Sunday, January 31, 2016

2016 USAC Silver Crown schedule
UPDATED 2/2/16 with Salem information

While the schedule for the 2016 United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown Champ Car series features only eleven races, the schedule shows an intriguing mix with six races on dirt tracks and five pavement track races. With races held on tracks racing from 1-1/4 paved to half-mile high-banked dirt, the variety should present a challenge both the drivers and teams in the quest for the championship.

The USAC  Silver Crown series returns in 2016 to two historic USAC venues. On June 10, the Silver Crown cars return to the ½-mile dirt at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania for the first time in 35 years. Williams Grove hosted AAA and USAC Indianapolis cars through the 1950’s at the Indianapolis Sweepstakes, but the last time the long-wheelbase dirt championship cars appeared there was July 5 1980 in a race won by Eddie Leavitt. The 100-lap race on June 10 will honor the memories of great Eastern racers Ted Horn and Bill Schindler.

The other returning venue is Salem Speedway in Salem Indiana which previously hosted a single Silver Crown event on September 18 1980, with Bob Frey winning the 50-lap race run without a caution in 14-½ minutes.  The August 13 night time 75-lap race (reportedly the longest race at Salem in nearly 50 years) on the high-banked paved .555 mile paved track will be known as the "Scott County Visitors Commission Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial presented by the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers."  The USAC Silver Crown series will be supported at Salem Speedway by the track's Lucas Oils Great American Stock Car Series and the Midwest Oldtimers Vintage Race Car Club. 

Once again USAC will host two Silver Crown events in the Indianapolis area the week before the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race on May 29, with the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairground mile dirt track on Thursday night May 26, and two days later a  daytime 100-lap race on the paved 5/8-mile Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg Indiana. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Eagle Motorsports 2016 Chili Bowl results 

Eagle Motorsports Inc. was represented at the 30th annual Chili Bowl by two teams with a total of five Eagle midget chassis listed among the historic number of 336 entries.  

Dunlap Performance (Mike & Brian Dunlap) presented one Mopar powered Eagle entry, the #32D pictured above driven by Danny Jennings of Norman Oklahoma who wound up with a 10th place finish in his “E” feature.

Daum Motorsports campaigned four Eagle chassis at the 2016 Chili Bowl Nationals. Lady driver Andee Beirele from Bismark North Dakota drove the #5B Super Clean sponsored Eagle/Esslinger pictured above to a 9th place finish in her “J” feature, 

Rik Forbes of Omaha Nebraska scored a 7th place finish in the “H’ feature in the #5F Eagle/Esslinger shown above while Chase Stockton of Elizabethtown Indiana drove the #5S Tony Elliott Chili Bowl Memorial Fund Eagle/Toyota to a 14th place finish in the “B” feature. 

Team owner Zach Daum from Pocahontas, Illinois scored the best result for Eagle Chassis at the 30th annual Chili Bowl Nationals with a third place podium finishes on his Tuesday preliminary night and in the 55-lap “A” feature on Saturday night. Daum is shown emerging from his car following the Tuesday night preliminary feature.   

Eagle Motorsports Inc. of Lincoln Nebraska offers a full line of Mini-sprint, midget and sprint car chassis including Schnee, Eagle and Henchcraft sprint car kits, Stallard mini-sprint chassis kits, and Eagle midget kits, as well as a full line of components.  

Contact EMI a at 855-525-1941 or online at

Photos and information provided by EMI 

Thursday, January 28, 2016


DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an automotive components sale, remanufacturing, and distribution company that employs 468 people in Long Beach and Murrieta, California has joined the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) as the title rights sponsor of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, the fourth of 24 races in the upcoming NHRA Mello Yello Series, scheduled to be held from April from 1st to 3rd at “The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.”

“Major auto races like the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series showcase the best vehicles and technology our industry has to offer,” said Larry Fidance, marketing manager at DENSO Products and Services Americas. “It’s a perfect fit for DENSO. Our brand stands for automotive excellence, safety and innovations, and our spark plugs, in particular, are widely used by professional racing teams on every circuit around the globe. We’re proud to sponsor the 2016 series and serve as title sponsor of this year’s National event in Las Vegas.”

