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Following Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway an issue with the throttle body of the No. 45 Chevrolet was discovered during post-race inspection.
Generally, throttle bodies are good for 1,500 miles. At that time teams can either replace or repair the part. The throttle body used on the No. 45 Chevrolet was a throttle body that had been used previously.
There is an issue with the current style of throttle body that causes the throttle body shaft to bend, which in turn causes the throttle to get stuck, or “hang wide open”.
As this poses an obvious safety issue, the throttle body in question was sent off for repairs.
The current throttle body comes from the supplier with Phillips-style bolts. The repairing party installed torx- style bolts during the repair process. These torx-style bolts are what caused the disqualification of the No. 45 Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway.
The throttle body itself and the performance of the part was not modified outside of NASCAR’s specifications in any way. The torx-style bolts created no performance advantage. The team feels confident that if the throttle body in question was tested, it would show no performance advantage.
While the team is confident in its innocence, it will not seek an appeal, based upon previous experience with the appeals system.
“I’m confident in our team and its ability to prepare first class race trucks within the confines of NASCAR’s rules,” said Niece Motorsports General Manager Cody Efaw. “We don’t have the funding or the wiggle room to carelessly cheat. There was no malicious intent in using torx bolts in the repair of the throttle body. Anyone who is familiar with how these race trucks operate knows that it is not a performance advantage in any capacity.”
Due to the numerous issues with the current throttle body, NASCAR informed teams that they would implement a new one. The new throttle body is set to be implemented at the end of the week.
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Davey Callihan turned in a strong performance during his ARCA Menards Series East debut Saturday night with Mullins Racing at Southern National Motorsports Park.
Callihan, driving the No. 3 Ford for the team owned by Willie and Dinah Mullins, ran as high as fifth during the Southern National 200 before fading to ninth in the final run to the checkered flag at the .4-mile paved oval.
“Davey did great. Davey showed his talent,” Willie Mullins said. “He didn’t tear up our car. His ability to run up front in our equipment made everybody know that we have great equipment and he is a great driver. That was an A+ effort.”
The Fredericksburg, Va., native qualified 11th in the 16-car field due to part of the car dragging on the track. The team fixed the problem prior to the start of the race, but because the team made unapproved changes to the car he was forced to start at the rear.
Callihan quickly went to work, racing his way up to fifth at the time of the first scheduled break at lap 75.
“We didn’t really have the qualifying effort that I thought we should of,” Callihan said. “We fired off really well in the first stage and we worked our way inside the top-five. We were really pretty pleased with that.”
Callihan continued to run in or near the top-five until the second scheduled break on lap 125. Unfortunately the team made the wrong adjustments to the car during the break and Callihan battled the car for the remainder of the race, eventually coming home ninth at the checkered flag.
“The last stage is kind of when it went backwards for us,” Callihan said. “I was fighting a loose on entry condition pretty much the whole first half, so we tried to make that better and we made some changes for the last half and it was just the wrong way. The car got way too tight on us. We just kind of faded that last segment. We weren’t very good at all and lost all that we’d gained.”
Despite fading at the end of the race, Callihan was still able to bring home the team’s best short-track finish, bettering the 10th-place finish by Robert Bruce at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway in 2018 and the 10th-place finish by Mullins earlier this year at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.
“I’d give myself a B+ probably. I think I did well,” Callihan said. “There are a lot of things that I learned that I can do better. There is definitely room for improvement, but all things considered I was very happy with my performance and the performance of the team.
“A big thanks to Mullins Racing, Dinah Mullins and Willie Mullins for putting me in their car. Thanks to CW Metals, Bugsy’s Auto and all of their sponsors that keep their team going. Without them we wouldn’t be able to make it possible.”
Bruce was on hand Saturday evening at Southern National, serving as crew chief in place of the team’s regular crew chief Tony Furr. Furr was feeling under the weather Saturday and didn’t make the trip to Southern National as planned.
“He had either the flu or something going on and got sick,” Mullins explained. “He just couldn’t make it. We brought Robert with us because he’s always been a great addition to the team and helped us out. Unfortunately we missed having Tony there, but we made the best of the situation.”
Willie Mullins had nothing but positive things to say about Callihan, whom he hopes to have back in the car in the future should funding become available to do so.
“If the stars align and we could find the funding to run a full season with Davey, that would be an even bigger asset to our team,” Mullins said. “We have the equipment, the series we want to run in and a driver that can definitely contend. If we could find the funding, it would all come down to that.”
Willie and Dinah Mullins also wanted to thank each and every member of the crew that joined the team at Southern National Motorsports Park Saturday. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible for the team to race.
“Thanks to our crew, everybody that was a part of this weekend to make it successful,” Mullins said. “It took everybody as a team effort. We definitely showed what kind of people we have surrounding us as a team.”
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Pato O’Ward took the NTT INDYCAR SERIES points lead with a drive full of championship-caliber mettle, passing Josef Newgarden with three laps remaining to win the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 2 on Sunday at Belle Isle Park.
O’Ward, 22, became the first two-time winner this season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES after the first seven races opened with different winners. He also won the XPEL 375 on May 2 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Mexican driver O’Ward, who started 16th, powered away from two-time series champion Newgarden’s No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet after the decisive pass in his No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet and drove to victory by 6.7595 seconds. He leads the championship by one point over Alex Palou, who finished third in the No. 10 The American Legion Honda.
O’Ward dedicated his win to teammate Felix Rosenqvist, forced to sit out this race due to a heavy crash in Race 1 Saturday, and longtime McLaren Racing shareholder Mansour Ojjeh, who died June 6.
“I talked to Felix this morning, and the important thing is that he’s OK, but I told him, ‘I’m going to win it for you,’” O’Ward said. “So, this is for him and for Mansour.”
Colton Herta finished fourth in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda. Graham Rahal placed fifth in the No. 15 United Rentals Honda – identical to his finish Saturday in Race 1.
Detroit Race 1 winner Marcus Ericsson finished ninth in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, slowed by contact with Rinus VeeKay’s No. 21 Sonax/Autogeek Chevrolet in a duel for position on Lap 15.
O’Ward’s charge to the front was breathtaking from the 16th starting position. He passed six cars and jumped to 10th in the opening five laps while racing on the Firestone alternate “red” tires.
But the charismatic O’Ward saved his best maneuvers for last.
Romain Grosjean stopped on course with a small fire in his left front brake on Lap 59, triggering the last of three full-course cautions in the race. On the restart on Lap 63, O’Ward was fifth behind Newgarden, Herta, Palou and Rahal.
But O’Ward dove under Rahal in Turn 1 for fourth and then devoured Palou and Herta for second place with defiant, but clean, maneuvers on the same lap.
Then O’Ward set sail for Newgarden while keeping his eye on his mirrors for Herta’s pressure from behind. Herta locked up trying to pass O’Ward for second with three laps to go, effectively ending his chances for victory.
O’Ward then dove under Newgarden in Turn 7 on Lap 68 for the lead and drove away to glory. Newgarden led 67 of the first 70 laps, with O’Ward pacing the final three trips around the 14-turn, 2.35-mile temporary street circuit.
“He was coming like a freight train,” Newgarden said. “What are you going to do? I just couldn’t do anything. I had so much wheelspin. My rear tires were just shot to death on the last 10 laps. Just trying to be aggressive, and the restarts don’t help you. None of it played into our favor, especially the first caution.”
The race began with NTT P1 Award winner Newgarden as just one of three drivers in the 25-car field to start on Firestone primary “black” tires, joining teammate Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet and James Hinchcliffe in the No. 29 Genesys Honda.
That strategy choice forced Newgarden to stretch his first stint on the harder, more durable primary tires as long as possible, while most of the drivers who started on the Firestone alternate “red” tires pitted during the caution created on Lap 1 when Max Chilton’s No. 59 Carlin Chevrolet collided with the back of Hinchcliffe’s car in tight traffic.
Newgarden’s lead built to more than 12 seconds before he pitted on Lap 20 for another set of primary tires. He wanted to run longer to reduce the number of laps on the grippier but less-durable alternate tires late in the race. INDYCAR rules mandate that every driver uses the primary and alternate tires in road and street-course races.
But it was uncertain whether the stalled No. 4 K-Line Insulators/AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet of Dalton Kellett could be removed from the track without a full-course caution, and Newgarden didn’t want to lose track position pitting under yellow. So, he pitted even though Kellett’s car later was cleared without a full-course caution.
“None of this played into our favor, especially the first caution,” Newgarden said. “We had to pit because we weren’t sure if they were going to go full-course caution, and if we don’t pit, we get completely hosed. So, we had to put an extra seven, eight 10 laps on the (alternate) tires that we didn’t want to. It would have been a lot easier if we kept it cleaner, and that was our plan. But it just didn’t work our way.”
Newgarden built a lead of nearly 10 seconds over Herta during his second stint, also on Firestone primary tires, before pitting for slightly used Firestone alternate tires on his last stop, on Lap 46.
That lead was reduced to 4.3 seconds after Newgarden’s final pit stop, and Herta sliced that gap to .364 of a second on Lap 52 before Jimmie Johnson slid through Turn 1 in his No. 48 Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing Honda on Lap 54, triggering the second full-course caution and packing the field behind Newgarden for a restart.
“It’s hard not to be disappointed,” Newgarden said. “I think we had the car to beat. Cautions at the end, wrong tires at the end. It was a fun strategy. I think we were doing well. It was just the caution that killed us. My rears were shot, and I didn’t really need that. We tried.”
The next race is the REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR on Sunday, June 20 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, with live coverage starting at noon (ET) on NBCSN and the INDYCAR Radio Network. On-track action starts with practice at 5:15 p.m. Friday, June 18, streamed live on Peacock.
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Nick Ross tops Late Models; Jaden Brown over Paulie Hartwig III in thrilling Sportsman Modified main
It was Pack the Track Night at Mahoning Valley Speedway and unfortunately for Late Model driver Nick Ross he was unable to join in the Fanfest activities during intermission due to the fact of making repairs and adjustments to his car after his heat.
He did, however, make up for it by getting to personally thank all of the fans, doing so from Victory Lane after his rousing second win of the season.
“After our heat race we had to work on the car and I’m sorry we didn’t get to see all the fans during the meet and greet and I felt really bad about that but at least I can use this opportunity to personally say thank you to everyone for coming out tonight,” said Ross.
Taking the lead at the drop of the initial green second starting Ross was able to jump to the lead over pole sitter James Yons. The next time around Lorin Arthofer II was on his tail and looking for every opportunity to get past.
For Arthofer that chance came on lap seven when he slipped under Ross in Turn 3 and completed the lap as the new leader.
Looking to make it a second win in a row and three victories in four starts, Arthofer kept himself a car length ahead of Ross. But never dropping any further back and with the lead pair coming up on lapped traffic Ross was able to close in and by lap 15 was running beside Arthofer. Racing on the top lane he was then able to use a blast of momentum to power his way back out front and gradually pulled away to a two-plus second margin of victory.
“I think he (Arthofer) just started to get a little free in (turns) 1 & 2 and I knew I had to get a run there and it was just enough to get him. I really appreciate running against him and he actually helped me getting things set-up for down here,” said Ross.
Geno Steigerwalt, Yons and Roger Maynor rounded out the top five.
Mahoning Valley’s Sportsman Modified division continues to grow and prosper and it showed on this night with its best field to date and pair of rising stars battling closing for the win.
15-year old Jaden Brown and 10-year old Paulie Hartwig III put on a captivating race and despite very limited seat time with a combine seven class starts between them they raced like seasoned veterans.
Hartwig led the way early on but by lap seven Brown zeroed in on him and thus began the thrilling duel. Brown was making repeated attempts from both high and low sides but each time Hartwig shut him off.
Not giving up, Brown began to work the inside line and with five laps to go he bumped and squeezed underneath and in the process Hartwig got loose but and did an incredible save and rebound. Brown, who did back off when the occurrence began to allow Hartwig space and then held on for the exhilarating win.
Sophomore Street Stock driver Thomas Flanagan has had several very close opportunities in a short period of time to claim a win and tonight there was no doubt or uncertainties as he picked up his career first victory and over a pair of experienced veterans.
Flanagan took the lead from Logan Boyer two laps into the 30 lap contest and was soon fending off kingpin Jon Moser. By the second half of the race point leader Mark Martini joined in the fight but Flanagan remained focused in notwithstanding the heavy opposition.
Matter of fact he would let that pair combat it out amongst themselves while he held steady and smooth en route to this unforgettable first win. Meanwhile Martini took second from Moser.
In the Hobby Stocks BJ Wambold proved again that given the chance to start at the front of the pack he’s no match for the rest of the field.
Wambold replicated an earlier win, starting from pole and then leading the full distance even though Taylor Schmidt and Trisha Connolly kept in close with him.
Cody Kohler continued on his winning ways with the Pro 4s as he collected his class leading fourth win of the season. Kohler used a lap 11 restart to get by Tyler Stangle and then held off Kadie Pursell for career win number 35.
Greyson Ahner made a daring inside pass on Makayla Kohler which would prove to be the race winning move in the Futures/Rookie Hobby Stocks. And it was also his fifth such time winning this season under the Rookie line-up. Runner-up Hallie Muffley would be credited with her second straight Futures verdict.
The Micro Stocks joined the card and in nothing short of a dominating performance it was Alex Greenzweig leading the way from start to finish by ample distance over Roger Snyder.
Late Model feature finish (25-laps): 1. Nick Ross, 2. Lorin Arthofer, 3. Geno Steigerwalt, 4. James Yons, 5. Roger Maynor, 6. Seth VanFossen, 7. Randy Green, 8. Brooks Smith, 9. Mike Stein, 10. Rich Cooper
Sportsman Modified feature finish (25-laps): 1. Jaden Brown, 2. Paul Hartwig111, 3. Jared Ahner, 4. Jesse Strohl, 5. Payton Arthofer, 6. Avery Arthofer, 7. Kassidy Altemose, 8. Mia Guy, 9. Al Arthofer, 10. Paul French, 11. BJ Wambold, 12. Randy Ahner, 13. Troy Bollinger, 14. Bobby Jones DNS Kevin Kromer
Street Stock feature finish (30-laps): 1. Thomas Flanagan, 2. Mark Martini, 3. Jon Moser, 4. Mark Deysher, 5. Brandon Christman, 6. Randy Ahner Jr, 7. Rick Reichenbach, 8. Jacob Christman, 9. John Bennett, 10. Jamie Smith, 11. Lonnie Behler Jr., 12. Shayne Geist, 13.Tucker Muffley, 14. Todd Ahner, 15. Logan Boyer, 16. Jill Snyder, 17. Rich Moser, 18. Tobie Behler, 19 TJ Gursky
Pro 4 feature finish (14-laps): 1. Cody Kohler, 2. Kadie Pursell, 3. Tyler Stag le, 4. Lyndsay Buss, 5. Austin Webster 6. Josh Kuronya DNS: Terry Peters
Hobby Stock Feature finish (25-laps): 1. BJ Wambold, 2. Taylor Schmidt, 3. Trisha Connolly, 4. Cody Boehm, 5. Devin Schmidt, 6. Nick Schaffer, 7. Travis Solomon, 8. Corey Edelman, 9. Tad Snyder, 10. Dave Imler, 11. Justin Markel, 12. James Tout, 13. Nicholas Kerstetter, 14. Mallory Kutz, 15. Ralph Borger Jr., 16. John Petro, 17. Cody Geist, 18. Jacob Boehm, 19. Kevin Behler, 20. Jake Oswald, 21. Lyndsay Buss, DNQ: Ed Herman
Futures/Rookie Hobby Stock feature finish (12-laps): 1. Greyson Ahner, 2. Hailee Muffley, 3. Makayla Kohler, 4. Maggie Yeakel, 5. Gabi Steigerwalt, 6. Brody George, 7. Deegen Underwood, 8. Josh Dise, 9. Dave Kerr, 10. Jared Green, 11. Logan Sturgeon, 12. Lexus Kutz, 13. Adam Steigerwalt, 14. Reid Levengood
Micro Stock feature finish (20-laps) 1: Alex Greenzweig, 2. Roger Snyder, 3. Al Vanhart, 4. Chad Weaver, 5. Jarred Rehrig, 6. Anthony Wood, 7. John Koch, 8, Eddie Geiger Jr., 9. Adam Hess, 10. San Del Luff, 11. Phil Sabatine, 12. Matt Ackerman, 13. Mike Bowers, 14. DJ Fredricks
Colorado’s Cassidy Hinds and Napa’s Dylan Zampa split the Berco Redwood NASCAR Late Model features at All American Speedway on Saturday, giving each driver their first Late Model triumph at the one-third mile in Roseville. Their wins were part of an eight main event card at the speedway powered by Roseville Toyota.
A series of new race winners entertained fans throughout the night with F4s, Jaws Gear & Axle Modifieds, and Mini Cup/Bandos also enjoying fresh faces in victory lane.
Hinds’ win was a come-from-behind tale during a tumultuous opening contest. A ten-car invert placed Roseville’s Lance Halm on the pole position and the caution flew on lap three for Aidan Daniels of Fort Bragg spinning on the backstretch. Hinds was part of a three-car spin in turns one and two on lap seven which involved Colorado’s Holly Clark and Fort Bragg’s Kylie Daniels. All three restarted at the tail of the field. The caution flew again on lap nine when Hinds spun for a second time.
Halm slowed from the lead in turn four on lap 15, surrendering the top position to Zampa. The tenth starting Zampa paced the field through several cautions including an incident with Clark and Calvin Hegje on lap 20. Michael Mitchell collided with incoming points leader John Moore of Granite Bay on lap 22, bringing out the caution when Moore pounded the front stretch wall. Both Moore and second in points Aidan Daniels failed to continue.
A red flag fell on lap 32 for JJ Ferguson hitting the wall in turn two head on. He was uninjured. Zampa’s car would not fire after the red flag was lifted, handing the lead to Hinds. Hinds went back-and-forth with Loomis’ Chris Scribner before wrestling the lead away on the inside on the final lap, winning her first NASCAR Late Model feature. Auburn’s Thomas Martin finished third ahead of Kylie Daniels and Mitchell.
Zampa earned the pole for the second feature after an eight-car invert. A shuffle of the order allowed Michael Mitchell to use the outside to lead lap one, before Zampa led lap two. Both Martin and Japanese driver Takuya Okada passed Mitchell for third and fourth. Hinds then jumped up to fourth by lap seven.
The leaders encountered lapped traffic by the 15th lap. Hegje and Scribner collided in turn four on lap 16, with a spinning Scribner getting hit head-on by Lane Anderson to end Scribner’s race. Anderson and Aidan Daniels then had an incident in turn one for a caution, erasing a 1.7 second lead that Zampa had accumulated over the field. Zampa held the lead over a pair of restarts, including for contact between Moore and Hinds that relegated both to the rear of the field. Zampa topped Martin by 1.899 seconds followed by Okada, Halm, and Clark the top-five.
Eureka’s Brandon White made his first start in the Jaws Gear & Axle Modifieds count as he led all 25-laps for the victory. White quickly nabbed the lead after starting fourth and never relinquished it in the NASCAR feature. 2020 champion Jason Philpot of Sacramento finished second followed 2021 points leader Eric Price, Jr. of Rio Linda, Rocklin’s Tyler Wentworth, and North Highlands’ Rick Andersen as the top-five finishers.
Roseville’s Nathan Cleaver won his first F4 feature in a 25-lap main event. 2020 champion Ray Molina of Roseville drove fourth to first on the opening circuit while behind them Lincoln’s Brandon Frantz and Rocklin’s John Sproule got together in turn three. They were able to rejoint the race with the main event staying under green.
Cleaver tracked down Molina to take the lead on the inside on lap four. Tenth starting Matthew Fuhs charged to third by lap six then passed Molina for second. Fuhs looked outside Cleaver for the lead but could not complete the pass. The top-four ran closely together until a caution on lap 17 for fourth place Stephen Crook stopping on the front stretch. Cleaver led the final eight laps for his first F4 win over Fuhs, Molina, Dennis Crook, and Sproule.
Lucas Burton avoided a late race melee to win the Mini Cup/Bando feature. Burton led only the final lap to win his first career event. Anthony Bean of Lincoln made quick work to go fifth to first on lap one. Rookie Dayton Broyles of Auburn spun on lap two but continued. He then collided with Bean while being lapped, dropping Bean out of the lead. The race remained under green until 2020 champion Bella Thomsen of El Dorado Hills slowed on the backstretch on lap six.
An unpredictable race saw a pair of spins for 2021 points leader Colton Nelson of Auburn. Bean and fellow Lincoln-based rookie Joseph Elf battled for the lead on the final restart. Bean went to clear Elf into turn one and they collided, bringing out the yellow-checkered flag. Third place Burton was declared the winner over Nelson, Broyles, Bean, and Elf.
Josh Whitfield won his fourth Riebes Auto Parts Super Stock feature of the season as he overcame the ten-car invert to win. Roseville’s Jeremy Fritts led the opening lap from the outside of Gary Eisenhour, who led lap two. Fritts then claimed the top spot back on lap three.
Fritts raced side-by-side with Tim Walters on a lap eight restart before Fritts slid exiting turn four. 2020 champion Andrew Peeler knifed underneath to lead lap 11. Whitfield followed and pounced, moving underneath Peeler on the backstretch to lead lap 12. A caution fell on lap 25 when Brandon White and Walters got together in turn one. Whitfield maintained the lead over the final five circuits, topping Peeler, Roseville’s Roy Smith, Roseville’s Phil Wilkins, and Fritts.
2019 Mini Cup/Bando champion Kenna Mitchell of Loomis led all 20-laps for her second Jr. Late Model win of 2021. Mitchell held off a close challenge from Lane Anderson of Fort Bragg while Trey Daniels of Fort Bragg finished third.
Alan Bridgman won his second consecutive Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash for $1,000 to win. Bridgman nearly lost his trailer, racing several laps with the trailer on its side. The trailer eventually gave way on the cool down lap after the victory as well!
All American Speedway returns to action on July 10 with NASCAR Berco Redwood Late Model Twin, North State Modifieds / Jaws Gear & Axle Modifieds 60, Riebes Auto Parts Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, Mini Cup/Bando, and Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash. Tickets will be available soon at: www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com
For competitor information including rules, forms, and practice registration, visit www.AllAmericanSpeedway.
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, Auburn AAMCO, and A-All Mini Storage for making this season possible. Without competitor support and local community partners, these events would not take place.
Doug Coby won the season-opening race of the inaugural Camping World SRX Series Saturday night at Stafford Motor Speedway and scored a win for short-track racers across the United States.
Coby is a six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and winner of 30 races at Stafford, from the Modified Tour to SK Modifieds to Pro Stocks and Late Models. He earned his 31st and arguably biggest Stafford victory on a national stage, with his triumph in the Camping World SRX Series broadcast live on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+ Premium.
“What a special night for short-track racing in America,” said Coby, who had to fight off NASCAR veteran Greg Biffle for much of the 100-lap race around the half-mile oval. “This is a special night for Stafford Motor Speedway and everybody who is a short-track racer around the country, whether you’re dirt or asphalt.
“Just to have all these fans here and all these drivers – the guy who won the Indy 500 two weeks ago, NASCAR Hall of Famers, Daytona 500 champions, and here I am, Modified Tour guy and homegrown Stafford Speedway guy. It just goes to show there are a lot of good short-trackers out there. I like to think I’m one of them, but there are hundreds of others who are good at their craft and get around their speedway really good. It ain’t going to be easy for any invader, and I love that we were in equal cars.”
The Camping World SRX Series features world-class drivers from an array of motorsports backgrounds competing in identically prepared racecars on some of the most iconic short tracks in America. Helio Castroneves, recent winner of the Indianapolis 500 for a record-tying fourth time, was on the same stage as Coby.
“We weren’t in Modifieds that I drive all the time,” Coby said. “I haven’t driven a full-bodied car here in 20 years, so it was an adjustment for me. These cars were sporty and fun and the guys figured them out. The guys who were struggling earlier in practice sure figured them out in the heat races and did a great job. I’m just really pumped for everybody in the Modified community. That’s who I represent, that’s who I am and that’s who I’ll always be, so I’m just thrilled to bring it home for them.”
How committed was Coby to representing short-track racers in the Camping World SRX Series season opener? He skipped the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway to race at Stafford, and that meant missing a race where prior to tonight, Coby was second in the championship standings by only five points.
“I’ve got six Tour championships and I’m shooting for seven to tie Mike Stefanik, and if it takes one more year to tie a great like that, I’m happy to wait,” Coby said.
Coby finished sixth in the first heat race, and with the field inverted for the second heat race, the Milford, Connecticut-native lined up seventh in the 12-car field. In a prelude to the feature, Coby carved his way toward the front, leading the final two laps to take the win.
Victory in the second heat race earned Coby the pole for the feature. He led the first eight laps before three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart took the lead. Marco Andretti led laps 12-15 before Biffle took over on lap 16. Coby, meanwhile, never ran lower than third.
With his extensive knowledge of Stafford, Coby worked his way back to the lead, taking the top spot away from Biffle on lap 25. Biffle made Coby earn the spot, as he was never far from the back of his bumper. Biffle occasionally got his nose just to the inside of Coby’s left-rear fender and finally got around him on lap 62, but Coby’s tenacity was unmatched. Coby took the lead away from Biffle on lap 65 and held it until lap 97 when Biffle made one final charge off turn four to briefly take the lead. Coby would have none of it. He got past Biffle one final time to lead the final two laps and cross the stripe .287 of a second ahead of the 19-race winner in the NASCAR Cup Series.
“The only thing I screwed up tonight is my exit, and I’d do it all over again if that’s what it takes to win this race,” Coby said. “Thank you, fans.”
While the win was special for Coby, it was also bittersweet.
“I lost a very good friend of mine this week, Don King,” Coby said. “He was one of my best friends, gave me my first Modified Tour ride, and I know the whole crew was watching tonight.
“He’s not just my former owner, he’s one of my best friends. He has been for 20 years. We’re going to have his funeral on Monday and Tuesday and it’s going to be a tough week, but this is an opportunity to show people who believe in somebody that 20 years later they might do something good.
“When somebody passes who helped you in racing, you go race and you honor them with a good drive and you tell everybody all about it. I’m just happy to be able to acknowledge him.”
Before departing victory lane, Coby also acknowledged the opportunity afforded by the Camping World SRX Series.
“Before we go, I want to thank everybody at SRX for doing this,” Coby said. “These guys have busted their butts. I know the guys at the shop, I know how hard you work to get these cars together, and I really appreciate everything you’ve done. Ray Evernham, Tony Stewart, George Pyne, the Montag Group, everybody at CBS, the fans watching at home – a short-tracker won tonight, guys.”
For co-founder Evernham, the debut of the Camping World SRX Series was satisfying.
“I thought the guys raced hard. We tore up a little bit of equipment but, again, I think the fans enjoyed it and it’s all about the fans,” Evernham said. “The drivers did a great job tonight. I think we’ve got to give ourselves a pretty good mark on tonight based on the crowd reaction. I think it was a good show. It’s pretty humbling because I know how many people work behind the scenes to make this happen, from the television side, the advertising side, the guys who built the cars. It’s humbling that the greatest drivers in the world have come here to support this program and reach out and be right with the folks in grassroots racing.”
Stewart, who like Evernham is a co-founder of the Camping World SRX Series and a NASCAR Hall of Famer, relished Coby’s victory.
“That’s what this is supposed to be all about,” said Stewart, who finished the race in third. “The whole concept about this was to have fun and to celebrate motorsports, and I think this was a perfect example of that tonight. Let’s go five more weeks and do the same thing at five more tracks.
“This is a very aggressive six-week stretch. To be in Connecticut tonight, then to be in Iowa next week on dirt, and to go back and forth like we are for six straight weeks and having to maintain these cars and get loaded up and travel and get set up, fix cars and do that again for six straight weeks is going to be hard on our crew guys, but I wouldn’t substitute any of the guys we’ve got for this. These guys are all excited, and I think seeing their faces after we climbed out of the cars was as much fun as it was to see the fans’ faces. These guys have worked 70-, 80-hour weeks to get 16 cars ready to come to the racetrack. I’m pretty proud of these guys.”
The Camping World SRX Series leaves the pavement of Stafford’s half-mile oval behind and transitions to dirt-track racing at the legendary Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. The second of the Camping World SRX Series’ six-race short-track schedule takes place June 19 at the half-mile, semi-banked dirt oval roughly 40 miles southeast of Des Moines.
Joining the Camping World SRX Series regulars at Knoxville are Brian Brown, Scott Bloomquist and Hailie Deegan.
Brown is a prolific sprint car driver with 180 career feature victories, including five in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The Grain Valley, Missouri-native is the four-time and reigning 410 Sprint Car champion at Knoxville (2007, 2010, 2019 and 2020), where his 53 wins place him fifth on the track’s all-time win list.
Bloomquist has won more than 600 dirt late model events in his 40-year career, including 94 in the Lucas Oil Dirt National Series and 33 sanctioned by the World of Outlaws. From Mooresburg, Tennessee, Bloomquist is a nine-time national champion.
Deegan is subbing for Camping World SRX Series regular driver Tony Kanaan, who has a commitment in his native Brazil. Deegan is a fulltime driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The 19-year-old racer from Temecula, California, is a three-time winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and was the first female to win a race in that series.
After Knoxville, the Camping World SRX Series stays on the dirt with its June 26 event at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. SRX returns to pavement July 3 at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis and then ventures north to Slinger (Wis.) Speedway on July 10 before its season finale July 17 at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
Every Camping World SRX Series race will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network with streaming live on Paramount+ Premium.
Heat Race No. 1 (15 minutes, 36 laps):
Note: Starting lineup determined by random draw.
1. Greg Biffle (Started 1st; led laps 1-36)
2. Bobby Labonte (Started 2nd; completed 36/36 laps)
3. Helio Castroneves (Started 3rd; completed 36/36 laps)
4. Ernie Francis Jr. (Started 4th; completed 36/36 laps)
5. Tony Kanaan (Started 7th; completed 36/36 laps)
6. Doug Coby (Started 10th; completed 36/36 laps)
7. Tony Stewart (Started 5th; completed 36/36 laps)
8. Marco Andretti (Started 12th; completed 36/36 laps)
9. Bill Elliott (Started 11th; completed 36/36 laps)
10. Michael Waltrip (Started 8th; completed 36/36 laps)
11. Willy T. Ribbs (Started 9th; completed 36/36 laps)
12. Paul Tracy (Started 6th; completed 27/36 laps)
Heat Race No. 2 (15 minutes, 35 laps):
Note: Drivers’ finishing positions in Heat Race No. 1 were inverted for start of Heat Race No. 2.
1. Doug Coby (Started 7th; led laps 34-35)
2. Michael Waltrip (Started 3rd; led laps 1-28, 30-33; completed 35/35 laps)
3. Tony Stewart (Started 6th; completed 35/35 laps)
4. Bill Elliott (Started 4th; completed 35/35 laps)
5. Ernie Francis Jr. (Started 9th; completed 35/35 laps)
6. Paul Tracy (Started 1st; led lap 29; completed 35/35 laps)
7. Tony Kanaan (Started 8th; completed 35/35 laps)
8. Bobby Labonte (Started 11th; completed 35/35 laps)
9. Marco Andretti (Started 5th; completed 35/35 laps)
10. Willy T. Ribbs (Started 2nd; completed 24/35 laps)
11. Helio Castroneves (Started 10th; completed 23/35 laps)
12. Greg Biffle (Started 12th; completed 23/35 laps)
Feature Results (100 laps):
Note: Starting lineup was based on finishing position in Heat Race No. 2.
1. Doug Coby (Started 1st; led laps 1-8, 25-61, 65-96, 98-100; completed 100/100 laps)
2. Greg Biffle (Started 12th; led laps 16-24, 62-64, 97; completed 100/100 laps)
3. Tony Stewart (Started 3rd; led laps 9-11; completed 100/100 laps)
4. Helio Castroneves (Started 11th; completed 100/100 laps)
5. Bobby Labonte (Started 8th; completed 100/100 laps)
6. Ernie Francis Jr. (Started 5th; completed 100/100 laps)
7. Tony Kanaan (Started 7th; completed 100/100 laps)
8. Willy T. Ribbs (Started 10th; completed 100/100 laps)
9. Paul Tracy (Started 6th; completed 99/100 laps)
10. Marco Andretti (Started 9th; completed 98/100 laps)
11. Michael Waltrip (Started 2nd; completed 51/100 laps)
12. Bill Elliott (Started 4th; completed 9/100 laps)
SRX Racing PR
Danny Bouc may have won his second 358 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series 30-lap T.P.Trailers Modified feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway, but it certainly didn’t come easy.
Bouc in his first full season at the track behind the wheel of the Norm Hansell Save Station No. 357, battled with veteran campaigner Ray Swinehart, the race leader since the initial green, beginning on the 16th lap.
Swinehart ran the high line while Bouc took the low route, and the pair battled side-by-side never making contact. Swinehart kept hitting his marks and Bouc never gave up. With one lap remaining Bouc succeeded in gaining the lead and went on to take home the checkered with Swinehart right on his bumper.
The T.P. Truck Equipment 25-lap Sportsman feature saw Kyle Lilick take the lead from rookie Logan Bauman, already a feature winner this year, on the 17th circuit and continue his pace to score his second win.
Dylan Hoch claimed his second 602 Crate Sportsman 25-lap feature by a straightaway distance over runner-up Jimmy “Cowboy” Leiby in the non-stop event.
It was ironic that all three feature winners chalked up their second win of the season in their respective division.si
Ray Swinehart wasted no time keeping the Graber Letterin’ No. 33R at the head of the Modified feature at the wave of starter Ray Kemp’s green flag.
Before the second lap could be completed the red was thrown for a five-car homestretch accident. Jeff Strunk was on top of Ryan Lilick’s car after getting launched by Richie Hitzler who had nowhere to go since cars were scrambling in every direction. Also involved were Bobby Gunther-Walsh, Justin Grim and Brett Kressley. The only one able to continue was Kressley.
Swinehart was still the pacesetter when action resumed with Mark Kratz, Joe Funk III, grandson Dylan Swinehart and Bouc, who started second, fourth, fifth and 12th, in pursuit.
By the eighth lap with Swinehart in command, Kratz and Bouc had their own race for second which allowed Swinehart to increase the distance between himself and his fellow competitors.
The field regrouped on the 16th lap when Timmy Buckwalter and Darrin Schuler tangled in turn two. Swinehart remained in first, but now Bouc was in the challenging position.
Swinehart stuck to the high groove while Bouc ran low as the pair diced for first. Behind the duo, Doug Manmiller and D. Swinehart, had their own battle for third.
The lead was exchanged with Bouc now the second and new leader with one laps to go.
Bouc never relinquished first and went on to claim the win chased across the line by Swinehart, Manmiller, Kressley and Kevin Hirthler. Sixth through tenth were Craig Von Dohren, Jared Umbenhauer, D. Swinehart, Louden Reimert and Duane Howard.
- Swinehart, Kratz, Schuler and R. Lilick won the heats. The consies went to Reimert and Craig Whitmoyer.
B.J. Joly led seven laps of the Sportsman feature before Logan Bauman made contact with him and moved into first.
Lilick took over second on the 11th lap yellow needed when Cole Stangle spun between the first and second turn, and began to pressure Bauman.
The caution was thrown on the 17th lap when Lex Shive was against the second turn wall. On the restart Lilick outgunned Bauman for first and was now showing the way.
Once Lilick gained control, he never looked back and pulled into the winner’s circle for his eighth career win. Finishing second was Bauman followed by Bauman, Joey Vaccaro, Kyle Smith, Dakota Kohler, Jimmy Leiby, Dylan Hoch, Mark Kemmerer, Kenny Gilmore and Brian Hirthler completed the top ten.
Heats were won by Bauman, Jesse Landis, Joly and Parker Guldin. The consies went to Cody Manmiller and Mike Schneck.
In the 602 Sportsman Crate feature Brian Blankenbiller took the early lead with pressure coming from Hoch, Jimmy Leiby, Vaccaro and Tyler James.
The lead changed on the sixth lap when Hoch was now first.
It didn’t take Hoch long to build up a sizeable lead and increase the distance with each passing lap.
Positions changed behind Hoch, but no one was able to close the straightaway lead he built up to even try to challenge him.
At the drop of the checkered Hoch notched another win trailed by Leiby, Blankenbiller, James and Vaccaro. Rounding out the top ten were Ryan Grim, Glenn Strunk, Bauman, Cody Manmiller and Tyler Peet.
Blankenbiller, Hoch and Vaccaro won the heats.
The Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will be the attraction on Tuesday, June 15th and will include the United States Auto Club National Sprint Car tour in the Eastern Storm Jesse Hockett Classic and the 358 Modifieds.
Outlaw Series Enduro racing along with Vintage racing will be the attraction on Friday, June 18th at 7 p.m.
And on Saturday June 19th the Wingless Super Sportsman make a rare appearance as part of a Father’s Day Weekend tripleheader that will also feature the T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman. Adult admission for this special show will be $18. The Meet & Greet session that night will include Modified racer Dillon Steuer, Sportsman talent Chris Esposito and Wingless Super Sportsman standout Steve Wilbur. And since it is Father’s Day the first 50 dads through the spectator gate will receive a free gift. The youngest and oldest dad will each receive two free passes.
T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Danny Bouc, 2. Ray Swinehart, 3. Doug Manmiller, 4. Brett Kressley, 5. Kevin Hirthler, 6. Craig Von Dohren, 7. Jared Umbenhauer, 8. Dylan Swinehart, 9. Louden Reimert, 10. Duane Howard, 11. Craig Whitmoyer, 12. Ryan Grim, 13. Timmy Buckwalter, 14. Mark Kratz, 15. Jack Butler, 16. Brad Arnold, 17. Jesse Leiby, 18. Joe Funk III, 19. Darrin Schuler, 20. Brett Gilmore, 21. Mike Lisowski, 22. John Willman, 23. Dillon Steuer, 24. Richie Hitzler, 25. Justin Grim, 26. Jeff Strunk, 27. Ryan Lilick, 28. Bobby Gunther Walsh. DNQ: Nate Brinker, Jordan Henn, Kevin Graver, Cory Merkel, Ron Haring Jr., Ron Kline, Brad Grim and Eric Biehn.
T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Kyle Lilick, 2. Logan Bauman, 3. Joey Vaccaro, 4. Kyle Smith, 5. Dakota Kohler, 6. Jimmy Leiby, 7. Dylan Hoch, 8. Mark Kemmerer, 9. Kenny Gilmore, 10. Brian Hirthler, 11. Tyler James, 12. Kenny Bock, 13. Chris Esposito, 14. Matt Clay, 15. Cole Stangle, 16. Mike Schneck, 17. Cody Manmiller, 18. Nathan Mohr, 19. Lex Shive, 20. B.J. Joly, 21. Parker Guldin, 22. Bryan Rhoads, 23. Jesse Landis, 24. Steve Young, 25. Tom Miller, 26. Kurt Bettler. DNQ: Chuck Eckert, Eric Kocher, Zach Steffey, Colton Perry, Mike Stofflet, Mark Gaugler, Decker Swinehart, Brian Blankenbiller and Adrianna Delliponti.
602 Sportsman Crate Feature (25-laps): 1. Dylan Hoch, 2. Jimmy Leiby, 3. Brian Blankenbiller, 4. Tyler James, 5. Joey Vaccaro, 6. Ryan Grim, 7. Glenn Strunk, 8. Logan Bauman, 9. Cody Manmiller, 10. Tyler Peet, 11. Kenny Bock, 12. Cody Kline, 13. Steve Hicks, 14. Chuck Eckert, 15. Decker Swinehart, 16. Eric Kocher, 17. Kyle Kania, 18. Zach Steffey, 19. Kris Ney, 20. Tom Miller, 21. Hunter Iatalese, 22. Joe Ciambrone, 23. Dakota Kohler, 24. Steve Lyle. DNQ: B.J. Joly, Roger Gaskill, C.J. Solt.
Grandview Speedway PR
When the week began, the thought of one driver coming into Eldora Speedway and leaving with over a quarter million dollars was just a dream.
But it’s not a dream anymore. It’s reality. Brandon Overton completed one of the greatest achievements in dirt track racing history Saturday night with his fourth consecutive Feature win in four days, sweeping both the 27th and 26th runnings of the Dirt Late Model Dream for an incredible $273,000 in total prize money.
The Evans, GA-driver is now only the second driver in history to win back-to-back Dreams, joining eight-time event winner Scott Bloomquist with that achievement, which he conquered in 2017 and 2018.
“To grow up as a kid, watching all these guys here at Eldora… this place is so special to the Dirt Late Model world and the racing world, period. To get it done, I don’t know that I’ll ever top this,” Overton said.
His Feature wins on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night involved a pass for the lead before he cruised to the finish line unchallenged. But Saturday night was different – Overton lost the lead for 10 laps and was forced to take it back in his quest for the $126,000 winner’s check.
A second-place finish in Heat Race #1 to Kyle Larson earlier in the night seeded Overton seventh on the starting grid, which forced him to make his way up through the top-10 in the opening stages. He said that Heat Race loss was actually the kick in the pants that he needed.
“Probably the best thing that happened to me was [Kyle] Larson beating me in that Heat Race,” Overton said. “I wasn’t pissed, but I was like ‘alright, don’t worry about it, just shake it off.’ I told myself – he got me then, now I gotta go get him.”
When the green dropped, Overton went and got them all. Including the polesitter, Darrell Lanigan.
Lanigan, the 2003 Dream winner from Union, KY, led the first 52 circuits before Overton hunted him down on a restart just before halfway and made the pass with a big move to Lanigan’s outside in Turns 1-2.
Back in command at the head of the field, it seemed like Overton would just cruise to another big payday. Enter Chris Madden.
Madden, of Gray Court, SC, started his climb from 10th on the grid and gradually made his way through the field in the first half of the race. By Lap 70, he was staring down Overton’s bumper.
A caution four laps later put Madden right on Overton’s outside for the restart, where he sailed around him with ease to grab the lead on Lap 75.
At that point, Overton knew the battle was far from over.
“We had that restart, and I spun my tires a little bit, and Madden got to running through that middle. He got me, but I knew if I could just keep pace with him and keep pressuring him… he’d have to chop me off or run me in the wall if he was going to get down,” Overton said.
“I knew I had a good car, but I’ve come here and watched these things… it ain’t over until it’s over. So, I knew all I had to do was just stay right there in contention and I’d have my shot again.”
Madden led the next six circuits before Overton challenged him back. The two traded the lead back-and-forth three laps in-a-row before Overton took it back permanently on Lap 86.
“The rubber started coming, and I couldn’t stay in the rubber,” Madden said. “[Overton] was a lot better in that stage of the race, and I couldn’t fend him off.”
From that point on, nobody was catching the Wells Motorsports #76. Overton found his groove right in the middle of the track and pulled away by over two seconds at the checkers to win his second career Eldora crown jewel.
Madden came home second and bagged $20,000 in his best career finish at the Dream. Chris Ferguson charged from 13th to finish third – a new event-best for the driver out of Mt. Holly, NC. Jonathan Davenport, a prelim Feature winner on Wednesday night, crossed in fourth, ahead of Lanigan.
Reflecting back on his incredible accomplishment, Overton was reminded of an earlier exchange with a former Dream winner, putting his winning attitude into full perspective.
“I sat with Jimmy Owens earlier and I asked him how old he was when he won. He said, ‘I think I was like 37.’ It made me feel good. I was like, ‘well dang, Jimmy Owens kicks everybody’s ass and he’s been kicking everybody’s ass for a long time now.’ So, it keeps me hungry and makes me want to keep digging.”
A-Feature (100 Laps) – 1. 76-Brandon Overton; 2. 44-Chris Madden; 3. 22-Chris Ferguson; 4. 49-Jonathan Davenport; 5. 29-Darrell Lanigan; 6. 6-Kyle Larson; 7. 25-Shane Clanton; 8. 39-Tim McCreadie; 9. 22S-Gregg Satterlee; 10. 17M-Dale McDowell; 11. 16-Tyler Bruening; 12. 20-Jimmy Owens; 13. 9-Devin Moran; 14. 40B-Kyle Bronson; 15. 32-Bobby Pierce; 16. 25Z-Mason Zeigler; 17. 157-Mike Marlar; 18. 0-Scott Bloomquist; 19. 1P-Earl Pearson, Jr.; 20. 8-Kyle Strickler; 21. 20RT-Ricky Thornton, Jr.; 22. 1-Brandon Sheppard; 23. 17-Zack Dohm; 24. 7-Ricky Weiss; 25. 19R-Ryan Gustin; 26. 6H-Nick Hoffman; 27. 11H-Spencer Hughes; 28. 18B-Shannon Babb
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