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Burt Myers has had a year of ups and downs at Bowman Gray Stadium – but he’s hopeful that he’s due for a smoother season now.

Myers claimed the pole on Saturday for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series, sailing ahead to win the first 25-lapper and taking third in the second race. It was a welcome change from the previous week.

Several weeks ago – on June 1 – Myers was the fastest qualifier for the 100-lap race and elected to take on the Fans’ Challenge by starting the rear. Then he went on to take the win and claim the $3,000 Fans’ Challenge bounty.

He returned the next event to finish third and fourth – and then in last week’s 100-lap race, he finished second after trading the lead back and forth with Brandon Ward.

“We had one of the best nights we’ve had ever a couple weeks ago: qualified on the pole, started last, won the money, won the race and everything. Then to come back last week – and even though we finished second, it was a real heart breaker for us because I felt like we gave it away,” said Myers. “I told my wife that a lot of times the Lord lets stuff like that happen to see how you handle both situations. So I didn’t like it, but I accepted it.”

Myers and crew were just as determined as ever on Saturday, once again qualifying on the pole – but this time also turning the fastest qualifying lap of the entire 2019 season. Myers held off Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg to take the checkered.

But Myers feels like the key decision was to invest the time and the money to dial in his car in the morning practice sessions. “We came back this morning and ran all three practices. I spent the money, bit the bullet, and bought a set of practice tires,” said Myers. “With my Fury car, I run a different setup than a lot of people. And with the resources that I have and the technology that I have with Fury, it allows me to try to do some extra things.”

“But we have to buy a set of tires to test it. When you race on a set of tires and then they cool down – when you run three or four heat cycles in them, it’s hard to tune your car. So you have to bite that bullet and spend the money,” said Myers. “If we got our car to where it needed to be for these weather conditions and these track conditions for the rest of the year, it was worth it.”

The “Madhouse Scramble” put Andrew Harrah of Greensboro and Daniel Beeson of Kernersville on the front row for the start of the second Modified 25-lapper. The two collided as they fought for the lead, resetting the field for a restart. Then Harrah battled with Dean Ward of Winston-Salem for the top spot – but Tim Brown of Tobaccoville saw an opening to leap ahead of both of them on the outside to claim the lead. Brown went on to win, although he had to hold off the stout taps from Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem. “We’ve got so many people to thank – my race team, my wife,” said Tim Brown after the victory. Jonathan Brown finished second.

Saturday was another long-distance race for the McDowell Heating & Air Sportsman Series – it was the Thunder Road Grill Sportsman 100.

Tommy Neal of Walkertown claimed the lead from the outside row on the initial start, shooting past Spencer Martin of Lexington. Neal held the top spot for the first half of the race – fighting off the outside row challenges from John Holleman of Winston-Salem and Derek Stoltz of Walkertown.

On lap 77, Holleman made an attempt to move past Neal, making contact and causing Neal to lose control. As the two slowed, Stoltz took advantage of the situation and flew by them to claim the lead. Neal then showed his displeasure toward Holleman, taking both cars out of the race.

The ensuing caution, however, allowed Dylan Ward of Winston-Salem to move up to the outside row beside Stoltz. Ward slammed the gas during the restart and took over the lead. Stoltz gave some powerful nudges to the rear bumper of Ward, but the #7 of Ward held on to claim the victory.

Bryan Sykes of Winston-Salem brought home the win in the 20-lapper for the Law Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series. Grayson Keaton of Mocksville and Chris Allison of Mocksville each won in the Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series.

BGS Racing PR

It was a warm one this week at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway as the Virginia Mini Cups were welcomed to the low banked oval. The series visits every year in a challenge against track and driver. It was also bounty hunting week in the Larry King Law Modified series as ten time Modified track champion Shawn Balluzzo, who has won them all in the 2019 season has a thousand dollar bounty to any competitor who can keep him out of Victory Lane. The evenings race program included the Cycle City Bandoleros and Legends series along with the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks. Bojangles UCars were in action and then in twin race action were The Virginia Mini Cups and the Larry King Law Modifieds, here’s a recap of all the exciting race action.

Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 Laps: Cody Bryant was the fast qualifier in the Bando series posting a 20.990 second lap to earn the pole. Jacob Derrick would get the two spot on the front row as series points leader Ryley Music would start third. Green flag was shown and coming around to lead lap one would be the pole setter Cody Bryant Jr. Ryley Music picked up a spot in that same lap to second and on the rear bumper of the race leader. Jacob Derrick who got shuffled to third soon was at the bumper of Music as spots one, two and three were all nose to tail. At the halfway, great battle going on for fourth between Wyatt Philyaw and Aaliyah Paynter but back up front, the chess match for the win was going on. Latter stages as no one at the front was willing to step out as Bryant continued to lead. Final lap saw Music able to get to the bumper of Bryant but no way around, Cody Bryant Jr goes to Victory Lane. The margin of victory was .239 seconds as Bryant Jr had this to say, “It feels so awesome, they put in so many hours into it so much hard work, I just can’t thank them enough. Thank my mom, my dad, my whole entire family, everybody back at the shop, man I am just so happy”.

