Dirt Late Models

 

 

 

Davenport Rules Bubba Raceway Park

OCALA, FL (February 11, 2018) - Jonathan Davenport's return to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2018 is off to a superb start, capturing his third series win of the year on Sunday night at Bubba Raceway Park. Davenport became the third different leader of the 50-lap main event when he took the top spot for good on lap five from Tyler Erb.
 
Tim McCreadie and Erb started on the front row, with McCreadie leading the first two laps until Erb forged in front on lap three. When Davenport went by Erb two laps later, he never looked back, but was challenged late in the race by Earl Pearson Jr.
 
Earl Pearson Jr.'s Lucas Oil, Black Diamond Chassis finished in second with last year's Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year, Hudson O'Neal coming home in third. Jimmy Owens was fourth with Kyle Bronson taking fifth.
 
"I thought I was going to turn over at the start. I didn't know that hole was quite as big as it was," said the 34-year-old winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. "Tyler [Erb] had a harder tire on at the start and I knew it wouldn't fire after a few restarts. Our car was really good through the middle of the race. The slime came back up just a little bit. Then the rubber came back really really hard. I was just trying to protect my right rear tire. I was grinding on the right front and then I started to feel it vibrate."
 
"You are always concerned about tire wear at this track. This place is so oddly-shaped. You could bounce in turn one and then in three you had to be easy. If you went in too hard, you would just slide out. There is a lot going on in the cockpit that a lot of people can't see."
 
The Lance Landers Motorsports team's winning car is sponsored by: Crop Production Services, Spartan Mowers, Valvoline, ACS Warranty, Penske Racing Shocks, Midwest Sheet Metal and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas. His Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine.
 
Pearson had his best finish of the season with a runner-up position to Davenport. Pearson closed on Davenport in the final laps to make the final outcome close. "I knew that both of us were on soft tires," said Pearson, who was referring to Davenport's choice of tire as well. "I didn't have much of a tire left. I just started riding to the end."
 
Hudson O'Neal made his second podium finish of the week. "I think I had a little bit more of a tire left than those guys ahead of me. I didn't know if anybody was closing in on me. I am very happy with this third-place finish after the week we had at East Bay. We struggled all of last week. It feels good to get back on the podium," said the driver of the Todd Burns-owned, Dyno One, Club 29 entry.
 
Completing the top five were Don O'Neal, Matt Cosner, Jason Fitzgerald, Scott Bloomquist and Chub Frank.
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Optima Batteries Winter Nationals
Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL

Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Earl Pearson Jr., 3. Hudson O'Neal, 4. Jimmy Owens, 5. Kyle Bronson, 6. Don O'Neal, 7. Matt Cosner, 8. Jason Fitzgerald, 9. Scott Bloomquist, 10. Chub Frank, 11. Tim McCreadie, 12.     
Brandon Sheppard, 13. Gregg Satterlee, 14. Doug Drown, 15. Dennis Erb Jr., 16. Josh Richards, 17. Bobby Pierce, 18. Darrell Lanigan, 19. Morgan Bagley, 20. Jeff Mathews, 21. Boom Briggs, 22. Tyler Erb, 23. Brandon Overton, 24. Tyler Clem.

Race Statistics  
Entrants: 37
Lap Leaders: Tim McCreadie (Laps 1 - 2); Tyler Erb (Laps 3 - 4); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 5 - 50)
Time of Race: 57 minutes 04 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings
1. Jonathan Davenport 1160
2. Josh Richards 1110
3. Kyle Bronson 1005
4. Earl Pearson Jr. 985
5. Brandon Sheppard 970
6. Jimmy Owens 930
7. Hudson O'Neal 875
8. Gregg Satterlee 855
9. Tim McCreadie 850
10. Dennis Erb Jr. 825

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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Davenport Stops Richards at East Bay

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TAMPA, FL (February 9, 2018) - Jonathan Davenport passed Josh Richards on lap 47 and then held him off for the win on Friday night at East Bay Raceway Park during the 42nd Annual Wrisco Industries Winternationals - presented by E3 Spark Plugs. Gregg Satterlee came home in third, followed by Billy Moyer Jr., and Mason Zeigler.

Davenport picked up his 29th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win and his fourth ever at "The Clay by the Bay." Davenport started sixth in the field, and never ran outside the top three during the 50-lap main event. Richards stayed glued to the bottom of the track for most of the latter half of the race as Davenport swept to the outside of the 1/3-mile oval. Davenport dove down low for a few laps but eventually came back to the top soon enough so that he was able to get around Richards.

"It's going to be a hard battle all year long on this series," said Davenport who was congratulated by Richards in victory lane after the race. "I knew I was going to be in tire conservation mode the entire race. He [Richards] ran down on the bottom for most of the race. There was some traction from the middle to the top that I noticed during the caution flag. My car just wouldn't handle on the bottom. I thought I was hurting my tires for most of the race, but fortunately they held up."

"I told myself I needed to man up out there and go to the top. The car went real good coming into and off the corners and then I got that run on him near the end and took the lead. Man, I am out of breath. I hoped the fans enjoyed that one. I got a feeling its is going to be like this all year."

Richards was looking to win his third straight points-earning event this season but saw his win streak come to an end at the hands of Davenport. "I wish now I had moved up on the race track. I was trying to defend around the bottom. We had a pretty good lead I think before that caution. Congratulations to him on the win. He earned it. We fell short just a little bit tonight. He [Davenport] did a great job tonight. I should have stayed in the middle or went the top of the track earlier.   The bottom was starting to take black and was slowing up."

Satterlee, racing in front of his family came home with a third-place finish in the Satterlee Petroleum Distributors, Rocket Chassis. "We made a big change before the feature and it paid off," said Satterlee, who started tenth on the grid. "We got off to a good start and we definitely have made great strides this week. This track is so tough to figure out, but we will work some more on the car and hopefully get it just a little bit better for tomorrow night. All of family is down here today. It's rare that they get to see me race in person."

Davenport pilots the Double L Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis powered by a Durham Racing Engine and is sponsored by: Crop Production Services, Spartan Mowers, Valvoline, ASC Warranty, Penske Racing Shocks, and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas.

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Owens, Brandon Overton, Don O'Neal, and Earl Pearson Jr.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, February 9, 2018
Wrisco Industries Winternationals - presented by E3 Spark Plugs
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Jonathan Davenport; 2. Josh Richards; 3. Gregg Satterlee; 4. Billy Moyer Jr.; 5. Mason Zeigler; 6. Brandon Sheppard; 7. Jimmy Owens; 8. Brandon Overton; 9. Don O'Neal; 10. Earl Pearson Jr.; 11. Bobby Pierce; 12. Tim McCreadie; 13. Devin Moran; 14. Tyler Erb; 15. Hudson O'Neal; 16. Scott Bloomquist; 17. Dennis Erb Jr.; 18. Chub Frank; 19. Boom Briggs; 20. Kyle Bronson; 21. Allen Murray; 22. Chase Junghans; 23. Jason Jameson; 24. Dustin Mitchell; 25. Darrell Lanigan; 26. Matt Cosner.

Race Statistics  
Entrants: 54
Lap Leaders: Josh Richards (Laps 1 - 5); Billy Moyer Jr. (Laps 6 - 8); Josh Richards (Laps 9 - 32); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 33); Josh Richards (Laps 34 - 46); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 47 - 50)
Time of Race: 21 minutes 53 seconds
   
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings
1. Josh Richards 750
2. Jonathan Davenport 670
3. Brandon Sheppard 610
4. Jimmy Owens 565
5. Earl Pearson Jr. 550
5. Kyle Bronson 550
7. Tim McCreadie 540
8. Dennis Erb Jr. 520
9. Mason Zeigler 515
10. Gregg Satterlee 510
10. Bobby Pierce 510

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2018 FASTRAK Racing Series schedule features over $325,000 in total purse money

Carnesville, GA – The FASTRAK Racing Series has released its 2018 touring schedule for the Chevrolet Performance Late Model tour. The schedule features 21 points events, as well as the 2018 FASTRAK World Challenge and FASTRAK World Championship. No points are awarded on FASTRAK World Championship weekend at Virginia Motor Speedway. The total purse money on the schedule is over $325,000 for all events. There are still dates being worked on by FASTRAK officials and tracks and will be announced when the details are finalized. There will not be a sperate Southeast and Mid-Ohio Valley tour in 2018, as FASTRAK works to bring more races to the MOV region in the future to have a separate tour.

The season was set to begin on February 9th at Screven Motor Speedway as part of Winter Freeze VIII. However, heavy rains mid-week and a less than favorable forecast forced the postponement of the opening weekend. FASTRAK will still open the season at Screven Motor Speedway with a $3,000 to win event on February 17th. The second race will also be held at the Sylvania, GA track with another $3,000 to win on March 31st.

The month of April will bring a new stop on the FASTRAK Racing Series tour with a $2,000 to win race at the newly sanctioned Clary's Motor Speedway on April 13th. The following night FASTRAK will be a part of the King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway with a $3,000 to win feature on April 14th. The tour will return to Georgia at Toccoa Raceway on April 20th and 21st for a two-day $5,000 to win program.

The annual Triple Crown will return on Memorial Day weekend. The three-day mini-series will kick off with a $2,000 to win race on May 25th at 311 Motor Speedway. The FASTRAK Racing Series will make its first appearance of 2018 in West Virginia on May 26th at Princeton Speedway for a $2,000 to win race. The Triple Crown will conclude on May 27th at Wythe Raceway with a $3,000 to win race, where the mini-series champion will be crowned on the front stretch.

June kicks off with a $2,000 to win event at Toccoa Raceway. The FASTRAK Racing Series will then head for another double header starting at Clary's Motor Speedway on June 15th for $2,000 to win. The USA 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway will the Chevrolet Performance Late Models of the FASTRAK Racing Series battle for $3,000 to win on June 16th.

The FASTRAK Racing Series will kick-off an Independence Day stretch which will start on July 4th at Lavonia Speedway with the $2,000 to win Charlie Mize Memorial. FASTRAK makes a return to I-77 Speedway on July 6th with a $2,000 to win race. The week will conclude on July 7th with a $7,000 to win race at Tyler County Speedway.

The UBB Miners Memorial, a $2,900 to win race, at Princeton Speedway kicks off the month of August on the 4th. The FASTRAK Racing Series returns to 311 Motor Speedway for a $2,000 to win program on August 11th.

The East Coast Rumble, a Labor Day staple of the FASTRAK Racing Series, is scheduled to kick-off at Tyler County Speedway on September 1st with a $5,000 to win event. The East Coast Rumble will conclude at Wythe Raceway in conjunction with the 15th Annual Pro Late Model Nationals, paying $3,000 to win. The winner of the East Coast Rumble will receive a Championship Belt on the front stretch of the Rural Retreat, VA track.

All eyes will then shift to Virginia Motor Speedway for the richest single weekend in all of Chevrolet Performance Late Model racing for the FASTRAK World Championship weekend. It all starts on September 14th with the $5,000 to win FASTRAK World Challenge, for FASTRAK members only who have competed in a minimum of ten sanctioned events throughout the 2018 season. The $20,000 to win 2018 FASTRAK World Championship will be held on September 15th, open to all Chevrolet Performance Late Models who are legal under FASTRAK rules. The rain date for the 2018 FASTRAK World Championship Weekend is slated for September 16th.

The FASTRAK Racing Series will then head to Lavonia Speedway for a two-day $3,000 to win program at Lavonia Speedway on October 20th and 21st. Championship Weekend will once again return to Screven Motor Speedway for two complete shows. The FASTRAK Racing Series will have its penultimate race on November 16th for $2,000 to win. The final race for the Chevrolet Performance Late Models of the FASTRAK Racing Series will be on November 17th, paying $3,000 to win at Screven. That weekend will see the 2018 FASTRAK Racing Series Championship battle concluded.

The 2018 schedule is subject to change and dates may be added during the season. The FASTRAK Racing Series is one tour this season. There will be no separate Southeast and Mid-Ohio Valley Touring Divisions.

2018 FASTRAK Racing Series Schedule
*Schedule subject to change
*Events will be added (TBA)
*One tour, not separate SE and MOV Tours

February 17 - Screven Motor Speedway ($3,000)
March 31 - Screven Motor Speedway ($3,000)

April 13 - Clary's Motor Speedway ($2,000)

April 14 - Virginia Motor Speedway ($3,000) "King of the Commonwealth"

April 20 - Toccoa Raceway (Prelim)

April 21 - Toccoa Raceway ($5,000)

May 25 - 311 Motor Speedway ($2,000) "Triple Crown"

May 26 - Princeton Speedway ($2,000) "Triple Crown"

May 27 - Wythe Raceway ($3,000) "Triple Crown"

June 2 - Toccoa Raceway ($2,000)

June 15 - Clary's Motor Speedway ($2,000)

June 16 - Virginia Motor Speedway ($3,000) "USA 100"

June 30 - TBA

July 4 - Lavonia Speedway ($2,000)

July 5 - To Be Announced

July 6 - I-77 Speedway ($2,000)

July 7 - Tyler County Speedway ($7,000)

August 4 - Princeton Speedway ($3,000)

August 11 - 311 Motor Speedway ($2,000)

August 31 - TBA

Sept. 1 - Tyler County Speedway ($5,000) "East Coast Rumble"

Sept. 2 - Wythe Raceway ($3,000) "East Coast Rumble"

Sept. 14 - Virginia Motor Speedway ($5,000) "World Challenge"

Sept. 15 - Virginia Motor Speedway ($20,000) "World Championship"

Sept. 16 - VMS Fastrak World Championship Rain Date (If Needed)

October 20 - Lavonia Speedway (Prelim)

October 21 - Lavonia Speedway ($3,000)

November 16 - Screven Motor Speedway ($2,000)

November 17 - Screven Motor Speedway ($3,000)

Triple Crown - Mini points series within touring points, after 3 races driver with most points is Champion.

