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NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series rookie Gus Dean (@gusdean) will bookend the ARCA Menards Series season for Win-Tron Racing by competing in Friday night’s ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway.
Dean, the Bluffton, S.C. native will make his fourth ARCA start of the year and seek his third ARCA victory in the 20th ARCA Menards Series race the season. Earlier this year, he made starts at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway respectively.
Before his graduation to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Dean spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons driving the No. 32 entry for Kevin Cywinski’s Mooresville, N.C.-based team where the duo became a weekly threat in ARCA competition with Dean returning Win-Tron Racing to Victory Lane at Elko (Minn.) Speedway last summer.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to run the ARCA race with Win-Tron Racing,” said Dean. “Kevin (Cywinski) and my crew chief Jamie (Jones) have been an instrumental part of my racing career as I’ve progressed and anytime we get the chance to compete in a race together – we have one goal in mind, winning.”
Kansas Speedway is the home of Dean’s Win-Tron Racing debut during the 2016 season and eyes his third ARCA Menards Series victory overall in the season finale.
“Kansas Speedway is such a fast race track, but I enjoy racing there,” added Dean. “We had a super competitive car last October but unfortunately didn’t get the finish we deserved.
“We’re bringing the same car we raced at Charlotte in May and it was fast. I think we have a good opportunity to put ourselves in a position to win the race on Friday night and end the ARCA year on a high note.”
In his most recent ARCA race, Dean finished third – his career-best at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in two starts. In all, it was the 25-year-old’s second top-10 finish of the year on the heels of a sixth-place result at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April.
“We started off the year by contending for the win at Daytona, had good presence at Talladega and we’re back again fighting for the win at Charlotte. Everyone is excited to put the band back together one more time in 2019 and we all look forward to making the best of it.”
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Win-Tron Racing car owner Kevin Cywinski says the team is optimistic about their chances for Friday night’s race – but believes his driver will step up to the plate and deliver a good showing.
“We always look forward to having Gus (Dean) behind the wheel,” sounded Cywinski. “Gus is a talented race car driver and he has shown that time and time again in our Win-Tron Racing ARCA cars. We almost got ourselves a win at Charlotte, so we’re approaching Kansas with some unfinished business.
“I’m confident Jamie (Jones) and Gus will show their potential in practice and hopefully we can put this Win-Tron Racing team back in the winner’s circle in the final race of the season.”
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The ARCA Kansas 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the 20th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Oct. 18 with a hour and 55-minute session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 7:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 2 (FS2), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).
Nolan Pope put together his best race of his season on Saturday night, earning a runner-up finish in the PRA Tours super late model feature at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Ryan Rackley had been close to his first victory in a full sized stock car all year, but on Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway he broke through in a big way.
Starting from the outside of the front row, Logan Seavey went straight to the front and led all 30 laps to win the POWRI Lucas Oil National Midget League’s Charlene Meents Memorial feature at Belle-Clair Speedway Sunday night and set a new series record for most victories in a season with 12.
Seavey entered the night tied with Christopher Bell, who won 11 POWRi events in 2014. For the year, Seavey has now recorded 16 national midget car feature events. Overall, Toyota-powered drivers have captured 37 features this season.
As the green flag flew on Sunday night, Seavey rolled the high line straight to the lead over pole-sitter Andrew Felker, with Jesse Colwell, Andrew Layser, Daison Pursley and Zach Daum falling in behind them.
While Seavey paced the field, Colwell would move up into second on lap two, only to have Felker reclaim the spot on lap seven. Behind them, Tanner Thorson had moved into the top five, followed by Daum and Buddy Kofoid, who finished second in Saturday’s POWRi event in his national midget car debut.
As the race approached the midway point, Felker began to close on Seavey and challenge for the lead with the two cars running side-by-side with 14 to go. Seavey was able to hold him off, though, and would pull out to a half-second lead.
Further back in the field, the 17-year old Kofoid had moved into the top four, with Cannon McIntosh having charged from the back of the field up to fifth on lap 22. As the laps continued to wind down Kofoid moved past Colwell for third on lap 28.
While the action heating up further back in the field, no one had an answer for Seavey upfront as the Sutter, Calif.-native would take the checkered flag for his record-breaking win with Felker placing second and Kofoid earning his second consecutive podium finish in his first two races with Keith Kunz Motorsports. McIntosh passed Colwell for fourth on the final lap, as Colwell would finish fifth to give Toyota four of the top-five finishers. For the night, McIntosh passed 19 cars from his 23rd starting position. Pursley placed eighth and Daum was ninth.
With his fifth-place finish tonight, Colwell extends his championship lead to 50 points over Daum with just three races remaining.
The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League returns to the track next Saturday night at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Bill McAnally Racing drivers Hailie Deegan and Derek Kraus had a packed crowd of fans on their feet at All American Speedway on Saturday, as they battled their way through the field to contend for the win in the closing laps of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NAPA AUTO PARTS / ENEOS 150.
Deegan came away with a second-place finish in her No. 19 Monster Energy/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry, while Kraus finished fourth in his No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.
After starting side-by-side on the front row, the two 18-year-old NASCAR Next drivers encountered trouble in the first portion of the race and ended up charging back through the field to try to grab the win.
Deegan, who turned in the fastest lap in time trials to secure her third pole of the year and fifth of her career, was running second to Kraus on Lap 28 when she spun in Turn 4 after contact from the third-place car. Without a caution, she scrambled to stay on the lead lap and begin battling back.
“It was rough,” Deegan said after the event. “We had a good car, but we used it up trying to come back through the field. The tires got hot and we didn’t have anything for the end.”
Nevertheless, she took a positive view of the event.
“It was a good points race for us,” she said. “Bill gave me a great car. All the crew guys, everyone on the team, did a great job this weekend.”
Kraus, meanwhile, had to pit with a flat right rear tire after contact with a slower car on Lap 53. He lost a lap in the process and was not able to get back on the lead lap until a late-race caution.
Their BMR teammate, Brittney Zamora, charged her No. 99 ENEOS / NAPA Filters Toyota Camry up to second place early in the race and remained there through much of the event. Some tight shuffling in a late-race caution left her to finish sixth, however.
The Roseville race featured two additional BMR entries, with Dylan Garner in the No. 50 NAPA Belts & Hoses/California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation Toyota Camry and Derrick Doering in the No. 12 Burning Barrel Brewing/Community Home Mortgage Toyota Camry.
Garner of Yorba Linda, California started fourth – but suffered body damage in an early incident and ended up finishing 12th.
Doering, who races in the NASCAR Modified Division at All American Speedway, started 12th and went on to notch a ninth-place finish in his series debut.
Kraus of Stratford, Wisconsin was able to maintain his 40-point lead in the championship standings, with two races remaining on the schedule. He has four wins, nine top-five, and 11 top-10 finishes in 12 series starts this season. In addition, he scored two wins early this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Deegan of Temecula, California is fourth in the standings. She is three points out of third, four points from second and 44 points out of the lead. She has two wins, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 12 starts this year.
Zamora – a 20-year-old from Kennewick, Washington – is tied in points for fifth in the standings and is second in rookie points. She has five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in her 12 series starts.
The K&N West race was the featured event for the Annual October Classic at All American Speedway. It benefitted two foundations – the Placer County Breast Cancer Foundation and the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation.
Off-track activities included a NAPA Big Show at the BMR facility in Roseville on Friday evening, which was part of a fundraiser for the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation.
Saturday’s race featured a large turnout at the VIP Hospitality event, with NAPA and Toyota being well-represented. Their guests received a special VIP experience.
The Roseville race, won by Jagger Jones, will be televised to a national audience on NBCSN on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.
The next event on the K&N West schedule will be at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, California on Oct. 26.
Buddy Kofoid charged from 17th to second in his first-ever national midget car event to lead Toyota in Saturday’s POWRI Lucas Oil National Midget League feature at Southern Illinois Raceway.
Jesse Colwell came into the night with a comfortable championship point lead over Zach Daum and early on it looked like he was going to stretch that lead even further as he immediately went to the outside to claim the lead from pole-sitter Tyler Courtney, with Cannon McIntosh in third, followed by Holley Hollan and Logan Seavey.
By lap five, Courtney would began to challenge Colwell, appearing to take over the lead coming off turn two on lap eight, only to see Colwell dive underneath going into turn three and hold on to the top spot, despite making contact with lapped traffic. Shortly afterward, though, third-place McIntosh would flip going into turn one and bounced off the catch fence, bringing out a red flag.
On the restart, Colwell appeared to overshoot turn one and got up near the wall, with Courtney taking advantage to move into the lead. That would just be the beginning of the problems for Colwell as his car began to slip back and by lap 13 his Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) teammates Tanner Carrick and Hollan would both move past him. Just two laps later, Colwell would slow to a stop in turn two. He would eventually place 21st.
Courtney would lead the field back to green with Carrick, Hollan, Andrew Felker and Chris Andrews rounding out the top five. A hard-charging Andrews moved past Felker and began to battle with Hollan for third. On lap 20, the two would make contact, with Hollan suffering a flat left rear, forcing her to the pits.
After the following restart, Carrick would begin a run at Courtney for the lead. Finally, on lap 24, the two got together with Carrick appearing to suffer a broken right front axle, while Courtney had a flat left rear, giving the lead to Andrews, with Jake Neuman in second, Felker in third and Kofoid up to fourth.
The action was far from over, though, as Neuman would challenge Andrew for the lead on the restart and, once again, the leaders got together, with Andrews spinning to a stop, while Neuman took command of the lead. After the ensuing restart, Kofoid would overtake Felker for second. At the checkered flag, it was Neuman, Kofoid, Felker claiming the top-three podium positions, with 14-year-old Daison Pursley finishing fourth, Seavey was fifth and Tucker Klaasmeyer placed sixth.
The biggest winner of the night may have been eighth-place finisher Zach Daum, who gained 130 points on Colwell to close to within just 10 points of the POWRi point lead with four races remaining.
The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League is back in action Sunday night at Belle-Clair Speedway.
ASCS Sooner Region
Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, Okla.)
John Christner Trucking Fall Fling presented by James Hodge Ford
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hard Charger: Seth Bergman +11
High Point Driver: Sam Hafertepe, Jr,
Provisional(s): Alex Hills (Points)
Video Broadcast: http://www.
Live-Scoring (Where Applicable): MRP Live
Where: River Spirit Expo Center - Tulsa Expo Raceway 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114
Early Parking: December 30, 2019
All Parking: December 31, 2019
Event Dates: January 1, 2020 - January 4, 2020
Late Entry ($125 per class entered): December 4, 2019 - December 18, 2019
At Race Entry ($125 per class entered): December 31, 2019
Entries can be paid by Cash, Master Card, or Visa. No personal checks are accepted without prior approval. Entry includes Saturday Pit Pass.
Fax Entries To: (918) 836-5517
Call Entries To: (918) 838-3777
Enter Online At: http://www.tulsashootout.
Oklahoma 600cc Modifieds
What is traditionally a big NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff racing weekend began early as the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series crowned a champion Thursday night – 17-year-old Zack Novak, of Clinton, Connecticut.
Novak, a home-schooled high school junior, will be honored during another traditionally huge racing weekend, the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he will be introduced and given his iRacing trophy in pre-race ceremonies prior to the season-finale Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Novak and another of the iRacing Series’ Championship 4 competitors, Keegan Leahy, of the G2 Esports Channel team, dueled in the waning laps of Thursday’s race on a simulated Homestead track. Novak passed Leahy for good with seven laps remaining in an action-packed 140-lap race. The other two championship-eligible drivers, Bobby Zalenski (representing Joe Gibbs Racing) and Blake Reynolds (of Team Dillon Esports), finished fourth and ninth, respectively.
The series features the country’s elite sim-racers, who compete driving Gen-6 cars on simulated versions of NASCAR tracks.
With the victory, Novak has earned a $40,000 share of a record $100,000 purse as well as tests in a US Legends Series car and a NASCAR Pinty’s Series car.
A day after his victory, Novak said he’s still taking it all in. And still smiling.
“A lot of kids I used to go to school with that I probably hadn’t talked to in a year they’ve been calling and really supportive of it, they said they watched the whole race and they were super interested and congratulated me,’’ Novak said.
And, he said Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted to him Thursday night after the race, “that was pretty cool.’’
The whole experience with NASCAR’s iRacing championship has been a huge positive in Novak’s life. He won the inaugural eNASCAR IGNITE Series Championship last year – an online racing series that competed in Legends cars for competitors age 13-16.
This year he earned four victories – at Daytona, Kansas and Kentucky tracks before scoring his best ever trophy run at Homestead, a venue where he’d previously averaged only a 23.5-place performance. He had seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 18 races this season.
Novak, who is lifelong racing fan, used to race quarter-midgets but instead found a way to combine his desire to race with his love of NASCAR competition. Although he was the first iRacing driver selected by Roush-Fenway Racing’s team this year, he said he also has liked another Ford organization, Team Penske, which boasts his longtime favorite driver – fellow Connecticut native Joey Logano.
“It’s cool that a kid from Connecticut won the first nationally televised, NASCAR Sanctioned iRacing Championship,’’ Logano said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. “Obviously esports is an emerging market and building in global popularity every day and I’m glad to see NASCAR is part of the discussion, both with iRacing and 704Games in the NASCAR Heat Pro League.”
The big paycheck Novak earned for his work this week will be put to good use. He said he expected to use some money to upgrade and improve his SIM setup and possibly to do some “real-life” races in a Legends car.
“I’ve thought about it slightly, but not too much,’’ he conceded. “I want to use it to set myself up for the next few years, and not go blowing through it way too fast,’’ Novak said. “I’d like to use some of it to help the people that helped me get to this point. I really haven’t planned too much about it.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a life-changer, but it is a huge help for my family and I.’’
Novak’s family – his father Greg, mother Julie and only sibling, a sister Kelsey, 21 – were seen on the NBCSN television broadcast proudly congratulating him after the victory.
The night of every race, Novak said, his parents gather the family’s two dogs and cat and put them in the master bedroom next to Novak’s room, then hook up a laptop to the family television so they can watch the race live on a big screen. This week’s NBCSN live telecast was hugely popular for the family.
After the championship win Thursday, Greg Novak had homemade cheeseburgers and homemade fries ready for a celebratory family meal.
“We all sat and ate and talked about how the race went and I was still in shock at the point,’’ Novak said. “I ate dinner with my parents then tried to thank as many people as I could.’’
Novak said he’s prepared to invite more than a dozen people to accompany him to the Homestead-Miami finale where he will receive his trophy. And he’s looking forward to seeing where these two milestone victories take him.
“I’ve enjoyed the last 12 hours and am just soaking it all in,’’ Novak said. “I’ve gotten a lot of calls and a lot of support from people who I haven’t talked to in a long time and they truly care.
“That’s the best feeling.’’
With the grounds of the Creek County Speedway saturated by several rounds of rain Thursday, Friday's program at the John Christner Trucking Fall Fling presented by James Hodge Ford has been cancelled, making the weekend showdown a single night affair on Saturday, October 12.
What: John Christner Trucking Fall Fling presented by James Hodge Ford
When: Saturday, October 12
Where: Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, Okla.)
Mufflers: ASCS Muffler Required
RACEceiver Frequency: 454.000Mhz
Grandstands: 3:00 P.M.
Driver's Meeting: 3:30 P.M.
Hot Laps: 5:00 P.M.
Racing: 5:40 P.M.
Phone: (918) 693-7223