July 28, 2014

Everglades Winter Nationals 2013

HCMP EWN Week 21

Press Release, Clewiston FL – Hendry County Motorsports Park is pleased to announce the dates for the inaugural Everglades Winter Nationals. This multi-day multi-weekend event will be held Friday-Saturday December 6th & 7th AND Saturday-Sunday December 14th & 15th.
The first weekend of racing will feature the Street Stocks and the V-8 Thunder Stocks both racing 50 lap features for $3000 to Win! Both divisions will also be racing for sponsored lap money and contingency awards.
The second weekend of racing will feature the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint cars, other open wheel feature events and will be the final points races for the local classes.
Both weekends of racing will have before race activities for the kids, intermission holiday activities for the family and after race parties for the fans and participants.
Local area sponsors and local resorts will be offering specials and discounts to those in town for the Everglades Winter Nationals. For more details stay in touch at www.HendryRacing.com

 

Payouts:

1) $3000
2) $1000
3) $600
4) $425
5) $350
6) $300
7) $225
8) $200
9) $170
10) $160
11) $140
12) $140
13) $140
14) $140
15) $130
16) $130
17) $130
18) $130
19) $130
20) $130
21) $130
22) $130
23) $130
24) $130

Results October 19, 2013

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Derik Rose wins his first V-8 Thunder Stock Feature!
Don Sniff wins two in a row in his Limited Late Model.
Larry Thacker Sr wins in Modified Mini Stock.
David McCormack wins the Street Stock prize money.

Phil Peterson wins another Trophy Dash….The Limited Late Models and the Open Wheel Modifieds lined up on the front straight in their feature starting order, the fans came out on the track to meet the drivers and see the cars up close, after the Meet and Greet and the drivers introductions the motors fired up and the stands cheered, some with new favorite racers. The fans saw a wild show that took many restarts and many push/tow vehicles to get through. Once everyone settled in the side by side racing was great. Don Sniff took home the $500 by starting up front and never looking back, behind him Bob Regula and Tracy Butler battled as Alan Fornella, John Bledsoe, Mark Thompson, Kenny Hinkle and a few others traded positions every lap.

The V-8 Thunder Stock Trophy Dash was Phil Peterson up front followed by Ken Campbell.

Street Stock came out to determine who got the next $500 prize, David McCormack and Tommy Hill started up front with Nick Osborne and Ron Regula behind them. David McCormack in his WRC #26 held off a charging Ron Regula until the end and claimed the win. Ron was fending off Tommy Hill and Tommy found a way around Ron in turn four of the last lap, Ron got third place followed by Charles Paschal and Rick Osteen.

The Modified Mini Stocks saw Larry Thacker Sr drive the #00 to another victory as a substitute driver for his out of town son in an effort to maintain the slim points lead over Mark Thompson. Shawn Reiss gave chase but couldn’t take the win away from Thacker, Mark Barlow Sr brought the #31 to a podium finish.

The V-8 Thunder Stocks had thirteen cars lined up behind the Black #13 car late in October under an almost full moon, we all new anything could happen. Derrik Heath in the #13 won his heat race his second time ever racing dirt and found himself on the pole for the feature with #39 Bruce Basham outside pole after beating Tommy Hill in their heat race. The two Everglades Farm Equipment/Randy’s Garage cars of 16 year old Derik Rose and track veteran Tommy Hill lined up side by side in row two. Derik Rose in the #5R showed Derrik Heath in the #13 how we start races at a dirt track and had the lead by turn one, the two young drivers paced the field with Jon Basquin looking under the #13 wanting his spot in line. Nick Osborne and Tommy Hill ran two wide but the leaders were getting away, Ron Regula in the #29 got in the mix and Tommy Hill was the victim of bad luck for the first time in months, it must have been that moon. The front wheels on the #5H were now pointing different directions. Derik Rose in the #5R ran a perfect race and held off Jon Basquin for a popular win and drove the checkered flag around the track in his victory celebration. Ron Regula finished third with Gary Champion and Bruce Basham rounding out the top five.

The Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Cars are back for our next event November 2nd and stay tuned for other announcements about that race and the two weekend event in December, The Everglades Winter Nationals.

Hendry County Motorsports Park Race Results
Race Date:  10/19/2013Class  V-8 Thunder Stocks Trophy Dash
Pos. Car # Drivers Name1 88 Phil Peterson
2 72 Ken Campbell
3 75 Tom Alley
4 1 Tom Murray
DNS 23 Gary ChampionClass  Street Stocks
Pos. Car # Drivers Name1 26 David McCormack
2 1H Tommy Hill
3 3 Ron Regula
4 19 Charlie Paschal
5 7R Rick Osteen
6 6 Nick Osborne
7 60 Wayne Flick
8 22 John Bentley
9 11 Gary Bobst

Class  V-8 Thunder Stocks
Pos. Car # Drivers Name

1 5R Derik Rose
2 67 Jon Basquin
3 29 Ron Regula
4 23 Gary Champion
5 39 Bruce Basham
6 72 Ken Campbell
7 13 Derrick Heath
8 02 Bret McCammon
9 6 Nick Osborne
10 5H Tommy Hill
11 75 Tom Alley
12 88 Phil Peterson
13 1 Tom Murray

Class  Limited Late Models/Open Wheel Modifieds
Pos. Car # Drivers Name

1 10 Don Sniff
2 5 Bob Regula
3 31 Tracy Butler
4 15 John Bledsoe
5 59 Allan Fornella
6 28 Mark Thompson
7 88 Kenny Hinkle
8 32 Robert Vaughn
9 01Z Lonnie Byassee
10 61 Thomas Scott
11 99 Wayne Hilderbrand
12 50 Ken Murphy

Class  Modified Mini Stocks
Pos. Car # Drivers Name1 00 Larry Thacker Sr (sub)
2 10 Shawn Reiss
3 31 Mark Barlow Sr
4 22 Alan Fornella
5 7 Joe Rice

Spectator Race Rules

Spectator Race Rules
Drivers;
1. All drivers must be at least 18 years of age.
2. All drivers must wear a SNELL approved helmet, gloves and closed shoes.
3. All drivers must wear long pants and long sleeve jacket or Drivers Suit.
4. No Previous or current experienced race car drivers.
5. Driver must have Pit Pass and sign track waivers.
Vehicles;
1. Vehicles must be Street Legal with current tag.
2. Cars, Trucks or Vans allowed, two wheel drive only.
3. Vehicles must have working seatbelt and shoulder belt.
4. No loose parts on or in vehicle.
5. Battery must be tied down properly.
6. All four wheel brakes must work.
7. Must pass safety Inspection by track personnel.
8. HCMP reserves the right to not allow vehicle at track discretion.
Race Format;
1. Contestants will race two at a time from a standing start.
2. Elimination and qualifying races will be one lap.
3. Final Race will be two laps from a standing start.
4. Intentional contact will be immediate disqualification.
5. Qualifying process will be determined based on car count.
6. All decisions of HCMP Race Director will be final.
7. All Drivers must attend 6:00pm drivers meeting
For more information or to register early contact info@HendryRacing.com

Results September 21, 2013

Trent Wilson in his Wilson Race Cars Street Stock Dominates the Battle of the ‘Big Lake Boys’.
Tyler Godwin beats Danny Martin to the checkers in the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint feature.
Tracy Butler gets his first win in a wild Limited Late Model/Open Wheel Modified race.
Tommy Hill finds his way back to the Winners Circle in a 14 car Thunder Stock field.
Larry Thacker Jr holds off Mark Thompson for another win after a late race restart.

The weather was perfect, the track was awesome, the stands were packed, the parking lot was jammed, the pits were full of new cars and all the regulars were there to defend their reputations, and the Sprint Cars were ready to tame the Everglades Clay.
After Phil Peterson took home the trophy in the Thunder Stock Trophy Dash the Street Stock $800 to win feature took to the track, Trent Wilson and Scotty Kay Jr. started on the front row after winning their heat races. Trent took the lead with David McCormack close behind, Scotty Kay Jr and Tim Arnold followed. Deeper in the 13 car field was Tommy Hill, Rick Osteen, Brian Morgan and Nick Osborne in his new Pep Boys sponsored #6. After two single car cautions Tommy Hill found his way to Trent Wilsons rear bumper, Trent showed Tommy the fast way around for the final caution free eight laps. Scotty Kay Jr traded places several times with David McCormack and finished third. Tim Arnold held off Brian Morgan and Nick Osborne to round out the top five.
Now it was Sprint Car time, the track was fast and the fans all picked their favorite during the Intermission autograph signing session. So many people went out on the track it was a traffic jam getting on and off the track, T-Shirts and coloring books were given out, and lots of pictures were taken. The ground pounding Sprints Cars never fail to impress with the smooth track and all that horsepower. Tyler Godwin had the field under control leading Danny Martin, Gene Lasker, AJ Maddox, Tim George and Tony Agin to the checkers. Shane Kreidler made it up to third but a late race spin ended that run. 17 year old Rebecca George probably signed the most autographs and took the most pictures during intermission and got a lot of new fans.

The Combined Limited Late Models and Open Wheel Modifieds were not about to be outdone and put one the wildest show of the night. Eleven cars took the green and hundreds of fans took to their feet when eight of those eleven spun on the first lap, everybody avoided damage and the race restarted. You could hear the crowd cheering over the sounds of the motors. Wayne Hilderbrand in his modified held off the hard charging Limiteds of Tracy Butler and John Bledsoe for ten intense laps when his motor got hot ending his dominant run. John Bledsoe in his new #15 and Tracy Butler in his well prepared #31 put on a show for the fans, trading places several times as Kenny Hinkle and Mark Thompson followed closely. Tracy Butler took the checkers first and took the winners money back to Key West.

The Thunder Stocks were 14 strong and ready to run, Jon Basquin in his newly painted #67 and Gary Champion in his new #23 paced the field to the green flag followed by Tommy Hill and Steve Colon, Nick Osborne and Derik Rose shared row three. After several three wide laps Tommy Hill and Nick Osborne took to the front. The black #6 of Nick Osborne lost an axle in turn one and Gary Champion and Jon Basquin were left to chase Tommy Hill but never caught him. Robbie Regula and Derik Rose had good runs as Marc Lamont and newcomer Derrik Heath chased them.
Larry Thacker Jr and Mark Thompson continued their on track battle, Larry took off and Mark drove like a mad man on a mission but never caught him, a late race restart gave Mark an opportunity to make something happen but the #00 of Larry Thacker would have none of that and they battled to the checker. Scott Barlow took third.
A big thanks to everyone that came back from the rainout two weeks ago and the huge number of new fans, the buzz is in the air for a great finish to 2013. We will be running the first and third Saturday’s of the month and stay tuned for big announcements about the December Everglades Winter Nationals at Hendry County Motorsports Park

 

Hendry County Motorsports Park Race Results
Race Date:  9/21/2013

Class  Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprints
Pos. Car # Drivers Name

1 82 Tyler Godwin
2 24 Danny Martin
3 02 Gene Lasker
4 3A AJ Maddox
5 1 Tim George
6 38 Tony Agin
7 7 Kyle Pitts
8 3T Johnnie Alexander
9 21 Rebecca George
10 52 Shane Kreidler
11 80 Bill Giddons

Class  V-8 Thunder Stocks Trophy Dash
Pos. Car # Drivers Name

1 88 Phil Peterson
2 1Jr Dustin Turnage
3 72 Ken Campbell
4 13 Derrik Heath
DNS 02 Bret McCammon
DNS 1 Tom Murray

Class  Street Stocks
Pos. Car # Drivers Name

1 64 Trent Wilson
2 5H Tommy Hill
3 21 Scotty Kay Jr.
4 26 David McCormack
5 98 Tim Arnold
6 9L Brian Morgan
7 6 Nick Osborne
8 7R Rick Osteen
9 19 Charlie Paschal
10 22 John Bentley
11 5 Jeff Bobst
12 40 Danny Esposito
13 11 Gary Bobst

Class  V-8 Thunder Stocks
Pos. Car # Drivers Name

1 5H Tommy Hill
2 67 Jon Basquin
3 23 Gary Champion
4 5R Derik Rose
5 29 Robbie Regula
6 1X Steve Colon
7 2 Marc Lamont
8 1Jr Dustin Turnage
9 13 Derrick Heath
10 72 Ken Campbell
11 6 Nick Osborne
12 88 Phil Peterson
13 1 Tom Murray
14 02 Bret McCammon

Class  Limited Late Models/Open Wheel Modifieds
Pos. Car # Drivers Name

1 31 Tracy Butler
2 28 Mark Thompson
3 15 John Bledsoe
4 71 Harold Brokaw
5 01Z Lonnie Byassee
6 02 Chris Broedell
7 99 Wayne Hilderbrand
8 59 Allan Fornella
9 5 Bob Regula
10 50 Ken Murphy
10 88 Kenny Hinkle


Class  Modified Mini Stocks
Pos. Car # Drivers Name

1 00 Larry Thacker Jr
2 28 Mark Thompson
3 31 Scott Barlow
4 22 Renee Fornella
5 33 Mark Barlow Jr

Results May 19, 2013

John Wilson wins one for the Scott family and dedicates his win to the memory of Hank Scott.
Glenn Bidwell Jr. wins the $500 prize and the big trophy in the 30 Lap Modified Mini Stock Feature.
Tommy Hill gets a gift from David McCormack in …the last few laps of the Street Stock Feature.

5-18-2013 Clewiston, FL – The Modified Mini Stocks had their night to run for the $500 prize with 30 laps of racing on the Everglades Clay. This week the track was much better than the last several rain-affected weeks and the racing was exciting and very competitive. Driver introductions on the front straight gave the fans an opportunity to meet the drivers and see the cars close up. Once the green flag dropped it was Mark Barlow in the #31 car showing the fans he had figured out his new car and liked the view up front, Glen Bidwell Jr in his #26 car wanted that same view and fought hard for it. Glen and Mark traded the lead multiple times for the first ten laps as Larry Thacker Jr, Mark Thompson and Scott Thompson ran two and three wide behind them. Billy Howard lost power early on and Thacker Jr broke a rear end. By lap 17 Mark Thompson decided it was his turn to lead the race and four laps later broke a tie rod in his #28 Pinto while holding off Bidwell and Barlow. The #26 of Bidwell barely hung on to win with the #31 of Mark Barlow and the #32 of Billy Evans rounding out the top three.

The Limited Late Models and the Open Wheel Modifieds put on a great show but John Wilson in his Wilson Race Cars #64 did not get to see any of the excitement, he was too far out front. The modifieds of Wayne Hilderbrand, Scott Thompson and Bob Regula dueled on the slick, fast track behind John but had nothing for the #64 that was on a mission to win the race he wanted to dedicate to Hank Scott and the whole Scott family. It was fitting that after a day of services, family members made it to the race track. Hank would have approved and he was on the mind of everyone that knew him. Don Sniff worked his way past the battling modifieds and took home a podium finish in his #10 Limited right behind the #5 of Bob Regula.

Street Stocks started the feature races with David McCormack in his Wilson Race Cars #26 on the pole, David was enjoying the improved racing surface and appeared to be unstoppable. Tommy Hill, Brian Morgan, Gary Champion and Rick Osteen gave chase in their own battle for the runner up position. Tommy Hill was holding off Gary Champion convincing himself second place was probably ok when on lap 18 the flames shot out of the exhaust of the flying #26 car and handing Tommy a gift win. David coasted slowly into the infield wishing this week was only a fifteen lap feature. Gary Champion got second place honors followed by Rick Osteen and Brian Morgan.

It was an early night with no Thunder Stocks racing since last weeks big race took it’s toll on a lot of equipment in a very physical battle on a rough surface. We look forward to seeing who can make it back for the last two races of the first half before the summer break.

Next week is a much needed break for the track, the crew and the race teams. The next race is June 1st with the ground pounding Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Cars and the always exciting Gene Lasker promoting the message of Autism Awareness. Keep your eye out for promotional activities in the next two weeks and plan to make it out to the track for a great show.

See you there Saturday June 1st, and don’t forget to bring a friend.

 

Hendry County Motorsports Park Results
5-18-2013
Class  Limited Late Model/Open Wheel Modified
Car#   Driver
64    John Wilson
5     Bob Regula
10    Don Sniff
99    Wayne Hilderbrand
17    Scott Thompson
88    Kenny Hinkle
59    Alan Fornella
Class  Street Stock
Car#  Driver
1H    Tommy Hill
23    Gary Champion
7R    Rick Osteen
9     Brian Morgan
60    Wayne Flick
13    Steve Jones
1X    *Steve Colon
26    David McCormack
11    Gary Bobst
Class  Modified Mini Stocks
30 Lap $500 to Win Feature
Car#   Driver
26    Glenn Bidwell Jr.
31    Mark Barlow
32    Billy Evans
17    Scott Thompson
00    Larry Thacker Jr.
28    Mark Thompson
47    Billy Howard

Results May 11, 2013

Brandon Elwood comes in from out of town and sets fast time in Thunder Stock qualifying.
J.R. Fitch wins Trophy Dash to set feature starting order.
Chase Cabre wins another exciting Mini Sprint race.
Larry Thacker Jr. wins again in Modified Mini Stocks.
Bob Regula survives to Win one for the Open Wheel Brigade.
Tommy Hill is back to winning form with victories in both Street Stock and the Thunder …Stock 30 Lap $600 to win Event.

5-11-2013, Clewiston FL – Another night on the tough to tame, rain bombarded Everglades Clay provided some great action for the fans and some great challenges for race drivers, but if dirt track racing was easy, everyone would be doing it. The changing conditions have always been the great equalizer bringing the real race driver back into the equation, if we wanted something easier we could race on asphalt (that statement probably ruffled a few feathers).

With that subject out of the way, what a fantastic night of racing, the pass by Eddie Moss barreling into turn one early in the Mini Sprint Feature was breathtaking. Most people watching looked at the person beside them and said “OMG, did you see that?”, the Mini Sprints never fail to impress. The fireworks in the infield and the wheelies on the front staightaway before the three wide salute to the fans set the stage for a race where drivers had to decide between the rough low line near the unforgiving tires or the smoother high line. Chase Cabre figured it out and never looked back. Once again the Florida Mini Sprints showed us why they are a sought after and growing series as well as a great group of racers.

The V-8 Thunder Stocks had their make-up event from last months rain-out. The different format included single car qualifying and a Trophy Dash that set the final Feature line-up. Brandon Elwood showed up for the first time this year and showed the other cars the fast way around with an impressive 18.25 second lap, the next three cars of Jon Basquin, Jesse Brown and Tommy Hill were separated by only 7/100ths of a second. Nick Osborne locked in his feature starting position right behind the three experienced drivers. J.R. Fitch won the Trophy Dash and earned a starting spot in the 30 lap Feature beside Nick. The racing was fast and clean as Jon Basquin took the lead early and held off the battling Jesse Brown and Tommy Hill. Nick Osborne and Brandon Elwood got to know each other well as two separate racing incidents between them ended both their nights. Tommy Hill found his way to the front and the charging J.R. Fitch snuck by Jon Basquin on lap 25 to finish second, Jon Basquin, Kevin Cassady and Robbie Regula rounded out the top five.

The Modified Mini Stocks race was dominated by the Thacker Racing team and the impressive drive by Larry Thacker Jr., Mark Thompson was driving the wheels off his Ford Pinto trying to run down the little Toyota and Mark Barlow stayed right in there waiting for his turn to lead the race which he did on lap 8 but only for a lap as Thacker took them the rest of the way to the finish, Barlow finished second, Thompson was third.

Street Stocks started the race with David McCormack up front after he won his heat race but Tommy Hill and Tim Arnold wanted the clear view from up front as well. The familiar 1H brought them all the way to the checkers as Tim Arnold and Rick Osteen gave chase.

The combined Open Wheel Modified/Limited Late Model race finished off the night with another exciting race, John Bledsoe led the first 15 laps with a strong group of Modifieds, Wayne Hilderbrand, Robert Vaughn, Ken Murphy, Bob Regula and Scott Thompson following. Lap sixteen was exciting as Robert Vaughn grenaded a brand new motor down the back straight at about the same time Bledsoes’ axle and rear wheel left him. Scott Thompson provided some excitement committing to the smoother but slicker high line as Wayne Hilderbrand followed Bob Regula to the checkered flag.

Next week the Modified Mini Stocks take the main stage with their 30 lap $500 to win event, the Powder Puff race and the local points battles continue. See you there and don’t forget to bring a friend. May 25th is a night off and June 1st the Top Gun Sprint Cars are back. June 8th wraps up the first half of the season before the summer break with the Street Stocks racing for a nice payday and a big trophy.

Hendry County Motorsports Park Results
Race Date 5-11-13
Class Florida Mini Sprints
Pos. Car#  Driver
1   39  Chase Cabre
2   116 Nicholas Snyder
3   7   Gavin Thomas
4   68  Dirk Miller
5   67  David Hall
6   04  Paige Moss
7   8   Eddie Moss Jr.
8   29  Connor Borah
9   30  Johnny Crowder
10  23D Dylan Colding
11  71  Austin Craddock
12  243 Bob Toney
13  35  Robert Snyder
14  99  Rich Hagen
15  23  Rhea Lynne Moss
16  18  Jody McKenzie
note: Eddie Moss Sr. #1M DNS
Class Thunder Stock Trophy Dash
Car#  Driver
9    J.R. Fitch
1    Robbie Regula
80   Kevin Cassaday
1X   Steve Colon
72   Ken Campbell
Class Street Stocks
Car#  Driver
1H   Tommy Hill
98   Tim Arnold
7R   Rick Osteen
22   Todd Ansel
26   David McCormack
Class  Open Wheel Modified/Limited Late Model
Car#  Driver
5    Bob Regula
99   Wayne Hilderbrand
17   Scott Thompson
88   Kenny Hinkle
59   Alan Fornella
15   John Bledsoe
31V  Robert Vaughn
50   Ken Murphy
31B  Tracy Butler
Class V-8 Thunder Stock
      30 Lap Feaure Event
Car#  Driver
5H   Tommy Hill
9    J.R. Fitch
5R   Jon Basquin
80   Kevin Cassaday
1    Robbie Regula
1x   Steve Colon
75   Jesse brown
72   Ken Campbell
6    Nick Osborne
28   Brandon Elwood
Class  Modified Mini Stocks
Car#   Driver
00   Larry Thacker Jr.
31   Mark Barlow
28   Mark Thompson
17   Scott Thompson
32   Billy Evans

Results May 4, 2013

Kyle Schram comes from the back to win big in the LLM/OWM $600 to win 30 Lap Feature!
Kevin Cassaday wins another Trophy Dash.
Gary Champion adds to his Street Stock win total.
Larry Thacker Jr wins in biggest Mini Stock field this year.
Ken Campbell ends John Bledsoe’s Tire race win streak.
Tommy Styer ends the Tommy Hill win streak in a very hard fought V-8 Thunder Stock feature.

Beautiful Florida weather on Saturday could not hide the weeks weather on the Everglades Clay, despite enormous effort the track was the biggest competitor for every race car out there. A recipe of wet rough track combined with powerful race cars and even more powerful egos proved to be a night of passionate discussion, lots of name calling and some questionable sportsmanship. Would we racers have it any other way? The fans loved it, most racers didn’t.

After an extended intermission to work the track the Thunder Stock Trophy Dash was won by Kevin Cassaday who has been on a roll lately, Kevin in the #80 held off a strong run by Derik Rose who finished second. Next up was the Street Stock class for their 20 lap feature, the front row was the heat race winners Tim Arnold and David McCormack. Charles Christian in his good looking 04 car quickly made his way to second behind the #98N of Tim Arnold but no one had anything for the #23 of Gary Champion, Tommy Hill followed Gary to the checkered flag followed by Tim Arnold and Rick Osteen.

It was time for the big race of the night as the Open Wheel Modifieds and the Limited Late Models lined up together to do battle. Bob Regula and Kyle Schram brought the field to the green. Jason Intoppa and John Wilson were right behind in the second row. It was the Kyle Schram show as the 2S dominated the first 20 laps while John Wilson and Bob Regula battled for second place, the track proved to be too tough for the right rear tire on the 2S car and Bob and John in the 5 and 64 cars dodged the crippled Schram. After changing a tire the 2S car re-entered the race in the back of the field and then put on a clinic of how to pass race cars on a tough track and took the lead away from the #64 of John Wilson of Wilson Race Cars by lap 27, the fans got quite a show as Kyle held on for the win and a nice payday in the Schram Family Racing prepared and Unlimited Turbo’s sponsored Limited Late Model.

The V-8 Thunder Stocks lined up next and even those who anticipated a wild race were not prepared for what was about to take place on the rough Everglades Clay. Ken Campbell in the #72 brought them to the green flag as guest drivers Jesse Brown (the 2012 HCMP Track Champion) in the 75+ normally driven by Tom Alley and Tommy Styer in the #9 normally driven by J.R. Fitch had their eyes on breaking the Tommy Hill win streak. It was a huge compliment to Tommy Hill and the Randy’s Garage/ Everglades Farm Equipment Team that it would take this level of guest talent to challenge his streak, but Tommy wasn’t feeling very complimented. The three cars of Tommy, Tommy and Jesse ran almost every lap two wide in the space for about one car, let alone three talented drivers on a mission on a rough track. Tempers flared, sheet metal got mangled and bumpers were used for communication instead of protection. Tommy Hill felt boxed in as Jesse Brown held off Tommy Styer who stayed committed to the high line for most of the race. After some “communication” with Jesse Brown, Tommy Hill headed to the pits for a new rear tire. Tommy Styer stayed all over Jesse and only was able to lead one lap, lucky for Tommy Styer it was the important lap as the #9 car found its way to victory lane and the Tommy Hill win streak came to an end. Lots of post race discussion kept the emotion of the wild race going. Kevin Cassaday and Ken Campbell finished third and fourth with Tommy Hill and Jeff Smith fifth and sixth.

The Modified Mini Stocks took to the track for their feature race next and most of the fans were still standing from the previous race, Larry Thacker Jr. in the #00 Toyota found the smoother top lane to be the place to race and he was right, after a little fender bending with a charging Mark Thompson in his #28 Ford Pinto the little Toyota never looked back.

Ken Campbell and John Bledsoe were the only undamaged cars left wanting to run the popular Tire Race. A large tire was placed on the front staightaway and after a standing start the cars had to circle around the tire and continue on to complete the lap, for eight laps, pretty interesting stuff and a few “hold your breathe” moments. John has never left without a win in the tire race but tonight Ken saw the checkers first. Nice job Ken.

Next week, May 11th, the screaming Florida Mini Sprints are in town and always put on a great show and the V-8 Thunder Stocks race for $600 to win (as if those guys need incentive to race hard).

See you there, and bring a friend

Hendry County Motorsports Park Results
Race Date 5-4-13
Class Thunder Stock Trophy Dash
Car#  Driver
80   Kevin Cassady
5R   Derik Rose
1X   Steve Colon
1    Robbie Regula
6    Nick Osborne
Class Street Stocks
Car#  Driver
23   Gary Champion
1H   Tommy Hill
98N  Tim Arnold
7R   Rick Osteen
3    Ron Regula
04   Charles Christian
13   Steve Jones
11   Gary Bobst
60   Wayne Flick
26   David McCormack
Class  Open Wheel Modified/Limited Late Model
       30 Lap Feature
Car#  Driver
2S   Kyle Schram
64   John Wilson
5    Bob Regula
10   Don Sniff
17   Scott Thompson
15   John Bledsoe
59   Allen Fornella
18   Jason Intoppa
33   Brian Bernhardt
28   Mark Thompson
Class V-8 Thunder Stock
Car#  Driver
9    Tommy Styer
75+  Jesse Brown
80   Kevin Cassaday
72   Ken Campbell
5H   Tommy Hill
46   Jeff Smith
6    Nick Osborne
1    Robbie Regula
5R   Derik Rose
1X   Steve Colon
Class  Modified Mini Stocks
Car#   Driver
00   Larry Thacker Jr
31   Mark Barlow
06   Ron Debeau
88   Kevin Teeters
21   Larry Thacker Sr
17   Scott Thompson
28   Mark Thompson
Class  Tire Race
Car#  Driver
72   Ken Campbell
1    John Bledsoe

Results April 13, 2013

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Shane Kreidler wins Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car feature
Derik Rose wins the battle with Nick Osborne in the Trophy Dash
Iron Man John Bledsoe wins in his Limited Late Model
Glenn Bidwell dominates Modified Mini Stock feature
Gary Champion finished second in Street Stock
Tommy Styer leads the first 19 laps in Thunder Stock
Oh ya, I think the other Tommy (Hill) did ok too

It was another night of …great weather and great racing at Hendry County Motorsports Park’s Autism Awareness Night. Gene Lasker and his Autism Awareness lettered Sprint Car spoke to the fans at intermission and took pictures with his car and signed autographs. Right after intermission the V-8 Thunder Stocks took to the track for their Trophy Dash, the young talents of Nick Osborne and Derik Rose showed the veterans how clean racing and lots of passing can take place at the same time and be exciting for the fans. Derik was patient and took his opportunities and brought home his first Dash trophy.
Next up the Street Stocks ran on a track that was starting to come in nicely with the Sprints Cars on Deck, the race was dominated by some guy in a pretty car with a 1H on the side, he looked kind of familiar. Gary Champion, Rick Osteen and John Bledsoe followed him under the checkered flag.
Now it was Sprint Car time, you could feel the excitement in the air as the cars pushed out on the track waiting to be started. There is something special about watching these powerful beasts getting push started, come to life and idle around the track as the other cars get started and somehow, they all end up in race formation ready to go. The audience was ready, the starter was ready and the pole sitter Danny Martin Jr was too ready as the first start was waved off. The second start was clean and the thunder started, some cars ran the low line and some sprayed the dirt up at the top of the track. Somewhere in the middle of all the dirt flying was the #02 of Gene Lasker charging from the back of the pack. Shane Kreidler held off the challenges from Tony Agin, Mike Schroeder and Gene Lasker to take home the big Trophy and the winners check.
Thunder Stocks knew that they had an exciting show to follow, as they sat patiently waiting on the back straight while the Sprint Car victory lane celebration continued, none knew that some of these cars would not see the checkered flag and at least one probably wont see a race track again. The word was out there was a bounty out on that guy that keeps winning in this class, some new faces were hoping to end the current win streak. John Bledsoe was on the pole in his familiar red Camaro, Scotty Kay Jr. was on the outside in his Championship winning car from a few years ago (more recently driven by his father) and Tommy Styer was in the J.R. Fitch owned #9 car starting on the inside of row two. Some guy in a black 5H started outside row two. Tommy Styer wasted no time taking the lead before the first lap was over and checked out. The next lap looked like a ‘mayhem’ commercial for an insurance company as everybody except the two leaders got together in turn one, Scotty Kay Jr ended up turned in the middle of the track, rear axle dug in the track as Nick Osborne did a good job of squaring up the un-avoidable heavy impact. Six cars were involved in bringing out the red flag, all the drivers were OK after a wild ride by some. No driver was upset with any other drivers, all said it was good aggressive racing. Scotty Kay Jr got to do what every child hates doing, calling home and saying, “Dad, I wrecked your car, but it wasn’t my fault”. After the race restarted it was all Tommy Styer in the #9, as lap traffic started to play a part in the race the black 5H started to reel in Styer. After leading 19 laps the Styer driven #9 had a pegged temperature gauge and a black 5h behind him with a solid front bumper. Going into turn one Styer got to feel the impact of that bumper and moved up the track and discovered a car beside him coming out of turn two, that pesky car then took the lead and saw the checkered flag first. The two cars exchanged paint down the back straight after the race, we think they were congratulating each other, or maybe not.
The Limited Late Model and Open Wheel Modifed race was a great battle between Bob Regula and Mark Thompson for second as John Bledsoe checked out in his third feature of the night thus earning John a trophy, a check and official Iron Man status.

Now it is time to do what I have been avoiding.
Ok, here it is,
(Tommy Hill, if you are reading this stop now and go do something else)

Ok, Tommy Hill wins a record 8th Thunder Stock race in a row, Tommy Hill wins another Street Stock Feature, Tommy Hill, Tommy Hill, Tommy Hill…… Can he be Stopped?

The next chance to stop the Tommy Hill runaway train is next Saturday Night April 20th, it is the first annual V-8 Thunder Stock Spring Challenge, 30 Laps and $500 to win.

Hendry County Motorsports Park Race Results      
Race Date:   4/13/2013      
           
           
Class   V-8 Thunder Stocks Trophy Dash      
Pos. Car # Drivers Name      
           

1

5R

Derik Rose      

2

80

Kevin Cassaday      

3

1X

Steve Colon      

4

75+

Betty Alley      

5

6

Nick Osborne      

       
Class   V-8 Thunder Stocks      
Pos. Car # Drivers Name Feature Heat Total Points
           

1

5H

Tommy Hill

40

9

49

2

9

Tommy Styer

38

10

48

3

1

John Bledsoe

36

9

45

4

5R

Derick Rose

34

8

42

5

75+

Tom Alley

32

7

39

6

1X

Steve Colon

30

6

36

7

6

Nick Osborne

28

8

36

8

38

Scotty Kay Jr

26

10

36

9

80

Kevin Cassaday

24

7

31

       

       
Class   Street Stocks      
Pos. Car # Drivers Name Feature Heat Total Points
           

1

1H

Tommy Hill

40

10

50

2

23

Gary Champion

38

8

46

3

7R

Rick Osteen

36

6

42

4

15

John Bledsoe

34

7

41

DNS

26

David McCormack

0

9

9

         
           
Class   Modified Mini-Stocks      
Pos. Car # Drivers Name Feature Heat Total Points
           

1

26

Glenn Bidwell

40

10

50

2

06

Ron Debeau

38

9

47

3

28

Mark Thompson

36

7

43

4

21

Larry Thacker Sr

40

6

46

5

17

Scott Thompson

38

4

42

6

00

Larry Thacker Jr

36

8

44

7

4

Mark Barlow

36

5

41

           
           
Class   Limited Late Models/Open Wheel Modifieds      
Pos. Car # Drivers Name Feature Heat Total Points
           

1

15

John Bledsoe

40

9

49

2

5

Bob Regula

40

10

50

3

28

Mark Thompson

38

7

45

4

88

Kenny Hinkle

38

5

43

5

17

Scott Thompson

36

8

44

Top Gun Sprint Cars and Autism Awareness Night at Hendry County Motorsports Park

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Clewiston FL -  On Saturday Night April 13th at 7:00pm the Hendry County Motorsports Park will host the Eagle Jet Top Gun Winged Sprint Car Series. In recognition of Autism Awareness Month the Speedway will make a donation to the Autism Society of America.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that effects nearly one in every one-hundred and fifty births. It is four times more likely to appear in boys than in girls. This disability typically appears during the three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain impacting development in the area of social interaction and communication skills.

On this night the Eagle Jet Top Gun Winged Sprint Cars will reach over 100 mph on the straightaways and slide sideways through the turns. The series is the premier Sprint Car series in Florida and always put on an awesome show. The last Sprint Car series race at Hendry County was won by Gene Lasker from the Tampa area who himself has a young son with Autism. Gene will be at the Speedway again this weekend to defend his crown as Sprint Car King of the Everglades Clay.

Also racing this weekend will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Modified Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and V-8 Thunder Stocks. The Thunder Stocks and the Sprint Cars will have a Trophy Dash Event. In the Thunder Stocks be sure to watch local star Tommy Hill as he goes for a record seven feature wins in a row in his Randy’s garage prepared Monte Carlo. There will be other local stars on hand such as David McCormack, Kyle Schram, John Basquin, Gary Champion and many others.

The Speedway is located on U.S. 27 just one mile north of the Hwy 80 and U.S. 27 intersection and four miles south of Moore Haven. The gates open at 4:00pm and the racing begins at 7:00pm. Come out early and enjoy the food and beverages which are always on hand. For more information call 863-673-4325 or 863-983-3478 or you can visit www.HendryRacing.com or Hendry Racing on Facebook. Remember kids 12 and under get in free, so come enjoy what will sure to be a fun filled night for the entire family.

Can Tommy Hill be Stopped in Thunder Stock?

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Can Tommy Hill be Stopped in Thunder Stock? This makes 6 in a row. Who will be the one to break his streak?
Tim Powers replaced a driveshaft during intermission and earned $500 for his efforts.
Phil Peterson won another trophy Dash, this time in the 88 car.
John Bledsoe wins again, this time outdueling Modifieds and Limiteds, the combined class made for an exciting race.
Scott Thompson takes the win in Modified Mini Stocks.

The evening started off with a wet track and the wind and race cars quickly turned it into a dry single grove but smooth track. After some water at intermission the V-8 Thunder Stock Trophy Dash took to the track, Nick Osborne started up front and lead every lap except the important one, Phil Peterson saw the checkered flag first and Osborne had a flat tire as a souvenir.
Next the Modified Mini Stocks took to the track and put on a great race despite only having a few cars. Mark Thompson and Larry Thacker Jr were practicing their bump drafting techniques on each other to the delight of the crowd but the flagman wasn’t impressed sending them both to the back and eventually awarding the win to Scott Thompson.
The Street Stock 30 lap $500 to win race was on deck and Gary Champion won his heat race and was on the pole with Tim Arnold in the #98 on the outside. Tim Powers started third and heat winner Scotty Kay Jr started beside him. Tim Powers wasted no time getting to the front by lap two while Scotty Kay Jr and Gary Champion put on quite a battle for second place, David McCormack in his good looking #26 car worked his way up to watch Tommy Hill in fourth but Davids’ night ended early as did Steve Jones after the #13 car broke a brake rotor. With two laps to go Scotty in the bright orange #21 (matching a lot of the fan T-shirts in the crowd) finally found his opportunity to pass the #23 of Gary Champion for second place. Tim Powers felt quite at home getting his picture taken with the checkered flag again.
The Limited Late Models and the Open Wheel Modifieds ran together and once again put on an exciting race. John Bledsoe went to the front and held off a charging #2S car with Kyle Schram behind the wheel, it was Kyle’s first night back this season and he proved he was still on his game. Don Sniff and Ron Regula did battle but were no match for the two Limited’s out front.
The final race of the night was the Thunder Stock class, or what should be called the Tommy Hill Show. Ken Campbell won his heat race and earned his way to starting on the pole beside Tommy Hill who also won his heat race. Bruce Basham found his way back to the track in quite some time and started the feature inside row two. John Basqiun in the 5R started in the rear and quickly made it up to second place with Bruce’s #39 following him. Nick Osborne finished fourth with Ken Campbell rounding out the top five.
Everyone made it through tech this week, some fenders were mangled, only a few tires ruined and the track was pretty good. Big night coming up this Saturday April 13th when the Top Gun Winged Sprint Cars come back for another round at Hendry County Motorsports Park in Clewiston Florida.