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BANDIT NEWS

BANDIT NEWS

8/29/2014

FACT - (8-29-14 @ 9:25 am CST) - Yesterday, Shawn Petersen and the Print Place Motorsports team announced that Stevie "The Black Bandit" Smith will be joining their team for several races to finish out the 2014 racing season. Stevie will be driving as a teammate to Petersen when the ASCS National tour races at Texas Motor Speedway on Sept 12-13, Devil's Bowl Speedway on October 17-18, and at the Short Track Nationals on October 22-25. They have hired veteran crew chief Lee Stauffer to help Kenny Woodruff while running a two car team for those events. They are looking for a few crew members to help out for those races as well. Contact Shawn at Shawn@PrintPlace.com for details.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
LISI RETIRES

LISI RETIRES

8/27/2014

FACT - (8-27-14 @ 10:05 pm CST) - Pennsylvania is loosing another quality sprint car racing team. Jeremy Elliott at PennLive.com is reporting that Randy Lisi Motorsports is calling it a career. Lisi has fielded a sprint car team for the past 15 years. Mike Erdley has driven the Lisi Shell Oil #11 for many years. They use to run a pretty full schedule but recentely cut back to one night a week at Port Royal Speedway. Lisi states that the cost of fielding a sprint car is a major factor in his decision. He recently turned 62 and decided he wanted to do other things with his money.

Sorry to see Pennsylvania loose another great team. You can read the full article by clicking HERE.
Photo: John C Whitehead/The Patriot News

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
NOT FOR LONG

NOT FOR LONG

8/27/2014

FACT - (8-27-14 @ 10:05 pm CST) - Levi Jones retired from sprint car racing at the end of the 2013 racing season. Well now he is making his return to the drivers seat when the USAC Silver Crown cars make a stop at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Ill on Sunday night for the Ted Horn 100.

He will be piloting the famed #56 for car owner Galen Fox. I guess retirement isn't permanent...lol.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
DEWIT HEWITT RETURNS

DEWIT HEWITT RETURNS

8/27/2014

FACT - (8-27-14 @ 9:45 pm CST) - Jack Hewitt is returning to the seat of a sprint car...actually a silver crown car. The National Speed Sport News is reporting that Jack Hewitt will come out of retirement to compete in the USAC 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway on September 20. Hewitt has been retired since 2003.

Jack will reunite with longtime associates Team 6R, American Racer tires, and Parker Machinery to field a car for the silver crown portion of the 4 crown nationals. Even though Jack has been retired, he has continued to drive his custom made 2-seater sprint car, giving many the thrill of sprint car racing.

Jack Hewitt is the only guy to win the 4 crown nationals. Four feature wins in four different classes of cars, all on the same night. Many people credit Kyle Larson for winning the four crown nationsls but that was in three different classes of cars on the same night, he didn't get that fourth win...only Jack "Dewitt Hewitt" can claim that accomplishment.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
#53

#53

8/26/2014

FACT - (8-26-14 @ 10:00 pm CST) - I'm sure you have all heard by now that we have a new leader on the all time USAC sprint car win list. Dave Darland won the last two features of the Kokomo Classic last weekend resulting in a tie for the most USAC sprint car wins and then breaking that record all in the same day...there were two USAC sprint car races on the same day at Kokomo Speedway as a result of rain on a previous night.

Darland broke the record that was held by Tom Bigelow. The People's Champ earned his spot on top and we all congratulate him in a storied career. Congratulations and here is to many more wins in the future.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
SAMMY RETIRES...UPDATE #1

SAMMY RETIRES...UPDATE #1

8/25/2014

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (8-25-14 @ 4:15 pm CST) - Inside Line Promotions just send out a second press release regarding this announced retirement. In it, BGTS owner thanked Sammy for his service and Congratulated him on his retirement. In a closing sentence, Tod announced that he is retiring the #1 BGTS team as well. There will not be two BGTS teams next season. You can read this press release by clicking HERE.

FACT - (8-25-14 @ 1:15 pm CST) - Inside Line Promotions just sent out a press release announcing that Sammy Swindell is retiring from professional racing effective immediately. He plans to race the midget at the Chili Bowl but no more sprint car racing. You can read the press release by clicking HERE.

A sad day for all of us Sammy fans but we new it was coming, eventually.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
TOGETHER WE STAND

TOGETHER WE STAND

8/21/2014

FACT - (8-21-14 @ 3:15 pm CST) - A press release was sent out this afternoon regarding the All-Stars and the support shown by area race tracks. Brian Liskai (PR director for Attica Raceway Park) posted on his Facebook page that several area Ohio/PA tracks have pledged their support for the All-Stars instead of the newly formed Renegade Sprint Series.

The tracks announcing their support of the All Stars include Fremont Speedway, Limaland Motorsports Park, Eldora Speedway, Sharon Speedway, the NAPA Auto Parts Wayne County Speedway and Waynesfield Raceway Park in Ohio; Lernerville Speedway, Lincoln Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park in Pennsylvania; Butler Motor Speedway in Michigan; Wilmot Raceway in Wisconsin; Huset Speedway in South Dakota; and Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.

Liskai stated that this makes up about 75% of the current UNOH All-Star schedule. This will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. Which drivers go with which series?

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
SELVAGE SPLITS WITH 7K

SELVAGE SPLITS WITH 7K

8/19/2014

FACT - (8-19-14 @ 1:40 pm CST) - Dustin Selvage just Tweeted that he has left the Phillips Floors #7K team. He stated that the split is on good terms and is thankful for the opportunity to drive that car for the last two years. No other details given.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
LOYET NEWS

LOYET NEWS

8/19/2014

RUMOR - (8-19-14 @ 11:50 am CST) - Brad Loyet got a lot of people's curiosity up with what his Facebook posted this morning. He posted just about everything he has that is sprint car related is for sale. Emails have been flowing ever since. Is Brad done racing? Is Brad going back to midgets? What's up with Brad?

From what I've been able to gather, Brad Loyet is just selling off some of his used equipment to get it replaced with new stuff. The used pile is larger than the new pile so it is time to fix that problem. Now this is not concrete but this is what I'm being told.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
COOL IN HELMET VIDEO

COOL IN HELMET VIDEO

8/19/2014

FACT - (8-19-14 @ 10:50 am CST) - We have all seen in car video from several different angles but what about "in helmet" video? Brad Haudenschild mounted a camera inside his helmet for a heat race. Check it out by clicking HERE. How they can see and race at speeds they reach is beyond me.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown