Past NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the historical and scenic Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course have ended in hot tempers and dramatic last lap passes.
By comparison, Brett Moffitt’s 5.160-second victory in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 looked like a drive in the Park. The current series championship leader earned his second playoff win in as many 2019 playoff races with the largest Margin of Victory in the race’s seven-year history over one of the very best road course racers in the world – Canadian Alex Tagliani.
Ben Rhodes finished third followed by Sheldon Creed. Austin Hill and Johnny Sauter got around another Canadian, fellow truck series playoff driver Stewart Friesen, on the last lap to round out the top-six. Friesen still had a solid day, an impressive rally from last place on the starting grid to seventh at the checkered flag – forced to conserve fuel down the homestretch.
Four of the first six series races at the track were decided on the final lap. This year for Moffitt’s strong No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet team, it was instead a matter of making a strong statement – earning a convincing win and extending his playoff win streak to two with the final race of this opening playoff round set for Sept. 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Going back to the 2018 season – the defending series champion Moffitt has won four consecutive playoff races.
“As far as the team goes, I just feel like everyone at GMS all the way back from the fab shop on up has been doing a better job,’’ Moffitt said. “Our team personally has been communicating a lot better and just knowing what my words mean and what I need to find in the truck, I’d say we’re hitting our stride at the right time.
“It took a while to get here but before it was like we were missing a little bit everywhere and now we’re hitting on all cylinders.’’ Moffitt led 45 of the 64 laps.
Playoff driver Ross Chastain finished eighth and his nine laps led was the most by any driver other than Moffitt. Among the other playoff drivers - Tyler Ankrum finished ninth, Matt Crafton was 11th and regular season champion Grant Enfinger was 13th.
There were only three caution flags on the afternoon - two for stage endings.
As has often been the case in this seven-year old event, again the action intensified in the final laps. This year it was behind the leader.
Harrison Burton lost a motor while running in the top-five with two laps remaining, but was able to get off the track without bringing out a caution flag. The driver racing him hardest at the time, Friesen had to back off himself to conserve fuel on the final lap.
“It was a battle for sure,’’ Friesen said. “I screwed up in practice and wrecked the primary [truck]. But we were able to battle up through there and almost had a top-five but started running out of fuel at the end.
“We gave up a couple positions at the end but still got out of here with some points.’’
Two of the eight drivers will be eliminated from championship contention following the final playoff race of this round at Las Vegas in two weeks. With his two victories, Moffitt has an automatic berth in the next round. Chastain is second in the championship points standings, with a 22-point advantage on third-place Friesen.
Crafton is fourth in the championship standings, followed by Hill and Enfinger. Only four points separate Friesen, Crafton, Hill and Enfinger, however.
Two-time series champion Johnny Sauter sits a mere two-points behind his ThorSport Racing teammate Enfinger just outside the playoff bubble and 18-year old Ankrum is 14 points below the cutoff.
“You go into Vegas with a must-win mentality, that’s what I know I’ll do.’’ Sauter said.
34 Raceway and Lake Ozark Speedway Line Labor Day Weekend Lineup For Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series25 Aug 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Looking a three nights of racing this Labor Day Weekend, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network will sets sights on 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa on Friday, August 30 and Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1.
Two-time Nut Up Pro Late Model champion Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield climbed aboard a new car but delivered the same result, driving the Eshleman-owned 81 to victory lane in Saturday’s $2,000 to win event at Madera Speedway. Shepherd’s strong MAVTV-televised win puts a target on his back as a contender for the upcoming Short Track Shootout $10,000 to win race in October.
Incoming points leader Austin Herzog, 17, started outside of second in points Dylan Zampa, 15, after the redraw of the top-ten qualifiers. Fast-time qualifier Jeremy Doss lined up ninth. Herzog led the first two laps of the 80-lap affair on the outside line before Zampa edged forward to take the top position on lap three.
Doss and fellow fifth row starter Jacob Gomes, each a former SRL Southwest Tour champion, tangled battling for seventh into turn three. Gomes spun and the caution waved, with Doss penalized to the rear of the field for his involvement.
Shepherd restarted outside Zampa, using the position to sweep into the lead on lap 16. Herzog drifted backwards to the seventh position on the run. Doss knifed through the field rapidly after restarting 21st, charging into the top-ten by lap 35. Herzog advanced back into fourth after a lap 35 restart.
Two-time champion Matt Erickson and Madera Late Model non-televised points leader Tyler Herzog had a skirmish in turn one on lap 42, derailing Erickson’s evening to put a dent in his 2019 championship aspirations. The following restart saw Herzog again shuffled back to seventh. Shepherd led Rocha, Zampa, Doss, and Vieira into the lap 50 scheduled break.
After adjustments and MAVTV interviews, Doss immediately pounced. He drove into second and began attempting to dive underneath Shepherd for the lead to no avail. Austin Herzog spun in turn one after apparent contact from Joey Iest for a lap 58 caution. Both drivers had to restart at the tail of the field.
Their incident set off a wild series of events. Shepherd restarted outside Doss and nearly cleared him exiting turn two. Doss went up the hill but ran across Logan Zampa. Zampa had a grinding ride up against the backstretch wall while several cars deeper in the pack suffered damage as well.
Doss was again penalized to the back of the running order, thrusting Blaine Rocha into the second position inside of Shepherd. Vieira attempted to pass Rocha before Austin Herzog spun in turn three yet again. The caution then flew on the next attempt when Tim Skoglund, Rick Thompson, and Iest crashed down the front stretch.
Things settled down with Vieira getting around Rocha for second position but unable to clear Shepherd on a lap 65 restart. Shepherd took a 1.264 second victory for his first televised win with a GM 602 Crate Engine over Vieira, Jason Aguirre, Dylan Zampa, and Rocha, who fended off a late charge from Doss. Zampa emerges with the points lead ahead of ninth finishing Herzog with just two rounds remaining in the series. Aguirre unofficially cleared Erickson for third in the standings as well.
Although Iest had a tumultuous Pro Late Model race, he delivered a strong message for his fourth 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model victory. He increased his points lead in the series and increased his 2019 lap led figure to 191 in seven rounds of competition.
Portland’s Jadan Walbridge led qualifying for the second consecutive event but Iest drew the coveted pole position. Iest drove ahead early while Seth Wise and Arizona’s Bradley Erickson battled for third. Wise earned the position after some contact but faced pressure from Jay Juleson a few laps later.
Juleson went outside in turn four and the pair made contact, sending Juleson into the front stretch wall. On the following restart, Walbridge challenged Iest on the outside for several laps before Iest cleared him on lap 16. Washington’s Kasey Kleyn spun on two different occasions for brief spins. The second caution on lap 35 allowed Walbridge to go into the lead position. Walbridge and Iest went side-by-side all the way to the lap 40 break, when Iest grabbed the spot back on the 40th lap.
Iest faced little pressure over the final 30 laps of the race. A lap 57 caution saw Kercie Jung and Brody Armtrout come together in turn one, with Jung’s car going over the front end of Armtrout’s. Iest topped Walbridge, Wise, Erickson, and Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny as the top-five finishers.
The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros had a divisive night of their own with the heat race serving as the precursor for events to come. July winner Jeffrey Erickson, Mini Cup points leader Joey Kennealy, and second in Bandolero points Dylan Baptista all failed to continue into the feature after incidents in the heat race.
The incidents set the stage for points leader and 2018 champion Riley Massey of Bakersfield to drive to victory, using a three-wide maneuver on the opening lap for the lead. Nathaniel Edwards and Ethan Nascimento staged a great battle for second until they tangled on lap 18. The incident allowed Kena Mitchell to snake through to finish second behind Massey for a female 1-2. Edwards scored third at the finish.
Nick Halen grabbed the 35-lap Legends of the Pacific feature. A three-car pileup in turn two ended the evening for early leader Kevin Travels. Halen topped Chad Nascimento by over four seconds with Sheldon Crouse finishing third.
Madera Speedway continues next Saturday night with Hampton Inn and Suites Night at the Speedway. Events include the Madera Late Model Club Race, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST's, Toyota Sedans, and the Jr. Late Model 30 lap exhibition race
For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com
Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries. Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McCallister Precision Marketing, and StopTech Brakes.
Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. The fourth round of the 2019 Nut Up Pro Late Model Series airs on August 29th!
Madera Speedway PR
Rick “Scooby” Laubach became a weekly competitor in the 2019 TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified season on a regular Saturday night basis at Grandview Speedway after only running the beginning of the season events other times. He was actually the point leader in the early stages of the year until hampered by motor and other mechanical issues as he struggled some weeks to even qualify and would actually run another competitors car just to be able to make the feature.
This Saturday “The Quaker Shaker” had a better engine ready for action and it paid off.
Following a torrid battle with John Willman, Laubach piloted the Gary Hermann-owned Blinderman sponsored 358 Modified into the lead on the 24th lap of the 30-lap Modified feature, coming from 12th starting spot, and went on to chalk up his first career Saturday night feature victory.
Rookie Parker Guldin made a clean sweep of the TP Truck Equipment Sportsman activities. First he won his qualifying event and topped the night off with his second 25-lap feature victory. Once again he picked up an extra $100 for being the highest finishing crate engine powered Sportsman.
In the 20-lap Blast From The Past feature, Brett Peters won the Modified portion while Wes Cassel was the winner in the Vintage class.
Providing the feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Willman and Guldin
Friday night, August 30th, 7 p.m. action features Enduro and Vintage racing. The Enduro racers will offer a Big Car and Small car race, Junkyard race plus Xcel 600 Modifieds.
Another tripleheader show of action packed stock car racing is set for next Saturday, August 31, with a 7:30 p.m. starting time. Included in the excitement will be the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and a first time visit of the XCEL 600 Modifieds. Adults pay $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.
John Willman led the Modified feature for one lap before Richie Hitzler, a rookie, merged into first.
Jockeying for positions behind Hitzler were Willman, Ray Swinehart, Dylan Swinehart and Frank Cozze.
A homestretch tangle on the 11th lap between Justin Grim and Glenn Strunk regrouped the field as the yellow came out. The restart was void following a chain reaction tangle in the fourth turn. Hitzler continued to show the way when action resumed, but now second through fifth was comprised of Willman, Swinehart, Laubach and Cozze.
Willman was back in the top spot by the 14th lap and three laps later Laubach was in pursuit.
A three-way battle for third between Swinehart, Duane Howard and Cozze ensued ahead of Willman and Laubach.
In no time Laubach, in the Teo chassis mount, reeled in Willman and passed him for the lead on the 24th circuit.
Ryan Grim and Briggs Danner set up a one-lap shoot out to the checkered when they tangled in the second turn. Laubach wasted no time pulling away when the race went green again as he was determined to be in the winner’s circle at the conclusion. That’s exactly where he was earning a well-deserved triumph trailed by Willman, for the second week in a row; Howard, current point leader and last week’s feature winner came from 14th starting spot to gain fourth followed by Craig Von Dohren.
Heats were won by Willman, Howard, R. Swinehart and Jordan Henn. Justin Grim and Danny Erb won the consies.
At the drop of the green in the Sportsman feature Guldin was the early pacesetter. Behind him were Kenny Bock, Jesse Landis, Mike Mammana and Brad Brightbill, who was on a mission and came through the pack on the outside from the 14th starting spot to round out the top five.
Mammana inherited second on the sixth lap when Landis dropped out of competition allowing him to challenge Guldin.
Steve Young brought out the first yellow when he slowed coming off the fourth turn. Guldin held his own on the restart, but it was Brightbill making his presence known pullup a bit. Miller continued to show the way on the restart with pressure now coming from Chris Esposito, Bock, and Brightbill putting the pressure on.
The yellow was thrown again after a fourth turn multi-car tangle with 19 laps completed. The restart was thwarted when several cars made contact in turn one. Before the restart, Brightbill, running a solid second, pitted with a left rear flat tire. He did rejoin the race, but could only get back up to ninth. On the restart Guldin kept Mammana, Brad Arnold, Brian Hirthler and Ryan Beltz in tow.
The front running order never changed in the final laps as Guldin was triumphant again chased across by Mammana, Arnold and Beltz.
Young, Guldin and Mammana won the heats. The consi went to Mark Kemmerer.
Jeff Paulson led the Blast From the Past feature for seven laps before Andy Cassel moved in front on the eighth lap restart brought out when runner-up at the time Todd Lapp spun in the third turn.
In a few laps the front runners encountered lapped traffic and Brett Peters was closing in on Cassel very quickly. Peters took advantage of the situation to take over the lead on the 19th lap.
Peters never looked back and went on to take the win chased across the line by A. Cassel, Paulson, W. Cassel and Mike Garris Sr.
Lap sponsorships and heat race sponsorships for the September 21st Freedom 76 are available $20 for laps and $200 for a heat race. Check in with Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer at the track. Telephone Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286 for complete information.
And don’t forget that advance tickets are on sale for the 49th Annual Freedom 76 set for September 21. Buy in advance and pay $35 while on race day an adult ticket will run $40.
T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Rick Laubach, 2. John Willman, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Frank Cozze, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Brett Kressley, 7. Jeff Strunk, 8. Ray Swinehart, 9. Brett Gilmore, 10. Richie Hitzler, 11. Kenny Gilmore, 12. Jared Umbenhauer, 13. Doug Manmiller, 14. Kevin Hirthler, 15. Louden Reimert, 16. Dylan Swinehart, 17. Briggs Danner, 18. Ryan Grim, 19. Ron Kline, 20. Eric Biehn, 21. Danny Erb, 22. Kory Fleming, 23. Alex Yankowski (provisional), 24. Ryan Lilick, 25. Jesse Leiby, 26. Justin Grim, 27. Jorden Henn, 28. Glenn Strunk, 29. Craig Whitmoyer. DNQ: Kyle Kania, Mike Lisowski, Joe Funk III, Ron Myers, Steve Swinehart, Ron Seltmann Jr., Mark Levy, Bobby Gunther-Walsh and Josh Adams.
T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Parker Guldin, 2. Mike Mammana, 3. Brad Arnold, 4./ Brian Hirthler, 5. Ryan Beltz, 6. Kenny Bock, 7. Mark Kemmerer, 8. Kyle Lilick, 9. Brad Brightbill, 10. Nate Brinker, 11. Chris Esposito, 12. Lex Shive, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Andrew Kreis, 15. Nathan Mohr, 16. Steve Desmelyk, 17. Brad Grim, 18. Shawn Light, 19. Jimmy Leiby, 20. Scott Kohler, 21. Steve Young, 22. Dean Bachman, 23. Jesse Landis, 24. Jack Butler.
Blast From the Past Feature (20-laps): 1. Brett Peters, 2. Andy Cassel, 3. Jeff Paulson, 4. Wes Cassel, 5. Mike Garris Sr., 6. Jon Lines, 7. Todd Lapp, 8. Bobby Hall, 9. Dominique Deglas, 10. Bill Gerhart, 11. Brock Jacobus, 12. Curt Neiman, 13. Wyatt Jacobus Sr., 14. Rich Orth, 15. Rich Decker, 16. Matt Smith, 17. Jay Garris, 18. Kevin Sponagle, 19. Tom Orth, 20. Cale Mutter, 21. Mike Stofflet, 22. Mike Mervine.
Grandview Speedway PR
Headed into the latter half of the 2019 race season at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The push and positioning for divisional championships are well underway as contenders make it known just who’s in and whose there to play spoiler. Taking the track in this week’s sponsored, “DODD RV Night at the Races”, were the Cycle City Corp Bandoleros and Legends divisions. Also featured were the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks, Bojangles UCar’s, Pepsi Grand Stocks and the always entertaining Parts Barn Enduros. The evenings racing will also feature twin races from the Taylor Waste Services Late Models. So, with the foot mashed down hard on the gas and foot off the brakes, here’s the recap of the action an how it all went down.
Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 Laps: Ryley Music bested the Bandoleros series qualifying showcasing his 21.066 second lap. Cody Bryant Jr earned his place in second, shotgun in row one. With the green beginning the evenings racing program, pole sitter Ryley Music showed the grid deep into turn one. At the stripe leading lap one would be the pole sitter Ryley Music and following him would be third place starter Jacob Derrick now in second. Aaliyah Paynter also picked up a spot to third leaving Cody Bryant Jr falling back to fourth. All nose to tail, the leaders were single file and looking for opportunities to advance. But then just past the halfway, the races first caution when Derrick and Paynter get together coming out of turn four. Back to the green with five circuits to go, Jacob Derrick quickly regroups and is able to fall in line with leader. But troubles continued for Paynter as she goes around once again. Restart to the feature saw race leader Ryley Music hold off the advances of Jacob Derrick. But then Derrick has to race Bryant for second and that was all the race leader needed to go on to win. Ryley Music gets it done with the winning margin at 0.282 seconds, Music had these words from Victory Lane. “It was really fun as I sometimes say, you always learn something or you try something new. I just tried racing in the rain and it was really fun. When the rain came down it was really fun”.
- #47 Ryley Music; 15
- #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
- #00 Cody Bryant Jr; 15
- #14 Aaliyah Paynter; 15
Taylor Waste Services Late Models Twin 70’s: Connor Hall put his hot rod on the series pole with his 15.732 second lap. The lap held off series points leader Greg Edwards who was just thirty nine thousandths of a second off the pole. Brenden Queen, Danny Edwards Jr and Casey Wyatt rounded out the five fastest in the afternoon time trials. Green was over the speedway and the early race leader was the pole sitter Connor Hall. Brenden Queen picks up a spot to second as did Casey Wyatt to fourth. Laps later, the race leader showed his muscle sporting a ten car length lead as the field quickly fell single file in preparation for the long green flag run. Battle for second picked up when Greg Edwards reached the bumper of Queen who wisely let Edwards go for the spot. Soon after, Wyatt, Danny Edwards came through as well leaving Queen in fifth when the dust settled. Well into the green flag run, Greg Edwards began to knockoff the car lengths of the race leader Hall. Then on lap twenty eight of the scheduled seventy, Greg Edwards became the new race leader. Battle for third picked up when Danny Edwards jockeyed for the spot held by Casey Wyatt. At the halfway, Greg Edwards maintained the lead and for now, Wyatt held off Danny Edwards for third. Back to the leaders, Greg Edwards was driving away, his race lead had grown to a half a straight away over Connor Hall riding in second. Best battle on the track was from third to fifth involving Wyatt, Queen and Danny Edwards. Finally, Wyatt gets loose in turn four and comes Queen to third. Final laps saw Greg Edwards continue to dominate the feature and would go on to win the caution free race by 5.623 seconds.
In the Late Model nightcap, the mandatory eight car invert would be applied to grid forcing race one winner Greg Edwards to start eighth. But instead, choose to start at the rear of the grid and handed the pole to Justin Carroll. Green flag began the feature and the early race leader would be Justin Carroll. Terry Carroll picked up the second spot as Danny Edwards showed third in the early goings. Then the races first caution when Craig Eastep went around courtesy of Thomas Marks who was then ordered to the rear for his involvement. Back to the green, this time it’s Danny Edwards to the front as Justin Carroll, Brenden Queen, Connor Hall and Terry Carroll were the top five. Meanwhile, race one winner Greg Edwards had worked his way to eighth from starting in the rear. At the front, Danny Edwards had built up a four car length lead but the fastest car on the track was his brother Greg Edwards who now was shown in sixth. Great battle for second as Justin Carroll had it, Connor Hall wanted it and after a three lap battle, Hall finally took it. The battle for second was exactly what the leader wanted to see as his lead soon grew to twelve lengths. But the lead was wiped away when Rodney Boyd went around to bring out the caution. Back to the green, Connor Hall from the outside takes the race lead but on his bumper is Danny Edwards. Meanwhile, Greg Edwards continues to pick them off and climbed up to third. Now back to single file racing and as the halfway neared, Greg Edwards had caught the leaders. Then the races third caution when Craig Eastep is seen spinning on the backstretch. Back to the green, Connor Hall is able to hold off Greg Edwards for now but the side by side battle ensues. Before the battle could be settled, another caution halted the action which set up another exciting restart. Green flag waved and this time, Connor Hall secures the point. Danny Edwards would pick up second momentarily before Greg Edwards passed for position. From that point, the bullseye was on race leader Connor Hall as lap for lap, Greg Edwards was coming. On back, Justin Carroll and Brenden Queen were providing the thrills as the race headed into the latter stages. Back to the leaders and this time Greg Edwards is there, searching for the best way around Hall. Then the battle ensued, trading turns at the lead and with contact, Connor Hall survives the assault. But just as Greg Edwards regroups and works his way to the inside of Hall, another caution. With eight laps left, the green flag waves and the battle heats up. From the outside, Greg Edwards takes the lead and from there, goes on to win by 0.933 seconds. Greg Edwards from Victory Lane, “It’s just really hard racing there with Connor, if the fans don’t like that racing, I don’t know. That was some exciting side by side racing, Connor gave me all he had, Connor never backs down. He’s gonna run it for all she’s got and that’s what he should do. Our car was just a tick better tonight and I’m just proud of this team. Thank God for this effort, thank God for Charlie High racing engines, James Long, my fans and family, I really appreciate it”.
Race Results #1;
- #21 Greg Edwards; 70
- #77 Connor Hall; 70
- #03 Brenden Queen; 70
- #26 Danny Edwards; 70
- #29 Casey Wyatt; 70
- #90 Terry Carroll
- #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
- #91 Justin Carroll: 70
- #88 Thomas Marks; 70
- #7H Michael Hardin; 69
- #89 Craig Eastep; 69
- #10 Maddy Mulligan; 69
- #36 Chris Johnson; 45
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 42
Race Results #2:
- #21 Greg Edwards; 70
- #77 Connor Hall; 70
- #26 Danny Edwards; 70
- #03 Brenden Queen; 70
- #91 Justin Carroll; 70
- #90 Terry Carroll; 70
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 70
- #7H Michael Hardin; 70
- #36 Chris Johnson; 70
- #10 Maddy Mulligan; 70
- #89 Craig Eastep; 58
- #88 Thomas Marks; 38
- #7 Zach Lightfoot; 38
- #29 Casey Wyatt; 34
Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks 25 Laps: Rick Poust continued to flex his muscle in the Super Truck series by claiming the series pole. His lap of 19.128 seconds kept Chase McAdams from the top spot but worthy of the two spot on the grid. Keith Wheeler, Ryan Huff and Shannon Lester highlighted the Super Truck division fastest in qualifying. Green flag would wave and from the outside, side by side coming to the line, Chase McAdams leads lap one. Lap two would be even better for McAdams who then created an eight truck length lead over second place Rick Poust. On back it was Keith Wheeler who was being challenged by Ryan Huff for third as Shannon Lester would show fifth. Laps later, Donald Brown and Paige Cain would get together to bring out the races first caution. Back to green flag racing, McAdams continued to lead with Poust lurking just a truck length behind as the halfway draws near. Chris Munger would make his name known running fifth as Donald Brown wanted the spot. Back to the front, Wheeler gets by Poust for second as Huff was all over Poust for third. Final laps saw McAdams pulling away and avoiding any advances from second place Keith Wheeler. Last lap and at the stripe, Chase McAdams wins by 2.568 seconds. McAdams from Victory Lane, “I knew as soon as it got cool out it was gonna be hooked up so I didn’t touch a thing. I had to give up in qualifying but she was still fast, I’m not sure of the time but she was on a rail and I was just cruising. This truck loves cold weather”.
Race Results (Unofficial):
- #18 Chase McAdams; 25
- #27 Keith Wheeler; 25
- #9 Rick Poust; 25
- #3 Ryan Huff; 25
- #05 Donald Brown; 25
- #2 Chris Munger; 25
- #38 Paige Cain; 25
- #66 Wayne Lyon; 24
- #65 Shannon Lester; 14
Cycle City Corp Legends 25 Laps: Spencer Saunders would claim the Legends series pole with a lap recorded at 18.124 seconds. Points leader Ryan Matthews grabbed up his spot on the front in second while Colby Flowers, Ryan Center and Chris Hayes were the five fastest in qualifying. Green flag waved and leading the first circuit was the pole sitter Spencer Saunders. From the third spot comes Colby Flowers to second but laps later gave it back to Ryan Matthews. Ryan Centers rode in fourth as Chris Hayes filled the five spot on the Legends series grid. Earlier, during the pass for second, Saunders had built up an eight car length lead but as the laps clicked away, Matthews was reeling in the leader. Halfway in the race and second place Ryan Matthews had cut the lead in half. Nipping away, lap for lap and benefitting from lap traffic, Ryan Matthews is there to challenge for the lead. Late laps in the feature, the race leader seemed to have hit the go button and began to distance himself from Matthews. Last lap and its Spencer Saunders crossing the stripe first by a margin of 0.357 seconds. Saunders from Victory Lane, “One word, redemption, we’ve given the last two races up, finished second and tonight I was not going to be denied. Man, what a car, we’ve had such a great car the last three times we’ve been here. Finally got it done tonight again, feels like forever since we’ve been to Victory Lane”.
- #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
- #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
- #33 Colby Flowers; 25
- #88 Ryan Center; 25
- #4 Chris Hayes; 24
- #27 David Steele; 24
- #17W Carter Wood; 5
Bojangles UCar’s 25 Laps: In UCar division qualifying, Mike Farley picked up the series pole clocking in at 19.079 seconds. Mike Chapman placed his ride in the second starting position followed by Tyler Borden, Cameron Ruggles and Casey Bristow as the series five best. Flagman Shane Snyder gave the command to start the race, waving high in his hand was the green flag. Coming around to lead lap one would be the pole sitter, Mike Farley. Mike Chapman quickly conceded and got in the leader’s line as Cameron Ruggles, Tyler Borden and Austin Davis were the early top five. Laps later, Chapman begins to close in on the leader when suddenly Tyler Borden hits hard on the front stretch wall. After clean up concluded, racing resumed and Mike Farley has the better restart to secure the point. Mike Chapman had the two spot as Austin Davis would run third. Remaining laps in the feature would go caution free as Chapman did close in but the laps would run out. Mike Farley wins the UCar feature by a margin of 0.989 seconds, Farley had this to say. “Kinda messed up my first start, spotter encouraged me not to do it a second time. Didn’t really want to do a victory lap as a lot of the guys had a tough night. It’s tough to win when there’s a lot of attrition, you know you really want to have a fair fight and battle somebody at the end. Will come back, hopefully everybody gets to rerack and come back with strong cars”.
- #11 Mike Farley; 25
- #32 Mike Chapman; 25
- #3 Austin Davis; 25
- #33 Casey Bristow; 25
- #52 Cameron Ruggles; 11
- #2 Tyler Borden; 11
- #36W Michael Waters; 3
Pepsi Grand Stocks 40 Laps: Tim Wilson once again nabbed up the Grand Stock pole sporting a 17.862 second lap. Paul Lubno showed off the speed as well getting the two spot on the grid. With the green shown to the field, great side by side battle between the pole sitter Wilson and Lubno. But with the inside advantage, Wilson secures the point as Lubno backs off and slams the door on third place Michael Waters. Chris Roberts would pick up two spots and showing fourth as Kevin Morgan ran fifth. Back up front and several laps in, Wilson would show the way as Lubno rode two car lengths on back. But the riding around soon ended when Paul Lubno collapsed the two car lengths and then passed Wilson for the lead. Reaching the halfway, Lubno had the lead as Wilson would do a good job of keeping pace with the leader. With the rest of the grid stretched out, it was definitely a two horse show as Wilson looked to close in on the race leader. Lubno would do well choosing when to pass lap traffic and keeping Wilson at a safe distance should a mistake be made. Closing laps, Wilson would get to the bumper but could not give the leader a shove needed to get by. Paul Lubno gets the Grand Stock win by a margin of 0.200 seconds. Lubno with words from Victory Lane, “It says a lot about my crew, the people associated with me, the sponsors that makes all this happen. I’m just the wheelman, I just try to do the best I can for them. Tim is a great driver, got a fast car and a great crew like we do. It all worked out in our favor, it could have gone the other way, had Tim won it, I would’ve come on over and congratulated him”.
Race Results (Unofficial):
- #14 Paul Lubno; 40
- #17 Tim Wilson; 40
- #2 Michael Waters; 40
- #71R Chris Roberts; 40
- #1 Kevin Morgan; 40
- #8 Dale Nichols; 39
- #51 Amanda Satterly; 37
Parts Barn Enduros 30 Laps: Based on the earlier pill draw, the field was decided and getting the top spot in the field was Hunter Kane. Richard Quinn would start second as Ryan Vinson, Chris Kane and Mikey Chinn were the starting top five. With the green high in the air, coming around to lead lap one is Ryan Vinson. Chris Kane takes second but before the field starts to settle out, the races first red flag. Back to the racing and right back to the red flag when Taylor Kool hits the turn four wall hard. Green flag waves once again and the leaders get tangled up in lap traffic. Coming through as the new race leader was Richard Ellis as Charlie Bryant took second. On the move and coming to the front would be Colby Vance showing fourth but troubles for second place Charlie Bryant who makes contact with the wall. Soon after, Vance who has shown to be the man to beat in the series would make his way to second as the halfway point of the race went up on the board. But for the leader Richard Ellis, his race lead was seconds ahead of Vance who struggled to get through slower race traffic. Final laps saw Colby Vance nipping away at the lead but the laps would run out, Richard Ellis goes to Victory Lane. Margin of victory would be 6.551 seconds, Ellis had this to say, “I’ve been doing my homework trying to mess around here and there. The forty four car has been killing it and so dominate so excuse my French, but I waxed his a*s”.
- #41 Richard Ellis; 30
- #44 Colby Vance; 30
- #17 Alex Floroff; 30
- #3 Mikey Chinn; 30
- #48 Chris Kane; 30
- #99 Zach Kane; 30
- #77K Hunter Kane; 29
- #13 Hayden Sheldon; 29
- #47 Nate Lundin; 29
- #14Q Richard Quinn; 29
- #7 Dwight Nikles; 29
- #24 Tim Vinson; 29
- #30 Rick Walsh; 28
- #74 Kenvir Teeter; 28
- #28 William Robinson; 28
- #25 Ryan Vinson; 28
- #18 Ben Wolff; 28
- #00 Robert Dezero; 28
- #21P Karl Park; 28
- #32 Vicky Connor; 28
- #90 Nick Martin; 27
- #33 Mike Kanary; 27
- #03D Nicholas Deans; 27
- #12 Don Dawson; 26
- #88 Charlie Bryant; 13
- #49 Randy Constable; 13
- #96 Taylor Kool; 3
- #93 Andy Brennecke;
- #16 Mel Vermillion;
NOTE: The Grand Stock division and the Super Truck division race results are unofficial at this time. Any changes to the finish order will be made Tuesday pending completion of post race tech.
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NTT IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato hasn't had many weeks as wild as this past one.
Sato qualified fifth for Saturday's Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway, dropped to last place after opening-lap contact with other cars in Turn 1 and battled back to win in the closest finish in this track's 10-year history - 0.0399 seconds over Ed Carpenter.
The victory came six days after being the center of attention for his role in the first-lap, multi-car accident at Pocono Raceway that left his car upside down. But the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver stood his ground and focused forward, and that approach led him to his second win of the season, the fifth of his career and first on a short oval track.
Next to the 2017 Indianapolis 500 victory, Sato called this the most gratifying win of his career.
"Yes, I'm sure," he said. "Winning (from) pole at Barber was very significant - just the domination of the weekend is always great credit for the team and satisfaction. But this win is so special - beside Indy 500, obviously nothing like (that). This is just so emotional. Gave me unbelievable boost.
"(It's) a great story."
Sato (No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda) might not have held off Carpenter (No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) had the race gone another corner much less another lap. Carpenter made a valiant charge in the final two laps to overtake Tony Kanaan (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Chevrolet) and close in on Sato. The margin was the closest of the NTT IndyCar Series season.
"It could have been (different winner) if we had a little longer straightaway or another lap," Carpenter said.
After Sato held off Carpenter at the finish line, all eyes turned to NTT P1 Award winner and championship leader Josef Newgarden (No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet), who had been swapping fourth place with rookie Santino Ferrucci of Dale Coyne Racing (No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda). Ferrucci had drifted high a few laps earlier, allowing Newgarden to get past. But Ferrucci passed Newgarden back - apparently in tight form - and Newgarden spun in Turn 4.
"I was happy I wasn't in the (wall), to be honest with you," Newgarden said. "The engine was still going, I wasn't in the wall. (I thought), thank goodness I'm kind of straight, I can't believe we're still going here."
Newgarden's misfortune caused him to drop to seventh place, which cost him six points, but he will head to Portland International Raceway for next weekend's penultimate race with a lead that has grown each of the past two weeks.
Newgarden leads teammate Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet) by 38 points, Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda) by 46 points and Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) by 70 points after they finished fifth, 13th and 20th, respectively.
Carpenter and Kanaan scored their first top-three finishes of the season. Carpenter last finished second in last year's Indianapolis 500; Kanaan's most-recent podium was at Texas Motor Speedway in 2017.
Ferrucci, who led a race-high 97 of 248 laps, scored his second consecutive fourth-place finish and the third of his rookie season, and it allowed him to move two points ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing's Felix Rosenqvist (No. 10 Monster Energy Honda) for the lead in the Rookie-of-the-Year battle.
Conor Daly (No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet) gave his team its best finish of the season in sixth place.
The NTT IndyCar Series heads to Portland, Ore., for next Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland. Live race coverage on NBC begins at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT local) with the green flag at approximately 3:45 p.m. Live radio broadcasts will be available on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (XM 209, Sirius 98, Internet/App 970).
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Former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia continued his recent domination of South Boston Speedway Saturday night, winning the 100-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race that headlined the NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.
The win was Pulliam's fourth straight win at the .4-mile oval and his sixth win of the season at South Boston Speedway.
A restart with four laps to go set up one of the most intense late-race sprints of the season, with Pulliam taking the lead on the last lap and edging defending track champion and former NASCAR national champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia by a car length or .272-second at the finish.
Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina held the lead heading into the final lap, only to be edged out by Sellers by a few feet and having to settle for third place. Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia and Daniel Silvestri of Great Falls, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.
The win marked a great recovery by Pulliam who spun with 15 laps to go in the race after contact from Trey Crews as they battled for the lead on a restart. Pulliam restarted the race from the fifth spot while Crews was penalized by track NASCAR officials and forced to restart the race from the back of the field.
Pulliam quickly made his way to the front of the field, taking advantage of two late caution periods, one on lap 95 and one on lap 97, to position himself for a run at the win.
Scott held the lead on the final restart, only to be shuffled back to third place on the final lap as Pulliam muscled his way into the lead and Sellers followed to capture the runner-up spot.
The race featured five lead changes among three drivers with Pulliam leading the race on three occasions. Scott led 11 of the race's last 15 laps while trying to secure what would have been his first win of the season.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series standout Jeroen Bleekemulen of The Netherlands competed in his first-ever oval track race and his first NASCAR race in Saturday night's 100-lap race.
Bleekemulen, who was at nearby VIRginia International Raceway over the weekend to compete in Sunday's Michelin GT Challenge for Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports, finished 15th after being sidelined after 22 laps. He had posted the 10th-fastest time among 16 drivers in qualifying for the race.
Six caution periods punctuated the 100-lap race.
Moss And Willis Split Limited Sportsman Division Twinbill
Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia and Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia split wins in Saturday night's pair of 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races.
Moss started on the pole and scored a flag-to-flag win in the opener, edging Willis by about a car length or .246-second to take the win. The win was the fifth victory of the season for Moss.
Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia, Kenny Daniel of Sutherlin, Virginia and Landon Pembelton of Amelia, Virginia completed the top five finishers.
Willis started third in the nightcap as the top four finishers of the first race were inverted for the start of the nightcap, took the lead from Daniel on the seventh lap and won the race by a 1.446-second margin over Dawson who recorded his best finish of the season. The win was the sixth of the season for Willis who leads the division points chase.
Moss finished third with Pembelton and Daniel completing the top five finishers.
Crews Tops Field In Pure Stock Division
Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia started at the rear of the field, took the lead from Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia with nine laps to go and sped to victory in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.
The win was the eighth of the season for Crews, who leads the division points chase.
Hupp, Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia, Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia and Jimmy Wade of Halifax, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the race that saw the lead swap hands three times among four drivers.
Layne Wins Budweiser Hornets Division Race
Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia scored a flag-to-flag win in Saturday night's 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.
The win was the fourth of the season for the first-year driver.
Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia took the runner-up spot with Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia, Tyler Stanley of South Boston, Virginia and Andrea Ruotolo-Sarnataro rounded out the top five finishers.
Rice, Dye Take Wins In Southern Ground Pounders Series Race
Jimmy Rice of Gibsonville, North Carolina won the 20-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series and took the Sportsman Division win in the process.
Rodney Dye of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina took top honors in the Modified Division.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
It will be Championship Night when NASCAR racing returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, September 7, with the 7 p.m. running of the GCR Presents LS Tractor USA NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program.
Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors headline the night’s action. Also included on the night’s five-race card are a 50-lap race for the Limited Sportsman Division, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division.
Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m., practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
For additional information about the GCR Presents LS Tractor USA NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.