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It is now Wednesday and with last weeks racing already at least four days removed, let us focus on previewing all that is going on in and around the State of Oklahoma for this coming April Fool's weekend:
The biggest show to date since the tracks reopening takes place this coming Friday night as the MARS DIRTcar late model division will take to the big Muskogee State Fairgrounds half mile oval at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee. It will be the series first appearance at the track since 2002 when Sallisaw, Oklahoma resident Raymond Merrill picked up the victory. Scheduled to be on hand are defending series champion Terry Phillips as will teammate Jeremy Payne, Jesse Stovall, Bill Frye, Wendell Wallace, the Mooneyhams, Brandon McCormick and Brad Looney. I figure a strong field of thirty drivers will be on hand.
The MARS invasion is part of the tracks Azalea Nationals with the tracks regular divisions (except for the southern sport mods) also competing with the USRA type modifieds competing for $1200 to win. Race time starts at 8:00 PM. Grandstand tickets are just $15, $25 for pit passes. Click on the banner for more information.
Also unique will be the following night, Saturday night, as Thunderbird Speedway and new owners of Tri-State Speedway have done the following. Any modified driver who wins the Azalea Nationals on Friday night and can also win the modified portion of the annual "Kegger" at Tri-State Speedway will earn an extra $500! If the same driver doesn't win both then the driver with the highest point average between the two tracks will earn an extra $300.
It will be the first event of the 2011 season for the track and the first for the trio of Sonny Davis, Ronny Cheek and Randy Russell as they have taken over operating duties of the Pocola speedplant. All divisions including modifieds, emods, super stocks, factory stocks and pure stocks will be competing as will the Race Brothers Show-Me late model series out of Missouri. This series will also be opening their 2011 race season under new ownership as Oklahoma resident Bill McMurtrie. Grandstand admission is $15 and racing starts at 7:00 PM. For more information on all things Tri-State Speedway, check out their website http://www.tristatespeedway.net./.
This Friday night "The Outlaw," Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha kicks off their second season of NASCAR Whelen sanctioning of all divisions and back to USRA sanctioning for the tracks modified division. The season opener for the USRA sanctioned modifieds will pay $1000 to win the winner. To find out more information about the season opener or all things Outlaw Motor Speedway, check them out on the web www.outlawmotorspeedway.com
Outlaw Motor Speedway has joined forces with the Salina High Banks Speedway in Salina as that track is scheduled to open after several years hiatus. Also NASCAR Whelen sanctioned for 2011, the tracks that will be competing regularly will be the USRA modifieds, 360 modifieds, grand nationals, factory stocks and enduros. With the opener this weekend, any driver who can double with a win at the Outlaw on Friday night and Salina on Saturday night will earn an extra $500! Both Outlaw and Salina, as mentioned, are NASCAR Whelen and USRA sanctioned for 2011. For more information check out their site http://salinahighbanksspeedway.com/index.html.
Don't forget that tidbits has a track directory and can be found here http://www.oklahomatidbits.com/TrackDirectory.cfm. I will have driving directions to Salina High Banks posted asap.
As mentioned, Mid-America Speedway will be hosting the season opener for the ASCS Sooner region this coming Saturday night along with the tracks other racing divisions. Gates will open at 4:00 PM with racing set for 7:00 PM.
Also this weekend will be ole George's annual Spring Fling as Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada kicks off their 2011 race season on Friday and Saturday night, the first under the USRA banner. The payout information for this annual two day event can be found by clicking the race banner up above.
It is continued racing action at Lake Country Speedway in Ardmore on Saturday night as the track is coming off a successful weekend last Saturday night. 24 USRA modifieds, 15 IMCA sanctioned southern sport mods, 8 late models, 10 stock cars, 9 hobby stocks and 5 tornados and a near full grandstands gave its best showing in quite some time. This Saturday night will see the regular southern sport mods/b mods pay $500 to the winnner. The tracks will host a two day SMP Texas Speedweek on June 7-8th.
Also on Saturday night will be another night of USRA modified, USRA championship sprint, esprints, factory stocks, super stocks, mini stocks and FWD at Creek County Speedway in Kellyville. The injected sprints are off again this week. Creek County Speedway, along with Brill Motor Speedway are the only two tracks that have USRA sanctioning for the championship sprint division, the only two tracks in USRA history that have sprints sanctioned by the series.
Hutch's (Elk City) Speedway will have their April Fools 500 this coming Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, there isn't a place I can go to without going through leaps and hurdles to get much information other than the modifieds and sport modifieds will pay $1000 to the winners.
I-44 Speedway in South OKC will kick off their 2011 season in grandstyle as the ASCS2 sanctioned Ryan Craighead Memorial takes place this coming Friday and Saturday night. See Cody Morris' prerace review on the tidbits forum.
West Siloam Speedway in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma will be back at it again for their second night of weekly racing this Saturday night.
The states only active weekly paved track, Altus Speedway will kick off their 2011 race season this Saturday night as well.
I won't even begin to tell all about this weekends NCRA season opener for the sprint car, modified and southern sport modified divisions as I have posted press releases and everything else and you would think you know by now. I am really thinking all three divisions will have at least thirty cars with maybe even 40 as the count for the sprinters. Remember grandstand gates open at 5:00 PM with racing set for 7:00 PM with only a $9.00 general admission price. Get there early as the place will be packed!
Understand Joe Wood, Jr. is starting to sweat it out. After announcing plans to compete full time with the NCRA sprint car series in 2011, understand he is awaiting his motor to be finished for pickup. Word is the motor is to be done sometime Thursday.
Brian Brown will be there and field a second sprint car for California's Justyn Cox.
Danny Lasoski has inquired about this weekend and I say there is a 80% chance of him being there.
And best wishes to Tommie Estes, Jr. on whatever venue he decides to take for his career. "Need to do something different," said Tommie while speaking to him by phone Tuesday afternoon. The traveling by himself after all these years has caught up with the man, who, along with Shane Carson and Terry Doss would make their Saturday night travels to Knoxville, Iowa to go sprint car racing back in the late 70's early 80's. While managing USAC's Dodge City Raceway Park is an option, he informs he has several other offers and will make a decision by next Monday.
Tommie is a first class act, always has been and always will be, and one of the most respected racing officials in the business. Took a driver or two a while to figure that out but at least they did. Good luck Tommie!
Try to do better next update, more later....