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HENDERSON DOES GOOD

HENDERSON DOES GOOD

7/22/2014

FACT - (7-22-14 @ 7:45 am CST) - It usually takes minutes for people to post negative things on message boards and social media (and I am guilty of that as well) but very seldom do good deeds get mentioned. Well this post is about a good deed that made a little girl a very happy kid.

Recently, Justin Henderson won a sprint car feature event at Huset's Speedway. Afterwards, he gave the trophy that he just won to a little fan. I know this happens all of the time by great drivers across the country. But this is different. The girl wasn't going to take his hard earned trophy. Justin signed the trophy "To Alexis forever, XOXO" then she accepted it.

Alexis recently found out that she has an inoperable brain tumor growing atop of her spine. She has had 31 days of radiation and a hospitalization coming up in August. Justin was made aware of this girls situation and dedicated the win to her and over the intercom saying "Alexis, this win is for you" and her face lit up. Justin wears a black and red bracelet she made for him in her honor.

Little things like this make a big differnece and it takes little effort from those people doing these types of things. Kudos to Justin for making this little girls night. Prayers to Alexis. Click HERE to read the full articla and have a tissue handy.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
TRAGEDY AT LEE CO SPEEDWAY

TRAGEDY AT LEE CO SPEEDWAY

7/22/2014

FACT - (7-22-14 @ 7:35 am CST) - Tradegy hit Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA over the weekend. A 70 year old woman was hit and killed by a push truck in the pits on Friday night. The article doesn't describe what happend other than it was an accident and is under investigation at this time. No charges have been filed.

The pits is a very dangerous place to be. Your head has to be on a swivel at all times and never turn your back on the direction from where the traffic is coming.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
WESTBROOK SUING WILLIAMS GROVE...UPDATE #1

WESTBROOK SUING WILLIAMS GROVE...UPDATE #1

7/21/2014

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (7-21-14 @ 11:10 pm CST) - The verdict is in and the jury found in favor of Williams Grove Speedway. They are not liable for Jon Westbrook's injuries he sustained from his wreck back in 2008. The release he signed upon entering the track appears to hold merit afterall. You can read the PennLive.com story by clicking HERE.

This is in no way a celebration as John is still paralyzed and a very serious matter. Hopefully, all tracks and drivers/teams will look at the safety at where they race a little more seriously and try to do everything in their power to make racing as safe as possible, even though there is inherant dangers in this sport we all love.

FACT - (7-15-14 @ 5:10 pm CST) - The jury has been selected and the trial begins Monday, July 21st. John Westbrook is suing Williams Grove Speedway for injuries he sustained in 2008. He made contact with another car and was sent flipping. He went up and over the wall in turns one and two and down the steep drop off. He was rendered a quadrriplegic as a result.

He is suing because he feels that if the track would have had a sufficient fence, his car would not have left the track and he would not have been injured so severely. You can read more about the lawsuit by clicking HERE.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
DRIVER CHANGE...UPDATE #1

DRIVER CHANGE...UPDATE #1

7/20/2014

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (7-20-14 @ 1:40 pm CST) - Roger contacted me over the weekend and explained his side of the story. As expected, his version is a lot different than that of the BWW team. So with all of the drama surrounding this event, differences of opinions on what happened, the negative emails I'm getting...and I'm not going to take sides...the only thing I'm reporting is that Roger Crockett is no longer with the BWW team and no replacement has been named, to my knowledge.

FACT - (7-18-14 @ 10:20 pm CST) - There has been a driver changed made this afternoon for the Buffalo Wild Wing #82 team. Initially, what was to be a combination through the Knoxville Nationals has now ended. Roger Crockett has been released by the BWW team effective immediately. The team has had its ups and downs and has won a World of Outlaws feature (on three tires none-the-less) but success on the track isn't everything.

The Todd and Susan LaHaise owned team had expectations on and off of the track laid out for Crockett when he accepted the ride. The team owners didn't feel those expectations were being upheld by Roger and after an obligation wasn't met on Friday early afternoon, they felt they had no choice but to go in a different direction. The owners informed Roger of the change this afternoon while he was in Fairmont, Minnesota where they planned on racing.

Eric Lutz got the call to jump in the car for tonights JSTS race at Jackson Speedway in Jackson, MN. For those not familiar with Lutz, he is a 360 driver from South Dakota. Not sure how long he will be in the seat but with him having limited 410 experience, I would guess they will have someone else in the car for the Knoxville Nationals...just my hunch.

So some of you are going to hate for this decision but don't judge until you know the story...and most of you will not know the story, just what it appears on the outside looking in. I know one side of the story and I do have my own opinion....you have to make up your own mind. The numerous driver changes that this team goes through is what is good for this team. Would I do it that way or would you do it that way, doesn't matter but it is what this team wants to do and is doing. They have moderate success with it as well. Many different drivers have won races in this car and it is usually very fast...it works for them. Anyway, enough of me on my soap box...you decide for yourself. Good luck to Eric Lutz and good luck to the BWW #82 team.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
FALL BRAWL 3

FALL BRAWL 3

7/18/2014

FACT - (7-18-14 @ 10:20 am CST) - Put The Casey's General Store Midwest Fall Brawl 3 on your schedule of races to attend. This race is a ASCS National Tour event that is held at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE on September 19-20. Thanks to Durst Motorplex and Hot Rod Paintless Dent Repair, the two day race will have a $50,000 bonus to the driver/team that can win both shows. Jack Dover did it last year and is tough to beat at that track so can it happen again.

On top of that Alan DeHaai has put together a lap sponsorship program. For $100 you can have your name on the list of lap sponsors. Your name will be announced several times throughout the night. Right now he has 51 of 55 laps sold and is looking to complete the list as soon as possible. That means there has been $4850 so far. There are a few laps spoken for that is offering up $50.00 so a few of you can pony up $50.00 to complete those laps. If you are interested in sponsoring a lap, contact me at ibracn1@yahoo.com and I'll put you in touch with Alan. A great program and a great event.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
ABREU IS TALKING

ABREU IS TALKING

7/18/2014

RUMOR - (7-18-14 @ 9:20 am CST) - I've been sitting on this for a few weeks but thought it is time to bring it out after getting information for another this last source of mine. It appears that Rico Abreu has been talking to NASCAR's Chip Ganassi Racing about a possible driver development program...I know, old news for a lot of you. From what I'm hearing, CGR is looking at what it would take to fit Rico in the cars and if they can make it work.

As most of you know, Rico's good friend Kyle Larson drives for Ganassi Racing and is having a pretty good year himself. We will have to keep an eye on this and see how it develops.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
HANNAGAN SUSPENDED...UPDATE #3

HANNAGAN SUSPENDED...UPDATE #3

7/18/2014

UPDATE #3 - FACT - (7-18-14 @ 4:20 pm CST) - There is more than one way to skin a cat and Randy Hannagan figured another way to do so. As stated below, he has been suspended from racing in the NRA Sprint Invader races this weekend. However, the Saturday race at Crystal Motor Speedway is co-sanctioned by the Sprints On Dirt series. So what does one do in this siutation? Well, Randy joined the SOD series and will be running in that race as a SOD member and not an NRA Sprint Invader member. Very clever.

UPDATE #2 - FACT - (7-15-14 @ 4:50 pm CST) - TJSlideways.com is reporting that after a meeting with Randy Hannagan and the NRA Sprint Invader officials, it was determined that the suspension will be upheld and that Hannagan will be stripped of all of the points earned at last Saturday's Eldora event.

Randy posted on his Facebook page and confirmed what TJSlideways is reporting. Hannagan said the NRA Sprint Invader officials are penalizing him for saying over the PA system "The NRA is a great series and will be better when Jarvis gets his hands around it." From what I'm told, Jarvis is the President of UNOH, the title sponsor of the NRA Sprint Invaders.

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (7-15-14 @ 7:30 am CST) - TJSlideways.com is reporting that the Hannagan team will be meeting with the UNOH NRA Sprint Invader officials today to discuss the suspension. Both sides are declining to comment on the situation.

STRONG RUMOR - (7-14-14 @ 8:30 pm CST) - TJSlideways.com is reporting that current NRA Sprint Invader point leader Randy Hannagan has been suspended for the next two series races. TJ reports that a NRA official declined to comment other than apparently something was said over the PA system at Eldora. The series is to race at Limaland Motorsports Park on Friday and Crystal Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
ONE MORE WIN

ONE MORE WIN

7/15/2014

FACT - (7-15-14 @ 9:55 pm CST) - Dave Darland needs one more win. That win will tie him with Tom Bigelow for the most USAC National Sprint Car Series wins. That is great company and Dave Darland isn't done yet. Watch to see if he can tie the record on Wednesday, July 16th when USAC hits Terre Haure Action Track to continue Indiana Sprint Week.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
SAMMY CHANGING FOCUS

SAMMY CHANGING FOCUS

7/14/2014

FACT - (7-14-14 @ 7:20 pm CST) - Sammy Swindell and the Big Game Tree Stands #1 team is changing their focus. Swindell has dropped off of the WoO tour and will focus his attentions on getting ready for the Knoxville Nationals.

This has been confirmed in the following press release sent out by Shawn Miller and Inside Line Promotions. Click HERE to view the press release.

I suspected something like this was happening. I got a report on Monday from a fan that said he had seen the Big Game rig in Memphis that afternoon when it should have been in PA or on its way. From a huge Sammy fan, glad that I will have someone to cheer for at the Knoxville Nationals.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
YES...ANOTHER TRACK CLOSES ...UPDATE #1

YES...ANOTHER TRACK CLOSES ...UPDATE #1

7/14/2014

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (7-14-14 @ 2:10 pm CST) - In what was a short lived closure, Benton Raceway Park will re-open their doors on July 18th. Their Facebook page states that the night will be for all classes of cars.

FACT - (7-10-14 @ 10:35 pm CST) - Tonight, I learned that another dirt track has closed its doors effective immediately. Benton Raceway Park in Benton, Missouri posted on their Facebook page that they have closed the track down. In the post, they state that if you are interested in running the track, contact Joe Moore.

This is starting to be a terrible trend...add the possibility that Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, MO is on life support...not good.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown