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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Bronson Three-Peats, Leyendecker and Sparkman Win on Night #3 of Sunshine Nationals at Volusia

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 18, 2020 – Three days of Dirt Late Model racing in the Sunshine State came to an exciting finish on Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park when Kyle Bronson completed the weekend sweep of the DIRTcar Pro Late Model class after a thrilling battle with Michael Page to capture the $10,000 Sunshine Nationals finale check.



Completing Saturday night’s action were two other action-packed Features in which Colton Leyendecker traded in back-to-back third-place finishes for a win in the 602 Late Model division while Dusty Sparkman got his first career win at Volusia in the Florida Late Model Feature.



DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON



A member of the invading “Super Late Model regulars” club this weekend, Brandon, FL’s Kyle Bronson was a big favorite to win it all right from the get-go. And he did just that.



The 29-year-old wheelman known as Killer never lost his focus throughout the entire event. Not once. He was fastest overall on practice night, set fast time in Qualifying on Friday night, won all but one of his Heat races and was victorious in all three Features. Utter domination.



One notable regarding his wins – each one was increasingly more challenging than the last. That notion really came to the forefront in Saturday night’s drive to Victory Lane, when he was forced to drive through fellow Super Late Model guru Michael Page to earn it. And make no mistake, Page really, really made Bronson work for it.



Right at the drop of the green, Page made a beeline for the lead as he proceeded to grab it and lead the field around to complete the first lap. Starting right behind Page, Bronson followed him and broke away from the pack a few laps later to start their high-speed battle for the top spot.



Bronson threw the first of many traded slide-jobs between the two on lap 10, clipping Page’s nose as he drove on by. On a restart just three laps later, Page returned the favor by getting into Bronson’s left-rear on a failed pass attempt in Turn 1.



“I slid [Page] and he kinda got in the back of me, but it was just hard racing,” Bronson said. “He hit me in the left-rear, just trying hard, and when he did it bent my left-rear wheel.”



“We’re both as hard of a racer as the other,” Page said. “I just felt that, on a racetrack that was wide, [Bronson] just kinda came in there and thought he had me cleared but he didn’t. It knocked the steering wheel out of my hands.”



The next restart restacked the field and refocused Page, as he threw a slide-job of his own, which Bronson countered by crossing-over as they raced out of Turn 2. The second of two red flags was displayed as they entered turn three, and there the leaders sat, parked right next to each other amidst the stoppage, discussing their intentions.



“It just rubbed me the wrong way because the last time we raced, [Bronson] did the same so I returned the favor, maybe a little worse, but we stopped down there and I told him,” Page said. “We talked for a minute and I said, ‘let’s race.’ And after that, we raced. I don’t know if you could have raced anybody harder after that.”



“We were just telling each other how much we loved each other and were ready to drink a beer after the races,” Bronson joked.



Sitting inside of his Baird Truck and Trailer Sales #18X, Page was dreading the time spent not moving, as the gamble he took on tire selection for the 30-lap Feature did not appear to be working to his advantage.



“The red flags killed it. I went on hard tires so they kinda sealed-up on me. Every time the car would come back in, the yellow would come out,” Page said.



Meanwhile, an unfortunate situation was developing right underneath Bronson’s #40B as they sat parked on the track, waiting for cleanup to conclude. The contact Bronson’s left-rear tire received from Page’s nose on the earlier restart resulted in a slow leak, and Bronson could hear the clock ticking as they awaited the next restart.



“My tire was going flat since lap 14, and then we had the red flag after that,” Bronson said. “I was praying we went back green [quick] because I could hear my tire leaking. Then it finally blew out coming to the checkered.”



“It didn’t officially blow all the way out until the last lap there, we were racing on probably a pound or two of air,” Bronson added.



In the end, the tire held up… at least, as long as it needed to for Bronson to see the checkers. He battled with the Georgian for several more laps after the red, again trading slide-jobs for the lead before lap 20. Another restart with 13 laps remaining threw Brandon Williams into the mix, who Bronson was also able to put behind him as he drove to his third checkered flag in three nights.



All-in-all, the Bronson v. Page battle was settled 100 percent on the racetrack. They may have beaten and banged their cars up quite a bit before all was said and done, but the greatest sight of all may have been in Victory Lane, where the two smiled and shook hands in front of the crowded Volusia bleachers and DIRTVision cameras.



“He knows how I felt and I know how he felt,” Page said. “Instead of going around and talking to everybody else about it, we worked it out like you’re supposed to as a racer.”



Williams brought out the final caution flag of the race with four laps remaining and dropped out due to an ill-timed mechanical failure, crumpling his best run of the weekend. Arthur Walked capped off his solid weekend with his first podium finish, and Jason Fitzgerald rebounded from being a part of the second red flag incident to come back and finish fifth.



Randy Weaver was strong all weekend but couldn’t find his mojo when it mattered most; settling for seventh after starting outside pole in the finale. Ashton Winger joined the Pro Late Model field for a chance at the 10-grand on Saturday, and had a decent run going early, but was on the receiving end of a nasty barrel-rolling flip in Turn 2 that ended his night. He, and every other driver involved, walked away under his own power.



Feature (30 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [5]; 2. 18X-Michael Page [3]; 3. 87-Walker Arthur [1]; 4. 5-Mark Whitener [21]; 5. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [4]; 6. 111-Max Blair [11]; 7. 116-Randy Weaver [2]; 8. 14H-Cory Hedgecock [23]; 9. 2-Trynt Lloyd [9]; 10. 6-Dillon Brown [7]; 11. 17-Nevin Gainey [24]; 12. 7A-Corey Almond [8]; 13. 71-Pierce McCarter [13]; 14. 11-Cruz Skinner [12]; 15. 74-Mike Franklin [17]; 16. 38P-Trey Pearson [20]; 17. 33-Jeff Mathews [15]; 18. 84-Sam Halstead [19]; 19. 95-Brandon Williams [10]; 20. 66-Jake Knowles [6]; 21. 9-Ashton Winger [22]; 22. J8-Jadon Frame [16]; 23. K37-Drew Kennedy [14]; 24. 7T-Trever Taylor [18]; 25. 4-Justin Litchford [26]; 26. 66K-Jody Knowles [25] Hard Charger: 5-Mark Whitener[+17]



602 LATE MODELS – COLTON LEYENDECKER



After finishing third twice in the first two races over the weekend, Leyendecker finally pulled it off and picked up the win in the final 602 Late Model Feature of the inaugural Sunshine Nationals.



Driving past Raymond Folwell on lap five, Leyendecker grabbed the lead and never looked back, holding off Thursday night’s winner, Cody Overton, for the $1,500 check. For his consistent efforts throughout the weekend, Leyendecker was also crowned the Sunshine Nationals miniseries champion of his division.



Feature (20 Laps) 1. 33-Colton Leyendecker [1]; 2. 97-Cody Overton [21]; 3. 58-Tyler Clem [4]; 4. 5-Dustin Carter [3]; 5. 5B-Colby Boyett [8]; 6. 25-Wiley McDaniel [22]; 7. 32-Bud Chancey [2]; 8. M51-Mark Steube [17]; 9. 64-Craig Montesi [14]; 10. 97B-Garrett Bullington [13]; 11. 28-Brandon Elwood [19]; 12. 3-Raymond Folwell [6]; 13. 31-Donnie Birdwell [23]; 14. 27K-Timmie King [18]; 15. OO-Louis Ledlow [15]; 16. 388-Jackson Hise [12]; 17. 98-Cody Allen [10]; 18. 9X-Chad Evans [20]; 19. 17S-Brenden Smith [9]; 20. 78-Arthur Conquest [11]; 21. 14JR-Trey Mills [5]; 22. O7-Landon Lungren [7]; 23. O2-Sean Babcock [16] Hard Charger: 97-Cody Overton[+19]



FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DUSTY SPARKMAN



It was almost a three-peat in two different classes over the weekend, but Sparkman put a stop to that by winning the final Florida Late Model Feature in dominating fashion, leading the final 14 laps to earn his first-ever victory in a Late Model of any kind.



Thursday and Friday night’s winner, David Showers Jr., finished sixth and was crowned the miniseries champion of the division by way of his three top-10 results.



Feature (20 Laps) 1. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [4]; 2. 27-Bruce Harvey [10]; 3. 41-Derike Bennett [5]; 4. 1A-Richard Pratt [11]; 5. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh [7]; 6. 18-David Showers [15]; 7. 29-Cameron Saunders [13]; 8. 6-Clay Bedenbaugh [1]; 9. 5MC-Robert Gast [8]; 10. 15-John Bledsoe [9]; 11. 10S-Steve Shead [17]; 12. 51-Holt Pipkin [14]; 13. 98-Johnny Allen [12]; 14. 45-Chuck Jackson [16]; 15. 54-Terry Bronson [3]; 16. 22-William Thomas [20]; 17. 17-Richard Ferry [2]; 18. 18A-Jared Allison [6]; 19. 68-Ken Ellefson [18]; 20. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck [19] Hard Charger: 18-David Showers[+9]



UP NEXT



DIRTcar Racing hits Volusia Speedway Park again on Feb. 4 with the UMP Modifieds to kick-off the 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. Tickets are on sale now.



DIRTVision will also be live all throughout DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 4-15, for viewers to watch every lap in every race of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Super DIRTcar Series, All-Star Circuit of Champions and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds’ visit to The World’s Fastest Half Mile.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Brad Sweet is North American 410 Sprint Car Poll “Driver of the Year” for First Time/Bill Simpson Named 2019 Recipient of “Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport!”

Bill McIntyre photo
Knoxville, IA, January 17, 2020 – For the first time in his career, Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, California, was voted the “Driver of the Year” by the North American 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers. The 2019 World of Outlaws (WoO) champion earned twenty (20) of the twenty-three (23) first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll. David Gravel, Aaron Reutzel and Donny Schatz all received one first-place ballot.

Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are fourteen-time “Driver of the Year” Award recipient Donny Schatz of North Dakota, Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel of Connecticut, All Star champion and Tuscarora 50 winner Aaron Reutzel of Texas, and Logan Schuchart of Pennsylvania. Rounding out the ‘top ten’ for the season, respectively, are Daryn Pittman, Danny Dietrich, Brian Brown, Sheldon Haudenschild and Lance Dewease.

For the third time, Kasey Kahne Racing will receive the “Team of the Year Award.” It will be the first for the #49 team, who among their wins, claimed Eldora’s King’s Royal in July.

Californians Michael “Buddy” Kofoid and Gio Scelzi (his second such award) will share the “Wild Card Award” for their exciting ‘410’ sprint car performances in 2019. California’s Mason Daniel is the “Rookie of the Year Award” recipient, following up his winning of the same award in the ‘360’ class in 2018.

Steve O’Neal of Port Royal Speedway earned “Promoter of the Year” honors for the fourth time in a row. Dan Musselman of Maxim Racing will receive “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year” honors for the ‘410’ poll. This is the first such award for Musselman (Chuck Merrill was honored nine times with Maxim). The “Media Member of the Year” award will go to Speed Sport’s Mike Kerchner for the first time.

“Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport”

Bill Simpson of Simpson Performance Products has been posthumously honored with the “Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport.” Bill was a pioneer in the racing safety business with his company, Simpson Performance Products. He started Impact! Racing in 2002. Bill started with safety chutes for drag racers, and would also develop gloves, helmets, restraints, shoes and the first fire suits used in racing.

Past recipients of the North American Sprint Car Poll’s “Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award” are as follows: the late Greg Hodnett, Dave Pusateri, the late Bryan Clauson, Dave Darland, Sammy Swindell, Fred Rahmer, Johnny Gibson, the late Jerry Reigle, Steve Sinclair, Kasey Kahne, Tom Schmeh, the late Dick Jordan, the late Fred Brownfield, Doug Auld, the late Hank Gentzler, Tony Stewart, Emmett Hahn, Allan Holland, Dave Argabright, Ron Shuman, the late Kevin Gobrecht, Jack Hewitt, the late Jack Miller, Brad Doty, Art & Carol Malies, Dave Bowman, the late Ralph Capitani, the late Ted Johnson, Mark Kuchan, Steve Kinser, the late Don Martin, Steve Beitler, Lee Brewer, Jr., Mark Kinser, Frank Lewis, the late Earl Baltes, Casey & Beverly Luna, Elayne Hoff, Jean Lynch, the late J.W. Hunt, and Bert Emick.

The North American 410 Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. All awards will be distributed in 2020 at tracks throughout North America. The awards were announced at the 2020 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

North American 410 Sprint Car Poll Top 20

Position. Name, Hometown, Points (First Place Votes)

1. Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA, 2180 (20)
2. Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND, 1250 (1)
3. David Gravel, Watertown, CT, 963 (1)
4. Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX, 766 (1)
5. Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA, 504
6. Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK, 4440
7. Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA, 354
8. Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO, 299
9. Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH, 221
10. Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, PA, 214
11. Carson Macedo, Lemoore, CA, 204
12. Gio Scelzi, Fresno, CA, 158
13. Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH, 116
14. Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, PA, 96
15. Cory Eliason, Visalia, CA, 70
16. Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA, 62
17. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid, Penngrove, CA, 53
18. Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA, 52
19. James McFadden, Alice Springs, NT, Aust., 50
20. Bill Balog, Hartland, WI, 37

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Two Repeat Winners, One New Victor in Night #2 of Volusia’s Sunshine Nationals

Mitchell Jenkins


BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 17, 2020 – Night #2 of the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals was a very telling tale of who the Saturday night finale contenders will be, with two repeat winners, almost a third, on Friday night at Volusia Speedway Park.



Kyle Bronson was one of two drivers to double-up on Friday night, making a big move for the lead underneath Jadon Frame on a restart to get the edge, which he carried all the way back to the checkered flag for his second consecutive DIRTcar Pro Late Model win at Volusia. Likewise, David Showers Jr. went back-to-back in the Florida Late Model division, just one night after scoring his very first win in a Late Model, and Bud Chancey took advantage of an engine malfunction out front to claim his first 602 Late Model win at The World’s Fastest Half Mile.



DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON



It was a case of déjà vu on the podium of the Pro Late Model Feature on Friday night, as Bronson led the final 20 laps and beat out fellow Super Late Model stars Randy Weaver and Max Blair. However, Bronson had to work for it a bit, compared to Thursday night.



Killer jetted out to the runner-up spot within two laps of the race, giving chase to leader Jadon Frame. A restart on lap five put Bronson’s #40B on Frame’s rear bumper as they dove into turn one, Bronson with a big run to Frame’s inside. The two made contact that ended with Frame in the wall and Bronson racing off, unharmed.



“I kept getting under the guy, and he kept turning left on me, but I really didn’t have position to finish him off with the way these Crate motors run around here,” Bronson said. “When I finally got position on him, I felt like I was about a half-car ahead of him. I went to do a slide-job on him and, I don’t really know if he just stayed in the gas or hit a slick spot and hit the fence or whatever happened.”



Frame left the track on the hook as Bronson stayed out and led the rest of the way to collect $2,000 for the win. Bronson admitted he and Frame touched as they battled for the lead out of Turn 2, but also said what followed was just the product of the drive to win.



“I hate what happened, but in my shoes, if I had to do anything over again, I wouldn’t change nothing I did. I wish the outcome would have been a little bit different, but that’s the way it goes. We come to win these races; I’m driving my butt off to win these races. [My team] are giving me a damn good car, so I’ve just got to do my job,” Bronson said.



“There definitely was contact, 100 percent. It wasn’t anything crazy, just a deal that I feel like on these Crate cars, when someone gets their quarter-panel to your left-front, it’s time to check. Or, stay out there and wreck yourself – kinda what [Frame] did,” Bronson added.

Randy Weaver had another solid drive to a runner-up finish, this time from much further back, starting 9th and dropping back to 12th on the first lap. He made patient moves through the field and used the well-timed yellows to catch the leaders within 15 laps to score his second podium finish of the weekend.



Max Blair held his car inside the top-five for most of the race, dropping back to seventh after the lap five restart, but was able to rebound for another third-place finish. For a short time, the Titusville, PA-native held the runner-up spot before Weaver tracked him down and passed him with what could have been the fastest car on the track, next to Bronson.



Douglasville, GA’s Super Late Model guru Michael Page finally brought out his #18X on day two of competition and joined the field as one of the favorites on the roster. His first night on track, however, did not go as he had planned, as his race ended by stopping at the topside of turn two with a mechanical failure.

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [3]; 2. 116-Randy Weaver [9]; 3. 111-Max Blair [6]; 4. 66-Jake Knowles [1]; 5. 17-Nevin Gainey [12]; 6. 7T-Trever Taylor [14]; 7. 7A-Corey Almond [10]; 8. 95-Brandon Williams [5]; 9. 2-Trynt Lloyd [11]; 10. 313-Devin Dixon [22]; 11. 30-Todd Cooney [24]; 12. 5W-David Whitener [16]; 13. 38-Jamie Carter [13]; 14. 14B-John Baker [19]; 15. 11-Cruz Skinner [25]; 16. 33-Jeff Mathews [21]; 17. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [26]; 18. 87-Walker Arthur [8]; 19. 38P-Trey Pearson [23]; 20. 71-Pierce McCarter [17]; 21. 84-Sam Halstead [15]; 22. 5-Mark Whitener [2]; 23. 6-Dillon Brown [20]; 24. 18X-Michael Page [7]; 25. 6H-Clay Harris [18]; 26. J8-Jadon Frame [4] Hard Charger: 30-Todd Cooney[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 17.058; 2. 2-Trynt Lloyd, 17.553; 3. 116-Randy Weaver, 17.566; 4. 95-Brandon Williams, 17.581; 5. 38P-Trey Pearson, 17.597; 6. 84-Sam Halstead, 17.618; 7. J8-Jadon Frame, 17.638; 8. 5-Mark Whitener, 17.674; 9. 38-Jamie Carter, 17.693; 10. 14B-John Baker, 17.837; 11. 71-Pierce McCarter, 17.901; 12. 10RT-Cody Overton, 17.97; 13. 44-John Ruggerio, 17.991; 14. 33-Jeff Mathews, 18.066; 15. K37-Drew Kennedy, 18.073; 16. 1-Grant Garrison, 18.106; 17. 74-Mike Franklin, 18.269; 18. 9-Jimmy Waldrop, 18.328; 19. 17M-David Markham, 18.351; 20. 16-Tom Egner, 19.076; 21. 39-Troy Dixon, 19.614; DQ. 14-Howard Stalls, 18.52

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 18X-Michael Page, 17.322; 2. 111-Max Blair, 17.336; 3. 7A-Corey Almond, 17.385; 4. 6-Dillon Brown, 17.471; 5. 7T-Trever Taylor, 17.479; 6. 5W-David Whitener, 17.485; 7. 66-Jake Knowles, 17.494; 8. 87-Walker Arthur, 17.513; 9. 7-Jason Fitzgerald, 17.522; 10. 27-Joe Denby, 17.572; 11. 6H-Clay Harris, 17.714; 12. 17-Nevin Gainey, 17.715; 13. 30-Todd Cooney, 17.745; 14. 721-Joe Kump, 17.778; 15. 313-Devin Dixon, 17.786; 16. 4-Justin Litchford, 17.822; 17. 20-Owen Osteen, 17.881; 18. 66K-Jody Knowles, 17.963; 19. 32-Curtis Glover, 18.087; 20. C71-Cody Courtney, 18.204; 21. 11-Cruz Skinner, 22.268

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [4]; 2. J8-Jadon Frame [1]; 3. 116-Randy Weaver [3]; 4. 38-Jamie Carter [5]; 5. 71-Pierce McCarter [6]; 6. K37-Drew Kennedy [8]; 7. 38P-Trey Pearson [2]; 8. 17M-David Markham [10]; 9. 44-John Ruggerio [7]; 10. 74-Mike Franklin [9]; 11. 39-Troy Dixon [11]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 5-Mark Whitener [1]; 2. 95-Brandon Williams [3]; 3. 2-Trynt Lloyd [4]; 4. 84-Sam Halstead [2]; 5. 14B-John Baker [5]; 6. 33-Jeff Mathews [7]; 7. 10RT-Cody Overton [6]; 8. 1-Grant Garrison [8]; 9. 14-Howard Stalls [11]; 10. 9-Jimmy Waldrop [9]; 11. 16-Tom Egner [10]

Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 66-Jake Knowles [1]; 2. 18X-Michael Page [4]; 3. 7A-Corey Almond [3]; 4. 7T-Trever Taylor [2]; 5. 6H-Clay Harris [6]; 6. 30-Todd Cooney [7]; 7. 313-Devin Dixon [8]; 8. 11-Cruz Skinner [11]; 9. 32-Curtis Glover [10]; 10. 20-Owen Osteen [9]; 11. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [5]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 87-Walker Arthur [1]; 2. 111-Max Blair [4]; 3. 17-Nevin Gainey [6]; 4. 5W-David Whitener [2]; 5. 6-Dillon Brown [3]; 6. 4-Justin Litchford [8]; 7. 66K-Jody Knowles [9]; 8. 721-Joe Kump [7]; 9. C71-Cody Courtney [10]; 10. 27-Joe Denby [5]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer 1. 33-Jeff Mathews [2]; 2. 38P-Trey Pearson [3]; 3. K37-Drew Kennedy [1]; 4. 10RT-Cody Overton [4]; 5. 17M-David Markham [5]; 6. 44-John Ruggerio [7]; 7. 1-Grant Garrison [6]; 8. 14-Howard Stalls [8]; 9. 74-Mike Franklin [9]; 10. 16-Tom Egner [12]; 11. 39-Troy Dixon [11]; 12. 9-Jimmy Waldrop [10]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer 1. 313-Devin Dixon [3]; 2. 30-Todd Cooney [1]; 3. 4-Justin Litchford [2]; 4. 721-Joe Kump [6]; 5. 11-Cruz Skinner [5]; 6. 20-Owen Osteen [9]; 7. 32-Curtis Glover [7]; 8. C71-Cody Courtney [8]; 9. 66K-Jody Knowles [4]; 10. 27-Joe Denby [10]; 11. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [11]



FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DAVID SHOWERS JR.



