McCreadie Charges To Thursday Night Wrisco Winternationals Victory
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TAMPA, FL (February 16, 2017) - Tim McCreadie came from the 18th starting spot to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned, 41st Annual Wrisco Industries Winternationals main event on Thursday Night at East Bay Raceway Park.
McCreadie drove the Sweeteners Plus, Pro Power Racing Engines, Longhorn Chassis to the lead around Don O'Neal on lap 24 using the top-side of the race track. He led the rest of the way to earn the victory. O'Neal's Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Cornett Racing Engines, Club 29 Race Car for Clint Bowyer Racing came across the line in second. Josh Richards was looking for this third win in five starts in the Best Performance Motorsports, Rocket Chassis but finished third, followed by Jimmy Owens in the Ramirez Motorsports, Rocket Chassis and David Breazeale in the Henderson Motorsports, Moyer Victory Race Car.
"I didn't know where I was at before the yellow came out. I ran as hard as I could and we got there. I didn't think our chances were very good to win tonight from where we started (outside row nine). We have struggled to get this car to qualify. Low and behold, I am good in these conditions," said the driver who finished third in the 2016 LOLMDS Championship Points Standings.
McCreadie caught most the field by running the bottom of the racetrack, but after the last caution of the race with 22 laps to go, he went up and ran against the wall. "My best chance was to pack in all the crumbs up top under caution. I just kept packing them and packing them. I have lost a lot of races by not sticking in one lane or another. Thanks to everyone back at the Labonte shop for the great car."
Richards started out the race strong by leading the first four laps of the race, until 15-year-old Michael Lake stormed to the lead. After a restart following a caution flag, Richards could not get traction and lost several spots. Lake then took O'Neal with him as the two ran first and second for several laps.
Lake held the lead until O'Neal passed him for the top spot on lap 17. Kyle Bronson made his way to the front to challenge O'Neal for the lead. McCreadie had climbed to third by lap 22 and then used a lap 24 restart to take the lead using the top groove on the race track.
O'Neal; a 15-time winner at East Bay; was making his first start of the week and came home in the runner-up position. "That was a good race. We had some problems on restarts, but overall, we have got a good hot-rod to finish out the week. The track was good down low and up high, but the middle was slicker there wasn't as much traction. I am sure the fans got to see quite a race."
Richards charged back to earn a podium finish and was glad to be back in the hunt at the end. "That was a great race by all of the teams. We got off to a great start and then things just went away. I don't know how far we dropped back, but it was several spots. The car finally came around in the last ten laps or so and we were lucky to get back to third. Congrats to Timmy on the win."
Completing the top ten were Kyle Bronson, Scott Bloomquist, Darrell Lanigan, Jonathan Davenport, and Austin Hubbard.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Feature Finish (45 Laps): 1. Tim McCreadie, 2. Don O'Neal, 3. Josh Richards, 4. Jimmy Owens, 5. David Breazeale, 6. Kyle Bronson, 7. Scott Bloomquist, 8.
Darrell Lanigan, 9. Jonathan Davenport, 10. Austin Hubbard, 11. Steve Francis, 12. Jared Miley, 13. Dennis Erb, Jr., 14. GR Smith, 15. Kenny PettyJohn, 16. Bob Gardner, 17. Ricky Weiss, 18. Boom Briggs, 19. Corey Conley, 20. Hudson O'Neal, 21. Michael Lake, 22. Earl Pearson, Jr., 23. Nick Davis, 24. Colton Flinner, 25. Tim Dohm, 26. Davey Johnson.
Time of Race: 33 minutes 58 seconds
Wednesday's Event at East Bay Raceway Park Canceled
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TAMPA, FL (February 15, 2017) - Wednesday night's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Winternationalss at East Bay Raceway Park has been canceled.
Despite tireless efforts to work the track following a band of heavy rain in the afternoon, Speedway and Series officials have been forced to cancel the event.
The 41st annual Winternationals will continue with a $7,000-to-win program on Thursday night. The event will be a complete show with Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a $7,000 to win, 45-lap main event.
Cochran Motor Speedway Double Header Up Next for NeSmith DLMS RockAuto.com Winter Shootout
Cochran, GA - The NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series RockAuto.com Winter Shootout will take back off with Rounds 6 and 7 on Friday March 10th and Saturday March 11th at Cochran Motor Speedway for what is surely to be two HUGE nights of racing action. Friday March 10th will see a complete $2,000 to win, 40 lap NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series program with Qualifying, B-Mains, and Feature. Then on Saturday March 11th fans and drivers will be treated to a Full Racing Program highlighted by the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series' 60 lap, $5,000 to win main event.
Track owners Chris and Joni Martin have put much time, effort, and resources into making Cochran Motor Speedway one of the premier tracks that the series visits. The facilities at CMS are immaculate and after completing a late 2016 track surface change, it now features a racier surface to provide the great fans and competitors with 2 and 3 wide action. NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series competitors have seen excellent action when visiting Cochran and expect even more excitement this visit during the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout.
National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Ronnie Johnson currently leads the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout point standings with Texas Rookie Colton Horner setting in second. Both drivers are expected to be in action at Cochran Motor Speedway along with a strong contingent of touring and local stars to make for an exciting weekend featuring some of the best competitors from across the region.
Friday March 10th Pit Gates will open at 4 P.M. Along with the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series $2,000 to win program, an Open Practice Session for the local divisions will be on the card to get ready for their events on Saturday. Saturday March 11th Pit Gates will open at 2 P.M. with Driver's Meeting scheduled for 5 P.M. On the card for Saturday will be $5,000 to win NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series, $2,000 to win CMS Late Model, and $1,000 to win each in Sportsman, Hobby Stock, Pure Stock, and Bomber.
