Welcome to this tidbits update here on the first day of the five day Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. This, the 25th Silver Anniversary is one I would love to be at as I had made every single Saturday night finale from the inaugural until 2002 and I haven't been back since. Would love to change that for this 2011 Saturday night finale but we shall see how it plays out.
While I am sure the majority won't read this as they will be in Tulsa, this is for the rest of you.
This tidbits update is sponsored by Bishop Racing Components here in OKC. Andy and Danny Shouse seem to have things going good as business seems to be steady. Danny tells me they will be at their current located (near I-35 and S.E.89th) until later this year when they move adjacent to Wilsons Ford Auto Shop on S.E. 59th street. For all your racing parts needs, including being an authorized dealer for Triple XXX sprint car chassis and Outlaw Wings, give Bishop Racing Components a call today. You can also check out their website by clicking their business ad.
Good luck to Andy as he will be competing tonight at the Chili Bowl instead of Friday night.
Looking for video of the 23rd annual Tulsa Shootout from two weeks ago? Look up Michael Jackson and his Thriller Productions as he was on hand to do all the taping. His Thriller Photo also takes care of 95% of the track ads, business ads and special race banners here on tidbits and he also does website design. To learn more about all the above, which includes ordering your Tulsa Shootout video, contact Thriller Productions today. Just click on his ad to get more information.
The 13th annual OKC Trade Show, Auction and Swap Meet seemed to be another success as await confirmation of this from 4 Speed Promotions Greg Deatherage. The attached banner shows the two other shows that are scheduled for this winter, the annual Wichita, Kansas event and the inaugural Little Rock, Arkansas. Trade show and auction lots are still available so click the banner to take you to their website for more information on the two remaining shows.
There are still spaces available for this Fridays Gary Wright Ultimate Sprint Car Chassis seminar in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Click on the banner for more details and to get your spot reserved.
Look for an ultimate modified chassis seminar with the proffessor, Johnny Allen of Chanute, Kansas next year.
New Wild West Speedway (Clinton) and Elk City Speedway promoter Dee Dee Sites informs that Wild West Speedway will go back to special events only in 2011, kicked off by the 5th annual Sooner Round Up. Format for the modifieds, sport mods, super stocks, factor stocks, enduros and hornets will be the same as the Winter Nationals with open practice on Friday night, qualifying on Saturday night and the feature racers on Sunday afternoon. Mods and sports mods will compete for $1000 to win while street stocks will compete for $500 to win, old school factory stocks $300 to win and $200 to win for enduros. I will have the official flyer for this event posted soon.
Now while I say they will run specials only at WWS, they will be running on the small track each and every Friday night with the micros.
Elk City Speedway will switch to Saturday nights under the leadership of Sites, who informs there is alot of interest and near forty registrations turned in by drivers. The track will run weekly the modifieds, sport mods, super stocks, old school factory stocks, enduros and hornets. First practice for 2011 at the track will be on Saturday, March 5th with a car show and Miss Elk City Speedway pagent on March 12th. The season opener will take place later that evening at 7:00 PM wit hthe first special being the April Fools 500 that will have the exact same payout as the Wild West Speedway Sooner Roundup. Elk City Speedway will be back as a track advertiser here on tidbits at the end of this month so look forward to seeing the new track ad and special race banner for all specials events in 2011.
Tidbits wants to welcome back George Welch's Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada for another year with here. The longest tenured promoter in Oklahoma, second only to Lanny Edwards and Lawton Speedway, is back for his 17th season of promotion at the big three-eighths mile facility. Haven't heard officially but look for the annual Spring Fling to take place Friday and Saturday night, April 1-2nd. Check out the schedule/results page of this website for all dates for the OCRS sprint series and make note that the second annual $10,000 to win Stock Car Nationals will take place from September 29th-October 2nd. George is finalizing details and the rules for the 2011 version and those will be posted here on tidbits when completed.
According to Creek County Speedway PR John Rittenoure, Creek County Speedway will see three different sprint car classes for the 2011 race season. Along with the tracks modified, super stock, factory stock and mini stocks divisions, the two barrel sprints, injected 360 sprints and new e-sprints will all be competing on a rotating basis in 2011. The schedule is currenlty a work in progress and will let you know as soon as it is complete.
While at HOOTERS last Saturday after I left the OKC trade show, saw my long-time friend Larry Neighbors and his family before I left. He informs Harley White will be the driver of his new e-sprint that he is putting together for the 2011 race season and will compete at 81 Speedway on Thursday nights, along with Brill Motor Speedway on Friday nights and possibly Creek County Speedway on Saturday nights.
Erich Peterson, known as "Catpuppy" on the message board of tidbits, also has an e-sprint and will compete in 2011.
In case you missed it, 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas will run e-sprints weekly on Thursday nights with a small 16 sq. top wing. For official rules, please call the 81 Speedway office (316) 755-1781.
The track will have practice each and every Sunday afternoon in March from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. The first race for the 2011 race season at the home track of NCRA will be on Satruday night, April 2nd featuring the season openers for both the NCRA modified north and NCRA southern sport mod divisions.
Then on Sunday night the NCRA southern sport mods will join the new NCRA Great Plains region late models at the famed Kansas State Fairgrounds for an April 3rd event. The new NCRA Great Plains region late models will run for $1000 to win with $200 going to the twenty car feature finale field in 2011 with already eleven racers scheduled. These are regular full-blown late models, just as with the super late models for NCRA'S regular late model division. The full schedule, as well as schedules for the other three remaining divisions of NCRA, will be officiall released after the Chili Bowl, or the banquet - or whatever.
Speaking of the NCRA banquet, it will be held on Saturday night, January 29th (my birthday) at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, Kansas. Cost is $25 per person and reservations must be made and that is imperative. Orders will be taken next Monday (January 17) and I will disclose more details as I recieve them.
Several factors caused the ppd of this years NCRA modified south division, which caught the backburner thanks to the series losing thirteen year sponsor O'Reilly Auto Parts. Am told the division will be back in 2012. Both champions (Gene Weaver '09) and Mickey Lassiter ('10) won championships with only one "A" feature won between them (Weaver).
The MARS late model series will be at Brill Motor Speedway twice in 2011, June 3rd and September 16th. The first Oklahoma appearance in 2011 will be at the big half mile of Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee on Friday night, April 1st. Both races without NCRA.
If you are a late model fan, make your plans to make it to Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore on Saturday night, April 30th and Sunday night, May 1st for a combined NCRA, MARS, MLRA and CLMA late model showdown that will pay $10,000 to win.
The NCRA sprints, along with the ASCS Sooner region, will be at the facility together over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29th, for the third annual Steve King Memorial that pays $3000 to win. This event will replace that of the Lucas Oil ASCS national tour. It will be a big four day weekend for the NCRA sprints as they kick off the weekend at RPM Speedway in Hays, Kansas on May 27th and close out Memorial Day weekend on Monday night, May 30th at 81 Speedway.
Email from Jaime Jennings informs Danny will once again "pick and choose" his races for the 2011 race season and not focus on points anywhere. Between, OCRS, ASCS, NCRA and the Knoxville 360 Nationals for the Goodyear Racing Team enjoyed success and had fun in 2010 and look to do the same agenda for this year. Hope to see Danny repeat his Hutchinson Grand Nationals championship that he earned this year. Jaime also informs she will email me photos of the 2011 car as soon as it is complete. Danny will also be competing at the Chili Bowl this year.
If you are looking for a championship modified, check out the classified ad page of this website as Stanley Reed, Jr. as his 2007-2010 DW 11 for sale. Stanley will once again be competing at Lawton Speedway in 2011, until at least July when he is expecting the arrival of a newborn.
Drivers and fans, make note of the changes of who is racing and what nights for 2011.
Brill Motor Speedway (Meeker), Outlaw Motor Speedway (Muskogee), Thunderbird Speedway (Muskogee) and Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, Kansas) will all be competing on Friday nights.
Saturday night list of tracks include I-44 Speedway (OKC), Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, Texas) Elk City Speedway (Elk City), Lawton Speedway (Lawton), Lake Country Speedway (Ardmore), Oklahoma Sports Park (Ada), Tri-State Speedway (Fort Smith, Arkansas), Salina High Banks Speedway (Salina) and Mid-America Speedway (South Coffeyville) and Creek County Speedway (Kellyville).
And don't forget, as we know for now ,Enid Speedway will be racing once a month on Sundays. Understand that somebody tried to dig up the clay from the fairgrounds three-eighths mile track (conflicting stories as to whom) so the track must be repaired before anything takes place - what I am told.
Speaking of I-44 Speedway, they will kick off their 2011 race season on April 1-2 with the annual Ryan Craighead Memorial.
In non-racing news, but kind of. Was informed by my regular Hooters girl that Twin Peaks will make their OKC debut in another month, somewhere around the corner of NW 122nd and MacAurther.
That is all the tidbits for this update but, as always, I feel like I am missing more. Right now I am planning on showcasing each track that has their ad on tidbits and their 2011 schedules seperately so hopefully this news section will be updated quicker. I won't disregard other tracks that don't have their track ads here as I will mention them and their specials, just not in depth as I have to take care of the ones who support tidbits.
I am working on somethings to hopefully get one or two more people on board with racing news from throughout Oklahoma and surrounding states as I can only cover so much. That is once my webmaster decides to check his mail and get back too me on if it is feasible.
If you are heading to Tulsa this week, please drive safely, be careful and all of you "watch out for the other guy!"