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What was your vantage point of the accident that ended your day?

“Definitely just sucks to be a part of that. I was working with Bubba (Wallace) there and following him. I thought we had some good teamwork going there and I let him in. We were trying to get the top rolling. I think the 21 (Harrison Burton) just got a bad push and wrecked. There was just nowhere for me to go. It definitely sucks, but it could be a blessing in disguise. We’ll just move on to the Roval and go hammer down there.”

TRD PR

HARRISON BURTON, No. 21 DEX Imaging Ford Mustang – WAS IT JUST A BAD PUSH?  “I guess so.  I haven’t seen it yet.  I know he hit me and as soon as he did I was crossed up and going side-to-side.  I don’t know what to do different.  I pulled up kind of conservatively to give him time to prepare and I’m not sure why.  He gave me a pretty hard shot for sure, but I don’t know if it was off line, where he was when he hit me, or if I was moving while he was moving.  I haven’t seen anything yet.  These things happen so fast and all of a sudden you’re sideways.  You know you got hit and you don’t understand what really caused it.  It’s unfortunate for us.  I felt like we had a good DEX Imaging Ford Mustang.  We were gonna go and try to make a move to get out front and try and control track position and all of a sudden you go sideways.  It’s pretty sad.  I hope it didn’t affect any of our Team Penske alliance playoff guys.  I don’t think they got any damage or anything.  We’ll just try and keep  it going and get some momentum going in the right way.”

Ford Performance PR

Granite Bay’s Cole Moore became the fifth consecutive first-time winner in the history of the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 at All American Speedway in Roseville, scoring a coveted ARCA Menards Series West triumph before a crowd of thousands at his home speedway. The 2020 Late Model track champion steered the Bill McAnally Racing No. 99 Chevrolet to the win as part of a six-division card at the one-third mile oval.
 
Moore made his decisive move around the outside of points leader Jake Drew on lap 143 and never relinquished the lead.
 
“This is the best crowd I’ve ever seen at Roseville. Thank you guys for being here. This means so much to me, Moore said. “It’s that top on those restarts. I was able to save my tires. I was riding up there all race. My plan worked out. We’ve been trying hard all year. It’s not like Bill McAnally Racing to go this deep into the season without a win. For me to make that happen, even better.”
 
Four-time 2022 winner Jake Drew of Fullerton, Calif. scored the General Tire pole position in time trials while Moore started third. Madera’s Joey Iest nabbed the lead around the outside of Drew on lap 28. Moore steadily advanced, taking over second on lap 37. Moore began to work the outside line of the speedway and closed on Iest before a caution on lap 50.
 
Moore challenged Iest on the outside on the restart before the caution flew for 2021 track champion John Moore spinning. Cole Moore seized the lead for the first time in the race on lap 67 on the restart. Lapped traffic proved challenging, with Moore having to drive up the middle of a three-wide pack just past lap 100 to maintain the lead over Iest. Drew drove up to second, then took the lead back from Moore on lap 121.
 
North Carolina driver Landen Lewis and 2021 NAPA 150 winner Paul Pedroncelli, Jr. crashed hard in turn four to bring out a red flag. Moore took advantage of the restart to pounce, driving past Drew for the exciting home track win. Drew settled for second followed by Iest, Aromas’ Todd Souza, and Las Vegas’ Kyle Keller.
 
Brandon White of Eureka and his substitute driver Kris Price overcame an adventurous Foothills Tow Modified feature to win the 2022 championship. Roseville’s Tyler Wentworth paced the field through numerous cautions and incidents for his first win of the year.
 
After qualifying and heat races, Rick Andersen of North Highlands was within four points of the championship. But collisions relegated him to a fifth-place finish in the main event and ultimately third in the standings. Wentworth topped Sammy Nuno, Price, Cody Bailey, and Andersen at the finish. Foresthill’s Jon Yourd bounced into the front stretch wall to end the race prematurely after contact with Auburn’s Derrick Doering. Yourd was fortunately uninjured.
 
Tracy’s Brendan Ruzbarsky prevailed in the return of the Legends Tour Series to Roseville for its first appearance since 2019. The 35-lap win paid $2,000. Former track Jr. Late Model champions Aidan Daniels of Fort Bragg and Kenna Mitchell of Loomis battled up front, with Daniels leading lap one. Ruzbarsky then drove past Daniels on the outside to lead lap four. Mitchell’s race ended early when she was knocked into the front stretch wall on lap four.
 
North Carolina teenager Josh Dickens made a spirited dash through the pack to eventually take over second on lap 17. Ruzbarsky topped Dickens, Daniels, North Carolina visitor Carson Brown, and Reno, Nevada’s Nick Halen at the checkered flag.
 
