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A rising star battling a seasoned veteran down to the last race for the ARCA Menards Series championship resulted in unprecedented content consumption of the 2019 season finale from Kansas Speedway on Friday night.

The ARCA Kansas 150 on FS1 averaged 420,000 viewers, representing a sizable increase year over year for the same day delayed airing, as 18-year-old Christian Eckes won the race and edged teammate Michael Self for the title. The race also had 13,600 live streams as the series streamed on for the first time and received extensive coverage through ARCA and NASCAR social and digital channels. Video of the final lap of Eckes’ victory has garnered more than 19,000 views on Twitter via @ARCA_Racing.

Friday night’s race followed ALCS Game 5 on FS1 due to a last-minute programming conflict on FS2.

“What a great way to close out our 2019 season,” said Mark Gundrum, ARCA vice president of corporate partnerships. “Mother Nature threw MLB a curve ball and everyone at FOX Sports and NASCAR did what they could to hit it out of the park. We had a great championship battle decided in an exciting race that went down to the wire.

“Our partners at FOX Sports did a great job throughout their part of the 2019 broadcast schedule and we look forward to kicking off 2020 with them at Daytona next February.”

FOX Sports will again broadcast ARCA Menards Series races in 2020, continuing a relationship that dates to 1997. MAVTV will enter its fourth consecutive season of broadcasting ARCA Menards Series races next season, while NBC Sports will air coverage of the ARCA Menards Series East and West. The complete television schedule will be released in the coming weeks.


Derek Kraus and Bill McAnally Racing are on a winning streak at Kern County Raceway Park. They hope to extend their string of victories when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to the high-banked, half-mile track near Bakersfield, California on Saturday for the NAPA / ENEOS 150 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.


Kraus – an 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin – will be gunning for his fourth consecutive series win at KCRP. It would be BMR’s sixth straight victory there.


Two-time series champion Todd Gilliland started the string of victories, winning there twice while driving for BMR. Kraus scored his first series win in his rookie year, with a victory at Kern County Raceway in the 2017season finale. He extended the streak with two wins there last year.


While Kraus aims to return the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry to Victory Lane on Saturday, his two teammates – Hailie Deegan and Brittney Zamora – also look to contend for the victory and become part of the BMR winning streak there. Deegan – an 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Temecula, California – drives the No. 19 Monster Energy/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry. Zamora – a 20-year-old series rookie from Kennewick, Washington – wheels the No. 99 ENEOS / NAPA Filters Toyota Camry.


Kraus has a 40-point lead in the championship standings as he heads to Saturday’s event, which is the 13th of a 14-race series schedule. Coming off a fourth-place finish earlier this month at All American Speedway in Roseville, California – he has four wins, nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 12 starts this season.


Deegan – who won a pole award, along with finishing sixth and seventh in two visits to Kern last year – is fourth in the standings and is on the heels of the second and third-place drivers. She has two wins, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 12 starts this season – including a second-place finish at All American Speedway.


Zamora, who will be making her first series start at KCRP, is second in rookie points and is tied for fifth in the overall series standings. She has five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 12 starts. She finished sixth at Roseville.


A fourth BMR entry on Saturday will be driven by 20-year-old Dylan Garner of Yorba Linda, California. Garner – who will wheel the No. 50 NAPA Belts & Hoses/California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation Toyota Camry – finished second in this year’s tight chase for the NASCAR Late Model division championship at Kern County Raceway Park.


Garner made his K&N West debut earlier this year with a ninth-place finish at Irwindale Speedway. He qualified fourth at Roseville, but finished 12th after getting caught up in an early-race incident.


The weekend will get started with the NAPA Distribution Center in Fresno hosting a kick-off event at the Roadhouse Grill in Bakersfield on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.


A VIP Hospitality will welcome guests of NAPA and ENEOS at the track on Saturday.


Guests will get the full VIP Experience – with the opportunity to take a ride around the track in BMR’s two-seater NAPA Toyota, get a look behind the scenes with a special pit tour and attend the NASCAR drivers meeting.


A VIP Suite will provide NAPA guests with special viewing of all the action – with one lucky person being selected as an Honorary NAPA Pit Crew Member with the BMR team.


The Kern County race will air live on FansChoice. TV – the streaming digital platform that’s airing the entire NASCAR regional series schedule live this year. In addition, it will also be broadcast to a national audience on NBCSN on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. PT.


Already looking into the 2020 season for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, two marque events are set with the series returning to Washington for the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway and Brownfield Classic at Grays Harbor Raceway.

"With the tremendous growth and success, we've seen at both tracks the last few years, I'm really excited for the 2020 tour to come out west," stated Skagit Speedway owner, Steve Beitler.
Taking place June 25, 26, and 27 the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup has been a part of the lineup with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network since 2015 with Jason Solwold topping the series' inaugural visit.
Normally followed by the Fred Brownfield Classic, the events will swap in 2020 with the Grays Harbor Raceway crown jewel going to Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 to get the date off the Independence Day Weekend.
"These are events that we look forward to all year. As soon as we're done, we're already counting down to coming back," said ASCS National Director, Matt Ward. "Steve and his staff are among the best to work with anywhere we travel too, the fans are top-notch, and the competition is fantastic."
More information on each event will be released as the dates come into view. Information on the tracks and their events can be found online at and
For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up ASCS Nation in 2020, log onto, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will visit seven European countries and major cities in 2020: Valencia, Spain - London, UK - Prague, Czech Republic - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Rome, Italy - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany. The calendar features 13 rounds of exciting door-to-door NASCAR racing at the best tracks of the Old Continent and a unique experience for fans and families with unrivalled American-themed events.

New for 2020 are double points playoffs extended to 6 rounds, a brand new American Festival in Rome, Italy and the Euro NASCAR Finals at Hockenheim, further enhancing the series’ status as one of the best championships in Europe.

“This is probably the best calendar in the series’ history," declared NWES president CEO Jerome Galpin. “We are very proud and fortunate to work with such fantastic track partners. We all share the common goal to offer to European fans a unique at-track experience based on Pure Racing, full access to the competition and great American fun festivals!”

“Next year’s schedule is a testament to the strength and popularity of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series,” said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Chief International Officer. “The series will bring exciting, side-by-side NASCAR racing to fans in seven countries across Europe. Our proximity to several big cities – including the new American Festival in Rome –  will continue to make it easy for families to see our style of racing up close.”

The European NASCAR season will kick off on April 25-26 with the traditional opening rounds in Valencia, Spain. The Valencia NASCAR Fest at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo will celebrate its seventh edition. Six weeks later NWES series will head to Brands Hatch, UK for the hugely popular American SpeedFest. The historic 1,9-km Indy Circuit will host the British NASCAR GP for the eighth time on June 6-7.

After a splendid inaugural event in 2019, on June 21-22 Most and the Czech Republic will welcome Euro NASCAR again – fresh off a multi-year contract renewal – with the second edition of the Autodrom Most NASCAR Show. Raceway Venray will once again wrap-up the regular season on July 11-12 with a repeat of the successful formula featuring one 70-lap EuroNASCAR 2 (formerly ELITE 2) race on Saturday and on 100-lap EuroNASCAR PRO (formerly ELITE 1) race on Sunday at the fastest half-mile oval in Europe.

