Tony Stewart ready to “Rumble in Ft. Wayne,” marks return to Chili Bowl

Three time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart will be running in the "Rumble at Ft. Wayne" as well as the Chili Bowl. Photo credit: Tony Stewart Racing

Reigning NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will return to his roots to race an open-wheeled midget car in the 14th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center.

 

The Indiana native has entered his black No. 2 Munchkin car for both days of the indoor event on Friday, Dec. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 31. He has won a record seven times on the 1/6-mile track but will be appearing at Fort Wayne for the first time since 2008.

 

The Rumble in Fort Wayne features complete racing programs each day, with the main portion of the event after 7 p.m., and also includes winged outlaw modified midgets, non-winged mini-sprints, karts and quarter midgets. Jimmy Anderson and Dave Darland won last season’s midget features.

 

Fans can purchase tickets in advance at the Memorial Coliseum box office, through Ticketmaster or by calling 800-745-3000.

 

Reserved seating (middle sections of the frontstretch) is available only in advance and is $22.50 for one day or $41 for both days. General admission is $19.50 for one day or $35 for both days. Kids 12 and under are admitted for $10 for one day or $16 for both. Pit passes, available only at the event, are $30 for one day or $55 for two.

 

More information is available at www.rumbleseries.com, by calling 317-418-3216 or by e-mailing tbracefest@aol.com.

 

26th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals

 

Tony Stewart will also mark his return to Tulsa in January as he is set to race for a third Golden Driller in the 26th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at the QuikTrip Center’s Tulsa Expo Raceway.

 

Stewart, who has made it to the Chili Bowl championship feature event in ten of 12 previous tries, last competed in the Chili Bowl in 2008 with an eighth-place showing. He return in a special edition black, carbon-fiber entry that has been dubbed the “Back in Black” car. Stewart’s TSR Chevrolet Performance Parts No. 14 will be partnered with the CTR-BCI trio that includes NASCAR Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., USAC Midget champion Bryan Clauson and Chili Bowl rookie contender Jake Blackhurst.

 

Returning after a three year absence, Stewart will compete in Tuesday night’s Fourth Annual Vacuworx International Race of Champions (VIROC IV) and then Wednesday night’s River Spirit Casino Qualifying event.

 

Stenhouse, Jr., who climbed the Sprint Car and Midget ranks just as Stewart did, comes off a NASCAR Nationwide championship season with the Roush Fenway Racing team. A Chili Bowl championship main event starter over two of the past three years, Stenhouse, Jr., is slated for Tuesday night’s Warren CAT Qualifier as well as the VIROC IV event.

 

Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Quick Facts:

 

What: 26th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals

Where: Tulsa Expo Raceway – ¼-mile clay oval inside the QuikTrip Center at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds

When: 
January 10-14, 2011 
Tuesday – Warren CAT

 

Qualifying Night plus Vacuworx Chili Bowl Race of Champions

Wednesday – River Spirit Casino Qualifying Night

Thursday – Suburban Chevrolet Qualifying Night

Friday – Vacuworx International Qualifying Night

Saturday – Lucas Oil Championship Feature Events

 

The five nights of racing action will be preceded by a practice session on Monday, January 9.

 

Always a popular attraction at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is the Trade Show, which is open to the public each day (Tuesday through Saturday) free of charge. All variety of racing products, apparel and more is available with well over 100 different vendors. The Trade Show covers approximately 20,000 square feet.

 

A limited number of reserved seats for Tuesday night’s Warren CAT Qualifying Event and the Fourth Annual Vacuworx International Chili Bowl Race of Champions are available for $43 per person and may be obtained by calling 918-838-3777 or at the gate if still available. Pit passes for all five nights are available at the gate as well.

 

For official entry lists, race results and recaps, please visit www.chilibowl.com. Also, all five nights of the Chili Bowl Nationals will be broadcast live (audio) on www.racinboys.com.

 

For additional information regarding the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, please visit www.chilibowl.com or by calling 918-838-3777.

Source: TSR

 

TSR’s Donny Schatz sweeps The Dirt Track at Charlotte in WoO World Finals

Donny Schatz celebrates his victory of sweeping the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Photo credit: Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With all of the craziness surrounding NASCAR this past weekend with Kyle Busch, I want do a quick shout-out and congratulate Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) and four time series champion, Donny Schatz (#15 STP/Armor All/ Chevrolet) for sweeping the final two races of the season at the Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Schatz backed up his dominating performance on Friday with an exciting restart pass on Kerry Madsen in the season finale.

 

TSR teammate Steve Kinser ( #11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet), finished second in the race.

 

Jason Meyers finished eighth to officially earn his second consecutive World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship.

WoO season starts at Volusia Speedway Park:

WoO Tony Stewart Racing tandem ready to hit the track for Knoxville Nationals

The stage doesn’t get any bigger.

World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint car biggest event, the Goodyear Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, is set for four grueling nights as Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz have each mastered the Nationals in the past, combining for 16 Nationals titles.

This Wednesday night, Kinser and Schatz will once again hit the track. Kinser, driver of the TSR No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Maxim, has a record 12 Knoxville Nationals championships, and Schatz, who will race the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J, has four Knoxville titles.

The Nationals begin with the first of two qualifying nights. Each car entered will collect points throughout a qualifying program. Every time the car hits the track, points are awarded. The goal is 500 points, which can be obtained only by turning the fastest lap in qualifying, winning a heat race and winning the preliminary feature. Kinser and Schatz will both be in the opening-night field, each eyeing a return trip to victory lane. Following Thursday’s program, the drivers will be ranked by points accumulated, and the driver with the most points accumulated earns the pole position for Saturday night’s 50-lap A-Main.

The names of more than 1,000 fans will appear on each car. The cars filled up with names so fast that TSR has added more for Saturday’s finale. Fans who want a chance at their names being placed on the car can visit www.tonystewartracing.com/knoxville2011. Entries will only be taken until 10 a.m. (EDT) Friday. The final names will be added to the cars on Saturday afternoon at the team’s transporters.

All the action will be carried live on DIRTVision.com. SPEED delayed broadcast of Saturday night’s finale will air Sunday, Sept. 4 at noon EDT.

World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule for 2011 released


An exciting mix of stalwart tracks, new venues and lucrative, high-profile events will comprise the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule, which was released during the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando, Fla. last week.

Forty events covering 46 race dates at 33 tracks in 20 states – the longest and largest event schedule – are currently confirmed as part of the 2011 national tour.

Other highlights of the 2011 schedule include:

* An early-season tripleheader weekend in the Southeast, with events on March 25 at Ocala (Fla.) Speedway, March 26 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., and March 27 at Needmore Speedway in Norman Park, Ga. Ocala (2010) and Screven (2010 and 2009) have previously hosted the tour, while Needmore is new to the schedule.

* A Midwestern weekend to close out the month of April. The tour’s return engagement to Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, Ky., on April 30 anchors the doubleheader, which will visit a still-to-be-determined track the previous night.

* Spring dates on May 6 at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway and May 7 at Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway. The two tracks paired up on the WoO LMS schedule for the first time in 2010.

* The traditional spring midweek event at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, which hosts the WoO LMS for the seventh time in eight years on Thurs., May 12. The trip to the First State will be followed by a first-ever visit to Winchester (Va.) Speedway on Sat., May 14.

* Beckley (W.Va.) Motor Speedway hosts the tour for the first time on Fri., May 27, as a lead-in to the Memorial Day weekend doubleheader at West Virginia Motor Speedway.

* A pre-Firecracker 100 event on Tues., June 21, at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway – the only WoO LMS event currently scheduled in the Empire State during the 2011 season.

* A midweek date on Wed., Aug. 3, at Shawano (Wis.) Speedway that precedes the USA Nationals. The WoO LMS appeared at the half-mile oval outside Green Bay last year for the first time since a 1989 event there during the first incarnation of the tour.

* A first-ever WoO LMS event at Winston Speedway in Rothbury, Mich., on Aug. 19. The race, which brings the tour to the Wolverine State for the first time since 2007, will be paired with another event on Aug. 20 that series officials will soon announce.

* Hartford (Mich.) Motor Speedway will host the tour for the first time on Sept. 16 – the eve of the Pepsi Nationals on Sept. 17 at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., which has become a popular stop on the series itinerary.

2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule (as of Dec. 10, 2010)

Date – Day – Track/Location – Event – To Win – Laps

Feb. 17 – Thurs. – Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL (DIRTcar Nationals) – $10,000 – 50L

Feb. 19 – Sat. – Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL (DIRTcar Nationals) – $10,000 -50L

March 18-19 – Fri-Sat – Columbus (MS) Speedway – $20,000 – 100L

March 25 – Fri. – Ocala (FL) Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

March 26 – Sat. – Screven Motor Speedway/Sylvania, GA – $10,000 – 50L

March 27 – Sun. – Needmore Speedway/Norman Park, GA – $8,000 – 40L

April 1-2 – Fri-Sat – La Salle (IL) Speedway (Illini 100) – $20,000 – 100L

April 15-16 – Fri-Sat – Virginia Motor Speedway/Jamaica, VA – (Commonwealth 100) – $25,000 – 100L

April 29 – Fri. – TBA

April 30 – Sat. – Bluegrass Speedway/Bardstown, KY – $10,000 – 50L

May 6 – Fri. – Fayetteville (NC) Motor Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

May 7 – Sat. – Swainsboro (GA) Raceway – $10,000 – 50L

May 12 – Thurs. – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – $10,000 – 50L

May 14 – Sat. – Winchester (VA) Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

May 27 – Fri. – Beckley (WV) Motor Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

May 28 – Sat. – West Virginia Motor Speedway/Mineral Wells, WV (RaceFest) – $8,000 -30L

May 29 – Sun. – West Virginia Motor Speedway/Mineral Wells, WV (RaceFest) – $10,000 – 40L

June 21 – Tues. – Brewerton (NY) Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

June 23 – Thurs. – Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA (Firecracker 100) – $6,000 – 30L

June 24 – Fri. – Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA (Firecracker 100) – $6,000 – 30L

June 25 – Sat. – Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA (Firecracker 100) – $30,000 – 100L

July 2-3 – Sat-Sun – Tazewell (TN) Speedway (Outlaw Sizzler 101) – $20,000 – 101L

July 8 – Fri. – Outlaw Motor Speedway/Muskogee, OK (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 9 – Sat. – Tri-State Speedway/Picola, OK (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 12 – Tues. – Independence (IA) Motor Speedway (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 13 – Wed. – Deer Creek Speedway/Spring Valley, MN (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 -50L

July 14 – Thurs. – Superior (WI) Speedway (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 15 – Fri. – River Cities Speedway/Grand Forks, ND (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 16 – Sat. – TBA

July 19 – Tues. – Gillette (WY) Thunder Speedway (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 27 – Wed. – Central PA Speedway/Clearfield, PA – $8,000 – 40L

July 29 – Fri. – TBA

July 30 – Sat. – TBA

July 31 – Sun. – Eriez Speedway/Hammett, PA – $10,000 – 50L

Aug. 3 – Wed. – Shawano (WI) Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

Aug. 5-6 – Fri-Sat – Cedar Lake Speedway/New Richmond, WI (USA Nationals) – $50,000 – 100L

Aug. 19 – Fri. – Winston Speedway/Rothbury, MI – $10,000 – 50L

Aug. 20 – Sat. – TBA

Sept. 3 – Sat. – Tri-City Speedway/Franklin, PA (Oil Region Labor Day Classic) – $10,000 – 50L

Sept. 4 – Sun. – Tri-City Speedway/Franklin, PA (Oil Region Labor Day Classic) – $10,000 – 50L

Sept. 16 – Fri. – Hartford (MI) Motor Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

Sept. 17 – Sat. – I-55 Raceway/Pevely, MO (Pepsi Nationals) – $10,000 – 50L

Oct. 12 – Wed. – The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC (WoO LM Showdown) – $10,000 – 50L

Nov. 3 – Thurs. – The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC (World Finals) – Qualify

Nov. 4 – Fri. – The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC (World Finals) – $10,000 – 50L

Nov. 5 – Sat. – The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC (World Finals) – $10,000 – 50L

Schedule subject to change. Check www.WorldofOutlaws.com for the latest information.

Fundraiser events for Shane Hmiel scheduled

Just in case you haven’t checked in for the past few days, Shane Hmiel’s Facebook page “Racing to Recovery” which is headed up by Shane’s Mother, Lisa as well as his brother, Tyler, has been awesome in keeping fans updated on his progress. Shane is now back in Charlotte and ready to start his recovery process.

But as many of us know, long and intensive hospital stays can be very costly.  With that said, many supporters have asked if they could donate items for the upcoming fundraisers for Shane to help offset those costs. Tony Stewart Racing is accepting  donations such as apparel, racing memorabilia, event tickets, services, merchandise, etc. No item is too big or small and anyone can donate to this great cause!!

If you are interested in donating any auction items, please drop off the item or make sure they arrive by Friday, November 26th.

Shane Hmiel – Racing to Recovery Auction
C/o Tony Stewart Racing
438 South Point Circle
Brownsburg, IN 46112

For more information regarding the auction or donating, please feel free to contact Beth Malonoski or Misha Geisert via email at bmalonoski@rotondoweirich.com or misha@tonystewart.com at any time.

For fans wanting to make monetary donations in behalf of Shane,  Mr. Steve Pruett, through Shane’s Facebook page – has set up a fund for donations which fans can mail their checks to:
Steve Pruett
700 St. John Street
Suite 300
Lafayette, LA 70501
Write check to : BENEFIT OF SHANE HMIEL
A paypal account is being set up soon so donations can be accepted electronically.

UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS

November 17th  4:00 PM
Lake Norman, NC
Silent auction to be held at the Rusty Rudder, one of the racing community’s favorite hangouts right on the water. Come enjoy some good food, live music and friends of Shane, while bidding on rare racing memorabilia from the sports biggest names, tickets to events, and plenty of awesome merchandise donated from all over the Carolinas. Come meet some of racing’s stars and have a good time for a good cause. Bidding will end at 8:00PM, but the party can go as long as people want it to. Open to anyone and everyone. (A small donation will be appreciated at the door.  Items for bid and additional information will be released before the date of the auction, but plan on being there regardless).
November 17th 9:00 PM
Lake Norman, NC – Party hosted by Shane’s brother, Tyler, at the Comedy Zone above Galway Hooker. Party to feature Shaun Jones, one of the nations top touring stand up comedians who has been featured on television stand up hours and acted alongside Jamie Foxx in feature films. To attend the event you will need to purchase a ticket (also includes a T-shirt) in the form of a $40 donation at www.lkncomedyzone.com.

In addition to the party, everyone that attends will receive an exclusive “Heal The Real Deal” t-shirt, and be entered in a raffle for some great prizes.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase, with proceeds going towards Shane’s recovery.

November 30th
IMIS Show Opening Night Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
Silent auction to be held at the opening night of the International Motorsports Industry Show.  Open to all vendors and attendees of the 2010 IMIS show.  Racing memorabilia from the biggest names in open wheel racing. Stuff you will not be able to get anywhere else.  In addition, there will be a booth at the show throughout the week, where you can stop by, hang out and make a contribution to Shane’s recovery.
November 30th 9:00PM
Downtown Indy – Party at Jillians immediately following the IMIS auction. Open to everyone that wants to be there.  Come hang out with the stars of USAC, as well as other big name open wheel VIP’s  that will be in attendance.  A small donation at the door will get you entered in a raffle with some awesome prizes.  Food and beverage proceeds to be donated to the fund.  You will have a chance to get autographs and take pictures, but most importantly talk racing with real racers.   It will be a memorable night that you will not want to miss.
December 5th
Concord NC-Field Fillers Fairgrounds – Cart race featuring some of the biggest up and comers in racing.  Located behind the Joi of Seating race shop is an asphalt oval racetrack that provides some of the most exciting action you will ever see, not just in carts, but in all of racing.  Grassroots motorsports at it finest.  The atmosphere will be festival like and JAQ’s famous BBQ plates will be available for a small donation.  This is going to be a lot of fun.  Racing is open to anyone that wants to attempt to qualify for the event.  All carts are allowed to race.  The only rule is that it runs a limited flathead motor.  Other than that, its run what you brung.  T-shirts will be for sale.  There is no charge to come to the show, but you will have an opportunity to “sponsor” a driver as we try to figure out who can raise the most money.   This is one race that you will regret not seeing with your own eyes.

WoO Tony Stewart Racing has eye on The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway tonight

 


There’s a major buzz in the air. Memorial Day weekend is here, signifying it’s time for the world of motorsports to take center stage.
 
The World of Outlaws (WoO) winged, 800-horsepower open-wheel, sprint cars take to the four-tenths-mile clay oval to kick off the weekend tonight by invading The Dirt Track in the heart of NASCAR country at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The drama continues Sunday with both the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500 and the 51st running of the Coca-Cola 600, which Ryan Newman captured the pole for the second consecutive year.

Schatz, driver of the TSR No. 15 Armor All/STP/ParkerStore J&J racing side by side of the No. 9 winged Budweiser Sprint Car driven by Kasey Kahne. Photo courtesy of True Speed Communications/Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

For the WoO’s Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) team of Donny Schatz and Steve Kinser, the weekend is all about opportunity. Friday night’s Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway has become one of the high-profile nights of racing on the schedule. Schatz, driver of the TSR No. 15 Armor All/STP/ParkerStore J&J, is seeking his second victory of the 2010 campaign and fourth overall in his career at the Charlotte track, while Kinser, pilot of the No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/JD Byrider Maxim, is chasing his third victory of the season and looks to move closer to the top of the WoO championship standings.

The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, pit gates will open at 1 p.m. EDT with the grandstands opening at 4:30 p.m. The first 1,000 fans to present a NOS Energy Drink from Circle K at the gate for the 4:30 autograph party will receive a free limited edition commemorative poster.  Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:25 p.m. 
The Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown from The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway as SPEED airs its first WoO event of 2010. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. EDT. 
For more details, contact The Dirt Track at (800) 455-3267. The official Web site of Charlotte Motor Speedway is www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.