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January 19, 2021

Sanders Tops Saturday’s Wild West Shootout Modified Field

HAPPY, Tex. (01/19/21) – Rodney Sanders parked his Wichita Tank Racing No. 20 Kenny’s Tile/ ARMI Contractors/ MB Customs/ Hatfield Racing Engine Modified in Wild West Shootout Victory Lane for the second time in 2021 on Saturday.

The 31-year-old enjoyed his share of success in during the 15th edition of the mini at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway, scoring five Top-5 finishes in Modified action.

On Friday afternoon for the fourth round of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout, Sanders posted a runner-up finish in his Late Model heat behind Jason Papich, which positioned him 12th on the starting grid for the A-Main. With $5,000 on the line, Rodney was an early retiree from the 30-lapper after getting spun around in lap 17.

In the Modified ranks, Rodney jumped up two spots in his heat race to finish second behind Joe Duvall. Holding his spot for all 25 laps of the feature, Sanders recorded a 13th place outing.

The following night, Sanders came in 10th fastest in his Late Model time trial group before placing second in his heat behind Jimmy Mars. Starting the $5,000-to-win A-Main in eighth, Rodney ran a comfortable pace throughout the 40-lapper, marking him eighth on the final rundown when the checkered flag flew.

Passing four cars in his Modified heat race, Rodney recorded a runner-up finish behind Brooks Strength, which positioned him sixth on the starting grid for the A-Main. Outrunning polesitter Tyler Peterson, Sanders soared to his second win of the season over Peterson, Dustin Strand, Clint Johnson, and Lucas Schott. Taking the checkers 2.364 seconds ahead of Peterson, Rodney pocketed a $1,000 prize.

“We had a good car tonight, I was just trying to be patient and save my stuff till the end,” Sanders said in Victory Lane. “The track had a lot of character tonight and it’s a lot of fun when it’s like that. There is a lot of good competition here so if you have a bad start to the night it’s tough to recover. Thankful to we were able to get it done tonight.”

For the final round of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout on Sunday, Sanders followed up the fifth fastest qualifying time in his Late Model group with a second-place finish in his heat race behind Jonathan Davenport. Starting the $25,000-to-win finale in fifth, Rodney was an early exit from the 50-lapper after slowing to draw a caution on lap 25.

In his Kenny’s Tile No. 20 Modified, Rodney edged his way into the $2,000-to-win finale fourth and final transfer spot in his heat race. Wheeling his way into the Top-5 in the 25-lap affair, Sanders marched forward 11 spots to register a fourth-place finish behind Jake O’Neil, Tyler Peterson, and Clint Johnson with Brooks Strength coming in fifth.

For more results from these events, please visit .

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Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Wichita Tank Racing, ARMI Contractors, Mesilla Valley Transportation, S&S Fishing and Rental, Kenny’s Tile, MB Customs, Hatfield Race Engines, Hibner Logging, Bergman Tax and Accounting, Paulson Rock Products, Integra Shocks, Swift Springs, FK Rod Ends, CMD Race Shocks, Wehrs Machine, 87 Automotive, Keyser Manufacturing, Allstar Performance, Speedway Motors, Schoenfeld Headers, JE Pistons, Walker Performance Filtration, Rodney Sanders Racing, Day Motorsports, Real Wheels, Palmer Painting, Deatherage Opticians, Wilwood Brakes, PEM Rearends, Winning Edge Carburetors, McCartney Welding, Simpson Race Products, and Marketing Services.

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January 19, 2021

Mack McCarter Bags Pair of Runner-Up Finishes at Volusia
Crowned Sunshine Nationals Champion

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (01/19/21) – Mack McCarter’s first-ever trip to Volusia Speedway Park did not disappoint – driving his McCarter Brothers Racing No. 51 Tennessee Homemade Wines/ Hidden Valley Cattle Ranch/ CVR Race Cars Late Model to a pair of runner-up finishes.

However, the 27-year-olds podium earning performances were far from effortless. McCarter was awarded Hard Charger honors on both nights, passing 17 cars Thursday en route to his runner-up finish and 18 cars (17 on-track) Saturday. 

“To come down here and finish on the podium both nights with this caliber of drivers, it speaks volumes to where our team is right now,” McCarter said. “I can say thank you enough to everyone for their support.”

Mack McCarter made his Florida Speedweeks debut on Thursday evening at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. for the annual Sunshine Nationals. Drawing a stout field of 55 Crate Racin’ USA Winter Series entries, McCarter posted the fifth fastest lap in his time trial group before placing fourth in his heat race.

Transferring into the B-Main for another shot at the opening night feature, Mack cruised to a 10-lap consolation victory.

Earning the 19th-starting position for the $1,500-to-win A-Main, McCarter advanced through the field 17 spots in the 25-lapper to register a runner-up finish behind Michael Page. Mark Whitener, Kyle Bronson, and Cory Hedgecock rounded out the Top-5.

After Mother Nature wiped out the second round on Friday evening, Mack came one spot short of a transfer position in his heat race on Saturday with a fourth-place outing, sending him into the B-Main.

Capturing a 10-lap B-Main win, McCarter locked into the 20th-starting position for the finale. Wheeling his way into a podium spot, Mack crossed the line in third but after a post-race inspection disqualified the winner, he was elevated to a runner-up finish behind Kyle Bronson. Completing the Top-5 were Cory Hedgecock, Jason Welshan, and Joseph Joiner.

As impressive as the run was, he knew he may have had something for the leader had he started farther forward. “Our racecar is really good when [the track] blows off and gets kinda dirty,” McCarter said. “We qualified really well but the invert put us behind in the Heat and we didn’t tighten-up enough. I think if we would have started up front, I would’ve had a good shot to run, and possibly have won.”

With his performance on Saturday, Mack McCarter was crowned the Sunshine Nationals points champion, edging Kyle Bronson by a mere five points.

McCarter will continue the Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series, February 4-6, at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla. Complete results from the weekend and information on the upcoming events can be found at .

McCarter Brothers Racing would to like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include McCarter Lumber Company, Parkway Liquor Store, Tennessee Homemade Wines, Sugarland’s Distilling, High Velocity Heads & Intake Manifolds, McCarter Farms, Hyperco Springs, Base Racing Fuel, Öhlins Shocks, Simpson Race Products, Butlerbuilt Seats, Hoosier Tire by Pup, Wells Motorsports Photography, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

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January 19, 2021

Tyler Erb Enjoys Wild West Shootout Success
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Opener Next

ST. MARYS, Ohio (01/19/21) – Tyler Erb and the Best Performance Motorsports team are enjoying a successful start to the 2021 season.

Opening the 2021 campaign with the 15th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout, Erb has already had his share of success in only six starts thus far. Invading FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway for the six-night miniseries Erb never finished outside the Top-10, which included two victories and two runner-up performances.

"Man, it’s awesome," said the driver of the Industrial Resourcing Group No. 1 Best Performance Motorsports/ Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model. "It's a testament to everybody that helps. We've got the best equipment we can ask for. I love going racing with these guys, and that's half the business. I just can't thank everyone that helps us enough."

On Wednesday, Tyler Erb was one of 57 Late Models on hand to compete in the third round of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout. Following the fifth fastest lap in his time trial group, Erb edged his way into the $5,000-to-win A-Main with the third and final transfer spot in his heat race.

Rolling off 17th, Tyler navigated through the field early and was up to second by lap 20 to challenge race-long pacesetter Jonathan Davenport. With the pair making slight contact as they crossed the line on lap 21, Erb was unable to close the distance in the final nine circuits, marking him second in the final rundown behind Davenport. Jason Papich, Mike Marlar, and Bobby Pierce rounded out the Top-5.

In a field of 62 Late Models on Friday, Tyler laid down the third fastest lap in his time trial group before picking up an eight-lap heat race victory. With front-row starter Jason Papich setting the pace early in the feature, Erb tracked down the leader on lap 12 and made an impressive pass for the top spot on lap 13 when he slid in between Papich and challenger Ricky Thornton Jr.

