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NSL vs HUSET'S...UPDATE #1

NSL vs HUSET'S...UPDATE #1

5/26/2015

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (5-26-15 @ 7:00 am CST) - To be fair, here is Huset's reasoning behind the decision to cancel the NSL race which was posted on the tracks Facebook page on Monday... We've faced a lot of questions about Sunday's event. Here's what we can explain about our thought process.
While we certainly are not in the business of doing our business over social media, but here's an explanation.
In retrospect, it is easy to say that the race should have been cancelled at noon. However, at that time, it was misting at the track and the NWS forecast that we called to get said they were considering significantly decreasing the chance of afternoon rain. With that information, we decided to wait a bit and see how it worked out.
By 2:00, we still had only received some mist. The racing surface was fine and because of how we had previously packed the infield area, it too was fine. I’m confident we could have put cars on the infield with only 30 minutes or so of work.
By 3:00, we’re confident that we’re going to race as the mist has stopped and the pavement is turning dry. At this point, we’ve considered that Monday is a holiday and one of the few race days we have each year that the majority of the teams/fans do not have to work the following morning. The decision is made that we can even start the event as late at 8:30 or 9:00 as we can see on radar that another small shower will soon pass over the track but we’re told it should end by 5:00 and that would be the end of the precipitation.
However, as that small line of showers entered the Sioux Falls area, it bloomed into a much larger cell. Huset’s staff members, with decades of experience working on this dirt, carefully watched the infield area for it to turn from workable to a loss. That happened during this rain shower. At exactly 4:36, it was decided that we would not be able to work the infield and get the event started. Best case scenario at that point was to start racing at midnight or cancel. We cancelled.
That meant going back through the facility and turning off all the concession equipment that was warming, some food was prepared and that was thrown away or given to staff members who were already there and working in preparation for the event.
So to go back to the original idea of cancelling at noon, that would have been easy. However, if that last rain shower had not grown just before arriving here, we would have looked like fools for that decision and faced a similar outcry.

FACT - (5-25-15 @ 9:30 am CST) - Verbal shots have been fired. Huset's Speedway was suppose to host the National Sprint League Sunday night. The track received rain all day with no signs of letting up. Steve Rubin (promoter at Huset's) refused to cancel and said they will do whatever it takes to get the show in. Finally, the decision came to cancel the show at 4:41 pm on Huset's Twitter account. With most of the NSL teams already in town, Steve told race director, Chuck Zitterich that the drivers can just run the 360 race the next night at the track. Huset's was asked to run their NSL race on Monday, with the 360 race but Huset's refused. Bottom line, Rubin was stalling as long as he could to get some of the NSL teams in town, hoping some of the teams would stick around and run the Loren Barstad Memorial on Monday.

Tod Quiring posted the following on his Facebook page.... Steve Rubin did not cancel the NSL race this morning because his intention was to get all of our guys there and cancel tonight and then have the 5 NSL guys that have 360's race tomorrow night and try and get around what the NSL has put together for the good of the fans and drivers. Why didn't Mr. Rubin put on a two day NSL 410 show? Ask him! I know why? Anyway what the NSL has put together is nothing like anyone else has ever done. Our NSL drivers have their own choice to race at Huset's tomorrow. Let's get these promoters thinking about racing instead of the $$$! But the choice is...not run at Huset's or run at Huset's and risk loosing tow money and point fund money. Tod sent out text messages to all (or most) NSL teams stating that they are not allowed to run the 360 race at Huset's without risking the loss of the point/tow money.

This is why the WoO have their rule in place to restrict their drivers from racing in non-WoO races...promoters wanting specific drivers at their shows without paying those respective organization fees.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
WJ TO RETIRE

WJ TO RETIRE

5/23/2015

FACT - (5-23-15 @ 8:11 am CST) - The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a internet program on Thursday night called Spritn Car 101. I've looked for an archive of the show but can't find one. Their guest for the night was Wayne Johnson. The conversation went many different directions from the current season, to his career, to sprint car racing in general. During the interview, he stated that he plans to retire from sprint car racing after the 2016 racing season. He said that he promised his wife, before they got married, that he would retire after 2016. He said that he could be persuaded to stay in the seat if a top notch ride was offered to him but as of today, he plans to retire. He stated that he may be taking over the role of crew chief or team mentor. He stated that he has a few things in the works but didn't state specifics.

The end of the 2016 season is a long way off and things change in sprint car racing like the weather so we will see how this plays out.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
HAWKEYE IS HISTORY

HAWKEYE IS HISTORY

5/22/2015

STRONG RUMOR - (5-22-15 @ 11:20 pm CST) - I'm seeing multiple reports that the Hawkeye Racing News is closing down its newspaper business. The auto racing newspaper has been around for as long as I can remember, based out of Vinton, Iowa. Sad to see another auto racing newspaper stopping production.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
BOESPFLUG BOLTS...UPDATE #1

BOESPFLUG BOLTS...UPDATE #1

5/22/2015

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (5-22-15 @ 11:20 pm CST) - Chad Boespflug didn't stay unemployeed very long. Chad's new ride is the Amati Racing #66. He ran the car for the first time tonight (Friday) to a fourth place finish. Chad is heading out to California in the morning to race then back to Indiana on Sunday. CJ Leary and crew chief Derek Claxton will be in the Baldwin #5 now.

FACT - (5-12-15 @ 1:50 pm CST) - Indiana sprint car driver, Chad Boespflug announced on his Facebook page that he has decided to leave the Baldwin Brothers racing team. Chad stated that he didn't feel the team was gelling very well, he wasn't having fun racing with the team, and some sponsor commitments were not fulfilled.

As far as Chad's future plans, he is actively seeking new opportunities. He has a few possibilities but nothing lined up yet. He still has his own NineEight Motorsports #98 if some marketing partners would wish to come on board.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
BUCH IS BACK?

BUCH IS BACK?

5/21/2015

RUMOR - (5-21-15 @ 5:30 pm CST) - Central PA Sprint Car News is reporting that it is very possible that we will see the Tom Buch Motorsports #13 back at the track soon. He stated that Buch didn't state how soon the team could make its return but said it sounds like things are occurring so the return of the yellow #13 is likely.

The Buch #13 hasn't races since Jason Leffler's accident that took his life at Bridgeport Speedway (NJ) on June 12, 2013.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
BAKER IN HOSPITAL

BAKER IN HOSPITAL

5/21/2015

FACT - (5-21-15 @ 9:00 am CST) - Oregon sprint car driver, Colin Baker, is in the hospital fighting off a rare genetic disorder called Wilson's disease. This disease makes the body unable to get rid of copper which can build up and cause damage to vital organs. Teh majority of cases result in liver failure. Colin's condition is affecting his brain as well. Medication is the only treatment at this point. Baker is in intensive care but has been getting better each day. There has been a GoFundMe page set up to help cover medical bills. Go to www.gofundme.com/colinbaker.

Colin is the 2014 Cottage Grove Speedway track champion in Cottage Grove, OR. If you want to send Colin well wishes, please go to Ted Baker's Facebook (Colin's dad) page and leave a message. (this information was taken from a press release sent out by Ben Deatherage on Wednesday)

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
DOLLANSKY RUMOR...UPDATE #2

DOLLANSKY RUMOR...UPDATE #2

5/21/2015

UPDATE #2 - FACT - (5-21-15 @ 5:30 pm CST) - I've been getting a lot of questions about Craig Dollansky and the Roth Motorsports #83 car. I've heard a lot of rumors about the team. My most reliable source tells me that the combination has not split and that the team is regrouping. The team is taking time off to build cars to Craig's liking. They had to build a car as well so just needed time to regroup and be better prepared for the schedule. Look for this team to return soon.

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (5-7-15 @ 4:30 pm CST) - In another driver change for the Roth Motorsports #83, Kyle Hirst has decided to leave the #83 and go back home to California and continue his driving career. He will be jumping back into the Roth #83jr. Dennis Roth has named Craig Dollansky as the new interim driver. Reading the PR, it appears the hire is for the weekend and then will see after that. Here is the link to the Petersen Media Press Release.

RUMOR - (5-2-15 @ 12:15 pm CST) - There was a post on Facebook from a guy that said he talked to Craig. He said that Craig stated that he is working on things to put together his own team again. He is building his cars and working on funding at this time with the hopes to return to the tack as soon as possible. That is all that was posted.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
HISTORY IS MADE

HISTORY IS MADE

5/17/2015

FACT - (5-17-15 @ 7:55 pm CST) - History was made on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. With most tracks in the region cancelling due to rain, 81 sprint cars filled the pits. Justin Henderson won the 410 feature, Wayne Johnson won the 360 feature, and McKenna Haase won the 305 feature.

The 305 feature is where history was made. Haase became the first female to win a feature event at the historical half mile dirt track. Many have tried but McKenna finally got the job done. Haase is an 18 year old female driver from Des Moines, Iowa and in her second year of driving a 305 sprint car. This young woman has talent so keep an eye on this up and coming driver.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
TEAM SPLITS - TAKE 2... UPDATE #3

TEAM SPLITS - TAKE 2... UPDATE #3

5/17/2015

UPDATE #3 - FACT - (5-17-15 @ 7:40 pm CST) - The World of Outlaws are at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, NY tonight and there is no Roth Motorsports #83. Craig Dollansky took over the ride after Kyle Hirst left it to go back home to California to race. Dollansky had a tough go of it in his new ride. He had to use the teams last provisional until June to get into the A main at Williams Grove only to crash out in the opening laps.

My guess...the team has been called back to California to re-group.

UPDATE #2 - FACT - (4-21-15 @ 9:40 pm CST) - Kyle Hirst has been named the new driver of the Roth Motorsports #83. He will reunite with the Roth team. For the past two years, Hirst has driven to two consecutive King of the West sprint car series titles in the #83jr car.

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (4-21-15 @ 3:00 pm CST) - It is official. David Gravel is out of the Roth Motorsports #83 but quickly found a home in the Destiny Motorsports #7 car. A press release was just sent out.

RUMOR - (4-21-15 @ 2:40 pm CST) - I'm now hearing that David Gravel is out of the Roth Motorsports car. More details coming soon.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
DISH DROPS MAVTV

DISH DROPS MAVTV

5/14/2015

FACT - (5-12-15 @ 5:20 pm CST) - Dish has dropped MAVTV. MAVTV is one of the only networks that show auto racing and the only one that shows dirt track racing on a regular basis. It has been offered with Dish as part of a outdoor sports package for an additional $4.00 to their bill. Contact the Dish Network to let them know how you feel. The following was posted on Cory Kruseman's Facebook page...We need help! Please contact @dishnetwork they have dropped @mavtv contract and are not going to be airing anymore of the great TV racing shows! Can you imagine no more racing on TV! I always ask all of our people to please help out partners! This is a fight for us the people! Please show they are making a big mistake! ?#?dishnetworkneedsMavTv? please make your voice be heard ?#?racersliketv? ?#?sprintcars?

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown