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!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Northwest Ohio Racing Season Set to Begin March 24th

     The long, cold winter in northwest Ohio will finally come to an end March 24th when Attica Raceway Park opens their gates for the first time in the 2017 season. They will kick off an eventful dirt racing season along with Fremont Speedway, the Fremont/Attica Sprint Title (FAST).
     Attica Raceway Park will welcome back the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series on July 11th for the Brad Doty Classic. Donny Schatz won the 2016 BDC in front of a standing room only crowd. Tickets are on sale now at
     Attica will host a 360ci sprint car race featuring the National Racing Alliance (NRA) and Great Lakes Sprint Series (GLSS) May 12th. This will be the GLSS first trip to Attica in their sophomore year of operation.  
     In 2017 Attica will introduce the Attica Raceway Park/Oakshake Raceway late model mini series. The six event series will include three races at each track. Attica will host their three races May 5th, June 30th and July 21st.There is a point fund for the six race series.
     Returning in 2017 for the late model division will be the ARP/Wayne County Speedway late model mini series. Another six night event for the late models competing at Attica and Wayne County. The Attica dates for this mini series are May 12th, July 7th and August 18th.There is also a point fund for the six race series.
     The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will visit Attica Raceway Park four times in 2017. They will highlight the Saturday night event of the HD Supply Summer Nationals on April 15th. Five time and defending All Star champion Chad Kemenah will return with the All Stars again on May 26th. Attica will kick off the 2017 Ohio Speed Week on June 16th and they will end Attica's season on Saturday, Sept 2nd partnering with The Dirt Classic for $10,000 to win during the Attica Ambush.
     Don't forget to check out the annual fan night June 30th that features $10 general admission. Fans can visit the teams after hot laps and hot dogs are only $1 and popcorn is 50 cents. The night features the FAST 410ci sprint cars, FAST 305ci sprint cars and ARP/Oakshade late model series.  

      Fremont Speedway will being their 67th season on April 22nd.
     Those in northwest Ohio looking for some non-wing sprint car action can head to "The Track That Action Built" May 13th and Sept 30th when Fremont welcomes back the Rick's Truck and Equpiment Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS).
     May 27th, Fremont will host the North night of the FAST/Ohio Sprint Car Series (OSCS) North vs South challenge.
     April 29th Fremont will hold a 305ci verses 360ci sprint car challenge. New this year Fremont will host an Open Wheel Shootout July 1st with 410ci, 360ci and 305ci sprints.
     Last year Fremont Speedway hosted the 305ci sprints during the Sandusky County Fair. It had been 40 years since sprint cars competed during the fair. The fair race returns in 2017 along with the ladies powder puff dirt truck race.
     The 10th Annual Jim Ford Classic will be held September 15th and 16th. This year the Jim Ford Classic will be co-sanctioned by FAST and OSCS.
     Gates at Fremont Speedway open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7p.m. on Saturday nights. The speedway is located just four miles south of Ohio Turnpike exit 91 in Fremont, Ohio.  

     In 2017 the members of the FAST series will see a little more travel added to the schedule. The All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST 410 schedule is made up of 25 races mostly between Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway. This season there will be seven co-sanctioned races with OSCS including the weekend of August 11-12 at the newly reopened Mansfield Motor Speedway. This weekend will also include the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 sprint cars.
     Also shared on the 410 and 305 FAST schedule is a night at Waynesfield Motorsports Park July 3rd and Mercer Raceway August 19th.
     Members of the FAST 410 series will also battle the OSCS on their home turf of Atomic Speedway April 29th.
     The FAST 305 series will see two dates at Limaland Motorsports Park this season, July 14th and Aug. 4th.
     Both series will end their season September 15th during the Jim Ford Classic at Fremont Speedway. 

To see full schedules for Attica Raceway Park, Fremont Speedway or the FAST series click here. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 DIRTCar Nationals Pick'Em Contest

And we're back for the 2017 DIRTCar Nationals Pick'Em Contest. Have you ever won a TDN Gator? It's pretty cool, we send you a baby alligator in a shoe box for you to have as a pet. Well, we were until the ASPCA got a hold of us and made us stop, but still, it was a good deal while it lasted!

So since we can't do that anymore, damn it, we will offer some other top prizes

1st Place: $50 Visa Gift Card
2nd Place: Choice of tshirts from our great friends at R and R Racewear
3rd Place: The wonderful $15 Subway gift card!

Okay, so here's how we're doing it this year. Just follow the bullet points below

  • You will select 3 Sprint and 3 Super Late Model drivers and their feature finishes will be scored with a point system. The cars will be scored ONLY on World of Outlaw Sprint or World of Outlaw Late Model nights at Volusia. 
  • Do NOT forget to fill out all information!
  • Do NOT forget to WRITE DOWN YOUR PICKS.  You want to refer back to them to root for your drivers don't you? 
  • Please pay attention to the instructions. You may write in a selection this time in case you don't see a driver you'd like to use! 
  • Please....please do your homework!! Research your drivers! The drivers we have listed are not guarantees of appearance, but simply likely selections.  We won't have time to attend to the "I didn't know that driver wasn't or was coming" bit that has happened from time to time. And also, make sure you have six picks! We won't be chasing folks down who forgot one. 

Having said all that, we hope you have a great time and it makes the racing that much more fun for you! 

With that said, good luck and thanks as always for playing!  We'll be putting one of you in the National Dirt Racing Pick'Em Hall of Fame!

To Play TDN's 2017 DIRTCar Nationals Pick'Em Contest Click HERE