UMP Summer Nationals: The Icing on The “Birthday” Cake!

Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio is a hotbed of UMP DirtCar Saturday night excitement

Tucked in the middle of northern Ohio’s serene farmland; Oakshade Raceway looks as unassuming as its name suggests.  Looks are very deceiving though as the 3/8-mile semi-banked oval is a wicked-fast track where the Midwest’s best drivers come to play. Continue reading

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Livin’ The Dream at Eldora

Excitement & expectations are high at "The Dream" at Eldora.

Excitement & expectations are high at “The Dream” at Eldora.

Every June, a serene rural landscape in northern Ohio metamorphosis into a metropolis of sorts; almost overnight flat fields become campgrounds with thousands of American and racing flags flaying proudly, and all for one racing event.

The Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora is a crown jewel event and truly the dream of any dirt late model competitor and with $100,000 awarded to the winner of the 100-lap main event on Saturday night it is no small wonder. Continue reading

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Kyle Prochazka: Chasing Titles and Chasing Dreams at CMS

Kyle Prochazka is getting on track at Crystal Motor Speedway.

Kyle Prochazka is getting on track at Crystal Motor Speedway

Kyle Prochazka’s ties to Crystal Motor Speedway run deep.

The St. Johns, Michigan native is a second generation competitor at the speedway and in 2014 he will be trying to repeat history by picking up a CMS Street-Stock Track Championship, just as his father did in the early 80’s. Continue reading

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Stepping into Spring at Crystal Motor Speedway

Cars packed the pits at Crystal Motor Speedway's opener on April 19th, 2014

Cars packed the pits at Crystal Motor Speedway’s opener on April 19th, 2014

The rumble of race engines, and the smell of race fuel burning; for me those are the true signs of spring and after a very long winter it was wonderful to fill my senses with spring this past weekend at Crystal Motor Speedway.

On April 19th CMS opened the gates to the 2014 racing season with a full six-and-one show that was packed with action and cars.   105 competitors battled it out in front of a full crowd of race fans.  Continue reading

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Drifting into 2014 at Sno*Drift

Pure Michigan - Pure Racing:  Jeffrey Reamer & Jeremy Jankowske drive their no.331 into traffic on their way to stage no.1 on a cold Friday at Sno*Drift.

Pure Michigan – Pure Racing: Jeffrey Reamer & Jeremy Jankowske drive their no.331 into traffic on their way to stage no.1 on a cold Friday at Sno*Drift.

Frigid!  It is the single word that best describes the kick-off for the 2014 Rally America series.  Typically that would not be a favorable word to describe a rally race, but when the first event of the season is named the Sno*Drift Rally, extremely cold temps are always a very real possibility. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!!!

cool santa13Wishing you all a safe and joyous holiday filled with the warmth and happiness of family & friends, and the love that can only come from our Savior Jesus Christ!

Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to sharing more stories with you in 2014.

-Darcie

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Gregg Dalman: A New View For 2014

Dalman prepares to warm up his no.49T machine on a sunny Saturday night at CMS.

Dalman prepares to warm up his no.49T machine on a sunny Saturday night at CMS.

Bellevue, Michigan’s Gregg Dalman views life from a different perspective, his vantage point is always behind a steering wheel.  Throughout the week it is an 18-wheeler owned by Martin Transport that serves as Dalman’s window to the world, but on the weekends he trades that view for a much more exciting one; the cockpit of his no.49T 360ci Winged Sprint Car. Continue reading

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Intensity & Excitement Are Sovereign At Eldora’s 4-Crown

Tyler Courtney slides his no.23c USAC Sprint Car through turn one during the 23rd annual 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora

Tyler Courtney slides his no.23c USAC Sprint Car through turn one during the 23rd annual 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora

There is no doubt that the legendary Eldora Speedway is the ruler by which all dirt track drivers measure themselves.  Whether full-fendered or open wheel; Big E plays host to some of the most prestigious events in the world of auto racing.   For 23-years one event in particular has been the breakout race for many drivers.   That event is the Four Crown Nationals. Continue reading

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Matt Pickard…Keeping Racing In The Family

Matt Pickard sits in line-up awaiting a great night of racing at Crystal Motor Speedway.

Matt Pickard sits in line-up awaiting a great night of racing at Crystal Motor Speedway.

In Mid-Michigan Dirt Late Model racing it is hard to miss a hot-pink infused no.115.  For two years the car has garnered a lot of attention, and although the number and scheme may be new, the driver behind the wheel has the experience and talent to make the car even more noticeable. Continue reading

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Brenten DeYoung…Learning From The Best

Brenten DeYoung pilots the no.7D into place for heat races at Crystal Motor Speedway

Brenten DeYoung pilots the no.7D into place for heat races at Crystal Motor Speedway

Whether it is turning wrenches or turning laps; there is no doubt that Sheridan, Michigan’s Brenten DeYoung is most at home when near the rumble of an engine.

The young driver who will begin his Sr. year at Carson City-Crystal High School in a few weeks has a racing career before age 18 that many would envy in their veteran racing seasons. Continue reading

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