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The 2019 battle for Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour Points Championships across 28 different classes has been decided. After 22 Hoosier Super Tour races at 11 different tracks this year, plus the 56th SCCA National Championship Runoffs® at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), top series performers have now been identified.
Only the top six regular season finishes counted toward a driver’s 2019 points total. Points were also awarded for a seventh and final race, the Runoffs. For each race, points were awarded to the top 20 finishers in each class. Winners earned 25 points, and 21 points went to second. Points were then doled out to others starting with 18 and descending to a single point for the 20th finisher.
The Runoffs had a big impact on several championships this year. In Formula Enterprises (FE), Mark Snyder finished the regular season with a four-point lead on James Libecco, both driving Mazda powered racecars. However, Libecco’s win at the National Championship was enough to lift him past Mark to claim the FE Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship by only three points. Formula Enterprises 2 (FE2), also powered by Mazda engines, had an equally tight scenario with a tie for the lead between Liam Snyder and Scott Rettich going into the Runoffs. Liam’s second-place finish at VIR, as compared to Rettich’s third place, was enough to give him a three-point advantage overall and the FE2 Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship.
The Touring 4 (T4) Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship was also impacted by the Runoffs. Going into the final event, Raymond Blethen and his Mazda RX-8 had a six-point lead on Steve Strickland, who races a Mazda MX-5, and seven points on Nick Leverone in a Subaru BRZ. But it was Leverone who emerged victorious at VIR and ultimately earned the T4 Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship by only four points over Blethen.
The Runoffs at VIR also influenced the H Production (HP) Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship. At the end of the regular season it was Michael Cummings, driving an Austin-Healey Sprite, who was ahead of Christopher Riley Salyer’s Honda Civic Si by only one point, and the Austin-Healey Sprite of Eric Vickerman was only four points back in third. However, Salyer’s fourth-place finish at the National Championship boosted him to the HP Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship by only five points over Vickerman, with Cummings dropping back to third overall.
Tray Ayres, a newcomer to Prototype 2 (P2), and class stalwart Tim Day Jr., driving a Stohr WF1, chased the P2 Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship down to the wire. Ayres and his Van Diemen RF00 where tied in points with Day going into the National Championship. At VIR, Day could only muster a sixth-place finish while Ayres brought home the win and the P2 Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship.
With nearly 220 entrants, Spec Racer Ford Gen3 (SRF3) was one of the largest classes competing in the Hoosier Super Tour this year. Mike Miserendino had the SRF3 championship lead going into the Runoffs, but he did not compete at the National Championship this year. That left the battle up to Denny Stripling, Brian Schofield and Robeson Clay Russell who were separated by only a handful of points. When the dust had settled at VIR, Russell claimed the Runoffs victory. However, Stripling finished second -- which gave him enough points to claim the SRF3 Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship. Russell was the runner-up overall, followed by Schofield who finished third at the National Championship and third in points.
Largest class honors in 2019 go to Spec Miata (SM) with more than 220 entries participating in the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour. Jim Drago came away with the SM Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship by nine points over Preston Pardus, who managed a second-place finish at the Runoffs. Other close class finishes this season include F Production (FP) where Ken Kannard claimed the Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship by only three points over Runoffs winner Eric Prill and nine points over Runoffs runner-up Charlie Campbell, all three driving Mazda Miatas. Three points was also the margin of victory in GT-2 as Barry Boes claimed the class Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship in his Ford Mustang, just edging out the Chevrolet Z06 Camaro of Don McMillon.
Seven points was the difference in Formula Vee as Dennis Andrade and his Vortech FV claimed the Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship over the Mysterian M3 of Hunter Phelps-Barron. VIR Runoffs winner Andrew Whitston, driving a Protoform P2, was only three points further back in the FV championship and claimed third overall.
Rounding out tight 2019 championship finishes are Formula 1000 and Touring 1 (T1) where eight points made all the difference in each class. It was Michael Crowe, driving a Citation, who earned the Formula 1000 Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship over the RFR F1000 of John Homan; and Bill Baten earned the T1 Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship in his Chevrolet Camaro by besting the BMW E46 M3 of Hugh Stewart.
The 2019 Hoosier Super Tour season again opened in January with Round 1 and Round 2 at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. The second event then took place in February at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. In March, the Hoosier Super Tour made its first-ever visit to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Georgia, followed by a second event in March at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit just west of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Round 9 and Round 10 were conducted at VIRginia International Raceway before action moved west to California’s Buttonwillow Raceway Park. The series remained on the West Coast to open May at Portland International Raceway in Oregon before heading back east for Round 15 and Round 16 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Up next was SCCA’s annual visit to Road America for the WeatherTech Chicago Region® June Sprints®, followed by the season’s penultimate weekend at Watkins Glen International in New York. The regular season then closed in July with a first-ever stop at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near beautiful Monterey, California.
Alexander Talkanitsa Father and Son represented Belarussia at the FIA Motorsport Games in Vallelunga06 Nov 2019 Written by Adam Sinclair
The FIA Motorsport Games is a multi-disciplinary event hosted by the FIA and SRO Motorsport Group. It is held across six different motorsport disciplines from GT to Formula 4, Touring Cars, Karting, Drifting as well as Digital motorsport. Each team competes under their nation's flag and each competition awards gold, silver and bronze medals to the top three finisher of each category.
The Talkanitsa family, already racing for Belarussia in 2018 (the first FIA Nation's Cup in Bahrein) was proud to be part of the game once again in 2019. At the wheel of #51 Ferrari 488 GT3, Alexander Talkanitsa Father and Son were amongst the 21 GT Cup teams who had to struggle with the desastrous weather conditions this weekend on the Italian Vallelunga circuit.
The #51 AF Corse prepared Ferrai 488 GT3 managed to get through all the sessions without getting trapped in the numerous accidents and spin and without any major error all along the 3-day event.
"The Race 1 on Saturday was quite good. Of course we gambled a little like much of the other teams, but in the end we did the correct tire choice. I was driving on slicks while many other were on wets, and the track was not too wet, so I was able to overtake some cars. My father managed to keep a very good pace as well, so we finished 5th out of the 21 entries, which was good." said Alexander Talkanitsa Junior at the end of the weekend."
The weather conditions were just beyond expectation for the second race of the GT Cup on Sunday morning. In fact, the start was given behind Safety Car and Green was only declared after 10 minutes into the race. A strong accident of Malaysian Porsche and the torrential rain finally Red Flagged the race and it only restarted about one hour later for the last 20 minutes.
Alexander Talkanitsa Junior: "The weather was just awfull in Race 2, and it was red flagged for almost one hour. Unfortunately I had a Drive Through because I did not see the Safety Car lights, this put us far down in the general classification, so we ended P14.
We started the Main Race P7 and the weather for this last race was very tricky; it was complicated to choose the right tire before the start. It looked like we should go for wet tires but in the end my father decided to come back for slicks before the start. He was doing fine, but after a few minutes it started to rain again and the last three laps of his stint were just swimming, sliding, aquaplanning... he definitely had to come back to change to wet. When I took over, I did two or three laps until the Safety Car came out, until the end."
Talkanitsa Father and Son at the wheel of Belarussian #51 Ferrari 488 finished that last race 13th overall, which in the end is a good result, as the key words of the event were : MAKE NO MISTAKE and STAY ON TRACK.
"It really was a gamble for every one and if you did not choose the right tire at the beginning... there was no way you could do well. The FIA Motorsport Games is a great meeting, even if we did not have much luck with the weather this time. They did a wonderful job in preparing everything, the opening ceremony was fantastic. The three race meeting is also a great idea." Alex added.
LIVE ASCS and Spears Racing Action Highlighted On Lucas Oil Racing TV as November Broadcast Schedule is Released06 Nov 2019 Written by Adam Sinclair
Bill McAnally Racing’s trio of drivers each have a lot on the line when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West wraps up its season on Saturday with the Arizona Lottery 100 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.
When he takes the green flag in BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Derek Kraus will officially clinch the series championship.
Hailie Deegan, meanwhile, could give BMR a 1-2 finish in the final standings – with a powerful performance in the No. 19 Monster Energy/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry.
And series rookie Brittney Zamora knows a strong run in the No. 99 NAPA Filters/ENEOS Toyota Camry could assure her of finishing the season in the top five of the standings.
All three drivers will be making their first series start on the one-mile track in the Valley of the Sun. The K&N West event is part of a big NASCAR weekend at ISM Raceway, that also features a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, the NASCAR XFINITY Series in action on Saturday, followed by the K&N West race, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event on Sunday.
Kraus is coming off a dominant performance at Kern County Raceway Park – where he led wire-to-wire in winning his fourth consecutive series race at the Bakersfield-area track. With the win, he extended his lead in the championship standings to 47 points.
It’s been a career-best season for the 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin – who is wrapping up his third full season in the series. He has five wins, 10 top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 13 starts this year. He has led nearly half of the laps in the K&N West so far in 2019. Kraus also scored two wins earlier in the year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and led the standings in both divisions in the first half of the season.
He will be pulling double duty at ISM Raceway – competing in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Friday and the K&N West race on Saturday. He made his truck series debut a year ago with an eighth-place finish at the Phoenix-area track.
Deegan, also an 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver, is coming off a third-place finish at Kern. She is third in the championship standings and is in the middle of a fierce points battle – with the second, third and fourth-place drivers separated by just five points. A strong finish could propel her to second and give BMR a 1-2 finish in the championship points.
The Temecula, California driver has two wins, seven top-five, and 10 top-10 finishes in 13 starts this season.
Deegan followed up her history-making rookie season of a year ago, with more records this season. With a win in the season opener, she became the first woman to lead the championship standings of a series at the regional or national levels of NASCAR.
Zamora, meanwhile, looks to finish the season in the top five of the championship standings. With only a one-point advantage over the sixth-place driver, however, she knows the importance of finishing the year with a strong performance.
The 20-year-old from Kennewick, Washington finished fourth at Kern. She has six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 13 starts. In addition to being fifth in the overall standings, she is second in rookie points.
BMR has visited Victory Lane at ISM Raceway on five occasions, with five different drivers. Austin Cameron won there in 2002 and Eric Holmes took the victory in 2010. The three most recent K&N West races at ISM were won by BMR – with Cole Custer (2014), Nick Drake (2014) and Todd Gilliland (2015) each visiting Victory Lane.
Leading up to the event, the BMR team will make a special appearance on Thursday at Tech 1 Auto at 8768 W. Thunderbird Road in Peoria.
The BMR drivers are also scheduled to attend a NAPA Store wholesale event from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at 9897 W. McDowell Road in Tolleson.
A large contingent of guests from NAPA’s Phoenix Distribution Center are slated to be in attendance at the track and will get the VIP treatment, with special pit tours and a meet-and-greet with the BMR drivers.
The K&N West season finale 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 Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. PT.
The Phoenix-area track has hosted the K&N West season finale on 21 occasions, dating back to 1977. The series closed out its season at the raceway most recently from 2010 to 2015. The top three finishers in the championship race in 2011 featured Ryan Blaney in Victory Lane, followed by Alex Bowman in second and Chase Elliott in third. All three are now regulars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
INDYCAR continued its Aeroscreen development program Tuesday at Sebring International Raceway with Arrow McLaren SP and Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan participating in the fourth and final test session of the year.
The conditions for the one-day test could only be described as ideal for testing the safety innovation, with the weather unseasonably hot and humid like the NTT IndyCar Series teams will face through the summer stretch and the track was predictably bumpy in replicating a street course.
Amid all that, the Aeroscreen, scheduled for its race debut at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 13-15 in St. Petersburg, Fla., performed as designed once again.
"And we checked boxes with drivers who had not previously experienced the Aeroscreen," said Bill Pappas, INDYCAR's vice president of competition and engineering.
Four-time Indy car champion Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, Patricio O'Ward of Arrow McLaren SP and Santino Ferrucci of Dale Coyne Racing, who utilized Bourdais' car in for the session, were the latest group of NTT IndyCar Series drivers to have the opportunity to test the Aeroscreen.
The steamy Florida weather allowed for trying various driver cooling options and further validate the anti-fogging mechanism. Bourdais, who wears glasses, had no visibility issues in his first experience with the Aeroscreen. O'Ward, in his first on-track experience with Arrow McLaren SP, similarly adapted quickly to his new cockpit surroundings. Ferrucci had no issues while driving Bourdais' car.
Pappas said INDYCAR and its suppliers are on schedule to deliver Aeroscreens to all full-season teams next month as preparation builds for Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The Aeroscreen was announced in May and developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies in conjunction with INDYCAR.
Arrow McLaren SP and Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan became the fourth and fifth teams to work with the Aeroscreen. Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske and Andretti Autosport participated in tests last month that were held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Barber Motorsports Park and Richmond Raceway. Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and Will Power of Team Penske took part in the test at IMS; Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport and Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske tested at Barber; and Josef Newgarden of Team Penske and Dixon handled Richmond.
These tests were designed to replicate the various conditions competitors will face during the 17-race season. IMS is the largest (2.5 miles) and fastest oval on the schedule while the .75-mile Richmond layout is the shortest of the five oval tracks. Barber Motorsports Park is a permanent road course like INDYCAR will use on seven occasions next year, and there will be five street-course races where Sebring-like bumps must be navigated.
In consultation with drivers, INDYCAR will offer standard cooling options at each venue in order to keep the playing field level.
"These will be areas with specific parts," Pappas said. "Teams won't be free to develop their own ductwork."
Bourdais said the utilization of a helmet duct likely will be the best option for particularly hot days.
"It's figuring out what's the best (cooling) option," he said. "But it's nothing we can't work through.
"In races, we drive through clouds of debris, particularly on speedways and superspeedways, so I think this is a massive step (in protection). It's a much safer place for us IndyCar drivers - I think everyone is pleased with it."
The drivers said it took very little time to get acclimated to it.
"You can barely tell the screen is there because it's pretty clear," O'Ward said. "Obviously, it's a bit more enclosed, but you see everything you usually see. The eyes kind of look around the halo, so you don't really notice it. Once you're pushing, you don't really see the Aeroscreen."
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The debut of a new showcase track, the highly-anticipated return to an Virginia venue, and a strong slate of premier northeast short tracks make the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule one of the most anticipated in recent years.
Three new tracks will be on the schedule:
The tour will make its furthest trip west with the debut of Iowa Speedway. The “Fastest Short Track on the Planet” will host NASCAR’s only open-wheel division on Friday, July 31. The Whelen Modified Tour slate will also add returns to Martinsville Speedway and Jennerstown Speedway.
“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is coming off an exciting year in which we saw Doug Coby continue his historic championship run and we saw the level of competition and number of competitors increase,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR managing director, touring series. “We are excited about the mix of high-profile national series tracks that will showcase the great racing on the Modified tour, and the strong short tracks that have been the backbone of Modified racing.”
Martinsville, Virginia’s famous half-mile, is steeped in NASCAR Modified history. The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and was part of the original tour schedule in 1985. The Maxpro Window Films 200 will run on Friday, May 8 as part of the spring Cup Series weekend.
Jennerstown, a .522-mile oval in western Pennsylvania, will feature the tour on Saturday May 23. The track has held 14 tour races over the years, with the late Ted Christopher being the last to visit Victory Lane in 2006.
The Whelen Modified Tour will open the season with a return trip to Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on Saturday, March 21. Connecticut will serve as the traditional opening of racing in New England with the 46th Annual Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 5, followed by the NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 26.
The season will conclude with the 48th annual NAPA Fall Final weekend at Stafford on Sunday, Sept. 27, and the 58th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson on Sunday, Oct. 11.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will again feature a 100-lap showcase on Saturday, July 18. The Whelen Modified Tour will also return with the 200-lap main event for the track’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 12.
Other schedule highlights include:
- In addition to Jennerstown, the tour will make the trip to western New York to be part of Oswego Speedway’s 64th Annual Budweiser International Classic on Saturday, Sept. 5.
- Riverhead Raceway, a staple of the Whelen Modified Tour, will host two events. The first will be on Saturday, June 20, with a return trip to Long Island on Saturday, Sept. 19.
- A pair of bullrings will factor into the championship picture: Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway will bring the tour to town on Saturday, June 6, while New Jersey’s Wall Stadium Speedway will run on Saturday, July 11.
The complete NBCSN schedule, including broadcast times, will be released at a later date.
2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule
|Saturday, March 21||South Boston Speedway||South Boston, Va.|
|Sunday, April 5||Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park||Thompson, Conn.|
|Sunday, April 26||Stafford Motor Speedway||Stafford, Conn.|
|Friday, May 8||Martinsville Speedway||Martinsville, Va.|
|Saturday, May 23||Jennerstown Speedway||Jennerstown, Pa.|
|Saturday, June 6||Seekonk Speedway||Seekonk, Mass.|
|Saturday, June 20||Riverhead Raceway||Riverhead, N.Y.|
|Saturday, July 11||Wall Stadium Speedway||Wall, N.J.|
|Saturday, July 18||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||Loudon, N.H.|
|Friday, July 31||Iowa Speedway||Newton, Iowa|
|Friday, Aug. 7||Stafford Motor Speedway||Stafford, Conn.|
|Wednesday, Aug. 19||Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park||Thompson. Conn.|
|Saturday, Sept. 5||Oswego Speedway||Oswego, N.Y.|
|Saturday, Sept. 12||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||Loudon, N.H.|
|Saturday, Sept. 19||Riverhead Raceway||Riverhead, N.Y.|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||Stafford Motor Speedway||Stafford, Conn.|
|Sunday, Oct. 11||Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park||Thompson. Conn.|
NASCAR announced today a multi-year partnership with HotelPlanner, designating the company as the “Official Online Booking Partner of NASCAR®.” HotelPlanner, the leading online seller of group hotel bookings and individual hotel stays worldwide, has been serving travelers since 2002 and will now offer its travel hotel booking platform for NASCAR’s corporate offices, and serve as a valued resource for the industry and fans.
As a key part of the partnership, HotelPlanner will have a customized hotel booking platform on NASCAR.com enabling the industry and fans to conveniently book hotels for upcoming race weekends at the lowest available price. In the coming weeks, NASCAR fans, the most brand loyal in all sports, can look for special deal packages and sweepstakes on NASCAR.com via HotelPlanner.
“As a customer-centric organization, we look forward to enhancing the lodging experience for millions of passionate NASCAR fans in the United States and abroad,” said Tim Hentschel, co-founder and CEO, HotelPlanner. “Our customized booking solution will make it easier than ever to book travel lodging for race days.”
HotelPlanner’s customized hotel booking solution is now available for NASCAR’s three national series – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™ and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series™ as well as NASCAR’s regional series – K&N Pro Series East and West™, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour™, NASCAR Pinty’s Series™, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series™ and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series™.
“NASCAR is truly a global sport, sanctioning races across the country as well as in Canada, Mexico and Europe,” said Jon Tuck, chief revenue officer, NASCAR. “With years of experience in customized hotel booking, HotelPlanner will be a tremendous resource for our industry and provide our fans with a convenient, streamlined process to book lodging at NASCAR events throughout the year.”
HotelPlanner.com provides its hotel booking technology expertise to over five million customers globally while servicing an estimated $10 billion in hotel sourcing efforts in 2019. In addition to NASCAR, HotelPlanner partners with renowned sports teams and leagues, most notably, the NFL’s Washington Redskins, USA Triathlon and Street League Skateboarding.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs will continue at ISM Raceway this weekend for the Bluegreen Vacations 500 (Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, SiriusXM and MRN), the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 (Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, SiriusXM, and MRN) and the Lucas Oil 150 (Nov. 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, SiriusXM and MRN), respectively.
The Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte is set to host one of the tightest Super DIRTcar Series championship points races in history. Mat Williamson has won three out of the past five Series races, including NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200, launching him into a neck-and-neck race for the title with Matt Sheppard. Sheppard has nine Series wins to his credit in 2019, but Williamson’s consistency has kept him in the hunt all season long.
Last year Erick Rudolph was the man trying to take down ‘Super’ Matt Sheppard, but he fell short at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The 2019 race has Sheppard up on Williamson by a mere six points. Unfortunately for Sheppard, the No. 9S suffered a mechanical failure at Oswego Speedway with absolutely vital points on the line.
Meanwhile, Williamson did everything he could do for points by becoming only the second Canadian national to win the Billy Whittaker Cars 200. Sheppard swung right back the next week at Brockville Ontario Speedway with a statement win, coming from 12th to win.
The pair of Mat(t)s are separated by just six points heading into the Cam-Am World Finals doubleheader. Last year, a pair of veterans collected the wins. Brett Hearn and Tim Fuller showed the premier field of Big Block Modifieds the way around the Carolina clay oval.
A great class of rookies is vying for Rookie of the Year honors and race wins. Demetrios Drellos won the biggest race of his career at Albany-Saratoga in a NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier.
Saratoga Springs’ Jack Lehner led over half of the 100-lap Feature at Brockville and finished a career-high fifth place. Can he pick up his first career win in front of the biggest crowd in dirt racing?
Ryan Godown, from Ringoes, NJ, has been knocking on the door of his first Super DIRTcar Series win all year long. He came the closest at the Battle on the Midway at Orange County Fair Speedway where he finished runner-up to Matt Sheppard.
Never count out the Gypsum Racing team as they’ll be bringing the heat down to Charlotte with one goal: Win. Larry Wight and Billy Decker are running third and fourth in Series points, but star driver and three-time DIRTcar 358 Modified Series driver Erick Rudolph is looking to leap from both of them to take third in Series points.
Jimmy Phelps hasn’t had the 2019 season he envisioned but with a brand new Bicknell chassis, he’s looking to capture momentum going into 2020. Can The Baldwinsville Bandit play spoiler and lock up a pair of wins amidst the Championship battle?
In his familiar orange No. 27J, Danny Johnson is one of the greatest Big Block Modified drivers of all time. Johnson was inducted into the DIRT Hall of Fame this year and wants to close out his historic season in Victory Lane.
Series regulars Marcus Dinkins, Paul St-Sauveur and Rusty Smith will also be on hand to test their Big Blocks on the red North Carolina clay.
There are always plenty of invaders looking to put their names in the record books as winners on The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Gary Tomkins, Anthony Perrego, Max McLaughlin, Billy Pauch Jr., Chris Hile, Phil Vigneri, Yan Bussiere, Justin Wright and Tyler Siri have all thrown their hats in the ring.
The Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte have included the Super DIRTcar Series since 2010. Every year it proves itself to be the premier dirt track racing event in the world. All three top series will be on hand once again to thrill the capacity crowd. Don’t miss it!
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Matt Craig and Josh Berry executed their teams' plans to perfection on Saturday afternoon at South Boston Speedway in the CARS Tour season finale, the AutosByNelson.com 250 , leading every lap and winning their respective races in dominating style. For Berry, the effort was not enough, as he lost the championship fight by a single point to Bobby McCarty in the most dramatic and thrilling title fight in CARS Tour history.
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Tate Fogleman rocketed around the South Boston Speedway during Mahle Pole Qualifying to earn the pole position just thousandths of a second ahead of presumptive champion Matt Craig. Craig, however, wasted no time in continuing his dominance of the day and grabbed the lead out of turn two on the opening lap of the race.
Craig continued unchallenged at the front of the field during a clean and rather eventless feature event. A single competition caution and a slowdown for oil on the track were the only things which allowed Tate Fogleman and the competition to see the back bumper of Craig's No. 54 Chevrolet.
The 2019 season champion led every lap en route to his second victory of the season, a 5.916-second margin over Carson Kvapil, Fogleman, Nolan Pope and last year's champion Jared Fryar.
"I can't tell you it was easy, it takes a lot of hard work at the shop," Craig said in Edelbrock Victory Lane. "The guys will stay at the shop all day and all night sometimes, grinding it out, finding speed every chance we get. That was a good racecar right there. It drove really well, it never really lost any speed the whole race, it was awesome.
"We knew we had a really fast racecar and it was fun to come out here and start the race to win the championship, not have to worry about too much because even when you have good racecars, little things can happen," he continued. "You can break something, get a flat tire, and it can all go away right then."
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Josh Berry needed to earn maximum points to give his JR Motorsports team the best shot at a championship, and by sitting on the Hedgecock Pole Position, he added two more points to his total - locking up the season-long award (1 point) for most poles and claiming the bonus point for sitting on an event pole. As expected, he shot out to the early lead on the initial green flag.
Three laps into the race, Bobby McCarty's title hopes were nearly dashed when Craig Moore and Taylor Gray made contact, triggering a five-car melee which also involved Brody Pope, Stuart Crews and Deac McCaskill. The accident started immediately in front of McCarty who narrowly slipped by to avoid disaster.
Following the restart, Berry once again jumped out to the lead and controlled the pace of the 125-lap feature. Despite a rash of cautions late in the race, he continued to be driver everyone chased when the race was under way. The restarts allowed Bobby McCarty to slowly improve his position from his 11th starting spot, restarting in key lanes which permitted him to make passes on the fast and smooth South Boston layout.
Once the final green flag of the race was displayed, McCarty raced his way into second place and held what appeared to be a comfortable lead. Corey Heim eventually reeled in the driver of the No. 22 and McCarty's championship hopes hung in the balance.
Over the final 20 laps, Heim pressured and peeked around the McCarty machine, pulling to the inside on the final two laps. While Josh Berry took the checkered flag in stride nearly three seconds ahead of them, McCarty fought for his life, edging Corey Heim by less than half a car length at the checkered flag. The finish was just enough to give McCarty his second consecutive CARS Late Model Stock Tour title, albeit by a single point over Josh Berry. Had Heim passed McCarty, the tiebreaker would have been decided in favor of Berry.
"We came here and we knew what we had to do," Berry said after his visit to Edelbrock Victory Lane. "Bobby and those guys answered the call. Sure, it's a little disappointing, but when you look back on it we've had a great year. Like I said yesterday, no matter what happened, we weren't going to hang our heads. We did everything we could, and just came up a little bit short in the championship. This place has been tough for me over the last few years and to have the performance that we had today really means a lot.
"I love doing this stuff and working with these guys who are all my best friends, this is just a credit to all these guys for all their hard work," he continued when asked about the narrow defeat adding extra motivation. "I told them, if we were to somehow pull this thing off I wasn't sure what I would do next. So, it sorta leaves a little bit of a chip on my shoulder for next year.
McCarty, like Berry, realized things could have played out a little differently if even the smallest details unfolded differently.
"At the beginning of the race, we knew we had our work cut out for us," McCarty admitted. "We played the restarts and stayed on the outside, picking up a couple spots. We had to race the race differently than we wanted to. We got to around fifth or sixth and the leader was gone, so we backed off and started saving. Really, being on the outside on the restarts is what helped us a lot. I don't know where Corey is, but I owe him, that kid raced me as clean as could be. Congrats to Josh and them, he made me work a whole lot harder than I wanted to work, but he had a really good car. It was the second race in a row nobody's really had anything for him, so we've got to go to work on that. I really have to thank this whole team for standing behind me and pushing me to find everything I needed to find in the car.
"I just thank the good Lord above for everything playing out how it played out," he continued. "If we would've started on the inside on that last restart, we wouldn't have finished second."
The CARS Tour will celebrate its champions and its season December 14 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville, North Carolina before firing up again for another year on March 7, 2020, at Southern National Motorsports Park with twin $10,000-to-win events for both super late models and late model stock cars.
For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at CARSRacingTour.com, or follow them on Facebook (@CARSTour), Twitter (@CARSTour), Instagram (@cars_tour), and Snapchat (@carstour). The series also has its own YouTube channel, Roku channel (available through its TV website), and a new publicly available Amazon FireTV app.
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