This tidbits update is brought to you by new advertiser Holley's BBQ and Catering. Owned by former driver Charlie Holley, I must say this is really a good place to eat. Upon meeting Charlie last Wednesday, walking through the front door with Jeff Leep and others on hand enjoying some of the finest. This BBQ place is owned by racers and hopefully supported by racers along with an already established customer base by previous owners. While just open during the lunch period during the weekdays and weekend, this little place, located on the far west end of Locke Supply at NW 39th and Portland, will expand their hours in June. Check them out for great BBQ, old racing pictures and the wandering thoughts on who just may be there from the racing community. Am told Shane Carson is a frequent eater there as well as several from the OU womens basketball team from the past and present. Yep, you know that will get me in there on a regular basis. Charlie is thinking about having a racer night on the third Tuesday of each month. Stay tuned if this happens as it would be a great place to eat some fine bbq and talk racing.
I mentioned it last update two weeks ago and will again as I know there are those still recovering and trying to rebuild after the storms. Modified racer Brian Wolfe does roofing and construction and is an insurance claims specialists. If your in need of roof repair, go to a racer who is experienced and fully insured.
On the other end of the state and for our readers from Amarillo, if you have windshield damage due to the storms out your way, head to the Barry Weaver owned AA&A Windshield in Amarillo. Barry is the father of defending NCRA modified south champion Gene Weaver and does quality work at quality prices. For your windshield repair, give AA&A Windshield a call.
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To start things off want to give a late, overdue shoutout and congratulations to second generation driver Troy Gemmill of Ponca City. Two weekends ago him and son, Brenden, took their IMCA modifieds to Hayes, Kansas on a Friday night and out of 35 modifieds, Troy proved he is not too old to reach victory lane as he started off the weekend with such. To prove it was no joke, Troy and Brenden headed to Ed Beckley's Dodge City Raceway Park and promptly took the IMCA modified feature there as well. Feeling cocky but already on their three race weekend schedule it was down to Liberal, Kansas and another Beckley promoted speed plant on the Liberal Fairgrounds where, you guessed it, Troy won once again making it three for three over the weekend.
Good job Troy as he is an avid visitor here on tidbits and one of the nice guys in racing.
On this night, sprint car action was extremely close as Garry Lee Maier beat former WoO cmopetitor Jason Martin by less than a car length to take the victory in a non-sanctioned sprint car event.
And yes, this is the same Liberal Fairgrounds where the race track surrounds a former baseball field.
This past weekend saw tidbits head to Outlaw Motor Speedway and the Show-Me late model series on Friday night. 27 late models dotted the pit area in not really a bad feature race at all with racing at the top and bottom of the big, big three-eighths mile oval. Former IMCA late model champion Justin Wells took the lead on lap six and led the rest of the distance to pick up his fourth, at the time, victory in a roll for the series. The tour then headed to Tri-State Speedway in Pocola (Fort Smith) where he won yet again.
What was really nice about this night was the time was approaching 11:00 PM and they went ahead and started the late model feature ahead of the tracks modified and e-mod features. Good deal for a guy who had to be up at 7:00 AM the next morning for his sons high school graduation from the wacked out Midwest City High School, who had all year told him he was a junior and when him and baseball coach had odds, then told him he was a senior and would graduate. All just four weeks prior to graduation. Thank you Midwest City and the Mid-Del school system, you will no longer get my services for the first time since 1969.
Don't forget this Friday and Saturday night at the Outlaw is the annual North/South Shootout for modifieds paying $1000 to win with the top five drivers over the two nights pocketing an extra $1500
Also If a driver can
win both nights a $500 bonus is waiting on him. Draw in for starting position
and passing points will be used. This will be a points race for both tracks.
For more information, visit www.outlawmotorspeedway.com or
tri-statespeedway.com or just click on their track ads up above.
Go ahead and make your plans now to attend the best sprint car racing anywhere as the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters will be at the Outlaw next Friday night before heading to Tracey Clay's I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas. Should be an excellent weekend of racing with the best of the best in ASCS in competition both nights, along with several of the local area OKC drivers. Back earlier this year in ASCS sooner region competition, Jason Johnson picked up the victory over the sooner region regulars.
If not having to cover next weekends $10,000 to win late model show first night with NCRA and MARS at the Jetmore Motorplex in Jetmore, Kansas on Friday night and then to Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas on Saturday night for the NCRA sprints, I would make both ASCS nights for sure.
Yes you read right, if your a late model fan then make your plans to be at in Jetmore as the track will hold a $10,000 to win/$750 to start Saturday night feature event featuring the NCRA and MARS late model series on Friday and Saturday night. I figure will over fifty late models will be on hand with not only the Phillips, Paynes, Turners, Boens and Bercks but Sullivan, Jimmy Mars and more.
To follow that up the Belleville High Banks will host both MARS and NCRA on that Sunday night following with a $5000 to win show. All those guys on the high banks of Belleville, that will be a treat, untreatable for me as O'Reilly's doesn't allow Mondays to be used as time off for the summer.
After my Friday night visit to Outlaw and my sons graduation Saturday morning it was on to Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale, Texas for the third race on the O'Reilly/NCRA modified south division schedule. 47 drivers from three states were on hand at Bo Rowdans 'lil quarter mile speed plant with current points leader Mickey Lassiter leading the charge, The highest finishing series regular was rookie contender and Tulsa driver Matt French who represented the series very well. Mickey would finish 12th and maintain his points lead.
It was a great turnout considering the track locals were very upset with the outlawing of the Schrader valves, which is run weekly at the track. Promoter Bo stuck to his guns and wasn't going to allow them and while threatening to boycott this $1000 to win, $200 to start event, those drivers showed up and raced anyway. A quote from Bo on another message board, "I will appreciate all those drivers who support me and will remember those who do not."
I commend Bo and a very well run show on a very fast track where Triston Dycus over took "Lil Freaky" Clyde Dunn, Jr. with four laps to go to take the thirty lap feature.
Speaking of Lassiter, he informs he is weeks away from having his late model put together and will race some NCRA late model shows later in the year.
Speaking of the O'Reilly/NCRA modified south division, don't forget the scheduled I-40 showdown as the series heads to Elk City's I-40 Speedway on Friday night, June 11th, before heading west to the beautiful Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, a must see facility that is very rarely talked about or praised. The series is averaging 42 cars per the three events held thus far.
Don't forget the O'Reilly/NCRA modified south event atop the big half mile of Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee on the fairgrounds on Saturday night, June 19th, just one week after the above mentioned Elk City/Amarillo stop.
Also just inked is the O'Reilly/NCRA southern modified (sport mod) show atop the big half mile on Saturday night, August 7th. The switch to Saturday nights from Friday nights a couple weeks ago has produced alot better car counts and crowd. At least seventeen modifieds have appeared where before there would be only seven or nine and with the tracks running of the sport mods (NCRA type) they were averaging just three or four but now that is up to at least ten to twelve. This past weekend saw NCRA southern modified regular Todd Decker bring four drivers from around the Enid with him where he finished second to Kyle Slader in a thirteen car field.
Don't forget that the Paul Marc Memorial at Lake Country Speedway in Ardmore on Saturday and Sunday night this weekend. Both will be points races for the IMCA southern sport mods. Complete payout can be found on the previous tidbits update or by clicking the tracks ad up above and clicking on their message board.
Wild West Speedway in Clinton will be switching to Friday night racing on June 11th. Meanwhile the track will host their annual I-40 Spring Nationals this coming Saturday and Sunday night. For more information click on the following link http://www.clintonmotorsportspark.com/?CFID=3940903&CFTOKEN=77792443
Don't forget that the OCRS sprinters will be at Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma this coming Saturday night. Jamie Passmore currently leads Rafe Essary my a mere five points heading into the event with both drivers having picked up one victory.
You know where at least two former SFS champ sprint regular is competing regularly as Whit Gastineau currently sits seventh in the point standings while Shayla Waddell currenlty sits tenth.
Congratulations to Whit for picking up last Friday nights OCRS victory at "The Hummer," Humboldt Speedway in Kansas.
Drivers, I know you don't race for free but think of this as a competitive practice session against fellow racers. Elk City's I-40 Speedway will host a benefit race for injured modified driver Gene Cantrell on June 11th. All money collected at the grandstand and pit gates and I think concession stand will go to Gene, who was critically injured at the track a couple of weeks ago. Current update on Gene is that he is still not in a coma but is still in ICU, heavily medicated and still in a halo from his broken neck. He also has his jaw wired and has his skin grafted on his broken arm. Please hope all of you attend.
For you small car lovers, don't forget that ASCS 2 will be at Port City Raceway on Friday and Saturday night before going to Creek County Speedway on Sunday night. For more information check out the website www.ascs2racing.com or check out OKCFan12 preview on the tidbits message board.
Not sure where tidbits is headed this weekend as I am not wanted to go to Nebraska to cover the NCRA late models (damnit) and with my sons 18th birthday on Saturday night, I may keep it rather close - I guess. It may be Lake Country Speedawy on Saturday and Sunday night with Friday night open.
Don't forget that the O'Reilly/NCRA sprinters will be in action on Memorial Day Monday night at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas. The best of best in ASCS competition will be in Jetmore, Kansas on Saturday and Sunday night for the annual Steve King Memorial so a stop to C Ray Hall's facility is very possible for many. Start time is 7:00 PM. Last year saw thirty-five sprinters on hand with Jason Johnson picking up the victory over Danny Wood.
And finally with sad news, please keep Tim Tice and family in your thoughts and prayers. Last week (5-13-10) Tim and family lost their 5 month old son Teagan to SIDS.
Please pray for Tim and Tisha in this very difficult time. Tim is part owner and head crewman for modified driver Allen Chickering.
I think that is all for this small edition of tidbits. Everybody please take care this Memorial Day weekend, keep our service men in your thoughts and prayers and remember those within the racing community that we unfortunately lost - and I guess that includes SFS.
Take care and as always, watch out for the other guy and remember, where ever you go - there you are..