Battling through a severe stomach virus for three days now and just got my ear unclogged so I can function half-way, below is the latest tidbits for your reading pleasure...
Track ad pending per Michael at Thriller Production, tidbits wants to welcome Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma to the tidbits family! The track built in 1993 is owned by Alicia Mansfield and promoted by Kenny Gaddis - a former Tulsa long-time area sprint car owner. The track competes each and every Saturday night featuring USRA type modifieds, B- mods, street stocks, factory stocks, pure stocks and turf tires. The USRA modified division pays $650 to win. Until their track ad is posted, please check out the track website at http://www.mid-americaspeedway.com for more information.
Tidbits also wants to welcome first time to tidbits Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Oklahoma to the site. The Lanny Edwards owned, now Marcy Edwards promoted was built back in 1961 and while the 2010 weekly race season has come to an end, there are still two nights of racing left with their big, annual Winter Nationals. Details and more information to follow down below.
I don't believe I mentioned them in an earlier update but tidbits welcomes back Ramirez Motorsports Graphics back for the second year in a row. For all things concerning graphics, please click on their banner for more information and let them know you saw their ad on tidbits.
Heading up to the Wichita area and 81 Speedway for the NCRA sprint and/or modified north finale in October or you just need to try a different race parts supplier? Check out Pro Motor Sports Race Cars & Components! Located about two miles south of 81 Speedway on Broadway, Pro Motor Sports has all the parts and supplies that you may need to get you through the race night or ready for the 2011 race season. Long-time established in the Wichita, Kansas area, please make sure you tell them you saw their ad on tidbits.
While your at it and your a modified or southern sport mod driver and looking for a change of chassis, right next door to Pro Motor Sports is Bob Bills and his Billsbuilt chassis. If you want to know just how reliable Billsbuilt Chassis is, look no further than former multi-NCRA modfieid champion Brian Franz. Also, drivers I know in the Oklahoma area who utlize Billsbulit chassis are Travis Penrod (a recent Lake Country Speedway feature winner) and Greg Burt. When inquiring to Billsbuilt, please make sure you tell them the ad on tidbits is what got your attention. I also want to make sure I mention Gerald Brand and his Brand Racing Engines to tidbits for the first time. While I have lost my cheat sheet with all the information, I can tell you Brand Racing Engines has powered drivers locally and regionally to championships and titles for almost 30 years. Dustin Buntin, who currently leads the NCRA southern modified division point standings, uses Brand power that has propelled him to the top of the division point standings. Brand Racing Engines is also a supplier of Joe Gibbs Driven racing oil. For all your race engine or street rod motor needs, give Gerald a call and tell him you saw his ad on tidbits.
The idea to sell advertisements for tidbits came from former ASCS and current WoO official Jim Farley of Pro Lube out of Mustang. While he has never climbed aboard, he thought of this for my site and one of the first, original advertisers was Greg Moore and his Victory Lane Graphics. For those who don't know, this deal started back in 1998 in the heels of my oklahomatidbits columns that appeared in Sprint Car News, Jayhawk Racing Journal and Hoseheads Sprint Car News. Webmaster and all things Hoseheads message board founder Jeff Roberg approached me about being a piolot project for him and thus, tidibts was formed.
It started out that only the sprint car area new about ths site and 2002 it seemed to reach a new type of fans in modifieds and full-body racers. Today, some 12 years later, it has grown into a monster I would have never thought and I like to think I have grown right along with it. While I am not sure of official stats, I know at least 1000 hits a day occur on this baby from not only throughout the state of Oklahoma but surrounding states and far away states as well. Drivers, owners, sponsors and race fans alike come here and I am honored to have all visitors. It has also been a blessing to meet all those tidbiters and I am shocked every week when somebody knew I meet tells me they love the site. This deal will only get bigger I am sure and with some additions and changes being talked about for this winter, it will only get better. Thank you all for making this a success.
And while there are those who don't appreciate the site nor myself that is absolutely fine, but I thank you for taking time to click on my site just the same.
As I mentioned before, the track as is pending asap. I made my first trip in several years to Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma for the ASCS sooner region show. 25 drivers were on hand with OKC locals Joe Wood, Jr., Michelle Decker, Andy Shouse and Koby Barksdale all making the trip up to the track just one and a half hours north of Tulsa. Sean McClelland, looks to have locked up his second career Sooner region championship has he wired the field during the twenty-five lap feature. If not for getting caught behind a slower car, Nick Smith would have made things very interesting the final four laps as he was closing quickly on McClelland. Both drivers missed the rough portion of the track to run the top side in grand fashion. There is one confirmed sooner region race left while two at Cowtown at still pending. McClelland holds a 125 point lead over Wood, Jr.
Joe Wood, Jrs. repeat to championship took a hit as he and Shouse got together early in the event with both drivers retiring for the evening.
It was an event that almost didn't take place as over one inch of rain flooded the pits the night before. But furious work by the track crew got the track and pit area race ready and while there were some rough places, it was by far race able and not as bad as some surfaces I have seen. Kudos to the Mid-America Speedway track crew for getting this show in.
In the USRA modified main event, Johnny "Baby" Bone, Jr. worked his way up through his mid pack starting position and held off current track points leader Rodney Sigg to pick up the victory over the other twenty car field. Car counts for the other divisions were eleven for both factory and B-mods and 21 for the turf tires.
Modified veteran and NCRA modified south regular Alan Oliva, fresh off his victory one week earlier at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada, took time off from modified competion this past Saturday night to finish fourth in the street stock division at the track. Looks as though he is gearing up for the biggest event in Oklahoma Sports Park history with the running of the $10,000 to win and $500 to start Stock Car Nationals on September 30-October 3rd.
Speaking of which, the early deadline for pre-entry is this coming Saturday the 18th Pre-entry is $150 if postmarked on or before September 18 with it being $200 for entries there after. Click on the special race banner here or above for more race and rules information.
If that isn't enough stock car racing for ya then don't forget the Octoberfast StockCar Nationals at Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha paying $5000 to win with over $30,000 in prize money on October 21-23. More more rules, pay and race information check their race banner on all sites of tidbits.
For all you sprint car fans and drivers, I guess there has been a change of dates from what I have seen and heard from others. The change for the final two races on the 2010 NCRA sprint car season looks like this: Saturday night, October 9th at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas and Sunday night, October 17th at the Hutchinson Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas. I liked the previous back to back races myself but who am I?
The proposed scheduling as part of Cowtown Speedways November Sprint Shootout with NCRA involved will not be happening.
Also, according to Wild West Speedway promoter Joe Madore, the orginally scheduled NCRA southern modified race scheduled for Saturday night, October 8th, has been nixed as to not to interfere with another track holding their Fall Nationals that same weekend. This is per Madore as of early last week.
The scheduled two-day USMTS show at Creek County Speedway in Kellyville has UNFORTUNATELY been taken off the schedule and replaced with a two day Fall Nationals. The first day of the Fall Nationals will take place on Sunday, October 10th featuring modifieds, super stocks and front wheel drives while Sunday, October 17th will see the sprint cars, factory stocks and mini stocks in action. More detailed information can be found by clicking the track banner or the special race banner for this race, which will be posted as soon as I receive it.
The previously mentioned ASCS Sooner region event at Lawton Speedway will be on the final night of the two day, 21st Annual Lawton Speedway Winter Nationals on Friday and Saturday night, October 1-2. The official entry form and payout can be found by clicking the race banner here or on all pages of tidbits.
Depending on what you hear it appears this is the final year for sprint cars at the famed Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas on a weekly basis for the 2011 race season. Sprint cars, a forever staple at the famed half mile oval, is struggling with car counts this year as has most tracks around this part of the world. There is talk of a 305 racesavor division for sprints but unknown if this will happen or not.
Don't forget the much anticipated NCRA modified south event at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee will take place on the big fairgrounds half mile next Saturday night, September 25th. Look for a strong, full field of modifieds for this $1000 to win, $200 to start feature event in a city where they actually care about their fairgrounds and facility.
With the special race banner pending and posted as soon as received, the track will also hold a two day $2000 to win modified special on Friday and Saturday night, October 8-9 as part of the tracks 1st annual Okie from Muskogee Fall Classic featuring the Show-Me Late Model series on the 9th. There could be big news concerning late models for 2011 after this event as well. More information on this race can be found on the tracks website until the afore mentioned banner is received.
Sandwiched in between both events will be the final appearance of
the season for the OCRS at the famed half mile on Friday night, October
1st. I heard the last OCRS event at the track almost filled the famed fairgrounds grandstands with Jamie Passmore getting the best of a 32 car field to pick up the victory back on August 21st.
Don;t forget that this coming Saturday night, September 17th, the OCRS will make their third and final 2010 appearance at Oklahoma Sport Park in Ada with the 4th annual Oklahoma State Championship. Mike Goodman and Jamie Passmore are previous winners at the track this year. Passmore, who leads the series in a whopping 8 feature victories thus far this season, is the current series points leader over Goodman. Shayla Waddell is one driver that is taking advantage of the closing of Fairgrounds Speedway as she has made all 19 races held and is currenlty 7th in the point standings.
Don't forget that Wild West Speedway will host the OCRS next Saturday night, September 25th along with an enduro. Passmore won over a field of 25 sprinters at the track back on May 9th.
There are other tidbits that I know I am forgetting to mention but they escape me at the moment. If I can think of them, I will write them down and make note of them on the next edition of tidbits, hopefully early next week as that is the plan.
Lots of specials going on this weekend. The next to the final weekly points race of the season is this Saturday night at Creek County Speedway while Brill Motor Speedway, Mid-America Speedway and Route 66 Motor Speedway continue their weekly bit of racing with this the last weekend of 2010 for Route 66 Motor Speedway.
You also have the MARS/MLRA late model showdown at Springfield Speedway in Missouri, the big two day Tesas State Championships at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth featuring modifieds, southern sports mods and the SUPR late models, OCRS at Oklahoma Sports Park and the BST/IMCA sanctioned modified races at Dodge City Raceway Park on Friday night and Saturday night.
Where will tidbits be heading? Looks like the Choctaw Casino Hotel and Resort in Durant this Friday night as my wife and I will be getting away for our 21st anniversary. Saturday night is a crap shoot, depending on our departure from Durant.
By the way, congratulations to Brian Wolfe on finally getting his long awaiting modified victory at Brill Motor Speedway last Saturday night!
That is all for this tidbits update. Hopefully a bit better and more informative update will happen early next week.
Take care and as I have stated for the past twelve years, take care and as always watch out for the other guy!