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Hanks Crowned ASCS Red River Champion for First Time in Career

Inside Line Promotions - SAPULPA, Okla. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Brandon Hanks is a sprint car champion for the first time in his young career.

Hanks wrapped up the ASCS Red River Region championship last weekend during the Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway, where the doubleheader was co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.

"I guess it hasn't sunk in yet," he said. "We put such a good year together. It's pretty awesome. That's been the goal all year long. I'm proud to call ourselves champions."

While the ultimate goal was reached, the weekend was frustrating for Hanks and his team as they battled handling issues at the quarter-mile oval.

"I've been using the same 360 car all year," he said. "We were doing really good and had fast cars. Ever since the race at Timberline Speedway (last month) things have fallen off. When the tracks start changing and getting slick the car has no forward drive, no side bit, no anything. We were changing shocks and bars. I felt like we changed everything but the numbers. At Creek County we finally shed some light on what our problem has been."

It wasn't without a few dramatic changes throughout the weekend, which began on Friday with Hanks advancing from sixth to fourth place in a heat race before he won a qualifier. That locked him into the eighth starting position for the main event.

"I was about ninth or 10th for about 12 laps," he said. "I was able to hold my own on the top for a while. The longer the race went the worse I got. I couldn't run the bottom."

Hanks faded to a 20th-place result.

The trouble continued on Saturday as Hanks placed eighth in a heat race and was relegated to starting at the back of a B Main.

"The car was just awful," he said. "(J-R1 Founder) Jerry Russell was at Creek County and saw what I had been talking about. He waved his magic wand before the B Main and it worked. We finally got the right help with some experience. We started figuring things out at the end of Saturday night. I think it was multiple problems that were adding up to a big problem. We kept finding out little by little as the night went on."

Hanks rallied to finish sixth in the consolation race. That forced him to use a provisional to tag the back of the field in the main event. Hanks maneuvered from 24th into ninth place by the midpoint of the race before he ended 14th.

He is slated to wrap up his season this Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., for the Flip Flop 50 with the USCS Series.


Nov. 4 - Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. - Heat race: 4 (6); Qualifier: 1 (1); Feature: 20 (8).

Nov. 5 - Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. - Heat race: 8 (8); B Main: 6 (12); Feature: 14 (24).


45 races, 4 wins, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s, 25 top 15s, 34 top 20s


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"They've been good friends of ours since I was a kid," Hanks said. "I want to thank them for everything they have done and for making the cars look incredible every year."

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Blaney Grades 2016 Season a 'B' After Year Filled With Ups and Downs

Inside Line Promotions - WINDOM, Minn. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Dale Blaney has perspective following a season filled with the highest of highs and lowest of lows.

Blaney won eight races, including his first of the year, and the Mainstream Holdings, Inc., sponsored CH Motorsports team was in a tight battle for Blaney's seventh Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title until the final lap of the season finale.

"We started our year really good," he said. "We won our first race of the year in January at Cocopah Speedway (during the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown). I've had a superstition that if you win the first race of the year the rest of the year doesn't go that well, but we had a really good year. We were really fast all year. We were consistent all year except for a month between the middle of June to the middle of July."

Blaney captured the opening race of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown on Jan. 1 at Cocopah Speedway before he ended the five-race series ranked second in the championship standings.

"Cocopah was big, the first race of the year and winning against a great field of cars," he said. "We ran good the whole series. We competed and ran really, really good. (Crew Chief) George (Fisher) had never seen that place and I felt like we were good every night. That was one of the highlights."

Blaney and the team recorded seven All Star feature wins, including the inaugural Keith Kauffman Classic at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa., on April 23.

"I won by about six seconds," he said. "That was pretty neat. That was probably the other highlight of the year."

Unfortunately, the season was met with tragedy as Fisher passed away in October following a battle with cancer.

"He's somebody you could count on every day," Blaney said. "He was going to give you 100 percent of whatever he had, whether it's the shop or the race track or anywhere. We thought a lot alike and we acted a lot alike. We got along like brothers. We won probably 100 races in those 15 years together. He was my guy. There's no other words to say than he was my guy. It's going to be hard to go on and do what we do without him."

Blaney capped the season by leading 23 laps during a 30-lap World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series main event at the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals hosted by The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., last month. He finished fourth, which marked his

36th top five of the season.

"I didn't meet some of the goals that we wanted, but that's life," he said. "Overall I thought the season was pretty good. I'd grade it a B."

Additionally, the 2016 season concluded the partnership between Mainstream Holdings, Inc. and CH Motorsports.

"We would like to thank the entire CH Motorsports team for an outstanding two years together," Mainstream Holdings, Inc. Chief Financial Officer Luke Lundt said. "We appreciate everything Janet, Dale and George did during our time together. They were first class in everything they did. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the team and their families during this difficult time and we thank them all for everything they've done."


69 races, 8 wins, 36 top fives, 51 top 10s, 57 top 15s, 62 top 20s






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Hagar Enjoys Career-Best Weekend at Short Track Nationals

Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Derek Hagar put together a career-best performance last weekend at I-30 Speedway, which hosted the 29th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.

The event began in Thursday when a third-place finish in a heat race wasn't enough to get Hagar into the inversion for a qualifier, making it a challenging remainder to the evening.

"We started fourth and finished third in the heat," he said. "That put us right outside of the inversion bubble for the qualifier. We started seventh in the qualifier and finished eighth. That put us in the B Main and we didn't transfer out of it, ending our night."

The team rebounded on Friday night when Hagar's pill draw was 140 out of 150. However, that didn't hurt him as he was able to advance forward in both a heat race and qualifier to lock himself into the ninth starting position for the main event.

"With my good pill draw skills, I drew a big number on Friday night and started in the back of the heat race and passed a car or two," Hagar said. "The track was good early, but there really wasn't a whole lot of passing. We started eighth in the qualifier and finished third.

"That started me ninth in the A Main. I passed a couple of good cars and got up to fifth. The track laid a little rubber and fifth is where we finished. We were faster than the car in front of us, but just couldn't get around him."

Hagar ranked sixth in preliminary points behind the locked-in drivers. The format took the preliminary night points and had a redraw for the heat races to open the finale on Saturday. Hagar's bad pill drawing skills made another appearance as he drew 149 out of 150.

That lined him up last in a heat race, but Hagar quickly maneuvered from 10th to third place to earn enough points to lock into the 40-lap main event.

"Because of the great number I drew I started in the back of the heat again and finished third," he said. "That gave us enough points to be locked into the feature so we didn't have to run the B Main. We started ninth and fell back to 10th. The race track was right around the bottom again, no passing. A car ahead of me got knocked out and we ended up finishing eighth."

While Hagar was hoping to grab the win in front of his home crowd, his eighth-place result was his best ever during the marquee event.

"We didn't tear anything up and it could have been a lot worse," he said. "We made some money and got to bring it home in one piece."

Next up, Hagar looks to wrap up the USCS Mid South championship this Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., for the Flip Flop 50.


Nov. 3 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (4); Qualifier: 8 (7); B Main: 7 (9).

Nov. 4 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 5 (7); Qualifier: 3 (8); Feature: 5 (9).

Nov. 5 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (10); Feature: 8 (9).


53 races, 15 wins, 36 top fives, 40 top 10s, 43 top 15s, 46 top 20s


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"They've been in the family since J&J Auto Racing started building cars," Hagar said. "My stepdad's dad owned race cars back in the Riverside days. They are good, safe, dependable race cars and great people to deal with."

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