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.
The Calistoga Speedway at the Napa County Fairgrounds in California will be buzzing with the excitement of auto racing fans and the reverberation of high-powered engines when the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars take to the track on 30-31 August 2008. This will be the first time that USAC/CRA (United States Auto Club/Champion Racing Association) Sprint Cars will be competing on the historic half-mile Calistoga Speedway in a race that is sure to uphold the track’s seventy-one year record for hosting spectacular racing.
The two highly competitive thirty-lap races will pay tribute to the late Louie Vermeil, who died in 1987. This well respected Californian racing legend served as a driving force for the establishment of motor sport in the Napa Valley, being instrumental in the founding of the Northern Auto Racing Club. Vermeil was an expert auto mechanic whose local Owl Garage was an institution in the area for around fifty years. Vermeil built and owned a number of racing cars, as well as playing a significant role in organizing races at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Calistoga’s first race in 1937 had one of Louie Vermeil’s cars in the line-up and he was the American Racing Association’s car owner champion in 1950.
In addition to the USAC/CRA Sprint Car races, the two nights of racing will include the USAC Western Midgets. Although this is the first USAC/CRA Sprint Car race to be held at Calistoga, USAC racing first made its appearance on the track in 1993, with Billy Boat winning a Midget race and going on to notch up four Calistoga triumphs in the following years. Other Midget race winners at Calistoga include Wally Pankratz, Johnny Cofer, Jim Keene and Tony Stewart.
Steve Howard of So-Cal Performance in Downey, California, put forward the idea for the upcoming racing event to serve as a tribute to Louie Vermeil whose sons Stan and Dick Vermeil are contributing tow money for traveling teams, as well as lap prize money.
Calistoga is referred to as “The Hot Springs of the West” and sights to see include an impressive erupting geothermal well, affectionately known as “Old Faithful”, a petrified forest, the superb architecture of the Calistoga City Hall and the fascinating Calistoga Water Truck Sculpture. Auto racing enthusiasts traveling to Napa County for this exciting USAC/CRA Sprint Car event, will have much to see and do when they are not enjoying the excitement at the Calistoga Speedway.
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!
The United Racing Company Sprint Cars will be returning to the 3/8 mile Penn Can Speedway oval on June 20th, providing fans with a great action packed program of racing. The United Racing Company has long been providing some of the best sprint car action in the country and it is currently one of the most respected and longest surviving sanctioning bodies in the U.S. In fact, it oversees more than 25 different sprint car races every year.
As if it wasn’t enough that this brilliant sanctioning body was involved with the race, the Penn Can Speedway is a brilliant venue in its own right. The ultra fast clay oval usually draws a massive contingent of sprinters and this year’s URC event should be no different. In fact the Penn Can Speedway saw some fantastic racing action just last year when Mares Stellfox made racing history as the first female driver to win in any division at the speedway. This great achievement was followed by Scott Purcell who managed to complete the double sprint car features later that night. This year’s race at the Penn Can Speedway will be the only time in 2008 that the 358 URC sprint car drivers will be making an appearance. The entire event will be sponsored by Rislone Oil Products.
So what can fans look forward to when all this exciting racing action kicks off that Friday night? The strong field will be headed by Curt Michaels who has just enjoyed his 37th URC feature win, so you can be sure to see some exciting driving action. Fans will also see Chris Coyle, who will be sponsored by BPG, and the Davey Sammon’s Palladino Motorsports Team. Other people to look out for include Randy West, Dave Ely, Tim Hogue and Kevin Welsh. All of these racing veterans are sure to make for an exciting race. But that’s not all. Jeff and Alan Rudalavage, Craig Terrel, Butch Tittle, Brian Weaver, Joey Grammes and a whole bunch of other top drivers will be joining the already strong field and providing some very stiff competition.
The gates will open at 5:15 p.m. and racing will start at 7:15 p.m. Racing fans will be happy to know that the sportsman, super stocks and pure stocks will also be racing that night, so if you need a change of pace you will definitely find one. So start getting ready to enjoy one great night of racing at the Penn Can Speedway later this month!