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This Week in DIRT; Schatz’s Tour Announced; PRI (The Seminars You’re Momma Warned You About); Sandercock Soars;

Welcome to the great void! That time of year where there’s virtually nothing going on except those “Silly Season” updates that may or may not be true. The end of the 2014 season has come and the Chili Bowl and Wild West Shoot are a little over a month away. So many of us are starting to go through withdrawal right about now. Is your skin crawling yet? Anybody got the shakes? This is normal. And it will pass, but in the meantime, you still have us. And we’re here to help!

So though the news is few and far between, we still found some things worth passing on. Maybe you checked out for the offseason, perhaps you went hunting this week and it went terribly wrong and you found yourself surrounded in your tree stand by a pack of wolves for days on end. Or worse yet! Maybe a deer shot you!

No need to panic, we’ll help you catch back up! So here’s what you missed this week in DIRT!

World of Outlaws Announce 92 Races; For Donny Schatz To win in 2015

The World Racing Group announced this week that they’ve laid out a well planned tour of races for the coming season. At first glance, it looks fairly similar to previous schedules they’ve operated, but after further evaluation, it certainly looks fairly similar to previous schedules that they’ve operated. 

Oh, there’s a few places they haven’t been since some fans have been born, places like Weedsport, NY, Utica-Rome, NY and Brockville, Ontario, but for the most part it’s status quo.  And who can blame them really? It works well for them. Nevertheless, the schedule was announced and you can check it out and place your bets on what date Donny Schatz will eclipse his win total from his record breaking 2014 season here.

That Thing, In Indianapolis

Well it’s that time once again for that thing. You know, that place where lots of drivers you’ve never heard of and race fans who’ll never drive anything, will rub elbows with their heroes, spend lots of cash on food, booze, hookers, and new engines. And then they’ll all walk away with a free case of lube and some door prize they can re-gift.

Yes, it is time for the Performance Racing Industry’s annual trade show in Indianapolis this week!  Our message is clear. Have a great time, don’t wind up in jail, and be on the lookout for certain “unadvertised” seminars, those are always the best. We’ve been tipped by our good friend Art Polansky (410 Sprint Authority from beer hill, PA) that there’ll be a few surprises in store off the beaten path. Here’s what you can expect if you know where to look!

  • Making Illegal Fuel Additives Fun and Drinkable!
  • How Much Salt on the Popcorn Is Necessary To Encourage Drink Consumption?
  • Culinary Uses For Grooving and Siping Tools!
  • Tire Softening For Dummies!
  • Lower Your Expectations and Start Having Fun At The Track!
  • Donny Schatz Didn’t Become Champion Overnight! You Can Do it Too!

Be sure to look for these special seminars in parking garage after show hours.

Seriously though, this show is where the announcements will be flowing like wine. Sanction announcements, 2015 schedules, and tons of news on the upcoming season. There’ll be a lot of things to keep up on! For more information, click here

Sandercock Soars

Belleville, Ontario’s Charlie Sandercock (co-winner of TDN’s best driver name award), accepted $5,000 worth of American money this week at the Go Nuclear Late Model season ending banquet. Sandercock won two track titles in 2014, one at Brighton Speedway, and the other at CanAm Motorsports Park and also took home a series title with Go Nuclear.

When informed of his victory of TDN’s best driver name award, Sandercock was thrilled, “This really means a lot to me,” Sandercock said.  And I also want to say thank you to Fito Gallardo for sharing this win with me. It’s been a great year behind the wheel, but to be part of this award is quite an honor itself.”

Sandercock’s season was one to remember, and even though he’s more of a crate late model star, the 27 year old clearly looks headed in an upward direction, joining the ranks of Andrew Reaume and Ricky Weiss as the best of the Canadian entries in the late model realm.

You can read about the banquet, sans the very dry pot roast and burned rolls, here.

Modifieds To Invade Georgia?

Although no announcement has been made official yet. The Golden Isles Speedway Park facebook page has been lit up by the talk of big block modifieds. Earlier this week, a picture of one such car was posted and an indication that an announcement was forthcoming very soon.

It is rumored that on February 15, a non DIRTcar sanctioned big block modified event will possibly take place at the famed Georgia dirt racing facility. Who to expect? It’s hard to say. It’s possible that almost all of the southbound modified teams who normally number in the mid 30’s for their annual three day appearance at the DIRTcar Nationals, will make it on over to get their names mispronounced. But one thing is clear, most of the comments on the facebook page are of the “Hell Yeah!” variety.

Well keep you posted on any further developments on this emerging story. In the meantime, here’s the facebook page. Big Block Modifieds at Golden Isles Speedway Park

And that’ll about do it this week! Later on, we’ll announce a special team of race updaters that served DIRTnation very well in 2014, and in the meantime, have you seen our calendar? Our own Pat Miller has put together a fantastic ensemble in our first ever TDN Calendar. It features action shots from PA tracks and drivers and has important schedule dates to remember. A portion of the proceeds go to Racers For Tots, who provide a nicer Christmas for underprivileged children. Reserve yours today by clicking the photo below! 

To check in on our Silly Season Page, chock full of updates from 410 Winged Sprint Car Land, Super Late Model Land, and NE Modified Land, Click Here

Have a great week everyone and Stay DIRTY! 



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