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Evergreen Raceway payed tribute the 2023 class champions and others during the annual Awards Banquet held on Saturday evening at Carmen’s Country Inn and Gardens in Drums.
A fine gathering of drivers, teams, staff and their families filled the spacious hall for an evening of celebration and accomplishments.
Heading the list of honorees was Tour Type Modified champion Blake Barney of Jackson, NJ. Barney drove the renowned Dick Barney owned No. 14 to a perfect mark of top-5 finishes in each race this season that also included a victory on June 18. For Barney, who began his career here, it was his first Evergreen championship.
Nesquehoning’s Mike Sweeney had a record setting season in garnering the DW Machine and Fabricating Company Late Model class title. Aside from a strong showing that saw him win a division high four times and never had a finish lower than third, he also set a track record for most Late Model championships at four. Those victories also elevated him into the realm as the all-time winningest Late Model driver amongst eastern Pennsylvania short track asphalt racers, with 74 and counting. It was the sixth overall title for Sweeney.
Mike Pollack fought long and hard throughout the season and his efforts paid off nicely as the Freeland area racer collected his second consecutive Harry’s U-Pull-It Street Stock crown.
On the strength of two wins, the first and last race of the season, plus consistency week in and week out with a class best eight top-5s along with every feature run being a top-10, Pollack proved best of all. His highlight came in the final race when he led every circuit of the George Wambold Memorial 81 lap feature.
The 602 Crate Modifieds completed their second season as a weekly Evergreen class and to say the competition was as good as it gets with an amazingly even stacked field would be a huge understatement.
Yet despite the closeness, Neil Rutt III from Atlantic Highlands, NJ was able to produce a steady string of results with the most significant coming in with a top-5 finish in each feature he ran.
The icing on the cake came at the track’s annual King of the Green where Rutt went on to clinch the title with a victory.
And not only did Rutt take top honors with the 602 Crate Modifieds at Evergreen but he also claimed the championship in the Evergreen Raceway/Mahoning Valley Speedway Duel Track Series.
Veteran racer Jerry Hildebrand of Mountain Top scored his second Evergreen Modified championship in the past three seasons.
Hildebrand was locked in a very title point battle that went right down to the wire between himself and three others. He solidified his championship efforts by winning the second half of a twin bill during the King of the Green. 2023 marked his 35th year behind the wheel of a race car.
No class saw more cars this past season then the Himmer Graphics 4-Cylinder Stocks and no one was more dominant then Micah Adams of Lake Ariel.
After starting the year in a head-to-head duel against Jimmy Ayre, Adams kicked into high gear over the second half of the season and reeled off five wins over the last six races and after taking the checkered flag at the King of the Green, he would wrap up the memorable campaign with a class leading six wins. In nine races he was either first or second in eight of them.
It was his second 4-Cylinder Stock championship and third overall of his career, having also won the Novice title in 2019.
The McNulty Funeral Home Novice division saw Tyler Skordensky romp to six wins in eight starts and cruise to the championship. Skordensky’s solid season included most heat wins, most laps led, most top-5s and winner of the King of the Green. He will be moving to the 4-Cylinder Stocks next year but leaves as the all-time wins leader with the Novice’s.
Brandon Cook, who hails from Edwardsville, raced to a record third straight Factory Stock title. Cook won twice en route to the championship although he had to hold off Blane Barry in the finale, beating him by a mere 10 points.
Cook will now be taking his talents into the Late Models starting in 2024.
The popular JuiceBox Division was part of the awards ceremony and youngsters from all the age groups where given trophies and goodie bags thanks to Mengle Hauling of Weatherly and Barbush Auto Sales and Service of Drums.
Rebecca Barbush and Tony Hilliard where recognized with Appreciation Awards for their work throughout the year with the JuiceBox kids. Also receiving an Appreciation Award was longtime Evergreen handyman Larry Danko for his untiring dedication and hard work behind the scenes.
Sarabeth Mesko, who races with the Novice class, was named the receipt of the annual Tony Fisher Memorial Award.
Evergreen owner/promoter Jason Makarewicz closed the affair by thanking everyone for the great support and looks forward to his ninth season at the helm in 2024.
The speedway will close out his year this coming Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 pm with a 4/6-Cylinder Enduro, Spectator Drags and the JuiceBox Division. Grandstand admission in only $5.
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Team Penske and Hunt Brothers® Pizza today announced a new multi-year partnership that will feature the leading convenience store pizza brand on the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang driven by two-time NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Champion Joey Logano for select races beginning in 2024. Hunt Brothers Pizza will also be an associate sponsor on defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Ford Mustang for the 2024 season.
“With their long history of commitment towards winning in NASCAR, we welcome Hunt Brothers Pizza to our Team,” said Team Penske President Tim Cindric. “As they continue to utilize motorsports to promote their brand, we are really excited to have them on board as we work with them to carry that tradition forward.”
Since its founding in 1991, the family owned and operated company has grown to over 9,000 locations across 32 states while staying committed to providing top quality ingredients and exceptional flavor. Hunt Brothers Pizza represents a legacy in the convenience store industry with its team of pizza professionals supporting store partners nationwide to provide the best pizza in towns across the United States. The new partnership with Team Penske will add to the history and heritage of Hunt Brothers Pizza in NASCAR racing. The 2024 season represents the 17th year that Hunt Brothers Pizza will serve as a committed and dedicated team partner in the NASCAR Cup Series.
“We are thrilled to team up with Joey Logano and Team Penske, a winning team and driver who both share our company’s values and commitment to being the best in our respective industries,” said Scott Hunt, CEO of Hunt Brothers Pizza. “NASCAR continues to be a popular sport among convenience store customers, and we look forward to continuing to engage fans and provide additional marketing value for our convenience store partners in the years to come.”
Hunt Brothers Pizza will partner with Logano as he begins his 16th season in the Cup Series with the veteran driver racing for his third career NCS title in 2024. Following his 2022 NCS championship season, Logano produced the 32nd win of his distinguished career in 2023 with his first-ever victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. The win extended Logano’s streak to 12 consecutive seasons with at least one Cup Series victory as he raced his way into the NCS Playoffs for the 10th time in 15 seasons.
“We’re excited and honored to bring Hunt Brothers Pizza on board next season,” said Logano. “Their commitment to excellence both on the track and in the marketplace – in addition to their longstanding support of motorsports – makes Hunt Brothers Pizza a perfect fit at Team Penske. I look forward to racing the No. 22 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang in 2024 and we hope to see those popular red and green colors in Victory Lane next season.”
The 2024 NCS season begins on Sunday, February 4 with the Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum as the West Coast exhibition race opens the series schedule for the third-consecutive year. The 66th running of the Daytona 500 will be held on Sunday, February 18.
The specific races where Logano will drive the No. 22 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford in 2024 will be announced at a later date.
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USAC national driving champions Logan Seavey and Justin Grant shared the spotlight along with other 2023 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night’s 68th USAC Night of Champions celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.
USAC NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
A total of 75 USAC national events were held from sea to shining sea during the 2023 campaign, from February’s events in the gator country of Barberville, Florida all the way to November’s night on the beach in Ventura, California.
We were witnesses to milestones, photo finishes, historic streaks, hard charges, a double-up champion, a repeat titlist and a return to the throne.
With the curtain closed on the 68th year of USAC racing, we salute all the individuals and teams who thrived through the yearlong grind on the trail and also those who earned the right to stand on the stage Friday night as one of the very best at their discipline.
USAC SILVER CROWN 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Logan Seavey – Sutter, California
USAC SILVER CROWN 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing – Brownsburg, Indiana
Logan Seavey and Rice Motorsports fell just a few points short of a USAC Silver Crown championship in each of the past two seasons, but in 2023, they weren’t denied. Three dirt wins met the expectations of the team’s desires at Port Royal, Springfield and Eldora. However, the pavement side of the equation saw a huge stride for the team with four top-five results.
However, a July accident at Winchester nearly derailed their championship hopes and aspirations. With all hands on deck between Rice Motorsports and new team co-entrant Abacus Racing, and the sands of the hourglass running short, the team rebuilt their car just in time to finish 5th at Toledo, marking the moment when the two factions truly became one team.
When all was said and done, Seavey, Rice and Abacus prevailed with a scant seven-point edge in earning the title, and coupled with his midget championship, Seavey became the first driver since Levi Jones in 2011 to double up with multiple USAC national titles in a season, which earned him a $50,000 bonus, doubling his point fund payout to $100,000 for the year.
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Logan Seavey – Sutter, California
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: Abacus Racing – Noblesville, Indiana
Logan Seavey and Abacus Racing’s 280-point final championship margin at the conclusion of the 2023 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season was the largest in nearly two decades since Bobby East’s title in 2004, and it came after they found themselves mired sixth in the standings, 110 points out of the lead in June.
Their run of 22 consecutive top-10 finishes to end the season sealed the deal and tied Jason Leffler’s series record set in 1997, the very same year Seavey was born. Seavey won at Macon Speedway mere hours after winning the USAC Silver Crown race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, becoming just the third driver to win multiple USAC national events at two different racetracks in a single day, a feat previously only accomplished by Billy Vukovich in 1967 and J.J. Yeley in 2004.
Seavey also performed a complete USAC sweep of the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora and led the midget series in feature laps led with 214 as well as 21 top-fives and 24 top-tens in 27 starts. He’s now a two-time USAC National Midget champion and his team is a first-time series titlist.
USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant, Ione, California
RICHARD HOFFMAN USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Indiana
Justin Grant and TOPP Motorsports endured a nearly two-month struggle in the late spring/early summer months which overlapped with a change in team personnel and a period of confidence-shaking woes that found the team as far down as sixth in the standings entering mid-summer.
What followed was one of the most dominant stretches in series history for himself, sidekick Jeff Walker and TOPP Motorsports’ Kevin Birchmeier, accounting for a career-high 11 series victories in 2023, including eight in his final 17 starts, and 13 straight top-tens to close out the year.
Grant became the 13th different point leader in a record setting year in terms of point lead changes and was also victorious at Gas City in the closest USAC finish of the season while earning the most lucrative weekend of his career when he cashed $44,500 in a single night by completing a Sprint Car Smackdown sweep at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway. To boot, he finished off the year with $20,000 more in his pocket as the winner of the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg.
Both Grant and TOPP are now two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champions, and for the second year in a row, the first team to do so since Brady Bacon and Dynamics, Inc. in 2020-21. The efforts were worth another $50,000 for their title run.
USAC SILVER CROWN 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Kody Swanson – Kingsburg, California
USAC SILVER CROWN 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: Doran-Binks Racing – Lebanon, Ohio
Kody Swanson became the first driver to reach 40 career USAC Silver Crown wins during a summer stretch in which he collected three consecutive victories at Madison, Winchester and Toledo, making it the fourth occasion in which he won three-in-a-row with the series. No other driver has more than one such streak! He shared the series lead with nine top-fives in 11 series starts and topped all drivers with 433 laps led and six fast qualifying times. For an incredible 10 straight years now, he’s finished either first or second in the standings. Finishing as the runners-up for the USAC Silver Crown series in 2023 were Kingsburg, California’s Swanson and Lebanon, Ohio’s Doran-Binks Racing.
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant, Ione, California
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: RMS Racing, Western Springs, Illinois
They’ve made a habit of it throughout their time together, and once again, for the third season in a row, Justin Grant and the RMS Racing team finished inside the top-three of the standings, and this year, both driver and entrant wound up as the runners-up. Grant led 94 laps while accumulating 12 top-fives in 27 starts and was simply spectacular in a masterful drive at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There, the Ione, Calif. driver and Western Springs, Illinois based team went undefeated throughout the weekend to capture the $20,039 dollar prize at the Driven2SaveLives BC39.
USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: Dynamics Inc., Milford, Ohio
For the fourth consecutive year, Brady Bacon and his Dynamics, Inc. team finished top-two in the standings on the strength of seven victories, equaling his career high. Bacon’s $20,000 dollar Haubstadt Hustler victory at Tri-State gave him 53 career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins, pushing the Broken Arrow, Okla. product to second all-time in that category. He also added a second Indiana Sprint Week crown and a pair of victories in Illinois & Texas which set a record for the most different states won in by a USAC National Sprint Car driver at 14. At Wilmot, this combo became the winningest driver/entrant pairing in series history with 41 scores and now they’re your 2023 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car runners-up.
USAC SILVER CROWN 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant – Ione, California
USAC SILVER CROWN 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: Hemelgarn Racing – LaSalle, Michigan
For the eighth straight season, Justin Grant and Hemelgarn Racing found themselves inside the top-five of the USAC Silver Crown standings at season’s end, finishing third both the driver and entrant standings for 2023. On Labor Day weekend this year, they broke an 18-race string without a victory when he scored the 69th running of the Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile. After a somewhat sluggish start which saw them fall to ninth in points, the Ione, Calif. driver and LaSalle, Mich. team rebounded with authority, recording six top-sixes to cap the season.
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Bryant Wiedeman – Colby, Kansas
USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: CB Industries – Mooresville, North Carolina
Bryant Wiedeman became a first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature winner in 2023, utilizing a low-side pass on the white flag lap to seal a victory in his home state of Kansas at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds. The Colby, Kan. racer ascended to a fourth-place finish in the standings a year ago, just 13 points out of third. However, this year, he took the next step up the ladder by leading 32 laps and grabbing nine top-five results in 26 starts while also bringing his CB Industries team back to the podium at year’s end with Wiedeman and Mooresville, North Carolina’s CBI taking third in the driver and entrant standings, respectively.
USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Emerson Axsom – Franklin, Indiana
USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: Clauson Marshall Newman Racing – Fishers, Indiana
One year after corralling Rookie of the Year honors, Emerson Axsom came back with a sensational sophomore season in which he won on back-to-back nights at Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway en route to the Eastern Storm title before adding another win at Indiana’s Bloomington Speedway. In all, he garnered a series-high 29 top-tens in 36 starts while bringing his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing team to its best points finish in four years. In 2023, Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and Clauson Marshall Newman (Fishers, Ind.) tallied a third-place finish in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver and entrant standings.
USAC INDIVIDUAL & SPECIAL AWARDS
ROGER McCLUSKEY AWARD: Dave Darland – Lincoln, Indiana
Who would have thought that a straggly kid from Lincoln, Indiana would have come this far? Dave Darland is the absolute epitome of the word “excellence” in every sense of the word. He’s one of seven members of the Triple Crown club, winning championships across all three of USAC’s divisions – Silver Crown, National Midgets and National Sprint Cars where he is the winningest driver in series history.
Darland’s total of 115 USAC feature victories (nationally and regionally) ranks fifth all-time and his 1,334 USAC National feature starts between 1986 and 2023 also ranks number one. He also scored at least one USAC national feature victory in a remarkable 24 consecutive seasons between 1993 and 2016.
He’s raced everywhere and won nearly everything in his long and storied career. He’s won on pavement and dirt, won from coast-to-coast, and titles upon titles, and was one of the most popular drivers to ever compete on the USAC trail. Along the way, he affectionately earned the nickname, “The People’s Champ,” which certainly about sums it up.
The accolades go on and on and we could be here for eternity reciting them, but this man has solidified his position as one of the all-time greats in all motorsports, and that’s a status he will retain for eternity.
It brings me great pleasure to introduce to you this year’s recipient of the Roger McCluskey Award – the incomparable Dave Darland!
MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPION: Justin Grant, Ione, California
A second USAC National Sprint Car championship in as many years isn’t the only impressive accolade Justin Grant repeated in 2023. For the third consecutive season, and fourth time overall, Grant (Ione, Calif.) was rewarded as the Mike Curb USAC National Driver Champion. He amassed the most total points across the three USAC national divisions throughout the duration of the 2023 campaign and is now just the third driver to win the honor in three consecutive seasons, joining J.J. Yeley and Bryan Clauson in that department. He’s also now one of only two drivers to capture this reward four times in his career along with Tracy Hines. For his performance, Grant collected an extra $10,000.
JOHNNY CAPELS “GOLDEN GREEK” USAC CHIEF MECHANIC OF THE YEAR: Ronnie Gardner – Rice Motorsports & Abacus Racing
It’s a rare feat to win multiple championships in a single year in any aspect of the sport, but Ronnie Gardner was able to achieve that as a crewman in 2023. A five-time USAC Western States Midget titlist as a driver in his own right, he turned in the steering wheel for a wrench and has kept on winning. This year, between his efforts with driver Logan Seavey, Abacus Racing and Rice Motorsports, he amassed a pair of championships in USAC National Midget and USAC Silver Crown competition. The Johnny Capels “Golden Greek” award is reserved for those special individuals who are in the trenches and this year’s recipient is certainly among those as he earned a $10,000 reward for his efforts.
BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN' FASTER CHAMPIONSHIP: C.J. Leary – Greenfield, Indiana
C.J. Leary has won a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, an Indiana Sprint Week title and an Eastern Storm crown in his career. In 2023, the Greenfield, Ind. driver added another highlight to his impressive reel by capturing the second annual Bubby Jones Master of Goin’ Faster Championship Presented By Spire Sports + Entertainment. Leary earned $10,000 for his efforts in the 10-race miniseries and an extra $2,500 for his BGE Dougherty Motorsports team. For Leary, it’s another feather in his cap as he also received a custom trophy provided by Potter Metal Art.
PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER: Daison Pursley – Locust Grove, Oklahoma
Daison Pursley’s conquests in USAC’s National Sprint Car Midget divisions saw him pass a total of 199 cars in 62 feature starts throughout the 2023 season. Those efforts paid off for the Locust Grove, Okla. driver as he earned the title of ProSource Passing Master. Pursley earned a $2,500 prize and becomes the third different winner of the season-long award which rewards the USAC nationally licensed driver who advanced the most positions during feature events throughout the entirety of USAC’s 2023 national season between Silver Crown, Sprint Cars and Midgets.
MAX PAPIS INNOVATIONS SILVER CROWN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Kaylee Bryson – Muskogee, Oklahoma
Throughout the 2023 season, Kaylee Bryson ascended to heights never before reached in USAC’s 68-year history. She became the first woman to finish inside the top-five of the standings in a USAC national series and is now the first woman to earn USAC National Rookie of the Year honors of any kind, earning the honor with the Silver Crown series this past season. One year ago, the Muskogee, Oklahoma native became the first woman to earn USAC National Most Improved Driver honors and she’s also the first Okie to win this award.
MAX PAPIS INNOVATIONS BOB STROUD NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Gavin Miller – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Just a few years ago, Gavin Miller stood on the stage at USAC’s Night of Champions as a decorated quarter midget racer. Now the six-time USAC .25 Midget champ is making a name on the USAC National Midget scale by becoming the first Pennsylvanian to win a series feature since Steve Buckwalter 13 years ago. Miller’s win at Bloomington and an eighth place finish in the standings propelled the Allentown, Pa. racer to becoming just the third Keystone State native to receive recognition as the Max Papis Innovations Bob Stroud USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year after John Andretti in 1983 and Andrew Layser in 2019.
MAX PAPIS INNOVATIONS USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Daison Pursley – Locust Grove, Oklahoma
There are comeback stories and then there is the comeback story of Daison Pursley. In 2021, the Locust Grove, Okla. native suffered a spinal injury that kept him inside hospitals and rehab centers for several months. His perseverance and desire ultimately led him back to the driver’s seat. Right out of the box in 2023, he got the racing world’s attention with a $10,000 score at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park, a night he said he’ll always remember. Defying the odds is part of Pursley’s game, and in 2023, he became the first Oklahoman to win the Max Papis Innovations USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year award since Gary Cameron in 1992.
NATIONAL MOST IMPROVED DRIVER: Carson Garrett – Littleton, Colorado
Hailing from Littleton, Colorado, Carson Garrett becomes the first ever Rocky Mountain State driver to ever be named a USAC National Most Improved Driver. Garrett recorded career bests in every single statistical category throughout the 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season. In his third year with the series, he notched three top-fives and came within a whisker – just 93 hundredths of a second – of winning his first series feature at Macon Speedway in Illinois. He also made one of the biggest charges of the year when he advanced from 20th to 6th at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.
RACE ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR: Steve O’Neal – Port Royal Speedway
For several years now, Steve O’Neal has been the face of Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway, overseeing a transformation of the facility that fits its moniker to a T as The Speed Palace. He’s long been an advocate for USAC racing in the Keystone State, and since 2012, has been an ardent supporter of USAC Sprint Car racing’s annual running of Eastern Storm. In 2022, he was instrumental in doubling USAC’s participation at Port Royal, adding a Silver Crown event to the night, thus creating one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. In 2023, O’Neal was celebrated as USAC’s Race Organizer of the Year.
USAC SPECIAL APPRECIATION (INDIVIDUAL): Dave & Kim Rudisell – Lawrenceburg Speedway
This year, we bid farewell to one of the most supportive and prevalent USAC promoters in the club’s history. USAC celebrated Dave and Kim Rudisell with an honorable send-off as recipients of USAC’s Special Appreciation award. For the past 17 years, they have operated Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway. Between 2007 and 2023, they organized more than 40 USAC National Sprint Car events, eighth most all-time. The last of those 40 served as this past year’s season finale and was the richest race of any kind ever held in the 74-year history of the track. They also promoted 16 USAC National Midget events at The Burg, and in all, they promoted 56 USAC national events which ranks 14th all-time in USAC history.
USAC SPECIAL APPRECIATION (INDIVIDUAL): Chet Christner – FloRacing
Since 2017, Chet Christner has announced several hundreds of USAC national events on the public address system and to a worldwide audience on FloRacing at racetracks from coast-to-coast. With noted catchphrases such as “Drop the Hamma,” “Like a Rat on a Cheeto” and “Going Faster than Breath Mints at a Singles Bar,” etc., Christner’s colorful descriptions, humor and entertaining play-by-play calls captivated legions of race fans. Additionally, he produced a plethora of content and was a substantial help behind the scenes in the technological department in regard to the race day set-up for race broadcasts. Christner has opted to step away from announcing USAC events at the end of the 2023 season, but nonetheless, he will always remain a treasured member of the USAC family.
CAR IQ FAB FOUR CHAMPION: Jade Avedisian – Clovis, California
It was an absolutely fabulous season for Jade Avedisian as she captured the inaugural Car IQ Fab Four championship in 2023. The first of its kind competition determine the top women drivers within all USAC circle track racing based on an equal ratio of average finish in USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget series in addition to an online fan vote. During the season ending Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway, Clovis, California’s Avedisian was rewarded with a $10,000 prize courtesy of Car IQ.
DICK JORDAN AWARD: Nikki Klepper – USAC Licensing & RaceAid
Nikki Klepper is, without a doubt, the backbone of so many behind the scenes aspects that go hand in hand with the success of USAC racing. Without her tireless contributions, the USAC Night of Champions wouldn’t even be a possibility. Not only does she make this event happen, she routinely makes it special. Nikki has worked in the front office of USAC for several years in charge of licensing, and recently, has taken on the role as head of USAC’s Benevolent Foundation, now called USAC RaceAid, and has taken it to new heights.
Under her guidance, care and leadership within USAC, Klepper was chosen as the honoree of this year’s Dick Jordan Award of Excellence, honoring an individual who has displayed tireless dedication and commitment to the betterment of USAC. One who has had a profound positive impact within the USAC family and has earned the ultimate respect of their peers within the sport. One who has created a lasting legacy that will persist for generations to follow. One who has set a standard by upholding the values and work ethic as Dick Jordan did throughout his 50-year career with USAC.
ENGLER MACHINE & TOOL FAST PASS: Dave Berkheimer – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
A new contingency award was introduced for the 2023 USAC Silver Crown season with the intention of rewarding a driver and team who are the backbone of the sport. Dave Berkheimer exemplifies that fact, having been a fixture on the series trail for the past eight seasons since 2016. This year, the first car in the running order a lap down was issued an Engler Machine & Tool Fast Pass. The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvanian grabbed five of those throughout the year, which earned him a $4,000 prize – $2,000 each to driver and owner – and he is both of those.
DIRT DRAFT MOST POPULAR DRIVER AWARDS: Kaylee Bryson, Logan Seavey & Thomas Meseraull
Also new for 2023 was the introduction of the Dirt Draft Most Popular Driver award. The winner of these awards were chosen based on who was selected most often by Dirt Draft contest participants in each USAC national division throughout the year. Drivers who were picked most often will earn a bit of bonus money tonight. Those winners are Kaylee Bryson for the Silver Crown series, Logan Seavey for the Sprint Cars and Thomas Meseraull in the Midgets.
REGIONAL SPRINT & MIDGET SERIES
USAC’s Regional Sprint Car and Midget series hit dirt tracks from the east to the west throughout 2023, producing five USAC champions. It’s a group that includes a pair of first time USAC titlists and a bevy of others who returned to the forefront as USAC champions once more.
AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT DRIVER CHAMPION: Brody Roa – Garden Grove, California
AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT ENTRANT CHAMPION: Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance – Menifee, California
After more than 12 years of touring with the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars and finishing as the runner-up three times, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) finally reached the pinnacle in 2023 as he scored his first career series driving title. This season also presented him with a new ride owned by Tom and Christy Dunkel/BR Performance of Menifee, Calif., which paid dividends with eight victories and an entrant championship. It’s Roa’s fourth overall USAC title following previous crowns with the Focus Midgets, West Coast Sprints and Southwest Sprints, but it’s his first driving title with USAC CRA.
WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPION: Brody Fuson – Bakersfield, California
Teenage sensation Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished second in the point standings the last two years, but in 2023, he took the next step to become a champion in his Rusty Carlile-owned machine. He earned the most feature wins in a season with the series since Ronnie Gardner in 2016, tallying five victories and 10 top-fives in 11 starts while adding six fast times. In the process, at 18 years of age, he became the youngest ever USAC Western States Midget driving champion.
RAPID TIRE SERVICE EAST COAST SPRINT CHAMPION: Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pennsylvania
It was a season in which Briggs Danner embarked on a journey with a new team, but in the end, the result was precisely the same in 2023 as it was in 2022. Joining the Hogue Racing Enterprises outfit, Danner used a string of consistency to reach the top of the chart in becoming a USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars Presented By Capitol Custom Trailers champion. The Allentown, Pennsylvania driver’s two wins and a series-high 12 top-fives in 14 starts highlighted the campaign, and it seemed fitting that three years after winning in his first ever sprint car start, he clinched his second straight title at the very same venue – New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park.
WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CHAMPION: Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kansas
The most successful driver in the history of USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Car racing did it again in 2023 with the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Cars. Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kan.) backed up previous championships in 2020 and 2022 with a second consecutive crown, and third overall, this season in downright dominant fashion, winning the title by a record 375-point margin on the strength of six series victories, 17 consecutive top-tens and eight-straight top-fives to close it out for the third time in the four-year history of the series.
WEST COAST SPRINT CHAMPION: Ryan Timmons – Pleasant Hill, California
Ryan Timmons has been a stalwart of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car scene dating back to the 2015 season, but this year marked a major breakthrough in becoming the 2023 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion. The 28-year-old racer from Pleasant Hill, California, took third in the series standings for 2018, then followed up with a pair of runner-up finishes in both 2019 and 2021. But as 2023 ultimately proved, this year was his year. He struck first and never relented as he led the standings from start to finish with a pair of wins over the course of the year at California’s Bakersfield Speedway.
USAC DEVELOPMENTAL SERIES
Three developmental Midget series, plus the Midwest Mini Sprint Association, took part in a total of 60 events spanning 10 different states in 2023 from coast to coast and produced four first-time USAC champions with the theme of these series this year being record-breaking points battles, all of which came down to the wire.
MIDWEST MINI SPRINT ASSOCIATION CHAMPION: Mike Larrison – Avon, Indiana
Mike Larrison has competed in nearly every kind of open wheel racing machine in his career. The Avon, Ind. wheelman has driven Silver Crown cars, midgets and sprint cars with and without a wing and on dirt and pavement. He’s driven in the Indy Lights series and has even finished inside the top-10 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A couple years back, he switched his focus to the Midwest Mini Sprint Association, becoming the series’ Rookie of the Year in 2022. The following year, he took the next step and became the top dog in becoming the 2023 Midwest Mini Sprint Association champion.
EASTERN FOCUS MIDGET CHAMPION: Logan Sulyi – Raleigh, North Carolina
Logan Sulyi prevailed in the closest USAC Eastern Midget Association points battle ever in 2023, winning the championship by just four points and one on-track position. Sulyi (Raleigh, N.C) earned the title in style, winning the final two events of the year in his home state of North Carolina. He began his career in quarter midgets and karts before moving on to midgets in 2022 where he finished third in points, setting the stage for a title run. In 2023, he landed inside the top-four in all but one of his 10 starts, winning three times in all, and now he’s your USAC Eastern Midget Association champ.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN RADICAL FOCUS MIDGET CHAMPION: Devin Westover – Saratoga Springs, Utah
Devin Westover’s USAC Rocky Mountain Radical Midget championship in 2023 was truly special in so many ways. After 17-year-old Chaz Groat passed away in a 2021 highway accident, Chuck and Julie Groat made the decision to race on in their son’s memory. Westoer (Saratoga Springs, Utah) was handpicked by the family to drive Chaz’s Lucky #13 midget moving forward and he paid them off with a title run by four markers in what was the closest title race in series’ history. He won four times on his path to the title and became Utah’s first USAC champion since Jim Waters 12 years ago in 2011.
MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET CHAMPION: Zach Wigal – Belpre, Ohio
Points weren’t top of mind for Zach Wigal at the beginning of the 2023 USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget season. After trailing late in the year, the Belpre, Ohio teenager made up substantial ground to take over the point lead with one race remaining. Needing to finish within two spots of fellow Buckeye Bryce Massingill in the Gas City finale to clinch, he did just that, finishing exactly within two positions. In the end, Wigal wound up going the distance to win the series title by the narrowest margin in series history, three points and one single position.
INTERNATIONAL SNOWMOBILE RACING CHAMPION: Mike Rempel – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Hard work, dedication and true sportsmanship are the name of the game for this individual. This year, he placed first in Factory Mod 2 and placed second in points for Pro Stock 800, which is considered as one of the discipline’s premier classes. Overall, he accumulated a total of 509 points, 16 points better than any other rider. Furthermore, both he and his father, Gil, are among the most reliable sportsmen in the series, and they have been known to spend hours picking rocks out of the clay at Hay Days to help provide a better racing surface for all competitors. Tonight, we present to you the 2023 International Snowmobile Racer of the Year, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, this is Mike Rempel!
NASCAR YOUTH SERIES .25 MIDGET CHAMPIONS
.25 MIDGET PAVEMENT & DIRT CHAMPIONS
LIGHT WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT, SENIOR HONDA DIRT, LIGHT 160 DIRT,
SENIOR ANIMAL DIRT & LIGHT WORLD FORMULA DIRT CHAMPION: Lincoln Smith
.25 MIDGET PAVEMENT CHAMPIONS
MOD WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Tyler Lupton
JUNIOR 160 PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Roo Reaves
JUNIOR HONDA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Easton Gardner
SENIOR HONDA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Colton Kelly
LIGHT 160 PAVEMENT & SENIOR ANIMAL PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Case James
HEAVY HONDA PAVEMENT, UNRESTRICTED ANIMAL PAVEMENT, HEAVY WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT &
HEAVY 160 PAVEMENT CHAMPION: R.J. Deighton
.25 MIDGET DIRT CHAMPIONS
JUNIOR HONDA DIRT CHAMPION: Ryker Sumner
HEAVY WORLD FORMULA DIRT CHAMPION: Reice Widger
MOD WORLD FORUMULA DIRT CHAMPION: Kaden Wenger
JUNIOR 160 DIRT CHAMPION: Avelina Gosselin
HEAVY 160 DIRT CHAMPION: Augustine Punke
HEAVY HONDA DIRT & UNRESTRICTED ANIMAL DIRT CHAMPION: Avery McMellen
JUNIOR ANIMAL PAVEMENT & JUNIOR ANIMAL DIRT CHAMPION: Jax Wittmer
Chris Jockish and Jockish Flowers provided the floral decorations for the USAC Night of Champions. Bob Baker, president of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum, provided a Hall of Fame membership to each of USAC’s 2023 champion drivers. Dave Olson served as the photographer for the evening’s event and Drake York handled all on-stage interviews.
Among the awards each national driver and entrant champion received are championship rings as well as canvas artwork designed by Rich Forman and a free one-year subscription to FloRacing, the official media provider for USAC. Each USAC driving champion also received a jacket courtesy of Hoosier Racing Tire, the official tire of the United States Auto Club.
Marko Stipp Motorsport has announced the team's first driver for the 2024 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season. The German organization has signed Thomas Krasonis, who will not only return to EuroNASCAR PRO, but will also compete in EuroNASCAR 2 at the wheel of the #46 Chevrolet Camaro. The Greek will pull double duty to maximize his track time and compete for titles and trophies in both NWES championships. The 23-year-old is eligible for the Junior Trophy in EuroNASCAR PRO and will be a hot contender for the overall championship in the second division.
"There is a five-year plan that I am following with the goal of becoming a NASCAR Cup Series driver in the USA," said Krasonis. "This year will be the most challenging for me as I will be competing in both categories while constantly striving for the best results. My team has given me everything I need to fight for my goals, so I have full confidence in them. We have created a great chemistry with the whole crew and this is something that helps me a lot.” Krasonis raced for Marko Stipp Motorsport in EuroNASCAR PRO in 2023 and finished 14th overall and seventh in the Junior Trophy standings.
Team owner Marko Stipp is excited to have Krasonis back on board for the 2024 season: "We are thrilled to extend our contract with Thomas and to feel his full confidence in us. In our first year together we learned a lot and we got close to Thomas and his family. In 2024 we want to take the next step and fight for podiums in both championships.” The German team finished ninth in the team standings with the #48 sister car and twelfth with the #46 Camaro.
The Athens native joined the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2019, and has been constantly improving his driving skills at the wheel of the V8 beasts without any electronic driving aids. Having started in karting and touring cars, the Greek took the step into EuroNASCAR with the aim of making the big step towards the NASCAR Cup Series in the USA. Krasonis was infected with the racing virus as a child when he jumped into a car for the first time in his life and immediately started working on becoming a professional racer. The 23-year-old enjoys the special atmosphere in the NWES paddock with open garages, grid walks and American-themed events in Europe.
Krasonis will be back in action when the 2024 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season kicks off on April 13-14 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. Marko Stipp Motorsport was the first German organization to join EuroNASCAR, and the entire crew is ready to take the next step and compete for titles after winning the EuroNASCAR 2 Rookie Trophy with Jack Davidson in 2023. With Krasonis in their ranks, the organization has a talented driver ready to take on the fierce competition in both divisions.
The 2023 season at Stafford Speedway played host to an epic championship fight in its Street Stock division. The two main protagonists in the championship story were defending track champion Travis Hydar and Ryan Waterman. Hydar came into the season with 13 career wins in 5 seasons while Waterman had yet to win after making 13 total starts over 4 different seasons. Waterman had a conversation with his car owner Nick Bendiak over the winter that led to them building a new car that not only won the first race of the season, but 5 of the first 7 races.
“I had raced the car that Nick [Bendiak] had owned several times over the years, making one or two starts a season because Nick had gone to Stafford with his father and he likes Stafford,” said Waterman. “The car that Nick owned just wasn’t what we needed to win so during the winter I told him we needed to build a new car and that’s what we did and we knew we could start the year off strong.”
Originally Waterman and Bendiak had plans to only run 10 races but with such a strong start to the season, Waterman and Bendiak decided to stick it out to see what they could do and that decision led to them taking down the championship.
“We wanted to just get at least one win so I would have a win at all 3 Connecticut tracks and once we won that first race we had to keep on going,” said Waterman. “We were only supposed to do 10 races but I kept telling Nick that we had to keep on going since we were winning races and leading the points. The saying is once you get one, more come easy and that’s definitely true with racing. It was pretty incredible and we just kind of said let's keep on going and have fun like it’s supposed to be.”
Waterman’s season was statistically one of the most dominant championship runs seen in any division in Stafford’s long and storied history. Waterman won 7 of the 15 Street Stock races held this season and with 4 second place and 1 third place finish to go along with those 7 wins, Waterman finished on the podium in 12 of the 15 races for an average finish of 3.1. In any other year those numbers would have allowed Waterman to lap the field in the standings but Hydar was just as strong as Waterman in pursuit of what would have been his second consecutive championship. Hydar won 6 times and finished second 6 more times to give him 12 podium finishes for the season and an average finish of 3.5.
“It was a blast racing with Travis,” said Waterman. “I feel like it was respectfully hard racing and Travis had a lot more experience than I do at Stafford and I think we each picked up some tricks from each other during the season. Towards the end of the year, I just had to be smart and finish races somewhat close to Travis. I knew all I had to do was the best that I could even if that meant finishing second. It’s all pretty unreal still that we’re champions. It means the world and it proves that when you put a good car and crew together you can get it done. We’re like a family team and a big thank you to Nick and his wife Mel, I probably wouldn’t have even raced at Stafford this year if they didn’t want me to race their car. Thanks also to my Dad, my brother Troy, my fiancé Megan, my son Ryan Jr., Zack Robinson, Chad Baxter, Matt Lowinski-Low, Fairway Independent Mortgage, Mike Rogers Crew, Edward G. Roy Trucking, and Cas Custom Interiors, RAD Auto Machine, Gaston Racing, and American Signs.”
The official 2023 Championship videos are available to watch on Stafford’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Visit youtube.com/staffordspeedway or facebook.com/StaffordMotorSpeedway to see the championship videos as well as videos with the top-5 finishers in each of Stafford’s 5 weekly divisions.
For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.
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The search for the next president of historic Watkins Glen International ended close to home, as long-time Corning Incorporated director and lifelong Southern Tier resident Dawn Burlew was named the first woman to hold the position, the track today announced.
Burlew was born in nearby Elmira and graduated from Horseheads High School before attending Cazenovia College and Keuka College in New York. She then launched her professional career at Corning Inc. Most recently, Burlew served as Director Government Affairs and Director Business Development at the multinational technology company based in nearby Corning, New York.
Retiring from Corning Inc. after 40 years, she brings a passion and commitment to the region in her new role at her home track.
“Part of my fabric is the community here in the Southern Tier and I’m proud to represent the region as the next president of Watkins Glen International,” said Burlew. “My personal and professional lives have often brought me to The Glen, including when Corning was involved with the ownership of the track. I have a tool chest of skills that I know will be beneficial to WGI and NASCAR, allowing me to contribute to the team from day one.”
While at Corning Inc., Burlew led the company’s New York State government affairs strategic network and advocacy initiatives to support, promote and advance corporate and regional economic sustainability.
Her ties to the motorsports community already extend to serving as a member of the governing council of the International Motor Racing Research Center located in the Village of Watkins Glen. She also serves as a board member of several other regional committees including the Business Council of New York State, Chemung County Chamber, and Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.
“No one knows the region better or brings more devotion to our community around Watkins Glen International than Dawn,” said Chip Wile, Senior Vice President and Chief Track Properties Officer at NASCAR. “Her authentic connection to the business and governmental communities in New York State will allow her to grow The Glen through its next phase as one of the premier racing facilities in the country.”
Burlew will assume her new responsibilities at Watkins Glen International on Jan. 3, 2024.
In 2023, Watkins Glen International posted its eighth consecutive grandstand sellout for the Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR Cup Series race. In early August, the track also announced a complete infield camping sellout – the earliest in recent years.
For the 2024 season, the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen race adds intensity to the weekend as it moves to the Playoffs for the first time in history. The previous two years the race was the penultimate in the regular season, helping to set the field for the Cup Series Playoffs.
Tickets for events during the 2024 season at Watkins Glen International – including the IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen weekends – as well as the full event schedule, are available by calling 1-866-461-RACE or visiting TheGlen.com.
Madera Speedway celebrates its 53rd year of motorsports excitement in central California by unveiling its nine-race slate of MAVTV-televised Pro and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model action, presented by Mission Foods. Both the INEX Legends and INEX Bandoleros will join the schedule for all nine dates with TV time dedicated to them as well. The popular Mini Super Toyotas will appear at six events as well.
Activities kick off March 16 for the 100-lap $5,000 to win Madera Speed Fest, featuring 100 laps of Pro Late Models presented by Mission Foods plus 70-laps 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models, INEX Bandoleros, INEX Legends, and Mini Super Toyotas.
Hampton Inn Night is April 6 followed by Allied Storage night on April 27. The Military Tribute Night is set for May 18. The prestigious and coveted Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White, Blue Classic continues on June 22. The $5,000 Summer Speed Fest hosts a 100-lap Pro Late Model race on July 20 for the mid-summer classic. The championship battles continue August 24 and September 14, leading into the 12th annual Short Track Shootout 150 on October 19 for $10,000 to win for the Pro Late Models!
All 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model races will be 70-laps, while regular Pro Late Model events are 80-laps. Each division features a break for MAVTV interviews and race car adjustments. The INEX Legends will compete in 30-lap features for a track championship along with state and national points.
The 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model program has developed a litany of drivers who have succeeded at the ARCA and NASCAR level, with the series featuring drivers ages 10-16 years old as they begin their stock car development. Series alumni include 2024 NASCAR XFINITY drivers Jesse Love, Hailie Deegan, and Ryan Vargas plus ARCA West race winners Tyler Reif, Tanner Reif, and Joey Iest, along with many others making their presence felt in the motorsports world. 12-year-old Vito Cancilla won the 2023 series championship.
The Pro Late Model Series champions roster includes a wide-range of talented names such as Matt Erickson, Buddy Shepherd, Austin Herzog, Kyle Keller, and 2023 champion Tyler Herzog.
The complete Madera Speedway and Madera Racing on MAVTV schedule will be released later this month.
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2024 MAVTV TELEVISED DATES FOR PRO LATE MODELS AND THE 51FIFTY JR LATE MODEL SERIES
Subject to Change
March 2nd - Practice Day and Member sign up, this is open to all cars (pits open at 11:30am, track will be hot from 1-5pm)
March 9th – Practice Day and Member sign up, this is open to all cars (pits open at 11:30am, track will be hot from 1-5pm)
March 16th – MAVTV Televised Series Madera Speed Fest! Race #1 of the Pro Late Model Series presented by Mission $5,000 to win 100 Lap main Event (Split 50s), Race #1 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series presented by Mission 70 laps (40 laps then a break, then the final 30 laps), INEX Bandoleros Series, INEX Legends Series 30 laps, Mini Super Toyotas
April 6th – MAVTV Televised Series Race #2 Hampton Inn and Suites night, Pro Late Model Series presented by Mission $2,000 to win 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #2 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series presented by Mission 70 laps (40 laps then a break, then the final 30 laps), INEX Bandoleros Series, INEX Legends Series 30 Laps
April 27th - MAVTV Televised Series presented by Allied Storage & Containers! Race #3 of the $2,000 to win Pro Late Model Series presented by Mission 80 laps (50 laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #3 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series presented by Mission 70 laps (40 laps then a break, then 30 laps), INEX Bandoleros, INEX Legends Series 30 Laps, Mini Super Toyotas
May 18th- MAVTV televised $2,000 to win Pro Model Series presented by Mission 80 Laps (50 Laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #4 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series presented by Mission 70 laps (40 laps then a break, then 30 laps), INEX Legends Series 30 Laps, INEX Bandos
June 22nd – MAVTV Televised Series Reverend Ron Spencer's Red, White and Blue Classic! Race #5 of the $2,000 to win Pro Model Series presented by Mission 80 Laps (50 Laps then a break, then 30 laps), Race #5 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series presented by Mission 70 laps (40 laps then a break, then 30 laps), INEX Bandoleros Series, INEX Legend Series 30 laps, Mini Super Toyotas
July 20th - MAVTV Televised Series Summer Speed Fest $5,000 to win Race #6 of the Pro Late Model Series presented by Mission 100 laps (split 50’s), Race #6 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series presented by Mission 70 laps (40 laps then a break, then 30 laps), INEX Bandoleros Series, INEX Legend Series 30 laps
August 24th – MAVTV Televised Series Race # 7 of the $2,000 to win Pro Model Series presented by Mission 80 laps (50 then 30), Race #7 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series presented by Mission 70 laps (40 laps then a break, then 30 laps), INEX Bandoleros Series, INEX Legend Series 30 Laps, Mini Super Toyotas
September 14th – MAVTV televised Series Race #8 of the $2,000 to win Pro Late Model Series presented by Mission 80 laps (50 laps then 30), Race #8 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series presented by Mission 70 laps (40 laps then a break, the 30 laps), Mini Super Toyotas, INEX Bandoleros Series, INEX Legend Series 30 Laps
October 19th – 12th Annual SHORT TRACK SHOOTOUT MAVTV Televised Series 150 Lap $10,000.00 to WIN LUNKERDADDY for the Pro Late Model Series presented by Mission (race #9 of the televised championship), Race #9 of the 70 lap 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series presented by Mission, INEX Bandolero Series, INEX Legends Series 30 laps, Mini Super Toyotas
November 16th - 2024 Championship Awards Banquet
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Hoosier Racing Tire, the world’s largest manufacturer of racing tires, proudly announced that the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) has named Hoosier as the exclusive tire partner for FIA World and European Rallycross Championship.
“We are excited to enter into a new partnership with Hoosier,” said Andrew Wheatley, FIA Rally Director. “We are very impressed with Hoosier’s product performance and are looking forward to launching this partnership with the start of the 2024 season.”
Following the press conference at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hoosier executives expressed a commitment to continue global growth, not only for the off-road segments but for the overall Hoosier motorsports portfolio. Excelling through the independent testing and FIA approval, Hoosier and the FIA enter into a three-year agreement, running 2024-2026. Unique to the 2024 World Rallycross Championship season will be a “Battle of Technologies” pairing electric- powered (EV) cars alongside internal combustion (ICE) cars on equal terms.
“This is the right step forward for us to continue the growth of our brand internationally,” said Joerg Burfien, President and CEO of Hoosier Racing Tire. “It is a great opportunity allowing us to showcase our product performance.”
“We are excited to work within the Rallycross paddocks at World, European and National stages,” said Martin Heckers, Head of Hoosier Racing Tire Europe. “This underlines our commitment to grow our Rally and Rallycross product portfolio globally.”
For more information on Hoosier tires, contact your nearest Hoosier Racing Tire Distributor. A complete list of locations can be found at www.hoosiertire.com. Follow us on Facebook, X, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns for its 39th installment with a five-week lineup of events in 2024.
Late Models will contest a total of 29 races over a 33-day period, starting with the season opener at Peoria Speedway on June 12, traveling through nine different states before ending with the season finale at Wayne County Speedway in Ohio on July 14. Friday and Saturday night races boast a $10,000 winner’s share, while the $5,000-to-win events make up most of the weekday races.
The 14th edition of the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals also commences June 12 at Peoria, racing 23 dates over the same 33-day period before wrapping up with the final two events at Fairbury Speedway, July 26-27, as part of the 34th running of the Prairie Dirt Classic. As per tradition, each driver’s 12-best finishes will count toward the points standings and award a $5,000 bonus to the champion.
New for 2024 – the DIRTcar-sanctioned COMP Cams Super Dirt Series will get in on the Summer Nationals action, co-sanctioning all six races on the Week 4 slate. Points accumulated during the deep south swing will count towards both series’ standings, further expanding DIRTcar’s relationship with the Arkansas-based organization.
Twenty-seven confirmed tracks will host races on the Late Model side, including three new venues – two of which the Hell Tour has yet to see. Poplar Bluff Motorsports Park last hosted a Summer Nationals event in 2007 and will welcome the Late Models back for the first time in 17 years – accompanied by the Summit Modifieds – on July 2 in the kickoff to the COMP Cams Series co-sanctioned week.
Riverside International Speedway is the first brand-new track to the series, where the Late Models and Modifieds will debut on July 4, bringing both tours to race for the first time in the State of Arkansas. Likewise, Crystal Motor Speedway in Crystal, MI, will host the Late Models and Modifieds for the first time on July 12.
As started this past season, the weekly points fund distribution returns for 2024, rewarding drivers for their full-week commitment. At the end of each week of racing, the top-10 drivers in that week’s points standings will be awarded points fund checks – $10,000 to first place, $5,000 to second, $3,000 for third, and so on according to the scale below – totaling over $125,000 distributed throughout the five weeks on the schedule.
Weekly Points Fund:
Don’t miss a moment of the action this summer – buy a ticket at the gate of a track near you or watch every lap of every race live with a subscription to DIRTVision.
COMBINED 2023 TOUR SCHEDULES
Wednesday, June 12 | Peoria Speedway| Peoria, IL
Thursday, June 13 | Kankakee County Speedway | Kankakee, IL
Friday, June 14 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, IL
Saturday, June 15 | Fairbury Speedway | Fairbury, IL
Sunday, June 16 | Sycamore Speedway | Maple Park, IL (Late Models only)
Tuesday, June 18 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, IA (Late Models only)
Wednesday, June 19 | Adams County Speedway | Quincy, IL
Thursday, June 20 | Spoon River Speedway | Lewistown, IL
Friday, June 21 | Brownstown Bullring | Brownstown, IL
Saturday, June 22 | Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, MO
Sunday, June 23 | Lincoln Speedway | Lincoln, IL
Tuesday, June 25 | Springfield Raceway | Springfield, MO (Late Models only)
Wednesday, June 26 | TBA
Thursday, June 27 | Macon Speedway | Macon, IL
Friday, June 28 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, IL
Saturday, June 29 | Highland Speedway | Highland, IL
Sunday, June 30 | Red Hill Raceway | Sumner, IL
Tuesday, July 2 | Poplar Bluff Motorsports Park | Poplar Bluff, MO
Wednesday, July 3 | Benton Speedway | Benton, MO
Thursday, July 4 | Riverside International Speedway | West Memphis, AR
Friday, July 5 | Paducah International Raceway | Paducah, KY
Saturday, July 6 | Clarksville Speedway | Clarksville, TN
Sunday, July 7 | Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN
Tuesday, July 9 | TBA
Wednesday, July 10 | Hartford Motor Speedway | Hartford, MI
Thursday, July 11| Butler Motor Speedway | Quincy, MI
Friday, July 12 | Crystal Motor Speedway | Crystal, MI (Late Models only)
Saturday, July 13 | Oakshade Raceway | Wauseon, OH
Sunday, July 14 | Wayne County Speedway | Orrville, OH
34th annual Prairie Dirt Classic (Modifieds only)
Friday, July 26 | Fairbury Speedway | Fairbury, IL
Saturday, July 27 | Fairbury Speedway | Fairbury, IL
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