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August 27, 2015:

 

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World of Outlaws Conclude Busy Month of August this Weekend at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton

EDMONTON, Alberta — August 27, 2015 — For some series it takes a couple months or even most of the season to race 11 times. Not for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. A busy stretch of 11 race nights in August will conclude this weekend on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29 at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton with the running of the Ninth Annual Oil City Cup.
In total, the series will have visited six tracks in four states and one Canadian province during the 11-race span. Tracks varied in length from a half-mile to four different three-eighths-miles to a a high-banked third-mile and an extremely high-banked three-tenths-mile bullring, with banking of all degrees in between.

The Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway will mark the ninth straight year the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has visited the three-eighths-mile. The event is also one of just two in Canada for the series in 2015, as a pair of races “North of the Border” were rained out last month in Ontario and Quebec. The entire World of Outlaws calendar is comprised of nearly 90 races at over 55 tracks in 23 states and a pair of Canadian provinces.

As this busy string of races concludes, six-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz, who drives for Tony Stewart Racing, leads the standings, on the strength of 25 A-Feature wins, including the $150,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, earlier this month. The North Dakota native is followed by Shane Stewart, who has seven A-Feature wins and eight overall victories, and drives for a team co-owned by Kyle Larson.

Kerry Madsen, who hails from Australia and picked up his first win of the season last week, is currently third in points. Veteran driver Joey Saldana, who has three-career wins at Castrol Raceway, has a pair of victories this season and is fourth in the standings. Brad Sweet, who has won three times thus far in 2015, driving for Kasey Kahne Racing, rounds out the top-five points. The remainder of the top-10 in the standings is Paul McMahan, 2013 series champion Daryn Pittman, Jason Sides, David Gravel and Logan Schuchart.

Also in action on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29 in the Oil City Cup will be third-generation driver Kraig Kinser, as well as Jacob Allen, and Jason Johnson, who is the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.

Last Month at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, Stewart Friesen became just the second Canadian-born driver ever to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature event. Tim Gee, whose son Skylar will be racing this weekend in the Oil City Cup, become the first Canadian to win with the World of Outlaws back in 1983 at Paragon Speedway in Indiana.

Tickets for the Ninth Annual Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway can be purchased online at http://castrolraceway.tix.com or by calling the track at 780-468-FAST (3278).

 



August 26, 2015:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Tony Veneziano
SLS Promotions, LLC
219-218-1186
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Ninth Annual Oil City Cup Awaits the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at Castrol Raceway

EDMONTON, Alberta— August 25, 2015 — The Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton has become a tradition for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. For the ninth consecutive year, the best sprint car drivers in the world will visit the three-eighths-mile clay oval in Alberta for the two-night event.

Leading the way will be six-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz, who won both nights of the Oil City Cup last year. The North Dakota native, who drives for Tony Stewart Racing, has won three of the last four events the series has contested at Castrol Raceway and has a series-best four wins at the track in his career. In the opener of the Oil City Cup last season, he led all 30 laps, while in the finale, he wrestled the lead away from 2013 series titlist Daryn Pittman on lap-9 to take the top spot. Schatz, the current series point leader, has won 25 races this season through August 23. He is on pace to eclipse his personal-best win total of 26, that he set in 2014. Schatz is also closing in on 200 career A-Feature wins with the series, as he sits at 197 victories entering this weekend’s pair of events.

Kerry Madsen, who is third in the World of Outlaws championship standings, is the last driver other than Schatz to win at Castrol Raceway, picking up his first win at the track in 2013. Madsen, who hails from Australian and now calls Knoxville, Iowa home, has been one of the most consistent drivers on the World of Outlaws circuit this season. He earned his first win of the season last week in Nebraska, picking up the victory over Schatz.

Joey Saldana is the second-winningest driver with the series at Castrol Raceway, with three wins, including sweeping the 2009 Oil City Cup. The Indiana native has won two races this season and has climbed to fourth in the series standings, driving for the Motter Motorsports team based in Minnesota.

