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TEAM ILP WINNER'S UPDATE: Amantea and Taylor Triumphant

 

Inside Line Promotions - LEWISTOWN, Pa. (May 23, 2019) - Joey Amantea and Zac Taylor posted feature victories last Saturday for Team ILP.

 

Amantea drove to his first career 600cc micro sprint triumph on Saturday at Hamlin Speedway in Hamlin, Pa.

Taylor earned his second career non-wing sprint car win on Saturday at I-76 Speedway in Fort Morgan, Colo.

 

Amantea is now eligible and Taylor has increased his odds to win a free K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports driver suit at the end of the 2019 racing season courtesy of Inside Line Promotions.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

2019 TEAM ILP FEATURE WINNERS -

 

Chase Johnson - 5 (Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., on March 15; Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif., on March 16; Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., on April 12; and Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, Calif., on April 20 and May 11); Giovanni Scelzi - 3 (Avalon Raceway in Lara, Victoria, Australia, on Jan. 16 and Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., on April 12 and April 13); Seth Bergman - 2 (Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., on April 19 and Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., on April 20); Brian Brown - 2 (Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on April 20 and May 4); Zac Taylor - 2 (El Paso County Raceway in Calhan, Colo., on April 27 and I-76 Speedway in Fort Morgan, Colo., on May 18); Joey Amantea - 1 (Hamlin Speedway in Hamlin, Pa., on May 18); Dylan Cisney - 1 (Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., on March 23); Jack Dover - 1 (I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on April 6); Derek Hagar - 1 (Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., on April 27); Brandon Hanks - 1 (Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on April 4); Dominic Scelzi - 1 (Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., on April 6); Channin Tankersley - 1 (Thunder Valley Speedway in Glenmora, La., on April 20); Tyler Thompson - 1 (Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on May 11); Harli White - 1 (I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on March 29); and Greg Wilson - 1 (North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, Ala., on March 23)

 

FREE DRIVER SUIT PROMOTION -

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

ON THE INTERNET -

 

Website: http://www.InsideLinePromotions.com

 

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Sammy Swindell Tackling USCS Speedweek Beginning This Weekend

 

Inside Line Promotions - GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (May 23, 2019) - Sammy Swindell will make his season debut behind the wheel of the A.G. Rains owned No. 3 this weekend during the first four USCS Speedweek races.

 

The team took the car out once this season to shake it down, but the races this Friday at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Miss.; Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.; Sunday at Old No. 1 Speedway in Harrisburg, Ark.; and Monday at Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, Tenn., will mark the first time that Swindell and Rains will compete together in 2019.

"If Greenville Speedway is the track I'm thinking about I won my first race there in my third night out," he said. "That was in 1971. We won the modifieds track championship there that year. It's probably been since 1973 since I've been there."

 

Swindell has also been victorious at Riverside International Speedway and at Lexington 104 Speedway. Sunday will mark his debut at Old No. 1 Speedway.

 

Swindell and Rains captured seven feature victories together last season.

 

The duo also raced in the final three USCS Speedweek events last year, winning one and placing second in the other two.

 

"I think we'll be in good shape," Swindell said. "We'll throw it out there and then if we're close we'll just fine-tune it."

 

SEASON STATS -

 

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

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Miss.; Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.; Sunday at Old No. 1 Speedway in Harrisburg, Ark.; and Monday at Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, Tenn., with the USCS Series

 

White Produces Pair of Top 10s During Debut at I-96 Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (May 23, 2019) - Harli White earned her first two top 10s of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour season last weekend during her debut at I-96 Speedway.

 

"It was a good weekend," she said. "The draw is a big thing and we had enough cars to have a qualifier. We drew decent and were able to go forward. We're consistently finishing well."

The doubleheader started on Friday with White maneuvering from fifth to third place in a heat race. She then placed second in a qualifier to rank seventh in overall points out of more than 40 competitors. That lined her up seventh in the A Main.

 

"I made a lot of mistakes throughout the A Main on both Friday and Saturday," she said. "I ran off the back straightaway and cost myself time and positions. Once you fall off it takes you forever to get back on. You'd lose two or three positions at a time and lose momentum going into the next corner."

 

White posted a seventh-place run to cap Friday's action. She continued to run well on Saturday, winning a heat race and powering from sixth to third place in a qualifier. That ranked her as the high-points driver behind the four locked-in drivers from Friday's main event.

 

"We've put ourselves in better starting positions," she said. "Once you start in the back it's tough to make up a bunch of positions. The mindset of being better early is how we were able to finish better."

 

White battled for a top five throughout the feature before ending sixth, which is her best ASCS National Tour outing of the season.

 

"It's a big track, but it races kind of like a short track," she said." It didn't feel like a big track to me. They kept it racy both nights and it didn't hurt any tires so that's all you can ask for."

 

White is scheduled to resume ASCS National Tour competition this Saturday and Sunday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.

 

"The last time we weren't very good the first night, but the second night we got better," she said. "The track is fun and it's a nice place. We always like going to places that are racy and stay good all night. I hope we can keep our momentum going and our top 10s rolling."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 17 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: 3 (5); Qualifier: 2 (2); Feature: 7 (7).

 

May 18 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: 1 (2); Qualifier: 3 (6); Feature: 6 (5).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

11 races, 1 win, 3 top fives, 7 top 10s, 9 top 15s, 11 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Saturday and Sunday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

Kerry Madsen and Big Game Motorsports Set for World of Outlaws Races in North Carolina and Indiana

 

Inside Line Promotions - SWEDESBORO, N.J. (May 23, 2019) - Kerry Madsen will join the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series for three races during the upcoming holiday weekend.

 

The KI Crossbows backed Big Game Motorsports team will race on Friday and Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., during the Patriot Nationals and on Monday at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., during the Memorial Day Spectacle presented by KOI Auto Parts.

"I'm looking forward to it," Madsen said. "We're not putting the whole night together yet like you need to with the Outlaws. We need to do a better job at the start of the night and keep up with the changes. The speed is there. We just have to put it all together."

 

Madsen raced with the World of Outlaws three times in the last week. He qualified seventh quickest in his group before placing fifth in a heat race and 17th in the main event on Friday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Madsen capped the weekend by timing in fifth quickest in his group on Saturday. He then ended fourth in a heat race and 12 th in the A Main.

 

"I was pretty happy with everything after Williams Grove," he said. "It's good to do a couple of races in a row with the Outlaws. When you run weekly shows you can run well and not see the problems, but when you run with the Outlaws it's hard to overcome many things so you learn where you need to get better."

 

This week started on Tuesday at Bridgeport Speedway, where Madsen qualified 24th quickest, charged from eighth to fifth place in a heat race and wrapped up the night with a 14th-place run in the main event.

 

"I think we underachieved at Bridgeport," he said. "We were a little on the free side. But that's how you get better is to keep at it with the World of Outlaws. Hopefully we can continue to improve with our races this weekend."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 17 - Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. - Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 5 (4); Feature: 17 (17).

 

May 18 - Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. - Qualifying: 5; Heat race: 4 (3); Feature: 12 (14).

 

May 21 - Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. - Qualifying: 24; Heat race: 5 (8); Feature: 14 (15).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

8 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s, 6 top 15s, 8 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday and Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., for the Patriot Nationals and Monday at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., for the Memorial Day Spectacle presented by KOI Auto Parts with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

Trenca Captures Top 10 at Thunder Mountain Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - CENTER LISLE, N.Y. (May 23, 2019) - Joe Trenca posted his third top 10 in four starts this season during the final night of a Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints doubleheader last Saturday at Thunder Mountain Speedway.

 

"We weren't really that good when we unloaded, but we made some changes and got the car a lot better," he said. "I timed in fourth in my group and had a heck of a heat race with Paulie Colagiovanni. It was a good race."

Trenca placed second in the heat race to make the feature redraw. The Mucci Motorsports driver pulled the No. 3 to start third in the A Main.

 

"There was a caution about every five laps," he said. "I kept starting on the bottom and just couldn't get rolling. I'd lose a couple of spots each time and before I knew it the race was over. It wasn't the preferred line to be on the bottom."

 

Trenca's ninth-place run was his best outing at the track since running third in 2016.

 

The weekend began on Friday at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., where Trenca timed in second quickest in his group. A heat race win earned a bid into the feature redraw. Unfortunately, he pulled the highest number - 12 - to line up on the outside of the sixth row for the main event.

 

"We ran real good in the heat," he said. "We were running the fastest laps of the night. Then in the feature we cut a tire running eighth or something like that. It started to go down. I could feel it and I got real tight and went over the track in turn one. If you get off the track there it puts you right in the pits. I couldn't stop so that ended our night."

 

Trenca was credited with a 23rd-place result.

 

Sunday's World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., rained out.

 

Trenca will return to action with the Patriot Sprint Tour this Saturday at Fonda Speedway in Fonda, N.Y. His best result at the track was eighth in 2017.

 

"Fonda is a tough place, but it's under new management with good guys," he said. "They've made a lot of improvements. I'm excited to see the improvements at the track and with the facility."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 17 - Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y. - Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 23 (12).

 

May 18 - Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 2 (1); Feature: 9 (3).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

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

 

UP NEXT -

Andrews Happy With Progress of New Team Despite Limited Seat Time Because of Weather

Inside Line Promotions - FREMONT, Ohio (May 23, 2019) - Mother Nature has kept Chris Andrews from completely gelling with his new Mackey Motorsports team. But in five starts he is happy with the progress the team is making, including another top-five run last weekend.

Andrews said the Ken and Duane Mackey owned team learned a lot while competing with the Kistler Racing Products/All Pro Heads Attica Fremont Championship Series over the weekend.

It began on Friday at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, where Andrews hung around the top five the entire feature, recording a fifth-place finish in only his fourth night with the team. He scored a runner-up finish at the track during his first night in the car a month ago.

"That was a really cool group of racers," he said. "When you have Jac Haudenschild, Dale Blaney, Joey Saldana, to be competitive with that talent and experience, I'll take a fifth-place finish."

On Saturday the team traveled to nearby Fremont Speedway, where Andrews scored a 14th-place result on a challenging track surface.

"We were just way too tight," he said. "These guys aren't used to a tight track like Fremont. But they learned what I like in the car and I think we will be better this coming weekend. We just need more races together for them to get used to what I like the car to feel."

The team plans to compete with the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions this Friday at Attica Raceway Park and Sunday at Fremont Speedway.

"I'm not sure if we will race Saturday at Fremont with FAST, but I'm excited to see how we stack up against the All Stars," Andrews said.

QUICK RESULTS -

May 17 - Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio - Qualifying: 12; Heat race: 2 (3); Feature: 5 (3).

May 18 - Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio - Qualifying: 15; Heat race: 2 (1); Feature: 14 (11).

SEASON STATS -

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

UP NEXT -

Friday at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, and Sunday at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, with the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions

 

Chick Charges to Ninth-Place Finish at Birch Run Speedway During JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Event

 

Inside Line Promotions - BIRCH RUN, Mich. (May 23, 2019) - Mandy Chick officially passed a dozen cars as she rallied to a ninth-place finish last Saturday at Birch Run Speedway during the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour opener.

 

"After a little bit of a struggle for us in the beginning, it's really cool to see how well our team rallied back to accomplish our goal this weekend," she said. "After all, we rallied together and teamwork is really half the battle."

Chick encountered some significant tire problems in practice and her mock qualifying runs. The team made adjustments for qualifying, but still faced the same problem. Chick qualified 18th quickest out of 23 cars. The team made the decision to pull the No. 23 out of the post-qualifying impound to make more adjustments and tweak the setup before the feature event.

 

That relegated Chick to the rear of the field and she lined up 21 st for the main event. By Lap 65, Chick had maneuvered her way into the sixth spot. At one point she had to lock up her brakes to avoid an incident in front of her. It got her sideways and she was hit in the driver's side, ultimately ending in the infield. Chick rebounded to bring home a ninth-place finish.

 

"It felt good to be able to overcome the issues we had earlier in the day, figure it out and accomplish the goal of a top-10 finish," she said. "Our new spotter, Josh Nelms, did a fantastic job of spotting and driver coaching, and the team worked well together to get us to where we needed to be at the end of the night."

 

Chick earned the Hoosier Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars during the race. In addition, the team was awarded the PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Race for pulling the car out of line and making it competitive after the challenging day.

 

Chick's next race will be the Short Track U.S. Nationals May 30 and June 1 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour.

 

"I'm excited to get back to Bristol," she said. "It's one of my favorite tracks, aside from Winchester. We've got three goals that we'd like to accomplish that weekend: qualify in the top 10, finish the race with a car that's in one piece and finish better than we did last year - eighth. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish there."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 18 - Birch Run Speedway in Birch Run, Mich. - Qualifying: 18; Feature: 9 (21).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

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

 

UP NEXT -

 

May 30 and June 1 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., for the Short Track U.S. Nationals with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour

 

Hallstrom Returns to Home Track With Pro All Stars Series North

 

Inside Line Promotions - NORTHFIELD, Vt. (May 23, 2019) - After a couple of weekends off, Evan Hallstrom will return to his home track of Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., this Saturday with the Pro All Stars Series North.

 

"I'm really excited to get back to my home track and get some racing in this weekend," he said. "It's one of my favorite tracks to race at and we're hoping that we can perform well and be a contender this weekend."

During the downtime Hallstrom has been working with the 'Click-It or Ticket' campaign and raising awareness about the dangers of texting and driving.

 

"We've been pretty busy with our campaign, spreading the word about safe driving and talking about texting and driving since April was national distracted driving awareness month," he said.

 

Now the focus shifts back to his race car. Throughout his busy late model schedule, Hallstrom made select super late model starts at Thunder Road International Speedbowl during the 2018 season.

 

"I think we have a pretty good shot at having a good finish this weekend," he said. "I've learned a lot from last year as far as handling, speed and tire wear around that place. There will be some tough competition out there so it's anybody's race. You just have to bring your 'A' game and it all comes down to who has all the pieces put together and has a good day."

 

SEASON STATS -

1 race, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 1 top 15, 1 top 20

UP NEXT -

Saturday at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., with the Pro All Stars Series North

 

TBJ Promotions' 4th annual Midget Round Up Postponed to July 5-6

 

Inside Line Promotions - OWASSO, Okla. (May 23, 2019) - Rain throughout this week along with the high percentage of wet weather predicted this weekend has forced TBJ Promotions officials to postpone the 4th annual Midget Round Up until July 5-6.

 

"With all the rain we've got and how the forecast looks we want to save everyone the time of traveling this weekend," TBJ Promotions Founder Tony Bruce Jr. said. "Thankfully we were able to find a weekend in July where we can shift this event."

The event continues at Airport Raceway in Garden City, Kan., where both nights will feature midgets with the POWRi Lucas Oil RMMRA Series and the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League as well as Winged 'A' Class micro sprints with the NOW600 Tel-Star Technologies Kansas Region.

 

The front gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. each night.

 

Tickets are $20 for adults on July 5 and $15 on July 6. Children ages 12-years-old and younger get in free both nights.

 

There is limited reserved spectator parking at the track available. To purchase a spot, call 620-287-3695.

 

Additionally, TBJ Promotions would like to thank the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Burtis Motor Company, Mid-America Millwright, The Tunnel Car Wash, Johnson Septic Tank Services, Jax Sports Grille, Driven Midwest and Maupin's Truck Service for their continued support of the event.

 

TBJ PROMOTIONS -

 

TBJ Promotions is in its 10th year of showcasing marquee events. The featured event in 2019 is the 4th annual Midget Round Up, which is July 5-6

 

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honors Legendary A.J. Foyt

With “Pop Dreyer Legends Award” in 2019

Award to honor Contributions for Commitment & Dedication to the Sport

 

 

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 23, 2019) – Dennis Reinbold, team owner of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, today presented the prestigious “Pop Dreyer Legends Award” to Indy car racing’s winningest driver and four-time Indy 500 champion A.J. Foyt at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

 

The “Pop Dreyer Legends Award” honors the contributions of those Indy car racing participants who have demonstrated unparalleled commitment and dedication to the racing community throughout their storied motorsports careers.

 

Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, a famed national flat track motorcycle racer for the Indian factory in the 1920s, was a mechanic on the famed Duesenberg Indy 500 team in 1927 and began an auto racing legacy that includes building the cars for the entire 1931 Indy 500 front row starters and a variety of championship-winning sprint cars and midgets in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Dreyer is also credited with introducing several innovations in racing such as the use of magnesium and many believe that he built the first quarter midget.

 

Reinbold, Dreyer’s grandson, has fielded 41 starters at the Indy 500 dating back to 1999 with drivers including current team’s Indy 500 drivers Sage Karam and J.R. Hildebrand plus Robbie Buhl, Al Unser Jr., Buddy Rice, Sarah Fisher, Buddy Lazier, Ryan Briscoe, Oriol Servia, Townsend Bell and Davey Hamilton. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing also competes in the ARX Rallycross series and captured the 2016 ARX2 series title with Cabot Bigham.

 

For Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, establishing the Pop Dreyer Legends Award in 2008 was a natural thing to do,” said Reinbold.  “We believe it is important to remember the incredible contributions that those before us have made to our sport, as without these men and women, none of us would have the opportunities that we currently have in motorsports. 

 

While there are no doubt other awards and Halls of Fame that exist and that undertake this same purpose, we want to honor those people who have demonstrated dedication, commitment and perseverance in their motorsports careers. We want to thank A.J. for all of his amazing contributions to Indy car racing as a driver, mechanic and team owner for over 60 years.

 

Foyt of Houston, Tex., was the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500-Miler Race with victories in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977. He holds the record for the most IndyCar wins with 67 and seven IndyCar series championships as a driver. A.J. is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500 (1972) and the 24 Hours of LeMans (1967).

 

Foyt was voted “Racing Driver of the 20th Century” for his driving accomplishments.  In addition, the Foyt Racing team captured the 1999 Indianapolis 500 with driver Kenny Brack.  Foyt Racing currently fields two cars in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series with drivers Tony Kanaan and Matheus Leist

 

ROA SETS TRACK RECORD AND TAKES 2ND IN ARIZONA – BACK TO PERRIS SATURDAY!


 

(Cypress, CA, May 23, 2019) Brody Roa put the previous week’s 14th place finish at Bakersfield in his rearview mirror and he set a new track record in qualifying and placed second in the USAC Southwest Series’ “Hank Arnold Memorial” last Saturday night at the Central Arizona Speedway.  This week, he will try to retake the point lead in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at the annual “Salute to Indy” at Perris Auto Speedway.


 

 

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Photo courtesy of Doug Allen.  

 

The long journey to Arizona quickly paid dividends for the Garden Grove driver and his team with fast time in qualifying and the new track record of 15.133 on the Casa Grande oval.  The veteran racer backed that up with a second-place finish in his heat race. 


 

Roa started the 30-lap main event on the outside of the third row.  The track proved to be hard on tires and hard to make passes on.  For most of the first half of the race, Roa kept the #91R in sixth before moving up one spot on the 13th lap.  As the four cars in front of him wore out and popped their right rear tires, Roa had taken care of his right rear well enough to end up with the lead with two laps to go.  However, one of the drivers who blew a tire earlier, came back with new rubber and snatched the lead from Roa with one lap to go. 


 

With a tire that was void of tread, Roa came home second.  The finish allowed him to expand his lead in the USAC Southwest Series standings to 48-points going into the next race at Arizona Speedway on June 1st. 

Through his first dozen sprint car races in 2019, Roa has an impressive record with three wins and 10 top fives. Only one time has he finished out of the top 10.


 

Before he heads back to Arizona, Roa will be at Perris this Saturday for the USAC/CRA “Salute to Indy,” a race that began in 1948.  After leading the points for much of the early going this season, he comes into Saturday’s race in second place, but he is only 20 points out of first.    


 

For fans who would like to attend this Saturday’s race, the spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first race will be at 7:00. 


 

Perris Auto Speedway is located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris (92571).  The track website is at http://perrisautospeedway.com/ and the office phone is (951) 940-0134.  

   

Colorful Brody Roa t-shirts are available now at the track or via mail.  If you cannot make it to a track and would like to order one, please use the following link https://www.brodyroa.com/?post_type=product.  You can see the design below.


 

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


 

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


 

The BR Performance team would also like to thank the sponsors that make the regular season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, “Biker” Bruce Fisher, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Norma Leonard, Lee Leonard, NGK Spark Plugs, Baldwin Filters, Driven Racing Oil, Wilwood Brakes, and Coffman Racing Graphics.  If you or your company would like to join BR Performance’s team for a championship run in 2019, please call 714-932-7994. 

 

2019 Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/1/19        Arizona Speedway (AZ)                      USAC Southwest

6/8/19        Canyon Speedway (AZ)                       USAC Southwest

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

7/5/19        Knoxville Raceway (IA)                       USAC National ***

7/6/19        Knoxville Raceway (IA)                       USAC National ***

7/6/19        Santa Maria Raceway (CA)                  USAC/CRA ***

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

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

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

7/20/19       Kokomo Speedway (IN)                       USAC National

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/31/19       Calistoga Speedway (CA)                    USAC/CRA

9/1/19        Calistoga Speedway (CA)                    USAC/CRA

9/2/19        Petaluma Speedway (CA)                    USAC/CRA

9/5/29        Merced Speedway (CA)                       USAC/CRA

9/6/19        Ocean Speedway (CA)                        USAC/CRA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

BUDDY RICE STILL ACTIVE AT IMS 15 YEARS AFTER HIS GREATEST WIN;

HE REMEMBERS MANY THINGS IN 2004, BUT WORKS IN 2019

Wild Weather Day Didn’t Change the Victory for Phoenix Racer

 

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 23, 2019) – For 2004 Indy 500 champion Buddy Rice, the memories are still vivid 15 years after the greatest day of his racing career.

