Archive for April, 2017

Matt Sheppard Takes First Utica-Rome Speedway Win of the Season, Rocky Warner and Robbie Speed Take Big Super DIRTcar Series Wins

VERNON, NY — On a bitter cold spring evening this past Sunday, April 30, the fans were treated to another exciting night of action on Wilber-Duck Chevrolet night that saw some late-race fireworks and late race charges to the win. Matt Sheppard found himself in familiar territory as he took the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified win while Rocky Warner made a late race pass of leader Dave Marcuccilli to win the DIRTcar Sportsman Series event. Another last lap pass by Robbie Speed brought him another win as he took the checkered in the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series feature event.

Steve Paine and Mike Maresca led the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance 30 lap main event with Maresca grabbing the initial lead. A lap three caution brought the field back together and the restart, it third place starter Marc Johnson sweeping by the top two to take over the top spot. Johnson would hold onto that spot while Maresca, Robbie Bellinger, and Alan Johnson were battling for the podium positions. By lap seven, defending track champion Matt Sheppard broke into the top five after 12th and was looking for more. Another caution slowed the field again on lap 10 with Marc Johnson still the leader with Maresca, Alan Johnson, Sheppard, and Bellinger still showing in the top five on the scoreboard.

Maresca regained the lead on the restart, dropping Marc Johnson to second, with Johnson battling back to lead lap 13. Maresca powered back by to again lead on lap 14 with Sheppard following him through to grab the second position. Sheppard’s charge was not over as he slipped by Maresca to grab the lead on lap 17 and he immediately began to pull away. With 20 laps complete, Sheppard was showing the way with Maresca, Marc Johnson, rookie Claude Hutchings Jr., and Alan Johnson chasing.
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Wingless Sprints Impress at Weedsport Speedway Open Practice

Over a dozen cars take their first Weedsport laps of 2017

WEEDSPORT, NY (April 30, 2017) – While over a dozen cars took their first laps of the season at Weedsport Speedway on Sunday afternoon as a part of the speedway’s open practice session, all eyes were anxiously waiting to see 360 sprint car racers Chuck Hebing, Kelly Hebing, and Erik Karlsen hit the track for a wingless shakedown in anticipation of the ESS/URC ‘Ultimate Wingless Shootout’ on June 25.

Karlsen and the Hebings did not disappoint, taking to the speedway for several laps after 4 p.m., backing their 360 sprint machines into the corners on each end of the Weedsport speed plant.

The track surface, which was dry slick by the end of the day’s test session, provided multiple grooves for the wingless sprints and provided a glimpse into what should be a memorable evening on June 25.

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Boyd Speedway USAC Gulf Coast Midget Race Results

USAC SPEED2 GULF COAST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 28, 2017 – Boyd, Texas – Boyd Speedway – “Boyd/Paradise Night”

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle Jones (#04 Hefler), 2. Zane Lawrence (#76 Lawrence), 3. Paul White (#1PW White), 4. Doug McCune (#9u Urbanosky), 5. Pierce Urbanosky (#19 Urbanosky), 6. James Burke (#31 Burke), 7. Richie Robins (#1 Murdock), 8. Johnny Murdock (#01 Murdock). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Zane Hendricks (#27 Hendricks), 2. Travis Scott (#2x Scott), 3. Andrew Deal (#52 Oaks), 4. Noah Key (#14k Key), 5. Kade Taylor (#51 Bailey), 6. Mark Johnson (#85 Johnson), 7. Jason Tyer (#Z Mordock), 8. Bill Eslick (#24 Eslick). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Zane Lawrence, 2. Kyle Jones, 3. Zane Hendricks, 4. Paul White, 5. Andrew Deal, 6. Doug McCune, 7. Kade Taylor, 8. Noah Key, 9. Pierce Urbanosky, 10. Travis Scott, 11. James Burke, 12. Jason Tyer, 13. Mark Johnson, 14. Bill Eslick, 15. Richie Robins, 16. Johnny Murdock. NT

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Arizona Speedway USAC Southwest Sprint Race Results

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 29, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underrwood), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles), 8. Ricky Thornton Jr. (#5M Madrid). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Ronnie Gardner (#12 Allen), 7. Leland Fuller (#3 Fuller), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#2 Yeley), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Justin Grant (#34 Team AZ), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Bobby Marcum (#80 Marcum), 6. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland). NT

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York Haven USAC Eastern Midget Race Results Presented by ARDC

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS: April 29, 2017 York Haven, Pennsylvania – Susquehanna Speedway – “Jim Strausbaugh Bald Hill Shootout”

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 2. Shawn Jackson (#7 Jackson), 3. Brett Arndt (#46 Arndt), 4. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 5. Adam Pierson (#76e FMR), 6. Jay Hartman (#24 Myers), 7. Jason Rice (#57 Rice), 8. Andrew Layser (#35 Lesher). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Brenden Bright (#92 Bright), 2. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 RT), 3. Tommy Kunsman Jr. (#21 Kunsmzn), 4. Kenny Miller (#23M Miller), 5. Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), 6. Johnny Smith (#4s Smith), 7. Eric Heydenreich (#11 Heydenreich). NT

FEATURE: (20 Laps) 1. Trevor Kobylarz, 2. Brenden Bright, 3. Ryan Greth, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Adam Pierson, 6. Brett Arndt, 7. Tommy Kunsman, 8. Shawn Jackson, 9. Ken Miller, 10. Jay Hartman, 11. Eric Heydenreich, 12. Jason Rice, 13. Andrew Layser, 14. Josh Heckman, 15. Johnny Smith. NT

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Dowling & Wood Score Napa Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Sunday Feature Victories at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Weekend continued on Sunday, April 30 with feature events for the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions. Scoring wins were Chase Dowling in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature and Josh Wood in the 30-lap Late Model feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Ryan Preece used the outside lane to get by polesitter Tyler Hines on the first lap to take the early lead. Ted Christopher quickly moved to the inside of Hines to take over second on lap-2 and Keith Rocco followed in Christopher’s tracks to pull alongside Hines in a fight for third and he took the spot on lap-3. Hines settled into fourth Ronnie Williams fifth before the caution came out with 4 laps complete for Austin Pickens, who came to a stop in turn 2.
Christopher got a great restart and powered his way in front of Preece to take the lead. Rocco and Hines were side by side for third behind Preece with Williams and Chase Dowling side by side for fifth place. Rocco took third with Williams fourth and Pennink moved up to fifth with Hines falling back to sixth on lap-8. Pickens spun in turn 4 to bring the caution back out with 9 laps complete.

Christopher resumed his place at the front of the field on the restart with Rocco moving alongside Preece for second with Williams and Pennink side by side for fourth. Rocco took second on lap-12 and Williams was able to take third as Preece fell back into a duel with Todd Owen for fourth. Bo Gunning spun through the frontstretch infield to bring the caution flag out with 13 laps complete.

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Preece Returns to Winning Form

STAFFORD, Conn. — Returning to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour full-time this year, Ryan Preece was itching to get back into Victory Lane.

He accomplished that goal Sunday in the 46th running of the NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway.

He took the lead from race leader Doug Coby with 13 laps to go and drove away with his first career Spring Sizzler victory behind the wheel of his No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet.

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Zach Holden and Brandon Dixon Score Wins at VIR

Alton, VA – Zach Holden won in F1600 competition while Brandon Dixon scored the win in F2000 on Sunday afternoon at VIR.

F1600: Holden Pulls Off Sunday Sweep

Alton, VA – For the second race in a row, and on the same day, Zach Holden took the lead on the last lap and his second victory in three starts on the season-opening weekend of the F1600 Championship Series at VIR. Holden took his No. 96 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda to the win in a late Sunday afternoon race at VIR following his morning performance. He crossed the line with a margin of .02 seconds, just a few inches, over Team Pelfrey’s Jonathan Kotyk while Matthew Cowley finished third.

“The last lap was pretty hectic. There were three of us very close down the back straight. We were all going for a spot,” said Holden. “I knew I wanted to be second coming out of the last corner, and I drafted and passed him down the front straight. It was almost a little late but we got him.”

Kotyk was denied a comeback victory in the No. 81 Team Pelfrey machine. 

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Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road Postponed Due to Rain

Barre, Vt. – Unexpected rain storms arrived early in the afternoon of Sunday, April 30, forcing the postponement of the Merchants Bank 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT). The event will be made up on a date to be determined.

Thirty-five ACT Late Models were in the pits for Sunday’s event, which was scheduled to be the season opener for Thunder Road. Jimmy Hebert and Bobby Therrien had topped ACT practice sessions before the rains rolled in.

The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will also be on the card. Admission is $25 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. All rain checks from the originally scheduled date will be honored.

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F1600: Holden Wins Race 2

Race 2 Recap Video: https://www.facebook.com/F1600/videos/1377737368915546/

Alton, VA – Zach Holden won the second F1600 Championship Series race of the VIR weekend as the leaders scrambled coming out of turn 17 to pass a slower lapped car at VIR on the last lap coming to the checkered flag. Holden would take his first F1600 win in the No. 96 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda ahead of Matthew Cowley and Lance Fenderson.

“I kind of had a plan to pass Jonathan (Kotyk) on the last straight, but a curve ball happened when he made contact with the lapped car,” said Holden. “I went to the outside, he went to the inside; I didn’t make contact and he did, and I came out in front.”

Team Pelfrey’s Cowley finished second in the No. 80 Mygale/Honda.

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Scott Big Winner on Opening Night at Claremont Speedway

CLAREMONT, NH – Super Street super sophomore Hayden Scott scored the biggest win of his young career on Claremont Speedway’s 2017 opening night, Friday, April 28, and with it, a $1,000 payday, topping the third-mile speed plant’s 75-lap main event.

Scott, winless a summer ago in his rookie Super Stock campaign, started his second season with a bang, leading the final 46 laps of Friday night’s Richardson Memorial Race feature to lead veteran strongmen Ricky Bly and Jack McClay under the opening night checkers.

Other winners on the speedway’s 70th opening night included Sunapee speedster Dana Smith, who dominated the 30-lap Modified feature, Wild Cat ace Greg Millette, who wired his caution-free 25-lapper, and reigning Limited Sportsman champion Scott Vien, who, like both Smith and Millette, led all the way to top his division’s feature race.
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Choquette Runs Away with So. Super Series Win at Mobile

Mobile, Ala. — Mobile International Speedway hosted its first of only two races on the 2017 Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco circuit Saturday evening. At the end of the 95-lap feature, it was Jeff Choquette who prevailed, besting 17 other competitors with a superior green flag run.

Choquette took over the lead from young gun Chase Purdy just under a quarter of the way through the race, never looking back.

“We struggled yesterday over at Pensacola, but it’s good to come back here and rebound,” Choquette said. “We knew we had a good car when we unloaded and we tweaked on it a little bit more.”
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Godown and Pauch, Jr. Win 358 Modified Features at New Egypt Speedway

New Egypt, NJ (April 30, 2017) – On Twin Twenty Night presented by Premio Sausage, Ryan Godown, and Billy Pauch, Jr. each won a 358 Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway. In addition to his 358 Modified victory, Godown topped the field in the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car contest. TJ Lilly took top honors in the Hammer Sportsman main event. David Burns was the victor in the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie feature.

At the start of the first 20-lap feature for the 358 Modifieds, fourth place starting Danny Bouc bolted to the front of the pack. After a couple of caution periods and five circuits completed, Bouc was still on top with Ryan Godown in second place after starting in fifteenth. Godown was tracking down Bouc when a series of yellow flags took place on the eighth circuit. Once green flag racing resumed, Godown took the lead with nine tours recorded. Godown continued to his stretch his advantage over Bouc until he began to enter lap traffic with three laps remaining. In the midst of slower cars, Bouc began to close in on the leader but Godown maintained his position to take the win. With Bouc finishing in second, Ryan Krachun came home in third. Fourth went to DJ Ruppert. After starting in twenty-third, Rocco Infante finished in fifth.

With the top twelve finishers of the first feature inverted for the second 20-lap feature for the 358 Modifieds, polesitter Billy Pauch, Jr. grabbed the opening lap lead after the original start was scrubbed due to a caution. Just after the first tour was completed, the red flag was shown as a multi-car incident in turn one saw Roger Manning’s car rollover. After a few appearances of the yellow flag, Pauch, Jr. was still in command on lap six with Godown in second place and David Van Horn in third. At the halfway point, a mechanical issue forced Van Horn to drop out of the race on another restart and John McClelland was next in line behind Pauch, Jr., and Godown. In the second half of the race, Pauch, Jr. began to pull away from Godown but one final caution period occurred on lap nineteen. On the final resumption of racing, Pauch, Jr. held off one last charge by Godown to take his second win of the year. With McClelland breaking on the closing circuit, Willie Osmun finished in third. Fourth was taken by Ryan Krachun and Brandon Grosso completed the race in fifth. The 358 Modified heat winners were Lou Cicconi, Danny Bouc, and PJ Oliver. The consolation race was taken by Chad Barney.

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Manmiller, Dylan Swinehart, and Blaine Emery Continue New Winners Streak at Grandview Speedway

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. April 30, 2017. .The new winner’s streak continued at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Back after a week hiatus courtesy of Mother Nature, 35 Modified, 18 Late Model and 34 Sportsman drivers were ready to mix it up in qualifying events to participate in their respective features on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway and three new feature winners put their names in the record book.

After three Saturday nights of NASCAR stock car racing, there have been nine different feature winners.

Doug “The Handler” Manmiller dove underneath leader Ryan Grim to take the lead away on the 24th lap of the 30-lap NASCAR T.P. Trailers 358 Modified feature and proceeded to win his first feature of the current campaign behind the wheel of the Jason Miller-owned No. 44M. Manmiller ran high and low until the bottom line came in and he could make his move. With five laps to go Manmiller dealt with lap traffic and as long as they held their line, he knew what maneuver to make to keep the others in tow.

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Hanford USAC West Coast Sprint Race Results

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 29, 2017 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.657; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.836; 3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.862; 4. Jake Swanson, 41, Henry/Jones-16.894; 5. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.940; 6. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.079; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.096; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-17.367; 9. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-17.502; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.505; 11. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.583; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.721; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.881; 14. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.995; 15. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-18.162; 16. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-18.198; 17. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-18.237; 18. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-18.554; 19. Hobie Conway, 1K, Kruseman-18.920.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. R.Vander Weerd. 3. Wiley, 4. McQueen, 5. Swanson, 6. Smith, 7. Conway. NT

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Canton USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget Rainout

IMRA Rained Out at Spoon River

Canton, IL……..Rain has forced cancellation of Saturday night’s USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway. The series continues May 6 at 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa.

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Greenville USAC Speed2 Gulf Coast Midget Race Postponed

Gulf Coast Midgets at Superbowl Speedway Postponed Due to Weather

Greenville, TX……..Threatening weather has forced postponement of Saturday night’s USAC Speed2 Gulf Coast Midget race at Superbowl Speedway.

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Miller Bests ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints at Deep South Speedway

LOXLEY, Ala. (April 29, 2017) Having to settle for Silver on Friday night, Mississippi’s Michael Miller upgraded to Gold on Saturday with the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints at the Deep South Speedway for his ninth career victory and first of the 2017 season.

Taking the green from the second row, Miller wasted little time advancing to the point. Chased by Friday night’s feature winner, Timmy Thrash, the current series point’s leader advanced into slower traffic as Thrash was left to contend with Brian Bell, then Harli White.

Through two cautions to settle the final laps of Saturday’s feature event, Miller was able to stave off any challenges from the No. 09 with Thrash able to hold on to the runner-up position. Harli White crossed third but would ended up being docked to fifth for a restart infraction, thus advancing Florida’s A.J. Maddox to the final podium step with Kyle Amerson moving to fourth.

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‘What They’re Saying’ from the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “I can’t explain how excited I am. Ovals are not my specialty. I grew up in Europe racing go-karts. I learned about ovals when I was 26 years old, so I had to learn the skill and the technique that I didn’t know. Man, this is incredible. What a win. The car was phenomenal and thanks to the Menards Chevrolet crew. On the pit stops these guys never make any mistakes – I can completely rely on them and the car was just incredible from the beginning to the end. The car was so strong at the beginning of the race; we were able to save fuel in traffic. And it paid off with that lucky yellow but we’ve had our fair share of bad luck too this year so it doesn’t hurt sometimes to have a little break.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “Tonight’s a tough blow. It’s tough when you have a podium car, potentially a winner car if everything goes right, and you finish ninth. We can’t be too displeased over ninth, but I don’t think we’re super happy. I think the Hum by Verizon Chevrolet team is going to truck forward. We think we have fast cars, we’ve had fast cars all year, so hopefully that bodes well for the month of May and we can try to get some more victories.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet): “A lot of battles out there, with teammates even. I’m proud of my REV Group Chevy team. They stayed with it all night. That’s what happens when you have three other amazing drivers. Someday it’s going to be somebody’s day. It was amazing to see. It was a big break for Simon (Pagenaud) on the yellow, but he also was very good. At the end of the day it was a tough battle with some of the guys laps down, which wasn’t really necessary to be honest, but that’s racing. We have another top five in a race, collecting points. We’re going to get our break sooner or later.”

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‘What They’re Saying’ from the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “I can’t explain how excited I am. Ovals are not my specialty. I grew up in Europe racing go-karts. I learned about ovals when I was 26 years old, so I had to learn the skill and the technique that I didn’t know. Man, this is incredible. What a win. The car was phenomenal and thanks to the Menards Chevrolet crew. On the pit stops, these guys never make any mistakes – I can completely rely on them and the car was just incredible from the beginning to the end. The car was so strong at the beginning of the race; we were able to save fuel in traffic. And it paid off with that lucky yellow but we’ve had our fair share of bad luck too this year so it doesn’t hurt sometimes to have a little break.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “Tonight’s a tough blow. It’s tough when you have a podium car, potentially a winner car if everything goes right, and you finish ninth. We can’t be too displeased over ninth, but I don’t think we’re super happy. I think the Hum by Verizon Chevrolet team is going to truck forward. We think we have fast cars, we’ve had fast cars all year, so hopefully, that bodes well for the month of May and we can try to get some more victories.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet): “A lot of battles out there, with teammates even. I’m proud of my REV Group Chevy team. They stayed with it all night. That’s what happens when you have three other amazing drivers. Someday it’s going to be somebody’s day. It was amazing to see. It was a big break for Simon (Pagenaud) on the yellow, but he also was very good. At the end of the day, it was a tough battle with some of the guys laps down, which wasn’t really necessary, to be honest, but that’s racing. We have another top five in a race, collecting points. We’re going to get our break sooner or later.”

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Pagenaud Races Away to First Oval Victory, Takes Points Lead

AVONDALE, Arizona (Saturday, April 29, 2017) – Simon Pagenaud picked one of the Verizon IndyCar Series tracks richest in open-wheel history to earn his first oval victory.

The reigning series champion drove away from the field in the final half of the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix Raceway, winning by 9.1028 seconds over teammate Will Power and assuming the points lead after four races of the 2017 season.

DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY PHOENIX GRAND PRIX: Box score

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Decker Scores Third-Straight Highbank Hold-Up Win at Fulton

Sheppard earns runner-up spot after starting 11th

FULTON, NY – April 29, 2017 – Billy Decker raced from the sixth-starting position to take the lead from outside polesitter Brett Hearn on lap 46 and held off a surging Matt Sheppard to claim his third straight Highbank Holdup 100 victory with the Super DIRTcar Series at FultonSpeedway on Saturday night.
After taking the lead, Decker battled through lapped traffic to build a lead over Hearn. He then had to contend with Sheppard, who rallied from the 11th starting spot to take the runner-up position on lap 56. Decker defended against the reigning champion’s efforts, particularly over the final 10 laps, to secure his first Series win since last year’s edition of the event on April 30, 2016.
“It was tough sledding,” Decker said of the battles throughout the race. “I think if you were rolling you could go pretty good. Matt (Sheppard) came a long way and there was a lot of dicing. I could really carry some speed through the center of the turn and I think that’s what did it.”

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Santos Savors Victory in Silver Crown Return to Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona………It had been eight years since the United States Auto Club competed at Phoenix Raceway. Since then, the track has been slightly reconfigured, repaved and renovated.

On Saturday, to Bobby Santos, it was still the same Phoenix Raceway he knew and loved back in 2009 when he raced to a USAC National Midget victory at the one-mile tri-oval.

In his return, Santos used his experience and bravado to outduel David Byrne in a wild west shootout, racing past Byrne using a massive run off turn four, then fending off his comeback attempt off turn two a lap later to capture his seventh career USAC Silver Crown presented by TRAXXAS victory at the “Phoenix Copper Cup.”

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300-Lap Score at Beech Ridge is Second Straight PASS Super Late Model Win for Reid Lanpher

Scarborough, Maine – Reid Lanpher of Manchester backed up a career-first Pro All Stars Series victory the previous week at Oxford Plains Speedway with a dominant performance in Saturday’s 300-lap PASS National Championship Series Super Late Model race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine.

Lanpher was chased across the finish line by the reigning Pro Series champion at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Curtis Gerry of Waterboro, who passed a fleet of racecars after a spin relegated him to the back of the pack midway through the marathon. Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Massachusetts claimed third-place honors, in front of Belfast racer Travis Benjamin and Turner’s Glen Luce.

Lanpher, a former NASCAR Pro Series track champion at Beech Ridge, started the race from 11th position and patiently worked his way into contention, occasionally challenging three-time 2016 PASS Super Late Model winner Garrett Hall of Scarborough, who led the first 109 laps before Lanpher made his move to the front during an extended green flag run that went well past the halfway point when a caution flag sent just about the entire field to pit road for tires.

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DiMatteo, Narducci, Beyer, & Lindeman Score NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Saturday Feature Victories at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway opened its doors for racing in 2017 with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions as well as the Mr. Rooter Truck Series as part of the Saturday NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® Weekend festivities. Cory DiMatteo took the checkered flag in the 20-lap SK Light feature, Bryan Narducci was the winner of the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Trace Beyer won the 15-lap DARE Stock feature, and Andy Lindeman won the 35-lap Mr. Rooter Truck Series feature.

The 20-lap SK Light Modified feature took the green flag with Joey Ferrigno taking the lead on the outside of Andrew Les. The field completed 2 laps before the caution came out for Brett Gonyaw, who got into the wall coming out of turn 2 and came to a stop on the backstretch.

Ferrigno took the lead back under green with Tony Santangelo hot on his bumper. David Arute was up to third with Glenn Griswold in fourth and Jay Goff fifth. Marcello Rufrano and Chris Matthews were side by side for sixth as Ferrigno began to stretch out his advantage over Arute in second.

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Fulton Speedway – Highbank Holdup Night 2 Quick Results

Highbank Holdup Day #2 Quick Results Presented By TK99 Classic Rock

(Modified Super DIRTcar Series Highbank Holdup 100 Laps) – BILLY DECKER, Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Brett Hearn, Larry Wight, Billy Dunn, Billy Whittaker, Alan Johnson, Stewart Friesen, Erick Rudolph, Tom Sears Jr., Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, Bobby Varin, Peter Britten, Brandon Walters, Mike Mahaney, Max McLaughlin, Rich Scagliotta, Keith Flach, Michael Maresca, Tim Sears Jr., Chris Hile, Rob Bellinger, Danny Varin, Mike Bowman, Carey Terrance, Yan Bussiere, Chad Phelps, Gary Tomkins.

(Cars Entered) – 42

(Tom Juno Power Seal Driveway Sealer $100 Hard Charger) – Alan Johnson.

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Phoenix USAC Silver Crown (Presented by Traxxas) Race Results

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: April 28-29, 2017 – Phoenix, Arizona – Phoenix Raceway – “Phoenix Copper Cup”

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: (April 28) 1. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ Racing-25.362; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-25.499; 3. Davey Hamilton, 99, RPM/Gormly-25.607; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn/Carli-25.609; 5. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-25.666; 6. Tanner Swanson, 201, Nolen-25.682; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-25.768; 8. Damion Gardner, 6, Klatt-26.078; 9. Henry Clarke, 75, Rose-26.342; 10. Davey Hamilton Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-26.656; 11. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-26.906; 12. A.J. Russell, 3, Finkenbinder-27,390; 13. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-27.416; 14. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-28.067; 15. Shane Butler, 15, Thompson-30.978; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-NT; 17. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps – April 29) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. David Byrne, 4. Davey Hamilton, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Shane Butler, 7. Aaron Pierce, 8. Toni Breidinger, 9. A.J. Russell, 10. Henry Clarke, 11. Joe Axsom, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. Chris Windom (#2 Lawson), 14. Justin Grant, 15. Tanner Swanson, 16. Davey Hamilton Jr. NT

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F2000: Palacio Scores First Win on Last Lap

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Alton, VA – Nicolas Palacio started on pole but only led a single lap, leading across the finish line to score his first career F2000 Championship Series victory in the season-opener at VIR. Palacio lost the lead on the start from pole to Reece Everard, who gapped the field but had mechanical problems on the last lap coming out of the last turn, with Palacio charging to the victory by just two tenths of a second.

“I didn’t know what to think,” said Palacio. “He pulled away and did a good job. I was driving with a flat-spotted left front with a bad vibration the entire race. We managed to hang in there and I was trying to hang on to second. I saw Reece slowing on the last lap and I kept my foot in it.”

Palacio gets a chance for a sweep on Sunday at VIR, as he starts on pole again.

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Atlantic: Last Lap Move Gives Portante VIR Win

Alton, VA – Peter Portante passed David Grant on the outside down the backstretch at VIR on the last lap for the win in round two of the 2017 Atlantic Championship Series season. It marks Portante’s first Atlantic win in his second start for K-Hill Motorsports in an action-packed race. David Grant finished second and Saturday winner Keith Grant completed the podium as the three leaders diced for the race win.

Portante started second and fell back to third in the only going, only to mount an assault, moving past Keith Grant and then passing David Grant for the lead on lap 10.

He led a few laps before David got past again.

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Atlantic: Keith Grant Wins with Third to First Move on Restart

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Alton, VA – Keith Grant won the season-opening Atlantic Championship Series race on a wild restart with four laps to go at VIRginia International Raceway on a hot Saturday afternoon. Grant was sitting third in his No. 40 Polestar Swift 016, and when David Grant and Peter Portante went wide while battling for the lead in turn one on a restart, Keith Grant dove inside taking first place and the win at VIR. Portante finished second with David Grant in third.

For Keith Grant, it was an anonymous race until late in the going. He started second and ran second for most of the 22-lap race, eventually getting passed by a charging Portante. However, a full course caution packed the field and changed everything, giving the 2015 Champion the first win of 2017.

“I was definitely in the right place at the right time today,” said Keith Grant. “David had me before the caution came out. I was fortunate for the caution to come out and have both of them go for it in one.”

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