Ocala, Florida (11/28/16) – For the eighth time in 2016 Devin Dixon parked the Big Frog Motorsports #58 Dave’s Towing/Rocket XR-1 Late Model in victory lane. The $3,000 triumph came on Saturday night at North Florida Speedway.
Entering the Thanksgiving weekend special, Devin Dixon and the Big Frog Motorsports Team traveled to North Florida Speedway (Lake City, Florida) on Saturday night for the unsanctioned Turkey Trot. In a field of 14 Super Late Models, Dixon reeled in his eighth win of the season in the main event.
Battling for a $3,000 payday, Devin outdueled Adam Bedenbaugh to pick up the victory. Bedenbaugh, Bo Allen, Nevin Gainey, and Richard Ferry completed the Top 5 finishers in the 30-lap affair.
“We actually got a real good bite running low,” Dixon said. “I can’t say enough about this Big Frog Motorsports team. This is our eighth win and we’ve been hard on motors. But they never give up. This was a crate motor and we put it in to see what would happen and everything worked out nicely.” Continue reading
The racing year of 2016 will wrap up in a big way in just a few short days as the 11th Annual Joey Coulter Charity Race Weekend takes place December 8-11.
The Pro Trucks will go back to run the original 200 lap format from the first event held in 2006 and, once again, Auburndale Speedway will play host to the event, donating the facility to the Cars Racing For a Cause charity that will be raising money for a record five families this year. Since 2006, the charity has raised well over $320,000 for families who are dealing with the health issues of their loved ones, particularly children.
This year, money will be raised for the following: Avalynn Luciano who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is just 2 years old. – Six-year-old Ayden Henke who has a brain tumor that has caused him to go blind. His brother Jeremiah is ten years old and he also has special needs.
To make matters worse, this family recently lost their home in Ocala to fire and they are in the process of relocating and getting their lives back together – Reagan Monday is three years old and suffered severe head and brain damage when a dresser with a TV fell on her. Doctors continue to work with her as recovers from this traumatic injury – Alicia Hayes, a mother of two who has been going through treatments for Glioblastoma brain cancer and recently had brain surgery – Then finally, Marina Petty, a 17 year old with bone cancer in her leg. Continue reading
Will drive the No. 17 for Matt Wood and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 28, 2016 – Joey Saldana is not only carrying on his family legacy into the 2017 racing season, but also living out the legacy left by the late Bryan Clauson. Saldana teamed up with Matt Wood and NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to pilot the Elk Grove Ford/ Roth Investments No. 17 racecar in the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series tour next season – an aspiration of Clauson’s since he first hopped into a 410 Sprint Car.
Saldana finished the 2016 season with Dennis Roth and Roth Motorsports amassing five wins, 31 top-five and 62 top-ten performances with 10 quick times in 81 points races. Saldana is nearing the 100-win milestone heading into his 18th consecutive season with the series; he stands at 99 wins, a mark that has taken the 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year 19 seasons to build.
Saldana has finished within the top five in series championship point standings three of his last four seasons full-time. Roth Motorsports, which began its first World of Outlaw season in 1995, expected to carry its team’s momentum into the following season. However, a series of unfortunate events prompted Roth to take a step back and not field the No. 83 car in 2017. Saldana, 43, said he still has plenty of gas left in the tank but worried that this may have been “it.” Continue reading
Shinnston, WV, November 21, 2016 –Mark Richards Racing, Inc. (MRRI), the four time World of Outlaws Craftsman late model champion team has selected two-time Dirt Track World Championship winner Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL to drive the Valvoline/Seubert Calf Ranches #1 Rocket Chassis house car. Richards also welcomes new marketing partner Gunter’s Honey and two new crew members Austin Hargrove and Joel Rogers.
New driver Brandon Sheppard previously drove the #1 car full-time for MRRI during the 2012 season at just 20 years old. Since then, Sheppard has won the 2013 UMP DIRTcar Late Model National Championship, 2013 UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship, 2013 Dirt Track World Championship (w/MRRI), in 2014 Brandon won 10 A-mains while running an independent schedule. In 2015 he won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) Rookie of the Year, won six A-Mains and finished 6th in championship points. In 2016 Sheppard finished 5th in LOLMDS points with seven wins including the series ending Dirt Track World Championship worth $100,000.
For the first time Brandon Sheppard’s young career, the Mark Richards led team will compete for the World of Outlaws Craftsman late model (WoOLMS) championship in 2017. Similar to last year, the #1 car will run crown jewel events and major races that don’t conflict with the WoOLMS schedule.
“Brandon was one of our top choices” stated MRRI owner Mark Richards. “He did an outstanding job for us during the 2012 season, our marketing partners and I are quite comfortable with him and he has been a loyal Rocket Chassis supporter/customer for many years now. I really do consider him one of the top young talents in dirt late model racing today and we’re thrilled to have him come aboard.” Continue reading
Cla Knight of North Augusta, SC celebrates winning the 2016 Fastrak Pro Late Model Series Southeast National Championship after driving the Augusta Aquatics Longhorn to a second-place finish behind winner Trent Ivey of Union, SC on Sunday afternoon in the Georgia State Championship Race at Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, GA. Knight also won the Fastrak Pro Dirt Late Model Series Mid-Ohio Valley Championship earlier this year. Knight made history by becoming the first driver to win two championship in the same year in the 14-year history of Fastrak. (Photo Courtesy of Cla Knight Racing
LAVONIA, GA – Trent Ivey of Union, SC took the lead with four laps to go and captured the $3,000 top prize by winning the Georgia State Championship Race for the Fastrak Pro Late Model Series driving the Ivey Construction MastersBilt on Sunday afternoon at Lavonia Speedway. Not only did Ivey celebrate after the race, but the second-place driver did as well.
Ivey was able to dive underneath the early race leader Jensen Ford of Piney Flats, TN, who pushed up the banking in turn four on lap 37 opening the door for Ivey. With the handling used up on Ford’s Tim Byrd Motorsports TNT, Cla Knight of North Augusta, SC in the Augusta Aquatics Longhorn dove under Ford for the second spot in turn one on lap 38.
“I had to drive my but off this afternoon just to stay in a position to win the race if the opening presented itself, and it did,” Ivey said. “I’ve always wanted to win a Fastrak race, and to win the Georgia State Championship Race in my first visit to Lavonia Speedway is pretty special. Continue reading