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In a race that kept every fan on their feet during the tense, wild final laps, Kasey Kahne had to sit down after earning the biggest win of his career.
Kahne passed Brad Keselowski on the final restart in overtime to win the 24th annual Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The epic race started at 2:44 p.m. and finished at 8:58 p.m., just eight minutes before sundown. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was halted three times for red flags for a total of two hours, 31 minutes, including a rain delay of one hour, 47 minutes after the first 12 laps were completed.
"The history here, winning at this track is unreal," Kahne said. "This Farmers' Insurance Chevrolet was great out front. I just had to get there. Man, I'm exhausted. To win at Indy is unbelievable."
After being interviewed by NBC after the race, Kahne sat on the ground next to his No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, dehydrated and cramping from a long, taxing day in the cockpit. The effort to win was so demanding that he needed intravenous fluids after the race.
Keselowski ended up second in the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford. Indiana native Ryan Newman finished third in the No. 31 Velveeta Shells & Cheese Chevrolet.
Joey Logano finished fourth in the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five in the No. 20 Tide Pods Toyota.
Kahne's decisive pass came on Lap 166, on the second attempt at overtime in the race scheduled for 160 laps. Leader Keselowski chose the outside lane on the restart on Lap 166, with Kahne in second on the inside.
Former USAC open-wheel star Kahne held his line under Keselowski in Turn 1 on the restart and started to pull away. Then an accident less than a mile later, involving Denny Hamlin, Ty Dillon and Paul Menard on the backstretch, triggered the last of a record 14 caution periods and ended the race, with Kahne out front. Kahne cruised under the yellow and checkered flags on Lap 167 as darkness encroached on the 2.5-mile oval, earning the biggest win of his career in his 14th Brickyard start.
"Kasey, he did a heck of a job today and drove a hell of a race," Keselowski said. "I was happy for him. But of course with the Miller Lite Ford, I thought we were in the right spot. You could see all day, I think, where you could get somebody on your outside and in the corner you got real loose. But he drove in there and just stuck.
"I don't know, I probably got the wrong lane there or made the wrong call. I'm not so sure."
Kahne's victory was an intense climax to a wild final 16 laps, which featured six yellow flags and a red flag.
The first major flashpoint during that stretch run came on a restart on Lap 159. Kahne and Keselowski were side by side in Turn 1, with Keselowski nosing ahead in Turn 2. Kahne got loose in Turn 2, which allowed four-time Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson to pull alongside Kahne.
The three NASCAR superstars then went three-wide down the backstraight, with Johnson inside, Kahne in the middle and Keselowski on the outside. They entered Turn 3 in that formation, and Johnson wiggled, made light contact with Kahne, who made light contact with Keselowski.
Johnson spun into the SAFER Barrier in Turn 3, ending his chance for a record-tying fifth Brickyard victory. Keselowski and Kahne held on to continue, under caution.
"I don't know if I spun in my own oil or if it was an aero situation, but I was so close to having a fifth win here at the Brickyard," Johnson said.
Overtime ensued. Leader Kahne chose the outside lane on the restart on Lap 163, with second-place Keselowski on the inside. But a six-car tangle was triggered on the frontstraight on the restart when Michael McDowell tapped Trevor Bayne from behind, sending Bayne into a spin that collected numerous cars. A red-flag period started on Lap 164 for clean-up.
Keselowski had slipped under Kahne just before the melee with the inside lane and was judged by NASCAR officials as the leader, setting up the final restart on Lap 166, during which Kahne prevailed.
"Everything went wrong," Kahne said of the penultimate restart. "The final one, everything went right. Once I got to Turn 1, I had good power. It's pretty crazy."
Crazy was a perfect description of the final 56 laps of the race.
Pole sitter Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. dominated the first 110 laps of the race. Busch won the first two stages in the No. 18 Skittles Toyota and led 87 of the first 110 laps. Truex chased Busch in second for many of those laps and led eight circuits in his No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota.
But Truex got loose on a restart in Turn 1 on Lap 111, sliding up into Busch. Both cars made heavy contact with the SAFER Barrier, ending their races and Busch's bid to become the first driver to win this event for three consecutive years.
"I was on his outside and got hit and got blindsided and ended up in the fence," Busch said.
Said Truex: "I just got loose and wrecked him, I guess. I didn't really realize he was going to drive it that deep. I've got to take the blame for that one. Obviously, it was my fault. I hate it for Kyle. He had a great car."
The Busch-Truex melee wasn't the only disappointing early departure of the race. Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. was eliminated from his final Brickyard 400 start in the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet after 76 laps due to an accident. Earnhardt, who is retiring after this season, placed 36th.
"I certainly want to come back here and enjoy this racetrack and maybe see the Indy 500 one day," Earnhardt said. "Definitely not too upset with Indy. I wish I could have ran a little better here several times.
"You don't like how you finished, and you don't like the result. But life's bigger than this, goes on past what happened today. I definitely want the fans to know throughout the rest of the season how much we appreciate them. We'll be giving lots of hats away and signing lots of autographs, I'll promise you."
The 25th annual Big Machine Brickyard 400 moves to a new date in 2018, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9. Visit IMS.com for more details.
Race fans can renew their tickets now for the 2018 Big Machine Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250 - at 2017 prices - as the annual NASCAR race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway enters an exciting new era next year.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will move to the cooler temperatures of Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, with NASCAR XFINITY Series action also taking place during the race weekend. The Big Machine Brickyard 400 will serve as the final race of the regular season, determine the regular-season champion and set the field for the NASCAR Playoffs, which begin the following weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Fans are encouraged to renew or upgrade their Big Machine Brickyard 400 event weekend tickets at www.ims.com/renew. The renewal window will continue through Monday, Aug. 7.
These will be the best prices of the year, only available during the renewal window. Prices will increase when tickets go on sale.
"The Big Machine Brickyard 400 weekend will receive an exciting boost with its new date, featuring cooler weather and the crucial spot on the schedule as the final race of the regular season," Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. "We're grateful to our most loyal fans and are pleased to offer customers the opportunity to lock in current pricing for the start of a new era with the 25th annual edition of this classic NASCAR race in 2018."
Fans who have included tickets for other products in their 2017 order also can reorder at discounted prices during the renewal period. Those products include:
•Lilly Diabetes 250 Race Day tickets
•Friday General Admission tickets
•Parking (including ADA parking) and camping permits
•Big Machine Brickyard 400 Pre-Race Pit Passes
Those who take advantage of the renewal period also will be first in line for ticket upgrades and are eligible for other presale offers for all IMS events.
Evergreen Raceway is happy to announce that pre registration is open for their fourth regular season Evergreen Enduro Series event, presented by Sponenberg’s Exhaust. The popular series features bone stock Enduro racing for both the Four Cylinder and 6/8-Cylinder divisions and this event is on tap for an event under the lights on Saturday, August 19. The speedway will also host their second “Soccer Mom” Mini Van Enduro, plus the Bob’s Subs & Pizza Outlaw Stocks are also on the card that evening.
Points are awarded for the shows and the series points are currently up to date on the speedway website.
The Enduro events will take place, rain or shine and the Outlaw Stock portion of the event will be rescheduled if the weather does not cooperate. The Enduro portion of the event will only be postponed if the weather simply too miserable on race day.
Enduro drivers can save $10 by pre-registering. The pre-registration fee is $40 per event. If drivers are not pre-registered on race day, the fee to compete is $50. Pre registration is non-refundable if a driver pre registers and is unable to make the event. Enduro pre registration will only be refunded if the speedway postpones the event.
Upon arrival at the track, pre-registered drivers will pull pills for their starting positions. All pre-registered drivers will start ahead of those who were not pre-registered. All drivers must visit the track office to sign in upon arrival to the track. Each driver will receive a slip with their starting position. A random roll call will take place at the drivers meeting. If a driver’s name is called and they are not present, they will be forced to start in the rear of the field. No exceptions.
The speedway had implemented a new rule, which took effect with the last Enduro event. The winner of the previously held show will start from dead last, regardless if he or she is pre-registered or not. Furthermore, due to repeated observations of targeting specific cars, officials will be watching closely to monitor all on track situations. Drivers will be subject to being black flagged for such issues and without a doubt, obvious intentional attempts to disable a car in a reckless manor, such as pushing them head on into the wall, will result in fines and suspension.
All Mini Van racers will pull pills for their starting positions at the track on race day. The number of laps will be determined on the amount of vans registered and the purse will also be determined based on the number of Mini Van entries.
Outlaw Stock drivers will pull pills for heat race starting positions and they will start straight up for their feature.
The pit gates will swing open for all of the series events at 5 PM. The drivers meeting will take place at 6 PM and the Outlaw Stocks will have practice at 6:15 PM. Racing will kick off at 7:00 PM. The grandstands will open at 6 PM.
Grandstand admission for each event is just $5. Pit admission is $25 and the transponder rental fee is $10.
The rules, payout and pre-registration list are listed at EvergreenRacewayPark.com. The deadline for pre-registration is Thursday, August 17.
The Outlaw Stock purse is prorated (plus sponsorship money), based on the number of cars. Outlaw Stock tech inspection will be handled by Modified driver, Paul Frantz.
Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well.
Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Fairway Motors, Harry’s U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, Wheel’s Bar & Grill, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Evan’s Roadhouse, Bob’s Subs & Pizza, American Rental Equipment, Barbush Automotive, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge & RockAuto.com.
Evergreen Raceway PR
A vibrant summer day greeted Meridian Speedway competitors as Idaho Central Credit Union presented the Candy Sugar Rush for Kids Saturday, July 22. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, College of Western Idaho Super Stocks, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, TATES Rents Hornets, and Junior Stingers packed the pit area for a night of mid-summer thrills under the big yellow water tower.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds brought a full field of competitors to their first main event of the evening. On the green Meridian, Idaho’s Joe Thuss rolled his Avis Rent a Car Downtown, Aloha Auto Repair around the high line and took the early lead. Star, Idaho driver Daytona Wurtz and Kuna, Idaho competitor Casey Tillman followed Thuss to take over the second and third spots on lap two. Once free of the pack, Tillman piloted his Integrity Pools, Integrity Construction modified to the inside of Wurtz for second on lap three, then took the lead as leader Thuss slid into the turn three concrete two laps later.
On the restart Tillman powered past Larry Hull III’s Shake N’ Bake Racing, Diversified Carpet Cleaning machine to stay on top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. This left Hull III to battle Meridian, Idaho’s Colton Nelson for the runner up spot. Nelson got the better of that battle five laps later and unleashed his Integrity Pools, YMC modified in pursuit of Tillman.
As the laps wound down Nelson ate into Tillman’s advantage, and with seven laps to go he arrived on Tillman’s rear bumper as the pair entered lapped traffic. With slow cars to the inside, Nelson could only watch as the checkers waved for Tillman.
A six pack of Teleperformance Claimer Stocks rumbled onto the quarter-mile for a 25 lap feature. The green flag waved and Caldwell, Idaho’s Scott Lawson sprinted around his Lawson Racing teammate Micky Lawson to take the early lead. Championship leaders Brian Hyde and Dan Lowther followed Scott Lawson around the high side before they dove low and took over the top two spots on lap three.
Hyde wheeled his Affordable Rain Gutters, Glen’s Towing racer had to keep ahead of Lowther’s Allan marsh Travel Center, Firesnacks entry, but by lap five Lowther pulled even with the leader. For the next fifteen laps the pair raced door-to-door, trading laps led back and forth until Lowther used a good launch off of turn two to take the top spot for good.
The eleven to fourteen year old competitors of the Junior Stinger division has eighteen laps to find a feature winner Saturday. The green flag waved and Nampa, Idaho’s Jessica Harris drover her Kim’s Kars, Challenger Auto Transport machine around Alyse Schildhauer to lead lap one. But Schildhauer wasn’t content with second, and on lap two the Nampa, Idaho driver raced her CCT entry back to the top spot.
On the move early was Meridian, Idaho’s Rusty Houpt, who worked his Boise Spring Works, Drip Catchers LLC racer high and low through the pack until he caught Schildhauer for the lead. After a three lap battle Houpt sped ahead and dropped Schildhauer into the clutches of Meridian, Idaho racers Cody Castricone and Hailey Rogers.
Schildhauer pedaled her machine hard to maintain second place, but with six laps left Castricone piloted his Linder Learning Academy, Meridian Chiropractic entry shot by on the high side with Rogers in tow. Rogers cleared Schildhauer and immediately threw her H&H Accounting, Goodwill Finance racer inside of Castricone to battle for second. With the white flag in the air Rogers completed her pass but settled for second behind Houpt.
The College of Western Idaho Super Stocks battled through their thirty lap main event. As the green flag waved front row starters John Riparetti and Ron Hayes came together. Hayes’ RC Willey, Taco Time machine got the worst of this exchange as he bounced off the front stretch wall and was forced to the pit area. This scuffle left Riparetti in the early lead with Caldwell, Idaho’s Daniel Johnson and Nampa, Idaho racer Melissa Arte on his back bumper.
Johnson piloted his Darlene’s Printing, American Redline Auto Salvage racer around Riparetti first, but Arte gained on Johnson as she followed suit. Arte stalked Johnson until lap eight, when she swung her Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Auto Craft Performance Engines machine wide and passed Johnson on the outside.
Johnson kept the pressure on Arte through the race’s closing stages, but Arte held off all challenges on her way to the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe.
The TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks rolled to the green flag as shadows stretched over the quarter-mile. Outside pole sitter Jason Sanders got a good start and piloted his Valley Property Management, Divel Services entry to the early lead. But Sanders wasn’t safe up front as Nampa, Idaho’s Fred Vigil raced his Ben’s Auto Glass machine to the leader’s rear bumper.
Behind Sanders and Vigil the field jockeyed for position. Ian Michael Pedersen was first to emerge from the scrum as the Boise, Idaho driver worked his Iron Built Sports Nutrition, Men’s Wearhouse racer into the third spot on lap three. Seven laps later Pedersen ducked inside of Vigil and took over the runner up spot. But Pedersen would have his hands full as Terrell Daffron found some open racetrack and motored to Pedersen’s rear bumper.
Daffron worked his Gilmore Meats of Weiser, Select Properties of Weiser entry high and low in his bid to pass Pedersen. As the laps wound down Daffron gained more and more on the runner up, but lapped traffic with two laps to go stymied Daffron’s run and the Meridian, Idaho driver had to settle for third behind Pedersen and Sanders.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds reassembled for a 35 lap main event. On the green the field stacked up behind front row starters Joe Thuss and Jerry Green. As the field bounced off of one another something had to give, and in turn four it was Green’s Dog Wash and Boarding Facility, Josay’s Labradors machine that spun. The resulting pile up damaged eight modifieds, including first main event winner Casey Tillman and quick qualifier Colton Nelson.
With the track cleared and the field reset the green flag waved once again. Nelson overpowered Nampa, Idaho’s Hunter Gates to put his damaged Integrity Pools, Julie Hart Home Loans by Premier Mortgage racer up front. Larry Hull III followed Nelson forward and soon had his Shake N’ Bake Racing, Diversified Carpet Cleaning machine in the lead battle. As Nelson and Hull III fought for first, Tillman tore through the field, and by lap ten the Kuna, Idaho driver held third place on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
With Tillman closing Hull III pushed his modified hard to maintain the second spot, but a wild slide out of turn four allowed Tillman to take the spot. With Hull out of the way Tillman set his sights on the Saturday night sweep and rushed to close on Nelson.
With ten laps to go Tillman arrived at the leader’s bumper as the pair entered lapped traffic. Nelson navigated his way through the cluster of slower cars best, but faced a five lap open track shootout with Tillman to decide the winner. Tillman wasted no time as he shot to Nelson’s inside. Side by side the pair raced until a lapped car thwarted Tillman’s run with two laps left and allowed Nelson to sprint to victory.
The TATES Rents Hornets packed the quarter-mile with eighteen rough and tumble racers to close Saturday night’s action. On the green Caldwell, Idaho’s Joe Pettit drove his Drop Tine Oil Fields Services, Les Schwab of Caldwell machine to the early lead as pandemonium ensued behind him. First to emerge from the pack were Sean Young and James Pahl, who dispatched Pettit on lap two. By lap four Pahl had his Raceway Video, Printcraft machine out front.
Behind the lead battle, Tommy Harrod sliced his way through the writhing pack, and by lap seven had his PBT Auto Sales racer within striking distance of the lead. After a daring move to squeeze into second, Harrod dashed around Pahl to take the lead and the Caldwell, Idaho racer ran away with the victory.
Racing continues this Saturday, July 29 as Meridian Speedway hosts Candlewood Suites Night presented by College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving. The Domino’s Legends, Project Filter Pro-4s, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and College of Western Idaho High School Tuners will be on hand to send July out with a bang. General admission to this full night of short track racing is just $11 for adults, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and as always kids 6 and under are free. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday with qualifying at 5:15 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. We’ll see you this Saturday, July 29, under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.
Meridian Speedway PR
On an afternoon where heat advisories were already posted by 10am, track temps in excess of one hundred and forty degrees. Thirty one Late Model’s were on hand to participate in this year’s 2017 Hampton Heat 200. The event, hosted by the City of Hampton Virginia, was the second installment of a three race series known as the Virginia Triple Crown. With many of the biggest names in the NWAAS Late Model division, ten thousand dollars was up for grabs with other awards and prizes in the mix. Adding to the excitement was the Cycle City Corp Legends in a National Qualifier race. Cycle City Corp Bandeloros would also return to race action along with the Riverside Paper Pro Six’s and the Pepsi Grand Stocks. No doubt about how hot it was in the air but it was the racing that was hotter down on the track, here’s a recap of the race action.
Cycle City Corp Bandeloros 15 Laps: Bradley Kilby lead the afternoon qualifying which was determined by the fastest lap times in final practice. His lap at 22.145 seconds bested an eleven car field when the green flag waved. Bradley Kilby struggled on the start getting going and taking advantage was Autumn Weaver who would lead lap one of the event. After a red flag condition halted the race, Weaver survived the restart charge of Bradley Kilby but couldn’t survive the bump by Kilby several laps later when Autumn weaver went for a spin. Kilby’s lead was short lived when he spun as well handing over the race lead to Cole Bruce. Final laps in the event saw Connor Jones make his move on the leader but it was Cole Bruce crossing the stripe first. Bruce in Victory Lane, “Thank you, I don’t know what happened over in turn one”, said Bruce. “I thought the axel was bent, I thought the front spindle was bent. I think we were a junk car after that wreck over there, of course we worked our way up in qualifying, made some changes. It’s just a great night to get to win”.
