Its hard to believe that it’s June already; and its hard to believe that a 1/3 of the season is already over. Perhaps my evaluation is inaccurate, but suffice it to say, a large portion of the racing season is in the books. Unfortunately, most of that book is filled with water. An unusual amount of spring time rain and storm systems created a trend of cancellations and rain-outs across most areas of the country. Now that the wild spring time weather systems are out of the way, hopefully, and summer starting to take shape, I feel that the weekend warrior fans and race teams alike are in for a fantastic remainder of the year.
Fully Injected had another solid weekend at the races; boasting some top five results from a few different race teams. Friday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, Brandon Matus continued his streak of impressive performances by finishing yet again in the top five. The youngster from Wampum, Pennsylvania finished fourth behind fellow Fully Injected teammate, Danny Holtgraver, who was third.
Brandon Matus at Lernerville – Rick Rarer Photo
Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania, Fully Injected had another round of impressive performances-lead by Kittanning native, Rod George. The 30 year veteran in 410ci sprint car competition cruised through his heat before earning a top three finish on the evening. Rod would end up third after starting fifth in the feature event. All Star invader, Cap Henry, would be the victor over long time sprint car ace, Ed Lynch Jr. – who was 2nd. Danny Holtgraver made an impressive charge to the front. After starting 11th, the Pittsburgh native battled his way to the front before a late race confrontation would push him back to finishing just outside the top five.
With my weekend regularly posted ‘Quick Notes’ recapping most of the racing highlights of the previous weekend, I am going to take the time now to bring up the busy weekend ahead in open wheel racing.
The All Star Circuit of Champions have a busy schedule for the next few weeks. After last night’s event at the Clinton County Raceway in Mackeyville, Pennsylvania where Lance Dewease earned the victory over Justin Henderson and Sam Hafertepe Jr., the traveling 410ci series, a long with some Pennsylvania Posse members chasing All Star East Region points, will head to the Fonda Speedway in upper New York this Wednesday. After racing in the Empire State on Wednesday, the All-Stars head back to Posse heartland to compete at the Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedway’s this Friday and Saturday before returning back to New York to compete at Utica-Rome on Sunday. Dale Blaney, out of Hartford, Ohio, continues to lead all three All Star regional points standings including National, East, and Ohio.
The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series, lead by point leader Joey Saldana, heads to the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa for two nights of competition. The Marion County Fairgrounds half mile also hosts the world famous, Knoxville Nationals, which is now sanctioned by the World of Outlaws. Paul McMahan continues to dominate the World of Outlaws in the quick time category. This past weekend, McMahan captured quick time at both Lakeside and Belleville; bringing his total in 2011 to seven. The California native, and now Tennessee resident, sits 7th in the points standings going into the Knoxville Raceway double header on Friday and Saturday. Steve Kinser leads the series with 5 wins.
Knoxville Raceway also features 410 and 360 sprint car competition on a weekly basis. Terry McCarl picked up the 410 sprint car win this past weekend in the Vermeer Racing #55. Current point leader and all time win leader at the facility, Danny Lasoski, was 2nd. Kevin Swindell, son of three time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Champion Sammy Swindell, picked up fast time honors of the 27 410ci entries. Terry McCarl’s son, Austin, picked up a win at the Husets Speedway in South Dakota over the weekend as well.
The Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour heads to the Eagle Raceway this weekend for the Eagle Nationals. A once 410 event on the World of Outlaws schedule, The Eagle Nationals is now a popular 360ci event -hosted in Eagle, Nebraska. The best in 360 competition will head to the 1/3 mile Eagle Raceway in hopes of knocking off current point leader Shane Stewart and last years Eagle Nationals winner, Jason Johnson.
The Golden State Challenge -King of the West Series resumes action this weekend with three events over a four day period. The California based 410 sprint car series heads to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chic0, California on Friday night before venturing into foreign territory on Saturday and Monday. The KWS will race at the Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Oregon on Saturday before competing at the Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon on Monday. Tim Kaeding currently leads the series points chase over Evan Suggs and father, Brent Kaeding. Brent is a 13 time King of California Champion.
King of Indiana Sprint Series action picks back up next weekend, Sunday-June 19th, in the Hoosier State. Daron Clayton is the most previous winner with the Indiana based wingless mini-series as topless legend, Jon Stanbrough, leads the points standings. Stanbrough was last year’s KISS Champion as well as being the 2011 USAC Indiana Sprint Week Champion. He is a true wingless Indiana state champion.
KISS action takes this weekend off and picks back up at Tri-State Speedway on Sunday, June 19th. Speaking of USAC speed week – the Mopar USAC National Midget Series’ Indiana Midget Week opens up this Wednesday evening and will last for 5 straight nights at five different race tracks all across the state of Indiana. Action will be kicking off at Gas City on Wednesday and ending at Kokomo Speedway on Sunday. Indiana midget week will be contested at Lincoln Park on Thursday, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, and Lawrenceburg on Saturday.
Exciting news from Fully Injected; the new T design will be released on July 1st. Also, the black pinstripe hats with the green Fully Injected “FI” logo on the front are now for sale. Contact information is available at the top of the page.
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