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TASO'S CLOSES

TASO'S CLOSES

1/28/2015

FACT - (1-28-15 @ 10:45 am CST) - KNIAKRLS.com is reporting that Taso's has closed their doors. Monday was the last day of operation for the downtown Knoxville, Iowa business. The article states that this is a permanent closure as equipment and other materials were removed from the location on Tuesday.

This business has been a staple for sprint car fans for many years. Honestly, I have never eaten at the restaurant but it has become a ritual for many race fans. It seems that the town of Knoxville is becoming the start of a ghost town with a lot of empty buildings that use to have businesses in them.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
OFFER MADE...UPDATE #5

OFFER MADE...UPDATE #5

1/28/2015

UPDATE #5 - FACT - (1-28-15 @ 7:30 am CST) - It is now official. National Speed Sport News released the information this morning. Tony Stewart did buy the All-Stars as well as the Renegade Sprints and will both run under the All-Star banner. The link to the rest of the story on the NSSN press release doesn't work so I can't read the rest of the story. I will post more later.

UPDATE #4 - STRONG RUMOR - (1-26-15 @ 8:25 pm CST) - I've been told that the Renegades did have a meeting last Saturday to discuss what is going on in sprint car racing in Ohio, specifically the All-Stars and Renegades. The group was told that not much can be said until Tony Stewart and Roger Slack make the announcement regarding the purchase of the All-Stars. I do know (or my sources do know) that the Renegade Sprint Series will be blended in with the All-Stars in some way or fashion. From what I hear, the announcement is very close to being released...as stated previously. It appears that making sure the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed on the paperwork is what is keeping the announcement from being released....thanks to Guy Webb. So, all is looking up for the future of the All-Stars.

UPDATE #3 - STRONG RUMOR - (1-22-15 @ 10:25 am CST) - I've been told that the Renegade Sprint organization is calling a driver meeting to inform them of what is going on with the series as well as with the All-Stars. With the purchase of the All-Stars comes a reunification between the two series. Along with that, I was told last night that Brad McCown (owner/promoter of Atomic Speedway) has switched the seven Renegade sprint shows back to three All-Star shows. It is looking more and more like this split will be resolved before the racing season begins in Ohio...still hearing this will most likely be finalized after the All-Star shows in Florida.

UPDATE #2 - STRONG RUMOR - (1-20-15 @ 5:00 pm CST) - Here is what I know, what I think I know, or what I've been told by sources. The All-Stars (Guy Webb) are in negotiations to sell the series to Tony Stewart Racing. I've been told everything from the deal is done to negotiations are ongoing. Sources state with TSR buying the series, there will be efforts to work with the newly formed Renegade Sprint Series to some degree. This deal may not become official until after the February race dates down in Florida, where the All-Stars start off their season. I'm being told to look for a press release from Roger Slack in the near future.

I always get a little skeptical about things when Tony Stewart's name is involved. Race fans think that Stewart is the savior of all tracks/series with problems and the only rumor to come true was the Eldora purchase. With that said, I have a couple of really good sources for this information....guess we will see before long.

UPDATE #1 - STRONG RUMOR - (1-16-15 @ 7:25 am CST) - I received word that the sale of the All-Stars has been finalized. My source didn't know who the new owner(s) are but this will be announced shortly.

STRONG RUMOR - (12-31-14 @ 8:40 am CST) - In light of the remarks made by current All-Star Circuit of Champions owner, Guy Webb, I'm hearing that there is a serious offer on the table to buy the series.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
SOME FACTUAL TID BITS

SOME FACTUAL TID BITS

1/26/2015

FACT - (1-26-15 @ 8:40 pm CST) - 1- Jake Martens and the Martens Racing team announced that they will be fielding a USAC Silver Crown car for driver Brady Bacon for the 2015 season. They will continue to field a 360 sprint car for Jake Martens as well. This team is based out of Oklahoma. 2- Ryan Bunton wants to go to Florida. The #7 team has a car ready but the trailer isn't ready to go. He is looking for anyone that has a triler that they would be willing to rent them for the trip. Contact Ryan at @RyanBunton on Twitter if you are interested. 3- Ohio's Nate Dussell announced that he is moving up to the 410 class. He will be driving the #40DD car out of Ohio. 4- Coldren motorsports has a new driver. Mark has stepped out of the #07 machine and will be hiring Steve Buckwalter to drive the blue machine. He will be in the seat for 20-30 shows in 2015 as well as his regular #17B ride. 5- The rookie class for Fremont Speedway is looking strong. Nate Dussel, Tyler Gunn, TJ Michael, and Jimmy Colvin all have confirmed plans to compete in the 410 class at Fremont Speedway in 2015. 6- Is RW Motorsports closing the doors on the race shop? The following was posted on the teams Facebook page about an hour ago.... Its been a fun ride! Thank you to all of our sponsors, fans, drivers, and close friends for the great times! Evan. In the comment section, RW stated that there will be an announcement coming out soon from the owners. Doesn't look good.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
2015 CANCELLED...UPDATE #2

2015 CANCELLED...UPDATE #2

1/26/2015

UPDATE #2 - FACT - (1-26-15 @ 8:35 pm CST) - It looks as if Davey Hamilton is going to save the day in Florida. Last weekend, there was a meeting held to discuss the future of winged pavement sprint car racing in the state. Hamilton is going to start a new series for the pavement sprint car group. The TBARA's name will be switched to the Southern Super Sprints and will operate under the King of the Wing Series.

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (1-20-15 @ 5:10 pm CST) - There is a glimmer of hope for the Florida pavement sprint cars. Davey Hamilton called a meeting for this upcoming weekend to discuss the future of pavement racing. There is life.

FACT - (1-13-15 @ 10:30 am CST) - I've been taking a break from updating this web site due to other things but time to get back on the saddle and do this thing....the TBARA 360 Pavement sprint car series cancelled their 2015 racing season. On January 10th, a meeting was held to vote in new club officers and it didn't go well....as a result the organization has cancelled the 2015 tour. A serious blow to a group that has about 30 winged 360 pavement sprint cars wanting a place to race.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
CHANGES AT MOTTER...UPDATE #1

CHANGES AT MOTTER...UPDATE #1

1/26/2015

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (1-26-15 @ 6:25 pm CST) - As you may have all heard, Randy Wolfe is the new crew chief of the Motter Motorsports #71m. Randy is the father of PA hot shoe Lucas Wolfe as well as having been a ex-sprint car driver. Now, according to the Motter Motorsports web site, the entire team crewing on the #71m is from PA.

FACT - (12-6-14 @ 11:15 am CST) - MotterMotorsports.com posted that there are some changes coming for the #71m team. Joey Saldana will stay on as the pilot of the yellow bullets but a change at the crew chief position will happen. Davey Whitworth has elected to step down from the crew chief duties due to a post season surgery and medical concerns. Crew member Sean Strausbaugh will remain with the team. Crew member Tommy Waseleski has left the team to resume working for Motter Equipment and run a late model. A lot of changes for the #71m team but they continue to make progress to kick off the 2015 World of Outlaw season. Follow the Motter Motorsports team by clicking HERE.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
ABREU A K&N PRO

ABREU A K&N PRO

1/21/2015

FACT - (1-21-15 @ 8:40 am CST) - By now, you have heard that Rico Abreu will be jumping into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with HScott Motorsports and Justin Marks. The 15 race schedule will be Rico's priority for the 2015 racing series. Rico stated that he plans to run 110-120 races this year so sprint car/midget fans will still get plenty of opportunity to see Rico on the dirt tracks. Rico did test the K&N car yesterday. His first race will be February 15 at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
YOUNG RACING NEWS

YOUNG RACING NEWS

1/20/2015

FACT - (1-20-15 @ 5:15 pm CST) - I received word that Niki Young will be driving the Pinter #92 in 2015. The Pinter equipment is sitting in the Young race shop getting prepared right now. The team will race weekly at Lincoln Speedway.

Also, Niki's son will join the sprint car driver ranks. Cole Young will be in a 358 sprint car. The 14 year old will drive the #17 at Lincoln, Susquehanna, and other area tracks this summer.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
STP OUT

STP OUT

1/20/2015

FACT - (1-20-15 @ 2:40 pm CST) - The World of Outlaws sent out a press release showing off their new logo and announcing that STP will not be back as the title sponsor. The PR stated that the points fund will remain the same as the 2014 payout.

RUMOR Also, I'm hearing that STP has left Tony Stewart Racing and the Donny Schatz team. Reports are that there is a entire new look for the #15 and it does have a primary sponsor that will replace the STP logo.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
CHIAPPELLI'S NEW DRIVER

CHIAPPELLI'S NEW DRIVER

1/19/2015

FACT - (1-19-15 @ 6:00 pm CST) - Chiappelli Motorsports out of PA has named their new driver of the Golden Flavor Sesame Sticks #98....Tyler Bear is the driver. The team will compete at Port Royal Speedway on a regular basis. Bear will be a rookie in the 410 class in 2015.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown
DRIVER SHOT IN DRIVE BY...UPDATE #1

DRIVER SHOT IN DRIVE BY...UPDATE #1

1/19/2015

UPDATE #1 - FACT - (1-19-15 @ 6:00 pm CST) - Derek Hagar did confirm that he was shot in the arm while at the Chili Bowl. Sounds like he will be okay but a memorable CB for Derek for sure.

STRONG RUMOR - (1-17-15 @ 3:40 pm CST) - Several reports coming out of Tulsa stating that sprint car driver, Derek Hagar, got shot last night while in Tulsa, OK. He was at the strip club Cloud 9 when a drive by shooting occurred. Reports are that he was hit in the arm or shoulder by a stray bullett. He will be ok but a scary event in Tulsa.

Article Credit: Brad "IBRACN" Brown