For more information regarding Cochran Motor Speedway please visit their official website at www.CochranSpeedway.com. You can also reach them by phone at 478-456-4036.
Richards Takes Tuesday's Wrisco Industries Winternationals Victory
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TAMPA, FL (February 14, 2017) - Josh Richards took the lead from Davey Johnson on lap five of the 25-lap main event on Tuesday night at East Bay Raceway Park during the 41st Annual Wrisco Industries Winternationals - presented by E3 Spark Plugs. Richards had to fight off fellow West Virginia driver, Tim Dohm for his seventh career win at "The Clay by the Bay."
Richards, in the Best Performance Motorsports, Rocket Chassis, Dargie-powered entry earned the outside front row for the main event after a last-lap pass on Austin Hubbard in a pivotal heat race number three.
Hubbard in the Mid-Coastal Siding, Trinity Logistics, Rocket Chassis came home in third followed by Devin Moran in the Tye Twarog, Rocket Chassis and David Breazeale in the Henderson Motorsports, Moyer Victory Race Car who rounded out the top five.
"We made a lot of changes from last night, we worked our way back to seventh last night, so tonight was a whole lot better. The pass on Austin [Hubbard] on the final lap of that heat race was crucial. Davey [Johnson] started off good. We stayed right with him until we were able to get around him."
"Thanks to the team for a great job. That makes it two for four with Randall Edwards and all the other guys. I am grateful for this opportunity to drive this car. Thanks to Peoples National Bank, Valvoline, Corey Frazier-State Farm Insurance, Keyser, Riggs Motorsports, Integra, and Sunoco Race Fuels."
"I didn't know how many wins we could get down here. That's two already. I really couldn't see who was behind me. It felt like the car was leaning over there at the end. The tires might have been burned off I am not sure right now. We are still learning the communications between Randall and myself. It's always good to win here at East Bay." Said the 28-year-old in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.
Dohm - a former winner at East Bay - was happy with his second-place finish. "To run second behind Josh Richards, it was a good night then. I love East Bay. I was way better tonight than I was last night. I hope the track stays like this all week. When you can hit the brown surface instead of that little sliver of black out there it sure makes for a better race," said the driver of the Dohm's Cycle, Swartz Chassis.
Hubbard's third-place run continues improvement for the driver who suffered through a tough 2016 season. "This was another good finish for us. I kept the car straight, and it gets better every night. I am getting back in the groove. We are on the podium, so it's one step closer to winning. Josh passed me on the last lap of the heat and that prevented me from starting on the front row. He ran a great race so congratulations to him and his team."
Completing the top ten were Tyler Erb, Hudson O'Neal, Michael Lake, Ricky Weiss, and Dennis Erb Jr.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Monday, February 13th, 2017
Feature Finish (25 Laps):
1. Brandon Sheppard
2. Earl Pearson, Jr.
3. Devin Moran
4. Kyle Bronson
5. Brian Shirley
6. Austin Hubbard
7. Josh Richards
8. Tyler Erb
9. Hudson O'Neal
10. Gregg Satterlee
12. Michael Lake
13. Billy Moyer, Jr.
14. Dennis Erb, Jr.
15. Tim Dohm
16. Greg Oakes
17. Steve Francis
18. Nick Davis
19. Doug Drown
20. Corey Conley
21. Ricky Weiss
22. Jared Miley
23. Brent Larson
24. Jimmy Owens
25. Austin Rettig
Time of Race: 15 minutes 8 seconds
1. Brandon Overton 480
2. Josh Richards 450
3. Jonathan Davenport 410
3. Tim McCreadie 410
5. Brandon Sheppard 375
6. Jimmy Owens 370
7. Scott Bloomquist 355
8. Donald McIntosh 345
9. Tyler Erb 335
9. Rick Eckert 335
9. Darrell Lanigan 335
Sheppard Takes Opening Night at Wrisco Industries Winternationals
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TAMPA, FL (February 13, 2017) Defending Dirt Track World Champion, Brandon Sheppard picked up his first career East Bay Raceway Park victory on Monday night during the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Wrisco Industries Winternationals - Presented by E3 Spark Plugs. Sheppard - who started fourth on the grid - drove the Mark Richards Racing, Valvoline, Rocket Chassis' House Car to the win after taking the lead on the fifth lap.
Trailing Sheppard across the finish line were Earl Pearson Jr., Devin Moran, Kyle Bronson, and Brian Shirley.
Shirley led the first four circuits of the 25-lap main event until Sheppard came from the outside of the second row to take over the top spot. Sheppard then held off Pearson, who had started seventh, for the victory. It was Sheppard's fifth career LOLMDS win.
"It's good to finally get a win at East Bay. We have been coming here for several years and to do it on opening night this year feels great. In a short race like this you must get to the front as soon as you can. The car was good all night long. We could pass cars low and high and then we finally cleared Shirley. It was a good race up front. This Rocket XR-1 Chassis is just fabulous and the Durham Race Engine was flawless."
Once Sheppard had the lead, he had to wait through two caution flags inside the final five laps of the race. Pearson slipped under Moran on a lap 20 restart and held that spot to the finish in the Carlton and Kemp Lamm-owned, Dunn-Benson Ford, Longhorn Chassis.
"These young guys are wearing me out," said Pearson, a 3-time East Bay winner who was among only seven drivers in the starting field who had ever won at the track. "It was a total turnaround from Golden Isles. The crew has worked hard on this car and the Larry Wallace Racing Engine was super-strong tonight as well. To come from where we did in just 25 laps we should be set-up well for the rest of the week."
Moran realized that his slipping out of the groove with five laps to go cost him a shot at the win. "It was driver error. But I had fun tonight running up front like I did. Hopefully this bodes well for the rest of the season," said the driver of the Tye Twarog Racing entry.
Completing the top ten were Austin Hubbard, Josh Richards, Tyler Erb, Hudson O'Neal, and Gregg Satterlee.
Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Brandon Sheppard, 2. Earl Pearson Jr., 3. Devin Moran, 4. Kyle Bronson, 5. Brian Shirley, 6. Austin Hubbard, 7. Josh Richards, 8. Tyler Erb, 9. Hudson O'Neal, 10. Gregg Satterlee, 11. Tim McCreadie, 12. Michael Lake, 13. Billy Moyer Jr., 14. Dennis Erb Jr., 15. Tim Dohm, 16. Greg Oakes, 17. Steve Francis, 18. Nick Davis, 19. Doug Drown, 20. Corey Conley, 21. Ricky Weiss, 22. Jared Miley, 23. Brent Larson,
24. Jimmy Owens, 25. Austin Rettig, 26. Tyler Carpenter.
Time of Race: 15 minutes 8 seconds
1. Brandon Overton 480
2. Josh Richards 450
3. Jonathan Davenport 410
3. Tim McCreadie 410
5. Brandon Sheppard 375
6. Jimmy Owens 370
7. Scott Bloomquist 355
8. Donald McIntosh 345
9. Tyler Erb 335
9. Rick Eckert 335
9. Darrell Lanigan 335
Overton Grabs First Career Lucas Oil Victory at Golden Isles
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WAYNESVILLE, GA (February 10, 2017) The Rhino Ag Super Bowl of Racing - Presented by General Tire kicked off the 2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season on Friday night at Golden Isles Speedway.
When race leader Billy Moyer Jr. left the main event with 13 laps to go, Overton inherited the top spot and went on to win his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event.
Overton held off fellow Longhorn Chassis driver Tim McCreadie in the Sweeteners Plus entry at the finish. Jimmy Owens ran third in the E3 Spark Plugs, R&W Motorsports, Rocket Chassis. Completing the top five were Brandon Sheppard and Jonathan Davenport.
"I hate it for little Billy, but sometimes that stuff happens. We will take it any way we can get it. You never know what's going to happen at the end of a race at this place. I want to thank Chip Stone, Randy Weaver, and all my sponsors for making this possible. This is a great way to start our season," said Overton.
"It's great to win here in my home-state. There was a really good crowd here tonight - the most I think I have ever seen here on a Friday Night. We look forward to coming back tomorrow night and getting our team another win. Thanks to Longhorn Chassis, Cornett Racing Engines, Mission Transport, CrossFit by Overton, Outlaw Racing Southeast, and A.F. Stone Professional Medical Services."
McCreadie was beginning to gain on Overton when the final caution of the race flew with six laps to go. On the restart, Overton pulled away to get the win.
McCreadie was happy with his second-place run. "I have no tread left on the right rear tire. There wasn't any use in pushing it at the end. He [Overton] pulled away, but I am sure he probably didn't have any tires left as well. This is a good start for the points. We have been working hard and it paid off here tonight. Let's just hope we can keep doing this and be more consistent this year."
Owens also got his season off to a good start with his third-place finish. "We are really happy with the car, we switched Durham Racing Engines this year and it was good tonight. I know the track crew worked hard on the track. I hope that after tonight, this momentum continues for the rest of the season."
Completing the top ten were Josh Richards, Darrell Lanigan, Boom Briggs, Devin Moran, and Jason Fitzgerald.
In preliminary action, Billy Moyer Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 51 entrants, with a lap of 15.423 seconds. Donald McIntosh set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.560 seconds. Billy Moyer Jr., Brandon Overton, Jimmy Owens, Josh Richards, Darrell Lanigan and Tim McCreadie won their respective heat races. Rick Eckert and Frank Heckenast Jr. won their respective B-Mains.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Friday, February 10th, 2017
Rhino Ag Super Bowl of Racing - presented by General Tire
Golden Isles Speedway - Waynesville, GA
Feature Finish (50 Laps):
1. Brandon Overton
2. Tim McCreadie
3. Jimmy Owens
4. Brandon Sheppard
5. Jonathan Davenport
6. Josh Richards
7. Darrell Lanigan
8. Boom Briggs
9. Devin Moran
10. Jason Fitzgerald
11. Donald McIntosh
12. Earl Pearson, Jr.
13. Rick Eckert
14. Ryan King
15. GR Smith
18. Tyler Erb
17. Steve Francis
18. Brent Larson
19. Frank Heckenast, Jr.
20. Don O'Neal
21. Kenny PettyJohn
22. Dennis Erb, Jr.
23. Ross Bailes
24. Casey Roberts
25. Billy Moyer, Jr.
26. Scott Bloomquist
Time of Race: 28 minutes 18 seconds
1. Brandon Overton 250
2. Tim McCreadie 230
3. Jimmy Owens 220
4. Brandon Sheppard 210
5. Jonathan Davenport 205
6. Josh Richards 200
7. Darrell Lanigan 195
8. Boom Briggs 190
9. Devin Moran 185
10. Donald McIntosh 185
East Alabama Motor Speedway Groundhog Classic Goes to Cory Hedgecock
Phenix City,AL - Cory Hedgecock used a power move around the top side of the East Alabama Motor Speedway from his 7th starting position to pick up the 3rd Annual Groundhog Classic at the Phenix City, AL oval. Hedgecock piloted his #23 Eagle Racing Engines/Cushman sponsored Rocket Race Car to Victory Lane taking the $2,500 payday back to his hometown of Loudon, TN. Hedgecock's win was the first for the 2017 season with the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series during the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series. Hedgecock is the defending NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series National Champion and plans to return and defend his title in 2017.
