By A Tooth! Schrader Gets UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Gator Championship Win

NASCAR Veteran Bags $5,000 and Short Track Dirt Racing’s Most Unique Trophy

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 18, 2013 – Ken Schrader charged from 10th to victory in the Gator Championship, denying Austin Dillon by a nose at the checkered flag Monday night during the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park.

Schrader swept into the lead midway through the 30-lap, $5,000-to-win showcase for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, but had his hands full with Dillon charging off the final corner to the finish.

“Austin was right there at the end and I kind of started babying it the last three or four laps there because I didn’t want to pop the front end on the cushion,” said Schrader, of Concord, N.C. “He (Dillon) said his motor went sour and that allowed him to run the bottom a little better, but yeah we’ll take it.”

Justin Allgaier, who grew up racing on dirt before moving into the NASCAR Nationwide Series, led the first 12 laps of the main event, relinquishing the lead to Dale Mathison of Clearwater, Minn., on lap 13 and 14. Allgaier reclaimed the lead on the 15th circuit before Schrader made his move one lap later and held on over the remaining 14 laps for the victory.

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By |2013-02-22T02:09:24+00:00February 19th, 2013|Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Featured, Front Page News, Super DirtCar Series, Volusia Speedway Park|Comments Off on By A Tooth! Schrader Gets UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Gator Championship Win

McCarl Celebrates World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Win in Style

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Pittman charges to second place at UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 16, 2013 – Terry McCarl sure loves to celebrate.
Heck, he’d probably run down the frontstretch in his underwear like Ricky Bobby if given the time. The weather might have had something to do with it on Saturday night, when McCarl did his best in Victory Lane to pump up the nearly sold out crowd amid 25 mile per hour wind gusts and temperatures dipping into the 40s at Volusia Speedway Park.

McCarl even managed to plant one on World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series announcer Johnny Gibson to conclude the postrace interview after McCarl’s win at the 42nd annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

“Anyone who knows me knows when I win, I’m happy,” McCarl said. “The day I win and I’m not happy is the day I’m going to quit.

“When you win any feature it’s great. When you win an Outlaws show it’s even better and to win an event like this, there’s so many tough competitors, it’s even better.”

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By |2013-02-17T08:22:39+00:00February 17th, 2013|Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Featured, Front Page News, Volusia Speedway Park|Comments Off on McCarl Celebrates World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Win in Style

Pittman Roars to World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Season-Opening Victory

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BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 15, 2013 – There were hugs, smiles and high fives. Then, a hop onto the back of his car, where Daryn Pittman let out a yell that reached the edges of Volusia County as the confetti blanketed his new ride.
An extremely happy Pittman gave his NASCAR-star boss, Kasey Kahne, a grin as they celebrated on the frontstretch at Volusia Speedway Park Friday night following Pittman’s World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season-opening victory in front of packed grandstands.

“We were stout from the time we unloaded and we were just lucky enough to come out on top,” Pittman said. “I’m as happy as I’ve ever been driving a race car.”

The 42nd annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment was the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season debut for Pittman, who got the call near the end of last season to compete for Kasey Kahne Racing.

“They built a really strong team over the offseason and it’s fun to watch,” Kahne said. “I’m glad we were able to get him in our car. I think he’s done really well for a long period of time and now hopefully he can do really well all year for us.

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By |2013-02-16T08:30:37+00:00February 16th, 2013|Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Featured, Front Page News, Volusia Speedway Park|Comments Off on Pittman Roars to World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Season-Opening Victory

Hoffman Wheels to UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit Victory Friday Night

Defending Gator Champion Holds off Charging Florida Native Kyle Bronson to Claim Modified Money

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BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 15, 2013 – Nick Hoffman inherited the lead after Matt Cooper of McKenzie, Tenn., had mechanical issues on lap 11, and drove to his first win of the 2013 UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment on Friday night at Volusia Speedway Park.

“I got a pretty good draw and I’m not usually good at the draw deal, said Hoffman, of Mooresville, N.C. “Cooper got the jump on me and he was running right through the middle, but once I found the cushion I knew we’d be in pretty good shape. It was just hard to keep control of it and hit your marks every lap.”

Hoffman, who drew the pole position for the 20-lap main event, battled side-by-side with Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., for the victory with Bronson finishing second. Bronson started 10th and charged to third in only four laps. Bronson also finished as the runner-up to Rodney Sanders on Tuesday’s opening night of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals.

“We got pretty lucky he showed me the top,” Hoffman said. “The next restart I just went up top and blazed the cushion and I felt like it was pretty much game over after that.”

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By |2013-02-16T08:11:01+00:00February 16th, 2013|Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Featured, Front Page News, Volusia Speedway Park|Comments Off on Hoffman Wheels to UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit Victory Friday Night

Donny Schatz Brings Out The Broom At Bubba Raceway Park!

Jim Rouse, BRP Media, Ocala, FL – The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions and UMP DirtCar Modifieds made it an exciting week-end for fans with 3 different winners in 4 feature races. Kyle Strickler was quickest of the week-end in the Modifieds and set a record of 16.244 (83.11 MPH) around the 3/8 mile while Donny Schatz was Kistler Engines Fast Qualifier for the ASCOC at 11.982 (112.67 MPH). Over the course of the week-end Strickler and Daryn Pittman set new track records when Pittman went 11.840 (114.02 MPH) and Strickler set his 16.244.
In feature race action Kyle Strickler made easy work of pole sitter Nick Hoffman and went to work setting the pace. A couple of minor cautions kept the field bunched up but drivers such as Jeff Mathews found themselves a lap down by night’s end. On lap 22 of 30 Dalton Meyers spun his #33X in turn 1 with Strickler and team-mate Nate Caruth in front of Hoffman, Friday night winner Rodney Sanders, and Dave Hess, Jr. The top 4 stayed the same to the checkers but Matt Westfall jumped into the top 5 as Hess fell to 6th. Strickler, “The High Side Tickler” went to work and made some donuts before going to Coors Light Winners Circle $5000 richer!
Dale “Lowrider” Blaney won the Dash for the All Stars and took a massive lead from his pole position. Tim Shaffer led a lap for a brief moment before Blaney used lapped traffic, which had just slowed him down, to take a lead bigger than what he had before. However, with 10 to go “The King” Steve Kinser saw a right rear tire go flat- adding to his woeful 2 nights at Bubba Raceway Park- and he hindered Blaney as he tried to exit the track. Donny Schatz seized the chance to overtake Shaffer and Blaney and he pulled away in his STP #15. Shaffer would stay 2nd while Tony Stewart jumped into 3rd. Schatz nearly lost the lead in traffic but Shaffer couldn’t attack and allowed 5-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz to sweep the week-end at Bubba Raceway Park and grab a cool $7000. (more…)

By |2013-02-10T21:57:00+00:00February 10th, 2013|Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Bubba Raceway Park, Featured, Front Page News|Comments Off on Donny Schatz Brings Out The Broom At Bubba Raceway Park!

UNOH All Stars Set to Begin Season “Down South”

CAMARGO, IL (11-14-12) Brian Liskai.   The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars will blast open the 2013 racing season with five big events  down south  beginning with the Third Annual Winter Freeze Thursday, Feb. 7 at Screven Motor Speedway. The UNOH All Stars will then head to Bubba Raceway Park on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and the wrap up their southern swing at Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday and Thursday Feb. 13 and 14.

“We consolidated our events in the south this year. It will save the fans and race teams some money as our races are being held over two weeks,”  said Guy Webb, President/CEO of the UNOH All Stars.

Screven Motor Speedway   also known as  The Action Track of the South    is located on Georgia Highway 21 between the towns of Newington, Ga. and Sylvania, Ga. It is a 3/8th mile clay track that began operations in 2997.

Action begins at Screven on Feb. 6 for the Third Annual Winter Freeze and runs through Feb. 9. The UNOH All Stars will battle on Thursday, Feb. 7 for a $5,000-to-win affair to kick off the touring group s season. During the Winter Freeze, Screven will also host the World of Outlaw Late Models, national late models, the Florida mini-sprints and possibly a non-sanctioned winged sprint car even during the four-day Winter Freeze.

“We re excited to have the All Stars down here. We normally run fendered cars so this will be a real treat for our fans,” said Screven Motor Speedway Owner James  Red  Griffin.  “We only have one night for the sprints this year, but it s a better deal for those teams as they go to Ocala the following two nights and then to Volusia the next week. Hopefully putting the events closer together will entice more of the northern sprint car teams to come down here and give our fans a thrill.” (more…)

By |2012-11-17T01:56:52+00:00November 17th, 2012|Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Featured, Front Page News, Racing News, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on UNOH All Stars Set to Begin Season “Down South”

UNOH All Stars wrap up 2012 with visit to Big E

CAMARGO, IL – The University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars will wrap up their 2012 season Saturday, Oct. 13 at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway. The “Big E” seems the appropriate place to conclude the season for the UNOH All Stars – no other track in the country has hosted more of the series’ races than Eldora. The Oct. 13 appearance will be the 132nd of the UNOH All Stars at the famous half-mile.

Going into the UNOH Sprintacular at Eldora, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer has all but locked up the national title for the series. Shaffer will become only the third driver in UNOH All Star history to win four straight series’ titles, joining Kenny Jacobs and Chad Kemenah. Shaffer is looking or his first series win at Eldora.

Also locking up the $20,000 top prize for winning the UNOH All Stars’ Ohio Region championship will be Hartford, Ohio’s Dale Blaney. Blaney, who leads the series with 9 wins in 2012, was the victor last October when the UNOH All Stars wrapped up their season. Blaney has six career All Star wins at Eldora, just part of his career total of 93 as he is within five of tying Jacobs for the series’ all-time feature wins. Ironically, Jacobs has the most career UNOH All Star wins at the “Big E,” with 21 victories. (more…)

By |2012-10-09T04:03:33+00:00October 9th, 2012|Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Featured, Front Page News|Comments Off on UNOH All Stars wrap up 2012 with visit to Big E

Sebetto Gets Late Race Pass of Blaney for Fremont All Star Win

FREMONT, OH (9-15-12) By Brian Liskai  All it took was one very little mistake by Dale Blaney on a restart with four laps to go Friday at Fremont Speedway and Bryan Sebetto was there to pounce. Sebetto executed a perfect slide job in turns three and four to take the lead and went on to score his 22nd career win at  The Track That Action Built.  While the win against the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions is the third of his career, it was the first for Sebetto s car owners Randy and Lisa Hammer.

Blaney came into the weekend at Fremont having won all four of the UNOH All Star events at the track in 2012. But, Sebetto gave notice in the dash that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with on the opening night of the Jim Ford Classic weekend presented by All Pro Cylinder Heads. Sebetto hounded Blaney the entire distance of the six lap race and Blaney knew come feature time he would have his hands full with Fremont Speedway’s 2011 champion and the recently crowned Kistler Racing Products Fremont Attica Sprint Title (FAST) champion. (more…)

By |2012-09-16T05:09:32+00:00September 16th, 2012|Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Featured, Front Page News|Comments Off on Sebetto Gets Late Race Pass of Blaney for Fremont All Star Win

Plenty of fun and excitement on tap for Fremont’s Jim Ford Classic weekend

CAMARGO, IL (9-9-12)By Brian Liskai   The Jim Ford Classic weekend at Fremont Speedway just keeps getting bigger and more exciting.

When the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions visit  The Track that Action Built,  Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15, it be the 104th and 105th appearance of the series at Fremont Speedway. The fifth annual event will also have a lot to say about who takes the UNOH All Star championship and the series  Ohio Region title which will reward the champion $20,000.

All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads will sponsor the Friday night event, which will also include the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints who will be competing in two feature events as they make-up the remaining laps of a rained out main from Aug. 4. The Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks will also be in competition. (more…)

By |2012-09-15T22:22:00+00:00September 15th, 2012|Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Featured, Front Page News|Comments Off on Plenty of fun and excitement on tap for Fremont’s Jim Ford Classic weekend

Esh Defends Posse Turf Against UNOH All Stars, Wins Tuscarora 50 at the Port

PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012) By Brian Liskai   Doug  The Hammer  Esh defended the PA Posse s home turf against the invading University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions Saturday at Port Royal Speedway to claim the 45th Annual AB Auto Glass Tuscarora 50.

Esh, from Lancaster, Pa., had to hold off a charging UNOH All Star driver  Dangerous  David Gravel to earn his first career UNOH All Star victory.

Esh s first win of the season was worth $11,450 for Esh.

But it was Owasso, Ok. native Daryn Pittman who took home the big money.

With his sixth place finish, Pittman claimed the UNOH All Star s $20,000 check for winning the series  Eastern Region Championship.

Also, with his 10th place finish, Chad Layton was crowned the Port Royal Speedway 2012 champion.

Esh blasted around the Port s top shelf aboard his Leach s Automotive/Macri Concrete #30, and for a stretch of 11 laps he had the field right where he wanted them as the competition was bogged down in the lower and middle grooves. (more…)

By |2012-09-10T03:24:25+00:00September 10th, 2012|Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, Featured, Front Page News|Comments Off on Esh Defends Posse Turf Against UNOH All Stars, Wins Tuscarora 50 at the Port