Winter Heat at Cocopah canceled for 2017; return not imminent

Winter Heat at Cocopah canceled for 2017; return not imminent

By Randy Hoeft

@YumaSunSports

Turn out the lights, the party’s over.

The global racing community will no longer be focusing its attention on this corner of the world in January with the cancellation of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.

The announcement was made Thursday by Tom Dalen, the new director of operations at Cocopah Speedway, home of the Winter Heat in 2015 and […]

‘Dream job’ for Dalen, who was named Cocopah Speedway director of ops

‘Dream job’ for Dalen, who was named Cocopah Speedway director of ops

By Randy Hoeft

@YumaSunSports

When Tom Dalen was old enough, he got a job selling Coca Cola at a dirt track near his home in North Dakota.

He earned hardly any money, however, because he spent more time watching the races than he did selling the beverage he was lugging around the grandstand.

Now, Dalen is in a position to hire others to sell […]

Lucas Oil ASCS To End Out 2016 Season At Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway

Lucas Oil ASCS To End Out 2016 Season At Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway

Photo by: www.jacksracephotos.net

TULSA, Okla. (August 2, 2016) The season finale for the 2016 Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network has been set, and will see the series return to the Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12.

The season ending event will follow the Lucas Oil ASCS […]

End The Star Spangled Weekend with a BANG!!!

End The Star Spangled Weekend with a BANG!!!

Come on out to Cocopah Speedway as we end the Star Spangled Weekend with a bang as we present our local racers match racing ,a balloon toss for the kids and end with the Demolition Derby. Gates open at 5:00pm and will conclude at 9:00pm and then head up to the parking lot to watch the fireworks from The Cocopah […]

Baldiviez does his homework, wins on final night before summer vacation

Baldiviez does his homework, wins on final night before summer vacation


By Randy Hoeft @YumaSunSports

School’s out for summer.

Out ‘til fall.

We might not come back at all.

With apologies to Alice Cooper, Yuma’s Manny Baldiviez sees things a little differently.

On the last night of racing in the 2016 Cocopah Speedway Racing Series before taking a long, 17-week summer break, Baldiviez, the defending series champion in the IMCA Stock Car Division, schooled the rest […]

Driver Appreciation Night at the Cocopah Speedway

Driver Appreciation Night at the Cocopah Speedway

Cocopah Speedway racefans come out support your favorite racecar drivers as we honor the great racers we have here at the diamond in the desert on Saturday night May 21st as we present round #7 and final race of the 1st half of the Cocopah Speedway Racing Series. Gates will open at 5:00pm as fans will be invited down to […]

Ain’t no stopping him now

Ain’t no stopping him now

By Randy Hoeft @YumaSunSports

Charles Hunt’s retirement plans are on hold.

The dirt track racer at Cocopah Speedway once proclaimed that when he won his first career feature event, he was going to hang it up.

That changed Saturday night.

“Once you get that first win you want more of them,” said a smiling Hunt from Budweiser Victory Lane after he drove off with […]

Baldiviez, Essary resume see-saw Stock Car battle Saturday night at Cocopah Speedway

Baldiviez, Essary resume see-saw Stock Car battle Saturday night at Cocopah Speedway

By Randy Hoeft @YumaSunSports

See-saw.

Look it up in the dictionary and you’ll find it reads, “an up-and-down or a back-and-forth movement or procedure.”

Look at the point standings in the IMCA Stock Car Division in the 2016 Cocopah Speedway Racing Series, and you’ll find exactly that, an up-and-down, a back-and-forth battle being waged currently between Manny Baldiviez and Joey Essary.

Since the series […]

Mothers Day @ Cocopah Speedway Saturday Night

Mothers Day @ Cocopah Speedway Saturday Night

RaceFans its bring your mother to the races night this Saturday night May 7th as we honor all the mothers in attendance with a flower while supplies last. Bring out your Mom,the family and all your friends as we enjoy a great night of racing while honoring our moms on their special day. Gates open at 5:00pm with racing starting […]

Yuma’s Ebers makes good on victory lap pledge

Yuma’s Ebers makes good on victory lap pledge

By Randy Hoeft @YumaSunSports

One way or another, Craig Ebers said he was taking a victory lap Saturday night at Cocopah Speedway.

“We hadn’t finished a race in almost a year,” Ebers said, “and I told  (race director) Lenna (Miller) before we started, ‘I don’t care if I’m last or first, I’m taking a victory lap.’”

And he did exactly that.

But then again […]