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."
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- When fans hear the roar of racing engines come to life on opening day at Selinsgrove Speedway, they will also hear a new voice calling the action at the historic Snyder County oval. Mike Batz of Jonestown has been named the track’s new co-announcer. Batz, whose full-time profession is a school teacher, grew up in a racing family. His parents own and operate Linda’s Speedway, where he announces the micro sprint car racing action on the quarter-mile track Friday nights. At just seven years old, he got his start by announcing the quarter midget races that were held in the track’s infield.
“I consider myself very lucky to have friends in the racing world who have presented many opportunities to me like this one,” said Batz. “I look forward to meeting the Selinsgrove fans and race teams next season.”
NASCAR HALL OF FAMER, CREW CHIEF, CAR OWNER AND DECORATED WAR HERO BUD MOORE TO BE PART OF MOTORSPORTS 2016 RACE CAR AND TRADE SHOW
OAKS, PA December 21, 2015 . . . Described as “an old country mechanic” who loved to make ‘em run fast, Bud Moore had a successful career as a winning NASCAR car owner and crew chief earning a spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The 90-year-old decorated veteran of World War II will be part of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Fueled by Sunoco Distributed By Insinger Performance Race Car & Trade Show. The 31st edition of the show is set for Friday, January 22nd thru Sunday, January 24th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
Moore will be doing a question and answer session at the main stage on Saturday afternoon. The NASCAR Hall of Famer will also spend time in the Coastal 181 Publishing display along with author Perry Allen Wood signing copies of the new Bud Moore biography, BUD MOORE: Memoir of a Country Mechanic from D-Day to NASCAR Glory, and will also be signing autographs. This could very well be a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans attending the show.
His cars raced in the 1960s and 1970s usually sporting red and white colors of Motorcraft and carrying the number 15 had such notables as Buck Baker, Joe Weatherly, Billy Wade and Tiny Lund driving and winning. Baker, Weatherly and Lund all won NASCAR titles for Moore.
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 18, 2015) - Several competitors from Pennsylvania are venturing across the country to tackle the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.
PA Posse standout Greg Hodnett is the latest driver to announce he will compete at Cocopah Speedway on Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9 during the marquee 410ci winged sprint car event that features a purse of approximately $250,000. All four weekend races pay $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start with the midweek race rewarding the winner $5,000.
"It's a great purse," he said. "It's great for sprint car racing in general. It keeps the sprint car faithful energized, occupied, just involved. In today's society we have to think about keeping everyone involved year round."
Hodnett will make his debut at Cocopah Speedway, where he will drive for California car owner Joe Von Schriltz. Hodnett and the Heffner Racing Enterprises team he drives for in Pennsylvania recently shipped Von Schriltz a car they used during the season as well as a fresh engine from Rider Racing Engines.
Du Quoin, Illinois.......Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. conjured memories of his breakout 2007 USAC season, as the Olive Branch, Mississippi driver returned to midget racing on Saturday night and passed Bryan Clauson with three laps to go for the win in the inaugural "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget special event at the Southern Illinois Center. Stenhouse was caught up in a lap-one logjam but recovered after restarting the event in the 20th and last position before making his way forward to the $3,000 payday.
After heat races and qualifying races accumulated finish and passing points to set feature lineups, Bryan Clauson earned the pole, but fellow front-row starter Tyler Thomas looped his mount in turn-one to set off the six-car stack-up. All six cars were able to restart.
Clauson led early and encountered the tail of the field on lap six, but that was no deterrent. Behind him, Joey Saldana worked to the inside of Chase Briscoe on lap nine to take the second spot. The pace was fast at the front, with the first half of the race clicking off with just one caution.
Lincoln NE based Speedway Motors and Clinton MO based Champion Racing Oil are returning as title sponsors of the Central PA Sprint Cars for the 2016 season. This will mark the 6th year that Speedway Motors will be involved with the series as sponsor and the 5th year for Champion Racing Oil to be involved as sponsor. Hoseheads Sprint Car News will return as the presenting sponsor for the 6th year. The series ran 92 feature events in 2015 at ten different tracks. The drivers and fans in Central PA enjoy and appreciate having both Speedway Motors and Champion Racing Oil as title sponsors of the tough Central PA 410 sprint car circuit. The associate sponsors for 2016 will be announced soon after they are finalized.
The 2016 season kicks off at Lincoln Speedway in February.
OAKS, PA December 15, 2015 . . . One of NASCAR’s rising young stars is planning to be part of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2016 Fueled By Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show. Kyle Larson, who almost earned his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Homestead, Florida in the final race of the season, will be on hand to meet fans, do an interview session and sign autographs. Fans will also have the opportunity to get an up close look at Larson’s Target Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup car.
The three day show, the 33rd edition, is set for January 22 thru 25th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. More than 250,000 square feet of show space will be filled with just about everything motorsports.
The rising NASCAR talent, a past Rookie of the Year in both the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series, has been a winner in the Xfinity Series but has not been able to visit victory lane with the Sprint Cup cars though he has come close but he continues to be a fan favorite because of his exciting driving style that often has his car scrapping the retaining wall.
On Saturday, January 23, fans attending the Motorsports 2016 show will have the chance to sit in on an interview with Larson, perhaps ask his thoughts on coming so close to winning his first Cup race during the Chase finale at Homestead, Florida, and then collect an autograph, free of any additional cost, from young talent.