Sunday, December 4, 2016

Best of the Midwest 2016 - Sprint Cars and Limited Modifieds

After compiling the state point standings for thirteen different states using the same 5-point scale in 2016 it dawned on me that I could throw them all together and have one final ranking for the four divisions that were common across all of them.

In today's "Best of the Midwest for 2016" I list the Sprint Cars and the Limited Modifieds. The Sprint Cars are a roll up of all of the winged divisions, 305, 360 and 410 with Aussie Ian Madsen topping the list enjoying considerable success in both the 410 and 360 ranks this past season.

The Limited Modifieds are a mash up of the Sport Mods, B-Mods and Midwest Modifieds with two-time All Iowa Points champion Tony Olson leading the way.

The Best of the Midwest for Late Models and Modifieds will be here on the Back Stretch in a couple of weeks as those two divisions still have two more features each to run with the Gateway Dirt Nationals.


Combined State Points
Winged Sprints (All)
Pos. Driver Hometown Points
1 . Ian Madsen St. Mary's NSW 120
2 . Tim Kaeding San Jose CA 111
3 . Mark Dobmeier Grand Forks ND 106
4 . Donny Schatz Fargo ND 95
5 . Brian Brown Grain Valley MO 94
6 . Danny Lasoski Dover MO 94
7 . Bill Balog Brookfield WI 91
8 . Jonathan Cornell Sedalia MO 89
9 . Jack Dover Lincoln NE 85
10 . Luke Cranston Ness City KS 83
11 . Eddie Gallagher Olive Branch MS 82
12 . Sammy Swindell Germantown TN 78
13 . David Gravel Waterford CT 77
14 . Terry McCarl Altoona IA 76
15 . Tim Crawley Benton AR 70
16 . Michael Stien Ceylon MN 67
17 . Jason Martin Lincoln NE 65
18 . Justin Henderson Sioux Falls SD 65
19 . Austin Pierce Grand Forks ND 65
20 . Clint Garner Sioux Falls SD 64
21 . Daryn Pittman Owasso OK 63
22 . Dusty Zomer Sioux Falls SD 63
23 . Tyler Drueke Eagle NE 63
24 . Jarrod Schneiderman West Burlington IA 60
25 . Jeremy Schultz Beaver Dam WI 60
26 . Wade Nygaard Fargo ND 59
27 . Chris Martin Ankeny IA 58
28 . Brad Sweet Grass Valley CA 56
29 . John Schulz Burlington IA 56
30 . Craig Dollansky Elk River MN 55
31 . Parker Price-Miller Kokomo IN 55
32 . Shane Stewart Bixby OK 55
33 . Casey Mack East Grand Forks MN 55
34 . Joey Montgomery Fredericktown MO 55
35 . Robby Wolfgang Sioux Falls SD 54
36 . Jeremy Campbell Wichita KS 52
37 . Kerry Madsen Sans Souci AUS 52
38 . Derek Hagar Marion AR 48
39 . Christian Bowman Altoona IA 46
40 . Clint Benson Papillion NE 45
41 . Devin Kline Knoxville IA 43
42 . Brad Bowden Hernando MS 42
43 . Gregg Bakker Sioux Falls SD 40
44 . Tommy Worley Jr. Bismarck MO 40
45 . Marcus Rothenbacher Moorhead MN 39
46 . Bob Dvorak Stuart NE 38
47 . Donny Goeden Kewaskum WI 38
48 . Scotty Thiel Sheboygan WI 38
49 . Dusty Ballenger Harrisburg SD 37
50 . Bill Johnson St. Peter MN 36
51 . Jamie Ball Knoxville IA 36
52 . John Carney II Lubbock TX 36
53 . H.J. Norman Litchville ND 36
54 . Chase Ridenour Perry MI 34
55 . J.D. Johnson Wichita KS 34
56 . Jerrod Hull Sikeston MO 34
57 . Taylor Velasquez 34
58 . Randy Martin California MO 34

Combined State Points
Limited Modifieds 2016
Pos. Driver Hometown Points
1 . Tony Olson Cedar Rapids IA 217
2 . Tyler Soppe Sherrill IA 214
3 . Jeremy Nelson Zimmerman MN 178
4 . Ryan Gillmore Springfield MO 174
5 . Kris Jackson Lebanon MO 171
6 . Skeeter Estey Kelly Lake MN 169
7 . Lorin Johnson Miller SD 166
8 . Matthew Looft Swea City IA 159
9 . Doug Smith Lake City IA 156
10 . Kyle Prauner Norfolk NE 151
11 . Michael Truscott Chippewa Falls WI 149
12 . J.C. Morton Springfield MO 143
13 . Nick Koehler Bloomer WI 141
14 . Daniel Gottschalk Ellis KS 138
15 . Clint Luellen Minburn IA 137
16 . Tim Kanten Milan MN 131
17 . Tim Hancock Sr. Mount Olive IL 125
18 . Brett Lowry Montezuma IA 120
19 . Jason Vandekamp Scandia MN 119
20 . Ryan Jenkins Omaha NE 119
21 . Dan Hovden Decorah IA 117
22 . Robbie Eilers Highland IL 115
23 . Jake McBirnie Boone IA 109
24 . Nick Meyer Whittemore IA 109
25 . Robby Rosselli Minot ND 109
26 . Jared Boumeester Waseca MN 108
27 . Jared VanDeest Grundy Center IA 108
28 . Andy Bryant Fort Scott KS 107
29 . Brandon Lennox New London MO 106
30 . Travis Arenz Sheboygan WI 106
31 . Todd Boulware Onawa IA 105
32 . Trey Harris Hillsboro MO 103
33 . Eric Lamm Zimmerman MN 102
34 . Lance Borgman Beatrice NE 102
35 . Joey Gower Quincy IL 101
36 . Grant Southworth Bloomer WI 100
37 . Colton Livezy New Sharon IA 99
38 . Shane Halopka Greenwood WI 99
39 . Karl Brewer Sioux City IA 98
40 . Shawn Harker Nebraska City NE 98
41 . Jonathan Logue Boone IA 97
42 . Tony Rialson Cottonwood MN 97
43 . Jason Vejtruba Atwater MN 94
44 . Troy Bauer Dubuque IA 92
45 . Ashley Mehrwerth St. Stephen MN 91
46 . Jesse Skalicky Fargo ND 91
47 . Curtis VanDerWal Oskaloosa IA 89
48 . Erik Laudenschlager Surrey ND 88
49 . Lance Schill Langdon ND 88
50 . Lucas Lamberies Shawano WI 87
51 . Troy Hovey Decorah IA 86
52 . Carter Vandenberg Oskaloosa IA 85
53 . Chad Clancy Smithville MO 85
54 . Kyle Anderson Decorah IA 82
55 . Jake Sachau Denison IA 81
56 . Tony Dunker Quincy IL 81
57 . Dalton Simonsen Fairfax IA 80
58 . Dave Siercks Princeton MN 80
59 . Jeff Rozelle Oklahoma City OK 78

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

As The Sprint Car Turns

Okay, so I could have used "All My Drivers" or "General Pit Area" as a title instead, but you have to admit that the state of Sprint Car racing here in the upper Midwest has been a bit of a soap opera over the past two years. And, with today's bombshell that the Badlands Speedway is up for sell, our story just got a lot more interesting.

Yes, for a mere $9.75 million you can take over the ownership of the track near Sioux Falls or, if you can only come up with six million in cash right now, the current ownership will be happy to finance you for another six million dollars over the next six years putting your total investment in the facility at a cool $12,000,000.

Yikes!

There just aren't that many people out there with that kind of money and a desire to risk it in dirt track racing while those that do have already invested in another facility, i.e. the Jackson Motorplex. The scary thing for race fans in the area is the statement that the track will not open next season unless new ownership is found.

Now that Lyle Howey is out of a job at BMS will he reopen the I-90 Speedway in nearby Hartford? Will a new hero step forward and pay the price to keep the sport alive in Sioux Falls? Will Chuck Brennan come back next week and say that it was all a dream? And just what is Devin doing here?

Tune in next week for another edition of "As The Sprint Car Turns"



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday Notebook: November 29, 2016

It was a wise move for Jerry Hoffman and Doug Bland to postpone the Turkey Bowl for one week as it was a pretty decent day in Springfield for racing on Saturday and that drew just shy of 150 cars in four divisions for the annual event. NASCAR star Ken Schrader towed his Modified in with a pickup truck and an open trailer to later drive away from the rest of a 50-car field to take the win. Robbie Reed slipped by Steve Picou late to finish second while Terry Schultz and Bobby Pearish completed the top five. Jesse Hoeft made the long pull down from Forest City, Iowa, to finish eighth while other Iowa travelers Shane Demey and Shawn Ritter were 13th and 16th respectively. Illinois driver Lance Dehm proclaimed this to be his last race ever and he finished eleventh after starting from the front row.

Two of the best B-Mod drivers in the region, or the Midwest for that matter, went at it in the main event for that division with J.C. Morton prevailing over Kris Jackson. Morton, the 2016 USRA National Champion, was the best of a whopping sixty drivers who signed in for the event. Minnesota driver Parker Hale finished third followed by Maik Hailmann and Josh Stephens. Austen Becerra, a regular competitor at Donnellson, Burlington and Quincy started from the pole and finished in tenth.

Twenty-three Late Models were in action with Scott Crigler chasing down Dewayne Kiefer to score the win. Young Logan Martin got past Kiefer late to finish second with Jacob Magee and Dustin Mooneyham next in line. Grasyn Cox from nearby Joplin won the Legend Car main event with Kalona, Iowa's Warren Ropp in second. Watching some of the videos it looked like it a got a bit foggy, but the racing was multi-grooved and I hope that in 2017 the event can be run on the Saturday preceding Thanksgiving as it is now traditionally scheduled.

The big race coming up this weekend is the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway and, even if you are not a big follower of the pavement pounders, I encourage you to check out the coverage this week at Speed51

Arkansas driver Jeff Taylor swept the two nights of IMCA Modified action during the Turkey Classic at the Cocopah Speedway in Arizona. I sure do hope that there were a lot of people watching the pay-per-view on SpeedShiftTV because on the video highlight that I saw today it looked like there were very few fans in the stands as Taylor took the checkered flag.

While listening to Track Talk with the Racin' Boys this past Saturday morning I learned that Jon Boller will be promoting a weekly show at the U.S. 36 Raceway in Cameron, Missouri in 2017. Boller, a racer and car owner himself who said that he had fifteen cars racing this past season during the interview, will present a weekly Friday night offering of Modifieds, B-Mods, Stock Cars, E-Mods and Hobby Stocks at the track that has only hosted a handful of special events the past several years. Boller said that he will work closely with the I-35 Speedway in Winston, a track that is USRA sanctioned, I did not hear him say whether or not U.S. 36 will also be sanctioned since it will be racing the same night as the Lakeside Speedway just down the road.

So, while we seem to notice it more when a track closes, here is another one that is coming back to life with weekly racing which by my count so far puts us at "plus two" for the region in 2017. We will see if that holds up.

Promoter Mick Trier confirmed on an Iowastockcars.com forum thread this weekend that the Benton County Speedway in Vinton will add Late Models to the weekly Sunday night shows in 2017. I would link the thread, but don't want to confuse the issue. More info on the addition coming soon!

The Elko Speedway just south of the Twin Cities announced that they will drop the Super Late Model division from their weekly shows in 2017, despite the fact that the track averaged 18 cars in 2016. It was one of only a couple of tracks that had both the Supers and the "Big 8" Late Model divisions running weekly, so look for the other division to grow in numbers.

It is now official, Joey Saldana will continue to compete with the World of Outlaws now driving a car fielded by Matt Wood and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It was also announced today that Dale Blaney will be the new driver for the Zemco #1z team in 2017.

The ASCS National Series roster of regular drivers will grow by two in 2017 as both Harli White and Ray Allen Kulhanek have stated their intentions to run the Tour next season.

"The Godfather" Dave Moody had this well written tribute to Tony Stewart as he says "goodbye" to Cup racing and "hello" to his roots.

Randy Mooneyham has sold the MARS Late Model series to a group headed up by Clarksville Speedway promoter William Scogin who will split the series into an East and West division. The first draft of the West schedule is out and includes many of the traditional events that have graced the MARS schedule the past few years including the annual Slocum 50 at 34 Raceway on April 15th. The East division will stick pretty close to Tennessee with both divisions kicking off the 2017 season at the traditional Toilet Bowl Classic in Clarksville on March 3rd and 4th.

Dirt On Dirt announced their top five drivers of 2016 yesterday with Josh Richards getting the nod as Driver of the Year. Their top five matches up to mine except for the fact that they list Bobby Pierce as a "regional" driver since he did not following either the Lucas Tour or the Outlaws thus moving Dennis Erb Jr. up from sixth to fifth.

The "Back Stretch"
Dirt Late Model Points
Pos. Driver Hometown Points
1 . Josh Richards Shinnston WV 255
2 . Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg TN 253
3 . Jonathan Davenport Blairsville GA 218
4 . Bobby Pierce Oakwood IL 192
5 . Shane Clanton Locust Grove GA 159
6 . Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville IL 142
7 . Don O'Neal Martinsville IN 128
8 . Brandon Sheppard New Berlin IL 121
9 . Tim McCreadie Watertown NY 118
10 . Billy Moyer Batesville AR 116
11 . Dale McDowell Chickamauga GA 116
12 . Chris Madden Gray Court SC 103
13 . Darrell Lanigan Union KY 85
14 . Brandon Overton Appling GA 82
15 . Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville FL 80
16 . Jared Landers Batesville AR 77
17 . Jimmy Owens Newport TN 76
18 . Brian Shirley Chatham IL 74
19 . Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills PA 71
20 . Rick Eckert York PA 67
21 . Casey Roberts Toccoa GA 66
22 . Mike Marlar Winfield TN 66
23 . Devin Moran Dresden OH 63
24 . Donald McIntosh Dawsonville GA 60
25 . Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville AR 59
26 . Jackie Boggs Grayson KY 57
27 . Chris Simpson Marion IA 54
28 . Ryan Unzicker El Paso IL 54
29 . Jason Feger Bloomington IL 53
30 . Jimmy Mars Elk Mound WI 53
31 . Max Blair Centerville PA 51
32 . Jesse Stovall Galena MO 49
33 . Tyler Carpenter Parkersburg WV 47
34 . Willie Milliken Leland NC 46
35 . Eric Wells Hazard KY 44
36 . Jason Covert York Haven PA 41
37 . Chris Ferguson Mount Holly NC 38
38 . Dale Hollidge Mechanicsville MD 37
39 . Mark Whitener Middleburg FL 37
40 . Johnny Pursley Clover SC 36
41 . Frank Heckenast Jr. Orland Park IL 35
42 . Jason Hiett Lincoln AL 35
43 . Russell Erwin Beaverdam VA 35
44 . Steve Francis Ashland KY 35
45 . Terry Phillips Springfield MO 35
46 . Shannon Babb Mowequa IL 34
47 . Riley Hickman Ooletwah TN 32
48 . Tim Dohm Cross Lanes WV 32
49 . Tyler Erb Magnolia TX 32
50 . Doug Drown Wooster OH 31
51 . Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock WV 31
52 . Kyle Bronson Brandon FL 31
53 . Rusty Schlenk Jackson MI 31
54 . Dona Marcoullier Houghton Lake MI 30
55 . Devin Gilpin Columbus IN 29
56 . Dave Hess Jr. Waterford PA 28
57 . Don Shaw Ham Lake MN 28
58 . David Breazeale Four Corners MS 27
59 . Dennis Franklin Gaffney SC 27
60 . Jake Redetzke Eau Claire WI 27
61 . Kevin Weaver Gibson City IL 27
62 . Tony Jackson Jr. Lebanon MO 27
63 . Corey Conley Wellsburg WV 26
64 . Tanner English Benton KY 26
65 . Greg Johnson Bedford IN 25
66 . Ross Bailes Clover SC 25
67 . Jared Miley South Park PA 24
68 . Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill PA 24
69 . Justin Kay Wheatland IA 23
70 . Ricky Weiss Winnipeg MAN 23
71 . Cory Hedgecock Louden TN 22
72 . Dustin Strand Grand Forks ND 22
73 . Eric Spangler Lake City MI 22
74 . Michael Lake Uniontown PA 22
75 . Steve Casebolt Richmond IN 22
76 . A.J. Diemel Navarino WI 21
77 . Caleb Ashby Cunningham TN 21
78 . Dylan Yoder Selinsgrove PA 21
79 . Freddie Carpenter Parkersburg WV 21
80 . Matt Cosner Ridgely WV 21
81 . Michael Page Douglasville GA 21
82 . Morgan Bagley Longview TX 21
83 . Rhett Carter Blackshear GA 21
84 . B.J. Robinson Blanchard LA 20
85 . Devin Dixon Apollo Beach FL 19
86 . Ryan Gustin Marshalltown IA 19
87 . Scott Ward Watertown SD 19
88 . Tim Manville Highland IL 19
89 . Darrell Nelson Hermanton MN 18
90 . David Payne Murphy NC 18
91 . Donald Bradsher Burlington NC 18
92 . Michael Chilton Salvisa KY 18
93 . Tyler Crowder Tallahassee FL 18
94 . Josh Putnam Killen AL 17
95 . Zack Dohm Cross Lanes WV 17
96 . Chad Holladay Muscatine IA 16
97 . Chad Simpson Marion IA 16
98 . Cody Mahoney Madison IN 16
99 . Dustin Linville Bryantsville KY 16
100 . Dustin Mitchell Pine Level NC 16
101 . Jack Sullivan Greenbriar AR 16
102 . Jason Krohn Slayton MN 16
103 . John Ownbey Cleveland TN 16
104 . Joseph Brown Columbus GA 16
105 . Kyle Beard Trumann AR 16
106 . Rod Conley Wheelersburg WV 16
107 . Ryan VanderVeen Six Lakes MI 16