Greetings and welcome to a day later than I wanted tidbits update. Not much but a bit of tidbits to share from the weekend that past and the weekend to be.
So let us get started shall we?
I first want to welcome new track to tidbits list of members and that is Creek County Speedway in Kellyville. New owner Jackie Green has put alot of time, effort and money into reshaping, remodeling and improvements to the 26 yr. old facility, built as a 1/8 mile oval back in 1985 and enlarged to a 1/4 mile in 1991. It is now a big quarter mile with sweeping turns and is alot wider. Creek County Speedway runs every Saturday night featuring the champ sprints, modifieds, FWD, facotry stocks, super stocks and mini stocks. Make sure you take time out one weekend and either check out Creek County Speedway for the first time or since the changes have been made.
Don't forget that Creek County Speedway will host the non-winged TNT Sprint Bandits this coming Friday night starting at 7:00 PM.
I am privileged to have two very fine videographers who are regulars here on tidbits with their work you can see racing events for the first time or relive them with the comfort of your DVD player - or your VHS machine if you live in the stone ages such as myself.
Michael and his Thriller Productons videos alot of races not only in the state of Oklahoma but surrounding states as well. More time than naught, you can find him at Lawton Speedway on Saturday nights taping the nights racing action. Thriller Productions also shoots alot of pictures at the races and has plenty to sell. To view what Thriller Productions has in stock as far as videos, check out his website by clicking his ad on the left side of the screen. Miccael also does all my graphics and banner work here on tidbits when needed and does an outstanding job for me and tidbits.
Bond, Tony Bond, and his Mudslinger Video is another videographer who films alot of shows and is the exclusive for the ASCS sooner region events. Mudslinger video shot all the weekly races at Fairgrounds Speedway last year and 2008 and still has them available and for sale. If your interested in buying or checking out his stuff for sale, click on his ad on the pages of tidbits.
Charles Holley emails to say that they will have "race night" at his Holley's BBQ and Catering on July 20th. Details forthcoming but mark it on your agenda. I will probably loan some of my old videos from the 60's-70's for all to view as well. Holleys' BBQ is located on the west end of Locke Supply at NW 39th Expressway and Portland. he informs alot of racers and former racers frequent during lunch so check it out.
This past Friday night it was on to Elk Citys I-40 Speedway for the fourth race of the 2010 race season for the O'Reilly/NCRA modified south division where 35 drivers were on hand to do battle for the $1000 to win event. 22 cars started the thirty lap feature with Chad Davis, who led laps 1-4 before being passed by Alan Sharpensteen on lap 5, took over the lead on lap 24 and led the rest of the distance to take his first career NCRA victory. Credit Tonya http://www.tanyasspeedwayphotography.webs.comwith the victory lane photo above.
In the tracks weekly support division of southern modifieds (sport mods), several racing businesses contributed extra money for the sport mod pay to make it $450 to win with $50 to start and more money in the middle. Special and a BIG thanks to the following for volunteering: NCRA, DIRT Performance Parts (Enid), SHARP Racing Products (Amarillo) , Snip Hair Design (Shattuck), Smiley's of OKC, Lorne Nuttals Racers Supply (Elk City) and Lance Wilsons [email protected] If your a sport mod driver and you participated, make sure you tell them your appreciate their help.
Robert Elliott won the twenty lap feature and led wire to wire.
From there and a $50 night stay at the Ramada Inn, it was westerward to the beautiful Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo for the first ever appearnce for the NCRA modified south division and first NCRA appearance since the series 360 sprinters visited Bill Worthons three-eighth mile powerplant back in 2001. Thirty-three drivers checked in, minus regulars Chris Roach (lost a motor at Elk City the previous night and went home), Jay Sale (went to Meeker) and John Webb (was told took his late model to Altus). Still all in all another good representation by the NCRA guys with Thomas Tillison, Jr. taking the lead from his pole position and leading all thirty laps for his first ever NCRA victory.
"This place is awesome," was the words of several Oklahoma drivers who had never seen Route 66 Motor Speedway until this past Saturday night. The wide sweeping turns with plenty of room to pass and if you got into trouble you could drive yourself out of it. It was said by several that the drive may have been long but well worth it and would love to do it again.
Series regular Jason Hilliard from Lawton had his troubles this weekend as well. As did the previously mentioned Chris Roach, Hilliard blew a motor at Elk City but he went back to Lawton, got another spare powerplant and competed Saturday night at Amarillo.
I want to thank both track regular announcers for their hospitality in the press box and even being interviewed a time or two.
Thus far in 2010 on the NCRA modified south tour there have been five different winners in the five races held with eleven drivers making all five events - including Jim Pearcy all the way from Springfield, Missouri. Three drivers have missed just one show. Dating back to the five races last year in its inaugural season there were four different winners in five races, making it 9 different out of 10 picking up a victory.
The next appearance for the series will be next Saturday night, June 26th. Please make plans to attend.
Don't forget that OCRS will be at Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville Oklahoma this coming Saturday night.
The Show-Me racing series will make yet another appearance at Outlaw Motor Speedway this Friday night. Last Saturday night it was Eric Turner (winner of the MARS/NCRA race at Meeker the first of May) won the Show Me event at West Plains.
"Mr. Smooth" Billy Moyer the SR. won last Sunday afternoons Dream 100 for late models at Eldora Speedway in Ohio.
Don't forget that this Friday night, Wild West Speedway in Clinton will begin their new night and hopefully alot better car counts. It is the only Friday night track on the West side of Oklahoma for modifieds, sport mods and such so make sure you give them the support they need. We can't have another track bite the dust. Too many already. The track will run the modifieds (a new format), IMCA sanctioned sportmods, faoctory stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks. Click on their track ad or banner for more detailed information please.
Don't forget that the O'Reilly/NCRA sprinters will be back in action this coming Sunday night at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas. Hope to see alot of you OKC area racers and fans show up for this Sunday night show. You will be back home in time for bed and work the next day. If I can go, get home and do the story and be at work at 4:00 AM you should be able to make the trip as well. All grandstand tickets for adults are just $9.00.
Make sure to visit a race track or two or three this Father's Day weekend and if it applies, take your father with you. Even better, have your family take you out to the races and support our Oklahoma based tracks.
My agenda for this Father's Day weekend is not what I had planned or hoped. Right now on Friday night it is either Creek County Speedway for the TNT Sprint Bandits or Outlaw Motor Speedway for the Show-Me late models. My plan to go and drive all the way back to and from McCool, Nebraska to cover NCRA late models got nixed so my Saturday night plans are up in the air. At the request of my daughter, who will be leaving with her Church for camp in Alva around noon Sunday, wants me to be home for Fathers Day morning so I will be home until she leaves before heading to 81 Speedway to cover the NCRA sprint car show.
While Cameron Wilson has left his post as promoter at Lake Country Speedway in Ardmore, the track won't sit idle very long and will be back in action after the fourth of July weekend. A phone call to track owner Virgil Page has not been returned but I will get more information asap for you racers and readers.
An important notice for all you NCRA modified, NCRA southern modified and NCRA sprint car drivers and fans alike. On the Fourth of July weekend, all three above mentioned divisions will be in action during the annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals in Kansas. Please remember there is also a national rod and custom show that weekend on the grounds as well so hotels are filling up fast. Make sure you book your reservations now. The Kansas Antique Racing Association will be on hand Saturday so it will be nastalgia weekend in Hutch, where their fairboard isn't blind or ignorant to the fact that racing is a good thing.
Stay tuned for my forthcoming press release for more detailed information on the above.
Tidbits is now on facebook, which begs the question my imaginary friend asks "Hell you can't keep your website up to date, what the hell you doing with a facebook you won't be able to keep track of."
All for now, more next week.