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- Kyle Larson Holds On For His Fourth Warren CAT Qualifying Night Victory
Bryan Hulbert - TULSA, Okla. (January 12, 2021) Picking up his fourth Warren CAT Qualifying Night victory in as many years, Kyle Larson punched his ticket into Saturday's championship A-Feature for the 10th time since 2010. Larson's seventh overall preliminary night victory, the MAVTV No. 01 trailed Thomas Meseraull on the start with the pair quickly going slide for slide for the lead until the caution came on Lap 4 when Jonathan Beason's third-place run came to a close with a hard hit to the wall in the second turn. Rolling the cushion on the restart, Meseraull was under fire immediately, with Larson not able to hold the spot. Regrouping and taking the lead on Lap 8, the point was short-lived as the RMS No. 7x went on the attack. Enter Shane Golobic to make it a three-car fight; the trio traded every line around the Tulsa Expo Raceway before the caution slowed action on Lap 10. Keeping pace through several consecutive cautions, the leaders began shifting lower and lower, with the bottom becoming the dominant line throughout the field by the halfway point. Slowed as traffic came into play on Lap 16, Larson was now stalked by Shane Golobic with Meseraull in pursuit. Coming back up on the back of the field with two laps to go, the pressure was on from Shane. Working to the white flag, the NOS Energy Drink No. 17w tried to keep on Larson's back bumper as he put cars a lap down, but too much speed mounted the Matt Wood Racing entry on a slower car's left rear tire. Dealing with the caution again, the final restart saw T-Mez taking several shots at Larson, but it wasn't enough as Kyle crossed 0.395-seconds ahead of Meseraull. Zach Daum ended up third from seventh, with Cole Bodine up five spots to fourth. Coming from 13th, Danny Stratton rounded out the top five. Derek Hagar was sixth, with Chase Johnson making up 12 positions to grab seventh. Hank Davis eighth was pursued to the line by Daison Pursley, who was the night's Hard Charger from 22nd. Frank Flud also made up ground with a run from 21st to tenth, A field of 62 was on hand Tuesday night for a total of 119 entries on the week thus far. Fatheadz Eyewear Heat Races went to Carson Kvapil, Chase Johnson, Thomas Meseraull, Zach Daum, Brody Fuson, Tanner Carrick, Hank Davis, and Kyle Larson. C-Features were topped by Charlie Crumpton and Matt Westfall. Team Toyota Qualifiers went to Shane Golobic, Kyle Larson, and Jonathan Beason. A pair of Dave.com B-Features were won by Shane Cottle and Carson Kvapil. The VIROC saw Christopher Bell trail early, only to blow the field away by 4.573-seconds. Cannon McIntosh, who led early, ended up second with Kyle Larson third on a last corner pass on Zach Daum and Justin Grant. The World Wide Technology Raceway Flip Count made it to 23, with all drivers uninjured. The 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire continues Wednesday, January 13, 2021, with Circle City Raceway Qualifying Night. The River Spirit Expo Center opens at 9:00 A.M. with Hot Laps at 4:00 P.M. and Racing at 5:00 P.M. (CT). A limited number of Pit Passes will be available to the General Public. Reminder to all who attend that masks are required while inside the River Spirit Expo Center. Those who cannot make it can see the action live on http://www.floracing.com. For continued updates on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, follow the event on Social Media (@cbnationals) and at http://www.chilibowl.com. Results: Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire Tulsa Expo Raceway - Tulsa, Okla. Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Warren CAT Qualifying Night Car Count: 62 Event Count: 119 Fatheadz Heat Races: Top 40 in passing points advance to Qualifiers. Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 2MD-Carson Kvapil; 2. 57D-Aiden Purdue; 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar; 4. 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr; 5. 08K-Michael Faccinto; 6. 56D-Mitchell Davis; 7. 17K-Patrick Kop; 8. (DNF) 73G-Avery Goodman Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 72-Chase Johnson; 2. 17W-Shane Golobic; 3. 39B-Cole Bodine; 4. 75A-Bryan Stanfill; 5. 3PS-Brad Wyatt; 6. 10P-Dylan Postier; 7. 3-Roy Larkin; 8. (DNF) 4U-Jeremy Hill Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 7X-Thomas Meseraull; 2. 7U-Kyle Jones; 3. 19-Frank Flud; 4. 79K-Kyle Simon; 5. 2BX-Brett Becker; 6. 51-Curtis Jones; 7. 0FG-Kevin Quinn; 8. B51-Johnny Brown Jr Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 5D-Zach Daum; 2. 41X-Howard Moore; 3. 91A-Chris Andrews; 4. 68W-Danny Stratton; 5. 22B-Troy Betts; 6. 21B-Brenden Bright; 7. 23T-Tristan Lee; 8. (DNS) 68C-Corby Scherb Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 73X-Brody Fuson; 2. 55D-Nick Drake; 3. 8J-Jonathan Beason; 4. 81X-Dillon Welch; 5. 54-Matt Westfall; 6. 7W-Steve Young; 7. 4F-Chad Frewaldt; 8. (DNF) 2W-Tony Bruce Jr Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 98K-Tanner Carrick; 2. 19Z-Hayden Reinbold; 3. 15S-Dennie Gieber; 4. 72W-Tye Wilke; 5. 5B-Bobby Brewer; 6. 72K-Chad Turner; 7. (DNF) 37T-Kelby Watt; 8. (DNF) 26-Cory Eliason Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 14E-Hank Davis; 2. 45H-Shane Cottle; 3. 9P-Daison Pursley; 4. 21F-Anton Hernandez; 5. 74Z-Zack Merritt; 6. 22C-Charlie Crumpton; 7. (DNF) 98-Ryan Padgett Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 01-Kyle Larson; 2. 20H-Noah Harris; 3. 51H-Mike Hess; 4. 31B-Kyle Beilman; 5. 2R-Carson Sousa; 6. 82-Toby Alfrey; 7. (DNF) 2T-Tanner Allen C-Features: Top 4 advance to corresponding B-Feature. C Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 22C-Charlie Crumpton; 2. 2T-Tanner Allen; 3. 10P-Dylan Postier; 4. 23T-Tristan Lee; 5. 37T-Kelby Watt; 6. 5B-Bobby Brewer; 7. 4U-Jeremy Hill; 8. (DNF) 4F-Chad Frewaldt; 9. (DNF) 17K-Patrick Kop; 10. (DNF) B51-Johnny Brown Jr; 11. (DNF) 72K-Chad Turner C Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 54-Matt Westfall; 2. 26-Cory Eliason; 3. 3PS-Brad Wyatt; 4. 82-Toby Alfrey; 5. 7W-Steve Young; 6. 2W-Tony Bruce Jr; 7. 0FG-Kevin Quinn; 8. (DNF) 73G-Avery Goodman; 9. (DNF) 3-Roy Larkin; 10. (DNF) 68C-Corby Scherb; 11. (DNF) 98-Ryan Padgett Team Toyota Qualifiers: Top 16 in combined passing points advance to the A-Feature. Qualifier 1 (10 Laps): 1. 17W-Shane Golobic; 2. 5D-Zach Daum; 3. 98K-Tanner Carrick; 4. 08K-Michael Faccinto; 5. 41X-Howard Moore; 6. 73X-Brody Fuson; 7. 19Z-Hayden Reinbold; 8. 15S-Dennie Gieber; 9. 2R-Carson Sousa; 10. 22B-Troy Betts Qualifier 2 (10 Laps): 1. 01-Kyle Larson; 2. 9JR-Derek Hagar; 3. 14E-Hank Davis; 4. 39B-Cole Bodine; 5. 72-Chase Johnson; 6. 20H-Noah Harris; 7. 79K-Kyle Simon; 8. 74Z-Zack Merritt; 9. (DNF) 81X-Dillon Welch; 10. (DNF) 9P-Daison Pursley Qualifier 3 (10 Laps): 1. 7X-Thomas Meseraull; 2. 57D-Aiden Purdue; 3. 56D-Mitchell Davis; 4. 51-Curtis Jones; 5. 91A-Chris Andrews; 6. 19-Frank Flud; 7. 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr; 8. 51H-Mike Hess; 9. 31B-Kyle Beilman; 10. (DNF) 75A-Bryan Stanfill Qualifier 4 (10 Laps): 1. 8J-Jonathan Beason; 2. 68W-Danny Stratton; 3. 7U-Kyle Jones; 4. 45H-Shane Cottle; 5. 2MD-Carson Kvapil; 6. 21F-Anton Hernandez; 7. 55D-Nick Drake; 8. 21B-Brenden Bright; 9. 2BX-Brett Becker; 10. 72W-Tye Wilke Dave.com B-Features: Top 4 advance to the A-Feature. B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 45H-Shane Cottle; 2. 72-Chase Johnson; 3. 19-Frank Flud; 4. 20H-Noah Harris; 5. 75A-Bryan Stanfill; 6. 74Z-Zack Merritt; 7. 91A-Chris Andrews; 8. 10P-Dylan Postier; 9. 23T-Tristan Lee; 10. 72W-Tye Wilke; 11. 2T-Tanner Allen; 12. 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr; 13. 2BX-Brett Becker; 14. 22C-Charlie Crumpton; 15. (DNF) 79K-Kyle Simon; 16. (DNS) 81X-Dillon Welch B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 2MD-Carson Kvapil; 2. 21F-Anton Hernandez; 3. 9P-Daison Pursley; 4. 55D-Nick Drake; 5. 2R-Carson Sousa; 6. 41X-Howard Moore; 7. 51H-Mike Hess; 8. 26-Cory Eliason; 9. 