Roseville’s Josh Whitfield completed a perfect eight-for-eight campaign to take the Riebes Auto Parts Super Stocks championship. Roseville’s Jeremy Fritts brought the race to a lengthy red flag when he slammed the turn three wall head-on. Whitfield sprinted past Roseville’s Phil Wilkins for the win after the restart. Antelope’s Terry Thomas, Rocklin’s Eric Bocksberger, and Galt’s Larry Thornhill rounded out the top-five.
 
Ray Molina of Roseville earned another F4 championship while Rocklin’s John Sproule won his second main event of the year. 17 four-cylinder cars competed in the main event. Sproule battled side-by-side with Molina and led lap one from the inside. Multiple cars went underneath the 16.5 second breakout rule, shuffling the order. 2021 champion Matthew Fuhs of Roseville ran down Sproule to take the lead on lap 12, but Sproule drove back to the lead on lap 13.
 
Fuhs drove underneath Sproule again and Sproule crossed him over. Sproule narrowly held the lead on lap 20. Mario Novelli and Vic Theberge collided for a caution flag, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Sproule hung on for the win over Fuhs, Molina, Citrus Heights’ Dan Cherry, and Sun Valley, Nevada’s Rich Innis.
 
The youngest drivers of the night battled in the Mini Cup/Bando division, where Stockton sixth grader Lucas Burton won his fifth main event of the year. Meadow Vista’s Cash Page finished second. Granite Bay High School student Dayton Broyles of Roseville finished third but wrapped up the 2022 division title.
 
All American Speedway concludes its 2022 season on October 22 with the Malicious Monster Truck Tour. A matinee show at 3pm and a night show at 7pm will be offered.

All American Speedway wants to thank @the Grounds for their support along with partners such as Roseville Toyota, Berco Redwood, Riebes Auto Parts, JM Environmental, Sinister Diesel, Foothills Tow, Velocity Solar, Cardinal Financial- James Clark, Legends Real Estate, AAMCO Transmission & Total Car Care of Auburn, CA, Kim White Realtor, A-All Mini Storage, and Roseville Moose Lodge for their strong support of All American Speedway. Without competitor support and local community partners, these events would not take place. All American Speedway mandates a sound regulation for all competitors as specified in the track rule book.
 
For more information, visit www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com or follow the speedway on social media!

AAS PR

The 39th season of weekly DIRTcar Racing is officially in the books. Another stacked roster of 118 cars across five different divisions packed the Lincoln Speedway pit area Saturday night and closed out the regular season with five entertaining Features.

 

DIRTcar LATE MODEL – Eric Spangler

Making the haul all the way from Lake City, MI, to compete, 2022 DIRTcar East Region champion Eric Spangler came to Lincoln for one reason – win. Time was wearing thin on his quest to move up in the national points standings, and he made the most of the opportunity.

 

By the end of the 25-lap Feature, not only had he won the race – he dominated. Spangler set the fastest lap of the night in Qualifying, won his Heat Race and led all 25 laps en route to his first career DIRTcar Fall Nationals Feature victory.

 

Donny Walden crossed in second while another notable figure completed the podium behind him. In only his second race back from a five-year hiatus, Steve Sheppard Jr. crossed the stripe in third after a strong showing up front.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 27-Eric Spangler[1]; 2. 1W-Donny Walden[3]; 3. 5S-Steve Sheppard[2]; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker[7]; 5. 11-Jeff Herzog[4]; 6. 01-Billy Knippenberg[19]; 7. 77-Blaise Baker[5]; 8. 11D-Brian Diveley[9]; 9. 51-Steve Fairbanks[10]; 10. 32M-Cody Maguire[18]; 11. 26M-Brent McKinnon[8]; 12. 16W-Tony Wolf[20]; 13. 334-Billy Hough[17]; 14. 248-Brandon Lance[23]; 15. B15-Bob Sidener[24]; 16. 6P-Jose Parga[13]; 17. 38J-Jake Little[16]; 18. 11M-Ryan Miller[14]; 19. 53-Curtis Hobbs[21]; 20. 61-Jammie Wilson[22]; 21. 16-Rusty Griffaw[6]; 22. 9Z-Jayme Zidar[11]; 23. 22-Chris Dick[15]; 24. 4D-Doug Tye[12]

 

UMP MODIFIED – Mike Harrison

Climbing atop his Hughes Racing Chassis No. 24H in Victory Lane, a somber smile was painted across Mike Harrison’s face as he saluted the crowd, checkered flag waving in the air. He had won the race, and clinched his eighth DIRTcar national championship, but it was not all smiles and high-fives from the crew.

 

In Victory Lane, Harrison took time out of his interview and dedicated his final points win of the season to the late Rick Eshelman – announcer for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and countless other DIRTcar-sanctioned events and series – whose passing was announced by the World of Outlaws & DIRTcar Saturday afternoon.

 

“Rick was a staple in our sport,” Harrison said. “He took care of all of us in the pits. He was always driving around. Not only was he a great announcer, he was a great man and a great friend to all of us in the pit area. It’s a major loss to dirt racing.”

 

On the track, Harrison dominated, leading all 20 laps for his first Fall Nationals victory at Lincoln. Though he had already clinched the national championship coming into the race, he placed the cherry atop the sundae with his 25th Feature win of the season and took a moment to reflect on the year’s accomplishments.

 

“We didn’t come into the year racing for points,” Harrison said. “Like I say all the time – we just come to race. We come to race and do our best and try to win races, and just let the results take care of themselves.

 

“You’ll have highs and lows, and we definitely had a lot of highs this year.”

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 24H-Mike Harrison[2]; 2. 96M-Mike McKinney[1]; 3. 25-Tyler Nicely[3]; 4. 36-Kenny Wallace[4]; 5. 25W-Allen Weisser[6]; 6. 05-Dave Wietholder[5]; 7. 3L-Jeremy Nichols[10]; 8. 99T-Tyler Loughmiller[12]; 9. 1-Todd Sherman[9]; 10. 11D-Brian Diveley[14]; 11. 14M-Caden McWhorter[7]; 12. 18-Jarrett Stryker[18]; 13. 89-Austin Friedman[11]; 14. 63-Dustin King[20]; 15. 35-Brandon Roberts[15]; 16. 72A-Austin Lynn[17]; 17. 87C-Alan Crowder[22]; 18. 8C-Michael Claeys[19]; 19. 25B-Brayden Bowman[24]; 20. 60-Jim Manka[23]; 21. 34T-Tanner Reed[13]; 22. 21T-Talen Beard[21]; 23. 99-Tim Luttrell[16]; 24. 10K-Kelly Kovski[8]

 

PRO LATE MODEL – Aaron Heck

It was one heck of a weekend for Aaron Heck, and by sheer willpower and skill, he managed to pull-off a victory.

 

“Yesterday after Hot Lap/Qualifying, I blew-up a motor, drove back to Mt. Vernon, put another one in with my two uncles and got back here 2:30 in the morning,” Heck said. “If you had told me I was going to do this tonight, I’d have called ‘em a liar.”

 

The 2020 national champion from Mt. Vernon, IL, claimed his third Fall Nationals Feature win in the last two years Saturday night, taking the lead late after two separate incidents with the first two leaders cost them their spots out front.

 

Polesitter Devin McLean looped it all by himself while in the lead on Lap 7, sending him retiring to the pits. Six laps later, Fast Qualifier Jose Parga made contact with a lapped car in traffic, spun him around and was sent to the tail for causing the incident.

 

This handed the lead over to Heck, who drove it the rest of the way for a big win to cap-off the regular season. Though there were 26 other cars to contend with, Heck was only interested in beating his longtime rival, Jose Parga.

 

“That’s the only guy I wanted to beat, just because he’s the champion this year,” Heck said.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 59-Aaron Heck[3]; 2. 14-Braden Johnson[6]; 3. 27-Colby Sheppard[5]; 4. 45-Kyle McMahon[10]; 5. $12-Troy Marciniak[12]; 6. 77-Blaise Baker[7]; 7. 33H-Roben Huffman[11]; 8. 17B-Braden Bilger[14]; 9. 01-Billy Knippenberg[19]; 10. 5B-Brandon Sweitzer[16]; 11. BK3-Billy Knippenberg III[17]; 12. 11-Ryan Miller[23]; 13. 25-Rockett Bennett[22]; 14. 32M-Cody Maguire[15]; 15. 37-Derrick Carlson[8]; 16. 248-Brandon Lance[24]; 17. 14S-Derek Smith[18]; 18. 59X-Damon Heck[20]; 19. 6P-Jose Parga[4]; 20. 51W-Scott Wenell[21]; 21. 33-Devin McLean[1]; 22. 19-Chase Osterhoff[2]; 23. 61-Jammie Wilson[9]; 24. 22-Chris Dick[13]

 

PRO MODIFIED – BJ Deal

In a wild ending to the Chevy Performance Crate-engine powered 20-lapper, BJ Deal walked away with the win after near chaos ensued in the final three laps.

 

Friday night winner, Guy Taylor, had led since the drop of the green and appeared to have the car to beat once again, until he slowed dramatically coming to the two-to-go signal and spun in Turns 1-2, collecting a few other cars in the process.

 

Taking advantage of Taylor’s sudden issues, Deal slipped past him into the lead before the melee unfolded and led the field back to the checkers on the ensuing restart to score his first career DIRTcar Fall Nationals Feature win.

 

“I just tried to take care of the tires and be patient,” Deal said. “I thought, maybe around Lap 5, that I was being too patient, so I picked it up a little bit.

 

“I was kinda waiting for the flagman to give me the five-to-go [signal] so I could start launching a little bit. When he gave me the signal, it was time to turn on the burners.”

 

With his runner-up finish and Taylor’s DNF, Deece Schwartz officially clinched his first career DIRTcar Pro Modified national points championship. The third-generation driver from Ashmore, IL, added to his family’s decorated history in UMP-type Dirt Modified racing after grandfather Denny and father Danny’s accomplishments in the 1990s and 2000s.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 3W-BJ Deal[3]; 2. 121-Deece Schwartz[4]; 3. 2-Brayden Doyle[1]; 4. 52JR-Cole Knebel[9]; 5. 14G-Tommy Gaither[11]; 6. 28-Justin Durbin[18]; 7. 8Z-Zach Taylor[10]; 8. 15C-Kevin Crowder[20]; 9. 29H-Cale Hartnagel[16]; 10. 21JR-Drew Schwartz[15]; 11. 24M-Matt Milner[7]; 12. 74-James Hileman[12]; 13. 8-Ethan Orman[14]; 14. 29-Josh Orman[23]; 15. 6-Billy Adams[24]; 16. 4T-Guy Taylor[2]; 17. 2W-Jason Walsh[6]; 18. 67-Austin Seets[8]; 19. 66K-Kaleb Stephens[21]; 20. 88-Zayden Bolyard[22]; 21. 59-JD Evans Carter[19]; 22. 37-Chad Ziegler[13]; 23. 44-Gabe Menser[5]; 24. 23-Ryan Timmons[17]

 

SPORT COMPACT – Nick Johnson

For the second-straight year, Nick Johnson is a DIRTcar Fall Nationals Feature winner in the Sport Compact division.

 

Johnson, of Bartonville, IL, took advantage of an incident between the two leaders in the early going – Allan Harris and Dakota Schmick. He took the lead on Lap 4 and never relinquished it, leading the field back around the checkers to bag the win.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature (10 Laps): 1. 30J-Nick Johnson[5]; 2. 52-Bradley Stanfill[4]; 3. 51-Clayton Stanfill[3]; 4. 01C-Dakota Schmick[2]; 5. 3H-Allan Harris[1]; 6. 14C-Tucker Clark[6]; 7. 8D-Donovan Hamblen[7]; 8. (DNS) 72-Kadien Armour

 

DIRTcar Series PR

Bill McAnally Racing driver Cole Moore scored his first career win in the ARCA Menards Series West with a victory in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 Presented by Berco Redwood before a packed crowd at his hometown track of All American Speedway on Saturday night.

 

It also commemorated a major milestone for the hometown Roseville, California team – with Moore’s victory marking BMR’s record 100th win in the series. Those victories have come at 28 different tracks, dating back to 1998.

 

Saturday’s win was an emotional one for Moore, a 25-year-old from nearby Granite Bay – who honed his racing skills competing in late models at the historic third-mile oval and won a track championship there two years ago.

 

Moore used the outside lane on the tight track to put his No. 99 JM Environmental/ Berco Redwood Chevrolet into the lead on a late-race restart and then pulled away on a subsequent restart to become the fourth consecutive first-time winner in the annual ARCA West event.

 

“Those top restarts were risky,” Moore said of starting on the outside of the second-place car. “I knew he could send it in and hit me, but he drove me clean. We had a great Chevy.”

 

He was one of four drivers competing in the event for BMR, which is based not far from the track. His father, John Moore in the No. 27 JM Environmental/ Berco Redwood Chevrolet, finished eighth. Sean Hingorani, in BMR’s No. 19 Fidelity Capital Chevrolet, finished 15th; with Landen Lewis finishing 17th in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet, after getting caught up in an incident late in the race.

 

Cole Moore was asked in Victory Lane about getting his first series win at his hometown track.

 

“It means everything,” he said. “I’ve got my whole family out here. My dad was in the race. That makes it even more special. This whole week we’ve been traveling around town, promoting the race and seeing the kids in high school. My favorite thing to do when I was a kid was come watch the ARCA West race at Roseville, with Eric Holmes and all those guys. To be standing where I am is unbelievable.”

 

It was Moore’s 26th series start, dating back to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2015. His best previous series finish was second, which he registered twice this year. His best finish in four previous series starts at Roseville was fifth in last year’s event. Moore, last year’s series rookie of the year, became the 24th different driver to win with BMR. His victory marked BMR’s 10th win at All American Speedway.

 

He led the way among the four BMR drivers in Saturday’s race – starting third on the grid, with Lewis starting fifth, Hingorani seventh and John Moore rolling off 13th. Hingorani dropped off the lead lap, when he cut a tire early in the race.

 

Lewis and John Moore battled among the top 10, while Cole Moore was making his way to the front – charging into second on Lap 36 and initially taking the lead on Lap 67. He lost the lead on Lap 120, but gained it back about 14 laps later. He pulled way after a restart for the final of 10 cautions.

 

Lewis was battling for a top-five spot when he tangled with another car on Lap 136 and was sidelined for the night. John Moore worked his way up to eighth, while Hangorani made his way to 15th at the finish.

 

With his win, Moore moved back to second in the championship standings – with two races remaining on the 2022 schedule.

 

The NAPA brand took center stage at All American Speedway on Saturday, with the NAPA Distribution Center in Sacramento and Riebes NAPA stores playing a significant role in the event. A NAPA sales promotion – which utilized this race all year long and involved Adaptive One, Gates Industrial, NGK, and NAPA Tools & Equipment – featured a sold-out VIP hospitality, including nearly 500 NAPA guests.

 

Lewis was joined by Ron Hornaday Jr., a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and former NAPA driver, in visiting Riebe’s Auto Parts locations in Northern California in advance of the race. Sponsor activities at the track on Friday included VIP rides in BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS two-seater Chevrolet for guests from NAPA Sacramento and Riebes Auto Parts.

 

ARCA Menards Series West Event:

Race: NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 Presented by Berco Redwood (Race 9 of 11) Oct. 1, 2022

Location: All American Speedway, Roseville, Calif. (1/3-mile oval)

Television: USA Network on Oct. 10, 10 a.m. PT

 

BMR Drivers:

Landen Lewis

No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS

Age: 16

Hometown: Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Practice/Qualified: 5th

Finished: 17th (Accident, completed 135 of 150 laps)

Career stats:

6 starts, 1 win, 2 top 5s, 4 top 10s

2022 series stats:

Races: 6 starts, 1 win, 2 top fives, 4 top 10s

 

Cole Moore

No. 99 JM Environmental/ Berco Redwood Chevrolet SS

Age: 25

Hometown: Granite Bay, Calif.

Practice/Qualified: 3rd

Finished: 1st (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)

Career stats:

26 starts, 1 win, 10 top 5s, 16 top 10s

2022 series stats:

Races: 9 starts, 1 win, 6 top fives

 

John Moore

No. 27 JM Environmental/ Berco Redwood Chevrolet SS

Age: 59

Hometown: Granite Bay, Calif.

Practice/Qualified: 13th

Finished: 8th (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)

Career stats:

8 starts, 1 top 5, 3 top 10s

2022 series stats:

Races: 1 start, 1 top 10

 

Sean Hingorani

No. 19 Fidelity Capital Chevrolet SS

Age: 15

Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif.

Practice/Qualified: 7th

Finished: 15th (Running, completed 137 of 150 laps)

Career stats:

3 starts

2022 series stats:

Races: 3 starts

 

Next Race:

ARCA Menards Series West

Star Nursery 150, Oct. 14, 2022, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev. (3/8-mile oval)

 

BMR PR

Chase Purdy turned in a season-best performance on Saturday afternoon that culminated in a seventh-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 61 Ole Miss Toyota Tundra TRD Pro put the Rebels out front of the field in Alabama on three occasions for six laps en-route to his second top-10 result of the season. Purdy led the charge for HRE as the organization placed both teams in the top-10 with Tyler Ankrum finishing 10th.
 
Purdy came from deep in the field after starting from the 26th position. He quickly joined the lead draft from the outset and ran towards the back of the main pack for the entirety of Stage 1. Purdy was scored 19th on lap 20 as the opening stage finished under the yellow flag. Crew chief Matt Lucas called Purdy to pit lane for a fuel only stop which allowed him to restart 14th on lap 27.
 
Stage 2 saw a rash of two cautions that severely slowed the pace with only three green flag laps being run. Purdy was scored 14th at the end of the stage on lap 40. During the ensuing caution period, Lucas kept the former Ole Miss student on track to inherit the race lead for the lap 46 restart. Purdy traded the point position at the front of the lead draft until lap 52 and was shuffled back to sixth on lap 54.
 
A green flag pit cycle began on lap 63 when Purdy hit pit lane for four tires and fuel, which was immediately followed by a caution flag on lap 64. During the caution, Purdy pitted to top off with fuel on lap 68 and restarted 30th on lap 69. He methodically drove into the top-15 by lap 89 and put himself in the mix for the final green-white-checkered restart. Despite contending with hot temperatures, Purdy restarted 15th on lap 94 and threaded his way through chaos on the final lap to cross the line in fifth. Upon review of the finish and moment of caution, Purdy was deemed to finish in the seventh position.
 
Chase Purdy Quote:
“All I know is everybody was wide open for that green-white-checkered. People were just going everywhere, crossing lanes. My spotter wanted me to stay on the bottom, which we thought would be a good idea. Just stay in line while everybody was moving around. We ended up going to the middle and it ended up working out for us. I don’t know where we restarted, I think it was 12th or 13th, something like that, and we took the checkers and they said fifth (officially scored seventh). I was like ‘I’ll take that’. Hats off to all my Hattori Racing guys. It was really cool to have Ole Miss on the truck. Hotty Toddy.”
 
HRE PR
Tyler Ankrum tallied his eight top-10 finish of the season and his second-best result at Talladega Superspeedway with a 10th-place finish on Saturday afternoon. The driver of the No. 16 LiUNA! Toyota Tundra TRD Pro completed the best weekend for HRE this season as he joined teammate Chase Purdy inside the top-10. Ankrum scored points in both stages to compile 33 points, which was tied for sixth-most of all drivers in the field.
 
The Californian took the green flag in 20th position and patiently worked the bottom lane in the opening 20-lap stage to his advantage. As the field began to fall into single-file formation, Ankrum moved to 11th position on lap 10 and grabbed the 10th position when the race’s first caution flew on lap 19. The yellow flag would end the stage on lap 20 and allowed him to hit pit road for fuel only.
 
He restarted the second stage in seventh position on lap 27 before two more caution flags significantly slowed the pace. After only three laps of the stage were contested under green, Ankrum grabbed an additional four points by running in seventh position at the completion of lap 40. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli brought Ankrum back to pit road for two right side tires, fuel, and a minor wedge adjustment under the caution.
 
Ankrum restarted 19th on lap 46 and put his patience to good use in the second half of the event. He calmly ran outside the top-15 as the lead draft featured bold aggression amongst the top-15 runners. After making a green flag pit stop for two tires on lap 63, the caution flag flew once more and allowed Ankrum to line up 14th for a restart on lap 69. As the laps waned, Ankrum threaded has way to sixth by lap 77 and placed himself firmly in contention inside the top-10 over the final 20 laps. Ankrum lined up ninth for the green-white-checkered restart and climbed as high as sixth before avoided a wreck on the final lap and was scored 10th.
 
Tyler Ankrum Quote:
“We had a pretty good handling truck. It was a little darty, but we ran up front all day long and inside the top-10 and were running sixth there at the end. Just made a wrong decision to push the 51 (Corey Heim) and he spun. Actually happy to finish at race at Talladega. I can say for once that I want to come back. We’ll have a better speedway truck for the next one.”
 
HRE PR
Coming into Saturday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, the plan for Chandler Smith and the No. 18 iBUYPOWER team was to collect as many stage points as possible in the opening two stanzas, ride around in the Final Stage to avoid the carnage and leave the Alabama track with as large of points cushion as they could heading to the cutoff race at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
 
The plan was executed well with Smith finishing fourth in Stage One and then winning Stage Two to collect 17 points. The 20-year-old driver also executed riding around the back of the field well in the Final Stage, but the “Big One” didn’t happen until the final lap of the race and left the No. 18 team with a 14th-place finish.
 
Smith will head into the final race in the Round of 8 at Homestead-Miami 30 points above the cutoff line for advancing to the Championship 4. 
 
 
Stage One Recap
 
·        Smith started the 94-lap race from the second position after posting a lap of 53.879 seconds at 177.732 mph in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session.
·        Working a strategy developed before the race, Smith’s teammate John Hunter Nemechek elected to take the top of the front row for the initial start, with Smith allowing Nemechek to slide in front of him once the field crossed the start-finish line.
·        The strategy worked for three laps until Smith got caught trying to side draft the outside lane and left a hole open to the inside of him. Carson Hocevar was able to pull to Smith’s inside and shuffle him to the middle lane.
·        A one-truck accident on lap 19 would bring Stage One to completion under caution with Smith in the fourth position.
 
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
·        Veteran crew chief Danny Stockman called a fuel-only stop between stages and the iBUYPOWER Tundra would be the first truck to exit pit road.
·        When Stage Two went green on lap 26, Smith and Nemechek reversed roles from the initial start, with Smith electing the top lane and dropping down in front of Nemechek on the inside lane once the field crossed the start-finish line.
·        The Georgia driver would hold the lead across two cautions in the stage to collect his sixth stage win of the year and the 10 points that came with it.
 
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
·        Before hitting pit road, Smith communicated to Stockman that his Tundra was “too free.” The veteran crew chief ordered up a four-tire and fuel stop with both trackbar and wedge adjustments. Knowing that they wanted to be at the back of the field to execute their strategy, the team pitted on the second lap and then topped off with fuel with one lap to go.
·        The iBUYPOWER Tundra lined up 32nd when Stage Two went green on lap 45. He was still outside the top 25 when green flag pit stops began occurring on lap 62. Shortly after Smith hit pit road, a caution flag came out but per the rules the No. 18 team was still allowed to make their stop.
·        Stockman originally called for two tires, but when Smith slid his tires getting into the box, he audibled to a four-tire stop knowing that they had extra time with the race being under caution.
·        Once again, they topped off with fuel with one lap remaining before going green and took the ensuing restart from the rear of the field.
·        Feeling that the “Big One” was going to happen shortly, Smith continued to ride around the back of the field, knowing he could head to Homestead-Miami with a fairly large points cushion if he could just avoid getting caught up in a wreck.
·        A truck that had come to a halt on the track brought out the caution with two laps remaining and set up NASCAR overtime. Smith lined up 20th for the first attempt at a finish and when several trucks in front of him began to wreck on the final lap was able to move up to finish the race in the 14th position.
 
 
 
Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 iBUYPOWER TRD Pro for KBM:
 
How did your race go?
“Overall, I can’t be too disappointed with our day, our iBUYPOWER Toyota Tundra was really fast and we came home with only a scratch on the rear bumper. Getting the Stage Two win and finishing second in the opening stage allowed us to increase our buffer heading to Homestead and then the plan for the Final Stage was to ride around until the ‘Big One’ happened and it never really did until the very end.”
 
 
Talladega 250 Recap
 
  • Matt DiBenedetto earned his first career Camping World Truck Series victory. Ben Rhodes, Bret Holmes, Ryan Preece, and Christian Eckes rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were nine cautions for 36 laps and 25 lead changes among 11 drivers, including Smith who led twice for 17 laps.
 
How Chandler Smith's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
·        John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 24th.
·        Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 26th.
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
Smith leaves the second of three races in the Round of 8 with the most points of any driver (3116) but with Ty Majeski’s win at Bristol locking him into the Championship 4, sits second on the playoff grid 30 points above the cutoff line for advancing. 
 
 
 
Next Race:

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Corey Heim made his first Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega Superspeedway in Saturday’s 250-mile event. After qualifying in 12th, the 20-year-old driver tallied six stage points for the No. 51 team after finishing eighth in each of the first two stages.
 
Heim had made his way into the top 10 and was scored in seventh as they lined up for NASCAR overtime at the 2.66-mile track. After restarting on the inside of the fourth row, Heim surged on the outside lane and was about to make a move for the lead as the field entered the tri-oval on the final lap but was turned from behind and into the outside wall before his JBL Tundra came to a rest just short of the finish line. He was unable to continue and was scored the first car one lap down in 26th
 
 
Stage One Recap
 
·        Heim lined up Saturday’s 94-lap event at Talladega in 12th after posting a lap time of 54.205 second at 176.663 mph in Friday’s qualifying session.
·        The 20-year-old driver quickly made his way into the top 10 as the outside lane began to surge forward on the third lap.
·        Heim maintained his spot inside of the top 10 as he was running in seventh with five to go in the opening stage.
·        The first caution of the day came out on lap 20, ending the opening stanza under caution with Heim scored in eighth, picking up three stage points for the No. 51 team. 
 
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
·        The No. 51 team elected for a fuel-only stop at the stage break and gained three spots on pit road, restarting the second stanza in fifth.
·        Heim got shuffled back on the ensuing restart and settled his JBL Tundra into the eighth position.
·        When the green-and-white checkered flag came out on lap 40 to end Stage Two, Heim earned the No. 51 team an additional three stage points by crossing the stripe in eighth.  
 
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
·        Crew chief Mardy Lindley ordered up a four tire and fuel stop at the stage break and sent his driver back out on track in 22nd for the Final Stage.
·        The Georgia native continued to run just outside of the top 20 as green flag pit stops began. Just as Heim pulled his No. 51 Tundra into the pit box, the caution was thrown for a loose tire on the track.
·        The field went back green, and Heim made his way from 16th to seventh before the eighth caution of the race came out on lap 91, setting up a NASCAR overtime attempt.
·        The 20-year-old driver lined up for overtime on the inside of the fourth row for overtime before making a move to the outside on the restart and finding himself on the outside of the second row as the field began to come through the tri-oval for the final time.
·        Just as Heim began to peak outside to make a move on the No. 99 of Ben Rhodes for the lead, he was hit from behind, sending JBL Tundra into the outside wall and coming to a stop just before the finish line where he would be scored in 26th
 
 
 
 
Talladega 250 Recap
 
  • Matt DiBenedetto earned his first career Camping World Truck Series victory. Ben Rhodes, Bret Holmes, Ryan Preece, and Christian Eckes rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were nine cautions for 36 laps and 25 lead changes among 11 drivers.
 
 
How Corey Heim's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 14th.
·        John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 26th.
 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
The No. 51 team finds themselves in a must-win situation at Homestead-Miami Speedway as they currently sit eighth on the playoff grid, 56 points below the cutoff line to advance to the Championship 4 in the Owner’s Playoffs. 
 
 
Next Race
 
 Corey Heim and the No. 51 Crescent Tools team head to Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 22nd for the cutoff race in the Round of 8 of the Owner’s Playoffs. Live coverage of the Baptist Health 200 will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM at 1 p.m. ET.

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John Hunter Nemechek came into Saturday’s 94-lap event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway nine points below the cutoff line for advancing to the Championship 4 with two races remaining in the Round of 8. After earning the pole in Friday’s qualifying session, Nemechek nearly maxed out his stage points by picking up the Stage One win and crossing the stripe in second at the end of Stage Two to earn 19 points.
 
Nemechek was lined up in 18th for the first and only NASCAR overtime attempt at the 2.66-mile track after electing to ride near the back of the field for the Final Stage in an effort to miss wrecks and maximize his finish. As the field came through the tri-oval for the final time, Nemechek went through the infield grass to avoid “The Big One” at the end of the race and ultimately spun through the grass in his Pye-Barker Tundra. Once he regained control of his Tundra and crossed the stripe, Nemechek was scored in 24th
 
 
Stage One Recap
 
·        Nemechek started the Talladega 250 from the front row after earning his seventh pole award of the year during Friday afternoon’s two-round qualifying session, posting a time of 53.567 seconds at 178.767 mph in the second round.
·        The second-generation driver elected the outside lane to start the race with his Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) teammate Chandler Smith on the inside. As the field took the green flag, Nemechek ducked down in front of the No. 18 as they controlled the opening laps.
·        Nemechek briefly lost the lead before regaining control of the draft on lap 5 and went on to lead the next 18 laps.
·        The first caution of the day came out on lap 20 for a single-truck incident, ending Stage One under caution with Nemechek in the lead, earning him an important 10 bonus points. 
 
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
·        Veteran crew chief Eric Phillips called for a fuel-only stop at the stage break and sent the No. 4 Pye-Barker Tundra TRD Pro back out on track to restart in second.
·        Nemechek and his KBM teammate Chandler Smith continued to work together throughout the second stage as third caution of the day came out on lap 34 with Nemechek scored in third.
·        As the field went back green for a two-lap shootout to the green-white-checkered, Nemechek pushed the No. 18 of Smith out ahead of the field and held off a surge from the outside lane as they came through the tri-oval to take the green-and-white checkered in second, adding nine more stage points to his total. 
 
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
·        Nemechek restarted the final stage in 27th after electing to pit and restart near the back to avoid any wreck that might have occurred throughout the Final Stage.
·        The 25-year-old driver continued to run in 26th before hitting pit road for two tires and fuel as green flag pit stops began on lap 62.
·        Shortly after completing their stop, the fifth caution of the day came out on lap 65 for a loose tire on the track with Nemechek scored in 11th.
·        Nemechek was shuffled back to 19th before coming over the radio to say “I’m bailing out of this” as he elected to get out of his lane and fall back to 23rd with 17 laps to go.
·        The seventh caution of the day came out on lap 80 for a five-truck incident with Nemechek scored in 19th. The No. 4 team was one of three teams that elected to pit under caution as the over-the-wall crew executed a four tire and fuel stop.
·        The second-generation driver lined up for the ensuing restart in 25th and made his way up to 18th before a caution with just three laps left set up a green-white-checkered finish in NASCAR overtime.
·        As the field was coming through the tri-oval on the final lap with “The Big One” beginning to happen in front of him, Nemechek ducked through the infield grass and found himself spinning out before the finish line. As he got his Pye-Barker Tundra going again to cross the stripe, Nemechek was scored in 24th.
 
 
 
 
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Pye-Barker Tundra TRD Pro for KBM:
 
How was your race today?
“Up and down. Maximized stage points there with Chandler (Smith) in the first stage and in the second stage, put ourselves in a good position to gain as many points as possible. Just didn’t work out there at the end. Stuff happens and I was one of the trucks that was spinning through the grass there. Probably lost around 10 or 12 spots there by spinning through the grass. It hurt our points day a little bit and we’re now just five points behind the cut going into Homestead.”
 
 
 
Talladega 250 Recap
 
  • Matt DiBenedetto earned his first career Camping World Truck Series victory. Ben Rhodes, Bret Holmes, Ryan Preece, and Christian Eckes rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were nine cautions for 36 laps and 25 lead changes among 11 drivers, including Nemechek who led twice for 20 laps. 
 
 
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finish 14th.
·        Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 26th.  
 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 4 team are on the outside looking in as they sit five points below the cutoff line to advance to the Championship 4 with one race remaining in the Round of 8. 
 
 
Next Race
 
John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 4 GEARWRENCH team will have a two-week break before the Camping World Truck Series playoffs resumes at Homestead-Miami Speedway Oct. 22nd for the final race of the Round of 8. Live coverage of the Baptist Health 200 will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM at 12 p.m. ET.  

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