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Krimes Builds Momentum With Podium Finish at Lincoln Speedway in Preparation for World of Outlaws Invasion

Inside Line Promotions - ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. (May 12, 2021) - Alan Krimes continued what has been a successful season at Lincoln Speedway when he scored a third-place finish Saturday night in his family owned No. 87.

The top-five run was the fifth of the season for the team at 'The Pigeon Hills' track, where Krimes leads the 410ci sprint car championship standings.

"We're pretty consistent with our car at Lincoln and I think we already have more top fives this year than we did all of last season," he said. "You always want to have more wins, but when you are clicking off top-five finishes and podiums you can't really be upset."

Krimes kicked off the night when he laid down a qualifying lap of 13.756 seconds, which was good enough for fourth quickest among 37 drivers. He followed that up by winning a heat race from the pole position and finishing second in the dash to lock himself a great starting spot in the A Main.

"We timed really well and we were really good in the heat race," he said. "The car felt really good and when you're running an Outlaws format you need speed right away so it was a nice feeling knowing we could be up front from the start."

Krimes, who lined up on the outside of the front row for the feature, settled into the runner-up spot early before falling to third on Lap 7. At the halfway point the top three drivers were all under a blanket on the backstretch. However, that was as close as Krimes got to the lead as he settled for third at the completion of the 30-lap event.

"Earlier in the night we were really good running through the middle of the track, but it seems like after the dash we just couldn't find that line," he said. "I didn't feel really good around the top, especially in turns three and four. But we probably needed lapped traffic to really have a shot. We reeled those guys in a few times, but never really felt good enough to get up there and really battle."

Krimes currently holds a 35-point advantage in the track standings heading into a Wednesday night visit by the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series to Lincoln Speedway. With the heightened competition of the touring series and a $10,000 prize awaiting the winner of the Gettysburg Clash, Krimes knows it will be important to start the night off fast in time trials if he wants to stay on top of the standings.

"These Outlaws races are so tough to even get in the show, so we need to have a good lap in time trials and that's going to be the key to our night," he said. "With it being a full-points night, we've got to keep that part of the deal in the back of our mind and if I do my part behind the wheel that will take care of itself."

Along with the Wednesday night Outlaws tilt, Krimes will compete with the series in two nights of racing aboard the Stewart Smith Racing No. 27 on Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., during the Morgan Cup. The team earned its season-best finish of sixth in the most recent visit to the track and Krimes is hoping to carry some of that momentum into this weekend's event.

"With weather and everything, Stewart and I haven't gotten as many laps together as we'd like to have coming into an Outlaws weekend," he said. "Even more than Lincoln, I feel like time trials is really important at 'The Grove' so hopefully we can come out fast and go from there. A good showing this weekend will go a long way for our team for the rest of the season at Williams Grove."

QUICK RESULTS -

May 8 - Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 1 (1); Dash: 2 (1); Feature: 3 (2).

SEASON STATS -

14 races, 1 win, 5 top fives, 9 top 10s, 11 top 15s, 12 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Wednesday at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa., for the Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene and Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., for the Morgan Cup with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

 

 

Daniel Sidelined From World of Outlaws Tour by Concussion

 

Inside Line Promotions - CARROLLTON, Mo. (May 12, 2021) - A nasty concussion and recurring symptoms have kept Mason Daniel off the race track since his vicious crash on April 30.

 

Daniel is recuperating at his shop in Missouri. He has missed the last three World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series races and he will be unable to race in the trio of races on tap this week.

"I've had concussions before, but this one has been the worst," he said. "The day after the crash I couldn't make it 10 minutes of doing something without getting confused. Now I'm able to work throughout the morning without any problems showing up until the afternoon. The doctor said I need to make it 48 straight hours without symptoms before I will be cleared to return to racing so right now I'm doing my best to recover."

 

Daniel, who is in his second season on the World of Outlaws trail, added that there is no timetable for when he will be able to resume racing.

 

"It's tough to be sitting while everyone else is racing, but we need to take the recovery seriously and make sure I'm ready to get back in the race car before I return," he said. "World of Outlaws officials have been supportive and asked that I submit a doctor's note stating that I'm cleared to race before they give the thumbs up so I appreciate that they are taking it as serious as we are.

 

"I want to reassure our partners and fans that we will be back as soon as possible. Sometimes in racing you are dealt with a setback like we have been, but we will rebound from this. I want to also thank everyone who has been supportive."

 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MasonDRacing

 

SPONSORS -

 

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FOUR STRAIGHT WEEKS OF RACING ON TAP FOR JEFF DYER  

 

(May 11, 2021, Yucca Valley, CA) Southern California open wheel racing veteran Jeff Dyer is getting ready for a busy four weeks of racing on May 15th, 22nd, 29th & 30th, and June 5th.  It will be the most ambitious part of the 2021 season for the open wheel racer.

 

Dyer, who calls Yucca Valley, California home, kicks things off this Saturday night, May 15th, in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series on “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile High Banked Clay Oval,” the Bakersfield Speedway.  In his first two 2021 outings on the Kern County track, the results sheets have been anything but kind to the former United States Army Explosive Ordinance officer.  He placed 15th there on May 13th and was 20th on April 10th.   However, he is coming off a seventh-place finish at the Merced Speedway on April 17th.  Despite the tough luck in two of three CLS races this year, Dyer is seventh in points. 

 

The following week Dyer will be staying a little closer to home when he races in the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at Perris Auto Speedway on May 22nd.  For that race he will wheel longtime friend Cal Smith’s #39 410 sprint car in the annual “Salute To Indy.”  That prestigious race first took place more than 70-years ago in the original California Racing Association.

 

After the Perris race, Dyer and the crew will point the hauler towards Missouri for the May 29th and 30th 3rd Annual POWRi Lightning Sprint Car Nationals at the Central Missouri Speedway.  It will be his first ever appearance at the track and his second ever attempt at the race.  Two years ago, he contested the Nationals when they were held at Lake Ozark Speedway.  In two nights of action, he placed fifth and 13th in the A main events. 

