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A Compilation of News and Press Release Including All of the Tours From A to W
Will Jean-Paul Cyr win another ACT title?
ACT Late Models – Many fans of northeastern short track stock car racing have been wondering: “When will someone else win the American-Canadian Tour title?” Jean-Paul Cyr has had a stranglehold on the championship since 2003, and has been the face of ACT for the last half-decade.
The heir-apparent may be here in the form of Scott Payea. The 26 year-old, who happens to be from Cyr’s hometown of Milton, VT, earned his second ACT Late Model Tour victory of the year, the fourth of his career, and increased his point lead over his cross-town rival at Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut on Saturday night. Payea’s win was also his fifth top-five finish in six ACT events this year.
“It’d be nice to win the title, it’s my goal to eventually win it,” said Payea after the Waterford win. “But for now we just keep going to the next race to see what happens. We’re having fun right now, and everyone on this team is enjoying what we’re doing.”
The next race for the American Canadian Tour will be on June 21st at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).
ACT Quebec Series – The next scheduled ACT Quebec Series event will take place on June 14th at Autodrome Chaudière (Que.).
ARCA Trucks – ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series veteran Paul Hahn dominated the Heritage Newspapers 100 Saturday night at Flat Rock Speedway.
Outside of a brief challenge from Steve Christman early on, Hahn, in the no. 7 Hahn’s Powder Coating-Fox Auto Parts-Howe Racing Chevrolet Colorado, crossed the final stripe a half-lap in front of his closest competitor to earn his 18th career victory in his 80th series start.
“We had a great truck; I can’t thank the crew enough,” said Hahn, who hails from nearby Canton, Michigan. “It’s great to come back to Flat Rock. I grew up at this track so this is a hometown victory for me.”
The win also represented Hahn’s third consecutive series victory at Flat Rock and third consecutive series victory in 2008.
In addition to earning the Bilstein Lap Leader honors for leading 78 of 100 laps, Hahn also picked up the 2BKool Pole Award and left town with the series point lead.
“Last year, we got too wrapped up in the championship. This year, I told myself I’m just going to go out and give it my all and go for the win; and that’s exactly what we’re doing. I think we’re also leading the points now, so it must be working all the way around.”
Hahn’s victory also puts him just six wins shy of Chad Guinn’s all-time series win total of 24.
Hahn started the race from outside row three after an inversion of six and slipped underneath Christman off turn two for the lead on lap 12. However, Hahn’s lead was short-lived after Christman maneuvered inside of Hahn in lapped traffic to lead the 21st lap. But once Hahn regrouped, the former series tracked down Christman and reclaimed the lead on lap 32. From there, Hahn continuously pulled away from the pack.
Christman, in the no. 19 Bagman Racing Chassis-R&B Fabrication Chevrolet, finished second after making an unscheduled pit stop just past the halfway point. Christman rejoined the field from the tail-end and charged through the pack in the outside groove but could do nothing with Hahn, who was already long gone.
TJ Stineman finished third for the second consecutive race in his own no. 89 Front Row Fab-Cool World Thermal Barriers Dodge Dakota ahead of two-time series champion Bill Withers, who finished fourth in his no. 57 Mannings USA-Tubular Techniques-Hall Electronics Ford Ranger. Mike Young, in the no. 23 Dave White Chevrolet, finished fifth, the last truck on the lead lap.
Norm Weaver, Duane Bischoff, Brad Yunker, Robbin Slaughter and Casite Rookie of the Year contender Kenny Kirsch completed the top-10 respectively. Kirsch, who started 17th in the field of 20, also earned the Ed & Company Hard Charger Honors for advancing the most positions.
Ron Wells led the first eight laps before his transmission failed.
The next event for the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series is Friday, June 13th at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, Ohio.
ASA Late Model Challenge Series – The ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division Presented by GM Performance Parts cars and stars are back in the spotlight this weekend with a return trip to the home state of the series!
