Friday, Oct 07
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It was all but calm stage one until chaos broke out when Jordan Anderson who was running in the fourth position when an engine exploded in the truck heading into turn one.

As the truck engulfed itself in flames riding through the turns Anderson attempted to exit the truck just as it slammed into the SAFER barrier off turn two. Anderson would jump from the truck onto the wall collapsing to the ground next to the truck to the quick attendance of the safety crew. Anderson would be taken by

Stage one would end under the caution bought out for Anderson handing Nemechek is seventh stage win of the season over Zane Smith, Carson Hocevar, Chander Smith and Tanner Gray.

Another quick caution out come back out just as stage two was getting underway when Howard would blow a tire and send his truck spinning down in turn three.

With a two-lap dash to finish out stage two Chander Smith and Rhodes would trade the lead before Nemechek would then enter the picture with a hard push on Smith to put him out front to take the stage two win over Nemechek, Friesen, Rhodes and Enfinger.

The fifth caution of the day would come out when a tire for Deegan truck would roll across pit road with a crew member giving chase to retrieve it. NASCAR would call security to the pit box to pull the hard card of the crew member that ran out on an active track to get the tire.

With laps winding down in stage three chaos would once again strike off turn four when the trucks off Enfinger, Sauter, Self and Gray making contact with one another to bring out the seventh caution of the day. Gray would exit the truck as the rest would head to pit road with damage to their trucks attempting to make repairs.

Enfinger who was involved in the incident would drop all the way to the bottom of the eight drivers remaining in the truck series championship hunt.

Caution would once again fly for the eighth time of the day after Hovecar would bail out of the lead pack and slow on the bottom eventually coming to a stop forcing NASCAR to throw a caution. As Hocevar got it going again and heading to pit road NASCAR would hold Hocevar on pit road for a lap after the determined he intentionally causing the caution by stopping on track.

This would setup a two-lap sprint to the finish.

The final green flag of the day would go in the air with Thorsport drivers’ side by side with Holmes pushing hard on Rhodes as the back-and-forth battle would commence. With the white flag in the air and the checked flag in sight a melee of trucks would wreck coming through the tri-oval with a second wreck at the line.

NASCAR would once again be forced to go to the cameras and the scoring loops to determine a winner between Bret Holmes who crossed the line 0.002 seconds ahead of Matt DiBenedetto. After several moments NASCAR would finally announce Matt DiBenetto would take home his first Camping World Truck Series race over Bret Holmes.

Rhodes would be scored in second followed by Holmes, Preece and Eckes to round out the top-five finishers per the camera.

“I just want to win here so bad; I can’t stand it. We’re doing all we can to scratch and claw to keep going to these races and, you know, definitely want to be back full-time next year.” Said Holmes in dejection after learning he hadn’t won.

As DiBenedetto would pull his truck into victory lane he would exclaim “It seems so surreal. It’s been such a whirlwind.”

“I am incredibly blessed. These fans have beared with me, they have stuck with me through thick and thin and going though crazy stuff.” Continued DiBenedetto

The Camping World Truck Series moves onto the penultimate championship event October 22 at Homestead Miami Speedway.

Note: FOX Sports reported that Jordan Anderson was awake and alert, but no further updates have been made available.

Note 2: Jordan Anderson is being treated for minor burns to the body including arms and neck. Possible he could be discharged by this evening.


4th – Aric Almirola

5th – Chase Briscoe

11th – Joey Logano

15th – Harrison Burton

17th – Austin Cindric

18th – Brad Keselowski

19th – Ryan Blaney

23rd – Chris Buescher

24th – Kevin Harvick

28th – Cole Custer

29th – Michael McDowell

34th – Todd Gilliland

35th – BJ McLeod

36th – JJ Yeley

37th – Cody Ware


ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang – “I think more and more these speedway races are turning into track position races.  You’ve got to run up front and score stage points and do all those things.  I feel good about it.  I feel like our Smithfield Ford Mustang has a lot of speed in it, obviously, from qualifying.  That will parlay over into the race and people know you have a fast race car they want to work with you.  You have more friends and more teammates.”


CHASE BRISCOE, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford Mustang – “I’m happy with how it is.  I don’t think any of us expected to qualify that well, truthfully.  We were definitely more prepared to race well rather than qualify well, so I was really surprised that first round.  When I knew we had the potential to get the pole, honestly, I was kind of glad we ended up fifth.  I don’t really want to be on the front row tomorrow.  I feel like then you can’t really control how guys are pushing you and things like that, whereas in fifth I can kind of settle in and find my spot.  I’m definitely looking forward to where we start tomorrow.  I think we have a really good car and it’s just a matter of putting it all together.”


CODY WARE, No. 51 Nurtec ODT UBCF Ford MustangHOW ARE YOU FEELING?  “Overall, I’m happy to be here to cut a lap in qualifying.  It’s just one lap, but I had no pain there, so that gives me even more confidence going into tomorrow.  I’m just happy with the way that I’ve had a good group of guys with me with Dr. Bill Heisel and OrthoCarolina and everyone who has been a part of the rehab and recovery process.  It’s gonna be a long road, but it’s cool to be back here at Talladega the week after a pretty gnarly hit and still be in the No. 51 Nurtec ODT Mustang just has me very excited and happy.  I’m happy to be here with all the support and care and just want to go kick some butt this weekend and do what we did at Daytona.”


WERE YOU SURPRISED WITH THE VIOLENCE OF THE WRECK?  “It was definitely the hardest hit I’ve taken, but I think, all in all, it obviously sucks that I got hurt, but with how bad it was it could have been way worse and to walk away from that with relatively no major injuries and be able to continue to race and not miss anything is a testament to me being lucky, but also the cars being safe for now.  I just obviously want to be part of the process.  There are a couple of guys out with concussions and obviously I’m hurt, but my injury maybe could have happened whether it was this car or the Gen 6 car, so I’m not faulting the Next Gen car with that.  I think we obviously need to do a good job of working together, instead of trying to get angry about it – just working together with drivers, teams and NASCAR themselves to continue to make these cars safer and I think we’ll be able to do that and get that job done.”


