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Following a rain delay on Sunday at Evergreen Raceway, Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA started from the ninth spot in the 50-lap American Equipment Rental Modified Series event. The seasoned veteran remained smooth and consistent throughout the show and then with 14 laps remaining, took the lead from Bobby Jones. It was his second $2,000 Evergreen payday in as many starts at the track this season. TJ Gursky of Lehighton, PA worked by Rich Paciotti just past the halfway point of the Barbush Automotive Street Stock feature to score his first win of the season and Ron Heeter overtook Scott Adams with ten laps remaining to take the Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinder Feature win. In his first career start, Carter Smith was the Wheels Bar & Grill Junior Four Cylinder victor.

Following heat races and then a redraw, Brian Sones led the Modified field to the drop of the green flag in the 50-lap main event. He was overtaken by Brian DeFebo and Bobby Jones before a lap was scored and then settled into the third spot.

DeFebo continued to lead following a handful of quick caution periods early on and Jones remained in tow. With three laps complete, Matt Hirschman, who had started ninth, cracked the top five. Meanwhile, Roger Coss had climbed into the second spot.

With seven laps complete, Jones retook second and while fighting a very loose car, tried to reel in the leader. With 16 laps complete, DeFebo continued to show the way over Jones, Hirschman, Coss and Blake Barney.

Following a quick lap 16 yellow flag, Jones jumped into the race lead and Coss followed through for second shortly after. The top two remained the same until lap 30 when Hirschman bided his time and worked by Coss. Six laps later he overtook Jones before going the distance for his second Evergreen win of the season.

Coss crossed the strip in second, followed by Barney, Jones and John Fortin, Jr. However, Jones and Fortin were credited with third and fourth respectively after Barney was penalized two positions for need heeding the race director over the radio in that latter part of the show.

Paul Frantz, Barney and Fortin were heat race winners.

From the pole, Rich Paciotti led the Street Stock field to the drop of the green flag in the 30-lap feature. However, he was overtaken by Randy Schlenker, who went on to lead the first lap. Josh Mooney held second, followed by TJ Gursky, Paciotti and Todd Ahner.

With a flat right front tire, Schlenker slowed on the speedway on lap 14. He headed into the pits shortly after and Paciotti, who was in second at the time, moved to the race lead.

Gursky lined up in the second spot for a lap 16 restart. After battling side by side with Paciotti, he grabbed the top spot. The crafty veteran went on to take his first win of the season over Paciotti and Ahner. Schlenker rebounded to finish fourth, followed by Mooney.

Paciotti and Schlenker were heat race winners.

Scott Adams started on the pole position in the 20-lap Four Cylinder feature. He led the opening lap over Austin Beers, Cody Geist, Ron Heeter and Kyle Krempasky.

Following a pair of lap eight yellow flags, Heeter, who had been riding in second, made a move on Adams stick and he took the lead. Meanwhile, Spencer moved into third and got past Adams for second on lap 13.

Heeter held the lead to the finish and was able to pull of the victory over Spencer, Adams, Krempasky and Cody Geist.

Adams, Beers and Geist were heat race winners.

It’s been since the 2005 season when Evergreen last raced on Friday nights. That has changed for this season and beginning this Friday, June 30, the speedway is hosting the majority of their summer events under the lights on Friday nights.

A cone race format will set the stage for the Himmer Graphics Late Model, Barbush Automotive Street Stocks, Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinder and Wheel’s Bar & Grill Junior Four Cylinder on Friday, June 30.

Grandstand admission for the event is just $8. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free with a paying adult.

The pit gate will swing open at 5:30 PM and the pit entrance fee is $35. Practice will kick off at 6:30 PM and heat races will begin at 8 PM. The grandstand gates will open at 6 PM.

Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.

Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway Motors, Harry’s U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, Sponenberg’s Exhaust, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs, American Rental Equipment, Barbush Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge & RockAuto.com.

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Every race at Bowman Gray Stadium brings new challenges to the drivers. And with Saturday’s early rain storms pelting the Stadium, the slick and humid track conditions tested the mettle and quick reflexes of the Modified teams at the Madhouse.

Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem started on the pole for the initial 50-lapper for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series. To claim the lead, Ward would have his work cut out for him: starting on the outside front row was points leader Burt Myers of Walnut Cove. As the two battled during the initial start, colliding fenders left the front right tire of Ward damaged. He limped off to the pits, while Myers took over the lead. Brother Jason Myers of Walnut Cove tried his hand three times at challenging for the lead from the outside row but was unsuccessful.

James Civali of Davidson was able to slip by Jason Myers to take over second. Just 11 laps into the 50-lapper, the fourth caution of the night came out, allowing Civali to choose the outside lane and take on Burt Myers side-by-side. Civali pinched Myers down to the inside lane, where the track conditions were the slickest. Then the 79 of Civali powered into the lead.

Myers attempted to reclaim the lead once with no success. But the multiple cautions gave Myers another chance. On the second try, he made the pass from the outside stick. He then held on to bring home the victory.

“Our car has been really good on the longer runs. It was the same in the beginning as it was in the end,” said Myers, who added that recent adjustments for his new motor package made all the difference on Saturday. “It suited the track conditions tonight. This motor needs a little bit more gear - and with the track being the way it was, it needed some more gear to help you get slowed down and to work into traffic and to work in the double-file restarts. The car was flawless.”

“I got the grip I needed when I needed it,” said Myers. “We were fortunate. We could’ve just as easily been one that hit the water and got into the fence.”

Jason Myers finished in second, with Civali coming in third.

The “Madhouse Scramble” sent Darin Redmon of Walnut Cove to the pole for the start of the second race. Redmon shot out into an early lead, beating out William Smith of Mount Airy on the initial start. But soon, Brody Jones of Statesville was hammering on Redmon’s bumper.

During a restart on lap 8, Jones shoved Redmon as they raced, sending Redmon spinning. “I didn’t want to wreck him, but I had to get by him,” said Jones about spinning Redmon. “They were beating on me - and with everybody behind me, I had to go. And I kinda got into him and turned him.”

Jones then had to hold off Bobby Measmer, Jr. of Concord. Measmer gave a few shots to Jones’s bumper but began to fade as the race continued on. Jones ended up taking the checkered – his first ever win at the Madhouse. He joins the historic list of winners that includes such legends as Junior Johnson, Glen Wood, and Richard Petty.

“I want my name in that record book beside my dad,” said Jones, whose father, Steve Jones, also has won at the Madhouse. “I’ve been over here since I was a little kid. To be able to win with my family and everything - it just means the world to me.”

Measmer finished on his bumper in second with Chris Fleming of Mount Airy taking third.

Michael Adams of Yadkinville won the exhausting 60-lapper for the Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series. Brian Wall of Winston-Salem got the monkey off his back by winning in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series. And in the Law Offices of John Barrow Stadium Stock Series, Shane Southard of Yadkinville and Zack Staley of Lexington each won a 15-lapper.

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With carnival rides peeking over the grandstands Meridian Speedway hosted the College of Western Idaho Dairy Days Races Saturday.  The College of Western Idaho Super Stocks, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, TATES Rents Hornets, and Thunder Dogs closed the month of June with a full set of fast features.

The College of Western Idaho Super Stocks were first on the quarter-mile asphalt for a 35 lap main event.  Boise, Idaho’s Ron Hayes got to the gas pedal first and drove his RC Willey, Boise Spring Works machine to the lap one lead.  Behind Hayes the battle for second heated up as Gale Carter wheeled his Integrity Concrete, Oregon-Idaho Diesel racer hard to stay ahead of Caldwell, Idaho’s Daniel Johnson. 

Johnson no sooner had his Darlene’s Printing, Real Estate Unlimited entry in second place than he came under fire from Melissa Arte.  Arte planted her Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Auto Craft Performance Engines machine in the outside groove, and on lap six swept past Johnson to take the runner up spot.

Now Arte set her sights on Hayes, and after two hard-fought laps Nampa, Idaho’s Arte steamed to the lead in turn one.  Johnson followed Arte around Hayes, which dropped the Boise, Idaho driver into the clutches of Ben Crow and his Excel Equipment Company, Main Street Motors entry.  Hayes pedaled his car hard to stay ahead of Crow, then harder still after second place runner Johnson retired from the race with a mechanical issue.

As Arte crossed the finish line to claim victory, Crow dove hard into turn three in a last ditch effort to take second place.  Contact was made and Hayes spun into the turn four wall while Crow scooted across the line in second place.

The TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks brought a full field of racer to their forty lap feature.  When the green flag waved Melba, Idaho’s Billy Shipp raced his way to the lead.  Shipp wasn’t safe up front as Nampa, Idaho’s Fred Vigil pulled free of the pack and put his Ben’s Auto Glass machine in the lead on lap three. 

On the move early were heat race foes Ian Michael Pedersen and Terrell Daffron.  Pedersen led the charge through the pack in his Iron Built Sports Nutrition, Men’s Wearhouse machine, but it was Daffron who sliced his way past Shipp’s Riparetti’s Cylinder Head entry to take the runner up spot on lap five.  With clear racetrack ahead of him, Daffron erased Vigil’s advantage and on lap eight Daffron put his Gilmore Meats of Weiser, 208tire.com machine in the lead

As Daffron motored to a comfortable lead, Pedersen and Vigil battled for second on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.  Pedersen got the best of this battle on lap fifteen as he led quick qualifier Ray Bolinger and trophy dash winner Jason Sanders past the early leader and into the top four.  This trio raced bumper to bumper through the last half of the contest, but could only watch as Daffron sailed across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.

A huge pack of TATES Rents Hornets rolled to green for a thirty lap feature.  Will Ostrum was quick off the blocks and sped past Boise, Idaho’s Cole Kelsay to lead lap one.  Contact was nearly constant through the race’s opening stage, and on the end of lap two Kelsay found his Western Idaho Freightliner, Snap-On Tools by Shane Duncan machine stuffed into the front stretch wall.  Nampa, Idaho’s James Pahl slid his Raceway Video, Printcraft entry into the melee, and both he and Kelsay would retire from the event.

On the restart Ostrum came under heavy attack from Cody Garrett, who raced his way to the lead on lap three.  Behind Garrett and Ostrum, trophy dash winner Josh Parkkila, quick time Tommy Harrod, and defending division champion Josh Randolph navigated their way through a vicious pack to the top five.

Nampa, Idaho’s Randolph was the first to get restless as he worked his Hungry Onion machine around Harrod for fourth, then Parkkila for third.  As this trio sped past Ostrum, Garrett’s machine expired in a cloud of smoke, which left Randolph in the lead with Boise, Idaho’s Parkkila second and Caldwell, Idaho racer Harrod third.  On the restart Randolph sped back into the lead, but Parkkila kept his H&H Accounting, Goodwill Finance entry glued to the leader’s rear bumper and waited for his opportunity to strike.

A restart with eight laps left proved Parkkila’s best shot at the lead, and when the green flag waved Parkkila dashed into the top spot.  Desperate to retake the lead Randolph tried everything he could think of to make up ground, but Parkkila proved too strong and sped to the checkers.

Bumper Sniffer cruised to victory in the Thunder Dog division to close Saturday night’s main event action.

Meridian Speedway keeps the short track racing thrills coming with Fan Appreciation Night presented by K&N this Saturday, July 1.  Don’t miss the on-track fireworks as the Pro Trucks, NASCAR Whelen All-American Modified Series, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, College of Western Idaho High School Tuners, and Domino’s Legends kick off Independence Day week with a bang.  General admission to Saturday’s full night of action is just $11 for adults, $8.50 for seniors and military members, and $6.50 for kids 7-11.  Skip the line at the gate and purchase your advance tickets online at meridianspeedway.com.  Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday, with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.  We’ll see you Saturday night, July 1 for Fan Appreciation Night under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway. 

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Race action continued at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway featuring tonight’s race sponsor in, “Family Pet Center Night at the Races”. On the schedule, this week was nine races from six different race divisions. The evening featured Cycle City Corps Bandeloros with the Larry King Law’s Modifieds. Also seeing race action were the Riverside Paper Pro-Sixes, Carroll’s Automotive UCAR, Cycle City Corps Legends and the Bojangles Enduro’s. As we enter into the summer months of the race season and divisional points battles heat up, here is the recap of the evenings racing at Larry king Law’s Langley Speedway.

Cycle City Corp Bandeloros 15 Laps: Bradley Kilby picked up his second pole on the season in afternoon qualifying. The fast lap in the division was set at 21.702 seconds with Autumn Weaver just twenty three thousandths off the pole speed starting second on the grid. In the five car field the green flag was displayed with the pole sitter showing the way but on his side was Autumn Weaver lap for lap. Several laps in, Autumn Weaver finally nosed ahead for the lead but lost it just the same as Kilby would take it back. But then trouble for the pole sitter, Kilby would spin allowing Weaver to drive on for the race win. Autumn Weaver from Victory Lane, “Yeah this is my home track, I wouldn’t know what to do without it. I won my very first race here and I’m glad to get back to Victory lane here and thank everyone who has helped me”, shared race winner Autumn Weaver.

Race Results:

  1. #18 Autumn Weaver; 15 (winner)
  2. #3 Jacob Putman; 15
  3. #43 Layton Harrison; 15
  4. #48 Wesley Newell; 15
  5. #5 Bradley Kilby; 15

Larry King Law’s Modifieds Twin 33 laps: Matt Carter would get to lead the nine car field to the green thanks to his fast lap in qualifying set at 16.948 seconds. Starting to the pole sitters right and earning a share of the front row was Danny Harrell just four thousandths off of Carter’s time. Green flag waved and securing the early race lead was Matt Carter. Shawn Balluzzo was an early mover and was in pursuit of Carter’s race lead when on lap twenty of the feature, Balluzzo was the new race leader. In a race halted by one caution, Balluzzo once out front would not give up his race lead to the charging Matt Carter and would go on to win the first of the twin Modified events. Balluzzo had this to say, “It’s been a good year so far, all the competitors out here are really good, the #78 is really good. The car loves the heat and is doing good”, expressed Balluzzo from Victory Lane.
In the second Modified feature, Dennis Holston engine woes would give Eric McPherson the pole based on NASCAR’s rule of inverting the field giving race one winner Shawn Balluzzo the eight spot on the grid. Racing began with the charge of Jamie Sample and the early race lead. Matt Carter was also hard at it and would catch the race leader as the halfway neared. Soon after, the pass would be made with new leader Matt Carter but coming from the eight spot was Shawn Balluzzo but would run out of laps as the race winner Carter would loop his car crossing the stripe first for the race win. Matt Carter from Victory Lane, “Yeah, that was a pretty wild ride there towards the end”, said Matt Carter. “The car got tight in the long run, I started over driving it, I got a little excited. I’m just glad to bring this thing home to Victory Lane I mean, I cannot thank my crew enough”.

Race Results Race #1

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33 (winner)
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  3. #5 Andrew Fortin; 33
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  6. #28 Jamie Sample; 33
  7. #16 Eric McPherson; 33
  8. #1 Donnie Holston; 30
  9. #63 Derrick Roberts; 9

Results Race #2

  1. #78 Matt Carter; 33 (winner)
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  3. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  4. #28 Jamie Sample; 33
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  6. #63 Derrick Roberts;32
  7. #5 Andrew Fortin; 25
  8. #16 Eric McPherson; 24
  9. #98 Kevin Morgan; 4

Riverside Paper Pro-Six’s Twin 20 Laps: Bobby Hall was quickest of the six competitors to qualify in Pro Six race action. His best at 17.543 seconds edged out Casey Sipe’s lap just a mere eleven thousandths and deserving a share of the front row. Green flag waved to the grid and Bobby Hall had the early lead. But having none of it was Casey Sipe who challenged that lead in the early portions of the race. Sipe was able to take the lead before the races first caution but on the restart, gave way to Hall to reclaim the lead. On back, Adam Florian was working his way to the front as Sipe was all over Hall in a battle for the lead as the halfway approached. But with just three laps to go, Casey Sipe was able to get by the leader and go on to win the first of twin race events. Casey Sipe from Victory Lane, “Ya know we spent a little time at the house trying to get it to roll through the corners and it finally was”, said the race winner. “I appreciate Bobby racing me clean, that was a lot of fun, I had a good time. Look like they tore some stuff up at the end, I’m sad to see that. You know the year off I think hurt the division a lot cause we don’t run anywhere else but thank everyone for coming out tonight”.

In the second Pro Six race feature, per NASCAR rules the field was inverted giving Bobby Hall the race pole and forcing the earlier race winner Casey Sipe the fifth spot on the grid. Green flag waved as Hall would show the five car grid into turn one. Big mover in the early goings was Casey Sipe who found his way to second in chase of the leader. Several laps into the race, Bobby Hall would click off laps bettering the effort made by Casey Sipe and would go on to win the second race feature in the Pro Six division. Bobby Hall from Victory Lane, “Yeah, it’s a testament to these guys right here. I play the easiest part in this situation, I just turn the wheel”, says the race winner. “I’m glad to be back, I’m thankful we got the car straight, it’s such a blessing to get a second win. I’m just grateful to Bill Mullis and giving us a place to race”.

Race Results Race #1

  1. #23 Casey Sipe; 20 (winner)
  2. #14 JB Sipe; 20
  3. #02 Jordon Wood; 20
  4. #26 Bobby Hall; 20
  5. #98 Adam Florian; 20
  6. #21 Tyler McLaughlin; 4

Race Results Race #2:

  1. #26 Bobby Hall; 20 (winner)
  2. #23 Casey Sipe; 20
  3. #14 JB Sipe; 20
  4. #98 Adam Florian; 20
  5. #02 Jordon Wood; 20

Carroll’s Automotive UCAR’s Twin 20 Laps: Michael Waters continued to be the man to beat in UCAR race action claiming his second pole on the season. Showcasing a lap at 19.203 seconds with potential rival Eric Schaffer starting second in the grid. Green flag waved and into turn one was Waters showing the lead. But from the outside, Schaffer would make his move and lead lap one. After a lengthy rain delay, racing resumed with Schaffer as the race leader but laps later, Michael Waters would regain the lead at the halfway mark of the event. Eric Schaffer would give chase but it was Michael Waters crossing the stripe first in UCAR race action. Waters from Victory Lane, “I was glad we didn’t get cancelled out, I was really eager to get back in the car”, claimed Waters. “Glad we could make it four in a row, thank my girlfriend Courtney, she’s letting me drive it. Eric Schaffer going side by side and to the #28, kudos to Thomas, holding on the outside for three laps, that was awesome”.
In the second UCAR race feature, green flag action was on the track as Michael Waters showed the field into turn one. But it was Eric Schaffer who would lead lap one but the lead was short lived. As lap two was scored and on the board, Waters regained the race lead. The race was halted by one caution just before the halfway at which the restart saw Schaffer retake the lead. But on this night, Michael Waters proved to be to much as he would go on to sweep both race features. Waters spoke in Victory Lane, “Yeah, me and Eric had a real good battle, I had a blast racing with him side by side. We didn’t touch, we didn’t rub, just close racing and it was fun”.

Race Results Race #1:

  1. #36 Michael Waters; 20 (winner)
  2. #3 Eric Schaffer; 20
  3. #28 Tommy Gildea; 20
  4. #18 Brandon Wood; 20
  5. #34 Bubba Firman; 9

Race Results race #2:

  1. #36 Michael Waters; 20 (winner)
  2. #3 Eric Schaffer; 20
  3. #18 Brandon Wood; 20
  4. #28 Tommy Gildea; 16

Casey Cycle City Legends 25 Laps: Spencer Saunders was on pole in the Legends division clipping off a lap set at 18.244 seconds. Sharing the front row with Saunders was Tommy Jackson Jr just fourteen thousandths off the pole speed. Green flag was in the air and Tommy Jackson Jr would lead lap one of the feature. But soon after, Saunders would battle back and retake the lead. The intense racing at the front was not done when the leader slipped giving the race lead back to Jackson. Cody Carlton was equal to the task and was there to challenge for the lead as well. Several laps later and after the races lone caution, Carlton would take the lead in route to the race win. Carlton in Victory Lane, “These guys work their tails off to give me this car I mean it’s a rocket ship”, explains the race winner. “I just can’t thank them enough, I gotta thank Spencer and Jackson for running a good race. I knew something was breaking up in Jacksons motor and so I just took advantage of it. Man, that’s the hardest I’ve driven this car since I had it”.

Race Results:

  1. #94 Cody Carlton; 25 (winner)
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
  3. #87 Tommy Jackson Jr; 25
  4. #22 Brian May; 25
  5. #08 Jamie Price; 25
  6. #33 Colby Flowers; 25
  7. #7L Zach Lightfoot; 25
  8. #17 Devon Courtney; 25
  9. #21 Lane McKee; 25
  10. #88 Ryan Center; 24
  11. #65 Pat Squillante; 24
  12. #4 Chris Hayes; 24
  13. #2 Matt Kurz; 24
  14. #31 David Brandt; 23

Bojangles Enduro’s 30 Laps: Tyler Baker pulled the one pill giving him the race pole in Enduro race action. Ray Haynes would start shotgun to the pole sitter in row one with Austin Davis, Robert Hiby and Don Massingo as the top five. Green flag racing began with Baker securing the race lead by turn two as the beatin and banging began behind him. From the melee of contact emerged Richard Quinn to run down the race leader but the run never came. Richard Ellis would catch and pass Quinn for second but meanwhile, Tyler Baker would get away and go on to win in the endure race feature at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Baker speaks from Victory Lane, “I’m just so thankful that the rain held out and we were able to get our race in and it was a good night of racing”, expressed Baker. “I was hoping for a green flag run like that and it worked out good, the car drove fine, glad to be back in Victory Lane”.

Race Results:

  1. #27 Tyler Baker; 30 (winner)
  2. #41 Richard Ellis; 30
  3. #31 Richard Quinn; 30
  4. #38 Rodney Davis; 30
  5. #22 Don Masingo; 30
  6. #44 Justin Terrill; 29
  7. #4 Wendell White; 28
  8. #28 Ray Haynes; 27
  9. #85 Robert Hiby; 25
  10. #80 Ronald Klein; 19

#3 Austin Davis; 19

Langley Speedway PR

With remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy bringing threatening weather into East Tennessee to end the week, Volunteer Speedway management gave a valiant effort in trying to get “Fast Friday at The Gap” in the books. But Mother Nature had other plans as heavy rain moved in at conclusion of the third of five scheduled races, leaving remainder of the racing program washed out.

Ross White of Knoxville captured the Crate Late Model victory, while Zach Shannon of Wartburg recorded the Sportsman Late Model win, with Wayne Rader of Parrottsville picking up the Modified Street checkered flag.

Jordon Horton set fast-time in Crate Late Model qualifying at 13.917 seconds to earn the pole position for the Crate Late Model feature, with Rusty Ballenger second quickest at 14.027 to nail down the outside front-row starting berth. But Horton’s race would be short-lived, not lasting past the second turn on the opening lap.

Horton and Ballenger raced off door-to-door into the first turn to begin the race, and Horton spun on exit of the second corner which also collected Danny Yoder and Bryson Dennis. The night was over quickly for both Horton and Yoder, with Dennis returning to his starting position for the second attempt to start the race.

Ballenger jumped out into the lead over Tim Maupin and Ross White, but Maupin was up-on-the-wheel getting around Ballenger on lap 2 as they raced off the fourth turn. Maupin wasted no time in putting six car lengths between himself and Ballenger, while behind them White, Josh Henry, Dennis, Tim Byrd and Adam Tolliver had a good battle for position going. Caution waved on lap 14 when Taran Hurst spun at end of the backstretch entering the third turn.

While Maupin had been in control up to this point, things quickly changed off the restart as White and Ballenger both muscled their way past him. Over the next nine circuits the trio put on a show up front and looked like the stage was being set for a classic finish. But the yellow (flag) waved involving Hurst for a second time on lap 25, and while under caution rain began falling and never stopped.

White recorded his second win of the season over Ballenger, Maupin, Dennis and Henry.

Zach Shannon and Chris Coffey led the Sportsman Late Model field to green from the front row for the 20-lap feature, and over the opening five circuits they raced side-by-side for the lead before Shannon moved out front. Behind them Warren McMahan, Tyler Smith, Rex Coffey, Heath Alvey, Kevin Lewis and Floyd Self were engaged in a spirited battle for real estate.

Coffey got around Smith for the fourth spot on lap 8 racing off the second corner down the backstretch, setting his sights ahead on third-running McMahan. Caution waved on lap 14 when Brandon Starnes spun in the fourth turn.

Back under green Shannon was in command on the point, followed by Chris Coffey and Rex Coffey in the running order. Rex got around Chris for second place on lap 16 between turns one and two, and over the closing four circuits he pulled in behind Shannon hoping to win for the second consecutive week. But Shannon would not be denied his first-ever victory at Volunteer Speedway as he won over Rex Coffey, Chris Coffey, McMahan and divisional points leader Alvey.

Wayne Rader grabbed lead over Chris Rickett and Austin Atkins at start of the 20-lap Modified Street feature, with the event’s first caution waving while working the second lap when Cody Thompson spun between turns one and two. Off the double-file restart Rader once again was showing the way out front, while Rickett and Atkins battled door-to-door for second place. Rickett got out of shape and almost spun between turns three and four on the third circuit, which moved Atkins into the runner-up spot.

Behind the lead trio of Rader, Atkins and Rickett, Jeffrey Melton, Charles Bates, Michael Woods and Willie Busler were jockeying for position. Atkins was glued to Rader’s rear bumper, sticking his nose underneath the leader each lap racing off the corners. While Rader was holding off the challenges from Atkins, Rickett was pressuring Atkins trying to get around him. Caution waved on lap 14 when Randle Self’s engine erupted in smoke at end of the backstretch.

Ready for a six-lap dash to the finish, Rader had both Atkins and Rickett behind him ready to strike should he make a bobble. But he hit his marks each lap and recorded his second win on the season over Atkins, Rickett, Melton and Woods.

With three of the five races final, Fast Friday at The Gap is considered a “complete show.” Everybody will be required to purchase a new grandstand ticket or pit armband for the next racing program at Volunteer Speedway on Saturday, July 8. … Besides running their respective features for the regular scheduled show, both the Steel Head Late Model and Classic divisions will also run their makeup races from tonight’s (Friday, June 23) rained-out segment, with Crate Late Model, Sportsman Late Model and Modified Street also in action.

Volunteer Speedway PR

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will step away from driving after the 2017 season, but the racing superstar will leave a lasting impact in Sonoma County thanks to a gift from Sonoma Raceway.

On the first day of NASCAR’s annual visit to the wine country road course, raceway President and General Manager Steve Page presented Earnhardt with a unique gift to Paws as Loving Support (PALS) Assistance Dogs. In the spirit of Earnhardt and his wife Amy’s passion for animals, the raceway will sponsor three Labrador Retriever puppies that will be raised and trained to help children with disabilities at home and in the community.

The puppies, dressed in capes embroidered with their names Dale, Junior and Amy, took NASCAR’s 14-time most popular driver by surprise.

“I'd like to thank the track for their investment to make this happen. It really warms my heart. Amy is going to be excited but sad she is not here,” said Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet. “We do love dogs and making a difference in people's lives. I'm excited to maybe come back and see how the dogs are doing.

Donated by Micons Labradors and Fieldstone Labradors, the puppies will take part in PALS thorough training process, including time with incarcerated youth twice a week, before being matched with a child with a disability and his/her family as a service dog or placed with a professional as a facility dog.

PALS Assistance Dogs, located in Forestville, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the human/animal bond by providing specially trained dogs to help children with disabilities, including but not limited to Autism, Down syndrome and mobility impairments. Some are placed with professionals working with children with special needs as facility dogs. In addition, Courthouse PALS dogs provide emotional support and comfort to victims and witnesses of violent crimes before, during and at the conclusion of a trial.

“PALS is honored to have been selected by Sonoma Raceway to help pay tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s incredible career by naming three of our service puppies-in-training Dale, Junior and Amy,” said Nancy Pierson, president and chief executive officer for PALS. “This lasting legacy will enhance the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families in the North Bay for many years to come.”

In addition to the puppies, Earnhardt Jr. was also presented with a custom-engraved six-liter wine bottle to commemorate his retirement.

“Dale has such a huge following among our fans and we wanted to find a way for his legacy to carry forward locally, well beyond his days as a driver,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “These three puppies - Dale, Junior and Amy - will make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people in the North Bay for years to come.”

Race fans are invited to join the celebration of Earnhardt’s final race in Sonoma on Sunday, as the raceway will distribute 10,000 “Thanks, Junior” hand-held fans on race-day. In addition, a highlight video will played during pre-race ceremonies and the #88 will be written in the sky by the Patriots Jet Team.

Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 will mark Earnhardt Jr’s. final start at Sonoma Raceway; in 17 starts, he posted a best finish of third in 2014. The green flag falls on the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at noon with live television coverage on FS1.

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With an emphasis on enhancing the fan experience, ISM Connect is a picture-perfect partner for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The innovator in sports venue digital activation will headline the Sunday, Sept. 24 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, which speedway officials announced on Thursday will now be entitled the ISM Connect 300.

The sponsorship of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's September race is the latest ISM activation in a company-wide relationship with Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI), the speedway's parent company. NHMS is one of eight SMI-owned tracks across the country.

"Enriching the fan experience is the engine behind everything we do here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, so we are incredibly excited to have an innovator like ISM Connect on board for our September Cup race," said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "SMI has always had a fans first philosophy. This partnership with ISM Connect - not only here at NHMS, but across our corporation - is only going to enhance that philosophy."

ISM Connect is a network of intelligent screens that provide an end-to-end digital advertising solution for venue owners that drives their visitors to points of conversion through interactive display content paired with an engaging mobile app that provide robust demographic and location analytics to sponsors and brands.

ISM Connect's proprietary mobile technologies offer a stand-alone fan companion app, as well as integrations with New Hampshire Motor Speedway's existing app, providing fans with easy access to live event schedules, venue wayfinding, and real-time traffic, weather, and race updates. By providing fans with a unique combination of informational content, value-added promotions, and exciting contests and competitions, the ISM Connect 360° digital platform allows for a more integrated marketing experience and rich on-site activation opportunities that extend beyond property after the race weekend concludes.

Said ISM CEO Kent Heyman: "Working alongside great venues like New Hampshire Speedway, ISM Connect aims to enhance the experience for event attendees by giving them a new way to engage with relevant content that provides value to the fan as well as to sponsors."

Kevin Harvick is the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series September race winner at NHMS, while Matt Kenseth has won two of the last four September races. The ISM Connect 300 will be the second race in Stage 1 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, will drop the green flag at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.

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Area media members will share the spotlight with rising racing stars of all ages when the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout continues Tuesday with the captivating Media Mayhem school bus slobberknocker joining Legend Cars and Bandoleros on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile.

Six members of local television stations trade suits and ties for firesuits and helmets in the winner-take-all, 10-ton tussle for Media Mayhem glory. It’s a bumper-banging, low-speed, high-energy show no fan can afford to miss.

This year’s field includes:

  • David Baxter, Cabarrus County Channel 22
  • Nick Carboni, WCNC
  • Al Conklin, WBTV
  • Matthew East, Spectrum News
  • Derek James, WCCB
  • Josh Sims, WJZY

“My leading laps and winning has become so routine that's it's almost mundane to the outside viewer,” Matthew East said in a boastful challenge to his competitors. “But beating these guys never gets boring to me, and I will try to let them be close enough to me to give the appearance of a competitive race.”

Competition is exactly what drives Al Conklin – who, like East, is a past winner of the showcase of excitement that makes up Media Mayhem.

“Like thunderstorms, dripping humidity and pesky mosquitoes, running the buses in the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout is always on my late-June schedule,” Conklin said. “I’m really looking forward to competing again and hope to bring back my third championship trophy. I can only hope I don’t inherit a clunker or fall victim to some judge inverting the field with me way out ahead.”

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing beginning at approximately 7 p.m.

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Stage lengths for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July have been tweaked slightly.

Minor updates to the XFINITY Series race package for the summer race at the flat 2.5-mile oval are expected to alter the length of a fuel run; to compensate, the new stages for the Lilly Diabetes 250 (July 22, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, IMS Radio Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be as follows: Stage 1 ends following Lap 30, Stage 2 ends following Lap 60 and the race is scheduled to end following Lap 100.

The previous format was 25-50-100.

“Following the previously announced updates to the competition package for the NASCAR XFINITY Series event at Indianapolis, NASCAR will issue a rulebook bulletin that updates the stage lengths for the race,” Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, said in a statement. “As we have with every race, we worked with teams on expected fuel and tire runs for the event, and have determined that stages ending on Lap 30, Lap 60 and Lap 100 will provide the best race for fans.”

Visit IMS.com to buy tickets for the Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250 weekend, to buy tickets for the other remaining events in 2017 at the Racing Capital of the World – the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim and the Red Bull Air Race – and to renew tickets for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

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The all-concrete high-banked half-mile oval that sits inside one of the most impressive and versatile sports stadiums on the planet, nestled between the rolling hills and mountains of Northeast Tennessee, really is a one-of-a-kind place.

Many have come to call it The Last Great Colosseum. And that's for good reason.

NASCAR's gladiators of speed have been battling it out at iconic Bristol Motor Speedway two times a year since 1961. Many of stock car racing's biggest legends have been created there. Some of the most fabled finishes in the sport's history have occurred inside that arena. Some drivers say they get chills just walking into the place, knowing its star-studded backstory.

Fans, the traveling press corps and thousands of social media pundits all proclaimed the recent Food City 500 one of the best races in recent memory. It had it all: plenty of side-by-side action in the lower groove, drivers speeding around the high groove, lots of passing and drivers mixing it up, some bumping and grinding and even a bit of beating and banging.

 

As Dale Earnhardt, Jr. summed it up so eloquently after sweeping both races here in August 2004, "It's Bristol, baby!"

Fans can expect to be entertained even more at the upcoming Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race, Aug. 16-19. It's become a hard-core Bucket List destination for many. Unofficially, it's been referred to as one of NASCAR's majors. Certainly, fans can expect to enjoy an amazing weekend of racing, and who knows what else might happen when the lights are turned on.

And that's not just because Earnhardt Jr., who days after the Food City 500 stunned the motorsports world by announcing this season will be his last, will be making his final runs around The World's Fastest Half-Mile at the controls of his famed No. 88 Axalta Chevy.

No doubt, celebrating Dale Jr.'s Bristol legacy will be a huge part of the race weekend, and something that no devoted fan will want to miss, but there will be so much more. The tight racing that fans crave and have come to expect will also be in the spotlight, led by a hungry batch of drivers longing to acquire one of the much sought-after BMS winner's Gladius swords.

Five-time Bristol winner Kurt Busch says for a novice fan, Bristol provides the most complete NASCAR 101 experience around. And for educated fans, they already know Bristol is the best place to watch a race.

"There's no other track this size, that has this much banking, that holds this many people," Busch said. "I always tell people if you've never been to a NASCAR race, you don't start at the Daytona 500. You don't start at Indianapolis. Charlotte is a great place to come see the heritage of our sport, but if you really want to see the true short track of how our sport found its way up, watching guys like Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Terry Labonte grind it out for wins and guys like Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough, they all came to Bristol, because if you conquered Bristol it was something special."

The thing that makes Bristol so enjoyable for the drivers is the challenge of taming the high banks at a tremendous rate of speed. Enduring 500 laps around the Colosseum, both from a stamina standpoint as well as the ability to keep a racecar intact, has proven over the years to be the ultimate NASCAR survival test.

"Bristol is a physical place," said 7-time Monster Energy Cup Series champ Jimmie Johnson, who won the Food City 500. "You don't have a lot of time down the straightaways to think about things. You very much get into a rhythm of just running. I feel like you're just wide open all the time, whereas I feel like at Talladega there are certain portions in the race where things might calm down for a little while. Here at Bristol, I feel like you don't really have much of a break and it's just all the time wide open. I think that keeps everybody on their toes and keeps the intensity up. I think that just makes the racing that much more entertaining."

Clint Bowyer, who finished second in April's Food City 500, said he was completely exhausted post-race, yet utterly thrilled with what he had just experienced at the same time.

"I know that everybody wants to see the Bristol of old and us beating and banging and moving cars," Bowyer said in the media center after following Johnson across the finish line. "I'm telling you, the effort that you put into driving the car, you can't drive them any harder than that. Literally it's a qualifying lap almost every single time. I think (Bristol) has done a great job of creating that environment. It really is an ever-changing racetrack.

"You'll start on the bottom, get up there and find something on the outside, and hell, by the end of the run you might be right back on the bottom and finding better grip and better speed down there. It's a ton of fun to be able to race like that, and it's extremely challenging. I've been doing this a long time and that's about as hard as I've ever drove in my life."

Johnson says the track takes no prisoners and it simply doesn't allow for drivers to be able to tip-toe around the place. That is what keeps the fans at the edge of their seats for 500 laps.

"You're on the razor's edge around this track," Johnson said. "It's really an interesting track. If you lay off and don't drive the car as hard as you need to, the vertical and lateral forces aren't in the car to make it turn, so your handling completely changes if you try to soft foot it around here or soft pedal it. You've got to stay committed and run the heck out of the car."

And the fun at Bristol Motor Speedway isn't contained simply to the action taking place on the track. It's everywhere. There's so many fun options for the entire family, including some state-of-the-art Kids Zones, great video entertainment provided by Colossus, the world's largest center-hung video screen, and lots of Party Zones, premium VIP experiences, tailgating, on-site camping, concerts, great food and beverages in the concession stands throughout the property, and so much more.

"I always look forward to coming to Bristol with the atmosphere, the way the track is designed, the way the intimate setting is so cool for the fans, the fact that there's no garage area here; we work out on pit road," Busch said. "There are so many little small things that are fun and unique about Bristol."

The Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race week kicks off with the Bush's Beans 150 NASCAR Whelen Modified Series Race and the UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The racing action continues on Friday night, Aug. 18 with the Food City 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race and Pinty's Qualifying. The Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race 500 lap event concludes the weekend of racing on Saturday evening, Aug. 19.  

Affordable tickets are available for the Camping World Truck Series race, the XFINITY Series race and Pinty's Qualifying. Kids (12 and under) are free with a paid adult for those two days of racing. Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race tickets for adults start at $69, while kids' tickets for Saturday night are only $10. To purchase tickets to the Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race, please call 423-BRISTOL or buy them online at www.BRISTOLTIX.com. Tickets can also be purchased directly from any neighborhood Food City store.

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Retired United States Army General Wesley Clark will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 59th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, the Independence Day holiday weekend classic scheduled for Saturday night, July 1 at Daytona International Speedway.

The Coke Zero 400, one of the most exciting night races on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, will begin at 7:30 p.m. (TV – NBC; Radio – MRN Radio, SiriusXM) following Clark delivering the famous “Drivers, start your engines” command to the 40-car field. In addition to giving the command, Clark will ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during pace laps prior to the green flag of the 160-lap, 400-mile race and attend the drivers meeting.

“In front of the stars of NASCAR and thousands of race fans in attendance, we look forward to General Wesley Clark’s starting command as Grand Marshal for the Coke Zero 400,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “It’s an honor to host a decorated veteran such as General Clark on a patriotic weekend in which we salute all of our military for their service to our country.”

In 38 years of service in the U.S. Army, Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He retired from the military in 2000 and was a Democratic candidate for President of the United States in 2003. Today, General Clark participates in several international and domestic organizations, he serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark Associates, and sits on the Board of Directors for Growth Energy, a trade association that supports ethanol producers and promotes American Ethanol as an official partner of NASCAR.

Clark graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes Scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat where he was severely wounded and evacuated home. He has commanded at the battalion, brigade and division level, and served in a number of significant staff positions. He finished his career as NATO commander and Supreme Allied Commander Europe where he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force.

His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments, including award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France).

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