Thursday, March 31, 2011


Kevin Ramsell/American Speed Association PR

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Thursday, March 31, 2011) - The American Speed Association has announced a new benefit for its ASA Members for the 2011 season. In an agreement with Roush Yates Performance Products, ASA Members in good standing will be eligible for a 10% discount on new parts and a 5% discount on new and used engines as well as used parts through their website

"We are proud to offer this discount to the ASA Members. Anytime we can offer this benefit to the grass root racer that competes at the short tracks across the country, it is a win-win for everyone," Bucky Gregory, Vice President of Sales at Roush Yates Performance Products said. "Our goal with this loyalty program is to work with the different part manufacturers and offer more discounts and parts to the competitors within the ASA family. We look forward to helping the ASA Member Track and Series competitors with this program."

"It is exciting to offer this new benefit to our ASA Members in 2011," Dennis Huth, ASA President said. "This benefit is available to our registered ASA Members who compete at our ASA Member Tracks and Sanctioned Series. This partnership falls perfectly into our overall goal of helping the short track racer save money and continues to enjoy competing at the finest short tracks in the country. The savings an ASA Member would receive on their parts alone could pay off their 2011 ASA Membership."

Roush Yates Performance Products carries just about every part an ASA Member will need to compete this season. Some of their products fall in the areas of air and fuel, cooling, electrical, engine components, gauges & panels, suspension, body, drivetrain, ignition, exhaust, safety equipment, wheels, engines and apparel.

ASA Members who order parts online or call (877) 604-8077 and use Promo Code "ASARYP11" will receive a 10% discount on new parts and a 5% discount on engines and used parts. Please note, ASA Membership verification needs to be confirmed with the ASA office before the order will be completed, and the discount will be honored.

A full listing of their products is available at Roush Yates Performance Products is located at 261 Rolling Hill Road, Mooresville, NC 28117. Their store hours are Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm Eastern and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm Eastern. ASA Members can call them toll-free at 877-798-7977. Their sales staff will be more than happy to assist with getting the parts you need.

The American Speed Association started as a single racing series in 1968 and is a fast growing racing sanctioning body today. The ASA Member Track program sanctions dirt and asphalt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. For more information call (386) 258-2221, or send an email to The latest news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the ASA can be found by visiting

ASA®, ASA Racing®, American Speed Association® are registered trademarks of Racing Speed Associates, LLC.

Roush Yates Performance Products
Roush Yates Performance Products is a complete parts store that supplies local racers and the general public with new and used quality racing products. Located in Mooresville, NC, their 10,000 square foot facility is just three buildings down from our state-of-the-art Roush Yates Engines facility.

Roush Yates Performance Products offers high quality race proven used engine and chassis parts directly
from their Cup, Nationwide, and Truck engine shops to the grassroots racer. They also serve as an outlet for all used parts directly from Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, and Wood Brothers Racing. The store features a knowledgeable staff that has been in the racing industry for many years and is proud to provide the public with the same high performance parts used in NASCAR's top series at competitive prices

Jonathon Gomez Set to Defend SRL Southwest Tour Title

TWIN FALLS, IDAHO (March 31, 2011) Jonathon Gomez of Twin Falls, Idaho opens his 2011 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour campaign this weekend at The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway in the SPEARS Manufacturing "111". Gomez is the defending series champion and is hoping that 2011 spells more of the same for the 28-year competitor.

In three previous starts at The Bullring, Gomez has qualified no worse than fourth and finished no worse than third completing all 464 laps contested on the 3/8-mile paved oval.

Qualifying will be key at The Bullring this weekend as more than thirty of the regions top race car drivers will be on hand for round one of the ten race championship series. The racing groove at The Bullring is also a key factor in how the race will play out.

"It is not a two-groove track," Gomez offered. "You have to really be patient and set up a guy up in order to make the pass. You can't just drive around them. That is why qualifying is so important here. If you start at the back then you just made the whole race real difficult for yourself."

While The Bullring offers unique challenges, it is a track that Gomez really likes to drive. "It is a cool place," Gomez continued. "You have to be really smooth and hit your marks. If you mess up then it takes several laps to get back what you lost. I love racing there as it is the kind of track that makes me a better driver."

With experience on his side and solid stats to back up his 2010 championship campaign, Gomez will face one new challenge in 2011. He is the defending series champion. "It will certainly be a new experience this season defending the championship," Gomez said. "I really like racing in the SRL as the series has so many great drivers and teams. We may have snuck up on them last year but this year I am sure there is a big bulls eye on us."

The goals are simple for Gomez. "We just plan to do exactly what we did last season," Gomez continued. "If we do that then hopefully we will have the same results. I feel that this year we are so much more prepared, organized and ready to step up to the next level. The team is really excited to get on track."

There will be a few new twists this season for Gomez to contend with. His NASCAR crew chief and driving coach Craig Raudman will get back behind the wheel in a Bob Strandwold Racing team car to Gomez in select SRL races this season. Raudman is a former Southwest Tour champion and is considered one of the best all-time to pilot a Southwest Tour car.

"It is going to be a lot of fun racing Craig this season," Gomez said. "We have only raced each other one time and I came out on top and I like to rub that in when ever I can. He has taught me so much over the past couple of seasons it will be great to go fender-to-fender with him and see who comes out on top."

Gomez drives a Chevrolet owned by Bob Strandwold, a multi-time SRL championship car owner. Ron Copeland is his crew chief and is supported on the crew by Craig Raudman, Dave Reed, Derek Copeland, Adam Wyse, and Ty Henson.

Jonathon Gomez is in his fifth year of competitive racing having won local track titles at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls and competed in various Late Model events the past several seasons. Gomez has started eleven SRL Southwest Tour Races and has two wins, nine top-10 and eight top-5 finishes along with two fast time awards. He has also started 21 NASCAR K&N Pro Series races since 2008 scoring ten top ten finishes and finished sixth last season in the final standings. He is already touted as a title contender after finishes of second (Phoenix) and fourth (All-Star Showdown) in two races this season.

Jonathon Gomez is supported by Heritage Cattle Company, Century Boatland, J&C Custom Harvesting, United Oil, Modern Machinery, DJ Safety, and Gomez Farms. Gomez will contend for championships in both the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour and NASCAR K&N Pro Series this season along with making several starts in other regional racing series'. For more information on Jonathon Gomez, please log onto his website at
Marketing partnerships and sponsorship opportunities for the 2011 racing season are still available with Heritage Motor Sports and rising star Jonathon Gomez. For a custom proposal and additional information please contact John Gomez at 208/731-1288 or Derrick Shannon at 208/870-8066.



(Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, WA)
Andy Alberding will start his defense of his 2010 championship on the fastest track the series competes on this Saturday night as the fast winged sprint cars will challenge the 5/8-mile oval. This is one race not to miss.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


SEATTLE (March 23, 2011) — The off-season from car racing is nearly over in the Pacific Northwest, and for Molly Helmuth it’s coming to a close a bit sooner than she originally thought.

This Sunday the 15-year-old from Seattle will return to pavement racing in the Interstate Batteries Built Tough Enduro at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., an eight-hour endurance road-course race that pays $4,000 to the winning entry. Evergreen Speedway’s gates will open at 7 a.m. on Sunday, with the endurance race slated to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission for the covered grandstand is Adults $10, Juniors (11-17) $5 and Seniors and children under 10 are free.

Although the Enduro has been advertised for nearly two months, up to one week ago Molly hadn’t planned on taking part in it. But after the reigning Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series visited an open practice session on March 19 at her home track of Evergreen Speedway, the wheels began to turn in more ways than one.

“Some of the Enduro cars were practicing and I saw some good friends of mine from karting out there; just seeing them made me want to get back on the track,” said Molly. “I already had the rest of a team in my head: Kyle Byers (center in photo at right) and Brandon Scheiber (left) — they are two of my good friends from karting and are both phenomenal racers — but the race was in one week and we didn’t have a car.”

Molly was wrong about the car, as she found out the next day while visiting the shop of her uncle Rod Helmuth. Sitting out front was a Hyundai Tiburon that had been totaled and bought at auction by her uncle for Molly to race in the Enduro. A short test spin proved the car was still drivable, so Molly contacted Kyle and Brandon to see if they were interested in teaming up.

“When she called and asked if I would help with the car and maybe race it, I said ‘Oh, heck yes’ and my dad and I headed right over,” said Brandon. The 16-year-old from Maple Valley, Wash., who has raced karts for five years and in motocross before that, is excited to have the chance to compete in a car. “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. I’m not sure my dad will like it, because I’ll probably want to race cars after doing it once, but this is going to be my testing ground — the opportunity to see what it’s like.”

It took a little longer to hear back from Kyle, who was kart racing in Arizona, but the 16-year-old from Auburn, Wash., was also thrilled to have the chance to race with Molly and Brandon in the Enduro. Kyle, who has been racing karts for five years and holds several track speed records and championships, was ranked 8th in the nation after competing in the Junior Max category of the 2010 U.S. Rotax Max Challenge Series.
By the time Kyle answered Molly’s text — sending a message that read “You should start taking that car apart because I'll be racing in it!” — the MHR Enduro team had nearly completed preparing the Hyundai to meet the safety requirements for the 8-hour race. All that was left was to add the graphics from the car Molly raced at Evergreen Speedway last season.

“My uncle was unsure about how it was going to look but I said ‘So what, it's a Molly Helmuth car, it has to look good!’” said Molly with a laugh. “We put on the graphics and called it the ‘Picasso car’ since we just slapped on the stickers — but only on one side of the car because we didn’t have enough stickers to go around.”

After the Enduro, Molly will compete in a few more kart events before opening her sophomore season in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on April 16 at Evergreen Speedway. Assisted by crew chief Roger Habich and lead mechanic Aaron Hoskin — and supported by sponsors Kings Transmission, Security Imaging Corporation, Squires Machine, Novastar Development Inc., Foss MotorSports and Transport Services, B&D Sheet Metal, Jana Helmuth CPA, Fitn Trim, Lynnwood NAPA Auto Parts, Grow With Me Boutique and Pure Power Lubricants — Molly will drive a rear-wheel drive Ford Mustang in the speedway’s Mini-Stock Division as well as a four-cylinder race truck in a handful of Northwest Pro4 Truck Series races this season.

But first, there is an unexpected but exciting race to take part in this weekend and with eight hours, a wrecked and then rebuilt car, and two rookie co-drivers, Molly knows anything can happen.

“I think we will make a good team, especially with our nice-looking Picasso Car,” Molly said. “It should be a fun race and a good experience for all of us; I’m just crossing my fingers we don't wreck the car or something breaks before we reach the checkered flag.”

Interested in finding out how you can become part of the Molly Helmuth Racing team? Contact Mike Helmuth at (206) 819-1501 or

On the Web: For more information on Molly Helmuth, visit, become a fan of “Molly Helmuth Racing” on Facebook, or visit her YouTube channel, RotaxJr92.

To learn more about her sponsors:
Security Imaging ( or call: (877) 369-7033 or (206) 527-8819;
Kings Transmissions (
Squires Machine(
Novastar Development Inc. (
B&D Sheet Metal (
Foss Motorsports and Transport Services ) (
Jana Helmuth, CPA (
Fitn Trim (
NAPA Auto Parts, 6127-D 212th SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036 (425) 778-0155
Grow With Me Boutique (
Pure Power Lubricants (

About Molly Helmuth: Molly Helmuth has been racing since the age of 11. She started racing go karts in Washington, Oregon and Canada, competing in various events against some of the fastest drivers in the country. In 2010 at 14 Molly became the youngest driver to compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Mini-Stock Division at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., finishing in the top-five in series points and winning rookie of the year. In late 2010, Helmuth was invited to attend Phase I of the Lyn Saint James Women in the Winner’s Circle Academy and to take part in the Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle Talent Search Shoot-Out.

About Security Imaging Corporation: In business since 1996, Security Imaging is a leader in online sales of badge holders, lanyards, photo ID card printers, wristbands and other products. Customers include corporations, military, government, schools and universities, and large and small businesses across the United States and internationally.

The online catalog at displays just a portion of the products available from the company, and customers are encouraged to contact the Security Imaging staff with questions or to request a particular item. Many of the products Security Imaging sells can be customized, making them a low-cost and effective method for marketing in addition to meeting an operational need.

Molly Helmuth Racing media contact: Mike Helmuth, (206) 819-1501,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


KENT, Wash. — (March 16, 2011) Racing — karts, bikes or cars — can get into your system and stick hard. NASCAR championship team owner Richard Childress famously said: “Once you’ve raced, you never forget it … and you never get over it.”

There is something about driving fast that appeals to just about everyone.

There’s no need to remind Jay Brickey of Kenmore, Wash. The 42-year-old Microsoft employee got into racing about seven years ago, and he and girlfriend Cris Lewis are configuring a 1988 BMW 325is Pro3 race car for Brickey to compete with the Pacific Northwest-based International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC).

Brickey has also helped PGP Motorsports Park modify a Birel rental kart to meet the racing needs of people with limited mobility. He’s been paralyzed from the waist down since breaking his back in a 1997 car accident.

“PGP has been very supportive and receptive to the idea of adding this type of kart,” said Brickey after a day spent working on installing hand controls and then test driving the modified kart. “I came away from PGP very excited, happy and glad that I had the chance to drive it. And I want to do it again.”

Originally from California, Brickey moved to the Northwest in 1978. He has a degree from Bellevue Community College and has worked at Microsoft for the past decade.

After his accident, Brickey skied for recreation and spent about five years as a volunteer ski instructor with Outdoors for All, a non-profit organization that helps adults and children with disabilities to exercise their abilities through outdoor activities.

“Then I got the racing bug and I’ve now been driving cars in a high-performance setting for six or seven years,” said Brickey. “Cris and I spent a year and a half building the 325is and adding controls to it. I am planning on getting my novice license this year, after we sort out the controls.”

Once completed, Brickey plans on racing the 325is in the ICSCC Pro-3 class. He and Lewis built the car with sponsorship support from Speedware Motorsports (, Bell-Red Auto Rebuild (, BimmerWorld ( and Shelly K. Neves Design ( In addition to the 325is, Brickey has a BMW M3 that he has used for high-performance drivers education events in Portland and Seattle.

Brickey watched PGP being built while making trips to nearby Pacific Raceways and last year during a birthday party held at PGP for his girlfriend’s son, he brought up the idea of modifying a kart with hand controls. It took some time to find the right equipment, but on Jan. 22 Brickey helped track personnel install, test and adjust it.

“That was the first time I’d taken one of the karts out on the track. We got there about 8:30 a.m. and had the first iteration of the control package in and the kart on the track by 11,” said Brickey. “It was a constant adjustment. In my first session I was running top-five, in the second and third we worked on some braking issues, but I was still running competitively.”

Brickey planned on at least one more test session with the modified kart to ensure the controls were correctly set for all skill levels — not just a driver with extensive experience on racing circuits.

Test driving the modified kart on several of PGP’s track configurations, including the full course, was both fun and challenging for Brickey. Although he had contact with other karts twice — getting hit once end-to-end and once in the side — and some bruised ribs the next day, Brickey summed it up by saying: “We had a blast.”

“It’s pretty amazing how fast you can go. When you look at the dynamics of a car and the dynamics of a kart, they’re very close,” Brickey added. “Anybody can go karting, but not everyone gets to race a car. There are pros and cons with both of them, but for wheel-to-wheel driving and gaining experience, PGP is great. You can learn what it feels like to stuff your nose under someone in the braking zone to pass without risking everything.”

Brickey complimented the layout at PGP, saying the full .82-mile course configuration was more of a challenge than some road-racing circuits he had driven on. He also pointed out the 30-foot width of PGP’s track was proportionately greater, giving novices plenty of confidence to test their skill.

“PGP’s full course is a good mix of high-speed fundamental driving and cornering,” said Brickey. “It’s a great track for all levels of high performance drivers and a great venue for honing skills and techniques that can be applied to motorsports in a competitive manner. It’s a fun track to go out and play on.”

Thanks to Brickey, PGP is now able to offer more people the chance to never get over racing.

On the Web
Visit, become a fan of “Pacific Grand Prix” on Facebook or follow @pacificgp on Twitter.

About PGP Motorsports Park
PGP Motorsports Park is the Northwest’s premier multi-purpose racing facility and is located in close proximity to the greater Seattle metropolitan area. Named “Best Guys Weekend Destination” for 2010 in the KING 5 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington contest, the track is easy to get to and inexpensive to utilize, making PGP a rare combination of top-level racing excitement and affordability. For more information on PGP events and services, visit or call (253) 639-7223.

PGP Motorsports media contact
Paul Zalud, (206) 390-9858,

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

HayWire Racing Getting Set For 2011

Tacoma, Washington –

3-14-2011 – As the 2011 racing season draws near, the HayWire Racing team are getting ready to make it a great year.

Driver of the #92 RPM Sales & Service / Vital Signs Chevrolet Impala, Tommy Rasmussen, is looking forward to debuting the all new car after an extensive makeover during the off season. After completely updating the body and graphics and doing a major overhaul of the chassis, this will be like an all new car for Tommy. With the car looking better than ever, the entire team is confident that this will help put the #92 and Tommy Rasmussen up front during 2011.

"Terrible" Tim McDougald and his #68 KMB Design / Hargis Engineers / Print-NW / Cornwell Tools / Ringers Gloves Toyota Camry has gone through some extensive reworking of its own. After an accident ended the 2010 season early, the team made major repairs to the chassis, updating it in the process, with an all new front clip. The updated chassis should give "Terrible" Tim what he needs to make his move toward the leaders in 2011.

As a team, the two drivers will shift their collective focus to Evergreen Speedway for the 2011 racing season. Tommy Rasmussen, being the only one of the two to have ever raced at Evergreen Speedway, will find himself in somewhat of a mentoring role helping "Terrible" Tim find his way around this tricky track. While neither driver will be competing for the points championship, both are very excited about participating at Evergreen Speedway. Both drivers are also looking into making appearances at a couple other Northwest tracks during the 2011 racing season with Tommy eyeing a couple races Wenatchee Valley Super Oval and both drivers eyeing a race at Spokane County Raceway.

The 2011 racing season brings big changes to the small, family run HayWire Motorsports team, but the focus is much smaller, have fun and enjoy racing. Look for both Tommy Rasmussen and his #92 RPM Sales & Service / Vital Signs Chevrolet Impala and "Terrible" Tim McDougald and his #68 KMB Design / Hargis Engineers / Print-NW / Cornwell Tools / Ringers Gloves Toyota Camry to make an appearance hear you during the 2011 racing season. Look for the HayWire Racing team and all 3 drivers; Tommy Rasmussen, "Terrible" Tim McDougald and Donny Engh, on Facebook too.

For up to date news, information and complete coverage contact:
HayWire Motorsports
14711 12th Ave E, Suite B
Tacoma, Wa. 98445
Or visit the HayWire Racing website at -

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cindi Lux Champions Move to Green Car Technologies for Environment and Performance

ALOHA, OR, MARCH 9, 2011 - Nationally acclaimed racecar driver, automobile educator and team manager Cindi Lux has added yet another accreditation to her vast resume: automotive industry leader in green technology. The Aloha, OR-resident is not an engineer, though her mind can trace through and explain the smallest change to a car. She is not a media relations' specialist, although she is sought-after by automobile manufacturers to introduce new products to the media. In recent years, this 12-time road racing champion has begun to center those speeches and her automotive mind to the "greening" of the personal transportation. With gas prices being at all time high record for March; Lux is among the leaders in a growing group of automotive traditionalists championing the charge to a "greener" automotive landscape.

Cindi Lux's expertise is derived from a lifetime in the automotive industry. Her industry appeal comes from the fact that women, more than ever before, have been in the driver's seat. Women are now responsible for more than 65% of all automotive servicing, 60% of all new automotive purchases and will influencing more than 80% of car new and used car purchases.

Cindi Lux poses with the Fisker Karma during its media debut. Image courtesey of Fisker Automotive

"Women see their automobiles as an extension of their family," said Lux. "Therefore, they are apt to spend more time researching new vehicle features or ensuring that their current vehicle is mechanically sound and more energy efficient. A look at any survey for a consumer product will show that being environmentally conscious is high on thelist of purchasing decisions for women. Therefore, the manufacturers have to make that a priority and we see that reflected in the product lines in almost every consumer good today."

Make no mistake that Lux is a tried-and-true performance car enthusiast. She is also a realist who sees not only the benefits but also the need of environmentally friendly automobiles. Combined this makes her in high demand by the automotive industry. Some would argue this is an impossible equation to balance but, after years of experience, the native of the Northwest has no desire or sees any reason that "green" must be bland and uninspiring to drive. Not only does "going green" protect our environment but the resulting performance excites Lux's championship-winning, race driver soul.

Lux's family-owned Hahn Automotive Group in Yakima Washington has roots dating back decades in the local car dealership business. Today, the dealerships have embraced and promote the "green" movement. Lux is now in constant demand as a keynote speaker, motivating and inspiring groups on a variety of topics. Today, she focuses her addresses on the "greening" of the automotive industry. She is among the leaders in a growing group of driving purists eager to prove "green" driving can be satisfying and exciting.

Lux's efforts have not gone unnoticed. She was recently acknowledged by both Oregon United State's Senators Merkley and Wyden who wrote her stating: "We applaud your leadership in working to elevate public awareness of alternative fuels and energy."

"Going green and going fast are not incompatible ideas", enthused Lux. "One only has to look at the developing technologies from all electric and hybrid manufacturers. People can see how it's a trickle-down effect from the racetrack by watching an American Le Mans Series and seeing all the alternative fuels and technologies being pioneered there. We can go racing with these advanced technologies which has very positive end result to the average consumer on the street."

For over ten years, Lux has been a highly sought-after presenter and program manager for new product and media launches in the automotive industry. In the past, she has assisted automobile manufacturers premiere to the media new automotive platforms around the globe. As a former factory driver for both Chrysler's Dodge and Mopar brands, Lux helped develop and prove equipment now found on the street. Currently, this winner of over 75 races is helping Lexus put on display its hybrid technologies and assisting the United State's first premium, all-electric sports sedan, the Fisker Karma, tell its tale. Lux sees every reason that the "green" movement can lead to the next wave of muscle cars.

"When I drive new automobile technologies today, out on the test track and in front of the media, it gives me a perfect view of what consumers can expect to see soon in their showrooms," continued Lux. "From where I sit that view is very exciting and promising. Green technologies and developments are here to stay, they are exhilarating to experience and will play a big part in our future."

For more on Cindi Lux, please visit
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PGP's Winter Kart Series Wraps With A Bang, Stage Set for Stellar Regular Season

The final round of the Stars of PGP Kart Fall-Winter Series was one of the most exciting events held to date at PGP Motorsports Park. Track records, first-time achievements and fantastic on-track battles thrilled spectators at the track and watching online.

While the Fall-Winter Series has come to a close, the 2011 Stars of PGP Kart Series regular season is right around the corner with Round 1 on Saturday, April 23. If the competition and on-track action is anything like what the crowd saw during Sunday’s event, it will be a warm spring and hot summer indeed.

Several titles were clinched on the track on Sunday and a recap of the action is included below, but first PGP would like to recognize the champions in classes that had two or more competitors making starts in at least four of the Fall-Winter Series’ five rounds:

Rental Kart (B-Spec) Fall-Winter Series Champion: Maurice Shawver.

Season Stats: 4 poles, 3 Pre-Final wins, and 2 Final wins.

No one has more experience in the B-Spec kart at PGP than Shawver, and he showed the extent of his experienced in a myriad of conditions through this series. Having won nearly everything there is to win in PGP’s rental kart ranks, Shawver is thinking of switching to competition karts in 2011.

Stock Moto Light Fall-Winter Series Champion: Steve Perdue.

Season Stats: 1 Pre-Final win, 3 Final wins.

The owner of Northwest Race Karts and team leader for the Hammer Nutrition/NWRK team, Perdue led by example and twice climbed to the top step when his team swept the podium. The team has big plans for the upcoming season, and with a lot of talent on the roster, it will be interesting to see how Perdue and company back up a great winter season.

Rotax Senior Fall-Winter Series Champion: Travis Henson.

Season Stats: 1 pole, 1 Pre-Final win, 3 podiums.

Though not scoring a Final win this winter, Henson came agonizingly close in Round 4 when his motor let go while he was leading. With a new motor package however, there is renewed pace in the No. 103, and his consistent results led to the Fall-Winter title and some momentum heading into the 2011 regular season.

Briggs World Formula Fall-Winter Series Champion: Nick Larson.

Season Stats: 4 poles, 4 Pre-Final wins, and 4 Final wins.

In the debut of this class at PGP, Larson continued to set and then re-set the standard for the rest of the field to compare themselves to. Consistently getting faster and faster each round, Larson closed the gap between World Formula and other classes during combined runs, using them to find extra pace throughout the winter. Larson served notice that anyone wanting to win a WF championship at PGP would have to beat him first.

Sunday’s final round of the Stars of PGP Kart Fall-Winter Series started damp and cloudy, but the track dried quickly and the sun came out in full force to create a nearly-perfect day for racing. Like all PGP events, including the 2011 regular season, Sunday’s event can be viewed online by following the link at the top of PGP’s website,

Everyone at PGP Motorsports Park would like to congratulate and thank the competitors, friends and families who came out to race with us over the past five months.

B-Spec (Birel Rental Karts)
The day started out with B-Spec class regular Cameron Grimes-Hess scoring a convincing pole over closest rival Maurice Shawver, and continued with an exciting on-track battle between the two during the Pre-Final with Grimes-Hess coming out on top after Shawver was docked a position for passing under yellow.

This set the stage for a great battle in the Final between Shawver and Jerry Peterson, who had been waiting in the wings during the Pre-Final. Peterson had the pace to challenge in the final, and he immediately took the fight to Shawver at the drop of the green flag. While those two fought back and forth, Grimes-Hess was able to pull away to a comfortable lead, completing the sweep by adding the Final win to his pole and Pre-Final victory.

In the epic battle for second, Peterson and Shawver traded the position back and forth. Pushed off the track, Peterson came back on to take the spot back before getting passed by Shawver, who saw Peterson go back around him at the next corner. In the end, Shawver was able to make a pass stick to take home second.

Stock Moto LightThe energy started early as “Mr. Excitement” Brandon Scheiber clocked a new track record during qualifying on board a new Sodi package, the only driver to find the sub-60 second mark all day. Scheiber’s continued to dominate in the Pre-Final, but he was sent to the back of the pack for the Final after crossing the scales a pound light.

Scheiber’s relegation put Skyler Benoit on the pole for the Final, but Benoit uncharacteristically stalled at the green flag to give Steve Perdue the advantage off the line. Perdue held the lead through the first corner and then began to gap the field as the action heated up behind him.

There was a bit of bumping and banging in the mid-ranks as drivers fought for real estate, with some racers getting the short end and others making spectacular moves. At one time Derek Hansen passed two drivers at once, making it three-wide heading into the “Lightbulb” corner at PGP, much to the awe of those watching along.

As the laps wound down two racers on the move were Scheiber and Brian Frank, who was unable to finish the Pre-Final after contact in the first corner. Frank made a great start to move up to the top five on the first lap of the Final while Scheiber methodically worked his way forward. The two of them began to eat into Perdue’s lead, with Scheiber cutting the fastest laps of the race after getting past Frank for second.

That set up a last-lap pass attempt for the win, but in an incredible turn of events Scheiber’s fairing flipped up as he tried to get around Perdue, limiting his visibility and allowing Frank to re-pass him for second. That took the pressure off Perdue, who held on for his third Final win of the winter series.

Briggs World Formula

As has been the case most of this winter, Nick Larson again showed the way for the World Formula field in the final round. Larson won the pole and then back it up with the Pre-Final win after recovering from an incident in Turn 4.

The drama continued for Larson in the Final as he spun while leading and ended up third and well back of the. Jim Cambell inherited the lead, with Kevin Larson, Nick’s father, applying pressure from behind. Kevin Larson was able to make the pass for the lead but it wasn’t long before he had to contend with his son. Turning lap times nearly 2 seconds faster than the leaders, Nick Larson was able to catch and then pass both Campbell and his father.

While Nick Larson was able to stay out front for the win, the battle behind him it was anything but processional and the finishing order wasn’t decided until the final corner of the last lap. After a slight bobble by Kevin Larson going into the “Rollercoaster” corner, on the final turn Campbell made a move on the outside going in and then he went over the curbs coming out to snag the second spot in an incredibly exciting move.

Rotax Senior

Rotax Senior had been one of the most exciting classes during the Fall-Winter Series, and the finale was no exception. Seven drivers were entered for Sunday’s event, with “new” being a theme for the day: Travis Henson debuted a newly rebuilt motor, Cameron Grimes-Hess rode a new chassis, and Johnny Blair was a newcomer to the class after switching over from TaG.

For Grimes-Hess, the new chassis was just what the doctor ordered, as the teenager had a breakout round starting with a stellar pole run position over Rotax National standout Kyle Byers. Grimes-Hess maintained the top spot at the start of the Pre-Final before coming under fire from both Byers and Derek Wang, another Rotax standout. With Byers following him, Wang found an opening and got around Grimes-Hess en route to victory in the Pre-Final.

At the star of the Final, Wang got sideways going through the first corner, collecting Grimes-Hess in the process. Byers made it through unscathed, however, and cruised to victory unchallenged. For Grimes-Hess it was a race to remember as he rebounded from the early incident to march though the field en route to a runner-up finish. Hung up in traffic early, Travis Henson made some great moves to find the final podium spot and secure the Fall-Winter Series championship.

Other classes

The Stock Moto Light track record was not the only one to fall, as a few more drivers joined Brandon Scheiber with the honor of a track record pinned on their resume.

Jeremy Bolstad brought the F200 mark down slightly, re-setting his own mark with a time of 1 minute, 07.662 seconds — the fastest of all 4-strokes at PGP.

In TAG Senior Jessica Dana re-set her old mark with a time of 1:01.739. She was joined on the podium by Seattle Karting Specialties’ Krissy Wells, who unfortunately couldn’t challenge Dana in the Final after an apparent engine failure during the pace lap.

Edward Portz and Caleb Daniells both eclipsed the previous track record on the last lap during their fight for the win in the Rotax Micro Final. While Portz would find a way past Daniels and cross the finish line first, it was Daniells who set the new benchmark with a time of 1:11.484.

The Fall-Winter Series finale also saw a couple of Rotax Mini’s take to the track, with Cole Franchini setting a blistering pace over everyone else in the combined run group while Matt Nelson steadily lowered his lap times during each session.

Rotax Junior had both Molly Helmuth and Tessa Daniells competing, with Helmuth cutting some of her best laps to date while taking the fight to some of the senior drivers she shared the track with. Daniells was also turning some solid times, but she was unchallenged for the win in the Final as Helmuth was forced to sit out with a cracked chassis.

Mechanical issues also plagued the Rotax Master duo of Jerry Peterson and Jim Nelson, and they even broke some of the same parts on their karts. In the end, Peterson won the battle of attrition, completing three laps in the Final before losing a chain while Nelson was unable to make the green and had to settle for the second step on the podium.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


KENT, Wash. (March 8, 2011) — Jessica Dana continued her perfect run in the Stars of PGP Kart Fall-Winter Series finale on Sunday at PGP Motorsports Park, winning her third straight TaG Senior main event and breaking her own track record.

The 16-year-old from Tumwater, Wash., finished first overall in the combined TaG/Rotax Final as well as winning the Pre-Final race on Sunday — making her three-for-three in that category as well — and just missed earning a third straight pole after a setup change prior to qualifying resulted in a slower than expected run.

The situation didn’t look promising for a three-peat on Saturday, as Jessica and her team struggled with mechanical and setup issues during practice. They worked late into the night to have Jessica’s No. 12 Arrow X9 kart ready for raceday, and their hard work paid off. During the Pre-Final Jessica broke PGP’s TaG Senior record on the counter-clockwise track configuration with a lap of 1 minute, 01.789 seconds, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:01.976 she set making her TaG Senior debut in January.

As she did while racing in wet conditions during the previous round in February, Jessica demonstrated great composure and kart control in winning Sunday’s Final. She started on the pole after coming from third to win the Pre-Final, but was surrounded by fast drivers in new karts: Derek Wang on the outside pole and Kyle Byers starting third in Kosmic Karts and Cameron Grimes-Hess slotted in fourth in an Arrow X1. Jessica and Wang made hard contact entering Turn 1 after the green flag dropped, sending Wang into a spin that collected Grimes-Hess and several other drivers.

By the midway point of the 14-lap race Jessica had built an 8-second lead over Byers with Wang and Grimes-Hess in hot pursuit after recovering from the opening-lap incident. At that point the gremlins that plagued Jessica the previous day returned as the motor on her Arrow kart began to lose power. Fearing the motor may give out at any time, Jessica calmly began to ease off the power whenever possible, gambling — correctly — that the large lead she had would hold up. She crossed the line 4.5 seconds ahead of Byers with Grimes-Hess finishing third.

In the 10-lap Pre-Final, Jessica pressured Grimes-Hess from behind for several laps before making a pass for the lead just short of the halfway point. She started third — once again surrounded by the fast karts of Grimes-Hess, Byers and Wang — but drove her kart deep into the first turn on the first lap, coming out in second behind polesitter Grimes-Hess en route to winning the race with a 3-second margin over Wang.

Weather conditions for Sunday’s event were much improved over the previous round in February. Running on a dry track in cool temperatures, Jessica turned fast lap times in both morning practice sessions. A setup change prior to qualifying unsettled the kart, however, and she ended up first in TaG senior but third fastest overall behind Grimes-Hess and Byers. Jessica’s crew made an air-pressure adjustment and gear change before the Pre-Final, giving her the speed she needed to break her own track record.

Jessica did not race in the TaG Senior class during in the first two rounds of PGP’s five-race Fall-Winter Series, making her debut in January alongside her Tanner Dana Racing teammate Tyler Tanner, who was in just his second competitive kart race. The TDR teammates finished 1-2 in that event, hopefully a preview of things to come this season as they compete in late-model stock car races and select karting events.

Interested in finding out how you can become part of the Tanner Dana Racing team? Contact Troy Dana at (360) 402-5500 or

On the Web
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About Tanner Dana Racing
Tanner Dana Racing was formed in late 2010 to support two up-and-coming drivers, Tyler Tanner and Jessica Dana, and to help them achieve their shared goal of racing at the highest levels of motorsports.

Jessica Dana began riding ATVs when she was 4, and racing them at 8. Two months after sitting in a kart for the first time she was recording a top-5 finish at the 2009 U.S. Indoor Kart Championships. Over a two-month period in the spring of 2010, the high school sophomore raced and defeated both four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and extreme motorsports star Travis Pastrana in charity kart events.

Tyler Tanner began his racing career at 5 in quarter midgets, earning four national championships, numerous track records and more than 100 wins over 10 years. Tyler also raced in mini-sprints and full midgets before moving into late models in 2008. Racing at South Sound Speedway in Tenino, Wash., in 2010 he earned two pole positions and finished No. 2 overall in points in the late model division. Tyler earned early admittance to the Ira A. Fulton Mechanical Engineering Program at Arizona State University, where he is a sophomore.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Open Letter to NW Racing Promoters

The single biggest problem with Late Model racing in the Northwest, to me, is the lack of

a common theme shared among the promoters of the individual tracks in the region. What
I mean by this is a sense of direction, working together, common ideas and rules. If you
look at Late Model racing in its current state within our region you see a scattered
handful of cars at each track. Looking at the Eastern states you see a much fuller field at
each track. While some will say that the Eastern states enjoy a denser population, I think
the truth is that they have figured out how to work together toward a mutually beneficial

So what can we learn from them? A lot really. The one thing that jumps out right away is
that most of those tracks share a similar set of rules. While they may vary a little from
track to track, the end result is that a guy can race just about anywhere without huge
changes to his equipment. Anyone who knows anything about this type of racing knows
that changes in rules mean more money for the teams. The best way to help keep costs
down is to keep the rule changes to a minimum. By sharing a common set of rules
between multiple tracks I believe you can start to build on that common theme I was
referring to. By locking the rules down so they aren't changing every year you can help
save the teams money they are currently spending in modifications to their equipment
just to keep up with the rules.

What else can we learn? Let's look at the schedules. In the Eastern states there are a lot
more tracks in tighter areas than we have. But that is offset by much denser populations.
But there are some things that they are doing that we should look at a little closer. Some
tracks choose to run on Friday night instead of Saturday night, some on Sunday and a few
on a Wednesday or Thursday night. While this may seem crazy at first, think about what
it does for a second. By running on a night that the other tracks are not you open yourself
up to teams being able to run your track by removing schedule conflicts. Or you provide
an opportunity for a guy to run multiple tracks in a single season if his budget allows.
How many times in the past have we seen tracks schedule races on top of another track
that is only a few hours away? Sharing dates is bad for car count. So why not work
toward a common schedule where tracks are not competing for the same days on the

Now, I'm not saying that you should start racing on Wednesday night. What I am saying
is you should not be running the same class of cars on the same night as a track close to
you. It really isn't too hard to figure out either. If you take a map of the Northwest and put
a dot on each pavement track you can begin to see how a schedule could be constructed
in a manner that allows for the best car count at each track and provides the opportunity
to run for a championship at multiple tracks during the same calendar year. Think about
this for a second. If we assign weeks to tracks, starting with what we will call "Week 1"
and working through a typical 3 week turn around, it might look something like this -

Week 1 - Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, Douglas County Speedway, Spokane County
Week 2 - Southsound Speedway, Yakima Speedway, Stateline Speedway
Week 3 - Evergreen Speedway, Ephrata Raceway Park, Columbia Motor Speedway

You can quickly see that the result is that each track races late models one week and has
two weeks off before the next late model race. Also, no track is running late models on
the same week that its neighboring track is running them. The end result should be an
increase in car count as teams can run multiple tracks during the same year. Instead of
having only 4 or 5 cars at each track all racing on the same night; we might end up with
10 to 15 cars racing as many tracks as they can. The end result is a fuller field of cars that
the fans can enjoy watching.

So how do we build a better show? We are in the entertainment business, right? The
show is what brings the fans out, right? First, we need to look at what is wrong with the
current show. Programs that start late run up against curfew issues. Gone are the days
when we could just race until we were done. Now we live in a time where we fight
housing developments that require noise curfews and the reality of families that want to
go home at a decent hour and put the kids to bed. Factor in a half hour drive after the
races and think about what that means to a family that has a child they need to put to bed.
Get the show started at a realistic hour that allows you to send everyone home at a decent
hour. Does this mean we need to star the show at 2pm? No, but we need to think about
moving start times to accommodate the reality of families wanting to go home and sleep

Another factor in bad shows is huge down times. We've all heard it said that a given track
had almost an hour intermission with nothing to do and it bored the fans to death. While I
do feel that intermissions are a must to allow racers a moment to fix early damage and
stay in the show all night, we also need to keep them realistic and entertain the fans in
some fashion. Some tracks use pit reporters. This to me is a great idea. Send a guy with a
microphone through the pits during that intermission. Have him talk to the drivers, ask
the fast qualifier how he feels about the coming main event, talk to the guy thrashing to
fix his broken car about whether he thinks he will make it or not or just tell us what
broke, let the fans hear what is going on behind the pit wall. Some tracks have a driver
meet and greet time. This is another great idea. Local tracks around here have a huge
disconnect between race teams and fans in my opinion. Back east, the idea of a "local
hero" means something. Fans cheer for "their guy", they wear his t-shirts, put his stickers
on their cars, and they boo his rivals. Around this area, fans don't even know who the
drivers are other than a name they hear at the beginning of the race. Providing some sort
of interaction can only benefit the show by giving the fans a face to put with the name or
a person they like after meeting them.

Next we can look at the on-track action. How do we make it better? A topic I hear
debated heavily is "full field inverts". Several tracks run an invert of the top qualifiers. A
few select series or tracks across the country run a full invert. The full invert should be
the only option. Fans want passing, invert the field and make them pass. Drivers will tell
you they don't want an invert because it tears up cars. So make them learn to drive
cleaner. It has been proven that it can and does work. If drivers are forced to do
something, they will learn how to make it work. They don't have to like it; they do have
to put on a good show. Give them some incentive for passing all those cars. I've seen
points given out for each position gained, this seems to be a good answer. In the end, fans
come to see passing, give them passing.

Gimmick rules are another topic I hear from time to time. Things like the "tap out" rule.
Back in the eastern states they use the same rule we use of "all cars involved in an
incident go to the back", but they also allow a driver to admit fault by tapping his roof
above his window (tapping out) and allow the other driver to remain in his spot. This
builds a level of respect between drivers and adds some accountability. Will every driver
be so honest? No, probably not. But I think the end result is something the fans can enjoy
watching and cheering for. Cone restarts are another gimmick rule. The cone restart
should be implemented at all tracks. It adds another dynamic to the race and can change
the outcome of a race in a matter of seconds. This type of excitement is exactly what the
fans come to see. Some drivers don't like the cone restarts because they feel double file
restarts tear up cars. Again, make them learn how to drive cleaner. The excitement for the
fans is paramount.

I could go on and on with ideas that I feel will help Late Model racing in the Northwest.
In the end I think what I've outlined is more the start of a conversation than and ending.
I'm also sure there are plenty of people out there that have more great ideas about how we
can change things for the better. Maybe they don't voice their opinions because they don't
know where or how or to whom. Maybe this will be the start of that conversation and
provide them with a means to build on the things I've outlined. The challenge for you, the
promoter, is to listen to these ideas and improve your product. In the end it should benefit
everyone involved.

Tim McDougald
Driver - Haywire Racing #68 Late Model

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Racing on TV, March 2-6
Wednesday, March 2, all times Eastern
NASCAR Sprint Cup race Phoenix
12:00pm-3:00pm (R)

Thursday, March 3, all times Eastern
NASCAR Nationwide Series race
Phoenix 12:00pm-1:00pm (R)

Friday, March 4, all times Eastern
NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
Las Vegas 12:00pm-1:30pm (L)

NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice
Las Vegas 1:30pm-3:00pm (L)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice
Las Vegas 3:00pm-4:30pm (L)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying
Las Vegas 6:30pm-8:30pm (L)

Saturday, March 5, all times Eastern
Grand-Am Rolex Series race
Homestead 12:00pm-3:00pm (L)

NASCAR Nationwide Series race
Las Vegas
2:30pm-3:00pm (L) prerace
3:00pm-6:00pm (L) race
Sam's Town 300

Sunday, March 6, all times Eastern
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
Las Vegas
2:30pm-3:00pm (L) prerace
3:00pm-6:30pm (L) race
Subway Fit 500

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


KENT, Wash. — (March 2, 2011) Anyone who’s driven in or watched a competition kart race at PGP Motorsports Park has gotten the chance to see Mr. Excitement behind the wheel of his stock Honda shifter.

Sixteen-year-old Brandon Scheiber of Maple Valley, Wash., may have that nickname written on his helmet, but don’t expect to see any teenage fireworks from him if he has a bad race. Off the track, the Tahoma High School sophomore displays a mature, wise-beyond-his-years attitude — in no small part because of the way his single-parent father raised him.

“One of the things that was important to me when I grew up, and that I stressed with Brandon, is when there is failure you express your disappointment at home or behind the scenes,” said Michael Scheiber. “If he’s going to advance in racing, sports or life, Brandon needs to keep a positive outlook. That’s important.”

Michael Scheiber also encourages his son to explore life and to not be afraid of challenging himself, and Brandon has responded favorably. In addition to racing, Brandon wrestles and plays football for Tahoma High, and he is thinking of trying out for track and field.

Brandon a 3.4 grade-point average and is also studying manufacturing at Green River Community College, despite struggling with reading because of dyslexia. Brandon balked at going to special classes and instead has dealt with the problem himself by being, as his father said: “Stubbornly focused and concentrating.”

Before getting into karts at the age of 11, Brandon raced motocross for several years before a bad accident that resulted in a trip to the hospital. After several months away from motocross he got back on his bike at the same track and was promptly run into by another rider at about the same spot.

That got him thinking about trying a different, perhaps safer, type of racing, and his father suggested karting at an indoor track. Brandon was hooked.

“It just came to me, it happened really quick,” said Brandon. “I got my license and started going to as many indoor places as possible. I thought: ‘This is the most fun thing I’ve ever done.’ I wanted to go all in.”

With his father’s support and backing, Brandon has raced throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as Utah, Nevada and the Midwest. He did some full track road-course racing in his kart and last year tried racing on a dirt oval.

Although he called dirt-track karting “... bumpy — very bumpy, and fast, but a different experience,” Brandon picked up his nickname as a result of his second trip to Spanaway Speedway in Tacoma.

“The first race I went to there I finished second-to-last, but it was fun so we went back and that time I went from the back to second place,” said Brandon. “The announcer from Spanaway remembered me driving through the field, and when he saw me at PGP for an I-5 Series race he said, ‘Hey, it’s Mr. Excitement.’”

Brandon’s connection to PGP goes back to the very beginning of the facility, when it was in the design phase. Thinking “it would be cool” to race outdoors, once construction began Brandon visited the work site “every other day just to see what had been done.” Later he volunteered to help out with rock removal, and putting in fence posts and track edge dirt.

Racing outside in the open air is as much fun as he thought would be and Brandon has missed just a couple kart events at PGP since the venue opened in June 2009. He likes the track surface — “the smoothest around” — as well as spending time with his friends and other racers in PGP’s paddock.

The most challenging thing about racing at PGP in Brandon’s opinion is also one of the highlights of the track, making it perfect for all skill levels.

“I’ve found that the toughest thing about PGP is that there are so many lines around the track that I haven’t found the perfect line yet,” he said, before summing PGP up this way: “It’s a smooth track with multiple lines and you can pass anywhere. That says it all.”

Brandon likes working with his hands — his favorite class in school is Woodshop; it reminds him of working in the shop in his grandfather’s garage — and he is re-building a 1975 BMW with hopes of road racing it or taking part in PGP’s Lap Attack series after he gets his driver’s license.

Right now he isn’t sure what the future will hold — racing, maybe football or some other sport, perhaps a career in some other field — but Mr. Excitement knows when the time comes, whatever he chooses, he will give it his all.

With a smile on his face no matter what.

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About PGP Motorsports Park
PGP Motorsports Park is the Northwest’s premier multi-purpose racing facility and is located in close proximity to the greater Seattle metropolitan area. Named “Best Guys Weekend Destination” for 2010 in the KING 5 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington contest, the track is easy to get to and inexpensive to utilize, making PGP a rare combination of top-level racing excitement and affordability. For more information on PGP events and services, visit or call (253) 639-7223.

PGP Motorsports media contact
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