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This Saturday night at Grandview Speedway there will be exciting racing action for both the open cockpit and stock car racing fans. The tripleheader show will have a 7:30 p.m. start.

The Rapid Tire United States Auto Club (USAC) East Coast Wingless Sprints will be making their first ever appearance on the one-third-mile banked clay oval. Sprint cars are known for being able to provide fans with great excitement on the Bechtelsville oval. Heading up the action will be such 360 Sprint standouts as Steve Drevicki, Eddie Strada, Alex Bright, and a host of others.

And the NASCAR stock car action will give the fans some edge of their seat action with Rick Laubach, making his first full time Grandview title effort, looking to overtake Craig Von Dohren in the championship chase. The Hellertown based Laubach will be looking to gain his first win of the season in the T.P. Trailers NASCAR Modified action. Despite not having a win to his credit Laubach is just 56 points behind leader Craig Von Dohren, a two feature winner already this season. Oley, PA based Von Dohren is a ten time NASCAR champion and leads the feature win department with 107 victories. Von Dohren has 1070 tallies.

Holding down third in the Modified point battle is “over 60 Hall of Famer” Frank Cozze with 903 counters.

Each of the Saturday night Modified events has drawn more than 40 entries.

Joining the Sprints and Modifieds will be the T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman led by Coplay, PA’s Brad Grim who has 864 points followed by Mark Kemmerer who sits just three points behind. Both will lead a large field of Sportsman talents in the Saturday night action.

A full series of qualifying race events will lead up to the feature events in each of the three divisions.

The very popular Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet, 5 P.M. at the main grandstand entrance, will feature cars and drivers that will be racing later in the evening. Modified racer Ryan Lilick and Sportsman talent Kyle Lilick will be meeting fans and will have their new t-shirts available for sale. In addition two of the top Sprint racing talents, Steven Drevicki and Eddie Strada, will be meeting fans.

Adult admission is $20, youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.

And on Sunday, May 19th at 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers. Big Car Enduro (75-laps), Small Car Enduro (75-laps), Junkyard Car Race (50-laps), Savage 61 Roadrunners (20-lap feature plus qualifying), Vintage Cars (2-20-lap features), Mechanics Race (20-laps), Outlaw 4X4 Truck Series (Heats and Features on Obstacle Course). Adult admission is $10.

Additional information is available at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

Grandview Speedway PR

As the Indianapolis Motor Speedway honors and celebrates motorsports icon Mario Andretti and the 50th anniversary of his famous Indianapolis 500 victory in 1969, officially licensed merchandise featuring the specially created 50th anniversary badge is available for fans.

The announcement of the merchandise comes on the heels of the unveiling of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 Official Program paying homage to Andretti's victory in 1969 and the grand opening of the specially curated "Mario Andretti: ICON, presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+" exhibit at the IMS Museum. The premium collection of officially licensed Andretti and IMS products includes:

•Vineyard Vines created a special Mario Andretti inspired whale shirt, polo and necktie

•New Era developed three limited edition Mario 50th anniversary tribute hats

•Hot Wheels, Greenlight and Spark Models produced commemorative replica race cars 

•The Shop released a capsule collection of T-shirts

•Car Pool Tables introduced a limited-edition signature 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car Pool Table prominently featuring the 50th badge on the felt 

•Second Story Interiors, Wincraft and Highland Mint created a line of wall décor and collectibles

•Tervis introduced a special Mario 50th anniversary stainless tumbler

•OYO and Kollectico honored Mario with limited edition figurines 

The Mario 50th anniversary merchandise is available at shop.ims.com, at Official Trackside Gift Shops at IMS and the Indianapolis International Airport, and at the temporary IMS shop in Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis.

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at IMS.


The “Truth” will come out before the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. WWE Superstar R-Truth – one of sports entertainment’s most recognizable personalities – will serve as honorary pace car driver for the biggest all-star event in sports.

The winner of WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge Season 2, with his partner Carmella, and former United States Champion will pace the field of NASCAR’s brightest stars prior to a slam-bang duel for a $1 million winner’s prize

Known as WWE’s resident rapping Superstar, R-Truth – billed from Charlotte, North Carolina – has made his mark on some of the most memorable moments in the past two decades of WWE’s high-flying, hard-hitting action. R-Truth joins fellow Charlottean and WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair – the honorary pace car driver for the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26 – as WWE luminaries converging on America’s Home for Racing this month.

Prior to the green flag, Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race ticketholders can enjoy a FREE pre-race concert featuring platinum-selling entertainers AJR. Following the race, fans can witness a rocking post-race concert featuring Hairball presented by Monster Energy.

Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race tickets, camping and upgrades are available by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets or calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Kids 13 and under get into each race weekend for just $10 with adult ticket purchase.

Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.


There’s no place like home. With the stars ready to descend on Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, fans are ready to witness NASCAR’s brightest luminaries including Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano race wheel-to-wheel for a $1 million winner’s prize.

The rules package which debuted to considerable acclaim in last year’s All-Star Race – and which also set the stage for Saturday night’s barn-burner at Kansas – returns to America’s Home for Racing with lots of anticipation for another thrilling finish to follow. The 2018 All-Star Race saw 38 green-flag passes for the lead, a number higher than the previous four iterations combined. 

This year's format features four stages broken up into 30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and a 15-lap final segment – giving the field five more circuits to pass the leader.

“The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race has a legacy of innovation and excitement,” said Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter. “From pioneering superspeedway night racing, double-file restarts and stage racing, to the unforgettable finishes we’ve seen in past events, this race’s status as a trailblazer is well-deserved. Fans are going to see drivers go for $1 million and crew chiefs are sure to use the old expression ‘Bring back the trophy or the steering wheel’ when we get underway on Saturday night.”

Preparations for this weekend’s festivities – which kick off a spectacular two weeks of excitement, racing action and patriotism culminating in the May 26 Coca-Cola 600 – began as soon as last September’s Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 concluded.

Heading into Saturday’s Monster Energy Open – a race whose past winners include Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. – there are 15 drivers with clinched berths for Saturday night’s 85-lap tussle for Charlotte supremacy. 

The drivers presently locked into the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race include: Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. Drivers like Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace, Alex Bowman and William Byron must race their way in through the Open or hope to win the Fan Vote.

Friday's action kicks off with practice sessions at 11:35 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. Qualifying for the Monster Energy Open gets underway at 6 p.m. and time trials for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race start at 7 p.m. Friday's slate concludes with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series' North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at 8:30 p.m. 

The green flag for the 50-lap Monster Energy Open, which sees three stage winners and a Fan Vote winner advancing to the big show, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Following a rocking pre-race concert featuring platinum-selling recording artists AJR, the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race will roar to life under the lights at approximately 8 p.m.

Fans should stay tuned to the speedway’s social channels for more event-related announcements on Monday.

Coca-Cola 600 and Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race tickets, camping and upgrades are available by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets or calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Kids 13 and under get into each race weekend for just $10 with adult ticket purchase.

Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.


The remaining nostalgia drag racing portion of the St. Louis 2019 Nostalgia Rendezvous (@STLRendezvous) at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, has been cancelled due to cold and wet conditions.  The forecast for today does not look promising and temperatures are not going to reach a point where we can safely complete the event.

The Nostalgia Drag Racing League and Victory Nostalgia Super Stock portion of the event have been cancelled and will be considered complete. There is no reschedule date. Racers entered in the Nostalgia Pro and Nostalgia Sportsman classes will be mailed a credit good to another 2019 World Wide Technology Raceway event. This credit will be mailed to the address on the racer’s tech card next week. This credit will be good for any WWTR events but will not be valid for any track rentals (i.e. NMRA Gateway Rumble).

Jack Phillips' 1937 Plymouth won Best in Show at Saturday's car show. Billie Rockitt won Saturday's pin-up girl contest.

The management and staff of WWTR would like to thank the racers and fans for their efforts and support over the wet weekend. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate.

For more information on WWTR, please call (618) 215.8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


It was supposed to be the grand return of Rockingham Speedway which once hosted racing on the grandest stages and after reopening briefly in 2012 and 2013 for NASCAR truck series racing the speedway once again closed. For years the speedway languished in default of loans, bank repossessions and auction.

Eventually a buyer was announced for the speedway when Rockingham Properties LLC. a group headed by Dan Lovenheim from Raleigh, NC announced they had purchased the property with intentions to renovate the facility and host events.

Early on few details of what would happen with the facility when the new owners declined to say if they would seek NASCAR racing at the historic facility.

Instead they announced they would seek out alternate events and model the track after the Electric Daisy Carnival. Events that would see the track used on a more frequent basis. When Rockingham and Danny Wimmer Presents the promoters of the former Carolina Rebellion that was located at one time in Rockingham before moving to Charlotte announced they would once again bring large scale events back to Rockingham with a newly named Epicenter Festival.

One that could see hundreds of thousands of fans descend on the grounds of the former speedway and the dragstrip across the street where ultimately the festival would be held. When announced that Epicenter would see bands such as Rob Zombie, Korn, Tool, Foo Fighters and dozens of others returning to the original site of the festival a buzz both within the NASCAR fan base that would see the track return to operations and music fans around the world that a newly named festival would return to Rockingham alike.

However the buzz lasted till the first night of the event when it turned to frustration by festival goers that sat in traffic for as many as three to four hours trying to get into the parking lots that has a single gate open per many on social media expressing frustration with the track and festival organizers.

Many of those who sat in traffic missed many of the bands that had been billed for the first day including many who eventually gave up and left before reaching the parking lots. Tickets of the festival day passes went for as much as $80 for general admission to VIP passes that went for $250 for a single day all the way to $400 to $475 for a three-day weekend pass.

Further frustration by fans of the festival when single day pass holders were offered the chance to return for $1.

Parking for the weekend could be as much as $15 per day or $40 for a weekend.

Festival goers were faced with little to no security or lighting in the day parking lots on the grounds of Rockingham Speedway which also hosted the camping facilities for the weekend. Photos of the parking lots on social media found lines attempting to merge into a single lane to get out. In one case an unknown festival goer broke down a fence and gate in the parking lots to provide an addition exit.

"It was like caged animals," Elizabeth Brown of Raleigh who was there with her husband and friends.

When describing the parking they said they sat in traffic for nearly three hours to move just about six miles.

“We got to our car at 11:10 p.m. and we did not move from that parking spot until 3 a.m.,” Ethan Brown said.

When the festival resumed on Saturday with a threat of weather both festival organizers, NCDOT and the highway patrol all looked to open more lanes and get people into the grounds.

Weather in the area late in the afternoon saw strong storms roll through in which festival organizers evacuated the grounds for safety.

While organizers waited for the weather to pass festival goers were asked to wait out in their cars and not attempt to leave.

Hours later Richmond County officials announced that due to safety and further traffic concerns along with more impending weather the second night of the Epicenter Festival would be closed.

As festival goers went to exit for the night frustrations once again boiled over with hours of waiting in the parking lots with no movement. Many on site started trending the hashtag #EpicenterParkingDisaster on social media.

Nearly two hours after the event was closed for the night at least one post on Twitter showed a fan has moved 0.1 miles.

The third day of the Epicenter Festival will reopen today with Foo Fighters closing out the event.

Editors Note: Speedway Digest has reached out to Rockingham Properties LLC. the owners of Rockingham Speedway for a statement.

Editors Note Update: Rockingham Properties LLC. declined to comment for the article instead directing us to the concert promoter.

Over the first few weeks of the 2019 season Kyle Strohl had a presence among the leaders but knew he was just a tad off in hammering the right set-up to where he wanted to be. Continuing to tweak his Paul’s Towing No. 44, the 19-year old from Palmerton finally nailed it right and the effort paid off in the form of his first Modified win of the year.

“It felt pretty good out there tonight and the car was working perfectly. We had been struggling for the first few weeks but we hit on the right adjustments tonight and it finally paid off,” said Strohl.

With only two cautions that slowed the action, both on lap 23, Strohl, who started sixth, had to race flat out to the front and he would battle a pair of venerable veterans in doing so, first taking on Terry Markovic and then contending down to the wire against point leader Bobby Jones.

Markovic jumped to the opening lap lead and then set sail. Within four laps Strohl had advanced to third and was in close formation with Kevin Rex Jr.

As Markovic showed notable speed at the helm, Rex and Strohl began a two-wide duel. Directly behind them was Jones. It would take Strohl 10 laps to annex second spot. He then continued his frontward charge and went immediately after Markovic. After a few looks from the outside, Strohl got a shot to go underneath the leader by the completion of lap 17.

“Terry is a classy guy and we had to work hard to pass him but it was clean and after that away we went. The track was really good tonight and there was a lot of grip on both the outside and inside grooves.” said Strohl.

By lap 20 Jones had motored up to second and was able to quickly pull alongside Strohl. On lap 23 a pair of cautions paused the action and on the second restart Jones fired past Strohl for the lead, however, the favored was returned the next time by.

Try as he may from there to finish Jones looked for every opportunity to get by but Strohl had this one in hand and would record his 12th Modified win and 36th overall. Earlier this season he had scored a Sportsman Modified victory.

“Bobby (Jones) was tough and that’s what you come to expect from him. He’s been the guy who’s been up front each week but tonight we hit on the right set-up and got the job done,” proclaimed Strohl.

“It’s been real tight, clean hard racing and it seems everyone has figured it out all around with the Modifieds this year.”

Rex stayed steady in garnering third while Earl Paules and Gene Bowers rounded out the top five.

Jon Moser claimed his first Street Stock win of the year, taking the lead from rookie Brennen Coulter on a restart with two laps to go.

Prior to that caution Coulter, who was making just this third stock car start, was showing the way in an exciting nonstop affair. While he maintained the front spot there was a bevy of two-by-two action going on throughout the pack.

As the laps wound down several drivers began making haste including the likes of Jillian Long and Mark Deysher who fought closely for second while each looked to make the pass on Coulter. It was an intense fight and just short of getting the white flag they connected and spun together, also collecting Randy Schlenker.

After clearing the scene the field was reset with Moser lined up behind Coulter. When the race resumed the experienced Moser was able to shoot around Coulter for the lead and win. Unfortunately the impressive run by the rookie was refuted after post-race inspection found a violation and he was disqualified giving Josh Mooney, who drove from 14th, the runner-up spot.

The Sportsman Modifieds had their second outing of the season and although the race was called just after halfway due to rain, history was made in the process.

After taking the lead from the outset, Lorin Arthofer II then fended off Kyle Strohl who was tucked in behind him. Arthofer, who started the night with a heat win, was able to keep up that same pace during the feature with a foothold on Strohl until the rain put a stoppage to the event. Despite a yeoman’s effort to dry the track, the rain persisted and the race was called official.

The outcome for Arthofer put him a category all his own as he becomes the first driver at Mahoning Valley to win in six different classes.

Lorin wasn’t the only Arthofer enjoying victory as his daughter Peyton took top honors in the special 40-lap Hobby Stock feature.

Despite a solid full field, Peyton Arthofer was incontestably the car to beat. Taking the lead on 17 from early leader Tyler Nemeth, she then made it a race for second pulling away to a decent enough lead that kept her on top the rest of the way and on to a three car length margin of victory over Shawn Kistler. It was her second win in the past three weeks.

In the Pro 4s Jake Kibler snapped the three race win streak of Bobby Kibler Sr. for his second win of 2019. J. Kibler was able to lead all 20 laps and when he crossed the finish line his triumph put him into a tie for most wins in class with Kevin Graver Jr., at 33.

The Late Model race never got on track due to rain and will be made up at a later date.

Modified Feature Finish (35-laps): 1. Kyle Strohl, 2. Bobby Jones, 3. Kevin Rex Jr., 4. Earl Paules, 5. Gene Bowers, 6. Josh Scherer, 7. Brian DeFebo, 8. Lou Strohl, 9. Don Wagner, 10. Austin Beers, 11. Nick Baer, 12. John Markovic, 13. Terry Markovic, 14. Gary Wentz, 15. Jacob Kerstetter

Street Stock Feature Finish (30-laps): 1. Jon Moser, 2. Josh Mooney, 3. Randy Ahner Jr., 4. Todd Ahner, 5. Ken Erney III, 6. Corey Edelman, 7. Jared Ahner, 8. Shayne Geist, 9. Eric Kocher, 10. Johnny Bennett, 11. Mark Martini, 12. Rick Reichenbach, 13. Jamie Smith, 14. Stacey Brown, 15. Randy Schlenker, 16. Mark Deysher, 17. Jillian Long, 18. Bobby Kibler Jr., 19. Bill Hunara, 20. Cody Geist DQ: Brennen Coulter DNQ: Beau Drobot, Anthony Tabasco, Austin Santee, BJ Wambold

Sportsman Modified Feature Finish (13-laps): 1. Lorin Arthofer II, 2. Kyle Strohl, 3. Jonathan Laureigh, 4. Joe King Jr., 5. BJ Wambold, 6. Kassidy Altemose, 7. Danielle Paules

Hobby Stock Feature Finish (40-laps): 1. Payton Arthofer, 2. Shawn Kistler, 3. Jacob Boehm, 4. Cody Boehm, 5. Rich Mutarelli, 6. Trisha Connolly, 7. Travis Solomon, 8. Cody Kohler, 9. Tyler Nemeth, 10. Kassidy Altemose, 11. Justin Merkel, 12. Al Arthofer, 13. Phil Sabatine, 14. Devin Schmidt, 15. Lyndsay Buss, 16. Daryl Rex, 17. Tad Snyder, 18. Peter Maier, 19. Colton Breiner, 20. Austin Ahner DNQ: Mackenzie Adams, Mallory Kutz, John Petro, Ralph Boger Jr.

Pro 4 Feature Finish (20-laps): 1. Jake Kibler, 2. Bobby Kibler Sr., 3. Tucker Muffley, 4. Jeremy Guerra, 5. Tyler Stangle. 6. Randy Schaffer, 7. Cody Kohler DNS: Colton Breiner


Rain has forced Eldora Speedway officials to reschedule Saturday’s #LetsRaceTwo Doubleheader featuring the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars to Wednesday, July 17th.
Saturday’s show will be restarted in its entirety and is now the kickoff to the 36th annual Kings Royal Weekend.
Fans and competitors may use their tickets and wristbands as rainchecks for the rescheduled World of Outlaws and USAC doubleheader on Wednesday, July 17th or redeem for admission towards any other event at Eldora Speedway by September 1.
The Tony Stewart Foundation 50/50 Raffle, benefiting local selling charity Racing For Relief, paid $3,416 to ticket #B-19773334.
Eldora Raceway PR

For the first time this season Ma Nature returned to action at Grandview Speedway with rain wiping out the Saturday night doubleheader that would have featured the NASCAR T.P. Trailers 358 Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman.

Racing action will return to the Bechtelsville banked clay oval when the Rapid Tire United States Auto Club (USAC) East Coast Wingless Sprints make their first appearance at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, May 18th. The exciting 360 Sprints will feature such talents as Steve Drevicki, Eddie Strada, Alex Bright and a host of others. And of course also seeing action will be the NASCAR T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman. The tripleheader night of action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $20, youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted FREE.

And on Sunday, May 19th at 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers. Big Car Enduro (75-laps), Small Car Enduro (75-laps), Junkyard Car Race (50-laps), Savage 61 Roadrunners (20-lap feature plus qualifying), Vintage Cars (2-20-lap features), Mechanics Race (20-laps), Outlaw 4X4 Truck Series (Heats and Features on Obstacle Course). Adult admission is $10.

Information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

Grandview Speedway PR

Rain storms moved in and led to the postponement of tonight’s racing at Bowman Gray Stadium. The action will return to the Madhouse next Saturday, May 18, for the Great Clips Crash Fest presented by the Triad CW. Rain checks from May will be honored for admission then.

The Kevin Powell Motorsports 100 will be rescheduled to June 1, along with the Whelen Street Stock 50.

BGS Racing PR

Unseasonable weather continued to plague Central Illinois on Saturday, May 11, as high temperatures in the low 50’s and wet weather forced the cancellation of the first POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget visit of 2019 to Macon Speedway.  Four other divisions were also on schedule.

For the Macon, IL track, it’s the second rainout in five tries this season, with the other being the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.  In the three events that the track has held, car counts and crowds have been strong.  So far, Macon Speedway has averaged 110+ cars per night with great racing in all divisions.

For the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, the rainout comes after a Friday night at Belle-Clair Speedway, in Belleville, IL that saw Austin Brown claim the feature win.  In upwards of 40 cars were on hand.  The Midgets have three more events scheduled at Macon.  The remaining dates are June 15, August 17, and September 14.

Up next for Macon Speedway is Armed Forces night on Saturday, May 18.  Retired and active military members will receive free admission after showing proper ID at the ticket window.  The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods, DIRTcar Sportsman, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, and DIRTcar Hornets will be in action.

For Macon Speedway, the month of May is a busy one with Armed Forces night then a doubleheader holiday week.  On Memorial Day Monday, May 27, the Miller Lite Twin 50’s will be held for the Midwest Big Ten Super Late Models and Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods.  Each event will race 50 laps.  In addition, the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Archer’s Alley Street Stocks, Micros By Bailey Chassis, and Hornets will be in action.  Then on Thursday, May 30, the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds will run in the 95Q Up On The Wheel 100.  The Built Ford Tough MOWA Sprint Cars and Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models will also race.

For more information on upcoming events, visit www.maconracing.com.

Macon Speedway PR

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