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Dayne Kingshott to fly the Australian flag in the USA in  2015

Dayne Kingshott to fly the Australian flag in the USA in 2015

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This news is what I have been waiting to hear from one if not the classiest young racer in Australia .So dominating right across Eastern and Western Australia .Multiple winner of the Speedcar pro Series Dayne Kingshott takes the next step in his career.

The following is the press release from Kingshott Racing

It’s with great excitement that we can announce our racing plans for the next 12 months.

Unfortunately for our local fans, it will be a limited season in the Kingsport Racing #24. Only taking in the new Pro Speedcar Week in November, with only 3 races in WA.

Later in the season Dayne will jump into the Bobby Smith owned Spike Esslinger for the Australian Speedcar Championship, with the possibility of some other races in the Smith owner car.

Dayne Kingshott Perth

Dayne Kingshott Perth

After some serious thought and discussion the team decided that the time was right to try their hand against the world’s best.

So…..

Following the Australian summer the team will pack their bags and head to the USA for a month long tour taking in both the Powri and USAC Midget weeks a hopefully getting in a few other races along the way.

This, funnily enough, was a difficult decision to make as it will affect racing for us in the Kingshott Racing #24 in Australia for some time.

This is a massive undertaking for our team, but is something that we feel we need to do.

Stay tuned for further updates and thank you for your support.” End release

Talking Speedway wishes Kingshott Racing ,Dayne and his entire crew great success with their POWRi and USAC programs.

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WSSC return to Valvoline Sydney but leaves Speedway City

WSSC back at Valvoline Raceway

WSSC back at Valvoline Raceway

WSSC return to Valvoline Sydney but leaves Speedway City
They say timing is everything and the timing of the announcement of the disagreement between Speedway City and Speedway Australia’s World Series Sprintcars was followed up with the announcement that WSSC would return to Sydney’s Valvoline Speedway , the response from race fans will depend which state you lived in.

For World Series Sprintcars to remain as the premier Speedway division in Australia the series needs to runs in all States and not be restricted to selected venues . Since the Series left Sydney it has been mainly a Southern and Western Australian based Series with eleven of the thirteen rounds being run in SA, WA and Victoria with WA and SA dominating the shows, hardly a National Series.2015 certainly is an improvement .

Sydney race fans were isolated from the series and now thanks to the new aggressive and forward thinking management team at Valvoline WSSC returns to excite race fans for the first time in three racing seasons.

Jason Sides doing what he does best race fast

Jason Sides doing what he does best race fast

The last time the WSSC tore up the Speedway was in the 2012/13 the double headed show was dominated by Jason Sides the Tennessee Outlaw. The WSSC show will be back for fans December 12th and it is sure to be a sellout. The contracted drivers will face off against some of the best up and coming drivers in the Country. The Parramatta Posse will be an imposing threat.
Valvoline Raceway Managing Director Steven Green “Obviously Sydney is an important location for World Series Sprintcars and World Series is important for our venue and our sport,” he explained, “we’re really excited about having a round once again. The date we have selected will coincide with a round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW and is the week after the Homebush V8 Supercar event. We’re hoping we can cross-pollinate with a bit of V8 Supercar activity as well. It’s an exciting night for many reasons for us.”

World Series Sprintcars Race Director Shane Collins “The history between Valvoline Raceway and World Series Sprintcars is steeped in tradition,” says Collins, “it’s a really positive time for the teams and the fans that we can head back to Parramatta. The direction in which Sprintcar racing is headed at that circuit is very refreshing and we’re all excited to be adding Sydney back to our calendar this season.”

Sydney’s triumph is Speedway City’s  despair. Speedway City’s Wendy Turner released the following statement on the reasons why the tracks normally successful Boxing Night program will be missing the World Series show. Last year WSSC would not allow contracted drivers to run in the very important and sought after George Tatnell Cup.

Wendy Turner Speedway City and WSSC Champion Brooke Tatnell

Wendy Turner Speedway City and WSSC Champion Brooke Tatnell

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The main basic for the loss of WSSC is Speedway City decision not to run with Speedway Australia’s insurance preferring to operate with their own .Insurance in Motorsport is essential and this problem of whose insurance you use has been a sticking point not only in Speedway but also for road racing categories sanctioned by CAMS. Many tracks and racing categories moved away and provided their own successful and competitive insurance coverage with substantial savings to promoter and competitors. Surely it is the right of the tracks to decide what is in their best interest, after all they are the ones that are putting up the CASH and taking the risk.
The rights or wrongs of this dispute is one for fans to consider but the one thing that I know is that Speedway in general, promoter and control bodies should remember that their greatest asset is the race fans who stump up big entry fees week in and week out and because of this dispute race fans in Adelaide miss out and I know from personal experience how it feels having missed the fury and color of World Series Sprintcars over the past three seasons in Sydney.

Press release from Wendy Turner-Speedway City

Speedway City posted Wednesday June 24, 2015.

PROMOTER Wendy Turner from Speedway City in Adelaide wants to set the record straight in relation to the 2015-16 World Series Sprintcars calendar and the omission of the Supple Road venue from the upcoming series.

“There has been plenty of speculation in recent times about whether or not Speedway City would be part of WSS next season and since the announcement from series organisers on June 18 there has been further speculation as to why we have not been included,” Ms Turner said.

“From the outset myself and business partner Bob Sincock have always wanted to be part of the national series and continue the proud association that started back when former WSS promoter John Hughes launched the national series concept in Adelaide in December 1986.

“When Bob and I took over the management of Speedway City 20 years ago we embraced WSS immediately as we believed in the product and everything it does for the promotion of Speedway and Sprintcars, both here in Adelaide, right across South Australia and indeed, right around the nation.

“And to this day I still very much believe in WSS.”

Ms Turner said she was proud to be a pivotal player in the success of the national series for so many years and up until August 2014 was the Chairperson of Speedway Australia, the peak body responsible for WSS.

She also said her company was a major player in the highly-successful WSS Speedweek concept that has traditionally kicked off in Adelaide before moving to other South Australian and interstate venues.

“I helped launch the $10,000-per-win round for Speedweek and contributed financially to the overall Speedweek champion prize purse,” Ms Turner said.

“Quite simply I would not invest so much of my company’s time and money into such a promotion if I didn’t believe in it.

“And that is why I am bitterly disappointed and very angry at not being able to sign a contract to be part of WSS again in
2015-16.”

The relationship with WSS was strained when Speedway City opted to make the George Tatnell Cup last January a stand-alone event and not part of the WSS calendar.

“Our business modelling, along with our own emotional connection to the Tatnell family, pointed to this prestigious event not being part of a national series in the 2014-15 season.

“This meant that WSS scheduled an event in Murray Bridge the night before the George Tatnell Cup in January and the contracted drivers to that series were not allowed to contest our race on the Saturday night – with the exception of Brooke Tatnell who went on to win his dad’s race.

“The tough stance meant that we had some of the big names in Australian and American Sprintcar racing restricted to just being spectators at the January 31 event instead of being out on the track.”

Despite the stand-off Speedway City management was keen to be part of WSS again this year for the annual Boxing Day spot.

The venue was offered a contract but the two parties could not agree on terms.

“To host a World Series Sprintcars round you must have Speedway Australia insurance and Speedway City is happy to meet that contract obligation for the December 26 round this year,” Ms Turner said.

“The sticking point is the requirement by Speedway Australia for my company to continuously commit to its insurance policy for the entire 2015-16 Speedway season – for events that will have nothing to do with WSS whatsoever.

“For business and commercial reasons Speedway City has opted to source an alternative insurance product for the non-WSS events at our venue as is our legal right – this decision however has precluded us from having a WSS contract.”

Ms Turner said Speedway City would still host an event on Boxing Day with WSS to start its season the following night at Murray Bridge Speedway.

“Despite not being able to agree to terms our show at Speedway City on December 26 will go on,” Ms Turner said.

“Will Speedway Australia preclude its contracted drivers from racing in Adelaide on Boxing Day?

“At the end of the day that will be up to them but it would be a shame if politics again prevented certain drivers from competing and robbing racefans from seeing them in action.”

Ms Turner and her management team are busy preparing for another big season of racing that will kick off on Saturday, October 24.

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McFadden, Veal join Blaney on Speedweek Podium

McFadden ,Blaney,Veal at Sharon Speedway

McFadden ,Blaney,Veal at Sharon Speedway

McFadden, Veal join Blaney on Speedweek Podium

Dale Blaney wins at Sharon

Dale Blaney wins at Sharon

Sharon Speedway and nigh four of the Ohio Speedweek Dale Blaney wins for the second time this week James McFadden and Jamie Veal stood alongside the Low Rider as the trophies were handed out .
Blaney and Ryan Smith headed the 25 cars into the first corner and Blaney would hold the lead throughout the 30 lap Feature. James Mcfadden in the Gaerte/Norman 3G was right on the pace and on lap 8 raced around Smith to secure second
Young Haudenschild had the #93 running a lighting pace as he aimed for his third straight win for the week. The young Huds challenge came to a sudden stop after jumping a competitor wheel in turn four, flipped and the once beautiful #93 was but a shadow of itself, crumpled and looking very dusty. Sheldon was not injured .The young “Hud” has certainly jumped out of his legendary father’s shadow this season and along with Dale Blaney remains the favorite to take out Speedweek

Sheldon's wreck

Sheldon’s wreck

Three-time Sharon winner, Danny Holtgraver, was setting a cracking pace and looked like a serious threat to McFadden and Blaney but as so often happens something broke on the racecar sending him hard into the turn two fence and upside down. Cruel blow, 19 laps remained.
Out in front Blaney had to concern himself with McFadden who had closed up in traffic while Jamie Veal had consolidated his third position.
The Buckeye Bullet” Dave Blaney had been putting down some of the fastest laps as drove from his starting spot of 9 to close in on Jamie Veal ,but the laps were not there and Dave Blaney had to be content with fourth

The win has allowed Dale Blaney to get one hand on the $25,000 bonus with Sheldon Haudenschild for the driver who wins 5 features, but with four races still to be run it is still up for grabs.

The Australian boys lead by McFadden and Veal are clearly showing the benefits of their racing experience from previous US campaigns .McFadden with three podium must be fancied for a race win in this series before its concludes at Fremont Speedway June 27th.Both McFadden and Veal have race wins in the States to their credit .

Danny Reidy and Sean Zemunik have raced hard during the Speedweek and the experience they are gaining from racing at 5 different tracks over nine days ,all requiring different set ups will be of enormous value to each of them .Racing against the best is a challenge and in the word of a great Aussie football coach “DONE GOOD”

Dave Blaney “ “It’s been awhile, but I always enjoy coming back here,” expressed the 51-year-old Hartford, Ohio native. “There’s a lot of tradition. My dad, brother, and uncle have won a lot of races here. It’s a great place- four miles up the road. If I had to pick a race to win this week it’d be here. Hopefully we can come back in a couple weeks and see if we can get a second one at dad’s memorial. We’ve had bad dash draws the last two nights drawing a 10 and an 11. I wasn’t good enough to make up any ground, but tonight we had a great dash draw. Getting out in clean air was good- we’ll take it!”

James Mcfadden “It was a good night for us to come here for our first time and run second to Dale is pretty cool,” expressed McFadden. “I thought we had something for him in lapped traffic there, but we kept getting the yellows. Full credit to the team- it was a real nice race car to drive tonight, but we were one spot shy so hopefully tomorrow night we can get up on the top step. Hopefully we can keep this momentum rolling.”

Jamie Veal “The team did a great job tonight,” stated Veal. “We weren’t that good last night, but to come here tonight and get a podium is great. We’re trying a few different things to keep things rolling, and to run third to Dale and James McFadden who are two of the best in the world is pretty cool.”

Results 30 laps, $5,000 to-win): 1. DALE BLANEY (1) 2. James McFadden (Gaerte/Norman 3G) 3. Jamie Veal (35AU) 4. Dave Blaney (98H) 5. Greg Wilson (W20) 6. Tim Shaffer (Grove 45) 7. Stuart Brubaker (Burmeister 16) 8. Bryan Clauson (Wood 17w) 9. Brady Bacon (99) 10. Caleb Helms (40) 11. Logan Forler (2) 12. Cole Duncan (Demyan/Rudzik 49) 13. Chad Kemenah (Hunter 10H) 14. Cody Darrah (89) 15. Lee Jacobs (Lewis 81) 16. Ryan Smith (Warko 94) 17. Eric Williams (7) 18. Danny Holtgraver (Leidig 59) 19. Cap Henry (Genzman 53) 20. Danny Smith (4) 21. Jack Sodeman, Jr. (Seger 25) 22. Roger Crockett (Grove 70) 23. Danny Dietrich (Kauffman 48) 24. Sheldon Haudenschild (93) 25. Parker Price-Miller (9P)

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How to shatter a n Outlaws confidence

Unloading the #15

Unloading the #15

How to shatter a n Outlaws confidence just unload the #15 Bad Boys Buggy racecar from Tony Stewart Racing’s hauler, it must be a confidence snapping view for most as they try mentally prepare to take on this unbelievably successful Outlaw outfit.
6 Times World of Outlaw Champion, 8times Knoxville National Champion, and Donny Schatz is the mark by which all Sprintcar drivers are judged.
Aggressive, intimidating but fast and fair ,Schatz has taken his superiority over the Outlaws to a new level .After losing his Title in 2013 Schatz has blown the completion away. In 2014 Pittman was the only driver to threaten his authority and in 2015 it appears that Shane Stewart has emerged as the only Outlaw to be close enough to offer any real concern for the Bad Boys Buggy/Tony Stewart racing entry.

Donny Schatz and the #15 ready for fire

Donny Schatz and the #15 ready for fire

If the challengers ever needed to be reminded of what they face this year Schatz’s response is simply. A blistering series of race wins that surely must be a confidence snapping process .A bit like taking a sledge hammer to smash an egg such is the Schatz dominance.
Pittman just got the Title in 2013 by the smallest margin, just 14 points although Schatz posted the most wins 23 to Pittman’s 14 with Pittman’s 13 quick times in qualifying being the difference

Again in 2014 the winning edge was always Schatz’s as he stood on the first step of the podium 26 times compared to Pittman’s 14. The margin was 281 points
Season 2015 and the dominance not only have continued but his winning rate has accelerated at such a pace that the Title my well be decided by the time the Knoxville Nationals come about.

Winning the last 5 Outlaws shows Schatz now has 16 wins , the next best Shane Stewart with 4 .Schatz continues to surge away in the points lead leaving the Outlaws working overtime to come up with a race package and strategy that will allow them to close the gap to talented racer from Fargo North Dakota .

After his win at Dakota State fair Speedway Schatz was full of praise for his Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance team/Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Team .
Donny Schatz

Schatz talks after his win number 16 at Dakota State Fair Speedway

Schatz talks after his win number 16 at Dakota State Fair Speedway

“”I can’t say enough for this Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance team,” said Schatz, who now has 16 wins in 2015 with his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Team. “The racecar they put under me every night is unbelievable. I’m sure there are probably better racecar drivers out there that could handle it but I’m the lucky guy that gets to drive it right now. Hats off to them, they just do a phenomenal job from the start of the night to the end. The longer the race goes, it just seems like it gets even better. They’re on their A game right now.”

 

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$10,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [7] [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [1] [$3,200]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [4] [$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [2] [$2,500]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [8] [$2,300]; 7. 51-Paul McMahan [5] [$2,200]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [6] [$2,100]; 9. 3-Tim Kaeding [12] [$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9] [$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11] [$1,500]; 12. 82-Dusty Zomer [10] [$1,200]; 13. 13-Mark Dobmeier [16] [$1,100]; 14. 41-Sammy Swindell [15] [$1,050]; 15. 7-David Gravel [13] [$1,000]; 16. 19-Paige Polyak [14] [$900]; 17. 15X-Joe Riedel [17] [$800]; 18. 13X-Ty Hanten [19] [$800]; 19. 17-Ryan Bickett [21] [$800]; 20. 101-Chuck McGillivray [23] [$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [20] [$800]; 22. 4W-Matt Wasmund [18] [$800]; 23. 4X-Eric Schulz [24] [$800]; 24. 5-Dave Glennon [22] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-9, Donny Schatz 10-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Shane Stewart [+5]

Donny Schatz WINNER

Donny Schatz WINNER

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Wednesday at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. as the series runs the postponed NAPA Auto Parts Rumble in Michigan.

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Indiana Midget Week night four falls to Abreu.

Indiana Midget Week night four falls to Abreu.

Abreu at the Burg

Abreu at the Burg

Night four at Lawrenceburg and Rico Abreu bags another win for the Kunz/Toyota Team .The Team has already won this week with Thorson and Bell with only the Rusty Kunz/Joe Dooling Esslinger of Clauson breaking the domination

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Abreu had to deal first with team mate Kevin Thomas before using the slide on Jerry Coons Jr on lap 20 .Coons had held the race lead from lap 12 and maintained the race lead from two restarts following cautions for Tracy Hines and then a lap later after Alex Bright’s went skywards in turns one and two following a monster flip in his Great Clips Esslinger.Bright managed to walk away with injury despite the furry of accident.

Abreu always seemed to have control of the Feature although a serious dispute was raging between Tyler Thomas, Kevin Thomas Jr and Clauson for the second podium spot.
Tyler Thomas has had pace all week and with Abreu clear out front the American Custom Wheels Esslinger locked his runner up position while Clauson finally got the better of Thomas Jr for the final podium position

Rico Abreu scored his ninth- career series win to tie Chuck Gurney, Tony Elliott and Billy Boat for 72nd on the all time list.
The sight of the four Keith Kunz/Toyota/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Team cars is intimidating at all the major midget shows.

Oh what a feeling !

Oh what a feeling !

Rico Abreu “I love the big moments, and it looks like we’re headed for another one tomorrow going against Bryan at his favorite track for the Midget Week title. It’s cool to come out on top tonight and hang in there with him; I know how much it would mean to me to win it, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow night. We’ve been a top-three car all week and late-race restarts have been killing me, honestly. We got racing with Jerry and Bryan, and it was hard to tell who was going to win the thing,” Abreu said.

A determined Abreu

A determined Abreu

Tyler Thomas“I had an absolute blast tonight. We had an awesome race track to race on, and we have all week, to allow us to race our way up through the pack. We were good up on the curb and could go down and run the bottom a little bit too. We got to racing too hard with Clauson and Thomas to be able to make a run at the lead, but that was some of the most fun racing I’ve gotten to do. We couldn’t quite get away from them on the last restart to get our momentum up to try to make a run at Rico. I’m proud of how much better we’ve made our car after switching to Spike Chassis this year, and we’ve got it rolling now and I’m comfortable. We’re looking forward to Kokomo tomorrow and couldn’t be happier with how everything is going so far, but I’m ready for that first win,” Thomas said.

Bryan Clauson “We weren’t quite good enough to battle for the win tonight, and we had to pull out all the tricks to put ourselves up on the podium. The DNF in the heat race hurt us in the Midget Week points, but we’re going to Kokomo tomorrow with a shot at it. There’s no place I’d rather have a winner-take-all race for the Midget Week crown,” Clauson said.
Race results

Clauson working the win at Lincoin Park

Clauson working the win at Lincoin Park

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FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Bright, 2. K.Thomas Jr., 3. Courtney, 4. Abreu, 5. Felker, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Chapple, 8. Budres. 2:06.65
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. Stockon, 3. B.Bright, 4. Bernal, 5. Williams, 6. Hagen (#69), 7. Rowe, 8. Clauson. 2:06.31
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Mosen 3. Bayston, 4. Coons, 5. Gardner, 6. Gehrke, 7. Ted Hines. 2:08.40
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Hayden Williams, 8. Brad Mosen, 9. Darren Hagen, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Ronnie Gardner, 13. Chett Gehrke, 14. Brenden Bright, 15. Tyler Courtney, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Nick Rowe, 18. David Budres, 19. Ryan Bernal, 20. Alex Bright, 21. Spencer Bayston, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Ted Hines. NT
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**Tracy Hines flipped on lap 12 of the feature. A.Bright flipped on lap 15 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 K.Thomas, Laps 12-20 Coons, Laps 21-30 Abreu.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hines-304, 2-K.Thomas Jr.-295, 3-T.Thomas-295, 4-Coons-287, 5-Hagen-266, 6-Abreu-257, 7-Bayston-250, 8-Tanner Thorson-218, 9-Dave Darland-159, 10-Christopher Bell-151.
NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Abreu-257, 2-Clauson-256, 3-T.Thomas-202, 4-K.Thomas Jr.-198, 5-Coons-197, 6-Stockon-182, 7-Hines-173, 8-Bayston-170, 9-Christopher Bell-152, 10-Mosen-137.

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Schatz beats off the rain, delays and fog at Knoxville

Schatz beats off the rain, delays and fog at Knoxville

Schatz wins Knoxville in the fog

Schatz wins Knoxville in the fog

The Outlaw show at Knoxville for the Mediacom Shootout will be a stand out for Schatz and one that race fans officials will not forget quickly.
42 team teams started the night under the most beautiful Knoxville sunset and the qualifying, heat races and the dash were completed before Mother Nature sent down the challenge to the race track as the heavens opened over this world famous and special Sprintcar venue.

Fans under the weather at Knoxville

Fans under the weather at Knoxville

The program was under rain delay for well over three hours before track staff and the push car brigade were able to work on the famed track. Not only the track needed attention but the infield soaked up everything the committed track staff could throw at the task.
The Australian contingent was strong, headed by Kerry Madsen who started the night in blazing fashion by grabbing the quick time for the 5th this season.
The early racing was tough and with the new race format in place due to the number of team qualifying getting into the A main was tough , Shane Stewart,Daryn Pittman ,Joey Saldana and Tim Kaeding all had to run from the last chance Showdowns to make the A. Jamie veal and Glen Saville also found themselves in the LCS . Veal, Stewart, Pittman, Saldana and Kaeding all made the A Main
With the A Main field set it was time to try and get racing under way , beat the coming weather and get the Mediacom Shootout complete. The field in order faced the green.
Its 2AM and green is unfolded asking the 26 racers go race! Almost immediately the fog started to roll in and enclose parts of the race track.
Amazingly many race fans ignored the rubbish weather although one might question the wisdom of letting the race go, particularly as the conditions for the fog to thicken were almost perfect.

Fans under the weather at Knoxville

Fans under the weather at Knoxville

In his normal manner Donny Schatz raced away from fellow front row partner Justin Henderson and quickly caught the tail of them field. In some parts of the track visibility was almost nil.

Exciting but uncomfortable night for fans ,but scary for the drivers .With 15 laps in the books and the condition getting worse every minute the race officials put out the yellow and the race declared the following lap .Schatz was declared the race winner . This was the defending WoO Champs 12th win for the season. Justin Henderson was second followed by Kerry Madsen .If the Knoxville race night was not tough enough the Outlaws now need to regroup and overnight to Huset’s Speedway, Brandon to close out their three-in-a-row swing
The last time fog postponed a Knoxville race was way back in 1980. Knoxville podium at 2AM Knoxville
Driver quotes:
Donny Schatz: “I don’t know what happened there with the fog,” said Schatz. “It wasn’t bad until you got to turn three when you rolled down into the turn… that’s a tough call.”
Justin Henderson: “I’m proud of this team,” Henderson said. “Donny did a good job keeping his momentum up there. I should have move up when I got by him but I lost that race and he did a really good job of taking it like a champ would.”
Kerry Madsen: What do you do?” Madsen said of the weather. “Thanks to everyone that put in a bloody sterling effort to get the track in; the fans for sticking around… I really wanted to go on the last ten laps, but I couldn’t even see the cone on the restart.”

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen

A-Main – (15 Laps-shortened due to fog) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$10,000]; 2. 1-Justin Henderson [2] [$5,500]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [4] [$3,200]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [5] [$2,800]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [3] [$2,500]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [10] [$2,300]; 7. 41-Sammy Swindell [7][$2,200]; 8. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [6] [$2,100]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [12] [$2,050]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [14] [$2,000]; 11. 24-Terry McCarl [8] [$1,500]; 12. 51-Paul McMahan [16] [$1,200]; 13. 2L-Danny Lasoski [9] [$1,100]; 14. 19M-Brent Marks [13] [$1,050]; 15. 35AU-Jamie Veal [17] [$1,000]; 16. 82-Dusty Zomer [18] [$900]; 17. 3-Tim Kaeding [26] [$]; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11] [$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [22] [$800]; 20. 2-Shane Stewart [25] [$]; 21. 7-David Gravel [21] [$800]; 22. 11-Steve Kinser [19] [$800]; 23. 96-Bronson Maeschen [20] [$800]; 24. 56-David Heskin [24] [$800]; 25. 55-Brooke Tatnell [15] [$800]; 26. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [23] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-15. KSE Hard Charger Award: 3-Tim Kaeding [+9]

Donny Schatz heads the points heading into Huset’s from Shane Stewart by 177 and Kerry Madsen third 226 points adrift of Schatz.

 

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Clauson claims USAC Lincoin Park win

Clauson claims USAC Lincoin Park win

Clauson parks it at Lincoin Park for USAC Midget Week

Clauson parks it at Lincoin Park for USAC Midget Week

Putnamville, Indiana.……Bryan Clauson used every inch of Lincoln Park Speedway on Thursday night to drive from tenth for the win in Round 2 of “Indiana Midget Week.” The two-time Honda National Midget champion made it 34 career wins in the division with the30-lap winning drive.
Tyler Thomas got to the early lead from the pole, but Rico Abreu was building steam on the high side and roared by on the cushion to take the lead on lap three. His teammate and the night’s ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Tanner Thorson, fresh off his first National Midget win on Wednesday night, was coming along with Abreu as they took over the 1-2 spots.
Clauson was on the move to fourth as the first caution hit, with Christopher Bell showing he was on the charge, too, as he sat ninth after starting 16th. Clauson disposed of Thorson for second on the restart, and it appeared an Abreu-Clauson duel was shaping up for the top spot. Behind them, Tracy Hines and Darren Hagen both got by Thorson and were racing for third.

Clauson working the win at Lincoin Park

Clauson working the win at Lincoin Park

Thorson got turned around on lap seventeen to bring out the next caution, and Bell had just broken into the top-five with a slick move to split two cars down the frontstretch. On the restart, Clauson began to work Abreu hard for the lead as Bell moved up to third. Clauson finally had the momentum he needed on lap 22 as he threw a big slider into turn-three for the lead. At the same time, Bell crossed under Abreu and had the runner-up spot.
On lap 23, as he was racing back through the field, Thorson got pinched into the frontstretch wall and flipped wildly up and over turn-one. He crawled out of the car but was held for observation. From there, Clauson held Bell at bay as Hines took over third down the stretch.
Bell looked to have a run at Clauson as they came to the white, trying to gain enough momentum on the high side to mount a charge, but he pushed slightly in turn-two, ending his bid at the win. Clauson made it win number one on the year for himself and the Curb Records – Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar.
“This week is special to anybody, but especially to somebody like me who grew up here, the Midget Week and Sprintweek wins mean a lot. I don’t get to race full-time in this series now, but we’re trying to get this team an owner’s championship, too. Rusty (Kunz) has these things good, especially when things get slick and technical. We weren’t quite as good as those guys at the top of three and four, but we could move around and that gave us the chance to go by them. This place can get so technical, and you have to be close to perfect to have a chance. It’s a fun place, and a real driver’s race track,” Clauson said.
Bell, who crashed violently last year at Lincoln Park and was nursing some bruises from Wednesday night’s crash at Gas City, came home second in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota. He earned the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award” for his drive to the front.
“It was a really tough deal tonight. It was so technical, and you couldn’t run it too hard and make mistakes with that curb being so firm. I didn’t get a good lap down in qualifying, and that buried us, but Bryan was back there pretty far too. I could use the bottom through one and two to get some guys, and we could roll the cushion nicely on the other end. We’ve had to pass a ton of cars in the last week, but we just have to be better early in the night,” Bell said.
Hines gave himself a 25-point gap in the National Midget standings with another podium finish aboard the Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.
“Tonight was a difference between making good laps down low and trying to wait out the mistakes they made up high. They were a bit better, and we got back to about fifth at one point before taking advantage of some bobbles to get back to third. We had some things off for the race last night, but we got those fixed and had another good night tonight,” Hines said.

Tracy Hines now heads the points in the USAC National chase

Tracy Hines now heads the points in the USAC National chase

Abreu wound up fourth in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Jerry Coons, Jr. rounded out the top-five in the Heffner Racing Enterprises – Lelands.com #27 Triple X/Esslinger.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Cottle, 2. Courtney, 3. Thorson, 4. T.Thomas, 5. Marcham, 6. Peck, 7. Klaasmeyer, 8. Smee, 9. Rowe, 10. Gehrke, 11. DiMattia. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Buckwalter, 2. Clauson, 3. Mosen, 4. Stockon, 5. Coons, 6. B.Bright, 7. Hagen, 8. Gardner, 9. Hernandez, 10. Nemire. 2:15.02
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Bernal, 3. Abreu, 4. Darland, 5. Ray, 6. B.Thomas, 7. Chapple, 8. Bayston, 9. Cochran, 10. Rankine. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Walker, 2. A.Bright, 3. Hines, 4. K.Thomas Jr., 5. Maskovich, 6. Criswell, 7. Leer, 8. Fehr, 9. Williams, 10. Malpocker. 2:20.08
C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Smee, 2. Hernandez, 3. Peck, 4. Nemire, 5. Leer, 6. Cochran, 7. Fehr, 8. Rowe, 9. Rankine. 2:22.63
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Hagen, 3. Bayston, 4. Williams, 5. Klaasmeyer, 6. DiMattia, 7. Peck, 8. Gardner, 9. Smee, 10. Maskovich, 11. B.Bright, 12. Malpocker, 13. Ray, 14. Nemire, 15. Chapple, 16. Criswell, 17. Marcham, 18. B.Thomas, 19. Gehrke, 20. Hernandez. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Darren Hagen,7. Tyler Thomas, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Spencer Bayston, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Davey Ray, 12. Gage Walker, 13. Hayden Williams, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Tony DiMattia, 16. Nathan Smee, 17. Alex Bright, 18. Brad Mosen, 19. Colten Cottle, 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Ryan Bernal, 23. Tyler Courtney, 24. Steve Buckwalter. NT
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**Bayston flipped during qualifying. DiMattia flipped during the first heat. Thorson flipped on lap 24 of the feature. Mosen flipped on lap 26 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 T.Thomas, Laps 3-21 Abreu, Laps 22-30 Clauson.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hines-243, 3-Thorson-218, 3-Hagen-208, 4-Coons-197, 5-T.Thomas-186, 6-Bayston-179, 7-K.Thomas Jr.-170, 8-Darland-158, 9-Abreu-121, 10-Buckwalter-119.
NEW INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Clauson-131, 2-Abreu-121, 3-Hines-112, 4-Coons-107, 5-Bayston-99, 6-Thorson and T.Thomas-93, 8-Stockon-83, 9-Bernal and K.Thomas Jr.-73.
Race report courtesy USAC Racing

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: June 12 – Bloomington (IN) Speedway – “Indiana Midget Week”

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Tanner Thorson first USAC Win at Gas City

Tanner Thorson first USAC Win at Gas City

Thorson heading out at Gas City

Thorson heading out at Gas City

Gas City, Indiana.…… USAC Report : Tanner Thorson finally broke through with his first-career Honda National Midget Series feature victory in Wednesday night’s “Indiana Midget Week” opener at Gas City I-69 Speedway. The Minden, Nevada youngster had experienced many close calls over two seasons campaigning for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, but he survived a late fluid clean-up and a red flag to seal the deal with win number one.
Thorson began from the pole and beat Ryan Bernal into the first corner, and those two scrapped for the top spot in the early going, with Bernal coming as close as .042-seconds of the lead at the stripe on lap eight. Bryan Clauson was on the move from row-four, however, and he went by Bernal for the second spot on lap nine.

Thorson asking the Kunz Toyota ffor more

Thorson asking the Kunz Toyota ffor more

Clauson went right after Thorson, coming with a full head of steam on lap thirteen to peek inside for the lead. Thorson had Clauson in his shadow with ten laps to go as the caution flew for eighth-running Brady Bacon, who dropped oil from turn-four all the way around to turn-two. The leaders nearly caught the fence as they slid through the slick spot in turn-four, but they continued on under yellow. A quick bit of track work to clean up the mess got everything back in order, and the race resumed.
And when it did, Christopher Bell immediately hit the high side of one and two with a ton of momentum, flashing to the outside of Spencer Bayston for the third spot as the duo hit turn-three. They ran out of real estate, though, and Bell got the worst of it, flipping to a stop. He was uninjured.
From there, all eyes were on Clauson, as he tried to find an avenue around Thorson. With three to go, he jumped to the high side of one and two and ran Thorson down for the top spot, pulling nearly to his tailtank as they took the white. Clauson couldn’t get through turn-two cleanly on the final lap, though, and Thorson took the .683-second victory in the Toyota TRD – Abreu Vineyards #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
“It’s pretty unreal to get the first USAC win. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been trying so hard to finish one of these off. Keith (Kunz) gives me a great car every time out, and it’s up to us to finish it on the track. I can’t thank David Abreu enough for the opportunities he’s given me, and putting me in a position like this. I hit the oil slick there and about put it in the wall, and I was a little worried with those guys back there, but the top probably got even a little bit faster and kinda played my way a little bit more,” Thorson said.
Clauson took home the second spot in the Curb Records – Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar.
We can go to bed tonight knowing we tried everything. Obviously, the plan was to try to hit one and two perfect on the final lap to try a big move for the win, but it was a fine line up there. We slid a little bit, and I had to abort it. Who knows if it would have worked. I really wanted to get to traffic, because I thought we’d be more maneuverable than he was, mostly because we had to try stuff the whole race. We just couldn’t quite get the top cleaned off the way it needed to be in one and two, but it was a good run from eighth to start the week,” Clauson said.

Spencer Bayston gets his best ever USAC result at Gas City

Spencer Bayston gets his best ever USAC result at Gas City

Young Bayston captured his best-career USAC finish, as well, as he rounded out the podium in the Bryan Clauson Racing – Priority Aviation Services #39 Spike/Esslinger.
“It was pretty cool to realize I was racing with my car owner, but I knew on that last restart, he was probably the guy to beat and I’d probably be best to follow him. That was my first thought, and we ended up going with different lines, but it worked out. Tim (Clauson) nailed the setup tonight, and keeping up with Bryan and racing with those guys made for a fun night. We were a strong third tonight, and I have to thank Priority Aviation for the help they give us,” Bayston said.
Justin Grant came home fourth in the Larry Gardner – Speedcraft Prototypes #38 Stealth/Gaerte, and Rico Abreu rounded out the top-five in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.
Tracy Hines topped qualifying for the ProSource “Fast Time Award” before finishing ninth, and Tyler Thomas charged from 17th to finish eighth, garnering the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award.”
Results from night one of the Indiana USAC Midget Week
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Hines, 3. Darland, 4. Williams, 5. Marcham, 6. Walker, 7. Bell, 8. Gehrke, 9. Rowe, 10. Cochran, 11. Dickerson. NT
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Abreu, 3. Grant, 4. Smee, 5. B.Bright, 6. Peck, 7. DiMattia, 8. Leer, 9. Hagen, 10. Maskovich. NT
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. K.Thomas Jr., 2. Mosen, 3. Buckwalter, 4. A.Bright, 5. Bayston, 6. Courtney, 7. Chapple, 8. Klaasmeyer, 9. Hernandez, 10. Gipson. NT
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. T.Thomas, 3. Stockon, 4. Bacon, 5. Clauson, 6. Gardner, 7. Malpocker, 8. B.Thomas, 9. Nemire, 10. Fehr. NT
C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Rowe, 3. Walker, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. Nemire, 6. Fehr, 7. Leer, 8. Dickerson. 2:17.57
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Bayston, 3. B.Bright, 4. Courtney, 5. Bell, 6. Gehrke, 7. Chapple, 8. Walker, 9. Hagen, 10. Hernandez, 11. Gardner. 12. Rowe, 13. DiMattia, 14. Cochran, 15. Maskovich, 16. Klaasmeyer, 17. Malpocker, 18. Marcham, 19. Peck, 20. B.Thomas. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Ryan Bernal, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Tyler Thomas, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 14. Alex Bright, 15. Brad Mosen, 16. Nathan Smee, 17. Hayden Williams, 18. Gage Walker, 19. Brenden Bright, 20. Christopher Bell, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Steve Buckwalter, 24. Chett Gehrke. NT
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**Bell flipped on lap 21 of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Thorson.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Thorson-193, 2-Hines-180, 3-Hagen-159, 4-Bayston-141, 5-Coons-140, 6-T.Thomas-139, 7-K.Thomas Jr.-132, 8-Darland-128, 9-Buckwalter-98, 10-Walker-83.
INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Thorson-68, 2-Clauson-64, 3-Bayston-61, 4-Abreu-60, 5-Grant-58, 6-Bernal-53, 7-Coons-50, 8-Hines-49, 9-T.Thomas-46, 10-Stockon-39.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: June 11 – Putnamville, IN – Lincoln Park Speedway – “Indiana Midget Week”

This report courtesy USAC Racing

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Christopher Bell to Make Truck Series Debut at Iowa

Chris Bell heads into Truck racing with KBM

Chris Bell heads into Truck racing with KBM

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June. 10, 2015) – Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 20-year-old Christopher Bell will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut June 19 driving the No. 51 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Tundra in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton.
The 20 year olds talent has been rewarded by many team owners over the past couple of year as the Oklahoma race wiz blazed his way across the dirt tracks in the US and Australia. Christopher Bell is a familiar and guaranteed race winner so the move into Truck racing with Kyle Busch Racing is a natural progression that is sure to bring success.
2015 Bell has tasted victory in POWRi Midget races, World of Outlaws Sprintcars and four victories on the pavement with the KBM 51 Toyota including the Rattler 250 at South Alabama. The versatility and ability to adjust immediately once his backside his race seat is a rare talent shared by only a very few.CHRIS BELL HELMET
Behind the visor is a determined racer, clean but lighting fast.
“I’m really excited to have Toyota Certified Used Vehicles (TCUV) as a sponsor and I’m looking forward to making the most of the opportunity to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for KBM, TCUV, and Toyota,” Bell said. “Although the vehicles will drive somewhat different, being able to race in the K&N Series last month will help speed up my learning curve for the Truck Series race, and having Jerry (Baxter) come out to crew chief that race gave us a head start on our communication as well

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Bell’s pavement schedule will cover 20 races along with his commitments to Keith Kunz Motorsports with both midget and Sprintcars.Dirt tracks or Pavement this young Oklahoma honker is destine for many major race victories .

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Swindell Set to Join CJB Motorsports for Limited Schedule

 

Sammy Swindell

Sammy Swindell

TELFORD, PA. – June 10, 2015 – CJB Motorsports is pleased to announce that Sammy Swindell will be coming on board to pilot a second CJB Motorsports car at all of the high profile races this season including the King’s Royal, Williams Grove Summer Nationals, Knoxville Nationals, National Open, and World Finals with a few other races possible, according to team manager Barry Jackson. Swindell will join CJB Motorsports after he completes his commitment to Jason Johnson Racing.

Swindell to join CJB after he completes his deal with jason Johnson Racing

Swindell to join CJB after he completes his deal with jason Johnson Racing

“Sammy is looking to run a limited schedule and we have been building our program for a while towards running a second team in the future so the timing is right and I can’t think of a better fit. We tried the two car deal a couple years ago and were not successful because we were not prepared correctly as a team and it was during our first full season on the World of Outlaw trail and our first car (the 51) required all the attention. This time will be different! Chad Clemens has provided us with an exceptional amount of equipment and we have had the time to do it right,” said Jackson. “CJB builds and develops a lot of their own equipment and bringing Sammy on board will be a big plus in that development,” says Jackson.

“I can’t wait to work with Sammy in that department. He is a great sprint car driver but he also has a ton of expertise and knowledge about the mechanical aspect of these cars and motors. He also has that ability to bridge that gap between what he feels in the seat to the mechanical side. One thing I am certain of, our research and development just hit a different gear. Sammy will make me better, make my team better, and together we will make our entire program better which in turn will add to the success of the 51 team.”

“We are very pleased with the success that the #51 team has had with Paul McMahan. He is a great driver, a model of consistency, proving that with two consecutive 3rd place finishes in the ultra competitive World of Outlaw points series as well as 13 victories since joining CJB Motorsports,” added Jackson. The #51 team is sitting back in the points standings where they don’t want to be at this point in the season due to some unfortunate racing luck and some uncharacteristic inconsistency but is poised to turn that corner and make a run. “We have been in the wrong place at the wrong time a few times, we have had a couple parts failures, and have given McMahan bad cars a few nights. All those things have buried us, but we also have the speed with the third best win total and top five total in the series. I am quite confident that we worked through all of that and are ready to start posting one good finish after another and getting back on our game. We look to have a lot of success with both of our cars,” said Jackson. Sammy’s first scheduled race in the CJB Motorsports #1 car will be at the famed Eldora Speedway the night before the Kings Royal. Further details will be released in the coming days.”

End press release CJB Motorsports.

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