HAYS, Kan. – Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $5,000 to win and a minimum of $400 to start their main event at RPM Speedway’s Oct. 6-8 Fall Nationals fueled by Casey’s.That feature is a qualifying event for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Also on the card at Hays are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars racing for $3,000 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $2,000, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $1,500 and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $300.Registration fee and non-qualifier pay is $150 for Modifieds, $100 for Stocks and $75 for SportMods and Hobby Stocks. Tow money for the Sport Compacts is $25.A test and tune session for all divisions and the Sport Compact program are on Thursday, Oct. 6.Grandstand admission is free on Thursday. Adults pay $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday; children are $5 both days. Pit passes are $25 on Thursday and $30 on Friday and Saturday.More information about the 10th annual event is available at the www.rpmspeedway.net website or by calling promoter Rod Bencken at 785 672-0123.RACEceivers are required.
HOLYOKE, Colo. (July 21) – Ryan Gaylord’s journey to victory lane Monday night at Phillips County Raceway got its start two nights before in the tech area at Calhan.“I had been struggling and they found the left side wheelbase was way off at Calhan,” Gaylord explained after his $1,000 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature win in the Precise Racing Products BST show at Holyoke. “That was a blessing in disguise because it really helped us turn the car around.” Gaylord ran seventh at El Paso County Speedway and worked out some kinks with a mid-pack finish Sunday at Thomas County Speedway. He wrapped up the four-night BST swing with his first feature win of the season.“We needed this one. It seems like we’ve been getting a lot of seconds,” Gaylord said. “My brother Tripp was crewing for Kenny Wallace, too, and made the changes to my car and told me just to worry about driving.”After drawing the outside row one start, Gaylord stayed on the higher line and eventually caught Ken Schrader for the lead just after midway in the 25-lap main event.He motored to the win ahead of Schrader, Dominic Ursetta, Eddie Belec and Jake Adler. “I think that was one of the best drives of my life,” the new 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier said. “I’d been doing a lot of stupid things on the track, making stupid mistakes. This time I stayed focused and did what I needed to win.”Angel Munoz, Nick Tubbs and Ondre Rexford ran 1-2-3 in the Addiction Chassis BST Series feature for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Chad Dolan was the winner for the fifth time in six Leary Racing Products BST Series outings for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Bryan Herrick and Brandon Clough were next across the stripe.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Ryan Gaylord; 2. Ken Schrader; 3. Dominic Ursetta; 4. Eddie Belec; 5. Jake Adler; 6. Beau Speicher; 7. John Hansen; 8. Greg Gustus; 9. Jesse Taylor; 10. Kenny Wallace; 11. Bill Brack; 12. Jeremy Frenier; 13. John Burrow Jr.; 14. Greg Sharpe; 15. James Krehmeyer; 16. Garrett Sporhase; 17. Danny Concelman; 18. Jeff Hunter.Stock Cars – 1. Angel Munoz; 2. Nick Tubbs; 3. Ondre Rexford; 4. Jason Noyes; 5. Gregory Gutt; 6. Kurt Trusty. Northern SportMods – 1. Chad Dolan; 2. Bryan Herrick; 3. Brandon Clough; 4. Ryan Moser; 5. Tom Nelson Jr.; 6. Henry Henderson; 7. Mike Lininger; 8. Tom Quint; 9. Brian Cross; 10. Trevor Geist.
