Sunday, May 26, 2013

Self Wins Second Straight at BIR

For the second year in a row, Michael Self found himself in the lead in the late stages of the race and once again he came out on top in the NAPA Know-How 125 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Brainerd International Raceway.  Andrew Ranger established the Track Record in Qualifying to with a lap of 96.330 MPH to claim the Coors Light Pole Award. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Brainerd International Raceway

Preview:  NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

The  NAPA Know-How 125 is coming up on Saturday May 25th at Brainerd International Raceway.  The 50 lap race (125 miles) will be run on BIR’s 13 turn Competition Road Course.  Practice is slated from 9:45 to 11 AM, with Qualifying scheduled for 1:45 and the Race set to start at 4:40 PM.
Speed Talk’s Dean Reller will be there with a LIVE update during this week’s show and will be providing updates throughout the day on the web, facebook and Twitter.  Here’s a list of drivers to watch.

Returning Drivers

#24 Michael Self (Golden Gate Meat/Bay Bio Diesel/RCR Chevrolet)

            The Park City, UT driver scored his first career win in last year’s inaugural race at Brainerd.  Self would go on to record 2 more wins in 2012.  Self started racing in karts on road courses, so turning left and right is natural for this Richard Childress developmental driver.

#26 Greg Pursley (GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Spring Dirt Weekend at Elko Speedway

By Jason D. Searcy

The weather shortened the amount of spring dirt racing to just one weekend, but it was an action packed two day event at Elko Speedway.  A near capacity crowd was thrilled by the awesome speed of the World of Outlaws sprint cars on Friday night.

32 Sprint cars raced and Sam Hafertepe set a fast time in qualifying at 12.507.  #83 Tim Kaeding worked his way from his 13th starting position to win the $10,000  main event, passing Kerry Madsen right up by the wall for the victory.  "Live or die on the high side, that is my motto," said Kaeding.  The race was shortened because of a brief rain shower that forced officials to end the race at lap 34 of a scheduled 40.  Local Minnesota driver #7 Craig Dollansky finished 3rd after leading many laps.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Raceway Park Season Opener 2013

Sunday May 5th marked the "beginning of the end" of the final season racing at 1 Checkered Flag Blvd in Shakopee MN.

Recovery Technology Solutions has proposed a 20 Million dollar asphalt recycling to be built on the 10 acre site that is the 50+ year home of Raceway Park. 

Raceway Park owner John Hellendrung has vowed to keep the 2013 race season intact as scheduled.

#61 Mark Bronstad won the first Figure-8 feature.  The second feature honors went to #33 Rick Martin

Dirt or Asphalt? Elko Speedway has both.

 By Jason D Searcy

Recently Elko Speedway named me, along with Pete Hackett, as the announcers for this upcoming season.  This excites me on many levels including the fact that Elko is one of the very few tracks in America that deliver both asphalt and dirt races at the same exact location, and has since 2010.  Bristol Motor Speedway experimented with it about a decade ago with mixed success and Berlin (MI) Raceway ran a dirt race last October and will try again this autumn.

I have come to learn that a lot goes into switching the race surface back and forth.  Here is a thumb nail sketch of this labor intensive process: