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Jackson Motorplex Unveils Impressive 2020 Schedule Highlighted by $100,000-to-Win Jackson Nationals

 

 

 

Inside Line Promotions - JACKSON, Minn. (Nov. 20, 2019) - Jackson Motorplex officials have been grooming the Jackson Nationals to become one of winged sprint car racing's marquee events each of the last several seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

The 2020 edition will elevate it to one of short track racing's premier events as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series three-day show June 25-27 will offer a whopping $100,000 to win and $3,000 to start the finale.

 

 

 

 

 

The Heartland Steel RaceSaver sprint cars presented by Wyffels Hybrids will be the support class the first night and the Wisconsin WingLESS Sprint Series is the support class the final two nights. The event format will be released at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson Motorplex will host several other huge events next season in addition to the 42nd annual Jackson Nationals.

 

 

 

 

 

The 4/10-mile dirt oval welcomes the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series on May 29-30. The opening night pays $5,000 to win and the finale is $7,500 to win.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series presented by C&B Operations invades the track on July 10-11 with the opener offering $12,000 to the winner and the finale providing a $15,000 top prize.

 

 

 

 

 

The Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions visits Jackson Motorplex on July 31 for a $10,000-to-win event with a Monster Truck Throwdown set for Aug. 1.

 

 

 

 

 

The Midwest Power Series and Midwest Sprint Touring Series are scheduled for six nights of action - May 22, June 5, June 19, July 17, July 24 and Aug. 21 - prior to the season finale 360 Nationals running Sept. 4-6.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bank Midwest Summer Series will run four times on Tuesday nights - June 9, June 30, July 21 and Aug. 25 - featuring IMCA A Mods, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks and IMCA Sport Compacts.

 

 

 

 

 

The season starts on May 15 when the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car Series is the headlining division for the Great Lakes Shootout.

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced tickets for the Jackson Nationals as well as the nights featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions and Monster Truck Showdown will go on sale Jan. 1.

 

 

Inclement weather forces postponement of 4-Cylinder Nationals

Make-up date to be announced later

PELETIER, NC – A wet weather forecast for the upcoming weekend has prompted the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge and Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway to postpone the 4-Cylinder Nationals, which was originally scheduled for this weekend.

Drivers from as far north as New Hampshire had pre-registered to compete in the race.  With a 70 percent chance of rain in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, on top of already saturated grounds, Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge president Travis Provost and Carteret County Speedway owner Bob Lowery both agreed to cancel the race.

A make-up date will be announced by the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge later.

Meseraull, Orr, Bishop and Headley Jr.

Earn 2019 Gas City I-69 Speedway Championships

 

GAS CITY, Ind., Nov. 7 — When asked why he likes to race at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Thomas Meseraull had a simple answer. He said he likes Gas City because he usually does well there.

 

That was certainly the case in 2019. The San Jose, Calif. native won seven non-wing sprint car features at the quarter-mile dirt oval in 2019 to earn the championship at the ultra-competitive track, which averaged 27.3 sprint cars for a regular Friday-night show and presented several features which were decided by mere inches.

 

A total of 105 drivers earned points in the non-wing sprint car division as the track continued its tradition of being one of the premier short-track motorsports entertainment facilities in the country. Despite running four or more divisions weekly on Friday nights, the well-run programs were usually completed around 11 p.m.

 

And remarkably in a year fraught with rainouts, Gas City lost only two shows to Mother Nature.

 

Meseraull, of Waveland, Ind., drove a sprint car owned by Tom Eades of Sharpsville, Ind. for six of his seven victories. Eades’ DRC chassis is powered by a Stensland-prepared engine and it’s sponsored by Physical Medicine Consultants of Fort Wayne, Ind. Allen Brown of Kokomo, Ind. is the team’s chief mechanic.

 

T-Mez’s other victory came in the Don Whitney Racing No. 00, which is a Hawk chassis sponsored by Ultracell and Physical Medicine Consultants. He led every lap of the second annual Jerry Gappens Sr. Memorial in June in that car.

 

Meseraull, 38, had three wins in May, one each in June and July, and two in August.

 

He also won Gas City’s track championship in 2010.

