SEMA eNews Vol. 16, No. 2, January 10, 2013

Racing News: Irwindale Speedway Announces NASCAR Sanction Agreement for 2013 Racing Season

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The 2013 racing season will begin Saturday night, April 6, with a "Grand Re-Opening Night" of racing at Irwindale Speedway.
   

Irwindale Speedway Announces NASCAR Sanction Agreement for 2013 Racing Season
The 2013 racing season will begin Saturday night, April 6, with a "Grand Re-Opening Night" of racing at Irwindale Speedway featuring NASCAR Super Late Models, Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini-Stocks and an evening-ending Demolition Derby.

Late last year, Speedway management announced an alliance with Kern County Raceway Park—the new half-mile oval racetrack that's just completing construction near Bakersfield. Both tracks are working together to coordinate schedules and competition rules to allow teams in a number of divisions to compete at both tracks during the upcoming season.

Irwindale Competition Director, Mike Atkinson, will soon announce divisional meetings at the track for car owners and drivers. Applications for 2013 NASCAR licenses for drivers and crewpersons are now available at the Speedway office during regular business hours. Call 626-358-1100.

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Ross Martin finished second at the Amsoil Championship Snocross Pro Open Final.
 
   

Martin Finishes Second at AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open Final
Ross Martin made his way to the podium in last Friday night's AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open Final at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. Martin had a super start off the line, came off the first straight away in second and flew for 22 laps, ultimately finishing second.

NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Announces 2013 Season Schedule
NHRA officials announced the 2013 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series schedule, with several new tracks being added, including Mission Raceway in Mission, British Columbia, and Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah.

Entering its sixth season, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series features Nostalgia Funny Cars and Dragsters and is quickly becoming a fan-favorite series among drag-racing enthusiasts across the United States.

The season-opening March Meet will be held March 7–10 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, followed by the Arizona Fuel & Gas Championships, which has been pushed back to April 13–14 at Speedworld Dragstrip in Northwest Phoenix.

The Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been added to the Top Fuel points-earning stops as well as the inaugural New England Hot Rod Reunion, giving racers in the class five events at which to accumulate points. They will count their best four of five events toward the year-end championship. The new stops at Mission Raceway and Rocky Mountain Raceways will both feature the Nostalgia Funny Car class, giving those racers six events at which to compete. They will count their best five of six events. Rocky Mountain Raceways will also host Group 1; that will be the season-ending event for those racers.

The 2013 schedule features 12 events and will end in the same spot it begins—at Auto Club Famoso Raceway—with the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, October 18–20.

Additionally, the series will make two stops at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, for the annual Ignitor Nitro Opener and Nightfire Nationals, visit Sacramento Raceway in July, and have an additional stop at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, where the Group 2 champions will be crowned.

Tulsa Raceway Park (Oklahoma) has been added to the schedule as the site of an affiliated event with its annual Nostalgia Nitro National Reunion, which is scheduled for September 13–14. Racers will not score points toward the series championship at this event.

The Amsoil Eagle River World Championship in Eagle River, Wisconsin,
will be held January 17–20, from there to Aspen, Colorado, for the
Winter X Games,
January 24–27, then back to the Amsoil National Snocross Tour in Deadwood, South Dakota, February 1–2.

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Jennifer Pare, of Bully Dog’s sponsored racing team Leighton
Motorsports, took two back-to-back wins at the Amsoil Championship
Snocross event held in Shakopee, Minnesota, January 4–5.
   

Pare Takes Back-to-Back Wins at AMSOIL Championship Snocross
Jennifer Pare, of Bully Dog’s sponsored racing team Leighton Motorsports, took two back-to-back wins at the Amsoil Championship Snocross event held in Shakopee, Minnesota, January 4–5. Andy Lieders took the win in the Pro Lite Final on Friday night. Lieders lost a commanding race-long lead when his sled swapped and he was forced off the track. Still, he finished second in Pro Lite.

In the Pro Open Class, rookie Colby Crapo landed in the top five in the qualifying round and competed in the main events on January 4–5.

Trevor Leighton wound up with a career-best finish as a Pro in eighth place. He also came in with the top three in the qualifying run.

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