There is glory in winning but recovering from disaster enormous!

There is glory in winning but recovering from disaster enormous!

Gunnedah Speedway October 25, 2014

The opening round of the 2014  POWRi Super Series at Gunnedah Speedway was hot in more ways than one. Nathan Smee was hot is winning the opening round of the series from Troy Jenkins and Bob Jackson.

Troy Jenkins Nathan Smee Bob Jackson at Gunnedah

Troy Jenkins Nathan Smee Bob Jackson at Gunnedah

Nathan Smee set the pace but it was Speed sport’s Michael Harders who was physically on fire after his #14 race car had a fuel spill forcing the Queenslander to evacuate from his racecar in a most spectacular way.

A racecar fire can be deadly thing; methanol fire is invisible and smokeless and if the safety crews and drivers are not alert serious and fatal results can follow. Strangely the methanol fuel is much safer that gasoline. The speed that Herders showed getting from his car and his actions and those of the track safety crew while just in days racing prevented serious injury and burns to Harders.

Queenslander Michael Harders  Credit Colin Stratford

Queenslander Michael Harders
Credit Colin Stratford

Harders troubles started early in the first heat when the #14 had it spark plug damaged by a flying rock and he failed to finish. Heat 2 well that was the fiery heat forcing the team into a second DNF.
To make the feature the team had to replace his race suit , helmet, balaclava, gloves, arm restraints, Seat Belts, Fuel line, Seat cover, ear plugs, Rear brake line, Rear shock Adjuster cable Just to get the racecar back on track for the feature was some sort of effort .After starting from 21st position Harders drove the #14 Auto UP GRADE Spike /KRE/Eagle into 8th position .

Michael Harders dismounting from the #14 car

Michael Harders dismounting from the #14 car

The next round of the POWRi Speedcar Super Series will be at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway on November 8th
Photos by Tony Hodskiss

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Blistering start for hot summer and POWRi SSS in Gunnedah

Blistering start for hot summer and POWRi SSS in Gunnedah

According to the Namoi Valley Independent the mercury is rising for what could be a record-breaking weekend in Gunnedah.particularly this evening as the 10th POWRI Speedcar Super Series makes its debut at Barry Tower’s Gunnedah Speedway

Queenslander Michael Harders  Credit Colin Stratford

Queenslander Michael Harders
Credit Colin Stratford

Drivers from three States have parked their trailers, set up their pit facilities as they start the challenge of winning the 10th POWRi Speedcar Super Series.

The hot weekend brings together a hot field headed by current Australian Champion Adam Clark and the Defending POWRi SSS Champion Brett Thomas from Queensland

Queenslander Michael Harders fresh from an impressive second to reigning Polar Ice Champion Michael Kendall last week end in Brisbane will be out to continue his early season form.

New South Wales will be represented in the 15 car field by Troy Jordon, Aidan Cornish, Andy Hassan, Glen Shaw, Mitch O’Brien, Jason Bell, Matt Jackson, Paul Murphy and former POWRi SSS Champion Nathan Smee.

Forner Powri SSS Champion Nathan Smee

Forner Powri SSS Champion Nathan Smee

Dean Merrylees. has traveled across the country to compete in the Series Making the trip across the boarder from Queensland is Brock Dean and Scott Doyle.

The season race schedule for the 2014/15 POWRi SSS : AUSTRALIAN SPEEDCAR SUPER SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
25 October 2014 – Gunnedah Speedway, NSW
08 November 2014 – Archerfield Speedway, QLD
29 November 2014 – Lismore Speedway, NSW
13 December 2014 – Nowra Speedway, NSW
28 March 2015 – Archerfield Speedway, QLD
11 April 2015 – Valvoline Raceway, NSW

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USAC update Sprint and Midget Championships

USAC Update Sprint and Midget Championship

The road to Championship glory for the USAC National Sprint and the National Midget teams has only 4 shows to run. Defending Champions Bryan Clauson, the National Sprint Champion and Christopher bell the National Midget Champion have uphill battles to retain their respective titles for 2014…

Bryan Clauson

Bryan Clauson

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Championship is headed by Brady Bacon who sits 51 point ahead of the defending Champion .Clauson. Clauson shades Bacon with 5 wins to four but Bacon has been able to grab a few more important points than the defending Champ.
Bacon won the two of that last three outing over clauson.

The points standing with four shows to race :Bacon 1762, Clauson 1711, Darland 1688, Stanbrough 1588, Stockton 1474
A total of 320 points is on offer from qualifying, heats and Features for the two shows at Perris Auto Speedway and Canyon Speedway Park.

The remaining race dates for the USAC AMSOIL TITLE:
Perris Auto Speedway November 7 and 8
Canyon Speedway Park November 14 and 115

Brady Bacon leads the race to the 2014 USAC Sprint Title

Brady Bacon leads the race to the 2014 USAC Sprint Title

The remaining four races for the National Midget Title should present some of the most exhilarating racing seen so far this year as bell chases adown his Kunz Team mate Rico Abreu . Abreu stands 79 points clear of Bell and the quality of these two Toyota Beast drivers will bring the fans to their feet as they duel for the Championship.

Defending USAC National Midget Champ Christioher Bell

Defending USAC National Midget Champ
Christioher Bell

Bell leads Abreu with 5 wins to four for USAC Midget season with Bryan Clauson the next best with three and Clauson has the most recent win at Eldora. The last three meeting at Tri City were rained out so with 122 points separating the top three the Title race will certainly be a real shoot out. The top five standing in the points as they enter the last 4 shows are,
Rico Abreu 867, Christopher Bell 788, Tracey Hines 786, Bryan Clauson 744.
The points on offer over the last four shows is 320 so race fans will most likely be o the   edge of their seats over the two week ends in November

Rico Abreu at Tri City

Rico Abreu at Tri City

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October4 and Speedway down under is new and fresh

The paint jobs are fantastic, engines rebuilt and team invigorated for the opening rounds of Speedway after the winter break down under.

Sydney Valvoline Speedway credit

Sydney Valvoline Speedway credit

New owners ready to bring a new approach to Sydney and the Valvoline Speedway. Track renovations that give the long suffering but loyal race fans better facilities across the venue .The excitement builds and the time to start those engines and get into the action is near, Saturday October 4th it all restarts at Sydney, Brisbane and Murray Bridge. Before you can catch your breath Speedways across the Country will be back entertaining race fans and with your lungs well and truly rested , your thunderous cheers for you favorite driver will bring back what has been missing throughout the winter close down .

Big show featuring World Series Sprintcars, the 10th running of the POWRi Speedcar Super Series and the second year of the Speedcar Pro Series.
The US season is now into the back end of the season and Australian and New Zealand fans will get the opportunity to see firsthand some of America’s best..

Danny Holtgraver just one of heavt hitter from the USA heading down under

Danny Holtgraver just one of heavt hitter from the USA heading down under

The exodus at season ends of many of the US starts is just another gift that Speedway promoter brings to satisfy the appetite of the locals.
The POWRi World Midget Championship that will run in Brisbane Lismore and New Zealand and we  will see USAC and Chili Bowl Champ Bryan Clauson along with Tracey Hines head the US challenge .Kraige Kinser will travel to Western Spring with the adopted Kiwi Jonathan Allard where they will be pitted against New Zealand’s best. Add Robbie Farr and former Australian and World Series Champ James McFadden for one hell of a challenge.

A new track surface is being laid at Western Springs for the new season

Western spring get a new raceing surface  Pic credit Western Springs

Western spring get a new raceing surface
Pic credit Western Springs

New cars, new drivers and great new liveries will make this season one of the best for many years. No matter where you live, Speedways are firing back up for your enjoyment and we will bring you all the results that matter, news when it happens. Australia, New Zealand and the USA we are Talking Speedway.

Great livery on the Bennett Motorsports car in WA that Mark Brown will run the Speedcar Pro Series

Great livery on the Bennett Motorsports car in WA that Mark Brown will run the Speedcar Pro Series

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Tony Stewart cleared by Grand Jury

Tony Stewart cleared by Grand Jury

Canandaigua (N.Y) September 24th. The Ontario District Attorney Michael Tantillo announced this afternoon that the Grand Jury had cleared tony Stewart of all charges of wrong doing in the tragic death of Sprintcar Racer Kevin Ward Jr.Tony Stewart head

The Grand Jury convened Tuesday and Wednesday after reviewing video evidence and witness reports of the accident that sadly took Kevin Wards life at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park. The race track’s video — which was in higher definition — was enhanced, examined and isolated frame-by-frame at low speed.

“During the course of the grand jury presentation, approximately two dozen witnesses testified,” Tantillo said. “These included a number of race-car drivers, race track employees and volunteers, two accident re-constructionists, medical personnel and a number of police officers. The grand jury reviewed a number of photographs and video recordings as well as other documentary evidence.”

“After listening to and questioning all the witnesses and reviewing all the evidence, the grand jury has determined that there is no basis with which to charge Tony Stewart of any crimes … Their job was to determine whether or not, based upon all the evidence they heard, there was reasonable cause to believe whether Tony Stewart had committed a crime or not. Obviously, they did not reach that finding.”

The District Attorney Tantillo revealed that toxicology evidence collected after Ward’s death had confirmed that traces of marijuana were in his system and it was considered that the amount was sufficient to have impaired his judgment
Tantillo, who acknowledged he had spoken with Ward’s father, Kevin Sr., said Ward Jr.’s actions after the contact with Stewart played a role in the grand jury clearing Stewart of wrongdoing, he added

As tragic as this accident was it is no time for the healing process to move forward. The impact on the lives of the Ward family will remain with them for the rest of their lives and the Speedway community will continue to remember and assist the recovery of the family.
We can’t forget that Tony Stewart will carry the hurt and pain no matter where is career heads.Kevin Ward jr head

This has been one of the most tragic and sad Speedway accidents of recent times but we should remember Speedway is dangerous and those competitors continue to take risks as they chase their dreams and passion for the sport.

Source National Speedsports.com

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Gold Cup Champion is Jonathan Allard

Californian help Pittman claw back Schatz at Gold Cup.

Jonathan Allard Gold Cup Champ 2014

Jonathan Allard Gold Cup Champ 2014

CHICO, Calif. — Sept. 5, 2014 The Donny Schatz domination of recent Outlaw a Mains was halted first by Shane Stewart at Willamette and then Pittman at Southern Oregon. Enter the guys from California at the Gold Cup event at Silver Dollar Speedway.

Night one of the Gold Cup and Pittman makes a solid start in his efforts to pull back points from Schatz when he puts down the quick time and Schatz only manages to time in 6th position., A strong win in the dash gives Pittman the early advantage he has been looking for and get the pole spot for the 30 lap A Main.

Pittman gets out of the start fast and leads the A main for the first 7 laps before the young Californian smoked past the defending Champion. The locals were on their feet but few would have expected the young charger to withstand a race long challenge from Pittman. As the race moved into the final stages it was becoming clear that Macedon’s first Outlaw win was closing in. Nine laps out from the finish, a late caution gives Pittman chance. The restart, Pittman sees his chance and gets around the young Californian but THEN a red comes out after the start when teammate Sweet, McMahan and Gregg get together.

The restart and Macedo covers Pittman and continues to lead until the last caution with 5 to go .The win was in sight, just the restart to control and he closes Pittman out of the race and his first career World of Outlaws win is in the bag.

Carson Macedo first WoO win

Carson Macedo first WoO win

Carson Macedo
“I’m just speechless,” Macedo said after beating the 41 car field. “I can’t even say how happy I am,” Macedo said. “This is really like my first real win. To do it here with the Outlaws is unheard of. I’m so happy, so happy. This is the stuff kids dream about.”
Results:

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 21X-Carson Macedo [2] [$8,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1] [$4,000]; 3. 25-Bobby McMahan [8] [$2,500]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [5] [$2,200]; 5. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [7] [$2,100]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [16] [$2,000]; 7. OO-Jason Statler [12] [$1,800]; 8. 22-Mason Moore [24] [$1,600]; 9. 83-David Gravel [23] [$1,500]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [15] [$1,300]; 11. 29-Kerry Madsen [20] [$1,200]; 12. 4-Cody Darrah [22] [$1,100]; 13. 51-Paul McMahan [9] [$1,000]; 14. O-Bud Kaeding [17] [$700]; 15. 53-Andy Gregg [18] [$600]; 16. 5V-Colby Copeland [4] [$600]; 17. 71M-Joey Saldana [25] [$]; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley [19] [$600]; 19. 3C-Jonathan Allard [21] [$600]; 20. 41-Dominic Scelzi [11] [$600]; 21. 49-Brad Sweet [3] [$600]; 22. 29W-Willy Croft [13] [$600]; 23. 121-Shane Golobic [14] [$600]; 24. 83SA-Tim Kaeding [10] [$600]; 25. 2-Shane Stewart [6] [$600]. Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-7, Carson Macedo 8-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 22-Mason Moore [+16]
Night 2 is Championship night at the Gold Cup.
CHICO, Calif. — Sept. 6, 2014 — And the Gold Cup stays in California when Jonathan Allard manages a last desperate pass on leader Pittman to win by the barest margin his very first Gold Cup in front of his home crowd . The Californians have taken the Outlaws apart with the win by Carson Macedo in the Friday night preliminary and now on the Championship night Johanathan Allard repeated the dose on defending Outlaw Champion Pittman.

Pittman although disappointed with successive seconds he did however manage to claw back dome valuable points from Donny Schatz.

The night belonged to Allard , crowd favorite not only in the States but down under in New Zealand and Australia .The Californians took home the Gold and Allard became the 21st different winner of an Outlaw Sprint in season 2014 .-
The podium interviews with Natalie Speed Sather shows the emotions and the disappointment. Listen to the  interview  on this link :

The swing through California again demonstrates by the results just how strong the Sprintcar competition is with winners coming from the Pennsylvania Posse, the Ohio Boys and now the Californians.

Allard in Victory lane at Silver Dollar Speedway

Allard in Victory lane at Silver Dollar Speedway

A-Main – (40 Laps) - 1. 3C-Jonathan Allard [2] [$12,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] [$5,700]; 3. 75-Sean Becker [1] [$3,500]; 4. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [10] [$3,000]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [19] [$2,600]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [21] [$2,400]; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen [24] [$2,300]; 8. 21X-Carson Macedo [3] [$2,200]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [7] [$2,150]; 10. 51-Paul McMahan [20] [$2,100]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu [9] [$1,600]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [12] [$1,350]; 13. 71M-Joey Saldana [17] [$1,300]; 14. 4-Cody Darrah [8] [$1,200]; 15. 5V-Colby Copeland [18] [$1,100]; 16. 83SA-Tim Kaeding [6] [$1,000]; 17. 41-Dominic Scelzi [16] [$900]; 18. 83-David Gravel [4] [$850]; 19. O-Bud Kaeding [23] [$800]; 20. 121-Shane Golobic [13] [$800]; 21. 11-Steve Kinser [14] [$800]; 22. OO-Jason Statler [15] [$800]; 23. 25-Bobby McMahan [11] [$800]; 24. 22-Mason Moore [22] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Sean Becker 1-24, Daryn Pittman 25-39, Jonathan Allard 40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 29-Kerry Madsen
Championship points after Silver Dollar Speedway :

Donny Schatz leads Daryn Pittman by 191 points as the teams head  to Antioch Speedway California where more competition from the locals is waiting.

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No wings for Pittman-Wins Jason Leffler Memorial

No wings for Pittman – wins the Jason Leffler Memorial

Wayne City, Illinois and Wayne County Speedway honored the memory of fallen NASCAR, USAC and World of Outlaws Sprintcar favorite Jason Leffler who tragically lost his life in a race accident one year ago.Jason Leffler memorial poster wayne country (Small)
The POWRi group together with Wayne County Speedway owner Doug Stringer are the two forces behind this event and the roll up of midget and Sprintcar drivers exceeded 38 on the night
The second annual Leffler Memorial attracted the best midget teams plus USAC Sprint drivers and World of Outlaws.

Defending Woo Champion Daryn Pittman, NASCAR’S JJ Yeley and the record breaking USAC Sprints ,  Peoples Champ Dave Darland added some extra spice to what turned out to be a wonderful night of midget racing and a successful night of fund raising in support of Jason’s son, Charlie Dean Leffler.

Pittman's Leffler ride

Pittman’s Leffler ride

On the Monday before the race a special benefit concert and fund raiser featuring Ryan Daniel the 2014 Indie Music Channel (IMC) winner of album and country song of the year. Lots of special items were donated and auctioned off including an autographed Larry Bird Basket Ball.

Larry Bird

Larry Bird

Danny Stratton produced the Jason Leffler memorial helmet for the race and it was included in the auction during the benefit Concert.  ” We tried to keep it true Lefturn style with gold leaf and flat colors….words can’t explain how hard it was to paint this……… miss you bud and that stupid grin “ Danny Stratton

one of the Danny Stratton Jason Leffler tribute helmets

one of the Danny Stratton Jason Leffler tribute helmets

Proceeds from the Danny Stratton’s Jason Leffler memorial Helmets go directly to the Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Fund. 100% of the front gate entry on race night was also donated to the fund and the race received sponsorship from Great Clips

As always the Speedway community came together in support of one of the racing family , it is a special part of Speedway that makes you love the sport and the commitment of all those involved .

I can hear you saying what about the race. A race worthy of its billing, Daryn Pittman certainly did not need a wing tonight .Starting out of P8 in the 40 lap Feature and with Bell and Clauson on the front row and Abreu and Daum ahead .Pittman’s win was awesome and special for a number of reason least of all the $10,000 winner’s purse. To win the Leffler Memorial, a very special race close to every racers heart and to beat the midget starts at their own game

Pittman wins the Leffler memorial 2014

Pittman wins the Leffler memorial 2014

.Pittman’s words after the race tell it all “WOW! We just won the Leffler memorial! We just beat Keith Kunz and Rusty Kunz cars .Petty cool a winged driver takes on and beat the best Midget guys at their own game.”

The final placing after the 40 lap feature at Wayne County Speedway:

Leffler result 2014

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Sammy Swindell Retiring From Full-Time Racing Effective Immediately

Sammy Swindell Retiring From Full-Time Racing Effective Immediately

SammY Swindell A Winner

SammY Swindell A Winner

 

Inside Line Promotions Press release  – GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (Aug. 25, 2014) – Sammy Swindell has decided to retire from professional racing effective immediately.

 Swindell, who has driven for Big Game Motorsports the past four years of his 40-plus year career, isn’t planning to race again outside of the Chili Bowl Nationals.

Sammy Swindell Winning at Chilli Bowl

Sammy Swindell Winning at Chilli Bowl

 

Here are his words to the fans:

“After the last two weeks of our break from racing I have decided to retire from racing. I would like to still drive my midget at the Chili Bowl. I have been thinking a lot about this for the last three months. It has been a hard decision to make. I always knew when the time came to retire it would be clear. I’ve had a long and very successful career. Part of the reason for the timing now is I’ve spent the last two weekends with my son, Kevin, racing. I haven’t had any time to spend with his racing the last four years. He will drive a (NASCAR) Nationwide car for the rest of the year and I want to be there to support him. I was going to do a limited schedule next year or retire at the end of this year. I’ve had a long talk with (Big Game Treestands Founder) Tod Quiring and we both agreed that this is the best for me.

“Amy and I would like to thank Tod and everyone at Big Game Treestands for the last four seasons. We would also like to thank everyone who has helped or been a part of my career, my fans and the friends that I have met over the last 43 years.”

 

Swindell has one of the most well-rounded racing careers at any level. While he had stints in NASCAR and IndyCar, Swindell made a name for himself on dirt race tracks across the country.

He earned three World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championships and he ranks second in career wins – 294 – with the premier sprint car series.

Swindell has also claimed almost every major sprint car event, including the Knoxville Nationals, Gold Cup Race of Champions, Kings Royal, Williams Grove National Open, Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, Selinsgrove Open, Western World Championships and Syracuse Super Nationals to name a few.

1979 Sammy at Terre Haute

1979 Sammy at Terre Haute

 

Additionally, Swindell won an unprecedented two World of Outlaws features on the same day in 1991 and he picked up victories at Bristol Motor Speedway when it was covered in dirt in 2000-01.

Also, his five Chili Bowl victories are the most for any driver at the famed midget event.

 

Swindell, who was elected into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006, started racing when he was 15-years-old. Two years later he began a sprint car career that has culminated in more than 600 feature victories and at least one win in every season.

His career during the past 40-plus years of chasing races from state to state and coast to coast is legendary. Now he will focus on another career – that of his son, Kevin, who is the youngest driver to win a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series main event, is the only driver to win four consecutive Chili Bowl titles and is embarking on an opportunity in NASCAR.

The announcement by Sammy Swindell while a suprise to some has been on the cards for the past few months .A  very limited World of Outlaws appearences , ASCS outings and a last chance at lifting his second Knoxville National Title. Sammy Swindell last won the Knoxville nationa in 189983 driving for Raymond Beadle .

Sammy Swindell's Knoxville livery 2014

Sammy Swindell’s Knoxville livery 2014

The race suit and the helmet have been bagged but the memories and Swindell stories will be passe down to all the youngerSpeedway fans for many years to come .

TALKING SPEEDWAY -thanks Sammy !

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Darland wins Smackdown – takes USAC Sprint record at Kokomo

Darland claims Smackdown, tops Bigelow’s USAC record with 53 career Sprint wins

dave Darland wins Smackdown at Kokomp 214  Pic credit USAC

dave Darland wins Smackdown at Kokomp 214 Pic credit USAC

Mother nature tried so hard to wash out the 2014 Smackdown at Kokomo, but the peoples Champion Dave Darland defied the conditions to win two of the Smackdown Features . first tying the all time win list record of USAC all time great Jim Bigelow’s 52 wins before taking the field apart on the final night for win 53 and to stand a top of the all time USAC Sprint winning list and the Smackdown Title.

The promoter. Race teams and fans were left wondering all weekend how the weather would behave and thankfully the skies cleared and the final night of Smackdown 2014 delivered the locals, most fans of Darland the chance to get behind the Phillips Motorsports – Racer’s Advantage Store #71P DRC/Foxco cushion cruising Kokomo local.

Brady Bacon put the challenge in front of Darland early when he jumped into the lead from pole in Sundays Feature but under a heavy track and with Darland grinding out a high race line it was a short lived race lead. Darland made ground quickly on the top of the track and by the end of lap 5 had worked the outside line to the lead in lap 6 and would never he headed in the 40 lap Smackdown final.

Three race cautions, the last involving Leary when he lost air in his right rear and stopped. , Robert Ballou came calling on Brady Bacon and with Jon Stanbrough fought a torrid battle for the second spot.
The final restart with 3 laps to run it was Ballou who looked like he might have a chance at Darland when he placed his Deaton’s Waterfront Services – Don Ott Engines #12x Maxim/Ott down on bottom and managed to get alongside the peoples Champ, momentum is everything and the Kokomo local kept his shape and managed to keep the lead .The final dash to the flag was tight but Darland had it covered to take the double triumph of the Smackdown Title and the Bigelow long standing record of USAC Sprint wins .Darland was welcomed by the frenzied fans when he arrive in victory lane .
Bryan Clauson made a late charge on the bottom to round out the podium in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – Chevy Performance #20 Beast/Kistler.
After such lousy weather which presented two wash out nights the final night was all about the peoples Champion –Dave Darland

Dave Darland after passing Tom Bigelow's USAC Sprint reord at Smackdown

Dave Darland after passing Tom Bigelow’s USAC Sprint reord at Smackdown

Driver quotes  Dave Darland “53 feels great! Breaking Tom’s record is special enough, but to do it here with my family and so many friends and fans at Kokomo Speedway, it just couldn’t be better. This place has been really good to me, and it’s nice to get it done. There’s a lot of attention that comes with the chase, so it’s a bit of a relief. We’ve got a lot of races left this season, and it’s off my mind now,” Darland contimued
“I actually was happy to be in traffic because they were mostly blocking the bottom for me. There late in the race, I had all kinds of cars underneath me and made me feel a little better, so I hated to see that last caution. Usually, I would be the other way around. Luckily, we got a good restart and I was able to get my momentum up to get those last three laps over,” Darland said.
Robert Ballou “We’ve had a great weekend and we ended up running second to the best guy in the business at his home track where he never makes mistakes. We’ve had a great stretch and finished strong this weekend. We just needed to keep a mud cover on it to the end and we may have had a better chance, but our best bet was probably to stay in traffic to the end,” Ballou said.
Bryan Clauson “I’d say we probably needed the race to be a little longer to have a shot, but a hundred laps might not have been enough to beat Dave. We were just a tick off there, but we kept digging all weekend and got all we could, so we focus our attention on defending our championship down the stretch and try to give Dave and Brady all they can handle,” Clauson said.
Rich Forman designed a commemorative photo for the All-Time Win Record with help from John Mahoney and presented to Dave Darland .

Dave Darland and Rich Forman and the Photo Photo credit USAC-Rich Forman

Dave Darland and Rich Forman and the Photo
Photo credit USAC-Rich Forman

The points from his Kokomo results have moved Darland to the head of the Title chase for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car Title from early leader Brady Bacon .Current standing as the team’s head to Terre Haute for the Jim Hurtubise Classic
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Darland-1,520, 2-Bacon-1,515, 3-Clauson-1,480, 4-Stanbrough-1,428, 5-Stockon-1,297, 6-Grant-1,230, 7-Windom-1,206, 8-Hines-1,195, 9-Ballou-1,085, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,067.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 29 – Terre Haute (IN) Action Track – “Jim Hurtubise Classic”

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Speedway embraces the ALS ice bucket challenge

Speedway embraces the ALS Ice bucket challenge

Schatz after the Ice bucket challenge at Nadak

Schatz after the Ice bucket challenge at Nadak

Speedway fans and race teams across the world have come together in a combined effort to raise awareness and funds in support the insidious crippling and life threatening illness, Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis or Motor neurone disease
The illness first made headlines back in the 1930 when well known US baseball hero Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse was diagnosed with ALS which later became known across the US as Lou Gehrig Disease.

Indy Ice Bucket Challenge  Ed Carpenter

Indy Ice Bucket Challenge Ed Carpenter

.Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is the umbrella term used in the US ,on the other side of the world this horrible life threatening disease is widely referred as Motor neurone disease.
The ice bucket challenge started after a baseball player with MND, Pete Frates, volunteered to have it done to him. Since then it has gone viral across social media and has become a crazy, fun loving and successful fund raising activity that bring both awareness and funds in support of finding way to improve the life expectancy and  possible cures for the horrible, horrible disease .The ALS Ice Bucket challenge is attracting many high profile personalities across a wide range of sports ,  entertainment and in the media ..

Speedway has been quick to add their support across all levels of the sport. At the recent World of Outlaws Show at Nodak Speedway both Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman took the challenge.
Watch the Pittman takes the challenge here on this link

Former USAC National Midget Champ Darren Hagen then accepted the Pittman challenge. Soaking wet and cold Hagen passed the challenge to Brad Sweet and Kale Kahne. You can watch the Hagen challenge here via this link

A motor neutron is a nerve cell that makes voluntary muscle movement.MND is a disease in which these cells stop working properly
Motor neutron disease (MND) affects a person’s ability to move voluntarily. MND stops people, walking, talking and eating. This disease still enable the suffer to think and feel, but in many cases it is like they are locked up in their body unable to communicate or share their feelings.

The terrible down side of this illness is that it attacks with lighting speed and half the patients diagnosed will die within 14 months

The ice bucket challenge give us all the opportunity to contribute to increasing the awareness and to raise much needed funding so that our brilliant medical brains across the world can find a cure or at the very least find ways of increasing the life expectancy of those suffering .To start simply volunteer to have a bucket of ice water tipped over your head by a friend, cold but worth it .

After taking the challenge ask two of your friends to accept the challenge within 24 hours or donate to the Motor Neurone disease charity in your area, if they want to stay dry it will cost! You will be surprised how quickly the challenge will be accepted and how much fun you will have while doing something really positive for MND.

You can also nominate a friend and agree to donate $ if he or she accepts the challenge,

http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html

https://www.mndaust.asn.au/Home.aspx

Both these site can direct you to the donate page on their site. When will you take the ALS ice bucket challenge?Ice bucket ice

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