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Patience and adaptability defined the weekend experienced by Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team, during the NASCAR Pinty's Series' first ever visit to the ⅜ mile oval track at Eastboud International Speedway.

On Saturday morning (June 25), rain forced a schedule change, combining practice and qualifying into a one-hour late morning session and changing the race start time to Sunday, June 26, at 11 a.m. (local time - 9:30 a.m. EST).  “Looking at the track on Saturday morning, the configuration of the walls surprised me. The regulations here appear not to be the same as at the other tracks, it seemed a little dangerous and I told myself to stay away from the walls.”

Starting 4th on the grid, based on the best times from the practice session, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin had a quick car for the race. “The car was handling very well at the start, as my crew had come up with great settings for the early part of the race as well as a good plan on what to change to also make it quick for the last part of the race and make the podium.” explains the three-time series champion.

Sixth on the restart after the halfway point, things went sour as Louis-Philippe Dumoulin “rubbed the wall a little bit between turns 2 and 3, which caused a right rear flat. As I entered turn 3, the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car slid sideways. I tried to avoid the barrels that were positioned there, but without success, hit them hard and broke the rear suspension.”

This incident on lap 120 abruptly ended Louis-Philippe Dumoulin’s race. “The team will have a lot of damage to repair on the oval car when we get back to the shop. In the meantime, we are working hard on the street car to come back even stronger in Toronto,” concluded the driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car.

Practice and Qualifying

The #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team had an unusual experience this weekend: racing at the easternmost tip of Canada. The drivers of the team rigs had to drive for over 25 hours and navigate the high seas on a ferry to get to Newfoundland.

The combined practice and qualifying session allowed Louis-Philippe Dumoulin to quickly come to grips with the oval track. “The Practice went well for us on the track that was unknown to most of the teams and that we all had to learn. It is fun to drive and I am sure that the race will be exciting. In terms of set-ups, we were conservative as we don't know how the track surface will change over the race distance with 22 cars dropping rubber and oil on it for 225 laps. My focus for the first half of the race will be to fine-tune the settings that should be applied to the suspension during the mid-race pit stop to improve the car for the final push.”

Next events: an 8-race sprint over the next two months (see results table for details)

After the Newfoundland and Labrador race, the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare team begins the most intense portion of the season: back in the shop, preparing the road course and oval cars for both the Toronto street course, the trio of oval races in Edmonton and Saskatoon, followed by the most important event of the year for Dumoulin Competition, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières on the urban circuit, then the dirt oval race in Ohsweken, west of Toronto and the ICAR Mirabel reconfigured airport layout.

PPP PR

It was a first for the NASCAR Pinty's drivers on Sunday as the Canadian NASCAR series took to the track for the first time in Newfoundland-and-Labrador this past weekend.

Eastbound International Speedway hosted the first attempt at a race on Saturday, which was eventually postponed to Sunday due to rain. This new track did not suit Kevin Lacroix, who thought he would succeed there. The Saint-Eustache native finished in 7th position after a remarkable comeback at the beginning of the race. 

"It's a fairly long oval, so our car was fast," explained the driver of the #74 Lacroix Tuning | ESR Performance Wheels | La Boulonnerie. With the qualifying session cancelled due to rain, the practice times were used to set the starting grid for the race.

"We were fast; I started from 6th position and worked my way up to third before the halfway point. I was faster than Lapcevich (Treyten), so I think we could have taken the second place."

However, Lacroix suffered significant problems with his steering as he clipped the outside wall. "The walls on this track are made differently than at other tracks. They are angled like the walls on the highway, so cars were climbing on them at the slightest contact."

After the incident, Lacroix began to lose ground. "It was a very long second half of the race!" With only a five-minute pause between the two segments, the Lacroix Motorsports crew could not fix his steering.

"It's a shame to finish this way, especially when thinking I could have finished second. I am now 10 points behind Camirand (Marc-Antoine). We've had our share of bad races, but our luck will pick up. Especially for the next four events; Toronto, Edmonton and Saskatoon twice, we are usually very fast there."

Kevin Lacroix PR

KEY NOTES
 
  • Jeffrey Earnhardt made his track debut at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday in the No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra, bringing home a 7th-place finish in the Tennessee Lottery 250.
 
  • Earnhardt qualified 11th out of 38 cars, tying Sam Hunt Racing’s third-highest qualifying effort to date.
  • Nemechek qualified 11th at Phoenix earlier this year.
 
  • Out of 60 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, Earnhardt’s 7th-place finish is the Sam Hunt Racing’s fifth Top-10 in team history.
 
  • The No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra battled loose handling conditions getting into Turn 3 for the majority of the event, while also working against tight conditions from center to exit.
 
  • Earnhardt went for a spin after getting loose under the No. 2 of Sheldon Creed during the final stage, but had no damage to the No. 26 ForeverLawn machine. 
  • Earnhardt restarted 20th after that caution and improved 13 positions in 66 laps.
 
  • In the final laps of the race, Earnhardt was one of the top-five cars on speed. 
 
 
RACE RECAP
 
Stage One Recap
  • Earnhardt started 11th in the Tennessee Lottery 250 on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway, starting on the inside.
  • The first stage went caution-free. 
  • Earnhardt reported that the No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra was handling free in Turn 3 from the drop of the green flag, but as the run continued, the car began to get tight from center to exit.
  • Earnhardt completed Stage One in the 15th position.
  • During the stage break, Earnhardt pitted for four tires, fuel, and track bar and wedge adjustments.
Stage Two Recap
  • Earnhardt restarted Stage Two in the 10th position after gaining five positions on pit road.
  • Stage Two also went caution-free.
  • The tight handling conditions continued during this stage.
  • Ending the stage in the 12th position, Earnhardt brought the ForeverLawn machine down pit road for four more fresh tires, fuel, and another track bar adjustment.
Final Stage Recap
  • Earnhardt restarted 13th for the final stage. 
  • On Lap 104, the caution flew for an incident ahead of Earnhardt.
  • Earnhardt restarted 11th once the green flag waved on Lap 109.
  • On lap 116, Earnhardt got loose under the No. 2 and spun with no damage.
  • Earnhardt was able to maintain the lead lap, but was forced to pit for four tires. Additional handling adjustments were made during this stop.
  • Earnhardt restarted 20th with 66 laps remaining, and he rallied back to a 7th-place finishing position.
 
 
 
QUOTES
 
 
Image by Daylon Barr Photography
 
Tell us about your weekend from start to finish.
 
“Solid weekend for our Sam Hunt Racing #26 Toyota GR Supra. We ran pretty decent in practice…made a lot of changes that we felt were in the right direction. I felt like we made some speed and that we made the right changes that we needed to to be good for the race and qualifying. I felt good about everything. We made a couple of more adjustments, went out for qualifying and was a little bit free, but we still put together a decent qualifying run. We started 11th in the race. We kept adjusting on it all day long and got a little too far out of the box, but Allen [Hart] and all of the guys dialed it back in and got it pretty solid right there. I think we just needed a little more speed to be a race-winning car. I’m really happy for all the guys at Sam Hunt Racing who put together a solid weekend like this. It was really great to have all of the ForeverLawn people come out — they had 70-something people here. It’s awesome to see their support for this program and what we’re doing on the racing side of things. All in all, a good weekend. We'll take the momentum from this, build on it and go get them in Atlanta.”
 
 
-- Jeffrey Earnhardt, Driver of the No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra
 
SHR PR

Race Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Overview:

Riley Herbst and the No. 98 Monster Energy team were strong out of the gate as the NASCAR Xfinity Series returned from a two-week break during Saturday’s Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. After scoring his second career Xfinity Series Pole this morning with a lap of 156.665 mph, Herbst led the field to green for this afternoon’s 188-lap race. The Las Vegas native ran solidly in the top-10 for the first two stages, finishing third and fourth, respectively, and earning a total of 15 bonus points. Crew chief Richard Boswell made the call of the race when he brought Herbst to pit road for the final time during a lap-117 caution while half the field stayed out. Herbst restarted 17th and quickly and methodically worked his way into the top-10 by lap 140. The final 58 laps of the race went green, playing into the No. 98 Monster Energy team’s strategy as others were forced to pit for tires and fuel. Herbst was able to stay out and drive his way up to the third position, which he held all the way to the checkered flag. It was his fifth top-five and 10th top-10 of the season.

 

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

“Our Monster Energy Ford Mustang was good today. We got the pole and we wanted to lead some laps but, unfortunately, we didn’t lead any. We got quite a bit of stage points, which is what we needed. It’s just a good day for everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing, myself included. I’m proud of all these guys on the 98 team. If we just keep getting these runs, we’ll eventually get there and, if we just keep knocking on the door, eventually it will open.”

 

Notes:              

● Herbst’s pole was the second of his NASCAR Xfinity Series career. He won his first in May 2021 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

● Herbst third-place finish equaled his best result so far this season. He finished third May 7 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

● Herbst finished third in Stage 1 to earn eight bonus points and fourth in Stage 2 to earn seven more bonus points.

● Justin Allgaier won the Tennessee Lottery 250 to score his 18th career Xfinity Series victory, his second of the season and his first at Nashville. His margin over second-place Trevor Bayne was 4.513 seconds.

● There were five caution periods for a total of 27 laps.

● Only 12 of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

● AJ Allmendinger remains the championship leader after Nashville with a 25-point advantage over second-place Ty Gibbs.

 

Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Henry 180 on July 2 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The race starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by USA and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.  

 

TSC PR

Sheldon Creed and the No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet

Team Sidelined by Incident at Nashville Superspeedway

 

36th

19th

17th

“The results don't show how fast our Whelen Chevrolet was today at Nashville Superspeedway. Our Richard Childress Racing pit crew did a great job. Those guys gained us positions every time we came to pit road. My crew chief, Jeff Stankiewicz, kept working to make all the right adjustments and we had worked our way into position to score a top-10 finish. Unfortunately, I sped on pit road after Stage 1 and that put us behind but we fought our way back into contention. Then, we got caught up in a wreck and weren't able to salvage our No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet Camaro. It stinks our day ended early but we’ll bounce back next week at Road America.

 

-Sheldon Creed

Austin Hill and the No. 21 Bennett Transportation

& Logistics Chevrolet Team Fight Hard for Top-10 Finish at Nashville Superspeedway

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8th

4th

8th

“It was a hot one in the Bennett Transportation and Logistics Chevrolet today at Nashville Superspeedway. I felt like I did a pretty decent job hydrating but I might need to work on it a little bit. In the middle of the race, I got pretty hot. I had to do a reset. I got some ice and got to feeling better again to finish the run. All in all, it was a decent day for us. We fought a loose entry. Our Chevy would get tight across the middle and we never found the right balance. On the last pit stop towards the end of the race I went for a call that I thought would help us, but it didn’t. We lost some speed on the long run so we’ll reevaluate this week. Our RCR Chevrolet was good. I thought we were pretty decent on a short run. As the run went, we would start getting free and then tight across the middle. I feel like we got our front ends working pretty decent now, we just have to get the rear back in the race track.”

 

-Austin Hill

RCR PR

Taylor Gray, No. 17 Ford Performance Mustang

Start: 6th

Finish: 4th

Taylor Gray qualified sixth for the Menards 250 at Elko Speedway. The Ford driver was passing for fourth on lap six when the rear of the car came around on him into turn one. He restarted at the tail of the field and drove back to sixth by the first competition pit break at lap 75. After replacing right side tires, Gray fired off strong for the second leg of the race and quickly advanced to fourth, maintaining there until the second pit break at lap 175. During this break, the crew changed all four tires and made a trackbar adjustment to tighten up for the final 75 laps. Gray briefly held third in the early going of the final green flag run, but fell back to fourth and stayed consistent there through the checkered flag.

 

Next event: Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on July 8 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

DGR PR

Tony Stewart knows what it feels like to win a race at South Boston Speedway.

The former NASCAR champion won a USAC national midget series race at South Boston Speedway in 2002, topping Bobby East for the win.

Saturday night Stewart topped a field of legendary racing stars in the 100-lap feature race that headlined the SRX (Superstar Racing Experience) event at South Boston Speedway in front of a packed house of fans and a national television audience.

Stewart successfully fended off a challenge from fellow NASCAR star Greg Biffle, finishing .440-second ahead of Biffle to score his third career SRX series feature race win. NASCAR stars Bobby Labonte and Ryan Newman finished third and fourth respectively, with four-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, the winner of the series opener, rounding out the top five finishers.

“The USAC midget series was tough when I was here,” Stewart pointed out. “It was an honor to win that race. You look at the field of drivers we race with (in SRX), it’s the best of the best from different forms of motorsports. Anytime you can beat those guys there is a lot of pride in it.”

Stewart said he knew Biffle was behind him and trying to make a bid for the lead and the win.
“Greg is smart,” noted Stewart. “He knows how to run these long races. He knows how to take care of his tires. At the end when it counted the most, he was coming.”

Biffle said he did all he could to try to get to Stewart’s rear bumper.

“I wanted to try to make it exciting,” Biffle remarked. “I just couldn’t get there. Tony just took care of his stuff a little better. He just had a little better tire than I did. I was doing all I could, overdriving the corner.”
Labonte described his night as an “okay” night.

“I was probably a little better in the heat races,” Labonte said. “We made one adjustment and were too tight in the center (of the corner). It wouldn’t turn the center of the corner at all. Other than that, it was pretty good.”

Tony Kanaan, Ernie Francis Jr., Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, two-time NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series national champion and six-time South Boston Speedway NASCAR track champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia, Michael Waltrip and Paul Tracy rounded out the finishing order.

“It wasn’t the night we wanted,” Sellers remarked. “They (the SRX personnel) prepared me a really nice car. I think the sway bar was unhooked late in the race. In the heat race, I was kind of saving my tires. I said, ‘you know what, I think we’ve got something to race with.’ But, in the feature race, it just wasn’t there. Something just wasn’t quite right. It was a great experience.”

Tracy, Castroneves and Waltrip took the top three spots in the first heat race, with Sellers finishing seventh. Castroneves, Andretti and Newman claimed the top three spots in the second heat race. Sellers finished 10th in that heat race.

KYLE BARNES TAKES WIN IN BUDWEISER LIMITED SPORTSMAN DIVISION RACE
Kyle Barnes started on the pole, took the lead on the opening lap and scored a flag-to-flag victory in Saturday night’s 50-lap Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division race.

The win was Barnes’ fifth win in eight starts and was his sixth top-five finish of the season at the .4-mile oval.

Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia finished second, 3.364 seconds behind Barnes, with Chris Donnelly of Montross, Virginia finishing third. Donnelly was the final driver to finish on the lead lap.

Adam Murray and Brian Obiedzenski of Franklinton, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers.

NEXT RACE AT SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY
South Boston Speedway will host its showcase NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division event, the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort on Saturday night, July 2.

A 200-lap race for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division race paying $10,000 to win, the first race in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown series, headlines the July 2 Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort racing program.
The four-race program also includes a 50-lap race for the Budweiser Limited Sportsman Division, a 25-lap race for the Southside Disposal Pure Stock Division and a 20-lap race for the Virginia State Police HEAT Hornets Division.

South Boston Speedway will honor America by capping the night with one of the area’s most dazzling Fourth of July fireworks displays.

Advance tickets for the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort on Saturday night, July 2 are available for $15 each plus a $1.50 processing fee. The advance tickets may be purchased online on the South Boston Speedway website or by calling the speedway office. Tickets at the gate on race day will be $20 each.

Practice will start at 1:30 p.m., qualifying starts at 4:30 p.m., an autograph session will be held at 5:15 p.m. and the first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

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

Las Vegas’ Kyle Keller drove from tenth to win the Reverend Ron Spencer Red, White, and Blue Classic for the Lunkerdaddy Pro Late Models on Saturday night at Madera Speedway. The win in the fifth annual 80-lap race gives Keller possession of the points lead after five rounds of competition in 2022, televised on MAVTV.
 
Ethan Nascimento aimed for an iron man accomplishment as he signed up for triple duty, racing in the Lunkerdaddy Pro Late Models, 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models, and INEX Legends Tour races. With 100-degree temperatures, Nascimento started his bid with fast-times in qualifying for both Late Model classes and second quickest in the Legends.
 
The Pro Late Model redraw placed Nascimento fourth alongside incoming points leader Jadan Walbridge of Vancouver, Wash., behind a front row of pole sitter Matthew Meech and outside pole sitter Jason Aguirre.
 
Aguirre used the outside to take the opening lap lead while the first of many two-by-two formations for the third position developed. Nascimento used the outside in a duel with Walbridge to emerge third on lap 12. Rick Thompson retired to the pits on lap 16. Aguirre paced the action running the top line while Meech tried to make hay on the bottom. Nascimento battled Meech for second before a caution flew on lap 21 for Mike Hensley spinning in turn two.
 
Meech and Nascimento resumed their battle on the restart, with contact into turn three. Meech slid and was tagged by Walbridge. The incident brought out the caution on lap 22 and relegated both drivers to the rear of the field.
 
Aguirre picked the outside of Nascimento on the following restart. Nascimento used the inside to take the lead on lap 23. The two-by-two action for third continued with Shelden Cooper winning the position for the moment. Cooper then challenged Aguirre for second. Cooper made a maneuver to the inside of Aguirre in turn three which resulted in contact exiting turn four. They collided again in turn one on lap 33, then tangled in turn three on the same lap to eventually send Aguirre spinning and require a caution. Both were sent to the rear for their involvement.
 
Keller had driven up to third at that point, challenging Idaho’s Jacob Smith for second. Another yellow flag waved on lap 43. Nascimento narrowly held the lead on the following restart, using a slide job to slide in front of Keller to lead lap 44. Nascimento led Keller, Bakersfield’s Seth Wise, Smith, and 2021 Jr. Late Model champion Brody Armtrout into the race break for adjustments on lap 50.
 
The restart saw Nascimento pick the inside of Keller. Keller predicted a move to the lead during the MAVTV interviews at the break, then did just that - charging into the top spot on the exit of turn two. Nascimento tried to drive underneath him in turn four but they touched, sending Nascimento spinning and bringing out the caution flag.
 
Bakersfield’s Kercie Jung had earlier surrendered an eighth-place starting position during the initial pace laps and went to the back. She overcame that to drive into a battle for fifth with Armtout. The battle ended on lap 54 with Jung going up in sparks in turn three with heavy right-side damage.
 
When action resumed, Walbridge had worked through the pack to rank fifth in a battle with Aguirre and Washington’s Kasey Kleyn. Nascimento eventually entered the picture again as well after driving from the rear of the field himself.
 
Kyle Keller grabbed the Ron Spencer Classic victory over a career-best second place for Jacob Smith with Seth Wise rounding out the podium in third. Armtrout and Walbridge rounded out the top-five. Keller will take an unofficial eight-point advantage over Walbridge into the $5,000-to-win Summer Speedfest on July 30th!
 
Ethan Nascimento won the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model 70-lap feature for his first career win in the series for drivers ages 10-16 years old. Nascimento won qualifying but started fifth after the redraw. Points leader Robby Kennealy of Madera drew the pole and immediately led the field.
 
The pack lined up behind opening night winner Brody Moore of Colorado in a duel for second, but Moore held the position. Washington’s Kasey Kleyn spun Nascimento in turn three on lap nine, collecting Newport Beach’s Sean Hingorani in the process for a yellow flag.
 
10-year-old Vito Cancilla spun on the backstretch for the next caution on lap 27. On the restart, Loomis’ Kenna Mitchell dove inside Moore for the second position. They collided in turn one and spun up the race track, collecting Fort Bragg’s Lane Anderson and Hingorani. Hingorani and Mitchell were eliminated from the event with significant front end damage while a lengthy red flag followed
 
Kennealy led Nascimento, Kleyn, and rookies Joey Kennealy of Madera and Monty Tipton of Mill Valley into the lap 40 race break. Nascimento tried to take the lead on the outside on the restart, then eventually filed in line behind Kennealy on lap 43.
 
Kennealy and Nascimento set a strong pace, driving ahead to a sizeable advantage over Kleyn. Nascimento finally made his move in turn four to take the lead on lap 66. Kennealy attempted a crossover in turn two in lapped traffic to no avail. Ethan Nascimento won his first career 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model race over Kennealy, Kleyn, Joey Kennealy, and Brody Moore.
 
Robby Czub won a roller coaster of a 40-lap INEX Legends Tour race over a 16-car turnout. Czub led the first four laps before Cody Winchel had the lead on lap five. Brendan Ruzbarsky followed him into second on the outside as well.
 
Contact in turn two allowed Ruzbarsky to get the lead on lap 11. Winchel then used a restart to retake the lead on lap 13. A restart led to a multi-car crash and a red flag on lap 22. Madera’s Aiden Phillips got into Bakersfield’s Logan Chambers, the 2021 Bandolero track champion. The ensuing melee gathered up several other cars as well in turns one and two.
 
Winchel and Ruzbarsky raced hard for the lead on the restart. Contact on the exit of turn four spun Ruzbarsky, with Zach Sansom slamming the front stretch wall to avoid him. Winchel and Ruzbarsky both restarted at the back of the pack with Czub inheriting the lead. Czub led the final 18 circuits for victory with Ethan Nascimento finishing second. Reno’s Nick Halen, Ruzbarsky, and Winchel rounded out the top-five.
 
Kellen Keller of Las Vegas won the 15-lap INEX Bandolero feature for his second win of the season. Skyler Schoppe and Andrew Williams finished second and third.
 
Madera Speedway resumes on July 16 with a CLUB RACE featuring Madera Late Models, Madera Super Stocks, MST’s/Sedans, WCSC Mini Stock Invasion/Madera Mini Stocks, and Southwest Tour Truck Series
 
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

Drake Edwards of Surprise, Ariz. added a new track to his victories in the Western Midget Racing presented by Masters Design and Construction, snaring the action at Ventura Raceway on Saturday night. Edwards had previously triumphed at the one-fifth mile Adobe Mountain Speedway in Glendale, Ariz. and felt right at home on the confines of the Ventura Raceway.

Arizona drivers Edwards and Dustin Cormany split the eight-lap heat races over a 13-car field of stock production-powered Midgets at the dirt track by the Pacific Ocean.

The 20-lap feature was led to green by Todd and Kyle Hawse while Brentwood’s Blake Bower, the 2021 WMR champion, started third. Bower drove into the lead position in Tony Boscacci’s No. 9 and fifth-starting Edwards eventually followed him into second position. A battery issue required fourth-starting Nate Wait of Lodi to pull in on the opening lap.

Bower’s bid for victory ended with an engine issue. Edwards inherited the lead and never relinquished it. 2021 WMR Ventura winner Randy Moody drove to second place in his No. 15 while AJ Hernandez made his second career start with a strong third-place run for the Arizona driver in Kevin Felkins’ No. 11. 2019 Ventura WMR champion Randi Pankratz of Atascadero drove to fourth ahead of Las Vegas’ Kyle Hawse in fifth.

Western Midget Racing continues its 2022 season on Friday July 15 at Ocean Speedway during the Howard Kaeding Classic and Saturday July 16 at Petaluma Speedway.

For more information on Western Midget Racing, visit them at www.WesternMidgetRacing.com or follow them on Facebook!

Western Midget Racing is presented by: Masters Design and Construction, Rockwell Security, Rams Racing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Extreme Mufflers, FTK, Blud Lubricants, and West Evans Motorsports.

 

June 25, 2022 – Ventura Raceway (Ventura, Calif.) Results

HEAT 1 (8 laps) – 1. 86D Drake Edwards. HEAT 2 (8 laps) – 83D Dustin Cormany.

FEATURE (20 laps) – 1. 86D Drake Edwards, 2. 15 Randy Moore, 3. 11 AJ Hernandez, 4. 35 Randi Pankratz, 5. 20 Kyle Hawse, 6. 33AZ Tyler High, 7. 22 Will Brown, 8. 3AZ Chloe High, 9. 9 Blake Bower, 10. 83D Dustin Cormany, 11. 31 Todd Hawse, 12. 20w Nate Wait, DNS- 35SR Brody Petrie

WMR PR

Race Recap: In front of packed grandstands on Saturday night at South Boston Speedway, Tony Stewart earned his first SRX win of the 2022 season. Greg Biffle and Bobby Labonte followed close behind to earn podium finishes. Biffle won Heat 1 and the season-opener winner Helio Castroneves won stage two. 

CBS Race Recap: A recap of tonight’s race can be found here.

Post-Race Quotes:

Tony Stewart (Winner): “Seeing these fans cheer when we got the lead every time, that’s what kept the motivation going. Not like I need much motivation, but when you’ve got fans of South Boston cheering like that every time you get the lead, you aren’t going to let them down. I was worried we would get a caution late, so I just tried to take care of it there, but I think backing my pace off actually hurt me versus helping me. I thought I was trying to take care of it and I think I was making some problems a little bit worse by not running as hard as earlier. This car was really good. When we practiced today, it rolled the corner really nice, it was a little loose off. I was worried about it. I haven’t been to South Boston since I ran a midget clear back in 2000, 2001, 2002 or something like that. Didn’t know, couldn’t remember the characteristics of what this track does when it cools off. I was hoping it would tighten up and it did a little, just not as much as we needed.”

Greg Biffle (Finished 2nd in the Main Event): It was a great night. Our car was really fast. Tony (Stewart) just took care of his stuff a little better with starting on the front row every time. He had a little better tire than I did at the end. I was doing all I could, overdriving the corner and just trying to get to his bumper and wiggle him a little bit. I wasn’t going to spin him out or anything, but I wanted to try to make it exciting. I just couldn’t get there.” 

Bobby Labonte (Finished 3rd in the Main Event): “We just got too tight in the center, it reminded me of IRP last year. We made one adjustment from the heat races to the feature and it just got tight, tight, tight. You can count 1,001 by the time you back to the gas and that’s all I needed, the middle of the corner. Probably built up too much air-pressure in the right front. At least we weren’t in the melee.”

Ryan Newman (Finished 4th in the Main Event): It was real similar to Pensacola, just fell one spot short of what we did there. It seemed like we kind of settled in to just being an equal in equally prepared cars with a bunch of NASCAR guys between Stewart, Biffle, Labonte and myself. It seems like we kind of settled into that speed and really couldn’t get side-by-side or anything else. We all ran the same speed. It was a good run for our Sun Outdoors car. It was fun to drive here. Still a fun class and even if you don’t win, it’s still fun. Happy to have come here and had the opportunity again. 

Ernie Francis, Jr. (Finished 7th in the Main Event): “Had a fun race out there. Wish we could have finished a little higher up in the field, but happy with where we ended up. Got roughed up a bunch out there. The car wasn’t where we needed it to be, super loose on entry. The adjustments we made didn’t really do much to it, so just had to deal with that for the night. Had a really good battle with (Tony) Kanaan out there. (Tony) Stewart and I got into it a little bit, but we’re all good. Happy to be here. Hopefully I can come back by the end of the year, maybe do the race at Sharon Speedway. Got to try to pop to let me out there, so we’ll see what happens.”

Peyton Sellers (Finished 10th in the Main Event): “It wasn’t the night we wanted for sure. It was a lot of fun. Packed house here at South Boston. Next week we get to come and do it again, so hopefully we’ll be able to rebound in our own car. They prepared me a really nice car. I think the sway bar was unhooked late in the race there. In the heat race, I was kind of saving tires and I said ‘You know what, we‘ve got something to race with,’ but in the feature when I really called on it, it just wasn’t there. These guys prepare nice cars, but something just wasn’t quite right. We’ll figure it out and go from there. It was a great experience.”

 

Main Event Results at South Boston Speedway: 

Finishing Position

Driver 

Car Number

1

Tony Stewart

14

2

Greg Biffle

69

3

Bobby Labonte

18

4

Ryan Newman

39

5

Helio Castroneves

06

6

Tony Kanaan

6

7

Ernie Francis Jr.

5

8

Marco Andretti

98

9

Ryan Hunter-Reay

1

10

Peyton Sellers  

26

11

Michael Waltrip

15

12

Paul Tracy

3

 

Heat 2 Results at South Boston Speedway:

Finishing Position

Driver 

Car Number

1

Helio Castroneves

06

2

Marco Andretti

98

3

Ryan Newman

39

4

Tony Kanaan

6

5

Bobby Labonte

18

6

Tony Stewart

14

7

Michael Waltrip

15

8

Greg Biffle

69

9

Ernie Francis Jr.

5

10

Peyton Sellers

26

11

Ryan Hunter-Reay

1

12

Paul Tracy

3

 

Heat 1 Results at South Boston Speedway:

Finishing Position

Driver 

Car Number

1

Greg Biffle

69

2

Tony Stewart

14

3

Marco Andretti

98

4

Bobby Labonte

18

5

Ryan Hunter-Reay

1

6

Peyton Sellers

26

7

Ryan Newman

39

8

Ernie Francis Jr.

5

9

Tony Kanaan

6

10

Michael Waltrip

15

11

Helio Castoneves

06

12

Paul Tracy

3

 

Next Race: The Camping World SRX Series now heads to Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Local Ringer Matt Hirschman will join Tony Stewart, Marco Andretti, Greg Biffle, Hailie Deegan, Bill Elliott, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman, Paul Tracy, Michael Waltrip and Justin Marks. The action kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and will stream live on Paramount+.

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