Pensacola, FL — The entry list for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby has surpassed the 60-driver mark and is continuing to grow with a deep talent pool from top to bottom. As of October 31, the entry list for the Snowball Derby is now at 64 and expected to grow even more with just over one month until the biggest asphalt short track race of the year.
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Mooresville, N.C. (October 31, 2016) – Tyler Ankrum and the No. 58 iOn Camera, K&N Filters, Performance Racing Warehouse team turned some heads this past weekend, finishing in the second position for the second consecutive race at New Smyrna Speedway. The Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 100 attracted some of the best drivers in the Southeast, as it was the last chance for teams to compete on the half-mile speedway before the 51st annual Governor’s Cup coming up on November 13.
The weekend began on Friday, October 28 with open practice for the stout super late model field, as the No. 58 iOn Camera, K&N Filters, Performance Racing Warehouse team was able to work through several setups and maintain consistently fast lap times. This long-run speed would come in handy throughout the rest of the weekend’s activities, as the No. 58 team ran the second most recorded laps in the final practice session and after qualifying, would start from the third position.
NEWTON, NC (Oct. 31, 2016) — Deac McCaskill and Brandon Setzer emerged victorious in an event that featured a combined 16 lead changes among 10 drivers during Saturday night’s CARS Tour Cloer Construction at Hickory Motor Speedway. It was McCaskill’s second win of the season, extending his point lead heading into the season finale, and Setzer’s first this season. For both, it was also their third career win in the series.
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Tommy Lemons, Jr., improved his odds in the CARS Tour championship chase by winning the Hedgecock Racing Pole Position in qualifying, a feat worth an extra point in his championship chase of Deac McCaskill. Craig Moore, a series interloper, started outside of Lemons in only his second career race.
Lemons charged to the point on the drop of the green flag, but his stay there was short-lived as former NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Stephen Leicht rocketed to the front in his Jani-King No. 5 car to lead from lap 5 until a caution on lap 15 for a multi-car incident on the frontstretch involving Layne Riggs, Chris Denny, and Thomas Beane. Riggs ultimately parked his ride due to damage from the accident.
Eddie MacDonald’s second place Late Model finish in the DAV Fall Classic at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass. on Saturday, Oct, 29 wrapped up a highly competitive campaign in the Freddie Peterson owned Chevy. Unfortunately, the veteran driver could not avoid a wreck on lap three of the 150 lap Pro Stock feature causing terminal radiator damage in the Dave Lemieux owned Chevy.
Eddie Mac started the 50 lap Late Model event in tenth place on the grid in the 23 car field to find the early going very difficult as both the inside and outside groove running side by side with the “Outlaw” saying, “There wasn’t any place to go for the first 25-30 laps because the cars on the outside just stalled. When I finally got by them, my car was pretty good on the outside and I was able to get by a lot of cars but unfortunately, the leader had a big lead. We needed one more caution and I think we would have had something for him but that didn’t happen.”
Eddie Mac drew the fourth starting position in the heat and met with the same stalled outside groove to finish fourth in the ten lap heat. The EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy started tenth in the DAV feature, so named to honor the 1946 speedway founder D. Anthony Venditti, then moved into the sixth spot by lap eight but again was forced to restart on the outside after the first of eight cautions. It was not until a caution on lap 41 that Eddie Mac was able to restart on the inside. The Rowley, Mass veteran quickly took over the third position then had to race the #7 hard for multiple laps before moving to second place on lap 46. With only four laps to go, Eddie Mac could only close the sizeable gap to the leader by a few car lengths. When the checkered flag waved Eddie Mac trailed the winner Ray Parent by 5 car lengths.
CHARLOTTE, NC (October 31) – As the weather cools and the seasons change, another Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model season will go into the books this weekend at Concord Speedway. This year two great events will come together as the PASS Super Late Models will compete for 125 laps in the Mason-Dixon Meltdown as part of the 14th Annual North-South Shootout. In addition, both the PASS National Championship and PASS South Super Late Model titles will be decided on Saturday afternoon in the Meltdown.
Since 2008, the PASS National Championship has become Super Late Model racing’s only true undisputed national title. Coming into this weekend’s action, Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe will be seeking an unprecedented fourth PASS National Championship crown. In his first start at Concord Speedway in 2007, Rowe edged out Corey Williams to take the win in the second ever running of the Mason-Dixon Meltdown. While Rowe enjoys a fairly healthy 72-point advantage, New Hampshire’s Jeremy Davis will be making his first trip down to Concord Speedway in hopes of upsetting Rowe for the national championship.
The race for the PASS South Super Late Model title, however, is much closer. Kodie Conner and Matt Craig are separated by only four points entering Saturday’s 125-lapper and there are plenty of ironies that surround the two drivers. In addition to both being teenagers, each are from nearby Kannapolis and both started racing across the street from the Concord Speedway half-mile at the facility’s quarter-mile track; Conner in Bandoleros and Craig in Legends cars. When either driver wins the championship this weekend, they will join Alex Haase, Ryan Blaney, and Tate Fogleman as teens that have been able to claim the South’s oldest Super Late Model title.
Young N.H. native puts a cap on a breakout 2016 New England campaign
Seekonk, MA — Derek Griffith and the No. 12 Hitman Industries/FEP Insurance/LCM Racing team rolled into Seekonk Speedway for the final race in the New England region looking for a great finish, to what has been a breakout season for the 19-year-old Hudson, New Hampshire native.
The 150-lap main event was part of the prestigious DAV. The annual event that showcases the top drivers from around New England; “DAV” honors D. Anthony Venditti, the pioneer who built Seekonk Speedway in 1946 and the Venditti family continues to operate the track to this day. This event has become one of the most sought after victories for any race car driver.
Griffith was fast right out of the hauler and with Crew Chief Louie Mechalides at the helm of the set-up, Derek is always in good hands. Griffith narrowly missed a $10,000 payday earlier in the year at Seekonk by finishing on the podium for the 200-lap U.S. Pro Stock Championship race, so the team had very good notes to start their weekend with.
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Derek Griffith competed at Seekonk Speedway back in July and came up just a few feet short of winning $10,000 in the Super Late Model Nationals 200 lap feature race. That night, he battled Dalton Sargeant right down to the finish and when the two made contact coming off the final turn, Tom Scully Jr. slid by and picked up a crucial victory.
But when Griffith rolled back into the 1/3 mile on Saturday for the D.A.V. Fall Classic Pro Stock special, he was hoping to collect a $6,000 paycheck and the trophy at the end of the 150 lap main event. And when the checkered flag flew at the end of a long, destructive 150 circuits in a crash-filled feature race, Griffith was holding the trophy up high in the air as the winner.
The race started with Granite State Pro Stock Series regular Mike Parks on pole and 2016 Pro All Star Series champion D.J. Shaw on the outside of the front row. Early on, it was Shaw getting the advantage, but the field wasn’t under the green for long. The first caution came down for a wreck on lap three, when Ryan Vanasse and Mike Brightman got together. The wreck caused a chain reaction that collected other drivers in the process, including early race favorites Eddie MacDonald and defending winner David Darling.
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The “Sparky Slump,” as his daughter Amy called it is now finally over. Sparky Arsenault had struggled for the entire 2016 season at Seekonk Speedway with handling and some mechanical gremlins along the way. But in the season finale 30 lap Street Stock main event, Arsenault was the dominant car for the entire distance. Early on, it was Rob Murphy showing the way in his No. 2, but it wasn’t long before the first caution came down.
The first caution was for a spin by the No. 4 of Rob Kohler, but before long, Arsenault was in control when the field went back green. He took the advantage on lap five and from there he never looked back at the front of the field. Behind him, there were multiple cautions along the way that slowed the action. Wrecks included Miles Bonalewicks, Brenden Nutter, and many other drivers. The middle portion of the race went green, but many drivers were forced to the pit area and did not return. Craig Pianka pitted but went left once he got to the top of the tunnel, which got him a disqualification from the remainder of the race because of rules.
Former Street Stock champion Ryan Lineham was out of the race before halfway as well as Pro Stock driver Kyle Casper, who had a mechanical problem on his No. 54 Phil’s Propane ride.
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Ray Parent rolled back into Seekonk Speedway on Saturday afternoon for the 50 lap D.A.V. Fall Classic and he knew he would have a shot at winning the race. Every single time he brings his trailer into the track, he unloads with one of the fastest cars in the division. He had already won the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series championship this season and during the D.A.V. Fall Classic, he was celebrating in victory lane when it was all set and done.
Parent started from the outside pole position and even though he was fighting the handles for the first two laps, it wasn’t long before he was out in the front of the pack. He took the lead from Nick Johnson early and was out front when the first caution came down on lap eight. Dan Johnson spun in turn three and luckily no one crashed into him while he moved out of the way as quickly as he possibly could.
At green, Parent had a challenge from Charlie Rose, but was able to lead once again until another caution on lap 14 when Vinnie Arrenegado spun out and collected some other drivers. It wasn’t just two laps back under green before Jeramme Lille spun, then just another six before Corey Fanning and others got collected in a crash. While Parent held the lead at the halfway point, Rose and his newest challenger Bobby Pelland were battling hard for second spot. The two drivers traded some paint here and there, but when T.J. Moreshead spun on lap 30, it was Rose lining up again to the outside of Parent.
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Chase Belcher came up just short of winning the Sports Trucks championship this year at Seekonk Speedway. Even though he did win multiple races and come close along the way, he came up a mere handful of points short of Mike Cavallaro’s championship run and was obviously not happy with that.
But for Belcher, he wanted to finish the season strong at the D.A.V. Fall Classic 30 lap Sports Truck feature race on Saturday. And when the checkered flag went up high in the air, it was Belcher wheeling the Everett’s Auto Parts No. 81 under the start/finish line and into victory lane. It was Darryl Church and Ed Gagnon bringing the field to the green flag for the feature race, but it wasn’t long before Belcher got to the inside lane and took over the lead from Church on lap three, setting a fast pace.
While Belcher took the lead early, the middle of the pack saw drivers battling hard for position. John Paiva was stuck behind David Lougee, Mike Lopes, and others while they dueled for positions. Lopes got together with Adam Murphy, who was in the No. 82 for brother Rob, and Lopes ended up going around. Murphy was given a penalty for the contact and both drivers had to come from the rear of the field for the rest of the race.
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CONCORD, N.C. – October 30, 2016 – After a hard fought weekend from Chris Madden it all paid off on the final night of the season finale when his No. 44 machine found its way into Victory Lane. Throughout the past three days at the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, Madden proved he was a strong contender as he remained in the front of the pack every time he took the track.
“When you’re fast the whole time there’s a little more pressure because you can’t slow it up. It’s not like being slow and trying to get better,” said Madden.
30-drivers from 15 different states across the country took to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for Saturday night’s 50-lap Craftsman Club Feature and it was anything but a Sunday afternoon drive to the grocery store as each driver battled it out from green-to-checkered. Many drivers found their way into the top-10 spots throughout the night and more than a handful danced in the top-5.
Nothing says champion like sweeping the weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. – October 29, 2016 – Matt Sheppard, the driver of the FX Caprara No. 9s Big Block Modified, made a mark in history this weekend as he broke a record and won his fifth Super DIRTcar Series Championship. Sheppard proved once again that he was the man to beat Saturday night during the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
“This place was so racy tonight,” said Sheppard in victory lane. “These big blocks put on a heck of a show tonight. We were racing two, three, four wide there. Last time we started on the pole and led the whole race. I was happy to get that win and tonight was even more satisfying. Starting in the back a little bit further and driving through the field. I just can’t say enough about this racecar. It was just fantastic.”
Pat Ward and Justin Haers led the 29-car field to the initial green flag. On the drop of the green, a four-car battle for the lead emerged as Ward, Hears, Brett Hearn, and Billy Decker all ran wire-to-wire – until Haers took the lead and pulled away from the field on lap two.
WATERFORD – The New London-Waterford Speedbowl closed out its 2016 racing season with 14-feature racing card Sunday as part of the Bemers Big Show that began last weekend.
Saturday’s events were leftover from a rained out session on Oct. 22 at the track.
The day was highlighted with championships being awarded in four of the track’s regular weekly divisions.
St. Johns, PA (10/15/2016)- The stage was set for the final on-track show of the 2016 racing season at Evergreen raceway in St. Johns, PA. With above normal temperatures, the “Halloween Screamer” Enduros were destined to be a great finale for the fans with the track under new management this season. When it was all said and done, Mark Spencer of Nanticoke edged Pete Verwys to the checkers for his second straight Four Cylinder Enduro victory. TJ Kapish of Mountaintop lapped the entire field en route to his 6/8-Cylinder domination and Luke Hoffner lapped the Open Competition field four times in the process of nothing his first win of the season in his dirt Late Model. Ironically, it’s the first time that dirt Late Model has been to victory lane at the speedway since Richie Jensen.
Carl Altemose led the Four Cylinder field to the drop of the green flag in the 100-lap Enduro. He led the first circuit over Mark Spencer, Pete Verwys, Randy Boston and Chris Elixton. Two laps later, Spencer grabbed the top spot and shortly after, Verwys followed through for second.
Verwys stayed glued to Spencer through lapped traffic and then just past the 30 lap mark in the event, he made his move to take the lead. With 50 laps complete he led over Spencer, Altemose, Paul Mercante and Bryan Kelly.
36-hour World of Outlaws package includes Late Model Series shows from the USA Nationals, and Sprint Car and Late Model shows from Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals
CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 29 – CBS Sports is bringing dirt racing’s premiere series to a national television audience starting this Sunday, October 30, at 2PM, with two World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series shows from the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wisconsin.
The World of Outlaws production team and DIRTvision.com will produce eight hours of television, including six broadcasts from the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, North Carolina.
“The two World of Outlaws series travel the entire country,” said DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter, “but the opportunity for these great events, including our season championship, to be nationally televised on CBS Sports will make it even easier for dirt racing fans far and wide to enjoy the show even into the offseason as we gear up for next year.”
Richards Claims Win Number 18 on the 2016 Season
CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 28, 2016- Josh Richards claims Friday Nights World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Feature win at the 2016 Bad Boy Off Road World Finals. With one more series win in the books for 2016, Richards claims number 18 on the 2016 season setting the new World of Outlaws Late Model Series record for most wins in a single-season.
The previous single-season series record holder was Darrell Lanigan who took to The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday night and ran bumper-to-bumper with Richards for the majority of the race while they battled it out between the second and third positions.
“It was a hell of a race there at the end,” said Lanigan “We have a pretty good car there in the middle of the race and we got a little loose there coming off toward the end and Josh got by me on the restart – hats off to those guys they had good pieces too so we will come back tomorrow night and see if we can’t get something.”
Cruises to eleventh Super DIRTcar Series win
CONCORD, N.C. – October 28, 2016 – Matt Sheppard won his eleventh Super DIRTcar Series feature in style by setting a new series record for the most wins in a season Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte during the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals.
Sheppard started off World Finals strong by winning his heat and drawing the pole for the 40-lap main event. It was smooth sailing from there on out.
“This car is awesome,” said Sheppard in victory lane. “It’s been awesome since we got here. We haven’t had to touch a thing on it. When you have a car that good it makes my life easy.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 28, 2016) – From the state of Washington to New York and points beyond across the Canadian border, many of the nation’s top Sprint Car drivers will converge upon Arkansas’ capital city of Little Rock next weekend for the 29th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires atop the I-30 Speedway clay oval.
And with racing action for the premier event set to fire off Thursday night after a Wednesday Test ‘N Tune session, the entry list has been revealed at 55 and counting with more entries rolling in each day.
Doling out more than $100,000 over the course of the weekend, the 29th edition of the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals will culminate with the Saturday night, November 5, $15,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start STN championship feature event.
Thank you to all of our competitors and fans for a great season and we look forward to seeing you for the 2017 season starting in June!
Stafford Springs, CT — For Ludlow, MA native Johnny Walker, the 2016 DARE Stock season at Stafford Motor Speedway was the realization of a dream come true. Walker had come agonizingly close to winning a DARE Stock championship in 2013 and 2014 but came up just a few points short each season. After taking a season off in 2015, Walker and the #01 Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair team came back with a determination in their step in 2016 and their focus and consistency on the track paid off with Walker claiming his very first track championship.
“It’s been a great year and we had a lot of things on our side with God being one of them,” said Walker. “Coming in second twice in a row was really the driving force behind this season. Between finances and such, I had to take a year off and then Doug [Dunleavy] was really pushing for me to get back racing. The only thing on our minds was the championship. It kind of took some of the fun out of it this year, but that was always in the back of our mind. I was points racing right from the first race of the season. We had our eyes set on the championship and our goal wasn’t necessarily to win, but to be in the top-3 each week just like Frank L’Etoile, Jr. did the last 2 years.”
After opening the season with fifth and fourth place finishes, Walker won the third race. From there, Walker finished in top-3 for all but 2 of the remaining 15 races to become champion. Walker’s run to the championship also shared a lot of details with SK Light champion Tony Membrino, Jr.’s title run. Both entered the NAPA Fall Final feature with the point lead, both drivers are sponsored by Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, and both drivers won the final race of the season to become champions in grand style.
Stafford Springs, CT — For Palmer, MA native Duane Provost, the 2016 season at Stafford Speedway was an improbable trip that almost never came to fruition. While unsure if he was going to race a full schedule, strong results in the first few weeks of the season with the #88 Facchini Law Firm Chevrolet convinced Provost that he had to run the full season and see how things played out.
“At the beginning of the year I wasn’t sure I was going to run every week but we did so well the first couple races we couldn’t stop coming to the track,” said Provost. “We went downhill a little during the middle part of the season but we found a bad part on the car and that really helped pick the performance back up towards the end of the season.”
Provost worked his way into the point lead midway through the season but he fell down as far as third in the standings during the second half of the season and he entered the NAPA Fall Final 12 points behind Al Saunders in the race for the championship. Provost finished third while Saunders retired early in the race with damage to his car in 11th place which was enough to make Provost the champion by 2 points.
TULSA, Okla. (October 28, 2016) With a week to go until the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network hits the clay of the Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. for the return of the Fall Fling, Oklahoma-based John Christner Trucking has been named the title sponsor of the two-day event on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.
A nightly sponsor of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals as well, John Christner Trucking began in 1986 with two trucks and since then has grown to a fleet of over 800 and to this day, is still family owned. The company maintains is corporate offices in Sapulpa, Okla.
“We’re very proud to have a company like John Christner Trucking be a part of the Fall Fling. John supports racers, he has a night at the Chili Bowl, but above all, he’s just good people,” said Emmett Hahn who is promoting the JCT Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway. “Along with John and his family supporting this race, we have several businesses that have stepped up to help make this a success and let me tell you, they love racing just as much as us and I can’t thank them enough for being a part of the Fall Fling.”
Pensacola, FL — Festivities for the 49th Annual Snowball Derby will officially begin on Saturday, November 19 when drivers and teams head down to Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway for the first official practice session, known as the Snowball Derby Preview.
However, the Snowball Preview is more than just a practice session. It’s a chance for some teams to take home some big money before they come back to Five Flags a couple of weeks later.
Five Flags Speedway will put up bonuses for the fastest laps laid down during the event. All divisions racing during Snowball Derby week – Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sportsman and Bombers – will have a chance to put down a fast lap during a three-hour window (4-7 p.m.). The driver with the fastest lap around the fast half-mile oval in each division will be awarded the bonus money.
With his fourth championship all but locked in, Richards looks to single-season wins record
CONCORD, N.C. – October 27, 2016 – For the first time ever, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Championship is all but locked in before the final event of the season, the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, which starts this afternoon and runs through Saturday. With a 270-point lead, Josh Richards need only sign in at the event to earn his fourth championship, a mark no full-time driver has ever met in the series. But that won’t stop him from trying to score a win, as he faces yet another challenge before him this weekend: to break the single-season wins record.
“I just love to race, and to be able to be in contention to win races. It’s been a dream season, to say the least,” said the Shinnston, W.V. driver, as he contemplated his 2016 season. “I could not be more thankful for everyone involved. You know, I never would have seen the season we had. It took some time but, really, it couldn’t have gone any smoother, and I couldn’t be happier with our success as a team. To see our guys have faith in us, and have new cars and go out and perform really well – that part is as rewarding.”
In 2013, Richards recorded an excellent season, winning a series championship with a then career-best 10 wins. He then took a leave of absence for race-related injuries in 2014.
THOMPSON, CT) – The 45th annual running of Don Hoenig’s Original Automotive Swap Meet and Flea Market, presented by RacingJunk.com, returns to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Friday through Sunday, November 4-6. This event is one of the largest automotive swap meets in New England and will attract over 1,500 vendors and thousands of buyers encompassing the grounds of the speedway.
Originally started as a way for race teams and car enthusiasts to have somewhere to buy, sell and swap parts at the end of the season, the Swap Meet has evolved into something much larger. Now, vendors come from across New England to sell everything from race car parts, tools, motorcycles, tires, crafts, snow plows, collectibles, winter clothing and supplies.
Gates will open for vendors at 5AM on Saturday and Sunday, and the hours for the general public will be from 7AM to 5PM. The price for a 15’x30’ Vendor spot for both days is $75.00. Friday will be open for vendors who would like first pick of vendor spots, from 10AM to 8PM, for an additional $25.00 preferred vendor fee. Friday will also be open to any prospective buyers who would like to beat the weekend rush. The cost of admission for the general public will be the same for all three days, $12.00 for Adults; Kids 12 & under are free.
CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 25, 2016 – DIRTcar Racing is proud to announce Volusia Speedway Park will be resuming weekly racing in 2016. VSP Racing, LLC and DIRTcar Racing have come to an agreement to finish out the 2016 racing season.
Racing action is scheduled to resume Friday, November 18 with an open practice for all divisions, and a full racing program on Saturday, November 19 that will include Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Thunderstocks, and Gladiators.
VSP Racing, LLC is newly founded and owned by John Allen of De Leon Springs, Florida. Allen has been a sponsor at the track for the past three years and is thrilled at the new opportunity.
CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Cloer Construction 300 – Hickory Motor Speedway
7:30PM – October 29, 2016
MOORESVILLE, NC (October 25, 2016): What was supposed to be the 2016 season finale for the CARS Tour; this weekend’s Cloer Construction 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway, will be race nine on the 2016 schedule setting up the season finale on November 12th at Southern National Motorsports Park. The twin 150 lap races will see an increase in purse due to lap sponsorship being paid in both divisions. Each sponsored lap will award $30 per lap to the leader and $20 to the tenth position respectively. The bonus money could see track favorites like Josh Berry, Stephen Leicht, Brandon Setzer, and Preston Peltier come to the front in a hurry and walk away with a bigger payday than normal. The battle for the tenth position should be just as intriguing. Meanwhile, championship contenders Deac McCaskill and Raphael Lessard must come away with solid finishes if they want to have some breathing room to clinch their first ever CARS Tour championship two weeks later.
AUSTIN, TX. — Casey Smith’s second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start will come this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. The Austin, TX driver was selected by Niece Equipment to debut the team’s No. 45 truck entry in the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions.
The Buda, TX based Niece Equipment is a world leader in the water truck industry and has tapped veteran NASCAR Elite Division driver, JR Norris, as crew chief.
Smith’s only other NCWTS start came earlier this year at Iowa Speedway with Green Light Racing, where he earned a 22nd-place finish.