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July 23, 2018

Austin Horton Scores First-Career Southern Nationals Win
Ultimate Series at Dixie Next on the Schedule

Newnan, Georgia (07/23/18) – Austin Horton registered another career first on Sunday night at Rome Speedway. The driver of the Vape’s Gone Wild #16 Wood Motorsports/ Orr’s Towing/ Super K Express/ XR1 Rocket Chassis by Clint Smith/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model scored the win in Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals event.

The victory marked his first-career series triumph and his first-ever win at Rome Speedway. It pushed his 2018-win tally to six.

“We went a little harder on tires than most guys, so I knew it was going to be late in the race before I could make my charge. There always seems to be a late-race caution here, and I was banking on it. Luckily that’s exactly what happened, and it all played into my hands,” Horton said. “I’ve been really wanting to get a win here (Rome Speedway) for a long-time so this means a lot. We brought the Crate Late Model too, but after getting the big win we decided to not even run that feature so that we could really enjoy our accomplishment.”

After losing Saturday’s program at Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia) to Mother Nature, Austin Horton invaded Rome Speedway (Rome, Georgia) on Sunday for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern National Series sanctioned event.

Drawing 29 entries for the sixth stop of the tour, Horton secured his spot into the A-Main by registering the second fastest-time in his qualifying group behind Ivedent Lloyd Jr.

Rolling off third for the feature, Horton overtook Aaron Ridley, following a late-race caution on lap-47. Austin Horton drove away from the field to register his sixth win of the season and a $5,300 payday.

“I want to thank Mark Richards and Steve Baker at Rocket Chassis, along with Gary Winger with all of his shock and setup help,” Horton noted. “We’ve got an awesome team with a lot of awesome supporters, and this win is dedicated to all of them.”

Ridley, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., Casey Roberts, and Michael Page completed the Top-5 finishers in the 53-lap affair.

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Austin Horton would like to thank his marketing partners, which Super K Express, Orr’s Towing, Vapes Gone Wild, GW Performance, Rocket Chassis by Clint Smith Racing, Gary’s Pulp & Logging Inc., Allstar Graphix, McKoon’s, Horton’s Inc. and MSR Mafia Marketing & PR Services.

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July 23, 2018

Rodney Sanders Thunders to $8,000 Win in Silver Dollar Nationals
Adds Wins at Southern Iowa Speedway and Mason City Motor Speedway

Happy, Texas (07/23/18) – Rodney Sanders enjoyed a stellar week of racing behind the wheel of his Wichita Tank Racing #20 Swan Energy MB Customs/ Hatfield Racing Engine Modified.

He picked up an $8,000 win in the annual Silver Dollar Nationals on Saturday night, and sandwiched it with an USMTS win on Wednesday night at Southern Iowa Speedway and an USRA win on Sunday night at Mason City Motor Speedway.

“Man, what an incredible week for this team,” an elated Sanders commented. “We’ve had a really good car all year, but we’ve just had random issues keep us from winning more races. It all came together this past week, and we were able pick up three big wins.”

On Tuesday night the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) returned to action at Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa) for the 12th annual Webster City Wrangle presented by AmericInn. Passing one car in his heat race, Sanders recorded a 2nd place finish behind Lucas Schott positioning him 8th on the starting grid for the opening night feature. Breaking into the Top-5, Rodney gained four spots to place 4th behind Johnny Scott, Lucas Schott, and Stormy Scott with Casey Arneson coming in 5th.

Wednesday night brought 26 USMTS followers to Southern Iowa Speedway (Oskaloosa, Iowa) for the 11th annual Summit Racing Summer Classic. Jumping up one spot in his 8-lap heat, Sanders cruised to a heat race victory earning him second-starting position for the feature. Leading wire-to-wire, Rodney Sanders streaked to his sixth win of the season, topping Stormy Scott, Johnny Scott, Terry Phillips, and Lucas Schott at the line. He claimed a $2,500 payday for his dominant performance in the 30-lapper.

