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After contesting three main events in 24 hours last weekend in Bakersfield, Jeff Dyer will return to action this Saturday night, September 25th, in the “13th Annual Glenn Howard Memorial” at Perris Auto Speedway. It will be his fifth 2021 start in the toughest 410 traditional sprint car series west of the Mississippi.
The last time the Yucca Valley, California driver raced in the USAC/CRA Series was last month on the same Perris half mile clay oval he will be competing on this Saturday. At that event, Dyer debuted a deep blue #39 car that combined his ITI Chassis with Cal Smith’s RC Performance 410 engine. The new combination proved to be much more comfortable than the old car and reacts totally different in the corners. Dyer looked a lot more confident in the ride and steered to a 12th place finish in the “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night” 30-lap main event. It equaled his best USAC/CRA finish of the 2021 campaign. As he becomes more acclimated to the car, a top 10 finish is on the horizon.
Jeff Dyer wheels his new chassis engine package at Perris Auto Speedway last month. Doug Allen Photo.
Dyer’s busy weekend in Bakersfield started out last Saturday at the Bakersfield Speedway for round #3 of the “Civil War Series” matching the California Lightning Sprint Car Series drivers versus those from Northern California’s Bay Cities Racing Association. Things went well all night long for the veteran driver beginning in qualifying when he timed in fifth fastest in the 24-car field. He followed that up with a fourth-place finish in his heat race. That put him on the outside of the second row for the 25-lap main event. From there, Dyer advanced two spots forward and equaled his previous season best finish in June at Ventura when he also came home in second.
Twenty-four hours later he journeyed across town to The Dirt Track At Kern County Raceway Park where he not only raced with the California Lightning Sprint Cars, but also with the USAC West Coast Series Sprints. In the CLS portion of the show, he qualified two positions better than Saturday when he timed in third with a lap of 15.200. On a track that was extremely hard to pass on and with a car that wanted to bike, Dyer ended up with a disappointing seventh place finish in the main.
On the USAC West Coast 360 side of the program, Dyer drove the Tim Bell #29. Unfortunately, the car was plagued by brake issues all night long and he placed ninth in the main event.
Dyer would like to thank the entire Bell family and crew for Sunday night’s opportunity. He also wants to thank Schaeffer Oil, Industrial Finishes, American Fabrication, Hydraulic Controls, and Simpson Racing Products for sponsoring the car that supports the Chung Miracle Network via its racing endeavors.
Dyer will be available to meet all the fans at Perris during Saturdays on track autograph and kids candy giveaway session at intermission and in the pits after the final race.
For fans headed to Perris Auto Speedway for Saturday night’s race, spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and the first race will be at 7:00. Tickets will be available at the track on Saturday. For those who wish, tickets can be purchased online at https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7.
Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris (92571). The track website is http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/ and the phone number is (951)940-0134.
Throughout the 2021 campaign, Dyer will be racing in memory of his grandfather, Glenn Sels.
Dyer Motorsports would like to thank the following for making the 2021 USAC/CRA and California Lightning Sprint Car Series racing seasons possible. Glenn Sels Engineering, Cal Smith Racing, John Springstead Racing, Say No To Drugs, T Shirts By Timeless, Specialty Fasteners, Justice Brothers, LDS Investigations, Hair Cuts by Susie, Darrien Racing, Amsoil, Dependable Machines, Tucker Racing, JC Auto and Repair, Homeland Hearth, Schweitzer Racing and Crutchfield Race Engines. If you would like to be a part of the team in 2021, call or send an Email to the contact information at the top of this page.
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Hesperia, California’s Trent Williams will continue his 2021 gypsy style sprint car season this Saturday night when the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series visits Southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway for the “13th Annual Glenn Howard Memorial.” In his first eight races in 2021, Williams has run under the competition banner of five different sanctioning bodies.
A Cal State Fullerton graduate with a degree in marketing, Williams comes into Saturday’s race after recording an impressive third-place finish in the Central Arizona Sprint Car Series in Casa Grande on September 5th. It was his third top five finish in his last four races. It could have been four top five finishes in four races, but he was gathered up in someone else’s mess while lapping cars the night before.
While he has been running near the front in his past four races, Williams hopes to improve on his two previous 2021 performances in the USAC/CRA Series at Perris. His best finish in the series came on April 24th when he finished 11th, but the next time he appeared at the famous Riverside County half mile clay oval on May 22nd, he finished in the 22nd position. On the bright side, he did sandwich a victory at an open comp. show at the Barona Speedway between the two Perris races.
Fans can meet the fan friendly driver on the front straightaway at intermission on Saturday during the on track autograph and candy giveaway session. After the final race, Williams will be available in the pits to again talk with fans, sign autographs and have kids sit in his racecar.
Williams will stay busy in the cockpit after Saturday’s race. One week later, he will journey south to the ¼ mile Barona Speedway to shoot for his second win at the track this year.
Last Sunday afternoon, Williams was one of Dave Stall’s guests on “The Racer Radio Show” out of San Diego. The conversation was on the young driver’s career and this week’s race at Perris Auto Speedway. A replay of the show is available at the following link http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/radio21/RACERRADIO210919.mp3.
For fans who want to see Saturday’s race in person, the Perris Auto Speedway spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and the first race will start at 7:00. There will be plenty of tickets available for everyone at the track on Saturday. For those who would rather order advance tickets online, the link to use is https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the freeway close Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris (92571). The track website is http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/ and the office phone number is (951) 940-0134.
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The 2021-season will come to an end this coming Saturday night, September 25, at Macon Speedway, in Macon, IL with BRANDT Season Championship night. All the point championships will be wrapped up and all the drivers will race for the special finale cup trophies. Mechanic and Powder Puff races will complete the night.
The tightest point battle heading into the night is in the Weddle Performance Engines Sportsman division. Springfield, IL’s Jim Farley, III has not won a feature this year but has been extremely consistent with eight top fives in eight starts. Farley leads by 26 points over Taylorville, IL’s Scott Landers. Landers will need to finish at least 13 spots ahead of Farley in the feature to take the top spot away. Rick Roedel, Roy Magee, and Dennis VanderMeersch round out the top five in the class.
With his first championship already locked up, Williamsville, IL’s Colby Sheppard will be looking to cap off the season with his third feature victory in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models. Sheppard has an outstanding 14 top fives in 15 starts. Other winners looking to get back to victory lane include Jose Parga (8), Timmy Dick (2), Blaise Baker (1), Braden Johnson (1), and Dakota Ewing (1).
Guy Taylor, of Springfield, IL, has been a busy man this year, racing in three classes full-time and competing in as many as five features in one night, which was last week. Taylor will be the celebrated champion in two different classes, the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds and Archers Alley Street Stocks. Taylor has taken five Modified victories but has yet to score a victory this year in the Street Stock class.
The early part of the season saw multiple winners with no repeats in the DIRTcar Pro Mod division. That all changed in the second half of the season, where Smithton, IL’s Kyle Helmick has claimed a total of seven features this year. Helmick has the championship wrapped up with Billy Knebel, Kevin Crowder, Guy Taylor, and Justin Reynolds completing the top five.
Rounding out Saturday’s division racing will be the DIRTcar Hornet division. Allan Harris, of Chatham, IL, has the point championship solidified, having claimed a division leading five feature wins. Billy Mason is second in the standings, with Shelby Beiler third, and Justin Coffey and Michael McKay fourth and fifth. With the points wrapped up, it will be all about claiming the feature trophy.
In addition to action from Macon’s six divisions, two Mechanic Races and one Powder Puff race will be held. One mechanic race will be held for Modified/Pro Mod type cars and the other for Sportsman/Street Stocks. The Powder Puff event will be held, utilizing Hornet race cars.
Pit gates will open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will take the track at 6:00, with racing at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is $15, while kids 11 and under are free.
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The 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season will see a new look F-150 in the field as Ford Performance unveiled the 2022 NASCAR F-150 that will compete starting next season.
The new truck features styling taken directly from its production counterpart to more closely mirror the current F-150 found in consumer driveways.
Development of the new truck took place both in Ford’s Dearborn design center and at the Ford Performance Technical Center in Concord, North Carolina, where Ford’s NASCAR scale model and aero teams are located. Extensive development continues on full-motion simulators at the technical center, where both racing and production work takes place.
“We’re proud to be the first to show off our 2022 NASCAR truck today,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance. “The Ford F-150 is the pride of the Ford truck lineup so we’re glad to be able to update the race version to show off the dynamic front end styling that is truly F-150. We can’t wait for our teams to get on track with it next February in Daytona.”
Changes include an all-new composite nose surface that incorporates design character from the production F-150, as well as newly designed composite hood and tail areas. The hood switches from steel sheet metal to composite for 2022 while the new-look fender will remain sheet metal.
“It is great to have a new look for our NASCAR Truck Series F-150 starting next year,” said Hailie Deegan, driver of the No. 1 F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for David Gilliland Racing. “The aggressive look of the nose and the other styling changes really mirror the production F-150 and in the process has helped improve some areas such as aerodynamics for us on the track starting next season.”
Deegan appears in the reveal video, which also incorporates a pre-production 2022 F-150 Lightning electric pickup. It was filmed at the Ford Motor Company Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and nearby Flat Rock Speedway.
The 2022 NASCAR F-150 makes its competition debut in February 2022 at Daytona International Speedway looking to expand on an already impressive on-track resume. Since its series debut in 1995, F-150 sports 107 all-time race wins and driver’s championships in 2000 with Greg Biffle and 2019 with Matt Crafton.
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The 49th NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week will boast more than a $400,000 total purse for the week of racing (Oct. 6-10), which couldn’t be accomplished without the support of new and long-lasting sponsors.
Earlier this year, NAPA Auto Parts announced it was extending its partnership with Super DIRT Week with a multi-year deal, which will include the 50th edition of the historic event. This year will mark the ninth consecutive year that NAPA has served as the title sponsor.
“NAPA Auto Parts is thrilled to be a part of the history and legacy of Super DIRT Week,” said Ryan Nowitzke, general manager of NAPA Syracuse. “We look forward to seeing our dedicated, hard-working race fans from across the Northeast spend the week in Central New York at Oswego Speedway and surrounding racetracks. Nothing compares to the excitement and drama of Super DIRTcar Series racing at Super DIRT Week. It takes a lot of “NAPA Know How” to get to the top level of dirt racing.”
NAPA isn’t the only well-known partner returning, as well. Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux enters its fifth consecutive season as the sponsor of the Super DIRTcar Series 200-lap, $50,000-to-win, main event (Sunday, Oct. 10).
“Super DIRT Week is a special event with an amazing community of race fans and I’m proud to have Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux continue to play a key role,” Billy Whittaker said. “This has been a tremendous partnership throughout the years as we all work to produce the best dirt car racing, we can in the Northeast.”
The familiar gold bowtie will dawn the DIRTcar Sportsman main event once again for the Chevrolet Performance 75 – taking place on Sunday, Oct. 10.
When it comes to the essential tires and fuel, Hoosier Racing Tire and VP Racing Fuels have become synonymous with NAPA Super DIRT Week and DIRTcar Racing throughout the Northeast. They’ll both continue to be suppliers of those essentials for competitors throughout the week.
DIRTVision joins NAPA Super DIRT Week as the new official live broadcast partner this year. The entire week of racing from Oswego Speedway, Brewerton Speedway and Weedsport Speedway will be broadcast live with expert play-by-play announcing, in-depth pit reporter and superior camera action – including drone coverage. There will also be jumbotrons at every race for fans in the grandstands. To watch DIRTVision, sign up now with an annual Platinum FASS PASS or the monthly FAST PASS. You can watch at DIRTVision.com or on the DIRTVision App.
“We’re very excited to showcase to the Northeast fans that can’t be at the track the expert coverage and storytelling DIRTVision has to offer,” said DIRTVision General Manager Jim Chiappelli. “We have a lot of exciting things in store that will make them feel like they’re still a part of Racing’s Biggest Party.”
More than $20,000 in total special awards will be available to drivers in all four divisions (Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar 358 Modified, DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stock) with awards for all four coming from SRI Performance (Pole Award), Low-E Insulation (Outside Pole Award), St. Lawrence Radiology (Last Chance Showdown), Bart Contracting (Hard Luck Award), K1 Race Gear (Last Car/Finisher Award), Fastline Performance (Halfway Feature Leader Award), Integra (Last Car on the Lead Lap) PJC Spray Foam (Lap 50 Leader Award) and Penske Racing Shocks (Hard Charger Award). Area Auto Racing News will also again present the Best Appearing Car award for each division.
Beyond those sponsors, NAPA Super DIRT Week counts on many other key sponsors and partners, including: SIS Insurance, Automotive Racing Products, A-Verdi, ASI Race Wear, Best Western Plus-Oswego, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, City of Oswego, C&S Companies, Clarion Hotel-Oswego, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Drydene, Empire Golf Cars, Fast Shafts, FireAde, Fox Factory, Gypsum Express, Integra Racing Shocks, Intercomp, iRacing, MSD, Penske Racing Shocks, Racing Electronics, Tracey Road Equipment, and Wrisco Aluminum.
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After three weeks off, Chino Hills, California sprint car driver Eddie Tafoya Jr. will be back in the cockpit this Saturday night for the “Glenn Howard Memorial” at Perris Auto Speedway. The race will be followed up by a trip to Arizona on the first Saturday night in October.
After a tough three race stint over Labor Day weekend in Northern California, Tafoya, and his Specialty Fasteners crew plan on faring better on Saturday. In the three races on the unfamiliar Northern California tracks, the #51T had uncharacteristic 11th, 16th, and 20th place finishes. The team is determined to reverse those results at its first race in autumn.
While many drivers opted to stay home during the cavernous breaks in the 2021 USAC/CRA schedule, Tafoya decided otherwise. He wanted to keep busy and he wanted to keep honing his skills. Thus, he made three separate trips to Indiana where he got in an extra 12 races against the best drivers in the nation.
This Saturday will be Tafoya’s 24th open wheel race in 2021. Dating back to mid-January’s Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the affable driver has done a lot of racing out of state. In fact, he has more starts in Indiana (12) than he does in his native California (9). Fourteen of his 23 races have come on different tracks.
Tafoya’s treks to the Midwest the past two years have paid dividends for him. Especially on his home track, Perris Auto Speedway. In four starts on the Riverside County half-mile clay oval in 2021, he has shined. Thus far, he has two top five finishes and three top 10s. Included is his first ever USAC/CRA podium finish on July 17th when he placed third. The only time he came home out of the top 10 at The PAS this year was on Memorial Day weekend when he dropped out of the race while in second. His best finish away from the Riverside County oval came at Santa Maria when he placed sixth on July 3rd.
For rising star Tafoya and his competitors in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, the 2021 schedule is finally going to get busy. Beginning Saturday, there are eight races in the next seven weeks. That is in heavy contrast to the first six months of the 2021 schedule which has only seen 13 events to date.
On Saturday, fans can meet Tafoya at the on track autograph and candy giveaway session during intermission. They can also visit him after the races in the pits. He will have his 2021 shirts available at both places.
Fans can follow Tafoya on Instagram @eddietafoya51 and can use the same contact to purchase shirts via mail.
For those who wish to attend Saturday’s race, the gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with racing at 7:00. There will be plenty of tickets available for everyone at the ticket window. The race will not sell out. For those who wish, advance tickets are available at https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7.
Perris Auto Speedway is located on the freeway close Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Riverside County. The address is 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris (92571). The track website is at http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/ and the office phone is (951) 940-0134.
Tafoya and his team would like to thank the following sponsors for being a part of the 2021 racing campaign. Specialty Fasteners, BR Performance, DRC Chassis, Ryder Racing Engines, Benic Enterprises, Simpson, and Bell. If you or your company would like to become a part of the team in 2021, please give them a call or send an Email to the contact information at the top of this press release.
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Mahoning Valley Speedway is gearing up for the final installment of the 2021 John Blewett Inc., Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall Series (MVSHoFS) on Friday and Saturday, October 1-2 with a tribute to “The Flying Farmer” Paul Bauscher.
On Saturday Mahoning will pay homage to the renowned Hall of Famer, one of the all-time greats of eastern Pennsylvania short track asphalt racing and multi-time Mahoning and Dorney Park Speedway’s title and feature winner.
Bauscher was the 1972-73 Mahoning Late Model champion and earned three consecutive Late Model titles at Dorney from 1972 through 1974. He also was a top Modified shoe and of his numerous victories with that division was that on May 5, 1987 which was the re-opening of Mahoning Valley after it sat dormant the past 10 seasons.
Always identified with his signature red No. 91 in both Late Models and Modifieds, all total Bauscher won over 60 times in his storied career that spanned into the 1990s and included victories on dirt at Big Diamond Speedway and long shuttered Anthracite Speedway. He is still ranked among the top-10 on the all-time list of eastern Pennsylvania asphalt feature winners.
As part of Saturday’s activities Bauscher will have his fully restored Modified on hand which he’ll drive as the National Anthem and Pace Car for the evening.
The Hall of Fame Classic weekend will get underway on Friday evening at 7:30 pm with Timed Dashes for the Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks. The top three from each respective class will be awarded a pole starting spot for their heat races on Saturday.
Also taking place that night will be the Unfortunate 25s with the Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks. Those races are open to any non-2021 feature winners no matter what track or class they ran in during the season.
Saturday’s line up will consist of Modifieds in a 91-lap/$2750-to-win feature and $500 for 10th. Also on the agenda will be Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and the Farewell 15 for the Futures/Rookie Hobby Stocks.
The MVSHoFS championships will also be decided. Matt Hirschman leads over Zane Zeiner, Earl Paules and Brian DeFebo in the Modifieds. Hirschman is seeking his second straight MVSHoFS title.
In the Street Stocks there is a very tight battle underway with Mark Deysher holding just a two point edge over Randy Ahner Jr., while regular season champ TJ Gursky, defending MVSHoFS titlist Jon Moser and Mark Martini are all within striking distance.
Justin Merkel is looking to capture the top spot with the Hobby Stocks and will have to hold off Corey Edelman in the process.
Friday night gates will open at 4:00 with racing getting underway at 7:30. Grandstand general admission is $10. Pit entrance is $25.
Saturday begins with pit gates opening at 10:00 am. Paid practice runs from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm followed by regular warmups at 2:30 pm. Pit admission is $35 members – $45 non-members.
The MVSHoFS point fund entry fee is $25 Modifieds, $20 Street Stocks and $15 Hobby Stocks. Drivers must have raced in all five shows in order to be eligible for the point payout. The breakdown is as follows for the top three per class: $1500, $1000 and $500 in the Modifieds. $1000, $600 and $400 for the Street Stocks and $500, $300 and $200 for the Hobby Stocks.
Saturday grandstands open at 2:00 pm. Adult admission is $20, $2 discount for active military, students and seniors 65+. Must have valid ID. Children 10 & under are free.
Mahoning Valley Speedway will close out the year with the Fall Brawl on Saturday afternoon, October 30 at 2:00 pm featuring a 100-lap/$3000-to-win Modified main and $400 to take the green plus a 50-lap/$1200-to-win Street Stock feature and a Hobby Stock 40-lap/$500-to-win race. Additional info on this show will be forthcoming.
Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updates. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.
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K9Grass by ForeverLawn to Sponsor Jeffrey Earnhardt in NASCAR Xfinity Race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
K9Grass® by ForeverLawn®, the premium artificial grass designed specifically for dogs, is proud to team up with the NASCAR Xfinity race series, Jeffrey Earnhardt, and the JD Motorsports team to serve as the primary sponsor of the race this Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and Motor Racing Network at 7:30pm Eastern Daylight Time.
"We're excited to sponsor this race and unveil our special K9Grass edition of the #BlackandGreenGrassMachine," said Ken Karmie, K9Grass brand leader. "K9Grass is uniquely designed for use with dogs and offers an ideal surfacing solution to prevent muddy paws, dirty dogs, and brown spots in the yard. Our partnership with NASCAR is a great opportunity to raise awareness of how we can help solve everyday problems faced by pet owners."
K9Grass is proud to feature several local businesses on the race car, including IBPSA, LA Dogworks, So Cal Corgi Nation, Morris Animal Inn, Air Technical Industries, Got Pee, FMD Architects, DOGIPOT, American Sports Construction, Camp Bow Wow, K9 Resorts, OxyTurf, The Dog Gurus, TWC Terwisscha Construction, LifeGR, and NVA.
Three local ForeverLawn dealers have also teamed up as sponsors for the race including ForeverLawn Pacific Coast, ForeverLawn Puget Sound, and ForeverLawn Las Vegas. "We are so excited to be at the race this weekend with the ForeverLawn car in our city," said Ida Miller, co-owner of ForeverLawn Las Vegas. "We love our partnership with Jeffrey. He has shown great support for our troops, and he is an amazing representative of NASCAR and ForeverLawn."
Harvest Christian Fellowship church will continue to be featured on the ForeverLawn car to help Pastor Greg Laurie spread his message of hope.
For more information about K9Grass, call 866.992.7876, or visit k9grass.com.