URC TO CLOSE DOWN OPERATION IN DECEMBER 2014
After nine seasons as a corporate entity, the United Racing Company will cease operation in December 2014.
Low car count, a diminishing number of shows, the rising cost of operating a 360 sprint car and less fan appeal make it difficult for promoters to see a positive financial impact when adding this division as an event at their race track. As a result, many race teams have turned to other options as well, like the forever popular 410 sprints with other teams going to the more affordable route of the 305 sprints, where they may compete locally to avoid the travel cost.
Unfortunately, even on a national level, the 360 sprint division has fragmented due to the rising costs of racing, building apprehension for sponsors, promoters, race fans and even the car owners. These race teams make a huge investment in their equipment, and with every year, the number of racing events seem to slip away. To attract additional events or new tracks, you need to travel further, adding another negative dimension, the impact of travel costs.
The URC Management Team worked hard to maintain the nightly purses which remained at $12,800 right up to our last event. URC distributed $350,000 in point fund dollars that went back into the wallets of their loyal teams during the nine year tenure of URC as a Corporation. Over the past three years, our goal to find creative ways to get higher purses for the race teams. We never went down the path of asking our competitors to race for less money.
We value the friendships we made, and appreciate the help of our dedicated officials and past sponsors. We also thank the many drivers and owners who supported the series during this time.
URC Owners, John and Cher Zimmerman and Bob Miller are proud of the efforts made with URC over the years. We’ve offered some of the highest paying events, took our teams to some of the most prestigious race tracks to include Williams Grove, Knoxville and Eldora as well as many, many other exciting tracks. We brought corporate sponsorship to URC and year after year delivered point funds that exceeded the expectation of many. We also offered one of the most recognized and professional banquets in the sport.
URC would like to thank Bob Mermuys, Clay Parks, and Shelly Gascoigne for two decades of premiere Tour Sponsorship. In addition, URC would like to thank the promoters, fans, competitors, , and media for their support over the years.
URC sincerely hopes that 360 racing finds its path back to greatness, and above all we wish everyone good luck and safety in the future.
Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Set For 14-Race Schedule In 2015
Stockton, CA)- After a very competitive 2014 season, the first with under the guidance of the Prentice Motorsports Group, The Civil War Series and PMG are pleased to announce a 14-race schedule, at eight different tracks, on tap for what looks to be another exciting season.
“We are really pleased with the way the schedule came out for 2015,” John Prentice, President of PMG said. “We have the traditional Civil War dates fans have grown accustomed to seeing, and we also have a couple of new events we are excited about.”
As the series has grown accustomed to, the action will kick off at the re-vamped Marysville Raceway for a special Friday night show on March 20th. 2015 marks the first year the track will be under the helm of Dennis Gage, and opening night marks the first of two stops at the facility.
The following weekend finds the stars and cars on the series invading the Petaluma Speedway. After a couple of exciting shows at the Petaluma Speedway during the 2014 season, this marks the first of three stops at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.
April is an exciting month for the series as Saturday April 11th marks a return trip to the Calistoga Speedway, after a several year hiatus, as we share the spotlight with the World of Outlaw STP Sprint Car Series in what will be our lone trip to the speedway. April 25th will be the series’ first-ever visit to the Thunderbowl in Tulare, CA. The high-banked facility seems to always put on an exciting show, and the series is looking forward to it’s first visit.
A busy month of May has the traditional Memorial Day Weekend double header at the Marysville Raceway on Saturday the 23rd for the Mel Hall Memorial, which also acts as the first Johnny Key Qualifier, before the first of two stops at the Silver Dollar Speedway on the 24th for the Fair Race. The second Johnny Key Qualifier closes out the month of May on the 30th at the Placerville Speedway.
The lone race in June comes on the 20th at the Petaluma Speedway for the second visit of the year, and Friday July 10th marks the first visit of the year at the Ocean Speedway in what is the Howard Kaeding Classic.
August 8th is the second and final visit to Placerville Speedway for the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic, August 22nd will be the final visit of the year at the Petaluma Speedway, also acting as the final Johnny Key Qualifier, and August 29th is the 55th Running of the Johnny Key Classic at the Ocean Speedway. At press time, the Johnny Key Classic format is still being finalized and will be announced as soon as possible.
With things winding down, the Wednesday night show kicking off Gold Cup Week at the Silver Dollar Speedway takes place on September 9th, before the Championship Spectacular once again takes to the Stockton Dirt Track on November 7th.
In 11 races in 2014 the series saw 10 different winners, including three first time winners with the series, and a first time series champion. With the release of the 2015 schedule, the entire staff is looking forward to the opener on March 20th.
ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will kick the 2015 season off on March 20th at the Marysville Raceway.
WINNERS: Winners in the 2014 California Sprint Car Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster… Andy Gregg- 1 (Marysville Raceway Park on March 15th), DJ Netto-1 (Marysville Raceway Park on May 24th), Shane Golobic-1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on May 25th), Andy Forsberg- 1 (Placerville Speedway on May 31st), Mason Moore (Petaluma Speedway on July 5th), Brad Furr (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Greg DeCaires (Placerville Speedway on August 9th), Rico Abreu (Ocean Speedway on August 23rd), Matt Peterson (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 3rd), Colby Copeland (Petaluma Speedway on September 20th), Rico Abreu (Stockton Dirt Track on November 2nd).
Andrew Deal Honored At OCRS Awards Banquet; Title Sponsorship Announced For 2015
OCRS Public Relations
Tulsa Okla. (December 8, 2014) – Andrew Deal and his Cagle Motorsports team were officially crowned as the 2014 Oil Capital Racing Series sprint car champions last Saturday night at the 13th Annual OCRS Awards Banquet held at the Clarion Hotel in Tulsa. Deal became the 5th champion in OCRS history and received the "Harold Leep Championship Trophy" which was presented by Geri Leep, Harold's widow, on behalf of her National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee husband who passed away earlier this year.
Deal had not competed full time with OCRS since 2011 and chased eventual series runner-up Danny Smith for most of the season until passing Smith late in the year. Deal earned a single victory but was a level of consistency having produced multiple top five finishes throughout the 22-race season. The Cagle Motorsports team utilized an A.R.T. Chassis with power by Wornhor Racing Engines and received support from the following sponsors: OCRA Operating Company, Outlaw Dozier, Wheeler Metals, Burke Oil, DFR Discount Tire and Duvall Electric.
This was the third year in a row that Smith finished in the runner-up spot. Sophomore driver Kade Morton finished third in the standings with his brother Chance fourth while Brian McClelland was fifth. Kyle Clark, Alex DeCamp, Shayla Waddell, Cameron Hagin and Johnny Kent rounded out the top ten point collectors.
Smith did not leave empty handed on championship accolades as he was awarded the 2014 ‘Non-Wing’ championship for the topless events held during the season. Smith pilots the Tire Factory / Same Day Auto Repair F5 Twister sprinter with a DSO Engine. His awards included a free racing program at the Jimmy Sills School of Open Wheel Racing, a generous certificate from M&W Aluminum Products and cash.
The top five non-winged point earners received cash awards and plaques. Tim Kent was the non-wing runner-up with Kade Morton third and there was a tie for fourth between Alex DeCamp and Andrew Deal.
New Title Sponsor For OCRS
In a special announcement made to the banquet attendees, OCRS and AmeriFlex Hose and Accessories officials announced that AmeriFlex will be the "Title Sponsor" for the series beginning in 2015. AmeriFlex owner Corvan Robison has been a major supporter of the series with his Tulsa OK based business for the past few years.
With backing from AmeriFlex, there will be multiple venues and events that will pay OCRS teams extra cash during the 2015 season. Details on those events are still being addressed and will be announced at a later date. With this move, AmeriFlex vacates the sponsorship of the first heat race at each event as well as the popular ‘Hard Charger’ award.
Additional awards and recognition went to:
"Hardest Charger of the Year”: Danny Smith
Rookie of the Year: Cameron Hagin
OCRS Spirit of the Year: Perry Pickard
OCRS Mechanic of the Year: Mike Deal
OCRS Sportsman of the Year: Blane Morton
OCRS Most Improved Driver: (Tie) Alex DeCamp and Johnny Kent
OCRS Perseverance of the Year: Mike Huard
Jeremy Campbell; 2014 NCRA Sprint Co-Champion Review
(Special credit/Katie Schroeder Campbell) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – November 28, 2014 - While the battle for the 2014 National Championship Racing Association sprint car championship ended in a tie, it was another exciting season for Jeremy Campbell of Wichita, Kansas. The former Michigan native finished the 2014 race season with two more sprint car championships under his belt, once again dominating the Kansas sprint car scene. Despite battling motor problems throughout the season, Campbell officially recorded his second NCRA as well.
“I had more DNF’s this season than I’ve had in a long time, so it was really a rebuilding year for me” according to Campbell. “I stepped away from the 305 sprint cars to focus on my family and winning the 360 NCRA championship. It came together in the end for us, but it wasn’t a strong year for our team. We’ve got a great start on what to work on for next year,”
The JCM team started the season with a new Maxim frame, and while Campbell has been with Maxim Racing for more than 10 years it still presented some challenges. Campbell explains “This is the first year since moving from 410 sprint cars to 360’s that I’ve really focused on investing money into growing my race team. I’ve been racing a car that was eight years old, and it worked great, but to grow I knew I needed to add another car to my team. We started 2014 completely rebuilding. At the end of the year we also purchased a new trailer to allow us to carry more parts and travel more. I blew up our strongest motor this season, so we ended up purchasing a used one that blew up immediately as well, so I finished out the season on a borrowed engine. This off-season is really going to keep Dwight, my father-in-law, who builds our engines, really busy, but to start 2015 with two motors and two cars will be great.”
Since bursting on to the scene in the Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska area, Jeremy has amassed six NCRA victories and two series championships and has two, 81 Speedway sprint car championships.
Part of the success of Jeremy Campbell Motorsports has been the long-term support of Campbell’s industry sponsors along with the addition of loyal sponsors of Campbell’s father-in-law’s team. 2015 will be the 5th year for Dan’s Cycle, Radio Shack of Derby, Hillsboro Race Engines and Scott’s Well Service. Companies like Maxim Racing, Hepfner Racing Products, ButlerBuilt Seats and Speedway Motors have been with Campbell the majority of his 14-year sprint car career, and sponsors that have joined more recently, like AutoMasters, Precise Racing and Plenert Excavating have continued to help the team grow.
Looking forward to 2015 the 10c team will return to the NCRA Sprint Car Series, along with 81 Speedway events, while also looking for more opportunities to travel. For more information visit www.jeremycampbell.net or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/campbell10c.
NCRA Sprint 2014 Season Review: A Tie for Two
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – November 27, 2014 - The National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division recently wrapped up their 2014 campaign and for only the second time in the tours 25 year history, there was a tie for the point championship.
The season kicked off with the fourth annual “Air Capital Shootout” at 81 Speedway in Park City on March 28th where a strong field of 39 sprinters filled the back pit area and third generation sprint car driver Kevin Swindell picked up the $5000 paycheck.
Next up, nearly one month later, it was a special “non-nationals” event atop the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas where Norman, Oklahoma veteran Danny Wood took home the April 19th victory.
The second and third Saturday night in May saw two new venues for the series in consecutive weeks. The first came atop Butler County Speedway in Rising City, Nebraska in a co-sanctioned event with the Nebraska 360 sprint series. On this night it was Jack Dover picking up his first of five tour victories of the season.
One week later it was yet another new venue, this to the Northwest Oklahoma community of Longdale, Oklahoma and the half mile Longdale Speedway and what better way to break in a new track than to put a new face in victory circle as Jeff Stasa of Kingman, Kansas scored his first career sprint car victory.
A special “Father’s Day” edition at 81 Speedway was up next where Dover once again found victory lane.
The tour closed out the month of June in a much anticipated co-sanctioned weekend with the American Bank of Oklahoma American Sprint Car Series Sooner region. It all kicked off on Saturday night, June 28, at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas where 23 cars were on hand for the new home of “Steve King Memorial.” On this night it was four time and defending tour champion C.J. Johnson bringing home a victory for the series and his only victory on the tour in 2014.
A strong field of 29 sprints were on hand for night two of the swing, this at 81 Speedway where Aaron Reutzel scored his first career NCRA victory and one for ASCS.
Butler County Speedway hosted the tour for the last time in 2014 on July 12th where Dover once again got the best of NCRA and the Nebraska 360’s.
Next up was the end of July, which meant only one thing in the region, the 58th annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals atop the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. For the second year in a row it was Dover taking home the $3000 first place prize and Hutch Nationals trophy.
The first of two originally scheduled Labor Day weekend events took place on Saturday night, August 30, at 81 Speedway and it was J.D. Johnson breaking four year victory draught with the series, picking up the victory aboard the #8w Whitehead Motorsports sprinter. The next night’s annual Labor Day trip to the Belleville High Banks was nixed by rain.
The following weekend was the tours annual trip to Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska where they were joined by the American Sprint Car Series Midwest Region and for the third time this year the tour made its way into the “Husker State,” Dover once gain found victory lane, his fifth and final on the tour in 2014.
This set up a two car showdown for the season championship, occurring on Saturday night, September 27, at 81 Speedway where Danny Wood picked up his second tour victory of the season.
Former tour champion Jeremy Campbell came into the night with a forty point lead over C.J. Johnson and it looked as though he would claim his second series championship as he was running second most of the feature finale. But just past the half way point the oil line broke on his family owned #10c causing him a sixteenth place finish. Johnson would go on to finish seventh and at the time it was five points short of a tie for the championship. However, as is customary at the end of each race season, NCRA officials went back through all the results and it was discovered there was a tie for the point championship.
It was only the second time in the series history a tie for the point championship occurred as Larry Neighbors and Kirby Hagens accomplished this back in 1995. In fact, this wasn’t event the closets point battle in series history as the 1995 season also saw Clay Bontrager fall just five point short of making it a three way tie for the NCRA sprint title.
Jon Freeman would finish third in the point standings while J.D. Johnson and Stasa rounded out the top five. Jake Greider finished sixth in the standings as well as earning rookie of the year honors. Raymond Seeman, who finished second to Greider in rookie honors, came home seventh in the standings followed by Dover, Tyler Drueke and Jordan Weaver.
Those drivers who finished in the top ten in the standings and competed in 75% of the thirteen races that were completed will be officially rewarded at the 2014 series banquet on January 31, 2015 in Wichita, Kansas.
STYRES, HUNSINGER, SILVERTHORN, LAFANTAISIE, & DEBOER HONOURED AS 2014 CHAMPIONS
by Tommy Goudge (November 21, 2014) - Ohsweken, Ontario - The 2014 Ohsweken Speedway season was celebrated on Friday night with the annual awards banquet at Carmen's Banquet Hall in Hamilton.
Glenn Styres was honoured as the champion of the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Car Division, while Ryan Hunsinger was recognized as the first Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Car champion, Dave Silverthorn, Jr. was crowned Affordable Towing & Recovery Thunder Stock champion, Tyler Lafantaisie received HRW Automotive Mini Stock champion accolades, and Dusty DeBoer was awarded his trophy as champion of the Gale's Auto Aftermarket Bomber division.
CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CARS - AWARDS:
Mitch Brown, Keith Dempster, Dave Dykstra, Todd Hoddick, Jeremy Hughes, Jim Huppunen, Conor Mahoney, Shane Ross, Glenn Styres, Cory Turner, and Jamie Turner.
BROWN AUTO SERVICE HARD CHARGER
Jim Huppunen (passed 47 cars in feature race action)
DEDICATION TO RACING
IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR
CREW OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by drivers)
Team 10 (Driver - Mitch Brown)
MOST IMPROVED DRIVER
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
DRIVER OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by drivers)
CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CARS
The Top 10 in the Corr/Pak Merchandising 360 Sprint Cars were:
1st - Glenn Styres
2nd - Mitch Brown
3rd - Jim Huppunen
4th - Shane Ross
5th - Todd Hoddick
6th - Keith Dempster
7th - Dave Dykstra
8th - Jamie Turner
9th - Jeremy Hughes
10th - Cory Turner
STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS - AWARDS:
Jake Brown, Mark Czuba, Kyle Durnin, Tyler Hendricks, Brad Herron, Ryan Hunsinger, Josh Shantz, Mike Thorne, and Aaron Turkey.
Ryan Hunsinger (passed 102 cars in feature race action)
DEDICATION TO RACING
IMAGEFACTOR.CA BEST APPEARING CAR
CREW OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by drivers)
Team 55 (Driver - Mike Thorne)
DRIVER OF THE YEAR
(Voted on by drivers)
STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS
The Top 10 in the Strickland's GMC Crate Sprint Cars were:
1st - Ryan Hunsinger
2nd - Aaron Turkey
3rd - Jake Brown
4th - Josh Shantz
5th - Mike Thorne
6th (tie) - Brad Herron
6th (tie) - Mark Czuba
8th - Tyler Hendricks
9th - Kyle Durnin
10th -Paul Lang
Bloomington Speedway Schedules Planning Meeting for Kinser Air Filters 305 Race Saver Series
Bloomington, Indiana – With wide interest in the Kinser-AirFilters.com 305 RaceSavers winged sprint car series debuting in 2015, Bloomington Speedway is hosting a planning meeting on Saturday, Nov. 29. In addition to providing an overview of the Speedway’s plans for the series, General Manager Kris Kirchner says they will answer questions and take inputs from potential participants and others interested in the program. The public is welcomed to attend.
The session is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Express, 117 S. Franklin Road in Bloomington, which just off Ind. 37, across the street from the Texas Roadhouse.
OCRS Announces Feature Line-Up Modification For 2015
OCRS Public Relations
Tulsa Okla. (November 13, 2014) – The Oil Capital Racing Series will see a modified format for determining the starting line-up for A-Feature events beginning in 2015. As with the past two seasons, OCRS will automatically transfer 12 drivers from their qualifying heat races based on earned heat race finishing points along with earned passing points.
Of the 12 drivers that earn an automatic transfer to the A-feature, the top 8 drivers in points will participate in a “redraw” for starting positions 1-8. The driver that draws number one starts on the pole position. The driver drawing number two starts outside the first row and so on until the 8 spots are filled. The four remaining A-feature ‘lock-in’ drivers from the heat races will be placed in positions 9-12. These positions will be lined straight up according to heat race passing points that were earned.
As was the case previously, the remaining starting positions for the A-Feature (spots 13-20) will be filled by a B-Feature race. In the event a B-Feature isn’t contested, these positions will then line straight up according to their heat race points earned.
OCRS utilized a 12-car invert based on combined A and B feature point averages the past two seasons. OCRS president Barry Grabel explained the new change: “ When we decided to eliminate the OCRS Dash race (to determine the first three rows) in 2013, we decided on the 12-car invert system for enhancing the show to our fans. From the beginning, we agreed to a review of that format after two seasons.”
“After the first season, OCRS saw an improvement over the previous format;” said Grabel. “There were multiple winners over the season and there were multiple occasions where the winner came from row five or six and we were pleased with the quality of the program. At the conclusion of this past season, we saw the same results in as early as the second race of the year, yet we saw some different results as well.”
Like many open wheel series around the country, tire wear is an issue that has been challenging to control. “OCRS worked with our promoters this past season to enhance the racing surface as best as possible,” stated Grabel. “The promoters responded very well and we were fortunate to get less abrasive surfaces which improved tire wear a great deal. Our compliments go out to them for a job well done.”
With that came a difference in how the racing developed.
“When we analyzed these past two seasons and discussed the future, it was decided to continue to utilize the 12-car lock-in system with the top 8 of those drawing for their starting positions. We feel this will put a little tweak in what we were doing and still provide fantastic racing action that our fans have come to expect from the OCRS series. In the end, it’s the fans that need to be highly considered as well as our racing teams. We look forward to the continued growth our series has endured,” said Grabel.
The 2014 OCRS Awards Banquet is Saturday December 6th and will be held at the Clarion Hotel at the Tulsa International Airport. The ‘Tire Factory’ is the event sponsor and comedian Rick Read has been selected as the evening’s entertainment attraction. A 6pm dinner will precede the awards ceremony and comedy show. Tickets are $20 and will be sold at the door. Race fans are welcomed to attend and enjoy the night with the OCRS series!
360 Series Points
1. Davie Franek 1529
2. Josh Weller 1406
2. Randy West 1406
4. Curt Michael 1277
5. Ed Aikin 1251
6. Troy Betts 1231
7. R Stillwaggon 1189
8. J. Swanson 1058
9. Brian Carber 1042
10. Andy Best 908
1. Steve Poirier 2184
2. Jason Barney 1888
3. Jeff Cook 1786
4. Matt Tanner 1678
5. Paul Kinney 1609
6. Chuck Hebing 1294
7. Cory Sparks 1155
8. Dave Axton 1108
9. Kevin Ward Jr. 987
10. T. Wickham 986
1. Jeremy Campbell 3315
1. CJ Johnson 3315
3. Jon Freeman 2990
4. J.D. Johnson 2895
5. Jeff Stasa 2590
6. Jake Greider 2325
7. Ray Seeman 1985
8. Jack Dover 1810
9. Tyler Drueke 1565
10. Jordan Weaver 1565
1. Glenn Styres 1747
2. Mitch Brown 1699
3. Keith Dempster 1522
4. Chris Jones 1397
5. Warren Mahoney 1368
6. Shawn Sliter 1340
7. Bob Crawford 1242
8. Brad Lodge 1234
9. Jamie Turner 1191
10. Mike Ferrell 1179