DO YOU FORESEE ANY ISSUES WITH BEING ABLE TO RUN THE FULL DISTANCE TOMORROW?  “Right now, we have a pretty solid plan with Dr. Heisel to make sure that I have an air cast system put in place.  I have an oversized shoe for my right foot, so we’re gonna have a lot of bracing and casting as well as some local anesthetics and some non-narcotic pain medication to get me through.  It’s pretty standard.  You’ve got a lot of guys in the NHL and NFL that use those methods to play through an injury.  Thankfully, I just have a very minor impact fracture, so I’m confident and my doctors are confident that I’m not gonna have any pain or complications.  If there was any risk of me getting re-injured or exacerbating the recovery process, I wouldn’t be in this weekend.”


WILL YOU HAVE A FILL-IN DRIVER AVAILABLE JUST IN CASE?  “I think we’re in talks right now.  We don’t have a stand by driver confirmed, but I’m 100 percent confident I’m gonna see this race through start to finish, but just in case the unexpected happens, we’re in talks to maybe have someone in place.”


BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang – WHAT’S THE TENSION OR ANXIETY LIKE GOING INTO THIS WEEKEND?  “It’s a little bit of a time warp back to the early 2000s and I think the racing will be just a little bit different accordingly.  I don’t know if that’s better or worse, but a little bit of a time warp.  I think we’ve gotten to a point where for a while there the racing was so aggressive because nobody was ever afraid of getting hurt.  Who knows, maybe it will come back a little bit which probably isn’t a bad thing.”

DOES THAT MEAN SINGLE-FILE?  “I don’t know if you’ll see that.  Maybe just some of the less gratuitous moves that seem really terrible.”


WILL DRIVERS REALLY RACE DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY COULD GET A CONCUSSION?  DO THEY SEE THIS AS REALITY NOW?  “Whether they would admit it or not, there’s no doubt you race differently when you’re more afraid of getting hurt, so we all have business decisions to make there.  As to how it affects who and what amount, I wouldn’t say I’m an expert on that.”

YOU ARE ACCUSED OFTEN OF MAKING TOO DARING OF A MOVE HERE?  WILL YOU RACE DIFFERENTLY?  “I don’t think so.  No, I’m pretty comfortable with the moves that I make here,.”


CAN YOU TELL YOURSELF WHEN YOU’RE WRECKING TO PUT YOUR HEAD BACK?  “It happens really fast, so I think generally you can train to some extent on things like that, but ultimately when you’re in the heat of the moment it doesn’t always work out.  But for some of us, hopefully we can learn from that and be able to apply it.  I know that I hope not to be in that situation where I have to apply it, but if I do find myself in it, I’m gonna try to.”


ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING IN YOUR CAR TO CHANGE IT?  “We changed some of the padding to that regard and really tightened up the back of my head rest so I can’t have a really sharp movement backwards for this week.  I think that should be helpful.”

WAS THAT FOR THIS WEEK?  “Yeah.  I normally do that for the plate tracks, but I’ll just do it everywhere now.”


YOU DON’T APPEAR AS FRUSTRATED AS SOME OTHERS, BUT YOU HEAR THAT FROM OTHER DRIVERS, RIGHT?  “Maybe because it’s I have so many other things to be frustrated about.  No, I think there are people working on it.  It would be one thing if there was a magic wand with a solution and just wasn’t being applied.  It would be one thing if nobody was working on anything, but there are people working on things right now and there are projects underway.  I have reasonable expectations of those projects.  The fact that there’s movement and there’s acknowledgement and NASCAR is working on things, confidence is fine for me.”


DO YOU FEEL THAT’S BECAUSE YOU ARE AN OWNER AND DRIVER NOW?  “I’m sure it affects my view absolutely in the sense that I get to sit in meetings I didn’t sit in before where I have a better context of things that are happening.  There’s more transparency for sure being in that spot.”


YOU EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT DOCTORS DIAGNOSING CONCUSSIONS YEARS AGO.  HAS YOUR OPINION CHANGED ON THAT AT ALL?  “It’s no doubt that it’s an inexact science, diagnosing a concussion.  I think any doctor would tell you that.  I would take Kurt’s word for it if he doesn’t feel well enough above anybody else.  I haven’t talked to Alex at all, but I don’t see him coming out and saying, ‘Hey, I still feel really good.’  Ultimately, I still believe in empowering athletes or drivers that if they feel good enough to race, they should be allowed to race.”

HARVICK SAYS SAFETY COSTS MONEY AND THAT’S BEEN SOME OF THE HURDLES TO FIX THIS.  HOW MUCH ARE YOU GUYS LOOKING AT SPENDING AS AN OWNER?  “Honestly, I don’t think the projects that I’m aware of, at least, are that expensive.  The rear clips are a couple thousand dollars.  If we have to replace every one of them next year, in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t mean anything to our budget.  Now, as you get into other parts of the car, it has bigger effects, but I don’t think that there’s a cost-minded objection, at least not from my point of view to the things that I’ve heard at this point in time.  I can’t speak for every owner either, but I think changing some rear clips and changing the rules on them for next year is really not a big needle mover for cost.”


IS THERE A CHANCE FOR CHANGE THIS YEAR BEFORE THE SEASON ENDS?  “I don’t see that, just being realistic.  I would like to think it would be, but given the timelines of we only have three to four weeks left in the season if you think the Phoenix cars are all being built next week or in two weeks – just the way the teams rotate the cars.  They’re usually three to four weeks ahead, so I don’t see us having anything different before the year is over.  I think we need to be working right now to have something for Daytona.”


DO YOU KNOW MUCH ABOUT THIS CRASH TEST HAPPENING NEXT WEEK IN OHIO?  “Yeah, I think there is some sensible work being done.  You have to keep in mind that when this car was built it was a bit of a pandemic baby.  There was a lot of simulation work done and all those things, but there wasn’t a lot of real world crash testing simply because you couldn’t do those things.  I think in the sense of it being a pandemic baby, we’re going through some of those hurdle right now to work through those challenges.”


WEREN’T THERE CRASH TESTS IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER AT TALLADEGA?  “Yes, there was one at the end of last year, but that was just one impact and it certainly wasn’t anything representative of what you saw at Texas or with Kurt at Pocono.”

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“I mean, yeah, it seems like it happens pretty easily. It’s hard to say. To your point, with the other car; you’d have wrecks and cars would catch on fire then, too. I’m not exactly sure what caused that. It obviously happened really fast and then it was on fire really quick. It had blown the brake line off of it because I didn’t have any brakes. So I assume it was probably pumping brake fluid in there. I don’t know if that was potentially making it worse as I was trying to get stopped.


I don’t know.. but it happened really quick and I’m not sure what the culprit really was.”



“I don’t feel like we should have ever been in this position to begin with, to need to go forward. We should have gone forward with a new opportunity at a new car, in my opinion. You have all of these years of experience, knowledge, time of racing, crashing these cars and teams working on them and building them. It just blows me away that we can have something new in 2022 that offers all of this technology and all of this time and experience of so many super talented people in this sport and we allow it to go backwards, especially with safety. It’s just super surprising to me that we allow that to happen. But we did and now it’s just about how do we go forward from here; making sure we’re making the right choices to improve what we have and keep things like what happened to Alex (Bowman) this week from happening. And what happened to Kurt (Busch).. those types of incidents didn’t result in injuries in the past handful of years from just me watching. Obviously, I’m not doctor, but I’ve watched a lot of cars back into the wall and those guys be fine.


I just hate to see that. No one is immune to it. It could be me next week, or it could be any of my peers or fellow competitors. Nobody wants to see that no matter how much you like or dislike a guy, in my opinion. I just hate to see us go backwards and I’m afraid that we have in some of those areas. But look, it’s just about how do we come together and how do we go forward from here. I think there are a lot of really smart individuals to try and help make that happen, and I’m confident that we will. But it’s crucial that we do, in my opinion, because having guys out during the playoffs right now – or any time for that matter – shouldn’t be happening and I think it’s taking away from our product on Sunday. That should be the focus; who wins, who loses, how the race was, how a guy did driving his car and how his team executed a good or a bad race.”



“There’s probably more of a process and more of a group now to potentially voice some of those opinions and try to get them across.. probably more than there’s ever been. You can say and voice those thoughts and that’s really kind of the end of it. It’s not our sand box, so at the end of the day, we might have an opinion or might try to voice it and do it through the correct channels, but ultimately the final decision is not up to us. So from me personally, that’s kind of where you lead it and you can just hope for the best. Like I said, it’s not our sand box and there’s not really a whole lot we can do about it.”



“I haven’t heard any of the rumors and I haven’t heard much about that particular test. But heck, we had plenty of enough time to test this car, crash it and do all the things that we need to do to ensure that some of these things aren’t happening that are happening now. We had a ton of time to do that. And this car was delayed an entire calendar year, on top of that. You have to think, we got an extra year of time to work on it and we’re still in this position.


There’s no excuse for going backwards. We have too many smart people, too much technology, too many years of crashing and racing at all of these same race tracks to have some of these things going on, in my opinion. Test next week or no test next week; we should not be in the position that we’re in. When you come out with a new product, you should take steps forward; not stay the same or go backwards, especially in the safety category, in my opinion.


And look, don’t take me the wrong way.. we’re very fortunate and I’m very grateful to do what I do. This is my job and that’s crazy, right. I’m not ungrateful for what I have and the opportunities that have been presented to me. But you just hate to see something take steps the wrong way.”



“Obviously, last week was a bummer, for the sake of the entire race and all of the guys that wrecked, myself included. I didn’t really feel like we did anything wrong and unfortunately we were punished for it, along with a lot of other drivers and teams. But I don’t really know what you do today. From Texas last week to Talladega tomorrow, I’m not sure what is realistically feasible to have that quick of a fix. I’m just disappointed that we have put ourselves in this box to begin with. It’s not realistic to change something in six days. I just hate that we put ourselves in the position that we’re in. As an industry, we’re smarter than that and I know the men and women that work in the garage on these race teams are smarter than that because I work with them every day. I just think we’re better than that and we shouldn’t be where we’re at right now.”



“That’s a tough one and I’m not really sure what the right answer is. But you come off a week like we had at Texas and somebody getting injured and you’re coming into here, where odds are we’re probably all going to hit something at some point tomorrow and probably not lightly. Do you just not show up.. do you just not run? I don’t think that’s feasible to ask. There’s always an inherent risk in what we do and it’s always been that way. My frustration, as I’ve referenced here in the past few minutes, is I just hate that we put ourselves in the box that we’re in right now. It’s just disappointing that we’ve put ourselves here and we had the choice. We did this to ourselves as an industry and that just should have never been the case. We should not have put ourselves in the box that we’re in right now.


So my disappointment lies in that.. that we had years in time and opportunity to make this thing right before we put it on track and we didn’t. And now, we’re having to fix it and I just hate that we did that. Like I said, I think we’re smarter than that and I think there’s just a lot of men and women that work in this garage that know better and we shouldn’t have been here.


But as far as the race goes, unfortunately or fortunately, however you want to look at it; you have to go and do your best to try and win and do all of the same things that you would do in the past to give yourself an opportunity to win the race. I don’t really see that you have a ton of choices, other than just try to trust in the process that things are going to get better and hope we’re taking steps in the right direction and we’re doing it in a timely manner.”



“Obviously, things have gotten better over the years, for sure. There’s been a ton of gains in how the cars are built. I feel like, in the past, we always as an industry and even from the outside looking in before I was a part of it; if they weren’t on the forefront of something happening, they took those experiences that they had and they made it a lot better in a short period of time and that has been going on for years. Granted, there’s been some bad accidents and we’ve lost drivers over the years and nobody ever wanted to see that; but the safety aspect has improved and gotten better and better. I feel like NASCAR has been super on top of that in years past and that’s why I’m just so disappointed and shocked that we went backwards in what we did, especially in this day in age and all the things we have access to and whatnot.


That’s my point and I’m not going to say much more than that, other than I’m just disappointed that we put ourselves in the box that we’re in. We’re better than that. We shouldn’t be here. We had plenty of time to build this car the right way; to crash test it the right way, come out of the box and hit the ground running to put on a great show for the people that are watching. Let that be the story and put the best foot forward to keep drivers from getting injured. There’s always going to be risk and that’s part of it. We all accept that and we’re all very grateful to do what we do. I certainty am very lucky, whether we’re in the position that we’re in or not. So don’t take me the wrong way, but I just hate that we got ourselves in the box that we’re in because we shouldn’t be here.”



“I don’t know… you tell me. I don’t have a good answer for you on that. I really don’t. That is what baffles me. I have no idea how we got here.”



When a loaded field of 117 race cars fill the pits of one of Illinois’ most challenging dirt tracks, only the strongest will emerge victorious. Four of DIRTcar’s toughest weekly racers conquered the challenge at Lincoln Speedway Friday night, hoisting the tallest of trophies in the kickoff to the 27th annual DIRTcar Fall Nationals.



Chevrolet Performance 604 Crate engine Late Model racing on a quarter-mile racetrack is one of the toughest challenges a driver will meet all year long. With its similar competitor speeds and limited space for clean air, passes are earned, not given. 2022 DIRTcar national champion Jose Parga demonstrated that the best Friday night and bagged his first career Fall Nationals Feature win.


The 25-year-old from New Berlin, IL, started sixth on the grid and was running fifth when the yellow was displayed with nine laps complete. On the ensuing restart, leader Colby Sheppard and second-place Timmy Dick made contact getting into Turn 1 and spun, collecting others and bringing out the yellow again.


Both drivers were sent to the rear for causing the caution, which moved Parga up into third and on the outside of Row 2 for the restart. He hammered the throttle at the drop of the green and used the clean air on the top to his advantage, zooming by Kyle McMahon and Chase Osterhoff to take the lead that same lap.


“The main thing for me was clean air; I needed to be in clean air real bad,” Parga said. “When I was in dirty air, the car just wasn’t getting over and didn’t feel the greatest.”


“Once that incident happened with Colby and them, I was able to get the outside on Delaware double-file [restart] and I got clean air. I really think that was the main thing to my advantage.”


Parga then turned on the jets, running out to a 4.5-second lead before collecting the checkers. It was a big win in the event, avenging his back-to-back defeats at the marquee Lincoln event from last year.


ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 6P-Jose Parga[6]; 2. 01-Billy Knippenberg[4]; 3. 19-Chase Osterhoff[7]; 4. 14-Braden Johnson[10]; 5. 45-Kyle McMahon[2]; 6. 33-Devin McLean[14]; 7. 32M-Cody Maguire[11]; 8. 17B-Braden Bilger[17]; 9. $12-Troy Marciniak[21]; 10. 61-Jammie Wilson[13]; 11. 25F-Tucker Finch[12]; 12. 27-Colby Sheppard[1]; 13. 25-Rockett Bennett[23]; 14. 5B-Brandon Sweitzer[24]; 15. T22-Curtis Eller[15]; 16. 59X-Damon Heck[22]; 17. 1G-Graham Fate[20]; 18. 248-Brandon Lance[18]; 19. 77-Blaise Baker[8]; 20. 122-Timmy Dick[3]; 21. 10C-Colby Eller[5]; 22. 33H-Roben Huffman[9]; 23. 22-Chris Dick[16]; 24. 14S-Derek Smith[19]



Locked into the thick of the closest national points battle of all eight DIRTcar divisions, it was only fitting that Guy Taylor and Deece Schwartz finished 1-2 Friday night.


While the points standings may not have changed much, the score on the track did. Taylor quickly climbed up from his seventh-place spot on the starting grid to the lead in six laps, taking it away permanently two laps later.


In his drive through the lead pack, Taylor passed Schwartz, who started third and was off to a slow start. But after a few caution flags to reset, Schwartz turned it on, passing for second on Lap 10 and making a beeline for Taylor.


“After I could get a good roll coming off of Turn 2, I thought I had a good shot at [Taylor],” Schwartz said. “But the laps wound-down too fast, and I ran out of time.”


Indeed, Schwartz ran out of time, coming up just one spot short of the victory. Taylor held on after a green-white-checkered finish for his first career DIRTcar Fall Nationals Feature win, and kept the points battle close.


“The very bottom was the best place for me to run; it had good traction down there,” Taylor said. “I saw Deece working that middle. He definitely had me on my toes.”


Though it was a great win on Friday, Taylor came to Lincoln this weekend to win a national title. With Schwartz’s finish directly behind him, it’s going to be even tougher to make up the gap on Saturday, but that won’t stop him front trying.


“Nothing against Deece; I was hoping he would’ve finished third or worse, so we could gain some points,” Taylor said. “He was second, so we didn’t gain any points tonight. We’re 11 behind, so it’s going to be tough to win the national championship.


“We started out the year and were just going to have fun. And before you know it, we’re in a couple points battles. I’m just honored to run for Bob Russell’s family in this car.”


On the flip side, Schwartz is nearly there in his quest for DIRTcar championship gold. He knows the plan going into Saturday and is sticking to it.


“I’ve just got to keep my head straight and don’t let the points mess with me,” Schwartz said. “That was my big problem in 2020 – I let the points get to me too early, and it started screwing me at the end of it.


“As long as I just keep my nose clean and finish the race well, hopefully we’ll bring home the title.”


ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 4T-Guy Taylor[7]; 2. 121-Deece Schwartz[3]; 3. 3W-BJ Deal[4]; 4. 14G-Tommy Gaither[8]; 5. 8Z-Zach Taylor[6]; 6. 15C-Kevin Crowder[9]; 7. 78-Maxx Emerson[17]; 8. 2-Brayden Doyle[2]; 9. 44-Gabe Menser[1]; 10. 59-JD Evans Carter[13]; 11. 52JR-Cole Knebel[10]; 12. 37-Chad Ziegler[19]; 13. 74-James Hileman[20]; 14. 28-Justin Durbin[16]; 15. 29H-Cale Hartnagel[11]; 16. 88-Zayden Bolyard[18]; 17. 24M-Matt Milner[15]; 18. 66K-Kaleb Stephens[24]; 19. 21JR-Drew Schwartz[21]; 20. 15G-Zach Gaither[12]; 21. 26-Robby Keen[22]; 22. 29-Josh Orman[23]; 23. 8-Ethan Orman[14]; 24. (DNS) 67-Austin Seets

UMP MODIFIEDS – Tyler Nicely

Leading all but the first lap, Tyler Nicely completed the most dominant Feature performance of the evening, towering over heavy-hitting opponents Mike McKinney, Kenny Wallace, Kelly Kovski, Allen Weisser and 2022 national champion Mike Harrison for his first DIRTcar Fall Nationals triumph.


It took only one circuit around the quarter-mile for the Owensboro, KY-driver to get to the lead, at one point stretching his lead out to over two seconds in traffic. McKinney was hot on his tail and closed the gap in the final laps as Nicely was hindered by lapped traffic but came up nearly a full second short of the win.


ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)


Feature (25 Laps): 1. 25-Tyler Nicely[3]; 2. 96M-Mike McKinney[6]; 3. 36-Kenny Wallace[5]; 4. 10K-Kelly Kovski[4]; 5. 25W-Allen Weisser[2]; 6. 24H-Mike Harrison[10]; 7. 05-Dave Wietholder[13]; 8. 3L-Jeremy Nichols[8]; 9. 35-Brandon Roberts[1]; 10. 11D-Brian Diveley[9]; 11. 89-Austin Friedman[14]; 12. 777-Trevor Neville[17]; 13. 34T-Tanner Reed[12]; 14. 99T-Tyler Loughmiller[15]; 15. 1-Todd Sherman[23]; 16. 14-Brian Lynn[24]; 17. 62E-Deece Schwartz[19]; 18. 99-Tim Luttrell[16]; 19. Z-Zack Bunning[11]; 20. 72A-Austin Lynn[20]; 21. 70-Brian Bielong[18]; 22. 14M-Caden McWhorter[7]; 23. 60-Jim Manka[21]; 24. 87C-Alan Crowder[22]


STOCK CARS – Jeff Leka

Many of the most longstanding DIRTcar Racing fans have had the opportunity to see Jeff Leka win at least one Feature in a UMP Modified over his storied career. But how about in a Stock Car?


Friday night, Leka did just that. Piloting Jeremy Nichols’ No. 67R for the weekend, the 2008 UMP Modified national champion from Buffalo, IL, put on an incredible show with 2022 Stock Car national champion Zane Reitz. Lap-after-lap the two battled, Leka hugging the bottom and Reitz ripping the top side.


The two swapped the lead several times in the second half of the race, but Leka got the upper hand in the end, staying smooth on the bottom while Reitz bobbled here-and-there throughout.


Just over a half-second separated the two at the line, sending Leka to Victory Lane, now as a Fall Nationals Stock Car Feature winner to match his Modified victories earned when the event was held at Eldora Speedway.


ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 67R-Jeff Leka[5]; 2. 55-Zane Reitz[1]; 3. 14-Megan Erwin[2]; 4. 11-Terry Reed[8]; 5. K67JR-Braiden Keller[4]; 6. 2Z-Andy Zahnd[7]; 7. R1-Jim Ransom[3]; 8. 4-Zach Clark[9]; 9. 21P-Dustin Pruitt[10]; 10. G51-Tyler Gilmour[19]; 11. 22-Frank Wright[11]; 12. 21-Jaret Duff[13]; 13. 78B-Brad Peters[12]; 14. E21-Eric Boomer[14]; 15. (DNS) 16-Nick Macklin; 16. (DNS) 46-Randy Huffman; 17. (DNS) 21R-Dustin Reed; 18. (DNS) 44J-Jeremy Madsen; 19. (DNS) 91B-Kirk Spurgeon


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Stafford Speedway hosted its final Friday night race program of the 2022 season with NAPA Auto Parts Championship Night on September 30.  Taking down feature wins on the night were Ronnie Williams in the SK Modified® feature, Wayne Coury, Jr. in the Late Model feature, Tyler Chapman in the SK Light feature, Alexandra Fearn in the Limited Late Model feature, and Bobby Stirk, III in the Street Stock feature.  With NAPA Championship Night serving as the final race of the 2022 season, track championships were clinched by Tyler Barry in the SK Light division and Rich Hammann in the Limited Late Model feature as Todd Owen, Adam Gray, and Travis Hydar clinched the SK Modified®, Late Model, and Street Stock championships respectively a week ago.

In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Tyler Leary led the field to the green flag and he took the lead on the opening lap.  Behind Leary, Ronnie Williams took second from Michael Gervais, Jr. and he took the lead from Leary at the line as they completed the second lap.  Williams cleared Leary on lap-3 with Troy Talman and Gervais wheel to wheel for third and Todd Owen in fifth.

By lap-9, Owen had worked his way through traffic to move up to second behind Williams with Marcello Rufrano up to third, Leary fourth, and Bryan Narducci in fifth.  Narducci took fourth place from Leary on lap-12 while Owen was still trying to close down the gap to Williams for the race lead.  Rufrano looked to take second from Owen on lap-17 but he got sideways, which slowed him enough to allow Narducci to catch him and take over third place on lap-19.  Michael Christopher, Jr. took fifth from Leary on lap-20 while Williams was still leading Owen at the front of the field.

Owen was starting to slowly reel Williams in with 10 laps to go, but he ran out of time and came up just short as Williams took down his third win of the 2022 season.  Narducci finished third with Rufrano and Christopher rounding out the top-5.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature, John Blake led the first lap before the caution came out for Adon Burrell, who came to a stop at the entrance to pit road. 

A melee broke out on the restart with Michael Bennett getting sideways in front of the entire field, which collected the cars of Alexandra Fearn, Dave Wray, Adam Gray barrel into each other and Andrew Durand spun in turn 3 to bring the caution right back out before a lap could be completed. 

Bennett took the lead on the restart with Wayne Coury, Jr. and Darrell Keane racing door to door for two laps before Coury cleared Keane and took second place.  Michael Wray was fourth with Kevin Gambacorta in fifth.  The caution came back out with 3 laps complete as Gambacorta, Andrew Molleur, Josh White, and P.J. Zarrella all got into the turn 1 wall.

Bennett took the lead on the restart but he was under heavy pressure from Coury in second with Keane in third.  Tom Butler was now up to fourth with Alexandra Fearn streaking into the top-5 on the restart.  Coury made a move to the inside of Bennett on lap-6 but Bennett was able to maintain the lead by a nose at the line.  The two cars touched on lap-7 with Coury falling back to fifth behind Bennett, Keane, Butler, and Alexandra Fearn.  Coury and Tom Fearn both went by Alexandra Fearn on lap-11 to move into fourth and fifth and drop Alexandra back to sixth in line as Bennett continued to lead Keane and Butler.  The top-5 remained the same when the caution came back out with 21 laps for debris on the frontstretch.

Keane took the lead from Bennett on the restart with Coury in third behind the two leaders.  The caution flag came back out with 21 laps complete as Butler stopped in turn 4.

Keane took the lead back under green with Coury behind him but the caution and red flags came back out with 23 laps complete as Bennett got sideways and collected the car of Michael Wray, who climbed up and over Bennett’s car before coming back to a rest on the ground with Gambacorta’s car also collected.

Keane took the lead on the restart with Tom Fearn nearly taking second from Coury before getting back into line in third behind Coury.  Wayne Coury, Sr. was now up to fourth with Alexandra Fearn in fifth.  Coury, Jr. took the lead from Keane on lap-26 with a pass in turn 2 and Tom Fearn followed him by Keane to take second and drop Keane back to third place.

Coury, Jr. lead Tom Fearn to the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the 2022 season.  Keane, Alexandra Fearn, and Gambacorta rounded out the top-5.

In the 20-lap SK Light feature, Frank L’Etoile, Jr. took the lead at the green flag and he led the first lap before polesitter Amanda West retook the lead on lap-2.  Ron Midford, Jr. took second behind West with George Bessette, Jr. taking third, Bob Charland fourth and Chris Matthews fifth as L’Etoile fell all the way back to tenth place.  Bessette took second from Midford on lnap-5 and he nearly took the lead from West on lap-6 before he fell back to third behind West and Midford.  Just behind the lead trio, Tyler Chapman was now up to fourth and Charland was fifth with L’Etoile in sixth. 

Bessette was able to pull alongside West for the elad on lap-10 but he couldn’t complete the pass as the two cars raced wheel to wheel.  West cleared Bessette on lap-12 while Chapman was now alongside West for the lead and he took the lead as the field completed lap-13.  Tyler Barry made a 3-wide move on lap-14 to get by both West and Bessette and move into second behind Chapman with Midford in fifth. 

With 4 laps to go, Tyler Chapman was in the lead with Barry and Bessette wheel to wheel for second, Midford in fourth, and Derek Debbis and West wheel to wheel for fifth.  Tyler Chapman led Barry to the checkered flag to notch his fourth win of the 2022 season but Barry’s second place finish was good enough to make him the 2022 SK Light champion.  Bessette, Midford, and Debbis rounded out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, Jay Clement took the lead at the green flag with Gary Patnode, Jeremy Lavoie, Alexandra Fearn, and Rich Hammann lined up behind him.  Fearn took third from Lavoie on lap-4 while Jay Clement was still leading Patnode in front of Fearn. 

Patnode took the lead from Clement on lap-8 with Fearn taking second and Lavoie taking third on lap-9 as Clement fell back to fourth after leading the first 7 laps of the race.  Fearn rode behind Patnode until lap-14 when she took the lead with a pass in turn 2.  Lavoie was still third behind the two leaders with Jay Clement fourth and Hammann still in fifth.  Dana Wray spun coming out of turn 4 and behind that spin Jeremy Lavoie spun in the middle of turns 3+4 to bring the caution out with 17 laps complete.  Lavoie’s car appeared to break something in the rear end and he pulled behind the wall, done for the race.  Lavoie came into the race with the point lead and was in position to claim his third championship, but his misfortune potentially took him out of championship contention. 

Fearn took the lead back under green while Patnode didn’t come up to speed and he dropped back to ninth place as Jay Clement took second, Matt Clement third, Hammann fourth, and Kevin Cormier fifth.  Fearn led the field to the checkered flag to pick up her third win of the season with Jay Clement and Matt Clement behind her.  Hammann finished fourth, which was enough to claim the championship by 2 points over Lavoie 5with Cormier rounding out the top-5.

In the 20-lap Street Stock feature, Bill Cote took the early lead at the drop of the green flag with Jason Lafayette quickly taking second.  Tyler Trott was third in line with Bobby Stirk, III in fourth and Travis Downey in fifth.  Lap-4 saw Stirk make a power move to go from fourth to second with Downey following him through traffic to take third place.  Adrien Paradis, III was now fourth with Travis Hydar in fifth and Stirk took the lead on lap-6.  Downey again followed Stirk through and moved into second with Paradis taking third and Hydar fourth as Lafayette fell from the lead back to fifth.  The caution came out with 8 laps complete for a spin in the middle of turns 3+4 by Marvin Minkler.

Stirk took the lead back under green with Paradis taking second from Downey.  Ryan Waterman was now up to fourth with Hydar holding the fifth position as Lafayette fell back to sixth.  Hydar took fourth from Waterman on lap-12 while Stirk continued to lead the race.  The caution came back out with 12 laps complete for a spins in turn 1 by Trott and Lafayette.

Stirk again took the lead on the restart with Downey taking second one lap after the restart.  Waterman settled into third with Paradis fourth and Bert Ouellette took fifth from Hydar.  The caution came back out with 16 laps complete for a spin in the middle of turns 1+2 by Rob Sears.

Stirk took the lead again back under green with Downey sliding back to seventh place as Paradis took second, Ouellette third, Hydar fourth, Waterman fifth, and Brandon Warren sixth.  The caution came out with 18 laps complete for a spin in turn 4 by Cote that set up a green white checkered finish.

Paradis took the lead from Stirk on the restart with Hydar in third.  Stirk was able to pull back alongside Paradis on the final lap and he took the lead in turns 3+4 and led Hydar and Paradis to the checkered flag by a nose to take down his sixth win of the 2022 season.  Hydar nipped Paradis at the line for second with Ouellette and Waterman rounding out the top-5.

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Jordan Anderson – No. 3 Dometic Outdoor Chevrolet Silverado Preview- 
Talladega Superspeedway

News and Notes: 

- Practice; For Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Chevy Silverado 250 drivers will receive no practice time prior to qualifying.  

– Starting Position; With no practice scheduled teams would move directly into qualifying Friday afternoon after technical inspection to determine the starting order for Saturday’s Chevy Silverado 250. In 2022, superspeedway qualifying for the NCWTS would consist of a two rounds of single truck single lap qualifying with the 10 fastest trucks in Round 1 moving on to Round 2 to determine the starting order of the Top-10. Hitting the racetrack 6th in Round 1, Anderson would place the No. 3 Dometic Outdoor truck inside the Top-10 in Round 1 to qualify for Round 2. In Round 2 Anderson would lay down a lap of 54.533 at 175.600 mph to place 9th. After the completion of qualifying the Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport Dometic Outdoor Chevrolet No. 3 will start 9th on the inside of row five for Saturday’s Chevy Silverado 250. 

– Talladega Superspeedway Stats; Saturday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 will mark Anderson’s sixth start at Talladega Superspeedway. In five previous starts, Anderson holds an average finish of 12.8 with a career best of 6th coming in 2020. Between Daytona International Speedway (DIS) and Talladega Superspeedway, Anderson has ten Superspeedway starts holding an average finish of 13.20 with a best of second coming twice at DIS.   
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– Chassis; JAR will bring Chassis No. 014 back to Talladega Superspeedway for Anderson to compete with for the third consecutive year. Chassis No. 014 attempted to qualify at DIS in February, but encountered engine issues and did not qualify for the race. Prior to Daytona, Chassis No. 014 would compete last October in the Chevy Silverado 250 at Talladega where it would claim a 11th place finish. After sitting for the Summer Chassis No. 14 would record a tie for Anderson’s best career NASCAR finish claiming the second position in a wild last lap finish in the NCWTS season opener at DIS.  In 2020, Chassis No. 014 would earn JAR two top-ten finishes claiming the runner-up position in the closest finish in Daytona truck race history by a margin of 0.010 seconds behind Grant Enfinger in its debut, while in its second race of 2020 at Talladega Superspeedway No. 014 performed flawlessly claiming a sixth-place finish. In four races for JAR No. 014 has an average finish of 5.25.


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NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Overview-

Talladega Superspeedway; October 1, 2022

Track; Talladega Superspeedway– Oval (2.66-Miles)
Race: Sparks 300; 113 Laps –25/25/63; 300.58 Miles
Date/Broadcast: Saturday; October 1, 2022 4:00 PM ET (3:00 PM CT)
TV: USA Network, and the NBC Sports App 
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)- Check Local Listings for affiliate, and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 
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Myatt Snider – No. 31 Tax Slayer Chevrolet Camaro SS Preview- 
Talladega Superspeedway

News and Notes: 

- Practice; Similar to Spring 2022 race the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) will receive no practice time for Saturday’s Sparks 300. 

– Starting Position; With no practice scheduled teams would move directly into qualifying Friday afternoon after technical inspection to determine the starting order for Saturday’s Sparks 300. In 2022, superspeedway qualifying for the NXS would consist of a two rounds of single car single lap qualifying with the 10 fastest cars in Round 1 moving on to Round 2 to determine the starting order of the Top-10. Hitting the racetrack 18th in Round 1, Snider would complete a lap of 53.277 at 179.740 ranking 21st overall in Round 1 failing to qualify for Round 2. After the completion of qualifying the Jordan Anderson Racing Bommarito Autosport TaxSlayer Chevrolet No. 31 will start 21st on the inside of row 11 for Saturday afternoon’s Sparks 300. 

– Talladega Superspeedway StatsSaturday’s NXS Sparks 300 will mark Snider’s sixth NXS start at Talladega Superspeedway. In April of 2020, Snider would make his NXS debut at the 2.66-mile Alabama superspeedway earning himself a 27th place finish after lagging towards the back of the field most of the race and would get caught up in an accident caused by someone else at the front. The Fall race of 2020 would see Snider have much of the same happen as he would run mid-pack the entire race until a spinning car coming up track on the final lap would end his day resulting in 26th place finish. 2021, would see Snider move to a new team and put himself in contention in the Spring race running inside the Top-10 the entire race having a shot to win on the final lap running in fifth when the caution flag would come out. Reverting back to the previous timing loop Snider would be scored in the 9th position in the final run down. The Fall race of 2021 would see Snider running up front the entire race before getting caught up in the big one with 26 laps to go resulting in a disappointing 31st place finish after having a fast car all day. 
Moving to JAR Bommarito Autosport in 2022 Snider would find himself running up front once again at Talladega in the Spring race at the completion of Stage 2 after qualifying in the 31st position. After multiple accidents in the final laps Snider was able to escape with a ninth-place finish. In five starts at Talladega Superspeedway in Xfinity Series competition Snider holds an average finish of 20.4. Snider has also made two starts in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2017 & 2018 earning himself a second and third place finish holding an average finish of 2.5. 

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– Chassis; JAR Bommarito Autosport will bring Chassis No. 110 back to the track this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway for the Sparks 300. Chassis No. 110 last competed at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) after being delayed 3.5 hours. Snider would start the WaWa 250 in the 22nd position after qualifying would be cancelled and the grid would be set by the performance metrics system. In the first stage Snider would work as high as 8th before fading to the back of the pack at the conclusion of Stage 1 to avoid any possible accidents and would ultimately finish 18th. Stage 2 would see Snider run at the back of the lead pack and would work his way to finish ninth at the conclusion of Stage 2. The final stage would not see things as calm as accident after accident would occur. Snider would be involved in two accidents in the final stages that would require the car to come to pit row to repair damage. At the conclusion of the WaWa 250 Snider would survive with a 12th place finish. 


After a 37-year hiatus, auto racing was back at the annual Bloomsburg Fair as the 167th edition of Pennsylvania’s largest agricultural state fair hosted the Sport Compact Dirt Racing Association (SCDRA) FWD 4-Cylinder stocks along with the Central PA Legends.

And with great track conditions the two classes put on quite a bit of exciting action to boot.

The nationally sanctioned SCDRA contested in a 30 lap main that saw Chris Anderson of Rockhill edge Bob Shultz for the $2500 win while Chris Transeau of Abbottstown pulled off a late race pass on Travis McClelland in garnering top honors in the Legends 20 lap main.

The SCDRA event was a thriller from start to finish as close, tight racing was taking place throughout the field over the entire race, especially at the front where Anderson was constantly under heavy pressure from the likes of Shultz as well as Josh Frantz.

Frantz matter of fact was giving Anderson a handful to deal with during much of the first half of the race while Shultz and Shawn Hadden rode closely behind. Several times those lead cars would roll into the first turn a bit high and hit the wall yet rarely did they lose any ground which only intensified the closeness that was ongoing.

Within the closing laps Frantz suddenly fell off the pace and Shultz, who had taken second, was now all over Anderson. With the white flag displayed the front pair then battled for position with Anderson doing a perfect job of defending his spot and annexing the victory by a very slim margin.

Unfortunately for Shultz his car did not pass post-race inspection and he was disqualified. That elevated Hadden to the runner-up spot with Jeff Huber, Robbie Carroll and AJ Hoffner rounding out the tip five.

The Legends feature was also a barnburner although despite a number of cautions that interrupted the action, the green flag laps that took place saw an outstanding battle for the lead.

Scott Houdeshell controlled the early going but had the top 2022 winner McClelland hot on his trail. After going several laps side-by-side McClelland assumed control of the lead with an inside pass on lap eight.

It would then appear that he was in line for his 12th win of the season but Houdeshell and Transeau where not making it easy on him as they surrounded him from both sides.

The decisive moment would take place on a restart with two laps to go when Transeau, who was then second, blasted to the outside of McClelland and snagged the lead. He would then stay solid in shielding his spot and taking the decisive victory. Houdeshell, Seth Kearcher and Wes Alleman rounded out the top five.


FWD 4 Cylinder feature finish (25 laps): 1. Chris Anderson, 2. Shawn Hadden, 3. Jeff Huber, 4. Robbie Green, 5. AJ Hoffner, 6. Luke Hoffner, 7. Kevin Doud, 8. Brandon Hoffner, 9. Josh Frantz, 10. Tim Raup, 11. Greg Kiehl, 12. Justin Williamson, 13. Jason Goss, 14. Sam Creveling, 15. Nick Kerstetter, 16. Kolton Wagner, 17. Virgil Meyer, 18. Matt Chronister, 19. Adam Bales, 20. Adam Campbell, 21. Kenny Underwood, 22. Kevin Greenfield, 23. Ryan Austin DQ: Bob Shultz DNQ: Tony Hilliard, Nick McDaniel, Jacob Knittle, Tim Campbell, Jason Seymour, Bill Price, Codey Beaver, Jeff Lawton


Legends feature finish (20 laps): 1. Chris Transeau, 2. Travis McClelland, 3. Scott Houdeshell, 4. Seth Kearcher, 5. Wes Alleman, 6. Lincoln Kearcher, 7. Rick Hartwig, 8. Scott Musselman, 9. Richie Dobson Jr., 10. Blaine Leppo, 11. Scott Spiddle, 12. Brady Arndt, 13. Bryan Green, 14. Logan Carbaugh, 15. Preston Alleman, 16. Shaun Abney, 17. Justin Wagaman, 18. Robert Stough, 19. Bryan Wagaman, 20. Shaun Miller, 21. Cory Phillips, 22. Wayne Dutterer, 23. Zach Baxter, 24. Vincent Wenrich DNQ: Scott Montgomery, Dave Benner, Eric Hurst, Tyler Kaylor, Caleb Masse, John Anderika, Hunter McElroy

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