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While rain impacted the finish of Sunday's Summer Nationals events at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, IL, rain throughout the midwest has also forced DIRTcar Racing and Dirt Oval at Route 66 officals to cancel Monday's events in Joliet.

The Summer Nationals action resumes on Tuesday night, July 2, at the Wilmot Speedway in Wilmot, Wisconsin.

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“It’s our day!” screamed Mazda Director of Motorsports John Doonan immediately after the pair of soul red Mazda RT24-P Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race cars took the checkered flag after six grueling hours of racing at Watkins Glen International.
 
It’s been a long time coming, but Mazda Team Joest is finally a winner in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. No. 55 Mazda RT24-P DPi co-drivers Harry Tincknell, Jonathan Bomarito and Olivier Pla delivered the program’s first victory in a dominating performance at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, leading a 1-2 sweep for the team. No. 77 Mazda DPi co-drivers Oliver Jarvis – who started the race from the pole position, Tristan Nunez and Timo Bernhard finished second, with Jarvis crossing the stripe 0.353 seconds behind Tincknell.
 
The scene in the Mazda Team Joest pits was sheer pandemonium, with screams, hugs and high fives all around. It was the culmination of six years of hard work and dedication amid struggles, close calls and heartbreak.
 
The pair of Mazdas were the class of the field throughout the six hours, but entering the final hour, they both were trailing Juan Pablo Montoya – winner of the previous two consecutive WeatherTech Championship races in the No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi – who grabbed the lead through pit strategy.
 
Tincknell spent the better part of the next 30 minutes pressuring Montoya and looking for any opportunity to pass. He finally took his shot with 45 minutes to go, diving to the inside going through the “heel” of the famed Watkins Glen International “boot” section and came away as the leader.
 
“I had to attack and it was difficult to pass,” Tincknell said. “I tried once around the outside and he kind of had a little bit of rubbin’ is racin’ and kind of pushed me off, so I knew it was going to have to be a super-bold move. In those circumstances you’re better off committing 100 percent. It’s the 95 percent commitment move that causes the crash, so I think I was probably 110 percent committed going into that corner, a little bit of rubbin’ is racin’ at the apex, and luckily we came out unscathed.”
 
Jarvis got past Montoya and into second a few minutes later, and both Mazdas then pulled away from the field as they’d done for most of the race. But that didn’t mean the ending was without drama.
 
With under 20 minutes to go in the race, the cover on the left side of the No. 55’s engine dislodged and came to a rest on the car’s sidepod, wreaking havoc on the car’s aerodynamics and allowing Jarvis to close up and potentially overtake Tincknell for the victory. But with little to no pressure from behind, the pair of Mazdas elected to remain in formation where they finished.
 
“It sounds like it was more terrifying outside the car than it was in it,” said Tincknell of the bodywork damage. “I certainly started to feel the car was a little bit freer on the rear, a little bit more loose, but I just thought it was the tires, to be honest. I didn’t quite realize it was the damage that was there. Where that was caused and why, I’m not 100 percent sure.”
 
“Me and Olly (Pla) were way more nervous, I can tell you that,” added Bomarito.
 
It was the first overall IMSA race victory for Mazda since the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Baltimore Grand Prix on Sept. 3, 2011, when Humaid Al Masaood and Steven Kane co-drove the No. 20 Oryx Dyson Racing Mazda-Lola to the win. It was Mazda’s first IMSA win of any kind since Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long co-drove the diesel-powered No. 70 Mazda 6 GX to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GX class victory at Lime Rock Park on Sept. 28, 2013.
 
“It’s been an amazingly long journey,” said Doonan. “All we wanted to do was to reach the top step for all the Mazda fans, all the Mazda owners, all of our Mazda racers, our dealers, our employees, it was trying to have a Mazda day and we finally got there. We didn’t quit. There was plenty of times where faced insane challenges, so many close calls. We almost thought we had it so many times.”
 
It was Tincknell’s first IMSA victory and the third for Pla, whose most recent WeatherTech Championship win came in the Prototype class at Motul Petit Le Mans in 2016. It was Bomarito’s seventh IMSA win (three WeatherTech Championship, four GRAND-AM) and first since a GTLM class win at Circuit of The Americas in 2014. The No. 55 led 106 of the 291 total laps in the six hours, with the No. 77 leading – appropriately enough – another 77 laps.
 
“Oh man, it’s so amazing, so amazing,” said Bomarito, who rejoined Mazda’s WeatherTech Championship Prototype team prior to the 2015 season and is a graduate of Mazda’s driver development ladder system. “A Mazda 1-2, this has been a long, long time coming. I’ve been with this program for so long, seen so many ups and downs, but both cars, both crews, amazing job. It’s just as important for the 77. We’ll share it all together tonight.”
 
In addition to winning the race, the No. 55 team also was the Round 3 winner of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup as the DPi team that scored the most points in the race.
 
Speaking of points, it was a huge points day for Montoya and co-driver Dane Cameron, who finished third in the Six Hours. After qualifying second on Saturday, Cameron noticed the No. 6 car had a flat tire on the starting grid, forcing the team to change tires and start the race from pit lane.
 
They battled back from the early setback and Montoya led 19 laps before taking the team’s fourth consecutive podium result, and second consecutive third-place run at Watkins Glen. That result coupled with a seventh-place result by the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R shared by Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani and Eric Curran moved the No. 6 driving duo into the DPi championship lead by one point, 177-176, over full-season co-drivers Derani and Nasr.
 
In the LMP2 class, No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA co-drivers Matt McMurry, Gabriel Aubry and Eric Lux took the class victory by 20 laps over the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA squad of Cameron Cassels, Kyle Masson and Andrew Evans. It was the second consecutive victory for McMurry, the team, and was especially big for Lux, who hails from nearby Buffalo, New York.
 
“It felt really good,” Lux said. “This is a home track for me, just a two-hour drive from Buffalo. I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to do this race now. My best finish was fourth, so it feels really good to be on the top step today. It’s constant fighting out there with all the classes. It was great battles. Really hats off to my co-drivers for the great driving all weekend.”
 
It’s a quick turnaround for the next IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which heads directly to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for next Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Acura. It will be the first IMSA race to be televised live on the NBC network, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
 
IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout the weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with race coverage airing on SiriusXM Radio.
 
Tickets are available now at CanadianTireMotorsportPark.com.
There is no stopping Porsche right now in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.
 
The No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR of Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet made it four consecutive wins for Porsche this season in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, continuing a dominant stretch rarely seen in the always-competitive GTLM class.
 
This one was certainly no cakewalk, however.
 
Tandy had to hold off a hard-charging Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R to secure the win, crossing the stripe a mere 0.452 seconds of the two-time defending series champion and his longtime co-driver Jan Magnussen.
 
Tandy inherited the lead when teammate Earl Bamber had to pit for fuel from the lead with 13 minutes remaining in the No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR had to pit for fuel.
 
That set up a duel to the finish between Tandy and Garcia. At one point, Garcia was over six seconds behind Tandy and over the course of his final stint managed to close the gap to just one car length, but was unable to make the pass on the final lap.
 
With the win, the No. 911 team moved into the GTLM class points lead.
 
“We wanted to build a lead and when the team told me the Corvette was catching us and the lap times he was running, I got a bit scared,” said Tandy. “But in the end, our car held up really well. The Michelin tires got better and better and the car balance got really good as the fuel came out of the car.”
 
“It was difficult to be honest, especially because we really wanted to win this race,” added Pilet. “We were so close so many times. And we are now back in the championship, so it’s really a good win.”
 
Tandy and Pilet also won the last IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup event, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in March. That win was followed up by consecutive trips to victory lane for the No. 912 of Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor at Long Beach and Mid-Ohio. Going further, at least one of the team’s two cars has finished on the podium in all five races this season with the No. 912 also finishing third in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
 
With Garcia challenging Tandy in the closing laps, it was more than just a race win on the line for Corvette Racing. The team has long been in search of its 100th career IMSA win, scoring win No. 99 at Long Beach in April of 2018.
 
Regardless, it was another strong points day for a No. 3 Corvette team that is on quite an impressive stretch of its own, with four consecutive podium finishes and three straight runner-up finishes.
 
With six races remaining on the 2019 WeatherTech Championship schedule, Garcia and Magnussen are now one point behind the No. 911 team in the class standings in search of a third straight GTLM title.
 
Three different manufacturers finished on the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen podium with the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe finishing third. The team’s No. 66 Ford GT of Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand finished fourth, while BMW made it four manufacturers in the top-five with the No. 24 BMW Team RLL of Jesse Krohn and John Edwards finishing fifth.
 
Meyer Shank Racing Acura Dominates at Watkins Glen to Claim GTD Win from Pole Position
Entering Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International, Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher were in a unique position in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
 
Co-driving the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3, the duo led the GT Daytona (GTD) championship standings without a win yet in the season.
 
That all changed Sunday afternoon.
 
It was a dominating performance that started Saturday, with Hindman putting the No. 86 Acura on pole for the second time this season. Between Hindman, Farnbacher and endurance teammate Justin Marks, the car paced the GTD field for a race-high 83 laps to claim its first checkered flag of the season.
 
“I think our championship lead is now 16 points,” said Hindman, who with Farnbacher now holds a 119-103-point lead over the AIM Vasser Sullivan duo of Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand. “It’s tremendous to come and get a win and keep the championship lead, but there is plenty of opportunity to extend it.
 
“We’ll try to solidify our place in the championship. We’re just going to take it race by race. Obviously, our focus was to win, and that’s not going to change for the rest of the year. We’re always going to be out here shooting for the win. Always being aggressive. That’s what puts us in these positions to begin with. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”
 
The win is a first for both Hindman and Marks in the WeatherTech Championship, but the sixth for Farnbacher, who closed out the race.
 
Though the car topped the class for the majority of the race, it was a nail-biter down to the end. Bill Auberlen – seeking his 59th IMSA win to come within one of all-time win leader Scott Pruett – was hunting down Farnbacher in his No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. Auberlen was able to close to less than half a second to Farnbacher in the closing minutes but would settle for second by 0.676 seconds.
 
“It was for sure not easy,” said Farnbacher. “I tried to push for no mistakes and Auberlen was pushing like crazy. He closed the gap really easily and was always pushing. I tried to save it with no mistakes. I’m really happy for the team. Finally, we have the win. I’m so happy for the guys.”
 
Auberlen co-drove with Robby Foley and Dillon Machavern, the latter of whom was part of the Turner Motorsport lineup that won at Watkins Glen in 2018.
 
Scoring their second podium of the season was the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 of Cooper MacNeil, Toni Vilander and Jeff Westphal.
 
It’s a quick turnaround for the next IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which heads directly to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for next Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Acura. It will be the first IMSA race to be televised live on the NBC network, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
 
IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout the weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with race coverage airing on SiriusXM Radio.

Under heavy rain at the end of Sprint Race Brazil's first race in Homestead, Eduardo Barrichello gives a riding performance and wins his first debut win in the category. On arrival the box celebrates the result with Father Rubinho Barrichello, who will drop from pole position in the second race scheduled for 16:30.


Dropping out of second position, Dudu Barrichello kept a good pace in the first laps, but then started a battle against Pedro Lopes (pole position) for the lead. The pilot of MR # 111 shot in the front and headed solitary for victory. Pedro Lopes completed the test in third place and Bruno Smielevski completed the second podium by the PRO category.


"A very good race, only slightly complicated the visibility with so much rain in the final minutes. This car is awesome, we had a very big evolution during the workouts and I was quite happy with the achievement of my first win in the Sprint Race. Now, it is to hope that my father will make a great test and bring the double to us, "said thrilled Dudu Barrichello.


Another highlight of the race was Daniel Coutinho who secured the starting position and completed first among the competitors of the GP division, followed by the Italian Max Papis (ex-F1) and the Pernambuco Josimar Junior.


For Daniel Coutinho The triumph came after a sequence of good performances in the two stages of the stage, in the qualifier and the perfect tune with partner Eduardo Trindade in the Sprint relay #17, and he makes a point of thanking the work of the category team In this evolution.


"Attending the international Cup here in Florida is a dream come true and a learning that will serve for life. I just have to thank the entire Sprint team for the car they've given us. The goal is to stay with good results in the next few ", concluded Daniel.


Three of the nine stages of the Sprint Race 2019 make up the international Cup. In addition to the races in the United States (3rd and 4th stages), the tournament also includes those of Posadas, Argentina (7th stage), on October 20. The disputes will have the same format as the national calendar, with two official workouts, two individual leaderboards and two 23-minute races and one more lap.


During the following week of each stage there will be special materials in the programming of the Channel RedeTV!, the accelerated program-in SBT, YouTube (youtube.com/acelerados) and the program National Sports Channel, channel 26 of Vivo (São Paulo).
Sprint Race Brazil is sponsored by Yokohama, Motul, MILITEC1 and Brazil Roaming.

The stars and cars of the Super DIRTcar Series have pounded around the Canandaigua, NY dirt oval nearly every year since 1976. Forty-five Super DIRTcar Series events have been completed at Land of Legends Raceway, with Hoosier Racing TIre Weekly Championship competitor Alan Johnson leading all drivers with six Series wins. The Championship Points standings are as tight as ever at the top so race fans can expect fireworks on the track well before the fireworks light up the sky. 

Defending and eight-time Series Champion Matt Sheppard has a slim lead on Mat Williamson and Billy Decker. So far Sheppard has picked up a win at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park as well as the first point-paying show, the Thunder in the Thousand Islands 100 at Can-Am Speedway. Sheppard’s lead is only by twenty-one points. 

Mat Williamson has had some significant highs and lows already this year. In Championship Points races Williamson in the Buzzchew Racing No. 88 has two podiums and an eighteenth. A win is just around the corner and the team is happy with our they bounced back at The Big Show 11 after a difficult outing at Weedsport Speedway.

Meanwhile, Billy Decker has quietly kept himself in contention and sits in third place. Decker returned to Gypsum Racing in his familiar crimson red No. 91. He started the year out with a win in the first night of DIRTcar Nationals but has yet to return to Victory Lane. 

Those drivers and many more like Erick Rudolph, Demetrios Drellos, Larry Wight, Jack Lehner, Jimmy Phelps, and Ryan Godown will be on hand to fight for the $7,500 grand prize. 

Racing starts at 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 4 and July 10 has been named the rain date for the event it is needed. $40 grants access to the pit area while $27 gets you in the grandstands. Race fans six to sixteen years old are only $5 with five and under are free. 

The 50/50 raffle benefits the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 4, so be sure to bring some singles for raffle tickets.

If you can’t make it to the race track, be sure to tune in with our live streaming partners FloRacing.

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Drivers count the minutes to form the starting grid for the first Sprint Race Brazil races in the United States. 


The historic pole positions at the iconic Homestead racetrack were secured by Pedro Lopes (SR # 18) in the PRO category, followed by Eduardo Barrichello (SR # 111) and Daniel Coutinho (SR # 17) at the GP, followed by Josimar Jr (SR # 97) for the first race.


Rubinho Barrichello secured pole in the PRO for the second race, forming the first row with John Rosate (SR # 858). In the GP class, Eduardo Trindade (SR # 17) will drop ahead and Rafael Seibel (SR # 19) took the second best time.


Three of the nine stages of the Sprint Race 2019 make up the international Cup. In addition to the races in the United States (3rd and 4th stages), the tournament also includes those of Posadas, Argentina (7th stage), on October 20. The disputes will have the same format as the national calendar, with two official workouts, two individual leaderboards and two 23-minute races and one more lap.


During the following week of each stage there will be special materials in the programming of the Channel RedeTV!, the accelerated program-in SBT, YouTube (youtube.com/acelerados) and the program National Sports Channel, channel 26 of Vivo (São Paulo).


Sprint Race Brazil is sponsored by Yokohama, Motul, MILITEC1 and Brazil Roaming.

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team and drivers Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande moved into sole possession of first place in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Daytona Prototype international (DPi) standings after three hours in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
 
The duo came into the race tied for the lead with the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi team and its driving trio of Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani and Eric Curran. However, Taylor and the No. 10 team moved ahead by virtue of running second in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at the three-hour mark behind race leader Jonathan Bomarito in the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest RT24-P DPi.
 
The No. 31 team, meanwhile, was running three laps down to the leaders in ninth position at the three-hour mark after an uncharacteristic incident within the first 20 minutes of the race that also included the Action Express Racing team car, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi.
 
The No. 10 team now leads the No. 31 team in the Michelin Endurance Cup standings by two points, 32-30. The next points-scoring opportunity comes at the checkered flag in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. There also will be three intervals to score points in the season-ending 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
 
In the LMP2 class, the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA team and co-drivers Cameron Cassels and Kyle Masson extended their Michelin Endurance Cup lead to nine points, 33-24, over the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports team and the team’s full-season driver Matt McMurry. Cassels held the class lead after three hours in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
 
In GT Le Mans (GTLM), it was the No. 911 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR and the driving duo of Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet extending their Michelin Endurance Cup lead as the class race leaders at the three-hour mark.
 
With 26 points, the No. 911 team now stands three points ahead, 26-23, of the No. 912 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR and co-drivers Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber. Vanthoor was running second in the GTLM race standings to Tandy at three hours.
 
In the GT Daytona (GTD) class, the No. 33 Riley Motorsports-Team AMG Mercedes-AMG GT3 and co-driver Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga continued lead the Michelin Endurance Cup standings, but their lead is shrinking in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
 
The No. 33 was involved in an opening-lap incident, forcing the team to retire from the race. Nevertheless, it earned the minimum two points at the three-hour mark to run the team’s season Michelin Endurance Cup points total to 27.
 
Toni Vilander led GTD after three hours in the No. 63 WeatherTech Ferrari 488 GT3 that he shares with Cooper MacNeil and Jeff Westphal to earn the maximum five Michelin Endurance Cup points. That moved the No. 63 team into sole possession of second place with 23 points.
 
Live streaming coverage of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen continues on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com, as well as IMSA Radio on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio (Sirius Channel 218/XM Channel 202/Streaming 972). The race will be shown at 7 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.
 
NOTES:
-         Both Mazda Team Joest RT24-P DPi cars dominated most of the first three hours of the race. The No. 55 shared by Jonathan Bomarito, Harry Tincknell and Olivier Pla led, with the No. 77 co-driven by polesitter Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez and Timo Bernhard was running third on a slightly different pit strategy. The team is looking for its first WeatherTech Championship victory.
 
-         The top five cars in the DPi class were on the lead lap after three hours in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. In LMP2, Cassels was one lap ahead of McMurry.
 
-     The race got off to a disappointing start for the No. 4 Corvette Racing squad and the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports team. Just after the green flag flew to start the race, Tommy Milner spun and crashed in the Esses after contact with Laurens Vanthoor in the No. 912 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR. Milner was then collected by Ben Keating in the No. 33 Mercedes. Both cars were forced to retire due to damage.
 
“It’s disappointing and unnecessary,” said Milner. “It was the first lap of the race and going side-by-side which should have been and is possible. Hindsight is 20-20. Knowing the Porsche didn’t check up enough to allow us to go two-wide… he said he gave some consideration, but it wasn’t enough. I’d love to say we could rewind it. I’d give up the position and we’re still racing. And if he had given me a little more room than we’re also still racing, too. It’s these split-second decisions we have to make.”
 
-         After podium finishes each of the past two years, including a Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen overall victory last year, a repeat for the JDC-Miller Motorsports and co-drivers Stephen Simpson and Chris Miller doesn’t appear to be in the cards. Simpson spun and hit the tire barrier in the No. 84 Cadillac DPi at Turn 5 after contact with John Potter in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in the second hour. The No. 84 was nine laps down to the leaders after three hours.
 
-         In the GTLM class, all seven running cars were running within 9.5 seconds of the class lead at the three-hour mark.
 
-         The top seven cars in the GTD class were still on the lead lap at the three-hour mark. 

No one won bigger in Saturday night’s Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile Presented By Johnny K's Indian powered by Drag Specialties than defending multi-time American Flat Track Champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) -- other than, perhaps, Lima Half-Mile race promoter Jared Mees.

 

The AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines Main Event at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio, was arguably the most thrilling of the 2019 American Flat Track season and one with massive championship implications -- both factors working decidedly in Mees’ favor.

 

The opening several laps featured an intense head-to-head showdown that pit Mees up against championship leader Briar Bauman (No. 14 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750). That duel was cut short by a red flag on lap 7, which altered the complexion of the Main dramatically.

 

Mees got a stellar jump at the restart, while Bauman was sucked into a battle for second with Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Roof-Systems of Dallas/Indian of Metro Milwaukee FTR750), Henry Wiles (No. 17 Bandit Industries/DPC Racing/Wilco Racing Indian FTR750), and rookie Brandon Price (No 192 Roof Systems of Dallas TX/DPC Racing Indian FTR750).

 

Bauman’s luck only got worse from there, as his rear tire came clean off the rim on lap 10. That unusual mishap put an end to his perfect season’s podium streak while instantly eliminating the bulk of his hard-earned championship padding.

 

Following Bauman’s exit, Carver ate up the gap to Mees, and the two then engaged in their own wild shootout for the lead. Running divergent lines, Mees and Carver proceeded to trade the position back and forth multiple times per corner for several laps in succession. That titanic battle allowed Wiles to close in over the final several laps, setting up a three-way struggle on the final lap.

 

Carver attempted to square up the final turn but Mees powered neatly around the outside line, beating his opponent to the checkered flag by 0.199 seconds. Wiles came home third another 0.668 seconds in arrears.

 

Combined with Briar Bauman’s DNF and Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) failing to make the Main one event after cashing in his only provisional start of the season, Mees’ triumph elevated him to second in the standings, a mere 13 points back of Bauman (145-132).

 

After the epic race, Mees said, “When you’re battling up in the cushion like that, it wears you out twice as fast. You’re wrestling the bike, and the bike’s jumping around. Hats off to Jeffrey [Carver, Jr.]; I work out so hard, and I didn’t have nothing left -- I was done. I just want to give a big shout out to Jeffrey and Henry [Wiles] for a hellacious, awesome race.”

 

While Price faded late after looking in contention for the podium at mid-distance, he still went on to score what’s easily his best premier-class result to date by finishing an impressive fourth.

 

Laconia ST winner Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) put together another solid outing to round out the top five.

 

Roof Systems AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

 

For the second consecutive year at the Allen County Fairgrounds, Shayna Texter (No. 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing SX-F 450) was simply unstoppable in the Roof Systems AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Main Event.

 

After dominating the program in the lead-up to the Main, Texter found herself shuffled down to fourth as she fishtailed off the line. Undeterred, Texter put on a flat track masterclass as she propelled her way forward.

 

She dispatched of Dalton Gauthier (No. 122 D&D Cycles/Gobert Smash Husqvarna FC450) almost immediately, and then erased the gap separating her from the fight for the lead being waged by Chad Cose (No. 49 Parkinson Bros Racing/Ritchie Reynolds Racing Honda CRF450R) and Dan Bromley (No. 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F).

 

She was barely slowed by their battle, powering around the outside of Bromley on lap 5 and then diving up the inside of Cose a lap later. She cleared off from there, ultimately winning with 2.570 seconds in hand.

 

“My Red Bull KTM backed by Roof Systems motorcycle was just working so good,” Texter said. “I couldn’t figure out how I won this race last year. I sat around for 365 days and thought, ‘Man, how did I win Lima?’ So, to win it twice is incredible. It’s a dream come true.”

 

Defending champion Bromley worked past Cose as well to give the factory Red Bull KTM squad a 1-2 finish.

 

Cose did manage to fend off a late charge from title leader Mikey Rush (No. 15 RMR Honda/Red Riders Rewards Honda CRF450R) by 0.222 seconds at the flag to lock down the final spot on the podium.

 

‘16 class champ Ryan Wells (No. 94 Estensen Racing Yamaha YZ450F) was another 0.183 seconds behind Rush in fifth, while second-ranked Gauthier ultimately finished in sixth.

 

AFT Production Twins

 

Chad Cose (No. 49 Parkinson Bros Racing/Ritchie Reynolds Kawasaki Ninja 650) earned his first-career American Flat Track victory following a race-long scrap with runaway AFT Production Twins title leader Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Holeshot Powersports Yamaha MT-07).

 

Texter entered Lima with a perfect three-for-three wins record on the season and threatened to make it four-for-four by storming to the holeshot and opening an immediate gap.

 

However, Cose exploited the high line to perfection for the short time it existed and managed to steal away the lead while the contest was still in its early stages.

 

Texter reclaimed the advantage for a single straight at mid-distance, but Cose pounced in the very next corner to counter. Texter then hounded his rival to the flag but was never able to find another hole in Cose’s defense.

 

Cose’s maiden win comes after more than a decade on the scene and after finishing the 2018 season ranked sixth overall in the premier AFT Twins class with a podium to his name.

 

He said, “I’m so happy for my team. It feels good for me, and I knew I was capable all along. But it’s tough. Nobody sees the behind-the-scenes stuff and everything like that. I’m so happy for my team -- they work so hard for me.”

 

James Rispoli (No. 71 Black Hills Harley-Davidson ProBEAM XG750R Rev X) also scored his best finish of the season in third. The highly-decorated roadracer made it clear that he hasn’t lost his touch on the dirt, charging up several positions after getting a poor start to round out the podium.

 

Be sure to catch the feature broadcast of the Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile Presented By Johnny K's Indian on NBCSN with flag-to-flag coverage of the Main Events, enhanced by exclusive features and cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage. The premiere telecast is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT and will re-air on Monday, July 8, at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT.

 

Next Up:

The 2019 American Flat Track season will resume in two weeks when the series arrives at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., for the New York Short Track on Saturday, July 13. As always, live coverage will be available all day long courtesy of FansChoice.tv. Tickets are on sale at www.americanflattrack.com.

 

For more information on American Flat Track visit www.americanflattrack.com.

 

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How to Watch:

NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. For the 2019 season, NBCSN’s coverage of AFT moves to highly-coveted, weekend afternoon programming slots within two weeks of each event. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT's digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event on AFT’s live page while previous events and exclusive features are available on AFT’s VOD page.

Alex Tagliani finished fifth in Saturday's Budweiser 300 race, Round 3 of the 2019 NASCAR Pinty's Series held at the quarter-mile Autodrome Chaudière oval track located in Vallée-Jonction, Quebec. Seventeen-year old local driver Raphael Lessard, in his first-ever NASCAR Pinty's race, won the 300-lap affair, shortened to 286 laps because of rain.


Starting his Team 22 Racing #18 Chevrolet EpiPen-RONA/St Hubert in eighth place on the grid, Tagliani hung around 10th position in a tightly bunched group of cars during most of the race, but he started to move up the field after lap 250 going from eighth to fifth by lap 272. The race was red flagged on lap 273 in order to clean up the track after LP Dumoulin and Jason Hathaway had a severe contact. After a lengthy delay, the race was restarted under a yellow caution, but rain put an end to the contest.


"It's a satisfying top five finish, but I was not at all pleased with how the car handled in the race because I was not driving a winning car today, but a car good for a top five finish," said Tagliani after the race. "On the positive side, when the car is not performing at its best, Team 22 Racing always manages to find solutions to make it better during the race. We did not test here earlier this year and that caused us some problems to set up the car for the race because the morning practice was shortened to 30 minutes because of bad weather. But I am still pleased with the outcome that enables me to move up to third place in the driver standings.


"We need to get back to work because the car is not where it should be at this point of the season. Top five finishes is not who we are. But I must admit that the team worked really hard to improve the car all day long. We tried some stuff that did not work early in the race, but they made the right changes and I was back on the leaders lap and moving up the field. The most important thing is that I stayed away from the bumping and grinding that was going on."               


Lessard won ahead of Kevin Lacroix and Alex Labbé. Andrew Ranger and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top five. Seventeen cars started the race with 12 of them were running at the finish, eight on the lead lap.


The Budweiser 300, third round of the 2019 NASCAR Pinty's Series, will air on TSN on Saturday, July 6 at 2 pm ET.


Pinty's Grand Prix next in Toronto
The next round of the 2019 schedule will be held Saturday July 13 at 5:15 p.m. at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto. Qualifying to set the starting grid for the Pinty's Grand Prix will be held Friday on the urban track at 5:15 p.m.


Fans in Canada will now be able to stream all NASCAR Pinty's Series races live for the remainder of the season. The announcement came yesterday after NASCAR and TSN announced earlier this year a partial-season six-race streaming schedule.


TSN and TSN Direct subscribers can watch all Pinty's Series races live on TSN.ca and the TSN app. Fans in the United States can watch all races live on FansChoice.tv.


In the Drivers Championship, Tagliani moves up one spot to third place, 20 points behind new leader Kevin Lacroix who is one point ahead of Andrew Ranger. In six NASCAR Pinty's start at Autodrome Chaudière, Tagliani has collected, three top-five and four top-ten finishes. In 74 NASCAR Pinty's starts, Tag has recorded nine poles, won 8 times, finished 32 times in the Top-5 and 50 in the Top-10.


Summer of TAG
During his 2019 season, Alex Tagliani will race across Canada promoting the sixth annual Summer of TAG, which raises awareness about food allergies, and the importance of educating those afflicted. Alex and Food Allergy Canada, with the support of Pfizer Canada, are committed to creating a safer world for people with potentially life-threatening allergies.


For more information on Alex Tagliani, please visit
www.tagliani.com, follow him on Twitter at @TAGLIANI, @tagliani18 on Instagram and like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tagliani.
The Riley Motorsports crew rode a roller coaster of emotions during Saturday’s four-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Watkins Glen International which ultimately ended with the best emotion of all, joy, at the end of the Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240.
 
The race didn’t initially start off according to plan for the No. 35 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 as the car was collected in multiple incidents, but the team continuously bounced back to remain in the hunt for the Grand Sport (GS) win.
 
Running second with just over 40 minutes left, Dylan Murry brought the car to pit lane for its final stop behind leader Devin Jones in the No. 82 BimmerWorld Racing BMW M4 GT4. The Riley Motorsports team executed a flawless pit stop that swapped the two cars’ positions.
 
The deciding factor would be rain, which began to fall around the circuit just prior to the final pit stops. Both cars opted to stay on slick Michelin tires, while much of the rest of the field didn’t and switched to Michelin’s rain tires. 
 
Following a restart with 15 minutes remaining, cars with rain tires quickly moved up the running order, gaining multiple positions on the first lap over cars with slicks. A few minutes later, however, the rain stopped and the track dried quickly. In an incredible show of strategic driving, racecars searched for the lines on track that suited their specific tires.
 
For Murry and Riley Motorsports, the car plummeted down the field after the restart but slowly made up ground as the track dried. Murry battled through the field, ultimately passing the No. 69 Motorsports In Action McLaren GT4 of Corey Fergus – which was running on rain tires – with five minutes to go and sailed away for the team’s first Pilot Challenge win.
 
It is also the first series win for all three drivers – Murry, James Cox and Jeroen Bleekemolen – and Team Owner Bill Riley.
 
“It was really stressful at the beginning,” said Murry, whose father, David, is a two-time winner at Watkins Glen. “We went in and that first pit stop that I made while I was driving the car, we put on two new left side Michelin tires. I was like, ‘Okay, maybe it's the right choice, maybe it's not’ as we got a little over half an hour to go. But it turns out there was a caution in the rain and we didn't put on rain tires. It was definitely the right choice. And, and I'm blown away by Riley Motorsports, Jeroen, Jim and everybody. This is special for me. To be racing in my dad's footsteps is even more special.”
 
“It's great racing here in the Pilot Challenge,” said Bleekemolen, who also drives for Riley Motorsports in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class. “There's a lot of cars this year, so it's a big competition. Jim and I were really struggling to watch at the end.
 
“But yeah, Dylan did an amazing drive at the end and you just know how hard it is for a driver to stay out of trouble knowing that the people on wets are going to be quicker for a few laps. And it might come your way, or it might not. There's a lot of uncertainty there. You just don't know what's going to happen and you've got to stay on track and pick the moments when to pass and all of that. So, it was really tough to watch, but he did it.”
 
BimmerWorld’s Jones – and co-driver James Clay, who left after his stint to go to Colorado Springs, Colorado to compete in tomorrow’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – wound up second after leading the most laps on the day at 49.
 
Jeff Westphal held on in the No. 39 Carbahn Motorsports Audi R8 GT4 for a third-place finish with co-driver Tyler McQuarrie, the third consecutive podium for the team.
 
Pombo Recovers After Late Caution to Power to TCR Win with L.A. Honda World
With 35 minutes left in the Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240, it was hard to imagine the No. 73 L.A. Honda World Honda Civic TCR would salvage a finish in the TCR class at Watkins Glen International.
 
Mat Pombo proved otherwise.
 
Pombo’s Honda Civic TCR – which he co-drives with Mike LaMarra – became a victim of the rain on slick tires, skating into the Turn 11 barriers alongside a GS car to bring out a full course yellow. Running second at the time, Pombo was able to hold the position and continue on before restarting with around 15 minutes left.
 
Not having changed tires, the No. 73 Honda suffered early on the restart and Pombo watched the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR driven by Mark Wilkins pull away on wets. But the track dried, and conditions came back to favor L.A. Honda World.
 
After trailing the Hyundai by more than five seconds at one point, the No. 73 captured the lead and sped off to an impressive 21-second victory.
 
“I actually wrecked today and still won, you know somebody’s looking out for you when that happens,” said Pombo. “It caught me off guard on that last turn, it was just a lot of rain. I saw it in front of me and slowed down way more than I had before, but there just wasn’t any grip. The hardest part wasn’t the hit, it was actually trying to find reverse. Once I got going and we didn’t lose a lap, I knew we’d been in good shape. Today was more about everyone else than it was about me to be honest.”
 
This is the third consecutive year that a Pombo has been on top of the podium at Watkins Glen International. Mat also won in 2017 with MINI JCW Team in the ST class, while his brother, Mark, took the same victory one year later.
 
Wilkins and co-driver Michael Lewis – the polesitter for Saturday’s race – finished second just one race after collecting Hyundai’s and Bryan Herta Autosport’s first Pilot Challenge victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in May.
 
Sneaking in to earn their second straight podium finish was the No. 61 Roadshagger Racing by eEuroparts.com Audi RS3 LMS TCR of Gavin Ernstone and Jonathan Morley.
 
The NBCSN television broadcast of the Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 will air on Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. ET.
 
The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge has a quick turnaround for its upcoming race, held next weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 5-7. The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 120 goes green on Saturday, July 6 at 1:55 p.m. ET. The race can be streamed live on IMSA.tv with IMSA Radio commentary.
 
For news and updates on Pilot Challenge, please visit IMSA.com or join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #IMPC or #IMSA.

Kyle Larson earned fast qualifier honors and then led 27 of 30 laps on the way to winning the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship “Summer Slash” event on the Dirt Oval at Route 66 as Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) led every lap in Saturday’s feature.

Five different Toyota-powered drivers have won this season in USAC competition as the manufacturer has now registered 18 overall national midget feature wins in 2019.

Larson started sixth in the field due to an inverted start, but quickly moved up to challenge pole-sitter and KKM teammate Jesse Colwell on the opening lap. Colwell would narrowly hold him off on each of the first two circuits before Larson used a slider to take the lead coming out of turn two on lap three.

Larson would take a comfortable lead before a yellow flag would bunch the field after 10 laps. At that point, KKM’s Logan Seavey would emerge as Larson’s main rival for the event after climbing up from the 12th starting position. Seavey, fresh off an Indiana Midget Week title, stuck right with his teammate after the restart and, on lap 15, threw a slider at Larson into turn one, emerging with the lead coming out of turn two.

Seavey maintained the lead for just one lap, though, as Larson got a run on the bottom of the track, using a slider to move back into the point position in turn one on lap 16. The KKM duo would run one-two for the next eight laps before Seavey made contact with the curb in turn four, giving up the second spot to Tyler Courtney.

As the laps began to wind down, Seavey would spin in turn two with just two laps remaining to bring out a caution. Seavey would drop to the back of the field and Larson would see his lead evaporate and be forced to hold off Courtney in a two-lap run to the finish. It wouldn’t be a problem for Larson, though, as he quickly pulled away while running the rim and went on to stretch out a 0.775-second lead over Courtney at the checkered flag.

The win was the first of the season for Larson in USAC competition, his second overall national midget feature win in 2019 and his 22nd career national midget feature victory – all coming with KKM.

Tanner Carrick would finish third to give KKM drivers two of the three spots on the podium, while Kevin Thomas, Jr., made it three Toyotas in the top five with a fifth-place showing.

Toyota drivers also would capture the remaining five spots in the top ten as Tyler Thomas would finish sixth, followed by Tucker Klaasmeyer, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jason McDougal and Tanner Thorson.

Seavey would finish 21st and remains second in the point race as he seeks his second consecutive USAC national championship and his third straight midget national title after earning top honors in POWRi in 2017.

The Toyota Midget car program is back in action Sunday night with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League event at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway, while the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship returns to the track July 9 at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Oklahoma.

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