This time, it's different. When car-owner Shane Helms announced that he is starting a new Sprint Car series to go toe-to-toe with the All Star Circuit of Champions, it sent shockwaves and a touch of anticipation through the sport. Message boards and forums blew up. People hit me up on email to find out information about sanction fees, driver commitments and if there was a schedule in place.
There have also been a sizable number of skeptics, and rightly so. This isn't the first time a group of drivers and owners have stepped up and formed a new organization to go against a staple in the racing industry. It happened in 1989 when the USA series was formed. It occurred again in 2006, when Steve Kinser and Co. left the World of Outlaws to form the National Sprint Tour (NST).
Both series failed after one season, but this doesn't have the same feel. After talking to Helms and other sources, this group is in it for the long haul. Helms owns a car driven by his son Caleb. The two traveled up and down the road for two and a half seasons with Guy Webb's All Stars before having a fall out with the group during Ohio Speed Week this season.
McKENZIE, TN - Five-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz carried the J&J Auto Racing torch in Sprint car action this past week. The driver of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 J&J won all three WoO races in Canada to increase his win total to 12 and boost his lead in the championship standings. Lee Jacobs, Caleb Griffith, Joe Ramaker, Tyler Bear, Tommy Barber, Doug Hammakter, Brooke Tatnell and Ray Allen Kuhlhanek and Ryan Ruhl were also victorious recently in J&J's.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — July 30, 2014 — The Ironman 55 is always a challenging event for drivers, with 55 laps around the lightning fast, high-banked bullring at Federated Auto Parts at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri. Throw in the traditional summer heat and humidity of the St. Louis area and every fiber of a driver, their car and team is tested. Kraig Kinser enjoys such challenges as he travels the country with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series competing 80-plus times a season.
Ready to move All Star Circuit of Champions forward
Guy Webb has one focus the rest of the 2014 season and in the future: The All Star Circuit of Champions. On the surface, it seems Webb isn't concerned about former All Star regular Shane Helms, owner and father of Sprint Car driver Caleb Helms, starting a new Sprint Car series in the Ohio region to rival the All Stars. It's business as usual.
"There is nothing to be unhappy about," according to Webb, promoter of the All Star Circuit of Champions. "If they want to do something on their own, they can do that. "I have no bad feelings. I'm sorry they were unhappy, and I wish them luck."
In an interview with PennLive Tuesday, Helms indicated that the reason he wanted to start a new series is because of a "perceived arrogance and disrespect" towards the teams running the ASCoC series. Helms also pointed to some teams having to wait to receive point fund money and not knowing whether or not they were going to be paid in the future.
PETERSEN MEDIA- After picking up a win at a relatively home race a week ago, David Gravel used that momentum to capture three Top Five finishes and another Top-10 to close out the month of July.
"We have really turned a corner the last couple of weeks, and it is great for us with some huge races coming up," Gravel said.
Fresh off of his Lebanon Valley win, Gravel was in action one week ago in Fulton, NY, and turned in another strong performance prior to heading to Canada.
Setting the standard in qualifications at the Fulton Speedway, Gravel would go on to finish in the fourth spot aboard his Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/3H Cattle entry.
And new Sprint Car series featured on PennLive's Sprint Car Unlimited
There was a time when American Sprint Car drivers were superior to Australian competitors. Not anymore.
The gap has closed. And drivers like Ian Madsen are a threat to win every night no matter the track or if it's on United States or Australian soil.
Madsen had a breakout 2013 campaign and carried that success over to this season. He talks about his recent surge, his team and the prestige of the Knoxville Nationals on this week's edition of PennLive's Sprint Car Unlimited podcast.
Port Royal Speedway promoter Steve O'Neal also joins PennLive motorsports beat writer Jeremy Elliott and Port Royal pit steward Ray Baim to talk about the success of the speedway and this week's Dream Race.
Elliott and Baim take a few minutes to discuss the announcement of a new Sprint Car series that is scheduled to spring up in the Ohio region. Newsmakers and predictions on the Ironman 55 and the Dream Race are also included.
PETERSEN MEDIA- St. Marys, NSW native, Kerry Madsen, closed out his hot July, by picking up three top fives in Canada, including a pair of second place finishes.
"I've said it all year long, and I will keep saying it, my team works hard to give me a very fast car, and I am just fortunate," Madsen explained.
Kicking the three-race Canadian tour off at the Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, QUE, Madsen got off to a very strong start, as he was the fastest driver in time trials, putting his Keneric Racing/American Racing machine in the second row of his heat race.
We are not far off from the 3rd Annual Williams Grove National Open Kick-It Tournament happening on Friday October 3rd at the Upper Allen Twp Community Park in
Mechanicsburg. Many of you are already hard at work preparing your teams and making donations on the official Kick-It page. We can not thank you enough for your support of this exciting and supportive event.
In the mean time we have a way for you to relax for an evening, spend time with good friends, enjoying great food and drinks, all while giving to the National Open Kick-It Tournament in Oct. Print out the vouchers supplied at this LINK!, Bring with you when you dine at any Arooga's in Central PA on Tuesday August 19th, hand the printed voucher to your server when you pay your bill, and 15% will be donated to this great cause. It doesn't get any easier than that.
Arooga's has 8 locations throughout Central PA. Be sure to hand out extras to all your friends and ask them to support Kick-It with us on Tuesday August 19th.
Car #51 adds three top-10's as tour gears up for Ironman 55 and Knoxville Nationals
TELFORD, PA. - July 30, 2014 - Drivers and teams on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series get to travel quite a bit throughout the course of the year.
"The traveling that we get to do is special, " said McMahan, a California native. "It can be tiring at times but it honestly is one of the perks of the job. Getting to go to Canada is pretty cool each year. The fans up there love sprint car racing and always give us a warm welcome."
Before heading north, the #51 Bairs Tree Service/Nyce Crete & Landis Block & Concrete/All Star Performance sprinter had to tackle Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway on Wednesday, July 23rd.
Support the Tyler Esh Recovery Fund August 16th from Noon till 4pm at Lincoln Speedway.
at Ohsweken Speedways Six Nations Showdown
Schatzs 12th win of the season gives him the most wins of any driver so far this season
OHSWEKEN, Ont. - July 29, 2014 - Neither cautions nor a fierce battle with Shane Stewart could stop Donny Schatz on his way to a sweep of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series' three-race Canada swing and 12th win of the season at Ohsweken Speedway Tuesday night. Schatz won the Six Nations Showdown after winning the two previous events at Cornwall Motor Speedway and Autodrome Drummond.
"I just did everything I could," Schatz said. "A lot of it comes down to [crew members] Rick Warner, [Steve 'Scuba' Swanson], Eric [Prutzman], Bill Klingbeil - these guys do a phenomenal job working on this racecar and making STP look good."
RICK LAUBACH SCORES FIRST EVER THUNDER ON THE HILL MODIFIED VICTORY TUESDAY NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY.
The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series continued its' twenty-fifth anniversary season on Tuesday night with the popular 410 Sprints and the Race of Champions Modifieds in a spectacular double-header. Greg Hodnett earned a $5,000 payday for winning the 35 lap 410 Sprint feature event, his fourth win in a row at Grandview Speedway. In the 17h running of the Race of Champions TRAFFIC JAM for Modifieds, Rick Laubach of Quakertown, PA won the sixty lap modified feature to earn $5,000. Both feature events were thrillers with Greg Hodnett holding off a determined JJ Grasso in the sprint feature as Rick Laubach held off repeated challenges from Duane Howard for the win in the ROC Traffic Jam.
BECHTELSVILLE: Greg Hodnett was pushed into his pit stall at Grandview Speedway with a battered and bruised sprint car. The front wing was bent. There was more cosmetic damage to the front end, and the sway bar was bent. On the surface, it appeared like a bad night. Wrong.
Hodnett's car might not have looked up to par, but it performed well. The driver was pretty good as well, cruising over the late stages of the 35-lap Thunder of the Hill event to bank a $5,000 winning payday. It was Hodnett's fourth straight win at Grandview and fifth overall in the last month. The Mike Heffner-owned team now has eight wins on the season.
"We keep trying stuff to get better," Hodnett said. "Maxim sent us this car for Speed Week, and we keep fiddling with it to make it better for the way I like to drive it.
"The things we have been trying are working, but you can go from hero to zero real quick. We are on top tonight, but we have another race Friday so it will be short-lived."
Davey Sammons got the jump on JJ Grasso at the start, but multiple caution flags slowed action in the early stages of the event.
Steve Buckwalter rolled to a stop coming out of Turn 4 on lap 2. One lap later, Troy Bentz stopped on the frontstretch with a right-rear flat. Both cars rejoined the field.
Fans Choose Drivers To Receive Funds
Port Royal – The list of silent auction items up for bid this Saturday at the Port Royal Speedway Living Legends Dream Race has grown and all proceeds will go to specially selected drivers as chosen by the fans. From 4 until approximately 8 pm this Saturday night a silent auction will be held for the following items behind the grandstand:
Mario Lemieux hockey stick
Mike Schmidt signed baseball
Reggie Jackson signed baseball
Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays signed photographs
Muhammad Ali signed photograph
Lance Alworth signed helmet
Lance Alworth signed football
Ken Griffey Jr. signed baseball
Jim Palmer signed plaque
410 SPRINT CAR WEEKEND WINNER BRENT MARKS, SUPER LATE MODEL VETERAN SCOTT HAUS, PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCER SHAWN BROUSE
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – This week's edition of "The Inside Lane" on ESPN 92.3 FM presented by Custom Metal Coating with Steve Inch and Todd Steward will air at 5 p.m. (EST) Thursday, July 31, featuring guest interviews with 410 sprint car driver Brent Marks on his recent winning streak in central Pennsylvania, super late model veteran Scott Haus on his 30th career win at Selinsgrove Speedway, and Port Royal Speedway announcer Shawn Brouse on the track's upcoming Living Legends Dream Race.
- RESCHEDULED DRIVER & FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT THIS SATURDAY
- USAC RESULTS: 07-29-14
- New sprint car series taking shape in wake of problems with the All Stars
- Dewease Fifth At Port Royal!
- Haudenschild and Destiny Motorsports Have Good Week With All Stars
- No. 1 Donny Schatz: PennLive's Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country
- Port Royal Dream, Brent Marks' streak, Brad McClelland's Trail-Way dominance
- Struggling All Stars, Donny Schatz doubles up
- Ryan Wilson Ready for Port's Dream Race!
- Big Game Motorsports and Sammy Swindell Enter 360 Knoxville Nationals
- A Capsule Look At Port Royal Dream Race 2014
- World of Outlaws Follow Knoxville Nationals With Trip to Junction Motor Speedway
- World of Outlaws and Schatz Return to River Cities Speedway on Aug. 15
- Tracy Hines Heads to the Heartland for USAC Kansas Speedweek
- Shark Racing's Schuchart Finishes Third Sunday
- Busy Three-Race Week Ahead for Alan Krimes; Including Dream Race at Port!
- No. 2 Steve Kinser: PennLive's Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country
- USAC NEWS 07-28-14
- Donny Schatz Scores 11th Win of the Season at Cornwall Motor Speedway
- Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil 410 Sprint Car Points Update 7-28-14
- 9TH ANNUAL RISLONE NATIONALS RETURN TO WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
- Bright Earns Redemption With ARDC Midgets Victory at Big Diamond Speedway
- Port Royal Speedway Set For Living Legends Dream Race This Week Aug. 2
- URC Sprint Nationals And 410 Sprints Friday At Williams Grove Speedway
- No. 3 Sammy Swindell: PennLive's Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country
- Posse at the Path canceled
- 17th ANNUAL MODIFIED TRAFFIC JAM PLUS 410 SPRINTS ON ONE BIG NIGHT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
- ALEX BRIGHT'S THIRD OF 2014 COMES AT BIG DIAMOND
- Patience Pays Off for Donny Schatz as He Wins at Autodrome Drummond
- Central PA 358 Point Series presented by Capitol Renegade 7/26/14