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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 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

Jason Garver


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 


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


1.   Mark Whitener
2.   Jason Hiett
3.   Kyle Bronson
4.   Thomas Lewis
5.   Larry Harrod      click read more for other videos

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.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series – Technical Bulletin

From Lucas Oil Media

Series Adopts Unified Dirt Late Model Council Safety Specs
WAYCROSS, GA (November 9, 2016) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will officially adopt the Unified Dirt Late Model Council's technical and driver personal protection specifications, adding them to the rule books for 2017.
The Council's sanctioning body committee met in October to develop unified specifications for all Council members, including the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil MLRA, World of Outlaws, Ultimate Late Model Series, Southern Nationals Series, DIRTcar Racing and Eldora Speedway. All dirt late model sanctions will be encouraged to adopt the specifications effective January 1, 2017.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Randy Weaver Speaks At National 100 Church Service

Chaplain Joe Kelly of Racing With Jesus Ministries held a church service Sunday morning this past weekend at the 42nd Annual National 100 and  Randy Weaver agreed to give his testimony. This is video of that service.

The Race of The Weekend At The National 100 (Nesmith Street Stocks)

Steven Pate made the race through the b-main and fought through the pack on his way to a $3,000 paycheck.


Video: Saturday Night Features At The National 100

Saturday Qualifying

KMSA Feature

Monday, November 7, 2016





Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Swainsboro Action from 10-29



COCHRAN, GA – Cochran Speedway is gearing up for the 2016 season finale, the $10,000-to-win Gobbler 100 for the Southern Thunder Late Model Series on November 24, 25 and 26.  There will also be extra laps and extra cash in all of the Cochran Speedway Weekly Divisions that include Jr. Enduro, Bomber, Pure Stock, Super Street/Hobby, and Limited Late Model Sportsman.

                The Southern Thunder Late Model Series will compete for the largest purse in its history, featuring the top dirt late model drivers from six different states.  The series will also crown its 2016 points champion at the Gobbler 100 at Cochran Speedway on November 24, 25 and 26, as just a few points separate the top five drivers in the series’ point standings.

                “We’re very excited about the event coming up at Cochran Speedway on November 24, 25 and 26,” Southern Thunder Late Model Series Founder and Director Ben Sumner said.  “It’s going to be a great weekend of racing and in addition to the largest purse in the history of the Southern Thunder Late Model Series; it will be a championship event as well.”

Track officials have stated that competitors can also use the economical all-aluminum Chevrolet Performance CT525 Engine based on the production LS3 Engine that comes in the Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Camaro, and Chevrolet SS available at Chevrolet dealerships worldwide.

                NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Claxton, GA is a major sponsor at Cochran Speedway and has the Chevrolet Performance CT525 Engine in stock for $9,950 that includes the turn-key starter kit with free next day delivery.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals

From PaddockTalk

 Dirt racing’s ultimate spectacle of speed returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Thursday through Saturday, as the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals builds to a crescendo with three days of wheel-to-wheel, dirt-flying excitement around Charlotte’s four-tenths-mile clay oval.
Here’s a look at eight things to keep an eye on during the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, dirt racing’s most unforgettable weekend:

• THREE’S COMPANY: This weekend marks the season finale for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models and Super DIRTcar -Block Modifieds;
• WEEKEND: Donny Schatz has his eighth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car title and third in a row in hand, while Josh Richards is ready to celebrate his record fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model crown. Matt Sheppard leads the way in the quest for the Super DIRTcar ;
• WHAT A GATHERING: Fans from 47 U.S. states and six countries will converge on dirt racing’s premier October attraction at The Dirt Track at Charlotte;

Chappell rides to NFS Late Model win Two Gaineys and Caudill also take checkers

Donnie Chappell

By Rob Lee

LAKE CITY, Fla. (Oct. 22) – As Donnie Chappell’s car roared to life at the green flag, Late Model fans knew the other competitors had a challenge on their hands.
Chappell’s SCS Electrical Contractors/Spivey and Sons Trucking/Chappell Heating and Air machine sped from the pole and won the 20-lap Late Model feature Saturday evening at North Florida Speedway.
“We knew we had something special tonight,” Chappell, of Jacksonville, said in Victory Lane. “Track was a little rough, but still able to get some great racing. Car ran good and we were able to use the top some and stay out front.”
Rich Pratt had to start at the rear after a mechanical issue in his heat. He methodically worked his way to the second spot. Nevin Gainey had an up and down ride, but charged to third by the end. Stanton Mills, driving Jason Fitzgerald’s car and Bo Allen rounded out the top five.
Allen, a fan favorite and former NFS track champion, challenged Chappell early before fading a few spots and brought home the top five.
Georgia pilot Jay Johnson won his heat and was involved in an early altercation in the feature. He recovered for sixth.
Multiple cautions slowed the race, but Chappell broke away on each green flag to top the 18-car field.
“It was good to be out in the clean air and that helped the race car. I can’t thank everyone enough that helps. We found what we needed.”
Gainey did double duty in the R.O.T. Construction/Schaeffer Oil/Snow Brothers Race Cars house car for Late Models and Florida Outlaw EMod Series.
In the latter, he took advantage of the top line around the 3/8-mile clay oval to run to the front of the FOES pack. He moved by Shane Taylor about halfway through the 15-lap event and then checked out from the field even on multiple restarts.
Devin Walker recovered from a restart at the tail to speed to the runner up spot. David Markam, Dale Graham and Jason Garver completed the top five.
Graham continues to top Garver in the series points.
Gainey’s dad, veteran Eddie Gainey, swept the Thunder Stocks show. After winning his heat he paced all 15 laps of the feature and waited out several cautions and one red flag.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Videos: Georgia State Championships At Cochran Motor Speedway

Here are the videos from the Georgia State Championships races which were run at Cochran this past weekend.

Super Street Feature & Finishing Order

1) 09S     Luke Scott
2) 23B    Russell Brown
3) 15       Dustin Miller
4) 5S       Justin Sapp
5) 3         Lance Griffith
6) 17R    Daniel Roland
7) 77       Jottie Burgamy
8) 21       Corey Dunn
9) 21S    Knuckles Shurling

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Casey Roberts Nabs Senoia Raceway Fawl Brawl 40

Casey Roberts

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo Credits: Francis Hauke

(October 23, 2016 - Senoia, GA)  After starting from the pole, Casey Roberts of Toccoa took home the victory in the Ultimate Super Late Model Series "Fall Brawl 40" at Senoia Raceway Saturday night.  Roberts held off several challenges from Zebulon’s Shane Clanton to lead the race from flag to flag capturing his 19th career win on the Ultimate Super Late Model Series tour and second at the tough 3/8ths mile bull ring Senoia Raceway.

“I knew he was right there,” said Roberts in victory lane afterwards speaking of Clanton’s continuous pressure. “But, my wife was giving me great signals while we were running through traffic.”

Roberts took the lead out of the second turn of the initial lap and then held off Clanton’s attempt to slide underneath while the duo sliced and diced their way through lapped traffic.  Kansas’ Chase Junghans and Cedartown’s Austin Smith battled through the middle part of the race before Junghans secured the third place position for good on lap 31.  Alabama’s Tom Maddox rounded out the top five finishers by keeping his distance ahead of the race’s hard charger Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith.  The two-time Super Late Model track champion at Senoia Raceway climbed from his eleventh place starting position to finish in sixth place using the high line most of the night.

The ‘Fall Brawl 40’ served as a good warm-up for the travelling super late model drivers preparing for the “Showdown at Senoia” special on November 10, 11 and 12.  The inaugural event will offer drivers the largest purse ever paid in track history including a $10,000 pay day for the winner of the super late model feature.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Brown’s win as big as Texas at NeSmith World Championship Edge, Whitener also among the GIS Showdown winners


WAYNESVILLE, Ga. (Oct. 18) – A world championship should have representation from all over.

The top five in the NeSmith Performance Street Stock World Championship was from five different states. But the winner’s domination was as big as Texas.

Chris Brown made a surprise visit to Golden Isles Speedway pay off in a huge way.

The Super Late Model regular jumped behind the wheel of Jesse McNorton’s brand new machine and swept the weekend, topped off by the $10,000 100-lap win. The event was part of the Third Annual Showdown on the Coast.

Disqualified Drivers Withdraw Lawsuit; Case Dismissed By Federal Court

ROSSBURG, Ohio (October 18, 2016) – A federal lawsuit filed against World Racing Group, Inc. (WRG) and subsidiary DIRTcar Racing, Eldora Speedway, Inc., and its owner Tony Stewart by five drivers and race teams disqualified following June’s Dirt Late Model Dream was dismissed today in U.S. Federal Court for the Northern District of New York (NDNY).
The Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Mae A. D’Agostino signed the dismissal order in Albany, New York.
“With ticket renewals beginning today for our 2017 Major Event Calendar, we are pleased with the voluntary motion by the plaintiffs and today’s dismissal,” said general manager Roger Slack.  “We trust this marks the end of the matter and everyone can re-focus their energy on the drama which promises to unfold next season on the high-banks of Eldora.”
Plaintiffs Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Gregg Satterlee, Brandon Sheppard, Ricky Thornton, Jr., and team owners R&W Motorsports, LLC, W.G. Satterlee & Sons, Inc., Best Performance Motorsports and JR. Motorsports, LLC, filed a voluntary motion for dismissal on Monday.
The New York law firms of Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, LLP and Ahmuty, Demers & McManus represented WRG, DIRTcar, Eldora and Stewart in NDNY.  Counsel from IceMiller, LLP (Indianapolis) and Apollo Sports & Entertainment Group Law (Charlotte) complemented the team.
Ticket and campsite renewals for 2017’s $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream (June 8-9-10), the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal (July 13-14-15), the Eldora Dirt Derby for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (July 19) and 47th World 100 (September 7-8-9) are now underway.  Holders of advance tickets and campsites for the 2016 event can renew online 24 hours a day at through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 20 or by calling (937) 338-3815, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sheppard holds off Pearson to win Dirt Track World Championship

Brandon Sheppard pockets over $100,000 at the Dirt Track World Championship
from the fayobserver

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Brandon Sheppard grabbed the lead with 23 laps to go and rolled on to a $100,700 win in the Dirt Track World Championship on Saturday night.
Sheppard, 23 and a native of New Berlin, Illinois, got by Josh Richards of Shinnston, West Virginia, on lap 77 of the 100-lap event at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Dunn-Benson Ford team driver Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida, was the runner-up, and Richards ended up third. The race wrapped up the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season.
“We haven’t finished a race in four weeks,” Sheppard said. “To come out and get progressively better all weekend and then to get the win in the last Lucas Oil race of the year means the world to me.”

Recap of the 2016 Alabama State Champioship

All The Showdow on the Coast Action

Full Results Soon!!

Nesmith Street Stocks

Street Stock $3,000 B-Main

I95 Late Models

Monday, October 17, 2016


Chase Edge wins big at GIS
Photo and article property of Nesmith Media

Waynesville, GA LaFayette, Alabama racer Chase Edge showed out at the annual “Showdown on the Coast” at Golden Isles Speedway leading wire-to-wire and picking up the $5,000 winner’s check and his first NeSmith Dirt Late Model Touring Series victory of the 2016 regular season. Edge was overall fast qualifier and Heat Race 1 winner from Friday night’s preliminary action which put his Edge’s Gas Company/Penton Raceway/Jeff Dodgen Logging sponsored machine on the pole position for the 60-lap main event.

Edge and fellow front-row starter Russell Brown Jr. led the field to the green flag after a lengthy rain delay had pushed back start times at the south Georgia oval located just a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean. Edge would jump to the lead at the start of the race and set a blistering pace to keep his competition at bay behind him. Throughout the rest of the field, position swapping and hard racing was happening for virtually all positions. The hard racing was slowed for the first time at lap 16 when the #17 of Nevin Gainey caught the inside berm in turn 2 spinning his machine.

Sunday, October 16, 2016


SAVANNAH, GA – The damage in the Savannah, GA area left last weekend by Hurricane Matthew has forced yet another postponement of the $10,000-to-win 19th Annual Showdown In Savannah for Crate Late Models until December 1, 2 and 3.  Recovery efforts in the area are still underway, and there has not been electricity, phones and internet at the track all week.

                The race was originally scheduled for last weekend, but Matthew’s arrival forced an original postponement until October 20-22.  A last minute change in the path of the storm took it right into the Southeast Georgia coastal area. 

Track officials hope the date change to December 1-3 will give the track, area fans and area competitors an opportunity to fully recover from the storm.  Track officials also hope the date change will also give everyone more time to make plans for the race without interfering with other race events in the area.

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.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

NeSmith Late Model Sportsman Rules and First Wave of Sanctioned Speedways Released

Columbus, MS - The NeSmith Racing organization released the 2017 Late Model Sportsman Rules package at a scheduled Promoter's Meeting on Tuesday October 4 th, 2016 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS. The meeting is the first of several that are in the works for current and potential track promoters to discuss and explain rules, operations, and technical procedures. Along with the release of the rules, several tracks in attendance expressed great interest or signed up to add the division to their programs.                             

The Late Model Sportsman Division was one of the highlights of the meeting as the announcement concerning the birth of the new division under the Crate Racin' USA/NeSmith Racing banner has created much anticipation and "buzz" among competitors and speedways alike. The rules package for the division will focus on cost saving measures that will allow current and future racers a very affordable avenue to get into dirt short track racing affordably.

The class will feature Late Model style cars powered by the Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engines which have a proven reputation for durability, low maintenance, and most importantly affordability. The class will also implement other cost effective measures such as: a solid body shock rule with no adjustments to eliminate the costly shock packages that many of the upper level Late Model divisions are using; and a single tire utilization of the Hoosier Racing Tire Crate Racin' USA D21 tire with no grooving or siping among other measures that will be implemented to keep the class affordable.

Matt Kurtz takes home the Eagle Jet Sprint Cars Win. Gainey, Staats, Gamble, and Carter all find Victory Lane

Matt Kurtz
Article and photos from Dustin Carter

(10-3-16) The weather was all around Volusia Speedway Park this past Saturday night, but never got close enough to stop another action filled night of racing as five divisions took to the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile" with the exciting Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series headlining the event for the final time in 2016.
The first feature to hit the track saw the Mercedes Benz Limited Late Models take the green and it was Nevin Gainey who would put on a show on his way to the front early on. Gainey would have the lead before the second lap could be completed over Steve Shead and checked out from the field driving Louis Ledlow's Snow Brothers #00 to his sixth win of the 2016 season. Gainey has been traveling around the state of Florida the past few weeks and had not been to VSP in over a month, but showed no signs of rust in a convincing victory in an unfamiliar race car. Steve Shead would come home in the runner up spot followed by Sonny Thompson, John Westbrook, and Tom Smith rounded out the top five.

Next up saw the exciting Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks take the track as it was Donnie Ashford and Trevor Gamble battling out on the half mile with the tight points battle in the mix as well between the two local drivers. Ashford, who has seven wins on the year had Gambles number early on and would stretch his lead just past the half way point. Gamble would try all he could to catch the #66 of Ashford, but could not get close enough to strike. With just a handful of laps remaining, Gamble would
catch a break as Ashford would slow and pull off the track with a blown engine handing the lead over to Gamble who would go on and win his third feature of 2016 and extend his points lead to 26 markers of Ashford. Jordan McMillon came home an impressive second followed by Rusty Young, Cheyenne Sullivan, and Ashford.


By Roby Helm

SAVANNAH, GA – With Hurricane Matthew scheduled to skirt the East Coast of Georgia this Friday and Saturday, Oglethorpe Speedway Park officials have been forced to postpone the $10,000-to-win 19th Annual Showdown In Savannah for Crate Late Models scheduled for this weekend.  The race has been rescheduled for October 20, 21, and 22.

                The current weather forecast shows the Savannah, GA area with 100 percent chance of torrential rain and sustained wind speeds of over 50 miles per hour.  Fans and competitors alike from Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas are hunkering down, or heading for higher ground in the days leading up to the storm’s arrival.

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 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, October 20 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.
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

McDowell Wins First Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Since 2001

From Lucas Oil Media

WOODSTOCK, GA (October 1, 2016) – Dale McDowell won his first Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout since 2001 on Saturday Night at Dixie Speedway. McDowell took the lead on lap 43 from race-long leader Tim McCreadie and then sprinted away for the win, his third in the annual event.
McCreadie who led the first 42 laps of the race came home second in the Sweeteners Plus/Longhorn - followed by 6-time Dixie Shootout winner and current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Scott Bloomquist in his Crop Production Services/Reece Monument Company/Sweet-Bloomquist entry. Completing the top five were Brandon Overton and Darrell Lanigan.
“First off I have to thank my brother, Shane, he does all the work. Hats off to he and the guys at the shop. Thanks also to Scott [Bloomquist], we have been base-lining off of them back-and-forth, it’s been pretty good,” said the winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the second time this season.
“Our mom passed away five years ago yesterday. This was one of her favorite places to come to. It’s awfully hard to stay in the lead at this track; he [McCreadie] was searching and searching to try to get around those lapped cars. Fortunately, we had that caution and it took us a couple of laps to get around him. I drove it in to turn one pretty hard a couple of times and it finally stuck and we were able to get by him.”

Whitener golden in I-95 TLMCS run at GIS Chancey takes EMod SC5 as Waters, Wooten and Ammons also win

Photo from Bridgett Whitener


WAYNESVILLE, Ga. (Oct. 1) – The open-ended tail of the new Longhorn chassis jiggled slightly in the LD Buildings Tech Garage as busy hands worked in the engine compartment.

Then the thumbs up signal and shout from the crew “it’s official.”

That is how dominant Mark Whitener was Saturday at Golden Isles Speedway.

He spotted the first lap to series leader and fast qualifier Rhett Carter, then motored by, set sail on the top groove and won the I-95 Toyota Late Model Challenge Series 30-lap feature.

“We just picked the high line,” Whitener said. “The car was great all night so just ran my line where I like to run.”

Carter would fall to third behind Kyle Bridges on Lap 20 right before the race’s second caution. Donnie Chappell and Scott Johnson rounded out the top five at the finish.

Whitener’s engine was protested by a competitor, but was found to be legal by track officials as it lay in pieces in the tech area.

The combination of the new Longhorn Chassis and track to his liking allowed the Magicman to perform the disappearing act on the rest of the field.

“The track was great all night. I had a good car all night. I didn’t touch it. I didn’t even practice that last session. So I was just going to get on the wheel and drive it.”

Whitener’s United Land Clearing/Racecar Engineering/Bozard Ford-Lincoln/Quicklane Tire and Auto Center new machine now has two wins and a second after three starts.

The Middleburg, Fla. star also took the I-95 TLMCS win May 21 at GIS. This was his 16th overall win of 2016.

“Daryl (Courson) had the track really, really good. When you have a track that you can run bottom, middle and top it’s just awesome.”