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Saturday, January 30, 2016

February 2016 racing: Where to see your favorites

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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series
  • February 20 – Daytona International Speedway
  • February 27 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • February 19 – Daytona International Speedway
  • February 27 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
  • February 14 – New Smyrna Speedway in Florida (part of the 50th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing)

ARCA Racing Series
  • February 13 – Daytona International Speedway

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

World of Outlaws Late Model Series
  • February 12-13 – ScrevenMotor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia
  • February 18-20 – Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds
  • February 17-20 – Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida

All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars
  • February 5-6 – BubbaRaceway Park in Ocala, Florida
  • February 10-11 – Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida


For more information about any of these events, click on the provided links.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wyoming County International Speedway releases 2016 schedule

The American 100 Modified race
returns to WCIS in October
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Wyoming County International Speedway, located at 35 Adrian Rd. in Perry, has released its 2016 schedule of Saturday night racing. The season kicks off on Saturday, May 21, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and racing beginning at 7 p.m.

On May 28, the Bullring hosts a 35-lap Super Stock Special for Memorial Day weekend, and for Independence Day weekend on July 2, the SST Modifieds are highlighted in the Firecracker 50. On July 23, the SSTs are featured again in the 56-lap Moonshiner event, while August 6 will feature the Super Stocks in a 50-lap special.

August 27 kicks off pre-Labor Day festivities with qualifying for the Labor Day Weekend Special, Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4. Saturday racing includes the SST 100-lapper plus races for the 4-cylinders and Vintage Late Models, while the American Modifieds race in a 75-lap event on Sunday along with the Super Stocks and Classic Asphalt Modifieds. Racing begins both days at 3 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9, is the culmination of the season, the Shootout at the Bullring, highlighted by the $10,000-to-win American 100 Modified race on Sunday. Saturday action includes the SST Modified 100-lapper along with 4-cylinders, Vintage Late Models and American 100 qualifying. On Sunday, last-chance qualifying for the American 100 and the 100-lap main event are joined by a 50-lap Super Stock race. Racing begins both days at 1 p.m.

Find a complete schedule at www.thebullringwcis.com

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cato’s Regan Smith lands Cup Series ride with Tommy Baldwin Racing

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Alex Bowman is out and Cato, NY native Regan Smith is in at Tommy Baldwin Racing for the 2016 season. Smith will pilot the No. 7 Chevrolet with sponsorship from Toy State and its Nikko RC and Road Rippers brands.

"This is a really great time for us," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Having a driver with Regan's credentials further elevates our program. He's a seasoned driver and a proven race winner. We're really looking forward to 2016."

Earlier in the day on Thursday, TBR announced the release of Bowman with the following statement:

"As NASCAR transitions to different business and competition models, teams have to make decisions accordingly," said Baldwin. "We appreciate what Alex contributed during 2015 and wish him the best in the future."

Not even six hours later, Smith was announced as Bowman’s replacement.

"This has been a crazy few days, but I'm really excited that we were able to put this together," said Smith. "I have a ton of respect for Tommy and what he's built there. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Smith’s son Rhett turns one next month, so “I'll be putting in my request for some Road Rippers cars. That's a pretty good perk too!"

Smith spent the last three seasons at JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, but lack of sponsorship left Smith without a ride for 2016. Smith’s biggest achievement so far in his career is his win in the 2011 Southern 500 at Darlington.

Find out more at TBR at tommybaldwinracing.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by 140 BUZZ.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Big 10 Super Stocks rebranded under Race of Champions banner

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Effective Monday, January 11th, the Race of Champions Series has acquired the New York State Big 10 Super Stock division and will assume all operations of the series moving forward, being rebranded the Race of Champions Super Stocks, or ‘RoC Super Stocks’. The Race of Champions Super Stock Series will continue to operate using the “spec used F-45 Hoosier tire policy” in the same manner that the division has always used, and Race Director Larry Woodruff will remain with the series in his current role.

“We sat and formulated a plan to move forward with the Race of Champions,” said Woodruff. “The goal was to eliminate the late season guess work in regard to rules and move forward with a plan that brought everyone together and gave notice to everyone well in advance as to what the rules and regulations would be. It is a goal we’ve been trying to achieve for quite some time.”

More information will be available in the coming weeks, including a schedule which is currently being finalized and an inclusive Rulebook which will be current, relevant, inclusive of all statewide super stocks and govern the division which will include the season ending Race of Champions event. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Six drivers selected for NASCAR’s 2016 Drive for Diversity class

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Six drivers have been selected to the 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) class and will join the industry’s premier development program for multicultural and female drivers and pit crew members.

These drivers will compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and attempt to follow in the footsteps of D4D graduates and current NASCAR national series drivers Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suárez.

“NASCAR remains steadfast in its mission to develop multicultural and female athletes and we believe this class has the potential to compete at the highest levels of our sport,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “The talent pool from which these drivers were selected was unprecedented for NASCAR Drive for Diversity – a testament to the program’s growth and success.”

Rev Racing will field four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and two in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The 2016 D4D roster includes:
  • Collin Cabre: After an impressive first year with D4D in which he won the season finale at Dover International Speedway and finished in the top 10, the 22-year-old from Tampa will again compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
  • Rubén Garcia Jr.: At age 20, the Mexico City native won four races in the NASCAR Mexico Series en route to his first NASCAR championship. He brings his talents to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for his rookie season with Rev Racing.
  • Jairo Avila: The 20-year-old Colombian-American from Alhambra, California, made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut in 2014 and achieved four top-10 finishes in five starts with his family-run team. He will compete in the K&N Pro Series East.
  • Ali Kern: The 22-year-old from Fremont, Ohio, had her best NASCAR D4D Combine last year after turning in strong performances in previous combine events. A second-place finisher in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Kern will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
  • Enrique Baca: Following an impressive showing at the Combine, Baca, 24, will race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Baca is from Monterrey, Mexico, and competed in his native country’s Super Copa Telcel series in 2015.
  • Juan Garcia: Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Garcia, 18, earned the 2015 Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award for his competitiveness in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. He will return to the series with Rev Racing following a strong performance at the Combine last fall.
Under Rev Racing owner and CEO Max Siegel’s leadership, NASCAR D4D aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping drivers achieve career successes and improving their goal of reaching one of NASCAR's three national series.

“This year's NASCAR Drive for Diversity class is so talented. We are excited to get the season started, to develop and showcase the drivers’ abilities to our fans and partners,” said Siegel. “Our ultimate goal is to prepare these minority and female drivers for the national series. Every year presents new opportunities for growth and we look forward to carrying over last season’s momentum into 2016.”

Since it began fielding D4D cars in 2010, Rev Racing has registered 17 total wins with six different drivers and at least one victory in each season in the K&N Pro Series East. The 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener will take place on February 14 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where Rev Racing scored a win with Suárez in 2014.

In 2015, more than 25 graduates of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program, also run by Rev Racing, pitted for national series teams. Mike Russell, jackman for the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, became the first African-American D4D graduate to win a national series championship.

For more information on NASCAR Drive for Diversity, visit www.nascardiversity.com.

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NASCAR announces 2016 K&N Pro Series schedules

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The 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West schedules will feature 14 points races each, highlighted by their annual combination race at Iowa Speedway on July 29.

Both calendars include some of the best short tracks in the United States, as well as several companion events with NASCAR’s three national series and three road-course races in each series.

New events on the schedule for 2016 include New Jersey Motorsports Park, Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway and Virginia’s Dominion Raceway in the East, and a trip to California’s Orange Show Speedway for the first time in more than 30 years in the West. The West series also returns to Douglas County Speedway in Oregon as well as the first doubleheader weekend in series’ modern history with a pair of September races at Utah Motorsports Campus, formerly Miller Motorsports Park. The East series returns to Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway for the first time since 2008.

Highlights of the 2016 K&N Pro Series East schedule include:
  • Points racing kicks off at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday, February 14, and the champion will be crowned at Dover International Speedway on Friday, September 30.
  • New Jersey will join New York’s Watkins Glen International and Virginia International Raceway to give the schedule a trio of road-course venues.

Highlights of the 2016 K&N Pro Series West schedule include:
  • The 2016 season begins and ends in California, with the season opener on Saturday, March 19 at Irwindale Speedway, just north of Los Angeles and the finale on Saturday, October 15 at All American Speedway, near Sacramento.
  • In an unprecedented race weekend, the series will compete in two full championship races on September 10-11 at Utah Motorsports Campus, the state-of-the-art road course located 30 minutes southwest of Salt Lake City. This marks the first time the series will run back-to-back days since 1979, and first time since the series’ modern era began in 1971 that the two races in two days will be run at the same track.
  • In addition to Utah’s two races, California’s Sonoma Raceway will be the third road course event as it hosts its 38th West race during the Sprint Cup Series weekend in June.

2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule:
  • Feb. 14 – New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna, Fla.
  • March 12 – Mobile International Speedway – Mobile, Ala.
  • March 26 – Greenville Pickens Speedway – Greenville, S.C.
  • April 16 – Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tenn.
  • April 30 – Virginia International Raceway – Alton, Va.
  • May 30 – Dominion Raceway – Woodford, Va.
  • June 17 – Stafford Motor Speedway – Stafford, Conn.
  • July 2 – Columbus Motor Speedway – Columbus, Ohio
  • July 15 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.
  • July 29 – Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa
  • August 5 – Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, N.Y.
  • Sept. 5 – Greenville Pickens Speedway – Greenville, S.C.
  • Sept. 17 – New Jersey Motorsports Park – Millville, N.J.
  • Sept. 30 – Dover International Speedway – Dover, Del.

2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule:
  • March 19 – Irwindale Speedway – Irwindale, Calif.
  • April 2 – Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, Calif.
  • May 7 – Tucson Speedway – Tucson, Ariz.
  • May 21 – Orange Show Speedway – San Bernardino, Calif.
  • June 11 – Colorado National Speedway – Dacono, Colo.
  • June 25 – Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, Calif.
  • July 9 – Stateline Speedway – Post Falls, Idaho
  • July 29 – Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa
  • August 13 – Evergreen Speedway – Monroe, Wash.
  • August 27 – Douglas County Speedway – Roseburg, Ore.
  • Sept. 10-11 – Utah Motorsports Campus – Toelle, Utah
  • Sept. 24 – Meridian Speedway – Meridian, Idaho
  • Oct. 15 – All American Speedway – Roseville, Calif.
Keep up with the K&N Pro Series East and West at hometracks.nascar.com

Lancaster Dragway announces 2016 schedule


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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway has released its 2016 IHRA Drag Racing schedule, with racing kicking off on Saturday, April 16.

"This schedule will have race fans of all kinds circling dates on their calendars right now," said Tim Packman, Track President. "Our weekly series is going to be strong with the number of participants we have and we look forward to growing that program, as well. 

The 2016 schedule begins Saturday, April 16 with a Test & Tune session and a Box/No Box Shootout. A second Test & Tune day and Box/No-Box race will be held the following Sunday, April 24. 

The regular season starts on Friday, April 29 with the first points race of the year. Lancaster’s weekly IHRA Drag Racing classes will continue to be Top ET, Mod ET, Sleds & Bikes and Street for the 2016 season.

Special events on the 2016 schedule include: Al Hanna’s Jet Funny cars on May 27, the 2nd annual Pro Modified Shootout on Tuesday, June 7, the Queen of Diamonds Jet Dragster on June 17, an appearance by Street Outlaws’s Kamikaze Chris and Boosted GT on July 1, the annual Nitro Night of Fire on July 15, and Alcohol Funny Cars on August 5. 

"A lot of work and planning by Sharon Hughes (Drag Series Director) and Rob Kozak (Kozak Motorsports Marketing) has made some great connections to book the high-interest shows," said Packman. “The Street Outlaw, Nitro and Pro Mod nights have already been talked about before the schedule went out.”

The biggest event of the season, Sunday Nostalgia Weekend, will take place the weekend of July 29-31. Last year’s event featured three days of racing that attracted racers from across the East Coast as well as the Clutch Artists car show that filled the infield of the stock car oval.

The 2016 schedule also features five Sunday events, each featuring a unique theme. The newly created Empire State Drag Racing Series makes it first visit to Lancaster on May 15, featuring Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes as well as the Buffalo Street Outlaw, while June 12 will be Mopar Day presented by WNY Mopars. Lancaster's first ever Kids Day, headlined by the Junior Dragster class and the Teen Championship Racing program, will take place on August 7, while the  Race of Champions event will be run on August 28. Track champs will go head-to-head in the second annual Grand Championship Run-Off on October 2. 

The popular Wednesday Cruise Nights at Lancaster, featuring grudge drag racing, start on Wednesday, May 4 and run through the end of September. Tuesday night Test & Tune sessions begin on Tuesday, May 17 and run weekly until September 20. Tuesday nights will feature amateur drag racing, Junior Dragsters, Senior Nostalgia class and Teen Championship Racing.

"Sharon and the entire team are ready to welcome everyone to the Drag, Cruise and Test & Tune nights at Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway in 2016," said Packman. "This is just another step in the track's resurgence that began last year. The worst part is waiting for the season to start." 

The 2016 preseason registration party for both the drag racing and stock car programs will be held Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m. at the Variety Banquet Hall at 6114 Broadway in Lancaster. Racers will be able to register their cars, purchase memberships and reserve pit pads. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway.

Holland announces registration party date, mall shows, Ultimate Fan Experience

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Holland Motorsports Complex has announced its registration party and mall show dates for the 2016 season, as well as a new option for fans wanting to get in on the action.

The annual registration party will take place Sunday, March 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Holland Willows. The Eastern Hills Mall car show will be held from April 30 to May 5, while the McKinley Mall show will run from May 7 to 13.

New for 2016 is the Ultimate Fan Experiences. For $80, it includes one admission ticket to the races, VIP Pit Access with a race team of choice, watching the pit crew prep the car and be a part of their team, ride in the pace car for the duration of that team’s division’s race, one autograph photo with the driver and VIP seating in the VSP Marketing Group Tower and Suites.  Ultimate Fan Experiences can be purchased online as well by contacting the Speedway office.

The 2016 Preseason Thunder in the Hills takes place on Saturday, May 21 from noon to 4 p.m., with practice and tech inspection available during those times. The 57th season opener presented by McKinley Mall will take place on Saturday, May 28 featuring the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Chargers, Bank of Holland Hornets, NYPA TQ Midgets, INEX Legends, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s and the Future 4’s.


Find a complete schedule an more information at www.hollandspeedway.com

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Race of Champions releases 2016 schedules

Reigning RoC Asphalt Modified champ Matt Hirschman
in 2015 at Lancaster National Speedway
Several new tracks will be showcased on the recently-released 2016 Race of Champions Asphalt and Dirt Modified schedules, with 15 races scheduled on the asphalt side and 10 for the dirt modified series.

“The 2016 schedule continues to be a work in progress,” stated RoC owner Joe Skotnicki on the Race of Champions website. “We’ve put a lot of emphasis on the importance of the schedule. It was our goal to create an exciting, yet manageable schedule that gives our constituents all of the opportunities that they are seeking. It’s a challenging task and we are proud of what we have accomplished up to this point, but we are not going to rest on our laurels and continue to drive forward.”

The RoC Asphalt Modified Series will be highlighted by its marquee event, the Race of Champions 250, on Saturday, September 17 at Oswego Speedway. Oswego will also host to the 61-lap Richie Evans Memorial on Saturday, May 14. Lancaster National Speedway hosts four events, including the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial (Saturday, August 20) and the US Open (Sunday, September 25).

Three Pennsylvania tracks are on this year’s schedule. Mahoning Valley Speedway, near Allentown, will host the season opener on Saturday, April 9 and the season finale Oktoberfast on Saturday, October 22. Lake Erie Speedway returns to the schedule on Saturday, June 11 and Motordrome Speedway near Pittsburgh joins the Series with a race on Friday, June 24.

The Series will also visit New York’s Chemung Speedrome and Spencer Speedway on two occasions, plus its annual stop at Holland International Speedway in July.

The Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series schedule is highlighted by the New Yorker Race of Champions 200-lap event on Saturday, September 10 at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, New York. The traditional “Icebreaker” at Selinsgrove Speedway will take place on Saturday, March 19 followed by the Southern Tier opener at Five Mile Point on Sunday, April 10. The series also visits Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Utica-Rome and Rolling Wheels Raceway before concluding the season schedule at Fonda Speedway on Wednesday, September 14.

Work continues on the RoC Sportsman programs on both asphalt and dirt. The Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Series will visit Oswego Speedway on Friday, September 17 as part of Race of Champions weekend while the Race of Champions Dirt Crate Sportsman schedule will feature dates at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario on Monday, July 25 and Freedom Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 2 and Friday, September 2. Both RoC Sportsman schedules will be released in the near future.

Find the complete schedules and keep up with the off-season at www.raceofchampions.net

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Hangover 150 rescheduled again – January 16, 2016

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Ransomville Speedway, under the new ownership of the Atwal family since December 1, has once again postponed the annual Hangover 150 until Saturday, January 16 as the unusual weather continues to wreak havoc on the grounds and the track.

“Due to the warming temperatures and predicted rainfall for tonight (Friday, January 8), the Atwal family has decided to postpone the Hangover 150 one more week,” according to a post on the website. “The thawing we endured over the last couple days has resulted in soft grounds in the pit area and parking lots. The rain expected later will result in the inability to park without damaging the grounds.”

Drivers who pre-registered and are unable to race on January 16 are encouraged to call the speedway during business hours Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a full reimbursement. Next Saturday, gates will open at 8:30 a.m. in the pits and 10 a.m. in the grandstands; racing is slated to begin at noon.  Admission is $5 in the grandstand and $20 in the pits.

Questions or concerns can be made to the track via email at raceransomville@aol.com or by phone at 716-791-3602. Pre-registrations will continue to be taken up until Friday, January 15; pre-registration is $45.