2016 RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Champion Chase Edge of Lafayette, AL brought home his Edge's Gas Company sponsored machine in the second position in his first event of the 2017 season. 16-year old Ashton Winger finished a strong 3rd after sitting on the outside front row. "Big Sky" Montana Dudley was 4th at the end and Talbott, TN Forrest Trent went under the Sunoco Race Fuels checkered flag to round out the top 5.
Preliminary action got underway with Chevrolet Performance Pole Qualifying which would lock the top 6 overall qualifiers into the 50-lap Groundhog Classic Feature event. 14-year old Sunoco Race Fuels Young Gun, and current 2nd place in RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series points, Colton Horner would put his #56jr Houston Specialty Products/Modern Motorsports on the pole for the feature with a 16.057 second lap making for a front row of Young Gun racers to lead the field to green flag.
Action was slowed for 8 caution periods for mostly minor incidents. Lap 2 was the first caution period for the #5 of Rodgerick Dykes when his car received damage from contact and was unable to continue. Lap 10 and 13 were for single car spins. The field was slowed twice on lap 22 for the 66K of Dylan Knowles who spun off the back straigtaway, and then for the 5 of Ronnie Johnson who spun after contact with the 56jr. Ryan Law spun his machine off the top of turn 3 and 4 on lap 25. Lain Hawk went for a spin in the bottom of turn 2 on lap 32. The caution lights were lit for the final time on lap 34 when Trey Wood's #19 came to a stop at the top of turn 1 with mechanical woes.
The NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series takes a short break before returning to action with rounds 6 and 7 of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series. The series heads to Chris Martin's Cochran Motor Speedway for a HUGE double header weekend on Friday and Saturday March 10th and 11th. Friday March 10th will pay $2,000 to win, and Saturday March 11th will feature a $5,000 to win, 60 lap main event. For more information about Cochran Motor Speedway visit their official website at www.cochranspeedway.com.
1. Cory Hedgecock
2. Chase Edge
3. Ashton Winger
4. Montana Dudley
5. Forrest Trent
6. Ronnie Johnson
7. Wil Herington
8. Joe Mike
9. Jody Knowles
10. Cale Conley
11. Colton Horner
12. Brandon Hood
13. Ryan Law
14. Colby Darda
15. Lain Hawk
16. Dylan Knowles
17. Trey Wood
18. Rodgerick Dykes
19. Kyle Bryant
20. Randall Powell
21. Jason Britton
22. Ahnna Parkhurst
Fast Qualifier: Colton Horner - 16.057
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: Winger - 1-5, Hedgecock - 6-50
Margin of Victory: 0.876 seconds
Time of Race: 39 minutes, 33 seconds
NEXT RACE: March 10th and 11th - Cochran Motor Speedway - $2,000 to win March 10th and $5,000 to win March 11th
Groundhog Classic at East Alabama Motor Speedway Up Next for NeSmith DLMS RockAuto.com Winter Shootout
Phenix City, AL - The RockAuto.com Winter Shootout for the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series returns to action this Saturday February 4th for Round 5 with a $2,500 to win, 50 lap event at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama as part of the 3rd Annual Groundhog Classic. A full slate of racing is on the schedule for the weekend including an open practice session on Friday night February 3rd ahead of Saturday's event. The 2016 season saw a new surface at the 3/8 mile speed plant that improved the racing at the already racy facility and many teams will take advantage of the practice time to get a handle on the changes.
The NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series joins the line-up for the Groundhog Classic for 2017 as part of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series point's chase. Fans can tentatively look for drivers from across the Southeast such as: current Winter Shootout points leader National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Ronnie Johnson; Katy, TX driver 14-year old Colton Horner; Evans, GA driver Ahnna Parkhurst; 2016 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Cory Hedgecock; and a host of many other talented drivers looking to take home the $2,500 payday.
Friday night February 3rd schedule calls for Gates to open at 4 P.M. Grandstand gates open at 5 P.M. with Practice set to begin at 6 P.M. On Saturday February 4th Pit Gates open for the Groundhog Classic at 9 AM and Grandstand Gates open at 12 Noon. Technical inspection will open at 10 AM with Driver's Meeting scheduled for 12:30. Hot Laps are set to roll off at 1 PM, followed by Qualifying Time Trials, B-Mains, and the 50-lap feature.
Kyle Bronson Bests Field for Chevrolet Performance World Championship Title
Ocala, FL - The state of Florida has been the home of the Chevrolet Performance World Championship for the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series since the inaugural season of the series. Sunshine State drivers always turn out in top form in hopes of keeping the World Championship title and the $10,000 payday in state. In recent years, however, Mother Nature has tried her best to put her name on the win list as weather has delayed or postponed the event in recent season. 2017 would be no different as consistent rain showers moved over Bubba Raceway Park on the original race date of Saturday January 28th pushing the event back one day to Sunday January 29th.
43 cars entered on Saturday before the postponement, with 37 returning for action on Sunday. RockAuto.com Pole Qualifying got the afternoon started with 4 groups to qualify. At the end of qualifying the home state of Florida was represented well with Brandon, Florida's Kyle Bronson setting overall fast time in his Brandon Collision sponsored Rocket Race Car and putting his group as Heat Race #1 to race for the pole starting position. After heat race action, it was fellow home state driver "Magic Man" Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FL picking up the win in Heat Race #1 and setting himself on the pole for the 100-lap feature.
With the home state of Florida being well represented, frequent competitors on the RUSH Late Model Series made it known that they had made the long trip from the northern United States in search of a $10,000 payday and bragging rights. Mike Pegher Jr. piloted his #RJ1 Rocket to fast time in his group and a heat race win placing him on the outside front row for the feature. The third group was paced by Virginia's Tyler Bare, son of legendary Late Model ace Booper. Bare would have to settle for second in the Heat, as Friday night's feature winner Jamie Perry would drive his P4 machine to victory and claim the third starting spot for the feature. Veteran Tennessee driver Ronnie Johnson would set fast time for the fourth and final group, but a young driver with a familiar last name to those in the dirt racing world, Hudson O'Neal, would pick up the heat race win and roll off from the fourth starting spot. O'Neal, whose dad Don is one of the top drivers in the Super Late Model ranks, was referred to as the "New Deal" referencing his father's moniker "The Real Deal".
After the top 16 drivers were transferred into the feature from heat race finishes, two B-Mains were contested to take 4 more drivers into the starting field for the $10,000 to win World Championship. Florida drivers Blake Spencer and Ken Monahan would take the two transfer spots in B-Main 1, while Corey Almond and 14-year old Tyler Clem would take B-Main 2's transfer positions. Following the B-Mains, the top 12 drivers from Bubba Army Winter National points from Thursday and Friday night would move to a Last Chance Qualifier that would take the top 2 finishers as the final starting spots for the feature. Kentucky's Victor Lee and Mississippi's Marcus Minga would take the final two Last Chance spots to fill the World Championship starting field.
After a quick once over by the Bubba Raceway Park track crew, the field took to the speedway for pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions. Once the festivities were complete, and the fans gave the drivers the command to fire engines, it was time to get down to business. As the Bubba Raceway Park pace vehicle exited, Whitener and Pegher would lead the field to green for 100-laps of action. The attention given to the track surface proved to be worth the wait as fierce action began as soon as the green flag fell.
Elbows up racing would be the pace until lap 8 when the first of 10 caution flags flew, for the slowing car of Alexander City, AL driver Jason Britton. The Dixie-style double file restart would re-establish the hard-core racing when the caution lights would flash again on lap 19 for the slowing 17 of Logan Roberson. Whitener remained at the front of the field controlling the race and navigating lapped traffic quickly with Bronson and Pegher in pursuit before a lap 38 caution for the 56jr of Katy, TX driver Colton Horner who exited with mechanical issues. The field raced again with Whitener maintaining his lead, but not running off in the distance as he had on previous restarts. A lap 48 caution brought a great run to an end as third running Trent Ivey of Union, SC had to make a pit stop after contact flattened his left rear tire. This setup a couple of quick cautions as the 6 of Blake Spencer spun on lap 50, before a multi car accident on lap 54.
A lap 68 caution for the slowing P4 of Jamie Perry setup what would be some of the tensest moments of the 100-lap event. At the restart, the 111 of Pennsylvania's Max Blair had made his way inside the top 3 from his 11th starting spot, and unlike the previous restarts Whitener was having to hold off Blair and Bronson. Blair would prove too much to handle as he made a move to the inside of Whitener exiting turn 4 to officially take the lead on lap 72. But the caution would quickly wave on lap 73 after contact between Doug Horton and Brandon Sheppard. On the ensuing restart, racing amongst the top 5 had reached a fever pitch with contact, rubbing, and slide jobs occurring rapidly. This would continue until a lap 90 caution would stack the field up for a 10 lap shootout to the finish. As the field raced back to life under the green flag, Whitener would make a move to the inside of Blair off turn 2 making contact with the left front of Blair's Rocket Race car. Meanwhile, Bronson was ready to pounce as the first and second place cars began to race each other hard. As the field came off turn 4 to put lap 91 on the scoreboard, Blair made contact with Whitener and then came to a hard stop against the outside retaining wall just past the start finish line. Blair would suffer too much damage to continue, and Whitener's machine would have damage to the rear spoiler and back of his ULC Motorports machine.
The damage to Whitener's machine would show up as on the ensuing restart he would struggle to hold off the hard charging cars at the front of the field. Bronson would get by Whitener and Pegher would follow suit. With the laps winding down, the 17B Sallack Well Service Rocket being driven by Brandon Sheppard found a line that he and his machine liked as he marched through the field and got by Pegher for the second position. Another impressive run had been quietly mounted throughout the race as the 14-year old Tyler Clem had quietly and perfectly taken care of his equipment and moved into the top 5 from his 20th starting position. As the Sunoco Race Fuels checkered flag waved it would be Bronson able to keep Sheppard at bay, with Pegher coming home in third, Clem in fourth, and a stellar run from Hudson O'Neal to round out the top 5 finishers.
The RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series for the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series makes a quick return to action as they will be at the East Alabama Motor Speedway Saturday February 4th for a $2,500 to win, 50 lap feature as part of the return of the Groundhog Classic. For more information about that event please visit the official site of the East Alabama Motor Speedway at www.EAMSDirt.com.
Feature Finish Results
1. Kyle Bronson
2. Brandon Sheppard
3. Mike Pegher
4. Tyler Clem
5. Hudson O'Neal
6. Victor Lee
7. Tyler Bare
8. Ronnie Johnson
9. Doug Horton
10. Jamie Perry
11. Shan Smith
12. Dennis "Rambo" Franklin
13. Forrest Trent
14. Ken Monahan
15. Mark Whitener
16. Corey Almond
17. Max Blair
18. Trent Ivey
19. Marcus Minga
20. Jeff Matthews
21. Connor Meade
22. Blake Spencer
23. Colton Horner
24. Logan Roberson
25. Jason Britton
Fast Qualifier: Kyle Bronson - 15.095
Provisionals: Horner, Britton, Franklin
Lead Changes: 5
Lap Leaders: Whitener - 1-71, 74-85; Blair - 72-73, 86-90; Bronson - 91-100
Margin of Victory: 1.612 seconds
Time of Race: 64 minutes, 30 seconds
NEXT RACE: February 4th - East Alabama Motor Speedway - Groundhog Classic - $2,500 to win
Jamie Perry Powers to Win in Night #2 of Bubba Army Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park
Ocala, FL - Jamie Perry piloted his Powell Motorsports sponsored entry to his first ever NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series victory on night #2 of the Bubba Army Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park. Perry overtook pole sitter Devin Dixon on lap 19 and was never seriously challenged as he led the remaining laps crossing under the Sunoco Race Fuels checkered flag 2.258 seconds ahead of Danville, Kentucky driver Victor Lee who made a late race charge to the front for the runner up position. Perry's victory comes against some of the stoutest competition assembled, as his #P4 machine has been the model of consistency during the first two nights of Bubba Army Winter Nationals competition staying at the top of the speed charts and being able to finish their as well.
Devin Dixon set fast time in the #58 Big Frog Motorsports/Dave's Towing Rocket besting the field of 43 drivers with a lap time of 15.206 seconds. That would earn him the inside front row starting spot for the 40 lap, $2,000 to win feature event. The Bubba Raceway Park track crew, with help from track owner Bubba Clem, continually massaged the 3/8-mile gumbo surface making sure that competitors had a ultra-racy surface come feature race time. Fans and competitors would not be disappointed.
Dixon would lead the field to the green flag as cars quickly spread out battling for positions throughout the field. Third starting Perry was in a battle amongst the top 5 early in the race. Dixon would quickly catch the back of the field and begin to have to work lapped traffic. As he moved to the outside to clear a lapped car exiting turn 4, he made contact with the outside wall taking away half of the rear spoiler on the 58 machine. As the race progressed, Perry reeled in Dixon as lapped traffic came into play for all the front running cars. Perry would pull alongside Dixon at the exit of turn 3, and then use a power move after slight contact with Dixon to take over the top spot. Perry would go virtually unchallenged for the remaining 20 laps in route to the $2,000 payday.
Victor Lee and Thursday night's feature winner Brandon Sheppard waged their own battle to finish inside the top 5. Ninth starting Sheppard carefully maneuvered through the field, but the late charging Lee would deny him the runner-up spot with Sheppard crossing the finish line in 3rd. Dixon would hold on to finish in the 4th spot, with Brandon, Florida's Kyle Bronson rounding out the top 5.
Drivers will now turn their attention to Saturday's 100 lap, $10,000 to win Chevrolet Performance World Championship. Chevrolet Performance Pole Qualifying, Heat Races, and B-Mains will take place to set the field. The top 12 drivers from Thursday and Friday combined points that do not transfer to the World Championship will go to a Last Chance Qualifier for a final shot to make the big race. Driver's Meeting is scheduled for 6:15 P.M. with Hot Laps to follow.
Feature Finish Results
Pos Car # Driver Name
1 P4 Jamie Perry
2 6 Victor Lee
3 17B Brandon Sheppard
4 58 Devin Dixon
5 40B Kyle Bronson
6 RJ1 Mike Pegher
7 12 Doug Horton
8 14 Tyler Clem
9 111 Max Blair
10 2 Dennis "Rambo" Franklin
11 5 Mark Whitener
12 117 Jake Teague
13 30 Tyler Bare
14 71 Hudson O'Neal
15 33 Jeff Matthews
16 47 Justin Williams
17 17 Logan Roberson
18 56jr Colton Horner
19 88 Trent Ivey
20 5 Ronnie Johnson
21 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
22 22 Austin Burns
23 71 Pierce McCarter
24 87 Walker Arthur
Fast Qualifier: Brand Sheppard - 15.206
Lead Changes: 1
Lap Leaders: Dixon - 1-19, Perry - 20-40
Margin of Victory: 2.258 seconds
Time of Race: 31 minutes, 5 seconds
NEXT RACE: January 28th - Chevrolet Performance World Championship - Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, FL - $10,000 to win, 100 laps
Attica Raceway Park & Wayne County Speedway late model challenge
ATTICA & ORRVILLE, Ohio - The highly competitive late model series for AtticaRacewayPark and NAPA Wayne County Speedway will return for its fourth season in 2017.
This season will see three weekends of double-header action beginning Friday, May 12 on the one-third mile oval of AtticaRacewayPark before heading over to NAPA Wayne County Speedway's three-eighths mile track on Saturday, May 13, which will also be a qualifier for WayneCounty’s May 27 invasion by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.
The Attica-WayneCounty late model series will return to action on Friday, July 7 at Attica and Saturday, July 8 at WayneCounty. The final weekend will be Friday, Aug. 18 at Attica and Saturday, Aug. 19 at WayneCounty.
Each feature in the six-race series will pay $1,200 to win with Hoosier Tire giving the victor a new right rear tire. The features will be $200 to start.
The six race series will pay the point champion $500 while second in the points will receive $300 and third place will collect $200. All drivers finishing in the top 10 in points will get a $100 Summit Racing Equipment gift card. Innovative Graphics will give a huge discount for a wrap to the driver with the most heat wins in the six race series.
Regular track and tire rules will prevail at each track.
Ashland Ohio’s Ryan Markham has won the Attica Raceway Park-Wayne County Speedway Late Model Series Challenge championship in 2014 and 2016 while Wooster, Ohio's Doug Drown snagged the crown in 2015. There have been 20 features contested in the previous three years with Drown winning seven and Markham claiming five. Keith Berner has two wins while Matt Irey, Jeff Babcock, Mike Bores, JR Gentry, Shane McLoughlin and Robbie Scott each have one victory.
2016 CHAMPIONS AND SPECIAL AWARDS HIGHLIGHT ANNUAL NeSMITH RACING AWARDS BANQUET
Dawsonville, GA - The 2017 season has already kicked off for the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series, but the final curtain on the 2016 was drawn at the annual NeSmith Racing Awards Banquet held on January 21st at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Historic Dawsonville, GA. Over 200 attendees were on hand to as the top 10 drivers in the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division, NeSmith Weekly Racing Series, NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division, Sunoco Young Guns Challenge, and the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series were honored for their 2016 accomplishments.
Loudon, TN driver Cory Hedgecock received the coveted NeSmith Cup as the 2016 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series National Touring Champion. Hedgecock piloted his Eagle Racing Engines/VooDoo Technology Rocket to 6 wins on the Tour to claim his first National Championship. Along with the National Championship Hedgecock also claimed Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year Honors for being the top rookie on the 2016 tour. Hedgecock's father, Chad Hedgecock, also picked up honors for his work on the #23 Rocket as he was named the Chevrolet Performance Crew Chief of the Year.
Tyler Crowder of Lamont, FL picked up the 2016 Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series National Championship and the $10,000 payday that goes with that honor. Crowder had finished in the runner up position each of the last two seasons, but the stars aligned and the 2016 season was the year that his consistency and knowledge propelled him to the top spot. Crowder picked up his first series victory at Cochran Motor Speedway, and then followed that with another win at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN. Crew Chief Stacy Lee was honored as Chevrolet Performance Crew Chief of the Year for his work on the Crowder Excavating #47 throughout the season. Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year honors for the Chevy Super Series were picked up by Rome, GA driver Austin Smith who used his steady improvement and consistency to edge the 2016 Rookie Class.
Michael Arnold took the $10,000 NeSmith Weekly Racing Series Championship back to his hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi for the second season in a row as he went back-to-back as National Champion. Arnold's season was just one point shy of the perfect 700 points available, but it was enough as he amassed 17 wins, 23 top 5s, and 24 top 10s in 29 races. He also capped off his 2016 season with a win on the NeSmith Touring Series at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS. Arnold's crew chief Zach West was also honored for his work on the #4 machine in route to a second National Championship.
16 year old Bryant Marsh picked up the Sunoco Young Guns Challenge Championship for 2016. The Sunoco Young Guns Challenge pits drivers 18 years of age and under against each other for the Championship and the $1,000 top prize. Marsh piloted his Modern Woodmen sponsored Trak-Star Race Car to 6 wins along with 11 top 5s and 15 top 10s to capture the Championship sponsored by the Official Race Fuel of NeSmith Racing - Sunoco Race Fuels. Marsh also placed in the top 10 in the Weekly Racing Series final point standings making 2016 a breakout year for the Corinth, MS native.
The NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division National Champion was 15 year old Spencer Hughes from Meridian, Mississippi. Hughes completed the 2016 season with a PERFECT 700 point score during the 27 week points season. The young hot shoe piled up 16 wins, 26 top 5s, and 28 top 10s in the 30 races he competed in. The driver and his family owned and operated team have been forces to reckon with each time they unload. Hughes' twin sister, Ellie, was recognized for her hard work and dedication to the team(as well as her own driving ability). Spencer's dad, Johnny, received the Chevrolet Performance Crew Chief of the Year honors for his help and guidance preparing the #11 BJ's Tire and Service Center Hughes Your Daddy Race Car driven by Spencer.
Other notable special awards were the Weekly Racing Series Chassis Manufacturer's Championship which went to Trak-Star Race Cars built by Boland Performance in Cuba, AL. The National Touring Late Model Chassis Manufacturer's Championship went to Rocket Chassis of Shinnston, WV. The 2016 NeSmith Weekly Racing Series Promoter of the Year Award went to Tom and Kim Lowery of Southern Raceway in Milton, FL. The Lowery's have taken over the speedway and implemented new changes, with many more in the works for the Florida mainstay.
The Annual Bob Cross Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 was awarded to NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC for their contributions to short track racing, and their continued support of the sport. NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC, and their award winning parts department, helped in the development of the divisions that race under the NeSmith Racing banner. Their customer support, and unheard next day delivery program lead the way in how to make the crate engine division not only grow, but thrive. The commitment to the series is one that we hope carries on for many more seasons with the expansion of the divisions that are powered by Chevrolet Performance circle track engines provided by NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC.
The attention now turns back to the competition side of things as the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout resumes with the Bubba Army Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida January 25-28th, highlighted by the 100 lap, $10,000 to win 12th Annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship.
Bubba Army Winter Natinoals Kicks Off at Bubba Raceway Park in Less Than a Week
Ocala, FL - NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series competitors turn their attention to rounds 3,4, and 5 of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout as the cars and stars head to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL for the Bubba Army WinterNationals January 26th-28th. The annual Winter Nationals event held at the 3/8ths mile, egg-shaped oval will feature three nights of racing with the $10,000 to win, 100-lap, 12th Annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship capping the weekend on Saturday January 28th.
Cars and drivers from across the United States will invade Bubba Raceway Park to etch their names in the record books for both the Winter Nationals wins and the coveted Chevrolet Performance World Champion title. It will all kick off with an Open Practice session on Wednesday January 25th. Gates will open at 5 P.M. with Practice from 7-10 P.M. Thursday January 26th, gates will open at 5 P.M., with Driver's Meeting scheduled for 7:15 and Hot Laps at 7:30 for the $2,000 to win, 40 lap event. Friday January 27thwill see another full racing program with a 40-lap $2,000 to win event. Gates on Friday will open at 5 P.M., followed by a 7:15 Driver's Meeting and 7:30 Hot Laps.
Then on Saturday January 28th, the $10,000 to win, 100-lap 12th Annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship will take center stage. Gates will open at 4, Driver's Meeting at 6:15 P.M., and Hot Laps will follow at 6:30. Sunoco Race Fuel pole qualifying will take place, followed by Heat Races and B-Mains to determine the 24 car starting field. Drivers are encouraged to be at Bubba Raceway Park for the Thursday and Friday events, as the Top 12 drivers in combined points from Thursday and Friday's events that do not transfer through Heat Races or the B-Main will move to a Last Chance Qualifier Dash for a final chance to make the World Championship main event. The top 2 finishers in the Last Chance Qualifier will move to the World Championship main and will start 23rd and 24th.
Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products unveils 2017 schedule
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (January 18, 2017) - The third edition of Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products will hit headlines in less than seven months, showcasing top-tier super late model talent from all across the Buckeye State for eight days of competition. Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products will feature eight programs in ten days, awarding an overall winner's share equaling that of $27,000, as well as a championship point fund boasting a five-digit payout of nearly $13,000.
The 2017 Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products champion will receive $3,000, also joining the ranks of 2015 champion Matt Westfall and 2016 champion Rod Conley.
"I can't say enough about the tracks and organizations who helped put this schedule together in the amount of time that it took. It takes a lot of cooperation and a lot of work to schedule something like this, but I'm sure it will be well worth it in the end" Brad McCown said, promoter of Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week. "Octane Race Products stepped up to play a big part once again in 2017. Mix their support in with that of our contingency sponsors and point fund sponsor, DirtonDirt.com, and you have something really special. I'm confident that this will be a record breaking year - not only with entries, but also with fans. It's going to be an exciting eight days."
Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products will launch officially on Thursday, July 20, with a visit to the Hilltop Speedway near Millersburg, Ohio. Action will continue for the next three evenings with visits to Muskingum County Speedway near Zanesville, Ohio (July 21); Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio (July 22); and Midway Speedway near Crooksville, Ohio (July 23).
The eight-race campaign will rest for two days before returning to competition on Wednesday, July 26, igniting a second, four-race stint. Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week will visit Skyline Speedway in Guysville, Ohio, on July 26; Moler Raceway Park in Williamsburg, Ohio, on July 27; Brushcreek Motorsports Complex near Peebles, Ohio, on July 28; only to conclude with a $5,000-to-win finale at Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio, on Saturday, July 29. All events will award a minimum of $3,000.
In addition to the near-$13,000 point fund on behalf of DirtonDirt.com, multiple contingency prize packages will also be awarded at the conclusion of Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week, including a $2,000 voucher toward a brand new Kryptonite Racecars chassis - the "Official Chassis Provider of Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week."
Dickson Racing Shocks will be involved on multiple fronts during Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week in 2017. The West Virginia-based outfit will award all B-main winners a $100 certificate toward shock rebuild labor, as well as award the 2017 Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week champion a $1,000 voucher toward a new JRi Shock package. In addition, Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange will award all heat race #1 winners a $50 product certificate.
"This is quickly molding into a major event in the super late model world. Ohio has some of the most competitive late model competition in the country, and we are proud to support those racers and their efforts," McCown said. "I'm anxious to see who will join our Ohio regulars during the eight-race schedule. Our fans are in for a real treat."
The open wheel modifieds will co-headline super late model competition during seven of the eight scheduled events of Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products, racing for a minimum of $1,000-to-win and $150-to-start.
"We are happy to welcome the open wheel modifieds for most of Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week. They will join us during every stop except Wayne County Speedway," said McCown. "Their competitiveness will only guarantee extra action for all of our fans. Details for the modifieds will be ironed out during the next few weeks. Our new website is being constructed, so I suggest everyone stay tuned for further information."
Those interested in learning more should stay alert on all of the available social media networks including Twitter and Facebook, as well as online at www.fullyinjected.com. The all-new Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products website will be available soon.
2017 Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products/Open Wheel Modified schedule:
July 20 - Hilltop Speedway - $3,000 / Modifieds - $1,000
July 21 - Muskingum County Speedway - $3,000 / Modifieds - $1,500
July 22 - Wayne County Speedway - $4,000
July 23 - Midway Speedway - $3,000 / Modifieds - $1,000
July 26 - Skyline Speedway - $3,000 / Modifieds - $1,000
July 27 - Moler Raceway Park $3,000 / Modifieds - $1,000
July 28 - Brushcreek Motorsports Complex - $3,000 / Modifieds - $1,000
July 29 - Atomic Speedway - $5,000 / Modifieds - $1,500
2017 Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week presented by Octane Race Products point fund presented by DirtonDirt.com: