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Despite his involvement in two separate incidents during the night, Josh Berry executed one of the best performances of his career on Friday night at Ace Speedway, winning The Race At Ace 125 for the CARS Late Model Stock Tour. It was Berry's 15th career victory in the series and an emotional one after his car owner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., lost his mother just over a week prior.
 
In Hedgecock Pole Qualifying, Ryan Millington rocketed to the fast time award, the first of his CARS Late Model Stock Tour career. The youngster led the opening handful of circuits, but was challenged early on restarts.
 
Three laps into the race, caution flew for Trevor Ward's smoking car, but at the exact moment the caution was called, Justin Carroll and Layne Riggs made contact, leading to a five-car pileup involving Berry, Tommy Lemons, Taylor Gray, Sammy Smith and Jason York. Although damaged, all drivers except York were able to eventually continue. Carroll brought out the next caution six laps later when a loose wheel eventually separated itself from the car, causing him to spin in turn two.
 
Bobby McCarty took the lead from Ryan Millington on lap nine and appeared to be in the same form he was one year prior at Ace where he led nearly every lap en route to victory.
 
On a lap 30 restart, Zack St. Onge apparently missed a shift, a mistake which led the field to fan out and subsequently multiple competitors made contact in the first turn, leading to a multi-car incident where Brandon Pierce impacted the outside wall. Leland Honeyman, Jr., was also involved, ramping his machine over the entire right rear quarterpanel of Josh Berry before also making contact with the concrete which ultimately ended his night.
 
A slew of additonal minor cautions occurred through the middle stages of the race (laps 38, 55, 57, and 89) but Bobby McCarty continued to set the pace over his closest pursuer, Deac McCaskill, who shadowed the No. 22 for most of the event. Despite his issues early, Josh Berry worked his way up to third and passed McCaskill on lap 76 before chasing down leader McCarty under green.
 
The caution for Taylor Gray and Mini Tyrrell's encounter on lap 89 set up a pivotal restart for McCarty and Berry within sight of the finish. As the field raced into turn three, Berry eased into McCarty's rear bumper, moved him up the racetrack and stole the preferred line as the field raced into turn one. Following additional contact, Berry emerged as the leader and quickly opened up a sizeable advantage of Deac McCaskill who also bypassed McCarty during the same sequence.
 
Even a late-race caution for a single-car spin on lap 103 could not slow down Berry. He extended his lead to 2.421 seconds in the final 22 laps and handily beat Ryan Millington, McCaskill, McCarty and his JR Motorsports teammate Adam Lemke to the stripe. 
 
"At the beginning, when we got turned around, that wasn't good," Berry said in Edelbrock Victory Lane. "But, man, I felt calm. I could tell early on we had a good car, we just didn't get a good qualifying lap."
 
Before climbing out of the car, Berry pointed to the roof of the car where a memorial decal was placed in remembrance of his car owner's late mother, Brenda Jackson, who passed away just over a week prior. He then shared how important she was in his racing career. 
 
"It's obviously been a long week for everyone at JR Motorsports with the passing of Brenda," he said while visibly holding back some emotion. "Willie and Brenda are a large part of why I'm here. Ten years ago when I moved here to drive late models, they let me live at their house for like two months. Without them, and their hospitality doing that, I might not be here today. It's just been a long week for everyone this week. Dale, Kelley, L.W., I know they've been going through a lot so this one's for them.
 
"This has been a place we've struggled a little bit, but I don't know, I guess we just figured it out tonight," he continued. "There were a couple little things we were able to work on and make our car better. I think, for me, it had such a feel like Martinsville [last year] where I could get it turned and point it straight to come right off the bottom. It was just a matter of time until we kept picking them off and picking them off. I wanna thank the good Lord above that we didn't get caught up in a lot of trouble when we were back there in the back. We were able to sneak through it, there, and miss the big one on the front stretch because it was a bad situation and I didn't know which way to go."
 
The win, coupled with misfortune of his closest two point pursuers Taylor Gray and Brandon Pierce, extended Berry's point lead entering race five of the tour at Motor Mile Speedway on May 18. The CARS Super Late Model Tour will also be in action in yet another twin-bill race format, and the tour's first visit to southwestern Virginia since its inaugural season in 2015.
 
For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at CARSRacingTour.com, or follow them on Facebook (@CARSTour), Twitter (@CARSTour), Instagram (@cars_tour), and Snapchat (@carstour). The series also has its own YouTube channel, Roku channel (available through its TV website), and a new Amazon FireTV app released this week.
Former NHRA Pro Stock Champion, Tanner Gray, earned his first NASCAR victory over the weekend as he took the checkered flag in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Twin No. 1 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. The win also marked DGR-Crosley's first K&N Pro Series victory of the 2019 season. 
Gray, who transitioned from NHRA to stock car racing in 2019 is seeing early success with his new team, DGR-Crosley. It only took Gray and his No. 15 Gray Motorsports/Valvoline Toyota team four races together to get their first win of the season. Gray is no stranger to Victory Lane, as he saw a plethora of success in a drag car winning a Championship and 11 Pro Stock National events over the last two seasons, but this weekend's win was special to Gray now that he has shifted his focus to NASCAR for the longevity of his career.
In his first race at South Boston Speedway, Gray and his No. 15 Toyota Camry had a strong start to the weekend after posting the fastest time in the opening practice session at the 0.4-mile track. He continued that positive momentum into qualifying where he earned his first-career Pole Award by posting a time of 14.977-seconds. In overtime of the WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 race, Gray went head to head with Sam Mayer on the restart. Gray pulled away in the last lap to gain his first NASCAR career victory after leading a career-high 79 laps. 
The second race was postponed to Sunday afternoon when rain moved into the area Saturday night. Gray went on to finish fourth in the second WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100. A replay of Gray’s victory will air on NBCSN on May 8, at 6 p.m., ET. The second Twin 100 will air on May 9 at 6 p.m., ET on NBSCN. 
Gray on South Boston: "Man, this is awesome. It feels so good to get that first win. I'm really competitive, and I've been wanting to get this Camry to Victory Lane. It wouldn't be possible without all the guys at DGR-Crosley working hard in the shop. They work their butts off for us and always bring great cars to the race track for me. I felt like I've been letting them down lately, so it feels really great to see to see them all in Victory Lane.
It's funny that it's my fourth K&N race. I won my fourth Pro Stock race as well, so that's kind of funny. Had a lot of fun, it was really cool racing with Sam [Mayer] there at the end."
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Venturini Motorsports’ (VMS) Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) rebounded from two consecutive weeks of anguish to win Sunday’s rain-delayed ARCA Menards Series General Tire Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

Eckes, making a statement with his performance, took the lead on a restart at lap 81 and led the final 120 laps to earn his first series victory of the season and the fourth of his career.

Eckes led the ARCA Menards Series standings entering the third event of the season at Salem Speedway but was forced to the sidelines with food poisoning on race day. After missing that race, Eckes returned to action at Talladega Superspeedway but was swept into a crash at the race’s midway point and he finished last in the 26-car field.

Determined to overcome recent adversity and put himself back into the championship hunt, Eckes was visibly relieved after climbing out of his JBL Audio Camry and hoisting Nashville’s coveted guitar in victory lane.

“It’s been a really rough couple of weeks,” Eckes said. “That was about the longest 80 laps of my life. We pitted early and I figured there would be a caution and there would be one guy with four tires in the pits. But that never happened. We still need to be a little better but we took some strides in the right direction for when we go to Toledo for our next short track race.

“I had a feeling in my stomach that we had a car that could win. I knew it was going to be a good day. We weren’t really happy with it yesterday. We were okay with it. We got it closer but it wasn’t where we wanted it completely. We got it close enough but we have room to get better.”

Extending VMS’ early hot streak, Eckes’ win at Nashville gives the team its fourth ARCA victory of the season in five attempts. Eckes becomes the third team driver to win in 2019 - joining Daytona winner, Harrison Burton and two-time winner, Michael Self (Pensacola and Salem), who both come out of VMS’ potent driver stable. 

On Sunday, Eckes was forced to battle for the lead against teammate and pole sitter, Chandler Smith (No.20 Craftsman Toyota), who led the first 80-laps before finishing third overall. Smith was fastest in practice and started from the pole when qualifying was washed out by rain.

Despite his own disappointment, Smith dazzled again earning his second General Tire pole award of the season and his sixth pole in just 12 series starts. Smith’s pole award also represents VMS’ fourth on the season. Now with nine career top-5’s, the Georgia teen betters his series stats with an average ARCA starting position of 3.2 and an average finish of 4.2.

“He just had better turn ability than I did,” Smith said. “We overloaded the right front tire today. They rolled the center better than we did and that’s where they got us. We learned some things today that should help us at Toledo.”

Michael Self (No.25 Sinclair Oil Toyota), who came into Nashville as the series point leader, finished a disappointing 15th and dropped to second in the standings after getting caught up in an on-track incident between the No.18 and No.10 cars happening outside his windshield. Suffering significant damage to the front end of his Sinclair Oil Toyota, Self was forced to retire early after completing 73 of the 200 race laps.

"Wrong place at the wrong time," said Self. "Ty is a good driver but he has to have more patience. Tommy is five laps down. I know he was in the way but just pass him in the next corner. And because of that, two cars got trashed because he couldn't be patient."

The ARCA Menards Series returns to action Sunday, May 19 in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway. The race will be televised live on MAVTV starting at 2 pm ET and ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat at ARCARacing.com. New users may register for free with a valid email address at ARCAracing.com/login.

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Tanner Gray wasn't leaving South Boston without a trophy. And Derek Kraus had to wait a day to get his.

Gray accomplished his goal in race No. 1 of the WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s Saturday night, as he nudged Bristol winner Sam Mayer out of the way in overtime to win his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series race.

After rain pushed the conclusion of the second 100-lap championship race to Sunday, Kraus scored his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win of the season in race No. 2.

For Gray, though, getting that initial checkered flag in NASCAR was the thing. The 2018 NHRA Pro Stock Champion has already shown to be a quick study to stock cars and oval tracks.

"It feels really good to get that first win," Gray said, exhausted after the first twin 100. "I tried to screw it up throughout the race the whole time. I just kept getting loose, chasing it up the race track and made some adjustments there under caution before the green/white/checkered."

The overtime finish didn't disappoint, as Gray and eventual second-place finisher Sam Mayer were beating and banging around the entire track.

"We took off and I was hoping I could get a little better jump, hold him tight down there to the bottom," the DGR-Crosley driver said. "But I missed it a little bit. Tried to follow behind him and got into him, and in (Turn) 3 just moved him, got underneath him, side-by-side going on the frontstretch. After that I'm not too sure what happened to him."

Gray had come up just .030 seconds short on March 30 at California's Irwindale Speedway, losing out on a drag race off Turn 4 to Trevor Huddleston. This time, it was Gray who was .32 seconds faster than the runner-up.

Following Gray and Mayer across the finish line was another rookie, Max McLaughlin, in third. Spencer Davis and Ruben Garcia Jr. where fourth and fifth, respectively.

Colin Garrett, Travis Milburn, Chase Cabre, Derek Kraus and Hailie Deegan rounded out the top 10.

WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 Race No. 1 Results

The field for the second twin 100 was set by fastest lap time per driver in the first 100. That allowed Sanchez, who was 14th in his series' debut, to assume the point alongside -- albeit temporarily -- Gray.

The extra day was worth the wait for Kraus.

Kraus took the lead from McLaughlin at the halfway juncture and didn’t look back, claiming his seventh overall K&N Pro Series checkered flag.

“It was a really good day overall,” he said. “Today was. Yesterday we were pretty good, too, but we ran out of brakes early and kind of had to ride around and manage your day, which we did for those first 100 laps. But these second 100 laps, we got the first 20 laps in and I knew we were pretty good. Really happy with my Bill McAnally crew.”

The win was Kraus’ second overall in the K&N Pro Series East this season. His first came in the season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway, a race that was also postponed due to rain.

Chase Cabre came home in second-place for the second time in the last three races – sandwiching an eighth-place run in the first twin 100 Saturday night. The Rev Racing driver was catching Kraus’ No. 16 in the closing stages Sunday, but wound up running out of time.

“Just came up a little bit short” he said. “I think if we had a caution we might have had something. Really drove as hard as I could go there. It was a guessing game when it rains out like that and goes to the next day; not bad, but not what we wanted.”

Hattori Racing Enterprises’ McLaughlin scored his second third-place finish in a row after battling flu-like symptoms the night prior and led a handful of laps. Gray and Davis rounded out the top five.

Drew Dollar was sixth, followed by Rev Racing teammates Garcia and Nick Sanchez. Garcia’s car was piloted by Garrett Sunday after Garcia had to depart for a race commitment in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. Garrett had wrecked out in the first 20 laps Saturday night, leaving him available to fill in for Garcia. Sanchez was on the pole for the second race by virtue of his fast lap Saturday, and was making his series’ debut on the weekend. Travis Milburn and Justin Carroll rounded out the top 10.

WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 Race No. 2 Results

With the win, Kraus assumes the points lead over Sam Mayer by four. Gray, Davis and Cabre round out the top five in the championship standings.

RELATED: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship Standings

Twin No. 1 will be broadcast Wednesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Twin No. 2 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m.

The next K&N Pro Series East events will take place on Saturday, June 1, at Memphis International Raceway.

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The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) and Monroe today announced a new sponsorship agreement that will bring the legendary American shock absorber brand on-track with the official European NASCAR series. The Monroe brand will be featured on all Euro NASCAR cars at all seven events of the 2019 season.

“We are very happy to welcome Monroe to the Euro NASCAR,” said NWES President and CEO Jerome Galpin. “Monroe has great products and has been involved in motorsports for a long time. We are proud that the brand has chosen our series as part of its promotion across Europe and beyond.”

Founded in 1916 in Monroe, Michigan, Monroe Shocks and Struts is one of the most respected brands in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries.

“Participation in the NWES reinforces the Monroe brand’s position as a dynamic, performance-oriented and technology-driven brand,” Massi Milani Executive Director Marketing, EMEA Aftermarket, Tenneco/Federal-Mogul Motorparts EMEA. “The association with racing is a key component in strengthening its reputation as one of the most trusted brands in Europe.”

The NWES season begins on April 13-14 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain and will visit seven different countries with as many exciting American-themed events. Franciacorta in Italy will be the second stop, followed by Brands Hatch in the UK, Most in Czech Republic and Venray in the Netherlands to conclude the regular season. The Hockenheimring will host the semi-finals in September, while Circuit Zolder in Belgium will close the 2019 season with the finals on October 5-6.

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series PR

Max McLaughlin earned a pair of career-best finishes in the WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100’s at South Boston Speedway on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. “Mad Max” delivered a pair of third-place finishes in each race for his first top-five finishes of his young NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (KNPSE) career.
Race 1
The second-generation racer turned in his best qualifying effort of the season on Saturday evening and started from the fourth position. The driver of the No. 1 Mohawk Northeast Toyota Camry settled into the fifth position in the early stages and protected his position despite a loose condition on corner exit. McLaughlin held serve through the majority of the event until a caution on lap 98 netted him the fourth position for a green-white-checkered restart. The physicality of short track racing was on full display on the last lap as McLaughlin narrowly avoided the No. 4 car which spun from the third position. “Mad Max” dodged the incident in Turn 2 and came around to collect his career-best NKNPSE finish in the third position.
Race 2
McLaughlin was credited with a fifth-place start in the second half of the Twin 100’s doubleheader courtesy of his fastest-lap run in Race 1 but took the green flag in third due to another competitor falling to the tail of the field. The Mooresville, NC native solidified the third spot at the drop of the green flag and moved to second when the race leader was black flagged for jumping the initial start. A caution on lap 14 slowed the field before a thunderstorm postponed the balance of the event to Sunday afternoon after 20 laps were competed. 
When Race 2 resumed under sunny skies on Sunday afternoon, McLaughlin hustled his Toyota Camry to the lead on the lap 26 restart via the outside lane to lead his first-career laps in the NKNPSE. McLaughlin held the lead for 23 laps before a loose handling condition relegated him to the third position. The 19-year old put his dirt racing chops to work and quickly switched up his line to find speed throughout the 75-lap run to the checkers, but ran out of time to chase down the two leaders. He took the checkered flag in third to match his career-best from Saturday night and earned his second top-five finish of 2019. 
Max McLaughlin Quote:
“I think it’s starting to click here. We had a really good car again today. We led a handful of laps and thought we would have had something for the win there but got a little loose on the front side of that run. (I) really found something later in that run and about 20-25 to go we gained a lot of time just moving around on the racetrack. I wish we would have found that earlier, but that’s racing.”
“Thanks to all these guys at HRE that put such a good Camry together this week. Also, to Mohawk Northeast, E-Z-GO, Toyota and Toyota Racing Development. They put a lot into our program and we definitely couldn’t run this well without them. Hopefully we’ll go to Memphis next month and have a shot to win there too.”
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Derek Kraus and his Bill McAnally Racing team waited out the weather to take the win on Sunday in Race #2 of a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East doubleheader at South Boston Speedway.

 

The event was slated for Saturday night, but the second race was postponed after 20 laps due to heavy rain that moved through the region and drenched the historic .4-mile Virginia track.

 

Once the race was restarted, the 17-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin quickly charged to the front in his No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry. He took the lead at the midway point of the 100-lap race and never looked back. The win vaulted him into the lead of the K&N East championship standings.

 

“We really didn’t do much, just some fine-tuned adjustments for day and night,” Kraus said of preparing for a race during the day. “This track really changes from day and night. My BMR NAPA crew made the right moves and gave me a really good Toyota for this day race, and we ended up in Victory Lane.”

 

Kraus had struggled with brake issues in the first race on Saturday night, which left him to finish ninth.

 

“We ran out of brakes that first race,” he said. “That was in the back of my mind, because we really didn’t diagnose anything that caused it to happen. It was on my mind while leading those last 50 laps. It was definitely interesting and nerve-wracking.”

 

His BMR teammate, Hailie Deegan, drove her No. 19 Monster Energy/ NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry to a 10th-place finish in the first race on Saturday night. Deegan, who also experienced brake issues, was not able to return to the track on Sunday due to prior commitments.

 

The victory on Sunday, which marked the second win by Kraus in four K&N East races this season, concluded a busy weekend for him. He travelled to South Boston after matching his career-best performance in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series with an eighth-place finish at Dover International Speedway on Friday.

 

The BMR drivers are running the full schedule this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, while also racing in select events in the K&N East. The South Boston doubleheader was not originally on BMR’s schedule. It was added, however, because Kraus came into the weekend in contention for both championships – in the K&N East and K&N West. The move was successful, with Kraus taking over the lead in the K&N East standings, with a four-point advantage.

 

BMR also leads the standings in the K&N West, where Deegan is ahead by a two-point margin.

 

The twin races from South Boston are each slated to be televised on NBCSN – with the first race airing on May 8 at 6 p.m.ET and the second on May 9 at 6 p.m. ET.

 

The next event on the K&N Pro Series East schedule will be at Memphis International Raceway on June 1.

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Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) rebounded from two disastrous weeks to win Sunday’s rain-delayed ARCA Menards Series General Tire Music City 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Eckes took the lead on a restart at lap 81 and led the final 120 laps to earn his first series victory of the season and the fourth of his career.

Eckes led the ARCA Menards Series standings entering the third event of the season at Salem Speedway but was forced to the sidelines with food poisoning on race day. After missing that race, Eckes returned to action at Talladega Superspeedway but was swept into a crash at the race’s midway point and he finished last in the 26-car field.

Eckes was visibly relieved in victory lane.

“It’s been a really rough couple of weeks,” Eckes said. “That was about the longest 80 laps of my life. We pitted early and I figured there would be a caution and there would be one guy with four tires in the pits. But that never happened. We still need to be a little better but we took some strides in the right direction for when we go to Toledo for our next short track race.

“I had a feeling in my stomach that we had a car that could win. I knew it was going to be a good day. We weren’t really happy with it yesterday. We were okay with it. We got it closer but it wasn’t where we wanted it completely. We got it close enough but we have room to get better.”

Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) finished second for the second time in his career. He also finished in the runner-up position in his debut at Five Flags Speedway in March. Gibbs had a close call at lap 73 when he and Tommy Vigh, Jr. (No. 10 Extreme Kleaner Ford) came together on the frontstretch. Vigh eventually lost control going into turn one and collected series championship leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota).

“My car was pretty good, we just a little drive off,” Gibbs said. “We just needed a little drive off. We had good pit stops and good execution. The lapped cars are supposed to stay on the bottom and he just pulled up in front of me. I tried to get away from him but he was just a slower than I was so it just sucks for him and it sucks for the 25.”

Self finished 15th, and dropped to second in the series standings behind eighth-place finisher Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford).

Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota) was third after starting from the General Tire Pole. Smith was fastest in practice and started from the pole when qualifying was washed out by rain.

“He just had better turnability than I did,” Smith said. “We overloaded the right front tire today. They rolled the center better than we did and that’s where they got us. We learned some things today that should help us at Toledo.”

Carson Hocevar (No. 28 KBR Development/Scott’s/GM Parts Now Chevrolet) finished fourth and Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation/Southern States Bank Chevrolet) rounded out the top five.

Smith led the first 47 laps before he lost the top spot on an exchange of pit stops. Corey Heim stayed out and led four laps, the first time he has led an ARCA Menards Series race in his career. Smith retook the lead for the next 29 circuits before Eckes took over at lap 81 to lead the rest of the way.

The race was slowed three times by caution, first at lap 45 for possible fluid on the track, the second at lap 73 for the Vigh/Self incident, and the final time for debris at lap 122. The average speed was 95.893 miles per hour.

The ARCA Menards Series returns to action Sunday, May 19 in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway. The race will be televised live on MAVTV starting at 2 pm ET and ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat at ARCARacing.com. New users may register for free with a valid email address at ARCAracing.com/login.

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Despite his involvement in two separate incidents during the night, Josh Berry executed one of the best performances of his career on Friday night at Ace Speedway, winning The Race At Ace 125 for the CARS Late Model Stock Tour. It was Berry's 15th career victory in the series and an emotional one after his car owner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., lost his mother just over a week prior.
In Hedgecock Pole Qualifying, Ryan Millington rocketed to the fast time award, the first of his CARS Late Model Stock Tour career. The youngster led the opening handful of circuits, but was challenged early on restarts.
Three laps into the race, caution flew for Trevor Ward's smoking car, but at the exact moment the caution was called, Justin Carroll and Layne Riggs made contact, leading to a five-car pileup involving Berry, Tommy Lemons, Taylor Gray, Sammy Smith and Jason York. Although damaged, all drivers except York were able to eventually continue. Carroll brought out the next caution six laps later when a loose wheel eventually separated itself from the car, causing him to spin in turn two.
Bobby McCarty took the lead from Ryan Millington on lap nine and appeared to be in the same form he was one year prior at Ace where he led nearly every lap en route to victory.
On a lap 30 restart, Zack St. Onge apparently missed a shift, a mistake which led the field to fan out and subsequently multiple competitors made contact in the first turn, leading to a multi-car incident where Brandon Pierce impacted the outside wall. Leland Honeyman, Jr., was also involved, ramping his machine over the entire right rear quarterpanel of Josh Berry before also making contact with the concrete which ultimately ended his night.
A slew of additonal minor cautions occurred through the middle stages of the race (laps 38, 55, 57, and 89) but Bobby McCarty continued to set the pace over his closest pursuer, Deac McCaskill, who shadowed the No. 22 for most of the event. Despite his issues early, Josh Berry worked his way up to third and passed McCaskill on lap 76 before chasing down leader McCarty under green.
The caution for Taylor Gray and Mini Tyrrell's encounter on lap 89 set up a pivotal restart for McCarty and Berry within sight of the finish. As the field raced into turn three, Berry eased into McCarty's rear bumper, moved him up the racetrack and stole the preferred line as the field raced into turn one. Following additional contact, Berry emerged as the leader and quickly opened up a sizeable advantage of Deac McCaskill who also bypassed McCarty during the same sequence.
Even a late-race caution for a single-car spin on lap 103 could not slow down Berry. He extended his lead to 2.421 seconds in the final 22 laps and handily beat Ryan Millington, McCaskill, McCarty and his JR Motorsports teammate Adam Lemke to the stripe. 
"At the beginning, when we got turned around, that wasn't good," Berry said in Edelbrock Victory Lane. "But, man, I felt calm. I could tell early on we had a good car, we just didn't get a good qualifying lap."
Before climbing out of the car, Berry pointed to the roof of the car where a memorial decal was placed in remembrance of his car owner's late mother, Brenda Jackson, who passed away just over a week prior. He then shared how important she was in his racing career. 
"It's obviously been a long week for everyone at JR Motorsports with the passing of Brenda," he said while visibly holding back some emotion. "Willie and Brenda are a large part of why I'm here. Ten years ago when I moved here to drive late models, they let me live at their house for like two months. Without them, and their hospitality doing that, I might not be here today. It's just been a long week for everyone this week. Dale, Kelley, L.W., I know they've been going through a lot so this one's for them.
"This has been a place we've struggled a little bit, but I don't know, I guess we just figured it out tonight," he continued. "There were a couple little things we were able to work on and make our car better. I think, for me, it had such a feel like Martinsville [last year] where I could get it turned and point it straight to come right off the bottom. It was just a matter of time until we kept picking them off and picking them off. I wanna thank the good Lord above that we didn't get caught up in a lot of trouble when we were back there in the back. We were able to sneak through it, there, and miss the big one on the front stretch because it was a bad situation and I didn't know which way to go."
The win, coupled with misfortune of his closest two point pursuers Taylor Gray and Brandon Pierce, extended Berry's point lead entering race five of the tour at Motor Mile Speedway on May 18. The CARS Super Late Model Tour will also be in action in yet another twin-bill race format, and the tour's first visit to southwestern Virginia since its inaugural season in 2015.
For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at CARSRacingTour.com, or follow them on Facebook (@CARSTour), Twitter (@CARSTour), Instagram (@cars_tour), and Snapchat (@carstour). The series also has its own YouTube channel, Roku channel (available through its TV website), and a new Amazon FireTV app released this week.
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Logan Seavey overtook Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) teammate Jesse Colwell on lap 24 and went on to win the 30-lap POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League feature event at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, Saturday night. 

The victory is the third for Seavey in five POWRi races this season and it’s the 11th national midget feature victory for a Toyota-powered car in 2019.

For much of the race, it appeared that Colwell would earn his first national midget triumph. Starting from the outside of row one, Colwell battled with another KKM teammate, Tucker Klaasmeyer, for the lead early with the two making contact. Colwell continued on to lead the opening lap, while Klaasmeyer was forced to the pits with a flat tire as the caution waved.

Colwell led Tyler Thomas, Shelby Bosie, Cannon McIntosh and Seavey back to the green and would remain in front as McIntosh began to close on Thomas. The 16-year-old Oklahoma native would eventually pass for the position with a big slider as Seavey also gained a spot.

A caution on lap 12 would bunch the field and give Seavey the opportunity to take over second from McIntosh, with Thomas running fourth and Jason McDougal in fifth.

Colwell would continue to pace the race before a caution on lap 23 gave Seavey the opportunity he was waiting for. The 2017 POWRi champion used a big run off turn two to dive underneath Colwell to take the lead on lap 24.

A lap later, McIntosh used a major slider to overtake Colwell for second. The battle also allowed Seavey to pull out about half a straightaway advantage. It was a lead that he would never relinquish in earning his 14th national midget feature victory with Toyota. McIntosh would finish second, with Colwell in third and Zach Daum, who climbed from the 12th starting position up to fourth, making it an all-Toyota top four.

Joining them in the top-10 were fellow Toyota pilots Holley Hollan in seventh, Tanner Carrick in ninth and 14-year-old Daison Pursley in tenth.

The POWRi Lucas Oil Midget Series heads to Illinois for a pair of races next weekend, competing at Belle-Clair Speedway on Friday before heading to Macon Speedway on Saturday night.

TRD PR

Drivers, teams, and fans from all over the country have converged in the Music City for this weekend’s ARCA Menards Series/Super Late Model doubleheader race at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.  Unfortunately, Saturday weather was too wet so the racing portion of the event has been moved to Sunday afternoon, where the forecast is calling for dry conditions and highs in the 70’s.  The green flag for racing is set for just after 1:00 PM.  Tickets will be available at the gate.

Sunday’s running of the General Tire Music City 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions will mark the fifth straight year that the ARCA Menards Series has visited the historic track.  What makes the show so special, is the fact that ARCA is paired up with three of the top Super Late Model series in the country for a racing doubleheader.  The North-South Super Late Model Challenge 100 presented by Team Construction has 35 different competitors entered from three different racing series.  The event is co-sanction by the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS, the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco, and the CARS Tour.

Both types of cars were able to complete practice on Saturday before rains hit and will start the event based on practice times.  Jasper, GA driver Chandler Smith was fastest in ARCA Menards Series practice and will start from the pole on Sunday.  Ty Gibbs, grandson of legendary football coach Joe Gibbs, was second, while Christian Eckes, Bret Holmes, and Michael Self completed the top five.

In Super Late Model practice, Matt Craig ended up at the top of the chart, while Josh Brock, Stephen Nasse, Donnie Wilson, and Johnny VanDoorn completed the top five.  34 different cars took time and will make for a great field on Sunday.

Sunday pit gates will open at 10:00 AM, grandstands at 11:30, ARCA pre-race ceremonies begin at 12:35 PM, with the start of the General Tire Music City 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions scheduled for 1:09 PM.  The North-South Super Late Model Challenge 100 presented by Team Construction will follow, with a likely start time around 3:15.

For more information on the event, visit www.trackenterprises.com or www.fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com .

Track Enterprises PR

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