Sunday, May 22
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Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang -- “It is cool to be able to race our way in with our Fastenal Ford Mustang. That was some aggressive racing like we know it is going to be with these short runs when we come to the All-Star event. We got side-by-side there and when I saw him starting to slip up the hill I knew we had to commit. It was cool. I got a good push down the straightaway and had to be really protective into one and that grip was just starting to come in. I am curious to see where the end of this race goes and really excited for the All-Star race tonight.”

 

WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE RACE TONIGHT? “I am sure there will be some fireworks, no doubt. It was good work by our team from where we started practice and through qualifying and to be able to race our way into the All-Star race. This is pretty neat. I think we will start seeing the racing widen out. The grip is starting to come. I think once we get into the All-Star we will have a pretty wild show.”

 

Ford Performance PR

RICKY STENHOUSE JR., YOU TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE. HOW ENCOURAGING IS THAT FOR YOU AND THE NO. 47 TEAM?

“We definitely got a fortunate circumstance there getting to go to the front row. Our No. 47 Viva Camaro took off really, really strong there. The Kroger team has been working really hard the last few weeks and we’ve been getting results, which is nice. Now, we get to go race for one million dollars and be in the big show. We sat and watched it last year, so it feels really good. We’ll make some adjustments. I’ve got a better idea of what my car was doing there, so hopefully we can run up through the field.” 

 

GM PR

Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa. was able to race from 12th starting position and into the lead by lap seven, then outduel Jeff Strunk of Boyertown, Pa. in the final laps to score his second point race victory of the season in the 30-lap T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modified feature Saturday night at Grandview Speedway.

In the T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman 25-lap feature event, Lex Shive of Pennsburg, Pa. was able to take the lead away from Anthony Raisner of Fleetwood, Pa. on a fifth lap restart and race onto his second career Grandview Speedway victory. His first and only previous win came on September 11, 2021.

Both winners received bonus money from T.P. Trailers and Truck Equipment ($300-Modified, $200-Sportsman) provided they had the proper decals on their cars. The night’s racing program was part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series.

The 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified feature got off to a slow start as three caution flags on lap one slowed the action. First Duane Howard of Oley, Pa. slowed with a flat front tire, then a two-car tangle in turn one involving John Willman of Birdsboro, Pa. and Justin Grim of Orefield, Pa., followed by a four-car scramble in turn four involving Ron Haring Jr. of Alburtis, Pa., Nate Brinker of Macungie, Pa., Kevin Hirthler of Boyertown, Pa. and Howard, that saw all four drivers pulling away.

 During this final caution, early leader Darrin Schuler of Stroudsburg, Pa. pulled pit side with a flat tire, handing the lead to Joe Funk of Coopersburg, Pa. Funk led for several laps following the restart while things heated up behind him, as Strunk was flying around the top groove of the speedway advancing quickly from his eleventh starting spot to third by lap three. Von Dohren was also on the move, quickly advancing to fourth by lap four and joined the battle up front for the lead.

It was a great four car battle under a blanket for several laps, as Funk led with Mike Laise of Pottstown, Pa. alongside followed by Strunk and Von Dohren side by side right behind. This great battle ended on lap seven as the group ran through turns three and four, when Laise made a pass on Funk for the lead on the high side at the same time as Von Dohren cleared the other two with a high side move to grab second, then quickly darted to the bottom off turn four down the front straight, past Laise and into the lead on lap seven to take command.

Following the final caution on lap eleven, which saw point leader Brett Kressley of Orefield, Pa. duck to the pits and then quickly return, the race ran green to the end.

For several laps after the restart, Laise, Funk, Jesse Leiby of West Milford, NJ battled for the top five spots soon to be joined by Tim Buckwalter of Douglasville, Pa. and Doug Manmiller of Shoemakersville, Pa.

As the green flag stretch ran on, Von Dohren was chased by Strunk and the two moved into some heavier lapped traffic which allowed Strunk to close on Von Dohren at times, and other times allowed Von Dohren to use the lapped cars to fend of the Strunk challenges.

Meanwhile Buckwalter and Manmiller had their own battle going on for position three through traffic, while Laise and Leiby were joined by a charging Kressely in another battle for top ten positions during some furious action in the late stages of the race.

Von Dohren worked the traffic to perfection during the final ten laps to score his second win of the season and the 116th of his Grandview career over Strunk, Buckwalter, Manmiller, and a fast-closing Kressley, returning from the earlier pitstop. Rounding out the top ten finishers were Leiby, Howard after his lap one pitstop, Brad Brightbill of Sinking Spring, Pa. with his third straight top ten, Mike Lisowski of Minersville, Pa. up from 22nd starting spot and Laise with his best finish of the season.

Qualifying heat race winners for the 37-car field on hand were Buckwalter, Mark Kratz of Pennsburg, Pa., Funk and Willman. Consolations were won by Jared Umbenhauer of Richland, Pa. and Lisowski.

The T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman 25-lap main event saw Hunter Iatalese of Germansville, Pa. lead for the first two laps until Anthony Raisner was able to take command on lap three. Lex Shive was quick to challenge Raisner for the lead while six other drivers battled for third position, but this ended quickly on lap five, as a multi-car scramble on the backstretch brought out the caution on lap five.

On the restart, Shive was able to take the lead and open a sizeable advantage on the rest of the field, while a great race for position was ongoing behind him between Matt Clay of Lebanon, Pa., Colton Perry of Breinigsville, Pa. and two drivers who were moving quickly through the field, defending champ Kenny Gilmore up from 16th starting spot, along with Dakota Kohler from his 13th starting position.

As the race continued other challengers moved into contention for top five spots including Decker Swinehart of Fleetwood, Pa. and Logan Bauman of Boyertown, Pa. Another driver who made huge late race gains was Dylan Hoch of Mertztown, Pa., who advanced from a consolation win and 21st starting spot to continue passing cars to the end and was a challenger into the top five.

Shive was the class of the field on this night, as he easily survived a late race caution on lap 18 to motor on to his first win of the season and second of his Grandview career. Raisner finished second for his career best run, Gilmore was third, Hoch with the late race charge ended in fourth and Kohler was fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Clay, Bauman, Cody Manmiller of Philadelphia, Pa., Chris Esposito of Telford, Pa. and Kyle Smith of Fleetwood, Pa. also up from a consolation win and 22nd starting spot.

Qualifying heat race winners for the 37 cars on hand were Iatalese, Wayne Rotenberger of Ringing Hill, Pa., Shive and Mike Stofflet of Mertztown, Pa. Consolations were won by Hoch and Kyle Smith.

Next weekend the T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds and T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman will be joined by the 602 Crate Sportsman in race two of their five race mini-series making for a three-division program on Saturday, May 28 starting at 7:30 pm. The program will include qualifying events for all three divisions leading to the 30-lap T.P. Trailer Modified feature, the 25-lap T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman main, and the 25 lap 602 Sportsman feature. Pit gates will open at 4 pm. with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 pm. and warm-ups starting at 6:30 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $20, while children under age 12 are admitted free of charge.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend will include a special Thunder on the Hill racing program on Sunday, May 29 starting at 7:30 pm. The racing event will be the first of two PA Tri-Track series events to be held at Grandview this season. The 358 Modifieds will be competing in a new event called the Balls to the Wall 50, and the All-Pro SpeedSTR’s are also on the card.

On Sunday, May 29, pit gates open at 2:30 pm, grandstand gates open at 5 pm. with racing at 7:30 pm. Grandstand admission will be $30 for adults, children ages 6-11 are $10, while kids ages 5 and under are admitted free. Pit admission will be $40, and no license is required.

T.P. TRAILER NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 laps): CRAIG VON DOHREN, Jeff Strunk, Tim Buckwalter, Doug Manmiller, Brett Kressley, Jesse Leiby, Duane Howard, Brad Brightbill, Mike Lisowski, Mike Laise, Joe Funk, Dylan Swinehart, Cory Merkel, Dan Waisempacher, Brad Arnold, Nate Brinker, Darrin Schuler, Mark Kratz, John Willman, Ray Swinehart, Ryan Grim, Ron Haring Jr., Jordan Henn, Kevin Hirthler, Carrol Hine III, Justin Grim, Ryan Beltz, Jared Umbenhauer

DID NOT QUALIFY: Brett Gilmore, Bobby Trapper, Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Kevin Graver Jr., Craig Whitmoyer, Steve Swinehart, Brad Grim, Eric Biehn, Dave Dissinger

T.P. TRUCK EQUIPMENT NASCAR SPORTSMAN FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): LEX SHIVE, Anthony Raisner, Kenny Gilmore, Dylan Hoch, Dakota Kohler, Matt Clay, Logan Bauman, Cody Manmiller, Chris Esposito, Kyle Smith, Decker Swinehart, Colton Perry, Mark Kemmerer, Parker Guldin, Jimmy Leiby, Zane Roth, Kenny Bock, Brian Hirthler, Mike Schneck Jr., Nathan Mohr, Jesse Landis, Hunter Iatalese, Bryan Rhoads, Wayne Rotenberger, Jesse Hirthler, Joey Vaccaro, Mike Stofflet

DID NOT QUALIFY: Tyler James, Mike Faust Jr., Kyle Hartzell, Josh Adams, Erik Renninger, Mike Myers, Ryan Graver, Nathan Horn, Cole Stangle, Weston Mensch

 

UPCOMING EVENTS –

Saturday, May 28 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman plus 602 Crate Sportsman – 7:30 pm.

Sunday, May 29 - THUNDER on the HILL RACING SERIES – Balls to the Wall 50 - Tri-Track Series 358 Modifieds plus SpeedSTR’s – 7:30 pm.

Saturday, June 4 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman – 7:30 pm.   

Friday, June 10 – Outlaw Racing Series Enduro and Outlaw Racing Series Vintage – 7 pm.   

Saturday, June 11 – T.P. Trailer NASCAR Modifieds, T.P. Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman plus 602 Crate Sportsman – 7:30 pm.

Grandview Speedway PR

Race Winner: Tyler Reddick of Big Machine Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Noah Gragson of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Josh Berry of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Overview:

Riley Herbst and his No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) rebounded from a midrace penalty to earn a solid eighth-place finish in Saturday’s SRS Distribution 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It was Herbst’s sixth consecutive top-10 and ninth of the season, second-most in the series. After starting 10th, the Las Vegas native ran inside the top-12 for a majority of the first stage as he battled a tight-handling racecar in the Texas heat. Adjustments by the No. 98 team enabled Herbst to hold his position in the top-10 for the entire second stage. But a pit-road penalty during the stage break sent Herbst to the rear of the field for the ensuing restart. Savvy driving by Herbst rallied the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang back into the top-10 by lap 111. He picked up two more positions before the checkered flag.

 

Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

“It was a good day. We got another top-10, so that’s good. We just struggled with speed a little bit and we had some struggles on pit stops, which put us back a few times. We were able to work our way back up inside the top-10, though, so that’s good for the team. We’ll take this and work on some things for Charlotte.”

 

Notes:              

● Herbst earned his 43rd career top-10 and his first top-10 in five career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Texas.

● Herbst’s eighth-place finish also bettered his previous best result at Texas – 12th, earned twice during both 2021 visits.

● This was Herbst’s sixth straight top-10. He finished fifth April 2 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, sixth April 8 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, seventh April 23 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, ninth April 30 at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway, and third May 7 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

● Herbst finished eighth in Stage 2 to earn three bonus points.

● Tyler Reddick won the SRS Distribution 250 to score his 10th career Xfinity Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Texas. His margin over second-place William Byron was 1.825 seconds.

● There were 11 caution periods for a total of 62 laps.

● Twenty-four of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

● AJ Allmendinger remains the championship leader after Texas with a 44-point advantage over second-place Noah Gragson.

 

Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Alsco Uniforms 300 on May 28 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 1 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.  

 

TSC PR

KEY NOTES
 
  • Jeffrey Earnhardt started 35th and finished 19th in the SRS Distribution 250 at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra.
 
  • The SRS Distribution 250 was the fourth of seven races for Earnhardt with Sam Hunt Racing in 2022.
  • Earnhardt will pilot the 26 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, and Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
  • Earnhardt and the No. 26 team battled tight handling conditions throughout the weekend.
 
  • While several cautions flew with incidents right in front of the ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra, Earnhardt masterfully navigated each incident without damage.
 
  • The No. 26 team competed as high as ninth in the 167-lap event.
 
RACE RECAP
 
Stage One (Laps 1-39)
  • Jeffrey Earnhardt and the No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra started 35th in Saturday's SRS Distribution 250 at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • By lap 11, Earnhardt had moved up 12 positions to the 23rd spot but reported that the GR Supra was "plowing tight."
  • At the Lap 31 caution, Hart called Earnhardt to pit road for four tires, fuel and a handling adjustment to assist with the tight handling conditions.
  • The caution flew with two laps remaining in Stage 2 while Earnhardt was in the 22nd position. Hart called for Earnhardt to stay out, gaining a lot of track position to start Stage 2.
Stage Two (Lap 47-82)
  • Earnhardt started Stage 2 in the ninth position.
  • The No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra still battled extremely tight conditions, but Earnhardt reported during the long green-flag run that the car did free up as the run went along.
  • Earnhardt ended Stage 2 in the 19th position.
  • Earnhardt pitted for four tires, fuel and more adjustments to better the handling.
Final Stage (Laps 88-167)
  • Earnhardt started the final stage in the 22nd position.
  • Reports from the cockpit throughout the stage concluded that the handling of the No. 26 GR Supra was still too tight.
  • The No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra team finished 19th in the SRS Distribution 250.
 
QUOTES
 
 
Image by Daylon Barr Photography
 
What were your thoughts on today's race?
 
"Today was a tough one. We battled hard, but ultimately ended up 19th. Our GR Supra was too tight all weekend, and we couldn't catch a break with it. We'll take this weekend, learn from it and move forward to Charlotte next weekend. I can't thank ForeverLawn, Dalstrong, and Sam and this team enough. I know we'll be in good shape for Charlotte on Saturday."
 
-- Jeffrey Earnhardt, Driver of the No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra
 
SHR PR

Layne Riggs continued his early-season winning streak at South Boston Speedway, sweeping the pair of 75-lap NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that highlighted Saturday night’s Southern Virginia Higher Education Center/God’s Pit Crew First Responders Night event.

The sweep gave Riggs three wins in his last four starts at the .4-mile oval and gave him seven victories in his nine starts at South Boston Speedway.

“It’s tough to sweep twin races here at South Boston Speedway,” Riggs acknowledged. “We’ve got some of the best competition in the country right here. It’s a testament to my guys giving me great racecars every race. It’s a hard task to do, and I’m super proud of it.”

Riggs started sixth in the opening 75-lap race but muscled his way past Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Virginia on the 13th lap to take the lead. Once in front, Riggs never gave up the lead and drove to a 1.013-second win over runner-up Mark Wertz of Chesapeake, Virginia.

Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina, defending NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Champion and defending South Boston Speedway Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Anderson rounded out the top five finishers.

Starting 10th on the grid for the inverted start of the second race, Riggs quickly sliced his way through traffic and grabbed the lead from Anderson on the ninth lap. A late-race caution set up a short four-lap battle to the finish between Riggs and Sellers, with Riggs taking the win by .787-second.

Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia, Wertz and Anderson rounded out the top five finishers.

There were two lead changes among three drivers in the second race, with Riggs leading the last 67 laps.

KYLE BARNES, DANIEL CREWS SPLIT WINS IN BUDWEISER LIMITED SPORTSMAN DIVISION TWINBILL
Kyle Barnes of Draper, Virginia has held the hot hand in South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division, winning two of the first three races of the season and finishing second in the race he didn’t win.

Barnes added another win to his total, scoring his third win of the season in the first of the night’s pair of 30-lap races.

The victory was a tough one for Barnes. Barnes started seventh and had to battle his way to the front of the field. He took the lead from Brian Thomas of Henderson, North Carolina with seven laps to go and edged South Boston Speedway rookie Carter Russo of Rougemont, North Carolina by.403-second to earn the win.

Crews, of Long Island, Virginia, finished third with Thomas finishing fourth and J.D. Eversole of North Chesterfield, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

The race featured two lead changes among three drivers with Crews leading three laps and Thomas leading 20 circuits before Barnes took the lead near the end of the race.

Crews’ victory in the second 30-lap race was something of a milestone. The victory was Crews’ first win since 2013. And, for Crews, who drives car No. 75, the same number that his dad, Bruce Crews, carried on his car when he won the South Boston Speedway Street Stock Division title in 1995, it was the first victory for the number 75 car at South Boston Speedway in 22 years.

“It’s a blessing and we worked really hard for it,” Crews remarked. “I’m going to remember this for a long time.”

Crews started fourth and spent much of the race battling Barnes. The pair were battling hard for the lead when Barnes spun with two laps to go in the 30-lap race. That put Russo and Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia into contention for the win with a restart with two laps to go. Crews forged ahead on the restart and held on to edge Myers by .121-second.

Russo finished third with Brian Obiedzenski of Franklinton, North Carolina and Parker Brookfield completing the top five finishers.

There were three lead changes among three drivers with Crews leading twice for a total of 21 laps.

NATHAN CREWS SWEEPS TWINBILL IN THE SOUTHSIDE DISPOSAL PURE STOCK DIVISION
It’s beginning to look like Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia is back to his winning ways at South Boston Speedway.

Crews, the defending division champion, made his first start of the season in the division on April 29 and earned the win in the 25-lap race that night. Saturday night he swept the twin 15-lap Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division races to run his 2022 win streak to three in a row.

He started third in the first 15-lap race, squeezed past Johnny Layne of Halifax, Virginia on the final lap and edged Layne by .221-second at the finish line.

Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia, Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia and B.J. Reaves of South Boston, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

The race was very competitive, with two lead changes among three drivers. Layne led 13 laps of the 15-lap race.

Crews started sixth in the second race but needed little time to get to the top spot. He took the lead from Layne on the third lap and sped to a dominating 5.638-second win over Phillips.

Joe Allred III of Scottsburg, Virginia finished third, Kendall Milam of Keeling, Virginia and Zach Reaves of South Boston, Virginia completed the top five finishers.

KEVIN CURRIN TAKES HORNETS DIVISION RACE WIN
Two-time South Boston Speedway Hornets Division champion Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia captured his second win of the 2022 season Saturday night, taking a flag-to-flag victory in the 20-lap Hornets Division race.

Currin finished 1,297-seconds ahead of runner-up Dillon Davis of Nathalie, Virginia with Kendall Milam of Keeling, Virginia, Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia, and Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

NEXT RACE AT SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY
A 100-lap race for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division will headline the action when NASCAR racing returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, June 4, with the Bojangles Night event.

In addition to the 100-lap race for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division, the six-race card will include twin 30-lap races for the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division, a 25-lap race for the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division, a 20-lap race for the Hornets Division, and a 15-lap race for Champ Karts.

The event schedule for the Saturday, June 4 Bojangles Night event has registration and pit gates opening at 2 p.m. Practice starts at 3:30 p.m., grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m., qualifying begins at 6 p.m. and the first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance adult general admission tickets for the event are priced at $10 each plus a $1.50 processing fee and may be purchased online on South Boston Speedway’s website, www.southbostonspeedway.com, through Friday night, June 3. Advance tickets may also be purchased by calling the speedway office at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.

Tickets at the gate on race night will be $15 each. Seniors ages 65 and older, military, healthcare workers, and students (with ID) can purchase tickets for $10 each at the gate on race night.

The latest updates and news for both fans and competitors can be found on the speedway’s website, southbostonspeedway.com, and the track’s social media channels. Information may also be obtained by phoning the speedway at 434-572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 during regular business hours.

SBS PR

Vancouver, Wash.’s Jadan Walbridge outlasted Las Vegas’ Kyle Keller in the rematch from their classic on April 30 at Madera Speedway, with Walbridge taking the Military Tribute Night round four for the Lunkerdaddy Pro Late Models on Saturday night. Each had to overcome challenges to emerge as the top-two contenders to win the 80-lap contest, then engaged in an exciting battle to the conclusion.
 
Walbridge and Keller had their nights entangled from the beginning, when they tied for second in time trials behind 15-year-old Sean Hingorani of Newport Beach. The redraw placed 2021 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model champion Brody Armtrout of Smartsville on the pole while Keller drew third, Hingorani eighth, and Walbridge a distant tenth.
 
Amrtrout raced side-by-side with Howard Holden of Clovis at the start before a caution on lap six for Jason Aguirre slowing with a flat tire and suspension damage.
 
Keller took over the lead on lap seven but Armtrout battled back to lead lap eight. Their battle boiled over on lap nine entering turn three, when they collided and Keller spun. Both were relegated to restarting at the rear of the field. The incident thrust Holden into the lead with company from 14-year-old Ethan Nascimento. Holden used the outside line to lead in a side-by-side race while Walbridge was up to the top-five by lap 21. Armtrout and Glen Cook tangled for the 12th position for the next caution on lap 28.
 
Holden picked the outside on the restart and raced alongside Nascimento in a prolonged battle. The leaders raced two-by-two with Nascimento driving on the inside to lead lap 32. Bakersfield’s Kercie Jung closed in on the leaders from fifth as well. Cook spun into the turn one wall to end his night on lap 43. The incident led into the lap 50 break seven laps early with Nascimento leading the field.
 
On the restart, apparent fluid from Shelden Cooper’s car sparked a multi-car incident in turn one that involved Nascimento spinning out of the lead. He was then tagged by Rick Thompson in the melee. Both Nascimento and Thompson were able to continue in the race, however. With Nascimento restarting at the back, Walbridge inherited the lead and was challenged by Keller. Their battle was briefly halted on lap 55 when Hingorani and Nascimento collided for a spin in turn four on lap 55.
 
The race for the win came to a head over the final 25 laps between Walbridge and Keller. Walbridge picked the outside and held the lead before Keller edged forward on the inside. Keller led lap 62 by just .001 seconds before Walbridge did the same on lap 63. Keller led again on lap 64 but Walbridge fought back on lap 68. Jung and Eagle, Idaho’s Jacob Smith engaged in a furious side-by-side affair for third simultaneously as well.
 
Walbridge cleared Keller on lap 74 and led him by a car length in a narrow drive across the finish line. Jung topped Smith for third with multi-time champion Matt Erickson overcoming being two laps down earlier in the event to finish fifth.
 
Sean Hingorani made it two in a row in 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model victory lane, topping 14 drivers ages 10-16 years old in the 70-lap feature. Loomis’ Kenna Mitchell drew the pole position while Hingorani advanced from third on the grid to take second from Quincy, Wash.’s Kasey Kleyn.
 
Hingorani challenged Mitchell by lap eight for the top spot. Colorado’s Brody Moore had an incident on lap 13 that relegated him to the back of the field. On the restart, Hingorani used the outside to drive into the lead on Mitchell. Mitchell stayed in tow for several laps before Hingorani had the lead in hand on lap 19.
 
Monty Tipton went up in smoke in turn four to bring out the yellow flag on lap 29, then Jody Moen of Idaho spun on the ensuing restart. Moore and points leader Robbie Kennealy of Madera battled hard for fifth approaching the lap 40 break. Hingorani led Mitchell, Nascimento, Kleyn, and Kennealy at the lap 40 stoppage for adjustments and MAVTV interviews.
 
Mitchell suffered on the restart on the outside, being overhauled by Nascimento and facing a challenge from Kleyn. Mitchell drove around the outside of Kleyn in turn two to keep the third spot on lap 45. Hingorani led the rest of the way over Nascimento, Mitchell, Kleyn, and Kennealy at the finish.
 
A 30-lap INEX Bandolero race full of ups and downs saw Las Vegas’ Kellen Keller persevere for victory. Skyler Shoppe finished second while Andrew Williams was third.
 
Kyle Labrie fended off a closing pack of drivers to win the 30-lap Mini Super Toyota main event. Tyler Ridley finished second followed by Bill Gorden.
 
Madera Speedway resumes on June 4 with CLUB RACE #4. It features Madera Late Models, Madera Super Stocks, MST/Toyota Sedans, Madera Mini Stocks and a 30 Lap Jr Late Model Exhibition race.
 
For more information about the Madera Speedway including how to advertise with a race team on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or call the race office at 209-356-1968.

The 2022 season would not be possible without the support of Lunkerdaddy Fishing Lures, 51FIFTY LTM, Mission Foods, 805 Beer, Race 2B Drug Free, Competition Carburetion, Hoosier Tires, and Sunoco Race Fuel.
 
Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Monday nights at 4:00pm Pacific and 7:00pm Eastern.
 
2022 MADERA MAVTV LATE MODEL SCHEDULE
March 5 - $5,000-to-win
April 2
April 30
May 21 – Military Tribute Night
June 25 – Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White Blue Classic
July 30 - $5,000-to-win
August 27
September 17
October 15 - $10,000-to-win Short Track Shootout
October 29 – Pumpkin Cup Open (Non-Points)

Madera Speedway PR

Sheldon Creed and the No. 2 Whelen/NLEOMF Chevrolet Team Show Speed at Texas Motor Speedway

 

26th

21st

15th

"We had a really fast Whelen Chevrolet today at Texas Motor Speedway, and that's a good thing because I think that we’re getting somewhere with our cars. I felt like we had a ton of speed early in the race. We were a little free on entry and tight in the center during Stage 1. We made an air pressure adjustment that freed me up through the center. I was going around the No. 10 car and honestly got free out of nowhere. I hadn’t gotten free in that spot in Turn 4 all day. I got free, caught it and then I was just in the spray and there’s no grip in that. It stinks because our teammates ran well and at that point in the race I thought we were better than they were. I felt really good about our Whelen Chevrolet today so it's a shame we had problems. That’s kind of the way our year has gone.”

 

-Sheldon Creed

Austin Hill and the No. 21 Global Industrial Chevrolet Team Earn Top-5 Finish at Texas Motor Speedway

 

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5th

3rd

9th

“Today was a step in the right direction for our Global Industrial Chevrolet Camaro. We had been struggling the last few weeks just trying to find front turn and I think we made a big improvement here at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. It was tough at the end of the race because we stayed out when everybody else pitted. I saw the No. 48 car behind us pitting and we were kind of on the same tire strategy. I saw him peel off and my crew chief Andy Street told me to stay out. I think what hurt us were all the cautions and the heat cycles on the tires. When we went back green on that final restart, I got in line third and I was doing all I could do just to stay where I was. The No. 1 car was pressuring me really hard and I started building really tight. We just had a lot of laps on the tires at the end of the race and I just settled into a top five. I'll take it. It was a solid effort by everyone at RCR.” 

 

-Austin Hill

RCR PR

Kyle Busch and the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will start from the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race after defeating Ryan Blaney and the No. 12 Team Penske Ford in a head-to-head matchup for the $1 million-to-win non-points race at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
Each driver had to win two rounds of competition to make the final-round pairing for the opportunity to then lead the 24-car field for Sunday evening’s 125-lap race.
 
Sunday’s on-track schedule begins with The NASCAR Open for non-all-star qualifiers at 4:30 p.m., with three drivers transferring to the All-Star Race due to their on-track performance and one more earning a spot from the fan vote. Following the Blake Shelton concert that begins at 5:30 p.m., the NASCAR All-Star Race will begin at 7 p.m. (TV: FS1, Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Radio, 95.9 The Ranch).
 
The first-of-its-kind format began with a traditional single-car, one-lap opening round. From there, the fastest eight qualifiers transferred to a three-round, head-to-head eliminations bracket featuring two cars staged in adjacent pit stalls near the end of pit road. At the sound of an alert, each pit crew performed a four-tire stop and, at the drop of the jack, drivers exited their pit stalls (with no speed limit) onto the track. The first car back to the start/finish line advanced to the next round with the final pairing competing for the pole.
 
William Byron was quickest in the first round of NASCAR All-Star Race qualifying, with a best single-lap run of 28.528 seconds at 189.288 mph in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. The balance of the top eight qualifiers moving on to the single-elimination bracket were Blaney, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, and Aric Almirola.
 
In the Round of 8, Byron defeated Almirola, Blaney got around Chastain, Larson ended Kurt Busch’s competition, and Kyle Busch got past JGR teammate Truex.
 
In the Round of 4, the final pairing was set when Blaney got by Byron and Larson stalled at the starting lights to give Busch an uncontested run to the start/finish.
 
Saturday Evening’s NASCAR All-Star Race Notebook: Denny Hamlin posted the top speed in NASCAR All-Star Race practice with a best lap of 28.838 mph at 187.253 mph in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota … Tyler Reddick earned the pole for the NASCAR All-Star Open after topping the charts in both practice and qualifying with a fast practice lap of 29.059 seconds at 185.829 mph and then a qualifying run of 28.880 at 188 ... Busch was presented a Henry Big Boy Texas Tribute edition rifle in Speedy Cash Victory Lane.
 
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