Archive for September, 2017

Rufrano, Saunders, Walker, & Giordano Score Fall Final Saturday Feature Victories at Stafford Speedway; DiMatteo & Provost Clinch Track Championships

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway kicked off its final race event of the 2017 season with feature events for its SK Light, Limited Late Model, and DARE Stock divisions, as well as a feature event for the Mr. Rooter Truck Series as part of the Saturday NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend festivities. Taking feature wins were Marcello Rufrano in the SK Light feature, Cliff Saunders in the Limited Late Model feature, Johnny Walker in the DARE Stock feature, and Gerald Giordano, Jr. in the Mr. Rooter Truck Series feature. There were two track championships also decided with Cory DiMatteo becoming the SK Light champion and Duane Provost won his second consecutive Limited Late Model championship. Johnny Walker is the DARE Stock track champion for the second consecutive season after clinching the title last Friday night.

In the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Todd Douillard took the lead the green with a flurry of 2 and 3 wide action behind him. Cory DiMatteo quickly took second with Brett Gonyaw third, Marcello Rufrano fourth, and Glenn Korner in fifth. Amanda West and Ed Chicoski spun in turn 2 to bring the caution out with 4 laps complete.

Back under green DiMatteo took the lead but he would lose the lead to Rufrano on lap-9. Gonyaw took second as DiMatteo fell back to third with Dan Wesson up to fourth and Korner was fifth. Wesson took fourth from DiMatteo on lap-12 as Gonyaw was homing in on the back bumper of Rufrano for the lead.
With 2 laps to go, Rufrano had pulled away slightly from Gonyaw, who now had Wesson all over his back bumper for third. Rufrano took the checkered flag to pick up his fourth win of the 2017 season with Gonyaw, Wesson, DiMatteo, and David Arute rounding out the top-5. DiMatteo’s fourth place finish was good enough to make him the 2017 SK Light champion.

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The 358-Modified Super DIRTcar Series, Cole Cup For 360 Sprints, and DIRTcar Sportsman Close Out Utica-Rome Speedway Season with Special Super Dirt Week Pregame Event

VERNON, NY- Coming up this Tuesday, October 3, is the final on-track event of the season for the popular Vernon oval as it kicks off Super DIRT Week with some Tuesday Night Thunder action.  A $4,000 to win 100-lap 358-Modified Super DIRTcar Series event, the $3,000 to win Cole Cup for the 360 Sprints, and a $1,000 to win Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman main event will serve as a huge pre-game event to get things rolling for Super DIRT Week. 
A total of 11 358-Modified Super DIRTcar Series events have been held at the Utica-Rome Speedway with Alan Johnson claiming the victory in the most recent one on August 26, 2004.  A huge field is expected this Tuesday in pursuit of the $4,000 win, with drivers from all over the Northeast and Canada invading the Vernon oval.  The current 358-Modified Super DIRTcar Series standings is dominated by Canadians with Steve Bernard leading over Chris Raabe, Mathieu Desjardins, Mario Clair, Steve Bernier, Carey Terrance, Lance Willix II, Jordan McCreadie, Michael Parent, Alex Therrien, Simon Perreault, and Danny Johnson.  Joining the talented field will be a strong contingent of local and weekly track regulars, led by 2017 Utica-Rome Speedway Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified champion Matt Sheppard in the Sweeteners Plus numbered 92s.  Joining Sheppard will be Gypsum Express teammates Larry Wight and Pat Ward, Marc Johnson, Robby Bellinger, Mike Maresca, Tim Fuller, Alan Johnson, Ryan Arbuthnot, with Billy Whittaker and Bobby Varin also showing interest.  The list of drivers goes on and it be a hotly contested 100 lap main event, potentially being the most exciting event of the season.
 
In the past two seasons when the 360 Sprints have competed at Utica-Rome Speedway to kick off Super DIRT Week, the combination of cooler temperatures and earlier sunset have led to some blistering lap times for the winged Sprints along with some intense racing action.  Former World of Outlaw and current Pennsylvania Posse driver Lucas Wolfe scored the win in this event last season and is expected to be on hand Tuesday to defend his win.  This year’s event will be the 2017 Cole Cup, paying $3,000 to the winner of the 25-lap A-Main, should again attract many of the top drivers in the region. Many of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint stars including 2017 ESS champion Jason Barney, Matt Tanner, Paul Kinney, Matt Billings, Jeff Cook, Coleman Gulick, Danny Varin and Bobby Varin, Jonathan Preston, Chad Miller, Brett Wright, Shawn Donath, Chuck and Kelly Hebing, and Dave Axton are just some of the names you could expect this Tuesday. The Cole Cup, an annual event for the 360 Sprints, pays homage to previous track owner Gene Cole who played a pivotal role in strengthening 360 Sprint racing in Central New York with multiple annual events held at the track each season.

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Knepper & Meents Memorial Weekend

Belleville, IL – With a handful of races left for the 2017 season, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League and POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League look to the two-day show at Belle-Clair Speedway on September 29th and 30th.

Set to honor two of the Metro Saint Louis region’s most recognized supporters of open-wheel racing, Friday night’s show on 9/29 will be the rescheduled 26th Annual Knepper Memorial. Saturday’s show will be the 13th Annual Charlene Meents Memorial. Both nights the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League will be joined by the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League. With every POWRi event to date at Belle-Clair Speedway claimed by weather, fans, drivers, and teams are chomping at the bit to take on the high-banked 1/5 mile.

During her years with MARA, Charlene Meents was instrumental in keeping midget racing alive in the Midwest, especially the St. Louis area. She played an important role in maintaining MARA’s presence in some of the country’s largest and most notable races, including the Belleville Nationals and the Chili Bowl Nationals. Though she passed away in 2003, Meents is remembered by many as a friendly face who welcomed them to each MARA event. Along with her friends and family, the Charlene Meents Memorial keeps her racing legacy alive.
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Cocopah Speedway Set to Host Three-Night Lucas Oil ASCS Season Finale

TULSA, Okla. (September 28, 2017) The deserts that surround Somerton, Ariz. are the destination for the 2017 Season Finale for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network with three nights of racing at the Cocopah Speedway on deck, November 9, 10, and 11.
“Cocopah Speedway is a great facility. The track is well done every time we roll through the gates, and its location usually offers teams and fans great weather to come out and enjoy the racing and giving them three nights, it’s going to be big,” said ASCS founder, Emmett Hahn, on the series going three days at the Arizona oval.
The three nights of racing will be preceded by a practice night on Wednesday, November 8.

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2018 Chili Bowl Breakfast of Champions to Benefit Bryan Clauson Racer’s for Autism

TULSA, Okla. (September 28, 2017) A chance to eat breakfast with some of racing’s biggest stars and legends, while benefiting the work that was began by one of its greatest ambassadors. The 2018 Chili Bowl Breakfast of Champions will take place on Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Fair Meadows, located just east of the River Spirit Expo Center from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. (CT)
Produced by Bart Stevens with RadiusNation.net, tickets for the event go on sale on October 2, 2017, at http://www.chilibowlboc.com. Cost is $100 per person, and money goes to benefit Bryan Clauson Racer’s For Autism.
“It looks like we should have nearly all of the drivers who are still with us today present, as well as Bryan’s father, Tim Clauson to sit, meet, and eat with everyone who wants to participate. It’s just a unique opportunity gives fans a chance to sit down and actually have breakfast with a past champion of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals,” said Stevens who also coordinates the Racer’s Reunion.

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Snowball Derby “King” Bickle Heading Back for 50th Running

Pensacola, FL – Rich Bickle is the most decorated driver in the history of the Snowball Derby. Bickle leads all drivers with five career wins in the “granddaddy of all short track races,” but he hasn’t been back to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida since he finished second in 2002. Now, for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby, the “Snowball Derby King” is headed back to Pensacola in search of his sixth Tom Dawson Trophy.

During the 1990’s, no driver was more dominant at the historic Florida half-mile than Bickle. In addition to his five victories (1990, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999), Bickle had an average finish of 8.4. His lowest finish was 36th in 1992, but that was due to an engine failure.

Even the first year Bickle went to Pensacola in 1989 he almost won the race. He finished a close second to Rick Crawford.

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Rice Race Prep Announces F1600 Expansion for 2018

Indianapolis, IN – Rice Race Prep announced today it is adding three cars for the 2018 F1600 Championship Series season. The Greg Rice-run team won the F2000 Championship Series title in 2016, as well as the F1600 Masters Class Championship the same year.

“After seven years of preparing customer cars in Formula Race Promotion’s F1600 Series, we are adding three new team cars for the 2018 season,” Rice said. “These will be available for arrive and drive use.”

The cars come way of Chastain Motorsports and are all Mygale/Hondas.

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ASCS Mid-South Headlining Ralph Henson Memorial at I-30 Speedway

TULSA, Okla. (September 28, 2017) The annual tribute to Ralph Henson is next for the ASCS Mid-South Region at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway on Saturday, September 30.
Henson, who passed away in October 2007, enjoyed over 35 years behind the wheel. Entering its 10th year, the Saturday affair at “Hammer Hill” will see the winner pocketing $2,046, with the race paying $346 to start. The top-six in Passing Points after Heat Races will also get a shot at extra money in the Xtreme Towing Dash for Cash.
Derek Hagar is the defending champion of the Ralph Henson Memorial, holding off Sammy Swindell for the victory one year ago. In nine events up to this point, there have been eight different winners with Zach Pringle standing as the only driver with a pair of wins in 2010 and 2011.

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Casey’s Midwest Fall Brawl at I-80 Speedway Next For Lucas Oil ASCS National and Nebraska 360 Series

TULSA, Okla. (September 28, 2017) One of the fastest ovals in the Midwest is on deck for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network and the Carpet Land Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series with the $5,000 to win, $500 to start Casey’s Midwest Fall Brawl on Saturday, September 30.
 
A unique event, the 2016 edition saw the melding of a Late Model style format with Sprint Car flair that propelled Terry McCarl to victory in the SnowPlow.com No. 24. A double Heat Race format that is used in the Silver Dollar Nationals, the same format will again be used for the 2017 showdown.
 
On top of the $5,000 winner’s check, Searsboro Telephone, Co. will also dole out $1,000 to the night’s Hard Charger, who did not use a Provisional. Another $300 will be given out as well in the podium draw.
Since 1996, a total of 15 events have been held at I-80 Speedway with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network with 13 winners. Danny Lasoski and Wayne Johnson are the only repeat winners.

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Testing guidelines set for 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season

• Manufacturers, teams receive sufficient time to test new universal aero kit
• Open tests scheduled for Phoenix Raceway, Barber Motorsports Park, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017) – INDYCAR is providing ample time for manufacturers and teams to learn the new universal aero kit during offseason testing, with the sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyCar Series announcing testing guidelines for the 2018 season.

The testing regulations, developed in cooperation with series teams and manufacturers, have been distributed to INDYCAR stakeholders and are split into offseason and in-season testing categories.

The offseason testing window began Monday and runs through March 29, 2018. The in-season testing window runs from March 30-Sept. 16, 2018.

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Vermont Milk Bowl Full of Prestige for Drivers

Barre, Vt. – The 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Saving Bank is just days away at Barre’s Thunder Road. The latest edition of the historic event will come to the starting grid at 1:00pmon Sunday, October 1, capping what will be an action-packed weekend featuring the best Late Model racers and teams in the region.

Excitement has been building all month for the historic event that dates back to 1962. With its unique three-segment format and storied tradition, the Milk Bowl has taken on a special significance to the teams that compete in it, and dozens of top drivers will be looking to join the exclusive fraternity of winners or add another entry into the record books.

“The Milk Bowl is the most prestigious race for me,” defending Milk Bowl Champion Nick Sweet of Barre said. “I know there are guys that aspire to bigger and better things, but I’m telling you, this hometown race is the biggest thing in my racing career. So I can’t wait for this weekend. It’s going to be hard to top what I’ve accomplished the last couple years, but hopefully, we can go out there and do well. Ultimately, the key is to have fun. I don’t know the cow’s name this year, but I’d really like to meet her!”

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Doug Coby Hopeful for Another Stafford Victory in NAPA Fall Final

Stafford Springs, CT — With 8 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories at Stafford Speedway since 2012, Doug Coby and the #2 Mayhew Tools team have become synonymous with success at the Connecticut half-mile facility.  Coby has continued his good fortunes at Stafford with second place finishes in both the NAPA Spring Sizzler® in April and the Stafford 150 in August.  While the 2017 season didn’t get off to the best of starts for Coby and the #2 team they find themselves leading the points standings coming to Stafford for the first time this season and what better track for Coby to try to extend his point lead than Stafford.

“This year has been a weird season,” said Coby.  “We haven’t won as much as we have in the past couple years but we’ve had some really consistent finishes.  We’re coming off a 14th place finish at Loudon, which was pretty disappointing.  We led most of the race and then kind of got knocked around at the end.  We’re coming to Stafford hoping to win and at the very least hoping to extend the point lead heading into Thompson in a couple of weeks.  We’re excited it’s Stafford and we’ve been so good there the last 4 years or so.  It’s a great spot for us to come back to having just got the point lead.  I’d like to say I like our chances but I liked our chances last week at Loudon and everywhere else we’ve gone this year.  It really hasn’t been our year to go out and dominate with wins like we have in the past.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we went out and had a good run, led a lot of laps and won, or if Ryan or someone else wins the race. Anything can happen and I’m just hoping to get out of Stafford with the point lead and go to Thompson with another shot at winning the championship.”

Coby began the 2017 season with 3 finishes of 13th or worse in the first 4 events and he was 51 points out of the lead after the Langley race.  From there, Coby and the #2 team have slowly but steadily climbed their way back into championship contention with a 6-race string that saw them post a win, 4 second place finishes, and a fourth.  Coby says that this streak has him and the team hungry for a win at Stafford in the NAPA Fall Final.

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Bradford USAC Speed2 DMA Midget Race Results

Hull Wins DMA Finale; Championship to Christensen

Bradford, VT……..Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. won Saturday night’s 30-lap USAC Speed2 DMA Midget points finale, passing Joe Krawiec on lap six and leading the rest of the way. Jeff Horn took second ahead of Krawiec, John Heydenreich, and newly-crowned series champion Dean Christensen.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 23, 2017 – Bradford, Vermont – Bear Ridge Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Seth Carlson, 2, Matczak-14.399; 2. John Heydenreich, 22, Givens-14.456; 3. Dean Christensen, 69, Miller-14.500; 4. Joe Krawiec, 1B, Miller-14.513; 5. Will Hull, 3, Matczak-14.536; 6. Jeff Horn, 1A, Mossman-14.548, 7. Derek O’Hearn, 5, Matczak-14.621; 8. Manny Dias, 42, Dias-14.630; 9. Adam Whitney, 12, Whitney-14.777; 10. Alex Rose, 11, Rose-14.825; 11. Jeff Champagne, 77, Champagne-14.876; 12. David Moniz, 9, Moniz-14.951; 13. Bobby White, 68, White-15.045; 14. Robert Spino, 64, Spino-15.222.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Will Hull, 2. Jeff Horn, 3. Joe Krawiec, 4. John Heydenreich, 5. Dean Christensen, 6. Adam Whitney, 7. Derek O’Hearn, 8. Manny Dias, 9. Jeff Champagne, 10. Bobby White, 11. Seth Carlson, 12. David Moniz, 13. Alex Rose. NT

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NEAR Mitchell-Ratta Media Award to Veteran Reporters Danko, Herzig

Prestigious auto racing honor shared between longtime journalists

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. – The New England Auto Racers (NEAR) Hall of Fame has named two longtime stock car racing journalists, Brian Danko and Tom Herzig, to receive the 2017 Mitchell-Ratta Media Award.

Bearing the names of respected motorsports writers Charlie Mitchell of the Norwalk (Conn.) Hour and Jack Ratta of the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader, the annual award recognizes reporters dedicated to racing in the region.  Past recipients include writers Chris Economaki and Mark “Bones” Bourcier, and radio host Dave Moody.

Danko and Herzig will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, November 12, at Maneely’s Banquet Hall in South Windsor, Connecticut.  For more information including placing a ticket order, visit the official NEAR website atwww.NEAR1.org.

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J. Stergios Celebrates Milestone Wiscasset 65 Lap Victory

The Northeastern Midget Association Lites division visited the Wiscasset Speedway this past Saturday night.  A full field of Lites competitors were on hand, and beautiful weather & a standout crowd greeted the club to the Richard & Vanessa Jordan facility.  NEMA’s first attempt in many years at a 65 lap event – to celebrate the Club’s 65th year, went off with few issues, and at the conclusion, it was Jake Stergios taking his family owned #11 to victory in the feature event. 
 
When the Lites field came down to the green, veteran Paul Scally blasted out into the lead.  Immediately, Scally set a torrid pace, as he quickly began to distance himself from the field.  By lap ten, Scally, running some of the fastest times of the day, was already at the rear of the field and began picking off lapped cars one by one.  
 
Behind Scally, Danny Cugini, Ryan Locke, and Ben Mikitarian were all battling for position in a very close pack that ran under a blanket for positions two through ten. 

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Bromante Continues his Momentum Despite Flat Tire, Finishes Top Ten at Pensacola

PENSACOLA, FL (Sept. 25, 2017) – New York native Giovanni Bromante traveled to the Sunshine State over the weekend to compete in the Allen Turner Warm Up 100, the final pro late model race at Five Flags Speedway prior to the prestigious Snowflake 100. At the conclusion of 100 laps, Bromante finished tenth in his first trip to Pensacola.

Bromante spent hundreds, if not thousands, of laps on his iRacing simulator at Five Flags prior to climbing into the real car on Friday and the laps paid off. Quickly, he was able to get up to speed and began to give the crew feedback on the car’s handling, gradually improving it over the course of the afternoon.

By the time qualifying rolled around, Giovanni was within a quarter second of the pole time and felt confident for the race since he and the David Gilliland Racing team worked primarily on race runs during the day with older tires. From tenth place, he began his first race at the storied half-mile in pursuit of another top five finish, much like he did at Montgomery two weeks prior.

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Matt Mead Wins in Only His Fifth Career Start at New Smyrna Speedway

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Sept. 25, 2017) – Matt Mead made the most of his time off due to weather over the summer and started his fall season with a win at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday night. It was his first victory in only five career starts at the half-mile facility after registering two runner-up finishes in his first four races.

Mead and the Anthony Campi Racing team unloaded for practice on Friday as they have on multiple other occasions. For the first time in months, the weather cooperated with their planned testing time and also with race night activities on the following evening.

In the limited practice time on Saturday, the No. 81 car was comfortable for Matt and the team made minimal adjustments to the car prior to the heat race which set the starting lineup for the feature event. After a solid showing in the heat, Mead started the feature contest from second place, outside the front row.

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Varin and Warner Earn KOD Victories at Fonda

Marc Johnson and Rocky Warner are Kings of their Divisions

September 25, 2017 (Fonda, NY) – King Of Dirt Racing rolled into Fonda Speedway for the season finale in both the Small Block Modified and DIRTcar East Region divisions. When the dust settled Bobby Varin claimed his second consecutive tour victory and Rocky Warner captured his fifth of the season. Marc Johnson secured the Small Block Series title, while Rocky Warner earned the KOD/DIRTcar East championship.

Jessey Mueller and Matt DeLorenzo led the field to the green flag, with Mueller taking the early race lead. With DeLorenzo in the runner-up spot a battle shaped up with Elmo Reckner, Jeremy Wilder, and Bobby Varin inside the top five.

Just behind them Mike Maresca and Josh Hohenforst raced side-by-side, with Jeff Rockefeller and championship point leader Marc Johnson having a their own door-to-door slugfest. Allision Ricci, Brian Gleason, and Mike Mahaney were all racing hot and heavy for position inside the top 10.

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NASCAR Statement

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2017) – “Sports are a unifying influence in our society, bringing people of differing backgrounds and beliefs together. Our respect for the national anthem has always been a hallmark of our pre-race events. Thanks to the sacrifices of many, we live in a country of unparalleled freedoms and countless liberties, including the right to peacefully express one’s opinion.”

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Qualifying Day Pivotal to Milk Bowl Success

Barre, Vt. – The 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank goes to post at 1:00 pm this coming Sunday, October 1 at Barre’s Thunder Road. But the action of the weekend begins Saturday, September 30 at 1:00 pm with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day as the top Late Model drivers from Thunder Road and throughout the Northeast fight to make their way into the starting field.

The Milk Bowl is known as “The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America”, not just for its unique three-segment format, but for a qualifying procedure that demands teams are fast early and often. With just 26 starting positions available, the intensity will be high from the moment the first car rolls into the pits.

“You’ve really got to put a lot into Saturday as a team,” Danville’s Tyler Cahoon said. “If you only focus on Sunday and you don’t focus on Saturday, you may not make the show, and you’ve got to get in before you can race the race. That’s part of what can make the Milk Bowl such a high-stress environment. There are so many good teams that show up and can perform well at any moment on Saturday to get qualified. If you don’t perform well or something happens, you may have jeopardized your chance to get in the Milk Bowl.”

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BShepp Brings Out the Broom

Three races. Three wins. 17 total for the season.

PARK CITY, KS- September 24, 2017- Brandon Sheppard brought out the broom on Sunday night at 81 Speedway after his third consecutive win with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series in just as many nights during the Great Plains swing. His winning streak started on Friday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS, continued to Saturday at Salina Highbanks in Salina, OK, and concluded at 81 Speedway on SSunday eveningin Park City, KS.

Sheppard’s win at 81 Speedway marks 17 wins in the books for the dominate driver this season. He is now tied for second with Darrell Lanigan for most single-season wins putting him only one win behind the record set in 2016 by his predecessor in the Rocket No.1 , Josh Richards.

“Between Kansas and Oklahoma- man, some heck of some race tracks,” said Sheppard. “They have some really awesome race tracks out here. Kind of darker dirt which is more like what I’m used to so I guess I just fit right in.”

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No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Racing: Clint Bowyer New Hampshire Race Report

Clint Bowyer Scores Seventh at New Hampshire
Haas Automation Driver Earns 11th Top-10 of Season

Date: Sept. 24, 2017

Event: ISM Connect 300 (Round 28 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Format: 300 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/150 laps)

Start/Finish: 16th/7th (Running, completed 300 of 300 laps)

Point Standing: 18th with 718 points

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Andy Baugh Wins at Spoon River; Morley Claims IMRA Title

Canton, IL……..Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. won Saturday night’s USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget finale at Spoon River Speedway and runner-up Dillon Morley ended up as the series champion for 2017. Baugh passed Robby McQuinn on lap five and led the rest of the 30-lap feature to beat Morley, Tyson Hart, Chad McDermand and McQuinn.

USAC SPEED2 DEERY BROTHERS IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 23, 2017 – Canton, Illinois – Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 2. Robby McQuinn (#37 Raymond), 3. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 4. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 5. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh). NT

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Steve Shultz and Francis Gross III Take Late Model Laurels at Evergreen Raceway

St. Johns, PA (9/24/2017)- Midsummer temperatures set the stage for Sunday’s “Slam the Stands” event at Evergreen Raceway. Plenty of action was on the card for the afternoon, including the Himmer Graphics Late Model makeup feature that was rained out last weekend. Steve Shultz of Drums took that victory early in the afternoon. With a makeup feature also on the line for the Evan’s Roadhouse Four Cylinder division, Shane Troutman of Andreas took the race lead on lap two and never looked back en route to his first career victory. After many years of coming close, Francis Gross III of New Tripoli held off Shultz for his first career Late Model victory and Randy Schlenker of Whitehall all but sealed the Barbush Automotive Street Stock championship with a feature event win. TJ Kapish of Mountaintop took top honors in the Strictly Stock division, as did Mountaintop youngster Caden Ayre in the Wheels Bar and Grill Junior Four Cylinder class. Also from Mountaintop, Harry O’Neill bested the Four Cylinder field for the regular scheduled Four Cylinder event.

Gross started from the pole and led the Late Model field to the drop of the green flag in the regular 30-lap feature. He led the opening lap over Lorin Arthofer, Shultz, Danny Cascioli and Geno Steigerwalt.

Shultz climbed to second and then took the lead following a lap 11 restart. However, Gross fought back to regain the point on the following circuit.

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Haas Automation/Monster Energy Racing: Kurt Busch New Hampshire II Race Report

Kurt Busch Finishes Disappointing 37th at Loudon

Haas Automation/Monster Energy Driver Involved in Multicar Accident; Now 15th in Points

Date: Sept. 24, 2017

Event: ISM Connect 300 (Round 28 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Format: 300 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/150 laps)

Start/Finish: 7th/37th (Accident, completed 148 of 300 laps)

Point Standing: 15th with 2,027 points

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Mobil 1 Racing: Kevin Harvick New Hampshire II Race Report

Harvick Finishes 36th at New Hampshire

Mobil 1 Driver Involved in Accident, 10th in Points After Second Playoff Race

Date: Sept. 24, 2017

Event: ISM Connect 300 (Round 28 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1-mile oval)

Format: 300 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/150 laps)

Start/Finish: 6th/36th (Running, completed 148 of 300 laps)

Point Standing: 10th with 2,069 points, 25 points ahead of 13th

Race Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

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Busch 12-Pack: Kyle Makes it a Dozen Career Wins at NHMS

Kyle Busch sneaks through trouble in Stage 2 and cruises to victory in ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race

LOUDON, N.H. – Already the all-time leader in NASCAR national series wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch extended that winning trend on Sunday in the ISM Connect 300. The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion put himself in good position to pick up his second championship in two years after a dominant win – the 12th of his career at NHMS – that punches his ticket to the next round of the playoffs.

Busch led 187 of 300 laps on Sunday, the vast majority of those coming in the 150-lap Final Stage, having narrowly avoided a big wreck that collected five playoff cars at the end of Stage 2. It was also a bit of redemption after a gaffe on pit road last week in Chicagoland cost Busch a chance to win the playoff opener.

“Getting through that smoke was the defining moment of the race for sure. And we’ve got a good pit crew and they did everything right today – today was a good catch-up moment for us,” said Busch, who now has three Cup Series wins at NHMS to go along with three wins in the XFINITY Series and six in the Camping World Truck Series. “This place always has exciting races and exciting moments, so I always look forward to racing here.”

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Randy Howe Wins Season Finale; Jason Sanville Claims Championship

The O’Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Series season finale saw Randy Howe win for the second time in three weeks in the Peanut’s Auto Sportsman Modifieds with Toby Stark coming out on top of the Homestead Creation Sportsman Late Models for the fifth time this season. In the Rand’s Hardware Outlaw Mini Stocks Matt Boucher found victory lane in only his second start of the year. Mechanic Races, Kids Bike Races and a Powder Puff concluded the Legion Speedway season.

Randy Howe roared into the lead at the drop of the green in the Peanut’s Auto Sportsman Modified Feature. While Howe officially held the top spot for the entire feature he faced a heavy challenge for the lead on some of the races’ five restarts. Jason Sanville and Ricky Sanville took turns challenging Howe, but neither could get it done. As the race wore on eventually Todd Buckwold was able to pass both Sanvilles to take the second spot. At the drop of the checkers it was Randy Howe taking the win, his second of the season. Todd Buckwold finished a season best second with Jason Sanville third. Ricky Sanville and Billy Lussier rounded out the top five.

The Homestead Creations Sportsman Late Model Feature found the caution flying before a lap was complete as Cassie Ottati and Hunter Nutter came together on the backstretch. When racing resumed Scott Heath led for a couple of laps before Doug Boucher made his way to the top spot. A few laps later Toby Stark worked his way to second and the front duo survived numerous cautions to cross the finish line first and second, but a post-race procedural violation found Doug Boucher getting disqualified for the night, officially giving Toby Stark the win. Bob Crawford was credited for second with Ryan Christian third. Matt Pike and Travis Smith completed the top five.

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Schacht and Brougher Add Names to Super Cup Stock Car Series Record Book in Inaugural Dominion Raceway Special Event

 Thornburg, Virginia (September 24, 2017) – The Super Cup Stock Car Series made their long-awaited first-ever stop at the immaculate Dominion Raceway and Entertainment complex and gave fans that came out a show worth talking about.

The inaugural SCSCS 75-lap non-points special event presented by Avatar Instruments saw Bob Schacht as the driver to beat throughout the afternoon, quickest on short practice runs and claiming the Pole Award with a best time of 15.882 seconds.  2017’s Top Performing Rookie recipient Jerod Brougher made the six-car redraw for the first time in his career and ended up leading the 15-car field to green.

Almost immediately, Schacht marched from his fourth starting position toward the front, but not without a fight from outside pole starter Ben Ebeling.  Ebeling, a winner at Lonesome Pine in early August, successfully gained sole possession of the top spot and led for numerous circuits. Continue reading ‘Schacht and Brougher Add Names to Super Cup Stock Car Series Record Book in Inaugural Dominion Raceway Special Event’

Nasse Crowned SSS Champ; Pollard Continues Five Flags Dominance

Pensacola, Fla. — A champion was crowned Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway (FL).

Stephen Nasse held on for 125 laps in the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco finale, finishing second to race winner Bubba Pollard and securing his championship title.

“It feels good to get the Southern Super Series championship,” Nasse told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We could’ve been one spot better tonight, but we’ll take the overall points victory.”

Nasse struggled throughout the feature, admitting during the competition caution that he wouldn’t be in contention for a win.

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