Chad Hillier. Lasoski was the fastest of 34 qualifiers with a time of 13.290 seconds, his fifth fast time of the year. The B-main was won by Tony Bruce, Jr.

    Saturday’s race concluded a weekend doubleheader in Billings , where Kinser won on Friday. The ‘Wild Wild Northwest Tour’ continues next weekend with an Aug. 25-26 doubleheader at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma , Wash. followed by an Aug. 29 show at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove , Ore.

    Solwold, a Washington native, certainly wouldn’t mind getting a streak going in his home state.

    “That would be huge,” he said. “I would love to win Elma with all my family and friends there.”

 

Billings Motorsports Park National Sprint Tour results

Billings, Montana

August 19, 2006

 

Qualifying Results

1   DANNY LASOSKI 83 13.290
2   JASON MEYERS 14 13.349
3   JONATHAN ALLARD O 13.429
4   STEVE KINSER 11 13.437
5   JASON SOLWOLD R19 13.470
6   SHANE STEWART 26 13.665
7   Tony Bruce, Jr 18 13.731
8   KERRY MADSEN 11H 13.732
9   JASON SIDES 7S 13.763
10   Kyle Hirst 99 13.829
11   DEAN JACOBS 6 13.941
12   STEVIE SMITH 19 13.984
13   TRAVIS RILAT 29 14.032
14   PAUL McMAHAN 20 14.037
15   TIM KAEDING 11K 14.163
16   Brandon Johnson 14J 14.297
17   Jerry Brey 17J 14.399
18   BRIAN PAULUS 28 14.437
19   Brent Kronfuss 9K 14.485
20   CHAD HILLER 5 14.612
21   Josh Ostermiller 12 14.755
22   Darrell Brink 90 14.829
23   Bill Boyce 1 14.926
24   Jeremy Mc Cune OJ 15.083
25   Teri Snedigar 240 15.126
26   TONY KAUS 3K 15.261
27   Paxton Lambrecht 7X 15.279
28   David Hoiness 27dd 15.352
29   Michelle Dodge 36 15.566
30   Bob Peterson 34 15.788
31   Rick Jacobs 5J 15.833
32   Don Stoutner 57 16.372
33   Russ Kosten 7 16.745


Heat One Finish

1   JASON SOLWOLD R19
2   TRAVIS RILAT 29
3   DANNY LASOSKI 83
4   JASON SIDES 7S
5   Jerry Brey 17J
6   Josh Ostermiller 12
7   Teri Snedigar 240
8   Michelle Dodge 36
9   Russ Kosten 7

 

Heat Two Finish

1   BRIAN PAULUS 28
2   PAUL McMAHAN 20
3   SHANE STEWART 26
4   JASON MEYERS 14
5   Kyle Hirst 99
6   Darrell Brink 90
7   Bob Peterson 34
8   TONY KAUS 3K

 

Heat Three Finish

1   TIM KAEDING 11K
2   DEAN JACOBS 6
3   Brent Kronfuss 9K
4   JONATHAN ALLARD O
5   Bill Boyce 1
6   Tony Bruce, Jr 18
7   Paxton Lambrecht 7X
8   Rick Jacobs 5J

 

Heat Four Finish

1   CHAD  HILLER 5
2   KERRY MADSEN 11H
3   STEVIE SMITH 19
4   STEVE KINSER 11
5   Jeremy Mc Cune OJ
6   Brandon Johnson 14J
7   David Hoiness 27dd
8   Don Stoutner 57

 

Dash One Finish

1   JASON SOLWOLD R19
2   DANNY LASOSKI 83
3   STEVIE SMITH 19
4   KERRY MADSEN 11H
5   JONATHAN ALLARD O
6   Kyle Hirst 99

 

Dash Two Finish

1   JASON SIDES 7S
2   TRAVIS RILAT 29
3   JASON MEYERS 14
4   STEVE KINSER 11
5   DEAN JACOBS 6
6   SHANE STEWART 26

 

B-Main Finish

1   Tony Bruce, Jr 18
2   Brandon Johnson 14J
3   Paxton Lambrecht 7X
4   Darrell Brink 90
5   Josh Ostermiller 12
6   David Hoiness 27dd
7   Rick Jacobs 5J
8   Michelle Dodge 36
9   Teri Snedigar 240
10   Bob Peterson 34
11   Russ Kosten 7
12   Don Stoutner 57

 

A-Main Line-Up

R19   -  7S

83     -  29

19     -  14

11H   -  11

0       -  6

99     -  26

18     -  20

11K   -  14J

17J    -  28

9K     -  5

90     -  1

0J      -  7X

 

A-Feature Finish

1  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

2  DANNY LASOSKI, 83

3  STEVE KINSER, 11

4  JASON SIDES, 7S

5  TRAVIS RILAT, 29

6  TIM KAEDING, 11K

7  JASON MEYERS, 14

8  BRIAN PAULUS, 28

9  KERRY MADSEN, 11H

10  PAUL McMAHAN, 20

11  Tony Bruce Jr, 18

12  Stevie Smith, 19

13  Bill Boyce, 1

14  Brent Kronfuss, 9K

15  Brandon Johnson, 14J

16  SHANE STEWART, 26

17  Jerry Brey, 17J

18  Paxton Lambrecht, 7X

19  Darrell Brink, 90

20  CHAD HILLIER, 5

21  DEAN JACOBS, 6

22  Jeremy McCune, 0J 

23  Kyle Hirst, 99

24  JONATHAN ALLARD, 0

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National Sprint Tour returns home

By Craig Murphy

ELMA, Wash. – The National Sprint Tour is coming home.

    The series races Aug. 25-26 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma , Wash. as part of the 13th annual ‘Wild Wild Northwest Tour.’ The weekend is kicked off Aug. 24 with a visit by the Northern Sprint Tour.

    The City of Elma is putting on a variety of activities for the weekend including a parade, celebrity go-cart races, live music and more.

    Both the Elma track and the Northern Sprint Tour are still operated by Brownfield Promotions Inc., which was started by Washington native Fred Brownfield in 1993. Brownfield brought the World of Outlaws back to the Northwest in 1994, following an absence of 15 years.

    Brownfield, one of the most respected racing promoters in the country, moved the Outlaw date to Elma in 1996, and started promoting weekly races at the track in 1998.

    Last December, Brownfield started the National Sprint Tour, and the traditional Northwest late August two-day weekend was on the schedule.

    Brownfield’s death on June 16 at the Elma track adds even more special significance to next weekend, which was already the biggest weekend of the year for Brownfield Promotions.

    Debbie Brownfield, Fred’s widow, said the weekend marks a way for fans to support the Brownfield family.

    “I am coming up on Fred’s biggest and most special race weekend of the year, ‘The Wild Wild Northwest Tour’ at Elma, and for me, it marks the very last big event Fred had planned and set up for Grays Harbor Raceway,” Debbie wrote this week. “It is HIS three most joyous adventures, the Northern Sprint Tour and the National Sprint Tour kickin’ up the dirt at HIS race track.

    “I would love for that weekend to be a fantastic finale to his promoting career, something God will let him look down on and be proud of and that we can all remember,” Debbie added. “Many of you did not get to attend his memorial service (in June); well, attending this special weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway would be a spectacular and fun way for racers to honor and support him one last time.”

    That support goes both ways, as the NST has established a 360 bonus and a non-NST 410 bonus for the top-10 finishers in those respective cars for the Brownfield-promoted NST races. In addition, the B-main and C-main purses are doubled.

    The weekend gives fans and racers alike another chance to witness the house that Fred Brownfield rebuilt. Grays Harbor Raceway Park was a 3/10-mile track when Brownfield took it over.

    In 2003, in cooperation with Grays Harbor County , Brownfield began to extensively remodel the track by changing it to 3/8-mile in length. He also put in new lights, walls, sound system, booth and more. So much was new, even the name changed to Grays Harbor Raceway.

    Since the remodel, racers and visitors from across the country have heaped praise on the facility. No less an authority than Ted Johnson, the World of Outlaw founder who has seen hundreds of tracks around the country, called Elma one of the top three facilities in the country when he visited in 2004.

    The Thursday Northern Sprint Tour show is always one of the best races of the summer in the Northwest, and will feature special appearances by National Sprint Tour Jason Sides and others.

    Sides and others such as current National Sprint Tour points leader Danny ‘The Dude’ Lasoski, Steve ‘The King’ Kinser, Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Washington native Jason Solwold, Paul McMahan, Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus, Dean Jacobs and Kerry Madsen will take to the high-banked track the next two nights for plenty of tight competition.

    Tickets for the weekend of racing are still available by calling 1-800-825-4832, and will be available the day of the races.

    For more information on the National Sprint Tour, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com. For more information on Grays Harbor Raceway, visit http://www.brownfieldent.com/GHR/GHR_home.htm. For a list of events being put on by the Elma Chamber of Commerce, visit www.elmachamber.org and click on the ‘Outlaw Days Festival’ link on the left.

    Following Elma, the NST next races Aug. 29 at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove , Ore.

Kinser wins opening night in Montana

By Craig Murphy

BILLINGS, Mont. – There was no stopping Steve Kinser Friday night in Billings , Montana .

    Literally.

    Kinser’s flag-to-flag victory in Friday’s National Sprint Tour preliminary feature at Billings Motorsports Park was his fourth win in five races there.

    In addition, Kinser had no brakes.

    Kinser still had enough to easily win his fifth race of the year. Behind him, Dean Jacobs took second from Jason Meyers at the line, with Danny Lasoski right behind in fourth. Rounding out the top-10 were Jason Sides, Paul McMahan, Kerry Madsen, Jason Solwold, Shane Stewart and Stevie Smith.

    In the one race Kinser didn’t win at Billings Motorsports Park , he finished second in last year’s Saturday finale.

    “We sort of tiptoed around the high line,” Kinser said. “I had no brakes. I don’t know what happened with them. I lost them about halfway through the race. As long as I could run on open track, it was not bad. I needed all the track.”

    Despite the brake problems, Kinser was pleased with the car.

    “It worked out,” he said. “The car was working really good. I was better up high. Once I lost my brakes, I had no choice but to run up there. We just sort of picked our way through them. We finished, and we’ll fix the brakes for (Saturday).”

    Throughout the evening, Kinser would pull away on restarts, including one for a tangle involving Kinser’s teammate Tim Kaeding and Brandon Johnson. Kaeding came back to finish 11th.

    “I felt like I was in good shape,” Kinser said of not having pressure for the lead. “That helps a lot. I didn’t want to go through more cars than I had to.”

    Jacobs, meanwhile, used the low line to move up from his 14th starting position. Following a red flag for a fuel stop on lap 23 of 30, Jacobs was fifth. Jacobs got by Lasoski for fourth, then both drivers got by Sides. Coming to the checkered flag, Jacobs grabbed second by inches over Meyers.

    “Things are starting to click,” said Jacobs, who scored a fourth place finish Monday in Nebraska , which was his first NST top-five. “I knew this team had good equipment. We’re starting to have fun now after a change in personnel. The guys on the team are talking to me. It’s a night and day difference. I wish we were going to Knoxville this week.”

    Jacobs, who continues to fill in for the injured Tim Shaffer in the Lonny Parsons-owned ride, figured he would keep trying the low line following the last restart.

    “I knew I had a good car,” Jacobs said. “I kept trying the bottom, and no one else did. It’s not bad to finish second to Steve Kinser. Normally I like running high, but you’ve got to do what the race car tells you. I hoped to get by Danny and Jason Sides, but I never thought I would get second.”

    Would the result have been different up front if the race had gone 40 laps, as Saturday’s will?

    “Steve’s the best,” Jacobs said. “It’s hard to beat Steve. He ran without brakes and still beat us. That says a lot.”

    Meyers was frustrated after almost finishing second.

    “Almost sucks,” he said. “We were second until the last six inches. We can’t keep giving them away like that. After that red, the tire sealed up a little bit. Steve was just better than we were altogether.”

    Lasoski spent much of the race trying to get by Sides, and was surprised to see Jacobs scoot by on the bottom.

    “It seems like I was tight all race long,” the NST points leader said. “Jason was where I needed to be on the track. I had a run on Dean on the last lap to get back by him, but a lapped car was there. We’ll take a fourth and come back (Saturday).”

    Trophy dashes were won by Meyers and Kinser, with Kinser choosing to start on the inside pole for the 30-lap main event.

    Heat races were won by Stewart, Jacobs, Jonathan Allard and Smith. Sides was the fastest of 32 qualifiers with a track record time of 13.063 seconds, his fourth fast time of the year. The B-main was won by Bill Boyce.

    The Montana doubleheader concludes Saturday evening at Billings Motorsports Park . As usual with NST two-day shows, no spots are locked in from Friday. After Saturday, the series next races Aug. 25-26 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma , Wash.

 

Billings Motorsports Park National Sprint Tour results

Billings, Mont.

Aug. 18, 2006

 

Qualifying Results

1   JASON SIDES 7S 13.063
2   STEVE KINSER 11 13.093
3   DANNY LASOSKI 83 13.181
4   JASON SOLWOLD R19 13.243
5   JASON MEYERS 14 13.363
6   PAUL McMAHAN 20 13.387
7   TIM KAEDING 11K 13.448
8   Tony Bruce 18 13.452
9   TRAVIS RILAT 29 13.500
10   Brent Kronfuss 9K 13.547
11   KERRY MADSEN 11H 13.559
12   Brandon Johnson 14J 13.563
13   SHANE STEWART 26 13.624
14   DEAN JACOBS 6 13.657
15   Jonathan Allard O 13.713
16   BRIAN PAULUS 28 13.878
17   Jerry Brey 17J 13.897
18   Chad Hillier 5 13.915
19   Kyle Hirst 99 14.007
20   Stevie Smith 19 14.071
21   Darrrell Brink 90 14.269
22   Bill Boyce 1 14.319
23   Paxton Lambrecht 7X 14.405
24   Josh Ostermiller 12 14.550
25   Jeremy Mc Cune OJ 14.600
26   Tony Kaus 3K 14.692
27   Rick Jacobs 5J 14.726
28   Phil Dietz 72 14.791
29   David Hoiness 27dd 15.020
30   Teri Snedigar 240 15.300
31   Bob Peterson 34 15.722
32   Danielle Ossenfort 10 16.108

 

Heat One Finish

1   SHANE STEWART 26
2   JASON MEYERS 14
3   TRAVIS RILAT 29
4   JASON SIDES 7S
5   Jerry Brey 17J
6   Jeremy Mc Cune OJ
7   David Hoiness 27dd
8   Darrrell Brink 90

 

Heat Two Finish

1   DEAN  JACOBS 6
2   STEVE  KINSER 11
3   PAUL  McMAHAN 20
4   CHAD  HILLIER 5
5   Brendt Kronfuss 9K
6   Bill  Boyce 1
7   Tony  Kaus 3K
8   Teri Snedigar 240


Heat Three Finish

1   JONATHAN ALLARD O
2   TIM KAEDING 11K
3   DANNY LASOSKI 83
4   Kyle Hirst 99
5   KERRY MADSEN 11H
6   Paxton Lambrecht 7X
7   Rick Jacobs 5J
8   Bob Peterson 34
 

Heat Four Finish

1   Stevie Smith 19
2   Brandon Johnson 14J
3   JASON SOLWOLD R19
4   BRIAN PAULUS 28
5   Tony Bruce 18
6   Phil Dietz 72
7   Josh Ostermiller 12
8   Danielle Ossenfort 10

 

Dash One Finish

1   JASON MEYERS 14
2   JASON SIDES 7S
3   TIM KAEDING 11K
4   DANNY LASOSKI 83
5   TRAVIS RILAT 29
6   KERRY MADSEN 11H

 

Dash Two Finish

1   STEVE  KINSER 11
2   Brendt Kronfuss 9x
3   PAUL McMAHAN 20
4   Brandon  Johnson 14J
5   JASON SOLWOLD R19
6   Tony Bruce  18

 

B-Main Finish

1   Bill Boyce 1
2   Darrrell Brink 90
3   Paxton Lambrecht 7X
4   Josh Ostermiller 12
5   Jeremy Mc Cune OJ
6   Phil Dietz 72
7   Rick Jacobs 5J
8   David Hoiness 27dd
9   Tony Kaus 3K
10   Teri Snedigar 240
11   Bob Peterson 34
12   Danielle Ossenfort 10

 

A-Feature Line-Up

11   -  14
9K   -  7S
20   -  11K
14J  -  83
R19 -  29
18   -  11H
26   -  6
0     -  28
17J  -  5
99   -  19
90   -  1

7X   -  12

 

A-Feature Finish

1   STEVE KINSER 11
2   DEAN JACOBS 6
3   JASON MEYERS 14
4   DANNY LASOSKI 83
5   JASON SIDES 7S
6   PAUL McMAHAN 20
7   KERRY MADSEN 11H
8   JASON SOLWOLD R19
9   SHANE STEWART 26
10   Stevie Smith 19
11   TIM KAEDING 11K
12   BRIAN PAULUS 28
13   TRAVIS RILAT 29
14   Tony Bruce 18
15   Brent Kronfuss 9K
16   Chad Hillier 5
17   Kyle Hirst 99
18   Bill Boyce 1
19   Jerry Brey 17J
20   Brandon Johnson 14J
21   Josh Ostermiller 12
22   Darrrell Brink 90
23   Paxton Lambrecht 7X
24   JONATHAN ALLARD O


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                                      Hannagan getting closer to that first win of the season!

 

Rapid City, SD (August 18th, 2006) The Hurricane, Randy Hannagan was rolling last night in the Black Hills behind the wheel of the Penthouse Magazine #1x Maxim.  Hannagan was fast all night long.  Beginning in qualifying where the San Jose native would time in 6th quick and start 5th in the 4th heat.  Using a great start at the drop of the green in the heat, Hannagan would be up to 2nd in the first two laps and on lap 3 take the lead and never look back.  With a 6 pill being drawn for the dash Hannagan would start on the pole.  Battling a tight condition the Hurricaine would hold onto finish 3rd and start inside the 2nd row of the feature.

 

Hannagan would use that starting position to his advanatage and stay in the top 5 through the entire race.  Using mainly the bottom line Hannagan would run with the leaders the entire race.  Lap traffic became a factor on lap 15 and getting pinned behind a slower car, Hannagan would lose 2 spots but no more.  The Penthouse Magazine #1x would stay in 5th and cloing in on 4th when the checkers flew giving Hannagan another top 5 finish.

 

“We were decent tonight.” Said Hannagan. “After a disappointing Nationals it was good to come in and get a top 5.  The Penthouse Magazine car was good on long runs no douobt the cautions hurt us a bit.  The guys have worked their butt off giving me good stuff night in and night out.  All we can do is keep working hard and I think that win is getting closer and closer.”

 

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                                                Hard Charging Hindi takes 8th in the Black Hills !

 

Rapid City, SD (August, 18th 2006) Neon Dion Hindi proved once again last night that short tracks are where the RealTruck.com team shines.  Hindi overcame a less than stellar qualifying effort which saw the 11D time in 20th quick.  Hindi would start outside the front row of the 2nd heat and capitalize with a 4th place finish and a starting position of 18th in the feature.  At the drop of the green flag Hindi would show the field that the RealTruck.com J&J was a car that would be heard from.  Using whatever line was available at the time Hindi would move up to 12th within 5 laps and continue to climb.

 

Using the high side of the track for most of the race Hindi would find himself in 9th after 25 laps of the 35 lap feature.   A caustion would fly on lap 29 with Hindi in 9th and wanting more.   Again using the high side Hindi would once again pick off another spot and finish 8th when the checkers flew.  Could a victory be close at hand for the RealTruck.com team?

 

“That was fun!” said a smiling Hindi. “I messed up in qualifying or who knows what the results would have been had we started closer to the front.  This is the same car we flipped at Pevely.  I really like this car.  The motor, by the way is named rooster, and belive me it is every bit of that name.  This RealTruck.com team has come along way and we are definitely sitting pretty well right now.  The track really came in after the rain and my car could use the high side or the low side it was just that good.  Bring on Minot , let’s go!”

 

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NST ready for Montana doubleheader this weekend

By Craig Murphy

    The wide-open National Sprint Tour points race continues this weekend in the wide-open land of Montana .

    The NST runs a doubleheader Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18 and 19, at the 3/8-mile Billings Motorsports Park in Billings , Mont.

    There will also be a meet and greet Thursday, Aug. 17 from 4-6 p.m. at A To Z Tire, located at 912 4th Avenue North in Billings.

    Danny ‘The Dude’ Lasoski, who had an eventful night in the Knoxville Nationals last Saturday, finished second in Monday’s NST race at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction , Neb.

    Lasoski, a seven-time winner this year, enters Montana with a 64-point lead over Steve Kinser. Lasoski passed Kinser late to finish second on Monday, while Kinser’s teammate Tim Kaeding won his 12th race of the season. Kaeding enters Montana third in the standings, 94 points behind Lasoski.

    Not only are the top-three in close proximity, there are plenty of other battles going on in the NST points race. Jason Meyers and Jason Solwold sit comfortably in fourth and fifth, but sixth place Paul McMahan is only 15 points ahead of Jason Sides.

    Other NST drivers racing both nights at Montana are Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus, Kerry Madsen and Dean Jacobs. Jacobs, who continues to fill in for the injured Tim Shaffer, picked up his first NST top-five finish Monday night.

    Jacobs drives for Lonny Parsons, who was injured when hit by a water truck while crossing Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania on Aug. 5. Parsons was released from the hospital last Friday.

    Other drivers expected to follow the NST out west include Chad Hillier, Travis Rilat and Jonathan Allard.

    “Obviously we are extremely excited about hosting the best drivers in the world,” said Syl Schied, co-promoter at Billings Motorsports Park . “We built this track from the ground up three years ago. When you have the best drivers at your track, when you see them in action you’re awe.

    “When you have them in your home town, it’s amazing,” Schied added. “You’re looking at speeds of 110 mph plus on this track. The group of guys is phenomenal. It’s awesome to watch them in person.”

    Les Kraft, co-promoter with Schied, is also excited about the doubleheader.

    “This is a real opportunity for Billings and Montana overall to get these drivers in,” Kraft said. “They put on a great show. We’re fortunate to have a two-day show. It’s a pretty slick deal.”

    Kinser swept the 2004 feature events at the track, and won the Friday show last year. He finished second in last year’s finale to Daryn Pittman.

    Both Schied and Kraft are appreciative of comments Kinser made about the track last year.

    “Kinser said this is one of the finest tracks in the nation,” Schied said. “He’s been to a lot of them, so that made us feel extremely good.”

    Kraft recalled, “Kinser said Friday night it is a really nice track, and you can run two-wide, three-wide or four-wide. That’s a neat deal coming from the best Sprint car driver in the world.”

    The Billings weekend has traditionally kicked off Brownfield Promotions Inc.’s post-Knoxville ‘Wild Wild Northwest Tour’. Teams travel to Montana on the way to a doubleheader Aug. 25-26 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma , Wash. The National Sprint Tour then travels to Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove , Ore. for an Aug. 29 date.

    “The nice part is it brings cars from the Midwest in our direction,” Kraft said. “We’re kind of the start of Northwest Tour. We’re kind of the kick off point. If it wasn’t for Northwest Tour, it would be difficult for guys to come out in this direction.”

    As in Nebraska on Monday, top finishers at Montana in 360s and non-NST drivers with a 410 will get bonus money. The top five finishers in each category are eligible for up to $1,500 with the top finisher getting $500.

    Ticket sales for both nights at Montana start at 2 p.m. the day of the event. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by calling the track at 406-256-7511, or they can be bought at A To Z Tire.

    Tickets are $30 for Friday and $40 for Saturday. Children 10 and under are half price, while children young enough to sit on a lap are admitted for free. Gates open at 5 p.m. both nights, with racing set to start around 7. The track’s Super Stocks will be the supporting class both nights.

    For more information on Billings Motorsports Park , visit www.bmpracer.com. For more information on the National Sprint Tour, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.


Kaeding shows hot hand at McCool Junction

By Craig Murphy

McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. – After a crazy Saturday night at Knoxville, things returned to normal for the National Sprint Tour Monday night, Aug. 14 at Junction Motor Speedway.

    In other words, Tim Kaeding won with Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser close behind.

