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June 9, 2010  at 3:39:14
Submitted by David Smith Jr.
Tidbits Update for June 9, 2010
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Still looking for graphics or shirts or anything else along that lines? Then check out Mandy Wolfes' M&M Graphix out of Shawnee. Mandy is the wife of modified driver Brian Wolfe and has been in business in a little over a year. Whether it is car graphics or wraps or shirts or helmet painting and design, M&M graphics is the place you need to check out. Also there is a good chance they will be making the new tidbits shirts and they are a contingency sponsor for the NCRA modified north and modified south divisions as they will be doing championship shirts this season. To find out more about M&M graphics, click on the ad and check out the website. When you call her, tell her you saw the ad on tidbits!

Races Supply in Elk City

Are you going to Elk City this weekend to compete in the O'Reilly/NCRA modified south race on Friday night? Don't have to hustle and worry about fuel as Lorne Nuttall and his Racer's Supply" will have plenty for you on hand. Afraid you might tear something up and not be able to make it to Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo on Saturday night for the NCRA modified south show? No worries, Racers Supply should have the part your looking for and more. A staple in racing for a long, long time, Lorne is a former racer and a racers friend who has you racers in mind. Please jot down his number or look him up at the track as he will have his trailer next to the scales at Elk City.

Also a late breaking news update, there could be added money for you sport mod (southern modifieds) if your wanting to go racing on Friday night and catch the modified action as well. Several racing businesses are contributing to the weekly payout which pays $400 to win. Once all contacts are made and finalized, I will post the payout for the sport mods for this Friday night at Elk City. Remember this is not a NCRA sanctioned event but gives you guys a place to run for some extra money on Friday night.

When I say it was a stressful and wild weekend for tidbits and Camry, I ain't lying. Last Friday night it was up the North West Passage to The GREAT AMERICAN DIRT TRACK in Jetmore, Kansas for the first night of the $10,000 to win MARS/NCRA/CLMA late model "Sunflower State Showdown." A very disappointing 27 cars were on hand with about the same amount of IMCA type modifieds. NCRA brought thirteen cars while CLMA brought five and MARS brought ten. All drivers were competing in one of those series for points so no "outsiders" dropped in at their chance for the $10,000 to win, $700 to start Saturday night feature finale. 

While short on cars there was no shortage of racing action as the quantity may have been lacking but the quality was about the best you could find. Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Missouri held off Eric Turner of Hermitage, Missouri (feature winner back in May at Brill Motor Speedway) all race long to take the four car length victory. The racing action was close and real good. Also, even though the track had issues the previous weekend for the Steve King Memorial Lucas Oil ASCS national show, the track on this night held up great.

The companion modified feature was just as entertaining to watch with the leaders swapping positions several times. 

I would have never thought drivers would shy away from a big paying event such as this just because the big names were on hand. They include the Paynes, Phillips, Turners, Sullivans, Boens and Bercks. In a way I lost some respect for some of those Kansas drivers who should have came and supporter this event as the start money ($700) is nothing to sneeze about. But yet drivers will go support a series that undercuts the purse and has not even been around near as long as NCRA or MARS for that matter. A perfect example as to why you NEVER predict what drivers are going to do and you almost NEVER take to heart what they tell you their plans are.

If I sound kinda bitter I am and I am not even employed full-time by NCRA or MARS.

After sleeping on the couch in Dodge City in Chris Smiths hotel, it was then five hours to the other side of the state at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta where 20 sprint car drivers from four states were on hand for the NCRA sprint show. The track was purchased over the winter by late model drivers Dave and Mike Conkwright who has resurrected the three-eighths mile facility and really has it looking great with more to come. Two years ago I was there for the Thunder on the Hill I with the NCRA late models and then a dilapidated press box just about found a couple of us breaking boards. That was the night where Friday nights races weren't over until 4:45 AM!

After hanging out in the pit area to get lineups and all the things I do when covering a show it was up to the newly formed press box that was still a work in progress. Upon handing the lineups and names to the announcer, I was told "I don't do announcing for series unless I get paid by them." I was rather in a bitchy mood anyways and to have a local track announcer tell me he wants paid to do the announcing for a series really caught me off guard. In all my travels announcers jump at the chance to announce for a racing series and are upset when they don't get to, especially with the World of Outlaws. After walking away and in my own little world, it was time to represent NCRA and cover the sprinters it was. 

Four time and defending NCRA sprint car champion Garry Lee "Quick Draw" Maier led flag to flag the twenty-five lap feature event but it wasn't that easy and could have very well changed as Chad Humston brought Nebraska car owner Mark Burchs #1m near Garry's rear bumper late in the race and was gaining until a broken rear end ended his night and the ARP hard luck award, which was a front nose wing. 

Humston made the trip down from traveling to Knoxville for their weekly show which looked to be rained out so they made the trip to Mayetta. 

So impressed was I with the track and facility at Thunder Hill Speedway, the thing that struck me most was the car count. This is the first season for the track to run IMCA sanctioned on all divisions so you would think "small car counts" correct? Wrong!  Around 22 modifies, 33 northern sport mods, 17 hobby stocks and street stocks were on hand from local and Nebraska area IMCA drivers. In a day where tracks are struggling, this track seems to really have it going good with more to come. I will definitely be up there again when I get the chance as the five hour trip really isn't that bad. 

Having to be at work Monday morning at 4:00 AM caused me to miss the MARS/NCRA late model show Sunday night at the Belleville High Banks but not missed much as Kelly Boen led every lap from his outside starting position and led all twenty laps over a seventeen car field, Would have been twenty car field but three cars blew their motors in either hot laps or heat races. 

Click here for more info!!  It is another sad day for racing as Lake Country Speedway in Ardmore has shut its doors effective immediately. Promoter Cameron Wilson looked to have things going good when I was there a week ago this past Saturday night but evidently car count and crowds were not good. A meeting was held between himself and owner Virgil Page about some things and a compromise could not be reached, which has caused the tracks closer.

Unknown what is in store for the track that produces some of the best racing anywhere in the state. And I am not the only one who says such. Once I find out Virgil's phone number I will give him a call to see what, if any, plans are for the rest of the season and see if the scheduled NCRA modified south show scheduled for Friday night, July 30th, will still be held. 

I remember talking to a state promoter during the winter and he felt there would be at least three tracks that would close this season. So far he has hit it dead on as Fairgrounds Speedway in OKC, Enid Speedway and now Lake Country Speedway in Ardmore sit quiet. There are also two tracks in Texas that are closed in just one month, Grand Prarie Speedway and Paris Motor Speedway.

There is slight hope for one of the above tracks as Dodge City Raceway Park and Liberal Speedway promoter Ed Beckley has been awarded by the Enid fair board to take over the reigns of the famed fairgrounds facility. While still uncertain at this time, Ed states on the tidbits message board that he would like to host races at least once a month but definitely keep the winter nationals alive.

Ed is a promoter of racing and actually "promotes" his races on radio, tv and countless other ways. He informs he wants to get this weekends two day WoO sprint show at Dodge City (June 11-12) out of the way so he can concentrate on what his plans are for Enid.

Keep checking the tidbits message board as he does frequent and post there.

A slim twenty-one cars. That is also disappointing as that was all Lawton Speedway had Saturday night for the ASCS Sooner region show. Congratulations to Robert on his victory, even though the car count is very sad.

"Well, where was Danny Jennings," you ask? Since Danny was always commited to points at Fairgrounds Speedway in Oklahoma City, he was finally able to load up his own car and follow grandpa Earnest to Knoxville Raceway in Iowa for the annual Masters Classic. "Earnie had a smile on his face ear to ear and loved Danny being there," according to wife, Jaime. Earnest finished 12th and lapped but that was the common theme as winner Sammy Swindell lapped up to the third position. 

Former NCRA sprint car champion and series veteran Mike Peters came home third in the event before making his way to Thunder Hill on Saturday night to finish third.

Danny had his 360 sprint ready for Knoxville weekly racing action but the night finally succumbed to rain.

Congratulations to Brenden Gemmill has he was an IMCA modified feature winner at Hays, Kansas on Friday night. Father Troy won there just two weeks ago. 

Don't forget this coming Saturday night is the Harold Leep, Jr. Memorial at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada featuring the OCRS sprinters. My buddy Frank Dittman won this inaugural event last year and the event could very well be the biggest in the tracks history of hosting OCRS at OSP. Gates will open at 5:00 PM with racing set for 7:30 PM. If your a sprint car fan, please there and give your support. 

Young Shayla Waddell has run all five previous OCRS events and is currently eleventh in the point standings.

Todd Decker of Edmond has found the big half mile of Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee to his liking. Making the trip from his Edmond home at least four times this season, Todd picked up the sport mod victory there this past Saturday night. Understand the crowd and car count at the famed half mile fairgrounds facility is really picking up. The Sladers, who now own the facility, have one portion of the grandstands open with the rest aimed to be open by the fourth of July weekend.

For you NCRA southern modified drivers and those planning on running this show, don't forget that your next race on July 3rd at the Hutchinson Grand Nationals in Kansas is also the same weekend as the big National Hot Rod Association meet. If your needing a room you need to go ahead and book one or several now as I am sure rooms will be limited. Then remember you go to 81 Speedway in Wichita the next night (Sunday). All of this Forth of July weekend.

Also for you sprint car drivers, Hutch Nationals will be a two day event (Friday and Saturday night) with both nights separate shows paying $2000 to win and $300 to start the feature finale. Hope some of you Oklahoma area drivers make it up to Hutch that weekend.

The tidbits agenda this weekend is a possible stop at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola tomorrow (Thursday) night for the opening night of the USMTS Southern Series speedweek. Then on Friday night it is on to Elk City's I-40 Speedway for the NCRA modified south show before heading to the beautiful Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo for the NCRA modified south event as well. Hope to run across some of you out that way.

Remember I still have plenty of tidbits stickers to sell, big one for $4.00, small one for $2.00 or both for $5.00.

A couple of biggies for us sprint car fans next weekend June 18-19th. On Friday night, June 18th, the Lucas Oil TNT non-wing Sprint Bandits will be at Creek County Speedway in Kellyville. Start time is 7:30. Also, next Friday and Saturday nigth the ASCS Sooner region takes on the Lone Star region for their annual showdown at Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquite. You can follow that up next Sunday night (June 20th) as the NCRA sprinters will be back in action at 81 Speedway. 

Remember the scheduled NCRA modified south event for Thunderbird Speedway has been changed from June 19th to September 25th.

In closing: Not since the death of Kevin Gobrecht has the internet racing message boards been alive with tributes and thoughts on the passing of a racer. However I think, just as he did both winged and non-winged, Jesse Hockett has passed them all with his untimely  passing just two weeks ago. Not one time had he had one bad thing mentioned about him both on the track and off the track and arguably the most popular winged and non-winged driver of our time. ASCS, WoO, Sprint Bandits, USAC - it didn't matter as have car will race was what Jesse did. He was a racer and always had drivers and fans take notice. Jesse will be missed in the sprint car racing community.

That is all for this tidbits update where the wires are buried and the lights at the Fairgrounds Speedway never have shined any brighter. 

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