COOK CAPTURES HANGOVER 40 VICTORY AT 411 MOTOR SPEEDWAY!
31, 2016) 411 Motor Speedway and CT Promotions presented
the 7th Annual Hangover 40 on Saturday afternoon and Ray Cook
of Brasstown, NC would take the lead from Donald McIntosh on lap
15 and hold off the charge of Mike Marlar over the final dozen
circuits to score a $4,000 payday. The win by Cook would come
behind the wheel of his own A Plus Moving and Storage Company/Tommy
Pope Construction/Motion Sensors/American Racer South/Schaeffer’s
Oil sponsored #53 Capital Race Car sporting a Jay Dickens Race
Donald McIntosh would take the lead at the start
of the event, with Justin Williams, Mike Marlar, and Ray Cook
giving chase. McIntosh would build a comfortable lead early, while
Marlar would work past Williams for second on lap 6 and bring
Cook along into third, with Cook driving past Marlar for second
on lap 7 as race leader McIntosh began to lap slower traffic.
Cook would close in on McIntosh as the pair dueled for lead and
Cook would ease past McIntosh on lap 15 entering turn three to
take the top position.
The first caution of the event would fly on lap
18 when Shane Bailey and Carder Miller would tangle in turn one.
The restart would see Cook motor away from the field, while Marlar
would work past McIntosh for the second position, with Jason Welshan
and Jason Cardwell battling for fourth. The final caution of the
race took place on lap 22 for a spin by Bo Eaton in turn two and
under the caution, McIntosh would pull his mount pitside for the
night with a broken rear-axle. The restart would see Cook and
Marlar motor away from the field and by lap 35, the duo would
have almost a full-straightaway advantage over third place running
The lead duo would start working slower traffic
on lap 38 and Marlar would close in on Cook and would challenge
for the top spot on several instances over the final dozen laps
of the contest, however, Cook would not be denied on this evening
and would see the checkered flag first. Marlar would settle for
second, while Cardwell completed the podium finishers with a third
place effort. Welshan and Russell Erwin would round out the top
five finishers. The remainder of the top ten finishers in the
event would be Stephen Breeding, Ryan King, Justin Williams, James
Williamson, and Dustin Mitchell.
AMERICAN RACER TIRES
TO SPONSOR SUNSHINE STATE CHALLENGE SERIES IN 2017!
21, 2016) While Florida tracks wind down there 2016 seasons
there are three tracks that have been working vigorously to create
the "New" Sunshine State Challenge Series. Auburndale
Speedway, 417 Southern Speedway (formerly Charlotte Co. Speedway)
and Desoto Speedway have done what most say could never be done
and that's create a universal rule book for all three tracks and
a nice series schedule to go with it. New Smyrna Speedway has
also joined the trio with adapting the Open Wheel Modified, Pro-Truck
and Sportsman rules for the 2017 season.
"This is going to be huge for Florida racing"
said Ricky Brooks Technical Director for the Series. The Series
will host four races for each division at the three tracks. Several
of the divisions are paired up to create "Double Headers"
on the 2017 schedule. Super Late Models will see Bombers and Legends
follow them around the state, Sportsman and Pro-Trucks will join
forces as will the Open Wheel Modifieds and Street Stocks. The
Modified Mini Tour will travel solo to all the tracks in 2017.
Sunoco Fuels and American Racer have teamed up to
sponsor the series for the 2017 season and we're glad to have
there support. The Series schedule for all eight divisions will
be released today as well as the 2017 Rules for the three tracks.
Stay tuned for more updates as the day progresses. Be sure to
add yourself to the Sunshine State Challenge Series Facebook Page
at Sunshine State Challenge Series.
For more information feel free to contact any of
the names listed below:
Technical Director/Auburndale Speedway = Ricky Brooks 850-324-6821
Desoto Speedway - Ronnie Bacelo 704-707-9420 Track: 941-748-3171
417 Southern Speedway - Joe Gentry 941-628-8128
HILL'S FLAT LEADS PAYNE
TO FIRST CAREER SOUTHERN NATIONALS BONUS WIN!
4, 2016) For several years, David Payne has been awaiting
the chance to drive into victory lane at Tazewell Speedway. After
race-leader Vic Hill slowed with a flat tire on the 17th lap,
Payne’s chances of doing that seemed more realistic. Payne
led the remaining distance, only challenged once by Billy Ogle
Jr. in the later stages of the 44-lap Buddy Rogers Memorial to
capture his first-career Southern Nationals Bonus Series victory.
Payne became the seventh different winner in seven
races with his $4,400 payday. Payne drove the Gibson Motorsports
and Payne Excavating-sponsored Capital Race Car to the victory.
Payne also became the 21st different winner in series history.
There have been 28 races contested since 2014 with 21 different
winners on the tour.
DAVID PAYNE BUSTS INTO
SOUTHERN NATIONALS VICTORY LANE AT BOYD'S!
26, 2016) David Payne of Murphy, N.C. became the 33rd
different winner in nearly 12 seasons with the Schaeffer’s
Oil Southern Nationals Series as he drove into victory lane Tuesday
Night at Boyd’s Speedway. (McLeod Media
Payne would lead the entire 35-lapper to claim
his first-career series victory, worth $3,500, while driving the
Payne Excavating and Gibson Motorsports-sponsored, Capital Race
Car. Rounding out the top-five at the finish were Vic Hill, Craig
Vosbergen who scored his best-career series finish, Devin Gilpin
and Todd Morrow.
AMERICAN RACER ANNOUNCES
CHANGE TO DIRT RACING TIRE DISTRIBUTION IN MID-ATLANTIC
(March 8, 2016) American Racer
is pleased to announce that distribution of all dirt track racing
tires in the Mid-Atlantic region will now be handled by our Southeast
distributor, "American Racer South". Ray Cook at American
Racer South has been our exclusive distributor in asphalt and
dirt for Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, eastern
Louisiana, and Florida since October 2014. This change in structure
will now add dirt tire distribution in Virginia, North Carolina,
and South Carolina to the ARS territory. This comes on the heels
of the recently announced distributor addition of Feature Racing
Products for asphalt and sports car, covering Virginia, North
Carolina, and South Carolina.
Scott Junod, Director of Racing for American Racer
commented "with American Racer South's success in the Southeast
since joining our team we are excited to have Ray and the crew
at ARS now representing the American Racer brand in dirt for Virginia,
North Carolina, and South Carolina."
Ray Cook of American Racer South stated "looking
forward to the 2016 racing season, we are glad to have the opportunity
to expand the reach of the American Racer tire and will strive
to provide the same great customer service that we have brought
to the Southeast in the recent years."
RIVAL FLORIDA TRACKS
CREATE NEW SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES!
(December 17, 2015) Just when you
thought you’ve heard it all, two rival Florida short tracks
have teamed up to do what many people said couldn’t be done.
Auburndale Speedway and Desoto Speedway have teamed up along with
two prominent racing forces, Sunoco and American Racer to create
the latest Florida Super Late Model Series.
After much deliberation an agreement was made between
all parties involved to create the Sunoco Challenge Series, “It
was time we got some tracks working together to make this happen,
I think it’s going to be good for all involved” said
Rick Williams owner of Southern Fuels. The series will be boast
a 12-race deal with six races at each facility. All races will
be run on the new American Racer tire and will prove to be the
“We had a tire test with two of the
area’s top competitors and everything proved this was the
right choice.” Said Auburndale Owner Rex Guy.
The first event kicks off at Auburndale on Saturday,
January, 16th and Sunday the 17th with Triple 50’s then
heads to Desoto on Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February
7th for the Ice Breaker & Randy Fox Memorial 104. “We
got a good thing going with Auburndale, Sunoco and American Racer
and are very excited about 2016” said Desoto Speedway General
Manager Ron Bacelo.
Ricky Brooks has played a big part in pulling everything
together and was hired to control the technical side of things
and will officiate all Sunoco Challenge events. “I’m
looking forward to being a part of this series and what we’ve
created here with Sunoco, American Racer and the two racetracks.”
says Ricky Brooks.
For more information/rules contact Ricky Brooks
at 850-324-6821 and the complete Sunoco Challenge schedule, go
SOUTHERN RACEWAY RELAXES
TIRE RULE FOR $10K SOUTHERN STATES CLASSIC!
28, 2015) Officials with the Southern Raceway in Milton,
Fla. have announced a tire rule adjustment for the upcoming Southern
States Classic on November 5-7 paying $10,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start
for the unsanctioned-Crate Late Model special event. Officials
have announced that the following tires will be allowed for the
event next weekend. Hoosier: Crate 21, Crate 55, Spec 1350, any
1600 and a right rear option only 70. The American Racer Spec
48BT, any 56 or right rear option 70 will be allowed.
The Southern States Classic features the Crate Late
Models racing for $10,000-to-win and 100 laps. The Modifieds will
race for $1,500-to-win, the Street Stocks will compete for $1,500-to-win,
the Vintage Cars will race for $1,000-to-win and the Pure Stocks
will compete for $1,000-to-win. Preliminary races are on Friday
November 6th while the Last Chance races and the Main events will
be Saturday November 7th.
An open practice will be held on Thursday Night
November 5th. The Crate Late Model entry fee is $175.00. Thursday
adult general admission is Free, Friday adult general admission
is $20.00 and Saturday adult general admission is $25.00. A weekend
wristband for all three nights will be sold for $40.00. Thursday
pit admission is $10.00, Friday pit admission is $25.00 and Saturday
pit admission is $35.00. A weekend wristband for all three nights
will be sold for $60.00.
Southern States Classic Purse: 1) $10,000, 2) $5,000,
3) $2,500, 4) $2,000, 5) $1,500, 6) $1,200, 7) $1,150, 8) $1,125,
9) $1,100, 10) $1,075, 11) $1,050, 12) $1,025, 13th – 24th)
WILLIE ALLEN SCORES 18TH
CAREER WIN IN 2015 OPENING EVENT AT NASHVILLE!
4, 2015) The 58th season of asphalt race kicked off at
Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville this past Saturday at the legendary
speedway. The premier division, Big Machine Records Pro Late Model
Challenge Series presented by Hunter Sand & Gravel had lots
of action for the fans. Mr. Ron Hunter, co-founder of Hunter Sand
Gravel gave the command for the engines to come to life.
Sterling Marlin set the early pace as the field
included three NASCAR stars who return to their home track after
stellar careers. Jeff Green driving the Mike Alexander owned pro
late model and Willie Allen driving for Wendell Mobley carried
the NASCAR banner. The 2014 opening night winner Dillon Oliver
made early noise pacing the field for seven laps. Allen eased
past Marlin with 20 laps remaining and led the rest of the night
for his 18th career win at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, surpassing
Charley Binkley for the 16th spot on the all-time win list.
D & D Events Limited Late Model 40 lap event
was fast and furious from the start. Allen Carter set a blazing
pace, at lap 21, Bobby Terry took the lead with Carter and Chaz
Chaffin making contact on the front stretch. The aftermath of
the wreck made the night short for both drivers. Terry cruised
for the remaining laps and took home the win for the night.
AMERICAN RACER - THE
OFFICIAL TIRE FOR FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY NASHVILLE!
11, 2015) Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville president, Tony
Formosa Jr., is pleased to announce for the 2015 season, American
Racer as the official tire for competition on the high bank 5/8th
mile oval located in Music City USA. The limited late model and
pro late model divisions will compete exclusively on American
Racer. The American Racer owned company has a tradition of winning
races and championships at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Alton
Jones, the 1976 NASCAR Late Model Sportsman champion at Fairgrounds
Speedway Nashville competed exclusively with McCreary/American
Racer brand tires.
Formosa made the decision in late 2014 for tire
test with the American Racer brand, additional test performed
during the early part of this year. A 40 car field took the green
in the pro late model event October 4th, 2014 with 15 cars crossing
the stripe at the end of the night. Formosa feels the American
Racer will allow drivers to feel more grip with the tire compound,
"bite" for a better feel and stability. Hoosier Racing
Tire has an outstanding racing product with great credibility
and has been a vital part of success the past four seasons at
the speedway. The move to American Racer is a change that we feel
is the best direction for the speedway and our competitors.
Ray Cook, a successful super and pro late model
dirt racer from North Carolina will supply tires for American
Racer in Tennessee and various states. Cook and Scott McAdoo,
tire engineer brought a different twist from dirt to asphalt at
Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Cook and McAdoo went back from
the late 2014 test and basically built a new model tire for the
2015 season. Tony Formosa Jr. added that a lot of important data
was obtained from the test and appreciated having the opportunity
to work with two racing tire professionals and the drivers who
participated in the test.
WELCOME TO AMERICANRACERSOUTH.COM!
to the official Internet home of American Racer South! Effective
October 2014, American Racer South was designated as the exclusive
race tire distributor for the American Racer® race tire brand
for the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Eastern
Louisiana. American Racer South is headed by Ray Cook of Super
Late Model racing fame and Joe Denby - long time partner of his
#53 race team and supporter of dirt track racing. Working with
Ray and Joe, handling day to day business operations is Allen
With multiple warehouses in Tullahoma, Tennessee
and Brasstown, North Carolina, American Racer South is dedicated
to the utmost service in race tire distribution. During the racing
season, our service trailer can be found at tracks all over the
South. To ensure that your American Racer® tires are delivered
by Friday for the racing weekend, please make sure to place your
order by Wednesday. We are conveniently open on Monday through
Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm. You can call us toll-free at 1.844.SOUTHAR
(768-8427) or contact us via email at email@example.com.
Racer® tires are built in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Unicoi,
Tennessee by hundreds of men and women who know that the four
tires under every racecar are crucial to its performance in competition,
so we take what we do very seriously!
American Racer® brand tires are designed, developed,
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