By Greg AregoniLUXEMBURG, Wis. (June 26) – While cousins Jason Czarapata and Brandon Czarapata have won on the same night many times before, Friday was certainly one of their mutually richer nights at the race track.Jason Czarapata bagged the $5,000 top prize at Luxemburg Speedway’s Friday night special for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds while Brandon Czarapata was the $750 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner.Jason Czarapata earned his pole position for the IMCA Modified feature by winning a six-car, eight-lap dash earlier in the evening. Front row starter and former national champion Jordan Grabouski was slated to start on the front row also but mechanical woes forced his night to be done.Mike Mullen, who topped the $10,000 to win Clash at the Creek main event at 141 Speedway the night before, moved alongside Czarapata at the drop of the green flag.Mullen quickly fell in line behind Czarapata before a lap six caution slowed the pace. Czarapata had his open motor hooked up on the glazed over track and gradually pulled away over the remainder of the 35-lapper. The win landed him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Searching for a faster line, Mullen had to contend with Tim Czarneski for the second spot.The duo put on a clinic in side-by-side racing with Czarneski able to grab second occasionally at the line. Mullen was able to take command of second in the final laps. Czarneski, 11th starting Josh Long and 13th starting Kyle Strickler completed the top five.Brandon Czarapata moved low and grabbed second just as the only caution of the race would fly on lap 20 of the Stock Car feature.Shawn Havel got a good restart but Czarapata got a better one. Havel ran the middle of the track and allowed Czarapata the bottom to himself. Czarapata grabbed the lead on the first lap of the restart and never looked back picking up the $750 for the win.Havel finished second with Dustin Loberger coming home third. Dave Bouche charged to fourth late. Rod Snellenberger was fifth.Kelsy Hayes passed Dennis Miesler with two laps left and drove to her third straight Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory in as many nights.Hayes has earned $1,950 for those checkers, the latest of which came ahead of Miesler and hard-charging Todd Wiese.One hundred and thirty cars, including 58 Modifieds, vied Friday at Luxemburg.Modified feature results – 1. Jason Czarapata, Pulaski; 2. Mike Mullen, Seymour; 3. Tim Czarneski, Denmark; 4. Josh Long, Little Saumico; 5. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 6. Sean Jerovetz, Little Suamico; 7. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; 8. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 9. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; 10. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 11. James Tebon, Algoma; 12. Jon Snyder, Ames, Iowa; 13. Darin Duffy, Urbana, Iowa; 14. Brian Mullen, Seymour; 15. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa; 16. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 17. Johnny Whitman, DePere; 18. Jay Matthias, DePere; 19. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 20. Russ Reinwald, Juneau; 21. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 22. Paul Stone, Winston, Calif.; 23. Mark Joski, Denmark; 24. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.Heat winners were Czarapata, O’Brien, Grabouski, Long, Czarneski, Whitman and Duffy. “B” feature winners were Long, Whitman, Strickler, Matthias and Brown.
AUBURN, Mich. (April 29) – A.J. Ward raced to his second Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature wins in as many starts this season Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway.Defending track champion Myron DeYoung, and Tanner Pray paced the field of 20 to the green. DeYoung grabbed a straightaway advantage before he caught the back of the field by the halfway point of the 20-lapper.Ward worked his way to the back bumper of DeYoung before the caution flew for a spun car on lap thirteen. This set up the duel fans have seen frequently over the past few years between Ward and DeYoung.On the first restart, Craig Vance, running third, lost control in turn two and collected a number of top drivers. This set up another restart for the final seven laps. DeYoung and Ward swapped the lead three times on the first lap back to green flag racing, but Ward would prove to be too much as he took his second feature in a row to start the season.DeYoung, Heath Grizzle, Chaz Pray and Gavin Hunyady rounded out the top five.
Tenth starting Kelly Shryock was first to the IMCA Modified checkers at Tri-State Speedway’s Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger. The win paid $1,500. (Photo by Fujibayashi Photography)POCOLA, Okla. (April 1) – Kelly Shryock admitted to having some concerns after drawing the outside row five start in Saturday’s Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger IMCA Modified main event at Tri-State Speedway.“There were some pretty good drivers starting ahead of me. I drew 10 and thought the inside row was going to take off,” he said. “They dropped the green, I took off and I think we had the lead by lap five. It turned out to be a pretty cool win for us.”No stranger to the Pocola speedplant, Shryock took home more than a little gas money – $1,500 – for the victory. He was already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational candidate.Defending race winner Jeff James was a distant second and Ken Schrader took third. Rounding out the top five were Cole Traugott and Danny Womack.Traugott had started the 25-lapper from 14th.“We pitted next to Schrader. He’s a hoot,” said Shryock. “We went to Tri-State wanting to race, wanting to try out some new things on the car and wanting some warm weather. It all worked out for us.”Feature – 1. Kelly Shryock; 2. Jeff James; 3. Ken Schrader; 4. Cole Traugott; 5. Danny Womack; 6. Stephen Muilenburg; 7. Mike Hansen; 8. J.J. Andersen; 9. Kayden Menasco; 10. Kris Lloyd; 11. Jason Payton; 12. Toby Lindell; 13. Eric Beshoner; 14. Jake Davis.
Scott Smith, the girls basketball coach at Jac-Cen-Del, has 18 years of coaching experience. He has coached the 8th grade boys, the JV girls, and even boys golf on his way to becoming the head coach of the Lady Eagles culminating with a state title in girls’ basketball! The Lady Eagles are the only area girls team to win a state title.Scott was a Jac-Cen-Del graduate in 1983, and he played basketball for the Eagles all 4 of his high school years. He is a member of the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame! Coach Smith went to Ivy Tech Southeast and played basketball there for 2 years. He also went to Northern Kentucky University. He is now the CFO of Bruns-Gutzwiller Construction in Batesville.Scott and his wife of 35 years, Vickie, have a son and daughter and 2 grandsons, Brody and Charlie.