For nearly half a century, DENSO has sponsored world-class motor sports, including NHRA, NASCAR, Formula One, World Rally Championship and Super GT races. In addition to spark plugs, alternators, radiators and engine management systems are among DENSO’s precision original equipment and replacement auto parts that professional drivers and pit crews of all classes count on for the best performance under the most competitive racing conditions. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 22,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas. 

Fans can visit the DENSO display on the midway at every NHRA race to learn more about and purchase DENSO’s premium Iridium TT, Iridium Power and Iridium Racing spark plugs. Throughout the series, DENSO will post its own race and product updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Fans can also enjoy DENSO posts on NHRA social media platforms during the nationals.

More information on DENSO spark plugs, as well as DENSO’s comprehensive lines of auto parts, is available at retail stores, wholesale distributors and
Information and images provided by DENSO 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 USAC National sprint car schedule

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Note: the hand-written corrections on the dates of the June races
were made by Dick Jordan of USAC and are correct
The United States Auto Club (USAC) has released the million dollar 2016 AMSOIL ® USAC sprint car National Championship schedule with 44 confirmed dates across the country. The series opens with the 3-race “Winter Dirt Games” on February 18 (just 22 days away), and during the season crosses the country and visits Pennsylvania and New Jersey for the 5-race “Eastern Storm” series and closes with the Budweiser Oval Nationals in Perris California with the season finale paying $25,000 to win.
USAC will offer over $100,000 in season point funds, with the national champion receiving a check for $20,000 in addition to $7,000 in fast time awards during the season and $100,000 in travel money for eligible teams. Drivers will be gunning to unseat 2015 USAC national sprint car champion Robert Ballou, who is expected to defend his title.     
The 2016 Indiana Sprint Week schedule list seven races, with the overall Indiana Sprint Week Champion earning a $10,000 bonus, but the highlight of the season will be the Rock & Roll Gold Cup, a four-day event from August 18 to-21 at Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon South Dakota.  Friday, August 20 will be the qualifying night for the USAC racers, with Sunday the 21st will be the date for the championship feature events for both the World of Outlaws winged and USAC non-winged classes with $50,000 to the winner of each event. However, there is an added twist – if a driver wins both feature events, an extra $25,000 will go into their paycheck for a $125,000 payday.

There will also be a bonus offered by USAC at the 35th annual 4-Crown Nationals to be held at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway September 23 and 24. If a driver captures all four feature victories USAC will pay a $100,000 bonus. Only one driver has ever been able to record a clean sweep in the 34-year history of the '4 Crown' event – in 1998 Jack Hewitt won all three USAC features plus the UMP (United Midwest promoters) modified race.
Support our sport and attend one or more USAC sprint car races in your area in 2016!   


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2016 USAC Honda National Midget schedule

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The United States Auto Club (USAC) has released the 2016 Honda National Midget schedule. 2016 season highlights include a six-race slate for Indiana Midget Week, a two-day show at "the Ditch" Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis Arkansas, and the traditional Turkey Night Grand Prix race returning to Ventura Raceway for the first time since 1997.

The USAC national championship will be wide open as 2015 Champion Tracy Hines will not be defending his title. Additional excitement should be added through the exciting 7-race "Indy Challenge" series within a series, the details of which this site featured yesterday. 

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The first 2016 USAC Honda national midget race, the only indoor event on the national schedule, is the Shamrock Classic scheduled for March  19 at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin Illinois which as of this writing just 53 days away! Tickets are already on sale.  


Monday, January 25, 2016

Details of the 'Indy Challenge' 

Over the course of the 2016 season, seven selected United States Auto Club (USAC) Midget races will form the inaugural Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group’s “Indy Challenge.” This series of races within races affords unprecedented career opportunities to USAC short track racers - the possibility to race at the “Greatest Race Course in the World” – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis brothers David and Jonathan Byrd created a unique format for the “Indy Challenge” which uses seven races in USAC’s National and Western Midget series serving as the stepping stone to the ultimate prize.

“On behalf of my mother Ginny and my brother David, we are truly excited to announce the Jonathan Byrd's Indy Challenge,” said Jonathan. “We recognize the talent it takes to compete at the highest levels in motorsports and know that succeeding and winning in the USAC National Midget ranks, especially on these larger tracks, can translate to success at Indy.”

Five victories in the seven-race slate will earn the winning driver a seat in the 2017 ‘Freedom 100’ Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Six victories would secure a seat for the full roster of oval races on the 2017 Indy Lights schedule, while a sweep of all seven USAC midget events will earn the driver entry into all the 2017 Indy Lights oval races and a ride for the 2018 Indianapolis ‘500.’

The “Indy Challenge” includes seven premier midget car races on USAC’s 2016 racing calendar, starting with the June 4 Indiana Midget Week race at Lawrenceburg (Indiana) Speedway with race two being the final night of the Belleville (Kansas) Midget Nationals on August 6. 

Subsequent races are the August 17 “Eastern Invasion” race at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania., and the “Louie Vermeil Classic” Western Midget race at Calistoga (California) Speedway held Labor Day weekend September 3 and 4 2016. 

The final three races will be the “4-Crown Nationals” at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on September 24, the “Gold Grown Midget Nationals” finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois on October 8 and will conclude with the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura (California) Raceway November 24, 2016.

Information for this article provided by the United States Auto Club

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Xtrac reveals new director and investments 

Xtrac, the exclusive supplier of gearboxes to INDYCAR, announced the appointment of Adrian Moore as the Managing Director and the investment of more than $3 million in new equipment. The new machines, two, five-axis mills and a Klingelnberg bevel grinding machine purchased by Xtrac will increase capacity and bolster supply chain security. 

Adrian Moore
photo courtesy of Xtrac

Moore served as Xtrac’s Chief Engineer from 1999 to 2001, and as the company’s Technical Director since 2001, and guided Xtrac as the company gained a worldwide reputation for drivetrain design and manufacturing capabilities.  Adrian will now manage the day-to-day running of this advanced engineering business, which unveiled its 100th P1011 gearbox at the 2015 PRI (Performance Racing Industry) show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Xtrac, founded in 1984, entered the Indianapolis-type car marketplace in 1989, and Xtrac gearbox components won their first Indianapolis ‘500’ in 1991 riding with Rick Mears in his Penske PC-20 Illmor Chevrolet, who won from the pole position and became the third four-time winner of the historic race.  

Xtrac followed up with wins with Al Unser Junior’s Galmer G92-Chevrolet in 1992 and Jacques Villeneuve’s amazing come-from-behind win at the controls of the Team Green Ford XB-powered Reynard in 1995. When the checkered flag falls on the 100th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.2016, Xtrac will record its 23rd Indianapolis ‘500’ win, and sixteenth consecutive ‘500’ victory.  

The 100th Xtrac P1011 gearbox displayed at PRI 2015
photo by the author

Xtrac was the exclusive gearbox supplier to the Indy Racing League (IRL) from 2000 through 2010 with its type 195 and 295 gearboxes, then with INDYCAR as the exclusive supplier to the present day with the P1011 gearbox.  Xtrac opened its 9000 square foot Indianapolis facility at 1685 West 80th Street in 2002, and began building gearboxes in Indianapolis in 2009.

Information for this article provided by PRI and Xtrac

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sarah Cornett-Ching Racing update

As it continues its rapid growth, RACE 101 of Denver North Carolina is excited to welcome veteran crew chief Jerry Babb to head up their 2016 NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Racing) K&N Pro Series East program for Canadian driver Sarah Cornett-Ching. Jerry is a great addition to this team and having him take over the K&N program will allow me to focus on developing Sarah's career." said Tony Blanchard, team owner at RACE 101.

Most recently, Babb, a former driver and past track champion at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, worked with Bassett Racing drivers Ronnie and Dillon Bassett in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and in the past worked with current NASCAR “rising stars” Alex Bowman and John Hunter Nemecheck. "I am excited for this opportunity as it allows me to grow my company, Nu Style Motorventures, with the added bonus of Tony Blanchard to work with and learn from,” said Babb.  “One reason I am so intrigued by this young driver is her work ethic and the story behind how she got here.”

Sarah Cornett-Ching
The young driver Babb refers to is Sarah Cornett-Ching; the 24-year-old certified union welder from Summerland, British Columbia Canada had a dream to race professionally. Already a winner in late model competition at the tri-oval Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, British Columbia she scraped, saved, and sacrificed daily in order to have enough money simply to race a single event at Daytona. Sarah tested two years in a row at Daytona in preparation for her debut at the “World Center of Racing” and despite some engine issues, Sarah finished 31st in her ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) debut at Daytona International Speedway.
Sarah Cornett-Ching in action on the DuQuoin dirt
Cornett-Ching went on to make history as the highest finishing female rookie in the history of the ARCA Series presented by Menards, as she placed seventh overall in season points with five top ten finishes in twenty races. Sarah scored ARCA career-best eighth place finishes at Talladega Speedway and at Chicagoland Speedway, and ninth place finishes at Winchester Speedway, the New Jersey Motorsports Park and Michigan International Speedway.  Sarah became the highest-finishing female ARCA driver on a road course with her finish at New Jersey and her eleventh place finish at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds tied her with Christi Passmore as the highest finishing female driver on a dirt track.

For the 2016 racing season, Cornett-Ching will focus on the 14-race NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, chasing the Rookie of the Year title while racing in some ARCA Racing Series and CARS (Championship Auto Racing Series) Super Late Model Tour events along the way. “I’m really energized about running in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series,” said Cornett-Ching “we raced a handful of events (three) with them last year, I really liked how the races were organized, the parity of the rules package and what it offered me as a driver. As my career continues to advance, I’ll be racing on some of the same tracks and with a lot of the same drivers and teams.”

Cornett-Ching will appear in the ARCA Lucas Oil 200 Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2016 and her first NASCAR K&N Pro East Series start of 2016 will be at New Smyrna Speedway in the “Jet Tools 150” part of the ‘World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing’ on February 14. As a warm-up and chance to learn the half-mile high-banked race track, Sarah ran a super late model in the ‘Redeye 100’ at New Smyrna Speedway on January 2 and finished in 11th position.

For more information, visit RACE 101’s website at and Sarah Cornett-Ching’s website at

Information for this article and photographs provided by Sarah Cornett-Ching Racing



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Something different at the Chili Bowl

There was a good variety of midget racing engines at the 30th annual Chili Bowl Nationals, which included but was engines produced by Gaerte, ECOtech, Fontana Automotive, MoPar, Honda, Toyota and the most prevalent, Esslinger Engineering.  There were even two midgets  powered by the once-dominant Autocraft Volkswagen engine, but the subject of this feature is the Boyles engine.

The Boyles engine as photographed by the author

The Boyles engine is a development of the Ford Taurus SHO (Super High Output) V-6 engine modified for midget racing by 81-year old Ray Boyles of Overland Park Kansas.  For the Ford Taurus SHO, the 182 cubic inch engine supplied by the Yamaha Motor Corporation used an iron block fitted with a four valve per cylinder double overhead camshaft aluminum head.

The Boyles #7RS with driver Merril Lamb 
photo courtesy of the All Star Midget Series

As outfitted for racing with mechanical fuel injection, at the Chili Bowl the low-cost Boyles engine appeared to be a little behind the performance of a typical Esslinger engine in power and  likely weighed a bit more than the four-cylinder Ford Pinto based Esslinger.  On its Tuesday preliminary night for the 2106 Chili Bowl, Boyles #7RS stealth chassis midget driven by Iola Kansas driver Merril Lamb finished 13th in the evening’s B feature and on Saturday, finished 14th in the ‘G’ feature.     

In addition to building his unique engine, Ray Boyles has operated the All Star Midget Series (ASMS) since 2013 which races primarily on track in the Kansas City area.  Merril Lamb finished third in 2015 ASMS season points in the Boyles powered #7RS midget.  

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Guest appearances for the 2016 Buffalo Motorama announced
The 2016 Buffalo Motorama scheduled to be held from March 24 to 26 will have something for the whole family. The show will feature a wide variety of vehicles that range from original, modified, race, and full custom, to hot rods, classics, and Pro Street all on display inside the Buffalo Convention Center in the heart of the revitalized Buffalo, New York. So far, the Motorama promotion team has announced two special appearances.

On Friday, March 25, one of the most renowned custom car builders and designer, Dave Kindig from Kindig-It Designs will appear at Buffalo Motorama to meet with fans, pose for pictures and sign autographs. Kindig and his team at Kindig-It Design in Utah are featured on the 'reality' television show Bitchin' Rides on the Velocity Channel.

Also attendees can see the Hot Rod Drag Week World's Fastest Street Car, Jeff Lutz’ 1969 Chevy Camaro ‘Mad Max.’ which made the quickest and fastest quarter-mile run in Hot Rod Drag Week history with a 6.051-second elapsed time with at top speed of 251.95MPH.  Buffalo Motorama attendees will be see the ‘Mad Max’ 1969 Camaro up close and meet driver/builder Jeff Lutz.

For more details about the Buffalo Motorama and to register to win free tickets or purchase tickets visit
Information for this article provided by the Buffalo Motorama Group

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Friday and Saturday night Chili Bowl recaps
Typically Chili Bowl Nationals officials schedule several “big name” drivers to race in the Friday preliminary night program, and the 30th annual edition was no different.  2014 Chili Bowl winner Bryan Clauson, 2006 Chili Bowl winner Tim McCreadie, and 2014 World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman posted heat race wins.  Other heat race winners included Kasey Kahne, the 2000 USAC national midget champion and World of Outlaws team owner who now races NASCAR hardtops, 2008 Chili Bowl champion Damion Gardner, and World of Outlaws veteran Jac Haudenschild also posted Friday night heat races wins.

Old time racers were heartened by Chris Windom’s appearance in Jack Yeley’s #1B Volkswagen powered midget which harkened back to the “glory days” of 1970’s and 1980’s midget racing. While the #1B was able to keep up with its modern competition, unfortunately the Volkswagen engine dropped a cylinder late in its heat race and the entry was scratched for the rest of the evening.

The evening’s program was spiced up by Tony Stewart’s decision to enter the backstretch stands to confront an abusive fan who had yelled at and made obscene gestures towards Stewart who was working as a track preparation volunteer. Video of the confrontation spread quickly via social media, and the Tulsa World newspaper reported Sunday that the Tulsa County Sherriff’s department was investigating the incident after the abusive fan was identified as Sherriff’s Department Corporal Kyle Hess.  A Tulsa County Sherriff’s Department’s representative indicated Hess who was reportedly intoxicated at the time of the incident was being investigated for inappropriate behavior.

In the Friday night feature, Bryan Clauson in the Dolling Machine entry led all 25 laps and was seriously challenged to score a clean sweep for the night, as he had also won his qualifying race.

On Saturday night, there was some controversy after five-time Chili Bowl champion Sammy Swindell suffered a flat tire and spun out of a transfer position in the ‘D’ feature and Chili Bowl officials announced that Swindell would be awarded a previous winner’s provisional starting position at the tail of the 'A' feature.

As always the opening ceremonies for the 30th annual Chili Bowl were memorable, with the introduction of the race’s grand marshal, 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve ‘King’ Kinser before the Parade of States and presentation of the National Anthem. A planned video tribute to 4-time Chili Bowl winner Kevin Swindell injured last year in a sprint car crash experienced technical difficulties and was not shown. 

The two ‘B’ features were won by 2104 USAC national midget champion Tracy Hines and NASCAR hardtop racer Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. with the top six finishers in each ‘B’ heat race advancing to the tail of the 55-lap ‘A’ feature.

At the drop of the green flag, pole sitter Bryan Clauson powered to a big lead chased by Zach Daum and defending champion Rico Abreu. After the teams made adjustments to the remaining cars during a late race red flag period caused after a fan fell out the grandstand and was injured, Abreu in the Toyota powered Keith Kunz Racing midget roared past Clauson to post a popular back-to back Chili Bowl victory.    As of this publication, the identity and medical condition of the injured fan remains unknown.



Friday, January 15, 2016

Recap of Thursday night Chili Bowl action

There were a number of fast midget cars that raced in the Thursday preliminary night action at the 30th annual Chili Bowl, but during the 25-lap 'A' feature, no one had anything for Oklahoma native Christopher Bell in his #71 Keith Kunz Toyota JBL sponsored midget.

Several apparent challengers emerged early in the evening, namely 2015 USAC midget champion Tracy Hines, Danny Stratton in the #47 Bondio midget, second-generation Indiana racer CJ Leary and young NEMA charger Anthony Nocella, but they could not carry that success into the evening's highlight the 'A' feature.  Stratton was extremely fast in his qualifier race, but his chances for victory in the 'A' Main ended early when NASCAR racer Justin Allgaier inexplicably forced Stratton into the backstretch fence early in the race and knocked Danny out of a promising third place run.

At the drop of checkered flag it was Bell, Jerry Coons Jr. and Shane Cottle on the podium.  Though no one in the crowd could quite explain how Coons and Cottle were able to finish so high on Thursday night, the fact remains that by finishing in top three to lock in for Saturday night, Coons will start his 13th career Chili Bowl A Main Saturday night and Cottle the 10th of his racing career .  
Mark Lowrey's midget is sponsored by racing historian Richard Woodland's 
Woodland Auto Display in Paso Robles, CA 
The evening saw impressive Chili Bowl rookie runs from Robert Dalby and Mark Lowrey,   while two prominent female drivers, Oklahoma’s Michelle Decker and IndyCar’s Sarah Fisher both had  disappointing evenings.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Defending Chili Bowl champion Rico Abreu pretty much had things his own way Wednesday night at the 30th annual Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa Oklahoma by winning his heat race, qualifier race and the feature.

Nick Drake, son of 2001 Chili Bowl champion Jay Drake, and Austin Prock, son of NHRA tuner Jimmy Prock, both had strong performances in their respective heat races but could not advance to start the evening’s feature race.

Thomas Meseraull , Tyler Thomas and young Parker Price-Miller also posted strong performances throughout the evening to start in the evening’s A main feature.  Thomas led the feature early, but just past half distance, Abreu put the power of the Keith Kunz Toyota to work and took the lead which he would never relinquish, while Mesaraull and Price-Miller battled for third, with Meseraull nipping Price-Miller for third place at the drop of the checkered flag.

Five-time Chili Bowl champion Sammy Swindell had a rough evening thst started with a sub-par heat race performance which forced Swindell to run through the C and B features to start towards the back of the A feature. During the A feature Swindell had a number of incidents and was never a factor.

Shannon McQueen’s debut of the Kara Hendrick tribute car was also disappointing as she failed to transfer out of her C feature after she was involved in several tangles and her evening ended early.  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The 30th annual Chili Bowl Nationals


The 30th annual Chili Bowl officially kicks off tonight at the Tulsa (OK) Expo Center with 335 entries racing over four preliminary nights and scoring points which will seed the fields for Saturday's long day of racing, leading up to the 55-lap feature to award the Golden Driller. 

While the week of midget auto racing is exciting, the author would like to remind our readers of other four great activities this week associated with the Chili Bowl 

- The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame fundraising auction on Thursday (1/14)  at noon Tulsa time at the main grandstand in in the Expo Center in the turn four area. Always lots of great autographed one of a kind items.

- The National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday (1/15) at 11 AM Tulsa time. If you don't have reservations it's too late to join for the banquet, but there will be a display that you can look over before the festivities start. It's in the big building Northeast of Expo Center near the old race track.

- On Saturday morning the 16th at 8 AM, there will be an Old Time racers reunion at the Golden Corral restaurant at 8144 East 21st Street (just east of South Memorial). There is no cost to attend beyond the regular cost to eat at the Golden Corral.
Finally, if you can't get tickets to the Chili Bowl, at least you can attend the Trade Show which opens at 9 AM each day at the Tulsa Expo Center and is free to attend. There are always lots of fun things to see and do in the Trade Show area.

Follow along at the Chili Bowl website

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Inaugural Chili Bowl Collectibles Show announced

The inaugural Chili Bowl Racing Collectibles Show will be held on January 15 and 16 2016 at the Clarion Waterfront Hotel - 2930 Waterfront Parkway W. Drive in Indianapolis.   The Chili Bowl Racing Collectibles Show will host racing collectors from across the Midwest, along with many local favorites as well.  

The Show will feature Indianapolis ‘500’ memorabilia along with other collector must-have items such as die cast cars, autographed items, programs, books, and racing apparel, with approximately 70 tables expected to be on hand for the two-day show.

During the show, there will be an opportunity for attendees to send A.J. Foyt birthday greetings, as the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis ‘500’ will turn 81 years old on Saturday, January 16. All the well wishes collected at the Show will be assembled and presented to his grandson, Anthony III, at the Foyt Wine Vault in Speedway Indiana to be given to A.J. at a later date.

The Chili Bowl Racing Collectibles Show Preview is Friday from 6 to 9 PM, with Show hours on Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Admission to the show is just $5 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free.

After the Show closes on Saturday there will be a complimentary Chili Bowl party that will begin at 6 PM.  Donations will be accepted for former sprint car driver and USAC official Greg Staab, who was injured in a fire that destroyed his home during the early hours of New Year's Day in Speedway.  

Direct all questions about the Chili Bowl Racing Collectibles Show to TEAM MHP contact Toni Meyer at 317-515-7929.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Best Chevrolet Underhood SEMA 2015 award winner 

photo by the author  

The Chevrolet Design Awards recognized the creative performance styling among feature vehicles at the SEMA 2015 Show. General Motors judges walked the entire show floor in search of unique and innovative designs to honor, and their picks showcased the rich diversity of the specialty-equipment market, representing the many niches within the industry. East Bay Muscle Cars (EBMC) from Brentwood California won the ‘Best Chevrolet Underhood’ award for their 1967 Chevrolet Camaro “Snowblind” which was on display at the K & N Air Filters booth. 

photo by the author

The award-winning engine is a Turnkey Engine Supply Chevrolet LS3 engine fitted with twin turbochargers, EBMC custom stainless steel headers, EBMC custom induction system and water-to-air intercoolers all nestled between custom carbon fiber inner wheel wells.

Check East Bay Muscle Cars website at

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Bakersfield return highlights of the World of Outlaws 2016 schedule

The 2016 schedule for  World of Outlaws (WoO) 410 winged sprint car series known as “the Greatest Show on Dirt”  was released at the 2015 PRI (Performance Racing Industry) show in Indianapolis, Indiana, and one of the highlights  is the series’ return to Bakersfield (California) Speedway after a ten-year hiatus. Promoter Scott Schweitzer is excited to have the cars and stars of the World of Outlaws series return on Friday April 15 2016 to Bakersfield Speedway for the ‘Budweiser Bash.’

The Bakersfield Speedway will celebrate its 71st year of operation during 2016, as the track first opened its gates in 1946 as a quarter mile dirt track, and has operated as a 1/3-mile banked clay oval since 1992. The track located at 5001 North Chester Avenue Extension (technically located in the Bakersfield suburb of Oildale) has operated under several names throughout its existence beginning with its original name, the Bakersfield Speedbowl, later known as the Oildale Speedway, Oil Bowl Speedway, Bakersfield Thunderbowl, and the Bakersfield Stadium. The early years were quite hectic with the quarter mile dirt oval paved with asphalt for the 1947 season, returned to a dirt oval for 1948, paved again for the 1949 season, and finally returned to a dirt oval again in 1950.

The World of Outlaws series’ last visit to Bakersfield Speedway came on February 26 2005, and when the checkered flag fell on the 35-lap feature Elk River, Minnesota driver Craig Dollansky scored the first of five WoO feature wins that season in his Karavan Trailers-sponsored Maxim.  Joey Saldana who led the first 23 laps of the race in his “Volcano Joe’s Coffee” Maxim finished second, and “King” Steve Kinser finished in the third position in the iconic Quaker State #11 enroute to his 20th and final WoO season championship.   

The current track record for a 410-cubic inch winged sprint car around the Bakersfield banked 1/3-
mile dirt oval is 10.342 seconds, set by WoO regular Jason Sides during a National Sprint Tour (NST) visit in March 2006. Racing historians will recall that the NST emerged as a strong rival to the World of Outlaws tour, but the series folded after just one 45-race season following the death of series founder Fred Brownfield in June 2006 in a racing accident.

Besides Bakersfield, the WoO series ‘Western Swing’ during the months of March and April 2016 includes California stops at the Tulare Thunderbowl, the Stockton Dirt Track, Placerville Speedway, Ocean Speedway, Silver Dollar Speedway, Calistoga Speedway, and Perris Auto Speedway.  The WoO series regulars will return to California later in 2016 at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico for the ‘Gold Cup Race of Champions’ on September 9 and 10 2016 

To purchase tickets to the April 15 2016 World of Outlaws  ‘Budweiser Bash’ sprint car race at Bakersfield Speedway, visit

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Hot Rods and Guitars at SEMA 2015

 Hot rods and guitars just naturally seem to go together, and nowhere was that more obvious than at the 2015 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas Nevada.


Dynamat, the leading manufacturer of multiple sound deadening and vibration absorbent materials for use in the hot rod and restoration field, featured “Wham,” a customized 1969 Ford LTD once owned by guitar legend Lonnie Mack.  

Reproduction of Lonnie Mack's guitar in the trunk

The LTD took its styling cues from Mack’s 1958 Gibson Flying V guitar, copying its blood red color and featured a Roland jazz Chorus guitar amplifier mounted in the trunk, shown with a reproduction of Mack’s guitar built by the Gibson Custom Shop. The LTD built by the Speed Kings shop in Cincinnati, also featured custom swivel front seats and 1964 Buick Riviera cast aluminum wheel covers. 

The Ridetech performance suspension specialty company’s booth featured the ‘XL27’ 1927 Ford hot rod built by the Greening Auto Company of Nashville Tennessee and a matching guitar.   The front suspension of the ‘XL27’ uses cantilevered Ridetech coil-over suspension components with custom split wishbones and body-colored twelve-inch Baer front disc brakes. The five-spoke wheels, 16 inch by three-inch wide in front and 18 inch by five-inch wide at the rear with knock-off caps were created by Jesse Greening, and were finished by Advanced Plating in brushed nickel with a translucent black powder coating.

The Goodguys giveaway 1932 Ford

The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association booth featured the group’s beautiful 1932 Ford Giveaway car built by Mike Goldman Customs of Meridian, Mississippi. The Brookville Roadster reproduction 1932 Ford roadster rides ‘hi boy’ style on a TCI Chassis with a 4” dropped front axle and 4-link rear suspension powered by an Edelbrock Performer 310 ‘Triple Deuce’ crate engine. The car with a black chopped canvas top and black steel wheels and the ‘32’  guitar are both covered with PPG white paint with red and black graphics.  'Eye on Cars' is sad to report that Gary Meadors, founder and chairman of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, died on December 27 2015 at age 76. RIP Gary.

The PPG SEMA booth- Mardi Gras

The wildest example of combining cars and music came at the PPG Industries’ wild Mardi Gras – themed booth to promote PPG’s incredible lineup of automotive finishes. As always, the creative minds at PPG ran wild, with a display of custom-painted skull masks, and a custom painted double bass as part of the skeletal band on the balcony overlooking the display area.  

That's just spooky- and creative 

All photographs by the author

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016 All Star Circuit of Champions schedule 

During the 2015 Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, Indiana, the All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) series for 410 cubic inch winged sprint cars released their 2016 schedule.

The ASCoC schedule features 51 events crossing seven states with races at 28 different venues. Highlights include four races during February in Florida, and nine races during the 34th annunal Ohio Sprint Speedweek from June 17 to June 25, with the Speedweek finale at Fremont Speedweek scheduled to pay $10,000 to the winner.

Click to enlarge schedule

During the 2016 season, the cars and stars of the ASCoC will visit some of the nation's oldest and most exciting race tracks, including Eldora Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway, Selinsgrove Speedway, and Atomic Speedway.

The ASCoC was formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, then was owned and operated by Bert Emick from 1980 to 2202. The current owner of the ASCoC is three-time NASCAR stock car champion Tony Stewart who bought the series in 2015. 

For more information, visit the All Star Circuit of Champions  website at