 

After finishing third in 2018, Tyler Hewitt of Marion, Ind. finished second in the championship in 2019. He scored his first career sprint victory in the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) non-wing sprint car feature on Aug. 9 and then took the top honors in the final regular non-wing sprint car feature of the year at the track on Oct. 5 during the first annual Fall Festival of Speed. John and Sherril Long of Albany, Ind. own the One More Time Motorsports Maxim he drives, which is powered by an Evan Jackson-prepped engine.

 

Cole Ketcham of Muncie, Ind. didn’t win a feature at Gas City in 2019 but he was often in the top five, which earned him third place in the track championship. Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind. wasn’t a feature winner at Gas City this year either but he placed fourth in the final point standings followed by defending track champion Clinton Boyles of Brownsburg, Ind., who had two feature victories in 2019.

 

Other winners of “regular” non-wing 410 sprint car features at the Grant County track in 2019 were Kevin Thomas Jr. of Avon, Ind.; Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill.; Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill., and Matt Westfall of Pleasant Hill, Ohio.

 

Cottle and Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. also won USAC AMSOIL national sprint car features at Gas City in 2019. Cottle won during Indiana Sprint Week in July while Windom was victorious in the second annual James Dean Classic in September.

 

Justin Grant of Avon, Ind. won the USAC NOS national midget race at Gas City in June as part of USAC Midget Week.

 

Sixteen-year-old Brayden Clark of Tipton, Ind. was the top rookie in the non-wing sprint car division and finished seventh in the final point standings, right behind Adam Byrkett of Burnettsville, Ind. Clark’s family-owned DRC uses an Evan Jackson engine and it’s sponsored by G&G Oil, Quality Pallet and State Farm. Clark is currently a junior at Tipton High School.

 

Anthony D’Alessio of Gas City; Westfall, and Tim Creech II of Indianapolis rounded out the top 10 for the season.

 

Scott Orr of Columbia City, Ind. won his fourth Gas City track championship for the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) modified division. The first of his two feature victories didn’t come until July, but his consistent top-five finishes paid off. His Orr Motorsports No. 88 is sponsored by Alexander’s Garage and Orr Custom Powder Coating.

 

Bill Griffith of Van Buren, Ohio finished second in the modified division, in which 97 drivers earned points. Andy Bishop of Gas City, who was also the track’s street stock champion, finished third in the UMP modified point standings.

 

Derek Losh of Rensselaer, Ind. won six features but placed fourth in the final point standings. Clayton Bryant of Fort Wayne, Ind., 29, finished fifth in the overall championship and won the Rookie of the Year honors for the division. He got his first feature victory in August and duplicated that feat at the season finale in October.

 

Besides Orr, Losh and Bryant, other UMP modified feature winners in 2019 at Gas City were 17-year-old Logan Kirkman of Richmond, Ind.; Dylan Woodling of Warsaw, Ind.; Zeke McKenzie of Claypool, Ind., and defending champion Dillon Nusbaum of Warsaw, Ind.

 

Bishop won eight street stock features enroute to that championship in the Thompson Trucking No. 14. Mike Fincher of Rochester, Ind. finished second in the final street stock point standings, while Larry Persinger of Jonesboro, Ind. placed third and also earned the Rookie of the Year honors. Veterans Ron Flaugh of Converse, Ind. placed fourth for the season and Ervin Turner of Marion, Ind. finished fifth out of 53 drivers.

 

Besides Bishop other street stock feature winners included Joey Spiewak of Merrillville, Ind.; David Short of Winamac, Ind.; Tim Wilber of Coldwater, Mich.; Justin Van Drunen of Crown Point, Ind. and James Headley of Marion, Ind.

 

The latter’s 15-year-old son, popular James (aka JimTom) Headley Jr. of Wabash, Ind., is the track’s 2019 hornet champion. He won seven features during the course of the year in the family’s No. 00, which is sponsored by Dudding’s Heating and Cooling, Garriott Electric, Edwards Automotive and TJR Trucking. He’s in the class of 2022 at Southwood Junior-Senior High School.

 

Two drivers from Columbia City, Ind. finished second and third in the hornet championship. Jacob Beard was second, while Randy Brommer placed third.

