Doing double duty in Heartland Park Topeka’s Saturday Showdown dirt track series is a challenge for Jay Bailey, but visiting victory lane last Saturday night made his hectic race-night schedule a little easier.
Bailey is a regular in HPT’s Modified class, sitting third in points, but he has also been running in the B Mod division recently since picking up a new B Mod.
It was in the new car that the Lyndon racer picked up Saturday’s win in just his fourth start in the car.
“My kids are getting close to being old enough to drive and I figured if I found something that was worthwhile I’d buy it,” Bailey said. “A guy up in Kansas City had that car for sale turn-key so I went up and bought it and came back and played with it.
“I’ve had it for probably three months and messed with it for a couple of months and got it all set up to where I thought it ought to be and then we took it out and raced it.”
Last week’s B Mod win was his first in his new acquisition, but Bailey has been a contender in the No. 333 since the first night he took it out.
“We finished second the first night and then fifth,” Bailey said. “We had a water pump hose come off (the third race) and then we won the other night.”
Eventually Bailey wants to turn over the racing reins to his sons.
“I have two other B Mods sitting in my garage at home,” Bailey said. “I have three boys and in about two years the first one will be able to drive and then the next one a year after that and the third one a year after that. All three of them will be driving in the next four years and then I’ll retire from driving.”
Racing in both the Modified and B Mod divisions isn’t easy, but Bailey has been able to make it work.
“The biggest thing is getting them ready during the week,” Bailey said. “The A Mod takes about 20 hours a week to get it ready and then you add probably five to 10 hours a week for the B Mod, so it pretty much makes it a full week.”
But last week’s win made the time spent worthwhile.
“Any time you get a win it makes it a whole lot easier,” Bailey said.
Topeka, KS – Jim Powell Jr. is enjoying his new home track. In 2014 Powell decided to run the USRA Stock Car class and its been beneficial to him. Saturday night at Heartland Park Topeka Powell logged his 5th win in 10 races. Powell had to hold off a tough Steve Herrick to get the win. Jay Bailey became the 6th different feature winner in the USRA B Mod division when he was declared the winner after Dakota Foster was DQed. The Pure Stock feature went to Dylan McDonald. Jared Rogers took home his 1st win of the season in the USRA Modified divsion. With the win Rogers becomes the 6th different feature winner of the season.
July 5th, 2014 at Briggsauto.com Speedway for the Super 8 @ Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown:
BIGGER KIDS ZONE for the kids!!! Sponsored by Bailey and Sons Motor Co. in Lyndon, Kansas
Prizes sponsored by Mars Candy
Bigger Payouts for the racers!!! Sponsored by Super 8 @ Forbes Landing in Pauline, Kansas
Free Military GA Ticket with an I.D.!!!
Concession Specials: $1 Corndogs, $1 Root Beer Floats, $1 Margaritas!!!
We will be hosting a bigger Kids Zone with Carnival type games for fun and prizes for the kids, being Sponsored by Jay Bailey at Bailey and Sons Motor Co. in Lyndon, Kansas. Games will include “the Duck Pond”, “a Ring Toss”, “Balloon Darts”, “Water Balloon Toss”, “Quarterback Throw” “Bouncy House”, and “Face Painting”.
Increasing Payouts to the winner in each class:
A-Mod – $850 to win
B-Mod – $475 to win
Stock Car – $350 to win
Pure Stock – $200 to win
Sport Compact – $110 to win
Pit Gates open at 4:00 pm
Spectator Gate opens at 5:00 pm
Hot Laps start at 6:15 pm
We will see you at The Races!!!
Image: Daryl’s Photos
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No, however we are exploring the idea of adding the Youth category to the 2015 Jr. Conference Finals.
No, we have limited the engine for the Novice and Youth category to the Briggs and Stratton 206 (p/n: 124332 8201 01)
No, the license application is applicable to all new competitors entering the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.
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Jr. participants with a current NHRA Jr. Competition license will not be required to go through the new application process. However; if you feel a participant would benefit from the new application process, this we would support your decision.
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Hopefully this quick reference guide will help you address many of the questions you might receive, if not please feel free to direct them to your respective Division Director, Eric Lotz, Brett Lyon or Josh Peterson.
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League website and facebook page are the best sources of information about the series. In addition we encourage you visit www.NHRARacer.com periodically for any updates to competition procedures and rules.
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Yes, during preliminary testing we have found by removing the slide valve the performance of the Briggs and Stratton 206 engine the engine will be competitive in the Novice category.
If a new participant in Novice, Intermediate and Advanced categories has submitted the old application and NHRA receives it after the 15th will it be returned?
No, we will process the application up until August 31, 2014.
The engine cost approximately $500.
Yes, if you feel the participant will benefit from additional test passes you have the ability to require additional test passes.
Yes, Jr. Street, Street Legal and Summit Racing Series.
As many of you are aware, NHRA announced in March a new racing program for 13-16 year-olds that combines racing and car safety. Through the NHRA JDRL Facebook page, an online poll was introduced to select a fitting name for the program. After a couple weeks and several hundred votes later, Jr. Members and their families showed very strong support for Jr. Street.
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Topekan Dustin Thulin has been a factor throughout his six-year career in Heartland Park Topeka’s Saturday Showdown dirt track series, but Thulin is still looking for his first championship, with last year’s third-place finish in the B Modified class his highest ever.
But if Thulin can continue the hot pace he’s set thus far in 2014 his first title could be in his future.
Thulin has won the past two weeks in the No. 45 and has three wins on the year while building a 73-point lead over Brian Murphy in the B Mod standings.
“It’s been pretty good the last few weeks,” Thulin said. “We’re kind of starting to hit our stride we feel like anyway.”
Some drivers like to avoid championship talk but Thulin admits that winning a title is one of his primary goals.
“It’s been a goal for a couple of years now,” he said. “We haven’t always been able to commit 100 percent as far as being there every week, but we’ve kind of chased it a couple of years now and it’s definitely a goal. It’s 100 percent the goal.”
With the season right at the halfway point, Thulin’s key to holding on to the points lead will be consistency while also getting to victory lane whenever the opportunity presents itself.
“(Consistency’s) probably not been my strongest point,” Thulin said. “I’ve always been kind of a guy that’s going to go for the win at all costs. In year’s past that has probably hindered me as far as winning the championship.
“But right now, with it being as early as it is, I’m focused on winning but obviously finishing is the biggest goal and making sure you get to the end.”
And Thulin knows that there are plenty of competitors in the B Mod class capable of making a run at the title he so badly wants to win.
“It’s a real strong class,” Thulin said. “Generally you have at least two or three former champions running against you every night in that class.
“You’ve got some guys who come and go and there’s a couple that people may not know their name as well but they’re real strong. It’s always a fun battle for us.”
Topeka, KS – Tanner Mullens continued his hot streak on the week at Heartland Park Topeka Saturday night. Mullens, fresh off 2 top 10 finishes with the USMTS, picked up a win Friday night and followed it up Saturday night by winning the USRA Modified Feature. It was Mullens first trip to HPT this season. Dustin Thulin rolled from the pole position and wired the field in the USRA B Mods in-route to winning his 3rd feature of the season. Jim Powell Jr. had an awesome battle at the front of the pack and would hold on for his 4th win of the season in the USRA Stock Cars. Randy Kohn is having a banner year in the Pure Stocks, Saturday night he takes home win #4 on the season. James Lemke took home the gold in the Sport Compacts.
Topeka, KS – It was BigTime Bail Bonds Night at the races and extra money was dropped on all the divisions. Darron Fuqua, who drives the BigTime Bail Bonds GRT, came up ‘BigTime’ late in the Modified feature. Fuqua battled with Jeremy Chambers for several laps before Fuqua went by on the outside and took the lead for good going on to his 5th win of the season. Dustin Thulin inherited the B Mod feature win after a post race inspection DQ (it was Thulin’s 2nd win of the season), Robert Garst was the hero of the night as he pulled off the double play! Garst not only took home a win again in the Stock Car class but he also logged the victory in the Pure Stock division. William Joyce became the 2nd different feature winner at HPT in the Sport Compacts.