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Brentwood’s Blake Bower won his second career Western Midget Racing feature on Saturday night, driving from third position to grab his first career Petaluma Speedway win.

“The car was great all night and we finally got some luck on our side,” Bower said in victory lane after taking the Masters Design and Construction-backed checkered flag.

Peoria, Arizona’s Cory Brown went around the outside of Lodi’s JJ Loss to lead lap one of the main event. Contact exiting turn two bounced third-starting David Prickett outside of the top-five. Bower jumped up to second and challenged Brown. Bower moved to the inside of Brown down the backstretch and led lap five.

Prickett worked his way past Atwater’s Cameron Beard and Loss to move into fourth by the 11th lap of the 25-lap feature.

Things tightened up for second among Brown, Lodi’s Nate Wait, and Prickett by lap 18. Both Wait and Pricektt were able to overhaul Brown on lap 20.

Bower went on for a dominating victory, topping Wait, Prickett, Brown, and Loss as the top-five finishers. Bower led time trials for Western Midget Racing before winning his heat race as well. David Prickett won the second eight-lap heat race.

Western Midget Racing continues June 5 at Ventura Raceway.

For more information on Western Midget Racing, visit them at www.WesternMidgetRacing.com or follow them on Facebook!

Western Midget Racing is presented by: Masters Design and Construction, Rockwell Security, Rams Racing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Extreme Mufflers, FTK, King Racing Products, and BR Motorsports.

May 15, 2021 – Petaluma Speedway (Petaluma, Calif.) Results

HEAT 1 (8 laps) – 1. 9 Blake Bower; HEAT 2 (8 laps) – 1. 22q David Prickett

FEATURE (20 laps) - 1. 9 Blake Bower [4]; 2. 58 Nate Wait [5]; 3. 22q David Prickett [3]; 4. 29 Cory Brown [2]; 5. 35L JJ Loss [1]; 6. 24 Cameron Beard [7]; 7. 35SR Robbie Lewis [6]; 8. 35s Sage Borenave [8]; 9. 8k Kala Keliinoi [9]; 10. 6 Jim Weiler [11]; 11. 0FG Jon Santibanes [12]; DNS: 11 Randi Pankratz, 12h Gary Dunn; 17 Megan Moorhead


If ever there was a driver on a roll at Mahoning Valley Speedway its Matt Hirschman who, in his fourth consecutive start at the ¼-mile paved oval, raced to victory and dating back to last season has now reeled off eight straight wins.

In race #2 of the John Blewett Inc., Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series Ward Crozier Sr., Tribute, the Northampton driver came from 12th on the gird and made the winning pass over Earl Paules with six laps to go, parking his Harry’s U-Pull-It No. 60 into Victory Lane for his 26th career win here.

The start of the 50-lap event saw Paules – who drew the pole position – jump to the early lead and then steadily remain there. Behind him though was some intense action as Jack Ely was second, Blake Barney third and by lap 10 Austin Beers and Hirschman entered the top five which from that point saw the aforementioned battle under a tight blanket, especially considering a long green flag stint from lap nine until six tours remaining which kept the crowd quite captivated by their close proximity.

By lap 24 Hirschman had maneuvered into second and began laying down heavy pressure on leader Paules. Barney was still third with teammates Beers and Ely next in line.

With the laps winding down Hirschman was trying every avenue to get by Paules and not making matters an easier at the same time had Beers alongside. Then Terry Markovic spun in front of the front-runners to bring out the caution with a half dozen laps remaining.

On the ensuing green Hirschman used his outside restart flank on Paules to edge his way to the front and from there he would go on to another win – his 10th in 16 2021 starts.

“This was far from a predictable finish even though we won again. The laps tick off quick here when you get green flag runs like we had and this was not an easy race. The lap counter wasn’t working so I really didn’t know how close we were to the end until that caution came out and they said there was only six (laps) to go,” said Hirschman.

“I think actually if you were to divide up the odds of who was going to win this race I feel you could have went evenly between any of us in the front pack. It wasn’t decided at all until that restart helped me to get the lead.”

Paules was impressive and fought hard to maintain the front spot before setting for his best effort of the season. Barney was never lower then fourth all race long and registered a fine third. Zane Zeiner and Brian DeFebo came on strong in the final laps to round out the top five.

If the Modified feature wasn’t thrilling enough, the Street Stock main couldn’t have been more electrifying as Lonnie Behler Jr., and Randy Ahner Jr., engaged in a two-by-two, lap-after-lap battle that began no sooner than the action got underway.

Each time the pair clicked off a lap they either exchanged the lead by mere inches or came across the line dead even. The final lap was no different as they took the white flag with no margin for error while still putting on an amazing race bordering each other.

Entering the final corner Behler somehow found the power to eek slightly ahead and go on to record his career first win. Jon Moser closed in on the pair late and notched third with Bob Kibler Sr., and Mark Martini completing the top five.

The Hobby Stocks raced in twin-26 lap features and during redraw Devin Schmidt boldly vowed to sweep both and he almost did too.

In the first race BJ Wambold, who was able to lead the distance and earn his first win of the season, and Justin Merkel thwarted Schmidt’s effort as he was third.

However, in the nightcap he redeemed himself by chasing down Corey Edelman with time running out and made his race winning pass with just two laps to go.

Schmidt may have come up short on going for the double but his efforts did earned him the overall winner between the dual features.

Ward Crozier introduced the Pro 4 division in 1988 so it was only fitting that the class was part of his tribute night.

Two time and defending champion Cody Kohler saw fit to pick up his 32nd class win that carried extra incentives as he parlayed his front row starting spot into his second victory of the season.

Kohler went to the lead at the outset and never waned as he left everyone else decide the spots behind him. Randy Schaffer, who continues to come closer to his elusive first win, was runner-up with Jake Kibler third.

A new winner emerged in the Rookie/Futures Hobby Stocks as Adam Steigerwalt grabbed the lead immediately and never looked back en route to the memorable verdict. Jared Green had a best finish of second while Brody George’s third place tally earned him his sixth Futures victory.

Modified feature finish (50-laps) 1. Matt Hirschman, 2. Earl Paules, 3. Blake Barney, 4. Zane Zeiner, 5. Brian DeFebo, 6. Nevin George, 7. Don Wagner, 8. Austin Beers, 9. Kyle Strohl, 10. Jacob Kerstetter, 11. Jack Ely, 12. Terry Markovic, 13. Cody Koehler, 14.Nick Bear, 15. Lou Strohl, 16. Rod Snyder Jr. 17. Al Arthofer, 18. Bobby Jones, 19.John Markovic, 20. Sean Verwys, 21. Bobby Butler

Street Stock feature finish (30-laps) 1. Lonnie Behler Jr., 2. Randy Ahner Jr., 3. Jon Moser, 4. Bob Kibler, Sr., 5. Mark Martini, 6. Jill Snyder, 7. Rick Kirkendall, 8. TJ Gursky, 9. Jacob Christman, 10. Mark Deysher, 11. Shayne Geist, 12. Tucker Muffley, 13. Todd Ahner, 14. John Bennet, 15. Brandon Christman, 16. Rich Moser, 17. Jamie Smith, 18. Logan Boyer, 19. Tobie Behler, 20. Thomas Flanagan

Pro 4 feature finish (20-laps) 1. Cody Kohler, 2. Randy Schaffer, 3. Jake Kibler, 4. Bobby Kibler, 5. Kadie Pursell, 6. Tyler Stangle, 7 Terry Peters, 8. Josh Kuronya, 9. Robert Derfler

1st Hobby Stock feature finish (26-laps) 1. BJ Wambold, 2. Justin Merkel, 3. Devin Schmidt, 4. Rich Mutarelli, 5. Jake Oswald, 6. Randy Ahner Jr., 7. Corey Edelman, 8. Cody Geist, 9. James Tout, 10. Dave Imler, 11. Bob Wink, 12. Nick Schaeffer, 13. Ken Reeder, 14. Taylor Schmidt, 15. Travis Solomon, 16. Cody Boehm, 17. Trisha Connolly, 18. Jacob Boehm, 19. Lyndsay Bus, 20. Tad Snyder DNQ; Mallory Kutz, Ed Herman, Ralph Borger Jr., Ryan Berger

2nd Hobby Stock feature finish (26-laps) 1. Devin Schmidt, 2. Corey Edelman, 3. Randy Ahner, 4. Cody Geist, 5. Travis Solomon, 6. Nick Schaffer, 7. Trisha Connolly, 8. Tad Snyder, 9. Jake Oswald, 10. BJ Wambold, 11. James Trout, 12. Justin Merkel, 13. Dave Imler, 14. Cody Boehm, 15. Ken Reeder, 16. Mallory Kutz, 17. Taylor Schmidt, 18. Rich Mutarelli, 19. Jacob Boehm, 20. Lyndsay Buss DNS: Bob Wink

Futures/Rookie Hobby Stock feature finish (12-laps) 1. Adam Steigerwalt, 2. Jared Green, 3. Brody George, 4. David Kerr, 5. Maggie Yeakel, 6. Makayla Kohler, 7. Reid Levengood, 8. Deegen Underwood, 9. Josh Dise, 10. Gabrielle Steigerwalt, 11. Lexus Kutz, 12. Zoe Kuchera, 13. Tyler Aleckna


Dirt racing’s championship-deciding spectacle at The Dirt Track at Charlotte will have some extra “spark” this November. In taking its decade-long partnership with NGK Spark Plugs to a new level, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have announced that the industry-leading manufacturer and retailer will serve as entitlement sponsor for the NGK NTK World of Outlaws World Finals.

The multi-year agreement puts NGK and its NTK brand at the forefront of one of the World of Outlaws’ premier events, which takes place Nov. 4-6 on Charlotte’s high-speed, five-eighths-mile oval.

NGK’s history with Charlotte Motor Speedway began in 2010, but the globally acclaimed company revved up its support by becoming the title sponsor of the 2018 NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway – a partnership which continues with this weekend’s running of drag racing’s four-wide display of nitro-fueled excitement.

“Our long-standing partnership with the Charlotte Motor Speedway properties has provided us with great exposure to motorsport enthusiasts across many genres,” stated Beth Skove - NGK General Manager, Marketing. “Whether it’s oval, ROVAL™, drag strip or dirt, we’ve found that we can effortlessly engage with event attendees. The addition of our participation in the World of Outlaws World Finals extends and enhances our relationships, with both CMS and race fans.”

Long regarded as a coveted victory for sprint car, late model and big-block Modified racers, the NGK NTK World of Outlaws World Finals promises to deliver another weekend of unforgettable excitement when rubber meets dirt in November.

“Having such a mutually rewarding partnership with NGK Spark Plugs helps enable us to showcase dirt racing’s most exciting machines to a captivated audience, with a weekend of excitement like no other,” said Greg Walter, the executive vice president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “The NGK NTK World of Outlaws is a can’t-miss event for racing fans of all ages.”

Ticket information for the NGK NTK World of Outlaws World Finals will be announced at a later date.


Facing the largest NASCAR Berco Redwood Late Model field at All American Speedway in two seasons, Granite Bay’s John Moore swept the twin 35-lap features in Roseville on Saturday. Moore’s wins came during the Armed Forces Night, with an opening ceremony which paid tribute to active military and veterans along with a fundraiser for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Moore’s wins were part of eight features of NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series racing.
Moore’s come-from-behind victory in the second feature was among the night’s highlights.
“That whole race - it was just violent! That was a good short track race. Right out of the gate our car got hit front and rear. It started overheating and I didn’t know if we were gonna finish,” Moore said. “All of a sudden I was like ‘yep it’s good, let’s win it!’”
An opening lap skirmish during the nightcap saw the field bottled up on the outside line. Moore was hit from behind by Calvin Hegje, sending Moore spinning and heavily damaging Hegje’s machine. While the duo restarted at the back of the field, Sammy Solari led from the pole position. Loomis’ Michael Mitchell moved into second on the inside line. Kenna Mitchell and Thomas Martin collided in turn two with Martin spinning. Martin continued which allowed the race to stay under green.
Mitchell used the inside to snake into the lead from Solari on lap ten. A series of cautions followed, including mechanical trouble for 14-year-old Jake Bollman. Contact on lap 17 brought out the yellow when Matt Wendt of Galt collided with Aidan Daniels of Fort Bragg which led to Daniels spinning out.
Mitchell chose the inside of Cole Moore on the following restart and maintained the lead. Dylan Zampa went up in sparks and had contact with Cole Moore before stopping for a caution flag. John Moore charged past Cole Moore for second on the restart before cautions flew again for Kenna Mitchell sliding into turn one with sparks underneath her machine.
The decisive restart came on lap 28 when Mitchell went outside of Moore. Moore used the inside to lead lap 28 to take home the win, followed by Mitchell, Cole Moore, Mike Lovell, and Martin.
John Moore led the final 28 laps for the win in the first Berco Redwood Late Model feature of the evening as well. Moore earned the pole after a six-car inversion. The caution flew on lap five for Kylie Daniels spinning on the backstretch.
Aidan Daniels took advantage to drive around the outside to lead lap seven, but Moore fought back to lead lap eight. Matt Wendt suffered damage in a multi-car incident in turn four on lap 15 and the caution fell again on lap 24 for debris. A final caution on lap 31 saw Shannon Mansch, Martin, and Solari slicing and dicing before Mansch spun. Moore drove ahead of Aidan Daniels over the closing laps for the win, followed by Bollman, Cole Moore, and Zampa.
2020 Riebes Auto Parts Super Stock champion Andrew Peeler came out on top in the 30-lap main event. Dixon’s Tim Walters led the way as the leaders battled in a two-by-two formation in the opening laps.
Roseville’s Roy Smith moved to the outside, chipping away at the top two positions before passing both Chris Paulson and Walters to lead lap ten. Peeler moved into second on lap 13 while Walters was freight trained on the outside back to fifth.
Blake Disomma and Jeremy Fritts tangled to require a caution flag as Fritts had a tire burning spin. Smith picked the outside of Peeler for the restart, with Peeler taking over the lead on lap 22. Roseville’s Josh Whitfield followed into the second position but could not track down Peeler. Smith finished third over Eureka’s Brandon White and Walters.
Rocklin’s Matt Cockrum won his first F4 main event in the 25-lap race. A busy opening corner saw Cockrum emerge as the race leader despite starting fourth.
Lincoln’s Brandon Frantz jumped into the top spot on lap four. Cockrum stayed in pursuit, retaking the lead on lap nine in lapped traffic. 2020 champion Ray Molina of Roseville grabbed second from Frantz before Frantz took it back on lap 11. Frantz drove within a car length of Cockrum on lap 21, but Cockrum held on for the win. Frantz, Molina, Matthew Fuhs, and Mario Novelli followed Cockrum at the finish.
Eric Price, Jr. led all 30-laps for his fourth Jaws Gear & Axle Modified win of the season. 2020 champion Jason Philpot advanced to second by lap five and restarted inside Price after a yellow on lap 15. Price held court for the win over Philpot, Ralph Bailey of Colfax, Sammy Nuno of Windsor, and Tyler Mullican of Roseville.
12-year-old Trey Daniels of Fort Bragg won his first Jr. Late Model feature. The 2019 Mini Cup/Bandolero championship runner-up held off cousin Lane Anderson and 2019 Bandolero champion rival Kenna Mitchell for the 20-lap win.
Evan Laires became the first Bandolero to earn a win at All American Speedway in 2021, earning the win in the 20-lap event. The tumultuous race ended one lap early with Linden’s Laires leading the Mini Cups of 2020 champion Bella Thomsen and points leader Colton Nelson at the finish.
Cole Moore extended his winning streak in the BMR Drivers Academy to eight, as the Granite Bay, Calif. driver won the 35-lap race for the NASCAR Driver Development Program. Plover, Wisc.’s Gabe Sommers finished second on back-to-back nights for the series with Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada’s Amber Balcaen finishing third.
The JM Environmental Wild West Shootout is up next at All American Speedway on Saturday May 22. The SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour will race for 147 laps, joined by a 75-lap SPEARS Pro Late Model race and a 75-lap Spears Manufacturing Modified contest. Tickets are on sale now at www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com Gates open at 4pm with racing at 5pm.
For competitor information including rules, forms, and practice registration, visit www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com/competition
All American Speedway wants to thank @the Grounds for their support along with partners Roseville Toyota, Jaws Gear & Axle, JM Environmental, Sinister Diesel, Riebes Auto Parts, Berco Redwood, Guaranteed Rate Affinity- James Clark, and A-All Mini Storage for making this season possible. Without competitor support and local community partners, these events would not take place.


The 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion Loris Hezemans was on fire! The Dutchman won both EuroNASCAR PRO races at the iconic Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Spain and rounded out a perfect weekend for the team of the #7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang. The 23-year-old led all 18 laps after an intense battle at the start against Alon Day in the #88 CAAL Racing, who made contact with Hezemans and was shuffled down the order.


For the first time in NWES history, the same car was parked in Victory Lane in all four races of a weekend. The #7 Hendriks Motorsport team collected 160 points in the first four races of the new season. It was Hezemans’ ninth EuroNASCAR career win and his third at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. He’s only one win short of tying two-time Champion Anthony Kumpen in fourth place in the all-time winners list. The Dutchman now leads the EuroNASCAR PRO Championship with 80 points.

“We really started where we left last year when we won the last race of the season in Valencia”, said the race winner. “I’m very happy with this result and now just bring on the next race! Of course I’m fighting for my second Champion Ring. Everytime I get in a car I want to win and I think we are really there setup-wise. Let’s see how the season will develop, every track is different, but we are definitely there.”

Alon Day suffered a setback after the contact he made with Hezemans in the first lap. The Israeli did not turn into the pits and ended up 19th under the checkered flag. Gianmarco Ercoli inherited second place at the wheel of the #54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet Camaro. The Italian, who wants to play a role in the 2021 NWES title battle, had a strong run and crossed the finish line 1.839 seconds behind Hezemans. The 26-year-old also topped the Junior Trophy standings.

Sebastiaan Bleekemolen completed the overall podium with an impressive third place in his #69 Ford Mustang. After a difficult 2019 debut season and the break due to the pandemic in 2020, the Dutch team came back stronger than ever to charge to the top of Europe’s official NASCAR series. The 42-year-old also won the race in the Challenger Trophy. 2020 EuroNASCAR 2 Champion Vittorio Ghirelli, driving the #50 Hendriks Motorsport Mustang, ended up fourth.

DF1 Racing’s Nicolo Rocca rounded out the top-5 collecting important points for a championship battle in which consistency will be key. NWES veteran and 2010 Champion Lucas Lasserre followed in sixth in his #64 Speedhouse Camaro. Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport’s Thomas Ferrando took the checkered flag in seventh and climbed the second step of the Junior Trophy podium. Giorgio Maggi completed the special classification’s top-3 in eighth overall.

Jacques Villeneuve finished ninth to score his second top-10 result of the 2021 NWES season ahead of Marc Goossens, who’s wearing the DF1 Racing colors in 2021. Italians Fabrizio Armetta and Dario Caso battled for the second place in the Challenger Trophy which went to Armetta in the #55 The Club Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro.

The 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will return in June with the NASCAR GP Czech Republic. All EuroNASCAR PRO and EuroNASCAR 2 qualifyings and races will be broadcasted live on EuroNASCAR’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Twitch – and Motorsport.tv.


Out of the last five point shows in the T.P. Trailers 358 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series 30-lap Modified features Craig Von Dohren finished second in four of them with three being consecutive. Saturday night the defending Modified point champion advanced a position and scored his first win of the season to up his career total to 110 by holding off the challenges of Brett Kressley and Jeff Strunk.

