Ronnie, “The Flying Shu”, ran full time with the WoO placing 3rd in points in 1983. Ronnie said: “I stopped racing with the Outlaws because I got tired of finishing 2nd to Steve Kinser”. Billy, 5 years older than his brother Ron, began the family tradition racing a Super Modified and he was nicknamed “The Shu” as he often won in Sprint Cars, midgets. Billy’s’ first Super Modified was the also the first car that Ronnie raced and then Billy sold it to the legendary Sprint Car racer, Leland McSpadden.
The Shuman Brothers each played a major role with their numerous wins to elevate Manzanita to the status as one of the top Sprint Car Tracks in the country.
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“I really love Tucson,” Pittman said. “I told Kasey (Kahne) last year I was really excited about Tucson. I had never won there before, but it’s a really a fun track that suites me. It’s not fast, but it’s pretty flat and wide and somewhere I really enjoy.”
Pittman used the win to extend his points lead en route to winning the 2013 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship.
Arizona fans won’t want to miss the only time that the “Greatest Show on Dirt” comes to the Grand Canyon State this season.
Steve Kinser, 20-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion and celebrating his “Salute to the King” season, earned the victory in March 2007. The 2014 running of the NAPA Wildcat Shootout will mark Arizona fans’ last chance to see the “King of the Outlaws” compete in their home state for an Outlaw championship. Paul McMahan and five-time series champion Donny Schatz each won a race at Tucson International Raceway in 2006.]]>
While technically you can get you first taste of mudslinging insanity in 2014 with a trip Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Alabama) on January 2nd-5th, my season along with many others in the racing world will officially commence on January 9th, when racers from across the United States and Canada converge on the land of the cactus for a six race miniseries in Tucson, Arizona.
As it prepares for its eighth year of existence, the annual pilgrimage to the West has undergone more changes and transitions than just about any soap opera plot that you could ever imagine. Venue changes, sanction changes and promoter changes all make up the history of what is now known as the Winter Extreme. However, the one thing that has remained tried and proven throughout all of the turbulence has been the quality and quantity of racers, who relentlessly make the trip each year to Arizona to get an early start on their season.
While the 2014 edition of the showdown in the desert technically marks the eighth year of its existence, a little research shows that the foundations of the event began all the way back in 2001 with a pair of races at Central Arizona Speedway. Over the next nine years the event would undergo venue changes, and even a hiatus in 2009 before being reborn in 2010 with a new home at USA Raceway (now known as Tucson International Raceway) and a new format that included six separate programs. The formula was an instant success as an incredibly eclectic group of competitors from across the country met in the desert to get an early start on the season.
In 2013 the state of Arizona played host to a total of eight events with action split between Central Arizona Raceway (Casa Grande, Arizona) and Tucson International Raceway. As has been the norm throughout the history of this racing extravaganza more changes have taken place for 2014.
Back in August 2013 the founder of the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) announced that he had taken over the reins for the 2nd Annual Winter Extreme, which would be held at Tucson International Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) in mid-January. Not only would he promote the events, but the races would also be sanctioned by the NDRL for the first time ever as the fledgling series looked to get a fast start to its sophomore season with six non-points races at the 3/8 mile oval.
With the announcement of the definite plans for the 2014 edition of the event coming almost four months earlier than the announcement for the 2013 edition, many racers and fans–who were forced to bypass the 2013 slate–immediately began making preparations to head west in January 2014.
Despite the uncertainty of the status of the event until late in 2012, the 2013 car count was still quite impressive with over 50 Super Late Model pilots and over 40 Open Wheel Modified drivers competing in at least one program. However, with the early announcement of the 2014 plans, the car count looks to soar through the roof with a talent-laden field of national, international, regional, and local drivers in both divisions all setting their sights on starting their season in the desert.
Drivers like Billy Moyer, Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Mars, Terry Phillips, John Blankenship, Ryan Gustin, Chris Simpson and a host of others will set the standard for a field of Super Late Model competitors that likely will exceed 70 entries by the time that the festivities draw to a close. Even five-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Champion, Donny Schatz is expected to be behind the wheel of an entry as he looks to score ultimate bragging rights for Sprint Car competitors across the world.
The Open Wheel Modified division traditionally attracts an amazingly stout field of entries each year as well, and the stampede for 2014 will be led by 2013 United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Champion Rodney Sanders. Open Wheel Modified entries for 2014 could easily eclipse the fifty car mark during the course of the miniseries.
So if you’ve never been you might ask the question, “What is it that makes Arizona such a draw for racers and fans?”
From the fan angle I can tell you that it’s just an awesome experience. With the exception of last year’s bone-chilling record lows, the weather is typically amazing with highs that flirt with the 80 degree mark and lows that rarely dip below the 50′s. Rain is usually a non-issue.
While there are obvious exceptions, the racing action is typically pretty awesome as well. Despite seeing most of the action contested during the day, there is normally wholesale passing as the track crew does a great job preparing the surface in advance, and then reworking it throughout the event in an effort to dispel any rumors that daytime racing can’t produce good results.
Last, but definitely not least, is the field of cars that assembles each year. This field represents the most eclectic gathering of racers each year as you will see competitors from just about every series and geographic region going head-to-head. In many cases this is the only time that most of these racers compete against one another throughout the year. How many other places can you see a single heat race pitting drivers from Oregon, New York, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Manitoba, Wisconsin, and Arkansas racing against one another? As someone who hits pretty much every major event in the country each year, I can answer that question, and the answer is nowhere.
From a racer’s standpoint, who answers the question of what it is that draws competitors to Arizona better than Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Billy Moyer from Batesville, Arkansas?
“I’ve always loved starting the year in Arizona,” notes Moyer. “The track in Tucson is a really fun place to race, and the whole deal gives you a chance to get a jump on shaking down your cars for the season. The competition is really tough, and you have to bring your A-game. Some of our best years in the past few seasons have started with successful outings in Arizona.”
While Tucson International Raceway may serve as the lone stop in Arizona on the trip west for the racers, as it plays host to a practice and six individual races strewn from January 10th, 2014 – January 19th, 2014, the racing action won’t end there for many teams.
The NDRL Super Late Model tour has added three dates at El Paso Speedway Park (El Paso, Texas) over the course of January 24th-26th with a $3,000-to-win slate opening action before a pair of $5,000-to-win races are contested the next two nights. A $1,000-to-win, Open Wheel Modified program will accompany the events all three nights. The entire happening is being tabbed as the inaugural Battle at the Border, and paired with the events in Arizona will offer racers a chance for two practice sessions and nine total nights of racing in approximately a two week stretch.
It all culminates to offer more races, more money, and more fun to fans and competitors from around the world
“I’ve always loved starting the year in Arizona,” notes Moyer.
Starting the season in the West is truly a blast. I can’t stress enough to racers, fans, and pretty much anyone who is passionate about racing, just how cool it is. It’s definitely a must-see experience for any diehard gearhead. For this year’s rendition of the racing vacation I hope to see many first-timers to go with the usual familiar faces that I always see in the stands during these events. I can promise you that once you finally go, you will make plans to return each and every year.
For the fans and racers, who can’t go, all is definitely not lost as for the third straight year I will be part of a great pay-per-view, production crew that will bring every lap of every event live from both venues into your homes at www.DirtOnDirt.com .
So again, if you are looking for that much-dreaded New Year’s resolution for 2014, and you have no clue what to choose. Let me give you a little help. Buy you a plane ticket, book a hotel room, and make plans to join us for the first time in the desert in January as we set the place on fire with great racing action. I promise you won’t regret it.]]>
2013 TIR CHAMPIONS
USRA A Modifieds 597 Ron Schriener
USRA B Modifieds 50 F Brandon Farrington
TIR Super Stocks 74B Dana Boatwright
TIR Factory Stocks 44K Kelsie Foley
TIR Hornets 1 John Callans]]>
Late Model drivers from around the nation are making their way to the Tucson Valley this weekend for a glimpse at the fastest Late Model racing around. This year it is expected to be an even bigger turn out as more names from out west are throwing their hat into the mix to battle the best in the west.
Practice this Friday at 6pm and racing this Saturday and Sunday. Racing Saturday starts at 6:30pm and racing Sunday at 1pm.]]>
Details about tomorrow will be announced during the races!]]>
Tomorrow however races will be running and also the fireworks show.
A decision tomorrow morning will be made if we will extend the show to Sunday evening to make up for tonight’s Rain out.
Sorry fans! We were excited about tonight’s race!]]>
Tonight we start the action off for a Friday night furiosity of fun racing action to start the 2 day event. Dry Camping is available for fans who want don’t want to drive home after the races knowing they will be back again for the second night of racing at TIR. Also don’t miss out on the live music both nights and the fireworks show Saturday night at Tucson International Raceway!]]>