Former Taco Bravo champ Brad Furr comes out on top of an entertaining Ocean Sprints main event on Friday at Ocean Speedway
By Gary Thomas
Watsonville, CA – April 24, 2015…A wide & slick surface at Ocean Speedway on Friday night provided some great action during what was round three of the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo season. In the end it was 2013 track champion Brad Furr of Stockton coming out on top after 30-laps of hard fought racing for his first win of the year.
Furr’s victory was aboard the familiar Kenny Thorp wrenched Brad Furr Racing/ Price Rite Restaurant Equipment No. 2 Sprinter and came over the relentless pursuit of Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Watsonville’s Justin Sanders. It was a great rebound for Furr, who had struggled in the feature during the most recent Ocean Sprints event on April 10.
“Tonight we really focused on going back to the basics and it really worked all night long,” Furr commented on the front stretch. “We had a great car and it was a fun race tonight. Getting through traffic was tricky, but luckily I pretty much made all the right moves to get by guys at the right time. I really want to thank my whole team for working so hard and thank everyone that makes racing possible at Ocean Speedway. We’ll be back next week hoping to do the same.”
Fremont’s Dustin Golobic & Morgan Hill’s Nicholas Ringo Jr. drew the front row for the feature, but Furr wasted no time charging to the high side of the speedway and claimed the lead on lap-one. A well prepared surface made for great racing all throughout the field during the 30-lap contest. Dominic Scelzi soon showed his muscle climbing into second after a great tussle with Golobic. Justin Sanders would then also follow suit, jumping into the third spot on a restart around lap 10.
Lapped traffic in the main event kept things very interesting, as the lead trio had to be on their toes all race long, even splitting the slower cars from time to time. Scelzi looked for a way by Furr on numerous occasions, but the former World of Outlaws regular worked traffic expertly. As the race wound down Sanders was able to carve his way by Scelzi into the runner up position, prior to a yellow coming out on lap 24. When the green waved for the final time Dustin Golobic made a tremendous move on the double file restart to slice passed Sanders & Scelzi into second.
With Furr out front an intense battle for the runner spot waged on and it was ultimately scooped up by Scelzi, who was able to get back by Golobic. He tried his best to track down the leader, but ran out of time and Furr crossed the Ed Entz checkered flag by 1.014 seconds for the victory.
Although disappointed with the outcome it was a solid night for Scelzi, who celebrates his 18th birthday next week. “I feel like this was our race tonight and I just made a couple mistakes on restarts and in traffic,” said the driver of the Scelzi Enterprises/ Red Rose Transportation No. 41 mount. “Traffic was definitely wild. A few of the cars were racing side by side like they were going for a win at the Knoxville Nationals, so we really had to pick our passes wisely. We’ve got speed in this car though, so that gives me lots of confidence and hopefully we can knock off a win soon.”
Sanders was able to get by Golobic to earn the final spot on the podium aboard his North County Plastering/ Lancaster Locksmith No. 17 machine. “The race track was great tonight so I really have to tip my hat to the whole track prep crew,” commented Sander’s, who unofficially takes over the points lead. “That was a really fun race tonight being able to dice it up like that in traffic. We’ve had a great start to the season and the consistency we have put together has been something I’ve definitely focused on. We really want to get a win here though and hopefully that can happen next week. We’ll be trying hard for it.”
Dustin Golobic crossed the line in fourth to earn his best career Ocean Sprints finish. The younger Golobic was impressive all night long and continues to improve as the weeks go on. Gilroy’s Kurt Nelson also made some great moves in the feature to round out the top-five for the second race in a row with the Ocean Sprints.
Fremont’s Shane Golobic accepted the Back Row Challenge during the main event and ended the race in sixth. That however, came after he had suffered a flat tire while having already charged to sixth by lap 10, which forced him to the rear for a second time. His efforts earned him the High Five Pizza Hard Charger Award.
Tracy’s Austin Liggett was impressive, running in the top-five, before earning his career best Ocean Sprints finish in seventh. Nicholas Ringo and Fresno’s Koen & Kyler Shaw completed the top-10 in the feature.
Shane Golobic started off the night by earning the Ray Scheidts Electric Fast Time Award with a clocking of 11.763 to beat out the 19-car field. Three eight-lap heat races were needed and were captured by Liggett, Ringo and Scelzi. Full results will be found at www.racepmg.com
A-main finish: 1. Brad Furr, 2. Dominic Scelzi, 3. Justin Sanders, 4. Dustin Golobic, 5. Kurt Nelson, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Austin Liggett, 8. Nicholas Ringo, 9. Koen Shaw, 10. Kyler Shaw, 11. Jeremy Chisum, 12. Jason Chisum, 13. Jerry Bonnema, 14. Jake Haulot, 15. Danny Malfatti, 16. Anthony Espinosa, 17. Josh Chisum, 18. Ken Fredenburg, 19. Darrell Taylor.
Jason Barney Bags Patriot Sprint Tour Season Opener at Merrittville
Rich Vleck, THOROLD, ONT, (April 25, 2015)- Heading in to Merrittville, a cool forecast didn’t appear to bother Jason Barney, who was confident that the track conditions would play right in to his hands by the end of the night.
Barney, 35, of Brewerton, NY, passed Jeff Cook for the lead on lap 10 and never looked back as he scored the win in the 25-lap Spring Sizzler at Merrittville Speedway, kicking off the 2015 Patriot Sprint Tour Canada Season.
“What a great race car and what a great race team,” exclaimed Barney in Victory Lane. “I knew we had a great car when we got it out of the truck. We didn’t get too excited because we knew we had a good car we went through our routine.”
After driving from a fifth place starting spot to win heat race 3, “Racin Jason” drew the sixth starting spot for the feature. He quickly moved to fourth place and was working on Sammy Reakes IV and Jim Huppunen for second and third on lap three when the race was halted due to a major flip involving Alain Bergeron and Chris Steele. Steele’s throttle stuck heading in to turn one and collected Bergeron, who flipped hard over the wall. While under the red flag, Barney closed his eyes, got some rest, and knew after that it was go time.
After one more caution on lap four, Barney made a nifty move to get by Huppunen for third on lap six, then took the runner-up position away from Reakes two laps later. The Schneider Packaging/ Patriot Tank Lines No. 87 began to reel in polesitter Jeff Cook in lapped traffic, and took the top spot away on lap 10 when Cook pushed over the berm in turn four.
The race’s final caution flag waved on lap 15 and after that restart, Barney’s nose wing shifted, which noticeably altered the handling on his car. Cook began to reel him in and was setting up a run at taking the lead back when he once again pushed over the turn four berm attempting to pass a lapped car, allowing Barney to cruise to the win.
“When that wing came down I was just holding on,” admitted Barney after the race. “I can’t believe it held on for the win.”
The win was the eighth Patriot win for the 10-year sprint car shoe, his third in Canada. Barney has always performed well in Canada, with three podium finishes in the Canadian Nationals. By the end of the night, the crisp cool air was definitely reminiscent of the mid-September event.
Jeff Cook, another driver with a solid career resume North of the Border, was pleased with his runner-up showing. Cook was driving in to turn three extremely hard in the closing laps, allowing him to close back in on Barney for the lead.
Mitch Brown had an uneventful drive forward to finish in third. Despite starting in 10th, the Brantford, Ontario driver was rarely mired in a traffic or battle for more than a lap.
Glenn Styres got his car moving forward on the top of the track late in the race to finish in fourth. Defending PST Champion Jared Zimbardi won the Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame Dash and followed Styres up through to round out the top five.
Jim Huppunen was in the top five most of the race until three laps remaining and settled for sixth. Sophomore sprint shoe Cory Turner was as far back as 18th but had the proper setup in his No. 19 and drove up to finish seventh, just ahead of Matt Tanner who came home eighth. Jamie Turner was ninth, holding off his son Ryan, who won the B-Main and rounded out the top 10 in his first career sprint car start.
A total of 25 sprint cars were in the pits on a clear but cool evening. The track was in perfect condition all night long to produce great racing. Along with the duel flip of Steele and Bergeron, Jim Porter lightly tipped over in a lap one incident and was done for the night.
Patriot Sprint Tour Canada Series Results: 4/25/15, Merrittville Speedway, Thorold, Ontario, CANADA .
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Jason Barney (87), 2. Jeff Cook (10c), 3. Mitch Brown (10B), 4. Glenn Styres (0), 5. Jared Zimbardi (35), 6. Jim Huppunen (14H), 7. Cory Turner (19), 8. Matt Turner (90), 9. Jamie Turner (11), 10. Ryan Turner (91), 11. Sammy Reakes IV (17), 12. Tommy Wickham (75), 13. Justin Martin (7m), 14. Keith Dempster (5), 15. Jake Muench (14), 16. Dane Lorenc (00), 17. Shawn Sliter (71s), 18. Todd Hoddick (49), 19. Alain Bergeron (8B), 20. Chris Steele (80), 21. Paulie Colagiovanni (10), 22. Chris Jones (11J), 23. Jim Porter (22).
Lap Leaders- Cook 1-9, Barney 10-25.
Patriot Sprint Tour Canada Series Point Standings (Top 10)- Barney 150, Cook 145, Brown 141, Styres 138, Zimbardi 135, Huppunen 132, C. Turner 129, Tanner 126, J. Turner 123, R. Turner 120.
Patriot Sprint Tour Announces Nightly Hoosier Tire Giveaway 2015
Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (April 25, 2015)- Earlier this year, it was announce that the Patriot Sprint Tour and Hoosier Tire Canada had come together on a new contract for the next three years to add a healthy amount in to the point fund along with other bonuses. One of those additional benefits has now been revealed.
The Patriot Sprint Tour and Hoosier Tire Canada will work together to give out a new rear tire to a series regular at every PST event in 2015. The process of receiving one is simple: be the highest finish driver in the top 20 in PST points that has yet to win one in 2015.
“Hoosier Tire Canada has stepped up big this year and that will be evident in the point fund, but all racers like free tires and this will be a great incentive for our series regulars,” stated PST President Mike Emhof.
The 2015 Patriot Sprint Tour season kicks this Saturday at the Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ontario, which is incidentally the home track for Hoosier Tire Canada. For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.
Sauder Take Sprint Invaders Checkers at Limaland
(4/24/15) – A cool night for the Spring Fling at Limaland Motorsports Park produced some hot and fast action on the high-banked ¼-mile racing oval. A noticeably gripping surface was tailor-made for veteran competitors Kyle Sauder, Tony Anderson and Todd Sherman. All three dominated the opposition, adding to their respective legacies of success, at the facility owned and operated by the University of Northwestern Ohio.
The ever popular k & L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders moved to center stage for their 25-lap tussle with veteran Kyle Sauder leading the field to the green flag.
Sauder was particularly dominant during the 2011-‘12 time frame, winning the track championship in 2011 and the All-Stars feature during Ohio Sprint Speedweek that season.
On this night, the Archbold, Ohio veteran took full advantage of the pole starting position and roared to the front at the start of the race. The track may have been too fast for Sauder to hug the wall around the top as he has many times previous. He was however able to make a middle-to-high racing line work superbly. Sauder was also passing cars on the inside at times, an indication of how well his vehicle was handling.
Hud Horton and Jared Horstman followed the red colored #83 machine around with multiple car lengths separating each of the three front runners. The most competitive race action on the track was for the second position with Horstman peaking inside of Horton for numerous laps around. Finally the orange #17 of Horstman made a pass on lap 23 to secure an eventual runner-up finish to Sauder.
Sauder’s triumph was his 14th career win at the track and first since 2012. “I have to thank God because with five laps to go I thought this car wasn’t gonna make it,” said a humble Sauder afterwards. “Fortunately, my guys had this thing hooked up pretty good tonight. I’m glad to be back on the front stretch (winner’s circle) again as it has been awhile.”
Limaland Motorsports Park returns to action on Friday, May 1, with Modified Mayhem, featuring the K & N Filters UMP Modifieds. Also the K & L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders and the Budweiser Thunderstocks will compete. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. Racing begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.
NRA Sprints A-Main - (25 Laps) 1. 83-Kyle Sauder; 2. 17-Jared Horstman; 3. 28H-Hud Horton; 4. 6S-Jr Stewart; 5. 22H-Randy Hannagon; 6. 8J-Jess Stiger; 7. 10-Mitch Brown; 8. 6M-Max Stambaugh; 9. 23-Devon Dobie; 10. 10X-Dustin Stroup; 11. 11-Tim Allison; 12. 12-Kody Swanson; 13. 49-Shawn Dancer; 14. 31N-Rod Henning; 15. 12J-Tyler Moore; 16. 16B-Dakota Busche; 17. 12R-Nick Roberts; 18. 27R-Kyle Locke; 19. 22R-Kevin Roberts
Garen Linder Anticipating WST Spring Showdown At CGS
By Ben Deatherage
Cottage Grove, Oregon- It will be a full on invasion of Southern Oregon drivers on Friday April 24th and Saturday the 25th as the Western Sprint Tour will be hosting two exciting events this weekend at the Cottage Grove Speedway. One of the drivers looking for a win at the Spring Showdown, as the weekend is being called, is Garen Linder.
Linder, who calls Central Point home, has put up some good finishes in just a few starts to the 2015 season. His first race he competed in was at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California on Friday March 27th. In that event he would finish sixth in the feature. Even though it was a non-sanctioned race it would have several California big names on hand such as Rico Abreu, Jonathan Allard, Andy Forsberg, and Sean Becker just to name a few.
The following weekend he would be at Cottage Grove Speedway's Saturday April 4th Season Opener. After a lap one incident which would force him to go to the work area, Linder charged from eleventh all the way up to second place and nearly won the race on the final lap.
“That race felt really good and we were going into CG with some confidence after the race in Chico,” commented Linder, “we charged through and finished good despite a flat in the first couple of laps.”
Last weekend they showed some speed at Southern Oregon Speedway but had mechanical issues and had to retire early. But rest assured the Linder Powdercoating/Rodgers Racing Engines/Visual EFX Signs & Graphics #22 KPC will be a force to reckon with on the WST tour. With five races in the Southern Oregon/Northern California vicinity it will greatly benefit teams like Linder to travel a little bit less versus in the past.
“With all the races at Yreka and Medford it really benefits a team from my area with races close by, especially the ones on Fridays, for people that have to work.”
Admission prices for the WST events on Friday and Saturday are Adults $15.00, Juniors/Seniors/Military $13.00, Youths (Ages 6-12) $8.00, and Children 5 & Under FREE. Both nights the Pit Gates will open at 2:00 PM, Front Gates 4:00, Qualifying 5:30, and Racing begins right around 6:45.
Seth Nunes Looks For Continued Success At WST Spring Showdown
By Ben Deatherage
Cottage Grove, Oregon- Last Saturday night Seth Nunes accomplished the largest feat of his young 360 Sprint Car career, he won a main event. The triumph at last week's Southern Oregon Speedway event in White City was a major confidence booster to the team that has been in search of victory lane for the last few years. He will trek north this weekend on Friday April 24th and Saturday the 25th for the Spring Showdown at Cottage Grove Speedway featuring the newly created Western Sprint Tour.
“That win was huge for our team,” commented Nunes, “it's something we've been working towards for quite some time.”
Seth, who is from Medford, has just two starts at two different facilities in local competition in 2015. The aforementioned main event victory on Saturday April 18th at SOS and a fourth place finish at Cottage Grove on the 4th.
“This season has been good so far,” he would continue, “this weekend there will be more cars and more money at stake and should be a lot of fun. I hope we can pick up a few more wins this year.”
Nunes is still in the familiar family funded Napa Auto Parts/Lucas Oil Products/Rodgers Racing Engines/Lonnie's Autobody/Rocket Designs/Central Point Electric #5N KPC. Look for him to be one of the stars of the sport in the near future. This weekend he will take on some of the best drivers in the Western United States as he competes with the WST.
“I'm excited about the new series. In fact we plan on making it to every Western Sprint Tour race in 2015.”
Admission prices for the WST events on Friday and Saturday are Adults $15.00, Juniors/Seniors/Military $13.00, Youths (Ages 6-12) $8.00, and Children 5 & Under FREE. Both nights the Pit Gates will open at 2:00 PM, Front Gates 4:00, Qualifying 5:30, and Racing begins right around 6:45.
Civil War Series Makes First Ever Appearance at Thunderbowl Raceway During First Double Down Challenge Opportunity
Aptos, CA)- The Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA is known for being a high speed facility that keeps fans on the edge of their seats. After hosting one of the nation’s premier 360 events for the last 21 years, the Trophy Cup, the region’s premier 360ci series will make their first ever appearance at the track on Saturday night.
Marking the series’ fourth stop of the 2015 schedule, the 1/3 mile oval will host the series in what will be the lone 360ci event leading up to October’s famed Trophy Cup. With the chance to hit the Thunderbowl Raceway early in the season, the star-studded series expects to have a very talented field of drivers on hand for the event.
Over the years, the Civil War Series has been very competitive and as of late, it has featured a ton of parody. After seeing only one repeat winner during the 2014 season, the series has seen three different winners in three races to kick off the 2015 season, including wins by the last two series champions, and the series’ current point leader.
In the series’ most recent race at the Calistoga Speedway on April 11th, it was Sean Becker going toe-to-toe with reigning series champion, Shane Golobic. In the series’ first visit to the ½ mile facility since 2012, the race led up to the hype, as Becker used a late race move to grab his first Civil War win since the 2013 season.
Current point leader, Sebastopol, CA driver, Bradley Terrell, leads the series into the Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday night on the heels of picking up the series’ second round win at the Petaluma Speedway, as well as grabbing a weekly win at the track this past Saturday night. Terrell has been a consistent front runner thus far in 2015, and looks to add to his lead on Saturday night.
Justin Sanders and his F&W Racing team have had a strong start to the season. Following a Top-10 run at the Calistoga Speedway, Sanders too grabbed a win last weekend at the Marysville Raceway, as he looks to grab a pair of Championships in 2015. Yet to find Civil War Series victory lane in 2015, Sanders’ hard charging style will be exciting to watch at the Thunderbowl Raceway.
16-year-old Robbie Price makes his way back into the Golden State on Saturday night as he sits third in the series standings. Like the Top-Two, Price too comes in to this weekend’s race fresh off a victory last weekend. Price was in action at the Skagit Speedway, and picked up his first career winged sprint car win. Price has been a fun driver to watch as he competes in his first season aboard a winged 360ci sprint car.
This weekend’s race also has some extra money on the line. As part of the Prentice Motrsports Group Double Down Challenge, if a driver can win on Friday night at the Ocean Speedway, and return to victory lane on Saturday night at the Thunderbowl Raceway, they will take home an additional $3,000 making their total winning’s $6,500 if they can pull it off.
Other drivers that are expected to be in attendance for the Civil War Series’ debut at the Thunderbowl Raceway are Kyle and Koen Shaw, Shane Golobic, Andy Forsberg, Dominic Scelzi, Cody Lamar, Brett Rollag, Matt Peterson, Mason Moore, Ryan Bernal, Chase Johnson, amongst many others.
Saturday night, the front gates will open at 4pm, with cars on the track by 5pm. Adult reserved grandstand tickets can be purchased for just $15, while adult bleacher seats available for $13. Children 6-12 are ½ price, while fans 5 and under are free.
Patriot Sprint Tour Season Starts Saturday at Merrittville
Spring Sizzler Kicks off 4th PST Canada Season
Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (April 20, 2015)- It was a dreadful winter for much of Patriot Sprint Tour landscape but heading in to the season opener it is all systems go for an invasion at one of the most anticipated tour stops.
For the third consecutive year, the season lid-lifter for the Fine Touch Collision Patriot Sprint Tour Canada Series gets underway on the final Saturday in April at Merrittville Speedway in Southern Ontario. Last year’s event was lost to a rain shower the morning of the race, but two years ago Steve Poirier held off a wild late-race challenge from Justin Barger to score the win and eventually go on to the 2013 PST Canada Championship. A host of drivers are looking to pull a similar feat at the 3/8-mile this year to go wire-to-wire to score the prize that is up for grabs for the 2015 Championship.
Three time and defending PST Champion Jared Zimbardi has four career top 10 finishes in five starts in Thorold. But it is fellow past PST Champions Scott Kreutter and Bryan Howland who each have won at the Bicknell/Williamson-Owned Facility, with Howland doing it on two occasions.
PST America regulars that will be traveling north include Don Adamczyk, Steve Collins and Todd Hoddick. PST Canada regulars Glenn Styres, Alain Bergeron and Mitch Brown are also names that should be on hand.
Of course a race at Merrittville would not be complete without the groundswell of local teams that circled this date on their schedule early on. Chris Steele, Stan Zanchin, Jim Huppunen, Shawn Sliter, Jamie and Cory Turner are just some of the names that should be ready to make the short trip.
Saturday’s event will also be the first race where a Hoosier rear tire will be handed out to the highest-finishing driver that was in the top 20 of the 2014 PST Canada Standings.
Pit gates for this special event will swing open at 3:00 P.M., with heat racing getting underway at 7:00 P.M. Stay up-to-speed with all that his happening this Saturday by following the Patriot Sprint Tour on Twitter or liking the Patriots Tour on Facebook. For additional information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.
Patriot Sprint Tour History at Merrittville
June 24, 2006- Bryan Howland
August 1, 2009- Scott Kreutter
June 18, 2011- Bryan Howland
April 27, 2013- Steve Poirier
Round three of the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo on deck at Ocean Speedway this Friday April 24
Marks first PMG Double Down Bonus weekend
By Gary Thomas
Watsonville, CA – April 20, 2015…The busiest stretch of the season for the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo will kick-off this Friday night with round number three in the battle for the title at the quarter-mile bullring.
The night of racing will also be part of the first Prentice Motorsports Group “Double Down Bonus” weekend. If a driver can win the Friday event at Ocean Speedway with the Ocean Sprints, and then win at Thunderbowl Raceway this Saturday with the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster in Tulare, they’ll go home with a $3000 bonus. If they do so, they’ll walk away with $6500 total for the weekend. This is the first of nine Double Down Bonus weekends in 2015.
The event on Friday begins a stretch of four consecutive weeks of the racing for the Ocean Sprints and during it Easton’s Tommy Tarlton will look to keep up his hot streak. The two-time Taco Bravo champion has won the first two races of the season and goes into this weekend sitting atop the standings by 18-markers. Tarlton would have to be considered a favorite to challenge for the Double Down Bonus this weekend, having also been a two-time track titlist at Thunderbowl Raceway.
Laton’s Heath Duinkerken & Watsonville’s Justin Sanders come into Friday tied for second in the points. Duinkerken has brought home finishes of fifth & fourth in the two events respectively, while Sanders has run fourth & second. After finishing third in the standings last season Sanders is poised to challenge for the title this year and a win on Friday would certainly be a step in that direction.
Gilroy’s Kurt Nelson had a great outing during the most recent event, finishing fifth in the feature, which has placed him fourth in the standings. Nelson was the Hive 5 Pizza Hard Charger after starting 16th. Corralitos’ Jerry Bonnema has been solid the first two races and rounds out the top-five. Completing the top-10 going into Friday’s round three is past champion Brad Furr of Stockton, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Salinas brothers Jason Chisum, Jeremy Chisum and rookie contender Tony Gualda of Hollister.
More possibilities for Friday night will include two-time & reigning Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo champion Shane Golobic of Fremont, along with his younger brother Dustin Golobic, Foresthill’s Ryan Robinson, Gilroy’s Ken Fredenburg, San Jose’s Darrell Taylor, Morgan Hill’s Nicholas Ringo, Hayward’s Danny Malfatti, San Jose’s Nick Ringo Jr. and others.
The front gate at Ocean Speedway will open at 4:30pm this Friday night with hot laps at 5:15pm, qualifying around 6pm and racing to follow. The pit gate will open at 2pm this season. All seating will be general admission with adult tickets costing $17, seniors 65 & older $16, children 6-12 $13 and kids five and under free. A family pack featuring two adults and two kids is available for $55.
The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California with the physical address being 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.
Ocean Speedway & the Ocean Sprints would like to thank Taco Bravo, High Five Pizza, Ray Scheidts Electric, Beer Optics, Hoosier Tires West and Kaeding Performance for their support.
For more information on the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo log onto http://www.oceansprints.com and for more on the Ocean Speedway check out www.racepmg.com
Upcoming Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo events
Friday April 24 (Double Down weekend)
Friday May 1 (Double Down weekend)
Friday May 8 (Double Down weekend)
Friday May 15
Jed Werner Claims First URSS Career Win at The Duel At The “D”
The United Rebel Sprint Series kicked off its 10th Anniversary Season at the Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway with twenty four teams making the trip to the 3/8’s mile ‘D’ shaped oval. The track has hosted the Rebels several times and the unique shape of the track has always produced some great racing action for the fans.
Since this was the first race of the season for the Rebels, a “Revenge Draw” was used to determine the top ten qualifiers out of the heat races. Each of the heat race qualifiers drew a number 1 – 10, but they had to give that number to another driver. 2013 and 14 National Champion Jake Bubak drew the 1 pill and gave it to 2014 Kansas Region Rookie of the Year, Jed Werner, putting the second year driver on the pole for the A-Main. He would make the most of that opportunity by leading every lap and taking his very first URSS feature victory .
At the drop of green pole sitter Jed Werner took off with the lead as Kaden Taylor, Koby Walters, Zac Taylor and Jake Bubak rounded out the top five. By lap six C. J. Johnson had begun his push towards the front from his tenth place starting position, on lap eight took over the fifth spot. Werner stretched out his lead and was pulling away from the rest of the field with Zach Taylor and Kaden Taylor holding the second and third spots.
By lap eleven Luke Cranston had moved up to challenge Johnson for the fifth spot as the pair had their sights on the 9X of defending Series Champion of Jake Bubak. Lap fourteen saw Johnson make his way up to the third position as he and Bubak made their past Kaden Taylor. Cranston took over the fifth position on lap seventeen with Zach Blurton putting pressure on Kaden Taylor for the sixth spot.
Caution flew on lap twenty to bunch up the field once again but on the restart Werner jumped back out to the lead with Zac Taylor giving chase followed by Johnson. Bubak and Cranston battled for the fourth spot with Cranston taking the spot on lap twenty one. B-Main winner Zach Blurton had steadily worked his way up to the sixth spot with Brain Herbert in his tire tracks by lap twenty two.
With the laps winding down Zac Taylor started to reel in Werner as Johnson and Cranston were battling for the third spot. As the white flag was shown Taylor had caught Werner going into turn three, Taylor tried to go low under Werner but got a little sideways bunching up himself, Johnson and Cranston as they came off of turn four. Taylor held on to claim the runner up spot with Johnson third, Cranston fourth and Bubak claiming fifth.
The B-Main was won by Zach Blurton with Zac Taylor, Lance Davis and Koby Walters picking up Heat Race wins.
The Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger award went to C.J. Johnson who went from his 10th starting spot to 3rd.
The next action for the URSS Rebels will be at Dodge City Raceway Park on May 9th.
1 Jed Werner
2 Zac Taylor
3 CJ Johnson
4 Luke Cranston
5 Jake Bubak
6 Zach Blurton
7 Brian Herbert
8 Kaden Taylor
9 Barry Crane
10 Jeremy Huish
11 Lance Davis
12 Jordan Randles
13 Darren Bowman
14 Stephen Richardson
15 Connor Atkinson
16 Coby Pearce
17 Tracey Hill
18 Ross Essenberg DNF
19 Koby Walters DNF
20 Cody Lampe DNF
Thunderbowl Raceway hosts the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series for the first time next week
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – April 15, 2015…After opening the season with a World of Outlaws two-step the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway kicks back into action on Saturday April 25, with the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster invading the Tulare, CA based one-third mile clay oval.
It will be the lone Winged 360 Sprint Car event held at the Thunderbowl prior to the three-night Trophy Cup in October and marks round four in the battle for the Civil War Series title. It will also be the very first appearance at the track for the series, which started back in 1991 as the North/South Series. It then morphed into the present Civil War tour in 1993 and has been the premier series for Winged 360 Sprint Cars in California ever since.
The night of racing will also be part of the first Prentice Motorsports Group “Double Down Bonus” weekend. If a driver can win the Friday April 24 event at Ocean Speedway with the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, and then win at Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday with Civil War, they’ll go home with a $3000 bonus. If they do so, they’ll walk away with $6500 total for the weekend. This is the first of nine Double Down Bonus weekends in 2015.
“We’re excited about bringing the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster to the Thunderbowl Raceway next week,” said series manager John Prentice. “Tulare has been one of the top tracks out west for a long time and it’s definitely a place that the Civil War Series belongs at. It’s the only chance for many of these teams to get some track time there before the Trophy Cup as well. With it being the first PMG Double Down weekend that also adds another level of anticipation.”
After winning the World of Outlaws finale in March for the second year in a row Rutherford, CA’s Rico Abreu is set to be on hand next week. The 23-year-old last season was the lone driver to earn multiple victories with the Civil War Series and will be considered the one to beat next week. The win earlier this year was Abreu’s fifth career Thunderbowl Raceway triumph aboard his familiar Abreu Vineyards No. 24 mount. His two Civil War wins last year came at the Johnny Key Classic in Watsonville and the Tribute to Gary Patterson in Stockton.
So far this season there has been three winners in the three Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster events held thus far. Those drivers have included reigning series champion Shane Golobic of Fremont, current point leader Bradley Terrell of Sebastopol and most recently former series titlist Sean Becker from Roseville.
“This series featured a lot of parody last season and we’ve started off with much of the same in 2015,” commented Civil War media relations director PJ Petersen. “Finally having Civil War compete in Tulare is a great thing and we’re certainly looking forward to April 25. We’re expecting a great field of cars to be on hand with drivers from all over California. The Thunderbowl never seems to disappoint, so we hope everyone comes out to support the show next week.”
More drivers looking to take on the Thunderbowl April 25 will include Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Lemoore’s Carson Macedo, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Wilton’s Matt Peterson, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, British Columbia’s Robbie Price, Fresno brothers' Koen & Kyler Shaw, Visalia’s Steven Tiner and many more.
The front gate at Thunderbowl Raceway will open at 4pm on Saturday April 25, with cars on track shortly after 5pm and heat races expected to get underway around 7pm. Adult reserved grandstand tickets cost $15, with general admission bleachers $13. Children 6-12 are half price, while five & under are free. To pre-order tickets contact (559) 688-0909. A seating chart & more is available at www.thunderbowlraceway.com
Also on hand during the night will be the Western RaceSaver Sprints & Vintage Cars.
Be sure to like Thunderbowl Raceway on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tulare-Thunderbowl-Raceway
Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the fairgrounds. Camping is also available at the fairgrounds for a price of $40 per night and is located off turns three and four. To learn more about the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster log onto www.racepmg.com
Following the Civil War Series event on April 25, Thunderbowl Raceway will then return to action on Saturday May 2 for J.D. Heiskell & Co. Race Night, featuring the USAC Western Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprints & Vintage Cars. On Saturday May 16 the annual Chris & Brian Faria Memorial will be presented at the one-third mile clay oval, which showcases the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprint Car Series & Western RaceSaver Sprints.
URSS Ready to Kick Off Season 10 At Liberal
2015 marks the 10th Anniversary Season of the United Rebel Sprint Series and The Rebels will be kicking it off in style with a two-day show at the Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway called the “Duel at the D”. The lightning fast 3/8’s mile oval will host the event with drivers from multiple states making the pull to crown the first race winners of 2015.
The Five State Fairgrounds Speedway has hosted the URSS Rebels several times and the fans have been treated to some all-out duels. Defending URSS National Champion Jake Bubak will be back to defend his title. Bubak is only one of two drivers to win the Championship multiple times, winning back to back in 2013 and 2014. Dodge City Kansas’s Brian Herbert is the only other URSS driver to lay claim to the Championship in its nine year history.
Other drivers slated to attend are Zac Taylor, Ty Williams, Austin McLane, Steven Richardson, Brian Herbert, Luke Cranston, Jeremy Huish, Jed Werner and many other of your URSS Favorite drivers as they kick off the 2015 URSS Season. In its nine year existence the URSS Series has had seven different Champions, proving that parity is alive and well in the Series.
Racing action will kick off 7:00 pm on Saturday night with The URSS Rebels hitting the track along with supporting classes including Modifieds, Stocks, Sport Mods and Hobbys of racing action at the Fairgrounds.
Racing will resume again Sunday afternoon with another full show starting at 2:00pm with the URSS Rebels, as well as the same support classes hitting the 3/8’s mile oval.
If you can’t make the trip to Liberal this weekend you can catch all of the racing action by joining the URSS on Racingboys.com http://www.racinboys.com with Kyler Fetters bringing you all of the exciting racing action from the Five State Fairgrounds Speedway both days.
So join us as the United Rebel Sprint Series kicks off their Tenth Season of the most exciting 305 Sprint Car racing in the Country in Liberal, Kansas Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Five State Speedway located at the Stevens County Fairgrounds in Liberal, Kansas.
NCRA Sprint Show for 81 Speedway this Saturday Rescheduled
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – April 13, 2015 – A change by track officials have forced the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products to reschedule this coming Saturday nights sprint car event at 81 Speedway in Park City. The date has been moved to Saturday night, June 20. This gives sprint car teams an opportunity for a double-header weekend as the tour is scheduled to compete atop the famed Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas on Sunday night, June 21.
An unfavorable weather forecast for both later this week and weekend has caused officials to adjust the race schedule as well as new dirt still taking up most of the back stretch pit area that is utilized by the big haulers.
With this rescheduled date, the next event for the NCRA sprint car tour will now be on Saturday night, May 2, at Butler County Speedway in Rising City, Nebraska in a co-sanctioned event with the Nebraska 360 sprint car series.
For more information on the NCRA as well as schedules, results and more check out their official website www.racencra.com or call (316) 755-1781.
Tommy Tarlton makes it back-to-back victories with the Ocean Sprints presented by Tacoo Bravo by dominating round two
By Gary Thomas
Watsonville, CA – April 11, 2015…Starting from the pole on Friday night at Ocean Speedway former two-time Ocean Sprints champion Tommy Tarlton jumped to the lead and was never seriously challenged en route to his second straight win at the quarter-mile.
The victory marked Tarlton’s and crew chief Paul Baines 50th career triumph as a
combination. The veteran driver showed once again why he is one of the very best at Ocean Speedway whenever he is on hand, with the win coming aboard his Executive Auto Sales/ Tarlton & Son Inc. No. 21 mount.
“I love coming to this place and it’s great to start the year with back-to-back wins,” Tarlton commented in victory lane. “I just seem to have fun when I come here and I think that’s a big reason to our success. This my 50th win with Paul Baines so I can’t think him enough for being such a huge part of this team. We had a great car tonight and I want to thank all the fans for coming out and supporting us.”
The front row for the 30-lapper was comprised of Tarlton and Laton’s Heath Duinkerken, who drew one and two in the top-eight redraw. Once the green flag waved Tarlton shot into the lead and had his way of things up front. Rain during the week made for a very fast surface in the feature and a few rough spots to make things interesting.
Row four starters Justin Sanders of Watsonville and Ryan Bernal of Hollister made their way forward to battle for the runner up spot. Bernal, making his just his third career Taco Bravo start, was able to make his way into second at one point, before Sanders sliced by during a double file restart. The hometown driver would maintain the spot at the checkered, finishing three and a half seconds behind Tarlton.
“These heavy and fast tracks usually aren’t my favorite so I’m happy to get a second tonight,” Sanders commented. “I want to thank my whole team for all their support and all of our sponsors as well. It’s been a solid start to the season for us and we’ll be back in two weeks looking for a win.”
Bernal crossed the line in third to score his career best Winged Sprint Car finish. “I feel like I’m getting a hang of this Winged Sprint Car stuff,” he commented. “It was a tough track tonight though, but to finish on the podium with Tommy and Justin is a nice accomplishment for us.”
Duinkerken had a great night to come home in fourth, as did Gilroy’s Kurt Nelson, who earned the High Five Pizza Hard Charger Award coming from 16th to fifth in the main event. The night’s Ray Scheidts Electric fast qualifier Robbie Price from British Columbia came home sixth to cap a solid Taco Bravo debut. Veteran Jerry Bonnema of Corralitos finished seventh, Stockton’s Brad Furr was eighth, Salinas’ Jason Chisum was ninth and Fremont’s Anthony Espinosa rounded out the top-10.
Coarsegold’s Scott Parker earned the Beer Optics Hard Luck Award following a hard crash during qualifying. He was okay, but done for the night.
Ocean Sprints A-main finish...#21 Tommy Tarlton #17 Justin Sanders #56 Ryan Bernal #79 Heath Duinkerken #72W Kurt Nelson #21P Robby Price #58 Jerry Bonnema #2 Brad Furr #25Z Jason Chisum #51 Anthony Espinoza #7 Nick Ringo Jr #34 Darrell Taylor #83SA Ryan Robinson #55 Danny Malfatti #99 Tony Gualda #55X Trey Starks #8 Jermey Chisum #23 Ken Fredenburg #9J Dustin Golobic
The Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo will return to action on Friday April 24 with round number three on the season. Results can be found at www.racepmg.com
NCRA Suspends Sprint Driver until Further Notice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas = April 8, 2015 - After a review of conduct made during the recent National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car series opener at 81 Speedway in Park City back on March 28, officials have announced a suspension to Oklahoma City sprint car driver Andy Shouse for an undetermined amount of time.
This suspension includes any and all NCRA sanctioned events effective April 1, 2015 and will extend until further notice from the NCRA office. This action stays consistent with prior suspensions handed down by the NCRA for actions detrimental by any team or individual to the racing program or other competitors during a sanctioned event held under the NCRA banner.
Any further comments can be addressed by calling the NCRA office (316) 755-1781.
NCRA Adds Date to 2015 Sprint Schedule
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – April 1, 2015 - Officials with the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products are proud to announce they have added a new event to the series sprint car division to the 2015 schedule.
The track is no stranger to the tour as Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska has inked the winged sprinters for Saturday night, May 23rd. The “winged warriors” will be joined by the Nebraska 360 sprint car series. The tour has normally appeared atop the big three-eighths mile oval in mid-September.
This added event will now make fourteen races on the 2015 point championship tour. For a complete list of 2015 dates for the NCRA sprint car divisions check out the series website www.racencra.com.
Don’t forget the next event for the sprints will be on Saturday night, April 18, at 81 Speedway in Park City as they will be on the under card to the series modified division and huge twin $2500 to win “Modified Spring Scramble.”
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. Jared Zimbardi 1982
2. Steve Collins 1782
3. Dave Just 1735
4. Brad Knab 1733
5. Scott Just 1654
6. Scott Kreutter 1609
7. Dane Lorenc 1595
8. Derek Jonathan 1586
9. Tyler Graves 1525
10. Bryan Howland 1318
1. Jared Zimbardi 795
2. Alain Bergeron 736
3. Lee Ladouceur 716
4. Mitch Brown 701
5. Chris Jones 613
6. Kyle Fraser 609
7. Rick Wilson 569
8. April Wilson 498
9. Tyler Rand 447
10. Dane Lorenc 413
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