For the second week in a row the T.P. Truck Equipment 25-lap Sportsman feature added a new name to the win list. Logan Bauman, who ran Slingshots the previous year before advancing to Sportsman this season, took advantage when leader B.J. Joly went wide coming out of turn four with a developing left rear flat tire and moved into first on the 21st lap. The rookie continued his pace to score his first career win at the track.

Briggs Danner, who runs several different divisions at numerous tracks throughout the area, was able to defeat runner-up Steve Drevicki in the 25-lap Rapid Tire East Coast USAC sprint feature.

Two weeks in a row Jesse Leiby was the early Modified feature leader from the pole position.

A blocked track in the first turn brought out the yellow/red condition on the fifth lap. Brett Gilmore, who was chasing Leiby since the initial start took to the outside trek on the restart and succeeded in becoming the new pacesetter.

Behind Gilmore a three-way battle for second developed between Leiby, Nate Brinker and Doug Manmiller.

By the 11th lap Manmiller put pressure on Gilmore for the top spot with side-by-side action and two laps later he was showing the way.

Ryan Lilick stopped in the first turn bringing out the yellow on the 13th lap. On the restart Manmiller maintained the lead, however Gilmore drifted high with cars scrambling. When things cleared Von Dohren and Brett Kressley had taken advantage of the situation and were now second and third respectively. Waiting in the wings anticipating advancement were Leiby and Strunk, who started 24th after having to run the consolation to get into the event.

Brad Arnold and Danny Bouc tangled in the first turn on the 23rd lap. Carroll Hine III tried to squeeze by, but got caught up in the mishap. When action resumed, Von Dohren outmaneuvered Manmiller to get by him for first and Kressley and Kressley were right behind for second and third as Manmiller dropped to fourth and Leiby completed the top five.

Von Dohren kept the competition behind him and went on to chalk up the victory trailed by Kressley, Strunk, Manmiller and Nate Brinker for his best finish since moving into the modified ranks this season. Sixth through tenth were Kevin Hirthler, Duane Howard, last week’s feature winner; Leiby, Jared Umbenhauer and Gilmore.

Dylan Swinehart, Kressley and Brinker were the heat winners. The consi was won by Kevin Graver.

Sportsman action saw polesitter Joly coming off a heat win earlier, take the lead followed by Tom Miller, rookies Mike Stofflet, Bauman and Mike Schneck in tow.

At the completion of eight laps Joly had a slight edge built up which he increased the distance each lap while second through fifth remained the same as they were trying to reel him in.

Dakota Kohler, who took a provisional start after failing to qualify in the consi in his badly damaged car from an earlier heat incident and then ran Jesse Leiby’s backup car, and Joey Vaccaro tangled along the homestretch for the 16th lap caution regrouping the pack. Joly held on to the lead, but by this time Bauman was second.

One lap later Nathan Mohr stopped along the backstretch and after the yellow was thrown pulled into the infield. When racing went green again Joly went too high coming off of turn four as the left rear tire started going down and Bauman was now ahead. Joly was determined to overcome the obstacle and try to regain control.

Bauman never surrendered the lead and went on to claim the triumph. Scoring his best career finish ever for second was Joly followed by Stofflet, who also had his best run; Chris Esposito and Cody Manmiller, another rookie that garnered his best run. Rounding out the top ten were Schneck followed by Miller. Decker Swinehart, Kenny Gilmore and Dylan Hoch.

Heats were won by Miller, Joly and Bauman. Vaccaro was the consolation winner.

Damon Paul led the first lap of the spring feature before Danner took over.

Battling for positions behind him were Paul, Kenny Miller III, Bruce Buckwalter and Drevicki as positions were constantly being swapped.

The red was thrown on the 13th lap when Eric Jennings flipped in the third turn with Ed Aikin also involved. Both drivers were uninjured, but out of competition. It was still Danner first on the restart. Mechanical issues forced second place runner Miller III to slow for the caution on lap 15 and now Drevicki was second.

In the closing stages Danner, Drevicki and Alex Bright were in a three-way duel for the lead and that’s the order they finished with Buckwalter fourth and Tommy Kunsman Jr. fourth and fifth. Nash Ely, Troy Betts, Mike Meyers, Billy Ney and Jason Cherry completed sixth through tenth.

Buckwalter, Drevicki and Kunsman Jr. won the heats. Craig Pelligrini Jr. won the semi-feature.

Next up on the schedule at Grandview is another tripleheader show of racing action featuring the T.P.Trailers Modifieds, T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman and the Outlaw Vintage Racers. It all gets the green at 7:30 p.m. May 22nd. Adult admission is $14 while youngsters 11 and under are admitted free.

Then on Saturday, May 29th it is a doubleheader card of Modifieds and Sportsman.

That very same weekend, Sunday, May 30, the popular Thunder on the Hill Series offers Roaring Triple 20s Big Block/358 Modified racing along with Sportsman and Outlaw Vintage Racing Series with a 7:30 p.m. starting time.


T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Craig Von Dohren, 2. Brett Kressley, 3. Jeff Strunk, 4. Doug Manmiller, 5. Nate Brinker, 6. Kevin Hirthler, 7. Duane Howard, 8. Jesse Leiby, 9. Jared Umbenhauer, 10. Brett Gilmore, 11. Dylan Swinehart, 12. Craig Whitmoyer, 13. Eric Biehn, 14. Ryan Grim, 15. Ron Kline, 16. Bobby Gunther Walsh, 17. Kevin Graver, 18. Brad Grim, 19. Justin Grim, 20. Brad Arnold, 21. Danny Bouc, 22. Carroll Hine III, 23. Ryan Lilick, 24. Dillon Steuer, 25. Mark Kratz, Louden Reimert, 27. Cory Merkel, 28. Jack Butler. DNQ: Ray Swinehart, Darrin Schuler, Jordan Henn, Ron Haring Jr., Steve Young and Mike Lisowski.

T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Logan Bauman, 2. B.J. Joly, 3. Mike Stofflet, 4. Chris Esposito, 5. Cody Manmiller, 6. Mike Schneck, 7. Tom Miller, 8. Decker Swinehart, 9. Kenny Gilmore, 10. Dylan Hoch, 11. Kyle Lilick, 12. Ryan Beltz, 13. Jimmy Leiby, 14. Kyle Smith, 15. Parker Guldin, 16. Dakota Kohler (provisional), 17. Bryan Rhoads, 18. Kenny Bock, 19. Matt Clay, 20. Mark Kemmerer, 21. Brian Hirthler, 22. Nathan Mohr, 23. Joey Vaccaro, 24. Rich Cook, 25. Jesse Landis. DNQ: Colton Perry, Wayne Rotenberger, Mark Gaugler, Ryan Laise.

Rapid Tire East Coast USAC Sprint Feature (25-laps): 1. Briggs Danner, 2. Steve Drevicki, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Bruce Buckwalter, 5. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 6. Nash Ely, 7. Troy Bets, 8. Mike Meyers, 9. Billy Ney, 10. Jason Cherry, 11. Craig Pelligrini Jr., 12. Joey Amantea, 13. Blaine Emery, 14. Kenny Miller III, 15. Damon Paul, 16. Jonathan Swanson, 17. Mike Thompson, 18. Chris Allen, 19. Ed Aikin, 20. Eric Jennings, 21. Tom Savage. DNQ: Lou Cicconi, David Swanson and Richard Carnathan.

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Martin Doubek was unstoppable once again in EuroNASCAR 2 Round 2 at the 4-km Circuit Ricardo Tormo. The driver of the #7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang started from pole, led all 15 laps and scored his second consecutive win of the 2021 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season. The 26-year-old now leads the overall standings with 80 points on his account.


For Doubek it was the fourth EuroNASCAR 2 career win after the two he collected at Circuit Zolder in the 2020 NWES season and the one he grabbed on Saturday. The NWES veteran, who’s part of EuroNASCAR since the 2015 season, made a good start and pulled away from the field right in the first lap. After that he administered his advantage and Hoosier Racing Tires to be first under the checkered flag.

“I’m very happy”, said an exhausted Doubek after the race. “The car is perfect since we hit the track on Friday for Free Practice. With Loris Hezemans, I can rely on a very quick teammate and the team is doing an exceptional job. We found a good setup that made it look so easy to get two wins here in Valencia.”

Doubek’s teammate Tobias Dauenhauer from Germany ended up second after a fierce battle with Academy Motorsport / Alex Caffi Motorsport’s Vladimiros Tziortzis from Cyprus. The Hendriks Motorsport driver and 2019 EuroNASCAR 2 runner-up managed to keep the 24-year-old youngster at bay and when they crossed the checkered flag, 2.597 seconds separated the two. After bad luck hampered his Saturday’s race with a blown tire, Justin Kunz showed his potential by piloting the #22 DF1 Racing Camaro to fourth.

Double V Racing team boss and driver Pierluigi Veronesi had a solid run in his #27 Mustang: the Italian completed the top-5. After struggling with braking issues on Saturday, Simon Pilate also fought his way back into the top-10 with a solid sixth place. The Belgian completed the race ahead of Advait Deodhar. Deodhar made a mistake in the first race that shuffled him down the order, but he managed to strike back by finishing seventh.

EuroNASCAR newcomer Alberto Panebianco scored his second consecutive Rookie Trophy win by crossing the finish line eighth at the wheel of the #89 Not Only Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro. Vict Racing’s Paolo Valeri won the Legend Trophy and grabbed the second place in the Rookie Trophy in ninth ahead of Ian Eric Waden, who rounded out the top-10 and joined the podium for drivers aged 40 or more. The Legend Trophy podium was completed by Marko Stipp Motorsport’s Yevgen Sokolovskiy. His teammate Miguel Gomes was third in the Rookie Trophy.

Arianna Casoli had to battle hard for her win in the Lady Trophy. The Italian NWES veteran and Solaris Motorsport’s Alina Loibnegger delighted the fans – up to 2000 were allowed on the grandstands for the first time since 440 days – with a great duel that ended in the Italian’s favour. Francesco Garisto ended up 14th due to a contact with Fabrizio Armetta in the battle for third place. Armetta got a drive through penalty for his move on the young Italian.

While the EuroNASCAR 2 Championship will return for Round 3 and 4 at Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic, the EuroNASCAR PRO Round 2 will take place today at 14:15 CEST at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. The closing race of the NASCAR GP Spain will be broadcasted live on EuroNASCAR’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Twitch – and Motorsport.tv.


Tanner English knows that if he wants to be a DIRTcar national champion, he has to win at some of the country’s most popular DIRTcar-sanctioned facilities.


On Saturday night, he did just that, scoring his first career victory at Fairbury Speedway in the MARS Racing Series’ Spring Showcase.


“It’s good to finally get one here,” English said. “I’ve been close a few times.”


His road to victory at the quarter-mile bullring didn’t come easy, having to hold off both three-time DIRTcar Late Model national champions Dennis Erb Jr., of Carpentersville, IL, and Brian Shirley, of Chatham, IL, in the closing laps to pick up the $15,000 victory.


English, of Benton, KY, redrew the pole after winning his Heat Race and took off with plenty of speed at the drop of the green, opening up a nice advantage over the field in the opening laps. But it wasn’t until after a quick restart by Shirley after a Lap-15 caution that he was tested for the top spot.


Shirley was getting tremendous drive on the bottom lane in the corners, allowing him to reel-in English and pull up alongside him several times over the following 15 circuits. Side-by-side the two raced for multiple laps until Shirley was able to muscle ahead on Lap 31.


But Shirley’s lead didn’t hold for long. He maneuvered by the first set of slower cars without much issue but was forced to move off the bottom for the next pack, throwing him a curveball that ultimately cost him the lead.


“When I was in the lead and got the lead, it was like the car was underneath me, it was rolling good,” Shirley said. “With about eight-to-go, I don’t know for sure, but it felt like the right-rear started sliding on me a little bit.”


English hadn’t just settled for second once Shirley passed him for the lead – he cracked the whip and got right back on his bumper, waiting to capitalize when Shirley slipped-up in traffic.


“He left me plenty of room, and when he got by me, he kinda moved around and it opened up the door for me to make a move on him,” English said. “He started getting tight a little bit. It was just pretty awesome, a great race.”


English slipped the lead away from Shirley on the inside as they came around to complete Lap 40. Meanwhile, frontrunner Erb Jr. was moving through traffic well, glued to the bottom, and had his sights on the top-two as the race neared the home stretch.


With a fading Shirley in front of him, Erb ducked under the Bob Cullen Racing #3s and grabbed second with eight laps remaining. Sitting just under a second back from leader English, Erb put the pedal down and reached English’s rear bumper in just three laps.


But in the end, it was too little, too late. English was able to roll the middle and escape Erb’s clutches to win his 15th career MARS Racing Series event.


“I kinda set up for a little bit longer runs, and the racetrack didn’t clean-up as much as I thought it was going to. We just came up a little short in the end,” Erb said.


English spent a great deal of time making the middle groove work, which ultimately served as his getaway car with Erb breathing down his neck.  


“It was just where I could carry momentum and not buzz my tires,” English said. “The top, I felt like I was gonna wear my tire out too quick, so I knew I needed to stay off that. I couldn’t really hang the bottom, so that was just kinda where I ended up.”


Now with plans to chase a national points championship and the DIRTcar Summer Nationals title this year, English appears to be coming into the zone at just the right time.


“We’re just on a roll,” English said. “Everywhere we go, it just seems like we qualify good, race good and run a Feature good. So, as long as we can keep finishing top-three, top-five, we’ll be in good shape.”


Erb crossed the stripe in second, just under a half-second behind English. Shirley was able to hang on for third but knew his car could’ve been better in traffic.


“If I would’ve had a better car like I did earlier in the race, I was able to get around those guys,” Shirley said. “When the car went away, I wasn’t hitting my marks the way that I wanted to because I had to start changing my entry into the corner.”




The MARS Racing Series is back in action next Fri-Sat night, May 21-22, at Kankakee County Speedway and Shadyhill Speedway – both $5,000-to-win races.


Spring Showcase Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 81E-Tanner English, 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr, 3. 3s-Brian Shirley, 4. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 5. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 6. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 7. 1w-Donny Walden, 8. 18-Shannon Babb, 9. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 10. 18J-Chase Junghans, 11. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 12. 74-Mitch McGrath, 13. 11T-Trevor Gundaker, 14. 15-Kolby Vandenbergh, 15. 25-Jason Feger, 16. 32-Bobby Pierce, 17. B12-Kevin Weaver, 18. 11JR-Justin Reed, 19. 42-McKay Wenger, 20. M27-Mike Provenzano, 21. 89-Mike Spatola, 22. 9-Eric Smith


DIRTcar Series PR

Hometown hero Jason Gray drove to the win from his sixth-place starting position in the historic first DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series East Region Feature at Bear Ridge Speedway. David Boisclair and Jordan Fornwalt fought hard for the final two steps on the podium over the course of the 42-lap race. 

Gray, driver of the #00 from East Thetford, VT, used his experience at Bear Ridge — and a lot of patience — to outdrive the other 23 hungry DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers.

“Last week, I came from 18th to second in a 35-lap Feature so it’s a matter of thinking about how the race will play out,” Gray said. “The first lap doesn’t pay. The 12th lap doesn’t pay. The only lap that matters is the one that has a checkered flag waving. That’s why you gotta set it up for the long run. In a 42-lap feature we are going to have some green flag runs.”

After starting sixth, Gray was determined not to lose any ground to the leaders and made sure he stayed in striking distance while conserving his equipment. On lap 21, the #00 pounced on then leader David Boisclair. As eventual runner-up Boisclair looked to hold the low line behind a lapped car, Gray saw the top side and motored by through Turns 1 and 2 for the lead. Boisclair fought back but Gray worked more lapped traffic to his advantage and created a gap.

“It’s our home track so we definitely had a bit of an advantage on those guys,” noted Gray. “Boisclair is a good racer. He drove tough. We have some really good guys here too though. Lots of competition tonight.”

While the Series invaders took to the slick surface well, Gray knew how the track would develop over the course of the race. Top-running Series drivers all agreed they wished they’d known how the top would come and when.

“You gotta be able to run the top here no matter what,” Gray said. “If you can’t run the top, it’s tough going. It’s a hard racetrack. There’s no moisture. It doesn’t stick. I like It. That’s what we’ve grown up with. It’s kind of a ritual for me.”

Runner-up Boisclair started the Feature on the inside of Row 2, and things turned interesting for the #02 right off the bat. Pole-sitter DJ Robinson spun the tires coming out of Turn 2 onto the backstretch causing the top 3 to go 3-wide into Turn 3 at the end of the backstretch.

“On the initial start the guy on the pole [DJ Robinson] left the door open,” Boisclair said. “I went through and he came down, unfortunately, and took himself out.”

Robinson’s luck did not improve as he sat stricken on the speedway while the entire field surged past. He pulled off after completing only 7 laps and scored 24th. It was a heartbreak for the local hero.

Boisclair on the other hand was able to keep his #02 at the pointy end of the field throughout the Feature before settling for second.

“Not bad for the first time here,” he said. “It’s pretty fun and slick. I just wish I had known there was a top to run here a little sooner than later when Gray got by me. Shout out to him. He ran an awesome race.”

Boisclair is just getting started. He has a full schedule ahead of him in 2021. 

“I race weekly at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Airborne Speedway, where I won last week,” he said. “I finished second in the first Series race at Airborne and we’re going to follow the whole tour.”    

Jordan Fornwalt started fifth and was a part of the non-stop action in the top 5 for the entire 42 laps. His podium finish is a career milestone, but certainly not his last as the driver keeps improving.

“This is definitely one of the biggest stages that I’ve had success on,” Fornwalt said. “This is now my best finish in a Series race after my fourth at Airborne [May 1]. This tops that and hopefully, we can continue climbing up the ladder.”

Fornwalt was another driver to find the high side late.

“Once we were able to get some green flag laps in, I was able to work the top in Turns 3 and 4,” he noted. “I made good ground on cars and I ran the bottom in one and two for a while because there was grip left down there. I knew the top was going to come into it because everyone was stacked up on the bottom. I kept trying stuff every lap and once I found that grip on the top of three and four I was good for a podium.”

After suffering a steering failure while leading his Heat Race, Justin Buff drove up through the field to finish fifth from his 23rd starting. The East Region points runner worked through some difficult traffic and was able to avoid incidents on his way to a top 5 finish. The plus-18 advancement was enough to keep him in the conversation as a favorite to win the region. 

Next up on the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series East Region schedule is Glen Ridge Motorsports Park on Sunday, July 27. Be sure to bookmark DIRTcar.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter for news, features, photos, and more. 

FEATURE (42 laps)

1. Jason Gray (00) 2. David Boisclair (02) 3. Jordan Fornwalt (24) 4. Kevin Chaffee (73) 5. Andrew Buff (92) 6. James Fadden (91NH) 7. Robert Tucker (42) 8. Matt Lashua (18) 9. Richie Simmons (34) 10. John Scarborough (61) 11. Jeremy Huntoon (26) 12. Jeff Huntington (3) 13. Jeremy Beckley (46) 14. Ryan Christian (105) 15. Bryan Bigue (51) 16. Jason Bruno (66) 17. Michael Dunn (9) 18. Dennis Perry II (18DP) 19. Todd Buckwald (631) 20. Michael Wright (78) 21. Kyle Ashford (27) 22. Ryan Avery (92) 23. Mike Ryan (86) 24. DJ Robinson (4)

DIRTcar Series PR

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