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NEW CASTLE, Ind.—November 25, 2015— Tracy Hines has been chasing a Honda USAC National Midget Series title for over 20 years, and has come very close to winning it on several occasions. He is in prime position this season, with just one race remaining, the 75th Turkey Night Grand Prix, which will again be held at Perris Auto Speedway in Southern California on Thanksgiving night.
With a Honda USAC National Midget Series title, Hines would add his name to an illustrious list of drivers that have won a USAC “Triple Crown,” including: Pancho Carter, Dave Darland, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Jerry Coons Jr. Hines won a Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series championship in 2000 and was the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series titlist in 2002. Adding even more intrigue to the equation, Turkey Night will be Hines’ last race as a full-time USAC competitor, as he shifts into a full-time role as Competition Director at ThorSport Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016.
KUNKLETOWN, Pa. (Nov. 24, 2015) - Ryan Smith had a breakout season in 2015. Smith capitalized on the momentum gained following his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature victory late in 2014 by scoring a season-high four triumphs this year. "Our biggest goal for 2015 was to travel and push ourselves out of our comfort zone," he said. "We raced at a lot of tracks for the first time and saw a lot of different track conditions and configurations than I'm used to growing up in Central Pennsylvania."
Smith claimed the first UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions points race of the season on April 4 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, where he led all 40 laps during his debut at the third-mile track. "That really set the tone for the year and gave us a lot of confidence," he said. "It was huge for us to win our first-ever All Star feature at a storied track like Attica." Smith added All Star victories at Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pa., on July 4 and at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, on Sept. 19 during the $10,000-to-win Jim Ford Classic. His three wins tied for third-most in the series.
CLAUSON WINS "WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS;" BALLOU & BACON TAKE TUCSON PRELIMS; BALLOU, GARDNER SECURE NATIONAL, CRA TITLES
Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind., Robert Ballou of Rocklin, Calif. and Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. shared the spotlight in Saturday night's 48th "Western World Championships" USAC Sprint car finale at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz.
GARDNER WINS FOURTH CRA SERIES TITLE
Tucson, Arizona.......In a duel for the ages in Saturday night's 48th "Western World Championship" at USA Raceway, Bryan Clauson held off AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Robert Ballou for the season-ending victory. The pair of 26-year-olds swapped the lead with less than ten laps to go, and Clauson held off a last-corner slider attempt from Ballou for the .753-second win in the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Fisher.
"It was a lot of fun to race like that. I thought once he got out front, it would be tough to do anything, but as the top got a bigger ledge and we got into traffic, our car being so maneuverable helped get us into the battle. We cleared him at one point and he got back around us, and we were just battling for every inch, and I think he biked up there and I was able to get away. Towards the end, I was just trying to do things different and not give him a clean look, and keep lapped cars in the way so he couldn't do much with us. You've got to be smart and not make mistakes if you want to beat a guy like him. My car owners Joe Dooling and Brodie Hayward obviously did a great job putting this together, and I have to thank my dad (Tim) and Tyler Ransbottom for all their work, and Mike Martin for loaning us this engine we've used the past four races," Clauson said.
Port Royal – The 2015 Port Royal Speedway track champions and top point finishers were honored at the annual Speedway awards banquet, held Saturday night, November 21 at the Port Royal Community Building.
Feted was the champions: Lucas Wolfe, 410 sprints; Jeff Miller, 305 sprints; Mike Lupfer, super late models; Andrew Yoder, econo late models; and Jason Zook, xtreme stocks.
All the champions received an array of laurels including gift certificates to the Juniata Valley Winery, championship rings from Foss Jewelers of Lewistown, championship jackets courtesy of Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic, granite etchings courtesy of Prayer Mountain Monuments; photo albums courtesy of WRT Speedwerx Brian Rhoads and fuel certificates from Insinger Racing Fuels.
Wolfe became the second driver in the family to notch a Port Royal sprint car title, following in his father Randy’s footsteps in 1982.
Doug Hammaker edges Matt Campbell by five points to take first Lincoln title in 358 sprint division
YORK, PA, 11/21/15 - Lincoln Speedway track champions and special year-end awards were handed out at the Wyndham Garden York Hotel Saturday night, November 21st. The top ten finishers in the season-long point series for both sprint car divisions and special awards were distributed to rookies’ of-the-year and most improved driver.
MONTIETH WINS BIG RACES, INCLUDING “DIRT CLASSIC” TO CLAIM FIFTH LAWRENCE CHEVROLET TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Phoenixville’s Brian Montieth rode the strength of six wins and 21 top-ten finishes in 24 races to claim his fifth Lincoln track title. Among his wins were the Spring Championship, Sterner Memorial, All-Star Circuit of Champions show, and the biggest race in Lincoln history, the Second Annual “Dirt Classic.” Sixteen of those 21 top-ten finishes were actually top fives. Back-to-back victories on weeks two and three (the Spring Championship) vaulted Montieth into a points lead he never relinquished. Montieth’s other win came in a regular point show on May 30th. Montieth’s “Dirt Classic” win was a milestone 50th, sixth on all the all-time Lincoln win list. His fifth title is third to only Fred Rahmer (11) and Steve Smith (9). Montieth’s title also earned Scott Zellers Lincoln’s mechanic of-the-year award.
Tucson, Arizona.......Brady Bacon capped Friday's "Western World Championships" preliminary night at USA Raceway with his seventh win of the season in AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver took charge just past halfway and held off Bryan Clauson to win by .377-seconds, making it the 100th USAC National feature victory for his Dynamics, Inc. - Hoffman Auto Racing team.
Matt Rossi got the jump from the pole and led Tracy Hines early in the 30-lapper. Hines started to get a rhythm using the bottom after a few laps and reeled in Rossi. Hines crossed just behind Rossi on lap eight, but Rossi was still up to the challenge running the high side. The race's only stoppage came on lap ten when Cody Williams flipped in turn four. He was unhurt.
Hines was on the attack at the restart, nailing the bottom through turns one and two to edge past Rossi and into the lead at the end of lap ten, but Rossi would not go away easily as he hammered the high side to shoot back past Hines for the lead. Meanwhile, Robert Ballou was looking to sew up his National Championship after having problems early in the night and starting 17th. He worked into the top-ten at lap twelve.
Tucson, Arizona.......The dream season for Robert Ballou continued on Thursday night at USA Raceway on the first night of the "Western World Championships." His drive on this night from 14th to win was his biggest charge of the year en route to a win, making it 13 AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories on the season to tie J.J. Yeley's incredible 2003 season for the second-most in history.
"It's definitely been a fun season. I have to thank the people who got me going: my parents and then when they could no longer do it, Dallas Mulvaney and Jim Plew. We have worked really hard to turn this program into something like what J.J. had with Tony Stewart Racing, and it's cool to put up a big number like this. We obviously still have a couple things left to do. So many people have helped us make this happen, and I can't express enough gratitude to all of them, especially Derrick Bye for all of his hard work to keep us going," Ballou said.
Damion Gardner led from the pole and brought third-starting hometown driver Jerry Coons, Jr. along with him, as Bryan Clauson settled into third. Coons cut the bottom underneath Gardner to lead lap two, but all eyes were on Ballou's charge from row seven into the top-five in just a few laps. Ballou used the extreme high side as he carved his way to second, but Coons was way out front.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – For the first time in 16 years, the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series will return to Selinsgrove Speedway in 2016 for a classic showdown against the “Pennsylvania Posse” on Sunday, April 24. The All Star special, featuring a 30-lap A-main paying $5,000 to win, is one of three marquee events already slated for the popular 410 sprint cars next year at the historic Snyder County half-mile oval under the speedway’s new promotional team.
“Our 2016 schedule is coming together and will be highlighted by a number of special events like the All Star race for our fans,” said speedway general manager Steve Inch. “We can’t wait to see Tony Stewart’s All Star series back at Selinsgrove.” “We are really excited about next year’s schedule,” said Tony Stewart, owner of the All Star Circuit of Champions, in a prepared statement. “We’ve added seven tracks to the slate in 2016.”
The All Stars will showcase race dates ranging from early February until late October. “America’s Series” will headline 51 dates during the new season, visiting seven states and nearly 30 facilities in the Northeast and Midwest.
Eight-time "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner Ron Shuman serves as the Grand Marshal for this year's annual Midget racing classic at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. The 75th edition of the race is slated for Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 26, at the southern California speed plant.
All of Shuman's wins came prior to the first "Turkey Night" appearance at Perris in 1996 and he recorded six wins at the now-defunct Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. and two at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. His first came in 1979, beginning a streak of four straight. He repeated in 1984 and 1987 before the race switched to the Bakersfield dirt in 1992 where he scored two consecutive wins in 1992 and 1993.
Nobody else is even close to Shuman's eight wins, but Billy Boat won three straight at three different venues between 1995 and 1997. Dave Darland, the only driver besides Mel Kenyon and Stan Fox to win the race on both paved and dirt surfaces, hopes to join Boat as a three-time winner this year. Bryan Clauson, winner of last weekend's "Budweiser Oval Nationals" Sprint race at Perris, also hopes to put his name on the "Aggie" trophy for a third time. Darland won the race in 2007 at Irwindale, Calif. and in 2013 at Perris, while Clauson's wins came at Irwindale in 2009 and 2010. Clauson could become the fourth driver to win on both paved and dirt surfaces.
Action Ignites with Four Events in the “Sunshine State” in February
Indianapolis (November 19, 2015) - The All Star Circuit of Champions will move ahead into the 2016 season with a full slate of scheduled competition, with race dates ranging from early February until late October. “America’s Series” will headline 51 dates during the new year, visiting seven different states and nearly 30 different facilities along the east coast, Northeast and Midwest. As traditional, the All Star Circuit of Champions will begin their new campaign in the “Sunshine State” during the early weeks of February, showcasing talent on February 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park near Ocala, Florida, as well as on February 10-11 at Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida. The four Florida dates will coincide with the annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals and DIRTcar Nationals.
“We are really excited about next year’s schedule, we’ve added seven tracks to slate in 2016,” said Tony Stewart, owner of the All Star Circuit of Champions. “I can’t wait to get to Ocala and Volusia in less than three months and I know many of our teams feel the same way.”
The All Star Circuit of Champions will continue their 2016 campaign with a busy spring stretch consisting of 15 events between March 26 and June 11. The Series will visit dirt venues in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin during the early months of 2016, all before transitioning into the newest edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek in late June. Spring travel plans include a Friday, May 20th appearance for the first time at the Lincoln (Illinois) Speedway.
The 2015 race season has officially come to a close for LD, and it did so with a very strong showing at the $10,000-to-win Susquehanna Speedway Final Showdown in a black #16. The Matt Campbell Racing, Harrington Body Shop, PPG Kayfield Auto Paints, Highlands' Powersports, #16 with his older brother, Kirk, turning the wrenches. The chilly Saturday show started off smoothly. LD timed in sixth, which locked him into the top six of the feature. After the six inversion pill drawn, LD claimed the pole starting spot.
The green flag dropped on the feature and LD ran consistent in second until some late race position switch-ups pushed him back into the final podium stand. A solid day ending with a third place finish.
"We ran a really strong race," Kirk Dewease says, "and I personally appreciated getting the chance to work alongside my brother again, especially with the hard work and support of such a great group of guys. I can't wait to see what the future holds."
Tickets are now on sale for select events in California as well as events at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Lincoln Speedway, New Egypt Speedway and Lernerville Speedway.
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 19, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series announced select dates for the 2016 kick-off tour which covers events following DIRTcar Nationals and brings the 'Greatest Show on Dirt' west to Texas, Nevada, Arizona and California. New to the schedule in 2016 after multi-year absences are Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California and Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.
The Outlaws last took to the 3/8 mile oval at Royal Purple Raceway in 2011 while Ocean Speedway last appeared on the schedule in 2008. Bakersfield returns after a decade-long absence.
"As the 2016 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season fast approaches, we are excited to return to great race tracks like Ocean Speedway, Bakersfield Speedway and Royal Purple Raceway," said World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers. "While the off-season is still young, we can't wait to get 'The Greatest Show on Dirt' back in action."
The series takes on weekend destination events in California at Thunderbowl Raceway, the Stockton Dirt Track and Calistoga Speedway. Brad Sweet presents the Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown at Placerville Speedway returns in 2016 on March 23 and the Outlaws take on the Mini Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway on April 2.
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Nov. 18, 2015) - A trio of World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series stars switched rides last week following the conclusion of the 2015 season.
Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan and David Gravel will each drive for a new team in 2016 and all three drivers have confirmed that their debuts will be at the 2 nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9 at Cocopah Speedway.
Saldana, who finished third in the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown standings, has returned to Roth Motorsports for the third time in his storied career. The team, which also worked together in 1996 and in 2001, will hit the track on New Year's Day at the 3/8-mile oval in the desert.
"The Cocopah event is awesome for our team," he said. "You get to get a good feel what everybody is thinking and doing. The one thing I've learned in racing is it's about respect. If you show the respect and effort it reciprocates off each other.
- Brock Zearfoss Moves Into Off-Season with Top-Ten at Susquehanna
- Brent Marks Ends 2015 with Top-Ten at Susquehanna’s Final Showdown
- KULHANEK WINS TWO, BOLAC ONE AND TURPEN USCS CHAMPION
- Oval Nationals is a Wrap - Boespflug Heads to Tucson
- Tracy Hines wraps up USAC Sprint Car season this week at the Western World Championships
- Smith Caps Season with Seventh-Place Finish at Susquehanna
- Blaney Brings Home 16 Victories, Another All Star Championship During Banner Year
- At A Glance: Putting a Bow on the 2015 Season That Was
- Sides Highlights 2015 Season with World of Outlaws Win at Dodge City
- Dietz Ends Season On Top; Captures Fifth “358” Win of 2015
- QUAKER STEAK & LUBE BACK ON BOARD TO SPONSOR DIRT TRACK HEROES CAR SHOW
- 410 Sprint Car Series Points Update 11-16-15
- Dietrich Wins $10,000 at the 6th Annual Final Showdown at SSP on Saturday
- CLAUSON TAKES TWENTY-FIVE GRAND WITH OVAL NATIONALS WIN
- Danny Dietrich continues Susquehanna Speedway Park dominance
- Ballou on a roll at Oval Nationals
- The 6th Annual Final Showdown at SSP is on for Saturday, November 14
- BALLOU DRAWS FIRST BLOOD, WINS OVAL NATIONALS OPENER
- USAC STANDOUT DAVE DARLAND TO BE PART OF MOTORSPORTS 2016
- Pancho's Racing Products Open House This Weekend!
- Krimes Ends Year with Two Victories and National Open Top-Ten
- Swindell Set for Cocopah Debut During Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown
- For the Seventh Time, Donny Schatz is Crowned the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Champion
- FINALS WRAP UP: McMahan & Swindell Take on Charlotte in Season Finale
- Zearfoss Will Return to Warko #94Z during Final Showdown at Susquehanna
- Raffle Ticket Winners Announced for 2015 National Open Benefit
- Sprint Car Unlimited: Joey Saldana, Dusty Zomer, breaking down driver changes and more
- Sides Passes 10 Cars During Both World Finals Features to Finish Season
- Blaney Rallies for Fifth-Place Result During Season Finale at World Finals
- Kerry Madsen Rebounds Well At World Finals After Violent Crash