2016 Season Planning Continues
Myerstown, PA (December 15, 2015) - The “Myerstown Missile” Brent Marks is pleased to welcome M&M Painting & Construction as a primary sponsor for the 2016 season. The San Antonio, Texas-based company, with regional offices in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, Corpus Christi, and Central Texas, will join the Brent Marks Racing family in hopes of creating a long-lived and successful partnership, on and off the racetrack. The M&M Painting & Construction colors will be displayed on Marks’ familiar No. 19M for the first time during the annual Brent Marks Racing Fundraiser in mid-January.
“I am truly excited and thankful for this opportunity” Marks explained, “Allen Murray from M&M is a great guy and really stepped forward to help our team. A partnership like this will help boost our team and put us in a great position to be competitive on all levels, as well as win races. We want to promote and represent M&M Painting & Construction at the highest level.”
FOR PHILLIPSBURG MALL MARCH 6 TO 12, 2016
PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – Imagine this scene: a fun filled night surrounded by family, friends and a contingent of local legends – donned in racing suits and helmets, piloting 600 horsepower machines in a controlled slide – nothing but guts and glory. This was and is the weekend tradition for many New Jersey and Pennsylvania families, joining together at their local dirt race track to celebrate the sport of auto racing.
Dirt track racing enthusiasts past and present will join together from March 6-12 at the Phillipsburg (NJ) Mall for the 9th Annual Dirt Track Heroes Car Show presented by Quaker Steak & Lube.
Seven nights of interviews and anecdotes from auto racing’s biggest legends, coupled with a multitude of racing memorial and mighty racing machines from all divisions and a variety of decades make the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show a “must see” for race fans of all ages.
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.