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Ricky Brooks to Take over the Wheel Man Racing Series in 2022

Ricky Brooks to Take over the Wheel Man Racing Series in 2022

Press Release from Wheel Man Racing Series:

 

In 2016 Steve Dorer and Robert Yoho had a conversation regarding the lack of sportsman cars that attended Showtime Speedway. Steve volunteered his time to try and help fix this. With a few weeks to think about it and discussions with many different people, Steve came up with a set of rules that would allow all the cars from different tracks to race at Showtime. At the time none of the tracks had a standard set of rules so minor weight breaks and weight penalties were put into place to create an equal playing field. Steve also knew that we had to create something different, something that people would remember… The Wheelman name and the prestigious wheelman trophy was born. Twenty-three cars showed up to the first event.
There was so much buzz around the rules, race, procedures, and trophy that Showtime asked for us to come back so we took a few dates. Also, during the 2016 season Citrus County Speedway re-opened with the Ray family, a few quick discussions and what was supposed to be a one-time race at showtime, had turned itself into a 5-race mini-series. The Wheelman Series was born.
Over the years we worked hard for the racers and tracks to come up with a common set of rules that every track in Florida adapted and allowed sportsman drivers to go anywhere in the state without any changes to the cars. We worked hard to get our teams national exposure by having most of our races broadcast live on Speed51. We worked hard to create new and exciting styles of racing such as the High Kick 99 race format and being a part of prestigious events such as Speedfest in Cordele, GA and Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway.
The Wheelman Series brought national sponsorship to Florida for the first time in many years with companies like Brandon Ford, Gagels Auto Parts & Sunoco race fuels joining our team. For the first time in many years, we brought the racers a contingency program from 25+ of the top vendors in motorsports such as Allstar Performance, Howe Racing, FLF Racecars, DRP Performance, Swift Springs, Butlerbuilt seats, Pitboxes.com amongst many other. We broke the mold by dropping entry fees, tire purchase requirements, and fuel purchase requirements that has now been followed by most tracks in the area. On top of that, we gave away 4 tires at every single race to help the racers offset the ever-growing cost of racing.
With all that said, we’d like to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you to all six tracks, Showtime Speedway, Citrus County Speedway, 4-17 Southern Speedway, Auburndale Speedway, Crisp Motorsports Park and New Smyrna Speedway and their staffs who took a chance on us over the past 6 years. Thank you to the couple hundred different racers who ran a race with us over the last 6 years. Thank you to the huge fan following, we’ve heard from you all over the country. Whether you watched through live streaming or came to every race in person, we appreciate each of you for your continued support! Thank you to Wayne Hammond with Brandon Ford for believing in our vision and being the title sponsor for the last 4 years. Thank you to Mike Gagel with Gagels Auto Parts for being the tire give-away sponsor for the entire existence of the series. Also thank you to Rick Williams of Southern Race Fuels/Port Consolidated for your unwavering support of the wheelman series as well as all of Florida racing. Without everyone mentioned above the Wheelman Series never happens and for thank, we thank you all.
Thank you to the staff of the Wheelman Series. John Chance, our head tech man and race director. Your job is impossible to please everyone, but you stick to the rule book and did your very best to be consistent and honest with on and off-track calls. David DJ Macklin, assistant tech and race director, your efforts and help have been vital to the success of the wheelman series. Craig Cuzzone, media relations, constantly keeping racers and fans up to date on events. And finally, Steve Dorer, promoter. You were the original vision for this series and many of the ideas whether it be race procedures, ways to make racing cheaper, or general structure has been a difference in racing throughout the southeast. Officiating any sort of sport is very hard, to do it correctly and with integrity, you must make unpopular decisions from time to time. Decisions that sometimes-hurt friendships and put you and your staff on an island. We all did that to the best of our abilities and each call, whether it was positive or negative to your favorite wheelman driver, was made with our best intentions.
As much as we have all enjoyed the process of building this series and maintaining it, it has also taken away from our personal lives. With everyone having young kids who are beginning to venture into sports, school, and many other things it’s time for the original group of officials to step back and pass the series on to someone who has the necessary time to devote to the series. Starting in 2022, Ricky Brooks will be the promoter of the Wheelman Series. Ricky has many years in racing and has been all over the country as head tech man as well as race director for many renowned series and events such as the Snowball Derby, Speedweeks, TA2 Series, Spears Series, Southern Super Series amongst many others. We look forward to watching Ricky and staff put their spin on our original vision and grow the series. Speaking with Ricky, he plans to keep the rule package very close to what they currently are. Anyone who has any questions regarding the series in 2022 and beyond, please feel free to reach out to Ricky at 850-324-6821 or RickyBrooks5@aol.com.
By |2021-09-13T22:52:37+00:00September 13th, 2021|Front Page News, Racing News|Comments Off on Ricky Brooks to Take over the Wheel Man Racing Series in 2022

The Frank Riddle Memorial Sprint Car Race Returns in 2021

 

 

 

Press Release (for general media purposes, dated 9/10/2021)

 

The Frank Riddle Memorial Sprint Car Race Returns in 2021

 

By Richard Golardi, Columnist, Hoseheads.com

 

The Frank Riddle Memorial Sprint Car Race, which is scheduled for its 10th annual edition on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida, is being held to honor a man who is a sprint car racing icon and a Florida racing legend. This memorial race was held at Desoto Speedway three times previously, in 2007, 2008 and 2014; and at Showtime Speedway once in 2016; and also at Citrus County Speedway in 2013, 2015, and 2017–2019.

 

The BG Products Southern Sprint Car Series has confirmed that the Frank Riddle Memorial this year will be a regular season, 40-lap winged race for the pavement-only sprint car series. Series sponsor BG Products is providing sponsorship of the sanctioning body, the Southern Sprint Car Series, as they have since the series took over the sanctioning of the Frank Riddle Memorial in 2016. The Frank Riddle Memorial race winners include Troy DeCaire, Shane Butler, Dave Steele, Joey Aguilar, Mickey Kempgens, and John Inman.

 

Frank Riddle was a family man, a working man, a businessman, and a racer. He was inducted into the Little 500 Hall of Fame in 1996 and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2010. This last honor came three years after he died in 2007 at age 78. Frank is known for winning the Little 500, one of the most prestigious and grueling auto races, twice in the 1980s when he was in his mid-50s. In his career at Anderson Speedway, he had sixteen starts in the Little 500, with two wins, five top ten finishes, and seven top five starting positions.

 

Frank Riddle’s status as a fierce and talented race car driver was initially earned in Florida while competing at tracks around the Tampa Bay area. These tracks included Phillips Field, Speedway Park, and the half mile dirt oval at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Early in his career, Frank raced stock cars, modifieds, and super modifieds.

 

When sprint cars replaced the modifieds at Golden Gate Speedway in 1969, car owners sought out Frank to drive their cars, as he had already shown his abilities at “the Gate” and other local tracks. When the Tampa Bay Area Racing Association was formed, Frank was a regular sprint car competitor on both the dirt and pavement with his fellow Bay area racers. He had 95 lifetime Florida sprint car feature wins during his years of racing in the Sunshine State, which places him third on the overall Florida winners list, behind only Wayne Reutimann with 97 wins and Dave Steele with 101 wins.

 

Tall and lanky, Frank’s friends called him “Bones,” or “Old Bones,” and when he raced at Golden Gate, he called himself “the old man around here.” The press called him “Old Pro,” and “the Flying Trainman,” and “the dean of Florida sprint car racers.” His facial wrinkles always made him look at least 10 years older than his actual age, and he used that to his advantage. He’d lull his opponents into thinking he was too old and past his best days, and then he’d go out and beat them. He earned the 1980 USAC National Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year title at 51 years old. At that time, it made him the oldest ever USAC Rookie of the Year.

 

After he retired from his job as a CSX railroad engineer in 1987, he spent his time farming at a small farm in Thonotosassa, and later retired from racing in 1997 at age 68. That year, he made his last trip to Anderson to drive in the Little 500. He is one of the racers responsible for motivating Floridians to make an annual trek to Central Indiana and the Little 500. Each year, the highest finishing Floridian at the Little 500 earns the Frank Riddle Award. This is why the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Series and Citrus County Speedway are honoring Frank Riddle, naming the race the “Frank Riddle Memorial.”

 

By |2021-09-11T15:59:22+00:00September 11th, 2021|Front Page News, Racing News|Comments Off on The Frank Riddle Memorial Sprint Car Race Returns in 2021

Whats Racing This Weekend 9/11/2021 Around Florida Brought to you by LeMaster’s Insurance Agency

Whats Racing This Weekend 9/11/2021 Around Florida Brought to you by LeMaster’s Insurance Agency

 

 

Asphalt Tracks:

4-17 Southern Speedway:

Winged Sprint cars 40, Street Stock twin 50’s, Modified Mini 50, Thunder Truck 25, Mini Stock 25, Outlaw Modified 25

 

Auburndale Speedway:

11th – Sportsman 50, Modified Mini-stock 50, Pure-stocks, Scramblers, Big Ford 30 laps, Big Ford Figure 8 25 laps

 

Showtime Speedway:

Off this weekend

 

Citrus County Speedway:

Sunoco Race Fuel Open Wheel Modifieds 50 Laps
Pro Trucks 50 Laps
Little Gator Legend Cars Twin 20 Lap Features
Signsfast Pure Stocks 25 Laps
DAARA

 

New Smyrna Speedway:

FEATURES:
DAVID ROGERS SUPER LATE MODEL 50
E-MOD 25
FLORIDA SOUTHERN GROUND POUNDERS 20 LAPS
ORANGE BLOSSOM WOODWORKS BOMBER B 20 LAPS
BOMBER A SEGMENT 2 15 LAPS (START WITH INVERT OF LEAD LAP CARS FROM SEGMENT 1)

 

Dirt Tracks:

 

Hendry County Motorsports Park:

WINGED MINI SPRINTS
V-8 WARRIORS
MODLITES
GLADIATORS
DEMOLITION DERBY
FLORIDA LATE MODELS

 

East Bay Raceway Park:

September 11 – 604 Late Models, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks Gary Gay Memorial (25 laps, $700* to win), Q Mini Sprints, Mod Lites, Gladiators (*additional money from DriveBarstow.com)

 

All-Tech Raceway:

  • Top Gun SPRINTS
  • CRUSA 604 Late Models
  • Reeds Metals 602 Late Models
  • Street Stocks
  • Pure Stocks

 

North Florida Speedway :

 

11- LATE MODELS, THUNDER, EMODS & BOX

 

Putnam County Raceway:

Off This weekend

Volusia Speedway Park:

Off this weekend

 

 

By |2021-09-09T22:51:24+00:00September 9th, 2021|Front Page News, Racing News|Comments Off on Whats Racing This Weekend 9/11/2021 Around Florida Brought to you by LeMaster’s Insurance Agency

With the cancellation of some races it sets up for the Super Late Model Race at 4-17 Southern Speedway on 9/25/2021 to be a preview for the Bill Bigely Memorial 128

With the cancellation of some races it sets up for the Super Late Model Race at 4-17 Southern Speedway on 9/25/2021 to be a preview for the Bill Bigely Memorial 128

 

 

With the tire shortage and the cancellation of a few big Super Late Model Races around the state it sets the Stage for the 100 lap Super Late Model races on 9/25/2021 to be a preview or test race for the Bill Bigley Memorial Sr. 128 in November.    A lot of teams wiill now use this to get their cars set up for the the $20,ooo to win big race in November.

 

Make your plans to attend on 9/25/2021 to see all the action

 

Full Schedule Below:

 

Super Late Model, Dwarf, V8 Bombers, TQ Midgets, Crown Vics

 

By |2021-09-08T22:11:11+00:00September 8th, 2021|Front Page News, Racing News|Comments Off on With the cancellation of some races it sets up for the Super Late Model Race at 4-17 Southern Speedway on 9/25/2021 to be a preview for the Bill Bigely Memorial 128

Tire Shortage causes the Full Throttle 100 at Citrus County Speedway to be pushed back until November 6th

Tire Shortage causes the Full Throttle 100 at Citrus County Speedway to be pushed back until November 6th

 

 

ATTENTION!!!
Due to ongoing tire shortages throughout the USA we have been forced to push back the $10,000 to WIN Full Throttle 100 to November 6th. We are hoping to be in a better position on tires by then! We hate making this decision but it is one that is out of our control! We will still be racing Sept 18th and have added the Outlaw Street Stocks (Non Points) and the School Bus Figure 8’s to the show! We hope everyone understands that this is out of our control and we hope everyone will support our show later in the year!
By |2021-09-08T21:45:33+00:00September 8th, 2021|Front Page News, Racing News|Comments Off on Tire Shortage causes the Full Throttle 100 at Citrus County Speedway to be pushed back until November 6th

Florida Late model Challenge Series will be part of the Larry Duty Memorial Race at Putnam County Raceway with $10,000 to win

Florida Late model Challenge Series will be part of the Larry Duty Memorial Race at Putnam County Raceway with $10,000 to win

 

The Florida Late Model Challenge Series is proud to be a part of the Larry Duty Memorial Race weekend with the highest payout in Series history. Points matter but this one is for a huge $10,000 to win at Putnam Raceway Park on Friday and Saturday September 24th and 25th.
For rules and more Info go to www.FloridaLateModels.com or www.PutnamRaceway.com
By |2021-09-07T22:59:49+00:00September 7th, 2021|Front Page News, Racing News|Comments Off on Florida Late model Challenge Series will be part of the Larry Duty Memorial Race at Putnam County Raceway with $10,000 to win

George Gorham Jr. holds off Chase Lovelady for win in first twin 50 race before mother nature takes the win for the second feature at Auburndale Speedway

George Gorham Jr. holds off Chase Lovelady for win in first twin 50 race before mother nature takes the win for the second feature at Auburndale Speedway.

 

Saturday night at Aburndale Speedway they were back in action with twin 50’s for the super Late Models which saw a big car count and full pits for other classes.   In qualifying Chase Lovelady in #8 FLF car would set fast time and draw a 3 for the invert.   When the dust settled and the 50 laps were complete George Gorham Jr. would take the win with Chase Lovelady in second and Becca Monopoli would come home third.    Before they could complete the second 50 lap race mother nature would take the win and end the night.

Footage from the race:

Ride along with Chase Lovelady:

 

Ride along with Kristen Clements:

 

By |2021-09-06T22:38:48+00:00September 6th, 2021|Front Page News, Racing News|Comments Off on George Gorham Jr. holds off Chase Lovelady for win in first twin 50 race before mother nature takes the win for the second feature at Auburndale Speedway

The BG Products Southern Sprint Car Series headlines the night this weekend as 4-17 Southern Speedway returns from Summer Break

The BG Products Southern Sprint Car Series headlines the night this weekend as 4-17 Southern Speedway returns from Summer Break

 

 

 

 

The Action returns this Saturday 9/11 as we honor the fallen hero’s on the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 after our summer break a full night of racing will take center stage with the Winged Sprint Cars, Street Stock, Thunder Truck, Modified Mini, Outlaw Modified, Mini Stock
Winged Sprint cars 40, Street Stock twin 50’s, Modified Mini 50, Thunder Truck 25, Mini Stock 25, Outlaw Modified 25
Pits – $35
Grandstands:
Adult $20
Seniors 65+, Military, 1st responder all w/ valid ID only $18
Students 6-17 w/ valid ID only $13
Children 5 & under are free
Pit gates open 12pm
Grandstand Gates open 4pm
Qualifying begins 6pm
Features being at 7pm
No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the gates
No Pets are allowed on the property
No firearms, fireworks, or any type of weapons are allowed on the property – violators will be reported to local authorities and FAA
Cash only- ATM will be on premises day of event
This is a family friendly venue
Pricing and features classes subject to change without prior notice
As the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Series returns to action from our much needed summer break,
We will be honoring two looses to our nation on September 11, 2001 the 20th anniversary of that tragic day 20 years ago with the attack on the World Trade Center, All the drivers in the A-Main will carry an American Flag as a tribute to the fallen men and women of 9/11.
Then we will also honor the late Michael Thrap (J1 Sprint Car) with his unexpected passing last weekend. The Family will have Mike’s car at the track on Saturday night and will do the parade lap before the 40 lap main event. The series will also do the missing man formation on the 3 wide salute to the fans and the honor of Mike Tharp.
Mike always closed out our drivers meeting with a closing prayer and wishing everyone good luck, Mike you will truly be missed by many of your friends and family of the motorsports industry.
The Memorial Service for Mike Tharp will be on Sept 25 at 11 am at the Suncoast Baptist Church 2033 Laurel Ln, North Fort Myers, FL 33917
By |2021-09-06T21:41:08+00:00September 6th, 2021|Front Page News, Racing News|Comments Off on The BG Products Southern Sprint Car Series headlines the night this weekend as 4-17 Southern Speedway returns from Summer Break

Ross Chastain remembers his roots after his 3rd place finish in the Cup Series in the Southern 500

Ross Chastain remembers his roots after his 3rd place finish in the Cup Series in the Southern 500

In his post race interview after finishing 3rs in the Southern 500 at Darlington yesterday Ross Chastain remained humble and loyal to his roots when taking about ti being like racing at 4-17 Southern Speedway.

 

 

 

 

By |2021-09-06T21:12:20+00:00September 6th, 2021|Front Page News, Racing News|Comments Off on Ross Chastain remembers his roots after his 3rd place finish in the Cup Series in the Southern 500

What’s Racing this Weekend around the State of Florida, Brought to you by Le’Master’s Insurance Agency

What’s Racing this Weekend around the State of Florida, Brought to you by Le’Master’s Insurance Agency

 

For the weekend 9/4/2021

 

Asphalt Tracks:

 

The Kart Track at 4-17 Southern Speedway:

 

Showtime Speedway:

9-4-2021

FINAL LEG OF THE OPEN WHEEL TRIPLE CROWN 100 LAPS $3000 TO WIN

 

Auburndale Speedway:

Super Late Model 100, Legends, DAARA Antiques, Scramblers, Mini-cups

 

Citrus County Speedway:

Off This Weekend

 

New Smyrna Speedway:

Off This Weekend

 

The Firm Road Course:

Little Gator Motorsports Legends

Dirt Tracks:

Hendry County Motorsports Park:

SEPTEMBER 4th
TOP GUN SPRINTS
NON WING MINI SPRINTS
GLADIATORS

4.6 FORDS
OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS
V-8 WARRIORS

MINI STOCKS/OUTLAW 4’S

SEPTEMBER 5th
FLORIDA LATE MODELS
NON-WINGED MINI SPRINTS

MODLITES
STREET STOCKS
OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS
V-8 WARRIORS

 

East Bay Raceway Park:

September 4 – 604 Late Models, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks Gary Gay Memorial (25 laps, $500 to win), Q Mini Sprints, Mod Lites, Gladiators

 

All-Tech Raceway:

Off this Weekend

North Florida Speedway:

FRIDAY NIGHT 3rd- THUNDER, STREET, EMODS & BOX

Volusia County Speedway:

LABOR DAY CLASSIC
602 Late Models $1,000-to-win Saturday, $2,000-to-win Sunday
3/4 Modifieds, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Street Stocks, 602 Late Models
LABOR DAY CLASSIC
602 Late Models $1,000-to-win Saturday, $2,000-to-win Sunday
3/4 Modifieds, 604 Late Models, 602 Late Models, Thunder Stocks
Putnam County Raceway:
Off This Weekend

 

By |2021-09-01T22:15:09+00:00September 1st, 2021|Front Page News, Racing News|Comments Off on What’s Racing this Weekend around the State of Florida, Brought to you by Le’Master’s Insurance Agency