On Friday night the USMTS rolled into I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Nebraska) for the 8th annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals. In a field of 36 cars, Sanders dropped one spot in his first heat to finish second behind Tyler Wolff. Rolling off ninth in his second heat race, Rodney streaked through the field seven spots to record a runner-up finish behind Jason Hughes. Earning a spot into the Moock Trucking Qualifier, Rodney scored a runner-up finish behind Lucas Schott securing his spot into the redraw for the main event on Saturday night.

After receiving the pole position in the redraw, Rodney Sanders led flag-to-flag in the 40-lapper to capture his seventh win of the season and a $8,000 payday. Jason Hughes, Lucas Schott, Zack VanderBeek, and Stormy Scott completed the Top-5 finishers in the 40-lap affair.

On Sunday night Rodney Sanders stopped at Mason City Motor Speedway (Mason City, Iowa) to do battle in the United States Racing Association (USRA) sanctioned program. Starting sixth for a make-up feature from June 24th, Sanders passed three cars, reeling in a third-place finish behind Corey Dripps and Carter VanDenBerg with Lance Mari and J.D. Auringer rounding out the Top-5.

Later that night a full program was contested, and Sanders streaked to a heat race win from the seventh-starting position. Starting the feature in ninth, Rodney passed Brandon Hare for the lead near the halfway point and went on to claim his eighth victory on the year. Topping Hare, Nate Hughes, Aaron Benson, and Scott Olson at the line, Rodney Sanders pocketed a $2,000 prize.

On the reels of his recent performances, Rodney has jumped to second in the Hunt for the Casey's Cup point standings with his recent performances.

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Rodney is still undecided on where he’ll be racing this coming weekend. Please keep your browser pointed to for the latest team news.

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Wichita Tank Racing, Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport,, S&S Fishing and Rental, Krohn Farms, STSI, Mars Race Cars, MB Customs, ARMI, Mesilla Valley Transportation, KBC Graphics, Bergman Tax and Accounting, Hatfield Race Engines, Deatherage Opticians, VP Race Fuels, C&R Incorporated, Beyea Headers, CMD Race Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Race Shocks, Swift Springs, Wilwood Brakes, Town Oilfield ServicesPalmer Painting, D&G Contracting, Driven Oil, 87 Automotive, FK Rod Ends, Allstar Performance, Fikes Transmission, QA1 Driveshafts, Performance Bodies, Day Motorsports, and Marketing Services.

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Dunn Benson Motorsports Official Statement about the Tire Infraction and Appeal Decision from the World Racing Group

DUNN, NC­ (July 23, 2018) - Dunn Benson Motorsports has received the final decision from the World Racing Group (WRG) about the Tire Infraction and Final Appeal Decision concerning the events at Eldora Speedway June 7-9th. There is a lot of incorrect information being circulated to the public about the whole situation. We plan to release our Official Statement with the facts about the entire process, the penalty and the appeal process very soon.

In the meantime we wanted to notify all our sponsors and fans that Dunn Benson Motorsports will not be entering any WRG sanctioned events for the remainder of the 2018 season. We will be focusing on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events only for 2018. We are currently 6th in the Series National Point Standings and have two (2) wins so far this year on the tour.

Bobby Pierce and his Family have decided to enter their own Rocket Chassis racecar and their own engine and equipment in this week's World of Outlaws Late Model Dirt Series events in Davenport Iowa on Tuesday and Fairbury Illinois on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Their entry in these WRG events is totally separate from the Dunn Benson Motorsports Team with and our crew and Team Hauler headed back to NC.

The next event for Dunn Benson Motorsports and Bobby Pierce will be the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned events at Florence Speedway in Florence, KY August 8-11th.

Dunn Benson Motorsports would like to THANK ALL OUR SPONSORS for their support in 2018!

