Not alot of tidbits to speak of but hope to have more after this weekend:
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This coming Saturday night, April 16th, is the season opener for Lawton Speedway with only the modified and limited modified weekly divisions kicking off their 2011 race season while the Tulsa based OCRS will kick off their season as well. Click here http://ocrsracing.com/ for John Lemon's season preview.
One Lawton championship sprint regular that you won't see this weekend is Mustang's Robert Sellers. Miffed by the off season ruling allowing titanium valves in OCRS competition in 2011, Robert informed me that set the table for changes in his racing plans for 2011.
"I was assured going into the winter that there would be no changes for OCRS in 2011 so I had a car built and everything to run the whole deal this year," said Robert via phone earlier this week. "Then they had this rules meeting and allowed the titanium and it really upset me after I had everything just about ready to go." While spending all his Saturday nights at Lawton Speedway the past five or six seasons, this year will be different. Robert has a complete ASCS sprinter ready for action and will head to I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas this coming Friday and Saturday nigiht with the Lucas Oil ASCS national tour. "We probably have no business being there but I love running against the national guys." He will pick and choose his racing, mostly ASCS sooner region and possibly some NCRA shows as well.
Roberts son, Shane, will be back at Lawton Speedway in champ sprint competition.
It is a weekend double header this weekend for the Bob Howard & Mopar NCRA of Park City, Kansas presented by Smiley's Racing Products southern sport mod division as they head to Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee on Friday night before the series' first ever appearance at Crawford County Speedway in Van Buren, Arkansas on Saturday night.
What normally pays $500 to win has a little extra incentive this weekend as both tracks have come together to add some extra money. If a driver can win both nights, he will take home an extra $300. If this is not achieved then the driver that has the highest average finish at both venues will receive an extra $150. Remember, only NCRA/IMCA southern sport modified rules will apply. Racing both nights gets underway at 7:30 PM.
Also don't forget that if you are utilizing a Western Flyer sport mod chassis and you purchased it from Western Flyer, you will receive an extra $1000 if you win an NCRA southern sport mod event. This will be redeemed from Western Flyer.
The tracks modified division will be competing for a special $1000 to win the feature finale. For more information click on the tracks ad here on tidbits.
Also on Friday night it will be the kickoff to the 2011 season for Brill Motor Speedway in Meeker. USRA champ sprints, USRA modifieds, USRA limited modifieds, USRA pro/street along with the non-wing economy sprints, mini sprints and mini stocks are the divisions of choice for Brill Motor Speedway, which has once again seen changes made during the past winter. New lights in the pit area and tweaking of the racing surface will great the overflow of drivers and fans that are expected to attend.
Gates open at 6:00 PM and racing is scheduled to get underway at 8:00 PM. General admission is $10.
If the big champ sprint show at Lawton is not to your liking then make sure you make the trip up to Creek County Speedway in Kellyville for another weekly program of USRA champ sprints, USRA modifieds, injected sprints, non-wing esprints, factory stocks, super stocks, mini stocks and FWD. Yes you read right, the injected sprints will be in competition this Saturday night. Gates will open at 2:00 PM with racing set for a 6:00 PM start time.
Waylon Weaver comes into the event with a slim 2 point advantage over Brent Bates in the USRA champ sprint division while Charles Day has a 26 point lead over James Esmond in the USRA modified point standings after just four events.
Last years NCRA modified south rookie contender Matt French has won two of the three events that have been held at the track thus far this year and was leading the other feature before spinning out with just a hand full of laps to go.
Don't forget the champ sprint division at both Brill Motor Speeway and Creek County Speedway are both USRA sanctioned - the only sprint car division in the country sanctioned by USRA and both will be awarded points.
you who prefer the flatout speed, Oklahoma Sport Park in Ada will host
their second points race of the season on Saturday night with USRA sanctioning on the modifieds, sport mods and pro/streets while the pure stocks and factory stocks will also see action. Gates open at 5:00 PM and racing set for a 7:30 PM start time.
The track and alot of the sprint car people are gearing up for the third annual Harold Leep, Jr. Memorial scheduled for Saturday night, May 14th featuring the OCRS sprinters. Holley's bbq will once again be on hand for this event with their delicious bbq. More information on this big event as the dates gets closer.
Kyle Sweeney, new owner of Sooner Motor Sports, has been on a tear lately in his Flexi-Flyer modified chassis as he won last Saturday nights OSP opener as well a victory at Lake Country Speedway in Ardmore back on April 2nd.
Another special $1000 to win for the USRA sanctioned modifieds will take place on Saturday night at Lake Country Speedway with $25 per car load admission to the races. As many people as you can pack into your vehicle and your cost for grandstand admission is just $25. The tracks average modified car count, after three events has been right around 22 per show. USRA modifeds, USRA sanctioned southern sport mods, Crate late models, factory stocks, hobby stocks, tornados and mini stocks also compete there every Saturday night with race time at 8:00 PM.
Yet another track that is featured here on tidbits, due to their support of this site, is Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville. USRA modifieds, b-mods, pure stocks, street stocks, factory stocks, non-wing turfs and dwarfs are the tracks choice for Saturday night lineup. Gates open at 4:00 PM with racing at 7:00 PM each and every Saturday night.
Back to NCRA action and a recap from two weeks ago, Amarillo, Texas southern sport modified driver Brandon Smith was on hand at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas for the series season opener and the Triple B Oil Field Services rookie of the year contender held off late charges from defending series champion Todd Decker to take home his first ever series victory. The twenty-six cars for this event was eight best than the previous meeting of the southern sport mods at the track back on October 17, 2009 when Jeff Autry made a last lap pass for the victory over Robert Elliott.
Smith is just one of the seven drivers who have announced they are competing for the rookie of the year. Others include stock car standout Kelly Cross (a former northern/southern sport mod challenge feature winner at Dodge City Raceway Park), two car rookie team of Kinzer Edwards and Devin Gerrior of the Tulsa area, Zachery Tippett (Harrah), J.D. Choate (Ponca City) and Autry.
Look for about the same twenty-five car field this weekend for the previously mentioned double header.
Looking for free this and showup bonus that and being rejected, Dover, Missouri's Danny Lasoski made the trip to 81 Speedway anyways for his first ever stint against the series 360 drivers. "The Dude" took advantage of Sean McClelland and Jack Dover's tangle on the front stretch at the start of the twenty-five lap tire eating feature, followed race long leader Luke Cranston until about ten laps to go and then began to heat up his tires and ran away with the NCRA sprint car opener the same night.
Ty Williams of Liberal, Kansas, using purchased rig and sprinter from fellow resident Tony Bruce, Jr., ran strong up front for most of the event but saw tires fade his strong third place run to fifth at the finish. Ty is just five points out of the points lead but is unknown if he is chasing NCRA points.
J.D. Johnson of Goddard, Kansas, a fixture on the tour for the past several years, will be heading Northeast each and every Saturday night and compete at Knoxville Raceway on a weekly basis in 360 sprint competition.
Next Friday and Saturday night, April 22-23 is Tommie Estes, Jr.'s first weekend as track director at Dodge City Raceway Park as the USAC Mopar national midgets kick off their 2011 campaign and the fast three-eighths mile oval. Years of managing ASCS as well as the Tulsa Shootou, Chili Bowl and TNT sprint bandits, look for a very smooth weekend of racing with Estes over seeing the whole track operation.
Don't forget next Saturday nights (April 23rd) much anticipated initional WoO sprint car visit to the Salina High Banks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma. Order your advanced tickets here http://www.slspromotions.com/. You can also get $3.00 any general admission ticket to the event by going to your local O'Reilly Auto Parts store as they have a card for you to take to the track for the discount. General admission is $33, $35 for adult reserved seating.
A phone call has interrupted this version and my thought concentration so this is all for this tidbits update for now. Agenda (if allowed) has me at Meeker on Friday night and Lawton on Saturday night.
Be carefull, take care and as always "watch out for the other guy!!"