54-Matt Westfall; 10. 3PS-Brad Wyatt; 11. 15S-Dennie Gieber; 12. 22B-Troy Betts; 13. 21B-Brenden Bright; 14. 31B-Kyle Beilman; 15. 19Z-Hayden Reinbold; 16. 82-Toby Alfrey Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions VIROC (25 Laps): 1. 84X-Christopher Bell; 2. 71K-Cannon McIntosh; 3. 01-Kyle Larson; 4. 5D-Zach Daum; 5. 2J-Justin Grant; 6. 21H-Brady Bacon; 7. 08-Tanner Thorson; 8. 1R-Brad Sweet; 9. 21-Daryn Pittman; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 11. (DNF) 97-Rico Abreu; 12. (DNF) 3N-Jake Neuman; 13. (DNF) 1S-Spencer Bayston; 14. (DNF) 89-Chris Windom A-Feature: Top 2 advance to Saturday's A-Feature. A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 01-Kyle Larson; 2. 7X-Thomas Meseraull; 3. 5D-Zach Daum; 4. 39B-Cole Bodine; 5. 68W-Danny Stratton; 6. 9JR-Derek Hagar; 7. 72-Chase Johnson; 8. 14E-Hank Davis; 9. 9P-Daison Pursley; 10. 19-Frank Flud; 11. 7U-Kyle Jones; 12. 55D-Nick Drake; 13. 08K-Michael Faccinto; 14. 8J-Jonathan Beason; 15. 20H-Noah Harris; 16. 21F-Anton Hernandez; 17. 56D-Mitchell Davis; 18. 98K-Tanner Carrick; 19. 57D-Aiden Purdue; 20. 45H-Shane Cottle; 21. (DNF) 2MD-Carson Kvapil; 22. (DNF) 17W-Shane Golobic; 23. (DNF) 73X-Brody Fuson; 24. (DNF) 51-Curtis Jones Lap Leader(s): Thomas Meseraull 1-10; Kyle Larson 11-30 Hard Charger: Daison Pursley +13
- DIRTVision Launches Platinum FAST PASS Annual Subscription
Knoxville Nationals, World of Outlaws events, DIRTcar Summer Nationals and more included Jan. 12, 2021 - DIRTVision is excited to present race fans with the new Platinum FAST PASS annual subscription, which includes the Knoxville Nationals and a plethora of live World of Outlaws and DIRTcar events. For an annual price of just $299, fans will be able to access all World of Outlaws events - both Sprint Cars and Late Models - along with all Super DIRTcar Series events, the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals tours, the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, weekly racing from Knoxville Raceway, Williams Grove Speedway and Attica Raceway Park, along with the biggest Sprint Car events in Australia. With the Platinum FAST PASS exclusively, fans will be able to access the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway live as part of the package. "DIRTVision is thrilled to offer fans an annual plan that brings them the best dirt racing in the country year around," said Jim Chiappelli, DIRTVision general manager. "We're continuing to enhance fans' viewing experience in all areas this year, from the production side to fan engagement, and the annual subscription is one of many new and exciting ventures they can expect to see from DIRTVision in 2021." Fans will also see the continuation and growth of popular features, such as mesmerizing drone footage and in-depth coverage from pit reporters, which viewers will see on a full-time basis in 2021 for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series. You can view the upcoming DIRTVision schedule and sign up for the new Platinum FAST PASS annual subscription now at DIRTVision.com. 2020 DIRTcar Awards Named and Champions Recognized Posted: 12 Jan 2021 11:37 AM PST Jan. 12, 2021 - They raced hard all year, and it's time now to name the 2020 DIRTcar Racing award recipients and recognize each of the national and regional champions from this past season. Congratulations to each of the award winners! Late Model Mechanic of the Year - Aaron Mitchell Mitchell crewed the Bob Cullen Racing #3S, driven by Brian Shirley, to a third consecutive DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship and second consecutive DIRTcar Late Model national points championship in 2020, collecting nine Feature wins for a total of 21 DIRTcar Victory Lane trips over the past two championship seasons. UMP Modified Mechanic of the Year - Darrell Hoffman Darrell helped turn the wrenches on son Nick Hoffman's Elite Chassis cars in 2020; his efforts in the shop and at the track led to Nick's third career DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals championship, as well as his second consecutive DIRTcar UMP Modified national points championship. Late Model Chassis Champion & Builder of the Year - Rocket Chassis Rocket Chassis were again the brand to beat in 2020, serving as the framework of choice for DIRTcar National champions Brian Shirley and Torin Mettile, as well as regional champions Rusty Griffaw, Devin Shiels and Chad Finley. UMP Modified Chassis Champion & Builder of the Year - Elite Chassis Elite Chassis had another stellar year in the UMP Modified ranks, occupying four of the top-10 spots in the final national points standings and four of the top-five in DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals final points standings. Late Model Engine Builder of the Year - Durham Racing Engines Andy Durham and his associates at the company's shop in Trinity, NC, put together another winning package for customers in 2020, powering Brian Shirley's championship run as well as several other Late Model teams around the nation. UMP Modified Engine Builder of the Year - NASCAR Technical Institute Nick Hoffman raced a NASCAR Technical Institute engine in 2020 to a grand total of 22 Feature wins in DIRTcar competition, highlighted by two $10,000-to-win victories on Labor Day weekend at Fairbury Speedway's Super Nationals and Spoon River Speedway's Plowboy Nationals. DIRTcar Racing Rookie of the Year - Jeffrey Ledford The 21-year-old former UMP Modified regular from Pontiac, IL, made the jump into a full-size DIRTcar Late Model for the 2020 season and made it count, finishing 27th overall in the national Late Model points standings. A standout performance was spawned right out of the gate, as he came from 14th to finish 7th in only his second time behind the wheel at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in June. Late Model Sportsman of the Year - Daryn Klein A native of Fairview Heights, IL, Klein receives the 2020 Late Model Sportsman award for his appearances at several DIRTcar-sanctioned tracks in addition to his always-fan-friendly demeanor. UMP Modified Sportsman of the Year - Brad DeYoung Wheatfield, IN's Brad DeYoung is the recipient of the Modified Sportsman award for his commonly noted helpfulness to his fellow competitors and improvement behind the wheel in 2020. 2020 DIRTcar Racing Points Champions LATE MODEL • National - Brian Shirley • South - Rusty Griffaw • North - Devin Shiels • East - Chad Finley • West - Kevin Weaver • South West - Jim Moon UMP MODIFIED • National - Nick Hoffman • Michigan - Jeff Erickson Jr. • Indiana - Tyler Loughmiller • East - KC Burdette • Missouri-Illinois - Rick Conoyer • Northern Illinois - Mike McKinney • South - Blaze Melton • Deep South - Garrett Stewart • Ohio - Kyle Moore • Illinois - Tommy Sheppard Jr. • Ohio-Indiana - Derek Losh PRO LATE MODEL • National - Torin Mettile • West - Jake Little • East - Torin Mettile UMP SPORTSMAN • National - Bryce Shidler • West - Tommy Duncan • East - Bryce Shidler PRO MODIFIED • National - Billy Knebel Jr. STOCK CAR • National - Lance Evans • North - Megan Erwin • South - Terry Reed Jr. FACTORY STOCK • National - Trevor Isaak SPORT COMPACT • National - Dallas Strauch • East - Skylar Antonelli • West - Eldon Hemken • South - Brady Reed • North - Dave Lauritson KID MODZ 2020 Champion - Brenden Heizer
- ALLSTAR Performance Expands Partnership with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Batavia, OH (January 12, 2021) - Allstar Performance, a longtime partner with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, has expanded their partnership, in 2021, as the new title sponsor of the Allstar Performance Fast Time Award. Allstar Performance, located in Watervliet, MI, designs, builds, and sells high quality racing/performance automotive parts and equipment for both the street enthusiast and the professional racer. The Allstar Performance brand offers thousands of hard-to-find specialty items that cover many segments in the performance aftermarket. For over 25 years, customers worldwide have come to rely on the quality, affordable and practical items available from Allstar Performance. As the title sponsor of the Allstar Performance Fast Time award, the driver that sets overall fast time at each Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will receive a $100 Product Certificate towards the purchase of products, compliments of Allstar Performance. In addition, the driver that earns the most Allstar Performance Fast Time Awards - over the season - will be recognized as the "Allstar Performance Fast Time Driver of the Year" at the year-end awards banquet, and receive an additional cash and product award. "We couldn't be more excited to expand our partnership with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. We want to continue to support the racers, and being the title sponsor of the Fast time award gives us more opportunities to do just that. We look forward to another great year with the Lucas Oil Series, in 2021," stated Curt Spalding, Division Manager at Allstar Performance. "The success and popularity of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series would not be possible without great partners, like Allstar Performance, that support us. Allstar Performance's commitment to giving back to the racers through their product certificate program is extremely beneficial to the racers. We are very grateful for having Allstar Performance as the title sponsor of the Fast Time Award in 2021," stated Wayne Castleberry, Corporate Motorsports Sales and Marketing Director for Lucas Oil Motorsports. To learn more about Allstar Performance visit their official website at: www.allstarperformance.com and download their company catalog. #### About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showcases the talents of the top dirt late model drivers from across the country. In 2021, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sanction 59 events across 18 states, including some of the biggest marquee events in the industry, providing dirt slinging, sideways, door-to-door racing action lap after lap. The series receives national exposure through a television package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events will broadcast on four networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. The in your face excitement of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is second to none in motorsports. For more information, including the latest news, tour schedule, driver information, and more, visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com. 2021 Official Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners 2021 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Partners Include: Advanced Powder Coating, Allstar Performance, Arizona Sport Shirts, Automotive Racing Products, Big River Steel, Bilstein, Black Diamond Chassis, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, Brandon Ford, Brodix, Capital Race Cars, Cornett Racing Engines, CP Carrillo Pistons, DirtonDirt.com, Dirty Girl Racewear, Dixie Chopper, Durham Racing Engines, E3 Spark Plugs, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, GEICO, General Tire, Heath Lawson Photography, Holmatro, Hoosier Tire, Hot Rod Processing, Keyser Manufacturing, K&N Engineering, LINE-X, Longhorn Chassis, Lucas Oil Products, LucasOilRacing.TV, MasterSbilt Race Cars, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, MSD Performance, MyRacePass, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Öhlins Shocks, Optima Batteries, Outerwears, Penske Racing Shocks, Performance Bodies, Pro Power Racing Engines, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Rocket Chassis, Rugged Radios, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, Slicker Graphics, STEEL-IT, Sunoco Race Fuels, Super Clean, Swift Springs, Summit Racing Equipment, Thermo-Tec Automotive Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Vic Hill Race Engines, Wrisco Aluminum, Xcelydne Valvetrain, 5150 Race Trailers
- MATTOX TAKES 2020 USAC NATIONAL MOST IMPROVED DRIVER HONORS
Speedway, Indiana (January 12, 2021).........For the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, Brandon Mattox made the conscious decision to step his game up and pay his full attention toward improvement as he chased the full series tour for the first time in his decade-plus career. The leap has paid off not only in his racecraft and in his accumulation of career-best results, but also in the accolades department, as the Terre Haute, Ind. driver was rewarded for his efforts with the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver award. "It's super special for me," Mattox exclaimed. "I started out as a local kid who just loved sprint cars. We tried to run the USAC deal whenever they came close and when it was in the budget. Last year, we went out on a limb and decided that we were going to do (the full tour) and it was the best decision of my life. I made a lot of friends and we got a lot better." The proof is in the pudding for the 34-year-old Mattox who entered the 2020 season with 41 career series starts with one career top-five finish, three career top-ten results and a best points finish of 25th in 2018 in a USAC career that debuted in 2010. Mattox upped his statistical output to career bests in all categories, starting 24 of the 27 features, while scoring one top-five and four top-ten finishes, and concluding the season with a 12th place standing in the final points. While the results were decidedly improved across the board, so was the eye-test which showed him to be highly competitive against the series' established stars. It was a challenge that Mattox was keen on pursuing, and the dividends have certainly paid off in making him a contender at each event he travels to, and making his name known across the USAC landscape. "Being from Indiana, a lot of those guys run locally also, so you get the taste of their talents already." Mattox pointed out. "I want to be the best I can be in this deal. I don't see me going anywhere else. I love sprint cars and that's where my heart's at. "When I pull into the track, my goal from day one was to just have people know who I am and know they're going to have to beat us that night. Once we got to a certain level on the local deal, I felt like it was time to take that next big leap." "(As far as) racing experience, these guys are the best," Mattox continued. "I say that every time I get to talk to somebody about USAC. Those (guys) are the best, so if you want to get better, you've got to learn how to run with those guys. It definitely helped our program out, and I feel it got us to another level. Hopefully, we can build on that and get even higher up the ladder." Mattox has made steady improvement on the local Indiana sprint car scene in recent years as well with victories in 2020 at Brownstown Speedway's Fun Fest, in 2019 at Bloomington Speedway's Bob Kinser Memorial and a triumph at Chandler Motor Speedway in 2017. But, taking that leap to USAC at this particular point in his career hinged on one pursuit, to become one of those top players in the sport. But, along the way, he's risen to a new level that has translated to more success in his preparation and on the track. Despite the long nights, the workload, the travel and the other aspects that are involved in competing on a national tour, Mattox finds appreciation in the process, and that you can't really put it into a true perspective of what it's like until you've done it firsthand as he did throughout the 2020 season. "It's a different level of racing, and until you go out on the road and really do that, you think you understand it until you do it," Mattox explained. "Once you do it, you get more respect for those guys and what their abilities are, and it helps you. At this point in my career, I'm just trying to up my own game, and that was our biggest reason to go. The money's better, but it takes money to make this all happen. We do it out of our own pocket. We've got a few people who help us here and there, but we've got to do well every night to get to the next race. That's important to us." "You've got to learn how to qualify with those guys, which is something that has been an Achilles heel for us for a while," Mattox continued. "But we picked it up, learned how to free the car up, and we learned how to get that speed early. That helped us out a bunch and, honestly, just the wheel-to-wheel racing with those guys every night. Those guys race just as hard for 12th place. I can tell story after story of when I thought I had a guy passed 10 times at Putnamville by the flag stand, and he still ends up back in front of me in turn one." Brandon Mattox (#28) leads a three-car pack at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway during the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season. Mattox was named USAC's 2020 National Most Improved Driver. (Brandon Murray Photo) One area where Mattox saw exceptional improvement was at a venue not all that physically far from home, but one that had always felt far away from his comfort zone - Kokomo Speedway. Never being his strongest point, Mattox dug in, and figured it out during late September's visit to the quarter-mile dirt oval where he qualified fourth in his group, transferred through his heat, started second in the feature and led the first six laps of his USAC career before notching a career-best fourth-place finish in what was truly a night to remember, but a night he also hopes is just the tip of the iceberg and a preview of more similar performances in 2021. "At Kokomo, we've definitely left with our tails between our legs there more times than not," Mattox recalled. "That was one of those places where I had to learn to get the car right and learn how to race the racetrack. That's actually one of the big tracks I'm excited to go back to because I think we take a pretty good package there and, once again, those guys are good there, even at the local level on a Sunday night show there. To kind of get on top of that mountain was big for us; it was big for our season, even being late in the season, because it gives us a lot of momentum going into next year too." Going on the road involves taking on a new proposition of seeing a variety of new racetracks that haven't been frequented by oneself. However, Mattox thrives on it, both as an opportunity and as a chance to encounter new experiences, racing or otherwise. "I'm excited to go back east. That was one of the trips that I always said that, before I retired, we'd load up and go out there and do that deal, and we get to go twice this year. Hopefully I like the first trip, so the second trip will be fun," Mattox said with a laugh. "We bought a motor this past summer from some guys out there and instantly made some friends, and they're all like 'come to our shop, hang out,'" Mattox explained. "So, I think it'll be a fun trip just to get out there. I like being on the road; I've got a family, so I miss being at home after that first night or two, but I like seeing new tracks. I think it rounds you as a driver. You don't fall into the lull of running the same ol' places. You've really got to learn your car and I think it helps sharpen you as a driver." Another reason to go on the road is to right the wrongs of his racing past and avenge prior encounters at certain racetracks that he'd like to alter his lasting memories of. "I'll tell you someplace else I'm excited to go is Eldora," Mattox stated. "Last year, we kind of got robbed from going there (due to COVID-19 cancellations). As a matter of fact, I ran USAC there before in years past for the 4-Crown and stuff like that. I like Eldora. It's a neat place and I owe Eldora one. It got me the last time I was there (in 2015). It was one of those nights where we had to load it up and left with our tail between our legs and said we'd be back, but we just never really have had the chance to get back, so I'm excited to get back there and turn some laps." Mattox begins his 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour with three consecutive nights of racing on Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XII, the first three of 50 events scheduled for the year.
- FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award returns in 2021
SOUTHINGTON, Connecticut (January 12)—The nation's premier manufacturer of precision rod ends and spherical bearings, FK Rod Ends is returning as the Official Rod Ends of the USRA and will present the FK Hard Charger Award at 20 select events in 2021. At 20 Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series events throughout the 2021 racing season, the highest-finishing racer that most improves his or her starting spot to finishing position will be recognized as the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger and earn a $100 cash award. In addition, FK Rod Ends is contributing cold, had cash to the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series points funds for all competitors. With American-made quality and dependability, FK Rod Ends came onto the scene more than 35 years ago and quickly won over their customers with fair pricing and plenty of inventory. While the industrial market struggled to get product from the old standbys, the racing market embraced a supplier that would maintain inventory throughout the limited season. Over the years, the FK Rod Ends product line has grown to encompass many different industries. From the wilds of Baja Mexico to the touring titans of the USMTS, from mowers to care for your lawn to fitness equipment to groom your body, you'll find FK Rod Ends. To learn more about FK Rod Ends, call 800-662-4003 or visit them online at fkrodends.com. You can also like FK Rod Ends on Facebook, visit them on Instagram, connect on LinkedIn and follow on Twitter. Visit usraracing.com for schedules, points, photos, souvenirs, videos and more. Follow our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Click here to get USRA news delivered to your inbox. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = USRA OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Beyea Headers, Chevrolet Performance, Christie Door Company, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Jobbers Warehouse Supply, K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers, KS Engineering, KSE Racing Products, Mesilla Valley Transportation, MSD, MyRacePass, Nitroquest Media, PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain, RacinDirt.com, Summit Racing Equipment, Sunoco Race Fuels. USRA PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Mensink Racing Products, PBM Performance Products, Traeger Wood Pellet Grills by Elliott Motorsports, YouDirt.com. USRA CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Bryke Racing, BSB Manufacturing, Champ Pans, Edelbrock, Forty9 Designs, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hooker Harness, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts, Keyser Manufacturing, Landrum Performance Springs, Medieval Chassis, QA1, RacerWebsite.com, Real Racing Wheels, Sybesma Graphics, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes. USRA RACETRACKS: 81 Speedway, 82 Speedway, Alien Motor Speedway, Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Big O Speedway, Buffalo Creek Speedway, Caney Valley Speedway, Cedar Lake Speedway, Chateau Speedway, Creek County Speedway, Cresco Speedway, Dallas County Speedway, Deer Creek Speedway, Devilâ€™s Bowl Speedway, Fayette County Speedway, Hamilton County Speedway, Humboldt Speedway, I-35 Speedway, I-90 Speedway, Lake Ozark Speedway, Lawton Speedway, Lebanon Midway Speedway, Legit Speedway Park, Longdale Speedway, Lucas Oil Speedway, Mason City Motor Speedway, Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Monarch Motor Speedway, Nevada Speedway, Old 71Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway, Randolph County Raceway, Rapid Speedway, Red Dirt Raceway, Route 66 Motor Speedway, RPM Speedway, Sports Park Raceway, Springfield Raceway, Superbowl Speedway, Tri-State Speedway, Upper Iowa Speedway, Vado Speedway Park, West Texas Raceway.
- SMACKDOWN UPS WINNER'S PRIZE TO $15,000 FOR 2021; TICKETS GO ON SALE FEB. 8
Kokomo, Indiana (January 12, 2021).........Entering its 10th year, Sprint Car Smackdown will be bigger and better than ever with an increased share of $15,000 for the winner of the finale along with increased payouts throughout the field for the three-night event on August 26-27-28, 2021 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway. "Smackdown" has been a premier event on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship calendar since its inception in 2012. Going into its 10th running, Kokomo Speedway promoter Reece O'Connor felt the time was right to elevate the event to an even higher level. "This, being the 10th year, we felt we needed to step it up a bit and try to make it an even more special event," O'Connor said. "Not only is it 15,000 to win, but we're bumping second place up as well and also making it $1,500 to start on the final night." "Smackdown" preliminary events on Thursday, Aug. 26 and Friday, Aug. 27 will feature complete programs for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, culminating in 30-lap feature races each night. Both nights will feature sprint cars only without a support class. On the third and final night, Saturday, Aug. 28, the $15,000 to win 40-lap feature will close out the spectacular weekend in grand fashion, which will be preceded by heat races, the popular "King of the Hill" two-car races, and the final chance for drivers to lock themselves into a coveted spot for the A-Main. In a change from recent years, USAC Regional Midgets will now serve as the support class to the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship to form an enticing USAC doubleheader. Ticket renewals for "Smackdown" will take place between February 8-12 from 9am-5pm EST. On February 15, tickets will open up to all fans. The three-day pass is $85 and will include a pit pass if purchased by March 31, saving you $10 at the gate. To purchase tickets, call (815) 468-8690. Single-day tickets will be sold at the main ticket window on race days. Reserved camping will be sold at a later, to-be-announced date. Chock full of highly competitive and unpredictable racing action, the annual late-summer weekend at the quarter-mile dirt oval, which is located about an hour north of Indianapolis, has been a fan favorite since its debut a decade ago. The event is one of the hottest tickets in all of racing and is one of the most highly anticipated racing weekends of the year. O'Connor loves treating the fans to great racing, great fun and a great time in his role that has allowed him to witness the event firsthand from its creation and its evolution from day one. "Even year one was kind of crazy," O'Connor remembered. "The fans were really fired up and behind it, and they still are to this day. We get the fans thanking us and appreciating us and it's really about them more than anything. Without them, there is no Smackdown." Former winners of the final night of Sprint Car Smackdown include Bryan Clauson (2012), Dave Darland (2013-14-15), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2016), Tyler Courtney (2017-19-20) and Justin Grant (2018).
- SMACKDOWN UPS WINNER’S PRIZE TO $15,000 FOR 2021; TICKETS GO ON SALE FEB. 8
Entering its 10th year, Sprint Car Smackdown will be bigger and better than ever with an increased share of $15,000 for the winner of the finale along with increased payouts throughout the field for the three-night event on August 26-27-28, 2021 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway.
- Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company to sponsor World of Outlaws Quick Time Award in 2021
Slick Woody's Cornhole Company to sponsor World of Outlaws Quick Time Award in 2021 Nearly $15,000 in total will be awarded to Quick Time Award winners between the Sprint Car and Late Model series
- MATTOX TAKES 2020 USAC NATIONAL MOST IMPROVED DRIVER HONORS
For the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, Brandon Mattox made the conscious decision to step his game up and pay his full attention toward improvement as he chased the full series tour for the first time in his decade-plus career.
- Larson Scores Fourth Consecutive Preliminary Feature Win at the Chili Bowl
Picking up his fourth Warren CAT Qualifying Night victory in as many years, Kyle Larson punched his ticket into Saturday's championship A-Feature for the 10th time since 2010.
- Chase Elliott excited for ‘cool challenge’ of first Chili Bowl
Chase Elliott, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion participating in his first Chili Bowl Nationals, has had the event on his radar for years.
- Kyle Larson Wins and Enters 2021 Chili Bowl Main Event, Christopher Bell Bags Race of Champions Win
NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell made incredibly strong starts to their respective 2021 Chili Bowl campaigns.
- Tony Stewart reveals why Eldora Speedway was dropped from Truck Series schedule
When NASCAR published their schedules for the 2021 season, fans were noticeably shocked that Eldora Speedway was removed from the Gander Outdoor Truck Series schedule. Of course NASCAR made up for it ...
- Cannon McIntosh Goes Back-To-Back On Cummins Qualifying Night
Bryan Hulbert - TULSA, Okla. (January 11, 2021) A statement win for Cannon McIntosh on Monday night, the Bixby, Okla. shoe opened the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire by wheeling the Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian No. 71k to his second Cummins Qualifying Night victory in as many years. "I really didn't think I was going to be able to do it again, but you just have to believe, and as the night went on, I started to believe more and more that I could do it and just told myself to be patient and be consistent, and that's what it took to win tonight," stated Cannon when asked about his temperament going into the Monday opener. Handing Keith Kunz his 30th A-Feature win as a car owner atop Tulsa Expo Raceway clay, the eighteen-year-old battled early on with Ryan Bernal. Swapping lines with the No. 87w, Cannon gained the edge on Lap 4. Stalked by Tyler Courtney, who took over second a lap after McIntosh took the point, the No. 7c commenced to slide-jobs through several mid-race restarts. Able to keep the NOS Energy Drink Turbo entry at bay, the pair ran varying lines as the race worked into the closing laps. Making moves on the restarts, 12th starting Blake Hahn was suddenly in the mix with nine laps to run after third through seventh traded hands almost non-stop through the four previous laps. Caution working Lap 22, Hahn had pulled even with Courtney for runner-up honors prior to the Whelen lights coming on. Showing Tyler the line, the restart saw the Clauson-Marshall Racing entry vacate the cushion to protect the transfer spot. Nearly getting a run on the leader, Cannon likewise adjusted his line to the bottom in three and four while still sailing the cushion in one and two. Starting to pull away through the final five laps, McIntosh found the checkered flags with a 1.446-second margin over Tyler Courtney. Third went to Blake Hahn with Chris Windom and David Gravel making up the top five. Advancing seven positions, sixteen-year-old Jacob Denny was the night's highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender. Chase Briscoe was seventh, with Tim McCreadie getting his fill of soup with a run from fifth in the C-Feature to eighth in the A-Feature. Trey Marcham moved up eight positions to finish ninth with Carson Macedo, who had climbed as high as third, slipping to tenth. The night's A-Feature Hard Charger was Gary Taylor, with 12 positions gained. Cummins Qualifying Night saw 57 drivers make the call. Fatheadz Eyewear Heat Race wins went to Blake Hahn, Tyler Courtney, Paul White, Ryan Bernal, Carson Macedo, Chase Briscoe, Jacob Denny, and Ryan Hall. C-Features were topped by Zac Moody and Jerry Coons, Jr., who like McCreadie, was able to make it into the A-Feature. Team Toyota Qualifier wins went to Tyler Courtney, Kory Schudy, Carson Macedo, and Chris Windom, while Dave.com B-Mains went to Trey Marcham and Kade Morton. The World Wide Technology Raceway Flip Count made it to seven, with all drivers uninjured. The 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire continues on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, with Warren CAT Qualifying Night and the Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions (VIROC). The River Spirit Expo Center opens at 9:00 A.M. with Hot Laps at 4:00 P.M. and Racing at 5:00 P.M. (CT). Limited reserved seat tickets can be purchased at the event office. Pit Passes will also be limited to the General Public. Reminder to all who attend that masks are required while inside the River Spirit Expo Center. Those who cannot make it can see the action live on http://www.floracing.com. For continued updates on the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, follow the event on Social Media (@cbnationals) and at http://www.chilibowl.com. Results: Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire Tulsa Expo Raceway - Tulsa, Okla. Monday, January 11, 2021 Cummins Qualifying Night Car Count: 57 Fatheadz Heat Races: Top 40 in passing points advance to Qualifiers. Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn; 2. 56A-Riley Kreisel; 3. 45X-Roger Crockett; 4. 32T-Trey Marcham; 5. 91K-Kevin Bayer; 6. 38-Braydon Cromwell; 7. 4G-Chase Majdic; 8. (DNF) 63-Trey Burke Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7C-Tyler Courtney; 2. 55V-CJ Leary; 3. 10G-Marcus Thomas; 4. 116-Claud Estes III; 5. 2-Brett Wilson; 6. 17L-Rocky Silva; 7. 33-Bryson Smith Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. P1-Paul White; 2. 8-Alex Sewell; 3. 28K-Kory Schudy; 4. 0B-Kevin Woody Jr; 5. 67K-Holley Hollan; 6. 7K-Kolton Gariss; 7. 40M-Chase McDermand Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 87W-Ryan Bernal; 2. 11S-Stephen Schnapf; 3. 47K-Kevin Brewer; 4. 45K-Kyler Johnson; 5. 91S-Kyle Shipley; 6. 9-Tim McCreadie; 7. (DNF) 98B-Joe Boyles McCreadie docked at the checkered flag for advacing before the cone on a single file restart. Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 21T-Carson Macedo; 2. 71K-Cannon McIntosh; 3. 07W-Mitchel Moles; 4. 22Q-David Prickett; 5. 22-Sean McClelland; 6. 17Z-Zac Moody; 7. (DNF) 85-Jerry Coons Jr Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 5-Chase Briscoe; 2. 0G-Steven Russell; 3. 8M-Kade Morton; 4. 7RS-Christopher Larson; 5. 121-Steve Glover; 6. 91W-Cody Hays; 7. 2C-Trevor Casey Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 35-Jacob Denny; 2. 89-Chris Windom; 3. 14S-Clinton Boyles; 4. 21E-Emilio Hoover; 5. 32-Gary Taylor; 6. 2S-Cole Scott; 7. (DNS) 4-Mike DuChare Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 79-Ryan Hall; 2. 1D-David Gravel; 3. 73-Dylan Ito; 4. 5F-Danny Frye III; 5. 6K-Michael (Mike) Snider; 6. 7F-Roy Entze II; 7. 3T-Taylor Peterson C-Features: Top 4 advance to corresponding B-Feature. C Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 17Z-Zac Moody; 2. 9-Tim McCreadie; 3. 40M-Chase McDermand; 4. 22-Sean McClelland; 5. 98B-Joe Boyles; 6. 2S-Cole Scott; 7. 3T-Taylor Peterson; 8. 38-Braydon Cromwell; 9. (DNS) 4-Mike DuChare C Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 85-Jerry Coons Jr; 2. 91W-Cody Hays; 3. 4G-Chase Majdic; 4. 7F-Roy Entze II; 5. 6K-Michael (Mike) Snider; 6. 2C-Trevor Casey; 7. 33-Bryson Smith; 8. (DNS) 63-Trey Burke Team Toyota Qualifiers: Top 16 in combined passing points advance to the A-Feature. Qualifier 1 (10 Laps): 1. 7C-Tyler Courtney; 2. 87W-Ryan Bernal; 3. 45X-Roger Crockett; 4. 8-Alex Sewell; 5. 56A-Riley Kreisel; 6. 10G-Marcus Thomas; 7. 0B-Kevin Woody Jr; 8. 7K-Kolton Gariss; 9. 7RS-Christopher Larson; 10. (DNF) 79-Ryan Hall Qualifier 2 (10 Laps): 1. 28K-Kory Schudy; 2. 07W-Mitchel Moles; 3. 55V-CJ Leary; 4. 5-Chase Briscoe; 5. 32T-Trey Marcham; 6. P1-Paul White; 7. 67K-Holley Hollan; 8. 21E-Emilio Hoover; 9. 11S-Stephen Schnapf; 10. 2-Brett Wilson Qualifier 3 (10 Laps): 1. 21T-Carson Macedo; 2. 71K-Cannon McIntosh; 3. 91K-Kevin Bayer; 4. 47K-Kevin Brewer; 5. 0G-Steven Russell; 6. 73-Dylan Ito; 7. 8M-Kade Morton; 8. 22Q-David Prickett; 9. 121-Steve Glover; 10. (DNF) 91S-Kyle Shipley Qualifier 4 (10 Laps): 1. 89-Chris Windom; 2. 14S-Clinton Boyles; 3. 52-Blake Hahn; 4. 35-Jacob Denny; 5. 1D-David Gravel; 6. 45K-Kyler Johnson; 7. 116-Claud Estes III; 8. 5F-Danny Frye III; 9. 17L-Rocky Silva; 10. (DNF) 32-Gary Taylor Dave.com B-Features: Top 4 advance to the A-Feature. B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 32T-Trey Marcham; 2. 9-Tim McCreadie; 3. 0G-Steven Russell; 4. 56A-Riley Kreisel; 5. 40M-Chase McDermand; 6. 116-Claud Estes III; 7. 17Z-Zac Moody; 8. 45K-Kyler Johnson; 9. 7K-Kolton Gariss; 10. 22Q-David Prickett; 11. 7RS-Christopher Larson; 12. 0B-Kevin Woody Jr; 13. 73-Dylan Ito; 14. 17L-Rocky Silva; 15. (DNF) 22-Sean McClelland; 16. (DNF) 91S-Kyle Shipley B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 8M-Kade Morton; 2. 11S-Stephen Schnapf; 3. 85-Jerry Coons Jr; 4. 32-Gary Taylor; 5. P1-Paul White; 6. 67K-Holley Hollan; 7. 2-Brett Wilson; 8. 5F-Danny Frye III; 9. 7F-Roy Entze II; 10. 91W-Cody Hays; 11. 79-Ryan Hall; 12. 47K-Kevin Brewer; 13. (DNF) 10G-Marcus Thomas; 14. (DNF) 21E-Emilio Hoover; 15. (DNF) 4G-Chase Majdic; 16. (DNF) 121-Steve Glover A-Feature: Top 2 advance to Saturday's A-Feature. A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 71K-Cannon McIntosh; 2. 7C-Tyler Courtney; 3. 52-Blake Hahn; 4. 89-Chris Windom; 5. 1D-David Gravel; 6. 35-Jacob Denny; 7. 5-Chase Briscoe; 8. 9-Tim McCreadie; 9. 32T-Trey Marcham; 10. 21T-Carson Macedo; 11. 8-Alex Sewell; 12. 32-Gary Taylor; 13. 11S-Stephen Schnapf; 14. 28K-Kory Schudy; 15. 45X-Roger Crockett; 16. 55V-CJ Leary; 17. 0G-Steven Russell; 18. 8M-Kade Morton; 19. 56A-Riley Kreisel; 20. (DNF) 07W-Mitchel Moles; 21. (DNF) 14S-Clinton Boyles; 22. (DNF) 85-Jerry Coons Jr; 23. (DNF) 87W-Ryan Bernal; 24. (DNF) 91K-Kevin Bayer Lap Leader(s): Ryan Bernal 1-3, Cannon McIntosh 4-30 Hard Charger: Gary Taylor +12
- WHAT TO WATCH FOR: DIRTcar Pro Late Models Return with a Strong Field for 2nd annual Sunshine Nationals
Bronson preps for title defense, double duty with Whitener and Matthews Jan. 11, 2021 - A grand total of 86 Late Models filled the Volusia Speedway Park pit area last year for the Saturday night finale of the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals. This year promises to be even bigger with the addition of a fourth class into the mix, setting some DIRTcar Pro Late Model drivers up for a double duty weekend alongside the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models as they kick off their season at the event, running Jan. 14-16. Others will be making their maiden voyage to the event, in hopes to capture the $10,000 top prize in Saturday night's 30-lap finale. A night of practice on Wednesday will precede Thursday and Friday's preliminary action; all three nights of racing will be broadcast live on DIRTVision. Get yourself a Fast Pass subscription today and be on the lookout for these drivers in the field to make some waves. Here are the top storylines to follow at the Sunshine Nationals: BRONSON EYES REPEAT - The inaugural Sunshine Nationals winner returns in 2021 to defend his DIRTcar Pro Late Model crown behind the wheel of his Racecar Engineering #40B. Last year, the Brandon, FL-native put together a complete weekend sweep, setting fast time in practice Wednesday night before winning all three Pro Late Model Features Thursday-Saturday and collecting $13,500 in first-place money for his efforts. After watching him take down headline Late Model names such as Michael Page, Randy Weaver and Max Blair in last year's finale, Killer is the clear favorite heading into the 2nd annual event. This year, with the addition of the World of Outlaws to the racing program, Bronson is expected to pull the double, racing in both classes while chasing after his second career Outlaws victory. Bronson's new Pro Late Model ride for 2021 MAGIC MAN RETURNS - Another Floridian with a chance to make it happen in this year's event is Mark Whitener. He'll also be pulling double duty in his Pro Late Model and Super Late Model with the Outlaws, looking for his first career victory in the event. Magic Man had a decent showing in last year's event with the Pro Late Models with a fourth-place finish in Saturday's finale. He struggled Friday night, dropping out early after starting on the outside pole, but is ready for redemption this time around. Whitener has had success in the past at Volusia, landing himself a spot in the World of Outlaws redraw in three of his six DIRTcar Nationals starts last year, following a fifth-place effort in the opening night of Late Model week with the DIRTcar Late Models. NEW YEAR, NEW CAR - It was an up-and-down kind of event for Jake Knowles in 2020. While he missed the Feature on Thursday night and placed 20th after starting sixth on Saturday, Knowles did have a solid fourth-place run on Friday night that showed he knows how to get around Volusia. The 35-year-old from Rome, GA, will be starting the year off behind the wheel of a Jason Welshan-owned Savage Chassis house car instead of his usual red/white #66 while his own Savage Chassis is being built. Knowles already has one weekend of competition on the car, finishing 17th in Sunday's Ice Bowl event at Talladega Short Track. Jake Knowles' Savage Chassis ride for the 2021 Sunshine Nationals MACK ATTACK - The younger of the McCarter brothers, whose father Mitch owns 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN, Mack McCarter comes into this weekend riding a big momentum swing from three consecutive Crate Late Model Feature wins in his last four starts. Mack swept the Crate competition at 411's Leftover event in November, then went to Volunteer Speedway the next weekend and won the Crate portion of the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Grinch 40. Look out for this young talent as he makes his debut in the Sunshine Nationals this weekend. TURNAROUND TIME - Another double-duty pilot from the state of Florida, Hollywood Jeff Mathews is one of the more experienced drivers in the Late Model field. As a former UMP Modified regular, Mathews knows his way around Volusia just as well as anyone else and has shown that on several occasions; most recently picking up a Modified Showdown Feature win in November at Volusia's Reutimann Memorial. He did not have the Sunshine Nationals results he was looking for in 2020, with finishes of 16th, 17th and 23rd, but 2021 could be different as Mathews is coming off a year that included four Features wins in his Late Model ventures.
- USMTS racers compete for Sybesma Graphics Pole Award again in 2021
Sybesma Graphics is returning in 2021 and continuing their longtime Pole Award sponsorship for the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey's. Located in Sanborn, Iowa, Sybesma Graphics offers everything from vehicle wraps, lettering, fleet graphics, signs of all kinds, race car wraps, power sports wraps, banners, business cards, screen printed apparel, embroidery and much more. Everything is done in house with top-of-the-line equipment and experienced and knowledgeable staff to help you get noticed. Sybesma Graphics will reward the driver who earns the pole position in every main event with a product certificate valued at $100. At the end of the racing season, a complete wrap will be awarded to the top three finishers in Sybesma Graphics Pole Award points plus a $500 certificate to the champion. Sybesma Graphics is also contributing cash to the year-end points funds for all USMTS competitors. You can visit the Sybesma Graphics headquarters at 510 Profit St. in Sanborn, Iowa, or call them at (712) 729-7446. Check out their website at Sybesma-Graphics.com and follow them on Facebook. The 2021 campaign for the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey's kicks off with the 11th Annual USMTS Texas Spring Nationals on Friday, February 26, at the RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas, and Saturday, February 27, at the Big O Speedway in Ennis, Texas. With 36 nights of racing on the calendar, just the winners of those main events are set to take home $310,032 this season with more than $1 million earmarked for the payouts in those shows. Twenty-six of the 36 race nights will pay at least $10,000 to win. The other ten carry a $5,000 top prize. As if that weren't enough, more than $230,000 is committed to the top ten finishers in the 2021 points standings of the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey's. A paycheck for a record $70,000 is reserved for the 2021 USMTS National Champion. To see the full schedule, points, photos, videos and more, check out USMTS.com. You can also find the USMTS on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Click here to sign up for email updates. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Beyea Headers, Casey's, Chevrolet Performance, Compstar, CP-Carrillo, Dirt Draft, Eibach, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Intercomp, Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts, K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports, KS Engineering, KSE Racing Products, Malvern Bank, Mesilla Valley Transportation, MSD Performance, MTN DEW Zero Sugar, MyRacePass, Nitroquest Media, PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain, RacinDirt.com, Snickers, Summit Racing Equipment, Super Clean, VP Racing Fuels, Wrisco Industries. USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Duvall Electric, Eagle Moon Farm, JE Pistons, Miller Welders, PBM Performance Products, Rancho Milagro Racing, Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Tony Moro Powder Coat, Top Of The World Ranch, YouDirt.com. USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, BigDeal Car Care, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bryke Racing, BSB Manufacturing, Champ Pans, Deatherage Opticians, Edelbrock, Forty9 Designs, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hooker Harness, Integra Racing Shocks and Springs, Keyser Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils, Penske Racing Shocks, QA1, RacerWebsite.com, Real Racing Wheels, Simpson Performance Products, Spyder High Performance Filters, Swift Springs, Sybesma Graphics, Tire Demon, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Wilwood Racing.
- Lake Ozark Speedway 2021 Season Launch
Eldon, MO. (1/11/2021) Bookended by headlining open-wheel events, Lake Ozark Speedway is proud to release the 2021 season schedule with competitive weekend racing dates ranging from early-April until mid-October. Set for action in 2021 in Lake Ozark Speedway's weekly racing classes competing in thirteen race-nights, will be the United States Racing Association B-Modifieds, the Lake Ozark Speedway Pure Stocks, and the newly formed POWRi Super Stocks. The exciting Midwest Mods will make their debut at Lake Ozark Speedway with three appearances in the 2021 racing season. The recently re-titled POWRi Super Sprints, formally the POWRi RaceSaver 305 Sprints, will be in action at Lake Ozark Speedway in twelve edge-of-the-seat events in 2021, highlighted by the 'POWRi Super Sprint Nationals' on Saturday, July 3rd capped off by a huge fireworks display. Lake Ozark Speedway's POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint class will return in 2021, operating on a similar alternating racing schedule to the Super Sprints, will compete in eight stand-alone events and a total of fifteen appearances including seven ASCS National and Regional event dates throughout the year. Highlighted by major events in 2021, Lake Ozark Speedway will host a diverse range of traveling series throughout the season, bringing in the All-Star Circuit of Champions, the POWRi Lucas Oil National and West Midget Leagues, Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour, Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association, POWRi Lucas Oil Wingless Auto Racing Sprint Car League, ASCS Sooner and Warrior Regions, United Late Model Association and the POWRi Lucas Oil Midwest Lightning Sprints. Opening the season in a major way with the 'Lake Ozark Speedway Spring Nationals' on Friday, April 2nd, and Saturday, April 3rd. Showcasing the top-tier sprint racers from both aspects of the wing or non-wing debate with the Third Annual Non-Wing Nationals featuring the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League, as well as the ASCS Sooner Region taking on the ASCS Warrior Region in an ASCS Regional border battle with the POWRi Ozark 360 Sprints. The Lake Ozark Speedway "Chase for the Championship" starts off rocking on Saturday, May 8th for the POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint, POWRi Super Sprint, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, and Pure Stock classes. Excitement is in the air for July 23-24 as the Ollie's Bargain Barn All-Star Circuit of Champions rolls into "The Lake" for side-by-side 410-winged sprinting action. Both nights the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints will run as a support class with the POWRi Super Sprints also sharing the spotlight on Friday's program and the POWRi Lucas Oil Midwest Lightning Sprints additionally running on Saturday. The cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will make their only appearance at Lake Ozark Speedway for a huge two-day show on August 13 & 14 for the Bash at the Beach supported on Friday night with the POWRi Super Stocks and on Saturday night with the USRA B-Mods and Midwest Mods. Continuing with the trend of outstanding events, Lake Ozark Speedway will host the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League and the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour for a pair of speedy holiday weekends; first with the Lake Ozark Speedway Memorial Nationals on May 29-30, then again on September 4-5 for the Lake Ozark Speedway 360 Nationals. The last weekend in September is set aside for the fender to fender and door to door excitement of the POWRi Super Stock Nationals, as Super Stocks from all over the region are expected to Battle at the Beach on September 24th and 25th. Ending the Championship Racing Season on a high note at Lake Ozark Speedway with the "Chase for the Championship" for the POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint, POWRi Super Sprint, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, and Pure Stock classes at the Lake Ozark Speedway Season Championship on Saturday, October 9th. An exciting new addition to the Lake Ozark Speedway facility in 2021 will be our Luxury Suites standing above the grandstands off of turn 4. This along with the available 5,000 grandstand seats, additions to our sound system that reaches the front stretch, backstretch, and pit area, TV-quality MUSCO lighting on the 1/3rd mile banked clay oval, remodeled full concession area, full LOS Bar area, large and clean restrooms in 3 locations throughout the facility, children's playground, handicap parking and seating, motorcycle parking, closed-circuit TV in several areas of the facility along with electronic timing and scoring boasting a 20 position scoreboard. The World of Outlaw NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are currently being finalized as well, with officials from WoO, LOS, and JJR working to finalize the Jason Johnson Memorial and other racing opportunities in 2021. Lake Ozark Speedway Tentative 2021 Season Schedule: Thursday, April 1 | Test & Tune | All Classes Friday, April 2 | Lake Ozark Speedway Spring Nationals | ASCS Sooner/ASCS Warrior/POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint & POWRi WAR Saturday, April 3 | Lake Ozark Speedway Spring Nationals | ASCS Sooner/ASCS Warrior/POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint & POWRi WAR Saturday, April 10 | Off Week Saturday, April 17 | Off Week Saturday, April 24 | Test & Tune | All Classes Saturday, May 1 | Test & Tune | All Classes Saturday, May 8 | Lake Ozark Speedway Season Opener | POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint, POWRi Super Sprint, POWRi Super Stock, USRA B-Mod, & Pure Stock Saturday, May 15 | POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint, POWRi Midwest Lightning Sprint, POWRi Super Stock, USRA B-Mod, & Pure Stock Saturday, May 22 | POWRi Super Sprint, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, & Pure Stock Friday, May 28 | Lake Ozark Speedway Memorial Nationals | Testing (All Classes) Saturday, May 29 | Lake Ozark Speedway Memorial Nationals | POWRi National Midget & ASCS National/POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint Sunday, May 30 | Lake Ozark Speedway Memorial Nationals | POWRi National Midget & ASCS National/POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint Saturday, June 5 | POWRi Super Sprint, ULMA Late Model, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, & Pure Stock Saturday, June 12 | POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, & Pure Stock Saturday, June 19 | POWRi Super Sprint, POWRi Midwest Lightning Sprint, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, & Pure Stock Saturday, June 26 | POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint, ULMA Late Model, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, & Pure Stock Friday, July 2 | POWRi Super Sprint Nationals | Testing (All Classes) Saturday, July 3 | POWRi Super Sprint Nationals | Fireworks Special | POWRi Super Sprint, POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint, POWRi Midwest Lightning Sprint Saturday, July 10 | POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, & Pure Stock Saturday, July 17 | Off Week Friday, July 23 | All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprints, POWRi WAR, & POWRi Super Sprint Saturday, July 24 | All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprints, POWRi WAR, & POWRi Midwest Lightning Sprint Saturday, July 31 | POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, & Pure Stock Saturday, August 7 | POWRi Super Sprint, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, & Pure Stock Friday, August 13 | Lucas Oil MLRA, ULMA Late Model, & POWRi Super Stock Saturday, August 14 | Lucas Oil MLRA, USRA B-Mod, Midwest Mod Saturday, August 21 | POWRi WAR, POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, & Pure Stock Saturday, August 28 | POWRi Super Sprint, POWRi Midwest Lightning Sprint, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, & Pure Stock Friday, September 3 | Lake Ozark Speedway 360 Nationals | Testing (All Classes) Saturday, September 4 | Lake Ozark Speedway 360 Nationals | POWRi National Midget & ASCS National/POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint Sunday, September 5 | Lake Ozark Speedway 360 Nationals | POWRi National Midget & ASCS National/POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint Saturday, September 11 | Off Week Saturday, September 18 | Off Week Friday, September 24 | POWRi Super Stock Nationals| POWRi Super Stock & Midwest Mod Saturday, September 25 | POWRi Super Stock Nationals| POWRi Super Stock & Midwest Mod Saturday, October 2 | Lake Ozark Speedway Fall Nationals | ASCS Warrior Region/POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint & POWRi Super Sprints Saturday, October 9 | Championship Night | POWRi Ozark 360 Sprint, POWRi Super Sprint, USRA B-Mod, POWRi Super Stock, & Pure Stock Saturday, October 23 | World of Outlaws Sprint & POWRi Super Sprint Schedule subject to alterations with even more events currently being finalized, future updates will be posted as confirmed, times and prices for each event available online. Full speedway details can be found online at www.lakeozarkspeedway.net. For more information on Lake Ozark Speedway such as points, driver profiles, and track data visit www.lakeozarkspeedway.net or @LakeOzarkSpeedway on all social media platforms. 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