 

When the race is over in the “Show Me State,” Dyer will high tale it back to the west coast to race with the California Lightning Sprint Cars at the Grand Reopening of the Ventura Raceway on June 5th.  All told in four weeks, he will drive two different cars in five races, on four separate tracks, with three different sanctioning bodies in two different states.

 

Fans who would like to see Dyer and the other CLS stars in action at Saturday’s race in Bakersfield can find the track at 5001 N. Chester Ext., in Bakersfield (93308).  The track website is http://www.bakersfieldspeedway.com/ and the office phone number is (661) 393-3373. The pits will open at 2:30 p.m.  The general admission gate swings open at 4:00 and the first race will hit the track at 6:00.

Throughout the 2021 campaign, Dyer will be racing in memory of his grandfather, Glenn Sels. 

 

Dyer Motorsports would like to thank the following sponsors for making the 2021 racing season possible.  John Springstead Racing, T Shirts By Timeless, LDS Investigations, Hair Cuts by Susie and Amsoil.  If you would like to be a part of the team in 2021, call or send an E-mail to the contact information at the top of this page. 

 

Jeff Dyer’s 2021 Racing Results

 

3-12             Kern County Raceway      USAC/CRA Sprint Cars                                              14th A Main            

3-13             Bakersfield Speedway       California Lightning Sprint Cars                                15th A Main

3-26             Mojave Valley Raceway    POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints                              8th A Main

3-27             Mojave Valley Raceway    POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints                              2nd A Main

4-3               Barona Speedway             POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints                              11th A Main

4-10             Bakersfield Speedway       California Lightning Sprints                                       20th A Main

4-17             Merced Speedway            California Lightning/BCRA Civil War                              7th A Main

Hill Ready to Rebound in Tennessee Following Rough Wreck in Michigan

Inside Line Promotions - LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (May 10, 2021) - A vicious crash brought an early end to a promising night for Alex Hill on Saturday night at I-96 Speedway, which hosted the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.

"It was definitely a hard one and it felt like it was a harder crash than the one I had in Knoxville," said Hill, referring to her crash at Knoxville Raceway in 2017 when she suffered a concussion and was forced from the driver's seat for approximately two months.

"I'm pretty sore today, but I'm getting better. My head wasn't feeling real well earlier, but it's doing a lot better now. I'm sure I'll be fine."

Hill's first laps on the track for the night brought optimism when she recorded the fastest time in her group during hot laps and was second overall to teammate Dylan Westbrook out of around 40 cars during the practice session.

"We had a really fast car in hot laps," she said. "We got a decent draw in our heat race and I was hoping for a good night."

The optimism came to an abrupt halt shortly after the start of her heat race when her car clipped an infield tire in turn one, eventually sending it into a series of wild flips up the track and then off of it before finally landing on its tires outside of the second turn.

"I barely clipped the infield tire, which broke something on the front end of the car and sent me into another tire, which got me into the air," she said. "I remember thinking I was done flipping at one point, then I went over a couple more times."

The crash ended the night early during the rough weekend, which began on Friday when the opener rained out.

The Hill's Racing Team driver will regroup and move on to compete this Saturday at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn., with the ASCS National Tour. It will mark her debut at the track.

QUICK RESULTS -

May 8 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: DNF (3); B Main: DNS (-).

SEASON STATS -

7 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10, 1 top 15, 2 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Saturday at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

 

 

Big Game Motorsports and Gravel Post Two Top 10s at Eldora Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 10, 2021) - David Gravel produced an efficient weekend during the #LetsRaceTwo doubleheader hosted by Eldora Speedway.

 

The Big Game Motorsports driver scored a top five during the opener before capping the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event with his series-best 18th top 10 in 20 races.

"Speed has not been lacking," Gravel said. "To be quick time both nights shows the big track speed we have."

 

Gravel established quick time for both programs, with Friday's race postponed until Saturday afternoon because of a wet track.

 

"We came in the next day and the track got really slick," he said. "We won our heat race and drew the No. 5 for the dash. I fell back a little and charged back to fourth. I felt pretty good there. Then in the A Main it was super slick and there wasn't a lot of wing speed. We were all right and came home fourth."

 

Gravel's fourth-place finish was his 10th top five of the season during World of Outlaws competition.

 

The event concluded Saturday evening with a full program and once again Gravel set quick time during qualifying.

 

"We drew a decent pill in the middle of the field and they did three at a time in qualifying," he said. "We were able to go quick time again and we got the job done in the heat."

 

Gravel won a heat race to again make the dash. A fifth-place result lined him up on the inside of the third row for the main event.

 

"Someone got sideways in front of me on the start so I fell back and settled into eighth," he said. "On a double-file restart I passed some guys to get to fourth. Then a caution came out and we restarted on the outside again. A couple of guys used me up and I fell back to 10th. We settled in and got to seventh. We were okay in the feature. I felt like all the guys around me were the same speed."

 

Gravel's seventh-place showing moved him within 62 points of the leader in the championship standings.

 

"It was a solid weekend," he said. "You'd like to get on the podium or challenge for a win, but it was solid in the grand scheme of things. If we keep qualifying good and keep doing this we'll figure it out most nights."

 

A trio of races in Pennsylvania fill this week's schedule with races on Wednesday at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown for the Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene and Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg for the Morgan Cup on tap.

 

"I'm really excited for Pennsylvania," Gravel said. "Lincoln and Williams Grove are two great tracks for me. I head in there with a lot of confidence and a lot of speed. Cody (Jacobs) has been really successful at both tracks as well so we're looking forward to this week."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 7 - Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio - Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 1 (1); Dash: 4 (5); Feature: 4 (4).

