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Ockey and Eidson Take a 45-Point Lead in ProAm with Eighth Win of the Season
 
Aghakhani Earns Seventh Straight Podium Finish
Salinas, California (Saturday, September 14, 2019) - US RaceTronics' ProAm duo of Damon Ockey and Jacob Eidson inched ever closer to the ProAm championship today with their eighth win of the season, while Am driver Steven Aghankhani brought home a second-place finish in class in the No. 6 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills. Patrick Liddy started in the No. 24 Elephantea Lamborghini of La Jolla, but tire degradation was an issue in the second-half of the race, hindering co-driver Ron Atapattu who came up just short of a podium with a fourth-place finish in ProAm.
 
Ockey started the day ninth overall and third in class and was attacking for eighth-place overall when he dropped two wheels off in Turn 1. With a quick recovery he dropped just two spots, bringing the No. 09 Lamborghini of Vancouver into the pits from 11th-place. Eidson took over and quickly moved through the field. He moved into first-place in class on lap 21 and was in a battle for fifth overall in the closing laps, but the heat had taken a toll on the tires and he wasn't able to quite make the pass before the checkered-flag dropped.
 
Steven Aghakhani started the race first in class and fifth overall, but quickly moved up to fourth-place, holding off Pro driver Sandy Mitchell for the next nine laps, before surrendering the spot on lap 10. Aghakhani continued to push and came out of the pitstop still running first in class, but also had tire issues and was passed for the lead on lap 25. This was Aghakhani's seventh straight podium finish since joining the series at Watkins Glen International.
 
Patrick Liddy started the race from the ProAm pole, but lost a couple of spots on the start. He continued strong for the entire first-half of the race before turning the No. 24 Elephantea Lamborghini of La Jolla over to Ron Atapattu late in the pit-window. Atapattu struggled with tire degradation his entire stint, but was still driving strong and gaining on the third-place car at the end of the race. Unfortunately, he just didn't have enough time to make the pass for the final spot on the podium.
 
The team has its final race on North American soil tomorrow, September 15th at 9:25 a.m. PDT. Make sure to tune into the live stream at: http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en-en/live-streaming 
 
 
Quotes:
 
Damon Ockey - "The race today was pretty good; pretty uneventful. I had one little bit of a scary moment in Turn 1 when I went two wheels off into the gravel and came back on and just about had a collision, but I didn't so that was good. I brought the car in and Jake went out. The tires were starting to go by that point because it was getting hot. Jake did really well managing the tires and driving us up to P1, which was great. We ended up P1 in class and P6 overall. The car setup was great; just the tires started to go off because of the hot track. Other than that, it was a good race."
 
Jacob Eidson: "It was a good race, but it was also a tough race. The car was really difficult to drive toward the end. Not really because of the setup, but mostly because of the track conditions and the tires. It's just the nature of this track. Again, another clean race. I'm really happy to get another class win. It got a little exciting there towards the end when I was trying to pass that guy (James Sofronas). I wasn't quite able to do it, but hopefully tomorrow we'll be a little bit further up there."
 
Steven Aghakhani: "Started Race 1 strong. Moved up to P3, but was caught on the outside of Turn 3 and dropped back to P4. I held off one of the Pro drivers for about 7 or 8 laps I believe. Obviously, we used a little more tires than we wanted to. Set up was more saving the front tires than the rear. I had to struggle with it the entire race, but we did what we could. I had a little moment in Turn 5 and got passed by the first place AM driver, but kept it in second; kept it clean. We came home and brought the car in one piece. I want to thank all my sponsors who came out to support me this weekend. Hopefully we can get a win for them tomorrow."
 
Patrick Liddy: "We had a really exciting race. It was tough because we expected it would be a little cooler. The track actually heated up right before we went out. But anyway, we had a great start. We went from P6 to P4 and briefly P3 overall. We were in P3 as we were sliding through the marbles on the outside of the corkscrew and then going down the dirt path through the corkscrew. It was a great race. We had a good recovery and came in P1 in class, but unfortunately, I wasn't good enough to the tires to have a drivable car for the end for Ron, so he had a few moments and dropped back to fourth in class. Ron drove a great race and obviously its beautiful out here in Monterey. We're looking forward to retribution tomorrow."
 
Ron Atapattu: "We had a good starting position but we ended up not taking advantage of our opportunity. The car was very loose and we had difficulty just keeping up with everyone else. Hopefully tomorrow we're going to do better."
 
Shane Seneviratne: "It's not the results we were expecting. Being our home race, we were hoping to get everyone on the podium, but nevertheless the 09 car with Damon and Jacob did a fantastic job. Like usual they finished first in ProAm. Steven and Ron struggled a little bit with tire degradation towards the end of the race that cost us a better position. Steven still finished second, but I think we could have finished first with him. He had the pace; he showed really good pace at the start of the race. So we're going to make some changes to the cars and try to manage our tires better for tomorrow's race and hopefully have a good result for our home race. Like usual, I want to thank all our guests, all our sponsors, our families and friends who are here supporting our team and drivers this weekend. Its been great to have everybody here. All the crew guys, like usual, have been working hard. We still have a big mission ahead to get all the cars ready for the World Finals. I hope the drivers keep all the cars clean for us and get good outcomes tomorrow."
 
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*Photos Courtesy of Jamey Price           
About US RaceTronics
 
 
US RaceTronics (USRT) originated in 2005, founded by Shane Seneviratne to compete in the Atlantic Championship, a formula race car series with races throughout North America. The team finished 5th in points its first year and continued its success during the succeeding years, ultimately amassing a total of 21 podiums, 7 poles, 5 race wins and finishing 3rd in the 2009 Atlantic Championship. USRT was put on hold after series officials announced the Atlantic Series was put on hiatus.

Seneviratne fully returned to racing in 2015 after receiving an invitation to manage the O'Gara Motorsport entries in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American (LBSTNA) Series. The team won the Team Championship, Dealership Championship, Pro Championship with driver Richard Antinucci, and Amateur Championship with Ryan Ockey. The success of 2015 reignited Seneviratne's passion for racing and he relaunched US RaceTronics to compete in the 2016 LBSTNA Series where Damon Ockey won the Amateur Championship and the team's Pro-Am driver Brian Thienes finished third in points. Success continued in 2017 with drivers Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto winning both the North American and World Championships in the Pro-Am class. 2018 saw the team win the North American LB Cup Championship along with second-place finishes in the PRO and AM Championships.  
 
 
To follow all of the 2019 Series action and the US RaceTronics team, make sure to follow the official Twitter account @usracetronics for live updates along with Facebook.com/usracetronics and Instagram http://instagram.com/usracetronics. To become a driver, learn more about the series, or attend a race, visit www.usracetronics.com for more information.

 

Moorespeed Finishes Fourth at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Second IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge GS Start 

Rob Ferriol and Spencer Pumpelly Use No. 18 Moorespeed/GridRival Audi R8 LMS GT4 Speed and Tire Strategy from Moorespeed for Season-Best Finish

MONTEREY, California (September 14, 2019) – Moorespeed finished fourth Saturday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in just the team’s second IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) start, with drivers Rob Ferriol and Spencer Pumpelly joining the team in a solid performance that was nearly a podium finish. 

Ferriol started the race in 13th place and drove to eighth before handing the No. 18 Moorespeed/GridRival Audi R8 LMS GT4 off to Pumpelly for the final one-hour and 20-minutes of the two-hour race. Pumpelly, aided by two well-executed pit stops by the Moorespeed team, drove through the field to finish fourth. 

“The team has worked really hard and has come together in a short time,” Moorespeed President David Moore said. “We’ve really gelled, and it’s been a lot of fun. We had a chance today and just came up a little bit short. I’m so proud of everybody and we’ll try for more the next time we come out.”

Despite only his second weekend in the Audi R8 LMS GT4, and on a difficult 2.238-mile circuit notorious for tire wear, Ferriol was able to improve five positions in the opening stint. His debut visit to Laguna Seca doubled as a test for next weekend’s IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA doubleheader, where Ferriol and Moorespeed sit second in the Gold Cup standings.  

“I’m extremely satisfied with progression throughout the weekend,” Ferriol said. “It’s still a new car, and it’s definitely a new and very challenging track. To go from where I was to how we performed in the race through the course of three days, I couldn’t be any happier with that. A lot of that is the Moorespeed team, for rolling the car off of the trailer in perfect condition.”

Moorespeed picked up one spot during the team’s first pit stop that included four tires and a driver change. Pumpelly climbed as high as second-place after taking over from Ferriol, then came to pit lane for a gutsy strategy call by team engineer John Horton with 33 minutes to go. 

Balancing all-important track position and a circuit that rewards fresh tires, Moorespeed filled the car with fuel and changed only the right-side tires before sending Pumpelly back on track. 

The call was correct, as the quick stop allowed Pumpelly to rejoin the race in 10th place and climb through the field to finish in fourth, just one second behind the final podium position. 

“Unfortunately, we got stuck in traffic and I spent a lot of the early part of my first stint trying to get by slower cars,” Pumpelly said. “I used a lot more of my tire than I wanted to. I knew if I could get clear air and clear track, we had a pretty quick car. But every lap we were losing ground to the leader and we were burning up tire trying to get through. By the time everything settled down, I don’t think we had the tire life that I was planning on. That’s what we had to deal with today. To come away with our best finish so far and just miss the podium is great.”

Moorespeed is back in action at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in less than a week, with three cars entered in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama weekend running in conjunction with IndyCar. Riley Dickinson and Chris Bellomo join Ferriol for the doubleheader weekend in the Moorespeed paddock. Ferriol has won in each of the last two Porsche GT3 Cup race weekends, and Dickinson joined him on the podium at VIR. 

“I think we got a leg up for Rob next week,” Moore said. “We’re looking forward to Riley and Chris joining us in a few days to see if we can keep the momentum going.”

Saturday's race from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca can be seen on NBC Sports Network during a tape-delayed broadcast on Wednesday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. 

About Moorespeed: Based in Austin, Texas, Moorespeed is a full-service automotive company specializing in sales, service, repairs and restoration of luxury sports cars and competition on the track in numerous North American road racing series. Founded in 1991 in Austin by brothers David and Chris Moore, Moorespeed offers comprehensive, turn-key service in which people are just as important as parts and relationships are just as vital as results. David Moore and Winslow Mankin, General Manager and Director of Radical Sports Cars and Customer Racing, welcome and work with every customer as a member of the Moorespeed family, regardless if they are racing or enjoying their sports car on the open road. Moorespeed's road racing programs are designed for all skill levels, and driver development, both on and off the track, is a Moorespeed specialty. Moorespeed is all about the passion for high-performance automobiles and the people who drive them. A commitment to personal service and performance permeates every corner of the company. Learn more at www.moorespeed.com and contact us at (512) 474-7223. Look for us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoorespeedRaceEngineering and Twitter @MoorespeedTX.

 

 

Cannon McIntosh Back in Illinois for another POWRi Midget Weekend

Lonnie Wheatley, BIXBY, Okla. (September 13, 2019) – Another weekend of Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League competition is on the docket for Cannon McIntosh and the Dave Mac Motorsports Toyota-TRD Spike No. 08 Midget team this weekend.

The 16-year-old from Bixby, OK, takes to Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, IL, on Friday before moving on to Macon Speedway on Saturday night.

“We have had some really good runs at Belleville and Macon is fun, we’re looking forward to this weekend and maybe getting our first POWRi National win,” McIntosh says.

McIntosh enters the weekend after racing into last week’s prestigious USAC National Midget “BC39” feature event and another pair of strong POWRi outings.

Last week began at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the young gun made his presence known by racing his way into the Thursday night feature event amongst the field of 90 entries.

“It was a cool event, it was fun to be able to be a part of it,” McIntosh explains.  “Our goal was to make the feature.  It was a Chili Bowl-caliber feature, so we were happy to make it in there.”

After racing his way into the main event, McIntosh worked forward until a late race incident resulted in an official finish of 18th.

“We were up to about 14th, then I decided to go up top and smoked a rut that I didn’t realize was there and got into the wall,” McIntosh recalls.  “’We had a good car, we were happy with it.”

McIntosh and company shifted back to POWRi action at Jacksonville Speedway in Illinois on Friday nights and landed a sixth-place finish in the feature event after a runner-up heat race showing.

“The track was pretty rough, you really had to drive it in on the wall and there wasn’t a whole lot that you could do from there,” he explains.

Moving on to Canton, Illinois’ Spoon River Speedway, a failed oil filter o-ring filter in heat race action put McIntosh behind the eight ball from the outset.

He battled back in strong form though, rallying from the tail of the “B” Main to take the win and then climbing all the way up to 11th in the feature event to salvage a good finish on the night.

“I realized the oil pressure was getting low in the heat, I was lucky to kill it before we blew up,” McIntosh says.  “We got that fixed and were good the rest of the night and made the most of it.”

McIntosh makes two more runs at a Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget League triumph this weekend in Illinois.

Along with Toyota-TRD, other marketing partners making the 2019 Cannon McIntosh slate of events possible includes Sanders and Associates, Car and Fleet, Mobil 1, Speedway Engine Development, Best Graphics, Fieldhouse Gear, Precision Inspection, Panels by Smoke, Walker Performance, Sanders Wheels, American Discount Brake and Muffler, D&N Fabrication, Darling Ingredients, PJ’s and Hinds Family.

Up Next:  POWRi National Midget League at Belle-Clair (Belleville, IL) on Friday and Macon (IL) Speedway on Saturday.

Keep Track:  Keep track of Cannon McIntosh’s on-track action including schedule and results at https://www.facebook.com/cmacracing/.

If you would like Cannon McIntosh Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

 

 

USAC Sprint Car Double for Bacon this Weekend after Valiant BC39 Effort

Lonnie Wheatley, WINCHESTER, Ind. (September 13, 2019) – With a third USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Championship well within his sights, Brady Bacon tries to extend his string of 21 consecutive top-ten finishes in series competition with a pair of events this weekend.

This weekend’s action aboard the Hoffman Racing / Mean Green No. 69 Sprint Car begins with the 20th Jim Hurtubise Classic atop the storied ½-mile Terre Haute Action Track clay oval on Friday before moving on to Tri-State Speedway for the $10,000-to-win “Haubstadt Hustler” on Saturday night.

“We won this race at Terre Haute last year and we’ve been getting closer and better each time out at Haubstadt, so we have a chance to have a really good weekend,” Bacon explained.

“The Macho Man” enters the weekend sitting third in USAC National Sprint Car points.

Bacon nearly captured his second BC39 USAC National Midget feature win in a row last week aboard the FMR No. 76e at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

After racing from seventh to win his Wednesday night heat race to rank second among the 90 entries, Bacon climbed from sixth to fourth in Thursday night’s qualifier to secure the tenth starting position for the feature.

“They snookered us a little bit with the track, it dried out faster than we were prepared for,” Bacon says.  “We were able to gain a little bit, at least enough to get into the feature.”

Working forward from tenth, Bacon ultimately took the lead 29 laps into the 39-lapper.

“We were working the bottom pretty well and made it up to fourth,” Bacon explains.  “Then we inherited the lead when Kyle (Larson) and Zeb (Wise) got together.”

A red flag soon after proved to be all that could prevent Bacon from capturing a second consecutive BC39 triumph.

“Under that red, the track dried out some more,” Bacon explains.  “There were a lot of marbles in the middle and I just didn’t have the grip.”

After surrendering the point with seven laps to go, Bacon made a last bid on the top side only to jump the cushion and turn over.

“I felt like I had to change it up to have a chance to win the race,” Bacon says.  “I did what I though I needed to do and it just didn’t work out this time.  We had a really good car and were right there in the mix for it again, the wins will come when that’s the case.”

With four USAC National Sprint Car wins among his eight overall wins on the season, Bacon will look to add another notch or two to the win column with this weekend’s pair of events in the Hoosier State.

Brady Bacon Racing is bolstered by the support of partners including Mean Green, Fatheadz Eyewear, Imperial Wagyu Beef, Gene Franckowiak, Drivewfx.com, Tel-Star Technologies, B&S Cattle, Lykins Oil, Elliott’s Custom Trailers, Triple X Race Co., Hoosier Tire, XYZ Machine, Factor4, Heath Clips Lawn Care, FK Indy, Engler Machine and Tool, FK Rod Ends, Keizer Wheels, Purple Heart Foundation, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Smiley’s Racing Products, DMI, Walker Filters, ProGlide Coatings, Chalk Stixx, Wilwood Engineering, Lajoie Seats, Smith Precision Products, Allstar Performance, Simpson Racing Products, Driver Websites, Schroth Racing, Saldana Racing Products, KSE Racing Products, King Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers.

2019 Quick Stats:  85 races, 8 wins, 34 top-fives, 48 top-tens.

Up Next:  USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute (IN) Action Track on Friday and Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN) on Saturday.

Keep Track:  Keep track of Brady Bacon’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.bradybaconracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Brady-Bacon-278125555137/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BradyBaconRacin.

If you would like Brady Bacon Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

Penning the recurring series of “The Wheatley Chronicles” articles on www.sprintcarmania.com, Lonnie Wheatley provides media, public relations and more for select tracks, drivers and events.  For more information, Wheatley may be contacted at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

 

Nine Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams Compete This Weekend in the IMSA Monterey SportsCar Championship

 

Repeat IMSA Wins on the Line for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams Saturday and Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

 

 

 

MONTEREY, California. Following victories at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) two weeks ago and a victorious showing last year at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (WRLS), Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams look for a pair of repeat race wins this weekend in the Monterey SportsCar Championship, September 13 – 15. The No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 team seeks a second-consecutive victory in Sunday’s two-hour and 40-minute IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. On Saturday, the No. 46 TeamTGM Mercedes-AMG GT4 defends its 2018 win at WRLS in the two-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race.


Sunday’s highlight IMSA WeatherTech Championship race will be televised live on the NBC network at 3:00 p.m. EDT. International viewers can watch live on IMSA.tv. Saturday’s two-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race can be seen live in the U.S. and abroad on IMSA.tv at 6:05 p.m. EDT.
 

Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and the Mercedes-AMG Team Riley No. 33 scored the first Mercedes-AMG GT3 victory of the season at VIR in IMSA WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona (GTD) competition.
 

Keating, Bleekemolen and Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports, who have won at least one race a season since debuting with Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing in 2017, have seen recent success at Laguna Seca.
 

Last year at WRLS, the No. 33 team and drivers finished third, in their most recent podium appearance for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 before the breakout VIR victory two weeks ago.
 

 

Saturday’s featured two-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race has eight Mercedes-AMG GT4 teams competing in the top-tier Grand Sport (GS) class.
 

Owen Trinkler and Hugh Plumb won their third race of the season at Laguna Seca last year in the No. 46 TeamTGM Mercedes-AMG GT4 and went on to capture the 2018 GS team and driver championships. A win on Saturday would give TeamTGM a second-straight victory at WRLS, and a second win this season following a first-place finish at Lime Rock Park in July.
 

The No. 46 competes alongside the team’s sister entry of team owner and driver Ted Giovanis and Guy Cosmo in the No. 4 TeamTGM Mercedes-AMG GT4.

 

Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport returns to Laguna Seca with its two-car Mercedes-AMG GT4 team. Bryce Ward co-drives the No. 57 Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT4 with Christian Hohenadel. Ward’s son, Russell Ward, shares the No. 33 Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT4 this weekend with Dominik Baumann.

 

The No. 35 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 is another 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge race winner competing at Laguna Seca. Co-drivers Jim Cox, Dylan Murry and Bleekemolen won in the four-hour race at Watkins Glen International in June.

 

 

California-based Murillo Racing also brings a two-car Mercedes-AMG GT4 team to WRLS. Longtime co-drivers Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss team in the Murillo Racing No. 56 Mercedes-AMG GT4, while Mosing’s brother, Brent Mosing, shares the team’s No. 65 Mercedes-AMG GT4 with Tim Probert.
 

This weekend also marks the IMSA return of co-drivers Mark Ramsey and Alexandre Premat in the No. 92 Ramsey Racing/EXR Team by Premat Mercedes-AMG GT4. The Ramsey/Premat entry makes its first GS start since 2018’s season-ending race at Road Atlanta.
 

A three-day weekend event, the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca schedule gets underway with a pair of practice sessions for both the IMSA WeatherTech Championship and IMSA Pilot Challenge on Friday.
 

A final one-hour practice Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. PDT sets the stage for GTD qualifying early that afternoon at 12:40 p.m. PDT. Pilot Challenge GS qualifying is scheduled for 10:50 a.m. PDT on Saturday, with the two-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race scheduled to go green at 3:05 p.m. PDT.
 

Sunday’s schedule begins with a 20-minute final warmup practice session at 8:00 a.m. PDT, with the featured Monterey Sports Car Championship IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race scheduled to start at 12:05 p.m. PDT.
 

Ben Keating, Driver – No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3: “The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is running well right now for sure and really likes the tracks like Road America and VIR where there are a lot of high-speed corners. The competition in IMSA is fierce, however, and each car favors different types of tracks. Laguna Seca is typically a low-grip track with slower, technical corners, and some of our competition really shines in these situations. It should be a close fight.

 


 

Jeroen Bleekemolen, Driver – No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3: “For sure, we have good hopes of doing well this weekend. Winning the last race was what everyone on the team needed. Laguna Seca has really low grip, but last year we made it work. We can start with that set up as a base and go from there. Turns 3 through 6 is a pretty fast section that suits the Mercedes-AMG GT3. I have had so many nice weekend on and off track at Laguna Seca. It’s a beautiful track and scenery. For sure one of the best places to go to.”


Dylan Murry, Driver – No. 35 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4:
“This is actually my first time at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. I’ve been to the track before to network but have not driven it. With the countless laps on an iRacing SimCraft, I feel just at home there and can’t wait to get on the track for the first time. Even though I haven’t driven it, it seems like it’d be one of my favorite tracks. I would love to be back on the top step of the podium, and hope that Riley Motorsports, Jim Cox, and I can accomplish just that. We know we have a fast Mercedes-AMG GT4, so let’s put all the pieces of the puzzle together and get a win.”

 

 

 

Reutzel Takes All Star Points Lead into Atomic Triple after Largest Score of Career!

Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (September 12, 2019) – Saturday night’s Tuscarora 50 turned into a dream run for Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team.

Reutzel charged into the lead at the outset of the second half of the 50-lapper and never looked back en route to a $52,000 triumph, his second of the weekend after a Thursday night Bedford Speedway victory and took command of the All Star Circuit Champions points lead in the process.

“When I passed Lance (Dewease), I just decided to go as hard as I possibly could and hope for no cautions,” Reutzel says.  “It all worked out this time.”

After pushing his overall win total to 14 on the season with two triumphs last weekend, Reutzel and the Folkens Brothers Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution Triple-X crew are set for three more nights of All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Chillicothe, Ohio’s Atomic Speedway on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this weekend.  The weekend set offers up more than $22,000 in first-place money.

Running his series win total to 12 with last weekend’s triumphs at Bedford and Port Royal, the defending series champion takes a 44-point lead into this weekend’s Atomic triple.

Reutzel kicked off last weekend’s triple by racing into the Dash with a heat race win and then securing the pole position for the feature with a Dash triumph aboard the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment machine.  From there, Reutzel led the way all 30-laps in the Bedford (PA) Speedway Thursday night feature.

“The track was really interesting for the feature, it changed throughout the race,” Reutzel recalls.  “We led all the way, but I spent the entire race searching around because the fast line kept moving from one part of the track to another.”

Friday brought the Night Before the Tuscarora 50 at central Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway and Reutzel was fast out of the box aboard the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry, setting overall quick time over a field of 58 entries and securing the pole position for the feature after a Dash win.

“Port Royal is always good, but I think that was the best condition that I’ve ever seen it,” Reutzel says.  “There was a big curb on the fence on both ends and you could run it hard.”

Reutzel jumped into the lead at the outset of the feature and appeared destined for a second win in as many nights only to cut a left rear tire on some debris after leading the opening dozen circuits.  Returning to action after a quick tire change, Reutzel sliced back through the field to salvage a ninth-place finish.

“We had a really good car, we would have won without hitting that debris and then we drove right back through the field in what time we had left,” Reutzel recalls.

Set for Saturday’s big-money night at Port Royal’s Tuscarora 50, Reutzel timed in fourth among his group and then secured the sixth starting position for the feature after a runner-up heat race finish amongst the field of 53 overall entries.

“The track was night and day difference from the night before,” Reutzel says.  “It was really slick in the heats, but there was enough up top of turns one and two in the feature that you could rip the fence and then run the bottom to middle of three and four.”

Reutzel found the track to his liking, working forward to take the lead on the 13th round and then setting the pace for the next seven circuits before handing the lead back to Dewease before the midrace stoppage.

“We were really good early, but as the fuel load came off, we got really loose,” Reutzel explains.

Minor adjustments at midrace proved to be the difference, as Reutzel rocketed past Dewease for the lead on the 28th lap and never looked back in the 50-lapper for the biggest payday in his racing career.

“We were good for a lot longer in the second half, it wasn’t until about the last five laps that the car went away and I was just holding on and hoping I had enough of a lead,” Reutzel says.  “The first half of the race, I was really just trying to save my stuff for the second half.  Then when we got the lead, I decided it was time to go as hard as we could.”

The 21st career All Star Circuit of Champions triumph for the reigning series champion and current points leader was among the most prestigious and most lucrative of his career.

“Just to win here against this level of competition and in front of this many incredible fans, it’s pretty unreal,” Reutzel summed up.

With at least one win over each of the past four weekends since a top-five finish at the Knoxville Nationals, Reutzel and the BRM No. 87 team will try to keep that streak intact with this weekend’s three-night set at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway.

2019 Quick Stats:  70 races, 14 wins, 32 top-fives, 45 top-tens.

Next Up:  All Star Circuit of Champions at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Those unable to take in the action in person can watch it all live on PPV at https://www.speedshifttv.com/.

Keep Track:  Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel.  You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com.

If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

Penning the recurring series of “The Wheatley Chronicles” articles on www.sprintcarmania.com, Lonnie Wheatley provides media, public relations and more for select tracks, drivers and events.  For more information, Wheatley may be contacted at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Andrews Produces Podium at Butler Motor Speedway After Gear Failure Costs Him Attica Championship

Inside Line Promotions - QUINCY, Mich. (Sept. 12, 2019) - Chris Andrews nearly scored the Attica Raceway Park track title during his first year of driving the Mackey Motorsports 410ci winged sprint car.

Unfortunately, a broken rear-end gear with just three laps to go in the championship feature on Aug. 23 cost him the championship at the oval in Attica, Ohio.

"That was very heartbreaking," he said. "We went into championship night with confidence and it started so well with fast time, we won our heat from fourth and we went from sixth to second right away in the feature. I was saving something for the end and then I felt something and quickly pulled it out of gear. It happens, but we had a shot at the win and the championship."

The team returned to action last Saturday at Butler Motor Speedway, where Andrews scored another podium finish.

"I don't have a lot of laps at Butler," he said. "We came from seventh to finish third behind two drivers who have a lot of experience at that track so I think we did okay.

"I don't know if the Mackey's want to run any more this year. I know they really wanted that Attica championship and that was so very disappointing for the entire team."

Andrews said he is talking with another team to possibly run a handful of shows this year.

"We ran great all year," he said. "We didn't tear anything up. Heck, we finished with the same top wing and front wing. We will go after it again in 2020 with the Mackey's and hopefully race a little more so I can get better.

"At the start of the year I didn't even know what I was going to race. I got hooked up with the Mackey team and we were fast every night. We were right there every time we unloaded. Even though we didn't get the Attica championship we tried our damnedest all season at every race. I can't thank Ken and Duane enough for giving me the opportunity to win races."

Andrews, a two-time Attica Raceway Park champion, finished third in the track's 2019 standings.

QUICK RESULTS -

Sept. 7 - Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, Mich. - Heat race: 3 (9); Feature: 3 (7).

SEASON STATS -

20 races, 2 wins, 7 top fives, 11 top 10s, 15 top 15s, 19 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Saturday at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio (tentative)

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US RaceTronics Eager to Repeat VIR Success at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
 
Ockey and Eidson Looking to Lock Up ProAm Championship
Salinas, California (Thursday, September 12, 2019) - US RaceTronics arrived yesterday at famed WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with high expectations for a successful weekend at their 'home' track. The Southern California based team will have a large contingent of sponsors, family and friends onsite to cheer them on in the final U.S. leg of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American championship and is eager to repeat their successes at Virginia International Raceway.
 
The ProAm duo of Damon Ockey and Jacob Eidson captured an overall podium spot at VIR in addition to winning both of their class races in the No. 09 Lamborghini of Vancouver. The pair are looking to carry that momentum into this weekend's event with hopes of another one or two overall podium finishes. They are also looking to sweep the weekend and earn their eight and ninth wins of the season and capture the North American ProAm championship title.
 
Steven Aghakhani also had a win in the final race at VIR and is expecting to carry that momentum into a track that he's had success at in the past. Aghakhani won his class at last year's Blancpain endurance race and is confident that his knowledge of the track as well as the momentum he's bringing in will carry him to the top of the AM podium once again. He also has his sights set on an overall podium and feels this track is the perfect place to achieve that goal in his No. 6 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills.
 
Ron Atapattu and Patrick Liddy are also coming off a great weekend in the No. 24 Elephantea Lamborghini of La Jolla. The pair took two second-place finishes in the ProAm class at VIR, giving them second-place finishes in every race they've participated in since pairing up for Race 2 at Road America. The pair is looking for their fourth and fifth straight podiums this weekend.
 
The team is participating in today's promoter test in addition to the full IMSA weekend schedule which kicks off tomorrow, Friday, September 13th at 8:40 a.m. PDT with practice session 1 and practice session 2 at 12:30 p.m. PDT. Qualifying is also Friday afternoon starting at 4:35 p.m. PDT. Race 1 goes green Saturday morning at 11:20 a.m. PDT, while Sunday's race starts at 9:25 a.m. PDT.
 
Make sure to tune in to live streaming http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en-en/live-streaming to cheer on the entire USRT team and follow us at: 
 
 
Quotes:
 
Jacob Eidson - "After having a very strong performance at VIR with Damon I hope to carry that momentum into Laguna. It's been a while since I've raced at Laguna but it's also one of my favorite tracks. I grew up playing video games and watching old races at Laguna Seca which has always made this track special to me and I'm excited to see what the weekend holds!"
 
Damon Ockey - "We have had an exceptional season so far. The team has been great in preparing a perfect car for every race. Our success has come from reducing any race drama; our number one goal has been to protect the race car while driving hard. Jacob has been fast and we have made a really good team. It's been a pleasure to drive and learn from him."
 
Steven Aghakhani - "I would like to keep my momentum after winning the VIR. Moreover, Laguna Seca is the race I have been looking forward to all year in this series, this track is one of my favorites and I won the 8hrs Blancpain endurance race at this track last year in Huracan Super Trofeo.  Therefore, I am expecting a very good result from the race weekend." 
 
Ron Atapattu - "Going for our fourth straight podium finish for Elephantea Lamborghini San Diego #24. It's been fun driving with Patrick and I'm really looking forward to having another great weekend at Laguna Seca."
 
Patrick Liddy - "I am very excited to be joining Ron Attapatu and Elephantea Racing for the final North American round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Season. Laguna Seca is the home race for our team so I'm looking forward to having some familiar faces around the paddock and finding more success at this historic track!"
 
Shane Seneviratne - "Well, this is going to be the last track for the U.S. rounds and it's our home race, so we're looking forward to a good race weekend. We've got quite a bit of support from family, friends, fans and sponsors at this event. Everyone's looking forward to performing well. The team's excited to have the opportunity to give the drivers good cars and to get good results for the weekend."

ROA PARKS THE #91R - DRIVING TANNER GRAU’S #34 IN ARIZONA SATURDAY!

(Cypress, CA, September 10, 2019) USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series point leader Brody Roa announced today that the team’s famous bright green #91R will be parked for the remainder of the 2019 season effective immediately.  While the car is being parked, Roa is not.  First off, he will be in Tanner Grau’s #34 this Saturday night when the Southwest Series resumes at Canyon Speedway Park.

 

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“The BR Performance Team held a meeting and has decided to park the #91R for the remainder of 2019,” Roa’s father Brett said on Tuesday afternoon.  “This sport is more expensive than the general public can imagine.  From the incredible amount of assistance that HD Industries provides to the little bit that Grandpa Roa can give from his Social Security Check, every sponsor is cherished.  With that said, we would like to thank: HD Industries, Burris Racing, "Biker" Bruce Fisher, Sander Engineering, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Norma Leonard, Lee Leonard, The Golden-Vibe Boutique, NGK Spark Plugs, Baldwin Filters, Driven Racing Oil, Wilwood Brakes, and Coffman Racing Graphics."

The change comes with Roa, 28, leading the Southwest Series by 36-points heading into the final eight races of the season.  Saturday’s race will be the fifth at the Peoria track for the Southwest Series in 2019.  In the first four, the Garden Grove, California veteran has a win, two-second place finishes and a third. 

Saturday’s race will be the first Southwest Series race since a jointly sanctioned show with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway on August 17th.  In that event, Roa finished third.  All told in the first 10-races in the Southwest Series this year, he has one win, four runner-up finishes and three third-place finishes.  He has only finished out of the top three two times.

Fans of Roa in the USAC/CRA Series need not fret as the veteran driver, who is currently third in that division, has a couple irons in the fire and plans to be at the next race at Perris Auto Speedway on September 21st.  Details will be released as soon as everything is in place. 

Car owners, if you are looking for someone to shoe your car during the 2019 season, look at Roa’s schedule below.  He is available to race on any night not already on his racing calendar.  Contact him at the phone number and E-mail address in this release.

Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/

2019 Schedule

1/15/19        Tulsa Expo Raceway                             Chili Bowl                         13th A

1/19/19        Tulsa Expo Raceway                             Chili Bowl                         12th C

2/27/19        Las Vegas Motor Speedway                  USAC West Coast             1st A

2/28/19        Las Vegas Motor Speedway                  USAC West Coast             4TH A

3/2/19         Central Arizona Speedway (AZ)            USAC Southwest               3rd A

3/8/19          Canyon Speedway (AZ)                        USAC/CRA & Southwest    2nd A

3/9/19          Canyon Speedway (AZ)                        UASC/CRA & Southwest    3rd A

3/30/19        Perris Auto Speedway (CA)                   USAC/CRA (with WoO)          1st A  

4/13/19        Perris Auto Speedway (CA)                   USAC/CRA                        3rd A

4/20/19        Arizona Speedway (AZ)                        USAC Southwest               6th A

4/27/19        Canyon Speedway  (AZ)                       USAC Southwest               1st A

5/4/19          Ventura Raceway (CA)                         USAC/CRA                        5th A

5/11/19        Bakersfield Speedway (CA)                   USAC/CRA                        14th A

5/18/19        Central Arizona Speedway (AZ)            USAC Southwest               2nd A

5/25/19        Perris Auto Speedway (CA)                   USAC/CRA                        6th A  

6/1/19          Arizona Speedway  (AZ)                       USAC Southwest               2nd A

6/8/19          Canyon Speedway (AZ)                        USAC Southwest               2nd A

6/29/19        Perris Auto Speedway (CA)                   USAC/CRA                        4th A

7/6/19          Santa Maria Raceway (CA)                   USAC/CRA                        1st A

7/13/19        Perris Auto Speedway (CA)                   USAC/CRA & Southwest    18th A

7/17/19        Eldora Speedway (OH)                         USAC National                  17th A

7/18/19        I-69 Speedway (IN)                             USAC National                  7th B

7/19/19        Plymouth Speedway (IN)                      USAC National                  DNS

7/20/19        Kokomo Speedway (IN)                        USAC National                  14th A

7/21/19        Lawrenceburg Speedway (IN)              USAC National                  21st A

7/24/19        Terre Haute Action Track (IN)              USAC National                  17th A

7/25/19        Lincoln Park Speedway (IN)                 USAC National                  DNS

7/26/19        Bloomington Speedway (IN)                 USAC National                  19th A

7/27/19        Tri-State Speedway (IN)                      USAC National                  7th A

8/17/19        Perris Auto Speedway (CA)                   USAC/CRA & Southwest    3rd A

8/31/19        Calistoga Speedway (CA)                     USAC/CRA                        4th A

9/1/19          Calistoga Speedway (CA)                     USAC/CRA                        12th A

9/2/19          Petaluma Speedway (CA)                     USAC/CRA                        5th A

9/6/29          Merced Speedway (CA)                        USAC/CRA                        4th A

9/7/19          Santa Maria Speedway (CA)                 USAC/CRA                        16th A

9/14/19        Canyon Speedway (AZ)                        USAC Southwest

9/21/19        Perris Auto Speedway (CA)                   USAC/CRA

9/28/19        Arizona Speedway (AZ)                        USAC/CRA & Southwest

10/26/19      Central Arizona Speedway (AZ)            USAC Southwest

11/7/19        Perris Auto Speedway (CA)                   USAC/CRA/Southwest/National

11/8/19        Perris Auto Speedway (CA)                   USAC/CRA/Southwest/National

11/9/19        Perris Auto Speedway (CA)                   USAC/CRA/Southwest/National

11/15/19      Arizona Speedway (AZ)                        USAC/CRA/Southwest/National

11/16/19      Arizona Speedway (AZ)                        USAC/CRA/Southwest/National

 

Moorespeed Returns to IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge GS Field at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with Audi R8 LMS GT4

Rob Ferriol and Spencer Pumpelly Back Behind the Wheel of the No. 18 Moorespeed/GridRival Audi R8 LMS GT4 at Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, California (September 11, 2019) - Moorespeed returns to the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with the No. 18 Moorespeed/GridRival Audi R8 LMS GT4 this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, fresh off a successful debut at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) where drivers Rob Ferriol and Spencer Pumpelly led four laps and challenged for victory in Moorespeed's series debut. 

Originally entered at VIR as a single-race entry in the Grand Sport (GS) class, the team has elected to continue the run with Ferriol and Pumpelly on the west coast in a second event this weekend, September 13 — 14. 

The two-hour race can be seen live on IMSA.tv beginning at 5:55 p.m. EDT (2:55 p.m. PDT) this Saturday, September 14. 

“At VIR we showed the paddock we are a contender,” Moorespeed President David Moore said. “I think everyone on the team knew coming in we would be, but we had to be calm and just do our jobs. We are super pleased to be coming to Laguna to give it another shot in preparations for 2020.”

The start was the first in the GS class for Ferriol, who has two wins under his belt for Moorespeed in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA series. Ferriol found difficult conditions early in the VIR race as rain started to fall and others made a pit stop for rain tires, while he stayed on the track and led laps. 

“The team as a whole did well at VIR, but Rob was the real star of the team,” Moore said. “We asked a lot of him in the race and he delivered where others may not have asked due to his relative short career. However, we trust him and it shows. Spencer has done a great job helping Rob develop his driving skills where we are starting to see huge dividends with his first two wins in Cup the most recent two events. I know they are really enjoying driving together and the whole team is behind them 100 percent.”

Ferriol’s wet baptism by fire came in the midst of his Porsche GT3 Cup season, where he currently sits second in the Gold Cup standings. Ferriol is riding a two-weekend winning streak in Porsche GT3 Cup, scoring victories at Road America and VIR last month, in what has been a relatively short racing career. 

“VIR was such an amazing experience, despite the litany of challenges thrown at us - or maybe because of them," Ferriol said. "My biggest takeaway from our GS debut was the resilience of the Audi R8 LMS GT4 platform and the Moorespeed team. We took a brand-new platform, in a new series, with barely any test time and put it in the top 10 before a little bad luck late in the race. All the right pieces are certainly there, so we're going to put our heads down and use these late season events to continue refining what we've learned.” 

Pumpelly, who has served as Ferriol’s driving coach before becoming his co-driver in the Moorespeed Audi, is a multi-time winner at the track in a variety of race series. His most recent win came in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s GT Daytona (GTD) class in 2015. 

“Laguna Seca is a track where I've had success in the past winning in many different series,” Pumpelly said. “I'm looking forward to helping Rob get up to speed quickly and dialing the Audi in. The track is quite low grip so tire management is always an issue but the Moorespeed guys know how to get the full life out of the tires so Rob and I should have a good chance.”

The weekend begins with a test day on Thursday, September 12 before official practice gets underway on Friday morning at 9:35 a.m. PDT. Ferriol and Pumpelly will get a 35-minute practice session at 2:10 p.m. PDT on Friday, and a final practice session at 10:05 a.m. PDT on Saturday morning, before qualifying at 10:50 a.m. PDT. The Moorespeed team will take the green flag later that afternoon at 3:05 p.m. PDT (6:05 EDT) for the two-hour race, live on IMSA.tv. 

About Moorespeed: Based in Austin, Texas, Moorespeed is a full-service automotive company specializing in sales, service, repairs and restoration of luxury sports cars and competition on the track in numerous North American road racing series. Founded in 1991 in Austin by brothers David and Chris Moore, Moorespeed offers comprehensive, turn-key service in which people are just as important as parts and relationships are just as vital as results. David Moore and Winslow Mankin, General Manager and Director of Radical Sports Cars and Customer Racing, welcome and work with every customer as a member of the Moorespeed family, regardless if they are racing or enjoying their sports car on the open road. Moorespeed's road racing programs are designed for all skill levels, and driver development, both on and off the track, is a Moorespeed specialty. Moorespeed is all about the passion for high-performance automobiles and the people who drive them. A commitment to personal service and performance permeates every corner of the company. Learn more at www.moorespeed.com and contact us at (512) 474-7223. Look for us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoorespeedRaceEngineering and Twitter @MoorespeedTX.

 

Giovanni Scelzi Impresses at Driven2SaveLives BC39 and Tuscarora 50 Events

 

Inside Line Promotions - PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Sept. 11, 2019) - Giovanni Scelzi earned impressive results during a pair of marquee racing events last week.

 

Scelzi won both a heat race and a qualifier before recording a 14 th-place result out of more than 80 drivers during the Driven2SaveLives BC39, which was only his sixth career start in a midget and first in a year. He then picked up a top five out of more than 50 sprint car drivers during the famed Tuscarora 50 weekend.

"It was a great week overall," he said. "We did well in both cars. A big thanks to Toyota Racing Development and Jack Irving as well as Tucker-Boat Motorsports for the opportunity to race the BC39. I thought it went really well. Not running a midget for a year and then to win a heat and a qualifier and make the A Main was pretty good given how many great drivers were there."

 

Scelzi's heat race win from second on Wednesday and his qualifier victory from fourth on Thursday ranked him ninth in overall points out of the 80-plus competitors. That started him on the inside of the fifth row for the main event at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind.

 

"I rode around in ninth or 10th early before someone flipped in front of me and I slid into him," he said. "It bent the left front shock. The nose wouldn't drop or release after that so I ran the bottom trying to survive."

 

Scelzi restarted at the back of the field and he rebounded from the crash to post a 14th-place finish.

 

He then ventured to Port Royal Speedway to drive for Bernie Stuebgen during the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions two-day event.

 

Scelzi qualified seventh quickest out of 58 drivers on Friday, ranking fourth in his group to garner the pole position for a heat race. He won the heat to lock into a dash. A sixth-place finish in the dash lined him up on the inside of the sixth row for the main event.

 

"I got the bottom working, but we were a little too good too early and got free at the end," he said. "You're always happy with moving forward and earning a top five when you're racing that level of competition."

 

Scelzi's fourth-place finish was his 16th top five of the season.

 

He capped the weekend on Saturday by just missing the heat race inversion by less than two tenths of a second at the Tuscarora 50. Instead of starting on the pole of a heat race - the winner started in the top six of the main event - Scelzi lined up fifth. He rallied to a third-place effort to lock into the 18th starting spot in the feature, but the night ended early in the main event with a DNF.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Sept. 4 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. - Heat race: 1 (2).

 

Sept. 5 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. - Qualifier: 1 (4); Feature: 14 (9).

 

Sept. 6 - Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. - Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 1 (1); Dash: 6 (5); Feature: 4 (11).

 

Sept. 7 - Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. - Qualifying: 33; Heat race: 3 (5); Feature: 26 (18).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

49 races, 6 wins, 16 top fives, 28 top 10s, 36 top 15s, 39 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

TBD

 

Kraig Kinser Records Top 10 During Only Race in Oregon This Season

 

Inside Line Promotions - CHICO, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2019) - Kraig Kinser's best result during a trio of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series races last week was a ninth-place run during his lone visit to Oregon this season.

 

Kinser has another three-race week on tap as the final West Coast swing wraps up in California. The team will compete on Wednesday at Placerville Speedway in Placerville during the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Auto Parts; on Friday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton during the NOS Energy Drink Showdown at Stockton; and on Saturday at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga during the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown.

"Our goal is to continue with strong qualifying and putting a whole night together," he said. "Consistency is big for us. We know we'll have off nights, but we want to be consistent most nights when we hit the track."

 

Kinser kicked last week's action off in Oregon with a visit to Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, where he qualified sixth quickest, placed fifth in a heat race, finished eighth in the qualifier and rallied from 12 th to ninth in the A Main.

 

"It's positive to move forward in the feature," he said. "The car was handling good. Unfortunately it took too long to get the car that good. We want to be stronger early in the night and take advantage of a good qualifying run."

 

The team then headed to Silver Dollar Speedway for the Gold Cup Race of Champions weekend. Kinser qualified second quickest on Friday, but struggled with the car in the heat race. He was caught up in a flip during a heat race on Saturday. Both nights ended with Kinser pulling off the track early in the main event.

 

"It wasn't what we wanted," he said. "Friday started off well with a good qualifying lap, but we couldn't capitalize. You can't be off when you put yourself in that good of a position. We couldn't take advantage of it. We'll keep working to try to keep us in a positive position."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Sept. 4 - Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore. - Qualifying: 6; Heat race: 5 (3); Qualifier: 8 (6); Feature: 9 (12).

 

Sept. 6 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 5 (1); Feature: 22 (14).

 

Sept. 7 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 21; Heat race: DNF (7); B Main: 4 (4); Feature: 20 (22).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

60 races, 0 wins, 4 top fives, 21 top 10s, 37 top 15s, 47 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Wednesday at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif., for the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Auto Parts; Friday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., for the NOS Energy Drink Showdown at Stockton; and Saturday at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif., for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

 

TEAM ILP WINNER'S UPDATE: Dover and Starks Score Victories

 

Inside Line Promotions - LEWISTOWN, Pa. (Sept. 11, 2019) - Jack Dover and Trey Starks led the way for Team ILP last weekend as both drivers earned a feature victory on Friday.

 

Dover dominated the Midwest Sprint Touring Series season finale by lapping up to third place during the event at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa. He is the MSTS champion.

Starks hustled to an Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions win at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa.

 

Winning Team ILP clients are eligible to score a free K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports driver suit at the end of the 2019 racing season courtesy of Inside Line Promotions.

 

ILP, which specializes in affordable and professional public relations and media management, will raffle off a custom Team ILP driver suit to one eligible racer. To be eligible a driver needs to be current on his or her bill with Inside Line Promotions and needs to have at least 10 press releases produced by Inside Line Promotions in 2019. New clients are always welcome.

 

A driver will earn entries into the raffle by winning A Mains this season, meaning more feature victories will give the driver a better chance at winning the raffle. For example, one win during the season nets one entry while 12 wins will yield 12 entries.

 

To learn more about professional PR, email Shawn@InsideLinePromotions or call 541-510-3663.

 

2019 TEAM ILP FEATURE WINNERS -

 

Jack Dover - 9 (I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on April 6 and July 26; Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., on June 7; Wagner Speedway in Wagner, S.D., on July 5; I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., on July 6 and July 27; Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on July 23 and Sept. 6; and Off Road Speedway in Norfolk, Neb., on Aug. 24); Chase Johnson - 8 (Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., on March 15; Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif., on March 16; Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., on April 12; and Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, Calif., on April 20, May 11, June 30, July 13 and Sept. 2); Derek Hagar - 7 (Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., on April 27 and June 22; Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, Miss., on June 21; Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., on July 5; Crowley's Ridge Raceway in Paragould, Ark., on July 19; I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on July 27; and Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala., on Sept. 1); Dominic Scelzi - 7 (Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., on April 6; Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., on June 8; Eldon Raceway in Eldon, Iowa, on June 13; Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., on June 21 and July 12; Santa Maria Raceway in Santa Maria, Calif., on July 27; and Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif., on Aug. 31); Giovanni Scelzi - 7 (Avalon Raceway in Lara, Victoria, Australia, on Jan. 16; Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., on April 12 and April 13; The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., on May 24; Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on July 27 and Aug. 24; and Gas City I-69 Speedway in Gas City, Ind., on Aug. 30); Tyler Thompson - 7 (Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on May 11; Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on June 1, June 29, July 4, July 27 and Aug. 24; and Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., on Aug. 16); Seth Bergman - 6 (Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., on April 19; Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., on April 20; Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., on June 1 and July 20; Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on July 26; and Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on Aug. 2); Brian Brown - 5 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on April 20, May 4, June 8, June 14 and July 13); Dylan Cisney - 3 (Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., on March 23 and July 13; and Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pa., on June 30); Joshua Shipley - 3 (Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz., on May 25; Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz., on June 15; and USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz., on July 6); Zac Taylor - 3 (El Paso County Raceway in Calhan, Colo., on April 27; I-76 Speedway in Fort Morgan, Colo., on May 18; and Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke, Colo., on June 9); Chris Andrews - 2 (Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, on June 28 and Aug. 16); Scott Bogucki - 2 (Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., on June 14 and Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D., on June 15); Tony Bruce Jr. - 2 (LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, on May 26 and Abilene Speedway in Abilene, Texas, on Aug. 24); Roger Crockett - 2 (Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on June 21 and Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., on Aug. 17); Kerry Madsen - 2 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on July 13 and Aug. 9); Robbie Price - 2 (Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on June 22 and Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., on Aug. 31); Trey Starks - 2 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on Aug. 7 and Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., on Sept. 6); Channin Tankersley - 2 (Thunder Valley Speedway in Glenmora, La., on April 20 and Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on July 20); Justin Adams - 1 (Butler County Speedway in Quincy, Mich., on July 27); Joey Amantea - 1 (Hamlin Speedway in Hamlin, Pa., on May 18); Jamie Ball - 1 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on Aug. 24); Blaine Baxter - 1 (Dixon Speedway in Dixon, Calif., on Aug. 24); Mason Daniel - 1 (Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, on July 11); Brandon Hanks - 1 (Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on April 4); Jordon Mallett - 1 (Big Sky Speedway in Billings, Mont., on July 6); Travis Rilat - 1 (Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on June 4); Kevin Swindell Racing - 1 (Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., on July 2); Joe Trenca - 1 (Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., on Aug. 2); Harli White - 1 (I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on March 29); and Greg Wilson - 1 (North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, Ala., on March 23)

 

FREE DRIVER SUIT PROMOTION -

 

One lucky driver will earn a free K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports driver suit at the end of the 2019 racing season courtesy of Inside Line Promotions.

 

ILP, which specializes in affordable and professional public relations and media management, will raffle off a custom Team ILP driver suit to one eligible racer. To be eligible a driver needs to be current on his or her bill with Inside Line Promotions and needs to have at least 10 press releases produced by Inside Line Promotions in 2019. New clients are always welcome.

 

A driver will earn entries into the raffle by winning A Mains this season, meaning more feature victories gives the driver a better chance at winning the raffle. For example, one win during the season nets one entry while 12 wins will yield 12 entries.

 

The drawing to determine the custom driver suit winner will be random and will occur once the season has concluded.

 

 

 

Christian Koehler captured a top-five finish with the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series at Berlin Raceway on Saturday.

HOLLY, Mich. – Christian Koehler is hoping to convert the momentum of his recent career-best finish with the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro into even more success.

Koehler, a part-time competitor with the 410ci winged asphalt sprint car tour in recent years, grabbed a top-five result Saturday at Berlin Raceway, part of a consistent performance from start to finish.

The South Bend, Ind., native qualified sixth, ran well in his heat race and then finished fifth in the 30-lap main event at the seven-sixteenths-mile oval, the first top-five finish of his Must See Racing career.

“It’s definitely a good feeling,” said Koehler of his top-five effort. “To come out here and build on the way that we ran last time, which was all right, but not quite where we want to be … and to get up in the top five and be behind guys like Jimmy and Anthony (McCune) and Jason (Blonde) is just great for a team like ours. Heck, even Charlie Schultz was up there, and he was our feature winner last time we were here, so that tells you the competition level of this series that we were in the middle of all that.

“It feels good to be up there with that company and competing, so now hopefully we can try and get that first top three or maybe even that first feature win,” Koehler added. “We’re raising the bar.”

Koehler noted that he felt the speed in his No. 10k sprinter from the moment he laid a tire onto the race track for qualifying.

“That qualifying lab was pretty impressive, but you know, I had to let off a little bit coming out of (turn) four and that hurt us,” Koehler tipped. “Otherwise, we may have even been a little bit quicker, but we did a lot of things right and a lot of things we’re proud of right now. This car definitely has been hooked up, and if we can get everything dialed in right where it needs to be, we have a chance to go for a win.

“But yes, from the start, that qualifying lap definitely gave us a lot of hope.”

Koehler was among those who was able to navigate traffic well during the 30-lap Engine Pro Fast Car Dash feature event, staying on the lead lap for the entire distance and running as high as fourth before a late caution allowed Anthony McCune to rally past him on a green-white-checkered finish.

Still, however, Koehler was pleased with the overall effort of his family race team.

“It was a little bit crowded out there, but the slower cars did a good job of keeping it in one lane so that the faster cars could make it around them,” Koehler said. “A few times, we did have a couple of close calls running up on the back of slower cars … but that’s just a learning process for me as our car gets quicker and I learn more about how to get through that lap traffic.”

With one top-five finish in hand, Koehler’s long-term goal is continued improvement.

“We’re planning to be at the next race at Jennerstown Speedway, so hopefully everything goes good this Thursday when we run non-winged in the Anderson 125-lap event and then we can get the car set up for a winged race on Saturday and go out to Jennerstown and hopefully have another solid outing.

“The goal is to build on the last race and get another top five, if not better.”

Koehler and the rest of the Must See Racing travelers, including four-time defending series champion Jimmy McCune, current series point leader Anthony McCune, Canadian hotshoe Ryan Litt, Ohio veterans Charlie Schultz and Adam Biltz, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom and more will next test their skills during the second annual David D. Mateer Tribute Race, Sept. 14 at Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway.

Additional heavy hitters expected to make the haul to Pennsylvania include recent Berlin winner Jason Blonde, all-time series fast qualifier and two-time champion Brian Gerster and Bobby Santos III, a former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist.

The lightning-quick half-mile oval is welcoming Must See Racing back for a second-straight season, after Jimmy McCune won the series’ debut appearance last year to clinch his fourth championship.

Pit gates at Jennerstown open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with a one-hour sprint car practice session scheduled from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the afternoon. Sprint car qualifying begins at 3 p.m., with opening ceremonies and feature racing beginning just before 6 p.m. local time.

The Super Cup Stock Car Series will co-headline the racing card alongside Must See Racing, with late models, street stocks, chargers, modifieds and 4-cylinders also in action at Jennerstown as well.

 

 

Starks Sets New Track Record at Bedford Before Charging to All Star Win at Port Royal

 

Inside Line Promotions - PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Sept. 10, 2019) - Trey Starks enjoyed his return to Pennsylvania last weekend during a trio of Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions shows.

 

The Gobrecht Motorsports driver established a new track record on Thursday at Bedford Speedway in Bedford before he bested more than 50 other drivers on Friday during the opening night of the Tuscarora 50 weekend hosted by Port Royal Speedway.

The action began on Thursday as Starks set quick time during qualifying, advanced from fourth to second place in a heat race and maneuvered from sixth to fourth in the dash to line up on the outside of the second row for the A Main.

 

"Whatever we were doing that car was visibly faster than the rest of the field," he said. "Jeff (McCall) had the car perfect and the motor was running great. It made my job easy. Some tracks you get rewarded for driving really hard and I don't think Knoxville Raceway or Jackson Motorplex are those types of tracks. We've spent most of our season at those two tracks so it was nice to get somewhere where I could hold it wide open and let it eat. It was a really nice feeling to have a fast car all night. Unfortunately, we had a flat in the feature running fourth. I don't know if we had the car to win, but we were top three, top five. It was a good opening night back in Pennsylvania."

 

Starks was battling inside the top five late in the race when the flat tire resulted in a 20th-place finish.

 

He carried that speed into Friday's All Star event at Port Royal Speedway, where Starks qualified fourth quickest out of 58 drivers.

 

"It felt really good to start strong at Port Royal," he said. "We drew a good number, which helps. But Port Royal isn't a track that changes a lot during time trials. We went out early and went pretty fast. We were on the front row of our heat and ran second to Gio (Scelzi) the whole time. We had a restart with four laps to go and we had a tire going down pretty bad. We barely held on to second to make the dash.

 

"We pulled the pole position for the second dash and I tried to just get a good start and set a good pace. It's huge to start on the front row. We won that to start second in the A Main, which was a little different. We had two chances at the start. I tried to get a jump on Aaron (Reutzel), but the inside was the preferred line. I fell in line and we ran about nine green flag laps. He got out on me at the start, but I felt like we started reeling him in once we got to traffic. I didn't get a good restart and instead of racing for the lead we slid back to third. About that time Aaron got a flat tire. I was kicking myself for letting James (McFadden) get by me because I knew that'd be me in the lead. We had a restart and I put a slider on him in turns three and four. I tried to make sure I didn't lose any speed. I knew the top was where to be so I ran it as hard as I could. We had a couple of restarts and I changed my restart style a little. I put my head down and ran as hard as I could. It was great to get a win against a great field of cars. I think it backs up our Knoxville win (during the Knoxville Nationals last month) a little bit and it gives us more momentum going into these last few weeks."

 

Starks' victory was his second of the season and second career at Port Royal Speedway.

 

The weekend concluded on Saturday with Starks overcoming a poor qualifying run to rally through the field and charge from 24th to 13 th in the main event.

 

"The race track was lot different on Saturday and we weren't prepared for it," he said. "We were chasing it all night and put ourselves behind big time in qualifying. The good part is we tried to stay focused and keep working. We started seventh and ran fifth in the heat, which put us in a better spot in the B Main. We had to finish sixth and I knew I had to go on the start and keep moving forward. I got that sixth and final transfer spot. In the feature it was a high-speed chess match. We picked off cars when we could get them. I think I picked off a handful at the start and then got them one by one. All in all it was a good weekend."

 

The team plans to compete this Friday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pa., during the Jim Nace Memorial 37th annual National Open presented by Red Robin.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Sept. 5 - Bedford Speedway in Bedford, Pa. - Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 2 (4); Dash: 4 (6); Feature: 20 (4).

 

Sept. 6 - Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 2 (2); Dash: 1 (1); Feature: 1 (2).

 

Sept. 7 - Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. - Qualifying: 42; Heat race: 5 (7); B Main: 6 (12); Feature: 13 (24).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

37 races, 2 wins, 8 top fives, 16 top 10s, 20 top 15s, 26 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pa., for the Jim Nace Memorial 37 th annual National Open presented by Red Robin

 

Sides Motorsports Taking Two Cars to Placerville, Stockton and Calistoga This Week

 

Inside Line Promotions - CHICO, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2019) - Sides Motorsports is seeking its first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series triumph since April 2016.

 

There have been several close calls since then and last Friday was another great opportunity as Tim Kaeding led the first 16 laps of the 30-lap main event during the opening night of the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway.

Kaeding qualified third quickest before he won both a heat race and the dash to garner the pole position for the main event. He paced the field for the first half of the race before a minor miscue allowed eventual winner Brad Sweet by on Lap 17.

 

"There were a lot of big ruts," said team owner Jason Sides, who noted his performance during the weekend was more focused on not tearing up his equipment. "TK had a good lead and hit one rut coming off turn two. That got him off the back straightaway and that's when Brad got by. For the most part it was a great race. I'm an optimistic. We want to win when you're that close, but a top five, a top three is great, especially when you're racing with all those guys."

 

Kaeding finished in the runner-up position, which was the team's best outing of the season.

 

Kaeding produced another good showing on Saturday, timing in 12 th quickest in qualifying and placing third in a heat race to line up ninth for the main event.

 

"At one point he got up to third or fourth in the feature," Sides said. "There at the end he got shuffled back a little bit with some of the corn row ruts. The inside wasn't as good at the beginning of the race, but toward the end of the race it was better. Sometimes it was just being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

 

Kaeding hustled to a sixth-place outing, which marked the team's 16 th top 10 of the season.

 

Sides scored his best result of last week on Wednesday at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore., where he capped the night with a 14th -place finish.

 

This week marks the final three scheduled races of the season with Kaeding in a Sides Motorsports entry. Both Kaeding and Sides will race on Wednesday at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif., during the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Auto Parts; on Friday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., during the NOS Energy Drink Showdown at Stockton; and on Saturday at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif., during the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown.

 

"I think he'll have a good shot at winning it at Placerville," Sides said. "He won at Stockton a couple of weeks ago and I look forward to going to Calistoga because I've been better on bigger tracks. I hope to have a good run there."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Jason Sides:

 

Sept. 4 - Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore. - Qualifying: 10; Heat race: 6 (5); Qualifier: 9 (8); Feature: 14 (13).

 

Sept. 6 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 25; Heat race: 9 (9); B Main: 8 (9).

 

Sept. 7 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 27; Heat race: 8 (9); B Main: 8 (9).

 

Tim Kaeding:

 

Sept. 6 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 1 (1); Dash: 1 (2); Feature: 2 (1).

 

Sept. 7 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 12; Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 6 (9).

 

SIDES MOTORSPORTS SEASON STATS -

 

85 races, 0 wins, 6 top fives, 16 top 10s, 30 top 15s, 55 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Wednesday at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif., for the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Auto Parts; Friday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., for the NOS Energy Drink Showdown at Stockton; and Saturday at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif., for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

 

Dover Earns Ninth Win of Season for 11th Time in Last 12 Years

 

Inside Line Promotions - EAGLE, Neb. (Sept. 10, 2019) - Jack Dover captured his ninth feature victory of the season last Friday during a dominating performance to wrap up his Midwest Sprint Touring Series championship in style.

 

Dover swept the night, winning a heat race from third and the feature from the pole. Not only did he win the main event, Dover lapped up to third place.

 

"I got a good start on the heat and was able to get the lead going into turn one and we won that," he said. "We had good speed all night. I drew the No. 1 in the feature redraw and we got a great start again. The motor is taking off awesome right now. We got the lead right away and never looked back."

 

Dover has won at least nine main events during 11 of the last 12 years.

 

It appeared he was on his way for a weekend sweep. After Saturday's Carpet Land Nebraska 360 Sprints show at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., rained out, Dover joined the series on Sunday at Eagle Raceway during the Nebraska Cup. He won a heat race after starting second to earn a spot into the feature redraw. Unfortunately, he pulled the highest number - eight - to start the A Main eighth.

 

"I got up to fourth on the first lap and then to third the next lap," he said. "About eight laps in we got to second. By that time the leader had just over a straightaway on us. We fought lapped cars for a bit. Once we got around them we were able to track down the leader with five laps to go. I figured I had to try something because there were about seven lapped cars all bunched up and me and the leader. I went into turn three and four with a big slide job. I knew right away it was too hard. I slid into the wall and cut the right rear tire down. We went down the frontstretch and into turn one and the car wouldn't turn so we crashed into the wall."

 

Dover was unable to finish the race and he was credited with a 15 th-place result, which dropped him to second in the championship standings with one series race remaining this season.

 

"It was a really, really good weekend," he said. "Our results don't show it at Eagle, but we have some good speed now after going to the chassis dyno last week. I'm wishing the season wasn't coming to an end."

 

Dover will take this weekend off before resuming action Sept. 19-21 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., during the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Sept. 6 - Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa - Heat race: 1 (3); Feature: 1 (1).

Sept. 8 - Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb. - Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 15 (8).

SEASON STATS -

 

34 races, 9 wins, 19 top fives, 25 top 10s, 30 top 15s, 32 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Sept. 19-21 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., for the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

 

Trenca Maneuvers to Top 10 During New York Sprint Car Nationals

 

Inside Line Promotions - CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (Sept. 10, 2019) - Joe Trenca hustled to a ninth-place finish on Sunday during the New York Sprint Car Nationals at Land of Legends Raceway.

 

The Mucci Motorsports driver maneuvered from eighth to fifth place during a Patriot Sprint Tour heat race and from fifth to fourth place in a qualifier on Friday. He then finished where he started - third - in a heat race on Saturday before the night's main event was postponed to Sunday afternoon because of rain.

"Sunday was a day show," he said. "The track took rubber and there wasn't much you could do about it. We had speed. We were hoping it wasn't going to take rubber. We run pretty well there when it stays slick. We were up to seventh or eighth at one point and got out of the rubber once and got passed."

 

Trenca's rally from 13th to ninth marked his 13th top 10 of the season.

 

The team returns to action this Saturday at Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada, during the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals with the Patriot Sprint Tour.

 

"The last couple of years we've had bad luck to not make the show," he said. "This year we've been a lot better all year. Our main goal it to put it in the show and then put ourselves in the best position."

 

Trenca's career-best finish at the track was seventh in 2017 and his event-best result was an eighth-place showing during the 2014 edition of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. His season-best result during two starts at the track this year is 13th.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Sept. 6 - Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, N.Y. - Heat race: 5 (8); Qualifier: 4 (5).

 

Sept. 7 - Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, N.Y. - Heat race: 3 (3); Feature: 9 (13).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

24 races, 1 win, 8 top fives, 13 top 10s, 18 top 15s, 23 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Saturday at Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada, for the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals with the Patriot Sprint Tour

 

Kaleb Johnson Notches Top-10 Finish at Eagle Raceway

Inside Line Promotions - EAGLE, Neb. (Sept. 10, 2019) - A promising evening evolved into a challenging finish for Kaleb Johnson last Sunday at Eagle Raceway.

Johnson's night began well as he made the redraw for the feature after advancing from seventh to second in his heat race.

"We caught a bit of a break in our heat when a wreck on the first lap moved us up a bit on the restart," he said. "The track was still tacky and made it difficult to pass so we were fortunate to make the redraw."

Johnson's good fortune continued as he drew the pole starting position for the night's main event.

"I was able to lead about the first 11 to 12 laps," he said. "We had the car setup to run the bottom because the bottom had worked pretty well for us in the heat race and the top of the track was kind of rough.

"I got passed a lap before a red came out. After the restart, the car went away a little bit. Then I tried to run the top and hit a hole and almost hit the wall. I became a little cautious after that since there was really no need to wreck anything. I felt lucky to hang on to 10th."

It was a disappointing finish after the strong start for Johnson, who had finished fourth the prior week at the track during the biggest 305 race of the year - the RaceSaver Nationals.

"It was a little frustrating after starting on the pole and leading for a while," he said. "Probably the most frustrating part was that it came right after we had done so well there in the big race the week before. But that stuff happens. We had a car to roll into the trailer afterward so that was good."

Adding to the weekend's disappointment was the cancellation of a scheduled race with double features at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., the prior evening due to rain, which included a rescheduled feature from earlier in the year.

Johnson will take this week off and is looking forward to his next competition at his home track of Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., during the Casey's Open Wheel Nationals Sept. 20-21.

"I think we'll have a good field of cars for the race since it pays well, even more than the Jackson Nationals," he said. "That makes it more exciting and fun. It's especially nice for us since it's just 10 miles from our shop."

QUICK RESULTS -

Sept. 8 - Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb. - Heat race: 2 (7); Feature: 10 (1).

SEASON STATS -

30 races, 0 wins, 12 top fives, 17 top 10s, 19 top 15s, 21 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Sept. 20-21 at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., for the Casey's Open Wheel Nationals

 

Henderson and Sandvig Racing Lead 26 Laps in IRA Sprint Car Series Action

 

Inside Line Promotions - NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (Sept. 10, 2019) - Justin Henderson and Mike Sandvig Racing ventured to Wisconsin last Saturday to compete in the 18th annual Jerry Richert Memorial at Cedar Lake Speedway.

It was a promising night with the Bumper to Bumper IRA 410 Sprint Cars before the team brought home a 14th-place finish after getting caught up in a late-race accident while battling for the lead.

 

"We had a lot of speed and we had a great race car," Henderson said. "It was pretty much only our second full night in a new car so to come out and lead a bunch of laps, I can't be too upset even though the finish doesn't show how good we truly were."

 

Henderson began his night by showing speed as he laid down a lap of 10.956 seconds, good enough for third quickest among 24 cars. He started fourth in heat race action and advanced two positions to finish second.

 

"From hot laps on we didn't make many changes at all," said Henderson, who was also competing in his own 360 sprint car. "With running two divisions, we honestly didn't have time to do too much. It was just like go, go, go. But also the car was good enough that we didn't need to do much and it showed in the heat race. We pretty much added fuel and just went out and the results were what we expected."

 

Starting from the pole position in the A Main Henderson jumped out to an early lead at the drop of the green flag. He led for 26 laps before getting passed with four laps to go. The following lap, with the top three cars all battling for the lead, Henderson got a run exiting turn two and attempted to retake the lead. However, another driver was also going for the lead and the two banged wheels. Henderson spun out and ultimately finished 14 th, ending a promising night in disappointing fashion.

 

"I was running a nice pace and I tried to pull a slide job on a lapped car and really let those guys gain on me," he said. "We had a chance to get the lead back and unfortunately it was just two guys going for the same spot on the track and it didn't work out. It's disappointing as we had a car capable of winning."

 

Henderson and Sandvig will be off this coming weekend as they prepare to return to IRA Series action Sept. 20-21 during the Casey's Open Wheel Nationals presented by Sea Foam at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Sept 7 - Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. - Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 2 (4); Feature: 14 (1).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

23 races, 0 wins, 5 top fives, 8 top 10s, 13 top 15s, 14 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Sept 20-21 at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., for the Casey's Open Wheel Nationals presented by Sea Foam

 

Hill Amped for Canadian Sprint Car Nationals This Weekend at Ohsweken Speedway

Inside Line Promotions - OHSWEKEN, Ontario, Canada (Sept. 10, 2019) - Alex Hill is looking forward to one of the biggest races of the year as she's set to tackle this weekend's 15th annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken Speedway.

"I'm always excited about racing the Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken," she said. "It's the biggest sprint car race in Canada and at my home track, which is where I have the most experience racing. It's nice to have a chance to race at home and in front a lot of our fans.

"Since it's such a big event, the competition will be tough, too. We've improved at most of the tracks we've raced at this year and we hope we can do the same at Ohsweken."

Hill and her team were able to have one final tune-up for the big event last Friday at Ohsweken Speedway. She placed sixth in a heat race before advancing from 18th to 16th in the A Main.

"We didn't have the best night," she said. "I didn't get a good start in the heat race and we missed the setup.

"We tried some new stuff in the feature and it didn't work so it was better we tried it last week than this weekend. We know what works from before so we'll go on from there."

QUICK RESULTS -

Sept. 6 - Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada - Heat race: 6 (5); Feature: 18 (16).

SEASON STATS -

36 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 3 top 10s, 8 top 15s, 15 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Friday and Saturday at Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada, for the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals

 

Skinner Nearly Captures Top 10s During Double-Duty Competition at Riverside International Speedway

Inside Line Promotions - WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (Sept. 10, 2019) - Marshall Skinner battled a challenging night of incidents beyond his control as he competed in two classes of sprint cars at the Fall Nationals last Saturday night at Riverside International Speedway.

"We just didn't have a good night," he said. "We got spun out in both features. It was frustrating."

Skinner rolled off in the 12th starting position in the 360 sprint car feature after finishing third in his heat race.

"I was able to move up to around seventh or eighth and wasn't doing too bad," he said. "It was a pretty solid field of cars. A lot of them weren't slouches. But then a kid slid me. I let him have the top of the track while I stayed in the middle. Then he bicycled on the cushion and shot back down the track. I saw him coming and got on the binders real hard. He hit me in the right front and spun me out.

"There were about 10 laps to go and the race track wasn't real forgiving so I decided it wasn't worth restarting at the back and pulled in."

Skinner competed earlier in the evening in the 305 sprint car class and he experienced a similar incident after starting 13th in the 21-car feature.

"We were actually running pretty good," he said. "I was up to about seventh when a guy got into me and spun me out. I had to go to the back and came back to finish 12th. We had a good car. I'm just not real comfortable in it."

Skinner is hoping to turn around what's been a sub-par season for him so far this Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., during the Ralph Henson Tribute with the ASCS Mid-South Region.

"I pulled the motor this week," he said. "I may try to degree the cam a little different and see if that helps. We changed the cam last year. We've had some good runs with it, but when the track gets slick I really struggle. It's kind of like driving with an on-and-off switch.

"This year has been a struggle, mainly because I have too many irons in the fire and I don't have time to race the right way. I have little time to work on the car during the week and usually show up at the track by myself with no help. I'm pretty much just a one-man show. I'm hoping that I can make some changes this week that will give us some better results."

QUICK RESULTS -

Sept. 7 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. (305 sprint car) - Heat race: 4 (4); Feature: 12 (13).

Sept. 7 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. (360 sprint car) - Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 14 (12).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

18 races, 0 wins, 6 top fives, 13 top 10s, 16 top 15s, 17 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., for the Ralph Henson Tribute with the ASCS Mid-South Region

 

Amantea Picks Up 16th Top-Five Finish of 2019

 

Inside Line Promotions - HAMLIN, Pa. (Sept. 10, 2019) - Joey Amantea highlighted a two-race weekend with a fifth-place run last Friday night during non-wing micro sprint action at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa.

 

Amantea began the night by finishing where he started - fourth - in a heat race. As a result, Amantea made the feature redraw and he drew the sixth starting position.

Amantea struggled with a loose car as his team didn't anticipate a slick race track for the feature. He finished fifth, which was his 16 th top five of the season. More importantly, it was a solid points night as Amantea is hoping to finish the season ranked in the top three in the championship standings.

 

"There was a nice cushion all night," he said. "However, come feature-time it was just really slick and we guessed wrong on the setup. There's a lot of things that could be worse than finishing in the top five so I won't complain too much. We had a good points night, too, so I was happy."

 

Amantea headed to Hamlin Speedway on Saturday. He passed a pair of cars to finish fifth in a heat race after a bad pill draw placed him toward the rear of the field.

 

Amantea then struggled with track conditions in the feature for the second straight night. He started from the 12th position and worked hard to pass five cars, taking the checkered flag in the seventh position.

 

"The track just wasn't really set up for a ton of passing," he said. "I did get the Hard Charger Award though. We just kind of made the best of the situation with how far back we had to start."

 

Amantea will return to Linda's Speedway Friday and Hamlin Speedway on Saturday.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Sept. 6 - Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa. - Heat race: 4 (4); Feature: 5 (6).

 

Sept. 7 - Hamlin Speedway in Hamlin, Pa. - Heat race: 5 (7); Feature: 7 (12).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

54 races, 1 win, 16 top fives, 28 top 10s, 37 top 15s, 43 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa., and Saturday at Hamlin Speedway in Hamlin, Pa.

 

Masse Closes Season With Top-10 Finishes at Castrol Raceway Doubleheader

Inside Line Promotions - EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (Sept 10, 2019) - Cody Masse capped his 2019 racing season with a pair of top-10 finishes during NSA Series competition last weekend at Castrol Raceway.

"It wasn't a flashy weekend results-wise, but it was a successful one from the standpoint that we accomplished what we wanted," he said. "I got some good laps in at a track where I haven't been very comfortable and we have some good notes to take back there next year."

Masse's weekend got off to a challenging start following a disappointing qualifying run on Friday. That placed him eighth on the starting grid for his heat race.

"It's difficult when you put yourself behind right away in qualifying, especially with this format," he said. "We were able to pick up one spot in the heat race and that put us starting 13th for the feature."

Masse, who qualified 15th quickest and placed seventh in a heat race, was able to advance in the main event to a 10th-place finish.

"Our car worked well in the feature and we were able to get by a couple of guys," he said. "We've struggled there before so it was nice to have a car that worked. We probably could've moved further ahead, but we didn't have the horsepower to make the passes."

Masse got off to a better start on Saturday with an improved qualifying effort.

"I felt I couldn't have done much better on my qualifying laps," he said, regarding being ninth quickest. "But we missed the inversion by two hundredths of a second, which is kind of how our year has gone."

Masse started and finished fifth in his heat race.

"Our car worked well in the heat, but the first four cars were really good and I just maintained my starting spot," he said.

Masse rolled off ninth for his final race of the year.

"Our car wasn't quite as good as the night before," he said. "The track kind of tricked us. I thought it would stay consistent and not slick off, but it actually got faster. Then a couple of cars in front of me got together and I checked up to avoid them. They eventually got going and there wasn't a caution, but I lost a couple of spots after getting passed when I slowed. I probably could've finished a couple of spots higher, but I thought it was better to be cautious with the way things have been going for us lately."

Masse felt fortunate to take the final checkered flag of the season in ninth due to the status of his equipment.

"We don't have many spare parts left and I didn't want to cause further expense for the off-season," he said. "My hat's off to Wesmar and the engine they built. We finished with 39 nights on it and it was still running strong. I'm impressed."

QUICK RESULTS -

Sept. 6 - Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Qualifying: 15; Heat race: 7 (8); Feature: 10 (13).

Sept. 7 - Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Qualifying: 9; Heat race: 5 (5); Feature: 9 (9).

SEASON STATS -

16 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 9 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 13 top 20s

 

 

Brian Brown Hustles to Runner-Up Result at Bedford and Third-Place Showing at Port Royal

 

Inside Line Promotions - PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Sept. 9, 2019) - Brian Brown recorded back-to-back podium finishes during Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions competition in Pennsylvania last weekend.

 

Sept. 5 - Bedford Speedway in Bedford, Pa. - Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 4 (4); Dash: 2 (1); Feature: 2 (2).

"We took off in the feature and Reutzel was pretty good in open air," Brown said. "We found a different line that was working pretty good, but we had trouble with a lapped car there. We got by them and got back to Reutzel and then the yellow came out. In clean air he had an opportunity to set sail and we had to settle for second. Overall, it was a good night for us."

 

Sept. 6 - Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. - Qualifying: 5; Heat race: 1 (4); Dash: 4 (3); Feature: 3 (7).

 

"That was probably the best we've ever been at Port Royal in the heat race," Brown said. "We tried something in the dash and got back off base a little. In the feature I could maneuver all over. I felt at one point I had the fastest car on the track. Track position just didn't work out. I was able to get to third and almost passed Trey Starks for second on a restart. I didn't get that done and got to racing with Anthony Macri a little. I was able to get him back and settle in for a podium. That was a very, very good night for us. Any time you can go to Central Pennsylvania and get a podium out of 50-plus cars it's a great night."

 

Sept. 7 - Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. - Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 5 (4); B Main: 2 (2); Feature: 14 (20).

 

"Our goal was to go in there and set quick time," Brown said. "That allows you to somewhat control your destiny because the format was a little different. You basically had to win the heat. I had a game plan, but I didn't get going. By the time I got into turn one I was in fifth. We had to run the B Main, which isn't all bad because it gives you another opportunity on the track. With the track slowing down as much as it did we were just off a little bit. We didn't really know why. In the B Main we were a little better and we went for broke in the feature. We went with what we'd go with if we were starting up front going for the win. We were just too tight in traffic. Overall I'm proud of Chad, Nate and dad. They did a good job all week long."

 

UP NEXT - Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pa., for the Jim Nace Memorial 37th annual National Open presented by Red Robin

 

"Any time we can get more laps at Williams Grove it's beneficial to learn," Brown said. "Selinsgrove is a big race for our race team. Charlie Garrett and Jim Nace were really good friends. We were lucky to win the race in 2017 and we ran third last year. The ultimate goal is to win, especially on Saturday when the money is on the line. We know there will be a lot of talented drivers so we'll have to be on our game."

 

SEASON STATS -

 

52 races, 5 wins, 18 top fives, 28 top 10s, 34 top 15s, 39 top 20s

 

Dominic Scelzi Passes 21 Cars During Main Events at Silver Dollar Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - CHICO, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2019) - Dominic Scelzi made progress throughout each of four straight nights of sprint car competition at Silver Dollar Speedway last week.

 

Scelzi guided his family owned team to a top five on Wednesday and he was in contention to duplicate the performance the ensuing night before a flat tire resulted in a DNF. The team then maneuvered from 17th to 12 th on Friday and from 20th to 13th on Saturday during World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series events.

"That's a positive to move forward like we did, but if you want to win World of Outlaws races and compete to win you have to qualify near the front," he said. "When you don't do that you take yourself out of contention. I know we can race and I feel confident in our program. We just needed to qualify better to be in the best position."

 

The action began on Wednesday with Scelzi qualifying fifth quickest in his group.

 

"We were the second-to-last car out in our group and we ended up fifth, which wasn't terrible," he said. "It started us on the inside row in the heat race and it was completely greasy down on the bottom so we fell to fifth right away. I was lucky to get back to fourth and that started us 13 th in the main event. The track slicked off and I felt really racy. We drove up to fourth. I wish it was a 40-lap race because I think we were racing pretty well."

 

The fourth-place finish locked Scelzi into the dash on Thursday. Unfortunately, he drew the second-highest number to start seventh. Scelzi was credited with an eighth-place result that lined him up on the outside of the fourth row for the main event.

 

"We went eighth to fourth in six or seven laps," he said. "The track became full rubber by Lap 15. We ended up slicing a tire. There was about six laps to go when it cut so that night ended in a DNF."

 

Scelzi returned to the quarter-mile oval on Friday.

 

"There were massive, foot-tall craters on the track," he said. "It was like we were qualifying on the moon. I didn't qualify very good, but I ran from ninth to sixth in the heat to lock into the main event. In the feature we were really good, but the track was so locked down it was extremely hard to pass."

 

Scelzi gained five positions to finish 12th. He wrapped up the weekend on Saturday with similar circumstances of rebounding from qualifying to transfer through the B Main and rally from 20th to 13th in the A Main.

 

"We were ok and passed some race cars, but it was just really hard to pass," he said. "We battled a throttle issue the second half of the race. I was in 16th on the final restart and was able to get up to 13 th by running the bottom."

Scelzi has a trio of World of Outlaws races on tap this week with events on Wednesday at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif., during the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Auto Parts; on Friday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., during the NOS Energy Drink Showdown at Stockton; and on Saturday at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif., during the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown.

 

"Placerville isn't my best track in California based on results, but I have had good runs there so I'm excited to see how it goes," he said. "I'm hoping things can fall our way and we can run strong. I'm very excited for Stockton and Calistoga, where we've won races."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Sept. 4 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 5; Heat race: 4 (3); Feature: 4 (13).

 

Sept. 5 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Dash: 8 (7); Feature: 20 (8).

 

Sept. 6 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 26; Heat race: 6 (9); Feature: 12 (17).

 

Sept. 7 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 19; Heat race: 7 (7); B Main: 2 (3); Feature: 13 (20).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

63 races, 7 wins, 25 top fives, 31 top 10s, 44 top 15s, 49 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Wednesday at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif., for the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Auto Parts; Friday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., for the NOS Energy Drink Showdown at Stockton; and Saturday at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif., for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

 

Kerry Madsen Garners Top 10 at Bedford During All Star Tripleheader

 

Inside Line Promotions - PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Sept. 9, 2019) - Kerry Madsen highlighted last weekend's trio of Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions races with a top-10 result.

 

The KI Crossbows backed Big Game Motorsports driver got off to a strong start with new crew chief Barry Jackson. Madsen qualified seventh quickest overall and second in his group on Friday at Bedford Speedway in Bedford, Pa. A run from third to win a heat race locked the team into the dash, but unfortunately Madsen drew the second-highest number to line up on the inside of the fourth row for the dash. He gained one position to finish sixth before capping the night with a ninth-place run in the main event.

"We made some changes for the A Main and went the wrong way, but it was great to have really great pace early," he said. "It's just a matter of getting the combination right. Realistically we weren't going to just go out and dominate and be perfect every time we hit the track. The pace is there early. It's just a matter of putting it all together."

 

Madsen enjoyed another fast race car on Friday when he kicked off the first night of the two-day Tuscarora 50 event hosted by Port Royal Speedway by qualifying second quickest out of more than 50 drivers. A fourth-place finish in a heat race locked him into a dash and a third-place run in the dash lined him up on the outside of the third row for the A Main.

 

"We were running around 10th about halfway when I pulled off with a flat left rear tire," he said.

 

The weekend wrapped up on Saturday with Madsen qualifying 12th quickest overall and third in his group. He placed second in a heat race to garner the ninth starting position in the main event.

 

"On Saturday I felt like we had a great car, but we had a mechanical issue right away," he said.

 

Madsen was unable to finish the race following the early problem.

 

"It was pretty seamless and we get along well," Madsen said of his new pairing with Jackson. "We seem to be on the same page so there's a lot of potential there. We got some good pace in the car early in the night. We have to keep working to find the pace later in the night when it counts."

 

The team is scheduled to race this Friday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pa., during the Jim Nace Memorial 37th annual National Open presented by Red Robin. It will mark Madsen's first start at the track since August 2006.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Sept. 5 - Bedford Speedway in Bedford, Pa. - Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 1 (3); Dash: 6 (7); Feature: 9 (6).

 

Sept. 6 - Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. - Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 4 (3); Dash: 3 (2); Feature: 20 (6).

 

Sept. 7 - Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. - Qualifying: 12; Heat race: 2 (2); Feature: 27 (9).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

45 races, 2 wins, 11 top fives, 20 top 10s, 34 top 15s, 39 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pa., for the Jim Nace Memorial 37 th annual National Open presented by Red Robin

 

Wilson Heading to Atomic Speedway This Weekend for All Star Tripleheader

 

Inside Line Promotions - PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Sept. 9, 2019) - Greg Wilson is excited to return to an Ohio bullring this weekend for a trio of Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions races.

 

Wilson and his Hercules Tires, DNC Hydraulics, Ohio Logistics and Gear Off Road sponsored team will invade Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe this Thursday through Saturday for the Dean Knittel Memorial.

"I'm looking forward to getting on a track I'm familiar with to make sure we just have a problem with one type of track," he said. "We struggled last weekend. I don't really know why other than we had a lot of the same issues we did at Knoxville."

 

Last weekend began on Thursday with what appeared to be a promising night at Bedford Speedway in Bedford, Pa., where Wilson advanced from sixth to fourth place in a heat race and was contending for a top 10 in the main event.

 

"We were decent and battled in a position to run in the top 10," he said. "I had a mechanical failure, which we normally don't have. I was disappointed. It just wasn't meant to be. It was something that happens maybe two or three times in your career. The positive is we were pretty good. Every time we hit the track we were better. Those are the nights you're looking for."

 

Wilson ventured to Port Royal Speedway on Friday for the first of two nights at the flat, half-mile oval during the famed Tuscarora 50 event.

 

"The track was awesome, but the feeling we had on Friday was the same as Saturday," he said. "We couldn't get our car to drive off very good. The way we tried to fix it was no good. It was just mediocre all weekend.

 

"On Friday we missed transferring into the main event by one position out of the heat and the B Main. On Saturday the driver just flat missed it in qualifying. I tried to run around the top and what I needed to do was cut the middle of turns three and four. We battled from there all night. We weren't very good, either. It seems to be that half-mile flat track. When they start losing grip we're normally pretty good, but we're struggling right now. So we're looking forward to heading to Atomic, where we've run pretty well throughout the years."

 

Wilson enters this weekend ranked sixth in the All Star championship standings.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Sept. 5 - Bedford Speedway in Bedford, Pa. - Qualifying: 23; Heat race: 4 (6); Feature: 19 (12).

 

Sept. 6 - Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. - Qualifying: 29; Heat race: 5 (6); B Main: 5 (6).

 

Sept. 7 - Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. - Qualifying: 50; Heat race: 7 (9); C Main: 2 (4); B Main: 13 (20); Feature: 21 (25).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

56 races, 1 win, 7 top fives, 24 top 10s, 30 top 15s, 35 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Thursday through Saturday at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, for the Dean Knittel Memorial with the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions

 

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Schuett Battles Challenging Weekend During MOWA Doubleheader in Illinois

 

Inside Line Promotions - CANTON, Ill. (Sept. 9, 2019) - Kyle Schuett battled challenges on both nights to post a pair of top-20 finishes with the Built Ford Tough MOWA Sprint Car Series last weekend in Illinois.

 

Schuett's racing weekend began Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, where he charged from eighth to fourth in his heat race to earn the 10th starting position in the A Main.

"I ran into the guy in front of me on the second lap of the feature and bent the right front a bit, which kept the torsion bar from moving freely," he said. "After that the car didn't drive well. I was running around 11 th or 12th when I got into the slick a little bit, looped it and had to restart in the back. After that I just tried to keep my nose clean. I was still able to pass a few more cars and a couple of others dropped out so I finished 12th.

 

"It was definitely disappointing since we generally do well at Jacksonville. I don't think we had finished outside of the top 10 there before Friday."

 

Schuett and his crew made repairs to the race car and followed the MOWA Series to its next race on Saturday at Spoon River Speedway, where they started fifth in a heat race.

 

"I was able to get by the fourth-place car, but by that time the top three were about a straightaway ahead," he said. "I ran down the third-place car, but came up a couple of inches short of passing him at the checkered."

 

Those inches forced Schuett to start deeper in the A Main. He rolled off 15 th.

 

"The A Main was single-file around the bottom from the start of the race," he said. "I ran around 13th to 15th for a while in a group of about five cars. Our car was decent, but it wasn't quite good enough to get around the others.

 

"I eventually got tired of following the others so I decided to try the top with about 10 laps to go. I'm not real good at running the top at a big track and I missed it in one corner and about three guys went by me on the bottom. After that, I just searched around for a way to get back around them and was able to pass one of them and finished 18th. I probably should've just stayed in line and finished where I was, but I wanted to try something different."

 

Schuett is looking forward to his next race at Jacksonville Speedway on Sept. 25. It will be his first competition with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

 

"I have no idea how we'll fare against the Outlaws," he said. "Our focus will be to run all our laps that night. Our ultimate goal is to make the feature, but our chances for that are slim since we expect a lot of good cars there. One thing we have going for us is that we have a lot of laps at Jacksonville. But it's still only my 14th race in a sprint car and it will just be the fifth time I've run time trials. It will be a challenge, that's for sure."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

Sept. 6 - Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill. - Heat race: 4 (8); Feature: 12 (10).

 

Sept. 7 - Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. - Heat race: 4 (5); Feature: 18 (15).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

14 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 6 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 13 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Sept. 25 at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill., with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

 

Grosz and Halverson Earn Championships at Jackson Motorplex, Where One More Points Battle is on the Line

 

Inside Line Promotions - JACKSON, Minn. (Sept. 9, 2019) - Only one event remains on the 2019 schedule at Jackson Motorplex, where two drivers were recently crowned track champions.

 

Lee Grosz scored the 360 winged sprint car title and Brandon Halverson earned the NSL non-wing sprint cars presented by HitchDoc championship.

Grosz led the division with a trio of feature victories, including winning the season finale. He finished with seven top fives, which also led all 360 winged sprint car drivers.

 

Jack Dover and Trey Starks finished tied for second in the championship standings - 41 points behind Grosz. Thomas Kennedy and Dusty Zomer were tied for fourth, only five points behind Dover and Starks.

 

The closest points battle was in the NSL non-wing sprint cars presented by HitchDoc division as Halverson held only a one-point advantage heading into the final points race of the year. However, his fifth top five of the season was enough to give him an 11-point victory. He led all drivers with a trio of wins.

 

Johnny Parsons III led the way with six top fives to rank second in the championship standings. Alex Schriever rounded out the podium in the standings - 16 points behind Halverson. Jake Kouba finished 48 points out of the top spot and Bryan Roach was fifth in the standings.

 

There is one division with a points battle ongoing. While Bill Johnson only needs to start feature competition during the season finale to lock up the Heartland Steel RaceSaver sprint cars presented by Wyffels Hybrids, several positions within the top five are still up for grabs. Brandon Bosma ranks second and is only one point ahead of Colin Smith. Ryan Voss is 11 points behind Bosma with Michael Stien fifth in the championship standings - eight points behind Voss.

 

The final event of the season at Jackson Motorplex is Sept. 20-21 for the Casey's Open Wheel Nationals presented by Sea Foam. The classes racing are the IRA Sprint Car Series and Outlaw Sprints Fueled by Casey's General Stores 410 winged sprint cars as well as the Heartland Steel RaceSaver sprint cars presented by Wyffels Hybrids and NSL non-wing sprint cars presented by HitchDoc with the Wisconsin Wingless Sprint Car Series.

 

UP NEXT -

 

Sept. 20-21 for the Casey's Open Wheel Nationals presented by Sea Foam featuring the IRA Sprint Car Series and Outlaw Sprints Fueled by Casey's General Stores 410 winged sprint cars as well as the Heartland Steel RaceSaver sprint cars presented by Wyffels Hybrids and NSL non-wing sprint cars presented by HitchDoc with the Wisconsin Wingless Sprint Car Series

 

 

 

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