After Erb and Thornton Jr. took part in a heated battle for the next ten circuits, Tyler grabbed the lead for good on lap 24 en route to his first win of the season and a $5,000 prize. He topped Thornton Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Bobby Pierce, and Stormy Scott at the line.

On Saturday for the final preliminary feature, Erb outran Mike Marlar in his heat race to pick up the win, which positioned him fifth on the starting grid for the main event. Muscling ahead of Jonathan Davenport for the lead on fifth lap, Tyler paced the field for the next 26 circuits until Davenport regained the top spot on lap 32.

Outdueling Davenport in the final five laps, Tyler Erb streaked to his second win in as many nights over Davenport, Ricky Thornton Jr., Jimmy Mars, and Jason Papich. He earned $5,000 for his efforts.

For the final round of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout on Sunday, Tyler came in fourth fastest in his qualifying group before placing third in his heat race. Earning the 11th-starting position for the $25,000-to-win finale, Erb was up to eighth by the 10th lap and began challenging for a Top-5 spot near the midway point of the 50-lapper.

Tyler continued to work his way forward but was unable to close the distance on himself and race-long pacesetter Jonathan Davenport, marking him second on the rundown behind Davenport at the checkers. Ricky Thornton Jr., Brian Shirley, and Bobby Pierce rounded out the Top-5 finishers.

Erb’s impressive string of podium finishes landed him second in the final miniseries point standings, trailing Jonathan Davenport.

Full results from these events are available at .

Trekking east, the team is eager to kickstart the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season at All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Fla on January 21-23. The General Tire Winter Nationals presented by LINE-X opens with practice on Thursday, January 21, followed by a full program of racing on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s A-Main will pay $12,000-to-win while Saturday’s finale boasts a $15,000 top prize.

To learn more about the upcoming Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule, please visit .

Best Performance Motorsports and Tyler Erb would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include: Industrial Resourcing Group, First Class Septic, Roberts Bee Company, New Point Lighting & Design, Inc., Franklin Enterprises, Boxo USA, Bazell Race Fuels, Sunoco, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks, Hoosier Tire, Lucas Oil, Industrial Hydro Excavating, Go Lithium, Allstar Performance, K-B Carbs,, Precision Racing Components, Beyea Headers, Day Motorsports, Doyle Edwards Trucking, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wiles Drive Shafts, Simpson Race Products, Weld Racing, Performance Rod & Custom, Powers Performance, Heath Lawson Photography, Swift Springs, Walker Performance Filtration, Outerwears, Strange Engineering, Rocket Chassis, R&R Design, KBC Graphics and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

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Dominic Scelzi Bound for Arizona to Kick Off Busy 2021 Slate

Inside Line Promotions - FRESNO, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2021) - Dominic Scelzi has high hopes for a stellar 2021 season, which begins this weekend.

Scelzi and his family owned team are heading to the desert to tackle the Schaeffer's Wild Wing Shootout this Friday through Sunday at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz.

"We've worked hard this offseason to get more speed out of the race car," he said. "We've been to several tests. We've worked hard to qualify better. The first night is a practice so we'll try to learn that night as well. I'm hoping that we'll have something to show for it and be able to qualify in the top 16 every night."

Scelzi has only been to the dirt oval a couple of times with his best result of eighth occurring in 2017.

"I went to an ASCS race down there and a World of Outlaws race there so I don't have a lot of laps," he said. "We're excited to get the ball rolling on the 2021 season."

Scelzi said he has an ambitious season planned with most of his races in his home state of California.

"We're planning on running for the King of the West-NARC championship," he said. "I think we'll race most or all of the shows in Tulare and in Hanford. We'll do all of the World of Outlaws races out here. We plan on hitting the California scene pretty hard."


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GATOR COLLECTOR: Kasey Kahne relishes Volusia success as owner, driver
Kahne plans to compete for Kasey Kahne Racing in the 50th DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 19, 2021 – Florida has been kind to Kasey Kahne.

You might recall his two wins at Daytona International Speedway – during a NASCAR Duel race in 2010 or his Xfinity Series win in 2014. But 20 miles East of the famed track is where the three-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion car owner has collected the most trophies in the sunshine state.

That track is Volusia Speedway Park, in Barberville, FL – which will host the 50th DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 2-13.

Kahne, the driver, has one win at the half-mile track in 2002 with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Kahne, the car owner, has six DIRTcar Nationals championships and 13 wins overall at Volusia – between drivers Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and Joey Saldana.

“I’ve always liked Volusia,” Kahne said. “I’ve always liked watching the racing there and driving when I’ve been able to race there. [Kasey Kahne Racing] has won a lot of races over the years down there. It’s fun to have a lot of gators (trophies) and be in Victory Lane down there. It’s a neat place to start the season for sure.”

The day after his win in 2002, Kahne made the overnight drive to North Carolina to test a then NASCAR Bush Series car at Rockingham Speedway in preparation to start his NASCAR career. Three years later, Kasey Kahne Racing was formed.

When he first started the team, while there were always aspirations for wins and championships, Kahne just wanted to provide his team with the best equipment he could and be there for them as an owner. That’s led to three World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championships and 185 Series victories.

“I always just wanted to watch the guys go and watch them win,” Kahne said. “Give them the best opportunity I could from an owner’s standpoint and see what they do with it. Over the last few years, they’ve done a lot. It’s been a lot of fun, whether I was watching on DIRTVision, which I did, I don’t know how many hundreds of races. Now, to be at more of them and watch their success, it feels good to be a part of that. Winning never seems to get old. We want to do a lot more of it from both teams.”

Both KKR cars – the #49 of Brad Sweet and the #9 of James McFadden – finish first and second in the 2020 DIRTcar Nationals points, respectively. For Sweet, Volusia Speedway Park has proved to be one of his best tracks in his tenure with the team. He has two DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator championships and seven wins overall at Volusia – five with the World of Outlaws.

“For whatever reason, it’s definitely one of my best tracks,” said Sweet, the two-time defending Series champion. “We’ve definitely struggled there in the past here and there. I think it says a lot about our guys and our race team that they bring a really fast car there every year. It’s the first week of the season and you can see the teams that haven’t meshed yet or aren’t as well prepared and the teams that have been together are going to come out of the box a little stronger. That’s going to give us an advantage. And for whatever reason, it’s been a good racetrack for me.”

The key to KKR’s success at the track stems from their offseason preparations. When the 2020 season ended, Kahne said the crew has been working in the shop all season long to get ready for 2021.

“I feel like our cars have always been good right out of the box at those types of tracks,” Kahne said. “Early in the years, our KKR cars have always been fast in the beginning of the season. For whatever reason. And I think our drivers have been good and I’ve always enjoyed racing at Volusia with Daryn and Brad and Joey.”

He’ll join Sweet on track this year at Volusia, he said, as he plans to drive the team’s #9 car when McFadden can’t.

Kahne initially had no plans to drive a Sprint Car last year, but no plans turned into one race. Then, one race turned into 11.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” Kahne said about stepping back behind the wheel. “It’s been good. Last year, I didn’t plan on doing it a whole lot but with COVID and how things worked out, I ended up doing a lot more races and liked it. I always liked being in a Sprint Car and being a part of that. I always enjoy working on the car and being with the teams and things like that. That’s been a lot of fun the last couple years, as well. We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success here recently. It’s fun to be part of it and traveling with the guys.”

After claiming another DIRTcar Nationals title and another World of Outlaws championship in 2020, Kahne is excited about the prospects of 2021 for his KKR team and kicking off the season strong at Volusia.

“I feel really good about where KKR is and where our engine program is,” he said. “I think we made some nice gains there late in the season, which will show at Volusia. I was talking with Brad and he’s ready to go. He’s always putting the work in and wants to win a lot this year. I like hearing that. The cars are coming together. The guys have been here nonstop since the season ended. Definitely, no one has backed down. It’s going to be a fun season.”

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If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.