He may have had the win handed to him on Thursday night when leader Bubba Whitener wrecked while leading, but make no mistake, David Showers Jr. had to work for his second-ever win in a Late Model on Friday night.



Taking the lead on lap one, Showers nearly ran away with the show in the early going, but Whitener tracked him down and put the pressure on in the final laps to make it an exciting chase for the finish line. Leading all 25 laps, Showers collected $3,000 for his victorious efforts.

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 18-David Showers [1]; 2. 5-Bubba Whitener [5]; 3. 1A-Richard Pratt [8]; 4. 18A-Jared Allison [2]; 5. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [6]; 6. 27-Bruce Harvey [12]; 7. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh [10]; 8. 5MC-Robert Gast [11]; 9. 98-Johnny Allen [3]; 10. 29-Cameron Saunders [4]; 11. 10S-Steve Shead [16]; 12. 15-John Bledsoe [14]; 13. 33-TJ Evans [9]; 14. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck [13]; 15. 68-Ken Ellefson [18]; 16. 54-Terry Bronson [7]; 17. 45-Chuck Jackson [15]; 18. 17-Richard Ferry [17] Hard Charger: 27-Bruce Harvey[+6]

Qualifying 1. 17-Richard Ferry, 17.695; 2. 18A-Jared Allison, 18.274; 3. 18-David Showers, 18.331; 4. 27-Bruce Harvey, 18.403; 5. 29-Cameron Saunders, 18.415; 6. 5-Bubba Whitener, 18.448; 7. 1A-Richard Pratt, 18.667; 8. OO7-Dusty Sparkman, 18.712; 9. 98-Johnny Allen, 18.933; 10. 54-Terry Bronson, 19.032; 11. 5MC-Robert Gast, 19.055; 12. 15-John Bledsoe, 19.077; 13. 33-TJ Evans, 19.488; 14. 10S-Steve Shead, 19.551; 15. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck, 20.078; 16. 68-Ken Ellefson, 20.147; 17. 45-Chuck Jackson, 20.53; DQ. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh, 19.012

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 12 Transfer 1. 18-David Showers [3]; 2. 1A-Richard Pratt [1]; 3. 29-Cameron Saunders [2]; 4. 98-Johnny Allen [5]; 5. 33-TJ Evans [7]; 6. 5MC-Robert Gast [6]; 7. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck [8]; 8. 45-Chuck Jackson [9]; 9. 17-Richard Ferry [4]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 12 Transfer 1. 5-Bubba Whitener [2]; 2. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [1]; 3. 18A-Jared Allison [4]; 4. 54-Terry Bronson [5]; 5. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh [9]; 6. 27-Bruce Harvey [3]; 7. 15-John Bledsoe [6]; 8. 10S-Steve Shead [7]; 9. 68-Ken Ellefson [8]



602 LATE MODELS – BUD CHANCEY



In what originally looked to be Cody Overton’s second consecutive win in the Sunshine Nationals 602 Late Model Feature, Thursday night’s runner-up Bud Chancey took advantage of a poorly timed engine failure on Overton’s part to scoop-up the win – his first victory at Volusia.



Overton started on the front row and jetted out to a commanding lead early on before going up in a puff of smoke on lap 12, handing over the lead, and the win, to Chancey. Chancey took no prisoners after getting the lead, out in front by a 5-second margin at the checkers.

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 32-Bud Chauncey [1]; 2. 78-Arthur Conquest [9]; 3. 33-Colton Leyendecker [11]; 4. M51-Mark Steube [3]; 5. 5-Dustin Carter [4]; 6. 25-Wiley McDaniel [8]; 7. 388-Jackson Hise [5]; 8. 3-Raymond Folwell [14]; 9. 31-Donnie Birdwell [25]; 10. 28-Brandon Elwood [16]; 11. O7-Landon Lungren [15]; 12. OO-Louis Ledlow [21]; 13. 98-Cody Allen [13]; 14. 5B-Colby Boyett [10]; 15. 9X-Chad Evans [22]; 16. 97-Cody Overton [2]; 17. 14JR-Trey Mills [6]; 18. 64-Craig Montesi [17]; 19. 22-Jonah Bozeman [7]; 20. 58-Tyler Clem [12]; 21. 27K-Timmie King [23]; 22. O2-Sean Babcock [20]; 23. 97B-Garrett Bullington [18]; 24. 17S-Brenden Smith [24]; 25. 18-Jared Allison [19] Hard Charger: 31-Donnie Birdwell[+16]

Qualifying 1. 14JR-Trey Mills, 18.924; 2. 3-Raymond Folwell, 19.106; 3. 97-Cody Overton, 19.274; 4. 5B-Colby Boyett, 19.359; 5. 5-Dustin Carter, 19.415; 6. O7-Landon Lungren, 19.421; 7. 22-Jonah Bozeman, 19.556; 8. 25-Wiley McDaniel, 19.573; 9. 78-Arthur Conquest, 19.771; 10. 32-Bud Chauncey, 19.838; 11. 388-Jackson Hise, 19.844; 12. M51-Mark Steube, 19.901; 13. 98-Cody Allen, 19.976; 14. 33-Colton Leyendecker, 20.158; 15. 97B-Garrett Bullington, 20.217; 16. 18-Jared Allison, 20.257; 17. 64-Craig Montesi, 20.262; 18. 58-Tyler Clem, 20.296; 19. 31-Donnie Birdwell, 20.363; 20. 27K-Timmie King, 20.378; 21. OO-Louis Ledlow, 20.704; 22. 28-Brandon Elwood, 20.938; 23. O2-Sean Babcock, 22.137; 24. 17S-Brenden Smith, 23.354; 25. 9X-Chad Evans, NT

Heat #1 (6 Laps) - Top 9 Transfer 1. 14JR-Trey Mills [4]; 2. 32-Bud Chauncey [1]; 3. 22-Jonah Bozeman [2]; 4. 5B-Colby Boyett [3]; 5. 98-Cody Allen [5]; 6. 28-Brandon Elwood [8]; 7. 18-Jared Allison [6]; 8. 9X-Chad Evans [9]; 9. 31-Donnie Birdwell [7]

Heat #2 (6 Laps) - Top 9 Transfer 1. 388-Jackson Hise [1]; 2. 5-Dustin Carter [3]; 3. 25-Wiley McDaniel [2]; 4. 33-Colton Leyendecker [5]; 5. 3-Raymond Folwell [4]; 6. 64-Craig Montesi [6]; 7. O2-Sean Babcock [8]; 8. 27K-Timmie King [7]

Heat #3 (6 Laps) - Top 9 Transfer 1. 97-Cody Overton [4]; 2. M51-Mark Steube [1]; 3. 78-Arthur Conquest [2]; 4. 58-Tyler Clem [6]; 5. O7-Landon Lungren [3]; 6. 97B-Garrett Bullington [5]; 7. OO-Louis Ledlow [7]; 8. 17S-Brenden Smith [8]



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The DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals action continues on Saturday night with the 30-lap, $10,000-to-win finale for the Pro Late Models and 20 laps and $1,500-to-win for Florida Late Models and 602 Late Models. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

Port Royal Speedway Gears Up for Exciting 2020 Racing Season

PORT ROYAL, Pa- The 2020 schedule at Port Royal Speedway has been released.  A total of 34 race dates are on the schedule with 12 different divisions taking part.  The Weikert Livestock 410 sprint cars will be featured a total of 29 times beginning with the opener on Sunday, March 8th and concluding with the 2-day NOS Energy Drink World Of Outlaw Sprint Car Series on October 9th and 10th.  The final three races of the season; the Tuscarora 50 and the World Of Outlaw events will be non-point races.



The marquee event, the Tuscarora 50, will take place on Saturday, September 12th and will again be sanctioned by the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions.  The All Star series will sanction the Keith Kauffman Classic on April 18th and pay $7,700 to win, the 2-day Weikert Memorial over the Memorial Day Holiday each paying $10,000 to win, and the Night Before the 50 on September 11th. The un-sanctioned $10,000 to win Living Legends Dream Race will take place on Saturday, August 1st.  Port Royal Speedway will again host 2 events as part of Pennsylvania Speedweek on Wednesday, July 1st, and conclude the week on Saturday, July 4th with the running of the Greg Hodnett Classic.  Both events will pay $7,000 to win.



The Super Late Models have 20 events scheduled for 2020.  The biggest late model purse in the history of the speedway will be paid on Saturday, August 29th when the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series invades with a $50,000 to win main event.  The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series will also present the “Rumble By The River” on Sunday, April 19th and the traveling group will have a preliminary event on Friday, August 28th.



The Super Late Models will again be part of the Weikert Memorial on both Saturday and Sunday over the Memorial Day Holiday paying $5,000 to win each event.  The Pennsylvania Late Model Challenge Series, formerly the Tri-Track Challenge, will visit the speedway for a time trial event on Saturday, June 6th.  Other high-paying late model races will take place on March 21st, March 22nd, and September 5th when the ULMS Late Model Series sanctions the events.



Returning for their 2nd full season is the 358 Limited Late Model division.  The Limited Late Models have 12 events scheduled in 2020 and will again be part of the Butch Renninger Memorial event on Saturday, September 5th and the Labor Day Classic on Monday, September 7th.  The Limited Late Models will be showcased twice during the Keith Kauffman Classic and Lucas Oil Late Model weekend on April 18th and April 19th.  The limited late models will run a pair of 18-lap feature events on Saturday, May 30th.



The PA Sprint Series (PASS) 305 sprint cars have 10 events scheduled in 2020.  The 305 sprints will make their first appearance at the speedway on Saturday, April 4th and will close the season with the 9th Annual Keystone RaceSaver Challenge event on Saturday, October 17th.  For the first time, the PASS/IMCA 305 sprints will be part of the World Of Outlaw Series event on Saturday, October 10th in an invitation only event with the top 24 drivers in the point standings participating.



A multitude of open wheel divisions will take on the Speed Palace as well.  Returning after a year’s absence is the USAC East Coast 360 wingless sprint car series on Saturday, August 22nd during Open Wheel Madness IV.  The Wingless Super Sportsman will be part of Open Wheel Madness III on Saturday, July 18th, and the 358 Sprint Car Summer Series returns on Saturday, June 20th as part of Open Wheel Madness II.



The United Racing Club 360 winged sprint cars have 3 events scheduled in 2020; they are Saturday, April 11th,  Saturday, April 25th as part of Open Wheel Madness I, and on Wednesday, July 1st as a second division to the 410 sprint car PA Speedweek event.  358 sprint car teams are welcome to run all three events.



Also on the schedule for 2020 are the 4-cylinder stock cars (twice), the Short Track Super Series Modifieds on Sunday, March 22nd, and the return of the Mid Atlantic Modifieds on Saturday, April 11th



And finally, the USAC Wingless Sprint Cars return for the week-long Eastern Storm series with a 410 sprint car doubleheader on Saturday, June 13th.



Port Royal Speedway will be closed on May 16th, June 27th, July 25th, and August 15th.



Please stay tuned to our social media outlets and website in the coming months for any additional information regarding changes, promotions and pricing!

DIRTVision To Stream 48th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic LIVE The illustrious Australian race will feature American drivers like Kyle Larson and Carson Macedo


CONCORD, NC – Jan. 17, 2020 –

DIRTVision is excited to offer North American fans exclusive live streaming of the 48th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic. The prestigious event is Australia’s biggest Sprint Car race, held each year at the Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway in Warnambool, Victoria at the end of January.



All North American DIRTVision Fast Pass subscribers will be able to watch the best Sprint Car drivers in Australia duel with a plethora of star American drivers, Jan. 24-26, for the $224,000 purse and the accompanying glory of winning in front of tens of thousands of fans. The event will go live at 1 a.m. (ET) for each event.



The Classic will see more than 100 drivers battling to win the illustrious race. This year, fans can expect to see a number of familiar drivers from the United States, including Kyle Larson, Carson Macedo, Shane Stewart, Tim Shaffer, Tim Kaeding and McKenna Haase. Three-time Classic winner Kerry Madsen will also be in the field, along with his brother Ian Madsen.



The caliber of the event and the mid-winter date attract some of the best driver from the United States to Warrnambool to compete against the locals in the crown jewel event. The Classic is essentially the Knoxville Nationals of Australia, with the largest car count in Sprint Car racing. In 2015, the event actually beat out the legendary Knoxville Nationals by two cars with 107 entries.

 

American drivers have won 17 of the 44 Classics run since 1973, including victories from former World of Outlaws champions Donny Schatz and  Danny Lasoski. As with the Australian Championship, drivers from New South Wales have dominated the event with 18 wins. The home state of Victoria had to wait until the 20th running of the event to have a home winner with Warnambool's own Max Dumesny winning in 1992.



North American Sprint Car fans can witness the excitement and international competition from Down Under with a DIRTVision Fast Pass subscription for only $39. Sign up now to watch the Sprintcar Classic, as well as other weekly Australian shows.

BAPS Motor Speedway Solidifies Title Sponsors for 2020

Sponsorship is important for the success of a dirt track and the divisions that compete at the speedway on a weekly basis.

         

The backing of companies serves two purposes. Not only does it help offset costs and pay point funds, it shows community interest in the division.

           

That is the case at BAPS Motor Speedway. And like previous years, the York Haven facility has a strong group of companies coming back to be a part of what the management team is building at the speedway.

           

The four core divisions at the speedway — Super Sportsman, Late Models, Street Stocks, and Extreme Stocks — will have title sponsors heading into 2020. Three of the divisions have sponsors returning to the fold, with the Street Stocks introducing a first-time company to the speedway next season.

           

“It means a lot to have sponsors come back for another year,” General Manager Kolten Gouse said. “I think it’s a testament to the drivers and teams who compete at the speedway and the program we are building.

           

“Frankie’s Used Auto Parts and Mike’s Towing is coming on board to sponsor the Street Stocks this year. We are pleased to have them join our list of great sponsors at the speedway this season.”

           

BAPS Paint and Finish will be back for its third year sponsoring the headline Super Sportsman division. Creekside Auto Sales also re-upped for a third year as the title sponsor for the Late Models.

           

The senior member of the group is Superior Homes, who will be back for a fourth season with the entertaining Extreme Stock class.

           

“It’s great to be associated with the quality sponsors we have at the speedway,” Gouse said. “We are honored to be able to represent these companies and look forward to having them at the speedway for years to come.”

Bronson, Overton and Showers Jr. Victorious in Round 1 of Inaugural Sunshine Nationals

Mitchell Jenkins Photo


BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 16, 2020 – The first race night of the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals was jam-packed with the Late Model racing everyone had been craving since the 2019 regular season wound down just a few months ago.



Twenty-four 602 Late Models, 16 Florida Late Models and 41 Pro Late Models lined the Volusia Speedway Park pit areas on Thursday night for their first look of the year at the track under racing conditions. The three Features capped off what was a very entertaining night of racing at The World’s Fastest Half Mile, in which Kyle Bronson came out on top of the DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Cody Overton won the 602 Late Model Feature and David Showers Jr. was victorious in the final event of the evening, the Florida Late Model Feature.



DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON



It seems as though it pays to be an ace of the Super Late Model ranks when jumping into a Pro Late Model at Volusia. Brandon, FL-native Kyle Bronson put on a dominant display of speed and car control over 25 laps as he beat out fellow Super Late Model big names Randy Weaver and Max Blair en route to his $1,500 victory.



Leading every lap, Killer put on a show out front as he grabbed the top spot on lap one and never looked back to collect the win, holding off a deep field of talent in the process.



“We’ve got a really great car, and I feel like as long as we keep the fenders on our car, we’ll have a chance to win these next couple,” Bronson said. “I’ve just got to do my job, and the car’s pretty damn good.”



The race was spotted with cautions, which meant Bronson was forced to deal with the pressure restacking behind him for each restart. But he handled those perfectly; it was a close call on lap nine that gave him his biggest challenge.



Middleburg, FL-driver Mark Whitener had a good run going to Bronson’s inside as they dove into Turn 1. The two ended up making slight contact, which sent Whitener around right in front of the oncoming field of cars. Somehow, everyone avoided him, and Whitener rejoined the field at the tail under the ensuing caution flag. Bronson escaped unharmed and went on to win the race, while Whitener made up a ton of ground in the final 16 laps to come back and finish eighth and pick up the Hard Charger honors.



“[Whitener] said he was going to go in and try to slide me there, but I was already turned down the racetrack and he hit me in the left-rear and turned himself around, I guess,” Bronson said. “We always race hard and rub a little bit, unfortunately. But that’s the way racing goes.”



Despite redrawing fifth, Randy Weaver found himself with a little bit of work to do in the early going of the 25-lap Feature, as he slipped back on the opening circuit and crossed the line in ninth on lap two. But with some patience and a great car, he and his newly wrapped #116 made it all the way back up front to collect the runner-up spot.



He’s traveled a long way from Titusville, PA, and there was no way Max Blair was leaving Volusia without at least one podium finish this weekend. He didn’t have to wait long, as he kept his car solidly inside the top 5 through all 25 laps to complete the podium.



Winner of the race run prior to the Pro Late Models Feature, Evans, GA-native Cody Overton, was looking to climb from the back to the front over 25 laps to put the cherry atop his Thursday night. Unfortunately, his night ended on the hook, as he was on the receiving end of a nasty pile-up wreck on the initial start that forced him to retire without a single lap completed.



602 LATE MODELS - CODY OVERTON



Overton did, however, take home a nice check in the first Feature of the evening for his efforts behind the wheel of his #97 602 Late Model – race he won by over three seconds ahead of runner-up Bud Chauncey and podium finisher Colton Leyendecker.



Using the low line to his advantage, Lil Sexy made a great move to the inside of Bud Chauncey on lap eight to take the lead, and the win, to kick off his 2020 season in Florida.



FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DAVID SHOWERS JR.



For most of the 20-lap Feature race, teenage pilot Bubba Whitener seemed to have had the Thursday night Feature locked up. Until he reached lap 13.



Trying to get around slower traffic on the high-side, Whitener came up on a car just before the flag stand and made heavy contact, sending the lapped car into the inside wall and severely damaging his own. Whitener went off on the hook, which handed the lead over to David Showers Jr., who took it and led the rest of the way for his first-ever Late Model victory.



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The Sunshine Nationals action continues from Volusia on Friday night with round two of racing. Hot Laps begin at 5:15pm ET on DIRTVision!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lucas Oil is Title Sponsor for the Empire Super Sprints for 12th Consecutive Season.

SYRACUSE, NY – In what has now become the 12th consecutive year, Lucas Oil Products Inc. from Corona, California has returned to be the series sponsor for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS). Lucas Oil has not only become a major backer for the sprint car organization that is running it’s 37th Anniversary Tour but has become family.

“Lucas Oil not only brings us a big boost in our annual point fund, but they have help support us in so many other ways,” noted ESS President Chuck Miller, “We are very fortunate to have the Lucas name attached to our tour for so many years.”

With a big help from Lucas Oil, at the annual awards banquet, over 20 teams shared in a $50,000 cash point fund and also brought home over $3,000 in Lucas Oil Products. 2019 champion Paulie Colagiovanni took home just shy of $9,000 in cash.

Lucas Oil has long been directly involved in the American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels. Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, the Lucas people went to work again. The end result being a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry.

The Lucas success story has been built upon hard work, an unparalleled line of premium products and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. This single formula for success will continue to guide Lucas Oil Products as it grows in the years to come. For all your information you can log on too www.lucasoil.com follow on Facebook @OfficialLucasOil and @LucasOil on Twitter.

With a big help from Lucas Oil, at the annual awards banquet, over 20 teams shared in a $50,000 cash point fund and also brought home over $3,000 in Lucas Oil Products. 2019 champion Paulie Colagiovanni took home just shy of $9,000 in cash.

Colagiovanni made history by being the youngest champion in the 36-year history of the club and he did so with some of the very best 360 drivers in the Northeast and Canada behind with names like Chuck Hebing, Matt Tanner, Jason Barney, Billy VanInwegen and others.

The 2020 version of the Lucas Oil ESS schedule was released once again on New Year’s Day and will start it’s point season at the Fulton Speedway on April 24th and this year’s champion will be crowned on Sat. Sept. 12th at the Can-Am Speedway.

Last year 12 different drivers visited victory lane with VanInwegen, Jonathan Preston and Josh Pieniazek picking up their first career ESS A-Main victories. Fans can expect much of the exciting action at each event and who will be the next name to enter into the all-time ESS win column for the very first time.

Lucas Oil and the Empire Super Sprints, a partnership that has now entered a dozen years!

For more Information on the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints:
Web: www.empiresupersprints.com
Twitter: @ESSprints

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmpireSuperSprints

Instagram: empiresupersprints

The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints are brought to you by: Lucas Oil, Mach 1 Chassis, NAPA Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tires, Donath Motorworx, E3 Spark Plugs, Ground Control Lawn and Snow, Car Mate Trailers, Fondations 4 Saisons, Ohsweken Speedway/Canadian Sprint Car Nationals, Cobra Coaches, Fondations 55, E&V Energy, SUNY Canton, Pinnacle Employee Services, AroundTown Plumbing & Heating, Engler Machine and Tool, Kevin Nouse Design/K1 Racegear, Winters Performance, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Lacaillade Masonry, FX Caprara Ford/Chevy, ASI Racewear and many, many associate sponsors!!

SHARON ANNOUNCES 2020 DIVISIONAL SPONSORS; 91ST ANNIVERSARY SEASON TO BEGIN MAY 2 WITH ALL STAR SPRINTS

by Mike Leone

Hartford, OH January 14, 2020 With the calendar changing to 2020, Sharon Speedway is gearing up for its 91st anniversary season, which will officially get underway on May 2 with the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars and RUSH Sportsman Modifieds that will follow an open practice on April 25. A tentative schedule of events has been posted on the Sharon website. Sharon has also announced it divisional sponsors for the 2020 season.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply will return to present the night's headlining division, which typically features the "410" Sprint Cars in addition to four IMCA-type Modified events. There will be nine non-sanctioned "410" Sprint Car events along with the three All Star shows.

Hovis' corporate office and distribution center is located in Mercer, Pa. Hovis has locations in the following western Pa. cities: Allison Park, Butler, DuBois, Emlenton, Erie, Franklin, Grove City, Hermitage, Meadville, New Brighton, New Castle, North Huntingdon, Oil City, Titusville, Wexford, and Zelienople. For more information on Hovis, check out their website at www.hovisauto.com and "like" their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HovisAutoSupply.

Gibson Insurance Agency has been a long time supporter of the Stock Car division at Sharon. That will continue in 2020. The Stocks are on the schedule 11 times including the Penn-Ohio "Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals" and the "Apple Festival Nationals". Sharon continues to have the region's highest weekly Stock count. Drivers compete for $700 to-win weekly when there's 24 or more cars. Curt J. Bish is the defending track champion after capturing his inaugural crown in 2019.

Since 1947, the Gibson Agency has been providing quality insurance as a reputable family-run agency. Gibson specialize in a broad range of personal and business as well as niche markets such as home, renters, auto, life, high-net-worth, business owners, business auto, farm, commercial property, contractors and more. Gibson is based locally in Girard, Ohio; however, their coverage extends to nearby areas including Youngstown, Warren, Cortland, Hubbard, Brookfield and across the nation throughout 48 states. For more information on Gibson, check out their website www.gibsonagency.com and like their Facebook at www.facebook.com/gibsonagency.

HTMA/Precise Racing Products will remain as the presenting sponsor of the RUSH Sportsman Modified. Sharon has been the home track for the division since its inception in 2014. The division has averaged more than a full field of cars each of the past four years and only on four occasions during that time have had less than 20 cars. The RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be on the schedule 15 times in 2020. In addition to the Sharon point fund, racers also compete for the $3,500 to-win RUSH Weekly Championship plus new in 2020 will be the $1,000 to-win "Route 7 Rumble" presented by Wedge Motorsports, which will be a point championship between all the races at Sharon and Raceway 7. Kole Holden is the defending Sharon champion and has won the title two of the last three years.

Precise Racing Products has parts and tires for all forms of racing including Dirt, drag, asphalt, road race, kart, ATV, and MX. HTMA/Precise Racing Products has locations in Sarver, Pa. and Finksburg, Maryland. For more information, check out their website at www.preciseracing.com and like their Facebook at www.facebook.com/hoosiermidatlantic.

New for 2020, the Elite Series will be the divisional sponsor and sanction all Econo Mod races at Sharon. Elite teams will earn points towards the $2,000 Elite Modified Series Championship. The Elite Econo Mods will be on the schedule 10 times including four loyalty races with increased purses and giveaways on May 23, June 27, August 22, and September 11-12. Dustin DeMattia won the 2019 Sharon track point title over Ty Rhoades, while Rhoades captured the Elite Championship over DeMattia. For more information on the Elite Series, check out their website at www.elitemodifiedseries.com and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elitemodifiedseries

Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila Families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road in Hartford, Ohio near the intersection of Routes 7 & 305. For more information, check out the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481. Become a fan of Sharon Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sharonspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sharonspdwy.

Inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals Kicks Off at Volusia Speedway Park Dirt Late Models take on World’s Fastest Half Mile Thursday through Saturday


BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 15, 2020 – Volusia Speedway Park is alive with the sound of Dirt Late Model racing as the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals kicked off on Wednesday night with the track’s first event of 2020.

Full races for three divisions of Dirt Late Models run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and some of the biggest names in Florida racing took to the World’s Fastest Half Mile on Wednesday for a final tuneup before the money is on the line.

When the Hot Laps wrapped up, Brandon, FL-racer Kyle Bronson topped the leaderboard with a lap of 16.850 seconds behind the wheel of his Rocket Chassis DIRTcar Pro Late Model.

“This car has been pretty good every time we race it,” Bronson said. “The track held up pretty good … I was one of the fastest cars out every time we went onto the racetrack, so I can’t ask for much more than that.”

Plenty of big names have made the trip out to Volusia to take part in the event, including Crossville, TN’s Randy Weaver; Titusville, PA’s Max Blair, Jupiter, FL’s Clay Harris and Evans, GA’s Cody Overton. These, and several other Victory Lane contenders have just as good of a shot at the $10,000 top prize in Saturday’s 30-lap Feature for the DIRTcar Pro Late Models. There are already 44 cars in the pits with the laps that matter starting Thursday.

“There are a lot of good cars here this weekend,” Bronson said. “There are 15 guys that can win this race… My car’s good enough to where I feel like if we go out here and I do the best job I can do, I feel like we have as good or a better shot to win this deal.”

The first of three complete shows in the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals begins Thursday evening at Volusia with Hot Laps hitting the track for the 602 Late Model division at 5:15 p.m. They’ll be joined by the Florida Late Models and Pro Late Models to make up three full Features on each night.

Adult general admission tickets are $20 Thursday and Friday, $25 on Saturday. Kids 12 and under are free all weekend.

If you can’t get to the track, catch all the action live from your home with a DIRTVision Fast Pass, only $39 a month!

Xtreme DIRTcar Series Shifts Cherokee Race to Sunday, Jan. 26 Creates huge Dirt Late Model weekend with Jan. 25 event at Cochran Motor Speedway

Blake Harris Photo
GAFFNEY, SC — Jan. 15, 2020 — In the midst of a rain-filled week, DIRTcar Racing and Cherokee Speedway officials decided to move this Saturday’s Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series event to next Sunday, Jan. 26, creating a huge weekend with a previously scheduled event on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Georgia’s Cochran Motor Speedway.

The Cherokee Feature will remain a 40-lap, $5,000-to-win race for the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, and the day will still include $1,000-to-win 602 Late Model, $1,000-to-win Stock Outlaw RWYB, $600-to-win Thunder Bomber and $500-to-win Extreme 4 FWD races.

“With all the rain we’ve received and are continuing to receive it just makes sense to postpone this Saturday’s race to next weekend,” said DIRTcar Racing’s Tom Deery. “Plus, it makes for an exciting weekend with the previously scheduled race at Cochran Motor Speedway.”

The event on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Cochran is also 40 laps and $5,000-to-win. It will include Crate Late Models in a $2,000-to-win Feature and 602 Late Model Sportsman in a $1,000-to-win race. Gates at Cochran will open at noon with Hot Laps at 2:30 and racing to follow. Grandstands are $20, kids 6-10 are $10 and kids 5-and-under are free. For more on the event at Cochran, visit CochranSpeedway.com.

Gates at Cherokee Speedway will open at 10 a.m. for the rescheduled event on Sunday, Jan. 26. On-track action will begin at 1 p.m. Grandstands are $20 with kids 10-and-under free. For more on the event at Cherokee, go to CherokeeSpeedwaySC.com.

Through three Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series events, two-time winner Chris Madden leads the championship standings by a slim 15 points over Trent Ivey with Kyle Strickler, Logan Roberson and the series’ most recent winner Zack Mitchell rounding out the top five. Brandon Overton, Chris Ferguson and Ross Bailes are all within striking distance in the top 10.

For more news and information on the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, visit XtremeDIRTcar.com.

Modifieds Return To Selinsgrove Speedway March 21 $5,000-To-Win Icebreaker 40 Details Announced



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Selinsgrove, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will open the 2020 season at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, with the highly-anticipated return of the Northeast modifieds in the $5,000-to-win Icebreaker 40!

The Icebreaker will be a combined small and big block, non-sanctioned race offering a $24,625 purse!

Also on the March 21 racing program will be the crate 602 sportsman modifieds in a $1,000-to-win 20-lap feature.

Pit and grandstand gates will open at 11 a.m. with practice laps slated for 1:30 p.m.

The tire rule for the Icebreaker will be the American Racer left-rear 44 or harder compound and right-rear 48 or harder compound. Front tires can be any compound.

Drivers will draw for their starting positions in heat races for both divisions. A redraw will be conducted to determine the first several starting positions in the main events.

Additional rules and details will be posted.

Pre-registration will begin in the next two weeks and will offer teams pit pass and other race incentives. Registration forms will be available on selinsgrovespeedway.com.

Many of the northeast’s top modified teams are expected to converge on the Snyder County half-mile oval for this historic race, which dates back to 2008 but that  fell victim to inclement weather in recent years.

Previous dirt modified winners at Selinsgrove Speedway include: Dave Kelly (big block, 1982), Rick Laubauch (big block, 2008), Pat Ward (small block, 2009, 2010), Danny Johnson (big block, 2009, 2011), Matt Shepard (big block, 2010), Jeff Strunk (small block, 2011), Duane Howard (small block, 2012, 2013), Ryan Godown (big block, 2012), and Billy Pauch (big block, 2012).

For a complete 2020 schedule, the latest news, results, and race status, visit the speedway’s official website at www.selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow the track on Twitter and Facebook.

 The speedway office can be reached at 570.374.2266.

Purse for Northeast Modified Icebreaker 40 - Saturday, March 21, 2020: 1) $5,000 2) $2,500 3) $2,000 4) $1,500 5) $1,400 6) $1,300 7) $1,250 8) $1,200 9) $1,100 10) $1,000 11) $800 12) $600 13) $500 14) $450 15) $425 16-24) $400

Purse for Crate 602 Sportsman Modifieds (20-Lap A-Main): 1) $1,000 2) $600 3) $400 4) $300 5) $250 6) $225 7) $200 8) $170 9) $160 10) $150 11) $145 12) $140  13) $135 14) $130 15) $125 16-24) $120

Grandstand & Pit Gates Open: 11AM

Drivers’ Meeting: 1PM

Practice Laps: 1:30PM

Qualifying: 2PM

Admission for Saturday, March 21, 2020: Adult GA $20; Student GA (12-17) $15; Kids 11 & Under FREE GA; Pit Passes $40

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

BAPS MOTOR SPEEDWAY INTRODUCES "LAPS AT BAPS," A SUPER SPORTSMAN RENTAL PROGRAM


Super Sportsman going 3 wide at BAPS Motor Spoeedway
Bill McIntyre photo 
One of the most difficult tasks facing dirt tracks across the country is trying to increase participation in its weekly divisions.



In most cases, growth falls to chance. Tracks depend on drivers to take a step up in class and relocate to a new facility.

           

The management team at BAPS Motor Speedway is helping with this process. Speedway owner Scott Gobrecht and General Manager Kolten Gouse have come up with the Super Sportsman Rental Program, titled “Laps at BAPS,” which allows drivers to rent a Super Sportsman for an entire practice night.

           

“We often hear about drivers wanting to get behind the wheel of a car in another division before they purchase one,” Gouse said. “Unfortunately, there really isn’t something like that out there for drivers looking to move up.

           

“Not only do we offer practice nights throughout the season at BAPS Motor Speedway, we can now offer drivers a chance to get in an open-wheel car and see if they like it.”

           

This program is only for Wednesday practice sessions at the speedway. According to Gouse, there are 17 available dates on the 2020 schedule.

           

A driver interested in renting a Super Sportsman can do so for $750. He or she will be able to test the car multiple times throughout the three-hour session. There will be an additional $750 crash deposit, but it will be returned at the end of the session if there is no significant damage.

           

Interested drivers will be given top-notch equipment to test. The car will feature parts from Winters Performance Products, ACP Headers, TQ Fiberglass, and Wilwood Brakes, to name a few. Marysville Motor Cars and Blazer’s Body Shop are helping with sponsorship of the program.

           

“This wouldn’t be possible without the help of the sponsors involved,” Gouse said. “They saw the potential and vision we have for this program and were eager to come on board to help out.

           

“Not only does this give us a chance to help build one of our core divisions at the track, it gives us a chance to offer a development program for young drivers. It’s a win-win for everyone involved, and we are anxious to launch this program.”

           

The first practice session is March 7. There will be three more sessions to kick off the season on March 11, March 14, and March 18.

           

Other dates include April 8 and April 22, May 6 and May 27, June 24, July 8 and July 22, Aug. 26, and Sept. 2 and Sept. 30. There will be three dates to close out the season on Oct. 7, Oct. 15, and Oct. 21.



"The Super Sportsman division is one of the most competitive classes in central Pennsylvania," Gouse said. "We are invested in this division, and this is a way to grow it.



"We want the Super Sportsman division to be a part of BAPS Motor Speedway for years to come. This is just another step in that process."

GENE LATTA FORD INKS TWO-YEAR DEAL TO BECOME CENTRAL PA LEGENDS TITLE SPONSOR

New Oxford, Pa. (1/14/20) - There can be a certain nervousness for an organization when searching for a title sponsor for its racing series.

           

The Central Pa. Legends Series is one of the top support divisions in the region and one of the exceptions. Not only does the class have plenty of support, the drivers in the Legends division bring plenty of support to its sponsors.

           

That appealed to Gene Latta Ford. So much so, that the Hanover-based company has decided to become the title sponsor for the series in 2020 as the Gene Latta Ford Central PA Legends Series.

           

“Last year, we took on the Sprint Car series at Lincoln Speedway,” said Shawn Groft, General Manager at Gene Latta Ford. “The Legends … they’ve got a big group of local guys and tracks they race at — BAPS, Lincoln, Trail-Way — they are our market area and near the dealership.

           

“We just thought it would be a good fit for us to do something with that division. It seems like a pretty competitive division, and everything is straight forward with the rules. So, we just thought it would be a good fit.”

           

A partnership between Gene Latta Ford and the Legends makes sense when you look at the numbers and exposure.

           

In 2019, the Central PA Legends Series had 993 participants over 34 races for an average of 29.2 cars per event. The series cracked 40 cars four times, including a season-high 48 cars for an event at Lincoln Speedway.

           

But the success of the series wasn’t limited to Lincoln. The series eclipsed 35 cars in in 11 of its 34 events last year.

           

You can expect the same type of success this year. There are 42 races at seven speedways in the region on the 2020 schedule, with an additional six events at Evergreen Speedway for the asphalt series.

           

“I think a lot of it goes back to the guys in the division,” said Scott Gobrecht, owner of the Central PA Legends Series. “We have a great group of drivers and race teams in the series.  They support those who support racing and understand the importance of sponsors to the series.



“So, when a sponsor looks to get involved with our series, they know they can touch a lot of different people in a lot of different places. Plus, it goes back to the general gist of the series … we race at the best tracks, and we race with sprint cars, which everyone wants to see.”



Gene Latta Ford Central PA Legends 2020 Schedule



Saturday, March 14, 2020 – Lincoln Speedway

Saturday, March 21, 2020 – BAPS Motor Speedway
Saturday, March 28, 2020 – Path Valley Speedway Park

Saturday, April 4, 2020 – Trail-Way Speedway
Saturday, April 11, 2020 – BAPS Motor Speedway

Saturday, April 18, 2020 – BAPS Motor Speedway
Friday, April 24, 2020 – Linda’s Speedway
Saturday, April 25, 2020 – Lincoln Speedway
Friday, May 1, 2020 – Trail-Way Speedway
Saturday, May 2, 2020 – Path Valley Speedway Park
Saturday May 9, 2020 – Path Valley Speedway Park
Friday, May 15, 2020 – Trail-Way Speedway
Saturday, May 16, 2020 – BAPS Motor Speedway
Friday, May 22, 2020 – Big Diamond Speedway
Saturday, May 23, 2020 – Lincoln Speedway
Saturday, May 30, 2020 – Winchester Speedway
Saturday, June 6, 2020 – BAPS Motor Speedway
Friday, June 12, 2020 – Trail-Way Speedway
Saturday, June 13, 2020 – Path Valley Speedway Park

Friday, June 19, 2020 – Big Diamond Speedway
Saturday, June 27, 2020 – Lincoln Speedway

Friday, July 10, 2020 – Linda’s Speedway
Saturday, July 11, 2020 – Lincoln Speedway
Friday, July 17, 2020 – Trail-Way Speedway
Sunday, July 19, 2020 – BAPS Motor Speedway
Friday, July 24, 2020 – Big Diamond Speedway
Saturday, August 1, 2020 – Path Valley Speedway Park
Sunday, August 2, 2020 – Trail-Way Speedway
Friday, August 7, 2020 – Trail-Way Speedway
Saturday, August 8, 2020 – BAPS Motor Speedway
Saturday, August 15, 2020 – Winchester Speedway
Friday, August 21, 2020 – Linda’s Speedway
Sunday, August 23, 2020 – BAPS Motor Speedway
Saturday, August 29, 2020 – Lincoln Speedway
Friday, September 4, 2020 – Big Diamond Speedway
Saturday, September 5, 2020 – Lincoln Speedway
Saturday, September 12, 2020 – Path Valley Speedway Park
Saturday, September 19, 2020 – Trail-Way Speedway
Thursday, September 24, 2020 – Lincoln Speedway (Dirt Nationals, Practice)
Friday, September 25, 2020 – Lincoln Speedway (Dirt Nationals, Qualifying)
Saturday, September 26, 2020 – Lincoln Speedway (Dirt Nationals)
Friday, October 9, 2020 – Linda’s Speedway
Friday, October 16, 2020 – BAPS Motor Speedway
Saturday, October 17, 2020 – BAPS Motor Speedway
Saturday, December 19, 2020 – Central PA Legends Banquet

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Adds Eastern Region

PHOTO: Joe Grabianowski


First-Time Tour Stops for Bear Ridge Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park

CONCORD, NC - Jan. 13, 2020 - The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series has added an Eastern Region to the already robust and exciting schedule.

The four-race Eastern Region is made up of tour stops at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT; Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY; Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY; and finally Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville, NY. The Bear Ridge and Glen Ridge dates are the first DIRTcar Sportsman Series races in their track histories. With the growth and success of the DIRTcar Sportsman division, the Series is continuing to grow with it.

Each date will showcase a feature event paying at least $1,000 to win and the top five in the region’s points will share from a $1,500 point fund with the high point driver taking home $500.

Long-time DIRTcar supporter Bear Ridge Speedway will kick off the Eastern Region at the picturesque facility. Top chauffers from the other tracks will have to contend with a strong field of Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship drivers on Saturday, May 9. Premier Sportsman drivers Jordan Fornwalt, Kevin Chaffee, and Robert Tucker finished in the top three in points in 2019. They won’t make it easy on the invading Series drivers.

On Sunday, Aug. 2, the Eastern Region rolls into Utica-Rome Speedway. Some of the best DIRTcar Sportsman drivers in the Northeast race at the half-mile oval including Matt Janczuk, Kyle Inman, Alan Fink, and many more. Janczuk had his sights set on the overall Championship in 2019 and even with a wild accident in turn four at Utica-Rome Speedway during NAPA Super DIRT Week he still finished third in the overall DIRTcar Sportsman points.

Albany-Saratoga Speedway is next to host the Eastern Region on Friday, Sept. 11. The ⅓ mile oval boasts some of the best side-by-side racing seen anywhere. Connor Cleveland, Tim Hartman, and Andrew Buff are tough customers to race against on their home track. Albany-Saratoga’s Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship field is among the strongest in the Northeast, which makes Series regulars will have to bring their A-game to the Malta oval.

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park has never hosted a DIRTcar Sportsman Series race but this year the Series will invade the Fultonville track on Sunday, Sept. 13. Race fans will enjoy seeing the Series stars figure out the fast way around the quarter-mile oval again. The Eastern Region Championship will be decided on that Sunday race.

With the addition of the Eastern Region, the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series schedule for 2020 is comprised of 30 points-paying races. Stop by the DIRTcar website to check out the full schedule as well as race previews, race reports, points, photos, and more. Follow DIRTcar on Twitter and Facebook for even more DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series content.

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Eastern Region Schedule

May 9 - Bear Ridge Speedway - Bradford, VT

Aug. 2 Utica-Rome Speedway - Vernon, NY

Sept. 11 Albany-Saratoga Speedway -  Malta, NY

Sept. 13 Glen Ridge Motorsports Park - Fultonville, NY



Monday, January 13, 2020

Triple 7’s For Sprint Cars At Selinsgrove Speedway In 2020 Schedule features seven shows each for 410, 360 and 305 sprints

Bill McIntyre photo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1/12/20

Selinsgrove, Pa. – As sprint car racing goes at Selinsgrove Speedway in 2020, fans seem to have hit the jackpot with the schedule as everything is coming up 7’s!

Triple 7’s, to be certain, as exactly seven shows have been scheduled for each of three sprint car divisions during the year ahead in the form of 410, 360 and 305 sprint action.

The popular 410 sprint cars will blast around the track beginning on Sunday, March 29 as part of “March Mayhem” before returning on April 26 for the Ray Tilley Classic.

After those two early season shows, the 410 supers will return on June 28 for the PA Speedweek Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial, July 27 for a Summer Championship, August 29 for the Summer Sendoff, September 6 for the Jim Nace Memorial National Open Qualifier and finally for the 38th annual Jim Nace Memorial National Open on September 26.

The 360 sprints will appear first on the season coming up on Saturday, April 4 in conjunction with URC as they tune up for their next show, on May 2 when the ASCS Sprints invade for the Battle of the Groves event.

More 360 action will take place on May 23 for the URC Jack Gunn Memorial, on June 6 for the Patriot Sprints Joe Whitcomb Memorial, on June 27 for the URC Kramer Cup and on July 11 for the National Open for 360s.

The final 360-powered race of the season will come in conjunction with USAC when for the first time ever, the USAC East wingless sprints tour the speedway on August 9 along with the super size USAC Silver Crown Series.

And the competitive IMCA/PASS 305 sprints will hit the track for race one of seven coming up as part of Family Night on Saturday, May 9.

After that, the 305s return on May 23, June 6, June 28, July 11, August 15 and finally on September 26.

The recently released 2020 Selinsgrove Speedway schedule of events holds a total of 21 dates for dirt track racing fans.

The season will open on Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm with the return of the Icebreaker 40 for combined big and small block modifieds.

View the complete 2020 Selinsgrove Speedway schedule of events by visiting the speedway’s official website at www.selinsgrovespeedway.com.

Keep up to all the latest oval news by visiting the website and by following the oval on Facebook and Twitter.

Reach the speedway office at 570.374.2266.

Williams Grove Busy With Off-Season Upgrades, Season Opener Two Months Away

Josie McIntyre Photo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1/12/20

Mechanicsburg – With the 2020 season opener at Williams Grove Speedway slated to take place in just over two months, on Sunday afternoon March 15, the oval has been ready preparing for the new season of racing.

As soon as the 2019 season came to a close, the oval was resurfaced with new clay but work crews have been busy elsewhere during the off-season.

Sections of new guardrail have been installed around the speedway while fencing has been reinforced as well.

All new steel containment cable has been inserted into the catch fencing all around the speedway.

Another big off-season project has been the acquisition of brand new, state of the art Whelen Engineering safety lights.

Worth some $20,000, the new, all LED red, yellow and green lights come complete with strobe capability.

It is hoped that the new safety lights can be operational for the start of the season.

The 2020 season opener featuring the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars is set for 2 pm on March 15.

Gates for the sprint car only program will open at noon.

A pair of super late model races will round out March, slated for March 20 and 27, along with 410 sprint car action both nights.

The March 20 program will be sanctioned by the ULMS Super Late Model Series.

Keep up to date on all the latest speedway news and information by visiting the oval’s official website at www.williamsgrove.com or by visiting the oval on Facebook or via Twitter.

Awards, speeches and more from the 2019 DIRTcar awards banquet

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Jan. 11, 2020 - The 2019 DIRTcar Racing season officially came to a close on Saturday night with an evening of reflection, good food and great times at the Springfield Crowne Plaza. The big checks, tall trophies and engraved plaques handed out shone bright on the big stage, as did the drivers, crews, families and friends that come together at the track each and every year to take part in the sport they all love.

The festivities began with the honoring of the youngest drivers under the DIRTcar Racing banner and their national champion, Jerremy Sebens of the Kidz Modz division. After a delightful dinner, emcee Rick Eshelman began the awards presentations to the attending drivers in each participating division, up to second place in final points.

Leading off in the special award presentations, DIRTcar Racing COO Tom Deery took the stage to present the 15th annual Bob Memmer Award to a well-known veteran of the Midwestern Dirt Late Model ranks, Kevin Weaver. Weaver now joins the likes of C.J. Rayburn, Terry Young, William Scogin, Roger Friedman, Randy Mooneyham, Bob Pierce, Tom Helfrich, Morey Denney, Jimmy Dearing, Todd Turner, Bob Sargeant and Jeff Leka as award winners.

The 2019 DIRTcar Promoter of the Year Award was given to Matt Curl of Fairbury Speedway, which was accepted by track announcer Mike Norris. Former Bob Memmer Award winner Morey Denney also took the stage to accept the 2019 DIRTcar Track of the Year Award, given to Spoon River Speedway.

The Engine Builder of the Year Awards were given to Mullins Race Engines in the Modified division and to Durham Racing Engines for Late Models. Rocket Chassis was awarded with the Chassis of the Year Award with 110 total victories across the 2019 season.

Randall Gregory was then honored as the 2019 Late Model Mechanic of the Year; Darrell Hoffman received the 2019 Modified Mechanic of the Year.

Regional champions of each division were also honored according to the list below.

Sport Compact
East - Kevin Ashby
North - Matt Mackey
South - Brady Reed
West - Eldon Hemken

Stock Car
South - Terry Reed Jr.
North - Jason Maier

Modified
Northern Indiana - Derek Losh
Southern Indiana/Kentucky - Jordan Wever
Northern Illinois - Allen Weisser
Deep South - Christian Thomas
Michigan - David Vanquilder
South - Ty Shearon
Ohio - Jess Hartman
East - Coleman Evans
Illinois - Tommy Sheppard Jr.
Missouri/Illinois - Mike Harrison

Sportsman
East - Josh Boller
West - Tommy Duncan

Pro Late Model
West - Dakota Ewing
East - Logan Moody

Late Model
South - David Seibers
Southwest - Jim Moon
East - Rusty Schlenk
West - Daryn Klein
Rookie - David Mielke

To conclude the evening, the national champions were called to the stage to accept their awards and make their speeches.

Pro Late Model - Aaron Heck
Pro Modified - Tim Hancock
UMP Modified - Nick Hoffman
Sportsman - Josh Boller
Stock Car - Jason Maier
Factory Stock - Preston Oberle
Sports Compact - Matt Mackey

After another incredible season behind the wheel of the Bob Cullen Racing #3s Rocket Chassis XR1 that saw an impressive 13 wins on the national scale and seven on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour, Brian Shirley collected the 2019 DIRTcar Late Model National Championship, and the Summer Nationals crown for the second year in-a-row.

The Chatham, IL-driver was unable to attend the ceremony on Saturday night due to his other commitments, but left a video message for all of those in the banquet hall.

"I'd like to thank Tom Deery, Brian Carter, Sam Driggers and everybody at DIRTcar for what they do. Also a huge thank-you to Bob and Lisa Cullen, Thomas Express, Kids Castle, J&J Adventures, Rocket Chassis, Andy Durham and everybody that helps me on this car," Shirley said.

Mooresville, NC-native Nick Hoffman also took to the stage to accept both of his championship awards, worth $25,000 total for his efforts in the DIRTcar UMP Modified national ranks and on the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour. In his speech, Hoffman rattled-off a few stats he compiled that best defined his success over the season - 24 wins in eight different states at 20 different racetracks for a total of 50 races. In sum, a year's worth of domination.

"I've been fortunate enough to win quite a few races in the Modified deal, and this was one of the last straws i feel like i needed to go get to really put my name on the map of what I've done in a Modified," Hoffman said.

As for 2020, Hoffman will be stepping his game up just a bit, looking for more time in the big DIRTcar Late Model ride he's occasionally spotted in.

"I still feel like I'm young enough to do a full-time deal in the coming years," Hoffman said. "The Modified is obviously running running really well and making money, so I want to keep racing it on the nights I'm not in a Late Model. I'll run a part-time schedule in both."

DIRTcar Racing would like to thank all of its partners that made the 2019 racing season a huge success!

Summit Racing Equipment, Bassett Racing Wheel, Bell Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, Billstein Shocks, Chevy Performance, Comp Cams, Dart Heads, Drydene Performance Products, Fast Shafts, FireAde, FK Rod Ends, FOX Racing SHOX, Hoosier Racing Tire, Impact Race Products, Intercomp, Indiana Decal Company, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignition, NGK Spark Plugs, PAC Racing Springs, Quarter Master, Racing Electronics, Arizona Sport Shirts, Sports Insurance Specialists (SIS), Schoenfeld Headers, TNT Rescue, Wrisco Aluminum and VP Racing Fuels.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Brock Zearfoss unveils massive plans for 2020 including full All Star commitment

Bill McIntyre photo


By Fully Injected Motorsports:

JONESTOWN, Pa. (January 10, 2020) – With less than a month separating himself from the official kick-off of his 2020 campaign, the ‘Jonestown Jet’ Brock Zearfoss is excited to announce his plans for the new year, launching in traditional fashion with All Star Circuit of Champions and World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competition in the Sunshine State.

Zearfoss, who will pilot the Brock Zearfoss Racing/Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill/Heavy Equipment, Loaders & Parts Inc./C&D Rigging Inc./BAPS Auto Paints & Supply/Meckley’s Limestone Products/Berkebile Oil Company/Klick Lewis Cars, J.P. Adamsky Trucking/No. 3Z sprint car, will participate in 109 nights of action in 2020 including each and every All Star Circuit of Champions program, once again throwing his hat into the ring for a Series title. All Star commitments will send the familiar No. 3Z to 55 events in 11 states with 17 of those 55 races awarding a minimum of $6,000.

In addition to his full-time status with Tony Stewart’s All Stars, Zearfoss will also join the World of Outlaws on an occasional basis, participate in select 360 sprint car showstoppers such as the King of 360s at East Bay Raceway Park and 360 Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway, as well as join the infamous Pennsylvania Posse on an on-and-off again basis, most notably during Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek.

Including two rounds of open practice, Brock Zearfoss will ignite 2020 with 12 straight nights of action beginning with five consecutive nights of All Star Circuit of Champions and World of Outlaws competition at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, on Wednesday through Sunday, February 5-9 (Tuesday, February 4 is open practice). Zearfoss’ Florida campaign will continue immediately following his Volusia visit, as East Bay Raceway Park, just south of Tampa, will host the All Star Circuit of Champions on Monday and Tuesday, February 10 & 11.

Open practice on Wednesday, February 12, will act as a slight breather for the former Port Royal Speedway champion, as three days of King of 360s action opens at East Bay on Thursday, February 13.

Fans should note that Brock Zearfoss’ plans for the month of March are subject to change, as the truck route may be altered to fit in World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competition in Texas and Arizona on March 13-14 and March 21-22, respectively.

“We have a lot on our plate, but we are ready for it,” Brock Zearfoss said, who was a three-time All Star feature winner in 2019. “To have the opportunity to put together a schedule like this says so much about my team and our partners. Shane and Tye are the hardest working crew in the pit area, and my partners continue to believe in me and what we are trying to achieve. I wouldn’t be in this position without them. I’m excited to see what the new year brings us.”

Other marquee events on Zearfoss’ 2020 plans include Let’s Race Two and Kings Royal weekends at Eldora Speedway, Lernerville Speedway’s Silver Cup, the Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park, the coveted Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway, Port Royal Speedway’s Labor Day Classic, the historic National Open at Williams Grove Speedway, and the season-ending World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

In addition, 2020 Brock Zearfoss merchandise is now available and will be ready for purchase in the coming days. Fans should stay alert online at www.brockzearfoss.com for continuing apparel updates.

2020 Brock Zearfoss Racing Schedule:

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 Volusia Speedway Park (Practice)

Wednesday, February 5, 2020   Volusia Speedway Park (All Stars)

Thursday, February 6, 2020 Volusia Speedway Park (All Stars)

Friday, February 7, 2020 Volusia Speedway Park (WoO)

Saturday, February 8, 2020 Volusia Speedway Park (WoO)

Sunday, February 9, 2020 Volusia Speedway Park (WoO)

Monday, February 10, 2020 East Bay Raceway Park (All Stars)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 East Bay Raceway Park (All Stars)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 East Bay Raceway Park (Practice)

Thursday, February 13, 2020 East Bay Raceway Park (360)

Friday, February 14, 2020 East Bay Raceway Park (360)

Saturday, February 15, 2020 East Bay Raceway Park (360)

Saturday, February 22, 2020 Lincoln Speedway

Sunday, March 8, 2020 Port Royal Speedway

Saturday, March 14, 2020 Port Royal Speedway

Sunday, March 15, 2020 Williams Grove Speedway

Friday, March 20, 2020 Williams Grove Speedway

Saturday, March 21, 2020 Port Royal Speedway

Friday, March 27, 2020 Williams Grove Speedway

Saturday, March 28, 2020 Port Royal Speedway

Sunday, March 29, 2020 Selinsgrove Speedway

Friday, April 3, 2020   Williams Grove Speedway

Saturday, April 4, 2020 Port Royal Speedway

Sunday, April 5, 2020 BAPS Motor Speedway

Friday, April 10, 2020 Attica Raceway Park (All Stars)

Saturday, April 11, 2020 Attica Raceway Park (All Stars)

Thursday, April 16, 2020 Virginia Motor Speedway (All Stars)

Friday, April 17, 2020 Williams Grove Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, April 18, 2020 Port Royal Speedway (All Stars)

Sunday, April 19, 2020 Bedford Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, April 25, 2020 Wayne County Speedway (All Stars)

Sunday, April 26, 2020 Selinsgrove Speedway

Friday, May 1, 2020 Lernerville Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, May 2, 2020 Sharon Speedway (All Stars)

Sunday, May 3, 2020 BAPS Motor Speedway

Friday, May 8, 2020 Eldora Speedway (WoO)

Saturday, May 9, 2020 Eldora Speedway (WoO)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Lincoln Speedway (WoO)

Friday, May 15, 2020 I-96 Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, May 16, 2020 Gas City Speedway (All Stars)

Sunday, May 17, 2020 Kokomo Speedway (All Stars)

Friday, May 22, 2020 Port Royal Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, May 23, 2020 Port Royal Speedway (All Stars)

Friday, May 29, 2020 Wilmot Raceway (All Stars)

Saturday, May 30, 2020 Plymouth Dirt track (All Stars)

Sunday, May 31, 2020 Angell Park Speedway (All Stars)

Thursday, June 4, 2020 BAPS Motor Speedway

Friday, June 5, 2020 Outlaw Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, June 6, 2020 Stateline Speedway (All Stars)

Sunday, June 7, 2020 Weedsport Speedway (All Stars)

Friday, June 12, 2020 Attica Raceway Park (All Stars)

Saturday, June 13, 2020 Eldora Speedway (All Stars)

Sunday, June 14, 2020 Waynesfield Raceway Park (All Stars)

Monday, June 15, 2020 Wayne County Speedway (All Stars)

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Sharon Speedway (All Stars)

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Muskingum County Speedway (All Stars)

Thursday, June 18, 2020 Fremont Speedway (All Stars)

Friday, June 19, 2020 Limaland Motorsports Park (All Stars)

Saturday, June 20, 2020 Portsmouth Raceway Park (All Stars)

Friday, June 26, 2020 Williams Grove Speedway (PA Speedweek)

Saturday, June 27, 2020 Lincoln Speedway (PA Speedweek)

Sunday, June 28, 2020 Selinsgrove Speedway (PA Speedweek)

Monday, June 29, 2020 Lincoln Speedway (PA Speedweek)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Grandview Speedway (PA Speedweek)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Port Royal Speedway (PA Speedweek)

Thursday, July 2, 2020 Hagerstown Speedway (PA Speedweek)

Friday, July 3, 2020 Attica Raceway Park (All Stars)

Saturday, July 4, 2020 Fremont Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, July 11, 2020 Sharon Speedway (All Stars)

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Attica Raceway Park (WoO)

Thursday, July 16, 2020 Eldora Speedway (WoO)

Friday, July 17, 2020 Eldora Speedway (WoO)

Saturday, July 18, 2020 Eldora Speedway (WoO)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Lernerville Speedway (WoO)

Friday, July 24, 2020 Jacksonville Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, July 25, 2020 Tri-City Speedway (All Stars)

Friday, July 31, 2020 Jackson Motorplex (All Stars)

Saturday, August 1, 2020 Knoxville Raceway (All Stars)

Sunday, August 2, 2020 34 Raceway (All Stars)

Thursday, August 6, 2020 Knoxville Raceway (360)

Friday, August 7, 2020 Knoxville Raceway (360)

Saturday, August 8, 2020 Knoxville Raceway (360)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Knoxville Raceway (WoO)

Thursday, August 13, 2020 Knoxville Raceway (WoO)

Friday, August 14, 2020 Knoxville Raceway (WoO)

Saturday, August 15, 2020 Knoxville Raceway (WoO)

Friday, August 21, 2020 I-96 Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, August 22, 2020 Plymouth Speedway (All Stars)

Thursday, August 27, 2020 Grandview Speedway (All Stars)

Friday, August 28, 2020 Williams Grove Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, August 29, 2020 Lincoln Speedway (All Stars)

Sunday, August 30, 2020 Bedford Speedway (All Stars)

Friday, September 4, 2020 Attica Raceway Park (All Stars)

Saturday, September 5, 2020 Attica Raceway Park (All Stars)

Sunday, September 6, 2020 Wayne County Speedway (All Stars)

Monday, September 7, 2020 Port Royal Speedway

Friday, September 11, 2020 Port Royal Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, September 12, 2020 Port Royal Speedway (All Stars)

Friday, September 18, 2020 Williams Grove Speedway (All Stars)

Saturday, September 19, 2020 Lincoln Speedway (All Stars)

Friday, September 25, 2020 Eldora Speedway (WoO)

Saturday, September 26, 2020 Eldora Speedway (All Stars)

Friday, October 2, 2020 Williams Grove Speedway (WoO)

Saturday, October 3, 2020 Williams Grove Speedway (WoO)

Friday, October 9, 2020 Port Royal Speedway (WoO)

Saturday, October 10, 2020 Port Royal Speedway (WoO)

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Lincoln Speedway

Thursday, November 5, 2020 The Dirt Track at Charlotte (WoO)

Friday, November 6, 2020 The Dirt Track at Charlotte (WoO)

Saturday, November 7, 2020 The Dirt Track at Charlotte (WoO)

Saturday, November 14, 2020 BAPS Motor Speedway

SPECIAL THANKS:
Brock Zearfoss would like to thank all of his marketing partners including: Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill, Heavy Equipment, Loaders & Parts Inc., C&D Rigging Inc., BAPS Auto Paints & Supply, Meckley’s Limestone Products, Berkebile Oil Company, Klick Lewis Cars, J.P. Adamsky Trucking, X-1 Race Cars, Simpson Racing Products, KX3 Racewear, BK Titanium, Blud Lubricants, AL Driveline, and Bell Helmets.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Fans can keep up with Brock Zearfoss during his entire campaign right here at www.fullyinjected.com, or at www.brockzearfoss.com. Be sure to “follow” the “Jonestown Jet” on all of the available social media networks including Twitter: https://twitter.com/brock_zearfoss and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brockzearfossracing.

STATS:
2016 Wins: 2 (Williams Grove Speedway & Port Royal Speedway)

2017 Wins: 7 (Port Royal Speedway x5 including Open Wheel Madness)(Williams Grove Speedway – World of Outlaws; Billy Kimmel Memorial). 2017 Port Royal Speedway Track Champion.

2018 Wins: 2 (Williams Grove Speedway, Port Royal Speedway)

2019 Brock Zearfoss Racing Statistics (Final):
Wins: 4
Top-5s: 20
Top-10s: 39

2019 Wins: 4 (Outlaw Speedway [ASCoC]: 6/7/2019) (Lebanon Valley Speedway [ASCoC]: 7/14/2019) (Attica Raceway Park [ASCoC]: 8/31/2019 – $10,000) (Port Royal Speedway [URC/360]: 10/19/2019).

2019 Highlights: Earned a pair of top-ten finishes [6th, 8th] against All Star Circuit of Champions at Bubba Raceway Park (Fla.). Finished sixth from 13th during Lincoln Speedway’s annual Icebreaker on March 10. Finished eighth and ninth, respectively, during visits to Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway on March 16 & 17. Finished third during Port Royal Speedway opener on Saturday, March 23. Finished fourth at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, March 29. Rallied from 16th to finish seventh at Port Royal Speedway on April 6. Earned a runner-up finish at BAPS Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 7. Finished third during All Star action at Virginia Motor Speedway on Thursday, April 11. Rallied from 11th to finish second at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, April 20. Finished sixth during Sprint Car World Championship preliminary main event on Friday, May 31. Earned first-ever All Star Circuit of Champions victory during visit to Outlaw Speedway on Friday, June 7. Finished fifth at Stateline Speedway on Saturday, June 8. Earned a pair of fourth place finishes during Ohio Sprint Speedweek; Muskingum County Speedway and Wayne County Speedway. Finished fifth in final Ohio Sprint Speedweek standings. Completed July All Star/PA Sprint Speedweek swing that included two All Star top-ten finishes and two PA Speedweek top-ten finishes. Finished sixth during All Star action at Orange County Fair Speedway on July 13. Earned second All Star victory of season at Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 14. Qualified for $175,000-to-win Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway on July 20. Finished sixth at Plymouth Dirt Track on Thursday, July 25. Finished eighth at Jackson Motorplex on Friday, July 26. Qualified for Capitani Classic at Knoxville Raceway [77 cars entered]. Finished second during start at Plymouth Speedway. Finished ninth at Grandview Speedway on August 22. Finished fourth at BAPS Motor Speedway during Salute to the Troops program on August 25. Finished fourth during Brad Doty Classic opener at Attica on August 30. Won Brad Doty Classic finale worth $10,000 on August 31. Finished seventh at Bedford Speedway on Thursday, September 5. Finished sixth during ‘Night Before The Tuscarora 50’ at Port Royal Speedway on Friday, September 6. Finished eighth during ‘Night Before The Knittel’ at Atomic Speedway on Friday, September 13; Hard Charger Award (17th to 8th). Finished second during BAPS Motor Speedway’s Kevin Gobrecht Classic on September 19. Earned back-to-back All Star top-tens during Williams Grove’s Hinnershitz Memorial and Lincoln’s Dirt Classic on Friday and Saturday, September 20 & 21. Finished eighth during 4-Crown Nationals opener at Eldora Speedway on Friday, September 27. Finished fourth twice on Saturday, October 12; once during BAPS 410 start and once during BAPS 358/360 URC Challenge event. Won URC main event during Port Royal’s Open Wheel Madness on October 19. Finished 14th against World of Outlaws at Port Royal Speedway on October 25.