USMOD Series Debut Promises Plenty of Action In 2009

December 31, 2008 by  
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Racetracks in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina will be hosting the debut of the United Southeast Modifieds on Dirt Series (USMOD) in 2009. A group of former late model owners and drivers, along with a few die-hard race fans, developed the USMOD Series with the aim of bringing added excitement to their local speedways. These innovative speedsters are confident that the speed, history and unique look of northeast modifieds will generate plenty of excitement for drivers and spectators alike.

A number of current late model drivers, such as Ricky Elliot, Vic Coffey, Tim McCreadie and Tim Fuller, are running modified on a part-time basis. Organizers anticipate a high level of interest as some racing fans see these extraordinary race cars for the first time and see local drivers participating in a division not often seen on speedways in the past. Events have already been held at Hagerstown Speedway, Tyler County Speedway, Virginia Motor Speedway and the Dirt Track at Lowe’s, with great success. The positive feedback from local fans at these southeast tracks has boosted confidence that USMOD will go from strength to strength in the future.

As financial matters stand at the moment for USMOD, winners of series events will receive a purse of $1500. However, this is likely to change if sponsorship can be secured. No point fund is in place as yet, and this is also subject to sponsorship commitments. Negotiations are underway with several speedways, with the ultimate goal for USMOD being a schedule of around 10 to 12 races, with a “Big Purse” 6 race North-South Shootout series.

Taking into account the wide variety of options the RoC Dirt Tour’s set of rules makes available to drivers to be competitive, USMOD is considering adopting a similar rule package. While the original plan had been to only run small block modifieds, the Lernerville Speedway, Delaware International Speedway, Tri-City Speedway and Sharon Speedway all run big blocks weekly, and as these tracks are closest in location to the USMOD’s target area, big blocks will be included in the rule package. Small blocks and big blocks will run in the same division with weight breaks being allowed for small blocks. Depending on the level of feedback, a crate class may be added to the USMOD Series at a later stage.

With the USMOD series ready to set the southeast buzzing with excitement in the new year, auto racing fans have even more reason to make sure they are among the throng of spectators at each event in their area.

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!

New Smyrna Speedway to Host FASCAR Late Model Challenge

September 12, 2008 by  
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New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, will play host to the FASCAR Late Model Challenge on Saturday 13 September. Auto racing fans can expect plenty of action as competing drivers tackle 100 laps around the half-mile asphalt track. The exciting program includes Modifieds, Super Stock, Sportsman, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock, plus double points for Modifieds.

Fans can expect the pit gate to open at 2 pm on Saturday, with an exclusive practice session for the FASCAR Late Model Challenge drivers between 3 and 4 pm followed by Division practice. Qualifying for the FASCAR Late Model Challenge (which was formerly known as the Goodyear Challenge Late Models) is scheduled for 6:30 pm with racing action starting at 7:30 pm.

FASCAR (Florida Association of Stock Car Automobile Racing) is considered to be the state of Florida’s version of NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing), providing a developmental league where 16 to 18 year old drivers can develop their skills racing stock cars in preparation for competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series.

The FASCAR Late Model Challenge Series is a twelve race season at the most challenging late model tracks in Florida. Saturday’s FASCAR Late Model Challenge is the eighth of the season, and Daniel Keene Jr. is currently in the lead for the series. Out of the five races so far this year, Keene has won four, demonstrating his exceptional driving skills. Jeremy Colangelo is second in points, while third is Jessica Murphy, followed by Alan Bruns, Darren Brown and Joe Winchell.

FASCAR has been operating since 1970 with various series taking place at their two race tracks, being New Smyrna Speedway (half-mile) and Orlando Speedworld (3/8 mile). FASCAR traveling series, which take place throughout Florida, include the Sunoco-Sunbelt Super Late Model Series and Advance Auto Parts Pro-Trucks Series. New Smyrna Speedway also hosts the annual Florida Governor’s cup in November and the annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February each year.

The next two events in the FASCAR Late Model Challenge Series take place on 25 October at the New Smyrna Speedway and 7 November at Orlando Speedworld – so make a note in your diary to be there.

The Annual AMP Outlaw Winter Nationals

September 5, 2008 by  
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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.

11th Annual Showdown at Fulton Speedway This Saturday

June 6, 2008 by  
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Fans are already getting ready to enjoy the racing action at the Fulton Speedway in the state of New York this weekend. On Saturday night, June 7th, spotlights will illuminate the raceway making it possible for dozens of excellent teams to participate in the 11th annual “Show Down at Sundown“. The race is part of the Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar Big Block Modified Super DIRT Series and is a 100-lap event.

So what’s all the hullabaloo about? The competition is bound to be stiff with drivers like Dale Planck, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Johnson, Ryan Phelps, Steve Hulsizer, Jim Witko and Alan Johnson taking to the track for the race. Dale Planck is a former track champion and he arrives with two tour wins and is only trailing only three points behind trails series point leader Brett Hearn. He joins the regulars at the track – many of whom are already ranking in the top five in series points – as well as the track points leader Tommy Sears Jr. Brett Hearn, driver of the No. 20 Teo Pro Car, will no doubt be looking to claim another victory and scoop up his first Fulton win. Despite the fact that Hearn has hundreds of victories and championship wins, he has never been able to claim this particular trophy. Hearn will be up against veterans Billy Decker and Matt Sheppard – both of whom have managed to find their way to the victory lane at Fulton on more than one occasion. Tim Fuller might also choose to participate in this legendary annual event in his No. 19 Teo Pro Car. With so much talent in the lineup it will likely be impossible to predict who the winner will be until the final lap of the race.

This year’s Show Down at Sundown race will be sponsored by Bradco Supply and Ferries Mowers. The night’s activities will also feature the DIRTCar Crate Sportsman Modified, the E&V Energy Rookie Crate Modifieds and the UMO Street Stocks, so there will be plenty of exciting racing action. Gates will open at 17:00 and racing will commence at 19:00. The prices are reasonable and fans are already buying up tickets, so make sure you get yours as soon as possible if you want in on all the action.

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