capture an unprecedented sixth Winter Nationals title after opening night winner Jimmy Horton blew a motor with 17 circuits left in the 50-lap finale. Points runner-up Tim Fuller won the second 30-lapper before Hearn claimed the last two main events to close out the Advance Auto Parts mini-series.
Fans and race teams already planning to attend Volusia Speedway Park (386/985-4402) are encouraged to contact the track public relations offices for area hotel/motel accommodations. Reserved motorhome camping (up to 40 feet) is available at Volusia for only $20 per night. Volusia Speedway Park www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com is located 15 miles west of Daytona Beach on State Road 40 in Barberville, Fla. Mail is received at: 1500 E. Highway 40, DeLeon Springs, FL 32130.
TVMRS: START PLANNING FOR PRACTICE
There will be plenty of cold weather and snow first, but True Value Modified Racing Series teams can mark their calendars for April 7, 2007. That is when pre-season testing will take place at Monadnock Speedway (NH).
RoC: BANQUET PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY
The 2006 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Banquet will take place at the Binghamton Regency on Saturday, January 6th. Cocktail Hour will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner being served at 6 p.m.
51's MODIFIED MADNESS Presented by Advance Auto PartsCompiled by Mike Twist
News From Throughout The Mod-ern World - North and South, Asphalt and Dirt
DIRT: LOOKING AHEAD TO FLORIDA
With days growing shorter and temperatures continuing to plummet throughout the Northeast, race enthusiasts are already looking forward to the annual pilgrimage to Florida and the start of DIRT MotorSports’ 31st consecutive season of operation. The 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals presented by Mopar Speed Shop at Volusia Speedway Park in February is highlighted by the 10th straight trip to the Sunshine State for the big-block Modified contingent.
The Florida Tour at Volusia will feature the mighty Advance Auto Parts Big-Blocks from the Northeast during the week leading up to the Daytona 500 (Feb. 18). The schedule once again includes three 30-lap main events with a 50-lap finale closing out the trip. DIRT Tour '07 marks the 22nd trek to Florida for Northeastern Modified teams since 1978 and it will be DIRT's 15th visit to Volusia since staging its inaugural event in 1982.
"We’re excited to be heading south to begin another season, and after a month away from the track so are a lot of racers and their fans,” said Cory Reed, DIRT MotorSports Director of Series & Track Sanctioning. “Volusia is recognized as one of the premier dirt track facilities in the southeast and it’s always a great place to showcase our Modified teams to the rest of the country. Last year the points title was decided on the final night of racing, and with many of the top teams already making travel plans the competition should be just as fierce when the first green flag falls.”
On June 30, 2005 DIRT officially completed the purchase of Volusia Speedway Park, an acquisition that included the current 1/2-mile semi-banked clay oval, the former 3/8-mile semi-banked asphalt oval and a 1/8-mile banked clay go-kart track which will be the site of the upcoming DIRTkart World Championships, Dec. 27-Jan. 1.
Located a half-hour from Daytona Beach, this famed facility has seating for nearly 10,000 fans. The track is a popular venue for the World of Outlaws and UMP series as well as a variety of other classes. Coming up in February, the World of Outlaws (Feb. 9-11) and World of Outlaws Late Models (Feb. 15 & 17) will join the Advance Auto Parts Big-Blocks (Feb. 14-17) in kicking off their own race seasons. DIRT-sanctioned UMP Late Models (Feb. 12-14) and UMP Open-Wheel Modifieds (Feb. 6-13) add to the 12-day DIRT MotorSports marathon down south with three straight nights of All-Star Sprint Circuit of Champions (Feb. 5-8) specials opening up the month.
Mopar engines will be required to have a minimum 64cc combustion chamber, and effective for the 2008 season, there will be a minimum ring thickness measurement, and DART heads part number 10024266 will be permitted.
In the SK Light division, the tire rule has been amended to put the SK Lights on the same tires as the SK Modifieds® all the way around the car.
For Stafford's SK Modified® and Late Model divisions, the VP 2-barrel fuel has been dropped from the Stafford Motor Speedway approved fuels list.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.
TRACKS: GIFT CARDS, NUMBER REGISTRATIONS AND RULES KEEP TIS OFFICE BUSY
The racing season may be over in New England, but the preparation for the 2007 racing season has the Thompson International Speedway office buzzing with activity. Race fans and race teams are also getting an early start on next year’s competition by ordering gift cards, registering car numbers and obtaining copies of the 2007 racing rules.
SKs: STAFFORD FINALIZES RULES FOR ‘07
Stafford Motor Speedway recently hosted over 350 competitors for its annual round of competitor meetings for the SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions to discuss rules and procedures for the upcoming 2007 NASCAR Racing season. The 2007 rules for each of Stafford's five weekly divisions have been finalized and can be found at www.staffordmotorspeedway.com.
As a result of the competitor meetings, there were no major changes made to the rules from 2006, just several minor changes for each division.
In Stafford's SK Modified® division, the maximum weight distribution for the left side of the car will be moved from 55% to 56%, and teams will be allowed to make modifications to the dog-ring and slider of high gear only on Richmond transmissions. Also, in the wake of rumors that NASCAR may be allowing aluminum body panels for the Whelen Modified Tour division in 2007, Stafford has mandated that the SK Modifieds and SK Light Modifieds will both remain using steel body panels.
For both the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions, all
RoC Champion Earl Paules' #8 machine.
Super reserved ticket packages for the DIRTcar Nationals remain available for Sprints, Late Models and Big-Blocks, with each including a free gift when ordering. A six-race Sprint Week (Feb. 6-11) ticket and each six-race Late Model (Feb. 12-17) ticket costs $160 while a four-race Big-Block (Feb. 14-17) ticket goes for $120.
Among the tour record 57 DIRT Modified drivers who competed at Volusia last February, all-time Florida Tour champion Brett Hearn overcame a seemingly insurmountable 30-point deficit on the last night to
There will be plenty of Mod action at the Big T next year. (Jim DuPont Photo)
The SKs at Stafford. (Jim DuPont Photo)
The 2007 Thompson International Speedway racing rules have been thoroughly reviewed and approved by Thompson’s management team. The rules are available on the Thompson Speedway web site. Race teams are urged to print the General and Safety Rules and the Racing Rules for their specific division. Rules for all six of the newly named NASCAR Whelen All American Series divisions that compete at the Connecticut oval are available at www.thompsonspeedway.com/rules.htm.
Anyone unable to obtain the rules from the internet may contact the Thompson track office and request that a copy be mailed to them.
“We wanted to have the rules available as early as possible, said track owner, Don Hoenig. By having them available this early, competitors will have plenty of time to review them and make whatever changes are necessary. We tried to make as few changes as possible. However, updates and clarifications must be made to the rules book each year,” Hoenig concluded.
Holiday shoppers are finding a Thompson International Speedway gift card to be an ideal gift for the race fans on their shopping lists. Gift cards are available in any amount and recipients my add value to their card at any time. There is no expiration date on a Thompson Speedway gift card and using the card makes entry to the speedway easy and convenient. This gift idea has grown in popularity in recent years and getting one simply requires a credit card and a phone call to the Thompson track office.
Car number registrations are also rolling in at a brisk pace. Race teams wishing to retain their car numbers must do so by January 15, 2007. After that date, any and all remaining numbers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The track will hold all race team’s numbers, providing that NASCAR points were awarded to those numbers in the 2006 racing season, until the January 15th date. Any number not used in the previous racing season will be awarded to the first person requesting it for the 2007 racing campaign. The proper form for renewing a car number is available on the Thompson International Speedway web site. The form may also be obtained by calling the track office at 860-923-2280 and asking to have a renewal form mailed or faxed.
Thompson’s 2007 racing schedule is expected to be released shortly. Over 95% of the 2007 racing schedule has been completed. Only a few minor details remain to be worked out before the schedule is released. Race fans will be happy to know that the Thursday Night Thompson Thunder weekly events will return along with all of their favorite major touring division races.
DIRT: TOP ROOKIES HONORED
DIRT MotorSports extends its appreciation to the Miller Electric Manufacturing Company for its continued support of the DIRT Rookie of the Year awards for a second straight season. Designated as the "Official Welding Equipment" supplier of DMS through the 2006 race season, Miller Electric stands among a select group of corporate partners that includes many top stock car race teams, with drivers like Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Dale Jarrett and Mark Martin heading the list.
Including first-place prizes to the overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRT champions, nearly $8,400 in welding products was handed out at the season ending awards banquet in November. For their own accomplishments, 2006 DIRT rookie award winners Lance Willix II (358-Modified), Jipp Ortiz (Sportsman) and Dion Oakes (Pro Stock) each received Millermatic 135 welders ($800 each) while Kenny Stafford (Big-Block Modified) collected a Millermatic 175 Welder ($955 Value).
While DIRT Big-Block Modified Rookie of the Year award winners have been recognized since DIRT’s second season of competition in 1977, the initial DIRT small-block Rookie of the Year honor was bestowed in 1984, the year following crowning of the first overall Mr. DIRT 358-Modified champion. The inaugural DIRT Sportsman Rookie of the Year recipient was recognized at the 1994 DIRT Awards Banquet while 2006 marks just the second time a first-year Pro Stock driver has received this distinction. DIRT MotorSports is looking forward to many more years of active involvement by Miller Electric as all previous contributions have remained vital to the continued growth of the area motorsports industry.
IMCA: GET A GIFT CARD!
Looking for a holiday gift? Order a new IMCA gift card in any dollar amount - good for IMCA souvenirs, IMCA or Hoosier apparel, gift subscriptions to Inside IMCA, or even a 2007 license for your favorite driver.
To order your gift card, call Jodi Geiger at 319-472-2201, extension 200, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drivers, crews and spectators are all invited to take part in the season ending awards dinner. The evening of fun will take place at the Binghamton Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Downtown Binghamton.
Tickets are $40 each and must be reserved prior to January 1st, 2007.
This dinner will be sold out and absolutely no tickets will be sold at the door.
We have reserved a limited number of dramatically reduced rooms for those attending the banquet and wishing to stay at the Binghamton Regency. Please phone the hotel directly at 1-800-723-7676 or locally at (607) 722-7575. When making reservations be sure to mention that you are attending the Race of Champions/Five Mile Point Speedway Awards Dinner in order to receive the discount.