The Dunn Benson Motorsports Team and driver Bobby Pierce has primary sponsorship from Campbell University, Premier Waste Services, Dunn Benson Ford along with associate sponsorship from Hoker Trucking, Allgayer Inc., Carlton Cattle Company, Champion Spark Plugs, Berger Marina, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Carnaghi Towing, Airplus, Queen City Appraisal and Hot Rod Processing. Product Sponsors include: Rocket Chassis, Pro Power Racing Engines, Roush/Yates Engines, Sunoco Race Fuel, Tiger Rear Ends, Sweet Mfg, Advanced Suspensions, Eibach Springs, Performance Bodies, Velocita, Fast Shafts, FK Rods, Richardson Racing Products, Peterson Fluid Systems, Weld Wheels, Miller Welders, Bell, Quickcar, Lucas Oil Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Hoosier Tire, Strange Oval, BERT, Robert & Son Aluminum, FLUIDYNE, Wilwood, Keyser Mfg, Out-Pace, Allstar Performance, PEM, Powermaster, Outerwears, Goodridge, Hooker Harness, Fire Bottle, UniFirst, FELPRO, Full Throttle Promos, Arizona Sports Shirts, Steffes Group, Delph Communications, ASi Racewear, XS Batteries, Jones Racing Products, Dyers Top Rods, Budda BERT Transmission Repair and Phenom Wraps.

For all the latest news, schedule, pictures, sponsors, crew or anything related to Dunn Benson Motorsports and driver Pierce visit our Team website at .

Special Thanks to Ryan Delph and Delph Communications for hosting and updating our Team website.

Smoke scores top-ten with All Stars at Eriez Speedway; Will follow All Stars to Angell Park, Jackson, Knoxville, and 34 Raceway


Date: Friday, July 20th
Event: I-79 Summer Shootout
Series: Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1
Track: Eriez Speedway
Tony Stewart A-Main Finish (Start): 9th (13th)

Date: Saturday, July 21st
Event: I-79 Summer Shootout
Series: Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1
Track: Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway
Tony Stewart A-Main Finish (Start): 12th (6th)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 23, 2018) - Tony Stewart’s weekend in Western Pennsylvania was productive, scoring one top-ten finish in the process, as well as conducting an impressive rebound on Saturday during action at “Dirt’s Monster Half-Mile.”

Stewart, driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Rush Truck Centers/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 14 sprint car, earned his top-five finish during I-79 Summer Shootout action at Eriez Speedway on Friday, July 20. Smoke started 13th on the feature grid, eventually climbing four spots in 30 circuits to earn his 27th top-ten finish of the season. A fifth place finish during heat race action secured his seventh row starting position.

A heartbreak, nonetheless, Stewart was well on his way to a second consecutive I-79 Summer Shootout top-ten finish on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway when issues occurred, the result of a flat right-rear tire while battling inside the top-five. Stewart’s crew was able to make the tire change which allowed the Columbus, Ind., native to return to the speedway. Although not recovering for a top-ten, Stewart did recover for a respectable 12th place finish.

“I think we were really good at Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, things like that happen. I have a great group of guys who were able to get me back out on the speedway in a hurry,” Tony Stewart said, who won an All Star event at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in 2017. “We have a lot of racing coming up during the next several weeks. It all starts this weekend with a busy stretch of All Star Circuit of Champions action. I’m looking forward to joining our very competitive Series during four starts across the Midwest.”

Tony Stewart will continue his 2018 open wheel schedule with a four-pack of All Star Circuit of Champions starts across much of the Midwest, first visiting Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis., on Thursday, July 26. The All Stars were scheduled to visit Angell Park earlier this season, but Mother Nature intervened forcing the event to be postponed.

Stewart’s upcoming All Star agenda will send the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion to Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex on Friday, July 27, followed by an Iowa doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 & 29; Knoxville Raceway on Saturday and 34 Raceway in Burlington on Sunday.

Fans should take note that Tony Stewart’s apparel trailer will be traveling to all four All Star Circuit of Champions events, as well.

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Tony Stewart, Tony Stewart Racing and the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at, as well as at

Tony Stewart: Facebook at or on Twitter at

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.

