By Bryan Gapinski
New Richmond, Wis. March 9---California’s Travis Berryhill won the opening night of the "Sasquatch Indoor Nationals presented by Jack Link's Beef Jerky”, Saturday Night at the Cedar Lake Speedway Arena. The 30-lap feature was the season opener for the the Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series. It also marked the start of the 77th season for Badger, the oldest active sanctioning organization in midget auto racing.
Berryhill jumped into the lead at the start followed by Dave Darland and Berryhill’s teammate David Budres. Berryhill increased his lead to three-car lengths over Darland by lap 5. Berryhill began lapping the tail of the field on Lap 11 and increased his lead to 1.8 seconds at the midway point. Darland, running second tangled with the lapped car of Zach Daum on Lap 17, bringing out the caution.
Three additional laps were completed before track officials stopped the event to improve air conditions in the 165,000 square foot building.
On the restart Berryhill with four lapped car between himself and second place Budres,again pulled away from the field. Thomas Meseraull passed Budres for second place with four laps remaining. Berryhill driving the Manic Racing owned Stealth/Fontana No. 11, finished 3.30 seconds ahead of Meseruall, Budres, David Gough and Daniel Robinson.“ Its great to finally get a victory in Badger, we worked really hard to achieve this win, the staff track did a great job putting this event together” commented Berryhill.
Ryan Schuur passed Bradan Fickas, with seven laps remaining to the 25-lap Badger 600 Micro feature, which saw numerous cautions, and five drivers flip in three different accidents during the event. Shane Fick, Fickas, Tim Ottenbacher and Wade Huisman completed the top five.
Tim Brockhaus won the 20-lap Legends Cars feature finishing ahead of: Pat Zanastra, and Shon Jacobsen. All three divisions will run another complete program Sunday, with practice at 11:30 am, followed by racing at 1:00 pm.
SUMMARY Badger Midgets
30-lap Feature: 1. Travis Berryhill; 2. Thomas Meseraull; 3. David Budres; 4. David Gough; 5. Daniel Robinson; 6. Danny Stratton; 7. Tracy Hines; 8. Brad Kuhn; 9. Jon Stanbrough; 10. Dylan Peterson; 11. Brandon Waelti; 12. Andrew Fleker; 13. Dave Darland; 14. Colten Cottle; 15. Ryan Wilson; 16. Jake Neuman; 17. Jake Blackhurst; 18. Cody Ledger; 19. Zach Daum; 20. Billy Balog; 21. Buddy Luebke; 22. Robbie Ray.
15-lap Semi Feature: 1. Colten Cottle; 2. Andrew Felker; 3. Billy Balog; 4. Jake Blackhurst; 5. Robbie Ray; 6. Zach Daum; 7. Kurt Mayhew; 8. Kaley Engstrom; 9. Andee Beirele; 10. Payton Pierce; 11. Frank Deiny Jr.; 12. Donovan Peterson.
10-lap Heat Race#1: 1. David Gough (DSR#6); 2. Travis Berryhill (Manic#11); 3. Dave Darland (Lein#2); 4. Buddy Luebke (Bull Dog#43); 5. Billy Balog (DSR#6a); 6. Kurt Mayhew (Mayhew#21); 7. Payton Pierce (McCreery#57P).
10-lap Heat Race#2: 1. Jon Stanbrough (Lein#4); 2. Danny Stratton (Lein#2L); 3. Brad Kuhn (RAB#57x); 4. Colten Cottle (Cottle#5); 5. Brandon Waelti (Huston#51); 6. Jake Blackhurst (Blackhurst#25); 7. Donovan Peterson (Metalworx#11P).
10-lap Heat Race#3: 1 Daniel Robinson (McCreery#57M); 2. Thomas Meseruall (RAB#57); 3. Cody Ledger (Ledger#35); 4. Dylan Peterson ( Peterson#25x); 5. Kaley Engstrom (McCreery#57K); 6. Andee Beierle (Felker#11a); 7. Frank Deiny Jr. (Daum#5dd). .
10-lap Heat Race#4: 1. David Budres (Manic#31); 2. Tracy Hines (SpeedQuip#75); 3. Ryan Wilson (Metalworx#11B); 4. Jake Neuman (Neuman#3); 5. Andrew Felker (Felker#11F); 6. Robbie Ray (Ray#3); 7. Zach Daum (Daum#5d).
Feature Lap Leaders: Berryhill 1-30
* Deiny flipped in Heat Race Three.
Badger 600 Micros
25-lap Feature: 1. Ryan Schuur; 2. Shane Fick; 3. Bradan Fickas; 4. Tim Ottenbacher; 5. Wade Huisman; 6. Jake Neuman; 7. Gunner Cummings; 8. Jason Dull; 9. Tony Duran; 10. Ray Seach; 11. Alley Berger; 12. Chad Bogar; 13. Ed Wagoner; 14. Derrik Lusk; 15. Norm Ehrke; 16. Jamey Ogston; 17. Matt Paderta; 18. Brandon Buysse; 19. Jake Reif; 20. Rick Kobs; 21. Ben Paderta; 22. Sandy Traaseth.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Newman, Bogar, Fickaus.
20-lap Feature: 1. Tim Brockhaus; 2. Pat Zanastra; 3. Shon Jacobsen; 4, Gerret Dolansky; 5. Bryan Peterson.
10-lap heat Race Winners: Brockhaus, Peterson.
Mar 6 2013
"Eight Indoor winners ready for Badger Midget Opener”
"Over Seventy-Five cars entered"
By Bryan Gapinski
New Richmond, Wis., March 4---Eight former indoor midget feature winners head up the list of thirty-two entries for this weekends "Sasquatch Indoor Nationals presented by Jack Link's Beef Jerky” at the Cedar Lake Speedway Arena on March 9-10. The two-day event at the indoor quarter-mile dirt oval will be the season opener for the the Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series. Also competing in the event will be Badger 600 Micros and Legends Cars.
The latest two entries come from Daum Motorsports for drivers Zach Daum and late model standout Frank Deiny Jr. Daum joins Tracy Hines, Dave Darland, Jon Stanbrough, David Gough, Davey Ray, Brandon Waelti, and Brad Kuhn as former midget indoor feature winning drivers.
Entries for the Badger 600 Micros Series are twenty-five cars led by Series Champion Chad Bogar. The Legends Cars entry list is comprised of drivers from four states totaling nineteen cars currently. An optional practice night is scheduled for Friday night, March 8. Saturday Night March 9 racing will kickoff at 5 p.m., with Sunday afternoon’s racing events starting at 1 p.m. Saturday’s event will pay $2,000 to win, with Sunday’s winning capturing $2,500, with a $1,000 bonus to any driver winning both features.
For ticket information, visit www. cedarlakespeedway.com or call (612) 363-0479. Jack Link’s is the No. 1 U.S. meat snack brand and the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Jack Link’s offers more than 100 premium meat snack products at retail outlets in more than 40 countries. In addition to its premium products, Jack Link’s is known for its iconic and award-winning ‘Messin’ With Sasquatch’ advertising campaign.
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Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association Schedule
25 - Phillips County Raceway, Holyoke, CO (3/8 Mile Dirt)
31 - (Friday) Colorado Motor Sports Park, Byers, CO (3/8 Mile Dirt)
1 - I-76 Speedway, Ft. Morgan, CO (1/4 Mile Dirt) “Harry Conklin Memorial”
15 - El Paso County Fairgrounds, Calhan, CO (1/3 Mile Dirt) “Back Row Challenge”
29 - Colorado Motor Sports Park, Byers, CO (3/8 Mile Dirt)
19 - (Friday) Colorado Motor Sports Park, Byers, CO (3/8 Mile Dirt)
20 - El Paso County Fairgrounds, Calhan, CO (1/3 Mile Dirt) “El Paso County Fair”
27 - Phillips County Raceway, Holyoke, CO (3/8 Mile Dirt) “Phillips County Fair”
17 - I-76 Speedway, Ft. Morgan, CO (1/4 Mile Dirt) “Fan Appreciation Night”
24 - Phillips County Raceway, Holyoke, CO (3/8 Mile Dirt)
31 - Colorado Motor Sports Park, Byers, CO (3/8 Mile Dirt)
Tentative - 14/15 - Decatur County Speedway, Oberlin, KS (3/8 Mile Dirt) “Bob Salem Memorial”
For updates and information, log on to www.rmmra.com
Jan 13 2013
Chili Bowl A Feature 55 laps Presented by Lucas Oil
Schedule is subject to change. Any changes we are given will be poseted to www.chilibowl.com as well as our Social Media outlets.
Jan 12 2013
Friday night US Fleet Tracking A-Feature - Finish
Top 3 Lock into Saturday’s Lucas Oil Championship A-Feature
A Feature (25 Laps): started
1. 15X-Chad Boat ;
2. 21K-Cory Kruseman ;
3. 3DD-Dave Darland ;
4. 38-Billy Wease ;
5. 49-Trevor Kobylarz ;
6. 71K-Jason Meyers ;
7. 21-Daryn Pittman ;
8. 31-Justin Allgaier ;
9. 7B-Austin Brown ;
10.73-Ryan Bernal ;
A Feature: Line-up For Saturday nights 55 laps Presented by Lucas Oil
So far Qualified are
Start Driver Hometown state Car#
1 Sammy Swindell Germantown, TN 1
2 Kevin Swindell Germantown, TN 39
3 Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA 71
4 Chad Boat Phoenix, AZ 15X
5 Brad Sweet Grass Valley Ca 67X
6 Damion Gardner Concord Ca 47
7 Brady Bacon Broken Arrow OK 99
8 Cory Kruseman Ventura Ca 21K
9 Tim McCreadie 47X
10 Jac Haudenschild Wooster, OH 71X
11 Dave Darland Lincoln, IN 3DD
12 Tony Stewart Columbus IN 14
Check out all the results here, http://www.chilibowl.com/
Jan 11 2013
Short Youtube Chili Bowl main event night 3
Chili Bowl night 3 Main event Finish
A Feature (25 Laps):
Finish Car Driver Started
1. 39- Kevin Swindell 
2. 67X- Brad Sweet 
3. 47X- Tim McCreadie 
4. 63- Jerry Coons Jr 
5. 24- Tracy Hines 
6. 5- Cole Whitt 
7. 1ST- J.J. Yeley 
8. 7N- D.J. Netto 
9. 21D- A.J. Hopkins 
10. 11A- Andrew Felker 
11. 19S- Richard VanderWeerd 
12. 05K- Bud Kaeding 
13. 71S- Sheldon Haudenschild 
14. 11R- Troy Rutherford 
15. 67- Rico Abreu 
16. 35- Billy Pauch Jr 
17. 35S- Matt Sherrell 
18. 69- A.J. Fike 
19. 14W- Matt Westfall 
20. 87- Tim Crawley 
21. 11BA-Brett Anderson 
22. 8L- Matt Ward 
DNF 25B- Steve Buckwalter 
DNF 15D- Andrew Deal 
Jan 10 2013
Chili Bowl night 2 main event
US Fleet Tracking A-Feature -
Top 3 Lock into Saturday’s Lucas Oil Championship A-Feature
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell; 2. 47-Damion Gardner; 3. 71X-Jac Haudenschild; 4. 05T-Gary Taylor; 5. 11-Shane Golobic; 6. 3-Darren Hagen; 7. 39B-Bryan Clauson; 8. 51S-Mike Spencer; 9. 93-Dustin Morgan; 10. 10-Brad Kuhn; 11. 4E-Bobby East; 12. 67W-Christopher Bell; 13. 7C-Caleb Armstrong; 14. 75H-Johnny Herrera; 15. 57-Thomas Meseraull; 16. 77B-Alex Bright; 17. 72-Tyler Edwards; 18. 8V-Jace VanderWeerd; 19. 91K-Dereck King; 20. 015-David Prickett; 21. 83-Kurt Blackaby; 22. 51W-Brandon Waelti; DNF 14JR-Matt Streeter; DNF 2S-Danny Stratton
Last nights Chili Bowl main event youtube movie
Youtube short movie Chili Bowl intro
National Midget Driver of the Year Championship Awards
January 4...Officials of the National Midget Driver of the Year Championship announced the expansion of their program to now include the inaugural Western Midget Driver of the Year for the 2013 season and beyond. The program will allow several hundred drivers to compete for a major regional open wheel championship and involves all midget race events sanctioned by West Coast Associations: USAC Western States, BCRA, VRA, and WMRA.
”David Prickett of the USAC West office laid down a lot of the “ground work” for this, I believe it will help consolidate and improve the working relationships between the four associations on the West Coast, along with increasing car counts” commented Bryan Gapinski founder and director of the NMDOTY. The Race Associations and many tracks hosting midget events are excepted to make a point contribution, along with participation in the promotion of this program.
The recently completed 2012 racing season marked the fourteenth season of the NMDOTY. Jerry Coons Jr. captured his second NMDOTY title in five years, with 517 drivers scoring points at 189 events, nationwide. The NMDOTY staff will administrate the program, with point fund and awards distribution handled by Western Performance Parts. The current website: www.nmdoty.com will carry updated points, schedule and all news for the Western Champion.
“Twenty-three West Coast midget car owners, with 38 entries will be competing at the upcoming Lucas Oil Chili Bowl next week, I plan to meet personally with each team owner and discuss this program and answer all questions regarding it” commented Gapinski. Further information will be announced and posted on the website following the completion of the Chili Bowl.
The top ten drivers, car owner champion along with Manufacturers Champions and Rookie of the Year will receive their point fund checks and trophies in the annual ceremony held during the final night of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals on Jan. 12
By Bryan Gapinski
New Richmond, Wis., Jan. 2---“The Indoor Nationals” marks the return of midget auto racing to the Cedar Lake Speedway Arena for the first time in nearly five years! Officials of the facility announced that the Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series will run a two-day event at the indoor quarter-mile dirt oval on March 9-10. Also competing in the event will be Legends Cars, and Slingshots.
In mid-February, track officials will replace the motocross track with a quarter-mile clay oval, same size as when Badger ran in March 2008, with Brandon Waelti, and Dave Darland winning the feature events. Drivers will be looking to break David Gough’s one-lap record of 11.818 seconds.
The event will be the season opener for the Badger, the country's oldest midget auto racing organization, and will feature two complete shows. An optional practice night is scheduled for Friday night, March 8. Saturday Night March 9 racing will kickoff at 6 p.m., with Sunday afternoon’s racing events starting at 1 p.m. Saturday’s event will pay $2,000 to win, with Sunday’s winning capturing $2,500, with a $1,000 bonus to any driver winning both features.
The first twenty midget entries will be guaranteed an indoor heated pit stall. For more entry or tickets information, visit www.cedarlakespeedway.com or call (612) 363-0479.
MIDGETS - FEATURE - TOP 5 RESULTS: 1) 31-Derek Bischak, 2) 61-Bobby East, 3) 5x-Justin Peck, 4) 97-Mike Fedorcak, 5) 10-Geoff Kaiser
WINGED OUTLAW MODIFIED MIDGETS (600cc)
Qualifications – 1. John Ivy, 94, HMS, 8.260 seconds; 2. Amanda Quinones, 007, Advanced Products, 8.300; 3. Erick Rudolph, 22r, Lafler, 8.300; 4. Chase Ridenour, 11r, Ridenour, 8.355; 5. Cap Henry, 04, HMS, 8.389; 6. Tyler Ross, 3t, Holmquist, 8.402; 7. Ryan Smith, 22s, VanDoren, 8.418; 8. Ginny Quinones, 20, Quinones, 8.431; 9. Larry Joe Sroufe, 21, Sroufe, 8.484; 10. Tim Neal, 19, Dunigan, 8.707; 11. Kyle Henry, 5t1h, Ormsby, 8.558; 12. Clay Sanders, 21x, Sanders, 8.645; 13. Drew Dorsett, 11b, Sager-Bickel, 8.676; 14. Nick Landon, 82, Landon, 8.698; 15. Kyle Lick, 8L, Lick, 8.707; 16. Mark Zumbrun, 35z, Zumbrun, 8.786; 17. Braiden Black, 8b, Black, 8.802; 18. Jason Ormsby, 51, Ormsby, 8.804; 19. Jim Sipe, 26s, Sipe, 8.957; 20. Steve Shockney Jr., 28s, Shockney, 8.960; 21. Russ Gamester, 49, Gamester, 8.965; 22. Chris Miller, 15, Miller, 9.007; 23. Tyler Ransbottom, 29, Allen, 9.049; 24. Howard McCormick, 2, Strausbaugh, 9.079; 25. Roger Ritchey, 25r, Ritchey, 9.156; 26. Tyler Fitzpatrick, 57, Fitzpatrick, 9.180; 27. Chris Hettinger, 7, Hettinger, 9.200; 28. Brad Lamberson, 27, Lamberson, 9.212; 29. R.J. Wiggam, 52w, Fastrax, 9.265; 30. Bill Dunham, 84, Dunham, 9.303; 31. Gary Klein, 68, Klein, 9.318; 32. A.J. Lesiecki, 14, Lesiecki, 9.541; 33. Mike Brooks, 84, Brooks, 9.635; 34. Steve Myers, 88, Myers, 9.837; 35. Bob Baker, 22, Baker, 10.254.
