All-Star Showdown Set For January 29-30 Irwindale, CA
NASCAR's premier short-track racing showcase, the 2010 Toyota All-Star Showdown, will be run Jan. 29-30 at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (CA). The seventh running of the event, which brings together the top racers from across North America for the "Daytona 500 of short-track racing," will be highlighted by the 225-lap NASCAR Camping World Series all-star race.
The schedule also includes a 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model race and a 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race. Both nights of racing will air live on SPEED as part of a full weekend of racing that includes the Rolex 24 at Daytona sports-car event.
The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown was held in the fall for its first five years. It was moved to January last year to give competitors more time to prepare and also to increase exposure for drivers and teams. NASCAR
PMI ACQUires Innovate Motorsports Inc. Irvine, CA
Performance Motorsports Inc. (PMi), which owns JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance Products, K1 Technologies, and ProX Racing Parts, has purchased the assets of Innovate Motorsports Inc., a leading supplier of universal digital tuning tools for internal combustion engines. The acquisition will enhance PMi's position as a leading supplier of technologically sophisticated performance products for the automotive and powersports aftermarkets. PMI
Memphis Motorsports Park Closed Memphis, TN
Memphis Motorsports Park, the 23-year-old 3/4-mile track located minutes from Elvis' Graceland was shut down after the running of the ASA Late Model Series King's Ransom 300 in mid November. The track's owners, Dover Motorsports, cited economic reasons for the closure and will move the tracks' NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series races to their facilities at Nashville Superspeedway and Gateway International Raceway. The final race at the track was won by Dillon Oliver. NASCAR
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Sheppard Win The Race, Hearn The Title Syracuse, NY
Already a Super DIRT Week champion in the Sportsman and 358-Modified ranks, Matt Sheppard mastered the Moody Mile once again on a Sunday afternoon in October, taking advantage of a soft tire by leader Jimmy Phelps with 10 laps to go to score the biggest victory of his career in the Rite Aid 200 Presented By Ferris & Snapper Mowers for Big-Block Modifieds. But the impressive performance wasn't enough to best veteran Brett Hearn who despite suffering transmission trouble and finishing 20th edged Sheppard by a mere four points to register his record seventh overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship. JOE ALEXANDER
New Open Wheel Sanction Forms Lebanon, IN
Don Kenyon, President of DK Promotions, has formed a new division of DK Promotions, the United States Speed Association, to sanction and conduct open wheel short track races. Eric Bunn and Norm Shields are joining Kenyon to complete the management team at USSA. For its inaugural season, USSA will feature races and crown champions in three divisions, Midgets, Kenyon Cars, and Thunder Roadsters. USSA will conduct its first of 15 events on Wednesday, May 26 at Anderson Speedway featuring the Kenyon Car division. For more information, contact the United States Speed Association at 765/482-4273 or 317/413-9763.
2010 Nyssca Hall Of Fame Class Announced Saratoga Springs, NY
Dirt track ace Mike Romano, two-time NASCAR national modified champion Jimmy Spencer, two-surface star Charlie Rudolph and highly respected car owner Jerry Higbie Sr. have been elected to the New York State Stock Car Association's Hall of Fame for induction in January, 2010. NYSSCA
State Fairgrounds Shutting Down Nashville, TN
The Tennessee State Fair Board voted recently to shut down the State Fairgrounds in Nashville (TN) at the end of June 2010. As of press time, a decision hadn't yet been made of what will happen to the historic speedway that sits on the property. In June, the fairgrounds property will be handed over to the Metro Finance Department. A possibility Fairgrounds Speedway operator Danny Denson says could give him time to make the track more valuable to Nashville. "I think we're all right for another season here and maybe we can prove ourselves a little better this coming year and maybe the Mayor and the Finance Department will look favorably on us for a long-term deal," said Denson. Board member James Weaver said poor financial performance had led to the decision. CIRCLE TRACK ARCHIVES
Act/Goodyear Extend Relationship Waterbury, VT
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) sanctioning body announced recently that it has renewed an agreement with Goodyear Racing to utilize various Goodyear-produced racing tires through 2014. Tom Curley, President of the ACT, and managing partner of Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont, said, "Goodyear is known the world-over as the preeminent racing tire. The introduction of the Goodyear brand has been one of the most important decisions we have made over the past decade. The various Late Model tracks that have joined the ACT business model have made Goodyear their tire of choice, and race teams unanimously have endorsed this decision."
The ACT was instrumental in working with Goodyear engineers and marketing personnel in the research and development of the 8-inch slick currently used at 10 ACT-affiliate tracks and on both the ACT US Touring Series and Série ACT Castrol in Canada. ACT
North Wilkesboro Reopens North Wilkesboro, NC
North Wilkesboro Speedway, a cornerstone in stock car racing's foundation and a track that occupies a special place in grassroots racing fans' hearts, will reopen next year with a date in the USARacing Pro Cup Championship Series. Scheduled for Oct. 3, 2010, the race will be on the traditional fall weekend that for many years hosted NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series from NASCAR's inception in 1949 until the track closed after its fall race in 1996.
The historic 0.625-mile track was purchased by an ownership group that consists of Teri Parsons, wife of the late Benny Parsons, Alton McBride Sr., Alton McBride Jr., Dave Ehret, John Burwell, and Bosco Lowe. CIRCLE TRACK ARCHIVES
Vic Irvan Passes Away Concord, NC
The whole staff and family of Circle Track was saddened to hear of the passing of Vic Irvan, President and Co-Owner of Irvan-Smith Inc. on October 25 of this year. Vic lost a hard-fought battle with stomach cancer, after diagnosis earlier this year. Best known to NASCAR fans as the father of 1991 Daytona 500 champion Ernie Irvan, Vic Irvan was known throughout the circle track racing community as the President and Co-Owner of Irvan-Smith Inc., the 27-year-old North Carolina-based fabricating equipment and racing tool supply company. A press release from Irvan Smith Inc. said, "This company was his pride and joy and as our leader and our commander he will be missed greatly." Indeed he will. On behalf of the whole Circle Track team our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the family and friends of Vic Irvan. Irvan-Smith