Pennsylvania based team expanded to two cars; competed for victories
TELFORD, PA. - December 16, 2015 - In 2015, CJB Motorsports took yet another step in establishing itself as one of the preeminent sprint car racing organizations in the country.
The Pennsylvania based team came out with both barrels loaded as drivers Paul McMahan & Sammy Swindell visited victory lane on multiple occasions. In addition to wins, both drivers were often in the hunt and provided CJB Motorsports partners with excellent exposure and returns on their investment.
"We had a good year," said McMahan, the driver of the Bairs Tree Service, Nyce, Crete & Landis Block & Concrete, All-Star Performance #51. "Starting off with a victory at Winter Heat down in Arizona was great for us. From there, we were good but seemed to have bad luck strike often. We also fell a bit behind on our setups and that took a toll on us. In the end, though, we still managed to find victory lane four times and run strong."
McMahan, who will not be returning to the seat of the #51 car in 2016, scored victories at Cocopah Speedway, Perris Auto Speedway, Tri-State Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway.
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 14, 2015) - A handful of additional bonuses are available throughout the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown thanks to SpeedMart.
The Washington State based sprint car and micro sprint parts store will have a truck full of parts and fuel for the competitors at the marquee 410ci winged sprint car event hosted by Cocopah Speedway on Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9.
"We are excited to welcome SpeedMart back to Cocopah Speedway and the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown," Cocopah Speedway General Manager Greg Burgess said. "Barry Martinez and his crew do an outstanding job and we're pleased to have them participate." SpeedMart will give the Hard Charger Award winner a $250 gift card for each of the four weekend nights, which all pay $12,000 to win and $5,000 to start.
"I feel really proud of the Northwest being able to be a part of this deal," SpeedMart Owner Barry Martinez said. "I think it can become another big destination type race like the Trophy Cup or Chili Bowl."
The USAC Midgets go indoors for the first time since 2007 this Saturday night, December 19, as the Southern Illinois Center on the grounds of the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fair plays host to the inaugural "Junior Knepper 55."
The 55-lap, non-points USAC "special event" honors the famed car owner Walter "Junior" Knepper, who fielded the familiar yellow number 55 in USAC National Sprint and National Midget competition for several years, scoring a combined 58 series victories with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler, and Steve Knepper behind the wheel.
The Nick Knepper/Derek LeMaster promotion begins a new tradition at the Southern Illinois Center with the newly-created event, but midget racing is not new to the indoor facility in DuQuoin. Recent winners indoors at DuQuoin include Joey Saldana (2014), Tony Stewart (2012), Bryan Clauson (2011) and Casey Shuman (2010).
USAC Silver Crown Returns Along With Super DIRTcar big blocks
Mechanicsburg – Williams Grove Speedway has released its 2016 schedule of events that includes a total of 35 race dates beginning with the season opener on March 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm. The 410 sprint cars will be the featured attraction on 33 of those 35 dates. Perhaps the biggest news coming off of the 2016 schedule release is the return of the USAC Silver Crown series to the track for the first time since 1981.
The Silver Crown program takes place on Friday, June 10 and revives a decades long event but one that has also been missing from the Williams Grove slate since 1975 in the form of the Ted Horn/Bill Schindler Memorial. The Horn/Schindler 100 is sure to be a can’t miss event.
Of course the World of Outlaws sprint cars return to the track for a total of seven events including the series customary two-day May and July stands along with the three-day 54th annual Champion Racing Oil National Open on September 29, 30 and October 1. Champion Oil will also be the title sponsor of the July Summer Nationals World of Outlaws program.
Tickets On Sale MONDAY
PETERSEN MEDIA- After a 10-year hiatus from the Bakersfield Speedway, Promoter Scott Schweitzer is pleased to announce that the World of Outlaws will make their long awaited return to the speedway on Friday April 15thfor the Budweiser Bash, and tickets for the event will go on sale Monday morning at 7am PST.
Opening it’s doors in 1946, the Bakersfield Speedway will be in it’s 71st year of operation when the season goes green on March 5th, and everyone associated with the track is thrilled to have ‘The Greatest Show On Dirt” make their triumphant return to the speedway this Spring during the Budweiser Bash.
Back in 2005, Elk River, MN pilot, Craig Dollansky stood in victory lane at the 1/3 mile high banked oval, and when the series takes to the surface in April the biggest names in Sprint Car racing will be on hand including the likes Donny Schatz, Shane Stewart, Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman, Logan Schuchart, Jacob Allen, Paul McMahan, Joey Saldana, and a host of others from across the United States.
AT FRIDAY'S 60th "NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" CELEBRATION
USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, Robert Ballou and Tracy Hines shared the spotlight along with other 2015 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 60th USAC "Night of Champions" celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.
Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., Ballou, of Rocklin, Calif. and Hines, of New Castle, Ind., earned National championships. Swanson was a repeat Silver Crown titlist, Ballou the AMSOIL Sprint Car king and Hines the Honda Midget champ.
Hines also secured the USAC Triple Crown Championship, adding the Midget title to his previous championships in USAC's Silver Crown and National Sprint series. He was presented the coveted True Speed Triple Crown ring by Nelson Stewart, father of the award sponsor, Tony Stewart.
Car owner National champions for 2015 included DePalma Motorsports of Lima, Ohio (Silver Crown), Ballou (Sprint) and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports of Columbus, Ind. (Midget).
Emcees Dillon Welch and Butch Lamb orchestrated the presentations, which included driver and car entrant champions, Rookies of the Year, Most Improved Drivers and special award recipients.
Among items presented to the 2015 champions were Keys to the City of Indianapolis from the Mayor's office, trophies, plaques, Hoosier jackets, medallions, distinctive art canvases and remote-control TRAXXAS trucks.
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 10, 2015) - More than a half dozen drivers from the Northwest are expected to make the long haul south to the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway on Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9.
"My roots began in the Northwest so it's great to see so many drivers head to the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown," Cocopah Speedway General Manager Greg Burgess said.
Oregon resident Roger Crockett, who placed fifth in the championship standings during the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown, is excited about the opportunity to test himself against some of the best drivers in 410ci winged sprint car racing with a premier purse on the line.
"Last year it was cool because we were one of only a few cars to make the A Main every night and never run a B Main," he said. "It's nice to see how we stack up against those guys. It's great to be able to race that time of the year. It's a good time to get away for a week, the purses are really good and the track is good and has a lot of good people involved. I'm definitely looking forward to it."
Washington native Trey Starks leads a strong contingent of drivers from his home state who will be heading south. Starks claimed a career-high eight feature victories from coast to coast as well as the inaugural Western Sprint Tour championship in 2015.
Series returns in 2016 with 93 events at 52 tracks in 24 states and one Canadian province
INDIANAPOLIS - Dec. 10, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series announced its 2016 schedule today during the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. The season which has 93 scheduled dates and takes the series to 52 different tracks in 24 states and one Canadian province features new facilities, new big events and promises some of the fiercest competition in the nearly 40 year history of the series.
The Outlaws kick off their 2016 season at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, February 12 to 14, for DIRTcar Nationals. The annual tradition features three nights of racing at the world's fastest half-mile dirt track. To the DIRTcar Nationals champion goes the coveted 'Big Gator.'
That coveted prize is the first in a season that from February to late October includes some of the biggest events in sprint car racing - and in all of motorsports.
EXPANDED SCHEDULE AMONG ITS 23 DATES
Twenty-three dates have been announced for the USAC National Midget series' 2016 calendar with four venues set to host their first USAC National Midget race.
The season kicks off on the dirt, indoors, on March 19 at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin, Ill. The facility has played host to several midget races in recent years, but this will mark the first points-paying USAC National Midget event at the track and the first points-paying, USAC National Midget race indoors since Kenny Irwin, Jr.'s victory at the Toronto SkyDome in 1993. It also marks the USAC National Midgets' first event in DuQuoin, Ill. since Sleepy Tripp won a 50-lap race on the one-mile dirt oval at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in 1979.
Other new events on the 2016 schedule include a race at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway on May 31 to kick off the now six-race "Indiana Midget Week" slate. A double-header weekend at Riverside International Speedway on June 17-18 brings the USAC National Midgets to the state of Arkansas for the first time ever. The 76th running of the prestigious "Turkey Night Grand Prix" has found a new, but familiar home at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. The oceanside dirt bullring hosted its only "Turkey Night" in 1997 with Billy Boat picking up the victory.
FOR FIRST TIME IN DECADES; SIX DIRT AND FIVE PAVEMENT RACES FILL 11-RACE SLATE
A pair of tracks from USAC Silver Crown racing's rich past makes their return to a balanced eleven race USAC Silver Crown Series schedule for 2016 that features six races on the dirt and five races on the hard top.
On June 10, in the midst of an off-night for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Cars' "Eastern Storm" series, the champ cars take on the historic half-mile Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn. for the Horn-Schindler Memorial 100. It's been 35 years since the Silver Crown cars last made the trek to the famous dirt oval when Eddie Leavitt picked up his only career series win in 1981. Sheldon Kinser won the only other appearance of the Silver Crown cars at "The Grove" in 1980. Williams Grove Speedway is no stranger to champ car racing, hosting AAA National Championship racing in 1946 and non-points paying champ car races annually from 1949 to 1955, with USAC being the sanctioning body from 1956 to 1959. The most recent USAC event hosted by Williams Grove was a National Sprint Car race won by Billy Pauch in 1996.