East Coast Rumble - Mini points series within touring points, after 3 races driver with most points claims Heavyweight Champions Belt.

World Challenge - Eligible for members only that ran a minimum of 10 races.

World Championship - Open event to any Crate Late Model that abides to FASTRAK technical rules.

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Sheppard Romps from 21st at East Bay

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TAMPA, FL (February 8, 2018) - Brandon Sheppard charged from the 21st starting spot to win Thursday night's Wrisco Industries 42nd Annual Winternationals - presented by E3 Spark Plugs at East Bay Raceway Park.

Sheppard won the Winternationals opener on Monday night. Tonight, he took the lead from Tyler Erb on lap 22 and then held off Hall-of-Famer Scott Bloomquist for the win. Trailing Sheppard and Bloomquist to the finish line were Devin Moran, Josh Richards, and Tyler Erb.

Jimmy Owens led the first two laps of the 40-lap main event before Kyle Bronson took the top spot. Bronson led one circuit until ninth-place starter Tyler Erb surged by him for the lead of the race. Erb then held the point until Sheppard's charge from the inside of row 11 was complete, taking the lead which he never relinquished.

"I was very concerned those last nine laps," said the winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. "I was having trouble seeing my signal guys. I didn't really know how close they were to me. I swear I kept hearing a rattling in my left rear. I don't what that was about. We worked hard to get up there. It was gritty out there on the surface. We qualified a little better than we have been. We got in that wreck in the heat and then we broke a driveshaft and knocked the rear end out of it before having to come out of the B-Main, it was long night for sure."

"My team just never quit on me. Thanks to Mark Richards, Steve Baker, everybody at Rocket Chassis, my crew, Dan, Austin, J.T., Brian, and everyone else. Thanks to my dad and grandpa back home. This race is for my grandpa, he had pretty serious neck surgery this morning. Thanks to them for giving me a racing career to begin with. My girlfriend, son, daughter, and everybody who was watching back home."

Bloomquist started on the pole in his New Direction Ag sponsored car and never led a lap, but heavily pressured Sheppard to the very end. "It was little bit of tire management at the end. We put a little pressure on him. We dived down to the inside a couple of times. I got loose in one of the corners and he was able to get away from me enough. I said to myself you better not push your luck here. The car was good but we have a couple more things to work on. We have done a lot of testing here this week. The points get back going tomorrow night so hopefully we can have a good run. We should be on our game for the next three races."

Moran in his Tye Twarog-owned, Tommy Pope Construction, Rocket battled from eleventh to take his second podium finish of the week. "This track was really crazy tonight. I really wasn't expecting to do what it did. But we adapted, and we crept up through there. We struggled a little bit last night, but the start to the week was good. I don't know what to do but we have got to where we can beat that blue and white number one car."

Completing the top ten were Brandon Overton, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Chub Frank, and Bobby Pierce.
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Wrisco Industries Winternationals - presented by E3 Spark Plugs
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Feature Finish (40 Laps): 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Scott Bloomquist; 3. Devin Moran; 4. Josh Richards; 5. Tyler Erb; 6. Brandon Overton; 7. Jimmy Owens; 8. Earl Pearson Jr.; 9. Chub Frank; 10. Bobby Pierce; 11. Kyle Bronson; 12. Morgan Bagley; 13. Darrell Lanigan; 14. Michael Maresca; 15. Dennis Erb Jr.; 16. Timothy Culp; 17. Brian Shirley; 18.
Billy Moyer Jr.; 19. Gregg Satterlee; 20. Don O'Neal; 21. Austin Hubbard; 22. Jonathan Davenport; 23. Jason Jameson; 24. Hudson O'Neal; 25. Boom Briggs; 26. Dustin Mitchell.

Race Statistics  
Entrants: 53
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1 - 2); Kyle Bronson (Laps 3 - 4); Tyler Erb (Laps 5 - 21); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 22 - 40)
Time of Race: 35 minutes 17 seconds
   
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings
1. Josh Richards 510
2. Kyle Bronson 420
2. Jonathan Davenport 420
4. Brandon Sheppard 410
5. Brent Larson 385
6. Dennis Erb Jr. 375
7. Tim McCreadie 370
7. Earl Pearson Jr. 370
7. Jimmy Owens 370
10. Darrell Lanigan 360

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Sheppard Edges Moran in East Bay Opener

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TAMPA, FL (February 5, 2018) - Brandon Sheppard passed Devin Moran coming off turn four on the final lap to win the opening night of the Wrisco Industries 42nd Annual Winternationals - Presented by E3 Spark Plugs.
 
The 30-lap, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event saw four different leaders. Moran held the top spot at two different points and finished in second, with Earl Pearson, Jr. claiming the third position. Jonathan Davenport was in contention for the win until the end when he came home fourth. Scott Bloomquist romped from his eighteenth-place starting spot to finish fifth.
 
"I really didn't find anything, it was treacherous getting off the corners. I had to get off the bottom in the brown. It's tricky. I guess I never lifted on that last lap. My dad texted Mark [Richards] before the race and told him to get on me and that I needed to get up on the wheel more," said the former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year.
 
"I knew my dad was at home watching on television. I can't thank Mark Richards and Steve Baker enough for what they have done for me, and everybody at Rocket Chassis as well. It's a dream come true to drive for them. My dad and my grandpa have always supported me, and I appreciate that."
 
Kyle Bronson started from the pole and led the first lap of the event until Moran forged ahead. Josh Richards then picked up the pace as he took the lead for the first time on lap thirteen. Richards led three circuits until Sheppard appeared at the head of the field for the first time on lap sixteen.
 
Two circuits later, Moran regained the point and looked to be on his way to first career win at "The Clay by the Bay." However, Moran was forced to battle lapped traffic entering turn three on the final lap, allowing Sheppard to go high on the track and beat Moran to the finish line by a narrow margin.
 
Moran was pleased with his second-place finish, but disappointed he didn't get that first win at the 1/3-mile oval. "It was an awesome race. With all the rain they got yesterday, Al [Varnadore] did a great job with the track. It would have been better if we would have won. My dad [Donnie] and brother [Wylie] were at home tonight and I had my brother Tristan here. It was a good run. We will come back tomorrow and try to improve one more spot," said the driver of the Tye Twarog-owned, Eddie's Sunoco, Rocket.
 
The Ronnie Stuckey Enterprises, Black Diamond, Lucas Oil entry driven by Earl Pearson Jr. battled amongst the top five the entire race before crossing the finish line in third. "Those kids up front put on a good show, that's for sure," smiled Pearson afterwards. "For the first night here at East Bay we will take this and build from there. That was a heck of a show in front of me. They were dicing it out, back and forth, the fans had to enjoy that one."
 
Sheppard's winning Mark Richards Racing-owned, Rocket Chassis entry is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Gunter's Honey, Integra Racing Shocks, Ace Metal Works, Sallack Well Service, and Sunoco Race Fuels.
 
Completing the top ten were Josh Richards, Billy Moyer Jr., Tyler Erb, Austin Hubbard, and Corey Conley.
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Monday, February 5, 2018
Wrisco Industries East Bay Winternationals - presented by E3 Spark Plugs
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Devin Moran; 3. Earl Pearson Jr.; 4. Jonathan Davenport; 5. Scott Bloomquist; 6. Josh Richards; 7. Billy Moyer Jr.; 8. Tyler Erb; 9. Austin Hubbard; 10. Corey Conley; 11. Hudson O'Neal; 12. Dennis Erb Jr.; 13. Bobby Pierce; 14. Kyle Bronson; 15. Jesse Stovall; 16. Gregg Satterlee; 17. Jonathan Rowan; 18. Tim Dohm; 19. Donald McIntosh; 20. Mason Zeigler; 21. Jeff Mathews; 22. Greg Oakes; 23. Walker Arthur; 24. Tim McCreadie; 25. Mike Benedum; Brian Shirley.

Race Statistics  
Entrants: 40
Lap Leaders: Kyle Bronson (Laps 1 - 2); Devin Moran (Laps 3 - 12); Josh Richards (Laps 12 - 14); Devin Moran (Lap 15); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 16 - 17); Devin Moran (Laps 18 - 29); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 30)
 
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings
1. Josh Richards 510
2. Kyle Bronson 420
2. Jonathan Davenport 420
4. Brandon Sheppard 410
5. Brent Larson 385
6. Dennis Erb Jr. 375
7. Tim McCreadie 370
7. Earl Pearson Jr. 370
7. Jimmy Owens 370
10. Darrell Lanigan 360

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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Richards Wins Exciting Season Opener

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BRUNSWICK, GA (February 2, 2018) - The 2018 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season kicked off in grand fashion on Friday night of the RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing - presented by General Tire. Defending series champion Josh Richards earned a hard-fought victory over 2017 Rookie-of-the Year, Hudson O'Neal.

Richards took the lead from Jonathan Davenport on lap five and then held off a furious late-race charge from the 15th-place starting O'Neal. O'Neal made what appeared to be a winning pass on Richards in turns three and four on the final lap, but Scott Bloomquist was sitting in the middle of turn four and brought out a caution, negating O'Neal's pass for the lead.

In the end, Richards was able to hold off O'Neal to score his twenty-third career LOLMDS victory. The driver of the Best Performance Motorsports car took the first event of the season over O'Neal, Davenport, Jimmy Owens, and Brandon Sheppard.

Richards and Davenport exchanged the lead three times in the first five laps of the 50-lap main event, with Richards forging ahead. Owens challenged Davenport for third, and finally got by him. Owens ran in second for several laps until O'Neal and Davenport got around him late in the race.

Richards breathed a sigh of relief in Lucas Oil Victory Lane, "I knew I was a sitting duck, I didn't pay attention to the scoreboard. I thought I was protecting the top from Davenport making the pass and here comes Hudson on the bottom. He got to the bottom of the burm in turn three and got by, but then the caution came out."

"We were too tight to steer down off turn two. I thought I had lost the race. Fortunately, the caution came out and we were able to hold him [O'Neal] off on the last lap. It is a great way to start the season. We didn't run Gateway and Arizona like some of the guys did. We were getting ready for this. There really isn't an off-season anymore. If the race stays green, he [O'Neal] would have had us."

While the 17-year-old O'Neal was denied his first career LOLMDS feature, he was happy with his close call. "I just wish we hadn't started so far back. We probably had the fastest car during the race. Yes, it was a desperate pass there on Josh on that final lap and then I saw the caution flag and said oh no. We can build on this. It is just a matter of time before we get that first Lucas Oil win."

Davenport was looking for his fourth career win at Golden Isles, and felt he had a good run for his new race team, owned by Lance Landers. "This is a new engine combo that I haven't run before. It will take a little bit of time to get used to that. I didn't cut up my right rear tire enough. I was hoping some cars would run the top and help clean it off more. It was a great run for us and we will back tomorrow night after making some adjustments."

Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson Jr., Tim McCreadie, Kyle Bronson, Mason Zeigler, and Don O'Neal.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, February 2, 2018
RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing - Presented by E3 Spark Plugs
Golden Isles Speedway - Waynesville, GA

Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Josh Richards; 2. Hudson O'Neal; 3. Jonathan Davenport; 4. Jimmy Owens; 5. Brandon Sheppard; 6. Earl Pearson Jr.; 7. Tim McCreadie; 8. Kyle Bronson; 9. Mason Zeigler; 10. Don O'Neal; 11. Brent Larson; 12. Darrell Lanigan; 13. Dennis Erb Jr.; 14. Shanon Buckingham; 15. Gregg Satterlee; 16. Boom Briggs; 17. Scott Bloomquist; 18. Bobby Pierce; 19. Brandon Overton; 20. Jason Jameson; 21. Morgan Bagley; 22. Shane Clanton; 23. Timothy Culp; 24. Casey Roberts.
Entrants: 41

Lap Leaders: Josh Richards (Lap 1); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 2 - 4); Josh Richards (Laps 5 - 50)

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings
1. Josh Richards 260
2. Hudson O'Neal 230
2. Jonathan Davenport 230
4. Jimmy Owens 210
5. Brandon Sheppard 205
6. Earl Pearson Jr. 200
7. Tim McCreadie 195
8. Kyle Bronson 190
9. Mason Zeigler 185
10. Don O'Neal 180

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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FASTRAK announces $158,075 purse for 2019 World Championship, $50,000 to win

Carnesville, GA – At the annual FASTRAK Night of Champions, which saw a crowd of over 200 attendees, Virginia Motor Speedway representative Dave Seay announced a total purse of $158,075 for the 2019 FASTRAK World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway. The winner of the richest Chevrolet Performance Late Model event ever will be awarded $50,000. The event will coincide with the celebration of the Jamaica, VA track's 50th anniversary.

"We want to take Pro Late Model racing, with FASTRAK, to the next level" said Seay, "We hope that you'll make plans now to be there for the 2019 FASTRAK World Championship."

The 2019 FASTRAK World Championship will pay $2,050 to start and feature non-qualifiers races for those not making the feature event. The goal is to have more cars competing for money, in what is already considered the biggest stage in Chevrolet Performance Late Model racing. The 2017 FASTRAK World Championship saw 71 cars compete for a spot in the 24-car field.

"There has never been a $50,000 to win race for Pro Late Models," said FASTRAK Founder Stan Lester, "Virginia Motor Speedway will always hold that title and I can't thank Bill Sawyer enough."

Additionally, a change for the 2018 FASTRAK World Championship was announced. This season will see more drivers given the opportunity to race for money with the addition of at least one non-qualifiers race. More non-qualifiers races could be added, depending on the number of participants. The program will be all late models, the final format will be announced at a later date.

The FASTRAK World Challenge, a $5,000 to win race for FASTRAK members only, will still take place on the Friday before the FASTRAK World Championship. Members must compete in a minimum of ten FASTRAK sanctioned events to be eligible for the World Challenge.

The 2018 FASTRAK World Challenge is scheduled for September 14th and the $20,000 to win 2018 FASTRAK World Championship is September 15th. The rain date is scheduled for September 16th.

Full Purse – 2019 FASTRAK World Championship
1) $50,000; 2) $20,000; 3) $10,000; 4) $9,000; 5) $8,000; 6) $7,000; 7) $6,000; 8) $5,000; 9) $4,500; 10) $4,000; 11) $3,500; 12) $3,250; 13) $3,000; 14) $2,750; 15) $2,500; 16) $2,400; 17) $2,300; 18) $2,250; 19) $2,200; 20) $2,150; 21) $2,100; 22) $2,075; 23) $2,050; 24) $2,050   Total: $158,075

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RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing Kicks Off 2018 Season!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BATAVIA, OH (January 25, 2018) - In just one week, the nation's top dirt late model drivers will converge at Golden Isles Speedway to kick off the 2018 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season. The RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing - Presented by General Tire will take place Thursday, February 1st through Saturday, February 3rd in Brunswick, GA.

The action will get underway with an open practice for all competing divisions on Thursday, February 1st. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take center stage on Friday, February 2nd. This will be the first championship points-earning event of the 2018 season, which includes a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. The Super Bowl of Racing will conclude on Saturday night with a 60-lap, $12,000-to-win main event. Both nights will include a full program of racing for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, along with the Golden Isles Speedway Late Models, Street Stocks, and E-Mods.

Track Information:
Golden Isles Speedway
Phone Number: 912-386-0061
Location: 101 Speedway Drive, Waynesville, GA 31566
Website: www.gisdirt.com

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1300
Right Rear - Hoosier 01, LM40

*Must use the same set of 4 tires for Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Main.
*For the Feature, competitors may use 2 new rear tires of choice.
*Cutting and/or siping of any tire IS allowed.

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Tarheel 50 Headlines Action-Packed 2018 Schedule of Events for Tri-County Race Track

By Chris Tilley

BRASSTOWN, NC (January 20, 2018)-Track Promoter Ray Cook and the Tri-County Race Track located in Brasstown, N.C. have released the schedule of events for the 2018 racing season. The 15th Annual Tarheel 50 will be the largest paying event in the storied track's history paying $10,000-to-win on Friday Night September 28th.

The season will officially kick-off with an open practice session on Friday evening March 9th from 6:00 until 9:30 pm.

The Super Late Models will see three major events. The Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV will visit Tri-County Race Track on Friday March 16th for the Season Opener paying $3,000-to-win. On March 16th the Mod Lites will make their first appearance to Tri-County. The series will again visit on Monday May 28th for the Eighth Annual Memorial Day Championships paying $3,000-to-win and a big Fireworks show will light up the night sky. The final stop of the series to Tri-County will be on Friday Night September 28th for the 15th Annual Tarheel 50, which will pay $10,000-to-win.

The Crate Late Models will have their Championship race on Monday September 3rd during the Seventh annual Labor Day Championship paying $2,000-to-win featuring Faster Pastor races and Fireworks. The Independence Day Championship race featuring a Huge Fireworks show will be on Monday Night July 2nd with the Southeastern Sportsman Limited Late Models racing for $1,500-to-win.

The Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified Series will make their first-ever visit on Friday May 11th paying $1,553-to-win. This will mark the first time the Open Wheels have ever raced at the Western North Carolina oval.

The Fifth Annual Pony/Street Stock Summer Shootout will take place on Friday Night June 22nd paying $600-to-win plus a full racing program.

The Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models will make two appearances to Tri-County Race Track on Friday May 11th and Friday August 24th paying $1,800-to-win each visit. The 602 Thunder Series will make two stops to Tri-County Race Track on Friday June 8th and Friday August 10th paying $1,200-to-win each visit.

On Friday Night August 10th the Eighth Annual ever-popular Back-to-School Nickel Night for the kids will take place along with a full racing program for all divisions. Fan Appreciation will take place on Friday July 13th with $7.00 general admission with a full racing program.

During each special event at Tri-County in 2018, it will also be a full racing program for the other divisions with other special events to be announced.

In addition to the action-packed stock car program at Tri-County, the Go-Karts will return to action as the track will host the Sixth Annual Tarheel Nationals on Saturday September 15th. The Tough Trucks and Demolition Derby will take place on November 2 and 3 with other events that weekend TBA.

All events at Tri-County Race Track are subject to change throughout the season. Please visit www.TriCountyRaceTrack.com for more information.

2018 Tri-County Race Track Schedule:
**Features Friday Night Racing unless otherwise noted**
March 9-Open Practice-6:00 until 9:30 pm

March 16-Southern Nationals Bonus Series $3,000-Season Opener-Weekly Program & Mod Lites

March 30-Weekly Racing Program and Kids Bicycle Races

April 13-Weekly Racing Program-First Points Race

April 27-Weekly Racing Program-KMSA Mini Stocks & Weekly Racing Program

May 11-Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models $1,800 plus Brucebilt Iron-Man Open Wheels $1,553

Monday May 28-Memorial Day Championship-Southern Nationals Bonus Series-$3,000-Weekly Program & Fireworks

June 8-602 Thunder Series $1,200 plus Weekly Racing Program

June 22-Pony & Street Stock Summer Shootout-$600 to win plus Weekly Racing Program

Monday July 2-FIREWORKS plus Southeastern Sportsman Limited Late Models $1,500

July 13-Fan Appreciation Night-$7.00 Admission plus Weekly Racing Program

July 27-Dollar Dog Night plus Weekly Racing Program

August 10-602 Thunder Series $1,200 & Weekly Racing Program & Back to School Nickel Night

August 24-Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models $1,800 plus Weekly Racing Program

Monday Sept. 3-Labor Day Championship-Weekly Racing Program & Faster Pastor Race & Fireworks

Saturday Sept. 15-Sixth Annual Tarheel Nationals-Go-Karts

Sept. 28-15th Annual Tarheel 50-$10,000 to win Southern Nationals Bonus Series-Weekly Program

November 2 & 3-TBA, Tough Trucks and Demolition Derby

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New Format Leads to Bigger, Richer Topless 100 in 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BATAVIA, OH (January 19, 2018) - One of dirt track racing's most illustrious crown jewel events is growing. The 26th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100 - presented by Crop Production Services is adding over $46,000 in total purse money to the three-night event, on August 16-18.

For the first time, the 26th Annual Topless 100 will feature a complete program of: Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a $5,000-to-win main event on Thursday and Friday nights. Drivers will earn points in each of the two preliminary nights that will determine the line-ups for Saturday night's finale. On Saturday night, consolation events for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be held, followed by the 100-lap, $40,000-to-win Topless 100.

The total purse for the weekend, which is co-sanctioned by the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series - Presented by Lucas Oil, will grow to over $185,000. "It was time to take it to the next level," said Mooney Starr, Batesville Motor Speedway Promoter. "With more racing for the fans and more money for the drivers, this is sure to be one of the best Topless 100 weekends ever."

"The Topless 100 has a rich history and ranks as one of the most prestigious events to win in dirt late model racing," said Rick Schwallie, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director. "Mooney and Connie Starr have been pillars in dirt late model racing for over two decades. We can't thank them enough for continuing their vision for this event and striving to make it bigger and better in 2018 and beyond."

Advanced tickets and reserved seats for this marquee event will go on sale Thursday, February 1. For tickets and more information on the COMP Cams Topless 100 - presented by Crop Production Services, visit: www.batesvillemotorspeedway.com or call (870) 613-1337.

Topless 100 Thursday-Friday Purse: 1. $5,000, 2. $3,000, 3. $2,000, 4. $1,500, 5. $1,250, 6. $1,000, 7. $950, 8. $900, 9. $850, 10. $800 11. $700, 12. $600, 13. $600, 14. $600, 15. $600, 16. $600, 17. $550, 18. $500 19. $500, 20. $500, 21. $500, 22. $500, 23. $500, 24. $500

Topless 100 Saturday Purse: 1. $40,000, 2. $20,000, 3. $10,000, 4. $5,000, 5. $4,000, 6. $3,750, 7. $3,500, 8. $3,000, 9. $2,800, 10. $2,700, 11. $2,500, 12. $2,400, 13. $2,350, 14. $2,300, 15. $2,250, 16. $2,200, 17. $2,150, 18. $2,125, 19. $2,100, 20. $2,075, 21. $2,050, 22. $2.025, 23. $2,000, 24. $2,000, 25. $2,000, 26. $2,000

Previous Topless 100 Winners
1993 - Tony Cardin
1994 - Freddy Smith
1995 - Billy Moyer
1996 - Bill Frye
1997 - Billy Moyer
1998 - Wendell Wallace
1999 - Scott Bloomquist
2000 - Jimmy Mars
2001 - Scott Bloomquist
2002 - Billy Moyer
2003 - Shannon Babb
2004 - Dale McDowell
2005 - Billy Moyer
2006 - Scott Bloomquist
2007 - Jimmy Mars
2008 - Tim McCreadie
2009 - Jimmy Owens
2010 - Jared Landers
2011 - Scott Bloomquist
2012 - Steve Francis
2013 - Terry Phillips
2014 - Jimmy Owens
2015 - Shannon Babb
2016 - Rain Out
2017 - Scott Bloomquist

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