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“Dickie was one of those rare individuals, who got the most joy in life out of helping others,” Jack Sullivan said. “He was the kind of guy that would do whatever he could to support you both on the track and off the track. He had an awesome personality, and you knew whenever he was around that there would be no shortage of laughs. Professionally and personally he meant a lot to me. I’m really going to miss him.”
Allen resided in Denham Springs, Louisiana and owned Triple A Diesel with his wife Lisa. He was a hardcore race fan, and his love for the sport was further reinforced by his relentless support of countless racers and events.
Not only was he a dedicated sponsor of Sullivan, but over the years he sponsored and fielded cars for a long list of drivers, which included Wendell Wallace, James Ward, Neil Baggett and a host of others.
As he did all that he could to support racing over the past several years, he simultaneously battled severe illness. With the exception of his closest friends, most people never knew the battle that he was fighting. He made a point of never showing his fatigue.
“After his family, Dickie most loved racing and his trucking business. His illness the past few years kept him away from the track more than he would’ve liked, and I know that was really tough for him,” recollected Chris Sullivan – who owns Sullivan Racing. “He was probably the toughest and hardest fighting person I’ve ever met. They didn’t make many like Dickie, and the racing world will definitely not be the same without him. My heart goes out to his wife Lisa and his entire family.”
Details on Dickie Allen’s arrangements are currently being finalized.
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Swindell Posts First Top Five of Season at RPM, Nets Hard Charger at Devil's Bowl
Inside Line Promotions - MESQUITE, Texas (May 29, 2017) - Sammy Swindell earned his first top-five finish of the season last Friday during the opening round of the 15th annual Memorial Day Classic.
Swindell and car owner A.G. Rains had intended to compete last weekend with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour in Colorado, but the two races were postponed because of rain.
"We were going to pick up (our granddaughter) on Thursday in Amarillo, Texas, and then go on to Colorado," Swindell said. "We stayed there and when they cancelled it the next morning we turned around. A.G. was wanting to race so we stayed in Texas."
With the ASCS Gulf South Region hosting a trio of races in the state the team ventured to RPM Speedway in Crandall, where Swindell made his debut on Friday.
"We got a chance to go through the car and made a bunch of small changes," he said. "We had a brand new motor. You could definitely tell the car was better and the motor was better."
Swindell won a heat race after starting on the pole. That earned enough points to lock into the feature redraw, in which Swindell pulled the second-highest number - seven - to start the main event on the inside of the fourth row.
"I was seventh in points so it was either a seven or a three and we got the seven," he said. "The track changed a lot more than I thought in the feature. I thought there'd be some track to run on around the bottom, but it didn't seem to work that way. Once everyone got to running it was right on the wall. It was waiting for someone to make a mistake to pass. Most of the time when I passed someone it was on a restart. I got up to fourth, but got in the wrong place and fell back to sixth. You'll run into that on these small, tight tracks. All in all, we definitely learned quite a few things and we made a few small changes for the next night."
Swindell battled for a top five throughout the main event before posting a fifth-place result.
The team headed to Devil's Bowl Speedway on Saturday. After a near crash at the start of his heat race, Swindell ended where he started - sixth. That relegated him to the B Main, where he maneuvered from fifth to second place to transfer into the 16th starting position in the main event.
"We made some changes to the motor and a couple to the car," he said. "It was fine-tuning some things and we definitely found some things with the motor that it liked. I think there were five classes so by the time we ran the A Main the bottom to the middle of the track was kind of gone. It didn't leave you much choice but to run around the top. I got a really good start the first time, but they had a car flipped and had a red. I probably got by five cars. The next one we didn't gain any. I had to start picking them off and was able to do that when people would make mistakes. Once we passed one we ran right up to the next one."
Despite a broken throttle spring that occurred during the main event, Swindell rallied to a seventh-place finish. He netted the Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars.
This week Swindell and Rains are joining the remainder of the USCS Speedweek, which features races on Monday at Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, Tenn.; on Thursday at Talledega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala.; on Friday at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss.; and on Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.
QUICK RESULTS -
May 26 - RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas - Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 5 (7).
May 27 - Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas - Heat race: 6 (6); B Main: 2 (5); Feature: 7 (16).
SEASON STATS -
7 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 5 top 10s, 5 top 15s, 5 top 20s
UP NEXT -
USCS SPEEDWEEK: Monday at Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, Tenn.; Thursday at Talledega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala.; Friday at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss.; and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.