 

But the personable Phoenix, Ariz., racer doesn’t return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway now to talk about that memorable May 30, 2004 “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” He is too busy as an important element of the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team.

 

If you can get Rice, now 43, to sit down and talk about the month of May in 2004, it is a rare moment. For the former Toyota Atlantic champion, he serves a variety of positions for the DRR organization in May and beyond. In May, Buddy is the turn one “spotter” for driver J.R. Hildebrand at the Indy 500, as Rice stands high above the IMS turn one grandstands and guides Hildebrand in the 33-car traffic for over half of the 2.5-mile oval.

 

In addition, Rice works behind the scenes with Hildebrand and his DRR teammate Sage Karam as a special consultant regarding car setups and driving analysis. After the Indy 500, Buddy is then the technical director of the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing ARX2 Rallycross team, which begins its 2019 campaign at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 8-9.

 

So, the former high school baseball player doesn’t really follow many of the past Indy 500 champions with autograph signings, speaking engagements and sponsor commitments.

 

When you can stop him for a few minutes in the garage area at IMS, Rice can reminisce about the 2004 Indy 500 and all of the events which surrounded his Rahal Letterman Racing triumph.

 

“Yes, I think about the 2004 Indy 500 every once in a while,” said Rice. “But, to be honest, I’m still every busy in the sport with coaching young racing talent and helping Dennis Reinbold’s racing team. But I don’t think about that crazy race unless I look at my “Baby Borg-Warner” trophy at the house.”

 

After impressive performances with the Red Bull Cheever team in the early 2000s, Buddy was secured to drive the No. 15 RLR Argent/Pioneer Honda G-Force in the 2004 season when RLR primary driver and 1999 Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack was severely injured in the 2003 IndyCar Series finale at Texas.

 

“I had always had a good relationship with Bobby and his head man, the late Scott Roembke,” Buddy explains. “They contacted me after Kenny’s crash and they had a good program with Honda. So, I was anxious to work with Bobby and Scott’s team.”

 

Rice came to IMS in 2004 as a slight underdog against the Andretti, Penske and Ganassi squads, but RLR had a solid, strong three-car effort with Rice, Vitor Meira and Roger Yasukawa.

 

“I could feel that the team and the car were good when we started practice in May,” said Rice. “And we won the pole on a cold, damp day that started late due to the weather. It was kind of the theme for the month with the weather. In practice, the G-Force was good in traffic too. So, we felt good about its speed and handling in traffic.”

 

The next week, the Rahal Letterman Racing pit crew captured the prestigious Pit Stop Challenge on Carb Day and entered the May 30 200-lap Classic as a favorite. But no one knew what was in store for Rice, his team and his competitors as rain hit the track early on race day.

 

“There was a lot of waiting around as the track dried and then the weather changed again,” he remembers. “I think we started the race around 1 o’clock (1:07 pm) but they stopped it at about 25 or 30 laps in (after 28 laps). And we sat in the garages for nearly two hours, hoping we could get the race in.”

 

But weather continued to play a role in the 2004 Indy 500, including an F2 tornado heading directly to IMS in the afternoon. At 3:30 p.m., the race resumed with Rice in command, leading 91 circuits. It was the most of any driver that day.

 

But the race wasn’t without drama for Rice too as his engine stalled in the pits on lap 95. He fell back to ninth and had to work his way through the field.

 

“Late in the race, the car was still good, but the rain was coming to the track again and we didn’t know if the race would be called after the halfway point,” Rice said. “All I remember was Scott saying on the radio, ‘We gotta go to the front now! The weather is coming.’ So, I drove hard and worked my way to the lead again.”

 

On lap 174, the yellow flag flew for wet conditions and the RLR team warned Rice to keep the car straight with the rain getting harder on the racing surface. After the 180th circuit, the checkered and red flags flew, and Rice was the 2004 Indy 500 champion. With the hard rain and the F2 tornado headed towards the Indianapolis area, the victory celebration was moved from the famed winner’s circle area to underneath the IMS Pagoda.

 

“Our celebration was unique because we were under the Pagoda and the Speedway had to be cleared immediately after the race due to the tornado coming,” said Buddy. “I still remember looking at Dave Letterman’s face sitting next to me on the race car. Being an Indy native, he knew what winning Indy meant. Heck, I won the race, but I felt better for him that day. We didn’t know what was happening outside with the weather other than it was raining. We are just glad no one at IMS was injured by a tornado.”

 

The F2 tornado actually went south of IMS but a record 3.80 inches hit Indianapolis, the most ever for May 30 in the city.

 

After Rice’s 500 win, he experienced several highlights throughout the 2004 racing season including visiting the White House and Oval Office with President George Bush, throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium and driving a ‘fighting vehicle” (tank) at Fort Carson in Colorado.

 

“I really loved throwing out that first pitch at Yankee Stadium,” said Rice. “And I got to meet Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter before the game. Being an ex-baseball player, that was pretty special.”

 

And winning the Indy 500 can be pretty special too, just ask Buddy Rice.

 

Busy Week Looms for Bacon

Lonnie Wheatley, WINCHESTER, Ind. (May 22, 2019) – Memorial Day weekend has historically been a significant weekend for auto racing in America.

This week is no exception for Brady Bacon, as “The Macho Man” will take in five consecutive nights of racing action aboard four different cars beginning on Wednesday night.

It all starts with Wednesday’s USAC National Sprint Car “Tony Hulman Classic” aboard the Hoffman Racing / Mean Green No. 69 Sprint Car.  

Action shifts to the big cars on Thursday night with Bacon taking the wheel of the Klatt Racing No. 6 USAC Silver Crown entry for the “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Bacon makes the shift from the big cars to the little cars with Micro Sprint action in the Hinck No. 21h machine on Friday and Saturday at Peru, Indiana’s Circus City Speedway with a $10,000 winner’s share up for grabs on Saturday.  He then rounds out the holiday weekend with a Sunday night NRA 360-ci Sprint Car outing at Eldora Speedway aboard his BBR No. 99.

Bacon goes into the week after some tough luck during the opening leg of last weekend’s River City Showdown at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL.  The Saturday portion of the event was postponed until later in the year due to inclement weather.

Bacon was in contention for a strong finish in both the USAC Midget and USAC Sprint Car features before misfortune struck in both.

Working his way forward in the feature aboard the FMR No. 76 Midget, Bacon was leading the way until clipping an infield tire and coming to a stop with front end woes.  Bacon rejoined the chase after quick repairs and limped home to an 18th place finish.

Bacon was then in the mix again in the USAC Sprint Car feature aboard the Hoffman Racing / Mean Green No. 69, battling amongst the top five until getting collected in an incident.  Bacon was able to restart at the tail and worked his way back into the top ten with a ninth-place finish.

With a pair of wins to his credit already this season, Bacon looks to boost that total this week.

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

2019 Quick Stats:  28 races, 2 wins, 13 top-fives, 18 top-tens.

Up Next: 

Wednesday – USAC Sprint Cars at Terre Haute (IN) Action Track.

Thursday – USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Friday and Saturday – Micro Sprint Cars at Circus City Raceway in Peru, IN.

Sunday – NRA 360-ci Sprint Cars at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH.

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

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

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

 

 

Swindell SpeedLab Team and Bell Joining All Stars and World of Outlaws This Weekend

 

Inside Line Promotions - AVON, Ind. (May 22, 2019) - The Swindell SpeedLab sprint car team will race with both the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series during the upcoming holiday weekend.

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series star Christopher Bell will be behind the wheel on Sunday at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, with the All Stars and on Monday at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., with the World of Outlaws.

"We've been really good, but at the same time we're still searching for some things he wants to feel to be completely comfortable," team co-owner Kevin Swindell said. "I'm excited to see what we can do to get him completely happy in the car."

 

Bell has earned a trio of top fives and five top 10s in six starts with the team this season.

 

The Swindell SpeedLab team ventured to Fremont Speedway once last year while Monday will mark its debut at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

 

"I got an idea of what Fremont was last year," Swindell said. "We'll know what we have going in there. I went to Lawrenceburg with (Tyler Courtney) the year after I got hurt. I've worked on a car once and I've raced there once with Bernie (Stuebgen) so I have a sense. I expect we can apply what we've been doing to an extent and we'll be in the ballpark."

 

The team would also like to welcome Hunter Schuerenberg to the seat for the COMP Cams Sprint Car World Championship May 30 through June 1 at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio.

 

"He's done it by himself a lot with the setup and everything," Swindell said. "He'll be in a situation where he sits with some confidence and just has to worry about driving the thing. It's trying to get him to feel what he needs to feel. I think if we can do that he can run up front."

 

UP NEXT -

 

Sunday at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, with the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions and Monday at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series

Dover Invading Rapid Speedway and Park Jefferson International Speedway This Weekend

 

Inside Line Promotions - OSBORN, Mo. (May 22, 2019) - Jack Dover is riding a pair of streaks entering this weekend.

 

Dover will compete on Friday at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, with the Midwest Sprint Touring Series and on Saturday at Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., with the Carpet Land Nebraska 360 Sprints.

"We've done well at both tracks so as long as the weather holds out I think we can race up front at both tracks," he said. "We do have confidence rolling into both Rapid Speedway and Park Jefferson International Speedway."

 

Dover visited Victory Lane at Rapid Speedway last year when he also posted a runner-up result at the track. He also has a fourth-place run at the oval in both 2016 and in 2012.

 

Dover has won at least once during each of the last five years at Park Jefferson International Speedway.

 

"The more you win at a track the more confidence it gives you so we have a lot of confidence at Park Jefferson and we've always been a contender at Rapid Speedway," he said. "The goal for this weekend is to come away with a couple of wins. I think we have the race cars capable of that so I need to do my job and we need to avoid mistakes."

 

Dover competed last Friday at U.S. 36 Raceway, where he won an ASCS Warrior Region heat race after starting on the outside of the front row. That locked him into the feature redraw and he pulled the No. 1 to start the Rick and Chris Bowers' owned sprint car on the pole for the A Main.

 

"We jumped out to a big lead right away," Dover said. "Someone told me we were four tenths to a half a second faster than the second-place car. Once I got into traffic a driver came up the track. Their right rear hit my left rear and right front hit my left front. It pushed me off the track off turn three and we tipped over."

 

Dover was unable to restart the race following the incident and he was credited with a 19th-place outing.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 17 - U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. - Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 19 (1).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

7 races, 1 win, 2 top fives, 4 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 6 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, with the Midwest Sprint Touring Series and Saturday at Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., with the Carpet Land Nebraska 360 Sprints

 

Wilson Rallies for Top-10 Finish at Attica Raceway Park

 

Inside Line Promotions - FREMONT, Ohio (May 22, 2019) - Greg Wilson powered from 18th to a seventh-place outing last Friday at Attica Raceway Park, where he made only his second start in the last month.

 

Wet weather once again hampered the weekend for Wilson and his Hercules Tires, DNC Hydraulics, Ohio Logistics and Gear Off Road sponsored team as a trio of Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions races in Wisconsin rained out. Fortunately, Wilson found an opportunity to compete in his home state during an AFCS Series doubleheader.

"We're lucky we were able to get some laps in," he said. "Although we had a great rally on Friday, the goal of the weekend was to learn and make more headway on improving the changes we've made to our race car recently."

 

Wilson improved throughout Friday night by overcoming a 23rd place qualifying run at the oval in Attica, Ohio. He advanced from fifth to fourth place in a heat race and from third to second in a B Main to earn a transfer into the main event. Wilson capped the night by charging to his fourth top 10 of the season.

 

"Attica Raceway Park is a home track for us and we have a lot of laps there," he said. "It gives us a lot of confidence to be able to move forward and it shows that some of the changes we're making to our program are positive. It was certainly a step in the right direction."

 

Friday was the highlight of the weekend as it preceded a tough outing at Fremont Speedway. Wilson rallied from eighth to fifth place in a heat race, which narrowly missed a lock-in spot into the main event on Saturday. An eighth-place finish in a B Main wrapped up the night.

 

Wilson is slated to return to All Star action with a tripleheader this weekend. It begins on Friday at Attica Raceway Park. Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, hosts a show on Saturday before Fremont Speedway concludes the holiday weekend on Sunday.

 

"I think last weekend should help us this weekend at Attica and Fremont, and we always enjoy heading to Wayne County," he said. "With all the weather we've battled this year our fingers are crossed we can get some racing in to continue to learn this car."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 17 - Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio - Qualifying: 23; Heat race: 4 (5); B Main: 2 (3); Feature: 7 (18).

 

May 18 - Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio - Qualifying: -; Heat race: 5 (8); B Main: 8 (2).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

14 races, 1 win, 2 top fives, 4 top 10s, 6 top 15s, 6 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio; Saturday at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio; and Sunday at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, with the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions

aylor Scores Another Non-Wing Win and Runs Second in Midget

Inside Line Promotions - FORT MORGAN, Colo. (May 22, 2019) - Coming into the 2019 season Zac Taylor had never driven a non-wing sprint car. In three starts thus far he has two wins and a second-place finish, including a victory last Saturday at I-76 Speedway.

And if that's not enough, Taylor also scored a runner-up result in the POWRi Lucas Oil Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association event the same night.

"My dad and I have learned so much in the past couple of weeks with the non-wing car and Todd has been incredible in that learning curve," Taylor said. "We are talking about going to Indiana with both the sprint car and midget and trying our luck. I think there's not much more we can learn around our neck of the woods. We need to go where the competition is the best. We will probably get our butts kicked, but that's how you get better."

Taylor won a non-wing heat race before he took the lead on the second lap of the POWRi Lucas Oil Warrior Sprint Series feature and never looked back.

"Dad had the car so good and I felt so comfortable," he said. "I think the midget has given me the knowledge and the feel of what I need - the confidence I have acquired."

In his first start in Todd Henry's midget since the Chili Bowl Nationals in January, Taylor charged from fifth to third in his heat race and he led most of the feature before finishing second.

"A lapped car kind of hung me up," he said. "I went low and the second-place car went high and that was pretty much it. I really think the midget has helped me with what I'm doing in the non-wing sprint car. It's taught me how to feel a car react and feel comfortable. The feel of a midget and a non-wing sprint car is almost the same. You drive both into the corner the same. You need to hit your marks and be able to move around.

"I don't see myself growing and learning on a consistent basis until I gain the knowledge of running against the best in the business. I don't see myself winning on a consistent basis until I learn from the best."

Taylor is scheduled to tackle the 4th annual Midget Round Up this Saturday and Sunday at Airport Raceway in Garden City, Kan., with the POWRi Lucas Oil Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association.

QUICK RESULTS -

May 18 - I-76 Speedway in Fort Morgan, Colo. (non-wing sprint car) - Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 1 (4).

May 18 - I-76 Speedway in Fort Morgan, Colo. (midget) - Heat race: 3 (5); Feature: 2 (1).

SEASON STATS -

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

UP NEXT -

Saturday and Sunday at Airport Raceway in Garden City, Kan., for the 4 th annual Midget Round Up with the POWRi Lucas Oil Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association

 

 

Steven Aghakhani Becomes Youngest Driver in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series

Monrovia, California (Wednesday, May 22, 2019) - US RaceTronics is excited to announce that addition of Steven Aghakhani to their driver line-up for the remainder of the 2019 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American season. The California youth will become the youngest driver to compete in the prestigious series when he takes the track next month at the iconic Watkins Glen International circuit.

 

Aghakhani has been part of the US RaceTronics family since the young age of 12 when he entered the team's driver development program. Aghakhani turned 16 in April and immediately applied for and was granted a license by IMSA.

 

"I want to thank IMSA for the opportunity to be a part of this series and thank them for supporting me in this sport at such a young age," Aghakhani said. "For them to have that trust in me means a lot. I also want to thank Lamborghini for their on-going support. I am really proud to be driving the Huracan Super Trofeo Evo and I am ready to give this race series my all and try my best at the podium, I can't wait."  

 

Chris Ward, Senior Manager, Motorsport, for Automobili Lamborghini America LLC is delighted to have the young American joining the series.

 

"Lamborghini Squadra Corse are delighted to welcome Steven Aghakhani to the Super Trofeo paddock as the youngest driver to compete in the Series globally," Ward said. "Steven has demonstrated his ability in competition outside of the championship over the past few years and I know he has been working extremely hard in this build up to his debut at Watkins Glen in just a few weeks."

 

US RaceTronics' team owner, Shane Seneviratne, is thrilled to have Steven rounding out the team's four-car effort for Watkins Glen. Aghakhani has grown up as part of the USRT family and Seneviratne is excited to have the opportunity to showcase the teenager's capabilities on track.

 

"I'm really excited to have Steven Aghakhani join our Super Trofeo program," Seneviratne said. "It's been quite a remarkable journey with Steven. We started when he was very young, 12-years-old, with a Lamborghini Gallardo. He's finally eligible to go Super Trofeo racing and we're looking forward to having him drive for us in the AM Championship. He's made tremendous progress over the years. I think he's going to be very competitive and I'm confident that he'll do well in the series."

 

"I also want to thank all of Steven's sponsors for all their support," Seneviratne added. "They've been remarkable to work with over the last few years and I think there's a bright future with many of these partnerships. I think Steven's going to do well and get them quite a bit of attention, which will enhance the sponsorships and return on investments for all the sponsors."

 

Steven would also like to thank SADA, Shegerian and Associates, Tax and Business Consulting Group, LPA Lighting, LF Illuminations, Forgiato, FGO, Aghakhani & Luk LLP, Pro Automotive repair shop, Magic Laundry Services, Insignia Mortgage, SKY Financials, RX Unlimited, and US RaceTronics for their continued support. He is looking forward to promoting their brands both on and off the track.

 

Come out and support Steven and the entire US RaceTronics' team June 27-29 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY.

 
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DENNIS REINBOLD & HIS FAMILY HISTORY AT IMS

STILL CARRIES INDY 500 PASSION TO WIN THE GREATEST RACE

Dreyer & Reinbold Families & Indy 500 Connection Traces Back to 1927

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 22, 2019) – Indy 500 team owner Dennis Reinbold and his family hold the longest legacy at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It dates back to 1927 with his grandfather, the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, serves as a mechanic and crewman on the historic Duesenberg team.

 

For Reinbold, his earliest memory of the annual month of May for the Indy 500 was hearing the engines roar around the 2.5-mile oval just a mile and a half from his parents’ home.

 

“We used to ride our bicycles to 16th and Georgetown and listen to those incredible sounds of the Indy 500 engines pounding around the Speedway,” said Reinbold, who has entered and qualified 41 Indy 500 entries as a car owner dating back to 1999. “Then we would ride around a makeshift oval at the church parking lot near our house as if we were the drivers in the race. I was always Lloyd Ruby since my uncle was on his pit crew. He was the ‘Underdog’ and I always root for the ‘Underdog.’”

 

Reinbold carries a similar role now with his current Dreyer & Reinbold Racing organization, a one-off Indy 500 team set to take the coveted “Drink of Milk” in the IMS victory lane this Sunday in the 103rd Indy 500 with American drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Sage Karam.

 

Reinbold, the high-successful Indianapolis businessman, admits he still gets chills every May when he drives under the 16th St. tunnel into the track between turns one and two. And he carries a passion to capture the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” each year his team enters the annual 200-lap Classic.

 

“It’s a passion for me to come to IMS and be able to prepare and put the cars on the grid each year,” Dennis explained. “And I have got to win this race. We need to win and that’s really the passion behind me coming to the Indy 500 every year. It’s really the only reason we show up, to put the car in Victory Lane. We work all year-round to try to do that and try to improve from the year before.”

 

Reinbold knows the history of the Indy 500 and his family. Placed high about his current race shop in Carmel, Ind., are a variety of his grandfather’s racing vehicles as well as past cars from the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing stables over the last two decades. Now, he is ready for his latest entries to find a place in history with a winning car in the IMS Museum.

“A lot of times I’ll sit there through the middle of the race and say, ‘all of the things that we have worked on in the last year have piled up to this moment,’” he admits. “We’re as prepared and ready to win this race as possible, and for whatever reason we haven’t pulled that off quite as of yet. But here’s to this being the year.”

 

Reinbold’s passion is unique to an Indy 500 “only” team as he maintains a full-time race crew while only currently competing in the Indy 500. Obviously, with the proper funding, Dennis would love to return to the entire NTT IndyCar Series with his racing team.

 

“We have had the same people for a long, long time,” said Reinbold. “So, we have faith in each other and we can produce a really good competitive product on race day. Maybe our qualifying isn’t as good as we would like. But we have shown that our race car setups are excellent, and we can move to the front of the field during the race.  Sage has shown that in the past and I believe that Sage and J.R. will have cars that can move up the field through the race.”

 

And Reinbold has faith in his current drivers as well. He gave Hildebrand his first IndyCar Series ride back in 2010 (Mid-Ohio and Sonoma) and Karam his first ride back in the 2014 Indy 500. Sage drove from 31st to ninth that day and was awarded the “Hard Charger of the Race.”

 

In recent Indy 500 races, Karam has driven his DRR mount into the top-ten by mid-race and even into the top-five before misfortune has halted the Nazareth, Pa., driver’s charges. Last year, Sage started 24th and, at lap 154, ran sixth ahead of Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi before the No. 24 WIX Filters Chevrolet hit the front straight wall. Hildebrand, in his first Indy 500 start for Reinbold in the Salesforce Chevrolet, placed 11th from his 27th starting spot.

 

This Sunday, Hildebrand will start 21st in the 33-driver field while Karam takes the 31st position when the race starts at 12:15 p.m. EDT at the “Racing Capital of the World.”

 

“Last Monday, we had excellent race setups on both cars,” said Reinbold. “I think Sage and JR like their cars a lot heading into Sunday’s race. So, we’ll be ready to go at the drop of the green flag. And we want to see that checkered flag and drink the milk.”

 

That would be the ultimate topping to the long legacy of the Dreyer & Reinbold families at the Indy 500.

 

 

Giovanni Scelzi Captures Two Seventh-Place Results at Williams Grove

 

Inside Line Promotions - MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (May 21, 2019) - Giovanni Scelzi scored a pair of seventh-place finishes last weekend at Williams Grove Speedway.

 

While the results were the same, the path was anything but similar during the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Morgan Cup featuring more than 40 drivers.

"It was two very different nights," Scelzi said. "On Friday we qualified second quickest in our group and I won a heat race to make the dash."

 

Scelzi guided the Bernie Stuebgen owned race car to a fifth-place run in the dash, which lined the team up on the inside of the third row for the main event.

 

"We ran fifth for a while," he said. "I was running fifth and think I could have got fourth when I got slowed by a lapped car, which allowed Lance Dewease and Tim Shaffer by. Still a top 10 with the World of Outlaws in Central Pennsylvania is something to be proud of."

 

Saturday's top-10 outing was much more difficult to come by. Scelzi timed in 15th quickest in his group, which lined him up near the back of a heat race.

 

"I didn't make the right line in qualifying so we were way behind the eight ball," he said. "We battled for the transfer in the heat, but ended in sixth. The feature lineups go back to qualifying so we were buried."

 

Scelzi won the C Main to transfer into the last row of the Last Chance Showdown. He then maneuvered from 11th to fourth in the race to capture the final transfer position into the A Main.

 

"We made a lot of changes throughout the night," he said. "We'd never been on a track that slick at Williams Grove. We got better as we went. In the feature I got my own lane on the top rolling. Once I got into the top 10 I had to slide guys. With about 10 laps to go the track took rubber so that made it more difficult to make up more ground."

 

Scelzi powered from 24th to a seventh-place outing, earning the Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars. He ended the night with 25 positions gained during the three feature races.

 

"It's tough to get going with those guys so it's a confidence booster and shows we can move forward if we need to," he said.

 

The week began on Wednesday at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa., during the Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene. Scelzi qualified 13th quickest in his group and placed seventh in a heat race. A charge from seventh to third in the Last Chance Showdown garnered a transfer into the main event.

 

"We didn't qualify very good," he said. "I didn't make very good laps and we didn't have a good heat because the track was locked down. We had a good B Main to make the show though. In the feature someone spun in front of me and kept going. I dropped to the back and never got going again."

 

Scelzi ended with a 25th-place finish.

 

He is scheduled to race this Friday and Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., during the Patriot Nationals and Monday at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., during the Memorial Day Spectacle presented by KOI Auto Parts with the World of Outlaws.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 15 - Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. - Qualifying: 13; Heat race: 7 (7); B Main: 3 (7); Feature: 25 (23).

 

May 17 - Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. - Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 1 (1); Dash: 5 (6); Feature: 7 (5).

 

May 18 - Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. - Qualifying: 15; Heat race: 6 (8); C Main: 1 (2); B Main: 4 (11); Feature: 7 (24).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

20 races, 3 wins, 4 top fives, 11 top 10s, 13 top 15s, 14 top 20s

 

Swindell SpeedLab eSports Team Garners Podium and Two Top 10s at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

 

Inside Line Promotions - AVON, Ind. (May 21, 2019) - The Swindell SpeedLab eSports Team scored a podium finish and two top 10s on Monday night during the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series iRacing event at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

James Edens powered to a third-place run, marking his seventh top five of the season. He also has nine top 10s in nine races to rank third in the championship standings with one race remaining.

 

Cole Cabre produced a 10th-place run.

 

Fellow Swindell SpeedLab eSports Team members Matt McKinney placed 11 th and Chase Cabre was 20th.

 

Chase Cabre ranks eighth in the championship standings with teammate Adam Elby ninth heading into the final event of the season, which is next Monday at Knoxville Raceway.

 

 

Mallett Challenges for Top 10 During ASCS National Tour Finale at I-96 Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (May 21, 2019) - Jordon Mallett capped his Michigan debut with a solid outing last Saturday at I-96 Speedway.

 

Mallett endured an up-and-down weekend at the oval during a Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour doubleheader, finding success in a heat race before struggling in a qualifier each night.

"Both nights I struggled so bad in the qualifiers," he said. "It was just different up there. The track threw me for a loop. It reminded me of some places we've been before, but it wasn't. I wound up both nights messing myself up in the qualifier thinking the track wasn't progressing as quick as it was."

 

Mallett maneuvered from sixth to fourth place in a heat race on Friday before a seventh-place result in a qualifier relegated him to a B Main. He won the race to transfer into the main event, but it was short-lived.

 

"I made the correct changes for the B Main and found what the car wanted," he said. "Unfortunately, in the A Main I clipped an infield tire and it cut the left front tire down. I ran another lap and realized it was damaged to the point it was going to tear more stuff up. It wasn't worth it so we pulled in."

 

Mallett rebounded from Friday's 19th-place run by powering from fourth to second place in a heat race on Saturday. A sixth-place result in a qualifier lined him up on the outside of the sixth row in the A Main.

 

"We were a lot more pleased with being straight in the show," he said. "We started 12th and that was better because I knew the guys in front of me were fast and we could do some racing. We were good early on. Everybody was running around the rim. We were as good as anybody. I got impatient and tried to run the bottom. I shuffled my way to seventh or eighth. I overstayed my welcome and the bottom went away. I got passed by those cars I had passed. By the time I jumped in line I was riding in 10 th or 11th and ripped the top for the rest of the race."

 

Mallett ended with an 11th-place outing.

 

"We feel really positive," he said. "We learned a couple of things we should have done different. Car-wise we made some adjustments we were pleased with."

 

Mallett will go from one debut to another as he makes his first visit to Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., this Saturday and Sunday during another ASCS National Tour doubleheader.

 

"I have the same expectation that we'll run good," he said. "We're adaptable enough. Lots of times we look forward to going somewhere new rather than going to the same places."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 17 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: 4 (6); Qualifier: 7 (1); B Main: 1 (2); Feature: 19 (18).

 

May 18 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: 2 (4); Qualifier: 6 (5); Feature: 11 (12).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

8 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 5 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Saturday and Sunday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

 

Price Rallies for 12th-Place Outing at I-96 Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (May 21, 2019) - Robbie Price highlighted last weekend's Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour doubleheader at I-96 Speedway with a 12th-place run on Friday.

 

"We hot lapped good, but in the heat race I was back to sixth going in the first corner," he said. "I passed a couple of cars back. That cost us and put us pretty deep in a qualifier."

A fifth-place finish in a heat race was followed by a seventh-place result in a qualifier. Price then finished second in a B Main to transfer into the main event.

 

"We made good strides in the B Main, but come time for the A Main we had the car too tight for running the curb," he said. "I had to slide in underneath to catch it coming off. That scrubbed too much speed."

 

Price was still able to rally from 19th to a 12th -place finish, which is his best result during the first handful of ASCS National Tour shows this year.

 

The weekend concluded on Saturday with Price placing fourth in a heat race and fifth in a qualifier to lock directly into the main event. Unfortunately, his night ended early.

 

"I got collected on the first lap," he said. "That knocked the front end out. It tore a bunch of stuff up."

 

Price wasn't able to restart following the early incident. He was credited with a 22nd-place finish.

 

Next up for the team will be its debut at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., this Saturday and Sunday with the ASCS National Tour.

 

"I'm looking forward to getting there," Price said. "I'm frustrated with our results the last couple of weeks. I consider myself capable of a top five and we're not close to that so we're going to dig deep this week and try to figure some things out."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 17 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: 5 (3); Qualifier: 7 (9); B Main: 2 (3); Feature: 12 (19).

 

May 18 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: 4 (6); Qualifier: 5 (4); Feature: 22 (15).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

10 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10, 2 top 15s, 3 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Saturday and Sunday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

 

Crockett Hustles to Top 10 During Finale at I-96 Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (May 21, 2019) - Roger Crockett ranks fourth in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship standings despite a frustrating weekend in Michigan.

 

Crockett made his debut in the state on Friday during the opening night of a doubleheader hosted by I-96 Speedway. Unfortunately, a miscue on the setup prior to the heat race put the team behind from the start.

"The first night I got sidetracked and didn't adjust my right rear shock," he said. "I was in the middle of doing it and someone came up to talk to me. I flat got sidetracked and didn't get back to it. Ultimately it ruined our weekend in a sense because it put us behind the eight ball so bad. We were terrible in the heat race. It made the car extremely unpredictable. We backed up instead of moving forward."

 

A seventh-place result in the heat race relegated Crockett to a B Main. However, a charge from eighth to third place garnered a transfer into the main event. Crockett capped the night by rallying from 22nd to 13th in the main event despite being involved in an early crash.

 

"We started at the tail and that's why we got in that wreck," he said. "It messed up our top wing and bent the right rear wheel. It didn't affect the handling too bad, other than the wing had a big hole in it. With the way our night was going we decided to patch the wing up rather than put a new one on."

 

The nine positions gained marked the third-most cars passed in the main event.

 

The weekend wrapped up on Saturday. Crockett rallied from sixth to third place in a heat race to start the action.

 

"We ran the fastest time in hot laps and the car felt really good," he said. "On the first start in our heat race we came out second, but the next start didn't quite go as good. We came out in third and maintained. In the qualifier I wasn't aggressive enough, waiting too long to hit the bottom. We needed to get to second or third to start good in the feature."

 

Crockett placed fourth in the qualifier and he ranked ninth in points to line up on the inside of the fifth row for the main event.

 

"In the A Main we got the car a little too tight and struggled early," he said. "We lost a few spots on Lap 1. We ran around there for awhile. We ended up getting lapped with six laps to go, but we hung with Sam (Hafertepe Jr.) the rest of the race. That's the frustrating part knowing the speed of our car."

 

Crockett's 10th-place result marked his third top 10 in four ASCS National Tour races this season.

 

He is slated to return to action with the series this Saturday and Sunday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.

 

"I really like the place," he said. "We've had a couple of good runs there. I know our car is fast. I just need to do a better job. It's hard because everybody is so aggressive. Unfortunately, you have to have less regard for people than racing used to be. Making people let off the gas is the name of the game."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 17 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: 7 (6); B Main: 3 (8); Feature: 13 (22).

 

May 18 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: 3 (6); Qualifier: 4 (5); Feature: 10 (9).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

6 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 4 top 10s, 5 top 15s, 6 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Saturday and Sunday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

 

 

Kaleb Johnson Manages to Post a Podium Finish Despite Rainy Weekend

Inside Line Promotions - JEFFERSON, S.D. (May 21, 2019) - Kaleb Johnson earned a podium finish Saturday night at Park Jefferson International Speedway after weather altered his original racing schedule for the weekend.

With rain washing out races at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., and at U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., on Friday as well as at Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb., on Saturday, Johnson was part of the 20-car 305 sprint car field for his first visit of the season to Park Jefferson International Speedway Saturday night.

His evening began well with a second-place heat race finish after starting fourth.

"I was able to move up to second right away, but I thought the track would have a little more moisture than it did," he said. "I kind of stayed behind the leader for a while. Then Stu Snyder moved up and we raced back and forth for a few laps. That was fun. I barely beat him at the line to get second."

Johnson started sixth in the feature.

"We tried something different with the car that we'd never done before so I didn't know what to expect," he said. "In a way it worked. We'll just have to fine-tune it a bit.

"A couple of cars in front of us spun out and that moved us to second. Just like in the heat race, Stu moved up again toward the end and we raced side by side with him for about six or seven laps. It ended close again, but this time he beat me by a little bit at the finish for second. That was a lot of fun. It's pretty cool to have someone race you close and clean without having to worry about them chopping you off or anything like that.

"To be honest, we probably had about a fifth- or sixth-place car. But we're never ashamed of a top three. We just had some things go our way. There will be other nights when they don't. It was another good learning experience for us."

Johnson has an ambitious three nights of racing scheduled for this weekend, which includes the season debut of his 360 sprint car at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Friday during a Midwest Sprint Touring Series event. He also plans to race his 305 sprint car at Eagle Raceway on Saturday and at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on Sunday.

"I'm pretty excited about racing at Rock Rapids with our own 360 car," he said. "We went there once last year, but we had motor problems and only ran a couple of laps. I'm anxious to see how the car does."

QUICK RESULTS -

May 18 - Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, S.D. - Heat race: 2 (4); Feature: 3 (6).

SEASON STATS -

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

 

Hill Sees Misfortune Halt a Pair of Promising Nights at I-96 Speedway

Inside Line Promotions - LAKE ODESSA, Mich. (May 21, 2019) - Misfortune brought a sudden end to a pair of promising nights for Alex Hill last weekend at I-96 Speedway during the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour debut at the oval.

Hill's night ended in turn four during the A Main each night when she was caught up in miscues by other drivers.

On Friday, she started 13th in the main event and quickly moved forward.

"I had a good start and passed several cars on the first lap," she said. "We were fast and I felt we had a top-10 car. But later in the race, when we were exiting turn four, someone ahead of us spun out and then someone else got sideways and it ended up being a big pileup. I had nowhere to go. I hit Jamie Ball and we both flipped. Our car was torn up pretty bad and we had to go to our backup car the next night."

Hill posted solid runs earlier in the evening, finishing second in her heat race and fourth in her qualifier.

"Even though it was our first time at the track, Daryl had the car set up good and we were fast right away," she said. "I think we're getting better on our starts, slowly but surely. We ran the bottom most of the weekend and we seemed to be able to run better there than most of the others."

Hill placed second in a heat race and sixth in a qualifier before she won the B Main on Saturday night. She started 17th in the A Main when a similar situation occurred again in turn four.

"It was just like the night before," she said. "A guy spun out in the same exact spot and I had nowhere to go. But this time it was just the two of us and I didn't go over, although I came close. That wreck did a lot of damage to the car, too. It was especially frustrating because we've been running better lately. But that's racing."

In spite of her poor luck, Hill hopes to return to I-96 Speedway again.

"Pretty much everything went well for us there, except for the A Mains," she said. "I really liked the track. I hope we can race there next year."

Next up for Hill and the ASCS National Tour will be a doubleheader at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., this Saturday and Sunday.

"I'm looking forward to going back there to race," she said. "We raced there for the first time last year. It will be nice to go to a track we've been to before since the last several tracks have been new to us."

QUICK RESULTS -

May 17 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: 2 (3); Qualifier: 4 (3); Feature: DNF (13).

May 18 - I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. - Heat race: 2 (1); Qualifier: 6 (5); B Main: 1 (1); Feature: DNF (17).

SEASON STATS -

11 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 0 top 15s, 1 top 20

UP NEXT -

Saturday and Sunday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

 

Hagar Prepares for USCS Speedweek Races in Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee

 

Inside Line Promotions - MARION, Ark. (May 21, 2019) - Derek Hagar is eager to get behind the wheel during the USCS Speedweek, which features four straight nights of racing this week.

 

Rain washed out the Hooker Hood Classic, which he was supposed to run last Saturday. It's the latest rain out that has kept Hagar from racing.

"I was really anxious to race last weekend," he said. "The weather was looking good and it was going to be a great race. A storm popped up unexpectedly and they had to cancel it."

 

Hagar has four chances to get to Victory Lane this weekend. He will be at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Miss., on Friday to kick off Speedweek. Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., hosts Round 2 on Saturday. Old No. 1 Speedway in Harrisburg, Ark., showcases Sunday's event before a race on Monday at Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, Tenn.

 

Old No. 1 Speedway is the only one that Hagar hasn't won at out of those four tracks. He's hoping to break that this weekend.

 

"I think we've got a pretty good chance to pull off some good finishes this weekend," he said. "We've had really good results at most of these tracks and I'm looking forward to getting back to Harrisburg to see what we can do."

 

SEASON STATS -

 

5 races, 1 win, 3 top fives, 3 top 10s, 3 top 15s, 4 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Friday at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Miss.; Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.; Sunday at Old No. 1 Speedway in Harrisburg, Ark.; and Monday at Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, Tenn., with the USCS Series

 

Tankersley and Old School Racing Set for Texas Doubleheader at Devil's Bowl and LoneStar

Inside Line Promotions - HIGHLANDS, Texas (May 21, 2019) - A pair of ASCS Gulf South Region versus ASCS Lone Star Region races are on tap for Channin Tankersley and Old School Racing.

The team will venture to Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on Saturday before wrapping up the weekend on Sunday at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas.

"Devil's Bowl hasn't statistically been one of my better tracks," he said. "However, we've had a bunch of good runs there. We'll give it our all and try to get it down. It's really, really technical. You have to have a good car and you're driving has to be on point.

"We always run well at Kilgore. Pretty much every time we race there we're quick. It's just a faster track and I feel like we do better on faster tracks. Between what we're doing with the car and my driving lately I think we'll have a good shot at both tracks."

Tankersley enters the weekend on top of the ASCS Gulf South Region championship standings. He is the only driver to register a top five in all four regional races this season.

Tankersley placed eighth at Devil's Bowl Speedway last year to give him at least one top 10 during four of the last five years at the track. His most recent appearance at LoneStar Speedway yielded a podium finish in 2016.

SEASON STATS -

 

6 races, 1 win, 5 top fives, 6 top 10s, 6 top 15s, 6 top 20s

UP NEXT -

 

Saturday at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, and Sunday at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, with the ASCS Gulf South Region and ASCS Lone Star Region

Schmelzle Heading to Cottage Grove Speedway for Marvin Smith Memorial

 

Inside Line Promotions - COLVILLE, Wash. (May 21, 2019) - Chris Schmelzle will make his first start of the season in Oregon this weekend when he tackles the 6th annual Marvin Smith Memorial.

 

Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove hosts the doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday.

"Cottage Grove is one of my favorite tracks," he said. "It's a fun, racy little track. It looks like there will be some great competition there. Heather (Boyce) has grown that into a pretty good event. I'm looking forward to getting back there."

 

Schmelzle has competed at the quarter-mile oval off and on throughout the last 20 years.

 

"Somewhere around 1998 was the first time I raced my car at Cottage Grove," he said. "I've gone there as much as I can.

 

"I ran second to Roger Crockett years ago in a race leading up to Speedweek. One year in a Speedweek race we qualified fast time. It was a huge group of cars there. We've always seemed to qualify well and be fast there. I don't know if it's the size of the track or just that the track is typically wide and racy where you can run the bottom or top, but for some reason I've always seemed to like that track."

 

Schmelzle said his goal is to compete for a top-five result each night.

 

"We're looking to be fast right off the trailer," he said. "We've been consistent with our speed. I'm looking to finish that off with the results. If we can come out with a top-five finish both nights I'd be pleased with that."

 

SEASON STATS -

 

5 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s, 3 top 15s, 4 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Saturday and Sunday at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., for the 6th annual Marvin Smith Memorial

 

Amantea Guides Backup Car to First Career Micro Sprint Feature Victory

 

Inside Line Promotions - KUTZTOWN, Pa. (May 21, 2019) - Joey Amantea captured his first career 600cc micro sprint feature triumph on Saturday at Hamlin Speedway.

 

"It was huge," he said. "I've got a win. Now we can go out, have fun and race."

The night began with Amantea powering his non-wing micro sprint from fourth to second place after a long day of hard work preparing the back-up car.

 

"We crashed pretty bad at Linda's Speedway on Friday," he said. "Our other car had the blown motor in it and it was set up for winged. From 6 a.m. my dad and I were setting up that car and putting a new motor in it. We converted it and barely made practice at 5:45 p.m."

 

Not only did the heat race go well after the long day, Amantea lined up on the pole for the main event.

 

"For about six laps the guy who started on the outside led and built a straightaway lead," he said. "The caution came out and we had a double-file restart. I got him on it and led the rest of the race. He showed me a nose once, but I took his lane away and that was it."

 

Amantea led the majority of the race to highlight a busy week with a trip to Victory Lane.

 

The week began on Wednesday at Shellhammers Speedway in Shoemakersville, Pa., where Amantea made his debut. He fought a loose car all night and placed sixth in a heat race before ending 16th in the main event.

 

"We were really good in practice, but the track changed drastically in the heat race," he said. "People said that's not normal. The track was only one groove. I had a bunch of tough guys in my heat and was super loose. I was really loose in the feature, too. I was up to 11th at one point. Two cars wrecked in front of me and I spun out so I had to go to the back. At that place, since it's so small, I have to work on throttle control. We're going to adjust the setup as well."

 

Amantea ventured to Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa., on Friday. He advanced from seventh to fifth in a heat race and was battling for a top 10 in the feature when a crash ended his night early.

 

"I was following a guy about ready to slide him," he said. "Someone stopped in front of him and he weaved at the last minute. I wasn't able to and hit him and then another guy hit me. We went flying. It bent everything from the middle of the car back. It destroyed everything. We basically went from the track to drop the car off at Hyper Chassis."

 

That began a late night and long day on Saturday getting everything prepared for that evening's race, which turned out to be victorious.

 

Sunday's race at Action Track USA rained out midway through the event.

 

Amantea is slated for the same schedule this week as last week with races on Wednesday at Shellhammers Speedway; Friday at Linda's Speedway; Saturday at Hamlin Speedway; and Sunday at Action Track USA.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 15 - Shellhammers Speedway in Shoemakersville, Pa. - Heat race: 6 (4); Feature: 16 (14).

 

May 17 - Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa. - Heat race: 5 (7); Feature: DNF (14).

 

May 18 - Hamlin Speedway in Hamlin, Pa. - Heat race: 2 (4); Feature: 1 (1).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

14 races, 1 win, 3 top fives, 6 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 22 top 20s

 

UP NEXT -

 

Wednesday at Shellhammers Speedway in Shoemakersville, Pa.; Friday at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa.; Saturday at Hamlin Speedway in Hamlin, Pa.; and Sunday at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa.

 

TBJ Promotions Growing Midget Round Up Thanks to RMMRA and NOW600 Series

 

Inside Line Promotions - OWASSO, Okla. (May 21, 2019) - The Midget Round Up, which is in its fourth year of being a marquee TBJ Promotions event, has grown each year thanks to support from its two premier series.

 

"It's been amazing and very fulfilling to see the car counts continue to grow," TBJ Promotions Founder Tony Bruce Jr. said. "The Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association has been a big-time supporter of the event and Terry Mattox with the NOW600 Series has been a huge addition to get the micro game strong."

Both the POWRi Lucas Oil RMMRA Series and Lucas Oil National Open Wheel 600 Series presented by Tel-Star Technologies will partake in this year's spectacle, which runs this Saturday and Sunday at Airport Raceway in Garden City, Kan.

 

"I figure we'll have 30-to-35 midgets and the three micro sprint classes should have great car counts, too," Bruce Jr said.

 

A total of four divisions will be running featuring the midgets and the three premier NOW600 Series classes - Stock Non-Wing, Winged 'A' Class and Restricted 'A' Class - both nights.

 

The front gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. each night.

 

Tickets are $20 for adults on Saturday and $15 on Sunday. Children ages 12-years-old and younger get in free both nights.

 

There is limited reserved spectator parking at the track available. To purchase a spot, call 620-287-3695.

 

Additionally, TBJ Promotions would like to thank the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Burtis Motor Company, Mid-America Millwright, The Tunnel Car Wash, Johnson Septic Tank Services, Jax Sports Grille, Driven Midwest and Maupin's Truck Service for their continued support of the event.

 

Esteb's Stepping Up Engine Program for SawBlade.com Backed Pulling Tractor

Inside Line Promotions - FRANKLIN, Ind. (May 21, 2019) - The SawBlade.com backed pulling tractor team owned by David and Janet Esteb has been hard at work over the winter and spring getting ready for the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Champions Tour season.

"We had our SawBlade tractor displayed at the PRI show in Indianapolis in December," Janet Esteb said. "We didn't get invited to the National Farm Machinery Show this year. They only invite 12 light superstock tractors from all over the United States. We will try again next year.

"We have been busy rebuilding a new motor and David redid the rear end because of some issues."

The Estebs' first pull will be an Indiana Pulling League event in Boswell, Ind., on June 1. The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions Tour season starts for their division June 14-15 at Mackville, Wis.

"We are planning to be at Boswell unless we are in the field," Janet Esteb said. "This weather has been crazy lately.

"We are very glad to have SawBlade.com for another year of sponsorship and are honored to represent such a great company during the pulling season."

David Esteb drove Eat'n Dollars/Alky Edition to a seventh-place finish in the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions Tour for the Light Super Stock Division. The class is limited to a 505ci engine, up to four turbo chargers with a maximum of three stages. The Estebs' machine weighs 6,300 pounds.

At tractor pulls the driver who pulls the weighted sled - that gets heavier the farther the driver travels down the track - the longest wins. A pulling track is typically 300-to-320 feet long.

 

Repeat Double-Podium Weekend for DXDT Racing in Blancpain GT World Challenge America at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

- David Askew and Ryan Dalziel Co-Drive No. 63 USALCO/Security National Mortgage Mercedes-AMG GT3 to Season-Best Second-Place Race Finish Sunday

- Third-Place Finish Saturday for George Kurtz and Colin Braun in No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (May 21, 2019) – DXDT Racing scored a pair of podium finishes with its Blancpain GT World Challenge America Mercedes-AMG GT3 entries for the second-straight race weekend this past Saturday and Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).

Team owner and driver David Askew and Ryan Dalziel co-drove the DXDT No. 63 USALCO/Security National Mortgage Mercedes-AMG GT3 to a season-best second-place Pro-Am finish in Sunday’s final race of the weekend.

In Saturday’s first 90-minute race, George Kurtz and Colin Braun returned to the podium with a third-place Pro-Am finish in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3.

The CTMP race results are a nearly perfect repeat of DXDT Racing’s first double podium showing in the top-tier GT3 category last month at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). At that event, Askew and Dalziel finished third on Saturday while Kurtz and Braun stepped up for second-place honors Sunday.

“Everything is going really well with the team,” Askew said. “Everybody is having fun. We have two complete pit stop crews and they have a little competition going between them, which is great. Our Sunday pit stop was flawless, I made a little mistake at the end, but I am glad it was my fault we had a long pit stop, and not the crew. They are doing a great job.”

Askew rebounded from the pit stop miscue with a great closing run on track to the finish.

“We showed all weekend the Mercedes-AMG GT3 had good pace around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park,” Dalziel said. “I got to run in the top four overall in my stint Sunday and stretched a pretty good lead on some of the other Pro-Am cars. The team did a great pit stop, and David got in and had another career drive. For a guy who has only been doing this a couple of years, he did an unbelievably good job.”

Answering the call to pick up the pace when asked, Askew successfully defended the No. 63’s second-place finish to the checkered flag.

“The third-place guy was chasing me down and the crew came on the radio and said, ‘we need another half a second.’” Askew said. “So, I worked a little harder and found that half a second. I figured out where I was able to hold him off  and extended a little bit. I worked really hard on not making any more mistakes and I felt really confident in the car. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is the kind of car that builds confidence in a driver, especially for us amateur guys.”

The CTMP event was just the third time Kurtz and Braun have raced together in GT3 competition, but they have hit the podium in each of the last two race weekends.

“Overall it was a solid weekend for the CrowdStrike team at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park,” Braun said. “George had a fantastic stint on Saturday, and we were able to finish on the podium in third place! Sunday was a little more challenging for us. We finished just shy of the podium in fourth but learned a lot for the next race. Can’t thank CrowdStrike and the DXDT Racing guys enough for all they do to prepare great Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars for us.”

Next up for DXDT Racing and Blancpain GT World Challenge America is

 

 

 

 

Victory and Pole Position for Mercedes-AMG GT4 and Pair of Podium Finishes for Mercedes-AMG GT3 Entries in Competitive SRO Americas Race Weekend for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams 

 

Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 and Drivers Matt Fassnacht and Christian Szymczak Win Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park ​

 
 

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada. Matt Fassnacht and Christian Szymczak co-drove the No. 34 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 to victory in Saturday’s Pirelli GT4 America SprintX race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). The win followed a SprintX pole-winning performance on Friday by Fassnacht in the No. 34, and was a highlight in a competitive showing at the SRO Americas CTMP weekend by Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams. In the weekend’s Blancpain GT World Challenge America races, DXDT Racing also earned a pair of podium finishes with its Mercedes-AMG GT3 entries.


Both Szymczak and Fassnacht led Saturday’s race. Szymczak survived an early contact incident with another competitor and pitted from the top three to hand the Mercedes-AMG GT4 off to Fassnacht.
 

Fast work by the Murillo Racing crew led the No. 34 back into the lead when pit stops were completed and Fassnacht took control. He steadily opened up a comfortable and controlled lead and took the checkered flag 7.5 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

 


 

The win was the third of the Pirelli GT4 America season for Fassnacht, Murillo Racing and the Mercedes-AMG GT4. Last month at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), Fassnacht swept the weekend’s Pirelli GT4 America Sprint races in a Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4.
 

In the CTMP weekend’s twin 90-minute Blancpain GT World Challenge America races, DXDT Racing turned in a repeat performance of their VIR race weekend, with a podium result each day in their Mercedes-AMG GT3 Pro-Am entries.
 

In Sunday’s second and final race, David Askew and Ryan Dalziel co-drove the No. 63 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 to a season-best second-place Pro-Am finish.

 


 

This runner-up finish followed a third place Pro-Am showing Saturday by George Kurtz and Colin Braun in the No. 04 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.
 

The back-to-back double podium results for DXDT came in only the team’s second and third race weekends with its expanded two-car Mercedes-AMG GT3 team.
 

Previously run under the Pirelli World Challenge banner, the Blancpain GT World Challenge America features classes for both professional and professional-amateur driving duos in GT3 cars. The new Pirelli GT4 America series for GT4 vehicles follows a similar format in SprintX, in addition to the single-driver sprint series.

 


 

Next up for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams in both Blancpain GT World Challenge America and Pirelli GT4 America is the Sonoma Raceway race weekend, June 7 – 9.
 

Matthew Fassnacht, Driver – No. 34 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4: “It really comes down to just being in the game. If you look at what has happened with the team, and Christian and I with the team, in the last year or so, it’s really about a lot of unforced errors. Now that we aren’t doing that we are staying in the game and getting the results that we should be getting. Christian was unbelievable Saturday and the team did such a great job with the Mercedes-AMG GT4. I just got in and drove it to the end pretty easily. I got in the car and was able to run the kind of lap times I wanted to run. I maintained the lead but there was more there. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 does have some long legs for sure.”
 

Christian Szymczak, Driver – No. 34 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4: “It was a lot of fun. We have a great car for the whole season and this result is hugely important. We feel like a weight has been lifted from our shoulders with the first SprintX win. Now we can kind of just continue what we are doing with the first win out of the way. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 has a lot of strengths. It felt great the whole stint, the balance stays consistent, and it’s really stable the entire time. A lot of other cars out there seem to have their pace fall off quite a bit but the Mercedes-AMG GT4 really holds it together for the whole stint. It’s great to drive the entire time.”

 


 

David Askew, Driver – No. 63 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: “I don’t have a lot of experience at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and none in a GT3 car before this weekend. So, I had to get up to speed quickly and without a lot of track time. I kept working with Ryan, kept chipping away at it, and he kept the car in good track position on Sunday. When I got in I was kind of able to go to the next step with what I had to do on the track. I had a bit of a battle with the winner but made a little mistake and he got by me. Then I had the second-place car chasing me down and the crew came on the radio and said, ‘we need another half a second.’ So, I worked a little harder and found that half a second. I figured out where I was able to hold him off and extended a little bit. I worked really hard on not making any more mistakes and I felt really confident in the car. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is the kind of car that builds confidence in a driver, especially for us amateur guys.”
 

Ryan Dalziel, Driver – No. 63 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: “It was a great day Sunday for the No. 63 DXDT Racing team. We showed all weekend the Mercedes-AMG GT3 had good pace around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. We were a little disappointed with a fourth-place finish Saturday after a little mistake on the pit stop, but we definitely had one of the fastest cars in the field in both races. I got to run in the top four overall in my stint Sunday and stretched a pretty good lead on some of the other Pro-Am cars. The team did a great pit stop, and David got in and had another career drive. For a guy who has only been doing this a couple of years, he did an unbelievably good job with some big names all around him. We are all super happy to get a second-place finish for DXDT Racing and Mercedes-AMG.”

 


 

Colin Braun, Driver – No. 04 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: “Overall, it was a solid weekend for the CrowdStrike team at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. George had a fantastic stint on Saturday, and we were able to finish on the podium in third place! Sunday was a little more challenging for us. We finished just shy of the podium in fourth but learned a lot for the next race. Can’t thank CrowdStrike and the DXDT Racing guys enough for all they do to prepare great Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars for us.”

 

 

 

Kraig Kinser Produces Top 10s at Lincoln Speedway and at Williams Grove Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (May 20, 2019) - Kraig Kinser scored a pair of top-10 results last week in Central Pennsylvania.

 

Kinser kicked off the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on Wednesday at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, where he qualified seventh quickest in his group to open the Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene. He then placed fourth in a heat race before capping the night with a 10th-place outing in the A Main.

"We qualified where we needed to start in the top half of the field," he said. "Being able to make it to the A Main through the heat and not having to run a B Main is important. We were fortunate to get qualified well enough we didn't have to worry about it.

 

"Lincoln is a tough track, especially when you factor in the PA Posse. The car count was good with solid cars. I'd say it was one of our better finishes at Lincoln. It's a hard place to go in and have success at."

 

Kinser invaded Williams Grove Speedway on Friday and Saturday for the Morgan Cup. After Friday ended with a DNF while leading the C Main, Kinser rebounded on Saturday by setting quick time during qualifying for the first time at the half-mile oval.

 

"As bad as Friday was Saturday was a great night," he said. "That's what you want to do. You want to go in as fast as you can and hope it's quicker than everyone else. You factor in Williams Grove and everything about it, it's a pretty big thing to accomplish."

 

A runner-up result in a heat race locked Kinser into the dash. He gained a position in the race to finish third, which is where he started the A Main. Unfortunately, Kinser spun his tires on the start and lost several positions on the opening lap.

 

"We couldn't get going off the start," he said. "I spun a little hard for whatever reason and then I was back to sixth or seventh. I wish we wouldn't have given those spots up."

 

Kinser battled just outside the top five throughout the race before posting a sixth-place run.

 

The team has a hectic week upcoming beginning Tuesday with the first World of Outlaws race at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J., since 2003. That was the last time Kinser raced at the track, which has been shortened to a 3/8-mile oval.

 

The action on Friday and Saturday is hosted by The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., for the Patriot Nationals. Kinser will have Profile by Sanford as the primary sponsor during the two races and he will make an appearance at a Profile by Sanford store in Charlotte on Thursday. The address is 7510 Pineville Matthews Road and the appearance is from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

The holiday weekend wraps up next Monday at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., for the Memorial Day Spectacle presented by KOI Auto Parts.

 

"We're starting to get into the part of the season where we'll race a lot," he said. "Hopefully the weather cooperates and we can race."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 15 - Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. - Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 4 (4); Feature: 10 (13).

 

May 17 - Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. - Qualifying: 16; Heat race: 6 (8); C Main: DNF (2).

 

May 18 - Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. - Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 2 (1); Dash: 3 (4); Feature: 6 (3).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

19 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 4 top 10s, 11 top 15s, 14 top 20s

 

Sides Set for Busy Week in New Jersey, North Carolina and Indiana

 

Inside Line Promotions - WEEDSPORT, N.Y. (May 20, 2019) - Jason Sides starts a busy holiday week this Tuesday at Bridgeport Speedway, where the World of Outlaw NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make its first visit since 2003.

 

Sides competed during that event 16 years ago, placing 16th after coming out of the Last Chance Showdown on the 5/8-mile oval in Swedesboro, N.J. It has been shortened to a 3/8-mile track.

"It's been quite a few years since we've been there and they've changed the track since then so it's like we're going to a new track," he said. "Hopefully we can lay down a good qualifying lap to start on the right foot."

 

Sides will then head south to The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., to tackle the Patriot Nationals on Friday and Saturday. He earned a career-best runner-up result at there in 2013. He also placed second at the oval in 2009 and he has five top fives and 15 top 10s there dating back to 2007.

 

"It's a confidence booster rolling into a track where you've been successful and have competed for wins," he said. "It's nice to have a two-day show at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in the spring, too."

 

The week concludes next Monday at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., for the Memorial Day Spectacle presented by KOI Auto Parts. His most recent top 10 at Lawrenceburg Speedway came in 2012 when Sides rallied from 17th to 10th in the main event.

 

Sides is coming off a week in Central Pennsylvania where qualifying put him behind the eight ball on Wednesday at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown during the Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene and on Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg during the Morgan Cup.

 

"Qualifying is important at every race, but it's pretty much make or break when you're racing in Central Pennsylvania," he said. "The competition is so good and deep that it doesn't usually allow for you to charge through the field so you need to lay down good qualifying laps. We didn't do that and it buried us."

 

Sunday's race at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., rained out.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 15 - Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. - Qualifying: 14; Heat race: 8 (7); B Main: 13 (10).

 

May 17 - Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. - Qualifying: 11; Heat race: 9 (6); B Main: 7 (6).

 

May 18 - Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. - Qualifying: 13; Heat race: 9 (7); B Main: 12 (8).

 

SIDES MOTORSPORTS SEASON STATS -

 

28 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 6 top 10s, 7 top 15s, 17 top 20s

 

Schuett Battles for Top-15 Finish at Tri-State Speedway

 

Inside Line Promotions - HAUBSTADT, Ind. (May 20, 2019) - Kyle Schuett battled mechanical problems while fighting to a top-15 finish with the Built Ford Tough MOWA Sprint Car Series Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway.

 

The 410ci sprint car rookie and his team began the evening challenged by a lack of power from their engine in their heat race, where Schuett started and finished sixth.

 

"I felt a little rusty in hot laps and in the heat race," said Schuett, who returned to the track for the first time in over a month for just the fourth 410 sprint car race of his career. "We were way off in power in our heat race. The motor was popping and sounding like the rev limiter all the way down the straightaway."

 

Schuett and his crew immediately attempted to diagnose the issue.

 

"We weren't sure what was wrong," he said. "We checked a lot of things and eventually changed the MSD box, which turned out to be the issue.

 

"When the mag moved at our last race at Tri-City, we didn't realize it had damaged the MSD box because the track was slicker and we weren't totally in the gas. I had no idea that the box could burn up due to the mag being moved. That's just another thing you learn as you go."

 

While the power issue was resolved in time for the feature, it still indirectly effected the car's performance in the main event.

 

"The motor ran great in the feature," Schuett said. "Unfortunately, we spent most of our time working on that issue after the heat race and didn't have time to look at the track and see what changes needed to be made to our car for the feature."

 

Schuett started 16th in the feature and finished 14th with a car that could have handled better.

 

"We just weren't able to do much because of the issue in the heat race," he said. "We held on in the feature while our car didn't handle the best. I just tried to stay out of the wrecks and finish all the laps."

 

Schuett was particularly grateful for the presence and help of one of his sponsors.

 

"We're really thankful for the help we received from Tim Engler in helping us diagnose our problem," he said. "He was a huge help and we were grateful he was there."

 

With the mechanical gremlins hopefully resolved, Schuett is looking forward to a MOWA event this Friday at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill.

 

"We finished ninth at Jacksonville earlier this year and realized later that our motor didn't have full power then," he said. "We're looking forward to returning there with things we learned the first time and having our motor problems fixed."

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 18 - Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. - Heat race: 6 (6); Feature: 14 (16).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

4 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s, 3 top 15s, 3 top 20s

 

Dominic Scelzi Earns Second-Place Finish During Peter Murphy Classic Opener

 

Inside Line Promotions - TULARE, Calif. (May 20, 2019) - Dominic Scelzi captured a runner-up result last Friday at Thunderbowl Raceway during the opening night of the Peter Murphy Classic, which featured more than 40 competitors in the Sprint Car Challenge Tour portion.

 

The action began with Scelzi driving a Roth Motorsports entry to the third quickest qualifying time in his group. He then won a heat race after starting on the outside of the front row, which locked him into the dash.

"We made some changes and won the heat race," he said. "That was a boost of confidence because that place is tough. In the dash I felt outstanding and we raced with Rico (Abreu) and Tony (Gualda) for the lead."

 

A third-place result in the dash lined Scelzi up on the inside of the second row for the main event.

 

"Coming off four we went three wide for the lead when Rico and Tony got together," he said. "Tony crashed so that put me starting on the outside of the front row for the restart. Rico got the jump and we went five or six laps running against the wall. I ran him down and was on his rear bumper. I was going to slide him going into turn one when a lapper didn't get pulled off on time and brought out a caution. We went green and then within a full lap later it was rubber down around the whole track."

 

Scelzi maintained second for the remainder of the race. It marked his sixth top five of the season.

 

Saturday's Peter Murphy Classic was postponed to next month because of rain.

 

Scelzi started last week by racing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Wednesday at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. He qualified 18th quickest in his group before placing ninth in a heat race and fourth in the C Main.

 

"I got us buried in qualifying by trying to get too much," he said. "In the heat I felt better than cars in front of me, but it was impossible to pass. In the C Main it was a similar situation. However, I felt comfortable around the track. I'm looking forward to getting to Bridgeport and making good laps."

 

Scelzi will join the World of Outlaws for races this Tuesday at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J.; Friday and Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., for the Patriot Nationals; and Monday at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., for the Memorial Day Spectacle presented by KOI Auto Parts.

 

QUICK RESULTS -

 

May 15 - Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. - Qualifying: 18; Heat race: 9 (9); C Main: 4 (4).

 

May 17 - Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. - Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 1 (2); Dash: 3 (4); Feature: 2 (3).

 

SEASON STATS -

 

17 races, 1 win, 6 top fives, 8 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 11 top 20s

 

Starks Excited for Doubleheader at Knoxville Raceway This Weekend

 

Inside Line Promotions - PUYALLUP, Wash. (May 20, 2019) - The rainouts continue to stack up for Trey Starks, who lost both opportunities to race last weekend because of rain.

 

That makes six of nine scheduled races that have been cancelled or postponed because of wet weather to start the season for Gobrecht Motorsports.

"I think everyone is pretty tired of the continual rain," he said. "You always expect a couple of rainouts early in the year, but to have lost as many as we have so far has been frustrating. We're hoping the weather will turn for the better soon and we can start racing every weekend."

 

The next opportunity is a doubleheader hosted by Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, this Friday and Saturday.

 

"We're grateful for Knoxville Raceway to add a show on Friday to make up for how many have been lost," he said. "They didn't have to do that so it shows how committed they are to racing and the teams that support the track."

 

Starks made a lot of headway between the Knoxville Raceway season opener on April 20 and his second start on May 4, when he scored his first career top 10 in the 410ci winged sprint car division at the 'Sprint Car Capital of the World.'

 

"We've said this the last couple of weeks and then the races rain out, but we're really looking forward to seeing what race No. 3 has in store for us at Knoxville," he said. "It was such a big improvement from the first to second race that we want to keep moving forward and getting better. The only way we can do that is to get consistent laps there."

 

Starks enters the weekend ranked 12th in the championship standings.

 

SEASON STATS -

 

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

 

 

 

 

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