Unofficial Race Results:

  1. #00 Cody Bryant Jr; 15
  2. #47 Ryley Music; 15
  3. #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
  4. #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15
  5. #14 Aaliyah Paynter; 15

Virginia Mini Cup Twin 20’s: Jim Grady claimed the pole in the afternoon time trials sporting his 19.658 second lap. Claiming the two spot would be Tyler Warriner followed by Johnny Shonk, Fred Daniels and Tyler Roach as the top five qualifiers. Green flag was shown to the grid and securing the top spot on lap one would be the pole sitter Jim Grandy. Tyler Warriner who started second seemed alright with just tucking behind Grady who laps later was seen on the bumper of the leader. Johnny Shonk would run third as Fred Davis was fourth in the early laps of the feature. Halfway in the race saw the leaders, Grady and Warriner on a torrid pace. Grady using the high line while Warriner looking underneath, lap for lap in search for a way pass the leader. Latter stages of the race saw the races first caution with four laps to go. Restart to the feature and seemingly Tyler Warriner doesn’t quite get going as race leader Jim Grady jumps to a two car length lead. Warriner would close but its Grady at the stripe for the race win, margin of victory was just .175 thousandths of a second. Grady in Victory Lane, “Yeah it’s about as much fun you can have for this kind of money, the neat thing about it is that we race side by side around tracks like this and it’s like Daytona to us”.

In the second Virginia Mini Cup race, Jim Grady would lead the grid to the green with Tyler Warriner to his side. Side by side did the two battle during the first lap as the pole sitter Grady finally secured the point. On back, third place Johnny Shonk could do was watch as the leaders quickly pulled away to settle the race feature. Halfway saw much more of the same as both Grady and Warriner were in a class of their own. It was all the lap traffic could do just to get out of the way as the battle for the lead continued. Final laps, Tyler Warriner would search for a way around the leader. But before the race could be decided, the caution comes out for the spin involving Fred Daniels. Final restart saw Grady secure the race lead as Warriner gave chase. But Grady would not be denied, Grady sweeps both events in Virginia Mini Cup action by a .532 second margin.

Race Results #1

  1. #74 Jim Grady; 20
  2. #12 Tyler Warriner; 20
  3. #85 Johnny Shonk; 20
  4. #07 Shane Zupo; 20
  5. #21 Tyler Roach; 20
  6. #5 Fred Daniels; 20
  7. #2 Jonathan Hager; 19
  8. #92 Todd Merrideth; 18
  9. #05 Scottie Roach; 18
  10. #64 Bryan Hager;                   

Race Results #2:

  1. #74 Jim Grady; 20
  2. #12 Tyler Warriner; 20
  3. #85 Johnny Shonk; 20
  4. #07 Shane Zupo; 20
  5. #21 Tyler Roach; 20
  6. #05 Scottie Roach; 19
  7. #64 Bryan Hager; 19
  8. #92 Todd Merrideth; 19
  9. #5 Fred Daniels; 19
  10. #2 Jonathan Hager; 15

Larry King Law Modified Twin 40’s: Shawn Balluzzo would once again take the Modified series pole with a lap set at 16.670 seconds. Bounty hunter Matt Carter would take the second starting spot as Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston and Danny Harrell were the five quickest in qualifying. The green flag was shown and the whole shot coming out of turn two goes to Matt Carter who lead lap one. Shawn Balluzzo didn’t get the start he wanted wasted no time regrouping and back in the leader’s line. Bubba Johnston would pick up a spot showing third but then Balluzzo wanted the race lead. Race leader Matt Carter slipped in the corner and that would be all Balluzzo needed to take the race lead. Carter soon began to fall back further in the field and eventually brought out the races first caution. Back to the green, its Shawn Balluzzo securing the point as Bubba Johnston sizes up the leader going into turn one. But then Johnston felt Jamie Sample nipping at the heels as the halfway loomed. Rick Gdovic would work his way to fourth and looked to be poised to advance but back up front, Shawn Balluzzo started to pull away. Late laps in the feature during the long green flag run, the best battle found on the track was for second as Johnston and Sample continued to race. Sample later was able to take the spot just before another race caution. Final restart, Balluzzo stays on point and would hold off the charge of Jamie Sample by .641 seconds to win the first Modified feature. Balluzzo had these words, “Bobby did a great job building this car, me and him built it in three weeks. George Coleman built a flawless motor with Gene Nichols, they did a great job. I love these warm nights, we love all the race fans and supporting us, thanks everybody for being here”.

