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Ryan Preece won Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.
Preece led 74 of the 150 laps, scoring his second straight win at Nashville Superspeedway.
For Preece, this marks his sixth truck series start of the season. He currently drives part-time for DGR Racing. DGR Racing also won last Saturday’s truck series race at Knoxville Speedway with Todd Gilliland behind the drivers seat.
Friday night’s truck series race had a total of eight cautions for 43 laps. Among the drivers eliminated due to an accident were Corey Heim, Grant Enfinger and Matt DiBenedetto.
Rounding out the top five were Zane Smith in second, Carson Hocevar in third, Ty Majeski in fourth and Stewart Friesen in fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Christian Eckes in sixth, Tyler Ankrum in seventh, Matt Gutierrez in eighth, John Hunter Nemechek in ninth and Matt Crafton in tenth.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time on July 9th at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on FS1.
Stage 1 Winner: Zane Smith
Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Preece
Race Winner: Ryan Preece
Rick Conoyer has competed all season long at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 but had yet to go to Victory Lane. That was, until Friday night, when he led every lap of the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature, collecting his second career victory with the tour and snapping four-time and defending champion Nick Hoffman’s perfect season.
“To beat those guys, it’s phenomenal,” Conoyer said.
Prior to Friday night, The Destroyer had only one other Summit Modified victory in his career – June 30, 2018, right at I-55. Nearly four years in the making, and the Wentzville, MO-native drives back to Victory Lane in the biggest way, defeating the most stacked field of DIRTcar UMP Modifieds the track has hosted all year.
The race was 25 laps, but it seemed like an eternity in the cockpit for Conoyer, knowing Hoffman started one row behind him at the drop of the green.
“That whole race I was driving out there, the car was so good,” Conoyer said. “I was on like a Sunday cruise. But I kept looking over my shoulder like, ‘Where’s the 2 car? Where’s the 2 car? He’s gotta be coming, because I’m running like quarter-throttle, half-throttle tops.’”
Crossing the stripe with two-to-go, polesitter Will Krup was right on Conoyer’s rear bumper with a small cluster of lapped traffic in front. Conoyer dove into Turn 1 in the middle, opening the door for Krup down low. Conoyer defended down the backstretch and through Turns 3-4 with Krup right on him, using the lapped car as a pick.
“Then we got into lapped traffic and I was like, ‘Oh boy, just don’t make a stupid move,’” Conoyer said. “Will [Krup] came in there and ran me clean as a whistle, and I can’t be more happy. I just can’t.
“I just about gave it up when I saw the white flag. I was on the outside of that lapped car, and I just about went around the outside of him. If I would’ve, I’d have slid up, and he would’ve got me. So, I dove down to the bottom and just protected.”
Hoffman crossed the line right where he started, in third. This effectively ends his perfect season at seven-straight victories, though he still sits way out front in Summit Modified points.
“I just needed to be a little bit more compliant,” Hoffman said about what his car needed in the Feature. “I was way too stiff. I never really felt like my right-rear tire was in the racetrack.”
At various points through the Feature, Hoffman did get a look underneath Krup for second, but couldn’t get the bite he needed to make the pass. He eventually faded back comfortably in third, and crossed the stripe to complete the podium.
“My only shot was to try and clean that one lane up a little bit and get underneath [Krup], because he wasn’t gonna leave that middle where most of the grip was,” Hoffman said.
The Summit Modifieds are back in action Saturday night at I-55 for the St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff finale; watch all the action live on DIRTVision.
ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)
Feature 25 Laps | 00:09:28.266
1. 14C-Rick Conoyer; 2. K9-Will Krup; 3. 2-Nick Hoffman; 4. 8-Kyle Steffens; 5. 36-Kenny Wallace; 6. 1D- Dean Hoffman; 7. 25-Tyler Nicely; 8. 10X-Jim Black; 9. 59R-Jacob Rexing; 10. 12L-Lucas Lee; 11. J82-Treb Jacoby; 12. 130-Chase Allen; 13. 4T-Jake Trebilcock; 14. 327-Chuck Goodman; 15. 24D-Jesse Dill; 16. 18L-Michael Long; 17. 1A-Steve Meyer Jr; 18. 7P-Dennis Ponder; 19. 23-Dylan Sharp; 20. 77S-Rick Stevenson; 21. M41-Steve Maisel; 22. 96-Curtis Rodenhaber
DIRTcar Series PR
Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Overview- Nashville Superspeedway
News and Notes:
- Practice; After the completion of a 50-minute practice session on Friday afternoon, Myatt Snider would record a fast lap of 31.574 at 151.644 mph on Lap-4 of his 20-lap session making the No. 31 Superior Essex Chevrolet Camaro SS 30th fastest of the 41 cars entered for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Tennessee Lottery 250.
– Starting Position; Saturday at 12:00 PM ET teams will move into NXS qualifying to determine the starting order for Tennessee Lottery 250. In 2022, intermediate-track qualifying would consist of a single round of single car qualifying for one lap. Snider will roll off 34th to make his qualifying effort. Qualifying will be shown LIVE on USA Network.
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– Chassis; Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport will bring Chassis No. 111 to Nashville Superspeedway for Snider to compete with in the Tennessee Lottery 250. Chassis No. 111 last competed for Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport at Texas Motor Speedway last month during the SRS Distribution 250. After starting in the 26th position, Snider would have a fast car all day but come away with a 22nd place finish. Prior to Texas, Chassis No. 111 competed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September of 2021 for the Alsco Uniforms 250 where Ty Dillon would start in the 28thposition lead 17 laps enroute to an 8th place finish in his first start for Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport.
Racing legend Tom Bigelow always tries to help young drivers, so it was fitting that the winner of the 25-lap non-wing sprint car feature during the Tom Bigelow Classic Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway was a 20-year-old civil engineering student at Indiana State University. Harley Burns of Stearleyville, Ind., who won a Hoosier Auto Racing Fans (HARF) award for being the most improved driver last year, led the whole way in the non-stop race and had a whopping 5.147-second advantage over runner-up Tye Mihocko of Phoenix, Ariz., at the checkered.
Alex Watson of Columbus, Ohio took the lead on lap 18 and went on to win the 20-lap USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Thunder midget feature. And it was a great night to be a stock car driver from Marion, Ind., as James Headley won the 12-lap street stock feature and Heisman Skeens won the 12-lap hornet feature.
Non-Wing Sprint Cars
Both Burns, who started fourth, and Dustin Ingle of Lima, Ohio, who started second, surprised defending track champion and polesitter Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind., at the start of the sprint car feature. Ingle took the initial lead with a move to the outside in Turn 1 at the start, and then Burns passed Ingle to the inside in Turn 4 to lead the first lap while Weir was relegated to third.
Weir passed Ingle for second on lap five. Five laps later Burns had a scary moment when he almost came to a screeching halt in Turn 4 due to a lapped car. But he continued to hold the lead, and on lap 13 Weir dropped from second to fifth, giving the runner-up spot to Cole Bodine of Rossville, Ind. Mihocko passed Colten Cottle of Kansas, Ill., for third on the following lap. The top five got further shaken up on lap 16, as both Mihocko and Cottle passed Bodine, but Burns was long gone with no yellows to tighten up the field. At the line it was Burns, Mihocko, Cottle, Bodine and Weir as the top-five finishers.
The winning car is a DRC chassis owned by Stacy Bussing that is powered by a J&D Performance engine. The car is sponsored by JKR, Britaero and Youngblood Farms, and it arrived at the track inside a bus.
USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midgets
There were three leaders of the D2 midget feature. Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Josh Yenser of Plain City, Ohio, who started second, broke away initially and had nearly a 1-second lead over the polesitter, 14-year-old Zach Wigal of Belpre, Ohio, when the fifth-place driver, Kyla Roell of Dillsboro, Ind., flipped high in the air between Turns 1 and 2. Roell, who is also 14, got out of her Beast/Honda under her own power, but it was a disappointing end to a promising evening that saw her win the second midget heat.
Yenser led the first four laps before Michael Magic of Indianapolis took over by charging under Yenser in Turn 2. Watson, who started ninth, was fifth by that point, but two laps later Watson passed 16-year-old Bryce Massingill of Troy, Ohio and Wigal to move into third place. On the following lap, lap number eight, both Watson and Massingill passed Yenser to make the top five Magic, Watson, Massingill, Yenser and Wigal.
At the halfway point on lap 10 Magic had a 1.157-second lead over Watson, but with only two laps to go Watson passed him and went on to win by 0.743 seconds. Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio came on late in the race to turn a sixth-place starting spot into a third-place finish. Massingill and Wigal rounded out the top five in a race that went non-stop after the red for Roell with one lap down.
Watson’s midget is sponsored by Erwin of Troy, Ohio; FK Rod Ends; Fuelab and LST.
The street stock feature featured two battles. Headley and Bill Lewis of Fountain City, Ind., ran nose to tail for 12 laps before Headley won. Headley led the whole race, although Lewis set the fastest lap.
Behind them, James Headley Jr. of Wabash, Ind., and Matthew Baker of Kouts, Ind., duked it out, running even closer than Headley and Lewis were doing.
The running order didn’t change up front, but on the last lap Baker passed Headley Jr. for third, even though it was Headley Jr.’s birthday.
His father’s winning car, a Hobbs chassis, is sponsored by Headley Tree Service and Dudding’s Heating and Cooling, among other companies.
Last Friday night Skeens was running fourth in the hornet feature when his car’s right-front wheel flew off and he stopped between Turns 1 and 2.
This Friday night all four of his wheels stayed on and the 21-year-old driver led all 12 laps of the hornet feature from the pole.
The race went non-stop, and Skeens had a huge, 5.264-second lead over Jeremy Jones of Gas City at the checkered for his first Gas City triumph. Landon Arcaro of Brookville, Ind., finished third followed by Alexes Spaulding of Roanoke, Ind., and Jonathon Moeller.
Beside Roell’s flip in the feature, three other D2 midget drivers flipped during the preliminary action. Cody Dye of Covington, Ky., flipped in Turn 2 at the start of the third D2 qualifying session. Abby Hohlbein of Cloverdale, Ohio flipped in Turn 4 at the start of the second D2 midget heat. Carl Peterson of Waterford, Mich., flipped in Turn 2 at the end of the third D2 midget heat. All got out of their cars under their own power.
Gas City I-69 Speedway will be dark on Friday, July 1, but it will host a special holiday show the following night, on Saturday, July 2. Modifieds, street stocks, hornets and the Hoosier State Modlites will take the center stage. Fireworks are planned pending permission from the county, as there is currently a burn ban in place due to the recent lack of rain. Watch the track’s social media outlets for updates.
The track will be back to its normal Friday night schedule on Friday, July 8 with the fifth annual Jerry Gappens Sr. Classic. It will feature the Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS) non-wing sprint cars, modifieds, street stocks and hornets.
For Gas City’s complete 2022 schedule and more information see the track’s website at gascityI69Speedway.com and also follow its social media outlets. The track is on Twitter (@GasCitySpeedway), Instagram (@GasCitySpeedway) and Facebook (GasCitySpeedwayOnTheGas).
Gas City I-69 Speedway is located on State Road 22, approximately a half-mile west of exit 259 of Interstate 69, about halfway between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Ind.
Non-Wing Sprint Group 1 Qualifying: 1. Jack Hoyer, 12.429; 2. Dave Darland, 12.488; 3. Harley Burns, 12.489; 4. Jack James, 12.732; 5. Brayden Clark, 12.940, 6. Bryar Schroeter, 14.924.
Non-Wing Sprint Group 2 Qualifying: 1. Dustin Ingle, 12.519; 2. Matt Goodnight, 12.597; 3. Tyler Hewitt, 12.687; 4. Cole Bodine, 12.934; 5. Collin Grissom, 13.059, 6. Dave Gross, no time.
Non-Wing Sprint Group 3 Qualifying: 1. Zack Pretorius, 12.237; 2. Tye Mihocko, 12.274; 3. Scotty Weir, 12.419; 4. Ron Dennis, 12.923; 5. Travis Hery, 13.046; 6. Brady Click, 13.201.
Non-Wing Sprint Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Harley Burns, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Jack Hoyer, 4. Colten Cottle, 5. Jack James, 6. Brayden Clark, 7. Bryar Schroeter.
Non-Wing Sprint Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Dustin Ingle, 3. Tyler Hewitt, 4. Collin Grissom, 5. Matt Goodnight, 6. Dave Gross.
Non-Wing Sprint Heat 3 (8 laps): 1. Scotty Weir, 2. Zack Pretorius, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Ron Dennis, 5. Travis Hery, 6. Brady Click.
Non-Wing Sprint Feature (25 laps, with starting position in parenthesis): 1. Harley Burns (4); 2. Tye Mihocko (9); 3. Colten Cottle (10); 4. Cole Bodine (6); 5. Scotty Weir (1); 6. Zack Pretorius (3); 7. Tyler Hewitt (8); 8. Collin Grissom (11); 9. Ron Dennis (12); 10. Travis Hery (15); 11. Jack Hoyer (7); 12. Jack James (13); 13. Matt Goodnight (14); 14. Brayden Clark (16); 15. Bryar Schroeter (19); 16. Dustin Ingle (2); 17. Brady Click (18); 18. Dave Darland (5); 19. Dave Gross (17).
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-25, Burns.
Margin of Victory: 5.147 seconds.
Fastest Race Lap: Burns, 12.782 seconds, lap 6.
USAC SpeeD2 Midget Qualifying Session 1: 1. Chett Gehrke, 13.579; 2. Taylor Nibert, 13.902; 3. Michael Magic, 13.935; 4. Jakeb Boxell, 14.133; 5. Cory Gingrich, 14.293; 6. Jim Jones, 14.399; 7. Chris Gingrich, 15.333; 8. Don Bigelow, 15.827, 9. Luke Lemons, no time.
USAC SpeeD2 Midget Qualifying Session 2: 1. Abby Hohlbein, 13.180; 2. Kayla Roell, 13.279; 3. Josh Yenser, 13.410; 4. Cody Beard, 13.513; 5. Ian Creager, 13.552; 6. Page Perrine, 14.152; 7. Tyler Watkins, 15.210; 8. Kyle Dager, 16.922; 9. Gunnar Lucius, no time.
USAC SpeeD2 Midget Qualifying Session 3: 1. Stratton Briggs, 13.143; 2. Alex Watson, 13.576; 3. Zach Wigal, 13.690; 4. Bryce Massingill, 13.781; 5. Wes Pinkerton, 13.996; 6. Carl Peterson, 14.183; 7. Cody Dye, no time, 8. Thomas Bigelow, no time.
USAC SpeeD2 Midget Heat 1 (8 lap, 5 to qualify): 1. Michael Magic, 2. Cory Gingrich, 3. Chris Gingrich, 4. Jim Jones, 5. Jakeb Boxell, 6. Taylor Nibert, 7. Don Bigelow (DNS), 8. Luke Lemons (DNS), 9. Chett Gehrke (DNS).
USAC SpeeD2 Midget Heat 2 (8 laps, 5 to qualify): 1. Kayla Roell, 2. Josh Yenser, 3. Cody Beard, 4. Ian Creager, 5. Kyle Dager, 6. Gunnar Lucius, 7. Tyler Watkins, 8. Abby Hohlbein, 9. Page Perrine (DNS).
USAC SpeeD2 Midget Heat 3 (8 laps, 5 to qualify): 1. Zach Wigal, 2. Stratton Briggs, 3. Alex Watson, 4. Bryce Massingill, 5. Wes Pinkerton, 6. Carl Peterson, 7. Thomas Bigelow (DNS), 8. Cody Dye (DNS).
USAC SpeeD2 Midget Feature (20 laps, with starting position in parenthesis): 1. Alex Watson (9); 2. Michael Magic (4); 3. Stratton Briggs (6); 4. Bryce Massingill (12); 5. Zach Wigal (1); 6. Josh Yenser (2); 7. Cory Gingrich (3); 8. Ian Creager (11); 9. Carl Peterson (17); 10. Chris Gingrich (7); 11. Thomas Bigelow (18); 12. Jim Jones (10); 13. Cody Beard (8); 14. Chett Gehrke (19); 15. Wes Pinkerton (14); 16. Jakek Boxell (13); 17. Gunnar Lucius (16); 18. Taylor Nibert (15); 19. Kayla Roell (5); 20. Kyle Dager (DNS); 21. Don Bigelow (DNS).
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-4, Yenser; laps 5-17, Magic; laps 18-20, Watson.
Margin of Victory: 0.743 seconds.
Fastest Race Lap: Yenser, 13.151, lap 1.
Street Stocks Qualifying Group: 1. Bill Lewis, 15.224; 2. James Headley, 16.159; 3. James Headley Jr., 16.401; 4. Matthew Baker, 16.451.
Street Stock Heat (8 laps): 1. Bill Lewis, 2. James Headley Jr., 3. James Headley, 4. Matthew Baker.
Street Stock Feature (12 laps, with starting position in parentheses): 1. James Headley (3); 2. Bill Lewis (4); 3. Matthew Baker (1); 4. James Headley Jr. (2).
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-12, Headley.
Margin of Victory: 0.449 seconds.
Fastest Race Lap: Lewis, 14.785, lap 3.
Hornet Qualifying Session 1: 1. Landon Arcaro, 17.947; 2. Jeremy Jones, 18.071; 3. Heisman Skeens, 19.448; 4. Alexes Spaulding, 19.724; 5. Jonathon Moeller, 28.425.
Hornet Heat (8 laps): 1. Landon Arcaro, 2. Jeremy Jones, 3. Heisman Skeens, 4. Alexes Spaulding, 5. Jonathon Moeller.
Hornet Feature (12 laps, with starting position in parenthesis): 1. Heisman Skeens (1); 2. Jeremy Jones (2); 3. Landon Arcaro (4); 4. Alexes Spaulding (3); 5. Jonathon Moeller (5).
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-12, Skeens
Margin of Victory: 5.263 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: Skeens, 16.491 seconds, lap 2.
Gas City PR
McAnally-Hilgemann Racing drivers Derek Kraus and Colby Howard each overcame tough battles in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday night.
Kraus had his No. 19 Hunter Nation Chevrolet Silverado in the top 10 through most of the race, scoring important stage points along the way; then battled back after making a late-race pit stop to finish 11th.
Howard started the race back in the pack and had to contend with heavy traffic and handling issues, while working his way forward to finish 16th in his No. 91 Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet Silverado.
Kraus was fifth in practice earlier in the day and qualified fifth in time trials. He picked up bonus points, finishing seventh in Stage 1 and sixth in Stage 2. His team opted to have him stay on track during a subsequent caution, then chose to pit for fresh tires during a late caution. A restart, followed by an immediate caution, left Kraus just 10 green-flag laps to make up ground. He charged from 21st to 11th at the checkered flag.
Howard was also fast earlier in the day, posting the sixth quickest time in practice. A slip on his qualifying lap, however, left him to start the race in 32nd. His team worked through much of the race to resolve a loose condition. They got his Chevy dialed in and he got as high as 11th late in the race, but contact from another truck created a similar handling issue and he got shuffled back to 16th in the final laps.
Kraus, 11th in the championship standings, was able to close the gap and is just 29 points below the cutoff line for the playoffs – with two regular season races remaining. Howard, who is in his first full season of competing in the Camping World Truck Series, is 18th in the standings.
MHR welcomed two special groups at Nashville. Guests from Hunter Nation were in attendance, along with a group from Gates Corporation – which was led by Mike Gordon, Business Development Manager at Gates Corporation. Guests received a VIP Experience – with the opportunity to be with the MHR drivers and teams on the starting grid and get their photos taken next to the No. 19 and No. 91 Chevy Silverados. They had special access for driver introductions and had the chance to tour an MHR transporter.
The weekend was special for Gordon and his wife, Paula, who were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary.
Quote – Derek Kraus
“We needed to pit when everyone else did. But we collected stage points and came out of here clean. We will head to Mid-Ohio with our heads high. It was cool to have Hunter Nation on our Chevy Silverado.”
Quote – Colby Howard
“We struggled the entire race with a loose truck. The second to last caution, we finally got it to a drivable state. But damage from another truck got us back to being extremely loose again. We fought hard all day. We will regroup and be better.”