- #31 Cole Bruce; 15
- #14 Connor Jones; 15
- #3 Jacob Putman; 15
- #18d Emily Day’ 15
- #33 Franklin Caricofe; 15
- #18 Autumn Weaver; 15
- #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
- #6 Jake Waltman; 15
- #5 Bradley Kilby; 15
- #87 Kenton Case; 15
- #48 Wesley Newell; 14
Pepsi Grand Stocks 40 Laps: Tommy Sweeney was on pole in the Grand Stock division posting up a lap set at 18.501 seconds. Earning a share of the front row was Rodney Boyd in his efforts as part of a seven car field. Green flag was displayed and the pole sitter Tommy Sweeney wasted no time securing the point. Paul Lubno was an early mover in the race and even took the race lead just shortly through the halfway. But back would come Sweeney to retake the race lead as Mark Frye was showing muscle racing in second. As for the leader, clean air was the key as Tommy Sweeney would go on to win in the Grand Stock division. Tommy Sweeney in Victory Lane, “We were struggling the first part of the season, like to think we got a grasp on the car now”, claimed Tommy Sweeney. “That was a good race, Lubno got out, I was hoping to hang with him and everything worked out to plan. I’m glad it rained earlier to cool things down because it was really hot today”.
- #11 Tommy Sweeney; 40
- #29 Mark Frye; 40
- #17 Tim Wilson; 40
- #14 Paul Lubno; 40
- #1 Kevin Morgan; 40
- #18 Jonathan White; 39
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 19
Cycle City Corps Legends 30 Laps: Tommy Jackson Jr would lead a thirteen car field to the green by earning the race pole clicking off a lap at 18.229 seconds. Brian May would start on row one with Jackson as Spencer Saunders, Cody Carlton and Jamie Price as the five best. Green flag was displayed with Tommy Jackson Jr showing the field into turn one. By turn two with the lead in hand, Jackson would try to get away from Spencer Saunders who would mirror the moves of the race leader. After a brief caution, Jackson and Saunders would continue the nose to tail battle for the race lead. Similar battle at this point for third as Brian May and Cody Carlton was battling hard. But back up front, leader Tommy Jackson Jr would have to survive several restarts and keep the charge of Saunders in his rear view as Tommy Jackson Jr wins in the Legends National qualifier. Jackson Jr from Victory Lane, “Awe man, it feels good in this hot weather”, said the race winner. “Yeah, it’s just a lot of hard work, we went through a really bad spell there. We weren’t winning races, mechanical failures that would take us out of it, just gotta thank my crew. Worked some really long nights in the shop to get us here, thank Spencer, we lead all thirty laps and he was right there with us”.
- #87 Tommy Jackson Jr; 30
- #7 Spencer Saunders; 30
- #94 Cody Carlton; 30
- #22 Brian May; 30
- #7L Zach Lightfoot; 30
- #33 Colby Flowers; 30
- #08 Jamie Price; 30
- #51 Ryan Matthews; 30
- #21 Lane McKee; 30
- #88 Ryan Center; 30
- #31 David Brandt; 30
- #17 Devon Courtney; 30
- #4 Chris Hayes; 26
Riverside Paper Pro Six 30 Laps: Travis Wall picked up the race pole by his fast lap at 17.747 seconds around the .395 oval at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Adam Florian was just twenty nine thousandths of the pole speed but deserving a share of the front row. Race action began as Travis Wall would show the field to the green and out of turn two would the race lead become secure. Adam Florian, Bobby Hall and JB Sipe would pace the leaders line in single file order for much in the early goings. But back up front, Travis Wall would continue his charge as the leader and kept the efforts of Adam Florian at bay as Travis Wall would win in Pro Six race action. Travis Wall in Victory Lane, “Yeah, it’s what we get for having a month and a half off”, explained the race winner. “We went and did our homework, actually went to Florida for a vacation too on top of that. Man, we did a whole lot of work here in the month of June and July, it feels good to get back (Victory Lane)”.
- #44 Travis Wall; 30
- #98 Adam Florian; 30
- #14 JB Sipe; 30
- #02 Jordon Wood; 30
- #21 Tyler McLaughlin; 29
- #4b Debbie Biesecker; 29
- #26 Bobby Hall; 24
Taylor Waste Services Late Models 200 Laps: Three time Hampton Heat winner CE Falk took the afternoon pole award with a lap set at 16.007 seconds. Phillip Morris was just a mere, nine thousandths of a second off Falk’s pole run. Nick Smith, Timothy Peters and Matt Waltz were the five quickest in the thirty one car field. Green flag would wave and Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway would come alive. Pole sitter CE Falk showed the thirty one car field to the green as the beatin and banging began at the front. Falk and Phillip Morris would battle but Falk secured the race lead in the early goings. Not long before the torrid race pace would encounter lap traffic with Falk showing the way. Early movers were Peyton Sellers and Mark Wertz but with several laps in, leaders were negotiating lap traffic, everybody else were just riding. Quarter through the race, Falk still was the race leader with Morris haunting Falk’s every move. The race experienced its first caution when Macy Causey hit the inside wall on lap sixty six which ended her night. Back to the green, Falk maintained the race lead and began to put some distance from Morris who was then being challenged by Nick Smith in third. Nearing the halfway, Connor Hall would work his way to the four spot passing Timothy Peters and Peyton Sellers as Falk continued his race lead. Halfway was reached bringing out the caution where the field would come to pit road and be given fifteen minutes to make adjustments only. Green flag racing would return to the track and CE Falk continued his race lead. Building up a three car length lead over second place car of Morris, Peyton Sellers at this point was looking for a way around to take second. Soon after in the feature, Morris hopes for a Hampton Heat win started going backwards as Nick Smith, Mark Wertz and Bobby McCarty were all marching towards the front. Getting into the latter portions of the race, the event was slowed by several cautions as CE Falk and Nick Smith were the class of the field. But then the leaders battled which McCarty took advantage of and would become the new race leader with just a handful laps remained. But once in clean air, McCarty never looked back and would go on to win the 2017 Hampton Heat 200. McCarty in Victory Lane, “We had a great car man, these guys right here, I love them to death”, a delighted McCarty said. “They work so hard, and push me, and give me everything I need to come out here to do what I’m doing. I love them to death, I can’t thank them enough. They were racing really hard (Falk and Smith), ya know, these races always have those late race cautions. But the #40 and the #12 slipped up and I took my opportunity. I just love these guys so much and I just owe all my success to them”.
- #22m Bobby McCarty; 200
- #03 Brenden Queen; 200
- #40 CE Falk; 200
- #12 Nick Smith; 200
- #57c Justin T Carroll; 200
- #77 Connor Hall; 200
- #12p Timothy Peters; 200
- #92 Casey Wyatt; 200
- #91 Justin S Carroll; 200
- #90 Terry Carroll; 200
- #12t Austin Thaxton; 200
- #26s Peyton Sellers; 200
- #17 Stacy Puryear; 200
- #07 Dean Ward; 200
- #4 Sam Hunt; 200
- #01m Phillip Morris; 200
- #94 Cody Carlton; 200
- #12s Dean Shiflett; 198
- #57j Eddie Johnson; 178
- #97 Greg Edwards; 171
- #55 Mark Wertz; 171
- #19 Cameron Bowen; 169
- #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 143
- #22 Grayson Cullather; 143
- #51 Bubba Johnston; 129
- #2 Matt Waltz; 101
- #33 Macy Causey; 66
- #88 Thomas Marks; 45
- #51g Paul Green; 34
- #10 Maddy Mulligan; 19
- #25 Craig Eastep; 15
Langley Speedway PR
Jason Myers had his work cut out for him on Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium. But he stepped up and took the checkered for the FOX8 WGHP 100.
With the starting lineup for the Brad’s Golf Modified Series being decided by random draw, Jason Myers of Walnut Cove drew the pole for his start. But the stage was immediately set for tension as his older brother, Burt Myers of Walnut Cove, was slated to start right beside him.
Burt Myers has been the man to beat this season in the Modified Division. He currently leads the points, has led the most laps, and has pulled in the most wins. He’s been particularly stout in the long-distance races, taking the checkered in all three of the previous 100-lappers in 2017.
“I might be a little partial,” said Jason Myers. “You look in the record book and Burt’s the man. If you beat Burt Myers, you’ve done something.”
Jason Myers was able to beat out Burt on the initial start after racing side-by-side for a few white-knuckled laps. However, the lead was short-lived for Jason: With a caution double-file restart just a few laps later, Burt Myers challenged from the outside and grabbed the lead.
“I started out with the lead, and I knew Burt was tough. He snookered me on the restart,” said Jason Myers. But on a later double-file restart, Jason Myers was able to return the favor.
“I learned my lesson. I got him back on another one,” said Jason Myers. “When you start on the front row with Burt Myers over here, you either beat him or you learn something. Tonight we learned something - and then we beat him.”
The most grueling part of the race then set in for Jason Myers as he defended the lead in five double-file restarts. “It was exhausting – but more mental than physical,” said Jason Myers. “Those restarts were really getting to me. You’ve got to be perfect.”
Jason Myers ended up taking the checkered, with Burt Myers finishing in second. Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem claimed third.
In the Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series, Zack Clifton of Walkertown ducked to the inside of Tommy Neal of Walkertown on the last lap. They banged fenders heading towards the finish line, with Clifton edging out Neal by inches to take the win. In the second Sportsman 20-lapper, John Holleman of Winston-Salem claimed the victory.
Donnie Martin of Winston-Salem held off Jake Creed of Dobson to win in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series. In the Law Offices of John Barrow Stadium Stock Series, Chris Allison of Mocksville and Josh Broome of Thomasville each won.
Teenager William Byron held off veterans Paul Menard and Joey Logano over tense final laps to become the youngest winner of a major race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, capturing a victory in a thrilling Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday.
Byron, 19 years, 7 months, from Charlotte, North Carolina, edged Menard by .108 of a second in his No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet fielded by JR Motorsports, owned by NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Matheus Leist was the previous youngest winner of a premier or major support series race on the oval at IMS when he won the Freedom 100 Indy Lights event at age 19 years, 8 months in May 2017. Marco Andretti won an Indy Lights race in 2005 and Marc Marquez won a Moto2 motorcycle race in 2011 at IMS both at age 18, but those events were on the road course.
"This the first time I've come here, a couple of days ago," Byron said. "It's such a special place, just walking into the place. I've watched a lot of races here on TV, and seeing the history and to make laps around here is just really special. To see the front stretch, how narrow it is with grandstands on both sides when you come down the front straight, it's a really special place. It's neat to get a win and does a lot for us this year and hopefully propels us to a championship."
A new NASCAR rules package for the cars in this race, which included restrictor plates for the engines and aero ducts on the bodywork, was designed to create more passing and closing racing.
Mission accomplished. Three event records were set in the sixth edition of this race:
- Lead changes: 16. The previous record was nine.
- Leaders: Eight. The previous record was six.
- Margin of victory: .108 of a second. The previous record was .411 of a second.
"I think a great race is the objective," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Vice President of Competition, after the race. "I think what fans saw today was that. Certainly I think it passed the eye test."
Byron started third and won the first stage. He and Logano marched in lockstep around the famed 2.5-mile oval as the top two cars late in the final stage after leader Kyle Busch and second place Erik Jones pitted on Lap 82 of the 100-lap race.
Busch and Jones figured the other leading cars would pit later for fresh tires. They were wrong.
"We could make it on fuel, but we were worried about tires," Jones said. "We were cording tires every run after 15 laps, so we made the conservative call, came in and put tires on. Unfortunately, it was the wrong call."
Logano stalked Byron over the closing laps in his No. 22 Discount Tire Ford, never falling more than half of a second behind the leader from Lap 85 to Lap 97. But Menard powered his No. 2 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet past Logano on Lap 98 and set sail for Byron.
"Yeah, I was nervous," Byron said about the closing laps. ""I definitely thought he (Menard) and the 22 (Logano) were really strong. Looks like Joey faded at the end. Over the last 15 or 20 laps, I thought the tire was going to go. But it hung on."
2011 Brickyard 400 winner Menard pulled to within .119 of a second of Byron after Lap 98 and .112 of a second as the white flag flew to signal the final lap. But Byron drove an inch-perfect final trip around the 2.5-mile oval to earn his third win in just 18 starts in his rookie season, marking him as one of the brightest future stars of the sport.
"Man, it sucks being that close but the kid is really good," Menard said. "I was better in (Turn) 2, 3 and 4. Turn 1's the slowest corner, so I actually had to come quite a bit out of the throttle, and he was able to carry a little bit more speed through there."
Logano ended up third. Pole sitter Elliott Sadler, who won the second stage, finished fourth overall in the No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet. Cole Custer placed fifth in the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford.
Busch, looking to win this race for the third straight year, ended up 12th in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Rowdy Toyota after his tire-change gamble failed.
But Busch earned a bit of redemption two hours after that disappointment. He drove to a dominant second consecutive pole for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 after a top lap of 187.301 mph in the No. 18 Skittles Toyota during the third round of qualifying. Busch is trying to become the first driver to win this event three consecutive years.
2003 Brickyard 400 winner Kevin Harvick will start alongside Busch on the front row after a top lap of 186.332 in the No. 4 Jimmy John's Ford.
Former Brickyard winners Jamie McMurray and Jimmie Johnson occupy the second row. 2010 winner McMurray qualified third at 186.274 in the No. 1 Cessna/McDonald's Chevrolet, while four-time winner Johnson was fourth at 185.851 in the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet.
Earnhardt, making his final Brickyard start, qualified 13th in the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet.
The Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 starts at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday. Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for all 2017 IMS events, including the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, and for more information on all events.
Scott Borchetta, the president and chief executive officer of Big Machine Label Group, will serve as the honorary starter of the 24th annual Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Borchetta will wave the green flag to send the field of 40 cars into Turn 1 at the start of the marquee Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, which begins at 2:44 p.m. (ET).
"Of all of the great places to watch the start of a NASCAR race, there are none better than the starter stand!" Borchetta said. "I can't wait to wave the green flag to start the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400!"
Music industry leader Big Machine Label Group became the new entitlement sponsor of the Brickyard 400 in late June, expanding its longtime relationship with the race and IMS.
Founded in 2005, Big Machine Label Group is an independent record label headquartered in Nashville. The label's artist roster includes superstars such as Brantley Gilbert, Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts, Danielle Bradbery, The Cadillac Three, Justin Moore, Ronnie Dunn, Jennifer Nettles, Eli Young Band, Drake White, Brett Young, Tucker Beathard and A Thousand Horses.
Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for all 2017 IMS events, including the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, and for more information on all events.
Mahoning Valley Speedway has cancelled tonight’s races due to the weather forecast of rain and thunderstorms throughout the Lehighton area.
With a special front gate admission of $10 promoter Floyd Santee did not want to take a chance on have fans possibly missing out on a great deal.
That being said he has extended the discounted general admission price of $10 to next Saturday, July 29.
The night’s program will included Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks. The Dirt Mods have the night off.
The Hobby Stocks will be running in a 40-lap/$400-to-win feature that evening.
Justin Allgaier came to grips with the new equipment package for the Lilly Diabetes 250 faster than any other driver, turning the top overall lap of two practice sessions for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Allgaier led the second practice at 166.485 mph in the No. 7 Breyers Chevrolet. Elliott Sadler was second overall at 166.420 with his session-leading lap in the first practice in the No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet.
NASCAR XFINITY Series cars are using an engine restrictor plate and an aero duct for the first time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at this event, in an effort to create closer racing and more passing on the 2.5-mile oval.
"There are still a lot of unknowns, but I wasn't as on board with it before we got here," Allgaier said of the new technical package. "I have a fast race car, so I'm not disappointed in the package. For us, we need to put on a good race for the fans. This racetrack, this area of the country, Indianapolis is a racing town. We talking about Racing USA in Mooresville (North Carolina), but Indianapolis is built on that racing foundation.
"I feel like, if nothing else, for the fans that come and the fans that watch on TV, this race is going to be exciting, and we're trying to put on a great race."
Matt Tifft was third at 166.291 in the No. 19 Surface/Fanatics Toyota. Kyle Busch, who has won this race the last two years, was fourth at 166.162 in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Rowdy Toyota.
William Byron rounded out the top five at 165.874 in the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet.
Qualifying for the Lilly Diabetes 250 takes place at 12:45 p.m. (ET) Saturday. The 100-lap race starts at 3:30 p.m.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series action gets underway Saturday with practice sessions at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Qualifying for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 starts at 6:15 p.m.
The Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 starts at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday. Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for all 2017 IMS events, including the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250 on July 21-23, and for more information on all events.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout has helped transform dozens of aspiring racers into prominent NASCAR stars. This summer, two teenaged drivers with NASCAR ties hope to use their Legend Cars to achieve different goals.
Scott Joy and Austin Green want the same thing – to win races on the frontstretch quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Green hopes to parlay it into a career, while Joy races for fun.
Joy, a Mooresville, North Carolina, native by way of Connecticut, is the son of NASCAR on FOX announcer Mike Joy. Being the son of a famous broadcaster doesn't affect Joy’s career as much as some might think, though.
“He’s helped me get to know some people, but what I do on the track is my work,” said Joy, who plans to attend Northeastern University in Boston starting this fall. “He wants to be just another racing dad.”
The elder Joy has been just that. Scott started racing Bandoleros when he was 10 years old with Mike's help. Now 18, Scott competes in the VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro division, where he's gained lots of racing experience he hopes he can turn into some wins before the season concludes.
“It’s an absolute blast,” Joy said. “It’s really close competition. So far this year we have had pretty clean racing, it’s just a blast I look forward to every Tuesday night coming out here and getting my speed demon on.”
Green is a Lead 2 Real Estate Pro division championship contender in only his second year, so he has become a quick study. The 16-year-old Concord native is the son of 1994 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion David Green. Austin’s goal is to use the Summer Shootout as a springboard to a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
After getting his first year out of the way, Green hopes to win the title this season. He enters the July 25 showdown ranked second in points with only two-time champion Jordan Black ahead of him.
“I’ve just worked on being consistent, staying focused and trying to learn as much as I can, and learn from last year,” Green said.
Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout features “Shark Week” promotions, including FREE foam shark hats to the first 250 kids through the gates. Fans are also encouraged to keep their eyes peeled for a shark mascot roaming the stands throughout the night.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing beginning at approximately 7 p.m.
Single-day admission to the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout costs just $8 for adults and is FREE for children under 13. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)