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JANUARY 8, 2017
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THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
28TH NAPA AUTO PARTS THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES RETURNS TO GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY IN 2017
Bechtelsville, PA (January 8, 2017) -- Five events highlight a series of specials that would make even the most loyal race fans salivate for the 28th year of action for the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series events at the Grandview Speedway. One hundred and twenty-four events have been presented in this co-promotion between Bruce Rogers, owner of Grandview Speedway, and Bob Miller, special events promoter -- with nearly 4.3 million dollars distributed to competitors. The Thunder Series started as a 410 stand-alone event in August of 1990 and expanded to presenting multiple divisions from WoO Late Models and Sprints to USAC and SCRA non-wing sprints to include DIRTcar Modifieds and All Star Sprints plus a long list of support divisions.
NAPA Auto Parts, the sponsor of the Thunder Series has been part of these wildly popular event since that first race in 1990. NAPA and their local stores will again be the lead sponsor of the Thunder Series.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend (May 28) will kick off the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series with a 358-Small-Block/Big-Block Modified spectacular that includes the Sportsman and the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series. The modifieds will compete for $5,000 to win the 40 lap feature with an attractive $500 to take the green flag. With the Grandview Speedway racing on both Saturday and Sunday night, this Holiday weekend is filled with exciting action on the Grandview 1/3-mile dirt track.
The first mid-week event takes place on Tuesday, June 13 for the annual invasion of the USAC National Sprint Car Series, EASTERN STORM. These wingless warriors will take part in the Jesse Hockett Classic and will be joined by Grandview’s headline division – the 358 Modifieds. This marks the eleventh annual swing of the USAC Eastern Storm and as tradition stands, Grandview Speedway will host the opening night.
Nothing says ‘This is America’ quite like 410 Sprint Cars and we celebrate our Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4 with the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speed Week – a gathering of the region’s top Sprint Car competitors in a lucrative event that includes the very best of the 358 Modifieds.
Thursday, August 17 the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series presents a Sprint Car showdown like no other when the nationally touring Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series returns to the Grandview Speedway competing for the 3rd Annual Thunder Cup. Joining the All-Stars is the ultra-competitive Sportsman division. In the 2016 event, Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell were surprise 410 sprint entries and a surprise or two are planned for 2017. Prior Thunder Cup winners were Danny Dietrich 2015 and Stevie Smith in 2016.
The Thunder series rounds out 2017 on Saturday, October 14 with the MODS at the MADHOUSE Triple Thunder Thriller Halloween Party featuring a 40 Lap Big-Block/Small-Block Modified challenge that includes the Sportsman and the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series. This event will continue the tradition of the popular Halloween Party getting underway at 6 PM
The 2017 racing season will include the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series mainstay activities and promotions, providing fun for the fans with elements such as: Pre-Race Pit Tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can sign-up to watch hot laps from the infield, the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet & Greet, JOE “THE PIZZA DUDE”, giveaways, fireworks, and appearances by the Thunder Girls.
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor, joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak and Lube, and GALCO Business Communications.
2017 Racing Schedule:
Memorial Day Sunday Triple Thunder Thriller --Sunday, May 28 7:30 PM – Grandview Speedway -- Big Block/358 Modifieds* 40 laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprints
11th Annual Jesse Hockett Classic – Tuesday, June 13 7:30 PM -- USAC National Wingless Sprint Car Series Eastern Storm and 358 Modifieds*
Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week – Tuesday, July 4 7:30 PM – 410 Sprint Cars & 358 Modifieds*
3rd Annual Thunder Cup Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions – Thursday, August 17 7:30 PM – 410 Sprint Cars & Sportsman*
Mods at the Madhouse Halloween Party – Saturday, October 14 6 PM – Big-Block/358 Modifieds* 40 Laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprints
*NASCAR Points event
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Speedway Phone: 610-754-7688
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Phone: 443-513-4456
Series Website: Track Website:www.grandviewspeedway.com
About Thunder on the Hill Racing Series The brainchild of Grandview Speedway owner Bruce Rogers, special events promoter Bob Miller and local driving star Dave Kelly, the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series celebrates 27 years of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar year after year. In 124 events over $4.3 million dollars has been divvied up among the area’s fastest racers. What started as a single 410 Sprint Car event in 1990 has blossomed to feature a variety of racing action including: 358 Modifieds, USAC Wingless Sprints, All-Star Circuit of Champions, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legends cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events.
About Grandview Speedway Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 55th Anniversary season in 2017. The facility offers free parking, quality food at reasonable prices (be sure to try the french fries), a program book, Grandview Speedway and Thunder on the Hill race wear and great viewing from every seat in the house. Race fans may take part in the Inside/Out promotion, where you can sign up (no charge) to watch warm-ups from inside turn four. Race fans are also invited to victory lane following the racing program and, race fans may enter the pits after the races to meet the drivers. Be ready to enjoy the spine-tingling fireworks salute on the feature event parade lap.
MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES PREPARING TO OPEN 2017 SEASON AT PPB MOTORSPORTS EXPO OAKS, PA
By ERIKA PALMAI-WAGNER
Kicking off their first inaugural season under a new name and new management, the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series is ready for the thirty-second annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Expo on January 20th, 21st and 22nd.
“Over these last few months, Jeff Geiges and I have been working hard at trying to improve 305 Racesaver® Sprint Car racing in our area, and after listening to a majority of race teams, we hope to be heading in the right direction,” Eddie Wagner, Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Sprints explained. “Motorsports is always an exciting way to kick off the year. It’s a great way to interact with drivers, teams and fans that may have questions and concerns, and it’s a great way to show off all the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes”.
The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will be in booths 1008, 1009, 1108 & 1109. Doug Snow, driver of the Snow Motorsports #777 and David Bonner, driver of the #57v will be on hand with their cars in the MASS booth. Both drivers have already expressed their enthusiasm for the upcoming season.
Prospective members will be able to purchase their membership pass for the season during that weekend. After purchasing a MASS membership pass, drivers and owners will be eligible for the end of the year points fund as well as contingency prizes that will be presented at the banquet and during special events throughout the season. Members will also be able to vote on the points structure, visitor policy and handicapping at the upcoming winter meeting that will be held sometime after Motorsports. Prices for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series membership pass are as followed; $95 for a driver/owner combo and $75 for an individual pass for either a driver or owner.
“We are hoping to release our schedule in the upcoming weeks prior to Motorsports. These last few weeks have been crucial in locking key dates for the 2017 season that we are hoping to be seen as appealing to everyone,” Jeff Geiges MASS General Manager stated. “We have races at six different venues, with a possible seventh in the works. Our schedule should consist of eighteen to nineteen races, which is what majority of the racers asked for at our initial meeting back in November”.
The 3-day show will fill 250,000 square feet of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center with just about everything imaginable in motorsports available for attendees to see.
For more details on this and other news with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, be sure to like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/midatlanticsprintseries/ or email us at MidAtlanticSeries@gmail.com.
Our first driver profile is up! My brother-in-law Tommy Carberry won his first feature this past October at Grandview Speedway after having a successful season with TSRS in 2016. Now, the 29 year old pilot of the number 28 Carberry Motorsports 305 Racesaver Sprinter is excited for new beginnings with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series!
Ringoes, NJ resident, Tommy Carberry, is ready to take on the veteran competition of the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series this coming season, in hopes of capturing more feature wins after ending 2016 with his very first victory at Grandview Speedway, and if all goes well, Carberry hopes to take home the series championship in 2017.
“I plan on running every race with MAS this year, as well as a few PASS 305 events also,” Carberry stated. “I’m hoping to kick-off my season by traveling down to South Carolina to race with the Carolina Racesaver Sprint Series. They have a two-day national event on April 28th & 29th that I would love to get down to. Then, I’m going to drive home that Saturday night so that I can participate in our season opener at Bridgeport on Sunday April 30th”.
Tommy comes from a large and well known racing family, with his Grandfather Tom being a mechanic on many modified teams back in the 60’s and 70’s, his father Tom and uncles Kenny and Chuck Carberry both former Modified and Sprint Car drivers, as well as his cousin Adam Carberry who formerly raced in the 305 ranks, recently moving to URC this past year. He is also recently married to 305 Sprint Car driver Stefanie Palmai Carberry, who also collected her second career feature win in 2016 at Bridgeport Speedway at the final points race in September.
Tommy started racing go-karts at the age of fifteen, and after two years, he moved up to the Rookie Sportsman Modified division at New Egypt Speedway in 2006 where he would win two features before moving forward to the regular Sportsman class. In 2009, Carberry bought a Big-Block Modified engine where he competed at New Egypt Speedway for four years before finally purchasing a Racesaver 305 Sprint Car.
“It was something that I have always wanted to do,” Tommy said about switching to Sprint Cars. “I have always loved Sprint Car racing, so when New Egypt dropped the Big-Blocks at the end of 2012, it was a great opportunity to try something new, and it was an affordable way for me to race something that I am competitive in, without having to go broke doing”.
Not able to ever run the full schedule due to other life commitments and events, Carberry commends the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series for keeping the schedule under twenty races for 2017 so that he can run for the championship. After already winning at Grandview in 2016, Carberry is confident and excited to see what “new beginnings” will bring for himself and the series at the booked events at Bridgeport, Georgetown, Big Diamond, and the new tracks that will be a new experience for the twenty-nine year old driver.
“I’m excited for 2017 for a number of reasons,” Carberry expressed. “I’m happy that the schedule is not going to be overwhelming, so that I won’t have to worry about missing races for other life events that may come up for me. I have also taken the time to better my racing program, seriously going over my stuff so that I can have top-notch equipment so that I can be a top car every week, winning more races. In our division, there is definitely a handful of cars that you can count on winning every week, and I want to be one of those cars this year”.
Carberry, a full time auto body technician at Integrity Auto Body located in Ringoes, NJ, is currently searching for sponsors to help financially back his 2017 aspirations, but would like to welcome back aboard Champion Tire and Integrity Auto Body to his team for the upcoming season. Also helping him weekly at the track is his father Tom Carberry and long-time friend Brian Hendrickson.
USAC UNVEILS LIGHTNING SPRINT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINNING IN 2017 SEASON
USAC, the largest and most diversified professional sanctioning body in the country, announced a new National Championship Series beginning in 2017. The Speedway Motors Lightning Sprint National Championship will be added to a historic lineup of prestigious titles for 2017.
"With the many clubs across the country to be unified in rules and procedures, it's a pleasure to create a program that enables many to pursue a championship with USAC," USAC National Series Director Levi Jones said.
Lightning Sprints are an open wheel car with a motorcycle based power plant and wings. A winged division will be unique within USAC as a majority of the existing classes are wingless. These cars are capable of producing 200 horsepower and utilize much of the same construction and components that USAC Midgets do. Drivers will compete on many of the same sized tracks across the country as well.
The organization and management of the division is also unique. Satellite Lightning Sprint groups exist across the United States and Canada. These groups are managed by individual club leaders or boards. The groups will continue to operate as before with the option of hosting a set number of USAC-sanctioned events. These events will be noted on their 2017 schedule and will count toward the National Championship points structure. A 10-race minimum will be scheduled with a best of 12 race points tabulation. The points system is weighted by the number of cars competing and allows an individual to win a national title from their home track. The top-10 positions in National Championship points will be paid cash and contingency awards at season's end. The inaugural champion will receive national accolades in addition to a $3,000 reward.
The uniformity in rules has attracted many sponsors to this new series. Hoosier Tire is one of the many who have already pledged support through a multiyear relationship. Cars will be required to use Hoosier tires on all four corners during USAC-sanctioned Lightning Sprint events. Speedway Motors - America's oldest speed shop - is the title sponsor with a myriad of others eager to launch this series. Sponsoring companies include AFCO, CSI, PRO Shocks, My Race Pass, Saldana Race Products, Aeromotive, Weld, Rod End Supply, Hoosier Speed, Outlaw Wings, Racing Optics and Emi.
Registration for this series will begin Jan. 1, 2017, online. All drivers competing for national points must hold a valid USAC license for this series and must adhere to general guidelines set forth in the registration process. Eligible drivers must be 13 years of age on the day of the sanctioned event. Scheduled tracks must carry a minimum level of liability insurance, which group leaders will verify.
USAC is the most diversified racing organization in the country. With youth engagement and a broadened reach across multiple racing platforms, USAC is excited to highlight Lightning Sprint racing in 2017 and to carry on its more than 60 years of sanctioned events.
Joining the likes of National Sprint cars, Sliver Crown, and Midgets, Lightning Sprint competitors will share the stage with the country's elite open wheel racers during USAC's Night of Champions in December 2017.
"With a national sanction, a uniform series rule book, corporate sponsorship, and the support of many organized groups, the Lightning Sprint division begins a new era in racing history," said Mike Long, Director of Operations at EMi and an aid to the series. Lightning Sprint racing offers the pure excitement and challenge of any other open wheel division at an affordable cost. The effort of many over the last year has built a foundation for these cars to compete on a national level."
Contact: Tyler Altmeyer
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions
INDIANAPOLIS (December 14, 2016) - Formally announced during the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions celebration in Indianapolis on December 9, Arctic Cat, the official recreational vehicle supplier of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, will extend its partnership with the traveling 410ci sprint car circuit as the title sponsor through the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Arctic Cat’s inaugural season as the title sponsor in 2016 proved to be a success, fueling the decision to extend its relationship with one of America’s oldest traveling sprint car series.
“We are more than pleased to extend our relationship with the All Star Circuit of Champions for the next two seasons. 2016 proved to be beneficial for Arctic Cat, and I am confident that our continued involvement will only elevate Arctic Cat’s exposure and impact in the world of sprint car racing” Greg Williamson explained, Chief Marketing Officer of Arctic Cat. “All Star fans are hunters, fishermen, farmers, ranchers, outdoorsmen; these are the people most attracted to our products. Having the opportunity to interact with that demographic regularly is a privilege. We are very excited for the season’s to come.”
The All Star Circuit of Champions will promote Arctic Cat during 50+ events in 2017, traveling to eight states throughout all areas of the Midwest, Northeast and East Coast. In routine fashion, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will activate the new year with a trip to Florida, headlining five events between February 9 and February 16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala and Volusia Speedway Park near Daytona.
Arctic Cat will not only act as the title sponsor for the All Stars in 2017, but it will also play a major role during a select number of events throughout the season. Similar to 2016, local Arctic Cat dealers, positioned throughout the Northeast and Midwest, will set-up displays at select tracks allowing fans to interact with new products, ask questions to company representatives, as well as engage in ride-alongs and participate in special sales offers that may be conducted throughout the year. Arctic Cat will also award products at the year end championship banquet.
“We are honored to have Arctic Cat with us again in 2017 and 2018. We molded a great foundation in 2016, and now we have the opportunity to build on that foundation during the next two years,” Tony Stewart said, owner of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. “This series is special. We are a family. To have Arctic Cat continue to be a part of this family is something we can all be proud of.”
Additional Arctic Cat All Star Series Info:
Those seeking additional information regarding the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions should visit their official online home at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every event, as well as an up-to-date schedule, online at www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/
About the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions:
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first 'outlaw' Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.
About Arctic Cat:
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “ACAT.” More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.ArcticCat.com.
MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES KICKS OFF 2017 SEASON AT BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY
By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER
The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will kick off their inaugural season at the “fastest dirt track in the east”, Bridgeport Speedway on Sunday, April 30th. The series, which hosts RacesaverⓇ 305 Sprint Cars in the Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware region, has eight to ten tentative events scheduled at the South Jersey facility, which will be released on a final schedule set to come out at a later date.
“The staff at Bridgeport Speedway has always welcomed and showcased the 305 Sprint Cars in the past, so we are excited to have our first race of the season there, as well as many other BIG events that they have invited us to be apart of in 2017,” Eddie Wagner, Regional Director of MAS stated. “We are working hard to find and invite sponsors to be apart of our series in 2017, so that we can draw more cars to our races, while also giving back to the guys who support us week in and week out”.
Last season, the 305 Sprint Cars were a headlining division on one of the speedway’s experimental and highly successful nights - “Pack the House Night” where admittance was FREE to all fans in the grandstands, and under the new MAS banner, they will return to be apart of this highly anticipated event on Saturday, June 17th.
The management of the South Jersey based track has also invited the Mid-Atlantic Sprints to join the United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars to co-headline in late October for the second running of the “Big Track Classic” which is a two day show.
Bridgeport Speedway, which is a 5/8 mile “super-speedway” located in Logan Township, NJ, is not only famous for its high speed side-by-side racing, but it’s beautiful facility is known to be family and fan friendly. In efforts to expand its growing fan base and product, the Speedway will now be offering racing on not two different race tracks, but three racetracks in 2017. In addition to the 1/4 mile inner oval , a 3/8 mile speedway is being built and is expected to be ready sometime in 2017.
“There is no timetable as to when the new track will be finished, but our goal is to have a race or two by the end of the summer of 2017,” General Manager Danny Serrano stated in an interview with AARN last week. “Along with some of the other open wheel competition that feel that the big track is too fast for their cars and the 1/4 mile too small, we’re hoping to create a balanced in-between option for the 305 Sprint Cars and the other divisions that will make great competitive three-wide racing for the fans and drivers.”
With a twenty-one (+) car field, $300 will be awarded to the feature winner, $250 going to second place, $200 for third and $150 will be paid out to all cars who take the green flag. $60 will be awarded as tow money for non-qualifiers. Contingency sponsors for events at Bridgeport are still being pursued, with Bitner’s Automotive signing on as the $25 “Quick Time” Award sponsor and Bruce’s Auto Body claiming sponsorship over the $25 “Hard Charger” Award. Todd's Performance is also giving a $25 gift certificate to a randomly placed driver that will be chosen each night.
For more information on this race or future events, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/midatlanticsprintseries/.
Be sure to like the Bridgeport Speedway Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/BridgeportSpeedway/.
Contact: Richie Murray - USAC Media / email@example.com
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RIDES INTO THE DESERT AT PHOENIX IN 2017
Phoenix International Raceway, a venue synonymous with USAC Silver Crown racing for more than two decades, returns to the 2017 schedule after an eight-year absence.
The highly-anticipated return of the big cars to the mile in Arizona's Valley of the Sun arrives on Saturday, April 29 on the same bill as the IndyCar Series race later that night.
The roar of champ car engines fell silent at PIR after Cole Whitt's victory in 2009 on the racy, triangular-shaped paved track, but the series is back this season as it embarks on its 47th season of competition with a schedule as balanced as it's ever been. Six dirt and five pavement events are on tap for the 11-race docket for 2017.
The series opens on the dirt at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track on Apr. 2 for the "Sumar Classic." On May 25, the 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" makes it traditional stop at the Indiana State Fairgrounds mile. In June, amidst the "Eastern Storm" series for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, the Silver Crown cars take on Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway on June 16.
The series closes out the 2017 calendar with three-straight races on the dirt, beginning with a pair of events on the two legendary mile tracks in Illinois. The "Bettenhausen 100" at Springfield's Illinois State Fairgrounds on Aug. 19 is the longest-running of all Silver Crown events with roots dating back to 1934.
The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, host of the Sept. 3 "Ted Horn 100," is one of just three racetracks on the series' 2017 schedule to have been on the schedule in every single year of USAC's existence since 1956 (Indiana and Illinois State Fairgrounds).
The season closes with the Sept. 23 "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio - the only event in which one can witness all three of USAC's National Divisions (Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget) at the same track on a single night.
The pavement portion of the schedule is an array of flat and high-banked surfaces ranging in size from a half-mile to a full-mile. Phoenix serves as the pavement season opener as well as the series' sole visit to the west on Apr. 29.
Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana is the lone track scheduled to host multiple Silver Crown events this season with the "Carb Night Classic: The Race Before the 500" on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend on May 26 and the "Rich Vogler/Hall of Fame Classic" on July 20.
The final two races hit the high banks of two of the Midwest's most history-rich racetracks in Ohio's Toledo Speedway and Indiana's Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery. Toledo's July 28event honors the city's greatest racing hero and 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champ with the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic."
The Silver Crown cars return to Salem for the final round of pavement for the season one year after making their first stop at the .555-mile, high-banked oval since 1988. As it has since 1958, the event honors the lives of National Sprint Car Hall of Famers and Indianapolis 500 veterans Joe James and Pat O'Connor.
2017 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Apr 2: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Apr 29: (P#) Phoenix International Raceway (Phoenix, AZ)
May 25: (D) Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, IN)
May 26: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Jun 16: (D) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jul 20: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Jul 28: (P) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)
Aug 12: (P) Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery (Salem, IN)
Aug 19: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)
Sep 3: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)
Sep 23: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
(D) represents a dirt event
(P) represents a pavement event
# represents a daytime event
KNOXVILLE AND WILLIAMS GROVE RETURN TO THE FOLD FOR 2017 USAC SPRINT SEASON
Two of the most storied dirt tracks in the United States return to the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar in 2017.
On June 3, the series invades the legendary half-mile Knoxville Raceway for the first time since 2011. The Saturday night event coincides with National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend at the Iowa dirt oval.
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway, the only venue on this year's 47-race slate that was on the Sprint Car schedule in USAC's inaugural year of 1956, will host its first series race since 1996 as part of the 11th edition of "Eastern Storm" on June 15.
In addition, the USAC Sprints call Tri-City Speedway home once again, where the series hasn't visited since 2006. The May 19 date at the Granite City, Ill. track will also feature the USAC Midget National Championship. July 30 marks a return visit to Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri. USAC's lone appearance there came in 1989 when the late Rich Vogler won a rare winged race for Hoffman Auto Racing.
Furthermore, the series will make initial appearances at Indiana's Plymouth Speedway on Apr. 21, Pevely, Missouri's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 20 and Greenwood, Nebraska's I-80 Speedway on June 2.
Traditional USAC stops on the 2017 horizon include the season-opening "Winter Dirt Games" for three-straight nights at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Eldora Speedway's docket features multiple showcase events with back-to-back nights of #LetsRaceTwo on May 12-13 alongside the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars. Fast forward to Sept. 23 when the Rossburg, Ohio half-mile is the showplace for the 36th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" that also features USAC's Silver Crown and National Midget divisions as well as the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.
Western Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track pays homage to a pair of USAC racing heroes from year's past. The 47th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" hits the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds half-mile on May 24 while the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" is earmarked for September 15.
The "Eastern Storm" and "Indiana Sprint Week" series have become institutions in their respective regions of the country, annually playing to large crowds and some of the most intense racing seen all year long. It will be no different in the five-race Eastern Storm series that runs from June 13-18 in the "Keystone State." The first two nights will be held at a pair of tracks to be announced at a later date. Williams Grove serves up a feast of racing action on June 15, then a one-day break from action before closing out the mini-series at Port Royal Speedway on the 17th and Susquehanna Speedway on the 18th.
The 30th annual "Indiana Sprint Week" series consistently produces as one of the country's premier events. Its schedule of events remains just as consistent. Once again, ISW launches at Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 7 with Kokomo Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway rounding out the first weekend of racing July 8-9, respectively. A two-day sabbatical gives way as the action roars back to life for the final four-race stretch of ISW at Terre Haute, Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway, Bloomington Speedway and Haubstadt's Tri-State Speedway on July 12-13-14-15.
The sole non-points, special event of the USAC Sprint season occurs on Aug. 23 as a prelude to three more consecutive nights at Kokomo and "Sprint Car Smackdown VI" on Aug. 24-25-26.
Lawrenceburg hosts a duo of events - one in the spring and one in the fall - as does Tri-State. The three-eighths mile Lawrenceburg oval brings the series to town for both the Midwest opener on Apr. 1 as well as the Midwest closer on Sept. 30. Bloomington Speedway's red clay will fly when USAC makes a visit on Apr. 14 which kicks off a double-header weekend that moves to Tri-State the following night at the "Spring Showdown" on Apr. 15 for the first of two shows at the quarter-mile paperclip co-sanctioned by MSCS. The series makes the trek back to Tri-State for the "Haubstadt Hustler" on Sep. 16.
Additional dates include trips to Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway and Lincoln Park Speedway on Apr. 22 and June 30, respectively, as well as a date at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans. on July 29.
The series closes out its campaign with a multitude of events in conjunction with the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car Championship for a pair of annual events headquartered in the western U.S. First up is the 50th annual "Western World Championships." The golden anniversary of the famed event that has been a staple of the southwest since 1968 takes place at Queen Creek's Arizona Speedway on Nov. 3-4.
The season closes out with the three-night spectacular known as the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction on Nov. 9-10-11. The 22nd running at southern California's Perris Auto Speedway pits the best from the National and CRA scenes against each other for bragging rights in what is annually the highest-paying purse of the year.
2017 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Feb 23: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 24: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 25: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Apr 1: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Apr 15: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Apr 21: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Apr 22: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
May 6: TBA
May 12: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 13: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 19: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
May 20: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
May 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jun 2: I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE)
Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Jun 13: (E) TBA
Jun 14: (E) TBA
Jun 15: (E) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jun 17: (E) Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Jun 18: (E) Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Jun 30: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 7: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jul 8 (I) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jul 9: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jul 12: (I) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jul 13: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 14: (I) Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jul 15: (I) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Jul 28: TBA
Jul 29: Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Jul 30: Randolph County Raceway (Moberly, MO)
Aug 23: (SE) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sep 15: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Sep 16: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Sep 23: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Sep 30: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Oct. 6: TBA
Oct. 7: TBA
Nov. 3: (C) Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, AZ)
Nov. 4: (C) Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, AZ)
Nov. 9 (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov. 10 (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov. 11 (C) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
(M) represents an event co-sanctioned by MSCS
(E) represents an Eastern Storm event
(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event
(C) represents an event with the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Cars
USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TOUR TRAVELS COAST-TO-COAST IN 2017 CAMPAIGN
Twenty-seven dates in seven states serve as the ingredients for the 2017 USAC Midget National Championship schedule.
Among the events are four distinct tours that make up the bulk of the schedule such as June's "Indiana Midget Week," July's weekend trip to Illinois as well as an August tour of the Heartland of America and "Pennsylvania Midget Week," which offers a total of eight races in a busy Summer stretch.
The 13th annual "Indiana Midget Week" kicks off with the first of six straight nights of racing action on June 6 at Montpelier Motor Speedway, followed by Gas City, Lincoln Park, Bloomington, Lawrenceburg and Kokomo to round out the series that continues to grow in popularity each year since its debut in 2005.
The series resumes with a weekend getaway to the Land of Lincoln on July 1-2-3. First up is Macon Speedway whose roots with USAC date back to Don Branson's victory at the one-fifth mile bullring in 1959. However, the series will make its comeback to the track after a decade absence on the first of July. A date is scheduled for July 2at a track yet to be determined, which will be followed up by the USAC National Midgets' first venture to the one-sixth mile Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena - an outdoor venue in the capital city of Springfield located on the grounds nearby the one-mile dirt oval that the USAC Silver Crown Championship competes on each August.
The USAC National Midgets' tour of the Heartland kick starts the month of August on the first with "Tuesday Night Thunder" at Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway followed one night later by the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on Aug. 2. After a single day off, drivers and teams get back at it on the Belleville High Banks in Kansas for the 40th annual "Belleville Midget Nationals" on Aug. 4-5.
Susquehanna Speedway opens "Pennsylvania Midget Week" on Aug. 13 with dates at Path Valley Speedway Park and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway set for the following two nights on Aug. 14-15. Aug. 16 is a day of rest before the mini-series' final event hits the track at a yet-to-be-determined venue on Aug. 17.
Traditional dates dot the remainder of the series calendar for 2017 with the season set to begin indoors on March 18 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. The "Kokomo Grand Prix" in Indiana provides the first multi-event weekend for competitors on Apr. 7-8.
Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois moves to an earlier slot on the schedule - May 19 - for a twin-bill with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.
The ever-popular "4-Crown Nationals" goes into its 36th year at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway as the largest showcase for all three of USAC's national divisions on one card in a single night. The famed event includes the National Midgets, Silver Crown, National Sprint Cars and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.
The fifth-annual "Jason Leffler Memorial" at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois provides the largest winner's payday of the year on Oct. 20.
For the second consecutive year, the National Midgets pair with the Western States Midgets to conclude the 2017 USAC outdoor racing season with the 77th running of the prestigious "Turkey Night Grand Prix" oceanside at California's Ventura Raceway.
2017 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Mar 18: (N) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)
Apr 7: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Apr 8: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
May 19: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
Jun 6: (I) Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Jun 7: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jun 8: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jun 9: (I) Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jun 10: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jun 11: (I) Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jul 1: Macon Speedway (Macon, IL)
Jul 2: TBA
Jul 3: Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena (Springfield, IL)
Jul 22: TBA
Aug 1: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Aug 2: Solomon Valley Raceway (Beloit, KS)
Aug 4: Belleville High Banks (Belleville, KS)
Aug 5: Belleville High Banks (Belleville, KS)
Aug 13: (A) Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Aug 14: (A) Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 15: (A) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Aug 17: (A) TBA
Sep 23: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Oct 6: TBA
Oct 7: TBA
Oct 20: (P) Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)
Nov 23: (W) Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)
(N) represents an indoor event
(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event
(A) represents an event with the USAC/ARDC Midgets
(P) represents an event co-sanctioned by POWRi
(W) represents an event with the USAC Western States Midgets