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Driever Produces First Career Sprint Car Triumph During ASCS Frontier Region Event

 

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - SHERIDAN, Wyo. (July 29, 2021) - Tyler Driever accomplished one of his racing dreams last Saturday when he captured his first career feature victory behind the wheel of a sprint car.

 

 

 

 

 

Driever led the distance of the 25-lap Big Sky 360 Nationals presented by Kirkness Roofing at Big Sky Speedway in Billings, Mont. The win was sandwiched between a sixth-place finish and a third-place showing during the ASCS Frontier Region tripleheader weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

"Winning felt great," he said. "It felt like it's been forever racing sprint cars even though we haven't been. Winning against that competition with drivers who have a lot of experience there is definitely a confidence booster for me."

 

 

 

 

 

Driever kicked off the weekend on Friday at Big Sky Speedway, where he won a heat race from the pole position to advance into the feature redraw. He pulled the No. 6 during the random redraw to start the A Main on the outside of the third row.

 

 

 

 

 

"When we started the feature the car was decent," he said. "There toward the end the motor started getting hot. We were up to fourth and it started laying down. It was stumbling really bad on restarts and we lost two spots on a late restart with a few laps to go."

 

 

 

 

 

Driever salvaged a sixth-place finish and the team changed radiators prior to Saturday's show. It paid off as Driever maneuvered from fourth to second place in a heat race to again make the feature redraw. This time he snagged the No. 1 to garner the pole position.

 

 

 

 

 

"I haven't started on the pole of a main event since probably a limited race," he said. "I knew I had a good shot at winning. I just thought, 'I'm going to give it my absolute all.' That's what I did. I never let up. I got bottled in traffic once in turns one and two, but it was pretty much smooth sailing the entire race."

 

 

 

 

 

Driever's triumph was capped with another great performance on Sunday at Sheridan Speedway. Driever finished where he started - fifth - in a heat race to earn the 10th starting position in the A Main.

 

 

 

 

 

"The heat race was a struggle," he said. "There wasn't any passing going on. It was follow the leader and putt around the bottom. In the main event the track rubbered down. I worked my way up to fourth and was coming to third when we blew a right rear tire on Lap 15. We got a tire on and had to restart at the back. I worked my way up to fourth again when they threw a yellow. They ended up throwing the checkered during that caution, but before they did that someone's car stopped on the track so we ended up third."

 

 

 

 

 

Driever's rally from 10th to third also earned the Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars.

 

 

 

 

 

"If I went up high enough entering the corners I could hit it and apex off super straight and dive underneath cars," he said. "A lot of cars would get tight from the center off and scoot up the track. Most of the passing we did was on exit."

 

 

 

 

 

Driever will take this weekend off before heading to Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on Aug. 6-7 for the Marvin Smith Memorial.

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

 

 

 

July 23 - Big Sky Speedway in Billings, Mont. - Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 6 (6).

 

 

 

 

 

July 24 - Big Sky Speedway in Billings, Mont. - Heat race: 2 (4); Feature: 1 (1).

 

 

 

 

 

July 25 - Sheridan Speedway in Sheridan, Wyo. - Heat race: 5 (5); Feature: 3 (10).

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

 

 

20 races, 1 win, 5 top fives, 9 top 10s, 13 top 15s, 14 top 20s

 

 

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Aug. 6-7 at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., for the Marvin Smith Memorial

Chick Adding Dirt Midget Races to Summer Schedule as Asphalt Team Rebuilds for Fall Events

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (July 26, 2021) - Mandy Chick is shifting focus for the rest of the summer.

 

 

 

 

Chick plans on tackling a trio of Central States Midget Series races on dirt in August while her asphalt team prepares for the final three JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance events this fall.

 

 

 

 

"We have two race cars we are fixing so we're going to take some time off and put our best foot forward for the final three races," she said. "It will take us out of the points chase, but we want to be prepared for the big events that wrap up the asphalt season."

 

 

 

 

 

The decision came after a tough outing on July 17 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., during the Masters of the Pros 150. Chick was involved in an early race-ending crash.

 

 

 

 

 

"Nashville didn't go well for us, but my team worked hard," she said. "I appreciate all of the dedication of our marketing partners, my family and our racing team. We'll be back stronger than ever."

 

 

 

 

 

Chick enjoyed her first dirt midget start in approximately four years last Friday when she made her debut at KC Raceway during a Central States Midget Series event.

 

 

 

 

 

"It was a fun weekend with a last-minute decision to head to the track and have some fun," she said. "We loaded our truck bed with some tools and loaded the car onto an open trailer."

 

 

 

 

 

Chick advanced from fifth to fourth place in a heat race. That lined her up on the inside of the fourth row for the main event.

 

 

 

 

 

"We made it up to about fourth by Lap 3," she said. "Then we got caught up in a caution and flipped. The car was fine so we kept racing. A little later on we broke a brake line so we weren't able to finish. It was a blast and I learned a ton."

 

 

 

 

 

Chick finished eighth and enjoyed the night so much that she decided to add three more races to her summer schedule. She will visit Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 before returning to KC Raceway on Aug. 21.

 

 

 

 

 

"It will allow me to get more dirt experience and support my local fan base," she said. "We have a lot of local fans in the Kansas City area so that will be exciting to see and connect with the home fans.

 

 

 

 

 

"The midgets are a lot of power. You have to have really good car control. I think that will help me handle the late model. In a dirt midget you're sideways and you have to adapt to that nature. I think it will help me have better car control when we return to our late model."

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

 

 

 

July 17 - Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn. - Qualifying: 26; Feature: DNF (26).

 

 

 

 

 

July 23 - KC Raceway in Independence, Mo. - Heat race: 4 (5); Feature: 8 (7).

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

 

 

5 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 3 top 10s, 3 top 15s, 3 top 20s

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug. 6 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., with the Central States Midget Series

Wilson Earns Eighth-Place Result at Attica Raceway Park

 

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - ATTICA, Ohio (July 26, 2021) - Greg Wilson recorded his 19th top 10 of the season last Friday at Attica Raceway Park.

 

 

 

 

 

The Seeling Motorsports driver qualified fifth quickest in his group before finishing fifth in a heat race, which locked the Hercules Tires, Ohio Logistics and DNC Hydraulics backed team into the 12th starting position in the A Main.

 

 

 

 

"Doing all of this in the last two and a half weeks, running though a big race weekend and progressing, we felt like we had a shot at winning rolling into Attica," he said. "The pill draw didn't go in my favor early and come feature-time we were okay. We're trying to get where we are gelling. Andy (Potter) has the feel of the car the way it needs to be, but we're just fine-tuning to go from eighth to fifth to winning. I feel we're close. It was another solid night. I think we had a car that could have battled for the top two or three spots if we started up there, but we weren't quite good enough to pass a bunch of cars to drive up there."

 

 

 

 

 

Wilson did advance a handful of positions to finish eighth.

 

 

 

 

 

Next up for is a trip east to race this Friday at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y., during The Big 'R' Shootout and Saturday at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., during the Empire State Challenge with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

 

 

 

 

 

"Any time you race with the World of Outlaws it's a gauge to see if you're improving," he said. "You're racing with the best of the best. Every week we're making changes and I feel we're improving. This will be a great weekend to see if we're any better."

 

 

 

 

 

Wilson last raced at both tracks in July 2018 when he placed 11 th at Ransomville Speedway and 13th at Weedsport Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm pretty excited," he said. "It seems like every time we've been to Ransomville we've battled weather. Hopefully when we get on the track we're not battling any weather because it's a cool place.

 

 

 

 

 

"Weedsport is an awesome facility and a fun race track. It's challenging and unique. Turns one and two are a lot different than turns three and four."

 

 

 

 

 

The weekend begins on Thursday with a Hercules Tires dealership visit at Finger Lakes Tires in Auburn, N.Y., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

July 23 - Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio - Qualifying: 5; Heat race: 5 (5); Feature: 8 (12).

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

 

50 races, 1 win, 9 top fives, 19 top 10s, 22 top 15s, 29 top 20s

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y., for The Big 'R' Shootout and Saturday at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., for the Empire State Challenge with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

Setters Garners Three Top 10s During ASCS Frontier Region Tripleheader

 

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - SHERIDAN, Wyo. (July 27, 2021) - James Setters scored a trio of top-10 finishes last weekend with the ASCS Frontier Region.

 

 

 

 

 

Setters recorded results of seventh and eighth, respectively, at Big Sky Speedway in Billings, Mont., before he capped the weekend with a 10 th-place result during his debut at Sheridan Speedway.

 

 

 

 

"We didn't do as good as I wanted the first couple of nights," he said. "I was a little off and the car was a little off. But when we went to Sheridan I was running second and trying to pass Trever Kirkland when we blew a tire with six laps to go. That was our best night other than the blown tire."

 

 

 

 

 

Setters advanced from sixth to fourth place in a heat race and from ninth to seventh place in the A Main on Friday at Big Sky Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 

"I didn't choose the right line," he said. "The bottom was preferred and I was running the top. I made some passes, but lost some spots. I think if we had run the bottom like I should have we'd have made more progress."

 

 

 

 

 

A heat race win was followed by an eighth-place showing in the main event on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

"I did better with lane choice, but it was just an average night and we ran where we started," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

The biggest confidence boost came on Sunday at Sheridan Speedway, where Setters rallied from fourth to second place in both a heat race and dash. That lined him up on the outside of the front row for the main event.

 

 

 

 

 

"It was really fun and I really like that track," he said. "I enjoy the big tracks where you can get going fast. It went away in the main and rubbered up. I was trying to pass the leader so hard, which is why we blew the tire. I got next to him a couple of times, but I never had the run to get him down the straightaway. We ended up losing the tire at the end."

 

 

 

 

 

The blown tire relegated Setters to the 10th-place result.

 

 

 

 

 

He will take the next couple of weeks off before heading to Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont., on Aug. 13-14.

 

 

 

 

 

"It'll be nice to take some rest," he said. "I've gained a lot of confidence racing with some of the best guys up here. I'm looking forward to seeing how that helps me once we get back to racing."

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

 

 

 

July 23 - Big Sky Speedway in Billings, Mont. - Heat race: 4 (6); Feature: 7 (9).

 

 

 

 

 

July 24 - Big Sky Speedway in Billings, Mont. - Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 8 (7).

 

 

 

 

 

July 25 - Sheridan Speedway in Sheridan, Wyo. - Heat race: 2 (4); Dash: 2 (4); Feature: 10 (2).

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

 

14 races, 3 wins, 4 top fives, 9 top 10s, 13 top 15s, 14 top 20s

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug. 13-14 at Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont.

Flud Adds Two More Triumphs at Port City Raceway

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - TULSA, Okla. (July 27, 2021) - Frank Flud nearly won every time he hit the track last Saturday at Port City Raceway, where he earned a pair of feature victories to give him 21 triumphs this season.

 

 

 

 

 

"It was a good night and was a really good battle in both classes," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

Flud won a heat race from the pole and the feature from third in the Non-Wing division.

 

 

 

 

 

"At one point you could have thrown a blanket over the top three between me, Jake Nail and Jake Rosario," he said. "That was a really hard battle the whole race. I ran third for probably the first five laps and then got into second and started working on Rosario. He was running the bottom all the way around and I was running the top. We had a yellow and that forced me to change my line because he started running the top on one end and the bottom on the other. I did the same thing on the opposite ends. When I did that it let Nail in. He was able to finally clear me and get to Rosario, who went to the bottom to protect it. I stayed on the top and when we crossed the stripe I was in second. They had a yellow and I was second at the time so I restarted second. On the restart I was able to get around Rosario to take the lead with a few laps to go."

 

 

 

 

 

Flud also won a thriller in the Winged 'A' Class division. He advanced from third to second place in a heat race before rallying from fifth to capture the main event.

 

 

 

 

 

"In 'A' Class it took me a little to get to second," he said. "We were getting into traffic. About halfway through the race going down the backstretch the leader lane changed and caught my right front with his left rear. When he did that he missed the bottom going into turn three and let me back in. We made some contact and I was able to take the lead."

 

 

 

 

 

The two victories give Flud 15 wins at the track this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Flud returns to action this Friday and Saturday at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, Ill., during the Terry Sprague Memorial. He won the outlaw non-wing event in 2018 and 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

"You have to go out there and treat it like it's any other race," he said. "We want to win and it will take a good weekend to be in contention to win on Saturday."

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

 

 

 

July 24 - Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. (non-wing) - Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 1 (3).

 

 

 

 

 

July 24 - Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. (winged 'A' class) - Heat race: 2 (3); Feature: 1 (5).

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

 

62 races, 21 wins, 46 top fives, 53 top 10s, 59 top 15s, 61 top 20s

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday and Saturday at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, Ill., for the Terry Sprague Memorial

Dominic Scelzi Sweeps Night at Thunderbowl to Boost Season Win Total to 15 Triumphs

 

Inside Line Promotions - SANTA MARIA, Calif. (July 27, 2021) - Dominic Scelzi celebrated his first winning night as a father in style last Friday.

 

 

 

 

Scelzi doubled up by capturing the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series and Kings of Thunder main events at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., only one week after his daughter was born.

 

 

 

 

 

The big night propelled Scelzi back into the KWS-NARC points lead and he backed it up with a runner-up performance on Saturday at Santa Maria Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 

"One thing I've noticed since becoming a dad is a lot of the pressure has kind of been off," he said. "I don't want to say I'm not taking the racing as serious as I was, but I see it in a different light. My priorities have changed. Now I'm enjoying driving the race car even more than before, which is very neat."

 

 

 

 

 

Scelzi opened the action on Friday during the Chris and Brian Faria Memorial. He qualified third quickest in his 410 group and placed fourth in a heat race, which earned enough points to advance into the dash. A sixth-place result in the dash lined him up on the outside of the third row for the main event.

 

 

 

 

 

"I felt really good," he said. "We went out early and I didn't feel like I put down a good qualifying lap so it felt good that we were able to stay toward the top of the qualifying times without our best showing. The track was fast in the heats and then we were pretty good in the dash, but the top was the dominant place to be. We ran sixth, but it wasn't anything to shake our heads about. In the feature the track was widening out pretty quick. The top was the fastest place, but I got into third by running the bottom early in the feature. I kept that in the back of my mind. (D.J.) Netto and (Shane) Golobic didn't go down there. When we got into traffic they were sliding guys. There were several times in open air when I'd try the bottom and it wasn't good enough. When we got into traffic I felt like it would work and it did. Once we got by them both we got right back to the fence and we were able to cruise onto our second NARC with there this year."

 

 

 

 

 

Scelzi's victory was his series-best third of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

He topped the night off by hustling from eighth to win the Kings of Thunder feature, making him undefeated in six races at Thunderbowl Raceway this year. It also marked his 15th trip to Victory Lane this year.

 

 

 

 

 

"Once we pulled the 410 one off your confidence carries you at that point," he said. "We got right to third I think in two laps. We got to second a lap or two after that. The leader had a good pace and was on the gas. I tried to maintain a little distance and bide my time. About halfway I started closing in and then he ended up getting into a crash with two lapped cars and we barely missed that. It paid off to be patience because we were able to miss that crash and lead the last 10 or 11 laps unchallenged."

 

 

 

 

 

The weekend wrapped up on Saturday at Santa Maria Speedway, where Scelzi raced for the first time since 2019. He qualified eighth quickest and won a heat race to make the dash. Scelzi finished where he started - fifth - in the dash to put himself on the inside of the third row for the main event.

 

 

 

 

 

"We've been really good there," he said. "I ran second there in 2016 to Kyle Hirst and we won there in 2019. The goal was to stay out of the work area."

 

 

 

 

 

Scelzi avoided early melee and methodically worked his way into second by the midpoint of the feature on the tricky track. He tracked down the leader in the closing laps, but was unable to make a bid for the lead.

 

 

 

 

 

"We bided our time and missed the wrecks," he said. "We closed on Bill (Aton) late, but couldn't get by him. I kept getting under him in turn three and then he closed up his entry. That was a big win. There's a lot of good guys in the NARC series so it's neat to see him get a win."

 

 

 

 

 

Scelzi plans on racing this Friday at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., before running a Sprint Car Challenge Tour event on Saturday at Merced Speedway in Merced, Calif.

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

 

 

 

July 23 - Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. (410 sprint car) - Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 4 (4); Dash: 6 (5); Feature: 1 (6).

 

 

 

 

 

July 23 - Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. (360 sprint car) - Qualifying: 5; Heat race: 2 (3); Feature: 1 (8).

 

 

 

 

 

July 24 - Santa Maria Speedway in Santa Maria, Calif. - Qualifying: 8; Heat race: 1 (2); Dash: 5 (5); Feature: 2 (5).

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

 

39 races, 15 wins, 29 top fives, 33 top 10s, 35 top 15s, 35 top 20s

 

 

Hagar Heading to Knoxville to Run Double Duty in Preparation for Nationals

 

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - ELDON, Mo. (July 28, 2021) - Derek Hagar is bound for Iowa this weekend to get some laps prior to the upcoming Knoxville Nationals.

 

 

 

 

 

Hagar will compete in both the 410ci and 360ci winged sprint car divisions this Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, where he will make his season debut and race for the first time since August 2019.

 

 

 

 

"We want to try to get as much seat time as possible," he said. "We will try to make as many laps as we can. We haven't been to Knoxville very much and really only for the Knoxville Nationals. You really don't get enough seat time during Nationals. This weekend will be a weekend everybody will try to do the same thing so it will be a full field. We need to make the best of the opportunity and try to stay on track as much as we can."

 

 

 

 

 

Hagar plans to tackle both the 360 Knoxville Nationals, which runs Aug. 5-7, as well as the 410 version the following weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

His family team is coming off a solid finish to a wild weekend with the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions at Lake Ozark Speedway. It began last Friday with a vicious crash in a heat race that ended the night early for Hagar.

 

 

 

 

 

"We got upside down," he said. "It was my fault trying to stay in a transfer spot. I tried to plug a hole I should have waited on. I got above the cushion, got hit and started flipping. And then I got hit in the roll cage. J&J builds us a great, safe car. It's not very often you can flip like that and run the same car the next night."

 

 

 

 

 

Hagar and the team repaired the car before returning to the track on Saturday. He qualified 18th quickest overall and sixth in his group, which started him on the outside of the third row in a heat race.

 

 

 

 

 

"We started out struggling," he said. "I think the second lap of hot laps the motor started running flat. We thought we had a fuel issue and tried to address that, but it was doing the same thing in qualifying. Come to find out a rock got a spark plug so it was running on seven cylinders.

 

 

 

 

 

"In the heat race we got up to third fairly quick and ended up falling to fifth. We were good early in the heat, but started getting more free as the race went on."

 

 

 

 

 

Hagar lined up on the inside of the eighth row in the A Main.

 

 

 

 

 

"We fell back a couple of spots, but once our car came in we had a fast race car," he said. "I was having an issue with the brakes locking up from Lap 8 until I spun. With about 10 or 11 laps to go I was trying to get underneath Paul McMahan. He went to the bottom so I had to get on the brakes hard and it locked them up and I spun around. We were in the top 10 and I believe we had a top five. We went to the work area and came back out. I didn't use the brakes the rest of the race and we climbed back to 11 th. I was really frustrated because we had such a great car. If the brakes had worked there's no doubt we'd have been in the top five."

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

July 23 - Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. - Qualifying: 17; Heat race: DNF (6); B Main: DNS (-).

 

 

 

 

 

July 24 - Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. - Qualifying: 18; Heat race: 5 (6); Feature: 11 (15).

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

 

25 races, 3 wins, 8 top fives, 16 top 10s, 18 top 15s, 20 top 20s

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, with the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions

 

 

 

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Friday at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., and Saturday at Merced Speedway in Merced, Calif., with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour

 
Ramey Looks to Rebound at Lake Ozark and Randolph County

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 29, 2021) - Gunner Ramey's first appearance in a winged 360ci sprint car at a pair of Arkansas ovals last weekend didn't yield the results he aimed to capture.

 

 

 

 

The No. 21 Terry Doogs Racing driver is eager to get back behind the wheel for two races this weekend following an eighth-place finish in the B Main at Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville last Friday and an 11 th-place run at I-30 Speedway on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

Batesville Motor Speedway hosted the first leg of the ASCS Sprint Week with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour. Ramey placed sixth in a heat race before he started and finished in the eighth position in the consolation race to narrowly miss the final transfer spot by two positions.

 

 

 

 

 

"Friday was kind of a wash for us," he said. "We fought car troubles all night and I could tell during hot laps that the car wasn't acting right. It was falling hard on the right side and I thought it was a dead torsion bar. The car wasn't handling very good at all. It pushed like a dump truck through the corners. It turned out that we had a soft spot in the right rear shock that was causing us some issues."

 

 

 

 

 

Ramey took to I-30 Speedway on Saturday and he enjoyed better results than the previous night.

 

 

 

 

 

The team had good pace throughout the night, finishing third in a heat race and second in a qualifier to lock into the main event. Ramey started 16 th in the feature and clawed his way forward as far as the eighth position before finishing 11th.

 

 

 

 

 

"The track changed a ton throughout the night," he said. "It was really juiced up early on, then it slicked off and by the end of the night it was locked-down rubber. We were able to make some passes in traffic, making our way along the bottom of the track. I felt like we had a top-10 car, but we got hung up in some traffic unfortunately."

 

 

 

 

 

The Sedalia, Mo., driver is planning to return to action this Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., during a weekly series event prior to tackling a Sprint Invaders race on Sunday at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo.

 

 

 

 

 

"This weekend it's all about getting more laps and having a clean race," he said. "I'd love to notch our first win at Lake Ozark Speedway. That's our goal there. We should be able to finish in the top five at Randolph County Raceway. I ran third most of the race the last time I was there."

 

 

 

 

 

Ramey has made five starts this season at Lake Ozark Speedway with a season-best finish of third on June 12. Sunday will mark his first appearance of the season at Randolph County Raceway.

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

 

 

 

July 23 - Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, Ark. - Heat race: 6 (5); B Main: 8 (8).

 

 

 

 

 

July 24 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (1); Qualifier: 2 (2); Feature: 11 (16).

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

 

 

17 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 4 top 10s, 9 top 15s, 15 top 20s

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. and Sunday at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., with the Sprint Invaders

 

BRODY ROA TAKES ANOTHER SECOND PLACE FINISH AND GAINS VALUABLE GROUND ON FIRST


 

(Cypress, CA, July 24, 2021)  The fine season of Garden Grove, California sprint car racer Brody Roa continued last Saturday night when he finished second in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series main event before a large, enthusiastic crowd at Perris Auto Speedway.  The podium finish allowed the veteran racer to close the deficit on first place from 62-points down to 36 heading into the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” at the  Santa Maria Raceway on August 14th. 

Brody Roa with a young fan before the main event at Perris Auto Speedway.  Charles Fawcett photo.


 

As per usual in July, the temperature was more than hot at the famous Riverside County speed plant.  However, that did not deter the large crowd from coming out to see a night of exciting sprint car racing.  Twenty-two cars signed into the pit area.  Roa qualified fourth fastest of the 22 when he toured the half-mile clay oval in 16.600.  He started fifth in the first 10-lap heat race and finished third earning him a start inside the second row for the 30-lap A main.


 

When the green light turned on to start the main event, Roa immediately jumped into second.  By the end of the opening circuit, the 30-year-old slipped back to position three.  He never ran farther back than third in the race and was in second a majority of the time.  A restart with three laps to go saw him on the tail of the leader when the green flag flew.  He steered the green #91R to the inside coming off turn four on the restart and started to pull alongside the leader prompting the fans to rise from their seats to catch a better glimpse of the battle for first.  However, the leader had too much momentum and beat Roa back to turn one.  From that point on, Roa maintained second and crossed the line seven car-lengths behind the winner.    


 

“We just needed a little bit more to run with that #92 car (winner Austin Williams) tonight,”  Roa told the crowd at the conclusion of the exciting race.  “We were a little snug getting in and a little free getting off.  We will take second and roll outta’ here and into Santa Maria in a couple of weeks and hopefully redeem ourselves there.  I am going to get a win with my daughter one of these times.  All of my wins have come without her here.  I want to thank my family for putting up with this stuff all these years.  Hopefully we are going to knock off some wins this year.” 


 

Roa’s impressive 2021 record continues to roll on.  Thus far he has made 15 starts in a sprint car and he has only finished out of the top three five times!  In the last three months he has started seven races and has placed in the top three six times.  The one race in that span that he finished worse than third was a fifth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series on June 26th. 


 

 

The new 2021 Brody Roa Racing shirts (graphics below) have arrived and are on sale now.  To see the full line and to order products, including shirts, sweatshirts, caps, beanies, baby onesies, plush blankets, jigsaw puzzles, stickers, mugs, and more, visit the team store at https://www.brodyroa.com/shop/.

Roa and the team would like to thank the following for being part of the 91R’s 2021 campaign.  HD Industries, Burris Racing, Sander Engineering, Biker Bruce Fisher, Inland Rigging, ALR Virtual Services, Caltrol, Competition Suspension, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Baldwin Filters and Jambo BBQ Pits.  In addition, the veteran driver offers thanks to Fastenal, Coopers Propane, Total Lubricants, Marina Pools, TJM Oilfield Distribution, Certex, and Biker Bruce for sponsoring the #8M. 


 

If you or your company would like to jump on board and receive recognition throughout the year, please give the two-time USAC champion racer a phone call or drop him a note at the contact information at the top of this release.  You can also contact him if you would like to put him in your car in a USAC National Series race when his west coast schedule permits.


 

To view Roa’s online portfolio and learn more about the team, please click on the following link https://www.teamwithbrody.com/Fans can also check out the team website at  https://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/br91r/To keep up with May Motorsports, please check out and “like” its Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/MayMotorsports8M


 

2021 Results

3-12             Kern County Raceway Park                  USAC/CRA Sprint Cars                    7th A Main

3-13             Kern County Raceway Park                  USAC/CRA Sprint Cars                    2nd A Main             

3-26             Thunderbowl Raceway                          USAC/CRA Sprint Cars                    13th A Main  

4-10             Keller Auto Speedway                           USAC West Coast Sprint Cars   3rd A Main

4-10             Keller Auto Speedway                           King Of The Wing Sprint Cars   22nd A Main

4-16             Kern County Raceway Park                  Open 360 Sprint Cars                    1st A Main

4-17             Thunderbowl Raceway                          USAC West Coast Sprint Cars   1st A Main

4-24             Perris Auto Speedway                           USAC/CRA Sprint Cars                     20th A Main

5-8               Bakersfield Speedway                           USAC/CRA Sprint Cars                    3rd A Main

5-22             Perris Auto Speedway                           USAC/CRA Sprint Cars                    1st A Main

6-12             Keller Auto Speedway                           King of Thunder Bandits                   2nd A Main

6-19             Perris Auto Speedway                           USAC/CRA Sprint Cars                     3rd A Main

6-26             Ventura Raceway                                 USAC West Coast Sprint Cars   5th A Main

7-3               Santa Maria Raceway                           USAC/CRA Sprint Cars                    2nd A Main

7-17             Perris Auto Speedway                           USAC/CRA Sprint Cars                    2nd A Main

 

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Williamson Highlights Week With Top Five at East Moline Speedway

 

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - ELDON, Mo. (July 26, 2021) - Garet Williamson earned his fifth top-five finish of the season last Wednesday during a Sprint Invaders show at East Moline Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bryant Paver Motorsports driver advanced from fifth to fourth place in a heat race at the dirt oval in East Moline, Ill., which lined him up on the inside of the sixth row for the main event.

 

 

 

 

"I think we were really good," he said. "We just didn't pass enough cars in our heat race to make the feature redraw. We passed a lot of cars in the feature though. Once the race started we didn't have cautions to bunch us back up or else I think we could have passed more cars. Everyone rolled the bottom and we were on the top knocking the fence down. We were really good."

 

 

 

 

 

The six positions gained was tied for the second most in the feature.

 

 

 

 

 

Williamson ventured to Lake Ozark Speedway on Friday for the opening night of a FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions doubleheader. He qualified 18 th quickest overall and finished sixth in a heat race to lock into the main event. Williamson battled for a top 15 early before he was involved in a race-ending crash.

 

 

 

 

 

"I went in there to pass someone and we banged tires going into the corner," he said. "We slid up the track and a car slid into me after we were stopped. It was just a racing deal, but it bent the frame."

 

 

 

 

 

That ended the weekend early for Williamson, who is returning to action this week with five 360ci sprint car races in six days. He will run the ASCS Sprint Week races with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour on Tuesday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.; Wednesday at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.; and Thursday at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. The team will then venture to Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday before invading Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., on Sunday for a Sprint Invaders event.

 

 

 

 

 

"We're going to some familiar tracks so hopefully we can build some momentum and confidence rolling into the 360 Knoxville Nationals," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

 

 

 

July 21 - East Moline Speedway in East Moline, Ill. - Heat race: 4 (5); Feature: 5 (11).

 

 

 

 

 

July 23 - Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. - Qualifying: 18; Heat race: 6 (6); Feature: 23 (17).

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

 

 

34 races, 0 wins, 5 top fives, 10 top 10s, 15 top 15s, 18 top 20s

 

 

 

 

 

UP NEXT -

 

 

 

 

Tuesday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.; Wednesday at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.; and Thursday at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour; Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa; and Sunday at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., with the Sprint Invaders

Starks Nets Two Top 10s During Skagit Speedway Summer Nationals

 

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - ALGER, Wash. (July 26, 2021) - Trey Starks earned a pair of top-10 results last weekend during the Bob's Burgers & Brew Summer Nationals hosted by Skagit Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 

Starks was strong throughout the weekend, which began on Friday when he qualified fourth quickest. A run from third to second place in a heat race advanced Starks into the feature redraw and he pulled the No. 6 to line up on the outside of the third row for the A Main.

 

 

 

 

 

"In qualifying we tried something with the gear and it just didn't quite work," he said. "We were slightly off. We had a decent heat race knowing we just needed to finish in the top five.

 

 

 

 

 

"In the feature we were working our way up and had a decent car. We got to fourth and there was a restart about halfway. I got to third in turns one and two. I went to slide for second going into turn three when I hit a hole. The car bounced and all but got upside down. That shuffled us back to seventh or eighth. The top four locked in for Saturday. From that point I was focused on getting back to fourth. We worked our way back and got into fourth with two or three laps to go."

 

 

 

 

 

Starks' rebound for a fourth-place finish locked him into the feature redraw of Saturday's main event.

 

 

 

 

 

"We drew the six again for the feature and we didn't really get a good start," he said. "I think we fell back to seventh or eighth. We had a couple of cautions that didn't fall our way. Finally we started hitting our stride approaching the halfway point. We were into fourth and fighting for third. We had a lapped car basically spin in front of the third-place running car and myself. Although we didn't come to a stop, we got into the back of a car pretty hard and basically ripped the nose wing off. From there it was a handful. I just rolled around and tried to stay out of trouble. It was a pretty disappointing finish. We were really good in long runs on Saturday. I think we needed long green-flag runs to get cars strung out and get into traffic to start going to work, but it didn't go our way."

 

 

 

 

 

Starks was credited with an eighth-place result.

 

 

 

 

 

He will take this weekend off before heading to Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., for the Marvin Smith Memorial Grove Classic on Aug. 6-7.

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

 

 

 

July 23 - Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 2 (3); Feature: 4 (6).

 

 

 

 

 

July 24 - Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. - Feature: 8 (6).

 

 

 

 

 

UP NEXT -

 

 

 

 

Aug. 6-7 at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., for the Marvin Smith Memorial Grove Classic

Amantea Earns Top 10 During USAC East Coast Sprint Cars Race at Georgetown

 

Inside Line Promotions - BRIDGEPORT, N.J. (July 27, 2021) - Joey Amantea scored a weekend-best seventh-place finish at Georgetown Speedway Friday night during the first of two nights of racing with the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars.

 

Amantea also competed on Saturday at Bridgeport Motorsports Park, where he finished 18th following an accident.

 

 

"You could say we had the best of both worlds as we had two nights with two different sets of results," he said. "We're fast and we know we're gaining on things. We just need some luck to go our way and we'll be ok."

 

 

Amantea planned a full slate of wingless micro sprint racing early in the week, but engine troubles derailed his plans. He turned his focus toward the wingless 360ci sprint car and headed to Georgetown, Del., for a first-ever visit to Georgetown Speedway on Friday. Amantea kicked off the night by finishing fifth in a heat race and earning the 10th starting spot into the A Main. He gained three positions during the feature to score his sixth top-10 result of the season with the series.

 

 

"Georgetown is a pretty neat track and it was something I have yet to experience as a driver," he said. "I made a few driver mistakes in the heat race and was doing all right in the feature before we got lapped. It's unfortunate we got lapped as by that point the car was really good and the results don't show how fast we actually were."

 

 

Amantea then ventured to Bridgeport Motorsports Park - the site of his season-best effort of third place with the series in May. He started on the pole for a heat race, but a blown left-rear tire relegated him to a fourth-place finish and left him short of the feature redraw. He lined up 10th and was running as high as eighth when two cars made contact in front of him, which left him nowhere to go. The damage sustained ended his night early and he was credited with finishing 18th.

 

 

"Bridgeport is a track I really like and we were third quick in hot laps, but the blown tire killed us," he said. "I was running pretty good in the feature and it was just a wrong place, wrong time deal and that ended our night pretty quickly unfortunately."

 

 

The next Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars race is Saturday at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Va. He sits seventh in the standings and only trails fifth by 56 markers.

 

 

"We ran Winchester last year and I felt pretty good, but pill draw is going to be key early in the night and getting up front," he said. "We could use a good weekend and I'm looking forward to getting back on track. Every race is another opportunity and hopefully this weekend will be ours."

 

 

He also plans to race a micro sprint on Wednesday at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa.

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

July 23 - Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Del. - Heat race: 5 (5); Feature: 7 (10).

 

 

July 24 - Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Bridgeport, N.J. - Heat race: 4 (1); Feature: 18 (10).

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

32 races, 1 win, 5 top fives, 13 top 10s, 20 top 15s, 22 top 20s

 

 

UP NEXT -

 

Wednesday at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa., and Saturday at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Va., with the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars

Kaleb Johnson Posts Podium Finish With MSTS Series at Rapid Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 27, 2021) - Kaleb Johnson raced to a third-place finish a week ago Tuesday during the Midwest Sprint Touring Series feature, which was part of the special Lyon County Fair race at Rapid Speedway.

 

It marked his second podium in as many starts this year at the track in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

 

 

"It was another good night for us there," said Johnson, who was runner up in May. "We usually seem to run well there."

 

 

Johnson began the night by grabbing the lead early in his heat race and going on to the win. The victory qualified him for the feature redraw. He drew the fourth starting position with a pair of stout competitors starting to his inside.

 

 

"I figured it would be tough to beat Justin (Henderson) and Jack (Dover) with them starting in the first two rows on the inside," he said. "Justin has been hot everywhere lately and it seems like Jack usually finishes first or second whenever we're at Rocky."

 

 

Henderson and Dover quickly pulled away from the field when the race started while Johnson found himself in fourth.

 

 

"I ran fourth for a few laps before getting by Nate Eakin for third," he said. "Then we had a couple of restarts that gave me a chance to pass them, but they were just too good. I was later able to close on them some in lapped traffic, but it was the same thing. They were really in a league of their own. You always want to win, but finishing third to those two isn't the worst."

 

 

Johnson and crew headed to Knoxville Raceway on Saturday without their regular Knoxville Raceway sprint car in the trailer.

 

 

"We have one car we race only at Knoxville," he said. "But we hurt the motor in that one the week before and it's being repaired so we brought our other car. It's the same make of car, but it's four years older and the motor isn't as strong."

 

 

Johnson's evening began better than anticipated.

 

 

"We qualified eighth (out of 31 drivers), which was better than I expected with that car," he said. "Then we went from fourth to third in the heat race. We probably could've finished second if I hadn't shown my nose to John Carney so early on the final lap."

 

 

Johnson rolled off eighth on the starting grid in the A Main.

 

 

"I didn't get a very good start and dropped back to around 12th or 13th after a few laps," he said. "I felt the most uncomfortable in the car than I've ever felt at Knoxville. With about four laps to go, I went into turn three and hit the cushion. The car snapped free and I couldn't save it. I restarted last and finished 17th. It wasn't a very good night. I guess the thing we learned was that different cars don't like different things."

 

 

Johnson will move on to MSTS and Midwest Power Series competition at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., this Friday before returning to Knoxville Raceway on Saturday.

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

July 20 - Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa - Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 3 (4).

 

 

July 24 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 8; Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 17 (8).

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

23 races, 0 wins, 5 top fives, 11 top 10s, 13 top 15s, 18 top 20s

 

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., with the Midwest Sprint Touring Series and Midwest Power Series and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa

Dover Delivers Top Fives at Four Different Tracks

 

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - BRANDON, S.D. (July 27, 2021) - Jack Dover earned two podiums, four top fives and five top 10s in a half-dozen races during a recent 10-day stretch.

 

 

 

 

 

The lone result outside of the top six kicked off the busy week and a half of racing on July 16 when a broken rear end resulted in a DNF during a Midwest Sprint Touring Series and Midwest Power Series event at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn.

 

 

 

 

Dover followed that up by earning the Hard Charger Award with a run from 12 th to third on July 17 at I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D. He capped that weekend with a fifth-place showing at Huset's Speedway on July 18.

 

 

 

 

 

The strong results continued last week as he placed second during an MSTS event at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday before maneuvering from ninth to fourth at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday. The weekend concluded on Sunday with a sixth-place result at Huset's Speedway.

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm really pleased with how we ran at all of those races," he said. "I honestly believe if my rear end wouldn't have broke at Jackson we would have had a top-five finish there. I think I just hit on what this car likes and it's the opposite of what the car from last year liked. We've hit on something and it's pretty awesome going into the Knoxville Nationals."

 

 

 

 

 

Dover's two runs at Huset's Speedway came in the Chris and Rick Bowers' No. 81 sprint car and the team continues to rank third in the track's championship standings.

 

 

 

 

 

"We definitely want to win one before the season is over, but in order to win one you have to be willing to take a chance at wrecking a car," Dover said. "We can't do that right now with one car and one motor. We're trying our hardest without wrecking and about fifth place is where we're getting."

 

 

 

 

 

Dover has a trio of races on tap this weekend with a return to Jackson Motorplex on Friday, to I-90 Speedway on Saturday and to Huset's Speedway on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

"Every time I go out there I want to win and if I don't win I want to at least be on the podium," he said. "After the race at Rapid Speedway last Tuesday we pulled the motor out. The guys at Speedway Engines did some things and I think that's why we did so well at Knoxville on Saturday. They gave it a lot more power. I feel pretty good going into this weekend and the Knoxville Nationals coming up."

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

 

 

 

July 16 - Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn. - Qualifying: 5; Heat race: 2 (2); Feature: 21 (7).

 

 

 

 

 

July 17 - I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D. - Heat race: 6 (6); Feature: 3 (12).

 

 

 

 

 

July 18 - Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. - Qualifying: 8; Heat race: 2 (2); Feature: 5 (8).

 

 

 

 

 

July 20 - Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa - Heat race: 1 (3); Feature: 2 (3).

 

 

 

 

 

July 24 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 11; Heat race: 1 (3); Feature: 4 (9).

 

 

 

 

 

July 25 - Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 2 (3); Feature: 6 (8).

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

33 races, 4 wins, 16 top fives, 23 top 10s, 27 top 15s, 27 top 20s

 

 

UP NEXT -

 

 

 

Friday at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., and Saturday at I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., with the Midwest Sprint Touring Series and Midwest Power Series and Sunday at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D.

Brian Brown Amped for Three All Star Races This Week Following Triumph at Knoxville

 

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 27, 2021) - Brian Brown faces a trio of FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions races at familiar tracks this week on the heels of his fourth victory of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

Brown led all 25 laps last Saturday at Knoxville Raceway, where he captured his 54th career 410ci winged sprint car win.

 

 

 

 

July 24 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 2 (6); Feature: 1 (1).

 

 

 

 

"It was a good, efficient night," Brown said. "It was the first time we've been back to Knoxville in a bit so it was good to get back there. We were third quick and went sixth to second in the heat. We got a good draw for a good starting spot in the A Main. Knoxville's competition is very good so we knew we needed a good start. We were able to try some stuff and put it on the car. It seemed to rip around there pretty good. We got through traffic decent and the race went 25 laps non-stop. Hats off to Danny, Nate, Tye and my dad. It was 100-degree heat, which isn't easy on anybody. Those guys keep knocking it out of the park."

 

 

 

 

 

UP NEXT - Tuesday at I-70 Motorsports Park in Odessa, Mo.; Thursday at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo.; and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, with the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions

 

 

 

 

"The All Stars are as tough as they get," Brown said. "They showed that at Eldora the other week. I feel like we're good, too. We ran well at I-70 when the Outlaws were there with a second and a sixth. It's a premier facility 15 minutes from our shop. Thursday will be a special one because of where it's at and who it's for. Ron Ditzfeld was my first-ever sponsor from Day 1 and his company, Ditzfeld Transfer, has been on my car from the start. It sucks to race a memorial race for him because he's not there, but I'd love nothing more than to bring a trophy back home in his honor. And Saturday at Knoxville, as we get closer to the Nationals every single lap counts. It will be a tough one this weekend because of the level of competition coming into town, but the level will amp up every single week. We feel like we're in a good spot right now. We're trying to learn as much as we can and be efficient and make good decisions. We want a car that is good enough to be in the hunt and I can make up the difference when it counts."

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

 

43 races, 4 wins, 11 top fives, 22 top 10s, 29 top 15s, 37 top 20s

Big Game Motorsports and Gravel Post Three Top 10s During Week in Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (July 28, 2021) - David Gravel produced a trio of top-10 finishes last week in Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

 

The Big Game Motorsports driver highlighted the three World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series races a week ago Tuesday when he placed fourth during the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup hosted by Lernerville Speedway in Sarver.

 

 

 

 

 

Gravel opened the night by qualifying sixth quickest. A heat race win earned a spot into the dash. Gravel advanced a position to finish second, which started him on the outside of the front row for the main event.

 

 

 

 

 

"Lernerville was pretty good from the drop of the green," he said. "I felt like we qualified well for when we went out. We were able to do good in the heat race and we gained a spot in the dash. Starting in the front row was good. We had a good handle on the car and maybe got a little overconfident. We didn't make as many adjustments as we should have with a 35-lap feature and we were too free. The track got slicker and there wasn't much grip to be had. You just end up sliding around."

 

 

 

 

 

The fourth-place result was his 25th top five of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

Gravel ventured to Williams Grove Speedway for the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals last weekend. He timed in eighth quickest, placed second in a heat race and rallied from eighth to fourth in the dash on Friday to start the A Main on the outside of the second row.

 

 

 

 

 

"We were pretty good all night long," he said. "The best car we had all night was in the dash. I think we were so good in the dash we got cold feet to do too much to the car. We got real loose and free a couple of laps in and just held on at the end."

 

 

Gravel placed sixth and returned to the half-mile oval on Saturday for the event finale. He nearly duplicated his results from the previous night, finishing sixth in qualifying, second in a heat race, fifth in the dash and eighth in the main event.

 

 

 

 

 

"The track was a lot wetter that night and was pretty dominant around the top," he said. "We had a pretty good car in the A Main, but you didn't want to start on the bottom. We lost a spot on the start. I got tied up with a lapped car and lost a spot there. I passed two guys on the last restart and they both passed me going into turn one and it messed me up. If we started sixth we probably would have been fourth on Lap 1 and been in a better situation. It was just circumstances with racing."

 

 

 

 

 

The team heads to New York this weekend for World of Outlaws races on Friday at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville for The Big 'R' Shootout and Saturday at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport for the Empire State Challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

"Ransomville is an interesting place," he said. "It's fairly fast. We haven't raced there in a couple of years so I'm interested to see what they've done to the track to improve it. And Weedsport is a beautiful facility. It's a short track that can get really slick. Typically New York is on the slicker side. We haven't been there in several years so it will even out the playing field."

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

July 21 - Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. - Qualifying: 6; Heat race: 1 (2); Dash: 2 (3); Feature: 4 (2).

 

 

 

 

 

July 23 - Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. - Qualifying: 8; Heat race: 2 (2); Dash: 4 (8); Feature: 6 (4).

 

 

 

 

 

July 24 - Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. - Qualifying: 6; Heat race: 2 (2); Dash: 5 (5); Feature: 8 (5).

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

 

 

52 races, 7 wins, 25 top fives, 41 top 10s, 49 top 15s, 51 top 20s

 

 

 

 

 

UP NEXT -

 

 

 

 

Friday at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y., for The Big 'R' Shootout and Saturday at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., for the Empire State Challenge with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

 

 

 

Henderson and Sandvig Record Top Fives at Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - BRANDON, S.D. (July 28, 2021) - Justin Henderson picked up a pair of top-five finishes behind the wheel of the Mike Sandvig Racing No. 7 during two nights of racing last weekend at Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway.

 

The top-five outings wrapped up another successful weekend of racing after Henderson earned a win in his family owned No. 83 sprint car a week ago Tuesday at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

 

 

"We didn't do well qualifying both nights and that's a department where you have to be good in at these races," he said. "Coming off a few weeks of winning you want to maintain that standard and I guess we were due for something different. I can't be upset with top-five finishes, but history says we can do better and that's what we want to do weekly."

 

 

The team entered last weekend on a four-race winning streak. The action began on Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, where Henderson timed in ninth quickest among 24 drivers during qualifying with a lap of 16.192 seconds. He then won a heat race from the fourth starting spot to lock into the A Main.

 

 

Henderson lined up fifth for the feature and by Lap 6 he'd advanced to third. He ultimately slipped back one position to finish fourth for his fifth top-five finish of the season at 'The Sprint Car Capital of the World.' Henderson continues to hold the points lead by 17 points with three points races remaining on the 2021 schedule.

 

 

"Where we went out in time trials affected us as after our laps it seemed everyone went to the bottom and that's where the track ended up being fastest," he said. "We managed to win our heat, but overall, it was just a night where I can't really explain it other than to say it wasn't our night."

 

 

Henderson and Sandvig headed to Huset's Speedway on Sunday. Henderson laid down a lap of 11.450 seconds in qualifying, which was eighth quickest out of 23 drivers. Henderson won a heat race to make the feature redraw, which ended up with him pulling the No. 7 to start on the inside of the fourth row in the main event.

 

 

He cracked the top five around the halfway mark of the 25-lap feature, but with the leader setting an extremely quick pace Henderson struggled to make up much ground and he settled for fifth. The top five was his ninth of the season at the track and he holds a 22-point advantage in the standings.

 

 

"Sunday was probably the worst we've been at Huset's this year and I was trying to do some different things to make up ground," he said. "I had a chance at third and I kind of dove in there really hard and it ended up costing us a spot and we ended up fifth instead."

 

 

Next up for the team will be another two-race weekend. They'll head to Knoxville Raceway on Saturday to compete for $7,000 with the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions before traveling to Huset's Speedway on Sunday for the $10,000-to-win Bull Haulers Brawl presented by Folkens Brothers Trucking.

 

 

"The money is definitely in the back of our mind and it's two tracks we clearly know very well," Henderson said. "We want to run well for the points deal, but you also want to win races and get rewarded that way. So, the goal is to just go in with the same mindset we have all season and try to take care of business."

 

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

July 24 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 9; Heat race: 1 (4); Feature: 4 (5).

 

 

July 25 - Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. - Qualifying: 8; Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 5 (7).

 

 

SEASON STATS -

 

32 races, 6 wins, 14 top fives, 18 top 10s, 24 top 15s, 29 top 20s

 

 

UP NEXT -

 

Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, with the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions and Sunday at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D.

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