    Lasoski started from pole and led early in the 30-lap main. The lead lasted until lap 15, when Kaeding trapped Lasoski in traffic to grab the lead.

    “It’s sometimes better to be in second,” Lasoski said. “Tim did a good job there. He got me caught behind traffic. I wasn’t aware it was that good up high.”

    Neither was Kaeding.

    “I really didn’t think the top was going to be that good,” said Kaeding, who went on to claim his 12th win in the 30th race of the season. “I wanted to get some momentum up. I got lucky, because it stuck up there.”

    Kaeding was glad to see Lasoski mired in traffic.

    “Traffic can help out big time,” Kaeding said. “We’ve got 12 wins. Unbelievable. I just wish those two guys (Lasoski and Kinser) would have a bad night.”

    As it was, both Lasoski and Kinser battled up front yet again. Kinser got by Lasoski for second on lap 20, though Lasoski regained the position for good on lap 28 while Kinser was third. Dean Jacobs posted his first top-five NST finish with a fourth, while Wayne Johnson was fifth.

    Rounding out the top-10 were Jason Meyers, Shane Stewart, Kyle Hirst, Jason Solwold and Travis Rilat.

    Even with the lead, Kaeding was aware it was anything but safe with Kinser breathing down his neck late.

    “You can’t ever count Steve out,” Kaeding said. “That’s why he’s The King.”

    Kinser, meanwhile, had his hands full both with his tires and Lasoski.

    “I just didn’t make it,” Kinser said. “There’s not much to tell. They laid rubber. I killed my tires and got real loose. Again.”

    Lasoski, who maintained the NST points lead, enjoyed the battle with Kinser.

    “It was a really good battle,” Lasoski said. “After Tim got by I tried to shorten the track, because it wasn’t doing any good to follow. That let Steve get by. But it was a great race. The guys here did a great job and made a great track.”

    For Jacobs, his first top-five was the latest stroke of good news. Car owner Lonny Parsons, hit by a water truck Aug. 5, was released from the hospital last Friday and is back at home near Des Moines , Iowa .

    “He was at the shop quite a while today,” said Jacobs, who continues to fill in for the injured Tim Shaffer. “He’s going to his doctor in Des Moines . We got to see him finally, and we got to see that he’s doing well. He’s back to the Lonny I knew.”

    On the track, Jacobs was back to the driver fans have come to know over the years.

    “We finally had a decent run,” he said. “We made a lot of changes, and went to Pro Shocks. Tim and I are night and day different. It feels real nice. We’ve got a new crew guy, and that’s working out. I thought I was going to get Danny and Steve at the end there.”

    Trophy dashes were won by Lasoski and Paul McMahan, with Lasoski choosing to start on the inside pole for the 30-lap main event. McMahan’s night came an end on lap 8 in the main when he tangled with a lapped car and flipped multiple times on the frontstretch. He was uninjured.

    Heat races were won by Kerry Madsen, Jonathan Allard and Rilat. Jason Solwold, celebrating his 31st birthday, was the fastest of 26 qualifiers with a time of 14.487 seconds, his series-leading seventh fast time of the year. All 26 cars raced the main event.

    For Kaeding, the win was a nice bounce back from a tough night Saturday at the Knoxville Nationals, where he spun on the first lap.

    “We’ll take this win and enjoy it, just like we would have with a Knoxville win,” said Kaeding, who proclaimed how much he loved his car upon climbing out in victory lane. “That’s how our year has been. When we’re bad, we’re 10th or worse. When we’re good, we’re top-three and can win on any given night.”

    NST teams next compete at Billings Motorsports Park in Billings , Mont. for an Aug. 18-19 doubleheader.

 

Junction Motor Speedway National Sprint Tour results

August 14, 2006

McCool Junction, Nebraska

 

Qualifying Results

 

1   JASON SOLWOLD R19 14.487
2   STEVE KINSER 11 14.576
3   DANNY LASOSKI 83 14.774
4   PAUL McMAHAN 20 14.890
5   SHANE STEWART 26 14.926
6   JASON SIDES 7S 14.935
7   DEAN JACOBS 6 15.023
8   Kyle Hirst 99 15.079
9   BRIAN PAULUS 28 15.091
10   Wayne Johnson 14AJ 15.092
11   TIM KAEDING 11K 15.126
12   Ricky Logan 55 15.211
13   KERRY MADSEN 11H 15.252
14   Jonathan Allard O 15.327
15   Travis Rilat 29 15.405
16   Trever Green 11AU 15.478
17   Chad Hillier 5 15.500
18   JASON MEYERS 14 15.520
19   Seth Brahmer 13 15.850
20   Robert Ballou 12 16.020
21   Jamie McDonald 3NZ 16.056
22   Bryan Gosel 6G 16.522
23   Kellen Love 71X 16.851
24   Mike Chadd 4 16.884
25   Tony Kaus 3K 16.895
26   Don Stoutner 57 -.---

 

Heat One Finish

1   KERRY MADSEN 11H
2   Trever Green 11AU
3   Wayne Johnson 14AJ
4   JASON SOLWOLD R19
5   PAUL McMAHAN 20
6   DEAN JACOBS 6
7   Seth Brahmer 13
8   Bryan  Gosel 6G
9   Tony Kaus 3K

 

Heat Two Finish

1   Jonathan Allard O
2   SHANE STEWART 26
3   STEVE KINSER 11
4   Chad  Hillier 5
5   TIM KAEDING 11K
6   Kyle Hirst 99
7   Robert Ballou 12
8   Kellen Love 71X
9   Don Stoutner 57

 

Heat Three Finish

1   Travis Rilat 29
2   JASON MEYERS 14
3   Ricky Logan 55
4   DANNY LASOSKI 83
5   JASON SIDES 7S
6   BRIAN PAULUS 28
7   Mike Chadd 4
8   Jamie McDonald 3NZ

 

Dash One Finish

1  DANNY LASOSKI 83

2  TIM KAEDING 11K

3  DEAN JACOBS 6

4  JASON SOLWOLD R19

5  SHANE STEWART 26

6  BRIAN PAULUS 28

 

Dash Two Finish

1  PAUL McMAHAN 20

2  JASON SIDES 7S

3  Kyle Hirst 99

4  STEVE KINSER 11

5  Wayne Johnson 14AJ

6  Ricky Logan 55

 

A-Feature Line-Up
83 - 20
11K - 7S
6 - 99
R19 - 11
26 - 14AJ
28 - 55
11H - 0
29 - 11AU
5 - 14
13 - 12
3NZ - 6G
71X - 4
3K - 57

 

 

A-Feature Finish

1   TIM KAEDING 11K
2   DANNY LASOSKI 83
3   STEVE KINSER 11
4   DEAN JACOBS 6
5   Wayne Johnson 14AJ
6   JASON MEYERS 14
7   SHANE STEWART 26
8   Kyle Hirst 99
9   JASON SOLWOLD R19
10   Travis Rilat 29
11   Jonathan Allard O
12   KERRY MADSEN 11H
13   Chad Hillier 5
14   Robert Ballou 12
15   JASON SIDES 7S
16   Ricky Logan 55
17   Seth Brahmer 13
18   Mike Chadd 4
19   Jamie McDonald 3NZ
20   Trever Green 11AU
21   Kellen Love 71X
22   BRIAN PAULUS 28
23   Tony Kaus 3K
24   PAUL McMAHAN 20
25   Bryan Gosel 6G
26   Don Stoutner 57

 

Points after McCool Junction

1 Danny Lasoski 2290

2 Steve Kinser      2226

3 Tim Kaeding      2196

4 Jason Meyers    2072

5 Jason Solwold   1959

6 Paul McMahan 1867

7 Jason Sides        1852

8 Shane Stewart    1676

9 Brian Paulus       1560

10 Tim Shaffer       1092

11 Kerry Madsen   987

12 Lucas Wolfe      960

13 Dean Jacobs      663

14 Lance Dewease 458


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                                        “Blackjack” Brian Brown has an intense Nationals!

 

August 13, 2006 ( Knoxville , IA ) The 2006 Knoxville Nationals may is one that will more than likely be remembered for things that took place off the track rather than on it.  For Blackjack Brian Brown and the McKenna Truck Centers Doogs Maxim, their on track performance will not get the due it should.  Brown, who is the nephew of former World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski had a heartbreaking “B” main during Saturday night’s Championship night at Knoxville Raceway In more way’s than one.  The driver who hails from Grain Valley , MO and competes weekly at the historic ½ mile was racing against his uncle for the final transfer spot when things got interesting.

 

Lasoski appeared to have a run on Brown down the backstretch when Brown would cut down on the #83 car driven by Lasoski going into turn 3 and rub the front right tire causing Lasoski tp spin.  Lasoski never stalled the car and completed a 360 and went back to racing when the caution flag flew stopping the action.  The Dennis Roth owned #83 then proceeded to chase down the #21 McKenna Truck Center/Diablo Energy #21 and began to bump into the car repeatedly under yellow.   Knoxville officials made a call that the yellow flag was flown inadvertantly and thus Lasoski would get his 5th place spot back under the restart.  Lasoski would eventually pass Brown for the transfer and go onto the “A” main and Brown would finish 6th in the “B” main. 

 

What should have ended on the track then escaltated in the pits between Lasoski and Brown’s Grandfather (Lasoski’s dad) when George Lasoski confronted his son.  A battle of words ensued and the senior Lasoski was lead away while his son continued shouting.  What should have stayed on the track insead lead to drama off of it.  Unfortunatley for Brown his performance on Friday night will not get the credit it deserves. 

 

Starting 10th in the “B” scramble, Brown made a valiant charge to 4th in what appeared to be the fastest car on the track.  Using whatever line was available Blackjack gave a performance that local Knoxville fans have come to expect from the hot shoe from Missouri .  It would not end there however as the Factory Auto Parts World Challenge would see Brown once again put on a show.  From his 6th starting position, Blackjack was once again the fastest car on the track.  Making moves that can best be described as hair raising, the #21 McKenna Truck Centers Maxim would climb to 2nd and just run out of laps while closing in on the leader.  While Brown may not have made the feature he won over many fans with both his on and off the track performances.

 

“I was just racing hard to keep my spot.” Said Brown of Saturday nights incident. “The tires were gone, I used them up racing Shane (Stewart) for the lead earlier in the race and I was just trying to hold on for the transfer spot.  Yes I drove down to keep him from passing, nothing I would not do to anyone I was racing or for that matter that he wouldn’t have done.  When the yellow came out the next thing I knew he was beside me and running into me.  I tried to drive away from him but he kept coming at me.  I was not there when he and my Grandpa got into it.  That really hurts, because I love my Grandpa and he has really helped me out my whole career.  All in all we had a good Nationals and now we have to focus on winning the Knoxville points deal and more races.  The great thing about this race is it occurs next year.  I want to thank McKenna Truck Centers for coming on board and helping us out.  I look forward to furthering that relationship and I know we provided a good showing to those folks.” 

 

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Lasoski center of attention after eventful night at Knoxville

By Craig Murphy

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Danny Lasoski didn’t win Saturday night’s 46th annual Super Clean Knoxville Nationals, but he still created quite the buzz.

    Lasoski, a four-time winner of the event, steadily marched through the 24-car field after starting shotgun for the 30-lap event.

    But that isn’t half the story.

    The real story, the one that led to a scuffle with his own dad in the pits, was Lasoski’s moves to grab the fourth and final transfer spot out of the B-main.

    Lasoski was set to start 20th in the B-main, but had to start last in that race after jumping the initial start. The winner of 88 feature events at the famed Iowa half-mile made a furious charge through the field.

    In the closing laps, he made others furious.

    With six laps to go, Lasoski closed on Kerry Madsen, who himself was reeling in Brian Brown for the final transfer spot.

    In turn 3, Lasoski bumped Madsen in the left rear. The contact sent Madsen over the turn 4 berm, at which point the patriotic-themed Selma Shell car flipped.

    “I just got taken out,” said Madsen, who was uninjured. “There were six laps to go, and I was catching Brian (Brown). The guy behind me had the opportunity to take me out, and he did.

    “It’s a big disappointment we didn’t make the main event,” Madsen added. “It’s disappointing being taken out of our chance at the biggest race of the year. Oh well, there’s next year.”

    Lasoski, who was not penalized for the contact, had more to come.

    On the restart, Lasoski and Brown – his nephew – made contact in turn 3, which sent Lasoski spinning. Under yellow, Lasoski and Brown repeated made gestures and tried hitting each other.

    Lasoksi maintained fifth – much to the displeasure of the already upset crowd – and got by Brown on the next restart to grab the final transfer spot behind Jeff Shepard, Shane Stewart and Terry McCarl.

    “It was just good, fun family racing,” Brown said. “I agree I turned down on him. I admit it 150 percent. I was trying to make the Knoxville Nationals. I was fading, and he was coming on. I was trying to slow his charge and protect my ground.”

    Lasoski wasn’t exactly apologetic after the incidents, and was yelled at by his irate father George in the pits as plenty of pushing and shoving ensued.

    While Donny Schatz and Joey Saldana battled up front for the $140,000 top prize, Lasoski and Steve Kinser rolled through the A-main field from the back.

    The initial start was brought back after Jason Solwold came to a stop in turn 3. It appeared Solwold slowed slightly before being hit by Kaley Gharst.

    “He hit me,” a disgusted Solwold fumed. “It was his inexperience, especially in a big race. We were way better than (Friday) night. I was just snake bit by some kid.”

    On the restart, Tim Kaeding spun in turn 4 after avoiding contact with another car.

    “I just screwed up,” Kaeding said. “I tried to turn back across the track and spun. That’s all she wrote. I spun and spun and spun. We just keep making mistakes, one after another. I just wanted to finish decent. I made the show, that’s all that matters.”

    Jason Meyers ran third a good portion of the race as Saldana and Schatz battled up front. Schatz ended up finally taking his first Nationals win after four runner-up finishes. Behind Schatz were Saldana, Jason Johnson, Lasoski, Meyers and Kinser.

    “I’ve been working a lot on my patience,” Schatz said. “Joey set a real good pace there. It’s awesome to be able to race with him. This is the biggest chapter of my life right here.”

    While Schatz was jubilant in victory lane, Lasoski quickly talked with his crew before trying to take off.

    “I don’t want to talk,” snapped Lasoski, who had a heated exchange with another family member before leaving.

    Lasoski’s crew was in good spirits after gaining 20 spots each in the B- and A-mains.

    “We just needed more laps,” crew member Steven Tiner said. “We came up as far as we could go. We were expecting to win the deal (after the B-main). We knew we could win with Danny. He runs this place so well. We wouldn’t have been as confident elsewhere.”

    Meyers was hoping for more than fifth.

    “It’s disappointing,” he said. “We kind of got tight. I made a couple of mistakes and it cost us. Everyone on the crew did a great job. We had a third place car. I made two little mistakes. When you get to dicing with people, it takes away your momentum. Since my car was tight, that screwed me up.”

    Meyers wasn’t surprised when one of the mistakes let Lasoski slip by late.

    “You can always look for Danny on the bottom,” Meyers said. “It’s nothing new.”

    Kinser, the 12-time Nationals winner, moved up well early before ending up sixth.

    “I caught the middle and got up through the field, but I killed the tires doing it,” Kinser said. “I should of went to the bottom and stayed there. I could have been third, but that happens. I got in the wrong place.”

    Stewart finished 17th after his strong performance in the B-main.

    “We had a way better car than (17th), I tell you,” he said. “I messed up on the second lap going into turn 3, and that killed my momentum. After that, I was trying to keep from getting lapped. We had a better car, but we didn’t have anything to show for it.”

    Other NST finishers in the main event were Paul McMahan (11th), Kaeding (14th), and Brian Paulus (23rd). Solwold was credited with 24th.

    Paulus was okay after slamming the wall on the frontstretch.

    “I broke the axle off turn 4, and spun around,” he said. “We lost our brakes a couple of laps before, but they started to come back.”

Six NST drivers locked into Knoxville Nationals

By Craig Murphy

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Two National Sprint Tour drivers wouldn’t mind making Saturday’s 46th annual Super Clean Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway a Jason and Jason show.

    Jason Solwold finished third in Friday’s A-scramble, while Jason Meyers took sixth. Combined with points previously accrued, Meyers will start fourth on Saturday and Solwold will roll off eighth. Donny Schatz, who finished second in the scramble, will start on pole with Joey Saldana alongside. Another Jason, Jason Johnson, starts third.

    Meyers and his team tried a new setup Friday, and learned from that experiment.

    “The car was not as good as we wanted it to be,” Meyers said. “We know that’s not the setup to use. We were just trying something different. It all just depends on the track. You never know.”

    Meyers is looking forward to Saturday’s 30-lap main event, which pays $140,000 to win.

    “I’m very optimistic,” he said. “We have a good car, and a good team. I’m looking forward to it.”

    As strong as Schatz has looked, Meyers knows nothing is guaranteed until the checkered flag falls on Saturday.

    “We still have 30 laps to go,” Meyers said. “Anything can happen.”

    Solwold is hoping his car is better Saturday night.

    “We’ve got to our car right,” Solwold said. “We changed it all around. Hopefully we can get it right. It’s squatting on the right rear. Hopefully we can get it figured out.”

    A consistent grumble among those in Wednesday’s qualifying show was how the track was wider and racier on Thursday.

    “The track was 20 feet narrower (Wednesday) than it was today,” Solwold said following Friday’s race. “That’s the problem with two different nights. We didn’t have a good track Wednesday. You couldn’t pass. That beat us up in the points. I’m not sure I like the points format. It sucks.”

    Solwold’s team changed motors following Wednesday’s program, and Solwold saw improvement on Friday.

    “Our car was a little better,” he said. “We changed motors. It seemed like we were running better. I think we just missed something tonight. Hopefully the track stays nice and wide Saturday.”

    Other NST drivers locked into Saturday’s main event are Tim Kaeding (12th), Brian Paulus (14th), Paul McMahan (17th) and 12-time Nationals champion Steve Kinser (19th).

    Shane Stewart is among those who will have to advance through Saturday’s B-main to start the A-main. Stewart was third in Friday’s B-scramble, and will start fourth in Saturday’s 22-lap B-main. The top four transfer into the main event.

    Stewart’s team had to change motors following Wednesday’s action.

    “We were a little better tonight,” Stewart said Friday night. “We’re trying to get a good balance. We’re getting close. We’ve got our work cut out for us. Watching Donny Schatz tonight helped. The lower line is the place to be, if you can make your car work there. That’s where I’ll have to be tomorrow.”

    Stewart feels he’ll be able to transfer out of the B.

    “We have as good a chance as anyone,” he said. “I’ve started 16th in the B and made it out before. If I can get to the A, I know I’ll pass some cars.”

    Joining Stewart in the B-main will be Kerry Madsen and four-time Nationals champion Danny Lasoski, who will start 18th and 20th, respectively. Madsen also finished eighth in Friday’s Factory Value Parts World Challenge, while McMahan was fifth.

    Madsen faced an uphill battle after clocking in 42nd quick on Thursday.

    “We just dropped the ball,” he said. “If the track is wide enough tomorrow, we can use our lane.”

    Jason Sides starts sixth in the C-main, while Dean Jacobs starts second in the D-main.


McMahan remembers his racing roots

By Craig Murphy

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Regardless of how he finishes Saturday in the 46th annual Super Clean Knoxville Nationals, you can expect National Sprint Tour driver Paul McMahan to spend time with fans.

    Especially the young fans.

    That’s because McMahan, who drives the Tony Stewart Motorsports #20 Bass Pro Shop car, remembers his past.

    McMahan, now 35, remembers going up to drivers after races and asking for autographs as a child.

    “I remember getting autographs and putting drivers up on pedestals,” said McMahan, who starts Saturday’s 30-lap main event 17th. “One driver didn’t give me an autograph, and it really hurt me. I don’t want to be like him.”

    McMahan raced quarter midgets as a child. He competed in the prestigious Grand Nationals four times, winning it in 1981 and finishing second twice. One of those runner-up finishes came in 1979, when he lost to Jeff Gordon.

    “Twenty five years ago, I won the 1981 Grand Nationals,” McMahan recalled. “It is the Knoxville Nationals for quarter midgets. When I was a kid, there was just the one race instead of the three they have now.”

    The 2006 Dirt Grand Nationals are taking place this week at Grays Harbor Mini Raceway in Elma, Wash. Arrangements were made for McMahan to be the main speaker for the event. McMahan’s call over cell phone from Knoxville on Wednesday was broadcast over the track’s PA system to the hundreds of racers and parents on hand.

    “Parents are getting more serious now about their kids’ sports,” McMahan said. “I reminded them this is for the kids. It’s about them having a good time, win or lose.

    “It was kind of cool,” he added. “My uncle was there, and people I raced against were there with their own kids. I appreciate them keeping the sport going.”

    McMahan has maintained friendships over the years with drivers like Gordon and Lonnie Rush Jr., both of whom he raced against growing up.

    McMahan is constantly reminded of his start in racing.

    “I have a flood of memories any day with racing,” he said. “I remember my first Grand Nationals. There were 700 cars, with miles of trailers and motorhomes.”

    Speaking to quarter midget racers hit home for McMahan, whose 11-year-old son Brayden has been racing quarter midgets for three years.

    “He’s only done 10 races because we’re on the road so much,” McMahan said. “He’d rather go with me and watch me race than go to the track without me. That’s our time together. We have more fun doing that. It almost brings a tear to my eye every time I push him off. I get a little choked up. It’s the coolest feeling.”

    Another cool feeling for McMahan is winning, which dates back to his youth. 

    “I won a lot of races in quarter midgets,” he said. “I want to win every race. That was my goal when I was 5 as well.”

    Fast forward to this weekend, and McMahan is looking forward to Saturday’s big show.

    “That’s the biggest thing is we’re in the A-main Saturday,” McMahan said. “If you’re 21st, it’s worse than being 17th. I’ve got the team. I think a top-5 is realistic. Steve Kinser won it once from 14th. Strange things can happen.

    “(Crew chief) Jimmy Carr has won here four times,” McMahan added. “Anything can happen. You’ve got to have a little bit of luck.”

    Not only did McMahan share time to speak with young racers, he does other things as well.

    “Some drivers think they don’t need to take the time out,” he said. “Anything I can do to help anyone, it’s no skin off my back. I try to help everyone.”

    McMahan and wife Jan have been having silent auctions this week to benefit Tim Shaffer, and souvenir trailers have donation jars out for the late Fred Brownfield, who founded the NST.

    “We’re a big family,” McMahan said. “That’s what we do for each other. I was hurt here (at Knoxville ) a couple of years ago, and guys like Joey Saldana and Daryn Pittman put out boxes for me. We asked teams, both with the NST and World of Outlaws, if they had old parts to donate for the auction.”


Knoxville Nationals notes August 10

By Craig Murphy

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – National Sprint Tour co-owner Lonny Parsons could be released on Friday from Geisinger Medical Center in Danville , Pa.

    Tim Shaffer, who drove the Parsons-owned Casey’s General Stores #6 car until being injured at Knoxville Raceway in June, noted Parsons’ injured lung has been healed.

    Parsons, 65, was injured Aug. 5 at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove , Pa. when he was hit by a water truck while crossing into the infield.

    “He has an irregular heartbeat,” Shaffer said Thursday evening at Knoxville . “They should release him probably tomorrow. We’ve had a couple of crazy months.”

No pressure: Kraig Kinser was behind the wheel of a green Quaker State #1K Maxim on Thursday. Kinser and Tim Kaeding were both entered in Thursday’s qualifying program.

    Kinser didn’t show nervousness about driving a car that looks much like his dad’s after not driving a Sprint car in about six months.

    “No, not at all,” Kraig said when asked about being nervous. “It’s just another race. This is a car we brought on a third trailer. It just comes here and then goes back home.”

    Kraig liked the feeling of being back in the car.

    “I feel pretty confident,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was going to be like. I sat in it, and got pumped up. It’s good to have Quaker State on the car. I’m glad my dad was able to put a third car together. It’s a stress on the two teams. Tim’s running good, and dad’s running pretty good.”

New schemes: Various cars have special paint schemes this weekend at the Knoxville Nationals.

    NST driver Brian Paulus and #28 car owner Dawne Pender take credit for starting the special paint scheme craze at Knoxville .

    “We started it back in 2000 with the salad car,” Pender said. “The first one was airbrushed, then the next year was graphics. When you can do graphics with a salad, it’s unbelievable. We would like to have a sponsor to do something like that with again.”

    Paulus said the scheme was designed for the Nationals, but it could run again.

    “When we first did the salad, it was going to be once,” Paulus said. “But people demanded it, so we ran it more. Every year we’re known to do something like this. Now a lot of others do it, too.”

    Another car with a different look was the #11H car driven by Kerry Madsen and crew chiefed by Sonny Kratzer. The usual orange and blue was replaced by a patriotic American flag and bald eagle scheme.

    “It’s just time to be patriotic,” said Kratzer, who teamed with Shadow Graphics out of Indianapolis to do the work. “It took about two days to do it. We will use it in a couple of other places, like Hanford and probably one other place.

    “There is a lot of talk about war, so I thought it was time to run this,” added Kratzer, who spent four years in the Marine Corps. “Maybe the troops need a little support.”



Three NST drivers in top-five Thursday at Knoxville

By Craig Murphy

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – The supporting cast stepped up big during Thursday’s qualifying night at Knoxville Raceway for Saturday’s 46th annual Super Clean Knoxville Nationals.

    A night after National Sprint Tour points leader Danny Lasoski and 12-time Nationals champion Steve Kinser struggled, it was the next generation of NST stars putting on strong shows Thursday.

    Tim Kaeding finished second in the 25-lap feature, with Jason Meyers third. Brian Paulus made it three in the top-five with his fifth place effort. Paul McMahan battled up front in the first half of the race before finishing 9th, one spot behind Kerry Madsen.

    After the two qualifying nights at Knoxville , Meyers is in fourth position. Jason Solwold is 9th, Kaeding 12th, Paulus 14th, McMahan 17th, and Steve Kinser 19th. The top-20 are locked into Saturday’s $140,000-to-win 30-lap main event.

    Kaeding finished second to Jason Johnson on Thursday. Kaeding started second, fell back to fourth early, then came on strong in the middle part of the race to reclaim second.

    “We had a little bit of a motor problem at the start,” said Kaeding, driving for the Steve Kinser Racing team that won last year’s Knoxville Nationals with Kraig Kinser. “It stumbled when we got up high, then it cleared up. We had a second or third place car.”

    As he has the whole season, Kaeding gave credit to his crew.

    “I’ve got a great crew,” he said. “Everyone on the team is great. I just try to make sure I don’t hit the wall.”

    By the end, Kaeding was willing to accept second.

    “We were good,” he said. “We were too loose there at the end. I just tried to keep it in one piece. This makes me ecstatic.”

    Meyers gave credit to both his crew and also the track crew, which made the racing surface wider and more useable than on Wednesday.

    “I give those guys all the credit in the world,” Meyers said of the track crew. “It was wide up on the fence, and there was the bottom. That’s what Knoxville is known for.”

    On a lap 16 restart, Meyers fell to sixth, then gained two spots a lap later. With six laps to go, Meyers got by Paulus for third.

    “I tried going on the bottom on the restart and missed it, then the next lap they missed the bottom so I got the spot back,” Meyers said.

    Much of the race looked like an NST race with NST drivers swapping positions.

    “The NST guys did a great job,” Meyers said. “It shows what they’re made of. They’re a great group of guys. You’re only as good as the guys you race against, and we race against the best.”

    Paulus also likes the guys he races against on a regular basis.

    “We all race each other clean, which makes it easy to race with them,” Paulus said. “We look out for each other.”

    Paulus was happy with his first top-five in a Knoxville qualifying feature, and said being locked into the top-20 met the team’s goal.

    “I thought we had it won there for a while,” Paulus said. “If I could have kept it on the bottom, I would have had it.”

    Despite falling at the end, McMahan held on for a solid 9th place finish.

    “We’ll take a top-10,” he said. “The track was the way it should have been for all of qualifying. I was so tight there at the end I couldn’t do nothing. Guys would pass me, and I couldn’t turn back under them.”

    Other NST drivers have their work cut out for them. Shane Stewart is 27th in points, Madsen is 38th and four-time Nationals champion Lasoski is 40th. Jason Sides and Dean Jacobs are 47th and 76th, respectively.

    Kraig Kinser made contact with another car and damaged his front wing during his heat race, then finished 10th in the B-main. The defending event champion, driving a third Kinser Racing car, is mired in 54th in points. He is also practicing and racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series the next two nights.

    “I don’t know what we’re going to do now,” he said. “I wish we had run better. It’s tough to just come out cold like that. I’ve got to be with the truck (Friday).”

    Friday’s racing at Knoxville , set to kick off at 7:15 p.m., starts with five heat races for non-qualified drivers. There are then three features for those drivers, followed by three scrambles contested by drivers already qualified for Saturday’s C-main, B-main and A-main. Twenty cars are locked into each of those mains, with the top-10 in each main participating in scrambles that will determine starting line-ups for Saturday.

    Friday’s racing also includes the Factory Value Parts World Challenge, an invitational event that has no bearing on Saturday’s races.

25th Annual UMARA Bob Lockard Memorial This Saturday
At Grundy

By: Bill Freis

Morris, IL  The DArcy Buick/Pontiac/GMC UMARA
National Midget Series returns to the Grundy County
Speedway this Saturday for one of its premier events
and a long standing tradition in midwest open wheel
racing, the 25th Annual Bob Lockard Memorial.

The Bob Lockard Memorial first run in 1981 at the
Joliet Memorial Stadium is an event that remembers an
innovative man who devoted long hours of his time in
an effort to help anyone who cared to race  he lent
parts, car chassis setups, motor tips and even driving
lessons to fellow competitors.

Legendary driver Rich Vogler, who at one time drove
for Lockard, once said Bob was one of the few car
owners who knew how to make a race car work just by
watching it on the track. He was quiet and easy to get
along with. If I made a suggestion he would try it,
sometimes it was right and sometimes it was wrong, but
Bob never complained. He always took the time to do
things right.

Lockard was known for his well maintained red number
69 midget cars including the unique Badger Midget,
that dominated midget racing in the late 1970s and
early 80s.  He owned and operated Will County Auto
Wreckers locally and in 1956 he and Leo Melcher
campained the first sprint car powered by a Chevy V-8
engine.  

Along with great cars Lockard had some great pilots in
those cars including Vogler, Dennis Devea, who won the
inaugural event in 1981, Johnny Parsons, Merle
Bettenhausen, Jim McClean, Tom Corcoran, Larry
Schuler, Jim Mahoney, Mac McClellan and many more.

Johnny Parsons who drove for Lockard in the late
1970s produced a remarkable string of a dozen
victories on the tough USAC circuit.  I knew I had
impressed the right people when I got the call to
drive Bobs car; he helped me a great deal with my
career said Parsons.

Second generation driver Patrick Wilda Jr. said after
winning the 2005 Lockard Memorial; Bob (Lockard) was
from my grandpas era and my dad raced against his
cars, and to win a race commemorating a guy that meant
so much to this sport, I just cant put into words
what it means!
Wilda joined an elite list of drivers, like Devea, Don
Carter Jr., Danny Pens, the only 4-time winner, Rich
Corson, Mac McClellan, Jim Hettinger, Gene Lee Gibson
and Aaron Fike, with his win last year.

Wilda is looking for back-to-back wins after winning
the 2005 Lockard Memorial and winning his first
feature of the season a week ago at Grundy County
Speedway.  With points leader Steve Thinnes out front
with a fairly comfortable lead in the National
midgets, Jimmy Anderson and Wilda are in a heated
battle for second place with only 43 points separating
the two.  While positions fourth through sixth are
separtated by a total of 70 points with seven events
remaining on the 2006 schedule.

Saturdays 25th Annual event will include a 40-lap
UMARA DArcy Buick/Pontiac/GMC National midget feature
and a 29-lap Illini Sportsman Midget feature to
commemorate the poplular number 69 on Lockards cars.
Also on hand will be the BIDCA Classic Modifieds run
their full program as well.

Pit Gate opens at 2pm with the Main Gates opening at
5pm. Qualifying begins at 6 and the first race begins
at 7pm sharp.  For more information visit
www.umara.com.

Kraig Kinser back to defend Knoxville Nationals crown

By Craig Murphy

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Kraig Kinser will be doing a lot of racing this weekend.

    He’ll be doing even more flying in order to do that racing.

    Of late, the question has been whether or not Kraig would defend his Knoxville Nationals crown.

    Kraig has been getting used to pavement and fenders this year as a rookie on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. His best finish to date came last Friday, when he came home 13th at O’Reilly (formerly Indianapolis ) Raceway Park .

    The trucks race Saturday evening at Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville , Tenn. Of course, that happens to be the same night as the 46th annual Super Clean Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville , Iowa .

    The truck race is scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m. Central Time on Saturday. Racing at Knoxville is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. Action at Knoxville kicks off Wednesday evening.

    Kraig confirmed Wednesday morning Aug. 9 he is indeed running at both Nashville and Knoxville this weekend.

    “Yes I am,” said Kraig, who will once again be driving for father and 12-time Knoxville Nationals champion Steve Kinser, who recently became co-owner of the National Sprint Tour.

    Kraig will have to fly to Nashville for Friday’s truck practice, return to Knoxville that evening, fly back to Nashville for Saturday’s truck race, then immediately return to Knoxville .

    “We don’t know yet on all the travel details,” Kraig said. “It’s going to be close. We don’t know for sure what we’re doing yet. We’re looking at the schedules over here in Knoxville .”

    Steve Kinser said prior to Sunday’s NST race in Hagerstown , Md. the decision of racing in the Nationals was his son’s to make.

    “If Kraig wants to do it, we will do a third car,” Steve Kinser said at the time. “It’s up to him. He has another race on Saturday, so we don’t know what to do. He had a good run (Aug. 4) at Indy. He looked good at that race.”

    Kraig also looked good at the Knoxville Nationals last year.

    “I think about it every day sometimes,” Kraig acknowledged. “A lot of times it hasn’t sunk in fully yet. One of the biggest deals about going back is I’m a little bit rusty, but I feel like I owe it to the fans to show up, or at least try.

    “It’s not like I’m totally clueless, but being out of a Sprint car a year has hurt,” Kraig added. “I’m trying to give my pavement career a shot. I’m starting to get more comfortable in the truck.”

    Last Friday was Kraig’s first run with a new crew and new crew chief Eric Phillips.

    “I feel we have pretty good momentum coming from (Indy) with our truck,” Kraig said. “Getting Eric has helped. We got along pretty good from the start, so it will be a good thing.”

    On the other hand, Kraig hasn’t driven a Sprint car at all in about six months.

    “That’s the longest break I’ve had since I was 17 or 18,” the 21-year-old said. “It might take a couple of laps to get going, but when those laps are coming at the Knoxville Nationals it might be a couple of laps too late.”

    A true team effort is being made this weekend at Steve Kinser Racing, which has won 15 of the NST races run this season. Tim Kaeding has won 11 of those races.

    “We’ve brought a couple of extra people out,” Kraig said. “My uncle Randy is coming out and will be with me. He was my crew chief when I started in Sprint cars. I think Scott (Gerkin, Steve’s crew chief) is helping, since we run different nights. It’s a group effort. We have two teams, running a third car.”

    Steve Kinser runs the Wednesday qualifying night, while Kraig Kinser and Kaeding run on Thursday.

    Kraig grew up going to the Knoxville Nationals.

    “I definitely always looked forward to the Knoxville Nationals,” he said. “I haven’t missed a race. It is definitely a good time for me, but usually it also meant a week later I had to go back to school.

    “I’m just happy to be around Knoxville whenever I get a chance,” the defending champion added. “I like competing. It’s been a while since I watched a Knoxville Nationals. I don’t want to know what it feels like again.”

    Last year on this weekend, Kraig spent Sunday winning the rain-delayed Knoxville Nationals. After this year’s grueling weekend, he has a different plan for Sunday.

    “I’m definitely going to be sleeping pretty well Sunday when I get home,” he said.

Steve Kinser looks for more Knoxville success

By Craig Murphy

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Steve Kinser, the 12-time Knoxville Nationals champion, is looking for his 14th Knoxville crown this weekend.

    Kinser has won the event 12 times as a driver, and he visited victory lane again last year as son Kraig Kinser drove his dad’s team car to the win.

    This year, Steve Kinser Racing has three shots at taking home the top prize at famed Knoxville Raceway. Action starts Wednesday evening with qualifying and heat races for half of the field, including Steve Kinser. Kraig Kinser and Tim Kaeding take part in Thursday’s action at the ½-mile dirt track.

    Steve Kinser and Kaeding have been a potent 1-2 punch this year in the National Sprint Tour. The two have combined for 15 wins in 29 races, with Kaeding taking the checkered flag 11 times. Kinser has eight runner-up finishes to compliment his four wins.

    Kinser sits second in the NST points, while Kaeding is third.

    This week, however, that doesn’t matter. It’s time for the biggest race of the year.

    “It’s the Nationals,” Kinser said simply. “There’s not much more you can say. It’s the biggest paying race of the year. You get prepared for it as well as you can.”

    Even for a 12-time champion, the Knoxville Nationals is a hard race to win.

    “The toughest part is getting yourself into position,” Kinser said. “You can’t make mistakes, you need to qualify good, and you have to transfer out of the heats.

    “Anymore, you’re got to be starting up front for the main, in the first two or three rows,” added Kinser, co-owner of the NST. “There’s years I’ve been able to come from further back, but that will be tough to do this year. Everyone is so close. There are so many good cars. It’s pretty tough right now.”

    Though he has been doing well this year, an early season crash in New Mexico hampered Kinser a bit.

    “I think our team’s always been on track. I’m just getting healthy myself,” said Kinser, who also had two rollover accidents this year in IROC competition. “My back is getter. It’s back to how it should be.”

    Despite the pain he’s been racing with, Kinser doesn’t feel his performance behind the wheel suffered as a result.

    “I don’t think it hurt me, but I do feel a little better now,” Kinser said. “I think we’re close enough to win races now.”

    That includes Knoxville , where a proud Steve celebrated with his son in victory lane last year.

    “It was really neat,” Steve said of Kraig’s win a year ago. “There are a lot of guys who have tried to win this event many times.”

    Not only does Kinser feel he has a good chance at Knoxville himself, he knows Kaeding is looking good as well.

    “Tim’s been doing a great job,” Kinser said. “We knew that when we hired him. He hasn’t torn a lot of stuff up. I’m proud of him.”

    As successful as he’s been at the Knoxville Nationals, Kinser would be satisfied to end his career with 12 wins, right?

    “I just told myself the other night, just one more Nationals win,” Kinser said with a chuckle. “Of course, that’s the third or fourth time I’ve said that.”

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Parsons recovering after scary incident at Selinsgrove

By Craig Murphy

    National Sprint Tour co-owner Lonny Parsons and his family had already had a trying year.

    Parsons’ wife and brother both passed away earlier this year.

    In June Tim Shaffer, who drove the Parsons-owned Casey’s General Stores car on the NST circuit, was injured in a vicious crash at Knoxville Raceway. Shaffer continues to recover, while good friend Dean Jacobs has been filling in.

    Saturday afternoon, it seemed another tragedy had hit when Parsons was struck by a water truck at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove , Pa.

    Parsons, 65, was crossing the track into the infield at turn 4 shortly after 4 p.m. when he was struck by a water truck that was working the track. The impact launched Parsons, who landed about 25 feet down the track. The impact could be heard clearly in the line waiting to get into the pits, which had opened a short time earlier.

    Parsons was airlifted by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville , Pa. That was the facility that treated NASCAR great Bobby Allison after his career-ending crash at Pocono in 1988.

    Shaffer said that Parsons was doing better by Saturday evening with a cracked cheekbone and partially collapsed lung. Parsons also had cuts in his face, and bruises on his knees and back.

    Still, Shaffer and everyone else were thankful injuries weren’t worse.

    “We already had one miracle here,” Shaffer said.

    Jacobs saw the incident, and was also relieved his friend was doing well.

    “They did an MRI from head to toe, and nothing was wrong,” Jacobs said Saturday night. “That’s a miracle. I saw the whole thing. It was just an accident. I thought he was gone.”

    At Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland Sunday afternoon, Jacobs said Parsons continued to improve.

    “He has a cracked cheekbone and a small hole in the lung,” Jacobs reported. “That should be healed by the end of the day. He’s in good shape. He’s in real good spirits. If the lung heals like it has been, he could be released (Aug. 7).

    “Tim and (crew chief) Adam Kinnear were there with him,” Jacobs added. “They said Lonny was joking.”

    Jacobs shook his head when thinking about all the Parsons family has been through this year.

    “Some of that stuff was kind of expected, but Tim’s deal and this deal (with Lonny) you don’t expect,” he said.

    Kinnear and Shaffer came to Hagerstown after spending part of Sunday with Parsons.

    “He sat up and ate lunch in a chair,” Kinnear said. “He’s talking, and is in pretty good spirits. He was upset because he couldn’t have his cigarettes.”

    Neither Kinnear nor Shaffer would be surprised to see Parsons, who lives near Knoxville in Urbandale , Iowa , at the Nationals this weekend.

    “I would expect him to be there at least one day,” Kinnear said. “It was a real relief to see him doing well. He was in good spirits (Saturday), and looked much better (Sunday).”

Lasoski looks for more success at Knoxville Nationals

By Craig Murphy

    There’s an easy way to get a warm smile out of Danny Lasoski.

    All you have to do is mention the words “1998 Knoxville Nationals” and ‘The Dude’ lights up like a Christmas tree.

    Lasoski’s success at the ½-mile Knoxville Raceway is well-documented. To date, he has 88 feature wins at the famed Iowa dirt track. Before becoming a touring driver, Lasoski won seven track titles at Knoxville .

    And then there are the four Knoxville National crowns, the first of which came in 1998 when Lasoski was in his first year of driving the Roth Motorsports entry owned by Dennis and Teresa Roth. The pairing led to 34 wins over a three year period, including that first Knoxville title.

    “THAT was special,” Lasoski said fondly of the 1998 win. “To me, that 1998 win is the highlight of my career, and it is the highlight of Dennis’ career. I’ve been fortunate to win the race again since, but there’s nothing that compares to your first.”

    After driving the Roth entry for three seasons, Lasoski moved to the Tony Stewart Motorsports operation. Though there were certainly some high points including three more Knoxville National titles, bitter feelings last season led to a well-publicized falling out.

    “It’s no secret that last year was a disaster for us,” Lasoski said. “But I always have the desire to be the best. We were third at the Nationals last year, and the way our season was going, that was a moral victory for us.”

    For 2006, Lasoski reunited with Roth Motorsports. Though the team is totally new compared to who was there in 2000, the Roths are still on board.

    “Dennis and Teresa are more like family than car owners to me,” Lasoski said. “Long after I step out of the cockpit, I hope it stays that way. We stayed good friends over the years, even when I was no longer driving for them.”

    Throughout the season, Lasoski has talked about the importance of having a team that believes in him, and vice versa.

    The results speak for themselves: Lasoski leads the NST points and notched his seventh win of the season Sunday in Hagerstown , Md. More impressively, Lasoski has finished in the top-10 in all 28 races this year but one.

    As great as the season has been for Lasoski and the Roth outfit, he considers it merely a warm-up.

    “I’ve heard others say it and I agree: every race we run prior to Knoxville is just practice,” Lasoski said. “There is only one race, and that’s Knoxville .”

    Lasoski is at a lost to explain his continued success over the years at Knoxville , where the 46th annual Super Clean Knoxville Nationals take place Saturday evening. Racing kicks off Wednesday night with qualifying races.

    “I really don’t know,” Lasoski said when asked to explain his success there. “I watched races there as a kid. Knoxville has the greatest fans in the world, and it’s the greatest facility in the world. It’s the best run place from A-Z.”

    Traditionally, Knoxville has rewarded drivers and teams with plenty of experience around the high banks.

    “Experience plays a factor at every track,” Lasoski said. “Just look at the Pennsylvania races with guys like Lance Dewease and Fred Rahmer. But Knoxville has a tire rule, so there’s no real advantage.”

    Though the Knoxville Nationals is the biggest Sprint car race in the world, Lasoski said his team’s approach won’t waver from the usual.

    “Most fans know everybody brings their best stuff for that race,” Lasoski said. “You’ve got to have luck on your side. For us, it’s a regular race weekend.”

    As such, Lasoski doesn’t draw extra confidence for this weekend based on past success at Knoxville .

    “We feel like we’ll be a factor at any track we go to,” Lasoski said. “The confidence has been there all year, no matter what track we’re at.”

    Whenever the big summer races like Knoxville approach, thoughts of the 1998 Knoxville Nationals float in Lasoski’s mind.

    “It’s real hard not to think about it when the month of money comes up,” Lasoski said. “There’s nothing that compares to that.”

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                                                Hindi returns to the Nationals!

 

August 7, 2006 ( Knoxville , IA ) It has been a tough month for Neon Dion Hindi and Team RealTruck.com but it is now the time for the biggest race of the season and there is reason for optimism.  Hinid who has seen improvement in many area’s, especially qualifying.  Hindi has set two fast times and has been seeing vast improvement in his team and finishes.  Hinidi likes the big ½ mile and will have a brand new J&J Chassis with a fresh powerplant under the hood.  In his one appearance at the ½ mile this season he qualified 16th and missed the “A” by one spot on a hurt motor.  In previoous starts at the Nationals his best finish is a 9th in the “B” main.  On his qualifying night he finished 12th in the “A” main but poor qualifying hurt his points.

 

Unfortunatley through the process of improvement there have been some set backs.  Some hard crashes has had the team rebuilding race cars in a tight time frame.  Through it all Hindi has kept his fan friendly demeanor and held his head up.  It’s a long season and Hindi is really looking forward to the last leg.  RealTruck.com will have a booth at the Knoxville Nationals with Dion and the car making an appearance on Wednesday from 2 – 4 pm.  Be sure to stop by and get an autograph and a catalog with great deals.

 

“This is my favorite time of year.” Said Hindi. “We have made so many great strides and now we are well prepared for the Nationals.  A fresh Powerplant, new J&J and an optimistic attitude.  Last time we were here we were 16th quick on a motor that had 14 races on it.  There is some luck in this deal but it also boils down to having the power to get around this place.  We definitely have that and this RealTruck.com team is ready to roll and get this thing to the feature on Saturday night.”

 

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                                                          Martin is set for the Nationals!

 

August 7, 2006 ( Knoxville , IA ) The Hitman, Jason Martin and the NOS Energy Drink team are excited and chomping at the bit for the rookie’s first appearance at the Knoxville Nationals.  The crew will have an added crew member for the Nationals, Steve Swinson will be board this week as the crew chief on the Nos Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports #36 Maxim.  Swinson who is coming off crewing his brothers Brodix Tournament of Champions win this past Sunday night is really looking forward to working with the hot shoe and the team.  Martin is coming off a 12th place finish at Eldora and an 11th at KC Raceway. 

 

Martin who had his best finish at Eldora since returning to action after an earlier season injury was as high as 7th before the left rear tire blistered and relegated the youngster to an 12th place finish.  At KC Raceway a 5th place qualifying effort and a transfer through the heat put Martin in the dash where he would finish 9th and start in the same position for the feature.  While holding onto 9th the rear brake caliber split leaving Martin with no rear brakes but using judgement and skill he still managed to bring the NOS Energy Drink #36 home in 11th and gain points.   Now it’s off to the biggest race of the season, the 46th annual Knoxville Nationals.  With a fresh Kriner making great power the young gun has confidence and with Swinson’s guidance, Martin likes his chances.

 

“I’m excited and looking forward to this.” Said a smiling Martin. “We have good power in the motors and Steve (Swinson) is a huge addition to this team.  I know how to get around this place and with Swinson’s guidance we should be pretty tough.  Chad (Kemenah) run’s Wednesday and I think we can learn some things from his run to take with us for Thursday.   We will definitely be drinking our NOS Energy Drink as you pull some hours here and need to be focused.  Jeff Ragatz from Mafia will here and we want to give him a good run.  Our goal is the “A” feature Saturday night and there is no reason why we can’t do that.”

 

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Lasoski takes NST win at Hagerstown

By Craig Murphy

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Danny Lasoski pulled off a repeat performance Sunday evening, Aug. 6 in the National Sprint Tour main event at Hagerstown Speedway.

    Just as he did earlier at the ½-mile Davenport Speedway, Lasoski led all 30 laps at the ½-mile Hagerstown track to win.

    Now he’s looking for another repeat performance next weekend at the Knoxville Nationals, an event Lasoski has won four times. Lasoski has a staggering 88 wins at the Iowa track and seven track titles to his credit.

    “We’re going to go and do the best job we can there,” Lasoski said following his victory over Jason Solwold.

    Those two started on the front row, with Solwold looking for a season sweep of the NST races at Hagerstown after notching his first career NST win at the track in June.

    From the start, Lasoski flexed his muscle. Lasoski took the lead from the start and motored away from the field.

    Solwold started gaining in traffic with 10 laps to go, but Lasoski was still comfortably in front when Doug Esh stopped on lap 24 after running in fifth most of the race. A red came out on the restart when contact between Paul McMahan and Mark Smith sent Smith flipping.

    Despite the slowdowns, Lasoski cruised to victory over Solwold in a swap of the June NST finish at Hagerstown . Rounding out the top-10 were Keith Kauffman, Don Kreitz, Fred Rahmer, Steve Kinser, McMahan, Todd Shaffer, Shane Stewart and Lucas Wolfe.

    Lasoski’s seventh win of the year gave him a boost in the points, as Kinser is second in points. Tim Kaeding, third in points, finished a disappointing 13th.

    “All night long we had a great car,” Lasoski said. “After we got going I didn’t see anyone.”

    The late yellow and subsequent red didn’t concern Lasoski much.

    “All I was concerned with was how much tire we had left,” the winner said.

    Solwold took the second place finish in stride.

    “I beat him the first time here, he beat me this time,” Solwold said with a smile of Lasoski. “He was better than us tonight. We’ll take second.”

    Solwold will especially take the second after recent bad luck that has plagued the team.

    “It feels real good,” Solwold said. “You’ll have that from time to time, where you have bad luck. Everyone goes through it. Hopefully we got through it.”

    While the late slowdowns allowed him to catch up with Lasoski, Solwold said he might have had a better chance if the race had stayed green.

    “It probably hurt us more than anything,” Solwold said. “Our car was tight after the red. Hopefully we can have a good run at Knoxville and finish off the rest of the year strong.”

    Trophy dashes were won by Lasoski and Solwold, with Lasoski choosing to start on the inside pole for the main event.

    Heat races were won by Brian Paulus, Solwold and Michael Carber. Kaeding was the fastest of 28 qualifiers with a time of 19.366 seconds, his second fast time of the year. The B-main was won by Kerry Madsen.

    NST teams left soon after Sunday’s race to travel to Knoxville for four days at the SuperClean Knoxville Nationals. The 46th annual Knoxville Nationals take place Saturday, Aug. 12, with preliminary events kicking off Wednesday. The next NST race is Monday, Aug. 14 at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction , Neb.

 

National Sprint Tour results at Hagerstown Speedway

Hagerstown, Maryland

August 6, 2006

 

Qualifying Results

Pos First Last No. Best Tm
1 TIM KAEDING 11K 19.366
2 Keith  Kauffman 7 19.476
3 Todd Shaffer 77 19.592
4 Mark  Smith 1 19.628
5 Jeff Shepard 4J 19.711
6 Fred Rahmer 22 19.738
7 Don Kreitz 69K 19.804
8 Doug Esh 30 19.929
9 STEVE  KINSER 11 19.972
10 Lucas  Wolfe 5W 19.986
11 PAUL McMAHAN 20 20.062
12 DANNY  LASOSKI 83 20.064
13 Steve  Clabaugh 30C 20.119
14 JASON SOLWOLD R19 20.190
15 Craig Keel 9 20.198
16 Alan Cole 35 20.306
17 BRIAN PAULUS 28 20.354
18 Michael Carber 69 20.391
19 SHANE STEWART 26 20.404
20 JASON MEYERS 14 20.407
21 KERRY MADSEN 11H 20.452
22 Lance DeWease 25 20.489
23 Justin  Barger 32 20.495
24 JASON SIDES 7S 20.643
25 Jonathan Ericksen 7E 20.653
26 Cody  Darrah 89 20.903
27 Scott Lutz 33 21.215
28 DEAN JACOBS 6 21.569

 

Heat One Finish

1  BRIAN PAULUS, 28

2  Don Kreitz, 69K

3  Lance DeWease, 25

4  Lucas Wolfe, 5W

5  Mark Smith, 1

6  SHANE STEWART, 26

7  TIM KAEDING, 11K

8  Steve Claubaugh, 30C

9  DEAN JACOBS, 6

10  Jonathan Ericksen, 7E

 

Heat Two Finish

1  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

2  PAUL McMAHAN, 20

3  Doug Esh, 30

4  Jeff Shepard, 4J

5  Keith Kauffman, 7

6  JASON MEYERS, 14

7  Alan Cole, 35

8  Justin Barger, 32

9  Cody Darrah, 89

 

Heat Three Finish

1  Michael Carber, 69

2  DANNY LASOSKI, 83

3  Craig Keel, 9

4  Todd Shaffer, 77

5  STEVE KINSER, 11

6  Fred Rahmer, 22

7  KERRY MADSEN, 11H

8  JASON SIDES, 7S

9  Scott Lutz. 33

 

Dash One Finish

1  DANNY LASOSKI, 83

2  Keith Kauffman, 7 

3  Fred Rahmer, 22

4  Mark Smith, 1

5  Doug Esh, 30

6  Lucas Wolfe, 5W

 

Dash Two Finish

1  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

2  STEVE KINSER, 11

3  Don Kreitz, 69K 

4  Todd Shaffer, 77

5  PAUL McMAHAN, 20

6  Jeff Shepard, 4J

 

B-Main Finish

1  KERRY MADSEN, 11H

2  TIM KAEDING, 11K

3  Alan Cole, 35

4  Justin Barger, 32

5  DEAN JACOBS, 6

6  JASON SIDES, 7S

7  Scott Lutz, 33

8  Steve Clabaugh, 30C

9  Jonathan Eriksen, 7E

 

A-Feature Line-Up

83   -  R19

7     -  11

22   -  69K

1     -  77

30   -  20

5W  -  4J

11K -  9

28   -  35

69   -  26

14   -  11H

25   -  32

7S   -  6

 

A-Feature Finish

1  DANNY LASOSKI, 83

2  JASON SOLWOLD, R19

3  Keith Kauffman, 7

4  Don Kreitz, 69K

5  Fred Rahmer, 22

6  STEVE KINSER, 11

7  PAUL MCMAHAN, 20

8  Todd Shaffer, 77

9  SHANE STEWART, 26

10  Lucas Wolfe, 5W

11  Jeff Shepard, 5W

12  Craig Keel, 9

13  TIM KAEDING, 11K

14  BRIAN PAULUS, 28

15  Alan Cole, 35

16  JASON SIDES, 7S

17  DEAN JACOBS, 6

18  JASON MEYERS, 14

19  Michael Carber, 69

20  KERRY MADSEN, 11H

21  Justin Barger, 32

22  Lance DeWease, 25

23  Mark Smith, 1

24  Doug Esh, 30

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MOPAR VIRTUAL DIRT TRACK CHALLENGE CONTINUES AT KNOXVILLE NATIONALS

 

Center Line, Mich. — Race fans will have more chances to qualify for the Mopar Virtual Dirt Track Challenge during next week’s events at Knoxville Raceway on August 9–12. Tim’s Dirt Track Simulators and crew will be on hand to give virtual drivers their shot at qualifying for the 60-car field that will go head-to-head at Eldora Speedway on September 23 during the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event finale.

 

Heading into the Knoxville Nationals, 40 contenders have been qualified for the final showdown thus far. Eight more will leave Knoxville Raceway with qualification certificates in hand. Tim’s Dirt Track Simulators will be open for qualification attempts at Knoxville Raceway on August 9–12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST .

 

The Mopar Virtual Dirt Track Challenge will see 60 virtual sprint car drivers clash head-to-head in the event finale at Eldora Speedway on September 23. Tim’s Dirt Track Simulators will travel to various events throughout the 2006 racing season, where competitors can qualify for the Mopar Virtual Dirt Track Challenge finale. Qualifying will take place at USAC National Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Series events at Eldora Speedway, and other events held at dirt track facilities in Ohio , Pennsylvania and Indiana .

 

Prizes presented by Mopar for the Mopar Virtual Dirt Track Challenge include $5,000 to the A-main event finale winner and $1,500 to the runner-up. Kears Speedshop will present $200 Fast Time Awards. The University of Northwest Ohio will present $100 B-main awards, and Hoservilleohio.com will present a $75 C-main award. Heat Race awards of $50 will be presented by L&S Express, LLC; Tim’s Dirt Track Simulators will present $50 Hard Charger awards during the event finale at Eldora Speedway on September 23.

 

The sixty eligible drivers must run five qualifying laps. Based on qualifying runs, each driver will be placed into six heat races. Ten cars make up each two-round heat grouping, where top point totals from each will transfer to the A-Main. The next overall twenty totals will transfer to the C-Main. Two C-Mains will be held; the Top-five finishers from each C-Main transfer to the B-Main. The top four finishers from the B-Main will transfer to the 30-lap A-Main, which will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, September 23.

 

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TEAM MOPAR GEARS UP FOR MoPOWERED KNOXVILLE NATIONALS TITLE RUN

 

Center Line, Mich. — Team Mopar is ready to roll into the legendary Knoxville Raceway for the 46th Annual Knoxville Nationals, as Paul McMahan, Joey Saldana, Tyler Walker and Kevin Swindell all have their sights set on winning their first event title — MoPowered style. The group has combined for several victories already this season, and as the green flag drops on the preliminary program on Thursday, August 10, all four drivers will be focused on making the drive to the bright lights and spoils that only the winner’s circle at Knoxville can offer.

 

McMahan and the No. 20 Tony Stewart Motorsports team will have all eyes on them as they take to the track for the Knoxville Nationals. The team has worked hard this season to mesh, and a recent upswing of strong finishes will boost their confidence heading to Iowa . The team is led by veteran crew chief Jimmy Carr, who has several Knoxville Nationals victories under his belt and is sure to have the No. 20 machine in top shape for the event. McMahan has driven his Paul Kistler-built, Mopar-powered machine into victory lane twice this season, and he is currently ranked seventh in the National Sprint Tour Series points chase. 

 

Saldana and the No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing team will roll into Knoxville Raceway with one victory at the facility already under their belts for the 2006 season. Having won seven World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-main features already this year, Saldana and crew chief Willie Kahne will have their Speedway Engine Development-built, Mopar-powered machine ready to head to the front of the field. Saldana, who is currently ranked second in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship, will drive a sprint car sporting a special paint scheme featuring Curb Recording artists Bomshel for the event.

 

Walker and the No. 5 Forbrook Motorsports team also head into the event riding a wave of momentum, as the team has posted a recent string of strong finishes. The Gaerte Engines-built, Mopar-powered No. 5 machine is tuned by veteran car owner and crew chief, Guy Forbrook. Swindell and the No. 1 Swindell Motorsports team will look to follow up their World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory at the Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway last May, with a victory in the Knoxville Nationals. The No. 1 machine boasts Gary Stanton-built Mopar power. Swindell became the youngest World of Outlaws Sprint Series winner in history with his victory in Charlotte , and he will look to add to his résumé with a win at Knoxville .

 

McMahan, Saldana, Walker and Swindell will all compete in the second night of Knoxville Nationals preliminary action on Thursday, August 10. All four drivers will be looking to earn their first Knoxville Nationals event title. Mopar powered machines have won the event three times this decade, earning the champion’s title in 2000, 2003 and 2004.

 

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Lance Dewease takes Selinsgrove for the Posse

By Craig Murphy

SELINSGROVE, Pa. The battle lines were clearly drawn for the Saturday, Aug. 5 National Sprint Tour race at Selinsgrove Speedway.

    In June, PA Posse member Mike Erdley became the first non-NST regular to win an NST race when he won at Selinsgrove.

    On Thursday night, PA Posse veteran Lance Dewease became the second non-NST regular to win an NST race when he won at Susquehanna Speedway Park .

    So coming into Saturday, the PA Posse wanted to defend its home turf and continue the trend. NST regulars wanted to reclaim supremacy in their own races.

    Saturday night, Dewease won his second straight NST race.

    Whereas Dewease had to pass Jason Meyers late to win on Thursday, on Saturday no such drama was needed. Dewease started from pole, took the lead at the start and was never headed in a race that went caution-free until after the checkered flag fell on the winner. Dewease held on to beat Steve Kinser by 1.94 seconds. Kinser also finished second in the June NST Selinsgrove race.

    Rounding out the top-10 were points leader Danny Lasoski, Tim Kaeding, Jason Solwold, Mike Walter, Jeff Shepard, Jason Meyers, Lucas Wolfe and Paul McMahan.

    Dewease took home the $10,000 top prize by leading all 25 laps around the ½-mile track. In the five NST races he has run so far, Dewease has yet to finish lower than third.

    We had a really good car, Dewease said. I was happy with the car all night. Its all about keeping your momentum at this track.

    The win was especially gratifying for Dewease because it was at Selinsgrove.

    It feels really good, he said. This is one of the harder places for me to run. This is a tough place for me to race. The track is kind of a momentum deal. If you have a real good car, you can run all over the place. I knew the bottom was getting pretty good at the end, but thats where all the lapped cars were.

    Kaeding started second and initially gave chase before eventually falling to fourth.

    We were just following (Dewease), Kaeding said. We tried to stay with him. I blistered both rear tires, and lost an inch and a half of stagger. I was just trying to run my own race. You just have to finish, and run top-five. You just have to grin and bear it.

    Kinser got by his teammate for second and tried in vain to catch Dewease.

    We were pretty good at the end, said Kinser, who notched his eighth runner-up finish of the season. The car was too tight at the start, and we got too far behind. When you dont have any yellows, its hard to catch up. I was a little quicker than him at the end, but you never know. I knew I was running out of laps.

    Kinser tipped his cap to Dewease and other members of the PA Posse.

    They run here every week, Kinser said. They have a lot of good drivers, cars and fans here.

    Lasoski wasnt overly disappointed with his finish, as he got by Kaeding in the closing laps.

    We had a third place car, Lasoski said. Dewease had us all covered.

    At one point, Lasoski thought he might be able to get around Kinser.

    Steves a great racer, Lasoski said. He saw where I was running, and moved to where I was at.             

    Dewease didnt want to let Kinser get close enough to have to change his line.

    I ran it hard, Dewease said. You cant let up when you have Steve Kinser and Tim Kaeding behind you. Theyll get by if you let up. The groove was up there pretty high, but I stayed in the middle. Ive been so happy with my race car all week.

Trophy dashes were won by Kaeding and Dewease, with Dewease choosing to start on the inside

pole for the main event.

    Heat races were won by Jason Sides, TJ Stutts, Todd Shaffer and Shepard. Jason Solwold was the fastest of 35 qualifiers with a time of 16.944 seconds, his sixth fast time of the year and second at Selinsgrove. The B-main was won by McMahan, who took the victory a night after a wreck at Eldora Speedway.

    The evening got off to a somber start when longtime car owner Lonny Parsons was hit by a water truck while crossing into the infield. Parsons, 65, was hit shortly after 4 p.m. He was airlifted by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville , Pa.

    Tim Shaffer, who started the year driving for Parsons but has been recovering from a June wreck, said Parsons suffered a cracked cheekbone and partially collapsed lung. Parsons also had cuts in his face and had bruises on his knee and back, Shaffer said.

    Dean Jacobs, who has been filling in for Shaffer, was amazed by how well Parsons was doing Saturday evening.

    They did an MRI from head to toe, and nothing was wrong, Jacobs said after his 13th place finish. They might release him on Sunday. Thats a miracle. I saw the whole thing. It was just an accident. I thought he was gone.

    It was really tough, added Jacobs. Then we got the news he was getting better, and it took off a heavy weight off my shoulders. Ive known him for a long time. Theres not a better guy out here.

    For Shaffer, the news Parsons could be release soon was icing on the cake.

    We already had one miracle here, he said.

    The National Sprint Tour concludes its swing through the Pennsylvania area Sunday at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown , Md. Following that, NST teams travel to Knoxville , Iowa for four days at the SuperClean Knoxville Nationals. The 46th annual Knoxville Nationals take place Saturday, Aug. 13.


Dewease, Layton win NST events at Susquehanna

By Craig Murphy

NEWBERRYTOWN, Pa. – Earlier in the week, Lance Dewease had talked about how much he wanted to win a National Sprint Tour race.

    Thursday night, Aug. 3, Dewease accomplished the feat at Susquehanna Speedway Park in Newberrytown , Pa.

    Dewease got by polesitter Jason Meyers on lap 18 of the 25-lap main, and withstood a challenge from Paul McMahan on a late restart to notch the win.

    Chad Layton, who finished 17th in the first main event, came back and won the “A Plus Main,” a 15-lap race that lined up based on a complete inversion of the first main event’s results.

    In the first main event, Dewease battled for many laps with Steve Kinser for third, then got by Fred Rahmer for second.

    As the laps clicked off, Dewease gained slightly on Meyers by running the low groove as Meyers went high. Following a yellow for Brian Paulus on lap 12, Meyers and Dewease switched grooves.

    After a few attempts, Dewease finally got by on lap 18 as Meyers suddenly found himself dealing with McMahan. McMahan got by Meyers for second shortly before a yellow on lap 22 for Alan Cole, but could not mount a strong enough run to get by Dewease.

    Dewease, who became the second member of the PA Posse to win an NST race, was followed to the line by McMahan, Meyers, Kinser and Rahmer.

    “I gave up the lead there,” a disappointed Meyers said about changing lanes. “It just seems like they were faster than us. We got a little loose there, and Lance was a little better. The guy with the best car should win.”

    Dewease took advantage of a car capable of running multiple grooves.

    “The car worked good both high and low,” Dewease said. “We were going on the top pretty nice. I got a run on (Meyers), and took the lane from him. He should never have moved down, but we were catching him so he had to.”

    Dewease noted the scenario with Meyers is an example of second place being the prime position.

    “When you’re leading, you’re at a disadvantage,” Dewease said. “If you don’t change your line, you look like a fool. If you do change, you can lose the lead.”

    McMahan, whose season has been filled with frustration, was pleased with his second place run.

    “We were really good,” he said. “I was a little tight around the top, so I just tried the bottom. I was going to make that bottom work.”

    McMahan figured he had a better chance of getting by Dewease without the final yellow, but will take a second.

    “This is a good momentum builder heading into the Knoxville Nationals,” McMahan said.

    A unique one-time format at Susquehanna featured two main events. A regular schedule of racing was capped by a 25-lap main event, with the regular points system being used. After Dewease won the first 25-lap main event, cars were stopped along the frontstretch and teams had about 15 minutes to make changes.

    All 22 cars on the lead lap at the end of the first main were inverted for a second main event, with the two non-lead lap cars starting in the back for the ‘A Plus Main.’ No points were awarded for the second main.

    Blane Heimbach and Paulus battled for several laps at the start of the 15-lap main as top finishers from the first main scrambled for positions in the back.

    Paulus briefly took the lead, only to give it up to Layton on lap 5. Layton went on to post the win over Paulus, Shane Stewart, Lucas Wolfe and Mark Smith.

    “It’s awesome,” Layton of the win. “I’m glad to be standing here talking about it. In the last month we’ve been down. We’ve been struggling. We needed to get back to running like this team should be running. We were fortunate to have the second feature.”

    Layton was among those liking the inversion idea.

    “I think that was a neat deal,” he said. “It was what the fans wanted to see. We didn’t post a good time in qualifying, so this gave us a chance to show what we could do when up front.”

    Dewease and Meyers liked the idea of inverting, but felt a few tweaks would have made it better.

 “It was really tough to pass out there,” Meyers said. “You really need two lanes to do something like that.”

    Dewease had some suggestions.

    “The invert was a good idea, but I don’t like a short race like this to be inverted,” he said. “You need to have less of an invert like 10 or 12 cars, a number that we don’t know about beforehand. “Fifteen laps was not enough. You need laps to come up through the field.”

    Trophy dashes were won by Fred Rahmer and Jason Meyers, with Meyers choosing to start on the inside pole for the 25-lap opening main event.

    Heat races were won by Jason Solwold, Todd Schaffer, Jason Sides and Mark Coldren. Alan Krimes was the fastest of 32 qualifiers with a time of 14.728 seconds. The B-main was won by Krimes.

    The National Sprint Tour continues its swing through the Pennsylvania area with a Saturday, Aug. 5 show at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove , Pa. and then a Sunday, Aug. 6 race at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown , Md.

 

National Sprint Tour at Susquehanna Speedway Park

Newberrytown, Pennsylvania

August 3, 2006

 

Qualifying Results

 

1  Alan Krimes, 87        ---   14.728

2  Lucas Wolfe, 5W        ---   14.926

3  Lance Dewease, 25   ---   14.948

4  Tim Kaeding, 11K       ---   14.960

5  Keith Kauffman, 7     ---   14.990

6  Paul McMahan, 20     ---    15.039

7  Danny Lasoski, 83      ---   15.056

8  Mark Smith, 1            ---   15.058

9  Kerry Madsen, 11H     ---   15.066

10  Jason Meyers, 14       ---    15.079

11  Fred Rahmer, 22        ---    15.081

12  Steve Kinser,11         ---    15.082

13  Jeff Shepard, 4J        ---   15.102

14  Don Kreitz Jr, 69K      ---   15.156

15  Jason Sides, 7S         ---    15.173

16  Brian Paulus, 28       ---    15.175

17  Jason Solwold, R19    ---    15.202

18  Todd Schaffer, 77     ---    15.206

19   Michael Carber, 69  ---     15.215

20  Craig Keel, 9             ---   15.238

21  Shane Stewart, 26     ---   15.240

22  Alan Cole, 35            ---    15.243

23  Chad Layton , 12A      ---   15.282

24  Mark Coldren, 07       ---   15.285

25  Dean Jacobs, 6          ---   15.291

26  Blane Heimbach, 12  ---    15.304

27  Cory Haas, 11c          ---   15.340

28  Johnny Macnisom, 65 ---   15.402

29  Pat Cooper, 26C        ---    15.929

30  Scott Lutz, 33            ---    15.952

31  Cody Darrah, 89      ---     16.001

32  Billy Kimmel, 47        ---    16.195

 

 

Heat 1 Finish

1  Jason Solwold, R19

2  Shane Stewart, 26

3  Jeff Shepard, 4J

4  Kerry Madsen, 11H

5  Keith Kauffman, 7

6  Alan Krimes, 87

7  Dean Jacobs, 6

8  Pat Cooper, 26C

 

Heat 2 Finish

1  Todd Schaffer, 77

2  Jason Meyers, 14

3  Paul McMahan, 20

4  Alan Cole, 35

5  Blane Heimbach, 12

6  Don Kreitz Jr., 69K

7  Lucas Wolfe, 5W

8  Scott Lutz, 33

 

Heat 3 Finish

1  Jason Sides, 7S

2  Fred Rahmer, 22

3  Danny Lasoski,83

4  Lance Dewease, 25

5  Chad Layton , 12A

6  Cody Darrah, 89

7  Cory Haas, 11C

8  Michael Carber, 69

 

Heat 4 Finish

1  Mark Coldren, 07

2  Brian Paulus, 28

3  Tim Kaeding, 11K

4  Steve Kinser, 11

5  Mark Smith, 1

6  Johnny Macnisom

7  Billy Kimmel, 47

8  Craig Keel, 9

 

Dash 1 Finish

1  Fred Rahmer, 22

2  Lance Dewease, 25

3  Keith Kauffman, 7

4  Kerry Madsen, 11H

5  Jeff Shepard, 4J

6  Danny Lasoski, 83

 

Dash 2 Finish

1  Jason Meyers, 14

2  Steve Kinser, 11

3  Paul McMahan, 20

4  Mark Smith, 1

5  Jason Sides, 7S

6  Tim Kaeding, 11K

 

B-Main Finish

1  Alan Krimes, 87

2  Lucas Wolfe, 5w

3  Michael Carber, 69

4  Don Kreitz Jr., 69K

5  Craig Keel, 9

6  Scott Lutz, 33

7  Cody Darrah, 89

8  Dean Jacobs, 6

9  Johnny Macnisom, 65

10  Billy Kimmel, 47

11  Pat Cooper, 26C

12  Cory Haas, 11C

 

A-Feature Line-Up

14   -  22

11   -  25

20   -  7

7S   -  11H

1     -  4J

11K -  83

87   -  5W

69K -  28

R19 -  77

69   -  26

35   -  12A

07   -  12

 

A-Feature Finish
1  Lance Dewease, 25
2  Paul McMahan, 20
3  Jason Meyers, 14
4  Steve Kinser, 11
5  Fred Rahmer, 22
6  Keith Kauffman, 7
7  Danny Lasoski, 83
8  Kerry Madsen, 11H
9  Jason Sides, 7S
10  Alan Krimes, 87
11  Tim Kaeding, 11K
12  Jeff Shepard, 4J
13  Don Kreitz Jr., 69K
14  Michael Carber, 69
15  Jason Solwold, R19
16  Todd Schaffer, 77
17  Chad Layton, 12A
18  Mark Smith, 1
19  Lucas Wolfe, 5W
20  Shane Stewart, 26
21  Blane Heimbach, 12
22  Brian Paulus, 28
23  Mark Coldren, 07
24  Alan Cole, 35

 

2nd A-Feature Line-Up

28   -  12

26   -  5W

1     -  12A

77   -  R19

69   -  69K

4J   -  11K

87   -  7S

11H -  83

7     -  22

11   -  14

20   -  25

07   -  35 

 

2nd A-Feature Finish

1  Chad Layton , 12A

2  Brian Paulus, 28

3  Shane Stewart, 26

4  Lucas Wolfe, 5W

5  Mark Smith, 1

6  Todd Schaffer, 77

7  Don Kreitz Jr., 69K

8  Jason Solwold, R19

9  Tim Kaeding, 11K 

10  Keith Kauffman, 7

11  Michael Carber, 69

12  Jason Sides, 7S

13  Fred Rahmer, 22

14  Danny Lasoski, 83

15  Lance Dewease, 25 

16  Alan Krimes, 87

17  Blane Heimbach, 12

18  Jeff Shepard, 4J

19  Paul McMahan, 20

20  Jason Meyers, 14

21  Mark Coldren, 07

22  Alan Cole, 35

23  Kerry Madsen, 11H

24  Steve Kinser, 11

 

Rank  Driver                           Points

1      Danny Lasoski             2043

2      Steve Kinser                  1993

3      Tim Kaeding                 1985

4      Jason Meyers               1902

5      Jason Solwold              1734

6      Jason Sides                   1726

7      Paul McMahan             1713

8      Shane Stewart               1500

9      Brian Paulus                   1445

10    Tim Shaffer                    1092

11    Kerry Madsen               850

12    Lucas Wolfe                  840

13    Dean Jacobs                  499

14    Lance Dewease             329

For Immediate Release:

 

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Brown and McKenna Truck Center team up for the 360 Nationals and 46th Annual Knoxville Nationals.

 

8/3/2006 ( Des Moines , IA ) For Blackjack Brian Brown, this is the time of year that gets his heart racing and his blood pumping.  There is no other time for a sprint car driver than the first two weeks in August at Knoxville , IA.

This year when the pilot of the Doogs Maxim #21 hits the track he will have a new partner on board, McKenna Truck Center of Des Moines, IA, who is coming on as a marketing partner

 

" WE LIKE THE ACTION OF THE SPRINT CAR CIRCUIT." Said Bill McKenna, owner of McKenna Truck Center . "WE also LIKE TO SUPPORT IOWA EVENTS."

 

Brown currently leads the weekly points standings at Knoxville in the 410 sprint car division. Ever since the disappointing engine failure at last year's Knoxville Nationals, Brown and his owners the Doogs have been preparing for what they hope is a win in the biggest race of the year. Brown is one of the favorites to not only make the "A" main on Saturday night but just might take home the $140,000 top prize as well.

 

"I am really excited about my chances." Said Brown. "Having a company like McKenna Truck Center come on board is big boost for us.  They will have a new Volvo 880 Heavy Duty Highway Tractor on display at the track.  I think we have a good shot this year, we just need a bit of luck and we will be there Saturday night."

 

MCKENNA TRUCK CENTER IS PART OF THE MCKENNA PERFORMANCE GROUP  ( MPG ) WHICH INCLUDES MCKENNA TRUCK CENTER , MIDWEST RADIATOR AND MCKENNA COLLISION CENTER ALL IN DES MOINES , IOWA .  MCKENNA IS A FRANCHISED DEALER FOR VOLVO HEAVY HIGHWAY AND VOCATIONAL TRUCKS, HINO MEDIUM DUTY TRUCKS, GMC MEDIUM DUTY TRUCKS AND WORKHORSE CHASSIS. FOR OVER 24 YEARS MCKENNA TRUCK CENTER HAS PROVIDED SALES AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY. www.mckennatrx.com

 

TO OUR MANY CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS AS WELL AS OUR EMPLOYEES...SEE YOU AT THE TRACK FOR THE BEST RACING IN IOWA !"

 

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MOPAR THUNDER @ THE USAC 4-CROWN NATIONALS TICKETS ON SALE DURING WoO SPRINT/DIRT MODIFIED WEEKEND AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY

 

Center Line, Mich. — Race fans traveling to Eldora Speedway for this weekend’s World of Outlaws Sprint Series and DIRT Big Block Modified events can get a jump on purchasing tickets for the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event on September 22–23. Fans can pre-purchase tickets at the facility throughout the weekend.

 

Tickets for the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event are also now on sale online at www.eldoraspeedway.com. Race fans can purchase tickets for the marquee event in advance at the official Web site of Eldora Speedway. Tickets can also be purchased at the racetrack daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

The Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals, which will be held at Eldora Speedway in Ohio on September 22–23, coincides with the 25th anniversary of the historic 4-Crown Nationals. The event will offer an unprecedented $25,000 winner’s paycheck to each of USAC’s premier divisions (Midget, Sprint, Silver Crown) and $2,500 to the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Modified victor.

Intensifying the event is a $100,000 bonus being posted by Mopar, to any driver able to sweep the three USAC non-winged events. Additionally, a $25,000 “Jack Hewitt Bonus” is being posted for a clean sweep victory in all four legs of the Mopar Thunder, a stunning feat accomplished by Hewitt in 1998. The total event purse is over $266,000, making the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals the second highest paying non-winged sprint car race in history.

For more information regarding Eldora Speedway, Mopar, the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event or USAC Racing, log on to www.eldoraspeedway.com, www.mopar.com, www.moparspeed.com or   www.usacracing.com.

 

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Solwold returns to site of first NST win

By Craig Murphy

    Based on how he’s been running this year, it would be easy to assume Jason Solwold had already picked up multiple National Sprint Tour wins this season.

    Instead, Solwold heads to Pennsylvania for this weekend’s three-race swing looking for his second win.

    Solwold’s breakthrough win came June 10 at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown , Md. The NST visits Hagerstown again this Sunday Aug. 6, following a Thursday race at Susquehanna Speedway Park and a Saturday show at Selinsgrove Speedway.

    Needless to say, Solwold is looking forward to the second and final NST stop of the year at Hagerstown .

    “Yes I am,” the Washington state native said. “And I would like to win at more places besides Hagerstown . I think we put on a good show last time.”

    For Sunday’s show, gates open at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to start at 6:30, followed by qualifying and racing. Also on hand will be Late Model Sportsman racers. General admission tickets are $30, while reserved seats are $35. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

    Solwold and his City Wide Insulation Carnahan Motorsport team had been knocking on victory lane’s door before finally getting through at Hagerstown in June.

    “It felt good,” Solwold said of that first win. “I think maybe it took a little bit longer than I was hoping. We’d been running good all year, and should have had a few more wins than that.”

    That is also true of the last three races. Each time, Solwold was been running in the top-five when a problem derailed him. In the last NST race, July 22 at Fremont Speedway, Solwold was leading when he got swept into an accident.

    “Things just haven’t gone exactly our way to win races lately,” Solwold said. “Hopefully we can get back to Susquehanna, Selinsgrove and Hagerstown , and get back on track. Maybe we can get some wins.”

    There is no doubt in Solwold’s mind his team has the tools to get wins.

    “We have started on the front row several times,” he noted. “We haven’t gotten the job done, whether due to mechanical problems, driver error, or not having the car right. We just haven’t sealed the deal. We’ve had plenty of opportunities to win this year, we just haven’t done it. We are capable of winning races.

    “It gets pretty frustrating, but that’s how racing works sometimes,” Solwold added. “Sometimes you’re on top, sometimes you’re on the bottom. We’ve been consistent enough to run in the top-five a lot this year, but we should have won more races. It’s just not our time yet, for some reason. Hopefully before the end of the year we can get a couple of more wins.”

    Solwold realizes his dream of matching the series-leading pace of Tim Kaeding’s 11 wins isn’t unique in the NST pits.

    “Everyone else is trying to do the same thing we are,” Solwold said. “Our car has been fast enough that we could have won some more races. That’s what makes racing interesting. Tim Kaeding is having an awesome year. It seems like the guy can’t do anything wrong. It would be nice to be on a streak like that.”

    Starting a streak like that this weekend – and getting rid of the recent bad luck streak – would suit Solwold just fine, thank you very much.

    “We will have a little more confidence at Hagerstown because we have won there,” he said. “It’s a confidence thing, really. It’s a lot easier to come back the second time around. You know where the lines are. You feel a lot more comfortable, more so than a place you haven’t been or haven’t run well at before. Some places we go to we’re never any good, while other places we’re always contenders.”

    Solwold likes the ½-mile Hagerstown Speedway.

    “The racing is pretty good there,” Solwold said. “It’s a pretty fast joint. I seem to be doing better at the bigger tracks than the smaller ones. Last time it took some rubber, but you could still move around pretty good. It’s a racy track. You have to be good everywhere, not just on the bottom or the top.

    “ Hagerstown is a pretty nice place. I like it. It’s a good facility, and the track is smooth and fast.”

    Solwold knows he and the other NST regulars will have a challenge in their last race before the Knoxville Nationals kick off when facing the always tough PA Posse.

    “There are a lot of good cars out there,” Solwold said. “Some of the racers out there could win the Nationals. If you go out there, get in a good rhythm and the confidence is up, it really pays off when going into a big race like the Knoxville Nationals.”

                For more information on Hagerstown Speedway, visit www.hagerstownspeedway.com or call 301-582-0640. For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.

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TEAM MOPAR SETS SITES ON MOPAR BELLEVILLE MIDGET NATIONALS SUCCESS

 

Center Line, Mich.—When the Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals field rolls off the front stretch this weekend, Team Mopar drivers will be looking to add the title of champion to their list of accomplishments for the season. Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises’ Josh Wise and Levi Jones, Wilke-PAK Motosports Jerry Coons Jr., and Team Mopar privateer Brad Kuhn will seek to take the checkered flag, each with a different motivation driving them to the finish.

 

Coons Jr., enters the July 28–29 event at the prestigious Belleville High Banks carrying the momentum of a USAC National Midget Car Series victory from 81 Speedway on July 25. Currently leading the USAC National Midget Car Series points, Coons Jr., looks to extend his lead in the series title chase with a strong run at Belleville this weekend. The primary driver of the No. 11 Wilke-PAK Motorsports machine wants to add back-to-back Belleville Midget Nationals titles to his already impressive resume.

 

Wise also seeks his second Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals title, as the No. 20 Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises team is poised to break into the Top-five in the USAC National Midget Car Series Championship chase. Having won the 2003 Belleville Midget Nationals title with Mopar power, Wise is no stranger to the high speed and high stakes the event presents. Currently ranked seventh in the series points battle, the 2005 USAC National Midget Car Series champion looks to exploit a victory this weekend to propel him into the championship chase in the final half of the season.

 

The other half of the Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises duo, Levi Jones, is out to better his position in the USAC National Midget Car Series standings. Jones is currently ranked eighth in the points battle, and strong finishes in recent series events have the No. 21 team in contention for their first victory of the season. This weekend’s Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals also marks Jones’ first appearance at the legendary facility.

 

Strong running Team Mopar privateer Brad Kuhn is also a threat to take the win in this weekend’s event, as the No. 74 team has already earned several victories this season. Kuhn most recently won on July 25, in the POWRi Cornhusker Midget National Challenge at Junction Motor Speedway. He picked up his eighth victory in Badger Midget Series competition on July 23. 

 

As with Coons Jr., Wise and Jones, Kuhn uses Gary Stanton-built Mopar power under the hood.

 

Race fans attending the Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals this week have an opportunity to meet their favorite USAC National Midget Car Series drivers on Thursday, July 27. Several drivers competing in this year’s event will be on hand, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Belleville High Banks Hall of Fame/National Midget Auto Racing Museum, located on 12th street and Highway 81 in Belleville, Kansas.

Several drivers are scheduled to participate, including former event champions Robby Flock and Josh Wise. Levi Jones, Jerry Coons Jr., Brad Loyet, Brady Bacon, Cole Carter, Ryan Durst, Cody Brewer, and many of the other participants in this year's Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals will be there as well. Drivers will be on hand to pose for pictures and sign autographs. Race fans can purchase T-shirts and other items during the autograph session.

 

The Belleville High Banks, known as the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile Dirt Track,” has hosted the historic Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals event since 1978. The best racers from the East and West will meet head-to-head at the nearly 100-year old facility. The event will again pay out over $12,500 to the winner, making it one of the most lucrative midget races of the year.

 

Former event winners include Mopar’s Josh Wise in 2003, and Evernham Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne, who won the event back-to-back in 2000 and 2001. USAC veteran and four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon won the event in 1990.

 

Tickets for the Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals are on sale daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST, and can be purchased by contacting Jensik Insurance by phone at 785-527-5179.

 

For more information regarding Mopar, the Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals or the Belleville High Banks, log on to www.moparspeed.com, www.mopar.com or www.highbanks.org.

 

Mopar is based in Center Line, Mich., and is the exclusive original equipment supplier of parts and accessories for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® vehicles.

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Brian Brown to hold a silent auction! Be part of the Biggest Sprint Car race in the country!

 

7/24/2006 (Grain Valley, MO) Brian Brown, one of the nations top sprint car drivers in the country with over 70 wins in his career including 8 this season is taking a unique approach to garnering a sponsor for both the 360 Nationals and the biggest sprint car race in the country, The 46th Annual Knoxville Nationals held in Knoxville, IA. As far as Brown knows this is the first time this approach has been taken to lure a sponsorship. Brown, the nephew of former World of Outlaws sprint car champion, Danny Lasoski has earned the respect of drivers and fans from all across the country and Australia .  He has been racing sprint cars since he was 20 years old and continues to be a threat to win each night he pulls into the track.  Brown is also involved in the promotion, Racin for a Livin where he is the 12th highest in fan voting and will be selected amongst the top 15 in votes to be part of a nationally televised reality series where the winner receives a 7 race deal in a Nascar Busch series car. 

 

The silent auction will take place beginning this Wednesday and continue through August 2nd. Bids will be accepted via e-mail at brian@brianbrowninc.com . The winning bidder will be the prime marketing partner for Brown for both the 360 and Knoxville Nationals.  The winner will receive their logo in the most prominent position on the #21 Doogs Maxim, above the driver on the top wings (36” long x 16” high).  They will also receive a 10 x 10 booth at the track to display products and services, 4 tickets to the each evening of racing,  6 Brian Brown t-shirts, 6 Brian Brown fitted hats, 9 x 12 autographed picture of the car with the logo’s on the wing, use of the car and Brian Brown in promotional advertising and prominent signage on www.brianbrowninc.com

 

“I do not know of anything that has ever been done like this.” Said Brown. “In today’s market you have to be creative and willing to be flexible in order to create a true marketing partnership.   We have a great program and opportunity for a sponsor to reach millions of fans both at the live event and on Speed’s broadcast of the race. If the winning bidder has some other ideas and things they want to add to the program we are all for it and will work diligently with them to execute their program.  I am confident that we can find a partner through this approach and most definitely show a positive return on their investment.”

 

The 360 Nationals and Knoxville Nationals together have an attendance of over 150,000 during the 6 days or racing.  The Knoxville Nationals will have live flag to flag coverage of the final night of competition on SPEED.  The 360 Nationals takes place over 3 days from August 3-5 with the 46th annual Knoxville Nationals taking place August 9 – 12.  The two events have a total purse of over $950,000. Brown who competes weekly at the historic ½ mile track is currently leading the points with 2 wins at the track this season is amongst the favorites to take home the $140,000 first place prize.

 

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MOPAR BELLEVILLE MIDGET NATIONALS TO FEATURE AUTOGRAPH SESSION

 

Center Line, Mich. — Race fans attending the Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals this week have an opportunity to meet their favorite USAC National Midget Car Series driver on Thursday, July 27. Several drivers competing in this year’s event will be on hand, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. , at the Belleville High Banks Hall of Fame/National Midget Auto Racing Museum located on 12th street and Highway 81 in Belleville , Kansas .

Several drivers are scheduled to participate, including former event champions Robby Flock and Josh Wise. Levi Jones, Jerry Coons, Jr., Brad Loyet, Brady Bacon, Cole Carter, Ryan Durst, Cody Brewer, and many of the other participants in this year's Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals, will be there as well. Drivers will be on hand to pose for pictures and sign autographs. Race fans can also purchase T-shirts and other items during the autograph session.

 

The Belleville High Banks, known as the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile Dirt Track,” has hosted the historic event since 1978. The Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals event will follow in a history-rich tradition, as the best racers from the East and West will meet head-to-head at the nearly 100-year old facility. The event will again pay out over $12,500 to the winner, making it one of the highest paying midget races of the year.

 

Former event winners include Mopar’s Wise in 2003, and Evernham Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne. Kahne won the event back-to-back in 2000 and 2001. USAC veteran and four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon won the event in 1990.

 

Tickets for the Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals can be purchased by contacting Jensik Insurance by phone at 785-527-5179. Tickets will be on sale daily from 9 a.m.  to 4 p.m. CST.

 

For more information regarding Mopar, the Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals or the Belleville High Banks, log on to www.moparspeed.com, www.mopar.com or www.highbanks.org.

 

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                                      Kemenah sees luck change in New York .

 

July 24, 2006 (Fulton, NY) Chad Kemenah the current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year presented by Maxim and Butler points leader was about ready to look into alternate methods to find a change to his luck.  Well the traditional methods of hard work and determination paid off last night with a 5th place run at Lebanon Valley Speedway.  The Racinsoles.com/UUI #15k Eagle has been fast each night it has hit the track but something occurs to prevent the finishes the 4 time All Star Circuit of Champions points champion from the finishes that the team is capable of.  You name it and the team has had it happen this season.

 

Now with a top 5 and momentum the team is looking to visit victory lane again during 2006.  The driver from Findaly , Ohio is currently 7th in the points standing and has one win, 7 top 5’s and 19 top tens.  Kemenah knows that he has stepped up this season with the World of Outlaws and has nothing to hang his head about, but still has high expectations. 

 

“Last night was just what we needed.” Said Kemenah. “Hopefully we have shaken some of the ills we have experienced and can build on this finish.  I know we are capable of winning and it was a bit frustrating with our finishes lately.  The positive is we have been fast every time we have rolled out on the track and that is a good thing.  Brian (Kemenah) and the team has been giving me great cars each night and we have just had some things occur out of our control that kept us from better finishes.  We will go on to Fulton tomorrow night and look to get this RacinSoles.com/UUI Eagle in victory lane again.”

 

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                                      Martin looks to build on good run at Lebanon Valley !

 

July 24, 2006 (Fulton, NY) Last evening at Lebanon Valley Speedway, The Hitman Jason Martin and the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Team displayed what they hope are signs of things to come.  The last few weeks have not been kind to Martin.  Being caught up in some accidents not of his making and missing a few features had Martin searching for answers.  There were bright signs during the teams troubles qualifying for the “A” main at the Knight before the King’s Royal, making the feature at Williams Grove and better qualifying but the finishes were still lacking.  While the team finished 14th in last nights “A” main each event during the night showed what the rookie from Liberal Kansas is capable of.

 

The evening would start off on a very positive note with the 5th quickest time and a 5th place starting position in the 2nd heat where he would finish 4th.  The rookie would start on the outside of the front row for the dash and take the lead from the start.  He would lead until the eventual race winner Donny Schatz would over take him with 1 lap left to take the win.  Starting 2nd in the feature, Martin would get a great start and jump into the lead by 7 car lengths when he would shoot to hard into turns 3-4.   On a very slick race track the NOS Enery Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim would spin and bring out the yellow.  Martin would start 24th on the restart.   Using the low side of the race track the rookie would climb to as high as 13th and settle for a 14th place finish.  Not the finish one would hope for after starting 2nd but after the struggles of the past few weeks one the team will look to build on.

 

“It was my own fault.” Said Martin. “I let Schatz get in my head.  He is the man to beat each and every time we go out on the track and instead of just making this another race I just ran it in there too hard.  We really showed what we are capable of tonight and I just made a mistake and did not get the finish this team deserved.  We have the components in place to be there night in and night out the motors are strong and we have learned quite a bit over the last few weeks now it’s up to me to bring us home the finishes this team deserves.”

 

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                                                Hindi finds success in New York !

 

Fulton, NY (July 24, 2006) It has been a very tough couple of weeks for the RealTruck.com team and driver Dion Hindi.  It began a few weeks ago at I-55 speedway in Pevely , MO when the Albequrque, New Mexico native hit the wall in turns 1-2 and flipped the RealTruck.com/Sniper tuning J&J violently and broke the chassis and missing the feature.  The following week on the night before the King’s Royal, Hindi would show strength with a strong qualifying effort and a terrific piece of driving in the “B” main to finish 3rd ahead of hard chargers Daryn Pittman and Steve Kinser.  Starting 11th in the “A” Hindi would find himself up to 8th when the power steering would fail and he would spin in turns 3-4 then suffer a hard hit from the Wild Child and another chassis would be hurt. 

 

Utilizing the back up Hindi would miss the transfer in the King’s Royal and head to Lernerville for the Don Martin Memorial.   Hindi would time in 23rd and start on the pole of the 2nd heat.  The start would be the closest anyone would get to the RealTruck.com machine as Hindi would win going away and transfer to the feature.  Hindi would start 22nd and be as high as 16th when he spun to avoid a slower car in turns 3-4 relegating him to a 21st place finish.  The Summer Nationals at Williams Grove were less than kind to say the least to Neon Dion.  The highlight of the weekend was a 4th place qualifying effort on night two but it would go down hill from there.  On the final night a spin in 3-4 and then heavy contact from Jason Martin would once again cause a chassis to be hurt. 

 

Never one to let adversity bring him down, Hindi and team RealTruck.com headed to Lebanon Valley Speedway.  Hindi would qualify 10th out of 29 cars and transfer through his heat, making him eligible for the Dash.  The dash would find Hindi finishing 7th and starting in the same position for the feature.  Hindi would stay consistant in the feature on a dry track that would take rubber half way through.  Hindi would hold off a hard charging Danny Smith and finish 7th.  A very nice rebound for the #11D.

 

“Racing is up and down.”  Said Hindi. “You have to be able to stay focused when you are hitting the rough times.   I believe in this team and myself and know what we are capable of.  We have shown that over the last 2 months and just did not have the finishes to show for it.   We have the cars coming back and we will get those together, we have a fresh motor and will have another for the nationals.  I like where we are right now and last night gives us momentum for Fulton .”

 

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PA Posse looks to defend turf again at Selinsgrove

By Craig Murphy

    To date, every National Sprint Tour race but one has been won by an NST regular.

    The one exception?

    Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove , Pa. when PA Posse driver Mike Erdley defeated Steve Kinser in the June 11 NST show.

    The NST races at Selinsgrove again on Saturday, Aug. 5.

    Erdley is locked in a tight point battle at another area track and won’t be on hand this weekend.

    In his place, other PA Posse members like Lance Dewease are hoping to step up.

    Dewease finished third in the June Selinsgrove race, which culminated a successful week for the veteran racer against NST regulars. Dewease was second at Susquehanna and third at Hagerstown . The NST races this Thursday (Aug. 3) at Susquehanna and Sunday (Aug. 6) at Hagerstown .

    How nice did it feel to run up front in the NST race at Selinsgrove?

    “It feels real good, especially for Mike (Erdley),” Dewease said. “He doesn’t have many career wins. I know what it means to beat the national guys. We were pretty good there. I was pretty happy with the run.”

    Over the years, it’s been widely known that members of the PA Posse stoutly defend their home turf.

    “It means a lot,” Dewease said. “Just like anything else, it’s pride. Them guys don’t want to be beat by us, and we don’t want to be beat by them. It worked out that night with Mike. At the other two tracks we were good as well. I feel we have good chances at all three tracks this time around. Hopefully we’ll be in the hunt for the wins.

    “I’ve never won an NST race yet, so I want to add it to my portfolio,” Dewease added. “Steve, Tim Kaeding and Danny Lasoski are all doing good right now.”

    It’s not just pride that has locals doing well when national series come to the area.

    “We have the toughest local competition anywhere in the U.S. , I feel,” Dewease said. “We are capable of running up front in those races. We have some tough competition week in, week out.”

    So would PA Posse members compete well if racing across the nation?

    “I think we would,” Dewease said. “We would struggle at certain places, when you get to tracks you don’t know. That would be the biggest disadvantage. Steve Kinser may have not been somewhere, but he’s been to somewhere similar because he’s been to so many tracks.

    “You go to a new place, and it’s tough just like it is for outsiders coming here,” Dewease added. “Us top guys would run good and run up front, but there are nights where we would struggle.”

    Erdley won in June despite numerous yellows that slowed the event and allowed Kinser multiple chances to close back in.

    “It was a real good race,” said Selinsgrove promoter Charlie Paige. “Anytime anybody can hold off Steve Kinser for three or four restarts, it’s definitely a good show. I think it will be a real good field this time.”

    General admission and student ticket prices have been lowered for Saturday’s event. General admission tickets are $25, while student (age 12-17) tickets are $15. Children 11 and under are admitted for free. Reserved covered grandstand seats are $30. Tickets can be purchased on race day or by calling the track at 570-374-2999, with all major credit cards accepted.

    Anyone who had previously purchased a general admission ticket can get a $5 refund at the track office.

    “For the past several years many fans have been asking us to book a nationally-sanctioned Sprint car race at Selinsgrove Speedway,” Paige said. “This year we were fortunate to be able to schedule two national events with the newly-formed NST. We reduced the general admission and student ticket prices to make attending one of these special events more affordable.”

    Last time through the area, Lasoski won at Susquehanna and Jason Solwold picked up his first NST win at Hagerstown . Kinser and Kaeding were second and fourth respectively at Selinsgrove, but struggled the rest of the week.

    “We try to win every night, and they’re going to try their best to win too,” Dewease said. “Steve is hoping to be better than last time, and I’m expecting Kaeding to be faster this time.”

    Selinsgrove fans get a chance to find out Saturday, with racing starting at 7 p.m. PA Posse members and NST drivers will battle for 30 laps around the ½-mile for the $10,000 top prize.

    For more information on Selinsgrove Speedway, visit www.selinsgrovespeedway.com. For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.


Sides has successful week in Northwest

By Craig Murphy

    So how do you spend a week off from racing?

    For Jason Sides, the answer was easy: he spent last week racing.

    Sides competed in the Northern Sprint Tour’s Northwest Speedweek , racing five times in six nights.

    Sides, who won the Sedalia National Sprint Tour race in June, drove the Doyle Harley-Davidson car that had previously been piloted to Northern Sprint Tour titles by Roger Crockett.

    “Paul Silva called a couple of weeks ago, and said they wanted to run the week,” Sides said after the whirlwind week concluded. “(The Doyles) called him, and then he called me.”

    For Sides, it was the first time racing with the Northern Sprint Tour, a Northwest-based 360 Sprint series started by Fred Brownfield in 1996.

    “I hadn’t run any of the races going into it, but I knew it was going to be a good car,” Sides said. “It was fun.”

    At least, it was fun after a period of adjustment.

    “It didn’t start off as well as I would have liked,” Sides said. “I guess I’m not running a 360 as much as I need to. We spun out a couple of nights. We’re used to a softer tire (with the 410). It was too hard of a tire, too early. After the first two nights, we got the car tighter. As the nights went on, we got better and better.”

    The results bear that out. On July 24 at Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford , Ore. , Sides had to run the B-main. He won that race and finished seventh in the main event.

    Northwest Speedweek continued the next night at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove , Ore. Sides again had to advance through the B-main. He again won that race, and finished third in the main.

    The next race was July 26 at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon , Ore. This time Sides didn’t have to run the B-main. He started the 35-lap main event second, and was running in that position on lap 25 when the leader got taken out by lapped cars. Sides went on to take the win.

    “That was pretty good for a track I’d never been to or even seen,” Sides said. “It was a good win for all of us. It helped us out for the week to get a win in my third night in the car.”

    While NASCAR star and Washington native Kasey Kahne got the lion’s share of attention for running the July 28-29 Evergreen State Sprint Challenge at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma , Wash. , Sides had two solid nights of racing with finishes of third (Friday) and second (Saturday).

    “It was great both nights,” Sides said of Elma. “We didn’t have the motor running like we needed to, which hurt us in qualifying. We were 18th in qualifying the first night and 13th the second night, so we couldn’t get in the dashes. Still, we had a 15th place start in the first night and finished third, so it was a good weekend.”

    Sides wasn’t awestruck competing against Kahne, who was the Northern Sprint Tour Rookie of the Year in 1997 and grew up racing at tracks the series raced at last week.

    “He’s no different than any of us,” Sides said of Kahne. “We raced together a few years ago. It was good to see him again.”

    Whether it be Kahne or track regulars like Saturday winner Jay Cole at Elma, Sides was impressed with the level of competition.

    “It’s always fun,” Sides said of racing guys from different parts of the country. “The competition is good everywhere we go, and it was no exception up here. Both nights in Elma, Jay Cole was right on the money.”

    Sides was disappointed to lose the Northwest Speedweek title by three points to Steve Kent from California .

    “It really was (disappointing),” Sides said. “If we had qualified a little better at Elma, that would have fixed it. ( Kent ) was more consistent than us.”

    Cottage Grove and Elma are two tracks the National Sprint Tour visits in late August as part of the Wild, Wild Northwest Tour. Sides isn’t sure how much knowledge can be applied from last week to those races.

    “Maybe the car setup a little bit,” he said. “The weight of the motors is different, and there’s the added power of the 410. It will be interesting to see what happens with the softer tires on the 410.”

    Before running those shows, Sides will run the Aug. 24 Northern Sprint Tour race at Elma. The National Sprint Tour races at Elma the next two nights.


Paulus looking forward to racing at home again

By Craig Murphy

    Last month, Brian Paulus finally got reacquainted with the track that started it all for him.

    On Aug. 3, the native of Mechanicsburg , Pa. hopes for better luck at Susquehanna Speedway Park in Newberrytown , Pa.

    Paulus and his fellow National Sprint Tour competitors will take on the famed PA Posse at Susquehanna before racing Aug. 5 at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove and then Aug. 6 at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown , Md.

    Racers will have a 25-lap main event at Susquehanna, followed later by a 15-lap main.

    “It’s always a good deal to have a week to be at home with family and friends,” Paulus said. “You get to have a home cooked meal and that sort of thing.”

    Once away from the dinner table, the three races present Paulus with a chance to roll down memory lane.

    “They are tracks I went to as a kid,” Paulus said. “The first day I ever raced was at Susquehanna. I idled it around the inside guardrail. Selinsgrove was my third or fourth track I raced at. They’re tracks I’ve been going to since I was a little kid. I always enjoyed racing at them. It’s nice to race at them.”

    Before the NST raced at Susquehanna in early June – which was converted from a two-day show to a one-day show due to rain – Paulus said he hadn’t raced there since 1998.

    “It was great,” Paulus said of returning to Susquehanna. “It was one of those situations where the weather threatened us all weekend. The track conditions were actually pretty decent considering that. From what I saw, the show was pretty decent. The local favorites all ran pretty strong. Luckily for us, one of our guys (Danny Lasoski) won the show.”

    Paulus was able to watch the race due to continued bad luck. An engine fire ended his night early. That was followed by a 13th place run at Hagerstown and a 21st at Selinsgrove.

    “There were definitely struggles that weekend,” Paulus said. “We had the engine fire, then at Hagerstown we were pretty decent until the feature. At Selinsgrove we broke the motor. We were running well at those races, but had bad results. We just brush it off and go to the next race.”

    The weekend was yet another example of a frustrating season.

    “We’ve had a lot of top-10s, but not a top-five yet,” said Paulus, currently 9th in NST points with 12 top-10 finishes. “We can’t seem to get the car to go. My confidence is down. We hope to have a night where everything goes perfect. We know we’re a 7th place or 8th place car, but we want to get into the top-five. We know we’re fast enough to be up there, we just need to get up there.

    “I think it’s mental as much as anything else,” Paulus added as to what’s been holding himself and the team back. “We struggled so much early in the year, and couldn’t get things figured out. We went through some employees. We were 15th, then we got into the top-10.”

    Paulus is hopeful a trip home is exactly what’s needed to get some top-five runs and a confident boost heading into the Knoxville Nationals the following week.

    “It would be a good deal to start building the momentum,” he said.

    Paulus knows getting a top-five is no easy task when racing members of the PA Posse on their home turf.

    “The only difference between the PA Posse and the National Sprint Tour drivers is that the top drivers in Central PA have put together businesses, families of something that has tied them into staying at home,” Paulus said. “You have guys like Fred Rahmer, Lance Dewease, Greg Hodnett and Mike Erdley. “There’s something that got them tied into being a Central PA racer rather than a touring racer.”

    Lasoski looks to make it a season sweep at Susquehanna on Thursday. Lasoski has six wins on the season so far and heads into the weekend 51 points ahead of Tim Kaeding and 58 ahead of Steve Kinser. Rounding out the top-10 are Jason Meyers, Jason Solwold, Jason Sides, Paul McMahan, Shane Stewart, Paulus and inured Pennsylvania native Tim Shaffer.

    General admission ticket prices for the Susquehanna NST race have been lowered to only $20. There will be a limited number of tickets available for advance purchase for the main grandstand area only. There will also be a limit of 400 children tickets (ages 6-12) available, while children ages 5 and under will be admitted free.

    All seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with the exception of the annual reserved seats. All advance ticket purchasers will be permitted to enter the grandstands one hour prior to the sale of grandstand tickets on raceway in order to pick their seats. Cooler size limits will be strictly enforced.

    For more information on the track, visit www.sspracing.net or call (717) 292-1696. For more information on the series, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.

Craig Murphy 7-31-07

NST Running Double A-Mains at Susky

    After spirited conversation, the National Sprint Tour has decided to run a different racing program at its Susquehanna show on August 3, 2006. With promoter Todd Fisher’s blessing, the NST will run its normal round of qualifying, followed by heats, dashes to set the first six rows, B Main, then a 25 lap A main. This first A main will pay 75% of the normal purse. Further, the first A Main will also be a full points race . Following the first A Main, there will be an approximate 15 minute break to weigh the finishers and put in fuel, but no new right rear tires. Then, the entire field will return to the track for a 15 lap “A Plus Main”. The field will be set as follows: all cars on the lead lap of the first A main will be inverted; all cars not on the lead lap will start behind the inverted field. The purse will be for the balance of the 25% not paid in the first A Main, AND, all drivers will receive 2 points for every position they improve from their starting position.

    We at the NST hope you’ll attend the Susquehanna race, and please let us know what you think of this one-time format change. As Lonnie Parsons of the #6 Casey’s General Store car driven by Dean Jacobs put it: “I know what the fans are going to think: they’ll love it. And rightfully so. I think it will be exciting to try something a little different, and how could there be anything wrong with encouraging passing. Knoxville used to do something like this and those sure were exciting races. I hope our fans at Susky enjoy it.”


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Midget results from DCRP opening night of the 2-day Kansas Midget Klassic
07/22/06.  Other results and full story to follow.

    #    Heat 1
1    2    Bob Harr
2    1c    Chad McDaniel
3    29    Rick Ellis
4    12c    Rick England
5    96    Cody Brewer
6    7    Billy Mentgen
7    45    Aaron Kirk
8    22    Luke Cranston
9    9H    Russ Harper

        Heat 2
1    99 9    Brady Bacon
2    2i    Luke Icke
3    4X    Don Droud, Jr.
4    5D    Gary Taylor
5    17    Dustin Morgan
6    4B    Ronnie Burke, Jr.
7    51    Chris DeShon
8    4p    Will Pierce

        Heat 3
1    1 99    Leon Bacon
2    37    Matt Mitchell
3    14    Tony Rossi
4    71H    Keith Rauch
5    95J    Rick Forbes
6    99X    Kyle Rayburn
7    9    Doug McCune
8    79    Jim Doyle

        B-Main
1    4B    Ronnie Burke, Jr.
2    9    Doug McCune
3    51    Chris DeShon
4    45    Aaron Kirk
5    4p    Will Pierce
6    9H    Russ Harper
7    79    Jim Doyle
8    22    Luke Cranston
9    99X    Kyle Rayburn
10    7    Billy Mentgen

        A-Main
1    1 99    Leon Bacon
2    2i    Luke Icke
3    1c    Chad McDaniel
4    37    Matt Mitchell
5    95J    Rick Forbes
6    96    Cody Brewer
7    51    Chris DeShon
8    9H    Russ Harper
9    5D    Gary Taylor
10    17    Dustin Morgan
11    12c    Rick England
12    29    Rick Ellis
13    2    Bob Harr
14    45    Aaron Kirk
15    99X    Kyle Rayburn
16    4X    Don Droud, Jr.
17    71H    Keith Rauch
18    14    Tony Rossi
19    4B    Ronnie Burke, Jr.
20    4p    Will Pierce

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Kaeding wins thriller over Lasoski, Kinser

By Craig Murphy

    Tim Kaeding and his team needed a boost Friday night in Attica, Ohio.

    That’s exactly what they got, as Kaeding held off a furious charge by teammate and car owner Steve Kinser to win the July 21 National Sprint Tour main event at Attica Raceway Park.

    Points leader Danny Lasoski took the lead from early race leader Shane Stewart on lap 8, and seemed ready to win again as Kaeding and Kinser moved into position not far behind.

    “Basically I had to go where everybody wasn’t,” Lasoski said. “Shane was getting loose. Then I didn’t see anyone until the yellow.”

    Lasoski maintained a slight lead as the laps wound down in the 40-lap event. When a yellow came out on lap 32 and Lasoski had clear track in front of him, he looked to be in good shape.

    “I thought I was going to be,” Lasoski admitted afterwards.

    On the restart, Lasoski went low as Kaeding went high. Kaeding took the lead, with Kinser following by for second.

    “That was pure and simple driver error,” Lasoski said. “I took the bottom, and I should have gone in the middle.”

    Kaeding had been trying to figure a way by Lasoski prior to the yellow.

    “We were just following him, being patient,” said Kaeding, who notched his series-leading 10th win of the year and moved back past Kinser for second in the points. “I saw I was decent up top, so I saved it.

    “I knew the bottom was way too slow,” Kaeding added of his strategy under yellow. “I rolled the wing back two or three inches and decided to go high. Like I’ve been saying all year, live and die by the high side.”

    Even after he got the lead, Kaeding couldn’t relax as he had Kinser looking every which way to get by.

    “Steve kept coming out of nowhere,” Kaeding said. “He was running the daylights out of his car.”

    The two leaders battled side by side in the closing laps, swapping the bottom and top lanes. Coming to the white flag, Kinser tried one more slide job on the bottom but couldn’t make the move stick.

    “If I could have gotten clear, I could have gone back up top and they wouldn’t have gotten by me,” Kinser said. “Coming to the white, I had to back off and it just killed the motor. It wouldn’t take back off.”

    Kaeding, meanwhile, only had one thought as ‘The King’ was underneath him.

    “When he pulled off the slide job, I just put the foot back on the pedal,” Kaeding said. “I was either going to hit the wall or I was going to make it.”

    When Kinser was forced to back off, Lasoski snuck by for second.

    “I put myself into position and let them battle,” Lasoski said. “If something happened, I was going to capitalize on it.”

    As it was, Kaeding held off Lasoski, Kinser, Stewart and Dale Blaney.

    After suffering a DNQ and a 10th-place finish in the last two races, Kaeding was looking for a boost.

    When asked had badly his team needed the win, Kaeding turned to crew chief Mike Cool.

    “How bad did we need it?” Kaeding asked.

    “Bad,” Cool responded.

    “Yeah, we needed it bad,” Kaeding agreed. “We needed to get our confidence up. But we need about 10 more of these to be back in the points chase.”

    Kinser, meanwhile, wasn’t overly disappointed with third.

    “I was just lucky to finish,” Kinser said. “I was on seven cylinders the whole race.”

    Trophy dashes were won by Shane Stewart and Jason Solwold, with Solwold choosing to start on the inside pole for the 40-lap main event.

    Heat races were won by Tim Hunter, Mark Keegan and Kaeding. Blaney was the fastest of 35 qualifiers with a time of 12.065 seconds, his first fast time of the year. The B-main was won by David Harrison.

    The National Sprint Tour completes its Ohio weekend doubleheader with a show at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio on Saturday, July 22.

 

Attica Raceway Park

Attica, Ohio

July 21, 2006

 

Qualifying Results

1  Dale Blaney 2         12.065
2 JASON SIDES 7S     12.157
3 DANNY LASOSKI 83 12.158
4 PAUL McMAHAN 20   12.166
5 Kelly Kinser 4K        12.184
6 JASON MEYERS 14    12.200
7 JASON SOLWOLD R19   12.245
8 Byron Reed 5            12.251
9 STEVE KINSER 11     12.252
10 SHANE STEWART 26   12.318
11 TIM KAEDING 11K      12.321
12 Lee Jacobs 16             12.327
13 Greg Wilson W20        12.329
14 KERRY MADSEN 11H   12.339
15 Brock Mayes 11B        12.345
16 Phil Gressman 1R        12.375
17 John Ivy 53             12.417
18 BRIAN PAULUS 28   12.420
19 DEAN JACOBS 6      12.428
20 Brandon Scott 37Z   12.475
21 Tim Hunter 2H         12.476
22 Mark Keegan X        12.489
23 Brandon Martin 11M     12.518
24 Danny Smith 4         12.521
25 Craig Mintz 8S           12.604
26 Jamie Miller 7B         12.610
27 Brian Smith 55X       12.646
28 David Harrison 10     12.649
29 Caleb Griffith 12       12.712
30 Mike Linder 3            12.725
31 Bruce Robenalt 98    12.822
32 Kyle Cummins 1H     12.843
33 Aaron Middauth 91    13.214
34 Roger Shammo 10S    13.288
35 Cody White 26W        15.638

 

Heat One Finish
1   Tim Hunter 2H
2   Greg Wilson W20
3   STEVE KINSER 11
4   Kelly Kinser 4K
5   Dale Blaney 2
6   John Ivy 53
7   Caleb Griffith 12
8   Craig Mintz 8S
9   Aaron Middauth 91
 

Heat Two Finish

1    Mark Keegan X
2   BRIAN PAULUS 28
3   SHANE STEWART 26
4   KERRY MADSEN 11H
5   JASON SIDES 7S
6   JASON MEYERS 14
7   Jamie Miller 7B
8   Mike Linder 3
9   Roger Shammo 10S

 

Heat Three Finish

1    TIM KAEDING 11K
2   Brandon Martin 11M
3   JASON SOLWOLD R19
4   Brock Mayes 11B
5   DANNY LASOSKI 83
6   Bruce Robenalt 98
7   Brian Smith 55X
8   DEAN JACOBS 6
9   Cody White 26W

  

Heat Four Finish

1    Danny Smith 4
2   Phil Gressman 1R
3   Bryan Scott 37Z
4   PAUL McMAHAN 20
5   Byron Reed 5
6   Lee Jacobs 16
7   David Harrison 10
8   Kyle Cummins 1H

 

Dash One Finish

1    SHANE STEWART 26
2   DANNY LASOSKI 83
3   Greg Wilson W20
4   Dale Blaney 2
5   Kelly Kinser 4K
6   Byron Reed 5

 

Dash Two Finish

1    JASON SOLWOLD R19
2   STEVE KINSER 11
3   TIM KAEDING 11K
4   KERRY MADSEN 11H
5   PAUL McMAHAN 20
6   JASON SIDES 7S

 

B-Main Finish

1    David Harrison 10
2   JASON MEYERS 14
3   DEAN JACOBS 6
4   Lee Jacobs 16
5   John Ivy 53
6   Mike Linder 3
7   Caleb Griffith 12
8   Kyle Cummins 1H
9   Bruce Robenalt 98
10   Jamie Miller 7B
11   Craig Mintz 8S
12   Aaron Middauth 91
13   Roger Shammo 10S
14   Cody White 26W
15   Brian Smith 55X


A-Feature Line-Up - 40 Laps  
R19  -  26
11    -  83
11K  -  W20
11H  -  2
20    -  4K
7S    -  5
14    -  16
11B  -  1R
28    -  6
37Z  -  2H
X      -  11M
4      -  10

 

A-Feature Finish

1    TIM KAEDING 11K
2   DANNY LASOSKI 83
3   STEVE KINSER 11
4   SHANE STEWART 26
5   Dale Blaney 2
6   JASON MEYERS 14
7   Greg Wilson W20
8   KERRY MADSEN 11H
9   PAUL McMAHAN 20
10   JASON SIDES 7S
11   Kelly Kinser 4K
12   Phil Gressman 1R
13   Brock Mayes 11B
14   DEAN JACOBS 6
15   Mark Keegan X
16   Byron Reed 5
17   BRIAN PAULUS 28
18   Bryan Scott 37Z
19   David Harrison 10
20   Lee Jacobs 16
21   JASON SOLWOLD R19
22   Brandon Martin 11M
23   Danny Smith 4
24   Tim Hunter 2H

 

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

Paul Joiner

For Ideas & Images, Inc.

816.305.0450 or: paul@ideasimages.com

 

Kathleen Berzon

For Penthouse Media Group Inc.

561.912.7034 or: kberzon@pmgi.com

 

www.penthousesubs.com/thehurricane

The Penthouse / Randy Hannagan Website is officially open!

 

( Pittsboro , IN – July 20, 2006) Last week Penthouse Magazine joined driver

Randy Hannagan on the World of Outlaws tour. This week, Penthouse and Hannagan are pleased to announce the official opening of “The Hurricane/Penthouse” website: www.penthousesubs.com/thehurricane.

 

Fans can visit www.penthousesubs.com/thehurricane for a special, ‘Racing Outlaw’ subscription offer of $17.95 for 12 months. They can also visit the website, or stop by the Penthouse merchandise trailer on-site to obtain this said offer and/or Penthouse goods.

 

For more information, photos and updates, log onto: www.randyhannagan.com.

 

For the best in adult entertainment and products, log onto: www.penthousesubs.com/thehurricane.

 

About Penthouse Media Group Inc

Penthouse Media Group Inc. is an international, multimedia entertainment company that is globally recognized as one of the premier brands in adult entertainment and publishes one of the most widely circulated groups of men’s lifestyles publications. Originally founded in 1965 by Bob Guccione, the company also operates numerous entertainment websites including, www.penthouse.com, www.penthouse.com/digital and provides adult video entertainment and a broad array of products and services via its numerous licensees.

 

 

 

 

Lasoski wins NST show in Fonda

By Craig Murphy

    With Danny Lasoski starting so close to the front, competing National Sprint Tour drivers should have known they were in trouble Tuesday night at Fonda Speedway in Fonda, New York.

    The last two races, Lasoski had to restart at the rear following a first lap crash, and came back to finish sixth. Last race out, Lasoski started 15th and stormed through the field to finish second.

    So when Lasoski started eighth on July 18, piece of cake, right?

    Pretty much, yes.

    “That’s halfway from where I’ve been (starting),” Lasoski joked afterwards.

    The NST point leader rocketed to fourth on the opening lap while Jason Sides led. Lasoski was third on lap 2, and second on lap 3. On lap 7, Lasoski got by Sides for a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

    “I was just going to go where they weren’t,” Lasoski said of his strategy in the opening laps. “Dennis Roth gave us a great team. However hard we need to work, that’s what we do. We really believe in each other. You need to believe in each other to do well.”