 

The champion’s father, James Headley, was fourth for the year in the hornets with six victories. In June he was also inducted into the track’s “Walk of Fame” for being the winningest driver in track history. Dustin Franks of Portland, Ind., 27, finished fifth in the hornet point standings out of 64 drivers and was the division’s Rookie of the Year.

 

Besides the two Headleys, other hornet feature winners in 2019 included Josh Gamlin of Kokomo, Ind.; Gage Allen of Warren, Ind., and Cardell Moore of Versailles, Ind.

 

In addition to these four main divisions, other types of race cars that were in action at Gas City I-69 Speedway in 2019 included winged 410, 360 and 305 sprint cars; vintage sprint cars; midgets; USAC SpeeD2 midgets; mini-sprints; micro-sprints; TQs; late models, super streets and tough trucks. There were even competitions for monster trucks, school buses, mini-vans, vehicles pulling trailers, and moms driving passenger cars.

 

The complete point standings are posted on the track’s website at GasCityI69Speedway.com. Fans can also follow it on Facebook (@GasCitySpeedwayOnTheGas), Twitter (@GasCitySpeedway) and Instagram (@GasCitySpeedway). News about a championship banquet and the 2020 schedule will be posted in all those places and by the media as soon as that information is finalized.

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aSCS Sprint Cars Headline Saturday’s Night of Champions at Central Arizona Speedway!

Lonnie Wheatley, CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (November 7, 2019) – Winged Sprint Cars will take to Central Arizona Speedway’s 3/8-mile clay oval for the final time in 2019 during Saturday’s “Night of Champions” tilt.

The ASCS Southwest Region will drop in on CAS for the third and final time of the season with the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Bombers and Mod Lites in action as well.

Saturday’s racing action goes green at 7:00 p.m.

In the previous pair of ASCS Southwest Region events at Central Arizona Speedway, Las Cruces’ Rick Ziehl raced to the checkered flag on both occasions.  The multi-time series champion will try to make it a perfect season at Casa Grande on Saturday.

While Ziehl has been perfect at Central Arizona Speedway, it is Phoenix shoe Colton Hardy that is in command of the ASCS Southwest Region points race with a 56-point advantage over New Mexico’s Jesse Baker and Mesa’s J.T. Imperial just another seven points back in third.  Other top series contenders include El Mirage’s Eric Wilkins, a June podium finisher at CAS, and Tempe’s Alex Pettas.

Zach Madrid put a stop to Tyler Mecl’s two-race winning streak in the IMCA Modifieds the last time out while Bo Partain won the most recent IMCA Sport Modified feature.

Leading the way in the CAS point chases are Kelsie Foley in IMCA Modifieds, Mark Harrison in IMCA Sport Modifieds, Donald Comstock in Pure Stocks and Zack Tate in the Bombers.

Pit gates open at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday with the grandstand gates open at 5:00 p.m.  General admission for adults is just $15 with children 11 and under admitted free.  Seniors and Military personnel are admitted for just $12.  Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 7-11 years of age.

Central Arizona Speedway is located at 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande, AZ, behind the Pinal County Fairgrounds.  For more information, contact the track at 520-709-0718 or check online at www.centralarizonaspeedway.com.

 

ARCA Menards Series East 2020 Schedule includes Toledo date; Seven-Race Format Features Short-Track Gauntlet

 

TOLEDO, Ohio (November 6, 2019) - The ARCA Menards Series East officially enters a new era with a seven-race slate in 2020 that will provide a mix of short-track showcases and national series companion events. The compact stand-alone schedule will also allow for the opportunity for competitors to compete for the new ten-race ARCA Menards Series Showdown championship.

 

The East season will kick off as the main event of the 54th World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway on Monday, February 10. The champion will be crowned on Saturday, September 12 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway's Full Throttle Fall Weekend.

 

Sam Mayer captured the 2019 East title at 16 years of age to become the youngest national or regional series champion in NASCAR history. He's already counting down the days until the green flag at New Smyrna.

 

"I am looking forward to returning to the East series to defend my title in 2020," Mayer said. "I had so much fun racing in that series this year and learned so much at every race. The competition was tough, and I'm sure it will be even better next year. With the series combining, it will give me the opportunity to race against some new drivers and become more competitive. Hopefully we can go out and win a bunch of races and take home another East series championship."

