1. 2014 CRA Speedfest Dates Released
CRA (Champion Racing Association) officials and Watermelon Capital Speedway management have recently released the dates for SpeedFest 2014. The event will be held on January 25-26, 2014, at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia.
2. 2014 National Dirt Late Model HoF Inductees Announced
Following its annual selection process the 2014 Class of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame was announced recently to the public. The upcoming class features five driving greats: Denny Bonebrake, Steve Francis, Bob Kosiski, Kenny Walton, and the late Ed Gibbons.
Denny Bonebrake recently retired from competition following an illustrious career, which spanned 45 years. A Maryland native, Bonebrake is one of Hagerstown, Maryland Speedway’s all-time winningest racers. Steve Francis, known as the “Kentucky Colonel,” remains active today and is a former World 100 and Dirt Track World Champion, along with countless major victories on America’s national circuits. Bob Kosiski, the patriarch of the famous dirt racing family from Nebraska, was a top contender on the tough IMCA stock car circuit and a short track winning icon for many years across the upper Midwest. Kenny Walton, a 1978 World 100 champion, has also a NASCAR Weekly Regional championship and multiple NSCA circuit titles on his long and successful resume. Ed Gibbons, a second generation South Carolina dirt star, drove to more than 400 victories and was a top southeastern runner for a number of years until his untimely passing following an automobile accident in 2009.
This classes’ Contributing Category includes: Allan Brown, journalist, historian, and founder of the National Speedway Directory; Renegade STARS and World of Outlaws Late Model group technical inspector Walter Burson; and long time prominent Iowa car owners Larry and Penny Eckrich.
The Hall’s Circle Track magazine sponsored Sportsman’s Award will be presented to veteran Alabama racing great Red Farmer for his years of dedication as an ambassador to the sport.
The 2014 induction class ceremony will be presented at the North-South 100 weekend next August at the Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky.
3. Irwindale WENT Pink
Saturday, October 5, Irwindale Speedway promoted national Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a special night of Whelen All-American Series NASCAR competition benefiting the track’s nearby neighbor, leading cancer research and treatment center, City of Hope.
“We’ve pledged to contribute $2.50 for each adult ticket sold on Saturday night and I’m really hoping to be able to write a very big check payable to City of Hope at the end of the evening,” said Irwindale Event Center’s President/CEO Jim Cohan.
“This is the 100th anniversary of City of Hope and we are very proud to represent them and have this opportunity to celebrate the service they continue to provide to people from near and far. The idea of close teamwork yielding good results in motor racing is well-known, and the great teamwork at City of Hope is what has made them one of the nation’s most respected research and treatment centers.”
4. Schedule Released For The 24th AETC
The schedule has been released for the 24th Annual AETC, and now is the time to finalize your plans for the three-day event, taking place December 9-11 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The speakers attending will present seminars on a wide variety of topics, visit with attendees one-on-one and share personal insight to help conference-goers learn a wealth of information.
Plan to attend the can’t-miss event of 2013! This is the conference that brings together leading experts from all disciplines of high performance engine design to share the latest technology trends and application techniques. Attendees are eligible for more than $30,000 in product giveaways from AETC sponsors. Miss it and you’ll spend a lifetime trying to gain the knowledge that you will receive in just three days leading to the PRI Trade Show. For more information visit www.aetconline.com.
5. Wilwood’s New HP Competition Rotors Have Now Been Approved for IMCA, UMP, USCS, and USMTS Racing!
Wilwood HP competition rotors, for spec Modifieds, Street Stocks, and other hobby classes restricted to OE–style components, are cast from a proprietary iron alloy formula to bring you the strongest and most durable front hub/rotor assemblies available today. The rotors are new, purpose built castings, and not reworked OE parts. Every step has been taken to provide maximum strength in the high-stress and load bearing areas, without adding unnecessary weight. All machining tolerances are held to the high standards you have come to expect from Wilwood Engineering.
Each HP rotor is machined and fitted with 5/8-inch coarse thread studs on the 5 on 5 bolt circle for use with racing wheels. Bearing races are installed, ready for assembly on your GM Metric or Ford Pinto/Mustang II spindle. Hub installation kits are also available and include the inner and outer wheel bearings, hub seal, spindle nut, tab washer, cotter pin, and dust cap.
To complement the performance of the HP rotors, Wilwood offers GM Metric racing calipers in aluminum or cast-iron along with a full range of race compound D154 brake pads.
6. Humpy Launches Speedway Benefits
Recently, legendary promoter H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler introduced “Speedway Benefits,” an alliance of grassroots racetracks throughout the country designed to benefit the tracks, their vendors, and corporate marketers. Racetracks collectively represent more than $200 million in buying power. Speedway Benefits is organized to pool these tracks together, allowing an opportunity for vendors to provide high-volume discounts on a national level for products and services that racetracks commonly purchase. The cost savings go directly to the racetracks’ bottom line.
Corporate sponsors and marketers are -- for the first time -- given an opportunity to directly market to 50 million primarily middle-class Americans through this brand-new national sports property. Additional sponsorship dollars also go to the racetracks’ bottom line. Tracks will still be able to maintain and secure local and regional sponsorships and vendor partnerships by category, if they choose. Racetrack owners/promoters can opt in or out of any aspect of the program, allowing them to customize a program that meets their specific needs. Speedway Benefits membership comes at no cost to founding member tracks.
For more information about Speedway Benefits, please visit www.speedwaybenefits.com.