In the Modified nightcap, race one winner Shawn Balluzzo elected to start at the rear of the field for max national points as Matt Morgan would start on pole for the second feature per the NASCAR mandatory eight car invert. With the drop of the green flag its Matt Morgan on point with the early lead. Danny Harrell would run second but picking them off one by one would be Shawn Balluzzo coming through the field. Laps later, Balluzzo would make his way up to the front but race leader Matt Morgan made Balluzzo earn it before handing over the race lead. Needing just fifteen laps, Balluzzo became the leader as Morgan, Harrell, Gdovic and Sample were the top five as the halfway neared. On a tear, Shawn Balluzzo at the halfway sported a half a straightaway length lead as the best battle on the track was for fourth involving Harrell and Gdovic. With Gdovic getting the spot, soon after  the caution flew to bunch the field for the races first restart. With the green back waving, Shawn Balluzzo nails the restart and secures his race lead. Matt Morgan is there and this time, Balluzzo is not getting away. Closing laps saw Morgan maintain but never could mount the charge to get to the leader, Shawn Balluzzo wins them both in Modified series action, margin of victory was 1.700 seconds.

Race Results #1:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  3. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  4. #19 Bubba Johnston; 40
  5. #64 Rick Gdovic; 40
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 40
  8. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  9. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  10. #7 Grant Blasingame; 12

Race Results #2:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #98 Matt Morgan; 40
  3. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  4. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  5. #64 Rick Gdovic; 40
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  7. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  8. #7 Grant Blasingame; 28
  9. #19 Bubba Johnston; 24
  10. #78 Matt Carter; 10

Cycle City Corp Legends 25 Laps: Nick Smith turned in the fast lap to claim the Legends series pole. The 18.051 second lap bettered Ryan Matthews effort who comes into the evenings racing as the series points leader. Colby Flowers, Spencer Saunders and Matt Dial completed the series five best in qualifying. As the green flag waved, outside row one starter Ryan Matthews would give it a go but pole sitter Nick Smith comes around to lead lap one. With Matthews second, Spencer Saunders, Matt Dail and Colby Flowers were the early top five. Laps later in the feature, the races first caution as David Steele and Ernie Strauss are involved in the turn three spin. Back to the green, Nick Smith would continue to lead with Ryan Matthews hot on his tail. Colby flowers would harass Spencer Saunders for third but Saunders would be a bit better to hold to position. Just before the halfway saw a three car break away as the leaders Smith, Matthews and Saunders drove away. Battle for the lead soon took place as Matthews works his way around Smith for the lead. Smith would do a good job of staying close to the leader but soon had his hands full of Saunders as they were all nose to tail. Closing laps of the race and lap traffic comes to play as Spencer Saunders was able to get by Smith for second but its Ryan Matthews by .081 seconds for the race win. Matthews had these words. “The car was strong all day, the track was loose as we usually follow the Late Models. We made some adjustments as the car was really loose as I had to not miss my marks. The last few laps, I’m not sure what the ninety nine was doing but I think he was trying to cost me a win”.

Race Results:

  1. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
  3. #88 Nick Smith; 25
  4. #33 Colby Flowers; 25
  5. #07 Matt Dail; 25
  6. #17 Devon Courtney; 25
  7. #88 Ryan Center; 25
  8. #51w Bradley Wilson; 25
  9. #12 Tyler Warriner; 25
  10. #99 Sparky West; 24
  11. #4 Chris Hayes; 24
  12. #1 Ron Loper; 24
  13. #5 Ernie Strauss; 5
  14. #27 David Steele; 5

Bojangles UCar 25 Laps: Mike Farley would collect the UCar series pole boasting a 19.040 second lap, Brand Wood would start shotgun in row one. With the green shown to the grid, Mike Farley the pole sitter would lead lap one. Brandon Wood with his outside row one start would soon fall in line as the field quickly went single file. Austin Davis would pick up a spot to third as Dean Ballew who started third wanted it back. Laps later, Davis would go around courtesy of the front bumper of Dean Ballew to bring out the caution. Back to the green and holding tight to the lead would be Mike Farley. Halfway was much of the same with Farley as the leader as Wood was still within reach in second. Headed into the final laps, Brandon Wood would nip away at the lead. Lap after lap, Wood would close in but then a costly slip was all race leader Mike Farley needed to go wire to wire for the race win. Margin of victory was 1.096 seconds, Farley from Victory Lane. “Things are really coming together with the rookie stripe car, yeah I’m finally catching up with the equipment. My girls are walking down the front stretch, it’s their first time coming to a traditional car race and it’s a thrill to win while they’re here tonight’.

Race Results:

  1. #11 Mike Farley; 25
  2. #18 Brandon Wood; 25
  3. #8 Dean Ballew; 25
  4. #3 Austin Davis; 25
  5. #2 Tyler Borden; 25

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks 25 Laps: Rick Poust would get the Super Truck series pole clicking off a 19.260 second lap. Chase McAdams would collect the second starting position as Ryan Huff, Shannon Lester and Keith Wheeler made up the series best in qualifying. Green flag would wave in the air and leading lap one would be Chase McAdams. Pole sitter Rick Poust would tuck in for second but suddenly, the races first caution. After a quick cleanup for debris, racing resumed as McAdams continued to show the way. Early mover Keith Wheeler had worked his way to third and showing to be one of the fastest trucks thus far. But back up front, McAdams lead by two truck lengths as Rick Poust in second began to close. Halfway in the feature and positions one through three were all nose to tail. Rick Poust would soon give the leader fits but in one lap Poust would gain, the next lap McAdams pulls away. Final laps and its good one, Poust gets underneath McAdams to take the race lead. From there, Rick Poust cruises to the checkered flag by a 1.062 margin. Rick Poust from Victory Lane, “Awe man, I don’t know what to say right now. That was a heck of a race, its surreal, we’ve been working so hard to get to Victory Lane. It’s a dream come true to get to stand here with you, there’s nothing like this. The Aquafina water from Rev Potter, it doesn’t get any better than this. My dad, he works his butt off on this truck, works these long hours, his back is no good but he’ll still bust his back to get us here. It’s so surreal to win in front of the family’.

Race Results:

  1. #9 Rick Poust; 25
  2. #27 Keith Wheeler; 25
  3. #18 Chase McAdams; 25
  4. #3 Ryan Huff; 25
  5. #65 Shannon Lester; 25
  6. #38 Paige Cain; 25
  7. #16 John Babey; 9
  8. #66 Wayne Lyons; 0

Langley Speedway PR

Peyton Sellers squeezed past Lee Pulliam and Trey Crews with 15 laps to go and withstood a late charge from Pulliam to win Saturday night's Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented By Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 at South Boston Speedway.

Sellers earned $10,000 for winning the first race of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown, a three-race series that also includes the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in late July and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway in October. The three drivers with the best average finish in the three races earns prize money from the $10,000 Virginia Late Model Triple Crown bonus.

This marked the second year in a row the Danville, Virginia resident has won South Boston Speedway's premier NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race. Saturday night's victory was the fourth of the season for Sellers at South Boston Speedway.

Crews, from Halifax, Virginia started third on the race's final restart, but darted to the inside in turn two to make a run at Sellers and Pulliam, creating a three-wide situation. Sellers surged into the lead with Crews taking second and Pulliam being shuffled back to third place. Pulliam got past Crews for second place with eight laps to go and set sail after Sellers.

The Alton, Virginia resident closed the gap quickly, but came up two car lengths or .157-second short of earning a seventh career victory in South Boston Speedway's annual 200-lap NASCAR Late Model race.

Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia finished fourth and Corey Heim rounded out the top five. Brandon Pierce, Timothy Peters, Tyler Hughes, Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina and Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia rounded out the top ten finishers.

There were four lead changes among five drivers, with Sellers leading only once in the race, that for the final 15 circuits.

Philip Morris won the pole and led the first 72 laps, but was sidelined in a crash on lap 111 after contact with Sellers as he, Sellers and Looney were battling for fifth place following the restart after the race's halfway break. He finished 23rd in the 31-car field.

Winslow Captures First Career SBS Limited Sportsman Win

Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina scored a landmark victory Saturday night, capturing his first career win in South Boston Speedway's NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division in Saturday night's 75-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, the division's longest and richest race of the season.

Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina took the runner-up spot, with Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia, Landon Pembelton of Amelia, Virginia and Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

Borst and Willis raced their way back up through the field after having to start at the back of the pack as the result of an incident involving the two drivers on lap 49.

Layne Takes Budweiser Pure Stock Division Win

Johnny Layne made his only appearance of the season at South Boston Speedway in Saturday night's 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division, and he made it count.

The former South Boston Speedway Budweiser Pure Stock Division champion started on the pole and scored a flag-to-flag win in the longest and richest race of the season for the Pure Stock Division competitors. The win marked the first time Layne has won the season's biggest race for the division.

Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia finished second, trailing Layne by .836-second at the finish. Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia, Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

Jared Dawson Scores First Budweiser Hornets Division Victory

Saturday night was a big night for Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia as he scored his first career win in the 20-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division, the longest and richest race of the season for the division.

Dawson started on the pole and scored a flag-to-flag win in the caution-free race.

Aaron Cash of South Boston, Virginia, Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia, Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia and Andrea Ruotolo-Sarnataro of South Boston, Virginia completed the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, July 13, with the 7 p.m. running of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program.

Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will highlight the six-race program. Twin 25-lap races are slated for the Limited Sportsman Division, a 30-lap race is set for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race is on tap for the Budweiser Hornets Division competitors.

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

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

For additional information about the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

SBS PR

After missing two consecutive shows due to rain, Macon Speedway jumped back into high gear with the racing action with the make-up event of the 95Q/Dynagraphics Firecracker 40s which saw 40-lap features for the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models as well as the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds. Both of these 40-lappers saw an insane amount of drama and surprise over who would win the checkered flag. Dakota Ewing got off to a rocky start in the Pro Late Model feature and started to fall backwards in the field of cars while Jake Little cruised ahead with the lead. As the race got off to a solid green-flag start, 26 consecutive green flag laps to start the race, Ewing was able to close the gap and took advantage of the caution. As the race got bumper to bumper on the restart, Ewing made the pass for the lead two laps later and then Jake Little tried to make a return but slid up into the backstretch wall and slammed into the concrete. With the green flag waving, Little was finished. Ewing held on and won.

The BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds not only raced a 40-lap feature, they did it topless. No roof on any of the racecars. And the battle of the night was definitely an exciting one with Tommy Sheppard, Jr. and Rodney Standerfer. Sheppard and Standerfer were matched up in the heat race which saw Sheppard win with the help of the slide job in the fourth turn. Sheppard and Standerfer were mixing it up again in the feature and were on pace for another exciting who-can-win event. Sheppard appeared dominate through the first 34 laps on the bottom of the track. Following a restart, Sheppard tried the top groove and allowed Standerfer to close the gap and eventually pass for the lead. Sheppard came fighting right back and retook the lead with two laps remaining. Standerfer gave Sheppard all he could handle with a slide job attempt for the lead and win coming out of the fourth corner but it didn't hold and Sheppard's car went blasting into the wall and down the straightaway into victory lane. As Standerfer's Modified was spinning out of control, Tim Hancock, who started 13th, made the most of the opportunity and took the runner-up position away from Standerfer, who finished third.

Rudy Zaragoza took the win in the Archer's Alley Street Stocks. Starting sixth and running strong, Zaragoza got the lead after some issues with Brian Dasenbrock, Terry Reed and Wes Biesenthal. Once the cars were placed either off the track or at the tail of the field, Zaragoza ran away to take his first Macon Speedway feature of the season. Zaragoza, a hearing-impaired racer, dedicated the race to his sister through sign language during the victory lane interview.

Scott Landers was game to take on Dennis Vandermeersch in the Sportsman division Saturday evening. Unfortunately, Vandermeersch had a little more working for him than Landers did and came out with another feature victory.

Tim Hancock started up front in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified class and when that happens, he usually takes the checkered flag. And it did indeed happen on the final Saturday of June 2019. Hancock got out ahead of Rob Timmons and Nick Justice and stayed that way for the full 15 laps.

The evening was capped off with the Hornets and Mike Eskew. Eskew took on all comers in this 15-lap feature. Brady Reed, Anthony Sunshine and Steven Stine were all over the chance for the lead but Eskew put on the blockers and kept everybody behind him for the the finish.

The evening was sponsored by Air King and was also the special Bud Light Ladies Night with $5 admission. During intermission, kids were welcomed down to the track for the special Kids Gold Rush where money was sprinkled on the front straightaway in different groups and kids were grabbing pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters as fast as they could.

Macon Speedway rests for a short time as the annual visit from the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals comes on Thursday night for the Herald & Review 100. The Independence Day holiday will not only feature fireworks lighting up the sky and loud kabooms through the air, the racing engines of the Super Late Models, Modifieds and Pro Modifieds will also be heard. Racing continues on Saturday during a special appearance from the Midwest Stock Car Tour as well as the Raminator monster truck.

Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models--1. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 2. Brandon Eskew (Ashland), 3. Shawn Diggs (Leroy), 4. Donny Koehler (Macon), 5. Blake Damery (Blue Mound), 6. Cody Maguire (Carlinville), 7. Storm Beiler (Decatur), 8. Jake Little (Springfield), 9. Tony Harter (Sherman), 10. Kyle Van Dorn (New Berlin)

BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds--1. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 2. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 3. Rodney Standerfer (Summerfield), 4. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 5. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 6. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 7. Nick Justice (Decatur), 8. Nathan Lynch (Hillsboro), 9. Katie Lord (Zionsville, IN), 10. Tim Hamburg (Dixon)

Archer's Alley Street Stocks--1. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 2. Darrell Dick (Monticello), 3. Jaret Duff (Maroa), 4. Terry Reed (Cerro Gordo), 5. Andy Zahnd (White Heath), 6. Jason Scrimpsher (Decatur), 7. Larry Russell, Jr. (Decatur), 8. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 9. Joe Reed (Decatur), 10. Dean Holt (Decatur)

Sportsman--1. Dennis Vandermeersch (Springfield), 2. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 3. Terry Myers (Buffalo), 4. Stefan Bedinger (Taylorville), 5. Joel Irvin (Harristown), 6. Phil Moreland (Assumption), 7. Bill Berghaus (Chapin), 8. Mitch Ringler (Taylorville), 9. Connor Klay (Stonington), 10. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville)

Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds--1. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 2. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 3. Nick Justice (Decatur), 4. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 5. Tim Riech (Petersburg), 6. Tyler Blankenship (St. Elmo), 7. Roy Magee (Springfield), 8. Nathan Lynch (Hillsboro), 9. Adam Webb (Decatur), 10. Josh Robb (Mt. Zion)

Hornets--1. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 2. Anthony Sunshine (St. Louis, MO), 3. Brady Reed (Decatur), 4. Carter Dart (Springfield), 5. Chris Wright (Vandalia), 6. Cook Crawford (Lincoln), 7. Steve Stine (Stonington), 8. Jacob Shanks (Decatur), 9. Billy Mason (Brownstown), 10. Kodi Landholt (Buffalo)

Macon Speedway PR

For the second time this season rain washed out the full show of racing action at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night.

