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Vacation: A time to make all your plans come true with two weekends and a full week off work to go racing. Except for here. Plans were nixed to make my first ever Knoxville 360 sprint car nationals, tonight's opener for "The Hunt" USMTS championship at The Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kansas and quite possibly the USAC nonn-wing sprint show at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City on Friday night. You can bet, however, that tidbits will do whatever he can to make Saturday nights portion of the USAC show.
Call it the classic "staycation" if you will.
Speaking of the two day USAC non-wing sprint show in Dodge City, here is the information taht you may need to know for this two day event: Tickets are $20 for adults with kids twelve and under admitted FREE. Pit gates open at 3:00 PM, grandstands at 5:00 PM, racing at 6:15 PM and racing starts at 7:30 PM both nights.
As we go to post here on tidbits, Levi Jones has a 15 point lead over Chris Windom with John Stambrough, Bryan Clauson and Hunter Schuerenburg your top five in point standings.
It amases me that USAC, the long and storied sanctioning body, has yet to put out a press release on this weekends event and it begins tomorrow.
As mentioned above, tonight (Thursday) is the first night for "The Hunt" USMTS championship at the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore. They then head to Humboldt Speedway on Friday night before heading to the beautiful, state of the art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri before ending the weekend on Sunday night at Monett Speedway in Missouri. "The Hunt" is a set of 21 races where the points champion at the end receives $20,000. For all drivers who are Hunt eligable, if you make all twenty-one events but do not crack the top ten you still receive $1000.
Other tracks in Oklahoma that will host "The Hunt" will be September 16th at Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha and September 17th at the Salina Highbanks.
More information on this can be found at www.usmtsracing.com or check the press release page of this website.
For all you southern sport modified drivers, this weekend is for you at Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo. This Saturday nights feature will pay $1000 to the winner.
Also on this night, thanks to Triple AAA Windshield out ot Amarillo owned by Barry Weaver (another proud sponsor here on tidbits) has put up $200 for a dash for cash for the modifieds while August 20th will see Carroll's Performance Engines put up $300 for a dash for cash.
Then on Saturday night, August 27th, with a $100 entry fee, the modified feature will pay $2000 to the winner. There will also be a $500 dash for cash sponsored by Rick Lovelady Carpets.
For mroe information on any and all of these shows contact the track at Amarillo Off Road (806) 301-0033.
Last week in weekly modified competition at the track, Gene Weaver won his first event for 2011 with twenty-three modifieds on hand.
In case you missed it on the message board, email from Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada owner George Welch informs it is back to weekly racing action this coming Saturday night after taking last Saturday night off due to the heat.
Don't forget the 2nd Annual Stock Car Nationals from September 29, 30 and October 1st. The flyer and rules are being finalized as we speak with that information forthcoming here on tidbits.
After making the switch to Saturday nights a couple weeks ago, Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee has yet to try that new night due to the heat. The track took last Saturday night off because of the extreme hot weather and now will not get back to action until Saturday night, August 27th with double point races for all divisions PLUS the addition of the OCRS sprinters.
Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma will take the next week off due to the areas rodeo and will get back into action on Saturday night, August 20th with the ASCS2 micros and midgets.
Tri-State Speedway in Fort Smith, now under the direction of Mooney Starr, owner and operator at Batesville Motor Speedway in Arkansas, has picked up the stories track on the Oklahoma/Arkansas border. The first weekend of racing will be the huge Shamrock Bolt and Screw Street Stock Shootout from August 25-27 that pays $4000 to the winner.
Click here http://www.tristatespeedway.net/SHAMROCK%20BOLT.pdf for official flyer and registration form.
Other schedule highlights include the Show-Me Racing Series late model tour on September 3rd and October 1st and a HUGE $2000 to win, $200 start "Modified Mania" September 22-24th. It all wraps up with the 32nd annual Spooker Nationals October 20-22.
Don't forget this Saturday night the OCRS sprinters will head to Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kansas while the tracks hosts the MDLRA late model series, as that tour takes on the track regulars of Caney Valley. The track runs late models weekly and has been averaging 15 late models every Saturday night.
For the first time ever in the Elk City area, sprint cars will come to town to give the locals in that area something new to watch as OCRS will make their first ever appearance at the track on Saturday night, September 24th at Hutch's Elk City Speedway in Elk City, Oklahoma. This will be the ninth different Oklahoma track the tour will have visited in 2011and the second inaugural appearance for the tour (Southern Oklahoma Speedway/Ardmore the other). The event will be known as the "Oklahoma Oilfield Sprint Car Championship. Advanced tickets are $15 and will go on sale this Friday with the cost being $20 if purchased on race day.
This event will mean only three tracks (Enid Speedway, Creek County Speedway and Brill Motor Speedway) will not have hosted an OCRS event in 2011.
Talks are already underway in bringing back the NCRA southern sport modifieds for the 2012 season on a Friday night in Elk City on their way to their annual appearance at Route 66 Motor Speedway.
Don't forget you can watch all the preliminary action from the Knoxville Nationals on internet ppv for only $19.99 per night. Considering the travel expenses, costs of tickets at the gate ($39) and concessions, that really is a great price. Just click on the above banner or throughout tidbits to order yours today.
While much talk has been about the competitiveness of Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell in their veteran years, one stat that surprised me is the fact that another "outlaw" Danny Smith leads the country in sprint car victories for 2011 (13) and recently picked up a victory at his 100th different race track in his career, this coming at a track in West Virginia.
Spoke earlier of the NCRA southern sport mods, don't forget their next event is Saturday night, August 20th at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas in their next to last scheduled event for the 2011 race season.
Congratulations to third generation racer Brendon Gemmill has he won the final night of the first annual David Lahey Memorial at Beaver County Raceway in Beaver, Oklahoma. Also a double congratulations to Brendon as he was voted in (by you fans) to participate in the All-Star Invitational over Labor Day weekend at the IMCA Nationals in Boone, Iowa.
Got more but duty calls for now. Hopefully will post more tidbits of information later this evening....