Defending South Boston Speedway champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia took another step forward in defending last season's track championship Saturday night with a sweep of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s.

Saturday night's pair of wins gives Sellers three wins in a row and a total of six wins this season at "America's Hometown Track."

Looking to pick up passing points to aid in his quest for the South Boston Speedway title, Sellers started last in the field, picked his way through traffic, and sped past former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia on lap 53 to take the lead.

Once in front, Sellers had everything his way, and edged Pulliam by 2.738 seconds to take the win. Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia, Nicholas Sanchez of Cornelius, North Carolina and Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers in the opener.

Starting 10th in the nightcap, Sellers again threaded his way to the front of the field. It was on the second of two bids Sellers made for the lead against Pulliam that he succeeded  in taking the lead. Just like in the first race, once Sellers took the lead on lap 51 he had everything go his way.

Pulliam finished 1.819-second behind Sellers with Scott taking third place, Thaxton taking fourth place and Jeb Burton of Halifax, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Burton, who recorded a Top-10 finish in Thursday night's NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway, won the pole for Saturday night's opening Late Model Stock Car Division race driving a car out of the Sellers Racing stable. He finished 13th in the first race after taking the car to pit road following an early-race spin.

There were two lead changes between Pulliam and Sellers in the opening race and two lead changes among three drivers in the nightcap with Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia, Pulliam and Sellers taking a turn at the front of the field.

Eversole, Willis split Limited Sportsman Division Twinbill

J.D. Eversole of Richmond, Virginia and Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia split wins in Saturday night's twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races.

Eversole's victory was his first win at South Boston Speedway since the 2014 season. Willis' win in the nightcap was his third victory of the season at the .4-mile oval.

In the opening race, Eversole edged Willis for the win by .338-second, with Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia, Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia and Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Dawson finished second to Willis in the nightcap, with Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina, finishing third, Eversole taking fourth place and Myers completing the top five finishers.

Pickrel Takes Win In Budweiser Pure Stock Division Race

Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia took the lead from Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia on the 17th lap and sped to victory in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.

The win was the fourth victory of the season for Pickrel at South Boston Speedway.

Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia finished in the runner-up spot, with Dawson and Halifax, Virginia residents Bruce Mayo and Jimmy Wade rounding out the top five finishers.

Currin Declared Winner In Budweiser Hornets Division Race

Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia crossed the finish line behind Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race, but was declared the winner after Dawson's car failed to pass a post-race technical inspection.

The victory was the second of the season for Currin at South Boston Speedway.

Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia, Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia and South Boston, Virginia residents Aaron Cash and Andrea Ruotolo Sarnataro rounded out the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, July 27, with the 7 p.m. running of the Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents “National Night Out” NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.

A 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will highlight the five-race program. The Limited Sportsman Division competitors will battle it out in a 50-lap race. Twin 15-lap races are set for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race is on tap for the Budweiser Hornets Division competitors.

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.

There will be $5 admission for all emergency services personnel showing proper ID.

For additional information about the Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents “National Night Out” NASCAR Late Model 100 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.

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Race Winner: Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):
● Clint Bowyer started seventh and finished 18th.
● Bowyer reported his car would not turn like he needed as he quickly dropped to 14th.
● Crew pitted Bowyer on lap 41 ahead of the rest of the field hoping to take advantage of new tires and clean air.
● On lap 48 a caution came out trapping Bowyer a lap behind the leaders.
● Bowyer took the wave-around and returned to the lead lap but in 28th.
● The crew called him to pit lane under caution on lap 65 for four tires and fuel.
● Bowyer drove from 28th to 18th before the stage ended.
 
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):
● Started second and finished fifth to earn six bonus points.
● Because of his late stop in the first stage Bowyer had enough fuel and fresh tires to stay on the track during the stage break, and he restarted second.
● Bowyer held second in the early going of the stage before fresher tires dropped him to third.
● Bowyer pitted for tires and fuel on lap 134 under green.
● By the end of the stage, Bowyer had climbed back to fifth.
 
Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-269):
● Started first and finished sixth.
● Because of the late stop in the second stage, Bowyer had enough fuel and fresh tires to stay on the track during the stage break and start the final stage in first.
● The No. 14 held the lead in a side-by-side battle with Kurt Busch until Bowyer pitted on lap 206.
● The rest of the field pitted 10 to 15 laps later, and Bowyer returned to the eighth position.
● A caution in the final laps forced a green-white-checkered finish that saw Bowyer climb as high as fifth in the final laps but finish sixth. 
 
Notes:
●  Bowyer earned his ninth top-10 of the season and his second top-10 in nine career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kentucky. 
●  Bowyer’s sixth-place result was just three spots shy of his previous best finish at Kentucky – third in June 2013.
●  Since joining SHR in 2017, Bowyer has not finished outside the top-13 at Kentucky. He finished 12th in last year’s Kentucky 400.
●  Bowyer led twice for 40 laps to score his first laps led at Kentucky.
●  Kurt Busch won the Kentucky 400 to score his 31st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Kentucky. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .076 of a second.
●  There were seven caution periods for a total of 35 laps.
●  Only 16 of the 36 drivers in the Kentucky 400 finished on the lead lap.
●  Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Kentucky with an 11-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.
 
Clint Bowyer:
“It was a positive night for us. We finally got some stage points the last two races. It didn’t start out good but we did a good job of working together, staying in it and not giving up. We got some track position and right there at the end, I don't know. Our SHR cars are extremely fast, we show that in qualifying, but they aren’t the best in race trim and traffic yet. We have work to do there and we know that. Given the month of June that we had, we had to get that monkey shook off our back. Right there at the end, you hate to give up fifth right there at the line but we could have just as easily wrecked in turn one on the restart and had another finish like we had in June. We needed a good solid finish and we got that and got some good positive mojo back with our team and we will build on it.”
 
Next Up:
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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Race Winner:    Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

Kyle Busch started 10th, finished third.

● Busch started the race in 10th, but he methodically moved his way up through the field, making it up to the seventh spot by lap 47, when the caution waved for debris.

● The M&M’S driver told crew chief Adam Stevens that he was tight in traffic, with his biggest issue being in turns three and four.

● Stevens called Busch to pit road on lap 49, where he took on two tires along with an air pressure adjustment before restarting fifth on lap 53.

● Busch moved his way up to third by the lap-67 restart and settled into that same spot for the remainder of the first stage.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

Busch started eighth, finished first.

The M&M’S driver pitted following the stage, taking left-side tires and fuel on lap 83.

Busch restarted eighth behind the seven cars that did not pit following the stage.

The Las Vegas native didn’t take long to dispatch the cars ahead of him, as he moved up to third by lap 97 and to the lead past Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on lap 104.

From there, Busch had smooth sailing and built a large lead. He pitted with 10 laps to go in Stage 2 for tires and fuel, returned to the track ahead of everyone else and took home the stage win.

 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 161-269):

Busch started fifth, finished second.

Busch pitted following the end of Stage 2 on lap 163 for fuel only, then restarted fifth for the third and final stage.

The 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champ settled into the top-three early in Stage 3, but he radioed to Stevens that his car wasn’t handling as well and was chattering the rear tires in the corners.

Busch continued to battle with the leaders over the next segment of the race and finally reassumed the lead when his brother Kurt Busch pitted on lap 213.

Kyle Busch held the lead until Joey Logano tracked him down and got by him on lap 247. Busch radioed to Stevens that his car was plowing tight.

As Logano was pulling away and the laps wound down, the caution waved for a spin by Darrell Wallace Jr., setting up a two-lap shootout for the win.

Busch shot ahead of Logano coming out of turn two on the first lap of the restart and made it three-wide with Kurt Busch and JGR teammate Erik Jones. By the time the white flag flew, both Kyle and Kurt Busch were side by side racing for the win. But Kurt Busch had fresher tires and was able to sneak by Kyle Busch in turns three and four to bring home the victory.

 

Notes:

The finish was Busch’s 11th top-five result of 2019.

This is Busch’s seventh top-five and eighth top-10 finish at Kentucky in just nine starts.

The 1-2 finish for the Busch brothers was their third 1-2 result in a Cup Series race, but it was the first time Kurt bested his younger brother, as Kyle beat Kurt at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in 2015 and also reached the finish ahead of his older brother at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this past March.

 

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:

 

“Glad it was a thriller. It’s just unfortunate we were on the wrong end of the deal for everybody at M&M’S and Toyota, Interstate Batteries, all the folks that get us to where we’re at. Congratulations to Kurt (Busch) and Chip (Ganassi) and Monster, all the guys over there. It’s obviously cool to put on great races and great finishes, and I’ve been a part of a lot of them and not very many, in fact none, with my brother like that. That was a first. No hard feelings.”

 

How big of a difference was it that Kurt Busch had four fresh tires on that last restart?

“I didn’t know that they had four tires. I guess that probably had some of the difference. I knew I cleared him into (turn) three and if I just stayed in the gas I was never going to make the exit, I was going to plow the fence, but maybe I should have just gotten in front of him and messed up his air. It’s so easy to do with these cars. It’s pretty much just air games. I missed my chance over there, I guess. That’s about all I could really have done different.”

 

Take us through that final lap. What happened?

“I don’t know. Kurt got on my door off of (turn) two there and got a run down the backstretch, and I didn’t have enough of a run back on him into three to clear him soon enough. I know I cleared him, but I knew I wasn’t going to make the exit if I tried to jump up in front of him and mess up his air, so I just tried to get as close as I could to him and side draft him. He just had too much momentum going by me on the outside. I was just way too tight. We didn’t make good adjustments there on the last run, so that’s why we lost the lead to the 22 (Joey Logano) and ultimately weren’t in the right position to be able to win the race.”

 

Next Up: The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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When Bubba Wallace spun in Turn 2 with six laps left in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, it changed the course of the entire race.

For one thing, it bunched the field for an overtime restart that put brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch center-stage for a breathtaking finish, with Kurt taking the checkered flag .076 seconds ahead of his younger sibling.

For another, it treated the fans in the grandstands to the most electrifying finish of the season.

But one person who wasn’t thrilled was Team Penske driver Joey Logano, who had a comfortable lead over Kyle Busch and seemed bound for Victory lane when Wallace spun to cause the seventh caution of the evening.

The race went to overtime, and on the restart, and Logano got sandwiched between drivers and dropped to seventh at the finish.

“The caution came out at the wrong time,” Logano said. “It happens. You try to think through your notebook on how to have a good restart. I thought I was going to have a decent one, but I got stopped on the left rear there when Kyle (Busch) got into me. That is what it is. That stopped all my momentum.

“The 1 (Kurt Busch) had a huge run (on the outside), and I didn’t have anywhere to go. I couldn’t block them all. I tried to stop the 18 on his right rear by side-drafting. I saw the 1 coming and felt like, if I could get in front of him, that we were so low at the time if I blocked the 1 he would just go to the middle and pass me.

“I felt like I couldn’t stop the 1. I was in a bad spot. Once I got stopped on the left rear on the restart, I was a sitting duck and they just went by me on both sides.”

Logano didn’t win with arguably the fastest car. Nevertheless, he expressed appreciation for the quality of the event.

“Yeah, it was a great race,” Logano said. “It was a lot of fun. You had strategy and cautions, and it was probably the best Kentucky race we have ever had. If I was a race fan, I would say that was a cool finish. I’m a little too close to the fire to say it was a cool finish right now.”

 

DANIEL SUAREZ BATTLES BACK TO SCORE EIGHTH-PLACE FINISH

Until the first round of pit stops, Daniel Suarez looked like the class of field in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Seeking his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, Suarez stared on the pole and led the first 49 laps, but during a pit stop under caution for Chase Elliott’s blown right front tire, Suarez’s crew chief, Billy Scott, opted for four tires, while many others went for right sides only or no tires.

Consequently, the driver of the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford dropped to 13th for a restart on Lap 53. Further hurting Suarez’s effort was a green-flag pit stop on Lap 108 that drew a pit road penalty. Suarez lost three laps before he began a determined rally.

When green-flag stops cycled through, he was one lap down, and on Lap 179 of a planned 267, he returned to the lead lap as the highest-scored lapped car. A determined drive the rest of the way left him eighth at the finish.

“It was an eventful night for sure,” Suarez said. “We just had a fast race car but we got a bit tight. I feel like we made the car better, but we never got the track position back. We had a tire going down and then I was speeding coming to pit road because I was wheel hopping because of the tire.

“It was one problem after another. We were fast enough to overcome that, but not enough to get a better finish. I feel like the good thing is that we have the speed. We just have to keep working to have a cleaner day and keep working to try to keep that speed the whole race.”

 

ERIK JONES HAS A FRONT-ROW SEAT FOR BUSCH BROTHERS BATTLE

A quick pit stop for fuel only got Erik Jones the track position he needed late in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway and put him in the third spot for the overtime restart that decided the race.

Jones watched from his driver’s seat as brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch swapped door-slams over the final two laps. As he watched the battle in front of him, Jones tried to find a path to victory.

“Yeah, I had two choices there going into (Turns) 3 and 4 (on the final lap),” Jones said. “I knew they were probably going to slide up, so I was going to try to run to the bottom and make a run on them, but they didn't slide up enough, and I was tight and couldn't quite get the run I needed to.

“But the Craftsman Camry was good. It was fast from the start. We just needed some track position. We needed to get up there and finally did and had a shot. We were just a little too tight at the end. But good day, lots of points, which is what we needed. I'd love to be standing there on the frontstretch where (race winner) Kurt (Busch) is, but we're close, and we're just going to keep after it and get there soon.”

The good news is that Jones climbed into 16th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings, the last Playoff-eligible position. He is now two points to the good over Ryan Newman.

“Well, it's good that we're ahead of it now, and we just need to keep it going,” Jones said. “We built ourselves big deficit through some misfortune and bad luck, and we're digging out of it now, but we're doing a good job at it and doing the best we can. Getting back on the good side of is a good start. We just need to keep it rolling and hopefully get a win here soon.”

Denied victory at Daytona by an inopportune pit call last Sunday, Kurt Busch drove like lightning in a two-lap overtime dash to the finish to win Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Swapping sheet metal with brother Kyle Busch as the siblings battled for the victory throughout the overtime, Busch collected his first victory of the season in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. The 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion won for the first time at Kentucky and the 31st time in his career.

Kurt Busch beat his brother to the finish line by .076 seconds, the closest margin of victory at a 1.5-mile intermediate speedway this season. It was also the first Cup triumph for a Chevrolet at Kentucky, which began hosting races in NASCAR’s premier series in 2011. It was also the first victory for Busch’s crew chief, Matt McCall.

"Hell yeah! Hell yeah!" Busch exulted after climbing from his car on the frontstretch. "I'm proud he (Kyle) gave me a little room on the outside. He could have clobbered us against the wall, and he probably would have got it.”

Busch was running fourth, nine seconds behind then-leader Joey Logano, when Bubba Wallace spun in Turn 2 with six laps left in regulation. Logano, third-place Erik Jones, the Busch brothers and Denny Hamlin stayed out on older tires for the overtime, with Kurt Busch having fresher rubber on his left side, thanks to a four-tire pit stop under green on Lap 213 of a scheduled 267.

That caution helped balance the scales of fortune. Last Sunday at Daytona, Busch pitted from the lead when NASCAR gave the one-lap-to-go signal, only to have a lightning bolt within the eight-mile range return the race to caution. After rain hit the track, Justin Haley, who stayed out, got the victory.

The misfortune at Daytona, made Busch relish his Kentucky win all the more.

“What an awesome run,” Busch said. “Whatever last week was, we got the 'W' now! That was epic. I was hopeful that we would get a shot, just one more restart. We got that yellow… with my little brother—it's the best guy in the world to go race against.”

For the first time, Kurt beat his younger brother in a 1-2 finish.

“I'm glad it was a thriller,” Kyle Busch said. “Just unfortunately we were on the wrong end of the deal for everybody at M&M's and Toyota, Interstate Batteries, all the folks that get us to where we're at.

“But congratulations to Kurt and Chip and (sponsor) Monster and all the guys over there. It's obviously cool to put on great races and great finishes, and (I’ve) been a part of a lot of them and not very many—in fact none with my brother like that, so that was a first. No hard feelings, and we move on.”

In a one-year deal with Ganassi, Kurt Busch has been weighing his future in the sport. Saturday’s win may influence his decision.

“I thought this year might be my last, but we're having so much fun, we'll have to see how things go,” he said.

Jones finished third, followed by Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson, who pitted for tires before the overtime. Hamlin held fifth, putting three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers in the top five.

Clint Bowyer, Logano, polesitter Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher completed the top 10.

Race Winner:  Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):

Kevin Harvick started fifth and finished sixth, earning five stage points.

● The No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang quickly moved to third by just the second lap.

● The first caution flag flew on lap 47 and Harvick, running third, reported the car was “tighter in (turns) three and four, better than the cars in front, but hard to pass them.”

● On the ensuing pit stop, the No. 4 crew put on right side tires, filled it with fuel and made a tire pressure adjustment.

● After three cautions in 16 laps, the No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang was running fifth, and instead of pitting on lap 64 like many other teams, crew chief Rodney Childers opted to stay out and maintain track position.

● Harvick finished sixth but reported his car was “plowing”. The No. 4 crew fitted the Hunt Brothers Pizza machine with four tires, fuel and made wedge and tire pressure adjustments.  

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):

Harvick started 16th and finished 16th.

● Harvick drove his No. 4 Hunt Brother Pizza Ford Mustang into the top-10 by lap 119.

● Harvick had climbed to sixth on lap 139 before coming in for a green-flag pit stop on lap 149.

● The No. 4 crew put on four fresh tires, added fuel and made a tire pressure adjustment before returning to the track in 16th.

● On lap 158 while running 16th, Harvick reported the car was “vibrating like crazy, worse in the corners.”

● Pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment at the conclusion of the stage.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-269):

Harvick started 13th and finished 22nd.

● Running 12th when the caution came out on lap 180, Harvick made a scheduled, four-tire pit stop. But an uncontrolled tire penalty dropped him back to 23rd for the lap-184 restart.

● On lap 207, the No. 4 machine began experiencing a power issue which prevented Harvick from regaining any more positions.

 

Notes:

● Kurt Busch won the Kentucky 400 to score his 31st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Kentucky. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was .076 of a second.

● There were seven caution periods for a total of 35 laps.

● Only 16 of the 36 drivers in the Kentucky 400 finished on the lead lap.

● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Kentucky with an 11-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Foxwoods Casino 301 on Sunday, July 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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Toyota driver Holley Hollan made history on Saturday night by matching the best-ever finish by a female driver in a national midget feature event with a second-place in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s feature at Valley Speedway.

The 17-year-old matched the record set by former Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Holly Shelton, who finished second at Valley Speedway a year ago, and Sarah McCune, who placed second on pavement at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1999.

“Before the feature, they worked the bottom and I was able to use it to my advantage,” said Hollan, a Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native. “I started ninth and was up to third three laps in, then up to second on lap seven. I felt really good tonight. Once we got to second, every time I would get a run, it seemed that a caution would come out. All it would have taken was for him (winner Ace McCarthy) to make one mistake. I feel that was the best race I’ve run and the most patient.”

While Hollan was happy in matching the existing record, she still has her sights set a little higher.

“Holley Shelton set the standard high,” said Hollan. “I feel like we are closer to a win than we were a week ago. Hopefully, we can get our first win tomorrow at Humboldt Speedway.”

The race opened with pole-sitter Jake Neuman taking the lead with McCarthy running second, 15-year-old Hank Davis in third and Hollan jumping from ninth to fourth while running the low side. McCarthy moved past Neuman for the lead on lap two, with Hollan also going past her fellow Toyota driver Davis for third.

By lap seven, Hollan had gained another position and began to challenge McCarthy for the top spot with the leader running on the cushion, while Hollan continued to work the bottom. 

A lap 10 caution would bunch the field and Hollan was ready to take advantage, moving past McCarthy for the top spot as they came to the starter’s stand on lap 11, but another caution would wave, reverting the field back to the running order from the previous lap.

From there on out, Hollan would contain to hound McCarthy throughout the 30-lap feature, but McCarthy began to take away the lower line in turns one and two, while moving high through three and four, not allowing Hollan to pull off a pass for the lead. The duo ran one-two for the final 24 laps.

Behind them, Andrew Felker would finish third, with Toyota drivers Zach Daum and Davis rounding out the top five. Fourteen-year-old Daison Pursley placed eighth, with Cannon McIntosh finishing ninth and Jesse Colwell was tenth to give Toyota six of the top-10 finishers. Both McIntosh and Colwell overcame early race incidents that had dropped them to the back of the field.

Logan Seavey, who was contesting the USAC feature in Nebraska remains the point leader, but Colwell has closed to within 140 points of the lead with Daum just 10 points further back.

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League will head to Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas, for a Sunday night feature at “The Bullring.”

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Last week at Macon Speedway, Dakota Ewing took the lead in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models feature with three laps to go and lost it in the second turn of the white flag lap. This week, Ewing was able to flip the script and take the win away from Jake Little as Little fumbled around in the second turn. Little appeared a solid lock for the winner's circle at the top of the track until Ewing climbed up top and then closed the gap. Coming up on the finish, a caution flag closed the distance and Little and Ewing were neck-and-neck and nose-to-nose to the finish until the second turn of lap 19. Many can only speculate what exciting things may happen next week during the Midwest Big Ten Series 50-lap race as part of the Kerbystrong 100.

The second turn was also a rough patch during the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds feature as Curt Rhodes was also snagged by the top groove dirt which gave up the top spot to Tommy Sheppard, Jr. just past the midway part of the race. Sheppard, the defending champion and points leader, ran away with the finish and extended his 2019 points lead.

Since the introduction of the Pro Modified division at Macon Speedway, Tim Hancock has been a name synonymous with winning and checkered flags and trophies. Once again, it was. But this particular race went in favor of Tim Hancock, Jr., not Tim Hancock, Sr. Tim Senior had woes in his blue 0 car and had to use Kevin Rench's 116 machine to complete the evening. Starting in the back, Hancock Senior worked his way up the field and would finish fourth. Tim Junior was given the lead thanks to Rob Timmons creating a spinout in the early laps and was sent to the tail of the group. With Billy Nail and Nick Justice figuring out the track with their cars, the Junior Hancock was working his wheel through the corners and to the checkered flag.

Nick Macklin was all over the Archer's Alley Street Stock feature. Cruising along the top of the 1/5th mile dirt track, Macklin weaved his way through the lapped traffic and brought his car back to victory lane. His toughest critic, his son, has been waiting for his dad to bring home a new trophy. Victory lane is not an easy place to get to and its even tougher when your flesh & blood is counting on it.

The Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis saw a wild event. Jeremy Camp started in the last row, 15th starting position of the 16 cars, thanks to his engine boiling over in the heat and having to pull off the track before the finish. Camp would fly through the field and get to second place by the sixth lap. Cole Tinsley led the race and Drake Turner was looking for second place from the third place position. As Camp was making his move for the lead, Tinsley and Turner collided and brought out the caution flag. Camp was the leader and ran away to the finish.

The Hornet division saw a three-car battle for the lead with Michael McKay, Mike Eskew and Brady Reed all within a car length's lead from the top spot. McKay got the pole position start and kept the lead as Eskew ran behind him. Reed, last week's feature winner, started in tenth position as the division rules specify for competitive reasons, raced through the traffic to get behind Eskew. Reed couldn't make the pass on Eskew as Eskew couldn't make the pass on McKay and the Springfield driver scored his first checkered flag of 2019.

The 5th Annual Kerbystrong 100 is slated for next Saturday night with a special 50-lap $2,000-to-win Midwest Big Ten Series Pro Late Model feature highlighting the action. There will be two 25-lap features on the program, too, as the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds and the Sportsman will run. Those divisions were ran by Kerby Damery during his racing career. The Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds, Archer's Alley Street Stocks and Hornets will be part of the evening.

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models--1. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 2. Jake Little (Springfield), 3. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 4. Blake Damery (Blue Mound), 5. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 6. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 7. Colby Sheppard (Williamsville), 8. Donny Koehler (Macon), 9. Dominic Mertzke (Troy), 10. Patrick Younger (Decatur)

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds--1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 3. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 4. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 5. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 6. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 7. Jeremiah Hoadley (Decatur), 8. Troy Dodson (Hammond), 9. Chris Erwin (Bement), 10. Jordan Warren (Medora)

Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds--1. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 2. Billy Nail (Decatur), 3. Nick Justice (Decatur), 4. Tim Hancock, Sr. (Mt. Olive), 5. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 6. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 7. Greg Logue (Warrensburg), 8. Nathan Lynch (Hillsboro), 9. Tom Davidson (Springfield), 10. William Lowe (Springfield)

Archer's Alley Street Stocks--1. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 2. Bobby Beiler (Blue Mound), 3. Gene Reed (Hammond), 4. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 5. Larry Russell, Jr. (Decatur), 6. Terry Reed (Cerro Gordo), 7. Dalton Mannin (Longview), 8. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 9. Brian Dasenbrock, Jr. (Decatur), 10. Jeremy Reed (Decatur)

Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis--1. Jeremy Camp (Sullivan), 2. Jake Cheatham (Bethalto), 3. Molly Day (Atwood), 4. Jeff Beasley (Urbana), 5. Mattison Lienemann (Granite City), 6. Hayden Harvey (Warrensburg), 7. Daryn Stark (Springfield), 8. Will Armitage (Athens), 9. Hunter Pruitt (Washington, MO), 10. Cole Tinsley (Bonne Terre, MO)

Hornets--1. Michael McKay (Springfield), 2. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 3. Brady Reed (Decatur), 4. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 5. Carter Dart (Springfield), 6. Ken Reed (Decatur), 7. Steve Stine (Stonington), 8. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 9. Matt Reed (Decatur), 10. Roger Reed (Blue Mound)    

Macon Speedway PR

Kurt Busch ended the night victorious at Kentucky Speedway in a spectacular finish between he and brother Kyle Busch with two circuits remaining. The older Busch brother, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, took the lead on a restart with two laps remaining in NASCAR Overtime and after bumping with brother Kyle Busch on the final lap, Kurt Busch was able to score his 31st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

“Hell ya! Hell ya! Racing your little brother every week….I’m proud of him, I’m proud that he gave me a little bit of room on that outside,” Kurt Busch told NBCSN on the start / finish line. “He could have clobbered us against the wall and third place is probably what we would have got. But what an awesome run! We got this Monster Chevy in Victory Lane! Thank you, Kentucky!”

Kyle Busch, winner of stage two, led 72 of the 269 circuits of the evening at the 1.5-mile oval. The series veteran will leave Kentucky Speedway with 10 top five and 15 top 10 finishes through 19 races in 2019.

“Glad it was a thriller. It’s just unfortunate we were on the wrong end of the deal for everybody at M&Ms and Toyota, Interstate Batteries, all the folks that get us to where we’re at,” said Kyle Busch. “Congratulations to Kurt (Busch) and Chip (Ganassi) and Monster, all the guys over there. It’s obviously cool to put on great races and great finishes and I’ve been a part of a lot of them and not very many, in fact none with my brother like that. That was a first. No hard feelings.”

Kurt Busch, winner of stage one, sat seventh in stage two and led the field for 41 laps. The Las Vegas native goes into New Hampshire Motor Speedway, race 20 of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign, with five top five and 11 top 10 finishes.

Kurt Busch nearly found himself celebrating in victory lane last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. However, crew chief Matt McCall called Busch to pit road before storms approached the speedway to delay the event, giving the win to Justin Haley.

“We got a yellow at the end that put us back,” said Busch. “Whatever last week was, it’s this week right now and we got the trophy!”

Erik Jones sat third on the leaderboard when the checkered flag waved in his No. 20 Craftsman Toyota. Jones sat 19th in stage one and second behind teammate Kyle Busch in stage two.

Jones, a Michigan native, leaves Kentucky with five top five and nine top 10s.

Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

Taking home top 10 finishes were Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, pole sitter Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher.

Logano held the lead when the caution came out for Bubba Wallace in turn two on lap 262 of 267. The caution involving the No. 43 Chevrolet blowing a tire sent the Quaker State 400 into overtime.

The driver of the No. 22 Shell / Penzoil Ford finished seventh and holds 13 top 10 finishes this season going into New Hampshire Motor Speedway next weekend.

The race saw 15 lead changes between 10 drivers and had seven yellow flags.

The next race for NASCAR’s premier series will take place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 21. The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will air live on NBCSN at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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