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Limited Modifieds?  Vote to see them at the Track!

Limited Modifieds? Vote to see them at the Track!

12/21/2009

Lonestar Speedway is taking emails to find out whether or not to have Limited Modifieds with each scheduled event.

Please call the track at 903-986-9731 to place your vote, or simply email contact@lonestarspeedway.com through our contact page and select “Vote” from the subject line.

We need to have a commitment from at least 18 Limited Modified drivers if we are going to add your class to all of our scheduled programs. Please tell all of your friends, family, and fellow racers. The fans are welcome to email or call in as well; we need to have people in the stands as well as drivers in the pits for us to have this regular program.

Texas Two-Step: Joey Saldana Wins Again

Texas Two-Step: Joey Saldana Wins Again

10/26/2009

Tony Veneziano - Kilgore, TX

Not that Joey Saldana really needed a good luck charm with how strong he has been running this season, but just in case, he had one for the inaugural WoO Fest at Lone Star Speedway as his son Reece, who was on fall break from school, made the trip south from Indiana. Saldana won earlier this season at the half-mile located in Kilgore, Texas and also was victorious in Texas at Houston Raceway Park, both of which races his son was his in attendance for.

Saldana made it three-for-three in the state of Texas after wiring the field on Saturday night at Lone Star Speedway to score his series leading 19th A-Feature win of the season with the World of Outlaws and his career-high 20th overall victory with the series.
Saldana earned $12,000 for the win, which was the 58th of his World of Outlaw career as he continues to close in on Stevie Smith who is eighth on the all-time win list with 67 triumphs. For the native of Brownsburg, Indiana it was his fourth win of the season on a half-mile track aboard the Budweiser Maxim.

“This is another great win,” said Saldana. “I can’t thank Willie (Kahne), Kolten (Gouse) and Kale (Kahne) enough. They work really hard. Our shop is based out of Charlotte and they have to do a lot of extra driving to get this car to the race track. It was a great effort by this whole Budweiser team. We qualified in the Top-Five as well, so thanks to Speedway Engines.”

Saldana won the Crane Cams Dash to start on the pole for the 30-lapper with Sam Hafertepe Jr. getting the jump at the start and leading the field into turn one with Saldana moving in front in turn two. Hafertepe kept pace with him throughout the race in lapped traffic and closed to within a few cars lengths a couple of times when Saldana was not able to get around a lapped car. The only caution of the night flew on the 23rd lap, putting the leaders back in open track.

“The clear track definitely helped with how the track was, but my car was really good,” noted Saldana in Victory Lane. “The lapped cars were tough and the track was really fast and I didn’t want to do anything stupid. A couple of times I had to lift and just let the lap car go and get him back in the next corner. It was a great race and our car was great all night.”

The victory was Saldana’s third consecutive in the state of Texas and was the fifth win of his career in the Lone Star State. He has finished ninth or better in 10 of his last 11 starts in Texas and was quick to credit the vast number of starts he has in the state over the years to his success there the last few seasons.

“It’s a lot of time behind the wheels of one of these cars,” explained Saldana when asked what makes his so good in Texas as of late. “The pill draw definitely helped tonight, but you have to be fast all 30 laps. We just made the right adjustments on our car It was another great effort by my team.”

Hafertepe wound up second for the second time this season with the World of Outlaws as he continues to close in on his first career win with the series. He used a strong start to keep pace with Saldana early in the contest and then after Saldana opened a big lead, he was able to reel him back in in lapped traffic.

“Once we changed our program up around the middle of the year, we’ve been one of the cars to beat every night,” said Hafertepe. “I definitely wanted to win tonight, but Joey (Saldana) is a class act and there is nobody I would rather see beat me than him. He’s doing a lot for the sport and has already had 19 wins this year, so to finish second behind him, I’m not too mad about it. We made some nice moves in lapped traffic and made it interesting for the fans.”

