J&J Auto Racing Honored by World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
McKENZIE, Tenn. (Oct. 25, 2016) – Trey Starks doesn’t hail from the south, but the Washington state native most certainly looked as if he was a born and bred southerner in his sweep of the United Sprint Car Series (USCS) portion of the World Short Track Championships at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 21 – 22. Starks set quick time in qualifying on Friday and won the first USCS heat race to place himself at the front of the mix for Saturday’s finale.
Starks won the Scramble event on Saturday to lock himself into the pole position for the 25-lap feature event. Leading the event for the duration of the feature, Starks drove to his fourth USCS triumph of the 2016 racing season driving for team owner Jeff McCall and chassis builder J&J Auto Racing.
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Oct. 25, 2016) - Caleb Helms earned his sixth top-10 finish of the season last Saturday at Atomic Speedway during the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions season finale.
Inclement weather forced Friday's on-track activities to be delayed, making the All Star season finale a one-day show. Helms kicked off Saturday's event timing in eighth quickest out of 48 sprint cars, which ranked fourth quickest in his group.
"We were actually one of the first cars to go to the top in qualifying," he said. "I wanted to get a good qualifying lap in first and then see what the high side would do, but it ended up working for us."
For the second week in a row, a strong qualifying effort put Helms on the pole of the heat race.
KUNKLETOWN, Pa. (Oct. 25, 2016) - A new car, a fresh engine and ideal weather conditions have Ryan Smith ready for this weekend's challenge.
Smith and the Warko Racing team will travel to Concord, N.C., to take on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the best sprint car drivers from around the globe this Thursday through Saturday during the 10th annual Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
"I'm really excited," he said. "We put this X-1 chassis together, just got the engine back from a rebuild and dyno testing, and the weather looks great down in Charlotte."
Last year the World Finals were plagued by persistent rain. On the first night Smith qualified 17th out of 58 cars, finished fifth in his heat race (only the top three advanced to the A Main) and ended fourth in the C Main.
York Springs, Pa. – Constructions crews from Lobar Inc. are busy constructing the new addition to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. The building is expanding with the adding of a new wing.
The museum continues to grow and the ever-increasing donations are filling the current facility. The Eastern Museum of Motor racing embraces all form of motorized competition and this ambitious effort is straining the confines of the complex.
Due to the financial donations of those in the sport, the construction began on a new wing that will house the research area. The new addition will be on the west end of the current facility.
The greatly appreciated donations to the research facility created the need for a bigger room. The new room will have plenty of room to house all the current research materials. There will be extra room for future donations.
Plainfield, IN Tuesday October 25th, 2016 - The common household distinction between sprint car racing is does someone race wing or non wing. Both types of sprint car racing can be found throughout the US, New Zealand, and Australia. Wing versus non wing has heavy pockets of competition saturated across the country. The heart of non wing racing is throughout the state of Indiana and the heart of wing racing is primarily within Central Pennsylvania. California is a little different it plays the host for both wing and non wing competition alike. Although a California native where the opportunity to race either is prevalent Chad Boespflug chose the non wing path in his racing career. After relocating from the West Coast to the Midwest in 2007 Boespflug has called Indiana home for nearly the past decade chasing his passion of non wing sprint car racing.
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Oct. 25, 2016) - Dale Blaney earned his 50th top 10 of the season last Saturday at Atomic Speedway during the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions season finale.
While he finished the final All Star race with his series-best 34th top 10, it wasn't enough to overcome the 18-point deficit in the championship standings as the points leader ended one position better. Blaney and the Mainstream Holdings, Inc., sponsored CH Motorsports team placed second in the championship standings - only 20 points out of the title.
"It was a tough night all together because of the rain they had," Blaney said. "Track conditions were brutal. Any time you have three reds during hot laps and one during qualifying it's a challenging night."
After enduring engine trouble on Friday night at Lakeside, Paul McMahan and the Destiny Motorsports team looked to be on their way to a Top-10 finish at Salina Highbanks but a shredded right rear on the race’s final lap relegated the team to finishing in the 13th spot.
“We just keep working hard, and keep hoping that this stuff stops happening to us,” Paul McMahan said. “We have actually felt pretty good the last few weeks but unfortunately we have nothing to show for it.”
With the checkered flag soon falling on the 2016 dirt track season in Central Pennsylvania, fans can begin the countdown to the 2017 season that is officially kicked off each year by the annual Racing Xtravaganza show.
After a successful first year under new ownership by Scott Gobrecht and the new show name, Racing Xtravaganza will once again host race fans on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5, 2017 at the UTZ Arena on the York Fairgrounds.
And for the second straight year, BAPS Coatings and Supplies will be the title sponsor for the big show weekend.
“The folks at BAPS are awesome supporters of not only Racing Xtravaganza, but racing in general,” stated show owner Scott Gobrecht. “We’re looking to build on the success we had in 2016 and BAPS gives us a solid base for the racing show and we hope to be able to continue that for years to come.”
Haas searching for other opportunities
YORK, PA. (October 25, 2016) - Effective immediately, Cory Haas and car owner Mike Barshinger have parted ways, ending a near-ten year relationship on the Central Pennsylvania sprint car circuit. Haas, a former Jack Gunn Memorial, Kevin Gobrecht Memorial and Billy Kimmel Memorial champion with Mike Barshinger’s 11C program, will now search for other opportunities within Central Pennsylvania.
“First of all, I want to thank Mike Barshinger, Jason Barshinger and the entire crew for the opportunity the last several years. We accomplished a lot as a team, and I am very thankful for that, but we’ve decided to go different routes and try new things,” Cory Haas said. “Right now, I am looking for some other options for the upcoming season. I’m open for discussion and anxious to enter 2017 with a fresh start.”
Concludes Arctic Cat All Star season seventh in final standings
FREMONT, Ohio (October 25, 2016) - For the first time in his young career, the “Texas Traveler” T.J. Michael will make a visit to the I-30 Speedway near Little Rock, Arkansas; all set for the 29th edition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tire on November 2-5. As one of the premier 360ci sprint car events in the country, the $15,000-to-win showcase will host drivers and teams from all disciplines of open wheel competition, all aiming to score the $15,000 top prize.
“This is going to be a lot of fun. I’m pretty pumped to be a part of it,” T.J. Michael explained. “At the beginning of the year, we kinda created the mindset that we would check out some different races when we didn’t have All Star commitments. I-30 Speedway always has a lot of press. It looks like an exciting place to race. They don’t call it ‘Hammer Hill’ for nothing.”