SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- When fans hear the roar of racing engines come to life on opening day at Selinsgrove Speedway, they will also hear a new voice calling the action at the historic Snyder County oval. Mike Batz of Jonestown has been named the track’s new co-announcer. Batz, whose full-time profession is a school teacher, grew up in a racing family. His parents own and operate Linda’s Speedway, where he announces the micro sprint car racing action on the quarter-mile track Friday nights. At just seven years old, he got his start by announcing the quarter midget races that were held in the track’s infield.
“I consider myself very lucky to have friends in the racing world who have presented many opportunities to me like this one,” said Batz. “I look forward to meeting the Selinsgrove fans and race teams next season.”
NASCAR HALL OF FAMER, CREW CHIEF, CAR OWNER AND DECORATED WAR HERO BUD MOORE TO BE PART OF MOTORSPORTS 2016 RACE CAR AND TRADE SHOW
OAKS, PA December 21, 2015 . . . Described as “an old country mechanic” who loved to make ‘em run fast, Bud Moore had a successful career as a winning NASCAR car owner and crew chief earning a spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The 90-year-old decorated veteran of World War II will be part of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Fueled by Sunoco Distributed By Insinger Performance Race Car & Trade Show. The 31st edition of the show is set for Friday, January 22nd thru Sunday, January 24th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
Moore will be doing a question and answer session at the main stage on Saturday afternoon. The NASCAR Hall of Famer will also spend time in the Coastal 181 Publishing display along with author Perry Allen Wood signing copies of the new Bud Moore biography, BUD MOORE: Memoir of a Country Mechanic from D-Day to NASCAR Glory, and will also be signing autographs. This could very well be a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans attending the show.
His cars raced in the 1960s and 1970s usually sporting red and white colors of Motorcraft and carrying the number 15 had such notables as Buck Baker, Joe Weatherly, Billy Wade and Tiny Lund driving and winning. Baker, Weatherly and Lund all won NASCAR titles for Moore.
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 18, 2015) - Several competitors from Pennsylvania are venturing across the country to tackle the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.
PA Posse standout Greg Hodnett is the latest driver to announce he will compete at Cocopah Speedway on Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9 during the marquee 410ci winged sprint car event that features a purse of approximately $250,000. All four weekend races pay $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start with the midweek race rewarding the winner $5,000.
"It's a great purse," he said. "It's great for sprint car racing in general. It keeps the sprint car faithful energized, occupied, just involved. In today's society we have to think about keeping everyone involved year round."
Hodnett will make his debut at Cocopah Speedway, where he will drive for California car owner Joe Von Schriltz. Hodnett and the Heffner Racing Enterprises team he drives for in Pennsylvania recently shipped Von Schriltz a car they used during the season as well as a fresh engine from Rider Racing Engines.
Du Quoin, Illinois.......Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. conjured memories of his breakout 2007 USAC season, as the Olive Branch, Mississippi driver returned to midget racing on Saturday night and passed Bryan Clauson with three laps to go for the win in the inaugural "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget special event at the Southern Illinois Center. Stenhouse was caught up in a lap-one logjam but recovered after restarting the event in the 20th and last position before making his way forward to the $3,000 payday.
After heat races and qualifying races accumulated finish and passing points to set feature lineups, Bryan Clauson earned the pole, but fellow front-row starter Tyler Thomas looped his mount in turn-one to set off the six-car stack-up. All six cars were able to restart.
Clauson led early and encountered the tail of the field on lap six, but that was no deterrent. Behind him, Joey Saldana worked to the inside of Chase Briscoe on lap nine to take the second spot. The pace was fast at the front, with the first half of the race clicking off with just one caution.
Lincoln NE based Speedway Motors and Clinton MO based Champion Racing Oil are returning as title sponsors of the Central PA Sprint Cars for the 2016 season. This will mark the 6th year that Speedway Motors will be involved with the series as sponsor and the 5th year for Champion Racing Oil to be involved as sponsor. Hoseheads Sprint Car News will return as the presenting sponsor for the 6th year. The series ran 92 feature events in 2015 at ten different tracks. The drivers and fans in Central PA enjoy and appreciate having both Speedway Motors and Champion Racing Oil as title sponsors of the tough Central PA 410 sprint car circuit. The associate sponsors for 2016 will be announced soon after they are finalized.
The 2016 season kicks off at Lincoln Speedway in February.
OAKS, PA December 15, 2015 . . . One of NASCAR’s rising young stars is planning to be part of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2016 Fueled By Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show. Kyle Larson, who almost earned his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Homestead, Florida in the final race of the season, will be on hand to meet fans, do an interview session and sign autographs. Fans will also have the opportunity to get an up close look at Larson’s Target Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup car.
The three day show, the 33rd edition, is set for January 22 thru 25th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. More than 250,000 square feet of show space will be filled with just about everything motorsports.
The rising NASCAR talent, a past Rookie of the Year in both the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series, has been a winner in the Xfinity Series but has not been able to visit victory lane with the Sprint Cup cars though he has come close but he continues to be a fan favorite because of his exciting driving style that often has his car scrapping the retaining wall.
On Saturday, January 23, fans attending the Motorsports 2016 show will have the chance to sit in on an interview with Larson, perhaps ask his thoughts on coming so close to winning his first Cup race during the Chase finale at Homestead, Florida, and then collect an autograph, free of any additional cost, from young talent.
2016 Season Planning Continues
Myerstown, PA (December 15, 2015) - The “Myerstown Missile” Brent Marks is pleased to welcome M&M Painting & Construction as a primary sponsor for the 2016 season. The San Antonio, Texas-based company, with regional offices in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, Corpus Christi, and Central Texas, will join the Brent Marks Racing family in hopes of creating a long-lived and successful partnership, on and off the racetrack. The M&M Painting & Construction colors will be displayed on Marks’ familiar No. 19M for the first time during the annual Brent Marks Racing Fundraiser in mid-January.
“I am truly excited and thankful for this opportunity” Marks explained, “Allen Murray from M&M is a great guy and really stepped forward to help our team. A partnership like this will help boost our team and put us in a great position to be competitive on all levels, as well as win races. We want to promote and represent M&M Painting & Construction at the highest level.”
FOR PHILLIPSBURG MALL MARCH 6 TO 12, 2016
PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – Imagine this scene: a fun filled night surrounded by family, friends and a contingent of local legends – donned in racing suits and helmets, piloting 600 horsepower machines in a controlled slide – nothing but guts and glory. This was and is the weekend tradition for many New Jersey and Pennsylvania families, joining together at their local dirt race track to celebrate the sport of auto racing.
Dirt track racing enthusiasts past and present will join together from March 6-12 at the Phillipsburg (NJ) Mall for the 9th Annual Dirt Track Heroes Car Show presented by Quaker Steak & Lube.
Seven nights of interviews and anecdotes from auto racing’s biggest legends, coupled with a multitude of racing memorial and mighty racing machines from all divisions and a variety of decades make the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show a “must see” for race fans of all ages.
Pennsylvania based team expanded to two cars; competed for victories
TELFORD, PA. - December 16, 2015 - In 2015, CJB Motorsports took yet another step in establishing itself as one of the preeminent sprint car racing organizations in the country.
The Pennsylvania based team came out with both barrels loaded as drivers Paul McMahan & Sammy Swindell visited victory lane on multiple occasions. In addition to wins, both drivers were often in the hunt and provided CJB Motorsports partners with excellent exposure and returns on their investment.
"We had a good year," said McMahan, the driver of the Bairs Tree Service, Nyce, Crete & Landis Block & Concrete, All-Star Performance #51. "Starting off with a victory at Winter Heat down in Arizona was great for us. From there, we were good but seemed to have bad luck strike often. We also fell a bit behind on our setups and that took a toll on us. In the end, though, we still managed to find victory lane four times and run strong."
McMahan, who will not be returning to the seat of the #51 car in 2016, scored victories at Cocopah Speedway, Perris Auto Speedway, Tri-State Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway.
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 14, 2015) - A handful of additional bonuses are available throughout the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown thanks to SpeedMart.
The Washington State based sprint car and micro sprint parts store will have a truck full of parts and fuel for the competitors at the marquee 410ci winged sprint car event hosted by Cocopah Speedway on Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9.
"We are excited to welcome SpeedMart back to Cocopah Speedway and the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown," Cocopah Speedway General Manager Greg Burgess said. "Barry Martinez and his crew do an outstanding job and we're pleased to have them participate." SpeedMart will give the Hard Charger Award winner a $250 gift card for each of the four weekend nights, which all pay $12,000 to win and $5,000 to start.
"I feel really proud of the Northwest being able to be a part of this deal," SpeedMart Owner Barry Martinez said. "I think it can become another big destination type race like the Trophy Cup or Chili Bowl."