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34 Raceway and Lake Ozark Speedway Line Labor Day Weekend Lineup For Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series25 Aug 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Looking a three nights of racing this Labor Day Weekend, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network will sets sights on 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa on Friday, August 30 and Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1.
Two-time Nut Up Pro Late Model champion Buddy Shepherd of Bakersfield climbed aboard a new car but delivered the same result, driving the Eshleman-owned 81 to victory lane in Saturday’s $2,000 to win event at Madera Speedway. Shepherd’s strong MAVTV-televised win puts a target on his back as a contender for the upcoming Short Track Shootout $10,000 to win race in October.
Incoming points leader Austin Herzog, 17, started outside of second in points Dylan Zampa, 15, after the redraw of the top-ten qualifiers. Fast-time qualifier Jeremy Doss lined up ninth. Herzog led the first two laps of the 80-lap affair on the outside line before Zampa edged forward to take the top position on lap three.
Doss and fellow fifth row starter Jacob Gomes, each a former SRL Southwest Tour champion, tangled battling for seventh into turn three. Gomes spun and the caution waved, with Doss penalized to the rear of the field for his involvement.
Shepherd restarted outside Zampa, using the position to sweep into the lead on lap 16. Herzog drifted backwards to the seventh position on the run. Doss knifed through the field rapidly after restarting 21st, charging into the top-ten by lap 35. Herzog advanced back into fourth after a lap 35 restart.
Two-time champion Matt Erickson and Madera Late Model non-televised points leader Tyler Herzog had a skirmish in turn one on lap 42, derailing Erickson’s evening to put a dent in his 2019 championship aspirations. The following restart saw Herzog again shuffled back to seventh. Shepherd led Rocha, Zampa, Doss, and Vieira into the lap 50 scheduled break.
After adjustments and MAVTV interviews, Doss immediately pounced. He drove into second and began attempting to dive underneath Shepherd for the lead to no avail. Austin Herzog spun in turn one after apparent contact from Joey Iest for a lap 58 caution. Both drivers had to restart at the tail of the field.
Their incident set off a wild series of events. Shepherd restarted outside Doss and nearly cleared him exiting turn two. Doss went up the hill but ran across Logan Zampa. Zampa had a grinding ride up against the backstretch wall while several cars deeper in the pack suffered damage as well.
Doss was again penalized to the back of the running order, thrusting Blaine Rocha into the second position inside of Shepherd. Vieira attempted to pass Rocha before Austin Herzog spun in turn three yet again. The caution then flew on the next attempt when Tim Skoglund, Rick Thompson, and Iest crashed down the front stretch.
Things settled down with Vieira getting around Rocha for second position but unable to clear Shepherd on a lap 65 restart. Shepherd took a 1.264 second victory for his first televised win with a GM 602 Crate Engine over Vieira, Jason Aguirre, Dylan Zampa, and Rocha, who fended off a late charge from Doss. Zampa emerges with the points lead ahead of ninth finishing Herzog with just two rounds remaining in the series. Aguirre unofficially cleared Erickson for third in the standings as well.
Although Iest had a tumultuous Pro Late Model race, he delivered a strong message for his fourth 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model victory. He increased his points lead in the series and increased his 2019 lap led figure to 191 in seven rounds of competition.
Portland’s Jadan Walbridge led qualifying for the second consecutive event but Iest drew the coveted pole position. Iest drove ahead early while Seth Wise and Arizona’s Bradley Erickson battled for third. Wise earned the position after some contact but faced pressure from Jay Juleson a few laps later.
Juleson went outside in turn four and the pair made contact, sending Juleson into the front stretch wall. On the following restart, Walbridge challenged Iest on the outside for several laps before Iest cleared him on lap 16. Washington’s Kasey Kleyn spun on two different occasions for brief spins. The second caution on lap 35 allowed Walbridge to go into the lead position. Walbridge and Iest went side-by-side all the way to the lap 40 break, when Iest grabbed the spot back on the 40th lap.
Iest faced little pressure over the final 30 laps of the race. A lap 57 caution saw Kercie Jung and Brody Armtrout come together in turn one, with Jung’s car going over the front end of Armtrout’s. Iest topped Walbridge, Wise, Erickson, and Bakersfield’s Kabe McClenny as the top-five finishers.
The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros had a divisive night of their own with the heat race serving as the precursor for events to come. July winner Jeffrey Erickson, Mini Cup points leader Joey Kennealy, and second in Bandolero points Dylan Baptista all failed to continue into the feature after incidents in the heat race.
The incidents set the stage for points leader and 2018 champion Riley Massey of Bakersfield to drive to victory, using a three-wide maneuver on the opening lap for the lead. Nathaniel Edwards and Ethan Nascimento staged a great battle for second until they tangled on lap 18. The incident allowed Kena Mitchell to snake through to finish second behind Massey for a female 1-2. Edwards scored third at the finish.
Nick Halen grabbed the 35-lap Legends of the Pacific feature. A three-car pileup in turn two ended the evening for early leader Kevin Travels. Halen topped Chad Nascimento by over four seconds with Sheldon Crouse finishing third.
Madera Speedway continues next Saturday night with Hampton Inn and Suites Night at the Speedway. Events include the Madera Late Model Club Race, Madera Hobby Stocks, MST's, Toyota Sedans, and the Jr. Late Model 30 lap exhibition race
For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com
Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries. Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McCallister Precision Marketing, and StopTech Brakes.
Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays every week. The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app. The fourth round of the 2019 Nut Up Pro Late Model Series airs on August 29th!
Madera Speedway PR
Rick “Scooby” Laubach became a weekly competitor in the 2019 TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified season on a regular Saturday night basis at Grandview Speedway after only running the beginning of the season events other times. He was actually the point leader in the early stages of the year until hampered by motor and other mechanical issues as he struggled some weeks to even qualify and would actually run another competitors car just to be able to make the feature.
This Saturday “The Quaker Shaker” had a better engine ready for action and it paid off.
Following a torrid battle with John Willman, Laubach piloted the Gary Hermann-owned Blinderman sponsored 358 Modified into the lead on the 24th lap of the 30-lap Modified feature, coming from 12th starting spot, and went on to chalk up his first career Saturday night feature victory.
Rookie Parker Guldin made a clean sweep of the TP Truck Equipment Sportsman activities. First he won his qualifying event and topped the night off with his second 25-lap feature victory. Once again he picked up an extra $100 for being the highest finishing crate engine powered Sportsman.
