For the past six years the AMP Outlaw Winter Nationals have been bringing race-lovers of every sort together for some fantastic auto racing action. The races take place during the last few months of the year, continuing into early next year and are divided into four divisions: ATV Quads, Karts, Motorcycles and Modified Hot Rod Riding Lawn Mowers.
This year all the action will be taking place at the OK Corral Indoor Arena in Harrah, Oklahoma. The competition is open to a wide variety of drivers, including vintage drivers, regional professionals, adults and youths. The various divisions have been carefully created to cater for specific engine sizes and rider skill levels. The 2008-2009 race schedule has just been released so fans of the AMP Outlaw Winter Nationals Indoor Short Track Race Series would do well to get a head start on the event and have a peek at the schedule.
The 2008-2009 Outlaw Winter Nationals are sponsored by NOS Energy Drink and will get underway on October 4, 2008, with a massive series opener. After that the action will die down for a while, only to return on October 25 with Bike Night. November 8 and 22 will be Regular Points Night, while December 6 is the night of the 4th Annual Curley Sutton Memorial Race. The final race of the year is the Inaugural Eddy Daley “Celebration of Life” Tribute Race which will take place on December 27. Bicycle races will take place at half time and double points can be earned on the night.
January 3 & 10 in 2009 are another two regular points nights while Dad’s Race Night will follow on January 31. The Mom’s are not left out and February 14 is the date for Mom’s Powder-Puff Night. The Birthday Bash will take place on February 28 and there is a Spring Break Special with a five dollar special on kids’ tickets on March 14. March 28 is Mechanics Race Night and the action will start to draw to a close on April 4 with the Grand Finale. However, while the points series ends there, the fun does not – a massive Fun Race will take place on April 18, followed by an Awards Party on May 3. Further noteworthy events include the Lightning C Arena McAlester Indoor MOTO TT and Indoor Short Track events taking place in the Lightning C Arena in McAlester, Oklahoma, on May 15 and 16 respectively. Tickets will be available at the gates on the day of the race and drivers can enter their respective races on race day before 17:30.
There was a lot of racing action worth taking note of this past long weekend at the U.S. Nationals, but despite that there was only one name on everybody’s lips: Schumacher. The 39-year-old drag racer simply blew fans away with his performance as he swept in and set even more records.
Despite suffering the negative effects of having his U.S. Army-sponsored dragster not functioning up to standard at the start of the weekend, Tony Schumacher managed to pull ahead of the competition yet again in the big race on Monday, September 1. The 54th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals were held at the O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis and it was one exciting weekend. By the time the race ended on Monday, Schumacher had not only claimed the winner’s trophy, but he set a new record by winning 24 straight elimination rounds. He drove furiously, mowing down his competitors and pushing his way to the head of the pack. The win also extended his winning streak to six consecutive national event wins – a new Top Fuel record. This was his eleventh win of the, a new class record, and his seventh victory at the U.S. Nationals in nine years. The mean machine is now tied with Joe Amato, with 52 victories for first all-time in Top Fuel. If his luck continues he may pass Amato in two weeks time when he races at the Carolina Nationals in Concord.
When asked about his success on the track this past weekend, Schumacher said: “An awful lot of great things happened today. To do all of that on the same day you win at Indy, it’s hard to figure out what you’re smiling about most.” And he certainly was smiling. And who could blame him? That kind of success is part luck, part hard work and he’s proved that he’s earned every bit of it. In the final race against Doug Kalitta, Schumacher flew down the hot track in 3.916 seconds, leaving Kalitta to choke on his fumes and finish in 4.036 seconds. Schumacher now faces the Countdown to One championship playoff in which he will be trying to take his fifth straight championship. The upcoming weeks will no doubt be exciting for Schumacher and his fans alike.
Fans of the Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders should make sure that they get themselves to the CJ Raceway on August 31st for the next installment of this action packed racing series. The event is set to take place at the 4/10 mile raceway in Columbus Junction, Iowa, for the first time this year under the guidance of promotional agency Checkered Flag Promotions.
Getting the venue ready for the event hasn’t been easy. Just a few months ago in June the Louisa County Fairgrounds were completely underwater and it has taken hours of hard work by numerous volunteers to get them back into shape. They are now ready to host all the fast-paced, dirt-slinging action that has become a trademark of the Sprint Invaders. This isn’t the first time that the Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders will be visiting the area. Last year they hit West Burlington where Nick Eastin took his first career feature win after beating Kaley Gharst in an exhilarating race. This year all eyes are on Bobby Mincer who had already been on a role, winning his second Ready Mix Sprint Invaders race of the season on August 16. The two wins have combined with three hard charger efforts to put him at the top of the standings. He is followed by John Schulz, who is just eleven points behind and also has two wins to his credit so far this season. He is followed even more closely by Matt Rogerson who is just three points behind. Rogerson won the season opener at 34 Raceway and is ready to battle his way to the top. Only time will tell if Mincer will continue to increase the gap between himself and Schulz or if the standings will experience a bit of a reshuffle after the weekend’s race.
The old pros will be joined by the rookies who are already showing their stuff in the series. Austin McCarl may only be fifteen years old, but he is providing a bit of a threat to the top ten contenders in the race. He’ll get a further chance to prove what he’s made of when he joins the more mature drivers at the CJ Raceway oval on the weekend. Fans will be able to enjoy plenty of great food, amazing racing action and will even get the chance to meet their favorite drivers after the race. So make sure that you don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity! Get yourself to the CJ Raceway this weekend for some amazing racing.
Gateway International Raceway was abuzz with excitement this weekend as it hosted the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday night. The contenders for the winner’s trophy were fierce, but in the end it was Carl Edwards who managed to cross the finish line first.
Carl Edwards arrived at the race-track by bicycle and no doubt the clean air and healthy exercise did him some good since there was no stopping him after he got behind the wheel of his No. 60 Ford on the day of the race. The competition was tough, but it seemed that Edwards was destined to claim his second home win at the Gateway International Raceway right from the start. The doors started to open for Edwards after a pileup on Lap 116 wiped out a bunch of really strong contenders. The mess stopped the race for almost 25 minutes and saw Scott Wimmer spin into the wall at Turn 2 after getting a tap from Cassill. The result was that Reed Sorenson, Mike Bliss and Steve Wallace were eliminated from the race. From there he managed to climb his way up until he was third in a restart on Lap 146 and that was where it really started to get exciting. He chased Leffler and James Buescher for a while until he made a quick stop for some new tires. After that he quickly managed to pass the two cars before coming up on the 18-year-old Joey Logano racing phenomenon. The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota was tough competition but in the end Edwards managed to take the checkered flag just 6.877 seconds ahead of his young rival.
After the race Edwards commented that his win at the 200-lap event was “unbelievable”. This is the 15th win of his career and he has already gained a large group of supporters who were in the grandstands to cheer him on. He didn’t forget his fans, but instead thanked them with the words: “Thank you everybody up in the grandstands. Thanks a lot.” Edwards also commented that racing with the No. 20 Toyota Camry was “a challenge, but a fun one.” The No. 20 Camry has already claimed nine victories this season with four different drivers behind the wheel. Jason Keller managed to scoop up third place, followed by Jason Leffler, Brad Keselowski and Landon Cassil respectively.
In a spectacular race that wowed fans with dangerous racing and incredible come-backs, Justin Allgaier managed to take the checkered flag at the inaugural Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250 just a few days ago.
When Justin Allgaier rolled into the starting grid in a no. 16 Zoller & Bergfield Farming-AG Tech Chevrolet; no one guessed what would follow. However, not long into race Allgaier had pulled into the lead with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hot on his tail and things looked as though they would probably stay that way for most of the race. Things suddenly got exciting about halfway through the race when Stenhouse accidentally nudged Allgaier and sent him spinning off the fourth turn. Everyone thought Allgaier’s victory was a dead loss but Justin was determined to make up for lost time. He pulled into the pits, made two consecutive pit stops and got himself some new tires and a few good adjustments before finally rejoining the field from the tail-end. It was hard work but before long, Allgaier had worked his way all the way back to the front again where he enjoyed a short battle with Stenhouse before taking him on the inside just fifty laps from the finish line. The opening presented itself from the backstretch and Allgaier had to muscle his way inside of his opponent in order to regain his position at the front of the pack. From that point on it was clear that he was going to maintain his position and he kept a good lead until he eventually crossed the finish line in first place.
After the race Justin Allgaier admitted that he had no hard feelings about being nudged by Stenhouse and he said, “This racetrack was really cool and it means a lot to me to win here.” He also commented that the car he was racing in, his father’s Zoller & Bergfield, didn’t look as good after receiving a few donuts on both sides but it drove well. He said the 257-lap event was “tight racing and a lot of fun.” He was followed over the finish line by Frank Kimmel in second and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came in third and managed to rack up a number of additional accolades including the Aaron’s Lap Leader Award, the Klotz Halfway Leader and the SunTrust Highest Finishing Rookie.