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Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr., of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr., of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80):
● Aric Almirola started fourth and finished third, earning eight bonus points.
● Despite saying his No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang was loose, Almirola took the lead from teammate Daniel Suárez on lap 31.
● Almirola led laps 31-33 before fellow Ford driver Joey Logano took the lead, dropping Almirola to second.
● Brought Smithfield Ford to pit road for scheduled, green-flag pit stop on lap 42. Only change was to tire pressures.
● By lap 60, pit stops had cycled through and Almirola was back in second place.
● Made a great save on lap 66 as car jumped loose in turn one, allowing teammate Kevin Harvick to take second.
● After finishing third at the end of the stage, Almirola said, “Really, really loose – don’t have much to lean on.”
● Pitted for four tires and fuel at the end of the stage, with the only adjustment being right-side tire pressures.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 81-160):
● Almirola started third and finished 11th.
● On lap 95, Almirola said his Smithfield Ford didn’t have very much sidebite and that it wasn’t turning. He dropped to fifth.
● While running seventh, made scheduled, green-flag pit stop on lap 122 for four tires, fuel and adjustments to track bar and tire pressures.
● “I’ve got my hands full,” said Almirola on lap 134 while running 10th.
● Dropped to 11th on lap 149 and keyed mic: “I don’t have any grip!”
● Pitted for four tires and fuel at conclusion of stage, with the only adjustment being to right-side tire pressures.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 161-267):
● Almirola started 11th and finished 13th.
● Shortly after the restart, Almirola began falling down the leaderboard. On lap 170, he was 18th, with the front splitter slamming onto the track.
● Almirola took advantage of a caution on lap 180. He brought the Smithfield Ford to pit road, whereupon crew chief Johnny Klausmeier ordered a host of changes that included adding packers to both front shocks, a wedge adjustment and raising the track bar.
● Stayed out during another caution period that began on lap 189, which allowed Almirola to climb back to 10th for the lap-196 restart.
● Advanced to seventh by lap 200 as front end of racecar began handling better, but car was now tight on exit.
● By lap 227, Almirola radioed that his Smithfield Ford was getting really tight, and it showed as he dropped to 10th.
● Made scheduled, green-flag pit stop on lap 231 for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.
● Was 16th on lap 249 but climbed to 13th in the final 18 laps.
● Almirola earned his 16th top-15 of the season and his fifth top-15 in 13 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Las Vegas.
● This is Almirola’s fifth straight top-15 at Las Vegas. He finished seventh in the series’ last visit to the track in March.
● This is Almirola’s second consecutive top-15. He finished 14th in the series’ last race at Indianapolis.
● Almirola led once for three laps – his first at Las Vegas.
● Martin Truex Jr., won the South Point 400 to score his 24th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fifth of the season and his second at Las Vegas. His margin of victory over second-place Harvick was 4.173 seconds.
● There were four caution periods for a total of 22 laps.
● Only 17 of the 39 drivers in the South Point 400 finished on the lead lap.
Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“I am leaving content. We dug deep and I feel like we maximized our day. We had a few miscues and weren’t 100 percent perfect on our execution. The car wasn’t 100 percent perfect, and we still managed to go up there and lead the race and score stage points. We finished third in Stage 1 and scored a fair amount of stage points. After Stage 1, we kind of lost the handle on the car and lost some track position and it became even more of a handful. We dug deep and fought hard and got out of here with a decent finish. We are plus-six to the good on 12th, so I feel good about that. It is better than leaving minus-six or minus-16 or minus-60. I am happy with that. We will keep our heads up and keep digging. Our Smithfield Ford Mustang showed strength tonight and we just lost a little bit of the handle on it.”
Playoff Standings (with two races to go before Round of 12):
1. Martin Truex Jr. (2,082 points) 1 win
2. Kevin Harvick (2,079 points) +52 points
3. Joey Logano (2,075 points) +48 points
4. Kyle Busch (2,063 points) +36 points
5. Brad Keselowski (2,058 points) +31 points
6. Chase Elliott (2,057 points) +30 points
7. Denny Hamlin (2,056 points) +29 points
8. Kyle Larson (2,044 points) +17 points
9. William Byron (2,040 points) +13 points
10. Ryan Blaney (2,039 points) +12 points
11. Alex Bowman (2,037 points) +10 points
12. Aric Almirola (2,033 points) +6 points
13. Ryan Newman (2,027 points) -6 points
14. Kurt Busch (2,019 points) -14 points
15. Clint Bowyer (2,012 points) -21 points
16. Erik Jones (2,007 points) -26 points
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. It is the second race of the 10-race playoffs and it starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr. wins playoff opener: notes & quotes from NBC Sports Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series coverage from Las Vegas on NBCSN15 Sep 2019
NBC Sports presented the first race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs this evening on NBCSN from Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev., as Martin Truex Jr. took the win in the South Point 400 for his fifth victory of the 2019 season.
NBC Sports’ Rick Allen called the action alongside racing legend and two-time Daytona 500-winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. 21-time Cup Series race winner Jeff Burton and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte provided commentary from a secondary booth. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, and Parker Kligerman reported from pit road and the grandstands.
Coverage on NBCSN began at 5 p.m. ET with NASCAR America, hosted by Krista Voda from NBC Sports’ “Peacock Pit Box” alongside analysts Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett. Pre-race coverage on NBCSN included:
- Interviews with all 16 of the Playoff drivers;
- The latest installment of “Behind the Driver” featuring Kurt Busch as he discussed the influence his father had on his career and how racing ran in his family;
- And the latest installment “My Track My Roots” as Kyle Busch described how his grassroots racing in Las Vegas every weekend shaped his career.
- The latest “Joyride with Jeff” as Jeff Burton sped around Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone.
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The following are highlights from this afternoon’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race coverage on NBCSN:
Burton on aggressive driving in 2019: “Anything can happen. It’s a mile-and-a-half and these cars look like they just raced at Martinsville. This entire year has been like this. The races have been crazy, it’s been aggressive, drivers doing things they didn’t used to do and you’re seeing that. And now you add the intensity of trying to win a championship to that, it just doesn’t surprise me to see all the contact we saw tonight.”
Letarte: “And this is at the mile-and-a-half – so let’s go to a short track and a road course, what could possibly happen?’
Letarte: “I didn’t have Truex picked but crew chief Cole Pearn obviously had a plan and that plan worked.”
Earnhardt Jr. on moving on in the Playoffs: “You know the guys that you expect to make their way through the Playoffs. Harvick and Truex, there’s a list of guys there. Who tonight might have put themselves in a good position to continue on? Bowman, Blaney, Byron…guys without a lot of experience.”
Allen on Truex Jr.’s win: “The last driver to with the playoff opening and the championship was Martin Truex Jr. two years ago.”
Letarte on Kyle Busch: “Be glad you’re out of Las Vegas and on to Richmond.”
Letarte on relationship between Truex Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn with 17 laps to go: “I asked Martin, how did he and Martin become so tight? He said his first year at Furniture Row… he said, ‘Cole Pearn was the engineer and believed in me. Every bad practice every bad race, he never questioned my ability.’”
Letarte on the advancing in the Playoffs: “Survive and advance folks. That’s what the playoffs are all about.”
Burton on Ryan Newman: “He has not been a guy to get stage points. He gets finishes.”
Earnhardt Jr. on stages: “The stages get more intense in every single race, and as we go into the Playoffs the season gets more intense. What a great time to be a race fan.”
Burton on Kurt Busch crash: “He’s in a must-win situation in the next two races.”
Letarte on the difficulty predicting how the track would cool down: “These tracks don’t change on a light switch – just because the lights are on and the sun is down, the track doesn’t cool instantly, it takes time. Just like your asphalt driveway, if it gets hot in the middle of the day, it takes an hour, two hours to cool down.”
Allen on Truex Jr. with two laps left in Stage 2: “Everyone that has won Stage 2 at Las Vegas has gone on to win the race.”
Stavast on Jimmie Johnson: “His crew chief said, ‘We are moving on, 2020 starts for us right now.’ They tried a couple things at practice to potentially help out their Hendrick Motorsports teammates who are in the Playoffs. This team is not done yet, they want to close out the season with a win.”
Snider on Truex Jr.: “Martin said [to his team], ‘Get the jitters out, we can’t have in the Playoffs’. Since then he has driven his way from 18th to 7th. A moment ago, he told the team on the radio ‘We got something to work with here.’ Keep an eye on the 19 – he is one of the three fastest cars.”
Burton on Kyle Busch: “He’s been pretty clear he doesn’t like this package, and I think his frustrations are high. He’s started the race frustrated and that has an effect. You got to start this race with a positive attitude.
Letarte on crew chiefs dealing with track cooling at Las Vegas for the first time: “That is a legitimate concern, I don’t know, the crew chiefs don’t know…I’ve done this for 25 years of my life and I don’t know.”
Letarte on Kyle Busch’s start: “It’s supposed to be easy and here you are, it’s six laps into the Playoffs, you’re way back in the pack, you’ve damaged your Toyota. It’s anything but easy.”
NBC Sports PR
“Mike Stefanik was one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR history, but even more so, he was a true representative of our sport. His tough, competitive nature and excellence on the race track won him the respect and admiration of fans and competitors alike. His career stretched more than 30 years, bridging the generations between Jerry Cook and Richie Evans to our current drivers. He recorded achievements in this sport that are likely untouchable, and his legacy as a champion will endure. We will keep his wife Julie and his family and friends in our prayers.” -- Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO
In a blink of an eye Christian Eckes (No.15 JBL Audio Toyota) all but erased a 70-point deficit he had against current ARCA championship point leader and teammate Michael Self (No.25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) after Saturday’s ARCA Menards Series (ARCA) Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway.
Coming off a third place finish in Friday night’s Gander Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series event in Las Vegas, 18-year old Eckes took a red eye flight to Indiana where he continued his hot streak and finished second behind fellow Toyota driver Ty Gibbs in Saturday night’s ARCA’s race.
After earning his sixth consecutive top-two finish in ARCA competition, Eckes, who back in April missed Salem’s spring race after being hospitalized with food poisoning, pulled within 5-points in the championship chase after Self finished 14th after an untimely parts failure took him out of competition early.
Self, forced to take his Sinclair Oil Toyota behind the wall for repairs before returning to the track was running second and ahead of Eckes in fourth place when a suspension bolt broke while the field ran under caution on lap-68.
“The race went ok for us,” said Eckes from outside his car on the front stretch after the race. “We had a solid driving car and I really thought we’d have a shot at it when we got the lead off pit road there late in the race. We just weren’t able to capitalize. Ty (Gibbs) was just too strong for us tonight. My JBL Audio team has been really solid and we’ve strung together some good finishes the last two months.”
Asked about Self’s unfortunate circumstances and his subsequent leap in the point standings Eckes, who led four laps on the night offered a less than excited response.
“It’s definitely not the way I wanted to gain points. I have a ton of respect for Michael and for that to happen is definitely unfortunate. That being said, we are in the hunt again and have to continue to bring out A-game the next two races if we wanna win it.”
Also addressing the media after the race was an extremely dejected Michael Self.
“Tonight was such a disappointing night for this entire team,” said Self. “I’m here because Sinclair allows me this opportunity. And we come here to win. When something like this happens it’s just such a letdown. We have two races left. The only thing we can do now is move forward and take it one race at a time.”
Last year’s Fall Classic winner, Chandler Smith (No.20 Craftsman Toyota), finished eighth after being unable to overcome a mid-race penalty for a restart lane violation which put the 17-year old driver a lap down. Smith who struggled to advance early had one of the fastest cars on the track at the end but was not able to get the late race caution he needed to give him a chance at challenging the leaders.
Gavin Harlien (No.55 Autism Awareness #4Presley Toyota) making his third career and final start of the season had his night cut short after his motor expired on lap-74 relegating the rookie driver to a disappointing 16th place finish. Making his first appearance at the hard driving Salem short track, the 21-year old University of Arizona student showed improvement throughout the day but was unfortunately not able to continue the full 200-laps.
With only two races remaining in the 2019 season the stakes are high for both Self and Eckes. Self takes his narrow 5-point margin series lead in the point standings to Indianapolis next.
The ARCA Menards Series will take two weekends off before returning to action in Indianapolis on Saturday October 5 with the Herr's Potato Chips 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Team 08 JT Marine Chevrolet Camaro:
Go for it. This was the mind set that Gray Gaulding and his No. 08 team embraced for the last race of the regular season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With points no longer being relevant, it was a must win for Gaulding and his team to make the 2019 playoffs. Gaulding would roll off from the 16th position for the 200 lap race in Sin City. The first stage was completely dominated by Christopher Bell, as the 20 car set a blistering pace for the first 45 laps. The first stage went caution free and Gaulding found himself in the 17th position, one lap down early. Gaulding radioed to Crew Chief Patrick Donahue that his car was just too loose and needed to be tightened up.
The second stage was a close reflection of the first. Christopher Bell once again dominated the stage and all 45 laps went green without incident. At the conclusion of the stage, Gaulding was in the 18th position and two laps down. Gaulding was overall happy with the feeling of his car. The driver of the 08 was confident that with some fresh tires and a slight adjustment, he would be right where he needed to be.
Gaulding started the final stage from the 18th position and two laps down. On lap 112 the first on track incident of the day brought out the third caution. Having driven to the 17th position, Crew Chief Patrick Donahue made the call to stay on track during the caution in order to receive a wave around to become only one lap down. The gamble paid off. On lap 128 the fourth caution of the day waved and Gaulding was the beneficiary of the 'lucky dog'. Donahue called Gaudling to the pits under caution to top off on fuel and would restart on the lead lap. As the final 70 laps clicked by, the 08 team were gambling for the gold. All lead lap cars with the exception of the 2 car would have to stop under green for fuel. As the laps continued to wind down and cars continued to pit, Gaulding suddenly found himself in the 2nd position. The bold strategy call by Donahue put his team in contention late to shock the world. The worn tires and fuel conservation was unfortunately no match for a few of the leaders with fresh tires. Despite getting passed by a few of the leaders late, Gaulding was able to hang on to a seventh place finish, which marked the 08 team's fourth top ten of the year.
“P7 in Las Vegas! We’re in Vegas and we knew we wanted to roll the dice so we stretched it on fuel there at the end and came away with a top-10! Hats off to all my guys at SS Green Light Racing and team owner Bobby Dotter. Although we aren’t a part of the playoffs, I’m still living my dream and having the most fun I’ve ever had behind the wheel. This success couldn’t be possible without my family and my great partners, Barry Tisdale with SMG, JT Marine Inc., PURE, NASCAR Racing Experience and Panini. Thanks to all the fans who believe in me and have supported me through this journey.
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 08 Team:
“I couldn't be more proud of Gray, Patrick, and the entire 08 team. This little team has proved that they can run with the big boys on any track and they did it again today. Patrick made some great calls to put us in position late and Gray did his job. I'm looking forward to finishing out these final seven races of the year strong!"
Team 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevrolet Camaro:
Coming off a 20th place finish last weekend at Indianapolis, Ray Black Jr. and the 07 team came into Las Vegas looking to continue their streak of consistent finishes. After a 20th place qualifying effort, Black was set for 300 miles of racing. The first stage went caution free and the 20 car was relentless with his pace early on. At the conclusion of stage one, Black was in the 21st position, one lap down.
The second stage was the same song, different verse. The 20 car continued to dominate the race. Like the first stage, stage two went incident free for all 45 laps. At the conclusion of stage two, Black was still in the 21st position, two laps down.
As the final stage began, Crew Chief Jason Miller was hoping for a window of opportunity to play some strategy. He got it. On lap 112 the caution waved and Miller elected to take a wave around. Black would restart only one lap down. Caution waved again on lap 128 and Miller called his driver in to top off on gas. When it was all said and done Ray Black Jr. was able to bring home his No. 07 Chevy in the 19th position. The result marked the team's eighth top 20 finish in the last nine races.
Ray Black Jr:
“It was a solid effort by our 07 team. It's been a good consistent run for us the last several races. Looking forward to Richmond!"
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 07 Team:
“Ray, Jason, and the 07 team continue their consistent streak of runs with another top 20 finish. Looking forward to going to Richmond next week, which is a great track for both of my drivers!”
Despite not making the playoffs, 2019 has been the best season in the history of SS Green Light Racing. Drivers Gray Gaulding and Ray Black Jr. are 13th and 16th respectively in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings. The series will make their next stop in Richmond, Virginia. Coverage of the GoBowling 250 from Richmond Raceway will begin Friday September 20th at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN.
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Before the NASCAR Playoffs return to Richmond Raceway (Richmond), the top 16 players in the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) will compete in the pinnacle event of their season on Sept. 16-18. The PWBA Tour Championship, the final major championship of the 2019 PWBA Tour season, will return to the historic Old Dominion Building for the third consecutive season.
“As the NASCAR Playoffs return to the Capital City, the first championship to be decided in Richmond will be the PWBA Tour Championship,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We look forward to hosting this world-class event for the third consecutive year as we continue to grow the fan experience for our fall race week.”
The 16-player field for the PWBA Tour Championship is comprised of PWBA members who won a 2019 event with the remainder of the field filled through the season-points list. The PWBA athletes competing for the coveted title are: Shannon O’Keefe, Danielle McEwan, Dasha Kovalova, Liz Johnson, Jordan Richard, Missy Parkin, Clara Guerrero, Liz Kuhlkin, Maria José Rodriguez, Shannon Pluhowsky, Bryanna Coté, Stefanie Johnson, Cherie Tan, Josie Barnes, Shayna Ng, and Sandra Andersson.
O’Keefe, who earned the 2019 PWBA Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season, returns as the top seed. She won the 2017 PWBA Tour Championship, which was the first year the event was held at the Richmond Raceway Complex. This season O’Keefe has won four events – PWBA Twin Cities Open, PWBA Tucson Open, PWBA East Hartford Open, BowlerX.com PWBA Orlando Open – and now owns 12 career PWBA Tour titles. She also leads the PWBA in points, earnings, average, cashes and championship-round appearances this season.
Danielle McEwan, who won her second major title at the U.S. Women’s Open, earned the No. 2 seed. This continues her streak of winning at least one title each season since the PWBA Tour relaunched in 2015. She shares the streak with O’Keefe. As the top two seeds, O’Keefe and McEwan will receive byes to the semifinals.
Dasha Kovalova, who captured her first career major at the USBC Queens and rolled a 300 game in the finals to win the Pepsi PWBA Louisville Open, will be the No. 3 seed. Liz Johnson will compete as the No. 4 seed seeking a trifecta in the PWBA Tour Championship – her first title of the season, 11th career major championship and 25th career PWBA title. As the third and fourth seeds, Kovalova and Johnson will receive byes to the second round.
Maria José Rodriguez will return to defend her 2018 PWBA Tour Championship title. She is ranked as the No. 9 seed via the PWBA points list. Before taking last year’s title, Rodriguez hadn’t won a single match in appearances at the 2016 and 2017 PWBA Tour Championship.
“Heading into last season´s Tour Championship I was zero for Richmond, so my goal was to win one game,” Rodriguez said. “Once I did, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. To be one of only four to win this event is amazing, but I can't wait to have a chance to become the first player to win the event twice. Defending my title just means I had a good tournament last season.”
The 16-player field will compete in a single-elimination best-of-five match-play bracket to determine the two competitors who will join O’Keefe and McEwan in the semifinals. The finals will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. (eastern).
The full schedule of events for the PWBA Tour Championship is below. All times are eastern:
Monday, Sept. 16:
- Noon: Matches 1-2
- 3 p.m.: Matches 3-4
- 6 p.m.: Matches 5-6
Tuesday, Sept. 17:
- Noon: Matches 7-8
- 3 p.m.: Matches 9-10
- 6 p.m.: Matches 11-12
Wednesday, Sept. 18:
- 8 p.m.: PWBA Tour Championship Finals
QubicaAMF, whose U.S. headquarters are in Richmond, built four state-of-the-art lanes inside the historic Old Dominion Building for the PWBA Tour Championship. QubicaAMF is the world’s largest manufacturer of bowling products.
The bowling industry will be represented on the track as Go Bowling, the consumer-facing brand of the bowling industry, is the entitlement sponsor of the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race as part of Richmond’s NASCAR Playoffs Race Weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver.
On Friday, Sept. 20, Go Bowling and the PWBA will host Fan Fun Friday in the historic Old Dominion Building from noon to 5 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to bowl with some of the world-class PWBA athletes on the PWBA Tour Championship lanes prior to the Go Bowling 250. There will also be giveaways and autographs. Free bowling will continue in the historic Old Dominion Building on Saturday, Sept. 21 prior to the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race.
Tickets for the PWBA Tour Championship are $25 for a three-day pass (Sept. 16-18). Individual tickets for the finals of the PWBA Tour Championship that will be televised on CBS Sports Network on Sept. 18 are $20. Individual tickets for sessions on Sept. 16-17 are $10. Tickets are available at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondracewaycomplex.com.
To learn more about the PWBA Tour Championship, visit PWBA.com for information about the PWBA Tour, including the Tour Championship bracket, news, player biographies and more.
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Brett “The Threat” Kressley avoided being involved in two red flagged incidents that blocked the track during the running of the T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified 30-lap feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway in the action sponsored by WNPV 1440 AM Radio, Lansdale. The Orefield leadfoot went on to chalk up his third win of the season.
Ryan Beltz overtook Tom Miller to become the new leader on the sixth lap of the TP Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman 25-lap feature to claim his first win of the season and become the 15th different winner in the series. The last time Beltz stood in victory lane was June 30, 2018.
Providing the feature winners met the necessary requirements, they received monetary awards from T.P. Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards. The Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie award recipients were Jesse Leiby and Beltz. Wyatt Harrar, who finished 10th in the Sportsman feature received an extra $100 for being the highest finishing crate engine driver.
Kressley and Beltz may have won the battle by winning their respective features, but it was Duane Howard and Brad Brightbill that won the war claiming the 2019 point championship title in their divisions.
Howard, involved in some early mishaps finished seventh, but had enough points to actually clinch the crown last week; earned his sixth Modified point title at the 1/3-mile oval behind the wheel of the Norm’s Save Station/Norm Hansell-owned No. 357. Howard, who praised Norm and the crew for providing him with a great car powered by a Carroll Hine engine every week, said it takes a team effort to win a championship.
Sportsman point champion Brightbill, who missed a feature earlier in the year on the night they ran a make-up feature in which he had engine problems and didn’t participate in the regular show feature, still had enough points to earn his first title ever in his self-owned No. 19. He became the fifth different driver to earn the title since 2015.
The big one, the 49th annual Freedom 76, is set for Saturday, September 21 at 7 p.m. The winner walks off with at least $25,000.
Kicking off the weekend will be the Freedom 38 Sportsman action on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The event pays $2,000 to win and is sure to attract a stellar field of Sportsman racing talent.
The Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprints will also be part of the doubleheader show. Featured with the Sprints will be standout racers such as Eddie Wagner, Tom Carberry, Tim Tanner, Jr., and others.
Jesse Leiby, a rookie that started competing midway through the season, took the early lead in the Modified feature trailed by the son and father duo of Steve and Ray Swinehart; Brett Gilmore and Craig Whitmoyer.
With five laps completed, Ray Swinehart took over second and set his sights on Leiby.
The first yellow was thrown on the 17th lap when Louden Reimert slowed between the third and fourth turn, but then pulled away. R. Swinehart, winless since the Forrest Rogers Memorial on September 1, 2018, became the new leader when action resumed.
The red had to be thrown on the 19th lap for a multi-car accident that blocked the track that eliminated defending point champion Mike Gular and Frank Cozze. Eight cars were out of contention on the restart red in turn one. It was Swinehart in front when racing went green again followed by Doug Manmiller, Leiby, Kressley and Whitmoyer.
Kressley was slicing through the pack advancing a position almost every lap and by the 22nd lap he was challenging Swinehart for the lead.
A new leader emerged on the 24th lap when Kressley stormed past Swinehart for the number one position to become the third different front runner.
Once Kressley took command he never looked back and pulled the family-owned No. 19K into the winner’s circle to post his 12th career Modified feature victory. Claiming his season best finish in second was Swinehart followed by Manmiller, who despite a damaged race car in third; early leader Leiby in fourth and Whitmoyer fifth who had his best run since May 4, 2019.
The four qualifying heats were won by Danny Erb, Brett Gilmore, Whitmoyer and R. Swinehart. Rick Laubach and Gular won the consies.
Sportsman action saw Tom Miller take the early lead to set the pace for three laps before the red was thrown when one of the back runners was pinched into the third turn guard rail which triggered a chain reaction that eliminated ten cars. Jack Butler, who was also involved, was shaken up a bit. Miller resumed the lead on the restart with Scott Kohler, Beltz, Dean Bachman and Wyatt Harrar in pursuit.
Beltz moved into second on the fifth lap and one lap later he put the Just Cruisin’ No. 221 at the head of the pack.
Within no time Beltz had a straightaway lead built up leaving Kohler, Bachman, Brandon Edgar, a feature winner earlier in the year and Brian Hirthler dicing for the remaining positions.
Positions behind Beltz were constantly changing, but he never faltered and went on to garner his third career win. Having his best finish of the year was runner-up Bachman, followed by Hirthler, newly crowned point champion Brightbill, who managed to come home in fourth after being involved in the third lap incident and having to go pit side before rejoining the race in time and Brad Arnold, who was also a feature winner this year.
Kohler, Steve Young, Parker Guldin and Mike Mammana won the heats. Consies went to Nate Brinker and Kenny Bock
Fans attending Friday’s doubleheader featuring the Freedom 38 for Sportsman and Mid-Atlantic Sprints will also have this as the final opportunity to purchase their Freedom 76 tickets for just $35 rather than the race day price of $40.
Admission for the Friday night show is $12 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 through 11 and admission is free for kids under 6. Starting time is 7:30 p.m. There is no rain date for this event.
Then on Saturday the $25,000 to win dirt track racing classic, the 49th Annual Freedom 76, is expected to attract many of the top names. Gates for advance ticket holders open at 3 p.m. while admission gates will open at 3:30 p.m.
The first qualifying event will get the green at 7 p.m.
Adult tickets are priced at $40, youngsters 6 through 11 pay 10 and kids under 6 are admitted free.
T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Brett Kressley, 2. Ray Swinehart, 3. Doug Manmiller, 4. Jesse Leiby, 5. Craig Whitmoyer, 6. Glenn Strunk, 7. Duane Howard, 8. Eric Biehn, 9. Jeff Strunk, 10. Alex Yankowski, 11. Craig Von Dohren, 12. Timmy Buckwalter, 13. Ryan Anderson, 14. Ryan Grim, 15. Louden Reimert, provisional; 16. Rick Laubach, 17. Justin Grim, 18. Briggs Danner, 19. Steve Swinehart, 20. Brett Gilmore, 21. Jared Umbenhauer, 22. Mike Lisowski, 23. Kenny Gilmore, 24. Dylan Swinehart, 25. Mike Gular, 26. Frank Cozze, 27. John Willman, 28. Danny Erb, 29. Kevin Hirthler. DNQ: Ron Kline, Bobby Gunther Walsh, Ron Myers, Kevin Beach, Kory Fleming, Clay Butler, Richie Hitzler, Meme DeSantis, Glenn Owens and Colt Harris.
T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Ryan Beltz, 2. Dean Bachman, 3. Brian Hirthler, 4. Brad Brightbill, 5. Brad Arnold, 6. Brandon Edgar, 7. Scott Kohler, 8. Kyle Smith, 9. Jesse Landis, 10. Wyatt Harrar, 11. Tom Miller, 12. Jimmy Leiby, 13. Brad Grim, 14. Steve Young, 15. Mark Kemmerer, 16. Joey Vaccaro, 17. Mike Koffel, 18. Parker Guldin, 19. Mike Mammana, 20. Kyle Lilick, 21. Chris Esposito. 22. Jack Butler, 23. Nate Brinker, 24. Kenny Bock, 25. Andrew Kreis, 26. Doug Snyder. DNQ: Josh Adams, Mike Schneck, Kris Ney, Ray Cost III, Shon Elk, Andy Clemmer, Matt Clay, Lex Shive, Shawna Schibilia and Tyler Peet.
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Jason Romero used a pair of podium finishes to clinch the 2019 NASCAR Late Model championship at All American Speedway powered by Roseville Toyota on Saturday night. His podiums came behind victories for Cole Moore and Jeremy Doss on a warm evening in Roseville. Derrick Doering of Auburn scored his first career Modified victory as well during the action-packed night with seven main events.
All Romero needed to do in the second 35-lap main event was start the race, but he had eyes on doing much bigger things. Chris Scribner of Loomis led the first four laps before third starting Jeremy Doss took over on lap five. Lance Halm and former Daytona 500 competitor Justin Marks of Rocklin tangled in turn two for a caution on lap nine. When the race restarted, Granite Bay’s John Moore briefly challenged Doss from the outside. The battling allowed Romero to go underneath Moore to take over second.
Doss proved too strong despite Romero having open track and still 17 laps remaining in the main event. Doss darted to his fifth victory of the year by 1.275 seconds ahead of Romero, John Moore, Cole Moore, and former Madera champion Matt Erickson.
The eight-car inversion placed Loomis’ Michael Mitchell on the pole for the first 35-lap NASCAR Late Model main event. Mitchell took advantage by leading a tightly wound lead pack. As the leaders encountered lapped traffic on lap 13, Mitchell found himself pacing Cole Moore, Romero, and Doss nose-to-tail in an intense formation.
Close quarters racing among the top four continued until the only caution flew on lap 30. Cole Moore went outside Mitchell on the restart, charging past him to lead lap 31. Moore took his first win of the season with Mitchell a season-best second. Romero topped Doss for third with John Moore rounding out the top-five.
Saturday as an exciting night for Auburn’s Derrick Doering. As one of the full-time competitors in the Late Models and Modifieds, Doering won a draw to test a NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West car for Bill McAnally Racing. He followed the good fortune with starting on the outside pole for the 30-lap Modified main event. Doering took the lead and maintained it over a pair of early race restarts. Action intensified past halfway with second in points Corey Englehardt hounding Doering’s rear bumper. Doering never relented, with Englehardt eventually nearly spinning in turn four on lap 22.
Doering held off Eric Price, Jr. for the victory with points leader Nick Lyons getting past Englehardt for third. Tyler Wenworth rounded out the top-five. Lyons will lead Englehardt by a scant eight points heading into the finale on October 12th.
Dan Farrington of Roseville won his second Super Stock main event of the season, topping a 15-car turnout in the 30-lap race. Former track champion Chris Paulson of Antelope took the lead from Rocklin High School freshman Billy Ray on the opening lap. Paulson led Ray until the sixth-starting Farrington began to close. Farrington used the outside to take the lead from Paulson on lap six.
Five-time consecutive winner Byron Gonzales of Lincoln tracked down Farrington, grabbing the top spot on lap 13. Gonzales’ run for six straight wins ended when he slowed on the backstretch for a lap 22 caution. Farrington went on to win while points leader Andrew Peeler of Carmichael charged to second in the later laps. Paulson was third over Roseville’s Roy Smith and Ray.
The speedway’s best-ever field of Jr. Late Models saw a familiar winner with Aidan Daniels of Fort Bragg getting his fifth win of the year. 12 year-old Lane Anderson led the first three laps before surrendering the lead to Kylie Daniels, age 16, on lap four. Aidan Daniels took over on lap seven and brought 12 year-old Elvis Rankin of New Mexico with him.
Rankin made the most of his first-career Late Model start. He attempted on half a dozen occasions to complete a crossover pass on Daniels in turn one to no avail. A caution on lap 25 set up a five-lap sprint to the finish. Daniels persevered ahead of Rankin and 14 year-old Austin Edwards from San Bernardino County in his Roseville debut. Points leader Brody Armtrout was disqualified from the feature for leaving the post-race tech area without completing engine tech.
Ray Molina’s eighth consecutive F4 victory came with some last lap excitement. Vic Theberge of Citrus Heights and Tim Williams each led laps early on. Molina took over on lap five. Matthew Fuhs closed-down on his father in the closing stages of the race. Molina bumped Billy Clark while lapping him on the final corner. Clark spun, collecting Fuhs in the process. Molina’s win stood with Williams and Reno, NV’s Rich Innis snaking through to be the top-three finishers.
Trey Daniels of Fort Bragg used a come from behind win for his sixth Bandolero vs. Mini Cup feature victory. Daniels led the first 16 laps with points rival Kenna Mitchell of Loomis and Linden’s Wyatt Sansom in tow. Mitchell jumped inside Daniels into turn one, sending them both spinning. Sansom assumed the lead until the caution flew again on lap 18. Daniels found something extra to power past Sansom to win the 20-lap feature with Mitchell finishing second ahead of Sansom, Hannah Ray, and Bella Thomsen.
All American Speedway returns on October 12th with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West “NAPA Auto Parts/Eneos 150” plus the track championship finales for all six weekly divisions and the Legends of the Pacific. Tickets are on sale now for this major stock car event.
More information can be found on the track’s website www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com and by following the track on your favorite social media accounts. Additional details are available by calling the track info line at (916) 786-2025. All American Speedway is located at 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville.