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.
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 5, 2016) - Tuesday's third round of the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown has been postponed one day at Cocopah Speedway.
Cocopah Speedway General Manager Greg Burgess opened the Winter Heat press conference on Tuesday afternoon announcing that incoming inclement weather has forced track officials to run the third of five races on Wednesday, when the forecast is projected to be much improved.
"We decided it would be smarter to race on Wednesday rather than tonight because of the many concerns about the weather," Burgess said. "Everything will remain the same, just postponed one day. Tuesday's tickets are still good for the fans and hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m. as planned."
Dale Blaney and Kyle Larson split the first two features last weekend to kick off the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown. Blaney currently leads the $10,000 points fund with a 14-point advantage over Larson. Jason Solwold ranks third, Shane Stewart fourth and defending event champion Danny Lasoski rounds out the top five.
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 3, 2016) - Dale Blaney has risen to the top of the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown championship standings following a strong opening weekend at Cocopah Speedway.
Blaney claimed Friday's opener before earning a fourth-place finish on Saturday, making him the only driver out of 46 competitors who has registered two top fives. That gives the Ohio native a 14-point lead over NASCAR star and Saturday feature winner Kyle Larson with Washington resident Jason Solwold rounding out the podium five points behind Larson.
"The main thing is we've ran really good both nights and I've been consistent," Blaney said. "The points can change in a hurry. I'm not really too worried until next Saturday after the races. I'm just trying to race good and do as best as we can. Our main goal coming out was to win a race. We did that right away so the next main goal would be to win another one."
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Returns to Brown County Speedway in South Dakota for first time since 1985
ABERDEEN, South Dakota — January 5, 2016 — The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will return to Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota for the first time since 1985 in 2016 on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19.
In the series first and only race to date at the high-banked third-mile bullring back in 1985, three-time series champion Sammy Swindell was victorious over fellow Hall of Famer, 20-time series titlist, Steve Kinser. The World of Outlaws Late Model Series competed at Brown County Speedway in 2008 as part of their “Wild West Tour.”
The 2015 campaign was a historic one for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as North Dakota native Donny Schatz won his seventh championship. In the process, Schatz, who drives for Tony Stewart Racing, became just the second driver to win 30-plus A-Feature events in the season, winning 31 times, to join Kinser, who accomplished the feat three separate times in his legendary career.
Although raised in the dirt track capital of south-central PA, Larry was bitten by the sports car bug at the age of 12 when he experienced his first Austin Healey Sprite…a 2-seater convertible with glitzy wire-spoke wheels, and a black leather interior adorned with gauges and a stubby gear shift lever. Ouch! It was viral.
Under the thunder of local dirt speedways, he harbored English sports cars in his garage, lusting for the chance to someday pursue competitive road racing.
On a layman’s budget as a self-employed home designer and builder, Larry got his first racing “fix” by converting a used oval racing kart into a road racer for asphalt road courses.
He learned about tire grip, carb settings, wheel adjustments and gear ratios and raced in the World Karting Association Grand Nationals at Daytona International Speedway. Soon he was writing articles for karting magazines.