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Weather Cancels Southern Nationals Bonus Series "Fall Classic" at Ponderosa Speedway

SOMERSET, KY (October 29, 2014)-Officials with Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky. and the Southern Nationals Bonus Series have agreed to cancel the 24th Annual "Fall Classic" which was to be held on Friday October 31st and Saturday November 1st.

After weather forecasters increased the rain chances to 60 percent for Friday and the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for both days and a chance of snow flurries for Saturday, track and series officials thought it would be best to cancel the event, after an already second attempt at this event has been made. The event will not be made up this year.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Series will return to action in a few weeks for Round # 10 and the 2014 season finale on November 14/15 at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn. for the $11,000-to-win / $700-to-start 3rd Annual "Deep Fried 75" event. The event will also feature the "Turkey Run 20" event on Friday Night for 20 lucky drivers that will race for 20 laps distance and $1,000-to-win and $100 to start. On Saturday Night a Non-Qualifiers race will also be held before the main event paying $300-to-win.

Further information on the Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling (606) 219-1723 or logging on to www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .

Southern Nationals Bonus Series/Race Winners:
March 1-Jason Hiett (Cherokee Speedway) $3,000
March 2-Jonathan Davenport (Cherokee Speedway) $10,000
May 25-Mike Marlar (Duck River Raceway Park) $5,000
July 4-Casey Roberts (Tri-County Race Track) $3,000
July 5-Ray Cook (Tazewell Speedway) $5,000
August 16- Chris Madden (Smoky Mountain Speedway) $5,010
October 3-Casey Roberts (Tri-County Race Track) $4,053
October 24-Chris Ferguson (Cherokee Speedway) $7,000
October 25-Scott Bloomquist (Cherokee Speedway) $10,000

Southern Nationals Bonus Series/Upcoming Events:
Fri/Sat Nov. 14/15-Duck River Raceway Park-Wheel, TN-$11,000 to win/75 laps

Updated Southern Nationals Bonus Series Points (after 9 events, October 25th):
1. Kenny Collins-1,382 (Colbert, Ga.)
2. Casey Roberts-1,348 (Toccoa, Ga.)
3. Austin Smith-1,230 (Cedartown, Ga.)
4. Chris Madden-770 (Gray Court, S.C.)
5. Brent Dixon-746 (Elberton, Ga.)
6. Gabe Wilson-710 (Waynesville, N.C.)
7. Dale Hammond-690 (Nichols, S.C.)
8. Kevin Wilson-688 (Stoneville, N.C.)
9. Anthony Sanders-652 (Spartanburg, S.C.)
10. Steve Francis-578 (Ashland, Ky.)
 
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SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL SERIES TO CROWN 4 DIFFERENT CHAMPIONS FROM 4 DIFFERENT STATES WITH RYAN MONTGOMERY, CHAD RUHLMAN, RICK SINGLETON & MICHAEL LAKE AT 2014 AWARDS BANQUET  
October 28, 2014

(By Mike Leone) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

(Pulaski, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model Series wrapped up a successful second year of operations last weekend with the "Steel City Stampede" at Lernerville Speedway, which attracted 44 cars for the Sweeney Tour event. RUSH will recognize four major champions from four different states, West Virginia, New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania at its 2014 awards banquet on Saturday, January 24 at Gatherings Banquet Center near New Castle, PA.

With 250 different drivers competing in a RUSH Late Model-sanctioned event, these following drivers stood atop the rest garnering 2014 championships: Ryan Montgomery-Sweeney Tour, Chad Ruhlman-Sweeney Weekly Series, Rick Singleton-Pace Performance "Summer Chase", and Michael Lake-"Futures Cup". RUSH will also honor the accomplishments of the new Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified division with its champion, Greg Martin.

"I don't think any of us would have believed as we began our season in March that we would end up with such tremendous championship results," stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. "To have four different champions from four different states is a truly a testament to the competitiveness all of the RUSH racers who competed with us from as far north as Canada into Virginia and Maryland and everywhere in between. Our Weekly, Summer Chase, Touring, and Futures Cup programs have allowed racers of all experience levels and ages to compete for their own piece of our $70,000 plus point funds, which is exactly what we had hoped for. This year alone over 50 different racers will receive cash awards and numerous others were able to capture one of over 400 valuable product contingencies that amount to over $60,000."    

In 2013 at 16 years of age Ryan Montgomery put forth a yeoman's effort to try and win the Sweeney Touring Series crown. The Fairmont, West Virginia standout won five features and led the points heading into the Series finale at Lernerville Speedway where he devastatingly lost the crown by three points to heavy favorite Mike Pegher, Jr.

Fast forward ahead to today and Montgomery is celebrating the sought after 2014 Sweeney Tour title after clinching at Lernerville- the very place that brought so much disappointment one year ago. Though I'm sure Montgomery would tell you he would have liked to win more than one Series feature event- it was the consistency that earned him the $5,000 top honors.

Outside of a 14th place finish on opening night at Freedom, Montgomery had only one other finish outside the top 10; in fact, Montgomery recorded an impressive nine top five finishes in 16 events, which propelled him to the 50-point winning margin in the Jeff Montgomery-owned, T.J Contracting & Custom Homes/Montgomery Homes/Central Supply/SBC Trucking/Bobby Lake Motorsports/High Gear Speed Shop/Genesis Shocks-sponsored Warrior Chassis #12 over runner-up John Waters.

"I have to thank all of my sponsors and everyone that helps out on my car- I literally couldn't do it without them," stated Montgomery, while being interviewed after winning the title at Lernerville.  "They help me so much and I can't thank them enough.  Losing last year was bad- it sucked.  We came in with the lead and lost it by three points.  It was horrible, but it made me and my team want to regroup and come back and win it this year.  Without the fans this is nothing- you guys are the most important part of this."

Not only did Montgomery earn $5,000 for the Sweeney Tour crown, he'll add an additional $2,700 to his point fund total as he was also fourth in the Sweeney Weekly Series points and finished sixth in the Pace "Summer Chase". Montgomery has come a long way since winning the inaugural 2011 "Futures Cup" title.  

After his performance on October 25 in the 30-lap feature, it would be hard for many to believe Chad Ruhlman had never won at Lernerville before or a Sweeney Tour event in the two-year history of the Series. Ruhlman came from 13th to win the $2,000 feature by over six seconds.  The win, which propelled him into the top 15 in Tour points, was a fitting end to a stellar season by the veteran racer.  Behind the strength of 12 wins, Ruhlman captured the $5,000 Sweeney Weekly Series title, which looked at drivers' best 15 finishes (best two per week) from March through September at RUSH-sanctioned events.

The 37-year-old Bemus Point, New York racer dominated action at his home track at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa. where he won eight feature events including seven of the first nine! That also earned him the track championship. In addition to his McKean success, Ruhlman won three events at RUSH's Friday night home, Freedom Speedway, in just five starts, and also a victory at Sunday night's Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario.

Ruhlman drove the #4s C.J. Rayburn car owned by Terry Suppa and sponsored by Premiere Communications, Fox's Pizza Den, Spartan Tools, Rand Machine, Close Racing Supply, Carsmile Wiper Blades, Cargo Auto Parts, House Doctor, Boldt Machinery, and 5th St. Sunoco.  

For as much success as Rick Singleton had in RUSH competition in 2014, it's hard to imagine what would have happened had he focused entirely on running with the Series instead of moonlighting in open motor competition where he also had tremendous success racing throughout the region.

The former Virginia Tech football standout and Seattle Seahawk won four of the first five Sweeney Tour races he entered and managed a seventh place standing despite missing several events. Part of that early success earned him the $500 "Bill Emig Memorial Wild Card Weekend" title.  The 50-year-old Front Royal, Virginia driver's eight RUSH-sanctioned wins came at four different speedways in four different states, which helped him to tie for runner-up with Michael Lake in the Sweeney Weekly Series points ($2,750).

Singleton's major championship though came in the Pace Performance "Summer Chase" where he earned a 109-point average in all RUSH-sanctioned events he competed in from July 1 through Labor Day. That average translates to a near second place (110) average finish!  Singleton will earn an additional $3,000 for this honor racing the #99* MBH race car for Clint Enyeart.   

When most people see Michael Lake race that don't know his age, they wouldn't think he's a teenager let alone a 13-year-old! After running a limited schedule in 2012, Lake burst onto the scene in 2013 capturing the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex championship with four feature wins including a Sweeney Tour event!  The Uniontown, Pa. driver would come up just six points shy of the "Futures Cup" title to Eric Wilson.

And Like Montgomery in the Sweeney Tour, Lake set his sights on coming back stronger in 2014 and winning the "Futures Cup" crown and that's the very thing he did. Not only did he take the $1,000 title by a whopping 118-point margin over Reese Masiello, but he also substantially improved his final rankings in the Sweeney Weekly Series and Pace "Summer Chase".  Lake would tie Singleton for runner-up in the Sweeney Weekly ($2,750) after finishing 13th in 2013 and improved from 11th to fourth in the Pace "Summer Chase" ($800).  

Lake led the way at Roaring Knob where he won an astounding seven feature events and defended his track title! Lake also turned a lot of heads at Lernerville in the Sweeney Tour finale where he won the K&N Dash and raced from 11th to second in the feature event!  

Lake's efforts earned him $4,555 in season ending point fund monies driving a #27 Warrior Race Car owned by Dave Yowler and sponsored by Bobby Lake Motorsports, C. Harper Chevrolet, High Gear Speed Shop, Slavic Signs, Youngblood, MCB Motorsports, and D&M.

GMC RUSH Late Model Touring Series Top 15 DRIVER Points: 1. Ryan Montgomery 1462  2. John Waters 1412  3. Chad McClellan 1344  4. Eric Wilson & Jason Rider 1334  6. Cody Dawson 1059  7. Rick Singleton 859 8. W.L. Stile 822 9. Andrew Wylie 750 10. Ralph Morgan, Jr. 723 11. Bryce Davis 637 12. Josh Holtgraver 596 13. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 576 14. Robby Marhefka 559 15. Chad Ruhlman 519.

GMC RUSH Late Model Weekly Series Top 40 Points: 1. Chad Ruhlman 1673 2. Michael Lake & Rick Singleton 1654 4. Ryan Montgomery 1648 5. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 1643 6. Darin Henderson 1615 7. Alan Dellinger 1612 8. Nico Dabecco 1610 9. Josh Holtgraver 1607 10. Ben Bowie, Chad McClellan & Will Thomas III 1606 13. Adam Sixt 1601 14. Troy Shields 1598 15. Paul Grigsby 1596 16. Ward Schell 1594 17. John Imler 1585 18. Jeremy Wonderling 1579 19. Justin Lamb 1571 20. John Waters 1567 21. Nolan Dalton 1565 22. Damian Bidwell 1558 23. Ralph Morgan, Jr. 1556 24. Reese Masiello 1536 25. Jeff Dayman 1529 26. Russell Baird, Jr. 1529 27. Daryl Charlier 1524 28. Mark Moats, Jr. 1515 29. Dylan Lewis & Timmy Booth 1514 31. Ben Policz 1506 32. Max Blair 1504 33. Bob Kish 1499 34. Jason Rider 1498 35. Jamie Wrightsman 1491 36. Jamie Brown & Eric Wilson 1490 38. Clinton Hersh 1480 39. Luke Carleton 1478 40. Garret Stephen 1467.

"Summer Chase" Top 10 Points: 1. Rick Singleton 109.00 2. Darin Henderson 106.70 3. Troy Shields 106.63 4. Michael Lake 103.83 5. Chad Ruhlman 103.67 6. Ryan Montgomery 103.50 7. Jeremy Wonderling 103.00 8. Ward Schell 102.75 9. Adam Sixt 102.73 10. John Waters 101.38.

"Futures Cup" Points: 1. Michael Lake 1654 2. Reese Masiello 1536 3. Dylan Lewis 1514 4. Clinton Hersh 1480 5. Jennae Piper 1245 6. Clay Ruffo 962 7. Austin Stover 867 8. Matt Glanden 573 9. Jacob Burdette 356.

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Southern Nationals Bonus Series Ready for $10,024 Fall Classic at Ponderosa Speedway

By Michael Despain, Southern Nationals Bonus Series
 
JUNCTION CITY, KY (October 27, 2014)-Ponderosa Speedway track promoter Jerry Denson and staff are ready for the 2014 season finale weekend of racing action at the 3/8 mile D-shaped oval known as "Kentucky's Baddest Bullring" as the Ray Cook promoted Southern Nationals Bonus Series will sanction the 24th Annual Fall Classic event on Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1.

The 24th Annual Fall Classic weekend, which is now the richest stock car event in the history of the track in purse monies being paid in all divisions, will now be a two-day event, with it being rescheduled late in the race season and with several racers and fans expected, the event has been split into a two-day format as a way to keep the best interest of the fans and drivers in mind from the standpoint of possible cooler temperatures and not dragging out all the racing into one long, late night.  The Southern Nationals Bonus Series Super Late Models will now race for $10,024 to win, with Modifieds racing for $3,000 to win, Pro Late Models racing for $2,000 to win, and KDRA Sportsman racing for $2,000 to win in the inaugural Bobby Carrier, Sr. Memorial contest.   The weekend will kick off with an open practice for all divisions on Thursday October 30 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., weather permitting of course.

Also, with the Friday portion of the program falling on October 31 and that being Halloween, children are encouraged to come out to the track in their Halloween costumes and plan on taking a trick-or-treat trip through the pit area from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  All race teams in attendance are encouraged to bring candy for the children.

The opening night of the 24th Annual Fall Classic will take place on Friday October 31 and will feature the Southern Nationals Bonus Series in action in a program of practice, A-B group time trials, qualifying heats, and the Revelution Race Cars/Graphic Impressions $500 to win Dash for Cash events.  Also in competition on the opening night of the 24th Annual Fall Classic will be Modifieds, Pro Late Models, and Sportsman.  Modifieds will practice, time trial, and run their qualifying heats, while Pro Late Models, and Sportsman will have a combined practice/time trial session and run qualifying heats as well.  RACEceivers are mandatory in all divisions and can be rented at the track at driver registration.

The 24th Annual Fall Classic weekend will conclude on Saturday November 1 and will feature the Southern Nationals Bonus Series in action in a program of B-Mains and the 60 lap, $10,024 to win 24th Annual Fall Classic event.  Also in action on Saturday November 1 will be the track's Modified, Pro Late Model, and KDRA Sportsman divisions in a program of B-Mains and each divisions A-Main contest.  The Modifieds will race 40 laps for $3,000 to win, Pro Late Models will race 30 laps for $2,000 to win sponsored by Jay Construction and Restoration, and KDRA Sportsman will race 30 laps for $2,000 to win in the first-ever Bobby Carrier, Sr. Memorial event.  RACEceivers are mandatory in all divisions and can be rented at the track at driver registration.

The following contingency awards will also be up for grabs each at Ponderosa Speedway in the Super Late Model division:  Graphic Impressions (Hazard, KY) and Revelution Race Cars (Richmond, KY) $500 to win Dash for Cash; PPM Racing Products (Rockwood, TN) Hard Charger of the Race Award ($100); Double H Race Fabrication (Harriman, TN) Middle Man Award ($50 product certificate).

The following entry fees will apply for the 24th Annual Fall Classic weekend on Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1:  Super Late Models-$100; Modifieds-$60, Pro Late Models- $40, and Sportsman- $40.  Also, all four divisions will be using scoring transponders for the weekend and the rental fee for Super Late Models will be $20 ($10 if driver has their own transponder), while the entry fees for all other divisions includes the transponder rental fee for racing.  Tow money will be paid in all divisions and racers must start their assigned B-main to be eligible for tow money.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Series will sanction the Super Late Model portion of the program and the following tire rules will be in place for each night:  Hoosier- LM20, 1300, 1350, LM40, and 1600; American Racer- 44, 48, and 56.  These tire compounds must be on all four corners of the race cars.  Also, random tire samples will taken by the series over the course of the two days of racing.

Ponderosa Speedway Southern Nationals Bonus Series 24th Annual Fall Classic A-Main Payout for October 31/November 1, 2014:

 *Super Late Models (60 laps):  1st- $10,024, 2nd- $5,000, 3rd- $2,500, 4th- $2,000, 5th- $1,500, 6th- $1,300, 7th- $1,200, 8th- $1,100, 9th- $900, 10th- $850, 11th- $800, 12th- $750, 13th- $700, 14th- $700, 15th- $700, 16th- $700, 17th- $700, 18th- $700, 19th- $700, 20th- $700, 21st- $700, 22nd- $700.

Also, this event will still serve as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness and 50/50 ticket sales and a portion of the weekend's proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society in the name of "Supporters of Ponderosa Speedway".

Activities for the opening night of the 24th Annual Fall Classic weekend on Friday October 31 will see the pit area and general admission area open at 4:00 p.m.  The drivers meeting will be at 7:00 p.m., with practice laps set for 7:20 p.m.  Time trials for the Super Late Model and Modified divisions will be at 8:00 p.m., with racing set for the green flag immediately following time trials.

Activities for the 24th Annual Fall Classic on Saturday October 11 will see the pit area and general admission areas cleared at 1:30 p.m., with gates set to reopen at 2:00 p.m.  A special driver's autograph session will take in the general admission area from 3:45 p.m. until 4:15 p.m., with the drivers meeting set for 4:30 p.m., with racing set to begin at 5:00 p.m.

Ticket prices for the open practice on Thursday October 30 in the general admission area will be $5, while a pit pass will be $20.  Ticket prices for Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1 in the general admission area will be $30 each night or a two-day general admission pass will be available for $40, while pit passes will be $35 each night or a two-day pit pass can be purchased for $50.

Ponderosa Speedway is located at 365 Phillips Lane on the Boyle/Lincoln County border, outside of Junction City, KY, just minutes from Danville, KY.  Jerry Denson is the track promoter.  For more information about racing activities at Ponderosa Speedway, visit the track's webpages on the internet at www.ponderosaspeedway.net or by contacting track promoter Jerry Denson at (606) 235-0190 or via email at jerrydenson@ponderosaspeedway.net., via Twitter @MichaelDespain, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/131180253585931/ (Ponderosa Speedway).  Patrons and/or other interested parties can phone the track at (859) 854-6808 on raceday.

Further information on the Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling (606) 219-1723 or visiting www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .
 
Previous Fall Classic Winners
1990- Steve Francis (Ashland, KY)
1991- Jack Boggs (Grayson, KY)
1992- Jack Boggs (Grayson, KY)
1993- Rainout
1994- Darrell Lanigan (Union, KY)
1995- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
1996- C.J. Rayburn (Whiteland, IN)
1997- Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN)
1998- Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN)
1999- Darrell Lanigan (Union, KY)
2000- Joey Daniel (Liberty, KY)
2001- Steve Barnett (Franklin, IN)
2002- Event Not Held
2003- Johnny Wheeler (Campbellsville, KY)
2004- Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)
           Bobby Wolter, Jr. (Lexington, KY)
2005- Chris Combs (Isom, KY)
2006- Aaron Hatton (Mount Sterling, KY)
2007- Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)
2008- Greg Johnson (Bedford, IN)
2009- Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN)
2010- Eric Wells (Hazard, KY)
2011- Aaron Hatton (Mount Sterling, KY)
2012- Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)
2013- Dustin Linville (Lancaster, KY)

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Official Summary of Results
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Race # 9
Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC
Saturday Night October 25, 2014
"24th Annual Blue/Gray 100"

A-Main Finish:
1. Scott Bloomquist-Mooresburg, Tenn.-$10,000
2. Jonathan Davenport-Mt. Airy, N.C.
3. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
4. Chris Madden-Gray Court, S.C.
5. Brandon Overton-Appling, Ga.
6. Dustin Mitchell-Princeton, N.C.
7. Steve Francis-Ashland, Ky.
8. Don O'Neal-Martinsville, Ind.
9. Rick "Boom" Briggs-Bear Lake, Pa.
10. Ross Bailes-Clover, S.C.
11. Brent Dixon-Elberton, Ga.
12. Austin Kirkpatrick-Ocala, Fla.
13. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
14. Anthony Sanders-Spartanburg, S.C.
15. Jonathan Edwards-Lake Wylie, S.C.
16. Dale Hammond-Nichols, S.C.
17. Kevin Wilson-Stoneville, N.C.
18. Rob Bailey-Mooresville, N.C.
19. Kevin Godwin-Blythewood, S.C.
20. G.R. Smith-Troutman, N.C.
21. Austin Hubbard-Seaford, Del.
22. Chris Ferguson-Mt. Holly, N.C.
23. Douglas Davis-Shelby, N.C.
24. Doug Sanders-Springwood, N.C.

Yellow Flags: Five (laps 11, 21, 48, 59, 76)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Mitchell (1-10), Bloomquist (11-100)
Provisional Starters: None
Entries: 25
Overall Fast Time: Scott Bloomquist-15.976
Margin of Victory: 01.605 seconds
Time of Race: 36 minutes, 36 seconds

Heat-1 Finish: Scott Bloomquist, Chris Madden, Austin Hubbard, Rick "Boom" Briggs, Douglas Davis, Dale Hammond, Kevin Godwin, Kenny Collins, Dennis Franklin (DQ'ed).

Heat-2 Finish: Dustin Mitchell, Casey Roberts, Steve Francis, Chris Ferguson, Brent Dixon, Kevin Wilson, Jonathan Edwards, Austin Kirkpatrick.

Heat-3 Finish: Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton, Don O'Neal, Ross Bailes, Anthony Sanders, G.R. Smith, Doug Sanders, Rob Bailey.

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Official Summary of Results
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Race # 8
bCherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC
"Robert Pursley Memorial"
Friday Night October 24, 2014
A-Main Finish:
1. Chris Ferguson-Mt. Holly, N.C.-$7,000
2. Steve Francis-Ashland, Ky.
3. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
4. Scott Bloomquist-Mooresburg, Tenn.
5. Ross Bailes-Clover, S.C.
6. Dennis Franklin-Gaffney, S.C.
7. Chris Madden-Gray Court, S.C.
8. Brent Dixon-Elberton, Ga.
9. Don O'Neal-Martinsville, Ind.
10. Brandon Overton-Appling, Ga.
11. Austin Kirkpatrick-Ocala, Fla.
12. Dustin Mitchell-Pine Level, N.C.
13. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
14. Doug Sanders-Springwood, N.C.
15. Kevin Wilson-Stoneville, N.C.
16. Rick "Boom" Briggs-Bear Lake, Pa.
17. Austin Hubbard-Seaford, Del.
18. Johnny Pursley-Clover, S.C.
19. G.R. Smith-Troutman, N.C.
20. Jonathan Davenport-Mt. Airy, N.C.
21. Anthony Sanders-Spartanburg, S.C.
22. Dale Hammond-Nichols, S.C.

Yellow Flags: Five (laps 8, 9, 10, 25, 28)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Ferguson (1-40)
Provisional Starters: None
Entries: 22
Overall Fast Time: Ferguson-14.991 seconds
Margin of Victory: 04.233 seconds

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FAST TIME TO WINNER, JACKSON TAKES ERNIE D’S FALL BASH $8,000

HAGERSTOWN, MD: On Friday, Keith Jackson took his Late Model around Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol in 18.760 seconds followed by J.T. Spence’s time of 18.840 to lock them onto the front row of the two night 1st Annual Ernie D’s Fall Bash.

On Saturday, when the green waved putting the 40-Lap $8,000 feature into motion, Jackson, from Odenton, MD, was up on the wheel from the get go and led every lap from the pole to edge Rick Eckert by 2.329 seconds in lapped traffic. It was Jackson’s second win of the season.

“This was special,” Jackson said. “We won the first time we came here this year in the Ernie Jones Tribute and won the last time we came here this year.  It really means a lot to me and for everybody from MBH.  It means a lot for us to be able to win for Huey especially. He was a good friend to all of us. Last night was a good pill draw and good qualifying spot. If it wasn’t for the qualifying spot, I might not be here in victory lane tonight. I can’t thank everybody enough.”

The event signified the end of the season for Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol LLC with exception of the Awards Banquet to be held December 6th.

Late Model Sportsman champion Justin Weaver picked up $1,200 for his sixth season triumph while Mike Corbin recorded his overall career 50th win in the Pure Stocks, his 14th of the season. Gary Proctor scored his tenth season win in Hobby Stocks while Gary Newell posted his first ever Hagerstown win in the Four Cylinders and Justin Williamson was the Rookie Car winner.   

Jackson sped off the pole with sixth starting Mason Zeigler quickly moving into second with fourth starter Rick Eckert taking Zeigler’s position on the fourth lap while Jackson was out front nearly three seconds.

On a lap seven restart, Zeigler got slightly out of shape getting into turn one as Vic Coffey made contact and sent Zeigler around.

Jackson set sail on the next restart while 11th starting Kyle Lear advanced past Marvin Winters and Spence into third on the 10th lap. Back to back yellows on the 17th and 18th laps bunched the field and put Eckert on Jackson’s bumper but Jackson never hesitated and was back to running away. Greg Satterlee was all the way from 19th and made his way into fourth on the 21st lap as he began to challenge Lear for the third spot.   

With the green flag still out, Jackson caught the tail of the field and made his first pass on the 32nd lap and continued on while he began to open some distance on Eckert who also got mired in traffic.

Jackson powered on to win over Eckert by 2.329 seconds while Satterlee got past Lear for third with two to go but finished another three seconds behind.

“If Rick would have got the lead, I really highly doubt that we would have got back around him,” Jackson said. “When I was a kid I liked watching him (Eckert). It’s pretty awesome to race him but better to be able to beat him.”

Lear and Spence completed the first five while Winters, Brian Tavenner (13th), Dylan Yoder (20th), Coffey and Allen Brannon (24) rounded out the top ten.

Coffey, Eckert, Gene Knaub and Zeigler were the heat winners with Yoder winning the consolation. Co-Promoter Ernie Davis started 26 cars plus added Gary Stuhler and C.S. Fitzgerald as provisionals to the field.

The 20-Lap $1,200 to win Late Model Sportsman line up had heat winners Scott Palmer and Justin Weaver on the front row as Weaver swung high and wide while Palmer swept low off the second turn and came away with the lead. Palmer used the low side on a lap five restart and Weaver made the best of it to grab the lead while Kyle Lee, Bruce Kane and Chad Myers were into the next positions and chasing Palmer by the next lap.

Weaver held a several length lead on Palmer with Myers mobbing into third by the 12th lap with an 18th lap yellow putting Palmer on Weavers bumper. Weaver powered on to win by .272 seconds over Palmer with Myers, Kane and Lee completing the top five.

“I knew restarts were going to be crucial and Scott was good in the beginning.” Weaver said. “I tried to tell myself just to calm down and get a good run here in the end and it worked out. I was using up a lot of race track but it was everything I had to do, Scott was fast.”  

1st Annual Ernie D’s Fall Bash
Late Models, 40 Laps: 1.Keith Jackson, 2.Rick Eckert, 3.Greg Satterlee, 4.Kyle Lear, 5.JT Spence, 6.Marvin Winters, 7.Brian Tavenner, 8.Dylan Yoder, 9.Vic Coffey, 10.Allen Brannon, 11.Jason Miller, 12.C.S. Fitzgerald, 13.Dan Stone, 14.Mike Lupfer, 15.Gary Stuhler, 16.Gene Knaub, 17.Mason Zeigler, 18.Matt Parks, 19.Tim Wilson, 20.Mark Pettyjohn, 21.Jim Yoder, 22.Kenny Moreland, 23.Davey Johnson, 24.Glenn Elliott, 25.Andy Anderson, 26.Jerry Bard, 27.Russel Erwin, 28.Kyle Hardy, DNQ-Jamie Lathroum, Jimmy Jessmer, Donnie Lingo, Chad Hollenbeck, Steve Long, DNS-Barry Miller, Kerry King Jr.

Late Model Sportsman, 20 Laps: 1.Justin Weaver, 2.Scott Palmer, 3.Chad Myers, 4.Bruce Kane, 5.Kyle Lee, 6.Dave Stamm, 7.Walter Crouch, 8.Mike Walls, 9.Jason Nace. 10. Elwood Sord, 11.Robbie Emory, 12.Brayden Anderson, 13.Andrew Yoder  

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DIRT CAPITOL QUALIFYING COMPLETED FOR ERNIE D’S FALL BASH AT HAGERSTOWN

HAGERSTOWN, MD: Qualifying for the 1st Annual Ernie D’s Fall Bash was primarily completed Friday evening at Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol. Saturday’s program consists of a Late Model B-main needed to complete that field along with qualifications and features for the Four Cylinders and Rookie Cars with features for Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks and Hobby Stocks.

The Fall Bash events begin with Pit Gates opening at 3 p.m., Grandstands at 3 p.m. and Hot Laps at 5 p.m.  

Keith Jackson toured the track in 18.760 seconds followed by J.T. Spence in a time of 18.840 seconds which locked them onto the front row for the 40-Lap Late Model feature which will pay the winner $8,000.

First and second heat winners, Vic Coffey and Rick Eckert will start from the second row while Gene Knaub and Mason Zeigler, who won the third and fourth heats, will go from row three.  

The 20-Lap $1,200 to win Late Model Sportsman line up has heat winners Scott Palmer and Justin Weaver on the front row with Robbie Emory and Kyle Lee in row two.

Mike Corbin and Jamie Zentmyer were the Pure Stock heat winners and go from the front row in the 15-Lap $600 to win feature. Mike Franklin and Mike Raleigh will start in the second row.

The 15-Lap $400 to win Hobby Stock field has heat winners Chuck Bowie on the pole flanked by Gary Proctor with Shyann Bard and Gary Deason in the second row

Four Cylinders will be competing for $300 in a 12–Lap feature and Rookie Cars for $200 in a 10-Lap feature.

Follow the speedway on Twitter and Facebook. The latest news, results, photos, schedule or rule changes can found be on the speedway’s website: www.hagerstownspeedway.com.  Also check website for any changes in in weather conditions that may delay or cancel the program or contact the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

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"STEEL CITY STAMPEDE" TO CONCLUDE SWEENEY RUSH SERIES SEASON WITH A WEEKEND DOUBLEHEADER AT LERNERVILLE; $2000 TO-WIN FOR LATE MODELS & $500 FOR SPORTSMAN MODS
October 21, 2014

(By Mike Leone) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Sarver, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series is set to conclude the 2014 racing season this weekend at Lernerville Speedway for the "Steel City Stampede" DIRTcar Round-Up. It'll be a doubleheader for RUSH with the Sweeney Late Model Touring Series along with the final Sweeney Weekly Series event for the new Sportsman Modifieds. Open practice will be held Thursday night (October 23) from 7-9 p.m. with heat races on Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday will include last chance B mains and features with action getting underway at 6 p.m.

This year's "Steel City Stampede" will be the sixth edition of the growing event that includes nine of the region's racing divisions all showcased in this end of the season blowout for the region.  There has yet to be a repeat winner in the Crate Late Models; past winners include Josh Holtgraver (2009), Butch Lambert (2010), Bryan Force (2011), Max Blair (2012), and Dennis Lunger, Jr. (2013).

The RUSH Late Models have made two appearances in 2014 at the Sarver, Pa. oval.  On May 9, Dan Angelicchio won the $700 Sweeney Weekly Series event, while Chad McClellan captured the $1,500 "Bill Emig Memorial" for the Sweeney Tour back on July 4.  Saturday's feature will pay $2,000 to-win!

Meanwhile the RUSH Sportsman Modifieds will be making their fifth appearance of the season at Lernerville this weekend, and first ever as part of the "Steel City Stampede"!  Adam Hilton has two victories, while single wins have gone to Dave Conant, Jr. and Jeremy Zufall.  Saturday's feature will pay a season high $500 to-win and will determine the championship.  Greg Martin currently leads Hilton by just three points in the $3,000 to-win title that looks at drivers' best 10 finishes.  

"We have to thank Lernerville for allowing RUSH to be part of this great event," stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  "The Crate Late Model racers have always been appreciative to be included in this traditional season-ending blockbuster event.  Last year during this event we held an informational meeting for the Sportsman Modifieds, now here they are one year later part of the event and set to decide the $3,000 champion!  Lernerville has also gone above and beyond to allow our RUSH member racers to receive the DIRTcar pit pass discount."  

There have been 10 different winners in the first 15 Sweeney Late Model Tour events this year. After eight straight new winners, Bryce Davis joined McClellan and Rick Singleton as the Series' only multiple winners with his $3,000 victory on October 11 at McKean County Raceway.

Ryan Montgomery enters the weekend as the Sweeney Tour point leader in search of his first championship. The 17-year-old Fairmont, West Virginia racer has a 36-point lead and simply needs to attempt to race on Friday to clinch the $5,000 championship. After tying for a Series high five Sweeney Tour victories with champion Mike Pegher, Jr. in 2013, Montgomery has only been able to win one event this year that coming back on July 12 at Pittsburgh. Pegher, who beat out Montgomery last year at Lernerville to win the title, is expected to make his season debut this weekend.

Ever since his first career Sweeney Tour win at Canada's Humberstone Speedway on July 20, John Waters has outgained Montgomery in six of the last seven events; however, four finishes outside the top 10 this season including a DNQ at Winchester really put Waters behind the eight-ball. Waters just missed his second Series win on October 11 as he was passed by Davis at the finish.  

Despite no top five finishes and just one top 10 in the last seven events, Chad McClellan is still hanging on to the third spot in points. The Stoystown, Pa. driver, who won two of the season's first five races, is hoping to turn around his luck and end the season on a positive note where he won earlier this season.

Cortland, Ohio teen Eric Wilson moved up into the fourth position in points- his highest placing in his career. Wilson joined the Sweeney Tour for the first time in his young career after winning last year's "Futures Cup" crown. Wilson has missed qualifying for just one feature this year and his five top 10 finishes along with three 11th place finishes has him sitting just 15 behind McClellan for third.

Jason Rider actually led the points early on with three top eight finishes to open up the season; however, has since just managed three ninth place finishes and a 10th in the last 12 events. Rider has dropped to fifth in points and can drop no further, but still is only 16 points out of the third spot.

Rounding out the top 15 points paying positions are Cody Dawson, four-time winner Rick Singleton, W.L. Stile, Andrew Wylie, Ralph Morgan, Jr., Lunger, Rob Marhefka, Davis, Holtgraver, and Blair. Outside looking in are Joe Martin, Chad Ruhlman, John Imler, and Russell Baird, Jr., who still have a shot at moving into the top 15.  

Saturday's winner of the K&N Dash will receive a $100 K&N gift certificate with $50 certificate going to second. The third and fourth place finishers will receive $25 cash. Singleton leads the K&N Dash Championship points by one over Waters. Also, a lucky fan will win a K&N Cold Air Induction System valued at up to $500.

A drawing will be held on Friday amongst all competing drivers with the lucky winner receiving a TurboStart 16-volt racing battery valued at over $250!

Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature.  The Brake Man "Tough Brake of the Night" will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any The Brake Man purchase.  

Driven Racing Oil's "Slick Move of the Night" winner will receive a bottle of Driven Racing Oil Race Wax, a can of Driven Racing Oil Speed Clean, and a certificate for $50 off a case of Driven XP Synthetic Racing Oil!  

Crate Innovations will present both the "Ignite" and "Performance Plus" Awards.  The 16th place finisher (provided he hasn't won the award before) will receive a carb spacer kit that includes one billet aluminum Accelerator-1, one upper and one lower spacer gasket, and four specifically designed washers used for installation, while the driver that finishes last on the lead lap each night (provided he hasn't won the award before) will receive the Moroso Custom Fit Plug Wire Set, which are custom tailored for use with the Chevrolet Performance 602 and 604 circle track engines.   

The first driver that fails to qualify for the feature on Saturday night will receive an ARbodies nose kit valued at $245.  

Lernerville Late Model Payoff : 1. $2,000  2. $1,000  3. $650  4. $550  5. $470  6. $435  7. $410  8. $370  9. $340  10. $310  11. $280  12. $270  13. $260  14. $250  15. $240  16. $230  17. $220  18-24. $210.  $100 Tow/Non-Qualifier.

Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Late Model Touring Series DRIVER Points (must be Touring member to receive points): 1. Ryan Montgomery 1376  2. John Waters 1340  3. Chad McClellan 1274  4. Eric Wilson 1259 5. Jason Rider 1258  6. Cody Dawson 1059  7. Rick Singleton 770 8. W.L. Stile 752 9. Andrew Wylie 672 10. Ralph Morgan, Jr. 646 11. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 576 12. Robby Marhefka 559 13. Bryce Davis 554 14. Josh Holtgraver 515 15. Max Blair 473 16. Joe Martin 444 17. Chad Ruhlman 419 18. John Imler & Russell Baird, Jr. 388 20. Reese Masiello 273 21. Josh Double 349 22. Adam Sixt 345 23. Jamie Wrightsman 328 24. Michael Lake 322 25. Jeremy Adamik 293 26. John Over 260 27. Kyle Lukon 220 28. Will Thomas III 182  29. Matt Glanden 164 30. Bob Kish 155 31. Junior Peters 140 32. Jeff Dayman 92  33. Jamie Brown & Nolan Dalton 89  35. Jacob Burdette 78.  

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FALL BASH TUNE UP GOES TO COVERT

HAGERSTOWN, MD: Starting sixth in Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol’s Late Model tune up for next week’s final season program, the Ernie’s D’s Fall Bash, Jason Covert posted his second win and ninth overall triumph of the season. Covert grabbed the lead from Glenn Elliott on lap 15 and later held off Jason Miller by .900 seconds.

“The plans are to come back next week for the $8,000 and hopefully we’ll be standing here too but it’s a different night and we might be on the truck,” Covert said. “There’s a lot of good cars around here and when you win at Hagerstown, you’ve accomplished something.”

Other Saturday evening winners included Scott Palmer in the Late Model Sportsman, Mike Corbin in the Pure Stocks, Dylan Rutherford in the Hobby Stocks, Kevin Thomas, the Four Cylinders and a first for a long time to lady drivers, 13-year-old Haley Kaiser in the Rookie Cars and in the first ever appearance of the E-Modifieds, Deana Groves.

With co-promoter Ernie Davis making it a 28-car starting field for the 40 Late Model entries and starting heads up, Glenn Elliott wasted no time going from fourth starting spot into the lead on the opening lap and checking out from pole sitter Brad Ritter and sixth starting Covert.

Elliott had more than a three second lead when Covert got under Ritter on the fifth lap and began to shrink Elliott’s lead.

When Elliott arrived at the back of the field on the 11th lap, Covert closed quickly and was on Elliott’s bumper in another two laps. In another two, Covert emerged the leader and also diced past some rear cars until a 19th lap caution when Ritter rolled to a stop.

On the restart, third starting Gary Stuhler spewed liquid on the track entering the first turn and pulled high to get away from oncoming traffic while Elliott took a wild slide to stop and then tag the rear for the subsequent restart.

Covert took off as Jason Miller quickly charged into the runner up over Rick Eckert as Covert went on to claim the win by .900 seconds over Miller, Eckert, Jerry Bard and J.T. Spence while Keith Jackson came from 19th to end sixth. Jamie Lathroum was seventh after starting 13th with Kenny Moreland, Dan Stone and D. J. Troutman completing the top ten.  Heats went to Ritter, Bard, Stuhler and Elliott while Jackson and Nick Dickson were consy winners.   

“Being buried in our heat race and being able to get up through there probably made the feature a little bit easier,” Covert said. “The car was fantastic. I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

Scott Palmer pulled to the front of the Late Model Sportsman field over Mike Walls and Paul Cursey as Palmer caught the rear of the field by the seventh lap with Chaz Walls moving into third on the eighth. Cursey did a complete spin in the second turn on a tenth lap restart with nobody making contact as he had to restart from the rear.  

Palmer again led over Walls with Chad Myers, James Lichliter, Bruce Kane and Kyle Lee battling for the next positions while a lap 17 caution set up a three lap shootout. Palmer was steadfast as he pulled ahead to win over Lichliter who snatched the runner up spot from Walls on the restart. Walls finished third over Lee and Myers with Kane ending sixth. Derek Quade came from 12th for seventh while Justin Weaver (14th), Todd Snook and Ralph Morgan (15th) ended the top ten. Palmer, Cursey and Walls were the heat winners.  

Late Models, 25 Laps: 1.Jason Covert, 2.Jason Miller, 3.Rick Eckert, 4.Jerry Bard, 5.J.T. Spence, 6.Keith Jackson, 7.Jamie Lathroum, 8.Kenny Moreland, 9.Dan Stone, 10.D.J. Troutman, 11.Kyle Hardy, 12.Brian Tavenner, 13.Allen Brannon, 14.Mike Lupfer, 15.Barry Miller, 16.Nick Dickson, 17.Jim Yoder, 18.Glenn Elliott, 19.Matt Parks, 20.Gary Stuhler, 21.Brad Ritter, 22.Kyle Lear, 23.Gene Knaub, 24.Roy Deese Jr., 25.Marvin Winters, 26.Andy Anderson, 27.Dylan Yoder, 28.Matt Cosner,

DNQ – Tim Wilson, Jimmy Jesmer, Rick Hulson, Dan Angelicchio, Cole Amsen, Ronnie DeHaven Jr., Bob Gordon, Pancho Lawler, James Ohara, Mike Altobelli Jr., Mark Pettyjohn, Matt Sponaugle

Late Model Sportsman, 20 Laps: 1.Scott Palmer, 2.James Lichliter, 3.Mike Walls, 4.Kyle Lee, 5.Chad Myers, 6.Bruce Kane, 7.Derek Quade, 8.Justin Weaver, 9.Todd Snook, 10.Ralph Morgan,, 11.Chaz Walls, 12.Travis Stickley, 13.Steve Lower, 14.Tyler, Emory, 15.Paul Cursey, 16.Kevin Deremer, 17.Paul Guideo, 18.Garrett Walls, 19.Brayden Anderson, 20.Kurt Zimmerman, 21.Charlie Schaffer, 22.Brad Kling, 23.Mike Lauffer, 24.Gino Comi

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Rain Postpones Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park to Sunday Afternoon

PORTSMOUTH, OH (October 18, 2014)- The Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship-presented by NAPA Auto Parts will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 19th at Portsmouth Raceway Park after rain washed out the B-Mains and the $50,000-to-win main event on Saturday Night.

Rain started just as the first B-Main was about to begin, forcing officials to postpone the event to Sunday.

The gates will open at 11AM on Sunday October 19th for the Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship-presented by NAPA Auto Parts, and racing will begin at 1PM.  For more information, visit www.portsraceway.com. For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com.

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Carrier and Moyer on Front Row of Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

PORTSMOUTH, OH (October 17th, 2014) - Eddie Carrier Jr. and Billy Moyer will start from the front row of Saturday Night's 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship-presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The six heat race winners re-drew for the first three rows of the $50,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event.

Jonathan Davenport captured the first heat race on Friday Night. After a torrid battle with R.J. Conley, Jimmy Mars and Earl Pearson Jr.; Davenport bolted to the lead and the eventual win. Gregg Satterlee came from the sixth starting spot to finish second. Miller Welders Fast Qualifier, R.J. Conley grabbed the final transfer spot finishing third.

Former DTWC winner, Billy Moyer, out-dueled pole-sitter Jackie Boggs early in the second heat race and stormed away from the field to win the second heat race. Boggs and Mason Zeigler got together down the back straightaway, forcing Boggs out of a transfer spot. Zeigler finished second, with 10th starting Rod Conley, charging to third to claim the final transfer position.

Scott Bloomquist, the hottest driver in Dirt Late Model Racing, blistered the field in heat number three in leading all 20 laps. Teammates Josh Richards and defending DTWC winner, Brandon Sheppard finished second and third to transfer into Saturday's main event.

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point leader, Don O'Neal roared from his seventh starting spot to claim heat number four. O'Neal used the outside line to sweep by the field to take over the lead. Jason Feger held off Frank Heckenast Jr. for the second finishing positioning to transfer to the DTWC. Heckenast finished third for the final transfer position.

Jimmy Owens, who started on the outside front row led all the way in heat five to take the win. John Blankenship tried to challenge Owens after several restarts, but settled for the runner-up spot. Doug Drown nabbed the third and final spot to put another home state driver in the show.

The sixth and final heat race of the night went to 2014 Sunoco North-South 100 winner, Eddie Carrier Jr. Carrier held off a late-race charge from Steve Casebolt to take the victory. Seventy-two year-old veteran Delmas Conley joined his two sons in the DTWC line-up as he grabbed the third and final transfer spot.

In preliminary action, RJ Conley set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 89 entrants, with a lap of 14.706 seconds. Jason Feger set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.015 seconds. Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, Jimmy Owens and Eddie Carrier Jr. won their respective heat races.

Feature Line Up (100 Laps):    
Eddie Carrier, Jr. Billy Moyer
Jimmy Owens Scott Bloomquist
Jonathan Davenport Don O'Neal
Gregg Satterlee Jason Feger
Mason Zeigler John Blankenship
Josh Richards Steve Casebolt
RJ Conley Frank Heckenast, Jr.
Rod Conley Doug Drown
Brandon Sheppard Delmas Conley

B-Main #1 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer) Line-Up:    
Earl Pearson, Jr. Jackie Boggs
Jimmy Mars Tim McCreadie
Jason Riggs Chris Garnes
Tommy Bailey Stephen Breeding
Mike Meyers Dennis Barton
Rick Bond Duane Chamberlain
Danny McGowan Michael Smith
Zack Dohm Steve Francis
Kevin Wagner Tim Dohm
Victor Lee Daniel Williams
Larry Ferrell Josh Hall
Shannon Thornsberry Tyler Carpenter
 
Products B-Main #2 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer) Line-Up:     
Dale McDowell Brandon Overton
Jason Papich Jared Landers
Corey Conley  Josh Bocook
Nick Bocook  Travis Brookover
Jake Keaton Brian Shirley
Mick Sansom Chad Hollenbeck
JT Conley Casey Noonan
Jeep VanWormer Brandon Fouts
Jon Hodgkiss Rick Mardis
Mike Marlar Ben Adkins
Kenneth Howell Avery Taylor
Chris Combs Richie Edwards

B-Main #3 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer) Line-Up:     
Scott James Dustin Linville
Dennis Erb, Jr. Steve Lucas
Davey Johnson Billy Gullion
Chris Stotts Chris Wilson
Derek Fisher Michael Wright
Charlie Jude Lauren Longbrake
Devin Moran Jeremy Berwanger
Steve Shaver Ralph Withem
Bobby Pierce Audie Swartz
Steve Stollings Jason Hughes
Kenny McCann Lee Logan
Paul Davis
 
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Pursley Memorial/Blue-Gray 100 Next for Southern Nationals Bonus Series at Cherokee Speedway October 24, 25

By: Michael Despain
Southern Nationals Bonus Series

SOMERSET, KY (October 15, 2014)-The Southern Nationals Bonus Series is set to return to action with a Friday/Saturday doubleheader of racing competition at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC as the tour will sanction the Robert Pursley Memorial on Friday October 24 and the 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100 on Saturday October 25 at the 3/8 mile red clay oval facility promoted by Lennie Buff.

The Robert Pursley Memorial kicks off the weekend on Friday October 24 will see the Southern Nationals Bonus Series race 35 laps for $6,000 to win after a generous donation to the purse by the Pursley family.  One of the most storied and tradition-rich events in the Southeast takes place on Saturday October 25 as the tour sanctions the 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100 event, with the winner taking home $10,000 after the 100 event sees the checkered flag.  There will be an open practice to start the weekend's activities on Thursday October 23 that will see pit admission be $15.

The Robert Pursley Memorial will take place on Friday October 24 and will feature the Southern Nationals Bonus Series in action in a full program of practice, A-B Group Time Trials, Dash for Cash, B-Mains, and the 35 lap, $6,000 to win Robert Pursley Memorial A-Main.  The SECA Late Models will also be in action on Friday for their Qualifying and Heats. The preliminaries and feature events will be run for the Crate Sportsman and Extreme 4 divisions and the Stock 4 Qualifying and Heat Races will also be run.

The 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100 will take place the following evening on Saturday October 25 and will feature the Southern Nationals Bonus Series in action in a full program of practice, A-B Group Time Trials, Qualifying Heats, B-Mains, and the 100 lap, $10,000 to win 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100.  The SECA Late Models will have their 25-lap $2,000 to win main event along with a full show for the Limited Sportsman, Renegades, Vintage Cars and the Stock 4 main event. This will mark the first-time in the event's history that it's ever been held on a Saturday Night under the lights. Most generally the race had been run on a Sunday afternoon with the event finishing up under the lights, but the Blue/Gray 100 will see action on "Primetime" Saturday Night this year.

The series entry fee for the weekend will be $100.00 each night.  Transponders will be used for timing and scoring and the rental fee for the weekend on transponders is $20.  The tire rule will be as follows: Hoosier 1350, 1600, SPEC 70 (right rear option) along with the American Racer 48, 56 and DTW70 (right rear option).  For Friday October 24, all tires will be marked before time trials.  Race teams can only change one tire for the feature.  Race teams must run the B-Main on the four tires they qualified on, while for the A-Main, everyone can have one tire different and it will be the driver's choice where it is. On Saturday October 25, it will be the same format for time trials and heats, while race teams can change one tire for the B-Main.  For the A-Main, race teams can have as many as they need.  Tire samples will be taken all weekend.  The Southern Nationals Bonus Series race format, race procedures, and technical rules will be in effect.

Sleep Inn of Gaffney, SC will be the official Host Hotel for the Robert Pursley Memorial/Blue-Gray 100 weekend.  Room rates are $74.99 plus tax per night and interested parties that are wanting to book a room need to ask for the "Cherokee Speedway" rate.  To make a reservation, please phone (864) 487-5337 and those reservations need to be made quickly as there is limited availability already on rooms.

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Robert Pursley Memorial A-Main Payout for Friday October 24 (35 laps):  1) $6,000, 2) $2,500, 3) $1,200, 4) $1,000, 5) $800, 6) $700, 7) $600, 8) $580, 9) $560, 10) $540, 11) $520, 12) $510, 13) $500, 14) $475, 15) $450, 16) $450, 17) $450, 18) $450, 19) $450, 20) $450, 21) $450, 22) $450.

Southern Nationals Bonus Series 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100 A-Main Payout for Saturday October 25 (100 laps):  1) $10,000, 2) $5,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $2,000, 5) $1,500, 6) $1,300, 7) $1,200, 8) $1,100, 9) $1,050, 10) $1,000, 11) $950, 12) $900, 13) $850, 14) $800, 15) $750, 16) $700, 17) $700, 18) $700, 19) $700, 20) $700, 21) $700, 22) $700, 23) $700, 24) $700.

Activities for the Robert Pursley Memorial on Friday October 24 will see the pit area and general admission area open at 3:00 p.m.  The drivers meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., with practice laps set to begin after the drivers meeting, followed by time trials and green flag racing.  Ticket prices for the Friday October 24 event in the general admission area will be $20 for adults, while a pit pass will be $30.

Activities for the 24th Annual Blue-Gray 100 on Saturday October 25 will see the pit area and general admission areas open at 1:00 pm.  There will a drivers autograph session from 3:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m., with the drivers meeting set for 4:00 p.m., with practice laps tentatively set to begin after the drivers meeting, followed by time trials and green flag racing.  Ticket prices for the Saturday October 25 event in the general admission area will be $25 for adults, while a pit pass will be $35.

Cherokee Speedway is also offering a special two-day ticket in the general admission area and a two-day pit pass also.  A two-day ticket in the general admission area for the weekend will be $40, while a two-day pit pass for the weekend will be $60.

Previous Blue-Gray 100 Winners
1991- Freddy Smith
1992- Scott Bloomquist
1993- Donnie Moran
1994- Scott Bloomquist
1995- Donnie Moran
1996- Scott Bloomquist
1997- Clint Smith
1998- Jack Pennington
1999- Freddy Smith
2000- Freddy Smith
2001- Steve Lucas
2002- Jeff Cooke
2003- Petey Ivey
2004- Chris Madden
2005- Randy Weaver
2006- Chris Madden
2007- Jimmy Owens
2008- Randall Chupp
2009- Dale McDowell
2010- Chris Madden
2011- Jonathan Davenport
2012- Mike Marlar
2013- Chris Madden

 Drivers expected for this mega-event include: Four-time winner Chris Madden of Gray Court, SC, 2011 Champion Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY, Kennie Compton, Jr. of Bland, VA, Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, NC, Kenny Collins of Colbert, GA, Zack Mitchell of Enoree, SC, Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN, three-time Champ. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA, Johnny Pursley of Clover, SC, Mike Gault of Gaffney, SC, Gabe Wilson of Hayesville, NC, Doug Sanders of Springwood, NC, Ross Bailes of Clover, SC, Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, SC, 2012 titlist Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN, Jonathan Edwards of Clover, SC, Kevin Wilson of Stoneville, NC, 2008 victor Randall Chupp of Troutman, NC, Ricky Weeks of Rutherfordton, NC, and Brent Dixon of Elberton, GA, plus many more are expected to be in competition.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Series has presented seven events so far in the 2014 race season and the tour's most action took place on October 3 at Tri County Race Track in Brasstown, NC and Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA became the first repeat winner with the series in 2014 by claiming a hard fought victory over Rick Eckert, Donald McIntosh, Shawn Chastain, and current series points leader Austin Smith.  The tour was scheduled to be at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY on October 10 and 11, but Mother Nature would intervene and that event has been postponed until October 31 and November 1 which will now pay $10,024-to-win over the two-day event.

Cherokee Speedway is located at 153 Speedway Road in Gaffney, SC 29341.  For more information about racing activities at Cherokee Speedway, visit the track's webpage on the internet at www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com or by contacting track promoter Lennie Buff at (864) 505-9199 or the track office at (864) 489-1969, or @Cherokee_DirtSC on Twitter.

For more information about the Southern Nationals Bonus Series, contact series race director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or on social media online at www.southernnationalsseries.com and on Twitter at twitter.com/sonationals.

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Points after October 3, 2014 (7 of 11 events complete)
1.  Austin Smith (Cedartown, GA)- 1,230
2.  Kenny Collins (Colbert, GA)- 1,034
3.  Casey Roberts (Toccoa, GA)- 960
4.  Gabe Wilson (Waynesville, NC)- 710
5.  Donald McIntosh (Dawsonville, GA)- 558
6.  Kennie Compton, Jr. (Bland, VA)- 544
7.  Bo Eaton (Blue Ridge, GA)- 496
8.  Jason Hiett (Oxford, AL)- 394
9. Chris Madden (Gray Court, SC)- 392
Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC)- 392

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Race Winners:
 March 1-Jason Hiett (Cherokee Speedway) $3,000
 March 2-Jonathan Davenport (Cherokee Speedway) $10,000
May 25-Mike Marlar (Duck River Raceway Park) $5,000
July 4-Casey Roberts (Tri-County Race Track) $3,000
July 5-Ray Cook (Tazewell Speedway) $5,000
August 16- Chris Madden (Smoky Mountain Speedway) $5,010
October 3- Casey Roberts (Tri-County Race Track) $4,053

Southern Nationals Bonus Series Races/Upcoming Events:
Friday October 24-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$6,000 to win/35 laps
Saturday October 25-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$10,000 to win/100 laps
Fri/Sat Oct. 31/Nov. 1-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY- $10,024 to win/60 laps
Fri/Sat Nov. 14/15-Duck River Raceway Park-Wheel, TN-$11,000 to win/75 laps

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion and Rookie of the Year to be Decided this Weekend
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WAYCROSS, GA (October 15, 2014) - The season long points battle for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion and the Rookie of the Year titles comes down to this weekend's final event in Portsmouth, OH on October 17th and 18th.  Both titles will depend on the outcome at the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts.  Never in the history of the LOLMDS have both titles been undetermined - heading into the series finale.

Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN and driver of the Clint Bowyer Racing car #5 leads three-time and defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN in the Mike Reece owned #20 car by a slim 75 points.  Not only will O'Neal be looking to capture this weekend's Dirt Track World Championship and the $50,000 first place prize, but he will be focused on winning his first ever LOLMDS championship and the $75,000 that comes with winning the national title.  If O'Neal finishes 8th or better in the feature event this Saturday, he will clinch the LOLMDS Championship -  no matter where Jimmy Owens finishes.  If both drivers would happen to finish tied in series points, following the conclusion of Saturday's event, then Owens would be declared the series champion based on the tie-breaker rule.  The driver that won the most series events during the year would be the tie-breaker with Owens having 8 wins to O'Neal's 7 wins in 2014.

In the chase for the Dunn-Benson Ford Rookie of the Year title, this weekend's Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship-Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will determine the 2014 LOLMDS Rookie of the Year.  Jason Hughes of Westville, OK holds a slim 35 point lead over fellow rookie contender, Jason Papich of Arroyo Grande, CA, heading into this weekend's season finale.  Both drivers have battled against some of the toughest competition all season long on the tour, while competing at new venues for both drivers for most of the season.  The driver that earns the most series points (after Saturday's event), will be crowned the 2014 Dunn-Benson Ford Rookie of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash award at the series awards banquet.  The runner-up will receive a $2,500 cash award.  Both drivers will also receive various product awards at the awards banquet for competing in this years Rookie of the Year program.  Chris Davis of Midwest Sheet Metal has also posted a cash award at every LOLMDS event to the highest finishing Rookie at each race.  Midwest Sheet metal will also present product awards to the rookies at the awards banquet.

"Were excited to have the series championship and rookie of the year titles come down to the final race of the year.  The atmosphere and intensity will be even more magnified for these drivers this weekend and all the great fans of the series will be on the edge of their seats all weekend to see who will come out on top. We look forward to a thrilling finish to what has been a great year for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2014", stated Ritchie Lewis, Series Director.

Activities for the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will get underway on Thursday, October 16th with Modified Qualifying, Heat Races and Consolation races.  On Friday, October 17th the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take to the track for Hot-Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials and Heat Races.  Also on Friday night there will be a Non-Qualifiers race for the Modifieds.  Then on Saturday, October 18th the schedule will include the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains, the Modified Feature event, the $3,000 to Win Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race and the $50,000 to win/$2,000 to start DTWC 100-lap feature.

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2014 Season Finale on Tap for the Lucas Oil Late Models at Portsmouth Raceway Park

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WAYCROSS, GA (October 14, 2014) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season finale will take place this weekend in Portsmouth, OH on October 17th and 18th with the running of the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts.  This event, held at Portsmouth Raceway Park, is promoted by hall of fame promoter Carl Short, along with track promoters Donna Rayburn and Tim Coleman. The Dirt Track World Championship event has been Carl's signature event, over the years, which have been filled with great history, thrilling racing action, hall of fame winners and numerous facilities hosting the event in the past 33 years.  This year's DTWC will, once again, pay $50,000 to win and $2,000 to start.

In the previous 33 DTWC events, there have been 24 different drivers to visit victory lane and capture this crown jewel event.  Dating back to the inaugural running in 1981, there have been five drivers that have won the prestigious event more than once.  Hall of Famer Freddy Smith of Seymour, TN leads the way with five wins, followed by the late Jack Boggs of Grayson, KY, who won the race three times.  Two time winners of the DTWC include:  Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR; Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN and Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL.  Some of the sport's biggest names have won the DTWC at least once over the 33 years of the event, including names like: Larry Moore ('87); Donnie Moran ('88); Steve Francis ('99); Darrell Lanigan ('03); Rick Eckert ('04); Chub Frank ('07);  Brian Birkhofer ('08);  Jimmy Mars ('09); Earl Pearson Jr. ('10); Don O'Neal ('11), Jimmy Owens ('12) and the youngest driver to ever win the event, Brandon Sheppard in 2013.

Included among the many activities at the DTWC is a $3,000 to win Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race-Presented by DirtonDirt.com. The top 26 drivers that fail to transfer into the DTWC feature event through a heat race or B-Main get to compete for a chance to earn additional prize money through this race. The winner of this event can elect to forfeit the $3,000 first place prize money and start on the tail of the DTWC feature event for a chance to win the $50,000.  In honor of Jim Dunn and his legacy of being the very first winner of the DTWC, Carl Short added the  non-qualifiers race to the DTWC event schedule as a tribute to the late Jim Dunn and his family.

The 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will once again be filmed by the award winning Lucas Oil Production Studios.  This event will air on NBC Sports and on the MAVTV American Real Networks in 2014.  "We really feel partnering with the Lucas Oil Series has helped to grow the event even more with the TV coverage they bring to this event.  I'm looking forward to this year's event and enjoy working with the great staff at Portsmouth Raceway Park", stated Carl Short, promoter of the DTWC.

Activities for the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will get underway on Thursday, October 16th with Modified Qualifying, Heat Races and Consolation races.  On Friday, October 17th the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take to the track for Hot-Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials and Heat Races.  Also, on Friday night there will be a Non-Qualifiers race for the Modifieds.  Then, on Saturday, October 18th the schedule will include the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains, the Modified Feature event, the $3,000 to Win Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race-Presented by DirtonDirt.com and the $50,000 to win/$2,000 to start DTWC 100-lap feature.

To purchase tickets for this event visit www.dirttrackworldchampionship.net/tickets.htm or call 740-858-6661. To learn more about the event go to www.dirttrackworldchampionship.net or visit the track website at www.portsraceway.com. If you have any questions, contact the DTWC office at (740) 858-6661 or you can email Carl Short at carlshort2007@gmail.com or call at (865) 945-3423 or (865) 712-9303.

Track Information
Portsmouth Raceway Park
Track Phone #: (740) 354-3278 or Office - (740) 858-6661
Promoter: Donna Rayburn - (740) 259-3408 / (740) 821-1161
Location: 25648 State Route 73, West Portsmouth, OH 45663
Website: www.portsraceway.com
Tire Rule for the DTWC
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1300, 1425 (no white dots)
Right Rear - Hoosier 01, 04, 06, LM40

Event Purse
Dirt Track World Championship Purse:  1. $50,000,  2. $15,000,  3. $10,000,  4. $7,000,  5. $5,000, 6. $3,500, 7. $3,200,  8. $3,000,  9. $2,800, 10. $2,500, 11. $2,450, 12. $2,400, 13. $2,350,  14. $2,300, 15. $2,250,  16. $2,200,  17. $2,150, 18. $2,100,  19. $2,075,  20. $2,060,  21. $2,050,  22. $2,040, 23. $2,030,  24. $2,020,  25. $2,010,26. $2,000.

Jim Dunn Memorial Non Qualifiers Race: 1. $3,000,  2. $1,500,  3. $1,250,  4. $1,000,  5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $750, 8. $700,  9. $650,  10. $600,11. 500, 12. $400, 13. $350, 14. $300, 15. $250, 16. $200, 17. $200, 18. $200, 19. $200, 20. $200,21. $200, 22. $200, 23. $200, 24. $200, 25. $200, 26. $200.

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Southern Nationals Bonus Series at Ponderosa Speedway Postponed Until October 31, November 1

By: Michael Despain
Southern Nationals Bonus Series

Somerset, KY- October 9, 2014- Ponderosa Speedway track promoter Jerry Denson and Southern Nationals Bonus Series officials have announced the scheduled events to be contested at the 3/8 mile red clay D-shaped oval better known as "Kentucky's Baddest Bullring" have been postponed this weekend for Friday October 10 and Saturday October 11.

With a large amount of rain having already at the track and with more predicted on the scheduled Friday and Saturday of the events and many race teams and race fans traveling long distances, track and series officials have made the joint decision to postpone the event until Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1.

But with the postponement does a positive come forth. The 24th Annual Fall Classic event will now see the Southern Nationals Bonus Series Super Late Models race for $10,024 to win, along with Modifieds racing for $3,000 to win, Pro Late Models racing for $2,000 to win, and KDRA Sportsman racing for $1,500 to win in the Bobby Carrier, Sr. Memorial event. An open practice session will also be scheduled to kickoff the weekend on Thursday October 30.

Events on Friday October 31 for the first night of the 24th Annual Fall Classic weekend will see all divisions in a program of practice, time trials, and qualifying heats, along with a few other things that will be announced later on this weekend. On Saturday November 1, events that will take place will include B-Mains in all divisions, along with the 60 lap, $10,024 to win Southern Nationals Bonus Series 24th Annual Fall Classic A-Main, plus feature events for the Modifieds ($3,000 to win), Pro Late Models ($2,000 to win), and KDRA Sportsman in their Bobby Carrier, Sr. Memorial ($1,500 to win).

Gate times, admission prices, and purse information for what will now be the richest ever Fall Classic event in the history of Ponderosa Speedway will be announced and released later on this weekend.
 
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Three Drivers Will Battle It Out to Become the 2014 Champion at the Carolina Clash Season Finale

2014 Carolina Clash "Countdown to the Cup Championship" Round #7 at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC on October 18, 2014

"THE CLASH BASH" - The King of the Carolinas Season Finale

By: Mark Huey, Carolina Clash Press

As soon as Kennie Compton, Jr. of Bland, VA, Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, SC, and Kyle Pierce of Statesville, NC, each pay their entry fee for the season finale at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC next Saturday night, October 18, 2014, they will become the star players in an epic battle for the 2014 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series championship. Kennie Compton, Jr. has 1201 points, and will be seeking his first career series championship, which will be a first for any driver from the state of Virginia for the Carolina Clash. The last and only time a non-Carolinian took the Carolina Clash title was in 2003 when retired-Georgia driver Ed Basey was crowned the champion. Since then, and prior to that year, it has belonged to a driver from either North or South Carolina, with Franklin returning representing the Palmetto State as a three-time and defending champion. He is the only driver from South Carolina to hold the title. Franklin trails Compton by only 11 points with 1190, as he enters this most exciting event, which hails as the most competitive event ever to be hosted in the Carolinas.  

The second annual "King of the Carolinas" presented by Carolinas First Defense, is marked as one of the most prestigious dirt events in the history of North and South Carolina, featuring events from nine different classifications of dirt racing at the place dubbed as the "Carolinas Action Track."

Kennie Compton, Jr. knows what he has to do and that is keep the course over what he has accomplished all year - just finish the race. He has finished every race and overcome all sorts of adversity to get him and his KC Transport, Bluefield Food Products machine to the place he is at. Compton's championship chase efforts began in a most adversarial way, which all kinds of problems when the series' seven race campaign began back on August 16. Compton had problems with his primary car in preliminaries and had to start at the rear of the field at Lancaster, one of the toughest tracks on tour. He raced his way back to seventh, with Franklin victorious, to set up one of the most competitive seasons in Carolina Clash history. Compton rebounded from Lancaster and survived another near-miss during a heat race at Cherokee, only to "hard-charge" his way to a third-place finish. Compton then backed up that run with four top five finishes to earn the series point lead entering the final two races. Compton has proven that winning, while cherished and important, is not the only way to win a championship. With an 11 point lead, Compton will need to finish at least 10th or better, assuming with Franklin winning the race, in order to secure the title. A Carolina Clash event rewards the winner with 36 points. Should Compton finish 10th, he would get 26 points and win the title by 1 point. Compton has 11 top five finishes in 2014, with three of those being named "Hard Charger of the Race." Compton has proven to be a "workhorse" this season and can be counted to be in contention at the end of the event. The only mishap in 2014 came in the season opener at Carolina Speedway on March 15, where he finished in the 15th place position. Compton was 4th in the Shrine 100 at Carolina in August.

If the championship were to result in a tie, according to series rules, all ties for point positions are broken by most wins, which Franklin has the most in the series in 2014. Therefore, any tie-breaker is in Franklin's favor. The only "wild-card" factor is the Safety-Kleen "Hard Charger of the Race" bonus, which is worth 2 points.

Dennis Franklin was the champion in 2010, 2011, and 2013, where each season found him winning the most races, especially in the championship chase of 2013, where he dominated. However, two DNFs at Fayetteville and Wythe Raceway put him in somewhat of a hole. However, Franklin has the most wins of any active driver at Carolina Speedway, with 4 total in 20 events hosted there. So, the odds are in his favor again. Twelve different drivers have won Clash races at Carolina Speedway since 2003. Franklin appeared to be on his way to winning a fourth title, after reeling off three wins (out of a run of four in a row) in the Chase for the Championship campaign, which came off of having won three races during the regular season, including the 42nd Annual Shrine 100 at Carolina Speedway in August. After a second-place finish at Fayetteville, Franklin is ready to give it all he's got. He leads all active drivers with the most wins in Carolina Clash history, with 38 checkered-flags. With six wins and two other top-five finishes, Franklin continues to show why his M&W Towing, Nichols Plumbing Longhorn is the car to beat at any given event. Franklin pilots a Longhorn chassis powered by Clements Race Engines.

Kyle Pierce will enter the event in the third place position and still has an outside shot at the title, only trailing by 17 points to Compton, and six points back of Franklin. While the chance of winning it all may be only a "chance," the driver from Statesville, NC and former Ed Gibbons Memorial Sportsmanship Award winner knows that his season has been one to remember. After almost winning at Clary's Speedway back in September before a late race mishap, Pierce has faithfully been there, along with Compton, Franklin and the rest of the top ten, shooting for the big prize. Pierce finished 5th at Carolina in each of the first two races of the year at Carolina. His best finish of the season was third back in April at Fayetteville, and has five top-five finishes. Kyle Pierce is sponsored by Tilley-Harley Davidson of Statesville and Salisbury, NC, Alarm South, and Village Inn Pizza of Statesville, NC and fields cars maintained by Wolfpack Racing, LLC of Troutman, NC with engines powered by Randy Clary Race Engines.  

The rest of the Carolina Clash point standings feature closely contested contests for fourth, fifth, and sixth, along with a close battle between 7th through 10th. Thus, there is a lot on the line when it comes to the outcome of this final event.

Anthony Sanders of Spartanburg, SC, will wrap up a very successful 2014 season with a chance to claim the Renegade Race Fuels Rookie of the Year honors, as he enters Carolina with a 17 point lead over Jonathan Edwards and Kevin Wilson. Sanders has also competed hard to claim the fourth-place position in points, but not without a lot of hard work. Sanders total-lost a car at the 42nd annual Shrine 100, with a catastrophic flip and roll in turn one back in August. With the help of Doug Sanders and a lot of great support, Sanders returned to race the next Saturday night at Lancaster to begin the chase. While the year has been one of ups-and-downs, Sanders knows that all of his hard work will pay off with his name in the Carolina Clash record books with this honor, should he finish 18 points ahead of Edwards in the final event, which equates to 18 spots on the finishing order. Sanders is currently fourth in points, trailing Kyle Pierce by 18 points from third. Anthony Sanders is especially thankful to Doug Sanders and Carl Sherwood of M&W Towing of Columbia, SC for all of their tremendous support to get him through the final events of the 2014 season after his crash in the regular season finale.

Kevin Wilson is fifth in points, trailing Sanders by only 5 points from fourth and also competed in the Renegade Race Fuels Rookie of the Year battle with Jonathan Edwards and Anthony Sanders.

Sixth through tenth place in points feature Johnny Pursley, who recently experienced a most violent crash at Fayetteville on October 4, 2014. Pursley only trails Wilson by 1 point from fifth. Pursley spent most of the year near the top of the points battle, but misfortune at recent events has plagued his run. Pursley does have two runner-up finishes among six top-five runs. Like Pursley, Enoree, SC driver "Kid Quick" Zack Mitchell always runs strong at first, but has experienced mishap after mishap to fall out of points contention and currently is seventh. He leads Lake Wylie, SC rookie Jonathan Edwards, McAdenville, NC veteran Doug Sanders, and veteran driver Scott Shirey, of Swansea, SC. They are each separated for 8th - 10th by only three points.

Thus, the stage is set for what should be a competitive final event of the season, with these championship contenders grouped with the others who will be contending to become the KING OF THE CAROLINAS for the $5,000 to win event, which shares the hallmark with the Friday night portion of the three-day event, which will feature the 4th Annual Bill Hendren Memorial Race for the SECA Crate Late Model sanctioning race.

2nd Annual Carolina Speedway "King of the Carolinas" presented by Carolinas First Defense Race Information:

Two of the biggest Late Model races in the Carolinas will share the same stage on one EPIC weekend as the 15th Annual Carolina Clash Bash and the 4th Annual Bill Hendren Memorial combine for the 2nd Annual King of the Carolinas presented by Carolinas First Defense event at Carolina Speedway!

Meet Grand Marshall, dirt track legend, Freddy Smith, on Saturday night!

THURSDAY NIGHT - October 16, 2014
The party begins on Thursday, October 16th with open practice - campers welcome (no hookups)
Gates open at 4pm on Thursday with practice 6pm-10pm
Coolers welcome - NO GLASS
Kids under 12 FREE all weekend long!

FRIDAY NIGHT - OCTOBER 17, 2014
4th Annual SECA $3,000 to win Bill Hendren Memorial
$1,200 to win UMP Modified
$1,000 to win Hornets (no qualifying)
Heat races for: Street Stock & Renegade (Features Saturday)
Pit gates open at 2:00 PM - Grandstands open at 4:00 PM
Drivers meeting at 6:30 PM
Practice 6:45 PM
Racing 7:30 PM

SATURDAY NIGHT - OCTOBER 18, 2014
15th Annual Carolina Clash Bash $5,000 to Win
$2,500 to Win Monster Mini Stock Association (MMSA) Four Cylinders
$1,500 to Win UMP Modifieds
$1,500 to Win Street Stocks
$1,500 to Win Renegade
$1,000 to win Thunder (Crate) Sportsman   

Pit gate opens 12:00 noon
Grandstands open at 2:00 PM
Drivers meeting at 4:45 PM
Practice 5:00 PM
Racing 5:30 PM

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Lucas Oil Late Model
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1. Don O'Neal 7550
2. Jimmy Owens 7475
3. Scott Bloomquist 7320
4. Steve Francis 6800
5. Eddie Carrier Jr. 6465
6. Earl Pearson Jr. 6415
7. John Blankenship 6215
8. Jared Landers 6075
9. Dennis Erb Jr. 5820
10. Jason Hughes 5235
 
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