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Racing is a Family Affair at Tri-State Speedway

Press Release

3/27/14

       When the gates swing open on Tri-State Speedway’s (TSS) 17th season of racing on May 2nd, you better believe the smell of racing fuel will be strong around the speedway. Teams and drivers from 3 states and all across the panhandle will converge on the 1/7th mile dirt oval Friday nights throughout the summer months to stake claim at being one of the best drivers in the Tri-State area. Just like the end of 2013, several drivers will now be calling TSS home on a weekly basis as class entries have risen steadily in the offseason, especially in the Sr Clone and Midget classes

            Last season, the Pro-Animal class displayed some great racing despite the low car count that plagued the class in the early season. 2013 Points Champion Trent Smith will not be competing for back to back championships this season as he vacated his D&D Racing kart at the end of last year. There is no word yet on whom or if the seat will be filled at the time of this release. With Smith’s absence, Bushland ISD teacher and second place finisher in 2013 points, Kiersten Diamond, is sure to set her eyes on the top prize as both were very competitive in 2013 competition. Another local driver, Scott Morris, is also scheduled to run selected events at TSS as well as the possibility of other drivers making their way up to the class in 2014.

            Two new, but familiar faces will try to take rookie of the year honors in the Sr. Clone class this season. James and Brenda Howard, parents of Jr. 1 driver Josh Howard, will both be piloting separate cars on Friday nights. The husband and wife duo will also be vying for rookie of the year honors with another new, but familiar face, Nathan Gaddy. Gaddy, who drove go-karts as well as a restricted 600 on occasion in 2012, will be taking over driver duties of the D&D Racing kart formerly piloted by Trent Smith full time in 2013. Female driver Kiersten Diamond will be back in the None Better Tractor Service/ Ken Simmons Special as she looks for back to back points championships this season in that class. 2013 Rookie of the year Deborah Carpenter will also battle it out with the boys again this year as she runs her second year with TSS driving her #16 previouslyoccupied by Chad Daniels early last season. Johnny McDonald is scheduled to run the full TSS schedule this season after taking off multiple weeks in 2013 when son Matthew was born. 3rd Annual Street Toyota Scion Mini Sprint Nationals Champion for the Sr. Clone Class, Cody Ward, will look to add to his wall of accomplishments along with another husband and wife duo of Keith and Rachel Stoval. Both Stovalls will be back in their familiar Jims Radiator sponsored karts this season with Keith stepping into the 600 ranks on a limited basis in 2014.

            With an average of 16 cars, the 250 B Class was the largest and fastest growing class at the speedway last year and even more cars look to take to the field this season in weekly competition. In a sport of male dominance seven girls competed in one or more nights of racing at TSS in 2013. Patti Reynolds driving for G&P Motorsports finished out the season 6th in points while Rookie driver Carson Burnett clenched 11th place after 13 points events. Those two, along with the Kaylee duo of Kaylee Lovett and Kaylee Rose who finished 14th and 15th respectively, will all be back behind the wheel when the green flag drops May 2nd. Girl power won’t stop there however. Rebecca Barnes in the Golden Spread Motorplex #28 is also scheduled to return this year along with 2014 rookie of the year contenders Joy Thornton driving for CD Automotive and Kaylee Lovett’s Sister, Mckenzie, stepping into a car previously ran by 600 A Class driver Jeffrey Rogers. Two other drivers will also be giving up their seats in the 250 class this season. Jeffrey’s father Rick Rogers has returned his ride back to Burkhaulter Performance with an unannounced driver taking over the wheel. This will be the first of two driver changes for Burkhaulter Performance as 2013 B Class Points Champion Jeremy Lovelady has given up his seat in the Hyper chassis #711 to allow 2010 and 2011 B Class Points Champion John Young out of Portales NM to drive full time for the team and selective 600 races. 600 A Class drivers Logan Reynolds and Brock Diamond, both running for Burkhaulter Performance, will also run the full season back behind their familiar cars. Second place points finisher Tanner Prater will also make the weekly trip from his home in Borger, TX hoping to clench his first points championship in the # 12 midget. No stranger to the b class ranks, Dakota Ricks in the Amarillo Ice Company #99 will be also be doing double duty this season as his family is fielding a second car this season, likely to be ran in the Restricted 600 class or A Class. Although its not confirmed, the brother- sister combination of Becca and Ronnie Barnes is expected to run with the class full season after Ronnie placed several strong finishes throughout last years circuts.

            As a new season dawns, a talented group of individuals plan to make the move to the Restricted 600’s this season to save the class and obtain valuable seat time before moving into the elusive 600 ranks. Female driver Carson Burnett will be pulling double duty this season while running her B class car as well as a new Restricted 600 put together in the off season. She will be racing along side another female driver Kacey Dowlen who will drive her newly purchased micro for the first time in 2014. Dakota Ricks, as we mentioned earlier, will also get behind the wheel of a Restricted 600 car with Liberal, KS native Coby Weaver making the haul from the Sunflower State to run a limited schedule again with us this season.

            At the beginning of 2013 only five A Class 600’s paced the field for weekly competition. After strong growth throughout the season, including a 18 car field at the speedway’s Annual Firecracker Shootout, the class has bloomed into the elite class of Tri-State Speedway with enough excitement and thrilling finishes to keep fans and younger drivers glued to their seats. Last years points champion, Jeremy Lovelady will be back behind the wheel of the Lovelady Motorsports #117 entry hoping to build on last years successful season. 2013’s Most improved driver Brock Diamond will be doing double duty again in 2014 as he will strap himself back in to the Burkhaulter Performance #00 while also running his 250 B Class car. A trio of T-Miller Wrecker service cars will be pacing the field this season as the father-son combination of Rick and Jeffrey Rogers will each be racing full time in the 600 class as well as veteran racer David Ferril after moving out of the B Class towards the latter part of 2013. Two more father-son duo’s will be racing with us full time this year. GP Motorsports hotshoe Logan Reynolds, will be behind the wheel in one of the teams newly built Factor One Chassis, while father Greg Reynolds, who finished 3rd in points last season, will once again be running his familiar # 72. Veteran 360 Sprint car driver Tommy Joe Keeling will be back in action full time this year after purchasing another car in the off-season. His son Gideon, who landed a ride in the second Lovelady Motorsports entry mid season, will also be chasing after his first points championship in the class aboard the Ultrarmor Fabrication # 11. With one extra car sitting around, Keeling has enlisted Amarillo native and defending IMCA Modified driver Jeremy Gossett to wheel the spare car when time allows. When Gossett isn’t driving the car, look for Portales, NM’s own John Young to fill in as needed throughout the season. Two more siblings can be added to the mix as well with CD Automotives own Curtis Dalrymple completing in his second full season with TSS after winning Rookie of the Year honors last season. He will be racing against nephew and seasoned 600 driver Donny Grady, piloting a new Stallard Chassis this year. Other drivers expected to run full or part time events at TSS this season include another Stoval Racing driver Shawn, as well as his brother Keith, who both purchased cars in the off-season. Jeremy Dockery and brother Josh are expected to join the field for most of 2014 in their C&S Machine Factor One Chassis’. Josh, who is currently putting together his own ride this season, showed the other drivers he was a force to be reckoned with in 2013 by leading one of the features in commanding fashion all the way to the white flag. In the final lap the brakes gave way on the 5x machine allowing Jeremy Lovelady to make a move into turn 3 as the drivers traded paint and drag raced to the finish with Lovelady being declared the victor by less than a second.

            Tri-State Speedway will kick off the 2014 season on May 2nd with a total of 11 classes being run on a weekly basis. For more information please visit our website at tri-statekarting.com or like us on facebook (Tri-State Speedway).

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