Fort Lauderdale, Florida driver, Sean Murphy, the 2007 Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year has won the first three Challenge Division races of the season including the non-points affair in Lakeland, Florida in January.
After backing up that win with victories at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis and Iowa Speedway, Murphy and his SS/Green Light Racing Team are itching to get back to racing in the ASALMS Challenge Division and they'll finally get their chance in the home state of the ASALMS!
But he'll have to deal with the likes of Father-Son duo of 2005 Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year, Brian Campbell, and 10-time Berlin Raceway Late Model Track Champion and Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer, Fred Campbell, who have both filed entries for thge next race on the 2008 schedule!
"America's Premiere Short Track Series" will take part in the 2nd Annual Tradition 200 on Friday and Saturday, June 13-14, 2008 at the famed Berlin (MI) Raceway, located West of Grand Rapids in Marne, Michigan. This is the third points race of the 2008 racing season!
As part of the 2nd annual Tradition Weekend at the fast 0.437 Mile Progressively Banked Paved Oval, the USPRO Cup Series Presented by Drive Train Specialists will also be in action with the running of the Tradition 50. For the USPRO Cup Series, this will be the fourth event of six total in their 2008 season.
Current USPRO Cup Series Points Leader, Dave Gentile Jr., will have to deal with several Michigan-based teams looking to defend their home turf this weekend in what will be a thrilling 50-lap feature in Marne, Michigan!
In addition, ASI Limited, the primary sponsor of Murphy's Chevrolet will also be sponsoring the "ASI LIMITED - Riverhouse Appreciation Night at the Races" on Saturday night!
Joining the ASALMS Challenge Division and USPRO Cup Series will be a Berlin Raceway support division’s special event on Friday, June 13, 2008 featuring the De-Jay Slick Truck Pro Stocks, Instant Cash Advance Sportsmen, Burnips Equipment Four-Cylinders, and a School Bus Race to highlight the Friday evening card!
The Pro Stocks and Four-Cylinders will be running Double Features on Friday night to make up for the June 7th show that was called before they could run their respective Features.
On Saturday the ASALMS Challenge Division and USPRO Cup Series share the spotlight at the historic Marne, Michigan Fairgrounds speed plant!
The 2nd Annual Tradition 200 Entry Form as well as the USPRO Cup Series Tradition 50 Entry Form are both available and due at the ASALMS Home Offices in Lexington, Michigan As Soon As Possible.
Advance Tickets for Saturday are now on sale for $18.00 while children 12 and under are free. Saturday Tickets are available at the ASALMS Home Offices in Lexington, Michigan. In addition, they’re also available at the Berlin Raceway Box Office.
Tickets for Friday, which were originally free before the addition of the three divisions, are now $10.00 for adult general admission, $5.00 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. Pit passes for those 14 and over are $25 for Friday!
Gates for the fans will open at 12:15p.m. while gates for the local drivers will open at 3:00p.m. with the first race beginning at 7:20 p.m. you can purchase those tickets at the Berlin Raceway Box Office.
Paul Hahn took the ARCA Truck win. (ARCA Photo)
ASA Late Model Challenge Series – The ASA Late Model Series Northern Division Presented by GM Performance Parts and the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway battled tooth and nail with Mother Nature throughout the day on Saturday, June 7, 2008.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature would win this battle! After dumping an early morning shower on the West Salem, Wisconsin facility, she returned later in the afternoon with more Severe Showers and Thunderstorms, then a tornado watch, which later became a warning, left ASALMS North and LaCrosse Officials no choice but to officially cancel the River Run 100.
After trying to iron out a make-up date, a suitable one was not able to be reached between the ASALMS and LaCrosse Officials, so therefore the River Run 100 has been officially cancelled! The 30 teams that did show up to LaCrosse have received 20 Drivers and Owners Points for making the trip to West Salem, Wisconsin.
