Seymour- August 30- N.E.W. DIRT is gearing up for a big night tomorrow as the final leg of the 2014 Summer Holiday Classic series is the spotlight to go along with the final point night for all of the weekly divisions at the Seymour Speedway.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars, Turbo Blue Street Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods and 4 Cylinders will bring to a close their point seasons and will be joined by the Spectator Eliminators for their final appearance of the season as well.
Just a reminder that the Late Models will NOT be here Sunday, but the weekly divisions will be running for additional Holiday Classic purse money.
As reported earlier, the 2 modified divisions are all but locked up for the 2014 season. That leaves three divisions to decide champions and all three could crown first time club champions.
The Coors Light IMCA Stock Car division rarely disappoints in the quality of the racing on the 1/3 mile banked oval. Three, four and five wide racing is the norm and the final point night should be the best yet. Former 5 time division champion, Rod Snellenberger, has been strong here all season and has won three features while leading the standings for much of the year as well. To add to the drama on the final point night, Rod chasing his 200 career IMCA Stock Car feature win. He won number 199 here on August 10 and has found getting the benchmark win a task. A win tonight will make him reach that elusive goal and give him a division leading 6th track championship, his first here since 2008.
An added note, of his 199 feature total, almost a third, 62, have been recorded here at Seymour.
He is 17 points ahead of Travis Van Straten, who also has won three features this season. Van Straten has been strong on most area track this season and will continue to chase for the title. Travis is no stranger to success here in Seymour either. He was the 1998 Street Stock Rookie of the Year and has 4 career division feature wins there. He was the 2009 IMCA Sport Mod Rookie of the Year and Track Champion and has 5 feature wins there.
The next three drivers, are locked in a tight battle for third place. Chaz Van Ooyen, Jr and Barry Van Staten are tied for third with 493 marks each. Van Ooyen built a new car this season and has found it to his liking, being a top five runner all season and collecting a feature win along the way in a thrilling race long side by side battle with Hot Rod. Barry has also been successful on area tracks but has found victory lane here a tough trip, with several runner up and solid top 5 runs. Kyle Frederick is in fourth only 2 points behind the third place duo. He is a former track champions and has 2 feature wins this season.
The Turbo Blue Street Stock division has been a fun one to watch this season, and has four drivers vying for their first ever Seymour Track title.
Ryan Blank has been lingering in the top part of the standings all season, and finds himself 1 point ahead of Jeff Jungwirth entering this weeks final point race. Jungwirth ahs led most of the season, and while Blank has picked up 2 feature wins in the past month, Jungwirth has had Lady Luck make a turn over the past 2 weeks.
Two weeks ago, Blank was 4 point behind Jungwirth entering the feature. The leader had problems early and was forced out of the race only to have Blank suffer problems of his own one lap later, to join Jungwirth in the pit. Alan Schlueter and Patty Winkler, the other title players, used that as incentive to have solid top four runs that week to make the tile chase closer. Last week, Blank ran to his second feature win. With Jungwirth still having problems Blank emerged 1 mark ahead entering this week, 520-519. Jungwirth is tied for a divisaion leading 4 feature wins and it will come down to who finishes in front of who to decide it all.
Don’t forget Schlueter and Winkler. They sit only 12 and 14 points behind the leader respectively and both have been consistent top five runners this season. It is definatly up for grabs and should be a hard fought fight to the finish and any one of them will earn their first career Seymour Track Title.
The 4 Cylinder has turned into a family affair between Cody and Tyler Hungerford. The pair have been atop the standings for much of the season and are now 14 points apart entering Sunday night.
Both have been consistent top 5 runners all season and both have a feature win to their credit. With nine different division feature winners this season, the competition has been very tight and fake culd determne this years title holder. It will be either drivers first track title here in Seymour.
The Spectator Eliminators have been running a point system this year and tonights final run will determine their first track champion.
All race winners, heats and Features, will receive a special Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy for their efforts, provided by track announcer, Steve arsons, in memory of his daughter and promoting Organ and Tissue donations.
Racing starts at 5:30 PM SHARP Sunday night.
The final race of the 2014 season will be a special added race next SATURDAY, September 6th. With all other local track done for the regular season, Seymour added the race as an added bonus for all of the drivers and fans that do NOT go to Boone for the Nationals. It will be a regular race for all of the weekly divisions and a final chance to catch a race at Seymour for 2014.
We appreciate you choosing the Seymour Speedway for you racing entertainment and hope to see you all at the Seymour Speedway for the final point night of the season Sunday, and on SATURDAY night, September 6 for the final race of the season.
Seymour - August 27- The Summer Holiday Classic will bring the regular season to a close this Sunday night at the Seymour Speedway.
The five regular season weekly divisions will run for points for the final time this season. Track championships will be decided in three classes with the 2 open wheel modified divisions ready to be written in the record books.
The Budweiser IMCA Modifieds already have their champion. After a bit of a slow start this season, 2 time and defending champion, Jason Czarapata has already etched his name in the 2014 slot. After last weeks 3rd place finish, he has a 41 point lead entering this weeks race over Mike Wedelstadt. The race for the runnerup spot is open yet with Chad Bartel and Jamie Schmidt within 10 points of Wedelstadt.
Czarapata ran to a division leading 5 feature wins which included a string of 4 straight from June 29 through July 20. The wins put him in a tie for 4th on the all time feature win list with 21. He is also only the 4th driver in the division to win three track titles. Brian Mullen leads the way with 7 career titles at Seymour. Benji LaCrosse has 4 titles and Czarapata now joins R.M. Van Pay with three. Czarapata joins LaCrosse as the only 2 drivers to with three straight championships. Even if Czaapta would not sign in to runthis week, only 40 point are available for a feature win.
Congratulations to Jason Czarapata as he bested 51 other drivers to win his third straight Budweiser IMCA Modified track Championship.
The IMCA Sport Mod division has a similar situation. Jeremy Cota has worked up the ranks this season and holds a 525-489 point margin over Lucas Lamberies entering this weeks program. If Cota signs in to race this Sunday, he will earn his first career track title. If he would miss, Lamberies could claim the title with a top 4 feature finish.
This will be a turn around from the past 2 seasons when he has led during the season only to lose the title on the final night of racing.
Cota started the season slowly but collected a division leading 4 feature wins during the season, including three of the past four weeks. The wins added to his division leading all time feature win total giving him 17. The title will make him the 7th different title holder since the division became a weekly in 2008.
Congrats on a successful season to Jeremy Cota and good luck securing you first career track title.
The other divisions will be highlighted over the next 2 days.
Remember that this final leg of the Holiday Classic series will NOT have the Late Models compete. It will be our five divisions plus the Spectator Eliminators. They will be competing for the increased Holiday Classic purse as in the past. Grandstand and pit admissions will NOT change this week and will be the same as the regular season.
Pit will open at 3, Grandstand at 4 with racing at 5:30 PM…SHARP!!!
Following the races this week, everyone is welcome to the pit area for a corn roast and free beer.
The racing season will end with an added race the following week with a special SATURDAY, September 6th race. Racing will be at 5:30.
We hope to see you all at the Seymour Speedway during the BIG final Holiday weekend Sunday night.
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLASSIC CHANGE
The final leg of the 2014 Summer Holiday Classic series will be run this Sunday, August 31 at the Seymour Speedway.
There has been a change with the announcement that the WDLMA Late Models will NOT be part of this weeks program.
In conversations with the late model sanctioning body, WDLMA, they could not guantee a full field of cars for the event. N.E.W. DIRT could not justify the purse for 12 or less cars, and the additional admission prices that go along with these shows.
It was not an easy decision to make but was mutual between both parties.
Both also plan discussions for 2015.
With that change, the 5 regular divisions, Budweiser IMCA Modifieds, Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars, Turbo Blue Street Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods and 4 Cylinders, will be in action and will run for the posted Holiday Classic purse increase as in the past. The Spectator Eliminators will run for the final time in 2014.
All divisions will be running their final point races for the season as well.
The feature winners will also be receiving a special Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy to support Organ and Tissue Donations, presented by track announcer, Steve Parsons, in memory of his daughter.
Also, the admission prices will NOT be increased this Sunday. The pit and grandstand prices will remain the same as the regular season.
It will be a BIG show for the final regular season night and a THANK YOU to the fans and club members for their support throughout the 31st Anniversary season.
Following the races, all are invited into the pit for a corn roast with free beer.
For the drivers. There will be a cash payoff following the races.
The final night of racing for the 2014 season will be the following SATURDAY night, September 6th. No other track is running in the area that week, and not everyone goes to Boone. So this will be just an added race for drivers and fans to get in before school and the Fall specials start the following week.
Racing will start both weeks at 5:30 PM…as usual.
We hope you can all join us this Sunday for the Summer Holiday Classic finale and again on Saturday September 6th for the final race of the season.
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