2018 Tony Stewart/Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru July 23, 2018)
Total Races: 44
Total Wins: 1
Total Top-5s: 17
Total Top-10s: 27

Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
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Schatz scores top-five finishes during Silver Cup, Gettysburg Clash and Morgan Cup


Date: Tuesday, July 17th
Event: Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, Pa.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 3rd (9th)

Date: Thursday, July 19th
Event: Gettysburg Clash
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, Pa.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 4th (11th)

Dates: Friday and Saturday, July 20th & 21st
Event: Morgan Cup & Summer Nationals
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start):
Friday: 2nd (2nd)
Saturday: Rain

World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 7/23/2018): 1st - 5828 points (208-point margin over second place, Brad Sweet)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 23, 2018) - Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz continued his 2018 “Month of Money” campaign with another string of successful finishes, this time earning a pair of podium performances during action at Lernerville Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway, respectively, splitting that pair of results with a top-five performance during action at the “Fabulous” Lincoln Speedway. Schatz, driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 15 sprint car, has finished inside the top-five during all but eight World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series starts in 2018, now with a 208-point cushion in the current championship chase.

“It feels good to put together solid stretches of results like this. It’s important to us, but our ultimate goal is to win,” Donny Schatz explained, who owns 15 World of Outlaws victories this season. “I’m lucky enough to work with the best crew in the world. All I have to do is drive the car.”

Donny Schatz kicked-off his recent stretch of success with a podium run during the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday, July 17. The former Silver Cup winner charged from row five to earn the podium run, crossing under the final checkers third in the running order after starting ninth.

The week continued with back-to-back starts in Central Pennsylvania beginning with the rescheduled Gettysburg Clash at the “Fabulous” Lincoln Speedway on Thursday, July 19. In similar fashion as his Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup performance, Schatz charged from deep within the field to finish inside the top-five; fourth, officially, after starting 11th on the grid. Schatz locked himself into the main event by finishing third during his respective heat race.

Nearly earning his 16th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the 2018 season, Donny Schatz led the first 17 laps of the Summer Nationals preliminary event at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, July 20, before giving up the top spot to eventual winner, Lance Dewease. Dubbed the Morgan Cup, which awarded a $5,000 bonus on top of the $8,000 top prize, Schatz started second on the feature grid and took the lead immediately, fending off fellow front row starter, Lucas Wolfe.

Utilizing a restart on lap 17, Dewease, who restarted second, chased Schatz into turn one and exercised a perfect slider to gain race control. Schatz attempted to return the favor and regain the top spot in turns three and four, but Dewease was too strong on the bottom of the speedway.

Schatz kicked-off his evening visit at The Grove with a second place finish during heat race competition, followed by a runner-up finish during dash action.
The Summer Nationals finale set for Saturday, July 21, was cancelled due to wet weather.

Up next on the schedule, Donny Schatz will continue his quest toward a tenth World of Outlaws title by following the Series north to the Empire State, ready to make three starts in four days beginning with a midweek program at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 25.

The New York road trip will continue on Friday and Sunday, July 27 & 29, with starts at Ransomville Speedway and Weedsport Speedway, respectively. Schatz finished fourth during his visit to Ransomville in 2017, solidifying his A-main starting position with the evening’s fastest qualifying time, followed by a runner-up finish during heat race competition.

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart Racing and the No. 15 Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at, as well as at

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.

Donny Schatz: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.

Watch Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing live on during each and every World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event of 2018.

2018 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru July 23, 2018)
Total Races: 43
Total Wins: 17
Total Top-5s: 35
Total Top-10s: 41

World of Outlaws Races: 41
World of Outlaws Wins: 15
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 33
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 39
Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
(724) 954-4915,


Abreu’s Knoxville start cut short due to mechanical issues; Four-race All Star Circuit of Champions slate ahead


Date: Saturday, July 21st
Event: 3M Night at Knoxville Raceway
Series: Knoxville Championship Cup Series
Track: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa)
Rico Abreu A-Main Finish (Start): DNS

ST. HELENA, Calif. (July 23, 2018) - Rico Abreu’s visit to the “Sprint Car Capital of the World” was short-lived, but beneficial, taking advantage of the opportunity to time trial around the world-famous half-mile. Abreu, driver of the Abreu Vineyards/Alpinestars/Rhino Wipe/Lucas Oil/Priority Aviation/No. 24 sprint car, joined the field at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night with the intent to test and tune for multiple Knoxville Raceway appearances in the near-future.

Unfortunately for Abreu, the test and tune session was cut off during heat race competition. An issue within the car’s rear end caused motor problems, ultimately forcing the St. Helena, Calif., native to scratch from the rest of the evening program. Abreu was leading his respective heat race when the rear end trouble occurred.

“Not how we wanted our first Knoxville start to go, but at least we were able to show speed during time trials, as well as our heat race,” Rico Abreu said, who timed 18th-fastest out of 33 entrants at Knoxville Raceway. “All we can do now is keep those notes handy and revert back to them when we return to Knoxville Raceway next weekend.”

Rico Abreu will continue his 2018 campaign with a four-pack of All Star Circuit of Champions events in the Midwest, ready to follow the Tony Stewart-owned organization to four different tracks throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. The All Star Circuit of Champions four-race weekend will ignite on Thursday, July 26, with a visit to Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis., followed by an appearance at Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex on Friday, July 27.

The weekend will conclude with an Iowa doubleheader, first visiting Knoxville Raceway on Saturday, July 28, all capped-off with a trip to 34 Raceway on Sunday, July 29.

Abreu will enter the weekend with six All Star top-ten finishes to his credit, two of which inside the top-five. In total, the former Chili Bowl Nationals champion owns 18 top-ten finishes in 2018, still hunting for his first trip to victory lane.

Fans are encouraged to follow Rico Abreu online, as well as on all of the available social media networks.

Rico Abreu: Facebook at, Twitter at, or on Instagram at

Rico Abreu Racing:

2018 Rico Abreu Statistics: (thru July 23, 2018)
Total Races: 46
Total Wins: 0
Total Top-5s: 5
Total Top-10s: 18
**Stats only reflect starts in RAR #24 Sprint Car
Tyler Altmeyer
Rico Abreu Racing
(724) 954-4915,



Roberts Rallies at Rome after Swainsboro Stumble

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (July 23) Casey Roberts finished fourth at Rome Speedway rebounding after finishing 12th the night before in the second of two Southern National races at Swainsboro Raceway.

At Rome Roberts started eighth and finished fourth.

“Moving up from eighth to finish fourth doesn’t sound like much, but when you have a really good field of cars it’s more than you think,” said David Bryant.  Casey had a good qualifying run and ran a good race. It was our fifth top five in the first six Southern Nationals races and that speaks well for Casey and the BMS team.”

On Saturday night at Swainsboro things did not go as well with Roberts starting 18th and finishing 12th in the feature. With three laps to go Roberts was running in front of the leaders, the last car on the lead lap, when the right rear went flat.

“Casey drew a bad number. We were the first car out and you wanted to go out late like Overton,” said David Bryant. “Can’t put it all on Casey’s draw though as we just were not much good and that flat with three to go was a fitting end to a forgettable night.”

There are four races left in this years 10 race Southern Nationals Series and coming out of Rome Roberts and the BMS team has the series point lead. Tuesday night Boyd’s Speedway will host race seven, eight is at Crossville, nine at Smoky Mountain and the finale is at Tazewell on Saturday night.

“We have definitely made some strides and things are starting to fall into place. All we need to do is keep everything in perspective and keep on digging,” concluded Bryant.

Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Tennessee RV, Turner Hydraulics, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Food City, and The Wine and Spirits Cellar.

BMS races Rocket XR1 Chassis. Power is provided by Vic Hill Racing Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods, Driven Racing Oil, Waterman Fuel Pumps, VP Race Fuels and starting power from Go Lithium batteries. Gauges and wiring harnesses from QuickCar. Drive train components are from Quarter Master with Carbon Fiber drive shafts from Fastshafts. The shocks are Penske Racing Shocks with chassis and suspension components from TWM and springs from Hyperco. Noses and body parts are from Five Star Stock Car Bodies and tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.

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