January 20, 2015
The countdown to Speedweeks in Florida continues. As of
this Friday, Jan 23 only four short weeks remain before Daytona and New
Smyrna come alive with the sound of racing engines to signify the official
start of the 2015 racing season.
The Daytona International Speedway has been hosting practice sessions for
the ARCA Racing Series. The 63rd season for the ARCA Racing Series will kick
off Speedweeks at Daytona with its first practice session Thursday, February
12 from 4:00-6 p.m. ET with the second and final practice session following
Friday morning at 9:30, February 13. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by
Ansell will take place at 3:30 Friday afternoon, which will be done in group
sessions. The Lucas Oil 200, which serves as the preamble for NASCAR's
Sprint Unlimited, is set to get the green flag at 4:15 Saturday, February
Among those in the test session were Whelen Modified Tour Series
competitors Tommy Barrett and Andy Seuss. Barrett’s best speed was
181.324mph, 26th overall and Seuss went 179mph, 29th overall. Thirty eight
competitors took part in the Daytona session. Sean Corr was the fastest as
he turned in a 187.692mph run.
Internet racing news site RaceDayCt.com announced that Jeff Rocco will
join his twin brother Keith on the entry list for the three events for the
American-Canadian Tour at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway next month. The events
will take place Feb. 15, 16 & 17 as part of the World Series of Asphalt
Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. All three events will be 100-lap
features. No word yet as to how many Modified entries have been received.
Robert Hart, Promoter and Owner of the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) and Tom
Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) made a surprise
announcement today by scheduling a third event for the ACT Late Model teams.
The popular New England and Quebec based touring group have added a Sunday
night, February 15, 2015 date to their trip to the Florida track. The
American Racer Challenge Cup will take place on Monday and Tuesday, February
ACT Series director Tom Curley was elated. "It was a nice surprise today
to hear from Kim Brown and Robert Hart from New Smyrna. After consulting all
28 teams, we have been able to put together a field of twenty-six cars to
run an additional 100-lap race on Sunday night of the opening weekend at New
Smyrna Speedway. The season-opening event of the NASCAR K & N Series will
take place on Sunday as well. There was a lot of enthusiasm and support from
all the teams, and most told us they would be there watching the K&N race
anyway, so being able to race was a bonus they hadn’t expected," said
Indoor Three Quarter Midget action will be the big attraction on Jan.
30-31, inside Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall at the Len Sammons
Motorsports Productions NAPA Know How Weekend. With 198 entrants in three
classes and four feature races on the agenda, success is stacked high
against the driver.
Recent LSRP Three Quarter (TQ) Midget action inside Sun National Bank
Center in Trenton, N.J. proved it when Steve Craig of Levittown, Pa. flipped
completely over the fence. He walked away from the spectacular spill and was
even interviewed on his way back to the pit area. Fans were also surprised
when Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J. was spun out by Anthony Sesely of
Matawan, N.J. Blewett stopped on the track, then slammed into Sesely as he
drove by. That earned Blewett a ‘Bronx cheer’ from the grandstand and a
heave-ho from the race by LSRP officials.
Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct.,
and Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo N.Y., winners in December inside Trenton’s Sun
National Bank Center, are likely contenders for ultimate victory in Atlantic
City. They’ll be chasing Anthony Sesely, the winner of the last three
Boardwalk Hall feature races.
Noted scribe Lou Modestino advises that OTB Promotions, a new motorsports
promotions company, has announced a second event has been added to its 2015
calendar. The ICEBREAKER, Road Race Style, is slated for Friday, April 24
and Saturday, April 25 at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. It will
begin the local grassroots sports car racing season.
This event is unique not only in regards to the amount of track time it
affords, and its inclusion of many different types of cars, but also in its
affordability. Early bird registration, which will begin February 15, for
the ICEBREAKER, Road Race Style, will only be $275. Registration following
February 15, but before April 15 will be $295, and on-site registration for
the event will be $325.
On the speedway stock market scene last week two of the three speedway
stocks finished in the green at week’s end. The International Speedway
Corporation went up 0.09 to 30.53 and Speedway Motorsports went up 0.02 to
22.18 while Dover Entertainment dropped 0.06 to 2.63. NASCAR tire supplier
Goodyear dropped 4.43 to 24.82 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy
Transfer) dropped 1.56 to 62.72 and NASCAR Cup sponsor Sprint dropped 0.04
to 4.08. With the exception of Toyota the car builders were down for the
week. Toyota went up 2.70 to 128.92 while General Motors dropped 1.92 to
33.68 and Ford dropped 0.20 to 15.02. In the home improvement sector, Home
Depot dropped 0.73 to 104.17 and Lowes dropped 0.38 to 67.97. In big team
sponsor’s stocks, Coca-Cola went up 8.03 to 95.94 and FedEx went up 4.05 to
176.81 while McDonalds dropped 1.79 to 91.46, Target dropped 1.50 to 74.96
and Aarons Rentals dropped 0.76 to 29.61.
On the tube this coming week:
Wednesday, January 21
4:00 PM, NASCAR America, NBC Sports Net
4:30 PM, NASCAR America, NBCSN
5:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub - Best of the Year, FOX Sports 1
5:00 PM, NASCAR America, NBCSN
Thursday, January 22
5:00 AM, NASCAR Race Hub - Best of the Year, FS1
12:00 PM, How It's Made - Liquor Jugs, Deli Meats, NASCAR Engines, SCIENCE
5:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub - Best of the Year, FS1
5:00 PM, NASCAR America, NBCSN
6:30 PM, NASCAR Race Hub - Best of the Year, FOX Sports 2
Friday, January 23
5:00 PM, NASCAR America, NBCSN
NASCAR Modified Tour and K&N Series fans are still awaiting the
announcement from NASCAR concerning their TV package.
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, and
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Phil Smith has been a
columnist for Speedway Scene and various
other publications for over 3 decades.
Smith / Champ Trail