The ASALMS Northern Division will return to the western Wisconsin speed plant as part of the 39th annual Oktoberfest Weekend on Saturday, October 4, 2008 for the 2008 ASALMS Northern Division Season Championships / Oktoberfest 100.
The entire ASALMS family sincerely want to thank the entire management and staff of LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway for standing alongside the ASALMS Team and trying to get this show in against the wrath of Mother Nature!
In the meantime, the ASALMS Northern Division contingent will take a three-week break to regroup before what will now be the fourth race of the 2008 ASALMS Northern Divisions’ 11-race season.
The Light up the Night 150 is set for Saturday, July 5, 2008 as the ASALMS Northern Division will celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday at the wicked fast high-banks of the I-70 (MO) Speedway, located East of Kansas City in Odessa, Missouri. The Light up the Night 150 Entry Form will be available beginning on Wednesday, June 18, 2008.
As for the 2008 ASALMS Northern Division Points Standings after the LaCrosse Rain-Out, Eddie Hoffman holds an impressive lead as the Wheaton, Illinois veteran has an 82-point advantage over 2007 ASALMS North Rookie of the Year, Jesse Saunders (607-525).
ASA Late Model South Series –The ASA Late Model South Series will be at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on June 21st. Point leader Jimmy Lang has won all three races to date this season.
ASA Midwest Tour – After four events, Matt Kocourek and Nick Murgic are showing that each are worthy of the Lane Automotive Rookie of the Year presented by Red Line Synthetic Oil and Hyperco. But, don't count out Adam Hensel with the fifth event coming up this Friday at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Murgic made his first visit to Dells Raceway Park and appeared to have quickly adapted to the 1/3-mile oval. He started out the day by qualifying third, only 0.030 seconds behind fast qualifier Dan Fredrickson. He would finish 13th in the Miller Lite 100 presented by Arby's, the highest finishing rookie.
"I was really excited about how qualifying went and was looking forward to the race," Murgic stated. "We misjudged the track and about ten laps in, the car got very loose so I just had to hold on to what I had."
While he battled with a loose handling car, he was able to gain some valuable experience in the race, "It was a fun race to be racing against guys like Dan Fredrickson, Johnny & Travis Sauter, Steve Carlson, and some of the local guys so I was just happy to have done that."
But so far, Murgic is happy after four races, "With four races in so far we are pretty happy with how it's going but I would like to get some top ten runs in here soon. I'm looking forward to Hawkeye even though I have never been there but my dad used to run pretty good down there so hopefully his knowledge will help me out when we get there."
Kocourek qualified 16th and was the last driver to get into the main event on time. He would finish 15th in the main event.
"We started out really strong in practice and the car was good on old tires but we struggles once we bolted on new rubber for qualifying and the race," Kocourek stated. "I was happy to squeak into the show on time but pretty disappointed with the car in the feature. We've got to get a lot better in these races. I really like the Dells and would have liked a better finish."
Even though he was personally disappointed with his run at the Dells, he has been satisfied with his season overall, "I'm happy with where we are this season with the competition out there. We've made the first four shows with two tracks we had never been to before and came close to quick time at one," Kocourek recalled. "I'm happy with how we have qualified but disappointed in our race setups so far. These tires get so hot and greasy compared to the 2005 compound that it's tough to race on them and guess right for the feature."
He also is looking forward to Hawkeye Downs, "I helped an ASA team at Cedar Rapids maybe eight years ago and it looked like a pretty nice track," Kocourek recalls. "We're going to focus on getting into the show on time and then getting a setup so we can compete for a top five."
Kocourek currently sits ninth in points, 169 points behind leader Fredrickson while Murgic is 11th only 176 points back of the leader. The highest finishing rookie at the end of the season will be the Lane Automotive Rookie of the Year.
Adam Hensel made his first visit to Dells Raceway Park and qualified 30th and would finish 11th in the Last Chance race. He currently sits 25th in points, 292 points behind Fredrickson.
Hensel spent this past weekend competing in dirt late model events in North Dakota and South Dakota.
All three will be competing this Friday night at the Keith Fleck Miller 100 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, IA. The fan information for this event is available online at www.asamidwesttour.com.
ASA Northwest Tour – Gary Lewis of Bothell, Washington won the inaugural BlueWater Wireless Road Course Challenge at Pacific Raceways for the ASA Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment. Jason Fraser from Snohomish, Washington finished second and Travis Bennett of Ellensburg, Washington was third.
Weather was a major factor for the scheduled 40-lap event on Pacific Raceways 2.25-mile road course. Friday’s practice day was totally washed out for the ASANWT. A monsoon hit the track late in the afternoon that literally caused mud slides on the back stretch. PR employees worked all night to remedy the situation and did a remarkable job
Ron Bennett director of the ASANWT said at the conclusion of the long two days, “I can not thank the people here at Pacific Raceways enough for all their hard work in very trying conditions. From Tracie Brandenburg to all the corner workers who stood in the cold rain all day Friday and the rest of the tireless PR crew. They all are the best. We look forward to next year and better weather.”
Next up for the ASA Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment is the two day event at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho. The towns Fourth of July celebration will be centered on the festivities at the race track. On July 4 and 5 the ASANWT will have two separate main events with Saturday’s main being 150-laps.
Sean Murphy has won all three ASA Late Model Challenge Series.
ASA RC Cola/Moon Pie Southeast Asphalt Tour – Anytime a racing organization begins a new series, “new” seems to be the theme throughout much of that inaugural season; new series, new administrative group, new sponsors, new drivers and even new racetracks. In each of the first five races of the RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour, many drivers have had new experiences at certain racetracks. Now the inaugural tour will be visiting the Southeast’s newest racetrack, Dillon Motor Speedway, just outside of Florence, SC, on Saturday, July 14th.
Only two years ago Dillon Motor Speedway was dirt. The transition to asphalt will bring a lot of new faces to Dillon, SC, and one question is on every driver’s mind… What is this new track like?
“We’re looking forward to it, but nobody knows for sure what to expect,” said tour regular Taylor Satterfield. “I have heard some things about it and how it’s similar to Watermelon Capital Speedway in Georgia. It’s a long way from home for us, but it still looks like my type of racetrack.”
Satterfield, who hails from Commerce, GA, is second in the RC Cola / MoonPie ASA SAT national standings. He hopes that a trip to the new track can bring a new result, his first career tour win.
“Considering the cars that we have had this season and the finishes we have gotten, we feel that our first win is just around the corner,” added Satterfield. I just know we will get one before the year is out.”
While Satterfield is looking to get the win, fellow Georgian Scotty Ellis is looking to get back to basics after struggling a bit with some new setups in recent races.
“It’s been a fight. It seems like we run better at a track we haven’t been to. The ones we have been to before, we’ve struggled at,” said Ellis. “Things just haven’t been working, so we are going back to our basic setups.”
Despite the handling issues, Ellis still sits in the $10,000 national championship chase. This time around, he has asked anybody and everybody about the new Dillon Motor Speedway.
“I have heard it’s pretty fast,” commented Ellis. “I have been told it’s got some banking to it and it’s similar to Mobile International Speedway as far as speed.”
The opinions regarding what Dillon Motor Speedway compares to vary; some say Lanier Nat’l Speedway in GA, others say Hickory Motor Speedway in NC where ASA SAT will visit on September 20th. Nearly the entire field will be making their first start at Dillon Motor Speedway Saturday, so the playing field should be tight. The only question that remains is, “Will it be six different winners in six races for the inaugural tour?”
Round number six of the RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour will be on Saturday, June 14th, at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, South Carolina. This event is the third televised race of the season. If you would like more information regarding the event and upcoming TV coverage, please visit the official website of ASA SAT at www.asasoutheast.com.
Big 8 – The third event for the BRP Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet will be the Rockweiler Insulation 38 on Tuesday, June 24th at Madison International Speedway. The “Weekly Warriors” will race in support of The Swiss Colony All-Star Challenge featuring Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch.
The feature field has been expanded for this event with a 26-car field with a payout of $225 to start and $1,500 to win. Also, there will be a fast time bonus of $100. The top 14 in qualifying automatically advance to the feature field where an invert will determine those starting positions. Positions 15-24 will be lined up ‘straight up’ from the Last Chance finish(es). The highest point position not in the field (top 20 from 2007 Big 8 Series points) will start 25th. The highest point position not in the field (top 20 from 2008 Madison Int’l LLM points) will start 26. The number of last chance races may be adjusted based on the number of entries as well as the feature field may be expanded due to number of entries.
The schedule for the day will have hauler parking/pits opening at 9 am with practice at 12:45-1:15 pm, 2-2:30 pm, and 3-3:30 pm. Qualifying will begin at 4:00 pm with racing at 7:00 pm.
BRP Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet would like to thank Gary Rockweiler, owner of Rockweiler Insulation for sponsoring and putting in additional money to the purse for this event. Gary is a big supporter of local racing and sponsors many teams in the area. Please visit his website at www.rockweilerinsulation.com.
The entry form for the next event, Kwik Trip Special Olympics 58 at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, WI on Friday, July 11th is also available to download at the series website.
For more information on the BRP Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet, please visit their site at www.big8series.com.
Blizzard SLM Series – Scott Carlson won the Pepsi 100 on May 30th at Five Flags Speedway (FL). The third Blizzard Series race will be on June 27th
Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour – Shawn Tucker won the Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet 100 at Riverside Speedway, located near Antigonish, NS on Saturday night. Tucker, from Fredericton, NB took the lead on lap 93 to take the second Halcraft Print checkered flag of the season on the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour. Kent Vincent of Crapaud, PE finished second, ahead of John Flemming of Halifax, NS. Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, NB and Daryl Mahar of Five Island Lake, NS rounded out the top five.
Flemming won the Coast Tire Most Laps Led Award. Over 5000 fans saw twelve lead changes between five different drivers. Only 6 cautions slow the event, which took 54 minutes to complete.
None of the top five cars opted to take the Hipertech Pole Challenge.
Jonathan Hicken of Montague, PE, Darren MacKinnon of Winsloe, PE and Flemming won heat races. Vincent won the Dash for the Pole, featuring the top nine finishers in the Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials. Vincent also had the fastest time on the 1/3 mile high banked, with a new track record, at a blistering speed of over 100 miles per hour.
Rollie MacDonald of Pictou, NS won the “B” Feature, ahead of the King of the Road Roger Miller of North Noel Road, NS and Brad Mann of Glen Livet, NB.
The Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour will be in action on June 21 at Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick.
CRA Super Series – Jeff Lane scored the win on the high banks of Salem Speedway (IN). Click here for more Georgia Asphalt Series – Bubba Pollard scored the win at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA). Pollard outlasted Ryan Sieg for the win. Click here for more
Goodyear Challenge Series – Daniel Keene Jr. rocketed to the win in the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 at USA International Speedway (FL). Keene Jr. has won the last two races and is the current point leader.
The next event for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series will be June 28 at Columbia Motorsports Park.
Late Models – After a remarkable run along the outside lane from fifth to first in the closing laps of the Oxford Networks Late Model feature at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) , two-time OPS champion Ricky Rolfe fought back his own tears.
“I really just wanted to get up here in the top three,” said Rolfe, his voice wavering, “so I could get up here and dedicate this one to my son (Matt). He’s graduating from Fryeburg Academy this weekend. I’m awfully proud of him.”
Mired in fifth at the halfway point, in a race without any sign of a caution, on a night when ventures to the outside were risky at best, most drivers would have been content to remain the caboose in the lead freight train.
Not Rolfe, who had not only his family’s special weekend but a six-week winless streak in mind. Since winning the New England Dodge Dealers American-Canadian Tour 150 on April 26, Rolfe hadn’t been the same irresistible force on Saturday nights. He owned one of the many cars battered beyond recognition after last week’s rare caution-fest.
The driver who often reaps so many thank you expressions from the rivals whose Race Basics rides he builds and repairs showed that he knows how to fix his own, too. Rolfe drove around Travis Adams -- how often do we say that in any context? -- on lap 23. Kurt Hewins fell into Rolfe’s clutch one lap later.
It took eight circuits to catch Shawn Martin, but the runner-up spot belonged to Rolfe with eight to go. Rookie Shawn Knight’s one-second advantage disappeared in a matter of five laps, with Rolfe forging ahead on lap 37.
Spins by Neil Martin and Paul Bosse necessitated a green-white-checker finish, but Rolfe wouldn’t be denied.
“The car isn’t perfect, I’ll tell you that. I had to drive the snot out of it,” Rolfe said flatly. “I’m tired even after 40 laps. I was hustling.”
The stoppage was worse news for Knight, who was a sitting duck for Martin and Hewins and slipped back one spot shy of his first Late Model podium.
Martin didn’t have much to show for a fast Oxford Networks/Bombardier #94 through the first month, but the 2004 champion charged to the front early and stayed in Knight’s tire tracks.
“I think the bad luck gremlins have been on our side this year, and finally tonight I hope we turned it around.” Martin said. “Maybe one of these days we’ll carry the checkered flag again.”
Third was a redemption for Hewins, who led the first half of last week’s wild one in the J&C Trucking #96 before becoming involved in the same multi-car wreck that took out Rolfe.
“It was pretty bad in the heat, and we made a big change. I’m glad we got the caution,” said Hewins, a past champion of the old Limited Sportsman class. “I’ve got to thank Conrad Childs and his wife. They own the car and pay the whole bill.
Adams was fifth, his first finish out of a trophy position in Championship Series competition this season.
Late Model Stock Cars – Rodney Cook made his trip from Reidsville, NC worth his while by leading flag-to-flag in the 75-lap Pro-Line Trailer Sales Late Model Stock Car portion of the Professional Security/PSS Range and Training 250 Saturday June 7th at ASA Franklin County Speedway.
Cook started on the outside of pole sitting Rocky Mount, VA driver Rick Sigmon. Buster Carroll of Henry, VA was slated to start third but broke an axle during the pace laps before the race. Kelly Kingery of Wirtz, VA won the Family Pharmacy pole award in qualifying and started fourth after the ASA mandated pill draw after time trials were finished.
Sigmon could not hold off Cook on the start and the race was on to see who could challenge him. Sigmon took his turn putting pressure on Cook but had a rear end problem that would cause him to spin and relegate him to a fifth place finish.
Current point leader and defending track champion Jimmy Mullins of Basset, VA would assume the chase role next and put pressure on Cook for several laps before leading Late Model rookie Travis Hurt of Wirtz, VA started knocking on Mullins' rear bumper.
Hurt would pass Mullins for the runner up spot but the laps ran out as he was chasing Cook for the win. Cook held on for his first win of 2008 at the 3/8ths mile speed plant. Hurt took second with Mullins, Nathan Wheat of Wirtz, VA and Sigmon rounding out the top five. Pole winner Kingery was the first car out of the race with a blown engine.
Sammy Brookes took his first win in the Sleep Safe Bed Super Mini Cup division. Brookes held off Atlanta, GA driver Casey Willingham for the win. Willingham, Brad Kennett, point leader Tyler Baird and Stephen Hershey were second through fifth.
The Redman Moist Snuff Rolling Thunder Modified Tour rolls into ASA Franklin County Speedway Saturday June 14th. Street Stock, Mod4 and UCAR races are also on the schedule for the Father's Day 250.
Chris Fontaine is looking for his first ASA SAT win
Ricky Rolfe won for his son at OPS last weekend.
Rodney Cook won 75-lap Pro-Line Trailer Sales Late Model Stock Car (Joe Mills / Twice 3 Photography)
Mid-American Stock Car Series – Mid-American Stock Car Series competitors will have some extra incentive to travel to Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, WI next Saturday June 14 as several contingency sponsors have teamed up with the series. Along with the Lynch GM Superstores Loyalty bonus which is available at every Mid-American event, Tisler Salvage and Pro Source Motorsports have thrown extra money into the purse for the Red Race.
“Any local race track will tell you how important their sponsors are. A traveling series like Mid-American is no different,” said series co-owner Doug Strasburg. “With the help of Lynch, Tisler and Pro Source, we are working to make sure that it is worthwhile for our competitors to keep traveling to Mid-American events.”
Tisler Salvage of Cato, WI is a major supporter of Mid-American in northeast Wisconsin. The company is owned by Gary Tisler, a former Mid-American competitor. Tisler’s son Jeff is also a former Mid-American competitor. They are the title sponsor of the Mid-American portion of the Red, White and Blue at WIR and the title sponsor of the Mid-American sportsman class at the 141 Speedway on Saturday nights. Tisler also sponsors a wealth of Mid-American sportsman at 141 as well as cars in other classes.
Lynch GM Superstore of Burlington, WI is in its second year of an associate sponsorship with the series. John Fischer, also a former Mid-American driver, worked with Strasburg to architect the Lynch GM loyalty bonus. The bonus awards extra money to competitors who finish in fifth, tenth and fifteenth position when they attend two or more consecutive races. Lynch also hosts several Mid-American Stock Cars for display every year at the annual Lynch GM Jamboree. For more information please visit www.shoplynch.com
The two sponsors will team up for a loyalty bonus at the Red Race. Tisler Salvage will supplement the Lynch GM bonus to ensure that all feature starters who attended the Dells Raceway Park event will receive extra money. “Our traveling bonuses aim to show our drivers that we appreciate their loyalty to the series. We hope they will convince more drivers to stick with us all year long,” said Strasburg.
Allen Delius of Sales-Fabrication-Suspension at Rusty Ott's Pro Source Motorsports has also made a donation to ensure some extra money for the top four in the Tisler Salvage Red Race. Delius has pledged to donate money to any Mid-American race that is attended by his driver Kevin Moenck. Delius will donate an extra $100 to the winner of each of those events. He will also donate $50 to second and $25 to third and fourth. For more information on Pro Source Motorsports please visit www.prosourcemotorsports.com.
Northwest Pro 4 Alliance – For the second season in a row, Steve
Thompson of West Richland, WA scored the win in the Rockett Brand Racing
Fuel 100 held at South Sound Speedway. The next race will be on June 21st at Stateline Speedway (ID).
PASS North SLM – The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North super late models get back in action on Sunday June 15th for the Steel’s Real Rods and Custom 125 and the biggest question amongst PASS north fans is, who can stop Johnny Clark at Wiscasset Raceway?
Clark is on a three race PASS hot streak at Wiscasset that dates back to August of 2007. But Travis Benjamin gave Clark all he could handle in the Ray Haskell Ford 125 back in May, crossing the finish line half a car length behind the two time PASS super late model champion. Adam Bates, Ben Rowe, D.J. Shaw, Cassius Clark, Kelly Moore and Scott Chubbuck all showed plenty of speed in the Wiscasset PASS opener as well, so there will be plenty of challengers to Clark’s recent dominance. There’s a guaranteed spot in the August 17, $30,000.00 to win Toyota Tundra 250 on the line for the race winner so there’s added incentive to race home first on Sunday.
The PASS Mods are on Sunday’s racing card and Mark Lucas has a win streak of his own on the line. Lucas has won three straight in the open wheelers, but opening day winner Andy Shaw, Kenny Harrison, Tom Oliver, Ron Gooden and Gary Norris are just a few of the Mod crew that will be looking to unravel Lucas’ skein of victories.
It's race number three of 2008 for the Pluffybilt Racing Tractors PASS Sportsman racers; Terry Merrill and 2007 series champ Dan McKeage have both visited victory lane in the popular series. Point leader Shane Tatro, Duane Seekins and Steve Bennett Sr. have all run up front and any one of them and a host of others could easily take down their first PASS checker of 2008.
A $500.00 to win 50-lap Street Stock Nationals qualifier will round out a non stop Father’s Day afternoon of action-packed racing. The pit gates swing open Sunday June 15th at 9:00 AM, with practice set for 11:00 AM. Grandstands open at noon and the heat races go green at 2:00 PM sharp.
Johnny Clark will be looking for his fourth straight win at Wiscasset Raceway.
For more information on all three PASS North divisions, visit www.racewithpass.com. Wiscasset Raceway is on line at www.wiscassetraceway.info.
SRL – Will be back in action on July 5th at Altamont Motorsports Park (CA).
Sunbelt SLM – Brian Finney won the first leg of the Triple Crown at USA International Speedway (FL). Finney outlasted several other drivers to score the win in the 125 lap race.
The Second Leg of the Triple Crown will be run August 2, 2008 at USA International. The next racing event for the Sunoco Sunbelt Super Late Models will be June 21 at Columbia Motorsports Park.
Super Late Models – Officials at Speedway 660 have spent the week looking for a reschedule date for last weekends washed out Irving Lubricants Pro Stock 100. After weighing all the options it was clear that the only weekend that would be a viable option for the event was Saturday June 14th. “We looked at all the remaining weekends leading up to the Peterbilt 250 and June 14th was the only weekend that the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour was not in action. We’ve got a lot of teams from that group that want to be part of our Best of the Best Series so it was evident that June 14th was the way to go”, said Co-Owner Steve Burns.
In addition to the Irving Lubricants 100 folks will also see the previously scheduled Martins Home Heating Sportsman 100.
“We knew by adding the Irving race we were going to pack a lot of racing into one night so we have decided to start at a special time of 5pm giving us an extra hour up front. This is important as we continue to get our fans on the road home at a decent hour” said Co-owner Chris Johnston.
Everything will start at 5pm and the Coast Tire Street Stocks will have regular points racing followed by the Irving Lubricants Pro Stock 100 and then the Martins Home Heating Sportsman 100.
Pits will open at 1:00pm and Grandstands at 3:00pm.
Superpro – Medina, Ohio veteran Jack Smith was looking at a fourth place finish with 10 laps to go during the SUPERPRO Series "Aluminum Racing Products 75" Saturday night at Baer Field Speedway. But an incident between the leaders and a flat tire put Smith in front for the final ten laps and went on to victory.
Race number three of the 2008 SUPERPRO Series will be on June 21 at the Springport Motor Speedway with the running of the "Lipari Foods 75" on the 3/8ths. mile oval. For more information, go the web at www.superproracing.com.
UARA-STARS – The UARA-STARS will head to Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) for their next race on June 14th.
USPRO – Will be back in action on June 14th at Berlin Raceway (MI). Eddie Hoffman won the last race at Grundy County Speedway (MI)
Current USPRO Cup Series Points Leader, Dave Gentile Jr., will have to deal with several Michigan-based teams looking to defend their home turf this weekend in what will be a thrilling 50-lap feature in Marne, Michigan!
Wisconsin Challenge Series – The next race for the WCS will be on June 14th at the Wisconsin International Raceway (WI). Chris Weinkauf won the first race of the 2008 season.