Kirby is convincing in IMCA All Star win at Kennedale

KENNEDALE, Texas (May 27, 2023) – Brenda Kirby wasn’t sure who was starting where behind her, but she made sure everyone finished behind her in Saturday night’s All Star Shootout Friesen Performance IMCA Modified main event. The Arizona visitor started on the pole for the headline feature at Kennedale Speedway Park and chased Californian Troy Morris III the first 10 times around the track before taking the front spot for good. She’d hold off Jake Upchurch and Chad Melton after a restart with seven laps left, earning $1,000 and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility for her first win of the season. “We weren’t even sure we were going to make the main,” the speedster from New River said, after getting into the wall while running second to Morris in their heat race. “We worked on the car right up to the end of the Stock Car feature. I watched the last five laps of the SportMod feature, went back and made some changes.” “I’m not even sure I saw the lineup. I didn’t know [Read More]


Everything is right for White in IMCA Lone Star Tour opener at Kennedale

KENNEDALE, Texas (March 4) – When Paul White was asked last fall if he’d be interested in driving an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, his answer, of course, was a resounding “Sure!” On Saturday, the questions he was answering were all about his first win in the class, on opening night of the Sunoco Race Fuels Lone Star Tour presented by Sniper Speed at Kennedale Speedway Park. “That was my first time in a Stock Car. It wasn’t a bad night to get my first win,” White said after leading the last half of the 30-lapper and taking the $1,000 checkers. “I was just tickled about it.” He’d started 11th and passed Shelby Williams for the lead following a restart at midway. White had raced Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and most recently a Smiley’s Racing Products IMCA Southern SportMod.  “My car owners P.J. Kingrey and Adam Schwartz talked me into this,” said White, who didn’t need much convincing to saddle up in the new class. “They asked if they sold their factory stock [Read More]


Gould brings broom to Kennedale for Spring Kick Off sweep

KENNEDALE, Texas (Feb. 24-25, 2023) – William Gould brought the broom to Kennedale Speedway Park’s season-opening Spring Kick Off.  The defending GRT Race Cars South Central Region, Texas State and track champion started the weekend with Friday’s $1,000 Friesen Performance IMCA Modified checkers. Looking to complete the sweep on Saturday, he paced the field back to green following a late caution with familiar foes Jake Upchurch and Jacob Pirkle lined up right behind. “I had led every lap from the pole but that caution turned the race into a dash for cash, with two of the same fast guys I raced here with last season,” Gould said. “It was good to be able to hold on for the win. The track is always good, there’s always at least two lanes, and it was fast.” That win was also good for $1,000 and was Gould’s career 181st, tying him for 12th all-time in the division with Cory Sample.  He ran his own Kerry Fryar Motorsports Gould Chassis for the first this season at KSP, after shaking down [Read More]


Rich Spring Kick Off starts season at Kennedale

KENNEDALE, Texas (Feb. 6, 2023) – All-Star qualifying features for Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are on the card both nights of Kennedale Speedway Park’s season-opening Spring Kick Off.  Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility Feb. 24 and 25 while Stock Cars run for $750 to win on Friday, $1,000 to win on Saturday and B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational eligibility each night. Top checks for Smiley’s Racing Products IMCA Southern SportMods are $600 on Friday and $1,000 on Saturday. Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts vie for $200 to win at both shows. Titan Express Transportation of Lindsay, Okla., Doug’s Auto Repair of Comanche and Kevin Speaks and Speaks Automotive of Midlothian all added to increased purses. Minimum start money for the Modifieds, Stock Cars and Southern SportMods is $100 and non-qualifier pay is $50 for Modifieds, $40 for Stocks and SportMods, and $25 for Sport Compacts.  Drivers who complete their 2023 KSP season registration pay no entry fee. Drivers can draw a [Read More]


Kennedale Speedway Park remembers Kirk Martin at 16th annual Showdown

KENNEDALE, Texas (Sept. 26, 2022) – Kennedale Speedway Park remembers a fixture in the Texas racing scene during the 16th annual Summit Racing Equipment Showdown Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The weekend Kirk Martin Memorial program sees Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds racing for $3,069 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $2,069 to win and Smiley’s Racing Products IMCA Southern SportMods for $1,569 to win.  The Modified feature is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifier with $1,500 paid for second and $1,000 for third. Minimum start money is $300. The Stock Car feature is a B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational qualifier and pays $1,069 for second and a minimum of $200 to start. The SportMod runner-up earns $1,000 with a minimum of $200 paid to start that race as well. Entry fee, if paid by Sept. 28, is $80 for Modifieds, $60 for Stock Cars and $50 for the Southern SportMods. An additional $20 will be charged for later entries.  Stephenville Starter sponsors the pit party that follows the Thursday, Sept. 29 practice. The pits open [Read More]


Smooth ride takes Mikulencak to crown at IMCA Southern SportMod Super Nationals 

KENNEDALE, Texas (Sept. 10, 2022) – His strategy was simple, once Marcus Mikulencak got to the front of Saturday’s Smiley’s Racing Products IMCA Southern SportMod Super Nationals feature field. “I tried to stay smooth and not make any mistakes,” Mikulencak said after taking the $5,000 checkers in the inaugural event at Kennedale Speedway Park. “We were pretty good up front but I figured with the competition we had that we could have company up there.” Bradley Poor and Brandon Geurin both advanced seven spots to finish second and third, respectively. Michael Dabney was a plus nine to fourth and Alex Hickham, winner of Friday’s All-Star race, ended in fifth.  Mikulencak ran fourth and then won his second qualifying heat on opening night, drawing the inside row two start for the 30-lap main.  “We didn’t make any changes in setup from Friday. We were able to get the lead early,” he said. “There were a couple cautions and we were able to get through lapped traffic pretty easy.” His career best payday included a $2,000 bonus [Read More]


Voting set Aug. 22-25 to fill All Star field at IMCA Southern SportMod Super Nationals

KENNEDALE, Texas (Aug. 18, 2022) – The starting field for the Sept. 8-10 IMCA Southern SportMod Super Nationals will be determined on the oval at Kennedale Speedway Park. Friends and fans of Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod drivers have a say, however, in deciding 16 of the 20 starters in the weekend’s All Star race. Four drivers – Rowdy Day, Michael Dabney, John Reid Jr. and Cody Smith, earned guaranteed berths in that $1,000 to win race with late May IMCA All Star Shootout feature wins. Their competition will include drivers winning at least one feature and elected to the field in balloting Aug. 22-25 through the RaceOnTexas website. “This is the chance for fans to get their favorite driver or drivers elected to start this race,” explained promoter James Lopez. “We’re updating the list of eligible drivers every Friday and expect to have votes tabulated some time in the evening on the 25th.” Divisional title sponsor Smiley’s Racing Products is also sponsor of the Southern SportMod Super Nationals, which pays $3,000 to win, a [Read More]


Barbecue, a band and bag tossing on the weekend card at IMCA Southern SportMod Super Nationals

KENNEDALE, Texas (July 21, 2022) – Even when they’re not racing for shares of a $20,000-plus purse, drivers can look forward to plenty of fun off the track at the Sept. 8-10 IMCA Southern SportMod Super Nationals. Kennedale Speedway Park and event promoter James Lopez reports that Fox Mechanical Air Conditioning & Heating out of Springtown has signed on as sponsor for the barbecue party in the pits Thursday night, with the Jeff Martin Band taking the stage that evening. The South Dallas Cornhole Club sponsors the Saturday bag tossing tournament that starts at 11 a.m. “We want to make this a fun event for drivers and fans of all ages,” said Lopez. “We’re looking at some other different things for folks to do during the weekend and will announce the when and where when we get the details ironed out.” Divisional title sponsor Smiley’s Racing Products sponsors the inaugural event, which pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Main event qualifiers take home more than $16,000 while qualifiers for the [Read More]


Super Nationals IMCA Southern SportMod style: Kennedale to host inaugural event Sept. 8-10

KENNEDALE, Texas (June 10, 2022) – Smiley’s Racing Products IMCA Southern SportMods will have a super event of their own this September. Kennedale Speedway Park hosts the Southern SportMod Super Nationals Sept. 8-10. Divisional title sponsor Smiley’s Racing Products is also sponsor of the inaugural event, which pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. “We have a ton of these cars around here and they do a great job showing up every week to support their local tracks so we wanted to have a special event like this for them,” said KSP promoter James Lopez. “Everything we get sponsorship-wise is going to go back 100 percent to the drivers.” The runner-up earns $1,500 with $1,200 paid for third, $1,100 for fourth and $1,000 for fifth. A total of $1,500 in lap money will be paid to lap leaders in the 30-lap main event. Also on the weekend card will be a $1,000 to win, $100 to start Smiley’s Racing Products All Star race. Four drivers – Rowdy Day, Michael Dabney, John [Read More]


Defending All Star Shootout champion Pirkle prevails in Kennedale IMCA Modified feature

KENNEDALE, Texas (May 28, 2022) – His consistent finishes got Jacob Pirkle the 2021 All Star Shootout title. A convincing flag-to-flag run at the front of the field got him a $1,500 Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature win in the 25-lap Shootout show Saturday night at Kennedale Speedway Park. “This is my home track, I started on the front row and I thought I had a lot to prove. Tonight was very good for us,” said Pirkle, who was running in heavy lapped traffic before halfway and was not challenged after the second of back-to-back restarts on lap 18. “I really wanted a win and tonight we got it. The track really played in my favor. I like a little cushion.” Chris Morris took the runner-up spot from Tanner Whitmire on lap 20 and finished just over a second behind Pirkle at the finish. Steven Whiteaker Jr., Whitmire and Larry Adams completed the top five.  Pirkle started racing a Southern SportMod at KSP; he’s in his third Modified season there now.  “I had no idea [Read More]