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81 SPEEDWAY

81 SPEEDWAY

3/25/2015

FACT - (3-25-15 @ 7:40 am CST - This Saturday, the NCRA sprint car series will open their 2015 season with a stop at 81 Speedway in Wichita, KS. The race will pay $6,000 to win and $500 to start the A feature. Sammy Swindell and Kevin Swindell will be there competing as well as Tony Bruce, Jr., Jack Dover, and Ryan Roberts. I would guess 50+ sprint cars showing up since there isn't a ASCS National tour event scheduled for this weekend.

On Friday, the track is open for practice from 6:00-9:00. BG Products of Kansas spiced up the practice a little for the sprint cars. They put up $100 for the fastest time of the night. This quickly grew to $360 when the fans got involved. As of last night at 10:00 pm, the quick time award is at $600...and growing.

81 Speedway will allow the cars to practice from 6:00-8:00. At 8:00, the sprint cars will be lined up and pushed off one by one and they get one lap attempt to make their best lap. After all of the sprint cars got their one lap in, the fastest time takes the money and be designated the new track record holder. The track has never held a time trial for the 360 sprints so no official track record has been set. The cars will have to be race ready and go through tech and the scales in an effort to collect the money.

I think this is great. This is what happens when fans get involved with our sport. Fans getting involved to grow our sport instead of getting on message boards and social media to hurt the sport. Kudos to the 81 Speedway sprint car fans...well done.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
ANOTHER TRACK CLOSES

ANOTHER TRACK CLOSES

3/24/2015

FACT - (3-24-15 @ 4:00 pm CST - It is looking like the racing community will be losing another race track. Irwindale Speedway is on the chopping block. City officials will be meeting on Wednesday and voting on plans to demolish the iconic Irwindale Speedway....to make room for a 700,000 square foot outlet mall.

The 63 acre site started out as a mining facility for sand and gravel. In the 70's it turned into a landfill for 20 years. It was made into Irwindale Speedway in 1999. Outlet Partners, LLC bought the land for 22 million in 2013. They leased the land to 211 Enterprise for the speedway. The Outlet Partners, LLC are pushing the plans to tear down the race track and build the new outlet mall. Construction may begin on the new outlet mall in January of 2016. You can read the full article in the Pasadena Star-News ..click on the link.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
HE'S BACK...UPDATE #2

HE'S BACK...UPDATE #2

3/24/2015

UPDATE #2 - FACT - (3-24-15 @ 4:55 pm CST) - The first attempt at coming out of retirement for Sammy didn't go as planned as mother nature didn't cooperate. He will try again. Sammy Swindell will be at 81 Speedway in Wichita, KS this Saturday for the $6,000 to win Air Capital Shootout with the NCRA sprint car series. This information was just posted on the 81 Speedway Facebook page. Unconfirmed reports are that it will be in the Cooper Racing #01. Go Sammy!

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (3-4-15 @ 2:45 pm CST) - Sammy's return to the seat of a sprint car has been cancelled...by mother nature. The USCS just announced that the Frostbuster 250 scheduled for last weekend and postponed to this weekend is now cancelled er postponed to May 29th for the USCS Speedweek. The track is still wet from last weeks weather and more precipitation in the forecast on Wednesday and Thursday. Sorry Sammy fans! (And I'm one of them)

FACT - (2-26-15 @ 11:07 pm EST) - Sammy Swindell retired from full time sprint car racing in August of 2014. He stated he would race in the 2015 Chili Bowl but didn't know when or if he would be driving a sprint car again. Well, that question has been answered.

Sammy Swindell will return to the seat of a sprint car next weekend when the USCS sprint car series hits the track at Magnolia Motor Speedway on March 6-7. That race was suppose to take place this weekend but has been postponed due to bad weather. Inside Line Promotions confirmed on Twitter tonight that Sammy will be driving the Cooper Racing #01 when he returns. ShawnMiller stated that an official press release will be sent out next week. No other details regarding Sammy's schedule is known at this time.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
WOLFGANG RETURNS

WOLFGANG RETURNS

3/21/2015

FACT - (3-21-15 @ 10:15 am CST - The Argus Leader (a Sioux Falls South Dakota newspaper) is reporting that Doug Wolfgang might return to the seat of a sprint car at some point this summer. This is nothing more than for Doug to have some fun behind the wheel of a sprint car again. His potential return will be on a limited basis.

The article interviewed Doug where it was revealed that he is trying to put together a deal for his son, Robby. Robby put his racing career on hold while focusing on earning his college degree. He will earn that degree this spring.

In the interview, Doug stated that if funding can be found for Robby's return, he will get in the seat of a 305 sprint car at Huset's Speedway a time or two this summer. He stated that this deal is a long way from happening but something they are working on. Doug last sat in a sprint car 18 years ago. You can read the full article in the The Argus Leader.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
DRIVERS INJURED

DRIVERS INJURED

3/19/2015

FACT - (3-19-15 @ 10:00 am CST) - Unfortunately, we got two drivers injured last weekend in California. Willie Croft sustained a few broken ribs as a result of a four car accident that occurred in the A main on Friday night. The accident involved David Gravel, Bud Kaeding, and Daryn Pittman. Croft was taken to the hospital and released later that night with the fractured ribs. He will be sidelined for the time being while he heals.

The second driver was Dominic Scelzi. Scelzi was competing in the C main at Tulare's Thunderbowl Speedway with the World of Outlaws. He was running in a transfer spot with one lap to go when a fuel line broke, spraying fuel on the headers. Dominic got the car stopped on the front stretch and got out of the car rolling on the ground. Scelzi credits the quick response from the safety crew minimizing the burns from a scary situation. He sustained some 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his left leg.

Glad to see both drivers will make a full recovery in time. Prayers to both drivers for a speedy recovery.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
DEAL...NO DEAL

DEAL...NO DEAL

3/19/2015

FACT - (3-19-15 @ 9:40 am CST) - Mansfield Raceway in Mansfield, Ohio has a schedule that is in question with the latest developments. The track is owned by Grant Milliron and is a 1/2 mile semi-banked oval. Milliron agreed to lease the track to Kevin Ruic to promote races at the track. Now that deal appears to be off.

Ruic is accused of posting several racist comments on his Facebook page. Due to the racist nature of the posts, Milliron has decided to back out of the agreement and separate himself from Ruic. The city of Mansfield and Mayor Tim Theaker has requested to remove any affiliation the track has with the city for the July 4 firework celebration scheduled at the track. Ruic states that he has the King of the Wings scheduled on Labor Day and is working with USAC to bring the Silver Crown cars to the facility.

Look for this deal to go to court. Ruic stated in the article that he plans to go on as planned but track owner Milliron says the deal is over. You can read the article that appears in the Mansfield News Journal.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
MCGRATH TESTS AT PERRIS

MCGRATH TESTS AT PERRIS

3/18/2015

FACT - (3-18-15 @ 10:20 am CST) - Checking in on the Perris Auto Speedway Facebook page and I see they have posted several videos of Jeremy McGrath testing a sprint car. Jeremy was at Perris Auto Speedway a few days ago and drove a white #8 that had a 410 motor in it. The video shows a pretty smooth drive and looked like he was getting on the gas pretty well. Stop by the Perris Auto Speedway's Facebook page HERE to see a few videos of the test drive. He's a natural in about everything he drives.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
TALENT WASTED...UPDATED #18

TALENT WASTED...UPDATED #18

3/16/2015

UPDATE #18 - FACT - (3-16-14 @ 6:15 pm CST) - People think I pick on Tyler by updating this story all of the time...but he does it to himself. Tyler Walker was arrested again. Walker was suppose to be sentenced today on the five charges stemming from this case. The judge ordered an arrest warrant when he didn't show up at the scheduled time...then when he did show up 45 minutes late, the judge ordered his arrest. He is held in county jail without bail and will be held there until his rescheduled sentencing on March 30. You can read the updated article by clicking HERE. Here is the link to the story on TheSpectrum.com.

UPDATE #17 - FACT - (12-24-14 @ 11:35 am CST) - Another update on this never ending story...as you may have read, Tyler Walker pled guilty to two third-degree felonies and three misdemeanors. The charges carry the possibility of up to five years in prison. His sentencing hearing is February 23.

In a new twist, it was revealed that Tyler is suffering the after effects of several brain injuries sustained in his racing career. The article states that he has seen a neurologist for diagnosis and treatment. There is a lot more to this story than what I'm writing here so I encourage you to click HERE for all you need to know about this case. It comes from TheSpectrum.com.

UPDATE #16 - FACT - (12-2-14 @ 9:00 pm CST) - For those of you that don't want to read about news on a news web site about Tyler Walker...stop reading. For those of you that do like to read news on a sprint car news site...an update for you. Multiple news sources are reporting that there has been an arrest warrant issued for Tyler Walker. Walker was suppose to send in a plea agreement by today but it never happened. The judge ordered the arrest warrant at $25,000 cash. Walker will now have to appear in person to resolve this issue. You can read more about this in TheSpectrum.com by clicking HERE.

UPDATE #15 - FACT - (11-21-14 @ 9:10 am CST) - To nobody's surprise there is another delay in this trial. Tyler was suppose to enter his plea deal on Tuesday but didn't get his paperwork turned in so another delay was given. This time, December 2 will be the hearing. If he doesn't get his plea deal in by mail by Dec 2, the court is going to make him appear in person to enter his plea...quite the threat if you ask me. What a joke this entire trial has been. Click HERE to read the full story in the St. George News.

UPDATE #14 - FACT - (10-29-14 @ 11:30 am CST) - Delayed again. ThePectrum.com and their writer Kevin Jenkins is reporting that Tyler was suppose to submit a plea deal yesterday but Deputy Co Attorney Rachelle Shumway asked for the delay after receiving word of new criminal charges have been filed against Tyler in California. Shumway claims that the CA law enforcement people would not cooperate with her request so she has to continue without the new information. Both sides have agreed to terms and await a signature from Tyler. The defense attorney will be in CA next week and will meet with Tyler to get his signature on the plea deal.

This will be the 11th attempt at resolving this issue. Arizona officials have resolved their charges with this case. If these new charges are found legit, he may be in violation of his probation. You can read all of this story by clicking HERE. The Spectrum and Kevin Jenkins as been pretty diligent in staying on top of this never ending story.

UPDATE #13 - FACT - (8-13-14 @ 2:30 pm CST) - The Spectrum at St. George updated the Tyler Walker case as of yesterday. They are saying that this all should come to an end next month as they expect a plea deal by Tyler and his lawyers. This is the ninth time such a hearing has been scheduled since a November trial was cancelled. He has three felony charges of evading police, illegal drug use, and five misdemeanors.

His girlfriend that was in the car had the same charges and resolved her case last May. She got all charges dropped except two drug related charges and they were reduced to misdemeanors. She was fined $3,500 of which $2,000 was suspended. Her drug treatment charges of $1,434 was credited against the remaining $1,500.

Walkers charges in Arizona from this incident has been resolved and has a hearing on August 29th for that. Now faces the charges in Utah and some in Nevada. Court records report that two weeks prior to this incident, he was arrested in California for possession of a controlled substance for sale.

There is a lot more to this story so please click HERE to read more. It sounds like he is going to get off pretty easy, to know ones surprise.

UPDATE #12 - FACT - (6-29-14 @ 9:53 pm CST) - I finally got information regarding Tyler Walker. To no surprise, the case was continued again until July 15. Thanks to Joyce Kuzmanic of the St. George News for that information.

Also, I contacted Kevin Jenkins from TheSpectrum.com. The following is his response to my email....The prosecution has apparently decided not to pursue imprisonment in the case, and has not had a lot of information when I’ve inquired about Tyler and his codefendant Raelle McDonald. Both have been scheduled to mail in their part of a plea agreement with the prosecution on several occasions, only to have the “plea by mail” delayed for another month or few while they completed drug treatment, apparently.

Raelle did finally complete a plea by mail about a month and a half ago. Tyler’s next hearing is scheduled July 15, but I can’t predict if he’ll actually be ready to complete the plea or if it will again be delayed. Raelle pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of drug possession and other charges were dismissed. She is on probation for three years and was fined $3,500, with $2,000 of the amount suspended. The remaining $1,500 apparently includes a $1,000 surcharge plus interest, but she can get credit against it of up to $1,434 for the cost of her drug evaluation and treatment, plus probation fees, and I confess I’m not clear on how the math all works. But, bottom line, she has to pay $50 per month for 30 months, with a final payment of $44.30.

Tyler’s plea agreement may eventually be pretty similar, but since he was the driver I don’t know if there will be more to it than Raelle’s situation. We’ll see what happens next month.

Shortly after their arrest here, I learned of a drug-related arrest at his residence in California right around the same time as the incident here. I filed a records request with the police department there, but they took months to respond and then told me they’d lost the request and I’d have to refile it. I didn’t refile it, primarily because I’ve repeatedly expected the case to be resolved before the California department would get around to responding. When I’ve asked prosecutors here about the particulars of the California case, they’ve said they don’t know about it.

UPDATE #11 - FACT - (6-27-14 @ 9:03 pm CST) - I've been getting several emails asking me if I have an update on the Tyler Walker case. I don't. Trust me, as soon as I get anything on this, I will post it here. I will not keep it from you...:).

UPDATE #10 - FACT - (4-1-14 @ 2:45 pm) - This is no April Fools joke although it would classify as a great one....Tyler Walker was suppose to be sentenced today for his multiple state high speed chase and drug offenses. Once again it was continued until June 10th. This is crazy..ridiculous..stupid..wasting everyone's time..etc. I can't believe our judicial system sometimes.

Thanks to Scott Heineken of the St. George News for sending me this information once again.

UPDATE #9 - FACT - (3-28-14 @ 7:15 am) - An update on the story that will not end...Tyler Walker was suppose to have his sentencing hearing on March 18 but that didn't happen. The new date set for sentencing has been moved to Tuesday, April 1. How appropriate..April FOOLS Day!

UPDATE #8 - FACT - (2-7-14 @ 3:45 pm) - an update in the trial that will not end. Tyler Walker was to have his trial that was set for February 4th. At the hearing the prosecutor and defense attorney approached the Judge at the bench and after a very short private conversation the judge continued the sentencing until March 18 at 9 a.m. So, Tyler has another month and a half of freedom (at least) before he learns his fate from his drunken high speed chase that occurred well over a year ago. Thanks to Scott Heineken of the St. George News for sending me this information.

This entire thing is a joke. He is guilty, we all know he is guilty and yet he remains a free man after more than a year has passed since his arrest.

UPDATE #7 - FACT - (1-10-14 @ 5:00 pm) - And the story that will not find an ending...The Tyler Walker plea deal that was set for January 7th has been postponed again. The new hearing is scheduled for February 4th, 2014. It was delayed "in anticipation of a plea-by-mail...whatever that means. You can read the story that appeared in the STGnews.com by clicking HERE.

UPDATE #6 - FACT - (11-29-13 @ 8:15 am) - Tyler Walker will be entering a plea-by-mail on January 7, 2014 for that three state high speed chase that ended in Utah earlier this year. Facing multiple misdemeanor and felony charges, Walkers lawyer said they have scheduled a one day hearing to hear the plea-by-mail. Source: StGeorgeUtah.com 11-27-13...click HERE for the article.

UPDATE #5 - FACT - (7-19-13 @ 12:30 am) - Posted on TheSpectrum.com is an update on Tyler Walker. Walker plead not guilty in this case. he waived an evidentiary hearing in the case and asked the court to accept teh pleas through their attourney, Douglas Terry...Walker was not present in court for the hearing. The review hearing is scheduled for September 5th at 10:30 am.

Walker is being charged with three felonie counts and five misdemeanors. You can read the full article by clicking HERE.

UPDATE #4 - FACT - (5-21-13 @ 10:50 am) - An update on the never ending saga of Tyler Walker. A fan of IBRACN.com brought this article to my attention and I appreciate it. TheSpectrum.com ran a article on Tyler Walker on May 16th. It states that Tyler is scheduled to appear in court on June 13th for a review of evidence hearing in the case. The purpose is to determine if the prosecution has sufficient evidence to continue to trial.

The defense attourney stated Walker has been working on a plea deal but are going ahead with the evidencual hearing in the meantime. In the article, it states that Redondo Beach, CA police reported an arrest at Tyler's California address two weeks prior to this incident on a charge of possession of a controlled substance for sale. The story never ends for this guy.

You can read the full article by clicking HERE.

UPDATE #3 - FACT - (4-4- 13 @ 2:40 pm) - I have it confirmed from a news reporter covering the story for TheSpectrum.com that all charges are still current against Tyler Walker. They have not been dropped, altered, or changed in any way. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 15th but it is a second roll call where a trial date will be set.

On the stage of innocent until proven guilty, Tyler is a free man. I have no idea what his restrictions are regarding traveling but he could drive a sprint car in the mean time...the question is how far can he travel to race? Stay tuned...I'll keep digging.

UPDATE #2 - FACT - (4-3-13 @ 11:40 pm) - Apparently this story is being reported on in AARN (Area Auto Racing News). I am not a subscriber but reading what others are posting about the article, AARN states that the #35 team will have Tyler Walker in the car and run at Williams Grove and Port Royal. BUT, I'm hearing Walkers next trial date is April 15th so there is a lot that has to happen before he sees the seat of a sprint car any time soon. I'm still checing on some stuff regarding Tylers current legal status.

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (4-3-13 @ 2:20 pm) - I've been receiving information regarding Tyler Walker's status and rumors about him returning to the seat of a sprint car in PA this summer. So, I've been doing some digging to see what I can find out about Tyler and I haven't been able to find out much. I found an article written by Mori Kessler on February 5th on the StGeorgeUtah.com HERE that states the following charges that Tyler faces. They are as follows.....Tyler faces several class B and class C misdemeanors related to drug possession and alcohol. He faces two drug-related third felonies. Also, Walker faces a class B misdemeanor for DUI, and a third degree felony for fleeing from police. The article states that the initial court date was postponed and rescheduled for March 11th but I have yet to find out what happened on March 11.

I've been told that Tyler Walker is still the driver of the Sorokach Motorsports #35. If the team wants to race and Tyler can't make it, Jessica Zemken will be the driver as JZ posted on her Facebook page. I'll keep digging for info. on this case and see what is happening.

FACT - (1-31-13 @ 6:30 pm) - Story broke this afternoon that Tyler Walker was arrested in Utah after a high speed chase that started in Nevada, went through Arizona and ended in Utah. Tyler was arrested for multiple charges and methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and alcohol were found in the car. The chase started when Nevada police tried to stop Walker for speeding. You can read the rest of the story by clicking HERE.

You have to feel sorry for a guy like this but when someone has had several chances and still doesn't figure it out, it is hard to. He needs help and I hope he finally gets it for himself. Hopefully this is rock bottom for him and he turns his life around. Talent wasted.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
TID BITS

TID BITS

3/12/2015

FACT - (3-12-15 @ 1:00 pm CST) - 1- Sheldon Haudenschild is looking for a full time mechanic for his XXX #93 sprint car. Sheldon posted on his Twitter account that he's looking for help for the 2015 season. 2- Matt Wood Racing and driver Bryan Clauson is still looking for a crew chief for the Elk Grove Ford #17. Matt Wood stated that they have have a number of applicants but haven't found the one guy that fits within the team the best. The team is racing in California this weekend without a crew chief. Contact Matt Wood if you are interested. 3- Eagle Raceway is asking for everyone that will have a 14-17 year old child entering the pits at any time during the 2015 racing season, please have the "Minor Waiver Form" completed and turned in before the start of the season. Go to the Eagle Raceway web page and complete the form. 4- Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, MO is back in business. The city of Grain Valley has developed a new conditional use permit for the track to keep it open for the 2015 season. There are a lot of restrictions to the new conditional permit. The city increased the decibel limit from 65 to 85 at the property edge. There are other limitations such as building codes, limiting the number of race dates, and curfews. Go to RacinBoys.com for more on the story. 5- It was announced yesterday that Steve Kinser will be joining the field at Quincy Raceway on July 23 for the "Biggest Night of Racing in Quincy History". Kinser "agreed to terms" to join the track when the WoO late models race there...meaning he gets show up money which will probably be the norm for Steve Kinser during the 2015 racing season. You can read the full story by clicking HERE.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
NEW PARTNER - PRINCESS RACE WEAR

NEW PARTNER - PRINCESS RACE WEAR

3/12/2015

FACT - (3-12-15 @ 11:00 am CST) - I am happy to announce that IBRACN.com has a new partner to ad to the family. Cheri Wheatley and Princess Race Wear has come on board. Here is the press release sent out by InsideLine Promotions...Princess Race Wear has been in the works since Cheri Wheatley started attending races as a youngster. "For girls who wanted to wear something associated with racing it usually meant putting on a t-shirt that was marketed to guys," she said. "I have always thought there was a need for apparel to focus on the women who are into racing and that's how Princess Race Wear was conceived."

Wheatley, who has been involved in short track racing at every aspect ranging from a fan to a car owner, recently launched the apparel company that has an emphasis "for women to feel comfortable and confident regardless of whether they are at the race track, the mall or lounging at home." "Even if you're on the fence about racing, Princess Race Wear offers great styles and great apparel," Wheatley said. "The goal of the whole line is to have fun and create unique styles for all ages."
Princess Race Wear also offers the ability to customize apparel with embroidery or rhinestones, which can include a driver name or car number.
"It's a whole new way of looking at race apparel for the true ladies of racing," Wheatley said. "It's never been done this way. It's something completely new, but it has been needed in racing."
Apparel options include t-shirts, sweatshirts, zip-up sweatshirts, sweatpants, tank tops, hats, beanies, coats and sachet bags among other items. For more information about the apparel company, visit www.PrincessRaceWear.com.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown