Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Oct. 1, 2014) - Craig Dollansky, Brian Brown and Rico Abreu have announced that they will be competing at the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.
The trio of drivers will race at Cocopah Speedway during the 410ci sprint car spectacle Jan. 2-3, Jan. 6 and Jan. 9-10.
"I think it's great," Dollansky said. "It's in a warm part of the country. They are some good paying shows. There will be a lot of good race teams there. Hopefully it has a lot of support from the fans."
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series driver Daryn Pittman talks about what it takes to win in Central Pennsylvania
CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 1, 2014 - The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series takes on Williams Grove Speedway and the Pennsylvania Posse this weekend in a battle for the coveted National Open title.
One driver who knows Williams Grove and the competition well is Daryn Pittman. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver has two Outlaw wins at the track this season and three in previous seasons. He is also one of just two Outlaw drivers to pick up a win at the track in the last two years. The other is current point leader Donny Schatz.
When Kevin Ward Jr.'s toxicology came back that he was under the influence of marijuana, it raised questions in the racing community. Drivers and fans took to social media and expressed a need for drug testing in Sprint Car racing. It's led to plenty of questions and a spirited debate on the issue. On this week's edition of PennLive's Sprint Car Unlimited, motorsports beat writer Jeremy Elliott and Port Royal pit steward Ray Baim debated the topic, as well as talked about the upcoming Williams Grove National Open.
Lincoln Speedway promoter Alan Kreitzer joined the show to talk about the success of the Dirt Classic and drug testing. PennLive Sports Editor Mike Sedor was also a part of the discussion on drug testing.
'Super' Alan Krimes Finished Fourth during 1st Annual 'Dirt Classic' Presented by Kasey Kahne
Denver, PA (October 1st, 2014) - Alan Krimes will attempt to earn the biggest victory of his career this weekend during the 52nd Annual 'National Open' at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series sanctioned event will feature some of the nation's most premiere sprint car drivers and teams going head-to-head for one of the sport's most prestigious prizes. The 2014 edition of the 'National Open' will feature two full days of World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series competition; kicking off with a full preliminary program on Friday night, October 3rd.
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series continues to wind down; National Open on tap
TELFORD, PA. - October 1, 2014 - Sometimes, you just have an off weekend. What matters is how you bounce back. "We had our struggles this past weekend," said Paul McMahan, driver of the #51 Bairs Tree Service/Nyce Crete & Landis Block & Concrete/All Star Performance machine. "The good news is we battled back during the features for top-10's. Finishing strong is important. Qualifying well makes that easier." With only seven World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events remaining in the 2014 season, the CJB Motorsports team pulled into Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway. The quarter-mile bullring in the Hoosier state was the first of two races that would close out the month of September for 'The Greatest Show on Dirt.'
McKENZIE, TN - Donny Schatz continues to lead the world in Sprint car victories and increased his win total to 27 aboard a J&J Auto Racing Sprint car. Derek Hagar, Jordan Ryan, Tony Shilling, Brad Franks, and Brandon Halverson were also winners in J&J Auto Racing machines while Steve Nix earned the NMMRA championship.
SCHATZ REACHES NEW HIGH
Donny Schatz reached a new career high in wins with the World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series by sweeping WoO events at Bloomington (Indiana) Speedway Friday and Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan Saturday.
Noted Sprint Car mechanic Lee Stauffer was looking forward to racing with Brian Leppo in some capacity. Stauffer and Leppo had fun during Saturday's Dirt Classic presented by Kasey Kahne at Lincoln Speedway. Even though it wasn't a successful debut, there were plenty of good vibes surrounding the return of the Apple Chevrolet team. Turns out, it truly was a one-race deal.
But it wasn't because the team blew a motor or had some misfortune on the track. Instead, Leppo called Stauffer and dropped a bombshell, indicating that it was time to retire from Sprint Car racing. "I was really looking forward to a nice little situation between him and I, racing and hanging out," Stauffer said. "The racing community, the fanfare of the Apple car, was phenomenal.
Excitement was abundant from Brian Leppo friends and fans following last week's announcement that Brian would be returning to the wheel of a sprint car for the Dirt Classic presented by Kasey Kahne at Lincoln Speedway. With the Apple Motorsports #12 coming out of retirement for what was to be a one race deal, Brian strapped back for the event but Brian didn't transfer into the main event. Despite being asked to pilot the car in this weekend's National Open at Williams Grove and talk about a 2015 deal with the team, Brian declined the offer and instead announced that he is stepping away from racing.
PETERSEN MEDIA- Though it wasn't a weekend where he contended for wins, Kerry Madsen still showed his consistency as he scored another Top-10 finish with the World of Outlaws, by way of his 10th place run at the Berlin Raceway on Saturday night. "It was not our best weekend, but we moved forward in both feature events," Madsen said.
Timing in 9th fastest, Madsen would run second in his heat race, but would not be eligible for the night's dash, and lined up 11th in the feature event. On the slick surface, cars jockeyed for position, but big charges were not happening on this night, as Madsen was able to gain a spot, as he came across the stripe in the 10th spot aboard his Keneric Racing/American Racing No. 29 machine.
The next two Wednesday Night Test & Tune sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 1 (raindate - Wednesday, October 8) and Wednesday, October 15 at the Susquehanna Speedway Park. It is open to any type of racecars capable of competing on the 4/10 mile oval. The cost is $12.00 per person for pit passes and a $20.00 fee for each racecar entering the pit area ($32.00 per car & driver combination). Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with open track time from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. by class. Each session will be 6 – 8 laps per session. The grandstands are open free to the public.
Sources close to the Apple Motorsports team say that Brian Leppo is not longer the driver of the #12 owned by Bob Stewart. Hired gun Tim Shaffer of Aliquippa, PA will pilot the machine wrenched by Lee Stauffer this weekend for the Williams Grove National Open and possibly more. It appears getting back behind the wheel of a sprint car did not work out the way Brian had hoped for. He didn't look comfortable Saturday evening at the Apple Motorsports debut at Lincoln Speedway for the Dirt Classic when he failed to make the A Main.
Smith not done yet.
There were times in the last two years that Stevie Smith contemplated retirement. He thought maybe he was too old to get it done. That's funny. Smith just needed the right circumstances, and he's seem to have found it in a car owned by Fred Rahmer and Dave Pritchard. It was another big weekend for this team, as Smith earned $24,000 in two nights. The big score, a $20,000 paycheck, came in the inaugural Dirt Classic presented by Kasey Kahne at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Smith has seven wins in limited action this season and is one of the favorites in this week's National Open.
Good stretch run.
The season is winding down, and Lance Dewease is getting faster. It took some time for the central Pennsylvania legend to mesh with the Dietz Motorsports team, but it seems this team is clicking at the right time. Since the calendar has flipped over to September, Dewease has eight top fives, nine top 10s and one DNF, which came on a rough track at Selinsgrove Speedway, in 10 races. Dewease finished second in the Dirt Classic at Lincoln and looks like he is poised for a good National Open weekend. Don't be surprised if Dewease wins another race or two before the season comes to a close.
Setting a milestone.
We purposely knocked Donny Schatz down a couple pegs on the news feed the last couple weeks to shake things up, but we can't this time. He deserves better. Schatz recorded his 23rd and 24th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series wins last weekend, surpassing his mark of 23 victories a year ago. To me, Schatz winning this many races in a single season against this type of competition is like winning 40 or 45 shows 20 years ago. This team is truly amazing, and Schatz is one of the best to ever sit in a Sprint Car.
Another good show.
By most accounts, the Renegade Sprints pulled off another good show in the series' second outing at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway Saturday night. Greg Wilson took the checkered, but the series got rave reviews for the autograph session, the product on the speedway and the number of cars that participated in the event. The only hiccup was that the show started late, but this is a new series so there are bound to be some setbacks. Clean those little nuisances up, and this series will have staying power.
PETERSEN MEDIA- In action in Bloomington, IN and Berlin, MI over the weekend, David Gravel remained very consistent with the World of Outlaws as he picked up two more Top-10 finishes.
"It was another solid weekend for us," Gravel said. "We started our weekend off with a track record, and raced okay, and got a couple of Top-10's out of it." Kicking things off at the lightning fast Bloomington Speedway on Friday night, Gravel got off to a great start as he set a new track record board the Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/3H Cattle entry during qualifying time trials.
PETERSEN MEDIA: Lance Dewesae and his Dietz Motorsports team continue to hit their stride, as Dewease picked up a second place finish during Saturday night's Kasey Kahne Dirt Classic at the Lincoln Speedway.
"We had really good speed all night," Dewease said. "We timed in with quick time, ran well in our heats, and put ourselves in a spot for the feature event."
With 52 cars in the house for the inaugural event, Dewese set the standard in time trials, before going on to score a win in his first heat race and a fourth place finish in his second heat race, lining him up on the front row of the feature event along side Stevie Smith.
- USAC NEWS 09-29-14
- Danny Holtgraver Will Return to 'The Grove' for 'National Open'
- Raffle Item List grows for National Open Kick-It Tournament
- Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil 410 Sprint Car Points Update 9-29-14
- HOUSE OF THUNDER 5-25'S & HALLOWEEN PARTY TO CLOSE OUT THUNDER SERIES 2014 ON SATURDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 18
- Bright Records 30th Top Five As Season Begins to Wind Down
- World Of Outlaws Final PA Show Of 2014 At Port Royal Speedway Oct. 25
- Historic Williams Grove Speedway National Open Celebrates 52 Years October 3 & 4
- Williams Grove World Of Outlaws 52nd Annual National Open This Week
- Dirt Classic Video Highlights and Victory Lane
- OTT MAKES LATE-RACE PASS FOR $10,000 VICTORY IN MACH 1 CHASSIS 360 SPRINT CAR NATIONAL OPEN THRILLER!
- Donny Schatz Makes History at Berlin Raceway
- Wilson Maneuvers From Seventh to Score Renegade Sprints Victory at PPMS
- INAUGURAL LINCOLN "DIRT CLASSIC PRESENTED BY KASEY KAHNE" GOES TO STEVIE SMITH
- USAC RESULTS 09-27-14
- Fourth Place Run at Williams Grove Tune-Up
- Stevie Smith caps big weekend with $20,000 score in the inaugural Dirt Classic
- URC ANNOUNCES 2014 INDUCTEES TO HALL OF FAME
- Stevie Smith Claims Battle With Hodnett To Win Williams Grove Open Tune Up
- Schatz Goes Four for Five in Indiana with Bloomington Win
- Stevie Smith wins battle with Greg Hodnett to claim National Open Tune-up
- Brian Brown is a big supporter of Tod Quiring and the new Midwest Sprint Car series
- Tod Quiring finalizing plans for innovative and lucrative Sprint Car series in the Midwest
- Cory Haas Will Compete for $20,000 at Lincoln on Saturday!
- LARSON MARKS RACING RETURNS TO PENNSYLVANIA FOR TWO RACES
- At A Glance: Outlaws Make Inaugural Appearance at Berlin Raceway
- Close to Home: Tracy Hines Heads to Lawrenceburg
- Taylor Ferns to Race with the World of Outlaws Again this Week; Fremont Speedway Also On-Tap
- Important Items to remember for next week's National Open Kick-It
- Shirts and stuff!