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Friday, December 2, 2016

Fastrak Champion Knight Ready For Showdown In Savannah At OSP

Cla Knight of North Augusta, SC celebrates winning his second Fastrak Pro Late Model Championship with his family and crew at Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, GA on November 20.  Knight made Fastrak history in 2016 by becoming the first driver to win the Southeast Region and Mid-Ohio Valley Region Championships in the same season driving the Augusta Aquatics Longhorn.  (Photo By Jule Coffee )  


SAVANNAH, GA – The 2016 Fastrak Pro Late Model Southeast and Mid-Ohio Valley Champion Cla Knight of North Augusta, SC will be one of the top entrants at the $10,000-to-win 19th Annual Showdown In Savannah for Crate Late Models this Thursday through Saturday at Oglethorpe Speedway Park.

Knight is a driver that has come into his own in the second half of the 2016 season with wins and top five finishes in some of the biggest Crate Late Model Races in the Southeastern United States. Knight made Fastrak history this season by becoming the first driver to win both the Southeast Region and the Mid-Ohio Valley Region Championships in the same season.

 “After winning the Rookie of the Year and placing fourth in points in two Regions last year, to back it up with Championships in both Regions made it a fun and satisfying season,” Knight said. “This season, I had more experience with a full notebook from the 2015 season to take back to tracks, we upgraded our equipment, and I made better decisions as a driver.”

 Knight won four Fastrak Weekly Racing Series events in 2016, but he seemed to come into his own during the Labor Day Weekend three-race Fastrak East Coast Rumble. Knight opened the trio of races with a Regional win at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN, and then followed that up with his second win in three days at Wythe Raceway in Wytheville, VA.

 In two trips to East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, AL, Knight finished fourth in the Alabama State Championship Race in October, and followed that up with a second-place finish in the National 100 in November. Knight has experience, and more importantly, success at Oglethorpe Speedway Park.

 “I like Oglethorpe Speedway Park and I’ve had some good runs there in the past,” Knight said. “I’ve got a lot of top three finishes there and I finished second last year in the Showdown In Savannah. We run a different compound of tire at the Showdown than we run with Fastrak, so I’m looking forward to getting down there on Thursday to get everything dialed in.”

 Knight will face some tough competition for the 19th Annual Showdown In Savannah. Top entrants will include World of Outlaw hot shoe Brandon Overton of Anderson, SC, who will be driving for former Showdown winning car owner Bobby Kay who had Tuck Trentham driving. Superman Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA will also be looking for the $10,000 top prize.

 The defending Showdown In Savannah winner Cecil Eunice of Blackshear, GA will return to defend his title. Also entered is Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL, Robert Diekemper of Bloomingdale, GA, Travis Pennington of Stapleton, GA, and Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FL.

 Along with the Crate Late Models, the Super Stocks and the Super 4s will be in action for the 19th Annual Showdown In Savannah with each Division competing in a 50-lap $5,000-to-win main event. The Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks will each compete for 20 Laps and $1,500-to-win in their respective main events. The Amateur 4 Division will also be in action with a 10-lap main event each night.

 The Crate Late Models are powered by economical Chevrolet Performance 604 Circle Track Engines that are built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications. Kelcar Motorsports will provide the personnel to scrutinize the Crate Engines and collect tire samples in the Tech Area during the post-race inspection.

 The Showdown In Savannah gives race fans an opportunity to see big track racing on a dirt surface, as Oglethorpe Speedway Park is the last standing half-mile dirt track in South Georgia and North Florida. There have other dirt tracks in each area that have been half-mile in length, but they have either reduced in length or closed. Only OSP has stood the test of time as a half-mile race track.

 The on track action begins on Thursday night, December 1 with an Open Practice Session. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with practice from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pit passes are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and Grandstand admission will be $5.

 Friday night action will feature Qualifying and Heat Races as preliminary events for the big show. The Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks will run Heat and Feature Races on Friday night. Gates open at 5 p.m. with Hot Laps and Qualifying for Crate Late Models and Super Stocks will be at 6:15 p.m. Racing action is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

 Pit passes on Friday night will be $30 for Adults and $15 for children 12 and under. General Admission Grandstand tickets will be $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors and Military, and $5 for children 12 and under.

 Saturday night will see B-Main races and the big money feature events. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with Hot Laps at 6:20 p.m. and Racing scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Pit passes are $40 for Adults and $20 for Children 12 and younger. The Grandstand ticket prices are $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors and Military, and $5 for children 12 and under.

 Oglethorpe Speedway Park is located Northwest of Savannah, GA at 200 Jesup Road, Pooler, GA 31322, or three miles east of I-95 at Exit 102 on U.S. Highway 80. For more information call 912-964-8200, or visit them online at www.ospracing.net. You can also like their Facebook page at Oglethorpe Speedway Park.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Clanton Claims $10,000 Pay Day At The Showdown At Senoia




Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo Credits: Francis Hauke

(November 13, 2016 - Senoia, GA)  Shane Clanton from Zebulon ran flag to flag Saturday night to claim the $10,000 top prize at the inaugural running of the ‘Showdown at Senoia’ year end auto racing extravaganza at the 3/8ths mile bull ring in Senoia.  Clanton jumped in front of polesitter Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN and then held off a late race scare provided by Winston’s Michael Page.

“It’s always good to win.  It’s even better to win close to home,” said Clanton afterwards on the front stretch.
Shane Clanton

The 2015 Craftsman Tools World of Outlaws Late Model Tour champion, Shane Clanton, used the high side of the slick racing gumbo clay to sneak past Owens.  Then he slowly made his way back to the bottom increasing his lead through the middle part of the 60-lap main event.

Michael Page emerged as his strongest contender near the halfway mark and then began to pressure Clanton as the two began to work lapped traffic.  Clanton went low on the slower traffic entering turn three on lap 52 which allowed Page to sneak past on the highside.  But, that tease at the lead was short lived as Clanton charged past the lapped car while Page had to slow slightly giving Clanton the lead back.  That close call was enough for Clanton to turn it up a notch and he pulled away through the final few laps to claim the victory.

Michael Page settled for second place ahead of Evans’ Brandon Overton in third.  Kansas hot shoe Chase Junghans was fourth followed by polesitter Jimmy Owens.  Short track dirt racing ace Scott Bloomquist finished in sixth place while Mississippi’s David Breazeale was seventh.  Acworth’s TJ Reaid was eighth, Tennessee’s Riley Hickman ninth and the race’s hard-charger was Cartersville teenager Zach Leonhardi rounding out the first ten.  Leonhardi started eighteenth after making the field with a win in the second consolation race.

Williams is ‘Lightning’ in NFS Box Stock win Garver, Hoffman, Olson also hit victory lane

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By ROB LEE

LAKE CITY, Fla. (Nov. 12) –  The old adage, of course, is children should be seen and not heard.

Society has distanced itself from that, especially in the racing world and to good results. Mack Williams is a prime example and also may be the feel good story of the season at North Florida Speedway.

The 10-year old Hilliard, Fla. driver sped his Lightning McQueen look alike Box Stock to the 12-lap feature win Saturday evening during his first NFS visit of 2016. He has been competing at another local track.

“I was just trying to stay straight and weave in and out to pass the others,” Williams said in Sunoco Fuels Victory Lane. “They were all just trying to avoid the potholes and I just drove (over) them and I won.”

He was

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Richards Crowned Champion in WoO


Josh Richards 2016 WoO Champ

Billy Moyer Jr. named 2016 Rookie of the Year

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 1, 2016 – After Shane Clanton’s son, Gunnar, helped add the final sparkle to Josh Richards' No. 1 Valvoline/ Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket car, Richards knew it was his time to shine – for the fourth time. Clanton, the defending series champion, passed the torch to Richards Sunday night at the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Night of Champions Banquet.

“I was the little kid playing in the dirt,” said Richards in front of his peers. “You just dream that someday, at the end of the day, you’re the guy at the top winning the championship. I never thought this season would be possible. It just means so much to me, to be able to do what I love to do. This is our fourth time, and it’s [still] overwhelming. It wouldn’t have been possible without everyone who put their faith and support in me.”

Richards’ dream season was a culmination of his consistent performances and the solid work ethic of his team. The Mark Richards Racing driver went home with some serious hardware: a trophy, ring, a Craftsman® toolbox, and a $100,000 check. He was last crowned champion in 2013.

But Richards wasn’t the only member of his team to earn recognition. Team owner and Rocket Chassis founder Mark Richards was honored with the Chassis Builder of the Year Award, and Crew Chief Danny White received the Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Year Award.

“I don’t know if I really deserve it, but it’s neat,” said White, who joined the tour in 2011. “Rick Eckert took a big leap of faith with me [in 2011]. I sent him a resume, and he called me the next day saying, ‘Yeah, we’d like to try you out.’ He kept the faith in me and got me to where I am today. I think Mark [Richards] has more confidence in me than I have in me. That builds me up and lets me do my job, and I’m doing things I would have never dreamed of.”

Andy Durham, the owner of Durham Engines, took home the Engine Builder of the Year Award. Durham manufactured Richards’ power plants for the year, and as a token of his appreciation, Josh Richards gave the Craftsman toolbox to him so, “he can keep the hard work up.”

“Josh, what can I say,” Durham said. “You went to Florida, started winning and never stopped. I’m just very blessed to be a part of it."

In 39 starts, Richards and company compiled 18 wins, 31 top-five and 36 top-10 performances. The No. 1 team won a heat race in all but 10 shows, and recorded a fast time in nearly 31 percent of the season’s races. Moreover, Richards broke the series’ season wins and career wins records, 18 and 75 respectively.

“My crew back at the shop all dug in when we were a little behind last year,” said Mark Richards, remembering last year’s hiccups. “We were on a swing out West [last year], we came home from Cedar Lake [Speedway] – kind of a long trip because we didn’t run well – and I told the guys at the shop, ‘Hey, we’ve got to go to work.’ I knew we had to develop a new car [for this year]. It took some time to get that done, but we got it done. I can’t thank all the guys enough who made it happen.”

Billy Moyer Jr. took home Rookie of the Year honors. Moyer finished the season fifth in points, the highest among the series’ R.O.Y. honorees. With his father in attendance, Moyer took the stage to ultimately thank everyone who was involved.

“Congrats to the other rookies, Joey [Coulter] and Tyler [Erb],” Moyer said. “This is a tough deal. This really means something. I try to model my team after [Richards’]. I’ve been around my dad forever and know what it takes to win a championship, and they don’t halfway anything. That’s who I’d like to get to in this deal.

Moyer only hoped to be recognized as a true competitor in the series following his 2016 campaign; he recorded two wins, six top-five and 17 top-ten performances.

”For a while I was Billy Moyer’s son and got a lot of credit I didn’t deserve,” Moyer said. “To seal the deal on a couple [races] means a lot to me, and I think I finally gained respect that if I win a race, it’s not a shock.”


2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Point Fund Awards

1. Josh Richards - $100,000
2. Shane Clanton - $60,000
3. Rick Eckert - $40,000
4. Brandon Overton - $35,500
5. Billy Moyer Jr. - $40.000
6. Steve Casebolt - $24,000
7. Eric Wells - $23,000
8. Chub Frank - $22,000
9. Brian Shirley - $21,000
10. Frank Heckenast Jr. - $20,000
11. Morgan Bagley - $1,000 





OGLETHORPE SPEEDWAY PARK GEARING UP FOR THE $10K-TO-WIN SHOWDOWN IN SAVANNAH ON DEC. 1-3


Photo from Cecil Eunice facebook
Article from Roby Helm

SAVANNAH, GA – The $10,000-to-win 75-lap 19th Annual Showdown In Savannah for Crate Late Models on December 1, 2, and 3 will be the 2016 grand finale at Oglethorpe Speedway Park.  With the big money up for grabs, the top drivers in the country are expected for this Fall Festival of Speed.

                The Crate Late Models are powered by economical Chevrolet Performance 604 Circle Track Engines that are built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications.  Kelcar Motorsports will provide the personnel to scrutinize the Crate Engines and collect tire samples in the Tech Area during the post-race inspection. 

                Leading the Crate Late Model entries for the 19th Annual Showdown In Savannah will be World of Outlaw hot shoe Brandon Overton of Anderson, SC, who will be driving for former Showdown winning car owner Bobby Kay who had Tuck Trentham driving.  The defending Showdown In Savannah winner Cecil Eunice of Blackshear, GA will return to defend his title.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

(Videos) Clint Smith, Jason Price, Mark Whitener and Terrance Nowell are National 100 Champions


Terrance Nowell in victory circle with Larry Harrod's Crate Late Models

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2.   Jason Hiett
3.   Kyle Bronson
4.   Thomas Lewis
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2017 Rules are Released for the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series




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Photo and article from Nesmith Media



Cartersville, GA - Chevrolet Performance Super Late Models have released the 2017 rules for the Super Late Model division that utilizes the Chevrolet Performance CT 525 engines. New rules for the 2017 season are: no grooving and siping of the Hoosier Racing Tires, with a burn-off period of May 1st, 2017 before officials begin handing out penalties; all entrants must run the Chevrolet Performance CT 525 engine; and the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series has launched a new "repair center" that is handled through the series office.

The Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series repair center was started as a means to repair engines to factory specifications and then seal the engines with the Crate Racin' USA encrypted seals, for competitors in a timely and cost effective manner. The repair center is run through the Series' offices and only repairs can be arranged by calling the office at 678-719-8888. No rebuilds or blueprinting will be allowed, as this service is for repairs only.