October 29, 2012

Jack Dover wins I-30 Speedway Short Track Nationals prelim

Jack Dover rode the perilous rim of the high-banked, ¼-mile to victory in Friday night’s 25-lap qualifying feature event. After chasing Gary Wright much of the way and then Justin Henderson, the Springfield, NE, shoe stayed committed to the cushion and rallied into the lead on the 24th circuit to take the win and a starting berth in Saturday’s $15,000-to-win, $2,500-to-start STN Championship finale aboard the Roush-Yates Ford-powered Home Pride No. 53.

Photos Courtesy of Joe Orth





Rockford Speedway - Bahama Bracket Nationals

Photos Courtesy of Jim Ambruoso

Jocelyn Davenport, # 724 Machesney Park, IL won the 'AAAA' 50-lap main event.

Steve McBride # 86  South Beloit, IL was the runner up in the "Bahamas" Theme contest.

 
Pits "Bahamas" Theme contest was won my Nick Shuckes and friends.

Crew members work hard to make repairs.

Racing action coming out of turn two saw numerous times 3 and 4 wide racing.

Alex Papini and Tom Gille put on a heck of a battle for the lead as seen in this photo.

Alex Papini # 39 Machesney Park, IL battled with Tom Gille #37 to make claim to the 'A' Bracket 50-lap feature.

Alex Papini pays tribute to his friend Mike Forrester in victory lane. 

Kathy Gardner # 113 Blue Island, IL saw her race come to an end after making contact with the backstretch wall and a fellow competitor.

Nick Cina Nick Cina, Jr, Belvidere, IL  won his 'B' Bracket 50-Lap feature after a three-way battle for the lead in the closing laps. 

The Post of the Year

From HoseHeads.com....

Here is what I have learned from the many informative minds on the Hoseheads forum in 2012:

1. Kyle Larson sucks. The kid has been handed ride, after ride, after ride. Parents are 3rd on the Forbes billionaires list behind only Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. And then, just when we think the sky is the limit, he can't even win in Pennsylvania. Close up shop, the party is over. Which leads into my next point:

2. If you want to someday achieve the status as one of the greatest drivers in the world, you MUST win races in Pennsylvania. I have had many spirited debates about who is the greatest of all time. Foyt, Andretti, Senna, Schumacher. Well, the answer is simple. AJ Foyt has 4 wins at Williams Grove. This puts him in a solid 3rd place amongst the list of greatest drivers of all time behind only Ed Lynch Jr. and Greg Hodnett. Senna and Shumacher fall off the list. Jimmie Johnson skyrockets to 7th because of a win in Pocono 2004. (though not exactly a Posse track, he is at least in the same state as greatness)

3. Goodyear builds the worlds only tire in the world that could possibly explode while being wrenched around a track with debris on it and 900 h.p. tearing into it. Thank God we will be saying farewell to them and returning to tires that are not rubber or filled with air. This will eliminate the late race blowout that could cost our favorite driver a victory. Until Goodyear was made the official tire of the Knoxville Nationals a few years back, it was nice to have a race where no one blew a tire.

4. Danica Patrick's car is owned by Nascar. I read it on this forum first! I thought Tony Stewart and Dale Jr. owned her cars in an attempt to make money, but it turns out Nascar has given her all she needs to get going and it is a failed experiment. She cannot drive these cars. Lets face it, she's had a year now and is only in 10th in points in the nationwide series. On a similar note, Cody Darrah will require at least 3 more years to get familiar with a style of car he has been running for most of his life.

5. Steve Kinser has always sucked. I did not realize until I read it here that Kinser was nothing more than a bi-product of Karl Kinser. He simply rode the momentum for years, winning hundreds more races as the owner of his own team. And now? Can only win a handful of races a year. I thought it was because he was pushing 60 years old, but alas, he sucks and has always sucked. Sorry Steve, you just have not won enough races in Penn. for me to give you your dues.

6. Sammy Swindell is the only racer in the world that blames someone else for wrecks. Thank God we don't have to put up with that kind of crap at any track in the country except for the one Sammy is racing at. Most drivers instantly own up to their mistakes, and almost all drivers accept that it was just racing and go out for some beers and laughs with someone who just took them out of an event.

7. The World of Outlaws is a business. For years I thought they were a non-profit organization that roamed the country with money donated from the boxes sitting on the counter of Mcdonald's restaurants. Turns out, they want to make a profit. I would think they could find dozens of guys who can take 10 months off from work, drive up and down the highway and make the WOO run without the need for salaries. And ticket prices? WOOO! At a time when the price of gasoline, groceries, automobiles, clothing, and other entertainment have been in a steady, 20 year decline, the WOO just keeps raising prices. I just don't get it. Even though the events i attended this year were extremely packed, I would lower ticket prices in order to make a couple of cheap ass fans happy. Supply and demand do not apply when it comes to sprint car fans.

8. The Knoxville Nationals have been completely ruined by a fuel stop. Me and my buddies were just sitting around talking last night about this. Forget how much fun we have drinking beer, camping, playing bag, playing cards, eating great food, and watching night after night of awesome racing. That fuel stop has ruined my whole experience. That has to be the reason (not the economy) that the stands are only 75-80% full on Saturday night. I mean, you want to charge more each year for tickets AND give us bonus laps? Are you nuts. Keep your damn tickets. I'm going to a racetrack that cuts the feature in half!

9. The knoxville campground sucks. For some reason, the small patch of grass that I rent with power and water hookups is inferior to the same small patch of grass I rented 10 years ago. And don't even get me started on the price. Supply and demand should have nothing to do with rising prices. I don't want to pay more, so I shouldn't have to.

10. If speed channel ceases operation, the loss of Formula one coverage will be bad. (for some reason) Also, Speed should suck it up, and lose money showing nothing but sprint car races to the 1000's of us who would tune in.

Hope this clears up your 2012 racing season. If you didn't catch any sarcasm at all, I am not suprised.

October 22, 2012

Kansas Speedway - ARCA Kansas Lottery 98.9.

Photos Courtesy of ARCA Racing Series
 
Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell winner Alex Bowman (22) and Kevin Swindell (55) lead the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards field to the green flag to begin the Kansas Lottery 98.9.
 
Points leader Chris Buescher pits late in the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway. Buescher entered needing only a top-15 finish regardless of anything else to win the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship.
 
Alex Bowman takes the checkered flag to win the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway, his second consecutive win at the track.
 
Alex Bowman exits his car after winning the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway.
 
Alex Bowman poses with the trophy after winning the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway.
 
Chris Buescher exits his car after winning the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship. He is the 30th different champion in the series’ 60 years.
 
ARCA president and CEO Ron Drager (right) awards the series championship trophy to Chris Buescher and Roulo Brothers Racing co-owner and crew chief Gary Roulo.
 
Gary Roulo, Chris Buescher, co-owner and mechanic Russell Roulo, and David Roulo celebrate the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship.

October 8, 2012

West Liberty Raceway - Liberty 100 (IMCA LM's)

Photos Courtesy of Mike Ruefer

Brian Harris is joined by his family after winning the IMCA Late Model portion of the Liberty 100.

Ray Guss Jr (58) & Jeff Aikey (77)

Jason Utter (31) & Ray Guss Jr (58)

Nate Buesling (46) & Joel Callahan (40)

Jeff Aikey (77) & Jeremiah Hurst (2)

Brian Harris

Kyle Hinrich (15) & Jeff Aikey (77)

Kevin Kile (88) & Ray Guss Jr. (58)

West Liberty Raceway - Liberty 100 (Open LM's)

Photos Courtesy of Mike Ruefer

Open late model winner Andy Eckrich is interviewed by announcer Jerry Mackey in victory lane.

Andy Eckrich (56) & Chris Simpson (32)

Skip Frey (3x) & Dave Eckrich (58) 

Chad Simpson

Dan Schlieper (9), Jake Meier (20) and Jake Griffin (08) attempt to make it three-wide.

Brian Harris (15r) & Dave Eckrich (58)

Chris Simpson (32) & Ray Guss Jr. (58)

Andy Eckrich

Dan Schlieper (9) & Jake Griffin (08)

October 1, 2012

Rockford Speedway - NSTC - Sunday

Photos Courtesy of Kyle Ealy

Brian Holtz's day is over in the MASCS 75-lapper

Steve Apel (16) & Jon Reynolds Jr. (X) - Super Late Models

Casey Johnson (5) & Steve Rubeck (61) - Super Late Models

Ryan Farrell (89) & Jeremy Spoonmore (22) - MASCS

"Fast" Eddie Hoffman - Super Late Models

Ricky Bilderback (02) & Brian Johnson Jr. (67) - Super Late Models

Highly Wreck-ommended !

Rich Bickle Jr. takes the checkers in the 200-lapper!

Jake Stern - MASCS

Michael Bilderback set fast time for the Super Late Models

Kenny Joosten takes the checkers in the MASCS 75-lap main event

Lowell Bennett - Super Late Model

Landry Potter (57) & Mike Breiner (13) - Super Late Models