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A NEW SPRINT CAR SERIES

A NEW SPRINT CAR SERIES

7/28/2014

RUMOR - (7-28-14 @ 11:15 am CST) - I'm hearing there is a group of people in Ohio that has formed a new sprint car series. This series will rival the All-Stars Circuit of Champions. The Helm's out of NW Ohio is the name that I'm getting as to who will be running the series. They hope to have 20 races scheduled before the year is over. The group wants to run in Central Ohio and west to western PA. I'm told a press release it being formed now and should be out any day now. This is all of the information I have on this deal but looks to be competing against the All-Stars for drivers and race dates.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
LIL HAUD HAS A RIDE...UPDATE #1

LIL HAUD HAS A RIDE...UPDATE #1

7/26/2014

UDPATE #1 - FACT - (7-26-14 @ 5:00 pm CST) - This is now fact as I got it confirmed by Sheldon Haudenschild via Twitter. He said that he is in the car tonight at Knoxville for a tune up and then will be in the car for the 360 and 410 Nationals.

RUMOR - (7-24-14 @ 8:30 pm CST) - Sheldon Haudenschild will be back at Knoxville for both the 360 and 410 nationals. Sheldon will be driving the Bolz Farms #1B. Most of you are probably not familiar with this car. Robby Wolfgang drove this car last year and Jordan Boston was in it this year until recently. Is isn't a fancy car by any means but it is fast. Look for the white #1B with a blue number with Lil Haud driving.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
BOLZ AND BOSTON SPLIT...UPDATE #1

BOLZ AND BOSTON SPLIT...UPDATE #1

7/26/2014

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (7-26-14 @ 5:00 pm CST) - This is a fact now as I've learned Sheldon Haudenschild is in the car this weekend at Knoxville and for both the 360 and 410 nationals.

STRONG RUMOR - (7-24-14 @ 10:05 am CST) - This is all but official but since there is no press release or official comment from the parties involved, I'm classifying this as a strong rumor. Also, it may be old news to many local NE sprint fans as well.

Nebraska driver Jordan Boston was released from the Bolz Farms #1B recently. There have been some races over the past few weeks in Nebraska and no #1B or Jordan Boston was spotted at the track. That lead to a lot of speculation about the status of this team. Then last weekend, Bronson Maeschen was driving the car at Knoxville Raceway and finished 19th in the feature.

Boston ran a few races at the end of last season with this team. They seemed to be making good progress along the way. Jordan ran fourth in a heat race against the WoO in his first ever start in a 410 sprint car. The A feature didn't go so well as he flipped and destroyed a car, finishing 25th. He was leading the A feature at Eagle Raceway during the ASCS National Tour stop there but Cap Henry performed a dirty slide job and contact was made coming out of turn four and that sent Boston flipping. No official word on Boston's plans or the Bolz Farms #1B driver.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
OSKY BONUS FOR NE DRIVERS

OSKY BONUS FOR NE DRIVERS

7/24/2014

FACT - (7-24-14 @ 10:00 am CST) - There is a bonus for those NE 360 Sprint Series drivers that are planning on making their way over to the Front Row Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA. There is a $300 bonus up for grabs. But, there has to be more than one NE 360 Sprint Series driver racing in that event and they must be a member of the NE 360 Sprint Series. This bonus is courtesy of Butler Motor Speedway, Brent Pick and staff.

So far I've seen Jack Dover and Billy Alley making their way over to race in this ASCS National Tour event. Good luck to the Nebraska drivers/teams that take on the best the 360's have to offer.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
LUCK RUNS OUT ....UPDATE #3

LUCK RUNS OUT ....UPDATE #3

7/24/2014

FACTS - UPDATE #3 - (7-24-14 @ 9:20 am CST) - Former Jason Meyers team owner, Chris Luck has plead guilty in federal court to three counts involving securities fraud, mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. His sentencing is set for November 24th in San Jose. Luck faces up to 60 years in prison and a $5,5 million fine. You can read the article by clicking HERE.

FACTS - UPDATE #2 - (12-24-12 @ 9:00 am) - On December 21, 2012, the US Attorney's office released a statement that Chris Luck is one of three men that have been indicted for many felony charges, including mail fraud. Luck, as well as his two partners in GLR Investments, are accused of stealing $60 million in investors money. He is due in court on January 17, 2013. You can read all about it by clicking HERE.

FACTS - UPDATE #1 - (6-4-12 @ 9:30 am) - An official statement from the Black Bandit #19 racing team sent to me this morning..... "The #19 team will compete as scheduled and looks forward to competing for wins as it gears up for a run at the 2013 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship."


STRONG RUMOR SOME FACTS - (6-1-12 @ 11:15 pm) - Earlier this week, it was announced that John Geringer (Manager of GLR Growth Fund) is under federal investigation by the SEC for running what appears to be a ponsie scheme. You can read about it HERE.

GLR Growth Fund is partially owned by sprint car team owner Chris Luck. Luck was part owner in CL Motorsports that Stevie Smith drives for. Now, to make it clear, Chris Luck was NOT named in the suit. BUT, if you go to The Black Bandi web site you will notice that Chris Luck is no longer listed as one of the team owners. The Clemens have taken over full ownership of the #19 team.

Now my RUMOR and SPECULATION on this deal. Is it a coincidence that Chris Luck leaves the CL Motorsports #19 on the same day that Sam Havertepe, Jr. was fired from the Zemco Racing #1 car? The car Stevie has driven for over the last several years. Could it be that Zemco has made room for Stevie Smith's return so the #19 team can be dissolved? This is a very interesting situation and we will have to see how it develops but if I were a betting man, I'd bet this will happen very soon.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
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