Shane Stewart, the driver of the No. 2 for the Larson Marks Racing team, which is co-owned by rising NASCAR star Kyle Larson, will be making his first trip to Edmonton in several years. The veteran driver is second in points on the strength of seven A-Feature wins and 44 top-10 finishes through August 23.

David Gravel, one of the young guns on the World of Outlaws tour, finished second and sixth in the Oil City Cup last year. The Connecticut native has seven career World of Outlaws wins and is chasing his first victory of 2015.

Also in action during the Oil City Cup will be Brad Sweet, who is teammates with Daryn Pittman at Kasey Kahne Racing. Sweet has won three races thus far in 2015 and sits fifth in points. Pittman also has three victories and is seventh in the standings.

Veteran drivers Paul McMahan, who has a pair of wins this year, Jason Sides, who has one victory thus far in 2015, and Kraig Kinser will be all be in action as well at Castrol Raceway, along with sophomore drivers Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen, who are teammates for the Shark Racing team.

Jason Johnson, the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, will be making his first trip to Castrol Raceway for the Oil City Cup. The five-time American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) champion returned last month after missing nearly three months due to fractured vertebrae suffered in an accident in California in the spring.

Tickets for the Ninth Annual Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway can be purchased online at http://castrolraceway.tix.com or by calling the track at 780-468-FAST (3278)

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August 21, 2015:


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CONTACT: Tony Veneziano
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World of Outlaws By the Numbers: Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway

EDMONTON, Alberta — August 20, 2015 — The Oil City Cup has showcased the best sprint car drivers in the world to racing for fans in Western Canada for the last eight years. The tradition will continue this year as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series visits Castrol Raceway in Edmonton for the 2015 edition of the Oil City Cup on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29. Donny Schatz, the six-time and defending series champion, swept both nights of the event last year and has won three of the last four races contested by the Outlaws at Castrol Raceway. Joey Saldana has won three times at the track in his career, making him the second-winningest driver, behind Schatz, who has four wins. Kerry Madsen, who is currently third in points is the only other current driver competing full-time with the series that has won at Castrol Raceway, with his victory coming in 2013. As a very competitive season continues, here are a few numbers to ponder as the World of Outlaws heads to Castrol Raceway for the Oil City Cup.


By the Numbers: Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway
0.375- Miles around Castrol Raceway
1- Canadian-born driver that has won with the World of Outlaws this season- Stewart Friesen
3- Canadian provinces the World of Outlaws were scheduled to race in this season
4- Wins for Donny Schatz at Castrol Raceway to lead all World of Outlaws drivers
5- Total nights of racing in Canada originally scheduled for the World of Outlaws this season
9- Consecutive years, including 2015, that the World of Outlaws have raced at Castrol Raceway
11- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season that raced in the 2014 Oil City Cup
12.561- Track record at Castrol Raceway set by Jason Meyers in 2011
13- Drivers competing full-time with the series this season
16- Total A-Features contested by the World of Outlaws at Castrol Raceway dating back to 2007
19- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series this season
23- Wins for Donny Schatz through August 18 to lead the series
30- Laps tentatively scheduled for the main events during the Oil City Cup on August 28 & 29
53- Laps led by Schatz en route to his two wins in the Oil City Cup last year
510- Laps led in A-Feature events this season by Schatz to lead all drivers
733- Miles from Nodak Speedway in Minot, North Dakota, where the World of Outlaws race on August 23 to Castrol Raceway in Edmonton
2007- Year the World of Outlaws first visited Castrol Raceway
10,000- Dollars the winner receive each night, Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29

Tickets for the Ninth Annual Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway can be purchased online at http://castrolraceway.tix.com or by calling the track at 1-877-331-RACE (7223).

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July 9, 2015:
 

NEWS RELEASE


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Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Szoke aims to stay unbeaten as Superbikes head west



TORONTO, Ont. (July 8, 2015) – Nine-time national champion Jordan Szoke will try to keep his perfect 2015 win record intact as the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship makes its first visit to Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway this weekend.

The Brantford, Ont. veteran has won the first two events in the 2015 series and enjoys a 20-point lead, 111-91, over defending champion Jodi Christie heading into this weekend’s doubleheader. With 50 points available for a race win in each of the Superbike feature events, this weekend’s action could go a long way to resolving the battle for the Mopar Canadian Superbike title.

This weekend’s Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader represents a sort of homecoming for the series. George Morin claimed the first national Expert Superbike crown at the old Edmonton International Speedway in 1979 and also won at the track in 1980.

Szoke has proven himself to be a man for all season as he tries to claim an unprecedented 10th Canadian Superbike crown. In mid-June he won the 2015 season opener at a sun-kissed Calabogie MotorSports Park, near Ottawa, and two weeks ago rode his BMW Motorrad / Mopar Express Lane BMW S1000RR to a clear victory in the pouring rain at Quebec’s Autodrome St-Eustache.

On both occasions he was chased home by Keene, Ont.’s Christie. Riding the Accelerated Technologies / Honda Canada Honda CBR1000RR SP, Christie gave Szoke all he could handle at Calabogie but was unable to challenge the BMW rider at St-Eustache.

The 22-year-old Christie does come into this weekend’s action with a slight edge, having competed in last weekend’s Edmonton Motorcycle Roadracing Association (EMRA) regional event at Castrol Raceway and winning Saturday’s Expert Superbike event on the 2.7km (1.69-mile) 14-turn road course.

A closely-matched group of national challengers, as well as some hot local riders, should add to the excitement this weekend.

Longueuil, Que.’s Sebastien Tremblay heads to Edmonton third in Mopar Canadian Superbike points with 76 after a pair of third place finishes aboard his MotoNation / CrossFit Laval Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Despite battling an early season shoulder injury, Kenny Riedmann of Belfountain, Ont. lies fourth in the standings with 59 points on his GE Capital / Sturgess Cycle-backed Kawasaki ZX-10R, while last year’s series runner-up, Mississauga, Ont.’s Trevor Daley is coming back from a hand injury. The OneSpeed / Suzuki Canada / Parts Canada Suzuki GSX-R1000 rider is seventh in points after two rounds.

Ranged against the national regulars will be Calgary’s Mike Zottmann, who won last Sunday’s EMRA Expert Superbike event aboard his Bow Cycle / Vortex Kawasaki ZX-10R, and defending EMRA champion Justin Knapik of Edmonton, who was a close second to Zottmann on Sunday with his Echo Cycle / Dunlop-backed Kawasaki.

In other action at Castrol Raceway, Christie will take a 21-point lead, 102-81, over fellow Honda CBR600RR rider Louie Raffa into this weekend’s doubleheader for the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike Championship. Christie took the victory at Calabogie while Ste-Marthe, Que.’s Raffa claimed a popular home win at St-Eustache aboard his Centre Hamel Honda-backed entry.

Defending class champion Riedmann is third in points with 76 after a second and a fourth so far this season on his Triumph 675R.

Local Pro Sport Bike challengers this weekend should include Calgary’s Mike Yurko aboard the Redline Motorsports / Dunlop Yamaha YZF-R6 and Neil Carlson of Edmonton riding the Freight Train Racing / Hindle Kawasaki ZX-6R.

St-Lin Laurentides, Que.’s Stephane Chimot holds a 91-80 lead over Notre Dame de L’ile Perrot, Que. rider Martin Cote in the Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike class while Alex Coelho of Brossard, Que. enjoys a clear 39-point lead, 109-70 over London, Ont.’s Philip Leckie in the Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike division.

Action at Castrol Raceway opens Thursday with a Mopar CSBK-organized test day. Qualifying, including the Magneti Marelli SuperPole in the Pro Superbike division, takes place on Friday while feature races go Saturday and Sunday.

For ticket information call (780) 461-5801, or visit castrolraceway.tix.com or www.castrolraceway.com. Fans can also email info@castrolraceway.com.

The official Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship website, www.csbk.ca, will have full race video coverage of both of this weekend’s Mopar Pro Superbike races, as well as Sunday’s Hindle Pro Sport Bike round.



2015 Point Standings

Mopar Pro Superbike: 1. Jordan Szoke (BMW) 111; 2. Jodi Christie (Honda) 91; 3. Sebastien Tremblay (Kawasaki) 76; 4. Kenny Riedmann (Kawasaki) 59; 5. Franklyn Dominguez (Kawasaki) 48

Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike: 1. Jodi Christie (Honda) 102; 2. Louie Raffa (Honda) 81; 3. Kenny Reidmann (Triumph) 76

Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike: 1. Stephane Chimot (Honda) 91; 2. Martin Cote (Honda) 80; 3. Alex Coelho (Kawasaki) 78

Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike: 1. Alex Coelho (Kawasaki) 109; 2. Philip Leckie (Suzuki) 70; 3. Alexandre Cleary (Suzuki) 65



Previous Edmonton Superbike National Wins

2001 (Namao) – Steve Crevier (Maple Ridge, B.C.) Honda

1980 (Edmonton Int’l Speedway) – George Morin (Mississauga, Ont.) Kawasaki

1979 (Edmonton Int’l Speedway) – George Morin (Mississauga, Ont.) Kawasaki



Castrol Raceway (Edmonton) Fast Facts

…Former Canadian Superbike champion George Morin will serve as Grand Marshall for this weekend’s event at Castrol Raceway. The Mississauga, Ont. racer won the first two Superbike nationals at the old Edmonton International Speedway, or Speedway Park, in 1979 and 1980 and took the national crown both years.



…. Castrol Raceway is a multi-purpose motorsports facility. In addition to the road course there is a quarter-mile International Hot Road Association (IHRA) drag strip, a three-eighths mile clay oval, 10-acre motocross track and mini-sprint kart track. The facility’s Mopar Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals is the largest, most-attended IHRA event in Canada and Castrol Raceway was voted North America’s top IHRA racing facility in 2006 and 2009.



…The Jordan Szoke ‘win watch’ will continue this weekend in Edmonton. With his triumph at Autodrome St-Eustache the Brantford, Ont. veteran now has 47 career national Superbike wins to his credit as he closes in on a milestone 50 victories. The number two rider on the all-time list is Maple Ridge, B.C.’s Steve Crevier with 26 national Superbike triumphs.



…The city of Edmonton has a well-earned reputation as a racing hotbed that predates the emergence of Castrol Raceway. In addition to hosting national motorcycle events, the old Edmonton International Speedway staged major international car races, including rounds of the Can-Am Challenge Cup for sports cars between 1968 and 1973, and again in 1981. Denis Hulme of New Zealand, the 1967 Formula 1 World Champion, was the Can-Am star, winning four races in a row from 1968 to 1971.



Provisional Weekend Schedule

Friday, July 10

1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. – Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike Qualifying

1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. – Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike Qualifying

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Mopar Pro Superbike Magneti Marelli SuperPole Qualifying

4:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. – Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Qualifying

Saturday, July 11

1:00 p.m. – Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike Race (14 laps)

Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike Race (12 laps)

2:45 p.m. – Mopar Pro Superbike Race (16 laps)

Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Race (12 laps)

Sunday, July 12

1:00 p.m. – Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike Race (14 laps)

Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike Race (12 laps)

3:00 p.m. – Mopar Pro Superbike Race (16 laps)

Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Race (12 laps)

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For additional information please contact:

John Hopkins

Inside Track Communications

Tel. (613) 968-0166

john@insidemotorcycles.com



July 2, 2015:
 

For Immediate Release:

 

 

NORTHERN PROVINCIAL PIPELINES presents

 

the JIM ALBERT MEMORIAL running of the

 

60th GOLD CUP

 

 

July 2, 2015 – (Nisku, AB.) – This weekend, Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4th, Castrol Raceway plays host to the Northern Provincial Pipelines presentation of the Jim Albert Memorial running of the 60th Gold Cup.

 

Dating back to the early 1950’s, Gold Cup is Canada’s oldest and most prestigious oval racing event.  The race features the largest field of Sprint Cars in Canada with an incredible prize purse of over $24,000.00!

 

Spectator Gates Open at 4:00pm and racing starts at 6:00pm.

 

Admission is $20 for Adults, $10 for Youth, and FREE for children 5 & under.

 

Tickets are always available at the gate. 

 

 

 

Castrol Raceway, Canada’s Premier Motorsports Complex, annually hosts over 200 races including the nationally recognized events: IHRA MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals, Parts Canada MOPAR CSBK Championship, Monster Truck Throwdown, and World of Outlaws: Sprint Car Series.  In addition to the ¼ mile IHRA Sanctioned Drag Strip, 3/8 mile Clay Oval Track and 10 acre Pro Motocross Track, a brand new 2.7 km FIA sanctioned Paved Road Course opened at the Raceway in 2013. 

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Kimberly Reeves, Owner

Castrol Raceway

780-699-9534

 

kimberly@castrolraceway.com

 

 

April 1, 2015:


For Immediate Release:

CASTROL RACEWAY ANNOUNCES WISSOTA SANCTIONING
FOR NORTHERN THUNDER LATE MODEL OVAL CLASS

April 1, 2015 – (Nisku, AB.) – Castrol Raceway is pleased to announce the facility’s commitment to WISSOTA sanctioning for the Northern Thunder Late Model Oval Class for the 2015 racing season.

WISSOTA Late Models are full bodied race cars, and are the top of the line in terms of speed and technology. The rules package allows for a very sleek body design and wide Hoosier racing tires. Under the hood, most WISSOTA Late Model drivers have roughly 360 cubic inch engines with 500 or more horsepower; those who choose to can also run an engine with up to 410 cubic inches along with a carburetor restrictor plate. The Late Models have generous spoilers coming off the rear deck of the car and you’ll often see them coming off the turns with their left front tire raised in the air. The chassis are highly tunable and very sensitive to adjustments. In the WISSOTA region, many of the Late Model racers burn methanol rather than gasoline. In many regions of the country, Dirt Late Models are the premier division.

As a sanctioned WISSOTA track, licensed late model drivers at Castrol Raceway will be permitted to race at any WISSOTA late model races at any of the WISSOTA tracks they wish. They can also compete for national points and track points. The track will receive a point fund from WISSOTA for the late model drivers with the amount determined by the number of shows ran at the track. The drivers will also be eligible for the $100,000 excess medical coverage at a cost of only $20, they will receive a copy of the weekly ALL The Dirt newspaper as well.

The full WISSOTA 2015 Rule Book can be found on Castrol Raceway’s website CastrolRaceway.com under the ‘OVAL’ tab.

Please visit WISSOTA.org for more information on all things WISSOTA.

Castrol Raceway, Canada’s Premier Motorsports Complex, annually hosts over 200 races including the nationally recognized events: IHRA MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals, Parts Canada MOPAR CSBK Championship, Monster Truck Throwdown, and World of Outlaws: Sprint Car Series. In addition to the ¼ mile IHRA Sanctioned Drag Strip, 3/8 mile Clay Oval Track and 10 acre Pro Motocross Track, a brand new 2.7 km FIA sanctioned Paved Road Course opened at the Raceway in 2013.

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For more information, please contact:

Kimberly Reeves, Owner
Castrol Raceway
780-699-9534
kimberly@castrolraceway.com

Terry Voeltz, Executive Director
WISSOTA Auto Racing
605-216-7223
terry@wissota.org