    While Lasoski was cruising up front, the now-regular battle of the Jasons – Sides, Solwold, and Meyers – played out in the battle for second, which was also contested by Steve Kinser.

    Solwold took the high line around Sides for second on lap 11, with Meyers also getting by Sides a lap later. Sides tangled with a lapped car on lap 15, bringing out the first yellow of the 25-lap race.

    Lasoski got a good jump on the restart to pull away from Solwold, who slowed to a stop on lap 19 with a broken torque tube. Lasoski wasn’t even aware of Solwold’s problems.

    “I had never seen anybody the whole race,” ‘The Dude’ said.

    On the final restart, Lasoski once again pulled away as Meyers and Kinser fought for second. Despite getting bogged down behind a lapped car on the final lap, Meyers was able to claim the spot.

    “Another second,” lamented Meyers, whose car owner Guy Stockbridge is a new co-owner of the NST. “We had a great car. The guys are getting a handle on things. I should have gone up top at the start. That was my mistake. Danny went up top and got around us. If I had gone up there first, things would probably have been different.”

    Meyers, who said more help with lapped traffic was his only hope for passing Lasoski, enjoyed the battle for second throughout the race.

    “We were side-by-side with the battle for second,” he said. “One of us would get it, then someone else would get it the next turn. It was great racing. We’ve had great racing all year. You know you can race hard with those guys.”

    Kinser kept trying to find a faster way to get by the Jasons.

    “It was fair,” Kinser said of his race. “I was trying to slip by them, but we were all the same speed. I was trying to get the low groove to work. We were just too even. I needed more traffic.”

    Kinser believes Tuesday’s show was another positive for the series, started last winter by Fred Brownfield, who tragically passed away last month. Kinser is one of the new co-owners.

    “We have good shows, and good crowds,” said Kinser, a longtime friend of the Brownfield family. “That’s all you can ask for. I never was one to be much in ownership, but I didn’t want Debbie Brownfield to have to deal with it either.”

    Behind the front three, a couple of local drivers had strong runs. Craig Keel finished fourth while Jessica Zemken was fifth.

    “It’s not like winning,” Keel said. “I got close to Steve. Sometimes lapped traffic helps you, sometimes it don’t. We got a top-five, so that’s good.”

    Zemken, relatively new to 410 Sprint cars, started fourth and hung out near the front the whole race.

    “I definitely surprised myself,” said Zemken, who signed autographs for a huge throng of fans. “I had guys like Kinser and Lasoski behind me at the start. It was very intimidating. Once in lapped traffic, those guys took my line away.”

    Zemken admitted to being star struck at one point in the evening.

    “Lasoski came up to me after the dashes and asked about my tires,” she recalled. “I almost fell over.”

    Trophy dashes were won by Brian Paulus and Sides, with Paulus choosing to start on the inside pole for the 25-lap main event.

    Heat races were won by Shane Stewart, Kerry Madsen and Tim Kaeding. Paul McMahan was the fastest of 25 qualifiers with a time of 15.663 seconds, his fourth fast time of the year.

    The National Sprint Tour next races Friday, July 21 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio.

 

Qualifying Results

Pos    First   Last  No.   Best Tm
1   PAUL McMAHAN 20   15.663
2   Lucas Wolfe 5W     15.780
3   STEVE KINSER 11     15.815
4   DANNY LASOSKI 83     15.924
5   Justin Barger 32          15.990
6   JASON SOLWOLD R19  16.050
7   BRIAN PAULUS 28     16.081
Jesica Zemken 1Z     16.151
9   Craig Keel 9           16.387
10   JASON SIDES 7S     16.411
11   JASON MEYERS 14      16.476
12   DEAN JACOBS 6    16.544
13   Blake Breen 8            16.783
14   KERRY MADSEN 11H     16.837
15   TIM KAEDING 11K      16.864
16   SHANE STEWART 26       16.921
17   Lance Younge 17J     17.046
18   John Karklin 69K      17.098
19   John Smith 22E       17.324
20   Blase Regina 45        17.613
21   Warren Alexson 3A    17.739
22   Riki Likowski 7R      17.860
23   Bobby Breen 9B      17.963
24   Mike Stelter 36        18.151
25   Dick Spadaro 29      18.418

 

Heat One Line-Up  
26   -  8
7S   -  28
83   -  20
22E -  7R
29  

 

Heat One Finish

1    SHANE STEWART 26
2   BRIAN PAULUS 28
3   DANNY LASOSKI 83
4   JASON SIDES 7S
5   Blake Breen 8
6   PAUL McMAHAN 20
7   John Smith 22E
8   Riki Likowski 7R
9   Dick Spadaro 29

 

Heat Two Line-Up  
17J  -  11H
14   -  1Z
32   -  5W
45   -  9B

 

Heat Two Finish
1   KERRY MADSEN 11H
2   JASON MEYERS 14
3   Lance Younge 17J
4   Jesica Zemken 1Z
5   Justin Barger 32
6   Lucas Wolfe 5W
7   Blase Regina 45
8   Bobby Breen 9B


Heat Three Line-Up  
69K -  11K
6     -  9
R19 -  11
3A   -  36

 

Heat Three Finish
1   TIM KAEDING 11K
2   Craig Keel 9
3   STEVE KINSER 11
4   DEAN JACOBS 6
5   JASON SOLWOLD R19
6   John Karklin 69K
7   Mike Stelter 36
8   Warren Alexson 3A
 

Dash One Line-Up  
28  -  32
11  -  14
9    -  20

 

Dash One Finish

1    BRIAN PAULUS 28
2   Justin Barger 32
3   JASON MEYERS 14
4   STEVE KINSER 11
5   Craig Keel 9
6   PAUL McMAHAN 20

Dash Two Line-Up  
7S  -  6
83  -  R19
1Z  -  5W

 

Dash Two Finish

1    JASON SIDES 7S
2   Jesica Zemken 1Z
3   JASON SOLWOLD R19
4   DANNY LASOSKI 83
5   DEAN JACOBS 6
6   Lucas Wolfe 5W

** Brian Paulus has lane choice.

     He chose the inside.

 

A-Feature Line- Up  - 25 LAPS
28   -  7S
32   -  1Z
14   -  R19
11   -  83
9     -  6
20   -  5W
8     -  11H
11K -  26
17J  -  69K
22E -   45
3A   -  7R
9B   -  36
29  

A-Feature Finish

1 DANNY LASOSKI 83
2 JASON MEYERS 14
3 STEVE KINSER 11
4 Craig Keel 9
5 Jesica Zemken 1Z
6 BRIAN PAULUS 28
7 Justin Barger 32
8 DEAN JACOBS 6
9 PAUL McMAHAN 20
10 TIM KAEDING 11K
11 Lucas Wolfe 5W
12 SHANE STEWART 26
13 KERRY MADSEN 11H
14 JASON SIDES 7S
15 John Smith 22E
16 Blake Breen 8
17 John Karklin 69K
18 Mike Stelter 36
19 Warren Alexson 3A
20 Riki Likowski 7R
21 JASON SOLWOLD R19
22 Lance Younge 17J
23 Blase Regina 45
24 Richard Spadaro 29

 

For More Information contact

Paul W. Joiner III

Ideas & Images, Inc.

816-305-0450

www.ideasimages.com

 

 

                        Penthouse Magazine joins the Hurricane, Randy Hannagan!

 

7/13/2006 ( Pittsboro , IN ) It was announced today that Penthouse Magazine will join driver Randy Hannagan as he competes with the World of Outlaws in 2006.  The association began at the World of Outlaws race held at Powercom Park , in Beaver Dam, WI.  Penthouse Media Group Inc. is an international, multimedia entertainment company that is globally recognized as one of the premier brands in adult entertainment and publishes one of the most widely circulated groups of men’s lifestyles publications.  Originally founded in 1965 by Bob Guccione, the company also operates www.penthouse.com, a leading men’s entertainment website; provides adult video entertainment and a broad array of products and services via its numerous licensees..  As part of their involvement, Penthouse is developing an Outlaw Racing fans subscription special that will be available on www.penthousesubs.com/thehurricane and a special handout featuring the Hurricane and the offer will be available at the races. 

 

“Sprint Car Racing is one of our newest branding venues," says Penthouse Vice President of Marketing, Tricia Austin, "and since Penthouse is all about being on the fast track of  success, our partnership with Randy Hannagan and his crew seemed a natural fit. It's a unique sport that appeals to a segment of our targeted audience and we're looking forward to placing first at the Finish Line and newsstands alike."

 

Randy is currently sitting in 10th in the drivers points and 8th in owners points. Earlier in the season Randy was forced to miss 6 races due to his mother’s illness.  However he rebounded very well when he returned to the cockpit at Eldora for a 7th place finish.   Currently the driver from San Jose , Ca has 5 top 5 finishes and 11 top tens with his best finishes being 3rd at Sharon Speedway, Las Vegas Motorspeedway and Husets Speedway where he started on the Pole.  Beginning at Eldora this week the Penthouse/Hurricane Randy Hannagan merchandise trailer will make it’s debut.   Complete with t-shirts, hats, and novelty items.  You can also sign up at the trailer for a very special subscription special to Penthouse Magazine. 

 

“This is really something very cool for us.” Said Hannagan. “We have a good team and a great platform to market Penthouse.  I feel lucky to represent them.  We are looking forward to a having some fun with this association and interacting with the fans. Penthouse has really been developing their product to keep it at as a leader.  I will not lie they do have some sensational looking women on their pages each and every month.  The Penthouse Pet is a brand our fans know.  We have also put together a great deal for fans to subscribe to the magazine.  They can sign up right on line at www.penthousesubs.com/thehurricane.  I will also have handouts for the fans at our trailer and at autograph sessions.” 

 

There will be a future press release about a contest where a lucky fan will receive a trip to the Gold Cup and be a judge at the annual bikini contest.  Penthouse scouts may be on hand to recruit talent for the magazine.  Look for an announcement soon.

 

For photos and updates log onto www.randyhannagan.com and for the best in adult entertainment log onto www.penthousesubs.com/thehurricane   For marketing contact Paul Joiner at Ideas & Images, Inc (816) 305-0450 or e-mail paul@ideasimages.com   

 

 

 

 

 

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                                Kemenah gets SOLE!  RacinSoles that is!

 

July 10, 2006 ( Richmond , IN ) It was announced today that RacinSoles the #1 shoe insole in Motorsports will team up with Chad Kemenah beginning at this weeks Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Park .  RacinSoles is the official victory lane sponsor of the World of Outlaws sprint car series for 2006.   RacinSoles are filled with liquid glycerin that disperses equally making it impossible to compress. RacinSoles constantly serves as a massaging mechanism for your feet increasing circulation and keeping your feet from getting fatigue or pain. RacinSoles are highly recommended to be worn on top of orthotics. Great for diabetics, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs. You won't believe how much shock it takes off your feet, legs, and lower back!  RacinSoles is worn by many of the World of Outlaws drivers and officials.

 

“We are an Ohio company.” Said Jason Hale of RacinSoles. “I have watched Chad since he started racing 410 Winged Sprint cars and he is one of the premiere drivers in the sport.  Besides his driving capability he is also well spoken and gives back to the fans.  He is always willing to sign an autograph, be at an appearance or whatever is asked for a fan.  He makes a great representative for RacinSoles and we look forward to our association in 2006 and beyond.”

 

Kemenah is currently 7th in the drivers points standings with the World of Outlaws and leads the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the year honors presented by Butler Built and Maxim Chassis.  He has 1 win so far in 2006, 5 top fives and 15 top tens. 

 

“They have a great product.” Said Kemenah. “They are a local company that really wants to hit the national market.   I wear them and yes they work and feel great.  Yes I wore them even before we put this together.  It’s great to have RacinSoles as part of our team and we want to get the word out to the fans that these are what they need when they are on their feet.  We have a lot of fans that spend their day on their feet well RacinSoles is a must have for them.”

 

 

Fans you can get RacinSoles at the Brad Doty Classic this Wednesday in the merchandise area as well as at the Knight before and the King’s Royal presented by King’s Royal.  They will be at select races including the Knoxville Nationals.  If you can’t make it to the event then log on to www.racinsoles.com and order your pair today!  Also fans can log onto www.chadkemenah.com for all the latest news and race results

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Paul W. Joiner III

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                                                Hitman, Jason Martin getting back on track!

 

Indianapolis, IN (July 9th, 2006) First there was the neck injury at the start of the season, then there was the crash the first night back and some luck that just did not want to turn around, but now for Team NOS Energy Drink with Mafia Motorsports and driver Jason Martin there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  The team has been chasing a few little things here and there and with the holiday down time they took full advantage to fix those things.  Martin who has split time between a 360 and 410 before being part of the Greatest Show on Dirt with the World of Outlaws this season had to learn some things when it came to the powerplant and set up.  That education of this season is now showing up.

 

In Friday nights event at the City of Lawrenceburg Nationals , Martin showed signs that he had indeed found the little things.   After qualifying 24th, the team made changes and the Hitman took off in the hit.  Hitting some ruts in the rough high banked ¼ mile caused some bicycling in turns 1-2 but Martin managed to power out of them and get headed straight in down the back stretch and finish 3rd.  In the feature starting 23rd Martin was able to power through traffic to a 16th place finish.  On the high banked ultra fast 1/3 mile of I-55 raceway in Pevely, the Hitman would overcome a mistake in qualifying and rally for a respectable 12th place finish in the feature on a rubber down track.  He would start 7th in his heat and with in 2 laps was up to 4th and solidly in the transfer spot to the feature.  It was evident the little things had been found and the light at the end of the tunnel is shinning bright.

 

“Yeah we definitely are real happy with what we found.” Said Martin. “The motors are strong very strong and those little things out here may as well be huge things.  It was my fault in qualifying at Pevely, I had the wing to far back, it was not the motors fault it was mine.  In the heat we just took off ran high and passed at will.  We were closing on the leaders in the last few laps and that really gave me confidence for the feature.  We were fast but the rubber came down early and I knew there would be guys blowing tires and why not let them do that and come to me.  When the 5B blew his tire and more followed we just rode and conserved our tires to the finish.  It’s good to know heading into the month of money those little things are finally behind us.”

 

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Nuetzel Holds Off Thinnes For Midget Feature Win
    USAC/UMARA/WOWMS     

By: Bill Freis

Morris, IL   With the return of USAC to the Grundy
County Speedway for only the second time in history
and some of midget racings best drivers ever just up
the road a few miles at the Chicagoland Speedway for
the USG Sheetrock 400, a great deal of excitement and
anticipation filled the air Saturday night.  Who would
show up, and who could beat the virtually unstoppable
Steve Thinnes who had already won four features this
season?

Former USAC Triple Crown Champion J.J. Yeley was
scheduled to pilot the #99 Mopar entry of Channahons
Bob Guess, but apparently Yeleys Nextel Cup car
owner, Joe Gibbs got wind of the deal and put a stop
to it just moments after Yeley finished the NASCAR
Busch Series race Saturday afternoon.

Indianapolis Indianas Adam Nuetzel had raced in the
UMARA National midget division for the past four years
at the Grundy County Speedway without a win.  He had
however won USAC Regional midget feature events at the
Indianapolis Speedrome.

With a great field of cars and drivers, including USAC
Regional points leader Scott Thoman, Wolverine Outlaw
Winged Midget Series point leader Nick Mitchell, UMARA
point leader Thinnes and NASAR Busch Series driver and
former UMARA midget driver Aaron Fike of Galesburg,
Nuetzel would have his best chance to beat them all
starting on the pole for the 40-lap main event.

At the start Nuetzel jumped to the lead ahead of
Thoman, but his lead was anything but a comfortable
one.  By lap eight there was a three way battle for
the lead between Nuetzel, Thoman and Thinnes.  But a
caution flag on lap nine slowed things up when the
left rear wheel on Aaron Fikes Steve Savage/Rich
Corson owned car broke coming off of turn four sending
him into the car of Chris Hettinger, both were unable
to restart.

On the restart Nuetzel held the lead as Jimmy
Anderson, winner of the first USAC event at the Grundy
County Speedway just four weeks ago, drove past Nick
Mitchell for the fourth spot.  On the fourteenth
circuit Thinnes got by Thoman for the second spot and
began to reel in Nuetzel.  Each corner Thinnes pulled
a little closer but it appeared that Nuetzel was able
to get off of the corners better than Thinnes.

On lap twenty with Nuetzel still trying to keep
Thinnes at bay, Anderson pulled alongside of Thoman
going into the first turn on lap 20 for the third
spot.  But apparently Thoman didnt see Anderson and
Anderson was forced down on the rumble strips
causing him to lose control of the car and spin.
Anderson would have to restart at the tail of the
field.

With the restart on lap 21 Nuetzel again held the
lead, but Thinnes was trying any line to find a way
around him.  With two laps to go the leaders
encountered back markers and it nearly cost Nuetzel
the lead, as he made his move to the high side so did
the slower car, Thinnes went low, but the slower car
saw Nuetzel at the last second and moved down causing
Thinnes to slow up allowing Nuetzel to hold the lead
for the remaining circuits.  

Afterwards Nuetzel said Ive raced here for four
years and finally got a feature win!  What a great
night to get a win too with the USAC and WOWMS guys
here, a lot of friends and family came out tonight.  I
cant thank my sponsor and car-owner (and
father-in-law) Rick Peterson from Corvette Collection
and my crew enough for giving me a great car tonight.
This is just awesome!

Runner-up Steve Thinnes said My car was great getting
into the corners, I almost drove right up on Adam a
couple of times it was so good getting in, but he was
a little better coming off of the corners than I was.

Following Nuetzel and Thinnes to finish were, Thoman,
Nick Mitchell, Patrick Wilda, Tom Schnabel, Travis
Young, Anderson, Doug Dietsch and Terry Ahern.  Fast
qualifier was Thinnes and heat race winners were Wilda
and Anderson.

In the Illini Midget Division feature it was Danny
Drogemuller celebrating his birthday by leading from
the start closely followed by points leader David
Budres until he spun on lap three relegating him to
the tail.

Drogemuller would continue to lead comfortably for
several laps until Fred Teer got by Lamont Critchett
and began to close in on Drogemuller.  A lap 12
caution for a three car incident involving Budres,
Rich Peciniak and Tony Devea didnt help Drogemuller
any as it put Teer right on his bumper.

As the field took the green flag on the restart
Drogemuller had his hands full trying to keep Teer
behind him, but Teers car was too good and on lap 14
he drove by Drogemuller and pulled away for his third
feature win of the season.

Following Teer and Drogemuller to the line was Lamont
Critchett, Doug Orseske, Joe Knippel, Billy Hulbert,
Loran Critchett, Michael Worobey, Mark Morey and Jon
Ruff.
Fast qualifier was Teer and heat race winners were
Budres and Drogemuller.

Todd Shepard won the BIDCA Classic Modified feature.
Heat race winners were Ken Osbourne and John Meyers.

The next DArcy Buick/Pontiac/GMC UMARA event is this
Saturday July 15th at the Grundy County Speedway.

 

For More information contact:

Paul W. Joiner III

Ideas & Images, Inc.

816-305-0450

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                           The Hurricane storms to 3rd at Husets!

 

July 4th, 2006 ( Sioux Falls , SD) It has been an up and down season so far for the Hurricane, Randy Hannagan.  Earlier in May, his mother became ill and Randy left to be by her side missing nearly 3 weeks of racing in the process.  Upon his mother’s recovery he returned to action at Eldora and recorded a strong 7th place finish.  After missing the feature at Terre Haute the Penthouse Magazine team regrouped and has been on a roll ever since.  The Hurricane currently sits 10th in driver points and has 5 top 5 finishes and 10 top 10 finishes with the latest top 5 coming at Husets Speedway near Sioux Falls, SD last night.

 

The evening would start on a positive one for the Penthouse Magazine #1X Maxim by setting the 5th quickest time and a 4th place finish in the heat moving him to the dash and the feature.  Starting outside the front row of the dash, Hannagan would blow into the lead and never look back winning by more than 10 car lengths over Tyler Walker and the first pole of the season for the San Jose , CA native.  The feature would see the Hurricane battle for the top spot until the left rear began to shrink and tipping the handling just a bit.  The nights eventual winner Terry McCarl was able to make the pass for 2nd and relegate Hannagan to a 3rd place finish.  While the victory may have eluded Hannagan this time the momentum and confidence builder did not.

 

“I really wanted to win this tonight.” Said Hannagan. “We made a change on the left rear tire and we just out guessed ourselves.  It’s a shame really, the Penthouse car was fast all night long and we had a good shot at getting a win.  It’s not all bad though we had a top 3 finish and continue to get stronger and stronger.  It’s important to be hitting on all cylinders right now as we head into the month of money.  There will be some really strong cars out there and I know we are definitely one of them.”

 

The Hurricane and team Penthouse will head to the fast ¼ mile of Lawrenceburg , IN and then to the high banks of I-55 Speedway in Pevely , Mo this weekend before heading east and the prestigious month of money. 

 

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                                  Hindi an up and down weekend!

 

July 10th 2006 (Sioux Falls, SD) Over the last month and a ½ Neon Dion Hindi has been one of the fastest cars on the World of Outlaws tour but just did not have the finishes he had hoped for.  The RealTruck.com/Sniper Tuning J&J #11D has quietly climbed to 11th in the drivers points with consistent top 15 finishes.  Hindi’s best finish of the season came at Fargo , SD with a 9th place effort.  The team had plenty to be optimistic about this past weekend heading to Wichita and Dodge City , KS then to Husets near Sioux Falls , SD.   Hindi would open things up at Wichita with a 6th place qualifying effort.  One of the biggest improvements that the RealTruck.com has made is in their qualifying. 

 

Hindi would finish 6th in his heat transferring to the dash and feature.  Finishing 7th in the dash the #11D would start inside the 4th row and run in the top 6 before a tight condition caused the car to fade a bit late but still manage a 10th place finish.  Next up for Hindi, Dodge City , KS on Saturday.  The improved qualifying would continue with a 14th fastest time and a run away victory in the heat for a transfer to the feature.  In the feature Hindi would battle a loose condition all night long but stay in the top 15 for a 14th place finish.  On Sunday the team made the drive to Husets Speedway near Sioux Falls , SD to prepare for Monday nights battle.

 

The evening could not have started better with Hindi setting quick time in the bight yellow RealTruck.com/Sniper Tuning J&J Chassis.  A top 5 finish in the heat race would see Hindi in the dash for the 2nd time in 3 races and on to the feature.  A tight race track would yield a 6th place finish in the dash and starting spot outside of row 3.  At the drop pf the green Hindi flexed his muscle and would dice to third before a battle with Joey Saldana would cause the right rear to scrape the wall on lap 3.  Unfortunately for Hindi it did not get better, a complete 360 degree spin on lap 18 would bottle up the field and leave debris on the track by another car causing a caution.  Hindi would restart 6th but the bout with the wall would raise it’s ugly head as the right rear went flat sending Hindi upside down and over out of turn 2.  Unhurt and damage that could not be repaired would relegate Hindi to a disappointing 21st finishing spot.

 

“Yes it’s heartbreaking.” Said Hindi. “The only car on the track at Husets faster than us were Terry and Tyler.  We had our game face on tonight and were in a position for a top 3 finish and with a break maybe a win.  I battled Joey out of turn 3-4 and scrapped the wall.  When the first caution came out I could feel it but thought it might make it if we get a long run.  I was wrong.  It went down a lot faster than I thought and I spun, in hindsight perhaps I should have stopped and changed the tire but when your car is that good you think you can overcome it.  We had a top ten this weekend and this team keeps improving, we have a complete package.  That is a great feeling and it comes at the right time heading into the month of money.”

 

Team RealTruck.com travels to Lawrenceburg , IN then to Pevely , MO before heading out east for the month of money.

 

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                                      Henderson continues strong runs over holiday weekend!

 

Sioux Falls, SD (July 4th, 2006) When Justin Henderson rolled into action this past weekend with the World of Outlaws he had just completed 4 runs with 4 straight top 10 finishes and was one of the hottest drivers on the circuit.  Unfortunately for Henderson and the Jolt Energy Gum/Protected by Datadots Schnee that streak would end at Wichita on Friday night where the youngster would finish a disappointing 14th.  While that may seem bad it would energize the always smiling Henderson and the Jolt Energy Gum team for Dodge City the following night.

 

Currently sitting 9th in the driver points, the best finishes of the season have been 6th place runs at Tucson and Fargo and a quick time at Charlotte have highlighted the rookie’s season.   Things can change very quickly in racing and that exactly what they did at Dodge City , KS as Henderson would pick up his best finish of the season, a strong 5th. Next on the schedule would be a track very familiar to Henderson , Husets speedway near Henderson ’s home town of Sioux Falls , SD.  Always a good qualifier, Henderson would start the night out with the 7th quickest time and a finish of 3rd in his heat to transfer to the Dash and Feature.  A strong 7th in the Dash up from an 8th place start would see the Jolt Energy Gum #D1 start inside row 4 for the 30 lap feature.  Henderson would stay strong throughout the race and bring home a 9th place finish for his efforts.  Could be another streak is starting? 

 

“All in all a good weekend.” Said Henderson . “We were off a bit at Wichita and yeah that ended our streak of top 10’s but we rebounded nicely.  Any time you can get a top 5 out here you have to feel good.  I really like Dodge City , it’s a nice facility and we had the set up right on all night long.  It was our goal for a strong run at our home track Husets but a top 10 is great.  It’s nice to have some momentum heading out east.   We have accomplished quite a bit over the past month and we really like our chances for the next month.”

 

Henderson and the Jolt Energy Gum team heads to the high bank ¼ mile track at Lawrenceburg , IN then off to the fast high banks of I-55 Speedway in Pevely , MO.   Henderson ’s only appearance at Pevely this season yielded a 17th place finish.

 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The USAC Sprint and Midget event
originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 4 at the
Columbus, Ohio, Motor Speedway, has been postponed one
day due to thunderstorms that rolled through the
Columbus area. NASCAR star Ryan Newman will return to
race on Wednesday evening.

The originally-contracted rain date of July 5 has been
confirmed and the event has been rescheduled for
Wednesday night, said race promoter Tony Barhorst of
Classic Motorsports. Pit gates open at 2 p.m.,
spectator gates at 5 p.m. Racing begins at 7 p.m.

Local weather forecasts call for clear conditions on
Wednesday.

Newman is scheduled to race a sprint car and a midget
against a talented field of USAC competitors. The
Legends division originally scheduled as part of the
program will not be racing.

For more information call 614-330-4055 or
614-491-1047. Tickets are available at the door.

By JIM MORRISON  Sprintin Around  COLUMBUS, Ohio --


With race cars already arriving at Columbus Motor
Speedway,  preparations are moving forward for
Tuesdays  USAC Kroger Sprint and Midget Classic, a
Salute to the Red, White and Blue on the one-third
mile paved oval.
  NASCAR star Ryan Newmans midget was the first to
arrive on Monday, being towed from North Carolina.
Newman, sixth to Tony Stewart last year in the Nextel
Cup series, also will drive a sprint car being brought
by car owner Keith Kunz.
  Other cars already at the track include David
Goughs midget from Machesney Park, Ill. Gough, a
former United Midget Auto Racing Association champion,
is also a past winner in the Rumble Series in the RCA
Dome in Indianapolis.
  Other drivers entered for Tuesdays races include
USAC Triple Crown winner Dave Darland, defending USAC
national midget and sprint champions Josh Wise and
Levi Jones, respectively, who are driving for Tony
Stewart Enterprises, young Bryan Clauson, a
developmental driver for Ganassi Racing who won at
Columbus last October and became the youngest ever to
win a USAC National event, Tracy Hines, a frequent
competitor in the NASCAR Busch Series, and Billy
Wease, in a developmental program with Roger Penske.
  Gates to the public open at 10:30 a.m., when
practice is scheduled to begin. The first race begins
at 1 p.m. The USAC National midgets and sprint cars,
KOIL Legends and Crazy Compacts all are part of the
program.
  The Pre-Race Party that included a classic car and
truck show and a USA Karaoke Contest were conducted
Monday night.  
For more information, call 614-330-4055 or visit the
website at www.rumbleseries.com.

Kaeding the Big Winner in Winner

By Craig Murphy

    In a town called Winner, Tim Kaeding was the true winner Saturday, July 1 in National Sprint Tour action.

    Lapped traffic played a key role in Kaeding’s seventh win in 18 NST races this season. Kaeding, who seemed to have lost the race due to lapped traffic 10 laps earlier, re-passed teammate and boss Steve Kinser on lap 29 of 30 to win at Winner Speedway in Winner, South Dakota.

    Kinser took the initial lead from the outside pole, only to be passed by Kaeding before the end of the first lap.

    The race got off to a slow start as Ricky Sammons Jr. went for a flip on the initial start. By lap 12, there had already been a total of three yellows and two reds.

    “It does get to you,” Kaeding said of losing a rhythm. “But you get a chance to breathe. It can help you, but it can also hurt you.”

    The same could be said of lapped traffic, such as that seen Saturday.

    Kinser took advantage of Kaeding getting caught in traffic to take the lead on lap 18.

    “I thought I was in good shape,” said Kinser, who twice had to make nice saves off turn 4 earlier in the race.

    Kaeding also thought his boss was in good shape at that point.

    “I was concerned,” Kaeding acknowledged. “I didn’t think I would get back by him. I thought we were a second place car. He had the better car in the open. He’s the King.”

    As Kaeding searched desperately for a way by Kinser with five laps to go, the leaders hit heavy traffic.

    “I was in good shape until I hit the traffic,” Kinser said. “I was just trying to get through it.”

    Kinser got bogged down coming off turn 2 on lap 29, dooming his chances. “My motor was stumbling off the bottom of the turns,” he said. “I was alright on the bottom, as long as I had the track to myself.”

    When Kinser didn’t have the track to himself, Kaeding pounced.

    “I seen him get stuck on the bottom,” Kaeding said. “I sailed it around the top and just hoped it would stick.”

    It did, and Kaeding held on to beat Kinser, Jason Solwold, Jason Meyers and Danny Lasoski.

    Solwold had a catbird seat of the lead battle.

    “I was just sitting back waiting to see if lapped cars would go their way or my way,” Solwold said. “They hung up Steve. Getting to the front early was key, since it was tough to pass.

    “It seemed every time I had a chance, it was gone that quick,” Solwold added. “The track was difficult for everyone. I’m happy with a top-five.”     

    The Steve Kinser Racing domination of the night started early, as Kinser and Kaeding handily won their heat races. Lasoski won his heat race after battling hard with two Aussie drivers, Kerry Madsen and Trevor Green, who was filling in for an injured Tim Shaffer.

    Dash races were won by Kinser and Brian Paulus, with Kinser electing to start the A-Main on the outside.

    Shane Stewart set fast time of the 31 drivers to time in with a lap of 15.083 seconds, his second fast time of the year. Jeff Reiman won the B-Main.

    The National Sprint Tour next races July 7-8 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

 

 

Fran Engelcke

NST Media Relations

 

NST RESULTS – Winner Speedway, 07/01/06

QUALIFYING

1)

26

SHANE

STEWART

RUDEEN

15.083

2)

11K

TIM

KAEDING

KINSER

15.116

3)

20

PAUL

McMAHAN

STEWART

15.130

4)

14

JASON

MEYERS

STOCKBRIDGE

15.137

5)

R19

JASON

SOLWOLD

CARNAHAN

15.209

6)

83

DANNY

LASOSKI

ROTH

15.491

7)

11

STEVE

KINSER

KINSER

15.574

8)

28

BRIAN

PAULUS

P&P MOTORSPORTS

15.655

9)

6

TREVOR

GREEN

PARSONS

15.856

10)

7S

JASON

SIDES

SIDES

16.094

11)

3R

Seth

Brahmer

Rossman

16.241

12)

11H

KERRY

MADSEN

HELM

16.516

13)

4

Mike

Chadd

Chadd

16.724

14)

56

John

Cressman

Cressman

16.847

15)

34H

Doug

Martin

Hasbolb

17.198

16)

17

Bob

Dvorak

Dvorak

17.206

17)

90

Darrell

Brink

Warl

17.256

18)

32

Jamie

Turpin

Turpin

17.384

19)

24J

Jeff

Reiman

Reiman

17.461

20)

OX

Jess

Becket

Hildebrand

17.496

21)

8R

Gary

Reber

Reber

17.567

22)

2

Kevin

Ingle

Ingle

17.693

23)

13

Jordan

Martens

Martens

17.754

24)

XXX

Ricky

Sammons, Jr.

Sammons

17.765

25)

20PK

Ron

Krysl

Krysl

18.157

26)

63

Gregg

Schuetz

Schuetz

18.307

27)

O1

Brandon

Mills

Hilde

18.463

28)

15K

Dave

Titus

Downey

18.936

29)

42

Adam

Walton

Frish

18.938

30)

20D

Dan

Nekolite

Nekolite

19.105

31)

1i

Mike

Pennell

Pennell

19.156

 

HEAT 1 - 8 LAPS

1)

STEVE

KINSER

2)

SHANE

STEWART

3)

JASON

MEYERS

4)

JASON

SIDES

5)

Mike

Chadd

6)

Bob

Dvorak

7)

Kevin

Ingle

8)

Jeff

Reiman

9)

Dave

Titus

10)

Ron

Krysl

11)

Mike

Pennel

 

HEAT 2 - 8 LAPS

1)

TIM

KAEDING

2)

BRIAN

PAULUS

3)

JASON

SOLWOLD

4)

Seth

Brahmer

5)

Darrell

Brink

6)

Jordan

Martens

7)

Jess

Becket

8)

Adam

Walton

9)

Gregg

Schuetz

10)

John

Cressman

 

HEAT 3 - 8 LAPS

1)

DANNY

LASOSKI

2)

TREVOR

GREEN

3)

KERRY

MADSEN

4)

PAUL

McMAHAN

5)

Jamie

Turpin

6)

Doug

Martin

7)

Ricky

Sammons, Jr.

8)

Gary

Reber

9)

Brandon

Mills

10)

Dan

Nekolite

 

DASH 1 - 6 LAPS

1)

STEVE

KINSER

2)

JASON

SOLWOLD

3)

SHANE

STEWART

4)

TREVOR

GREEN

5)

PAUL

McMAHAN

6)

Seth

Brahmer

 

DASH 2 - 6 LAPS

1)

BRIAN

PAULUS

2)

TIM

KAEDING

3)

DANNY

LASOSKI

4)

JASON

MEYERS

5)

KERRY

MADSEN

6)

JASON

SIDES

 

B-MAIN – 10 LAPS (6 TRANSFER)

1)

Jeff

Reiman

2)

John

Cressman

3)

Kevin

Ingle

4)

Ricky

Sammons, Jr.

5)

Ron

Krysl

6)

Dan

Nekolite

7)

Dave

Titus

8)

Adam

Walton

9)

Mike

Pennel

10)

Gregg

Schuetz

11)

Brandon

Mills

12)

Jess

Becket

13)

Gary

Reber

 

A-MAIN - 3O LAPS [START][PURSE]

1)

TIM

KAEDING

[3]

[$10,000]

2)

STEVE

KINSER

[2]

[$5,500]

3)

JASON

SOLWOLD

[4]

[$3,200]

4)

JASON

MEYERS

[7]

[$2,800]

5)

DANNY

LASOSKI

[5]

[$2,500]

6)

PAUL

McMAHAN

[10]

[$2,300]

7)

JASON

SIDES

[11]

[$2,200]

8)

BRIAN

PAULUS

[1]

[$2,100]

9)

KERRY

MADSEN

[9]

[$2,050]

10)

Mike

Chadd

[13]

[$2,000]

11)

John

Cressman

[14]

[$1,500]

12)

SHANE

STEWART

[6]

[$1,200]

13)

Seth

Brahmer

[12]

[$1,100]

14)

Doug

Martin

[15]

[$1,050]

15)

Jamie

Turpin

[18]

[$1,000]

16)

Jeff

Reiman

[19]

[$850]

17)

Bob

Dvorak

[16]

[$750]

18)

Ron

Krysl

[23]

[$700]

19)

Dan

Nekolite

[24]

[$700]

20)

Kevin

Ingle

[20]

[$700]

21)

TREVOR

GREEN

[8]

[$700]

22)

Jordan

Martens

[21]

[$700]

23)

Darrell

Brink

[17]

[$700]

24)

Ricky

Sammons, Jr.

[22]

[$700]

 

Laps Lead:  Tim Kaeding 1-17, Steve Kinser 18-28, Tim Kaeding 29-30

 

 

Fran Engelcke

NST Media Relations

 

Silva Motorsports Returns To Battle for ASCS Speedweek Title

By Bob Jones


Paul Silva has returned home and reassembled his immaculate No. 57 Silva
Motorsports sprint car to chase the 14^th Annual ASCS Speedweek Title.
After spending approximately 50 race nights this year as a crewmember
for Danny Lasoski and the Roth Motorsports Team, Silva was yearning to
put his own deal back together.

“I had parked my car and put my own racing on hold to work for the Roth
Motorsports Team, but it just wasn’t what I was looking for. Danny ran
my car a couple nights here and there and I just realized that having my
own deal is really what makes me happy. That is no reflection on Danny,
Dennis Roth or any of those guys—they were great to me. This is just
what I wanted to do and I left on good terms,” Silva explained. “I’m
really looking forward to getting the 57 car back on the track.”

The Sacramento native is known for fielding a very fast race car for an
all-star roster of drivers including Lasoski, Tim Shaffer and Terry
McCarl to name a few. Roger Crockett has been Silva’s driver of choice
and he has once again requested the skills of the Eugene, Oregon pilot
to take on the ASCS travelers. The team plans to make their debut at
Placerville Speedway in Placerville, CA on July 4^th , before kicking
off ASCS Speedweek at Bolivar, MO on July 7. “Roger has always done a
good job for me and we are pretty good friends. It didn’t take long for
me to decide who I was going to put in the car,” said Silva.

During last year’s ASCS Speedweek, Silva and Crockett won Round 3 at
Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, OK and kept the consistent finishes alive
by staying within the top six each night’s A Feature but once. The one
night outside the top six was a DNF following a first lap tumble at
Tulsa Speedway. “That one really hurt us. We went from first to fifth in
the points race that night. In the end we battled back to finish third
overall behind Darren Stewart and Gary Wright. We finished 12 points
behind Stewart so looking back that was the one that got us,” said Silva.

This year’s ASCS Speedweek is a six-race series spanning through
Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma. “We are really looking forward to hitting
the track again and taking another shot at the title. I have a lot of
great people behind this deal to make all of this possible. Roger Kolb
of ProBilt Construction has been my main sponsor for as long as I’ve had
my own car. He has been a mentor for me and I couldn’t have done any of
this without his support,” said Silva. Additional sponsors on the Silva
Motorsports 57 include Sams Investigation, Palmero Properties, Cross
Creek Trucking, Finley Farms, Weld Wheels and Wesmar Engines.

Race fans can find ASCS Speedweek news and results beginning July 7^th
at www.ascsracing.com.

SMITH WINS CINDY ROWE SPEED WEEK SHOW AT SSP

 

Newberrytown, PA (June 29, 2006) Susquehanna Speedway Park is becoming a second home for Stevie Smith.

 

Smith of Broken Arrow , Okla. , won Thursday nights Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week feature, his second consecutive at the speedway.  Smith passed Jeff Shepard for the lead on lap 28 of the 30-lap main event.

 

Smith won $5,100, which included the posted $5,000 prize and another $100 bonus for being the Hard Charger.   Smith started 13th.

 

Shepard jumped into the lead at the start of the main event.  Keith Kauffman followed in second, but Fred Rahmer took the position later in the event.  Rahmer tried to get the lead from Shepard several times, but he never pulled off the lead pass.

 

Smith charged from fourth to first in a span of three laps.  He was running in the fourth spot on lap 25 before getting by Shepard on lap 28.

 

Shepard settled for second followed by Rahmer, Lance Dewease and Kauffman.  Greg Hodnett, Blane Heimbach, Doug Esh, Mark Smith and Don Kreitz Jr. filled the top 10.

 

Rahmer set fast time in the field of 33 cars with a lap of 15.789 sec.  Esh, Alan Krimes and Mark Coldren won heat races.  Niki Young won the consolation.

 

Ray Broderick defeated Larry Hughes Jr., Tommy Slanker, Jason Failor and Mike Goodwin in the 20-lap Xtreme Stock Car feature. 

 

 

Bob Bender Jr. was victorious in the Xtreme Stock Car feature.  Smoke Christine was second followed by Rich Lomman, Brian Shue and Kevin Armstrong completed the top five.

 

 

Karen Hawthorne won the 15 laps Women on Wheels feature.

 

 

 

The Trail Motors Super Sportsman Series will continue on Friday, June 30 with the 50-lap Summer Fun Championship paying $1,500.00 to the winner (standard weekly SSP Sportsman Purse for the remainder of the field 24 starters).  The first 40 laps of the Trail Motors Sportsman feature will count all green and yellow laps until 40 laps are complete and the last 10 laps must be green flag laps.  Handicapping will be used for the Trail Motors Super Sportsman, Late Models and the Street Stocks based on the last three events.  

The 40-lap Millers Racing Parts Late Model Championship will pay $1,000.00 to the winner (standard weekly SSP Late Model Purse for the remainder of the field 24 starters).  The first 30 laps of the feature will count all green and yellow laps until 30 laps are complete and the last 10 laps must be green flag laps.  

The 30-lap Salisbury Mechanical Services Street Stock Championship will pay $700.00 to win (standard weekly SSP Street Stock Purse for the remainder of the field 24 starters).  The first 20 laps of the feature will count all green and yellow laps until 20 laps are complete and the last 10 laps must be green flag laps.  Also, the Mini Vans will be in action in a 10-lap York Haven Auto Sales Snake Race.

Also, on Friday night, a special guest celebrity will be singing the National Anthem.   Lou Lloyd from New York City , originally from Harrisburg , will be starting of the evening with the Star Spangled Banner.  Lloyd appeared in many movies including Friday the 13th (Part 8), soap operas and many times on Broadway.  He was also a stand-in for John Candy. 

Gates will open for both the pit area and grandstand area at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 30.  Warmups begin at 7:00 p.m. with racing action beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Race fans can continue to expect a fast paced, action packed 2 ½ to 3 hour program each and every night.  There is no increase in pit or grandstand admission prices for this special event.  Grandstand ticket prices are Adults (18 & older) $12.00; Teens (13-17) $8.00; and Children (12 & under) are free.  Pit pass prices are $20.00 with a reduced rate for SSP license holders.  There is no raindate for this event. 

There will be an SSP Repeat Fan Discount of a $2.00 discount for each person with a ticket stub from Friday, June 16 event to be used only for the Summer Fun Championships on Friday, June 30.  Returning fans are encouraged to write their name, address and phone number on the back of the stub to be entered into special drawings during the season for great prizes.  Last season, 10 winners were drawn from the repeat fans and each winner received $30.00 in SSP Gift Certificates for tickets or concessions.  The discount is not valid for pit pass purchases.

Then on Monday night, July 3, SSP will host the inaugural Eichelbergers U-Pull It Super Show featuring the ARDC Midgets, the 600cc Micro Sprints and Legends Cars.  SSP 410 Sprint Car regular Cody Darrah will return in his 600cc Micro Sprint to defend his win from last Octobers Candy Bowl Micro Sprint Victory.

Gates will open for both the pit area and grandstand area at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 30.   Warmups begin at 7:00 p.m. with racing action beginning at 7:30 p.m.   There is no increase in pit or grandstand admission prices for this special event.  Grandstand ticket prices are Adults (18 & older) $12.00; Teens (13-17) $8.00; and Children (12 & under) are free.  Pit pass prices are $20.00 with a reduced rate for SSP license holders.  There is no raindate for this event. 

The Susquehanna Speedway Park is located off I-83 to exit 32, then 1.4 miles NW on SR382 to York Road , then 1.3 miles south.  For more information, contact the speedway offices at (717) 292-1696 or visit online at sspracing.net.  On raceday, fans are encouraged to call (717) 938-9170 for current weather conditions.

HOOSIER TIRES PRESENTS THE

19TH ANNUAL TEAM AFFILIATED SHORT TRACK NATIONALS

Thursday - Saturday, October 26 - 28, 2006

 

 


THURSDAY & FRIDAY PRELIMINARY FEATURES:

 

TOP 3 SPOTS ~ $75 PLUS TRANSFER INTO SATURDAY NIGHTS A

$350, $300, $275, $250, $225, $200, $175, $150, $135, $125, $100 to start!


SATURDAYS A FEATURE:

 

$15,000 to win!*

$7500, $5000, $2500, $2200, $2150, $2125, $2100, $2075, $2050

 

$2025, $2000, $1975, $1950, $1925 and $1900 to start!!

*$1000 bonus from Huggins Cams if winner is using a Huggins Cam!


TOP 3 FROM PRELIMINARY FEATURES LOCKED IN FOR SATURDAYS A

 

RUN PACKS DASH FOR CASH TO DETERMINE STARTING POSITION

 

($500 ~ $250 ~ $200 ~ $150 ~ $125 ~ $100)

 


MUFFLERS MANDATORY (SCHOENFELD 112535 - NO GUTTING)

 

ASCS RULES APPLY ~ WEIGHT RULE ~ 1475lbs. AFTER RACE WITH DRIVER

 

HOOSIER MED/HARD SPEC TIRE ON RIGHT

 

ANY HOOSIER ON LEFT

 


I-30 SPEEDWAY ~ ALEXANDER EXIT 126 ~ LITTLE ROCK, AR ~ 501-455-4567

 

i-30speedway.com

 


RACERS HOTELS:

 

DAYS INN BENTON ~ EXIT 118 ~ 501-776-3200

 

LAQUINTA INN ~ EXIT 128 ~ 501-455-2300

 

RAMADA INN BENTON ~ EXIT 117 ~ 501-776-1900

 


DRIVER______________________________________________CAR #____________

 

ADDRESS_____________________________________________________________

 

CITY/STATE/ZIP_______________________________________________________

 

FED ID # OR SSN_______________________________________________________

 

PHONE NUMBER________________________________________________________

 

ENTRY FEE: $150 POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 20 ($250 LATE ENTRY)

 

2900 OLD JACKSONVILLE HIGHWAY ~ NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR 72117

 

RAIN DATE: NOVEMBER 2 - 4

 

http://dirtracingusa.proboards76.com/index.cgi

For Immediate Release

Contact: Terry Kohl

920-622-5536

pr@TerryKohl.com 

Premier Sprint Car Driver, Chad Kemenah, Retains Ideas & Images, Inc. as PR and Marketing Agency of Record 

Findlay, OH (June 27, 2006) Chad Kemenah one of the premiere sprint car drivers in the country has signed with Ideas & Images, Inc. (I & I) for representation and sponsorship opportunities. 

Kemenah is currently a member of the Mean 15 with the World of Outlaw’s sprint car series and is the leading contender to win the coveted Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the year award presented by Maxim Chassis and Butler Built Professional Seating Systems.  Kemenah has one win, five top 5’s and twelve top 10’s and is 7th in the driver’s point’s standings.  Kemenah has four consecutive All Star Circuit of Champions Championships with the most recent coming last season.  He is also one of the most recognized names in the sport and is a major contender to win each time his No. 15K U.U.I. Eagle hits the track. 

Kemenah has recognized the need to have professional representation to continue advancing his racing career. “When we made the decision to run with the Outlaws this year, it was clear we would need excellent representation,” said Kemenah. “My brother and I have been running this team for a long time but when you are racing at this level you definitely need a company that can handle the PR and Marketing side.  Paul Joiner and his company, Ideas and Images, are doing great things for our sport and I am looking forward to a long-term relationship with his company. Getting the message out to potential marketing partners is vital to our continued success. We feel we have a perfect match with Ideas and Images.” 

 Kemenah is one of the top five drivers consistently covered on World of Outlaw’s television broadcasts carried on the Outdoor Channel.   Underground Utilities, Inc (UUI), a long standing supporter of the Kemenah Racing team is currently the 3rd highest rated team sponsor in terms of television coverage as rated by Joyce Julius and Associates. Through nine televised races UUI has received over $120,000.00 in value through driver identification graphics, mentions, car identity, driver uniform and miscellaneous graphics.   

The World of Outlaws is recognized as the top traveling sprint car series in the world. Events are carried on the Outdoor Channel and reach millions of fans.