Mooresville, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2016) -- Neither rain nor co-owner Kyle Larson could keep Shane Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team out of Victory Lane at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., Wednesday night. Stewart charged past his friend and boss with four laps remaining in the 30-lap event to earn his first win of the 2016 season.
The finish was a reversal of Saturday's results when Larson bested Stewart in night two of competition.
"I'm just glad Mother Nature cooperated a little bit," said Stewart, who won by more than seven seconds and lapped up to eighth place. " It's always a pleasure racing Kyle. He's so darn good that he's almost like racing Donny (Schatz) honestly. He sets such a strong pace.
"Everything worked out well for me. Sometimes it's not always good to be leading. When he dropped down there and hit that hole I had a pretty good run on him and when he got sideways we were able to sneak by."
Stewart finished fourth in his heat race and won his qualifier event to start outside the front row next to Larson in the feature event.
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 6, 2016) - Mother Nature made her own plans for the midweek race during the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.
Weather postponed the third round of the five-race series at Cocopah Speedway one day until Wednesday, when another brief shower in the middle of the program resulted in an ultra-fast surface for the 43 competitors who battled for the $5,000 top prize on the elbows-up track.
Shane Stewart hustled past his car owner, NASCAR star Kyle Larson, on Lap 25 en route to his first career victory at the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.
"I'm just glad Mother Nature cooperated a little bit," said Stewart, who won by more than seven seconds and lapped up to eighth place. "I'm very happy we were able to get the race in. It's always a pleasure racing Kyle. He's so darn good that he's almost like racing Donny (Schatz) honestly. He sets such a strong pace.
"Everything worked out good for me. Sometimes it's not always good to be leading. When he dropped down there and hit that hole I had a pretty good run on him and when he got sideways we were able to sneak by."
Annual Fundraiser Set for February 20
Jonestown, PA (January 6, 2016) - Brock Zearfoss Racing is pleased to announce that more than a dozen major supporters and product sponsors will return to the “3Z” stable in 2016. Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill will return as a primary sponsor during the upcoming season, as well as Meckley’s Limestone, Central Builders Supply Co., and Leach’s Automotive.
“We have a long list of supporters who back this team” Zearfoss explained, “Our schedule is going to be long and demanding. Their help keeps us on the road, as well as prepared in the race shop and during the off-season. My team and I will represent them at the best of our ability. We are all excited to get the year started.”
New to the support list in 2016 is a trio of product sponsors. Walker Performance Filtration, Smith Precision Products and Precision Powder Coat will each fill new roles at Brock Zearfoss Racing; providing high quality products and service to help Zearfoss outperform the competition.
SUSQUEHANNA SELECTS SUNDAY DATE
"Pennsylvania Midget Week" has expanded to four nights in 2016 with the addition of a Sunday, August 14, race at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown.
The four race swing already includes Monday and Wednesday night races at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run and Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown respectively and Tuesday night's venue remains to be finalized.
Rico Abreu swept both Pennsylvania races last season, winning races at Path Valley and Lincoln. This year's swing is part of an expanded 24-race schedule which spans seven states, beginning in Illinois in March and ending in California in November.
"The enthusiastic Pennsylvania fans have enabled us to create a true "Midget Week" in the Keystone State," says USAC National Cordinator Jason McCord. "We are excited about the addition of Susquehanna and look forward to announcing the fourth race in the near future."
Opening 2016 up in his native Australia, Kerry Madsen quickly found victory lane as he took the checkered flag aboard his Keneric Racing/American Racing No. 29 machine at the Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane, AU during the Piston Cup.
“It was a great night for our team, and I am happy we could grab a win so early in our Australian campaign,” said Kerry Madsen. Checking in at the Archerfield Speedway after Mother Nature hampered his trip to Sydney, AU, Madsen showed great speed early in the night as he timed the American Racing Custom Wheels backed entry in third fastest amongst the 33 drivers in the pit area.
Racing from seventh to fifth during his first heat race, ‘The Mad Man’ would finish fourth in his second heat after again starting in the seventh position.
Finding himself sitting third in points after qualifying events, the St. Marys, NSW native turned Knoxville, IA resident would finish third in the shootout and grid the field from the second row for the 35-lap A Main event.
New DIRTcarNationals.com gives fans all the latest on the event
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Jan. 6, 2016 - The New Year means the countdown to the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park is on. The annual tradition of Florida in February kicks off on February 9 in Barberville, Fla.
DIRTcar Nationals features 12 straight nights of doubleheaders with the All Star Circuit of Champions, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series, DIRTcar Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series.
From February 9 to February 20, the greatest drivers on dirt kick-off the 2016 season and compete side-by-side in pursuit of bragging rights and the coveted 'Big Gator.'
For fans, DIRTcar Nationals is the most accessible motorsports event in Florida during February where every ticket is a hot pass. With full access to the pits, fans can meet their favorite drivers, see crew members in action and get up close and personal with sprint cars, late models and modifieds.
AREA AUTO RACING NEWS’ AWARD WINNERS ACCEPTING THEIR HONORS AND SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS AT MOTORSPORTS 2016, FREE COLOR POSTER FOR FANS
OAKS, PA January 6, 2016 . . . One of the many highlights of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2016 Presented by Sunoco Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show will be the presentation of awards to a number of outstanding auto racing competitors from the 2015 season.
During the course of the three day show, January 22nd to January 24th, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA fans will have the opportunity to meet and collect autographs from racers that earned top awards in various categories from Area Auto Racing News. In addition fans participating in the autograph sessions will be able to take home a beautiful color poster depicting the various racers. The poster is FREE and suitable for framing and is bound to become a collector’s item.
SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 5, 2016) - Steve Kinser powered to a pair of top-15 finishes last weekend during the opening two rounds of the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway. Kinser, who is driving under the Steve Kinser Racing banner with primary partnership from Arctic Cat throughout the marquee event, kicked off the action last Friday by charging from 10th to fourth place during a heat race at the 3/8-mile oval. Unfortunately, bad luck hampered the team during the qualifier, which Kinser ended eighth following a parts failure.
"The night was going good and then we had a fuel line come apart on us," he said. "That put us behind the eight ball."
Kinser rebounded in a B Main by placing second to earn a transfer into the 30-lap feature, where he lined up on the outside of the 10th row. "We felt good and the car was fast," he said. "The track laid rubber and we couldn't go anywhere about five or six laps into the feature."
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 5, 2016) - Ryan Smith powered to a pair of 20th-place results last weekend during the first two rounds of the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.
Smith, who teamed up with Arizona racer Ryan Linder for the five-race event at Cocopah Speedway, kicked off the action last Friday by placing third in a heat race before he won a qualifier.
"Pretty much out of the box we were good and that's key," Smith said. "We did our homework in the shop. The biggest thing right now is the brakes because it's a different system and a different steering box. It's a little different feel there."
The strong start locked Smith into the 15th starting position for the 30-lap main event.
"That was our main goal for Night 1, to get in the show," he said. "We were decent in the feature. I ended up losing brakes. On a track like that when it gets slippery you need brakes."
Smith also lost a tire in the closing laps, which cost him several positions as he ended the night 20th.
McKENZIE - For the third consecutive year, seven-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz scored a New Years Day victory in Australia. After closing 2015 with 37 Sprint car victories behind the wheel of the No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance J&J, Schatz won on consecutive nights last weekend at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane, Queensland.
Schatz opened 2016 with a near perfect night at the quarter-mile dirt oval topping the charts in qualifying, winning both heats and the dash event. He took the challenge of starting 14th and raced his way forward and into the lead on lap 24. The Fargo, North Dakota racer led the rest of the way to pick up his 13th consecutive victory at Archerfield.