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June 15, 2011  at 3:28:12
Submitted by David Smith Jr.
Tidbits UPdate for June 15, 2011

As soon as I get their business ad, Ross McCartney and his McCartney Welding will be a new advertiser here on tidbits. Based in Lahoma and a regular on the NCRA southern sport modified tour, Ross is an experienced welder with years of service. Need welding done? McCartney welding can do all types of the welding you need. Please look him up and give him a call as soon as I get their information I will post it.

Also remember that Kyle Sweeney, the new owner of Sooner Motor Sports, also has an ad here on tidbits and I am waiting for that ad to be made by my graphics guy, Thriller Photo and Video.

Give Them a Call!Looking to buy or sell a trailer? Then Custom Shack Trailers out of Cushing is who you need to contact. Owned by long-time modified veteran Frank Graven, Custom Shack Trailers has all types of trailers that you may need. Large auto, race car or just enclosed trailers in general, they have what you are looking for. Want to see what you have? Give Frank a call and see if he would be interested and tell him you saw his ad here on tidbits.

Breaking news you will only find here on tidbits!!!

Click Here for Website!! Two Muskogee tracks working together and not competing on the same night against each other!No, nobody has switched their regular race nights but on Friday and Saturday night, June 24-25th they are as both tracks will be hosting the "County Sprocket Shootout" sponsored by Sprocket Wireless. It will start out at Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha on Friday night and then end up at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee on Saturday night. This is just a one time deal. Once the information is finalized, it will be emailed too me and posted here on tidbits. Stay tuned....

Speaking of Thunderbird Speedway, if you champ sprints are interested in competing on a big half mile track for weekly competition, and $500 to win, $100 to start the twenty car feature sounds good too you, then make your plans to be there this Friday night as part of the tracks "Jeff Schoonover Night." Not to be outdone there will also be a "Checkers or Wreckers Enduro 100" to pays $1000 to win. For more information click on the track ad to take you to their official website that also includes the payout for the champ sprints - where OCRS rules apply except for the tires.

This Saturday night the OCRS sprinters make their first appearance in several years at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma. Gates will open at 4:00 PM with racing slated for a 7:00 PM start time. Salina Highbanks Speedway is a NASCAR Whelen sanctioned track that includes modifieds, 360 modifieds, grand nationals, factory stocks and pure stocks. 

Just as he does at Outlaw Motor Speedway on Friday night, Joe Duvall leads the modified point standings at the Salina Highbanks Speedway. For more information, click here for the track website. The car count is slowly getting back up there after years of sitting idle as last week there were 20 modifieds, 10 360 modifieds, 10 pure stocks, 6 factory stocks and 17 grand nationals.

Oklahoma City's own Whit Gastineau has climbed aboard the top of the OCRS point standings after six events. He holds a 17 point lead over Matt Sherrell. Shayla Waddell is hanging in the top ten at night place.

Click Here for more info!It is going to be one busy night at Brill Motor Speedway in Meekr this Friday night as all the divisions that had their features rained out last Friday night (except for the limited modified as it was won by - fittingly - Joey Buntin before the rains came). Not only will they turn around and run another complete weekly program plus the Kansas based MDLMS late model series. Remember it all gets underway at 7:30 PM. The late model series will then make their first ever appearance at George Welch's Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada on Saturday night with the late models making their inaugural appearance at the track after all these years. Remember that OSP is an USRA sanctioned track.

Signs of struggling times. Two weeks ago it was announced the Cowtown Speewday in Kennedale, Texas, forever known as a Saturday night venue, has made the switch to Friday nights effective immediately. 

This past Saturday night I made my annual trip west to Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo to cover the NCRA southern sport modified race. Damn I love it there and, as last years NCRA modfieid south feature winner Thomas "Tilly" Tillison said, "if OKC was to build another dirt track, they need to come out here and see this thing." The tracks modified count stood at 16 but the other support divisions had "B" features if I recall. The NCRA southern sport mod count was 34 with NCRA bringing 13 regulars, 14 if you count hometown driver Brandon Smith.

Smith came into the weekend as the series points leader but his motor "blowed up" in his heat race causing him to end his night early and the end of the points lead that he had since the season opener on April 2nd.

2009 series champion Chad McNamara, aboard the familiar #327, has taken over the points lead without having reached victory lane in the five events that have been completed. When he won during the inaugural season he went winless as well.  Defending series champion Todd Decker and the leading career feature winner on the tour, Travis Johnson are tied for the runnerup position, both just five points behind McNamara.

This weekend the tour heads to Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kansas on Friday night for their first appearance since 2009. Then it is on to 81 Speedway on Saturday night. Yes admission for grandstands is just $9.00.

It will be the start of a HUGE weekend for 81 Speedway as the home of NCRA will host a the huge "Hoosier Daddy" Father's Day Spectacular this Sunday night featuring the NCRA sprint car divisoin (pays $3000 to win), the NCRA modified division (pays $1000 to win) and the new NCRA DIRTcar Great Plains region that pays $1000 to win. This will be the first time all three divisions have competed at 81 Speedway under the NCRA banner.

The night will also be "Steve King Foundation" night with a steak dinner, bean bag tournament and more events planned with all proceeds going to the Steve King Foundation. For more information go the the new NCRA website

Speaking of the southern sport mods/limited modifieds earlier. This past Saturday night, on the western side of the state, saw Elk City have 21 sport mods, NCRA have the afore mentioned 34 in Amarillo and Lawton Speedway had 22.

Click Here for Website For those who love to make the trip to Lawton, the speedway will host their second OCRS event of the season on Saturday night, June 25th.

There is still no word on Creek County Speedway or the status of what is to come. While rumors are just that, rumors, there are reports of a new owner within the next month. However, nothing has crossed the tidbits airwaves but the fact remains that one track has closed down (two if you count the ill-fated attempt at Enid Speedway for 2011) and that is one track too many. There are reports of another track in jeopordy but nobody has returned my phone calls to give me an answer....Stay tuned.

Third generation driver Brendon Gemmill needs your votes and needs them badly.

Brendon is trying to get into the All-Star Invitational race at the IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa. You can vote once a day via your computer or smart phone and you must choose 18 other drivers as well when you cast your vote. Brendon is the only Oklahoma driver on the list so please, go to and click on the "all-star invitational" link.

Where you're a sprint car driver, late model, modified, factory stock, mini stock driver or fan, please help get a racer from the state of Oklahoma into this invitational race.

I know there are more tidbits of information but as for now, it escapes me. I guess it is called "writing things down as I go" huh? 

Thus, that is all for this small tidbits update. If anybody is interested in doing special race banners here on tidbits, please email me. Michael with Thriller Productions has his table full and I hate to keep sending him things that I need done. Thus to loosen the load on him, if you are interested then please email me at [email protected]

Still have room for two new advertisers. If you are interested in the details then please email me at the email addy above. You do not have to live in the OKC area as you can tell as tidbits reachs from the east to the west, north to the south and even surrounding states.

Will be off to Caney on Friday night to cover the NCRA southern sport mods and tentative plans call for me to cover them at 81 Speedway on Saturday night. A definate is Sunday nights NCRA triple header at 81 Speedway.

Whereever the dirt flies for you this weekend, may all you Father's have a very good and safe Father's Day weekend and kids, just as you only have one Mother, you only have one Father so please spend time with them while you can.

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