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After winning Sunday’s exciting Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race in Charlotte to secure his spot in NASCAR’s Playoff Round of 12, Ryan Blaney was already thinking about the next three tracks that will make up the second round, including Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Blaney said he and team owner Roger Penske had a conversation about the possibilities if the No. 12 team could make it to the Round of 12 (second round). Talladega Superspeedway, which will host the 1000Bulbs.com 500, is a track that Team Penske has excelled, winning six of the last eight premier series races held at the 2.66-mile venue with teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano (three wins each).
“Yeah, leading into the playoffs, he (Penske) and I were talking about the second round if I thought there were some good tracks for us,” said Blaney, whose best finish at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track is fourth in the 2015 GEICO 500 while driving for the famed Wood Brothers. “At Talladega, our speedway cars are pretty good. Even though it’s a wild card at Talladega, our speedway stuff is good, so hopefully, we can just stay out of trouble there. I am looking forward to the second round. Just good tracks for us.”
While he hasn’t won yet at the palace of speed, Blaney has said that he appreciates the track and it takes more than fate to win at the mammoth facility.
“You really can control what you do (at Talladega) more than people realize,” said Blaney, a fan favorite at Talladega who will yet again participate in the track’s infamous “Big One on the Blvd.” fan event Friday night of race weekend. “There’s people winning (those) races that win them all the time and there’s a reason for that. They’re not lucky time after time. They know what to do and they know how to get up front.”
This season marks the first “full-time” year that Blaney has driven for Team Penske and the patriarch of the team is excited about the 24-year-old and his chances in the second round. Who knows, Blaney could become the third Team Penske driver to go to the winner’s circle at Talladega.
“For him to get in the playoffs, this next stage, is monumental for his career,” said Penske, who actually ranks third on the track’s all-time win list for team owners, having won his first with Keselowski in 2012. “I think his confidence – in fact, he said to me in Victory Lane (in Charlotte), ‘look, I can really go in this stage,’ because he likes those tracks.”
Fords have actually won the last six Cup races at Talladega and seven of the last eight. Outside of Team Penske’s success, Roush Fenway Racing driver and Mississippi native Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the other driver to take Ford to Gatorade Victory Lane.
Four drivers failed to make the Round of 12 after the Charlotte race. They included Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones. Below are quick Talladega stats on each of the 12 title contenders who advanced, along with the new seeding. The Round of 12 begins this weekend in Dover, DE. If a playoff driver wins the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega, he will automatically gain a spot in the Round of 8. The field of 12 drivers will be trimmed to eight after the Kansas Speedway event the following week.
- Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (3055 points): In 26 Talladega Cup starts, the 2015 MENCS Champion has one victory (2008) and six top-five finishes. Busch has visited Gatorade Victory Lane in all three of NASCAR’s top-tier series, having won in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) in 2011 and back-to-back Talladega 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events in 2009 & 2010. Out of the ten tracks in the playoffs, NASCAR’s Most Competitive track is one of his worst with an average finish of 20.5.
- Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (3050 points, -5): The 2014 MENCS Champion has one win at Talladega (April 2010) and has recorded seven top-five and 15 top-10 finishes in 35 races. His average finish is 15.1.
- Martin Truex Jr., No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota (3038 points, -17): Truex is still looking for his first TSS win in 27 MENCS starts. The 2017 MENCS Champion has recorded one pole award and eight top 10s. Talladega is Truex’s worst playoff track (average finish 21.3), but he has been to Gatorade Victory Lane a record three times (2004-2006) in the NXS.
- Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Team Penske Ford (3025 points, -30): The defending 1000Bulbs.com 500 victor has more wins at TSS than any other track with five (two in the last five races), including his first victory in 2009 and his 2014 triumph in a must-win playoff situation. In 19 Cup starts at TSS, the 2012 MENCS Champion has totaled seven top-five and 11 top-10 performances for an average finish of 15.1. He also won the 2010 NXS race at TSS.
- Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (3015 points, -40): In his 26th start, Bowyer will be looking to add a third TSS win to his resume to go along with his victories in both the 2010 and 2011 fall events. He has tallied six top-five and 12 top-10 performances (his average finish is 16.1).
- Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford (3014 points, -41): Talladega’s most recent winner in April’s GEICO 500 has three total Talladega wins, all in the last six races. In 19 MENCS career starts, he also has six top-five finishes with an average finish of 17.7. He also has two NXS wins at TSS (2015 and 2012).
- Kurt Busch, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (3014 points, -41): Still searching for his first Cup triumph at Talladega, he has scored eight top-five results, along with 19 top 10s in 35 starts. It is one of his better playoff tracks statistically, with an average finish of 15.5. He was runner-up earlier this year in the GEICO 500 and also has four third-place efforts. He does have one win at Talladega, coming in the 2003 International Race of Champions (IROC) event.
- Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Team Penske Ford (3013 points, -42): In eight MENCS races at TSS, Blaney has captured two top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place effort in the 2015 GEICO 500, and has an average finish of 20.5.
- Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (3008 points, -47): In five MENCS starts at TSS, the son of two-time Talladega winner Bill Elliott, has produced two top-five results, including a third-place finish earlier this season in the GEICO 500, and has an average finish of 13.2. He was battling for the lead and was involved in an accident with only a few laps remaining in last fall’s race. He won the pole as a rookie for the 2016 GEICO 500.
- Kyle Larson, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Chevrolet (3006 points, -49): In nine series starts at TSS, he has two top-10 results, including a personal best sixth-place result in the 2016 1000Bulbs.com 500. His average TSS finish is 21.3.
- Aric Almirola, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Ford (3001 points, -54): In 17 MENCS starts at TSS, Almirola has finished in the top 10 on five occasions, including two top-five performances in last year’s Cup races (fourth in the GEICO 500 and fifth in the 1000Bulbs.com 500). After a seventh-place result this past April, he has an average finish of 17.2. He also won the 2017 Xfinity Series race at TSS.
- Alex Bowman, No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (3000 points, -55): His best career finish in six races at TSS occurred at this season’s GEICO 500, where he crossed the line in eighth. Bowman currently sports a TSS average finish of 27.3.
The heart-pounding action of the 1000Bulbs.com 500 will start at 1 p.m. CDT on Oct. 14. The weekend will also feature the Talladega 250 NCWTS Playoff event on Oct. 13 at noon CDT, where the field of playoff drivers will be cut from eight to six. In addition, Sunday ticket holders can enjoy access to the Saturday Night Infield Concert presented by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, located in the famous infield, featuring country music artist Chris Janson.
For more information on tickets and all the experiences NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track has to offer, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).
Mahoning Valley Speedway releases Octoberfast news; Enduro/Demo reset to October 28.Late Model/Street Stock Shootout added02 Oct 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Mahoning Valley Speedway presented by Lehighton Ford has once again drudged through a weather related weekend as flooding from late week rain forced the postponement of the scheduled Dirt Mods, Small Car Enduro, Jr. Enduro, Vintage TQ and Small Car Demo Derby. Since then there has been revisions made to best accommodate that event.
Firstly the Dirt Mods will now be part of Octoberfast on Saturday, October 13. The race will be a 50 lapper and pay $1000-to-win. Any style Dirt Modified is welcome to race including those with sail panels. The race winnings have been bolstered thanks to Mike and Cindy Warden who posted an additional $100 to the winner and promoter Jack Carlino who is kicking in and additional $300.
The Enduro and Demo along with the Vintage TQ’s will now take place on Sunday afternoon, October 28. In place of the Dirt Mods will be a Late Model/Street Stock Shootout feature. Race time is slated for 1:30 pm.
The Small Car Enduro will pay a guaranteed minimum $600 to win, $300 for 2nd, $200 for third, $150 to fourth and $100 for fifth. Dependent upon the number of entrants that prize money can increase.
Because of the setback Enduro entrants can still pre-enter at a reduced cost. The cost for pre-entry will be $40 per car which includes the transponder. Pre-entries must be received or post marked no later than Sunday, October 21. Afterwards the cost is $50 per car and $6 for transponder.
When sending entries please make checks payable to Mahoning Valley Raceway and mail to:
Dino Oberto, 211 Columbus Avenue, Hazle Township, Pa. 18202. Entry forms are posted on the website and also available at the track. Enduro rules are posted on the website.
The Small Car Demo is for “Stock” demo cars. The event will pay a guaranteed minimum $500 to win, $300 for second and $100 for third. Demo rules will follow that of the West End Fair. The cost to enter the Demo Derby is $25 per car which includes the driver.
Demo buffs can also log on to Old School Promotions at www.facebook.com/Old-School-Promotions-209768279162159/
This coming Saturday, October 6 will be an open practice from noon to 4:00 pm in preparation for Octoberfast. All competitors are welcome to participate. Pit cost is $25 per car (includes driver) and $10 per person. Grandstands are free.
Octoberfast 2018 will be Saturday, October 13. Race time is 4:00 pm.
The Modifieds will be going 150 laps with $5000 to win. The Late Models are contesting a distance of 75 laps and $1500 for first place. Street Stocks are running 75 laps and $1200 to win. As mentioned the Dirt Mods will compete in a 50-lapper paying $1000 to the victor. The Hobby Stocks will also race for 50 laps with the winner’s take being $500. The Flashback Stocks are also on the card.
Modified entry fee is $100. Late Model entry fee is $70. Street Stock entry fee is $60. Dirt Mod entry fee $50. Hobby Stock entry is $30.
Pit entrance is $50 per person. There will be early paid practice from noon to 2:00 pm at $25 per car. Regular warmups will take place starting at 2:30 pm with the first round of heats beginning at 4:00 pm. Sign-ins take place from 1:00 – 2:15 pm. A compete purse breakdown will be released soon including contingencies.
For additional news and updates log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or Facebook.
Why Wait? Fans Can Save on Tickets by Purchasing this Week for Talladega Superspeedway’s NASCAR Playoff Weekend01 Oct 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
With only a few days until the best drivers in world take on Talladega Superspeedway in the track’s exciting Oct. 12-14 doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend – featuring the 1000Bulbs.com 500 and Talladega 250 – this is the final chance for fans to save up to $10 off on tickets before race week pricing goes into effect on Monday, Oct. 8 at 8 a.m. CDT.
There are a variety of ticket options available for fans to grab incredible deals in advance of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) 1000Bulbs.com 500 event, which will serve as the second race (of three) in the Round of 12 in the MENCS Playoffs on Sunday, Oct.14. The epic weekend also includes the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Talladega 250 race on Saturday, Oct. 13, where the field of playoff drivers will be cut from eight to six when the checkered flag waves.
By purchasing tickets now, fans can reserve a grandstand seat for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 for as low as $65 (before next week’s $10 race week increase). Sunday tickets for kids 12 and younger start as low as $15, while special 2-Day packages for kids start as low as $10.
The rest of the weekend’s slate is loaded with tons of racing action. On Saturday, which features both the Talladega 250 and Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the 1000Bulbs.com 500, kids 12 and younger gain admission for FREE with the purchase of an adult grandstand ticket starting at $45 or tower ticket at $55 (before next week’s $5 race week increase). Gates will open at 4 p.m. CDT on Friday when fans will enjoy FREE grandstand and tower seating for NCWTS qualifying.
In addition to grandstand and tower seating, upgrades and camping are available for purchase at lower rates. Sunday pit passes and pit pass upgrades, as well as the Kids VIP Experience presented by Children’s of Alabama, are $5 off race week pricing.
Once fans book their stay, they can look forward to a three-day weekend packed with first-class entertainment and attractions. Anyone who has a ticket to the 1000Bulbs.com 500 can go rock out to Chris Janson at the Saturday Night Infield Concert presented by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel and experience why Talladega has earned its name as NASCAR’s "Party Capital." Located outside of Turn 4, the Fan Zone is filled with engaging exhibits and Fanatics mobile trailers where fans can get their hands on the latest merchandise from their favorite drivers and teams. The Fan Zone, which is scheduled to open at 9 a.m. CDT on Friday, will also host an autograph session with NCWTS drivers at 2 p.m. CDT that same day at the Camping World Display.
For more information and to purchase tickets to the doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend, Oct. 12-14, fans are encouraged to visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call (855) 518-RACE.
Tickets for the 2019 NASCAR and INDYCAR event weekends at Pocono Raceway are now available for purchase. Children can attend all motorsport events, including Sunday races, free of charge at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ in 2019.
To buy 2019 tickets, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/tickets.
Kids, ages 12 and under, will receive free admission to 100 and 200 levels of the Grandstand, as well as Fan Fair, for all Friday, Saturday and Sunday events during NASCAR and INDYCAR event weekends. Children will also continue to be admitted free in all Pocono Raceway camping locations. Kids must have a reserved ticket on Sundays. This can be selected, free of charge, during the ticket purchase process online at or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY. For more information about our Kids Free initiative, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/kidsfree.
Sunday NASCAR and INDYCAR tickets include Pocono Raceway’s Worry-Free Weather Guarantee presented by AccuWeather. If a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series or IndyCar Series race at Pocono is postponed due to weather and the ticket purchaser is unable to attend the rescheduled date, the track will cut a check to the account holder for the face value of the ticket. For more details about the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee presented by AccuWeather, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/guarantee.
Pocono Raceway will host seven motorsports events next summer.
2019 Pocono Raceway Event Dates
May 31: General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 – ARCA Racing Series
June 1: Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons - NASCAR Xfinity Series
June 2: Pocono 400 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
July 26: Pennsylvania 150 – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
July 27: Gander Outdoors 150 – NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
July 28: Gander Outdoors 400 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
August 18: ABC Supply 500 – IndyCar Series
Note: All events, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Children must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder for gate admission and at all times while on Pocono Raceway property. Certain terms, conditions and fees may apply for ticket purchases.
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Sunday’s inaugural Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 – arguably the most anticipated Charlotte Motor Speedway race since the first superspeedway night race in 1992 – exceeded the hype in spectacular fashion. A dramatic 109 laps of racing built up to a last-lap, last-turn accident between leaders Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, which paved the way for Ryan Blaney to emerge unscathed to record a stirring victory.
The first road-course playoff race in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history served up a double dose of excitement. Sixteen playoff drivers battled to maintain their championship hopes in the cutoff race of the first round, contested for the first time on Charlotte’s 17-turn, 2.28-mile ROVAL™. Kyle Larson led a race-high 47 laps, won Stage 1 and figured to be in the driver’s seat to win. A lap-104, Turn-1 accident following a restart left Larson’s car with severe damage and eliminated contenders including Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.
Truex inherited the lead and engaged in a breathtaking battle with Jimmie Johnson over the final two laps. Heading into Turns 16 and 17 – Charlotte’s new frontstretch chicane – Johnson dove in deep, spun his car sideways and collected Truex as Truex exited the corner. Blaney beat Jamie McMurray and Clint Bowyer to the finish line as Johnson righted his car and finished eighth.
Even after Blaney recorded his second career victory and Truex crossed the line 14th, the drama wasn’t over. Larson needed to gain one position on the final lap in order to advance in the playoffs – which he picked up after Jeffrey Earnhardt spun following contact with Daniel Hemric. Larson and Aric Almirola were the final two drivers to advance to the Round of 12, as Johnson’s spin and ensuing result saw the seven-time series champion lose a tiebreaker for the final position after an afternoon of exhilarating action on the ROVAL™.
“It was really an amazing day; a three-year journey to get here,” Speedway Motorsports, Inc. CEO Marcus Smith said of the ROVAL™. “Everything we saw from the competition today was phenomenal. The track was very raceable. I think this was another of those amazing, memorable moments for me and certainly for NASCAR. I think it lived up to its hype. … I wanted there to be an opportunity to pass for the lead, for the win, and on that last lap, what happened is not what I imagined. I think it was incredibly exciting. The roar from the fans was all I needed to know. That was the moment that everyone will remember for a long time. It was certainly more than I had expected in terms of excitement for our fans.”
RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford (Race Winner): “When I got out of the bus stop, I could still see them through (Oval turns) 3 and 4. They were really close to each other, and Jimmie (Johnson) was almost pushing him. I was like, 'Might get physical here.' I don't know what happened, and by the time I was able to see something, Jimmie was sideways. When they were sitting there, I almost wrecked trying to get through the chicane as fast as I could. You're trying to make up time and seize the moment. It was kinda disbelief. I didn't know what to think. I was kinda shocked that something like that happened, and you're lucky to be in that spot. Luck has not been on our side very often, and sometimes you find a nut. Luckily, it worked out for us. … It's really big to be able to win for Roger (Penske). Obviously, that's not the way I want to do it. I want to go out and dominate the race. Whenever you win something like this, it's a weird feeling. I don't really want to call it an undeserved feeling, but it's just kind of an odd feeling. But we put ourselves in a good spot. It worked out for us. When I was running third, I was thinking about points. We were good on points, and I was cool with riding around in third. Then that situation happened, and it was good to be there."
JEREMY BULLINS, No. 12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford (Winning Crew Chief): “We got a lot of stage points today. And we needed to get every one we could. We made a play to win Stage 2. We knew we were going to have our work cut out for us in the final stage. But it just worked out. We had fresh tires at the end. All of the cautions helped us gain track position. When everybody got together there at the end, we saw the track map and knew coming to the finish was going to be interesting. And it was.”
ROGER PENSKE (Winning Car Owner): “Everyone really wondered what was going to happen with the ROVAL™. And I think the fact that it was the cutoff for the next playoff race made it more interesting. There was so much strategy going on, a lot of racing there at the end. It was a terrific show. Jeremy (crew chief Jeremy Bullins) made a good call there so we had plenty of fuel there at the end. The clouds kind of parted. Overall, it’s a great day.”
JAMIE MCMURRAY, No. 1 DC Solar Chevrolet (Finished 2nd): "Yeah, our DC Solar Chevy was really good all day long. We got a little bit off in the last pit sequence. We got a little bit behind, but had a really good car and then we had the one restart when Brad (Keselowski) was on the front row and I happened to be on the inside and that was the lane to be in so you could avoid the wreck. And then on the last restart, I got a good restart being on the outside… a little bit disappointed only because my left-side mirror fell off in the chicane with like 25 laps to go and I ended up having to let the No. 12 (Blaney) go because I couldn’t see if he was inside of me. I don’t think he was. I’m like, if that wasn’t the case, you would be the guy in Victory Lane now versus finishing second, but overall it was a pretty fun day. I thought Marcus (Smith) and the team here did a really good job getting the track ready. It’s crazy that we ran a road course inside of this facility, but it's a really great place.”
CLINT BOWYER, No. 14 Mobil 1/Advance Auto Parts Ford (Finished 3rd): “We knew we needed an opportunity. I knew this race was the opportunity. I just didn’t know if we could capitalize on it. We knew some people were going to have trouble. I tried to make sure we weren’t one of them. We did a good job of bringing a fast race car in qualifying. That put us in a position to get those stage points and get ourselves at least on the dance floor. You get behind and when I got back up front I had both fenders knocked in and then hit one of those turtles (blue rumble bumps). That’s all a product of being back in the field. Then we were racing the 88 (Alex Bowman) for position and a point. Then at the end, it was mass chaos. You knew something was going to happen with this deal. Everybody dubbed this the wild-card race. I guess I’m lucky I survived it but I’m happy for our sport. It’s lived up to the expectations. I knew that first round was going to be tough. There wasn’t much sleep the last couple of nights. Now it’s time to think about a cold beer ‘cause I really want one.”
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Smithfield Ford (Finished 19th, won playoff tiebreaker): “We just battled adversity all day. That last restart, they told me we were minus-6 points and I needed to go. I rifled it down into Turn 1, wheel-hopped and cleared a few of them out and got by three. Those last couple laps, I was able to get those last three spots. … When we came back around, they told me I was tied, and it happened to be good enough because of our finishes the last couple weeks at Las Vegas and Richmond. That was the tie-break. I told (crew chief) Johnny Klausmeier going into this weekend all I really cared about was leaving here plus-1. Turns out, plus-0 is good enough."
KYLE LARSON, No. 42 Clover/First Data Chevrolet (Finished 25th, won playoff tiebreaker): “I knew I was in bad shape and I guess you could say I had given up. I couldn't even drive my car it was so bad, just destroyed. But then they said they were all crashing there coming to the checkered. I was getting on the oval, and they said they were starting to crash, so I ran hard. We had so much camber and toe in our car, they said if I ran fast, I could blow a right-front. I was like, 'You gotta go.' I ran hard through (Turns 9 and 10) and through the bus stop and blew a right-front in the center of (Turns 13 and 14) and plowed the wall. I said, 'Crap, I don’t know if I'll be able to get down to make the chicane, but luckily it came down off the banking. I could turn right OK and got through the 16th corner and in 17 I hit the wall again on the frontstretch. They told me the 96 (Jeffrey Earnhardt) was stalled when I was on the backstretch and wasn't able to get his car going. He was 100 feet from the start-finish line, and I could see him start to creep as I was getting to Turn 16. I was like, 'Gosh, don’t go, don't go.' We were able to make it. It was pretty lucky."
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History was made Saturday, September 15, as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West roared onto the asphalt quarter-mile at Meridian Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208. Joining the rising stars of NASCAR, the Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds, and Junior Stingers filled an action-packed Saturday night slate of short track racing.
The Teleperformance Claimer Stocks brought seventeen racers to Saturday’s first green flag. Scott Kelly found the handle on his Cross Hair Customs, Amanda Miller at Century 21 Realty pickup to lead the first of one hundred laps. Behind Kelly, Sam Newcomer bolted from his middle of the pack starting spot to put his machine atop the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard on lap fifteen.
With Newcomer out front, heavy hitters Kendra Occhipinti and Pat Tully made their move, and by lap 35 they held second and third, respectively. Occhipinti was first to break ranks, and she dove beneath Newcomer for the lead one lap later. Tully was next to Newcomer’s bumper, but couldn’t find a way to work his Dean Wilson Racing, Glen Alleman Custom Farming entry around the Apple Valley, California racer.
A midrace caution flag allowed Tully to work his way beneath Newcomer to take the runner up spot, and the Caldwell, Idaho racer sped to Occhipinti’s bumper. A restart with 35 laps left gave Tully the outside line, and when the green flag waved he motored around Occhipinti for first.
But Occhipinti wouldn’t settle for second, and she pushed her Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Performance Engines racer hard in the race’s closing segments to keep pace with Tully. Though she was able to keep touch with the leader, Occhipinti’s extra effort proved too much and her transmission expired with four laps left. This allowed Josh Fanopoulos to sneak into the battle for first, but the Boise, Idaho driver would run out of time to catch Tully, who claimed his seventh victory of the season.
Fifteen Junior Stingers packed the tight confines of Meridian Speedway for their twenty lap feature. Slade Fisher was quick out of the blocks at the green flag, but Jody Moen was quicker, and in one lap the Jerome, Idaho racer made her way from fourth to first. Moen wasn’t the only one on the move, as behind the young lady racer championship rivals Rusty Houpt and Cody Castricone knifed their way through traffic to claim the top two posts on lap four.
Lapped traffic was heavy, and from lap five on Houpt and Castricone found themselves in a constant swarm of competitors. On lap nine this traffic grew too heavy for Houpt to handle, and he cut through the infield to avoid contact. This slowed the Meridian, Idaho racer and allowed Castricone to take the lead in his Fast Glass, Import Engine Supply racer.
After this incident, Houpt turned the wick up on his Boise Spring Works, All Makes Auto Salvage machine and marched back into the lead fight. With five laps left Houpt caught Castricone, and forced his way through the middle of three-wide to challenge Castricone. Try as Houpt might he didn’t have enough to track down Castricone, who rolled into the Caleb’s Shop Shop Winner’s Circle for the sixth time this season.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds wrapped up their season Saturday night with a fifty lap feature. Joe Thuss led the field to green with Jerry Green and Jonathan Hull in tow. As Thuss struggled to keep his Aloha Auto Repair, Avise Budget of Downtown Boise racer out front quick-qualifiers Colton Nelson and Josh Jackson broke free of the pack and closed in. On lap five Nelson made his move, and piloted his Integrity Pools of Idaho, Integrity Construction racer from third to first in turn one.
Jackson followed Nelson to the front, and on lap ten the battle for the lead commenced. Jackson searched high and low in his Jackson Built Racing, Motor Mayhem Chassis Dyno for a way past Nelson, but the Nampa, Idaho driver found none. At the race’s halfway point the fight for the lead got physical as contact sent the top two sliding. Both drivers gathered their racers and Jackson continued his assault until a caution flag waved with twenty laps left.
As the laps wound down Jackson opened a comfortable lead over Nelson, whose attention turned to third place runner Larry Hull III. Hull III wheeled his Diversified Carpet Cleaning, All American Towing modified hard to catch Nelson, who could only watch as Jackson claimed the final main event of the 2018 PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modified season.
Fifteen strong NASCAR K&N Pro Series West racers rolled to green for the fourth NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208. Pole sitter Derek Kraus led the field through lap one with point leader Derek Thorn and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Hailie Deegan in tow. The man on the move early was Cole Rouse, who muscled his NAPA Filters Toyota around the inside line to claim the runner up spot on lap thirty.
As Kraus and Rouse sped away from the field Deegan began to free fall through the pack. From third the Temecula, California racer was shuffled all the way back to seventh by lap fifty. The next fifty laps saw Deegan settle into her mid pack spot as she plotted her move forward.
A lap 103 restart saw Deegan lined up outside row three when the green flag waved. As the battle for third stacked the frontrunners up Deegan forced her way through the middle and moved up to fourth on the back straightaway. Deegan’s charge forward continued a dozen laps later as she stormed inside Thorn to take third. With the championship leader in her rearview mirror, the teenaged California driver turned her sights on Kraus and Rouse, the weekend’s two most dominant racers.
Kraus navigated traffic best, and the Stratford, Wisconsin native piloted his NAPA Auto Parts Toyota to its largest lead of the evening. Kraus looked to cruise to the checkers until a lapped car spun in front of him. Kraus slammed on his brakes and gently climbed up the turn three concrete to make it around his stricken competitor, but the maneuvering cost him both first and second positions.
Rouse inherited the lead with Kraus’ misfortunes, and with a dozen laps left someone other than Kraus led the field to green. Rouse got the jump on now-second place Deegan and sped to a half second lead. But Deegan had speed in reserve, and she closed on Rouse until she arrived on his rear bumper as the white flag waved. Contact pitched Rouse to the outside, which allowed Deegan to cut low and roar down the back stretch to claim the lead and, two corners later, the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory for a female racer. Rouse gathered his machine to take second and Kraus brought his entry home third.
“This has to be the best day of my life,” Deegan said as she collected the miniature water tower trophy. “It’s just amazing…we did it!”
The next chapter in Meridian Speedway history is written this Saturday, October 6, as the quarter-mile oval hosts Pepsi Championship Night. The Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars, Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes, Domino’s Legends, Project Filter Pro-4s, Coors Super Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Bombers race to settle their seasons. General admission to Saturday’s full night of short track action is $11.50 for adults, $9 for seniors and military members, and $6.50 for kids 7-11. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. and racing goes green at 6:45 p.m. Keep pace with all the late season happenings at the Concrete Jungle by visiting meridianspeedway.com and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for exclusive text updates. We’ll see you for Pepsi Championship Night at your NASCAR Home Track under the big yellow water tower, Meridian Speedway.
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Longtime NASCAR crew chief Jimmy Fennig was presented with Charlotte Motor Speedway’s prestigious Smokey Yunick Award prior to Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL™ 400.
Presented annually since 1997 to honor famed mechanic Henry “Smokey” Yunick, the award recognizes an individual who rose from humble beginnings to make a major impact on the motorsports industry.
Fennig was an accomplished short track mechanic and crew chief before he moved south and began a distinguished career for Roush Fenway Racing. Fennig won 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races as crew chief for drivers including Mark Martin, Bobby Allison, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch. Fennig also won a Cup Series championship in 2004 with Busch.
“There are a lot of people I have to thank along the way, especially Jack Roush,” Fennig said. “Without all of the people we couldn’t have done it. We put in a lot of hard work. To receive this award is very special. ... This ranks right at the top, almost rewarding as winning the Daytona 500.”
Fennig also spoke of the drivers he has been honored to work with during his career.
“All of them were good,” Fennig said. ”Mark Martin was probably the best, a very demanding driver. All in all, all of the drivers, they were all a pleasure to work with. They all had different styles of driving.”
Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones a fan of the ROVALTM
Count Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones as a fan of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVALTM.
The longtime Atlanta Braves player joined past major-league pitcher Matt Duff as guests of Richard Childress Racing and driver Daniel Hemric this weekend, thanks to Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff. Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff is a partner with "Major League Bowhunter," Jones' and Duff's television show on the Sportsman Channel.
Jones said his experience at the ROVAL™ has been a special one.
"It's fun to go to other tracks to see the different configurations," Jones said. "Especially this. This is not your granddaddy's Charlotte (Motor) Speedway. This is something new and it's something that's exciting. I don't know how (Hemric) is, butterfly-wise, but I'm nervous as heck for these guys, because it's going to be awesome."
Smokey Mountain sponsored Hemric in two Monster Energy Cup Series races this season.
"To have these two gentlemen here sharing time with us, it's a really cool deal for everybody," Hemric said. "It's a really cool deal for everybody and hopefully it gives fans an opportunity to be excited about something other than racing. The hype around this ROVALTM deal is just incredible."
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A new addition will highlight the victory lane celebration after Sunday’s inaugural Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™. For the first time, Charlotte Motor Speedway will award an eye-catching Manufacturer’s Trophy to the winning manufacturer. Forty race teams powered by Toyota, Chevrolet or Ford will duel on Charlotte’s 17-turn, 2.28-mile ROVAL™ to decide which manufacturer receives the impressive new trophy.
The Stephen Gould-designed, 40-pound trophy is made of glass and acrylic and features the car symbol inside the trophy from the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway “globe” logo, with the "globe" comprising the top of the trophy.
The Manufacturer’s Trophy complements the striking look of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 winner’s trophy, another Stephen Gould design.
“If you think about the challenges that a team, driver and OEM have here at Charlotte Motor Speedway, they’re faced with the high-octane Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, the longest, toughest race in the Coca-Cola 600 and now a technical, physical challenge with the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400,” said Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President Greg Walter.
“A key ingredient to success in racing is the manufacturer. When a manufacturer’s driver wins, the manufacturer deserves something to honor the victory. We’re proud to be able to present this unique trophy to the winning manufacturer of today’s Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 as well as in all of our three annual marquee NASCAR races in the future.”
Beginning with Sunday’s race, the trophy will be awarded at each Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, Coca-Cola 600 and Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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After 13 years of trying, C.E. Falk III finally broke through and won the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway.
Falk took home $25,000 and a grandfather clock trophy as a result of his win.
“We all come here wanting to win it but it’s like winning the freaking lottery, and we did,” Falk said. “We missed the wrecks, we were up front all night long and my team did it. We might not have had the very best car but we were there when it counted and this is something I’ll cherish the rest of my life.”
Corey Heim, who was making his Martinsville debut, finished second.
“I knew coming here that we had a shot at winning, just had to drive hard,” Heim said. “This is the biggest spotlight I’ve ever been in, I think a lot of people know my name now and I’m glad to be here. I just wish I could get my hands on that grandfather clock and 25k ($25,000).”
Veteran racer Peyton Sellers took home the $10,000 bonus for the winning the Virginia Triple Crown.
Sellers, who won the Triple Crown for the third time in his career, had the best average finish in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway, the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway.
“I’m walking out of Martinsville Speedway tonight with my head held high,” Sellers said. “We had an awesome car tonight, had momentum all night long, made some awesome changes… to win the Triple Crown is a real honor. It’s a privilege to be (mentioned with) some big names in Virginia drivers and I just hope this puts my name in the history books.”
Brandon Pierce finished third, followed by Trevor Ward and Sellers.
Justin Carroll, Ty Gibbs, Kres VanDyke, RD Smith and Kevin Neal rounded out the top-10.
Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway for the First Data 500 weekend October 26-28.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillspeedway.com.
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Three championships were on the line Saturday night in the Macon Speedway season finale. The Sportsman division was separated by four points; the Hornets were separated by eight points and the B-Modifieds by 42. Cody Stillwell made appearance on the track during the feature to clinch the B-Modified track title. That left two divisions left for the championship.
Tim Bedinger of Taylorville won the Sportsman track championship because he made one last pass to move an extra position ahead of Scott Williams to move to a tie in the points. By virtue of Bedinger's one feature win, he would be crowned champion over Williams in the tiebreaker. Williams was battling a deflating right rear tire during the race's end and was losing speed and momentum as Bedinger was flying fast from fourth to third. As the checkered flag was in the air, Bedinger went side-by-side with Brandon Pralle and connected sides coming out of the corner. Bedinger flew ahead to take third as Dennis Vandermeersch bypassed Wes Odell for the checkered flag.
In the Hornet division, Mike Eskew led by eight points over Jeremy Reed. Reed blasted away to the lead and sealed a victory lane feature win. His biggest question was where Eskew finished. Eskew started 11th because of his win the previous week. (Hornet rules stipulate that the winner driver cannot start any higher than tenth when returning after the following feature) Eskew knifed his way through the field and closed in to make it a third place finish and take the Hornet Championship by two points over Jeremy Reed.
Tim Hancock won in the B-Modifieds to take a top five points finish and claimed the B-Modified National points. Cody Stillwell took ninth to win the divisional championship.
Jeremy Nichols looked as smooth as usual with a top side run and a checkered flag at night's end. The points champion had anything but a smooth night. Shawn Ziemer started the night with a championship locked up and looked to just finish the night. The race ended with Ziemer on the back of the tow truck after the car broke down in the race's closing laps.
Tommy Sheppard, Jr. also had his championship locked up coming into the night's action but still looked to finish the night on a high note. He would lead the first 18 laps of the BillingsleyRewards.com feature but switched grooves which opened the chance for McKay Wenger to take over with one lap left. Sheppard would finish second but still end the night with a smile on his face.
Trevin Littleton, a 13-year-old from Jacksonville, won his fourth-straight Micro Sprint feature event. He cruised past Jeremy Camp to make it happen midway through the race as his car got locked in on the dirt track.
Macon Speedway hosted special races during the evening of the ladies with a Powder Puff race with women competing in Hornets cars and Street Stocks cars. Melissa Nichols, wife of Jeremy Nichols, won the Street Stock race and Paige Eskew, wife of Mike Eskew took the Hornet race. There were also Mechanics races in the Sportsman/Street Stocks competition and the Modifieds/B-Modifieds classes. Tom Graham, Speedway veteran, took his son Jeff's Modified into victory lane and Alex Wilson won in the Sportsman/Street Stocks Mechanics race.
Macon Speedway thanks all of the sponsors for the 73rd season of stock car racing and plans are already in line for the 2019 season with the season opener scheduled in April. The staff and officials at Macon Speedway were pleased with the way the season was ran and look forward to another successful run when springtime comes around next year.
Sportsman--1. Dennis Vandermeersch (Springfield), 2. Wes Odell (Springfield), 3. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 4. Brandon Pralle (Ashkum), 5. Scott Williams (Leroy), 6. Ty Nation (Taylorville), 7. Terry Myers (Buffalo), 8. Rick Roedel (Shelbyville), 9. Brad Bedinger (Taylorville), 10. Robert Saltzman (Chatsworth)
Hornets--1. Jeremy Reed (Decatur), 2. Andrew Dudash (St. Louis, MO), 3. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 4. Michael McKay (Springfield), 5. Adam Webb (Decatur), 6. David Lauritson (Normal), 7. Ken Reed (Decatur), 8. John Lewis (Cerro Gordo), 9. Paul Peters (Pana), 10. Carter Dart (Springfield)
BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds--1. McKay Wenger (Fairbury), 2. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 3. Tim Luttrell (Riverton), 4. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 5. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 6. Jeff Graham (Stonington), 7. Jimmy Cummins (Highland), 8. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 9. Brian Burns (Bethany), 10. Michael Kettler (Millstadt)
Street Stocks--1. Jeremy Nichols (Lovington), 2. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 3. Timmy Dick (Monticello), 4. Terry Reed (Decatur), 5. Rudy Zaragoza (Jacksonville), 6. Justin Crowell (Lincoln), 7. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 8. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 9. Ben Medaris (Decatur), 10. Darrell Dick (Monticello)
B-Modifieds--1. Tim Hancock (Mt. Olive), 2. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 3. Jimmy Cummins (Highland), 4. Michael Kettler (Millstadt), 5. Kevin Crowder (Argenta), 6. Jerry Thompson (Troy), 7. Tyler Blankenship (St. Elmo), 8. Dante Brown (Morrisonville), 9. Cody Stillwell (Godfrey), 10. Jeramie Fowler (Decatur)
Micro Sprints Presented by Bailey Chasis--1. Trevin Littleton (Jacksonville), 2. Rob Cook (O'Fallon, MO), 3. Tyler Day (Atwood), 4. Jeremy Camp (Sullivan), 5. Aidan Roosevans (O'Fallon), 6. Nick Worley (St. Charles, MO), 7. Garrett Duff (Weldon), 8. Wyatt Simpson (Lerna), 9. Will Armitage (Athens), 10. Jeremyn Brown (Decatur)
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The annual free-to-the-public practice session set for Saturday, March 30, 2019 will kick off the 57th consecutive season of stock car racing at Grandview Speedway. That practice, which is scheduled to start at noon, is open to all forms of racing competition.
Once again the one-third-mile banked clay track will be operated by the Rogers family and will again carry a NASCAR sanction.
The first racing event of the new season will be the 2nd Annual Bruce Rogers Memorial rewarding the winner with $7,500. The 50-lapper will feature the Small Block Modifieds against the Big Block racers. The race is set for Saturday, April 6th and is run in memory of the man who was instrumental in building the track along with his father and then making it the huge success it has become. The first annual Bruce Rogers Memorial was won by NASCAR Camping World Series and dirt Modified standout Stewart Friesen.
The biggest race of the season, the "Granddaddy of Major Modified Races", the 49th annual Freedom 76, which paid more than $25,000 to winner Duane Howard is back on the schedule for Saturday, September 21st with a September 28th rain date.
A complete 2019 schedule will be released in the near future.
Information updates can be had at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or at the track telephone number 610.754.7688.
Grandview Speedway is located on Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA just off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown.