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GROUPON FOR RACERS

GROUPON FOR RACERS

12/17/2014

FACT - (12-17-14 @ 2:335 pm CST) - I've found a Groupon for sprint car racing fans. Currently, you can purchase a Groupon for the Cory Kruseman Sprint Car/Midget driving experience for $149.00, regularly $300.00. This is for 15 laps in a sprint car or midget with instruction at Ventura Raceway. You can purchase 30 laps for $225.00, regularly $450.00.

What a great Groupon..I wish I lived closer to Ventura, CA, I would buy myself a Christmas present. Check it out by clicking HERE.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
NEW SPRINT CAR SERIES ....UPDATE #1

NEW SPRINT CAR SERIES ....UPDATE #1

12/17/2014

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (12-17-14 @ 9:00 am CST) - I've obtained more information for you regarding the MSTS series. The schedule continues to evolve with new events but they do have several shows scheduled now. The group wants 18-20 shows and there are stops at Park Jefferson Speedway, I-90 Speedway, Jackson Speedway, Huset's Speedway, and Rapid Speedway. Rapid Speedway will be considered the home track for the series. There is a $10,000 point fund posted and the teams will be racing for a minimum of $1,000 to win and $200 to start. Heat races will be worth more money put up by FTS Motorsports. Look for a finalized schedule released at the Sioux Falls swap meet on January 10th.

FACT - (12-12-14 @ 6:35 am CST) - With the number of 360 sprint car options decreasing in the upper midwest, a new 360 sprint car series has been formed. The MSTS 360 Midwest Sprint Touring Series has been developed by a group of drivers in the South Dakota area. The series plans to race at Rapid Speedway, Huset's Speedway, and I-90 Speedway with other dates and tracks being worked on.

This series has been developed to offset the droping of the weekly 360 sprint car class at Huset's speedway and I-90 Speedway. Those two tracks dropped 360's sprint cars for the cheaper 305 RaceSaver division. Options for 360s would not have existed in 2015 if not for this group forming. The series pays $1,000 to win and $200 start an A feature. This group is similar to the Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series. They are trying to save 360 sprint car racing in Nebraska because there are no more options in that state either. Good Luck to both groups.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
FALL BRAWL 4...410's...UPDAET #2

FALL BRAWL 4...410's...UPDAET #2

12/17/2014

UPDATE #2 - FACT - (12-17-14 @ 9:50 am CST) - A change has been made to the I-80 Speedway schedule that was previously announced. The Fall Brawl 4 will in fact be a National ASCS Tour event and changed back to a 360 race. The race is scheduled for September 17-19. Previously, it was announced to be a NSL event but that event has been moved to October 2-3.

Joe Kosiski and staff are working hard with both the ASCS and the NSL to provide great shows at their track that are successful. The schedule change resulted when conflicts with schedules and other issues had developed. There are a lot of things being worked on right now to make both shows great events for the drivers and fans, so stay tuned for more announcements regarding these two events in the future.

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (10-14-14 @ 1:25 pm CST) - Just in case you were wondering when the 2015 version of the Fall Brawl will be...it is scheduled for the weekend of October 2-3, 2015. It will be a 410 show with the newly formed midwest 410 series. Also, it looks like the Nebraska 360 Sprints will be on hand as a support series as well. There are a lot of things being discussed to make this show bigger and better, so mark your calendars for this weekend....you will not want to miss it.

FACT - (10-11-14 @ 4:10 pm CST) - Huge news...the I-80 Fall Brawl 4 will now be going through changes for next year. The powers that be at I-80 have decided to move the Fall Brawl to a 410 race and have signed on with the newly formed series that Tod Quiring has started up. There will be 360's on the card as well but the 410's will be the main draw.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
CLAUSON LEAVES TSR...UPDATE #1

CLAUSON LEAVES TSR...UPDATE #1

12/16/2014

UPDATE #1 - STRONG RUMOR - (12-16-14 @ 8:20 pm CST) - From what I've been able to gather regarding this split is that it is more of a shut down. Tony (or his business manager) pulled the plug on the USAC sprint car teams and all employees that worked on the USAC teams will be without a job effective January 1, 2015. My source tells me the teams do not make any money and that is the reason for the shut down. From what I've been told, Tony's USAC teams have never made money but Tony wanted to keep them going. I'm assuming that with the events that took place in 2014, the play money is limited right now and that is the reason for the shut down right now.

STRONG RUMOR - (12-16-14 @ 7:50 pm CST) - According to SprintCarMania.com, breaking news has Bryan Clauson leaving Tony Stewart Racing. The story stated that they have confirmed the split and Clauson will be taking a different path for the 2015 racing season. Interesting.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
ZEMCO DRIVER ANNOUNCEMENT

ZEMCO DRIVER ANNOUNCEMENT

12/15/2014

FACT - (12-15-14 @ 1:35 pm CST) - Check out the new video just released by the Zemco Racing Team announcing the driver of the Zemco Speed Equipment #1 for the 2015 racing season...pretty cool idea.

vimeo.com/114580564

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
QUICK HITS...UPDATE #1

QUICK HITS...UPDATE #1

12/12/2014

FACT - (12-12-14 @ 2:35 pm CST) - A bunch of different news items to pass along... 1- Mark Dobmeier Tweeted that he is a new daddy. He and his wife welcomed in a new baby boy this morning. Congrats to the new parents.... 2- kasey Kahne will be running all five shows in the Winter Heat series in Cocopah Speedway this January.... 3- Tony Stewart revealed at the PRI show that Steve Kinser will about 40 shows in 2015 and the cars will be prepared in the TSR shop in Indy.... 4- Tony Stewart revealed at the PRI show that he will be at the Chili Bowl but only to help with track prep and not as a driver.... 5- Racing will be back at the Missouri State Fair Speedway for the first time in several years. There was a charity race for cops when a car went through the infield guard rail and injured a bunch of people, that was one of the last races at that track. 6- Trying to find out why Cole Wood Racing has their stuff for sale on Hoseheads Classifieds. Is he cutting back, changing directions, getting out? No official word and I have tried contacting the team with no response, yet. He has posted his tractor and trailer for sale, his t-shirt trailer, and two complete rollers for sale. One roller is brand new. I've heard rumors (even posted one in October that was denied), but nothing official. 7- Teams committed to the newly formed Renegade Sprints that are going up against the All-Stars have been announced. Tim Shaffer, Greg Wilson, Chad Kemenah, Randy Hannagan, Danny Smith, and Dean Jacobs are all committed to running full time on the series. There are a handful of younger drivers that will be running with the series to some extent as well. They have a strong following but have only released a tentative schedule at this time.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
JJR JUMPS TO WOO

JJR JUMPS TO WOO

12/12/2014

FACT - (12-12-14 @ 2:20 pm CST) - Jason Johnson just Tweeted that he will be taking the JJR #41 to the World of Outlaws tour in 2015. The #41 will be read instead of the traditional white he has run the past few years. Also, it will be sponsored by Priority Aviation Services, Waco Metal, and Mesilla Valley Trnasportation.

Photo/Design by BlackBeardLTD.com and Sean Cain.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
TRAILER STOLEN

TRAILER STOLEN

12/12/2014

FACT - (12-12-14 @ 8:25 am CST) - Another report of a racer being robbed. Tommy Worley, Jr. got his race trailer stolen at some point during the night of Wednesday night. The trailer from the Farmington, MO area. The trailer did not have the sprint car in it but did have a lot of tools and equipment. The trailer is a pewter colored trailer. Be on the lookout for this race trailer and contact local authorities if you have any information about its location.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
DEVIL'S BOWL'S FUTURE ....UPDATE #4

DEVIL'S BOWL'S FUTURE ....UPDATE #4

12/12/2014

UPDATE #4 - FACT - (12-12-14 @ 6:30 am CST) - I initially reported on this in May of 2012 and now I have an update. The process is going forward. There will be a public hearing from 5:00-7:00 on Tuesday, December 16 for the public to see the plans for future development of a new highway. The 11.8 mile project from SH-80 from I-30 to I-20 is a six lane roadway. Here is the posting from the Forney.com web site... KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas (Texas Department of Transportation) — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Sunnyvale Middle School, 216 North Collins Road in Sunnyvale. It will be an informal Open House format with no formal presentation to allow participants to ask questions and review exhibits.
Jacobs XMas lights
The proposed 11.8-mile project, from SH 190 (The East Branch) from I-30 to I-20, is a new location six-lane roadway within an approximately 280-foot right of way. Engineers have examined viable alternative alignments and potential transportation modes, including the no-build alternative and the potential for tolling.

Maps, drawings and other information about the project will be on display to allow interested participants to learn more about the proposed project, environmental study process and environmental analysis.

The reason I'm readdressing this is that, depending on the route the officials decide on, it could go right through Devil's Bowl Speedway. Currently, it is planned for that exact route. It is a few years away but the historic race track could be in trouble.


UPDATE #3 - FACT - (5-17-12 @ 9:40 pm) - The following is a email I was sent from a gentleman from the Dallas that did some research on this topic and was kind enough to share it with me. Thanks for the assist Doug Holbrook...

"As a former racetrack owner I was very concerned about the devils bowl highway situation and I have looked into it a bit more. The george bush turnpike extension being completed has nothing to do with it, the real issue is the proposed route 190 study project located HERE

Or here for the NTTA site and the map that santa bob had:

The east branch site has a lot more information, so here is what I have gathered.

On their site they claim that more than likely sometime in 2013 is when the public hearing would be scheduled and Lanny would be contacted then as he owns land directly in the right of way they seek. The project has a time limit of 25 years from what I can gather and has been in the works directly since 2006 and indirectly as far back as the 1960's

Here is a link to a presentation the study group gave in november. The first couple pages shows that they are about half-way to the end of the study process. Further down is their map... as you can see devils bowl is the only thing starred so they are obviously very aware of the speedway and have an alternate route that doesn't cut into the property as badly.

Another Link HERE

The FHWA has yet to have their say and we all know how long it takes to get things done on the federal level. This is nothing more than a study and a proposal at this point, they have yet to pull the trigger on it.

So bottom line, I think the speedway is safe for now."


UPDATE #2 - FACT - (5-16-12 @ 12:40 pm) - Following the tread on Facebook where I came across this story, a person stated that they contacted Lanny Edwards on this matter and he said he has never been approached by the State with interest in buying DBS land. The poster stated that Lanny said this continued development is 5-7 years further down the road and that he will never sell DBS...but once he is gone, no telling what his kids will do with the land.

Also, someone from the area sent me an email and stated that there is tons of road construction going on in the area and has been going on for three years now. I guess we will see how this all develops in time.

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (5-15-12 @ 4:40 pm) - Here is another link regarding the development of the George Bush Highway. It sounds like it is going to happen. Click the link to see more information.....(www.ntta.org/roadsprojects/existroad/Pages/President-George-Bush-Turnpike-(PGBT).aspx.

When you read this info from this link, it states that it is expected to be done by the end of 2012. I'm hearing that depending on who you talk to, this may not happen OR it is going to happen. As you can see on the date at the bottom of the page on this link above, it has been in the planning stages since at least 2008.

RUMOR - (5-14-12 @ 12:15 pm) - I was alerted to the fact that the North Texas Tollway Authority is looking to build a new highway through Devil's Bowl Speedway. The following was taken off of Santa Bob McMasters Facebook page. The photo is the proposed map from NTTA that shows the George Bush Extention route going through the center of Devil's Bowl's Property. D.B.S. sits to the east of Mesquite Metro airport with new pits just off of runway with the track being west of Lawson Rd at the curve. There is talk that 2013 season will be last for D.B.S. At present time no talk by the present ownership on a possible relocation. G.B.Ext. would be 6 lanes plus North and South bound access roads each being at least 2 lanes each. The map shows alternate routes from I-30 across towards Hwy 80 but route from 80 to past D.B.S. towards I-20 is set.

You be the judge. Is this the end of Devil's Bowl Speedway? I will keep an eye out for more developments.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
HEAD & NECK RESTRAINTS

HEAD & NECK RESTRAINTS

12/9/2014

FACT - (12-9-14 @ 9:55 am CST) - The state of New Jersey is going to mandate the use of Head and Neck restraint systems for drivers at oval race tracks beginning January 1, 2015. All race cars, except quarter midgets, are covered under this new mandate. Specific divisions are not provided to prevent loopholes in the law.

Detective M. Kowalski of the New Jersey State Police wrote the tech bulletin that is to be sent out to all track operators. He has been wanting to make this a standard for the past couple of years. The changes come now due to the fatal crash of Amanda Gambacorto's crash at Wall Stadium Speedway (NJ), and the Green Flag Driving experience crash on Aug 16 of a Stony Brook Univ (NJ) student.

You can read the article that was posted on the YankeeRacer.com in its entirity by clicking HERE/

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown