Sunday, February 26, 2017

4th Annual DIRTCar Nationals Pick'Em Contest FINAL Standings; Rocket Mark Delivers The Goods in Late Model Round

With only two chances for players to use their late model selections, a player by the way of Rocket Mark, climbed to the top of the standings after the World of Outlaw Late Model portion to take the overall championship in our 4th Annual DIRTCar Nationals Pick'Em Contest. Rounding out the podium was former Lernerville Pick'Em Champion and Special Event Pick'Em veteran Dick Dragon who fell three points short, and David Corley.  Congrats to our podium finishers!

We'd like to thank you all for playing in this year's contest! We hope it made the racing that much more enjoyable!  TDN Pick'Em will return with the start of our annual Lernerville Pick'Em weekly contest in April, and our special event pick'ems will return in June with the Firecracker 100 Pick'Em Contest!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Speed Shift Preview: USAC Kicks Off at Bubba Raceway Park; Canyon Desert Classic On Tap

To everything, there is a season. And this weekend at Bubba Raceway Park, the USAC Amsoil Sprint Cars begin their year long journey with a trio of races in the Florida sun!

We'd like to be in that Florida sun right about now, but we're kind of stuck without at race at TDN Headquarters. But no worries for us, we'll be watching all the action, and you can too on SpeedShift.TV!

Defending champion Brady Bacon will be in action this weekend, and though he'll be driving more of the things with wings in 2017, he still plans to make stops on the USAC trail where he can this year. He'll be joined with another stout field of USAC regulars including the peoples champ...Mr Dave Darland who returns to the seat of the Curb/Agajanian ride in 2017, as well at "T-Mez" Thomas Meseraull, and Chris Windom who finished 2016 as one of the hottest drivers around and will be looking to get a jump on the field out of the box. Chad Boespflug will be there in new surroundings as well. It's anybody's series in 2017, and the action starts this Thursday, Friday and Saturday LIVE on SpeedShift TV.

Also on the card this weekend at Bubba, it's the Mod Lites! These guys put on some of the best racing you can find anywhere and if you've already seen them live, then you know what we're talking about. And if you haven't yet watched them, you're in for a pure treat!

Thursday, Feb 23- 7:15 PM
Friday, Feb 24- 7:15 PM
Saturday Feb 25- 7:15 PM

To Order LIVE From Speed Shift TV:  CLICK HERE

So, you say you're more looking for some Modifieds this weekend? Look no further!

Desert Classic at Canyon Speedway Park

This weekend, Speed Shift also brings you the action from Canyon Speedway Park! This Friday and Saturday, it's time for the annual Desert Classic! There's $3,000 on the line for the IMCA Modifieds on Saturday night! Following the recently completed Arizona Modified tour, the IMCA Modifieds will head out to Canyon to take home the lion's share of the cash. Jason Noll, Chaz Baca Jr., Bubba Stafford and others might be in the house, and might even be joined by a Hunter Marriott or Lucas Schott!

You'll also be treated to IMCA Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Hobby Stocks and Mod Lites as well. It's two full nights of racing action, from a very racy place indeed! A two day pass will cost you just $34.95

Friday Feb 24- Racing starts at 9 PM Eastern, 7 PM Mountain
Saturday Feb 25- Racing starts at 9 PM Eastern, 7 PM Mountain

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Dirt Car Nationals Pick'Em Scoring Update: Lohrmann Leads Logjam

The first half of our 4th Annual DIRTCar Nationals Pick'Em Contest is in the books, and TDN National/Lernerville Pick'Em veteran Nick Lohrmann leads a hungry pack of pursuers. He's currently tied with Evan Jones, Kelly Brown, Tom Markley, Lucas Punkari and a four others for the top spot in what is shaping up to be a hotly contested battle to the finish!

Remember that the World of Outlaw Late Model portion of the Dirt Car Nationals, the final three nights of Late Model Week this Thursday, Friday and Saturday will determine our feature winner! Good luck everyone, and thanks for playing as always!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

TDN's 2017 Craftsman World of Outlaws Late Model Series Season Preview

Hey there folks, in just two days, the WoO season gets started down at Screven in Georgia. With that, we figured it best to give our predictions for the season and other ramblings.

This season is one that is very interesting going in, because 2016's champion, and perennial championship contender more or less since the start of the re-imagined WoO, Josh Richards, has left the tour to go run the Lucas series. It was a move that sent shockwaves  through the sport. His seat in Mark Richards' house car team was filled by Brandon Sheppard, who has previously driven the car on tour with quite a bit of success, but he left the ride shortly into the season to be closer to home. Brandon has already picked up a win in the car this season at East Bay a couple nights ago, so the combination should be quite successful going into the season.

Another move made by a WoO team was Steve Casebolt leaving the Tye Twarog #9 and was replaced by young upstart Devin Moran, with plans to follow the whole tour in 2017. Devin had previously attempted to run the Lucas tour in his own equipment, but had to drop off due to a lack of funding. With the Twarog partnership, funding won't be an issue, and it'll be interesting to see what he can do on tour. He's always very stout at shows around his region, and has shown flashes of brilliance in his trips further from home before. I tend to think he'll be pretty good on tour once he gets the Rockets he's in figured out.

A new face on tour this year will be Chris Madden. Chris is one of the very best regional drivers, if not THE best, in the entire country, and has won big races before in trips out of the region. He previously started off with the WoO in 2007, but dropped off in June. He's definitely capable of winning a championship, and will get his wins for sure, but he's shown commitment issues with following a tour. Everything interview I've read with him going into this season, though, he definitely seems serious about it this year. I definitely hope he follows through with the whole tour, because simply being there makes each race more interesting. He's that good.

Other than that,  contingent upon what happens at Screven and Volusia, of course, the rest of the tour should look pretty much as it has the last handful of seasons. The schedule isn't all that different, either, save for the shows at the re-opening Rt. 66 Dirt Oval in Chicago. That schedule can be found here.

All that said, let's get to predictions. Here's where I think the top twelve in points will be come the end of the World Finals in Charlotte.

1. Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL.


I don't see the Rocket team missing a beat at all, and I believe Brandon will win 8-10 races and bring home the championship. 

2. Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA. 

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 The 2015 champ isn't going anywhere, and he'll win his fair share of races, but come up just short in the points at the end of the year. 

3. Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC. 

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I do think he'll floowo through with the whole thing, and will win a pile of races and contend for the championship, but the touring experience will just edge him out. 

4. Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL. 

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Brian returns to the tour again in 2017, and he will win some races and improve his position in the standings a bunch. 

5. Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, AR.

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BMJ makes great strides and wins 6 or so races in 2017, but the compeition level on tour keeps him right where he finished in 2016 when the points shake out.  

6. Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, IL. 

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I look for Frankie to improve on previous years and win a couple races. 

7. Rick Eckert, York, PA. 

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Rick will fall a few spots in the standings in 2017. Doesn't mean he's sliding down the hill or anything, it more speaks to the competition level on tour. 

8. Devin Moran, Dresden, OH.  

 Devin will do pretty well on tour, but his lack of experience will bite him sometimes. I think it will make for excellent practice for a fantastic 2018 on tour.

9. Chase Jughans, Manhattan, KS.  

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Chase will return to the tour full time in 2017. He'll pick up a win or town on his way to a top ten in points. 

10. Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX. 

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Terbo will be fast in 2017, but still have some consistency issues. Still, he'll be better than he was in 2016. 

11. Chub Frank, Bear Lake, PA. 

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2017 is going to be Chub's last full year on tour, and sadly, it won't be much of an improvement on the last few years. I do say he wins a WoO race for the first time in a couple seasons on June 20th at Mckean, though. 

12. Morgan Bagley, Longview, TX. 

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Morgan returns to the tour again in 2017, and I look for a rocky start to lead to a chassis change around midseason and much improved results in whatever car he ends up changing to, but the hole that was dug at the beginning will be too much to make up any significant ground. 

And that's who I think will shake out to be the top twelve at the end of the season. There will be 14 cars that follow through with the whole tour. #13 will be Joey Coulter, who is still very much in learning mode when it comes to dirt cars. #14 will be RoY Donald Bradasher, who will sturggle much of the year, but have a couple nice runs mixed in. 

We'll check back come World Finals time to see how close I was. 

Happy racing, everybody!