New Owners for Nashville Superspeedway
Dover Motorsports Inc. has come to an agreement to sell the Nashville Superspeedway facility to Nexovation Inc., a Nashville based research and development company that focuses on a range of areas from electronics to digital lighting. Although Nexovation is not revealing too much of its plans for the track just yet, it plans to add infrastructure to make the facility a larger venue in hopes of adding entertainment events. More information will be released this summer.
Since opening in 2001, Nashville Superspeedway has played host to many of racing’s top series. At its peak, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series visited the concrete 1 1/3-mile track twice a year. The IndyCar Series also ran at the track from its opening until 2008. Each feature event was usually accompanied by a companion event from lower-tier series such as ARCA and Indy Lights. Nexovation hopes to have the track running by the end of the year.
Donlavey Passes Away
Former NASCAR team owner and International Motorsports Hall of Fame member Junie Donlavey passed away recently at ag 90. The Richmond native started fielding his race team in 1950 at Martinsville Speedway when driver, Runt Harris drove his Oldsmobile to a 19th place finish in a 21-car field.
Donlavey usually only ran a handful of races each season from 1950-1977. From 1977 to 1987 he ran around 27 races per season before having to scale back again. Donlavey’s No. 90 car made its last appearance in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 13, 2002. His career totaled 863 starts, 60 top-five and 218 top-ten finishes. His lone victory came in 1981 when Jody Ridly won the Mason-Dixon 500 at Dover International Speedway.
Many big names in NASCAR drove for Donlavey during his time as an owner including David Pearson, Fred Lorenzen, Joe Weatherly, Bobby Iascc, Benny Parsons, Tiny Lund, Harry Gant, Ken Schrader, Buck Baker, Buddy Baker, Ricky Rudd, and Dick Trickle.
Donlavey was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007. Although his teams were not considered among NASACR’s elite, Donlavey was respected by everyone and was always referred to as a true gentleman.
LFR Chassis Hires Tony Eury Jr.
Recently LFR Chassis announced the hiring of Tony Eury Jr., a former NASCAR crew chief, as general manager. Eury brings 20 years of experience to LFR Chassis Inc., which was established in January 2014 by NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Rob Fuller and fabricator Steve Leavitt. Eury will be responsible for daily management and oversight at the company. Former Sprint Cup Series chassis builder Bob Yost has also been hired by LFR Chassis which specializes in high-end Modified and Late Model racecars.
CRA $100,000 Triple Crown Returns
Champion Racing Association officials have announced the return of the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown for the 2014 season. A $100,000 bonus will be awarded to any driver who can win all three Triple Crown events, which are the ARCA/CRA Super Series events at Anderson, Berlin, and Winchester. Any driver who wins two Triple Crown events will receive $10,000. If no driver wins two of the Triple Crown events, the driver who accumulates the most points during those three races will receive a $5,000 bonus and the title of Champion of the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown. To be eligible for any of the bonuses, the driver must be present and attempt to make the field in all three of the Triple Crown events.
Fremont’s ’14 HoF Inductions
Recently, Fremont Speedway inducted its sixth class into the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame, and for the first time ever, some hall of famers took place in an actual racing event, the Legends Race. This year’s class consists of five drivers, two racing mechanics, a family of car owners/mechanics, and two special service recipients. The drivers include L.J. Connors, Clay Keim, Eric Rankine, Todd Vance, and Jim Ward. The mechanics/builders category includes engine builder/driver Gary Griffith and the Van Ness family (Norm Sr. and sons Jim and Norm Jr.). The car owner’s categories are Bob Leaser, Joe Wright, and Harold Kemenah. The special service inductees include Ken Kiser and the Baumann Auto Group.
The Legends race features 21 drivers who came out of retirement for one more night of action in a 305 Sprint Car. To be eligible for the race, drivers must be 50 years old or older and have not competed in a Sprint Car in the last two years. Mark Keegan won the Legends race and got to celebrate his 56th birthday in Victory Lane.
Allstar Performers of the Month
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Kannapolis, North Carolina
P.A.S.S. Pro Late Model
At just age 13 Kodie Conner has amassed an impressed record of over 140 wins and 12 championships. He started out in a Quarter Midget at age 4 1/2, at age 8 moved to a Bandolero. At 12 he moved into a fullsize stock car to take another step in his racing career. So far this year he has one win and a Third Place finish plus a pole.
Port Orange, Florida
Tundra Late Model
47 and 119
Dalton Zehr is no stranger to Circle Track readers, having graced the cover as our primary project car driver. But when Zehr isn’t behind the wheel of a CT car he can be found in the upper Midwest. As we went to press, Zehr had entered seven races so far this season and has won five of them. And that’s why he made this list.
De Pere, Wisconsin
Super Late Model
Wisconsin racer Reagan May has quite a diverse racing resume, having run Go Karts, Pro 4s, IMCA Sport Mod, and more. But victory in a Super Late Model eluded her until one recent Saturday night at Marshfield Motor Speedway in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Behind the wheel of a brand-new car that she helped build, she beat out a healthy field to get the victory.
Dirt Late Model
Cruz Skinner of Oxford, Alabama, became the youngest driver to win a NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model feature in early June at the Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Alabama. The victory, his first ever in a Late Model, keeps the seventh grader, who just turned 12, in the top five of the series point standings.
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