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David Smith, Jr.
NCRA Public Relations
2012 NCRA Modified Season Review!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Midwest City, Oklahoma – November 13, 2012 - The 15th consecutive season for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products modified division has been completed and after a very diverse 2012 schedule which saw two new venues and one return trip after a couple years hiatus it was Wichita, Kansas driver Marc Hurd claiming his second career series championship.
81 Speedway in Park City played host to the season opener the first Saturday in April where Jason McGehee of Wichita claiming his first career series victory. McGehee took advantage of race long leader Hurd’s mechanical gremlins with two laps to go to pick up the win. A.J. Brochu, Ken Sweet, Brian Franz and Mickey Lassiter rounded out the top five. Thirty-five cars were on hand for the first event of the season.
The next stop occurred on Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend at 81 Speedway where Johnny Bone, Jr. took the lead on lap two and never looked back in claiming the 30 lap victory. Franz, Tyler Davis, John Allen and Ross Shipman rounded out the top five at race number two of the season with thirty-six cars in the pit area. From there it was on to Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas and while it was a non-regular track it was a series regular taking the victory with Tyler Davis getting the best of the locals and a 37 car field. Hurd and Tanner Mullens gave the tour second and fourth place positions at the finish line while Bone (third) and Nathan Mayes (fifth) rounding out the top five.
It was Father’s Day and the Ken Sweet Memorial up next at 81 Speedway and fittingly it was Ken Sweet, Jr. taking the lead on lap two and led the rest of the way to claim the emotional victory over Ryan McAninch, McGehee, Don Hodge and Davis were the top five. Once again a strong field of over thirty cars was on hand, thirty-three to be exact.
After several years hiatus it was on to Enid Speedway, located atop the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid, Oklahoma the next stop on the tour. A field of twenty-seven cars were on hand and on this night it was Travis Johnson, fresh off two series sport modified victories the two previous nights, picking up his second career series modified victory in front of the home town crowd. Davis and Hurd continued to finish next to each other (second and third respectively) while John Allen finished fourth and Dan Powers rounding out the top five.
The 56th annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals at the Kansas State Fairgrounds played host to two nights of racing action with Friday night’s prelims setting up Saturday night’s championship feature finale. After all the qualifying and last chance features were complete for the twenty-eight drivers who made the trip it was third generation driver Tanner Mullens picking up the wire to wire, twenty lap victory and Hutch Nationals modified championship. McAninch, Brian Franz, Hurd and Josh Lanterman rounded out the top five.
Much anticipated when the schedule was released back in January, it was then time for the tour’s first ever appearance at the Western Oklahoma track of Elk City Speedway in Elk City, Oklahoma on a Friday night before their first ever appearance at Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas the following night. The August 17th event in Elk City was won by Hurd, his first and only win of the season over a strong field of 30 cars. Greg Burt, Dusty Mayfield, Lanterman and Tyler Davis rounded out the top five. Then on Saturday night 32 cars were on hand in Amarillo where former NCRA modified south inaugural champion Gene Weaver picked up the victory for the home town crowd, taking the lead with ten laps go and go unchallenged the rest of the way. Race long leader Hurd and Davis would let the tension of their two car battle for the championship get the best of them as both made contact down the backstretch, causing Hurd to finish back in tenth. Davis would finish second at the finish, followed by Dan Powers, Alan Sharpensteen and Jon Thompson.
A couple weeks off to regroup paid dividends for Dan Powers as he not only picked up his first career series modified victory, he actually tamed the high banks of Belleville in Belleville, Kansas on their traditional Sunday night over Labor Day weekend. Eventual rookie of the year winner Jon Thompson finished second, followed by Hurd, Brochu and Lanterman.
The season would wrap up on October 20th at 81 Speedway and with 36 cars in the pit area, Ryan McAninch wired the field to take the twenty-five lap feature finale and while Davis would come home second, Hurd’s fourth place finish would be enough to claim the championship by 120 points. Franz finished third while Thompson rounded out the top five.
Modified veteran Jon Thompson of Superior, Nebraska spent the entire season on the NCRA modified tour for the first time in his career and held off Dustin Belcher by just two points to pick up rookie of the year honors.
Below are a few facts and figures from the 2012 race season for the NCRA modified tour:
121 different drivers from five different states competed in at least one event on the 2012 schedule. Among the states represented were: Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.
9 drivers competed in all eleven events that were held. There were the following: Marc Hurd, Tyler Davis, Josh Lanterman, Dan Powers, Jon Thompson, Dustin Belcher, Don Hodge, Justin Moler and Kirk Coleman.
Drivers who reaching NCRA modified winner’s circle were: Jason McGehee, Johnny Bone, Jr., Tyler Davis, Travis Johnson, Marc Hurd, Ryan McAninch, Ken Sweet, Tanner Mullens, Gene Weaver and Dan Powers.
McGehee and Powers were first time winners with the series.
Elk City Speedway and Route 66 Motor Speedway hosted their first ever NCRA modified event in 2012 with Hurd and Weaver winning at those tracks respectively.
Average car count was 31 cars with the highest coming at Humboldt Speedway (37) and the lowest at the Belleville High Banks (17).
Final 2012 NCRA modified point standings:
1) Marc Hurd 2930, 2) Tyler Davis, 3) Josh Lanterman 2680, 4) Dan Powers 2625, 5) Jon Thompson 2590, 6) Dustin Belcher and Don Hodge 2445, 8) Justin Moler 2190, 9) Kirk Coleman 2160, 10) AJ Brochu 2070.
Final 2012 NCRA modified rookie of the year standings:
1) Jon Thompson 1175, 2) Dustin Belcher 1172, 3) AJ Brochu 1046
2012 NCRA Modified Completed Schedule
April 7 Saturday 81 Speedway Park City, Kansas Jason McGehee
May 28 Saturday 81 Speedway Park City, Kansas Johnny Bone, Jr.
May 29 Sunday Humboldt Speedway Humboldt, Kansas Tyler Davis
June 17 Sunday 81 Speedway Park City, Kansas Kenny Sweet
June 24 Sunday Enid Speedway Enid, Oklahoma Travis Johnson
July 13 Friday 56th Hutch Nationals Hutchinson, Kansas
July 14 Saturday 56th Hutch Nationals Hutchinson, Kansas Tanner Mullens
Aug 17 Friday Elk City Speedway Elk City, Oklahoma Gene Weaver
Aug 18 Saturday Route 66 Motor Speedway Amarillo, Texas Marc Hurd
Sept 2 Sunday Belleville High Banks Belleville, Kansas Dan Powers
Oct 6 Saturday 81 Speedway Park City, Kansas Ryan McAninch
For more information on the 42nd anniversary season for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas or the series modified division, find them at their online address www.racencra.com or call the series office (316) 755-1781. Race schedules as well as additional partners and contingency sponsors are currently being obtained and will be officially released after the annual NCRA banquet on Saturday night, January 26, 2013.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 18:18
David Smith, Jr.
NCA Public Relations
2012 NCRA Sport Mod Season Review!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Midwest City, Oklahoma – November 12, 2012 - The fourth season for the Bob Howard PDC and Mopar National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products southern sport modified division is in the history books with the tours all-time feature winner finally picking up his first series championship.
Travis Johnson of Enid, Oklahoma opened the 2012 season in early April by taking the lead with six laps to go to take the opener by one car length over Chad McNamara at 81 Speedway in Park City in what would be the first of four feature victories on the season, on his way to the division championship. Todd Decker, Ross McCartney and Caleb Edwards rounded out the top five.
After a year hiatus the tour returned to Enid Speedway in Enid, Oklahoma where a season leading 40 cars checked in and where Greg Deterding picked up his first career series victory at his home track. Decker, Curtis Allen, Brandon Smith and Bobby Smith, Jr. rounded out the top five.
Salina High Banks Speedway y in Northeastern Oklahoma played host to race number three on the season with Johnson back in victory lane, leading all twenty laps over a thirty-one car field. Joe Adams, Kinzer Edwards, Caleb Edwards and Decker rounded out the top five.
The two day West I-40 wing through Oklahoma and Texas was back on the schedule after a year hiatus where Johnson opened the weekend with a victory at Elk City Speedway in Elk City, Oklahoma. He took the lead from Robert Elliott with six laps to go to take the victory. Twenty-eight cars were on hand. The next night it was on to Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas with Johnson leading all twenty-five laps. Forty cars showed up at Bill Worthen’s beautiful three-eighths mile oval.
It was a weekend sweep in two different divisions for Johnson as he pulled his modified out of the garage and wired the NCRA modified tour field at Enid Speedway on a special Sunday night event.
C&P Racing Supply rookie of the year contender Joe Adams took the lead on lap six and held off Johnson to pick up his first career tour victory at 81 Speedway in the twenty lap feature finale. Andy Deterding, R. McCartney and C. Edwards rounded out the top five.
The tours first ever appearance at Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas on July 15th saw Missouri’s Scott Drake hold off Johnson to pick up the victory twenty-five lap victory, his first ever with the series. Jeremy Chambers, Jack Simmons and Jimmie Davis rounded out the top five.
The next night it was off to the 56th annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas where C&P Racing Supply rookie of the year contender Caleb Edwards etched his name in the record books as only the second driver in the tour’s history to pick up the famed Hutch Nationals title. Brother Kinzer Edwards, who led the previous year’s Hutch Nationals during his rookie season before breaking with four laps to go finished second followed by Mark Harrisons career best finish in third followed by Johnson and R. McCartney.
What ended up being the season finale due to a couple of rain outs and cancelations, Todd Decker was declared the winner at 81 Speedway, picking up his first and only victory of the season. Chris Lyons finished a career best second, followed by Cleo Adams, Joe Adams and Chris Wilhite.
Below are a few facts and figures from the 2012 race season for the Bob Howard PDC and Mopar NCRA sport modified tour:
123 different drivers from five different states competed in at least one NCRA sport mod event during the 2012 race season. Among the states represented were: Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri and New Mexico.
Nine different drivers competed in all ten events that were held. They were Johnson, Todd Decker, Caleb Edwards, Joe Adams, Ross McCartney, Bobby McGehee, J.D. Choate, Chris Lyons and Courtney McCartney.
Those drivers only missing one event include Chad McNamara, Cleo Adams, Landon Maddox and Mark Harrison.
Drivers reaching NCRA sport mod feature winners circle in 2012 were: Travis Johnson (4), Greg Deterding, Joe Adams, Scott Drake, Caleb Edwards and Todd Decker.
Deterding, Adams, Drake and Edwards were all first time winners with the series.
Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas hosted their first ever NCRA sport mod sanctioned event with Drake picking up the victory.
Average car count was 31 per night with the highest car count coming at Enid Speedway in Oklahoma and Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo (40) and the lowest (22) at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Career NCRA Sport Modified Feature Winners:
Travis Johnson – 10
Robert Elliott - 4
Todd Decker - 3
Brandon Smith, Randy Timms, Kyle Slader, Donnie Raney, Kelly Cross – 2
Greg Deterding, Joe Adams, Scott Drake, Caleb Edwards, Kinzer Edwards, Levi McGovern, Chad McNamara, Willie Smith, Jeff Autry, Rodney Sanders, Randy Thomas - 1
Final 2012 Bob Howard PDC and Mopar NCRA southern sport mod point standings:
1) Travis Johnson 2925, 2) Todd Decker 2815, 3) Caleb Edwards 2695, 4) Joe Adams 2605, 5) Ross McCartney 2555, 6) Bobby McGehee 2490, 7) Chad McNamara 2450, 8) J.D. Choate 2410, 9) Cleo Adams, Chris Lyons 2335
Final 2012 C&P Racing Supply Rookie of the Year Standings:
1) Caleb Edwards 1284, 2) Joe Adams 1272, 3) Courtney McCartney 1246, 4) Mark Harrison 1046, 5) Kyle Choate 116, 6) Dustin McNamara 114
2012 NCRA Sport Mod Completed Schedule:
April 7 Saturday 81 Speedway Park City, Kansas Travis Johnson
April 22 Sunday Enid Speedway Enid, Oklahoma Greg Deterding
June 2 Saturday Salina High Banks Spdwy Salina, Oklahoma Travis Johnson
June 16 Saturday 81 Speedway Park City, Kansas Rained Out
June 22 Friday Elk City Speedway Elk City, Oklahoma Travis Johnson
June 23 Saturday Route 66 Motor Spdwy Amarillo, Texas Travis Johnson
June 30 Saturday 81 Speedway Park City, Kansas Joe Adams
July 13 Friday Humboldt Speedway Humboldt, Kansas Scott Drake
July 14 Saturday Kansas State Fairgrounds Hutchinson, Kansas Caleb Edwards
Sept 8 Saturday 81 Speedway Park City, Kansas Todd Decker
Sept 15 Saturday Salina High Banks Spdwy Salina, Oklahoma Rained Out
For more information on the 42nd anniversary season for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas or the series southern sport modified division, find them at their online address www.racencra.com or call the series office (316) 755-1781. Race schedules as well as additional partners and contingency sponsors are currently being obtained and will be officially released after the annual NCRA banquet on Saturday night, January 26, 2013.
The series would like to take this time to thank their southern sport modified division partners and sponsors for making the 2012 race season a success:
Bob Howard P.D.C. and Mopar, Park City, Kansas, Precise Racing Products, Hoosier Racing Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, C&P Racing Supply, Allen’s Automotive
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 18:17
David Smith, Jr.
NCRA Public Relations
2012 NCRA Late Model Season Review!
FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE – Midwest City, Oklahoma – November 12, 2012 - Cutting back the schedule to regroup the tour proved to be a successful one for the 29th season for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products late model division with nine shows having been completed with Woodward, Oklahoma driver Tommy Weder, Jr. claiming his first career series championship.
The tour opened the 2012 race season at its familiar stop at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool, Nebraska where former two-time series champion Kyle Berck picked up the victory. Dennis Eckrich, Travis Dickies, Dave Eckrich and Tad Pospisil rounded out the top five.
The next two events occurred over the 4th of July weekend where two former modified drivers picked up their first career late model victories. 81 Speedway opened the holiday with Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kansas claiming the victory in just his fourth start ever in a late model. Matt Johnson, Gary Christian, Gary Gorby and Delbert Smith were the top five with twenty-five cars on hand for the evening. From there it was on to the Garfield County Fairgrounds and Enid Speedway in Enid, Oklahoma where Weder picked up his first career late model victory in front of the hometown crowd. Twenty cars were on hand with Ricky Thornton, Jr., Matt Johnson, Tony Jackson, Jr., and Gary Christian your top five.
From there it was on to the annual NCRA Late Model Nationals at Mid-Nebraska Speedway in Doniphan, Nebraska where Kyle Berck picked up his second tour victory of the season over Bill Leighton, Weder, Travis Dickies and Tad Pospisil the top five. Twenty-two cars were on hand for this annual event.
The MARS DIRTCar series joined the NCRA late model tour on August 3-4 for a weekend double header in two states. It all opened on a Friday night at Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Nebraska where John Anderson of Omaha took advantage of race leader Jesse Stovall’s flat tire late in the event to pick up the victory in the caution filled “Rumble in the Bull Ring” feature finale. Weder, Berck, Corey Zeitner and Craig Preble rounded out the top five. The two tours then headed south to the home track of the series, 81 Speedway where a field of nineteen cars saw MARS regular Stovall rebounded from the previous night’s disappointment in Nebraska to wire the field in the 25 lap feature. Tony Jackson, Jr., Weder, Junghans and Bill Leighton, Jr. rounded out the top five.
The MLRA joined NCRA for the annual “King of the Hill Late Model Nationals” at Junction Motor Speedway where a field of 32 cars were on hand. Berck picked up his third and final victory with the NCRA by holding off Stovall, Anderson, Weder and Dickies. The Saturday night’s championship finale saw Anderson led wire to wire the full thirty laps to claim his first career “King of the Hill” late model nationals title after winning the events prelim twice in previous years.
The 2012 season came to a close at the tour’s annual appearance at the Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kansas where Weder made his first appearance at the high banks a profitable one as he claimed his second feature victory of the season and claimed the championship. Junghans, Gary Gorby, Scott Koskovich and Jimmy Seagraves were the top five with a nice field of 24 cars on hand for the finale.
Veteran Gary Gorby, piloting the familiar #7c Collins late model entry, led the point standings all the way up to the Eagle Raceway event where a disappointing 21st place finish relinquished the point lead over to Weder who finished second.
Below are a few facts and figures from the 2012 NCRA late model tour:
89 different drivers from ten states competed in at least one NCRA late model event. Among the states represented were Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and California.
Two drivers (Gorby and Dan Battaglia) competed in all nine events while Weder missed only one show.
Drivers reaching victory lane in 2012 include: Berck (3), Anderson and Weder (2) and Junghans, Stovall (1). Weder and Junghans were first time winners with the series.
The average car count was 25 cars per event with the highest coming at the season opener at Junction Motor Speedway (33) and the lowest at 81 Speedway in August (19).
Career NCRA late model feature winners:
Kelly Boen (59); Al Purkey and Kyle Berck (26); Larry Phillips (24); Larry McDaniels (18); Billy Moyer and Terry Phillips (16); John Anderson (13); Doug Ingalls and Delbert Smith (12); Ferris Collier, Tom Laster and Steve Kosiski (8); Gary Gorby (7); Joe Kosiski (6); Jesse Stovall, Van Gemmill, Wayne Brooks and Leslie Essary (4); Lonnie Smith, Alan Vaughn and Terry Deatherage (3); Will Vaught, Tommy Weder, Jr., Eric Turner, Tommy Joe Pauschert, Don Davis, Jr., Jeep Berry, Tracy Gibbens, Dhon Hauserman, Howard Willis, Chris Kratzer, Ted Martin, Mike Brown, Earl Kinderknecht, Raymond Merrill, Darrin Miller, John Hampel and Chad Simpson (2), Davey Nall, Dale McDowell, Ken Essary, Bob Bryan, Jerry Inmon, Donald Watson, Willie Kraft, Roger Hines, Bo Rawden, Chick Boyd, Buck Caldwell, Marlin Wild, Charlie Randolph, Johnny Bone, Bill Frye, Larry Clevenger, Rusty Cummings, Steve Payne, Richard Foster, Ray Guss, Jr., Ryan Plaisance, Jeff Taylor, Chad Dupont, Kevin Watts, Bryan Millican, Dean Moore, Johnny Saathoff, Brian Birkhofer, Frank McGehee, Brett LaFollette, Justin Wells, Johnny Bone, Jr., Jay Blair, Jason Bodenhamer, Chris Smyser, John Kaanta, Brandon McCormack, Chase Junghans, Brady Smith, Jason Utter, Steve Kempt (1).
Final 2012 NCRA Late Model Point Standings:
1) Tommy Weder, Jr. 2280, 2) Gary Gorby 2130, 3) Danny Battaglia 1675, 4) Chase Junghans 1615, 5) Kyle Berck 1435, 6) Brad Wagoner 1315, 7) Bill Leighton 1265, 8) Chris Avery 1210, 9) Brian Kenkel 1150, 10) Jesse Stovall 1130
For more information on the 42nd anniversary season for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas or the series late model division, find them at their online address www.racencra.com or call the series office (316) 755-1781. Race schedules as well as additional partners and contingency sponsors are currently being obtained and will be officially released after the annual NCRA banquet on Saturday night, January 26, 2013.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 18:15