Australian Season January 3rd at Valvoline Raceway
After some time off following a busy 2015 US season, Kerry Madsen’s off season will come to a close this weekend as he set to return to Australia and compete aboard the potent American Racing/Keneric Racing No. 29 machine.
“It is nice to have a little break from racing, but I am looking forward to getting back to racing in Australia in front of some great supporters, friends, and family,” said Kerry Madsen.
With equipment having now arrived in Australia and ready to go, Madsen and company are set to kick off a busy stint at the Valvoline Raceway during the International Series on January 3rd before quickly returning to action on January 5th. Madsen and the Keneric Racing/American Racing Custom Wheels team will then head to Queensland, AU as they meet up with the World Series Sprint Cars for a two-night bout at the Brisbane Speedway on January 8th and 9th.
McKENZIE, TN - Donny Schatz and Jamie McDonald scored international Sprint car victories for J&J Auto Racing during the holiday weekend in Australia and New Zealand. Schatz swept a pair of feature events at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and McDonald raced to victory at WXC Speedway – Western Springs in Auckland, New Zealand.
Donny Schatz continued his winning streak at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with consecutive victories in Round 6 and Round 7 of the Supercheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship. In his debut on Boxing Day, Schatz opened impressively by setting fast time in qualifying in the 31-car field and winning from the fourth row in heat one.
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA, There is no doubt that the 2016 season at Susquehanna Speedway will be one of the most talked about on the local racing scene.
And one of the events that will highlight the first year for new track owner Scott Gobrecht will be presented on Mothers Day, Sunday May 8, 2016 with a raindate of Sunday, May 15, 2016.
It will be the inaugural Kevin Gobrecht Classic for 410 Sprint Cars and will be a special night for not only the Gobrecht family but also for the legions of Kevin Gobrecht fans around Central Pennsylvania.
Affectionately known as the “G-Man”, Gobrecht’s life was cut way too short after sustaining fatal injuries in a sprint car crash in Greenwood, Nebraska on September 24, 1999. He would have been 47 years old on May 2,2016.
NHRA TOP FUEL DRAG RACER DOM LAGANA JR. SHOWING OFF TOP FUEL DRAGSTER, RACE EQUIPMENT AND AN ENGINE TEARDOWN (MUST SEE) AT MOTORSPORTS 2016 RACE CAR & TRADE SHOW
OAKS, PA December 28, 2015 . . . Dom Lagana Jr’s National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing team will be making a must see appearance at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2016 Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show.
Lagana’s Top Fuel dragster will be on display inside the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on January 22nd through January 24th. The team will setup its pit area like they would at a national NHRA event and allow fans to tour their work area and the large hauler. Lagana will be available for autographs and crew members will be happy to answer questions.
On both Friday night and Saturday afternoon, the team will be performing a motor rebuild like they would between rounds at a national event. Attendees will be amazed to see in the short amount of time a great deal of work is accomplished.
...into 2016 Edition
SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 28, 2015) - All five winners, including the champion, of the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown are slated to return to Cocopah Speedway for the second edition of the premier offseason winged sprint car event, which kicks off this Friday.
Defending champion Danny Lasoski, who also earned the inaugural FVP National Sprint League championship as well as his record 10th track title at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, in 2015, leads a stout field of nearly 50 pre-entered drivers into the event that features a purse of approximately $250,000 as well as a $10,000 points fund.
"We're going to go out there and see if we can repeat," he said. "We know it'll be as tough or tougher than last year. We hope we can repeat to start the year off on the right note.
"We can't thank everyone at Cocopah enough for doing this. Most of us scramble to put together an opportunity to race in Australia or New Zealand during the offseason. Now we can focus on staying over here, putting our program together and racing for some good money."
mixes old school racing with new ideas
Williams Grove Speedway manager Justin Loh wanted to go in a different direction for the 2016 racing season. Loh decided to mix the old-school racing that made the Mechanicsburg facility great with new ideas. The schedule is a Sprint Car fan's buffet.
Most notable, Loh is bringing back the Horn-Schindler Memorial, which will feature the United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown cars. The event started in 1939 and was last held during the 1974 season.
"I think with the Eastern Storm coming in, there is a following now," Loh said. "We put an extra spin on it by bringing in the Silver Crown guys for a 100-lap feature. The feedback has been positive. I think it will be one of the premier events of the season for us.
Lance Dewease has no desire to trek to the racetrack every week and grind through an 80-race Sprint Car schedule. That time has passed. Not only has the sport changed, so has Dewease. At age 50, his body is slowing down and he has other things he wants to do outside of racing.
But Dewease still loves the competition, and still loves the sport. Especially those high-dollar shows. That's why he signed on to drive for Sprint Car Hall of Famer Don Kreitz Jr. and uber mechanic Davey Brown Sr. in 2016.
"It feels good," Dewease said. "I'm excited about teaming up with Donald and Davey, and I'm looking forward to being very competitive.
"The biggest thing that excites me is how fast his race car is and being in contention to win the bigger shows. That's what it's always been about."
Inside Line Promotions - KUNKLETOWN, Pa. (Dec. 22, 2015) - Ryan Smith is returning to the desert next month for the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.
Smith will team up with Arizona resident Ryan Linder to tackle the offseason's top sprint car event in the country, which is hosted by Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9.
"I'm grateful to Ryan Linder for the opportunity and I think we'll have a pretty good team from the start," Smith said. "It's exciting to try out his X-1 Race Cars. Jeremy Bitner is coming along with me to turn the wrenches. We've really gelled over the last two seasons. We're also sending two of our HP engines over there so I think we'll have a great combination."
Smith, who won three UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions races before placing seventh in the 2015 All Star championship standings, kicked off this year at Cocopah Speedway during the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown. He highlighted the event by charging from 19th to sixth place to garner the Hard Charger Award during one of the features.
"I think it's important to stay active during the offseason and there's no better way to do that than by heading to Winter Heat," he said. "Not only is the payout good, the competition is stout and that will help us stay on top of our game. Plus, you can't beat the weather in Arizona in January compared to most everywhere else in the country."
Myerstown, PA (December 22, 2015) - The “Myerstown Missile” Brent Marks is pleased to announce that nearly a dozen primary sponsors, as well as product sponsors, will continue their commitment toward Brent Marks Racing in 2016. The long list of loyal marketing partners will join a new roster of supporters before the near year, raising the potential for what could be a career year for Brent Marks Racing.
“We’ve made a lot of great relationships during the last several seasons, so I’m excited to extend those partnerships into 2016” Marks said, “We’re fortunate enough to have a few new partnerships evolve over the last few months. I think we have a great combination. My team has proven over and over again that we can be competitive on all levels. Receiving support from our new and existing marketing partners will almost guarantee repeat success in 2016.”
Joining M&M Painting & Construction, the most recent sponsor development for Brent Marks Racing, will be BAPS Auto Paint & Supply, Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel, Creekside Auto Sales, KC Automotive, Russell Heller Builders, and Wolfrun Landscapes. BAPS, a Mid-Atlantic leader in distributing automotive paint and supplies, will celebrate a 17-year partnership with Brent Marks in 2016; a sponsorship dating back to 1999.
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 21, 2015) - The 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will once again feature NASCAR stars.
Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson, who both rose from the dirt ranks into the premier NASCAR series, are set to return to the marquee 410ci winged sprint car event at Cocopah Speedway on Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9.
Additionally, Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell, who are touted as two future NASCAR notables, have also pre-entered to compete at the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown, which features $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start races on Jan. 1-2 and Jan. 8-9 with the midweek race on Jan. 5 rewarding the winner $5,000. There is also a $10,000 points fund.
"It means a lot to have Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson return to their roots at the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown," Cocopah Speedway General Manager Greg Burgess said. "Both have a World of Outlaws driver competing as well so we really appreciate their support. It's also been neat watching Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell rise throughout the ranks in racing and we're excited to see them join a storied roster of top-notch drivers competing at the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown."