Mike Edge Memorial Race is Saturday at Penton Karting Komplex

The second annual Mike Edge Memorial Race will take place this weekend at the Penton Karting Komplex. As one of the track’s biggest races of the season, nearly 100 competitors are expected to attend and compete in 15 different classes of kart racing.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 24. Gates will open at 1 pm CST and practice will begin at 4 pm. The feature races will begin following practice.

Admission is $10 and kids six and under get in for free. Parking is free, but reserved parking is available for $10.

The classes in action include Clone Lite, Clone Medium, Clone Heavy, Pro Clone, Predator Lite, Predator Medium, Predator Heavy, Pro Predator, Clone Red, Clone Green, Clone Purple, Clone Blue, Junior Unrestricted, Junior Pro and open class.

Penton Karting Komplex is located at 5153 County Road 114, LaFayette. For more information contact Mitch Edge at 334-757-0301 or call the track at 334-864-0967.

Penton hosting NeSmith 525 Late Model Series Saturday

Penton Raceway is set to host their first big regional event of the season this Saturday night. The NeSmith 525 Super Late Model Series is coming to town for a big 50-lap, $3,000-to-win feature event on May 17. This event will be the third race of the series’ 10-race schedule.

The 525 Super Late Model Series is billed as America’s most affordable super late model series. The racecars in the series are powered by the Chevrolet Performance CT 525 racing engine that is built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications, The engine is based off the LS3 production engine that comes in the Chevrolet Corvette, the Chevrolet Camaro, and the Chevrolet SS.

Saturday’s 525 Series race at the 3/8-mile dirt oval will be the main event in a night that includes a full racing schedule with Limited Sportsman, Bandit and Hobby divisions all taking the track. The Crate Late Model division will not race, but those drivers can run in the Super Late Model Series event.

Pits and grandstands will open starting at 5 pm CST on Saturday. Admission to the pits is $35 for those ages 13 and above and $15 for those under 12. Grandstand admission is free for kids five and under, $5 for those ages 6-12 and $15 for those 13 and above.

May 14, 2014 | Posted in: Racing, Sports | Comments Closed

Dykes wins first Penton Late Model race

Penton Raceway opened the 2014 season on Saturday night, as nearly 30 drivers were on hand for an exciting night of high-speed racing on the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

All four divisions were in action on Saturday, with the Crate Late Model and Limited Sportsman classes featuring the biggest fields.

Rodgerick Dykes got the season off to a strong start as he drove his No. 5 racecar to victory lane in the Late Model feature event. Dykes bested Penton’s own Chase Edge to earn the checkered flag. Behind Edge, Thomas Lewis rounded out the top-three.

Chad Marchman drove to a fourth place finish followed by Brand Lewis in fifth. Dana Eiland was sixth, Dalton Cook was seventh and defending Penton Late Model points champion Taylor Mitcham came home eighth.

In the Hobby division, Herbie Donath won the feature event. He beat out Dillion Holmes, who finished second, and third place driver David Dark. Travis Allen finished fourth, Chris Arnett was fifth and Keith Ussery was sixth.

The Bandit feature winner on Saturday was Grady Holmes in his No. 75 racer. N.B. Freeman finished second behind Holmes and Jamie Land was third. Casey Watts drove to a fourth place finish.

The first feature race of the evening was in the Limited Sportsman division and the first checked flag of the year went to Trevor McMullan. He beat out Marc Gooden and Sam Moore, who finished second and third, respectively.

Darren Grantt drove to a fourth place finish followed by David Martin in fifth. Keith Hudson finished sixth, Rickey Morris was seventh and Allen McConnell was eighth.

The next scheduled race at Penton is Saturday, April 19. All four divisions will be in action on that night; gates will open at 5 pm CST and racing begins at 8 pm.

April 9, 2014 | Posted in: Racing, Sports | Comments Closed

Penton Raceway opens 2014 season Saturday

Penton Raceway will kick off their 2014 schedule this weekend with an exciting Saturday night of dirt track racing. Gates will open at 5 pm CST and racing will begin at 8 pm. The four regular weekly series, Late Model, Bandit, Hobby and Limited Sportsman, will all be in action on Saturday.

It’s going to be an intense night at the 3/8-mile dirt oval as points champions Carley Arnett in the Bandit series, Kevin Page in the Hobby series, Kelly Leonard in the Sportsman series and Taylor Mitcham in the Late Model series begins their respective title defenses.

Racing on a Saturday night is a common trend this season as track officials have decided to shift the scheduled in order to accommodate more drivers and fans. They will race on Saturday’s when East Alabama Motor Speedway isn’t hosting events. You can expect this season to feature several new faces on both the track and in victory lane.

Right now there are 12 races on the schedule, only two of which are on Friday. There are four special races this year, including two NeSmith Late Model Series events.

The NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series will be in town on Saturday, July 5 as part of the Salute to America races. The event includes a $2,500-to-win feature. The NeSmith 525 Super Late Model Series will be in town on Saturday, May 17 for a $3,000-to-win event. On June 20, Mike Miller’s Sprint Cars will be on the track for the first Friday night action of the year. The other Friday night race will take place on August 15 when the Alabama Crate Mini Series comes to town for a $2,000-to-win event. All the special events this season will feature the regular weekly series races as well.

The full schedule includes race nights on April 5, April 19, May 17, May 31, June 20, June 28, July 5, July 19, July 26, August 9, August 15 and August 23.

Admission for regular races nights is $10 for those ages 13 and above for the grandstands and free for those 12 and under. Pit prices are $25 for those 13 and over and $15 for those 12 and under. For more information on Penton Raceway, call 334-864-0666 or 334-864-9641.

April 2, 2014 | Posted in: Racing, Sports | Comments Closed

Mitcham wins Penton Late Model points title

The racing season came to an exciting end this past weekend at Penton Raceway. The track held their finale for the 2013 season with a special Saturday night of racing. Championships were won as all four divisions were in action. The night featured both first-time winners and first-time champions in a fitting end to the season.

For the first time in his young racing career, Taylor Mitcham has a championship. His fourth place finish on Saturday secured the Penton Late Model title in a close race with Chase Edge. Mitcham finished nine points ahead of Edge with a total of 144 through seven races. Cord Dodgen finished in third in the points chase with a total of 85.

In the actual Late Model season finale, Rodgerick Dykes picked up the win, besting Edge. Dana Eiland drove his ride home in the third spot.

The Limited Sportsman series race featured the biggest field of the night, but the series champion didn’t participate. It wasn’t necessary though as Kelly Leonard had already amassed a big lead to earn the points title. Leonard finished with 160 points, 33 ahead of second place Daren Grant. Leonard dominated the season winning three of the seven races. David Martin finished the season in third place with 121 points.

In the Sportsman race on Saturday, John Capps picked up his first win of the year at the track. Capps bested Pat Wall and Grant, who finished second and third, respectively.

Cale Sessions was fourth, followed by Keith Ussery, Nick Marscolf, Marc Gooden and Jeff Landrum in eighth. Don Whitehead was ninth and Martin was tenth.

It was a special night in the Bandit division as N.B. Freeman made his first trip to victory lane after many races around the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Finishing behind Freeman was Carley Arnett, who was comforted by the fact that the finish earned the Bandit championship. Arnett jumped Casey Watts in the final race to earn the title by 14 points. Watts finished with 157 points and Trent Dodgen was third with 125 points.

Finally, in the Hobby division Jake Traylor got the best of Kevin Page on the track Saturday, but Page came out on top for the season. Page finished with a total of 183 points while Traylor had 149. The win was the second of the season for Traylor as well. Dylan Holmes was the third place finisher in the points race with 96 total.

In the race, Page finished runner up to Traylor while Shane Stodghill rounded out the top-three. Holmes finished in fourth place.

With the season coming to a close, Penton Raceway’s staff extended their thanks to all the drivers, crews and fans that came out to the track and supported Penton over this past season. They said it had been a great year and they look forward to getting back to the fast-paced dirt action in the spring.

 

Penton hosting 525 Super Late Model Series Friday night

The “Factory Backed and Factory Built” Chevrolet Performance NeSmith 525 Super Late Model Series will hold its first two events of the season with a pair of $3,000-to-win, $300-to-start races on August 2 at Penton Raceway and on August 3 at East Alabama Motor Speedway.

The country’s first super late model series to be branded by an American automobile manufacturer has been four years in the making, and three National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductees have supported the project. All three will participate as either a competitor or a promoter in the 10-race Chevrolet Super Late Model Series that will pay a $30,000 point fund with $10,000 going to the champion and paying back ten spots.

It will all begin on Friday night at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Penton.

The race will be the main event in a night that includes a full racing schedule with Sportsman, Bandit and Hobby divisions all taking the track. The Crate Late Model division will not race, but those drivers can run in the Super Late Model Series event. Pits and grandstands will open starting at 4 pm CST on Friday. Admission to the pits is $35 for those ages 13 and above and $15 for those under 12. Grandstand admission is free for kids five and under, $5 for those ages 6-12 and $15 for those 13 and above.

The Chevrolet Super Late Model Series is billed as America’s most affordable super late model series, as the engines that power the dirt late model racecars will be the $7,000 Chevrolet Performance all-aluminum CT 525 engine that is based on the production LS engine that is available in the Chevrolet Corvette, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Chevrolet SS.

While the series took four years to bare fruit, the seed was actually planted eight years ago by National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame driver Jeff Purvis of Clarksville, TN, who joined his car owner Mike Vaughn of Cartersville, GA in a meeting with Chevrolet Performance Special Projects Manager Bill Martens.

Vaughn was getting tired of having to buy $40,000 engines and getting them freshened up for $7,000 to $8,000 every 300 laps just to participate in super late model races. Another National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee and Promoter of Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA, the late Mike Swims, introduced him to the Crate Late Model concept featuring the $5,000 Chevrolet Performance 604 Engine in 2004.

Vaughn decided to form what has become the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series for Crate Late Models in 2005. During that 2004 meeting, Purvis mentioned to Martens, “If Chevrolet Performance would build an all-aluminum 500 horsepower production engine, adapt it for dirt late model racing, and sell it to the racers for $10,000 or less, you could own the industry.”

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Edge gets first Late Model win at Penton

On what turned out to be a perfect night for racing, Penton Raceway held their second race of the season, which proved to be a great night on the dirt track.

Crowds packed the grandstands and solid fields in each division gave them their money’s worth. Five different divisions raced on Friday, including a special rookie Late Model class.

The big winner of the evening was LaFayette’s own Chase Edge, who took the checkered flag for the first time this season. Edge, the 2010 NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series East Region Champion, toppled another accomplished driver, Dana Eiland, to earn the victory.

Marvin Cook drove his No. 40 to a third place, followed by Cord Dodgen in fourth and Taylor Mitcham in fifth.

In the rookie Late Model class, Jay Elliott outran Keith Hudson to get the win. Junior McGuire was third, followed by Brenda Murray.

The biggest field of the night came in the Hobby division, where 10 drivers battled for the top spot. In the end, veteren Richie Stephens ended up in victory lane. Kevin Page and Ben Steele placed second and third, respectively. Elfrom Holbrook drove home fourth and Chris Steele was fifth, followed by Chad Foster, Charlie Garrett, Shane Scott, Tony Tucker and David Lowery.

Big fields also highlighted the Bandit and Sportsman races. Young Kayde Koffman earned the win in the Bandit race, outlasting runner-up Patrick Taylor. Casey Watts was third, followed by Jody Buckner, Carley Arnett, Greg Hicks, Jonathan Morris and Trent Dodgen.

Ricky Morris edged out Kelly Leonard for the win in the Limited Sportsman division race. Sam Moore drove his No. 1 ride to a third place. Chris Arnett was fourth, ahead of Calvin Pike, Hunter Worley and David Martin.

The track will shake things up a little bit this week, as they move the racing action to Saturday night, May 18. East Alabama Motor Speedway is not racing this week and Penton will host the only racing in the area. The Late Model race this week is a $600-to-win event. The entry fee is $25 and the purse could increase if more competitors enter.

Racing action will begin at the same time as usual, with gates and pits opening at 5 pm CST and racing beginning at 8.

May 15, 2013 | Posted in: Racing, Sports | Comments Closed

Penton season opener is Friday

Penton Raceway in Penton, AL will begin its seventh season as a part of the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series when it presents its 2013 season opener this Friday, April 19.  Drivers in the Penton Raceway NeSmith Chevrolet OMG WRS Late Model Division will compete for both a National and Track point fund.

Drivers in the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series Late Model Division at Penton Raceway will compete against drivers at other sanctioned tracks across the country using a points system that will count their best 14 weekly point totals during the 27-week season that runs through September 29.

The 2013 NeSmith Chevrolet OMG WRS National Champion will earn $10,000 and the Top 10 drivers in the final National point standings will also receive cash awards from the point fund.  Two former NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series East Region Champions were regular competitors at Penton Raceway with the 2009 Champion Scott Knowles of Lanett and the 2010 Champion Chase Edge of LaFayette.

Chad Wallace of LaGrange is the defending NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series Late Model Champion at Penton Raceway, and will be joined in 2013 competition by Taylor Mitcham of LaFayette, Edge, Cord Dodgen of LaFayette, and veteran Dana Eiland of Salem.

In addition to presenting weekly Friday night NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series action, Penton Raceway will also host its annual NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division event over the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend with a 40-lap $2,000-to-win race on July 5.

Past NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division winners at Penton Raceway are Derrick Rainey of Powder Springs, GA in 2007, William Thomas of Phenix City in 2008, 2011 and 2012, Knowles in 2009, Larry Harrod of Plains, GA in 2010, and the defending NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Champion Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, GA in 2012.

Penton Raceway will also have the honor of hosting the first-ever Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series event on August 2 with a 50-lap $3,000-to-win race.  The Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series is the newest series sanctioned by Crate Racin’ USA, and features dirt late models powered by the $7,000 all-aluminum Chevrolet Performance CT 525 Engine.

Penton Raceway is a 1/3-mile clay oval promoted by 2008 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Co-Promoters of the Year Bill and Debbie Edge.  Through the years, Penton Raceway has worked with East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, a Saturday night NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series track.

Penton Raceway is located west of LaFayette, AL and south of State Road 77 on County Road 108.  The physical address of Penton Raceway is 2120 County Road 108, LaFayette, AL  36862.  For more information call 334-864-0666, or visit the Penton Raceway web site at www.pentonraceways.com. You can also like their Facebook Page at Penton Raceway.

For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing.  Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month.  You can follow us on Twitter @NeSmithRacing.

April 17, 2013 | Posted in: Racing, Sports | Comments Closed

Mike Edge Memorial race this saturday in Penton

For more than 30 years, Mike Edge was the face of the Penton Go-Kart Track. He was the lifeblood of the 3/8-mile track located in Penton, just north of LaFayette, promoting and organizing events year after year.

But Mike passed away in October, leaving a void that will be mighty hard to fill. His sons Adam and Mitchell have stepped up to the plate, though, to continue their father’s legacy at track and one of their first moves was to dedicate a race to the man synonymous with Penton go-kart racing.

The Mike Edge Memorial will be this Saturday, April 6 at the track. Gates will open at 1 pm CST and practice starts at 4:30 pm. Racing will follow practice, after the sun goes down.

“He always enjoyed racing at night,” Mitchell Edge said about his father, “much more than during the day. So that’s why we’re going to have the races start at night.”

Admission is $10 and kids six and under get in free. Reserved parking is also available for $10.

There will be 11 different classes on track for the event and all classes will be open tire.

The classes, along with age, are listed here:

Clone-Medium (ages 15 and up), Clone-Heavy (15 and up), Clone-Super Heavy (15 and up), Junior-Red (ages 6-8), Junior-Green (8-10), Junior-Purple (10-12), Junior-Blue (12-15), Clone-Light (15 and up), Open (15 and up), Pure Stock (15 and up) and Pro Clone (15 and up).

You can go to the track website (www.pentonraceway.com) or visit their Facebook page for more information.

The full season schedule is also posted below, and it includes noteworthy events such as an Ironman race on May 11, the Summer Shootout race on June 29 and the Twin State Shootout Series race on July 27. The final points race of the year is October 26.

Champions crowned at Penton Raceway on Saturday

Penton Raceway held their season finale on Saturday night, their ninth race of the season. Four divisions saw action at the 3/8-mile clay oval on Saturday, including a special rookie late model class race. Three series championships were also decided this weekend as well, making the final night of the season an exciting one at the track.

Several drivers had a legitimate shot at taking the Late Model series title this season, though one driver stood out among the rest. Chad Wallace notched three wins at Penton this season and finished in the runner-up spot three times as well. His lowest result of the year came on Saturday, when he finished third, but it proved to be enough to secure the championship with a 24 point margin over second place Taylor Mitcham, who did not race this weekend.

On Saturday, Dana Eiland drove his Late Model to victory lane for the second time this year in the night’s main event. Cord Dodgen came home second and Wallace was third. Chase Edge rounded out the field in fourth.

Wallace and Edge led the series with three wins each. Edge, last years champion, finished third in the final points standings, just one point behind Mitcham, while Dodgen was fourth, 14 points out of the top-3.

Perhaps the tightest points race of the year came in the Bandit division, where Patrick Taylor and Casey Watts battled it out until the end. With five wins, Watts was the star of the season, while Taylor was a model of consistency, finishing in the top three in nearly every race. Taylor held a 10-point advantage heading into the final race, and though he finished one position behind Watts, it was still enough to secure the season title.

Brandon Freeman took the Bandit main event for his first win of the season on Saturday, while Jonathan Archer was second. Bobby Dulce was third followed by Watts in fourth and Taylor in fifth. Jonathan Morris finished in sixth place and Monkey Gates in seventh rounded out the field.

David Dark pulled out the win in the Hobby main event on Saturday, but David Martin once again earned the series championship by 20 points over Jake Traylor. Martin finished fourth on Saturday while Traylor was second, though it didn’t matter as Martin’s points lead had grown throughout the season.

Dark’s win was his third of the season, the most of any driver in the series, and he finished third in the final standings. Tanner Smith came home third in the race behind Traylor and Tony Hill was fifth behind Martin.

There was no Limited Sportsman race on Saturday, meaning Darren Grant has secured the series points championship by 16 points over Matt Woodson. Nick Marsolf was third in the final standings and Sam Moore, who had a series-high two wins, was fourth.

Though there was no Sportsman race, the fans in attendance were treated to a race by the next generation of racers when the rookie Late Model drivers competed in a shootout. Jay Elliott was the class of the field on this Saturday night, earning the checkered flag. Donovan Singer drove his No. 6 racer home second and Junior McQuire finished third.

After the race, track officials expressed thanks to all the supports of Penton Raceway as well as the drivers and fans for another exciting year of dirt track racing.

August 29, 2012 | Posted in: Racing, Sports | Comments Closed

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