#89 May 19, 2010
Inside Florida Racing returned to the Internet airwaves
Wednesday night with hosts Jack Smith, Rick Anges and Scott McAllister.
of the Year Don Rehm, Orlando Speedworld promoter Rick Bristol
and Mini Stock racer and longtime observer of Florida racing Rex Hollinger.
from fans included:
It was the best show you guys have ever done
I thought the diversity of the announcers was excellent. I
missed the opening of the show, so I didnt hear the introductions
of all the different hosts. However, they all seemed knowledgeable, positive,
and seemed to play well off of each other. They made me want to listen,
just to hear what they might say next.
Racing will return to a regular schedule in June.
hosted by Joe Linebarier and Billy Ausburn will return to a weekly format
also beginning in June.
will be made shortly about the date and time of the presentation of the
Driver of the Year Hilderbrand Jewelers ring.
#88 June 29, 2009
Nationwide series star Scott Legasse,
a St Auguistine native, talked about his year and wants you all to help
him with his charity work with Flagler Collage. It is a great cause and
good guy is behind it, check it out.
Joe Winchell is proving winning is not just for the young anymore
in Florida Late Models. This veteran racer from south Florida is on a
winning streak and having the time of this life.
Joe Linebarier, KARNAC.com's Announcer of the Year last year reviews
the Scott Thompson Memorial and talks about the current program at Volusia
#88 June 22, 2009
Florida short track racing news update followed by three stellar example
of the success of KART racing in America.
WKA National Champion, and arguably Florida's most successful oval karter
in history. Rohn accomplished the impossible in 2001, capturing FOUR national
titles with the highly-competitive WKA Briggs and Stratton National Dirt
Series. Rohn also won many, many races at the worlds largest karting event,
the annual Dirt Track World Championships at Municipal Stadium, in Daytona
Beach, Florida. Simply making the "A" main was an accomplishment,
and Rohn was a dominating force at the Stadium for many years in his feared
Is a 65
year old resident of St. Petersburg, Florida. As a young boy in the late
50's, Dave and his father would frequent the infamous Raceway Park near
Chicago, where Dave would cheer on one of the winningest drivers of all
time, Bud Koehler. In 1960, Dave was just becoming interested in karting,
when he happened to become the 10,000th member of the Grand Prix Kart
Club of America. This earned him a new kart from Putt-Nik karting and
a place on the team (expenses paid) to race in Nassau Bahamas for the
international kart race! Almost 50 years later, Dave is still karting,
competing in the TAG Master class with the Florida Karting Championship
Series, with no plans of quitting any time soon! Dave proudly displays
Bud Koehler's #77 on his kart today, as a tribute to his boyhood hero.
most "diversified" karting promoter, Darrell is unique in Florida
karting, in that he is currently operating both a local karting-only facility
(Hurricane Speedway in Cocoa, FL), and a series that races at an existing
Stock Car track (Central Florida Oval Series). Darrell will discuss his
decision to change Hurricane Speedway from pavement to dirt (he laid dirt
down on top of the asphalt), share a few of the innovative activities
he and wife Mindy have scheduled at their facilities, and talk about the
upcoming Florida Dirt Divisional Series (FDDS) state race on July 11 at
#87 June 15, 2009
UDLMCS Race Director and Radio personality Billy Ausburn discusses
the upcoming Powell Family Memorial and Scott Thompson Memorial as well
as NASCAR's pressing issues. FASCAR's Joe Lewnadoski previews upcoming
races and sorts ou twho's hot in the asphalt super late model ranks this
year. Rick Bristol previews upcoming Orlando Speedworld events
and his momentous 4th Annual Charity Truckers 200. Barry Bartlett III
is this weeks Karting guest. Also: Driver of the Month is named!
#86 - June 1, 2009
Shawn Reutimann, spotter for David Reutimann, joins IFR to talk
about the first win in Sprint Cup racing for the famous #00 number.
Lake Speed is known by NASCAR fans for his two decaseds on the
tour, but he was even bigger in Karting. What a story.
Kevin Durden may be new to the ranks of dirt late model racers,
but when the Powell Memorial fires off at Ocala Speedway this weekend,
he won't be running for second.Kevin joins the IFR hosts for a preview
of the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series weekend ahead.
Lee Arnold brings an update for the v-8 Stock Car series, Joe
Lewandoski brings FASCAR news and Dustin Dunn talks about his
ASA late Model race at Senoia. Lots of news as always,,,,,and what about
the new Taser Tag racing:)
#85 - May 18, 2009
Dave Westerman brings fans an update on Volusia Speedway Park and
Orlando Speedworld and speaks about some recent racin' controversies and
plans to broadcast VSP races on Internet TV.
Christian Augspurger is the youngest dirt late model racer in the
Sunshine State, and he is beginning to get some real confidence racing
with his heroes.
Justin Ellison talks about the upcoming City Boys 100 at Columbia
Motorsports Park. Finally a race for just regular "city folks".
Joe Lewandoski with the weekly FASCAR update. Imagine 12 street
cars doing five caution free laps on the high banks of New Smyrna, passing
all the time. Joe explains!
No doubt one of the most successful touring series in Florida is the DeSoto
Champ Karts, the creation of Phil Harp and helped immensely
by Mike Portman and others. Phil tells the story.
Todd Hutto previews the upcoming Scott Thompson Memorial on May
23 at East Bay Raceway Park. Todd was as close as anyone to one
of Florida dirt racing's most popular drivers.
David Augspurger has been helping hands-on creating the new Hendry
County Motorsports Park. As David explains, when the track opens July
18 the only thing the same will be the location. Eveything else will be
different as drivers prepare to race on "Everglades Clay" for
the first time.
Drew Brannon held of a hard charging Landon Cassill to win his
first ASA Challenge race by 4/10ths of a second. Steve Carlson finished
third and Eddie Hoffman was fourth in the 150-mile event at the Milwaukee
Mile. It is Brannons fourth ASA Late Model win of the young season
and his seventh feature victory already in 2009. Congratulations Drew.
Lake Speed won the International Karting Federation (IKF) National Championship
six times and in 1978 he won the prestigious Karting World Championship
over among others, future Formula One legend and icon Ayrton Senna. As
of 2009, Speed is the only American to win the championship. Also 6-time
United States Karting champion. Lake ran in 402 NASCAR WINSTON CUP races
run over 19 years, won at Darlignton in 1988, had 75 top tens.
#84 - May 11, 2009
A review of
racing around the state, from the Top
Gun Series at East Bay Raceway Park, to Ocala, the late model
debacle at Columbia Motorsports Park, A visit with FASCAR
and other news. In addition, the hosts of IFR explore drivers lack of
self-promotion and lack of promoting their tracks.
Clarence Smith, promoter of Putnam County Speedway, brings fans
up to date on the Palatka, Fl. track. Late Model star Drew Brannon
keeps winning wherever he shows up and joins CeCe, Rob and Jack to talk
about this latest wins at Senoia Speedway and Watermelon Capital. Eric
Filgueiras, a fifteen year old star of road course kart racing
is featured on our Karting segment.
Top ten reasons why drivers don't promoter themselves, submitted courtesy
of Rex Hollinger.
Other breaking news not heard or read anywhere else.
Show #83 - May 4, 2009
Hendry County Motorsports Park announced its July 18 opening date
today, and joining IFR to talk about the long awaited announcement is
Billy Ausburn (HCMP Race Director), Bill Green (Announcer
& Media writer) and owner Ken Kinney.
Week's racing is reviewed with a special in depth report on The
UDLMCS event at North Florida Speedway.
Other Guests Include:
--Short track ace Jason Boyd is expanding his racing consulting
business, and following in his father's footsteps just seems the right
thing for Jason these days.
--Don Rehm still has his finger on the pulse of sprint car racing
more than anyone else in the state. Currently running the asphalt and
dirt sprint series, Don is looking for good things from both.
--Tara Henderson is one tough competitor, especially in the seat
of a DeSoto Champ Kart. She talks about his racing career and gives insights
for others looking for success.
--Grady Christian is greeted with a surprise: The April Hilderbrand
Jewelers Driver of the Month Award.
#82 - April 27, 2009
In one of the most memorable interviews on IFR, Tate Pierce details
the events leading up to the "Grouch" Myers Memorial Modified
race and how he managed to pull off the biggest win of his career.
Smitty Smith, longtime tech man at Sunshine shares his views on
the tech shed, and gives pointers for racers. Smith has been at it since
1970, so he has seen it all.
Wayne Jefferson made some new fans this past weekend, putting on
a thrilling show at Bronson Motor Speedway. Though not quite embracing
his toughest track, he's starting to like it a little more.
Jason Beckner, announcer and marketing man at Charlotte County,
gives a hilarious account of the recent "Steve Dorer versus the Tow
Truck" event a t Charlotte. Jason gives some insights on how Charlotte
is finding success at the front gate.
We visit with New Smyrna GM Joe Lewandowski live from the weekly
FASCAR meeting, a regular feature on IFR.
Terry Scampton, longtime Karting promoter and organizer, is the guest
on the weekly Karting segment of the show.
Comments and editorials from Jack Smith, Rob "Bonehead" Elting
and CeCe Brooks on recent races, rumor starters and other trivia:)
#81 - April 13, 2009
Johanna Long, late model driver from Pensacola, won the first Blizzard
race at Five Flags for 2009. The field of 28 cars included some of the
very best Super Late Model racers in the south.
Mike Lawhorn, winner of the most celebrated Mini Stock races of the
last 5 years, shares his victory with Florida race fans.
Dave Westerman brings news from the 1/2 mile Volusia Speedway Park
Darin Coker is one of the top DeSoto Champ Kart racers in the IFR
weekly Karting segment.
JD Cordon is another champ kart racer who splits his passion with
racing with time on the gridiron.
The legendary announcer from Citrus County Speedway, Larry MacMillan,
talks about his years behind the mic and shares stories about promoters
and racing stars from years ago.
News about Alli Owens, The upcoming Late Model Reunion, Late Model
Rules changes at Citrus County and much more, including a commentary by
Jack Smith on an un-named track promoter.
#80 - April 6, 2009
Former Orlando Speedworld promoter Rusty Marcus returns to IFR.
While building up the new Monroe Motor Speedway in Louisiana, he still
has strong ties to his Florida roots. He asks two very important questions
about Florida racing, when are some of the owners going to quit letting
egos get in the way of good shows, and secondly, when is Orlando Speedworld
going to Saturday night racing.
Vinnie Crawford, the ageless wonder of the Florida Karting world
talks with Rob Elting about the technical side of Kart racing.
Racers Robbie Yoakum, Robbie Cooper and Joe Boyd are also featured.
A long list of Florida drivers are acknowledged for their recent performances
and "blue collar" racer Derrick Horton is awarded the
Hilderbrand Jewelers Inside Florida Racing Driver of the Month for March.
IFR premieres the new FASCAR Weekly News segment with Mark Keeler.
#79 - Mar 30, 2009
Joe Ruttman has seen a lot racing in his day. He made his first
Winston Cup start in 1963, at the age of 18, his last Winston Cup Start
in 2004, a period spanning FIVE decades! In 225 career Winston Cup starts,
he finished in the top ten 60 times, or approx. 1 in every 4 starts, and
accumulated 19 top five finishes. Joe has won 13 NASCAR Craftsman Truck
Races and was also the 1980 USAC Stock Car Champion .His brother won the
1952 Indianapolis 500, and still is the youngest winner on record at 22
years, 80 days. As a young adult, he drove for "Bug" Go-Karts,
winning karting events throughout the Southwest.
Rick Bristol is now the promoter of Orlando Speedworld and he is
determined to keep the speedway moving forward and creating an exciting
place to race in Florida's tourist capitol.
Skip Honaker, one of Speedworld's Modified racers is getting geared
up and fired up about the "Grouch" Myers Memorial at Bronson
motor Speedway on April 25.
Kenny Dukes announces his new sprint car team with Gene Lasker.
Mini Stock racer Mark Powers is preparing to go after the $1200
winners share of the Curry Roofing Modified Mini Stock 100 at Citrus County
Speedway on April 11.
#78 - Mar 23, 2009
Bronson Motor Speedway promoter Tony Parker breaks the news about
the $3000 to win Open Wheel Modified race on April 25. Wayne Jefferson
wants to erase the demons at BMS, and talks about how hard it is to win
Chris Fontaine is improving his asphalt racing (in the NASCAR Truck
Series) by racing on dirt. He already has had some wins at Ocala as he
learns the ropes.
Frankie Lloyd, owner of Golden Isles Speedway, is preparing for
a huge two day show hosting the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series
on March 27-28. He details changes at the the track in 2009 and what fans
Matt Kurtz, the 27 year old sprint star, stops by to chat about
his win at Ocala in the Top Gun Sprint Series.
Chase Fitzgerald is the guest on tonight's Karting segment. He
is not only a winner, he knows how to create winners.
is getting fired up for the Mini Stock 100 at Citrus, coming on April
11. He says the drivers coming from other parts of Florida are going to
have to race hard to earn the win against the local aces.
Gene Lasker & Don Rehm share the stage in a repeat performance.
#77 - Mar 16, 2009
Stock Car Series champion and former owner of USA International Speedway,
Tony Amico is having the time of his life racing on the road courses
around the country. He explains why the series is growing in popularity
among circle track racers and how to get started. Rob Elting and Tony
reminisce about the old days at Sunshine Speedway.
Drew Brannon, the young star from Miami, now teamed up with the short
track legend Butch Miller, dominated at Charlotte County Motorsports Park
in the ASA Late Model Southern Division opening race.
Robbie Storer, one of Florida's best ever Mini Stock racers and former
FMCS Champion is excited about the Mini Stock 100 brewing for April 11
at Citrus County.
Other guests include: Jay Marshall (V-8 Stock Car Series),
FASCAR racers Justin Reynold and Cynthia Strahley, and Greg
Roeback (KARTING at CCMP).
#76 - Mar 9, 2009
One of the biggest stars to ever appear on IFR: IndyCar racer Ryan
Hunter-Reay, driver for the Rahal Letterman race team, started
right here in Florida in go karting. He talks about how he made it, 2008
success and what he hopes to achieve this year. An enlightening interview
for young racers, or anyone who is still trying to achieve goals in the
sport of racing.
Rick Sirmans is preparing to return to Mini Stock racing at the
Modified Mini Stock 100 at Citrus County on April 11. He talks about the
coming race, his past achievements, his wife Kim and other topics with
Rob, CeCe and Jack.
Horton (CCMP), Dustin Dunn (ASA Late Models) and Grady Christian
(VSP & Ocala) talk about their racing careers. Jeff Mathews
is awarded the IFR Hilderbrand Jewelers Driver of the Month for February.
#75 - Mar 2, 2009
Rick Anges sits in for Rob Elting, joining CeCe Brooks and Jack Smith
to host the 75 edition of IFR.
Guests include: Jim Curry, promoter of the Modified
Mini Stock 100 at Citrus County Speedway on April 11. Also Dirt late
model racers fresh off great runs at Ocala & North Florida Tyler
Ivey and Mark Whitener, plus young Christian Augspurger.
Robin Green from Heat Racing (Karting) is featured during the Karting
Bobby Shelton celebrates his weekend late model win withy this
2 Minutes of Fame. Mike Peters on being named, along with Angie
Clifton, the 2008 Promoter of the Year. Other racing news and surprises
as always on Inside Florida Racing.
#74 - Feb 23, 2009
racer Tommy Smith is featured, coming off a big win in the Pure
Stocks. Lee Arnold reviews the V-8 Stock Car Series trip to Moroso
and Sebring. Todd
Kovi of the Florida Karting Championship Series visits with IFR on
the Weekly Karting Segment. Patrick
Williams is preparing for the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series
opener at Ocala Speedway. He expects 50 cars as the south's toughest dirt
series gets going. Jesse
Dutilly will drive DeWayne Burris' #33 in the ASA Southeast Asphalt
Tour at DeSoto Super Speedway. Rex Hollinger chimes in on Vintage
racing and Tony Carreno gets his 2 Minutes of IFR Fame.
#74 - Feb 17, 2009
Richie Smith, driver of the #42 Modified and Street Stock was named
as the Hilderbrand Jewelers Driver of the Month for February.
Ken Kinney, owner of the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series and
Hendry County Motorsports Park, talks about his series, the new track
and some of the issues he sees clouding the waters of Florida racing.
Seth Adams joined us IFR during the Karting segment to discuss
his kart racing career.
Steven Nasse and Drew Brannon both had hugely successful
adventures at New Smyrna in February.
Chad Piecre talked with Rob and Jack and guest host Carol Wicks
about winning the Pete Orr Sportsmanship Award.
Review of the Figure 8 racing at Auburndale, a commentary on former Charlotte
County Motorsports Park GM Linda Jericka and much more.
#73 - Feb 9, 2009
include Lee Arnold (V8 Stock Car Series organizer and racer) -
Paul Grenewicz (Figure 8 veteran headed to the big Florida Figure
8 Championship on 12-15 Feb) ) - Jim Hanks (Owner of MustSeeRacing.com)
-Jimmy Sims (Florida Karting Association President for the last
20 years) - Mark Keeler (Live from the the tower at New Smyrna
Mark gives fans a live update of the action at the World Series of Asphalt
Stock Car Racing) - Tony Parker (New owner of Bronson Motor Speedway...
in his first interview since taking over the track.) - and always Breaking
news from around the Sunshine State!
#72 - Feb 2, 2009
A variety of guests make up this show that touches upon several breaking
news stories about track purchases, interesting racers and track officials.
Real Racin USA photographer Bob Wing pulled a burning sprint car
driver from a car at East Bay Raceway Park, and stops by to describe the
incident. Scott McAllister, the voice of East Bay visits. Joe
Lewandoski, Marketing Director from New Smyrna gives an overview of
the 2009 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. News about Ocala Speedway
and its possible sale to Stan Kolan. Bronson Motor Speedway is now in
the hands of Bronson businessman Tony Parker. Victor Peters
talks go-kart racing. Tony Anderson of Louisville KY is coming
to Auburndale loaded for Florida bear in the Florida Figure 8 Championships.
Kenny St. John will be here from Indianapolis to announce the races
on the 12-15 at Auburndale. Anthony "The British Bulldog"
Barlow will be at the Forum in Tampa soon to race in the insanely
crazy sport of ice racing on bikes. A ton of news (NOT RUMORS) that you
won't get anywhere else.
#71 Jan 26, 2009
Mania. Top drivers from the world of professional Figure 8 racing are
guests. Racers include "Rockin" Rodney Davis, Wayne Calkins,
Casey "Big Cat" White, RJ Norton III, Cliff "Bones"
Rousseau and the 'world's most hated driver' John Lavalle.
The buzz is all about the upcoming Florida Figure 8 Championship at Auburndale
Speedway in February, all part of the
World Figure 8 Tour out of the Speedrome in Indianapolis.
Our weekly Karting segment features Chad Dokken, and news from
around the Florida karting scene.
#70 - Jan 19, 2009
Citrus County Speedway Winter Spectacular super late model winner
Daniel Webster returned to IFR. Why does Citrus draw the cars,
Daniel gives his take and talks late model racing with Rob "Bonehead"
Elting who was back behind the wheel Saturday night at the Inverness track.
On the eve
of the momentous inauguration of Barrack Obama and Martin Luther King
Jr Holiday, IFR broaches a topic not talked about much on racing shows.
Why so few African-American fans and drivers in short track racing? Irvin
Canady, founder of African Americans in Motorsports (www.aaim1.com
) has a lifelong passion for racing, and works with others to inspire
others to get involved with motorsports. His partner Aaron Anderson
also joined in the discussion.
This is a must listen interview for all promoters at any level of this
Rodriguez is no stranger to "diversity programs". The
legendary sprint car driver helped his grandson Aric Amirola get all the
way to the top rung of NASCAR. Sam owns a Kart racing track and helps
develop talent and creates drivers for all forms of motorsports.
VanMeter, known to many Florida fans for his late model racing, is
known in the north and mid-west for his Figure 8 exploits. Eddie will
be competing in the huge
Figure 8 show at Auburndale Speedway on Feb 12-15.
old Drew Brannon is one
of the most successful youngsters on the Florida late model scene in the
last few years. Winning races and being competitive against the best in
Florida, he has joined up with Three time ASA Champ and short track superstar
Butch Miller and Green Light Racing.
Bill Green and Terry Wall explain what is happening 2009 at
Hendry County Motorsports
Park. Ken Kinney is putting together the pieces of the puzzle to create
a stellar short track on the edge of the Everglades.
Show #69 - Jan 12, 2009
Back in the saddle again, Rob and CeCe are joined by Terry Wall in
the studio for the first 2009 show. Guests include Indianapolis Speedrome
promoter Joel Cohen on the big World Figure 8 show coming to Auburndale
in February, Ocala announcer B.J. Cavin on the All Star Sprint
show at then end of January, and Jerry Binner updates race fans
on the 2nd Annual Modified Reunion at New Smyrna Speedway on Feb 13.
Citrus County Speedway race car driver Richie Smith talks about
his win in the January 3rd Modified race at the Inverness track.
The weekly Florida Karting segment premiered with Dustin Chisholm reviewing
his career in karting and news from the Florida karting scene.
Discussion of issues facing our race tracks.
#68 - Dec 8, 2008
An action packed, at times explosive show to end the broadcast year
for Inside Florida Racing.
-Billy Ausburn talks about his career as a race official and his
expanded role with the UDLMCS and Hendry County Motorsports Park in 2009.
-Steve Darvalics, IFR's Pandora Jewelers Driver of the Month for
December celebrates his big win in the Charity Truckers 200. $14,000 was
raised by race fans to assist young Lacey Pate.
- Jason Howell, son of Edward Howell, finished 5th in the Charity
Truck race and put on a whale of a show in only his second time behind
the wheel of a Pro Truck.
-David Wilson stops by on his way to NC to get behind the wheel
of a Lee Faulk Racing Development car in 2009.
-Keith Butler talks about the Checkered Flag Sprint Series championship
he won for 2008.
-David Rogers has his best finish in the Snowball since the late
1970s. He talks about the importance of good tech at race tracks and the
Snowball Derby experience. Also A brand new type of late model has been
unleashed by Rogers.
-Wayne Anderson is surprised with the Pandora Jewelers Driver of
the Month award for November. Wayne won the Marion Edwards Memorial and
his third Governors Cup last month.