 

May 8 - Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio - Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 1 (1); Dash: 5 (3); Feature: 7 (5).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

22 races, 3 wins, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s, 22 top 15s, 22 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Wednesday at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa., for the Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene and Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., for the Morgan Cup with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

Bogucki Aiming to Capitalize on Fast SawBlade.com Sponsored Sprint Car

Inside Line Promotions - LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (May 10, 2021) - Scott Bogucki is heading to Tennessee on a mission to complete a race night.

 

Bogucki and his team plan on racing this Saturday at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap during the next Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event.

The SawBlade.com sponsored driver has been electric on the track this year, battling for a podium during nearly every start. However, that hasn't been reflected in the end result during the last three weeks.

 

"We've got to start finishing some races," Bogucki said. "We're having the worst luck ever. We have speed everywhere we go, but aren't getting through the nights. But I'll keep taking the speed and working on the luck part."

 

Bogucki won a heat race and was running third in the ASCS National Tour feature last Saturday at I-96 Speedway when he narrowly caught an infield tire with his left front wheel.

 

"It was my fault I nicked an infield tire," he said. "I spun around and kept the car going. ASCS rules are you blend back in so I should have blended in around seventh. The rules got changed and we were put to the tail. There's no more blending in."

 

Bogucki restarted at the rear of the field and rebounded to finish 11 th.

 

It marked the third straight week Bogucki was running in a podium position when an incident on the track resulted in a finish outside of the top 10.

 

"That one really hurt us in the points," he said. "Hopefully we can have a smooth night and get a finish this Saturday in Tennessee."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 8 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 11 (6).

SEASON STATS -

8 races, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 3 top 10s, 5 top 15s, 6 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Saturday at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

Burke Competing at Famed Track This Weekend With Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship

 

Inside Line Promotions - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 10, 2021) - Trey Burke will achieve a dream this week when he races on the grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

The Joe Dooling Autosports competitor is slated to compete Thursday through Saturday at the Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit in Indianapolis, Ind., with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

"We'll be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is huge," he said. "There's not a lot of people that have that opportunity. To be fortunate to get to race there is really cool. The track is in the infield, but we do get to go up on the straightaways. I believe on the frontstretch we go down it backwards."

 

Qualifying takes place Thursday on the 14-turn road course that measures 2.439 miles, which is the biggest track Burke has raced on thus far and the second biggest he'll face this season. Two races will occur on Friday before the finale of the tripleheader on Saturday.

 

"I think it'll be good, especially because it's a tripleheader and not just two races," he said. "Because it's a tripleheader I'd like to continuously improve. I want to keep moving forward in each race."

 

This weekend is the first of three tripleheaders for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship this year and it marks the fifth through seventh rounds of the season. Burke posted his career-best result of 19 th during his most recent race on April 24 at the Streets of St. Petersburg. His six positions gained were tied for the second most.

 

"We got caught up in a wreck in the first race and made some progress during the second one," he said. "Hopefully we'll keep moving forward this weekend."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

April 24 - Streets of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Round 3) - Qualifying: 22; Feature: 24 (22).

 

April 24 - Streets of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Round 4) - Qualifying: 25; Feature: 19 (25).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

4 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 0 top 15s, 2 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Thursday through Saturday at the Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit in Indianapolis, Ind., with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship

Dover Scores Sixth-Place Showing During Huset's Speedway Season Opener

 

Inside Line Promotions - BRANDON, S.D. (May 11, 2021) - Jack Dover garnered a top-10 result during his season debut behind the wheel of a 410ci winged sprint car.

 

Dover was efficient throughout the Mother's Day Opener at Huset's Speedway last Sunday when he piloted the Rick and Chris Bowers owned No. 81 to a sixth-place showing.

"I set a goal for myself of getting through the night in one piece," Dover said. "I wanted everything to go smooth and finish in the top 12 in the feature. We were able to finish in the top half of that number. As a team we can be more prepared, but I was really pleased with how things went. Every week you have to fine-tune some things, but we didn't have to make too many adjustments."

 

Dover qualified sixth quickest and he finished where he started - third - in a heat race. That missed the feature redraw by only one spot and lined Dover up on the inside of the fifth row for the main event.

 

"In the first four laps we got to seventh," he said. "Later we were battling with Carson McCarl for sixth when (Brooke) Tatnell got back by me. We picked up a spot when (Justin) Henderson had an incident and on the last lap I was able to sneak by Chris Martin on the bottom.

 

"The biggest fine-tuning is me. I forget to breathe. Once I tell myself to start breathing and get in my rhythm we'll be all right. Everything happens so fast. I need to get in the 410 rhythm."

 

Dover will have two more opportunities this weekend as the team is slated to race on Saturday at I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., and on Sunday at Huset's Speedway with the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association. He will kick off the weekend in his own sprint car on Friday at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

May 9 - Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. - Qualifying: 6; Heat race: 3 (3); Feature: 6 (9).

SEASON STATS -

5 races, 1 win, 1 top five, 3 top 10s, 5 top 15s, 5 top 20s

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb.; and Saturday at I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., and Sunday at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., with the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association

Boulton Advances to Earn Two Top 10s at Riverside International Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (May 11, 2021) - Tucker Boulton has improved his feature finish during each of his three career 360ci winged sprint car starts at his home track of Riverside International Speedway, including back-to-back top 10s during the last two weekends.

 

Boulton posted a 10th-place result on May 1 during the Spring Fling Special before taking another step forward last Saturday when he picked up a seventh-place finish in the inaugural Melvin Holcomb Classic.

"We've been working really hard to get this car going right and to get comfortable in it," he said. "I think we're at a point where we can take the car somewhere else and be competitive. We have figured out a good base."

 

Boulton is gaining confidence at the same rate as his experience level is growing during his first season behind the wheel of a 360 sprint car. One of the biggest learning moments came on May 1 when Boulton spent part of the main event following veteran and eventual race winner Derek Hagar.

 

"I learned it's not a Sunday cruise if you're leading a race," he said. "I figured if you were that good to lead than it'd be easy, but once I got lapped and was following the leader he was fighting his car, too. The track was rough and throwing us around. I learned from him. I was disappointed where we finished, but at the end of the night I found a new confidence with the car and myself."

 

Boulton, who had placed fourth in a heat race earlier in the night, held on for his first career top 10 at Riverside International Speedway.

 

The return to the bullring last Saturday was much anticipated for Boulton, who advanced from fifth to fourth place in a heat race before scoring the seventh-place result in the A Main.

 

"I went into this past weekend with a lot more confidence than previous," he said. "I was more confident getting up on the wall, bouncing though the ruts. I felt more comfortable. It was a follow-the-leader type of track up on the wall. I felt faster than a couple of guys in front of me and was throwing some bombs. It was back and forth with them so that was fun."

 

Boulton plans on making his 305ci winged sprint car season debut this Saturday at Riverside International Speedway before he graduates from high school next Monday.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 1 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Heat race: 4 (2); Feature: 10 (11).

 

May 8 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Heat race: 4 (5); Feature: 7 (7).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

4 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 3 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 4 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark

Flud Earns 12th Win of Season to Cap 5th Annual Oil Capital Clash

 

Inside Line Promotions - TULSA, Okla. (May 11, 2021) - Frank Flud highlighted the 5th annual Oil Capital Clash with a Lucas Oil National Open Wheel 600 Series presented by Hi-Plains Building Division feature victory last weekend at Port City Raceway.

 

Flud competed in the Stock Non-Wing and Winged 'A' Class division during three straight nights at the dirt oval. He finished with one win, three top fives and four top 10s in six feature starts.

"As good as it looked it was pretty rough," he said. "I felt like I never had a good run in non-wing because every time I looked up something was happening."

 

Flud's best outing in the division was on Friday when he placed seventh.

 

He was more efficient in the Winged 'A' Class division, in which he placed fourth on Thursday, second on Friday and won on Saturday during the 4 th annual Terry Walker Memorial. It marked his 12th victory - the fourth during NOW600 Series competition and the seventh at Port City Raceway - of the season.

 

"The first night I was limping it because I didn't get it fixed from the non-wing crash," he said. "The second night I had taken the lead in the rubber, but a caution came out so I had to give it back up. The leader never missed the bottom after that. On Saturday everything worked out like I needed it to and I was able to get the breaks I needed to get the win."

 

Next up for Flud is the inaugural $10,000-to-win All in Transportation Wingless A Class Clash this Thursday through Saturday at U.S. 24 Speedway in Logansport, Ind.

 

"I'm pretty excited," he said. "I really like U.S. 24. I've taken to that track ever since I first ran there. I feel good about it because it's one of my top-five tracks to run at. I know there's going to be a lot of stout competition because it's a stock non-wing event. There will be a ton of cars show up, which means we'll have to be on our 'A' game."

 

Flud bested nearly 100 drivers to win the $8,000-to-win Big Dance at the track last year.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 6 - Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. (Stock Non-Wing) - Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 20 (2).

 

May 6 - Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. (Winged 'A' Class) - Heat race: 2 (8); Feature: 4 (6).

 

May 7 - Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. (Stock Non-Wing) - Heat race: 3 (8); Feature: 7 (3).

 

May 7 - Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. (Winged 'A' Class) - Heat race: 1 (4); Feature: 2 (4).

 

May 8 - Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. (Stock Non-Wing) - Heat race: 4 (7); B Main: 1 (1); Feature: 14 (16).

 

May 8 - Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. (Winged 'A' Class) - Feature: 1 (2).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

37 races, 12 wins, 30 top fives, 32 top 10s, 35 top 15s, 37 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Thursday through Saturday at U.S. 24 Speedway in Logansport, Ind., for the All in Transportation Wingless A Class Clash

Hagar Focusing on Adding to 410 Sprint Car Experience This Weekend

 

Inside Line Promotions - WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (May 12, 2021) - Derek Hagar is venturing to a pair of dirt tracks this weekend looking to add to his 410ci winged sprint car experience.

 

Hagar plans on racing Friday at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill., with the Midwest Open Wheel Association before heading to St. Francois County Raceway in Farmington, Mo., on Saturday.

"We want to get more laps in the 410 and try to get more comfortable with the motor and different driving style, especially on these smaller tracks," he said. "Having good throttle control and car control is important because things happen a lot quicker than in our 360."

 

Friday will mark Hagar's debut at Jacksonville Speedway. He hasn't raced at St. Francois County Raceway since August 2016.

 

"I've been to Jacksonville, but never raced there," he said. "It looks like a tricky track, but we have experience on the smaller tracks so I think we'll be fine."

 

Hagar earned a podium last Saturday during the inaugural Melvin Holcomb Classic hosted by Riverside International Speedway. He advanced from fourth to third place in a heat race to start the night.

 

"We got up to second and made a bid at Marshall (Skinner) for the lead," he said. "Then I went down and hit some grease and about spun out. We fell to third and finished there."

 

Hagar lined up on the outside of the third row for the A Main.

 

"The bottom worked pretty good early," he said. "I got up to fourth in the first couple of laps. The top took over and I had to hurry up and get there. It was around the fence and slide job city. Once we got in our groove we got up to third."

 

The third-place showing was Hagar's third top five of the season and second in a row.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 8 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 3 (6).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

7 races, 1 win, 3 top fives, 5 top 10s, 5 top 15s, 7 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill., with the Midwest Open Wheel Association and Saturday at St. Francois County Raceway in Farmington, Mo.

Rustad Eager to Return to Racing This Sunday at Huset's Speedway

Inside Line Promotions - PIPESTONE, Minn. (May 12, 2021) - Tony Rustad will be returning to racing in a big way when he competes in the 410ci sprint car class this Sunday at Huset's Speedway.

