Saldana, McMahan and Lasoski Excited for Winter
Heat Sprint Car Showdown
Inside Line Promotions – SOMERTON, Ariz. (Sept.
1, 2014) – Names are beginning to fill the entry list for the inaugural
Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.
More than two dozen entries have been sent in for the prestigious sprint car
event, which will be held at Cocopah Speedway on Jan. 2-3, Jan. 6 and Jan.
9-10 of next year.
“We are extremely excited about the overwhelming response so far and we look
forward to continue to build this event in the coming months,” Cocopah
Speedway Promoter Greg Burgess said. “The level of talent from drivers and
teams who have already committed is outstanding.”
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series drivers Joey Saldana and Paul McMahan
are two of the premier names who have announced their intention of competing
for the $12,000-to-win prize during the four weekend races and the
$5,000-to-win payout for the midweek show.
“It’s a big deal,” McMahan said. “They are putting on a purse that’s better
than an Outlaw paying purse. It’s going to be fun. I’ve never been there,
but I’m really looking forward to going there. Any time you can get out of
the cold weather in Pennsylvania and down in Arizona it’s going to be
relaxing for the guys. I’ll be able to hopefully make a little bit of money
and not have to travel around the world.”
While the money and weather will be a benefit, so is the opportunity to
spend the holidays with family.
“I think it’s great for me,” Saldana said. “I’ve been lucky enough to go to
Australia. I went for 12 or 13 years. Something like this is definitely
awesome for me because my boys are 4 and 11 now so Christmas is very
important. I can continue to race in the offseason and continue to race at a
high level and race for good money so I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Former World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski will also compete throughout
the week and a half of competition at Cocopah Speedway.
“I think it’s an absolute home run for everyone,” he said. “At that time of
the year the racing has been over for about two months. True race fans are
dying to get back in it. Now you can see the best of the best in Arizona for
two weeks. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I’m very proud to be a part of
Tickets are available for sale online by visiting
Additionally, anyone who purchases a ticket by Dec. 1, 2014, will receive a
free fan pit pass from 2-5 p.m. on that race date.
WINTER HEAT SPRINT CAR SHOWDOWN –
Dates: Jan. 2-3, 6, 9-10, 2015
Track: Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.
Prize: $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start each night (Jan. 2-3, 9-10);
$5,000-to-win (Jan. 6); approximately $250,000 total prize money
Type: 410ci sprint cars
Fans can purchase tickets by clicking
who purchases by Dec. 1, 2014, will receive a free fan pass to the pits from
2-5 p.m. on that race date.
MEDIA LINKS –
THE EVENT –
The inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will showcase the top sprint
car drivers in the world in sunny Southwest Arizona during the first two
weekends of January in 2015. The four weekend races pay $12,000 to the
winner and at least $1,000 to every driver who advances to the main event
with the midweek show paying $5,000 to win.
COCOPAH SPEEDWAY –
Cocopah Speedway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile dirt track located in Somerton,
Ariz. It has a concrete wall perimeter, television-quality lighting and the
pits are located outside turns three and four. There is also dry camping
free of charge on the property. For more information, visit
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NLRA Preview - Red River Co-Op Speedway
NLRA regular, Bill Mooney in his Lucas Oil Latemodel.
Photo by Tim Johnson
This Thursday night July the 17th, the NLRA will
try to take mother nature out of the win column and race at the Red River
Co-op Speedway near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The race is scheduled to be
the series' 23rd appearance at the four-tenths mile oval that sits five
minutes south of Winnipeg on Highway 75. The NLRA's first event was held at
the track when it was the Victory Lane Speedway in June 1998 with Howie
Schill becoming the first winner in series history.
Mike Balcaen, driver of the No. 10 Northstar Canada Victory Circle, is the
defending track champion, and leads all drivers with five previous NLRA
victories at the speedway. Brad Seng, driver of the No. 12S S&S Transport
Mars MB Custom is the only other series regular to win in Winnipeg, with two
previous victories. Current series runner-up Ricky Weiss is undefeated in
weekly action in Winnipeg this season, as he has parked the No. 7 Derrick's
Sandblasting machine in victory lane all four times that the late models
have raced there this season.
Joey Pederson, driver of the No. 7P Dahlstrom Motors Mars MB Custom, won
last years' visit to Winnipeg. Pederson started seventh and took the lead
from Paul Veert on lap eleven. Pederson lead the final 14 laps for his
second series win in Winnipeg and seventh overall. Dustin Strand, driver of
the No. 71S Q&Z Plumbing & Heating Millenium, Troy Schill, driver of the No.
11 Forks Finest Auto Body Rocket, Balcaen, and Brad Seng rounded out the top
Paul Veert, who lead nine of the first ten laps finished sixth, while Steve
Anderson, driver of the No. 9 Hi-Per-Flex Panel Systems Pierce ran seventh.
Steffen Snare, driver of the No. 71 High Mark Snowmobile Rentals Bloomquist
was eighth. Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lithia Toyota/Pizza Ranch
Rocket and Cole Schill, driver of the No. 44 Rivinius Ranch Rocket rounded
out the top ten. Seng picked up his second of three consecutive hard charger
awards, passing seven cars during the main event.
Brad Seng leads the NLRA point standings, with a 36 point advantage over
Ricky Weiss. Pat Doar sits in the third spot, with Mike Balcaen and Dustin
Strand trailing in fourth and fifth respectively. Shane Edginton in the No.
5E Avonlea Group entry holds the sixth spot, with five time World of Outlaws
sprint car champion Donny Schatz sitting seventh. Dave Smith, in the No. 06
Mobil 1 Capital is eighth, while Bill Mooney and Cole Schill round out the
NLRA Rained Out At Greenbush Again
On Saturday night the NLRA was scheduled to make-up their June 14th event at
the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN, but a line on showers showed up at
the track at six o'clock and dumped too much rain, causing a second
cancellation of late model racing in Greenbush this season. Saturdays' race
was the third consecutive series event to fall to rain, and the fifth rain
out overall. NLRA series officials and the Greenbush Race Park are working
to find a date and try a third time to race in Greenbush.
Previous NLRA Feature Winners at Red River Co-Op Speedway:
2013 - Joey Pederson on June 27
2012 - Brad Seng on June 28
2009 - Ricky Weiss on June 11; Troy Schill on August 6
2008 - Brad Seng on May 22; Mike Balcaen on August 7
2007 - Kevin Sexton on May 17; Scott Greer on June 21; Kevin Sexton on
August 16; Joel Cryderman on Sept. 8
2006 - Mike Balcaen on June 15; John Seitz on August 17; Kevin Sexton on
2005 - John Seitz on June 16; Mike Balcaen on Sept. 10
2004 - Troy Schill on May 1; Kevin Sexton on Sept. 11
2003 - Mike Balcaen on May 3; Joey Pederson on Sept. 6
2001 - Joey Pederson on April 28
1998 - Howie Schill on June 17; Mike Balcaen on July 15
Arizona Sport Shirts Continuing As Official
Merchandise Provider/Partner Of World of Outlaws Late Model Series And
DIRTcar Racing In 2014
Indianapolis-Based Company Will Celebrate 40th
Anniversary With Season-Long Specials For Fans & Racers CONCORD, NC – Feb.
6, 2014 – Arizona Sport Shirts has extended its commitment as the official
merchandise provider and partner of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series
and DIRTcar Racing organization for the 2014 season.
Continuing a successful partnership with the World Racing Group-owned series
that has stretched for nearly a decade, the Indianapolis-based company will
have dedicated merchandise trailers at all WoO LMS and DIRTcar Summer
Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Late Model events this season as well as selected
other DIRTcar-sanctioned shows to offer fans a wide selection of branded
apparel and collectibles.
“I am so proud to say we have re-signed with the World Racing Group to
service the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, the DIRTcar Summer Nationals
and DIRTcar Racing,” said Gerald Newton, Senior Vice President of Operations
for Arizona Sport Shirts. “I am very involved with the series, so this is
not just a business partnership for me. It goes beyond that level. You gotta
have heart and a love for the sport, and we have it for these series.”
Arizona Sports Shirts’ distinctive 53-foot Featherlite ‘super trailer’
loaded with WoO LMS merchandise will once again be on hand to accommodate
fans at all tracks hosting full-fender World of Outlaws races in 2014. The
company’s strong presence at WoO LMS events will also include a new, better
equipped ‘GottaRace.com’ merchandise trailer and, for the first time, a
trailer dedicated to selling apparel for two-time WoO LMS champion Darrell
Arizona Sport Shirts began producing apparel and other items for the WoO LMS
midway through the 2006 season. It stepped up its product line and presence
at tour events in 2011 after inking an unprecedented three-year contract as
the circuit’s official merchandise provider and has now extended that
relationship into the future.
The 2014 racing campaign will mark the 40th anniversary of the birth of
Arizona Sports Shirts – and to commemorate the milestone, the firm will give
fans and racers plenty of added incentive to visit its merchandise trailers.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 40th anniversary in business,” said
Newton. “The fortitude and dedication of Karl Korbacher (President and
founder of Arizona Sports Shirts) has brought us a long way and partnerships
like the ones we have with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and
DIRTcar Racing will continue taking us to even greater heights.
“Karl and all of us at Arizona Sports Shirts have an outright love of our
sport and we plan to share that feeling all year with the fans and racers by
doing special things in honor of our 40th anniversary. Fans will definitely
want to stop by our merchandise trailers at World of Outlaws and DIRTcar
Racing events to see the 40th anniversary deals we’ll be offering.”
Arizona Sport Shirts’ WoO LMS Merchandise Center will make its 2014 debut
when the national tour kicks off the new season with the Bubba Army Dirt
Late Model Winter Nationals Feb. 14-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.
The trailer will also be stationed at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville,
Fla., Feb. 17-22 for the Late Model portion of the DIRTcar Nationals by
Summit Racing Equipment, which features DIRTcar-sanctioned events Feb. 17-19
and WoO LMS programs Feb. 20-22.
More info on Arizona Sport Shirts – including on-line ordering details – is
available by logging on to
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit
Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and
Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws .
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country
by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom
Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel
Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires
(Official Racing Tires), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), Lincoln Welder
(Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), VP Racing Fuel (Official
Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy's One Hour
Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition
to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock,
JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD, Ohlins Shocks,
QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco
Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra
Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake's Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and
COMP Cams® Renews Partnership With DIRTCar HP For
Memphis, TN - COMP Cams® will serve as a major
sponsor of DIRTCar HP in 2014, marking the valve train leader's fourth
consecutive season of involvement with the unique dirt engine
builder/manufacturer alliance. The program, of which COMP® was a founding
partner, provides a direct line of communication between manufacturers and
builders to help create better and more cost-effective engine components.
DIRTCar HP includes the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, World of
Outlaws Late Model Series, Super DIRTCar Series and UMP DIRTCar Summer
Nationals "Hell Tour." Since its inception in 2011, the program has grown
from an original membership of 200 engine builders to more than 550 at the
start of the 2014 season. Throughout the year COMP Cams® provides product
certificates to drivers and engine builders competing in each of the 200
races across all four traveling circuits. The result is a variety of
relationships with racers and builders in every corner of the country.
"We're proud to support the talented teams and engine builders that take
part in all of these grueling series," said COMP Cams® VP of Marketing,
Chris Douglas. "It's a major accomplishment to win a race on these tours,
let alone a championship. The passion and dedication that these individuals
show is a perfect fit for COMP Cams® - a place where similarly driven
employees turn out the world's best valve train components on a daily
DIRTCar HP hosts five engine builder luncheons during the calendar year to
bring engine builders and manufacturers even closer together. Newsletters
and other promotional material are also distributed throughout the season to
keep members abreast of the latest technology. In addition, COMP Cams ®
banners are present at every track and cars must run COMP® decals to be
eligible for contingency awards. Nearly 1,500 unique entries compete in one
of the four DIRTCar HP-sanctioned touring series each year.
"Both the number of cars that compete and the breadth and scope of tracks
visited are major reasons for the continued involvement of COMP Cams ® in
this program," Douglas explained. "Being able to reach so many racers and
fans at the track, along with millions more on television and online, is a
great opportunity for our brand."
The COMP Cams® brand features the industry's largest and most highly trained
engineering staff, revolutionary manufacturing techniques and extensive
testing in the shop and at the track. That commitment to excellence for more
than 35 years has made the company The Absolute Leader In Valve Train
About COMP Cams®
Founded in 1976 and based in Memphis, TN, COMP Cams® has become the
automotive performance aftermarket's "Absolute Leader in Valve Train
Technology." With an ISO 9001:2008 Certification, our mission is to produce
the highest performing products possible, provide superior customer service
and lead the industry in technological development. Additional information
about COMP Cams® and its products can be found at
www.compcams.com or at 1.800.999.0853.
Also, visit us on Facebook ( facebook.com/COMPWins), Twitter (twitter.com/COMPCams)
or YouTube (CPGNationTV.com).
DIRTVision.com Kicks Off Season with New User-Friendly
Bright and bold, online streaming site set to broadcast Feb. 11 at DIRTcar
CONCORD, N.C. – Feb. 3, 2014 – DIRTVision.com
got a makeover this winter and will be big and bright for the 2014 season,
which kicks off Feb. 11-22 with the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit
Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park.
DIRTVision.com’s new look comes with a more user-friendly design, giving
fans the best experience available when navigating the site. Plus, there
will be more Cybercasts on the schedule than ever before, including several
new tracks and some fan favorites. The “chat” feature is back with
new-and-improved user access. Fans will now be able to watch or listen to
the live coverage and chat with other race fans.
As always, audio broadcasts on DIRTVision’s Dirt Radio Network featuring the
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series , the World of Outlaws Late Model
Series and the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series are free. This year’s
schedule of live streaming video events will be offered on the
industry-standard pay-per-view basis. Events can be purchased on an
individual basis through the website, with weekend packages and event
packages available throughout the season.
The new DIRTVision.com will require fans to register to gain access. The
process is now easier than ever. Simply go to www.dirtvision.com and click
the “Sign Up” button. After you register, an email verification code will be
sent to the email address the user provided. The user can click the link
from the email to complete the registration process. It’s that simple. The
user will then be able to purchase any event. Users struggling with the
process can email email@example.com for technical assistance.
The first Cybercast begins Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Volusia Speedway Park with
the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Daily
subscriptions during the event are $21.99. The entire sprint car/DIRTcar UMP
Modified week (Feb. 11-16) is $69.99, or for the full Late Model/Super
DIRTcar Series week (Feb. 17-22) is $69.99. Each night’s action will feature
multiple cameras, instant replays and driver interviews.
American Racing Continues Partnership with Keneric
For 2014 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Season
CERRITOS, CA (January 21, 2014) - American
Racing, the nation's iconic custom wheel manufacturer, will continue its
partnership with the Australian owned Keneric Racing as the naming rights
sponsor of the No. 29 sprint car piloted by Kerry Madsen for the 2014 World
of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Season.
"After the tremendous response at the WoO World Finals at Charlotte in
November, we all sat down and had a serious conversation about the potential
in our newly founded relationship," said Dan Ricehouse, spokesman for
American Racing. "Keneric Racing runs a first class operation; with their
core business in Australia (Keneric Group) and their race team in the USA,
they have made a serious commitment to run for a WoO Championship in 2014.
With the "Mad Man" Kerry Madsen behind the wheel all the pieces of the
puzzle are there to have a successful 2014 season; game on."
American Racing still prides itself on the mission that began in a
California speed shop nearly 60 years ago with the production of a single
set of lightweight, custom drag racing wheels. The company set a standard
that launched the custom wheel industry and continues to set the benchmark
around the world today. The Keneric Racing partnership further extends
American Racing commitments to motorsports as they are the "Official Custom
Wheel" and corporate partner to the World of Outlaws, and supporter of top
teams and drivers in NHRA and Indy Car.
"We are extremely excited about the newly formed partnership with American
Racing for the 2014 WoO sprint car season," said Peter Gavranich, General
Manager and part owner of Keneric Racing. "We started on this journey back
in 2011 and when we look back and reflect on where we are today, and the
things that we have achieved for a privately owned Australian team, to be
competing with the WoO in the USA is a pretty good thing in itself let alone
the fact that we have just aligned ourselves with a corporate American
company and WoO series sponsor. We have never been in a better position."
Excitement for 2014 is also at a high level for driver Kerry Madsen, "We're
really looking forward to 2014. We have put in a lot of work in the off
season and have been working harder than ever to prepare for our most
important season to date," says Madsen. "I am proud to continue my
association with Keneric Racing and the newly formed partnership with
American Racing. With our new crew chief, Tyler Swank, on board I think we
will be much more consistent in 2014. Since our inception we have taken
small steps each year in our development as a race team and organization; we
believe that we are now another step closer to achieving our goals. We are
under no illusion of the expectations and the added pressure of securing a
partner such as American Racing, but it's a challenge we are up for and
ready for," explains Madsen.
About American Racing
American Racing is an iconic brand and a wheel industry leader in
craftsmanship, engineering, innovation and performance. Founded in 1956 as a
manufacturer of bespoke magnesium and aluminum racing wheels, its roots date
back to the golden era of hot rodding. American Racing is a Wheel Pros
brand. Wheel Pros products are sold worldwide in more than 20 countries on
four continents and through a U.S. network of more than 25,000 authorized
dealers. It is one of the world's largest suppliers of branded custom
wheels, performance tires and related accessories for cars, SUVs and light
About Keneric Racing
Formed in January 2011, Keneric Racing is an Australian owned sprint car
team based out of Knoxville IOWA USA. The team is spearheaded by driver
Kerry Madsen and owned by the father/son duo of Bob & Peter Gavranich. With
a passion for sprint car racing and desire to compete at the highest level,
it didn't take long for this team to achieve the results and gain much
earned respect within the sprint car community.
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