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Sun, 14 Dec 2008 02:04:23 -0500December 14, 2008 Willy Jude Takes First Top Gun Sprint Race By Curtis Whalin The Top Gun dirt car series held it’s first race at Voulsia Speedway Park on Saturday, December 13, 2008. Nineteen cars were at the track for the winged sprint dirt car race which meant three heat races, After the 00 driven by Marvin Shirley and the 38 car of Mark Ruel both opted to go to the rear at the start of the first heat race, pole position fell to Mark Ruel Jr in the 83R with Tim George in the number 1 car alongside. It was Mark Ruel Jr. who made the better start and took the race lead. On lap 5, Mark Ruel was struggling with his 38 car and the car failed to turn coming of turn 4 and he hit the outside wall hard, bringing out the red flag.
Tue, 9 Dec 2008 02:03:42 -0500It was a huge weekend with near-perfect weather to wrap up the 2008 season at Orlando Speedworld as Desoto Speedway regular Steven Darvalics took home the win in the Third Annual Charity Truckers 200 presented by Fountain Motorsports Driver Development and Biscayne Roofing. But the big winner was young Lacey Pate and her family as well over $14,000 was raised for them with donations still coming in that will add to that incredible amount.
Sun, 7 Dec 2008 02:02:52 -0500The Checkered Flag Sprint Series (CFSS) was at Charlotte County Motorsports Park on Saturday December 6 for their final race of the 2008 season. Going into the race weekend, only 19 points separated the first and third place drivers in the race for the Championship. Sixteen cars signed in for the event. There were eight cars in the first heat. The current point leader and the car sitting in third place in the points, Keith Butler in the number 19 car and Gary Gimmler in the number 29 car started side by side in 5th and 6th position.
Sun, 7 Dec 2008 02:02:19 -0500By Jason Loughren Fans and drivers outlasted a weather delay for another great night of racing at the Clay by the Bay. Around 100 cars signed in as the racing season worked its way to next weekend’s grand finale. Due to the weather delay heat races were only run in the Late Model class. In the South Shore Auto Sales Late Models only 21 points separated front-runner KD Kelley and 2nd place driver Travis Varnadore at the start of the evening. Kelly and Varnadore started side by side on the 4th row in the final 25-lap feature race of the 2008 season.
Thu, 4 Dec 2008 02:01:46 -0500The United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series (UDLMCS) has purchased Hendry County Speedway from current operator Chris Ponsoldt. The track will be renamed Hendry County Motorsports Park and a new web site is being put together at www.hendrycountyracing.com.
Tue, 2 Dec 2008 03:11:26 -0500David Wilson's name has become synonymous with winning in the state of Florida over the last couple of years. Now he will have his chance to make a name for himself outside his home state. Wilson signed a 40 race deal to race Friday nights at Tri-County Speedway and Saturday nights at Hickory Motor Speedway for the entire 2009 season. Brand new cars are currently being prepared for David, and LFRD is putting forth tremendous effort to make sure David and his team have a solid chance to win every time the car hits the track.
Mon, 24 Nov 2008 03:12:14 -0500Samsula, FL (November 23, 2008) The 43rd Annual running of the Governor's Cup 200 is now down in the books along with the Third Leg of the Triple Crown and the 2008 Championship for the Noritz/Tempaco Sunbelt Super Late Models. Friday night at New Smyrna Speedway there were 28 Super Late models in the pits for practice. Two had problems and did not return on Saturday - Justin Larson, who lost a motor, and Michael Williams, who lost a rear-end. There were also a few surprise drivers who were warmly welcomed - Shane Sawyer who moved to Georgia and Dennis Schoenfeld from Concord, NC.
Mon, 22 Dec 2008 03:13:45 -0500Ocala Speedway wrapped up the 2008 racing season with a huge night of racing, witnessed by a enthusiastic crowd of hearty race fans. The cold weather was tempered by the hot action on the track as five divisions raced for the final time this year, and as the closest points battle of all of the divisions was finally settled. And after the dust settled, the late model division championship for 2008 was decided by a mere four points.
Wed, 12 Nov 2008 03:14:23 -0500Gibsonton, Fl. Just as the season begun back February at Ocala forty-six Late Models lined the pits of Eastbay Raceway Park for the final race of 2008 United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series. With just 100 points separating first place Johnny Collins and second place Mark Whitener every step of the nights racing from qualifying all the way to the feature would be critical. Also on hand was the National Late Model series, which also had their own point’s battle going on with Whitener and Brandon Cameron. The series still has two races remaining on the schedule. T
Tue, 30 Sep 2008 17:09:15 -0400C.A.R.S. Motorsports Orlando FL 9-30-2008 - With just over two months to go until the 3rd Annual Fountain Motorsports Driver Development Charity Truckers weekend, things are going full speed ahead. Event promoter Rick Bristol is hard at work distributing, fliers, tickets and posters al over the Orlando area. Volunteer helpers will be working to gather raffle prizes, charity auction items and selling remaining laps for the race. The event promises to be a great weekend for a great cause.
Tue, 30 Sep 2008 17:07:57 -0400Gibsonton, Fl. - Race number thirteen for the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series was the second trip to the Historic “Clay by the Bay” Eastbay Raceway Park. There was a carnival like atmosphere at the track. The evening’s events not only included top-notch dirt racing but also “Motorcycle Mania”, an event that draws hundreds of bike riders from all over Florida. There was a bike show and the winners were paraded in front of the grandstands prior to the nights racing action.
Tue, 30 Sep 2008 17:07:02 -0400Colt James wins at New Smyrna Speedway for the Florida 100 presented by Crane Cams The ASA Late Model Series South driver Colt James takes another win narrowing the point’s battle with only two events left this season. A full house was on their feet to watch the exciting finish with the top three teams taking the checkered flag of; 15 Colt James, 31 Brian Blum and the 88 of Justin Larson.
Sat, 27 Sep 2008 17:04:51 -0400by BJ Cavin Cool weather greeted a huge crowd at Ocala Speedway on Friday night as fans gathered to witness the Annual Fall Brawl for Open Wheel Modifieds. What the fans got was more excitement that many had planned on seeing, and four races where nothing went as expected. In fact, even sure bets often failed to seal the deal at the last minute, giving the night's racing an unpredictability that kept everyone quessing.
Wed, 24 Sep 2008 01:25:06 -0400After thirty plus years of racing in the Tampa Bay area, Keith Nosbisch has accomplished a lot in the sport. He holds over 750 feature wins and 10 championships from tracks and series across the south. At 52 years young, Nosbisch still competes full time in the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series where he is currently third in the national points race.
Sun, 21 Sep 2008 01:27:09 -0400The Checkered Flag Sprint Series (CFSS) returned to Charlotte County Motorsports Park on Saturday September 20. A car count of 18 set them up for 3 heat races and a 30 lap feature. Each heat race had six cars in it. Third place was apparently the best place to start the heat race, as each of the heats was won by the car that started in third position. Scott Adema in the 22 took the first heat, David Slawiak in the 79 car claimed the second heat and Bryan Riddle in the 11X took the third.
Sun, 21 Sep 2008 01:25:46 -0400by Larry MacMillan (Inverness, Fl. 9/20/08) Seven regular divisions, the visiting Florida T.Q. Midgets and three young men put on a wild 10 minute drifting exhibition for the fans during intermission that kept the fans entertained all evening long. With only 6 more regular race nights left in the season every one is important to any of the drivers in the race for top 10 positions and a championship.
Sun, 21 Sep 2008 01:26:33 -0400By Tom Blakeley (September 20, 2008 Bradenton, Florida) It was another night of racing excitement at Desoto Super Speedway. The lineup started with a bang when the Street Stock class took to the track first. Going to Victory circle was James Nanney in the #6 car. Alex Abbott in the #17 car was 2nd, and Jonathan Heidenthal in the #27X car was 3rd.
Mon, 15 Sep 2008 01:27:47 -0400Brunswick, Ga. - The United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series made its second trip to the one of the finest dirt tracks in to south Golden Isles Speedway. Thirty-Seven of the south’s Finest drivers were on hand for the nights racing event that was dedicated to one of Golden Isles favorite sons Bill Mishoe.
Tue, 9 Sep 2008 01:29:19 -0400KARNAC Media Two drivers sustained injuries requiring transport to hospitals over the weekend. The worst incident involved race car driver Mike Corcoran of Holly Hill, Fl. He was seriously injured Saturday night while racing in the 4 Cylinder Pure Stocks at Volusia Speedway Park. He wrecked as the race concluded the final lap of the feature, his car rolling several times, according to eyewitnesses. The car sustained major structural damage. The driver driver was transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Fri, 26 Sep 2008 01:28:38 -0400Fans crowded into Volusia to watch the second leg of the Central Florida Sprint Car Challenge. Gene Lasker won the previous night at Ocala Speedway but the over all points winner and feature event win was up for grabs at Volusia. It was a full night of action pack, heart pounding racing as the night progressed.
Mon, 8 Sep 2008 01:30:07 -0400by BJ Cavin If anyone ever wanted to know what happens when a pit area overflowing with sprint cars from two differing groups are turned loose together on a race track, the answer is that it means excitement. The effort to bring together the best sprint cars in Florida took cooperation between two race tracks, and some understanding and cooperation between drivers who were running two different rules packages. Thanks to hard work and the will to make it happen, the fans at Ocala Speedway were treated to quite a show on Friday night.
Sun, 7 Sep 2008 01:31:34 -0400By Jack Smith The United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series returned to action Saturday night at North Florida Speedway with 31 cars vying for starting spots in the 50 lap feature. The grandstands started filling in the mid-afternoon, and by race time a great crowd was on hand at the Lake City track. Tyler Ivey was fastest during qualifying but started 4th after a pill draw to invert the top four spots. Mark Whitener started on the pole with points leader Johnny Collins outside.
Tue, 2 Sep 2008 01:32:49 -0400Fans crowded into Volusia Speedway Park in anticipation of a night full of action pack racing. They were not denied as the Late Models, Mini Stock, Sportsmen, Street Stock, Modified and 4 cylinders took to the field. It was a $3000 to win for the Daytona Dodge Chrysler Late Models. The Mini Stock field had an additional $100 added to the 2 & 4 place winner from Florida Dirt Racing/Florida Dirt Bowl. Johnny "Locomotive" Collins took the Daytona Dodge Chrysler Late Model feature along with the $3000 purse. It was a high speed line dance as the field of 26 late models took the green flag. Brandon Cameron jumped to the lead but the next lap the lead was surrender to Darrell Padgett.
Sun, 31 Aug 2008 00:12:02 -0400By Jane Smith - KARNAC Media Merritt Island, FL (August 28, 2008)- Joe Lewandoski is no stranger to racing or Florida. Joe recently accepted the job at New Smyrna Speedway as the new Marketing Director and is already hard at work making plans for the speedway. Joe is no stranger to racing as he moved here from Tri-County Speedway in North Carolina and was previously at Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania. Joe also has done his time with NASCAR and lived in the Sunshine/Hurricane State before.
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:12:41 -0400Racing is a funny thing. It is one of the few venues in life where an athlete can experience an incredible high only to have it snatched away seconds later. Justin Larson experienced this first hand at Bristol Motor Speedway. A regular competitor in the ASA Late Model Series Southern Division, Larson opted for a different ride at Bristol. Rather than the familiar white and green Skinner Nurseries Chevrolet, the 88 team arrived at Bristol with the same black Ford Larson campaigned at Concord Motorsports Park. If practice speeds were any indication the decision paid off.
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:13:24 -0400by Bill Green Gail O'Doski is not a household name, but is best remembered by local race fans for his marketing work for a young talented Bartow, Florida stock car racer named Rick Wilson. Some local Bartow natives will remember a young Gail O'Doski as the voice of Polk county AM radio station WBAR before he become it's general manager in the late sixties. But his closest friends remember a loving family man, who's real passion was in his music and his racing. Neither of which he would ever strayed to far from.
Sun, 17 Aug 2008 00:14:16 -0400The Checkered Flag Sprint Series (CFSS) made its first appearance of the year at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness on Saturday August 16, with a 35 lap feature race. This was the first race outside of Charlotte County Motorsports Park for the series and 16 cars made the trip to be in the race.
Sun, 17 Aug 2008 00:14:49 -0400BY Rob Shore As far as the main event went Saturday night, it's safe to say this was an upset. A Michael Phelps losing to a toddler inwater wings sort of an upset. Not that the winner of the inaugural "Battle on the Blacktop" was a surprise, since winner Johnny Collins was the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series' point leader. But that it would come in 13 minutes — a staggeringly quick time for a 50-lap feature — and that it would come without a single caution.
Mon, 11 Aug 2008 00:15:25 -0400Editors Note: Drew Brannon made his first visit to Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend, and survived with a 10th place finish in the ASA Late Models. The teenager from Miami tells his story in the following narrative. Hope you enjoy it. By Drew Brannon Friday we were searching for the set up. We still did not get it as good as I had wanted it. Although, I felt I had a better car than they way I qualified. The track is so intense and we were noticing that our tires after 20-30 laps were coming apart which made me very concerned.
Sun, 3 Aug 2008 00:16:49 -0400Lakeland, FL (August 2, 2008) Twenty four Advance Auto Parts Pro Trucks came to USA International in Lakeland for the final race ever at USA. Some came because they wanted to say they had raced at USA, others came because they were in the points battle for the trucks but they came.
Sun, 3 Aug 2008 00:17:26 -0400Lakeland, FL (August 3, 2008) Some came because they love Lakeland, others came because they wanted to race Lakeland one last time, and a few just wanted to say they had raced at USA International on it's closing night. Saturday was a typical day at USA International for late summer - HOT. A few dark clouds brought a short cool breeze but no rain as fans and racers faced the heat one last time at USA International. It was a good day and a sad day for everyone.
Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:18:45 -0400Barbersville, Fl. (7/19/2008)- When Tonya Moschell the General Manager of Volusia Speedway Park was quoted as saying “I think the most important thing for everyone to understand that this will be the biggest Late Model race on dirt in Florida this season.” She had no idea that it would actually be as huge as the turn out would be. Scott Thompson was one of the most popular drivers at Volusia and was the Late Model track champion in 2005 and was on his way to being the 2006 National Late Model Series Rookie of the Year when he tragically lost his life in a non-racing auto accident.
Sun, 6 Jul 2008 02:48:33 -0400The Checkered Flag Sprint Series (CFSS) made a Friday appearance at Charlotte County Motor Sports Park to help celebrate July 4th with a 35 lap feature race. With a car count of 18, the crowd was treated to three heat races.
Fri, 4 Jul 2008 02:49:23 -0400Sunbelt Super Late Model - 125
Tue, 1 Jul 2008 02:48:06 -0400Brunswick, Ga. - A blistering afternoon Georgia Sun greeted the fifty-three teams of the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series as they rolled into the Golden Isles Speedway for race number seven of the 2008 season. The Golden Isles crew had the track all packed in and ready to go for the anticipated 6:30 hot lap session.
Sun, 29 Jun 2008 02:47:22 -0400Though the afternoon rains backed up the program at Golden Isles Speedway Saturday night, fans were entertained by fifty-three dirt late model team as well as 65 racers from the local classes. Action was postponed until after 9:00 PM, when the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series qualifying got underway.
Sun, 29 Jun 2008 02:46:26 -0400by Jane Smith
Mon, 23 Jun 2008 02:45:49 -0400Mother Nature put a big scare in a one time only opportunity Saturday night but fortunately she recognized the importance of months of work to get Dale Earnhardt Jr.s National Guard #88 Sprint Cup car to the track. A big 50 lap Pure Stock race was also riding on the weather predictions that looked awful at 3 p.m. when the pit gates opened but the show did go on with 118 racers gambling on the weather conditions putting on a great show.
Sun, 22 Jun 2008 02:45:05 -0400With the threat of rain all around, and then an early down pour that flooded the infield, and the radar saying it does not look good, yet the drivers were still pulling in.
Mon, 16 Jun 2008 02:43:21 -0400By Phil Schryver - KARNAC Media
Sat, 14 Jun 2008 02:42:55 -0400by Jane Smith
Wed, 11 Jun 2008 02:41:32 -0400Ocala, Fl. - For the past twelve years the Powell Memorial has been one of the most prestigious races in the state of Florida. The Powell family was the owners of Ocala speedway when the track was still dirt so with this years return to its roots the event would even be more special.
Tue, 10 Jun 2008 02:39:44 -0400It has been said that there are far too many "memorial" races in Florida. Perhaps that is a matter of opinion, and yet when another of these races comes around it serves as a foundation to attract the brightest and best from the racing world to compete in a spectacle that otherwise might not have been possible.
Sun, 8 Jun 2008 02:37:54 -0400Bill Green -KARNAC Media Report
Sun, 8 Jun 2008 02:36:32 -0400Orlando Speedworld played host to the TBARA Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars Friday night for the first of two scheduled appearances this season and it was 63 year old Wayne Reutimann, Sr. showing everyone that he still has a "masters touch" when it comes to the fast race cars.
Sun, 8 Jun 2008 02:35:48 -0400Sixteen Checkered Flag Sprint Cars ran 35 lightning fast laps with David Slawiak getting his third win of the season, holding off a hard charging Brian Gingras for the win.
Tue, 3 Jun 2008 02:35:17 -0400Larry Brazil Jr. inherited the lead on a lap 18 red flag and was never headed in the 30 TBARA Florida pavement sprint car series contest at Desoto Superspeedway on May 31. Brazil survived a late race charge by David Steele and was able to distance Steele by several car lengths at the checkers.