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Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health is gearing up for its first full week of the 2023 season, with 5 million lights and countless new festive delights that are sure to make everyone’s visit magical. From a golden holiday classic, crafty vendors and a brand-new Cook Out Tubing Hill attraction, there is something for everyone in this week’s Speedway Christmas lineup.


“The Grinch”

Embrace the holiday spirit with a beloved drive-in classic on the 16,000-square-foot SpeedwayTV, as “The Grinch,” presented by Bojangles, airs this Thursday through Sunday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night. Gather family and friends, bring a blanket and tune the radio dial for a wonderful evening of laughter and fun. Movie nights are free with Speedway Christmas admission.


Creations X Court

Come into a world of creativity and craftsmanship with Creations X Court, one of the vendors on hand this weekend in the Christmas village. Started in 2021, this amazing small business sells handcrafted earrings and artful accessories. Perfect for any holiday party, a stocking stuffer or a gift for that special someone, don’t miss these unique creations, available in the Speedway Christmas village this Thursday-Sunday. Creations X Court is one of a rotating cast of local vendors who will offer their one-of-a-kind creations for sale throughout Speedway Christmas as a way to highlight local artisans and help visitors get a jumpstart on their holiday shopping.


Cook Out Tubing Hill

Looking for more festive fun at Speedway Christmas or just got the need for speed? Feel the thrill of the all-new Cook Out Tubing Hill, which makes its debut this weekend. Open nightly at 6 p.m., the Cook Out Tubing Hill is set up the in the Fan Zone, and operates independently of Speedway Christmas. Revelers of all ages can experience the thrill of the all-new, four-lane 250-feet tubing hill. Unlimited rides are $20 for adults ($5 off with a Speedway Christmas coupon). Kids 12 and under can join the fun for just $10.


Christmas is a time for giving and this holiday season, merrymakers have an opportunity to support the local charities in Charlotte and learn more about how the organizations are impacting local children in need. Fifteen festive Christmas trees, decorated by local charities, will be on display in the Christmas village throughout Speedway Christmas. Visitors can vote on their favorite tree and the winning charity will receive additional funding through Speedway Children’s Charities’ Charlotte chapter.


Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health is open nightly through Jan. 7 (closed Christmas Eve). Tickets are sold per vehicle (up to 15 passengers) starting at $35 Monday-Wednesday and $45 Thursday-Sunday. For just $75, guests can skip the lines with the Fast Pass Lane, accessible off of Morehead Road at entrance P. The Fast Pass lane is only open Thursday-Sunday.

Tickets are available at or at the gate.


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Get your kicks on Route 99!


For two-straight nights on November 21-22, California’s Merced Speedway becomes the route for USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing.


The four cylinders of fury make their way to the quarter-mile dirt oval for a double-dose of action featuring the likes of past Merced winners Buddy Kofoid, Justin Grant, Carson Macedo, Thomas Meseraull and Tanner Thorson among the 40 entries expected to be on hand.


Look out California! Here are six storylines to watch when USAC comes to the city known as the “Gateway to Yosemite.”





In USAC National Midget competition at Merced Speedway, six races have been held and five different drivers have reached victory lane: Buddy Kofoid, Justin Grant, Carson Macedo, Thomas Meseraull and Tanner Thorson.


All five drivers will be in the field on both nights this year at Merced as well. Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) is, thus far, the only two-time Merced winner in the field, scoring the second night of the event in both 2021 and 2022 en route to the championship.


Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) flew to victory in the series debut at Merced in 2020 while Thorson (Minden, Nev.) captured a barnburner the following night when he became the fourth leader in a four-lap span before pacing the final four laps on the way to victory.


Grant (Ione, Calif.) scored a non-stop victory in the 2021 opener at Merced, completing the 30-lap distance at a blistering pace of 6 minutes, 14 seconds. Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) gave both he and his Dyson Motorsport team a first career USAC National victory on the opening night in 2022.





An Australian team, a New Zealand chassis and American drivers.


The three ingredients of Dyson Motorsport, a King Chassis and driver Carson Macedo combined to make up the perfect formula during the 2022 opener at Merced. For Macedo and Dyson, it marked their first career USAC National Midget feature victory.


Macedo, the third-place finisher in World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car points for 2023, had run a full season of USAC National Midgets in 2016 where he captured Rookie of the Year honors. That same season, the Lemoore, Calif. native also collected a USAC Midwest Regional Midget title as well.


The Dyson team with driver Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) nearly pulled off the same feat a night after Macedo’s triumph, leading 25 of the 30 laps before finishing second. Bayston captured the USAC National Midget title in 2017 and finished eighth in WoO points for 2023 while adding a single win.


On the first try, this team nearly picked off two victories in two nights. Expect them to be in the hunt again in ’23 as well.





At the rate he’s going, Logan Seavey “could” very well clinch the USAC National Midget championship on one of the two nights of racing at Merced.


Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has pushed his lead to 230 markers over the past couple months and will enter Merced as the points leader with a shot to clinch it on Tuesday night.


Seavey is one of nine drivers to start all six previous Merced USAC Midget features along with Tanner Carrick, Cannon McIntosh, Carson Macedo, Tanner Thorson, Mitchel Moles, Buddy Kofoid, Justin Grant and Kaylee Bryson.


In those six starts, he’s finished inside the top-five twice and took sixth and an eighth. His performance entering the California swing includes 16 starts, 16 top-tens, 15 top-fives and six wins. Since his win at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on Tuesday, those numbers have all bumped up one more.





It was this time of the season two years ago at Merced Speedway when Jade Avedisian made a grand introduction to USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing.


It was there at Merced, located roughly 45 minutes away from her Clovis, Calif. home, that she finished fourth and instantly showed to all onlookers, and to herself, that she belonged.


In both Merced appearances in 2022, she qualified well (1st and 3rd), then finished with a fourth-place result on night two. This time around, she eyes an opportunity to become the first woman to win a USAC National Midget event.





