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The Finish Line Chaplain 7/30/14 – DTD Exclusive

By KEVIN WESTCOTT Last Wednesday I was blessed with the opportunity to represent our ministry with the STP World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on their Fulton Speedway stop. Since my son is a budding driver and minister he came along to meet the drivers and offer some encouragement. It was great how Steve and Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, and David Gravel treated him as an equal and spoke driver to driver with him. It was also humbling to see him offering encouragement to a tour driver who had admittedly been struggling of late. Jessica Zemken has known Jon since he…More

This and That 7/30/14 – DTD Exclusive

(Jeff Gromis Photo) By ED & BETTY BIITTIG After a rain-out on Wednesday we made our way to I-88 Speedway in Afton, NY for Thursday’s rain date for the Crazy 8’s Special promoted by traveling promoter Brett Deyo and I-88 promoter’s Jamie Page and Ron Ford. Nearly 60 Modfieds filled the pit on Wednesday and when the show was cancelled because of the thunder storms that blanketed the area many wondered, us included, would they all return for Thursday’s rain date. For us fans that returned we saw nearly 60 Modifieds in the pits and were treated to one great…More

Port Royal Dream, Brent Marks’ streak, Brad McClelland’s Trail-Way dominance, highlight Central Pa notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Dream race on tap. Port Royal Speedway takes center stage this week with the running of the Living Legends Dream Race, which will honor Lance Dewease and former car owner Maynard Boop. There will be two 16-lap semi features, each paying $2,000 to the winner. The top 10 finishers from each semi will advance to the A-Main, with the top three entering a revenge draw to start at the front of the field. The 35-lap A-Main will pay $10,000. Former winners include Sean Michael (2007), Greg Hodnett (2008), Cody Darrah (2009), Chad Layton (2010), Blane…More

Border Patrol – A weekly look at racing from both sides of the 1000 Islands 7/30/14

By CRAIG REVELLE Where has the season gone? It is hard to believe we are sitting here at the end of July, with just over a month remaining in the regular season at our weekly Speedways. That is just five more events on the schedule for most tracks before either ending the season, or turning toward special events to conclude the season. All tracks end their points battles as of Labor Day Weekend and crown champions in each division. This past weekend I visited Mohawk International Raceway on Friday night as they hosted the Seaway Sportsman Series/Frenchie’s Ford “Go Further”…More

Weedsport Speedway reopens with a bang in front of capacity crowd

By DOUG ELKINS (Post Standard) It is not often that a sportsman race is the place to be but that was the case on Sunday as the newly re-vamped Weedsport Speedway held their first race of the season after a rainout two weeks ago. The 75-lap Sportsman Classic headlined a two-division show at the Cayuga County Fairgrounds in front of a capacity crowd.A strong field of 49 sportsman was on hand and Canadian James Michael Friesen, cousin of modified racer Stewart Friesen, passed Syracuse winner Rocky Warner on a lap 51 restart and worked his way nicely through slower traffic…More

Struggling All Stars, Donny Schatz doubles up, more national Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) All Stars in trouble? We mentioned last week that Dale Blaney and Jac Haudenschild — Tim Kaeding is part time on the circuit — were the only full-time All Star Circuit of Champions regulars to participate in the “Thunder through the Plains Tour.” It didn’t get much better this week, as 11 cars showed up Thursday at Williston Basin Speedway. Sunday’s All Star race at Huset’s Speedway drew more cars, but Blaney and Haudenschild were the only full timers in attendance. The series is suffering through some financial struggles, which makes you wonder how long…More

Billings Gets First at Brewerton, Wilder Takes Fonda Honors – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Matt Billings finally got to experience Victory Lane at the Brewerton Speedway. The Brockville, Ont., native passed Matt Hulsizer on a lap 20 restart and then held on over multiple restarts near the conclusion of the race for his first win at the facility in the 35-lap modified feature last Friday night. “We’ve been running good as of late,” said Billings. “We’ve had some good runs then had some bad runs this year. The last couple weeks have been tough. We had some carburetor problems a few weeks ago and then got in an accident last week,…More

Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series 7/30/14

(George Levy Photo) TULSA, Okla. – Regional competition in the American Sprint Car Series took center stage this past weekend as the ASCS Southwest and Frontier Regions took to the track at three facilities in Arizona and Montana. The weekend saw two drivers returning to Victory Lane and added a new winner to the ASCS ranks. The Winners: Friday, July 25, 2014 • Trever Kirkland (Frontier Region) – It’s not common to see anyone sneak by Joe Ramaker, but Trever Kirkland did just that in the closing laps at the Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Mont. Friday night for his first…More