For Immediate release; May 2nd, 2016 – Dirts 4 Racing, the Ormond Beach Florida based Racing Apparel business that owns and manages the Dirts 4 Racing Hobby Stock Touring Series is proud to announce that it will be taking over the operations, management and activities of the Florida Mini Sprint Action (FMSA) Series and the United 3/4 Modifieds Series.
The D4R Hobby Stock Touring series is in its second year of racing, its current 12 race series competes at five different dirt tracks and will crown a Florida Street Stock/Hobby Stock State Champion at the end of 2016. T
he Florida Mini Sprint Action series competes at all the major dirt tracks in the State of Florida and participates in the Speedweeks Winter National events, these winged Sprint Cars utilize 600cc and 750cc motorcycle engines.
The United 3/4 Modifieds are an up and coming division with a scale model of an Open Wheel Modified race car utilizing 1000cc motorcycle engines. This great entry level class has competed on a local level in different configurations and will now become part of a traveling series.
The details of this exciting initiative will be released in the next few weeks as they are worked out. For more information stay connected with Dirts 4 Racing on Facebook or on the internet at www.Dirts4Racing.com .
1. #O7 Prescott, Jeff 2. #86 Close, Pete 3. #63 Alexander, Tim 4. #98 Martone, Bubba 5. #2c Chambers, Art 6. #5 Willis, Eric
1. #33 Maguire, Rick 2. #12 Richardson, Morris 3. #58 Welter, Larry Jr. 4. #20 Wilson, Lane 5. #5 Turner, Steve 6. #81 Mayton, John John 7. #285 Wilson, Tim 8. #37 King, Charles 9. #32 Autenrieth, Mike 10. #69 Henault, Brandon 11. #3 Valverde, Ivan 12. #1 O'Neail, Robert 13. #14 Franz, Todd DNS
1. #5 Turner, Tricia 2. #42 Fowler,Mike 3. #69 Ausburn, Tommy Sr. 4. #23 Osteen, Franklin Jr. 5. #3 Ausburn, Tommy Jr. 6. #15 Osteen, Franklin Sr. 7. #8 Bagley, Earl 8. #22 Suggs, Meaghan 9. #88 Vest, Phillip 10. #54 Turner, Steve Jr. 11. #24 Lozier, Cassie 12. #7 Lovvorn, Jason
Larry Burkins takes home the $1,000 in the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds and Shan Smith wins by inches!
(April, 30th 2016) Another great night of racing action took place at the "World's Fastest Half Mile" in Barberville, FL this past Saturday Night. The weather could not have been any better and track conditions were perfect for yet another week in the Sunshine State!
The night would start off with the Mercedes Benz of Daytona Beach Florida Limited Late Models. Paul Shead and Trevor Taylor would lead the field to the green flag as Trevor Taylor would take the early race lead by using the high side and the cushion to jump out to a reasonable lead in the races early stages. The real battle would take place for second through fifth as new coming Shan Smith, Sonny Thompson, and Ed Hill would do battle with Paul Shead for the second spot. The battle would continue on until Sonny Thompson would grab the spot away and begin the charge to chase race leader Taylor. Several caution flags would fly in the later stages of the race which would prove to be beneficiary for Shan Smith. He would use two cautions to get by Shead and Thompson on restarts and set his sites on Taylor. With only one lap remaining a final caution would fly and set the stage for a one lap dash for cash on a restart. When the green and white flew, Smith would dive to the low side and put a massive slide job on leader Trevor Taylor. Taylor would not let off the gas and ended up hitting the 17SS machine of Smith hard causing Taylor to smith out coming out of turn two with extensive damage. The field would miss Taylor for the most part, even though a two other cars spun out as the race would end with the yellow and checkered flying at the same time and Smith being declared the race winner. Thompson would come home second followed by Shead, Noah Cornman (making his first career start), and Taylor.
Next on the race lineup saw the Allen Plumbing Hobby Stock series take the green. "Shady" Grady Christian and last weeks winner Trevor Gamble would lead the field to the green flag with Trevor Gamble taking the races early lead. Christian, who has been very strong in recent weeks, did not let Gamble out of his sights as he would look under the #64 machine on numerous occasions applying constant pressure to Gamble, Further back in the field, fifth place started Donnie Ashford and seventh place starter Brian Morgan would begin to make a charge to the front of the field. Both drivers would put on a show as they would maneuver around traffic high and low in an attempt to get to Gamble. As the race slipped past half way, Ashford would get around Christian and begin to move into a battle for the lead. with just a handful of laps remaining, Gamble would get too high out of turn four and hight the wall allowing Ashford to get by on the inside. The damage to Gamble was so severe he would end up pulling off on the backstretch ending his night. With Ashford leading, Morgan would get around Christian and reel in Ashford for the race lead, but would come up short as Ashford would take home his second win of the year. Morgan came home second followed by Joe Kump, Christian and Jordan McMillon.
The headline of the night was the $1,000 to win Daytona Sportswear Modifieds as 17 cars signed into the pits. Larry Mott and Hunter Gustafson would lead the field to the green flag, but it was Garret Stewart and Larry Burkins making bold moves early on to mount a charge to the front of the field. Mott would have his hands full with an ill handling car as would go from first to nearly the back of the pack in only a handful of laps. Burkins would use this to his advantage taking the lead away from Gustafson before lap five. Stewart would get around Jim Passino and Gustafson by lap 10 and begin to reel in Burkins for the race lead. With only a few laps left, it looked like Burkins was going to cruise to a victory, but Stewart would find a little more traction to make the race interesting. As the two came to the white flag Stewart would get within a few car lengths of Burkins and make a bold dive into the final turn coming up just short of making a clean pass as Burkins would go on to with his second race of the year (First Points Win). Stewart finished second, and would also come to congratulate Burkins in victory lane saying he needed just five more laps. Hunter Gustafson would finish third followed by Dillon Buhr and Roger Crouse.
The Volusia Speedway Park Mini Stocks made their second appearance of 2016 as Candi Schmit and Dalton Walker would lead the field to green. Schmit and Walker would put on a good battle for the races first few laps before Lance Lee (driving the Action Automotive House Car #1AR) would mount a challenge for the top spot. Lee would eventually take over the lead before the sixth circuit and open up commanding lead. Brad Fender, who was making his first start in the Mini Stock division after several mechanical issues, would flex his muscle in the #69 machine working his way past Walker and challenge Schmit for second. As lap eight clicked off so did Fender's left rear tire. He would bring the races first caution out and rejoin the field after the tire change. When the green dropped again Lee would be your race leader, but Fender would start his charge back to the front. Fender once again would challenge Schmit for the second spot by lap 12 until yet another shredded left rear tire would plaque the #69 machine. Fender would bring the caution out once again and rejoin the field. With only eight laps remaining Fender would charge from the tail once again get to Schmit for the second spot. He would finally make the pass and get to leader Lee as the two went into the final turn. Fender would use the high side and get a great run off the corner to edge Lee by a foot at the stripe. Fender would go to victory lane in what looked like his first victory of 2016, but in post race tech he was found to be light by roughly 10lbs. Fender had also overheated his engine while running to the front and had no water left in his radiator causing the #69 to be light at the scales. The win would the revert back to Lee with Schmitt in second followed by Walker, Jim Nichols, and Corey Heaney.
The final Race of evening saw a 28 car starting field for the Integrity Painting V8 Thunderstocks. Starting on the front row saw Bubba Durbin and 2015 track champion Alan Peacock lead the field to green. As the two entered the first turn it was Durbin in his Tony Laporta owned #3T jumping out to an early lead. Peacock would settle for second, but it was a heated battle between him Brett Carlton and Ronnie Ponce for the second spot. Ponce would manage to slip by both drivers on the inside lane and set his sights on Durbin while Peacock and Carlton would battle for third. As the laps would click off the battles ensued all over the race track as Ponce applied serious pressure on Durbin and Carlton applied pressure on Peacock. Further on back found David Showers Jr., winner of the past three races, begin to mount his charge from 15th to the front. Just before half way tho Showers would end up bringing out the first caution flag while he was attempting an inside pass in turn one. When the green flag flew Durbin would jump out to the lead over Ponce, but Ponce would not let the #3T out of his sights as he would show his door several times in an attempt to gain the race lead. As the laps clicked away so did the time to strike. Carlton, who still was in a heated battle with Peacock would loose the handling on his #22C off turn two bringing out yet another caution. This time the field would restart single file and Durbin would continue to lead with Ponce on his bumper. Showers Jr. would also be on the move after bringing out a caution and being involved in a wreck as he would use the high line to crack back inside the top ten with six laps remaining. As the field came down to the white flag Showers Jr. would make a bold pass for fourth getting around Kent Corbin as Ponce took one last look under Durbin into turn one. Durbin would pull Ponce off two as Showers Jr. would make a run at Peacock for second. At the stripe it was Durbin winning by a car length over Ponce followed by Peacock, Showers Jr., and Corbin.
This coming weekend, May 7th, marks Mothers Day. All mothers in attendance will receive a $5.00 admission into the races as we will also have food specials! The Pit Gate and Drive Thru Gate both open at 4:00pm with the Main Gate opening at 5:00pm. Racing will start at 7:30pm sharp!
We hope to see you all there this weekend for another great night of racing action!
Mercedes Benz of Daytona Beach Florida Limited Late Models - (12 Cars)
Kyle Bronson Wins Late Models & Open Wheel Modifieds At East Bay Raceway Park
GIBSONTON — At East Bay Raceway it was Kyle Bronson winning both the Late Model and Gagel’s Open Wheel Modified features. Zack Amundsen won his first feature in the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Street Stocks, Tommy Hill won the V8 Warrior feature and Jeff Lacey won in the Motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers.
In the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Street Stocks 15-lap feature it was Zack Amundsen winning his first feature passing Tim Gay for the win on the final lap. Ronnie Heard would finish in the third spot.
In the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds 15-lap feature it was Kyle Bronson picking up the win over Steven Miller and Austin Sanders.
In the V8 Warriors 15-lap feature it was Tommy Hill picking up the victory over Raymond Vann and Juston Meeks for third.
In the Late Models 30-lap feature it was Kyle Bronson taking home his second win of the night over Keith Nosbisch for second and Jack Nosbisch, Jr. for third.
For the Motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers 15-lap feature it was Jeff Lacey winning his second feature of the year over Robert Kissam for second and his brother Wayne for third.
Action continues next Saturday Mother’s Day Weekend it will be the Late Models, East Bay Sprints, Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Street Stocks, and Motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers. For information, visit eastbayracewaypark.com or call 813-677-7223.
EAST BAY RACEWAY-Saturday’s results
Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds (15-lap feature)
1. 40b Kyle Bronson 2. 8s Steve Miller 3. 64 Austin Sanders 4. 88 David Pollen, Jr. 5. 47 Bill Howard, Sr. 6. 00 Buzzie Reutimann 7. 08 Drew Jackson 8. 22 Dale Kelley 9. 15 Paul Rivall 10. 18 Eric Moon 11. 47z John Zuidema, Jr. 12. 49 Randy Shields 13. 8M Matt Miller 14. 88B Bob Johnston
Late Models (30-laps)
1. 40b Kyle Bronson 2. 02 Keith Nosbisch 3. 11j Jack Nosbisch, Jr. 4. 03 Phillip Cobb 5. 11 Doug Horton 6. 21P Josh Peacock 7. 311 Kenny Monahan 8. 6 Adam Boyd 9. 55 Brian Johnson (DNS)
Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Street Stocks (15-lap feature)
1. 20 Zack Amundsen 2. 90 Tim Gay 3. 100 Ronnie Heard 4. 55 Buck Woodhouse 5. 75 Billy Barstow 6. 28 Scott Gullett 7. X Rick Martin 8. 51 Allen Bailey 9. 13b Thomas Burnside (DNS)
V8 Warriors (15-laps)
1. 5H Tommy Hill 2. 32 Raymond Vann 3. 10 Juston Meeks 4. 55R Roy Woodhouse 5. 12j Jason Burnside 6. 99M Michael Hart 7. 73 Jeremy Simpson 8. 44 Wesley Livernois 9. 23 Gary Lucas 10. 15 Bill Whitney 11. 09 Jessica Robbins 12. 26 Jeff Weaver (DSN) 13. 51 Ronald Smith (DNS)
Motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers (15-laps)
1. 48p Jeff Lacey 2. 911 Robert Kissam 3. 07 Wayne Kissam 4. 22 George Handy 5. 813 Stephen Morris 6. 99G Kevin Grant 7. 01 Steve Ashmore 8. 16 Randy Tyler 9. 22A James Grooms 10. 3 Bubba Puyear 11. 97 Bernard Benetz 12. 24 David Wilber 13. 17 Jimmy Bargo 14. 7 James McPeak 15. 4 Kayla Jones
Pos. Car No. Driver 1 2k Devin Kyle 2 2 Robert Crisp 3 70n Marty Neikens 4 77 Rick Haugh 5 66 Dennis Cantara 6 80x Chad Cummings 7 96 Mike Thuerk 8 A5 Thomas Meyer 9 02 John Stewart 10 06 Billy Walker 11 T4 Darrell Taylor 12 11 Billy Carlbert Jr. 13 25w Cody Williams 14 7 Justin Amspaugh 15 54 Ryan Thompson Jr -DNS
Mini Stock Figure 8s
Pos. Car No. Driver 1 1m Shane Grigsby 2 2b Art Calkins 3 1 Jason Lester 4 21 JR Meyer 5 184 Ron Sorensen Sr 6 13 Sean Moore 7 84 Ronnie Sorensen Jr 8 24 Cody Williams 9 31 Robert Appling Jr 10 16 Rodney Growe 11 98 Larry Crisp 12 15 Mica Moore-DQ Tech 13 07a Matt Rumsey-DNS 14 7 Ken Smith -DNS
1. #111 Patrick Thomas 2. #71 Earl Beckner 3. #1 Derrick Wood 4. #86 Richard Goodrich 5. #10 Sandy Lee 6. #00 Austin Carr 7. #37 Kenner Brown 8. #07 Ron Lufcy 9. #38 Ron Gustafson 10. #16 David LeBeau 11. #21 Mike Dahm 12. #55 Michael Held 13. #28 Brandon Christian 14. #9 Kody Jett 15. #60 Richard Fiore DNS 16. #67 Colin Allman DQ (Illegal cross member and Scalloped Pressure Plate)
Open Wheel Modifieds
1. #66 Jerry Symons 2. #4B Alan Bruns 3. #15 Tank Tucker 4. #96 Matt Wheeler 5. #9 Art Kunzeman 6. #76 Jim Higginbotham 7. #98 Matt Jarrett 8. #3 Greg Bryce 9. #21 Mike Dahm 10. #55 Shain Held DNS
1. #1x Robbie Yoakam 2. #71 Ted Vulpius 3. #8 Jamie Dixson 4. #1 David Russell 5. #6 Mark Broat 6. #35 Bobby Dooley
1. #180 Richard Tyner 2. #10 Joe Hamilton 3. #03 Aaron Overman 4. #07 Mike Scannell 5. #21x Mac McDonald 6. #00 Matt Thornton
Roderick Makes Triumph Return to Pensacola, Outduels Smith for Universal Fabricators 125 Win
by Chuck Corder
Nothing like a trip to Victory Lane to unmuddle any lingering uncertainty. Earlier this month, Casey Roderick didn’t know what the future looked like for his Super Late Model program. The defending Deep South Crane Blizzard Series champion knew he’d be racing the Graham Motorsports No. 7, but how much remained a mystery.
Roderick made an emphatic statement Friday night in the Universal Fabricators 125, the Blizzard Series season opener run in conjunction with the Southern Super Series, and erased all doubt concerning his track title defense at Five Flags Speedway. “We’re gonna run all of ’em again,” Roderick proudly announced with the checkered flag and winner’s trophy resting next to him. “This gives us a good baseline and it’s looking real good.”
With the formidable Ricky Turner calling the shots on his SLM program and the indomitable Ronnie Sanders guiding Roderick in Pro Late Models, the Lawrenceville, Ga., native has two of short-track racing’s most accomplished minds. The 23-year-old driver made it a clean sweep Friday. Roderick out-qualified the 27-car field (16.490 seconds), then outraced runner-up Casey Smith over the final 50 laps to score the win in his Southern Super Series season debut.
California teen Zane Smith rounded out the podium in third. “We’ve struggled a little bit this season, so I’m stoked to be back to normal,” said Zane Smith, who finished second at last year’s Snowball Derby. “I’d be insanely happy if we were where (Roderick) is, but it is what it is. Hats off to my guys for working their butts off in this insane heat.” Kyle Busch Motorsports wunderkind William Byron ran in the top-five for much of the race, but finished a disappointing seventh. Bubba Pollard had to fight and feather hard to come home fourth.
It marked the third race overall for the four-year-old Southern Super Series, which makes stops at some of the southeast’s most iconic tracks. Young gun Ty Majeski and veteran Donnie Wilson took home checkereds in the first two events at South Alabama Speedway and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, respectively. The Universal Fabricators 125 quickly became a two-horse race between Roderick and Casey Smith. After Kyle Grissom, a winner at Pensacola’s high banks last season, started from the pole, Casey Smith took over P1 just four laps in. The lead changed hands three times between Roderick and Casey Smith with the eventual winner taking control for good with less than 50 laps remaining.
As the pair approached lapped traffic on Lap 77, Casey Smith backed off his lead coming out of Turn No. 2 and Roderick seized the opportunity. “Me and Casey (Roderick) were just riding around out there, running our own pace,” Casey Smith explained, “and I let him go, thinking we’d be able to run him down. We had a good car, but not that good, I guess. Man, we were slick there at the end.” The race stayed green for the first century, safe for one caution. But, it took three restarts to get the scoreboard to flip from 100, as the home stretch made the field a bit more anxious to crack the top-10.
On the last restart with 100 completed laps, Roderick had Smith on his outside. The pair made one full revolution door-to-door before Roderick finally cleared Casey Smith at the flags stand. Roderick quickly drove away from Casey Smith and the rest of the bewildered field. “I tell you what, we had a really good car,” Roderick reflected. “This is the best car I’ve ever had here. We’ve been working hard to get this thing better.”
Blizzard Series Super Late Models 125
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 7 7CR Casey Roderick Lawrenceville , Ga 50.00 2 4 99s Casey Smith Austin , Tx 48.00 3 5 77S Zane Smith Huntington Beach, Ca 46.00 4 6 26BP Andrew (bubba) Pollard Senoia , Ga 44.00 5 1 31 Kyle Grissom Concord , Nc 42.00 6 10 2W Donnie Wilson Oklahoma City, Ok 40.00 7 3 9B William Byron Charlotte , Nc 38.00 8 11 1MG Mike Garvey Pensacola , Fla 36.00 9 13 14D Chris Davidson Pearland , Tx 34.00 10 2 5B Quinnton Bear Avon , In 32.00 11 12 98C Kenzie Ruston Mooresville , Nc 30.00 12 27 12JB Harrison Burton Huntersville , Nc 28.00 13 21 11R David Rogers Orlando , Fl 26.00 14 24 43 Dennis Schoenfeld Van Buren, Ar 24.00 15 20 79KB Kyle Bryant Navarre , Fl 22.00 16 23 01S Derek Scott Jr. Franklin , Tx 20.00 17 15 22N Trevor Noles Fuquay-varina , Nc 18.00 18 16 97 Cole Anderson Northfield , Mn 16.00 19 14 20R Cole Rouse Ft. Smith, Ar 14.00 20 9 58 Tyler Ankrum Colton , Ca 12.00 21 8 14L Ryan Luza Cypress , Tx 10.00 22 19 9T Travis Sauter Madison , Wi 10.00 23 18 10C Ryan Crane Panama City, Fl 10.00 24 25 5GA Garret Archer Kent , Wa 10.00 25 26 99 Wayne Niedecken, Jr. Milton , Fl 10.00 26 22 29 Matthew Wragg Gillsville , Ga 10.00
Super Late Models Qualifying
1 7 Casey Roderick 16.490 2 9B William Byron 16.492 3 99S Casey Smith 16.559 4 31 Kyle Grissom 16.560 5 26 Bubba Pollard 16.574 6 14L Ryan Luza 16.594 7 5B Quinnton Bear 16.618 8 77 Zane Smith 16.619 9 58 Tyler Ankrum 16.623 10 2W Donnie Wilson 16.628 11 1 Mike Garvey 16.653 12 98 Kenzie Ruston 16.668 13 14 Chris Davidson 16.670 14 20 Cole Rouse 16.686 15 22 Trevor Noles 16.708 16 97 Cole Anderson 16.716 17 11B Logan Boyett 16.740 18 10 Ryan Crane 16.746 19 9 Travis Sauter 16.758 20 79 Kyle Bryant 16.760 21 11 David Rogers 16.800 22 29W Matthew Wragg 16.807 23 01 Derek Scott Jr 16.828 24 43 Dennis Schoenfeld 16.849 25 5A Garret Archer 16.855 26 99N Wayne Niedecken Jr 16.888 27 12 Harrison Burton 16.939
Beef “O” Brady’s Pro Trucks 40
Taylor Jorgensen hasn’t wasted any time in making a first impression. Jorgensen has made two trips this season to Five Flags Speedway and the famed half-mile asphalt oval’s fans are quickly falling head over heels for the 19-year-old driver. The feeling seems to be mutual. Each time Jorgensen has come to Pensacola, the Pro Trucks division rookie has celebrated by taking a checkered flag back home to Stockbridge, Ga.
Jorgensen took the lead on Lap 21 on Friday and withstood a feisty finish to claim the 40-lap feature. More improbably, Friday also marked just the second time Jorgensen, a Legends car champion, has been in a full-bodied car. “I’m so appreciative to be in Victory Lane for the second time in my second race,” an elated Jorgensen said. “I have the best team behind me. I’m so thankful to everybody that helps out on this truck.”
Howard Langahm and Eric Wallace rounded out the podium, respectively, but that was only after Okie Mason and Brian Weimer caused a major mess on the final turn of the white-flag lap. Mason and Weimer, who each held the lead before Jorgensen wrestled away control Friday, were in a white-knuckle battle for second in the closing laps. Their beating and banging finally came to a head when the pair exited Turn No. 3 and headed for Turn No. 4. Less than a quarter-mile from the checkered flag, Weimer made a last-ditch effort to claim second.
Instead, his nose caught Mason’s bumper and Weimer sent the longtime Five Flags champion into the outside wall. Mason was in no-man’s land and took a hard hit from a charging truck that failed to react fast enough. Weimer wasn’t spared either, as the defending Beef “O” Brady’s Pro Trucks track champion ended up facing the wrong way and was at the mercy of oncoming trucks to avoid him, which most could not. The fireworks didn’t end there for Mason and Weimer. In the pits, near the tech shed, their crews had to be separated by track and law enforcement officials after punches flew.
It was an aggressive second race of the season for the Pro Trucks, quickly rising as one of the more popular fields at Pensacola’s high banks. The 19-car field mixed it up from the opening green flag with trucks in the top six see-sawing positions in the first dozen laps. Mason took the lead on Lap 11, but Weimer overtook him two laps later with Jorgensen right on his tail. The fearless teenager made her move on the back stretch, making it three-wide with Mason and Weimer, as she was bound and determined to get to clean air. Jorgensen cleared them just past the halfway point and never looked back. “I knew we needed to get out front,” she said. “I had to make it three-wide because it was time to get to the lead.
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 9 3J Taylor Jorgensen Stockbridge , Ga 50.00 2 16 1 Howard Langham Irvington , Al 48.00 3 4 02W Eric Wallace Gold Hill, Nc 46.00 4 10 8N Edward Nastasi Houston , Tx 44.00 5 11 36 Rodney Benefield Flowery Branch, Ga 42.00 6 12 46P Jarrett Parker Molino , Fl 40.00 7 7 14 Connor Okrzesik Grand Bay, Al 38.00 8 14 R18 Jessie Reid Eight Mile, Al 36.00 9 17 22 Matthew Jackson Citronelle , Al 34.00 10 18 26 Chris Comalander, Jr. - 32.00 11 8 12H Adam Haugh Leander , Tx 30.00 12 6 6 Okie Mason Kushla , Al 28.00 13 5 40 Brian Weimer Cumming , Ga 26.00 14 15 41 Jerry Goff, Jr. Lucedale , Ms 24.00 15 1 95 Chris Comalander Beaumont , Tx 22.00 16 2 52 Eric Courville Gonzalas , La 20.00 17 13 46 Ricky Vice Moss Point, Ms 18.00 18 3 5C Donald Crocker Citronelle , Al 16.00
The Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen
Steve Buttrick rarely needs directions to Victory Lane. He often is the class of The Dock on Pensacola Beach Sportsmen field without any help from the competition. But Buttrick’s night got a whole lot easier Friday when Brannon Fowler, his chief rival in the division, was involved in a three-car pileup on the opening lap.
That accident decimated a third of the field and opened the door for Buttrick, who passed close friend Johnny Greene Jr. on Lap 11, to claim his second 25-lap feature victory in as many outings. “When half the field is wadded up on the first lap, there’s not much out there,” Buttrick said. “I made some changes to car tonight, but I didn’t like them very much. I’ll have to go back and work the other way. It was good racing tonight. I had fun.”
The crash ended not only Fowler’s evening, but the nights of a very perturbed Billy Hoover and Hunter Lambert. The trio was essentially three-wide from the drop of the opening green flag. They stayed congested around the speedway until they entered Turn No. 3 where all hell broke loose and the three cars careened into the outside wall.
Robert Balkum’s valiant effort nearly paid off. Trying to end the stranglehold Mobile-area drivers have on the Butler U-Pull-It Bombers series, Balkum couldn’t quite time his move before running out of time in the 20-lap feature.
Instead, David Johnson continued the Alabama winning streak and scored his first trip to Victory Lane at Five Flags Speedway since his win last season. “I have to thank Robert Balkum because he didn’t turn us around, and he could’ve several times,” Johnson said. Johnson did a tremendous job to block each one of Balkum’s advances to the front. Balkum’s runner-up finish was his best result this season and Robert Loper came home third. “I guess I’m a second kinda guy,” a frustrated Balkum said. “David had a fast hotrod, but I know I had a fast car, too.”
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 8 11 David Johnson Mobile , Al 50.00 2 7 B52 Robert Balkum Pensacola , Fl 48.00 3 5 15L Robert Loper Irvington , Al 46.00 4 12 91D Sarah Dority Pensacola , Fl 44.00 5 3 71B Tommie Blocker Irvington , Al 42.00 6 4 56 Kerner Kafka Pensacola , Fl 40.00 7 10 22M John Kevin Merritt Pensacola , Fl 38.00 8 14 24B Caleb Burkett Pensacola , Fl 36.00 9 11 95 Robert Riley Gulf Breeze, Fl 34.00 10 9 80 Zack Jordan Pensacola , Fl 32.00 11 1 5 Derek "kane" Long Bay Minette, Al 30.00 12 6 11L William (bj) Leytham Mobile , Al 28.00 13 13 78 Timothy Wilmot Cantonment , Fl 26.00 14 2 29 Matt Thompson Wilmer , Al 24.00
Not even six months away from Desoto Speedway could slow down Jesse Dutilly.
Dutilly, who won several Super Late Model starts over the course of the 2015 season at Desoto, took the lead on a restart just prior to the halfway point and drove off to the victory in the Sunoco Challenge Series' Remembering Butch Lindley 115. Lindley was a former NASCAR competitor who was severely injured in an accident in an All-Pro Series Race at Desoto Speedway in 1985.
A four-car inversion put Jonathan Guy on the pole and fast-qualifier Joe Boyd on the outside of the front row for the 115-lap main event. Winchell and Guy battled for the top spot for the opening laps, with Winchell grabbing the top spot at the end of the ninth lap.
Dutilly got by Guy for second on lap 12 and began cutting down on Winchell's lead. He caught Winchell at the 20-lap mark and spent the next 27 laps stalking the leader around the 3/8-mile oval. Boyd joined the lead battle and right behind the lead duo when the caution flew for Mike Franklin's spin on lap 48.
Dutilly used the outside line to his advantage and took the lead from Winchell on the lap 52 restart.
“That was my chance,” Dutilly said. “Joe was racing me awful hard – which he should have been since he was in the lead. I thought I had him a couple of times before, but he just shut the door on me. That's good, hard short track racing.”
“It's an honor to lead these races and when you get someone like Jesse behind you, you don't want to roll over for them,” Winchell added. “I wanted to make him work for it...and I did.”
The Bradenton driver was over a mile per hour faster than the rest of the field and had built nearly a straightaway lead before another caution flew for an accident involving Richie Anderson and Tyler Scofield on lap 65.
Boyd moved to the outside for what would be the final restart on lap 68, but Dutilly got away at the flag and used lapped traffic to pull away from Boyd over the final, caution-free 47 laps on his way to the win.
“The car was just awesome tonight,” Dutilly said in victory lane. “We couldn't be more excited. These guys are getting faster and closing the gap.”
Winchell, Guy and Devin McCleod rounded out the top five.
The Desoto/Auburndale Sportsman Series was also on hand for its first appearance of the season in the No Drama, Just Fast 50-lap feature. Just three laps into the event, Mike Smith and Earl Beckner got together just behind leader Brooke Storer and triggered a major crash on the front stretch that involved at least half a dozen cars, including fast qualifiers George Gorham and Jason Rendell. All drivers involved escaped injury.
Patrick Thomas got by Storer on the restart and was quickly joined at the front of the field by Colin Allman. The pair ran side-by-side in a battle for the lead for a couple of laps before Allman cleared Thomas for the top spot on lap 12.
Allman survived a couple of restarts and led the rest of the way on his way to the win. Thomas was second, while Storer held off Roger Welsh and Roberth Kuhn in a battle for third.
In other action Saturday night, Jeff Firestine led from green to checker on his way to the win in the 25-lap Take Aim Gun Range Street Stock feature; Kenny Gibson helps off a late charge from Carl Thompson to win the 25-lap Bomber feature; and Blaine Baer took the victory in the 25-lap LKQ Pick-Your-Part Pure Stock feature.
Desoto Speedway is closed next weekend and will return to action on May 7 with the twin 50-lap features for the ADMO Open Wheel Modifieds along with 40-lap features for the Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Modified Minis, Mini Stocks and Outlaw Modifieds.
Sunoco Challenge Super Late Models 115
1. 30 Jessie Dutilly 2. 5 Joe Boyd - Fast time 3. 15 Joe Winchell 4. 42 Johnathan Guy 5. 21 Devon McCleod 6. 128 Dylan Bigley 7. 51 Michael Atwell 8. 20 Anthony Sergi 9. 8 D.J. Hoezle 10. 25 Paul White 11. 15l Sean Lemaster 12. 57 John Coffman 13. 07 Tyler Scofield 14. 51r Richie Anderson 15. 12D Mike Franklin 16. 56 Robert Ford 17. 28 Billy Bigley 18. 13 Scott Walter D.N.S. 19. 14 Martin Maresca D.N.S. 20. 67 Colin Allman D.N.S. 21. 38 Shane Sawyer D.N.S.
1. 67 Colin Allman 2. 111 Patrick Thomas 3. 9 Brooke Storer 4. 98 Roger Welch 5. 78 Robert Kuhn 6. 16 Tim Sozio 7. 111b Josh Borem 8. 172 Joey Sims 9. 71 Earl Beckner 10. 45 Mike Kerrivan 11. 4 Rick Reed 12. 25 Timothy Todd 13. 10 Jeff Firestine 14. 28 Mike Smith 15. 157 Jason Rendell 16. 03 George Gorham
1. 10 Jeff Firestine 2. 7 Danny Caylor 3. 11 Travis Barfield 4. 91 Ander Jackson 5. 93 Kenny Gibson 6. 4m Matt McCreary 7. 74 Bobby Huffstutler 8. 01 Bobby Diester 9. 4p Donnie Powers 10. 20 Claudio Reyes 11. 75 Garrett Thompson 12. 51m Scott McKay 13. 92 Ted Head 14. 88 Brandon Duchscher 15. 51c Jarrett Cornell 16, 40 Scott Finch 17. 12 Jimmy Frazer 18. 63 Kyle Best 19. 23Todd Brown 20. 27 Chris Oliver D.N.S.
1. 7b Blaine Baer 2. 17 Ryan Meiser 3. 3 Sherry Best 4. 72 Roger Dufrense 5. 42 Bill Osborne 6. 57 Aaron Holmes 7. 38 Jeff Gustafson 8. 7x Josh Todd 9. 57L Logan Leonard 10 67 Jimmie Best 11. 51 Scott McKay D.Q. 12. 9 Bronson Lawson DNS
1. 23 Kenny Gibson 2. 75 Carl Thompson 3. 42 Randy Radley 4. 382 Zach Briggs 5. 88 Jamie Castleberry 6. 14 Adam Briggs 7. 22 Ann Marie Ricardi 8. 05 Buddy Phillips 9. 38 Nick Malverty 10. 57 Aaron Holmes 11. 63 Kris Bridges 12. 7TJosh Todd
Galbreath finds way back to NFS Victory Lane Collins, Walker, Scranton, Caudill also take checkers
by Rob Lee
LAKE CITY, Fla. (April 23) – A former track champion got reacquainted with North Florida Speedway Saturday evening. Justin Galbreath started seventh, glued his PC Cycle/Discount Towing/ Impressive Chassis to the bottom groove and methodically picked his way to the Open Wheel Modified checkered flag. “It’s great to be back,” Galbreath said in Victory Lane. “We were able to use the bottom and the car was good.” The Panama City driver’s final hurdle was Jason Garver with five circuits to go in the 15-lapper.
The last NFS OWM winner Garrett Stewart also made it by for second at the end. Wesley Duboise and Jim Passino rounded out the top five. Stewart kept his streak alive of not finishing outside the top four during the regular season. Galbreath, the 2014 NFS champ, was leading the heat race when the car sharply turned right entering turn three. “Up there a bolt behind the brake came loose and that’s what happened. We were able to get it fixed.”
The “Chase” was on in the Florida Outlaw EMod Series. Chase Collins, that is. He started outside row two, grabbed the lead early and went on to win the 15-lap finale to top a 20-car field. Shane Taylor tried a couple different lanes to attempt to get by, but Collins’ ride was too tough. The drive of the night was by Jason Garver. The Starke, Fla. ace had to restart at the rear on lap three and climbed back to the show position by the end. Brandon Wells and Dale Graham came next. Eighteen-year old Trey Pearson, son of Earl Pearson, Jr., made his EMod debut. He was the first car out of the feature, but was tops in one of three heat races.
Heath Walker climbed the banks and dropped down low both before passing son Devin Walker. He then cruised to the Hobby Stock 15-lap win. Devin held off Tyler Sistrunk by a bumper at the checkered flag with Jerry Fortner and Georgian John Phillips following.
Chad Scranton kept his perfect record with his new Thunder Stock car intact. He started seventh, had the point early and kept it for the remainder of the 15-lap feature for his second win in two starts with the car. It was his first at NFS. Willard Driggers was digging hard at the end, but could not close the disadvantage. Andy Olson won a superb back and forth, inside and outside battle with Bryar Zimmerman for third. Frank Premorel debuted his new ride and took fifth.
Seth Caudill, Jr. made it two straight in the 12-lap Box Stock feature. Shannon Lang started P2 and led every lap, but was disqualified following post-race technical inspection. Caudill started in row four and moved by everyone else. Ryan Newman, Curtis Robertson, Randy Newman and Garrett Risner followed.
The Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association wowed the appreciative crowd with 14 vintage racers. Winners were Steve Parrish (six cylinder vintage), Darren Nichols (eight cylinder vintage) and Dave Cash (Sprint Cars).
Action returns to NFS Saturday May 7 featuring point leader Cole Exum and the Southern Thunder Late Model Series, Florida Outlaw Micro Sprint Series, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks and Box Stocks. Front gates open at 5 p.m. with racing set for 7. Saturday May 14 is Fan Appreciation Night with free grandstand admission to watch four classes of stock cars. For more information log on to northfloridaspeedway.com, the track’s Facebook page or call 386-754-8800.
Open Wheel Modifieds
1: 141 Justin Galbreath 2: 67 Garrett Stewart 3: 27 Jason Garver 4: X Wesley Duboise 5: 34 Jim Passino 6: 15 Hunter Gustafson 7: 83 Shawn Taylor 8: 17 Caleb Harris
Florida Outlaw E-Modifieds
1: 81 Chase Collins 2: 82 Shane Taylor 3: 27 Jason Garver 4: 39 Brandon Wells 5: 14 Dale Graham 6: 50 Dale Markham 7: 52 Ben Hoden 8: 18H Dylan Hurston 9: 55 Donnie Gray 10: 29 Marvin Hassell 11: 12 Joey Parks 12: 5 Dylan Crews 13: 95 James Edgley 14: 20K Nick Kirkus 15: 36 Wayne Conley 16: 4 Kenny Wells 17: 18R Dalton Rathel 18: 31 Donnie Hall 19: 21 Corey Crews 20: 46 Trey Pearson
1: 55 Heath Walker 2: Nine Devin Walker 3: 37 Tyler Sistrunk 4: F16 Jerry Fortner 5: 1P John Phillips 6: 08 William Edwards 7: 1R Buddy Rohn
1: 4jr Chad Scranton 2: 21 Willard Driggers 3: 13 Andy Olson 4: OOZ Bryar Zimmerman 5: 7 Frank Premorel 6: 44 Charlie Seroki 7: 30 Kris Salyards 8: 65 John Windham 9: 22 Nelda King 10: 15 Trey Spradley 11: 6 Wade Shrowder 12: 19 Brad Nixon 13: B27 Ethan Butts 14: 98c Dale Graham 15: 26 Cliff Bellomy 16: 58 Justin Wilson
1: 48 Shannon Lang 2: c2 Seth Caudill, Jr 3: 22 Ryan Newman 4: 20 Curtis Robertson 5: 99 Randy Newman 6: 22jr Garrett Risner 7: 9 Brandon Givens 8: 7 Damion Brown 9: 71 James Deese 10: 72 Walker Windham 11: 07 Jeffrey Creamer 12: 02 Steve Masters 13: 49 Kenny Berry 14: 69 Zach Harmon
1: 38 Steve Parrish 2: 22 Tom McDonald 3: 75 Rocky Buckles 4: 3 Charlie Mission 5: 63 Dave Davis
1: 6x Darren Nichols 2: 61 Richie Iversen 3: 1 Ronnie Rohn 4: 97 Tommy Gamble 5: 4K Louis Brashear
1: 98 Dave Cash 2: 1 3: 4x4 Jimmy Mittner 4: 15 Josh Rynd
BECCA MONOPOLI TAKES SOUTHERN PRO TRUCK WIN AT ORLANDO SPEEDWORLD
by Dave Westerman
Oval track racing finally returned to Orlando SpeedWorld Sunday afternoon with some great action held in near-perfect weather conditions. The headlining event was a 50-lap contest for the Southern Pro-Am Truck Series and these drivers would not disappoint the fans as they put on a great show.
Thirteen Trucks signed in to do battle but Randy Leonard had to shove his machine back in the trailer after breaking a rear end during hot laps. The likable driver from Lake Placid was obviously disappointed but stayed around to help out and cheer on the other race teams. Lakeland's Cody McDuffie set quick time at 15.61 seconds driving the David Hartin Race Cars/Southern Air Compressor Service Chevrolet followed closely by the 15.64 lap of 15-year-old Cole Partelo of St. Petersburg. Becca Monopoli, veteran Joe Winchell and Chad Chastain rounded out the top five in time trials.
The top six qualifiers were inverted for the start placing Big Donnie Burkhalter on the pole flanked by Chastain who zipped out to an early lead. Burkhalter began to slip back in the field as Monopoli quickly moved to second spot by lap seven. Fast qualifier McDuffie suddenly pulled off the track during the ninth lap as the transmission broke in his machine. The first yellow flag was displayed on lap 14 as Brent Tyler spun coming off turn four.
On the restart, Winchell got by Monopoli for second but Becca returned the favor on lap 21. Taylor Moxley was now on the move taking third from Winchell on lap 27 after starting eighth. The battle was on now between Chastain and Monopoli for the top spot and they began a close but clean bit of racing that eventually culminated in some body work being knocked off Chastain's truck causing a debris caution on lap 38. Chastain's crew had spent the morning fixing the right side of his Truck and replacing the fenders after a rough evening the night before at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton.
Chastain and Monopoli resumed their battle on the restart and yet more stuff was left on the track as the left front fender of Monopoli's machine was now flapping in the wind. As the race resumed again, Monopoli ducked low into the lead as Chastain was obviously fighting a very loose truck. On lap 40, Chastain slapped the back stretch wall but held on as Winchell spun into the infield trying to avoid everything. Winchell's machine ended up stuck in a small mud-filled ditch and it had to be slowly pulled out by the Tim's Automotive wrecker crew. After shaking off most of the mud, Winchell returned to action.
The final ten laps ran off without a hitch as Monopoli easily breezed to the victory. Moxley nearly got by Chastain for second but he recovered and held on to take the runner-up spot with Moxley taking the checker with an apparent hard-fought third place finish. However, she was disqualified in tech after it was found her machine had gun-drilled axles that are illegal in the Southern Pro-Am Truck Series. "I'm pretty sure my dad (her truck owner and crew chief Ricky Moxley) was aware of that rule, so it goes to say I'm a bit upset. It's going to be a very silent ride home, I think," she said with a bit of a chuckle.
That moved Partelo up to a nice third place finish trailed by a resurgent Winchell and yet another young lady driver, Taylor Hosford. Daniel Miller of Tavares dominated the Outlaw Pro Challenge Series feature taking the lead from Randy Glick on lap three. Miller held off heat race winner Jarrett Snowden the rest of the way with Glick hanging on for third ahead of Steve Greenwell, Sene Capps and Pete Briggs who bout the only caution of the race when he broke an axle and spun on lap four.
Ron McCreary of Vero Beach drove his Billy Cuddy Painting Buick to victory in the V-8 Bomber feature that ended up with a wild tangle on the last lap that allowed Crash Tyner to sneak into a second place finish with his big Lincoln. Charlie King recovered from the last lap skirmish to claim third ahead of Wes Railing, Aaron Overman, Brian Millar, Bruce Gayton and Cheyenne Sullivan.
Zachary Curtis and his latest Saturn race car continued his domination of the Four Cylinder Bombers as he led all but the opening circuit in claiming the win. Greg Bruce was second ahead of Shane Sutorus, William Hindman Tyler Jewer, Thomas Melnick, Troy Gregory, Jarrett Farrell, Travis Lewis, Mike Hanna, Matt Loomis and Kendra Gregory.
The Bomber classes got to race for a bit of extra cash courtesy of Old School Racing, DWG Enterprises, INc of Melbourne, Ocean Water & Breakers Irrigation System Repairs of Casselberry and Amsoil dealer James Moore of St. Cloud. Vintage Modified winners were Larry Larivee and Kelly Jarrett.
SOUTHERN PRO-AM TRUCK SERIES OFFICIAL FINISH - 4/10/16:
1) Becca Monopoli, Lakeland #59X 2) Chad Chastain, Alva #36 3) Cole Partelo, St. Petersburg #9 4) Joe Winchell, Dade City #52 5) Taylor Hosford, Madison #13 6) Derek Pugh West Palm Beach #3 7) Raymond Donner III, Chuluota #M7 8) Donnie Burkhalter, Windermere #24 9) Mark Bryer, Port St. Lucie #73 10) Brent Tyler, Chuluota #99 11) Cody McDuffie, Lakeland #25 DQ - Taylor Moxley, Palm City #38 DNS - Randy Leonard, Lake Placid #77
Hendry County Shuts Down 4-6 Months for "resurfacing'
Effective immediately hendry county motorsports park will stop racing operations until the Track is resurfaced. This project will include the addition of a go cart track. It has been determined that this project could take anywhere from 4 to 6 months based on weather and funding. However to keep the track operating during these improvements would be impossible.
Former trash hauler has big plans for racetrack, including major renovations
by Mike Wright, Citrus Chronicle
William Ray wants to pump some life into the Citrus County Speedway. “The first time I went there was with my dad 30 years ago, and it hasn’t changed a whole lot,” Ray said. Now Ray is getting a chance to do something about it. The Citrus County Fair Board, which owns the 61-year-old racetrack, chose Ray as its new promoter and operator during a Monday night meeting. The contract should be finalized in a few days, fair director Hal Porter said.
Ray said he will pay the fair association $250,000 during the life of the 10-year lease. Ray and his mother Ina owned FDS Disposal Inc. until selling the company to Advanced Disposal Services Inc. Over the course of 20 years, FDS became the county’s largest trash hauler. He has similarly big goals for the speedway, which he hopes to have opened by June.
Ray said he soon will start work on $300,000 to $400,000 in renovations, including a new concession stand, new bleachers, replacing the track and upgrades to the pit area. “We’re going to give that place a facelift,” he said. He is planning a playground and patio area, plus more food choices and affordable prices. “We’re going to make it a family affair,” he said. That includes a variety of entertainment. Along with racing every other weekend, Ray wants to bring in monster jam events, motorcycle rallies and concerts. “We want to make it someplace you want to go on a Saturday night,” he said. His son Camron will be general manager. Ray said Camron, who has raced at the Citrus County Speedway, will likely not race locally after the Rays take control. “He’s going to take some time off,” William Ray said. “We’ll do some racing off-site — very little — to promote the track.”
Former operator Gary Laplant held the lease for two tumultuous years that included an early season closing in September 2014, a temporary shutdown in May 2015 and surrender of the lease in November. Fair board member Albert Jordan said the association was seeking a good financial lease arrangement, but also a promoter with some stability. He said Ray fills that role. “This is going to be a great deal for everyone concerned,” Jordan said. “It’s going to be a brand new racetrack.” Ray said he is looking forward to attracting fans and families to the Speedway. “We’re going to change the whole atmosphere,” he said. “We’re going to make this the premier racetrack in the Southeast.”
Majeski Dominates New Smyrna for Third Victory and Championship
On the final night of racing at New Smyrna Speedway’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, Ty Majeski put in a flawless performance to take the victory in the 100-lap Super Late Model feature as well as the division championship.
Majeski set fast-time in qualifying and had great track position to start off the feature after drawing a two for the invert. He quickly took the lead from Derek Thorn and never looked back.
The Seymour, Wisconsin driver was untouchable as he led by over a straightaway for much of the night.
“I was just riding around there on that long green flag run,” Majeski said on the FansChoice.TV broadcast. “This thing was just flawless tonight.”
The “Big One” happens on a restart with 13 laps to go. (Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman photo)
Majeski said that the key to scoring three victories during Speedweeks was mostly just having luck on his side.
“The invert kept us in the front a lot of time,” he said. “That really help us at Speedweeks. That was definitely the big key to our successes this week.”
Brad May, Stephen Nasse, Christian Eckes and Riley Herbst completed the top five on a night that saw a lot of equipment torn up in a Talladega-esque crash on a restart with 13 laps to go.
Dalton Armstrong, Josh Collins, Dave Garbo, Derek Kraus, Vinnie Miller, Tanner Gray and more were involved with almost all cars involved being unable to continue.
Majeski was out front on the restart, much like he was almost all week long.
“Speedweeks has a reputation of tearing some stuff up, and we were really fortunate that we had a car that qualified pretty well,” he said.
Harrison Burton appeared to be the only car that might have had a little something for Majeski, but he had to come down pit road under caution to pull a tear-off from his windshield.
After Burton was out of the picture, May moved into second to score his best finish of the week. While it wasn’t a win, May was about as happy as one could be.
“It feels amazing,” May said. “The cars we are running against are so great and they came down here with cars to run Speedweeks. We had this car built to run the 2001 Speedweeks and we’ve been racing it off and on ever since.”
For an on-demand recap of the final night of Race Central Live coverage from final night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, click here.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman
Southern Paint Super Late Model 100
Pos. No. Driver 1 91 Ty Majeski 2 9M Brad May 3 51 Stephen Nasse 4 15 Christian Eckes 5 19 Riley Herbst 6 12 Harrison Burton 7 58 Tyler Ankrum 8 01 Derek Scott Jr. 9 66 Steve Wallace 10 11 David Rogers 11 94 Garrett Hall 12 9K Derek Kraus 13 04 Natalie Decker 14 88 Garrett Jones 15 4 Dalton Armstrong 16 8 Dave Garbo Jr 17 5K Daniel Keene Jr 18 16 Vinnie Miller 19 40 Tanner Gray 20 56 Josh Collins 21 51A Michael Atwell 22 8H DJ Hoelzle 23 84 Martin Latulippe 24 17 Quinn Houff 25 30 Frederick Moore 26 56D Gus Dean 27 9T Derek Thorn 28 77 Zane Smith 29 4G Chad Finley
Thorn Holds Off Anderson for Pro Late Model Finale Victory
The ninth and final night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) kicked off with two 35-lap races featuring the Florida Modifieds and the Pro Late Models, which was controlled by California’s Derek Thorn from start to finish.
It was the second win of the 2016 World Series for Thorn, but the first since the second night of racing. His first victory, exactly one week ago, left Thorn eager to come up with another before the week was up.
“We’ve been evading the top three it seems like. We’ve had really good cars and really good runs. Been outside the top three a lot. Really proud of these guys, they keep fighting, they never give up, everybody at Jett Motorsports,” Thorn said in his interview on FansChoice.TV. “This one was a lot sweeter than the first one, being the last day of Speedweeks.”
Daniel Keene Jr. captured the PLM championship with his fourth-place finish on Saturday night. (Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman photo)
This second win was far from a cakewalk for Thorn who had to battle a hard-charging Cole Anderson and his own racecar.
“The power steering went out before the race started so I was a little concerned there. But he made me work for it, one of those things where you race a kid like that, has a lot of speed, you can’t make any mistakes and put together 35 perfect laps.”
The big prize for the nine nights of racing, the Pro Late Model championship, went to Florida’s Daniel Keene Jr. who was able to stay out of trouble for all seven of the Pro Late Model races and collected a win along the way en route to the title.
“This is the first time we actually stayed and ran the full Speedweeks. This is what we aimed to do this year whenever we came; we fiddled with this car and we were able to take it to the championship,” Keene said at the end of the race.
Raphael Lessard came home third with Keene finishing fourth, and Carter Stokes completing the top five.
The Florida Modifieds also concluded their championship on night nine with Cody Stickler clinching the championship with an initial second-place finish, but was later promoted to his fourth win of the week after Josh Todd was disqualified for a post-race technical infraction with his shock absorbers.
As for Stickler, he was trying to absorb the accomplishment of the championship at night’s end.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in to be honest, but I think it will in a couple of hours,” Stickler said.
Jerry Symons was promoted to second in the Florida Modifed race results, with Camron Ray, Travis Eddy, and Kevyn Terry rounding the top five.
For an on-demand recap of Race Central Live coverage of the final night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, click here.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Mass, Conn, and Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
Pro Late Models 35
Pos. No. Driver 1 9T Derek Thorn 2 97 Cole Anderson 3 99 Raphael Lessard 4 5K Daniel Keene Jr 5 33 Carter Stokes 6 6 Matt Wallace 7 76 Jake Spillers 8 5 Michael Clancy Jr. 9 12 Brandon Brilliant 10 46 Ryan Miles 11 36 Kevin Thomas Jr 12 68 Morgen Baird 13 1X Todd Stone 14 94 Donnie Varcoe 15 11W David Weaver
Florida/IMCA Modifieds 35
Pos. No. Driver 1 99 Cody Stickler 2 66 Jerry Symons 3 9 Camron Ray 4 78 Travis Eddy 5 13 Kevyn Terry 6 71 LB Skaggs 7 4B Alan Bruns 8 96 Matt Wheeler 9 9NH Ben Bosowski 10 59 Chris Bannon 11 86 Tim Moore 12 1X Wayne Parker 13 7 Josh Todd
BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 20, 2016 – One night after being involved in a multi-car accident, Shane Clanton had to battle Josh Richards and a near photo finish with Scott Bloomquist to take the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series win on Friday night during the finale of the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
Richards led 45 of 50 laps but came up just short of the weekend sweep en route to capturing the Big Gator awarded to the week’s overall points champion.
Richards dominated from the beginning of the night in his Valvoline/Rocket Chasses No. 1, as he posted the second fastest time in qualifying and then led flag-to-flag in his heat to place himself in the redraw for the feature.
Just as he did Thursday night, Richards matched his speed with luck as he drew the top starting position for the $10,000 to-win feature.
Richards easily rocketed to an early lead over second place starter Brian Shirley in the Arnie Ranta/Longhorn Chassis No. 3s. Shirley settled into second before he lost the position to Jonathan Davenport who drove his Baird Transport/Elite Concrete No. 6 from his sixth starting position into the top two by lap six.
Davenport, who has finished third and second twice so far this week, looked to have the car to contend with Richards for the win but faded near the halfway point of the race, when Clanton charged his way past him for second.
Clanton had piloted his Weldbank Energy/Capital Chassis No. 25 from the inside of the third row to get around Davenport, but was four seconds behind Richards for the lead with fewer than 25 laps remaining.
Richards looked to be cruising to his third win in-a-row and fourth out of five nights at the DIRTcar Nationals, but within 10 laps Clanton had reeled in the leader and was all over Richards’ back bumper.
Clanton and Richards battled side-by-side for the top spot as the they diced through lapped traffic. With the two leaders stuck in a heated fight for the lead, Scott Bloomquist snuck his way into the third position and into the battle for the victory.
With only seven laps remaining, Richards, Clanton and Bloomquist were separated by a matter of car lengths, setting up a shootout for the feature victory.
Clanton used a lapped car to pick Richards, as he made his move to the leaders outside and captured the lead with five laps left. Richards then fell victim to Bloomquist who muscled his way into the runner-up position.
The Zebulon, Ga. native looked to have the race wrapped up, with only a handful of laps left, as he cruised to a second and a half lead. Bloomquist never quit, and on the white flag lap, the second place driver had caught the leader.
Clanton, not realizing Bloomquist was as close as he was, eased off the accelerator just enough to give Bloomquist a window to his inside coming to the checkered flag.
Bloomquist powered his way off the final corner, pulling even with Clanton as the leader began celebrating his victory with one hand out the window. Bloomquist came up just short of capturing the win as Clanton nosed him at the line by a fender.
“We just bided our time early in the race,” said Clanton, the defending series champion. “We started catching lapped cars and I could finally see Josh [Richards] again, then when I finally got past [Jonathan] Davenport, I had a clean racetrack where I could do what I wanted to do. We then caught [and passed] Josh, who was having trouble getting through lapped traffic and putting his car where he wanted to.
“I’ve had such a terrible week this week. To win a race it was just relief that came across my body and I started celebrating not knowing Scott [Bloomquist] was that close. If I would have known that I wouldn’t have [started celebrating] when I did. But it’s a testament of all the hard work we have done the past two days, from blowing a motor one night to having the car in a million pieces and almost upside down last night, then coming back and winning tonight.”
Bloomquist recorded his best finish since winning during DIRTcar Late Models action Wednesday night.
“We thought it was a 60-lap race,” Bloomquist said. “I had a number of people tell me they thought it was 60 laps, but it’s just the way it goes. We might’ve been able to pick up the pace a little more, but I saw we were on lap 49, then saw the white flag the next lap and thought ‘we better get it on now’. So I got past Josh and got to Clanton, but should’ve picked up the pace a little sooner.”
Capturing his second DIRTcar Nationals championship, Richards only needed to start the A-main to win the prestigious Big Gator. Not only did Richards start the A-main but he dominated the race and finished third.
“Winning this means everything to us,” the Shinnston, W.Va.-native said. “We worked hard all winter and then to have a speed weeks like we did, it was just unbelievable.
“I think our worst finish was seventh a couple of times, but most of the time we were running up front and battling for wins, so that’s all we can ask for. We had another great car again tonight, but sometimes when you’re leading you can be a sitting duck. But we can’t be dissatisfied with our trip, we had a phenomenal trip, and it was awesome.”
Richards opened up a large lead of over four seconds at one point before Clanton took over the second position. Once Clanton made his way into the runner-up position he started taking large chunks out of the deficit every lap.
“It didn’t surprise me when he caught us,” Richards said. “He was really good rolling the middle here last year, and I was on the bottom just trying to conserve a little. I should’ve tried to move up a little and try harder to make it work, but Shane was really good and he turned a bad night around last night into a win tonight.
“I’m going to spend some time at home, but we’re going to continue to work and get ready for the rest of the swing. It’s going to be nice to be home – it’s been a long month but it’s been a lot of fun. We’re going to take a break for a few days and then get back to work.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman? Late Model Series returns to action at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway for the prestigious Douglas Dodge Ram Trucks Illini 100. Practice will begin March 31 with feature racing kicking off on April 1 and 2.
Great seats are still available for the Douglas Dodge Ram Trucks Illini 100 by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):
Comp Cams - $50 Product certificate: Shane Clanton MSD - $50 Cash: Shane Clanton QuarterMaster - $100 Product certificate: Shane Clanton Wrisco Aluminum - 3 Sheets of aluminum: Shane Clanton Penske Shocks - TBD Product certificate: Scott Bloomquist Mobil 1 - $50 Cash: Brandon Overton JE Pistons - $50 Cash: Brian Shirley VP Racing Fuels - $50 Cash: Steve Francis Edelbrock - $50 Cash: Dennis Erb Jr. Comp Cams - $50 Cash: Justin Rattliff Morton Buildings - $50 Cash: Don O’Neal Cometic Gasket - $50 Cash: Gregg Satterlee JRI Shocks - $50 Cash: Boom Briggs SuperFlow - $50 Cash: Boom Briggs QuarterMaster - $25 Product certificate: Boom Briggs JE Pistons - Set of rings: Dale McDowell QuarterMaster - $50 Product certificate: Chub Frank Arizona Sport Shirts - $100 Product certificate: Morgan Bagley Mobil 1 - 20% Off product certificate: Tim McCreadie JE Pistons - Set of rings: Tim McCreadie MSD - $25 Cash: Chase Junghans QA1 - $50 Cash: Scott Bloomquist Bonus Bucks - $500 Cash: Mason Zeigler Rookie Bonus - $250 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr. Craftsman Bonus - $200 Cash: Shane Clanton, Josh Richards, Brandon Overton, Frank Heckenast Jr., Boom Briggs Craftsman Bonus - $100 Cash: Scott Bloomquist
Hearn and Sheppard Score at DCN Finale
Hearn Hustles from 21st to Win in DIRTcar Nationals Finale
Sheppard captures the Big Gator for his second career DIRTcar Nationals title
By Mike Mallett
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb 20, 2016 - Brett Hearn did the improbable on Saturday night. The veteran driver from Sussex, N.J., raced his way from the 21st starting position in the 50-lap DIRTcar Nationals Super DIRTcar Series finale to take his 23rd career win at the Volusia Speedway Park.
"We got a huge favor tonight that we didn't really expect in that we had to run the consi," said Hearn. "We got some laps out there after the track dried out. After we ran the consi we made some really great decisions. Hats off to my crew. We really struggled this week. We changed everything we could think of including stuff today, unbelievable stuff. These guys were up early working their butts off and so this is meaningful for all the guys that came down with me this year. We persevered."
Hearn won the battle but it was Sheppard who won the war as he captured his second career DIRTcar Nationals title. Throughout the four days of Big Block action, Sheppard never finished outside the top five. He finished fifth on opening night and then took home a win before a second and a third to conclude the week.
Stewart Friesen started on the pole of Saturday's finale and quickly darted to the front of the field with Tim Fuller taking over second on the first lap. Before a second lap could be completed a multi-car incident occurred in turns one and two. Nearly everyone was able to continue with the exception of Tim Kerr who was towed back to the pit area.
Friesen lined up on the outside as the leader with Fuller next to him. Fuller stayed with Friesen when the race got back underway. Fuller attempted to dive underneath him through turns one and two. Friesen was too strong and immediately dispatched Fuller.
Over the next several laps Friesen and Fuller battled one another on a number of restarts. Each time Friesen proved to be up to the task. The race's final caution came on lap 18 for Erick Rudolph. Rudolph blew a right rear tire and slowed dramatically on the speedway. Friesen was the leader while Hearn had just moved his way into the top ten.
From this point forward Hearn put on a show. Electing for a different compound than other competitors Hearn began his march forward. He picked off a nearly a car per lap allowing him to work inside the top five by the midway point. Once there, Friesen had a large lead on Hearn, but he never gave up hope of gaining more spots.
"Once we got consecutive laps and I broke into third I could feel myself reeling those guys in," Hearn said. "They were getting looser and looser and I was getting better and better. When I got to third I was happy to be on the podium. Then I realized I was reeling them in pretty quick."
It took Hearn only ten more laps to track down the second place running Sheppard on lap 34, then four laps later he was able to muscle the lead away from Friesen. Friesen moved up a lane in hopes of slowing Hearn but it wasn't enough. Hearn dove low and drove right on by as they exited turn two.
"I had enough side bite to cut left and get down low in the corner if I needed too," Hearn said. "I could also lay it out there and use the momentum if I needed to as well. I was able to get under him (Friesen) and take the lead."
After taking the top spot, Hearn set the cruise control and pulled away from the rest of the field. He was flawless over the final few laps in traffic as he finally got the handling dialed in on his Teo Pro Car. He was able to maneuver around the speedway so well that he went on to win by nearly seven seconds at the checkered flag.
Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., nipped a hard charging Sheppard at the line. For Friesen it was his best run of the 2016 DIRTcar Nationals as he struggled earlier in the week.
"We were great all week," Friesen said. "We made some big swings at it this week and learned some things that will apply for all season long. This trip is always worthwhile so we can iron out some things and learn. That is what we did. We went with the safe bet on tires and Uncle Brett (Hearn) just came out of nowhere. Hats off to them guys. We'll take it, learn from it and move on."
Friesen was good on the shorter runs but once the race stayed green he was a sitting duck out in front as he lost the tires on his Teo Pro Car.
"We were good, good, good, but on that long green flag run we just over heated the right rear," he said. "Brett had a hard (tire) on there and we were just hanging on there at the end. We burned it up."
Sheppard's third place finish was enough for him to claim the championship. He battle Friesen for the final five laps and nearly pulled off the last lap pass for second. Although he was denied the position he enjoyed his second career DIRTcar Nationals title. His last came back in 2010.
"We had an awesome race car all week," said Sheppard. "We had another good car tonight. Brett snookered us on tires a little bit. We were really coming on Stewie there at the end. I couldn't be prouder of all those guys standing over there that stepped up to help out. To come down here out of the box to have a first, second, third and a fifth is pretty good, pretty consistent. Hopefully we can keep it going all season."
Fuller faded back to bring his No. 19 home in the fourth position and Danny Johnson came from 12th to complete the top five.
Billy Pauch was again the fastest car at the speedway in time trials with a lap of 17.125. Once again that was the fastest lap of the week. Dippel, Sheppard, Pauch and Friesen each earn heat wins while Hearn and Billy Dunn split the consolations.
With the conclusion of the 2016 DIRTcar Nationals the Super DIRTcar Series now shifts north to New York. The next event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at the Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y.
MESERAULL SURVIVES AND THRIVES IN EPIC WINTER DIRT GAMES FINALE
By Richie Murray & Dillon Welch
There’s a fine line between conservation and aggressiveness behind the wheel of a racecar.How much a driver can push himself and his car in either strategic direction without sacrificing the other is an art that is truly difficult to master.If a driver doesn’t push hard enough, he will not put himself in a position to win.Conversely, if a driver doesn’t take care of his equipment, namely the four pieces of rubber on his car, throughout the race, odds are he will not likely be standing in victory lane at night’s end.On Saturday night, San Jose, California’s Thomas Meseraull was able to find just the right combination of speed, patience, and timeliness to take the victory on the last corner of the final lap in a wild, topsy-turvy USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship “Winter Dirt Games VII” finale at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.
Meseraull, who was the night’s ProSource Fast Qualifier would start the 30-lap feature from outside the third row, but it was the previous two nights’ fast qualifier Max McGhee who started on the pole and led the first lap of the affair.Following a three-car tangle that brought out the race’s first caution, the ensuing restart saw outside front row starter Robert Ballou taking the point from McGhee on lap two with Bryan Clauson in tow.
On the fifth lap, Clauson and Ballou banged wheels three separate times, swapping the lead back-and-forth in a battle of the two most recent series feature winners.As Clauson took command of the top spot, Ballou attempted to regain his rhythm as he dropped to fourth, overtaken by McGhee and Meseraull.
At the halfway point, the surface began to take rubber and tire wear became a primary concern as Meseraull got to the second spot on lap 17 with an outside maneuver on McGhee coming off of turn four.On the 18th lap, Meseraull threw a slide job on Clauson for the lead entering one, making slight contact with his right rear tire on Clauson’s left front.
Just two laps later, Clauson regained the lead as Meseraull slid high exiting the second turn.Clauson immediately began to pull away and appeared as if he had the race in the bag as he distanced himself from the rest of the field.However, on lap 23, Clauson became the first victim of tire wear, popping a right rear tire and handing over the lead to youngster Max McGhee, putting the 18-year-old in a position to win his first career series race with just eight laps to go.
Under caution, McGhee and others cooled their tires off on the cushion, looking for any possible way to subdue the heat on the tires for the run to the checkered flag. On lap 25, Brady Bacon, running seventh, and fifth-place Ballou saw right rears wear out on them in what was becoming a battle of survival of the fittest.
With two laps remaining, McGhee, Justin Grant, and Meseraull ran nose-to-tail into turn one when suddenly McGhee’s right rear tire went flat, sending him out of the groove, out of the lead, and out of luck.The green flag stayed out as Grant and Meseraull now ran one-two headed for the white flag.On the fourth turn of the final lap, with the checkered flag in sight, Grant’s right rear gave way, allowing Meseraull to get underneath him and take his first series win of the season aboard his Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction – Zeller Construction/DRC/Claxton number 66, beating Chris Windom, Kyle Cummins, Chase Stockon and a heartbroken Grant to the finish line.
The Meseraull/Amati combo has become a force within the series since teaming up last summer, already peeling off three feature victories since late September of 2015.But on this night, Meseraull admits that it’s not only experience that enabled him to manage his tires enough to win on this night, but sometimes luck plays a role along with being in the right place at the right time.
“I think I’m already one of the guys that can keep the tires under it.” Meseraull said.“You can’t over-gas these things and tonight that was the key.I tried not to get wheel spin and we made some changes to get the car over on the left side more and I think that was the key.If we’d have been buried on the right rear, we would’ve been done.Once Clauson went out, I just started to not burn it at all and then it was just a waiting game.Then, Max McGhee lost his (tire) and Justin lost his in the last corner.We kind of got lucky, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.”
Runner-up Chris Windom had a strong, steady, under-the-radar run in his Rick Pollock/Bates Commodities/Maxim/Advanced Engines number 21x, picking his way through the field from his 14th starting spot by altering his race strategy midway through the feature.
“The first ten to twelve laps we had a really good car and could pick some guys off,” Windom said.But the last half was all strategy.You had to save your tires as much as possible, and then the last five laps became even more strategic.I was watching the top-three and knew at least a couple of them were going to blow tires because they were going way too hard on the right rear, so I just laid off and hoped that mine would stay up; thankfully it did.”
Third place Kyle Cummins continued his impressive performances during “Winter Dirt Games VII” in the Hank Byram/Vincennes University – Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins number 3R, taking his third consecutive top-three finish in Ocala and extending his lead in the series point standings to 18 markers over Meseraull.
“It’s been a really good week,” Cummins exclaimed.“Every night we tried something different and we still have a good top-five car each night.The team is clicking and we’re having fun.For a while there it became like a job to me.But I just try to go out and race and have a good time.We certainly want to win, but with finishes like that, we’re going to start winning some.Once we do win, we’ll have even more confidence and, I think, have a really good season.”
CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:
PROSOURCE FAST QUALIFIER: Thomas Meseraull
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT WINNER: Kyle Cummins
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT WINNER: Justin Grant
BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT WINNER: Brady Bacon
INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT WINNER: Chad Boespflug
KSE HARD CHARGER: Jon Stanbrough
SCHROEDER/PAC SPRINGS 3RD PLACE FINISHER: Kyle Cummins
SCHOENFELD HEADERS 5TH PLACE FINISHER: Justin Grant
SCHROEDER/PAC SPRINGS 8TH PLACE FINISHER: Jon Stanbrough
TOP MAXIM FINISHER: Chris Windom
WILWOOD BRAKE SYSTEMS PASSING MASTER: Bryan Clauson
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2016 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VII”
Terry McCarl Takes Home The $10,000 Win And Becoming A Two Time Winner
In The 15th Annual Ronald Laney Memorial
TAMPA, FL – Terry McCarl started 5th and beat some of the best 360 drivers in the nation Saturday at East Bay Raceway Park and claimed the $10,000 prize for winning the 15th Annual Ronald Laney Memorial and wearing the King of the 360’s crown with pride.
He was pumped after finishing a masterful drive that went 40 laps of weaving through heavy traffic to stay ahead of Chad Kemenah who was close on his bumper for most of the race. At the end of the race, he had lapped up to the 10th place car, and Terry complimented track owner Al Varnadore for his track preparation. “When I started 20th on Thursday and finished 6th, then won last night and tonight, I give him a lot of credit for making the track with so many grooves that I could move around when I had to get going.”
The winner told the crowd that today was his Father’s 77th birthday and mentioned that he was not doing well and that the win would surely help. At the same time he invited the crowd to bring their kids down to the pits and have them sit in his race car and he confessed that even some adults came along and they took of the offer and sat in his race car for the first time-ever.
Being quick to credit his sponsors for many years, he mentioned Randy Bernett’s Rock and Landscaping, and Dynasty Stucco, Bosma Poultry, Don Long and his Searsbro Telephone Company, Country Builders and Construction, Rossie Feed and Growers.
When I was just keeping ahead of Kemenah and I could see his nose up close, I counted on my Hoosiers to gain some distance, “They are the best tires in the world, and my Jamie Moyle engine did the job with my A.R.T. chassis.”
At the start of the race, Chad Kemenah started on the pole but it was Danny Martin, Jr. who grabbed the lead for the first three laps before Kemenah took over until it was McCarl’s turn to lead on lap 12. A yellow on lap l7 had the field bunched up tightly with McCarl, Kemenah, Tim Shaffer,Aaron Reutzel, Mark Smith and Phil Gressman in tight formation. It was a close finish the rest of the way with McCarl and Kemenah , with Smith taking third at the end followed by Reutzel, Shaffer, Travis Rilat, Seth Bergman, Jason Sides, Danny Martin, Jr., and Thomas Kennedy.
A-MAIN FINISH (40-laps): 1 Terry McCarl 2 Chad Kemenah 3 Mark Smith 4 Aaron Reutlzel 5 Tim Shaffer 6 Travis Rilat 7 Seth Bergman 8 Jason Sides 9 Danny Martin Jr. 10 Thomas Kennedy 11 Michael Miller 12 Lou Kennedy 13 Robbie Stillwaggon 14 Parker-Price Miller 15 Caleb Helms 16 Danny Smith 17 Phil Gressman 18 Shawn Donath 19 Mitch Brown 20 Kevin Albert 21 AJ Maddox 22 Shawn Murray 23 Justin Hoffman 24 Terry Gray
Preece Dominates at New Smyrna for Second Richie Evans Memorial Win
For the second straight year, Ryan Preece found himself celebrating in New Smyrna Speedway’s victory lane after dominating the Richie Evans Memorial 100 to close out the Tour-Type Modified portion of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
However, for a little while in the closing stages on Friday night, it started to seem as though Preece might lose the lead to Eric Goodale, similar to how Ron Silk scored the win earlier in the week.
Preece came off of turn four with just a handful of laps remaining and decided to go to the inside of the lapped Jeremy Gerstner machine. He and Gerstner almost made contact, and that allowed Goodale to close in to just a few car lengths behind.
“I almost thought we were going to lose it there with that lapped car,” Preece said on the FansChoice.TV broadcast.
Goodale tried to close in on Preece after receiving the assist from Gerstner, but couldn’t close enough and had to settle for second. JR Bertuccio, Jimmy Zacharias and Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top five.
“We had very similar cars there at the end,” Goodale said. “I would have really loved to have won this race. I gave it everything I had there at the end of those final 15 laps, but I just came up a little bit short there tonight.”
The 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion skipped the first practice session on Friday afternoon to practice for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway. While he was at the big track, Preece’s TS Haulers team owned by Eddie and Connie Partridge continued to work to get the car ready.
“It was a tick tight there at the end, but it just had massive amounts of front end drive,” said Preece. “My crew put in a lot of hard work when I wasn’t here today and we just had a flawless car.”
The win on Friday night, the second of the week for Preece, clinched him his second straight Tour-Type Modified championship at New Smyrna Speedway.
This is the second victory in a row for Preece in the Richie Evans Memorial 100, who said this one is just as special as the first time he won the race named in memory of arguably the greatest Modified driver in history.
“It’s pretty special,” he said. “I didn’t grow up in that era. I wasn’t fortunate enough to race with guys like him. But I’m racing with my era and winning in it and hopefully I can make a name for myself so 30 years down the road from now kids that were my age can say they were looking up to me and wish they could have raced with me.”
For an on-demand recap of Friday’s NASCAR Hometracks Race Central Live coverage, click here.
Full replays of Friday night’s racing can be seen on Saturday on FansChoice.TV.
Richie Evans Memorial 100 Tour-Type Modifieds
Pos. No. Driver 1 6 Ryan Preece 2 58 Eric Goodale 3 2 JR Bertuccio 4 71 Jimmy Zacharias 5 51 Justin Bonsignore 6 82 Ron Silk 7 22 Chuck Hossfeld 8 77 Gary Putnam 9 33 Austin Pickens 10 54 Tommy Catalano 11 32 Tyler Rypkema 12 15 Jeremy Gerstner 13 64 Amy Catalano 14 98 Etienne Cliché 15 2X Mike Bolona
A Snowbird Triumphs in Pro Late Model at New Smyrna
The Pro Late Models went back to sprint racing on Friday night following their 100-lap feature Thursday. Friday night’s 35-lap event was a special night for young Canadian Raphael Lessard, who earned his first career victory in a Pro Late Model.
The 14-year-old from St-Joseph de Beauce, Quebec stormed past Ryan Miles on the backstretch to take the lead on lap 19. Lessard managed to hold Miles off on a lap-20 restart from the inside to seal the victory.
“The car was good on the inside so we decided to start inside,” Lessard said on the FansChoice.TV broadcast. “I think it was a good decision.”
The victory for Lessard comes after a very rough beginning to Speedweeks after losing his original car in multiple incidents in the first couple of nights. After his team put the crate engine into the car originally piloted by Todd Gilliland to start Speedweeks, Lessard saw a steady improvement which ended in the victory.
Cody Stickler celebrates another Florida Modified win. (Speed51.com photo)
“It’s awesome,” Lessard said. “We had a good car all week, we had a couple of incidents, but I can’t thank my team enough because they work very hard to prepare the car and it’s awesome.”
Cole Anderson charged late to finish second while Daniel Keene Jr., Derek Thorn, and Ryan Miles rounded out the top five.
The Florida Modifieds had a familiar face in victory lane Friday night, as Cody Stickler took home his third win of the 2016 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Stickler led wire-to-wire after taking the lead on the first lap from the outside pole position from Alan Bruns.
Travis Eddy moved up from his sixth starting position to finish second while Alan Bruns, Josh Todd, and Camron Ray completed the top five.
Both divisions will decide their championships Saturday night as they run 35-lap features to lead off the night in advance of the 100-lap Super Late Model feature.
For an on-demand replay of Friday night’s NASCAR Hometracks Race Central Live coverage, click here.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Mass, Conn, and Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com photo
Pro Late Models 35
Pos. No. Driver 1 99 Raphael Lessard 2 97 Cole Anderson 3 5K Daniel Keene Jr 4 9 Derek Thorn 5 46 Ryan Miles 6 6 Matt Wallace 7 12 Brandon Brilliant 8 76 Jake Spillers 9 4 Michael Pilla 10 36 Kevin Thomas Jr. 11 5 Michael Clancy Jr. 12 11 David Weaver 13 80 Monte Gress 14 1X Todd Stone 15 68 Morgen Baird
Florida/IMCA Modifieds 35
Pos. No. Driver 1 99 Cody Stickler 2 78 Travis Eddy 3 4B Alan Bruns 4 7 Joshua Todd 5 9 Camron Ray 6 86 Tim Moore 7 46 Doug Moff 8 13 Kevyn Terry 9 15D Robert Deal 10 1W Wayne Parker 11 9NH Ben Bosowski 12 71 LB Skaggs 13 66 Jerry Symons 14 0 Chad Pierce
BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 19, 2016 – Josh Richards rallied from a 14th place starting position to outduel Jonathan Davenport in thrilling fashion, capturing the lead with less than five laps to go, then holding off a bonsaiing Davenport on the final lap to capture the victory on the second night of World of Outlaws Craftsman? Late Model Series action at the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.
Richards, who dominated Thursday night’s 50-lap feature and won Tuesday night during DIRTcar Late Model action, did not show the speed early like he did the previous night. Richards placed eighth in the first qualifying group which was led by Gregg Satterlee, who scored the overall fast time for the night driving the Rocket Chassis number 22s Satterlee Petroleum/Keyser Manufacturing Co. machine.
Satterlee continued to showcase his speed, easily capturing his heat race, making his way into the redraw before the feature event. Unfortunately for Satterlee, he drew the sixth starting position which is the worst possible outcome in the redraw.
Drawing pole position was Chalk Hill, Pa.-native Mason Zeigler piloting the Ohiopyle Vacation Rentals/Insurance Services number 25z, with Jonathan Davenport starting to his outside.
No stranger to the front of the field, Davenport has placed his Baird Transport/Elite Concrete No. 6 on the podium each night he’s competed in the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals, as he captured two third place finishes and a second thus far.
When the green flag fell on the field of 31 cars, Davenport made quick work of the pole sitter, shooting around Zeigler exiting turn two on the opening lap. Zeigler found trouble early as he shot up the race track in turn one on lap 11, allowing most of the field to make their way around him.
Shortly after Zeigler’s issues, a six car pile-up that involved 2015 World of Outlaws champion Shane Clanton and 2015 Rookie of the Year Brandon Overton, slowed on track action.
The wreck, which took 10 minutes to attend to, settled the field down as the race was only slowed by one more caution, which took place five laps later on lap 16.
By this point in the feature, Richards, battling from his 14th starting position had managed to crack the top three, passing Tim McCreadie in the No. 39 Sweetner’s Plus machine for the position.
Davenport had a firm lead on the field but was slowed as he fought through lapped traffic near the halfway point in the race. With Davenport bottled up, second place Satterlee and third place Richards made their way to the leader’s rear bumper, setting up an epic duel for the Gator trophy.
Richards made his way around Satterlee for second, bringing Ivedent Lloyd Jr. with him, as the two put the leader in their crosshairs. Davenport maintained the lead, fending off challenges from Richards and Lloyd, as each took a shot at muscling their way to the front.
With less than 15 laps remaining, things heated up as the three began swapping the lead back and forth, with Davenport utilizing the bottom and lapped traffic to hold onto to the top spot.
Richards kept steady pressure on Davenport, finally making his move around the leaders outside as lapped traffic plagued the leader’s favorable inside line. Richards completed the pass but the race was not over.
Davenport tried everything he could to work his way back around Richards for the lead, as he drove deeper into turns trying to throw the leader off his line. With less than three laps remaining the two were battling side-by-side for the victory, with third place Lloyd not far behind.
In the end it was Richards who prevailed after fighting off every challenge from the second place driver and winning his 60th career World of Outlaws race in an epic showdown with only one night remaining in the DIRTcar Nationals.
“This was unbelievable,” the three-time series champion said. “We got behind early, then I ran out of tear-offs and I ran the last four laps with my [helmet] shield up.”
“I knew we had a good car. I didn’t know how traffic was going to pan out, I just tried to keep my speed up and get up through there. This track has just been awesome and I have to thank the fans for coming out, this has been an amazing speed weeks.”
Davenport settled for a second place finish, improving on his finish of third the night before, but still coming up short of capturing the elusive Gator.
“I can’t believe somebody didn’t pass us earlier than that,” the Blairsville, Ga. native said. “That’s the worst our car has been in three years. I was making more mistakes than I was making turns.
“But we came back with a second place run. Congratulations to Josh [Richards], I knew he would be coming, and congratulations to Ivedent [Lloyd], that’s two Longhorn [Chassis] up here, wish we could’ve been one and two, but Josh was a little better tonight.”
Rounding out the top three was Lloyd who captured his highest finishing position of the DIRTcar Nationals after starting the feature in the eighth position.
“We struggled earlier in the week with some brake problems and we have that figured out now,” the local Ocala, Fla.-native said. “The car was really good tonight, I just had to stay on the bottom.
“It was really fun racing those guys. I told Jonathan [Davenport] to check to make sure I passed him at least one time. We’re going to work on it and get better tomorrow.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman? Late Model Series wrap up the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday night with the big Gator trophy being awarded to the week’s overall points champion.
Great seats remain for DIRTcar Nationals and are available by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com. Infield parking will be available on a first come, first served basis to all fans with a pit pass. The cost of the infield parking pass is $10 and is available at the pit gate off of turn four.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):
Comp Cams - $50 Product certificate : Josh Richards MSD - $50 Cash: Josh Richards QuarterMaster - $100 Product certificate: Jonathan Davenport Wrisco Aluminum - 3 Sheets of aluminum: Josh Richards Penske Shocks - TBD Product certificate: Ivedent Lloyd Jr. Mobil 1 - $50 Cash: Tim McCreadie JE Pistons - $50 Cash: Steve Casebolt VP Racing Fuels - $50 Cash: Chub Frank Edelbrock - $50 Cash: Chub Frank Comp Cams - $50 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr. Morton Buildings - $50 Cash: Gregg Satterlee Cometic Gasket - $50 Cash: Don O’Neal JRI Shocks - $50 Cash: Rick Eckert SuperFlow - $50 Cash: Kenny Pettyjohn QuarterMaster - $25 Product certificate: Jimmy Owens JE Pistons - Set of rings: Morgan Bagley QuarterMaster - $50 Product certificate: Dennis Franklin Arizona Sport Shirts - $100 Product certificate: Dennis Franklin Mobil 1 - 20% Off product certificate: Dennis Franklin JE Pistons - Set of rings: Justin Rattliff MSD - $25 Cash: Jordan Yaggy QA1 - $50 Cash: Jonathan Davenport Bonus Bucks - $500 Cash: Ivedent Lloyd Jr. Rookie Bonus - $250 Cash: Billy Moyer Jr. Craftsman Bonus - $200 Cash: Josh Richards, Chub Frank, Rick Eckert, Frank Heckenast Jr., Morgan Bagley Craftsman Bonus - $100 Cash: Jonathan Davenport
Laubach Battles Back, Wins DCN Night 3
Laubach Battles Back at DIRTcar Nationals to Score Super DIRTcar Series Victory
Matt Sheppard battles late, comes .117 seconds short of second straight win
By Mike Mallett
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 19, 2016 - BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb 19, 2016 - Rick Laubach watched the feature win slip away late in Thursday night's 30-lap Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified feature event at the Volusia Speedway Park. He gave up the lead in slower traffic and eventually finished in third behind Matt Sheppard and Larry Wight.
On Friday night of the DIRTcar Nationals, Laubach had a serious case of Deja Vu. He was leading late in the race with Sheppard closing fast as he battled heavy traffic. Unlike the night before, Laubach wasn't tentative in traffic and he made the moves he had to in order to grab a Friday night win for the second year in a row. It's his third career win in Florida and it came by mere feet over a hard charging Sheppard.
"I'm just happy to be here," Laubauch said. "We almost got the win last night and tonight we got the win. My little boy (Matthew) loves these trophies. Now we get to take another one of these Gators back to Grammies house. I'm proud of my team. My owners Gary and Lori (Herrmann). We got everyone clicking here."
Laubach redrew the outside of the front row while Tyler Dippel earned scored the pole. Laubach immediately went to the top at the green flag in turns one and two to procure the lead. The run was short lived as on lap two Vic Coffey became the first caution as he came to a stop in turn two.
Laubach wasted no time pulling away from the field when the racing action resumed as he put his Teo Pro Car right down to the bottom of the speedway. This allowed him to run away from Dippel and the rest of the competition. He opened up over a second gap.
The lead went away on lap nine when Brett Hearn slowed with a right rear flat. By this point Laubach remained the leader while Dippel flanked him for the restart. Sheppard now made his presence known as he had moved around Stewart Friesen and Alan Johnson to take over the third position.
Yet another caution flag came out on lap 13 as Jessey Mueller spun in turn two collecting Tim Fuller. Fuller, the night one winner, took his car to the pits after the incident. Laubach saw Dippel to his outside again and like the previous restarts he was able to hold him off. As Dippel attempted to make a move on Laubach he looked to his inside and watched Sheppard drive by him for second.
One final caution came on lap 16 for Eldon Payne. Payne got into Coffey as he checked up and it broke the front end on his mount. He came to a stop in turn one and was towed to the pit area ending his evening.
Laubach turned up the wick on the restart as he now knew that Sheppard was there to challenge. He quickly spread the gap back to Sheppard in open race track. At one point Laubach grew his lead to nearly two seconds.
That lead evaporated quickly as Labauch took the five to go sign. The Hellertown, Pa., found himself fighting through heavy lapped traffic. At times the traffic was two and three wide in front of him. Laubach was much more aggressive Friday and it paid off. He even made one three wide move with two laps to go that kept Sheppard at bay.
"That's what I didn't do last night," said Laubach about the three-wide move. "I took it easier and tried keeping my tires under me. That was probably what cost me that race. The opportunity was there again tonight and I was getting through there."
In the final corner of the race, Laubach went low under a lapped car while Sheppard rolled through the middle lane. It allowed Sheppard to get up alongside of Laubach as they exited turn four. Sheppard wasn't able to finish the pass as they came to the line giving Laubach the victory.
"I just followed that guy and I didn't feel pressure like last night, but son of a gun they don't give up," stated Laubach about Sheppard and company. "That's the thing about these guys. I had trouble last night in traffic but that wasn't going to happen again."
Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., was so close at the checkered flag, but he couldn't get his Bicknell car up alongside him far enough at the line. He played it somewhat safe as he didn't want to risk wrecking both cars at the end of the race.
"Rick (Laubach) had the best car tonight by far," Sheppard said. "He got caught up behind that lapped car. I could see what was going on so I darted to top there and got a killer run off of four. He peeled out around the lapped car a little bit and I had to check up so I didn't wreck both of us. If he didn't peel out it would have been interesting."
Sheppard admitted that he probably wouldn't have been able to catch Laubach had it not been for the traffic slowing his pace. In clear track, Labuach had a dominant car.
"The only time I could see the back of him was when he got into lapped traffic," joked Sheppard. "It got a little dicey there, but that goes to show you it's never over until it's over."
Johnson was a surprise third place finisher. The Middlesex, N.Y., pilot had his best run of the week and was all smiles on the front straightaway at the conclusion of the night. Johnson had struggled in the first two nights of action before finally getting things rolling Friday.
"This feels great," Johnson said. "The way we've been going I never expected this. We just kept working on it and we got it pretty good. I was really surprised. I'm kind of looking forward to tomorrow now. I thought it was going to be a long week but it's starting to shorten up now."
Erick Rudolph secured his second top five finish of the week as he brought his car home in fourth with Stewart Friesen rounding out the top five.
Billy Pauch turned the fastest lap of the week for the Modifieds in time trials with a lap of 17.433. Heats were won by Friesen, Laubach, Dippel and Pauch. Danny Johnson and Eldon Payne won their consolation races.
Racing returns Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park for the 10th day of the DIRTcar Nationals. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.
Some might consider putting the #1 on a racecar in the year following a championship as a well-earned honor. On the other hand, some might consider it a curse.Defending series champion Robert Ballou quickly put the latter notion to rest by leading all 30 laps in his Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions – Blakesley’s Auto/Maxim/Ott to win night two of “Winter Dirt Games VII” in Friday night’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.
The Rocklin, California driver started on the pole position, quickly jumping out to a sizable lead in the opening laps. Throughout the duration of the race, Ballou rarely encountered trouble, magnificently maneuvering through lapped traffic by the tenth lap. Just two laps later, a Kyle Robbins turn four spin ridded the leaders of traffic, supplying Ballou with an advantage on the lap 12 restart with the lapped car of Kent Schmidt sandwiched between him and second-running Brady Bacon at the green flag.
Bacon was Ballou’s most serious threat in the early going, yet it was previous night’s second place finisher Kyle Cummins riding the cushion around Bacon in turn two for the second spot on lap 14.
A flip by Jarett Andretti into turn one on lap 21 created one last restart with ten laps remaining. Cummins’ left rear appeared to be low on air as the field prepared to come to the green and Bacon was quickly able to charge past Cummins to claim the second position.
Ballou’s commanding lead quickly shrank as Bacon once again was looking at a clear racetrack through his visor. One last move by Bacon on Ballou coming out four to the checkered flag wasn’t enough as Ballou earned his first victory of the year, beating Bacon, Cummins, Bryan Clauson and Dave Darland to the line at the finish.
Ballou tallied his 23rd career series win, tying him for 19th on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list with A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey.
“I thought we had a car that was capable of winning last (Thursday) night, but we forgot to put a bleeder in and it just kind of messed up the night,” said Ballou who finished 10th in Thursday night’s feature. We didn’t point any fingers; we just kept digging. We put our heads down today and I said, ‘it’s a new night; we’ve got to start over; it’s a long season.’ We had to dig deep, but we hit everything where we needed to tonight.”
Bacon, the 2014 series champ and a USAC Sprint feature winner in Ocala, Fla. one season ago, discovered during his run Friday night that the high side was the place to be.
“Before the next to last yellow, I tried the bottom and it just didn’t work and Cummins got around me,” admitted Bacon, the driver of the Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green – Lykins Oil/XXX/Williams Mopar. “But the next restart, I went back up top and was able to get back around him. I felt like I was better the first few laps after a restart than a couple of those guys, but everyone was pretty equal up on the top and that was pretty much the only option.”
Third place finisher Cummins, who carries the series point lead into Saturday night’s “Winter Dirt Games VII” finale, backed up his second place run on Thursday night with another podium finish in his Hank Byram/Vincennes University – Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins.
"I kind of found a different groove when I was chasing Robert and I’d catch him, but then lose him again,” Cummins said. “This thing is right on the edge of being a handful to drive right now and we just haven’t found a good setup to calm it down. We changed quite a bit from last night and it still acted sort of the same. Finishing third is alright, but we’ll have to try some drastic stuff tomorrow to really get after it. We’re fast. We just have to be better.”
Friday night’s contingency award winners included Max McGhee (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat); Shane Cottle (Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Heat); Clauson (Benic Enterprises Third Heat & KSE Hard Charger); Brady Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat); Cummins (Schroeder/Pac Springs 3rd Place Finisher); Darland (Schoenfeld Headers 5th Place Finisher); Chris Windom (Schroeder/Pac Springs 8th Place Finisher); Ballou (Top Maxim Finisher).
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 19, 2016 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VII”
Terry McCarl Wins Night Number Two Of The 360’s At East Bay Raceway Park
McCARL WINS NIGHT TWO OF THE THREE DAY KING OF THE 360’S AT EAST BAY AFTER A HARD FOUGHT BATTLE AGAINST TIM SHAFFER FOR THE $2,000 PRIZE LEADING UP TO SATURDAY’S 40TH ANNUAL WINTERNATIONALS PAYING $10,000 TO THE WINNER.
TAMPA, FL….2/19/16…..”T-Mac”. Terry McCarl has fond memories of East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida. Like the last time he was crowned King of the 360’s in 2006 and there was a pond in the infield and Todd Hutto and Al Varnadore (the promoters at the time) threw him in that pond and he dragged them in with him. “I have a lot of good sponsors from this area, he told track announcer Russ Calabrese, and they have been good to me said the happy driver of the Maxim powered Moyle on Hoosiers.
The start of the 25-lap event was a draw that put Tim Shaffer on the pole with Aaron Reutzel outside him. The second row was occupied by Travis Rilat and Justin Hoffman while McCarl and Robbie Stillwaggon were in row three. Shaffer out pulled Reutzel at the start and stayed ahead but McCarl was up to third by lap three and was leading by lap ten.
Two single car yellows caused on lap 24 by Michael Miller and Thomas Kennedy both on the backstretch were the only pauses in McCarl’s run to the checkered. He was followed by Shaffer, Rilat, Reutzel and Mark Smith in the top five. Chad Kemenah finished in sixth, and Jason Sides, Phil Gressman, Danny Martin,jr. and Justin Hoffman followed in the top ten.
The top six in points after Thursday and Friday are locked in to the 40-lap King of 360’s and they are Tim Shaffer, Terry McCarl, Jason Sides, Chad Kenemah, Travis Rilat and Danny Martin, Jr. The remainder of the field will run heats and B-Mains.
Professional MotorSports Services 360 Sprints 2/19/2016
A-Main: 1. Terry McCarl (Altoona, IA), 2. Tim Shaffer (Aliquippa, PA), 3. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX), 4. Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX), 5. Mark Smith (Sunbury, PA), 6. Chad Kenemah (Alvada, OH), 7. Jason Sides (Bartlett, TN), 8. Phil Gressman (Fremont, OH), 9. Danny Martin Jr (Tampa, FL), 10. Justin Hoffman (Pottesville, NJ), 11. Lou Kennedy (Winnipeg, BC), 12. Thomas Kennedy (Winnipeg, BC), 13. Robbie Stillwaggon (Burlington, NJ), 14. AJ Maddox (Tampa, FL), 15. Caleb Helms (Findlay, OH), 16. Michael Miller (Pascagoula, MS), 17. Danny Smith (Chillicothe, OH), 18. Parker Price-Miller (Kokomo, IN), 19. Morgan Turpen (Cordova, TN), 20. Terry Gray (Bartlett, TN),
B-Main 1: 1. AJ Maddox (Tampa, FL), 2. Parker Price-Miller (Kokomo, IN), 3. Michael Miller (Pascagoula, MS), 4. Caleb Helms (Findlay, OH), 5. Shawn Dancer (Delphos, OH), 6. Mitch Brown (Brantford, ON), 7. Kevin Albert (Lebanon, PA), 8. Gene Lasker (Tampa, FL), 9. Dylan Westbrook (Scotland, ), 10. Mark Ruel Jr. (Jacksonville, FL), 11. Sean Murray (Jacksonville, FL), 12. Shawn Donath (South Onondaga, NY), 13. Freddie McCall (Brewton, AL), 14. Nick Roberts (Bloominburg, OH),
B-Main 2: 1. Mark Smith (Sunbury, PA), 2. Phil Gressman (Fremont, OH), 3. Danny Martin Jr (Tampa, FL), 4. Morgan Turpen (Cordova, TN), 5. Seth Bergman (Shawnee, OK), 6. Alex Hill (SIx Nations, ON), 7. Johnny Petrozelle III (Denton, NC), 8. Parker Evans (St. Owego, NY), 9. Nicholas Snyder (Marco Island, FL), 10. Klint Angelette (Thibodaux, LA), 11. Kevin Roberts Jr. (Washington, OH), 12. Will Hull (Plain Field, VT), 13. Tony Agin (Fort Myers, FL), 14. Travis Bliemeister (Venice, FL),
Heat Race 1: 1. Tim Shaffer (Aliquippa, PA), 2. Danny Martin Jr (Tampa, FL), 3. AJ Maddox (Tampa, FL), 4. Gene Lasker (Tampa, FL), 5. Alex Hill (SIx Nations, ON), 6. Travis Bliemeister (Venice, FL), 7. Ryan Bowers (Ham Lake, MN),
Heat Race 2: 1. Terry Gray (Bartlett, TN), 2. Johnny Petrozelle III (Denton, NC), 3. Justin Hoffman (Pottesville, NJ), 4. Morgan Turpen (Cordova, TN), 5. Mitch Brown (Brantford, ON), 6. Mark Ruel Jr. (Jacksonville, FL), 7. Klint Angelette (Thibodaux, LA),
Heat Race 3: 1. Jason Sides (Bartlett, TN), 2. Thomas Kennedy (Winnipeg, BC), 3. Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX), 4. Shawn Donath (South Onondaga, NY), 5. Seth Bergman (Shawnee, OK), 6. Nicholas Snyder (Marco Island, FL), 7. Nick Roberts (Bloominburg, OH),
Heat Race 4: 1. Robbie Stillwaggon (Burlington, NJ), 2. Shawn Dancer (Delphos, OH), 3. Danny Smith (Chillicothe, OH), 4. Caleb Helms (Findlay, OH), 5. Will Hull (Plain Field, VT), 6. Tony Agin (Fort Myers, FL), 7. Sean Murray (Jacksonville, FL),
Heat Race 5: 1. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX), 2. Chad Kenemah (Alvada, OH), 3. Michael Miller (Pascagoula, MS), 4. Phil Gressman (Fremont, OH), 5. Johnny Gilbertson (Dover, FL), 6. Kevin Albert (Lebanon, PA), 7. Kevin Roberts Jr. (Washington, OH),
Burton ‘Moves’ Majeski for Second Win at New Smyrna WS
Harrison Burton and Ty Majeski went head-to-head for the second consecutive night at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Friday night. On the first night Majeski got the better of Burton, but on this night Burton got the better of Majeski in another classic duel. The two drivers swapped paint during the closing laps before Burton pulled away to win his second Super Late Model race at the 50th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
Harrison Burton beats Ty Majeski to the checkered flag at New Smyrna Speedway (Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman)
“Well… I honestly just had to move him out of the way,” Burton admitted live on the FansChoice.TV broadcast. “Ty is such a great race car driver that it’s hard to beat him otherwise. We had a restart there and he kind of did the same to me, so it wasn’t dirty by any means. I think it was just hard racing and it was a lot of fun.”
When asked about the comment, Majeski took the high road saying that he and his Toby Nuttleman-led No. 91 team simply have to work harder to beat Burton.
“We’ve got to get our car a little bit better and hopefully we won’t be in that position for the 100 lapper,” said Majeski. “I’m not taking anything away from my guys or anything, they’ve worked so hard all week giving me really, really good race cars. We just need to get a little bit better to beat the 12.”
Florida native Stephen Nasse, defending champion Zane Smith and Chad Finley completed the top-five Friday night.
At the age of 15, Burton chalked up his win as the most exciting win he’s ever experienced during his young career.
“I’ve never really had a last few laps pass or anything like that, so it feels so good.”
Both of Burton’s wins during Florida Speedweeks have come behind the wheel of a backup car that was prepared after he suffered heavy damage to the primary car Saturday night.
“I think I expected to be a tenth slower in the first place, but we were like two tenths faster than the primary car,” he said. “You can’t count us out ever, we never quit no matter what and we keep fighting. I just can’t thank my guys enough.”
1 12 Harrison Burton 2 91 Ty Majeski 3 51 Stephen Nasse 4 77 Zane Smith 5 4G Chad Finley 6 66 Steven Wallace 7 88 Garrett Jones 8 9 Brad May 9 17 Quinn Houff 10 9T Derek Thorn 11 94 Garrett Hall 12 11 David Rogers 13 15 Christian Eckes 14 58 Tyler Ankrum 15 19 Riley Herbst 16 04 Natalie Decker 17 9K Derek Kraus 18 56C Josh Collins 19 4 Dalton Armstrong 20 40 Tanner Gray 21 14 Austin Nason 22 16 Vinnie Miller 23 56D Gus Dean 24 8 DJ Hoelzle 25 12G Derek Grifith 26 84 Martin Latullipe 27 24K Kevyn Terry
Smith Scores “Unreal” Win in First PLM Race of Speedweeks
Zane Smith celebrates in victory lane after the Pro Late Model 100. (Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman photo)
Last year nobody knew who Zane Smith was when he arrived at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Everyone knew who he was at the end of the week after he won the Super Late Model championship. That made him an instant favorite for the victory when he and his team decided to unload the Pro Late Model for Thursday night’s 100-lap show.
At the end of Thursday’s race, Smith showed that he was the favorite for good reason by out-battling Daniel Keene Jr. to take the win.
Smith and Keene swapped the lead a couple times throughout the 100-lap event, the longest all week for the Pro Late Models. Keene took the lead from Smith early in the race, but then Smith fought back a few laps later to take the lead back.
Near the midway point of the race, Keene came charging back to the take the lead once again from Smith, but Smith never let Keene out of his sights.
With about 10 laps remaining, Smith tried to make his move for the win on Keene. Smith dove to bottom of Keene’s white and black No. 5K machine, but a spin by a back-marker brought out the caution and negated Smith’s pass for the lead.
On the restart Smith got a great jump and drew even with Keene heading into turn one. The two drivers ran door-to-door for about two laps before Smith cleared Keene to take the lead and eventually the win, his first of Speedweeks.
“It’s unreal,” Smith said on the FansChoice.TV broadcast. “I did not think I was going to get him on that restart because the bottom is never good here. That was one hell of a race. I mean honestly that was probably the best race I’ve (ever been in).”
While to some it appeared as though Smith may have fired too early on the final restart, Keene bowed out in defeat to the 16-year-old Smith.
“He timed it pretty good,” said Keene. “He may have had a little bit of an advantage on firing first, but we went down into one and two equal. It wasn’t like he had us cleared. We were side-by-side for a couple laps there with eight to go. I’m going to give it to him. He beat us.”
Even after taking the victory, Smith said he was still unsure how he managed to get by the veteran Keene on the restart.
“I really don’t know,” said Smith. “We were even coming to the start/finish line. I didn’t use him up down here or anything. I just had good drive off and my spotter said clear and I was like ‘Oh, alright.’ So then I tried to save my stuff. Then the two behind me started battling and it was ours from then on.”
Smith was able to drive away from Keene over the final five laps as Keene became locked in a battle for second with former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Mike Skinner. However, Smith had no idea what his gap was to Keene in the final few laps.
“I was just looking forward to the white flag,” Smith said. “I was too nervous to look in the mirror.”
For an on-demand recap of Thursday night’s NASCAR Hometracks Race Central Live coverage, click here.
Pos # Driver 1 77 Zane Smith 2 5K Daniel Keene Jr. 3 33 Mike Skinner 4 15 Jason Boyd 5 97 Cole Anderson 6 9T Derek Thorn 7 12 Brandon Brilliant 8 44 Steve Laking 9 6 Matt Wallace 10 76 Jake Spillers 11 36 Kevin Thomas Jr. 12 1X Todd Stone 13 99 Raphael Lassard 14 5 Michael Clancy Jr. 15 46 Ryan Miles 16 16 Rob Vining 17 10 Matt Montineri 18 57 Heather Lynn 19 30 Frederick Moore 20 00C Anthony Cataldi 21 115 Mike Lewis 22 2 Tim Sargeant 23 98 Justin Ashburn 24 115 Mike Lewis
Preece Dominates for First New Smyrna Win of Speedweeks
Coming into the 2016 edition of Speedweeks at New Smyrna the overwhelming favorite had to be 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece, who dominated the Tour-type Modified portion of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in 2015 and came in this season with a brand new racecar.
But Preece has come up short in the first two Modified events this week, getting beat on a late restart by Ron Silk on Tuesday night and only being able to march back for another runner-up finish after spinning early in Wednesday’s 76 lap event.
Preece (6) passes Eric Goodale for the lead and the win on Thursday at New Smyrna. (Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman photo)
On Thursday night, Preece reasserted his dominance, storming past Silk on lap eight to take the lead for good in the 35 lap feature. Preece was cautious in the second half of the race, but was happy as ever when it was all over.
“It’s been a lot of work; we’ve just been fine tuning the setup and really learning this car. I have a pretty good handle on it now. If anything we got tight there. I was actually a little nervous around lap 20 or 25 because it wasn’t freeing up.” Preece said after the race on FansChoice.tv. “I’m really excited to get to victory lane and I’m happy for Eddie and Connie Patridge and TS Haulers, my owners. It’s just awesome.”
Preece has a busy day on Friday as he heads north during the day to Daytona International Speedway to practice his Johnny Davis Motorsports NASCAR Xfinity Series car in advance of Saturday’s 300-mile race.
Despite him missing practice for Friday night’s Richie Evan’s Memorial 100, Preece has no problem leaving the car as is.
“I think we have a really good car for the 100-lapper tomorrow. I wish we didn’t have to change tires because we have a really good hold on this thing.”
Justin Bonsignore finished second to Preece on Thursday and believes he has something for Preece and the rest of the field Friday.
“I think we have a better package for the longer distance races, where maybe Ryan is not as strong in the longer ones, but you never know. Hopefully he gets stuck at Xfinity practice all day and we can race, but no hopefully he gets back in time so we can battle it out.”
Friday’s Richie Evans Memorial will be the final outing for the Tour-type Modifieds in 2016 at the World Series before the teams return home to prepare for the upcoming championship seasons.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Mass, Conn, and Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman
Tour-type Modified 35 Results
Pos # Driver 1 6 Ryan Preece 2 51 Justin Bonsignore 3 2 JR Bertuccio 4 58 Eric Goodale 5 98 Etienne Cliché 6 22 Chuck Hossfield 7 32 Tyler Rypkema 8 82 Ron Silk 9 54 Tommy Catalano 10 33 Austin Pickens 11 64 Tommy Catalano 12 15 Jeremy Gerstner 13 71 Jimmy Zacharias 14 2x Mike Bolona
Dominates first night of World of Outlaws Craftsman? Late Model Series action
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 18, 2016 - Josh Richards controlled the top position in his Valvoline/Rocket Chassis house car No. 1 Thursday night as he dominated the 50-lap feature event at Volusia Speedway Park and scored the $10,000-to-win opening night of World of Outlaws Craftsman? Late Model Series action at the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.
Richards, who captured a victory on Monday night during the DIRTcar Late Models portion of the DIRTcar Nationals, showed his speed early on Thursday night as he paced his qualifying group with the fast time. Richards fell just short of claiming the overall quick time which went to Brian Shirley in the second qualifying group.
The Shinnston, W.Va. native carried his speed to the heat race, as he easily rocketed his way to victory, placing himself in the redraw for the top six starting positions. Richards utilized speed early in the night, then received some luck as he drew the pole position for the feature event.
Dale McDowell, who finished third Wednesday night, drew the second starting position for his Bad Boy Off Road /UNOH No. 17M. McDowell tried to rattle Richards early in the race, but Richards escaped the challenge from the second place starter and stretched out to a sizeable lead.
Scott Bloomquist, a winner already at the 2016 edition of DIRTcar Nationals, started in the fifth position but quickly made his way into the top three in his Reec Monument/Crop Production Services No. 0. Bloomquist looked to have the speed to catch Richards early in the feature, but was challenged by Jonathan Davenport, who finished second and third on the two previous nights.
Davenport and Bloomquist battled side-by-side for the fourth position, at one point even splitting third place starter Austin Smith. As the battle continued, 2006 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series champion Tim McCreadie fought his way from a ninth starting position to join the battle for third, eventually passing both drivers for the position.
McCreadie's top three run was short lived as Bloomquist made his way back around the driver of the No. 39 Sweetner's Plus machine, just a lap before McCreadie suffered a flat tire, sending him to the tail-end of the field.
At the front of the field, Richards spent most of his night leading the charge through lapped traffic as 29 drivers started the feature event that was slowed by only four cautions. The final caution fell with nine laps to go, bringing McDowell and third placed Davenport, who had finally completed the pass on Bloomquist, to Richards' rear bumper.
McDowell and Davenport stayed glued to the leader once the green flag fell, but Richards proved to be too strong for his adversaries as he lead flag-to-flag for his first World of Outlaws victory of the season.
"It has been a lot of fun," Richards said. "We gambled a little bit on tires, so I was kind of nervous and didn't know how it was going to hold up. We got stuck in lapped traffic and actually moved up [the race track] and gained speed.
"The guys have been giving me great cars every night, it's been a dream to drive them, and it has been a fun speed weeks…I have had an awesome career, it's been a lot of fun to race and have a car to compete for wins with."
McDowell improved on his Wednesday night performance by one position on Thursday, but could never get close enough to steal the Gator trophy from the eventual winner.
"We got better in qualifying tonight then struggled in the heat races," the 49-year-old veteran said. "Starting position is everything, and we have been fortunate enough to start up front. Our car has been good, so we will keep working at it and hopefully get a win before the end of the weekend."
Davenport rounded out the top three as he battled all night from the fourth position to maintain his solid performance at DIRTcar Nationals.
"I really want to take one of those Gator trophies home with me," the Blairsville, Ga. native said. "We're just missing it by a little bit. Tonight I was a too free going down the back straightaway.
"Congratulations to Josh [Richards], they picked the right tire. I thought me, Dale [McDowell] and Scott [Bloomquist] had the right tire on to get down the back straightaway, but it didn't seem to matter."
The World of Outlaws Craftsman? Late Model Series continue action at the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals on Friday and Saturday night.
Great seats remain for DIRTcar Nationals and are available by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com. Infield parking will be available on a first come, first served basis to all fans with a pit pass. The cost of the infield parking pass is $10 and is available at the pit gate off of turn four.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):
Comp Cams - $50 Product certificate : Josh Richards MSD - $50 Cash: Josh Richards QuarterMaster - $100 Product certificate: Dale McDowell Wrisco Aluminum - 3 Sheets of aluminum: Josh Richards Penske Shocks - TBD Product certificate: Scott Bloomquist Mobil 1 - $50 Cash: Scott Bloomquist JE Pistons - $50 Cash: Rick Eckert VP Racing Fuels - $50 Cash: Shane Clanton Edelbrock - $50 Cash: Morgan Bagley Comp Cams - $50 Cash: Shane Clanton Morton Buildings - $50 Cash: Steve Casebolt Cometic Gasket - $50 Cash: Boom Briggs JRI Shocks - $50 Cash: Dennis Franklin SuperFlow - $50 Cash: Chub Frank QuarterMaster - $25 Product certificate: Chub Frank JE Pistons - Set of rings: Brian Shirley QuarterMaster - $50 Product certificate: Dennis Frankin Arizona Sport Shirts - $100 Product certificate: Frank Heckenast Jr. Mobil 1 - 20% Off product certificate: Brandon Overton JE Pistons - Set of rings: Frank Heckenast Jr. MSD - $25 Cash: Tim McCreadie QA1 - $50 Cash: Jonathan Davenport Bonus Bucks - $500 Cash: Don O'Neal Rookie Bonus - $250 Cash: Dennis Franklin Craftsman Bonus - $200 Cash: Josh Richards, Rick Eckert, Morgan Bagley, Shane Clanton, Boom Briggs Craftsman Bonus - $100 Cash: Dale McDowell
Sheppard Goes it Alone, Gets a Victory at Volusia
After several seasons of success, including four Super DIRTcar Series titles, Matt Sheppard decided to go it alone in 2016.
That decision to leave the Heinke-Baldwin Racing team to form his own team and chase victories paid off with the season’s first in just its second race of the year.
Sheppard battled hard with Larry Wight and Rick Laubach late, but came out on top of Thursday’s 30-lap feature on Night 2 of the big-block Modifieds at the DIRTcar Nationals at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park.
“It’s unreal,” Sheppard said in victory lane. “It was such a crazy off-season for us with so much going on, building this team in such a short amount of time. We could say I’m going out on my own, but not really. I’ve got a ton of great people that stepped up and are helping out and everybody really came together.
“The crew’s been busting their butts all night on this car. We had trouble in qualifying, we had trouble in the heat race and they just never gave up. Man, two races in and we’re sitting in victory lane already, that’s awesome.”
Sheppard started sixth and was solidly in the top five by halfway. He dispatched Tim Fuller for second on lap 22, then took the lead from fast-timer Rick Laubach on lap 24. Laubach kept pace for a few laps, then Larry Wight took over the battle for the lead. Laubach and Wight each struggled in lapped traffic, allowing Sheppard to pull away in the final handful of laps.
“It got pretty hectic,” added Sheppard. “I was pretty good on that bottom but there was a pretty good mud puddle in the middle of (turns) three and four, which kind of threw a curveball. I ran out of tear-offs there with five or six to go. That was a little nerve-wracking. I’m just so thankful to be able to hold on. It’s just so awesome for everybody.
Wight was left to only watch Sheppard cruse to the checkered flag ahead of him after being slowed by the traffic.
“I think tonight we had a really good car,” said Wight. “It took me a little too long to find the top of (turns) one and two. In the middle of three and four, we were trying to run around those lines. There at the end, lapped traffic got the best of me and Matt was able to get on the bottom and run away with it.”
Laubach set fast time in hot lap qualifying, then won his heat race. Even after losing the lead to Sheppard, he was still in contention until being hung up by a lapped car that eventually dropped him to third.
“I was going good and I was watching my crew guy and he said I was pulling away,” said Laubach. “I was comfortable with that, but then you get caught up with all the passion of the lapped traffic and I couldn’t see him. That damn guy wouldn’t get out of my way. I don’t know what his problem was all night. He saw me up next to him. If I could’ve just got by him, I think I could’ve held him off. It’s part of it. I wasn’t good enough to get by him, so it’s what it is.”
Stewart Friesen and Erick Rudolph rounded out the top five. Wednesday’s Super DIRTcar Series winner Tim Fuller finished seventh.
The Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds will be back in action Friday at Volusia Speedway Park for their third of four DIRTcar Nationals events.
To see how the race played out, replay the Speed51.com Race Central coverage at this link – click here
Official Results Super DIRTcar Series Volusia Speedway Park February 18, 2016
1 Matt Sheppard 2 Larry Wight 3 Rick Laubach 4 Stewart Friesen 5 Erick Rudolph 6 Billy Dunn 7 Tim Fuller 8 Billy Pauch 9 Brett Hearn 10 Tyler Dippel 11 Tim Kerr 12 Vic Coffey 13 Pete Britten 14 Steve Bernard 15 Alan Johnson 16 JR Heffner 17 Danny Johnson 18 Tyler Siri 19 Brian Swartzlander 20 Darwin Green 21 Mat Williamson 22 Neal Williams 23 HJ Bunting 24 Dave Rauscher 25 Eldon Payne 26 Billy VanInwegen
DIRTcar Nationals Day-by-Day Schedule (Grandstands open at 5 p.m.) Friday, Feb. 19 - World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series Saturday, Feb. 20 - World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series
CLAUSON CRUISES TO NATIONAL SPRINT SEASON OPENER IN OCALA
Bryan Clauson in victory lane Thursday night after winning the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season opener at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.Bryan Clauson Racing Photo
By: Richie Murray & Dillon Welch
Although his determined charge to the front was interrupted by three early yellow flags, Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson was undeterred as he took the checkered flag during “Winter Dirt Games VII” in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors – Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar in Thursday night’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season opening feature at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.
Starting in the fourth position, Clauson quickly pounced to the front, immediately putting pressure on outside front row starter Chase Stockon for the lead by the end of the first lap.However, a turn four spin by Jarett Andretti brought out the yellow before the first lap could be completed, bringing about a complete restart.
On the ensuing restart, Clauson once again shot to the front, taking the lead on the third lap when the rear end on Aric Gentry’s car locked up, bringing out the second caution of the 30-lap event.On lap seven, Stockon’s tail tank was shadowed around the 3/8-mile D-shaped clay oval by Clauson when Kody Swanson came to a stop backwards in turn four.
Clauson, tired of seeing yellow, was intent on making the most of an extended green flag run, finally claiming the top spot for good on the eighth lap, sliding up in front of Stockon entering turn one and eventually pulling away to a half straightaway lead over Stockon.
Clauson was never challenged despite encountering lapped traffic in the final few circuits, taking his fourth USAC-sanctioned win of the year over Kyle Cummins, Thomas Meseraull, Max McGhee and Chad Boespflug.
Clauson, who won three of the five USAC Southwest/West Coast Sprint features at the “Winter Challenge” at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway in January likens his success at Bubba Raceway Park to Canyon.
“This place has always been a place since day one that I’ve taken a liking to,” Clauson said.“I kind of like to call it the Canyon of the south for me.Our cars are always really good and I’m proud to drive this thing.It’s been a rocket ship since we unloaded it at Eldora last year.”
As the track slicked off a bit, Clauson felt that the conditions suited his style to park it in victory lane for the fourth time in “Winter Dirt Games” competition, also picking up victories in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
“Our car, historically, the slicker it gets, the better we are,” Clauson said. “We were licking our chops all night.Our Spike chassis and Stanton power were getting to the ground and we felt like we had really good forward drive all night long.We were able to maneuver; that was the big thing.When Chase took our line away up top, I could go to the middle and still make some runs at him.That’s what we work on every night, not only to be fast but to be able to make multiple lines work.”
Cummins, of Princeton, Indiana, had a superb run, taking second at the checkered, passing Stockon during a three abreast battle along with Meseraull, who collected the third spot.
“At the beginning I felt like I sucked everywhere, but I made some adjustments and it seemed like going into the middle of one, everybody was kind of hanging, and I could make up a little bit of ground.In three and four, I could just run in the middle.Going into one and getting off turn four was my best by far. It seemed like I could make up a huge amount on the guys.”
Brady Short, who owns the lead for the Wilwood Brake Systems Passing Master Award for the weekend, was the KSE Hard Charger for the night, moving from 18th to the 11th in the feature.The contingency award winner for Schoenfeld Headers was fifth-place finisher Boespflug while Meseraull (3rd) and Brady Bacon (8th) won contingencies from Schroeder/Pac Springs.The top-finishing driver in a Maxim chassis was McGhee in the fourth spot.
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2016 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VII"
Jason Side Wins Night Number One For King Of The 360 Sprints At East Bay Raceway Park
THE KING OF THE 360’S THREE-DAY SHOW TO WRAP-UP THE 40TH ANNUAL WINTERNATIONALS AT TAMPA’S EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK STARTED WITH A TWO-PART SHOW THAT BEGAN WITH THE HIGHEST GROOVE ON THE TRACK AND ENDED WITH THE LOWEST GROOVE ON THE 1/3 MILE OVAL AND THE VICTORY GOING TO BARTLETT, TENNESSEE DRIVER….JASON SIDES.
TAMPA, FL…….2/18/16…..Jason Sides, who took the night off from practice at East Bay Raceway Park, to go fishing at 5:30 A.M. Thursday morning, capped off his evening with a $2,000 win over the best of a field of 43 cars that were here from coast to coast. They came from Vermont to California, Snohomish, Washington to Winnipeg, Canada for the $l0,000 prize to be awarded at the end of the three-day affair to crown the King of 360’s.
Shawn McMurray and Aaron Reutzel led the 20-car field to the green flag but it was the high-flying Reutzel (last year’s runner-up) who showed the way around the cushion for the first thirteen laps before the field was slowed by a four car pile-up by Lou Kennedy, Shawn Murray, Klint Angelettep and spoiling a good run for fourth starting Caleb Helms. By lap 15, second place Mark Smith dropped from contention after suffering front-end damage coming out of four when he touched wheels with Reutzel ending the night for last year’s winner of the big event.
Meanwhile, Sides was up to fourth by lap 15 and was second by lap l7 and leading by lap 18 with Danny Martin, Jr. on his tail. The race went non-stop from that point on and Sides just kept building momentum from that point on, lapping two cars in the process and building a margin of victory of 3.238 seconds at the finish.
Martin was a distant second followed by Chad Kenemah, Tim Shaffer and Seth Bergman, Terry McCarl, Travis Rilat, Lou Kennedy, Thomas Kennedy and Phil Gressman in the top ten. The top six for the feature were determined by luck of the draw and the complete results follow. Thanks, Jean Lynch for East Bay Raceway Park
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360 Sprints 2/18/2016
A-Main: 1. Jason Sides (Bartlett, TN), 2. Danny Martin Jr (Tampa, FL), 3. Chad Kenemah (Alvada, OH), 4. Tim Shaffer (Aliquippa, PA), 5. Seth Bergman (Shawnee, OK), 6. Terry McCarl (Altoona, IA), 7. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX), 8. Lou Kennedy (Winnipeg, BC), 9. Thomas Kennedy (Winnipeg, BC), 10. Phil Gressman (Fremont, OH), 11. Johnny Gilbertson (Dover, FL), 12. Danny Smith (Chillicothe, OH), 13. Gene Lasker (Tampa, FL), 14. Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX), 15. Matt Kurtz (Jacksonville, FL), 16. Mark Smith (Sunbury, PA), 17. Caleb Helms (Findlay, OH), 18. Klint Angelette (Thibodaux, LA), 19. Morgan Turpen (Cordova, TN), 20. Terry Gray (Bartlett, TN),
B-Main 1: 1. Chad Kenemah (Alvada, OH), 2. Phil Gressman (Fremont, OH), 3. Klint Angelette (Thibodaux, LA), 4. Gene Lasker (Tampa, FL), 5. Mitch Brown (Brantford, ), 6. Nicholas Snyder (Marco Island, FL), 7. Dylan Westbrook (Scotland, ), 8. Tony Agin (Fort Myers, FL), 9. Johnny Petrozelle III (Denton, NC), 10. Mark Ruel Jr. (Jacksonville, FL), 11. Kevin Roberts Jr. (Washington, OH), 12. Shawn Dancer (Delphos, OH), 13. Nick Roberts (Bloominburg, OH), 14. Kevin Albert (Lebanon, PA),
B-Main 2: 1. Thomas Kennedy (Winnipeg, BC), 2. Danny Smith (Chillicothe, OH), 3. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX), 4. Terry McCarl (Altoona, IA), 5. Parker Price-Miller (Kokomo, IN), 6. Michael Miller (Pascagoula, MS), 7. Robbie Stillwaggon (Burlington, NJ), 8. Justin Hoffman (Pottesville, NJ), 9. Ryan Bowers (Ham Lake, MN), 10. Shawn Donath (South Onondaga, NY), 11. Parker Evans (St. Owego, NY), 12. Will Hull (Plain Field, VT), 13. Travis Bliemeister (Venice, FL), 14. Freddie McCall (Brewton, AL), 15. Johnny Gilbertson (Dover, FL), 16. Alex Hill (SIx Nations, ON),
Heat Race 1: 1. Morgan Turpen (Cordova, TN), 2. Tim Shaffer (Aliquippa, PA), 3. Robbie Stillwaggon (Burlington, NJ), 4. Mitch Brown (Brantford, ), 5. Nick Roberts (Bloominburg, OH), 6. Freddie McCall (Brewton, AL), 7. Johnny Petrozelle III (Denton, NC), 8. AJ Maddox (Tampa, FL),
Heat Race 2: 1. Mark Smith (Sunbury, PA), 2. Thomas Kennedy (Winnipeg, BC), 3. Terry McCarl (Altoona, IA), 4. Parker Price-Miller (Kokomo, IN), 5. Nicholas Snyder (Marco Island, FL), 6. Dylan Westbrook (Scotland, ), 7. Johnny Gilbertson (Dover, FL),
Heat Race 3: 1. Matt Kurtz (Jacksonville, FL), 2. Jason Sides (Bartlett, TN), 3. Justin Hoffman (Pottesville, NJ), 4. Kevin Albert (Lebanon, PA), 5. Will Hull (Plain Field, VT), 6. Kevin Roberts Jr. (Washington, OH), 7. Alex Hill (SIx Nations, ON),
Heat Race 4: 1. Sean Murray (Jacksonville, FL), 2. Lou Kennedy (Winnipeg, BC), 3. Chad Kenemah (Alvada, OH), 4. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX), 5. Ryan Bowers (Ham Lake, MN), 6. Tony Agin (Fort Myers, FL), 7. Gene Lasker (Tampa, FL),
Heat Race 6: 1. Caleb Helms (Findlay, OH), 2. Terry Gray (Bartlett, TN), 3. Danny Martin Jr (Tampa, FL), 4. Phil Gressman (Fremont, OH), 5. Michael Miller (Pascagoula, MS), 6. Danny Smith (Chillicothe, OH), 7. Travis Bliemeister (Venice, FL),
Majeski & Burton Battle Like Veterans at New Smyrna WS
Ty Majeski celebrates his second win of the week at New Smyrna. (Speed51.com/Rick Ibsen)
Two young racers competed like veterans on Wednesday night at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). 21-year-old Ty Majeski and 15-year-old Harrison Burton put on a show for fans watching the 35-lap Super Late Model feature at the 50th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. In the end, it was Majeski standing in victory lane for the second time after a fierce battle with Burton.
“A really clean battle first of all,” Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I respect the heck out of him as a race car driver. He could have went up and doored me any time he wanted to, but he raced me clean. I appreciate that.”
Burton, who stood in victory lane Wednesday night, raced on the inside groove of the race track for the entirety of the battle with Majeski to his outside. The two raced close for a number of laps before Burton eventually got loose off of turn two with a handful of laps remaining.
“It was a lot of fun,” Burton said of the battle. “Me and Ty had a pretty clean race and it’s a lot of fun to race guys like that because it doesn’t happen as often as us Super Late Model drivers would like it to. I really enjoyed it and I had a lot of fun racing with Ty. He’s a really tough guy to beat. That shows how you have to keep evolving when you’re racing these guys. Last night we were the class of the field and tonight he was.”
Throughout the World Series, Burton has stressed how important it is to evolve each day. On Wednesday night, he admitted that a runner-up finish will only make his team work harder for the final three nights of racing.
“Everything can change and people can get better as the day goes on,” Burton explained. “Ty obviously had it pretty well tonight and we just have to work a little bit harder to catch up to him.”
Friday’s winner Steve Wallace, California native Derek Thorn and defending champion Zane Smith completed the top-five.
Despite standing in victory lane for the second time during the 50th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, Majeski himself recognized that he still has work to do for the rest of the week.
“The car was too free tonight and too tight last night. We made the right change, but we went a little bit too far so hopefully we’ll be better for tomorrow.”
1 91 Ty Majeski 2 12 Harrison Burton 3 66 Steven Wallace 4 9T Derek Thorn 5 77 Zane Smith 6 51 Stephen Nasse 7 9K Derek Kraus 8 84 Martin Latullipe 9 88 Garrett Jones 10 4 Dalton Armstrong 11 56D Gus Dean 12 19 Riley Herbst 13 11 David Rogers 14 40 Tanner Gray 15 56C Josh Collins 16 94 Garrett Hall 17 04 Natalie Decker 18 16 Vinnie Miller 19 9 Brad May 20 12G Derek Grifith 21 15 Christian Eckes 22 24K Jeremy Gerstner 23 4G Chad Finley
Goodale Makes Crew Feel Good with Blewett Memorial Win
In 2015 Eric Goodale scored his first victory in the John Blewett III Memorial 76 at New Smyrna Speedway. One year later it was Goodale holding off a hard-charging Ryan Preece to take the win once again.
For Goodale, a win in the Blewett Memorial race is as special as they come, but the Riverhead, New York native said this year’s win means just a little more.
“This win is a little extra special to me because of my crew members that were close to John,” said Goodale. “I know I made them feel good with this one tonight. It makes me feel good to have them feel good. This is definitely one that we mark on our calendar that we definitely want to go out there and win.”
Goodale led multiple times throughout the 76-lap affair. He showed his strength early in the race before fading just a bit. Goodale then took the lead back on a restart with about 26 laps remaining.
After that he had to hold off Preece who came charging back to the front after spinning off turn two with about 20 laps to go.
Goodale and Preece got a chance to battle with each other when a caution came out with about six laps remaining. Goodale got the jump on Preece and drove away from last year’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing to take the win.
Justin Bonsignore, Jimmy Zacharias and Chuck Hossfeld completed the top five.
“I saw him coming in my mirror,” Goodale said. “I knew I needed to get a good restart there at the end and restarts aren’t my specialty. I had the car tonight to hold him off. I saw him back there and didn’t want him to get to my bumper. I tried to keep three car lengths between us. Luckily he didn’t have anything more than he had, but I think I had a little something left in the tank if I needed it.”
Wednesday night’s race was the second straight night that Preece has finished in the runner-up position. In Tuesday night’s 50-lap race Preece said he was just too loose. On Wednesday night it was the exact opposite for Preece.
“I was too tight and couldn’t roll the center and when you can’t roll the center it just takes so much more to get up off the corner,” said Preece.
While Preece may have been too tight to try to really battle for the win, he had to charge back through the field quickly after his spin on the backstretch that resulted after contact with another car.
“I don’t know what happened above me,” Preece said. “The guy I think was going to spin out and I kind of saved him I guess. That’s racing. Sometimes stuff like that happens. Unfortunately, it hurt us and I had to use up that tire to get back there.”
After rain washed out Monday night’s racing action, the Tour-type Modifieds now have just two races remaining, including Friday night’s 100-lap Richie Evans Memorial. Preece won the race last year, but Goodale said he loves his chances for this year.
“If we have a car like this on Friday night, then it shouldn’t even be a contest,” said Goodale. “We should have a car that can win for sure. We’ve been fast all week. We broke in the opening lap last night, but I’m expecting big things from this car. This thing handles like a dream.”
Race fans can watch all of Wednesday night’s racing action on-demand on FansChoice.TV on Thursday.
Pos # Driver 1 58 Eric Goodale 2 6 Ryan Preece 3 51 Justin Bonsignore 4 71 Jimmy Zacharias 5 22 Chuck Hossfield 6 2 JR Bertuccio 7 32 Tyler Rypkema 8 15 Jeremy Gerstner 9 82 Ron Silk 10 98 Etienne Cliché 11 33 Austin Pickens 12 54 Tommy Catalano 13 64 Tommy Catalano 14 2X Mike Bolona
Pro Late Models
1 97 Cole Anderson 2 33 Carter Stokes 3 5K Daniel Keene Jr. 4 9T Derek Thorn 5 99 Raphael Lassard 6 12 Brandon Brilliant 7 98 Justin Ashburn 8 46 Ryan Miles 9 76 Jake Spillers 10 6 Matt Wallace 11 1X Todd Stone 12 44 Steve Laking 13 5 Michael Clancy Jr. 14 16 Rob Vining 15 57 Heather Lynn 16 36 Kevin Thomas Jr. 17 80 Monte Greiss 18 11W David Weaver 19 2 Tim Sargeant 20 30 Frederick Moore
1 99 Cody Stickler 2 4B Alan Bruns 3 9 Camron Ray 4 46 Doug Moff 5 57 Tim Moore 6 78 Travis Eddy 7 15D Robert Deal 8 13 Kevyn Terry 9 1W Wayne Parker 10 9NH Ben Bosowski 11 15 Tank Tucker 12 66 Jerry Symons 13 7 Joshua Todd 14 96 Matt Wheeler 15 71 LB Skaggs 16 86 Ricky Moxley
Bloomquist Cashes In at 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals
Scores $10,000 victory on third night of Late Model week
By Jordan Morris
BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 17, 2016 – Scott Bloomquist rebounded Wednesday from misfortunate the previous night as he scored the DIRTcar Late Model Swamp King Championship at the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.
Bloomquist, a resident of Mooresburg, Tenn., set the overall quick time during qualifying driving his famous Reec Monument/Crop Production Services No. 0. Bloomquist then continued his strong night by dominating his heat race, putting him in the redraw group for the 40-lap feature event.
Bloomquist drew the fourth starting position with Steve Casebolt selecting pole-position. Casebolt, piloting the Riesbeck’s Food Markets/Lias Tires Racing Division No. C9, lost the lead once the green flag dropped to second place starter Dale McDowell driving the 17M.
Bloomquist quickly charged to the second position, passing Casebolt and placing McDowell in his crosshairs for the lead. A caution on lap 6 brought Bloomquist to the inside of McDowell for the lead, and after a side-by-side battle for two laps, Bloomquist completed the pass on lap 8.
The 52-year-old Bloomquist pulled away from the field after he completed the pass for the lead, but quickly approached the tail end of the 28-car field. A hard-charging, red-hot Jonathan Davenport drove his Baird Transport/Elite Concrete No. 6 to Bloomquist’s back bumper, as the leader began navigating through lapped traffic.
For the second night in a row, a multi-lane racetrack allowed for side-by-side and three-wide racing throughout the field which allowed drivers like Davenport and, Tuesday night’s winner, Josh Richards to make their way to the front of the field. Davenport picked up seven spots to reach the second position and Richards picked up nine spots to get to the fourth position.
As the laps wound down, and lapped traffic subsided, Bloomquist pulled away from Davenport for good with less than 10 laps to go. Bloomquist, much as he did the entire night, dominated the feature event and captured the Swamp King Championship portion of the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
“[The car] was really good,” Bloomquist said. “I see we have some things to do to help ourselves in traffic - it took a while for heat to get in the front tires so I’m going to work on that.
“I want to thank my family even though they can’t be out here. I think my wife and daughter are going to come in Saturday and we may stick around a little bit and go to Disney [World] or Sea World.”
Davenport held on to finish second and improved on his third place finish from Tuesday night.
“I keep getting better at this place,” Davenport, a Blairsville, Ga.-native said. “We definitely had a good hotrod tonight. I think we were a little better than Scott [Bloomquist] early until we got to lapped traffic and he could just maneuver better. I got under Jason [Feger] and he slipped out of the groove a little bit and I hit him on the right front and it didn’t quite steer as good after that.
“Finishing second tonight, I couldn’t be happier. I don’t think we have had a finish outside of the top five this year, so we have definitely been one of the most consistent cars in the country.”
McDowell, who led the opening seven laps before handing the lead over to Bloomquist, finished in the third position after losing second to Davenport on lap 12.
“We had a good starting position, but they were better than us,” the Chicamaugua, Ga.-native said. “Tonight was only our second night out so I could see where they were beating us at and what areas we need to work on.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman? Late Model Series’ stars invade the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, continuing their year-long battle for the 2016 series title, while also trying to capture a coveted Gator trophy.
Great seats remain for DIRTcar Nationals and are available by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com. Infield parking will be available on a first come, first served basis to all fans with a pit pass. The cost of the infield parking pass is $10 and will be available at the pit gate off of turn four.
Fuller Fends Off Field for Opening Super DIRTcar Victory
Tim Fuller kicked off the 2016 Super DIRTcar Series season with a dominant performance Wednesday evening at Volusia Speedway Park (FL). With the victory in the 30-lap main event to kick off the DIRTcar Nationals for the big-block Modifieds, Fuller put the field on notice that he will be a force to be reckoned with moving forward this season.
Fuller sped past front-row starters Tyler Siri and Tyler Dippel in the opening laps and held off Billy Dunn following a series of mid-race restarts for the season-opening victory. Dunn got to the inside door of Fuller at one point, but Fuller used his strength along the outside cushion to sail away with the win.
“He scared me down there in (turns) three and four,” Fuller said of his battle with Dunn. “He got up inside of me once, but I figured that he went back to the top. The top is so dominant here right now. I figured if he was going to get by me on the bottom, he had the dominant car. I got up on the top and everybody wanted the bottom, so I just stayed up on the top and it turned out okay.”
It was the sixth career Florida win for Fuller, a veteran racer from Watertown, New York.
Dunn, who made his Volusia debut in a big-block Modified, turned heads with his runner-up finish.
“It’s just a really good run for our first time here. For a second I thought I might have something for Tim, but as the race went on I just got tight on the cushion and there wasn’t quite enough on the bottom to challenge him on the restart.”
Billy Pauch finished third, while Larry Wight and Matt Sheppard rounded out the top five.
Sheppard and Brett Hearn, who finished eighth, were two of the lone drivers who made the inside groove work Wednesday at Volusia. Their march through the field, as well as the battle for the win and more were caught by the Speed51 Network cameras. Full highlights from Wednesday’s feature will hit Speed51.com Thursday morning.
To catch up on all that happened through the day at Volusia for the Super DIRTcar Series, replay the Speed51.com Speed Central coverage at this link.
Official Finish – Super DIRTcar Series Volusia Speedway Park February 17, 2016
1 Tim Fuller 2 Billy Dunn 3 Billy Pauch 4 Larry Wight 5 Matt Sheppard 6 Stewart Friesen 7 Vic Coffey 8 Brett Hearn 9 Erick Rudolph 10 Pete Britten 11 JR Heffner 12 Danny Johnson 13 Steve Bernard 14 Rick Laubach 15 Alan Johnson 16 Brian Swartzlan 17 Tim Kerr 18 Mat Williamson 19 Neal Williams 20 Darwin Green 21 HJ Bunting 22 Jamie Mills 23 Billy VanInwegen 24 Tyler Siri 25 Eldon Payne 26 Tyler Dippel
Burton Drives Backup to SLM Victory Lane at New Smyrna
Harrison Burton collect his first Super Late Model feature win of the week after leading all 50 laps Tuesday night at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.Courtesy of Jason Christley
A few early cautions marred the start of Tuesday’s return to racing at New Smyrna Speedway, but Harrison Burton was able to dominate the 50-lap Super Late Model World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing feature.
After rain showers washed out Monday night’s action, Super Late Model teams returned for the first time since Saturday night. Some teams, like Burton’s, needed time to prep backup cars following crashes.
“It’s a long week, especially when you wreck a race car,” Burton said. “Morale is kind of down and I can’t think of a better way to get back up. The car was obviously amazing, I think we had the best car out there tonight. ”
A string of early cautions put World Series contenders into panic mode, but the field collected itself as the race progressed under green flag conditions. As the race closed in on the final laps, Ty Majeski began chasing down Burton but would not be able to catch him before the checkered flag waved.
“Just really tight through the center off, just wasn’t turning the way I needed it to,” Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Harrison’s car was turning a little better than mine and that was the difference.”
Burton’s team finally felt relief after several days of preparing a backup car.
“The guy’s worked tremendously hard to get the car ready for tonight,” stated Burton. “We wrecked our car the last race. This is our backup car. Our backup car was just as fast, if not faster, than our primary. Just quality, quality, quality, and quantity.”
Super Late Model teams will now focus on Wednesday night’s 35-lap dash. Majeski says there are more adjustments to be made.
“We’re just going to have to keep up with the racetrack as the week goes on. A little more rubber gets laid down, gets harder to turn the center here so we just need to keep up a little bit. I’m optimistic for tomorrow.”
After picking up a pair of World Series wins one year ago, Burton has his eyes set on scoring win number two of the week, but knows it will be a difficult task.
“I think we’ve got to be ever-evolving,” he said. “The guys behind me are going to work hard tomorrow to make sure they can beat me. So we’ve got to make sure that we work just as hard, if not harder, to stay ahead of them.”
Super Late Model Night #5 Official Results
1 12 Harrison Burton 2 91 Ty Majeski 3 51 Stephen Nasse 4 15 Christian Eckes 5 9T Derek Thorn 6 56 Austin Theriault 7 88 Garrett Jones 8 4G Chad Finley 9 84 Martin Latullipe 10 9 Brad May 11 66 Steven Wallace 12 04 Natalie Decker 13 40 Tanner Gray 14 19 Riley Herbst 15 12G Derek Grifith 16 94 Garrett Hall 17 4 Dalton Armstrong 18 16 Vinnie Miller 19 112 Steve Weaver Jr. 20 11 David Rogers 21 56D Gus Dean 22 8 David Garbo Jr. 23 14 Austin Nason 24 9K Derek Kraus 25 58 Tyler Ankrum 26 80 Donald Theetge 27 77 Zane Smith 28 24K Jeremy Gerstner
Silk Out-Duels Preece in Battle of Champions at New Smyrna
Ron Silk passed Ryan Preece late in the 50-lap feature to earn the first Tour Type Modified victory of the week. Courtesy of Jason Christley
One year ago it was Ryan Preece who dominated the Tour-Type Modified portion of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway. For much of Tuesday night’s 50-lap feature for the ground-pounders it was Ryan Preece dominating the race. But instead of Preece rolling into victory lane, it was Ron Silk in somewhat surprising fashion.
graphic-jri-pollard-pulliam-davenport-2016After a caution brought Preece back to Silk with under 10 laps to go, it quickly appeared like Preece would stretch his lead out once again. Silk then came charging back and got to the back bumper of Preece’s No. 6 machine with about five laps to go.
Silk, the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion drove deep into turn one to get under Preece, the 2013 NWMT champ. The two ran side-by-side for about a lap before Silk was able to clear Preece for the lead and the win with about three laps remaining.
Preece did what he could to try to close back in on Silk’s orange No. 82, but he said he was just too loose to do what he needed to do.
“He just beat us there at the end,” Preece told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We hadn’t raced here yet this week and we thought we had the car locked down enough for a 50-lap race. As soon as we got out there and did a couple laps in warmups I just knew it would be too free.”
Ron Silk leads Ryan Preece through turn four. (Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman photo)
Early on in the race Silk seemed to drop back a bit from his fourth-place starting spot. He blamed that early slide on a tight condition that eventually went away as the race wound down.
“In the beginning I was too tight and just kind of stuck where I was, but then the car came to me and got better and better,” Silk said. “The guys did a really good job.”
Silk eventually worked his way back to the front of the field and found himself in second when the first yellow flag waved with just about 15 laps to go. He lost the second spot to Justin Bonsignore on the restart, but was able to get back by just a few laps later. After that he said he studied how Preece was running and learned what he had to do.
“I just had to gauge myself off the 6,” he said. “I wasn’t really running him down, but I wasn’t losing him either. I got a good start and was able to keep second on the restart. He slipped up a bit in three and four and I was able to get a good run down the frontstretch to get by him.
Silk won the NWMT championship driving for the TS Haulers team owned by Eddie Partridge that Preece now runs for, making the win just a little bit sweeter.
“I still have a great relationship with Eddie Partridge,” said Silk. “He’s a good friend of mine and he did a lot of good things for me. Running for him for five years was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It is cool to beat them, but they’ve beat me a lot more than I’ve beat them recently.”
Tour-Type Modifieds 50
1 82 Ron Silk 2 6 Ryan Preece 3 2 JR Bertuccio 4 22 Chuck Hossfield 5 51 Justin Bonsignore 6 15 Jeremy Gerstner 7 71 Jimmy Zacharias 8 33 Austin Pickens 9 32 Tyler Rypkema 10 64 Amy Catalano 11 98 Etienne Cliché 12 54 Tommy Catalano 13 58 Eric Goodale 14 02X Mike Bologna
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com
1 99 Cody Stickler 2 7 Joshua Todd 3 78 Travis Eddy 4 46 Doug Moff 5 4B Alan Bruns 6 15D Robert Deal 7 88 John Sarppraicone Jr. 8 15 Tank Tucker 9 96 Matt Wheeler 10 66 Jerry Symons 11 13 Kevyn Terry 12 57 Tim Moore 13 1W Wayne Parker 14 9 Camron Ray
Fought off challenges on late restarts for first Gator trophy of the week
By Jordan Morris
BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 16, 2016 – Three-time World of Outlaws Craftsman? Late Model Series champion Josh Richards continued his hot streak Tuesday night, starting from the front row en route to scoring the checkered flag on night two of DIRTcar Late Models week at the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
Driving the Valvoline, Rocket Chassis house car, Richards showed his speed early in the night, winning his heat race then drawing the pole position in the re-draw. Gregg Satterlee, piloting the Satterlee Petroleum No. 22, started on the outside of row one.
A native of Indiana, Penn., Satterlee challenged Richards on the initial start but fell back as Richards muscled his way to an early lead. With Richards out front, the action took place behind the leader. Drivers from third to 24th battled side-by-side, and even three-wide for much of the race.
Drivers such as World of Outlaws regular Rick Eckert and Billy Moyer Jr. charged their way to the front utilizing a track that allowed for multiple lanes of racing. Eckert navigated his No. 7 Monumental Paving and Excavating, Longhorn Chassis from the tail-end of the field to a fifth placed finish.
At the front of the field, Richards set a blistering pace, but a red-hot Jonathan Davenport and 2006 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series champion Tim McCreadie lurked behind the leader after they both maneuvered around a fading Satterlee to crack the top three. Davenport, running the top line had chances on multiple restarts to slingshot around Richards for the lead, but could never complete the pass.
Richards eventually pulled away from Davenport on a restart with three laps to go, leaving Davenport to battle with McCreadie for the runner-up position. McCreadie eventually overtook Davenport for second, but never had a shot at the leader who dominated his way to another victory in the young 2016 season, his first DIRTcar Nationals win of the week.
“It sure wasn’t pretty but we will take it,” Richards said. “I saw [Davenport] in second and knew I had to give it all I had.
“It was touchy out there. There was a lot of traction in spots. If you could get through it smoothly, which was hard to do, then you could gain some speed. You don’t really know when you’re leading who’s behind you and how fast they’re going. It was a handful but we will take it, we have a long week to go.”
McCreadie started at the front of the field and maintained a top-five run the entire race, finishing only behind Richards.
“We’re digging all the time, I just don’t know where I need to be most nights,” the Watertown, N.Y.-native said. “It was fun. The track was rough – it had some character, but you could at least pass when guys made mistakes.
“We’re just working every day to get this Longhorn [Chassis] better. It’s not easy but we are working our tails off. For the time we have in the car it’s amazing the strides we have made to be able to run with Richards and Davenport and be competitive.”
Even though Davenport faded in the final laps, he still ran top three much of the night, showing how strong he has been so far in 2016.
“We didn’t have anything for Josh [Richards],” Davenport, who started in the 12th position, said. “I gave it all I had that last restart, but we did good getting to where we finished. That’s the best I have ever finished – I had a third here one time.
“This place is just a little different. I need to watch the videos and see what I’m doing right and wrong and get it tuned in here for tomorrow.”
The DIRTcar Late Models continue on Wednesday before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series takes on DIRTcar Nationals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Great seats remain for DIRTcar Nationals and are available by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com. Infield parking will be available on a first come, first served basis to all fans with a pit pass. The cost of the infield parking pass is $10 and will be available at the pit gate off of turn four.
Last-Chance Showdown No. 3 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Landers, Eckert, Wells, Yaggy, Pettyjohn, Carpenter, Julien, Franklin, Hammerle, Lawler.
Nick Hoffman Wraps Up Blockbuster UMP Modified Week at DIRTcar Nationals
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 16, 2016 — Nick Hoffman wrapped up his blockbuster DIRTcar Nationals run on Tuesday night as he claimed the UMP Modified Week championship and scored his second ‘Big Gator’ trophy.
Hoffman, who was the class of the field all week with the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, picked up three wins, the Gator Championship and the overall championship. He finished sixth in the final triple-20 feature.
“I just can’t believe it,” Hoffman said. “I can’t thank everybody enough who makes this possible. It’s unreal to come down here and beat the guys we did and to do it so many times.”
Tuesday night had three Triple-20 features lined up by the UMP Modified championship week point standings. Ray Bollinger picked up the win in the final Triple-20 feature of the night after battling with Will Krup.
“I can’t say enough for my crew,” Bollinger said. “They pull it down here and I get to fly down here. I feel like a NASCAR star coming down here and I finally got my gator.”
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Justin Allgaier won the second Triple-20 after he ran through the field and battled Scotty Kincaid. For the driver nicknamed ‘Little Gator,’ the win was even more meaningful as he was able to bring home his own little gator trophy.
“We struggled this week really bad – I can’t thank these guys enough,” Allgaier said. “We built a new racecar to come down here. We’ve been trying to learn it and we finally did tonight.”
Derrick Ramey held off Joey Jensen through the first Triple-20 feature of the night to claim his first victory of DIRTcar Nationals.
Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds take on Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday night as the DIRTcar Late Models crown the Swamp King Champion.
For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats. DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 16, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla. DIRTcar UMP Modified Triple-20 A-Feature #3 (15 Laps) –1. 77-Ray Bollinger [$600], 2. K9-Will Krup, 3. 54-Larry Burkins, 4. 10Y-Trent Young, 5. 36-Kenny Wallace, 6. 2-Nick Hoffman, 7. 35-David Stremme, 8. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 9. Z8-Max McLaughlin, 10. 41-Ryan Gifford, 11. 67-Garrett Stewart, 12. 90-Jason Beaulieu
DIRTcar UMP Modified Triple-20 A-Feature #1 (15 Laps) – 1. 91-Derrick Ramey [$600], 2. 126-Joey Jensen, 3. D4-Dave Jamison, 4. 11N-Gene Nicholas, 5. 2M-David Mitchell, 6. 0-Will Norris, 7. 26-Bobby Gierke, 8. 79-Kory Maurice, 9. 23-Ryan Cripe, 10. 22L-Bill Lewis, 11. 1-Jared Spaulding, 12. 21-Sean Monaghan DIRTcar Nationals Day-by-Day Schedule (Grandstands open at 5 p.m.) Wednesday, Feb. 17 – DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ & Super DIRTcar Series Thursday, Feb. 18 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series Friday, Feb. 19 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series Saturday, Feb. 20 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series
Rain Washes Out Monday’s New Smyrna Feature Action
Mother Nature had been quite kind to New Smyrna Speedway so far during the 2016 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, but apparently Monday evening something rubbed her the wrong way.
Rain showers, which bucked the trend of seasonable temperatures and sunny skies throughout the first three nights of World Series action, washed away Monday’s feature racing action. A drenching rain came seven laps into the night’s first feature, a 35-lapper for the Florida Modified division, which forced officials to pull the plug on the rest of the events.
Monday’s features, including the Florida Modified race, will not be rescheduled. The only change to the schedule resulting from Monday’s rain out is that the Tour-Type Modifieds, who were to make their 2016 World Series debut Monday night, will now have a 50-lap feature Tuesday instead of the regularly-scheduled 35. The Tour-Type Modifieds will start as they qualified and on the same tires on which they time trialed earlier in the day Monday.
Earlier in the day, Justin Bonsignore set fast time in qualifying for the Tour-Type Modified division. An invert of eight will put JR Bertuccio on the pole with Tyler Rypkema on the outside when the green flag drops Tuesday on the division’s 50-lapper.
In other time trial events, Zane Smith (Tour-Type Modifieds), Cole Anderson (Pro Late Models) were quickest in their respective divisions. The Florida Modified race was led by Tim Moore when the race was called off at lap seven Monday night.
Speed51.com will power the NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live coverage of Tuesday’s Night 5 action of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing beginning at 1:30pm ET. FansChoice.tv will air all of Tuesday’s feature racing beginning at 7:30pm ET.
For more on Monday’s on-track activities before the rain, replay the NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live coverage of Monday’s Night 4 by clicking here.
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @MattKentfield – Photo credit: Speed51.com
Moyer Jr. Kicks-Off Late Model Week at DIRTcar Nationals with Victory
Leads flag-to-flag for first career DIRTcar Nationals victory
by Jordan Morris
BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 15, 2016 – Billy Moyer Jr. survived a late race challenge from Dennis Erb Jr. and Shane Clanton as he captured the DIRTcar Late Models checkered flag on opening night of Late Model Week at DIRTcar Nationals.
Moyer Jr., a World of Outlaws Craftsman? Late Model Series rookie of the year contender and son of legendary late model driver Billy Moyer Sr., started from the outside of row one in his Crop Production Services/Dyna-Gro Seed 21JR for the 30-lap, $7,000-to-win feature at Volusia Speedway Park. Moyer easily made his way around pole-sitter Erb once the green flag fell.
Erb, driving the Black Diamond Chassis number 28E, had his hands full with fourth place starter Clanton, whom he battled with side-by-side for most of the race. Clanton utilized the outside line to stay even with the bottom-running Erb as the leader pulled away.
As the laps dwindled down, Erb and Clanton pulled within striking distance of the leader who was having trouble navigating lapped traffic. With 10 laps to go, the top three were separated by less than a second.
Clanton faded in the closing laps, but Erb stayed glued to Moyer’s rear bumper. Moyer maintained his lead for the remaining laps, leading flag-to-flag and claiming his first career DIRTcar Nationals victory.
“I’ve never ran good in a feature here,” the Batesville, Ark.-native said. “The car was perfect - my dad did a heck of a job. Just having my dad here means more than anything. Growing up he didn’t always get to be there, he had to go out and make a living, so this means a lot.
“I’m really excited, we finally got a Gator and that means a lot to me. The car was phenomenal, I tend to overtighten myself a lot, so it was great having my dad here to help me on the adjustments. We’ll go to work tomorrow and hopefully get another one.”
Erb finished in the runner-up position after doing everything he could to muscle his way around the leader, but came up just short of capturing a coveted Gator trophy.
“I had a really good car and I was running him down there,” Erb said. “[Moyer Jr.] did a really good job of staying on his line and his car was really good. We will take a second place here and build on it for this week.”
Clanton faded during the latter parts of the race as 2014 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Frank Heckenast Jr. maneuvered around him for the third position.
“I buried myself after qualifying and had to come from fifth in the heat,” Heckenast Jr. said. “We did a lot better than last year, it took us until the end of the week to get going. I think we found something, so we will work on it, but I am still kind of mad at myself because I thought I could’ve finished better.”
Results from DIRTcar Late Model Series 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals night #1 at Volusia Speedway Park:
A-Main (30-laps): 1. 21 Billy Moyer Jr ($7,000), 2. 28E Dennis Erb Jr, 3. 99 Frank Heckenast Jr, 4. 25 Shane Clanton, 5. 777 Jared Landers, 6. 25F Jason Feger, 7. 1 Josh Richards, 8. 15s Donny Schatz, 9. 99B Boom Briggs, 10. 20 Rodney Sanders, 11. B5 Brandon Sheppard, 12. 15 Steve Francis, 13. 3s Brian Shirley, 14. 7 Rick Eckert, 15. 39 Tim McCreadie, 16. 38 Kenny Pettyjohn, 17. 14M Morgan Bagley, 18. 22 Gregg Satterlee, 19. 16T Tyler Bruening, 20. 7W Ricky Weiss, 21. 201 Billy Ogle Jr, 22. 1* Chub Frank, 23. 5 Mark Whitener, 24. 40B Kyle Bronson.
Qualifying Group 1: Wilmoth, Briggs, Coffey, Weiss, Erb Jr., Bruening, Schatz, Kurtz, Hammerle, Junghans, Yaggy (DNS)
Qualifying Group 2: Landers, Satterlee, Sanders, Ogle Jr, Casebolt, Feger, Bagley, Frank, Rattliff, Boles, Millard.
Qualifying Group 3: Richards, Sheppard, Moyer Jr., Pettyjohn, Whitener, Bronson, Clem, LaPlant, Wells, Julien, Hollenbeck.
Qualifying Group 4: Shirley, McCreadie, Francis, Clanton, Heckenast Jr, Eckert, Frye, Norris, Lawler, Carpenter, Rettig.
Nick Hoffman Wins Gator Championship at DIRTcar Nationals
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 15, 2016 — Nick Hoffman continued his DIRTcar Nationals dominance Monday night as he held off Austin Dillon to score the Gator Championship and the coveted ‘Big Gator’ trophy.
Hoffman drew the number one starting pill in the night’s redraw but faced stiff competition from NASCAR stars Austin and Ty Dillon, and Jason Beaulieu as the green flag flew on the night’s 30-lap feature at Volusia Speedway Park.
Hoffman jumped out to a nearly two second lead early as the Dillon brothers worked to run him down. By lap 13, Ty Dillon caught Hoffman and began a multi-lap battle for the lead. With lapped traffic in play, Hoffman was able to again extend out his lead.
As Hoffman maintained a consistent one-and-a-half-second lead over Ty Dillon, Beaulieu began battling Austin Dillon for the third position. Billy Workman Jr. slowed to a stop on the front straight on lap 27 and bunched the field back up as the yellow flag flew.
“I was kind of hoping that thing was just going to go straight to the checkered but I just didn’t want to do what Ty did the other night and screwed up in lapped traffic or miss my marks in the last two laps,” Hoffman said. “It was nail-biting coming to that green with two to go. I knew if I could make three perfect laps that that was all it was going to take.”
When the feature returned to green with three laps remaining, Hoffman held off Ty Dillon as Beaulieu battled to the third position. It was the third win of DIRTcar Nationals for Hoffman.
“I knew all of my fate relied on that redraw but man this thing was so good I think we could have won that thing from 10th,” Hoffman said. “I knew Ty would be really tough and I just held onto it and those lappers were a little scary.
DIRTcar Nationals Day-by-Day Schedule (Grandstands open at 5 p.m.)
Tuesday, Feb. 16 – DIRTcar Late Models & UMP Modified Triple 20’s Wednesday, Feb. 17 – DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ & Super DIRTcar Series Thursday, Feb. 18 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series Friday, Feb. 19 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series Saturday, Feb. 20 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series
Todd Gilliland is 2-for-2 in his K&N Pro Series career with Sunday's win at New Smyrna.Sean Gardner/Getty Images for NASCAR
2-for-2 in K&N Pro Series With Win in East Season Opener
By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Third-generation racer Todd Gilliland could not have scripted a better start to his own NASCAR career.
After the fifteen-year-old reached Victory Lane in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut last fall at Phoenix International Raceway, Gilliland made it 2-for-2 in the series with a win in Sunday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener at New Smyrna Speedway in the Jet Tools 150.
Gilliland, the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran David Gilliland, ended up the winner Sunday evening after some late-race drama. Gilliland's No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota led at the start-finish line at the completion of Lap 150, the scheduled distance of the event, but racing continued for a subsequent lap due to a delay in displaying the proper flags from the flag stand.
In the ensuing circuit, Ronnie Bassett Jr. crossed the finish line first after contact with race leaders Spencer Davis and Gilliland. However, per the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rule Book, the official finish of the race reverts to the completion of Lap 150, the advertised distance of the event.
Davis was scored as the race runner-up with Bassett in third. Kyle Benjamin and Justin Haley brought home the top five followed by Noah Gragson, Ryan Preece, Tyler Dippel, Riley Herbst and Dominique Van Wieringen.
A native of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, Gilliland recorded the 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing earlier in the evening while the Canadian Van Wieringen qualified third, the highest mark for a female driver in the series’ 30 years of competition.
The Jet Tools 150 will be telecast by NBCSN on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11:30 p.m. ET.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action on Saturday, March 12 with the inaugural Mobile 150 at Mobile (Alabama) International Speedway.
Fin/Str/Car/Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status 1 1 16 Todd Gilliland * NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 150 48 5 Running 2 2 41 Spencer Davis * Ranier Racing with MDM Chevrolet 150 43 1 Running 3 13 04 Ronnie Bassett, Jr. Bassett Gutters Ford 150 41 Running 4 12 40 Kyle Benjamin Ranier Racing with MDM Chevrolet 150 40 Running 5 11 5 Justin Haley Braun Auto Chevrolet 150 39 Running 6 8 55 Noah Gragson AlertID/Speed Vegas/Colliers Int'l Ford 150 38 Running 7 21 31 Ryan Preece Whelen Engineering Chevrolet 150 37 Running 8 5 38 Tyler Dippel * East West Marine/TV Car Chevrolet 150 36 Running 9 17 19 Riley Herbst * NOS Energy Drink Toyota 150 35 Running 10 3 30 Dominique Van Wieringen * Durobyte Ford 150 34 Running 11 10 2 Collin Cabre UTI/NTI Toyota 150 33 Running 12 16 27 Gracin Raz Montana Tech/Trinity Energy Ford 150 32 Running 13 9 12 Harrison Burton * DEX Imaging/Konica Minolta Toyota 150 31 Running 14 24 14 Trey Hutchens Hutchens Motorsports Chevrolet 150 30 Running 15 6 3 Kaz Grala Kiklos Olive Oil Toyota 150 30 1 Running 16 29 43 David Calabrese * Diamondback Towing Ford 150 28 Running 17 18 66 Reid Wilson * Young's Motorsports Chevrolet 150 27 Running 18 28 49 John Holleman, IV * Midway Mobile Storage Ford 150 26 Running 19 26 7 Codie Rohrbaugh Grant County Mulch Chevrolet 150 25 Running 20 25 4 Ali Kern * Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota 150 24 Running 21 20 6 Ruben Garcia Jr. * Special Smiles Toyota 150 23 Running 22 23 2 Sarah Cornett-Ching * RACE 101 Chevrolet 149 22 Running 23 7 42 Jairo Avila Jr. * Rev Racing Toyota 149 21 Running 24 4 1 Austin Theriault Don Valley North Toyota 148 20 Running 25 22 77 Clayton Green * Clayton Green Motorsports Toyota 147 19 Running 26 27 09 Christian Celaya Alle Health Toyota 147 18 Running 27 15 44 Dillon Bassett Bassett Gutters Ford 147 17 Running 28 19 46 Ulysse Delsaux * Nexteer Automotive Toyota 144 16 Running 29 14 13 Hunter Baize * Bicycle Playing Cards/Pine Mountain Firewood 97 15 Accident
Gator Love: Brad Sweet Claims Victory, Big Gator Trophy
Rolls west with the World of Outlaws Craftsman? Sprint Car Series championship points lead
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 14, 2016 - Brad Sweet continued his DIRTcar Nationals dominance Sunday night as he scored his second World of Outlaws Craftsman? Sprint Car Series feature victory of the season and claimed the coveted 'Big Gator' trophy by winning the Sprint Week championship.
"It's unbelievable," Sweet said. "The competition is so stiff that you have to put yourself in position each and every time you're on the race track and it's not easy, one mistake and you're behind the eight ball. Tonight we did pretty much everything right, and luckily the dash draw helped us there because it was going to be a tough track to pass on."
Sweet, who won the season opening series event at Volusia Speedway Park on Friday night, edged Greg Hodnett, who had been the picture of consistency all week, by just four points to win the 'Big Gator.' With Daryn Pittman's 2015 Sprint Week championship, it is the second year in a row Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb has claimed the 'Big Gator' trophy.
The win rounded out a good night for Sweet who kicked it off by scoring the quick time in his No. 49 Razorback Professional Tools car. It was a DIRTcar Nationals quick time sweep for KKR after Sweet's teammate, Pittman, picked up the award the first two nights.
Joey Saldana, in his opening week with new team Roth Motorsports, led the field to the green flag. Before a lap could be completed there was a yellow flag for a crash and when the 30-lap feature got underway again a red flag flew.
As the feature got underway, Saldana led early with Sweet on his heels. Saldana caught traffic in his No. 83 car on lap eight. A caution again flew, this time on lap nine. The moment proved pivotal for Sweet as he battled past Saldana when the race returned to green. Through the next 20 laps, Sweet was the class of the field, adeptly maneuvering through the field and building distance between he and Saldana.
As the laps wound down, Saldana had his hands full with the No. 1Z of Lucas Wolfe. After a multi-lap battle, Wolfe, the 2008 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, got side-by-side with Saldana in turn one and completed the pass on the back straight.
Through the closing laps Saldana worked to hold off David Gravel, as Wolfe tried to run down Sweet. When the final checkered flag fell on sprint week, it was another Sweet victory.
"Hats off to these guys, it's an unbelievable car to driver," Sweet said. "To show up down here like that, and we had a chance to win every single night, and all three of the Outlaw nights. Tonight going fast time, winning the heat and the main event, the only thing we didn't do is win the dash, so it's a hat off to [my crew]."
Through the first three features of the very young 2016 season, Sweet leads the championship standings by 27 points over Hodnett.
For Wolfe, a second place showing Sunday night was a rebound over Saturday where he failed to make the feature.
"It was a great way to end the whole week for all of us at Zemco racing," Wolfe said. "It was a good race for us, we were able to catch a few breaks there at the start moving us up a row, and I was competitive the whole race which was good. I was able to get by Joey and Brad getting caught behind the lapped car there allowed me to catch up, but once he got around him I was faced with the same thing and never got quite clear of him. It was a good result for us, I think we were strong enough to challenge Brad at the end there just could never get to him. So we're going to go back home and get everything ready for our season back down there."
Wolfe finished Sprint Week 11th in the overall standings.
Saldana, who closed out Sprint Week fifth overall in the standings, worked through the week to find a rhythm with his new team and build toward the season ahead.
"Tonight we put the whole night together, we qualified well and did everything right, we just got a little free and messed up on a restart," Saldana said. "I think even if I choose the outside, I would get beat on the bottom. But hats off to Brad, he had the speed. When we got to the lapped cars at the end I could hang with him, but when we had to move around I couldn't move, I was kinda stuck on the cushion. It was a great effort by the whole Roth team, I can't thank Theresa and Dennis enough for the opportunity and their commitment to the Outlaws. Hopefully we can do better than we did tonight in a couple of weeks."
Jason Johnson was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing six positions to finish 12th.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series begins the march west with a stop at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas on Feb. 26 and Royal Purple Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas on Feb. 27.
Volusia Speedway Park Notebook
RACE NOTES: Brad Sweet picked up two wins during DIRTcar Nationals. The first came on the opening night for the World of Outlaws Craftsman? Sprint Car Series on Friday… This is the second year in a row Kasey Kahne Racing has picked up the Sprint Week championship at DIRTcar Nationals… Jason Johnson was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing six positions to finish in 12th… Kasey Kahne Racing swept the qualifying quick times all three Outlaws nights. Daryn Pittman won the first two and Brad Sweet won tonight.
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 59-Austin McCarl ; 2. 2L-Danny Lasoski ; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 4. O7-Doug Esh ; 5. 24-Terry McCarl ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson ; 7. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 8. 71A-R.J. Johnson ; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp ; 10. 4-Danny Smith ; 11. 17W-Bryan Clauson ; 12. 71MX-Paul May 
Brian Ruhlman wins his first ever DIRTcar Nationals feature
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 14, 2016 —On the second night of Gator Qualifying for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Brian Ruhlman, a Clarklake, Mich. native, muscled his way to the top spot on lap one and held off challenges from Jacob Hawkins and NASCAR star Austin Dillon to claim his first DIRTcar Nationals victory.
“I’ve always wanted a Gator, and we have been so close,” Ruhlman said. “I have to thank [my girlfriend] Veronica, it’s just her and I down here this weekend.
“We ran it wide-open all the way around there. If they were going to beat me, they were going to have to earn it.”
Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. On Monday night, the DIRTcar Late Models join the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds as the modifieds compete in for the Gator Championship.
DIRTcar Nationals Day-by-Day Schedule (Grandstands open at 5 p.m.) Monday, Feb. 15 – DIRTcar Late Models & UMP Modified Gator Championship Tuesday, Feb. 16 – DIRTcar Late Models & UMP Modified Triple 20’s Wednesday, Feb. 17 – DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ & Super DIRTcar Series Thursday, Feb. 18 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series Friday, Feb. 19 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series Saturday, Feb. 20 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series
Davenport Wins in First Lucas Oil Visit to Bubba Raceway Park
OCALA, FL (February 14, 2016) Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Jonathan Davenport took the lead on lap 31 from Scott Bloomquist and sped on to win the LOLMDS event on Sunday Night at Bubba Raceway Park. Scott Bloomquist was in command of the race until Davenport and Josh Richards went by him. A few laps later Bloomquist’s night ended with a flat right rear tire.
Richards finished second to Davenport, followed by Brandon Sheppard, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Frank Heckenast Jr.
“We got beat around out there pretty good early in the race. We’d pass a couple of cars then there would be a caution and I would have to go back. It got to be quite frustrating for a while. I just kept being patient though. The ignition problems we have been having were in the back of my mind tonight. I know Kevin, Lee Roy and Brian went to work on the car and they looked it over meticulously to have it ready for me and once we got past Josh [Richards] there it really took off.”
Richards completed a successful Georgia-Florida Speedweeks with the LOLMDS series garnering a runner-up spot to Davenport. “The new Rocket car has been exceptional since we came down here. We have been here several times before and that definitely helped tonight. The track was different than what we have seen in the past. We made the right choice on tires and set-up. Congrats to Jonathan on the win, he deserved it! Anytime we can run close to him the way he has been running the last couple of years, says a lot for our team and our preparation.”
Sheppard, who started 15th on the grid made his way to third as the 23-year-old unofficially moved to second in the championship points standings. “We have been here before and won, so we had some experience with set-ups and such. Mark Richards came over and helped us some tonight. It was another strong points night for the Best Performance Motorsports Team.”
Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. Don O’Neal, Gregg Satterlee, and Jared Landers.
In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 26 entrants, with a lap of 14.185 seconds. Josh Richards set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.249 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Ivedent Lloyd Jr. won their respective heat races.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Sunday, February 14th, 2016 5th Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, FL
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Josh Richards / 14.249 seconds Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport / 14.185 seconds
Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Jimmy Owens, Gregg Satterlee, Tim McCreadie, Earl Pearson, Jr., Austin Kirkpatrick, Dennis Erb, Jr., Tyler Clem
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Eddie Carrier, Jr., Josh Richards, Darrell Lanigan, Jordan Yaggy, Randy Weaver, Freddie Carpenter, John Gardner, James McKeown, Colton Flinner
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Don O'Neal, Jared Landers, Steve Casebolt, Brandon Sheppard, Bob Gardner, Steve Francis, Frank Heckenast, Jr.
Feature Finish (50 Laps):
FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN 1 4 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC 2 5 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 3 15 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 4 2 28 Eddie Carrier, Jr. Salt Rock, WV 5 24 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL 6 13 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 7 3 21L Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. Ocala, FL 8 6 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 9 10 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA 10 9 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 11 22 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 12 8 15L Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 13 18 4G Bob Gardner Washington, IL 14 16 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 15 11 77 Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN 16 21 15F Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 17 7 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 18 26 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA 19 17 K Freddie Carpenter Parkersburg, WV 20 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 21 19 11K Austin Kirkpatrick Ocala, FL 22 20 38C John Gardner Germantown Hills, IL 23 25 14 Tyler Clem Tampa, FL 24 12 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN 25 14 116 Randy Weaver Crossville, TN 26 23 60 James McKeown Stanton, MI
Race Statistics Entrants: 26 Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 30); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 31 – 50) Cautions: Ivedent Lloyd (Lap 6); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 12); Tim McCreadie (Lap 13); Jordan Yaggy, Colton Flinner (Lap 14); Steve Casebolt, Steve Francis (Lap 15); Tyler Clem (Lap 23); Don O’Neal (Lap 30); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 40) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: n/a Bubba Raceway Park Track Provisional: n/a Wrisco Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Frank Heckenast Jr. (Started: 24th; Finished: 5th; Advanced 19 Positions) Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Josh Richards Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Don O’Neal Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jonathan Davenport Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: n/a COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Andy Durham Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Kevin Rumley (Jonathan Davenport) Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #2 – 14.948 seconds) Most Laps Led: Scott Bloomquist (30 Laps) PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Scott Bloomquist Time of Race: 46 minutes 15 seconds
Florida Mini Sprints(top 5)
1. Tyler Walton 2. Robby Hoffmann 3. Robbie Smith 4. David Hall 5. Rhea Lynne Moss
Ty Majeski grabbed the 35-lap Super Late Model win Saturday night at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.Jason Christley/NASCAR
By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR
NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Ty Majeski had to settle for second behind Steven Wallace on Opening Night. Saturday night, he got the shot at Wallace in the closing laps and pulled out the victory on Night 2 of the 50th Annual World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna Speedway
Wallace settled for second ahead of defending World Series champion Zane Smith.
"It's huge," said Majeski. "Last year we won on Saturday night and had the off day on Sunday, and kind of relaxed and thought about what we had to do to make the car a little bit faster. And hopefully we'll come out firing on Monday."
The 21-year-old from Seymour, Wisconsin, also won the 2015 Florida Governor’s Cup in November.
Majeski closed in on Wallace as a long green-flag run ate up most of the second half of the race. But a late caution slowed Majeski's advantage.
"I started to get a run on him, he started to get real loose off in the center," said Majeski. "I got a run on him and unfortunately, the caution came out. Definitely not what I wanted to see. "The outside on the restarted are real critical here. I knew I was going to be stuck on the bottom."
"These 35 lap races, your car's got to be free to maintain a go, but it's just finding that fine line," Wallace said. "First and second is pretty damn good. It's just when I got down in Turn 1, Ty ran up there and smashed my left rear and kind of moved me up the track. But that's just good short track racing. But overall, not too bad."
Majeski, however, was able to track Wallace back down in the closing laps and make the pass with two to go.
"We've got to work on our car a little bit, we're going to tune it up," said Wallace, "We're going to work on the car, get it all cleaned up, prepared and ready for Kill Mode on Monday."
Two red flags slowed the first half of the race and attrition took out many of the contenders. In fact, Smith cut a tire under one caution and was able to come back for a podium spot.
"I didn't think we had a top three there - especially after we blew a right rear," said Smith. "But we came back. We restarted 10th and just made our way back up."
Derek Thorn, who started on the pole, finished fourth and Stephen Nasse was fifth.
Christian Eckes, Dalton Armstrong, Austin Nason, Garrett Hall and Tanner Gray completed the top 10.
Thorn managed to hold off a charging Daniel Keene Jr. in the last five laps to win the second Pro Late Model feature of the week.
Josh Todd kicked off the second night of the 50th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing by winning the Florida Modified feature.
Racing continues tomorrow, highlighted by NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Jet Tools 150 followed by the 50-lap Sportsman feature. Saturday's racing, as well as Feb. 15-20, are airing live on FansChoice.TV, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET each night.
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1 91 Ty Majeski 2 66 Steven Wallace 3 77 Zane Smith 4 9T Derek Thorn 5 51 Stephen Nasse 6 15 Christian Eckes 7 4 Dalton Armstrong 8 14 Austin Nason 9 94 Garrett Hall 10 40 Tanner Gray 11 84 Martin Latulippe 12 88 Garrett Jones 13 11 David Rogers 14 112 Steve Weaver, Jr. 15 04 Natalie Decker 16 9 Brad May 17 58 Tyler Ankrum 18 98 Todd Gilliland 19 12 Harrison Burton 20 8 David Garbo, Jr. 21 9K Derek Kraus 22 19 Riley Herbst 23 56 Josh Collins 24 4G Kody Evans 25 97 Cole Anderson 26 21 Derrick Kelley
Role Reversal Lands Thorn in World Series PLM Victory Lane
In Friday night’s opening Pro Late Model race during the New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, Derek Thorn came up short of victory to Daniel Keene, Jr. after a lengthy battle.
Saturday, roles were reversed in round two.
graphic mobile app 2016-1Thorn earned his first World Series victory by holding off Keene in the 35-lap Pro Late Model feature Saturday. The two front-runners banged doors in the battle for the win, but in the end it was Thorn who drove away down the stretch for the victory.
“Being able to race against Keene, it takes a little while to learn one another’s driving styles and habits,” Thorn told Speed51.com powered by JEGS in victory lane. “I feel like I’ve got a better outlook on what he’s like and how he goes about things. That lets me be me and how I’ve got to go about things.”
Twenty-four hours after scoring a career-first World Series win of his own, Keene saw his chief rival from Friday night celebrating in victory lane instead of the other way around.
“I think we had a little bit better car than him tonight,” said Keene. “He just kind of played the advantage of pinching me off in the corners and stuff like that. That’s what he needs to do and that’s racing. That’s what you’re supposed to do. My hat’s off to him. He beat us.”
Thorn, a native of Lakeport, California, lived out a longtime dream of scoring a victory at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, doing so in the No. 9 Pro Late Model owned by longtime Florida racer Kurt Jett.
“It’s my first (win) here, so it’s kind of nice,” added Thorn. “I’ve been here probably five-six times, and it seems like every time I’ve been close. I’ve just never been able to finish it off. The World Series has been on my bucket list for a decade. The Jett family has given an awesome opportunity to let me drive for them and I’m happy to be able to bring a win home for them.”
Tim Sargent followed Thorn and Keene across the line in third, while Brandon Brilliant and Steve Laking rounded out the top five.
The PPG Pro Late Model division will be back in action at New Smyrna Speedway Monday as part of the 50th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
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1 9 Derek Thorn 2 5K Daniel Keene, Jr. 3 2 Tim Sargent 4 12 Brandon Brilliant 5 44 Steve Laking 6 16 Rob Vining 7 46 Ryan Miles 8 75 Christian Celaya 9 11 David Weaver 10 36 Kevin Thomas, Jr. 11 5 Michael Clancy, Jr. 12 6 Matt Wallace 13 33 Carter Stokes 14 96 Erica Thiering 15 115 Mike Lewis 16 97 Cole Anderson 17 1x Todd Stone 18 17 Grant Griesbach 19 94 Donnie Varcoe 20 99 Raphael Lessard
1 7 Josh Todd 2 78 Travis Eddy 3 99 Cody Stickler 4 4B Alan Bruns 5 1 Wayne Parker 6 46 Doug Moff 7 57 Tim Moore 8 9 Cameron Ray 9 15D Robert Deal 10 9NH Ben Bosowski 11 111 Earl Beckner 12 66 Jerry Symons 13 71 LB Skaggs 14 962 Matt Wheeler 15 15 Tank Tucker 16 13 Kevyn Terry
1 111 Patrick Thomas 2 09E John Emerson 3 1 Derrick Wood 4 98 Johnny Allen 5 11 Daniel Conlin, Jr. 6 9 Kody Jett 7 25 Timmy Todd, Jr. 8 10 Sandy Lee 9 00D DJ Farr 10 38 Ron Gustafson 11 27X Phillip Luizzo 12 00 Cody Carr 13 5 Jerry Artuso 14 71 Earl Beckner 15 6 Sean Bass 16 8 Austin Carr 17 56 Daniel Wolf 18 77 Bobby Holley 19 111F Danny Frye 20 5G RJ Glassor 21 13 Jimmy Russell
Donny Schatz Rebounds, Picks Up Second Win at DIRTcar Nationals
Brad Sweet continues his DCN roll with second place run
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 13, 2016 - One night after his first did-not-finish result since September 2013, Donny Schatz rebounded at DIRTcar Nationals as he battled with Brad Sweet on Saturday night to score his first World of Outlaws Craftsman? Sprint Car Series win of the 2016 season.
"It's kind of a relief to be over that hill of having that DNF that's been haunting us for I guess 180 races or whatever," Schatz said. "Now we can just focus on trying to win races."
The win is Schatz's second of DIRTcar Nationals after he won the second All Star Circuit of Champions night.
Schatz started the night by being second quick in qualifying but it was Daryn Pittman who took the quick time for the second straight night.
Chad Kemenah led the field to the green flag in but Sweet quickly overpowered him, taking over the lead after a short battle on lap four.
As Sweet built a several second lead in front of the field, the fight was on for the second, third and fourth positions. Kemenah, in second had Pittman behind him and Schatz in fourth. The three drivers engaged in a multi-lap fight, with Pittman taking over second on lap 11.
With lapped traffic in play, Schatz got around Kemenah for third and then Pittman in second.
The caution flag flew for the first time on lap 16 and when the field returned to green, Schatz and Sweet raced wheel-to-wheel for the lead. With the inside advantage, Sweet held off Schatz. When the caution flag flew again five laps later, Sweet was not as lucky. As the two drivers worked to complete lap 22, Schatz entered the front straight off turn four and dove to the low side, cutting off the line for Sweet and propelling his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance car to the lead.
"I beat him to the line. He stepped outside on me there," Sweet said. "I knew he was going to be tough."
The final restart proved pivotal for Dale Blaney, the reigning All Star Circuit of Champions champion. After running much of the night in the top-five, Blaney had Pittman in sight. He passed Pittman on lap 27 but lost the position the next time by. As the two drivers made the final circuit, Blaney battled past Pittman for the third position.
Schatz cruised to victory with Sweet in second.
"I'd be even better if we could win all of them," Schatz said. "That's what this team shoots for, that's what they aim for, and that's what they work hard for. We're here tonight and that's all that matters… Another good night, lots of people in the stands, glad to see everybody."
Sweet, who won Friday night's season opening World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature at Volusia Speedway Park, was disappointed with the finish but said he was pleased with his team's performance.
"You know there's a few things on our car that we can maybe get a little bit better and hopefully this is a sign for things to come throughout the season," Sweet said. "It's not bad losing to the best in the world. As long as we can keep giving him a run for his money you know we'll win some of these."
Blaney, who along with Schatz, Sweet and Greg Hodnett has been consistent throughout the five nights said he struggled early with the restarts but was able by the end of the night to get the run he needed to put his No. 1B GoMuddy.com car in position.
As the series heads into the final night of sprint week at DIRTcar Nationals, Greg Hodnett leads Schatz by one point in the championship standings. Blaney is in third, 12 points out of the lead and Sweet is in fourth, 32 points out of the lead. The winner will hoist the coveted 'Big Gator' on Sunday night.
Kerry Madsen was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing nine positions to finish in ninth.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns action Sunday night at DIRTcar Nationals for the final night of sprint week.
RACE NOTES: Daryn Pittman picked up his second quick time of the season. He is the only driver so far this season to have a quick time… Greg Hodnett leads Donny Schatz in the DIRTcar Nationals Sprint Week championship standings by one point… Donny Schatz now has two wins during DIRTcar Nationals. He picked up his first win on the second All Star Circuit of Champions night… Kerry Madsen was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing nine positions to finish in ninth… Brad Sweet leads his teammate Daryn Pittman in the championship standings after two features.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Logan Schuchart; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Comp Cams ($50 cash): David Gravel; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Super Flow ($50 cash): Jason Sides;Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Brad Sweet; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Kerry Madsen;Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Jacob Allen; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jacob Allen.
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14); Brad Sweet - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13)
World of Outlaws Craftsman? Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.; Feb. 13, 2016
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 1A-Jacob Allen ; 2. W20-Greg Wilson ; 3. 70-Danny Holtgraver ; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 5. 17W-Bryan Clauson ; 6. 2L-Danny Lasoski ; 7. 24-Terry McCarl ; 8. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe ; 9. 71MX-Paul May ; 10. 4-Danny Smith ; 11. 71A-R.J. Johnson ; 12. 13-Clyde Knipp 
Hoffman Battles Dillon for DIRTcar Nationals Win
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 13, 2016 — Ty Dillon looked to be the driver to beat in Saturday night’s DIRTcar UMP Modified Gator Qualifying feature at DIRTcar Nationals but Nick Hoffman had other ideas as he cruised to his third win at Volusia Speedway Park.
Dillon dominated the early part of the 20-lap modified feature building a large lead over Hoffman and Ray Bollinger. As the laps wound down though, Hoffman, who has been the class of the field at DIRTcar Nationals, closed the gap. As lapped traffic came into play, Hoffman made his move. He battled past Dillon off of turn four and took the lead on lap 16.
Dillon, a driver in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, tried to close the gap, but Hoffman marched to the win.
“Ty was really good,” Hoffman said. “Once I got to about halfway I started to momentum my car around. It was really good. I think he still would have had me if it wasn’t for that lap traffic deal. We’ll take them as we can get them.”
Hoffman won Tuesday and Wednesday night’s modified features.
Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns on Sunday for its final night at DIRTcar Nationals. The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds returns for night two of Gator Qualifying.
For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.
DIRTcar Nationals Day-by-Day Schedule (Grandstands open at 5 p.m.) Sunday, Feb. 14 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 2 Monday, Feb. 15 – DIRTcar Late Models & UMP Modified Gator Championship Tuesday, Feb. 16 – DIRTcar Late Models & UMP Modified Triple 20’s Wednesday, Feb. 17 – DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ & Super DIRTcar Series Thursday, Feb. 18 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series Friday, Feb. 19 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series Saturday, Feb. 20 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series
TAMPA, FL (February 13, 2016) – Mason Zeigler pulled a major upset by winning the finale of the 40th Annual Winternationals on Saturday Night at East Bay Raceway Park. Zeigler passed race leader Scott Bloomquist on lap 23 and held off the Hall-of-Fame driver to capture the biggest win of his career in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event.
A packed grandstand stood on its collective feet as Bloomquist charged to the inside of Zeigler on the final lap, but his charge fell one car length short as the 23-year-old Pennsylvania driver crossed the line first.
Bloomquist finished second, followed by 10th starting Dennis Erb Jr., Gregg Satterlee, and Darrell Lanigan.
“I just worked my tires so hard to get to the lead,” said Zeigler, who started fourth on the grid. “I didn’t think my right rear would survive the whole race, so I focused on slowing down once I got by him [Bloomquist].
Zeigler held a steady pace over the field as Bloomquist and several other drivers were running two and three wide behind the leader for the first half of the 60 lap event.
“This week, we have been up at 7 am to work on the car every day. We let JD [Jonathan Davenport] drive the car one night this week just to see what was wrong. They found some things in the brakes and other parts of the car that needed addressed and they helped get us straightened out. I would like to thank Kevin Rumley and Longhorn Chassis for such a spectacular ride.”
“We have put a new front fender on the car each race this week. We have thrashed and thrashed all week to get to here [in victory lane]. To get the biggest win of my career in front of a live broadcast audience and for TV is just great. This is a dream come true!”
Zeigler’s Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Pro Power Engine and sponsored by Ohio Pyle Vacation Rentals, Gotta Race, and Old Mill Farms.
Bloomquist complemented the young driver on his victory. “He [Zeigler] drove a very good race. I didn’t see him until he got alongside me on the outside and he just drove off from there. We were in rush mode all night long. We found a cracked transmission and I was working with the shocks and trying to decide what right rear to put on, it was pretty crazy.”
“We started off pretty well. The car fired better than I thought it would. I tried to keep pace with him [Zeigler] and while doing that, also trying not to hurt the tires. We closed in on him in the last few laps and he left the door open just enough that I was able to get to his driver’s door, but couldn’t get any further. My hat’s off to him!”
Erb snuck by Satterlee at the end to get third. “It was our best run of the week, no doubt. We hadn’t seen those track conditions all week. My car was good the entire race. There was two and three wide racing for a long time tonight. I’d like to give special thanks to McBride Mack, M&S Concrete, Cheap Cars, and J.R. McBride Leasing.”
Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Sheppard, Don O’Neal, and Randy Weaver.
In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 35 entrants, with a lap of 15.012 seconds. Scott Bloomquist set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 15.152 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Tim McCreadie, Jonathan Davenport, and Mason Zeigler won their respective heat races. Tim Dohm and Kyle Bronson won their respective B-Mains. Chad Hollenbeck, David Breazeale, and Nick Davis earned the Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals. James Rice won the DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Saturday, February 13th, 2016 40th Annual East Bay Winternationals East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Scott Bloomquist / 15.152 seconds Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport / 15.012 seconds
Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Sheppard, Jared Landers, Darrell Lanigan, Tim Dohm, Bobby Pierce, Colton Flinner, Jimmy Owens, Devin Moran-DNS
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Gregg Satterlee, Ricky Weiss, Josh Rice, David Breazeale, James Rice, Nick Davis, Chad Hollenbeck
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Randy Weaver, Dennis Erb, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Kyle Bronson, Steve Francis, Mark Whitener, Bob Gardner, Sonny Conley
QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Mason Zeigler, Don O'Neal, Freddie Carpenter, Justin Rattliff, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Alex Ferree, John Gardner, Chuck Julien, Allen Murray
Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tim Dohm , Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Owens, Devin Moran, Nick Davis, David Breazeale, James Rice, Colton Flinner, Chad Hollenbeck-DNS
Keyser MFG B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Kyle Bronson, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Steve Francis, Alex Ferree, Mark Whitener, John Gardner, Bob Gardner, Sonny Conley, Chuck Julien
DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Finish (Winner Transfers): James Rice, Sonny Conley, Bob Gardner, Devin Moran, Mark Whitener, Alex Ferree, Colton Flinner, John Gardner
Feature Finish (60 Laps):
FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN 1 4 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 2 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 3 10 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 4 7 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA 5 13 15L Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 6 21 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 7 3 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 8 5 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 9 8 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 10 6 116 Randy Weaver Crossville, TN 11 19 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 12 14 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 13 11 7w Ricky Weiss Headingley, MB 14 22 15F Steve Francis Ashland, KY 15 9 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 16 18 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 17 20 28 Eddie Carrier, Jr. Salt Rock, WV 18 23 4-Ds Chad Hollenbeck Montrose, PA 19 12 K Freddie Carpenter Parkersburg, WV 20 2 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC 21 15 11 Josh Rice Verona, KY 22 24 10 David Breazeale Four Corners, MS 23 25 92 Nick Davis Millsboro, DE 24 16 16 Justin Rattliff Campbellsville, KY 25 26 11R James Rice Verona, KY 26 17 6T Tim Dohm Charleston, WV
Race Statistics: Entrants: 35 Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 22); Mason Zeigler (Laps 23 – 60) Cautions: David Breazeale (Lap 18); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 21); Jared Landers (Lap 28) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: Chad Hollenbeck, David Breazeale. Nick Davis East Bay Raceway Park Track Provisional: n/a Wrisco Feature Winner: Mason Zeigler Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Started: 21th; Finished: 6th; Advanced 15 Positions) Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Dennis Erb Jr. Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Darrell Lanigan Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: n/a COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Pro Power Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: James Buckley (Mason Zeigler) Fastest Lap of the Race: Tim McCreadie (Lap #51 – 16.5645 seconds) Most Laps Led: Mason Zeigler (38 Laps) PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Jonathan Davenport Time of Race: 25 minutes 27 seconds
Wallace Lives Up to “Kill Mode” Premonition with Smyrna Victory
Steven Wallace won the first 35-Lap Super Late Model feature of the week at New Smyrna Speedway Friday night.
Courtesy of Jason Christley
Steven Wallace described himself and his JET Tools Super Late Model team as being in “kill mode” leading into the 2016 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.
Friday night, Wallace’s focus on victories paid off with a return to New Smyrna victory lane on the World Series’ opening night 35-lap feature. On the other hand, the win did not come without flare, as hard racing, which Wallace was right in the middle of, cost other front-runners a shot at the victory throughout the event.
Wallace started fifth and worked his way to the front early on. En route to the lead, contact was made between Wallace and New Smyrna Red Eye 100 winner Cole Anderson at the front of the field. The contact sent Anderson into the back stretch wall. Further contact amongst leaders put longtime New Smyrna fan-favorite David Rogers into the spin cycle later on.
All the while, Wallace was able to avoid calamity that other rivals could not and stayed out front through the second half of the race for his opening-night victory.
“It took patience man,” Wallace said after the race. “Those boys up front went wild and wrecked themselves and we had a good enough car to win the race. It feels good.”
Ty Majeski, who finished second to Wallace, thinks the rest of the World Series will be a lot like what took place Friday night.
“It’s just kind of how these 35 lap races are,” said Majeski. “Everyone has the mindset that they have to go right away. You have to get all the track position you can.”
Night one third-place finisher, Harrison Burton, was quick to point out the aggressive driving in the Super Late Model feature.
“Typical Speedweeks was typical Speedweeks,” said Burton. “It was really crazy racing out there tonight, but I think everyone should maybe calm down a little bit. The rest of Speedweeks I think everyone will calm down after what we saw tonight.”
The Super Late Model field will have another shot at a wild night, or perhaps a calmer one as Burton hopes, when the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Night 2 kicks off at 7:30pm ET Saturday with a live video stream on FansChoice.tv and live NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live powered by Speed51.com updates throughout the day.
Tower Sealants Super Late Models (35 Laps)
1 66 Steven Wallace 2 91 Ty Majeski 3 12 Harrison Burton 4 58 Tyler Ankrum 5 84 Martin Latulippe 6 4 Dalton Armstrong 7 8 David Garbo, Jr. 8 77 Zane Smith 9 15 Christian Eckes 10 9T Derek Thorn 11 56 Josh Collins 12 19 Riley Herbst 13 51 Stephen Nasse 14 04 Natalie Decker 15 9 Brad May 16 11 David Rogers 17 21 Derrick Kelley 18 16 Vinnie Miller 19 40 Tanner Gray 20 94 Garrett Hall 21 14 Austin Nason 22 112 Steve Weaver, Jr. 23 68 Russ Shaw 24 98 Todd Gilliland 25 97 Cole Anderson 26 9K Derek Kraus 27 88 Garrett Jones
Keene Fires at the Right Time for Smyrna PLM Victory
Daniel Keene, Jr. didn’t have the fastest Pro Late Model at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Friday night, but he capitalized when it mattered most. Keene, who started on the pole, faded back before using a lap 25 restart to power by early leader Derek Thorn. From there, the Weeki Wachee, Florida driver cruised to his first career World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing victory.
“We didn’t have the car for first-place tonight, but I knew if we could get him on that restart and get out in front in clean air that we would have the advantage,” Keene told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “The car was constantly getting tight on us and once we got in the clean air it really helped us out.”
Thorn led the majority of the first 20 circuits around the Florida half-mile and seemed to be well in control. That was until Cole Anderson charged to the front of the field and began challenging Thorn for the top spot.
Anderson made the pass for the lead on lap 24 before unexpectedly shooting towards and pounding the outside wall. The Anthony Campi Racing team will take Anderson’s No. 97 back to their shop in Sarasota, Florida and plan to be back at the track on Saturday night.
“Me and Thorn got together in turn three and I guess it broke the panhard bar and going into turn one it went loose,” said Anderson. “I went right into the fence.” “He was slowly falling back and we were working on him on the bottom. Finally he got loose off of two, I got a good run going into three and took the lead. Once I got the lead, it broke right after that so it sucks, but we’ll get it back together.”
After giving up the lead to Keene on what proved to be the final restart of the race, Thorn settled for a runner-up finish. For the California native, the key throughout the race was survival.
“It took being dirty,” Thorn said after the race. “I don’t know what it is, but the 97 (Anderson) raced me hard; the 5 (Keene) got into us in one on the last restart there. It was one of those things where we were stout. The 97 got us and then he got into the wall on the front chute. We had a great car, though. We’re really optimistic about this week.”
Keene said after the race that he knew his only chance at victory would be to beat Thorn on the restart. In victory lane he described it has “a whole lot of heart,” but later in the night he explained his strategy.
“It was just a matter of being with him at the same time when we fired,” Keene said. “That last one I actually fired right as he did and was able to stay beside him going into one and two and got the better drive off the corner.”
With his win Friday night, Keene joins his father Daniel Keene, Sr. on the list of drivers to win during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. He’ll look to add another win on Saturday night when the division returns to action.
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PPG Pro Late Models Official Finish – Night #1
1 5K Daniel Keene Jr 2 9 Derek Thorn 3 1X Todd Stone 4 6 Matt Wallace 5 2 Tim Sargent 6 99 Raphael Lessard 7 33 Carter Stokes 8 12 Brandon Brilliant 9 46 Ryan Miles 10 44 Steve Laking 11 5E Gianmarco Erocoli 12 16 Rob Vinning 13 11 David Weaver 14 115 Mike Lewis 15 97 Cole Anderson 16 96 Erica Thering 17 17 GT Griesbach 18 76 Jake Spillers 19 36 Kevin Thomas Jr 20 5 Michael Clancy Jr 21 75 Christian Celaya
Florida/IMCA Modifieds (35 Laps)
1 9 Cameron Ray 2 15 Tank Tucker 3 99 Cody Stickler 4 78 Travis Eddy 5 1 Wayne Parker 6 4B Alan Bruns 7 7 Josh Todd 8 46 Doug Moff 9 66 Jerry Symons 10 57 Tim Moore 11 13 Kevin Terry 12 71 LB Skaggs 13 9NH Ben Bosowski 14 111 Earl Beckner 15 15D Robert Deal
Sportsmans (25 Laps)
1 111 Patrick Thomas 2 6 Sean Bass 3 71 Earl Beckner 4 1 Derrick Wood 5 9 Kody Jett 6 09E John Emerson 7 55 Todd Allen 8 10 Sandy Lee 9 98 Johnny Allen 10 0 DJ Farr 11 8 Austin Carr 12 13 Jimmy Russell 13 5G RJ Glaser 14 0 Cody Carr 15 38 Ron Gustafson 16 5 Jerry Artuso 17 51 Butch Herdegen 18 11 Daniel Conlin Sr 19 77 Bobby Holley 20 11F Danny Frye 21 25 Timmy Todd Jr
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 12, 2016 - In front of one of the largest crowds in DIRTcar Nationals history, Kasey Kahne Racing's Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman fought a pitched battle for the season opening World of Outlaws Craftsman? Sprint Car Series feature on Friday night. When the checkered flag fell, it was Sweet who took the win.
"It feels good to win any of these Outlaw races," Sweet said. "This is my third season, so I understand how grueling these years are and how important it is to start the year off strong. I also know that just because you win tonight doesn't mean anything for the future. We just have to keep digging and hopefully this is our year to win a lot of races."
Pittman took the first quick time of the season in his No. 9 Great Clips car as the series implemented a new format.
Sweet and Pittman started side-by-side in the 30-lap main event at Volusia Speedway Park. As the green flag fell, Pittman and Sweet battled as Greg Hodnett rolled into the third position. Sweet got around Pittman on lap six as the two drivers made their way into lapped traffic.
In spite of a 17th place starting position, Donny Schatz was the driver on the move as he powered his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance car through the field. By lap four he had moved into the top-ten and nine laps later he was in the top five.
On lap 13, the field reset from a caution with Sweet leading Pittman and Hodnett - Schatz was in fourth. On the restart, Pittman battled past Sweet as Schatz moved into third and then got around Sweet on the exit of turn two as the two drivers made lap 14.
Through the succeeding laps, Pittman and Schatz battled wheel-to-wheel for the lead - each driver using every inch of the track in search of the fast line.
On lap 20, disaster struck for Schatz. The reigning series champion's car slowed as it entered the back straight and then lost power into turn three. An engine issue ended Schatz's night, his first DNF since September, 2013.
As Schatz faded away, three-time series champion Sammy Swindell was on the march. From fifth on lap 20, he passed Greg Hodnett two laps later to take over the third position.
The battle though was back up front as the teammates continued to fight for the lead. More wheel-to-wheel action continued through the closing laps as Pittman held on to the lead. With lapped traffic in play, Sweet and Pittman made the final circuit. Sweet got the run off of turn two and passed Pittman onto the back straight. Sweet drove his No. 49 car across the line in first.
"I'll tell you what, we definitely needed that lap traffic," Sweet said. I was pretty calm and I knew that nine laps was just long enough that we could maybe get some lap traffic and the track stayed pretty fast but it was still pretty racey. There was two grooves. I know Daryn was searching for the right spot and I was searching. You know sometimes it's better to be in second in those situations."
"Daryn did a great job, you know. It's pretty awesome for Kasey Kahne Racing to be battling for first and second. I know what it's like to lose on the last lap. I've won some like that; I've lost some like that. Hats off to those guys, they did a great job all night."
For Pittman, the frustration of losing the lead on the final lap was tempered by the fact that it was his teammate who got around.
"It is what it is. At the end of the day I got out-drove," Pittman said. "My plan was just to run the top the last nine laps, and that didn't work out because he about passed me on the restart. I went back to the top and I actually got off two pretty good every lap except the white flag lap. I got way too high and lost my speed and saw him going down the backstretch underneath me and I knew we were in trouble. Hats off to him, that's a great team. If we're going to lose to somebody I guess that's the team we want to pick to lose to."
Swindell, running a scattered schedule with CJB Motorsports in 2016, got his best finish of DIRTcar Nationals Friday night.
"I kind of got a little fouled up on the start there with David when he had a problem. I thought he was taking back off and I got behind him, and then I went back to 12th," Swindell said. "This has been a blessing for this to come along for me at this age. After last night, we had some issues so we sat down as a team and made some really good decisions and changes for tonight. I look for us to have a really good season because this is a great bunch of guys to work with."
Paul McMahan was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 12 positions to finish in ninth.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday for night five of DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
Volusia Speedway Park Notebook
RACE NOTES: Brad Sweet became the first winner of the World of Outlaws Craftsman? Sprint Car Series season… Donny Schatz's streak without a DNF ended Friday night at 178 races. His last DNF came in September 2013… Daryn Pittman scored the first quick time award of the season on Friday night… Paul McMahan was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 12 positions to finish in ninth.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): David Gravel; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Jason Sides; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Super Flow ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Craftsman/Sears ($100 cash): Greg Hodnett; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Brad Sweet; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Paul McMahan; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Brad Sweet; Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Terry McCarl; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Shane Stewart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Terry McCarl.
SEASON WINNERS: Brad Sweet - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13)
World of Outlaws Craftsman? Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.; Feb. 13, 2016
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7-Paul McMahan ; 2. 24-Terry McCarl ; 3. 70-Danny Holtgraver ; 4. W20-Greg Wilson ; 5. 71A-R.J. Johnson ; 6. 4-Danny Smith ; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp ; 8. 71M-Dave Blaney ; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen ; 10. 41-Jason Johnson ; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart ; 12. 45-Tim Saffer 
Trent Young Claims DIRTcar UMP Modified feature win at DIRTcar Nationals
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 12, 2016 — In front of one of the largest crowds in DIRTcar Nationals history, Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman fought a pitched battle for the season opening World of Outlaws Craftsman? Sprint Car Series feature on Friday night. When the checkered flag fell, it was Sweet who took the win.
Sweet and Pittman started side-by-side in the 30-lap main event at Volusia Speedway Park. The two teammates traded the lead through the opening laps of the night’s event as reigning series champion and the previous night’s winner, Donny Schatz, battled through the field. By the midway point of the feature Schatz had moved into second and was challenging Pittman for the lead when his night was cut short by an engine failure on lap 21. It was his first did-not-finish result in 178 World of Outlaws features – a streak that stretched back to September, 2013. Through the closing laps of the feature, Pittman and Sweet battled for the lead through lapped traffic with Sweet making a last lap pass of Pittman for the win.
“I’ll tell you what, we definitely needed that lap traffic,” Sweet said. “Daryn did a great job, you know. It’s pretty awesome for Kasey Kahne Racing to be battling for first and second. I know what it’s like to lose on the last lap. I’ve won some like that; I’ve lost some like that. Hats off to those guys, they did a great job all night.”
In the 20-lap DIRTcar UMP Modified feature, Trent Young held off a hard-charging Nick Hoffman to score his first ever DIRTcar Nationals victory. A wreck between the top two cars, A.J. Fike and Dave Jamison, midway through the feature put Young in the lead. Hoffman battled his way into second and tried to close the gap in the final laps, but Young held firm.
“It feels amazing. This is a dream come true,” Young said. “I was pretty content just riding in third. I was going to be happy with that if the race went like it was. I got lucky to make it through that wreck. I don’t want to win one like that, but I wanted one here so I’ll take it any way I can get it. I hate that that happened to Fike. I really couldn’t see what happened but I know it was pretty nasty, and I got lucky to make it through it.”
Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes on its second night at DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return for night five of DIRTcar Nationals.
For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.
Davenport Prevails Again at East Bay Winternationals
TAMPA, FL (February 12, 2016) – Jonathan Davenport passed Scott Bloomquist with ten laps to go and went on to win the Winternationals event on Friday Night. Davenport’s win was his second of the week in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition at East Bay Raceway Park.
Trailing Davenport and Bloomquist to the checkered flag were Darrell Lanigan, Don O’Neal, and Tim McCreadie.
“Just like last night, I gave it all I had. I saved my equipment and my tires. We still have electrical issues with this motor. It was breaking up so bad, that I could only run three-quarters of the throttle until the end of the race. Lee Roy [Rumley] told me if it was skipping too badly, to pull it in. I only ran the first five laps with it skipping,” said a smiling Davenport afterwards.
Bloomquist took off and led the caution-plagued event until Davenport went by him coming to the flagstand on lap 40. Before that, Davenport had a hard-fought battle with Lanigan for second. He broke away from that and was able to challenge Bloomquist for the top spot.
“This Longhorn Chassis; Kevin Rumley he has got this thing working great. With all of the stuff going on, we are as good as we were last year. With all the cautions, I don’t think it helped tire wear any. I couldn’t take off at the starts. It took a couple of laps to get the heat back in them.”
“Darrell and I had a pretty good race for a while. I kind of pinched him off going into turn one and got into the back of Scott [Bloomquist]. I knew if could stay in front him [Lanigan] I would have a chance at Scott at the end of the race. Scott’s car was really good. He is the master of all of this stuff. Once I got going, he started to slow down going into one. I knew after that last restart that I was going to roll around him on the top.”
Davenport’s K&L Rumley-owned entry is sponsored by Baird Transport, Elite Concrete, Mac Trailers, Mega Plumbing of Carolinas, National Transportation, Race Note, JRi Shocks, Sunoco, Dirt Wrap, FK Rod Ends, Bryson Motorsports, CV Products, and Midwest Sheet Metal.
Bloomquist beat Davenport to the finish line the night before, and commented on his race tonight. “I think everything went pretty well until the end. Last night I tore up the tires a little more. The black got a little icy tonight. We didn’t cut up the tire like we did last night. Our restarts weren’t what we are accustomed to. I would spin the tires, and he [Davenport] got too good of a jump.”
“He [Davenport] ran really well tonight. Hopefully we learned some things for tomorrow night. Our car seemed really well balanced out there, but it was still a little bit tight. I had to 3-wheel brake the car to get it to turn. I want to thank Mark Martin Honda, Reece Monument, Crop Production Services, Sorbera Chiropractic, Horton Coal, and everyone else who makes this possible.”
Lanigan is in his first full-year running the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for Clint Bowyer Racing and was pleased with his third place finish. “We had a good car early on. The last ten laps, we sort of fell off a bit, but we’ve got a pretty good piece with this Georgia Boot/Club 29 car. It was good finish for the team with [Don] O’Neal getting fourth.”
“It’s been so long since we have run here; well over 10 years ago; and a lot has changed with these cars and the track. We will keep working on it and hopefully do better tomorrow night.”
Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Jared Landers, Jimmy Owens, Devin Moran, and Earl Pearson Jr.
In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 35 entrants, with a lap of 14.819 seconds. Scott Bloomquist set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.829 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Jared Landers, Jonathan Davenport, and Don O’Neal won their respective heat races. Mason Zeigler and David Breazeale won their respective B-Mains. Bobby Pierce earned the Miller Welders Fast Time Provisional and Austin Kirkpatrick won the DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Friday, February 12th, 2016 40th Annual East Bay Winternationals East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Scott Bloomquist / 14.829 seconds Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport / 14.819 seconds
Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Darrell Lanigan, Brandon Sheppard, Kyle Bronson, Sonny Conley, Colton Flinner, Nick Davis, Ricky Weiss, Bobby Pierce
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jared Landers, Tim McCreadie, Gregg Satterlee, Steve Francis, Mason Zeigler, James Rice, Austin Kirkpatrick, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Chuck Julien
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Randy Weaver, Earl Pearson, Jr., Dennis Erb, Jr., David Breazeale, Justin Rattliff, Freddie Carpenter, Chad Hollenbeck, Jimmy Owens
QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Tim Dohm, Devin Moran, Mark Whitener, John Gardner, Allen Murray, Bob Gardner, Alex Ferree
Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Mason Zeigler, Ricky Weiss, Sonny Conley, James Rice, Colton Flinner, Nick Davis, Austin Kirkpatrick, Eddie Carrier, Jr.-DNS, Bobby Pierce-DNS, Chuck Julien-DNS
Keyser MFG B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): David Breazeale, Justin Rattliff, Freddie Carpenter, Allen Murray, John Gardner, Bob Gardner, Alex Ferree, Chad Hollenbeck, Jimmy Owens-DNS
DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Finish (Winner Transfers): Austin Kirkpatrick, Nick Davis, Chad Hollenbeck, John Gardner, Alex Ferree, Colton Flinner, Allen Murray, James Rice
Feature Finish (50 Laps): FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN 1 2 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC 2 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 3 5 15L Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 4 4 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 5 7 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 6 9 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 7 3 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 8 23 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 9 12 99m Devin Moran Dresden, OH 10 10 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 11 8 6T Tim Dohm Charleston, WV 12 14 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 13 24 28 Eddie Carrier, Jr. Salt Rock, WV 14 15 15F Steve Francis Ashland, KY 15 21 1×1 Sonny Conley New Martinsville, WV 16 13 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 17 6 116 Randy Weaver Crossville, TN 18 25 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 19 11 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA 20 17 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 21 16 5W Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL 22 22 K Freddie Carpenter Parkersburg, WV 23 20 16 Justin Rattliff Campbellsville, KY 24 18 10 David Breazeale Four Corners, MS 25 26 11K Austin Kirkpatrick Ocala, FL 26 19 7w Ricky Weiss Headingley, MB
Race Statistics Entrants: 35 Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 40); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 41 – 50) Cautions: Ricky Weiss, Sonny Conley (Start); Devin Moran (Lap 1); Justin Rattliff (Lap 2); Freddie Carpenter (Lap 2); Bobby Pierce (Lap 19); Gregg Satterlee (Lap 23); Steve Francis (Lap 36) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Jimmy Owens, Eddie Carrier Jr. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: Bobby Pierce East Bay Raceway Park Track Provisional: n/a Wrisco Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Started: 23rd; Finished: 8th; Advanced 15 Positions) Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Eddie Carrier Jr. Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jonathan Davenport Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: n/a COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Andy Durham Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Kevin Rumley (Jonathan Davenport) Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #8 – 15.0525 seconds) Most Laps Led: Scott Bloomquist (40 Laps) PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Justin Rattliff Time of Race: 36 minutes 56 seconds
Donny Schatz Cruises to All Star DIRTcar Nationals Win
(Photo: Donny Schatz in action during DIRTcar Nationals competition - Chris Seelman Photo Credit)
BARBERVILLE, Florida (February 11, 2016) - Donny Schatz surpassed his Wednesday night performance by one position on Thursday evening, mastering the Volusia Speedway Park half-mile en route to a $5,000, Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory. Schatz, who charged from the fifth row to secure his position in victory lane, increased his Arctic Cat All Star win total to 12 on his career. The Fargo, North Dakota, native cruised to the final checkers by a near four second lead. Dale Blaney and Jason Johnson rounded out the podium finishers.
“This is an incredible race team” Donny Schatz said, “I didn’t want to have to call the boss tonight and tell him I left something on the table. Just an incredible effort by these guys.”
Danny Lasoski and Jason Johnson led the 24 feature starters to green at Volusia Speedway Park. Lasoski controlled the opening lap before losing the top spot to Johnson. The “Ragin’ Cajun” made his way to the top-side of the speedway, eventually extending his lead over Danny Lasoski and Dale Blaney. Traffic would soon come into play, but a lap ten caution would bring the field to a stop for the first and only time. Paul McMahan made contact with the turn one wall; he would walk away unharmed.
Johnson brought the field back to life during the lap 10 restart, returning to the point position over Danny Lasoski and Dale Blaney. Donny Schatz, who started tenth on the grid, climbed his way to a top-five position for the first time during the restart. The pilot of the familiar Tony Stewart Racing/No. 15 continued his pursuit toward the front, ultimately capturing the fourth position by lap 13 and the third position by lap 14, utilizing all lanes of the slick, Volusia Speedway Park surface. Schatz continued to waste little time, eventually taking command of the runner-up position over Danny Lasoski on lap 17. It would only take three more green flag circuits before Schatz could diminish Jason Johnson’s charge at the front of the field, taking the top spot officially on lap 20.
“You have to go where everyone else isn’t” Schatz explained, “We were decent, I just had to find my way around. Once we got going, we were pretty good. This race team is incredible for sure. I have the best job in the business.”
Six-time and defending Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Dale Blaney attempted a late-race charge, but would fall short. The “Low Rider” started fourth on the feature grid and raced inside the top-five during the entire distance. Blaney made his final move of the 30-lap main event on lap 25 when he raced around Jason Johnson for second.
“We’ve been really good all year, really” Blaney explained, “The guys have been working hard. Can’t thank Big Game, Muddy, CH Motorsports enough. I’m not sure if I needed that red. I felt like I couldn’t get going after that. This is a great group of cars racing down here. We’ll take second, come back tomorrow and see if we can do one better.”
With their 2016 Florida campaign officially in the history books, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will now spend the next six weeks preparing for their first points event of the 2016 season. The Arctic Cat All Stars will next invade the Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio. The “Rumble in the Hills” program will feature a $5,000 top prize on Saturday evening, April 2; the first visit by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions since August 1, 2015. The “Low Rider” Dale Blaney is the most recent Arctic Cat All Star main event winner at the Atomic highbanks, capturing the $10,000 Open Wheel Championship over Ryan Smith and Sheldon Haudenschild. Those who would like to know more about the 2016 “Rumble in the Hills” program on Saturday, April 2, should visit Atomic Speedway live on the Web at www.atomicspeedway.net.
Contingency Awards/Results - Volusia Speedway Park - Thursday, February 11, 2016
DIRTcar Nationals (Non-Point Event)
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Greg Hodnett - 13.648
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Jason Johnson - 13.329
Kistler Racing Products Heat #1: Brad Sweet
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Dale Blaney
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Danny Lasoski
JE Pistons Dash: Danny Lasoski
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Dale Blaney (2nd)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Bryan Clauson
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Greg Hodnett
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Kerry Madsen
Tyler Nicely holds off Dillon to win DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified feature
Tyler Nicely fought a wheel-to-wheel battle with Brian Ruhlman and held off NASCAR star Ty Dillon to pick up his first DIRTcar UMP Modified win of DIRTcar Nationals. The win ended the two race streak for Nick Hoffman, but Hoffman had reason to celebrate as the builder of Nicely’s Elite Chassis.
Jason Beaulieu battled with Ruhlman through the first half of the 20-lap feature. Nicely worked his way forward and by lap 11 took over the lead. Nicely and Ruhlman traded position through the next eight laps. As lapped traffic came into play, Dillon closed the gap and passed Ruhlman for second. Off the final turn, Dillon was side-by-side with Nicely, but Nicely held the lead and took the checkered flag.
“It’s awesome to be able to race with someone you trust and not tear up your equipment,” Nicely said of Ruhlman. “I just knew if I could keep it down there in the good dirt, hopefully I could get a good enough run to clear him.”
Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series kicks off its 2016 season and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return on Friday for night four of DIRTcar Nationals.
DIRTcar Nationals Day-by-Day Schedule (Grandstands open at 5 p.m.) Friday, Feb. 12 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & UMP Modifieds Saturday, Feb. 13 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 1 Sunday, Feb. 14 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 2 Monday, Feb. 15 – DIRTcar Late Models & UMP Modified Gator Championship Tuesday, Feb. 16 – DIRTcar Late Models & UMP Modified Triple 20’s Wednesday, Feb. 17 – DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ & Super DIRTcar Series Thursday, Feb. 18 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series Friday, Feb. 19 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series Saturday, Feb. 20 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series