BARTLETT, Tenn. (Nov. 15, 2016) - A pair of feature victories highlighted the 2016 season for Jason Sides.
Sides scored a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win in April at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., which is a short drive from his hometown.
"To get a win close to home would be the biggest highlight of the year," he said. "It just seemed like it fell into place, like we were supposed to win the race. It made it really big because the Outlaws hadn't been there in about 20 years. I happened to be there watching the last time the Outlaws were there when Mark Kinser won it. For us to win it it was pretty big."
Show runs Sunday, March 5th through Saturday, March 11 at Phillipsburg Mall
The dates for the popular tenth edition of the week long Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show have been confirmed for 2017 and the hard-working staff and the many historical groups and speedways are putting all of the necessary pieces in place to produce another great show. The successful event will once again begin its week long run at the Phillipsburg Mall located off Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, New Jersey beginning on Sunday, March 5th and will run through March 11th.
The upcoming show encompasses the majority of the local short track scene and has become a must go to event for the local Tri-State area. Quaker Steak and Lube has taken on the lead sponsor role fir the third consecutive season.
Calistoga Speedway Hosts World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 10, 2016 - The Wine Country Outlaw Showdown at Calistoga Speedway, which traditionally hosts the two-day event in April, has moved to September 15-16 in the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series schedule. The Outlaws' 26th year at the renowned half-mile will be a part of the the season's fall western swing.
Last year's Spring Wine Country Outlaw Showdown was stricken by Mother Nature, forcing the series to cancel their double-header event at the Calistoga Speedway. Predictable weather patterns in the Northern California area have spurred the Outlaws to move their date forward to the September time slot. This coming year, the World of Outlaws returns to Calistoga Speedway for an early-September race weekend for the first time since 2007.
YORK HAVEN, Pa. (Nov. 9, 2016) - Ryan Smith wrapped up his 410ci winged sprint car season with a fifth-place finish last Saturday at Susquehanna Speedway.
It was a shot in the arm the Warko Group team needed to carry momentum into 2017.
Smith started the night by setting fast time during qualifying followed by a third-place finish in his heat race. That locked the team into the dash, in which Smith finished sixth to start the main event on the outside of the third row.
"We were fast all night," he said. "It was just a matter of staying out of trouble. This car just seems to work well at Susky. Track position was key. We battled inside the top five throughout the race, but if we would have been fortunate to start on the front row I think we would have been in contention for a win. However, it was a great way to end the season for the Warko Group car."
JONESTOWN, PA. (November 9, 2016) - Brock Zearfoss Racing is pleased to welcome BAPS Paint & Supply as a major partner for the 2017 racing season. BAPS has been a major contributor to open wheel competition throughout Central Pennsylvania for a the last several seasons and will now join forces with Brock Zearfoss Racing for a full-on campaign across much of Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.
“We are all really excited to have BAPS be a part of our program next season. They have a love for racing that stretches back as far as I can remember. For our team to be connected with a sponsor like that is really special. This is a great opportunity,” Brock Zearfoss explained. “I’ll do my best to represent BAPS at the highest level possible. We had a great year in 2016 and I’m certain 2017 will be even bigger with BAPS on board.”
Hafertepe, Jr., and Wolfe Claim November Victories
McKENZIE, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2016) – As the days of 2016 continue to wind down, all J&J Auto Racing seems to do is win, win, win. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Lucas Wolfe drove to victories with the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Series and United Racing Club (URC) series, respectively over the weekend while Brian Smith claimed both Sprints on Dirt (SOD) series championship and rookie of the year honors for the McKenzie, Tenn., based chassis manufacturer.
Inside Line Promotions - WINDOM, Minn. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Dale Blaney has perspective following a season filled with the highest of highs and lowest of lows.
Blaney won eight races, including his first of the year, and the Mainstream Holdings, Inc., sponsored CH Motorsports team was in a tight battle for Blaney's seventh Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title until the final lap of the season finale.
"We started our year really good," he said. "We won our first race of the year in January at Cocopah Speedway (during the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown). I've had a superstition that if you win the first race of the year the rest of the year doesn't go that well, but we had a really good year. We were really fast all year. We were consistent all year except for a month between the middle of June to the middle of July."
YORK, PA (November 7, 2016) - Third generation racer Chase Dietz concluded his sophomore season behind the wheel of a 410ci sprint car on Saturday afternoon, November 5, during the Sprint Showdown at Susquehanna Speedway near York Haven, Pennsylvania. Dietz finished 11th during his final appearance of the 2016 season, ultimately fighting for a top-ten position after racing through the consolation B-main and starting 22nd on the main event grid.
Unfortunately for Dietz, involvement in an on-track incident with just ten circuits remaining halted any further progress for the Troy Godfrey-owned/Godfrey Racing Engines/No. 5 entry. The team was able to recover quickly and still finish 11th.
GETTYSBURG, PA (November 7, 2016) - Despite a disappointing end to his 2016 campaign, disqualified at Susquehanna Speedway on Saturday, November 5, after a controversial late call to the staging area by speedway officials, “Double-D” Danny Dietrich will enter his “off-season” with a full load of momentum, already beginning preparations for his upcoming campaign.
Dietrich’s momentum boost was made possible by nine separate trips to victory lane in 2016, also earning a first-ever Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek championship.
“We have a lot to be proud of this season. We didn’t match our win total from 2015, but we accomplished more and I’m more excited about that,” Dietrich explained. “Obviously, we are disappointed that our season ended like it did. I didn’t see eye-to-eye with the call that I was late to the staging lane, and I definitely was against starting at the tail of the field as a penalty for being late, so we were disqualified.
MYERSTOWN, PA (November 7, 2016) - Brent Marks ended his 2016 season inside the top-five; finishing fourth during the $5,000-to-win Sprint Showdown at Susquehanna Speedway on Saturday, November 5. The “Myerstown Missile” flirted with a podium finish during the entire main event, sliding back to fourth with a few circuits remaining after missing a last chance effort to take control of the top spot.
“We had a really good run yesterday. I am happy with our performance,” Brent Marks explained. “I raced inside the top-five most of the race and found myself just behind the leaders with less than five laps left. We had a late restart with four to go, so I figured if I was going to win this thing, I would have to go for it now. Unfortunately, it didn’t stick and we ended up drifting back to fourth. Regardless, we had a strong car all day. Daytime conditions can make things difficult. We’re happy.”