Gumbo Nationals 2008

October 27, 2008 by  
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Racing fans living in Mississippi will want to start preparing themselves for the 2008 Gumbo Nationals. This great annual event has something for everyone and will keep even the most hard-core auto racing fans entertained. The race will take place at Greenville Speedway on the ¼ mile Gumbo clay oval track.

The two-night racing event will see more than 400 laps take place in five different racing divisions as drivers compete for the $40,000 that will be awarded as prize money. Racing drivers from as many as ten different states have already entered themselves in the Greenville race. The main races to take place during the course of the weekend are the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour, which is sponsored by 750 horsepower 1300 pound O’Reilly Auto Parts, complete with winged sprint outlaw cars and the three-wheelin’ 750 horsepower Super Late Models. Friday night will see the drivers competing for a top spot on the grid with time trial qualifiers and head-to-head qualifiers. Then all will return on Saturday to compete not only in the 40-Lap main event finales (both divisions), but also in the B-Mains and the Dash races. The top prize for the event is $4,400, while the drivers racing in the “Halloween Havoc” Super Late Model Showdown will stand the chance of winning $4,000.

But that’s not all. The Greenville Speedway will also be playing host to the Rislone USCS Modified Series during the course of the weekend, with a full program of action prepared for modified fans. Competitors in this series will also run qualifying races and time trials on Friday and come back on Saturday night for the grand finale. The top prize for the Rislone USCS Modifieds is $2,500. The Gumbo Nationals Championship races are expected to have an excellent response with massive turn-outs. Already pre-entries have been received for both the Street Stock and Mini Stock divisions and competitors for these divisions will be competing for $1,000. The Gumbo Nationals will be taking place from October 31 – November 1 and are not to be missed. Those that really enjoy making the most of the event will be happy to know that there is also a special practice session scheduled for October 30. So book now and get ready for a great weekend of racing action!

Outlaws Series Visits Ontario for First Time

June 17, 2008 by  
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Ontario is about to get it’s first taste of the awesome World of Outlaws Late Model Series. The move comes after a brilliant inaugural Canadian event that was held in Quebec last year. This year the chosen province is Ontario and the “Six Nation’s 50” will be making its way to Ohsweken Speedway on June 19 later this week. The race will be presented by Arrow Express.

Fans are no doubt delighted that the $10 000-to-win event has made its way to Ontario. The Outlaws Series is the biggest dirt Late Model race to have ever come to Ontario and makes the perfect addition to Ohsweken Speedway’s schedule. This track is fast emerging as one of the premier tracks in the country and it currently headlines 360 Sprint Cars every week. Created in 1996, the three-eighths-mile oval has always hosted several dirt Late Model shows but nothing has quite measured up to the level of talent that will be arriving with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Track manager Ken Pelkie has admitted that organizers are “entering into uncharted territory” and they have “never attempted a dirt Late Model race of this magnitude.” However, he also said that they were “excited about the possibilities” and noted that people in the area were already fans of the World of Outlaws Sprints so he felt confident that it wouldn’t take much for locals to show their enthusiasm for the World of Outlaws Late Models too.

Though you would never think it to see it, the track was literally built in the backyard of owner Glenn Styres over a number of years. Styre’s home can be found just off the second turn of the oval and he continues to upgrade it with each passing year. His ultimate goal is to make Ohsweken Speedway one of the best tracks in both the U.S. and Canada. He has just recently installed Musco lighting to that end and is currently adding more bleachers to increase the track’s seating capacity to approximately 8 000. Hot laps are scheduled to start at 17:30 and racing will commence at 19:45. General admission will cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 years old and under. So make sure that you get in on the action at this year’s Canadian leg of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. It is bound to be a memorable one!

Bluegrass Speedway 2008 Season

April 15, 2008 by  
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Fans of the Bluegrass Speedway are looking forward to an exciting 2008 racing season. This year’s season is set to open on April 19 and the opening events will feature an action kickoff on the David and Anita Ferrell 1/2 mile clay oval, with all the four weekly divisions participating in the event.

As the Bluegrass Speedway enters its 14th season of dirt track racing; fans get ready to descend on the nearby historic Bardstown in Kentucky, in preparation for this annual racing event. Every event to be held on the track this year will be a track points event and drivers are getting their vehicles ready to make the most of it. The racing will start with a 25 lap 44 Auto Mart Super Late Model division race, which will be the main event for this facet of racing. The Kentucky Cooperage Modified division will have a 20 lap main event, while the WBRT 1320-AM Sportsman racing will have just 15 laps in their main event. The main event of the Street Stock division will have 12 laps.

April 19 will be a busy day, with the pit area opening up at 15:00 and the grandstands opening up at 16:00. The Super Late Models and Modifies time trials will get started at 18:00 and racing should get underway at around 19:00. The Bluegrass Speedway will once again be part of the Contingency Connection program, giving drivers who have signed up plenty of product discounts and prizes.

The Bluegrass Speedway is located at 2221 New Haven Road at the point where the Kentucky Highway 31-E intersects with Exit 21, which leads to the Martha Layne Collins Parkway. General admission will be $10, while children under 12 years will get in for $5 and children under 6 get in free. A pit pass will cost fans just $25. With defending champions returning to try and maintain their titles and possibly more than $100 000 ready to be handed over in prizes, this year’s Bluegrass Speedway looks set to enjoy a busy and exciting season. Book your ticket now to make sure that you don’t miss out!

The 16th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Show Me 100

April 10, 2008 by  
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Anyone who has attended one of the last 15 Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Show Me 100s will likely be eagerly anticipating the 16th one. This great race not only features fantastic cars, but the big prizes draw some of the best drivers from around the country to this little corner of Missouri.

The next Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Show Me 100 is set to take place at Don and Billie Gibson’s West Plains Motor Speedway in Missouri’s West Plains near the end of May. With little over a month to go before the twenty-four engines are brought to life on the track, every effort is being made to ensure that this year’s Show Me 100 will be as good, or even better than in previous years. For starters each of the twenty-four cars that will be starting the race will receive an easy $4 200. This is to ensure that every single available racing slot is taken and that the racing action is as good as it gets. The winner, on the other hand, will enjoy $42 000 for finishing the 100 laps of the race before all the other drivers. Of course 2nd and 3rd place are also handsomely rewarded, bringing the total purse for the 16th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Show Me 100 to just over $200 000.

The race will take place on a 3/8 mile clay oval where it has been held regularly for the past fifteen years with much success. The West Plains Motor Speedway has one of the smoothest and raciest surfaces in the nation and the facility is one of the top in the country amongst both fans and drivers. So far the leading champion of the race is Wendell Wallace from Arkansas. Wallace has won the race three times – the last two wins were in 2006 and 2007 – and he will be back in 2008 to try and defend his ‘Race Champion’ title.

The racing will start on May 22nd between 19:00 and 21:30 with a practice night that includes a test and tune time. This will be followed by a BBQ dinner with the drivers and crews, and spectators are welcome to join for a small fee. The following night will see the cars heat up the track with their Super Late Models as they take part in time trials. The quickest qualifier will receive a $1,900 check and the top three finishers in each of the six heat races will go on to participate in the main event at night on Saturday May 24th. The remaining participants in the race will be able to take place in consolation events that will also take place on Saturday night. There will also be a small Open Wheel Modifieds support class which will be competing for a small $500 purse. Saturday will feature more than one race and the event certainly promises to be action packed. Tickets are $10 for children 6 and under, and $20 for adults. You can also get pit passes for all three days of the event. So book your tickets now and make sure that you don’t miss out on all the action!