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Martinsville Speedway’s wildly popular FanFest will return this fall, giving fans an up-close look at some of the sport’s biggest stars, off the track.
Following Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying for the First Data 500 at 4 p.m., FanFest will pit drivers against each other in games and contests and will rely heavily on fan participation and interaction.
“We want to give fans the best experience possible throughout the weekend and FanFest is one way that we are doing just that,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “I can’t think of any other sport that gives fans free access to some of its drivers this close to an event.
“From the Truck Series autograph session and Hauler Parade on Friday to FanFest on Saturday we are giving fans opportunities to make their experience at Martinsville Speedway the best in sports without even having to break out their wallet.”
FanFest will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 and will run until approximately 7:30. Cup Series drivers will participate in the event throughout the evening with on-stage activities planned with heavy fan involvement and participation.
This year David Ragan and Denny Hamlin will face off in a NASCAR Trivia contest, Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray will play Pictionary and Paul Menard will be joined by the Wood Brothers to take part in a roundtable discussion about the longest continuously operating team in motorsports.
FanFest will be free of charge to fans and will take place in the Drivers’ Meeting tent, located just outside Turn Four. There will be special accommodations made for youth in attendance at the event so that they may experience FanFest front and center.
The First Data 500 is the first race in the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. If the winning driver is in the Playoffs, he or she would be the first to clinch a spot in the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Youth 17-and-under are just $25 for any seat on Sunday and are free on Saturday.
Tickets for the First Data 500 are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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Almirola Takes Talladega Superspeedway Victory in NASCAR Overtime, Advances in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs14 Oct 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Aric Almirola claimed a thrilling Talladega Superspeedway victory on Sunday in the 1000Bulbs.com 500 to earn automatic advancement to the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
Twelve drivers remain in championship contention going into next week’s (Oct. 21) event at Kansas Speedway. Post-Kansas, the field will be trimmed to eight, after which three more races will produce a “Championship 4” showdown going into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Almirola and Chase Elliott, a race winner last week, have secured Round of 8 berths.
Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Bacon for Life Ford, was part of a dominant four-car contingent from Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola, runner-up Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Cummins/Rush Truck Centers Ford), Kevin Harvick and polesitter Kurt Busch led the field as a tightly packed foursome throughout the afternoon on the 2.66-mile tri-oval, most of the time with an incredibly dominant Busch at the front. Prior to the “OT” the Stewart-Haas drivers had pulled away from the rest of the 40-car field, by 20 car lengths.
NASCAR Overtime – which extended the race’s scheduled distance from 188 laps to 193 – was needed because of a five-car, Lap 186 incident initiated by Alex Bowman in Turn 4. Immediately there were questions about whether the Stewart-Haas cars would have enough fuel to last through the caution period lap and ultimately, two more green-flag laps.
Busch (No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford), who led a total of 108 laps, ran out of gas on the final lap while leading the race and finished 14th. Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford) ran out prior to the two-lap overtime and came home 28th but retained his lead in the series point standings.
“I really enjoyed leading the race, working with my teammates,” Busch said. “I’m really happy a Stewart-Haas car won, but the four of us, I’ve never seen so much synergy. My team did an incredible job…and we came up a little shy on fuel. Wow, what a car.”
Former Talladega winners Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.
On the final lap coming out of Turn 4, as Busch’s car sputtered and slowed, Almirola swept to the outside followed closely by Bowyer. The Tampa, Florida native got his second career Monster Energy Series victory, breaking a 149-race winless streak. His only previous series victory came in July 2014 at Daytona International Speedway. Almirola’s season started with a near-win and eventual heartbreak, as he was nudged into the wall on the final lap while leading the DAYTONA 500, by eventual champion Austin Dillon.
“This is so awesome … at Talladega!,” Almirola said. “I’ve been so close so many times this year. Four or five times I feel like I’ve had a shot to win and haven’t been able to seal the deal. To come here, a place that I love … I just love racing at Talladega.
“I came here with the mindset that we were just going to give them hell and if we wreck, we wreck and if we win, we win. And we won! Unbelievable.”
NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway on April 26-28 with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’ General Tire 200 (April 26), the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Talladega 300 (April 27) and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ GEICO 500 (April 28). Ticket information for those races and all Talladega Superspeedway events is available online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.
It’s bad news for the opposition when Steve Torrence is in the final round of an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel event – and on Sunday at zMAX Dragway, Torrence again asserted his dominance after a scorching final round to win the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters.
Torrence moved to 9-0 in final rounds this year and became the first driver to win four straight Countdown to the Championship events. Torrence completed a season sweep of zMAX Dragway races by edging No. 1 qualifier Brittany Force with a 3.703-second, 329.67-mph pass.
“It’s a team and it takes a whole village to make this machine work,” Torrence said. “I couldn’t be more proud. I’m kind of like the hood ornament. I’m the one getting there first but (my crew are) the ones pushing me to it. … In the final, I knew they’d be right there with us but I felt confident. I had to be on my game and I was on my game. Today was the biggest race of the season for us. We needed to capitalize and we did what we needed to do.”
In his 700th round of Funny Car races, Ron Capps notched his 60th Funny Car win after a blistering 3.875-second, 329.42-mph pass in the final round gave Capps the nod over J.R. Todd.
“We got a little aggressive in Q3 on Saturday and I’m really glad we did, even though we lost the pole to Tommy Johnson,” Capps said. “It gave (crew chief Rahn Tobler) a look at what we had. Rahn made some great calls. Today was when he showed me a lot. To throw down those speeds and (elapsed times) at the end was incredible. … You’ve just got to be up for everything in the Countdown. I’m just so glad we were able to come out here and do what we needed to do.”
Jason Line became the winningest Pro Stock racer at zMAX Dragway after he captured his 50th career national win on Sunday and his fourth at the Bellagio of drag strips. Line edged Tanner Gray with a 6.523-second, 211.59-mph pass in the final round of Pro Stock competition. Line’s win gave the two-time Pro Stock champion at least one victory in 15 consecutive seasons, an NHRA record.
Gray’s runner-up finish helped the soon-to-be NASCAR racer maintain his points lead with two races left in the season.
“Obviously, these streaks are cool, but nobody really cares about streaks,” Line said. “Summit pays me to win and we finally did that today. It’s been a struggle this year, for sure, but when you’re able to win, you certainly appreciate it. I was just trying to be calm and cut the best light I could (a .020 reaction time). I was fortunate enough to do a good job with my left foot and get it done.”
Matt Smith had the easiest pathway to victory on Sunday. The Pro Stock Motorcycle finalist saw opponent Chip Ellis red-light the final round, giving Smith the 21st victory of his career. Smith’s 6.836-second, 197.71-mph run was icing on the cake for the new points leader.
“It’s pretty big when you look at the Pro Stock Motorcycle points,” Smith said. “All in all, the bike worked great. I had to do my job. We had some problems. I hurt a motor after the first round, we put one in and I had to go up there blind in the second round but we made it. That’s a testament to my crew. … We’re maintaining what we need to do. I’ve said that if we win three more races in the Countdown, we can win the championships. We can’t have any first-round losses. We need to just keep going rounds.”
Pro Mod No. 1 qualifier Rick Hord collected his first career victory on Sunday, while NGK Spark Plugs-sponsored racer Megan Meyer completed a Charlotte sweep this season by capturing her second Top Alcohol win in as many races at zMAX Dragway.
Tickets to upcoming speedway events, including the Nov. 1-3 World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, are available at the speedway ticket office, online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.
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Late race pass nets Matt Hirschman $5000 Mahoning Valley Octoberfast win over impressive upstart Austin Beers14 Oct 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
To fans of eastern Pennsylvania short track asphalt racing the names of Hirschman and Beers are synonymous when it comes to the ranks of Modified competition. For years the two iconic racing families, who both hail from Mud Lane in Northampton, have shared countless headlines, many of those coming in one-two finishes between Mahoning Valley, Dorney Park and Evergreen Speedway’s.
Tony Hirschman had gone up against numerous cars owned by the late Dale Beers. Eric Beers and Matt Hirschman took the battle to new heights over the past two decades and on Saturday night at Mahoning Valley during the annual Octoberfast the torch was passed on the next generation as 15-year old Austin Beers showed that he is ready to carry on the duel.
In the 150-lap contest M. Hirschman made his racing winning move with four laps to go over A. Beers and claimed the $5000 first place prize. It would be Hirschman’s sixth consecutive victory, 14th of 2018 and 16th at Mahoning, three of them coming in the Octoberfast.
But make no mistake all eyes were on the younger Beers who clearly was in route to a monumental victory had it not been for the late caution that dramatically changed the outcome.
While most everyone pitted at some point Beers was one of only three others, (Josh Scherer/DJ Wagner), who stayed out the entire race gambling with the same set of tires and it almost paid off. However, when Joey Jarowicz spun four laps from the end Hirschman would use that restart to make his race winning pass with an inside pass off turn two.
“That last caution won me the race otherwise Austin Beers was going to win this thing. It was an incredible run that he had. When he was leading and I was second and the race was going on I knew I was settling for runner-up – I wasn’t going to pass him,” bottom-lined Hirschman.
“I kept thinking back to my first big win I had at Evergreen (Raceway) at the King of the Green and his dad finished second to me. It was at that moment I thought that how awesome this is and how this kid is going to win this big race just like myself and his dad did in 2001.”
Hirschman has been a dominant force everywhere he has run this year and when he brought that winning momentum to Mahoning Valley, his first time at the track in two seasons, the thought was on everyone’s mind as to would his streak go on or could one of the always tough-to-beat Mahoning regulars put it to a halt.
For quite some time it seemed as though that would be the case. Pole sitter Austin Kochenash led the early going with Lou Strohl keeping in a close second. Hirschman, who started fifth, joined the front pair by lap eight and thus began a torrid three car battle.
After 20 laps Hirschman barely shook off Strohl for second and would then latch on to the back end of Kochenash while Gene Bowers moved to third.
Still under tight conditions, Hirschman attempted an inside move for the lead on lap 30 but fell short and made contact with the leader, sending him spinning and several other scattering. He had felt the move was merited at that time as Bowers was looking to get by from the outside. In hindsight, though, he comprehended that it may have been too soon for the endeavor.
“I didn’t need to but there was a car that came up alongside me on the outside and it looked like he was going to go by us both. The 66 (Kochenash) was holding me up some and I thought ‘Well it might be time to get ahead of him with other faster cars breathing down my neck,” said Hirschman.
“I made an inside move down the front straight and I thought I was in but we don’t race with radios here and that’s kind of how it goes. It was probably not the right move at that time and what the end result was but had I just passed him I might have stayed out the whole race like Austin (Beers) did.”
Afterwards Kochenash and Hirschman both pitted while Bowers took control of the race. Scherer and Beers would swap back and forth for second. Kyle Strohl entered into the fray with 50 laps complete.
Bowers, who lost in this same race last year by a whisker to Bobby Jones, was looking for redemption and had it going nicely despite that Beers and Strohl where fixated on his rear tail.
After numerous two-wide laps with Beers second place fell to Strohl and he began an all-out run at the Bowers, successfully taking over the front spot on lap 94. On the same tour Beers followed and was runner-up. 10 laps later a caution would wave and on that re-go Beers would overtake Strohl for the lead.
Through a series of pit stops and hard charging Kochenash had worked his way back to third with 50 laps to go. Likewise Hirschman had motored back into the front five by lap 118.
At the helm Beers was showing that he was going to make it tough for anyone to try and pass him. He was very confident in his car’s handling and even disregarded a pre-race team strategy to pit around lap 100.
With the laps wearing on Beers was looking closer to becoming an upset winner as Strohl and Kochenash could only watch from second and third. Then on lap 132 the action slowed the action for a minor incident and again three laps later for a spinning car.
By then Kochenash had advanced to second and Hirschman made some fancy moves to take third. The pair would then engage a in a dogfight for second and few laps back under green and Hirschman was there.
Heading into the waning circuits it was looking more and more as though Beers was on his way to victory until that ill-fated caution waved four laps from the end.
“I was definably going to be satisfied with second, no complaints. My experience probably paid off and all I can say is what a future that kid has. Things didn’t quite work out the way I had anticipated early but you never give up,” said Hirschman.
“It’s always exciting to be here at Mahoning and it’s never over until the last lap and its fun. I’ll be back that’s for sure.”
Strohl was very fast at the end and settled for third with an impressive Scherer taking fourth over Kochenash who rounded out the top five.
“My dad wanted me to come in at lap 100 but I was second then and just decided to stay out. The car was great tonight. To be leading one of these event was very humbling against such a stout field,” noted Beers afterwards.
“I just ran my own race and if I got beat then so be it. Finishing second to a gut like Matt Hirschman – we’ll take that.”
There were 22 cars on hand with Hirschman, Beers and Kevin rex Jr., annexing heat wins.
Modified Feature Finish (150 Laps): 1. Matt Hirschman, 2. Austin Beers, 3. Kyle Strohl. 4. Josh Scherer, 5. Austin Kochenash, 6. Lou Strohl, 7. Gene Bowers, 8. DJ Wagner, 9. Ron Haring Jr., 10. John Markovic, 11. Todd Baer, 12. Don Wagner, 13. Joey Jarowicz, 14. Terry Markovic, 15. Kristy Arthofer, 16. Cody Geist, 17. Jesse
With no chance of rain in the forecast, seven strong divisions took to Meridian Speedway Saturday, October 13, for the rescheduled Weed Man Lawn Care Championship. The Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars, Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes, Coors Super Stocks, Domino’s Legends, and Bombers took the checkers on their 2018 season, while the Project Filter Pro-4s and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets jockeyed for late-season points in their penultimate showdowns.
Five fast Domino’s Legends kicked off main event action with a twenty lap dash. On the green Boise, Idaho’s Brok Kidd muscled his way to the top spot with Camron Madsen, Ken Frickey, and Donovan Barr in tow. As the field fought three wide for real estate Barr was shuffled up the track into Frickey and catapulted into the turn three wall. Despite the heavy contact Barr climbed from his Sound Hound Stereo, Competition Carbs racer unscathed.
On the restart Madsen pulled even with fellow Boisean Kidd, and on lap three Madsen claimed first on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. This allowed quick-qualifier Ethan Jones of Meridian, Idaho into the runner up spot, and by the race’s halfway point the division dominating Jones owned the lead. While Jones sailed away from the pack Madsen fought to hold Kidd’s Grinkers Arcade, Kiddtronics machine at bay. Madsen would keep the second position but could only watch as Jones took the first Weed Man Lawn Care Championship Night checkered flag.
With his ninth win of 2018 Jones claimed the Domino’s Legend title over Barr and Frickey.
A six pack of Coors Super Stocks rumbled to green for their final 25 lap feature of 2018. Outside pole sitter Ron Hayes bolted to the lead with Nampa, Idaho drivers Tommy Harrod and Chuck Youngblood in his tire tracks. A mechanical issue on lap five sidelined Hayes’ RC Willey, All Around Property Services racer, and left Harrod, Youngblood, and Gale Carter in the top three spots.
Youngblood drove his PBT Auto Sales entry hard to catch Harrod, but he would run out of time as Harrod sped across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
Despite missing the division’s final race, Melissa Arte was crowned the 2018 Coors Super Stock champion, her eleventh Meridian Speedway title.
Ten Project Filter Pro-4s took the green for their penultimate feature of the season. Front row starters Ben Harris and Wes Summers raced door to door through the first lap until contact sent Summers spinning in front of the field. When the smoke cleared eight Project Filter Pro-4s sat in a heap in turn three with Alex Duda upside down and championship leader Brendon Fries stuffed into the retaining wall. Thanks to quick work by their pit crews, every racer except Summers returned to action for the restart.
New to the front row, James Pahl made the most of his opportunity and charged around Harris to put his borrowed Challenger Auto, Ken Chandler Racing car in the lead. First to Pahl’s rear bumper was Kenny Chanler, who worked the low line to perfection and piloted his Project Filter, Fairly Reliable Bob’s machine to the lead. But Fries was on the hunt, and with a dozen laps left the Boise, Idaho racer wedged his damaged nose piece inside of Chandler in a bid for the lead.
Fries continued to work Chandler until a caution with nine laps left lined his Chick-fil-A of Meridian, Academy Mortgage racer inside of Chandler for the green. Fries charged hard into turn one, but Chandler thwarted his advance. Lap after lap Fries worked the inside, and corner after corner Chandler kept the championship leader in his rearview mirror. Fries saved his best challenge for the last lap, but a spin in turn two necessitated a caution flag, which handed the win to Chandler.
After Colton Nelson dominated the Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars’ first feature of the evening, Cory Lockwood and Aaron McPeak led the field to green for their final 25 lap main event of the year. Lockwood stormed to the point on lap one in his Herold’s Auto Body, Berkshire Hathaway Reality sprinter while Bryan Warf worked his way inside McPeak for second. As eleven second laps clicked off the board smoke started to seep from Lockwood’s machine. The black flag was displayed and Lockwood pulled into the pit area.
This left Warf up front with Nelson in tow. Though Nelson closed on the leader he ran out of laps to make a move and Warf took his Allan Marsh Travel Center, Dave’s Quick Lube racer home with both the race victory and the overall season championship.
For his dual titles in 2018, Warf was also awarded King of the Y honors as Meridian Speedway’s highest total points earner of 2018
A twelve pack of Pepsi-Cola Sprintcars and ISRL Super Sixes thundered to green for their final thirty lap feature of the season. Caldwell, Idaho’s Justin Segura made the most of the outside line and fought his way to first with Kate Jackson and Johnny Giesler in trail. Giesler jabbed high and low in his bid for the runner up spot, which allowed Riley Rogers to race his way into the second place battle as well.
On lap nine Giesler decided it was go time, and he shot into the low line and dispatched both Jackson and Segura in turn one to take the lead. Jackson followed Giesler through, but before she could figure out a way around her brother-in-law, she was forced to stave off a strong challenge from Rogers. Rogers’ pressure paid off as Jackson lost the handle on her Bardahl, Spiers Construction sprinter and spun into the infield.
On the restart Giesler roared past Rogers to retake the lead. Rogers wheeled his H&H Accounting, Goodwill Finance machine hard to keep pace with the leader, but couldn’t mount a challenge as Giesler scored the main event victory.
Eight wild and crazy Bombers rolled into their final feature of 2018. Mirinda Davis muscled her way past Rob Taylor for the early lead. But it was Nick Durbin on the early move and he took the lap five lead. But an unannounced water barrel dump sent Durbin and Kevin Matuska into the turn three wall. Both drivers recovered and after a brief stint in second place, Durbin retook the lead on lap twelve. This is where Durbin would stay as he finished the 2018 season in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
Mirinda Davis walked away with the Bomber championship.
The Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets packed the quarter-mile for a twenty lap feature. On the break Nick Durbin continued his hot streak as he took the early lead. First to challenge Durbin was James Pahl who, with a three-wide pass, took his Ray’s Auto Care, Beastly Gents racer to the top spot on lap seven. But Pahl whiffed on his joker lap as he missed the required 360 degree spin on the backstretch. Pahl would make up for it with a slick Rockford-style spin in turn one the next lap. This would prove enough for the officials and Pahl cruised the rest of the way to the win.
The action continues next Saturday, October 20, as the PitStopUSA.com Summer Dirt Series holds its championship event on the twelfth-mile Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway. Asphalt racing concludes with the Trunk or Treat Halloween Championship on Saturday, October 27. Stay tuned to meridianspeedway.com for event details and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive all the latest updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you this Saturday, October 20, for the PitStopUSA.com Summer Dirt Series Championship, and Saturday, October 27 for the Trunk or Treat Halloween Championship at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.
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Construction on New Turn 3 Oversized Tunnel for Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Project – Begins in a Matter of Days14 Oct 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Talladega Superspeedway and its parent company, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), revealed today that the construction of the new Turn 3 Oversized Tunnel, an important component of the track’s new Transformation Infield Project – will begin in a matter of days during the week of Oct. 21. Sunday’s announcement took place during a press conference prior to the start of the 1000Bulbs.com 500, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race.
The new Oversized Vehicle Tunnel is a highlight of an approximate $50 million redevelopment endeavor Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project – that is part of ISC’s long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes. The project, highlighted by a one-of-a-kind Garage Fan Zone Experience, will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield.
The new two-lane tunnel will have dimensions capable of allowing vehicles as large as race team haulers and fans’ recreational vehicles to enter and exit the track simultaneously with ease. The lane tunnel will have a height of 16 feet, 8 inches, a width of 28 feet and a length of 208 feet. The tunnel will be located near the current Gate 9 crossover. It will be open 24 hours during event weekends.
The new tunnel is scheduled for completion by the track’s spring NASCAR event weekend of 2019 while all other aspects of the project are set to be finalized for the fall 2019 NASCAR Playoff event weekend.
“This new tunnel is certain to be one of the most popular elements of our Transformation project, serving both our competitors and our fans,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “Traffic flow will be greatly improved, enhancing the race weekend experience for thousands who visit our famed facility each year.”
Talladega Superspeedway and ISC also announced today that Creek Enterprises, Inc. – an integrated information services company headquartered in Tecumseh, Michigan – has been named the first “Transformation Partner” of the “We Transformed Talladega Superspeedway” lineup that will include other corporations to be announced in the future.
"We are extremely excited to partner with International Speedway Corporation and to assist with the client experience redevelopment of Talladega Superspeedway,” said Creek Enterprise, Inc. President Jason Derby.
"Our values are a perfect match with ISC as we both focus on providing high-quality services, superior customer relationships, and services that drive business value. Like Creek Enterprise, ISC puts the customer first and works diligently to deliver a superior client experience during each and every interaction."
It was the grand season finale at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway and the crowning of the other six, exciting race divisions. Taylor Waste Services Late Models were back after a near month long layoff with the track championship yet to be decided featuring twin seventy five lap races. The Cycle City Corp Bandoleros were also on the evenings race card with business of determining its series champion. Harris Truck Shops Super Trucks, Cycle City Corp Legends, Pepsi Grand Stocks and the Bojangles Enduros all capped off the thrilling conclusion of championship night in the 2018 race season at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Here’s a recap of the great night of racing and those crowned champions.
Taylor Waste Services Late Models Twin 75’s: Danny Edwards Jr in search of his sixth Late Model championship couldn’t have had a better start to the afternoon by claiming the race pole. His lap at 15.665 seconds knocked off brother Greg Edwards from the provisional pole but easily claiming the second starting spot on the grid. Connor Hall, Mark Wertz and Terry Carroll were the five quickest in Late Model qualifying. Green flag waved and pole sitter Danny Edwards Jr took off securing the point quickly by turn two. Greg Edwards along with Connor Hall got in line just as quickly to see just how hard the leader would go in the early laps off the race. Several laps in saw the leader with a two car length lead as brother Greg mirrored the race line of the leader. Best battle for position was for third as Mark Wertz would take the spot from Connor Hall. Brenden Queen would work his way into the top five with a pass of Terry Carroll as the field were all single file. Closing in on the halfway saw Mark Wertz hard on the move passing Greg Edwards for second and showing as the fastest on the track. Still in a caution free run just pass the halfway, Mark Wertz with a hot rod underneath of him finally caught the leader and on lap forty nine became the new race leader. On back, business for third was going down as Connor Hall and Greg Edwards battled. But then problems for Greg Edwards who goes around with what looked to be a flat tire to bring out the caution. Back to the green with twelve laps to go, Mark Wertz would survive the bumper of Connor Hall to keep his race lead. Connor Hall would then have to deal with Danny Edwards who would get second but back up front, Mark Wertz would go on to win race one. Wertz had this to say in Victory Lane, “Yeah it was pretty interesting, we took a gamble on a little something different”, said the race winner, “This is possibly my last full year, to do that, we felt like we had nothing to lose so we took a gamble on some stuff. Had a lot of help from friends, put a show on for the fans, ya know, Danny had a helluva season. He’s track champion, he lives like champion and acts like a champion, I want to congratulate him now but I wanted this win”.
In the Late Model nightcap, race winner Mark Wertz would start eighth per NASCAR mandatory eight car invert rule. Thomas Marks would get to lead the grid to the green in this feature and then the green waved in the air. Marks did not have a strong beginning as the leader spun his tires. Taking advantage and leading the first circuit would be Brenden Queen with early mover Terry Carroll in tow. On back its Greg Edwards with Mark Wertz all on the move as well. Laps later saw Terry Carroll take a turn at the race lead but continuing his march to the front would be Mark Wertz who would then get to the bumper of the race leader. Lap later, Wertz does away with Carroll and hot on the trail would come Connor Hall in second. Several laps later in the green flag run, all single file and scattered all over the track, Wertz continued to show the way amounting near a half a straight away length lead. Well past the halfway saw Danny Edwards Jr catch second place Connor Hall. Soon after the battle for position ensued with Danny Edwards Jr getting the spot. But the battle took its toll as the leader Mark Wertz would go on and cruise to a Late Model sweep of the evenings racing. Danny Edwards Jr would be crowned his sixth Late Model championship, Mark Wertz spoke in Victory Lane. “Look, I tell ya right now, I don’t like to jinx myself, the season is over, the race is over but this bad boy was bad to the bone tonight”, an excited Mark Wertz said. “I knew something early this week, felt really good in practice, man, I was throttling it back in the end but that all beside the point. It was a great year, thank everyone who support us. Big congrats to Danny Edwards Jr, it’s pretty cool when the two old dudes are still getting it done”. Danny Edwards Jr reflecting on his sixth Late Model championship, “It’s been a great year and I definitely want to thank Henry Ayer, glad he came on board and helped us out. A whole bunch of people to thank on this team. It’s been a great year and obviously we would have like to go out with a win but congrats to Mark doubling down, that was a great performance. It’s been a long year, a solid year, maybe not stellar but solid. Today was pretty good and we did what we had to do. Thank the track for putting this whole deal and the fans for showing up every week”.
Race Results Race #1:
- #55 Mark Wertz; 75
- #26e Danny Edwards Jr; 75
- #91 Justin Carroll; 75
- #77 Connor Hall; 75
- #90 Terry Carroll; 75
- #97 Greg Edwards; 75
- #03 Brenden Queen; 75
- #88 Thomas Marks; 74
- #25 Craig Eastep; 74
- #7h Michael Hardin; 74
- #16f Chris Flowers; 74
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 73
- #4s Duane Shreeves; 40
Race Results Race #2:
- #55 Mark Wertz; 75
- #91 Justin Carroll; 75
- #26e Danny Edwards Jr; 75
- #77 Connor Hall; 75
- #90 Terry Carroll; 75
- #97 Greg Edwards; 74
- #25 Craig Eastep; 74
- #7h Michael Hardin; 74
- #4s Duane Shreeves; 74
- #16f Chris Flowers; 73
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 73
- #88 Thomas Marks; 47
- #03 Brenden Queen; 35
Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 Laps: Entering the final race of the Bando series, second in points Wyatt Philyaw took the race pole in chase of series points leader Layton Harrison who leads by seven. Philyaw’s lap was set at 20.892 seconds with Ryley Music who earned the two spot on the grid, Harrison would start fifth. Green flag was displayed to the field and into turn one did the leader go. On back and on the move was Jacob Derrick in second and Autumn Weaver who also had championship on her mind would go third early in the race. Halfway saw Philyaw continue to lead with Derrick haunting the race leader. Ryley Music at the same time was looking for a way around Weaver for third. With just a few laps to go and the race leaders catching lap traffic, Derrick would get to the bumper of the race leader. But Wyatt Philyaw slammed the door and would go on to win the Bando race event. Layton Harrison who finished fourth earned the Bandoleros track championship. Philyaw from Victory Lane, “Can’t thank everyone enough and also my sponsors. Me, my mom and dad stayed up till eleven last night putting this race car together. Just really glad we got to earn it today”. Layton Harrison talked about his track championship, “It feels really good to win the championship, I lost the championship at Southside. I’d like to thank my sponsors, Generac Electric, my mom and dad, sissy and my pawpaw”.
- #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15
- #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
- #47 Ryley Music; 15
- #43 Layton Harrison; 15
- #12 Bradan Andrecs; 15
- #4 Alek Andrecs; 15
- #8w Connor Weddell; 15
- #18 Autumn Weaver; 14
- #48 Wesley Newell; 14
- #87 Kenton Case; 14
Harris Truck Shops Super Trucks 25 Laps: Jacob Carr who was also making plans for a Super Truck series track championship claimed the race pole in the afternoon time trials. Posting the pole lap at 18.971 seconds, Chase McAdams would get the second qualifying spot to complete row one. On back there was Rick Poust, Ryan Huff and Elysia Potter showing speed in Super Truck qualifying. With the green waving high in the air, Jacob Carr would lead the field into turn one. But from the outside, Chase McAdams would get the side bite needed and made the pass to lead lap one. From there and as the early stages of the feature went down saw McAdams mount up a fourteen truck race lead. Jacob Carr would give chase but at this point had nothing for the race leader. On back, Ryan Huff, Rick Poust and Elysia Potter were all solid in third through fifth. Halfway was much the same as lap traffic played a hand as Carr started to collapse the lead but that all became for not as the race had its first caution. Back to the green, McAdams nails the restart as Jacob Carr continues in second. But from there to the checkered flag, Chase McAdams proved to be too much and would go on to win. Jacob Carr’s second place finish clinches the Super Truck championship. McAdams from Victory Lane, “Oh yeah she was fast tonight, pulled it off early, got passed him pretty quick. Truck was on a rail, gotta thank my crew, my dad, Chris Spangler, Marty Strickland and everybody who gives us a hand. It’s been fun”. Then Jacob Carr talked about his Super Truck championship, “First off like to thank my crew for everything they have done for me this season. Through the highs, lows, we started the season we didn’t have a good start, didn’t finish the first two races. Want to congratulate Chase on his race win, want to thank everybody, thank Bill for an awesome track here. Want to thank Langley and God above”.
- #62 Chase McAdams; 25
- #88 Jacob Carr; 25
- #3 Ryan Huff; 25
- #9 Rick Poust; 25
- #26 Richard Battoia; 25
- #24 Elysia Potter; 25
- #65 Shannon Lester; 25
- #27 Keith Wheeler; 25
- #38 Paige Cain; 25
- #31 Richard Quinn; 24
- #11 Allie Plum; 24
- #66 Wayne Lyon; 23
Cycle City Corp Legends 25 Laps: Tommy Jackson Jr was one step closer to sealing the deal for a Legends series championship by taking the pole. His lap 17.786 seconds bested the lap by Nick Smith in a share of the front row. Devon Courtney, Ryan Matthews and Spencer Saunders were the five fastest in Legend series qualifying. Green flag was shown to the grid and Tommy Jackson Jr would lead lap on. Hot on his tail was Late Model standout Nick Smith making a stop to come play with the Legends gang in second. Early mover in the field would be Spencer Saunders to third but just as quickly in that move was the races first caution. Back to the green, Tommy Jackson Jr held off the charge of Spencer Saunders to maintain the lead, but for Saunders, he soon fell into the clutches of Nick Smith and settled into third. Just before the halfway, the race had its second caution setting up another restart and a shot at the race leader. With the green back in the air, race leader Jackson would be under heavy assault from Nick Smith but able to hold him off would be the race leader Jackson but then, another caution. Racing once again it would be race leader Jackson showing the way. Smith and Saunders both were giving chase but Tommy Jackson Jr would go on to win the feature and claim the Legend series championship. Tommy Jackson Jr from Victory Lane, “Is been phenomenal, if you told me at the start of the year with the kind of competition that we would win ninety percent of the races I would have called you a liar. Can’t thank my team enough behind me, my parents supporting all this. Just an unbelievable season, stress is finally over, hadn’t checked the points all year. I didn’t know how much it ended up, I figured if we kept parking it here we wouldn’t have to worry about it”.
- #87 Tommy Jackson Jr; 25
- #88s Nick Smith; 25
- #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
- #51r Ryan Matthews; 25
- #17 Devon Courtney; 25
- 14c Connor Jones; 25
- #31 Carter Wood; 25
- #78 Tyler Warriner; 25
- #14t Tucker Jones; 25
- #27 Devon Steele; 25
- #44 Barry Kramer; 25
- #4s Ernie Strouse; 21
- #4 Chris Hayes; 3
Pepsi Grand Stocks 40 Laps: Tim Wilson took the Grand Stock division pole sporting a 17.577 second lap. Sammy Gaita, Michael Waters, Paul Lubno and Grant Blasingame were qualifying’s best. Green flag was in the air and the pole sitter Wilson struggled to get going as Sammy Gaita would lead lap one. But back comes Tim Wilson to retake the lead a lap later in the event. From there it wasn’t long as Wilson was on a torrid pace and mounted a near half a straightaway length lead over Paul Lubno running second. But then the caution flag waved which collapse the lead of Tim Wilson. Green back in the air and no real challenge to the leader, Tim Wilson continued to lead. With Lubno, Waters, Gaita and Blasingame the early top five, this time around Lubno would not let the leader get away so easily. But as the halfway came and went, race leader Tim Wilson began to pull away from Paul Lubno. From there, the race would go caution free and Tim Wilson would cross the line first to win the Super street feature with Paul Lubno winning the Grand Stock championship. Tim Wilson from Victory Lane, “Yeah, I gotta thank Rick Hester, he got this thing on a rail and I’m just a nut behind the wheel. It didn’t fall off and it’s a fast car”. Paul Lubno discussed his Super Street championship, “Gotta thank the car owner JR Smith for motivating me to keep on racing. We got a good car and a good power plant from Charlie High, we had a great season”.
- #17 Tim Wilson; 40
- #14 Paul Lubno; 40
- #2m Michael Waters; 40
- #24 Sammy Gaita; 40
- #51 Grant Blasingame; 39
- #71 JR Smith; 39
- #2b Brian Waters; 13
Bojangles Enduros 30 Laps: Vicky Connor would get the start on pole by pulling the lucky one pill. Series points leader Ronald Klein comes into the evenings racing with a comfortable fourteen point lead in the division but would find himself starting eighteenth with work to do to close out with the championship. Green flag was shown and its Robert Dezero who leads the first lap but then came Brandon Franks to lead lap two. After a thrilling start, racing soon tamed down showing Dezero leading followed by Jason Terrill who was hot and on the move. Terrill soon took the race lead when Brandon Franks made hard contact to bring out the caution. After a lengthy caution, the racing resumed with Jason Terrill as the race leader. Halfway saw Terrill continue to show the way with Charlie Bryant Jr trying to find a way through traffic in chase of the leader. But it was not going to be as Jason Terrill wins the season finale in Enduro race competition, Ronald Klein earned the season Enduro track championship. Jason Terrill from Victory Lane, “I gotta thank all my guys on this, we got so many hours on this car this week alone. Thank the Lord for all these opportunities and everything he’s bless me, my family my team with. We got big plans for next year, will see what happens next year”. Ronald Klein had this to say about his Enduro track championship. “First person I’ve got to thank is my daughter Aubrey. If it wasn’t for her unselfishness to give up her car I would have never had the chance to win the championship. I blew the motor in my car, she gave up her car. She told me go run for a championship, because of her doing that, here I am”.
- #44 Jason Terrill; 30
- #88 Charlie Bryant; 30
- #22 Bill Eaker; 30
- #17 Alex Floroff; 30
- #6k Christian Keller; 30
- #91 Don Mosingo; 29
- #84n Phil Nelson; 29
- #63 John Babey; 29
- #00 Robert Dezero; 28
- #7 Mikey Chinn; 28
- 95 Ronald Klein; 28
- #25 Ryan Vinson; 28
- #26 Derek Johnson; 28
- #33 Michael Kanary; 27
- #77 Mike Raglan; 26
- #4 Wendell White; 26
- #98b Derek Boggess; 25
- #47 Nate Lundin; 25
- #30 Rick Walsh; 23
- #57 Andrew Franks; 21
- #32 Vicky Connor; 16
- #9f Brandon Franks; 9
- #02 Mike Joyner; 8
- #41 Richard Ellis; 8
- #54 Ricky Barber; 6
Langley Speedway PR
Kurt Busch led a Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) onslaught Saturday in Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway, taking the pole for Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500. The top four positions – meaning, the first two rows – will be filled by SHR drivers, in the pivotal NASCAR Playoff race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The 1000Bulbs.com 500 is set for a 1 p.m. CDT start on Sunday. (TV: NBC; Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio).
A total of 41 drivers qualified for the available 40 spots. Qualifying consisted of two rounds of single-car runs on the 2.66-mile tri-oval, with the fastest 12 from the first round advancing to the final round. Busch led both rounds in the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford, with a top speed of 195.804 mph in the second round. His teammates Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola followed, with Chase Elliott qualifying fifth.
The benefit of starting up front at Talladega is debatable. Only four past 1000Bulbs.com 500 pole winners have gone on to win the race: Dave Marcis in 1976, Bill Elliott in ’87, Dale Earnhardt in ’90 and Sterling Marlin in ’95. That statistic underscores the track’s renowned unpredictability – and its “wild card” reputation.
Nothing is assured on these high banks.
But Busch will take it. Saturday marked the first pole of his career at the two fastest tracks on the NASCAR schedule – Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway. Busch has one Monster Energy Series victory at those tracks, in the 2017 DAYTONA 500.
“I’ve been working at this for 20 years to get a restrictor plate pole and now I have one,” said Busch. “This is a real bucket list item for me. It’s impressive teamwork and a commitment level. This is awesome.”
Twelve Monster Energy Series drivers remain in championship contention, a group that includes all of the top-five qualifiers from Saturday. For those 12, a victory Sunday will result in automatic advancement to the next round, although Elliott has already advanced via a victory last week.
Following next week’s (Oct. 21) event at Kansas Speedway, the contenders list will be trimmed to eight, after which three more races will produce a “Championship 4” showdown going into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Prior to qualifying, Timothy Peters (No. 25 Kingman Chevrolet Chevrolet) won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Fr8Auctions 250, becoming the only driver to win three truck races at NASCAR’s biggest track. Series rookie Myatt Snider (No. 13 RideTV Ford) finished second with polesitter David Gilliland (No. 51 Pedigree Toyota) third.
The trucks are notorious at Talladega for the “Big One” – terminology for multi-vehicle mash-ups – and Saturday’s race showed why. A 10-truck accident on Lap 60 took out a number of frontrunners and necessitated a red flag of 11 minutes, 42 seconds.
The Fr8Auctions 250 wrapped up the first NASCAR Playoff round for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – and it reduced the field of championship contenders to six: Justin Haley, Fairhope, AL native Grant Enfinger, Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt and former series champions Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter.
After three more events, the truck series will have its own Championship 4 finalized up for the season’s last race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Ticket information for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 and all Talladega Superspeedway events is available on-line at www.talladegasuperspeedway.
Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway has prime placement in the NASCAR Playoffs, for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
For the 12 drivers still in championship contention, a victory will result in automatic advancement to the next round. Following next week’s (Oct. 21) event at Kansas Speedway, the contenders list will be trimmed to eight, after which three more races will produce a “Championship 4” showdown going into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The 1000Bulbs.com 500 is set for 1 p.m. CDT start. (TV: NBC; Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio).
The Talladega tri-oval looms large – and not only because of its 2.66-mile layout and 33-degree high banks. That inherent intimidation is mitigated somewhat by Sunday being the Monster Energy Series’ second ‘Dega appearance this season, following April’s event.
“Going back to places where we’ve raced once already this year is a big [factor],” said Chase Elliott, the only driver who has clinched a Round of 8 berth, via his victory last week at Dover International Speedway. “Having some history from spring to the fall, that’s the biggest thing … to look back and see how you ran that race and see how you’ve improved.”
In terms of the playoffs, Talladega’s “wild card” reputation is enhanced by its sheer uniqueness in the 10-race lineup. It was prefaced by one road course and a one-mile concrete track (Dover). It will be followed by three 1.5-mile intermediate tracks, a half-mile and one 1-mile layout.
By any measure, it looks like a puzzle that will be tough to solve – starting with Sunday. Reigning Monster Energy Series champion Martin Truex Jr. can relate. He has yet to win at Talladega, in Monster Energy Series competition, despite having won three times in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
“The rest of the schedule in general [looks promising],” said Truex, driver of the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota. “This track is really the last big question mark for us.
“I like racing here. It’s a lot of fun but man, it’s been tough on me. I’ve tried every possible different approach. I’ve been crashed running side-by-side with the leader … I’ve ridden around in back trying to stay out of a wreck and ended up in it. It’s just one of those places where I’ve haven’t unlocked the magic code or whatever. I hope that changes Sunday.”
There was one Monster Energy Series practice session on Saturday, topped by playoff contender Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's Ford) with a fast lap of 204.227 mph. Qualifying for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 was set for 3:35 p.m. CDT Saturday.
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Friday’s opening night to the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway saw Ron Capps build on his bid for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Funny Car championship, with a scintillating 3.875-second, 329.42-mph pass. Capps topped the charts in a full-throttle, high-octane opening to a spectacular weekend of 11,000-horsepower Countdown action at the Bellagio of drag strips.
“We knew coming in that conditions would be great or better than great,” Capps said. “Quite possibly, they could be better tomorrow. This is a great race track and with good conditions, this is what you see. The best part is looking up and seeing (car owner) Don Schumacher smile. The moments like that, seeing the boss smile, it’s big.”
Steve Torrence led all Top Fuel qualifiers with a 3.704-second, 331.53-mile-per-hour pass on his second run of the evening.
“I’ve had quite a bit of success here in the past and I enjoy coming here,” Torrence said. “The track is so smooth. … We’re going to try to carry the momentum we have here into race day. Clay (Millican) has done a good job of out-qualifying us lately. Every point counts, so we need to keep those guys from getting as many points as possible. … We’ve got to take this (title battle) one round at a time. We’ve got to keep working, don’t let up and eventually, someone’s going to say ‘Hey, you lost,’ or ‘Hey, you won.’”
Erica Enders jumped to the top of the Pro Stock charts with a 6.518-second, 211.69-mph run in Round 2.
“We came off from the test session prior to Dallas, where we felt like we made some strides in the right direction,” Enders said. “After the first session, (teammate) Jeg (Coughlin) was No. 1 and I was No. 2. I was hoping to redeem myself and my crew chief said, ‘If we do our job, we’ll be on the pole.’ We did our job. It’s nice to be able to go to bed being No. 1 right now.”
Eddie Krawiec will chase his second straight NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters victory on Sunday. Friday’s qualifying sessions saw Krawiec’s Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson post a best-in-class 6.806-second, 197.83-mph pass.
“We underestimated (the track surface) in our first run,” Krawiec said. “The track was good. We came out, made the proper changes. … Rolling into tomorrow, cooler weather means that run could definitely not stand as the No. 1 qualifier. There’s five or six who could take the pole from me. It makes it interesting.”
The forecast for this weekend’s fourth race of the six-event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to the Championship features cooler temperatures and clear weather – meaning Saturday’s all-important third and fourth rounds of qualifying could switch up the order for Sunday’s eliminations.
Tickets, camping and upgrades for NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters are available at the gates, by visiting www.charlottemotorspeedway.
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David Gilliland captured the pole position for the Fr8Auctions 250 on Friday at Talladega Superspeedway, setting the stage for Saturday’s critical NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff race.
The Fr8Auctions 250, set for Saturday at noon CDT, is the last race of the first NASCAR Playoff round for the truck series – and will trim the field of championship contenders to six. After three more events, the series will have its “Championship 4” finalized for the season’s last race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
For the eight drivers currently alive in the championship battle, a victory Saturday will award automatic advancement to the next round. But the “wild card” nature of Talladega’s 2.66-mile tri-oval means that in terms of a race victory, virtually everyone is a contender.
And that high-banked reality is personified by Gilliland (No. 51 Pedigree Toyota), racing in the truck series at Talladega for the first time, for Kyle Busch Motorsports. His overall Talladega resume, though, bodes well for Saturday. Gilliland won the pole for the track’s October 2006 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, and started second in April 2007. He also has four top-10 ‘Dega finishes in Monster Energy Series competition.
Gilliland topped qualifying at 180.570 mph. Spencer Gallagher (No. 2 Allegiant Chevrolet) will start alongside on the front row. Gilliland’s son Todd (No. 4 Pedigree Puppy Toyota) will start sixth.
Also Saturday, at 10:05 a.m. CDT, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will have its only practice session. Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying is set for 3:35 p.m. CDT, to establish the starting lineup for the weekend’s main event – Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500.
Saturday night, fans also can enjoy off-track activities. Kids Movie Night will take place in the FOX Sports 1 Dome (located behind the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, just outside the track), with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. CDT. Anyone holding a Sunday ticket will also have access to the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert presented by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel (6 p.m. CDT), located in the infamous infield at the 2.66-mile venue, featuring country music artist Chris Janson.