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January 20, 2012  at 6:34:49
Submitted by David Smith Jr.
Tidbits UPdate for January 20, 2012

As mentioned a couple of days ago. I had a new edition of “tidbits” signed sealed and posted but my editor timed out and lost everything. So we are doing something different and typing it on word and then will post it.

My webmaster is making an overhaul on my picture editor so some things will have pictures/ads and some won’t.

Triple BTidbits would like to take this time to welcome Triple B Oil Field Services out of Elk City as a new sponsor here. Last year’s NCRA southern sport modified rookie of the year sponsor, owners Calvin and Kenneth Bonner, Jr. have leased Elk City Speedway from the city of Elk City for the 2012 race season and have already got things going as far as track improvements and such. The pit area will be mostly on the south end as a lot of that field has been cleared off. The scales have also been moved as the area it was in was too congested with drivers going on and coming off the race track.

A couple new push trucks have also been created and a water truck and track grader is also present with dirt work already taking place. They have also bought a track ad on tidbits and am awaiting the track ad to be done and then it will be posted up above.

They are now taking driver registration for the upcoming 2012 race season and that can be found on their website here http://www.elkcitydirttrack.com. You will also find the names and car numbers of drivers who have already submitted their entries.

Click Here for Website!Southern Oklahoma Speedway is gearing up for their first full season with new owner John Webb at the helm. As an earlier press release mentioned there are a lot of changes being made including new restrooms on both grandstand and pit side, a new concession area with indoor seating, brand new lights located on the infield, new speaker system and more. Their first test and tune will be on March 17th with the first race scheduled for March 24th. S.O.S is also requesting early driver registrations to be sent in and you can do that by going to their website http://www.southernoklahomaspeedway.com.

As mentioned above, you can view the Elk City press release as well as the Southern Oklahoma Speedway press release by accessing the “press release” page by clicking the link up above.

Mighty Good BBQWell it was good while it lasted. Arguably the best bbq place tidbits has come across in quite some time has closed its doors for good. Charles and Charlie Holley have closed Holley’s BBQ due to health reasons. On behalf of all race fans here in the Oklahoma City area, I would like to thank both of them for opening their business to have the Oklahoma City racers reunion as it was a huge hit each time it was held.

I can tell you that a new venue is being looked at and there should be something concrete within the next couple of weeks. Once the details are finalized it will be announced here on tidbits.

Click Here for more info!The annual Smiley’s Racing Products of OKC Pre-Season sale will be Thursday through Saturday, February 2-4, 2012 so make your plans now to attend.

Click Here for Website!!!Bishop Racing Products in Oklahoma City is still in business but have moved to another location. They are now set up at 2618 Nr. Moore Avenue, just one mile south of their current location. They are now dealers for Concept Chassis out of Indiana. Don’t forget their on-line store is up and running and you can see that by clicking their ad found on all pages of tidbits.

For those who don’t know and have seen it, the tentative schedule for all five NCRA divisions is just that, “tentative” and some dates have been added and changed for all. Thus, disregard what is posted on the message board of tidbits and what was handed out and a newer copy will be available at the annual NCRA/81 Speedway banquet next Saturday night, January 28th in Wichita, Kansas.

I do understand that the NCRA sprint car division will open their season on Saturday night, March 31st at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas and pay $4,000 to win and $400 to start.

In case you haven’t heard, Speedway’s Inc. will once again handle the promotions at Enid Speedway this year on a once a month basis, being run on Sunday’s with the exception of the NCRA late model invasion on “Independence Day,” July 4th.

New up this year for the NCRA modified (north) division is the divisions first ever venue to Elk City Speedway (Elk City, Oklahoma) and Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas on Friday and Saturday night, August 17-18th. You can either run NCRA rules (for points) or USRA rules at both tracks but no mixing and matching of rules. Just one or the other.

This will be the NCRA modified divisions first ever venue into the state of Texas and the Route 66 Motor Speedway track will be one heck of a stop for the tour.

As a driver or fan, do you like your racing “late model style?’ Well then 2012 will be for you during weekly and special events.

Click Here for Website!!Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee will have the open super late models compete every Friday night this season with the highlight of their schedule the season opener, the 1st annual “Charlie Fulton Late Model Memorial” that will pay $5,555.55 to win plus $5.55 per lap leader money. This race will be sanctioned by the MARS late model series.

USRA modified drivers, you will also be included in this event as the winner of that feature will earn $1,055.55 with $5.55 also being paid out in lap leader money.

More details in the coming weeks.

A new track is being built just south of Bartlesville by Show-Me Late Model series owners Bill and Robert McMurtrie. The track will be located next to the Osage Million Dollar Casino off of Hwy 123. Basically located 5 miles SW of Bartlesville on CR2145, approx. one mile north of the Osage Casino. The dirt work is all but finished and laid out, a quarter mile wide on the inside and 80 feet wide. New clay will be brought in and mixed this weekend with buildings and fencing also taking place virtually every day. The track will run Show-Me late model rules on a Friday night weekly basis along with modifieds and a street/factory stock class.   

They don’t have a name for the track as of yet but are leaning on “Black Gold Speedway.”

More details as they become available.

Click for Website!On Saturday nights, of course, you have Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kansas that will be running open late models on a weekly basis on Saturday nights for the year in a row. Last year the track started with an average car count of 12 but that number grow to twenty by the end of the season.

Southern Oklahoma Speedway will be running limited late models weekly on Saturday nights as well. Rules for that division can be found on the tracks website mentioned above.

Click here for more!!And don’t forget that, new for 2012, 81 Speedway will be running late models every other Friday night as well.

A good mixture of NCRA, MARS, Comp Cams and Show-Me series will make an appearance at one of the above mentioned tracks in 2012 so if you are late model fan, there you have it.

With the skyrocketing cost of fielding an outlaw type modified, makes one think if running a late model might be cheaper (if there is such a thing) instead of a modified.

Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Oklahoma is once again under new ownership as Tim Adams is now at the helm of the historic facility. The track will be USRA sanctioned on the modified division every Saturday night with e-mods, super stocks, factory stocks and fwd divisions also competing.

Tri-State Speedway will kick off their season as they always have with the running of the annual “Kegger,” this year taking place on Friday and Saturday night, March 23-24th. The track has a new website and can be found here http://www.tri-statespeedway.com.

With this track and all other tracks in and around Oklahoma that tidbits covers, you can find contact and more information on the track directory page of this website.

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While the annual OKC Racer’s/High Performance Auction, Trade Show and Swap Meet saw a sold out auction, the rest was down compared to previous years. 4 Speed Promotions organizer Greg Deatherage has informed he is close friends with Kenny Wallace and will have information soon on the announcement that Wallace will be at the OKC 2013 show to sign autographs and have his new book available.

Speaking with two-time and defending ASCS sooner region champion Joe Wood, Jr. at the show, he informs he will be back once again to defend his championship and depending on an agreement on a pending sponsorship, could be after the ASCS lone star series title as well.

You can find out his plans, along with the plans of other drivers as well by clicking on the “drivers news” link up above.

If you know your plans for 2012, whether it be local or with a series and no matter what division, please email those plans too me at [email protected]. Also email me the pictures of your car when it is ready as well.

Don’t forget the annual Texas World Dirt Track Championships at “The Dirt Track” at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth will be taking place on Friday and Saturday night, March 2-3, 2012 for modifieds and limited modifieds with the SUPR late models racing on Saturday nights.

The special flyer for this event, which also includes payout for each division, can be found here  http://www.darinshort.com/files/Spring2012DirtFlyer.pdf. You can also go to the schedule/results page of this website to obtain the flyer for future reference.

Don’t forget the U.S. National Dirt Track Championships will be held on September 13-15 for the same modifieds and limited modifieds with, for the first time ever, the Lucas Oil ASCS national tour making their inaugural appearance on Saturday night, September 15th.

With the pending agreement between oklahomatidbits and Dodge City Raceway Park, you will be able to find out when and how to obtain advanced tickets to all special events at the Tommie Estes, Jr. promoted facility when they become available. Just some of the special events include the USAC midgets (May 4-5), WoO sprint cars (June 22-23), the NCRA Sprint car series (August 11), the Lucas Oil ASCS National tour (September 1-2) and the USAC sprinters (October 19-20.)

Click Here for more info!Mark Brill, owner and operator at Brill Motor Speedway, is back out of the hospital and back at work from his recent knee surgery. Don’t forget the 2011 track banquet will take place on February 18th at the Midwest City Community building.

Spoke before concerning Thunderbird Speedway, the track as well as Crawford County Speedway in Van Buren, Arkansas will run under the IMCA southern sport modified banner in 2012 with rules strictly enforced.

Spoke of an ownership change at Tri-State Speedway earlier, there is yet another track under new ownership. Outlaw Motor Speedway in Wainwright is now under the helm of Jeff Morgan. The track will still run the same divisions as last year (modified, 360 modified, factory stock, pure stock and grand national) every Friday night. As of now no sanctioning body is scheduled to visit the three-eighths mile track in 2012 but that could change as we get closer to race season.

Tidbits is still awaiting official word on Lawton Speedway, Riverside I-44 Speedway, Brill Motor Speedway, Oklahoma Sports Park and Creek County Speedway. Once information and schedules are obtained from those tracks, an in depth column will be produced covering those tracks schedules and special events.

We will also have posted the play days for each track as they all become available as I know a lot of you are ready to get out and sling some dirt.

After three events on the young 2012 season, Springfield, Missouri veteran late model driver Terry Phillips is getting his new Bloomquist chassis dialed in. in the week long events at the “Wild West Shootout” at USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona, Phillips first night out results in a 17th place finish while Tuesday nights feature four spots better at 11th place. Wednesday night the multi-time MARS late model champion came from 25th starting position to finish 5th. If you haven’t read in previous articles, Phillips and Jeremy Payne have parted ways with Phillips focusing solely on his late model programs.

You can purchase the Friday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoon events via ppv at the late model website dirtondirt.com.

Oklahomatidbits along with Dirtvision, Modfury.com and Knoxville Raceway have once again reached an agreement to have their banners up during the 2012 race season for you to easily access and order their ppv events. It will all kick off with Florida Speedweeks in February. More information will be coming soon as racing season is right around the corner.  

OCRS (www.ocrsracing.com) has a bulk of their schedule complete and posted with a couple more dates to be added according to OCRS PR John Lemon. Eight different venues are on the docket with three races each at Thunderbird Speedway and Salina Highbanks Speedway, two at Oklahoma Sports Park, Southern Oklahoma Speedway and Caney Valley Speedway and one a piece at Monett (Missouri) Speedway, Humboldt (Kansas) Speedway and Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville.

Click Here for WebsiteMichael Jackson with Thriller Productions has finished putting together the 27th annual Tulsa Shootout and the DVD is for sale as we speak. The December 29-31, 2011 event is $25 for all three nights. Click on the Thriller Production and Photography ad on this website for purchasing information.

Michael informs he will not be selling copies of the Chili Bowl completed and can’t post highlights as CBS own the rights to all. CBS will show the Chili Bowl on April 14th.

For now, that is all for this tidbits update. As mentioned, stay tuned as next update will probably be once all the tracks have released their 2012 race dates.

Somebody mentioned why tidbits doesn’t cover all parts of the state. Well we are centrally located here in OKC and that is the goal of this site, to cover all of Oklahoma and beyond the borders. I rely heavily on information from others that I may not be able to obtain myself. This I hope to change as I have a couple people who are interested in assisting me cover tracks and areas that I don’t find out much about. Stay tuned as tidbits will only get better in coverage all the way around.

Been here since 1998 and I am not going anywhere.

As always, if you have tidbits either “on” or “off” the record then please email me at [email protected].

Thank you for viewing and as we close, please keep the family and friends of Donnie Ray Crawford in your thoughts and prayers. This is one tragedy that I have constantly thought about all week as it just isn’t fair, especially to a first class family both on and off the race track like the Crawford’s.

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