Saturday, November 18, 2017

Racing To Build Awareness This Saturday Night At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

Lots of cars and lots of fans at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway weekly. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Topeka, KS – Cancer is a disease that doesn’t know any boundaries. At anytime cancer can strike. It doesn’t matter whether you are a child, man, woman, grandpa, aunt, mother or father, cancer doesn’t discriminate.

BriggsAuto.Com Speedway will do their best in helping to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and educate fans and racers about cancer awareness this Saturday night, June 23.

This week’s 50/50 money will be going directly to the American Cancer Society. Racers will come out during intermission and pass their helmets around in hopes of raising more money for the American Cancer Society. Briggs Auto will get into the act by providing a special, pink Dodge Charger, pace vehicle for Saturday night’s race.

Saturday night’s action on the race track promises to be just as exciting as the previous 9 races! A total of 23 races were scheduled for the season and the competitors are rapidly closing in on the halfway mark. June 30, will be the halfway point of the season and so far the action, all the cars and the amount of excitement provided, have all exceeded everyone’s expectations.

The Washburn Tech Modified division has been a surprise in 2012. Last weekend Lyle Shepard took home his first win. He did so in impressive fashion as he had to hold off Darron Fuqua and Tim Karrick on a green, white checkered finish! Shepard became the 8th different winner in 9 feature events this year. Only last year’s track champion, Darron Fuqua, has been able to win more than once.

In contrast last season, 22 features were completed in the modified division and there were only 7 different winners! This season the entire Modified division has improved and the fans are being rewarded with great racing action.

Currently, Fuqua, who is looking for his 2nd straight championship, holds down the top spot in the point standings. Grant Junghans and a host of others are ready to knock Fuqua off the top spot.

Another big surprise this year happens to be the turn around in the White Line CDL Training B Mod class. Last year this division took a lot of criticism in the way that they performed on race nights. This season has been the exact opposites. The B Mod division is becoming a fan favorite at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

Mike Higley pulled off his 4th win of the season last Saturday night. Higley battled for several laps with Dave Samuels and Ethan Isaacs before taking the lead for good. After 7 wins a year ago and finishing just out of the top spot in the points, Higley is a man on a mission in 2012. Higley’s mission might not include a championship, but it does include as many wins as he can rack up.

Ethan Isaacs, a newcomer to the track this season, is on top of the points standings with a good margin. Isaacs has yet to pull down a win, but he rarely finishes outside of the top 5 each race night.

Jesse Shotts is getting into a groove in the the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division. For the 2nd time this season Shotts has won 2 consecutive features at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. The car that Shotts is driving is no stranger to victory lane. Over the past few years it’s a safe bet that car has won more than 30 features at HPT. As Shotts becomes more comfortable with that ride, the sky could be the limit on the number of wins he could obtain this season.

Unlike years before, there are several competitors ready to also gain a win or two in the Pure Stock class. A total of 20 cars is the norm in the division this season. After 9 races of the season, Randal Schiffelbein Jr., maintained his points lead in the Pure Stocks.

Terry Schmidt has been the most dominate driver this season at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock ace won his 6th feature of the year. Schmidt has been away from full time racing the past few years and this season he has come back with bullet. Like Shotts, Schmidt’s win last weekend was his 2nd consecutive victory. Schmidt missed the season opener and since starting on night number 2, he has won 6 of 8 feature events. As he has continued his winning ways Schmidt is the points leader at this point of the season.

Summer start times will remain in effect this weekend at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Spectator gates open up at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and the first heat goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $10, kids 12 and under are $5 and Military with an ID are always FREE at HPT. Tickets and pit passes for BriggsAuto.Com Speedway can also be purchased online by logging into their website at www.hpt.com.

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