Got a few bits of tidbits on this wonderful, cool summer evening. It is 6:00 PM and I ran out of time to post all that I wanted too so check back later this evening for "part II."...
Tidbits wants to welcome a new advertiser, Smiley's Racing Products and Hoosier Racing Tires online. There new interactive website lets you find what you are looking for online, purchase it and have it delivered. Right now they are in the midst of their mid-season sale so check out all they have to offer - online. And when you purchase your order, please tell them you saw it here on tidbits.
However, tidbits highly recommends you visit the OKC store owned by Jeff Autry for fast service and the parts and supplies you can buy in person.
You also have Bishop Racing Components in south OKC that has many parts and supplies on hand for your convienience. Owned by Danny and Andy Shouse, give them a call for all your racing needs or check out their new website.
For all you racers going to Enid Speedway this Sunday night and you need race fuel, DIRT Performance Parts and Tires will have that, tires and any last minute parts that you may need. Located right across the street from the track too the southeast, DIRT Performance Parts and Tires will also be located at the racetrack. This business is owned by defending NCRA southern sport modified champion Todd Decker of Edmond.
Just today I spoke with Mooney Starr, Batesville (AR) Speedway owner/promoter and owner of several Mark Martin Ford dealerships in the Arkansas area. Here is the latest information concerning him and the leasing of Tri-State Speedway:
Mooney Starr has leased Tri-State Speedway and will hold special events only from now until the end of the season. This does include the 32nd annual Spooker Nationals, an event he says, that while he prefers a bit more organized and not as much caous, will continue the tradition with all divisions competing. This will take place on October 20-22, 2011. His other special event dates are pending.
Mooney and his staff will have a meeting with all drivers next Thursday night (August 4th) at the Turn #1 club there at the track. Once his meeting has been taken care of, he will get ahold of tidbits to announce his plans.
One thing new Lake Country Speedway owner John Webb stated he wanted to do to speed up the program was to equip all cars competing with transponders. Well, today all the equipment needed for such a task has arrived and will be ready to go this weekend when the OCRS sprinters make their visit to LCS. Cost to rent a transponder is $15 or you can purchase one for $225. I have yet to make it too LCS since Mr. Webb took over but from a couple of drivers and a couple of fans, you can notice the place has been cleaned up with several different changes. These include paint, new lights being installed, a walking bridge in the pit area and several other improvements. He is putting money back into the facility, now if only you drivers and fans reward him by making a visit.
You have to hand it too the female sprint car racers in this state. Michelle Decker of Edmond is currently second in ASCS sooner region points, just 64 points behind current series points leader Joe Wood, Jr. Shayla Waddell, last year finishing in the top ten in the final OCRS series, has competed in all eleven events held with the series this year and currently sits eleventh in the point standings. And Kacee Frazier of Tulsa may not be competing for points for any division but isn't afraid of racing as she has competed with the OCRS, the Sooner region and even traveled into Kansas to compete against NCRA.
Speaking of OCRS, Sean McClelland currently leads that series point standings by just eleven points over OKC driver Whit Gastineau, who leads the tour with five victories.
Don't forget the tour is at Lake Country Speedway this Saturday night with start time, 7:30 PM. I could be wrong but I had thought the series made one prior stop at the track about five years or so ago - but could be wrong.
If you southern sport modified drivers want NCRA shows closer to this area for 2012, please get out and support the remaining races. Your first chance is this Saturday night in the tours first ever visit too the Salina Highbanks Speedway. You can find the official flyer on the message board and my press release at www.racencra.com.
If you missed Tuesday nights OKC racer's gathering at Holley's BBQ then you missed yet another great time. The name tags, used the time before, is one great idea as it gives us "common Joe's" a chance to know who is who. Stay tuned to tidbits for the next gathering, which I presume will be in September when the weather is cooler.
If you are a late model fan then mark down September 23-24 on your schedule and be at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee. Not only will the NCRA and MARS series be on hand for both nights but the Arkansas based Comp Cams Late Model Dirt Series (formally MSRS) will be on hand, although it is an invite and not a sanctioned race. That series is off that weekend so expect many of that tours regulars, along with MARS and NCRA, to be competing for Saturday nights finale that pays $3000 to win. More information on this event is forthcoming.
Speaking of Thunderbird Speedway, tomorrow (Friday) night the track will be paying $400 to win in the 360 modified/southern sport modified feature with added money for the top five. Racing starts at 8:00 PM.
The second annual "Stock Car Nationals" at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada is just two months away, September 29th - October 1st. Got with George and the rules, purse and other information will be sent too me and posted, along with my press release, asap.
The annual Liberal 5-State Fair is right around the corner, starts this Sunday night to be exact and runs through August 2nd (a Tuesday night). All three nights are BST/IMCA sanctioned paying $1000 all three nights as well. The IMCA northern/southern sport modifieds will also be competing against each other paying $1000 to win each night as well.
Then just three nights later Beaver County Raceway will host IMCA races on Friday and Saturday night paying $524 to win on Friday night and $1024 to win on Saturday night. The extra $24 is in memory of former NCRA modified competitor David Lahey, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident several years ago.