Junction City, KY- April 14, 2013- Ponderosa Speedway track promoter Larry Yantz and co-promoters Chad and Sarah Yantz are excited to welcome the Ray Cook promoted Schaeffer Oil Spring Nationals to the 3/8 mile D-shaped red clay oval better known as “Kentucky’s Baddest Bullring” on Friday April 19 for the 1st Annual Spring Showdown, paying $5,000 to win for Super Late Models, along with a full racing program for all other weekly divisions.
The Ray Cook Schaeffer Oil Spring Nationals event will see the Super Late Model division compete for $5,000 to win in a 50 lap main event on Friday April 19. The Super Late Model portion of the program will feature practice, A-B group time trials (top four qualifiers from each group are locked into the show), last chance showdowns (B-mains), and the 50 lap, $5,000 to win Spring Showdown event. Also in competition on the Friday April 19 Spring Showdown racing program will be the Smith Automotive Machine Shop FASTRAK Late Models racing for $600 to win in a 20 lap main event, the Bluegrass Drug Store Modifieds racing for $600 to win in a 20 lap feature event, the D&D Pallet Recyclers Sportsman racing for $300 to win in a 15 lap feature contest, and the Airport Road Salvage Front Wheel Drives racing for $200 in a 12 lap main event (four car minimum). RACEceivers are mandatory in all divisions and racers will need to have them in use every time they are on the racing surface and can be rented from the track at driver registration.
For the Super Late Model division at this event, there is a $100 entry fee, plus a $25 rental fee for the transponder that will be used to time and score the cars (per series rules). The tire rule for this event will be as follows: Hoosier- 1300, 1350, 1600, LM 40 (both front and rear); American Racer- 44, 48, 56 (both front and rear). Tires will also be checked for soaking and by durometer for hardness before each car goes on the track for qualifying or any racing action. The car and driver weight rules for this event will be as follows: 2350 lbs.- Open Motor; 2300 lbs.- Steel Block/Aluminum Head-Spec Motor Only (8" spoiler allowed, 12" sides); 2250 lbs.-CT525 Motor (8" spoiler allowed); 2250 lbs.-All Steel Motor or Crate Motor (12" spoiler allowed). There will be a 1 lb. per lap burnoff plus 5 lbs. in the Last Chance Showdowns and Feature, plus if the driver is using a HANS Device that will allow a 30 lb. weight break and the use of a working fire extinguisher will allow for a 20 lb. weight break. For more information regarding the Ray Cook Schaeffer Oil Spring Nationals, visit the tour’s website at www.southernnationalsseries.com.
This event at Ponderosa Speedway is the middle leg of a tripleheader weekend for the Schaeffer Oil Spring Nationals as the tour will visit 201 Speedway in Sitka, KY on Thursday April 18 for $4,000 and after the Spring Showdown at Ponderosa, the tour will visit Cleveland Speedway in Cleveland, TN for a $5,000 to win event on Saturday April 20. Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN currently leads the Spring Nationals points, followed by Billy Ogle, Jr. of Knoxville, TN, Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA, David Payne of Murphy, NC, and Chris Madden of Gray’s Court, SC. The remainder of the top ten in points currently are Stacy Boles (TN), Josh Collins (TN), Michael Chilton (KY), Ryan King (TN), and George Mashburn (NC).
The A-Main payoff schedule for the Friday April 19 Spring Showdown event at Ponderosa Speedway will be as follows:
-Schaeffer Oil Spring Nationals Super Late Models (50 laps): 1st- $5,000, 2nd- $2,500, 3rd- $1,600, 4th- $1,000, 5th- $850, 6th- $700, 7th- $675, 8th- $650, 9th- $625, 10th- $600, 11th- $580, 12th- $560, 13th- $540, 14th- $520, 15th- $500, 16th- $480, 17th- $470, 18th- $460, 19th through 22nd- $450 to start.
-Smith Automotive Machine Shop FASTRAK Late Models (20 laps): 1st- $600, 2nd- $350, 3rd- $300, 4th- 250, 5th- $200, 6th- $175, 7th- $150, 8th- $125, 9th- $100, 10th- $85, 11th through 18th- $75 to start.
-Bluegrass Drug Store Modifieds (20 laps): 1st- $600, 2nd- $350, 3rd- $300, 4th- 250, 5th- $200, 6th- $175, 7th- $150, 8th- $125, 9th- $100, 10th- $85, 11th through 18th- $75 to start.
-D&D Pallet Sportsman (15 laps): 1st- $300, 2nd- $200, 3rd- $150, 4th- $125, 5th- $100, 6th- $90, 7th- $80, 8th- $70, 9th- $60, 10th- $55, 11th through 18th- $50 to start.
-Airport Road Salvage Yard Front Wheel Drives (12 laps): (Four or more entries)- 1st- $200, 2nd- $125, 3rd- $100, 4th- $90, 5th- $80, 6th- $70, 7th- $60, 8th- $55, 9th- $50, 10th- $45, 11th through 18th- $40 to start.
Activities for the Friday April 19 Spring Showdown event at Ponderosa Speedway will see the pit area open at 4:00 p.m., while the general admission area will open at 5:00 p.m. A mandatory drivers meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m., with practice laps set to begin at 7:20 p.m. Bob Allen Motor Mall time trials will commence at 7:45 p.m., with the first race getting the green flag at 8:30 p.m. All times listed are EDT. Ticket prices for the April 19 Spring Showdown event in the general admission area will be $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, while children ages 5 and under are FREE with a paid adult. A pit pass will be $35.
Ponderosa Speedway last raced on April 5 and feature event winners included Jeremy Hines of Seymour, IN in Good Neighbor Pharmacy Super Late Models, Tommy Bailey of Corbin, KY in Bluegrass Drug Store Modifieds, Todd Coffman of Junction City, KY in Smith Automotive Machine Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Donnie Sullivan of Stanford, KY in D&D Pallet Recyclers Sportsman, and Adam Gregory of Gray, KY in Airport Road Salvage Yard Front Wheel Drives.
Ponderosa Speedway is located at 365 Phillips Lane on the Boyle/Lincoln County border, outside of Junction City, KY, just minutes from Danville, KY. Larry, Chad, and Sarah Yantz are the track promoters and will present dirt track sports entertainment on Friday evenings from April through mid-October of the 2013 race season. For more information about racing activities at Ponderosa Speedway, visit the track’s webpage on the internet at www.ponderosaspeedway.net or by phoning Larry Yantz at (606) 510-5331, Chad Yantz at (606) 510-4836, via Twitter @MichaelDespain, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/131180253585931/. Partons or other interested parties can phone the track at (859) 854-6808 on raceday.