It was at Merced in 2020 when Chance Crum made his USAC National Midget debut, doing so for Clauson Marshall Racing.


For this year’s west coast swing, Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) picked up a ride with Burbank, California’s Six8 Motorsports, a five-time USAC Western States Midget championship team between 2013-17.


Last year, as separate entities, the pair had some of their finest runs on the national scene at Merced. Crum led two laps and finished fourth on night one at Merced while Six8 scored its first USAC National Midget podium result with a third on night two with Jason McDougal at the wheel that night.


Together, this could be a formidable pair to watch as both eye another fine result on the big stage.





While most eyes are naturally affixed to the top of the USAC National Midget point standings, the race between third, fourth, fifth and sixth is completely up for grabs.


The shuffling between the four spots has been immense with a 43-point gap separating Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.).


Each position represents a difference in point fund money along with pride, and two nights in a row could snowball one way or another in determining positioning.


On the entrant point side, the points race is practically the same, but there’s one more interesting aspect to keep a watch on. Keith Kunz Motorsports’ top-four entries currently reside sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth in points.


Making this all the more intriguing is the fact that KKM has had at least one entry finish inside the top-five of the points in 18 consecutive seasons since 2005. Furthermore, KKM has put one entry into the top-three every year since 2010, a run of 13 seasons in a row. It’s a streak that’s on the line, but he has highly capable shoes in Ryan Timms, Jade Avedisian, Gavin Miller and Taylor Reimer in his stable who will attempt to keep the streak intact.





Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s events pay $4,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.


Both nights, the pits open at 2pm Pacific with the drivers meeting set for 4:30pm. Grandstands open at 5pm and cars get on track at 5:45pm.


On Tuesday, adult general admission for ages 18 and up is $20. Ages 55 & up, military and ages 11-17 general admission are $18. Ages 6-10 general admission is $5. Kids age 5 & under are free.  Support classes include IMCA Sport Mods and Hobby Stocks.


On Wednesday, adult general admission for ages 18 and up is $25. Ages 55 & up, military and ages 11-17 general admission are $23. Ages 6-10 general admission is $10. Support classes include winged 360 Sprint Cars.


Advance tickets can be purchased at:

Both Merced races this week will be streamed live on FloRacing at








2-Buddy Kofoid


1-Justin Grant, Carson Macedo, Thomas Meseraull & Tanner Thorson





2020: Thomas Meseraull (11/20) & Tanner Thorson (11/21)


2021: Justin Grant (11/23) & Buddy Kofoid (11/24)


2022: Carson Macedo (11/22) & Buddy Kofoid (11/23)





1 Lap - 11/24/2021 - Buddy Kofoid - 11.635 - 77.353 mph


10 Laps - 11/23/2021 - Chris Windom - 2:00.070 - 74.956 mph


12 Laps - 11/23/2022 - Taylor Reimer - 2:27.310 - 73.315 mph


30 Laps - 11/23/2021 - Justin Grant - 6:14.350 - 72.125 mph





2020 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (6), 2. Tanner Carrick (2), 3. Cannon McIntosh (5), 4. Carson Macedo (8), 5. Tanner Thorson (15), 6. Shane Golobic (3), 7. Ryan Bernal (9), 8. Spencer Bayston (11), 9. Kyle Larson (19), 10. Emerson Axsom (14), 11. Mitchel Moles (7), 12. Buddy Kofoid (21), 13. Logan Seavey (16), 14. Tyler Courtney (23-P), 15. Chris Windom (22), 16. Justin Grant (17), 17. Colby Copeland (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson (13), 19. Chase Randall (20), 20. Daison Pursley (1), 21. Zeb Wise (12), 22. Michael Faccinto (10), 23. Cole Bodine (24-P), 24. Jesse Love (4). NT


2020 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (4), 2. Buddy Kofoid (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Kyle Larson (6), 5. Spencer Bayston (3), 6. Logan Seavey (5), 7. Carson Macedo (8), 8. Cannon McIntosh (10), 9. Justin Grant (7), 10. Mitchel Moles (11), 11. Shane Golobic (14), 12. Daison Pursley (13), 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12), 14. Colby Copeland (15), 15. Emerson Axsom (16), 16. Tanner Carrick (21), 17. Chris Windom (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson (23-P), 19. Zeb Wise (19), 20. Bryant Wiedeman (20), 21. Robert Dalby (24-P), 22. Ben Worth (17), 23. Chance Crum (22), 24. Chase Johnson (9). 7:18.810


2021 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Tanner Thorson (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Emerson Axsom (6), 5. Cannon McIntosh (5), 6. Shane Golobic (7), 7. Mitchel Moles (4), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Carson Macedo (10), 10. Jason McDougal (14), 11. Chris Windom (9), 12. Zeb Wise (12), 13. Tanner Carrick (16), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Ryan Bernal (18), 16. Kaylee Bryson (8), 17. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 18. Ryan Timms (21), 19. Jade Avedisian (19), 20. Maria Cofer (20), 21. Chase Johnson (22), 22. Brenham Crouch (15), 23. Bryant Wiedeman (23-P), 24. Hayden Reinbold (24-P). 6:14.35


2021 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (6), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Justin Grant (17), 4. Jade Avedisian (1), 5. Logan Seavey (5), 6. Emerson Axsom (9), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (11), 8. Shane Golobic (12), 9. Tanner Thorson (8), 10. Ryan Timms (16), 11. Taylor Reimer (13), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (23-P), 13. Maria Cofer (18), 14. Chance Crum (24-P), 15. Jake Andreotti (20), 16. Cannon McIntosh (4), 17. Mitchel Moles (14), 18. Kaylee Bryson (19), 19. Brenham Crouch (15), 20. Carson Macedo (3), 21. Thomas Meseraull (21), 22. Tanner Carrick (7), 23. Jason McDougal (22), 24. Kyle Larson (10). NT


2022 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Carson Macedo (5), 2. Buddy Kofoid (14), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Chance Crum (1), 5. Logan Seavey (6), 6. Mitchel Moles (3), 7. Kaylee Bryson (7), 8. Cannon McIntosh (19), 9. Tanner Thorson (13), 10. Brenham Crouch (23-P), 11. Spencer Bayston (15), 12. Thomas Meseraull (17), 13. Ryan Timms (9), 14. Tanner Carrick (12), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (8), 16. Emerson Axsom (22), 17. Jade Avedisian (10), 18. Michael Faccinto (18), 19. Jacob Denney (16), 20. Daniel Whitley (11), 21. Taylor Reimer (20), 22. Daison Pursley (21), DQ. Jake Andreotti (2). NT


2022 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (3), 2. Spencer Bayston (1), 3. Jason McDougal (7), 4. Jade Avedisian (5), 5. Jacob Denney (14), 6. Carson Macedo (4), 7. Cannon McIntosh (15), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 9. Mitchel Moles (6), 10. Tanner Carrick (17), 11. Justin Grant (16), 12. Thomas Meseraull (23-P), 13. Ryan Timms (9), 14. Chance Crum (24-P), 15. Taylor Reimer (12), 16. Brenham Crouch (10), 17. Tanner Thorson (21), 18. Gavin Miller (20), 19. Jake Andreotti (13), 20. Kaylee Bryson (19), 21. Logan Seavey (8), 22. Bryant Wiedeman (18), 23. Daniel Whitley (2), 24. Dylan Bloomfield (22). NT



Cole Butcher first competed in a race for Wilson Motorsports in 2016 at the Snowflake 100.  Up until the 2022 season however, his starts with the team were sporadic as he navigated a full-time schedule in his native Nova Scotia and a global pandemic.  After an extended schedule last season with the team, the pair went after a full schedule in 2023 with the ASA STARS National Tour championship in mind.

After the ten-race season was over, Butcher ended the inaugural ASA STARS National Tour season second in the final standings, just 32 points out from champion Ty Majeski.  His 154 stage points earned throughout the season was also second-most in the series, just behind Majeski.

He won the Redbud 400 at Anderson Speedway in July, while also earning three runner-up finishes and six total top-fives.  His only two finishes outside the top-ten were at Madison and Nashville, when he failed to finish both events.

“We were able to cap off a win at Anderson and multiple top-threes.  We gave one away at Winchester and then had unfortunate luck at Nashville,” recalled Butcher.  “It was a pretty good season, we’d obviously would have liked to win the championship but congrats to Majeski and the No.91 crew, they worked their butts off and he was there all year long.  Some bad luck went his way and we were able to get back into contention, but honestly they probably were the team that deserved to win it because they were there all year.”

In the final seven races of the year, Butcher finished off the podium just twice, while adding second-place finishes at Milwaukee, Toledo and Winchester.  Sandwiched in those final races was the Gandrud Auto Group 250 at WIR, where he finished eighth after struggling most of the race.

With his struggles at both WIR and Madison, he says Wisconsin’s a part of what made the ASA STARS National Tour season special.

“We started out at Pensacola finishing fourth, I’d like to think we were strong at all the Southern racetracks.  Throughout the Midwest swing we kind of struggled at all the racetracks except for Milwaukee; Wilson Motorsports is always strong there.  We struggled at Kaukauna and Madison, they’re just so different of racetracks and the local guys are so good. 

“They bring in over 30 racecars, so good for them for being so competitive.  It’s cool and that’s what makes the ASA tour so special.  We go to Anderson and we’re good; then we go to Kaukauna and Majeski and DeAngelis are good.  It’s cool to have a diverse group of drivers who are really good at different racetracks.”

Outside of the series, Butcher won his second-straight Oxford 250 while also winning PASS and CARS Tour Pro Late Model races at Hickory.  That Oxford win came just before he closed the points gap from 93 points with three races left to just eight points going into the finale at Nashville.

Making up 85 points in just two races at Toledo and Winchester came after Butcher led the most laps, won the first stage and finished second at both races, while Majeski suffered early DNF’s in both races due to engine issues.  Unfortunately for Butcher, he would also be the victim of misfortune at Nashville.  After leading the opening laps, a flat tire sent him around and put him behind the eight-ball early, then a stack-up following a restart with 88 to go ultimately put him out of the race.

“We led the most laps and won the first stage then Majeski ran out of fuel and I got into him, then I ran out of fuel.  It was unfortunate because we were both really good.  We beat him there and at Winchester due to DNF’s, it was part failures on his part that put us in contention, if not for that he probably would’ve sealed the deal at Winchester.  Between Toledo, Winchester and what happened at the All American, it was out of our control.”

After jumping over to the Super Late Model side for select marquee events for several years, the 2023 season allowed him to compete with Wilson Motorsports week in and week out.  Butcher said the extended schedule made it easier for him as the season went on.

“It was a lot easier getting to be in a Super every week or being at the racetrack hanging out.  We did 20 races this year between CARS Tour, PASS and ASA, so it was good just to be in the racecar every week and be ready to go at all times.  It was definitely a plus.”

For more information on the ASA STARS National Tour, please visit the series website at, or be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: ASA STARS National Tour | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).


The 2024 racing season at Huset's Speedway will showcase 22 nights of competition highlighted by four events that pay at least $40,000 to win.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series visits for six race nights. The four-day Huset's High Bank Nationals runs June 19-22 with the special $100,000-to-win Huset's Hustle on June 20. The event finale pays $250,000 - a World of Outlaws record - to the winner for the second straight year.


Additionally, the World of Outlaws invades the track during Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31 and Sept. 1) for the Huset's Shootout capped by a $40,000-to-win main event.

The famed 14 th annual Silver Dollar Nationals is July 17-20 with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series taking part in the final three nights, including the $53,000-to-win finale.

Multiple other nights offer stout payouts, including $20,000 to the feature winner during the other two nights (June 19 and June 21) of the Huset's High Bank Nationals.

There is a $7,000-to-win Border Battle race for the Cressman Sanitation 410 Outlaw Sprint Cars on July 28.

The 2024 season kicks off at Huset's Speedway on May 12 with the traditional Mother's Day Opener.

The three featured divisions at Huset's Speedway - the Cressman Sanitation 410 Outlaw Sprint Cars, the Wyffels Hybrids RaceSaver Sprint Car Series and the Nordstrom's Automotive Late Model Street Stocks - will all be part of the opener and will each have at least 11 weekly shows.

All three division championships were separated by less than two dozen points in 2023 when 38 different drivers earned at least one feature triumph during the 48 total A Mains at the track.

Featured nights next season include Heiman Fire Equipment Night on June 2, Frankman Motor Company Night on June 9, the Ben Nothdurft Memorial during Bargain Barn Tire Center Night on July 17, Kwik Trip, Inc., Night on July 20 and the Folkens Brothers Trucking Bull Haulers Brawl Season Championship Night on Aug 30.

Also of note, the first night of the Silver Dollar Nationals on July 17 will feature the Tri-State Late Models and the Dirt Crown Stock Cars. The Tri-State Late Models will return the following night during the opening round of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action. The final two nights of the event welcome the Malvern Bank Super Late Model Racing Series.

Additionally, the season finale Huset's Shootout featuring the World of Outlaws on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 will have the Midwest Sprint Touring Series in action both nights.

Visit the Huset's Speedway website for the complete 2024 racing schedule.






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Dominic Scelzi wraps up the 2023 season this Wednesday at Merced Speedway.

Scelzi guided his family owned team into Victory Lane at the bullring in Merced, Calif., in April. It was the site of his first triumph of the season and it marked his first-ever win at the track.

"It's a big, high-banked bullring," he said. "I love the place. It's one of my favorites anywhere. It seems like it's always two grooves and racy. We've been incredibly fast there. I think I've run second there like six times and the last time we were there was when we won. Racing there this time of the year is perfect because the weather isn't hot and that helps the track surface."

Scelzi placed fifth and 20th, respectively, during a pair of races at Merced Speedway to end last season.

He is seeking to end his season with a second straight victory after capturing the finale of an ASCS Southwest Region doubleheader in Arizona earlier this month. It was Scelzi's 13 th win of the season and the fourth different state he's been victorious in this year.

"It's been a great year and I'm happy with the season we've had," he said. "This is the third year in a row we've had 10 or more wins. Over the last four seasons we've averaged 12.5 wins per year. It's been a great run. We're looking forward to finishing strong. I'd love to pick up one more win in Merced and head into the offseason with momentum."

Scelzi is also aiming for his first time of ending a sprint car season with a triumph. His best result in a season finale has been a fourth-place outing, which occurred in 2021.


55 races, 13 wins, 38 top fives, 44 top 10s, 49 top 15s, 53 top 20s


Wednesday at Merced Speedway in Merced, Calif.






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No matter how many times you witness it, Kyle Larson’s late-race heroics never fail to completely mesmerize the senses.


On Sunday night at California’s Placerville Speedway, the Elk Grove, Calif. native once again dazzled down the stretch as he charged from his 16th starting position and into the lead on lap 93 of the 100-lap main event before pacing the final eight circuits en route to victory at the Hangtown 100.


For Larson, it was his second USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship triumph of the weekend at his home track of Placerville as he became the first two-time winner of the event after also scoring the inaugural edition back in 2019.


Furthermore, Larson also became the first driver to earn a second overall Hangtown 100 points championship, which he also previously achieved in 2019. His collective efforts throughout the weekend earned him an overall payday of $25,500.


Larson’s 27th career USAC National Midget feature victory in his Kyle Larson Racing/ – FloRacing/Eagle tied him for the 15th on the all-time series win list alongside USAC Hall of Famers Gary Bettenhausen and Tony Stewart.


With points being top of mind throughout the weekend at the 1/4-mile dirt oval, the accumulation of each and every tally determined the starting lineup for the longest race on the series circuit in 2023. With Larson being the high point driver leading into Sunday’s feature, a 16-pill was randomly drawn, meaning Larson would start 16th on the grid.


Meanwhile Corey Day and Ryan Timms occupied the front row with Timms getting the initial upper hand which he utilized to lead the opening 14 laps. However, their fun at the front soon unraveled when the tail-end lead lap cars of Jesse Love and Landon Brooks spun sideways in turns three and four, which collected both Timms and Day in the incident as they all came to a stop to bring out the first yellow.


Mitchel Moles assumed his new role up front as the race leader coming back to the 15th lap restart. Soon thereafter, 2021 Hangtown 100 winner Justin Grant glided by Moles in turn three, then fended him off at the stripe to take over up front on lap 18.


Grant immediately opened his advantage up to 1.4 seconds until lap 27 when Thomas Meseraull (14th) got caught atop the turn one and two cushion, which sent him barrel rolling, and ultimately, out of the race. Meseraull walked away but was finished for the evening with a 27th place result.


By lap 44, Larson found himself firmly in the thick of the hunt in fourth, but nearly wound up in a precarious position as he hopped several times atop the turn three cushion, dropping him back to sixth and allowing Seavey and Golobic to flash on by for fourth and fifth, respectively. Although the distance was 100 laps with a brief break in between, the pace of the race was always “go time” according to Larson.


“Honestly, I was trying to go as hard as I could the whole time,” Larson explained. “I got stuck really early on in the race. The track was still kind of narrow at that point. Once I got by, I was able to get to fifth or sixth pretty quickly, then got to fourth and hopped really badly and gave up like three spots before the open red. I knew that was going to hurt my chances getting to the lead, but I felt like I could’ve got to the lead much earlier had I not made that mistake. Then I had to work really hard after that.”


Moments before the halfway point, on lap 49, Taylor Reimer (10th) flipped over in turn one, bringing out a red flag that coincided with the pre-scheduled mid-race break for teams to refuel, check air pressure, etc., etc. and perform any activity on their car as long as the tires didn’t leave the ground.


Emerging at the forefront during the ensuing laps following “halftime” was Seavey who restarted fourth and methodically picked his way past Spencer Bayston for third, Mitchel Moles for second and then Justin Grant with an outside turn one maneuver for the lead in rapid-fire succession by lap 58.


“(Logan) really turned the wick up there after the break,” Larson acknowledged. “I was struggling there after the open red, so I had to get up on the wheel there. The lanes got dominant after the break. The top got really fast in three and four. One and two was kind of confusing, but the middle got slowed down enough, we could finally roll the top.”


Moments earlier, Gavin Miller (5th) tried the diamond maneuver off the top rope in turn three, but as he drove down the banking, he collided with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Jade Avedisian (6th), popping her car up into the air before landing back down. On lap 58, Avedisian suddenly slowed on the back straight.  The trailing car of Chase Johnson ramped over her left side wheels at full speed, sending both drivers flipping. Avedisian was miraculously able to restart and finished 13th while Johnson was finished for the evening.


With roughly 20 laps remaining, the front four were separated by two different factions. Seavey was in the process of fending off Grant for the lead in heavy traffic while, a full straightaway back, Larson was waging himself in a toil with Golobic.


When Timms spun in turn one on lap 86, the incident proved to be a game changer. Gone was Seavey's 0.950 second lead and it breathed new life into Larson’s pursuit of victory. First, Larson punched it past Golobic for third in turn three on lap 86, then repeated the effort on Grant in turn three on lap 88 to slot into second. Yet Larson remained a far cry from Seavey who held a commanding 1.3 second lead at the time. However, Larson wasn’t content on just riding around at that point.


“I knew that where I was at,” Larson admitted. “I could win the points, but I didn’t want to just win the points. I wanted to win the race. So, we had to get up on the wheel the last 15 laps and start pounding the top of one and two to build some runs.”


However, a yellow flag flew on lap 91 for Cannon McIntosh (16th) who ran out of fuel and slowed to a stop with 10 laps to go and again on lap 93 for Reimer whose car wound up inclined backward on the back straightaway hill. The caution allowed the field to bunch up and for Larson to be right on the rear bumper of Seavey for the lap 93 restart.


Larson swept to the lead past Seavey with his patented turn three slider on the lap 93 restart. Seavey and Golobic swarmed Larson on lap 94 in turn three as both slid their way past, forcing Larson to double back under both cars off turn four to beat Seavey to the line by a half car length. Larson cleared both, then took the slider line for himself to form a bit of a fortress around himself to protect from being slid back.


“They both slid me in three and four and I was able to check up and get a nice run off exit and get back to the lead,” Larson recalled. “I wasn’t quite sure what to do after that in one and two. The safe route would’ve been to run the bottom but Logan’s really good around the cushion, so I didn’t want to do that and let him build up a run behind me. I felt like if I could just not hit the curb hard in one and two, I could at least have enough momentum down the back stretch to protect from a slider. I could see his nose for a few laps there, but with two or three to go, he disappeared from my inside in one and two and I felt like I had gotten a safe enough gap there.”


From there, Larson was unattainable by the rest of the field as he finished off a 0.881 second interval at the finish line over Logan Seavey, Shane Golobic and Justin Grant with Carson Macedo rounding out the top-five.


“A lot kind of happened there during that final eight lap run,” Larson acknowledged. “I knew, being the leader, you’ve got to play some games. Logan took off in the middle and got to the cushion, and he got a little tight. I was actually able to get a good launch and was entering on his right rear into one. He could hear me because he went to protect into three. My angle was just a little bit better than his and I was able to get to the cushion and chop him into one.”


Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) came close to becoming the first two-time Hangtown winner aboard his Abacus Racing/Honest Abe Roofing - Indy Custom Stone - Laura Kopetsky Tri-Ax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. He led 35 laps and paced the field until eight laps to go before coming home second. The USAC National Midget point leader has now raced his way to a remarkable 20 top-tens and 19 top-fives in his last 20 starts.


At his self-described favorite racetrack in the world, Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) was in contention for the win during the final laps in his Matt Wood Racing/NOS Energy Drink – FK Rod Ends – DMI – Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. In the end, he raced to his best career Hangtown 100 finish of third.


Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) advanced all the way from his 21st starting position to finish fifth in the Hangtown100, earning a $500 hard charger bonus from Ms. Blanche Rose. Macedo has now finished all three of his Hangtown 100 starts inside the top-five (5th in 2021, 4th in 2022 & 5th in 2023).






USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 19, 2023 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Hangtown 100


SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom (#89 CBI), 2. Kyle Larson (#1K Larson), 3. David Gasper (#73 Ford), 4. Daison Pursley (#19 Reinbold-Underwood), 5. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 6. Justin Grant (#2 RMS), 7. Jade Avedisian (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Carson Macedo (#99AU Dyson), 9. Peter Hunnibell (#65NZ Covich). NT


ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman (#81 CBI), 2. Landon Brooks (#57w Wood), 3. Spencer Bayston (#9AU Dyson), 4. Jacob Denney (#25 Malloy), 5. Ryan Timms (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Gavin Miller (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Thomas Meseraull (#7x Engler), 8. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold/Underwood). NT


T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Corey Day (#4 Kahne), 2. Chance Crum (#68w Six8), 3. Cannon McIntosh (#86 CBI), 4. Mitchel Moles (#19T Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Chase Johnson (#31 Beilman), 6. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Buddy Kofoid (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Mariah Ede (#71E Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT


CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Brody Fuson (#51 Carlile), 2. Jesse Love (#84 CBI), 3. Emerson Axsom (#68 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Logan Seavey (#57 Abacus), 5. Tanner Thorson (#88 Thorson), 6. Tanner Carrick (#98 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Blake Bower (#9 Boscacci), 8. Shannon McQueen (#7 McQueen). NT


ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jesse Love, 4. Landon Brooks, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. David Gasper, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Peter Hunnibell, 11. Bryant Wiedeman, 12. Shannon McQueen. NT


FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (16), 2. Logan Seavey (14), 3. Shane Golobic (3), 4. Justin Grant (8), 5. Carson Macedo (21), 6. Emerson Axsom (5), 7. Buddy Kofoid (13), 8. Mitchel Moles (4), 9. Daison Pursley (19), 10. Jacob Denney (15), 11. Hayden Reinbold (28-P), 12. Landon Brooks (24), 13. Jade Avedisian (10), 14. Spencer Bayston (7), 15. Tanner Thorson (18), 16. Tanner Carrick (9), 17. Ryan Timms (2), 18. Chris Windom (22), 19. Gavin Miller (12), 20. Bryant Wiedeman (25-P), 21. Brody Fuson (17), 22. Cannon McIntosh (6), 23. Taylor Reimer (11), 24. Chase Johnson (26-P), 25. Corey Day (1), 26. Chance Crum (27-P), 27. Thomas Meseraull (20), 28. Jesse Love (23). NT


**(P) represents a promoter’s option starter


FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Ryan Timms, Laps 15-17 Mitchel Moles, Laps 18-57 Justin Grant, Laps 58-92 Logan Seavey, Laps 93-100 Kyle Larson.


**Mariah Ede flipped during the third heat. Thomas Meseraull flipped on lap 27 of the feature. Taylor Reimer flipped on lap 49 of the feature. Jade Avedisian & Chase Johnson flipped on lap 58 of the feature.


FINAL HANGTOWN 100 POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-343, 2-Logan Seavey-329, 3-Justin Grant-308, 4-Jacob Denney-307, 5-Buddy Kofoid-306, 6-Shane Golobic-299, 7-Emerson Axsom-296, 8-Jade Avedisian-286, 9-Mitchel Moles-285, 10-Spencer Bayston-280.


USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1589, 2-Justin Grant-1359, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1305, 4-Daison Pursley-1285, 5-Ryan Timms-1278, 6-Jade Avedisian-1262, 7-Jacob Denney-1213, 8-Gavin Miller-1151, 9-Cannon McIntosh-1122, 10-Taylor Reimer-1081.


OVERALL USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-198, 2-Logan Seavey-164, 3-Justin Grant-124, 4-Emerson Axsom-117, 5-Shane Cottle-106, 6-Matt Westfall-105, 7-Robert Ballou-100, 8-Chase Stockon-95, 9-Brady Bacon-92, 10-Mitchel Moles-91.


NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 21-22, 2023 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track





Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jesse Love


Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom


Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman


T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Corey Day


Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Brody Fuson


Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Carson Macedo


Green APU Green Flag Challenge First Lap Leader: Ryan Timms


Blanche Rose Hard Charger: Carson Macedo (21st to 5th)


Lap 69 Leader in Memory of Frank Viera: Logan Seavey


Hangtown 100 Points Champion: Kyle Larson



Brody Roa finished off his spectacular 2023 USAC/CRA Championship season with a second-place finish in the series finale at Perris Auto Speedway.  The result gave him 14 top-five finishes in the 18 races on the schedule.  Included among those top five were eight wins.  The victories brought his lifetime total to 21 and propelled him to fourth all-time in the 24-season history of USAC/CRA. 

Roa, 32, entered the 2023 finale with the championship already wrapped up, but it did not hold back his effort.  Competing against a stout 29-car field, he pushed the pristine white Inland Rigging #17R to the seventh-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 16.632.  That placed him in the fifth starting spot in the third 10-lap heat race.  The Garden Grove, California driver steered his way to an impressive second-place finish in the heat.

Roa started on the pole for the final 30-lapper of the year at the legendary 27-year-old half-mile clay oval.  From there he led the first 17 laps in the Tommy and Christy Dunkel-owned car before slipping back to second.  He stayed there through the final USAC/CRA checkered flag of the 2023 season.

Roa’s eight wins in 18 USAC/CRA races and 14 top-five finishes are extremely impressive.  Just as remarkable is the fact that he finished on the lead lap in 16 of the 18 races.  In one of the races he did not, he was on his way to a certain victory when he was knocked out by a lapped car.     

“I never thought about it,” Roa responded when he was asked about finishing on the lead lap all but two times. “Just getting lapped is something I am not really proud of.  I guess thinking about it, that is pretty cool.  I have never thought about it before.”

Throughout the season, Roa and the entire team were cool, calm, and relaxed.  The season was stress free and that contributed a lot to the success.  There was little worry throughout the year. 

“Not, not really,” he answered if there was any time he was worried about the way things had gone.  “The points deal, I was comfortable with it all year.  The way we were running and the decisions (on the car) we were making were really good.  There was no point in the year when we were really struggling that I thought we were not good enough to stay out there (in the point lead).  I never got worried about it until the end when I was worried about finishing it.  Honestly, I paid more attention to the heat race points than the year-end points.”

Another deal for Roa this year was the fact that for the first time, he was driving for someone else.  Inland Rigging’s Tom and Christy Dunkel provided him with everything he needed to win a championship.  In addition to cars, they also added support away from the track and a great friendship.

“It was smooth,” he said about driving for the Dunkel’s.  “The 410 stuff really kind of operated the same.  Tommy and I worked together really good on what we needed throughout the year.  Having the 410 car at my house was nice.  I could do what it needed maintenance-wise and make sure it was good to go.  Tom was always there for support with what we needed.  It was a really smooth transition.  It almost seemed the same.  Just with a different car and a different look.”

“Tom, Christy, and Inland Rigging have supported me for a few years now.  It was not like somebody brand new came in and we had to learn to work together and learn to communicate.  I think that really helped with the immediate success.  We already had a relationship coming into the deal.  This year it was just at a much higher level.”

With the busy season almost done, Roa will have some extra time on his hands. 

“I don’t know,” the friendly driver laughed when asked what he was going to do with the time off after Saturday’s Turkey Night Grand Prix.  “Christmas is a pretty serious thing around this household.  We will do that.  The week before Turkey Night we are going to go out to the river and do Thanksgiving out there.  We will pretty much go straight from there to Ventura on Friday.  Through the off season we will just spend some time with the family and find some cool stuff to do.  Hang around home and make some plans for next year, too.”

One of the cool things he will do is go to the USAC Champions banquet in Indiana.  It will be his second time there.  The first came after he won the USAC West Coast Series Championship in 2016.  Then there is this little indoor race in Tulsa in January.  He has raced in the Chili Bowl before, but as of right now, he does not have a ride. 

“No plans for the Chili Bowl right now,” Roa said.  “I would love to.  If anything I would love to go to the Chili Bowl.  No plans to drive right now.”

“Yeah, oh yeah,” he responded when asked if he would drive if someone called and offered him a Chili Bowl ride. “Definitely.”

Roa was not the only one flying the Inland Rigging banner at the Perris finale.  Tommy Dunkel made his 410 debut in the USAC/CRA Series.  While he has raced in the series with a 360 engine before, it was his first time racing a 410 and he gave a good account of himself.  In his first voyage in a 410 sprint car, which is about as equal as riding a Brahma Bull in the PBR, he qualified 23rd of the 29 cars on hand.  He placed seventh in his heat and eighth in the B main.  That B main finish only left him two spots shy of making the 30-lap finale.

In addition to Roa and Dunkel, the team brought a third car for Eddie Tafoya Jr. to race in The PAS Senior Sprint Cars.  Racing for the first time in over half a decade, the past Pittsburgh Pirates draft choice won the Senior main event.

The team wants to thank the following sponsors for making the 2023 season possible. Inland Rigging, Dunkel Farms, United Asset Sales, Osborne Speed & Machine, “Biker” Bruce Fischer, ALR Virtual Services, Burris Racing, Caltrol, Jambo Barbeque Pits, Competition Suspension, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Driven Racing Oil, Baldwin Filters, and NGK Spark Plugs. 

Brody Roa Racing PR

Kyle Larson took the lead on lap 93 on the way to winning the 100-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series’ Hangtown 100 at Placerville Speedway, Sunday. 

With a 16-car inverted field to start the race, it was Keith Kunz Motorsports Toyota driver Ryan Timms who led the early going, moving to the lead on the opening lap. Timms would stay comfortably upfront in leading the first 14 laps and was closing in on lapped traffic when three cars got together in front of him, collecting the 17-year-old Timms and dropping him to the back of the field.

Mitchell Moles would assume the lead with RMS Racing Toyota driver Justin Grant restarting in second, ahead of Shane Golobic, Jade Avedisian and Spencer Bayston. Grant would quickly reel Moles in and take over the top spot on lap 18. He would dominate much of the race, leading 40 laps before Seavey was able to drive around him on lap 58.

Grant’s strong night would continue as he ran second to Seavey through lap 87 before Larson was able to overtake him. He would eventually slip back to fourth on lap 92 after a pair of late-race cautions.

Upfront, Larson would overtake Seavey after a late race restart and go on to the victory with Seavey finishing second and Golobic placing third.

Grant, who ran in the top two for 74 laps on the night, eventually finishing fourth with Carson Macedo charging through the field from 21st to fifth to give Toyota three of the top-five finishers on the night. Emerson Axsom placed sixth, with Buddy Kofoid seventh and Jacob Denney in tenth as Toyota-powered drivers captured six of the top 10.

Tonight’s victory marked the 38th national midget feature win by a Toyota-powered driver in 2023.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series closes out the 2023 season with three more races this week, kicking off with a pair of events at Merced Speedway on Nov. 21-22 and culminating in the 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway, November 25.


Toyota-Powered Drivers USAC Placerville Speedway Sunday Feature Results

Kyle Larson – 1st

Justin Grant – 4th

Carson Macedo – 5th

Emerson Axsom – 6th

Buddy Kofoid – 7th

Jacob Denney – 10th

Jade Avedisian – 13th

Spencer Bayston – 14th

Tanner Carrick – 16th

Ryan Timms – 17th

Chris Windom – 18th

Gavin Miller – 19th

Bryant Wiedeman – 20th

Cannon McIntosh – 22nd

Taylor Reimer – 23rd

Jesse Love – 28th


The Las Vegas Strip Circuit really lived up to the city’s reputation for thrills and excitement tonight and, as usual this year Max Verstappen came out on top. However, the three times world champion had to fight hard for this one. Alongside him on the spectacular podium was the indomitable Charles Leclerc in second place and the other Red Bull driver Sergio Perez, third.


This was Verstappen’s 18th win out of the 21 races so far this season and it sees him join Sebastian Vettel in third place on the all-time winners list on 53. Ahead of them are only Michael Schumacher (91) and Lewis Hamilton (103).


For the start, the majority of drivers (15) went with the Medium, while Stroll and Tsunoda preferred the Soft, with Hamilton, Piastri and Zhou opting for the Hard. The first Safety Car saw several drivers take the opportunity to switch immediately to the C3 to try and move up the order, thus mixing things up with those who chose to stay out on track. The second Safety Car, following the collision between Russell and Verstappen which left debris strewn on the track, then saw the advantage swing in favour of those who had pitted very early on and had not yet made a second stop, as it minimised time lost in pit lane.


As for tonight’s longest stints, Sargeant did 35 laps on a set of Hards and Bottas did 26 on the Medium tyre and also noteworthy, considering the fuel load at that point, was Leclerc’s 21 laps on the set of C4 he used from the start.



"That was 90 action-packed and spectacular minutes of racing which must have pleased all the spectators here in Las Vegas tonight and those watching on television or on-line. Overtaking, collisions, safety cars, mistakes and great feats of driving: the best of what this sport has to offer was all there condensed into 50 laps. It was the best possible advert for Formula 1 in the United States, a perfect combination of the racing side and the show, as exemplified in the prize giving ceremony.


Coming onto the technical summary of the evening, we saw that our predictions prior to the race in terms of strategy were proved right: there wasn’t much difference between a one-stop and a two-stop. The Hard proved to be the most effective race tyre, even if it suffered a bit from graining. The Medium, chosen for the start by three quarters of the field, behaved reasonably well, although it needed to be treated a bit more carefully, especially in the early stages. In fact, even those fighting hard for the win, like Leclerc, were able to extend the first stint almost to half distance. The Soft, used only by Stroll and Tsunoda for the start, delivered a nice advantage off the line, but was clearly less competitive over a long distance. Again today, we saw how track conditions had reset due to it being reopened to normal traffic overnight, which made cleaning up the graining on the tyre surface more difficult."


Pirelli Motorsports PR

He hadn’t driven a DIRTcar UMP Modified in almost 14 months, but you wouldn’t have known it the way Nick Hoffman drove to Victory Lane Saturday night.


Hoffman, the three-time national DIRTcar points champion from Mooresville, NC, was sidelined from Modified action in September 2022 after suffering a serious head injury in a highway crash. After completing his first full-time season on the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series this year, he decided to wind-down the season with a trip to visit a few friends – Volusia Speedway Park for the Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial, piloting a car he built for longtime customer, NASCAR Xfinity Series star Justin Allgaier.


With no prior practice, Hoffman jumped in the Federated Auto Parts, Elite Chassis #7 Saturday afternoon and showed he hadn’t forgotten how to get around in the Modified.


“Allgaier called me and was like, ‘Do you wanna run Volusia?’” he said. “We were gonna run Eldora, and that didn’t work out. I was like, “Yeah, if you wanna drive 16 hours so I can come play, we’ll do it.’


“I can’t thank them enough. They brought me a great racecar. They worked really hard. I was a helmet bag carrier this week.”


He’d won the prestigious event that honors the legendary Reutimann family for the first time in 2021, but this time was different. After winning his Showdown Feature earlier in the program, Hoffman redrew the pole for the main event and took off at the drop of the green, never once relinquishing the top spot as he led all 50 laps en route to collecting the $10,000 grand prize and his second career tractor trophy.


After being out of UMP Modified action for so long, what enabled him to climb back in and pick it up so quickly?


“I think the biggest thing is I know every square inch of every one of these cars,” said Hoffman, who drove Allgaier’s #7 to the 2020 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals championship. “It makes a big difference, for sure.”


Though he led green-to-checkered, his drive to victory was anything but a cakewalk. For 50 circuits around the half-mile oval, Hoffman was chased relentlessly by several different challengers – the fiercest of which were Mitch Thomas and Drake Troutman.


Thomas, 17, of Oakland, MD, started fourth and drove to second in six laps, putting the first bit of pressure on Hoffman in the early going. He stuck a nose underneath Hoffman on a Lap 23 restart in a bid for the lead, but Hoffman denied his challenge.


By this time, Troutman had already charged up to third, and took second when Thomas slipped up coming out of Turn 2 on Lap 25. From 21st on the grid, he had charged all the way up through the field in only half of the race and was now looking at the rear bumper of only one car – leader Nick Hoffman.


“We just had a good car,” Troutman, 18, of Hyndman, PA, said. “If someone went high, we were able to pick off a few on the bottom. If someone went low, we were able to pick off a few on top.”


After Thomas dropped out after slowing suddenly under green on Lap 32, Troutman next felt the wrath of Florida Modified standout Devin Dixon, who had climbed up from 11th in the Jeff Mathews Motorsports #33x. Dixon took second from Troutman down the backstretch on a Lap 35 restart and held it until the next caution flag on Lap 44, when he slowed under yellow with an empty fuel tank and retired to the pits.


One final restart, one final shot for Troutman in the final laps. Despite his ability to keep pace with Hoffman, Troutman knew it was going to be tough to execute a pass.


“He just didn’t really mess up,” Troutman said of Hoffman. “That was really my only hope. I was like maybe if he messes up, that was the only chance I was getting by him. If not, we’ll be running second.”


Hoffman had controlled the entire race to that point, though he knew Troutman’s Jerry Foster Racing #5 was fast as well.


“I knew he was getting close, especially with two-to-go, I came by and saw him on the board not far behind me,” Hoffman said. “At that point, dad was just telling me to stay smooth. As long as I didn’t make a mistake, it was gonna be pretty tough.”


Troutman was able to chop Hoffman’s gap down from a full second down to under a half-second but was unable to get any closer by the checkered flag. Hoffman cruised to his second Reutimann Memorial victory in the last three years and tied David Reutimann for most wins in event history. Reutimann won the 2015 and 2016 editions of the event at East Bay Raceway Park, matching Hoffman’s 2021 and 2023 victories at Volusia.


ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)


DIRTcar UMP Modified Feature (50 Laps): 1. 7-Nick Hoffman[1]; 2. 5-Drake Troutman[21]; 3. 33M-Jeff Mathews[5]; 4. 88-Cody Thornhill[19]; 5. 3S-Josh Sanford[10]; 6. 07-Eric Moon[29]; 7. 2N-Ty Norder[26]; 8. 54-Zach Hawk[12]; 9. 51-Dalton Lanich[6]; 10. 3D-Makayla Tyrrell[28]; 11. 33X-Devin Dixon[11]; 12. 00B-Buzzie Reutimann[27]; 13. 99S-Austin Sanders[15]; 14. 97-Mitch Thomas[4]; 15. 09-Michael Leach[14]; 16. 54J-Jason Jack[24]; 17. D2-Nolan Dalton[20]; 18. 72-Todd Neiheiser[3]; 19. 16-Rusty Griffaw[16]; 20. 96S-Slade Parsons[25]; 21. 27G-Jason Garver[23]; 22. 43A-Mark Anderson[9]; 23. 2J-Troy Johnson[2]; 24. 24B-Dillon Buhr[22]; 25. 78-Raymond Rogers[17]; 26. J82-Treb Jacoby[8]; 27. 21-Devin McLeod[18]; 28. 8A-Austin Holcombe[7]; 29. 6B-Dave Baldwin[13]



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