In the 20-lap Blast From The Past feature, Brett Peters won the Modified portion while Wes Cassel was the winner in the Vintage class.
Providing the feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Willman and Guldin
Friday night, August 30th, 7 p.m. action features Enduro and Vintage racing. The Enduro racers will offer a Big Car and Small car race, Junkyard race plus Xcel 600 Modifieds.
Another tripleheader show of action packed stock car racing is set for next Saturday, August 31, with a 7:30 p.m. starting time. Included in the excitement will be the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and a first time visit of the XCEL 600 Modifieds. Adults pay $15 while youngsters under 12 are admitted free.
John Willman led the Modified feature for one lap before Richie Hitzler, a rookie, merged into first.
Jockeying for positions behind Hitzler were Willman, Ray Swinehart, Dylan Swinehart and Frank Cozze.
A homestretch tangle on the 11th lap between Justin Grim and Glenn Strunk regrouped the field as the yellow came out. The restart was void following a chain reaction tangle in the fourth turn. Hitzler continued to show the way when action resumed, but now second through fifth was comprised of Willman, Swinehart, Laubach and Cozze.
Willman was back in the top spot by the 14th lap and three laps later Laubach was in pursuit.
A three-way battle for third between Swinehart, Duane Howard and Cozze ensued ahead of Willman and Laubach.
In no time Laubach, in the Teo chassis mount, reeled in Willman and passed him for the lead on the 24th circuit.
Ryan Grim and Briggs Danner set up a one-lap shoot out to the checkered when they tangled in the second turn. Laubach wasted no time pulling away when the race went green again as he was determined to be in the winner’s circle at the conclusion. That’s exactly where he was earning a well-deserved triumph trailed by Willman, for the second week in a row; Howard, current point leader and last week’s feature winner came from 14th starting spot to gain fourth followed by Craig Von Dohren.
Heats were won by Willman, Howard, R. Swinehart and Jordan Henn. Justin Grim and Danny Erb won the consies.
At the drop of the green in the Sportsman feature Guldin was the early pacesetter. Behind him were Kenny Bock, Jesse Landis, Mike Mammana and Brad Brightbill, who was on a mission and came through the pack on the outside from the 14th starting spot to round out the top five.
Mammana inherited second on the sixth lap when Landis dropped out of competition allowing him to challenge Guldin.
Steve Young brought out the first yellow when he slowed coming off the fourth turn. Guldin held his own on the restart, but it was Brightbill making his presence known pullup a bit. Miller continued to show the way on the restart with pressure now coming from Chris Esposito, Bock, and Brightbill putting the pressure on.
The yellow was thrown again after a fourth turn multi-car tangle with 19 laps completed. The restart was thwarted when several cars made contact in turn one. Before the restart, Brightbill, running a solid second, pitted with a left rear flat tire. He did rejoin the race, but could only get back up to ninth. On the restart Guldin kept Mammana, Brad Arnold, Brian Hirthler and Ryan Beltz in tow.
The front running order never changed in the final laps as Guldin was triumphant again chased across by Mammana, Arnold and Beltz.
Young, Guldin and Mammana won the heats. The consi went to Mark Kemmerer.
Jeff Paulson led the Blast From the Past feature for seven laps before Andy Cassel moved in front on the eighth lap restart brought out when runner-up at the time Todd Lapp spun in the third turn.
In a few laps the front runners encountered lapped traffic and Brett Peters was closing in on Cassel very quickly. Peters took advantage of the situation to take over the lead on the 19th lap.
Peters never looked back and went on to take the win chased across the line by A. Cassel, Paulson, W. Cassel and Mike Garris Sr.
Lap sponsorships and heat race sponsorships for the September 21st Freedom 76 are available $20 for laps and $200 for a heat race. Check in with Tina Rogers or Tommy Kramer at the track. Telephone Ernie Saxton at 267.934.7286 for complete information.
And don’t forget that advance tickets are on sale for the 49th Annual Freedom 76 set for September 21. Buy in advance and pay $35 while on race day an adult ticket will run $40.
T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Rick Laubach, 2. John Willman, 3. Duane Howard, 4. Frank Cozze, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Brett Kressley, 7. Jeff Strunk, 8. Ray Swinehart, 9. Brett Gilmore, 10. Richie Hitzler, 11. Kenny Gilmore, 12. Jared Umbenhauer, 13. Doug Manmiller, 14. Kevin Hirthler, 15. Louden Reimert, 16. Dylan Swinehart, 17. Briggs Danner, 18. Ryan Grim, 19. Ron Kline, 20. Eric Biehn, 21. Danny Erb, 22. Kory Fleming, 23. Alex Yankowski (provisional), 24. Ryan Lilick, 25. Jesse Leiby, 26. Justin Grim, 27. Jorden Henn, 28. Glenn Strunk, 29. Craig Whitmoyer. DNQ: Kyle Kania, Mike Lisowski, Joe Funk III, Ron Myers, Steve Swinehart, Ron Seltmann Jr., Mark Levy, Bobby Gunther-Walsh and Josh Adams.
T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Parker Guldin, 2. Mike Mammana, 3. Brad Arnold, 4./ Brian Hirthler, 5. Ryan Beltz, 6. Kenny Bock, 7. Mark Kemmerer, 8. Kyle Lilick, 9. Brad Brightbill, 10. Nate Brinker, 11. Chris Esposito, 12. Lex Shive, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Andrew Kreis, 15. Nathan Mohr, 16. Steve Desmelyk, 17. Brad Grim, 18. Shawn Light, 19. Jimmy Leiby, 20. Scott Kohler, 21. Steve Young, 22. Dean Bachman, 23. Jesse Landis, 24. Jack Butler.
Blast From the Past Feature (20-laps): 1. Brett Peters, 2. Andy Cassel, 3. Jeff Paulson, 4. Wes Cassel, 5. Mike Garris Sr., 6. Jon Lines, 7. Todd Lapp, 8. Bobby Hall, 9. Dominique Deglas, 10. Bill Gerhart, 11. Brock Jacobus, 12. Curt Neiman, 13. Wyatt Jacobus Sr., 14. Rich Orth, 15. Rich Decker, 16. Matt Smith, 17. Jay Garris, 18. Kevin Sponagle, 19. Tom Orth, 20. Cale Mutter, 21. Mike Stofflet, 22. Mike Mervine.
Grandview Speedway PR
Headed into the latter half of the 2019 race season at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The push and positioning for divisional championships are well underway as contenders make it known just who’s in and whose there to play spoiler. Taking the track in this week’s sponsored, “DODD RV Night at the Races”, were the Cycle City Corp Bandoleros and Legends divisions. Also featured were the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks, Bojangles UCar’s, Pepsi Grand Stocks and the always entertaining Parts Barn Enduros. The evenings racing will also feature twin races from the Taylor Waste Services Late Models. So, with the foot mashed down hard on the gas and foot off the brakes, here’s the recap of the action an how it all went down.
Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 Laps: Ryley Music bested the Bandoleros series qualifying showcasing his 21.066 second lap. Cody Bryant Jr earned his place in second, shotgun in row one. With the green beginning the evenings racing program, pole sitter Ryley Music showed the grid deep into turn one. At the stripe leading lap one would be the pole sitter Ryley Music and following him would be third place starter Jacob Derrick now in second. Aaliyah Paynter also picked up a spot to third leaving Cody Bryant Jr falling back to fourth. All nose to tail, the leaders were single file and looking for opportunities to advance. But then just past the halfway, the races first caution when Derrick and Paynter get together coming out of turn four. Back to the green with five circuits to go, Jacob Derrick quickly regroups and is able to fall in line with leader. But troubles continued for Paynter as she goes around once again. Restart to the feature saw race leader Ryley Music hold off the advances of Jacob Derrick. But then Derrick has to race Bryant for second and that was all the race leader needed to go on to win. Ryley Music gets it done with the winning margin at 0.282 seconds, Music had these words from Victory Lane. “It was really fun as I sometimes say, you always learn something or you try something new. I just tried racing in the rain and it was really fun. When the rain came down it was really fun”.
- #47 Ryley Music; 15
- #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
- #00 Cody Bryant Jr; 15
- #14 Aaliyah Paynter; 15
Taylor Waste Services Late Models Twin 70’s: Connor Hall put his hot rod on the series pole with his 15.732 second lap. The lap held off series points leader Greg Edwards who was just thirty nine thousandths of a second off the pole. Brenden Queen, Danny Edwards Jr and Casey Wyatt rounded out the five fastest in the afternoon time trials. Green was over the speedway and the early race leader was the pole sitter Connor Hall. Brenden Queen picks up a spot to second as did Casey Wyatt to fourth. Laps later, the race leader showed his muscle sporting a ten car length lead as the field quickly fell single file in preparation for the long green flag run. Battle for second picked up when Greg Edwards reached the bumper of Queen who wisely let Edwards go for the spot. Soon after, Wyatt, Danny Edwards came through as well leaving Queen in fifth when the dust settled. Well into the green flag run, Greg Edwards began to knockoff the car lengths of the race leader Hall. Then on lap twenty eight of the scheduled seventy, Greg Edwards became the new race leader. Battle for third picked up when Danny Edwards jockeyed for the spot held by Casey Wyatt. At the halfway, Greg Edwards maintained the lead and for now, Wyatt held off Danny Edwards for third. Back to the leaders, Greg Edwards was driving away, his race lead had grown to a half a straight away over Connor Hall riding in second. Best battle on the track was from third to fifth involving Wyatt, Queen and Danny Edwards. Finally, Wyatt gets loose in turn four and comes Queen to third. Final laps saw Greg Edwards continue to dominate the feature and would go on to win the caution free race by 5.623 seconds.
In the Late Model nightcap, the mandatory eight car invert would be applied to grid forcing race one winner Greg Edwards to start eighth. But instead, choose to start at the rear of the grid and handed the pole to Justin Carroll. Green flag began the feature and the early race leader would be Justin Carroll. Terry Carroll picked up the second spot as Danny Edwards showed third in the early goings. Then the races first caution when Craig Eastep went around courtesy of Thomas Marks who was then ordered to the rear for his involvement. Back to the green, this time it’s Danny Edwards to the front as Justin Carroll, Brenden Queen, Connor Hall and Terry Carroll were the top five. Meanwhile, race one winner Greg Edwards had worked his way to eighth from starting in the rear. At the front, Danny Edwards had built up a four car length lead but the fastest car on the track was his brother Greg Edwards who now was shown in sixth. Great battle for second as Justin Carroll had it, Connor Hall wanted it and after a three lap battle, Hall finally took it. The battle for second was exactly what the leader wanted to see as his lead soon grew to twelve lengths. But the lead was wiped away when Rodney Boyd went around to bring out the caution. Back to the green, Connor Hall from the outside takes the race lead but on his bumper is Danny Edwards. Meanwhile, Greg Edwards continues to pick them off and climbed up to third. Now back to single file racing and as the halfway neared, Greg Edwards had caught the leaders. Then the races third caution when Craig Eastep is seen spinning on the backstretch. Back to the green, Connor Hall is able to hold off Greg Edwards for now but the side by side battle ensues. Before the battle could be settled, another caution halted the action which set up another exciting restart. Green flag waved and this time, Connor Hall secures the point. Danny Edwards would pick up second momentarily before Greg Edwards passed for position. From that point, the bullseye was on race leader Connor Hall as lap for lap, Greg Edwards was coming. On back, Justin Carroll and Brenden Queen were providing the thrills as the race headed into the latter stages. Back to the leaders and this time Greg Edwards is there, searching for the best way around Hall. Then the battle ensued, trading turns at the lead and with contact, Connor Hall survives the assault. But just as Greg Edwards regroups and works his way to the inside of Hall, another caution. With eight laps left, the green flag waves and the battle heats up. From the outside, Greg Edwards takes the lead and from there, goes on to win by 0.933 seconds. Greg Edwards from Victory Lane, “It’s just really hard racing there with Connor, if the fans don’t like that racing, I don’t know. That was some exciting side by side racing, Connor gave me all he had, Connor never backs down. He’s gonna run it for all she’s got and that’s what he should do. Our car was just a tick better tonight and I’m just proud of this team. Thank God for this effort, thank God for Charlie High racing engines, James Long, my fans and family, I really appreciate it”.
Race Results #1;
- #21 Greg Edwards; 70
- #77 Connor Hall; 70
- #03 Brenden Queen; 70
- #26 Danny Edwards; 70
- #29 Casey Wyatt; 70
- #90 Terry Carroll
- #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
- #91 Justin Carroll: 70
- #88 Thomas Marks; 70
- #7H Michael Hardin; 69
- #89 Craig Eastep; 69
- #10 Maddy Mulligan; 69
- #36 Chris Johnson; 45
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 42
Race Results #2:
- #21 Greg Edwards; 70
- #77 Connor Hall; 70
- #26 Danny Edwards; 70
- #03 Brenden Queen; 70
- #91 Justin Carroll; 70
- #90 Terry Carroll; 70
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 70
- #7H Michael Hardin; 70
- #36 Chris Johnson; 70
- #10 Maddy Mulligan; 70
- #89 Craig Eastep; 58
- #88 Thomas Marks; 38
- #7 Zach Lightfoot; 38
- #29 Casey Wyatt; 34
Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks 25 Laps: Rick Poust continued to flex his muscle in the Super Truck series by claiming the series pole. His lap of 19.128 seconds kept Chase McAdams from the top spot but worthy of the two spot on the grid. Keith Wheeler, Ryan Huff and Shannon Lester highlighted the Super Truck division fastest in qualifying. Green flag would wave and from the outside, side by side coming to the line, Chase McAdams leads lap one. Lap two would be even better for McAdams who then created an eight truck length lead over second place Rick Poust. On back it was Keith Wheeler who was being challenged by Ryan Huff for third as Shannon Lester would show fifth. Laps later, Donald Brown and Paige Cain would get together to bring out the races first caution. Back to green flag racing, McAdams continued to lead with Poust lurking just a truck length behind as the halfway draws near. Chris Munger would make his name known running fifth as Donald Brown wanted the spot. Back to the front, Wheeler gets by Poust for second as Huff was all over Poust for third. Final laps saw McAdams pulling away and avoiding any advances from second place Keith Wheeler. Last lap and at the stripe, Chase McAdams wins by 2.568 seconds. McAdams from Victory Lane, “I knew as soon as it got cool out it was gonna be hooked up so I didn’t touch a thing. I had to give up in qualifying but she was still fast, I’m not sure of the time but she was on a rail and I was just cruising. This truck loves cold weather”.
Race Results (Unofficial):
- #18 Chase McAdams; 25
- #27 Keith Wheeler; 25
- #9 Rick Poust; 25
- #3 Ryan Huff; 25
- #05 Donald Brown; 25
- #2 Chris Munger; 25
- #38 Paige Cain; 25
- #66 Wayne Lyon; 24
- #65 Shannon Lester; 14
Cycle City Corp Legends 25 Laps: Spencer Saunders would claim the Legends series pole with a lap recorded at 18.124 seconds. Points leader Ryan Matthews grabbed up his spot on the front in second while Colby Flowers, Ryan Center and Chris Hayes were the five fastest in qualifying. Green flag waved and leading the first circuit was the pole sitter Spencer Saunders. From the third spot comes Colby Flowers to second but laps later gave it back to Ryan Matthews. Ryan Centers rode in fourth as Chris Hayes filled the five spot on the Legends series grid. Earlier, during the pass for second, Saunders had built up an eight car length lead but as the laps clicked away, Matthews was reeling in the leader. Halfway in the race and second place Ryan Matthews had cut the lead in half. Nipping away, lap for lap and benefitting from lap traffic, Ryan Matthews is there to challenge for the lead. Late laps in the feature, the race leader seemed to have hit the go button and began to distance himself from Matthews. Last lap and its Spencer Saunders crossing the stripe first by a margin of 0.357 seconds. Saunders from Victory Lane, “One word, redemption, we’ve given the last two races up, finished second and tonight I was not going to be denied. Man, what a car, we’ve had such a great car the last three times we’ve been here. Finally got it done tonight again, feels like forever since we’ve been to Victory Lane”.
- #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
- #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
- #33 Colby Flowers; 25
- #88 Ryan Center; 25
- #4 Chris Hayes; 24
- #27 David Steele; 24
- #17W Carter Wood; 5
Bojangles UCar’s 25 Laps: In UCar division qualifying, Mike Farley picked up the series pole clocking in at 19.079 seconds. Mike Chapman placed his ride in the second starting position followed by Tyler Borden, Cameron Ruggles and Casey Bristow as the series five best. Flagman Shane Snyder gave the command to start the race, waving high in his hand was the green flag. Coming around to lead lap one would be the pole sitter, Mike Farley. Mike Chapman quickly conceded and got in the leader’s line as Cameron Ruggles, Tyler Borden and Austin Davis were the early top five. Laps later, Chapman begins to close in on the leader when suddenly Tyler Borden hits hard on the front stretch wall. After clean up concluded, racing resumed and Mike Farley has the better restart to secure the point. Mike Chapman had the two spot as Austin Davis would run third. Remaining laps in the feature would go caution free as Chapman did close in but the laps would run out. Mike Farley wins the UCar feature by a margin of 0.989 seconds, Farley had this to say. “Kinda messed up my first start, spotter encouraged me not to do it a second time. Didn’t really want to do a victory lap as a lot of the guys had a tough night. It’s tough to win when there’s a lot of attrition, you know you really want to have a fair fight and battle somebody at the end. Will come back, hopefully everybody gets to rerack and come back with strong cars”.
- #11 Mike Farley; 25
- #32 Mike Chapman; 25
- #3 Austin Davis; 25
- #33 Casey Bristow; 25
- #52 Cameron Ruggles; 11
- #2 Tyler Borden; 11
- #36W Michael Waters; 3
Pepsi Grand Stocks 40 Laps: Tim Wilson once again nabbed up the Grand Stock pole sporting a 17.862 second lap. Paul Lubno showed off the speed as well getting the two spot on the grid. With the green shown to the field, great side by side battle between the pole sitter Wilson and Lubno. But with the inside advantage, Wilson secures the point as Lubno backs off and slams the door on third place Michael Waters. Chris Roberts would pick up two spots and showing fourth as Kevin Morgan ran fifth. Back up front and several laps in, Wilson would show the way as Lubno rode two car lengths on back. But the riding around soon ended when Paul Lubno collapsed the two car lengths and then passed Wilson for the lead. Reaching the halfway, Lubno had the lead as Wilson would do a good job of keeping pace with the leader. With the rest of the grid stretched out, it was definitely a two horse show as Wilson looked to close in on the race leader. Lubno would do well choosing when to pass lap traffic and keeping Wilson at a safe distance should a mistake be made. Closing laps, Wilson would get to the bumper but could not give the leader a shove needed to get by. Paul Lubno gets the Grand Stock win by a margin of 0.200 seconds. Lubno with words from Victory Lane, “It says a lot about my crew, the people associated with me, the sponsors that makes all this happen. I’m just the wheelman, I just try to do the best I can for them. Tim is a great driver, got a fast car and a great crew like we do. It all worked out in our favor, it could have gone the other way, had Tim won it, I would’ve come on over and congratulated him”.
Race Results (Unofficial):
- #14 Paul Lubno; 40
- #17 Tim Wilson; 40
- #2 Michael Waters; 40
- #71R Chris Roberts; 40
- #1 Kevin Morgan; 40
- #8 Dale Nichols; 39
- #51 Amanda Satterly; 37
Parts Barn Enduros 30 Laps: Based on the earlier pill draw, the field was decided and getting the top spot in the field was Hunter Kane. Richard Quinn would start second as Ryan Vinson, Chris Kane and Mikey Chinn were the starting top five. With the green high in the air, coming around to lead lap one is Ryan Vinson. Chris Kane takes second but before the field starts to settle out, the races first red flag. Back to the racing and right back to the red flag when Taylor Kool hits the turn four wall hard. Green flag waves once again and the leaders get tangled up in lap traffic. Coming through as the new race leader was Richard Ellis as Charlie Bryant took second. On the move and coming to the front would be Colby Vance showing fourth but troubles for second place Charlie Bryant who makes contact with the wall. Soon after, Vance who has shown to be the man to beat in the series would make his way to second as the halfway point of the race went up on the board. But for the leader Richard Ellis, his race lead was seconds ahead of Vance who struggled to get through slower race traffic. Final laps saw Colby Vance nipping away at the lead but the laps would run out, Richard Ellis goes to Victory Lane. Margin of victory would be 6.551 seconds, Ellis had this to say, “I’ve been doing my homework trying to mess around here and there. The forty four car has been killing it and so dominate so excuse my French, but I waxed his a*s”.
- #41 Richard Ellis; 30
- #44 Colby Vance; 30
- #17 Alex Floroff; 30
- #3 Mikey Chinn; 30
- #48 Chris Kane; 30
- #99 Zach Kane; 30
- #77K Hunter Kane; 29
- #13 Hayden Sheldon; 29
- #47 Nate Lundin; 29
- #14Q Richard Quinn; 29
- #7 Dwight Nikles; 29
- #24 Tim Vinson; 29
- #30 Rick Walsh; 28
- #74 Kenvir Teeter; 28
- #28 William Robinson; 28
- #25 Ryan Vinson; 28
- #18 Ben Wolff; 28
- #00 Robert Dezero; 28
- #21P Karl Park; 28
- #32 Vicky Connor; 28
- #90 Nick Martin; 27
- #33 Mike Kanary; 27
- #03D Nicholas Deans; 27
- #12 Don Dawson; 26
- #88 Charlie Bryant; 13
- #49 Randy Constable; 13
- #96 Taylor Kool; 3
- #93 Andy Brennecke;
- #16 Mel Vermillion;
NOTE: The Grand Stock division and the Super Truck division race results are unofficial at this time. Any changes to the finish order will be made Tuesday pending completion of post race tech.
Langley Speedway PR
Former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia continued his recent domination of South Boston Speedway Saturday night, winning the 100-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race that headlined the NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.
The win was Pulliam's fourth straight win at the .4-mile oval and his sixth win of the season at South Boston Speedway.
A restart with four laps to go set up one of the most intense late-race sprints of the season, with Pulliam taking the lead on the last lap and edging defending track champion and former NASCAR national champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia by a car length or .272-second at the finish.
Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina held the lead heading into the final lap, only to be edged out by Sellers by a few feet and having to settle for third place. Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia and Daniel Silvestri of Great Falls, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.
The win marked a great recovery by Pulliam who spun with 15 laps to go in the race after contact from Trey Crews as they battled for the lead on a restart. Pulliam restarted the race from the fifth spot while Crews was penalized by track NASCAR officials and forced to restart the race from the back of the field.
Pulliam quickly made his way to the front of the field, taking advantage of two late caution periods, one on lap 95 and one on lap 97, to position himself for a run at the win.
Scott held the lead on the final restart, only to be shuffled back to third place on the final lap as Pulliam muscled his way into the lead and Sellers followed to capture the runner-up spot.
The race featured five lead changes among three drivers with Pulliam leading the race on three occasions. Scott led 11 of the race's last 15 laps while trying to secure what would have been his first win of the season.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series standout Jeroen Bleekemulen of The Netherlands competed in his first-ever oval track race and his first NASCAR race in Saturday night's 100-lap race.
Bleekemulen, who was at nearby VIRginia International Raceway over the weekend to compete in Sunday's Michelin GT Challenge for Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports, finished 15th after being sidelined after 22 laps. He had posted the 10th-fastest time among 16 drivers in qualifying for the race.
Six caution periods punctuated the 100-lap race.
Moss And Willis Split Limited Sportsman Division Twinbill
Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia and Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia split wins in Saturday night's pair of 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races.
Moss started on the pole and scored a flag-to-flag win in the opener, edging Willis by about a car length or .246-second to take the win. The win was the fifth victory of the season for Moss.
Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia, Kenny Daniel of Sutherlin, Virginia and Landon Pembelton of Amelia, Virginia completed the top five finishers.
Willis started third in the nightcap as the top four finishers of the first race were inverted for the start of the nightcap, took the lead from Daniel on the seventh lap and won the race by a 1.446-second margin over Dawson who recorded his best finish of the season. The win was the sixth of the season for Willis who leads the division points chase.
Moss finished third with Pembelton and Daniel completing the top five finishers.
Crews Tops Field In Pure Stock Division
Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia started at the rear of the field, took the lead from Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia with nine laps to go and sped to victory in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.
The win was the eighth of the season for Crews, who leads the division points chase.
Hupp, Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia, Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia and Jimmy Wade of Halifax, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the race that saw the lead swap hands three times among four drivers.
Layne Wins Budweiser Hornets Division Race
Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia scored a flag-to-flag win in Saturday night's 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.
The win was the fourth of the season for the first-year driver.
Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia took the runner-up spot with Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia, Tyler Stanley of South Boston, Virginia and Andrea Ruotolo-Sarnataro rounded out the top five finishers.
Rice, Dye Take Wins In Southern Ground Pounders Series Race
Jimmy Rice of Gibsonville, North Carolina won the 20-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series and took the Sportsman Division win in the process.
Rodney Dye of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina took top honors in the Modified Division.
Next Race At South Boston Speedway
It will be Championship Night when NASCAR racing returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, September 7, with the 7 p.m. running of the GCR Presents LS Tractor USA NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program.
Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors headline the night’s action. Also included on the night’s five-race card are a 50-lap race for the Limited Sportsman Division, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets 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 GCR Presents LS Tractor USA NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s 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.
Earl Paules become Mahoning Valley Speedway's all-time wins leader; Mike Sweeny ties Late Model mark25 Aug 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway saw a night of records set, records tied, the ladies shinning and point leaders adding to their totals.
“The Hurricane”, Earl Paules won his third Modified feature of the season and in doing so became the track’s all-time wins leader at 61 and counting. Mike Sweeney won for the third straight time with the Late Model putting him alongside Paul Koehler Jr., as tops in class victories with 53 each. In winning the Hobby Stock feature Peyton Arthofer led a trio of lady racers who finished in the top five and seasoned veterans Jon Moser and Bobby Kibler Sr., took respective verdicts in the Street Stocks and Pro 4s which led them one step closer to division championships.
In the Modified feature Paules was the pole sitter after Eric Kocher had elected to drop to the rear for the start. Once the race got underway it would become a scorching battle as Bobby Jones and Brian DeFebo where zeroed in on Paules.
As Paules did his best to protect the bottom line, Jones’ only option was to strike from the outside and he would at times be able to pull close but the leader showed the upper hand and remained solid in upholding his position.
By lap 10 DeFebo was coming on strong and began applying heavy pressure on Jones. In short order he was able to take away second place although Jones continued very close and both on the tail of Paules.
By lap 20 DeFebo had cleared Jones and was reaching in on Paules. However, when lap 23 went into the books and the leaders approached turn two, Jones saw an opening and attempted to slip in under DeFebo. Slight contact caused DeFebo to falter and when he did Jones backed down which allowed Kyle Stroh and John Markovic to zip by. DeFebo then spun on the ensuing lap which brought out the caution.
In the remaining laps Paules continued to keep his line as Strohl fought hard to unseat him. It would be to no avail though as the wily ace went under the checkers first for his 29th Modified win at Mahoning Valley and one that placed him as sole holder of overall victories at the paved ¼-mile oval at 61. Markovic, Lou Strohl and Jones completed the top five.
“We had a pole starting spot and I figured if I can’t win from there then I probably shouldn’t be here. I want to thank my mom and dad and family for coming every week and supporting me and of course all the fans. I’m glad we got this (record) over with,” offered Paules.
“Tonight I couldn’t give up the bottom and I knew if I could do that I’d be alright. This was a good race. I knew all those guys were on me and we fought hard for sure.”
The Late Model main began with Jeremy Miller out front with point leader Frankie Althouse directly behind. Matter of fact the two wasted no time in going two-wide and swapping out the front spot. At the same time Sweeney was settled behind them.
No sooner after getting to mid-race and with Althouse just ahead, a thrilling three-wide formation began with Miller high, Althouse to his left and Sweeney sticking to the bottom. By the time the lap was completed Sweeney had nosed to the front with Althouse on his tail.
They would stay that way the rest of the distance with Sweeney capitalizing for this third straight win and seventh of the season. Despite the hard loss, Althouse’s second place, his 13th runner-up in 15 starts, keeps him atop the points over Sweeney. Miller had to settle for third.
“I knew them two upfront where racing hard and they got together a little bit and moved up just enough for me to and the bottom opened up and I felt that was the only shot I had to take the lead,” said Sweeney.
“Without a doubt Frankie was the fastest car out there tonight and luck was just on our side tonight. It’s great to tie the wins record and be there alongside a guy like Paul Koehler. We’re proud of this and we’ll come back next week to try and set the mark.”
In the previous week’s Street Stock event Jon Moser had a rare DNF due to crashing out early on. After spending all week repairing the car Moser returned with a vengeance. On a lap two restart he unseated Mark Deysher for the lead and from there on made it a race for second.
Moser actually admitted afterwards that his car was far from right yet his performance looked otherwise as he was that good. It was his class leading fourth win of the season and it also help pad his point lead with four regular shows to go.
Jillian Long by far worked the hardest in attaining second place as she withstood an onslaught of opponents throughout the contest. None the less she held her won nicely and equaled her best finish to date over hard charging Shayne Geist.
Like Moser, Peyton Arthofer came back to the track after a heart wrenching crash while leading in the Hobby Stock feature. But just as this young ambitious talent showed all season long she is resilient and very good behind the wheel of a race car.
Arthofer took the lead from the outset and would never look back and had it not been for some late race cautions that bunched the field the finish would have showed her comfortably ahead at the checkers, which actually turned into a family affair. She won over her cousin, AL Arthofer. This was her class leading fourth win of 2019.
Kassidy Altemose and Trisha Connolly took third and fourth respectively making it three very brilliant lady racers finishing in the top four. Travis Solomon was fifth and with that took the point lead by two over Devin Schmidt.
Respected veteran Bobby Kibler Sr., continued on his quest for a first ever championship after winning for the second straight week and sixth time this season with the Pro 4s.
Kibler bided his time behind impressive running Josh Kuronya for the first six laps before slipping under him for the lead. He then went flawlessly the rest of the journey and beat Jeremy Guerra while in the process extended his point lead even further over Jake Kibler.
Modified Feature Finish (35-laps): 1. Earl Paules, 2. Kyle Strohl, 3. John Markovic, 4. Lou Strohl, 5. Bobby Jones, 6. Brian DeFebo, 7. Lorin Arthofer, 8. Heath Metzger, 9. Terry Markovic, 10. BJ Wambold, 11. Jake Kibler, 12. Corey Edelman, 13. Eric Kocher, 14. Nick Bear
Late Model Feature Finish (25-laps): 1. Mike Sweeney, 2. Frankie Althouse, 3. Jeremy Miller, 4. Kenny Hein, 5. Samantha Osborn, 6. Avery Arthofer, 7. Dylan Osborn
Street Stock Feature Finish (30-laps): 1. Jon Moser, 2. Jill Long, 3. Shayne Geist, 4. Randy Ahner Jr., 5. Mark Deysher, 6. Rick Reichenbach, 7. Jared Ahner, 8. Todd Ahner, 9. Randy Schlenker, 10. Mark Martini, 11. Josh Mooney, 12. Jamie Smith, 13. John Bennett, 14. Brennen Coulter, 15. Jeremy Scheckler, 16. Louie Horvath, 17. Eric Kocher, 18. Dennis Buss DNS: Aaron Kromer
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (25-laps): 1. Peyton Arthofer, 2. Al Arthofer, 3. Kassidy Altemose, 4. Trisha Connolly, 5. Travis Solomon, 6. Devin Schmidt, 7. Cody Boehm, 8. John Petro, 9. Eddie Jones, 10. Mallory Kutz, 11. Rich Mutarelli, 12. Mackenzie Adams, 13. Cody Kohler, 14. Philp Sabatine. 15. Todd Geist, 16. Tyler Nemeth, 17. Jacob Boehm, 18. Tad Snyder, 19. Jesse Bollinger
Pro 4 Feature Finish (20-laps): 1. Bobby Kibler Sr., 2. Jeremy Guerra, 3. Cody Kohler, 4. Tucker Muffley, 5. Josh Kuronya, 6. Jake Kibler, 7. Bobby Kibler Jr., 8. Tyler Stangle, 9. Matt Clark, 10. Randy Schaffer, 11. Kadie Purcell
Rudy Zaragoza's Street Stock was all over the place most of the night at Macon Speedway. The car was loose and sometimes out of control. An 11th-place starting spot in the 15-lap Archer's Alley Street Stock feature didn't look too likely that his 67R would be gracing victory lane but things changed and the car got together at just the right time. In fact, the car found itself faster and faster as the green flag laps added up. With the white flag waving, an accident happened in the fourth turn to slow the momentum that Terry Reed was taking all the way to the winner's circle. When the restart came, Reed found himself only a bumper's length ahead of Zaragoza and as the cars restarted and Reed chose to stay on top, Zaragoza ran the bottom and came up on top of Reed out of the fourth turn and crossed the line ahead of Reed to steal the win away.
Dakota Ewing passed Blake Damery on the fifth lap of the 20-lap Decatur Building Trade Pro Late Model feature to run away and win the race. Thanks to a dice roll to reset the first three rows of the feature, Damery found himself in the front row just as he was during his lone feature win. While it looked as if lightning may strike twice, Ewing caught up to Damery and seized the lead on the backstretch of lap five and coasted away with the checkered flag.
Rodney Standerfer also took total control of his feature as he won the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds event. The more exciting back-and-forth action took place behind Standerfer, who built a many car-length lead over the runner-up spot, as Trevor Neville, Nick Neville, Tommy Sheppard, Jr., Alan Crowder and Blake Thompson all traded and ran through the second place through sixth place spots. Nick Neville bested Alan Crowder to the finish place for the second-place position.
Tim Hancock, Sr. stayed ahead of Billy Knebel to take the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified feature. Knebel was close to Hancock until the race got midway through and then as the green flag laps mounted, Hancock just kept pulling further away.
Dennis Vandermeersch made quick work of the Sportsman feature and the 15-lap event. Scott Landers raced closely with Rick Roedel to pull into the second place finishing spot.
Paul Day from Atwood was lightning quick and sprinted away from the group in the Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis.
The night was finished off with Erik Vanapeldoorn racing in his wife's Hornet and racing past Mike Gossett to win again. The Hornets were also used Saturday night in the annual Faster Pastor race. Defending champion Ryan Lutz with D1 Church of the Nazarene in Decatur raced again and took the checkered flag in a six-car, eight-lap adventure. Church members from D1 were in attendance with signs made up for their favorite church and pastor. For a second-straight year, D1 reigns supreme.
Macon Speedway takes a Saturday night off next week as action will begin at the DuQuoin State Fair as the ARCA Racing Series and Modifieds will make up the Saturday action and then the USAC Silver Crown cars and Modifieds will race Sunday. Macon Speedway ramps back up on September 7 with a full show featuring the Hornet World Championship and the Spectator Drags event. More information can be found at maconracing.com. The final show of August at Macon Speedway was sponsored by Phoenix Tile & Distribution as well as Richmond Gear.
Archer's Alley Street Stocks--1. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 2. Terry Reed (Cerro Gordo), 3. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 4. Wes Biesenthal (Athens), 5. Andy Zahnd (Whtie Heath), 6. Brian Dasenbrock, Jr. (Decatur), 7. Larry Russell, Jr. (Decatur), 8. Jaret Duff (Maroa), 9. Ben Medaris (Decatur), 10. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur)
Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models--1. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 2. Blake Damery (Blue Mound), 3. Colby Sheppard (Williamsville), 4. Donny Koehler (Macon), 5. Colby Eller (Taylorville), 6. Tony Harter (Sherman), 7. Storm Beiler (Decatur), 8. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 9. Kyle Van Dorn (New Berlin), 10. Jacob Franklin (Pinckeyville)
BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds--1. Rodney Standerfer (Summerfield), 2. Nick Neville (Mackinaw), 3. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 4. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 5. Blake Thompson (Troy), 6. Trevor Neville (Mackinaw), 7. Tim Hancock, Sr. (Mt. Olive), 8. Zach Rhodes (Taylorville), 9. Kyle Helmick (Smithton), 10. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo)
Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds--1. Tim Hancock, Sr. (Mt. Olive), 2. Billy Knebel (Pocahontas), 3. Nick Justice (Decatur), 4. Kyle Helmick (Smithton), 5. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 6. Owen Steinkoenig (Highland), 7. Jim Stevens (Belleville), 8. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 9. Roy Magee (Springfield), 10. Brady Lynch (Hillsboro)
Sportsman--1. Dennis Vandermeersch (Springfield), 2. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 3. Rick Roedel (Shelbyville), 4. Connor Klay (Stonington), 5. Terry Myers (Buffalo), 6. Wes Odell (Springfield), 7. Stefan Bedinger (Taylorville), 8. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville)
Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chassis--1. Paul Day (Atwood), 2. Jacob Tipton (Decatur), 3. Molly Day (Atwood), 4. Chad Baldwin (Lincoln), 5. Kyle Barker (Cooksville), 6. Hayden Harvey (Warrensburg), 7. Shania Alexander (Humboldt), 8. Daryn Stark (Springfield), 9. Larry Drake (Terre Haute, IN), 10. John Barnard (Sherman)
Hornets--1. Erik Vanapeldoorn (Clinton), 2. Mike Gossett (Decatur), 3. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 4. Brady Reed (Decatur), 5. Steve Stine (Stonington), 6. Michael McKay (Springfield), 7. Matt Reed (Decatur), 8. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 9. Ken Reed (Decatur), 10. Bill Basso (Athens)
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Nik Williams scored his fifth Late Model Stock win of the season and held serve with Zeke Shell in his pursuit of a first Kingsport Speedway track championship.
Williams, in the No. 32 Chevrolet, battled past defending track champion Shell in the No. 1 Ford which was held up by the slower car of Jimmy Acito on lap 19. Once out front, Williams pulled out to a 10-car length victory in the 60-lap feature.
Coming into the night with a nine-point lead in the championship standings, Williams, a 21-year-old from Chuckey, and Johnson City driver Shell both ended with 30 points. Shell picked up a bonus point for winning the point, while Williams finishing one spot ahead of him evened the score.
Bryson Dennis finished third as Wayne Hale and Derek Lane rounded out the top five on the 3/8-mile concrete oval.
Trey Lane of Kingsport drove his No. 9 Dodge Challenger to an eighth win of the season in the Mod Street division. It was a highly competitive race with him outdueling Rusty Clendenin in the No. 27 Camaro for the top spot.
Alex Miller, Colby Higgins and Royce Peters were the rest of the top five finishers.
Kevin Canter of Abingdon, Va., in the Dale Earnhardt tribute paint scheme No. 3 Ford, rolled to his 14th win in 16 races for the Mod 4 division. Dennis Arnold, winner of the other two Mod 4 features, finished second. Billy Duty, Chris Amburgey and Jesse Amburgey rounded out the top five.
Kingsport’s Keith Helton hit double-digit wins, driving the orange No. 9 Saturn to his 10th win of the season in the Pure 4 division. Josh Detwiler finished second in the 21-car field ahead of Bucky Smith in the No. 99 machine. Kenny Absher, the most recent winner before Friday, wound up fourth with defending track champion Bruce Crumbley in fifth.
Bruce Blessing of Yuma, Va., drove his No. 10 Camaro to his second Pure Street win of the season. Blessing had finished runner-up to Tony Dockery in the last two Kingsport races, but powered his way to the front Friday night. Points leader Doug Austin finished second, followed by defending track champion Jay Swecker, Kevin Darnell and Dockery.
The race was red-flagged after the throttle hung on Ricky Payne’s car and he slammed hard into the turn 1 wall. Payne was shaken, but able to eventually get out of the car.
Macon Speedway will be back at it this coming Saturday, August 24, for another action packed night at the 1/5-mile dirt track. Seven divisions of racing will be on track with kids racecar rides at intermission in addition to a Faster Pastor Race. The night will be presented by Phoenix Tile, as their guests watch from the Turn 4 Lounge.
With just five nights left during the 2019 season, Warrensburg, IL’s Dakota Ewing leads the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model class by 84 points and has claimed six of the twelve feature wins. While Ewing has been outstanding, Macon, IL’s Donny Koehler remains within striking distance from his season long consistency. Blake Damery, Jake Little, and Cody Maguire complete the top five in the standings. While Ewing has six feature wins, Chris Dick has claimed a lot of prize money with his two wins. Damery, Little, Logan Moody, and Jose Parga have each claimed one feature win.
Arguably, the most dominant driver at Macon Speedway this year has been Tommy Sheppard, Jr. The New Berlin, IL driver has won eight out of thirteen features and leads the BillingsleyRewards.com Modified points by 130 over Alan Crowder. Tim Hancock, Curt Rhodes, and Zach Rhodes are in the top five in the current standings. 72 different Modified drivers have been on track so far this season with Mike Harrison, Rodney Standerfer, Allen Weisser, and Kenny Wallace also claiming feature victories.
Tim Hancock, of Mt. Olive, IL, is having another stout season in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mod class. Hancock has an 82 point lead and has won ten out of fourteen features. Nick Justice has claimed a feature win and is second in points, while Rob Timmons has also been fast and is in third. Tim Riech and Tim Hancock, Jr. round out the top five.
The DIRTcar Sportsman have a battle brewing at the top of the standings as Scott Landers, of Taylorville, IL, leads by just 30 over Dennis Vander Meersch. Vander Meersch has won every feature he has started but has also missed an event this year for vacation. An improved Terry Myers is third in points, while Tim Bedinger and Mitch Ringler complete the top five.
Cerro Gordo, IL’s Terry Reed sits atop the Archers Alley Street Stocks points entering Saturday night’s event. Reed has a 78 point lead over his brother, Gene, who has missed two events this year. Larry Russell, Jr., Darrell Dick, and Bobby Beiler complete the top five. The Street Stock class has been highly competitive this year, with half of the top ten in points claiming at least one feature win.
Decatur, IL driver Brady Reed leads the Hornet standings, claiming four feature wins in the process. Carter Dart is second in points, still looking for his first feature win. Cook Crawford, Marty Sullivan, and Billy Mason round out the top five.
Rounding out Saturday night’s action will be the Micros By Bailey Chassis. Teenage driver, Daryn Stark, of Springfield, IL, leads the Micro points by just two over Decatur, IL’s Jacob Tipton. Neither have won a Macon feature this year but have a good number of top ten finishes putting them at the top. John Barnard and Molly Day are both fairly close as well. Will Armitage is fifth.
At intermission, kids will be treated to the racecar rides. A good number of racecars will pull out on the track and allow all the kids to ride around the track for a few laps. It’s definitely one of the favorite events of the year for the youngsters.
Rounding out Saturday’s program will be the Faster Pastor race, scheduled to be held around intermission. Several area pastors have signed up to be a part of this year’s event.
Pit gates open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps are at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $12, while kids 11 and under are free.
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