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Arizona’s Jagger Jones won his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West race while six NASCAR Home Tracks champions were crowned, during Saturday night’s NAPA AUTO PARTS / ENEOS 150 at All American Speedway in Roseville. A near capacity crowd witnessed eight main events including Jeremy Doss winning the $2,000 RT Painting 50 for the NASCAR Late Models as well.
Hailie Deegan led qualifying, but her Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus took over the lead at the start. Deegan and Jagger Jones collided for the second position on lap 25. Deegan spun but was able to continue as the race remained under green. Kraus had a physical battle in lapped traffic and eventually succumbed to a flat right rear tire, spinning down the backstretch to forfeit the lead on lap 58.
Jones assumed the lead while Deegan marched through the field on the restart. She passed Todd Souza for third on lap 84 and overhauled teammate Brittney Zamora later during the 46-lap green flag run. The run ended when Dylan Garner and Travis Milburn collided in turn four. Kraus missed out on the free pass with Buddy Shepherd getting his lap back instead.
Alaska’s Keith McGhee and Japan’s Takuma Koga had hard contact in turn one for the next caution on lap 124, placing Kraus back onto the lead lap. Jones, grandson of Indianapolis 500 champion Parnelli Jones, drove away for his first career win with Deegan second followed by Trevor Huddleston in third. Kraus made an outstanding bid from the back of the pack to finish fourth with Souza fifth at the stripe.
Doss’ victory in the NASCAR Late Models was his sixth triumph of the year along with setting a new track record in time trials. Jason Romero finished third to earn the 2019 championship. The championship is Romero’s fourth track title, adding to a 2009 NASCAR Late Model win and two Mini Stock trophies.
Romero qualified sixth and used the pole to gain an early advantage on the outstanding 18 car field. Madera’s Joey Iest jumped to second while a battle ensued between John Moore and Doss for third. Cole Moore and Matt Erickson came together in turn three for the first caution on lap 16.
Doss executed a crossover maneuver down the backstretch on the restart, charging from fourth to second. After following Romero for a few laps, Doss collided with Romero entering turn one on lap 21. Romero did not spin, but he fell to fourth as the caution fell. The running order remained unaffected and Doss fended off Iest on the ensuing restart.
Lance Halm and Michael Mitchell made contact in turn two for the next caution. A debris caution on lap 32 was followed by Matt Wendt and Chris Scribner tangling on lap 34. Iest escaped to the pits with mechanical trouble, yielding second to John Moore. Doss darted ahead for a 2.018 second victory while Moore held off Romero for third. Reno, NV’s Randy Hedrick and Cole Moore were the top-five finishers.
The NASCAR Modified championship finale was tumultuous with Loomis’ Nick Lyons outlasting a challenging night for the title. Matt Manolis led from the pole position but was passed by Eric Price on lap six.
Manolis and Kris Price banged wheels on the front stretch on lap 14, coming across the track into the path of Corey Englehardt for hard contact. Derrick Doering and Ralph Bailey collided behind them, flipping Doering onto his roof. Doering slid upside down for the length of the front stretch before hitting Manolis’ disabled machine and tumbling over. The incident ended Englehardt’s championship hopes and knocked Price and Doering out of the race.
Eric Price fended off a challenge from Nick Lyons for the victory with Lyons taking a title-deciding second place finish. Tyler Wentworth, Lincoln’s Mike Gorham, and Don Shala rounded out the top-five.
Carmichael’s Andrew Peeler won the 2019 NASCAR Super Stock championship on Saturday night. A three-wide battle for the lead opened the 30-lap feature with Roy Smith of Roseville driving underneath the cones in turn three. On the restart, Erick Ray and Billy Ray raced side-by-side in a father-and-son fight before Billy led lap seven. Second in points Dan Farrington of Roseville led the following lap.
Byron Gonzales quickly entered the picture, taking over the top position by lap 11. Gonzales drove ahead to his sixth consecutive victory with Farrington finishing second. Billy Ray, Peeler, and Erick Ray rounded out the top-five.
Tim Williams won an exciting F4 main event, leading just the final lap of competition. Vic Theberge of Citrus Heights jumped out to the early lead before third row starters Ray Molina of Roseville and Williams began to close in. By lap 11, the trio were virtually nose-to-tail.
On lap 13, Williams jumped outside of Theberge for a side-by-side battle over the final two laps. Coming to the checkered flag, Molina jumped inside for a three-wide run to the finish. Williams won ahead of Theberge and Molina. Molina’s eight victories plus Saturday’s third place finish wrapped up the 2019 championship.
The Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros had the closest championship battle of the season end in dramatic fashion. Loomis’ Kenna Mitchell and Fort Bragg’s Trey Daniels entered the main event tied in the standings after Mitchell led qualifying. The pair battled tooth and nail for the duration of the feature event, with Mitchell diving inside Daniels down the backstretch to lead lap 16.
Two laps later, Daniels attempted a pass into turn one on the inside of Mitchell. They collided, with Daniels spinning and being hit hard by Colton Nelson. Both drivers were uninjured. Mitchell was credited with the victory and the narrow two-point championship ahead of Daniels.
Ukiah’s Cole Brown had a successful debut in the Jr. Late Model division with a victory in the 20-lap feature. Kylie Daniels led the first eight laps before sixth starting Brown grabbed the lead on lap nine. Aidan and Kylie Daniels battled for second for several laps until Kylie spun in turn one for a caution on lap 16. Brown motored away from the Aidan Daniels over the final four laps for the win, followed by 2019 champion Brody Armtrout in third. Colorado Springs’ Holly Clark debuted with a fourth-place finish as well.
Nevada’s Nick Halen won another 35-lap Legends of the Pacific race at Roseville with Pete Soto, Josh Fleming, Scott Sabol, and Kevin Travels following him home.
All American Speedway’s Month of Mayhem continues on Saturday with the Malicious Monster Truck Tour, Demolition Derby, and UTV racers competing in two complete shows. They will compete at both 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are on sale now both at the track office at 900 Riverside Blvd in Roseville or online at www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com
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It was the final week of championship night at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway as the final six race divisions were to crown its champion. In a celebration of achievement and in some cases, outright survival. No doubt the evening was certain to be special and perhaps, some unfinished business remained? On hand to do battle one last time in the 2019 race season were the Bojangles UCars along with the Riverside Paper Pro Six’s. Also there was action from the Harris Truck Super Trucks, Old Skool Video Games Super Streets and the Taylor Waste Services Late Models. Then closing out the evening would be the Parts Barn Enduros which has been quite the talk of the season. Its championship night and here’s the recap of all the race action.
Bojangles UCar 25 Laps: Mike Farley was on the pole for the UCar series feature. The pole lap was recorded in at 19.337 seconds kept Michael Waters from the top spot by only seven thousandths of a second. The green flag was shown to the field and coming around to lead the first lap would be the pole sitter Mike Farley. Rolling on the high line is Michael Waters taking a few looks at the lead but soon backs off and falls in line. On back its Austin Davis in third, Tyler Borden fourth and Derek Roberts fifth. But then trouble for the second place car of Michael Waters who comes to a stop in turn three. Once cleared, racing resumed and this time the leader Farley is chased by Davis. But as each lap goes on the board, so does the lead that the leader produces. Halfway in the feature saw Farley’s lead amount to a near half a straightaway in length. Late stages in the feature and the race leader is still hooked up, pulling away from the second place ride of Austin Davis. Final lap, Mike Farley makes the circuit and would cross the stripe first by a margin of 0.966 seconds. Mike Farley from Victory Lane, “Thank you very much, I was blown when Michael fell out. I knew he was going to be tight all day, I got a good restart fortunately and then I was hustling the whole time. So, I was definitely bummed I know that”. Mike Farley would also claim the UCar series 2019 tack championship.
- #11 Mike Farley; 25
- #3 Austin Davis; 25
- #2 Tyler Borden; 25
- #4R Derek Roberts; 25
- #36W Michael Waters; 9
Riverside Paper Pro Six 30 Laps: Jared Clark earned the pole in Pro Six qualifying showcasing his 17.385 second effort. Taking the second spot just one thousandth of a second off the pole time was Travis Wall. Eric Schaffer, JB Sipe and Scott Allen were the top five in qualifying. Green flag racing ensued and in a side by side battle for the lead, Jared Clark leads lap one. But on lap two, big wreck on the backstretch when Scott Allen and JB Sipe get together for the races first caution. Once cleanup was complete, racing resumed as Jared Clark continued to lead but when the green flag dropped. Jared Clark dropped back too and losing two spots on the track as Travis Wall becomes the new leader. Coming through with Wall would be Eric Schaffer for second as Clarke settle in third. For Travis Wall who comes into the final race down by five championship points. It’s a must win and hope for misfortune for the points leader Jared Clarke. Halfway into the race, Wall continues to lead and is safe for now, Clarke continues all alone in third. Latter laps in the race saw much of the same as cars on the track were scattered and single file uncontested for position. Travis Wall’s lead was a near half a straight away in length and all by himself. Final lap of the final turn, coming to the checkered flag its Travis Wall by 1.795 seconds for the race win. Travis Wall with words in Victory Lane, “Man, I thought that I kinda jumped the start on the second restart. I got a good launch but we got cleared in one and two and drove away. The fun thing in our class to keep costs cheaper, were only allowed to buy one tire a week. This tire has been on the car all season, it all balances out and keeps the costs down”. Jared Clarke would win the 2019 Pro Six division series championship at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway.
- #44 Travis Wall; 30
- #22 Eric Schaffer; 30
- #28 Jared Clark; 30
- #21 Dashe McLaughlin: 30
- #46 Jason Michaud; 30
- #4 Debbi Beisecker; 16
- #29 Scott Allen; 1
- #14 JB Sipe; 1
Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks 25 Laps: Rick Poust claimed the Super Truck series pole clocking in his 19.215 second lap. Taking his rightful place on the front row in second was Chase McAdams just twenty thousandths of a second off the pole time. With the green shown on the speedway, the roar of the engines soared into turn one and coming around to lead lap one was Chase McAdams. But the leaders stayed side by side and coming around to lead lap two was the pole sitter Rick Poust. Finally, Poust gets the upper hand and clears McAdams to secure the point. Ryan Huff who started dead last on the grid made his way to third with Chris Munger and Paige Cain as the early top five. Still early in the feature, McAdams was not letting the leader get away keeping within two lengths of the leader. Halfway in the feature saw Poust and McAdams in a two truck break away. McAdams in one lap would close in on the bumper of the leader, then next lap, falls back. But then on lap twenty one, McAdams gets a run, sneaks in a fender, gets position and takes the race lead. But then troubles for Poust who goes off pace and on to pit road. From there, Chase McAdams would motor on to win the Super Truck feature winning by 0.517 seconds. Chase McAdams with words from Victory Lane, “He was coming fast, can’t thank Jimmy Huff enough, my dad, my girlfriend and everyone at Langley Speedway. All the fans, you all keep us running and thanks to everybody who has always helped us”. Rick Poust would be crowned the Super Truck series championship at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway.
- #2M Chase McAdams; 25
- #3 Ryan Huff; 25
- #2 Chris Munger; 25
- #38 Paige Cain; 25
- #9 Rick Poust; 22
- #66 Wayne Lyon; 22
- #65 Shannon Lester; 8
Old Skool Video Games Super Streets 40 Laps: Gordon Weeks was back on the pole sporting his 18.921 second lap. Renno Marchetti would get the second starting position as Colby Vance, Nick Sample and Landon Abbott were the Super Street series best in the afternoon time trials. With the green high in the air, its Renno Marchetti who gets the top spot on lap one. Pole sitter Weeks tucks in on second where its Vance, Abbott and Sample the top five. Troubles for the points leader Dale Parro who already started near the tail end of the field has contact and appears to been slowed. Parro who came in with a ten point advantage over Gordon Weeks who currently would ride in third. Several laps in, Marchetti leads by five lengths over Vance as Abbott climbed to third. Laps later, slower race traffic benefits Colby Vance who is at the leader’s bumper. Halfway in the race, Vance is now seen poking a fender under the leader to see if it would stick. Nose to tail were Marchetti and Vance till they were side by side when Vance gets the drive off to take the race lead. With ten laps left, Colby Vance in the clean air began to put some distance between himself and Marchetti. On back and near a full straightaway length in distance, Landon Abbott controls third and hoping for a caution. But then Abbott gets his wish as the caution waves for Sean Calway going around. Back to the green and with nine laps to settle the feature and the championship, the green flag waves but the yellow comes back out when Thomas Gildea goes around. The green comes back out and its Vance who continues to show the way but then comes Abbott in a bump and run but Vance holds on to the point, but then another race caution. Nick Sample, Tommy Sweeney and Tillman Heuer are all involved as seven laps remained. Pole sitter Gordon Weeks would also go behind the wall ending his chance at the 2019 Super Street championship. The green flag once again was over the speedway and this time Colby Vance gets the good restart and continues his race lead. Then its Landon Abbott, Renno Marchetti when the caution flag waves again for Thomas Gildea who has a motor expire. After a lengthy clean up, with four laps to go as Vance takes the green flag. But its Abbott from the outside making the charge but the charge would come up short as Vance secures the point. Abbott then gets loose and falls back allowing Colby Vance to go on and win by 1.182 seconds. Colby Vance from Victory Lane, “Man I was hollering when that first caution came out. I did not want to see that, I was able to drive up to Renno, catch him for the win there. Man, that was a wild race, I knew there was going to be a lot of cautions. I hope it was a great show for the fans but I gotta thank all my guys and sponsors. It’s a helluva way to end the season right here”. Dale Parro would be crowned the 2019 Super Street track champion at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway.
- #44 Colby Vance; 40
- #70 Landon Abbott; 40
- #01 Renno Marchetti; 40
- #12 Sean Calway; 40
- #33 Chris Spangler; 40
- #15 Dale Parro; 40
- #14 Tillman Heuer; 39
- #28 Thomas Gildea; 36
- #54N Billy Newman; 36
- #53S Tommy Sweeney; 36
- #20 Gordon Weeks; 33
- #25 Nick Sample; 33
- #95 Danny Harrell; 33
Taylor Waste Services Late Models 100 Laps: Needing only to start the race to clinch the 2019 Late Model championship. Greg Edwards put his hot rod on the series pole with a lap at 15.833 seconds. Connor Hall would start second as Michael Hardin, Danny Edwards and Mark Wertz were the five quickest in qualifying. With the green showing, Greg Edwards quickly puts away Connor Hall for the early race lead. Danny Edwards one spot bettered himself to third, then its Mark Wertz on the move in fourth and rounding out the early top five was Michael Hardin. Laps later, it was Greg Edwards getting the five car length lead as Connor hall mirrored the leaders every move. By lap eighteen, the leaders would lap the first car of Michael Sutphin but it would neither help nor hurt the race lead. On back, it was all single file and cars scattered all on the track. Lap thirty saw third place Danny Edwards closing in on second Connor Hall and noticing the close rate, Hall concedes the position. The brief battle allowed Greg Edwards to put further distance as he would then show a near half a straightaway length lead. Just before the halfway, the races first caution occurred when Brenden Queen goes around in a spin. The caution bunches back up the field when green flag racing took to the track. Greg Edwards with the great jump maintains the lead followed by Danny Edwards, Connor Hall, Michael Hardin and Mark Wertz. Past the halfway, Greg Edwards race lead was two lengths as Thomas Marks battles with Wertz for fifth. Laps later, Marks would pass Wertz and then Hardin to take fourth. Back to the leaders, Greg Edwards has set sail whose lead was twelve lengths over brother Danny Edwards. But the lead soon vanished when the caution waved for Zach Lightfoot going around in turn three. With the green flag once again over the speedway, Connor Hall takes a look under Greg Edwards but he’s able to hold him off. Then comes Danny Edwards who also takes a peek and he too gets held off by the race leader. With the lead secured, best battle on the track was for fourth as Mark Wertz had it and Thomas Marks wanted it. With that battle to be determined, the latter laps of the feature were on. Greg Edwards had built up his seven car length lead in front of Danny Edwards who was trying to track the leader down. Final lap, Wertz and Marks still battling for fourth but up front and crossing the stripe first was Greg Edwards by 1.087 seconds. Greg Edwards from Victory Lane, “That’s the way I wanted to end it, the car was really good. I gotta think James Long, everyone that helps, Phillip Goodwin, Ashly. It takes up a lot time out of our lives to do this, I appreciate everything they give to me. It’s been a dream season, Charlie High, one helluva engine builder and I’m proud to be driving one of his motors”. Greg Edwards will also claim the 2019 Late Model track championship at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway.
- #21 Greg Edwards; 100
- #26 Danny Edwards; 100
- #77 Connor Hall; 100
- #55 Mark Wertz; 100
- #88 Thomas Marks; 100
- #90 Terry Carroll; 100
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 100
- #7H Michael Hardin; 100
- #03 Brenden Queen; 100
- #7 Zach Lightfoot; 100
- #10 Maddy Mulligan; 100
- #25S Michael Sutphin; 56
Parts Barn Enduros 30 Laps: Alex Floroff pulled the one pill to get the start on pole as Phil Nelson would get to start second in row one. Series points leader Colby Vance would start fifth coming in with a twenty point lead over Alex Floroff and Chris Kane starting sixteenth. The green flag waved and leading the first lap was Alex Floroff. Picking up spots on the first lap was Colby Vance to second when the first red flag brought a stop to the action in turn four. Back to the green and Alex Floroff is the leader but here would come Colby Vance to the front. Floroff would hold second as Richard Ellis, Michael Joyner and Phil Nelson as the top five. After a series of stops to the race, Richard Ellis would take second from Floroff who then was all over the race leader. But just as Ellis goes for the lead, another red flag stop to the race. Back to the green, race leader Colby Vance gets the early jump but then drifts up the hill on his own allowing Richard Ellis to take the lead. Halfway in the race and were right back to the red flag for another Enduro wreck. With cars scattered all over the track, Colby Vance is at the rear bumper of the race leader. Michael Joyner would take third and, on the move, headed to the front. But then the leader, Richard Ellis began to drive away from Vance. Without the help of slower race traffic, it was Richard Ellis winning the Enduro feature by 5.857 seconds. Richard Ellis from Victory Lane, “A few times I had to thread the needle, I was trying to get lap cars in between us and make the gap wider from Colby. I want to thank him for running me clean, it’s funny but his teammates didn’t run me clean and they don’t even run up front. You got the ninety nine and the eleven trying to block me, he almost stop me on the backstretch the ninety nine. So here I am in Victory Lane, congrats to Colby, Parts Barn who baby wooooo!” Colby Vance claimed the 2019 Enduro series track championship at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway.
- #41 Richard Ellis; 30
- #44 Colby Vance; 30
- #02 Michael Joyner; 30
- #17 Alex Floroff; 30
- #48 Chris Kane; 30
- #88 Charlie Bryant; 30
- #24 Tim Vinson; 29
- #47 Nate Lundin; 29
- #99 Zach Kane; 29
- #6 Christian Keller; 29
- #13 Hayden Sheldon; 29
- #11 Phil Nelson; 29
- #12 Zach Herdlein; 29
- #93 Andy Brennecke; 29
- #28 William Robinson; 29
- #00 Robert Dezero; 28
- #7 Dwight Nikles; 28
- #52 Patrick Johnson; 28
- #3 Mikey Chinn; 28
- #18 Ben Wolff; 27
- #2 Jesse Holston; 27
- #16 Mel Vermillion; 26
- #11B Jeremy Bosher; 26
- #81 Aaron Landry; 24
- #33 Mike Kanary; 13
- #99K Hunter Kane; 9
- #8 Tim Hall; 9
- #25 Ryan Vinson; 7
- #31 Richard Quinn; 7
- #0 Jimmy Adkins; 6
- #4B Jake Bage; 6
- #19 Courtney Schubert; 3
- #51 Charles Roberts;
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Lisenbee claims emotional first career victory in Bandit Bristol Battle at BMS; Proffitt wins third straight series championship title12 Oct 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
Veteran driver Jon Lisenbee, of Weaverville, N.C., earned an emotional first career victory in Saturday’s Bandit Big Rig Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway, holding off all challengers to claim the trophy at the inaugural Bandit Bristol Battle.
Lisenbee, nicknamed “Red Beard,” took advantage of a crash on lap 21 involving Brian Bayer that brought out a late caution. Lisenbee then powered his No. 7 rig past race-long leader Randy Briggs on lap 23 and charged to the front. He rumbled on to take the checkered flag at the historic half-mile all-concrete high-banked oval, ahead of second place finisher Scott Treadway and third place finisher Marshall “Pig Pen” Davis. Briggs, who led the first 22 laps, finished fourth.
“Just being here is amazing, knowing you’ve run the same track that all the greats have,” said Lisenbee, who earned $10,000 for the victory. “All of my family was here tonight, so that was special, and this is the first win for me. We’ve had some chances in the past but fell short, but tonight everything came together to get the win. I just looked at my tires and they looked as good as they did when we started. The caution at the end helped us a little bit. It’s Bristol, baby!!!”
Ricky “Rude” Proffitt, whose hopes for another season championship were put in jeopardy when he crashed out of the 15-lap #2 Challenge Race earlier in the afternoon, rallied in the main race to finish fifth in his colorful No. 14 rig, which proved to be good enough to claim the championship title.
Proffitt won Heat Race #2 and finished second in the popular Bandit Shootout Races, which added to his championship points total. Proffitt claimed the season championship by only three points over second place series finisher Mark Noble, who finished sixth in the main feature race.
“It’s incredible,” Proffitt said, who won $20,000, a custom ring and trophy for scoring his third consecutive series crown. “I’d like to thank the Lord first of all. I’ve got a great team behind me with my wife and kids. This is awesome. It came down to nothing. It was 13 points coming in here and I think I won it by three. My stomach has been in knots. To win this three times in a row, all it’s done has made the target that much bigger on my back. I’m going to go for a fourth next year.”
Other race winners during the day included: Darren Proffitt (Heat Race No. 1); Ricky Proffitt (Heat Race No. 2); Mark Noble (Heat Race No. 3); Darren Proffitt (Bandit Shootout); Allen Boles (Bandit Challenge Race No. 1); Mark Noble (Bandit Challenge Race No. 2); Jon Lisenbee (Bandit Top Qualifier).
At wildly unpredictable Talladega Superspeedway, having a fast car is preferred and talent is obviously necessary.
But typically, you also need some luck at Talladega, to earn a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane. It helps to make your own luck, by working your way toward the front of the field and trying to stay there. And if you’re fortunate enough to start a race at or near the front, it sure doesn’t hurt your chances.
Chase Elliott was the fortunate one Saturday during Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying, capturing the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s (1 p.m. CT/local) 1000Bulbs.com 500, the second of three races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 12.
Elliott, winner of Talladega’s spring GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this season, posted a fast lap of 192.707 mph in the No. 9 Chevrolet of Hendrick Motorsports. Elliott is trying to achieve the eighth season sweep in the track’s history; the last sweep was by Jeff Gordon, in 2007.
Starting alongside Elliott on Sunday will be his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman, who posted a 192.552-mph lap in the No. 88 Chevrolet. Two other Hendrick drivers, William Byron and Jimmie Johnson, will start in the second row. Defending race champion Aric Almirola will start fifth
“Our car has pace, which is a good thing because cars with pace are able to set the standard [at Talladega],” Elliott said. “Hopefully it will drive well tomorrow.
“I’m sure we’ll see some gamesmanship by the different manufacturers … we’ll try to stay with our friends as much as we can and stay out of trouble.”
Denny Hamlin, who had the fastest practice speed on Friday in the No. 11 Toyota, failed to complete his qualifying run due to engine problems. He will start from the rear of the field on Sunday due to the resulting engine change.
Also Saturday, Spencer Boyd, driver of the No. 20 Chevrolet, won the Sugarlands Shine 250, the first of three Round of 6 playoff races for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The Round of 6 races will decide the Championship Four who will vie for the series title in the season finale, Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Trucks at Talladega never disappoint, as four-wide, door-to-door action is the norm with the always-possible Big One looming.
By Talladega standards, Saturday’s action was relatively tame, with five caution-causing incidents. The fourth incident, which was vintage ’Dega, occurred on Lap 88 of the 94-lap/250-mile race, when trucks driven by front-running Ross Chastain (No. 45 Chevrolet) and Sheldon Creed (No. 2 Chevrolet) got together and collected eight other vehicles. That necessitated a red-flag period for clean-up.
The race was restarted with six laps to go but two laps later another caution flag flew, after contact involving Todd Gilliland (No. 4 Toyota) and Gus Dean (No. 12 Chevrolet). That led to NASCAR Overtime – with the race destined to go beyond its scheduled length.
After the last restart, Johnny Sauter (No. 13 Ford), appeared headed for the victory and indeed crossed the finish line first. Moments earlier, though, he had dropped his truck below the inside yellow line to block Riley Herbst’s (No. 51 Toyota) inside pass attempt. NASCAR ruled that was a violation, giving the win to Boyd, who originally was listed as the second-place finisher.
Boyd is not one of the six drivers still in championship contention. Saturday’s victory was his first in the truck series.
“I got out [of the truck] and they told me it was under review, that you never know what’s going to happen,” Boyd, 24, said. “My guys gave me a great truck and a second place was amazing for us, we were happy. Then one of my crew guys said, ‘You won!’ I was like, I can’t believe this. Two weeks ago I wasn’t going to run this race; we put this [effort] together late.”
Better late than never, apparently.
Edward Graham, the Assistant to the Vice President of Operation Christmas Child for Samaritan’s Purse, will say those most famous words in motorsports, “Drivers, Start Your Engines,” before Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway.
Graham, the youngest son of Franklin Graham, graduated from the United States Military Academy where he went on to serve 16 years in the US Army. After multiple combat deployments within Special Operations and serving in various leadership positions he felt called to return home and serve in the ministry starting in the winter of 2018.
Other Honorary Officials this weekend at the world’s greatest race track include:
Honorary Starter and Invocation: Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, will wave the green flag to kick off the highly-anticipated “Wildcard” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. Dr. Jeffress will also provide the invocation during pre-race ceremonies. He is a Fox News Contributor, author of over 24 books and hosts a daily nationwide radio program, Pathway to Victory. Dr. Jeffress has made more than 2,000 guest appearances on radio and television programs and regularly appears on various media outlets.
Leading the Field to Green: As previously announced, NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress will lead the field on track after engines are fired, in the authentic black No. 3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo car that carried Dale Earnhardt to his miraculous and final career victory in October 2000. Childress began his career in NASCAR’s premier series in 1969 at the track’s grand-opening weekend.
Sugarlands Shine 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Saturday, Oct. 12
Grand Marshal: United States Air Force veteran, Master Sergeant Andrew W. Hale, Trooper Danny Shaw Jr., and Sergeant Bryan Shaw will kick off the weekend by giving the command to fire engines. M. Sgt. Hale served his country honorably for 20 years, while Danny Jr. and Bryan Shaw are two brothers who have both been injured in the line of duty, yet continue to serve their communities as law enforcement officers.
Honorary Starters: The hilarious duo from the hit TV show Moonshiners, Mark Ramsey and Eric ‘Digger’ Manes will drop the green flag to start the always unpredictable event. The guys grew up in the hills of East Tenn., and as young men, they were introduced to the craft of distillation and quickly learned the trade under a local moonshine legend at the base of the Smoky Mountains. After putting in time as still hands, they mastered their craft and became legends in their own rights. They now carry that craftsmanship forward with their distinctly delicious recipes!
The Sugarlands Shine 250 is set for a 12:30 p.m. CDT start tomorrow (Oct. 12), while the 1000Bulbs.com 500 gets the green flag Sunday at 1 p.m. CDT. Great tickets remain, so call 1-855-518-RACE (7223).
It’s an illusion, according to Matt McCall and he’s not talking about Martinsville Speedway’s super flat, super short straightaways that end nearly as soon as they begin.
It’s the ends, McCall says, those turns that connect the short straightaways that can cause headaches for drivers and crew chiefs alike. Part concrete, part asphalt, all trouble.
Martinsville Speedway hosts the First Data 500 Oct. 27. The event is the opening race for the Round of Eight in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
“The ends are way more different than they appear,” McCall, crew chief of the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet driven by Kurt Busch, says. “You’re uphill toward one turn and downhill toward the other.”
As a driver, he said, “it gives you a chance to change” how you get around the .533-mile track. As a crew chief … “setup-wise, it’s harder,” he said, “You’re trying to get both ends to be the same (but they aren’t.). It’s just a short track – and it’s a lot of fun,”
McCall, a native of Denver, N.C., is one of a handful of crew chiefs in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with a degree in engineering as well as experience as a racer.
At 38, he still runs the occasional Late Model race, referencing a Thanksgiving weekend gathering at Southern National in Kinley, N.C. as “pretty much the only race I can run because by then the NASCAR season is over.”
So which does he lean on most often when working through setups with Busch during their weekly search for victory lane?
“Some of both, really,” McCall said. “I feel like the driving stuff, especially as the (rules) packages change – and I don’t have the (driving) experience at the bigger tracks - there’s still a ‘feel’ aspect to it, the things that Kurt will talk about, but it’s still a lot of engineering involved in it for sure.
“I think it helps to have the driving background and the engineering background. I think it ties everything together. It’s easy to hide behind the computer and think everything’s right. But if you have a little hands-on experience, I think it just puts the (whole) package there.”
The 2019 MENCS Playoffs were the first for the McCall/Busch pairing. Busch, who qualified with a victory at Kentucky Speedway, won the championship in 2004 and has been a frequent playoff contender. McCall made it all the way to the Championship Four in 2014 as race engineer for the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet with driver Ryan Newman. He guided former driver Jamie McMurray into the playoffs in three of the previous four seasons after joining the Ganassi organization.
Busch calls his crew chief “a diamond in the rough.”
“He reminds me a lot of Cole Pearn,” Busch said. “He is an engineer and also a former Late Model racer.
“The way he approaches his craft, you can tell he’s a racer and he’s a perfectionist.”
Pearn is crew chief for driver Martin Truex Jr., the 2017 series champion.
“His demeanor is very calm,” Busch said of McCall. “Yet when he says something, he knows he doesn’t have to say it twice. … His delivery is very calm and he doesn’t get rattled with things that might go wrong at tech, if the driver is chirping in his ears or if the balance changes from things they learned in the wind tunnel.
“He applies it and he moves forward.”
McCall has hands-on racing experience at Martinsville – and memories both good and bad.
In 2006, he was one of 43 drivers that competed in the last NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series race at Martinsville. His 26th-place finish wasn’t particularly memorable, but the opportunity to compete in that event was, he said. After 14 years, the series is scheduled to Martinsville in 2020.
In 2011, McCall was leading the field on the white-flag lap in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Late Model race when contact in from a fellow competitor ended his shot at victory and a $25,000 payday.
“We got moved pretty good,” he said. “You don’t easily forget that. I had some good runs there.”
A win by his driver in this year’s First Data 500 would be huge.
“Absolutely,” McCall admitted. “I think the grandfather clock (winner’s trophy) is pretty prestigious. To win one of those is a pretty big deal.
“It’s unique – all the history. I love racing there.”
Advance ticket prices for the First Data 500 begin at $47 with youth tickets for fans 17-and-under just $25 regardless of location. Youth 17-and-under are admitted free to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NASCAR Hall of Fame 200-lap race on Saturday. Friday’s practice day is free to everyone.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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Amid a Friday full of activities both on and off-track at Talladega Superspeedway, the main storyline was speed.
Same as it’s ever been, at the 2.66-mile tri-oval.
Practice sessions for Sunday’s (1 p.m. CT/local) 1000Bulbs.com 500 – a pivotal event in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – produced eye-popping, chart-topping efforts by Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer.
Hamlin, the reigning DAYTONA 500 champion, led the first session with a fast lap of 204.904 mph in his No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota. Kevin Harvick, driving the No. 4 Busch Light Ford, was second-fastest at 203.688. They were two of seven drivers to exceed 203 mph; 33 of the 40 drivers exceeded 200 in the session. Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Rush/Mobil Delvac 1 Ford) posted a speed of 202.042 to lead the second practice. Qualifying is set for 3:35 p.m. Saturday.
The 1000Bulbs.com 500 is the second of three races in the Monster Energy Series Playoffs’ Round of 12. The Round of 8 begins in two weeks.
Talladega Superspeedway is amid its 50th anniversary celebration this weekend, a celebration that includes the debut of the new Talladega Garage Experience infield fan area and its 35,000 square-foot party palace, BIG BILL’S Open Air Social Club. Big Bill is a reference to the speedway’s founder Bill France Sr., also the founder of NASCAR.
Speedway President Brian Crichton and former Monster Energy Series champion Joey Logano met early-arriving fans at the entrance to the garage area for the official Talladega Garage Experience ribbon-cutting. Speedway Chairman Grant Lynch, who will retire next month, then cut the ribbon to officially open BIG BILL’S.
The new garage fan amenities are the culmination of the year-long, $50 million renovation titled Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar.
“What a start to this historic weekend,” Crichton said. “Everyone on our staff is proud of the renovation and especially proud of what we have done specifically for our fans. This project has honored our history – and positioned us for the future. The fact that the culmination coincides with our 50th anniversary weekend is a perfect showcase for our new fan experience.”
Friday’s fan experience also included two practice sessions for Saturday’s (12:30 p.m.) Sugarlands Shine 250, the first of three Round of 6 playoff races for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Those three races will decide the four drivers who will battle for the series title in the season finale, Nov. 23 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Austin Hill, driving the No. 16 Toyota, topped the first practice at 193.115 mph. Harrison Burton, making his first appearance at the mammoth track, led the second session with a fast lap of 189.077 in the No. 18 Toyota. The Gander Outdoors Trucks will qualify at 9:35 a.m. Saturday.
Coming into this weekend, Hill, Brett Moffitt, Ross Chastain, Stewart Friesen, two-time series champion Matt Crafton and Tyler Ankrum are the remaining drivers in contention. Moffitt is the defending series champion but he’s a relative Talladega novice with only one start, finishing 17th in October 2018.
None of the Round of 6 drivers have won a race at Talladega Superspeedway but perhaps Hill has an edge – at least on paper; he won the truck series’ season-opener at Daytona International Speedway’s 2.5-mile tri-oval.
“This is the same truck we had in Daytona,” Hill said. “It feels just as good as it was in Daytona.”
“Here he comes. Here comes Speed Racer. He’s a demon on wheels.” Just like the theme song promised, your favorite childhood cartoon will come to life when the legendary Speed Racer’s Mach 5 race car roars into Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Oct. 17-19 Pennzoil AutoFair.
Anyone who has seen a television in the last 53 years knows about Speed Racer and his animated adventures. The series, which launched in Japan as “Mach GoGoGo” in 1967, was inspired by two American films— Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” and the third James Bond installment, “Goldfinger.” The cartoon combined Elvis’ good-looking racing driver, a gadget-filled Bond car, and the life of an action-seeker. The show was an immediate hit internationally.
Kids were smitten with Speed Racer’s beautiful racecar, the Mach 5, which could deploy one weapon after another when the situation called for something drastic. The Mach 5 could leap great distances, take a hit like Superman, and cut through a forest with its front-mounted buzz-saw. As the name suggests, it was also very fast.
In the early 21st century, aircraft maintenance specialist and software designer Barry Sinex bought a toy model of the Mach 5 and put it in his office. Like most children in the late 1960s, Sinex had spent many an after-school half-hour watching “Speed Racer” and had fantasized about driving his own impractical, insanely pointy roadster. That’s where most of us would have left the idea—in fantasy land.
“Six years ago, I decided to build a full-scale, fully operating Mach 5 based on that model,” Sinex said. “I bought a 1999 Corvette chassis, minus the body, on eBay. I spent four years building it, much of which was devoted to creating the unique carbon fiber honeycomb body panels. I used Kevlar on the doors, so there is a little more protection than what carbon fiber alone can provide.
“The body is incredibly light, and my Mach 5 weighs 800 pounds less than a complete ’99 Corvette.”
Not wanting to shortchange his childhood dream, Sinex paid careful attention to every detail. The bright red interior features Speed Racer’s famously high-tech steering wheel with an array of buttons labeled “A” through “G.” In the TV series, pressing a letter would deploy four jacks to raise the car, activate a deflector that would make the Mach 5 bulletproof and water-tight, give Speed enhanced night vision, or offer some other futuristic service.
In spite of its whimsical appearance, the Mach 5 is a fully licensed vehicle that Sinex drives on the roads near his home in Duluth, Minnesota. During all three days of the Oct. 17-19 Pennzoil AutoFair, the Speed Racer Mach 5 replica will share display space with Steve McQueen’s Mustang from the movie “Bullitt”, the Shark Roadster and Orca Special, a gathering of German-made Opel sports cars, a pair of crazy-fast Hennessey Performance products, and the “Best of the Best” customs from the national show car circuit.
The Pennzoil AutoFair features more than 50 car club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces offering an array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition, kids can enjoy face-painting, bounce houses, and other games and entertainment in the Play Zone. Hours for the Oct. 17-19 Pennzoil AutoFair are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.
Single-day tickets are $13 each day for adults. Admission is FREE for children 13 and under with an adult. To buy tickets, AutoFair attendees can call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267), shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
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Three former winners – Bud Kaeding, Damion Gardner and Chris Windom – are among the early entries for the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway on November 7th, 8th and 9th. The three will face stiff competition from the top drivers in both the Amsoil USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Car Series all three nights.
The parade lap for last year's Oval Nationals. Photos courtesy of Charles Fawcett.
Kaeding, who resides in Campbell, California and Gardner, who calls Concord, California home, have each one the race three-times. Windom, of Canton, Illinois, has sipped the Oval Nationals victory champagne and taken home one of the coveted eagle trophies once.
Kaeding became the first two-time winner of the Oval Nationals when he went back to back in 2001 and 2002. He then became the first three-time victor a dozen years ago in 2007. His three triumphs also tie him for the most owner wins in the prestigious race. This year he will be driving the Williams Motorsports #0 that he regularly competes with in the “King of The West-NARC” sprint car series. The 39-year-old is currently second in “KOW-NARC” standings and is only four points out of first with two races to go. In addition to his prowess in that series, Kaeding finished second in this year’s “Taco Bravo Sprint Car” standings.
Gardner’s three wins in the Oval Nationals have come in 2009, 2011 and 2016. The popular driver who first competed at Perris Auto Speedway in 2002, is currently leading the point standings and is seeking an unprecedented eighth USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series championship. He won his first USAC/CRA title in 2005 driving for car owner Ron Chaffin and has won the last seven in a row driving for Mark Alexander, who he also teamed with for his 2016 Oval Nationals victory. If the driver known as “The Demon” manages to win the championship this year, he will surpass Ron Shuman’s seven combined titles in the original CRA and SCRA. Gardner would thus become the all-time leader in championships dating back to 1946 in the combined CRA, SCRA and USAC/CRA Series.’
Windom, who was born on Christmas Eve in 1990, became the youngest winner in Oval Nationals history when he easily outdistanced the field in 2010. That conquest came when he was only 19 years old. It also gave car owner Jeff Walker his third ever Oval Nationals victory, tying him for car owner total wins with Kaeding. In 2017, Windom put the wraps on the USAC National Sprint Car Championship at Perris. That title came one year after he took the top spot in the USAC Silver Crown Series. Heading into the 2019 Ovals, Windom has four wins in the National series this year and is currently fifth in the point standings.
Tickets for the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals are available 24-hours a day by calling 1-800-595-4849 or online at https://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one-hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.
Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2019 season. All Coast Construction, Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Communication Innovations, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, K2 Displays, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Pepsi-Cola, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Rugged Radios, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunstate Equipment, Trench Shoring, Upland Rock, Varner Construction, VIA RV Service and Vista Paint.
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Mahoning Valley Speedway has announced that their season ending Mahoning Valley Speedway Small Car Nationals has been changed to Saturday, October 19 as opposed the original date of Sunday, October 20. Racing begins at 1:30 pm.
Track management felt that this would better suit all parties since neighboring Evergreen Raceway will be holding their rain postponed King of the Green on that Sunday. Other factors include a number of community events that would also prevent a host of track faithful from attending.
The Mahoning Valley Speedway Small Car Nationals is being held for the first time at the popular ¼-mile bullring and it is centered on race vehicles with 4-cylinder or less power plants.
On the line-up will be an open comp Pro 4/Hobby Stock 40-lap feature paying $400 to win. There is an open tire rule and basically open rules for motors and such.
Also running will be a Small Car Enduro which is race number eight of nine in the 2019 Mahoning Valley Speedway/Evergreen Raceway Small Car Enduro Series. The Enduro awards $500 to win, with 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th receiving $300, $200, $150 and $100 respectively.
The East Coast TQ Midgets will bring to the table an exclusive group of racers that will be made up of both vintage and contemporary TQ cars.
The group will be pay tribute to legendary TQ Midget great Doug Craig as they will conduct the Doug Craig Memorial. Any and all TQ midgets are invited to race in this special tribute.
The afternoon will conclude with the first ever appearance of Junk Cars at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Run under the same format as the West End Fair, the cars, although limited in construction for racing, will raced on a “modified oval” rather than the full size track.
The Junk Car races will pay $100, $50 and $25 to the top three in each heat and $600, $200 and $100 to the top three finishers in the feature.
Junk Car rules are posted on the track’s website.
Grandstand general admission has been set at just $7 and $25 for the pits.
Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updated info. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.
Ricky “Rude” Proffitt will be going for his third-straight Bandit Big Rig Series season championship when the Iron Giants try to tame Bristol Motor Speedway in their season-finale Saturday at the inaugural Bandit Bristol Battle.
Proffitt, a two-time winner this season, holds a 13-point lead over Mark “Wheel Man” Noble, while Marshall “Pig Pen” Davis and Allen “Turbo” Boles are within 100 points of the leader.
“Everyone is really close in the points,” Proffitt said. “If I win, I will be tickled to death. If I don’t, I will be disappointed, but I will shake the winner’s hand. It’s a coin toss, but I am having a good time.”
Proffitt says his stomach has been in knots the last few weeks anticipating this race at one of the most historic showplaces of American auto racing.
“I’m a nervous wreck,” Proffitt said. “We had the Iowa race get cancelled due to extreme weather so we haven’t raced in a couple of weeks. I am a little tense, a little jumpy. I want this to be over with. May the best man win.”
It will be the first official race for the Bandit Big Rig Series at Bristol Motor Speedway. Last October the series performed an exhibition race during the Monster Truck weekend.
Like all race car drivers, the Bandit Big Rig drivers are simply in awe when they walk into the legendary all-concrete high-banked oval.
“We are at the pinnacle place of racing right here at Bristol,” driver and series owner Craig “The Godfather” Kruckeburg said. “It doesn’t get any better than this. We will have a great show tomorrow. It’s our final race of the season. I grew up in a small town and I always heard Bristol, Bristol, Bristol. When you tell people you are racing at Bristol, it’s pretty cool.”
Proffitt, from nearby North Carolina, says the vibe at The Last Great Colosseum gives you goosebumps.
“When you walk down the banking the first time you don’t even see the track it’s so steep,” Proffitt said. “It’s kind of a weird feeling. It’s Bristol. I don’t care where you go. In all four corners of the United States, all you have to say is we’re going to be racing at Bristol, and people know exactly where you are going to be.”
Fans still have time to take advantage of a $10 discount if they purchase their tickets online today for $15. Starting tomorrow, adult tickets at the gate will be $25. Seniors (65+)/military tickets are $15. Infield access tickets are $50 and premium infield passes are $100. Tickets for kids 8 and under are free.
Saturday’s schedule offers plenty of racing action and off-track events to keep fans entertained. Prior to racing, fans can see some of the best big rigs on the planet during the Fan Series Truck Show starting at 9 a.m. More than 100 trucks are expected to be part of the show, which will be held in the South Entrance parking lot.
The green flag for the 30-lap main feature will drop at 6:25 p.m. Prior to that, trucks will hit the track for qualifying at noon. A two-hour driver meet-n-greet for fans will take place on track starting at 1 p.m. Three 10-lap heat races begin at 3:30 p.m. The fan-favorite Bandit Shootout Races, which feature two trucks on track at one time in a one-lap dash to the finish, will be held at 4:15 p.m. Two 15-lap challenge races begin at 4:50 p.m. Following the main feature, the championship presentation for the Bandit Big Rigs Series season awards will be held at 8:30 p.m.