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December 08, 2008

The Outlaws are coming to Deer Creek!

FELDY: If you're a sprint cars fan -- like me -- you're going to love this news: The World of Outlaws sprint car series is coming to Deer Creek Speedway next August for the first time.

The Outlaws have brought their popular late models series to Deer Creek in recent years for the Gopher 50, but now area racing fans will have a cnance to see the best sprint car drivers in the world, up close and personal.

The Outlaws are scheduled to race at Deer Creek on Aug. 19, a Wednesday night. I know this has been something the Queensland family -- the Deer Creek owners and operators -- have wanted to have happen at their track for awhile, and I'm sure the great shows the WoO Late Models have had here played a part in getting the sprint car series.

The one sprint car show DCS had scheduled last summer -- the IRA 410 sprints -- got rained out.

The Outlaws sprint car season kicks off Feb. 6-8 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida with the 38th annual Alltel DIRTcar nationals. I'll try to have more in tomorrow's P-B print edition.

September 16, 2008

Harvick hits town tomorrow

FELDY: Racing fans, do you have your tickets to tomorrow's Night of Victory at Deer Creek Speedway? What a cool event that's gonna be.

I know the best tickets are $60, but it will be worth every penny you spend. NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kevin Harvick is the headliner; and it's a rare thing when a guy involved in the Chase for the Cup actually comes and races at a dirt track. He'll be part of the 20-lap shootout with some top local drivers and USMTS drivers.

Also involved in the SHootout will be NASCAR Nationwide Series up-and-comer Landon Cassill, and longtime NASCAR TV analyst Larry McReynolds is expected to help track announcers Todd and John call the race. At least, that's the last I had heard.

Tomorrow night is the practice night for the Featherlite Fall Jamboree, too. That begins full-throttle on Thursday and runs through Saturday night. Deer Creek promoter Randy Queensland told me today that close to 100 modified drivers have registered and close to 60 midwest mod drivers.

I've never been to a Fall Jamboree, so I'm looking forward to seeing what it's all about this weekend.

Also, if you haven't seen it yet, here's a link to the list of area and USMTS drivers who will compete against Harvick, Cassill and drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. The Night of Victory is a fundraiser for the Victory Junction Gang Camp in North Carolina. Here's a link to the camp's web page, showing you all the great things it offers for ill children.

And if all of Wednesday's excitement isn't enough, you'll get to see the USMTS -- the country's top touring modified series -- crown its national champion on Saturday night, when it's Hunt for the CHampionship wraps up.

August 13, 2008

The immediate future of Kasson Speedway

FELDY: The good news for Kasson Speedway fans is this: The scheduled USMTS show over Labor Day Weekend will likely go on. Barring some unforseen setbacks, the Dodge County Fair Board will work diligently to put on a show on Aug. 31, which is good news considering that is a big race for the USMTS, part of their Hunt for the National Championship.

I'll have more information in the P-B sometime in the next week or so, after I receive a press release from some Fair Board members.

Also, there's a good chance the track may be called Dodge County Speedway again, though the Kasson Speedway name may stick. Basically what has happened in the past few days is that the Fair Board has taken control of the track. There may be no championship trophies presented, may be no banquet, but I'm sure that's what drivers have expected for some time, certainly since previous promoter Scott Mondus ceased operations (and ceased contact with the Fair Board, drivers and media) in early August.

I have no idea what this means for next year or future years, but Kasson/Dodge County Speedway fans can take this as a positive sign that the D.C. Fair Board wants badly for the track to be successful again, and wants it to be a place racing fans enjoy coming to.

I'll say this: Knowing the little bit of behind-the-scenes info. that I do know, the Dodge County Fair Board members deserve a lot of credit just for being able to pull off the USMTS show on Aug. 31.

News on Kasson Speedway to come ...

FELDY: I mentioned this at the bottom of the previous post, but there's a good chance I'll have some news on the immediate future of Kasson Speedway late this afternoon or tonight. I know plenty of motorheads around here are wondering what's going to happen to the quaint old track on the Dodge County Fairgrounds; hopefully I'll have some good news to deliver to those fans and drivers.

It's really too bad what it had come to out there. Car counts and fan attendance were really, really low. The last time they raced at Kasson, 37 cars showed up in six classes. They ended up combining the pure stocks and the hornets because of low driver turnout, and they still had only five cars in the feature race. In a story last week, I said there were "less than 200" fans there that night; by my count, it was actually about 120.

If I can deliver the news that I think is going to come today, the track should have a better future.

August 13, 2007

More from Millville

If you were at Spring Creek MX Park yesterday for the ninth round of the AMA Motocross national championship, you heard each of the top three finishers speak to the crowd after their motos.

Here are some comments from those riders, from the post-race press conference, that didn't make it into print:

GRANT LANGSTON, 2nd overall, Motocross class

On the tight national points race (Langston is third nationally with 300 points, 11 behind co-leaders Andrew Short and Timmy Ferry): "I know there are about a half-dozen guys who still have a shot. I can't control what the other guys do, I just try to make up as much ground as I can with each moto. I had a couple of good rides today and now I'm right in the points battle."

On Ricky Carmichael, who won both motos Sunday, but has competed in just six of nine rounds this year: "If Ricky had run the whole season the points race would be close to being over, in his favor."

On how he'll prepare for the final three rounds of the season: "I won't do anything different. I'll keep working hard. We have a good program going and my fitness is good. I'll keep up my same routine; it's working for me."

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MIKE ALESSI, 3rd overall, Motocross class (Alessi is now fourth in the national points standings)

On competing against Ricky Carmichael, in Carmichael's final AMA motocross race: "It was a good race for me, but Ricky was riding really well. He got by me in the second moto and I knew I wasn't going to catch him. I rode a smooth, smart race and it paid off."

On what the guys bunched at the top of the points standings can do to win it: "There's no way any of us will gain more speed between now and the end of the season. It's just not possible. We're all maxed out. We just have to keep riding hard. It'll come down to the last moto of the year, and who can handle the pressure at the end."

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RICKY CARMICHAEL, 1st overall, Motocross class. Carmichael retired after Sunday's races, and will pursue a stock car driving career with DEI Motorsports.

On staying involved in motocross: "I still have an obligation with Suzuki through 2009, so I'll do a lot of testing and working with the younger guys coming up. I think I bring a lot of fun to the team … I'll still be around, just not as much."

On his 11-year motocross career: "My goal is to be a race car driver, and that's what I'll focus on now. It will take up a lot of my time. This sport's been great to me, though. It has provided a good life for me and my family. It's funny to think that my first outdoor national event was in 1996 and now the ride is ending. I'm happy with what I've done and the decisions I've made."

On his race car driving career: "I hope to ultimately be at the (Nextel) Cup level. I want to succeed at something other than (motocross). It would be a great accomplishment for me. Times change, people change. This is what I want to do."

On his near-crash after passing Kevin Windham in the first turn of the first moto: "I thought for a second that I was flying home early today. I was a little worried, but I held on and the Karma police took care of me."

On the fans at Spring Creek: "The fans here are great. I love them, I love this part of the country. The fans have always been great to me here. They're some of the best fans around."

Any chance he'll return to motocross?: (smiling) "You guys kill me with questions like that. I'd love to come back at some point, but it is so hard to take a lot of time off then come back and go at the pace that these guys do. So, as of now, I don't plan to come back."

Carmichael, Villopoto win at Spring Creek

FELDY: The sun sets in the west, the sky is blue, Ricky Carmichael wins at Spring Creek MX Park.

You can read plenty about Carmichael in Monday's Post-Bulletin, and I'll have transcripts of a handful of interviews posted here tomorrow. For now, I just wanted to let any MX fans out there who weren't at Spring Creek today know that Carmichael won the Motocross class today, and Ryan Villopoto won the Motocross Lites during the ninth round of the AMA National Motocross Series.

Carmichael is now officially retired from motocross; he leaves as the Greatest Of All-Time (thus ,the nickname G.O.A.T.). His win today gives him 150 AMA wins for his career (26 in the 125cc class, 48 Supercross wins, and now 76 250cc/Motocross class victories).

Carmichael seems content to leave the sport he's dominated for 10 years. He didn't shed any tears today; in fact, he seems energized to be moving on to something new. He has signed a 3-year deal with DEI Motorsports to drive stock cars. He hopes to be racing in the Busch Series by the end of the 2008 season.

Villopoto won one MX Lites moto and finished second in the other. He and Kawasaki teammates Ben Townley and Brett Metcalfe finished in the top three in both motos, marking the first time in AMA motocross history three teammates have swept the podium spots in both motos in one day.