This tidbits update is brought too you by a new track advertiser here on tidbits, Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas. With the leasing of the track to USAC and operated under the guidance of former sprint car and ASCS competition director Tommie Estes, Jr., word has it this first year was highly successful compared to that past couple of years at the beautiful Western Kansas complex. Look for about the same schedule in 2012 featuring the WoO sprints, USAC sprints and midgets, BST modifieds, NCRA sprints and IMCA sanctioned on their regular divisions. Keep it here throughout the winter months or keep checking out their website for their 2012 track schedule.
Thriller Photo and Video Productions has just completed production of the 22nd annual Lawton Speedway Winter Nationals from this past weekend. Each night is $10 and comes with the quality that you expect from the Michael Jackson produced racing videos. Please check out his website by clicking the ad for all the races he filmed in 2011 as well as his plans for the rest of the race season. This does include this weekends two day ASCS2 event at Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale, Texas, the October 14-15 midget show at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Southwest OKC and the October 21-22 Devils Bowl Speedway Winter Nationals featuring the Lucas Oil ASCS national tour.
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Despite missing a couple of shows in 2011, Donny still managed to finish fourth in the final limited modified point standings for this year at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada. Danny plans on going weekly racing in 2012 at OSP in search for the season championship in that division.
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Just a hand full of racing is left here in Oklahoma so let us have a small preview of what is left of the 2011 race season here in the "Okie" state.
The 3rd annual Bud and Junior Duvall Memorial takes place this coming Friday night at Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha.This 26 lap, $1041 to win event will also have $25 lap leader money - per lap.
Also, all heat race winners will receive on (1) new American racer tire. There
is NO entry fee and draw closes at 7:00 PM with start time at 7:37 PM. The
modified feature will be run earlier in the program.
This will not be the final event at "The Outlaw" as they will host the OCRS sanctioned "Sprint Car Final Showdown" on October 14th followed by the annual "Fall Brawl" on October 28th. The season will close on November 12th with the annual running of the "Turkey Leg 100" event.
The "Sprint Car Showdown" will be the next to final event on the 2011 race season for OCRS where Sean McClelland holds just a 77 point lead over OKC driver Whit Gastineau. Shayla Waddell and Josh Toho are also making the capital city proud as they sit 8th and 9th respectively.
This past weekend was a busy one for the former ASCS sooner region champion, now looking to get an OCRS championship under his built. Sean picked up his seventh OCRS feature victory of the season Friday night at the Outlaw before heading north to 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas for the NCRA sprint car finale and his first ever ride aboard the famed Danny King #e85 sprinter. Shock problems brought an end to his night early causing him an eighteenth place finish in the feature finale, which was won by Jason Martin.
McClelland informs it is getting too expensive for him to continue racing full-time and has talked with Danny King about teaming up for the 2012 race season. He informs Mr. King's health is improving and looking to race more next season.
Davey Ochs, one of the brothers of the famed Ochs' Brothers #1x and former head wrench on Gary Wrights outlaw 410 team back in the 90's and a couple years in "The Dream Weaver's" early ASCS campaigns, informs that wheat harvest has the team shut down for the remainder of the year but driver Garry Lee Maier of Dodge City still wants to race. Don't be surprised if Garry Lee climbs aboard a sprinter owned by long-time friend and car owner Scott Brown.
Do you sprint car fans really know what you have right before your eyes and within easy travels? Both the ASCS sooner region and the NCRA sprint car division has seen parity thus far this season. Eleven different feature winners in that past eleven events held are what the ASCS sooner region can be proud of with current series point leader Joe Wood, jr., Danny Wood, Matt Covington, Tony Bruce, Jr., Brady Bacon, Sean McClelland, Brian McClelland, Jason Johnson, Brandon Corn, Jack Dover and Seth Bergman who won the lastest event held this past Saturday night at Creek County Speedway.
The NCRA can boast Danny Lasoski and Jason Martin as only repeat winners on the 2011 tour which saw eleven other drivers find victory lane. They include Ryan Roberts, Maier, Dover, Bacon, Mike Peters, Jordan Boston, Jeremy Campbell, Johnson and Chad Humston.
The victories by Dover and Bacon (Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kansas) were both ASCS and NCRA co-sanctioned.
That is ninteen different feature winners in twenty-five total races between both ASCS sooner region and NCRA.
This don't happen very often - if ever at all in years past. Former ASCS sooner region champion and ASCS national competitor Danny Jennings of Norman has been shut out of victory lane thus far this season.
Joe Wood, Jr. takes a 108 point lead over newly crowned ASCS Lone Star region champion Matt Convington onto the big fairgrounds half mile oval at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee this Friday night for the sooner region season finale. More information can be found at www.ascsracing.com.
This event will wind up the three day "Okie From Muskogee Fall Classic" at the track and close out the 2011 race season.
Want more topless late models, this time on a wide and racey quarter mile clay oval? Then head to Caney Valley Speedway his Saturday night for the $1500 to win, $300 to start "Topless 40." Entry fee is $100 at a track that hosts weekly late model racing. The track has averaged fourteen of the gladiators on a weekly basis. This is the last big late model race in and around the Oklahoma area this year.
This Saturday nights 7th annual Fall Nationals/2nd annual Mark Robinson Memorial at Brill Motor Speedway in Meeker will see modifieds, champ sprints and emods compete for $750 to win while the pro/street ($500 to win), esprint ($400 to win) and mini stock ($200) to win will also be competing. Added money from several businesses have increased the purse for several divisions. You can check out the full payout here http://www.brillmotorspeedway.com/fallnationalspay.html.
The track will have their final weekly points race on either Friday night, October 14th or Saturday night October 15th, depending on whether or not this weekends Fall Nationals take place due to potential weather. If weather stays nice and this weekend is not rained out, the final points race for USRA points and point fund will take place on the 15th.
Hutch's Elk City Speedway has changed their Winter Nationals for October 20-22nd.
Enid Speedway's Winter Nationals will take place during the daylight hours on Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30th. Both days start at 1:00 PM due to no resolution between the Garfield County Fairboard and the insurance company thus, no electricity. There will be enough electricity for the grandstand and pit pa system and the track signal lights.
Official payout and rules for the annual Winter Nationals, this year promoted by Speedway's Inc. can be found here http://www.oklahomatidbits.com/pdf/Flyer81.pdf.
The season finale for the OCRS sprinters will take place on Saturday night, October 22nd at Caney Valley Speedway.
While the weekly racing season is all complete at I-44 Riverside Speedway in southwest OKC, there is still one more big weekend planned for October 14-15th as the SOWS midgets along with non-wing micros will take to the track. More information will be found here concerning not only the midgets but the non-wing micros as well sometime Thursday afternoon.
The track will be a new track ad sponsor here on tidbits as of Thursday and in 2012 be known as Riverside Speedway.
"I don't know to this day, maybe a communication issue?" This was the only reason long-time OKC car owner JD Porter described about his split earlier in the year with rookie Jason Lair. "In six races there was one win and five, top 5 finishes and all things seemed to be good on the track. However, chalk it up to communication and the change of drivers was made. "Jason is the best I have seen come out of mini-sprints in a long, long time," said Porter, who along with wife Janey and adopted son James Lenhart can either be found at Brill Motor Speedway, Lawton Speedway or anywhere those big right rear tires are slinging dirt.
They hired Chris Burns for a couple of races but there were some tracks Chris was not fond of. Wanting to get the most out of their "Hog Wagon," they then waited for former shoe Joe Wood, Jr. to become available. His first night in the car for 2011 was in OCRS action at Lawton Speedway where Wood, the only driver to really prove how fast that Hog Wagon really is, started seventeenth and finished second. But the car owner didn't check out what mufflers were on his Eagle chassis and was DQ'd. Their next stint was the OCRS Thunderbird Speedway event where a broken oil pump in hot laps sidelined the car for good.
Tentative plans are for the Hog Wagon to be back next year with the hopes of Wood, Jr. again their pilot pending his race schedule.
There are alot more races both in state or just across both North and South state lines. For more information on them click here http://www.oklahomatidbits.com/pressrelease.cfm and keep clicking their daily as updates happen often.
Word has it that this past weekends 2nd annual Stock Car Nationals at Oklahoma Sport Park in Ada was about half the cars it was last year and prior to Saturday nights shows, promoter George Welch informed the feature finale would be $5000 to win, not the $10,000 that had been planned. Mark Brill picked up arguably his biggest win of his racing career.
George paid the full purse last year as he promised but without the support of the drivers, I personally don't see where it is his fault on this. Promoters put up the purse and the show, myself did his best to promote this deal all across the region, but the bottom line is drivers didn't support it.
Much to the same as the Topless late model event at Thunderbird Speedway a couple weeks ago. The purse was there, the press was there but cars didn't show. Even those who said they would be there - didn't - and those who weren't expected did. It is time to stop blaming promoters for low car counts on big shows. They put the events on, they can't put guns to the drivers heads to make them show up.
The crowds at both were very good I am told, just didn't get the support of the drivers.
Congratulations to 2011 NCRA champions in the following divisions; C.J. Johnson (sprint car), Tyler Davis (modifieds), veteran Joe Kosiski (late models) and Steve Kempt (Great Plains late model region). There is only one more division to yet claim a champion and that is the southern sport modifieds. Their season comes to a close this coming Saturday night (October 8) at 81 Speedway where tickets are "buy one, get one free." The Kansas Antinque Auto Racers (KARS) and mod-lites are the support division for this Bill and Shirley Hall Memorial. Race time is 7:00 PM.
Pending on my pulse and thought process after the first of the year, I am leaning on this being my last NCRA event that I cover for the series full-time. I have been doing series pr since 1998 (ASCS and now NCRA) and I have reached the point of burnout. Will the off season winter months change my mind? That I have no answer. All I do know is that I need to spend more time at the house as we have plans to get out of Midwest City and move out into the country.
Tidbits will not be going anywhere. In fact, tidbits will only get stronger as I can focus solely on my baby and the tracks who have their ads here as well as businesses. Taking a page from Johnny Gibson, "often imitated but never duplicated." There are those who tried to have their own site or message board but quickly find out it is very time consuming and does take your attention.
I am not one to brag, never have been and never will be, but I am proud to what I have accomplished here on tidbits since 1998 and feel the best is yet to come.
But as I have stated for all these years this is your website. I let alot of things slide by, more than I should I am told, but we all have a voice. Nobody knows that better than me and if you have followed me or known me since this sites inception you definately know what I am talking about.
That is all for this tidbits update. Stay tuned for further updates as I am trying to gain even more tidbits you may find interesting.