The T.P.Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman will be in the limelight on Saturday, July 6th, with the running of the Firecracker 40 that will reward the winner with $2,000. Current point leader Brian Hirthler will lead a large field of Sportsman racing talents as they first work to earn a starting spot in the main event and second to earn the feature win.

Also in action as part of the doubleheader show will be the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds. Current point Craig Von Dohren, a ten time NASCAR track champion, will be looking to capture the win in the 30-lap main event and increase his point lead as he chases his 11th NASCAR track title.

Admission for the doubleheader show, featuring qualifying events and two features, is $22 for adults and $5 for youngsters 6 through 11. Kids under 6 are admitted free.

Coming up next at Grandview is the NAPA Thunder on the Hill Series featuring the Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek with 410 Sprints and 358 Modifieds on Tuesday, July 2nd. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with racing getting the green flag at 7:30 p.m. The Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet, set for 5 p.m.at the main gate area, will feature three drivers sponsored by Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews. Included at 410 Sprint racer Ryan Smith, Modified racer Joe Funk and Quarter Midget talent Stephen Smith. The Quarter Midgets will be featured in an exhibition. Red Robin will have some gift cards, decals and special gifts for lucky fans.

On Saturday, July 13th the popular Hatfield Quality Meats Night will be presented. The 7:30 p.m. tripleheader will feature the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, NASCAR Sportsman and the Blast from the Past Vintage racers.

Information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be had at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

Grandview Speedway PR

The Porsche GT3 Cup Sebring November Fest is coming to Sebring International Raceway later this year.
 
The unique three-race, two-day event will be part of the annual IMSA Michelin SportsCar Encore this year and will replace the Global MX-5 Cup Challenge that ran as part of the Encore weekend in 2018.
 
“The entire weekend was a success last year and the addition of Porsche GT3 Cup promises to make this another memorable event for competitors and spectators,” IMSA CEO Ed Bennett said. “It is an opportunity for current IMSA teams to continue their year at an iconic venue and for others to enjoy the experience of an IMSA weekend and run their cars on Yokohama tires which is done throughout the season.”
 
The November Fest on-track Saturday schedule will feature a pair of practice sessions, qualifying and Race No. 1. They will finish the weekend with two races on Sunday. All three races will be 45 minutes.
 
The Porsche GT3 Cup portion of the weekend will be run to IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge sporting and technical regulations and both Gen 1 and Gen 2 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup cars will be eligible to participate.
 
The field will feature a maximum of 60 cars and cars will be gridded by qualifying time. The qualifying driver must start race 1 on qualifying Yokohama tires.
 
Those signing up for this event will also have the opportunity to register for the 2020 Porsche GT3 Cup season during the entry process.
 
Entries for the Porsche GT3 Cup Sebring November Fest open on Sept. 18 and will close Oct. 22.
 
The event will be streamed live on IMSA.com and schedule and ticket information will be made available in the near future.
 

Ronnie McCarty rocketed to the front of the field Friday night at Kingsport Speedway and then fended off defending track champion Zeke Shell for his second straight victory.

McCarty, a two-time track champion in the No. 5 Ford, passed early leader Nik Williams on lap 39 of the 60-lap Late Model Stock feature for the NASCAR All-American Weekly Racing Series.

The Kingsport driver then held off Shell over the closing laps on the 3/8-mile concrete oval for his third win of the season. With a slick race track, good grip with the tires became a premium.

“We were really good tonight,” McCarty said. “The best thing you could do was get forward bite. We had the best forward bite here. Nik was fast and so was Hayden (Woods). Zeke gave me a hard fight. They got after me and I like it.”

Johnson City’s Shell, driver of the No. 1 Ford, held off Wayne Hale of Bluff City to take the runner-up spot. He pulled alongside McCarty for a pair of late restarts, but wasn’t able to stay ahead  of the No. 5 car.

Nevertheless, it was a good night for Shell racing his close friend for the win.

“We’re like brothers. There’s nobody I would rather see in front of me at the end,” Shell said. “We’ve battled before and torn each other’s doors off. Now, we have a lot of respect for each other and know how to drive each other.”

Hale maintained the third position ahead of Gray’s Joey Trent in a battle of Chevrolet drivers.

“That was a good hard-fought race,” Hale said. “We tried some new stuff on the car and it worked. We gained a lot tonight. We’ve been running Motor Mile (Speedway) on Saturdays and brought some things we’ve been running there to this track. We will do a little more homework, get a little more horses under the hood and try to get two more positions.”

Trent finished fourth and Lance Gatlin rounded out the top five in a second McCarty car.

Williams was sixth followed by Bryson Dennis, Derek Lane, Rick Pannell and Trey Lane.

Woods ran as high as second before a failure of his right front wheel caused him to crash hard into the turn 2 wall. He was uninjured in the accident.

THE FAST LANE

Trey Lane followed up the top 10 in the Late Model race with his second straight win in the Mod Street division.

Starting in the fourth position, Lane quickly worked his way to the front in the No. 9 Dodge Challenger. From there, he held off challenges from Alex Miller and Royce Peters for the win.

It was the fifth win this season for Lane. Fellow Kingsport driver Peters finished second, while Rusty Clendenin emerged from a last-lap, paint-swapping battle with Miller to take third.

BACK OUT FRONT

Kevin Canter from Abingdon, Va., got back on the winning track with his ninth Mod 4 victory of the year.

Canter, in the black No. 3 Ford, passed Billy Duty for the lead early in the 30-lap feature and then held off Dennis Arnold, winner of the previous two Mod 4 races for the win.

Arnold finished second and Duty rounded out the top three.

PURE ENJOYMENT

Bruce Crumbley of Kingsport fended off the challenge of runner-up Josh Detwiler for his third win of the season in the Pure 4 division.

Points leader Keith Helton made a charge from ninth to third over the first eight laps, but stalled out behind the top two.

Doug Austin of Castlewood, Va., won for the ninth time in 10 Pure Street races this season. He passed Bruce Blessing for the lead on lap 10 of the 25-lap feature.

Blessing held on for the runner-up spot ahead of defending class champion Jay Swecker.

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As IMSA approaches the summer stretch and halfway point of its 2019 season, details are coming into focus for the second annual Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore at Sebring on Nov. 9-10.
 
The inaugural Encore – run at Sebring International Raceway last November – was deemed a success by both IMSA newcomers and existing competitors alike. LMP3, GT4 and TCR specification machines are again eligible to compete in 2019, along with the addition of GT3 cars which were eligible in the inaugural Encore but did not compete.
 
“Last year’s Michelin Encore was fantastic,” IMSA CEO Ed Bennett said. “It featured great racing, significant track time and served as an opportunity for newcomers to the IMSA paddock to see what Michelin, Sebring and IMSA are all about in a special event after the traditional race seasons are completed. We listened to those involved and have made a few changes to the weekend that we believe will make this year’s event even bigger and better.”
 
The second edition of the Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore at Sebring will be a two-day event. Load-in will now take place on Friday, Nov. 8 with on-track activities taking place on Saturday and Sunday. This will decrease the resources teams need to participate.
 
Similar to the inaugural Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore at Sebring in 2018, teams will be required to field a minimum of two drivers per car and a maximum of three. No Platinum-rated drivers will be allowed to compete and no driver lineup may have more than one Gold-rated driver. Driver lineups will be subject to IMSA approval.
 
Refueling, tire and driver changes all will be allowed to take place at the same time during pit stops (no timed stops). A maximum of three crew members will be permitted over the wall to provide any service, and only the exiting driver will be allowed to assist during driver changes.
 
The purse includes $10,000 for the winner in each class, as well as three sets of MICHELIN® Pilot Sport GT tires. Second place in each class will receive two sets of tires while third place finishers will receive one set.
 
Should any class have less than five cars, IMSA will reserve the right to modify or exclude the class before the event.
Entries for the 2019 Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore at Sebring and Porsche GT3 Cup events open on Sept. 18 and will close Oct. 22.
 
The event will be streamed live on IMSA.com and schedule and ticket information will be made available in the near future.

Jason Alder spends a lot of time on pavement. Every week, the 16-year-old Alder joins his father in commuting seven hours from their home in Cooksville, Maryland, to Charlotte Motor Speedway to compete in the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout. Alder can’t get enough of the fierce competition and exciting atmosphere that stems from racing a Legend Car in what he believes is the best avenue for young drivers to hone their skills.

Alder’s father didn’t know what he was signing up for when he brought a $200 yard kart home from a garage sale in 2007. A year later, Alder – then a five-year-old – decided he wanted to race competitively.

“(My dad) wanted to make sure I had a passion for it before I began – I was only 5 at the time – so he told me that I needed to save up a whopping $100,” Jason Alder recalled. “And, if I could save up $100, I could race.”

Alder saved the money and got his chance. In 2009, he scored a runner-up finish in his first race at Maryland’s Sandy Hook Speedway. Within a year, Alder had competed in 24 races – and won 14 of them. In 2011, the aspiring racer moved up to the World Karting Association (WKA) Gold Cup Series, which gave Alder a new set of lessons in race craft. In 2014, he won the WKA Gold Cup national championship. Since shifting gears to Bandolero cars – and now WIX Filters Legend Cars – Alder has been a force.

He earned his first two PNG Young Lions division wins in back-to-back races at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout earlier this month. Entering next Tuesday’s action presented by Bojangles’, Alder’s white and neon green No. 77 Legend Car is atop the division standings.

The accomplishment means everything to Alder.

“This is the pinnacle of Legend Car racing,” Alder said of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout. “In terms of interviews, the relations with the other teams, the other drivers, it’s just baby steps. And I think this is an amazing foundation to build a NASCAR career on.”

If he realizes his dream, Alder will join a star-studded list of NASCAR stars who used the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout as a springboard. Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Bubba Wallace and William Byron are only a sampling of the luminaries who traded paint on the same Charlotte frontstretch quarter-mile in their youth.

In addition to catching Alder’s No. 77 in next Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout, fans can experience a spectacular fireworks show presented by NGK Spark Plugs and a driver autograph session on the frontstretch – both FREE for all ticketholders.

Gates open for Tuesday’s action at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies scheduled for approximately 6 p.m. The fireworks show is slated to get underway at approximately 8:45 p.m. following the autograph session.

TICKETS:
Tickets, which cost only $8 for adults and are FREE for kids 13 and under, can be purchased at the gate or in advance by calling 800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.

KEEP TRACK:
Follow all the thrilling Bojangles’ Summer Shootout action using the hashtags #LetsBoRacing and #WeCreateLegends. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or get all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

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Pocono Raceway welcomes FORTS USA, an industry leader in fold-out shelters, as the presenting partners for the FORTS USA 150 ARCA Menards Series at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ on Friday, July 26, 2019.

“We are excited about our new partnership with FORTS USA,” said Pocono Raceway CEO, Nick Igdalsky. “While visiting their manufacturing facility in Florida earlier this year, I saw firsthand how easy these fold-out shelters were to put up and how much technology went into making them durable. Their innovative products will be on display during our upcoming July NASCAR and ARCA race weekend.”

FORTS USA, whose acronym stands for fold-out rigid temporary shelters, provides fold-out shelters for first responders, military and hospitality organizations. All FORTS USA products are weather resistant and can be set up on any surface. FORTS USA fold-out shelters are produced by Elite Aluminum Corporation, a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of structural insulated panels. Based out of Coconut Creek, Fla., the company has 30 years of experience in creating new and innovative solutions that exceed the expectations of their customers. To learn more about FORTS USA, visit www.FORTSUSA.com.

“We are thrilled by the response to the FORTS Product Line”, said Yigal Zadok, President of FORTS USA. “We have received some great feedback on the product performance from our clients, and looking forward to continuing to grow in the mobile shelter market.”

Events taking place at Pocono Raceway on Friday, July 26 include ARCA Menards Series practices and qualifying, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice and qualifying and the FORTS USA 150 ARCA race. Pocono Raceway’s Fan Fest, featuring six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, will also take place following the FORTS USA 150. More details, including a full schedule and drivers attending Fan Fest, will be announced soon. Kids, ages 12 and under are FREE to all events on Friday and adult tickets start at $10.

Visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY to get your tickets today.

The upcoming FORTS USA 150 will mark the 65th ARCA Menards Series race held at Pocono Raceway. The first ARCA race at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ was won by Bob Schacht in June 1987. Several other notable Pocono ARCA winners include Justin Allgaier, Chase Elliott, Bob Keselowski, Frank Kimmel, Kyle Larson and Joey Logano. Tim Steele has the most wins of any driver at Pocono Raceway, recording nine ARCA race victories from 1993 – 2001.

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Race fans who can’t wait to celebrate the Fourth of July can experience the fun of a phenomenal fireworks show presented by NGK Spark Plugs as part of Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The fifth of 10 nights at racing’s ultimate grassroots showcase sponsored by Bojangles’ will thrill attendees of all ages with an awe-inspiring fireworks show and an autograph session featuring the entire Shootout field – with both attractions FREE for all ticketholders.

One week after WBTV’s Al Conklin made sparks fly in a two-ton school bus slobberknocker among area media personalities, additional fireworks are sure to punctuate a thrilling night of Legend Car and Bandolero racing on Charlotte’s action-packed frontstretch quarter-mile.

The racing series that helped springboard NASCAR stars including Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Bubba Wallace to success will grant fans the opportunity to meet the next crop of rising stars in Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout. Additionally, Wallace – who drives Richard Petty’s iconic No. 43 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – will chase his second consecutive Shootout win in the Boston Reid Real Estate Pro division.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. Tuesday with racing beginning at approximately 7 p.m. The fireworks show is slated to begin at approximately 8:45 p.m. following the autograph session.

TICKETS:
Tickets, which cost only $8 for adults and are FREE for kids 13 and under, can be purchased at the gate or in advance by calling 800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.

KEEP TRACK:
Follow all the thrilling Bojangles’ Summer Shootout action using the hashtags #LetsBoRacing and #WeCreateLegends. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or get all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

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