IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) are excited to announce that Sunoco Race Fuels has signed a multi-year agreement to return as the Official Fuel of IHRA. In addition, Sunoco has been named presenting sponsor for the IHRA Palm Beach Nationals at Palm Beach International Raceway April 24-25, 2015, one of IHRA’s crown jewel national events.
The multi-year agreement continues Sunoco’s longstanding relationship with IHRA and continues to give the company a platform to provide its award-winning fuels and services to the sportsman and professional racing community.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to extend and expand our relationship with IHRA. Sunoco has been a longtime supporter of IHRA and our hearts are still in grassroots racing,” said Terry Thompson, Senior Sales Manager at Sunoco Racing Fuels. “We have always felt that IHRA can and should be successful and we have been onboard through good times and bad. It is incredible to see how successful the IHRA is again now that they are owned by IRG and have such a great management team in place. I fully expect the next three years to deliver dynamic growth that will exceed the remarkable accomplishments of the last few years and we want to be onboard for the thrill ride ahead.”
Sunoco got its start in 1886 in Pittsburgh, Pa. and has since grown into one of the largest gasoline distribution companies in the United States and the largest manufacturer of racing gasoline in the world. With its unmatched service and products, Sunoco has become a leader in the world of motorsports as well, acting as the Official Fuel of NASCAR, IndyCar and more than 60 additional racing series and sanctioning bodies worldwide.
“We are excited to continue our longstanding relationship with the great people at Sunoco Race Fuels,” said Scott Gardner, President of IHRA Motorsports. “In addition to our great relationship with folks like Terry Thompson and the tracks over the past several years, we are also very much looking forward to partnering with the Sunoco retail brand team in sponsoring the Palm Beach national event and bringing fun and exciting promotions to our race fans.”
In addition to providing its award-winning race fuels at hundreds of IHRA racing events throughout the year, Sunoco Race Fuels will act as the presenting sponsor for the IHRA Palm Beach Nationals at Palm Beach International Raceway the weekend of April 24-25. As the cornerstone of IRG’s family of tracks, Palm Beach International Raceway will host a pivotal stop on the 2015 Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series calendar as the competitors of AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley, Crower Pro Mod, US Bounty Hunters Pro Stock and Jet Dragster travel to south Florida for stop four of 12 on the 2015 NJDRS.
“We are very excited about renewing our partnership with Sunoco and extremely happy that the brand side has joined the racing fuels group to provide incredible support to the IHRA for years to come,” said Steven Cole, IHRA Vice President Corporate Partnerships.
Sunoco race fuel will be available at IHRA events throughout the 2015 season.
2015 Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway Now Includes "Edwin Coggins Memorial"
(WAYCROSS, GA - December 1, 2014) - Golden Isles Speedway officials have added a third event to the Super Bowl of Racing to kick off the 2015 season. The "Edwin Coggins Memorial" will now be the opening event of the Super Bowl of Racing, on Thursday, February 5th. The event will feature a 30 lap race paying $7,000 to win at Golden Isles Speedway, in Brunswick, GA.
The "Edwin Coggins Memorial" was added to the Super Bowl of Racing in honor of Mr. Edwin Coggins of Valdosta, GA. Mr Coggins passed away at Golden Isles Speedway at last year's Super Bowl of Racing. Mr. Coggins was a long time supporter of dirt track racing, Golden Isles Speedway and racers from the South Georgia area. Mr. Coggins and his family own the Coggins Farms and Produce Company, based in Lake Park, GA. The Coggins family asked Golden Isles Speedway promoter, Darryl Courson to add this event as a way to pay tribute to the late Edwin Coggins.
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Releases Innovative 2015 Short Track Schedule
(December 1, 2014 - Thompson, CT) - Officials from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) – the famed 5/8-mile speedway in Connecticut’s quiet corner – released a creative and innovative seven (7) event schedule today, featuring twelve different touring series and sanctioning bodies, and boasting over $500,000 in posted awards. Two weekend events, and a five event Wednesday summer series – with four rain dates – make up the calendar. The schedule is highlighted by four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) events, two new Triple Crown Series, and significant enhancements to the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.
“A lot of effort went into taking a fresh look at the schedule, and providing the best events we could for our race teams and fans. We have some traditional fan favorites that will return, and we have made some valuable additions to complement that core. We are very proud of the finished product and are excited to announce our 2015 schedule of short track events,” Josh Vanada, TSMP General Manager, remarked.
For the 29th season, the track will operate under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banner, offering Sunoco Modified, Late Model, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stock competitors the benefits of NASCAR membership, awards, as well as state and national championship competition.
The season will begin with the 41st running of the Icebreaker on Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12. Modified fans will be in for a treat, as not only will the first race for the NWMT be part of the program, but TSMP’s own Sunoco Modifieds will be featured in a 75-lap main event to kick off the facility’s 75th anniversary celebration. In addition to the full-fendered Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, and Granite State Pro Stock Series, the winged NEMA Lite cars will make their maiden voyage to the historic Connecticut oval. The Vintage Outlaws and New England Truck Series will also be part of the action. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the stars and cars of all nine divisions on Sunday morning at the Fan Appreciation Party.
A new addition to the schedule, which was announced in October, is the addition of another NWMT race. Scheduled for June 10, this 125-lap event will mark the first time since 2012 that the Tour will make four stops at TSMP. The Mini Stock and Limited Sportsman Divisions will be on stage for the summer series opener, also, as they compete in the first race of their Triple Crown Series. New in 2015, both the Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock divisions will participate in three events in which their finishing positions will earn them both TSMP championship points and Triple Crown Series points. The Triple Crown will pay their own point fund and award the top three. The Sunoco Modified, Late Model, and Vintage Outlaws will all be part of an action-packed night of stock car racing, too.
The second annual Late Model 20/20 Sprint will take place on Wednesday night, July 8. The popular format from the inaugural event will once again be used in 2015. An added bonus for the race winner, besides the handsome purse, will be a guaranteed starting position in the ACT Championship 100 at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing in October. The second Triple Crown race for the Limited Sportsman, as well as the Mini Stocks and ground-pounding Sunoco Modifieds will all be in competition, as well.
Slated for Wednesday, July 29, the Sunoco Modifieds will once again compete in a 20/20 Sprint. As with the Late Models, the same format from 2014 will be used, but with a new twist. Following the completion of the second segment, the overall leader will be given the opportunity to take advantage of a bounty, by forfeiting his/her starting position and starting in the rear for a cash prize, should he or she emerge the overall winner following the 10-lap sprint. As part of this must-see event, the Mini Stocks will compete in their second Triple Crown race, and the Vintage Outlaws will make their third of four stops to the Big T. Late Models and Limited Sportsman will also do battle in championship point races.
One of TSMP’s favorite summer traditions, a 150-lap NWMT race, will once again be back on the docket for August 12. An added bonus this year will be the addition of the Northeastern Midget Association for a 25-lap race, which is guaranteed to feature at least two NWMT drivers in the field. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Mini Stocks, and the final Limited Sportsman Triple Crown race fill out a very robust night of racing.
The last event of the five-race summer series will feature a double points opportunity for the Sunoco Modifieds. Twin 25-lap main events will be contested for TSMP’s top-tier division. The Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Vintage Outlaws, and the final Triple Crown race for the Mini Stock division will be part of a Back-to-School Bash night, giving families one more opportunity to hit the race track before school begins.
Dubbed one of the nation’s finest short track events – the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing – will be even finer in 2015. TSMP’s final event will showcase fifteen divisions that will compete over the course of three days. Culminating with the final NWMT event of the season on Sunday afternoon, NASCAR’s oldest touring division will be supported by some of the region’s most popular touring series: the International Supermodified Association, Valenti Modified Racing Series, and Northeastern Midget Association. The addition of the 100-lap championship race for the American-Canadian Tour on Saturday will feature New England’s most talented full-fendered drivers, and adds to an already star-studded lineup of events. TSMP’s own Sunoco Modified, Late Model, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stock divisions will be joined by the New England Truck Series, North East Mini Stock Tour, New England Pro 4 Modifieds, and Lite Modifieds – who will be back after a one-year hiatus. The North East Street Stock Tour will end their inaugural season by crowing their first champion on Saturday night. The NEMA Lites, too, will be competing in their first World Series event, hosting their final points race on Sunday afternoon. When all is said and done, nearly 600 laps of feature competition will be contested, and fourteen new champions will have been born.
“It’s hard to talk about ways to improve an event like the World Series, but I know we’ve accomplished that. The addition of the American-Canadian Tour, coupled with some of the other invitations we extended will make for some extremely competitive racing across three full days. Fans and competitors alike have a lot to look forward to – not only at the World Series – but throughout 2015,” Vanada concluded.
For more information about the 2015 schedule, or about Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, please visitwww.thompsonspeedway.com. You may also be connected with us on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.
2015 ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Schedule Released
Series will have 14 Point Events in Three States
(Salem, IN - November 26, 2014): Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS has officially released the 2015 Schedule for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS. The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS 2015 season will consist of 15 total races, with 14 of those being point events. 2015 will be the 19th season of competition for the Template Super Late Model touring series that first raced in 1997.
PASS Adds Date At Kingsport; Teams With KOMA Modifieds At Concord, Kingsport
(CHARLOTTE, NC - November 17, 2014) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have added a new race date to the 2015 PASS South Super Late Model schedule at Kingsport Speedway in Tennessee and new details concerning the May race date at Concord Speedway in North Carolina. Additionally, PASS will partner for the first time with the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series to feature both premier tours at the events at Kingsport and Concord.
"We're very excited to announce the addition to Kingsport to our schedule and are very glad the KOMA Modifieds will be joining us there and at Concord," said PASS President Tom Mayberry. "Our new partnership with the KOMA Modified Tour will allow us to present two mega-events to our fans that will feature the best Super Late Model and Modifed racers in short track racing."
Thompson Honors Repeat Champions At End-of-Season Banquet
(November 15, 2014 - Thompson, CT) - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park celebrated the 2014 oval track season this weekend with a ceremony honoring four division champions in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. All four Champions have won track titles at Thompson in previous years. Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn. was celebrated as the Sunoco Modified Champion for the second time in his career; Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI was honored for his sixth Late Model track title; Scott Sundeen of Sutton, Mass. was honored for his third time at the Xtra Mart Limited Sportsman head table; and Mike Viens of Seekonk, Mass. earned his second Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Monster Mini Stock championship.
Billy Moyer Racing Wraps Up 2014 Campaign with Top Five World Finals Effort!
(November 12, 2014 - BATESVILLE, AR) Billy Moyer and his #21 BMR team closed out their version of the 2014 racing season from November 6-8 at the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina. The 8th Annual 'World of Outlaws World Finals' was held over the weekend at the 4/10-mile speedplant and 77 entrants piled into the pit area for the pair of $12,000 to win events. On Thursday night, Billy laid down the sixth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying for Friday's showdown and the seventh quickest time in Group A for the season finale on Saturday evening.
In front of a huge Charlotte crowd, Billy ran third in his heat race on Friday before winding up thirteenth in the final rundown of the 50-lapper. On Saturday, the Batesville, Arkansas Hall of Famer finished second in heat race action and later moved up three spots during the course of the 50-lap headliner. Billy wrapped up his '14 campaign with a strong fourth place performance behind only race winner Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, and Scott Bloomquist. Complete results from the action-packed 'World Finals' weekend can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
Don O'Neal Wins Bad Boy Mowers TV Challenge - Presented by E3 Spark Plugs
(WAYCROSS, GA - November 12, 2014) - Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN, driver of the Clint Bowyer Racing #5 car in 2014 will receive a $10,000 cash award for winning the Bad Boy Mowers TV Points Challenge - Presented by E3 Spark Plugs. The Bad Boy TV Points Challenge - Presented by E3 Spark Plugs was a fifteen (15) race mini-series, consisting of the TV races on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule in 2014. Following the final TV race at the season finale Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship-Presented by NAPA Auto Parts, O'Neal finished 85 points ahead of Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, while Steve Francis of Ashland, KY finished in 3rd place in the final TV point standings. The top three drivers in the TV point standings will receive cash bonuses at the series awards banquet on December 11th.To view the complete final point standings for the Bad Boy Mowers TV Challenge - Presented by E3 Spark plugs, go to:
Owens Tops McCreadie & Bloomquist For Sixth-Career Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals Victory
Veteran Tennessee Racer Earns $12,050 in World of Outlaws Late Model Series Season Finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
(CONCORD, NC - Nov. 8, 2014) - Jimmy Owens found himself in a familiar location Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The winningest driver in Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals history stood on the Victory Lane stage at Charlotte yet again after winning a wild World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at the 4/10-mile oval.