The high-banked oval in Brandon, S.D., hosts the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association to highlight its second event of the season.

"I'm really excited to finally be racing again and especially to be racing in a 410," said Rustad, whose last racing competition came in 2017 before he took time off to develop and grow his business - Rustad's Design Center.

"I'm not getting any younger and it's always been a dream of mine to run a 410 sprint car competitively at Huset's. When I left racing a few years ago to focus on our business I told myself that if I was ever going to race again I was going to do it the right way with the right equipment. Fortunately, I've reached the point where I can do that now."

Rustad's original plan to return to action was more of dipping his toes in first rather than diving into the deep end.

"Ideally, I was hoping to get a few nights in with my 360 car first before racing the 410," he said. "But that car isn't quite ready so the 410 it is."

Rustad's racing dreams began as a child when his parents regularly took him to Huset's Speedway on Sunday nights.

"When we arrived at Huset's and I saw those cars packing the track while we drove down the hill it gave me an excitement I never had about any other type of activity," he said. "Racing still gives me that feeling today."

Rustad became closer connected to racing through his grandparent's neighbor, sprint car driver Doug Martens. Rustad would often visit Martens' shop while visiting his grandparents. At 19-years-old he began racing his own car in the hobby stock division at area tracks and eventually accumulated a number of feature wins.

After Martens was sidelined from racing in 2013 from injuries sustained in a racing accident, Rustad joined him and drove his 360 sprint car in 2014 while starting a handful of races in a low-budget 410. The next few years were spent driving a non-wing sprint car with the Heartland Racing Association. He collected a few more wins before his most recent race in 2017.

"I was never satisfied racing in the lower classes," he said. "I got quite a few wins in stock cars, but I always wanted more than that. I wanted to go faster and push myself to see what the highest level is that I can be competitive. That's what drives me."

While being eager - and a little apprehensive - regarding his return to racing this Sunday, Rustad has a simple goal.

"I'm about 80 percent excited and 20 percent nervous, but that might flip the other way when I arrive at the track," he said. "My goal for the first night is not to have my name announced for anything other than lineups. I don't want to be mentioned for crashing or blowing an engine - stuff like that. Ideally, I'm hoping to have an incident-free night, get about 30 laps of racing under my belt and roll the car onto the trailer when it's over."

UP NEXT -

Sunday at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., with the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association

 

 

Chase Johnson Rallies From 16th to Win USAC/CRA Event With Last-Lap Pass

 

Inside Line Promotions - BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (May 10, 2021) - Victory tasted sweet on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway, where Chase Johnson charged from 16th to earn his second win of the season.

 

Johnson made the most of his debut behind the wheel of a May Motorsports race car during the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car event at the dirt oval, where he was at a disadvantage from the start of the 410ci non-wing sprint car show.

"They didn't have a 410 and I knew going to Bakersfield it's one of the few tracks where a 360 will be able to compete," he said. "I knew we'd be down on power and wouldn't qualify that well. We were 16th so that put us in a little hole for the rest of the night, but we were able to overcome that."

 

Johnson qualified 16th quickest of the 23 entrants before he rallied to win his heat race.

 

"I fell back to third or fourth and slowly made my way to first with two laps to go, but it didn't matter where we finished as we still had to start 16th in the feature," he said.

 

Johnson lined up on the outside of the eighth row for the 30-lap main event.

 

"It was hairy the first couple of laps," he said. "As we spaced out I was able to pick off positions one by one and we were up to third by the halfway point. We slowly worked at it and I got more comfortable.

 

"I got to second and found the rubber before the leader did, but I wasn't able to sneak past him before I showed him where the rubber was. The last eight to 10 laps we were pushing him around the track. On the last lap I made a move to take the lead down the backstretch. I've always raced people how they race me and this time it worked out in our favor."

 

Johnson's last-lap pass for the win also earned him the Hard Charger Award as he passed the most cars - 15 - in the feature.

 

Johnson will be piloting a 410ci winged sprint car this weekend during the Peter Murphy Classic, which runs Friday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., and Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 8 - Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif. - Qualifying: 16; Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 1 (16).

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., and Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., during the Peter Murphy Classic with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series

 

Brian Brown Extends Top-10 Streak to Four in a Row With World of Outlaws

 

Inside Line Promotions - ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 10, 2021) - Brian Brown garnered a pair of top-10 finishes last weekend at Eldora Speedway, which hosted the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series during the #LetsRaceTwo doubleheader.

 

May 7 - Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio - Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 1 (1); Dash: 5 (2); Feature: 10 (5).

"Every time we hit the track we were close to the top of the board," Brown said. "Chad has worked really hard on my car trying to get me comfortable. He's done a great job of getting us back where we need to be. We went out on Friday night and put down a good lap in qualifying. Eldora takes a lot of engine and our Garrett Engines are always really good. We got delayed there for the rest of the program, which was the right call. The track wouldn't be wide enough with the bottom being so sloppy.

 

"We won our heat race on Saturday during the day. Then I drew a good dash number. I got into a slide fest with Sunshine (Tyler Courtney) and lost rhythm and ended up fifth. In the feature we were in the fifth or sixth spot and got together with Brock (Zearfoss). It was just a racing deal. My right front hit his left rear and I got spun out. I had to go to the back and charged back to get into the top 10. From where we started a top 10 wasn't the goal, but after going to the back it was good to pass some cars and get back into the top 10."

 

May 8 - Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio - Qualifying: 5; Heat race: 3 (2); Feature: 6 (9).

 

"We were fifth quick and started on the outside of the front row in the heat," Brown said. "We had a real good race with Brad (Sweet) for the dash spot and he snuck by us. We started ninth in the feature and I was able to run sixth. I felt like we were real close to where we need to be. We're knocking on the door of consistent top fives with these guys. That's four straight top 10s with the Outlaws. (Donny) Schatz says it all the time, you have to crawl before you can walk. You're not going to go from running 14 th to competing for wins right away. I feel we're gaining on it.

 

"Chad, Nate and my dad have done a great job. That was a grueling 48 hours and they marched on like champions. We've got a great team."

 

UP NEXT - Friday at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., for the Bull Haulers Brawl presented by Folkens Brothers Trucking with the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa

 

"We're excited to get to Jackson," Brown said. "There's a lot of money on the line there this year. It's important to get a good baseline package where you can compete when the Outlaws come to town. Hopefully we can unload a fast Casey's FVP No. 21.

 

"We've always been pretty decent at Knoxville. Some things we've learned the last month we want to try as the night goes on. We're racing, but we're also testing and tuning within the race."

 

SEASON STATS -

 

19 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 5 top 10s, 11 top 15s, 17 top 20s

Wilson Heading to Michigan and Illinois With All Stars

 

Inside Line Promotions - ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 10, 2021) - Greg Wilson is hoping history repeats itself this weekend when he joins the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions for a doubleheader.

 

The action begins on Friday at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., during the Mace Thomas Classic before The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill., hosts a race on Saturday.

Wilson guided his Hercules Tires, Ohio Logistics and DNC Hydraulics sponsored team to a seventh-place finish at both tracks during his most recent appearance - both in 2019.

 

"We just really need a consistent weekend," he said. "We've been decent at I-96. The biggest thing is you never know what you'll get for the track. Hopefully we get a racy track. That's all you can ask for.

 

"Route 66 is a beautiful facility. The track is usually pretty fast and it races pretty narrow so the key is to time in well or in the right spot to be in a good position for the A Main."

 

Wilson is hungry for a solid weekend after enduring a frustrating #LetsRaceTwo event with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at Eldora Speedway, where he placed fifth - only one position out of making the A Main - in the Last Chance Showdown both nights last weekend.

 

"I feel like we're chasing some race car stuff, but I felt like we're the closest we've been," he said. "We tried some things to try to get better. When it comes to the little details if I'm supposed to pick right I pick left. I don't feel like we're as far off as we were; we just need a little bit.

 

"The first race I felt like I gave that away. We were good enough to run second or third in the Last Chance Showdown. If I changed my lane or blocked or did something to get through the first lap I think we were in a good spot. If we get in the feature we have the potential to pass a lot of race cars because of what we do. We're just lacking a little bit and when the fields are so close, if you can't be on the top half of qualifying you're in a hole the rest of the night.

 

"The second go around I just went a little too far and got us way too tight in the Last Chance Showdown. I got us so tight knowing that Rico (Abreu) and some other good cars were not just ahead of us but around us. With the track the way it was I went extreme with tightening the car up and it was just too much."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

May 7 - Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio - Qualifying: 25; Heat race: 7 (7); B Main: 5 (6).

 

May 8 - Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio - Qualifying: 30; Heat race: 6 (8); B Main: 5 (4).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

21 races, 1 win, 7 top fives, 12 top 10s, 12 top 15s, 13 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., for the Mace Thomas Classic and Saturday at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill., with the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions

 

UPCOMING HERCULES TIRES DEALERSHIP VISITS -

 

TBD

Williamson Set for Sprint Car Debut at Longdale Speedway and Double X Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - COLUMBIA, Mo. (May 10, 2021) - Garet Williamson is planning to make his debut at a pair of dirt ovals this weekend.

 

The Bryant Paver Motorsports driver has an ASCS Sooner Region doubleheader on tap Friday and Saturday at Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Okla., before he heads to Double X Speedway in California, Mo., on Sunday.

"I think we've adapted well at tracks," he said. "Everywhere has pretty much been new for us. We can normally unload and be pretty fast quickly."

 

Although Williamson said he hasn't even seen a video of Longdale Speedway, he has made some laps at Double X Speedway in a micro sprint. He noted that he has a pair of wins in approximately a dozen races at the track, which will add comfort as he makes his sprint car debut at the bullring this weekend.

 

"It's only 40 minutes from the shop so that's probably the closest track for us," he said. "I'm looking forward to it and to heading to Longdale. I think a top five all three nights would be ideal and is doable. It's what our year is needing right now."

 

Williamson, who recently elected to pull of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour in favor of a true pick-and-choose type of schedule, was off last weekend as all of the Midwest options rained out.

 

"I just spent the weekend watching some races online," he said. "I'm always ready to go, but nothing makes you ready to race like watching other people race while you're at home."

 

SEASON STATS -

 

16 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 3 top 10s, 6 top 15s, 8 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday and Saturday at Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Okla., for the Walleye Rodeo Roundup with the ASCS Sooner Region and Sunday at Double X Speedway in California, Mo.

 

Dominic Scelzi Captures Podiums in California and South Dakota

 

Inside Line Promotions - BRANDON, S.D. (May 11, 2021) - Dominic Scelzi produced a pair of podium performances last weekend, securing a third-place finish in California while piloting his family car and a runner-up result in South Dakota during his first appearance with Lunstra Motorsports.

 

Scelzi had originally planned on only racing on Friday at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., where he had recorded a top-six result during each of two previous races this year. That trend continued Friday as he qualified ninth quickest before winning a heat race to make the dash.

"We didn't qualify very good, but we won the heat race and that put us in the dash," he said. "We advanced from third to second and that started us on the front row of the feature. We got the jump and led the first half of the race. We got balled up in traffic and I struggled to get around cars as well as I needed to so we fell to second. We had a restart with about 10 laps to go and I got back by (Justin) Sanders for the lead, but I hit the cushion and he got back by me. I hit the cushion again and fell to third. I got back to second and caught Justin with three or four laps to go, but I got over the cushion again and fell to third. That's where we finished. It was a back-and-forth race."

 

The third-place outing was Scelzi's 12th top five of the season.

 

Meanwhile an opportunity presented itself for Scelzi to fly to the Midwest for the Huset's Speedway Mother's Day Opener on Sunday.

 

"It was a last-minute deal," he said. "I got a call from Dave Lunstra at 5:30 on Thursday afternoon and we decided we were going to make it happen. We flew in there on Sunday and had all kinds of issues on the way. We barely made it in time. I got my pit pass and walked to the infield as the drivers meeting started.

 

"The car felt great and we were third in hot laps, but we had a mishap in qualifying and ran out of fuel on the first lap so we weren't able to get a true time. That was a bummer. We drove from seventh to fifth in the heat race and that started me 14th in the feature."

 

Scelzi and the team overcame the early woes by hustling from 14 th to second in the main event.

 

"In the heat race when we did get clear we ran the fastest lap by two tenths so that gave me a lot of confidence entering the feature," he said. "I was really happy with our speed. We made it to third with 10 laps to go. I didn't want that late yellow. We were right there on top of first and second when the yellow came out as the leader got together with a car. That put me in second, but I felt like we had a better shot to win in traffic. Austin (McCarl) got a better restart than us and we ran second. I'm not upset with that finish though as we ran second from 14th in a car we hadn't been in before.

 

"Huset's is one of my favorite tracks and it's a place I really want to win at. I want to thank Dave Lunstra and the Lunstra Family for allowing me to race and Mark Dobmeier and his team for allowing us to borrow an engine. Jimmy Carr flew back there on Saturday and put everything together. There's a lot of people who worked hard to make it happen so I'm grateful to all of them. Hopefully we can do it again."

 

Scelzi will be back with his family team this weekend during the Peter Murphy Classic, which runs Friday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., and Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 7 - Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. - Qualifying: 9; Heat race: 1 (2); Dash: 2 (3); Feature: 3 (2).

May 9 - Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. - Qualifying: 19; Heat race: 5 (7); Feature: 2 (14).

SEASON STATS -

 

18 races, 5 wins, 13 top fives, 17 top 10s, 17 top 15s, 17 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., and Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., during the Peter Murphy Classic with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series and Sprint Car Challenge Tour

Henderson and Sandvig Dealt Heartbreak During Huset's Speedway Opener

Inside Line Promotions - BRANDON, S.D (May 11, 2021) - Justin Henderson and Mike Sandvig Racing appeared well on the way to claiming their first win of the season at Huset's Speedway last Sunday when a late-race incident dropped the team to a 13th-place result.

"You want to try and find the positives in a night that that, but we just got taken out in lapped traffic," Henderson said. "We had one of the best cars all night and to come out of it with a top 15 isn't exactly ideal considering the situation."

Persistent rain showers wiped out their Saturday night plans at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, and the team headed north to South Dakota to compete during the return to weekly racing at Huset's Speedway for the Mother's Day Opener.

Henderson kicked off the evening by laying down a lap of 11.085 seconds in time trials, which was good enough for fourth quickest out of 24 drivers. He then finished where he started - third - in a heat race to lock himself into the feature redraw.

"We were really quick out of the gate and I felt like we had a car capable of winning after the heat race," he said. "We made some minor adjustments to the car getting ready for the feature and I just felt like we had a car capable of winning for sure."

Henderson lined up from the pole position courtesy of fortune in the redraw and he took advantage of the starting start by jumping out to a commanding lead. He led the first 19 laps of the 25-lap feature, but hopes of a triumph slipped away with six laps to go when he spun out after contact in traffic.

"I was really getting held up in lapped traffic and lost my momentum," he said. "I tried an aggressive move to get by a car and we just kind of got taken out. You try not to get upset, but that definitely stings a bit knowing how good we were."

Henderson was able to rebound to finish 13th at the completion of the A Main, good enough for his sixth top 15 in six starts this season. However, it was the bitterness of seeing a win slip through his fingers that was still on his mind after the race.

"I'm not the kind of guy who harps on things too much, but it's tough when you know you were leading and then it's just gone in an instant and it's not your doing," he said. "I've been working hard the last few weeks to be better in my decision making and I'm at a point now where I feel good and confident. We'll have to move on quick to try to get the next one."

Up next for Henderson and Sandvig will be their first three-race weekend of the season. They'll compete in a pair of events sanctioned by the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., on Friday and at Huset's Speedway on Sunday. Sandwiched between the two will be a regular weekly event at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday.

"We're gaining on the car and we are finding speed and when you have that you have a leg up already on the field," Henderson said. "I'm excited to get back to Jackson and I'm looking forward to kind of redeeming ourselves at Huset's. Hopefully we can come out of this weekend with some positive results."

QUICK RESULTS -

May 9 - Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 3 (3); Feature: 13 (1).

SEASON STATS -

6 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s, 6 top 15s, 6 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Friday at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., with the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association; Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa; and Sunday at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., with the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association

Old School Racing's Tankersley Sweeps ASCS Lone Star and ASCS Mid-South Event in Louisiana

 

Inside Line Promotions - MONROE, La. (May 11, 2021) - Channin Tankersley made the most of his return to racing last Saturday following more than a month off.

 

The Old School Racing driver swept the ASCS Lone Star Region and ASCS Mid-South Region co-sanctioned event at Revolution Park Speedway, earning his third win of the year in only his sixth start.

"In hot laps we were trying to get comfortable after being off for a while," Tankersley said. "We had fairly good pace and made some adjustments to the car before the heat race. The track started getting pretty slick. I hit the first lap really good and the stars aligned. I rolled the bottom really good and everyone went more toward the top. I was able to get the lead. As soon as I was clear I jumped to the top and hit my marks."

 

Tankersley's charge from fifth to win his heat race earned a spot into the feature redraw. He pulled the No. 2 to line up on the outside of the front row for the A Main.

