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2011 LoneStar Speedway Season in Review

2011 LoneStar Speedway Season in Review


Kilgore, TX (11/2/11) by DarinShort.com. After a long and exciting racing year, the final checkered flag of the season has now flown at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, TX.

The original schedule shown an event ‘to be announced’ on Thanksgiving weekend, but speedway officials have opted to not chance a special event due to the lateness of the season, as there would be no way to reschedule it in case there were to be weather related problems.

Track owner Sam Hafertepe comments: “We had an awesome LoneStar Sprint Nationals on October 13-15, and have decided that we wanted to end up the season on a really high note.”

He comments further: “Late November races are really risky from a weather standpoint, and we don’t want to spend a lot of time and effort pumping it up with no backup date in place. This will also give us much needed time to get our 2012 racing schedule in development.”

The track banquet date will be on November 19th - details will be announced soon. The 2012 schedule will come out during the off season. Please check the track website: www.LoneStarSpeedway.com for the latest updates.

On the behalf of track owners Sam and Lisa Hafertepe, thank you to all of the fans, race teams, track workers and sponsors for making the 2011 racing season such a huge success…and be watching for even bigger events coming for 2012. In the meantime, have a safe and enjoyable Holiday season!

LoneStar Nat'ls Recap!

LoneStar Nat'ls Recap!


THANK YOU to the FANS and RACE TEAMS that were a part of our LoneStar Sprint Nationals (LSN) on Oct. 13-15.

We had a stellar weekend of wild racing action & we fully plan to host the event again in 2012! Details will be announced sometime during the off season.

For results of the LSN, click the 'schedule' link above.





Kilgore, TX (10/2/11) by DarinShort.com. The LoneStar Sprint Nationals is now on the horizon, with races kicking off on Thursday, October 13; culminating with the $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start feature concluding the weekend on October 15. All 130+ of the registered entered sprint car drivers can race all three nights.

If you'd like to see a feature race video clip of last night's RaceSaver Sprint division at LoneStar Speedway, it will give you a good idea what to expect on LSN weekend. Click here to watch the video clip: www.youtube.com/user/DarinShortcom#p/u/6/jiFfq7Qu0Y4

October 1st 'Factory Night Special' brief recap and notes:

-The track was smooth and racy all night long, with drivers advancing from deep in the field throughout the night.

-In the RaceSaver Sprint feature race, Brandon Corn started 7th after a pair of opening lap yellows, then the race when 20 green flag laps. Brandon (white bodied car in video) chased down race leader Raven Culp (red car) late in the race to take the win...only to come up a bit light at the scales. They had just finished putting the car together Saturday morning before they left for the track and thought the car weighed what the other one did...so they'll have that problem resolved for the upcoming LSN when Brandon returns to his Sprint Division ride, while son, Chevy Corn will wheel the RaceSaver entry.

-In the companion 46-car, $2000/win 'Factory Night Special', the 30-lap, 30-car feature race saw eventual winner Jimbo Clayton drive his way from a 16th starting position (he won B#1) to take a well deserved win. The 2nd and 3rd place finishers started 10th and 7th. One driver (the 88x of Billy Meazell) started 9th in his heat race and won, then in the feature made a series of trips to the pit area for flat tires and other issues - he must have passed 50 cars throughout the feature race - and at one point had gotten back up to the 5th spot...before making yet another pit stop for service.

LoneStar Sprint Nationals notes:

-The long range forecast at this moment is showing similar weather conditions as last night, which is highs in the 80's and lows in the 60's. So similar track conditions can be expected for the LSN weekend as shown in the video clip.

-A lot of people have been asking about camping and staying over in the pits. For camping info, please go to the event website: www.darinshort.com/SCN.html then click on the 'fan' link for details. If your team is pitted in the infield (only open trailer teams will be parked in the infield - so all fans can see the track unobstructed), you will not be allowed to camp there. But if you are parked outside the infield, you are welcome to leave your hauler where you are pitted, and you are welcome to sleep in your toter; etc. We will not be 'clearing the pits' other than 15 minutes before gates open, which is at 4:45pm nightly.

-For Sprint Division teams, there is now just one week remaining for pre-entering your team at the discounted rate. After October 10th when online registration closes, Sprint Division teams (only) can register upon their arrival at the track for $150. So if you plan to race in this event, please help us to help you by getting pre-entered; as we want to have a pretty firm idea of the final car count before race day on October 13 to make sure your tow rig has proper parking space...plus it will save you some money.

-We have several host hotels offering discounted rates, visit to the event website and click on 'hotels' for more information.

-Sprint division drivers will also be able to enter the Short Track Nationals during LSN weekend. October 15th is the early postmark deadline for entries. Drivers planning on competing there can save $100 by entering. See Darin for entry forms, as he will be collecting them for Tracey, so drivers can still meet the 'postmark' date while they are competing at the LSN.

-There are no advance ticket sales to this race and you can purchase them at the gate upon your arrival. Adult tickets are just $15 each on Thursday and Friday, and $20 on Saturday. A 3-day adult pass will also be offered at the gate for $40...which is a $10 savings.

Best of luck to all race teams as we're really looking forward to a great weekend of sprint racing action at the LoneStar Sprint Nationals, October 13-15!




Latest LoneStar Sprint Nationals Updates; Entries Reach 120 Mark

Kilgore TX (9/7/11) by DarinShort.com. There are several news items for the October 13-15th LoneStar Sprint Nationals (LSN), presented by Smiley's Racing Products, The Oil Medics, Eagle Motorsports, KJC Auto Title Loans and Palm Harbor Homes at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore Texas.

First up is the announcement of three new event sponsors:

Outlaw Wings (formally Airflow Racing Products) produces high performance racing wings for dirt racers all over the world. When down force is the name of the game, Outlaw Wings has the wing you need. Outlaw Wings is sponsoring the Friday night RaceSaver® Sprint division and will award the winner with an Outlaw nose wing. Click www.outlawwings.com for more information.

Bishop Racing Components has been a family owned company since opening nearly 25 years ago. Every employee of BRC either owns, drives, or works on a race car. They strive to give you the best products available at the best prices with the best customer service possible...which is why they are constantly out searching and testing new products, so you get the best product for your money! Make sure to visit their trailer in the LoneStar pit area as they are bringing their AFCO shock dyno and rebuilding system. Visit www.bishopracingcomponents.com to learn more about them.

Kear’s Speed Shop of Tiffin, Ohio is synonymous with sprint car racing and has serviced racers for over 40 years. Kear’s will be bringing their track support parts truck. They service a wide range of chassis brands; and if you need something specific brought to the LSN, it is recommended that you call in your order ahead of time and they will be glad to bring it. Click www.kearsspeedshop.com for details.

Fans will be treated to great racing announcers throughout LSN weekend:

Bill Wright, AKA “Bill W,” of Monroe Iowa will be providing the call for the Sprint division. Bill W will also conduct the competitors draw-in for both the Sprint and RaceSaver® divisions. He has been on the media side of the sport for 14 years as a journalist, website editor, broadcaster and announcer. His weekly 'Knoxville News' recap can be found on racing sites worldwide. Bill W is one of the voices of HoseheadsRadio.com, which has broadcast all the shows from the Knoxville Raceway as well as the Short Track Nationals in Little Rock the last several years.

“I’ve always wanted see a race at LoneStar Speedway,” says Bill. “The LoneStar Sprint Nationals is the perfect chance to come down, and I appreciate the opportunity they’ve given me to be a part of it all. We’ll see an incredible field of sprint drivers battle it out over three days on a high-banked 3/8 mile – it doesn’t get much better than that!” LoneStar Speedway is very excited to have Bill W on hand, which will further enhance the race fan's overall experience while at the LSN.

Calling the RaceSaver® sprint car division portion of the weekend's events will be the voice of LoneStar Speedway, Kenny Tynan, who is well known to the Ark-La-Tex area race fans. He has been involved in the racing community as either a promoter, radio racing show host or announcer the past 35 years. This is Kenny’s final year of working in the sport.

Kenny comments “The LoneStar Speedway fan base is a very loyal and supportive group. Every one of them that I’ve talked to is super charged for this race – as am I. They’re also looking forward to meeting the throngs of out of area fans and race teams.” Kenny adds: “Looking down from the announcers stand to witness a sea of sprint cars as far as the eye can see is going to be a stunning site to behold. I’m counting down the days until the engines fire off!”

For those race fans not able to witness the action in person, Scott Traylor and Kirk Elliott with www.racinboys.com will be providing a free live audio webcast of all three nights racing action. Racinboys™ is based out of the Kansas City area and provides the racing community with the latest in auto racing news, live radio shows and much more. Please visit their website to see why Racinboys™ is one of the most popular online racing sites on the web!

Latest batch of official LSN driver entries:

There are currently drivers from 13 states entered at this year’s LSN. In addition to the previously announced 106 confirmed entries to the LSN (click www.darinshort.com/SCN.html to view the complete early entry list), the following new Sprint division entries include “Primetime” Mason Moore of Princeton, CA; Kyle McCutcheon of Alamogordo, NM; Josh Baughman of Odessa, TX; “The Nixa Nightmare” Kyle Bellm of Missouri; Austen Wheatley of Lake Stevens, WA; Larry Howery of Hearne, TX; John Ricketts of Burleson, TX; Johnny Herrera of Albuquerque; “Blackjack” Brian Brown of Grain Valley, MO and “The Gas Man” Jack Dover of Springfield, NE.

The RaceSaver® Sprint division of the LSN was closed to further entries earlier in August after the event received a staggering 68 confirmed teams. Some of the drivers had mailed their entries in and were not shown on the last round of entries, and those drivers include Kyle McCutcheon of Alamogordo, NM; Marty Stanford of Trenton, TX; Corey Minor of Highland Village, TX and Matt Ebarb of Bossier City, LA.

Fan news items:

An exciting pre-race promotion and ceremony by the United States Air Force will kick off the start of Championship night on October 15th. Details will be forthcoming soon, but race fans will want to make sure they are seated in the grandstands by 7pm to not miss out on what will certainly be a memorable experience.

As a reminder, Fan Fest will take place on Championship night from 3pm-4:45pm; all race fans are encouraged to come meet with the race teams, get autographs, apparel and much more – this is a free event to LSN ticket holders.

The R.A.B. (Remembering Alex Brown) “DNT TXT N DRV” traveling information display and kiosk promoting ‘Don’t Text and Drive’ will be present for fans to visit with. They will also be handing out R.A.B. wristbands to fans to help support the “DNT TXT N DRV” movement across the United States. Click www.rememberalexbrownfoundation.org for more information.

The track is currently processing potential vendor applications for this event. Vendors such as apparel or racing related memorabilia that are interested in display space should contact Lisa at hafertepelisa@yahoo.com for more information. A vendor listing will be announced prior to the event so fans can know what to expect.

Driver news items:

As the race event date approaches, please make sure you have read through the rules/format page on the event website so you are familiar with how we will be running the event. Click www.darinshort.com/SCNrules.html for the direct link.

The LSN flagman will be Ronny Goad. Ronny is very well respected with the sprint teams and is known for consistent and uniform rules enforcement both on and off the track. Ronny has flagged many large open wheel events, such as the Cowtown Sprint Nationals, November Sprint Shootout and Cowtown Midget Championships.

Reminder, all race teams will be required to rent transponders from the track on race weekend ($20 for the weekend). This will ensure your team being scored properly each time your car hits the track and keep the program moving along as quick as possible.

We are very thankful to the following sponsors for their support of the 2011 LoneStar Sprint Nationals. It has helped us to put together a large event in its first year - please remember to support businesses that support auto racing:

www.SmileysRacing.com - Smiley's Racing Products and Hoosier Tire Southwest has been in the racing business since 1968 serving racers with everything they need to hit the track. Click this link to find out why racers nationwide choose Smiley's!

www.TheOilMedics.com - The Oil Medics is a truly proactive maintenance services company, and offers Truck Services without the expense or wait of a dealer. The Oil Medics are located at 2591 NE 28th Street Fort Worth, TX 76111 (Inside the Texas 150 Business Park).

www.EagleMotorsports.com - Eagle Motorsports' has been building championship winning cars since 1998. Including 4 410 Knoxville Nationals, 7 360 Knoxville Nationals, 9 All Stars titles, the 2011 World Series Sprint title and 6 USAC non-winged titles...for a winning car, call them today! Eagle Motorsports has also sweetened the pot for their Sprint Car division chassis customers at the LoneStar Sprint Nationals: The top finishing Eagle on Thurs/Fri will each receive a $150 product certificate towards any purchase of Eagle products. However, if they win the A-feature, that amount becomes $250/night. On Saturday night, the top finishing Eagle Motorsports chassis customer will receive $300 towards any purchase of Eagle products. If they win the championship A-feature, it will become $600!

www.KJC123.com - At KJC, we know sometimes life can throw you a curve ball, and you may need cash right now. With over 50 locations throughout Texas to serve you; with KJC it's as easy as 1-2-3 to put much needed cash in your hands - now! KJC Auto Title Loans is also the sponsor of the Saturday Championship night Sprint Car Division B feature #1 & 2, which has enabled us to pay those drivers not qualifying for the feature race a decent payday, even though they didn't make the big show - thanks to KJC Auto Title Loans! KJC Auto Title Loans is also a weekend proud sponsor of sprint car division driver Terry McCarl; wish him the best of luck at the LoneStar Sprint Nationals!

www.PalmHarbor.com/racing - As a proud sponsor of Michael “Spike” Lang, driver for theLang14.com Sprint Car, Palm Harbor is excited to work with the LoneStar team to create a fabulous Family Fun Night! Join us at our huge display behind the grandstands! Palm Harbor Homes is the nation's leading builder in modular and manufactured home construction. We are also proud to sell, finance and insure the finest manufactured homes and modular homes available in America today.

If your company is interested in becoming involved with this event as a marketing partner or sponsor, email Darin at dssm93@msn.com for more information. Click www.LoneStarSpeedway.com for track details and visit www.darinshort.com/SCN.html for complete LoneStar Sprint Nationals event website, Sprint division registration and flyer.

This event has all the makings of becoming an instant fall classic, so make plans now to join us October 13th – 15th at the LoneStar Sprint Nationals!

Here’s the complete 123 car early entry list to the LoneStar Sprint Nationals – early entries for the sprint division close on or before 10/11/11:

CAR #: SPRINT CAR ENTRIES: Driver Name/City/State:
23 Jenkins, Junior Greenville, TX
7m Ramey, Kevin Ft. Worth, TX
55 McCarl, Terry Altoona, IA
15h Hafertepe Jr., Sam Sunnyvale, TX
79 Hall, Ryan Midlothian, TX
33 Huddleston, Mark Genoa, AR
29 Long, Larry Crandall, TX
14 Lang, Michael Mequite, TX
30 Corn, Brandon Gause, TX
74e Estes, Claud Godley, TX
14b Byrom, Robert Ft. Worth, TX
27 Shouse, Andy Oklahoma City, OK
12 Wester, Dale Ovilla, TX
11 Melton, Justin Flower Mound, TX
21T Ray Allen Kulhanek Conroe, TX
87 Reutzel, Aaron Clute, TX
17 Griffith, Bruce Highlands, TX
71x Tankersley, Channin Highlands, TX
81 Wood, Danny Norman, OK
45 Edwards, Martin Mesquite, TX
4 Baldaccini, Eric Keller, TX
91 Skinner, Marshal Olive Branch, MS
20 Wilson, Chad N. Richland Hills, TX
18 Bruce Jr., Tony Owasso, OK
15 Brown, Wayne Poetry, TX
2 Miller, Wes Sante Fe, TX
17w Welborn, Brad Princeton, TX
29 Rilat, Travis Forney, TX
35 Rilat, Greg Texas City, TX
16 Adams, Koty Doyline, LA
36 Pate, John Angleton, TX
11c Covington, Matt Glenpool, OK
3 Wood Jr., Joe Oklahoma City, OK
58 Floyd, Gary San Angelo, TX
1x Taylor, Gary Snohomish, WA
6 Beechler, Ryan McKinney, TX
31 Berryman, Brandon Missouri City, TX
45k Walker, Kolt Graham, TX
51 Smith, Beau Texas City, TX
8 Carney II, John El Paso, TX
5h Moore, Mason "Primetime" Princeton, CA
5 McCutcheon, Kyle Alamogordo, NM
17 Baughman, Josh Odessa, TX
14k Bellm, Kyle Nixa, MO
44w Wheatley, Austen Lake Stevens, WA
76 Ricketts, John Burleson, TX
45x Herrera, Johnny Albuquerque, NM
21 Brown, Brian Grain Valley, MO
69h Howery, Larry Hearne, TX
20k Kennedy, Thomas Winnipeg, Manitoba CAN
21k Kennedy, Lou Winnipeg, Manitoba CAN
99 Bacon, Brady Sapulpa, OK
53 Dover, Jack Springfield, NE
10 White, George Ft. Worth, TX

CAR #: RaceSaver® SPRINT ENTRIES: Driver Name/City/State:
28 Forbis, David Bossier City, LA
71 Hamilton, Dan Tyler, TX
3 Culp, Raven Seagoville, TX
311 McCarl, Neil Haughton, LA
v8 Vetter, Robert Wolf City, TX
95 Day, Jeff Greenville, TX
79 McDonald, Charlie Midlothian, TX
1m Long, Larry Crandall, TX
13 Witt, Justin Bossier City, LA
14 Lang, Michael Mesquite, TX
30c Corn, Chevy Gause, TX
24 Gailley, David Forney TX
80 Hawkins, Josh Whitehouse, TX
30 Hawkins, Regan Whitehouse, TX
44 Howell, Jason Ft. Worth, TX
41 Merrell, Danny Ft. Worth, TX
77 Sturgeon, Keith Ft. Worth, TX
228 Hinton, Casey Duberly, LA
2x Doughty, Tucker Heath, TX
7 Robbins, Cody Mansfield, LA
12 Wester, Dale Ovilla, TX
11 Melton, Justin Flower Mound, TX
2 Clement, Shane Bonham, TX
83 Freeman, Jon Georgetown, TX
22 Thornton, Shannon Wylie, TX
49 Johnson, Ty Eunice, LA
18 Randall, Jon West, TX
11B Bridges, Bruce Weatherford, TX
57 Enright, Russel Tyler, TX
8x Minor, Corey Highland Village, TX
53 Mayfield, Brent Waxahachie, TX
19 Elliott, Steven San Angelo, TX
31 Haviland, Stace San Angelo, TX
30s Gloeckler, Shane Joshua, TX
45 Edwards, Martin Mesquite, TX
73 Page, Billy Mineola, TX
20 George, Mike N. Richland Hills, TX
2$ Smith, Jay San Angelo, TX
24 Yarbrough, Matt Carrollton, TX
69 Fielder, Brian Ft. Worth, TX
01 Bartchy, Greg Benton, LA
99 Herring, Mike Flower Mound, TX
29 Rilat, Travis Forney, TX
16 Adams, Koty Doyline, LA
84 Garland, David Irving, TX
7m Ramey, Kevin Ft. Worth, TX
0 Mills, Ross Kilgore, TX
88 Hinton, Cody Joshua, TX
6v Harger, Cody W. Monroe, LA
27 Shouse, Andy Oklahoma City, OK
8a Myers, Alan Sibley, LA
8 Myers, Ray Sibley, LA
48 Moore, Nathan Lindale, TX
b51 Brown Jr., Johnny Orange, TX
17t Taylor, Jeff Cherry Hill, NJ
224 Bell Jr., Jim Dewey, OK
12b Hargroder, Marty Opelousas, LA
44a Harris, Darren Scott, LA
17 Pack, Mike Batesville, AR
1s Reneau, Scott Trinidad, TX
25 Mayfield, Sean Waco, TX
92 Reed, James Wills Point, TX
67 Henderson, Rodney Gun Barrel City, TX
26 Steed, Dalton Kennedale, TX
5 McCutcheon, Kyle Alamogordo, NM
15hb Bloxom, Hunter Mesquite, TX
8 Carney II, John El Paso, TX
59 Stanford, Marty Trenton, TX
10 Ebarb, Matt Bossier City, LA




10/1 UPDATE: There are already 40 FACTORY STOCKS that have registered early for tonight's race - plus there will be a full field of RaceSaver Sprints! Going to be a great night of races and just $10 ADULT TICKETS! Come on out, it's a beautiful day for racing!
$2,000/win “Factory Night Special” & “Nationals Warm-Up” 10/1 at LoneStar Speedway

Kilgore TX (8/17/11) by DarinShort.com. Here’s a good old fashioned recipe that all race fans will enjoy:

-Step 1: Mix a huge batch of dirt slinging Factory Stocks from area tracks together, and divide them into qualifying races.

-Step 2: Take the top 30 and let them shoot it out for 30 laps – and the Top Stocker will take home $2,000 in cash!

-Step 3: Let fans witness the shootout for $10.

-Step 4: And what do you get? A recipe for “Factory Night Special” at LoneStar Speedway that fans and teams will not soon forget!

And for a “side dish” the track will be serving up a “Nationals Warm-Up” for RaceSaver® Sprint Cars. Using the identical rules published for the upcoming LoneStar Sprint Nationals (Oct. 13-15), this will give RaceSaver® Sprint Car teams one last shot to get their car dialed in for the upcoming big show. This will also give fans a “taste” of the action that will be witnessed over Nationals weekend. There is no preregistration for this division and complete purse and rules are published at the track website.

Fans can expect several out of town teams to be on hand.
Factory Stock drivers must preregister at: www.darinshort.com/FSN.html on or before September 28th (the Wednesday of race week). You can also view the event flyer at this link, as well as the latest in event news. Factory Stock car numbers will be assigned in the order they are received from registration; so if you have a number you want to run, you should register as soon as possible for the best chance of getting it. Preregistering will also save Factory Stock teams $50 over race night pricing.

The complete purse breakdown and rules are located at: www.LoneStarSpeedway.com

Here are some quick facts for the 10/1 event:

-Gates open at 5pm, with racing at 7:30pm.
-General Admission just $10 (ages 12 and older)
-Kids (ages 6-11) just $5
-Ages 5 and under admitted free with adult admission
-Military or Seniors (Ages 65+) General Admission $8
-Upgrade any ticket to the Reserved Section for $5 per person
-All Pit Passes $30
-No outside food/drink coolers are allowed inside, a full selection of economically priced food concessions, including beer, are available.
-Factory Stock preregistration to this event is $50. After 9/28 or at the track is $100. Pit passes not included in registration fee.
- Factory Stocks from Ark-La-Tex Speedway MUST RUN Ark-La-Tex LEGAL RULES*
-Factory Stocks from LoneStar Speedway MUST RUN LoneStar LEGAL RULES*
*Note: any brand asphalt pull-off tire will be allowed this night: NO GROOVING or SIPING ALLOWED.
* Note: any 'outsiders' must be ALT or LSS legal other than the above tire option.

-Click www.LoneStarSpeedway.com for directions, class rules, payback and much more.
-Visit www.darinshort.com/FSN.html to register your Factory Stock or view the event flyer.

Don’t miss this tasty mix of Factory Stocks slinging their guns and the RaceSaver® Sprint Cars at “Factory Night Special” on Saturday, October 1st at LoneStar Speedway – it will be a wild night of action, all at family friendly prices!