Mr. Larry William Fair, age 66, of Lapeer, Michigan, formerly of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on May 29, 1952 in Madison, Indiana. He was the son of the late, Betty Jo (Bennett) Lauderbaugh. Larry was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana and was a 1970 graduate of the Switzerland County High School. Larry was currently employed as the Vice President and General Manager of Anand NVH North America in Imlay City, Michigan, since September 2017. Larry will be remembered for his love of vintage cars, collecting memorabilia and was a huge Purdue fan. Larry passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019, at his residence in Lapeer, Michigan.Larry will be deeply missed by his daughter, Jana K. Houston (Bart Taylor) of Jeffersonville, IN; his grandchildren, Lynk Ryan and Bailey Jo Houston of Jeffersonville, IN; his grandmother, Stella (Romans) Bennett of Vevay, IN; his sister, Nila Jean Robinson and her husband, Fritz of Daleville, IN; his niece, Katie Jo Robinson of Daleville, IN; his aunts and uncles, Gordon and Nancy Bennett of Rising Sun, IN, Janet “Peachy” and Robert Kent of Indianapolis, IN and Donna Bennett of East Enterprise, IN and his numerous cousins and friends.He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo (Bennett) Lauderbaugh, died August 23, 1994; his grandfather, Stanley L. Bennett, died October 5, 1997 and his uncle, Wayne Bennett, died October 16, 2012.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Wayne Daugherty at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
The final Winter ORVC Report.ORVC Report(February 25-March 2)2019 (1)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
Make yourself visible by wearing bright Hi-Viz clothing, by using reflective tape and by using your motorcycle’s headlight. Always use turn signals when changing lanes and turning.The top unsafe actions motorcycle operators can avoid are following too closely, unsafe speed, improper passing and disregarding a signal or sign.Look for road hazards, especially potholes. Be especially cautious around intersections, alleys, driveways, and other areas where an animal, pedestrian, or vehicle might enter your path.Avoid riding in the blind spot of other vehicles.Ride defensively; always leave enough reaction time for unexpected movements from other vehicles.Be cautious in construction zones watching for different pavement heights and drop-offs.Never ride impaired.One of the best ways to avoid a motorcycle crash is to prepare for and pass the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles motorcycle skills and riding test, or to successfully complete an approved motorcycle safety course. More information is at www.RideSafeIndiana.comMotorcycles are harder to see then other vehicles; consequently, many crashes occur because other motorists don’t see the motorcycle. All motorists should take the time for a second look before pulling into an intersection or making a left turn. It only takes a second to take a second look and maybe save a life. Versailles, In. —The warm weather of spring and summer brings increased motorcycle traffic with Hoosiers out riding for recreation and transportation. According to ICJI, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, motorcycles are involved in less than 2 percent of crashes in Indiana, but make up nearly 13 percent of all Indiana traffic deaths. Motorcycle crashes – and resulting injuries and deaths – have all declined over the past five years. According to ICJI motorcycle deaths have fluctuated from a low of 100 in 2016, to a high of 147 in 2017 to 112 in 2018. The Indiana State Police offer these safe driving tips so that everyone can share Hoosier Highways safely.Tips for passenger vehicles:Watch attentively for motorcycles. Check blinds spots before changing lanes and look twice at intersections before you turn or pull out into traffic. Use your turn signals when changing lanes.Anticipate hazards that may confront and affect a motorcyclists like large pot holes, debris, or other hazardous road conditions.Be cautious and observant when turning left. This is a primary cause of most crashes between vehicles and motorcycles, as cars frequently turn left into the path of oncoming motorcycles. Always take a second look for oncoming traffic.Remember, motorcycles are entitled to operate in a full lane.Allow a safe following distance as motorcycles stop quicker than cars.Never Drive Distracted or ImpairedALWAYS LOOK TWICE BEFORE PULLING OUT OR TURNING!Tips for motorcycle riders:Wear protective equipment and clothing, especially a helmet. Motorcyclists age 18 or younger and those with a motorcycle learner’s permit are required to wear a helmet. Motorcyclists of all ages and abilities are less likely to be killed or injured if they wear helmets.
Batesville, In. — The public is invited to an Indianapolis 500 Race raffle ticket drawing Saturday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 in Batesville. A chicken dinner will be served at 4 p.m.