Hafertepe was hoping that the race would go green to checker without any cautions and that nearly was the case, with just the single yellow flag with seven laps remaining. He tried everything he could to keep up with Saldana on the restart, but in open track was just not able to get close enough to him to make a move.

“I knew we had a good car and behind Joey, though he was so good in clean air that we really couldn’t do anything with him,” shared Hafertepe, whose parents Sam Sr. and Lisa own and operate Lone Star Speedway. “I didn’t like to see the caution because he got back in clean air, but that’s the way racing goes. We’ll take our second here tonight and go to Lowe’s (Motor Speedway) and see if we can’t win up there.”

Steve Kinser got around Jason Sides on the opening lap and then recovered after getting completely sideways in turn two on the lap-23 restart to finish third in the Quaker State Maxim.

Jason Meyers worked his way up to finish fourth in the GLR Investments KPC after winning the first heat to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash, with Jason Sides fifth in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim.

Donny Schatz, the current series point leader, came home sixth in the Armor All J&J, and was able to gain one point on Meyers in the championship standings, after earning five bonus points for setting fast time in qualifying. The difference between the two is now 19 markers with just the two feature events at the third annual World Finals remaining, as they continue the closest title fight in the 30-plus year history of the World of Outlaws.

Terry McCarl came home seventh on Saturday night in the Big Game Treestands Maxim, with Jac Haudenschild eighth piloting the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim. Lucas Wolfe was ninth in the Allebach Racing Maxim, with Kraig Kinser rounding out the Top-10 in the Bass Pro Shops Maxim.

WoO Fest at Lone Star Speedway Gets Bigger!!

WoO Fest at Lone Star Speedway Gets Bigger!!

10/14/2009

WoO Fest at Lone Star Speedway Gets Even Bigger: Purse Upped to $12,000 to-win

In what is shaping up to be the biggest event of the season at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, the inaugural WoO Fest for the World of Outlaws has gotten even bigger, as track owners Sam and Lisa Hafertepe have increased the purse for the event on Saturday, October 24 with $12,000 now awaiting the winner of the 30-lap A-Feature.

The World of Outlaws returned to Lone Star Speedway earlier this season for the first time since 2004 and played to the largest crowd in the history of the blazing fast half-mile. Since that visit, the track has been resurfaced with new clay making it even faster, along with the completion of numerous other ongoing projects to the grounds and facility at Lone Star Speedway.

“We’re really looking forward to WoO Fest,” said Sam Hafertepe. “It should be a great night of racing and we have all kinds of games and prizes for the kids as well. We have gained so much knowledge this season and learned so much back in the spring with our first World of Outlaws race. It’s going to be a big night and we are very excited for it.”

Joey Saldana was victorious at Lone Star Speedway back on April 10 to put his name in the record books as just the third driver to win with the World of Outlaws at the track, joining 20-time series champion Steve Kinser and three-time title winner Sammy Swindell. He was victorious the following night at Houston Raceway Park and looks to remain undefeated in the Lone Star State this season with the World of Outlaws. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana leads the series with 18 A-Feature wins in 2009 and 19 overall triumphs.

“I’m so happy to be racing in Texas, especially Kilgore,” Saldana said after his win in April. “This is a beautiful facility. I’m glad all the fans came out and supported this. We need to be back in this state racing. The Outlaws belong in Texas.”

Heading into the inaugural WoO Fest at Lone Star Speedway on Saturday, October 24, Jason Meyers and three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz are locked in a tight battle for the 2009 World of Outlaws championship, with just 18 markers separating the pair with three events remaining in 2009.

Schatz, who is the current point leader, was fastest in time trials at Lone Star Speedway back in April and finished second in the A-Feature event, while Meyers turned in a fourth-place performance. Meyers, who leads the series with 52 Top-10 finishes has finished eighth or better in 14 consecutive World of Outlaws events as he chases his first career title.

“That’s a pretty cool place, it’s pretty wide open,” stated Meyers recently when asked about Lone Star Speedway. “It depends on what the weather is like as well. Usually it gets pretty slick there, but this time of year, who knows what you could get down there. We’ll just to have wait and see.”

The inaugural WoO Fest will feature games for kids, drawings for Halloween costumes and other prizes. Also, a special event T-shirt will be for sale at the track on the day of the race.

On Saturday, October 24 at Lone Star Speedway, general admission tickets for adults will be $25, with general admission tickets for Seniors/Military $20, with children ages 6-12 $15 and kids ages five-under admitted free of charge in the general admission seats. All reserved tickets will be $30. For tickets visit www.lonestarspeedway.com or call the track at 903-986-9731.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Crane Cams (Official Valvetrain), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Fusion Energy Boost (Official Energy Boost), Quaker State (Official Motor Oil), SuperClean (Official Cleaner-Degreaser), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, Jake’s Custom Golf Carts, KSE Race Products, Penske Shocks, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo; Engine Builder's Challenge participants Don Ott Racing Engines, Kistler Engines, Shaver Specialties and SpeedwayEngines; and Chassis Builder’s Challenge participants J&J Auto Racing, Maxim Racing and XXX Race Company.

WoO FEST is Nearing; Monster Trucks This Weekend!

10/5/2009

Very exciting times coming to Lonestar Speedway starting this weekend; Monster Truck Nationals on the 10th, followed by WoO FEST on the 24th of this month!

This Saturday Lonestar Speedway will be featuring the Monster Truck Nationals, an event produced by “Ed Beckley’s Checkered Flag Productions”. The show will be benefitting the White Oak Foundation and will feature the TV stars of Bigfoot, Shock Therapy, Excaliber and Straight Jacket! The Monster Truck Nationals begin at 7:30 PM on the 10th of October and VIP seating in advance are $30 and $35 at the gate the day of. General Admisson Adults are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate with kids 6-12 being $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Don’t forget, the little ones’ under 6 get in FREE! Call 903-757-4444 for ticket outlets.

Following the Monster Truck Nationals this Saturday will be the much anticipated October 24th WoO FEST. If you enjoy the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars, be sure to attend this event. The show last April topped all others with a sellout crowd and a race that was second to none in terms of excitement! Joey Saldana came out on top on the 10th of April, so get your tickets now to see if he can defend his title at the fastest half-mile dirt track in Texas. Alongside the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars will be the Lenmar Motorsports Late Models competing for a whopping $1500 to win and $100 to start. Tickets for WoO Fest are as followed: Pit Passes - $35; Reserved Seats - $30; General Admission Seats - $25; Seniors/Military ID’s - $20; Kids 6 thru 12 - $15; Kids under 6 - FREE

For more information on rules for the Lenmar Motorsports Late Models as well as ticket prices and start times, be sure to check the flyers on the right side of the Lonestar Speedway website.

Late Models, Mod's & Factory Stocks This Weekend!

Late Models, Mod's & Factory Stocks This Weekend!

9/14/2009

Lonestar Speedway is proud to announce an addition to the schedule by adding an event for this coming Saturday, the 19th of September. The dirt Late Models presented by Lenmar will be given $100 to start the main event and a chance at a $1000 top prize for the victor. Attending the speedway along with the Lenmar late Models will be the Factory Stocks and Modifieds. Factory stocks will be competing for $300 to win and the Modifieds will be shooting for $750 with $75 to start the main.

Pit Passes are $30.00, General Admission and reserved grandstand seats are $15.00 (first come/first serve). Seniors are $10.00 with kids 6-12 being $8.00 and under 5 are free! Remember, no coolers are allowed at the facility.

Racing starts at 7:30PM with the gates opening at 6:00PM.

Don’t forget, the Monster Truck’s are set to hit the speedway on October 10th. For more information on the two events, please click on the flyers on the right.