T.J.’s Notebook: Ride Changes and Schedules Fill the Off Season

Blazin' Racing will have a new shoe for 2013. - T.J. Buffenbarger Photo

Blazin’ Racing will have a new shoe for 2013. – T.J. Buffenbarger Photo

When the day started I never would have guessed the story about Justin Henderson leaving Blazin’ Racing would pop up and get more reads in half a day than Kyle Larson’s sweep of the International Midget Car Series. From what I’ve been able to gather so far its the typical tail team and driver not seeing eye to eye on something and parted ways. Henderson had nothing bad to say about his former employers and is actively searching for a new team to drive for in 2013. The Henderson/Blazin’ Racing combination made a big splash last year with success all over the Midwest. Talking to other industry insiders this driver/team break up was a shock to virtually everyone. At this point we have no idea on who will be the new driver for Blazin’ Racing for 2013.

Jason Blonde will be back behind the wheel of the T&T/Dowker #42 for the 2013 season. - Duane Turner Photo

Jason Blonde will be back behind the wheel of the T&T/Dowker #42 for the 2013 season. – Duane Turner Photo

On the other end of the driver/team spectrum Jason Blonde informed us he is going back to the T&T Promotions / Dowker team car for the 2013 season. Blonde will drive the famous #42 car on the entire Auto Value Super Sprint circuit and select Must See Racing programs. Blonde’s former team, the Suellen Wishe owned biosbased.us sponsored entry, will have Jimmy McCune driving and maintaining the team with Geoff Kaiser also driving McCune’s team car for 2013.

Talking to World of Outlaws officials look for an announcement relatively soon about a race to be added to the schedule the Saturday after Fremont Speedway program in October.
The 2013 King of the West Series schedule is slated to be released this weekend once the final few details are finished. Look for King of the West to contest approximately two-thirds of the schedule in California while the other third will be held in Nevada. One bonus for teams with the Nevada races is the plan to have all of them be two-day programs.
Talking to Mike Strevel from the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP the schedule is starting to come together for the 2013 schedule. Look for some dates to be shuffled around with a couple of new dates signed up for 2013.

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