PAPosseRacing.com l March 22nd, 2017
By: Justin Snyder
In the world of racing, you are often only as good as your last results on the track. For Kevin Thomas Jr., that meant he was feeling quite confident after picking up his first career winged sprint car victory March 13 at Arizona Speedway against the Lucas Oil ASCS Southwest Sprint Car Dirt Series in only his 19th career winged sprint car start.
Only 4 races into a planned 80-plus race schedule consisting of a mixture of 360 and 410 sprint car events with the Blazin’ Racin’ Buffalo Wild Wings #82 owned by Todd and Susan LaHaise and managed by Greg McCormick , it was quite the start for the young gun in his inaugural season running winged sprint cars full-time.
“I’m thrilled to get a win this early in the season,” said Thomas Jr. from victory lane. “It’s a huge confidence booster for me, and I’m going to take that, build on it, and keep learning. I can’t begin to thank Greg (McCormick) and Todd (LaHaise) for taking such a big risk on me.”
However after two nights of competition with the World of Outlaws at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Ca. March 17-18 that resulted in not transferring out of the B-Main, it would seem that the team no longer felt the risk outweighed the reward and released the driver from Cullman, AL from his deal with no explanation.
“I have no ill feelings toward the No. 82 team. Sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise,” said Thomas Jr upon learning of his release.
As the old saying goes, the only thing certain in life is change, and for Thomas Jr., that means he is now in the unfamiliar place of looking for a 2017 ride when the season is just beginning for most race teams across the country.
“I’m just going to go do what I do,” said Thomas Jr. “I’m obviously looking for a new ride. I know something will happen. It always does. I’ve got a few calls out already.”
While the timing is not ideal and the release came as a surprise, one could argue that there are few drivers with better resume’s sitting on the sidelines for 2017 and he has to be considered the top free agent for an owner looking for a driver.
Coming off a 2016 season that saw him claim 13 victories as the most winning non-wing driver in the country, the driver affectionately known as “KTJ” by fans is open to opportunities to once again to get behind the wheel, whether winged and non-winged.
INDIANAPOLIS Ind. - ?With the 2017 season set to open for Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) in Florida Thursday, the team is focused on continuing to set the standard in short track racing with two of the most accomplished drivers in all of motorsports. Behind the wheels of the TSR Sprint cars are eight-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion Donny Schatz and three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, 1997 IndyCar champion and 1995 USAC triple crown winner Tony Stewart.
Recent announcements of partnerships for TSR with Arctic Cat, a world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles and recreational off-highway vehicles (side-by-sides or ROVs), and Rush Enterprises, operator of the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, serving as primary sponsor roles on the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J and TSR No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Arctic Cat/Curb/Ford Performance J&J, are followed by today’s announcement by the team of continued support from Curb/Agajanian’s Mike Curb and partner Cary Agajanian in co-entran
t role and the addition of Ford Performance as a partner on both TSR cars.
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GTTYSBURG, PA (March 6, 2017) – After cold temperatures devastated any chance for a victory at the “Fabulous” Lincoln Speedway on back-to-back weekends, “Double-D” Danny Dietrich will move forward and transfer his attention toward a trio of events in two days, beginning with a Central Pennsylvania doubleheader on Saturday, March 11, comprised of events at Lincoln Speedway and Port Royal Speedway.
The Central Pennsylvania doubleheader, a feat which Dietr
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PORT ROYAL, Pa. - Port Royal Speedway is prepped and ready to begin the 2017 racing season with a pair of upcoming practice sessions on March 4 and 9 before the Season Opener is staged on Saturday, March 11 at 5 pm.
Practice on March 4 runs from 1 - 4 pm while the March 9 session takes place from 6 - 9 pm. Both practices are open to any division on the 2017 schedule of events.
And then the gates will swing open on March 11 for the annual lidlifter with the Weikert's Livestock 410 sprints and River Valley Builders super late models in the spotlight.
However upon seeing the first green lights of the season, fans will also see defending super late model track champion Andy Haus aboard a new ride.
Set to take to the track in the opener in defense of his track title is 31-year old Haus of Hamburg.
And Haus has reason to be excited about his new season as he recently moved into the seat of a new ride for the 2017 Port Royal campaign.
Haus will be piloting for Shamokin-area owner Vern Zerby, who himself spent 2016 getting his feet wet behind the wheel after never racing in circles before.
Zerby is however an accomplished titlist in tractor pulling in the east, having taken several titles with the Interstate pulling circuit in recent years.
"There was discussion last year about me hot lapping the car but I never did," said Haus recently about getting linked up with Zerby.
"About two months ago Vern decided to scale back his driving and reached out."
As it turns out, Zerby's cars were exact twins to the "house" chassis' that Haus already had in his own shop, making the transition into his new Saturday night ride somewhat easier to handle.
"Overall, the equipment is excellent," Haus says.
Haus will campaign Zerby's No. 29Z on Saturday's at Port Royal while running his own familiar No. 76 at Bedford Speedway on Friday nights while keeping his No. 76 as a Saturday backup car as well.
Zerby will also continue to field a car at Port Royal for 2016 Rookie Of The Year Dave Brouse Jr. of Beavertown.
Brouse and Zerby joined up for the driver and team's first year on the track in 2016 with Brouse showing steady improvement as the season wore on.
Stay up to date with all Port Royal news and information by visiting the oval's official website at www.portroyalspeedway.com or by following the track on Facebook or Twitter.
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Abbotstown, PA l Feb 25th, 2017
With heavy rain storms in the forecast for Abbottstown, PA hundreds of fans optimistically piled into Lincoln Speedway for the annual “Icebreaker 30” this past weekend. A central Pennsylvania tradition, the day race serves as the opener for 410 Sprint cars in the area and is highly anticipated by fans and drivers alike.
With temperatures in the mid 60's, it looked as if Mother Nature was a racing fan for the day. However, she would throw the track multiple curve balls before the nights end. A tornado warning and heavy rain storms hit the 3/8 mile, high banked, clay oval just after 2 p.m., followed by various bouts with hail and extreme wind gusts. Temperatures then dropped about 20 degrees as well.
After a four hour delay to get the track back up to standards, fans returned to their rain-soaked seats to watch Danny Dietrich outduel Kyle Moody and park his car in victory lane to claim the $4,000 prize as the winner of the event. “I told these guys all week we were going to race,” said Dietrich now under the lights and nearly 7 hours after the initial start time.
“I expected to be done by 3PM, but we missed that by about a half-hour,” joked the driver of the Gary Kauffman-owned Weikert’s Livestock/Sandoe’s Fruit Market #48. “It was just another day.”
However, weather was not the only obstacle Dietrich faced en-route to victory at the speedway, as he faced motor issues in the closing laps of the feature. “I think it was a valve spring that went,” said Dietrich. “But as Bob Weikert would have said, we have more back in the shop.”
Tim Glatfelter paced the field early before Bradley Howard slowed to a stop on lap #2 for the feature events only caution. Glatfelter once again opened up a lengthy lead and quickly approached lap traffic at lap #5. By lap #11, four-time track champion Brian Montieth, powered his way to lead from his fifth starting position, but three laps later, Montieth pulled into the infield pits with a fuel line issue, handing the lead back to Glatfelter with front row starters Matt Campbell and Moody in tow.
Six laps later, Dietrich, who started sixth in the event, passed Moody for third and set his sights on the leaders. On lap 20, Dietrich passed both Campbell and Moody on the backstretch. From there it was smooth sailing for the Gettysburg native as he opened up a huge lead before limping his red, white, and blue car to victory. The win was his 32nd career at Lincoln Speedway where he collected the track championship back in 2012.
Third through fifth place went to Cory Haas, Gerard McIntyre and Freddie Rahmer Jr.
Heat race wins for the night went to Gerard McIntyre, Kyle Moody, and Chad Trout. All 27 cars qualified for the feature in an attempt to beat impending weather.
Gravel awarded the coveted 'Big Gator'
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - February 19, 2017 - Donny Schatz etched his name into DIRTcar Nationals history Sunday, winning both the afternoon and night show at Volusia Speedway Park. The trip down victory lane gave Schatz 17 career wins at the half-mile, and he captured three of the five sprint shows in the 12-day event.
With the victory, Schatz joined Jeff Swindell and Sammy Swindell as the only Outlaws to win multiple series races in one day. Jeff Swindell first accomplished the one-day sweep at Rolling Wheels (N.Y.) Raceway Park on October 8, 1994. Sammy Swindell matched his brother's feat in 1999 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway.
Though Schatz won the majority of the week's sprint car races, those he did not win proved to test his No. 15 Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing team. In the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series opener, Schatz qualified 24th in a 36-car pack and placed fourth in his heat race. Sunday night was similar, as Schatz only qualified seven positions better and placed fifth in his heat. What differed for the eight-time champion this time was his ability to move through the 26-car feature field.
"We didn't change anything," Schatz said. "I thought the car felt really good. I actually thought I could get to the middle pretty well, but that changed once we got that going. These guys are incredible with what they do. I love it."
Schatz started 17th in the 30-lap feature, but made quick work of those between him and a podium position. By the 12th lap Schatz skidded through the bottom, passing multiple drivers into fourth. The next lap Schatz made his move for third, getting under quick-timer Brian Brown. Brown won his way through the program, setting the quick time and eventually leading the feature into the green flag.
Within the final 10 laps and one position later, Schatz threatened for first. David Gravel, who took the lead on the fifth lap, maintained the top spot by building speed on the top cushion. Gravel said he felt comfortable "staying on top and running alone," but Schatz began to close the gap with each lap by cutting the corners out of turns three and four; lapped traffic gave Gravel enough real-estate to not alter his line. However with two laps remaining, the two barreled down the front stretch side by side - only for Schatz to catch him in turn one. Gravel said where he saved time with lapped traffic, he ended up giving time back at the end.
"We wanted to win there," Gravel said. "Lapped traffic got us. Sometimes we're better running second. I don't know what I could have done differently, but I did the best I could. Just leading all those laps you want to win."
Despite Gravel's shortcoming, in hindsight he said he had a good week. Having battled through four motor changes - the CJB Motorsports team had to get three more Kistler engines delivered to even be able to run the finale - he still advanced to the Craftsman® Club Dash in both shows. Because of the consistency, Gravel took home the coveted 'Big Gator' trophy, which is awarded to the top performing driver overall.
"We just need to continue to get better and run well," said Gravel, whose focus is helping refresh and replenish his team's inventory.
The series will head West for its annual Kick-off Tour. First, the Outlaws will tackle two Texas tracks from March 3-4: Lonestar Speedway and Gator Motorplex. For more information, visit woosprint.com/kick-off-tour.
DIRTcar Nationals, Volusia Speedway Park Notebook
Feature - (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz  [$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel  [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$3,200]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  [$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown  [$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart  [$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$2,200]; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen  [$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen  [$2,050]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet  [$2,000]; 11. 10H-Chad Kemenah  [$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$1,200]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson  [$1,100]; 14. 13D-Danny Dietrich  [$1,050]; 15. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  [$1,000]; 16. 49X-Tim Shaffer  [$900]; 17. 59H-Justin Henderson  [$800]; 18. 17-Joey Saldana  [$800]; 19. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier  [$800]; 20. 41-Jason Johnson  [$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$]; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp  [$]; 23. 7S-Jason Sides  [$800]; 24. 24R-Rico Abreu  [$800]; 25. 1-Dale Blaney  [$800]; 26. 4-Paul McMahan  [$800]; Lap Leaders: Lucas Wolfe 1-4, David Gravel 5-28, Donny Schatz 29-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+16]
Qualifying - 1. 21-Brian Brown, 13.006; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.014; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.051; 4. 24R-Rico Abreu, 13.097; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.097; 6. 5-David Gravel, 13.125; 7. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.132; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.134; 9. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.162; 10. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.175; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.209; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.210; 13. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.211; 14. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.223; 15. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.244; 16. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.248; 17. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.254; 18. 59H-Justin Henderson, 13.265; 19. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.283; 20. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.303; 21. 14-Christopher Bell, 13.303; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.314; 23. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.328; 24. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.350; 25. 19-Brent Marks, 13.360; 26. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.440; 27. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.468; 28. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.484; 29. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.519; 30. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.527; 31. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.539; 32. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.572; 33. 17X-Caleb Helms, 13.608; 34. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 13.716; 35. O7-Jacob Wilson, 13.903; 36. 59S-Ben Schmidt, nt
Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 21-Brian Brown  ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman  ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney  ; 4. 17-Joey Saldana  ; 5. 15-Donny Schatz  ; 6. 14-Christopher Bell  ; 7. 19-Brent Marks  ; 8. 17X-Caleb Helms  ; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel 
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  ; 2. 5-David Gravel  ; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart  ; 4. 2-Shane Stewart  ; 5. W20-Greg Wilson ; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett  ; 7. 59H-Justin Henderson  ; 8. 24-Terry McCarl ; 9. 7W-Tasker Phillips 
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides  ; 2. 41-Jason Johnson  ; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  ; 4. 13D-Danny Dietrich  ; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah  ; 6. 49-Brad Sweet  ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser  ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen  ; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson 
Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen  ; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu  ; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier  ; 4. 18-Ian Madsen  ; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer  ; 6. 4-Paul McMahan  ; 7. 2X-Parker Price-Miller  ; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp  ; 9. 59S-Ben Schmidt 
Craftsman Club® Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of feature) - 1. 21-Brian Brown  ; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  ; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen  ; 4. 5-David Gravel  ; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman  ; 6. 7S-Jason Sides  ; 7. 24R-Rico Abreu  ; 8. 41-Jason Johnson 
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet  [-]; 2. 59H-Justin Henderson  [-]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [-]; 4. 4-Paul McMahan  [-]; 5. 19-Brent Marks  [$300]; 6. 14-Christopher Bell  [$250]; 7. 27-Greg Hodnett  [$225]; 8. 24-Terry McCarl  [$200]; 9. 17X-Caleb Helms  [$200]; 10. 7W-Tasker Phillips  [$200]; 11. 59S-Ben Schmidt  [$200]; 12. 13-Clyde Knipp  [$200]; 13. 87-Aaron Reutzel  [$200]; 14. O7-Jacob Wilson  [$200]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$200]; 16. 2X-Parker Price-Miller  [$200]
King Krup: Illinois Native Earns First Career Gator
BARBERVILLE, FL - February 20, 2017 - Will Krup was the man of the hour as he found a way to Victory Lane despite the strong field of UMP Modified contenders who were hungry for sweet victory during the second Gator Championship qualifying race during the 46th DIRTcar Nationals Sunday night. During the 20-lap feature, the top-five positions were juggled between Krup, polesitter Derek Fisher, Jacob Hawkins, Brian Ruhlman, Jeff Leka and Kenny Wallace.
Krup raced from third to take the lead late in the race and earn his first win of the 2017 DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. The victory was the second of the day for the Elite Chassis team after Krup's teammate, Nick Hoffman, won the first qualifying race of the day.
"I've got this car going really good," said Krup "Nick [Hoffman] he's got his car going and he's going to be a tough competitor to go against. We'll have to see what happens [tomorrow]."
Wallace battled fought his way from the ninth starting spot to finish third. He was outdone as the hard charger of the evening as Todd Neiheiser passed 19 cars on route from 26th to seventh.
"I'm really happy," said Wallace. "We started ninth. The bottom was slimy and I think I was the first one to find the middle."
"The thing about dirt racing is you can't ever slow up because you know people are coming behind you. You're just looking to fill every hole. You just have to keep digging. I'm happy with a third."
Hawkins, of Fairmont, WV, earned the runner-up spot after starting fourth. It added to his strong week, that includes a win on Tuesday night.
"The car was good," Hawkins said. "The 98 [of Fisher] and the 9 [of Krup] were battling hard middle to bottom, so I figured [the top] was my only shot to make my own lane. We fought hard. Congratulations to Will Krup, he deserves it."
Prior to Krup's A-Main triumph, Ruhlman set quick time in group time trials with a lap of 18.121 seconds, the fastest qualifying time of the week.
Krup, Hawkins, Fisher of Olympia, Ky, and Jeff Leka of Buffalo, Ill., earned heat race victories. All drivers qualified for the main event.
The top ten finishers of the feature will be in the running for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds event at Volusia Speedway Park on Monday for their biggest race of the week, the 30-lap and $5,000-to-win Gator Championship along with a 30-lap main event for the DIRTcar Late Models.
46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park
DIRTcar UMP Modified Notebook - February 19, 2017
A-Main - (20 Laps) (Top 10 will head to Gator Championship)-- 1. K9- Will Krup, ; 2. 13- Jacob Hawkins, ; 3. 36- Kenny Wallace, ; 4. 49- Brian Ruhlman, ; 5. 98F- Derek Fisher, ; 6. 9-Ken Schrader, ; 7. 72- Todd Neiheiser, ; 8. 28BX- Robert Garnes, ; 9. 3L- Jeff Leka, ; 10. 10Y- Trent Young, ; 11. 8A- Austin Holcombe, ; 12. 64JR- Billy Workman Jr., ; 13. 65- Josh Rice, . 14. 4- Mike Learman, ; 15. 17T- Tyler Evans, ; 16. 71T- Brent Thompson, . 17. 1- Blake Spalding, ; 18. 07- Jeff Thomas, ; 19. 11N- Gene Nicholas, ; 20. 69- A.J. Fike, ; 21. 01- Jared Spalding, ; 22. 15- Hunter Gustafson, ; 23. 67- Garrett Stewart, . 24. 9G- Ernie Gingerich, ; 25. 71M- Shayne Meadows, . 26. 12K- Scotty Kincaid, ; 27. 00- Will Norris, ; 28. 71- Jessie Hoskins, ; 29. 7- Justin Allgaier, 
Qualifying Group 1 - 1. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 18.121; 2. 36-Kenny Wallace, 18.229; 3. 13-Jacob Hawkins, 18.241; 4. 65-Josh Rice,18.904; 5. 11N-Gene Nicholas, 19.010; 6. 1-Blake Spalding,19.189; 7. 17T-Tyler Evans,19.216; 8. 07-Jeff Thomas,19.273.
Qualifying Group 2 - 1. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 18.668; 2. 3L-Jeff Leka,18.766; 3. K12-Scotty Kincaid, 19.188; 4. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr., 19.229; 5. 71T-Brent Thompson, 19.490; 6. 15-Hunter Gustafson,19.655; 7. 71M-Shayne Meadows,19.756.
Qualifying Group 3 - 1. 7-Justin Allgaier, 18.578; 2. 10Y-Trent Young, 18.799; 3. 98F-Derek Fisher,19.044; 4. 67-Garrett Stewart, 19.126; 5. 69-AJ Fike,19.281; 6. 8A-Austin Holcombe, 19.322; 7. 00-Will Norris, 19.912.
Qualifying Group 4 - 1. K9-Will Krup, 18.548; 2. 9-Ken Schrader, 19.020; 3. 29BX-Robert Garnes, 19.175; 4. 4-Mike Learman,19.219; 5. 01-Jared Spalding,19.469; 6. 71-Jessie Hoskins, 20.457; 7. 9G-Ernie Gingerich, No Time.
Heat 1 (8 Laps) - 1. 13-Jacob Hawkins, ; 2. 49-Brian Ruhlman, ; 3. 36-Kenny Wallace, ; 4. 1-Blake Spalding, ; 5. 07-Jeff Thomas, ; 6. 17T-Tyler Evans, ; 7. 11N-Gene Nicholas ; 8. 65-Josh Rice, 
Heat 2 (8 Laps)- 1. 3L-Jeff Leka, ;2. K12-Scotty Kincaid, ; 3. 71T-Brent Thompson, ; 4. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr., ; 5. 15-Hunter Gustafson, ; 6. 71M-Shayne Meadows, ; 7. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 
Heat 3 (8 Laps) - 1. 1. 98F-Derek Fisher, ; 2. 7-Justin Allgaier, ; 3. 10Y-Trent Young, ; 4. 67-Garrett Stewart, ; 5. 8A-Austin Holcombe, ; 6. 00-Will Norris, ; 7. 69-AJ Fike, 
Heat 4 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature, Winner Redraws) - 1. K9-Will Krup, ; 2. 9-Ken Schrader, ; 3. 29BX-Robert Garnes, ; 4. 4-Mike Learman, ; 5. 01-Jared Spalding, ; 6. 71-Jessie Hoskins, ; 7. 9G-Ernie Gingerich [DNS].
BARBERVILLE, FLA. - Feb. 19, 2017 - Three participants in the pit area were injured in an incident at a DIRTcar Nationals World of Outlaws event at Volusia Speedway Park Sunday night when a car went through the fence in turn two. All were treated by emergency personnel immediately according to safety protocol and transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
UPDATE: Feb. 20, 11:00AM
Justin Allgaier Motorsports Crew Chief Kelly Kovski sustained injuries during the mishap Sunday night. He is being treated at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, FL. and is listed in stable condition according to a statement issued by Justin on behalf of the family.
The family requests privacy at this time and appreciates all prayers and well wishes. They would also like to thank the first responders and medical staff for their rapid response.
Justin will not compete in the remainder of the DIRTcar Nationals events this year and wishes to thank those teams and crew members who assisted in getting the car loaded so that everyone could get to the hospital to be with Kelly.
The 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park will continue as scheduled with racing tonight.
Donny Schatz doubles up in Ocala against Arctic Cat All Stars; scores night two of Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park
OCALA, FL (February 10, 2017) - For the second time in as many days, Donny Schatz is an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions main event winner in Ocala, Florida; scoring night two of the Sixth Annual Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park. Schatz, pilot of the Tony Stewart Racing/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/No. 15, took command of the 30-lap feature program on lap 25, overtaking the “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer with an aggressive slide job nearing the exit of turn four. The Fargo, North Dakota, native scored $5,000 for his efforts, now increasing his career total to 15 against “America’s Series.”
“This is really cool,” Schatz said. “Every team in this pit area worked hard all winter long, but I have a group of guys that I thoroughly love racing with. They are like brothers that I never had, and to be able to get to victory lane is something we all want to do. It feels extra special to do that with Arctic Cat on board with our program.”
After a pair of cautions during the first two circuits, one of which during the initial start which resulted in a complete restart, the Winter Nationals main event officially commenced with Tim Shaffer taking control at the front of the field from the outside-pole position. Despite Shaffer’s attempt to drive away from fourth starting Donny Schatz, the eight-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion kept pace, never allowing Shaffer to escape on the open track, and eventually in traffic.
By lap 20, Schatz was on the back bumper of the Demyan-Rudzik Racing/No.49X, continuing his pursuit through traffic while repeatedly attempting to drive under Shaffer at the exit of turn four. A negated slide job attempt on lap 24 was followed by a successful slide job attempt on lap 25, allowing Schatz to officially take command for the first time.
Schatz drove on to score the four-digit payday, navigating through traffic along the bottom groove of the speedway for the remaining five circuits. Tim Shaffer followed in second, a second consecutive runner-up performance for the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, native, followed by David Gravel, Kerry Madsen and Joey Saldana.
“Great race,” Schatz explained. “The track kinda threw me for a loop there at the start of that race. I kept trying to make the topside work in one and two. I’m not sure if it was wet, or my fuel load kept me too loose, but I couldn’t make it work. Eventually the track changed to work in our advantage. That race was fun, though; the whole race was fun.”
“We are getting close. Definitely feels good to be this competitive,” Tim Shaffer said. “Those Tony Stewart Racing guys are fast right now, no denying that. I guess anytime you can finish second behind Schatz is pretty good.”
The Sixth Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals featuring the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will conclude with a third and final program on Saturday evening, February 11. It will be the final Bubba Raceway Park appearance for the traveling Arctic Cat All Stars in 2017. The Winter Nationals finale will go 30 laps in distance, once again awarding a $5,000 top prize, as well as a full points toward the 2017 Arctic Cat All Star championship.
Those seeking additional news and information regarding Bubba Raceway Park, such as gate times and ticket prices, should visit the facility live on the Web at www.bubbaracewaypark.com.
Contingency Awards/Results: Bubba Raceway Park - Friday, February 10, 2017:
Event: Bubba Army Winter Nationals
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 38 entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Donny Schatz 13.450 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Kerry Madsen 12.105 seconds
Kistler Racing Products Heat #1: Joey Saldana
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Paul McMahan
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Chad Kemenah
Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Golf Carts Heat #4: Caleb Helms
JE Pistons Dash #1: Joey Saldana
JE Pistons Dash #2: Tim Shaffer
Classic Ink USA B-Main: Cole Duncan
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Tim Shaffer (2nd)
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Cole Duncan (+10)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Joey Saldana
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Ian Madsen
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Caleb Helms
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)
1.2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.105; 2.15-Donny Schatz, 12.170; 3.24-Rico Abreu, 12.186; 4.49x-Tim Shaffer, 12.330; 5.27-Greg Hodnett, 12.346; 6.10H-Chad Kemenah, 12.410; 7.14T-Tyler Clem, 12.425; 8.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 12.454; 9.17-Caleb Helms, 12.536; 10.5-David Gravel, 12.625; 11.4p-Paul McMahan, 12.717; 12.11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.725; 13.49H-Bradley Howard, 12.767; 14.22-Cole Duncan, 12.784; 15.8M-TJ Michael, 12.787; 16.M1-Mark Smith, 12.788; 17.17B-Steve Buckwalter, 12.866; 18.21-Carson Short, 12.897; 19.18-Ian Madsen, 12.984; 20.59-Ryan Smith, 12.985; 21.13D-Danny Dietrich, 12.995; 22.2-Parker Price-Miller, 13.005; 23.13-Brandon Matus, 13.009; 24.4-Danny Smith, 13.033; 25.7J-Joe Swanson, 13.112; 26.13F-Todd Fayard, 13.127; 27.45-Trevor Baker, 13.252; 28.17s-Joey Saldana, 13.273; 29.9-Ryan Linder, 13.313; 30.14-Tony Stewart, 13.387; 31.7W-Tasker Phillips, 13.474; 32.51-John Garvin, 13.555; 33.40-Mark Imler, 13.731; 34.76-David Jones, 13.755; 35.O7-Jacob Wilson, 13.769; 36.5M-Max Stambaugh, 13.870; 37.87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.975; 38.33-Brent Matus, 13.980;
Heat 1, Group A - (8 Laps)
1. 17s-Joey Saldana ; 2. 7J-Joe Swanson ; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 4. 18-Ian Madsen ; 5. 14-Tony Stewart ; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 7. 9-Ryan Linder ; 8. 5M-Max Stambaugh ; 9. 40-Mark Imler ; 10. O7-Jacob Wilson
Heat 2, Group B - (8 Laps)
1. 4p-Paul McMahan ; 2. 24-Rico Abreu ; 3. 49x-Tim Shaffer ; 4. 8M-TJ Michael ; 5. 13D-Danny Dietrich ; 6. M1-Mark Smith ; 7. 13-Brandon Matus ; 8. 51-John Garvin ; 9. 45-Trevor Baker ; 10. 33-Brent Matus
Heat 3, Group C - (8 Laps)
1. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen ; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett ; 4. 14T-Tyler Clem ; 5. 21-Carson Short ; 6. 22-Cole Duncan ; 7. 17B-Steve Buckwalter ; 8. 4-Danny Smith ; 9. 76-David Jones
Heat 4, Group D - (8 Laps)
1. 17-Caleb Helms ; 2. 5-David Gravel ; 3. 15-Donny Schatz ; 4. 59-Ryan Smith ; 5. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 6. 2-Parker Price-Miller ; 7. 7W-Tasker Phillips ; 8. 49H-Bradley Howard ; 9. 13F-Todd Fayard
Dash 1 - (4 Laps)
1. 17s-Joey Saldana ; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen ; 3. 4p-Paul McMahan ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 5. 17-Caleb Helms
Dash 2 - (4 Laps)
1. 49x-Tim Shaffer ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz ; 3. 5-David Gravel ; 4. 24-Rico Abreu ; 5. 7J-Joe Swanson
B-Main 1 - (12 Laps)
1. 22-Cole Duncan ; 2. 17B-Steve Buckwalter ; 3. 4-Danny Smith ; 4. 49H-Bradley Howard ; 5. 2-Parker Price-Miller ; 6. 13-Brandon Matus ; 7. 51-John Garvin ; 8. 5M-Max Stambaugh ; 9. 45-Trevor Baker ; 10. 7W-Tasker Phillips ; 11. 40-Mark Imler ; 12. 9-Ryan Linder ; 13. O7-Jacob Wilson ; 14. 76-David Jones ; 15. 13F-Todd Fayard ; 16. 33-Brent Matus ; 17. M1-Mark Smith ; 18. 87-Aaron Reutzel
A-Main 1 - (30 Laps)
1. 15-Donny Schatz ; 2. 49x-Tim Shaffer ; 3. 5-David Gravel ; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen ; 5. 17s-Joey Saldana ; 6. 24-Rico Abreu ; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 8. 4p-Paul McMahan ; 9. 27-Greg Hodnett ; 10. 18-Ian Madsen ; 11. 22-Cole Duncan ; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 13. 21-Carson Short ; 14. 13D-Danny Dietrich ; 15. 17-Caleb Helms ; 16. 14T-Tyler Clem ; 17. 17B-Steve Buckwalter ; 18. 13-Brandon Matus ; 19. 5M-Max Stambaugh ; 20. 7J-Joe Swanson ; 21. 14-Tony Stewart ; 22. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 23. 49H-Bradley Howard ; 24. 8M-TJ Michael ; 25. 4-Danny Smith ; 26. 59-Ryan Smith
Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info:
Those seeking additional information regarding the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions should visit their official online home at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every event, as well as an up-to-date schedule, online at www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/.
About the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions:
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first 'outlaw' Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.
About Arctic Cat:
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “ACAT.” More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.ArcticCat.com.
Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions
Danny Dietrich releases 2017 schedule,
Will launch season February 9 at Bubba Raceway Park
By Fully Injected Motorsports:
GETTYSBURG, PA. (January 27, 2017) – Boasting an impressive slate with a race count reaching the near-110 mark, Danny Dietrich will enter the 2017 season with plenty to look forward to. The Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, native, who recently announced his plans to pilot for car owner Tom Buch during select events in 2017, will launch his new season with three consecutive nights of Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.
“We have a big season ahead, but we’re definitely looking forward to it,” Danny Dietrich explained. “I have a dedicated group of guys who spend a lot of time in the shop. Without their help, a schedule like this wouldn’t be possible. I also want to thank Tom Buch and Gary Kauffman for the opportunities. They each believe in me and believe in what we are capable of. I think we are all pretty excited to get started.”
In addition to a full campaign aboard the Gary Kauffman Racing/Weikert’s Livestock/Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Pace Performance/Gsell’s Whitetails/Hickory Run Orchards/ No. 48, “Double-D” Danny Dietrich will pilot the familiar Tom Buch-owned No. 13 on 18 separate occasions, beginning with eight appearances in the Sunshine State at Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park; joining the Arctic Cat All Stars and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
Danny Dietrich will join the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions on 20 different occasions in 2017, while competing against the “Greatest Show On Dirt” on 19 occasions.
“There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that makes all of this possible,” Dietrich explained. “The common goal is to be successful from start to finish. I’m going to work as hard as I can to make that a reality.”
Danny Dietrich’s 2017 Schedule:
9th – Ocala ASCoC (Buch 13)
10th – Ocala ASCoC (Buch 13)
11th – Ocala ASCoC (Buch 13)
15th – Volusia ASCoC (Buch 13)
16th – Volusia ASCoC (Buch 13)
17th – Volusia WoO (Buch 13)
18th – Volusia WoO (Buch 13)
19th – Volusia WoO(Buch 13)
25th – Lincoln Speedway
4th – Lincoln Speedway
11th – Lincoln Speedway
11th – Port Royal Speedway
12th – Williams Grove Speedway
17th – Williams Grove Speedway
18th – Lincoln Speedway
24th – Williams Grove Speedway
25th – Lincoln Speedway
31st – Williams Grove Speedway
1st – Lincoln Speedway
7th – Williams Grove Speedway
8th – Lincoln Speedway
14th – Williams Grove Speedway
15th – Lincoln Speedway
21st – Williams Grove Speedway
22nd – Lincoln Speedway
28th – Williams Grove Speedway ASCoC
29th – Lincoln Speedway
30th – Bedford Speedway ASCoC
5th – Williams Grove Speedway
6th – Lincoln Speedway
7th – Susquehanna Speedway
12th – Williams Grove Speedway
13th – Lincoln Speedway
17th – Lincoln Speedway WoO
19th – Williams Grove Speedway WoO
20th – Williams Grove Speedway WoO
21st – Weedsport Speedway WoO (Buch 13)
23rd – New Egypt Speedway (Buch 13)
26th – Williams Grove Speedway
27th – Port Royal Speedway
28th – Port Royal Speedway
2nd – Williams Grove Speedway
3rd – Lincoln Speedway
8th – Susquehanna Speedway
9th – Williams Grove Speedway
10th – Lincoln Speedway
16th – Selinsgrove Speedway TBD
17th – Lincoln Speedway
18th – Waynesfield Raceway ASCoC (Buch 13)
19th – Wayne County Speedway ASCoC (Buch 13)
20th – Sharon Speedway ASCoC (Buch 13)
22nd – Muskingum Speedway ASCoC (Buch 13)
23rd – Williams Grove Speedway
24th – Lincoln Speedway
30th – Williams Grove Speedway
1st – Lincoln Speedway
2nd – Path Valley Speedway
3rd – Lincoln Speedway
4th – Grandview Speedway
5th – Hagerstown Speedway
6th – Port Royal Speedway
7th – Williams Grove Speedway
8th – Port Royal Speedway
9th – Selinsgrove Speedway
14th – Williams Grove Speedway
15th – Lincoln Speedway
16th – Susquehanna Speedway
18th – Lernerville Speedway WoO (Buch 13)
21st – Williams Grove Speedway WoO
22nd – Williams Grove Speedway WoO
23rd – Ransomville Speedway WoO (Buch 13)
25th – New Egypt WoO (Buch 13)
28th – Williams Grove Speedway
29th – Port Royal Speedway
30th – Lebanon Valley Speedway ASCoC (Buch 13)
4th – Williams Grove Speedway
5th – Federated Auto Parts Raceway WoO
6th – Knoxville Raceway
7th – Osky Speedway
10th – Knoxville Nationals
11th – Knoxville Nationals
12th – Knoxville Nationals
17th – Grandview Speedway ASCoC
18th – Williams Grove Speedway ASCoC
19th – Lincoln Speedway ASCoC
20th – Susquehanna Speedway ASCoC
25th – Williams Grove Speedway
26th – Lincoln Speedway
27th – Trailway Speedway
1st – Williams Grove Speedway
2nd – Lincoln Speedway
3rd – Williams Grove Speedway
4th – Port Royal Speedway
8th – Port Royal Speedway ASCoC
9th – Port Royal Speedway ASCoC
15th – Williams Grove Speedway ASCoC
16th – Selinsgrove Speedway ASCoc
21st – Susquehanna Speedway
22nd – Williams Grove Speedway
23rd – Lincoln Speedway
28th – Williams Grove Speedway WoO
29th – Williams Grove Speedway WoO
30th – Williams Grove Speedway WoO
5th – Vacation
6th – Vacation
7th – Vacation
8th – Vacation
14th – Port Royal Speedway WoO
21st – Port Royal Speedway
28th – Susquehanna Speedway
4th – Charlotte WoO
5th – Charlotte WoO
Keep up with Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing during their entire campaign right here at the official online home of Fully Injected Motorsports – www.FullyInjected.com. Be sure to also follow Danny Dietrich online at www.dannydietrich.com, as well as on all of the available social media networks including Twitter: https://twitter.com/dannydietrich and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GKRracing/
Recent Highlights: Earned two victories during PA Sprint Speedweek (Mitch Smith Memorial and Selinsgrove Speedway Finale), as well as the overall PA Sprint Speedweek championship. Earned $25,000 National Open victory against the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway.
2017 Highlights: N/A
2015 Wins: 16
2016 Wins: 9 (Lincoln Speedway x2, Williams Grove Speedway x2, Selinsgrove Speedway x2, Susquehanna Speedway x2, Port Royal Speedway)
2017 Wins: N/A
Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing would like to thank all of their current marketing partners including: Weikert’s Livestock, Sandoe’s Fruit Market, Pace Performance, Gsell’s Whitetails, Hickory Run Orchards, Carlisle Auto Salvage, CATS Used Truck Parts, Drop Of Ink Tattoo, Bowman Block & Head Repair, Graver’s Garage, Racer’s New & Used Parts Warehouse, B&C Auto Menders, Bear Mountain Orchards, El Vista Orchards, Moritz Machine & Repair, Bream Orchard
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