 

"Going into it I had a game plan," he said. "The track pretty much lost the cushion. It was essentially slick from the bottom to the top. It was banked more toward the middle so my plan was to snug the car where we could roll the middle really good. We went out there and on the burn lap I felt we were decent. On the start I didn't jump to the lead on the get-go and the polesitter beat me into turn one. We were able to clear him in turn three and we were able to hold our own. We had a caution five or six laps in. I felt the track was starting to lay some rubber down. After the restart I moved toward the bottom. It laid rubber and we stayed down there. Once we got in clean air I was running a moderate pace, trying to keep the car straight and hit my marks. The cautions flew at good times as I never had to race hard in traffic. As soon as I'd catch the back of the field they'd have a caution. Things worked out."

 

Tankersley led the distance of the feature. The victory was the first of his career at the track as well as with both the ASCS Lone Star Region and the ASCS Mid-South Region. It marked his 31st career ASCS regional triumph.

 

Tankersley plans on racing this Friday at Heart O' Texas in Waco, Texas, with the Bandits Outlaw Sprint Series. He was victorious at the track on March 12.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 8 - Revolution Park Speedway in Monroe, La. - Heat race: 1 (5); Feature: 1 (2).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

6 races, 3 wins, 3 top fives, 3 top 10s, 5 top 15s, 5 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Heart O' Texas in Waco, Texas, with the Bandits Outlaw Sprint Series

Amdahl Posts Top-10 Finish in 410 Sprint Car Debut at Huset's Speedway

Inside Line Promotions - BRANDON, S.D. (May 11, 2021) - Elliot Amdahl scored a top-10 result in his 410ci sprint car debut Sunday night at Huset's Speedway.

"Our night went really well," he said. "It really couldn't have gone much better for our first 410 race. I was hoping for a top-10 finish, but I wasn't really expecting it. Our motor ran great and I was surprised how close we were with our setup."

Amdahl started 12th in the night's main event. After dropping back a few positions early in the race he was able to move forward as he became more familiar with the high-powered machine, eventually advancing to an eighth-place finish.

"I wasn't expecting to go forward and to pass the cars that I did in my first 410 feature," he said. "I fell back a bit early and just tried to get comfortable with the car. Then I rolled the wing back a bit and stuck it on the top and started passing some guys. I may have psyched myself out a bit before the race. It actually wasn't as difficult as I expected."

Amdahl's evening got off to a solid start when he qualified 12th quickest out of 24 drivers.

"I was really happy with our qualifying since I only had a few laps in a 410 before I went out," he said. "I feel like I can improve my qualifying quite a bit as the year goes on."

His qualifying time placed Amdahl on the pole for his heat race, a starting position he had not anticipated.

"I wasn't expecting to start on the pole in my first 410 race," he said after finishing fifth. "It was a bit nerve-wracking. How hard do you gas it on the start? How hard do you drive it into the turns? Will the car be tight or loose? I dropped back a bit and it took me a few laps to get comfortable. After that, it was a lot better."

That showed in the main event.

Amdahl also earned a top 10 the previous weekend as he recorded a seventh-place showing in the 305 sprint car feature at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on April 30.

"We don't have a lot of laps at Rocky so finishing seventh wasn't too bad, although we usually expect to do better with our 305," he said. "Our car was a little loose and it's a tricky place. It's a stock car track and has a lot of different transitions that can make it challenging."

Amdahl plans to increase his 410 experience three-fold this weekend when he competes with the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., on Friday; at I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., on Saturday; and at Huset's Speedway on Sunday.

"We're just mainly looking to get more laps in," he said. "Jackson will probably be the most interesting because that's where we'll carry the most speed with the big motor. That might take a little getting used to. But I have a lot of laps at Jackson so that should help. It's the same at I-90. We have about four or five wins at each track in the 305. We're hoping our experience at those tracks will benefit us."

QUICK RESULTS -

April 30 - Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa - Heat race: 2 (4); Feature: 7 (6).

May 9 - Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. - Qualifying - 12; Heat race: 5 (1); Feature: 8 (12).

SEASON STATS -

3 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s, 3 top 15s, 3 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Friday at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn.; Saturday at I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D.; and Sunday at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., with the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association

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Ramey Eyeing Return to Lake Ozark Speedway Following Wet Weekend

 

Inside Line Promotions - SEDALIA, Mo. (May 11, 2021) - Mother Nature kept Gunner Ramey away from the race track last weekend as both Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., and Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, fell victim to rainouts.

 

"It's a bummer we couldn't be on the track last weekend, but some things you can't control and getting rained out is one of them, especially so early in the season," Ramey said.

Despite the rain, the 18-year-old's spirits were not dampened. He used the weekend as an opportunity to prepare for Lake Ozark Speedway, where he will do battle this Saturday night with the POWRi Ozark Winged 360 Sprints.

 

The Terry Doogs Racing driver said Lake Ozark Speedway is where he feels the most comfortable behind the wheel of a sprint car as it is also the track where he has turned the most laps in a sprint car.

 

"I've made a lot of laps here in the past and we always seem to unload pretty good, which is a definite confidence booster throughout the night," he said. "If we can run consistent laps in the feature and string them all together we have an opportunity to come out of there with a solid top-five run."

 

Ramey has noted a tangible difference in his growth as a sprint car driver, which has aided him in becoming more comfortable from the cockpit of his 360ci sprint car through the first five races of the season.

 

"I've gotten a much better feel in the car and I'm able to drive the car straighter because of it," he said. "I've also gotten to know what helps keep the car stable and the minor adjustments that go with that."

 

Ramey has made two starts at Lake Ozark Speedway this season highlighted by an eighth-place finish.

 

SEASON STATS -

 

5 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 4 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.

 

 
 
 
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This site is dedicated to my dad " Hoot" who introduced me to the great sport of auto racing............. rest in peace  DAD

   gary lee.................auto racing broadcast legend and personnel friend

Judy Morris.................... a true race fan and friend

 Carroll Horton .......................................life long friend and indy car owner

larry criss....................A true race fan LIKE AN UNCLE TO ME