First heat (10 laps) – Ross, Ivy, K. Henry, Zumbrun, Gamester, Fitzpatrick, Klein.
Second heat (10 laps) – Smith, Black, A. Quinones, Sanders, Miller, Hettinger, Lesiecki.
Third heat (10 laps) – Rudolph, G. Quinones, Ormsby, Dorsett, Lamberson, Ransbottom, Brooks.
Fourth heat (10 laps) – Sroufe, Ridenour, Landon, Sipe, Wiggam, McCormick, Myers.
Fifth heat (10 laps) – Lick, Neal, Shockney, Ritchey, Dunham, Baker, C. Henry.
First semi-feature (12 laps) – A. Quinones, Sanders, Zumbrun, Wiggam, Shockney, Fitzpatrick, Lesiecki, Baker, Ransbottom.
Second semi-feature (12 laps) – C. Henry, Ormsby, Hettinger, Gamester, Dunham, McCormick, Brooks.
Third semi-feature (12 laps) – K. Henry, Miller, Landon, Ritchey, Lamberson, Sipe.
Feature (30 laps) – Tim Neal, John Ivy, Cap Henry, Ryan Smith, Erick Rudolph, Larry Joe Sroufe, Tyler Ross, Braiden Black, Jason Ormsby, Chase Ridenour, Clay Sanders, Amanda Quinones, Chris Miller, Kyle Henry, Ginny Quinones, Kyle Lick. Lap leaders: Neal 1-30.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Billy Wease nudged his way past 14-year-old Cooper Clouse with two laps to go, climaxing his charge from the last starting position, to win Friday night's 50-lap midget feature on the opening night of the 15th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne.
Wease, 26, notched his fourth career win on the 1/6-mile track at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center and his fifth overall indoor midget victory. He started 14th in the 14-car lineup.
Justin Peck, another 14-year-old, finished second, with Jimmy Anderson, Bobby East and early leader Mike Fedorcak completing the top five. Clouse spun after contact with Wease in turn one on lap 49 and wound up seventh.
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart was running second just before the halfway point when his engine expired, relegating him to a 12th-place finish. Stewart has won a record nine times at the Rumble.
Stewart said he would have a "tired" engine fitted in his car for Saturday night's finale of the Rumble in Fort Wayne. Doors open at 11 a.m., with the main portion of the program after 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.
Erick Rudolph won the accompanying winged outlaw modified midget feature, inheriting the victory when Cap Henry's throttle stuck and he spun with just over a lap to go.
MIDGETS (National/Focus/Kenyon Car)
Qualifications – 1. Derek Bischak, 31, Bischak, 8.155 seconds; 2. Joe Liguori, 67, Liguori, 8.200; 3. David Gough, 6, Gough, 8.247; 4. Tony Stewart, 2, Stewart, 8.259; 5. Geoff Kaiser, 10, Moore, 8.278; 6. Brandon Knupp, 78k, Chambers, 8.318; 7. Jimmy Anderson, 99g, Guess, 8.382; 8. Justin Peck, 5x, Clay, 8.444; 9. Billy Wease, 99, Burrow, 8.445; 10. Cory Setser, 24, Setser, 8.457; 11. Russ Gamester, 46, Gamester, 8.486; 12. Bobby East, 61, Kenyon, 8.513; 13. Mike Fedorcak, 97, Stewart, 8.524; 14. Cooper Clouse, 14c, Clouse, 8.625; 15. Rex Norris III, 63, Norris, 8.667; 16. Rich Corson, 15, Corson, 8.672; 17. Jim “Timex” Morgan, 2m, Morgan, 8.685; 18. Joey Burrow, 49, Burrow, 8.740; 19. Matt Westfall, 19, Ryder, 8.778; 20. Chris Jagger, 27, Jagger, 8.806;
First heat (10 laps) – Bischak, Corson, Gamester, deRitis, Ousley, Knupp, Kuelbs.
Second heat (10 laps) – East, Liguori, Santos, Anderson, Briggs, Morgan, Osite.
Third heat (10 laps) – Fedorcak, Gough, Peck, Nuckles, N. Hamilton, Swanson, Burrow.
Fourth heat (10 laps) – Stewart, Clouse, Pierce, Galloway, Westfall, Ahern, Wease.
Fifth heat (10 laps) – Kaiser, Setser, Hulbert, Jagger, Wallace, Norris, Hicks.
First semi-feature (12 laps) – Knupp, Hurlbert, Nuckles, Santos, Ousley, Gamester.
Second semi-feature (12 laps) – Anderson, Pierce, Jagger, Osite, Norris, Swanson.
Third semi-feature (12 laps) – Peck, deRitis, N. Hamilton, Hicks, Ahern.
Fourth semi-feature (12 laps) – Wease, Galloway, Briggs, Wallace, Burrow, Kuelbs.
Feature (50 laps) – Billy Wease, Justin Peck, Jimmy Anderson, Bobby East, Mike Fedorcak, Geoff Kaiser, Cooper Clouse, Rich Corson, Cory Setser, Brandon Knupp, David Gough, Tony Stewart, Joe Liguori, Derek Bischak. Lap leaders: Fedorcak 1-26, Clouse 27-48, Wease 49-50.
WINGED OUTLAW MODIFIED MIDGETS (600cc)
Qualifications – 1. Ryan Smith, 22s, VanDoren, 8.105 seconds; 2. Erick Rudolph, 22r, Lafler, 8.144; 3. Tim Neal, 19, Dunigan, 8.278; 4. Ben Quinones, 20, Advanced Products, 8.292; 5. John Ivy, 94, HMS, 8.323; 6. Cap Henry, 04, HMS, 8.324; 7. Chase Ridenour, 11r, Ridenour, 8.448; 8. Amanda Quinones, 007, Advanced Products, 8.474; 9. Tyler Ross, 3t, Holmquist, 8.519; 10. Mark Zumbrun, 35z, Zumbrun, 8.618; 11. Drew Dorsett, 11b, Sager-Bickel, 8.621; 12. Larry Joe Sroufe, 21, Sroufe, 8.638; 13. Clay Sanders, 21x, Sanders, 8.650; 14. Kyle Henry, 51h, Ormsby, 8.698; 15. Russ Gamester, 49, Gamester, 8.706; 16. Bill Dunham, 84, Dunham, 8.717; 17. Chris Hettinger, 7, Hettinger, 8.767; 18. Jason Ormsby, 51, Ormsby, 8.795; 19. Braiden Black, 8b, Black, 8.814; 20. Kyle Lick, 8L, Lick, 8.859;
First heat (10 laps) – Smith, C. Henry, Dunham, Bretzman, Sipe, Brooks, Miller, Dorsett.
Second heat (10 laps) – Sroufe, Rudolph, Ridenour, Landon, Fitzpatrick, Ritchey, Baker, Hettinger.
Third heat (10 laps) – Ormsby, Neal, A. Quinones, Sanders, Wiggam, Ransbottom, Hamilton, Hephner.
Fourth heat (10 laps) – Ross, Black, K. Henry, Lamberson, Klein, B. Quinones.
Fifth heat (10 laps) – Ivy, Gamester, Zumbrun, McCormick, Shockney, Lesiecki, Lick.
First semi-feature (12 laps) – B. Quinones, K. Henry, Zumbrun, Lick, Ritchey, Sipe, Brooks, Myers, Klein.
Second semi-feature (12 laps) – Ridenour, Miller, Landon, Dorsett, Dunham, Baker, Lamberson, McCormick, Hamilton, Richards.
Third semi-feature (12 laps) – A. Quinones, Sanders, Wiggam, Shockney, Fitzpatrick, Bretzman, Ransbottom, Lesiecki.
Feature (30 laps) – Erick Rudolph, Tyler Ross, Chris Miller, Tim Neal, Chase Ridenour, Ben Quinones, Cap Henry, Clay Sanders, Amanda Quinones, Russ Gamester, Jason Ormsby, Larry Joe Sroufe, John Ivy, Ryan Smith, Braiden Black, Kyle Henry. Lap leaders: Gamester 1-2, Ross 3-13, C. Henry 14-28, Rudolph 29-30.
.Jim Anderson, Rich Corson, Bobby East, Mike Fedorcak and Billy Wease also are among the 34 entries in the midget division. Led by Stewart's nine victories, the six have combined to win 17 of the 25 features held at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center since the event originated in 1998.
Entries will be taken at the door
The entry list, announced Friday, also includes David Gough, Kyle Hamilton, Tim Jedrzejek, Brandon Knupp and Bryan Nuckles, all of whom have a second-place finish on the 1/6-mile track.
In all, nearly 300 drivers are pre-entered in midgets, winged outlaw modified midgets, nine kart classes and seven quarter midget classes (entries continue to be accepted). Spectator gates open at 11 a.m. both days, with the main portion of the program, including midget and winged midget heat races, semi-features and features, after 7 p.m. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the door.More information about the event, including ticket prices and special motel rates, is available at www.rumbleseries.com, by e-mailing email@example.com or by calling (317) 418-3216.
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Click on the Stewart/ East Photo For A Layout, Map, and Schedule
Please review the attached map of the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center layout and schedule of events (map also is available at http://www.rumbleseries.com/Files/finallayout12.pdf). As noted, the pit area will open at 2 p.m. on Thursday, with an optional practice period for all classes starting at 5:30. The pits will open at 7 a.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Dec 12 2012
Silver Crown champ Bobby East enters 'Rumble in Fort Wayne'
Rumble Series by Tony Barhorst
Fort Wayne, Indiana Dec 11, 2012 - Just before one of the biggest races of his career, Bobby East got a text message of support from none other than three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.
Sufficiently motivated, East went out that October night in Terre Haute, Ind., and led all 100 laps, clinching the 2012 USAC Silver Crown championship for himself and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing.
East has won vs. Stewart before in Fort Wayne
But East shouldn't count on that same level of encouragement the next time he and his boss cross paths.
The 27-year-old from Brownsburg, Ind., has joined the previously announced Stewart on the entry list for the 15th annual "Rumble in Fort Wayne" indoor midget races Dec. 28-29 at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center. The holiday event also includes winged outlaw modified midgets, karts and quarter midgets, with complete programs both Friday and Saturday.
East, whose 48 career victories make him one of USAC's top names, picked up the ride in Don and Mel Kenyon's No. 61 midget when Tony Elliott, citing doctor's orders, bowed out because of recent rotator cuff surgery.
"It's something every year we try to figure out, how to get back up there while also getting ready for (January's) Chili Bowl," East said. "I'm really glad to get back there and go run. Shoot, I used to really enjoy the indoor races."
While Stewart has won a record nine times on the 1/6-mile indoor track, East found victory lane sooner. In December 2001, as a high school junior less than two weeks past his 16th birthday, East captured the opening night feature in stunning fashion. The second night, he was running second, trying to hold off Stewart, when his race unraveled.
"He hit me so hard in turn one," East recalled, "it knocked my foot off the brake." With East sidelined by a subsequent crash, Stewart went on to claim his first victory in the Rumble. He's now an amazing 9-for-14 at Fort Wayne. "Tony's pretty special," said East, who as a youngster watched Stewart race for his father, famed car builder Bob East. "He's a really good driver. That's an understatement
Not too long ago, it appeared East might follow Stewart on the road to NASCAR stardom. His 2004 USAC midget title helped land him a development deal with Ford and Jack Roush Racing, and he made 42 starts in the Nationwide and Truck series from 2005-08. "I'd definitely give it another shot if it was anything worth doing," he said. "I get one or two calls a year (from owners), usually before the Truck race at IRP (Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis). I think it's something I could win. "But at the end of the conversation, they want to know how much money (he can offer). And I don't have any money."
If East spends the rest of his career in midgets, sprints and Silver Crown cars, that's fine with him, though. He won features in all three USAC national divisions in 2012, a distinction he shared with Bryan Clauson, and figures to collect his milestone 50th victory next season. Married for nearly three years to the former Courtney Kirts - herself a former midget driver who raced at Fort Wayne - East says life has never been better. "Don (Kenyon) will have the car going around pretty good," he said, looking ahead to the Rumble. "That's all I want right now - a happy life with my wife and trophies."
Spectator gates open at 11 a.m. both days of the Rumble, with the main portion of the program after 7 p.m. Information about tickets, race entries and special hotel rates is available at www.rumbleseries.com or by calling (317) 418-3216. Requests for information also may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 10 2012
Paules, Gursky, Graver, Miller, Freundt in spotlight
at Mahoning Valley Speedway awards banquet
By DINO OBERTO
(JIM THORPE, PA 12-8-12) Mahoning Valley Speedway first year promoter Floyd Santee did it again. After drawing increased car counts and crowds all season long at the paved Lehighton quarter mile oval, the same scenario played out at the 2012 Awards Banquet as one of the largest gatherings in years came out to celebrate the past racing season.
350 guests assembled at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe for an evening fit for a champion and with close to $25,000 in point fund money, all divisional finishers in the top ten in points saw a raise in their payoff envelopes.
It was no surprise that Earl Paules of Palmerton picked up the lion’s share of the night’s hardware after his undisputed twin title runs in the Modifieds and Late Models. He also walked off with the Rookie of the Year and Fast Time Award with the later.
For Paules, it was a record setting season, becoming the first driver to win dual titles in the same season. His 50 overall starts were the most ever and his 10 Late Model wins tied the record for victories in a year.
In what is always one of the toughest classes at Mahoning, TJ Gursky was a return champion with the Street Stocks. The Palmerton star scored three wins including the season ending 100-lapper during the Octoberfast 2012. He eked his way to the title by a mere two points over Josh Mooney.
Just as he did in 2011, Lehighton’s Kris Graver had another superb season in the Dirt Modifieds. Graver won features in eight of 20 starts and only twice finished out of the top five. In two years’ time he has reeled off 15 victories and this was his third straight overall title as he won the 4-Cylinder Stock crown in 2010. He also set the new Dirt Modified fast time with a10.300. Not yet 20-years old, Graver has close to 30 career wins and continues to embark on a great future.
There may be no better deserving driver to win a championship than Northampton’s Jeremy Miller. After 15 years of racing with the 4-Cylinder Stocks, Miller finally earned a championship. And he did so with a solid performance throughout the year with a class leading seven feature and 11 heat wins.
He also tied the record for wins with the division at 32 and is ranked among the track’s top ten all-time winners list. Miller has won races in each of the past three decades and is indeed a worthy champion.
Dan Freundt of Lehighton was named the 4-Cylinder Stock Front Wheel Drive champion. The class was intermingled with the regular 4-Cylinder Stocks and paid a $50 bonus for the highest finisher each week. Freundt did well for himself there too, collecting 12 bonus payoffs that did wonders in bolstering his championship effort.
Zane Zeiner of Bath claimed the Mahoning Modified Madness Series title and the $2000 first place prize. The top six in the series’ all took home cash awards.
The Most Improved Driver Awards went to Kevin Rex, Jr., George Ramos III, Jason Kuhn, Jake Kibler and Mark Levy in the Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, 4-Cylinder Stocks and Dirt Mods respectively.
Scott Meckes, Modified, Ricky Yetter, Dirt Mod, Nick Baer, 4-Cylinder Stock and Kyle Strohl, Street Stock and FWD were named Rookies of the Year.
The Checkered Flag Fan Club Service Appreciation Award was rightfully given to Jim Truhe. His countless hours of hard work and dedication were greatly appreciated. Truhe, along with Tim Santee, Linda Pollack and Dino Oberto were presented gratitude awards for their duties at the track each.
On behalf of the entire track staff, promoter Santee was given a distinctive plated plaque, which was to thank him for all he did at the speedway.
Santee addressed the crowd by thanking them for a great year of racing and promised to continue with bigger and better shows in 2013. He noted that a mid-April date has been set for Opening Night.
The unique holiday event brings together more than 300 competitors in midgets, winged outlaw modified midgets (600cc), karts and quarter midgets. Spectator gates open at 11 a.m. each day, with midget time trials at 6 p.m. and the main portion of the program after 7:30. "It's just fun," said Stewart, who especially likes to watch the younger drivers, with an eye toward the future of his own race teams. "You get everything from kids racing quarter midgets and go-karts to guys who've been racing 20-25 years." Stewart's record at Fort Wayne is remarkable. His nine victories have come in just 14 starts, and only once has he failed to win when his car was running at the finish. That was on the second night in 2008, when East Coast standout Lou Cicconi Jr. beat him in a race that went green all the way. Stewart also holds the track qualifying record of 7.323 seconds, set in 2005.
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Stewart will return in his black No. 2 Munchkin chassis, which he half-jokingly says is funded by his poker games. He also will field a second Tony Stewart Racing entry for his longtime teammate and car builder, Mike Fedorcak of nearby Roanoke, Ind. Fedorcak won on the opening night in 2002. "It's going to be great fun to have Tony racing at the Rumble against champions from a variety of series," event organizer Tony Barhorst of Classic Motorsports said. "He first arrived in 1999 unannounced. One year, he even competed under the name Mikey Fedorcak Jr. from Gnawbone, Ind. "This year, we know for sure he will be here."
Information about "Rumble in Fort Wayne" entries, racer's rate hotels and tickets are available at www.rumbleseries.com. Tickets may be ordered by mail without a service charge. The event information line is (317) 418-3206. Requests for information may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
AMERICAN THREE QUARTER MIDGET RACING ASSOCIATION
Joe Payne, Jr., wins first ATQMRA Turkey Derby TQ-Midget feature at Wall
By EARL KRAUSE
(WALL TWP., NJ 11-24-12) In his great career as an open-cockpit driver, Joe Payne, Jr., has won many races at tracks all over the Northeast in TQ-Midgets, full Midgets and Supermodifieds. That includes N.J.’s Wall Stadium, where he had taken 11 victories in ATQMRA TQ-Midget competition between 1989 and this past October. But one very special TQ race win had eluded him at Wall, the Turkey Derby that is presented on that high-banked, third-mile asphalt oval each Thanksgiving Weekend.
That goal was reached for Payne this past Saturday when the driver known as the “Jersey Jet” won his first TQ-Midget Turkey Derby feature while gaining his 12th overall victory on the famed oval. It was the 39th edition of the Turkey Derby and the 32nd time that the ATQMRA has been part of the big weekend.
Payne’s Derby win came at the wheel of one of the most storied cars in the ATQMRA, the red No. 51 fielded by many-time champion car builder and master mechanic Alan Mollot. In victory lane, after Payne enthusiastically said that he had “at last won the Turkey Derby!” Mollot added that the winning No. 51 is some 32 years old!
The 25-lap feature had Phil DiMario and Buddy Sload on the front row and they immediately had a wheel to wheel race for the lead over the first circuit. But coming down the homestretch as they were finishing that first lap their cars tangled at high speed. DiMario’s No. 23 bounced up on two wheels off the steel rail and was done for the event, while Sload drove to the pit area and returned for the restart.
New England-based NEMA Midget standout Randy Cabral drove the blue & silver No. 77 into the lead on the complete restart and set a fast pace over Mike Tidaback, Robin Johnston, Payne, 2012 ATQMRA champion Ryan Tidman and 2010 titlist Ian Cumens.
On lap four a sudden mechanical problem sent Cumens’ No. 79 to the right in turn two and hard into the fence. Cumens, also the 2012 NEMA Lite Midget champion, was unhurt but his family No. 79 was damaged and unable to restart.
Payne had been moving toward the front and used the restart to power past his top-five competitors to take the lead. At the same time Tidman raced to second.
By the 10th circuit Payne held a several car length lead over still challenging Tidman while Johnston, Cabral and 2009 ATQMRA champion Alison Cumens (Ian’s sister) raced close from third through fifth.
Moments later, Cumens, Sload and Dan Lane Jr., tangled in turn two.
Just prior to the restart, Matt Roselli, who was up to fifth, pulled his No. 98 to the infield.
Payne outraced Tidman on the double-file restart and they again pulled away while Johnston and Cabral ran strong in third and fourth. The top four stayed that way into lap 20, while Alison Cumens and Sload raced back to the front and battled for fifth. At the checkered on lap 25, Payne captured his first Turkey Derby TQ-Midget main with Tidman, Johnston and Cabral the top four; and Cumens winning the battle for fifth over Sload.
Wall TQ Notes: Payne also competed in a totally different type of race car at Wall on Saturday. He drove the Dirt Modified No. 94 in that division’s feature and finished a strong second to Andrew Krause after they had a thrilling duel for the lead... Kreig Heroth, the 2012 Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway small-block Supermodified champion, made his Wall TQ debut at the Derby. Originally scheduled to drive Blu Metz’s
No. F8, he was at the wheel of the No. 26, a car originally to be run by Bill Force Sr., for the feature. Bill’s son, Bill Force Jr., drove the Mike Roselli No. 98x as a teammate to Matt Roselli in the No. 98.
Finish: Joe Payne Jr., Ryan Tidman, Robin Johnston, Randy Cabral, Alison Cumens, Buddy Sload, Bill Force Jr., Mike Occupinti, Matt Roselli, Dan Lane Jr., Kreig Heroth, Mike Tidaback, Ian Cumens and Phil DiMario.
Aug 29 2012
2012 Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association Champions
by Don Holbrook
Freebird Motorsports Marketing
2012 RMMRA Driver Champion Keith Rauch
Final Driver Point Standings
1. Keith Rauch - 791 11. Mike Heberling - 218
2. Tony Rossi - 693 12. Mike Boesel - 214
3. Bob Harr - 636 13. Mark Chisholm - 212
4. Chris Sheil - 613 14. Scott Fennell - 184
5. Chris DeShon - 601 15. AJ Henson - 176
6. Jay Sant - 597 16. Clint Schubert - 162
7. Dustin Weland - 350 17. Todd Plemons - 146
8. Cory Mallo - 246 18. Greg Schaefer - 109
9. Justin Mallo - 228 19. Kyle Rayburn - 56
10. Luke Icke - 225 20. Steve Newman - Guest
2012 Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association
Final Owner Point Standings
1. Petauro Racing - 791 11. Luke Icke - 225
2. Tony Rossi - 693 12. Mike Heberling - 218
3. Halaar Racing - 636 13. Mike Boesel - 214
4. Russ DeShon - 601 14. Mark Chisholm - 212
5. Cappy Mason - 557 15. Ken Clark - 184
6. R&K Motorsports - 557 16. George Schubert - 162
7. Erich Weland - 350 17. Todd Plemons - 146
8. Rory Mallo (69m) - 248 18. Todd Henry - 109
9. Rory Mallo (9m) - 246 19. Bryan Jamison - 56
10. Rory Mallo (6m) - 228 20. Wayne Rayburn - 56
2012 “A” Feature Winners
03-16-12 (Cowtown Speedway; Kennedale, TX.) - Brady Bacon
03-17-12 (Cowtown Speedway; Kennedale, TX.) - Dave Darland
05-12-12 (I-76 Speedway, Ft. Morgan, CO.) - Chris DeShon
05-16-12 (El Paso County Fairgrounds; Calhan, CO.) - Chris DeShon
05-26-12 (Aztec Speedway; Aztec, N.M.) - Cancel
05-27-12 (Aztec Speedway; Aztec, N.M.) - Cancel
06-09-12 (I-76 Speedway; Ft. Morgan, CO.) - Luke Icke
06-16-12 (El Paso County Fairgrounds; Calhan, CO.) - Keith Rauch
07-04-12 (Phillips County Raceway; Holyoke, CO.) - Rainout
07-21-12 (El Paso County Fairgrounds; Calhan, CO.) - Keith Rauch
07-27-12 (Phillips County Raceway; Holyoke, CO.) - Keith Rauch
07-28-12 (I-76 Speedway; Ft. Morgan, CO.) - Keith Rauch
08-17-12 (Sweetwater Event Complex; Sweetwater, WY.) - Keith Rauch
08-18-12 (Sweetwater Event Complex; Sweetwater, WY.) - Tony Rossi
08-25-12 (El Paso County Fairgrounds; Calhan, CO.) - Tony Rossi
Aug 20 2012
Rossi End's Rauch Domination
by Don Holbrook
Rocksprings, WY. (August 18, 2012) - 4 - Time RMMRA Driver Champion Tony Rossi, driving the Thunder Custom & Restoration, Doyle Ent. Triple X/Mopar ended Keith Rauch domination Saturday night at the Sweetwater Event Complex in Rocksprings, WY.
August 18 @ Sweetwater Event Complex:
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. Bob Harr, 2. Cory Mallo, 3. Jim Doyle, 4. Justin Mallo, 5. Jay Sant (R).Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. Keith Rauch, 2. Tony Rossi, 3. Chris Sheil, 4. AJ Henson (R).
A Feature (15 Laps): 1. Tony Rossi, 2. Bob Harr, 3. Justin Mallo, 4. Jay Sant (R), 5. AJ Henson (R), 6. Cory Mallo (DNF), 7. Keith Rauch (DNF), 8. Chris Sheil (DNF).
Aug 19 2012Rauch Win's 5th Straight RMMRA Feature
by Don Holbrook
Rocksprings, WY. - (August 18, 2012) - Keith Rauch driving the IMM, Peterson Fluids Systems, Spike/Mopar Petauro Racing won his 5th straight RMMRA Feature Friday night at the Sweetwater Event Complex.
August 17 @ Sweetwater Event Complex:
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. Bob Harr, 2. Tony Rossi, 3. Justin Mallo, 4. Jay Sant (R), 5. Chris DeShon, 6. Steve Newman.
Heat Two (8Laps): 1. Keith Rauch, 2. Chris Sheil, 3. Mark Chisholm, 4. Cory Mallo, 5. AJ Henson (R), 6. Phil Peconti.
A Feature (20 Laps): 1. Keith Rauch, 2. Bob Harr, 3. Chris Sheil, 4. Jay Sant (R), 5. Tony Rossi, 6. Steve Newman, 7. Mark Chisholm, 8. AJ Henson (R), 9. Justin Mallo, 10. Cory Mallo, 11. Phil Peconti, 12. Chris DeShon (DNS).