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Austin Hubbard Parks It at the Port; AMS Up Next
Seaford, Delaware (05/30/17) – Austin Hubbard debuted a brand-new Mid-Coastal Siding #11 Trinity Logistics/ Rocket XR1 Chassis/ Cornett Racing Engine Super Late Model on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway, and he capitalized on the moment by picking up the $3,000 victory.
“Man, this new Rocket XR1 was awesome right out of the box,” said Hubbard. “You don’t usually expect to win in the first night out with a new car because there’s typically a few bugs to work out. However, we were fast off the trailer, and luckily I was able to grab the lead late in the race and get the win. I want to thank Mid-Coastal Siding, Salisbury Door and Hardware, Trinity Logistics, and all of my awesome sponsors for their support.”
On Friday night Austin Hubbard kicked off his Memorial Day Weekend at Bedford Speedway (Bedford, Pennsylvania) with the unsanctioned Johnny Grum Tribute Race. Battling for a $4,000 payday in the 40-lap A-Main, Hubbard dropped back in the late stages of the feature posting a 19th-place outing.
Earning the 4th-starting spot for the A-Main via preliminary events, Hubbard slipped past race leader Coleby Frye in the closing laps of the finale to pick up his second win of the year. Frye, Jeff Rine, Matt Cosner, and Andy Haus completed the Top 5. Austin pocketed a $3,000 payday for his victory in the 30-lap affair.
Austin now turns his attention to the opening rounds of the Ernie D’s Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Speedweek Series. His upcoming schedule will include the following dates:
May 31: Hagerstown Speedway (Hagerstown, Maryland) - $4,000-to-win
For more information on the events, please visit www.LMSspeedweek.com .
Austin Hubbard would like to thank their principal and associate sponsors including Trinity Logistics, Mid-Coastal Siding, Salisbury Door and Hardware, Atlantic Auto Brokers, R&J Poultry, Rocket Chassis, Keyser Manufacturing, Cornett Racing Engines, WAR Shocks, Kenny Pettyjohn Racing, Schaefer Oil, Team Peterson Fluid Systems, Performance Bodies, Ernie D's Enterprises, Jones Racing Products, Classic Ink, Hubbard Graphics, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.
Please keep your browsers locked to www.AustinHubbard.com for the latest team news and information.
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DeKalb, Illinois (05/30/17) –Mike Mataragas celebrated Memorial Day weekend 2017 by powering his Mike Kors Motorsports #1 Southlake Auto Mall/ Rocket Chassis/ Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model to his second win of the season.
Mike returned to his home track, Sycamore Speedway (Maple Park, Illinois) on Saturday night for a Memorial Day weekend special event. After laying down the fastest time in qualifying, Mataragas won his heat race on a last lap pass, which locked him into a front-row, starting spot for the feature. Taking the lead on the opening lap of the finale, Mike never relinquished the top spot en route to scoring his second win of the season.
“It felt good to get back to Victory Lane on Saturday night at Sycamore Speedway,” Mataragas noted. “Our team is working really hard in the shop and at the track, so it’s nice to have another win to show for it. We’ll now turn our focus into have a strong outing at Eldora in two weeks.”
Mataragas will not race anywhere this weekend as he prepares to enter the 23rd Annual Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on June 8-10. The weekend starts with twin $5,000-to-win features on Thursday evening, while Friday night will be headlined by twin $10,000-to-win events. The crown jewel will draw to a close with a $100,000-to-win finale on Saturday evening. For more details on the event, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com .
Mike Mataragas would like to thank Mike Kors Southlake Auto Mall, Southlake Collision Center, Mike Kors Southlake Pre-Owned Center, Etchberger Trucking Inc., SK Professional Hand Tools, Mike Mataragas Enterprises, Rocket Chassis, Keyser Manufacturing, Pro Power Racing Engines, FastlaneWraps.com, Simpson Racing Products, Frankland Racing Supply, FK Rod Ends, Wilwood, Integra Racing Shocks, Powermaster, Hoosier Racing Tire, NAPA Auto Parts, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For the latest news, updates, and other information regarding Mike Mataragas, please point your browsers to www.MikeMataragas.com and also follow along on social media at http://www.facebook.com/mmenterprises1 and http://twitter.com/MMataragas .
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“The month of May started off slowly, but we are able to close it with a bang with a pair of wins,” Strand said. “We have great cars, great sponsors, and a great team, it was just a matter of catching a few breaks. Hopefully this will give us the momentum that we need as the season kicks into high gear.”
Dustin Strand was back in action on Friday night at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) – kicking off the busy Memorial Day Weekend competing against a field of 16 Super Late Models. Jumping up three positions in his heat race, Strand registered a 3rd-place finish locking him into the 2nd-starting spot for the feature. Taking the lead on the drop of the green flag, Dustin led every circuit of the 20-lapper en route to his first Super Late Model victory of the season, topping Mike Balcaen, Zach Naastad, Ryan Corbett, and Brad Seng at the finish line.
The upcoming weekend – June 1-3 – will find Dustin entering Late Model events on Thursday at Red River Co-Op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and then River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota) on Friday. He’ll close out the weekend out on Saturday evening with a Modified program at Greenbush Race Park on Saturday night.
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Dale McDowell Enjoys Three-Win Weekend; USA 100 Next
Welcome, North Carolina (05/30/17) – Dale McDowell enjoyed a perfect weekend behind the wheel of the Shane McDowell Racing #17m Will Kinzer Foundation/ Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis Super Late Model. He entered three events and won all three to push his 2017-win tally to five.
“It was just an amazing weekend for Shane McDowell Racing,” Dale McDowell said with his signature smile. “I was able to win all three events that I entered, and then Ahnna [Parkhurst] won the Crate Late Model feature on Sunday night at Rome. It feels great to be able to win for my family, my sponsors, and all of my awesome fans.”
On Saturday night Dale McDowell opened his weekend at Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia) with a Schaeffer Oil Spring Nationals event. In a field of 41 Super Late Models, McDowell posted the fastest time overall in qualifying, locking him into the redraw for the feature. Receiving the 2nd-starting position, Dale jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag and never let go, capturing his third victory on the season and a $5,000 payday. Brandon Overton, Donald McIntosh, Michael Page, and Jason Croft completed the Top 5 finishers in the 50-lapper.
Pacing his way to the front, McDowell overtook the top spot on lap 27 and went on to lead the final 23 capturing his third win of the weekend and fifth overall on the season. Brandon Overton, Ross Bailes, Shanon Buckingham, and Vic Hill completed the Top 5 finishers.
This Saturday, June 3 will take Dale McDowell to Virginia Motor Speedway (Jamaica, Virginia), where he will chase the $20,000 payday in the USA 100. The program will be sanctioned by the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series. For more information on the event, please visit www.ULTIMATEsupers.com .
Shane McDowell Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and marketing partners including Textron Off Road, Kinzer Drilling, Quality Natural Gas, New Era Industrial, Boyd’s Speedway, Cometic Gaskets, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Will Kinzer Foundation, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, ECR Engines-Chevrolet, Clements Race Engines-Chevrolet, FK Rod Ends, Go Lithium, Penske Shocks, Schoenfeld Headers, Keyser Manufacturing, TWM, All Star Performance, Performance Bodies, Five-Star Bodies, FSR Racing Products, Hoosier Tire, Wiles Driveshafts, Weld Racing Wheels, Butlerbuilt Seats, GW Performance, Mark IV ATV's, Racing Optics, Winters Rearends, QuarterMaster, Sweet Manufacturing, Peterson Fluid Systems, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
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Jason Hughes Wins Again in USMTS Competition
Overtaking race leader, Tyler Wolff on the second circuit, Jason Hughes led the remaining 39 laps of the finale en route to his fifth victory of the season. Zack VanderBeek, Cade Dillard, Ryan Gustin, and Stormy Scott completed the Top 5. Hughes pocketed a $3,000 payday for his dominate performance in the 40-lap A-Main.
“It was another solid weekend for our team, and it was great to get back into Victory Lane,” said Hughes. “The schedule really starts to get busy as we get into the summer so it’s good to know that our team is performing so well. A huge thanks goes out to all of our supporters, who help make my program possible.”
Jason is currently second in the USMTS Northern Region point standings, just one point removed from the lead. Complete results and the latest standings can be found at www.USMTS.com .
The upcoming weekend will tentatively take Hughes to Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana) on Saturday, June 3 to compete in the annual Doug Murphrey Memorial. The event posts a $5,000 check to the winner of the finale. For more information on the event, please visit www.ArkLaTexSpeedway.com .
For more information on Jason Hughes, please visit www.JasonHughes12.com .