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February 17, 2011  at 3:54:8
Submitted by David Smith Jr.
Tidbits Update for February 17, 2011

www.oklahomatidbits.comThis tidbits update is brought to you by new advertiser B&K Automotive in OKC. Owner Bob Martin, who owned the #41 pro stock driven by Jeremy Allen the past couple of years. He is good enough to take on the challenge of rebuilding my sons 350 motor in his GMC Sierra and for that I am much appreciated. So please, for all your automotive needs contact Bob and B&K and tell him you saw his ad here on tidbits.

Right now there are two new tracks that are climbing on board with tidbits for the 2011 race season. They include Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kansas and I-44 Speedway in South OKC. Waiting on ads for both and they will be posted asap along with the tracks website link.

Speaking of Caney Valley Speedway, I believe this is the third year for track owner Kerry Gorby who has resurrected the quarter mile facility to a “so-so” facility to a really nice venue for racing. While still battling flood waters (as the track sits in a easily flooded area) the rest keeps getting better and better as seasons go by. After dropping the modified division mid-2010 race season, he has picked up the late models on a weekly basis and is sanctioned by the DIRTCar series for 2011. This sets him in line with Monett Speedway in Monett, Missouri that races on Sunday nights as well as the MARS and MDLMS DIRTCar series. To find out more on this Friday night track, check out the website http://www.caneyvalleyspeedway.net.

As mentioned previous tidbits update, both Mid-America Speedway and Caney Valley Speedway are working together this 2011 race season.

Click Here for Website!Speaking of Mid-America Speedway, USMTS president Todd Staley and track owner Kenny Garris have reached an agreement and there will be the USMTS show at the track on Friday night, March 11th. Stay tuned for more details.

Spoke earlier of Bob Martin and his B&K Automotive, he is selling out his #41 pro stock inventory and is going to field a two-car championship sprint team with Josh Toho and Sheldon Barksdale as his drivers. They will concentrate solely on the OCRS series.

MIA: Danny Wood of Norman was noticeably absent from Lucas Oil ASCS competition the past couple of weeks. I understand he is fielding his own sprint car team and will compete in area ASCS national and sooner region shows as well as some NCRA sprint car events. He would have been down in Tucson this weekend for the Copper on Dirt with the Lucas Oil ASCS national tour but his trailer isn’t quite ready as for yet. Look for him to make his debut at the Devils Bowl Speedway Spring Nationals on March 25-26th.

Two tracks will be having open play days this Saturday. They include Creek County Speedway in Kellyville with gates opening at noon. Also Lake Country Speedway in Ardmore will have their starting at 2:00 PM.

While at Mark’s Machine Shop to renew the Brill Motor Speedway track ad for 2011, Mark informs that the champ sprint division at both Brill and Creek County will pay $1500 to each tracks champ sprint champion. The champ sprints will be the first ever sprint class sanctioned by the USRA thus the $1500 to each champ sprint track champion.

Don’t forget that Brill Motor Speedway is running Friday nights this year and Creek County Speedway will continue their Saturday night shows. Both tracks will run the econo-sprints as well.

While the ASCS2 kicks off their 2011 season next weekend (February 25-26) along with the southern sport mods, almost everybody else is looking forward to two weeks from this weekend and the Dirt Track Championships at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Modifieds and limited modifieds on Friday and Saturday night while the SUPR late model series kicks off their 2011 season at the track on Saturday night. If you haven’t been then you need to make plans to attend. Let’s just hope the weather is halfway decent this year. And yes, tidbits will be there and will take pictures in the pit area.

While I will reserve comment, NCRA has a new website and is located at www.racencra.com. While there is nothing at all wrong with the new site, developed by Dusty Weigert, I am old school and will miss the one created by long-time NCRA guru John Rittenoure.

 Check This OutDon't forget that Western Flyer sport mods will be giving $1000 to any driver using a Western Flyer sport mod and wins a NCRA southern sport mod race in 2011. Details on requirements are located on the NCRA's website.

I have put in calls to Salina High Banks Speedway (Salina, Oklahoma) and Lone Star Speedway (Kilgore, Texas) and as soon as I find out ticket information for the WoO sprint show (Salina) and the Lucas Oil Late Model show I will post it here on tidbits.

Modified/sport mod driver Shawn Jorski and his wife, Sumer, will be taken an active role in day to day activities at I-44 Speedway this year. Track is still owned and operated by Kirk Berkley but will see many official changes. Along with the Jorksi’s taken an active role, David Foley (who had been a track official the past couple of years) will be the new announcer with several officials (including scoring) from Dutton Speedway will help with the track on Friday nights.

The tracks 2011 race season gets underway on Friday and Saturday night, April 1-2, with the annual Ryan Craighead Memorial sanctioned by the ASCS2.

Late model/modified driver Eric Turner, formally of Hermitage but now residing in Springfield, Missouri, is looking for a late model ride. Eric, who finished second In the MARS series point standings the past two years to Terry Phillips, was suppose to drive the backup car for Pannell Motorsports out of Broken Bow. The deal looks to have fallen through leaving Eric looking. He informs he will take a race by race ride if that is what it takes to get in a late model. With the $10,000 to win “Pelican” for late models next weekend in Louisiana and the SUPR show at TMS one week later, this would be a good time to get a smooth driver hired for your late model if you have one. If you are interested then please email me and I will have him contact you. 

The USMTS kicks off their season today through Saturday night at Royal Purple Speedway (Houston Raceway Park in Houston, Texas. Wednesday night saw 60 drivers show up for a three hour practice session. I will have full results posted here on tidbits once received. I was going to make it down there Friday night but my area is slammed at work and I will be lucky to get out of there by the needed 11:00 AM time. Still contemplating making the Saturday night finale and then back. Save motel costs that way.

Thinking there is more but obviously not, that is all for this small edition of tidbits. If you have any newsworthy tidbits from throughout the state or even surrounding states, please email them too me and I will make sure you get credit if you so desire. Thank you all for your support of this website as it is for you that I continue to find time to do this.

Take care and as always, watch out for the other guy!

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