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Haley Puts Finishing Touches On Title Run

Earns K&N Pro East Trophy Over Dover 125 Winner Benjamin

DOVER, Del. – Justin Haley and Kyle Benjamin led the way as NASCAR’s youth movement conquered the “Monster Mile.”

It was Haley who lifted the big championship trophy at Dover International Speedway, while Benjamin took the final NASCAR K&N Pro Series East checkered flag of 2016.

Haley brought home the No. 5 Off Axis Chevrolet with a fourth-place finish in the Dover 125 to put the finishing touches on his first championship season.

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Verhagen Wins on Friday at VIR

Alton, VA – Neil Verhagen won an exciting Friday evening F1600 Formula F Championship Series race at VIRginia International Raceway. After taking the white flag three wide, K-Hill’s Verhagen emerged to win by a few car lengths after a race-long all-green-flag battle among four cars on the F1600 Championship finale weekend in Virginia. It is one step closer to the title for the F1600 points leader. Kaylen Frederick and Phillippe Denes followed for Team Pelfrey.

“I made a move on Phillippe on the last lap. I looked back on the straight and saw him and Kaylen battling, so I had the gap,” said Verhagen, who drives the No. 3 K-Hill Mygale/Honda and is coming off a dominating victory at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. “It’s been a great week.”

Frederick led a handful of laps for Team Pelfrey in the No. 80 PilotONE Racing entry, and finished second by mere inches to teammate Denes.

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Rain Forecast Postpones Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final to October 8th & 9th

Stafford Springs, CT — With a forecast calling for rain throughout the entire weekend, Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that it has postponed its NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend that was scheduled from its originally schedule dates of October 1st and 2nd to October 8th and 9th. 

The NAPA Fall Final Weekend will carry over the same schedule with the Stafford Paddock Area opening at 10:00amon Friday, October 7th with Whelen All-American Series teams able to park their trailers from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Saturday, October 8th will see the paddock area open at8:00am with practice for all divisions running from 10:00am-2:15pm.  Qualifying will start at 2:30pm with feature events for the SK Lights, Ltd. Late Models, DARE Stocks,  Mr. Rooter Trucks, and TQ Midgets getting started at approximately4:30pm.  Spectator gates will open at 10:00am. 

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No Splits at Short Track Nationals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 30, 2016) – With the premier event in 360-ci Sprint Car racing just around the corner, the format for the $15,000-to-win COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires set for November 2-5 at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway has been determined.

In a departure from recent years, this year’s edition of STN will no longer feature split fields on the qualifying nights.  This year, all cars will be eligible to run on Thursday and/or Friday night after a Wednesday night Test ‘N Tune.

The Thursday and Friday qualifying nights will feature a full card of heats, qualifiers and feature with the top three in each night’s “A” Main locking into the Saturday night STN finale.  And, this year the lock-in pay has been bumped to $500 to assure a minimum take of $2,500 for the weekend along with a starting spot among the front three rows of the $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start main event.

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NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Postponed

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Event at Stafford Moved to Oct. 8-9

STAFFORD, Conn. (Sept. 30, 2016) – Due to the forecast for heavy rain and high winds throughout the weekend, Stafford Motor Speedway and NASCAR have postponed the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final 150 originally scheduled for this weekend.

The new race date for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is now slated forSunday, Oct. 9, with practice and qualifying scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8. A updated race weekend schedule will be released at a later time.

The NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final is the penultimate event on the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour calendar. Three-time tour champion Doug Coby enters the race with a 13-point lead over Justin Bonsignore.

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NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final 150 Postponed

Whelen Modified Race At Stafford Rescheduled for Oct. 9

STAFFORD, Conn. – Due to the forecast for heavy rain and high winds throughout the weekend, Stafford Motor Speedway and NASCAR have postponed the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final 150 originally scheduled for this weekend.

The new race date for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is now slated for Sunday, Oct. 9, with practice and qualifying scheduled for Saturday, October 8. An updated race weekend schedule will be released at a later time.

The NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final is the penultimate event on the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour calendar. Three-time tour champion Doug Coby enters the race with a 13-point lead over Justin Bonsignore,

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Drivers Vie for Spot in NASCAR Program

17 Invited to Drive for Diversity Combine at New Smyrna

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12.

The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017.

“This year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine will feature some incredible talent and we’re excited to watch these young drivers compete,” said Dawn Harris, NASCAR director, multicultural development. “NASCAR’s first-class development program has produced the likes of Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Darrell Wallace Jr., so it will be fun to see who rises to the top at New Smyrna.”

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$3,000 to Win 360 Sprints Open, Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series and Mod Lites at Utica-Rome Speedway to Kick Off Huge Week of Racing in Central New York

 This coming Tuesday, October 4, will be the final on track event of the 2016 season at the Utica-Rome Speedway will a thrilling three division show featuring the completion of the Victoria event for the Race of Champions Dirt Modifieds, from May 22, plus a $3,000 to win 360 Sprint Car open event plus the Pro Race Car Mod Lites. Broedel Energy, which is the Official Fuel Supplier of the Utica-Rome Speedway, will present the night’s action.

Track officials are hopeful that the “Tuesday Night Thunder” program this Tuesday will finally see the conclusion of the $5,500 to win Victoria event that was originally set to be completed on May 22. On that day, qualifying was completed and a preliminary feature was on the track when rain came, ending the day’s action. An attempt was made to complete the event on Sunday, August 14, in conjunction with the annual Night of Legends program but rain again dashed all hopes of getting racing in that day. Hopes are high that the third time will be the charm, and the long range forecast supports those hopes, and the 55 lap Race of Champions main event will be completed. For drivers that were not in attendance on the original date, there will be a last chance qualifier where a minimum of four drivers will be added to the feature lineup that will pay a minimum of $250 to start. If an already qualified driver does not return, another car will be added to the field. A 30 car starting field is planned.

For the second consecutive year, the 360 Sprints will be part of the action in the special “Tuesday Night Thunder” program where they will compete in $3,000 to win and $300 to start A Main. Last season when the cars hit the track, Paul Kinney blasted around the track while setting the track record of 15.598 seconds. Stewart Friesen took home the win in the main event. Many of the best 360 Sprint drivers are expected to attend for the curtain call in the speedway’s final event of the 2016 season. So far, Lucas Wolfe and Billy VanInwegan have stated they plan on attending to join the talent laden field. A draw will set the heat lineups with a redraw setting the top 12 in the A Main. Cole Cup technical rules will be effect.

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Just Getting Started: 2017 Tulsa Shootout Entry List Growing At a Rapid Pace

TULSA, Okla. (September 29, 2016) What took just over a week to do for the 2016 Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout has been done in a matter of days as Golden Driller hopefuls from across the globe are signing up at a record pace for the 32nd annual Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout; which runs December 28, 2016 through January 1, 2017 at the Tulsa Expo Raceway inside the River Spirit Expo Center.

“Last year, we had 61 entries after the first day. This year we had over 100 and we are already coming up on the 300 mark and it’s only been three days,” commented Ashleigh Ward, who oversees entries for the Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout.
So far, the number of entries published stands at 238 among 109 drivers from 19 states and two countries (USA and Aust.). The highest class count for a single drivers so far is six. Making the trip from Mifflintown, Penn., Tyler Walton will take part A-Class winged and non-wing as well as Outlaw winged and non-wing. Walton will also see action in both divisions of 1,200cc Mini Sprints.

$1,000 Bonus Added to Each Starter’s Pay-out at Winter Showdown

Concord, N.C. — The Coors Light/Speed51.com bonus is returning to the SRL Winter Showdown for the second straight year. The bonus will ensure that each of the 36 drivers in the scheduled- starting field for the Third Annual SRL Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park in California (Feb 8 – 11, 2017) will receive a minimum payout of $3,000.

The race itself pays out $2,000 to start. Coors Light is guaranteeing a bonus of an additional $1,000 to each starter in the 36-car field.

Eligibility for the Coors Light/Speed51.com bonus is simple. A Speed51.com decal has to be placed in a to-be-determined specific location on the race car. The decals will be provided by Speed51.com and Coors Light.

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Tony Stewart Racing: Donny Schatz World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion Racing Oil National Open Advance

DONNY SCHATZ
Bad Boy Off Road/Chevrolet Performance Team Focused on Historic National Open

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 29, 2016) – Two decades ago Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz made his first laps at historic Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and the teenager from North Dakota wasn’t quite sure it was a track that he would look forward to returning to. It didn’t take long for him to come around and for the last 15 years, it’s been one of the stops on the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour he looks forward to most.

The driver of TSR No. 15 Bad Boy Off Road/Chevrolet Performance J&J returns to Williams Grove this weekend for the 54th annual Champion Racing Oil Morgan Hughes National Open. Schatz is the all-time winningest driver in the event with five career triumphs and his 19 career Outlaw wins trail only Steve Kinser for most by any driver at the famed half-mile dirt oval. Remarkable stats for a driver that failed to qualify for his first main event at the track. 

His outlook on “The Grove” changed late in his fourth season with the Outlaws when he arrived at the 2000 National Open with veteran mechanic Kenny Woodruff turning the wrenches on his family-owned No. 15. Schatz recalls the guidance “KW” provided that weekend leading to one of the more memorable upsets in the biggest Sprint car race in the East. To this day, he points to lessons learned that weekend as key to his development as a driver.

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Attica Cancels Banquet; Point Fund to be Sent

ATTICA, Ohio – Due to scheduling conflicts, Attica Raceway Park has cancelled its season-ending awards banquet for 2016. The point fund money will be sent to the race teams soon, according to Rex LeJeune, Attica Raceway Park Director of Operations.

The top 10 in points in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints will share in the $22,000 point fund with champion Byron Reed taking home $8,000. The top 10 in points for the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models will share in the $15,000 point fund with champion Matt Irey earning $5,000. The top 10 in the Fremont Fence 305 Sprints will share in the $10,000 point fund with champion Paul Weaver earning $3,000.

The rookies of the year in all the divisions – Trey Jacobs, 410 sprints; Matthew Chapman, late models; and Trevor Baker, 305 sprints – will receive their rewards at a later date.

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Multicultural and Female Drivers to Compete for a Spot in NASCAR Drive for Diversity Developmental Program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2016) – Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12.

The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017.

“This year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine will feature some incredible talent and we’re excited to watch these young drivers compete,” said Dawn Harris, NASCAR director, multicultural development. “NASCAR’s first-class development program has produced the likes of Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Darrell Wallace Jr., so it will be fun to see who rises to the top at New Smyrna.”

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Championship Celebration taking over Indianapolis’ Monument Circle

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016) – The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration, honoring newly crowned title-winner Simon Pagenaud, will take over downtown Indianapolis on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Monument Circle in the city center will buzz with INDYCAR activity throughout the day. Team transporters will line the south side of the circle beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET, along with the Indy cars of Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi, winner of the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May. Also on display will be the Astor Cup, the trophy presented annually to the Verizon IndyCar Series champion since 2011, and the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy featuring the likeness of every Indianapolis 500 winner.

At noon, the first 250 fans are invited to enjoy a free lunch on the circle, provided by Qdoba Mexican Eats and hosted by Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The transporter display will remain open to the public throughout the afternoon.

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Battle for PASS North Championship Rolls to Star Speedway this Weekend

NAPLES, ME (September 29) – With the close of the 2016 season rapidly approaching, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models head to Star Speedway Saturday afternoon for the PASS Make-A-Wish 150.  The tough quarter-mile in Epping, NH always poses a tough test and this weekend’s PASS Make-A-Wish 150 should be no different.

 With just two races left in the battle for the 2016 PASS North Super Late Model championship, Star Speedway could play a very interesting role in the title chase.  Center Conway, NH’s DJ Shaw leads a strong group of fellow Granite State drivers to Star as he seeks his second series title in the last three years.  Ironically, when he last won at Star Speedway with PASS in 2014, Shaw went on to win the championship.  And, while Shaw enjoys a 60 point advantage over six-time PASS North champion, Johnny Clark, he still has to survive the tight confines of Star before he can start thinking about cashing the championship check.  Clark just captured his first win of the season last weekend at another New Hampshire track, White Mountain Motorsports Park.

While the PASS Make-A-Wish 150 will have the eyes of the New England racing scene on it, that will not be the only big event on Saturday afternoon at Star Speedway.  The action packed 350 Supermodified cars will compete in a 35 lapper, along with the Dwarf Cars, Roadrunners, Woody’s Strictly, and Six Shooters.

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Grala Earns Career Best NCWTS Finish at Hometown Track

Kaz Grala recorded a career-best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) finish Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In just his seventh series start, the Westborough, Massachusetts driver brought home his third top 10 and a season high seventh-place finish with his GMS Motorsports team at “The Magic Mile.”

“On Saturday we really put together one of our best races of the year,” Grala said. “We’ve had speed all year honestly, we’ve just needed the luck and track position to finish according to our speed. The whole No. 24 GMS Racing crew executed this weekend and gave us a pretty good result. I definitely think there’s more where that came from, especially as I get more used to these trucks.”

If there was ever a track for the 17-year-old driver to put together his strongest run of the year, this was it. For Grala, a Massachusetts native, the track in Loudon, New Hampshire is as close as he gets to home in the big leagues of NASCAR. To be able to shine in front of the hometown crown made his strong run even more special.

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INDYCAR News and Notes – Sept. 29, 2016

1. Newgarden will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing: Josef Newgarden will have a new home in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

The coveted 25-year-old American driver, who finished a career-best fourth in this year’s championship, informed Ed Carpenter Racing today that he will not be returning to the team for the 2017 season.

“While it’s disappointing that Josef will not be returning, it’s also not a total surprise after all of the speculation the past few weeks,” team owner Ed Carpenter said. “I wish Josef the best in his future endeavors, but also remain focused on ECR’s continued success. We are positioned well moving into 2017 and I have total confidence that we will continue to deliver the high level of performance we expect as a team.”

Since entering the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012, ECR has scored seven victories with three drivers, including a 1-2 finish in 2015 on the streets of Toronto with Newgarden and Luca Filippi.

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Portante, McCusker and Norman Win at VIR on Saturday

Alton, VA – Peter Portante, John McCusker and Ryan Norman won in F1600, F2000 and Atlantic, respectively, on Saturday morning at VIRginia International Raceway. In addition, Neil Verhagen won the F1600 Formula F Championship Series title with a strong second place finish.

F1600

Another close F1600 Formula F Championship Series race at VIRginia International Raceway saw Peter Portante claim the victory by inches in penultimate round of the 2016 season. Neil Verhagen clinched the 2016 title with a second place finish. Portante fought off K-Hill Motorsports teammate Verhagen and Phillippe Denes, of Team Pelfrey, in a three-car fight to the checkered flag coming off turn 17 at VIR.

“It was obviously a good race,” said Portante, who drives the No. 24 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda. “Everything was good, the car was good per usual. I’m super happy with the result. If we can’t cross the line three-wide it’s not really an F1600 race.”

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DAV Fall Classic rescheduled to October 28th & 29th

Sep 29, 2016 — The 2016 DAV Fall Classic scheduled for September 30th & October 1st is being rescheduled to October 28th & 29th due to the impending weather forecast for this weekend. We hope to see everyone out for the last big race in New England before winter at Seekonk Speedway ! This event will follow the same schedule that was planned for this weekend with open practice on Friday the 28th, Fast Friday racing Friday Night and the Saturday Divisions racing a matinee on Saturday, October 29th.

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Red Bull GRC Los Angeles presented by Honda

Series returns to Port of LA; save 15% on tickets with code RBGRC15

The Red Bull Global Rallycross season finale moves to the Port of Los Angeles for the first time next week! Red Bull GRC Los Angeles presented by Honda will wrap up the 2016 season by crowning champions in both Supercar and GRC Lites, in the first season-ending doubleheader in series history.

Nine drivers enter the weekend with a chance at winning a championship in the series’ two classes. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates Tanner Foust and Scott Speed lead the pack in the Supercar class with a combined seven wins, but the Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan and Bryan Herta Rallysport’s Patrik Sandell remain hot on their heels. In GRC Lites, defending class champion Oliver Eriksson holds the advantage over Cabot Bigham, Miki Weckstrom, and Conner Martell, but any of the four could leave Los Angeles with some new hardware.

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NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

Crowded Chase Bubble Heading Into Dover

The drivers on the Chase bubble must deliver in Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400 cutoff race at Dover International Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN) or they’ll be eliminated from NASCAR’s playoffs.

Kyle Larson holds the final transfer spot by five points over his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jamie McMurray and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon. He is also trailed by Tony Stewart (-11) and Chris Buescher (-30).

The rest of the Chase drivers without wins in the Round of 16 have cushier leads over McMurray on the cutoff, but still have not clinched: Brad Keselowski (+35), Kyle Busch (+33), Matt Kenseth (+16), Joey Logano (+21), Denny Hamlin (+19), Jimmie Johnson (+18), Chase Elliott (+16), Carl Edwards (+16) and Kurt Busch (+15).

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Hall of Fame Classic Time at CSP

PEORIA, Ariz. (September 28, 2016) – It’s Hall of Fame Classic time at Canyon Speedway Park which means it’s also time for the lone USAC/CRA Sprint Car weekend of the year atop the 1/3-mile clay oval near Phoenix.

While the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars take center stage on Friday and Saturday at the 16th Annual Sands Chevrolet USAC Hall of Fame Classic, the IMCA Stock Cars, Micro Sprints, Mod Lites and Vintage Cars will be in action as well.

The weekend double will be preceded by an open practice session on Thursday night from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Racing action on Friday and Saturday gets under way at 7:00 p.m.

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It’s Fall Brawl Weekend for the Lucas Oil ASCS at I-80 Speedway

TULSA, Okla. (September 28, 2016) Just off the Hockett/McMillin Memorial, another big night of racing is on tap for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network as the series heads for the world famous high-banks of the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. on Saturday, October 1 for the $6,000 to win Casey’s General Store Fall Brawl.

A look at the history of the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network at I-80 Speedway finds 14 previous A-Features since 1996. In last year’s edition, double features were contested as rain shortened the two day affair to a single night race. Justin Henderson and Billy Alley each garnered victories.
Utilizing the a unique format used at I-80 Speedway’s Silver Dollar Nationals, the format was explained by I-80 Speedway staff:

“The event will also have a unique format that has been very successful at I-80’s Silver Dollar Nationals. Each driver will run two heat races. The first heat will be lined up by the draw and the next heat that a driver is in, they will start exactly opposite of how they started their first heat (Example: If you start your first heat on the pole, you will start your second heat dead last). The top 16 in passing points from the double heats will qualify for the A Feature. 7th thru 16th will then run a six-lap position race with the top 4 to join the top six qualifiers in a fast dash. The finish of the fast dash will set the top ten spots in the feature. The position race will determine starting positions 11 through 16 in the feature.”

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Feature to Fast Freddy…Scully Hauls Down Championship

Fred Astle, Jr. and Tom Scully, Jr. came into the feature with the mathematical chance of winning the championship. Scully was decidedly ahead in points – 35 points to be exact. Fred has enough championships under his belt to understand that the only thing he could do was produce a feature win and then let the chips fall as they may. He set out to do just that and succeeded. Bobby After heat points had been counted and owing to a small field of competitors, Scully only had to drive under the green flag at the beginning of the race to secure the championship.

In the way, however, was Jake Vanada, who leapt off the pole and headed for the checkers, 40 laps away. Outside polesitter Mike Brightman gave chase but Bobby Pelland III got underneath Brightman into second. Into lap two, it was Vanada, Pelland, Brightman, Astle and Angelo Belsito.

Vanada rushed out to a two car lead while Astle pulled ahead of Brightman and Scully then began nosing underneath. Dave Darling was charging forward, getting under Belsito as Rick Martin followed.

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Bowling Caps Incredible Run with Title

Five Whelen All-American Series National Champions Crowned

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Matt Bowling spent the entire season being chased by some of the best short-track racers in North America.

In the end, nobody could catch him.

The 22-year-old from Ridgeway, Virginia, culminated his incredible run with a third Late Model Stock Car championship at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway last Saturday night. The laurels continued during the week, as Bowling was officially announced as 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion.

“This year’s championship was one of the most exciting and closely contested in NASCAR history,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of touring & weekly series. “The championship came down to contenders from three different regions of the country, and came down to the very last weekend. On behalf of the France family and NASCAR, we are proud to have Matt Bowling as the 2016 champion. We look forward to presenting his trophy and his NASCAR championship ring and all his accolades at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards in Charlotte in December.”

Bowling also earned his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Virginia championship, by virtue of his success at South Boston, Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, and Dominion Raceway in Thornburg.

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Bellm Geared up for Hockett/McMillin Memorial after I-30 Top Ten

NIXA, Mo. (September 21, 2016) – After a strong top-ten finish against a stout field at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway on Saturday night, Kyle Bellm and the Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) No. 14k Sprint Car team are ready for a big three-day weekend of racing.

And it’s close to his Nixa, MO, home with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour in action at Wheatland’s Lucas Oil Speedway for the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“That’s one we always look forward to,” the driver of the PPG Automotive Finishes/Colorvision entry commented.

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Stout Field Ready for 2016 Season Finale at Five Flags

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The final race for the 2016 Southern Super Series and Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway is set to be wide open with many drivers believing they have what it takes to take home the final trophy in Pensacola before the 49th Snowball Derby.

Jeff Choquette has become a master at Five Flags in the Allen Turner Pro Late Models this season and is confident that his momentum can carry on into this coming Saturday.

“Hopefully we can carry the momentum over from the Pro and it can translate into the Super. I always think our chances are always really good we put a lot of effort into the program, I think we got a good shot no matter where we go.”

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Venturini Motorsports Back in the Blue Grass State for Testing, Race at Kentucky Speedway

Sparta, Kentucky (September 21, 2016) – Venturini Motorsports’ Tom Hessert, Dalton Sargeant, and newcomer Zane Smith participated in Tuesday’s open test on Kentucky Speedway’s newly repaved 1.5 mile surface in preparation for Friday night’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Crosley Brands 150.

Zane Smith Quick at Kentucky Test

After a full day of testing it was 17-year old Zane Smith, making his first 1.5-mile speedway attempt, leading the Venturini Motorsports trio in Tuesday’s open test session at Kentucky Speedway.

Smith was third fastest overall among the 23 drivers on-hand for Tuesday’s test. Smith’s unofficial fast lap of 29.942 seconds (182.278 mph) was better than the official track record set by Parker Klingerman in 2009 at 30.126 (179.247 mph).

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Stat Advance: New Hampshire

Analyzing the FW Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2016) —  The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, for the second of two events at the track this season. Below is a look at Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 and some of the selected race participants.

F.W. Webb 100 Race Setup:

Always among the most popular stops on the annual NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule, New Hampshire Motor Speedway begins the three-race stretch run to the championship. Three-time champion Doug Coby of Milford, Connecticut, holds a 20-point advantage over Holtsville, New York’s Justin Bonsignore atop the point standings after 14 races this season, while Timmy Solomito of Islip, New York, remains within striking distance, just 16 points behind Bonsignore.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — New Hampshire & Kentucky

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

Truex Jr. Wins Chase Opener

Martin Truex Jr. won his third race of the season in last Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway – the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener. He now has an automatic berth in the Round of 12, which starts following the upcoming Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN) and Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway (Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

“Without a doubt it’s the best team I’ve ever had, it’s the best position I’ve ever been in,” Truex said after the race. “I really feel like we have what it takes to win this championship.”

Last season, the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing driver made the Championship 4 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, placing fourth in the final standings.

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