 

"We are really looking forward to being a part of the new East series with Sam Mayer," said Keith Barnwell, GMS Racing manager of driver development and special projects. "This will be a great series for young drivers to hone their skills and prepare for the next phase of their careers. We consider the East series like our home games, and when we travel for the Showdown it will be like home and away. We are looking for the opportunity to defend our home races and our title."

 

With the blending of the ARCA Menards Series with the newly renamed ARCA Menards Series East and West, and a consolidated rulebook to go along with it, opportunities now exist for traditional ARCA Menards Series teams to test the waters in the East Series. One team looking to do just that is the ARCA Menards Series reigning championship team, Venturini Motorsports.

 

"This is a great schedule with excellent spacing between events," said Venturini Motorsports co-owner Billy Venturini. "Our team will continue to compete in the ARCA Menards Series, as we have since 1982, but this schedule gives us the flexibility to run these seven races as well. It's great to be able to offer this to the young drivers we are working with in 2020 and beyond."

 

Other schedule highlights include:

  • New Smyrna Speedway will host the season opener for the seventh consecutive season. The high-banked half-mile is just ten miles from Daytona International Speedway, and the World Series runs parallel to DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth at the "World Center of Racing." Daytona will be the site of the opener of ARCA's 68th season, with the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on Saturday, February 8.

  • A pair of tracks that have hosted both East and ARCA races will be featured on the ARCA Menards Series East calendar: Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, and Marne, Michigan's Berlin Raceway. Five Flags is the home of the Super Late Model crown jewel, the Snowball Derby, held annually in December. The quick half-mile will be the second race on the East schedule on Saturday, March 14. Berlin is the home track of former NASCAR Gander Trucks champion Johnny Benson and has been integral in the early careers of other NASCAR Hall of Famers such as Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin.

  • Toledo Speedway will also transition from the ARCA Menards Series on Saturday, May 16 to give the series a cornerstone event in the Midwest. Toledo's high-speed half-mile will give a great test for the East drivers and teams. The race will now be the headline event of a full Saturday of racing activity at the popular Glass City oval.

  • The series will be part of two short-track national series weekends: Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 4, and Dover International Speedway on Friday, August 21. Bristol, the "World's Fastest Half-Mile," was swept by Mayer in 2019. Dover moves to the penultimate race on the East schedule as part of the larger national series schedule re-organization for 2020.

 

The ARCA Showdown will feature ten events with a separate points championship and will include several traditional East race dates, including the annual combination races at Iowa Speedway and WWT Raceway at Gateway.

 

The complete NBCSN schedule for the ARCA Menards Series East, including broadcast times, will be released at a later date.

 

 

2020 ARCA Menards Series East Schedule

 

Date                                         Track                                                    Location

Monday, Feb. 10                       New Smyrna Speedway                         New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Saturday, March 14                   Five Flags Speedway                            Pensacola, Florida

Saturday, April 4                        Bristol Motor Speedway                        Bristol, Tennessee

Saturday, May 16                      Toledo Speedway                                  Toledo, Ohio

Saturday, July 25                       Berlin Raceway                                    Marne, Michigan

Friday, August 21                      Dover International Speedway                Dover, Delaware

Saturday, September 12            New Hampshire Motor Speedway           Loudon, New Hampshire

 

 

2020 ARCA Showdown Schedule

 

Date                                         Track                                                    Location

Friday, March 6                        ISM Raceway                                        Avondale, Arizona

Sunday, April 19                        Salem Speedway                                  Salem, Indiana

Friday, May 29                          Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course                  Lexington, Ohio

Friday, July 3                            Lucas Oil Raceway                                Brownsburg, Indiana

Saturday, July 11                       Elko Speedway                                    Elko, Minnesota

Friday, July 17                           Iowa Speedway                                    Newton, Iowa

Saturday, August 1                    WWT Raceway at Gateway                    Madison, Illinois

Friday, August 14                      Watkins Glen International                      Watkins Glen, New York

Thursday, September 17            Bristol Motor Speedway                        Bristol, Tennessee

Saturday, September 26            Memphis International Raceway            Millington, Tennessee

 

 

Facts on the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway


 


 

 

  • EVENT: 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction

  • WHERE: "The Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing," Perris Auto Speedway on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA  92571)

  • TRACK: 1/2-mile clay oval.  

  • WHEN: Thursday, November 7, Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9.

  • PROGRAM: Qualifying, heats, preliminary and A Mains each night.

  • PRACTICE: Free for fans in the grandstands at 5:00 PM Wednesday, November 6.  $2.00 pizza, beer and soft drinks.

  • WHO: The Amsoil USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars and the Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Cars. 

  • SANCTIONING BODY: United States Auto Club (USAC)

  • TIMES: Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM on Thursday & Friday with racing at 7:00.  Gates will open and 4:00 PM Saturday with racing at 7:10. 

  • PURSE: $93,820.00.  $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start the A mains on Thursday and Friday.  $7,500.00 to win and $1,000.00 to start the A main on Saturday.

  • GRAND MARSHAL: Moose Racing Owners Tom and Lauri Sertich

  • RAY SCHEETZ MECHANIC OF THE RACE AWARD: Named after the legendary crew chief who had 10 sprint car championships and 155 race wins. 

  • DEAN THOMPSON HIGH POINTS AWARD: Named after the National Sprint Car Hall of Famer.  The awards goes to the driver who accumulates the most total points on the two preliminary nights.

  • BILL AND EVELYN PRATT MAIN EVENTS:  Named after longtime car owners and officials Bill and Evelyn Pratt.  Thursday’s main will be the “Bill Pratt Main Event” and Friday’s main will be the “Evelyn Pratt Main Event.”

  • TICKETS: Advance tickets available by phone at 1-800-595-4849 or online at: www.tix.com.  There will be plenty of tickets available for everyone at the ticket window all three nights.  We will not sell out. 

  • ENTRIES: As this piece went to press 42 cars from nine states have pre-entered (complete entry list below). 

  • DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Thomas Jr. from Cullman, Alabama

  • PAST CHAMPIONS EXPECTED TO ENTER:  Kevin Thomas Jr, (2017, 2018), Damion Gardner (2009, 2011, 2016), Chris Windom (2010) and Bud Kaeding (2001, 2002, 2007).   Complete list of past winners below.

  • AUTOGRAPH SESSION: 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. Saturday on the front straightaway.

  • CAMPING ON THE FAIRGROUNDS: $25.00 per night.   Campgrounds opens at noon on Wednesday, November 6.

  • TRACK PHONE NUMBER: (951) 940-0134

  • TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/index.html

  • TRACK SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: Perris Auto Speedway; Twitter: perrisautospdwy; Instagram: perrisautospeedway

 

 

#        Driver                     Residence                         Owner

0        Bud Kaeding           Campbell, CA                   Morrison Williams

4        Damion Gardner     Concord, CA                     Mark Alexander

4        Justin Grant            Ion, CA                             Topp Motorsports

4G      Chris Gansen          Verdemont Heights, CA     Dennis and Christol Gansen

5        Tye Mihocko           Peoria, AZ                        Tye Mihocko

5G      Chris Windom         Canton, IL                         Parralax Group/Goacher Racing

5X      Tommy Malcolm      Corona, CA                       Dino Napier

7BC    Tyler Courtney        Indianapolis, IN                 Clauson Marshall/Newman Rcg.

7G      Donnie Gansen       San Bernardino, CA          Dennis and Christol Gansen

10      Richard Vander Weerd      Visalia, CA              Ron Vander Weerd

12      Stevie Sussex         Tempe, AZ                        ABC Body Shop

12B    Joel Rayborne         West Covina, CA               Rodney Rayborne

13G    Dennis Gile             Phoenix, AZ                      Gene Gile

13M    Thomas Meseraull   Waveland, IN                    Gene Gile

15      Chris Bonneau        Peoria, AZ                        Chris Bonneau

16      Mike Martin             Yuma, AZ                         Mike Martin

19      Kevin Thomas Jr.    Cullman, AL                      Hayward Thomas Motorsports

19      Logan Seavey         Sutter, CA                         Andy Reinbold

19AZ  C.J. Leary               Greenfield, IN                   Andy Reinbold

19S    Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO                 Andy Reinbold

28M    Matt McCarthy        Riverside, CA                    John McCarthy

32      Chase Stockon       Fort Branch, IN                 Chase Stockon

34      Jake Swanson         Anaheim, CA                     John Grau/Mike Burkhart

42      Brody Roa              Garden Grove, CA             Dwight Cheney

42X    Jason McDougal     Tulsa, OK                         Dwight Cheney

44      Cody Williams         Norco, CA                         Cody Williams

44      Jake Helsel             Monroe, WA                      Tony Helsel

50      Charles Davis Jr.     Buckeye, AZ                     Charles Davis Jr.

51      R.J. Johnson           Laveen, AZ                       Rickey Johnson

51T    Eddie Tafoya Jr.      Chino Hills, CA                  Eddie Tafoya Sr.

57      Steve Hix                Ventura, CA                      Steve Hix

68      Chase Johnson       Penngrove, CA                  Shawn Thomas

69      Brady Bacon           Broken Arrow, OK             Hoffman Auto Racing

69      Randy Waitman      Ramona, CA                     Randy Waitman

73T    Max Adams             Loomis, CA                       Josh Ford Motorsports

74X    Josh Hodges           Albuquerque, NM              Hodges Motorsports

83      Austin Liggett          Tracy, CA                         Tim Liggett

88      Jace Vander Weerd Visalia, CA                       Ron Vander Weerd

91R    Brody Roa              Garden Grove, CA             BR Performance

92      Austin Williams        Corona, CA                       Tom and Lauri Sertich

98      Verne Sweeney       Lomita, CA                        Ken Tracy

98X    Jeremy Ellertson     Lawndale, CA                   Jeremy Ellertson

 

Oval Nationals Winners

1996 – Jimmy Sills

1997 – Rip Williams

1998 – Rodney Argo

1999 – Rickie Gaunt

2000 – Tony Jones

2001 – Bud Kaeding

2002 – Bud Kaeding

2003 – Cory Kruseman

2004 – Cory Kruseman

2005 – Dave Darland

2006 – Dave Darland

2007 – Bud Kaeding

2008 – Jesse Hockett

2009 – Damion Gardner

2010 – Chris Windom

2011 – Damion Gardner

2012 – Mike Spencer

2013 – Dave Darland

2014 – Robert Ballou

2015 – Bryan Clauson

2016 – Damion Gardner

2017 – Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018 – Kevin Thomas Jr.

 

 

FLAT ROCK, TOLEDO SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONS HONORED

 

Southgate, MI-November 1, 2019: Race teams, officials, family and friends gathered Friday evening at the Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Southgate, MI for the annual Flat Rock and Toledo Speedways Awards Banquet. Each of the champions received their championship jackets and banners from ARCA President and Flat Rock/Toledo owner and promoter Ron Drager. Over $30,000 in cash and contingency awards were distributed at the annual event.

 

Flat Rock's ARCA Moran Chevrolet Late Models were presented their point fund checks and trophies. Frank Jiovani captured his first-ever Late Model track championship. Jiovani had a good excuse for missing the banquet-he got married Friday night! Frank grabbed 1 win on the season, and the former Flat Rock Street Stock champ will also receive a check for $1500 from Pat Moran of Moran Chevrolet. Dick Barker, a former 2-time Flat Rock champ, received the Championship Car Owner trophy. Craig Everage finished second for the second year in a row, while Paul Pelletier was third, also his repeat finish of 2018. Hayden Sprague, Jeff Vrsek, Steve Cronenwett Jr., Chris Benson, Conner Zbozien, Stan Yee Jr. and Dennis Strickland completed the top ten in the final point tally. Youngsters Sprague and Zbozien were named Co-Rookies of the Year. Zbozien and Dennis Rederstorf picked up the Corrigan Race Fuels bonus of $150 and $100, respectively.

 

Second-generation driver Dennis Whisman Jr. captured his first-ever track championship in the Flat Rock ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8 division. Jr. was consistent throughout the season with his finishes, giving him the title over veteran Dave Lambert, Dennis Whisman Sr., James Vanderhoof, Ethen Lambert, Stephanie Bradley, Jakob Lee, Joseph Vanderhoof, Billy Earley and Jeremy Vanderhoof. Victory Lane Quick Oil Change representatives Tim Janizewski and Ray Ross presented the point fund checks and trophies. Joseph Vanderhoof ($150), Bradley and Whisman Jr. ($50 each) took the Corrigan Race Fuels bonus money.

 

The ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stock class saw Greg Studt notch his second Flat Rock Street Stock title; the first came in 2016. Greg had 3 wins on the year-the season opener, the 100 lap contest and the Season Championship event. Rob Randa came home second in the final points, third was Nick Shanks, fourth was David Liaeff and fifth was a tie between Caleb Barron and Clarity Patton. Scott Selmi, Vaughn Chambless, Guy Fire and Max Fair completed the top 10. Barron was Rookie of the Year. Randa ($150) and Patton ($100) were the Corrigan Race Fuels bonus winners.

 

Ian Jezylo made it 2 in a row with the title for the DTS Drive Train Specialists ARCA Street Stock B Main point chase. LJ Farmer took second, Ian's son, Adam, was third, followed by Taylor Papineau, Rich Abel, Leroy Farmer, Wilburn Parks, Jerry Farmer, Trevor Farmer and Gary Navarre. Papineau captured the B Main Rookie of the Year honor.

 

The Vault Antiques and Treasures 4-race ARCA Enduro Series championship went to Ed Case, scoring his first championship. The battle went to the final race as Ed edged out Jacob Thomas by 10 markers. Kyle Metdepenningen was third, 20 back, and Robb Remick fourth, 30 behind Case. Nathan Sprotberry, James Rae, Derrick Sheppard, Troy Brehmer, Ethan Stadniczuk and Tony Rumble finished out the top ten. Brian Oberle of The Vault handed out point fund checks and trophies.

 

The ARCA Late Model Gold Cup Series title went to Brian Bergakker, notching his first Gold Cup championship and the $1000 check. Brian won 2 races at Flat Rock, as well capturing his first victory at Toledo in the process. The series is made up of races at both Flat Rock and Toledo. Dennis Strickland and Frank Jiovani tied for second, fourth was Chris Benson and fifth was Mike Root. Bergakker's crew chief, Jake Finkbeiner, was presented a plaque and $250 check from Fastime Racing Engines and Parts for the Champion Crew Chief, courtesy of Clayton and Christine Smith of Fastime. Steve Peters of Innovative Fluids, LLC, one of the Gold Cup sponsors, presented the checks and Gold Cups.

 

The ARCA Late Model Sportsman division crowned Mike Young as the champ, his second title in the class. Mike grabbed 1 win on the way to the championship. 2018 champ Howard Kelley Jr. was second, just 25 points behind. Grant Hedges, Greg Stilwell, Kent McCloskey, Andy Harding, Robert Meiring, Adam Plonski, Ron Allen and Jimmy Wahl trailed in the final standings. Wahl was named the Rookie of the Year. Allen and and Stilwell were the Bazell Race Fuels bonus winners of $150 and $100, respectively.

 

Greg Stilwell was the champ in the 3-race Silver Cup Series for the Late Model Sportsman, sponsored by

R & M Recycling. The title was the first-ever for Greg, and in the process also notched his first feature win. Howard Kelley Jr. was second, Grant Hedges third, Kent Closkey fourth and Mike Young fifth.

 

3 wins propelled Matt Ringger to The Vault Antiques and Treasures ARCA Factory Stock title at Toledo, the second of his career. Craig Osenbaugh was second, just 10 points behind Matt. Ian Jezylo, James Rae, Randy Padgett Jr., Jeff Wells Jr., Mike Miller, Jesse Carrillo, Steven Smith and Ryan Mallory completed the top ten point-getters. The Vault's Brian Oberle presented the checks and trophies.

 

Kent McCloskey, Mike Young, Ian Jezylo and Trevor Farmer were the random draw winners for product certificates from Five Star RaceCar Bodies.

 

Point fund and contingency award sponsors for 2019 included Moran Chevrolet, Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Centers, The Vault Antiques and Treasures, ARCA, B & H Race Parts, DTS Drive Train Specialists, Five Star RaceCar Bodies, Hoosier Tire, Penske Shocks, R & M Recycling, Bazell Race Fuels, Corrigan Race Fuels and Sunoco Race Fuels. Gold Cup sponsors included Moran Chevrolet, DTS Drive Train Specialists, Innovative Fluids, LLC, Dani's Transport, Royal Truck and Trailer and Francis Engineering.

 

The winter office for both tracks may be contacted by calling 419-727-1100. The 2020 schedules will be released around the holiday season. Always check the official websites at www.flatrockspeedway.com, www.toledospeedway.com or www.arcaracing.com.

 

 

BIG WEEKEND PLANNED FOR 2019 BRIDGEPORT FINALE


 
The Bridgeport Speedway will wave the checkered flag on the 2019 season with a three day weekend of racing scheduled. This weekend of racing will mark the final events to be run on Bridgeport's 5/8th mile speedway as the speed plant transitions from the Ramey family's operation into the hands of Bridgeport's new owners, Doug and Brittany Rose.  Rose has plans to replace the 5/8th mile track with a new half mile facility for the 2020 season.

 
When scheduling the 2019 season, Bridgeport management decided to combine two big racing events into one - by combining the United Racing Club's Big Track Classic with Bridgeport's Wild Card Weekend.  Fans will be able to see five divisions of racing throughout the weekend that will include Sprint Cars, Big Block Modifieds, Small Block Modifieds, 602 Crate Sportsman as well as Outlaw Stocks in Bridgeport's final weekend of racing.
 

 
The winged sprint cars of Capitol Renegade United Racing Club will begin their event on Friday evening, sponsored by BRB Contractors.  Friday night's events will include a full show of qualifying and a twenty-five lap feature for URC.  Any non-winners in the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman division will be eligible to compete in the Underdog 20, a twenty lap feature event only.  The Sunbelt Rentals Outlaw Stocks will be the third division on Friday night's program as they compete in qualifying events and a feature event which will serve as the fourth hand of the 2019 Poker Series for this division.   Pit gates will open at 3 pm and grandstand gates at 6pm.  Racing will get underway at 7:30 on Friday.

 
BRB Contractors will sponsor Friday night's events.  Bob Lilick is the owner/operator of BRB Contractors and has been involved in auto racing for many years, fielding multiple cars in different divisions of racing for his sons.  BRB Contractors is an industrial, commercial and residential demolition, excavation and paving company and has been in business for over seventeen years.  Contact BRB Contractors for all of our construction needs by calling (610) 275-0768.

 
The Small Block Modifieds will share the stage with URC for Saturday's events sponsored by Auto Plus of  Bensalem, Penndel, and Oxford Valley.

 
 There will also be open practice sessions for competitors who will take part in Sunday's Big Block Modified, 602 Crate Sportsman and Outlaw Stock events in the fifth and final hand of the 2019 Poker Series.                             .

 
At the end of Saturday's events, the URC competitor with the best results for the two days of competition will receive the coveted Midge Miller Memorial Trophy.  This uniquue award has once again been created by Cold Hard Art and will be pursued by every driver who competes in this event.

 
URC's 2019 champion will also be determined this weekend as Josh Weller seeks to defend his title against a hard charging Chad Layton and Ritter Racing.

 
Pit gates will open at 1pm on Saturday with the grandstand opening one hour later.  Racing will get underway at 5pm.

 
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Sunday's events will feature the final hand of the 2019 Poker Series for the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, the South Jersey Overhead Door 602 Crate Sportsman and the Sunbelt Rentals Outlaw Stocks.  Sunday's events are sponsored by K&A Excavating Company, Inc.  The Big Block Modifieds will compete in a forty lap feature event - Gone But Not Forgotten - as Doug Hoffman is remembered for his contributions as both a competitor and a promoter of the Bridgeport Speedway.  

 
Pit gates will open at noon on Sunday followed by the grandstand gates at 2pm.  Racing will get underway at 4pm. 

 
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Adult admission will be $20 on Friday night and $25 for Saturday and Sunday's admission.  Student pricing will be $10 on each of the three days for children 10-15 years of age.  Children 9 years old and younger will be admitted free on all three days.  Adults can save money by purchasing a three day pass for $60 that will also include a copy of a special commemorative Bridgeport Bullet program and 5/8th Finale Sticker.
 

 
A special autograph session is planned for Sunday, featuring the stars of the Bridgeport Speedway, past and present. 

 
Make sure you are a part of the final days of the Bridgeport Speedway's final days of 5/8th mile action!

 

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