Thru Noggles Goggles .::. March 9th

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Thru Noggles Goggles .::. March 9th
Just a reminder for locals: The annual “Fun at Fastimes” go-kart enduro is today at noon. Come see several teams, consisting of present and future USAC drivers compete in an indoor closed course that is lightning fast and which may be viewed through a plexiglass wall. The event will be held at the above-mentioned location at 96th and Keystone, behind Butler Toyota. All monies raised will go to the USAC Benevolent Fund.
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IndyCar Nation posts this:
The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is only 2 weeks away, and we hope that you will be joining us! If you are, please RSVP to the question posted on your INDYCAR Nation account now! This can be found on the Offers & Experiences page within INDYCAR Nation. This will allow you to receive helpful e-mails and info about events and offers that might be added during the week and race weekend! Please note that last minute changes sometimes do happen during race weekend. Because of this, please make sure your cell phone number is on your Champion account. Sometimes we need to reach you regarding updated event times or meeting locations.

We are excited to offer a variety of behind the scenes experiences for our Champion Members in St. Pete. Make sure to check out a few of the offeres INDYCAR Nation has never been able to offer before! Reservation items will open on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 8:00pm EST. These items include:

  • Pit/Garage Passes
  • Hot Lap Rides
  • Attendance at the Firestone Indy Lights Driver’s Meeting
  • Attendance at the Firestone Fast Six Press Conference
  • Pre Race Access
  • Victory Circle Access
  • Victory Circle Photo with race winner
  • And much more!

Reservations will close on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.
Winners will be chosen and notified on Monday, March 18th by 6:00pm EST.

YOU ARE INVITED – INDYCAR ’13 SEASON KICKOFF

INDYCAR would like to invite Champion members to our INDYCAR ’13 SEASON KICKOFF event on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:00pm. The event will be held at the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Pete, and be followed by the official Welcome Party. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP through your INDYCAR Nation Champion account on the Offers & Experiences page. Once you have RSVPed, more information will be sent out with instruction on how to obtain credentials and where to go the night of the event. This opportunity does allow every Champion member to bring a guest! Come hear about the high lights of 2013 from INDYCAR executives, and shmooze with team members, sponsors and all those that make race weekend happen!


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Eventual USAC sprint car winner Tracy Hines races around the outside of Hunter Schuerenberg Friday night at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. (John DaDalt photo)

Ron Hedger reports for “National Speed Sport News”:

Tracy Hines had just about decided he’d finish second to racelong leader Robert Ballou in Friday night’s 30-lap USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series feature at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL when Ballou’s right-rear tire exploded within sight of the checkered flag.

“I could run with him and I was trying a different line in three and four and getting better but the track stayed slick right to the end, so I don’t know if I could have pulled it off,” said Hines. “But I was about to try when his tire blew.”

The scramble precipitated by Ballou’s blown tire let Thursday night winner Bryan Clauson shoot past Hunter Schuerenberg, whom he’d been battling for 20 laps, to claim second with Schuerenberg hanging on for third ahead of Chase Stockon, Dave Darland and Brady Bacon, who made a spectacular charge from 20th in the Hoffman No. 69.

Unlike the previous night, the track stayed tacky right to the end, with the cars running so fast that passing was extremely difficult.

A melee on the original start and spins on laps two and four made it hard to get the feature rolling, then Levi Jones coasted to a stop on lap 10 while running fourth for yet another yellow. The restart went OK, but three laps later Chris Windom took a spectacular tumble down the backstretch to again stop the action.

Coleman Gullick tagged the frontstretch wall on lap 13 for yet another yellow, but after that it was clear sailing to the end, with Clauson entertaining the crowd with his repeated attempts to pass Schuerenberg, attacking both high and low.

“The track was in great shape and really fast but I couldn’t quite get to the point of putting him away,” offered Clauson, who lowered the track record to 13.819 during qualifying. “But getting from sixth to second on a night like this is how you win championships.”

“Yeah, it was really fast tonight,” agreed Schuerenberg. “I just rode in line waiting for the finish.” But Hines had the best description of the event, saying, “It was pretty much like making a qualification lap every lap. I feel like I just ran 30 time trial laps. It was good for me that we had all those yellows because it let me rest.”

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Correction:

Brownstown [IN] Speedway is scheduled to open their 2013 season this Sunday.
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