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The $10,000 to win Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial was lost to weather last Saturday at Grandview Speedway. They’ll be trying again this Saturday, August 18th with the $10,000 to win Modified Classic set for 7:30 p.m. The tripleheader show will also feature the Sportsman and Late Model stock cars.

A fantastic field of Modified stock car racing talent is again scheduled to be on hand for the big event that honors the memory of the man who had the idea and carried it through to build the one-third-mile, banked clay Grandview Speedway located in Bechtelsville, PA.

“With the change in the date because of the weather postponement there is the possibility that more visiting drivers will be on hand to try for the big win,” said track spokesperson Tina Rogers. “No matter what it is always an exciting event.”

Everything that was scheduled before the events were rained out will be reset for this Saturday.

Every Modified racer making his way through the gate will be looking to win the PPB Forrest Rogers Memorial and take home the $10,000 first place money plus the prestige of being a winner of this annual Classic. With three wins in row and eight overall in the Rogers Memorial Classic Craig Von Dohren is a strong favorite but don’t count out anyone.

Now with just FOUR Saturday night shows remaining that count toward the point standings a strong finish has become even more important. Mike Gular, Danny Snyder and Louden Reimert continue to lead the point standings in the three divisions of NASCAR action. The threesome plus a host of others will be looking to earn every point possible in their drive to win the lucrative NASCAR and track titles.

Of course Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Meme DeSantis, Ray Swinehart, Doug Manmiller and many others will be performing at their best in hopes of picking up the top prize.

Jersey Shore race fan Jim Gilmore has posted $100 for the leader of lap number 18 in memory of the late Mike Bailey.

The 50-lap feature for Modifieds headlines the Pioneer Pole Buildings tripleheader that will also include Sportsman and Late Model stock car racing action.

The popular Low Down and Dirty Internet Radio sponsored Meet & Greet, will feature drivers and cars on display in the main gate area at 5PM. This week Craig Von Dohren, Kevin and Brian Hirthler along with Chuck Schutz will be featured. All are sponsored by Pioneer Pole Buildings.

Adult admission is $25 while youngsters 6 thru 11 pay just $5 and those under 6 are admitted free. Pit admission is $30 with a NASCAR license. And there is free parking on the speedway grounds.

Available at the track will be the opportunity to purchase lap sponsorships for the September 15th Freedom 76 that will pay at least $25,000 to win. Laps are available for $20 and can be had by seeing Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer. If you prefer you can contact Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 to secure a lap or mail a check the lap or laps you want to sponsor, payable to Grandview Speedway, to 1448 Hollywood Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047. Saxton is also available to arrange event sponsorships and awards for the biggest race of the season.

Tickets for the Freedom 76 will be on sale at the track on August 18th for $35. On race day they will sell for $40.

Grandview Speedway PR

The Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) will host its Inaugural FORE! Kids’ Sake Golf Tournament on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The event will be held at Belterra Golf Course in Florence, Indiana, a world-class championship course designed by legend Tom Fazio.

“We are thrilled to host our first golf tournament in our chapter’s short history and are excited to be working with Belterra to make this a great event,” says Kentucky Chapter Director Dayna Winslette. “There are so many people – businesspeople, the general public, golf enthusiasts – who like to participate in golf outings, and we are welcoming anyone and everyone to register for our event. Not only will the guests have fun playing golf and pick up some great swag, but their tax-deductible contributions will kick off SCC’s new fiscal year and help us make a difference in the lives of so many children in our local community.”

Sponsors, teams and individuals must all pre-register with SCC no later than Wednesday, October 3. This can be done online at https://bit.ly/2n4LU2k or by contacting SCC directly at dwinslette@kentuckyspeedway.com or 859-567-3417. The earlier a sponsor registers for the golf tournament, the more exposure the company will receive prior to and at the event.

SCC Kentucky is looking for an exclusive Presenting Sponsor for the golf tournament for a contribution of $10,000, as well as other sponsors for multiple exclusive levels ranging from $2,000-$6,000. Each sponsorship includes a foursome and Hole Sponsorship. Details regarding other specific assets offered in each sponsorship package are available at the registration link.

Foursomes are only $1,000 each and include a Hole Sponsorship, while individuals may sign up for $250 each. Foursomes and individuals may also upgrade to VIP status for an additional $125 per person, receive a VIP gift and be recognized as such at the event.

Registration costs include greens fees, golf cart rental, swag, contests, auction, lunch, awards ceremony and more. All proceeds benefit the SCC Kentucky Chapter and local children who are in need. Because this event is hosted by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, contributions over the Fair Market Value of each item are tax-deductible.

Monetary donations for this event, without purchasing a sponsorship or team, are also being accepted, as are in-kind donations for swag bags, contest prizing and the auction. These must also be confirmed with SCC no later than the registration deadline of October 3.

For additional information about the charity and its work in the community, please visit SCC’s website at http://kentucky.speedwaycharities.org/. SCC can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching “SCCKentucky.”

KYS PR

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series star Kurt Busch and Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland swapped jobs on Monday during a media opportunity to promote the upcoming South Point 400 weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Busch, a Las Vegas native who won the Cup Series championship in 2004, got a hockey skills tutorial from Engelland and Golden Knights TV commentator Shane Hnidy at City National Arena in the morning, then took the hockey stars on a spin around the 1.5-mile superspeedway before a round of media interviews at the track. Busch also gave rides to legendary broadcaster Brent Musberger and Las Vegas sports betting icon Jimmy Vaccaro – major players in the South Point-based Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) – during the outing.

“Man, I was way out of my element there,” Busch said of his hockey tutorial. “I was trying to skate and handle the puck (at the same time), and I have mad respect for those guys out on the ice. It’s fun and is a really unique sport I need to learn more about.”

Busch was one of the thousands of sports fans who were all in with support for the Vegas Golden Knights during their magical run to the Stanley Cup Finals, and he even got to ring the team’s rally siren during the series.

“Growing up here as a kid, we never had a professional sports team, and then now they made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year,” Busch said. “They’ve set the tone, it’s awesome and it’s great to see the city really embracing sports all the way around.”

After Busch showed them the best lines to take around the track with ride-alongs that approached 160 miles per hour, Engelland and Hnidy got behind the wheel of their own NASCAR Racing Experience stock cars for some hot laps.

“It was quite a rush,” said Engelland, a Las Vegas resident for more than a decade. “To be able to experience this whole thing with such an incredible driver in NASCAR is an experience I won’t forget. It was a lot of fun.”

Engelland gained a new respect for the stamina NASCAR drivers must have to compete in extreme conditions at the highest level.

“I only did a handful of laps, and my arms are killing me,” Engelland said. “So, to have to do it for an entire race with 40 other cars out there is a whole other ballgame.”

The athletes also participated in a jersey swap, with Busch getting a No. 41 Vegas Golden Knights jersey from the team and Engelland taking home LVMS, Monster and Stewart-Haas Racing shirts to commemorate the experience.

LVMS’ South Point 400 weekend begins with the Star Nursery 100 NASCAR K&N Series West race at the Dirt Track on Thursday, Sept. 13, before moving to the superspeedway for three consecutive days. The World of Westgate 200 Camping World Truck Series race is set for Friday, with the DC Solar 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series event following on Saturday and the South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff kickoff capping the weekend’s racing on Sunday.

Various ticket packages, fun extras and special-access passes for LVMS’s second NASCAR weekend of the year are available at www.lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444.

LVMS PR

There’s a buzz in the air as Bristol Motor Speedway celebrates 40 years of night racing during the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race weekend, Aug. 16-18.

Guests from all 50 states and over 20 countries will descend upon East Tennessee this coming week to celebrate the party of the summer, where heroes both on-and-off track will be honored and a race winner celebrated under the lights. There’s nothing like the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race and the fun begins today.

“The energy around this place in August is electric,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “There’s nothing like seeing our friends and their families arrive in East Tennessee to celebrate the American tradition of night racing at Bristol. This is truly America’s Night Race.”

To view a schedule of all events and activities during the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race week, check out the BMS Fan Schedule at http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/fans/fan-schedule/.

Highlights of the race week include:

Tri-Cities Race Week Parties: Race fans are in for a treat as the three major cities in the Tri-Cities open their arms to showcase the best of the region. All three parties will feature entertainment, food, games, driver appearances and more.

  • Kingsport: Monday, Aug. 13 from 4:30-10 p.m. at High Voltage
  • Johnson City: Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at King’s Commons
  • Bristol: Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on State Street

For more information on the parties, check out the events page on Bristol Motor Speedway’s Facebook page.

Food City Family Race Night: One of the longest-running (Food City celebrates its 31st year of sponsoring the event) and most popular fan fests on the circuit, Food City Family Race Night moves to BMS’ Hospitality Village on Thursday, Aug. 16. Running from Noon to 6 p.m., Food City Family Race Night is the place for Cup Series autographs, games, food/craft vendors and more. The official NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour autograph sessions will also be held at the event. For full details, including a list of driver appearances, visit www.FoodCity.com.racing.

Fitzgerald Peterbilt Transporter Parade: The Fitzgerald Peterbilt Transporter Parade returns in 2018 with a modified route. Haulers will be on display from Noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shops at The Pinnacle with Austin and Ty Dillon available for autographs inside from Noon to 1 p.m. Guests are asked to pick their spot on BMS property between the North and South Speedway entrances off Hwy 11E/Volunteer Pkwy by 4 p.m. The haulers will roll by Bristol Motor Speedway around 4:10 p.m.

UNOH 200/Bush’s Beans 150 Doubleheader moved to Thursday: The ever popular NASCAR Camping World Truck Series/NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour doubleheader moves to Thursday night, Aug. 16 to provide three consecutive nights of racing under the lights. The UNOH 200 will serve as the official regular season finale for the NCWTS, meaning drivers will give their all for one final chance to qualify for the 2018 playoffs.

Musical Entertainment: Race fans will be in for a treat as the likes of Joe Nichols, Lee Greenwood and Tim Dugger take to the stage. Country star Nichols will get the crowd rocking during the State Water Heaters Pre-Race Concert while Greenwood will celebrate the good ole United States with “God Bless the USA” during pre-race. Dugger will rock out with the fans on the Trackside Live stage in the Fan Zone following the conclusion of the Food City 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Friday night.

Neighborhood Heroes: As the home of America’s Night Race, BMS is paying tribute to four true American heroes, individuals who have gone above and beyond in their community. These four honorees will be celebrated during pre-race ceremonies of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The four heroes are:

  • Bristol Police Dept. Sgt. Matt Cousins: Helped stop an active shooter who had opened fire on passing cars near the Days Inn located on Volunteer Parkway in Bristol, Tenn.
  • Nashville-based Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Russell Bernard: Helped save a woman’s life whose neck had been impaled by a deer antler after the animal had impacted the windshield of her car
  • Chattanooga Fire Dept. Captain Steve Everett: While off duty, came upon a major house fire and rescued a woman inside the burning home with assistance from several civilians
  • Knoxville Police Officer Jay Williams: Wounded in the shoulder by one of TBI’s most wanted criminals during a traffic stop, but held return fire due to bystander. His initial confrontation ultimately led to the criminal’s capture

Pre-Race Highlights: Pre-race at BMS is a place to respect heroes, both on-and-off track

  • Lt. Col Oliver North will lead the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance
  • BMS welcomes three members of the 5th Special Forces Group that entered Afghanistan on horseback following the events of 9/11 and inspired the best-selling book, “Horse Soldiers” and the big screen hit, “12 Strong”- Master Sgt. Scott Neil, Major Mark Nutsch and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bob Pennington
  • The MRO Children’s Choir returns for the National Anthem
  • Joe Everson will paint patriotic scenes during the National Anthem and “God Bless the USA”
  • Four T-38 Talons from the 469th Flying Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita, Texas will fly overhead as fireworks light up the sky
  • NASCAR’s gladiators will walk down the ramp at driver intros, signaling their entry into battle

Racing Action: Some of the best drivers in the world hit the high banks at one of the most demanding circuits in racing with action in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race), NASCAR XFINITY Series (Food City 300), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (UNOH 200) and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (Bush’s Beans 150).

Tickets for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race are still available, starting at $80. Visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.

BMS PR

Mahoning Valley Speedway presented by Lehighton Ford will be in action this upcoming Saturday, August 18 with the main event being a 75-lap/$2500-to-win Modified feature.

This is a non-point race, however there will be 50 show-up points to each driver. Drivers will pick for heat starting spots when signing in. The top 3 from each heat will then have a redraw for feature grid positions.

As an additional bonus the top heat winners will compete in a special “Dash Cash” with a winner-take-all $500. Up to four heat winners will be eligible, however, if only three heats are run then the final entrant will be by promoter option.

Also on the night’s race card will be Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.

Pits will open at 11:30 am. Early paid practice ($25 per car) will be from 12:30 to 3:30. Regular warm-ups begin at 4:30. Pit admission for this night is $30 members, $40 non-members. Driver sign-ins will be from 3:00 to 4:15.

Adult grandstand admission is $16, $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free. Front gates open at 4 pm, racing begins at 6:00 pm.

Kids Big Wheel races will be held at intermission and the Kids Backpack giveaways also.

For additional information log onto www.bigdspeedway.net or www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com

MVS PR

The Consumers Energy 400 featured varying strategies by the teams throughout the race. The crew chiefs used the stage breaks to make pit calls to get their driver out front. In the end, Kevin Harvick and his team made the right call to take home the checkered flag.

Harvick was the dominating force in the Consumers Energy 400 as he proved to the be the most consistent driver the entire day. He claimed wins in the first two stages and then closed it out during the final stage. During a series of green flag pit stops in the final 30 laps, he surrendered the lead. But after all the cars made the pit stops, it was Harvick out front.

Harvick held the lead right through the checkered flag to claim his series-high seventh race win in 2018. It marked his second win at MIS. After this win, Harvick and his team are still motivated to keep winning races this year.

“Well, they're motivated, and I think as you look at it, we're three weeks away from the playoffs, and you don't want it to shut off, you want it to keep going,” Harvick said. “The motivation is to not let things slip through the crack, and they're covering all the details, and especially my group of guys that we're going on our fifth year together. That experience and those attention to details of things that they do is second to none, and you see it week after week.  You look in the win column, and we're capitalizing on those fast cars that hasn't always happened over the last four years, and I think this year we're making those moments count and getting wins out of them.”

Harvick had a special ride to Gatorade Victory Lane. The race winner stopped at the start-finish line to celebrate with the fans and his son, Keelan, made his way out to give his dad a hug. Keelan got the checkered flag and then got a special lift into the “passenger” side of the car for the ride to Victory Lane.

 “It was pretty cool today,” Harvick said. “We got to go celebrate together. He's been with me for the last three weeks, so we've had a big time. It's pretty cool to look over there on your victory lap and see your six-year-old in the passenger seat and being able to enjoy it with you. That was definitely way up there on the bucket list of things that you didn't expect. That was pretty neat.”

Ford claimed the Michigan Heritage Trophy thanks to the win by Harvick. The Michigan Heritage is a recognition and celebration of the automobile and its importance to the race track and the manufacturers competing in NASCAR.  As part of the Michigan Heritage, each contending manufacturer and MIS annually make a donation to be given to a youth-focused and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related charity in Michigan.

Austin Dillon was in second place until he suffered a flat tire on Lap 198. He was able to make it around to finish fourth. Michigan native Brad Keselowski overtook Dillon to finish second. Kyle Bush finished third and Ryan Blaney ended the race in fifth. Erik Jones from Byron, Michigan came home 13th after two early spins. 

Denny Hamlin started the race on the pole and led the first 13 laps. Jones brought out the first caution when he spun coming off turn four on lap 10. On the restart, Harvick jumped to the lead before Kyle Busch moved to the front. After a William Byron and Martin Truex Jr. spin, it was Kyle Busch at lead. On lap 30 it was Harvick back at the front. He held that spot until the end of the first stage.

After his spin in stage one due to contact from Byron, Truex Jr. found himself in the lead in the second stage. He held that spot for 25 laps before Harvick regained the lead, a position he would not give up the final 11 circuits to win his second stage of the day.

Michigan International Speedway will continue to be a premier racing facility in 2019 when it hosts a pair of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 2019. NASCAR’s most entertaining track will host the Monster Energy Series on June 9 and Aug. 11.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 is on June 9. The series will return on Aug. 11 for the Consumers Energy 400.

The XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 is June 8 while the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 is scheduled for Aug. 10. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 will serve as the cutoff race for the regular season. Drivers will have one final opportunity to make the playoffs in the truck series, adding even more intensity and intrigue to the already thrilling race at MIS.

MIS PR

After a rough start to his season, Tim Brown and his crew made massive changes to the #83 machine. Their efforts paid off, with Brown continuing his hot streak and making history on Saturday. Brown became the first driver ever to win both races in a twin 50-lap double header.

The fastest lap for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series on Saturday belonged once again to Tim Brown, his fifth pole in a row. When the top six qualifiers redrew for position, he was set to start on the outside front row. He banged fenders with pole-starter Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem but was ultimately able to pull away and claim the lead. He never looked back, holding off Jonathan Brown and Jason Myers of Walnut Cove to grab the checkered for the first 50-lapper.

“We made a decision halfway through the season to get a new chassis and put a new car together,” said Tim Brown. “We built it in three days, came over here, and we’ve been real fast ever since.”

“The car that we were riding in had given up. The chassis was flexing, and it was just giving us false readings. We thought we’d have a good car - and then we’d get into the race and it’d be bad,” said Brown. “This new car turned my season around and got us headed back in the right direction.”

The “Madhouse Scramble” sent James Civali of Davidson to the pole with Joseph “Bobo” Brown of Lewisville starting outside of him. Defending champion Burt Myers of Walnut Cove made his way up to second during the initial start and then began applying pressure to Civali. On the third double-file restart, Myers was able to pass by on the outside to take away the lead.

Burt Myers then had to play defense as Civali tried to reclaim his position. Bobby Measmer of Concord challenged on the outside, pushing hard and beginning to pull ahead of Myers. But Measmer lost control heading through the outside row in the south turn, crashing into the guard rail and ending his bid at the win.

The ensuing caution once again brought out the double-file restart cone. But this time the crowd went wild: taking to the outside to challenge for the lead was Tim Brown. The winner of the first race started tenth in the second 50-lapper and had been steadily making his way forward. Now with just a few laps to go, Brown and his fast car would have the chance to win again.

The two clashed going into turn one, but Brown emerged as the leader. “I cut that thing to the left,” said Brown about the battle. “I knew he was going to hit me getting in down there, and he did - turned me sideways. But there’s nothing I love better than driving one of these bad boys sideways. I can take it.”

Brown held on to take the checkered. It had been over 18 years since Junior Miller had been the last Modified driver to win both halves of a double-header – winning both 25-lappers on June 10, 2000. But not only did Brown pull off the rare feat of taking the checkered twice in one night – he is the only driver in history to do so for twin fifties.

“Not only did I win both races tonight, but I beat Burt for the second one - and he’s the best there is over here,” said Brown. “This race team –they didn’t give up on me when I was beating up myself and not running well earlier this season. I think we redeemed ourselves with the way we’ve been running lately. This blue car is back. I couldn’t be more excited.”

In the Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series, Justin Taylor of Kernersville took the checkered for the first 20-lapper after holding off repeated shots from Derek Stoltz of Walkertown. Kevin Neal of Walkertown sailed smoothly ahead in the second Sportsman race to grab the win.

Jeremy Warren of Winston-Salem claimed the victory in the 20-lap race for the Law Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series. And in the Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series, both Todd Barnhardt of Advance and Chase Hunt of Lexington took the checkered.

BGS Racing PR

With cockpit temperatures approaching one hundred fifty degrees a brave batch of competitors rolled into Meridian Speedway Saturday, August 11, for K&N Fan Appreciation Night.  The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel Series and PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds provided a double helping of double main events, while the Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes, Project Filter Pro-4s, and TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks battled for the Boise Boys Transportation hardware.

As heat waves rolled off the quarter-mile asphalt oval, a full field of NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel Series competitors kicked off main event action with their first of two fifty lap main events.  Pole sitter Josh Jackson used the inside line and piloted his Jackson Built Racing, Jackson Excavation machine to the early lead.  Deep in the pack action was intense as Ukiah, California’s Kyle Tellstrom threaded his way through the pack, eager to gain maximum championship points over absent point leader Trevor Cristiani.  The outside line proved treacherous early, and after a pair of unassisted spins in the early going bunched the field for a lap seven restart.

As the green flag waved a bumper bar bounced onto the racetrack in turn four.  As the field charged out of turn two the caution flag was displayed.  As the field slowed contact sent Dylan Caldwell sailing through the air and hard into the turn three concrete.  As Caldwell’s Hotbox Farms, Lamb Race Engines machine came to rest on the wall fire broke out.  Thanks to quick action by the Neil Alan Fine Jewelry safety crew the Nampa, Idaho driver escaped the inferno unscathed, though shaken.

With the turn three calamity cleared the race resumed.  Tellstrom made the most of this restart and put his PitStopUSA.com, Advanced Auto Parts entry atop the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard while quick-qualifier John Newhouse struggled to pass on the one groove racetrack.  At the race’s halfway point Newhouse broke into the top three and set his sights on second place runner Ben Crow.  Crow kept his Emerald Transportation, Trenching Services car pinned to the inside line, which forced Newhouse to look for a way around the outside.  Newhouse would not, and settled for third behind Crow and feature winner Tellstrom.

The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds were next to try their hand at a K&N Fan Appreciation Night feature.  Kuna, Idaho’s Wyatt King was quick out of the blocks and piloted his Major Tire and Hitch, YMC Mechanical modified to lead the first of 25 laps.  But King had company, and on lap three he surrendered the lead to defending division champion Colton Nelson. 

This opened the flood gates, and soon Bryan Warf and Josh Jackson streamed by King to take second and third.  Eager to extend his point lead Warf went to work on Nelson’s Integrity Pools of Idaho, Integrity Construction machine.  After a four lap battle Warf moved his Allan Marsh Travel Center, Moyne Fabrication entry to the top spot. 

This left Nelson in the clutches of Jackson, who followed Warf through to the second spot.  But Nelson hung though on the outside, and at the race’s halfway point wrested the position back from Jackson and his Jackson Built Racing, Motor Mayhem Chassis Dyno racer.  As the laps wound down Nelson closed on Warf, but ran out of time to mount a challenge and Waft crossed the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.

The TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks had 25 laps to find a main event winner.  On the break Blake Coria and Andrew Harbeston fought back and forth for the early lead.  After seven hard-fought laps Harbeston cleared Coria to put his Complete Sprinkler Service, Meridian Fence machine in sole possession of first place.  But Harbeston wasn’t safe up front as Terrell Daffron raced to his inside.  This battle went sour after just two circuits as contact in turn one forced Harbeston to spin into championship contender Jason Sanders.

With the field reset Coria found himself locked in a battle with Luke Wolverton for the top spot.  Wolverton dispatched Coria when the green flag waved, but quickly turned his attention to quick qualifier Ian Michael Pedersen and point leader Jayson Wardle.  Pedersen put the speed of his SSLP Racing, HYLA North America racer to good use and took the lead from Wolverton with ten laps left on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.

Wardle had a harder time working his way around Wolverton, and the five laps spent side-by-side took a toll on Wardle’s Lazee Days RV, Catapult 3 racer.  With three laps left Wardle lost fire in turn one and pulled into the pits, which left the win to Pedersen.

Ben Harris and Sean Young led the Project Filter Pro-4 field to green for their 25 lap feature.  Young got the better of this battle to lead lap one, but faced intense pressure from Eagle, Idaho’s Alex Duda, who pulled low and piloted his Boise Boys Transportation, Carbon Designs racer to the lead on lap three.  This opened the door for teammates Brandon Mclean , Ryan Bailey, and Kenny Chandler to move up the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.

The man on the move early was Brendon Fries, who vaulted from the back of the pack to second place in the first eleven laps.  With new leader Kenny Chandler in his crosshairs Fries pushed his Chick-Fil-A of Meridian, Boise Boys Transportation racer hard in a bid for the win.  Fries motored his way around the outside, and with eight laps left nosed ahead of Chandler.  Lapped traffic sealed the pass, and though Chandler was able to fight back, he didn’t have enough for Fries, who sped across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.

Nineteen Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Super Sixes crowded the quarter-mile oval for their 25 lap feature.  Twin Falls, Idaho’s Frank Keller was quick out of the blocks, but by the end of lap one it was Drew Crenshaw out front.  Deeper in the field the fifth through sixteenth place runners went wheel-to-wheel and bumper to bumper for position.  Something had to give, and on lap seven it was Middleton, Idaho’s Kate Jackson who spun after contact and collected Nate Little.  Both drivers were able to continue, but were sent to the back of the pack for their involvement in the caution.

The restart left Crenshaw and Caldwell, Idaho’s Justin Segura on the front row.  Crenshaw rolled the high line back to the lead, which left Segura in the clutches of Ryan Newman.  Newman used a restart to take over the runner up spot, then with a dozen circuits remaining worked his North American Recycling, Montes Racing sprinter inside of Crenshaw to battle for the lead.  This duel quickly became a full-blown battle as point leader Rob Grice pulled into the lead picture.

With the top three under a blanket any mistake was critical, and a bobble by Crenshaw put Newman up front with Grice’s A.R.T. Speed Equipment, BLG Blue machine in hot pursuit.  Inside and out Grice searched for a way around Newman for the win, but his desperate dive came up short and Newman took the checkers.

The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds finished the second leg of their twin 25s with Joe Thuss and Jonathan Hull on the front row.  Hull sped around the high side to take his Diversified Carpet Cleaning, All American Towing entry to the early lead.  Behind the younger Hull Wyatt King, Larry Hull, and Josh Jackson scrapped for the runner up spot.  King wheeled his Major Tire and Hitch, Stock Construction modified hard to hold Larry Hull at bay before he pounced on Jonathan Hull in a bid for the K&N Fan Appreciation Night lead.  After one set of side-by-side corners contact sent both leaders spinning through the infield grass and handed the lead to Larry Hull with Bryan Warf in second.

The green flag waved and Warf steamed around Hull to take the top spot with Josh Jackson in his tire tracks.  Jackson also cleared Hull and jabbed low corner after corner as he battled for the Boise Boys Transportation main event trophy.  With seven laps left Jackson slid into the lead, but spun after contact with Warf.

This cycled Larry Hull and Colton Nelson onto the front row for the restart.  Nelson pushed his Integrity Pools of Idaho, YMC Heating and Air machine hard around the outside, but Hull had a handle on his modified, and the Boise, Idaho racer took the lead with five laps left.  A late race caution slowed the field and set Hull and Nelson heads up for one last shootout.  The green flag waved and Hull blasted past Nelson to take the lead while Nelson fought to fend off King and a resurgent Warf.  But it all happened behind Hull, who claimed the night’s final modified feature.

The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel Series wrapped K&N Fan Appreciation Night festivities as they rumbled back onto the quarter-mile for their final fifty lap feature.  On the break pole sitter Josh Jackson sped to the early lead with Jeff Wade and Dave Thomasson in tow.  But quick qualifier John Newhouse was on the move, and by lap five the Twin Falls, Idaho driver held second place behind Wade’s D.L. Evans Bank, Southwind Farms machine.

Newhouse tested Wade, and on lap slung his The Car Store, Action Cycles and Sleds racer to the inside and sprinted to the point.  Newhouse’s next mission was to open as much of a margin as he could before first main event winner Tellstrom broke into open race track. 

Tellstrom cleared traffic five short laps later and wrestled his PitStopUSA.com, Joes Racing Products machine closer and closer to Newhouse.  At the race’s halfway point lapped traffic loomed, but a spin slowed the field and set Tellstrom and Justin Ellis on Newhouse’s bumper for the restart.

The green flag waved and Newhouse pulled to a three car length lead over Tellstrom.  This advantage evaporated as Tellstrom switched to a hybrid line in the corners, but Newhouse found a fast groove of his own and with fifteen laps left his lead again grew.  Try as Tellstrom might he had nothing for Newhouse, who cruised into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.

Low and slow is the way to go next Saturday, August 18, as Meridian Speedway hosts the Ultra Touch Car Wash Hot August Cruze and Drag Night.  Along with one of the Treasure Valley’s largest collections of hot rods, rest-mods, and one-of-a-kind customs, the Coors Super Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, Junior Stingers, and Bombers take to the quarter-mile asphalt oval in search of the SCI Insurance trophy.  General admission to a full night of racing and cruising is just $11.50 for adults, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and free for those 6 and under.  Gates open at 4:45 p.m. Saturday with Time Trials at 5 p.m. and the first green flag at 6:45 p.m.  Logon to www.meridianspeedway.com to keep up with the fastest crowd around, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile.  We’ll see you Saturday, August 18, for Ultra Touch Car Wash Hot August Cruze and Drag Night under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.

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South Boston Speedway has a new winner in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division – that is pending the outcome of a post-race technical inspection by NASCAR officials.

Sixteen-year-old Corey Heim of Marietta, Georgia, competing in a Late Model Stock Car for the first time, tamed a 22-car field that included a pair of former NASCAR national champions and swept the pair of 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that were part of Saturday night's Davenport Energy PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program.

Speedway officials said the results of the race are unofficial pending a post-race technical inspection by NASCAR officials. Official final results are expected to be posted this coming week.

Another teenager, Ryan Repko, finished second to Heim in both races. Former NASCAR National Champion and defending South Boston Speedway Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia, Tyler Hughes of Cordova, Maryland and Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers in the first race.

Former NASCAR National Champion and current NASCAR national points leader Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Virginia finished third in the second race, with Sellers and Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Heim took the lead in the first race with 11 laps to go and pulled away from his challengers on a restart with nine laps to go. Once in front, he surged to a 1.533-second win over Repko.

In the second race, Heim took the lead on lap 8 after Scott and Hughes tangled while battling for the lead. Once in front, Heim pulled away and edged Repko by 4.048 seconds to claim the win.

Pollard Wins Davenport Energy PASS 150 Super Late Model Race

Bubba Pollard, one of the best-known Super Late Model drivers in the South, added his name to the list of South Boston Speedway Super Late Model race winners Saturday night surviving a wild Davenport Energy PASS 150 race punctuated by 11 caution periods.

With the race being part of the PASS "Roads To Oxford and Richmond" program, Pollard opted to accept a guaranteed starting spot in the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine later this season.

The veteran from Senoia, Georgia looked to be out of luck when he spun with eight laps to go while battling eventual runner-up Lucas Jones of Mooresville, North Carolina for the lead. But Pollard picked his way through traffic and got back to third place by the time a caution flag flew with four laps to go.

The late caution period set up another intense battle between Pollard and Jones, with Pollard wrestling the lead away from Jones with three laps to go. Pollard managed to hang on from there, crossing the finish line .434-second ahead of Jones.

Jeff Batten of Nashville, North Carolina finished third with Heim and Roy Hayes III of Millukge, Pennsylvania rounding out the top five finishers.

Jarrell Wins Hornets Division Race

Cameron Jarrell of Amelia, Virginia scored his sixth win in seventh starts Saturday night, taking the lead from Kenny Mills, Jr. of Alton, Virginia with two laps to go and edging Mills for the win in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.

Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia, Donald Clay and Andrea Ruotolo Rounded out the top five finishers in the race that saw the lead swap hands seven times between four drivers.

Hendrick Wins Southern Ground Pounders Race

Brandon Hendrick topped the field in the 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Hendrick took the top prize in the Modified Division and Ken Faucette, who finished third overall behind Hendrick and Dwight Sauls, won the Sportsman Division

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

It will be a big night for fans when South Boston Speedway celebrates its 61st Anniversary Saturday night, August 25 with the Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.

As part of South Boston Speedway’s 61st anniversary celebration, fans will get to watch as the latest chosen inductees are honored with their formal induction into the Virginia Motorsports Hall Of Fame during pre-race ceremonies.

The night’s racing action starts at 7 p.m. with the seven-race program being headlined by a 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Cars. In addition, fans will see twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and twin 15-lap races for the Mod-4 Division.

Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m., practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model 100 racing racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

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The Eve of Destruction was just that Saturday night at Macon Speedway, destruction. Roll overs, race'em & wreck'em and a special flagpole race delighted a crowd which saw just about everything they could imagine. Along for the night's action was six racing classes and some repeat winners graced victory lane.

Guy Taylor nearly lost his Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model feature win as the 14th lap saw the caution come out when Taylor slid with lapped car Colby Eller into the first turn and Taylor's car wound up on top of Eller's machine. Because Eller was a lap down, Taylor was allowed to return to the lead spot as the racing resumed. Taylor needed to be assisted off Eller's car by way of the tow truck. Taylor pulled away and took the win to extend his points lead during the summer of 2018.

Curt Rhodes has been through some rough moments during his season. From broken bones to eye surguries, Rhodes has continued to compete at the highest level in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds division. The defending champion ran alongside Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (the current points leader) through the 20-lap feature race and came out with the checkered flag. Rhodes' night started with a good qualifying time but had engine troubles and needed pushed off the track. After a quick fix, Rhodes ran his heat race well and got the feature, as well.

Darrell Dick made it to victory lane with "Sally" on Saturday night. "Sally" is the name of his new racecar. "Hooptie," his old ride, just ran out of laps and he brought out a different car and raced strong and fast against the competition of the Street Stock class and took his new car into the winner's circle.

Jerry Thompson held on a strong challenge from Kevin Crowder to claim his second win in the B-Modifieds class in 2018. His first came back in April during the visit from the Lucas Oil Late Model Series and the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 program.

Molly Day has been racing in the Micro Sprint circuit for a few years and has been gaining experience and seat time through all those years. It helped her as she graced the checkered flag before all over drivers and took her first-ever feature win. The Atwood driver looks to keep up the strong driving over the next two weeks when the Micro Sprints, presented by Bailey Chasis, will return to Macon Speedway.

The Hornets saw a wild finish with Adam Webb racing back to victory lane. Mike Eskew, current points leader, Jerad Matherly and Adam Lewis looked to contend for the lead early but as the laps carried on, Webb picked up steam and pulled through the field after starting fifth and ran away with the win.

The night was capped off with the special race'em & wreck'em spectacular. Six cars on the track needing to make contact with the other races at least once during each lap saw wild mayhem that would be equivalent to a terrible disaster on I-72 or I-55. In the end, the car labeled "Value Menu" raced by "JJ" was declared the winner. The track was entirely covered in wrecked and mangled race parts and bumpers. The crowd loved it.

Those same cars competed in the first-ever flagpole race in which Decatur's Jason Beard, racing "2 Slow 4 U" raced the ten-lap event to glory. Beard was the first driver to go from the front stretch to the backstretch and do a circle around a tractor tire with a flag inside, and go around to the third and fourth turns and pass the flagstand.

The night was capped off with fireworks.

Macon Speedway thanks Dale's Southlake Pharmacy as well as Decatur Industrial Electric for their sponsorship of the Eve of Destruction program. Macon Speedway officials hit high gear for the coming weekend with Lincoln Speedway racing on Friday, Illinois State Fair auto racing with the USAC Silver Crown cars and Sportsman heat races Saturday afternoon along with the Camfield Memorial program at Macon Speedway with the POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprints and then back to the Illinois State Fair for auto racing Sunday with the ARCA Racing Series, presented by Menard's, and Sportsman Nationals feature racing.

Feature Rundowns

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models--1. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 2. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 3. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 4. Jeff Ray (Springfield), 5. Donny Koehler (Macon), 6. Michael Maestas (Lincoln), 7. Colby Eller (Taylorville)

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds--1. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 2. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 3. Danny Smith (Argenta), 4. Tim Luttrell (Riverton), 5. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 6. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 7. Bryan Leach (Harvel), 8. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 9. Jeremiah Hoadley (Decatur), 10. Tim Riech (Petersburg)

Street Stocks--1. Darrell Dick (Monticello), 2. Justin Crowell (Lincoln), 3. Roy Beal (Springfield), 4. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 5. Larry Russell, Jr. (Decatur), 6. Jerit Murphy (Lodge), 7. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 8. Ben Medaris (Decatur), 9. Matthew Yaden (Monticello)

B-Modifieds--1. Jerry Thompson (Troy), 2. Kevin Crowder (Argenta), 3. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 4. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 5. Tom Riech (Springfield), 6. Chris Hughes (Taylorville), 7. Roy Magee (Springfield), 8. JR Wiltermood (Windsor), 9. Derek Smith (Decatur), 10. Billy Adams (Shelbyville)

Micro Sprints--1. Molly Day (Atwood), 2. Kyle Schuett (Philo), 3. Jacob Tipton (Decatur), 4. Tyler Duff (Weldon), 5. Carlee Gress (Alton), 6. Chad Elliott (College Hills), 7. Tyler Day (Atwood), 8. Michael Bustamante (Taylorville), 9. Trevin Littleton (Jacksonville), 10. Garrett Duff (Weldon)

Hornets--1. Adam Webb (Decatur), 2. Jeremy Reed (Decatur), 3. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 4. Jerad Matherly (Decatur), 5. Matt Reed (Decatur), 6. Steve Stine (Stonington), 7. John Lewis (Cerro Gordo), 8. Paul Peters (Pana), 9. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 10. Rick Hamm (Groves City)

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As the rockets red glare on a warm August night in East Tennessee and NASCAR’s most popular drivers prepare to get in their chariots for 500 laps around The Last Great Colosseum, there’s nothing more special than pre-race at the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.

There’s something for everyone during pre-race for the upcoming Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday, Aug. 18. From the sounds of the State Water Heaters Pre-Race concert featuring country star Joe Nichols to the booming “This is Bristol” command from world famous ring announcer Michael Buffer and the chorus of cheers and boos during driver introductions, there’s energy in the air as day turns to night.

“The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is a special experience,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “There’s a certain buzz as everyone in the stadium gets amped up for 500 laps of intense short track racing. It’s the perfect way to celebrate who we are and what we love.”

Pre-race festivities will kick off with the official State Water Heaters Pre-Race concert featuring country music star Joe Nichols, who is best known for a medley of hits, including “Brokenheartsville” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”. It’s the perfect start to an evening of fun and excitement in the mountains of Appalachia.

Race fans are always amped up for Bristol’s wildly popular driver introductions, which feature the best-of-the-best marching down the ramp into the Colosseum to prepare for battle. With Chase Elliott picking up his first career win recently, will he get the loudest cheers?

Bristol Motor Speedway is a place where guests celebrate their heroes, both on-and-off track. The reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by special guest Lt. Col Oliver North. Recording legend Lee Greenwood returns to East Tennessee for a rendition of his hit “God Bless the USA” while the MRO Children’s Choir belts out the National Anthem as fireworks light up the sky and a four T-38 Talons from the 469th Flying Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita, Texas fly overhead. Social media sensation Joe Everson returns to BMS, painting American portraits during “God Bless the USA” and the National Anthem.

In addition, BMS will welcome three American military heroes, who entered Afghanistan on horseback following the events of 9/11. Master Sgt. Scott Neil, Major Mark Nutsch and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bob Pennington were members of the 5th Special Forces Group that was dropped into the remote mountains of Afghanistan in October of 2001 to begin the battle against the Taliban. Their heroic mission inspired the best-selling book, “Horse Soldiers” and the big screen hit, “12 Strong”.

For this year’s race, visitors will have the chance to honor four first responders who are part of the inaugural Neighborhood Heroes class. These four honorees have gone above and beyond for their community. They include:

  • Bristol Police Dept. Sgt. Matt Cousins: Helped stop an active shooter who had opened fire on passing cars near the Days Inn located on Volunteer Parkway in Bristol, Tenn.
  • Nashville-based Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Russell Bernard: Helped save a woman’s life whose neck had been impaled by a deer antler after the animal had impacted the windshield of her car
  • Chattanooga Fire Dept. Captain Steve Everett: While off duty, came upon a major house fire and rescued a woman inside the burning home with assistance from several civilians
  • Knoxville Police Officer Jay Williams: Wounded in the shoulder by one of TBI’s most wanted criminals during a traffic stop, but held return fire due to bystander. His initial confrontation ultimately led to the criminal’s capture

The electricity truly builds to a roar when the epic “This is Bristol” from Michael Buffer echoes through the stadium. It’s a time to soak oneself in the realization that an incredible night is about to begin.

The ever popular Street Outlaws team is returning to Bristol Dragway on Tuesday, Aug. 21 for a $200,000 drag race. The characters from the program will be at pre-race, so make sure to cheer them loudly as they tape for the television special that will air in early 2019.

Hungry during pre-race? Run out to the concourse and try some of Bristol’s specialty food items. Back by popular demand, the Triple Bacon Colossus burger is available at concession stands near Gates 14 and 15 and Gate 7. Check out the Bush’s Beans Trackside Café’s for some special recipes too.

The Pre-Race festivities are only some of the highlights you won’t want to miss during the incredible weekend. There's so much to do around the grounds of Bristol Motor Speedway, including taking in the Fan Midway, Fan Zone and Kids Zone. There's music, games, food, souvenir haulers, driver appearances, autograph sessions and more. There’s great video entertainment provided by Colossus TV, the world's largest center-hung video screen. You'll also want to kick back and enjoy some NASCAR-style tailgating with your friends prior to each night's race. And speaking of fun, on Thursday, one of the biggest and longest running fan fests on the NASCAR circuit kicks off with Food City Family Race Night. There'll be plenty of appearances by drivers, legends and other celebrities during this event, which takes place in the BMS hospitality area and lasts from noon until 6 p.m.

Oh yeah, there’s also some pretty good racing planned as well. Four action-packed races are scheduled over three nights during the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race weekend, including action in the Whelen Modified Tour, Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series and the Monster Energy Cup Series. During the Cup race, you’ll get to see all of your favorite drivers doing what they do best, including Bristol dominator and defending winner Kyle Busch, his arch-rival Kyle Larson, rising star Ryan Blaney, 2016 Night Race winner Kevin Harvick, Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon, defending series champ Martin Truex Jr., second-generation star Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace.

If you want to bring the entire clan out to experience the amazing fun that is America’s Night Race, Bristol Motor Speedway officials are making it easier than ever for families to enjoy the weekend. Kids’ tickets (12 and under) are free and adult tickets start at $35 for Thursday’s (Aug. 16) UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the Bush’s Beans 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. On Friday (Aug. 17), kids’ tickets are free and adult tickets start at $35 for the Food City 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race and Pinty’s Qualifying. On Saturday (Aug. 18) adult tickets start at $80 for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race and kids’ tickets are $10. For all races, each child must have a physical ticket in hand to enter the gates. The Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office is the only authorized location that can produce the free kids’ tickets. Tickets can also be purchased for a limited time directly from any neighborhood Food City store. To purchase tickets, please call 423-BRISTOL or buy them online at www.BRISTOLTIX.com.

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