After the summer break, it will be playoff time again with six races awarding double points. On September 12-13 a brand new American Festival will make its debut in Rome, Italy at the 4-km Vallelunga road course. The Italian event will be followed three weeks later, on October 3-4 by the sixth edition of the NASCAR GP Belgium at the historic Circuit Zolder in the forest of the Limburg region.  

The Hockenheimring, in Germany, will host the Euro NASCAR Finals for the first time on October 17-18. A guarantee for spectacular door-to-door racing, the iconic German track will crown the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion in the fourth edition of the American Fan Fest.

Valencia, Most, Zolder and Hockenheim will host the four rounds making up the 2020 EuroNASCAR Club Challenge calendar. The regularity-based division of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will hit the track on Thursday at the four venues and contest its fourth season.

The 2020 NWES calendar will offer every race fan an opportunity to enjoy the unrivalled atmosphere of a NASCAR GP and grant drivers a wide variety of racing experiences. Only the best of the best will be the 2020 Euro NASCAR Champion. Save the dates race fans!





REGULAR SEASON (1 joker race = 6 out of 7 best results)

April 25



Round 1

April 26



Round 2

June 6


Brands Hatch

Round 3

June 7


Brands Hatch

Round 4

June 20

Czech Republic


Round 5

June 21

Czech Republic


Round 6

July 11


Venray (oval)

EuroNASCAR 2 Round 7 (70 laps)

July 12


Venray (oval)

EuroNASCAR PRO Round 7 (100 laps)

Playoffs (double points)

September 12



Round 8

September 13



Round 9

October 3



Round 10

October 4



Round 11

October 17



Round 12

October 18



Round 13


NASCAR, Race Team Alliance and 704Games announced today a live event that will crown the inaugural champion of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League™. For the first time ever, NASCAR teams and their gamers will gather in Arena 43 at NASCAR Plaza to witness the historic competition featuring two races, one PlayStation 4 and one Xbox One, that will determine the inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League champion.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 23, fans can tune-in to, Twitch via 704Games and Facebook for the live coverage of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League Championship from the virtual ISM Raceway.

“The combined effort of the entire NASCAR industry, as well as the enthusiasm around the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, has made for a remarkable first season,” said Tim Clark, senior vice president and chief digital officer, NASCAR. “The live finale will continue to showcase the action-packed racing fans have come to expect from this series.”

The full-field of eNASCAR Heat Pro League gamers will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the live season finale. Competitors will face-off live in two feature events, the first on PlayStation 4 followed by an Xbox One race. The Championship 4 team with the most combined points at the end of the night will walk away with the first-ever eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship title.

The Championship 4 teams were set following a pair of races at the virtual Kansas Speedway and include:

  • Team Penske Esports: Corey Rothgeb (PlayStation 4) and Brian Tedeschi (Xbox One)
  • JR Motorsports: Jason Keffer (PlayStation 4) and Tyler Dohar (Xbox One)
  • Stewart-Haas Gaming: SHG_HotRod_14p (PlayStation 4) and SHG Slick 14x (Xbox One)
  • Leavine Family Gaming: Josh Harbin (PlayStation 4) and Nick Vroman (Xbox One)

“As we approach the final lap of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League’s first season, I’m most excited about the league’s electricity and how swiftly it developed,” said Colin Smith, President of 704Games. “Our drivers have proven to not only be talented racers, but also charismatic members of the NASCAR community. 704Games, NASCAR and the RTA are thrilled with our league’s trajectory into next season and, like our fans, are eagerly awaiting to see which team takes the championship.”

The eNASCAR Heat Pro League, a collaboration between NASCAR, RTA and 704Games, is NASCAR’s first-ever esports league on consoles. In its first year, the league featured 14 teams and 28 gamers, each owned and operated by prominent NASCAR race teams. Each team fielded two drivers, one competing on Xbox One and the other on PlayStation 4, all competing for the shared championship. The eNASCAR Heat Pro League transitioned to NASCAR Heat 4, the latest game in the NASCAR Heat franchise, in September, prior to the playoffs.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs will continue at Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the First Data 500 (Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, SiriusXM and MRN) and the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 (Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, SiriusXM and MRN), respectively.


David Hebert, in his bright orange No. ONE DIRTcar 358 Modified, jumped Mat Williamson in the opening laps to grab the lead. Hebert stayed out in front for the rest of the 110 laps to win the $10,000 grand prize. Mike Maresca charged to the front but had to settle for second. In third place was St. Catharines, Ontario star driver Mat Williamson who gave Hebert his strongest challenges throughout the race.

The great French-Canadian hero David Herbert took the early lead and stayed firmly planted on top of the order despite furious charges from Mat Williamson. It’s his first DIRTcar 358 Modified Series win since 2016 at Autodrome Drummond.

“The car was very good from the first lap to the end of the race. I could see Mat Williamson was very fast,” said Herbert.

Although he led a majority of the laps, Herbert still had to race hard for the win. Not only did Williamson show up at his door, but Herbert had to attack the lapped traffic stay ahead as well.

“The first 35-40 laps the top was very fast. Then the track shifted to the bottom. I could pass lapped traffic on the outside,” he said.

Herbert is already looking forward to the 2020 race season.

“That $10,000 check will be for preparing the car for the next year!”

Mike Maresca has come on strong late in the season. He took what was arguably his biggest win of his career at Fulton Speedway in the Outlaw 200. The No. 7mm started deep in “The Bullringer” field and made every move count.

“We started eleventh and got up to second even though it was hard to pass,” Maresca noted.

Mat Williamson finished the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series season with five wins to his credit and cemented a third-place finish in points.

“We had a third-place car. The two guys ahead of us had better race cars and drove better races. I can’t complain about a third. It’s a great way to end the year with our own personal 358,” Williamson said referring to his family-owned No. 6m.

Erick Rudolph has now taken his third DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Championship of his career.

Rudolph reflected on his season:

“Our 358 program was really good this year. I won a bunch. I think we won two races out on the trail. At Ransomville and Utica-Rome, our 358 was the one to beat. I’m really proud of the team. I’m really happy we were able to get it done this year. The middle part of the year we were really strong. We petered out a little bit and started just running well. We’ll do our homework over the Winter and come back even stronger next year.”

That concludes the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series for 2019. Congratulations to Erick Rudolph on the Championship and all of the premier competitors that joined us throughout the season.

DIRTcar 358 Modified Series (110 laps)

DAVID HEBERT, Michael Maresca, Mat Williamson, Ryan Arbuthnot, Erick Rudolph, Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney, Luke Whitteker, Steve Bernard, Tristan Draper, Stephane Lafrance, Kyle Dingwall, Mario Clair, Lee Ladouceur, Dave Marcuccilli, Kevin Hamel, Lance Willix, Michael Parent, Mathieu Boisvert, Brianna Ladouceur, Corbin Millar, Joe Banks, Joey Ladouceur, Jordan McCreadie, Brian McDonald, Louie Jackson Jr. Mikael Labreche, Chris Raabe, Corey Wheeler, Tim O’Brien, Johnathon Ferguson

Billy Whittaker Cars and Trux Fast Time: Michael Maresca 14.963

Heat Winners: Mat Williamson, Michael Maresca, Mike Mahaney, and Ryan Arbuthnot

Last Chance Showdowns: Lance Willix and Chris Raabe

DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Champion: Erick Rudolph

DIRTcar Series PR

Bret Holmes Caps Off the 2019 Season with a Fourth-Place Finish at Kansas Speedway
Bret Holmes and the No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation Chevrolet team finished fourth in the ARCA Menards Series season-finale event at Kansas Speedway on Friday night. Holmes started the 100-lap affair from the sixth position and immediately reported a loose-handling condition developing on his red Chevrolet. Crew chief Shane Huffman utilized the first caution of the night to bring Holmes down pit road to the attention of the No. 23 pit crew. After receiving four fresh tires, fuel and a round of chassis adjustments, Holmes returned to the racing surface. A few laps later, Holmes reported to the team that the changes were positive and maneuvered into the fourth position. With laps winding down, the Munford, Ala., native remained in the fourth spot, collecting his eighth top-five finish of the 2019 season. Holmes finishes out the season third in the championship point standings.
Start – 6th        Finish – 4th      Points Position – 3rd  
“We started off the race pretty loose and battled with handling until the first caution. When we pitted, Shane (Huffman, crew chief) made a great call with a big adjustment. We were on the rails after that. We made it up to the fourth spot, and that’s where we stayed until the end of the race. I wish we had one more pit stop to help the car a little bit more. I feel like we would have been contending for the win, if we had a chance to pit again. I can’t express how proud I am of this season and how far this little team has come.”

700 scored laps. 324 cars. 15 divisions. Three days of nothing but the finest racing action that Lernerville Speedway is known to provide.

The 11th edition of the DIRTcar Round-up “Steel City Stampede” kicked off on Thursday night with a round of open practice for the 158 cars that entered the pit area, transitioning into Friday night Heat races that were partially completed before being moved to Saturday afternoon in an effort to find more favorable track conditions.

Once the Heats and Last Chance Showdowns concluded on Saturday, 15 main events were brought out onto the racetrack that featured everything from Wingless Sprint Cars to full-fendered Late Models and just about anything in between.

Four divisions of DIRTcar Racing’s finest took to the track early on in the Feature racing program, including the Open Pro Stocks, Super Late Models, Big-Block Modifieds and UMP Modifieds.

Super Late Models
In what was one of the most action-packed Features of the night, 2016 Lernerville Speedway Track Champion Russ King pulled off an incredible pass for the win on leader Max Blair with just 11 laps remaining, then survived a green-white-checkered dash to the stripe for the second Stampede belt buckle trophy of his career.

“We just fired off and I started getting a little angry and into a rhythm,” King explained in Victory Lane. “I don’t race these things all the time, I haven’t raced in two months, so to beat Blair and those guys, it’s a big deal.”

Blair, having just climbed out of his RUSH Crate Late Model in Victory Lane in the race prior, started on the pole and led the first nine laps before 2018 Lernerville Track Champion Michael Norris got a run underneath the #111 and threw a big slide-job into turns three and four to take the lead at the stripe. That lead wouldn’t last long, though, as “The Crusher Kid” slipped off the edge of the banking in the very next corner, handing the lead back over to Blair.

King, stalking the leaders back in third, took advantage of Norris’ mistake and jumped into the runner-up spot down the backstretch. He then went to work on Blair, gaining on him every corner until it was time to pull the trigger on lap 14. King dove to the bottom of the track in turn one and swiped the lead away from Blair on the low side.

Holding his momentum, King led for the next 10 laps before another caution flag flew as he was getting into turn three on the final lap. This brought up a green-white-checkered, which King braved masterfully, holding off the field to earn his second win of 2019 at “The Action Track.”

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 56-Russ King [2]; 2. 111-Max Blair [1]; 3. 72-Michael Norris [16]; 4. 4s-David Scott [24]; 5. 94-Bryce Davis [10]; 6. 5L-Jon Lee [8]; 7. 111L-Matt Lux [12]; 8. 91-Tommy Beck [15]; 9. 29-Kenny Schaltenbrand [4]; 10. B1-Brandon Wearing [19]; 11. 55-Chris Schneider [17]; 12. W3-John Weaver [22]; 13. 65-Derek Stefanick [7]; 14. 14r-Clay Ruffo [11]; 15. 217-Howard Farley [23]; 16. 21K-Joe Kienzle [14]; 17. 10-Jared Miley [9]; 18. 14-Travis Hayes [25]; 19. 1C-Mike Pegher [6]; 20. 77-Tyler Dietz [18]; 21. 23-Tony Burke [21]; 22. 81-Mike Miller [13]; 23. 92w-Joel Watson [5]; 24. 92-Jayme Beck [3]; 25. 84-Andrew Wylie [20] Hard Charger: 4s-David Scott[+20]

UMP Modifieds
With under five laps remaining in the 20-lap UMP Modified Feature, it looked as though Brian Ruhlman could have just put it in cruise control and coasted to his second-ever Stampede win. Until he took the white flag.

Three-time and defending race winner Jonathan Taylor had closed the gap in a hurry and knew he was going to have one last shot at the leader, but it would have to be a last-second dive at the finish line in order to have a chance.

Taylor drove the car hard into turns three and four, pulling up beside Ruhlman and drag racing him to the line. But the effort went unrewarded, as Ruhlman hung on by .062 seconds to lead all 20 laps and pick up the win.

“[Taylor] had me pinned in behind some lap cars, and I didn’t know how much of a lead I had, but he’s a good guy. He’ll run you clean, so it was a good one,” Ruhlman said in Victory Lane.

Pulling double duty at the Stampede this weekend, Ruhlman then headed pit-side to prepare for his second Feature event of the evening, piloting his RUSH Wingless Sprint Car to a runner-up finish in the 20-lap contest. 

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 49-Brian Ruhlman [3]; 2. 5-Jonathan Taylor [4]; 3. 27r-Steve Rex [1]; 4. 19-Butch Lambert [6]; 5. 20P-Mike Kinney [12]; 6. 6m-Carl McKinney [19]; 7. 68-Randy Hall [11]; 8. 33-Josh Ferry [20]; 9. O7p-Tim Peterson [21]; 10. 11m-Michael McGee [17]; 11. 54s-Shawn Shinglebecker [15]; 12. 17G-Brandon Grossman [5]; 13. 2G-Jesse Gould [13]; 14. 11-Dale Charlier [14]; 15. 21-Eric Reinwald [22]; 16. 217-Howard Fraley [10]; 17. 9E-Mike Eschrich [23]; 18. 58-George Beckett [9]; 19. 24m-Joshua Cramer [24]; 20. 71D-Dan Davies [7]; 21. 48-Rick Strickler [8]; 22. P7-Cody Quarnik [16]; 23. 10s-Dan Stalnaker [18]; 24. 71L-Dennis Lunger [2] Hard Charger: 6m-Carl McKinney[+13]

Big-Block Modifieds
On paper, it would have been so fitting for the newly crowned eight-time Lernerville Track Champion Brian Swartzlander to cap his terrific season off with the third Stampede belt buckle of his career.

But in reality, it was 2014/2018 Track Champion Rex King Jr.’s turn to win his third belt buckle trophy on Saturday night. He charged from his sixth-place starting spot to the lead around Swartzlander on lap 3 and never looked back, leading each of the remaining 28 laps en route to his third Big-Block Feature win at Lernerville in 2019.

This win made it back-to-back Features for the King family on Saturday night. It’s a family affair for them in competition in different classes, and that was certainly on display in Rex’s Victory Lane interview.

“I was going for the win either way, and I don’t have to prove anything to [Russ]. I’m better than him anyway,” Rex jokingly replied to Track Announcer Eric Westendorf’s question about brother Russ winning the Super Late Model Feature right before.

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 165-Rex King [6]; 2. 37MD-Jeremiah Shingledecker [5]; 3. 29-Garrett Krummert [10]; 4. 83-Brian Swartzlander [1]; 5. 26-Ricky Richner [14]; 6. 32-Jim Rasey [7]; 7. 65-Rex King [12]; 8. 28H-Jimmy Holden [13]; 9. 96-Mike Turner [2]; 10. 13-Rick Regalski [16]; 11. 88-Shawn Fleeger [11]; 12. O3-Mark Frankhouser [18]; 13. 64-Rodney Beltz [19]; 14. 75-Jeff Miller [17]; 15. 25-Chris Rudolph [8]; 16. 4J-John Mollick [9]; 17. 27r-David Reges [4]; 18. 83T-Ralph McBride [15]; 19. 22-Kevin Long [3] Hard Charger: 26-Ricky Richner[+9]

Open Pro Stocks
Sometimes, it’s difficult to be the opening act in a large show of entertainment. But that was no challenge for the Lernerville Speedway veteran Chris Schneider, as he led the 24-car field to the green in the first Feature event of the evening.

The 4-time and defending Stampede winner, behind the wheel of his #55 Pro Stock, put on another dominating display of driving ability and car control though 20 laps to win his fifth belt buckle in nine years.

“I just have a belt buckle fetish, that’s all it is,” Schneider joked in Victory Lane, all smiles as he talked with Eric Westendorf.

Leading every lap, Schneider battled through numerous restarts due to several caution flags en route to Victory Lane. But like all veteran talents do, he persevered and held off the tough competition behind him, which included the likes of Alan Dellinger, former track champion Corey McPherson and Jackson Humanic.

Schneider was very appreciative of everyone who contributed to his win in Victory Lane, mentioning a few people and groups that the DIRTcar Racing family would like to extend their personal thanks to as well.

“I’ve got to thank the Tomsons for keeping this racetrack running,” Schneider said. “[My engine builder], who put another great motor together out of a bucket of junk. The old faithful car, that’s now about 16 or 17 years old. And all of the fans for coming out.”

Now in the Stampede’s 11th year of completion, the entire staff at DIRTcar Racing would just as well like to thank the Tomson family, all of the Lernerville Speedway staff, management and safety crew, all of the competitors who took part in this giant event, and of course, the loyal fans who came out to spend the weekend at the track in support of dirt track racing’s finest.

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 55-Chris Schneider [2]; 2. 17-Jackson Humanic [5]; 3. 33x-Jim Nicely [9]; 4. 29-Curtis Bish [15]; 5. 13x-Ryan Moyer [3]; 6. C33-Corey McPherson [4]; 7. 948-Joey Zambotti [8]; 8. 27-Tyler Dietz [13]; 9. 310-Dale Tuche [11]; 10. 114-Daryl Charlier [6]; 11. 104-Allen Lamb [14]; 12. 7s-Alan Dellinger [23]; 13. 1m-Dennis Dellinger [25]; 14. 24-Tyler Wyant [16]; 15. 22JR-Chase Lambert [24]; 16. 77-Heath Close [18]; 17. 3c-Barry Faris [20]; 18. 66-Joe Kelley [21]; 19. 25-Jason Fosnaught [12]; 20. 18s-Martin Spade [10]; 21. 67x-Danny Rich [17]; 22. 81s-Nate Smith [22]; 23. 81-Mike Miller [19]; 24. 7w-Bobby Whitling [1]; 25. 45-Todd Weldon [7] Hard Charger: 1m-Dennis Dellinger[+12]

11th Annual Steel City Stampede Results (in order of Feature completion, minus 3 RUSH classes and Enduros)

DIRTcar Open Pro Stocks
 7. 17-Jackson Humanic, 12; 13. 28y-Terry Young, 14; 14. 29-Curtis Bish, 15; 18. 49-Steve Mitchell, 17; 27. 310-Dale Tuche, 18; 5. 7s-Alan Dellinger, 20; 28. 948-Joey Zambotti, 21; 22. 67x-Danny Rich, 25; 4. 7w-Bobby Whitling, 36; 8. 18s-Martin Spade, 37; 20. 55-Chris Schneider, 38; 17. 45-Todd Weldon, 43; 24. 81-Mike Miller, 47; 26. 114-Daryl Charlier, 49; 15. 29b-Scott Byers, 50; 10. 24-Tyler Wyant, 59; 16. 33x-Jim Nicely, 60; 23. 77-Heath Close, 64; 6. 13x-Ryan Moyer, 67; 25. 81s-Nate Smith, 71; 3. 3c-Barry Faris, 77; 11. 25-Jason Fosnaught, 78; 9. 22JR-Chase Lambert, 81; 1. C33-Corey McPherson, 82; 21. 66-Joe Kelley, 86; 19. 54J-Jamie Colwell, 92; 2. 1m-Dennis Dellinger, 94; 12. 27-Tyler Dietz, 95; . 104-Allen Lamb , 102; . 25a-Andrew Gordan, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 6 Transfer 1. 13x-Ryan Moyer [7]; 2. 948-Joey Zambotti [3]; 3. 17-Jackson Humanic [1]; 4. 18s-Martin Spade [4]; 5. 27-Tyler Dietz [10]; 6. 24-Tyler Wyant [6]; 7. 81-Mike Miller [5]; 8. 66-Joe Kelley [9]; 9. 49-Steve Mitchell [2]; 10. 25-Jason Fosnaught [8]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 6 Transfer 1. 55-Chris Schneider [4]; 2. 114-Daryl Charlier [5]; 3. 33x-Jim Nicely [6]; 4. 310-Dale Tuche [2]; 5. 104-Allen Lamb [10]; 6. 67x-Danny Rich [3]; 7. 28y-Terry Young [1]; 8. 54J-Jamie Colwell [9]; 9. 81s-Nate Smith [7]; 10. 22JR-Chase Lambert [8]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) – Top 6 Transfer 1. C33-Corey McPherson [8]; 2. 7w-Bobby Whitling [3]; 3. 45-Todd Weldon [4]; 4. 25a-Andrew Gordan [10]; 5. 29-Curtis Bish [1]; 6. 77-Heath Close [6]; 7. 3c-Barry Faris [7]; 8. 29b-Scott Byers [5]; 9. 7s-Alan Dellinger [2]; 10. 1m-Dennis Dellinger [9]

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 55-Chris Schneider [2]; 2. 17-Jackson Humanic [5]; 3. 33x-Jim Nicely [9]; 4. 29-Curtis Bish [15]; 5. 13x-Ryan Moyer [3]; 6. C33-Corey McPherson [4]; 7. 948-Joey Zambotti [8]; 8. 27-Tyler Dietz [13]; 9. 310-Dale Tuche [11]; 10. 114-Daryl Charlier [6]; 11. 104-Allen Lamb [14]; 12. 7s-Alan Dellinger [23]; 13. 1m-Dennis Dellinger [25]; 14. 24-Tyler Wyant [16]; 15. 22JR-Chase Lambert [24]; 16. 77-Heath Close [18]; 17. 3c-Barry Faris [20]; 18. 66-Joe Kelley [21]; 19. 25-Jason Fosnaught [12]; 20. 18s-Martin Spade [10]; 21. 67x-Danny Rich [17]; 22. 81s-Nate Smith [22]; 23. 81-Mike Miller [19]; 24. 7w-Bobby Whitling [1]; 25. 45-Todd Weldon [7] Hard Charger: 1m-Dennis Dellinger[+12]


DIRTcar Super Late Models
 16. 81-Mike Miller, 7; 8. 14r-Clay Ruffo, 17; 6. 10-Jared Miley, 19; 2. W3-John Weaver, 23; 19. 92-Jayme Beck, 37; 4. 4s-David Scott, 40; 1. B1-Brandon Wearing, 41; 24. 217-Howard Farley, 42; 3. 1C-Mike Pegher, 46; 22. 111-Max Blair, 51; 23. 111L-Matt Lux, 52; 12. 56-Russ King, 53; 14. 72-Michael Norris, 59; 17. 84-Andrew Wylie, 61; 5. 5L-Jon Lee, 63; 21. 94-Bryce Davis, 65; 9. 21K-Joe Kienzle, 71; 15. 77-Tyler Dietz, 72; 13. 65-Derek Stefanick, 78; 11. 55-Chris Schneider, 81; 18. 91-Tommy Beck, 83; 10. 29-Kenny Schaltenbrand, 90; 20. 92w-Joel Watson, 99; 7. 14-Travis Hayes, 101; . 23-Tony Burke, 102

Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 9 Transfer 1. 111-Max Blair [4]; 2. 94-Bryce Davis [6]; 3. 29-kenny Schaltenbrand [8]; 4. 65-Derek Stefanick [7]; 5. 81-Mike Miller [1]; 6. 72-Michael Norris [5]; 7. B1-Brandon Wearing [3]; 8. W3-John Weaver [2]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 9 Transfer 1. 111L-Matt Lux [4]; 2. 92w-Joel Watson [8]; 3. 14r-Clay Ruffo [1]; 4. 92-Jayme Beck [2]; 5. 21K-Joe Kienzle [6]; 6. 55-Chris Schneider [7]; 7. 84-Andrew Wylie [5]; 8. 217-Howard Farley [3]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) – Top 9 Transfer 1. 1C-Mike Pegher [3]; 2. 10-Jared Miley [1]; 3. 56-Russ King [4]; 4. 5L-Jon Lee [5]; 5. 91-Tommy Beck [7]; 6. 77-Tyler Dietz [6]; 7. 23-Tony Burke [9]; 8. 4s-David Scott [2]; 9. 14-Travis Hayes [8]

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 56-Russ King [2]; 2. 111-Max Blair [1]; 3. 72-Michael Norris [16]; 4. 4s-David Scott [24]; 5. 94-Bryce Davis [10]; 6. 5L-Jon Lee [8]; 7. 111L-Matt Lux [12]; 8. 91-Tommy Beck [15]; 9. 29-kenny Schaltenbrand [4]; 10. B1-Brandon Wearing [19]; 11. 55-Chris Schneider [17]; 12. W3-John Weaver [22]; 13. 65-Derek Stefanick [7]; 14. 14r-Clay Ruffo [11]; 15. 217-Howard Farley [23]; 16. 21K-Joe Kienzle [14]; 17. 10-Jared Miley [9]; 18. 14-Travis Hayes [25]; 19. 1C-Mike Pegher [6]; 20. 77-Tyler Dietz [18]; 21. 23-Tony Burke [21]; 22. 81-Mike Miller [13]; 23. 92w-Joel Watson [5]; 24. 92-Jayme Beck [3]; 25. 84-Andrew Wylie [20] Hard Charger: 4s-David Scott[+20]


DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds
 7. 27r-David Reges, 7; 4. 22-Kevin Long, 11; 15. 83T-Ralph McBride, 23; 1. O3-Mark Frankhouser, 24; 11. 37MD-Jeremiah Shingledecker, 26; 10. 32-Jim Rasey, 27; 12. 65-Rex King, 28; 6. 26-Ricky Richner, 29; 8. 28H-Jimmy Holden, 30; 14. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 32; 18. 165-Rex King, 42; 3. 13-Rick Regalski, 49; 17. 96-Mike Turner, 58; 2. 4J-John Mollick, 67; 13. 75-Jeff Miller, 75; 16. 88-Shawn Fleeger, 92; 5. 25-Chris Rudolph, 98; 9. 29-Garrett Krummert, 100; . 64-Rodney Beltz, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 10 Transfer 1. 65-Rex King [4]; 2. 37MD-Jeremiah Shingledecker [3]; 3. 165-Rex King [6]; 4. 27r-David Reges [1]; 5. 25-Chris Rudolph [9]; 6. 96-Mike Turner [7]; 7. 28H-Jimmy Holden [5]; 8. 83T-Ralph McBride [2]; 9. 75-Jeff Miller [8]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 10 Transfer 1. 32-Jim Rasey [3]; 2. 83-Brian Swartzlander [5]; 3. 22-Kevin Long [1]; 4. 4J-John Mollick [7]; 5. 29-Garrett Krummert [9]; 6. 88-Shawn Fleeger [8]; 7. 26-Ricky Richner [4]; 8. 13-Rick Regalski [6]; 9. O3-Mark Frankhouser [2]

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 165-Rex King [6]; 2. 37MD-Jeremiah Shingledecker [5]; 3. 29-Garrett Krummert [10]; 4. 83-Brian Swartzlander [1]; 5. 26-Ricky Richner [14]; 6. 32-Jim Rasey [7]; 7. 65-Rex King [12]; 8. 28H-Jimmy Holden [13]; 9. 96-Mike Turner [2]; 10. 13-Rick Regalski [16]; 11. 88-Shawn Fleeger [11]; 12. O3-Mark Frankhouser [18]; 13. 64-Rodney Beltz [19]; 14. 75-Jeff Miller [17]; 15. 25-Chris Rudolph [8]; 16. 4J-John Mollick [9]; 17. 27r-David Reges [4]; 18. 83T-Ralph McBride [15]; 19. 22-Kevin Long [3] Hard Charger: 26-Ricky Richner[+9]


DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Qualifying 16. 48-Rick Strickler, 2; 9. 17G-Brandon Grossman, 7; 21. 71L-Dennis Lunger, 13; 8. 11-Dale Charlier, 15; 17. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 16; 11. 20P-Mike Kinney, 17; 3. 5-Jonathan Taylor, 18; 20. 68-Randy Hall, 20; 2. 2G-Jesse Gould, 29; 10. 19-Butch Lambert, 31; 23. 217-Howard Fraley, 36; 15. 33-Josh Ferry, 38; 4. 6m-Carl McKinney, 40; 14. 27r-Steve Rex, 42; 1. O7p-Tim Peterson, 50; 12. 21-Eric Reinwald, 65; 22. 71D-Dan Davies, 74; 19. 58-George Beckett, 75; 18. 54s-Shawn Shinglebecker, 77; 6. 10s-Dan Stalnaker, 85; 7. 11m-Michael McGee, 87; 13. 24m-Joshua Cramer, 93; 5. 9E-Mike Eschrich, 100; . P7-Cody Quarnik, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 12 Transfer 1. 71L-Dennis Lunger [2]; 2. 49-Brian Ruhlman [3]; 3. 5-Jonathan Taylor [4]; 4. 48-Rick Strickler [1]; 5. 71D-Dan Davies [9]; 6. 217-Howard Fraley [6]; 7. 2G-Jesse Gould [5]; 8. 54s-Shawn Shinglebecker [10]; 9. 11m-Michael McGee [11]; 10. 6m-Carl McKinney [7]; 11. O7p-Tim Peterson [8]; 12. 9E-Mike Eschrich [12]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 12 Transfer 1. 20P-Mike Kinney [3]; 2. 68-Randy Hall [4]; 3. 27r-Steve Rex [7]; 4. 19-Butch Lambert [5]; 5. 17G-Brandon Grossman [1]; 6. 58-George Beckett [9]; 7. 11-Dale Charlier [2]; 8. P7-Cody Quarnik [12]; 9. 10s-Dan Stalnaker [10]; 10. 33-Josh Ferry [6]; 11. 21-Eric Reinwald [8]; 12. 24m-Joshua Cramer [11]

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 49-Brian Ruhlman [3]; 2. 5-Jonathan Taylor [4]; 3. 27r-Steve Rex [1]; 4. 19-Butch Lambert [6]; 5. 20P-Mike Kinney [12]; 6. 6m-Carl McKinney [19]; 7. 68-Randy Hall [11]; 8. 33-Josh Ferry [20]; 9. O7p-Tim Peterson [21]; 10. 11m-Michael McGee [17]; 11. 54s-Shawn Shinglebecker [15]; 12. 17G-Brandon Grossman [5]; 13. 2G-Jesse Gould [13]; 14. 11-Dale Charlier [14]; 15. 21-Eric Reinwald [22]; 16. 217-Howard Fraley [10]; 17. 9E-Mike Eschrich [23]; 18. 58-George Beckett [9]; 19. 24m-Joshua Cramer [24]; 20. 71D-Dan Davies [7]; 21. 48-Rick Strickler [8]; 22. P7-Cody Quarnik [16]; 23. 10s-Dan Stalnaker [18]; 24. 71L-Dennis Lunger [2] Hard Charger: 6m-Carl McKinney[+13]


410 Sprint Cars
 1. G1-Mike Miller, 3; 9. 42-Sye Lynch, 29; 10. 46-Michael Bauer, 37; 2. K4-Chad Kemenah, 48; 3. J4-John Garvin, 54; 5. 11-Carl Bowser, 59; 8. 27-Zach Morrow, 63; 7. 23-Darren Pifer, 65; 12. 154-Shamus O’Donnell, 75; 6. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 84; 4. 4n-Dale Blaney, 94; 11. 91-Sadie Siegel, 96; . 14-Jeremy Hill, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. 46-Michael Bauer [2]; 2. J4-John Garvin [3]; 3. 4n-Dale Blaney [6]; 4. G1-Mike Miller [1]; 5. 27-Zach Morrow [4]; 6. 154-Shamus O’Donnell [5]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. K4-Chad Kemenah [2]; 2. 42-Sye Lynch [1]; 3. 11-Carl Bowser [3]; 4. 22-Brandon Spithaler [5]; 5. 23-Darren Pifer [4]; 6. 91-Sadie Siegel [6]; 7. 14-Jeremy Hill [7]

Feature (25 Laps) 1. K4-Chad Kemenah [6]; 2. 11-Carl Bowser [2]; 3. J4-John Garvin [4]; 4. 4n-Dale Blaney [3]; 5. 46-Michael Bauer [5]; 6. 22-Brandon Spithaler [8]; 7. 42-Sye Lynch [1]; 8. 23-Darren Pifer [10]; 9. 27-Zach Morrow [9]; 10. 14-Jeremy Hill [13]; 11. G1-Mike Miller [7]; 12. 91-Sadie Siegel [12]; 13. 154-Shamus O’Donnell [11] Hard Charger: K4-Chad Kemenah[+5]


305 Sprint Cars
 11. 347-Nevan O’Donnell, 1; 8. 80JR-Kyle Colwell, 16; 1. OOs-Randy Sterling, 22; 10. 154-Shamus O’Donnell, 41; 2. 4J-Jacob Gomola, 42; 3. X7-Andy Cavanaugh, 43; 4. 29B-Robbie Bartchy, 68; 5. 31c-Chase Metheney, 80; 7. 56-Steve Cousins, 82; 6. 41-Matt Gardina, 89; 9. 88-Greg Dobrosky, 95

Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 12 Transfer 1. 80JR-Kyle Colwell [2]; 2. OOs-Randy Sterling [3]; 3. 29B-Robbie Bartchy [7]; 4. X7-Andy Cavanaugh [6]; 5. 4J-Jacob Gomola [5]; 6. 31c-Chase Metheney [8]; 7. 88-Greg Dobrosky [11]; 8. 347-Nevan O’Donnell [1]; 9. 56-Steve Cousins [9]; 10. 41-Matt Gardina [10]; 11. 154-Shamus O’Donnell [4]

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 88-Greg Dobrosky [7]; 2. 4J-Jacob Gomola [1]; 3. 29B-Robbie Bartchy [3]; 4. 80JR-Kyle Colwell [6]; 5. X7-Andy Cavanaugh [2]; 6. OOs-Randy Sterling [4]; 7. 31c-Chase Metheney [5]; 8. 41-Matt Gardina [10]; 9. 56-Steve Cousins [9]; 10. 347-Nevan O’Donnell [8]; 11. 154-Shamus O’Donnell [11] Hard Charger: 88-Greg Dobrosky[+6]


Elite Modifieds
 3. 12R-Ty Rhoades, 3; 4. 12-Mitchell Lam, 7; 1. O5-Adam Peterson, 10; 2. 7G-Garrett Calvert, 20; 5. 15-Mike Miller, 28; 10. 64-Chris Schneider, 33; 7. J19-Jason Fosnaught, 43; 9. 22-Patrick Drennan, 64; 6. 19-Butch Lambert, 68; 11. 74-J.J. Bametzrieder, 71; 8. 21-Jarett Young, 82; 12. 83-Jeremy Double, 93; . OO-Nate Hartzell, NT; . 7-Cody Quarink, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. 12R-Ty Rhoades [1]; 2. OO-Nate Hartzell [7]; 3. 15-Mike Miller [3]; 4. 19-Butch Lambert [5]; 5. 21-Jarett Young [6]; 6. J19-Jason Fosnaught [4]; 7. O5-Adam Peterson [2]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. 64-Chris Schneider [3]; 2. 12-Mitchell Lam [1]; 3. 83-Jeremy Double [6]; 4. 7G-Garrett Calvert [2]; 5. 74-J.J. Bametzrieder [5]; 6. 22-Patrick Drennan [4]; 7. 7-Cody Quarink [7]

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 12R-Ty Rhoades [2]; 2. 7G-Garrett Calvert [8]; 3. OO-Nate Hartzell [5]; 4. 64-Chris Schneider [6]; 5. 12-Mitchell Lam [1]; 6. 21-Jarett Young [9]; 7. 83-Jeremy Double [4]; 8. J19-Jason Fosnaught [11]; 9. O5-Adam Peterson [13]; 10. 22-Patrick Drennan [12]; 11. 7-Cody Quarink [14]; 12. 74-J.J. Bametzrieder [10]; 13. 15-Mike Miller [3]; 14. 19-Butch Lambert [7] Hard Charger: 7G-Garrett Calvert[+6]


 7. 13J-Jay Swager, 3; 8. 13-Greg Kiehl, 11; 17. 40c-Joe Campbell, 15; 27. 95-Jacob Bright, 16; 28. 119-Todd Davis, 17; 16. 38-Bruce Milbert, 23; 1. 1B-Leonard Baker, 28; 25. 81s-David Smail, 29; 11. 19A-Bill Eckenrode, 30; 13. 31m-Greg Marks, 32; 20. 56m-Jacob Mcelcavy, 34; 19. 42-Kelly Clark, 40; 10. 17-Larry Weltz, 41; 30. 233-Glenn Kopec, 42; 3. 2L-Philip Bubeck, 48; 32. 717-Matthew Weltz, 55; 2. 1-Ben Lehane, 57; 31. 265-Eric Boozel, 64; 15. 34-JR Shaner, 69; 22. 64-James Huber, 70; 29. 223-Cameron Lambert, 73; 24. 75-Sean Collins, 74; 5. CO4-Dave Seibert, 76; 12. 28-David Friend, 79; 6. 10-Bill Fuchs, 82; 14. 31-Nick Robie, 83; 18. 42H-Jeff Huber, 84; 4. 3H-Shawn Hadden, 92; 26. 95T-Bill Tennant, 95; 21. 59-Jerry Batcher, 98; 23. 74-Brandon McWilliams, 101; 9. 14M-Jeremy Hill, 102; . 66-Mike Strouse, 103; . OOD-Dave Phillips, NT; . 516-Chad Brandt, NT

Heat #1 (6 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 119-Todd Davis [2]; 2. 17-Larry Weltz [4]; 3. 95T-Bill Tennant [8]; 4. 10-Bill Fuchs [7]; 5. 13J-Jay Swager [1]; 6. OOd-Dave Phillips [9]; 7. 19A-Bill Eckenrode [3]; 8. 223-Cameron Lambert [6]; 9. 1-Ben Lehane [5]

Heat #2 (6 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 265-Eric Boozel [5]; 2. 59-Jerry Batcher [8]; 3. 13-Greg Kiehl [1]; 4. 31m-Greg Marks [3]; 5. 38-Bruce Milbert [2]; 6. 75-Sean Collins [6]; 7. 66-Mike Strouse [9]; 8. 233-Glenn Kopec [4]; 9. 31-Nick Robie [7]

Heat #3 (6 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 2L-Philip Bubeck [4]; 2. 40c-Joe Campbell [1]; 3. CO4-Dave Seibert [6]; 4. 56m-Jacob Mcelcavy [3]; 5. 74-Brandon McWilliams [8]; 6. 1B-Leonard Baker [2]; 7. 34-JR Shaner [5]; 8. 42H-Jeff Huber [7]

Heat #4 (6 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 95-Jacob Bright [1]; 2. 717-Matthew Weltz [4]; 3. 3H-Shawn Hadden [7]; 4. 14M-Jeremy Hill [8]; 5. 81s-David Smail [2]; 6. 28-David Friend [6]; 7. 64-James Huber [5]; 8. 42-Kelly Clark [3]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps) – Top 6 Transfer 1. 28-David Friend [4]; 2. 66-Mike Strouse [6]; 3. 19A-Bill Eckenrode [5]; 4. OOd-Dave Phillips [1]; 5. 223-Cameron Lambert [9]; 6. 233-Glenn Kopec [10]; 7. 1B-Leonard Baker [3]; 8. 516-Chad Brandt [15]

Feature (15 Laps) 1. 2L-Philip Bubeck [6]; 2. 265-Eric Boozel [5]; 3. 95-Jacob Bright [7]; 4. 40c-Joe Campbell [3]; 5. 81s-David Smail [20]; 6. 10-Bill Fuchs [13]; 7. 119-Todd Davis [9]; 8. 28-David Friend [21]; 9. 13-Greg Kiehl [11]; 10. 19A-Bill Eckenrode [23]; 11. 17-Larry Weltz [8]; 12. 14M-Jeremy Hill [16]; 13. OOd-Dave Phillips [24]; 14. CO4-Dave Seibert [2]; 15. 56m-Jacob Mcelcavy [15]; 16. 3H-Shawn Hadden [12]; 17. 13J-Jay Swager [17]; 18. 38-Bruce Milbert [18]; 19. 31m-Greg Marks [14]; 20. 59-Jerry Batcher [10]; 21. 95T-Bill Tennant [1]; 22. 74-Brandon McWilliams [19]; 23. 717-Matthew Weltz [4]; 24. 66-Mike Strouse [22] Hard Charger: 81s-David Smail[+15]


270 Micro Sprints
 8. 33-Tanner Price, 21; 2. 1 L-Ivan Johnson, 35; 6. 10L-Wesley Libert, 43; 5. 7-Noah Wirginis, 47; 3. 2-Chris Kennedy, 53; 4. 4×12-Garth Fochler, 68; 7. 15H-Luke Hails, 73; 1. O-Michael Mecklem, 79

Heat #1 (6 Laps) – Top 10 Transfer 1. 7-Noah Wirginis [4]; 2. 33-Tanner Price [1]; 3. 10L-Wesley Libert [3]; 4. 1 L-Ivan Johnson [2]; 5. 2-Chris Kennedy [5]; 6. 4×12-Garth Fochler [6]; 7. O-Michael Mecklem [8]; 8. 15H-Luke Hails [7]

Feature (15 Laps) 1. 10L-Wesley Libert [4]; 2. 7-Noah Wirginis [2]; 3. 33-Tanner Price [1]; 4. 1 L-Ivan Johnson [3]; 5. O-Michael Mecklem [7]; 6. 15H-Luke Hails [8]; 7. 4×12-Garth Fochler [6]; 8. 2-Chris Kennedy [5] Hard Charger: 10L-Wesley Libert[+3]


600 Mini Sprints
 1. 33T-Tom Morell, 3; 3. 98-Jomarie Gagne, 9; 2. 39-Jon Adams, 90

Heat #1 (6 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 33T-Tom Morell [1]; 2. 98-Jomarie Gagne [2]; 3. 39-Jon Adams [3]

Feature (15 Laps) 1. 98-Jomarie Gagne [2]; 2. 39-Jon Adams [1]; 3. 33T-Tom Morell [3]


Super 6 Late Models
 7. 12-Mat Cajka, 1; 10. 34-Ed Dunkel, 2; 9. 18-Alex Ferree, 3; 6. 10-Levi Spinneweber, 4; 12. 54-Nathan Mechling, 5; 3. 4-Greg Beach, 6; 2. 1-Frank McFeaters, 7; 11. 36s-Curtis Stivason, 8; 8. 14-Shane Spinneweber, 9; 4. 6-Mike Spinneweber, 10; 5. 7-Dylan Morando, 11; 1. O3-Craig Cummings, 12

Heat #1 (6 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. 18-Alex Ferree [2]; 2. 14-Shane Spinneweber [5]; 3. 7-Dylan Morando [6]; 4. 12-Mat Cajka [1]; 5. 54-Nathan Mechling [3]; 6. 1-Frank McFeaters [4]

Heat #2 (6 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. 10-Levi Spinneweber [2]; 2. 36s-Curtis Stivason [4]; 3. 4-Greg Beach [3]; 4. O3-Craig Cummings [6]; 5. 34-Ed Dunkel [1]; 6. 6-Mike Spinneweber [5]

Feature (15 Laps) 1. 10-Levi Spinneweber [3]; 2. 4-Greg Beach [6]; 3. 36s-Curtis Stivason [1]; 4. 1-Frank McFeaters [11]; 5. 18-Alex Ferree [4]; 6. 34-Ed Dunkel [10]; 7. 54-Nathan Mechling [9]; 8. 7-Dylan Morando [5]; 9. O3-Craig Cummings [8]; 10. 12-Mat Cajka [7]; 11. 6-Mike Spinneweber [12]; 12. 14-Shane Spinneweber [2] Hard Charger: 1-Frank McFeaters[+7]

DIRTcar Series PR

Jesse Colwell recovered from an early-race mechanical problem to charge back through the field to earn his second victory of the season in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League feature at I-30 Speedway Saturday night, with Colwell’s Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Daison Pursley finishing second in a Toyota one-two finish.

It was a hectic night for Colwell, who started from the pole position, but fell back to second on the opening lap as fellow KKM teammate Holley Hollan went to the lead. Hollan quickly began to pull away from the field in her pursuit to become the first woman in history to win a national midget feature on dirt.

After leading the first seven laps, Hollan’s lead would evaporate as Colwell slowed to a stop with a battery problem bringing out a full-course caution. Colwell would make his way to the pits and then rejoin the field from the back of the problem. 

Unfortuntely for Hollan, her hopes of a historic victory would come to an end on the restart as she would bike going into turn one, then flipping the car. She would climb from the car under her own power, but her night was over.

At that point, Jake Neuman would assume the point position on lap eight and hold the top spot through the middle portion of the race. Behind him, Colwell was on the move, climbing back into the top five by lap 13, while Pursley ran fourth. By lap 18, Colwell had risen to third and moved into second on lap 20. On lap 23, race leader Neuman would spin, giving Colwell the spot. After charging from the back of the field to the lead in 15 laps, no one was going to catch the Red Bluff, Calif., native as he pulled away from the field on the way to the victory.

Behind him, Pursley would come on to finish second, matching a career-best finish for the 14-year-old.  Hank Davis would finish fifth to give Toyota three of the top-five finishers on the night.

With the victory, Colwell extended his championship lead to 350 points over Zach Daum, who sat out the event due to medical issues. 

The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League concludes its season next weekend with a double-header at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Oct. 25-26.


Jason McDougal came out on top over Kevin Thomas Jr. in a thriller at the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series feature at Tri-State Speedway Saturday, with Kyle Cummins finishing third to give Toyota a top-three podium sweep for the night.

The victory is the second of the USAC season for McDougal and the Frank Manafort Racing team after winning at Jefferson County in July. It’s the 38th national midget feature win for a Toyota-powered driver in 2019.

It was Logan Seavey who took the lead at the green flag, though, with Thomas taking the second spot, followed by Tyler Courtney, McDougal, Cummins and Gio Scelzi. 

Seavey would hold down the lead in the early going, while McDougal had moved up to into the top three would begin a battle for second with close friend and mentor Thomas. After trading the position for two laps, Thomas would hold on to the position as they began to close on Seavey for the lead. 

Thomas would take over the point position on lap eight, with McDougal soon moving up to second, with an epic battle for the lead soon to follow. The two traded the lead over and over again, throwing slider after slider at one another before a yellow flag slowed the action with Thomas holding the top spot with 13 laps remaining.

On the restart, Thomas would move inside on McDougal heading through turn one and coming out of two, with the pair making slight contact, which opened the door for Thomas Meserault to dive to the inside of the lead pair and take the lead into turn three. McDougal would recover to retake the lead with a slider through turns three and four, only to see Meserault go back inside of him to officially lead lap 18. 

The two would continue to exchange the top spot with Meserault leading laps 19 through 21, while Thomas was right on their tail in third. Finally, McDougal would dive inside of Meserault to take the lead into turn one. The two ran side-by-side down the back straight with Meserault on the inside, but as he slid through three and into four, he would get high and make contact with McDougal, with Meserault spinning and bringing out a yellow. He would restart from the back of the lead lap cars.

As the race returned to green flag action, McDougal would lead Thomas and Meserault’s RMS Racing teammate Cummins moving into third.  At that point, McDougal took command of the race and eventually pulled out to almost a straight-away lead as he took the checkered flag in front of Thomas and Cummins. Courtney would finish fourth, followed by Justin Grant.

“That was some of the most fun I’ve had in racing,” relayed a victorious McDougal. “Racing like that with guys who you respect is just so much fun. Hats off to KTJ (Thomas) for racing us clean.”

Seavey would finish sixth, followed by Tucker Klaasmeyer, who recovered from a first-lap incident that left him upside down. Despite the late incident, Meserault would place eighth to give Toyota six of the top-eight finishers for the night.

Saturday night’s feature closed out the Midwest portion of the USAC schedule as the series heads west for the final six races of the season, beginning with a pair of races at the Arizona Speedway, Nov. 15-16.


Friday night’s ARCA Menards Series championship race between Venturini Motorsports’ teammates Christian Eckes (No.15 JBL Toyota) and Michael Self (No.25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) at Kansas Speedway will go down as an instant classic. 

Living up to the event’s pre-race hype Christian Eckes delivered a masterful performance after all seemed lost. Eckes, who once again had to overcome adversity, drove to victory lane and was crowned the series’ 2019 champion after an epic heavy weight battle filled with all the excitement and drama one could hope and expect. 

After engine issues during qualifying forced Eckes’ JBL Audio Toyota team to change motors, the 18-year old driver was forced to start from the rear of the field, while Self qualified second and started from the outside front row. 

Self, jumping out to the lead on the first lap would dominate the first 57 circuits of the scheduled 100-lap event. But on the restart after the races second caution of the night Eckes took away the lead and drove away. 

"The day didn't go smoothly at all," said the Middletown, NY native. "We had an engine problem in qualifying and the guys had to change it an hour before the race. We started at the back and we were in the top ten in five laps. The car was on a rail all night."

Eckes night wasn't smooth, and neither was his entire season.

After taking the championship lead after the second race of the season, at Five Flags Speedway, Eckes fell ill and was hospitalized the night before the third race of the year at Salem Speedway. He missed the race, giving up the points lead to teammate Self.

Eckes and his Kevin Reed-led team were tenacious throughout the summer and fall, closing the gap by finishing the final seven races second or better before retaking the lead two weeks ago at Lucas Oil Raceway. Eckes Kansas win was his fourth of the season.

Eckes became the first series champion since Tim Steele in 1996 to miss a race en route to the championship.

"We even missed a race," Eckes said in disbelief in victory lane. "The entire season has been filled with drama and we are still here. It's absolutely incredible."

Self, who finished second, did all he could do to turn the tables on his Venturini Motorsports teammate. He jumped out to the lead at the start and led the first 57 laps, locking up five bonus points for leading a lap and by the halfway point clinching an additional five bonus points for leading the most laps.

"Second sucks," Self said after visiting Eckes in victory lane. "I am thankful to have the opportunity to come and race for a championship. We won four times but we had a lot of ups and downs. I wish it would have turned out differently but I am really happy for Christian and the Venturini team. I just wish it played out in our favor tonight."

Eckes’ championship victory was VMS’ 14th win of the 20-race season and put an exclamation point on a dream season for the long time ARCA team. Eckes finished 25 points ahead of Self in the final ARCA Menards Series championship standings. 

Adding to the team’s history making night in Kansas, the No.20 Toyota team led by Billy Venturini, captured the Series’ Owner Championship, giving the organization their first title since Bill Venturini won the 1991 driver championship 

The ARCA Menards Series racing season is now complete, with the next event on the calendar the annual Championship Awards Banquet held at the Indiana State Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, in conjunction with the annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, set for Saturday December 14.


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