HARRISBURG, N.C. – With Labor Day just around the corner and another racing season rapidly winding down, I was just thinking … – Instead of searching for the next Kyle Larson, we need to be looking for the next “Humpy” Wheeler. – This season proves Mother Nature is not a race fan. – Stevie Smith should be in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. – The motorsports universe would look considerably different without the financial support of Forrest Lucas and his Lucas Oil Products. – It’s a good bet May is Kody Swanson’s favorite month of the year. – Danica Patrick had a tremendous impact on the sport, but her on-track career was not worthy of induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. – Once given up for dead, pavement sprint car racing is alive and well. – The words sponsor and partner have different meanings, and they are not interchangeable. – The legalization of sports betting is going … [Read more...] about WALTZ: Another Edition Of … I Was Just Thinking
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WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – The Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Hall of Fame 100 takes over Weedsport Speedway this Saturday as dirt racing stars Tim McCreadie and Billy Pauch Jr. join the Super DIRTcar Series cars and stars in search of $10,000. This season has seen McCreadie continue to follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in his No. 39 machine, where he currently rides seventh in the national standings. In terms of Big Block racing, McCreadie has one Super DIRTcar Series start as he finished eighth in the Big Show at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 26. McCreadie was on his game at Weedsport in 2017 with finishes of second and seventh in Super DIRTcar Series events as he hopes to continue that momentum this weekend. Pauch has been busy this season with 44 starts and nine wins on the year across multiple divisions. Pauch currently leads the point standings in the SpeedSTR and Micro divisions at the Action Track and sits second in points at New … [Read more...] about McCreadie Joins Super DIRTcar Stars For Hall Of Fame 100
CONCORD, N.C. – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series has completed 12 races so far this season. By the end of June that number will nearly double. On the docket for next month are 10 races in six states, including Tennessee, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Missouri. The most demanding stretch of racing in June will be mid-month with three stops at three separate tracks in two states: Stateline Speedway in Jamestown, N.Y., on June 14; Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y., on June 15; and Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio on June 16. Full-time World of Outlaws drivers and their teams will travel almost 400 miles between the trio of dirt tracks to face regional competitors in New York and Ohio. Each event will consist of a complete show containing hot laps, qualifying, heat races, Last Chance Showdowns and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win Sears Craftsman Feature. Shane Clanton is the most recent World of Outlaws winner at Stateline … [Read more...] about Busy Month Ahead For World Of Outlaws Late Models
CONCORD, N.C. – After a one year hiatus from Iowa, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series returns to the Hawkeye State three times this year, including stops at Dubuque Speedway on July 6, Davenport Speedway on July 24, and Farley Speedway on Aug. 6. As part of the series’ 30th commemorative anniversary season, the Outlaws are returning to several tracks visited in the early years. Davenport Speedway and Farley Speedway both made their debuts with the World of Outlaws during the series rebirth season in 2004. Both tracks have since held one additional event. The following year in ’05, Dubuque made its first and last appearance on the World of Outlaws schedule. Davenport Speedway’s two World of Outlaws events came in ’04 and ’07. In ’04, Brian Birkhofer sealed his victory with a kiss planted on the roof of his car. In victory lane, the Muscatine, Iowa driver was still in shock over his victory. … [Read more...] about World Of Outlaws Late Models Target Iowa Return
CONCORD, N.C. — With the racing season well underway, we felt it was time to share some of our thoughts and observations through the first few months of the year. – We can’t recall a season where there were so many rainouts so early in the year. Many events have fallen to Mother Nature, with the World of Outlaws getting hit especially hard. Between the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, 11 races were postponed because of weather before the end of March. NASCAR, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, Port Royal Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway were also among those losing races to Mother Nature early this year. – Despite challenging weather, Sheldon Haudenschild is the breakout star for the World of Outlaws sprint cars this season. He’d won three times by the end of March and was in hot pursuit of Donny Schatz in the series standings. … [Read more...] about FENWICK: Impressions Of Early Season Action
Diesel is dead, petrols are to be outlawed and the future is all-electric. So scream the headlines and it’s true that the long-term future of conventionally fuelled vehicles seems to be bleak but is the future really going to be all about battery-powered electric cars? While they steal most of the coverage at the moment there are car makers out there examining alternatives, with several, including Toyota, Kia, Hyundai, BMW, Honda and Mercedes pouring billions of pounds into the world of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEV). Toyota already have the Mirai, Hyundai’s largely experimental IX35 Fuel Cell is being replaced by the more mainstream Nexo early next year and Kia have promised that alongside their plug-in and EV range they will have a fuel cell car on the roads by 2020. So what are FCEV and are they really an alternative to the growing tide of EVs? The science bit Simply put, an FCEV is an electric car where the motor or motors is powered by electricity created by the … [Read more...] about Are hydrogen cars the transport of the future?
BILLINGS, Mont. — Shane Liebig and Jerry Brey have been around the dirt track racing scene in Billings, Mont., for as long as they can remember. Each of their fathers raced in the “Magic City” in the old days and the pair of the second-generation drivers, who started racing together around the age of 10, have both competed and won in Billings. In fact, Liebig won the first-ever sprint car race at what is now Big Sky Speedway in 2003. That night, he was driving for Harvey Ostermiller, who helped build the track. Liebig and Brey are the new owners of Big Sky Speedway, the former BMP Speedway and prior to that, Billings Motorsports Park. Brey was born and raised in Billings, while Liebig, who hails from the Rapid City area in South Dakota, has spent quite a bit of time in Billings over the years. The first order of business for the duo was to re-name the track as well as secure a new website, which can be found at www.bigskyspeedway.com. “We wanted to change the … [Read more...] about Liebig & Brey Bring New Era To Big Sky Speedway
MERIDIAN, Miss. – A new event on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series schedule this year is fit for a queen. The Queen City Shootout at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss., will be a marquee event consisting of back-to-back 50-lap $10,000-to-win shows on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21. Last year during the series’ inaugural race at the Whynot Motorsports Park, Brandon Sheppard battled alongside Billy Moyer and a hard-charging Timothy Culp to claim his first win of the season. The eventual series champion tallied 18 wins last season, but describes the first win of any season as “the hardest to get.” This year Sheppard returns to Whynot Motorsports Park on the defense, not only as the last Outlaw winner at the track but also as the defending series champion. Culp returns to the stage too, but this time as a rookie-of-the-year contender with hopes of finishing one position ahead of last year. “Last year, when we were … [Read more...] about WoO Late Model Drivers Prepare For Queen City Shootout
Grudge racing is the easiest way settle rivalries between drag racers. Someone has something to prove, both guys think they are the fastest, and there’s usually an insane amount of money on the line. Welcome to Mega Race. If you watched last year’s Mega Race, you saw Discovery Channel’s Street Outlaws, represented by Big Chief Justin Shearer, beat Richard Rawlings’ Gas Monkey Garage team with hired driver, Alex Laughlin behind the wheel. Both camps had to build new cars for the event, and in the end, Street Outlaws took the win beating GMG in two races.Fast forward one year, and the grudge lives on. In 2018, Gas Monkey Garage has something to prove. Richard Rawlings returns to the track with the same Dodge Demon and Alex Laughlin behind the wheel to avenge last year’s loss to Street Outlaws. But this year, the GMG team is met by a different competitor- Ryan Martin and his Fireball Camaro. Currently, Ryan is sitting at the top of the 405’s Top 10 … [Read more...] about Street Outlaws and gas Monkey Garage go head-to-head in Mega Race!
Mosquitoes the size of wharf rats, pythons in the Everglades, more miles of toll roads than any other state, and the occasional hurricane: Yes, there are downsides to living in Florida.But where else can you spend the evening of Feb. 1 at a dirt track, watching 410-cubic-inch sprint cars, and the temperature never dipped below 60 degrees? Yes, Florida Speedweeks is officially underway, as the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions opened its season at Bubba Raceway Park, a tough little 3/8-mile oval track in Ocala.Thirty-five sprint cars showed up, with 24 making the 30-lap feature. And while the jury may still be out on whether you can teach old dogs new tricks, it was clear that a couple of old dogs recalled a few tricks that made it a long night for rookies.Winning the feature, his 34th All Star victory, was Chad Kemenah, the 2017 All Star Champion, who started deep in the field in 17th. But in second was the owner of the All Stars, three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, … [Read more...] about NASCAR champ Tony Stewart returns to sprint cars: Guide to Florida short-track action in February