In memoray of my mom, Sally Smith
Hello and welcome to this edition of oklahomatidbits update. Been in the mood since Tuesday night while listening to the highly successfull dirtvision audiocast of the WoO sprint show from Salina High Banks Speedway in OK.
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Back for another year is Bill Worthen and his beautiful Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas. This three-eighths mile oval will kick off their 2011 race season this coming Saturday night (May 7th) with modifieds, sport mods, street stocks, cyclones and ponies. Each and every race night will see racing action start at 7:00 PM. Not crazy about watching some outstanding and grandstand packed weekly racing? Then mark the following on your calendar for special events...USMTS on May 21st, NCRA southern sport mods on June 11th. I promise you enjoy your time.
Whether you are a sprint car fan, a late model fan or a modified fan and you like special events with your choice of the three, this coming weekend will have what you are needing and probably more. While we here at tidbits encourage and request you support your weekly tracks, sometimes you want to go see the big boys play. Below are things to ponder and to schedule for...
Kicking things off on Friday night is the third event for the OCRS sprinters, this coming at Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha. Tulsa's Sean McClelland is the current points leader after two events with a slim 16 point advantage over Kyle Cobb. Fresh off his feature victory last Friday night atop the big fairgrounds half mile oval of Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee, Whit Gasteneau is the only other OKC area driver who is in the top ten in the point standings as he currently sits sixth. Josh Toho, Shayla Waddell and Jeremy Allen have made both the Lawton and Muskogee events and are touring regulars with the OCRS, hoping to bring the championship to the west side of the state.
Hot laps are at 7:30 PM with racing set for 8:00 PM.
For the first time ever, Thunderbird Speedway (Muskogee) and the big half mile will host the Arkansas based Comp Cams Super Dirt Series (formally MSRA) this Friday night with what looks to be a star-studded late model field in attendance. Billy Moyer, Jr. Jack Sullivan, Gary Christian, Bill Frye, Wendall Wallace, Justin Asplin, Dewaine Hottinger are just a few of the drivers expected to be on hand.
Five time and defening NCRA champion Kelly Boen of Marquette, Nebraska, coming off a fourth place finish at this past weekends $10,000 to win Sunflower State Showdown at the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kansas is also rumored to be in Muskogee rather than the MARS/NCRA late model showdown event at Humboldt Speedway. Boen will be driving the Pannell Motorsports backup late model as a teammate to Christian. Boen's number will be #33x, same care he drove at the dirt track at TMS back in March. Modifieds will also be competing and will be for $1000 to win that night as well. Hot laps begin at 7:30 PM with racing at 8:00 PM.
It will be the second of three straight nights for the series as they kick things off Thursday night at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola (Fort Smith) and then on Saturday night at Crawford County Speedway in Van Buren, Arkansas.
Also on Friday night, Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kansas will kick off their 2011 race season featuring DIRTcar sanctioned late models, b-mods, factory stocks, pure stocks, street stocks and turf cars. Even more off season facility enhancements have been made to go along with an outstanding quarter mile clay oval of racing. Made the trip two years ago after ten years and was very impressed in what track owner Kerry Gorby had done with the who facility. Racing action starts at 8:00 PM and yes, late models are the weekly division instead of modifieds.
The Kansas based Midwest Dirt Late Model Series (MDLMS) is also DIRTcar sanctioned and will be working closely with Caney Valley Speedway in 2011 as plenty of incentives will be up for grabs to drivers who support both the series and the track. DIRTcar will pay a regional point fund as well paying $1000 to win if I understand correctly.
To learn more about the DIRTcar series as a whole, check out what they have to offer at http://www.dirtcarump.com/.
Lastly on Friday night as far as late models are concerned, Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas will host the MARS DIRTcar and NCRA DIRTcar late model series for the first time in that tracks history. "The Hummer" and it's hosting of the super gladiators of the late models in the midwest on the fast little quarter mile clay oval is something I am looking forward to myself. Humboldt and 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas on Saturday night is where I am off to cover for NCRA this weekend.
I am expecting close to thirty drivers for both nights of racing action and hope some of you late model fans will be making the tirp to either destination.
Now for you modified fanatics, you're not left out on this night either. The USMTS regulars will be at Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale, Texas on Friday night, one night after kicking off the three race swing on Thursday night at Heart O' Texas in Waco, Texas on Thursday night.
Then in an event that I really don't want to miss, the USMTS regulars will make their third ever appearance at Lake Country Speedway in Ardmore on Saturday night. Will anybody be able to stop Jason Hughes? In the past two USMTS events held at the track (2008, 2009), Hughes has been completely dominate and looks like has things figured out for 2011 as he is coming off his hometown victory at Siloam Springs Speedway in Arkansas this past Saturday night.
Racing at Lake Country Speedway will start at 8:00 PM and I am expecting at least 40 modifieds.
And then on Saturday night it is back to you sprint car fans once again. If you want to make a seven hour road trip then, "The Ditch" Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas will play host to the only Lucas Oil ASCS national tour event for 2011 with the only time the series will compete in a 50 lap feature finale. Bixby, Oklahoma and former series champion Shane Stewart sits atop the point standings with former WoO regulars Johnny Herrera and Jeff Swindell in second and third respectively.
Speaking of ASCS, the Sooner region finally kicks off their 2011 race season this Saturday night at "Da Bowl," Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas in a combined effort with the Lone Star Region. The original season opener was set for April 2 at Mid-America Speedway but incliment weather forced ppd. of that event until May 21st.
Two events have already been completed for the Lone Star region with Matt Covington the current points leader by just 23 points over Eric Baldaccini.
Not to be outdone, the NCRA sprint car series will make their first and only appearance on the 2011 race season at the all-new Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas on Saturday night. Under new managment of Tommie Estes, Jr. and T.W. Estes, the track as seen six different feature winners in the last seven events held at the beautiful three-eighths mile speedway.
I think it is kinda neat that Estes, a former regular on the now defunct NCRA outlaw sprint car division, is second in all-time outlaw sprint feature victories with NCRA at 17, 59 behind all-time NCRA feature winner Gary Wright.
To cap off the weekend, how about some more sprint car racing and IMCA type racing as the URSS makes their second appearance of the season at Beaver County Raceway in Beaver, Oklahoma along with a full slate of IMCA sanctioned racing featuring modifieds, southern sport mods, stock cars and hobby stocks this Sunday night, May 8th. Please click on the track ad for payout information!
Again, get out and support one of these specials in whatever your type of racing on dirt is.
Mentioned earlier about Caney Valley Speedway having a late model division as one of their weekly classes, Lake Country Speedway is slowly but surely getting their late model car count up as ten were on hand this past Saturday night.
Coming into last weekend Kyle Sweeney, a dealer for Flexi-flyer chassis, was your current national USRA modified points leader and probably didn't do anything to hurt his standings either. He won this past Friday night (April 29th) at Brill Motor Speedway before claiming a sixth place finish Saturday night at Lake Country Speedway.
Speaking of Brill Motor Speedway, check out their new and much better website which was developed and will be maintained by John Rittenoure and his Speedway Services based out of Tulsa. If you are interested in a track website then give John a call or shoot him an email. he also does and maintains the Creek County and OCRS websites.
Speaking of Creek County Speedway, make note of the upcoming special for the track on Saturday night, May 21st with three divisions of sprint cars only competing. They include $1000 to win for champ sprints, $1200 to win for injected sprints and $500 to win for the e-sprints. Click here http://www.creekspeedway.com/?CFID=3940903&CFTOKEN=77792443 for payout information. Cody Brewer and his SOWS midgets will also be competing with $1000 being paid to that feature winner.
Don't forget that one week from this Saturday night, May 14th, is the third annual Harold Leep, Jr. Memorial at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada once again featuring the OCRS sprinters.
Looking at the before mentioned OCRS schedule, there is at least one race each and every single weekend until after the August 5th event at Outlaw Motor Speedway.
With the apparent success of SLS Promotions leasing of Salina High Banks Speedway for Tuesday nights WoO sprint event, one would think a return engagement is pending either for later in the year or 2012. Not sure if there is enough grandstand space to host an WoO event but maybe SLS Promotions can lease the smaller version of Saline High Banks Speedway, Wild West Speedway in Clinton, which is basically the same track layout.
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All for this tidbits update, where ever you may roam, please be safe this Mother's Day weekend, take care and watch out for the other guy!