Apr 16

Big Ten street stocks, outlaw hornets roar into Christian County Fair in July

MACON, Ill. – Track Enterprises, Inc., plans to rev up the Christian County Fair with stock car racing on the quarter-mile fairgrounds dirt track in Taylorville. The fair gets some extra horsepower when Midwest Big Ten Series UMP street stocks and UMP outlaw hornets roar into town on July 24 as Larry’s Service Center presents the Twin 25’s.

The two competitive divisions are excited to headline the show, so the drivers won’t hold anything back while racing for the victory in front of the big Christian County Fair crowd in a pair of 25-lappers. The street stocks will battle for $500 to win while the hornets race for a $200 first-place prize.

“I’m excited to bring the street stocks and hornets to the Christian County Fair,’’ said Bob Sargent, the Macon Speedway promoter and Track Enterprises president. “The street stocks will be in the midst of the intense Big Ten Series for a huge prize fund, and the hornets always put on an action-packed show because they don’t worry about banging doors.’’

The street stocks race is part of the Big Ten Series, a 10-event campaign with races also at Macon (Ill.) Speedway, Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway and Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway as drivers battle for a $3,000 prize fund. The street stock loyalty promotion includes larger payouts to the feature winner. At the end of the 10-race series, driver points accumulated will determine the Midwest Big Ten Series champion. The overall champ earns $1,000, and the payouts continue through the top 10.

The series opens Saturday at Macon Speedway in a race that pays $500 to win.

The thrilling Macon Speedway schedule includes a pair of NASCAR Night of Stars, planned for May 26 and another date the second week of June. NASCAR stars such as Macon Speedway co-owner Tony Stewart make an appearance to sign autographs and take to the dirt. The track also has two premier late model shows on the 2014 schedule. The St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are ready to race here for the first time on May 1 for a $12,000 first-place prize. The UMP Summernational tour hits Macon Speedway for the Herald-Review 100 on July 10.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

Midwest Big Ten street stocks

April 19 – Macon Speedway

May 3 – Macon Speedway

May 16 – Lincoln Speedway

June 8 – Jacksonville Speedway

June 20 – Lincoln Speedway

June 21 – Macon Speedway

July 24 – Christian County Fair (Taylorville)

Aug. 22 – Jacksonville Speedway

Aug. 23 – Macon Speedway

Aug. 30 – Macon Speedway

 

 

Apr 10

Macon Speedway, PIR set for Lucas Oil Late Models weekend swing in May

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WAYCROSS, GA – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Paducah International Raceway are gearing up for a huge weekend of racing the first weekend of May. The stars and cars of the LOLMDS will visit the Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Ky., on Saturday, May 3, as the final leg of a big three-race weekend in May for the Spring Showdown. The event is scheduled as a 50-lap feature event paying $10,000 to win and $800 to start. The single-day event will include Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the 50-lap feature event. Support classes running in conjunction with the LOLMDS at Paducah include Crate Late Models and the Modified divisions.

Paducah International Raceway is owned by Bob Sargent and several NASCAR Stars, including Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kenny Schrader. Sargent recently signed an agreement to lease the track to a new operating group and will continue to run a weekly racing program in 2014.  PIR is considered the premier dirt track speedway in Western Kentucky for its fast three-eighths mile track, extensive grandstands and luxury suites. Bob Sargent and the new management group are thrilled to have the LOLMDS visit PIR as part of the three-race weekend.

“We are very excited to have the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the national stars come to PIR this year,” said Bob Sargent, co-owner of PIR and Macon Speedway. “All the great fans in the Paducah, Ky., area and surrounding areas will see a great show and we’re really looking forward to it. The first weekend in May will be filled with some great racing with the series, starting the weekend at Macon Speedway on Thursday and then finishing the weekend at PIR on Saturday. The new management group and everyone associated with PIR are really thrilled to have the LOLMDS come into town on that weekend.”

For tickets and more information about Paducah International Raceway, call 270-898-7469 or visit www.paducahracing.com.  Information is also found at www.facebook.com/paducahracing and on Twitter @paducahracing. The track is also available through email at paducahracing@att.net.

“The first weekend of May is shaping up to be a huge weekend for both fans and racers,” said Ritchie Lewis, series director for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. “With the series going to Macon, Tri-City and Paducah, all on one weekend, it’s sure to draw a huge field of talented drivers and the biggest stars of the sport for that weekend. The entire weekend will be a great opportunity for fans who want to see the stars of the LOLMDS battle some of the toughest competitors from anywhere in the country.”

For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series, visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on the social media outlets at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and https://twitter.com/lucasdirt.

Track Information

Paducah International Raceway
Track Phone #: (270) 898-7469
Promoter – Robert Sargent: (217) 764-3200
Location: 4445 Shemwell Lane, Paducah, KY 42003
Website: www.paducahracing.com

 

Tire Rule for Paducah – May 3rd

 

Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier 1320, LM20, 1640, LM40
Right Rear – Hoosier 02, LM20, 06, LM40

 

Event Purse


$10,000 to win- 1. $10000, 2. $5500, 3. $3500, 4. $2750, 5. $2250, 6. $1800, 7. $1500, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1075, 12. $1050, 13. $1025, 14. $1000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:
ASi Racewear – “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

E3 Spark Plugs – “The Official Spark Plug” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Fast Orange- “The Official Hand Cleaner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

GEICO – “The Official Insurance” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

General Tire – “The Official Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Hoosier Tire – “The Official Race Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

iON Cameras – “The Official Camera of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series”

Lucas Oil Products – “The Official Oil” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

MAVTV “American Real” – “The Official TV Network” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries – “The Official Battery” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Ole Smoky Moonshine – “The Official Moonshine” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

ProtectTheHarvest.com-”The Official Protect the Harvest Campaign of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Super Clean- “Official Cleaner-Degreaser” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Sunoco Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:
Allstar Performance, AR Bodies, Bad Boy Mowers, Barry Wright Race Cars, Club 29 Race Cars, Bloomquist Race Cars, Brodix, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, C&R Racing Inc., Crawford Supply, CJ Rayburn Race Cars, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dunn-Benson Ford, Dyers Top Rods, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Orange, Fuel Safe Fuel Cells, FK Rod Ends, Georgia Boot, Grover Race Engines, Hawk Performance, Hedman Hedders, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, Industrial Pressure Washers (IPW), Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Kuntz Race Engines, Longhorn Chassis, MasterSbilt Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Pierce Racecars, Pro Power Racing Engines, Revelution Race Cars, Rick Schwallie Photography, Rocket Chassis, Roush Yates Parts, Simpson Race Products, Total Seal, Traeger Grills, Vic Hill Race Engines, Weld Racing Wheels, Wrisco, 5150 Race Trailers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAYCROSS, GA – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Paducah International Raceway are gearing up for a huge weekend of racing the first weekend of May. The stars and cars of the LOLMDS will visit the Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Ky., on Saturday, May 3, as the final leg of a big three-race weekend in May for the Spring Showdown. The event is scheduled as a 50-lap feature event paying $10,000 to win and $800 to start. The single-day event will include Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the 50-lap feature event. Support classes running in conjunction with the LOLMDS at Paducah include Crate Late Models and the Modified divisions.

Paducah International Raceway is owned by Bob Sargent and several NASCAR Stars, including Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kenny Schrader. Sargent recently signed an agreement to lease the track to a new operating group and will continue to run a weekly racing program in 2014.  PIR is considered the premier dirt track speedway in Western Kentucky for its fast three-eighths mile track, extensive grandstands and luxury suites. Bob Sargent and the new management group are thrilled to have the LOLMDS visit PIR as part of the three-race weekend.

“We are very excited to have the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the national stars come to PIR this year,” said Bob Sargent, co-owner of PIR and Macon Speedway. “All the great fans in the Paducah, Ky., area and surrounding areas will see a great show and we’re really looking forward to it. The first weekend in May will be filled with some great racing with the series, starting the weekend at Macon Speedway on Thursday and then finishing the weekend at PIR on Saturday. The new management group and everyone associated with PIR are really thrilled to have the LOLMDS come into town on that weekend.”

For tickets and more information about Paducah International Raceway, call 270-898-7469 or visit www.paducahracing.com.  Information is also found at www.facebook.com/paducahracing and on Twitter @paducahracing. The track is also available through email at paducahracing@att.net.

“The first weekend of May is shaping up to be a huge weekend for both fans and racers,” said Ritchie Lewis, series director for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. “With the series going to Macon, Tri-City and Paducah, all on one weekend, it’s sure to draw a huge field of talented drivers and the biggest stars of the sport for that weekend. The entire weekend will be a great opportunity for fans who want to see the stars of the LOLMDS battle some of the toughest competitors from anywhere in the country.”

For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series, visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on the social media outlets at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and https://twitter.com/lucasdirt.

Track Information

Paducah International Raceway
Track Phone #: (270) 898-7469
Promoter – Robert Sargent: (217) 764-3200
Location: 4445 Shemwell Lane, Paducah, KY 42003
Website: www.paducahracing.com

 

Tire Rule for Paducah – May 3rd

 

Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier 1320, LM20, 1640, LM40
Right Rear – Hoosier 02, LM20, 06, LM40

 

Event Purse


$10,000 to win- 1. $10000, 2. $5500, 3. $3500, 4. $2750, 5. $2250, 6. $1800, 7. $1500, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1075, 12. $1050, 13. $1025, 14. $1000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:
ASi Racewear – “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

E3 Spark Plugs – “The Official Spark Plug” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Fast Orange- “The Official Hand Cleaner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

GEICO – “The Official Insurance” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

General Tire – “The Official Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Hoosier Tire – “The Official Race Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

iON Cameras – “The Official Camera of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series”

Lucas Oil Products – “The Official Oil” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

MAVTV “American Real” – “The Official TV Network” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries – “The Official Battery” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Ole Smoky Moonshine – “The Official Moonshine” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

ProtectTheHarvest.com-”The Official Protect the Harvest Campaign of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Super Clean- “Official Cleaner-Degreaser” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Sunoco Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:
Allstar Performance, AR Bodies, Bad Boy Mowers, Barry Wright Race Cars, Club 29 Race Cars, Bloomquist Race Cars, Brodix, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, C&R Racing Inc., Crawford Supply, CJ Rayburn Race Cars, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dunn-Benson Ford, Dyers Top Rods, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Orange, Fuel Safe Fuel Cells, FK Rod Ends, Georgia Boot, Grover Race Engines, Hawk Performance, Hedman Hedders, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, Industrial Pressure Washers (IPW), Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Kuntz Race Engines, Longhorn Chassis, MasterSbilt Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Pierce Racecars, Pro Power Racing Engines, Revelution Race Cars, Rick Schwallie Photography, Rocket Chassis, Roush Yates Parts, Simpson Race Products, Total Seal, Traeger Grills, Vic Hill Race Engines, Weld Racing Wheels, Wrisco, 5150 Race Trailers

 

Apr 10

Macon Speedway text service gets fans, drivers up to speed

Texting     MACON, Ill. – Have you ever wondered which divisions are racing at Macon Speedway on the upcoming weekend or needed to learn about the next fun, crazy promotion at the racetrack? Sometimes you just want to know if that rain shower missed the track.

     Now it’s never been easier to keep up with the fact-paced, wheel-to-wheel action on the fifth-mile oval or fun in the grandstands, because Macon Speedway is proud to introduce a text service to keep fans and drivers informed.

     It’s simple to sign up and easy to use. Here’s how it works. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

     “Macon Speedway wants to make it easier for fans to get up-to-date information,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Whether it’s the racing program, promotion or the weather, we know fans must be informed.’’

     Macon Speedway plans regular texts on Wednesday to update fans and drivers on the promotions, programs and attractions over the weekend. A text Saturday will also pass along any news or weather updates.

     Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles.

     For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway).

Apr 07

Californian pulls away for win in Silver Crown race at Action Track

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — After competing in pavement races last year for DePalma Motorsports, Kody Swanson took advantage of his first dirt start with the team in the Silver Crown Series presented by Traxxas by winning Sunday’s Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track. The Kingsburg, Calif., driver took the lead on lap 38 and and was untouchable over a long green-flag run to win in the Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

“To be able to run with these guys all year, I don’t know if I can describe how excited I am to run for the championship with this team,” Swanson said. “I thought, ‘Man, wouldn’t we really surprise some people if we went to Terre Haute, a place that I shouldn’t be any good at, and pull off a win?’ We’ve put together a dirt sprint car and went to Florida and last night at Lawrenceburg, just trying to get me better. To reward that the first race out is special. This group works so hard and has so much passion for Silver Crown racing, so I’m really proud to win here for them.”

In the UMP modified race, Macon Speedway co-owner Ken Schrader pulled away for the victory. Keny Wallace, another Macon Speedway co-owner, finished third.

In the Silver Crown race, Swanson led from the outset after qualifying second, but a flurry of early cautions posed restart after restart for him to hold off challenges. Chris Windom vaulted to second, as Bobby East also moved forward to shuffle polesitter Tracy Hines back to fourth. That foursome came to a pivotal restart on lap 35, when Swanson continued to lead on the high side.

Windom hit the bottom to take the lead after the green came out, taking the lead as they completed lap 36. Hines was surging back to the front, as he bolted by Windom to claim the point on lap 37. By then, Swanson had regained his momentum on the top to take the lead as the field completed the 38th lap.

Hines was back to Swanson’s inside, about to take the lead as they finished lap 40, but a caution came out, giving Swanson the lead back. On the restart, he jumped to the bottom and pulled away from the field.

Swanson lapped up to fourth while distancing his lead, facing no challenges as the race went green the remainder of the 100-lap distance. For Swanson, it was his fourth career series win.

“I knew the top was getting awful thin, even early on, as I was leading,” he said. “I’d have to come down at some point, but it was great to race with those guys and battle my way back to the lead. I think changing with the race track, and being able to move around when you need to, is so important to win on dirt, and I’m still learning that. To put together a whole race at Terre Haute and win is exciting for all of us.”

Hines finished second in the Lightfoot Racing #16 Beast/Chevy, and Jerry Coons, Jr. moved up to finish third in his first race aboard the Fred Gormly – RPM Auto Enterprise #98 DRC/Mopar.

Bobby East began his quest for a third-straight Silver Crown title by finishing fourth in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – Chevrolet Performance #10 Maxim/Chevy, while Zach Daum rounded out the top-five in the Daum Crop Insurance – Weld Wheels #5 Beast/Stanton Chevy.

TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS
April 6, 2014 – Terre Haute, Indiana Action Track
Sumar Classic
QUALIFYING: 1. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-21.112; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.159; 3. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-21.422; 4. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy-21.455; 5. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-21.467; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-21.534; 7. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.869; 8. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-22.045; 9. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-22.063; 10. Zach Daum, 5, Daum-22.144; 11. Christopher Bell, 21, Team Six-R-22.221; 12. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-22.245; 13. Joe Liguori, 99, RPM/Gormly-22.511; 14. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-22.520; 15. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-22.850; 16. Dakota Jackson, 33, Jackson-22.865; 17. John Hunt, 91, Hunt-23.082; 18. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns-23.088; 19. Jarett Andretti, 14, McQuinn-23.231; 20. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-23.335; 21. Jake Simmons, 31, Simmons-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Bobby East, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Shane Cockrum, 7. Dave Darland, 8. A.J. Fike, 9. John Hunt, 10. Joe Liguori, 11. Jacob Wilson, 12. Patrick Lawson, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Aaron Pierce, 15. Caleb Armstrong, 16. Christopher Bell, 17. Davey Ray, 18. Dakota Jackson, 19. Taylor Ferns, 20. Jake Simmons, 21. Jarett Andretti. NT
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**Simmons flipped during practice. Jackson flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Swanson, Lap 36 Windom, Lap 37 Hines, Laps 38-100 Swanson.

NEW SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Swanson-63, 2-Hines-60, 3-Coons-54, 4-East-51, 5-Daum-48, 6-Cockrum-45, 7-Darland-42, 8-Fike-39, 9-Hunt-36, 10-Liguori-33.

NEXT SILVER CROWN SERIES RACES:
May 17 -– Clermont, Ind. (Lucas Oil Raceway), USAC Hall of Fame Classic.
May 22 — Indianapolis (Indiana State Fairgrounds), Hoosier Hundred

Apr 06

Terre Haute Action Tracks hosts Silver Crown, UMP Modifieds in big weekend

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The USAC season starts with a great doubleheader at two legendary Indiana dirt tracks on April 5-6.

After the USAC sprint cars raced at Lawrenceburg Speedway Saturday night, the Silver Crown cars will be unleashed Sunday at the Terre Haute Action Track, the fast half-mile track at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

Grandstands and the infield open at 2 p.m. central time at the Action Track. Hot laps start at 4 p.m. with racing immediately following qualifications. Former NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will race UMP modifieds at the Action Track as the Midwest dirt track racing season kicks into high gear.

Heading into the weekend, everyone wondered if there would be a weekend sweep at Lawrenceburg and Terre Haute. It hasn’t happened in 11 years but at least seven drivers will try to win USAC Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint races at different tracks on the same weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

J.J. Yeley was the last to accomplish the feat, winning Silver Crown races at Lucas Oil Raceway and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and a Sprint race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio all in the span of four days. That year Yeley became the second driver to sweep USAC’s National “Triple Crown” joining Tony Stewart (1995) as the only drivers in history to accomplish the three-series “sweep” in a single year.

Drivers Jarett Andretti, Shane Cockrum, Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Bobby East, Tracy Hines, Kody Swanson and Chris Windom are all expected to compete in both weekend races.

Darland is the only driver of the eight to have won in the Sprints at Lawrenceburg and the Silver Crown at Terre Haute. Coons has Sprint wins at both tracks, while Hines has Midget wins at both and Sprint wins at Terre Haute.

Saturday’s Lawrenceburg race is round three of the 2014 AMSOIL calendar. Brady Bacon and Bryan Clauson scored victories at Ocala, Fla. in February. Sunday’s Terre Haute race opens the 11-race 2014 Silver Crown calendar.

Defending winners at each track are Clauson (2013) at Lawrenceburg and East (2012) at Terre Haute. They won their respective series championships each year.

Levi Jones holds the one-lap Lawrenceburg Sprint car track record of 12.926 seconds set in 2008. Josh Wise is the one-lap Terre Haute Silver Crown record holder at 20.139 seconds, set in 2005.

 

Mar 19

Paducah International Raceway ready for exciting 2014 season

PADUCAH, Ky. – Paducah Motorsports, Inc., announced today an agreement with the Mason family to lease Paducah International Raceway for the 2014 season. Paducah International Raceway will continue to host weekly racing each Friday night. Plans are being finalized for opening night on April 18 with the first major event on the schedule the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race on May 3.

“I’m pleased the Mason family has come to an agreement to operate Paducah International Raceway this season,’’ said PIR co-owner Bob Sargent. “Paducah is a hotbed of racing, and PIR is an outstanding facility. The Masons have plenty of new ideas. I’m looking forward to a great transition with such quality people.’’

Paducah International Raceway was built in 1972 and continued a facility upgrade over the decades.

In November of 2005, NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ken Schrader along with Sargent purchased PIR. This was Dale Jr.’s first venture into owning a racetrack. Schrader also owns I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., with Ray Marler. Sargent has been involved in promoting state fair races in Illinois, both at Springfield and DuQuoin.  He has worked with NASCAR, ARCA, World of Outlaws, and was co-owner of UMP with Schrader.

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart joined the trio of co-owners as a partner in September of 2006. Stewart also owns Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Sargent, Schrader, Stewart and Kenny Wallace jointly own Macon Speedway, just south of Decatur, Ill. During current ownership, PIR built a short track on the infield and luxury suites on the front straight, along with other improvements.

Following construction in 1972, PIR was operated by different business partners until 1975, when it was purchased by Charles Harrison. He gained experience through earlier involvement with Reidland (Ky.) Speedway for eight years.

In 1978, a new concrete retaining wall was built at the facility. The next season, PIR added  concrete bleachers to push seating to 5,000. In 1980, the original concession stand and judges tower were destroyed by fire. A new, modern scoring tower and concession stand were completed in 1981. Ron Fisher purchased the track from the Harrison. He ran the track for several years before the Tindal family purchased PIR in 2001.

PIR is the home USA World 50. The USA World 50 was known as the world’s richest 50-lap race. Jerry Inman won the inaugural USA World 50 in 1978. He followed it up with another win in 1979. Tom Helfrich went to victory lane in 1980 before Larry Moore took the win in 1981, followed by Russ Petro and Phil Gregory in the next two seasons. Other winners include (NASCAR Busch veteran) Jeff Purvis and (UMP Super Late Model National Champion) Terry English.

PIR is considered the premier dirt track speedway in Western Kentucky for its fast three-eighths mile track, extensive grandstands and luxury suites. PIR will continue to run weekly racing with UMP divisions such as modifieds, pro late models, stock cars, 4-cylinder warriors. The track has also hosted high school warriors.

Plans are also being finalized for a driver information meeting on Sunday, March 30. Practice is scheduled for April 11 and 12.

For more information on events at Paducah International Raceway, call 270-898-7469 or visit www.paducahracing.com. Information is also found at www.facebook.com/paducahracing and on Twitter @paducahracing. The track is also available through email at paducahracing@att.net.

 

Mar 12

Super Chevy Stores sponsor ARCA race on Springfield Mile

 

 

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MACON, Ill. – Track Enterprises, Inc. announced the Central Illinois Chevrolet Stores will serve as the title sponsor for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 100-mile stock car race on the historic mile dirt track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The SuperChevyStores.com 100 is set for Aug. 17 in Springfield. The Central Illinois Chevy Stores form a consortium of 12 locations stretching across the region.

The SuperChevyStores.com 100 is one of two races on dirt in the 20-race ARCA Racing Series season. The unique events bring together dirt track racers from all backgrounds. The Illinois State Fair has a long tradition of stock car racing, and ARCA began sanctioning the event in 1983.

“I’m extremely happy to have the Central Illinois Chevy Stores on board for this year,’’ said Bob Sargent, president of Track Enterprises, Inc., and the race promoter. “There’s nothing more American than a Chevy and racing on a mile dirt track at the state fair.’’

This is the 52nd time the famed Springfield Mile hosts stock car racing. ARCA takes center stage on the world’s fastest mile dirt track on the final day of the 162nd annual Illinois State Fair. The ARCA Racing series presented by Menards is in its 62nd season.

Last summer, Brennan Poole raced to the thrilling ARCA win in Springfield after locals Kelly Kovski, driving for Allgaier Motorsports, and A.J. Fike were black flagged for jumping a late restart before a large crowd and an NBC Sports Network television audience. Kovski wanted to become the second Springfield native to ever win a championship race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in more than 70 years of sanctioned championship auto racing. Fike, of Galesburg, attempted to complete the weekend sweep after winning the previous day on the Springfield Mile in a Silver Crown open-wheel race.

Other stock car winners on the Springfield Mile include Frank Kimmel, Parker Kligerman, Justin Allgaier, Ken Schrader, AJ Foyt, Al Unser, Ramo Stott, Don White, Roger McCluskey, Bob Keselowski, Jack Bowsher, Bobby Isaac, Bob Keselowski, Tim Steele and Dean Roper.

Mar 11

Macon Speedway season reserved ticket earns discount to Lucas Oil race

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARCH 11, 2014

 

MACON, Ill. – Here’s a deal that pays off all racing season.

Macon Speedway season reserved seat ticket holders receive a $10 discount for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 on May 1, when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes its first appearance at Macon Speedway, the historic one-fifth mile banked oval that opened in 1946.

By purchasing a $75 reserved chair-back seat for the entire Macon Speedway racing season in the Wayne Webb Memorial Grandstand, each reserved seat ticket will allow the race fan to buy a St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 ticket with a $10 discount. The 100-lapper is the only Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event in Central Illinois this season.

“With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series making its first appearance here at our storied track, I wanted to do something special for our loyal dirt track fans,’’ Macon Speedway promoter Bob Sargent said. “Our reserved seats provide a panoramic view of the entire speedway surface. Fans can reward themselves with a reserved seat for the season and a discount to one of our top events.’’

Tickets for the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 are $25 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit admission is $35 for adults. Pits open at 3 p.m., and the gates open at 4. Hot laps begin at 6 with racing set for 7.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is considered the premier national touring sanctioning body for dirt super late models. The series will sanction 47 events in 19 states in 2014. Powered by 800 horsepower V8 engines, nothing is stock about these $75,000 machines that provide dirt-slinging, sideways, door-to-door action lap after lap. Modifieds and B-mods will also race that night.

Macon Speedway is one of the Midwest’s most famous dirt racing facilities. Co-owned by Sargent and NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace, the track is a fan favorite for the layout that creates plenty of wheel-to-wheel action. Located nine miles South of Decatur, Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part opened in 2013, A self-service auto parts yard isn’t new, but it’s new to St. Louis. By allowing the customer to pull the part, St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part passes significant savings to the consumer. St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part is conveniently located next to Hollywood Night Club at 611 Bunkum Road, Washington Park, Ill. For more information, visit www.upicapart.com.

For more information on Macon Speedway, call 217-764-3000. Visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2014 race schedule and additional information. For quick and convenient updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway. The Macon Speedway Club is coming soon with a texting service.

 

Feb 15

CBS Sports Network to Televise Live ARCA Races

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(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – February 15, 2014) – Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America announced today that CBS Sports Network will televise at least three live events from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this year.CBS Sports Network’s coverage, part of its CBS Sports Spectacular programming, begins with the Akona 250 on Saturday, June 21 from Elko Speedway in Minnesota. In addition, CBS Sports Network will televise races from Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on Sunday, July 6 and Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisc. on Sunday, Aug. 24.

“We are pleased to provide additional exposure of the ARCA Racing Series on CBS Sports Network,” said Mark Gundrum, ARCA Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Partnerships. “This opportunity is great for the teams, sponsors and fans of the series.”

CBS Sports Network’s coverage will include some of the series’ best short track races, designed to showcase ARCA’s exciting action from the tour’s “bullrings,” including historic Winchester Speedway in Indiana.

“The ARCA short track race events are some of the best each year, and we’re excited to bring the side-by-side action to CBS Sports Network’s viewers,” Gundrum concluded.

ABOUT CBS SPORTS NETWORK

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

ABOUT ARCA RACING

For more than 60 years the ARCA Racing Series presented Menards has offered race fans a diverse brand of stock car racing on short tracks, dirt tracks, road courses and superspeedways. Founded by John and Mildred Marcum, the ARCA Racing Series is a destination for professional race drivers and a developmental series which transitions and prepares drivers for the advancement of their careers into the highest levels of the sport.

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